Selfishness Racism and Hypocrisy of Some Adults Ruined It

It is sad that a story that resonated and inspired so many has been imploded by so few. When Little League baseball—little league!—can be compromised by adults with their own agenda, it’s as clear an indication as any of the corruption that engulfs us.Kids playing a kid’s game has gone political, controversial and, yes, racial, with the kids the ultimate losers in all the machinations by self-serving, jealous and timid adults.Not just the Jackie Robinson West players who had their U.S. Championship rescinded on the heels of allegations that kids who did not live in the implicit district were playing on the team. But there will be other kids who will lose, too.In the world we live in, when Black people achieve something significant, they still often are trailblazers setting the path for others to follow their journey.Think the next all-Black team that dominates in little league baseball won’t be vetted beyond non-Black teams because of this fiasco? Of course, they will.This isn’t about race; it’s about reality. Want to shield your vision from what has happened time and again in corporate American or newsrooms or apartment leasing offices, go ahead. Some of us set the stage for others to follow, and if one goes awry, the decision-makers (Caucasians) heavily consider that misstep before granting another African-American an opportunity.Indeed, Black people often rue the conduct of other Black people. Say, for instance, Charles Barkley says something dumb, as he is wont to do. Many of us shudder, understanding that while Barkley does not represent us, his words and views inevitably will in some way be used against us.That phenomenon makes this little league baseball scandal that much more disheartening and significant.Even Jesse Jackson has come out from his seeming retirement to chime in on behalf of his fellow Chicagoans. “This is persecution. This is not right, it’s unnecessary. And it’s not fair,” Jackson said the other day at a press conference.He may be right. This whole drama started when a mostly white team from Chicago called authorities to say the Jackie Robinson West squad had players on its roster that did not live in the district. This also, it is important to note, was after the JRW team beat the brakes off that mostly white team, 43-2. And this came after JRW had captured the nation with a Little League World Series run that was marked by immense talent and admirable grace.Now, a city known for corruption in politics, has this on its ledger, too. And it’s the kids who are pained the most.“Little League says that they teach character and they teach courage. Well, this isn’t an act of courage and this sure isn’t an act of character. Brandon Green and his teammates, they earned the championship win and we will not stop until justice is done,” said Venisa Green, mother of JRW player Brandon Green.Renown Catholic priest Michael Pfleger said the words: “You need to reverse this unless you’re going to go after all 16 teams. This is a racist attack and racist at the foot of this, and there’s no way I’ll back off from that, none whatsoever.”The argument that every team has players living outside the designated zones does not make what JRW is alleged to have done right. But it sure is interesting that Evergreen Park, the whistleblowers on JRW, had at least one player from outside its area on its team in 2011. Renee Cannon-Young said her son, Jacoby, was recruited to play in Evergreen Park’s Little League, despite living on Chicago’s South Side.“The paperwork was filled out for me,” Cannon-Young said. “I was told that although he was not a resident of Evergreen Park, they were going to fix that so that he could play. Just use another address, and he would be able to play.”When Cannon-Young learned of Evergreen Park’s ratting out JRW, she screamed hypocrisy.So serious is this that Chicago mayor Raham Emanuel put it on his radar. He supports the team holding on to its championship. “Every home run was real,” he said. “Every great catch was real. The passion they brought from Chicago to Williamsport was real. And the character they showed on and off the field was real.”In vacating the title, Emanuel said, “You have turned (the youths) into the perpetrators when they are the victims. You know what they have done for Chicago, and let’s face it, you know what they’ve done for your tournament.”Jackie Robinson West player Brandon Green added: “We work hard all year long. And we went down there to play baseball and we weren’t involved in anything that could’ve caused us to be stripped of our championship.”This weekend, Rainbow PUSH (yes, it’s still around) plans to have a rally for the devastated and embarrassed players, to remind them that they are still champions, if not on paper any longer. Hovering above the occasion will be this truth: Adults who are supposed to be responsible let down the kids they are charged to protect. read more

