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Detroit officials nervous as public anger grows

first_imgFormer-Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is warning local corporate leaders that the city could be on the verge of an urban rebellion.Speaking at the Detroit Chamber of Commerce policy conference held Feb. 24 at the Motor City Casino downtown, Bing said that despite rhetoric about an economic resurgence, the majority African-American population was being left out of key decision-making roles.Bing said conditions indicated the city was just “one incident” away from an explosion similar to events in Ferguson, Mo., or what happened in Detroit in July 1967. The Detroit Rebellion nearly five decades ago was the largest of such outbreaks in the history of the United States.“As much as we say or think we are being inclusive, the reality is we are not,” said Bing. “There is an undercurrent of frustration and anger that could lead to a negative outcome.” (Deadline Detroit, Feb. 25)The former Pistons basketball star, corporate spokesperson and businessman during the 1960s through the present, Bing noted that he had spent several months talking with African-American businesspeople, students and others in the city. He said many feel “left out” of the so-called revival of Detroit.“African-American economic empowerment and neighborhood development must be an essential part of Detroit’s resurgence. Diversity is about counting people. Inclusion is about making people count,” he emphasized.During Bing’s mayoral tenure, the general perception among many people in Detroit was that he was preparing the city for emergency management and restructuring, which occurred under his leadership from 2009 to 2013. Bing never provided any serious opposition to the imposition of emergency management by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, which forced the city into bankruptcy during 2013-14, the largest in U.S. municipal history.Bing has been closely allied with the automotive industry, serving as a spokesperson for Buick during the late 1960s, when the African-American liberation struggle was at a high level. This was a period when many professional athletes identified with and joined demonstrations against racism and national oppression.Obviously Bing is echoing certain sections of the ruling class in Detroit who realize that conditions are worsening for the African-American people. Growing militancy among the masses has been seen in protests against the engineers of emergency management and bankruptcy at three public events in recent months.Residents blocked parking lots and confronted guests at two gala affairs at the Detroit Institute of Arts that honored federal Judge Steven Rhodes, who presided over the city bankruptcy theft of retiree pensions, health care programs, public assets and massive water shut-offs; the Jones Day law firm, which represented the Snyder administration’s restructuring plan in court; and former-Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.Bing attacked by Duggan administrationA public forum at Wayne State University in late 2015 was cancelled due to disruptions by people in the audience who denounced Snyder and Orr. Corporate-oriented Mayor Mike Duggan refused to walk onto the stage amid the demonstration. Duggan is the first white mayor in the city since 1973.Bing’s statements were attacked as untrue by Police Chief James Craig the next day. Craig often brags that street crime is down, yet reports abound related to corruption in the Detroit Land Bank Authority, known for its no-bid contracts and abusive administrators.Other Duggan appointees joined the chorus against Bing, touting their dialogue with African-American business owners and city residents. The Duggan administration is known for its intolerance of critical comments about the social situation in Detroit.Detroit still suffers from widespread poverty, unemployment and home foreclosures. Public transportation is poor, and large swaths of the city remain dark without working street lights.Duggan delivered his “State of the City Address” on Feb. 23 at Second Ebenezer Church on the city’s east side, which has been devastated by job losses and residential flight fostered by the banks and corporations. The speech triggered at least four disruptions from the audience, who chanted him down.Demonstrators gathered outside the entrance of the church carrying a banner that read “Duggan = Black death.” When opponents of the Duggan administration attempted to set up a picket line in front of the church doors, they were told by police that they had to move to the sidewalk because that area was “private property.”Some demonstrators challenged this notion, since the “State of the City Address” is a public event featuring elected officials. Detroit and corporate interests were sued in 2014 for turning away protesters at a public area downtown. The city of Detroit settled the suit and passed a new ordinance ostensibly designed to protect “free speech.” Duggan opponents feel the police action on Feb. 23 violated the law.Anger mounts against false narrativeRecent demonstrations against the city’s ruling-class agents have gained the attention of at least a fraction in the power structure. Bing’s warning cannot be viewed in a political vacuum.Citywide elections are scheduled for 2017, and the Duggan administration and the City Council have almost nothing to show for their efforts over the last three years.Most neighborhood and small business districts in the city remain devastated. Approximately 50,000 homes are facing tax foreclosures after the March 31 deadline.A Detroit News study during 2015 documented that the banks were responsible for the tens of thousands of abandoned homes and apartments in the city. Many of the report’s findings reflect what the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shut-offs has been saying since 2008.Successive city and state administrations have failed to stand up to the tyranny of the banks and corporations, which continue to loot the municipality of Detroit and Michigan as a whole.Gov. Snyder has come under fire for his continued emergency management of Detroit Public Schools. Teachers have engaged in “sick-outs” and other protests against the deplorable conditions in the schools.Darnell Earley, the DPS emergency manager appointed by Snyder, stepped down on Feb. 29. Meanwhile, retired federal Judge Rhodes has been appointed the new emergency manager of the DPS by Snyder.This appointment exposes the fact that Snyder and his backers are committed to maintaining corporate control over the DPS and all other aspects of public life in the city. Legal efforts by the state-controlled school system to sanction teachers for their protest actions have failed so far.Duggan and his allies are proposing a new scheme of control and disempowerment over the DPS through what they call a Detroit Education Commission. This plan would continue the denial of the right to vote for an empowered school board, which has been rendered totally impotent by the state.These developments, if continued, could very well lead to a mass rebellion, given the broad anger and discontent among the city’s nearly 700,000 residents.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Government suspends satirical newspaper

