Miami-Dade schools to honor top students

first_imgstudents The Miami-Dade County Public Schools will be honoring it top students at its annual Scholar-Athlete Luncheon on Monday at the DoubleTree Convention Center Miami Airport Hotel in Miami.The Dade Schools Athletic Foundation, in association with its presenting sponsors the Miami Dolphins Foundation and the Orange Bowl Committee will honor the best and brightest student-athletes from Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Male and female student-athletes from Miami-Dade’s public schools will be recognized for their athletic and academic achievements.The Scholar-Athlete event was established over 25 years ago to recognize and honor top scholar-athletes and present scholarships.last_img read more

Jamaica to host major conference on attracting businesses to region

first_imgThe Barbados-based Caribbean Export Development (CED) has announced Jamaica will host a major business conference, the Outsource to the Caribbean Conference (OCC) later this year. The objective of the conference is to determine how best to attract more business from international companies to the Caribbean. The target business areas include; call center operations, website and animation design, and legal and accounting services. More than 100 business leadersThe CED said more than 100 industry leaders from the public and private sectors across the region are expected to converge in Jamaica on December 6 for the event.The first-ever OCC will be held under the theme “Leveraging the Nearshore Caribbean for Outsourcing Services.” It is being organized by the CED in conjunction with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) and funded by the European Union through the 11th European Development Fund (EDF). Forcus on BPOThe conference will focus on the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector, specifically “nearshore outsourcing” which involves contracting the operations of specific business processes to third-party service providers in neighboring or nearby countries.Executive Director of Caribbean Export, Pamela Coke Hamilton, said that outsourcing business to the Caribbean is beneficial not only to the region but to any international businesses investing here. “The Caribbean is an excellent place to do business. We have a highly skilled, educated, multi-lingual and cost effective labor pool. There’s also a flexible work environment and a supportive regulatory framework which allows for low operational costs. The Caribbean also has an advanced telecommunications infrastructure with all the necessary requirements for global connectivity,” she said,Coke Hamilton noted the Caribbean could offer excellent BPO services in areas such as voice processing/call centers; back office automation; shared services; finance and accounting; human resources and legal processes among others.center_img Designed to increase awarenessSenior Advisor, Investment Promotion, at Caribbean Export, Suzette Hudson, explained that OCC2017 was designed to increase awareness of the Caribbean as an outsourcing destination for business processes.“We want to enhance the visibility of the sector through increased communication about the value proposition of the Caribbean, generate investment leads, and increase the Caribbean’s insertion into BPO networks through connections with BPO journals, newsletters and key influencers”,  Hudson noted.She said the conference will offer participants the opportunity to fully discuss areas relevant to BPO.  “Potential investors will gain insight into regional offerings and the numerous service possibilities through an impressive program of plenaries and one-on-one engagements.last_img read more

What made you participate in Carnival 2017?

