Colin Kaepernicks Parents Truly Shocked by the Racist Hatred

Colin Kaepernick (Facebook)After Colin Kaepernick’s birth mother condemned him for protesting the national anthem in August, the San Fransisco 49ers quarterback’s adoptive parents revealed they fully support their son. Atlanta Black Star reported Heidi Russo, the athlete’s biological mother, declared Kaepernick could “make change without disrespecting and bringing shame” to the nation. But unlike Russo, Teresa and Rick Kaepernick are ending their months-long silence to back the star.According to a statement the couple issued to The Undefeated, the Kaepernicks felt compelled to publicly back the NFLer after continuing to read that they don’t support their son. The move was capped by U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris’ statements dissing Kaepernick indirectly during a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor’s attack.“You can bet that the men and women we honor today — and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago — never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played,” Harris said.Regardless, the Kaepernicks stand behind their famous son.“We want people to know that we are very proud of our son and admire his strength and courage in kneeling for the rights of others,” the statement read in part after acknowledging Kaepernick is risking his life and career in the process.“Colin has chosen to kneel for the national anthem as a protest to the continuing racial inequality in this country,” the statement continued. “He has explained his reasons for this in multiple interviews, yet it seems some people still do not understand his point. For whatever reason, there are some who want to view this as an anti-military protest or an un-American stance. These views could not be further from the truth, but we know that people will believe what they wish to believe.”Such detractors include sports commentators like Fox’s Jason Whitlock and athletes like Shaquille O’Neal. Although Kaepernick’s parents didn’t understand his protest at first and felt “overwhelmed with the public reaction and hate,” they learned a major lesson about racism in America.“We were truly shocked at the amount of racist hatred out there!” the statement said. “Until this had occurred, we had naively believed that the racial atmosphere in this country was far better than it actually is. Prayer and talks with our son gave us a much better understanding of the reason for his protest and how we should view it.” read more


first_img TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on membership Dames is first Hospitality Hero Related Items:Adonni Garland, anya williams, Bjorn Griffiths, Demardo Clare, immigration task force, Lorenzo Wilson, Tito Forbes, Velika Brooks, Wendy Seymour DEPUTY GOVERNOR SPEAKS OF STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT SERVICES. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks & Caicos Islands, 14 Oct 2014 (TCIG Press Release) – In the October edition of the Deputy Governor’s regular articles that mark and celebrate the contribution of public servants to the Turks and Caicos Islands, the head of the civil service this month turns the attention of the ‘spotlight’ programme to the Immigration Task Force.The Honourable Anya Williams said:“The Ministry of Border Control & Labour’s Immigration Task Force plays a very vital role in the Turks and Caicos Islands and in my belief is second only to the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force in terms of ensuring our national security.“Although it clearly has many important functions, I wish to spotlight those key tasks associated with the preservation of national security. These functions act as deterrent to people who arrive on our shores without adequate documentation and people who try to do this are being increasingly detected, arrested and repatriated as necessary.“Clearly, the Immigration Task Force is essential to the operations of the Border Control & Enforcement Department, culminating the efforts of intelligence, compliance and investigation. “Theirs can be a challenging job, yet the team conducts its operations in a professional, lawful and humane manner, with desperate people who have often risked everything that they have to try and get here illegally. The Immigration Task Force works closely with other key agencies such as the Police, HM Customs and the Employment Services department towards the benefit of the Turks and Caicos Islands.“It is to their credit that their work is driven by intelligence and evidence, always ensuring that their efforts are complaint with our ordinances. “So, on behalf of their fellow public servants and the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands I would like to recognise and sincerely thank each and every member of the Immigration task force for everything that they do on our behalf.”ENDS Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Troublesome landfill fire caused by copper wire thieves says Minister

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#copperwirethievescausedfire, #Jubileedumpfire, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 3, 2017 – Nassau – Investigations into the fire at the New Providence Landfill reveal that the fire on March 5th was caused by arson; according to government officials.  Minister of Environment and Housing, Kenred Dorsett said, “[Regarding] the fire at the dump, we have found the material right in the back of epic Battery where it is clear that men were trying to light wires to get to copper.”  “That’s how the fire started in the bush, which then spread to the forest and jumped to the dump.”This news comes almost a month after residents of Jubilee Gardens, Victoria Gardens and surrounding areas were asked to evacuate their homes due to the fumes of smoke that covered parts of New Providence, and even landed some residents in the emergency room.Dorsett is unsure if anyone will ever be charged for the matter because “it would be difficult to prove their identities”, but assures that it will be investigated.  As the fire fight continues, heavy smoke still rests around the homes of some residents in Jubilee Gardens and other surrounding areas.#MagneticMediaNews#Jubileedumpfire#copperwirethievescausedfirelast_img read more