Police are looking for help in identifying the suspect who murdered Lori

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Investigators are hoping to shed new light on a cold case murder from 1991. A 29-year-old Lori Ann Mooney was shot and killed in a Clairemont park. No one was ever arrested for her murder.KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries spoke with Lori Ann’s family in this special report.Anyone with information about this murder is asked to call the San Diego Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at (888) 580-8477.Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest in this case. Visit the Crime Stoppers website at www.sdcrimestoppers.org for more information on how to send anonymous web and mobile app tips. January 9, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: January 9, 2019 Updated: 7:12 PMcenter_img Ginger Jeffries, Police are looking for help in identifying the suspect who murdered Lori Ann Mooney Ginger Jeffries last_img read more

Inside Diversifieds Latest Focus Group Initiative

first_img The program, called the ASAP Power Panel, is targeted to the audience of Diversified’s Administrative Professionals Conference and the American Society of Administrative Professionals it manages, and centers on a different type of data science than most survey initiatives. Instead of one-off questionnaires, the company is getting users to sign on for repeated surveys or focus groups. Getting a critical mass of individuals to agree to fill out multiple surveys each month isn’t easy though, and it’s not necessarily the right fit for every audience. Incentive programs help—Diversified is offering participants gift cards and donations for their efforts—though it’s even more important that administrative professionals are, by and large, “very engaged,” “very talkative” and “pretty much the perfect group for this,” Clark says. “I really saw the magic in longitudinal research—going back to the same folks over and over again—versus the one-and-done survey,” says Katie Clark, senior insights manager for Diversified. “With one-off surveys, you can’t chase the person down the street and ask them ‘Why did you think that?’ Longitudinal research lets you go back again and again and again, and iterate at every stage of the process.” While a lot of publishers offer up their audiences for surveys, Diversified Communications is putting a new spin on the practice. Pricing varies widely, Clark says, though the program is doing well enough that the company has plans to roll it out to different brand audiences soon. Longitudinal studies—observing the same group several times—offer benefits that cross-sectional studies—one-time samples—don’t. Clark cites a product launch process as an example of where longitudinal research proves its worth. From ideation to product development to marketing and release, companies are able to get a consistent base to weigh against previous samples, ensuring they’re progressing in a coherent direction.   Hitting the right frequency of studies—not overwhelming them; not letting them lose interest—and mix of questions—“We aren’t asking anything we already know the answer to,” she says—are also key. Since the pilot program launched in September, more than 600 individuals have signed up. There’s actually a waiting list of interested participants, though preserving demographic balance has prevented Clark from adding more from specific groups.last_img read more

ATTs 5G E network helps it take crown as fastest US carrier

first_img AT&T makes the first transcontinental call, 100 years ago (pictures) Now playing: Watch this: 5G AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon 8 Originally published April 3, 6:30 a.m. PT.Update, April 5:50 a.m. PT: Adds comment from T-Mobile. AT&T tries tricking customers with 5G E logo Tags AT&T’s wireless network has become the fastest in the nation, according to Speedtest. Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images) Maybe it really is evolving?AT&T’s wireless network was named the fastest in the US, it announced Wednesday, based on an analysis of speeds over the first quarter of 2019 by Ookla’s Speedtest. It noted that AT&T’s speeds improved by more than 15% during that period, while the other carriers plateaued.AT&T’s speeds jumped from 34.3 megabytes per second (MBPS) to 40.7 MBPS, according to the data it presented. By comparison, T-Mobile hit 35.4 MBPS, Sprint reached 34.9 MBPS and Verizon was at 33.3 MBPS.Keep in mind that different tests have yielded different results. Last month, OpenSignal, another firm that tests wireless speeds, said it found that AT&T’s controversial  5G E (short for 5G Evolution) clocked in slower than services from Verizon and T-Mobile. However, AT&T dismissed Opensignal’s method as flawed.center_img Internet Services Tech Industry 1:58 Comments In its announcement  Wednesday, AT&T highlighted its 5G E service — which is really just fancy branding for its advanced 4G LTE network — as a major factor in its speed growth, saying it laid the foundation for the upgrade to 5G next-generation cellular technology.”We are thrilled Ookla has confirmed that we are the fastest wireless network nationwide,” said Andre Fuetsch, president of AT&T Labs and chief technology officer. “This is further proof that our wireless network strategy and build are benefiting our customers in ways that other carriers cannot match.” Responding to results from Speedtest, Verizon asserted that its wireless network is the fastest and most reliable.”The evidence is overwhelming that the Verizon wireless network is best, fastest and most reliable,” said spokesperson Howie Waterman in an emailed statement. “We focus on deploying the best technologies for our customers, at scale.”T-Mobile made a similar claim, noting that that people use their phones for upload as well as download.”When you look at the overall customer experience, there’s only one fastest LTE network: T-Mobile,” said Neville Ray, its chief technology officer. “We’ve led the industry on LTE speed for five years (20 straight quarters), all without lying to customers or pretending LTE is 5G.”Sprint didn’t responded to a request for comment. Share your voice 15 Photoslast_img read more

