Demonstrators express anger on October 30 at the death of Mouhcine Fikri.Fisher Mouhcine Fikri and some friends jumped into the back of a garbage truck to extract his swordfish, worth $11,000, which the fish and game authorities had seized and were going to destroy. His friends were able to jump out of the truck when the cops gave the order to “crush them.”Fikri didn’t make it. His gruesome execution was caught on video by one of his friends and went viral throughout Morocco on Oct. 28. While the biggest demonstrations were in Al Hoceima, Fikri’s hometown in the northeast, the Moroccan press reported massive protests in all of Morocco’s major cities and even in small and midsized ones, 40 cities in all.Al Hoceima is in the Rif area of northern Morocco, a predominantly Berber area with a long history of militant struggle. The Berbers are indigenous to North Africa and make up about 40 percent of Morocco’s people.The protests were massive but peaceful, and the cops didn’t make any attempt to stop them. To calm the fury, 11 police and fishery officials were detained, but the charge was “forgery” for filing faulty paperwork about the incident. It’s highly unlikely that anyone will be charged with killing Fikri, since the authorities are calling it an accident.Protests continued past the immediate outrage, with a major march in Morocco’s capital, Rabat, on Nov. 6. It was not just the gruesome police murder that brought people out into the streets. Protester Khadija Zerwal told Reuters at the rally: “The death of Mouhcine is like a death for all Moroccans. This won’t stop until we get dignity and fairness.” Many protesters marched peacefully toward the Parliament, waving flags, chanting against the ruling elite and demanding dignity.According to Forbes magazine, King Mohammed VI of Morocco is the richest man in North Africa. He has control over and profits from phosphates, Morocco’s most profitable export, as well as the fishing industry.Morocco’s main trading and diplomatic partners are France and Spain, its former colonial masters, but the monarchy goes out of its way to maintain good relations with Washington.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Facebook17Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The United Way of Thurston CountyWhen students are not reading at grade level by third grade they are 4 times more likely not to graduate on time or at all. As part of a nationwide United Way initiative to support our schools assist students with reading, United Way of Thurston County’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program launched the United Way Reading Buddy program in 2011.Community volunteers are recruited and placed in elementary schools to help students struggling to read at grade level with extra reading practice. Reading Buddies help boost their confidence and academic achievement to set the right track for a brighter future. Amber Mark, Branch Manager at Anchor Bank in Lewis County, is a Reading Buddy. Amber meets with her students once a week. She enjoys seeing them build reading confidence and building confidence.Now entering its fifth year, the Reading Buddy program has proven successful outcomes. For the 2015-16 school year, 109 Reading Buddies served 500 students. 96% of the students in the program improved from Fall to Spring based on test scores.“There is still a need for more Reading Buddies in elementary schools throughout Thurston, Lewis and Mason Counties. We have schools on a waiting list and more students to reach,” said Jennifer Thompson, Reading Buddy Program Manager. United Way of Thurston County seeks passionate, dedicated a volunteers in Thurston, Lewis and Mason Counties to join the Reading Buddy program for the 2016-17 school year.“About one hour a week for the duration of the school year is all it takes to make a difference in a child’s life,” said Jennifer Thompson. “Being a Reading Buddy enriches a volunteer’s life too.”Registration is open for upcoming Reading Buddy orientations in Lewis, Mason and Thurston counties.Thurston County – Olympian Community Room (111 Bethel St. NE, Olympia)Tuesday, Sept. 13, 1:30-3:00 pmTuesday, Sept. 20, 1:30p-3:00 pmTuesday, Sept. 27, 1:30p-3:00 pm Lewis County – United Way Office (450 NW Pacific Ave, Chehalis)Tuesday, Sept. 13, 10-11:30 amThursday, Sept. 15, 1-2:30 pmWednesday, Sept. 21, 10-11:30 amMason County – United Way Office (724 W. Railroad Ave, Shelton)Wednesday, Sept. 14th, 10-11:30 amTuesday, Sept. 20th, 10-11:30 amFor more information about the Reading Buddy program or to sign up for an orientation, contact Jennifer Thompson at (360) 943-2773 ext. 121 or email [email protected]
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by House Democratic CaucusDelmar Foster, a student at Timberline High School, served as a page this week in the Washington State House of Representatives. Sponsored by State Rep. Laurie Dolan (D-Olympia), Delmar is the son of Marina Foster of Lacey. Pages perform a wide variety of responsibilities, from presenting the flags to distributing amendments on the House floor. In addition to contributing to the efficient operation of the Legislature, pages receive daily civics instruction, draft their own bills, and participate in mock committee hearings. In his free time, Delmar enjoys movies, video games, and making his own YouTube Videos. He is a team player and loves helping others.
