Egyptian community in Boston protests military coup

first_imgWW photo: Maureen SkehanOutraged by the continuing massacres and crimes of recently extended martial law committed by the U.S.-backed Egyptian military following its July 3 coup d`etat, the newly-formed Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights, New England (EADHR) took to Boston’s Copley Square on Sept. 14 “to show solidarity with the freedom loving people of Egypt.”WW photo: Maureen SkehanDemonstrators, including many children, wore bright yellow shirts emblazoned with what has become an international symbol of solidarity with resistance to the Egyptian military’s bloody coup, a four-finger salute. Mohammed Morgan, a protest organizer, explained that the use of the symbol — based on “Rabba,” an Arabic word for “fourth” — is meant to show support for the thousands of anti-coup protesters who were brutalized, with hundreds killed, when the military attacked and destroyed the Rabaa al-Adawiya protest camp and mosque on Aug. 14. Even showing the Rabba symbol on the streets in Egypt is a courageous act of defiance, as the military has shoot-to-kill orders for even such symbolic protest.Anti-coup Egyptians were joined by Palestinian activists on Sept. 14. They spoke of the extreme suffering and deprivation in Gaza since the Egyptian military closed the border to supplies following the coup, further assisting the Israeli colonial state in its criminal blockade and occupation of the Palestinian nation.Members of the International Action Center came in solidarity with the rally and to underscore protesters’ demands that the U.S. immediately cease its massive financial, military and political support for the Egypt generals and the wealthy ruling class they prop up.Tens of thousands of people in Boston’s downtown area heard, many for the first time, how the coup is attempting to destroy the first democratically elected government since Mubarak’s ouster from power in 2011. Many stopped to express their agreement that the U.S. needs to stop funding, causing and prosecuting wars throughout the Arab world.In a statement titled “Egyptian Democracy Derailment,” the EADHR pointed out that resistance to the coup is a continuation of the movement when, “In January 2011, the Egyptian people took to the streets in peaceful mass protests that quickly became a people’s revolution to bring down the authoritarian, corrupt military government of 30 years. The people’s demands were highlighted by three basic aspects of human rights: an Honorable Living Standard, Freedom, and Social Justice.”The EADHR statement concludes, “We stand with people of conscience throughout the world in condemning the Military Coup and all crimes it has committed against basic Human Rights. Elected Authorities and Rule of Law must be immediately restored. Furthermore, military and civilian officials with the blood of Egyptians on their hands must be held accountable for their crimes and brought to a quick and fair trial.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img

Local Youth Choir Takes First Place in Regional Festival, Receives Invitation…

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin0April 28, 2011The Olympia Youth Chorus’ Coro Voce choir took first place in the junior high division at the Seattle Heritage Festival in April. The group also received a gold level rating at the festival which included choirs from throughout the region as well as California, Maryland and Canada.Garnering attention with their quality performance, Coro Voce was one of only two choirs invited to participate in the New York City Heritage Festival and perform at Carnegie Hall.“We were thrilled with our performance and the honor of being invited to participate in the national festival at Carnegie Hall,” said Olympia Youth Chorus (OYC) Coro Voce Director Amy Holcombe. “Unfortunately due to the cost, the choir is not going to be able go. However the invitation speaks volumes to the quality of this choir and to the singers’ abilities to learn.”OYC’s Coro Voce is an intermediate level treble choir for SSA singers, ages 11-18. The group is made up of primarily girls, as well as boys with unchanged voices. Participants are selected through auditions and educational emphasis is placed on vocal fundamentals, sight-reading and performance. Director Holcombe holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Music Education from Portland State University and is a certified teacher in K-12 Music.Coro Voce is one of four OYC choirs. To hear all choirs perform attend OYC’s spring concert, “Disney Dazzle,” on Sunday, May 22, at SPSCC’s Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts starting at 4 p.m. The concert will showcase popular songs from classic Disney movies to contemporary renditions. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors. For tickets call 360.753.8585 or order online at Youth Chorus is a 16-year-old, nonprofit, vocal music program. It serves singers in K-12 throughout the greater South Sound community, including Thurston, Gray Harbor and Lewis counties.Auditions are currently underway for students wishing to participate in any of the Olympia Youth Chorus choirs. To receive more information about the OYC program or schedule an audition appointment, visit # # # #FOR FURTHER INFORMATIONValerie Fluetsch, Executive DirectorOlympia Youth [email protected]last_img read more

