Girls shine in England

first_imgJamaica’s Sunshine Girls recorded a 66-49 victory over hosts England in the opening match of the Vitality International three-Test Series at London’s Copper Box Arena yesterday. The English Roses dominated the opening period to take a 16-12 at lead at the end of the first quarter. However, the Sunshine Girls, led by the outstanding shooter Jhaniele Fowler-Reid backed up by brilliant defensive work from Shamera Sterling, rallied strongly in the second period as they outscored England 19-11 for a 31-27 at half time. A dominant third quarter from the Sunshine Girls saw them extend their advantage to seven points, 49-42. This left England with an uphill task to turn the game around against the Minett Reynolds-coached Sunshine Girls going into the fourth quarter. The Sunshine Girls, who are ranked fourth in the world, one place below England, outplayed their opponents in the final quarter to come away with an easy victory. The second match is the series will be played at Manchester’s Belle Vue Arena on Friday.last_img read more

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House leaders plot effort to oppose troop buildup

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – House Democratic leaders coalesced Wednesday around a stripped-down measure that disapproves of President Bush’s decision to send more forces to Iraq and declares support for the troops, according to party aides who said a vote was likely next week. The vote would be the first on the House floor on the war since Democrats wrestled control of Congress in the Nov. 7 elections. The war, stretching nearly four years and killing more than 3,000 troops, has become widely unpopular among voters. Democratic officials said they hoped for bipartisan support for the measure, and one Republican leader conceded some members of the GOP rank-and-file would likely break ranks. “I don’t think it’ll be a pure party-line vote,” said Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Fla., chairman of the House Republican Conference. Democratic leaders met privately Wednesday to discuss the issue, and they intend to present their proposal to their own rank-and-file Thursday. Leaders envision each House member getting a chance to speak for five minutes on the issue during a three-day debate. The proposal is expected to circumvent committee review. Such a measure would indicate House leaders want their own approach to parting company with Bush on the war and are moving away from a version that stalled in the Senate. That resolution, drafted by Sen. John Warner, R-Va., stated disagreement to Bush’s decision to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq. In a bid to attract more GOP support, Warner added a section promising to protect funding for troops in combat – a promise many House Democrats do not want to make. “The president has left the Congress few alternatives other than to use the power of (the) purse spelled out in Article I, Section 9 of the U.S. Constitution to curtail U.S. military operations in Iraq,” wrote California Democratic Reps. Lynn Woolsey and Barbara Lee on behalf of 71 members of the progressive congressional caucus, a liberal group. Frustrated that Senate leaders could not agree on debate rules for his resolution, Warner and six other Republicans told the leaders in a letter Wednesday that “the current stalemate is unacceptable to us and to the people of this country.” Republicans, on a party-line vote, blocked debate on the resolution earlier this week. “Despite what has happened earlier this week, we are not going away,” said Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. Collins and Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., sided with Democrats in seeking to move ahead on the measure. Five other Republicans who oppose the troop increase and voted to bottle up the measure signed the letter. The five are Sens. Warner, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, Olympia Snowe of Maine, Gordon Smith of Oregon and George Voinovich of Ohio. Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he hoped the letter signified that the five Republicans “have had a change of heart and will be willing to vote for their own resolution in the future.” As the House moved toward a vote, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told lawmakers they did not think debate in Congress would hurt the morale of troops in combat. Less than two weeks ago, Gates said a congressional resolution opposing the Iraq strategy undercuts U.S. commanders in Iraq and “emboldens the enemy.” “As long as this Congress continues to do what it has done, which is to provide the resources for the mission, the dialogue will be the dialogue, and the troops will feel supported,” Pace told the House Armed Services Committee. Gates said troops understand members of Congress want to find the best way to win the war. “I think they’re sophisticated enough to understand that that’s what the debate’s really about,” he said. Senate Democrats, outmaneuvered in their efforts to get a vote on a resolution opposing Bush’s troop buildup, said they will now try to put pressure on Bush by amending legislation that is likely to reach his desk, daring him to veto. Reid is expected to meet with Democrats to hash out what amendments to offer to upcoming legislation. The next bill that could serve as a vehicle for Iraq measures is legislation adopting recommendations from the 9-11 Commission. Finding proposals that have broad Democratic appeal is a different challenge for Reid. Various Senate Democrats have proposed cutting off funding for the new troops, setting a cap on the U.S. military presence in Iraq, and setting a timeline for withdrawal. None have unanimous support within the Democratic caucus. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that 350 civilians were being recruited for an expansion in reconstruction programs. She said these included engineers, legal experts and soil specialists. David Satterfield, her senior adviser on Iraq, told reporters that 129 U.S. military reservists would be sent to Iraq for six to nine months along with 19 additional foreign service officers to work on new projects. The reservists would be replaced by contractors after Congress provides the funds needed to hire them, he said. Associated Press writers David Espo and Jim Kuhnhenn contributed to this report. 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