Maruti Suzuki to invest Rs 15000 crore for sales and services infrastructure

first_imgMaruti Suzuki will spend a whopping Rs 15,000 crore towards expanding its sales-and-service infrastructure over the next five years, as India’s biggest carmaker aims to grow its annual sales to nearly 2 million units by 2020 from 1.1 million vehicles in last fiscal year.The earmarked investment will be used to procure land for dealers to double the number of dealership outlets, expanding warehousing capabilities and transportation facilities.The growth in the company’s annual sales will be mainly led by production at its third plant in Gujarat, which is expected to start operations by early 2017.”We have to double our network as the Gujarat plant output will lead to a gradual doubling of sales. The bulk of the investment required for additional sales will precede start of production at our Gujarat plant. The total money needed for creating additional sales-and-service infrastructure has been estimated to be Rs 30,000 crore. Of that, half the money will be invested by us, and the rest by dealers,” Maruti Suzuki Chairman R C Bhargava told Business Standard.Currently, the Delhi-headquartered automobile company has more than 1,700 dealership outlets in the country and it has recently set up a new dealership network, Nexa, to sell premium cars. The company is also planning to open a network for its light commercial vehicle launches.The company had spent Rs 11,000 crore to build its current sales-and- service infrastructure , Bhargava said adding that the setting up of the same infrastructure would now cost Rs 30,000 crore due to an exponential rise in land prices.As land prices are expensive for dealers, the company plans to procure the land and lease it for the dealers. It has already formed a team of executives from real estate firms to manage its “land-procurement exercise”.”The land cost today is making it difficult for dealers to invest. But if investments are not made, it will hurt us. We will buy sites where we want dealerships and workshops to come up in future,” said Bhargava.The company is sitting on a cash pile of about Rs 13,000 crore and the Rs 8,000-10,000-crore investment in the Gujarat plant will be made by its parent Suzuki.last_img read more

Boeing Tata Advanced Systems to make Apache fuselage in Hyderabad

first_imgBoeing and Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL) on Wednesday formally announced that a centre to manufacture aerostructures for AH-64 Apache helicopter will come up in Hyderabad.The announcement was made by the officials of the two companies in the presence of Telangana’s Information Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao on the sidelines of suppliers’ meet of Boeing here.The state government agreed to allocate land and provide all other support required for the unit, which is coming up near aerospace Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Adibatla on the outskirts of the city, where TASL already has four joint ventures with global companies.The announcement came as a follow-up to the joint venture the two companies announced last month.Pratyush Kumar, president, Boeing India, said they were making a beginning with manufacture of aerostrucures for Apache and would take this partnership forward to develop advanced systems.The AH-64 Apache is the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopter and is used by the US Army and defence forces of other countries. Boeing has delivered more than 2,100 Apaches to customers around the world since 1984, according to the information on the company’s website.Though the state government officials had earlier estimated that the project could entail an investment of about Rs.200 crore, Kumar declined to give any figure. “We don’t make the investment figures public,” he said.”The first step is fuselage manufacturing. We are now starting with the process and it may take three to four months to get all approvals,” he told IANS when asked about the timeframe for the JV.Sukaran Singh, CEO and managing director of TASL, said this joint venture would be a big push for make in India programme.Rama Rao said the addition of marquee name like Boeing would be a big value addition for Telangana and would boost the state government’s efforts to make Hyderabad a hub of aerospace and defence.”There is no bigger name than Boeing in aerospace and defence and this joint venture will be help attract more companies,” he said.He recalled that the beginning for this partnership was made in May when he met Boeing officials during his visit to the US.The minister said Boeing setting up a shop would also bring several suppliers to the city and create employment opportunities.”We already have 1,000 SMEs in this sector in and around Hyderabad. The challenge before us is to expand this SME base and upgrade the tier III suppliers to tier II and tier II,” the minister added.He assured all the support in creating the entire ecosystem for the sector and also promised that if required the state government on behalf of the companies investing in the state will take up their issues with the central government.The minister said three more aerospace and defence parks would come up in the city. An aviation academy is also proposed to be developed in collaboration with Aerocampus Aquitaine, France.Pratt & Whitney, a leader in aircraft engine manufacturing, is also looking to expand its base in the city and set up something in human resource and training sectors, he added.last_img read more

