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first_imgAmerican civil rights activist Diane Nash — who led the first successful campaign to desegregate lunch counters, was a part of the Selma voting rights movement and co-founded the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee — shared her personal experiences with racism and her integral efforts in the civil rights movement Tuesday.Nash was first exposed to the full extent of overt, state-sponsored racial segregation as a college student at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, she said. During the fall of 1959, Nash said she was shocked into the reality of Jim Crow laws in the south. Originally from the south side of Chicago, she said she was always aware segregation existed but did not know its severity until she moved to the south. “When I obeyed segregation rules, it felt like I was agreeing that I was too inferior to go through front doors or [to] restaurants, swimming pools and other public accommodations,” Nash said.In downtown Nashville, African Americans could only purchase food in restaurants on a take-out basis, she said. When she walked down the streets during lunchtime, African Americans lined the curbs and alleys, eating the lunches they brought from home or bought as take-out, she added.Nash said she was dissatisfied with the word “nonviolence” as it pertains to the civil rights movements of the 1960s.“Nonviolence means absence of violence,” she said. “[I] wanted a term that encompassed more than the absence of violence.”Nash’s dissatisfaction led her to coin the phrase “agapic energy,” meaning energy produced by a love for humankind. Inspired by Mohandas Gandhi’s way of observing love energy, as well as the Greek word “agape” — which means brotherly love or a love of humankind — Nash said agapic energy was an improvement on the term nonviolence.“Agapic energy is not passive — it’s active,” she said. “Users are not pacifists — we are activists.”Nash said she discovered the basic principles of agapic energy in the 1960s and has used them over her lifetime. An important principle of agapic energy is to realize people are not your enemies, she added.“Unjust political systems, unjust economic systems, attitudes, racism, sexism, ignorance … are enemies,” Nash said. “If you recognize that people are not the enemies, you can love and respect the person [and] at the same time, attack the attitudes of that person.”Nash said she slowly helped desegregate the restaurants in Nashville by targeting six establishments at a time. Eventually, Nashville became one of the first southern cities to desegregate lunch counters.“We changed ourselves into people who could not be segregated,” Nash said. “That presented a new set of options to Southern white racists. They could either shoot us or desegregate because they could no longer segregate.“Very often, we give away our power. If you understand that concept, you are going to save yourself a lot of time and effort trying to change other people.”Nash said there are six phases in an agapic energy campaign: investigation, education, negotiation, demonstration, resistance and insurance that the problem does not reoccur.“The purpose of the demonstration phase is to focus the attention on the community,” she said. “Resistance is when the oppressed withdraw their participation from the oppressive system. Whatever the issue that you’re working on, you would have the oppressed withdraw their participation. During the sixth phase, you might institutionalize an education in your community or establish a museum.”Nash said the movement of the ’60s provides a legacy that people can use in 2017. She said people today have an opportunity to move a step higher into their evolvement as an improved species, and demonstrations today and the people who participate in them must know the rest of the strategy.“We must understand that elected officials have not and will not do what’s necessary to protect the interest of this country and of American citizens,” she said. “The only way this country will make it through this frightening period and survive with citizens having a reasonable measure of rights is that we citizens must take the future of this country in our own hands.”Nash said if they had waited for officials to desegregate lunch counters and give African Americans the right to vote, “we probably would still be waiting.”Nash was arrested for her protesting efforts in the 1960s. When she and others marched, they very often knew they faced the risk of being killed or injured, she said. She said their fears were understandable, but their actions were necessary.“I’d like for you to know that although we had not yet known you, we loved you, and we were trying to bring about the best society for you to be born into and for you to come of age in,” Nash said. “Future generations will look to you to do the same.”Tags: Civil Rights Movement, Diane Nash, Diversity, Jim Crow, Jim Crow laws, race, Racismlast_img read more