first_imgBrianna (spectator)Brianna:  Jamaican-American/Pembroke Pines – I attended Carnival for the first time this year from the persuasion of my best friend and cousins, and it was one of the best events I have ever attended. I never want to miss another one. My favorite part was walking behind the trucks and looking at all the different costumes. I didn’t play mas because I couldn’t afford it at the time, but I definitely want to next year. To find out more about Carnival 2017, visit their website: CNW Talk Up takes it to the streets! Every week, the Caribbean National Weekly highlights issues of interest to the Caribbean American community. This week’s topic on Carnival 2017 relates to attendees and participants in the Miami Broward One Carnival held at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds on October 8th. #carnival2017 #miamicarnivalThis week’s question: What made you decide to participate in Carnival 2017?Adeshola (Group: Ramajay)Adeshola:  Trinidadian-American/Brooklyn, NY – (Ramajay) I do it for the culture.  My Mom’s from Trinidad and she always participates in Carnival. This was my first year doing it in Miami. I love Miami, so I came to celebrate.  I’ve done Caribana and Barbados carnival. This one was awesome, the weather is great, the people are great, there’s a lot of Caribbean community here in Miami. Everybody’s from Brooklyn here!Priya (Group: Generation X)Priya:  Belize/Plantation  – (Generation X) This is my first year in Carnival itself, jumping with a band. I chose Gen X, the Music section. I’ve been to Carnival many years with my family and I thought it was a great idea for me to finally jump and experience Carnival. I’ve been to Kiddie’s Carnival, I’ve been to Miami Carnival before, but I’ve never jumped. So this is my first official Carnival and I have to say it was amazing. It definitely was worth it for me!Nicole (Group: DJunction)Nicole: Guyanese-American/West Palm Beach – (DJunction) I am a first generation born American. I participate every year. This is my 12th year in Carnival, I love being in Carnival, I love the spirit of Carnival, I love the culture of Carnival. I love Carnival. It was wonderful, I had a great time. I played with DJunction this year, my first time and I had a wonderful time. I usually play with One Island, but I had a beautiful time.Sharmaine (Group: Fun Generation)Sharmaine:  Guyana/Tampa – (Fun Generation) My family is Guyanese, my husband is Jamaican, and my father is Trinidadian. I love my culture and just being able to dress up and come out, and enjoy and show off what the Caribbean culture is all about, I was so down for it. This is my first time in probably 20 years, I played mas as a child and I haven’t played as an adult, so I was just all for it this year. I’m with Fun Generation in the section Crave.Kimberley (Group: Mascot International)Kimberley:  Jamaica/Fort Lauderdale – (Mascot International, Full Moon section) Honestly, it’s actually my first time jumping in Carnival. I got the opportunity from a friend of mine, she designed all of this and she said “I want you to model for my band,” and then she said “would you like to jump in Carnival this year?” and I’m like, “Yes” because I never jump in Carnival before, so that is how I ended up getting a costume. I went to Carnival in Jamaica only once. This is really a good experience.Quimey (spectator)Quimey:  Trinidadian-Uruguayan/Miami – It’s fun, I like the environment; everyone is dancing. I feel very comfortable. This is my first time. I’ve been to somewhat of a Carnival, not like this, but something like this. I’m Hispanic and Trinidadian, from Uruguay and Trinidad. I’ve never even been to Trinidad, but I will now! All of our friends go to Carnival. I didn’t play in a band, but I dressed up because I like to stand out and this is what I like to wear.Krystal (spectator)Krystal:  Guyanese-Cuban/Miami – I love how everybody just dresses up and comes out, has a good time, and nobody is judging anybody. We’re just here for a great experience, to be a part of Carnival. It’s something that we’ve been doing for generations and it’s amazing. This is my first time. I go to a lot of Carnival events that have to do with soca, dancehall, reggae; I’m always there so it only makes sense to come to Carnival 2017, to be a part of the moment.  I’m not with a band, I dressed up because it’s fun; you have to play the part.Matthieu (Group: Generation X)Mathieu:  American/Atlanta – (Generation X) My wife is from Trinidad so we decided to come out. Her whole family is out here, friends, everything. I did Carnival once before like three years ago, here. So I’m a sophomore. This year was awesome, I love it and I want to do it every year. I am with the group Generation X in the section Abstract.last_img read more

Fire and Fury, and Oprah

first_imgLike other communities in the US, since last week, some people in South Florida’s Caribbean community have been caught up in the feverish backlash to a book, and a speech. Circulating on social mediaIt was on Wednesday, January 3 that excepts of the book, “Fire and Fury” began circulating on social media and on several broadcast networks. The book, authored by Michael Wolfe, consisted of a series of interviews the author conducted at the White House during the first nine months of Donald Trump’s presidency. It’s described as “the inside story of the most controversial presidency of our time.”Public attention to the book was spiked when the first news circulated was of caustic criticisms made by former White House advisor Steve Bannon against Eric Trump, the president’s youngest son. According to the book, Bannon said the younger Trump committed treason during a meeting with a Russian at Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign. But, excerpts of the book also questioned the president’s mental stability.Although the White Hose attempted to stop distribution of the book with a “Cease and Desist” order, the publishers advanced publication to Friday, January 5. Caribbean-Americans seek after bookSeveral Caribbean-Americans in South Florid, admitted to CNW that “through curiosity of what was going on in the White House,” they attempted to purchase either Kindle or hard copy versions of the book through Amazon, and other book-selling websites.  Megan Dennis, of Davie, said she tried purchasing a copy around noon on Friday, but learned the book was sold out. “But I tried again later, and my copy is on its way. I simply can’t resist finding out what seems to be fascinating details from this book.”By Saturday people were redistributing the PDF version of the 321-page book on social media platforms like Whatsapp.Backlash along party linesNot surprisingly, since the overwhelming majority of registeredvoters in South Florida’s Caribbean community are Democrats, the reaction to the book is divided along party lines. Democrats revel in the reported findings by the author, while Republicans and Trump supporters are skeptical of the book’s content, and themotives of the author.Careful of claims of mental instability Dr. Bertram Belnavis, a retired corporate behavioral specialist, cautions people not “to be carried away by the author’s claim that President Trump is mentally unstable. “One’s mental fitness cannot be assessed by simply observing one’s behavior patterns. This conclusion, either way, should be based on a thorough psychiatric examination.”  Belnavis, who has accessed a copy of the book says several excerpts “puzzles” him. “For example, why would Brannon, a key member of Trump’s administration at the time of the alleged interview, so blatantly criticize the president’s son to someone he knows was compiling a book soon to be published? That’s strange, and makes no sense.”Not much enthusiasm for Oprah as PresidentCaribbean Americans are also reacting to TV icon’s Oprah Winfrey inspiring speech on receiving the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes last Sunday. Whilst the majority of those contacted are impressed with her speech invoking “a new day” for women against sexual harassment, few share the resulting media hype and speculation of Oprah running for US president on a Democratic ticket. “The mainstream media is making a mockery of the presidency, What America need is a political savvy individual who understand economics, national security and global affairs, not another celebrity as president,” said Patrice Laylor, a Boca Raton Democrat.“Although I think Oprah could possible win should she run for president, the idea is absurd,” said Timothy Bodden, an Independent voter also from Boca Raton.“ Democrats should find a candidate from among its pool of county, state and national politicians. Let’s stop making the presidency a prize for celebrities.“last_img read more

