Viva Fidel! Socialist revolution!

first_imgComandante Fidel Castro Ruz, ¡presente!We mourn his loss. We remember, we celebrate and we seek to emulate his revolutionary life and leader­ship. Fidel lifted the banner of socialist revolution on April 16, 1961, at the funeral for the martyrs of the bombing that preceded the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba by the U.S. To an assembled crowd, which was armed, Fidel said:“What the imperialists cannot forgive us is that we are here. What they cannot forgive us is the dignity, the determination, the courage, the ideological firmness, the spirit of sacrifice and the ­revolutionary spirit of the Cuban people, and the fact that we have undertaken a socialist ­revolution. And that socialist revolution we defend with these guns!”“We defend that socialist revolution with the same courage with which our antiaircraft artillery force riddled the attacking planes with bullets yesterday! We do not defend it with mercenaries; we defend it with the men and women of our people!“Is it the millionaires who have the weapons?” (Shouts of “No!”)“Is it the children of the rich who have the weapons?”(Shouts of “No!”)“Is it the foremen who have the weapons?” (Shouts of “No!”)“Who has the weapons?” (Shouts of “The Cuban people!”)“Whose hands are those raising those weapons?”(Shouts of “The people!”)“Are they the hands of the rich?” (Shouts of “No!”)“Are they the hands of the exploiters?” (Shouts of “No!”)“Whose hands are those raising those weapons?”(Shouts of “The people!”)“Are they not the hands of workers, are they not the handsof peasants, are they not hands callused by work, are theynot creative hands, are they not the humble hands of the people?” (Shouts of “Yes!”)“And who makes up the majority of the people, the millionaires or the workers?” (Shouts of “The workers!”)“The exploiters or the exploited?” (Shouts of “The exploited!”)“The privileged or the humble?” (Shouts of “The humble!”)“Are the privileged the minority?” (Shouts of “Yes!”)“Are the humble the majority?” (Shouts of “Yes!”)“Is a revolution democratic when it is the humble who have the weapons?” (Shouts of “Yes!”)“Comrades, workers and peasants: This is the socialist and democratic revolution of the humble, by the humble andfor the humble!”(Applause and shouts of “Long live the Commander in Chief!”)“And for this revolution of the humble, by the humble and for the humble, we are willing to give our lives!”These words were included in the speech delivered by ­Commander in Chief Fidel Castro Ruz in Havana on April 16, 2001, on the 40th anniversary of the proclamation of the­socialist nature of the Cuban Revolution.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

RSF annual round-up: 110 journalists killed in 2015

first_img At least 67 killed while reporting or because of their work; RSF condemns failure to protect journalists, calls for “response to match the emergency”. A total of 110 journalists were killed in connection with their work or for unclear reasons in 2015, according to the round-up published today by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which is in a position to say that 67 of them were targeted because of their work or were killed while reporting.These 67 deaths bring to 787 the total number of journalists killed in connection with their work since 2005. It has not been possible to clearly establish the circumstances or motives of this year’s 43 other deaths of journalists. Twenty-seven citizen-journalists and seven media workers were also killed in 2015.This disturbing situation is largely attributable to deliberate violence against journalists and is indicative of the failure of the initiatives so far taken to protect media personnel.A European country, France, was one of the deadliest countries for journalists in 2015. It ranked third, after Syria and Iraq. The January attack on Charlie Hebdo contributed to a reversal of last year’s trend, when two thirds of the deaths of occurred in war zones. This year, two thirds of the deaths were in countries “at peace.”The full 2015 round-up can be found here.“The creation of a specific mechanism for enforcing international law on the protection of journalists is absolutely essential,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.“Non-state groups perpetrate targeted atrocities while too many governments do not comply with their obligations under international law. The 110 journalists killed this year need a response that matches the emergency. A special representative of the United Nations secretary-general for the safety of journalists must be appointed without delay.”In his annual report on the safety of journalists and the issue of impunity on 6 August 2015, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said: “I am deeply concerned about the failure to reduce the frequency and scale of targeted violence that journalists face and the near absolute impunity for such crimes.”In response to the persistence and variety of dangers facing journalists, RSF published a revised and amended version of its Safety Guide for Journalists in partnership with UNESCO on 15 December.RSF has been producing its annual round-up of violations against journalists for the past 20 years. It is based on precise data gathered by RSF in the course of its monitoring activities. The New York-based “Committee to Protect Journalists” is publishing its own round-up today. Organisation December 29, 2015 – Updated on March 8, 2016 RSF annual round-up: 110 journalists killed in 2015 RSF_en center_img News Related documents RSF annual round-up: 110 journalists killed in 2015PDF – 2.84 MB Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Fivestar Athletics facing stiff penalties; tips for entering contracts