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Cowgirls wrap up SAL title

first_img“I’m ecstatic,” said Cajon forward Felicia Vasquez, who scored the game’s only goal. “It’s the best feeling. We played like a team instead of like individuals and I think that was the difference.” Colton (10-4, 6-2) dominated play for most of the first half, managing narrow misses throughout a scoreless match. The Cowgirls gave coach Dexter Thomas his biggest scare when a tapper from a Cajon player back to goalkeeper Brittney Kanady in the 20th minute hit a rut on the field, bounced past Kanady and hit the post. A rebound off that miss also hit the post as Cajon fans breathed a collective sigh of relief. It appeared the half would end in a scoreless tie, until Cajon senior Monique Barney – wearing stylish yellow shoes – placed a perfect corner kick in front of the net for Vasquez to head into the net in the 40th minute. “I was nervous before that kick,” Barney said. “Usually I don’t do very well on corner kicks, but I got that one in. It was exciting. Maybe it was the yellow shoes.” Added Vasquez: “I knew I had to score; I had no choice. It was a nice cross by Monique. I have to give her half the credit.” SAN BERNARDINO – Colton displayed most of the pretty dribbling and passing in Friday’s girls soccer match. But it was Cajon that did the finishing. The result was a 1-0 victory and a San Andreas League championship for Cajon (14-9-2 overall, 9-1 league). center_img Staked to its one-goal lead, Thomas instructed his team to pack it in on defense. Angela Young, Niki Lavoie, Barney, Katie Ahles, Jenna Gehrke, Jasmine Harmon and Monica Pelaez all spent some time on Colton’s side of the field, keeping the Yellowjackets at a safe distance with their aggressive and physical defensive play. The title was Cajon’s second straight. The CIF-Southern Section pairings will be released Monday. 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

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Pelosi: No timetable to withdraw V.P.