MLK Jr.: Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution (Transcript)

first_imgI need not pause to say how very delighted I am to be here this morning, to have the opportunity of standing in this very great and significant pulpit. And I do want to express my deep personal appreciation to Dean Sayre and all of the cathedral clergy for extending the invitation.It is always a rich and rewarding experience to take a brief break from our day-to-day demands and the struggle for freedom and human dignity and discuss the issues involved in that struggle with concerned friends of goodwill all over our nation. And certainly it is always a deep and meaningful experience to be in a worship service. And so for many reasons, I’m happy to be here today.I would like to use as a subject from which to preach this morning: “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution.” The text for the morning is found in the book of Revelation. There are two passages there that I would like to quote, in the sixteenth chapter of that book: “Behold I make all things new; former things are passed away.”I am sure that most of you have read that arresting little story from the pen of Washington Irving entitled “Rip Van Winkle.” The one thing that we usually remember about the story is that Rip Van Winkle slept twenty years. But there is another point in that little story that is almost completely overlooked. It was the sign in the end, from which Rip went up in the mountain for his long sleep.When Rip Van Winkle went up into the mountain, the sign had a picture of King George the Third of England. When he came down twenty years later the sign had a picture of George Washington, the first president of the United States. When Rip Van Winkle looked up at the picture of George Washington—and looking at the picture he was amazed—he was completely lost. He knew not who he was.And this reveals to us that the most striking thing about the story of Rip Van Winkle is not merely that Rip slept twenty years, but that he slept through a revolution. While he was peacefully snoring up in the mountain a revolution was taking place that at points would change the course of history—and Rip knew nothing about it. He was asleep. Yes, he slept through a revolution. And one of the great liabilities of life is that all too many people find themselves living amid a great period of social change, and yet they fail to develop the new attitudes, the new mental responses, that the new situation demands. They end up sleeping through a revolution.There can be no gainsaying of the fact that a great revolution is taking place in the world today. In a sense it is a triple revolution: that is, a technological revolution, with the impact of automation and cybernation; then there is a revolution in weaponry, with the emergence of atomic and nuclear weapons of warfare; then there is a human rights revolution, with the freedom explosion that is taking place all over the world. Yes, we do live in a period where changes are taking place. And there is still the voice crying through the vista of time saying, “Behold, I make all things new; former things are passed away.”Now whenever anything new comes into history it brings with it new challenges and new opportunities. And I would like to deal with the challenges that we face today as a result of this triple revolution that is taking place in the world today.First, we are challenged to develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone, and anyone who feels that he can live alone is sleeping through a revolution. The world in which we live is geographically one. The challenge that we face today is to make it one in terms of brotherhood.Now it is true that the geographical oneness of this age has come into being to a large extent through modern man’s scientific ingenuity. Modern man through his scientific genius has been able to dwarf distance and place time in chains. And our jet planes have compressed into minutes distances that once took weeks and even months. All of this tells us that our world is a neighborhood.Through our scientific and technological genius, we have made of this world a neighborhood and yet we have not had the ethical commitment to make of it a brotherhood. But somehow, and in some way, we have got to do this. We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. And you can never be what you ought to be until I am what I ought to be. This is the way God’s universe is made; this is the way it is structured.John Donne caught it years ago and placed it in graphic terms: “No man is an island entire of itself. Every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” And he goes on toward the end to say, “Any man’s death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind; therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” We must see this, believe this, and live by it if we are to remain awake through a great revolution.Secondly, we are challenged to eradicate the last vestiges of racial injustice from our nation. I must say this morning that racial injustice is still the black man’s burden and the white man’s shame.It is an unhappy truth that racism is a way of life for the vast majority of white Americans, spoken and unspoken, acknowledged and denied, subtle and sometimes not so subtle—the disease of racism permeates and poisons a whole body politic. And I can see nothing more urgent than for America to work passionately and unrelentingly—to get rid of the disease of racism.Something positive must be done. Everyone must share in the guilt as individuals and as institutions. The government must certainly share the guilt; individuals must share the guilt; even the church must share the guilt.We must face the sad fact that at eleven o’clock on Sunday morning when we stand to sing “In Christ there is no East or West,” we stand in the most segregated hour of America.The hour has come for everybody, for all institutions of the public sector and the private sector to work to get rid of racism. And now if we are to do it we must honestly admit certain things and get rid of certain myths that have constantly been disseminated all over our nation.One is the myth of time. It is the notion that only time can solve the problem of racial injustice. And there are those who often sincerely say to the Negro and his allies in the white community, “Why don’t you slow up? Stop pushing things so fast. Only time can solve the problem. And if you will just be nice and patient and continue to pray, in a hundred or two hundred years the problem will work itself out.”There is an answer to that myth. It is that time is neutral. It can be used wither constructively or destructively. And I am sorry to say this morning that I am absolutely convinced that the forces of ill will in our nation, the extreme rightists of our nation—the people on the wrong side—have used time much more effectively than the forces of goodwill. And it may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, “Wait on time.”Somewhere we must come to see that