first_imgThe wreck of the general cargo vessel M/S Osfjord, that grounded over a year ago off Norway, has been removed, according to Norwegian offshore supply vessel owner BOA Offshore.The ship ran aground in Linesoya waters, north of Trondheim, Norway, in the morning hours of September 22, 2018. At the time, the vessel was sailing in southern direction from Brønnøysund to Kristiansund.Osfjord suffered engine issues in rough weather conditions and grounded at the coast of Trøndelag. All crew members were evacuated by a rescue helicopter.Several attempts were made to remove the vessel, but due to the conditions of the vessel, adverse weather and the exposed site, the operations were not successful.Therefore, alternative methods for removal were considered and in July 2019, BOA Offshore presented a suitable method and was awarded the contract to perform a complete wreck removal.Namely, the company cut the wreck into six sections. Each section was then lifted onboard Boabarge 42 using a mobile crane before transport of all sections to the scrap yard.During the operations barriers and continuous monitoring was established to avoid any spills.The complete wreck removal, including cleaning of debris from the sea bottom and the coast line, was carried out in 26 days “to the full satisfaction of both client and authorities,” BOA Offshore said.last_img read more


first_imgFormer NFL player and sports broadcast host Terry Bradshaw interviews Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll after the NFL football NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 23-17 to advance to Super Bowl XLVIII. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Fox analyst Terry Bradshaw will not appear on the network’s Super Bowl coverage after the death of his father.Fox says that Bill Bradshaw died Thursday after a long illness. He was 86.Michael Strahan will replace Bradshaw on Sunday’s pregame show.A U.S. Navy veteran, Bill Bradshaw retired as vice president of manufacturing for Riley Beaird.Terry Bradshaw won four Super Bowls as quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers before going into TV. Michael Strahan speaks during an interview at the NFL Super Bowl XLVIII media center, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.orglast_img read more


first_imgSubmitted by The Community Foundation of South Puget SoundThe Community Foundation of South Puget Sound announced that its Board of Directors has approved a grant up to $80,000 for the Thurston Asset Building Coalition (ThurstonABC) to expand their work and provide coordination and administrative support to the coalition’s efforts. Now in its sixth year, ThurstonABC’s goal is to shorten the pathway out of poverty for people living in Thurston County.  The five “HUBS” — housing, food, health, income and financial literacy—are networks of nonprofit, business and government partners working in common sectors.  ThurstonABC’s focus is on collaboration within and between the sectors to reach and support the people they serve in common.The grant will fund contract positions to manage and organize the partners’ work to broaden this initiative’s reach and capacity.  Grant funds will also engage organizational development resources to continue integration within the broader community.  ThurstonABC’s goal is to form a seamless network of partners working together to create an environment where barriers to self-sufficiency for people with limited incomes are minimized.“This grant supports a community defined strategy, including enhanced collaboration in service delivery for our residents seeking an effective pathway out of poverty,” says Norma Schuiteman, The Community Foundation’s executive director.   The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound made the grant through its partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation focused on alleviating intergenerational poverty. “Their efforts exemplify the type of community- identified priorities we are committed to support,” she adds.“This grant will take the impact of our work to the next level.  With the assistance of paid coordinators and other key support we believe our work will benefit people throughout Thurston County by better serving those in need,” says Robert Coit, ThurstonABC chair.  The grant will also fund work to clearly define organizational priorities, build a budget around those, and implement a fund development plan.  “We are grateful to The Community Foundation for seeing the intrinsic value of our collaborative vision and its capacity to assist the greater community,” Coit adds. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more


first_imgJustin Lasichuk pitched a few innings to get the win for Nelson.Trail Dodgers hosted the Nelson Diamondbacks in game two of the day at Queen Elizabeth.The West Kootenay Minor Baseball season runs until the middle of June when playoffs close out the house league campaigns.The West Kootenay teams — Grand Forks, Fruitvale, Castlegar, Trail and Nelson — then form all-star squads to participate in provincial play.The Little League major players have a short distance to travel as Trail is host site for the B.C. Little League Championships in July.The tournament is held at Andy Bilesky Park in Trail.EXTRA INNINGS: President Larry Martel said renovations to Lions Park baseball diamond has commenced. Nelson and District Minor Baseball, given the green light by the city, is doing a major overhaul to the Uphill Park. . . . From now until mid-June Queen Elizabeth Park will be a beehive of activity with baseball games played on most days. Looking at the beaming smile on the face of president Larry Martel, it’s safe to say minor baseball is alive and well in Nelson.Martel all smiling from ear to ear as Nelson and District Minor Baseball held opening day Saturday at Queen Elizabeth Park with the Nelson Angeles defeating Castlegar in Little League Major action.“We’ve got 98 kids and 15 teams, which is where we were last year,” Martel said when asked about the state of minor baseball in Nelson.Nelson teams play in the West Kootenay Baseball League — the players 13-and-over in the B.C. Babe Ruth and the younger players in B.C. Little League.Opening game saw Nelson Angels capture the victory against Castlegar.last_img read more


