Women’s marches hit all forms of bigotry

first_imgTens of thousands of protesters marched in 89 cities around the world on Jan. 19 in conjunction with the third annual Women’s March in Washington, D.C. The massive demonstration there two years ago — to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration as president — along with coordinated actions across the U.S., marked the largest protests in U.S. history. Millions participated. In solidarity, actions were held around the globe. This year, U.S. demonstrations took place from coast to coast to protest the racism, xenophobia and misogyny emanating from the White House and to demand rights for women, people of color, workers and gender nonconforming people. However, there were deliberately divisive racist and Islamophobic slanders against Women’s March Inc. leaders of color.Spurious, bogus attacks were leveled by the corporate media and Zionist and other right-wing forces against Tamika Mallory, Carmen Perez-Jordan and Linda Sarsour for alleged “anti-Semitism.” They were also criticized for supporting Palestinian rights. Sarsour, who is proudly Palestinian and Muslim, is recognized as a strong defender of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign exposing Israel as an oppressor of the Palestinian people.Even though many march organizers around the country had supported women Democratic candidates running for Congress in the midterm elections, the Democratic National Committee caved in and dropped its sponsorship of the Washington demonstration in response to the attacks. A rival group, Women’s March Alliance, which organized separate marches in some cities, did not address racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia. However, Planned Parenthood stayed strong, among many other groups, as did Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, who is Jewish.Around the country, marchers lined up with one grouping or the other. In some cities, there were two actions. Unfortunately, a few marches were cancelled. Women’s March, Inc. mobilizations stressed the importance of leadership by women of color in over 200 sister actions. In an interview with CBS, Sarsour said the real controversy should be about a president who cages migrant children, shuts down the government, sides with white supremacists and is complicit with the war on Yemen. (Jan. 17)Disabled women hold action Jan. 19 inside New York’s Grand Central TerminalUnity march in WashingtonTens of thousands of people gathered at Federal Plaza in Washington. Many in the multinational, multigender and multigenerational crowd traveled there to support inclusivity and equality for all women. The appointment of misogynist Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court had motivated some women to participate. Government workers showed their anger at the government shutdown and withheld paychecks.A Jewish Women of Color contingent led the march. Hand-held signs supported the Los Angeles teachers’ strike, as well as im/migrant rights and women’s reproductive health. Some signs stressed that Black Lives Matter. Other placards opposed Trump’s border wall and the shutdown. A group of high school students, wearing the hijab, chanted, “Refugees are welcome here!” Other Muslim women carried signs with various slogans.Speakers, mainly longtime activists and women of color, called for the shutdown to stop and federal workers to be paid. They raised many women’s issues and promoted the rights of LGBTQ people. The need for an intersectional women’s movement was stressed. Perez-Jordan reiterated that she and the other women leaders condemned anti-Semitism, homophobia and transphobia. Mallory stated her solidarity with her Muslim, Latinx, Asian, disabled and Jewish sisters. Three Jewish speakers addressed the crowd: Abby Stein, a transgender woman and rabbi; Yavilah McCoy, founding member of Ayecha, an advocacy group for Jewish people of color; and April Baskin, a Women’s March, Inc. steering committee member.Near the stage, Indigenous women held a banner calling attention to the number of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirits. Solidarity at New York’s Foley SquareIn New York City, there were three protests. The Women’s Unity Rally held near government buildings in Foley Square drew between 4,000 and 5,000 people. It was organized by the Women’s March NYC, which was affiliated with the D.C. protest, and by the New York Immigration Coalition. It brought in a myriad of issues, struggles and forces, including im/migrant rights, sexual abuse, and workers’ and LGBTQ rights.The spirit of solidarity permeated the multinational, multigender, multigenerational crowd. Maya Edery of Jewish Voice for Peace stressed: “We should always be following the leadership of those most impacted by oppression, and this rally really uplifts the leadership of women of color, which is why I chose to be here.” (Gothamist.com, Jan. 20)As Women’s March NYC director Agunda Okeyo spoke, a right-wing Zionist seized the microphone to disrupt the rally, but was quickly escorted offstage. Okeyo refused to be silenced. Some political figures promoted voting