first_imgAll fitness contracts have to be in writing and they have to contain certain information, as outlined by B.C. law.For more tips and information about B.C.’s fitness contract law, visit www.consumerprotectionbc.ca. Consumers can cancel their fitness contract within 10 days of signing, no matter what. (Also, consumers must receive their refund within 15 days of cancelling). The investigation into Fivestar Athletics began after Consumer Protection B.C. received a complaint that customers were being illegally entered into verbal contacts and denied cancellation rights.“Contracts required by martial arts studios and gyms are called continuing service contracts and this business sector needs to know there are serious consequences for breaking the law,” spokesperson for Consumer Protection B.C., Tatiana Chabeaux-Smith said in a written response. “The bottom line is that verbal contracts are not allowed and cancellation rights must be honoured.”The facility is now being ordered to meet a number of requirements under the Compliance Order and Administrative Penalty, including the reimbursement of $1,560 to a consumer, the payment of penalities totalling $2,300, and the reimbursement of $500 to Consumer Protection B.C. for partial inspection cost.- Advertisement -Fivestar Athletics must also immediately comply with contract requirements under the Business Practices and Consumer Protection Act, as well as the Consumer Contracts Regulation.What you should know before entering a fitness contractConsumer Protection B.C. is offering the following advice for anyone considering a gym membership for the upcoming year:Advertisementcenter_img Consumers can cancel their fitness contract under certain circumstances (called “material changes”). For example, if the consumer moves more than 30 km away from the gym and comparable facilities aren’t available, they are allowed to cancel.last_img read more

