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Riverhead Protestors Say ‘Enough Is Enough’

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first_img Anubia and Auset, the two teen organizers of the Black Lives Matter rally, led the way. Eric Williams’ shirt read, “I am George Floyd.” People young and old turned out in Stotzky Park for the first rally held on Sunday afternoon. Independent/Christine Heeren Malyk Leonard urged people to get involved in their community and in politics. An embrace. Independent/Christine Heeren Some of the protestors laid in the prone position with their hands behind their back like George Floyd was when a Minnesota officer kneeled on his neck, leading to his death. The names of men and women who have lost their lives to police brutality and acts of hate were read out loud. how can you perform CPR on someone who is handcuffed with their hands to their back? ” a man named Freddie, holding the megaphone asked the crowd earlier. Later, they demonstrated. Masks were a must at the rallies. This protestor wrote, “BLM ” for Black Lives Matter on his. “Racism can go by ways if you have that not only in your mind, but you have that in your heart,” The Rev. Arthor L. Faber told the crowd at Stotzky Park. They held signs like, “I can’t breathe,” and held up their hands. “Enough Been Enough.” At least 200 protestors filled West Main Street in Riverhead for part of a demonstration on Sunday afternoon. Eric Williams, the organizer of the “Enough Is Enough” really addressed the crowd with his cousin, the Rev. Arthor L. Faber. “We do things the right way,” Riverhead Town Police Chief David Hegermiller said in response when someone yelled his department does things the wrong way. Independent/Christine Heerencenter_img Many signs, one message. Eric Williams organized the “Enough Is Enough” rally in Stotzky Park. Protestors walked in the street during part of the march. The names of all those who have lost their lives. Protestors embraced. The message is more than just a hashtag. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, protestors found ways to put their message on their mask. Attendees are looking for justice. Videographer: Independent/Christine HeerenA woman shouts for justice during the march. Independent/Christine HeerenHundreds turned out Sunday afternoon in Riverhead in support of George Floyd, delivering a message that systemic racism and police brutality cannot be tolerated any longer.The Enough is Enough Rally’s assembly in the parking lot of Stotzky Park drew well over 100 people to show solidarity in their outrage of how Floyd, handcuffed, died when a Minnesota police kneeled on his neck, suffocating him May 25. About a dozen speakers urged the crowd to incite change rather than violence, as some protestors have in cities around the country in recent days.Later, in a non-permitted assembly organized by a Riverhead teen and billed as a Black Lives Matter protest, at least 200 people marched through the streets of downtown Riverhead. They convened at the Riverfront, walked up Main Street chanting things like, “No justice, no peace,” and congregated by the gazebo at Riverhead Town Hall, where the names of known victims of police brutality were read.“They are trying to rule George Floyd’s death as underlying disease. He was murdered,” an organizer who only said her name was Anubia, from the gazebo. Despite charges brought against the officer, “They’re still trying to say that the police were not in the wrong.”“No more silence. Silence is violence. Silence is loud,” she said. “To all my Americans here today — speak up.”An embrace. Independent/Christine HeerenAt both events, most attendees wore masks to prevent the transmission of the novel coronavirus. Gatherings of more than 10 people is technically still prohibited under New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive orders.During the group’s march back into town, they demonstrated in the middle of Main Street. Some sat, others kneeled, and some laid prone with their hands behind their backs — Floyd’s position while he pleaded with the officer to get off of him.The police presence was a stark contrast to the rally earlier in the day, where there had been very little. Town of Riverhead, Town of Southampton, and state police officers stood by wearing helmets and holding shields. A command van was parked around the corner from the police department at the ready. Some protestors yelled at police officers. No violence was reported, though.Organizers asked to hear from the police, and Riverhead Police Chief David Hagermiller, who had been keeping an eye on the protest from a vehicle, and addressed the crowd.