as the means to make social change. Many other speakers stressed the need for an intersectional women’s movement, led by women of color, low-income workers, immigrants and LGBTQ people. Representatives of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and other labor groups attended and spoke. Speakers denounced all forms of bigotry. A Palestinian-Jewish speaker linked Israel’s oppression of the Palestinian people to U.S. abuse of migrants — and called for solidarity. Congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, well-known feminist organizer Gloria Steinem and actor Christine Lahti also spoke.Workers World Party was there in a contingent with the People’s Power Assembly/NYC, Gabriela, the International Working Women’s Day Coalition and International Women’s Alliance. With them were Honduran activists holding placards calling for solidarity with the Honduran resistance and honoring murdered Indigenous leader and environmentalist Berta Caceres.A powerful Non-March for Disabled Women held inside Grand Central Station after the Unity Rally demanded rights for people with disabilities, including accessible subway transportation. Rise and Resist organized it and Women’s March NYC supported it. People’s Power Assembly/NYC participated.The Women’s March Alliance, the group that had split from the Women’s Unity Rally over the bogus charge of anti-Semitism, was organized by Katherine Siemionko, a former Goldman Sachs vice president. It held a march on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.Boston: ‘Until all voices are heard’Gathered behind a beautiful red banner that declared, “No More Stolen Sisters!” the Indigenous people’s contingent, organized by the United American Indians of New England (UAINE), led the crowd of thousands through Boston’s streets. The theme of this Women’s March was “Until all voices are heard.” UAINE leader Mahtowin Munro opened the rally with an impassioned speech, focusing on the epidemic of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirits (MMIWG2S). She connected this racist, anti-women violence to the rise of white supremacy, coupled with the construction of pipelines on Indigenous lands. Munro further addressed the colonial border violence impacting migrant women and their families and demanded that “this genocidal U.S. government policy must be stopped.” She called for action to support Indigenous peoples’ resistance across the globe, from Palestine and Puerto Rico to Chile and British Columbia. She gave support to struggles for land rights by the Mashpee and Aquinnah Wampanoag people and the movement to eliminate racist depictions, from sports mascots to the bigoted Massachusetts flag.Kristin Turgeon, representing the Women’s Fightback Network, highlighted her struggles as a young disabled woman facing the challenges of “inaccessible train stations, streets and buildings; an extremely high rate of unemployment; and a lack of education, to the point where people don’t know how to communicate with us.” She stressed that the answer to capitalist-caused racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism and war lies in forging unity and fighting for a socialist society. Munro and Turgeon voiced support for the Palestinian people and connected their struggles to those facing Indigenous, nationally oppressed and poor workers in the U.S. Other speakers included fierce women leaders from Black Lives Matter, im/migrant rights, LGBTQ and young women’s movements; Black and Jewish civil rights organizations; and elected representatives. Denver: ‘No to Trump’s wall!’About 80,000 people turned out at the Women’s March in Denver. Members of Indigenous nations and many other people of color and sexual orientations were among the mostly young protesters. Signs demanded equality, and many expressed anger at Trump and the Republican Party for their mistreatment of migrants and demands for government funds to erect a barrier wall on the southern border with Mexico.Denver Womyn’s March, Jan. 19, brought out tens of thousands.Seattle: ‘Indigenous women and girls matter’In Seattle, a large contingent of Indigenous people led the mile-long Womxn’s March of 20,000, which was peppered with signs and banners on various issues. The next day, 500 Indigenous people and their supporters marched to Seattle City Hall in the MMIWG2S March. Rally leader Earth-Feather Sovereign of the Colville Confederated Tribes said: “There’s an undeclared war against our people, especially toward our women, and especially from the corporate cartels which dig up and destroy Native lands.”At the spirited rally, marchers drummed and sang the song of the American Indian Movement. Abigail Echo-Hawk, author of a study by the Urban Indian Health Institute, reported on the thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women, adding that many city police departments do not classify Indigenous women in compiling their reports.Contributors to this article include Jim McMahan, Monica Moorehead, Viviana Weinstein and the Workers World Boston bureau.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Pasadena Unified First Choice Festival is October 21