human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability. It comes through the tireless efforts and the persistent work of dedicated individuals who are willing to be co-workers with God. And without this hard work, time itself becomes an ally of the primitive forces of social stagnation. So we must help time and realize that the time is always ripe to do right.Now there is another myth that still gets around: it is a kind of over reliance on the bootstrap philosophy. There are those who still feel that if the Negro is to rise out of poverty, if the Negro is to rise out of the slum conditions, if he is to rise out of discrimination and segregation, he must do it all by himself. And so they say the Negro must lift himself by his own bootstraps.They never stop to realize that no other ethnic group has been a slave on American soil. The people who say this never stop to realize that the nation made the black man’s color a stigma. But beyond this they never stop to realize the debt that they owe a people who were kept in slavery two hundred and forty-four years.In 1863 the Negro was told that he was free as a result of the Emancipation Proclamation being signed by Abraham Lincoln. But he was not given any land to make that freedom meaningful. It was something like keeping a person in prison for a number of years and suddenly discovering that that person is not guilty of the crime for which he was convicted. And you just go up to him and say, “Now you are free,” but you don’t give him any bus fare to get to town. You don’t give him any money to get some clothes to put on his back or to get on his feet again in life.Every court of jurisprudence would rise up against this, and yet this is the very thing that our nation did to the black man. It simply said, “You’re free,” and it left him there penniless, illiterate, not knowing what to do. And the irony of it all is that at the same time the nation failed to do anything for the black man, though an act of Congress was giving away millions of acres of land in the West and the Midwest. Which meant that it was willing to undergird its white peasants from Europe with an economic floor.But not only did it give the land, it built land-grant colleges to teach them how to farm. Not only that, it provided county agents to further their expertise in farming; not only that, as the years unfolded it provided low interest rates so that they could mechanize their farms. And to this day thousands of these very persons are receiving millions of dollars in federal subsidies every years not to farm. And these are so often the very people who tell Negroes that they must lift themselves by their own bootstraps. It’s all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.We must come to see that the roots of racism are very deep in our country, and there must be something positive and massive in order to get rid of all the effects of racism and the tragedies of racial injustice.There is another thing closely related to racism that I would like to mention as another challenge. We are challenged to rid our nation and the world of poverty. Like a monstrous octopus, poverty spreads its nagging, prehensile tentacles into hamlets and villages all over our world. Two-thirds of the people of the world go to bed hungry tonight. They are ill-housed; they are ill-nourished; they are shabbily clad. I’ve seen it in Latin America; I’ve seen it in Africa; I’ve seen this poverty in Asia.I remember some years ago Mrs. King and I journeyed to that great country known as India. And I never will forget the experience. It was a marvelous experience to meet and talk with the great leaders of India, to meet and talk with and to speak to thousands and thousands of people all over that vast country. These experiences will remain dear to me as long as the cords of memory shall lengthen.But I say to you this morning, my friends, there were those depressing moments. How can one avoid being depressed when he sees with his own eyes evidences of millions of people going to bed hungry at night? How can one avoid being depressed when he sees with his own eyes God’s children sleeping on the sidewalks at night? In Bombay more than a million people sleep on the sidewalks every night. In Calcutta more than six hundred thousand sleep on the sidewalks every night. They have no beds to sleep in; they have no houses to go in. How can one avoid being depressed when he discovers that out of India’s population of more than five hundred million people, some four hundred and eighty million make an annual income of less than ninety dollars a year. And most of them have never seen a doctor or a dentist.As I noticed these things, something within me cried out, “Can we in America stand idly by and not be concerned?” And an answer came: “Oh no!” Because the destiny of the United States is tied up with the destiny of India and every other nation. And I started thinking of the fact that we spend in America millions of dollars a day to store surplus food, and I said to myself, “I know where we can store that food free of charge—in the wrinkled stomachs of millions of God’s children all over the world who go to bed hungry at night.” And maybe we spend far too much of our national budget establishing military bases around the world rather than bases of genuine concern and understanding.Not only do we see poverty abroad, I would remind you that in our own nation there are about forty million people who are poverty-stricken. I have seen them here and there. I have seen them in the ghettos of the North; I have seen them in the rural areas of the South; I have seen them in Appalachia. I have just been in the process of touring many areas of our country and I must confess that in some situations I have literally found myself crying.I was in Marks, Mississippi, the other day, which is in Whitman County, the poorest county in the United States. I tell you, I saw hundreds of little black boys and black girls walking the streets with no shoes to wear. I saw their mothers and fathers trying to carry on a little Head Start program, but they had no money. The federal government hadn’t funded them, but they were trying to carry on. They raised a little money here and there; trying to get a little food to feed the children; trying to teach them a little something.And I saw mothers and fathers who said to me not only were they unemployed, they didn’t get any kind of income—no old-age pension, no welfare check, no anything. I said, “How do you live?” And they say, “Well, we go around, go around to the neighbors and ask them for a little something. When the berry season comes, we pick berries. When the rabbit season comes, we hunt and catch a few rabbits. And that’s about it.”And I was in Newark and Harlem just this week. And I walked into the homes of welfare mothers. I saw them in conditions—no, not with wall-to-wall carpet, but wall-to-wall rats and roaches. I stood in an apartment and this welfare mother said to me, “The landlord will not repair this place. I’ve been here two years and he