first_img News Follow the news on Belarus BelarusEurope – Central Asia RSF_en September 2, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government suspends satirical newspaper Reporters Without Borders today strongly condemned the Belarus government’s suspension of the satirical newspaper Navinki, the latest of several in the run-up to next month’s parliamentary elections.”The increase in suspensions of outspoken media for bogus administrative reasons at this time is an alarming sign,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “The systematic crackdown on the independent press is utterly incompatible with the holding of free elections.”We have several times asked information minister Vladimir Rusakevich, who shut down Navinki for three months on 27 August, not to suspend any media during the election campaign. He has not responded to this request and it has clearly been ignored.”Ruskevich said the paper had not informed the ministry of its new address and its new publication schedule, as required by law. The paper was fined and suspended for three months in May last year after it ran photos of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko along with by allegedly libellous comments. The minister suspended the independent weekly Novaya Gazeta Smorgoni, in the western town of Smorgon, on 16 August and the opposition weekly Rabochaya Solidarnost on 3 June, both for three months and for administrative reasons. News BelarusEurope – Central Asia to go further May 28, 2021 Find out more “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF sayscenter_img News Receive email alerts Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

How to handle a major financial disruption

first_img 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When Eric McClain had a new baby on the way in 2008, he found himself unemployed and in the middle of a home renovation. “This was just as the financial crisis was starting,” McClain says, which only added to his stress. The unemployment was unexpected, due to a bad fit with a new employer, and it took him about two months to find a new temporary job.“I had to break all the rules: ‘Don’t take money out of this account.’ ‘Don’t let debt run up,’” says McClain, who is a financial planner. He emptied out a 529 college savings account and ran up some debt in order to get his family through that tough period. After about 10 months at the temporary job, he found a new position at a financial firm and now co-owns a McClain Lovejoy Financial Planning in Birmingham, Alabama. “Today, things are so much better,” he says.Unexpected financial stress can wreak havoc on your bank account, not to mention emotional well-being, but it’s a relatively common experience. According TD Ameritrade’s 2015 Financial Disruptions Survey, which included over 2,000 respondents, two-thirds of Americans have experienced a major disruption to their retirement plans, the most common being losing a job or being forced to take a lower-paying one.“Just because you suffered through a disruption doesn’t mean you’re immune to another one, so it’s critical to have a plan,” says Matt Sadowsky, ​director of retirement and annuities for TD Ameritrade. ​Home expenses, bad investments, supporting needy family members, accidents and divorce were also among the causes of financial disruptions, which respondents said had a negative effect on their long-term financial plans. continue reading »last_img read more

