Mission High Football Players Kneel With Kaepernick

first_imgThe players said that the team’s athletic activism was initiated by 17-year-old captain and quarterback Niamey Harris. Mission High Football Team from Mission Local on Vimeo.Harris said that his community, the Bayview, has suffered at the hands of police and pointed to a December 2015 police shooting that claimed the life of another Bayview resident, Mario Woods. Woods was armed with a knife when he was shot some 20 times by police officers – a video recording of the shooting sparked citywide protests against police brutality.“Mario Woods was personal,” said Harris. “It hurts everyone who’s around. It feels unsafe to be around cops.”Harris said that that he wasn’t sure what would happen once his team got onto the field. “I took a knee. I turned around and everyone was taking a knee with me,” he said. “I thought it was an unbelievable moment. I felt powerful. “Junior Marvin Pusung-Zita, the football team’s defensive end, said that Kaepernick had been a strong influence in making his decision to kneel. “For an athlete with his position, with so much attention, [what he did] was amazing. I thought it was about time that athletes spoke about social issues,” he said.Kaepernick first refused to stand for the national anthem during a preseason game on August 26 and has continued to sit or kneel at every 49ers game since. The NFL star said he is protesting police brutality and racial injustices.Moments before Mission High’s players joined the ranks of many others who have shown public support for Kaepernick, a few had discussed their intentions of aligning with the social protest.“There were a couple of people in the bus talking about it,” said sophomore and offensive guard Brindan Shepard, adding that he initially “wasn’t part of the conversation,” but supported his teammates nonetheless when the moment came. “We got to the game and then they played the national anthem – then, we all just took a knee.” Since then, all but one of the players have continued to kneel with Kaepernick, repeating the action at a game at San Mateo High School less than a week later. Senior Duncan Lau, the team’s kicker, said he chose to remain standing out of respect for his grandfather, a World War II veteran. “He sacrificed a lot for that flag and he lived for it. I couldn’t disrespect his memory for that.”Instead, at the San Mateo game, Lau stood tall with his right arm raised and hand balled into a fist as a sign of solidarity for both his grandfather’s legacy and for his team’s resistance against oppression. “I think the flag represents everything about America, whether it be the injustices or the justices – everything that people are fighting for,” he said. “I want to fight for both sides.”Some of Lau’s teammates said that they have experienced racial injustices first hand. “About three months ago I was walking with my godbrother downtown. This policeman randomly asked to check me to see if I had marijuana or a weapon on me,” said junior Cheeko Wells, the team’s running back.Wells, who is Black, said that he has been affected by recent police shootings both nationally and locally, and that Kaepernick inspired him to finally speak out.  “A lot of people think that this is not a good subject to talk about. A lot of people are scared to speak up – me and my team, we are not,” said Wells. “We feel like there is no ‘justice for all.’ Until we see a change in that, we are going to keep on taking a knee.”The team’s coach, Hill, said he remained standing, but “not necessarily for the anthem,” he said. “I wanted to stand being proud of these young men and represent them and what they are doing.”“The national anthem and the pledge of allegiance is something that is symbolic to America, it’s something that is done in schools daily,” Hill added. “To take a knee is something that is starting to move across the country as a symbol of change.”The players said that aside from a few “negative comments online,” responses to their action from their classmates, parents and community have been generally positive.“They are all very supportive, especially my history and English teachers – They actually gave me extra credit for that,” said Wells. “At Mission High for many years we’ve really thought about and supported anti-racist teaching, equity and social justice,” said Eric Guthertz, the school’s principal. “To see the students taking both what they’ve learned in their own lives but also in the classroom and playing it out in action is a beautiful thing.”Harris said that his team plans to continue kneeling for justice with the goal of impacting their immediate community.“I want to start with San Francisco. [I want to see] people coming together and not fighting against each other,” he said. “People being able to talk to the police officers and stuff – I want to make everyone unite.” Mission High School football head coach Greg Hill was looking toward the American flag when, out of the corner of his eye, he caught a glimpse of his varsity football team. The players had dropped to one knee as the announcer at Redwood High School’s stadium directed the crowd to stand and face the flag as the national anthem sounded. “At that moment it was powerful just to see that,” said Hill of the September 10 game.The team’s resistance to the American sports tradition was a clear continuation of the anti-police brutality statement that started with 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick last month and has since inspired professional and rookie athletes nationwide to follow suit. Students on Mission High’s team say that Kaepernick and their personal experiences with police inspired their decision. 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SAINTS Business Networking Player of the Month – s