hasn’t made a single repair.” She pointed out the walls with all the ceiling falling through. She showed me the holes where the rats came in. She said night after night we have to stay awake to keep the rats and roaches from getting to the children. I said, “How much do you pay for this apartment?” She said, “a hundred and twenty-five dollars.” I looked, and I thought, and said to myself, “It isn’t worth sixty dollars.” Poor people are forced to pay more for less. Living in conditions day in and day out where the whole area is constantly drained without being replenished. It becomes a kind of domestic colony. And the tragedy is, so often these forty million people are invisible because America is so affluent, so rich. Because our expressways carry us from the ghetto, we don’t see the poor.Jesus told a parable one day, and he reminded us that a man went to hell because he didn’t see the poor. His name was Dives. He was a rich man. And there was a man by the name of Lazarus who was a poor man, but not only was he poor, he was sick. Sores were all over his body, and he was so weak that he could hardly move. But he managed to get to the gate of Dives every day, wanting just to have the crumbs that would fall from his table. And Dives did nothing about it. And the parable ends saying, “Dives went to hell, and there were a fixed gulf now between Lazarus and Dives.”There is nothing in that parable that said Dives went to hell because he was rich. Jesus never made a universal indictment against all wealth. It is true that one day a rich young ruler came to him, and he advised him to sell all, but in that instance Jesus was prescribing individual surgery and not setting forth a universal diagnosis. And if you will look at that parable with all of its symbolism, you will remember that a conversation took place between heaven and hell, and on the other end of that long-distance call between heaven and hell was Abraham in heaven talking to Dives in hell.Now Abraham was a very rich man. If you go back to the Old Testament, you see that he was the richest man of his day, so it was not a rich man in hell talking with a poor man in heaven; it was a little millionaire in hell talking with a multimillionaire in heaven. Dives didn’t go to hell because he was rich; Dives didn’t realize that his wealth was his opportunity. It was his opportunity to bridge the gulf that separated him from his brother Lazarus. Dives went to hell because he was passed by Lazarus every day and he never really saw him. He went to hell because he allowed his brother to become invisible. Dives went to hell because he maximized the minimum and minimized the maximum. Indeed, Dives went to hell because he sought to be a conscientious objector in the war against poverty.And this can happen to America, the richest nation in the world—and nothing’s wrong with that—this is America’s opportunity to help bridge the gulf between the haves and the have-nots. The question is whether America will do it. There is nothing new about poverty. What is new is that we now have the techniques and the resources to get rid of poverty. The real question is whether we have the will.In a few weeks some of us are coming to Washington to see if the will is still alive or if it is alive in this nation. We are coming to Washington in a Poor People’s Campaign. Yes, we are going to bring the tired, the poor, the huddled masses. We are going to bring those who have known long years of hurt and neglect. We are going to bring those who have come to feel that life is a long and desolate corridor with no exit signs. We are going to bring children and adults and old people, people who have never seen a doctor or a dentist in their lives.We are not coming to engage in any histrionic gesture. We are not coming to tear up Washington. We are coming to demand that the government address itself to the problem of poverty. We read one day, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” But if a man doesn’t have a job or an income, he has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness. He merely exists.We are coming to ask America to be true to the huge promissory note that it signed years ago. And we are coming to engage in dramatic nonviolent action, to call attention to the gulf between promise and fulfillment; to make the invisible visible.Why do we do it this way? We do it this way because it is our experience that the nation doesn’t move around questions of genuine equality for the poor and for black people until it is confronted massively, dramatically in terms of direct action.Great documents are here to tell us something should be done. We met here some years ago in the White House conference on civil rights. And we came out with the same recommendations that we will be demanding in our campaign here, but nothing has been done. The President’s commission on technology, automation and economic progress recommended these things some time ago. Nothing has been done. Even the urban coalition of mayors of most of the cities of our country and the leading businessmen have said these things should be done. Nothing has been done. The Kerner Commission came out with its report just a few days ago and then made specific recommendations. Nothing has been done.And I submit that nothing will be done until people of goodwill put their bodies and their souls in motion. And it will be the kind of soul force brought into being as a result of this confrontation that I believe will make the difference.Yes, it will be a Poor People’s Campaign. This is the question facing America. Ultimately a great nation is a compassionate nation. America has not met its obligations and its responsibilities to the poor.One day we will have to stand before the God of history and we will talk in terms of things we’ve done. Yes, we will be able to say we built gargantuan bridges to span the seas, we built gigantic buildings to kiss the skies. Yes, we made our submarines to penetrate oceanic depths. We brought into being many other things with our scientific and technological power.It seems that I can hear the God of history saying, “That was not enough! But I was hungry, and ye fed me not. I was naked, and ye clothed me not. I was devoid of a decent sanitary house to live in, and ye provided no shelter for me. And consequently, you cannot enter the kingdom of greatness. If ye do it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye do it unto me.” That’s the question facing America today.I want to say one other challenge that we face is simply that we must find an alternative to war and bloodshed. Anyone who feels, and there are still a lot of people who feel that way, that war can solve the social problems facing mankind is sleeping through a great revolution. President Kennedy said on one occasion, “Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind.” The world must hear this. I pray God that America will hear this before it is too late, because today we’re fighting a war.I am convinced that it is one of the most unjust wars that has ever been