first_imgThere’s always two $ides: Oil companies are asking consumers to understand the personal cost the industry faces with the excessive, rising cost of fuel. “First, there’s the carpel tunnel syndrome affecting our executives who have to write out countless bank-deposit slips with all those zeros,” explained Petroleum Tramps and Thieves representative Rich Suckudry. “And does anyone truly appreciate how exhausting it is for our distributors, who have been forced to make frequent changes to their pump price signs?” Payback: The Rev. Al Sharpton was caught on tape saying that “those of us who believe in God” will defeat Republican Mitt Romney for the White House. Though Sharpton denied he was questioning Romney’s or any Mormon’s belief in God, formerly employed talk show host Don Imus called for Sharpton to be fired. “I don’t know if he actually works anywhere,” said the man Sharpton pushed to get fired from his TV and radio gigs. “But if he doesn’t, someone should hire him immediately, and then I’ll work to get him fired.” Deposits and withdrawals: In what is being called a parallel move, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, who has been found guilty of a conflict of interest for getting his girlfriend a substantial pay raise, has been transferred to the position of teller at Glendale Federal. “It’s really not a disciplinary action,” said an anonymous WB ethics panel member. “And now, if Paul needs to give his girlfriend any more money, she can get free parking on Brand Boulevard.” Did they check knife inventory afterward? O.J. Simpson was asked to leave a Louisville, Kentucky, steakhouse the night before the Ky. Derby. The owner said the attention Simpson received made him sick. Simpson’s lawyer said this was a matter of pure discrimination. “Couldn’t be further from the truth,” said an anonymous restaurant worker. “No matter the color, religion or sexual preference, we kick out all scum who get away with murder.” Jailhouse penthouse: It’ll be par-tee time down at L.A. Country prison as kazillionaire Paris Hilton has been sentenced to 45 days in the hoosegow for driving with a suspended license. Prison officials tell ATN that Hilton will not be treated any differently than any other wealthy inmate: Prison-regulation Prada work boots, Gucci jump suits and Armani shackles and shivs. “We need to keep order,” said the unnamed warden, `but we don’t want to ever forget that ET could show up at any moment.” Cheney Iraq tour extended: Vice President Dick Cheney’s surprise stop in Iraq has caused President Bush some unexpected problems. Democrats have sent the president an emergency bill requiring Cheney to remain in Iraq until all our troops come home. And Speaker Nancy Pelosi has dismissed Republican calls for a timetable to withdraw the vice president. “Pulling the vice president out of Iraq now would send the wrong message and allow the terrorists there to follow the vice president here,” said one House official. Vacation II Much: Despite an obvious crisis that could affect its very existence, the Iraqi parliament plans to take a two-month vacation during July and August. That hasn’t gone down well with the White House. “Going on vacation when there’s crucial work to do is unacceptable,” said President Bush from his Crawford, Texas, ranch. Depends on where you come from: In his murder trial, after a long line of women described Phil Spector’s penchant for sticking a gun at their head to force them to stay the night with him, Spector’s attorneys have introduced the rarely used, “what is bizarre or plain creepy to you is just normal behavior to our client” defense. “It’s not exactly saying Mr. Spector is crazy,” said law professor Lee Gull. “It just maintains that while some choose to show affection with a gift of flowers, some others do it by shoving a gun to the head of the woman they find appealing. Of course, the problem results when the flower is loaded.” What if? The person who keeps calling you from 800, 877, 888 or 000, as you trip over everything to tackle your kids so they won’t answer the phone, is calling to tell you that you’ve won a million dollars, but will give up calling if you don’t answer tonight? Could be? And could that Nigerian widowed queen be telling you the truth in that e-mail you haven’t responded to? No Gas Tuesday clarification: Organizers sent out a notice saying that, despite the gas boycott, you can still eat at Mexican restaurants on 5-15. Happy Mother’s Day: Wasn’t all that work worth getting a single day of thanks? Wasn’t it? Hello? Mom? Steve Young is the author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful” (www.greatfailure.com). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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Runners hitting the trails