Cheers! Restaurants Reopen Outdoor Dining

first_imgLYNNE WARD Turning Point in Little Silver welcomed diners when pandemic restrictions allowed for out- side dining. By Allison Perrine COURTESY BEACH TAVERN Beach Tavern in Monmouth Beach served its seafood specialties and more this week when outside dining was given the go-ahead. But June 12 the governor filed a lawsuit against the city preventing Asbury Park restaurants from serving food and beverages indoors. The city’s restaurants may provide outdoor dining. Steve Bidgood, co-owner of Salt Creek Grille in Rumson, said it’s been a learning process to get everything set up and prepared, but things are going well. Staff members set up 23 tables outside of the establishment each day and bring it all back in by the end of the night so the wooden tables and other supplies do not get ruined. They have set up string lights outside and have posted proper signage mandated in the governor’s executive orders. “We learned a lot lastnight and it was prettysteady,” said Bidgood,the day after reopening.Things will be adjusted asthey continue to operatein a new normal, for now,he said. The call for outdoor dining had been made by many for several weeks. Business owners and employees throughout the state have suffered financial burdens resulting from limited service and shutdowns. Burke was one of many advocates for reopening the restaurant scene, pointing out during a press conference in Sea Bright May 29 that the restaurant business has always been held to a high standard of cleanliness and proper sanitization. This week, Burke told The Two River Times that people were happy to be out. Surfaces in his restaurants are constantly being sanitized and his employees all wear face coverings, as required by the governor’s orders. One person is permitted in the restroom at a time. Silverware is wrapped up so that it is not loose or exposed. And while the transition to open for outdoor dining only was easier at restaurants like Drifthouse, other establishments he owns required more work, like his South Orange-based restaurant Orange Lawn. There, he had an outdoor garden terrace constructed for a new dining experience. Lyristis’ restaurants are also not serving coffee or dessert at the moment to help other businesses in the local area, he said. “There are a bunch of coffee shops and stuff like that that could really use the business as well.” “It’s been a day, but it was better than Sunday,” Lyristis said Tuesday morning. “People were very happy to be out, they’re very conscious about doing the right thing. It has a lot to do with education. Us in the restaurant business are all over it but the customers themselves, this is all brand new and they’re only seeing what they see on TV,” he added. “They have to be educated as to what they’re allowed to do, what they’re not allowed to do.” LYNNE WARD Diners at Buona Sera enjoyed outside dining on Maple Avenue in Red Bank Wednesday at lunchtime. Chef George Lyristis, owner of The Bistro at Red Bank, Teak and Greek Eats, said he and his staff are being as conscientious as possible. He is currently limiting each table to hour-and-a-half windows due to limited outdoor space. At Bistro and Teak, barcodes are placed on every table so customers can scan the codes to view menus on their phones; there is no need for physical menus. However, he does have disposable menus available in case they are needed, he said. For three months, New Jersey residents were not able to sit down at their favorite local restaurants and enjoy meals with friends and family due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Per the governor’s orders, tables must be limited to eight customers or fewer with seating arranged to keep at least 6 feet between par ties. Signage must be posted at entrances stating that anyone with a fever or symptoms of COVID-19 should not enter the establishment. All tables, chairs and shared items like pens or menus must be disinfected after each use. And employees must undergo daily health checks, such as temperature screenings, among several other guidelines. “Restaurants and bars throughout New Jersey have been immensely cooperative with necessary public health measures that were placed upon them while battling the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gov. Phil Murphy June 3 in a press release. “Allowing outdoor dining and the expansion of alcohol-serving areas will allow restaurants and bars to begin welcoming customers back while continuing to comply with necessary social distancing guidance.” “It’s just a gorgeous setting,” he said. “We’re lucky in that respect, that all of our restaurants have outdoor seating. For those who don’t have outdoor seating, it’s terrible…their customers are going somewhere else,” said Burke. After hearing complaints from restaurant owners in Asbury Park throughout the shutdown, city council members decided to approve a resolution allowing indoor dining against the governor’s orders but with the same capacity limits as the executive order permitting other indoor gatherings. Under this resolution, restaurants could have up to 25 percent capacity or 50 people whichever number was lower inside the restaurant for dining services. Red Bank resident Alexandra Hough was one of the customers who dined at Bistro Monday night when it reopened. And she had “no real apprehensions” about doing so, she said. LYNNE WARDRestaurants got the green light for outside dining this week and hungry-for-eating-out diners flocked to eateries throughout the Two River area. Diners at Temple Gourmet Chinese restaurant in Red Bank savored the day on Wednesday. That changed Monday, June 15, as the governor permitted the reopening of outdoor dining across the state. Overall, customers seem happy to get back out and enjoy some sense of normalcy, several restaurateurs told The Two River Times. But the diners have been greeted with some changes to keep everything as sanitary and safe as possible. “I was just excited to getout of the house and havea nice dinner that I didn’thave to cook for once,”said Hough. Asbury Park “Restaurant workers, in general, are trained to work very clean. The board of health is on us like no other business,” he said May 29. “There is a sanitary effort all the time, year-round when we feed people. We’re responsible people.” “We hope our position will encourage the State of New Jersey to outline guidelines for indoor dining in the upcoming weeks,” the city posted on its website, “We invite Governor Murphy to our City next week to meet with the local restaurant community and discuss alternate opportunities to support these businesses who rely heavily on the summer. The article originally appeared in the June 18-24, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. “It feels like junior high when we were returning back to school and seeing old friends again. We have missed seeing everyone so much,” said chef David Burke, owner of Drifthouse and Nauti Bar by David Burke. “Please be assured we are going above and beyond safety guidelines so both our guests and employees are safe. We understand while some folks can’t wait to get out, others will prefer takeout, which we will also continue.” last_img read more


