Spike Lee calls NFL commissioner’s apology excluding Colin Kaepernick ‘weak’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMichael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty ImagesBy JOANNE ROSA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Director Spike Lee criticized NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s apology to players about racism, after he did not specifically name former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.In response to the unrest and protests following the death in police custody of George Floyd — a black man who died on Memorial Day after he was pinned down by a white Minnesota police officer — Goodell issued a video statement on Friday, June 5, apologizing for “not listening” to players about racism.“We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people. We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest,” Goodell said in a video posted on the NFL’s Twitter page. “We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter. I personally protest with you and want to be part of the much-needed change in this country.”Lee, an Oscar-winning director who’s been portraying the black experience in his films for over 40 years, called Goodell’s statement “weak” on The View Friday.“Mr. Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the ‘No Freedom League,’ that apology was weak. It was piss poor and plain bogus,” Lee said.Kaepernick was the first NFL player to take a knee on the football field during the playing of the national anthem, in August 2016, to protest police brutality. Ultimately, his actions sparked a movement against racism, and while he had many supporters, he also had many opponents.Kaepernick hasn’t been with an NFL team since he severed his contract with the 49ers in March 2017.Lee questioned how Goodell could apologize for the NFL’s “misguided acts” without referencing the former 49ers quarterback, calling it “a point blank punk move.”“I mean every word I said. It was a punk move,” he added.As protests across the globe continue over the death of Floyd, Lee has showed his support for the cause and joined marches in New York City.“Those last eight horrific minutes of our brother’s life, where he’s calling out to his mother, calling out ‘I can’t breathe,’ echoing what we heard from Eric Garner, those images went around the world,” Lee said. “That is why people have taken to the streets around the world.”Amongst growing concerns and demands for police reform in the United States, Lee accused President Donald Trump of “trying to change the narrative” of the “defund the police” movement and “make people think that defund the police means we don’t need the police at all.”“Words are important and [people] use the semantics to get the message twisted,” Lee said, adding that Trump also warped Kaepernick’s message behind kneeling on the field in 2016.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund June 12, 2020 /Sports News – National Spike Lee calls NFL commissioner’s apology excluding Colin Kaepernick ‘weak’center_img Written bylast_img read more

Suicide student honoured

first_imgA former St Peter’s student who committed suicide has been awarded a posthumous degree by the college.Stockbroker Anjool Maldé was 24 when he jumped off the roof of an exclusive London restaurant last summer. Mr Maldé had been under investigation by Deutsche Bank for posting prank messages on a financial website. Maldé read Geography at St Peter’s College. Since his death, friends of Mr Maldé  have announced plans for an endowment in Anjool’s memory with a target initial amount of £20,000 to fund an annual scholarship of £800 to be awarded to an Oxford student.St Peter’s college said in a statement: “Mr Maldé was clearly destined to develop a distinguished career in whatever he turned his hand to and it is therefore particularly tragic that his life was cut so short.”  As well as awarding him the degree, St Peter’s also hosted a memorial tea for Mr Malde.last_img read more

PREMIERE: Rob Drabkin Gets Deep In New “Someday” Music Video

first_imgMeet Rob Drabkin: graduate of Trinity University in San Antonio, TX with a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. With the intention of becoming a doctor, Drabkin has strayed far away from his scientific approach and has instead become a well-established musician in Denver, Colorado.His focus quickly changed after a family trip to New York. “My Dad played Jazz full time for 30 years before he got into medicine. On that trip, we re-connected with his old musician friends, and it was inspiring to see them giving their lives to music night after night for so many years. That was the night I dropped science and dedicated myself to music. After that moment, I spent every possible minute singing and honing all of the songwriting skills that I could.” He adds, “It’s kind of embarrassing to admit, but I had an epiphany while watching the Broadway musical Chicago. I decided right then and there that I didn’t want to work in a research lab for the rest of my life and that I wanted to pursue music full time.” He took to Denver’s music scene quickly, and set his career into motion.Drabkin’s newly released single, “Someday,” is a smooth, comforting track that provides a new plateau of possibilities. “We too often forget that love is ever-present. We share it with each other through laughter, smiles, and sympathy. We can find it in everything and we can also create it in the smallest, most unassuming moments of our lives. I wrote this song for those moments. All we can do is keep being kind and have the courage to choose love in every decision we make,” he explains. Watch the official music video below:In “Someday,” Drabkin’s lyrical talents show his listeners that you can take whatever you might endure, and turn it into a way to express yourself. Although the Colorado native has an impressive list of musical achievements, this song serves as an opportunity to start his career from scratch.“When I decided to translate this song into a video, director Dillon Novak pitched the story of people on a train or metro car. My immediate thought was to feature the New York City subway. This felt right to me because I really can’t imagine a better cross-section of society. The beauty of the subway, is that it doesn’t have one identity. Instead, it is a constant mix of race, religion, class, gender, etc. It doesn’t matter where the people are going, it matters that they are moving forward together. As I navigate New York City with my guitar and an old Polaroid, I choose to see life through a different lens. From an act of kindness, to an old love, and the innocence of a child, each moment captured is a compelling reminder that love is where you look for it,” Drabkin tells us.Catch Rob Drabkin in a city near you! Head to his website for tour schedule.last_img read more