This week’s college games

first_imgTODAY Volleyball Desert at San Bernardino Valley, 5 p.m.; Chaffey at Rio Hondo, 5 p.m.; Cerritos at Mt. SAC, 7 p.m.; Cypress at Riverside Community, 7 p.m. Men’s soccer Cal State at Cal State L.A., 4:30 p.m.; Occidental at Redlands, 4 p.m.; La Verne at CMS, 4 p.m.; Pomona-Pitzer at Caltech, 4 p.m. Women’s soccer Cal State at Cal State L.A., 7 p.m.; Redlands at Occidental, 4 p.m.; La Verne at CMS, 4 p.m. Women’s water polo Citrus at Canyons, 3:30 p.m. center_img Men’s water polo Riverside Community at Cypress, 4 p.m. Men’s golf Mt. SAC at Long Beach (at El Dorado), noon. Wrestling Mt. SAC at Santa Ana, 7 p.m.; Victor Valley at Palomar Duals, 7 p.m. THURSDAY Volleyball La Verne at Azusa Pacific, 7 p.m. Men’s water polo Orange Coast at Mt. SAC, 3 p.m.; Riverside Community at Cal Baptist, 3 p.m. FRIDAY Volleyball Cal Poly Pomona at CS Stanislaus, 7 p.m.; Simpson (Iowa) at La Verne, 7 p.m.; Swarthmore at CMS, 3 p.m.; Swarthmore at Pomona-Pitzer, 7 p.m.; UC Riverside at UC Irvine, 7 p.m.; San Bernardino Valley at Chaffey, 5 p.m.; Rio Hondo at Victor Valley, 5 p.m.; Citrus at Cuesta, 7 p.m.; Mt. SAC at Long Beach, 6 p.m.; Riverside Community at Irvine Valley, 6 p.m. Men’s soccer Cal Poly Pomona at Sonoma State, 1 p.m.; Cal State at CS Stanislaus, 4:30 p.m.; San Bernardino Valley at Chaffey, 4 p.m.; Mission at Citrus, 2 p.m.; Mt. SAC at East L.A. 4 p.m.; Golden West at Riverside Community, 3 p.m.; CS Fullerton at UC Riverside, 3 p.m. Women’s soccer Cal Poly Pomona at Sonoma St., 3:30 p.m.; Cal State at CS Stanislaus, 1:30 p.m.; UC Riverside at UC Santa Barbara, 7 p.m.; Victor Valley at San Bernardino Valley, 3 p.m.; Chaffey at Desert, 3 p.m.; Glendale at Citrus, 4 p.m.; Mt. SAC at East L.A., 6 p.m.; Riverside Community at Orange Coast, 1 p.m. Cross country Mt. SAC Invitational, 1 p.m.; SCIAC Multi-Dual Meet (at La Mirada), 4 p.m. Men’s water polo Citrus at Cuesta Tournament Women’s water polo Mt. SAC at American River Tournament SATURDAY Football Whittier at Redlands, 7 p.m.; Cal Lutheran at La Verne, 1 p.m.; Pomona-Pitzer at CMS, 1 p.m.; Mt. San Jacinto at San Bernardino Valley, 1 p.m.; San Diego Mesa at Chaffey, 5 p.m.; Victor Valley at Southwestern, 1 p.m.; Canyons at Citrus (at Azusa Pacific), noon; Mt. SAC at Long Beach, 5 p.m.; Palomar at Riverside Community, 5 p.m. Volleyball Cal Poly Pomona at Chico St., 7 p.m.; Cal State at UC San Diego, 7 p.m.; Redlands Mini-Tournament – Simpson vs. Redlands, 2:30 p.m.; Simpson vs. La Sierra, 7:30 p.m.; UC Santa Cruz at CMS, 7:30 p.m.; Chapman at Pomona-Pitzer, 7:30 p.m.; UC Riverside at Long Beach St., 7 p.m. Men’s soccer Redlands at Pomona-Pitzer, 11 a.m.; Caltech at La Verne, 4 p.m.; Whittier at CMS, 11 a.m. Women’s soccer Pomona-Pitzer at Redlands, 11 a.m.; CS East Bay at La Verne, 7 p.m.; CMS at Whittier, 11 a.m. Cross country Triton Invitational (At La Jolla), 10 a.m., includes Cal Poly Pomona; San Bernardino Valley, Citrus at Santa Barbara, 10 a.m. Men’s water polo CMS at Redlands, 11 a.m.; La Verne at Cal Lutheran, 1 p.m.; Citrus at Cuesta Tournament. Women’s water polo Citrus Tournament; Mt. SAC at American River Tournament Wrestling West Valley Tournament (in cludes Mt. SAC), all day. SUNDAY Men’s soccer Cal Poly Pomona at San Francis co St., 12:30 p.m.; Cal State at Chico St., 3 p.m.; Cal Poly San Luis Obispo at UC Riverside, 3 p.m. Women’s soccer Cal Poly Pomona at San Francis co St., 3 p.m.; Cal State at Chico St., 12:30 p.m.; UC Riverside at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 1 p.m. Women’s water polo Citrus Tournament MONDAY Women’s soccer Wheaton (Ill.) at Redlands, 4 p.m. Women’s golf Citrus vs. Moorpark, 11 a.m.; Foothill Conference Tourna ment (at El Dorado), 11 a.m. TUESDAY Volleyball Caltech at Redlands, 7:30 p.m.; CMS at La Verne, 7:30 p.m.; Cal Lutheran at Pomona-Pitzer, 7:30 p.m.; Citrus at Santa Monica, 7 p.m. Men’s soccer Webster (Mo.) at Redlands, 4 p.m.; Desert at San Bernardino Valley, 3 p.m.; Citrus at Santa Barbara, 4 p.m.; Mt. SAC at Pasadena City, 1 p.m.; Riverside Community at Orange Coast, 3 p.m.; Rio Hondo at Victor Val ley, 3 p.m. Women’s soccer San Bernardino Valley at Chaf fey, 3 p.m.; Citrus at Santa Mon ica, 4 p.m.; Mt. SAC at Pasadena City, 3 p.m.; Santa Ana at River side Community, 3 p.m.; Mt. San Jacinto at Victor Valley, 3 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

‘It became a religion to me’: With the Yankees in town, Ramon Laureano reflects on the team that inspired him to play baseball

first_imgRamon Laureano’s love for baseball didn’t start outside on the diamond. There were no childhood indications that his laser arm could be unearthed, his killer competitive instinct didn’t necessarily manifest from innocuous childhood games with teammates or friends.Laureano’s love of baseball blossomed during hot summer nights in Santo Domingo. In front of the television with his family, a 7-year-old Laureano would fixate on the day’s Yankees game.As frustrating the media bias for the classic …last_img