first_imgMark Glatt5967210%25%$287,100 Victor Espinoza545959%35%$589,060 J. Keith Desormeaux3265719%56%$234,904 ZENYATTA’S SON SHOWS PROMISE IN FIRST RACEAlthough not victorious, Ziconic had an encouraging debut, closing like his mother Zenyatta from 15 lengths last at the half-mile marker to finish third, beaten less than two lengths, in Saturday’s third race, a seven furlong test for allowance maidens.Conditioned by John Shirreffs, who also trained 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta for Jerry and Ann Moss, the chestnut colt sired by Tapit broke a bit slowly from his No. 5 post position in a field of seven three-year-olds and finished well after going wide into the stretch under Gary Stevens.“We knew he was going to break slow and it took him a little while to get wound up,” Stevens said. “I was at the three-eighths pole and was so far back I said, ‘Buddy, your momma could win from here, do it!’ I told John that I never got to ride the big mare Zenyatta but I know what she felt like now.“They’re going to have a lot of fun with Ziconic. The best part is that he enjoys his job, he loved what he was doing, especially that last eighth of a mile.” Peter Miller811041012%30%$399,555 Santiago Gonzalez17031262018%45%$1,279,474 Peter Eurton6210151016%56%$670,368 (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 20) FINISH LINES: In his first work since winning the Grade II San Marcos Stakes on Feb. 6, Flamboyant went four furlongs Sunday on Santa Anita’s fast main track in 49.60 under regular rider Brice Blanc for trainer Paddy Gallagher . . . Multiple graded stakes winner Wild Dude worked five furlongs in 1:01.20 for Jerry Hollendorfer, who said the come-from-behind specialist is a candidate for the San Carlos Stakes at seven furlongs on March 12 . . . Probable for next Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes at about 6 1/2 furlongs on turf in the Golden State Series: Alert Bay, Martin Garcia; Aotearoa, Drayden Van Dyke; Boozer, Gary Stevens; Forest Chatter, Mike Smith; McHeat, Fernando Perez; Pay the Fine, Mario Gutierrez; Richard’s Boy, Flavien Prat; and Solid Wager, Victor Espinoza. McHeat worked four furlongs on the main track Sunday in 50.20 for Barry Abrams . . . Committed stretch runner Big John B worked five furlongs in 1:02.80 for leading trainer Phil D’Amato, who has three races under consideration: the Santa Anita Handicap, the San Luis Rey, and the Tokyo City Cup. D’Amato also worked Midnight Storm five furlongs on the dirt training track in 1:01.60 for the Grade I Frank E. Kilroe Mile on turf March 12. Fernando Perez11011101710%35%$598,924 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS SONGBIRD COULD SURFACE IN THE SANTA YSABELSMOKEY IMAGE HAS ‘EASY’ DRILL FOR SAN FELIPEZENYATTA’S SON PROMISING THIRD IN DEBUT RACEAGENT HAS WINNING DUO IN MALDONADO, LOPEZ Edwin Maldonado1152110918%35%$744,125 Flavien Prat15128162219%44%$1,705,947 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Richard Baltas70119916%41%$857,969 David Lopez1132081618%39%$598,201 Jeff Bonde2472329%50%$155,685 John Sadler5377413%34%$367,129 Vladimir Cerin3093430%53%$300,070 Gary Stevens4696620%46%$1,045,378 Rafael Bejarano16533321720%50%$1,585,157 Mike Smith64761111%38%$924,665 Jerry Hollendorfer901071311%33%$800,681 George Papaprodromou3162519%42%$150,460 J.R. PEGRAM HAS MALDONADO, LOPEZ ON A ROLLDon’t look now, but combined, under the aegis of agent J.R. Pegram, Edwin Maldonado and David Lopez have won more races at Santa Anita this meet than individual leader Rafael Bejarano (33) or runner-up Santiago Gonzalez (31).Through 34 racing days, Maldonado had 21 wins, while apprentice Lopez, who has missed the last six days due to soreness suffered in a riding mishap on Feb. 12, was stalled at 20, for a total of 41 between them.Hard work is paying off.“They’re good workers and they do everything that’s asked of them,” Pegram said. “We’re getting a little bit of business with everybody. That’s the key. They’re not doing it for just one person, they’re doing it for everybody.“It makes a big difference when every trainer out there is willing to use your jocks. It makes it easier. They’re both well liked so we’re just kind of going with it.“I’ve been an agent since 1992. Everything’s going good. I can’t complain.”Added Maldonado, who rode maiden winner Bistraya to a ninth-place finish after prompting the early pace for trainer Ricky Agarie in Saturday’s Risen Star Stakes:“I’m very happy. J.R. is a good guy and he knows what he’s doing. We started 2016 on the right foot. I had two wins for Phil D’Amato last Saturday, I’m still riding for Jeff Bonde, and Doug O’Neill has put me on a few. It all helps.” Steven Miyadi3979518%54%$250,219 Philip D’Amato8418141321%54%$1,013,715 Joseph Talamo15217192011%37%$926,069 Patrick Gallagher2463525%58%$464,833 Kent Desormeaux6911191016%58%$935,759 UNBEATEN SMOKEY IMAGE WORKS FOR SAN FELIPEUndefeated Smokey Image worked five furlongs in company Sunday morning in 1:00.40 under Victor Espinoza for his first foray in a graded race, the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 12.Smokey Image, a California-bred son of 2004 Santa Anita Handicap winner Southern Image, worked with Excessive Kid, who was clocked in 1:01 flat.“I just worked him in company to give him a little target,” trainer Carla Gaines said of Smokey Image, winner of all six of his starts, including an 8 ½-length romp in the California Cup Derby on Jan. 30.“He did it pretty easily,” Gaines said of the workout. Doug O’Neill11716162014%44%$917,033 Bob Baffert6916101023%52%$1,185,160 Mario Gutierrez13116221912%44%$990,856 Martin Pedroza6176311%26%$186,420 SONGBIRD IN ‘BRILLIANT’ DRILL; COULD GO IN SANTA YSABELChampion filly Songbird could make her next start in the Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes for three-year-old fillies at a mile and a sixteenth on March 5.Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer did not rule out the $100,000 race after the undefeated Eclipse Award winner as best in her division as a two-year-old last year worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Sunday in 1:00.80 under regular rider Mike Smith.Asked if the brilliant daughter of Medaglia d’Oro might run in the Santa Ysabel before the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks on April 9, Hollendorfer left the door open, saying, “I haven’t made my mind up,” but either way, he was delighted with the work.“A minute and four-fifths and just as easy as you please,” he said.Smith summed up the work in one word: “Brilliant.”Songbird made her three-year-old debut in the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes at one mile on Feb. 6, winning off “by a pole” as the saying goes, the actual margin being 6 ½ lengths. Martin Garcia78128815%36%$775,954 William Spawr2675327%58%$186,652 Drayden Van Dyke93991210%32%$541,434 Agapito Delgadillo6096615%35%$224,677 Trainer             Sts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Tyler Baze16819272511%42%$998,871 Kristin Mulhall3165219%42%$266,135 -30-last_img read more