She is among 30 Democratic women in Monmouth running for local, county or state office in 2019, a fact celebrated at the county’s Democratic Women’s Caucus during its seventh annual fundraiser Sept. 19 at Branches Catering in West Long Branch. The guest list included state Assemblywoman Joann Downey, freeholder candidate Moira Nelson, Atlantic Highlands Mayor Rhonda LeGrice and many others. The event, raising campaign funds to support female candidates from Monmouth who attended the fundraiser, was expected to bring in around $15,000. “I’ve known for quite some time that I wanted to run for office,” said Nelson, who wore a shirt with the message “the future is female” on the front. “And this felt like the right time. My roots are here in Monmouth County.” The night’s celebration marked the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote. Many in the crowd wore white in honor of the suffragettes. “There should be more women,” Lo Sapio said. “That’s why I’m glad that our lieutenant governor (Sheila Oliver) is a woman and a woman of color. Change takes time. Just because people are Democrats doesn’t mean they’re always right.” “I remember looking for the Democratic people…when I moved here because I was always a Democrat since I was in high school,” she said. “Isn’t that wonderful?” she said of all the women running in Monmouth this year. “Oh, I think it’s fabulous.” In retrospect, she said, her time in public office was “a learning experience.” Rosenbloom grew up in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn and then later the Bronx, in a neighborhood that was a short walk to Yankee Stadium, before meeting her husband and moving to New Jersey in 1946. Four Democratic women – Downey, Malini Guha, Allison Friedman and Barbara Singer – are running for seats in the state Assembly. Nelson is the only candidate for countywide office, while the rest are running for municipal office around Monmouth. “We’re raising funds because women need to have resources,” said the Rev. Veverly Wyche, chair woman of the caucus. “And so our mission is education, empowerment and economic resources.” Aimee Humphreys, the co-chair woman of the caucus, recalled running for Fair Haven Council in 2014, when she was in her mid-60s. She said she never expected to run for office, but her victory that year made her the first Democrat in a quarter of a century to a win a seat on the governing body of Fair Haven. Among those candidates is Nelson, who grew up in Monmouth County, moved away and then returned. Now a resident of Asbury Park, she is running for one of the two freeholder seats up for grabs. Over her 93 years, she raised a family, practiced law and continued to stay active in politics, even serving as a delegate to the 1976 Democratic national convention, where Jimmy Carter was nominated for president. Rosenbloom, honored at the fundraiser with the women’s suffrage award, said she is a Democrat “because I believe in their policies.” “Women have kind of been left out of the whole process a lot,” said Lucille Lo Sapio, a candidate for Hazlet Township Committee. “And maybe things would be better right now if we had more women” in office, she said. “We believe that we are strong leaders and that we are mothers, we are teachers, we’re educators, we are those who organize in the community,” she said. “And so we believe that it’s our time to rise and be leaders.” Norma Rosenbloom was active in Democratic politics in Monmouth County for decades, until she finally decided she would run for political office this year in Shrewsbury. “We need more female representation,” Nelson said when asked about the state of women in politics in New Jersey. “We need more women at all levels of government.” The Monmouth County Democratic Women’s Caucus gathered to show support for candidates with local roots. The event also celebrated the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Among the attendees were Veverly Wyche, left, caucus chair, former Fair Haven councilwoman Aimee Humphreys; honoree Norma Rosenbloom and Assemblywoman JoAnn Downey (D-11).Photo by Philip Sean Curran In 2018, a record number of women, more than 100, were elected to Congress, including two from New Jersey, incumbent Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) and newcomer Mikie Sherill (D- 12). Yet in a deep blue part of the country where Democrats control all the levers of state government, political power in New Jersey is squarely in the hands of men, namely the governor, the state Senate president and the speaker of the Assembly. Rosenbloom said she is not expecting to win her race in a Republican stronghold. But her message, she said, is to encourage fellow women to run for office and run again if they lose the first time. By Philip Sean Curran “It’s time for women to have their place and their voice,” she said. At 93 years old. She said the caucus has been growing ever since its founding in 2012. She attributed that to “women having a desire to get up and be leaders.”