“I’ve been here 38 years. I’m protecting you every day. These guys are protecting you every day,” he said, motioning to the officers behind him. “We’re doing our jobs. If there’s a problem with us, you come to me and we talk about what happened.”A protestor. Independent/Christine HeerenSome people screamed about their grievances with local cops, with one woman saying an officer told her, “You’re next,” during an altercation amid the march.Another man asked why there are not more minorities on the police force. The chief said he would like to hire more, but there are not many on the county’s Civil Service list.At the rally in the park, Malyk Leonard, a Riverhead native, said the answer lies within the community, which he noted is predominantly black and Latino.“Do we have police that actually represent the community? If not, go to the police station and sign up to become a police officer,” he said. “We talk about inequity in education, but let’s ask ourselves, do the board members represent us? Do they look like us? If not, run for the board.”“If you don’t want to run for office, vote,” Leonard continued. “If you’re not registered to vote, go to the post office, go to the DMV, go to town hall and vote out the people who are not doing anything for us and vote people in who can actually do something for us.”Evelyn Hobson, a Riverhead police officer, said as a black woman, and mother of a young black man, she “checks all the boxes of who is affected by systemic racism, and questions actions of some officers.”People young and old turned out in Stotzky Park for the first rally held on Sunday afternoon. Independent/Christine Heeren“I understand the pain, the rage and the anger, but expressing it through violence and damage to property is counterproductive as opposed to productive,” she said to the crowd. “If your house is on the verge of falling down you don’t snatch away the cornerstone, you reinforce it, you work together to strengthen the foundation.”Eric Williams, a security guard at Riverhead High School who helps organize the annual “Stop the Violence” basketball game in Riverhead, put the rally together, getting the proper permits and promising a peaceful protest. But, he said, he refused to bring his 10-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter out of fear it would turn violent.“Let’s do this peacefully, together,” said Lawrence Street, the president of the Eastern Long Island branch of the NAACP. “This is nothing new,” he said of police brutality. “I could stand here and talk about the problems to you guys, but it’s about a solution to the problems. We need to start thinking about what do we do about this.”“The only way that we can make a difference right now is that we need to vote,” he added. “Get out and vote.”“We do things the right way,” Riverhead Town Police Chief David Hegermiller said in response when someone yelled his department does things the wrong way. Independent/Christine HeerenSeveral local politicians were also in attendance. Riverhead Councilwoman Catherine Kent quoted James Baldwin, who said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”“We cannot begin healing unless we honestly face our problems,” she said.The Rev. Arthor L. Faber said the time to stand silent is over. He told a 25-year-old story about the time he was on his way to work at Stotzky Park. The then-14-year-old was walking with an egg sandwich and an Arizona iced tea when a sheriff pulled over and made him sit on a curb while he dumped out the can.“He wanted to make sure that I knew who I was, and who he was, and to never forget this experience,” Faber said. “I can’t say that I’m Mr. Floyd, because I’m still here talking. And I can’t say what his intentions were, but I can tell I felt violated . . . I can tell you I felt humiliated over a can of iced tea.”Just nine months earlier, Rodney King had been dragged out of his car and beaten by Los Angeles cops.When Faber told his mother, a police officer, what happened, “You know what advise she gave me? God bless her — ‘Don’t say nothing,’” he recounted. “I loved my mom, and I didn’t know then, but she was a product of her environment too. But I do know now that the time for us to remain silent is over.”Christine Heeren contributed reporting to this article.taylor@indyeastend.com Small children also took part in the march. People also chanted, “I can’t breathe.” Some sat, some kneeled to symbolically stand up to injustice during what was billed as a Black Lives Matter protest Sunday. Sharelast_img

