‘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

Unofficial Hong Kong vote sees new generation take over battle for democracy

first_imgA younger, more defiant generation of Hong Kong democrats has secured the most votes in unofficial primary elections in the Chinese-ruled city, setting the stage for a battle with pro-Beijing politicians for control of the city’s legislature.The success of young contenders in the primaries organized by the pro-democracy camp on the weekend to pick candidates for a Sept. 6 election for a 70-seat city assembly comes amid widespread resentment of a national security law that Beijing imposed last month.Beijing denounced the vote as illegal and warned it may have violated the new security law, which has raised fears for the freedoms that have underpinned Hong Kong’s open society and success as a financial hub. Full results are expected later in the day.The localists – a term for those who do not see themselves as Chinese and focus on saving the former British colony’s freedoms – tend to be more assertive than traditional democrats.The localists talk of resistance and saving democracy but they do not all have the same vision for Hong Kong’s future. Some dream of independence – anathema for Beijing – but do not speak of it openly, which would see them fall foul of the new security law and face up to life in prison.Their performance in the primaries reflects frustration, especially among younger voters, with Hong Kong’s more moderate, traditional pro-democracy politicians.”Localism has become the mainstream,” said localist candidate Henry Wong. “We will resist against the tyranny.”The new security law punishes what Beijing broadly defines as secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces with up to life in prison and sees Chinese intelligence agents operating officially in the city for the first time.Critics fear it will crush wide-ranging freedoms promised to Hong Kong when it returned to Chinese rule in 1997, while supporters say it will bring stability after a year of often violent anti-government protests.’Difficult to understand’The law has already had a chilling effect on many aspects of life.Earlier on Wednesday, former democracy lawmaker Au Nok-hin said he was pulling out as an organizer of the weekend vote amid accusations from Beijing that it was illegal.”Withdrawal is the only choice … (to) protect myself and others,” Au said in a Facebook post.A spokesman for Beijing’s top office in the city, the Hong Kong Liaison Office, said the pro-democracy camp’s bid for a legislative majority was an attempt to carry out a “color revolution”, referring to uprisings in other parts of the world.In comments that critics said were aimed at instilling fear, the Liaison Office as well as Chinese government’s Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office and the city’s leader, Carrie Lam, have all said the primaries could violate the national security law.Benny Tai, another organizer of the pro-democracy polls, was defiant.”For those who do not recognize democracy, or do not agree with democratic values, it is difficult to understand the meaning of the primary election,” Tai said.Hong Kong police on Wednesday arrested the vice chairman of the city’s Democratic Party, Lo Kin-hei, on charges of unlawful assembly related to a protest in November.The political tension in Hong Kong has alarmed the business community while the new law has raised concern in countries that support the “one country, two systems” formula of government meant to safeguard its freedoms.On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump ordered an end to Hong Kong’s special status under US law to punish China for what he called “oppressive actions” against the city.China said it would impose retaliatory sanctions on US individuals and entities after Trump signed a law penalizing banks doing business with Chinese officials who implement the new law.In an interview with state agency Xinhua, Chief Executive Lam said US sanctions won’t hurt Hong Kong and in time, concern about the security law would prove unfounded.In another blow to the city’s standing, the New York Times said it would shift part of its Hong Kong office to Seoul, as worries grow that the security law will curb media and other freedoms. Prominent pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong won in his district, but he has been disqualified from previous elections and could face similar hurdles this time.Wong warned against any sweeping disqualification of candidates when he held a news conference with 15 other young politicians who won in their districts.”If the government cracks down on us and disqualifies all the candidates who joined the primaries, it will cause more outrage in the international community and encourage more people to vote for the pro-democratic camp in September,” Wong said.The 16 – all but one under 30 and dressed in black T-shirts – are part of a so-called localist or resistance camp, which outshone the cohort of traditional democrats, which had secured 12 candidate slots as of Wednesday afternoon.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Australia warns economy to shrink record 7% in Q2