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Families can explore the advanced academics, personalized learning, music, arts, access to technology, and elite athletics available at area public schools at the Pasadena Unified School District’s (PUSD) First Choice Festival Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center. Admission is free.“Whether a family is planning for the next school year or for a few years from now, the First Choice Festival is a great opportunity to start exploring today’s PUSD schools,” said Superintendent Brian McDonald. “We invite families to come discover the world of opportunities available on our campuses and find out why PUSD is the first choice in education for a growing number of new families.”The First Choice Festival brings together all PUSD elementary, middle and high schools into one space so that families can gather information, meet teachers, principals and other parents.Featured exhibits include PUSD’s much sought-after Dual Language Immersion Programs in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese; K-12 International Baccalaureate programs; STEM, arts and music programs; magnet and neighborhood schools; college and career academies; early education opportunities; athletics, and more.The First Choice Festival launches the annual enrollment period for the 2016-2017 school year which begins with school tours offered this fall at PUSD campuses. Tour schedules are available at pusd.us. The district’s annual Open Enrollment period begins in November with priority registration for siblings and students in specific programs. General Open Enrollment begins in January. Information sessions on the district’s Open Enrollment process are planned for November.The Third Annual PUSD First Choice Festival will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Pasadena Convention Center (300 E. Green St., Pasadena). $10 parking is available at the Pasadena Convention Center.For more information about the First Choice Festival, please contact Alison Vai at (626) 396-3600 ext. 88991 or [email protected] connected to the Pasadena Unified School District! Visit us online at www.pusd.us; follow us on Twitter @PasadenaUnified, www.twitter.com/PasadenaUnified; like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PasadenaUnifiedSchoolDistrict; text PUSD to 888777; and subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/klrnpasadena. Or call the Communications Office, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at (626) 396-3606.Our Children. Learning Today. Leading Tomorrow. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Subscribe Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Education Pasadena Unified First Choice Festival is October 21 From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, October 8, 2015 | 11:35 am Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News More Cool Stuff HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Normal To Date Your BFF’s Ex?HerbeautyHerbeauty Community Newslast_img read more

Permanent one-way system for Kilmacrennan being considered

first_img WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – November 13, 2020 WhatsApp Google+ Previous articleSafety concerns prompt calls for ramps in RameltonNext articleBrexit impact on North may start conversation about united Ireland News Highland Pinterest Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twittercenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Pinterest Permanent one-way system for Kilmacrennan being considered AudioHomepage BannerNews Donegal County Council has committed to exploring the idea of a permanent one-way system for Kilmacrennan. Road improvement works in the village are on-going with a temporary one-way system in place to facilitate the works.Local Cllr John O’Donnell says it’s working well, improving safety for pedestrians and traffic flow in the area and residents are happy with the current layout.He’s hopeful that the both the TII and the Council will progress a permanent fixture:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/johbnkilmac-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

SUU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Todd Simon Named Finalist For Several Prestigious Awards

first_img Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Monday, Southern Utah University men’s head basketball coach Todd Simon was named a finalist for the 2020-21 Jim Phelan National Coach of the Year Award and the 2020-21 Hugh Durham Award.The Durham Award is awarded to the top Division I head coach in mid-major basketball. Durham posted a 634-430 (.596) record as the head coach at Florida State (1966-1978), Georgia (1978-1995) and Jacksonville (1997-2005).The Phelan Award is awarded annually to the best coach in Division I men’s basketball. It is named in honor of Jim Phelan, who coached Mount St. Mary’s from 1954-2003, going 830-524 (.613) and leading the Mountaineers to the 1962 NCAA Division II national title.Phelan’s Mountaineers squad netted 20 or more wins 19 times.The winner of each award will be announced April 1. Written bycenter_img March 15, 2021 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s Basketball Head Coach Todd Simon Named Finalist For Several Prestigious Awardslast_img read more