Legal aid: ‘justice is ours’

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first_imgSerious miscarriages of justice will go uncorrected if the government pushes through planned legal aid cuts, a demonstration outside London’s Old Bailey heard.The rally, organised by the Justice Alliance – a coalition of 30 lawyers and victims groups, charities and unions – was held to mark the 64th anniversary of legal aid and to protest against the proposed cuts. A twin protest took place in Manchester.Attended by around 300 lawyers, striking court staff and justice campaigners, the venue for the protest was significant. On the spot 22 years ago, the Birmingham six walked free after a third and finally successful appeal against their conviction and life sentences for the Birmingham pub bombings in 1974.In a message from one of the six, read by Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn, Billy Power said: ‘Had these new proposals been in place during our imprisonment we would never have had our day in court to clear our names or walked free from the Old Bailey.’He warned: ‘Should the Ministry of Justice’s proposals be implemented, the tireless work of solicitors involved in miscarriages of justice and human rights cases will be severely diminished or totally extinguished leaving no one to take up these cases.’And said that the proposals to introduce price-competitive tendering for criminal legal aid contracts, so that the ‘lowest bidder in an auction’ represents suspects, will ‘reduce the whole justice system to the lowest common denominator’.This in turn, he said, will mean the ‘already overstretched’ Criminal Cases Review Commission would be ‘overwhelmed with cases and won’t be able to cope’.The rally heard from investigative journalist and Panorama reporter Raphael Rowe – convicted in 1990 of murder as part of the M25 Three, but acquitted and released a decade later, who said: ‘I wouldn’t have been released without legal aid.’Speakers condemned the proposed cuts to legal aid for prisoners, the limits to be placed on public funding for judicial review and the cuts to criminal legal aid.The mother of a man suffering from Friedreich’s ataxia spoke of the neglect her son had suffered in prison, before he was released with the help of a legal aid lawyer and the mother of a rape victim whose attackers walked free following police blunders. She told how her family would have been unable to hold the police to account without legal aid.‘If it hadn't been for legal aid, I wouldn't have been able to fight the case at all… we had enough money to live on but not to pay lawyers,’ she said.Earlier this month, justice secretary Chris Grayling abandoned the government’s plan to remove client choice and promised a second consultation in September on plans to ‘transform’ criminal legal aid.Addressing the rally, Grayling’s Labour shadow Sadiq Khan accused him of being ‘the most legally illiterate’ lord chancellor in the country’s history.He vowed to fight the government’s proposals, saying: ‘We have a few months to save legal aid and I’m with you.’Fellow Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn told the rally of the ‘need to make a lot of noise in September’, but said: ‘We’re in this for the long haul to make sure everyone gets justice.’Holding a banner that read ‘Be afraid without legal aid’, director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti signaled her intent to fight the injustice she feared would be perpetrated by the government’s plans.‘I’m not afraid because this ain’t the end, it hasn’t even started,’ she said.There were further signs that the legal profession is prepared to get more militant in its opposition to the cuts. Solicitor Matt Foot, one of the event organisers asked: ‘What worked for the suffragettes? – taking direct action.’And NAPO general secretary Ian Lawrence, condemning the proposed ‘sell-off’ of the 101-year-old probation service, spoke of ‘coordinated strike action by the unions in the summer.‘Justice is not for profit; it’s ours,’ said Lawrence.If Chris Grayling thought that bashing lawyers and their vulnerable clients was going to be an easy way to find the savings he is required to, he must surely by now have realised his mistake.As he and his colleagues at the ministry mull over the details of the revamped consultation to be published in September, he should be aware that come the autumn he will have a fight on his hands.Catherine Baksi is a reporter on the Gazette Follow Catherine on Twitter Join our LinkedIn Legal Aid sub-grouplast_img

Aristides Gomes appointed G.Bissau PM, ending leadership deadlock

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first_imgSitting between Senegal and Guinea on Africa’s west coast, Guinea-Bissau has struggled with volatility for years. It has seen multiple coup attempts since independence from Portugal in 1973 Guinea Bissau youths face unemployment It had been hoped that the March 10 vote would draw a line under a crisis that erupted in August 2015 when President Vaz sacked Mr Pereira, his then prime minister.The vote saw the PAIGC and its allies control 54 of parliament’s 102 seats but lawmakers proposed Pereira, the party leader, as prime minister, a move rejected by Mr Vaz. Mr Vaz’s five-year rule as President ends on Sunday. President Vaz had so far refused to name his estranged deputy Domingos Simoes Pereira prime minister in the tiny West African country. The Economic Community of West African States on Thursday gave Guinea Bissau a weekend deadline to name a prime minister or face sanctions. The ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC) then proposed Gomes as its candidate for premier.center_img “Mr Aristide Gomes is named prime minister,” a presidential decree said, adding that Mr Gomes would be appointed on Saturday. Related Aliou Cisse appointed Senegal Coach Guinea-Bissau President Jose Mario Vaz on Saturday appointed Aristide Gomes as prime minister, ending a political deadlock that dragged on since legislative elections in May. Guinea-Bissau court upholds PM nominationlast_img