first_imgMuch of the forecast deficit comes from massive stimulus spending designed to keep the economy afloat and prevent a full-blown economic depression. The government has rolled out around Aus$289 billion in economic stimulus to cushion the country from the virus fallout, Frydenberg said, including support for workers, businesses and retirees.Unemployment – currently at a two-decade high of 7.4 percent – is expected to peak at 9.3 percent in December.The Australian dollar dipped 0.3 percent Thursday, while shares on the S&P/ASX 200 were flat.However, the government is predicting a quick recovery with the economy returning to growth in the third quarter as easing virus restrictions bring increased activity.Frydenberg also predicted GDP would grow 2.5 percent in 2021, partially based on the assumption that international borders would open from January 1.Australia has recorded more than 13,000 cases of COVID-19 and 133 deaths from the virus.The government is expected to deliver its budget in full in October, while economic growth figures are released in September.Topics : Officials said gross domestic product would contract 7 percent in April-June, pushing the economy into recession for the first time in nearly three decades.A recession is defined as two consecutive quarters of contraction and the economy shrank 0.3 percent in the previous three months.Treasurer Josh Frydenberg also said the budget deficit would blow out to Aus$185 (US$132) billion – almost a tenth of GDP – in the year to June 30, 2021, having hit Aus$86 billion in the previous 12 months.”These harsh numbers reflect the harsh reality we face,” Frydenberg said. “The economic outlook remains very uncertain.” Australia warned on Thursday that its economy will shrink at its fastest pace in history during the second quarter, while the budget deficit will be the biggest since the Second World War as the country battles to contain the impact of the coronavirus.The government has stumped up tens of billions of dollars to fight the pandemic, which has ravaged global trade and forced the shutdown of much of the country earlier in the year, crippling the economy.The reimposition of a six-week lockdown on five million people in Melbourne, the second-biggest city, has added to the struggles for a country already reeling from a prolonged drought and massive bushfires before the disease struck.last_img read more

Incredible transformation of FNQ home, which was destroyed in a blaze three years ago

first_imgThe home was razed in a fire three years ago.DAVID Vivian will never forget the moment he learnt his new Far North home was in ruins.Craving a lifestyle change, the artist and keen photographer was set to move into a quaint house at Miallo, just north of Mossman, in late 2014.“The deal was due to settle in days, and in the meantime I was living just around the corner in a rental home,” he said.“My neighbour called me one up day and said, ‘mate, your house is burning down’, and of course I thought he was joking at first. “I raced around in my car, but by the time I got there it was gone.”At first, Mr Vivian said he was “like a deer in headlights”, unsure of what the future might hold. But over ensuing months, the veteran artist found solace in his trusty sketchbook and a local bar.“My family said I should just sell, but there was something special about the land and the valley, so over the next 12 months I designed a new house,” the 56-year-old said. “I spent a lot of my time at the pub sketching.”And, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, his “forever home” slowly started to take shape.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago“When I looked at what remained of the burnt house, one of the first things I noticed was that it looked like a huge pair of wings,” Mr Vivian said. “I took inspiration from that when designing the new house.” ‘The Perch’, 2017For more than 12 months he has been living in the home, named “The Perch”, which has even won an industry award for its steel framing.With a giant deck, the house is ideal for nature-lovers like Mr Vivian.“Being a creative person, environment was critical in the design,” he said.“Every day there is a selection of different birdlife – many people who come and visit become genuinely moved.” Mr Vivian said several local tradesmen, including builder Alan Jenkins, were influential in bringing the home to life.“There were times early on when I didn’t think it could be done, but with perseverance and some wonderful guiding help of the local building trade, The Perch, came into being,” he said. “Turning that blackened shell into a dream home has changed my life completely.”last_img read more