Back-to-back smashes lead A’s past Rays

first_imgST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Just when it seemed the A’s had their backs to the wall, they went back-to-back — over the wall — and that sudden turnaround produced a 4-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night at Tropicana Field.The A’s hit consecutive sixth-inning home runs off Rays reliever and loser Emilio Pagan (1-1), first a two-run go-ahead shot by Matt Olson, then a solo blast from Khris Davis.That ultimately made a winner out of right-hander Mike Fiers (6-3), who allowed just …last_img read more

Manuel suggested for top IMF job

first_imgProfessor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management and former IMF chief economist, Simon Johnson, told Fin24 Manuel was hotly-tipped as a possible successor. He said if the Brics group of emerging countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA) agreed on a candidate, that person could become a front-runner to head the IMF. On Tuesday, Fin24 reported that National Planning Commission head Trevor Manuel could emerge as a candidate to replace International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Although Strauss-Kahn had not formally stepped down, he was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a hotel cleaner in New York. The only way that could happen, was if it reflected the interests of “all countries”. He said there were candidates from several developing countries who were “credible” and “eminently suitable” to run the organisation.center_img “South Africa calls for a candidate from a developing country to be given the opportunity to be the managing director of the IMF. Such a candidate will bring a new perspective that will ensure that the interests of all countries, both developed and developing, are fully reflected in the operations and policies of the IMF.” “Institutions such as the IMF must reform so that they can become credible,” Gordhan said in a statement. 20 May 2011The International Monetary Fund’s new managing director should come from a developing country, South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Wednesday.last_img read more