Florida high school teacher faces criticism after writing implied expletive on students

first_imgPilson said he has spoken with the teacher regarding appropriate classroom conduct.“She was apologetic, and it was a mistake on her part,” said Pilson.The principal said he wants the community to know one thing about his school.“All of the teachers at Rutherford High School are caring, loving teachers, and we’re also human, and so we make mistakes,” he said, “but we understand that we are called to a high professional standard, and when we make mistakes, we try to correct those mistakes and move forward.”It remains unclear if any action will be taken against the teacher at this time.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WSVN) — A Florida high school teacher is facing criticism from a student’s mother after writing “WT- is this?” on an assignment.Melinda Smith said she was shocked when she saw the uncensored acronym written across the top of her son’s paper when he handed her his science homework.“It wasn’t anything about not getting the credit. It was more so the language about what they’re writing to a student,” said Smith. “That was very inappropriate and not acceptable for a teacher whatsoever.”Smith is now calling for the teacher at Rutherford High School in Panama City to be held accountable for her actions.“I think for sure she needs to be reprimanded,” said Smith. “I believe that something should be placed in her file.”Coy Pilson, the school’s principal, said they are taking the necessary steps to deal with the incident.“Once we were notified, I notified district officials,” said Pilson, “and our HR has been involved, and they’re currently investigating the situation.” last_img read more

Harris Shuttered King to Relaunch as The Women of King

first_imgWatch out Playboy and Maxim.This spring, Harris Publications pulled the plug on hip-hop magazine King. Now, sister publication XXL reported Friday that the magazine will be relaunched before the end of the year—with a new focus.“To whet the appetite of the brand’s devoted fans … The Women of King will focus on the beautiful women that populate hip-hop’s biggest videos as well as the entertainment and modeling industry,” the XXL report said. The photo-heavy relaunch issue, featuring model Rosa Acosta on the cover, will carry 82 pages and is expected to hit newsstands December 24. It was not immediately clear what the new magazine’s circulation will be. A Harris representative could not be immediately reached for comment.King isn’t the first hip-hop magazine to fold and find a new life this year. Vibe went out of business this summer but was later acquired by Uptwon Media Group and InterMedia Partners. The print edition relaunched December 15.Giant, another hip-hop magazine, folded this month but will continue online as,last_img read more

Wilmington High StudentParent Fall Sports Night To Be Held On August 21

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Fall Sports Night will be on Tuesday, August 21 at 6pm in the WHS Auditorium.This is required for all students who will be trying out for fall sports, plus one guardian for each participating student.Important information will be discussed and students and families will break off by sport to learn about team expectations and tryout procedures. Permission forms will be distributed and should be returned to the coach on the first day of tryouts. A valid physical (within the last 13 months) should be on file in the Athletic Office if one is expired or needed. If a new physical is needed, a form must be submitted before a student can participate.Dr. Ruth Potee has been secured as a guest speaker as part of the night. The talk is titled “Athletes, Opioids & Addiction” and will last about 45 minutes. Learn more about the talk HERE. Potee is a board certified Family Physician and Addiction Medicine physician at Valley Medical Group in Greenfield, MA. In addition to practicing full- scope family medicine, she is currently the Medical Director for the Franklin County House of Corrections, the Franklin Recovery and Treatment Center and the Pioneer Valley Regional School District as well as the Chair of the Healthcare Solutions of the Opioid Taskforce of Franklin County. Dr. Potee engages communities in discussions surrounding substance abuse through her wide ranging series of talks.Ice Bucket Challenge NoteAll students are encouraged to attend the Wilmington Rotary Club’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Saturday, August 18 at 10am at Rotary Park. Last year, more than 140 students and coaches participated. It is a great event to support.(NOTE: The above information is from Wilmington Athletic Director Tim Alberts.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For August 21, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”NOW HIRING: Wilmington High School Hiring Freshman Volleyball CoachIn “Sports”Important Info For WHS Students Wanting To Play Fall SportsIn “Sports”last_img read more