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita SANTA BARBARA – It was 5 p.m. The gym was loud, crowded and smelled like sweat. With her running shoes laced up and towel draped over her right shoulder, Jaime Eschette tried to be patient. She had already stretched and warmed up, but a quality, stress-free workout was now in question. She had no idea how long she would have to wait for an open machine. Others soon joined the wait. At 27, Eschette, the public-relations director for TEVA – a leading provider of running shoes – is an outdoor junkie. She trains for marathons, exercises habitually and always has loved the outdoors. And crowds at the gym are a major turn-off. “I don’t like running in a gym,” Eschette said. “I think it’s boring. I think it’s flat. I want to feel like I accomplish something, and I don’t feel like I’ve done that after I work out in gym. “The only time I go is if I waited too late, and it’s dark. You are staring at a TV that bounces up and down while you are looking at it. Plus, I think you get a better workout on the trail. To a certain degree, a machine does a lot of work for you. It feels kind of silly to work out in an environment that was made for running, but you are doing it on a machine. Why hop on a machine when you can run on a trail.” Eschette is among hundreds of thousands of runners across the U.S. and around the globe that in the past decade have left the gym and headed for the hills. Trail-running has become a major sport – reports claim a 25 percent growth in U.S. participants since 1998, to 6.49 million – and it’s gaining popularity as time spent outdoors becomes more valuable. Trail-runners – the shoes – are growing in popularity. Nearly every major shoe company has designed a model ideal for running on dirt and through mud, snow, water and over rocks. “People don’t want to run on the streets,” Eschette said. “With the new interest in the outdoors, it’s getting people off the streets and on the trail. It’s easier for your knees as well. Plus, the scenery is great. I love being out in the outdoors. It’s more serene, quiet and peaceful. You definitely feel like you aren’t in the office.” TEVA, Brooks, Asics, Merrell, Asolo, Salomon and nearly every shoe company that designs running shoes, hiking boots and other footwear is catering to trail-runners. “We are focusing on trail running and are really committed to it. It’s something we are really excited about,” Eschette said. “I think people are looking for something different. They are looking to get away from the city. “I ran this weekend, and I had to run eight miles to train for a marathon. Every few miles I have to stop, wait for a car to go by or wait at a light. It’s hard to get into your groove when you do that, but when you are on a trail, you can just go and don’t have all these obstacles.” Traditional running shoes work well on pavement, concrete, some dirt and tracks, but they don’t offer what aids runners on trails. “You are going to be a lot more comfortable in a trail-running shoe, but it does depend on the degree of the trail you are running,” Eschette explained. “There’s a lot of flat, straight and well-groomed trails out there, but as you graduate to tougher trails, you’ll need a better shoe. They have to be made to help you get through the technical spots on the trail, just like climbing gear helps you on your climb.” Is it really necessary for runners to purchase a pair of trail-runners? Mary Schoenborn, product development systems manager for Wolverine World Wide’s Outdoor Group, which includes Merrell and Sebago, says yes. “Trail-running has been a growing category since probably the mid-1990s,” she said. “Now many hikers are using trail-running shoes also to reduce weight, improve foot comfort and move faster on the trails. Trail shoes generally have better traction and stability for running or walking on rough, uneven surfaces. “They are also slightly lower to the ground and may have less cushioning, because the trail surface is not as hard as paved roads. The lower-profile design also gives more stability.” Trail-runners are more valuable than one might think, Asolo’s Jason Stadler says. “Almost all running shoes use an EVA midsole with some pockets for cushioning and shock management,” he said. “However, what they lack for trail running is the necessary protection that is needed while crossing miles of uneven, rock-covered, root-strewn trails. For this reason, trail-running shoes often incorporate a lightweight shank that manages these conditions while still providing proper flex for running. “The shoes also are typically gripped with more aggressive outsoles for varied conditions, whether it be dry/dusty, mud/slop, snow/wet. … Higher-cut trail shoes are also making a presence due to their ability to protect ankle twists.” As with running shoes, water sandals