Nets Ride Over Mavericks, 104-94

first_imgDALLAS — Deron Williams felt right at home while helping the Brooklyn Nets close out a string of 22 days on the road on a winning note.Williams scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds, and Thaddeus Young had 16 points and eight rebounds off the bench as the Nets topped the Dallas Mavericks 104-94 on Feb. 28.“The last one on a road trip when you’ve been gone for a month is sometimes the hardest because you’re just so ready to get home,” said Williams, who played his high school ball at The Colony High near Dallas. “So, I’m really proud of how we fought and got the win.”The victory completed a 3-5 run in road games for the Nets that started before the All-Star-break. It also moved them into eighth place in the Eastern Conference. They haven’t played at Barclays Center since Feb. 6 and came to Dallas having lost Feb. 27 in Houston 102-98.“We had a chance to win every game and felt like (Friday) night, that was our game,” Brooklyn coach Lionel Hollins said. “To close out the road trip with a win here in Dallas is just going up in class in terms of the opponent.”Dirk Nowitzki scored 20 points and Devin Harris had 14 for the Mavericks, who dropped percentage points behind the Los Angeles Clippers into sixth place in the Western Conference.Dallas, which entered ranked fourth in the NBA averaging 105.5 points, was limited to double-digit points for the fourth consecutive game for the first time this season.The Mavericks played their second consecutive game without Tyson Chandler (bruised left hip) and fourth straight without Chandler Parsons (sprained left ankle). That resulted in a three-guard starting lineup with J.J. Barea joining Monta Ellis and Rajon Rondo with Nowitzki making a rare start at center.“We’ve had guys miss games all year and had people step up,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “Tonight, we just . everybody from top to bottom just struggled.”Williams shot 9-for-14 overall and shot 4-of-6 on 3-pointers after coming in hitting only one of his last 22 attempts behind the arc.“Just happened to go in,” Williams explained. “What this game is is confidence. At times, mine dipped. But not tonight. It was good.”Mason Plumlee added 14 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high three blocks for Brooklyn.The Nets trailed 51-47 at halftime despite shooting 54.3 percent, having allowed 17 points off 11 turnovers. They scored the first seven points of the third period to take the lead for good and outscored the Mavericks 35-21 in the period.Rondo returned to Dallas’ lineup after serving a one-game suspension following an on-court altercation with Carlisle on Feb. 24. He had eight points, seven rebounds, six assists and four turnovers. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

10 months agoSpurs make contract offer to Barcelona target Rabiot

first_imgSpurs make contract offer to Barcelona target Rabiotby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham have tabled a bid to PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot.The France international, off contract in June, has fallen out with PSG management after refusing to consider new terms.Mundo Deportivo says the Londoners have put together a lucrative £133,000-a-week contract to try and snatch the Frenchman.The midfielder is set to leave the French capital after falling out with the PSG hierarchy – the player’s mother even revealed the relationship between club and player has completely deteriorated.Barcelona are also in contact with Rabiot about ferrying him away from Paris. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month ago​Everton chasing Arsenal target Donyell Malen

first_img​Everton chasing Arsenal target Donyell Malenby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are interested in signing Arsenal target Donyell Malen.The Gunners are eager to sign the 20-year-old, who has scored 11 goals in 14 games this season.The PSV man is a hot property in Europe, and he was once a member of the Arsenal academy.But the Marcel Brands connection could give Everton a chance to sign him, per The Sun.Malen would only move to the Premier League if he knew he would get game time.And Everton have a reputation of going after young talent under Brands and Marco Silva. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Saguaro Resources Ltd well blow-out near Laprise Creek update

first_imgCALGARY, AB – An uncontrolled release of gas occurred at 11:10, September 1st, 2019 at Saguaro Resources Ltd well site located 125km northwest of Fort St. John near Laprise Creek.According to Saguaro Resources Ltd, no personal injuries or equipment were damaged and there is no risk to the public.The location has been isolated with roadblocks to prevent any unauthorized entry to the area. The company has implemented emergency response procedures to protect the public, workers and the environment.The cause of the release is not known yet and there is no estimate of damages shared a spokesperson for Saguaro Resources Ltd.last_img read more