Oral Tracey is a man of my own order, or almost, or, at least, when he writes in The Gleaner on Tuesdays. I only wish there were more like him, or rather, there were more people who would speak out as he quite often does. As I have been doing for years now, Tracey has been calling for a change in the attitude of the Jamaica Football Federation, or of its president, Horace Burrell, in travelling to England and elsewhere and turning over every stone in order to find a footballer who has a Jamaican connection and who he can convince to come and play for Jamaica. According to Tracey, Burrell is wasting his time, and, again, I congratulate him on saying that. According to Tracey, and me, who believes that he is also wasting the people’s money, Burrell would be better served if he concentrates on building Jamaica’s football and improving Jamaica’s footballers, especially the young footballers. Instead of flying all over the place to tell the foreign-based players about Jamaica, to encourage the foreign-based players to visit Jamaica for a while, a few days at a time, and to represent Jamaica, instead of bringing in these players, paying for their flight “home” and their hotel bills, Burrell could spend a little money, some of Jamaica’s money, on local football, on grounds, etcetera, etcetera. Rome was not built in a day, and neither will the quality of Jamaica’s football, if it is ever to be built at all. Jamaica made it to the World Cup in 1998, however, and Jamaica can make it back again. In around 1993, Burrell turned up at Jamaica House, at a meeting of the National Sports Council, and pleaded for help, for some money, to try and assist Jamaica’s efforts to reach the World Cup finals in 1998. He spoke about the basic skills of young Jamaicans, and about the young footballers’ dream. The meeting turned him down, and he left in disappointment. Prime Minister P. J. Patterson then spoke to the meeting about really considering Burrell’s request. He asked them if they would rob the poor young men of Jamaica of the chance of trying for the World Cup and of fulfilling their dreams. The meeting then voted for the government to assist. The government went beyond the call of duty, and the result is history. A group of Jamaicans, including young Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardner, plus a small set of English-based Jamaicans, Robbie Earle, Paul Hall, Deon Burton, and Fitzroy Sinclair, worked and trained under the guidance of coach RenÈ Simies of Brazil and assistant coach Carl Brown of Jamaica, went to the World Cup, and also beat Japan. That was 1998, and although it is no disgrace, Jamaica have not been back to the World Cup. They, however, recently went to Japan and were easily and comprehensively beaten. What has happened to the Burrell, who in 1993 or thereabouts spoke so emotionally about the young Jamaican footballers? Is this another Burrell? Jamaica’s football has been kept alive, mostly by Red Stripe. The parish leagues have been kept going, mostly by the Captain’s money, but local football itself has been nowhere since 1998. The “national” team, the squad, is made up of almost all foreigners, sometimes with a token local player or two, sometimes they play reasonably well, and sometimes, most times, they play badly. The “national” team, the playing eleven, sometimes has no born and bred Jamaican in it. It is sad to hear commentators, Jamaican commentators, saying that “number 20 plays a pass to number 22”, while describing play, or the newspapers writing that “the Jamaica players arrived yesterday for the home match against El Salvador at the National Stadium”. Team strikes Government assistance And it is worse to hear that the “team was on strike yesterday over money”, the day before a match. And it is worse, remembering that none of these boys play for Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspurs, or Liverpool, and that none of them is Raheem Sterling or Daniel Sturridge. Although Wes Morgan is from Leicester, most of them are from small clubs playing in the lower leagues and would never ever be called to play for England. If, by some miracle, that happens, Burrell would spend his time on his knees pleading in vain for them to come “home” and play. Jamaica is a small country, and we should give opportunities to those who travel while seeking a better life. But their presence on the national team should be limited in numbers, and it should be limited to those who want to play, those who seek to play, and those who are good enough to play. If we follow Tracey’s plea, Jamaica may not make it in 2018, and Jamaica may not even make it 2022 or in 2026. The only hope for Jamaica, however, to make it after that is to offer opportunities to our young, talented local footballers, get them together regularly, play them in the Premier League, and let them express themselves on the way to fulfilling their dreams. On top of it all, Jamaica cannot afford to bring “home” strangers to play “home” matches at the National Stadium, to be in the bargaining room arguing over money when the players should be preparing to play, especially when they are average players treated with kid gloves and are lucky that there is a place like Jamaica, with a body like the JFF, and a president like Burrell.