fought in the history of the world. Our involvement in the war in Vietnam has torn up the Geneva Accord. It has strengthened the military-industrial complex; it has strengthened the forces of reaction in our nation. It has put us against the self-determination of a vast majority of the Vietnamese people, and put us in the position of protecting a corrupt regime that is stacked against the poor.It has played havoc with our domestic destinies. This day we are spending five hundred thousand dollars to kill every Vietcong soldier. Every time we kill one we spend about five hundred thousand dollars while we spend only fifty-three dollars a year for every person characterized as poverty-stricken in the so-called poverty program, which is not even a good skirmish against poverty.Not only that, it has put us in a position of appearing to the world as an arrogant nation. And here we are ten thousand miles away from home fighting for the so-called freedom of the Vietnamese people when we have not even put our own house in order. And we force young black men and young white men to fight and kill in brutal solidarity. Yet when they come back home that can’t hardly live on the same block together.The judgment of God is upon us today. And we could go right down the line and see that something must be done—and something must be done quickly. We have alienated ourselves from other nations so we end up morally and politically isolated in the world. There is not a single major ally of the United States of America that would dare send a troop to Vietnam, and so the only friends that we have now are a few client-nations like Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, and a few others.This is where we are. “Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind,” and the best way to start is to put an end to war in Vietnam, because if it continues, we will inevitably come to the point of confronting China which could lead the whole world to nuclear annihilation.It is no longer a choice, my friends, between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence. And the alternative to disarmament, the alternative to a greater suspension of nuclear tests, the alternative to strengthening the United Nations and thereby disarming the whole world, may well be a civilization plunged into the abyss of annihilation, and our earthly habitat would be transformed into an inferno that even the mind of Dante could not imagine.This is why I felt the need of raising my voice against that war and working wherever I can to arouse the conscience of our nation on it. I remember so well when I first took a stand against the war in Vietnam. The critics took me on and they had their say in the most negative and sometimes most vicious way.One day a newsman came to me and said, “Dr. King, don’t you think you’re going to have to stop, now, opposing the war and move more in line with the administration’s policy? As I understand it, it has hurt the budget of your organization, and people who once respected you have lost respect for you. Don’t you feel that you’ve really got to change your position?” I looked at him and I had to say, “Sir, I’m sorry you don’t know me. I’m not a consensus leader. I do not determine what is right and wrong by looking at the budget of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. I’ve not taken a sort of Gallup Poll of the majority opinion.” Ultimately a genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.On some positions, cowardice asks the question, is it expedient? And then expedience comes along and asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? Conscience asks the question, is it right?There comes a time when one must take the position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right. I believe today that there is a need for all people of goodwill to come with a massive act of conscience and say in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “We ain’t goin’ study war no more.” This is the challenge facing modern man.Let me close by saying that we have difficult days ahead in the struggle for justice and peace, but I will not yield to a politic of despair. I’m going to maintain hope as we come to Washington in this campaign. The cards are stacked against us. This time we will really confront a Goliath. God grant that we will be that David of truth set out against the Goliath of injustice, the Goliath of neglect, the Goliath of refusing to deal with the problems, and go on with the determination to make America the truly great America that it is called to be.I say to you that our goal is freedom, and I believe we are going to get there because however much she strays away from it, the goal of America is freedom. Abused and scorned though we may be as a people, our destiny is tied up in the destiny of America.Before the Pilgrim fathers landed at Plymouth, we were here. Before Jefferson etched across the pages of history the majestic words of the Declaration of Independence, we were here. Before the beautiful words of the “Star Spangled Banner” were written, we were here.For more than two centuries our forebearers labored here without wages. They made cotton king, and they built the homes of their masters in the midst of the most humiliating and oppressive conditions. And yet out of a bottomless vitality they continued to grow and develop. If the inexpressible cruelties of slavery couldn’t stop us, the opposition that we now face will surely fail.We’re going to win our freedom because both the sacred heritage of our nation and the eternal will of the almighty God are embodied in our echoing demands. And so, however dark it is, however deep the angry feelings are, and however violent explosions are, I can still sing “We Shall Overcome.”We shall overcome because the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.We shall overcome because Carlyle is right—”No lie can live forever.”We shall overcome because William Cullen Bryant is right—”Truth, crushed to earth, will rise again.”We shall overcome because James Russell Lowell is right—as we were singing earlier today,Truth forever on the scaffold,Wrong forever on the throne.Yet that scaffold sways the future.And behind the dim unknown stands God,Within the shadow keeping watch above his own.With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair the stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.Thank God for John, who centuries ago out on a lonely, obscure island called Patmos caught vision of a new Jerusalem descending out of heaven from God, who heard a voice saying, “Behold, I make all things new; former things are passed away.”God grant that we will be participants in this newness and this magnificent development. If we will but do it, we will bring about a new day of justice and brotherhood and peace. And that day the morning stars will sing together and the sons of God will shout for joy. God bless you.Delivered at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., on 31 March 1968. Congressional Record, 9 April 1968.last_img read more

