Opinion: Encouraging Minority Youth in the Wake of Donald Sterling

first_img 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. On April 15 ballplayers at Dodger Stadium and throughout Major League Baseball donned Jackie Robinson’s number 42 in remembrance of Robinson’s historic breaking of baseball’s color barrier nearly 70 years ago. Then, less than two weeks after that soaring celebration of racial unity, those horrid phone recordings of LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling reminded us that racism lives on.The Jackie and Mack Robinson memorial across from Pasadena City Hall is a breathtaking reminder of how far the nation has come since the Robinsons and others battled bigotry while making sports history in the pre-Civil Rights era. In those days — indeed throughout most of US history — racism was legally sanctioned, socially accepted and unashamedly mainstream. But for the last half-century or so, it’s been in serious retreat. Thanks to the sacrifices of our courageous ancestors, racial discrimination is no longer legal and racist words and behavior no longer enjoy societal acceptance. At least not in public. But in private, when they think that no one is paying attention, racists show their true colors.Donald Sterling foul’s remarks underscore that some Americans still adhere to slavery-era attitudes toward black people. Attitudes that consider it okay to exploit blacks and other people of color for fun and profit, to discriminate against us and even to feign friendship while refusing to respect us as equals. And since many of the people who hold these racist attitudes also hold economic, social and political power it is crucial for people of color – especially African-Americans – to be at our very best.When we reject the opportunity for education by acting a fool in class, ditching class or dropping out of school, when we embrace criminal culture, demean our women, or conduct ourselves in an undisciplined and reckless manner we not only set ourselves up for failure, we also play directly into the stereotypes that the Donald Sterlings of the world use to justify their mistreatment of us.But on the flipside, when we embrace education, when we carry ourselves with dignity, discipline and professionalism, when we love one another and use our God-given intelligence and talents to build up ourselves, our families and our communities – when we do these things we move forward on the path to success. And our success will contribute to the Biblical effect (described by Solomon in the book of Proverbs) of heaping hot coals on our enemies’ heads!The 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire stated that “the finest trick of the devil is to persuade you that he does not exist.” That’s the strategic goal of today’s racists — to persuade us that they do not exist. But their evil attitudes are very real, and those attitudes inevitably lead to evil actions.But take heart! It’s true that the bad guys still exist, and they do exercise power. But racism no longer defines the national character as it did for most of American history. Evidence of that was the avalanche of condemnation that crashed down on Donald Sterling, culminating in the NBA commissioner’s lifetime ban and demands by owners’ group that Sterling sell the team. So, the United States is filled with people of goodwill from every racial and ethnic group who know that everyone deserves respect and equal opportunity. As President Obama stated, part of why Donald Sterling’s statements stood so much is that “there has been this shift in how we view ourselves.”Thanks for listening. I’m Cameron Turner and that’s my two cents. Make a comment Opinion & Columnists Opinion: Encouraging Minority Youth in the Wake of Donald Sterling By CAMERON TURNER Published on Thursday, May 15, 2014 | 11:38 am Your email address will not be published. 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#Limerick man Ross is finally at peace

