April 8 — Chicago is the third most populous U.S. city today, after New York and Los Angeles, and is viewed as the main financial hub of the Midwest. In 2016, Chicago, with its suburbs, was also considered the second most segregated city in the U.S., with whites constituting 32.6 percent of the population, Latinx people at 29.7 percent and Black people at 29.3 percent. (24/7 Wall St., Aug. 1, 2017) Most of the segregation takes place neighborhood-by-neighborhood. While Illinois in 2017 had the highest U.S. state unemployment rate for Black people at 11.3 percent, following the disappearance of tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs, this unemployment reached a crisis level in Chicago. (tinyurl.com/yybw6u9o)The Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago found that more than 40 percent of 20-to-24-year-old Black youth and men in Chicago were out of work and out of school in 2018.And, according to the Chicago Tribune, the poverty rates for the South and West sides of the city, which are predominantly African American, hovered around a devastating 60 percent. (March 15, 2017) Meanwhile, the impact of police brutality on Chicago’s Black neighborhoods was brought home by the recent conviction of a white cop for the 16-shot murder of Black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014. All these factors must be taken into account in considering the results of Chicago’s April 2 municipal elections. These results were both historic and illuminating.Chicago has been politically dominated by a deeply corrupt Democratic Party machine for many decades, first anchored by the late Mayor Richard J. Daley, who held that office from 1955 until his death in 1976, and then by his son, Richard M. Daley, mayor from 1989 to 2011.In the recent Chicago municipal run-off elections, three left-wing candidates who ran openly as members of the Democratic Socialists of America, won City Council seats representing their wards. Two of them, Byron Sigcho-Lopez and Andre Vasquez, are Latinx, and the third, Jeannette Taylor, is Black. Another Latinx DSA candidate, Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez, has the potential to win her ward seat once the vote count is completed. Two other DSA candidates, Daniel La Spata and Carlos Rosa, had already won City Council elections during the first round of voting in February. These five — and perhaps six — members of DSA, the majority of them people of color, have just won the largest socialist electoral victory in modern U.S. history. In the belly of the imperialist beast, where just over 60 years ago the Cold War, anti-communist, McCarthyite era paralyzed the progressive movement, the unions and the masses, the horrific veil of red-baiting is finally being lifted. This shift has been underway since the anti-Wall Street Occupy Movement in 2011. Then Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign helped further popularize socialist ideas, despite Sanders’ limited “let’s reform capitalism” program.Another significant victory in Chicago was the election of Lori Lightfoot as the city’s first Black, openly lesbian mayor. Lightfoot, who is a former corporate lawyer and prosecutor, immediately called for reopening the acquittals of the three white police officers charged with obstruction of justice, conspiracy and misconduct in Laquan McDonald’s death. Focus on class issues was decisiveThe program that appeared to resonate most with voters who favored the DSA candidates were bread-and-butter issues emerging from the global economic crisis. Some of these included growing gentrification and loss of housing, privatization of public services including schools, attacks on immigrant rights and police repression. The demand for rent control by the candidates was especially popular among voters. An electoral group, Reclaim Chicago, was instrumental in organizing door-to-door canvassing and mass phone banking to support two of the DSA members. Taylor, an education activist, participated in a 34-day hunger strike in 2015 to demand the reopening of Walter H. Dyett High School on the South Side, where she is from. The tradition of community activism runs deep in Chicago, carried forth today by the Chicago Teachers Union, which conducted a 2012 political strike in solidarity with oppressed communities to defend and fund public education. Chicago is also where the labor movement for the 8-hour day was spearheaded in 1886, led and won by immigrant workers mainly from Europe, and resulting in the birth of May Day as International Workers Day. Notwithstanding the recent victories of DSA candidates rooted in their communities, these members will be a minority on the 50-seat City Council. To what extent their political influence will be a factor or be compromised during their tenure remains to be seen. Nevertheless, the electoral victories reflect a growing trend of workers and oppressed who not only hate pro-Wall Street candidates, but are questioning the capitalist system those candidates stand on. As the global economic crisis deepens, the masses will come to understand and embrace that only revolutionary socialism, not a gentler, kinder capitalism, is the road to take in making their class interests — and their dreams — a reality. 