Phish Shares Lighting Time-Lapse Of 2018 L.A. Forum Show, Features Las Vegas “46 Days” Audio [Watch]

first_imgToday, ahead of their four upcoming sold-out New Year’s run shows, set to take place from December 28th–31st at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Phish has shared a lighting time-lapse from their July 28th, 2018 show at Inglewood, CA’s Forum, and features audio of “46 Days” from their November 3rd, 2018 show at Las Vegas, NV’s MGM Grand Garden Arena.Phish’s lighting and motion programmer / associate lighting designer Andrew Giffin orchestrated the time-lapse video, as lighting director Chris Kuroda brought his magic to Southern California’s beloved red velvet seated venue over the summer.Watch Phish’s new lighting time-lapse video below:Phish – “46 Days” Lighting Time-Lapse[Video: Phish]Setlist: Phish | The Forum | Inglewood, CA | 7/28/18Set One: Julius, Suzy Greenberg > Timber Ho!, Soul Shakedown Party, Kill Devil Falls, 555, Your Pet Cat, Tide Turns, No Men In No Man’s Land > Bathtub GinSet Two: Gotta Jibboo > Fuego > Birds of a Feather > Meatstick > Soul Planet > Wingsuit > CavernEncore: Sparkle > Character Zerolast_img read more

Week-long training inspires Harvard’s dining team

first_imgHarvard’s students were still on break, but from Jan. 7-11, class was in session. Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) took advantage of a rare downtime on campus to host 226 hourly employees and 44 managers for a first-of-its-kind week-long training.“We’re a large department,” noted David Davidson, managing director for HUDS, “and also an extremely busy one, with teammates scattered across campus. We rarely get to come together to work on the soft skills, the interpersonal understanding, connection, creativity, and inspiration that keeps you engaged in your job at a higher level. This week was a special moment.”The training opened with a video, featuring photos of the fall semester and messages of thanks for the staff from administrators and students.  The group then dug into the theme “Working at Harvard,” starting with a review of the new Campus Services Mission and Guiding Principles. Employees broke into work unit groups to share how they live the mission in their jobs. For the guiding principle “Build partnerships based on trust and transparency,” for example, ideas ranged from learning about a coworker’s heritage or culture to being flexible in your position when others need help. For “Committing to be a learning organization,” employees mentioned highlighting healthy choices for customers or being mindful of the learning pace and preference of coworkers.Other “Working at Harvard” sessions included a police department overview of campus safety, a review of employee benefits (including a benefits fair), and Title IX training.,The themes for the rest of the week were “Working at HUDS,” “Skills for Your Job,” and “Teamwork.” These trainings featured sessions such as intensive, in-kitchen training with the Culinary Institute of America (focused on beans and grains) and the Humane Society of the United States (focused on vegan cookery), Diversity and Inclusion training, creating a team resume, understanding sustainability buzzwords, understanding and building credit, and peer stories of career advancement at Harvard.Planning began in the late summer, led by Susan Simon, the training coordinator. “We’ve never done anything as intensive as this before,” noted Simon. “It was like a professional conference, with program tracks. Everyone contributed ideas and took the lead on various segments.  Our managers were able to share their expertise, work with people they might not normally work with, and bring out conversations and experiences that elevated the whole team.”Before this year, HUDS traditionally offered voluntary training days in January and March, but participation was nominal. “It was an amazing experience for me,” said Ed Salerno, senior general manager for Eliot and Kirkland House Dining Halls. “I got to interact with my employees in a different way, and likewise they got to interact with each other. Sometimes we get bogged down with solving problems, but for this week, as a team, we got to see the best of each other and I think it will make us more positive as a unit moving forward.”last_img read more

