March 17 — A massive anti-imperialist march filled the streets of Caracas this Saturday, March 16, celebrating another victory against the latest wave of U.S. aggression against Venezuela. This mobilization is another example of the increasing organization and mobilization of the Venezuelan masses. The latest phase of imperialist aggression was designed to destroy the Bolivarian Revolution, but instead it has sparked a new wave of working-class, anti-imperialist organization.Venezuela’s conflict with imperialism seems to be entering a period of prolonged siege, where the Venezuelan masses’ ability to organize and develop domestic production, along with the strength of the international solidarity movement fighting to end the blockade, will be the decisive factors.Electricity restoredAccording to official sources, as of March 15 electricity has been restored in Venezuela after a power outage that began on March 7. The outage, which lasted a week in some parts of the country, was caused by a failure in the hydroelectric plant known as “El Guri.”The Venezuelan, Cuban and Russian governments have denounced various forms of attack against the electrical grid. The primary attack was digital, with various cyber attacks originating from Houston and Chicago, according to statements made by President Nicolás Maduro. These attacks managed to take down the electrical grid’s central data capture and control system. Even Forbes magazine, which describes itself as a “capitalist tool,” published a report March 9 which detailed exactly how the U.S. could realistically carry out such an attack. Journalist Max Blumenthal revealed that CANVAS, an organization that evolved out of destabilizing groups in the former Yugoslavia, had published a plan for regime change in Venezuela. This plan included a power outage as a “watershed event” for “galvanizing public unrest.” CANVAS, which receives funds from various U.S. state agencies, trained Juan Guaidó and several of his political allies inside Venezuela. (tinyurl.com/yxl6th8w)There have also been reports of physical attacks, such as detonating explosives at substations and high-technology attacks using electromagnetic waves to disrupt distribution stations. TeleSUR has also reported explosions at the state oil company’s main facility. (tinyurl.com/y53dy9lt)Juan Guaidó, the self-proclaimed “interim president,” blames the government for failing to maintain the electrical grid. While it is true that the grid needs further investment, the U.S.-imposed financial blockade has cost Venezuela billions of dollars that could have been used to upgrade computer systems, buy spare parts or otherwise improve the system.Media and imperialist hypocrisyThe U.S. corporate media have focused on Venezuela in the last few months, publishing story after story about the suffering of the Venezuelan people. This has nothing to do with genuine concern for Venezuelans. The media’s reporting has demonized the legitimate government and manufactured the narrative now being used to justify the Trump administration’s economic and covert attacks.During the blackout, CNN and the New York Times rushed to blame the “corrupt dictatorship” in Venezuela for images of black-colored drinking water and other horrors. They seem to have forgotten Flint, Mich., where the water remains undrinkable years after cameras stopped filming.Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, Elliott Abrams and Marco Rubio talk a lot about “humanitarian aid” and their concern for the Venezuelan people. To even entertain that claim is insulting given their collective public records.The only thing Bolton and Abrams have done in their entire political careers is destroy countries and commit war crimes. Marco Rubio spends his time on Twitter and the Senate floor as an enforcer of imperialism’s will in Latin America.Since Pompeo was a CIA director before he was Secretary of State, only a few people in the world know the extent of his crimes. But as an example of his great humanitarianism, he recently barred entry into the U.S. of International Criminal Court investigators looking into crimes committed in Afghanistan. (AP, March 15)While his government threatens war with Venezuela, Donald Trump has declared a national emergency to get funds to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border — a racist border wall. He recently went so far as to use a presidential veto to stop it from being overturned by Congress. This is the latest step on a path that included the separation of migrant families and the placement of refugee children in concentration camps.But perhaps the most insulting example of imperialist hypocrisy is Puerto Rico. After Hurricane Maria, the archipelago was without power or running water for months. Some areas still haven’t recovered 18 months later.While the U.S. government used the fiscal control board, known in Puerto Rico as “la junta,” to destroy anything that survived the hurricane, the Venezuelan government sent a tanker of fuel. Now police and mercenaries violently repress Puerto Rican dissent and people travel for hours to find a working dialysis clinic. The worst lies that the imperialists have spread about Venezuela have been a reality for almost two years in Puerto Rico.Solidarity and organization resist imperialismDespite what the corporate media claim, there has been no descent into chaos. The response to the power outage has been a surge of grassroots organizing to meet the people’s needs. That’s the report from a