Markets cautious ahead of election results Hero MotoCorp declares 2750 interim dividend

first_imgA man looks at a screen displaying news of markets update inside the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai, India, February 11, 2016.Reuters fileHero MotoCorp rewarded shareholders with a bonanza: 2,750 percent interim dividend or Rs 55 per share. However, the news did not have any impact on the share price of the two-wheeler maker. The share, which has a face value of Rs 2, actually closed in the red at Rs 3,299, down 0.65 percent.The company has fixed March 8 as the record date for determining entitlement of members for the purpose of paying the bonanza.Hero MotoCorp sold 5.24 lakh units in February, down 4.75 percent in comparison to 5.50 lakh two-wheelers sold in February 2016.The BSE Sensex closed 49 points lower at 28,999 on Tuesday while the NSE Nifty closed 16 points lower at 8,947. Investors are apparently cautious ahead of the outcome of the Assembly polls, particularly in Uttar Pradesh.”The markets are keenly awaiting the outcome of the exit poll announcements that are expected in the next few days and the street has already factored in a BJP win in the key state of Uttar Pradesh,” Mayuresh Joshi, fund manager at Angel Broking, said in a note.”Any disappointment however on this front can cause significant volatility and disruption in the positive momentum that has been created and can have a short term negative impact in the way the markets react,” he added.Top Sensex losers included Tata Steel, Lupin, Infosys and Axis Bank. Adani Power closed 4.8 percent higher at Rs 40.The rupee gained 4 paise to end at 66.67 to the US dollar. Gold and silver prices also fell on Tuesday, with the yellow metal losing Rs 200 to close at Rs 29,550 per 10 gm while silver ended Rs 300 lower at Rs 42,500 per kg.last_img read more

Stocks to watch on Feb 22 Lupin Ambuja Cements Titan Aurobindo Pharma

first_imgA stock broker looks at a television screen in Mumbai as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presents India’s first unified budget on February 1, 2017.IANSHere are a few stocks that are likely to move in trades on Thursday.Lupin: The drugmaker launched generic Namenda XR capsules – used to treat moderate to severe dementia – in the U.S.UCO Bank: The lender said it will raise Rs 6,507 crore via preferential issue to the government.Hatsun Agro: The board approved raising up to Rs 550 crore via rights issue.Indian Overseas Bank: The lender reduced marginal cost of lending rate by 5-10 basis points across some tenors.Gateway Distriparks: Promoter Prem Kishan Gupta bought 6 lakh shares, or 0.6 percent equity, at Rs 198 each.Nifty 50 exclusion: Aurobindo Pharma, Ambuja Cements and Bosch will be excluded from Nifty 50 starting April 2. They will be replaced by Bajaj Finserv, Grasim and Titan.Cyient: The company’s board approved reduction of non-resident investment from existing 100 percent to 49 percent.Vardhman Special Steels: The company raised Rs 50 crore via QIP.NSE ban: Balrampur Chini, Fortis, GMR Infra, IFCI, Jain Irrigation, and JP Associates.last_img read more