VCU Athletics *Volleyball* Grad Asst. 2021-22

first_imgVCU Athletics is seeking a graduate assistant to assist in theday-to-day operations of the Volleyball program during the 2021-22academic year.SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE :(On-Court Responsibilities)• Attending all practices and matches;• Filming drills and individual sessions when necessary;• Maintaining statistics for practice and matches when needed;and• Other on-court responsibilities as assigned and in accordancewith NCAA rules.(Office Responsibilities)• Attending and participating in staff meetings (compliance,practice planning, academic, strength & conditioning,individuals);• Managing recruiting database: data input, update contactinformation, correspondence with prospective student-athletes inaccordance with NCAA rules;• Organizing mailing schedule for prospective student-athletecorrespondence;• Meeting with recruits and families when available and/or whenneeded;• Organizing incoming email and film of prospectivestudent-athletes; and• Other office responsibilities as assigned and in accordance withNCAA rules. Description of the Job Position NumberN/A Preferred Qualifications * Please list the VCU graduate program to which you haveapplied, including the date you submitted your application.(Open Ended Question)* Please list any other graduate internships for which you haveor will apply. **Reminder: the limit is three VCU Athleticsinternship applications.**(Open Ended Question) Organizational Overview Job CategoryAccounting/ Management/ Professional There is one (1) open position within Volleyball.This graduate assistant position for 2020-21 will be open untilfilled, and review of applications will begin immediately.For questions regarding this graduate assistant position, pleasecontact Mackenna Basore at [email protected] questions regarding VCU Center for Sport Leadershipapplications, please contact Dr. Carrie LeCrom [email protected] Working TitleVCU Athletics *Volleyball* Grad Asst. 2021-22 Open Until FilledNo Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). All candidates must apply for this graduate assistant position viathe VCU eJobs system at www.vcujobs.com. A cover letter and resumemust be included as part of this application process.We ask that graduate students limit their applications to three (3)graduate assistant positions of interest.Applicants must be admitted to VCU’s Center for Sport Leadership (CSL ) graduate program to be eligible for this position.For information about applying to VCU’s Center for SportLeadership, see https://sportleadership.vcu.edu/apply/.An applicant who is admitted to VCU’s Center for Sport Leadership (CSL ) will receive funding from both CSL and the VCU AthleticsDepartment if they are the selected finalist. Job Code/TitleGA – Graduate Assistant Sensitive PositionNo Resource CriticalYes Does this position provide patient or clinical services to theVCU Health System?No Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/101932 Posting Details Is any portion of this position grant-funded?No Recruitment PoolAll Applicants Job Open Date12/01/2020 Optional & Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationResumeOptional DocumentsOther Document Special Instructions to Applicants Normal work daysvaries At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. Apremier, urban, public research university nationally recognized asone of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place towork. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supportedand your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leavepackage, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and anopportunity to do mission-driven work. Anticipated Hiring RangeScholarship amounts for grad asst positions vary QUALIFICATIONS :Required:• Admittance into VCU Center for Sport Leadership ( CSL ) graduateprogram; and• Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diversefaculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as agraduate assistant at VCU . Position TypeStudent Remove from posting on or before06/01/2021 Does this position require a pre-placement medicalassessment?No CampusMonroe Park Campus Additional Information DepartmentAthletics Office Preferred:• Former student-athlete experience;• Knowledge of and prior work experience in intercollegiateathletics;• Strong customer service skills, highly organized, anddetail-oriented; and• Exceptional verbal and written communication. Hours/WeekMax. 29 hrs Normal work hoursvaries Required Qualificationslast_img read more