first_imgLimerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Advertisement Linkedin TAGSClarelimerickmissingRoss Minihanshannon estuary Facebook WhatsApp The late Ross Minihan will be laid to rest this WednesdayROSS Minihan, the 37-year-old Limerick man, who was missing for over three months, “is at peace now”, after his remains were returned to his family following the discovery of his body last week.The remains of Mr Minihan were discovered on the Clare coastline of the Shannon Estuary on Tuesday.37-year-old Ross, a father of two from Rathbane, went missing before Christmas last year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Last Tuesday, the crew of the Shannon-based Irish Coast Guard spotted a body on the shoreline near Colmanstown Castle at Labasheeda in County Clare.Rescue 115 crew, who were on a training exercise in the Shannon Estuary near Kilrush raised the alarm and the Kilrush RNLI lifeboat attended the scene while members of the Kilkee unit of the Coast Guard were also mobilised to assist.The remains were removed and later last week were identified as being those of Mr Minihan.Ross, who is survived by his two children Dawn and Darren had been missing from his home since December 17 last.Originally from Sycamore Avenue in Rathbane Ross was living in Sixmilebridge but was last seen in the Rathbane area on December 17.In a post to a facebook memorial page for Ross, his sister Emma posted; “Rest in peace my big brother your at peace now XxX, our hearts are broke we will never ever forget you , it’s like a bad dream but I know your looking down on all of us xxxxx.”Ross will be laid to rest at Mount St Oliver cemetery following requiem mass this Wednesday in Our Lady of Lourdes Church.He is survived by his parents Michael and Mary, children Dawn and Darren and sisters Tanya and Emma who have collectively thanked the work of all the emergency, search and rescue groups who assisted. Emailcenter_img Previous articleJack knifed truck blocked #Limerick to #Waterford roadNext articleClinic for Great Limerick Run participants this Wednesday #Limerick Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live News#Limerick man Ross is finally at peaceBy Staff Reporter – April 4, 2016 1325 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Budget Briefing: Government that Works – Innovation and Efficiency

first_imgRead more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Budget News,  Government That Works,  Press Release Governor Wolf remains committed to improving efficiencies, streamlining government operations, and reducing costs. He continues to change the way business is conducted to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely, redundancies are eliminated, and customer interactions at all levels are improved.Just last week, Governor Wolf gave an update on these improvements, announcing produced savings for both the current and future state budgets. The Wolf Administration is on track to save $150 million in the current fiscal year. To date, GO-TIME has identified nearly 250 initiatives by state agencies to modernize government operations by increasing efficiency, improving technology, and identifying opportunities for agencies to collaborate and share resources. These initiatives will provide benefits including savings, reduced processing times, increased convenience, better customer service, and maximizing existing resources.Last year, Governor Wolf’s administration implemented many reforms that generated substantial taxpayer savings and increased service effectiveness, including: eliminating the SNAP asset test, reducing the food stamp error rate, helping more TANF families find employment, lowering insurance rates by more than $80 million, and reducing the prison population the largest amount in 40 years.The 2016-17 Budget will again focus on creating a government that works effectively through innovation and increased efficiencies to ensure that taxpayer dollars are wisely spent.Reducing Redundancy and Improving OperationsThis budget includes the merger of the Department of Corrections and the Board of Probation and Parole and the relocation of the eHealth Partnership Authority to within the Department of Human Services. These steps continue the work Governor Wolf has taken throughout the course of the last year to ensure that the commonwealth truly is a government that works.Ensuring Taxpayers are Only Paying for SuccessThe 2016-2017 budget increases the use of Pay for Success performance contracts, which provide an innovative strategy to finance proven programs through public-private partnerships on a straightforward proposition. The Wolf Administration will work with private sector partners to address the employment needs of individuals with criminal convictions to make them less likely to return to the corrections system and more likely to build a foundation for a stable, productive life. Additionally, the administration will engage youth advocate partners to provide intensive support to juvenile offenders and their families in their homes, schools, and communities to provide resources, skill development and educational and vocational work.Taxpayers will only pay for services that get results and save money in the long run. Payments are tied to the achievement of specific, pre-established performance goals that are set forth in the contract, and only occur after rigorous evaluation.Making Pensions Improvements Beyond Act 120The 2016-17 year will mark the end of steep increases in state and local school district contributions to pay unfunded future pension obligations. State General Fund costs will increase by nearly $500 million before beginning to level off in future years. While the General Assembly debates further changes to benefit plans, several administrative and financial management initiatives can reduce future obligations, includingConsolidating investment management operations among the funds that manage short- and long-term investment assetsReducing fees for investment management servicesEstablishing a restricted receipt account to ensure full funding of future pension obligations February 09, 2016 Budget Briefing: Government that Works – Innovation and Efficiency SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Fulham trio to miss Europa League game