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The capital club lost all six of their pool games last season but opened up this year’s campaign with their first success since beating Toulouse in the quarter-finals of the 2011-12 competition. Matt Scott had given the home side the lead just six minutes in but tries from Casey Laulala and Mike Sherry handed the advantage to Munster. Tim Visser grabbed a late try for Edinburgh as they registered their first Heineken Cup win in 18 months with a surprise 29-23 victory over Munster. Another Laidlaw penalty had the hosts back in front but Munster continued to pour forward, only a forward pass denying prop Stephen Archer from adding the visitors’ second score. Edinburgh were having to defend ever deeper and that handed hooker Sherry the opportunity to barge himself through a ruck to put Munster ahead for the first time on 27 minutes before Keatley struck again with the conversion. Yet the hosts remained competitive, mostly thanks to Laidlaw’s flawless kicking, with the skipper adding another two penalties from out wide to see the Gunners back in front 19-17 at the break. Munster’s Kiwi head coach Rob Penney has abandoned the pick-and-go style that twice took the Red Army to Heineken success in the last seven years and replaced it was a more patient approach. That new style was evident as they waited for an Edinburgh mistake before regaining the lead 13 minutes into the second period, with Keatley punishing the home team’s Grant Gilchrist for holding on in the tackle with another penalty. Edinburgh, though, were happy to scrap but their enthusiasm got the better of them again as handling at the breakdown gave Keatley the chance to kick Munster’s lead to four points with 15 minutes remaining. But just as Munster looked ready to go up another gear, Visser collected from Gilchrist to run in from 30 yards for a sucker punch the visitors did not see coming. The TMO was called in to rule on Scott’s collision with JJ Hanrahan as the Munster replacement let fly with the boot in the build up but the Scotland centre was cleared of obstruction as the home fans celebrated. Laidlaw again added the extra points to give Edinburgh a three-point lead before he knocked over a fifth penalty to take him beyond 500 points for the capital club, clinching a memorable victory in the process. Press Association Greg Laidlaw was his ever reliable self with the boot and four penalties before the break had Edinburgh ahead again, only for opposition kicker Ian Keatley to strike twice himself after the interval as the Irishmen edged themselves ahead. But with 10 minutes left and Munster growing increasingly confident, Visser sprinted down the left-hand wing to to grab the try which set up a unlikely victory, sealed with another two successful kicks from captain Laidlaw. Five defeats out of six in the RaboDirect Pro 12 had done nothing to dilute the air of expectancy in the capital as a 7,000-strong crowd turned out to see Edinburgh kick-off their European campaign. Their slow start has been blamed on a combination of a hangover from last year’s miserable efforts – just seven wins in the league and none at all in the Heineken – and the late arrival of new boss Alan Solomons just a month before the start of the season. But there were early signs that the South African was finally beginning to make his mark as the hosts piled on the pressure on their esteemed opponents in the opening stages. That build-up paid off just six minutes in as Scott took advantage of a three-on-two overload on the left to dart in for the opening try, with Laidlaw adding the conversion with the assistance of the far upright. The seven-point advantage soon became 10 as Laidlaw stuck over a penalty b ut some clever interplay with British and Irish Lion Conor Murray and winger Simon Zebo teed up Keatley to put Munster on the scoreboard with a penalty of their own. Parity was restored 20 minutes in as Laidlaw’s kick was charged down before Munster found Laulala in scoring territory from two yards, with Keatley adding the extra two.