delegation of U.S. anti-war leaders in Venezuela. (workers.org, March 16)The government, for its part, enacted plans to ensure that hospitals would continue functioning and distributing drinking water. In the areas the government trucks couldn’t reach, communities organized themselves to collect and distribute water from springs and wells.Grassroots organizations like CLAP, which distribute food boxes, continued operating throughout the week, and some communities organized spontaneously to share resources and information.Popular power has placed itself on the frontline in Venezuela’s battle to defend the country’s sovereignty against imperialism and ensure that the people’s basic rights are met. Popular power is expressed through the more than 500 communes, which represent thousands of communal councils in poor and working-class neighborhoods.Besides coordinating efforts to meet the people’s basic needs, the communes are also the vehicle for organizing communal militias. Thus they are defending the country both in a literal sense, through the armed and organized masses, and in the more abstract sense of guaranteeing the distribution of food, water and other needs.The only imperialist tactic that has worked as intended is the financial blockade in the form of unilateral sanctions. The violent “guarimba” street protests in 2014 and 2017 failed to overthrow the Bolivarian government by force. Guaidó’s self-proclamation on Jan. 23 and the attempt to bring in U.S. trucks with so-called humanitarian aid on Feb. 23 failed to split the Bolivarian National Armed Forces.For now, the U.S. financial blockade, which as of January has also become an oil embargo, continues to cause problems for the Venezuelan economy. The danger of further attacks against the country’s infrastructure remains, as the demonstrators in Caracas know, as they shouted, “U.S. hands off Venezuela!” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
NewsLimerick Chamber calls for businesses to enter prestigious awardsBy Guest Writer – July 1, 2013 696 TAGSLIMERICK ChamberLimerick Chamber Regional Business AwardsMaria Kelly RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Advertisement Chamber calls for O’Connell Street revitalisation programme to commence as matter of urgency The closing date for entries is 4 October 2013. Companies interested in entering the awards should visit www.limerickchamber.ie. Finalists for each award category will be announced at the Limerick Chamber President’s Dinner on 15 November 2013. The judging panel is drawn from the senior management teams of our sponsors along with consultants from The Discovery Partnership. The awards are open to businesses in Limerick, Clare, Tipperary, North Cork and North Kerry – both members and non-members of Limerick Chamber can enter. WhatsApp Linkedin Best Start-up / Emerging Business AwardBest SME Business AwardBest Large Indigenous Business AwardBest FDI Business AwardBest Exporter AwardBest Retail & Hospitality Business AwardBest Sport, Art & Culture Award No cabinet position means Mid West will need special attention Twitter Facebook Aer Lingus announcement for Shannon base – Limerick Chamber statement LIMERICK Chamber has launched the 2013 Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards to honour excellence and innovation in business.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up In association with award sponsors LIT and launch sponsors Lyons of Limerick, the Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards aim to celebrate the achievements of companies in the region and to recognise their contribution to the economy.Speaking at the launch, Maria Kelly, Limerick Chamber CEO, said: “Businesses are looking for innovative and cost effective ways to promote their business and the Limerick Chamber Regional Business Awards are one such opportunity. Companies that are interested in progressing their business, telling their story to a wider audience and recognising the achievements of their team, are encouraged to apply for the 2013 Awards.”Dr Maria Hinfelaar, President, LIT, overall sponsors of the Awards, said: “LIT is delighted to partner with Limerick Chamber in recognising the success and achievements of businesses in our region. As sponsors of these awards for the third year running, we honour companies who are thriving and succeeding in a difficult economic climate.” In total, there are seven categories in the 2013 Awards: Limerick Chamber appoint new President Previous articleJFK’s sister marks Shannon visitNext articleParade to mark National Sports Festival Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Planned housing and medical campus further indication of positivity for Limerick – Chamber CEO states Chamber calls for meeting with Minister Eamon Ryan on Aer Lingus and national aviation policy Print
