Houston solidarity with Syrian refugees

first_imgHundreds of people in Houston came out on Sept. 12 to welcome Syrian refugees arriving in the city. The large, spirited and militant demonstration, organized by Arab youth and Latino/a immigrant organizations, drew a huge crowd, including the Free Radicals marching band. From union activists, including steelworkers who recently returned to work after being on strike for months, to the New Black Panther Party to Proyecto Latino Americano, all united in the chant, “From Syria to Mexico, border walls have got to go!”A leader of the campaign to find the missing Ayotzinapa students in Mexico told Workers World, “No one wants to leave their homes, but war and violence sometimes force us to do just that.” The demonstration was at Houston’s busiest intersection in the most crowded shopping area and the response from passersby was positive. Signs and chants were in English, Arabic and Spanish. News coverage was broad on both English- and Spanish-language television.One man who was interviewed, Israel “Izzy” Torres, had been fighting his own deportation for almost two years. Just a few days after he attended this demonstration and appeared on television, Immigration and Customs Enforcement did deport him to Mexico, where he knows no one. He and his partner have lived in Houston for over 20 years and all their children are U.S. citizens.The theme of the Sept. 12 action was “Refugees welcome! No human is illegal!” The demands were for the European Union member states to end immediately their dehumanizing and repressive practices and allow free access and movement of refugees and migrants to reach the destination of their choosing, without fear of coast guard patrols, borders, fences or cages. Also, for Washington to do its part in welcoming and resettling refugees in the U.S., and for the Obama administration to pledge to accept at least 65,000 refugees from Syria for resettlement in the U.S. by 2016.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo Announces Seminar and Demonstration Schedule

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE Tool Box Seminars Focus on Practical Skills and Cutting Edge Technology.With farmers facing another year of tight profit margins and falling farm income, finding new ways to lower production costs and increase yields is a necessity. The expanded, free seminar series at the redesigned Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo will focus on providing those who attend with new ideas and new tools to help them meet the challenges of the 2019 crop.Presenters will include: Dr. Chris Hurt, Ag Economist Purdue; Ryan Martin, Weather forecaster, Hoosier Ag Today; Bob Utterback, nationally known market analyst; Brian Bush, Agronomist Pioneer Hybrid; Randy Kron and Justin Schneider, Indiana Farm Bureau; and others yet to be announced. Farm Credit Mid-America is sponsoring the seminar stage and will present several programs covering financial management and tips on operating credit for the 2019 season. Other seminar topics will include: making an operating budget for 2019, beating weed resistance, Dicamba rule update, Farm succession, and estate planning, boosting corn and soybean yields, making variable-rate seeding work, solving field tile problems, and many moreOn Thursday, December 13, Certified Applicator Training will be held at the Expo.  Those needing accreditation can qualify with this program presented by Purdue Extension.A new feature at the Expo is a demonstration area where some of the latest technology in production will be demonstrated. Drones, robots, and cover crops will be featured in hands-on demonstrations by top industry experts. Exhibitors at the show will also be demonstrating new equipment in this area. Demonstrations will occur throughout the day, with informational videos being played in this area between demonstrations.Another new feature of the expo is the coffee shop. This is a casual and informal area where attendees can sit down one-on-one with seminar and demonstration presenters to discuss specific applications for their farming operation. Small, informal group discussions will be held in this area so that farmers can learn from each other as well as the experts.More speakers and demonstrations will be announced in the coming weeks. For the latest line up of speakers and seminars at the Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo, visit the Expo website at www.indianafarmexpo.com.What is the Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo?The 40th annual Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo will be held December 11-13, 2018 in the West Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. A lot has changed in agriculture in the past 39 years, and the 2018 Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo will reflect that.  Featured are a new focus, a new name for the December farm show formerly known as the Indiana-Illinois Farm Equipment and Outdoor Power Show, and new ownership (Hoosier Ag Today and MidCountry Media). The redesigned event will showcase cutting-edge products and services and will draw top producers from across the Midwest. Updated information about the Expo can be found at www.indianafarmexpo.com. Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo Announces Seminar and Demonstration Schedule SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Jul 18, 2018 Previous articleRenewable Fuels Association Announces Leadership Succession PlanNext articleHouse Moves to Send Farm Bill to Conference Committee, Appoints Conferees Hoosier Ag Today Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo Announces Seminar and Demonstration Schedulelast_img read more