Refugee children vulnerable distressed

first_imgRohingya refugee children queue for aid in Cox`s Bazar. ReutersThe government and development agencies have no information on over half the child refugees entering Bangladesh from Myanmar in recent times. Around 240,000 children have entered Bangladesh this time, but not all of them are being registered. The persons and agencies working with children there, say that these children will face even further hazards if they are not registered.With support from the United National High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Bangladesh government is registering the refugees coming in from Myanmar. However, children under 12 years of age are not eligible for biometric registration as their fingerprints change. Without registration, their rights cannot even be ensured.Teacher of Dhaka University’s disaster management department Gowher Naim Wara yesterday, Monday, told Prothom Alo that the UN charter for children lists the right to birth registration as the first right of every child. That is an acknowledgement of the child’s existence. Without registration, the child is lost in the masses. Such children can be easily forced in child labour or child marriage, can face sexual abuse or trafficking. Wara said, fingerprints cannot be an excuse not to register the children.It has been a month since the Rohingyas were attacked and driven out of the Rakhine state, to flee into Bangladesh. Yet yesterday children were seen at the refugee camps, waiting in long queues for relief, bringing water from far, wandering around without guardians, begging, and sitting by the roads in hope of relief. Most of them were scantily dressed and barefoot. Many of the children have reportedly been subject to sexual abuse.In a UNICEF report on the condition of the refugee children, it was said that the Rohingya refugee children were situated in Cox’s Bazar, the district with the most backward indicators for child rights in Bangladesh.Immigration expert Asif Munir told Prothom Alo, the government can instruct the organisations providing health care to the children, to include the names of the children, their parents’ names, their address in Myanmar and the address of the camp where they reside at present, on the immunisation or health cards. If the UN agencies are involved in this, then no questions about the children’s identities will arise during repatriation.Rohingya refugee children queue for aid in Cox`s Bazar, Bangladesh, September 21, 2017. ReutersThe state of childrenThe United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on 23 September finalised a report on the state of children. A survey was run of the 128,000 refugees in five temporary camps and the newly formed camps. A total of 57 per cent of this refugee population were children. Of them, 9 per cent were one-year-old and 23 per cent below the age of five. And 28 per cent of them were between 6 and 18 years old. UNICEF has identified 512 children who have no guardians. Another 167,040 remain unidentified, with no information about their names, ages, parents, addresses in camps here or back in Myanmar.Those working in the refugee camps are reeling under the tough challenge of tending to the refugees, particularly as a burgeoning number of them are children. Children have a variety of requirement. A Myanmar government health and demographic survey of 2015-16 reveals that the Rakhine state has the highest number of children suffering from extreme malnutrition. And this is worst in Buthidong and Maungdaw, the two areas which came under army attack. A large number of the children entering Bangladesh are severely undernourished and have not been immunised.At the initiative of the government, UNICEF and WHO, 100,000 children of the 5 to 15-year-old age bracket arriving in Bangladesh, have been vaccinated against measles and rubella. And 19,795 have been administered polio vaccines.Children unprotectedBRAC is working with children at a field level. The organisation’s emergency response expert Mahmud Hossain said, many of the children entering Bangladesh, like the women, were sexually abused in Myanmar. The temporary camps are very unsafe, particularly the recent camps at Kutupalong and Balukhali. Three sisters, who lost their parents in the violence in Myanmar, have been sexually abused in the camp where they are living at present. There are over 2000 such allegations till now, but the number is likely to be much higher as not many want to speak out about sexual harassment.It is the parentless children who are the most vulnerable. The prime minister’s office recently issued 20 directives regarding the Rohingya issue. One of them was to run a survey on orphaned children. This survey so far has found 570 such children in Ukhia and Teknaf. However, officials of the social welfare department were unwilling to say what will be done with these children and whether they would be provided with any special protection.last_img

Farmers Bank MD removed

first_imgAKM Shameem The Bangladesh Bank has removed Farmers Bank Limited (FBL) managing director (MD) AKM Shameem from his post on Tuesday amid allegations of negligence of duty and mismanagement.The central bank sacked him as per Section 46 of Bank Company Act, Bangladesh Bank executive director and spokesperson Subhankar Saha told Prothom AloOn 27 November, ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) MP Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir resigned as the chairman of the bank following a number of allegations.A day before, the BB instructed the FBL management to remove Shameem and asked the bank authorities to explain why he would not be removed from office within seven days.Finding the board’s explanations unsatisfactory, the central bank questioned Shameem on 13 December about the irregularities and violation of Bangladesh Bank-issued guidelines to continue disbursement of loans despite a liquidity crisis in the bank.last_img read more