and hiking boots, trail-runners continue to evolve and improve. “I think we approach it the same way we do road-running shoes,” said Trip Allen, vice president of footwear design for Brooks Sports. “Weight is always going to be important. We’ll do whatever we can do shave weight so long as the shoe doesn’t lose its integrity for other needs. “For a number of years, trail-runners were like SUVs for the feet. We wanted to make the shoe more adaptable for the trail. I think, in general, trail-runners want a shoe that’s flexible, but still can provide comfort, so you don’t have the rocks bruising your foot.” Shaving weight yet maintaining stability and comfort is the goal of most trail-running manufacturers. And the rugged, lightweight shoes also double as everyday shoes. “Interestingly, another potential catalyst for the growth in this category was the market’s go-light mentality that started several years back,” Stadler said. “Weekend adventurers and snowshoers, for example, can now use these products because of their design. … They can, and do, serve as multipurpose footwear.” Chris Shaffer covers the outdoors for the Daily News. He can be reached at cshaffer@californiawaterfalls.com. last_img read more

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Letterkenny businessman confirms he has sold Voodoo Venue

first_imgLetterkenny businessman Jason Black has confirmed that he has sold the popular Voodoo Venue.Jason and wife Sharon, Directors of J&S Black Ltd, told Donegal Daily that after 14 years in business and as the biggest employer on the Main Street of Letterkenny, have decided to sell the businesses as a going concern.The Voodoo Venue has been sold to Gavin and John McEnaney (Corduff Enterprises Limited), Carrickmacross, Co.Monaghan, who own and run similar type entertainment outlets, namely Vanity Nightclub and Fiddlers Elbow. The popular couple also confirmed they have sold Black’s Corner shop business at Lower Main Street to Anthony Kernan (Ballyshannon Retail Limited), who owns and runs numerous similar type retail outlets within the county.A statement on behalf of the couple said “As loyal and local employers on the Main Street of the town they both grew up on, Jason and Sharon would like to take this opportunity to thank their management and staff for their service, hard work and dedication over the years.“They would also like to thank the general public, local & national media, local representatives, the musicians, artists & djs that graced that very famous Voodoo stage.“Voodoo Venue has enjoyed being the market leader nationally for its creativity, diversity and has been recognised as Ireland’s leading award winning entertainment venue. Popular Letterkenny business couple Jason and Sharon Black.“Their small yet family-like corner shop on the Back Road was the recipient of numerous customer care and best practice awards leading the way in the 24hr food deli and all night service. However all this could never have happened without the incredible loyal support from their local customers and Jason and Sharon would like to thank them for making their business a destination.”Jason stated that working and trading on the Main Street of Letterkenny filled him with great pride, being able to express his business passion and develop new and invigorating concepts – the likes of the Old Downtown bar, Vintage and House wine-bar, the Greenroom live music venue and the development of that very famous live music stage in the lounge that brought Voodoo numerous IMRO national awards.“The most enjoyable experience was the ability to open doors thereby developing new spaces for artists to be able to express themselves freely and it was a joy to witness the joy filled faces of visiting customers. It is a feeling that will stay with him forever.“Being in a position as a local business to help numerous charities, fund local sporting events and organisations, and having been involved in local tidy town and chamber led initiatives, it has been so rewarding to help give back to a community we both dearly love.“Family means everything to Jason and Sharon, they have always had the support of both their families and friends & they will be forever grateful for this. The couple also have four young children and after a very busy and time consuming fourteen years serving the general public, they both intend to take some well deserved time out before refocusing on their next venture. “Lastly they would like to take this opportunity to wish the new purchasers the very best of luck and they have no doubt that customers, staff and agents alike will continue to support them in their endeavours.”Letterkenny businessman confirms he has sold Voodoo Venue was last modified: July 24th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalJaosn BlackletterkennySharon BlacksoldVOODOOlast_img read more