Lady Trojans JV Gets Win Over Lady Tigers

first_imgThe girls were able to finish the match with a win at Lawrenceburg. They pulled together as a team to overcome the set 1 loss. Alex Disbro and Anna Andres stepped up to lead the team at the serving line, and they were especially effective with their short serves and overall aggressive serving. Disbro was all over the court digging balls, especially in the corners. The middles, Rosemeyer and Miller, anchored our offense, which was led by setter Allison Huismann. Freshman Charson McCory stepped up with some intensity at the net, and Grace Egbers was able to add intensity to keep plays alive. It was a good win for the girls.They improve their record to 7-2. They face Madison at home on Saturday.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Debbie Gregg. East Central JV defeated Lawrenceburg on 8/31 in 3 sets: 23-25,25-27, 15-12.serving aces: Alex Disbro: 5 (25/27); Anna Andres: 3 (10/10); Allison Huismann: 2 (7/8)kills: Ashley Miller: 7 (11/12); Alicia Rosemeyer: 6 (23/26); Charson McCory: 3 (12/12); Grace Egbers: 3 (16/18)blocks: Alicia Rosemeyer 2 (1 solo); Charson McCory: 1digs: Alex Disbro 25/28, Lauren Foster 12/13serve receive: Alex Disbro: 15/16, Anna Andres 11/1, Grace Egbers 12/13Assists: Allison Huismann: 20 (73/80)last_img read more

MP Sudi detained for seven more days

first_imgHe was arraigned in court after spending two days in police cells for ruling on his bail application which has since been deferred.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Kapseret Member of Parliament Oscar Sudi has been detained for seven more days to allow police complete investigations into hate speech and incitement allegations. Sudi, who is accused of making offensive comments, attacking a police officer, and owning illegal firearm appeared before Nakuru Chief Magistrate Josephat Kalu Wednesday afternoon.He will be held at the Nakuru Central Police station awaiting bail ruling. The prosecution had sought to hold the outspoken MP for 14 days to allow time for further investigations.Also Read President Uhuru to make remarks in the 75th Session of UNGAInvestigating Officer James Akello told the court that his release was a threat to public order, peace, and security.On Monday, Nakuru Chief Magistrate Joseph Kyalo deferred the ruling on the bond application to Wednesday after a defence team led by the MP’s lawyer Collins Kiprono and Uasin Gishu Women Representative Gladys Shollei and prosecution conducted by state counsel Daniel Karuri presented their submissions over the matter.Also Read Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East MauDuring the Court’s session convened via video link, Mr Karuri opposed the law maker’s release on bond on grounds that the current situation in Uasin Gishu County was volatile.According to the prosecution, Sudi will face five counts including hate speech contrary to section 139(1) (a) of the NCIC Act no 12 of 2008, assaulting a police officer contrary to section 103 (a) of the National Police Act 2011, offensive conduct contrary to section 94(1) of the penal code, resisting arrest and being illegal possession of a firearm.Read related: Sudi spends two more nights in police custodyThe prosecution further wants the Kapseret MP to surrender a Ceska pistol loaded with 11 rounds of ammunition that was found in a car inside his compound.Also Read Uhuru calls for rebuilding of the UN to better address emerging challengesThe MP surrendered to police on Sunday.last_img read more

Champions League: UEFA president considers ‘final eight’ format

first_imgRelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results MultiChoice unveils sport channels, content line-up UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said the single-game knockout format, used in the Champions League this year from the quarter-final onwards, has produced more exciting football than the usual two-legged games and could be revisited in the future.The format was changed in order to allow the competition to be completed in a shorter time-span after the COVID-19 pandemic halted play for several months across Europe in March. Eight clubs headed to Lisbon and the final was won by Bayern Munich on Sunday against Paris St Germain.“We were forced to do it but in the end we see that we found out something new. So we will think about it in the future for sure,” Ceferin told Reuters in an interview.The UEFA president said without a second-leg to fall back on, teams have been forced to go for goals.“(There has been) not so much tactics. If it is one match, if one team scores then the other has to score as soon as possible. If it is two legged system then there is still time to win the next match,” he said.“More exciting matches for sure but of course we also have to think about the fact that we have less matches and broadcasters (can) say ‘you don’t have as many matches as before, this is different’ so we will have to discuss when this crazy situation ends.” The “final eight” tournament took place without fans in stadiums and the prospect of supporters from eight clubs descending on one city could cause security issues among other logistical problems.The current format is locked in place contractually until 2024/2025 but discussions are due to begin later this year on the structure for the competition for the next phase.The tournament was played over 11 days and clearing space in the congested international calendar would be another obstacle to overcome but Ceferin is clearly intrigued by the possibilities.“Look for sure it is a very interesting format. Now, I doubt as much as the calendar is now, that we could do a final eight (tournament), because it would take too much time. But a format with one match and a system like it is now, I think it would be much more exciting than the format that was before,” he said.Reuters/NAN. Tags: Aleksander CeferinUEFAUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Dad fired after 8-year-old seen working in Popeyes kitchen