Ajax’s Abdelhak Nouri Diagnosed With Permanent Brain Damage After Collapse

first_imgRelatedUEFA Women’s Euro Daily Wrap: Hosts Netherlands Launch Campaign With WinJuly 17, 2017In “AFCON Insider”Third Bundesliga Manager Loses JobOctober 31, 2017In “Europe”Champions League: Marco Asensio Gives Real Madrid Favourable Lead Against AjaxFebruary 14, 2019In “UEFA” My thoughts are with you, your family and everyone involved. ??#StayStrongAppie— Daley Blind (@BlindDaley) July 13, 2017 Ajax’s midfielder, Abdelhak Nouri have been diagnosed with “serious and permanent brain damage” after he collapsed during a pre-season friendly match on Saturday.The club’s official Twitter handle stated: “Ajax are deeply saddened by the news that Appie Nouri has been diagnosed with serious and permanent brain damage,”“Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his loved ones in this difficult time.”Thanks to everyone for their support. We will keep you informed. For now: stay strong Appie! ❤️— AFC Ajax (English) (@AFCAjax_EN) July 8, 2017Nouri collapsed during the second half of the friendly game and was quickly taken to the hospital in a helicopter, which subsequently led to the game been abandoned.Former Man United goalkeeper and now Ajax CEO, Edwin Van sar said: “This is the worst possible message. It is terrible. We feel enormously for his parents, siblings and other relatives.“The blow is also difficult for Ajax, though we knew we had to consider this scenario. They were uncertain days, lots of people in different ways have sympathized with his situation and is greatly appreciated.“Abdelhak is such a great talent, but unfortunately we will never know how far his star would have reached had this not happened. ”The 20-year-old Dutchman was in Ajax’s Europa League Final squad but didn’t get to play as Man United went on to win 2-0.Players across the football world have been sending their condolences and prayers to Ajax and his family.My thoughts and prayers are with Nouri, his family, friends, teammates, club Ajax and all football fans. Stay strong ❤️? #StayStrongAppie— Marc ter Stegen (@mterstegen1) July 13, 2017last_img read more

England Recall Forster And Delph Ahead Of Slovenia, Lithuania Clashes

first_imgEngland have welcomed back Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster and Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph into their squad ahead of the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Slovenia and Lithuania.Forster replaces injured Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton while Delph has also been named in the 26-man squad after some impressive showings for his club.England host Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday, October 5 before they play Lithuania in Vilnius three days later as they continue their attempt to seal a place in Russia 2018.Leicester City star Jamie Vardy and Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck also join Heaton on the sidelines with respective injuries.Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has however been included in the squad despite the uncertainty surrounding his availability having been a subject of FIFA investigation for making a gesture in a recent World Cup qualifier.The Nigerian-born player has repeatedly claimed that the gesture was made towards teammate Kyle Walker. Speaking about the matter, England coach Gareth Southgate said: “We have not heard anything at the moment.“We run the risk of being a shambles because he might have to be withdrawn. We hope common sense prevails.” he added.Full England SquadGoalkeepers: Joe Hart (West Ham, on loan from Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton)Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Harry Maguire (Leicester), John Stones (Manchester City), Michael Keane (Everton), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham)Midfielders: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Dele Alli (Tottenham)Forwards: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Jermain Defoe (Bournemouth), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool)RelatedTottenham Midfielder Gets Surprise England Call UpOctober 3, 2017In “England”Theo WalcottJune 30, 2017Similar postEngland Unveil 23-Man World Cup Squad As Wilshere And Hart Miss OutMay 16, 2018In “England”last_img read more