Colourful Cubism

first_imgAngela BullochModern Art Oxford11 October – 18 DecemberAngela Bulloch’s newexhibition is rather likehow you might imaginesome cyberspace realitywhere technology hasreplaced humans. The plywood andmetal boxes, which form most ofthe work in the exhibition, are thesquadron of living creatures that,spread around the main gallery, emitunearthly pink, yellow and greenlight. The boxes fade and brightencontinuously as if engaging in Morsecode, unintelligible to the viewer.Bulloch’s earlier work RGBSpheres has a similar futuristic feel.You wander among huge bulbouslamps, implanted into the gallerywalls, to the accompaniment of a lowelectronic hum. The bubble-shapedlights, sweet-shop colours andmuffled sounds all mingle with thevacuous white space of the galleryto give Bulloch’s exhibition an eerilyunnatural character.The artist tells us that each boxrepresents a pixel, the smallest speckof colour on a television. In one ofBulloch’s works, Z-Point, the pixelboxes, forming a large vertical grid,display the explosion scene fromMichelangelo Antonioni’s 1970s filmZabriskie Point. However, the imagesof the explosion are slowed down andthe violence bleached out of the film:only the plaintive music and distantsound of a blast suggest the violencethat the film originally projected.Bulloch modifies the presentation ofscenes from various films to the pointwhere they are no longer recognisable,and she is trying to show the sterilityof modern society and its attemptsto order and sanitise reality. Withoutreading about the artist’s own ideas,however, you would strain to catchthese somewhat elusive meanings.The very least that can be said forBulloch’s exhibition is that it raisesquestions about what art really is,which something like Monet’s WaterLilies would never do. However,opinion of Bulloch’s work has not yetdrifted into orthodox art consensus.With an occasional belief in its ownprofundity, her work seems to bealone, out in orbit and talking onlyto itself. Bulloch’s exhibition seemsso dehumanised and so clinical that,despite its innovative approach, itwill no doubt have viewers like myselfcreeping back to Monet’s WaterLilies.ARCHIVE: 3rd week MT 2005last_img read more