Dual Degree students enjoy both campuses

first_imgA small group of Saint Mary’s students are getting the best of both worlds as they take Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s courses through participating in the Dual Degree Program. The Dual Degree Program is a five-year program in which the students attain a bachelor’s degree in math or science at Saint Mary’s and receive another bachelor’s degree in engineering at Notre Dame.“The program allows us to be an integral part of the Saint Mary’s community while exploring the benefits of a degree at Notre Dame,” Angela Willson, a sophomore in the Dual Degree Program, said. “There is nothing better than coming back to the Saint Mary’s campus and feeling like you are home where you belong.”The first year of the program immerses students exclusively in Saint Mary’s courses to help them acclimate to college life. Then students start taking classes at Notre Dame during their sophomore year.“The transition from all Saint Mary’s classes to having classes over at Notre Dame was jarring because it was a big change from attending smaller classes to being in this huge lecture hall with 100 other people,” said Taylor Chamberlain, a sophomore chemistry and chemical engineering double major.The Dual Degree Program has students taking classes on both campuses throughout their sophomore, junior and senior years. The fifth year of the program has students solely dedicated to taking Notre Dame courses.“I look forward to continuing more classes at Notre Dame,” Willson said. “When you’re a sophomore in the program, you really haven’t begun to explore your actual intended engineering major.”All Dual Degree participants must submit an application to Notre Dame in order to finish their fifth year in the program.“The possibility that I may not be accepted into the fifth year of the program is a constant concern,” Chamberlain said. “But I don’t dwell on it too much because I don’t want to do anything else.”last_img read more

Night market to celebrate culture and cuisine

first_imgWhile spreads of authentic bubble tea, butter mochi, dumplings, turon, samosas and taiyak are normally anomalous to find at Notre Dame, a number of cultural clubs on campus will be cooking these delicacies up for a night of delicious food, vibrant performances and traditional games.The Notre Dame Taiwanese Student Association along with Multicultural Student Programs and Services and the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies will cosponsor the event, transforming the Dahnke Ballroom in Duncan Student Center to imitate the bright and bustling street markets of Taiwan for the Notre Dame Night Market.While the event initially began four years ago as a collaboration between the Taiwanese Student Association (TSA) and the Japan Club, the Night Market has grown to include more than 10 clubs and organizations beyond the Asian-American community. “We actually have four new clubs joining us this year: Hawaii Club, Hong Kong Student Association, South Asian Student Association (SASA) and Chinese Culture Society (CCS),” senior Isabel Chan, co-president of TSA, said. “It’s just gotten bigger and better every year.”Each club will have its own booth to serve authentic food, and some of the clubs will set up traditional games for the regions they represent. The Night Market will also feature performances by Ballet Folklorico, Azul y Oro, Chinese Culture Society and Project Fresh. Senior Jonny Xu, co-president of TSA, said the Night Market brings the University’s cultural clubs together to celebrate their differences.“This is one of the only events where you can go and see all of the diversity and the different cultures represented at Notre Dame,” he said.Students will receive two free tickets at the door that can be used to redeem food and play games at the 11 booths. Additional tickets will cost $5 for five tickets and $8 for 10 tickets. The games also give students chances to earn raffle tickets to win various prizes including an Amazon Echo, Asian food baskets and more.The Night Market drew around 300 people last year, said Chris Moy, junior and vice president of TSA, and they are hoping for an even bigger turnout this year because of the addition of a few organizations not present in past years.Chan said TSA allocates funds to the different clubs that participate in the event to spend on the food and games they will present at the Night Market.“Inviting clubs to the Night Market and giving them funding allows them to showcase their culture, and it gives them a platform to share their club with the rest of the community, which may otherwise be difficult for smaller clubs that don’t usually have the opportunity or money to do so,” she said.Moy also discussed how the Night Market benefits the clubs involved.“The Night Market empowers other cultural clubs to go out and do events and connect with the people that they meet through our event,” Moy said.Open to all members of the Notre Dame community, Chan and Moy said they encourage anyone who is interested to attend.“At the end of the day, our culture is not something we should hide or make exclusive,” Chan said. “It’s something that we should share with the entire Notre Dame student body and try to be as inclusive [with] it as possible.”Tags: Asian American Culture, Chinese Culture Society, Hawaii club, Hong Kong Student Association, Japan Club, Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies., Notre Dame Night Market, Notre Dame Taiwanese Student Association, South Asian Student Associationlast_img read more