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After a colourful opening ceremony on Sunday, action began in the table tennis event with players of the four clubs trying to out smart one another, particularly in the team event as well as the men singles. The women singles provided a delightful moment for spectators who came from varous parts of Lagos.There was action in the lawn tennis men single and veteran events yesterday night, same for snooker event. Action resume today at 6pm with medallists expected to emeremergeA member of the organising committee Yomi Ogundipe explained that the purpose of the games is for members to be see themselves as member of one family.He said: “It is not hosting to win but fellowship through sports.”The 2017 edition of the quadrangular games is featuring 10 events namely; snooker, Billiards and Pool, table tennis, lawn tennis, badminton, squash, swimming, soccer, chess, scrabble and Ayo.The competition which will end on December 2nd isfeaturing over 250 competitors with 50 athletes representing each of the four clubs.The last edtion of the Games eas hosted by Lagos Country club Ikeja.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram It was a busy day for competitors monday at the ongoing 26th Quadrangular Games holding Ikoyi Club 1938 in Lagos.The Quadrangular games, is a yearly event is rotated among four clubs, Ikoyi Club 1938, Lagos Lawn Tennis Club, The Apapa Club and Lagos Country Club Ikeja.
A man standing just 3 feet 9 inches tall says he believes he was discriminated against after staff at Busch Gardens told him that he could not ride a kiddie ride with his friends daughter.The incident occurred Sunday.According to the report, Shane Moore says his friend’s daughter was afraid to ride the Gwazi Gliders by herself so meeting the height guidelines of being under 56 inches, and having ridden the ride in the past, Moore believed he could go on the ride with the child. When the attendant did their final check of the ride, however, Moore was kicked off of the ride for being too old.Moore stating that the guideline said nothing about the age of the rider, then reported the incident to another staff member who told him that he should have been able to go on the ride.Busch Gardens has since released a statement regarding the incident:“There is nothing more important than the safety of our guests and employees. Rides, like Gwazi Gliders, are designed and operated according to industry standards and safety guidelines as well as manufacturer specifications. For this particular ride, there are restrictions that deal with both height and age. Children must be 56” or less in order to ride, and no adults are allowed. We apologize for any confusion, and continue to remain committed to providing excellent guest service for all our visitors.”
FH woman celebrates first year selling sports equipment to femalesBy Anastasia MillickerKendra Boyd runs her A Chic with Stix store, which caters to female lacrosse and field hockey players only, from the top floor of her parents’ Fair Haven florist shop.FAIR HAVEN – Kendra Boyd has had a field hockey stick in her hand since middle school.The Atlantic Highlands native started playing field hockey as a youngster, gradually moving up to play at the high school level for Henry Hudson Regional High School then at the college level for the The College of New Jersey.Today Boyd is still playing but her passion for field hockey has not stopped on the field. Boyd is the founder and owner of the shop A Chic With Stix. Named after her recreational field hockey league, A Chic With Stix offers girls’ only lacrosse and field hockey equipment and apparel.Boyd, 25, said field hockey has always been her passion. She had a dream to set up a store to help educate female athletes – especially those playing field hockey and lacrosse – about finding the right equipment to help them succeed. So she set up shop above her parents’ garden shop, Boxwood Gardens, on River Road.Teaching health and physical education during the day at Carl Sandberg Middle School in Old Bridge, Boyd operates the shop in the evening with the help of her parents, Bill and Pam, and her sister, Christy.Located on the second floor of the two-story Victorian home, A Chic With Stix has a wall lined with a wide range of selections for female athletes, including lacrosse and hockey sticks of all colors and sizes, apparel in bright and fluorescent colors, shin guards and a rack of headbands decorated with lacrosse balls.Unlike large sporting good stores in the area, A Chic With Stix offers firsthand and personalized knowledge about the equipment, Boyd said.