NewsLimerick gets set for the invasion of TroyBy Bernie English – August 10, 2017 2192 Twitter Troy’s 340,000-square foot facility is now Ireland’s largest production studio.The site was the setting for a real life drama of job losses and hardship for the city following the decision of the computer giant to relocate its operation to Poland in 2009.The new initiative will also provide a home for training and qualification in film-making skills which will feed into future projects in the city. Facebook It is believed that Martin will not work directly on the project due to an exclusivity agreement he signed with HBO for his work on ‘Game of Thrones’.However, Doug Liman is a major name for the project. The producer/director previously worked on the Jason Bourne movies, ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’, as well as the Tom Cruise blockbuster ‘Edge of Tomorrow’. Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR “This is a major boost for the industry in Ireland and the mid-west in particular. It will be huge for local hotels and pubs who will obviously benefit from the influx of cast and crew from the UK and the US,” a source said.Read more news stories in the Limerick Post News section. TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Troy studios Limerick, which will be the location of the new George RR Martin project.A MULTI MILLION euro film project is set to take off in Limerick as early as October, industry insiders have confirmed to the Limerick Post.News leaked out this week of a massive deal which will see Troy studios at the former Dell site in Castletroy being used as the location for the filming of a major US television series, based on a book by ‘Game of Thrones’ author, George RR Martin.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Film-industry sources in the city say that hotel rooms and accommodation in Limerick have already been booked up in large tranches and for long-term stays.The project is being led by US network Universal Cable Productions, a subsidiary of the production giant NBC-Universal. It is believed the new series will provide around 500 jobs in the production area, with ancillary jobs in the region likely to follow once filming gets under way.The show will be an adaptation of Martin’s 1980 novella ‘Nightflyers’, a sci-fi drama set in space where nine people embark on an ill-fated journey to save the Earth from destruction. The studio is thought to have begun casting for some roles.The Limerick Post was told this week that it’s expected that filming could start in early October.“That’s the way these things happen in the industry. Everything is kept under very tight wraps until an official announcement is made and then it all moves very quickly,” one industry insider explained.Other sources involved in events planned for Limerick over the coming months say it is increasingly difficult to book accommodation, with hotels reporting that rooms have already been reserved up to eight months into the future. New Chief Exec for Ardmore and Troy Studios Exercise With Oxygen Training at Ultimate Health Clinic Limerick businesses urged to accept Irish Business Design Challenge Previous articleLimerick’s Celia Holman Lee announced as Focus Ireland AmbassadorNext articleMyles Casey inherits ‘Big Bang’ boxing legacy Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Linkedin Print Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow WhatsApp Ann & Steve Talk Stuff | Episode 29 | Levelling Up Email TAGSbusinessfilmTroy Studiosuniversal cable productions
Dallat hits out at failure to tighten regulations in wake of Castlerock deaths 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twitter By admin – June 30, 2015 Pinterest Google+ Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp Previous articleCampaign launched in opposition to Linsfort Beach Oyster farmNext articleMother of victim of ‘one punch attack’ critical of attackers sentence admin WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest An East Derry MLA says it’s time to put in place explicit safety requirements for electricity and gas in private sector buildings.In August 2010, Neil McFerran and Aaron Davidson lost their lives to carbon monoxide poisoning while staying at an apartment in Castlerock.Local MLA John Dallat says there was a clear commitment then that safety in the private sector would be cleared up, and stringent legislation would be put in place.However, almost five years on, Mr Dallat says that hasn’t happened………….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/jdallgas.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Homepage BannerNews
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Jeff Swensen/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) — The man accused of killing 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue has been discharged from a hospital and is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday afternoon, officials said.Robert Bowers, 46, was shot multiple times in a gunfight with police that capped Saturday’s massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue. He was discharged from Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh at 9:45 a.m. on Monday, a hospital spokeswoman told ABC News.Bowers is scheduled to make his first court appearance before a federal magistrate in Pittsburgh at 1:30 p.m.He is charged with 29 federal counts, including hate crimes. His charges include 11 counts of obstruction of exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death, 11 counts of use of a firearm to commit murder, four counts of obstruction of exercise of religious belief resulting in bodily injury to a public safety officer and three counts of use and discharge of a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.The four counts of bodily injury to a public safety officer stem from the four police officers injured in the shooting.If convicted, Bowers could face the death penalty.In a social media message that Bowers allegedly posted shortly before he stormed the synagogue on Saturday morning, Bowers referred to the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), a more than 100-year-old nonprofit that aids refugees. He wrote that HIAS brings in “invaders that kill our people,” concluding, “Screw your optics, I’m going in.”Bowers was allegedly wielding three Glock 357 handguns and an AR-15 assault rifle when he stormed the temple Saturday morning and shot congregants at random, law enforcement officials said at a news conference on Sunday.