first_imgFulham skipper Danny Murphy has been ruled out of Thursday’s Europa League match against Wisla Krakow, while Bobby Zamora and Clint Dempsey will be rested.Murphy, who went off during the second half of the weekend defeat at Stoke, is nursing a knee injury and Fulham are hoping he will recover in time for Sunday’s visit of Everton.And boss Martin Jol has opted not to select Zamora or Dempsey in Poland. Andrew Johnson, who scored twice against Odense, is again set to lead the Whites attack.AdChoices广告Zamora recently returned to action after an ankle problem, while United States star Dempsey has been heavily involved for both club and country of late.Youngsters Kerim Frei and Alex Smith have been included in the squad and could feature.Fulham sit second in Group K, level on four points with leaders FC Twente after a draw with the Dutch side and a victory over Odense. Wisla are bottom of the group and yet to register a point.last_img read more

Loney’s bat comes alive

first_imgLoney’s spot on the team probably depends more on something far beyond his control. After all, the first thing the Dodgers must have if they are to keep Loney is a roster spot to put him in. And that probably hinges on keeping only 11pitchers, something the club likely will do because it won’t need a fifth starter until April10. “That helps his cause, just like it helps Andy La Roche’s cause and Matt Kemp’s cause,” Colletti said. “We know (Loney) can hit, and we know first base won’t be a problem for him. But certainly, his ability to be versatile defensively will also help make his case.” Loney made his major- league debut and had three callups last season, interspersed with a run at Triple-A Las Vegas in which he won the Pacific Coast League batting title by posting an average (.380) that was 43 points better than anyone else’s. But Loney also hit only eight home runs in 366 minor-league at-bats last season in a league where almost every ballpark is hitter-friendly. Saito returns: Closer Takashi Saito, who has been limited in running, but not in throwing by a strained right calf, finally made his spring debut, pitching a scoreless fifth inning. The double by Bennett that Loney misjudged was the only hit allowed by Saito, who didn’t get to test his calf because he wasn’t involved in any defensive plays. Cutting remark: Although he previously said the camp roster probably wouldn’t be pared down until March 15, Dodgers manager Grady Little now says the first round of cuts might come later this week. “With 58 players, it’s going to get harder to get enough work for everyone,” Little said. [email protected] (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Loney played the entire game, going 3 for 3 with a walk to raise his spring average to .421 and his on-base percentage to .500. But he also played the first five innings in right field, his first appearance there this spring – but in no way his last – and he looked utterly lost. In the first, Loney got a late jump on a fly ball by Scott Rolen, allowing it to fall in front of him for a key hit in what became a four-run inning for the Cardinals. Loney later let another ball hit by Rolen fall just to the foul side of the line, and then broke in on a routine fly ball by Gary Bennett that flew over his head and rolled to the wall. VERO BEACH, Fla. – James Loney was talking, laughing and trying to be analytical after the daytime half of Wednesday’s Grapefruit League doubleheader, so there was no doubt he was alive. But the dark, orange circles ringing his irises made him look like one of the zombies from “Night of the Living Dead.” The Dodgers first-base prospect was wearing sunglass- tinted contact lenses, one of the latest innovations in optical wear. But even on a blindingly bright afternoon when the Dodgers fell 11-1 to the world champion St. Louis Cardinals in front of 4,525 at Holman Stadium, those uber-cool shades didn’t help Loney see any more clearly into his immediate future. center_img In fairness to Loney, it was a bad afternoon to be playing an unfamiliar position. “I don’t think this was a fair day to judge him,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. “It was windy, and it was a tough sky.” Still, the ability to play multiple positions might end up being a deciding factor in whether Loney – the man who came to spring training perched more squarely on the proverbial bubble than any other Dodgers player – makes this club. “They haven’t really talked to me about it, but I want to do the best I can do out there,” said Loney, 22, the club’s first-round pick in the 2002 amateur draft. “What I need to work on is (tracking) balls hit from that angle.” Ultimately, though, it might not matter. last_img read more