“In a large store, you order a stick or a lacrosse stick and you don’t get to try it out and sometimes people working in the large stores aren’t as knowledgeable. But here you can try out the stick and, if it’s your first time, I can show you how to properly hold it and size it,” Boyd said.Boyd also offers field hockey lessons.When the store first opened its doors a year ago, the shop initially offered only field hockey equipment. Today it has expanded its selection offering lacrosse sticks and apparel including some brands typically not offered in large sporting good stores such as Dita, Grays, Gryphon, TK, STX, Harrow, and deBeer.When first purchasing a stick, Boyd said she asks customers if they have played before. Then, based on their experience, height and athletic performance level sought, Boyd tells them the size and shows clients how to use the equipment.Kendra Boyd in her shop, A Chic with Stix, 807 River Road in Fair Haven.Hockey sticks range from $50 to $299 based on style and athletic level while lacrosse sticks range from $45 to $200 depending on brand, types of lacrosse sticks and heads. Teams can receive 10 percent discounts when they place a team order.Many local high school and middle school athletes, including those from Red Bank Regional, Rumson-Fair Haven, Red Bank Catholic and Manasquan high schools, come to try out and purchase sticks, Boyd said.Boyd attributes much of her business’ success to her parents’ and teammates’ support.Friends and members of teams have spread the word about her business by sending email messages to school athletic directors and coaches throughout New Jersey.“The girls I played with all throughout my years, alumni, and coaches at The College of New Jersey and Henry Hudson Regional High School have all been huge supporters and promoters for my store,” Boyd said.A Chic With Stix celebrated its first year anniversary in April. Boyd said the past year has brought many successes and she hopes to continue into the upcoming years.As for future plans, Boyd hopes to expand her business throughout the state by opening locations in North and South Jersey.A Chic with Stix is located at 807 River Road and is open from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.Additional information is available on the store’s website at www.achicwithstix.com.
Dave Bry is very sorry and he’s prepared to tell you why at River Road Books at 7:30 p.m. on April 11. Bry’s book, Public Apology: In Which a Man Grapples with a Lifetime of Regret One Incident at a Time, is a very funny collection of essays featuring a man (Bry himself) reckoning with a past fraught with bad decisions. Reaching back as far as grade school, Bry draws upon his experiences growing up in Little Silver and shapes his apologies into a unique memoir that remind all of us that our past can define us until we face it, one person at a time.Bry writes regularly for The Awl, a website that discusses news, politics and culture, Vibe, XXL, Spin and True/Slant. He grew up in Little Silver and currently lives in Brooklyn.Copies of Public Apology are available at River Road Books and the author event is free with the purchase of the book. Call River Road Books at 732-747-9455 or email [email protected] to reserve your spot.
By Jay Cook |EATONTOWN – A small group of seniors have long been behind the scenes and in front of the cameras, working to combine hands-on education with broadcasting senior-oriented content to public access channels along the Jersey Shore.Equipped with lights, three cameras, a full studio, and a control room, senior citizens from around Monmouth and Ocean counties trek to Monmouth Mall once a week for a full dose of the ins and outs of the television industry, provided by the Social Community Activities Network (SCAN), a non-profit adult social education and resource center, located in the mall’s lower level.“They’re in the senior years of their lives, but they have such passion,” said Robin Kampf, SCAN’s new TV Production professor. “They love getting out of the house to do this.”Kampf, a professional filmmaker and multimedia specialist with a career in the television industry, took over the TV production class in October 2016 after the position opened up.Since joining the SCAN network of continuing education classes for the 50 and older community, her students say she has reinvigorated the course with a vibrant, upbeat attitude and a hands-on approach.“She really gives us a lot of autonomy in terms of developing our projects and putting everything all together,” said Pam Tortorello, a Brick resident and 10-year member of the class.Along with classroom book work, this semester Kampf and her 10 students balance out the course load with plenty of time in the production studio.Since it is a continuing education class, there is a mix of students who either have an interest in television as a hobby, or are building off careers in similar industries.Little Silver resident Joe Hegner spent his career as the travel coordinator for the New York Giants, tasked with finding the most efficient way to get Big Blue from city to city.Always interested in the media world, he found the TV production class seven years ago and stuck with it. “It’s just been sensational,” he said.Jay Newcomb of Deal went to Oklahoma State and studied radio and television. He ultimately went the into the radio industry, working at WADB, an oldies station which served southern Monmouth and northern Ocean counties.Now only in his third semester of the class, he’s just as involved as any other long-tenured student.