“All the weapons he brought into the facility were used,” said Bob Jones, special agent in charge of the FBI Pittsburgh office.The 20-minute rampage ended in a gun battle with SWAT team members on the third floor of the synagogue. Even as he was being treated for his wounds, Bowers allegedly screamed at a SWAT office that he wanted “all Jews to die,” according to a criminal complaint filed against him.Killed in the attack were Joyce Fienberg, 75, Richard Gottfried, 65, Rose Mallinger, 97, Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, Daniel Stein, 71, Melvin Wax, 88, and Irving Younger, 69.Also killed were brothers Cecil Rosenthal, 59, and David Rosenthal, 54; and Bernice Simon, 84, and her husband, Sylvan Simon, 86.Six people were injured in the rampage, including the four police officers. Three of the officers remain hospitalized, one in critical condition. Of the three civilians still in the hospital, one was in critical condition and two were in stable condition, officials said.Investigators said that minutes before carrying out the carnage, Bowers is believed to have posted his intent to commit the massacre on the social media platform Gab, which is popular with white supremacists and the alt-right.“Screw the optics, I’m going in,” reads a post believed to have been made by Bowers moments before the first gunshots were fired inside the temple.n addition to the federal charges, Bowers was also charged with 35 state offenses, including 11 counts of criminal homicide, six counts of criminal attempted homicide, six counts of aggravated assault and 13 counts of ethnic intimidation.The shooting rattled nerves across the country and globe and prompted an outpouring of support and condolences.In New York, the Empire State Building went dark except for an orange halo on the mast to honor the victims. In Paris, the Eiffel Tower also went dark in homage to the victims. The U.S. and the Israeli flags were also projected on walls of the of Jerusalem’s old city to show solidarity with the Pittsburgh Jewish community.The Pittsburgh Steelers also held a moment of silence before Sunday football game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh to honor the victims.Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto said the city of Pittsburgh will stand by the victims’ families and help them get through the tragedy.“Pittsburgh is a strong town. We are a resilient city,” Peduto said at Sunday’s news conference. “We’ll get through this darkest day in Pittsburgh’s history by working together.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ABC NewsBy HALEY YAMADA, ABC News (NEW YORK) — A New Jersey judge whose 20-year-old son was killed in a racially motivated assault this summer opened up about her life since the tragic attack.Salas told ABC News’ Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts in an exclusive interview that the attack from Manhattan lawyer and self-described antifeminist Roy Den Hollander motivates her to be an even better judge. “This man took the most important thing in my life. I can’t let him take anything else. I love my job. I’m proud to be a United States district judge. I can’t let him take that from me. And I know that I’m gonna be an even better judge,” said Salas, who sat before Den Hollander’s case in 2015.Salas said the attacks were gender and racially motivated, but it’s unclear if there were any other reasons why he targeted her.Daniel Anderl, Salas’ son, was killed in the family’s home on July 19 after answering the door to a man allegedly dressed as a FedEx delivery person. Her husband, attorney Mark A. Anderl, was also shot multiple times.Salas said that she had received threats in the past, but did not have any indication that they could have been from Den Hollander. According to the U.S. Marshals Service, which is tasked with protecting federal judges, there were 4,449 threats and inappropriate communications against protected persons in 2019 — up from just 926 in 2015.“My son’s death cannot be in vain, which is why I am begging those in power to do something to help my brothers and sisters on the bench. Now, more than ever, we need to identify a solution that keeps the lives of federal judges private,” Salas said in a videotaped statement in August. “I know this is a complicated issue, and I don’t pretend to know or have all the answers, but together we can find a way. Let’s commence a national dialogue, let’s work collaboratively to find a solution that will safeguard the privacy of federal judges.”After the attack, Den Hollander was found on July 22 in Sullivan County, New York, about two hours north of the judge’s home. He had died by suicide. With him, authorities discovered the names of several other people they believe he wanted to target, including at least one other judge.Salas told Roberts that she is going to strive to be the “best person” she can be for the sake of her son.“I know that I’m gonna strive every morning to be the best person that I could be. My son gave his life for his father and I. I have to look at that and say, ‘What a gift,’” she said. “I can’t squander it. And I’m gonna strive for betterment. I wanna be a better judge. I wanna be a better person. I just wanna be better.