first_imgSAINTS Business Networking Player of the Month – sponsored by Oval Broking Insurance Ltd – is going from strength to strength with more than double the amount of businesses attending our latest event.Jonny Lomax was awarded the Player of the Month for March at last Thursday’s meeting, whilst ‘delegates’ also were treated to a talk by Andy Reid.He gave an inspirational session on how important “goal setting” is in life and business.Lookers Vauxhall Premier Lounge member Irene Wilson of Irene Wilson Art then took the group through four of her paintings which were on display.Saints Head of Sales and Marketing, Dave Hutchinson, said: “It’s pleasing to hear that so many businesses in the area are feeling a real benefit from attending our monthly sessions.“More than half of the businesses were new to the session and they also got to see the team train ahead of their Good Friday clash with Wigan.“I would encourage any business to feel free to enquire and do the same for April’s event on Friday April 26 at 9am, Langtree Park.”For further information please do not hesitate to contact sales@saintsrlfc.com or call 01744 455061.last_img read more

LAMA Tasi says Saints displayed character in their

first_imgLAMA Tasi says Saints displayed character in their win over Salford – and now they need to get on a streak.The forward put in an impressive stint against his former employers and was part of the second half drive that eventually won the game.“We needed to get that win,” he said. “At 22-20 the game was in the balance and it was a real test of character. It was good to see us come through the other end.“We knew we weren’t good against Hull FC so it was good for group morale to get a win. Hopefully, we can get a streak going from here .“The Cup has gone but what we can control is how we go in the league. It’s all we can win now; our next three or four games are against top teams. Good results would set us up for the rest of the year.“The league is tight. We could be sat top in the next month or so and that is our aim. We have to concentrate, do what is best and play our footy. There aren’t any easy games.“Sunday should be a good game. Most of the Giants’ players are back on deck and they play some good footy. They should have beaten Catalan probably too.“I’m looking forward to playing in that stadium an atmosphere.”Tasi has notched up 864 metres this season and added 93 to that tally from 13 carries on Friday.“I feel I’m going ok,” he continued. “I am still learning heaps and want to keep it up. I prefer to start matches but whatever KC thinks is best for the team I will do. I just want to contribute what I can to the team.“The fans are fanatical here and ruthless in a way too! Without them the game wouldn’t be what it is.”last_img read more