Molecular Motors Do Ballet

first_imgScientists at University of Illinois studied dynein and kinesin – the tiny molecular trucks that ferry cargo inside the living cell – and found that they are not just individualists: they cooperate in a delicate yet effective performance.    Some scientists had thought that the two machine types, which travel in opposite directions, were involved in a constant tug-o’war with each other.  Instead, reports the university’s news bureau, “The motors cooperate in a delicate choreography of steps.”    Using high-speed imaging techniques, they determined that “multiple motors can work in concert, producing more than 10 times the speed of individual motors measured outside the cell.”  The machines move by “walking” on rails called microtubules in steps 8 billionths of a meter at a time.  The team is measuring the force produced by the motion to “further understand these marvelous little machines.”  There was no mention of evolution in the report.Someone should put an animation of these machines to the Blue Danube Waltz.  It would be quite a show.  Darwinists could be allowed to buy tickets as long as they do their smoking outside.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

South Africa’s commercial radio stations

first_imgA guide to South Africa’s commercial radio stations, which includes what each offers, what frequency to tune into and where the broadcasting areas are.South Africa’s commercial radio stations include Metro FM, Jacaranda FM and Kaya FM. (Image: Jacaranda FM, Facebook)Brand South Africa reporterUnder apartheid, South Africa had only two independent radio stations. With the deregulation of broadcasting in the late 1990s, the number of commercial stations operating outside of state control proliferated.In 1996 six lucrative SABC stations were privatised: Gauteng’s 947 and Radio Jacaranda, KwaZulu-Natal’s East Coast Radio, the Western Cape’s KFM 94.5, the Eastern Cape’s Radio Algoa and the Free State’s OFM. The government raised over R500-million as the stations were licensed to various black-controlled groups.In early 1997 eight new commercial radio licences were granted for broadcasting in South Africa’s three biggest cities – Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.Applicants targeting black audiences with new formats were generally favoured, with two “smooth jazz” licences, Heart 104.9 in Cape Town and Igagasi 99.5 in Durban; one urban youth station, YFM; and one urban contemporary station, Kaya FM. The remaining four licences went to an English-language talk station, CapeTalk 567; two Afrikaans talk stations, Punt in Cape Town and Durban; and a classical music station, Classic FM.Metro FMBroadcast in English, Metro FM is the largest national commercial station in South Africa, targeting 25- to 34-year-old black urban adults – who its owner the SABC describes as “trendy, innovative, progressive and aspirational”. While the station does have some information and educational aspects, the focus is firmly on contemporary international music – hip-hop, R&B, kwaito and more.Frequency: 96.4 FMMetro FM websiteBroadcast area: Metropolitan areas of Gauteng, Limpopo, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Western CapeAudience (past seven days): 5.26-millionLanguage: EnglishOffers live internet audioJacaranda FMOne of the largest independent commercial stations and also broadcasting in Gauteng, Jacaranda offers a mix of more easy-listening adult contemporary music and news.Frequency: 94.2 FMJacaranda FM websiteBroadcast area: GautengAudience (past seven days): 2.32-millionLanguage: EnglishOffers live internet audioEast Coast RadioEast Coast broadcasts a mix of music and news to Durban and throughout KwaZulu-Natal.Frequency: 94 to 95 FMEast Coast radio websiteBroadcast area: KwaZulu-NatalAudience (past seven days): 2.06-millionLanguage: EnglishOffers live internet audioYfmHome of Kwaito and the “Y Generation”, Y is the country’s most popular youth station. Yfm has a self-imposed 50% local music quota – more than any other radio station in the country. It works in partnership with New York-based Masters At Work, who have released SA artists into the US and Europe as part of YFM’s ongoing commitment to South African music and culture.Frequency: 99.2 FMYFM websiteBroadcast area: GautengAudience (past seven days): 1.34-millionLanguage: EnglishOffers live internet audio5FMThe SABC’s trendy youth-oriented station, 5FM’s emphasis is on the latest music, movies and South African youth trends. Broadcasting in English to South Africa’s metropolitan areas, its music styles are international, and include a strong component of South African artists of world standard.Frequency: see the 5FM frequency finder5FM websiteBroadcast area: Metropolitan areas of Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Western CapeAudience (past seven days): 1.32-millionLanguage: EnglishOffers live internet audio947 (previously known as 94.7 Highveld Stereo)Popular home of Anele’s Breakfast Club, 947 broadcasts a mix of contemporary music that connects with Joburg. It is owned by Primedia Broadcasting.Frequency: 94.7 FM947 websiteBroadcast area: GautengAudience (past seven days): 