first_imgThe Buchy rink featured former provincial champion Fred Thomson.Myron Nichol of Castlegar won the B event with Longworth claiming the C event.Lynn Lee of Cranbrook took the D event.The cashspiel attracted 16 rinks from the Kootenay and Okanagan region.Rinks now prepare for the upcoming Zone Playdowns.The men’s is happening next month in Sparwood.In Castlegar, the Justin Umpherville rink of Beaver Valley swept to the Kootenay Junior Men’s title with a 2-0 win over Zone Bartlett of Grand Forks in the best-of-three playdown.The series was played Saturday in Castlegar.Umpherville, including third Spence Soukeroff, second Kasey Ohara and lead Zack Howes, won by scores of 10-4 and 13-5.The Beaver Valley rink advances to the B.C. Junior Men’s Championships in Chilliwack. T.J. Perepolkin scored early and often en route to capturing the $1500 prize at the Nelson Curling Club 2013 Open Cashspiel Sunday at the Heritage City Club.Perepokin, third Deane Horning, second Tyler Orme and lead Don Freschi of Trail dumped Rick Cutler of Nelson in seven ends.Kevin Nesbitt is the fifth man on the Perepolkin rink, which advanced to the qualifying rounds of cashspiels in both Vernon and Red Deer.Horning and Freschi are both B.C. Provincial Champs.The Cutler rink, a club team entering the open cashspiel for some extra competition, shocked many of the favoured rinks as the club cruised to the A Final.Along the way Cutler & Company defeated favoured rinks led by Rob Ferguson of Trail, Mark Longwoth of Vernon and Tom Buchy of Kimberley.last_img read more