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DDTV: CARRAGHER AND INCE SELECT BONNER AHEAD OF GIVEN IN ALL-TIME IRELAND XI

first_imgDDTV: Former Liverpool stars Paul Ince and Jamie Carragher have selected their All-Time Ireland XI and it may split opinion in Donegal!The duo teamed up as part of the Carlsberg Dream Team series and were tasked with selecting the best XI who ever pulled on the famous green jersey for the Republic of Ireland. Carragher opts for Bonner, while Ince pushes Given’s case for selection.Carragher feels Bonner’s heroics at the European Championships in 88 and World Cup in 1990 give him the extra edge of Shay Given.In the end the former England stars agree to select Burtonport man Packie Bonner as Ireland’s No.1.Do you agree with that call and their other picks? No place for Damien Duff, Richard Dunne, Johnny Giles and Ronnie Whelan?Controversial.Click on the video above to watch and enjoy.DDTV: CARRAGHER AND INCE SELECT BONNER AHEAD OF GIVEN IN ALL-TIME IRELAND XI was last modified: June 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CarlsbergDDTVDream TeamJamie CarraghernewsPaul InceSportXIlast_img read more

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Rosa Parks, civil-rights icon, dies

first_imgDETROIT – Rosa Lee Parks, whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white man sparked the modern civil-rights movement, died Monday. She was 92. Parks died at her home of natural causes, said Karen Morgan, a spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich. Parks was 42 when she committed an act of defiance in 1955 that was to change the course of American history and earn her the title “mother of the civil-rights movement.” At that time, Jim Crow laws in place since the post-Civil War Reconstruction required separation of the races in buses, restaurants and public accommodations throughout the South, while legally sanctioned racial discrimination kept blacks out of many jobs and neighborhoods in the North. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Montgomery, Ala., seamstress, an active member of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, was riding on a city bus Dec. 1, 1955, when a white man demanded her seat. Parks refused, despite rules requiring blacks to yield their seats to whites. Two black Montgomery women had been arrested earlier that year on the same charge, but Parks was jailed. She also was fined $14. Speaking in 1992, she said history too often maintains “that my feet were hurting and I didn’t know why I refused to stand up when they told me. But the real reason of my not standing up was I felt that I had a right to be treated as any other passenger. We had endured that kind of treatment for too long.” Her arrest triggered a 381-day boycott of the bus system organized by a then little-known Baptist minister, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who later earned the Nobel Peace Prize for his work. “At the time I was arrested, I had no idea it would turn into this,” Parks said 30 years later. “It was just a day like any other day. The only thing that made it significant was that the masses of the people joined in.” The Montgomery bus boycott, which came one year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark declaration that separate schools for blacks and whites were “inherently unequal,” marked the start of the modern civil-rights movement. The movement culminated in the 1964 federal Civil Rights Act, which banned racial discrimination in public accommodations. After taking her public stand for civil rights, Parks had trouble finding work in Alabama. Amid threats and harassment, she and her husband, Raymond, moved to Detroit in 1957. She worked as an aide in Conyers’ Detroit office from 1965 until retiring Sept. 30, 1988. Raymond Parks died in 1977. Rosa Parks became a revered figure in Detroit, where a street and middle school were named for her and a papier-mache likeness of her was featured in the city’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Parks said upon retiring from her job with Conyers that she wanted to devote more time to the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development. The institute, incorporated in 1987, is devoted to developing leadership among Detroit’s young people and initiating them into the struggle for civil rights. “Rosa Parks: My Story” was published in February 1992. In 1994, she brought out “Quiet Strength: The Faith, the Hope and the Heart of a Woman Who Changed a Nation,” and, in 1996, a collection of letters called “Dear Mrs. Parks: A Dialogue With Today’s Youth.” She was among the civil-rights leaders who addressed the Million Man March in October 1995. In 1996, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded to civilians making outstanding contributions to American life. In 1999, she was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor. Parks received dozens of other awards, ranging from induction into the Alabama Academy of Honor to an NAACP Image Award for her 1999 appearance on CBS’ “Touched by an Angel.” The Rosa Parks Library and Museum opened in November 2000 in Montgomery. The museum features a 1955-era bus and a video that re-creates the conversation that preceded Parks’ arrest. “Are you going to stand up?” the bus driver asked. “No,” Parks answered. “Well, by God, I’m going to have you arrested,” the driver said. “You may do that,” Parks responded. Parks’ later years were not without difficult moments. In 1994, her home was invaded by a 28-year-old man who beat her and took $53. She was treated at a hospital and released. The man, Joseph Skipper, pleaded guilty, blaming the crime on his drug problem. The Parks Institute struggled financially since its inception. The charity’s principal activity – the annual Pathways to Freedom bus tour taking students to the sites of key events in the civil-rights movement – routinely cost more money than the institute could raise. Parks lost a 1999 lawsuit that sought to prevent the hip-hop duo OutKast from using her name as the title of a Grammy-nominated song. In 2000, she threatened legal action against an Oklahoma man who planned to auction Internet domain name rights to www.rosaparks.com. After losing the OutKast lawsuit, attorney Gregory Reed, who represented Parks, said his client “has once again suffered the pains of exploitation.” A later suit against OutKast’s record company was settled out of court. She was born Rosa Louise McCauley on Feb. 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Ala. Family illness interrupted her high school education, but after she married Raymond Parks in 1932, he encouraged her, and she earned a diploma in 1934. He also inspired her to become involved in the NAACP. Looking back in 1988, Parks said she worried that black young people took legal equality for granted. Older blacks, she said, “have tried to shield young people from what we have suffered. And in so doing, we seem to have a more complacent attitude. “We must double and redouble our efforts to try to say to our youth, to try to give them an inspiration, an incentive and the will to study our heritage and to know what it means to be black in America today.” At a celebration in her honor that same year, she said: “I am leaving this legacy to all of you … to bring peace, justice, equality, love and a fulfillment of what our lives should be. Without vision, the people will perish, and without courage and inspiration, dreams will die – the dream of freedom and peace.” 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

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The Chelsea v Newcastle quiz

first_imgChelsea face Alan Pardew’s Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Test your knowledge of the recent history between the two clubs by seeing how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-18]Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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Cuttlefish Inspire Reflective Screens

first_img“Cuttlefish are masters of disguise, able to change their skin color in less than a second to hide from predators or draw in prey for the kill,” begins an article on MSNBC News.  A team at MIT, fascinated with the physics of this capability, tried to imitate it.  They found they could electrically control the spacing of layers of material in an artificial screen and reflect a huge range of colors.  The tuning of the material is “fantastic,” said one researcher, offering a wide variety of potential applications, such as “Electronic ink applications, pressure sensors and advertising billboards,” the article said.    For prior entries about cuttlefish, see 02/09/2005, 12/15/2006, 06/06/2007, and 12/18/2007.Better living through biomimetics – the saga continues.  The cuttlefish actually has a superior design.  The human engineers are only imitating the basic physics of reflectivity of surfaces.  The cuttlefish has exquisite control of its reflecting elements, plus built-in maintenance, plus reproduction, plus feedback response from the environment.  If humans keep trying, they might approach the capabilities of the animals.  (Notice, however, that the animals are not attempting to mimic the science or philosophy of the humans, even if your dog is named Plato.)(Visited 26 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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