1.18-millionLanguage: EnglishOwned by: PrimediaKaya FMKaya FM provides an African-focused adult contemporary and jazz format, with a mix of music and talk. One of the country’s newest radio stations, Kaya broadcasts throughout Gauteng.Frequency: 95.9 FMKaya FM websiteBroadcast area: GautengAudience (past seven days): 932 000Language: EnglishOffers live internet audioGood Hope FMCape Town’s largest radio station, the SABC’s Good Hope FM plays contemporary music ranging from R&B, ballads and pop through to hip hop, dance, jazz and old school. With a broadcast footprint covering metropolitan Cape Town, Langebaan, Malmesbury, Wellington, Paarl, Franchhoek, Stellenbosch and Gordon’s Bay, it targets the 22- to 32-year-old age group.Frequency: 93.9 to 96.7 FMGood Hope FM websiteBroadcast area: Western CapeAudience (past seven days): 620 000Language: EnglishOffers live internet audioAlgoa FMAlgoa FM’s music and news is broadcast to the entire Eastern Cape region.Frequency: 94 to 96.7 FMAlgoa FM websiteBroadcast area: Eastern CapeAudience (past seven days): 448 000Language: EnglishOffers live internet audio702702 is Gauteng’s number-one current affairs and information station, offering news, sport, business and actuality programming – and lots of phone-in debate. Established in 1980, it was initially a youth music station, moving to the more adult talk format in 1988. During the apartheid era it was one of the only independent sources of broadcast news. The station is owned by Primedia.Frequency: 92.7 FM702 websiteBroadcast area: GautengAudience (past seven days): 281 000Language: EnglishOffers live internet audioCapeTalk 567Broadcasting on Medium Wave 567, CapeTalk is Cape Town’s first talk radio station. CapeTalk promises to bring you all the news, views, sport, weather, traffic and information you need. It is owned by Primedia.Frequency: 567 AM (MW)CapeTalk 567 websiteBroadcast area: Western CapeAudience (past seven days): 82 000Language: EnglishOffers live internet audioClassic FMBased on the UK station, Classic FM has been broadcasting classical music throughout Gauteng since September 1997. Through their partnership with Business Day, the station offers in-depth business coverage each week night from 6pm. There are also lifestyle features, news, financial updates, sport, and interviews with local artists and composers.Frequency: 102.7 FMClassic FM websiteBroadcast area: GautengAudience (past seven days): 151 000Language: EnglishOffers live internet audioKfm 94.5With the tagline “The most music. Feel Great”, Kfm 94.5 broadcasts adult contemporary music in the Western Cape and as far afield as Alexander Bay and the Northern Cape. It is owned by Primedia.Frequency: 94.5 FMKfm 94.5 websiteBroadcast area: Western Cape, Northern CapeAudience (past seven days): 1.29-millionLanguage: EnglishOffers live internet audioOFMThe commercial regional station of the Free State (a province with the name Orange Free State before 1994, hence the O), OFM broadcasts adult contemporary music.Frequency: 94 to 97 FMOFM websiteBroadcast area: Free StateAudience (past seven days): 436 000Language: English and AfrikaansOffers live internet audioRadio 2000To the listener, Radio 2000 is a laid back and non-intrusive radio station. Radio 2000, being a facility station, relies heavily on sports broadcasts. The result is that its listenership fluctuates, since it is often based on national and international sports events.Frequency: 97.2 to 100.2 FMRadio 2000 websiteBroadcast area: All provinces, except the Northern CapeAudience (past seven days): 151 000Language: EnglishChannel AfricaThe international radio service of the SABC offers a multilingual source of information on Africa – with news, music and sports. Broadcasts are in Chinyanja, Silozi, Kiswahili, English, French and Portuguese, with shortwave broadcasts covering south, east, central and west Africa, satellite broadcasts covering the sub-Saharan region – and internet broadcasts covering the entire world.Frequency: see the Channel Africa frequency guideChannel Africa websiteBroadcast area: south, east, central and west Africa (shortwave)Language: English, Chinyanja, Silozi, Kiswahili, French and PortugueseOffers live internet audioUseful linksAnt RadioBroadcasting Complaints Commission of South AfricaDepartment of CommunicationsFreedom of Expression InstituteInstitute for the Advancement of JournalismWits JournalismMedia Development and Diversity AgencyMedia Institute of Southern AfricaNational Association of BroadcastersNational Community Radio ForumPrimediaSouth African Audience Research FoundationSouth African Broadcasting CorporationSouth African National Editors ForumWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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WhatsApp messages to be under scanner during poll period CEC

first_imgChief election commissioner VS Sampath on Thursday said any offensive material on social media during election period will be strictly dealt with.‘The chief secretary and the DGP were told to instruct the police stations to register complaints against obnoxious material on social media during election period,’ Sampath said at a press conference here.last_img