Valpo Law To Meet With ABA, Says It’s Committed To Students

first_imgValpo Law To Meet With ABA, Says It’s Committed To StudentsNovember 20, 2017Marilyn Odendahl and Olivia CovingtonValparaiso University president Mark Heckler emphasized the law school is not closing after it announced Thursday it would suspend admission of students in 2018. However, the American Bar Association still may want a teach-out plan as is required of law schools that are ceasing operations. The university’s board of directors has instructed the university administration to find a solution to the ongoing problems at the law school. Declining enrollment and increasing costs coupled with a public censure from the ABA because of admissions practices convinced the board to look for alternatives such as affiliating with another law school or relocating to another geographic area.Heckler said the board’s decision came after a “long, careful, thoughtful conversation.” About the time Andrea Lyon became the dean of the law school in July 2014, the board began to realize the challenges facing the institution were going to continue.The law school has been a topic of discussion by the board for years, Heckler said. Following a meeting last week and an hour-and-a-half meeting Thursday, the members made the decision to “explore alternative possibilities.”However, after the meeting, some news media reported that the 138-year-old law school was closing. Even the ABA appeared surprised, issuing a statement indicating it had not been notified in advance of the plans, and pointing to Rule 34 of the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approvals of Law Schools. That rule mandates a law school formulate a plan for continuing to provide a legal education to its current students while the school ceases operations or closes a branch campus.Heckler said officials from the university would be meeting with the ABA Friday to convey the message that what is happening at the law school is different from what has been reported. The school wants the ABA to “understand there is no change in terms of our commitment to fulfill our obligations to the students that are here,” the president said.School officials will be meeting with each student individually to work out a plan that best suits him or her. Some students, Heckler acknowledged, could opt to transfer, but for those who stay, the law school is committed to giving them the legal education they were promised.“That’s the only way I can see that we fulfill our promise,” Heckler said.The news about Valparaiso Law School comes about five months after Indiana Tech Law School closed its doors at the end of June.Lake County Bar Association president Adam Sedia pointed out Valparaiso Law School has been around “longer than another can remember,” and many attorneys practicing in northwest Indiana are graduates.“Not having it around in the same role that it’s always been will be a major change,” Sedia said, “and we’re going to have to explore how to deal with that.” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgIS IT TRUE that Finance Chairman Dan McGinn asked City Council attorney to draft an ordinance that would reduce the Homestead Property Tax Credit from 8 percent to 6 percent for 2017? …the self proclaimed 1st Ward fiscal conservative McGinn also announced he wants to see the Homestead Property Tax Credit depleted by 2 percent every year “until it’s all gone.”?  …we wonder if the homeowners of Evansville are going to allow McGinn,, the Mayor and City Council to take our Homestead Property Tax Credit from us?IS IT TRUE at the last City Council meeting Finance Chairman Dan McGinn stated that the current budget problems were caused by the spending practices of City Council over the last 12 years? …wasn’t Mr. McGinn a member of the Evansville City Council for 5 out of the last 12 years?  …it looks like by Mr. McGinn’s own admission that he has been a part of the major deficit spending practices of City Council?IS IT TRUE we wonder when Councilman McGinn was the Zoo Director did he ever experience any unexpected cost overruns on budgeted items or on capital projects?IS IT TRUE we hear that Vanderburgh County Council members will determine that there will not be any increases in the Employee Health Care costs for 2017?  …they originally budgeted for a 12-percent increase in the 2017 Employee Health Care costs?  …the reason why County Council were able to achieve the no increases in Employee Health Care costs for 2017 is because they aren’t self insured like the City of Evansville?IS IT TRUE it’s alleged that Missy Mosby had big rats run between her toes while doing some City Council duties somewhere in the 2nd Ward?  …Ms. Mosby wouldn’t have this problem if she would take a bag of Dry Ice with her while doing her 2nd Ward Council duties?IS IT TRUE that Chicago also has a major rat problem?  …that Chicago has unleashed a chilling killer for the war against urban rats?  …the new weapon is Dry Ice? …Dry Ice is deadly to small animals if inhaled in high concentrations?  …once inhaled the rats become asphyxiated decompose on site?  …its alleged that burrows in Chicago that are using Dry Ice are seeing about a 60% reduction in the rat population?IS IT TRUE that At-Large City Councilwoman Michelle Mercer has learned a new word?  …the word is CONSTITUENTS?  …we wonder who she picked this word up from?IS IT TRUE a CCO poster named DarkLight posted the following comment we feel worth reposting?  …DarkLight said:  “The city needs to get serious about reducing expenses with creative solutions. Eliminating the Homestead credit and increasing the county option income tax is a simplistic solution to rising costs. How about reducing the expenses”?  …he also said: “The city’s health insurance plan should align with comparable plans in the public and private sector where cadillac plans were phased out long ago. Deductibles and co-pays need to balance the excessive health care subsidy that has grown without check”?  …can you believe that he also stated that  “Pass an incremental cost increase on to city employees rather than incremental tax increases to the average taxpayer who has no say on decreasing the exponential costs in city government. Finally, eliminate health insurance coverage for part time employees, i.e., city council, et. al”  …we think this post make a heck of lot of sense?.IS IT TRUE Government works best when their elected officials go on vacation?IS IT TRUE we searched the 2017 proposed City budget breakdown to see what the  free City/County Employee Health Clinic actually costs the taxpayers?  …we are told by a credible source that this alleged free clinic costs the taxpayers of Vanderburgh County well over a million dollars a year? …it looks like former Mayor Weinzapfel’s prediction that this free clinic would save taxpayers many millions of dollars over the years is totally incorrect? IS IT TRUE the Vanderburgh County Township trustees are asking for the burial costs to be increased from $2,000 to $3,000 for 2017?  …the Township Trustees claim that the reason for the big increase is that local funeral homes have asked for this big increase this year is to provide burial assistance to those who financially can’t afford to do so?  …we wonder when was the last time our elected officials did an audit on this fund?IS IT TRUE last week 3rd Ward City Councilwoman Anna Hargis CPA recently contacted former City Councilman John Friend CPA to ask him to explain to her  a few items in the proposed 2017 budget? …Mr. Friend CPA explained to Ms. Hargis that the Employee Health Care costs are going to be catastrophic to the 2017 budget and she went into panic mode? …it’s obvious that the most qualify person on Council that can figure out the extremely complicated information listed in the draft of the proposed 2017 city budget is Anne Hargis CPA?  …we hope that Ms Hargis will come forward with reasonable, creative and obtainable ways to attack the major deficit spending practices of past and present city council?  …its time for Finance Chairman McGinn to stop his meat as approach to cutting the 2017 budget and let Ms. Hargis give her opinions how to address impending budget crisis in a well thought out manner?EDITOR FOOTNOTE: “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Wednesday or Friday? Todays READERS POLL question is: Do you agree with Dan McGinn, Mayor and City Council that they should   reduce the Homestead Property Tax Credit from 8 percent to 6 percent for 2017?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Cris Jacobs Announces New Album & Tour, Shares Rockin’ Single “Turn Into Gold”