The new arrival may have been quick to point out h

first_imgThe new arrival may have been quick to point out he didn’t have much influence on the victory but there’s no denying his presence lifted the players to their best win of year.Saints were simply excellent throughout scoring eight tries and defending like their lives depended on it.Alex Walmsley and Regan Grace both bagged a brace but this was a real 1 to 17 effort that will bring confidence ahead of this week’s clash with Wigan.Saints scored on 14 minutes after a tight opening spell.James Roby went close before big runs from Zeb Taia and Kyle Amor set up the space for Alex Walmsley to twist his way over following a short ball.And from the restart, they scored again. Walmsley did the damage down the middle of the park and on the last Matty Smith, who was outstanding throughout, put a perfect kick over for Ryan Morgan to pluck it out of midair.Percival tagging on the conversion for 12-0.Saints were on top and when Roby went close on the quarter game mark, you sensed another try was coming.And it did, five minutes later, through Morgan Knowles.A high bomb on the last, with a good kick chase, forced a knock on and the youngster snaffled up the bouncing ball.Hull hit back with repeat sets on Saints’ line and then again with two more at the back end of the half.But the men in black were too mean to let them through and Smith dropped a goal with 45 seconds remaining to give his side a 19 point lead at the break.That was soon a 25-point advantage as Walmsley nabbed his second as he crashed under the posts on 47 minutes.Initially, a loose Saints pass was collected by Hull but a big tackle from Adam Swift dislodged it and it came back the other way.Walmsley then did what he does best by charging onto the ball at full tilt.Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook got on the right edge of Hull and ghosted over on 55 minutes – but the best was yet to come.Tommy Makinson, who had been solid on his line all afternoon, collected a cross kick near his own posts and then danced through Hull’s left hand side, cut back infield and held off two would be tacklers to go the full length.It was an absolutely amazing effort.Saints weren’t finished though as there was enough time for Grace to score twice.The winger crossed in the corner after a wonderful offload from Mark Percival and then showed all his pace add his second.A fantastic end to a fantastic afternoon.Match Summary:Saints:Tries: Walmsley (2), Morgan, Knowles, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Makinson, Grace (2)Goals: Percival (6 from 8)Drop: SmithHull FC:Tries:Goals:Penalties Awarded:Saints: 6Hull: 8HT: 19-0FT: 45-0REF: Robert HicksTeams:Saints:2. Tommy Makinson; 5. Adam Swift, 4. Mark Percival, 3. Ryan Morgan, 28. Regan Grace; 6. Theo Fages, 7. Matty Smith; 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 36. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 20. Morgan Knowles.Subs: 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Tommy Lee.Hull FC:1. Jamie Shaul, 4. Josh Griffin, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 25. Jansin Turgut, 19. Steven Michaels; 6. Albert Kelly, 7. Marc Sneyd; 8. Scott Taylor, 9. Danny Houghton, 10. Liam Watts, 21. Sika Manu, 12. Mark Minichiello, 15. Chris Green.Subs: 16. Jordan Thompson, 17. Daniel Washbrook, 22. Josh Bowden, 28. Brad Fash.last_img read more

Wilmington teens accused of trashing Walmart assaulting employees

first_imgNathan Lewis and Gary Sikes (Photo: Wilmington Police Dept.) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Two Wilmington teenagers face charges, accused of trashing a local Walmart.Wilmington Police responded to the Walmart on Sigmon Road around 1:15 Thursday morning.- Advertisement – According to WPD’s twitter, the glass doors to the garden center were smashed, multiple gas grills were damaged and items were tossed off shelves from the electronics section to the garden section.The teens also allegedly assaulted a security team member and loss prevention officer.Nathan Lewis and Gary Sikes, both 17, are charged with damage to real property, damage to personal property, two counts of simple assault, disorderly conduct and trespassing.last_img