“I’m really looking forward to editing the shows,” he said.Enrollees in the class learn how to operate cameras, audio boards and teleprompters, as well as how to create on-air graphics and direct a show.Robin Kampf, left, directs an episode of “Welcome to SCAN” on July 28. Since joining inOctober, Kampf has brought a career of experience to SCAN’s TV production class.Students are constantly changing positions. One day they could be working Camera 2, the next they could be on the switcher, flipping camera angles at the director’s instruction.But more importantly, Kampf said, is the shows are geared to seniors. Whether it’s local doctors talking about diabetes or nonprofit watchdogs protecting the senior community from scammers, SCAN-TV provides a service to a demographic she believes was left behind once major television providers began eating up smaller markets.“Who watches television more than seniors?” Kampf questioned.And it provides an outlet for seniors who notoriously have plenty of time on their hands.“It adds a little bit of excitement to your life once you’re retired,” Hegner said. “When you come in here on Friday, you never know who is going to be here discussing whatever subject.”Last Friday that subject was the kickoff to SCAN’s coverage of the upcoming New Jersey governor’s race.The TV production class will tape sit-down interviews with the two major party New Jersey gubernatorial candidates – Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, and Democrat Philip Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive.On July 28, Guadagno was in studio for her SCAN-TV interview on the “Community Connections” show, hosted by Thomas Hayes, director of customer and community relations for New Jersey Natural Gas. Murphy’s interview will take place in late September, and both interviews will be broadcast in October.The taping came at an opportune time, as both candidates had just announced their lieutenant governor picks. Guadagno announced last Thursday that Woodcliff Lake Mayor Carlos Rendo was her choice. Murphy declared his choice, Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver (D-34), on July 26.During Guadagno’s interview with Hayes, the conversation focused on her stance to help New Jersey senior citizens. Guadagno said she had “skin in the game” considering her husband had just recently retired, and that she wants to focus on making the state more affordable to not only the elderly, but all residents.After the “Community Connections” interview, Guadagno spoke about SCAN’s platform of informing seniors living in the same area she lives – Guadagno is a Monmouth Beach resident.“One way to reach seniors is through community activities like this,” she told The Two River Times. “I wanted to be a part of that.”Kampf hopes the TV production class gains more members in the coming semesters. As her tenure continues, she wants to improve the overall look and quality of the programs, as well as work on improving the in-studio look.But the one thing Kampf said she hopes never changes is her students’ work ethic.“They are from a different generation,” she said. “I just think it’s so wonderful that they have this passion for learning, and then producing content that’s really important to them.”Where to Watch SCAN-TV showsCablevisionMonmouth and Ocean Counties: Channel 77, Tuesdays, 8 to 9:30 p.m.Keyport: Channel 15, Tuesdays, 5:30 to 7 p.m.Ocean Township: Channel 77, Tuesdays 7 to 8:30 p.m.ComcastMonmouth County: Channel 97, Thursdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m.Ocean County: Channel 97, Mondays, 6:30 to 8 p.m.Toms River: Channel 19, Mondays, 7:30 to 9 p.m.Long Branch: Channel 20, every evening, 6 to 7:30 p.m.Verizon FiosChannel 45, Sundays, 7 to 8:30 p.m.Channel 22, Tuesdays, 7 to 8:30 p.m.SCAN-TV ProgramsAll shows are aired in this sequence for each time block, starting in September 2017.“Welcome to SCAN” is hosted by SCAN executive director Pat Bohse, who provides viewers with topics relevant to the senior population.“Caregivers First” is a care giving-centered resource program that offers information about legal, end-of-life, nutrition, and health insurance topics. It is hosted by Lynette Whiteman, executive director of Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey.The final show, “Community Connections,” aims to give a platform for community members and local government figures that can offer some level of expertise. Thomas Hayes, director of customer and community relations for New Jersey Natural Gas is the host.This article was first published in the August 3 – 10, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.