first_imgCris Jacobs Tour Dates:Sept 16 – Charlottesville, VA – Sprint Pavilion %Sept 17 – Cascade, WV – Deep Roots Mountain RevivalSept 23 – Clarksburg, MD – Hometown Get DownOct 19 – New York, NY – American BeautyOct 20 – Port Chester, NY – Garcia’sOct 21 – Hartford, CT – Arch Street TavernOct 22 – Fall River, MA – NarrowsNov 03 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theatre *Nov 04 – Washington, DC – Gypsy Sally’s *Nov 05 – Owings Mills, MD – Gordon Center *Nov 10 – Morgantown, WV – Schmitt’s SaloonNov 11 – Frostburg, MD – Dante’sNov 12 – Roanoke, VA – MartinsNov 16 – Macon, GA – Cox Capitol Theatre #Nov 17 – Atlanta, GA – Eddie’s Attic #Nov 18 – Nashville, TN – The Basement #Nov 19 – Whitesburg, KY – Appalshop TheatreNov 23 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head LiveNov 30 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club CaféDec 01 – Harrisburg, PA – TBDDec 02 – Philadelphia, PA – Ardmore Music HallDec 03 – Richmond, VA – The Camel% w/ Sturgill Simpson* w/ Amy Helm# w/ Marc Ford Whether alone with just the guitar and his voice or surrounded by a full band, Cris Jacobs enchants listeners with his inspired, poignant songwriting, virtuous guitar playing and soulfully transcendent voice. Jacobs has harnessed over a decade of trans-genre exploration on his second solo album, Dust to Gold, due for release on October 21, 2016 via American Showplace Music.The new album is a soul-stirring expression of the current chapter of his creative evolution, featuring twelve well-crafted songs that masterfully weave through the sweet and rugged landscape of soul, blues, country, gospel, and rock and roll.The lead single from the album is “Turn Into Gold”, a moving slide-guitar meditation about channeling the “muse,” or “tapping the source,” as Jacobs calls it. It’s about the desire to be, “enraptured in the mystery, the unknown, the questions, the answers all at once,” Jacobs describes. “If I’m playing or singing and I’m really connected to that source and I’m really locked in and there’s a room full of people experiencing that, the hope is then for them to get locked into their own thing, and it’s this beautiful, ecstatic magic that happens. To me, this is that elusive goal that I chase every time I sit down to write a song or every time I get on stage to perform.”Listen to “Turn Into Gold,” streaming below.Jacobs’ full band includes a richly funky rhythm section with Todd Herrington on bass, Dusty Ray Simmons on drums, and John Ginty on Hammond organ and keyboards, who has been a master side man for years, working with Jewel, Citizen Cope, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, and most currently, with The Dixie Chicks.Whether its his work with The Bridge from 2001-2011, his side project Neville Jacobs with keyboardist Ivan Neville and more, anyone who listens to Cris Jacobs is bound to be impressed. Be sure to catch Jacobs on the road, touring extensively throughout the fall in support of the new release!last_img read more