Attackers on Zafar Iqbal fanatics PM

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the Bangabandhu Fellowship, National Science and Technology (NST) Fellowship and research donation programme at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka on Sunday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina said on Sunday the attackers on science fiction writer and Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) teacher Muhammed Zafar Iqbal are ‘fanatics’.”Those who are committing these crimes are fanatics… we earlier decided not to allow terrorism and militancy in the country. We’re conducting drives against drug abuse as well,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said this while distributing Bangabandhu Fellowship, National Science and Technology (NST) Fellowship and research donations among students and researchers for 2017-2018 sessions at a function at Osmani Memorial Auditorium.She said the government wants the peaceful atmosphere to prevail in all educational institutions of the country.”Yesterday, an unwanted incident took place at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology campus where Muhammed Zafar Iqbal came under [knife] attack. I asked the Air Force to bring him to Dhaka and admit him to the CMH for his better treatment. His condition is stable [now],” she said.A young man, aged around 24 to 25, swooped on Zafar around 5:40pm on Saturday while he was delivering his speech on the closing day of a two-day celebration programme, ‘Robofight,’ of the Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) department at Mukta Mancha.The prime minister wanted to know who these people are. “We want to make the country free from militancy, terrorism and drug abuse.”She mentioned that those who commit such incidents like the one done to Muhammad Zafar Iqbal are fanatics. “They think by killing a person they will go to heaven… they’ll never be able to reach the heaven… they’ll suffer in the hell.”The prime minister said the country’s children must be kept away from drugs, terrorism and militancy. “These three social menaces are just destroying children.”last_img read more

Christmas in Ole Baltimore

first_imgHecht’s(Updated 12/23/2014) Once upon a Christmas in a time and place far far away there were four grand department stores Hutzler’s, Hecht’s, Hochschild’s and Stewart’s. For more than one hundred years these stores were for the loyal White shoppers of Ye ‘ole Baltimore.Hochschild’sThey were the crown jewels of an era of the great family-owned department stores on the Lexington and Howard streets in downtown Baltimore. Classy White ladies hurrying from store to store dressed in furs, hats and gloves carrying various size shopping bags labeled with the hallmark of Howard Street Stores.Even though the stores’ had policies of segregation which was not unusual because race was an intensively contentious issue in Baltimore, it was segregated from cradle to grave. Hospitals were segregated, so were cemeteries. Mama (Elizabeth Murphy Oliver) and I would ride the streetcar from the Afro-American building on Eutaw Street down Howard Street to window shop. We could go in these magnificent dream lands, to look, admire and definitely not to touch. Needless to say we could buy but could not try on anything. If a purchase was made the receipt was stamped “final sale, no return”.Brager-Gutman Building (Epstein’s)After leaving the exclusive Howard Street “fantasy” department stores, we would walk to Brager-Gutman located at Eutaw and Saratoga Streets just to ride the escalators. Brager-Gutman with the same discrimination policies was not one of the high-end, classy department stores.As the Christmas season approached, every child in the city wanted to view the Department Store windows decorated for Christmas. Each Christmas the windows were more elaborate than the last. What didn’t change from year to year was the Laughing Santa Claus. He was a giant mechanized Santa who would lean forward in his chair, booming “Ho! Ho! Ho!” through speakers to shoppers on Howard Street. As a child, I was terrified of this big red man laughing in the window.The Hochschild-Kohn Toytown Parade was an annual Baltimore event for years. The well-known Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York started in 1924, and Baltimore’s Toytown parade sponsored by Hochschild, Kohn & Co. began in November 1936.Toytown Parade 1959 – Posts by Paul McCardell- The Baltimore City Sun Darkroom.The parade was made up of assorted floats, a jumble of balloons, bands and, of course, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. The children, especially me, stood along the Thanksgiving Toytown parade route, and would bring letters to Santa Claus to be collected in giant mail boxes.As I now look back to those early days, it seems profoundly absurd of me to have Black parents working day and night while thinking some White man would actually deliver toys to a Black house. But I did believe. I honestly deeply did believe.The irony of irony was in the City of Baltimore with signs posted “No Jews, Blacks or Dogs allowed” The colossal nerve center of the Baltimore’s consumer culture was owned by four Jewish families. In a time when Jews were being victimized and persecuted all over the world, they nevertheless set the standard for segregation in all stores in Baltimore.From 1930’s – 1960’s major protests against these policies were led by the NAACP, Lillie Mae Jackson and The Afro-American Newspapers. Lillie Mae Jackson created a slogan “Don’t buy where you can’t work”. In the 1940’s Madeline Murphy wrote a continuous string of letters to every Department Store owner and manager. Ella Baker, CORE and the Urban League as well as hundreds of other community members both Black and White joined the campaign to desegregate.Hutzler’sMy mother of course, was knee deep in the thick of the fight. She was one of those women who would take no prisoners. It helped to have her brother, John Oliver, Sr. and Uncle Carl Murphy and the Afro-American newspapers family also in the fight.The flagship Hutzler’s department store on Howard Street, as seen in the 1970s. (Courtesy of the Baltimore County Public Library Legacy Web.)One Christmas season after having been harassed by Mama, as only she could, for more years than one can count, the Hub Store manager agreed to give in an inch. The Hub store which was owned by the Hecht Company had just opened a furniture store in an area away from Howard Street so his White patron would not know. Thinking he was doing something grand and at my mother’s insistence, he set up a Christmas party in the store. Christmas trees, decorations and goodies for all of the Black children in the neighborhood of Northwest Baltimore.Dressed in my navy blue coat with white bunny fur collar and a white bunny fur muff, we boarded the streetcar to the party. I was so excited. I was going to see the real Santa Claus. The party was going well. The store manager, staff and Mama were happy. And then Santa Claus arrived. Just one look and my heart sank. In response to my reaction to seeing Santa Clause, Mama was mortified and the store manager was heartbroken. He had tried so hard to please. The store manager had hired a Black Man to be Santa. A NEVER BEFORE SEEN OR IMAGINED BLACK SANTA CLAUSE!!! . I cried and cried and cried, “He is not the real Santa Claus”. I told you, I believed.Not until 1960 did Hochschild’s serve 120 student demonstrators in the downtown store restaurant, becoming the first of Baltimore’s department stores to integrate and eventually change their strict policies of not allowing African-Americans to either try on or return clothing.Merry Christmas!last_img read more