J’cans arrested in US Immigration operation

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first_img Share 87 Views   no discussions ATLANTA (AP) — Federal immigration authorities say they arrested 60 people in a targeted five-day operation in metro Atlanta, the Augusta area and northwest Georgia.US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a news release Wednesday that officers made the arrests of the foreign citizens from June 14-18.ICE says 17 of those arrested meet the agency’s highest priority level because they had prior felony convictions or are members of a criminal street gang. The agency says the remaining 43 meet its second level of priorities for enforcement because they have serious or multiple misdemeanor convictions.Those arrested come from the following countries: Antigua, Belize, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Romania, South Korea and Thailand.They are being held in ICE custody pending deportation proceedings or deportation from the US. Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet InternationalNewsPrintRegional J’cans arrested in US Immigration operation by: Associated Press - June 25, 2015 Sharelast_img

Chris Bosh Looks To Rejoin Dwayne Wade, LeBron James In The Future

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first_img Co-editor, photographer covering the Cleveland Monsters, Gladiators and Indians. Also, passionate about high school sports, be sure to follow David on Twitter and Instagram @neosi_sprouse for in-game updates and up-to-the-minute developing news. Related TopicsChris BoshDwayne WadeLebron James MIAMI, Florida – Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat, is thinking of rejoining the NBA after he is back on his feet from healing from the blood clots that he was sidelined by.Bosh is looking towards former Heat teammate, Dwayne Wade, who is now in Chicago, for a team that would be interested in having him on the team, as well as Bosh.He also has looked to LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who is likely to not re-sign with the Cavs next season due to disagreements with Cavalier’s front office.The NBA has rules about athletes performing on the blood thinning medications that Bosh is currently on, so his return to basketball is unlikely. Although, if all of these things did happen to align it could make for a powerhouse somewhere within the NBA landscape.“From what I’ve been told, Bosh has not definitively decided whether to resume his career. He certainly has not ruled it out. And the idea of playing again with Dwyane Wade or LeBron James appeals to him.” – Barry Jackson of the Miami HeraldBoth James and Wade have expressed support for Bosh while being out of the game. In the upcoming months, we can look forward to what is to come.In this fantasy, where would it be that the three could reunite? I guess we just have to see if it comes to fruition.center_img David Sprouselast_img

County cancels beach patrol contract

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first_img Share RelatedON PATROL: County tasks Barnhill with beach safetyBy CRAIG ALANIZ Reporter/Photographer press@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Cameron County has hired a Beach Safety Coordinator to ensure safety at Isla Blanca Park, Andy Bowie Park and County beach access points throughout the year. Jammie Barnhill was named Beach Safety Coordinator. She said she is working on getting the county beach patrol program…February 21, 2013In "News"Area preparing for Spring BreakBy CRAIG ALANIZ Reporter/Photographer press@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Officials for the City of South Padre Island met at city hall to present their measures for the Spring Break season last Thursday. The season is expected to last from Friday, March 1 until the end of Holy Week, which is March 31. Last year’s…February 28, 2013In "News"County expands beach patrol, talks park projectBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Beach safety and park improvements were the topics of two lengthy discussions during a regular meeting of the Cameron County Commissioners Court last Tuesday. Cameron County Beach Patrol Chief Michael Johnson, along with Parks Director Joe Vega, addressed the court with a proposal…July 22, 2016In "News" By CRAIG ALANIZReporter/Photographerpress@portisabelsouthpadre.com The contract between Cameron County and the City of South Padre Island for beach patrol at the county parks was cancelled last Wednesday at the Commissioners’ Court.Fire Chief Burney Baskett said the contract enabled the city to extend their beach patrol through to the county parks. He said summer 2012 was the first recorded season that the city did not suffer a drowning at the parks.The three year contract that began in July 2012 was cancelled at Cameron County Commissioners Court on Wednesday, January 2. The cancellation notice arrived at the fire station this week; the contract had a 30-day cancellation clause.Baskett said the county is planning on facilitating a staff for the parks. He said a single lifeguard will be patrolling the parks during the spring beginning March 1.Currently, the beach patrol serves within the South Padre Island city limits from Schlitterbahn water park to The Shores subdivision. Baskett said a full staff for the county and city is expected for March during spring break.Read this story in the Jan. 10 edition of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img