US unemployment rate down one-tenth to 9.1 percent

first_imgTotal nonfarm payroll employment rose by 117,000 in July, and the unemploymentrate was little changed at 9.1 percent, down from 9.2 percent in June, the US Bureau of Labor Statisticsreported today. Job gains occurred in health care, retail trade, manufacturing,and mining. Government employment continued to trend down. The drop in the unemployment rate is attributed mostly to a reduction in the labor force, as fewer people were looking for work, but there was some modest gains in jobs.Household Survey DataThe number of unemployed persons (13.9 million) and the unemployment rate (9.1percent) changed little in July. Since April, the unemployment rate has shownlittle definitive movement. The labor force, at 153.2 million, was littlechanged in July, with a gain of 117,000.Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men(9.0 percent),adult women (7.9 percent), teenagers (25.0 percent), whites (8.1 percent),blacks (15.9 percent), and Hispanics (11.3 percent) showed little or no changein July. The jobless rate for Asians was 7.7 percent, not seasonally adjusted.The number of persons unemployed for less than 5 weeks declined by 387,000 inJuly, mostly offsetting an increase in the prior month. The number of long-termunemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks and over), at 6.2 million, changed littleover the month and accounted for 44.4 percent of the unemployed.The civilian labor force participation rate edged down in July to 63.9 percent,and the employment-population ratio was little changed at 58.1 percent.The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referredto as involuntary part-time workers) was about unchanged in July at 8.4 million.These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut backor because they were unable to find a full-time job.In July, 2.8 million persons were marginally attached to the labor force, littlechanged from a year earlier. (These data are not seasonally adjusted.) Theseindividuals were not in the labor force, wanted and were available for work,and had looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months. They were not countedas unemployed because they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks precedingthe survey.Among the marginally attached, there were 1.1 million discouraged workers inJuly, about the same as a year earlier. (These data are not seasonallyadjusted.) Discouraged workers are persons not currently looking for workbecause they believe no jobs are available for them. The remaining 1.7 millionpersons marginally attached to the labor force in July had not searched forwork in the 4 weeks preceding the survey for reasons such as school attendanceor family responsibilities.Establishment Survey DataTotal nonfarm payroll employment increased by 117,000 in July, following littlegrowth over the prior 2 months. Total private employment rose by 154,000 overthe month, reflecting job gains in several major industries, including healthcare, retail trade, manufacturing, and mining. Government employment continuedto decline.Health care employment grew by 31,000 in July. Ambulatory health care servicesand hospitals each added 14,000 jobs over the month. Over the past 12 months,health care employment has grown by 299,000.Retail trade added 26,000 jobs in July. Employment in health and personal carestores rose by 9,000 over the month with small increases distributed amongseveral other retail industries. Employment in retail trade has increased by228,000 since a recent low in December 2009.Manufacturing employment increased in July (+24,000); nearly all of theincrease was in durable goods manufacturing. Within durable goods, the motorvehicles and parts industry had fewer seasonal layoffs than typical for July,contributing to a seasonally adjusted employment increase of 12,000.Manufacturing has added 289,000 jobs since its most recent trough in December2009, and durable goods manufacturing added 327,000 jobs during this period.In July, employment in mining rose by 9,000; virtually all of the gain (+8,000)occurred in support activities for mining. Employment in mining has increasedby 140,000 since a recent low in October 2009.Employment in professional and technical services continued to trend up in July(+18,000). This industry has added 246,000 jobs since a recent low in March2010. Employment in temporary help services changed little over the month andhas shown little movement on net so far this year.Elsewhere in the private sector, employment in construction, transportationand warehousing, information, financial activities, and leisure and hospitalitychanged little over the month.Government employment continued to trend down over the month (-37,000).Employment in state government decreased by 23,000, almost entirely due to apartial shutdown of the Minnesota state government. Employment in localgovernment continued to wane over the month.The average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchangedover the month at 34.3 hours. The manufacturing workweek and factory overtimefor all employees also were unchanged at 40.3 hours and 3.1 hours, respectively.In July, the average workweek for production and nonsupervisory employees onprivate nonfarm payrolls was 33.6 hours for the sixth consecutive month.In July, average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrollsincreased by 10 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $23.13. Over the past 12 months,average hourly earnings have increased by 2.3 percent. In July, average hourlyearnings of private-sector production and nonsupervisory employees increasedby 8 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $19.52.The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for May was revised from +25,000to +53,000, and the change for June was revised from +18,000 to +46,000.US DOL. 8.5.2011last_img read more