Brazilian Air Force Observers Monitor Ceasefire in Western Sahara

first_imgBy Kaiser Konrad/Diálogo November 17, 2017 The Western Sahara conflict dates back to the 1950s, when the Kingdom of Morocco gained independence. Soon after, Morocco claimed sovereignty over an area south of its border under a Spanish protectorate. The indigenous Sahrawi (from the Arabic for “people of the Sahara”) population, who acclaimed their independence from Spain, rejected Morocco’s claim—a lengthy conflict ensued. In 1991, the United Nations (UN) established the Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) to bring an end to the conflict between Moroccans and Sahrawis. To fulfill the mission’s mandate, military observers monitor compliance of military agreements established between both parties and MINURSO, which guarantees the ceasefire. Those agreements define the following areas: the berm (a 1,600-kilometer-long wall of sand that separates parties to the conflict), the buffer strip (a 5-kilometer-wide area east of the berm that runs along its entire length), the restricted area (a 30-kilometer-long area on each side of the berm), and the area of limited restrictions (the rest of the territory administered by both parties to the conflict). The UN agreements also define authorizations and prohibitions for both parties involved. In 2008, the Brazilian Air Force (FAB, per its Portuguese acronym) sent its first officer to act as a military observer in MINURSO. As of 2017, the Brazilian contingent in MINURSO consists of 10 officers—seven from the Army, two from the Air Force, and one from the Navy. Responsibilities Military observers conduct daily ground patrols consisting of two vehicles with two observers of different nationalities in each. They cross the desert to visit military units or inspect routes, areas, and checkpoints. Eventually, patrols monitor the destruction of mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO), or escort UN logistics convoys. In addition, they carry out flyover reconnaissance missions aboard helicopters and monitor compliance to the status quo. FAB Major Júlio Cesar do Amaral, Jr. is in Western Sahara as one of the FAB’s military observers in MINURSO. According to him, the operation has nine team sites (TS) on both sides of the conflict. “Each TS is a small isolated garrison with 15 to 20 service members of various nationalities with an area of responsibility and operations,” Maj. Júlio Cesar said. Brazilian service members deployed as follows: two at TS Smara, two at TS Awsard, two at TS Mehaires, one at TS Mahbas, and three at the mission’s headquarters (HQ) in Laayoune. “This is not a fixed distribution. As a service member approaches six months on the mission, he is sent to another TS or to HQ,” he said. In MINURSO, English is the official language and is used in all documents exchanged between the TS and HQ. “With that said, the official language of the warring parties is not English—Moroccans speak Arabic and French, and Sahrawis speak Arabic and Spanish. Despite communication differences, all TS have military observers who speak at least one of these languages to act as translators in more specific activities or process official documents between the warring parties and the TS,” Maj. Júlio Cesar said. “The increased news coverage on rising extremism on the African continent makes security for the mission’s members our greatest challenge,” Maj. Júlio Cesar added. “As such, MINURSO has invested and taken all necessary measures to mitigate risks and protect its members.” Peace building Brazil began its collaboration with the UN in 1957, when it sent Brazilian Army personnel to join Blue Helmets in the Suez Canal. “It’s an honor and a great responsibility for FAB to contribute to the work of UN in support of world peace by providing our officers to act as military observers. The professional growth the service member gains through this mission is evident and reflects directly in the growth of this force. This mission involves participating in a real-world conflict situation—stabilized conflict but risks still exist—and planning is necessary for operations and logistic support because Team Sites are mostly isolated in the middle of the desert,” Maj. Júlio Cesar said. In MINURSO, military observers have the opportunity to work with officers from every continent—some of whom have been in other combat (UN/NATO) missions. The experience allows service members to share and learn from one another. In all, 35 nations provide from one to 20 officers as military observers for MINURSO. Countries with the largest contingents are Egypt, Pakistan, Honduras, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ghana, and Croatia.last_img read more