Nigeria Seal Sixth World Cup Appearance After Zambia Win

first_imgRelatedZambia To Camp In Europe Ahead Of World Cup Qualifier Clash Against NigeriaSeptember 7, 2017In “Africa”VIDEO: Watch Super Eagles Bus Celebrations After Cameroon DrawSeptember 5, 2017In “National Team”CAF #WCQ Match Day 5: Nigeria, Tunisia, and Egypt one win away from Russia 2018.October 5, 2017In “Africa” The Super Eagles of Nigeria have qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after they defeated Zambia 1-0 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo.Substitute Alex Iwobi was the hero for Nigeria as he netted the only goal of the game with 17 minutes left. The Arsenal star made no mistake from a perfect cutback delivered by right back Shehu Abdullahi to give his team the crucial goal.The win takes Nigeria’s point tally to an unassailable 13 points ahead of nearest challengers Zambia (7 points), Cameroon (5 points) and Algeria (1 point).Apart from qualifying for a sixth final appearance, Nigeria also became the first African team to qualify for Russia 2018 joining other countries like Brazil,  Belgium, England and Mexico.last_img read more

Premier League Review (Sunday): New Manager, Same Result For Everton As South Coast Derby…

first_imgEverton will stay in the bottom three for one week at least after the ‘New Manager’ bounce failed to deliver anything different from the results witnessed under sacked manager Ronald KoemanThe club’s U23 manager, David Unsworth, has been mandated to lead the team in the immediate future however his appointment on a temporary basis has failed to lift the club with his latest game ending in a 2-0 defeat to Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.The result represents a bright start for new Leicester City manager Claude Puel, who was confirmed as the club’s permanent manager last week.Jamie Vardy and Demarai Gray were on the scoresheet to help the Foxes a result that catapulted the club to 11th on the English Premier League (EPL) table.In the earlier game played on Sunday, Brighton and Hove Albion played out a 1-1 draw with Southampton in the South Coast derby. The away side took an early lead at the Amex Stadium through Steven Davis’ 7th minute strike but Brighton striker Glenn Murray scored the equaliser seven minutes after halftime to make it 3 goals in his last 2 league games.Both sides failed to add to their tally as they settled for a stalemate that took Southampton to 9th while Brighton occupy the 12th spot on the log with the additional point gained.Results:Leicester City 2-0 EvertonBrighton 1-1 SouthamptonRelatedSaturday’s Top Premier League StatsSeptember 10, 2017In “England”Premier League; Week Eleven PreviewNovember 4, 2017In “Europe”Premier League Review: Toothless Chelsea Drop Points Again As Tottenham Close In On Top Four With Emphatic WinJanuary 14, 2018In “England”last_img read more

Bede Gaming agrees partnership with Gamevy

first_img Gauselmann Group acquires majority stake in Bede Gaming March 12, 2020 SBC’s Year In Review: September’s big betting news December 27, 2019 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Share Submit SBC Charity Boxing Championship packs a punch for Oliver’s Wish Foundation January 20, 2020 Supplier of software to the online gaming industry, Bede Gaming has agreed a deal with Gamevy that will see its unique instant win content made available via the PLAY platform, Bede’s content and marketing offering.Gamevy’s select collection of games will be available to Bede’s operator partners via Bede PLAY. These will include popular titles such as Red Card and Epic Gems.Michael Brady, CEO of Bede Gaming, commented: “We’ve long been fans of the innovative titles produced by Gamevy, so we are thrilled to be making them available to all our clients through Bede PLAY.“The games are a proven success across multiple markets. We strive to continually update PLAY with the latest titles demanded by our customers and with instant win games growing in popularity of late, it is great that we can say that Gamevy are now a partner of ours.”Helen Walton, Chief Commercial Officer at Gamevy, added: “We are always looking for new ways to bring our content to operators in regulated markets, and Bede PLAY is a fantastic channel for this purpose.“The team at Bede has been a pleasure to work with. We are excited to see our content available to Bede’s operator partners soon.”For Bede, the deal follows on from it teaming up with UK based independent iGaming firm Genii, a deal that saw Bede gain access to Genii’s extensive portfolio of in excess of 140 HD games, which incorporate a wide variety of genres designed to cater to the tastes of all types of player from any market.Bede’s platforms offer completely flexible gaming solutions, with robust security measures, and is fast establishing itself as the first-choice option for innovative operators globally.last_img read more