Mind reading can foster better teamwork at workplaces

first_imgAccording to an interesting study, such “observing” people are high in mind-reading motivation (MRM) which can lead to many social benefits, including better teamwork.MRM is a newly coined term for the practice of observing and interpreting bits of social information. It is the tendency to engage with the mental states and perspectives of others. “We’re not talking about the psychic phenomenon or anything like that but simply using cues from other people’s behaviour, their non-verbal signals, to try to figure out what they’re thinking,” said Melanie Green, associate professor in University at Buffalo. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Individuals high in MRM enjoy speculating on others’ thoughts based on the potentially hundreds of social cues they might receive. Those low in MRM dislike or have no interest in doing so. MRM is about the motivation to engage with other minds, and is distinct from the ability to accurately interpret others’ cues. “We didn’t measure ability directly in our study of teamwork but the research suggests that just the motivation to understand others, and presumably the behaviours that go along with that motivation, appear to lead to benefits,” Green added. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn addition to facilitating cooperation and better teamwork, people high in MRM also consider people in great detail and have a nuanced understanding of those around them. “High MRM people are more drawn to and pay more attention to messages with an identifiable source – a spokesperson or an ad focusing on company values – that is, someone whose perspective they can try to understand,” Green noted.On the other hand, low MRM people seem to pay more attention to ads that are more impersonal.last_img read more

Elephant – the most exploited animal

first_imgDespite elephant-headed Ganesha being widely worshipped across India, at least 100 elephants die every year in the country, with many poached for ivory and many more captured and sold to traffickers. Years of exploitation have made the Asian elephant an endangered species, while their African counterparts too have become vulnerable. “It takes about six months of consistent torture to break an elephant calf’s strength and courage in order to domesticate it – thereby making it fit for sale,” said Kartick Satyanarayan, co-founder of animal conservation organisation Wildlife SOS.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor a juvenile elephant the degree of the torture is three times more in order to “break it”.After this “orientation”– which involves starvation, piercing of the ears with hot iron rods and pulling a rope through the pierced holes to restrict its movement, these animals are sold to circuses, temples, the timber-lifting trade or safaris for further training and service. According to elephant biologists, without the methods of torture it may take up to six years for a calf to become submissive.“They are being trafficked and poached from everywhere.” said Shekhar Kumar Niraj, Head TRAFFIC, WWF-India. Animal experts say that by the time elephants are rescued, they develop psychological disorders and are unfit to be released in the wild due to the extensive damage done to them. In India, less than 100 elephant corridors remain in the wild, with many dysfunctional and all shrinking.last_img read more