Fed actions have helped keep CU loan demand ‘fairly steady’

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Federal Reserve Board of Governors’ work has boosted confidence in the financial system in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, CUNA wrote to the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday. The committee heard semi-annual testimony from Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell Tuesday.“The unprecedented shutdown of the American and world economies has led to economic uncertainty for individuals and businesses of all types. Changes to regulations and the creation of new lending programs by the Board to provide loans to businesses will help individuals and business weather the storm… For credit unions these changes have helped to keep member loan demand fairly steady and mortgage pipelines in particular have been near capacity,” the letter reads. “Near-record numbers of members have refinanced into lower-rate mortgages and effectively freed up cashflow to meet daily needs and build precautionary savings.”CUNA also offered comments on several recent Fed actions, including:Fully supporting the March 15 decision to reduce reserve requirement ratios of transaction accounts, as well as the April 24 interim final rule deleting the six-account-transfer-per-month limit; continue reading »last_img read more

Arsenal fans demand Unai Emery sacking as Raul Sanllehi and Edu watch Leicester defeat

first_imgArsenal fans demand Unai Emery sacking as Raul Sanllehi and Edu watch Leicester defeat Read More Edu & Raul watching must be able to see what dross this is?!!! #afc #arsenal— Budgie (@BurrageSimon) November 9, 2019 Arsenal chiefs Edu and Raul Sanllehi watched on as Arsenal lost at Leicester (Picture: Sky Sports)Arsenal fans were left begging Raul Sanllehi and Edu to take action and sack Unai Emery after they watched the Gunners slip to a damaging defeat at Leicester.The Gunners are now nine points behind the Foxes going into the international break after second half goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison gave the home side a thoroughly deserved victory.Emery’s side failed to register a shot on target and have now won just four of their first 12 Premier League fixtures, following on from last season’s late collapse which culminated in a 4-1 defeat in the Europa League final against Chelsea.AdvertisementAdvertisementHead of Football Sanllehi and Technical Director Edu, who was appointed in the summer, backed Emery in the transfer market during the close season but the former PSG coach has failed to inspire improved performances.ADVERTISEMENT Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Raul and Edu at the King Power Stadium, I don’t know but looks like we have finally seen the last of Emery. Make of it what you think but Emery has got to go— Omutsyaba (@mugumenorris) November 9, 2019 by Metro Video Settings Top articles Comment SPONSORED About Connatix V67539 Emery was a Gazidis appointmentRaul and Edu probably would like their own man so I’m hoping they make it happen— 2BAGooner (@GoonerTweetz) November 9, 2019 1/1 Read More Advertisement Skip Ad Skip 1 min. story Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Full Screen Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Advertisement Read More Read More PLAY If Edu and Raul don’t sack Emery tonight, then they are to be blamed for the mediocrity that’s about to hit us.#EmeryOut #Fraud— Ameh Isaac (@amenity11) November 9, 2019 Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 9 Nov 2019 7:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares I trust we’ve had enough of Emery now… Let me rephrase, I’ve had enough of Unai Emery!Josh Kroenke, Raul, Edu & d rest of Arsenal’s upper hierarchy, pls part ways now, now, now!— Oluwagbemiga Aborisade (@ayoaborisade) November 9, 2019 Not one convincing performance in the league all season. Our goal difference is -1. Let that sink in. Raul and Edu need to pull the trigger now.— LTArsenal™ (@ltarsenal) November 9, 2019 / Coming Next The Arsenal chiefs sat stoney-faced during the closing stages of Saturday’s defeat and Arsenal fans now believe the pair are left with a straightforward decision to make during the two-week break…RAUL AND EDU PULL THE TRIGGER AND GET THIS FRAUD OUT @UnaiEmery_— Harris (@Harris76670278) November 9, 2019 Will Arsenal sack Unai Emery in the international breakYes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Tony Adams identifies one major problem with Unai Emery’s Arsenal starting XI vs LeicesterMORE: Joe Cole slams Arsenal and Chelsea transfer target Wilfried Zahalast_img read more