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Tags: Cal State Fullerton/Donny Daniels/Gonzaga/Henry Martinez/Larry Krystkowiak/Rick Majerus/UCLA/Utah Men’s Basketball Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Thursday, Utah men’s basketball confirmed the final additions made to this season’s coaching staff.Head coach Larry Krystkowiak has added Henry Martinez as an assistant coach and Donny Daniels as the director of player development.Martinez comes to the Utes’ program after spending the last 16 years as the director/head coach of the ProBasket Academy of Costa Rica.Martinez brings coaching experience from both the high school and professional levels. He has a 15-year affiliation as a player/coach with the Costa Rica National Team.Martinez is a former member of the Costa Rican National Team, averaging 20 or more points in five different seasons.Daniels returning to the program after serving under Rick Majerus for the Utes from 1990-2000.During Daniels’ time at Utah, the Utes reached the NCAA Tournament eight times and played in the 1998 national championship game against Kentucky, losing to the Wildcats.Daniels has also coached at Cal State Fullerton, UCLA and Gonzaga. May 30, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah Men’s Basketball Finalizes Coaching Staff Written by
Barry Black, 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate, will be speaking at 8:30 am and 10:30 am morning services at the Ocean City Tabernacle this Sunday, September 3rd.Black was raised by his mother, along with his seven siblings, in Baltimore public housing. His mother always told him “You will have a special destination in life and a life with God.” She believed this because she had asked God to do something special with his life. As a child, Black developed “a love for the music of language” that prompted him to study the prose of Longfellow, Emerson, Milton and Thoreau. Although he knew early that God had a calling on his life, he resisted until his junior year in college. Black ultimately accepted the call and entered the military when he discovered the Navy needed African-American chaplains. After 27 years of service, Black describes his time in the military as “a protracted honeymoon that went by very quickly.”Black retired from the U.S. Navy in 2003 as the Chief of Navy Champlain’s to begin his appointment as U.S. Senate Chaplain. Black is responsible for opening the Senate each day in prayer and overseeing the spiritual care and counseling of senators, their families and staff, a combined constituency of over 6,000. Black holds seven degrees, one honorary, and has authored two books.The Tabernacle hosts distinguished guest speakers and performers every Sunday morning through September 10th. Keep up with the full list of events and speakers online at www.octab.org.###Located at 550 Wesley Avenue in Ocean City, NJ, the Ocean City Tabernacle is an inter-denominational Christian worship and event center open to all. The Tabernacle is the historic center of the City of Ocean City which was established as a “Christian Seashore retreat” in 1879. This year will mark the organization’s 138th year of ministry.
There’s a lot going on in October – the British Society of Baking Conference on Tuesday October 9 at Coombe Abbey, Wawickshire; our own Bakers’ Fair at Bolton Arena on Sunday October 14 from 9.30am to 4pm; and a major morning conference on the future of Bakery education for craft and plant bakers and college tutors on Tuesday October 30 at Bakers Hall, London, EC3.But there is also a huge amount going on in the industry this week. Finsbury Foods has bought Anthony Alan and Harry Kear has sold his stake in Rathbones.Though nothing trumps the fact that Rank Hovis will be raising the price of flour by £85 per tonne and ADM has already announced a similar price rise (pg 4).The amount sounds incredible, doesn’t it? And it translates into a bread price rise of up to 10p on an 800g loaf. But, as I am sure you know, it is not just the UK that is experiencing huge rises in flour and other commodities.This week the Wall Street Journal in the US carried the headline: ’Historic surge in grain prices’. It went on to state: “Rising prices and surging demands for crops are producing the biggest changes in global food markets for 30 years.”Kansas wheat is up 70% or more. “The days of cheap grain are gone,” confirmed Dan Basse, president of AgResource, a Chicago commodity forecasting company. Meanwhile, Italian shoppers have been urged to boycott pasta (with no success!), Pakistan is curbing wheat exports, Russia is considering doing the same and the already hungry people of Zimbabwe have now run out of bread completely.We are in uncharted territory because all the predictions I have read suggest the situation could escalate over the next decade. Why? Because demand exceeds supply, harvests are bad, conventional cropland is being used to grow biofuels and a growing middle class in developing countries wants more milk and meat, so more grain is being grown for livestock feed (a cow has to eat six pounds of grain to put on a pound of weight).The biggest struggle for millers and plant bakers is to figure out how to pass on the price increases to the supermarkets. I hope the multiples will be realistic and accept that today’s consumer is informed and will pay up. They did when coffee went through the roof. Now it’s the turn of bread.