first_imgA viral photograph has led to the firing of a Popeyes employee near Dallas, Texas.In the photo, a boy who appears to be 8-year-old and no taller than four feet is seen preparing the insanely popular Popeye’s chicken sandwich in a restaurant.A customer took a video of the boy wearing a Popeye’s apron while he helped the overworked staff as they struggled to keep up with the chicken sandwich orders.The kid’s father worked at the restaurant in Colony, Texas.The person who took the video told Inside Edition the restaurant was packed at the time.last_img

Girls’ basketball roundup: Ellsworth girls win season opener over Foxcroft

first_img Bio Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest Posts Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.center_img DOVER-FOXCROFT — Madison Card scored 20 points in the Ellsworth girls’ basketball team’s 55-39 season-opening win over Foxcroft on Saturday.Ellsworth went on a 20-0 run spanning the second and third quarters to break a 19-19 tie.Emily Berry scored 11 points, Hailee Langley had 10 and Samantha Mason contributed seven for the Eagles.Searsport 54, Bucksport 26This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAt Searsport, Bree Coombs paced Bucksport with nine points in the Golden Bucks’ 54-26 loss on Friday.Penobscot Valley 37, Deer Isle-Stonington 30Allison Eaton paced Deer Isle-Stonington with 10 points in the Mariners’ 37-30 loss at Penobscot Valley on Friday.Ashley Haskell scored nine points for the Mariners. Morgan Shepard contributed six points, and Leah Boyce and Orly Vaughn each had two.MDI 64, Old Town 24Sarah Phelps led the MDI Trojans with 15 points in their 64-24 season-opening win over Old Town on Friday in Bar Harbor.Sierra Tapley and Kelsey Shaw scored 11 and 10 points for the Trojans. Julianna Cleaves and Sara Norberg each contributed eight points. Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016last_img read more

India want ‘phenomenal’ Pant to match daredevil batting with discipline

first_imgNEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – India’s newly appointed batting coach Vikram Rathour has joined head coach Ravi Shastri in demanding more discipline from exciting stumper-batsman Rishabh Pant.Pant’s six-hitting ability makes him a limited-overs asset, but Shastri in a recent interview said the 21-year-old’s penchant for throwing away his wicket has occasionally let the team down.The Delhi player is perceived as Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s natural successor in limited-overs cricket when the former captain eventually hangs up his gloves, but Rathour insisted Pant must improve his shot selection.“Rishabh is a phenomenal player, no doubt about that,” Rathour told reporters in Mohali ahead of the second Twenty20 International against South Africa today. “Of course he needs to sort out his game-plan a little more. He needs to bring in a little bit of discipline to his cricket.”With next year’s Twenty20 World Cup in mind, Rathour extended the message to all young members of the side that fearless cricket did not mean reckless cricket. “What the team management is asking from them is fearless cricket – having clear game-plans and playing with intent, backing your strengths. At the same time, you cannot be careless,” the former India opener said.“I’m sure they are smart enough to understand that.” India will also play three Tests against South Africa next month, when limited-overs stalwart Rohit Sharma may reinvent himself as a Test opener.Rohit smashed a record five centuries at this year’s 50-overs World Cup, but the white-ball stalwart has managed only 27 sporadic Test appearances. Rathour said 32-year-old Rohit has the game to succeed across formats, which would be a massive boost for the side.“He has done so well as an opener in white ball cricket, so I don’t see any reason why he can’t do well in red ball cricket as well, provided we provide him enough opportunities,” Rathour said.“If he comes good, it will be a huge asset for the team. Somebody of his experience, the kind of cricket he plays, if he plays at the top of the order, it will be a huge thing.”last_img read more