Hughes launches double Plate bid

first_img Press Association Art Of Logistics heads ante-post lists following successive wins at Punchestown in May and June, but he has yet to win over further than two miles and two furlongs and he faces an extra half mile in the 200,000 euro feature. Golden Wonder, on the other hand, is proven at the trip, having won over the course and distance in a beginners chase at last year’s Galway Festival, but Hughes admits his Irish Grand National runner-up would prefer more testing conditions. “The thing is I want good ground for Art Of Logistics and I want cut in the ground for the other horse. I’m sure they’ll water overnight and the ground will be safe, so hopefully Golden Wonder will handle it all right. He does need some cut,” said the trainer. “Art Of Logistics goes there in good form and nothing he’s been doing suggests he won’t stay. He looked beaten four out at Punchestown the last day over two miles and two, but he ended up winning well. If he does get the trip he’d have to have a serious chance. “Golden Wonder is a course and distance winner and he’s the right horse for the job as long as the ground is all right.” JP McManus has won the race on six occasions, including the last two with Bob Lingo and Carlingford Lough, and this year the leading owner has seven runners in the field of 22, plus second reserve Jacksonslady. McManus’ racing manager Frank Berry said: “It’s great to have a few runners in the race and fingers crossed the ground is safe for them all. Kid Cassidy has top weight with Jody McGarvey taking 5lb off. He has plenty of weight, but he’s a decent horse on his day and it’s the right race for him. “Alderwood has had a bit of a stop-start season, but Tom Mullins is happy with him coming into the race and AP (McCoy) has chosen him, so hopefully he gives him a good spin. “Vulcanite likes good ground and won his last race over fences in Market Rasen well, but I thought he got a big enough penalty. He’ll like the ground, though, and hopefully he’ll run well for Noel Fehily. “Quantitativeeasing ran a cracker to finish second last year, Enda (Bolger) is very happy with him and hopefully he’ll run a good race. Rum And Butter probably has his share of weight for what he’s done, but hopefully he’ll go well. It’s A Gimme won the Summer Plate in Market Rasen well the other day. We’d probably prefer another week or two, but it’s a big pot and it’s worth a go. “Wise Old Owl ran a cracker in this a few years ago, but he hasn’t had much racing since. We’re just keeping out fingers crossed for a good run. ” center_img Dessie Hughes is confident both Art Of Logistics and Golden Wonder are capable of making their presence felt in Wednesday’s thetote.com Galway Plate.last_img read more

Roger Milla Tips Cameroon to Retain AFCON in Egypt

first_imgCameroon’s forward Roger Milla celebrates after scoring a goal against Russia 28 June 1994 at Stanford stadium in San Francisco during their Soccer World Cup match. At age 42, Roger Milla became the oldest player ever to score a goal in World Cup history, but could not help his team as Russia won 6-1 with forward Oleg Salenko, scoring a record 5 goals. AFP PHOTO/ANTONIO SCORZA (Photo credit should read ANTONIO SCORZA/AFP/Getty Images) African football legend Roger Milla believes Cameroon’s players “have what it takes” to retain their Africa Cup of Nations crown in Egypt.Milla starred for Cameroon in 1984 when the Indomitable Lions sealed their maiden continental title before guiding the central Africans to their second triumph in 1988, as he won the tournament’s best player prize.The 67-year-old is upbeat about Cameroon’s chances in Egypt but insists Cameroon’s Head Coach Clarence Seedorf must be meticulous in his selections. “Cameroon are the defending African champions. They have what it takes to retain the trophy. The team needs to work hard and get good results”, Milla told BBC Sport ahead of the African showpiece event which kicks off on 21 June.“Seedorf has great experience as a former player. At his prime, he was amongst the best in the world. He has played many top competitions and he knows what it takes to win big tournaments.“He must make the right choices. He has to set up a team that will suit the attributes of his players. Cameroon must defend properly but also have a good attack line that can make the difference when things get tough.”The Indomitable Lions are currently training at the prestigious facilities of Spanish heavyweights Real Madrid in Valdebebas and played two friendlies against Zambia on 9 June and another against Spanish side AD Alcorcon today.The squad will then jet off to Doha, Qatar for a second training camp from 11-16 June with a game against Mali on 14 June.Some of Seedorf’s recent selections have been heavily scrutinised by local press in Cameroon.The Dutch tactician has been criticised for keeping faith in players who had little or no game time this season with their respective clubs.Despite the backlash, Milla has thrown his support behind the team, calling on fans to be tolerant with Seedorf and his technical staff.“In 2017, about ten players turned down call-ups to the national team and Cameroon travelled to Gabon with a core of inexperienced and not very popular players. Yet we ended up winning the competition.“No-one believed we could even go past the group stages but the boys won the Cup. Fans have to be patient. Let’s wait and see what they can do in Egypt.“The group stage shouldn’t be challenging for the Lions. Ghana, Benin and Guinea-Bissau are teams we’ve beaten in the past – be it during the Nations Cup or in qualifiers.“We shouldn’t be afraid of anyone. It’s up to Seedorf and Kluivert to build a good team for the various games. So far, Seedorf has done a good job with qualifying the team but now is the most crucial part and he needs to live up to expectations.“The ideal scenario will be for Cameroon to win their sixth trophy in Egypt and clinch a seventh in 2021 when the country stages the Africa Cup of Nations. This will be tough – but it’s possible.”One of Africa’s most successful players, Milla made his debut for Cameroon in 1973 in a World Cup qualifier against Zaire, present-day Democratic Republic of Congo, going on to score 37 goals in 63 appearances.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more