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Another journalist held in Turkmenistan’s never-ending crackdown

first_img March 31, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan Organisation to go further News December 7, 2016 Another journalist held in Turkmenistan’s never-ending crackdown Help by sharing this information TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentExiled mediaImpunityViolenceImprisonedDisappearances Khudayberdy Allashov News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Khudayberdy Allashov, a correspondent for the Turkmen service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), and his mother, who have been held since 3 December on a charge of possessing chewing tobacco. Allashov and his mother were arrested when police raided their home in the northern town of Kunya-Urgench, began beating him and then carried out a search, finding a few packets of tobacco, which were used as a pretext for hauling them off to a police station. Chewing tobacco is illegal in Turkmenistan but is widely consumed and, according to RFE/RL, its possession has not led to arrests in the past. The dealer who sold the tobacco to Allashov was herself arrested for a few hours and was brought face-to-face with him in the police station. She told RFE/RL he was covered with bruises, and was unable to speak or even lift his head. Allashov’s wife, who was also arrested and released twice, has been told that he signed a statement “admitting” to possessing 11 kilos of tobacco, much more than was found during the search. A trial was due to have been held on 5 December behind closed doors with no defence lawyer present. It has yet to be confirmed whether the trial was indeed held and, if so, how it ended. Allashov, who began working for RFE/RL three or four months ago, was facing a possible seven-year jail term. He had recently reported local stories about sensitive topics such as food shortages and cotton-picking. “There is no doubt that Khudayberdy Allashov is being persecuted because of journalistic activities, that he has been mistreated and forced to make a confession, and that he is now in great danger,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “We again urge the international community to take stock of the current crackdown on independent journalists in Turkmenistan and to hold its government to account. The OSCE foreign minister’s meeting today in Hamburg offers an opportunity. The countries that still proclaim democratic values must speak out and must demand the release of Allashov and his mother, and the release of Saparmamed Nepeskuliev, a journalist held since July 2015.” No criticism of the regime or its officials has ever been tolerated in Turkmenistan, which is ranked 178th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Recent months have nonetheless seen a new escalation in the persecution of journalists working for independent media based abroad, including RFE/RL. RFE/RL correspondent Soltan Achilova was assaulted three times in the space of a few days in November, while Rovshen Yazmuhamedov, another RFE/RL correspondent, was threatened in November with being made to serve the suspended jail sentence he was given in 2013. Nepeskuliev, also an RFE/RL reporter, has meanwhile been detained for nearly 18 months. No fewer than six RFE/RL contributors gave up working for the media outlet in 2015 as a result of harassment. RSF_en Follow the news on Turkmenistan News March 13, 2020 Find out more TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentExiled mediaImpunityViolenceImprisonedDisappearances December 18, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries Newslast_img read more

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Lonzo Ball says he’ll ‘play for anybody’ after LaVar blasts Lakers coach Luke Walton

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Walton said Sunday that he was “fine” with LaVar’s comments, on one condition.“My only concern with any of it is for Zo,” he said. “As long as Zo’s fine with it and Zo can come out and play and be, and it doesn’t affect mine and his relationship, then it doesn’t bother me at all.”Lonzo Ball has insisted that his father will continue to speak his mind, but the latest chapter raised questions of whether the elder Ball was simply broadcasting sentiments that originated with his son.“That is just his opinion,” Lonzo Ball said. “He has coached me his whole life. So, he is definitely going to have a strong opinion about it. That’s just what it is.”Lakers executives met with LaVar Ball on Nov. 29 to ask him to tone down comments he had made questioning Walton’s rotations and overall usage of his son, the No. 2 pick in June’s draft. Sunday’s story was the first time, however, that LaVar had outright suggested Walton should not coach the Lakers.“Even if you bring in a LeBron or a (Paul) George, he can’t coach them guys,” LaVar told ESPN. “What is he gonna tell them? He’s too young. He has no control.”Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka attended Sunday’s shoot around but declined to speak to reporters. Magic Johnson, the team’s president of basketball operations, has been posting on social media this weekend from Lansing, Mich., where his parents are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.The comments reached Walton prior to a Lakers shoot around Sunday morning, which was attended by 500 to 1,000 fans as part of an American Express event. Walton was in good spirits, shooting around after the walk-through with Ball, Kyle Kuzma and assistant coach Brian Shaw.Walton said he “would disagree” with the assertion he had lost the locker room.“I don’t see that the players aren’t playing hard,” he said. “I think the players are playing very hard, we’ve been through a hard stretch, but they are giving us what they have and we’re going to keep working and we’ll be fine. LOS ANGELES -– Lonzo Ball disagreed with his father that Luke Walton has lost control of the Lakers locker room, but stopped short of an outright endorsement of his coach.“I’ll play for anybody,” the rookie point guard said following the Lakers morning shoot around at Staples Center.LaVar Ball told ESPN this weekend that the Lakers “are not playing for Luke no more.”Speaking from a luxury resort in Lithuania, where his two youngest sons are preparing to make their professional debuts with Prienu Vytautas, the elder Ball made his comments to an ESPN reporter embedded with the family after the Lakers lost 108-94 to Charlotte on Friday night. It was the Lakers’ ninth straight loss. When asked about his job security last week, Walton said, “I coach as if it’s not” in jeopardy. On Sunday, he said he has been given reassurances from the Lakers front office that he has their support.“I feel very secure in my job status right now,” he said. “We talk all the time. They’re 100% behind and supporting what we’re doing.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Luke doesn’t have control of the team no more,” he said. “They don’t want to play for him.”Asked pointedly if he agreed that Walton had lost the support of players, Lonzo Ball said, “I don’t think so. I mean, he’s our head coach. We are going to play for him.”last_img read more

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