first_img19 November 2012The Springboks controlled the first half and then put together a second half of bone-jarring defence to hold off a determined Scottish onslaught and record a 21-10 victory at Murrayfield on Saturday.As it was in their 16-12 defeat of Ireland, South Africa managed to exert their game on the opposition for only half the contest. In the other half, they were forced to repel wave after wave of attack.After the game, Bok coach Heyneke Meyer admitted to being unhappy with his team’s performance in the second half. “I was disappointed with the second half because I really thought we had done everything we had set out to do in the early part of the game,” he said.‘Awesome’Nonetheless, he was hugely impressed by his charges’ commitment in defence, which he described as “awesome”.“We’ll take the win – it was ugly, but that’s how you win trophies, especially the World Cup,” he said, which would not have excited South African supporters still looking for more from the team on attack. Then again, it was the right result when reflecting on the last time the teams met in 2010 when Scotland won 21-17 and prevented the Springboks producing a Grand Slam winning tour.Whether or not victory was achieved with the kind of rugby that wins World Cups is debatable. World Cup winners would usually deal with the Six Nations’ wooden spoon team more convincingly – witness New Zealand’s 51-22 victory a week earlier – while the defensive battle for the title might come later between two more highly ranked sides.AttitudeCaptain Jean de Villiers commented: “Defence is not something you can coach entirely. It comes from within and the attitude you show there reflects your attitude towards the team and its cause.”Scotland’s coach Andy Robinson said: “Last week we were facing speed when we played the All Blacks, this week it was physicality. They were the toughest team we’ve played against. They showed the gulf that exists between the sides.”Flyhalf Patrick Lambie was included for the Ireland and Scotland tests after displaying good form in the Absa Currie Cup and dictating play. Yet, one gets the feeling, his natural game is being curbed in the international game and he is being asked to be too much like his predecessor, Morne Steyn, relying mostly on the boot set up play.A sideways moveIt all seems like a bit of a sideways move. If Lambie has been selected on the basis of his form, one would hope that he would be allowed to exhibit it, but his natural attacking instincts appear to have been curbed by coach Meyer’s conservative approach. Sure, the Springboks have won against Ireland and Scotland, but those wins would likely not have excited or impressed many of the team’s supporters.One man who has made a massively positive impression, though, is flanker Francois Louw. He was all over the field against the Scots, making tackle after tackle and stealing ball. His work rate is superb and effectiveness equally good. And his form was a continuation of the fine showing he put up against Ireland.In the continuing absence of Bismarck du Plessis, Andries Strauss has proved himself an international class hooker. On Saturday, his lineout throwing was pin-point. He was scrumming was strong and he also scored two tries, one after good work at the back of a rolling maul, the second as the result of excellent anticipation, leading to a fantastic one-handed interception, which he turned into a try.First pointsThe Boks’ first points at Murrayfield came from a turnover forced by Francois Louw, which became a penalty, converted by Lambie.Before that, however, there was an interesting call by referee George Clancy, who penalised South Africa for obstruction from a lineout. The Scots appeared to engage the maul and then disengage, but Clancy ruled they had never contested the maul, resulting in the obstruction call.Greig Laidlaw levelled the score at 3-3 after Scotland won a penalty at a ruck after 10 minutes, but Lambie nosed the men in green and gold ahead after 14 minutes when Laidlaw was offsides at a lineout.TryMidway through the half, captain Jean de Villiers opted against an easy penalty kick at goal and had Lambie kick for the corner. From the lineout, the Springboks drove for the try line and tore apart the Scottish defence to allow Strauss to crash over for his first try. A missed conversion left South Africa 11-3 ahead.Laidlaw had a chance to reduce the deficit after South Africa were penalised for playing the ball on the ground at a ruck, but he hooked his effort.After a strong run from Francois Louw, Scotland conceded a penalty by entering the ruck from the side and Lambie’s successful kick at goal extended South Africa’s lead to 14-3.Scotland skipper Kelly Brown followed Jean de Villiers’ example when he chose to kick to touch instead of taking a kick at goal, but fast and strong Springbok defence kept the home team out until Louw forced a penalty at a ruck.Big leadThe teams went into half-time with the visitors in charge and they soon improved their position when Strauss pulled down a pass from scrumhalf Mike Blair and ran through to dot down next to the uprights only six minutes into the second half. Lambie added the extras to make it 21-3 in favour of the Boks.From that point on, however, Scotland dominated field position and possession.Just five minutes after the Boks’ scored their second try, Henry Pyrgos, on for Blair at scrumhalf, sliced through the middle of a lineout close to the South African line to go over untouched after a clinically executed set move. Laidlaw’s successful conversion made it South Africa 21, Scotland 10, but more importantly it lifted the home crowd and team.Successive charge-downsOn the hour-mark, the Scots charged down two Springbok kicks in succession and came close to scoring, but they could not find a way through after forcing a five-metre lineout.With only 10 minutes remaining, the Scots again kicked for touch, but went unrewarded. A number of penalties went their way until, with four minutes left, replacement lock Flip van der Merwe was shown a yellow card for entering a ruck from the side.Eightman David Denton drove his way to within centimetres of the line and Tim Visser knocked on as the Scots continued to exert heavy pressure on South Africa.With time almost up, Scotland were stopped after they took a penalty quickly and possession was turned over.Turn overScrumhalf Ruan Pienaar booted the ball downfield and when the Springboks were awarded a kickable penalty they chose not to kick at posts, but instead knocked the ball into touch to seal a hard-fought victory.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


first_imgOn March 9th, the MFLN Family Development Early Intervention team held their first webinar of 2017 with this year’s speaker, Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak. In it, she provided a context for seeing the power of play and how it is necessary for success in school and in life.  If you haven’t seen it, you definitely want to go back and take a look here.Today, our team wanted to share this follow -up piece that Dr. Pretti-Frontczak recorded on her concept of “The Zigzag.”  Take a look and hear in detail what she means when she talks about zigzagging with the children in your work. You can get even more great ideas from Dr. Pretti-Frontczak from her website Pre K Teach and Play.The video is closed captioned.  If you’d prefer a written transcript you can find it here.This post was edited by Robyn DiPietro-Wells a member of the MFLN FD Early Intervention team, which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, onTwitter, and YouTube.last_img read more