Port Isabel worries Lighthouse future could be in jeopardy

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first_imgBy DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comPort Isabel city leaders are taking action to help ensure the use and operation of the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse remains the same in years to come after news that the Texas Sunset Commission has suggested certain historical sites currently owned by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) be transferred to the Texas Historic Commission.“That’s concerning to us because we have this agreement with Texas Parks and Wildlife and we would not want this agreement to be lost in the shuffle,” explained Port Isabel City Manager Jared Hockema during a regular meeting of the City Commission Tuesday evening.“For us, it’s really a lot more; it’s really like a town square,” Hockema said.It’s not really just a historic site,” the city manager said, summarizing a list of activities the City hosts on the property, including Lighthouse Cinema, Market Days and more.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedLighthouse officially reopensBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com After more than a year spent hidden beneath a layer of scaffolding, the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse was officially reopened to visitors Tuesday. The City of Port Isabel, in partnership with the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, celebrated the reopening of the iconic…January 26, 2018In "News"ALMOST THEREYear-long wait for Lighthouse renovations nearly over By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It’s been more than a year since scaffolding first went up around the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse for what was supposed to be a 2-month long project to repaint the exterior and replace the balcony railing.…December 22, 2017In "News"Port Isabel preps for Lighthouse fightBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The City of Port Isabel is preparing to ramp up efforts to maintain an existing agreement it has held for several years with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) regarding the operation and maintenance of the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse. The agreement…February 15, 2019In "News" Sharelast_img

FERC On Schedule To Release Draft EIS For AK LNG Project, Next Month

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first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is scheduled to release the draft Alaska LNG environmental impact statement, or EIS, next month. The future of the project could however depend on the results of a economic study conducted by the AGDC. Governor Mike Dunleavy: “AGDC is supposed to come out with an economic study that will determine how or if we move forward. Depending on what that data shows us we will have a discussion with the legislature and see how they want us to proceed.”  The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, the AGDC, announced that it had signed an agreement with BP and ExxonMobil to collaborate on ways to advance the LNG project on March 8. FERC extended the schedule for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project by four months. The agency cited the state’s timeline for answering federal regulators’ questions and fulfilling data requests as the reason for the extension.center_img In the meantime, AGDC Program Management Vice President stated that the corporation is anticipating a 90-day public comment period for the draft document once it’s released. Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will seek to advance the project by working together to identify ways to improve the project’s competitiveness, and progress FERC authorization to construct the project.last_img

Further your education with the Community Trust

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first_imgThe club's official charity has continually grown in strength and capacity and can now enable learners to develop life skills, maximise career choices and opportunities through carefully designed qualifications, no matter what their academic or practical level. Subsequently, the Trust attract and accept a variety of students on to each of their courses, which range from post-16 to degree level.AVAILABLE COURSES- BA (Hons) Sports Business and Entrepreneurship (University of the West of England) - Fnd in Community Sports Coaching and Development (University of South Wales) - Fnd in Community Football Coaching and Development (University of South Wales) - BTEC Level 3 in Sport - Boys Futsal Programme (Ashton Park School)- BTEC Level 3 in Sport - Girls Futsal Programme (Ashton Park School)- BTEC Level 3 in Sport - Tennis Coaching Scholarship (Ashton Park School) - BTEC Level 3 in Sport and Creative Media (Boomsatsuma/Cabot Learning Foundation) - BTEC Level 3 in Enterprise and Entrepreneurship - BTEC Level 3 in Sport - Boys and Girls Football Programme (Merchants Academy) - BTEC Level 2 in Sport - Boys and Girls Football Coaching Programe (Bridgwater and Taunton College)last_img