Photos Ugandan mum of multiple quadruplets struggles to provide for 38 kids

first_img Mariam Nabatanzi’s children eat a meal at their family home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 7, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena SharePrint 1 of 10 Mariam Nabatanzi 39, a mother of 38 children, speaks about her family portraits during a Reuters interview at her home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 8, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena Mariam Nabatanzi’s son carries a meal at their family home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 7, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena Mariam Nabatanzi’s children serve a meal at their family home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 7, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena A child walks past a family duty timetable glued on a kitchen wall at Mariam Nabatanzi’s home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 8, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena Mariam Nabatanzi, 39, a mother of 38 children, speaks during a Reuters interview at her home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 8, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena Mariam Nabatanzi, 39, (red hair) a mother of 38 children, takes a family portrait with some of her children at their home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 8, 2019. REUTERS/James AkenaMariam Nabatanzi, 39, (red hair) a mother of 38 children, takes a family portrait with some of her children at their home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 8, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena Mariam Nabatanzi’s son prepares a meal at their family home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 7, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena Mariam Nabatanzi’s son Isaack Mubiru 7 sits on a bed at their family home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 8, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena Mariam Nabatanzi’s children rest on the verandah at their home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 8, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena Mariam Nabatanzi gave birth to twins a year after she was married off at the age of 12. Five more sets of twins followed – along with four sets of triplets and five sets of quadruplets.Three years ago, however, the 39-year-old Ugandan was abandoned by her husband, leaving her to support their surviving 38 children alone.It was just the latest setback in a life marred by tragedy for Nabatanzi, who lives with her children in four cramped houses made of cement blocks and topped with corrugated iron in a village surrounded by coffee fields 50 km (31 miles) north of Kampala.After her first sets of twins were born, Nabatanzi went to a doctor who told her she had unusually large ovaries. He advised her that birth control like pills might cause health problems.So the children kept coming.Family sizes are at their largest in Africa. In Uganda, the fertility rate averages out at 5.6 children per woman, one of the continent’s highest, and more than double the global average of 2.4 children, according to the World Bank.But even in Uganda, the size of Nabatanzi’s family makes her an extreme outlier.Her last pregnancy, two and a half years ago, had complications. It was her sixth set of twins and one of them died in childbirth, her sixth child to die.Then her husband – often absent for long stretches – abandoned her. His name is now a family curse. Nabatanzi refers to him using an expletive.“I have grown up in tears, my man has passed me through a lot of suffering,” she said during an interview at her home, hands clasped as her eyes welled up. “All my time has been spent looking after my children and working to earn some money.”Desperate for cash, Nabatanzi turns a hand to everything: hairdressing, event decorating, collecting and selling scrap metal, brewing local gin and selling herbal medicine. The money is swallowed up by food, medical care, clothing and school fees.On a grimy wall in one room of her home hang proud portraits of some of her children graduating from school, gold tinsel around their necks.“Mum is overwhelmed, the work is crushing her, we help where we can, like in cooking and washing, but she still carries the whole burden for the family. I feel for her,” said her eldest child Ivan Kibuka, 23, who had to drop out of secondary school when the money ran out.TRAGIC STORYNabatanzi’s desire for a large family has its roots in tragedy.Three days after she was born, Nabatanzi’s mother abandoned the family: her father, the newborn girl and her five siblings.“She just left us,” said Nabatanzi sombrely, as some of her ragged children played on the dirt floor while others did chores.After her father remarried, her stepmother poisoned the five older children with crushed glass mixed in their food. They all died. Nabatanzi escaped because she was visiting a relative, she says.“I was seven years old then, too young to even understand what death actually meant. I was told by relatives what had happened,” she said.She grew up wanting to have six children to rebuild her shattered family.Providing a home for 38 children is a constant challenge.Twelve of the children sleep on metal bunk beds with thin mattresses in one small room with grime-caked walls. In the other rooms, lucky children pile onto shared mattresses while the others sleep on the dirt floor.Older children help look after the young ones and everyone helps with chores like cooking. A single day can require 25 kilograms of maize flour, Nabatanzi says. Fish or meat are rare treats.A roster on a small wooden board nailed to a wall spells out washing or cooking duties.“On Saturday we all work together,” it reads.Having endured such a hard childhood herself, Nabatanzi’s greatest wish now is for her children to be happy.“I started taking on adult responsibilities at an early stage,” she said. “I have not had joy, I think, since I was born.”WhatsApp Mariam Nabatanzi 39, a mother of 38 children, cleans the courtyard at her home in Kasawo village, Mukono district, east of Kampala, Uganda March 8, 2019. REUTERS/James Akena <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more

Facebook set to launch Gmail Killer

first_imgAdvertisement If, as anticipated, Mark Zuckerberg’s firm launches a Facebook search engine that prioritises results around the known preferences of a user’s circle of friends, then the commercial potential of social networking would be greatly extended.Google has more than two-thirds of the search market, and there is little doubt it is taking seriously the threat of Facebook, which has more than 500 million members but lacks business-orientated, revenue-generating services.Last week, Google announced plans to raise salaries by 10% next year for all employees, interpreted as an effort to staunch the loss of top staff to rivals. – Advertisement – “They don’t have an absolute lock on the top talent anymore,” analyst Colin Gillis of BGC Partners told Reuters. “Facebook right now is accumulating top talent and it’s harder for Google to retain people.”As social networking continues to challenge the power of search on the web, the moment may come when Facebook decisively threatens Google’s control of $24bn in annual search advertising revenue.Google itself denies it is building a social networking platform to compete with Facebook. Instead, chief executive Eric Schmidt says it plans to add “layers” of social networking to its products.Last night, Facebook continued to deny the reports that its email application will be launched at Monday’s media event where Zuckerberg is scheduled to speak.“We don’t comment on speculation about future products,” a spokesman said.last_img read more