Community Employment (CE) supervisors nationwide have suspended five days of strike action which they had planned to begin this Monday 13th May.Some 48 CE Supervisors/Assistants were due to strike in Donegal and hold a picket outside Minister Joe McHugh’s Constituency Office in Letterkenny.The suspension of the industrial action follows an agreement with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) to enter into a talks process aimed at resolving a long-running pension dispute. Union representatives have met directly with the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty twice in the last week on the issue.They agreed to establish a working group, which will include DEASP officials and union representatives, with input from the minister where necessary.The working group is to commence a time-bound process of meaningful engagement aimed at resolving the issues of concern for CE supervisors. SIPTU Organiser, Eddie Mullins, said: “As a result of our engagement with the minister a meeting of the Joint Disputes Committee, comprising of both SIPTU and Fórsa representatives, was convened this morning to consider the proposal from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.“After careful consideration the committee determined that the proposed engagement provides a genuine platform to resolve the outstanding issues. In order to allow this process to commence the committee voted unanimously to suspend the scheduled industrial action.” Fórsa head of division Angela Kirk said: “This development has only arisen as a result of the decision of trade union members to take a stand in pursuit of their legitimate claim and demonstrates what can be achieved when we act collectively.”CE supervisors put strike on hold was last modified: May 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:community employmentCommunity Employment (CE) supervisorsstrike
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, left, is congratulated by forward Brandon Ingram, front, and center Ivica Zubac, second from right, after scoring as guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope stands in the background during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 113-100. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Kyle Kuzma scored a career-high 41 points in three quarters against his childhood team, joining some rarified company in the process.His offensive outburst propelled the Los Angeles Lakers over the Detroit Pistons 113-100 on Wednesday night to improve to 3-5 without injured LeBron James.ADVERTISEMENT Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ “Our team has shown a lot of growth from the post-LeBron injury,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said.Kuzma had 22 points in the third quarter, hitting four 3-pointers to get the crowd on its feet and scoring on consecutive goaltending calls. He joined Klay Thompson, Stephen Curry, James Harden and James with 40-plus points in three quarters this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“Pretty cool,” Kuzma said. “That’s the team I grew up watching. My fondest memories is them beating the Lakers.”Kuzma was a 9-year-old in Flint, Michigan, when the Pistons won the 2004 NBA Finals. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening In matchup of MVP frontrunners, Antetokounmpo gets win as Bucks turn back Rockets LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Pistons: Visit Sacramento on Thursday in the second game of a back-to-back before returning to LA to face the Clippers on Saturday.Lakers: At Utah on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He sat out the fourth quarter and put a wrap around his lower back, which has bothered him lately.The second-year forward had scoring runs of 10 and six points in the period, when the Lakers led by 16.“Everything was in the rhythm of the offense,” said Kuzma, who put up 500 shots the day before.“No matter what’s going on in the game he believes the next shot’s going in,” Pistons guard Langston Galloway said.Michael Beasley picked up where Kuzma left off, scoring 15 of his 19 points in the fourth on his 30th birthday. His scoring touch had James and other players on the bench on their feet.ADVERTISEMENT View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Detroit’s Blake Griffin, averaging a career-high 25.3 points per game, was held to 16. He had no rebounds for the first time in his career, in part because of Kuzma’s defense.“You never want to come in here and have a performance like that, especially when you need wins,” Griffin said. “The energy just wasn’t there. We just did a poor job managing this trip so far.”Andre Drummond had 17 rebounds and Reggie Jackson added 15 points for the Pistons, who have lost three in a row and six of seven.The Lakers took the lead for good in the second during a 20-7 spurt that pushed their lead to 13. Lonzo Ball’s bounce pass in the paint to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope got it going. Ball hit a 3-pointer and Kuzma had five points before James came on the court to cheer his teammates during a timeout.TIP-INSPistons: F Zaza Pachulia (bruised right lower leg) sat out.Lakers: James (left groin strain) is set to be re-evaluated Friday and won’t travel with the team for its game in Utah. … Rajon Rondo (right ring finger surgery) has also missed eight games. … The Lakers had a 72-44 edge in the paint. … Tyson Chandler was given the night off.HE SAID IT“It felt like it was skipping around out there until it hit Kuz’s hand and would go up every time.” — Walton on his team’s ball movement.UP NEXT
Bob Dowling Oval will host the event, which includes over 70 teams competing across 10 divisions.These divisions include: Men’s Open’s, 35’s, 40’s, 45’s and 50’s, Women’s Open’s, 20’s, 40’s, Mixed Open and Senior’s Mixed.The Wallsend Wolves will look to claim an impressive fifth successive Club Championship, and their eleventh overall, in 2009.The Central Coast Dolphins will be looking to win their sixth title in seven years in the Men’s Open division, while last year’s Women’s Open winners the Wollongong Devils wont be back to retain their title. For more information, please go the NSW Country Championships website:http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-855-0-0-0
Leonardo Ulloa desperate to get off mark for Rayo Vallecanoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeonardo Ulloa is desperate to get off the mark for Rayo Vallecano.The former Leicester City striker signed earlier this month as a free agent.He told AS: “It bothers me because the team works hard and creates chances, but they don’t end up as goals. It also leaves me alone the fact that we are creating.”Ulloa also spoke of winning the Premier League with Leicester in 2016.”That was a crazy thing. Exceeded expectations. Leicester was a humble team and stayed up thanks to a great final streak. The following year we continued with that form. “The greats were not well and, after the month of December, people began to believe and we, too. We only lost three games in the whole season. That made a difference, we were solid at the back. I really enjoyed it and it aroused sympathy throughout the world.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say