YouTube Hits a Billion Monthly Users

first_imgAdvertisement YouTube, the video sharing site owned by Google, has announced it has passed one billion regular users. Announcing the one billion milestone on its blog, the site said a recent growth in smartphones and had helped boost the numbers visiting the site monthly.With one billion monthly users, it poses a challenge to Facebook as the internet’s largest social network. Facebook reached a billion users in October last year.“Nearly one out of every two people on the Internet visits YouTube,” the company said in its statement. – Advertisement – It was keen to stress the business potential of such a large audience.“Tens of thousands of partners have created channels that have found and built businesses for passionate, engaged audiences. Advertisers have taken notice,” it said, saying that the top 100 brands listed by trade magazine Advertising Age were now running campaigns on YouTube.Given such a trend, it’s worth acknowledging that even some of the media brands in Africa have a presence on this channel and this has greatly contributed to the increasing audience that is always on the lookout for content.YouTube was launched in 2005 and bought by Google in 2006.It paid $1.76bn (£1.16bn) for the site, which at the time had an estimated 30-40 million users world wide.The site was launched in California by three former PayPal employees and the first video uploaded was by co-founder Jawed Karim and titled Me at the Zoo.Credit: BBClast_img read more

Tech 5 Navio talks about his love for gadgets social media

first_imgAdvertisement PC Tech caught up with Uganda’s biggest rapper, Navio in our Tech5 Series where we ask from five categories of tech related questions; Gadgets, Apps, The Internet, Social Media and general tech.Navio (real names Daniel Lubwama Kigozi) who is the 8th most followed Ugandan on Facebook by Ugandans is the latest MTN Ambassador promoting MTN branded, affordable smartphones dubbed in a campaign – the MTN Smart Series devices. He joins vocal sensation Lilian Mbabazi, Ronald Mayinja and “Amaaso” hit singer Pallaso. – Advertisement – We dug into Navio’s geeky side and this is what he had to share with us. Enjoy!GadgetsWhat’s your favorite gadget? My favorite gadget would definitely be the phone. You can take it anywhere without a bag. Email, social media and the usual calling all on one thing! Even home security systems apps can be linked up now.What’s your wall paper? Caller tune? Ringtone? My wallpaper is always anything calming or the family. Caller tune and ring tone is my new song Njogereza.AppsWhat apps do you use the most? Facebook, Insta and Twitter are definitely high up on the app usage list. Having close to 400K fans on all of them you have to try and keep communicating with all of them.What apps do you use most to promote your music career? Instagram right now is one of the best boosters for music. But in the end the streets always decide!Social mediaDo you think Ugandans are misusing Social Media? Ugandan’s are definitely going really hard on social media. In my view, if I wouldn’t say something to someone’s face, why would I say to them online?People do feel safe saying anything because they feel there are no consequences. But there is “delete… block…. ban from page”. Usually they are really closet fans anyway.L-R: Rapper Flex D’Paper, PC Tech’s Jeddy Genrwot, Navio and Manager RachelTechWhat tech do you think has changed Uganda most? Internet in general has changed Uganda. Instead of charming visits to sort out business face to face, someone can knock out 20 meetings online in one day. On foot you would do 2 or 3 a day. And now with the introduction of Internet or phones we have freedom of movement to whilst still being given able to handle half our office work.How do you see tech transforming the music industry? In music the old way of waiting for people to gradually know where your weekly show will be held is over. You tell them immediately and as an artist you are not so desperate to get a ONE venue predictable gig for your fans to find you at.InternetWhat data bundle do you subscribe to? Why that one? I need the unlimited bundle. The amount of work artists and media people do online is just different from other people.last_img read more