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Bhim Army to protest at Jantar Mantar again

first_imgA week after Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad was arrested by the Special Task Force, the Dalit outfit has planned another protest at Jantar Mantar on June 18 against the “wrongful arrest” of its founder. Mr. Chandrashekhar’s mother Kamlesh Devi is expected to address the rally. Vinay Ratan Singh, who is heading the Bhim Army in Mr. Azad’s absence, said the rally was a protest against the framing of innocent people for the riots in Shabbirpur village of Saharanpur last month. Its previous rally at Jantar Mantar in May saw a huge turnout.Satish Prakash, a Dalit activist campaigning for Sunday’s rally, told The Hindu: “It is being organised to tell the U.P. government that it cannot arrest someone for standing for the rights of Dalits and for protesting against their rights violations. What happened in Shabbirpur on May 5 and in subsequent days, was a one-sided action by the Adityanath government in favour of the Thakur community and against the Dalit victims of the caste violence.” The Bhim Army is running a campaign on social media to spread the word about the rally. It has circulated a video of Mr. Chandrashekhar’s mother appealing to the people to join the rally. The outfit is circulating pamphlets and posters in Saharanpur. Activists and supporters are also mobilising people from across western Uttar Pradesh.last_img read more

La Salle’s long UAAP finals streak ends: ‘You can’t be at the top all the time’

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss De Jesus, who owns all of La Salle’s 11 titles, said there will come a time when a team eventually relinquishes its place at the top and no one can stay at the perch for eternity.“It will happen to someone that when you reach the top it is possible that you will eventually fall down,” said De Jesus in Filipino at Mall of Asia Arena. “You can’t be at the top all the time.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLa Salle has been to the finals in all of De Jesus’ tenure with the exception of Seasons 60, 69, and 70.Season 69 was De Jesus’ first season with La Salle with the team finishing as the fourth seed while Seasons 69 and 70 were the years the school got problems with its players’ eligibilities for the UAAP. MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—After a decade of unparalleled dominance, De La Salle will be on the outside looking in during the championship round of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Spikers have been to the finals for 10 straight years winning seven titles along the way under the tutelage of the legendary Ramil De Jesus but that streak came to a screeching halt in a 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 23-25, 15-10, loss to University of Santo Tomas in the Final Four on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Beermen ‘outhustled’ in Game 3 loss, says Leo Austria View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated De Jesus added that one of the biggest problems his team faced in Season 81 was the departure of the Season 80 core that gave the Lady Spikers’ their third three-peat.“There are players who leave every year and my point is a team gets weaker with that but there are also athletes who are willing to step up,” said De Jesus. “I think this time, our team got formed later than I would like because of the injuries and instead of starting in September, we started in January.”La Salle’s core during the Season 80 championship of Season 79 MVP Mary Joy Baron, Season 78 Finals MVP Kianna Dy, and Season 80 Finals MVP Dawn Macandili all graduated from the team leaving the Lady Spikers in some sort of a rebuilding year.Left over from Season 80 were Season 79 Finals MVP Desiree Cheng, May Luna, Michelle Cobb, Tin Tiamzon, and Carmel Saga.“Getting that championship is hard enough in itself and getting that four-peat is even harder,” said De Jesus, who led La Salle to its first three-peat from Season 66 to 68 and the second one from Season 73 until 75.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “If you change one or two from that core, then it becomes harder to win another championship.”The departure of La Salle’s players, however, wasn’t just the sole reason the Lady Spikers failed to defend their crown as De Jesus also had to juggle two immensely successful programs in 2019.De Jesus not only coached La Salle during the year, he also called the shots for three-time Philippine Super Liga champion F2 Logistics.“That was the hardest I went through this year because I barely got any sleep, you have to prepare both teams, and it was every other day that the one of my teams are scheduled to play,” said De Jesus whose Cargo Movers lost to Petron in three games in the PSL Grand Prix finals. “I’m playing for almost the entire week.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Injured Neymar Misses Brazil Friendlies, Real Madrid’s Rodrygo on Board as Replacement

first_imgRio de Janeiro: Paris Saint-Germain’s injury-hit striker Neymar was left out of the Brazil squad announced Friday for friendlies next month against Argentina and South Korea.Neymar was ruled out for four weeks in mid-October with a hamstring injury he suffered playing for his country in a 1-1 friendly draw against Nigeria. A day after that October 13 outing in Singapore PSG reported that an MRI scan showed that their star player had suffered “a grade two lesion” in his left hamstring.Brazil face Argentina on November 15 and South Korea four days later.In Neymar’s place Brazil coach Tite has called on Real Madrid’s 18-year-old Rodrygo for the friendlies in Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi.The latest in a catalogue of injuries since joining PSG in 2017 halted a prolific period for Neymar, who had scored four goals in five Ligue 1 games.BRAZIL SQUADGoalkeepers: Alisson (Liverpool/ENG), Ederson (Manchester City/ENG), Daniel Fuzato (Roma/ITA)Defenders: Danilo (Juventus/ITA), Emerson (Real Betis/ESP), Alex Sandro (Juventus/ITA), Renan Lodi (Atletico Madrid/ESP), Thiago Silva (PSG/FRA), Marquinhos (PSG/FRA), Éder Militao (Real Madrid/ESP), Felipe (Atletico Madrid/ESP)Midfielders: Casemiro (Real Madrid/ESP), Arthur (Barcelona/ESP), Fabinho (Liverpool/ENG), Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa/ENG), Philippe Coutinho (Bayern Munich/GER), Lucas Paqueta (AC Milan/ITA)Forwards: David Neres (Ajax/NED), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool/ENG), Richarlison (Everton/ENG), Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City/ENG), Rodrygo (Real Madrid/ESP), Willian (Chelsea/ENG) argentinaBrazilfootballNeymar First Published: October 25, 2019, 11:48 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Rohan Bopanna targets Tokyo Olympics

first_imgTennis star Rohan Bopanna says the Arjuna Award has come as a big boost for him and he will continue to strive and do well in his professional career and also for the country.”It has been a long wait for me to get this award, and it means a lot. I was heart-broken last year after I did not get the award. I am sure it’s never too late,” said a happy Bopanna.Recalling the string of events in his career very recently, Bopanna said the gold medal win at the Asian Games doubles was fantastic. “After I got injured at Wimbledon, I decided to take a break and rest my body. Three days before leaving for the Asian Games, I very nearly pulled out. Once I got to Palembang, things fell in place,” said Bopanna.At 38, he is the senior-most player in the tennis squad and is relishing the leadership role of sorts. “As the most experienced player, and to be the mentor was good. When I decided to pair with Divij Sharan for doubles, there were doubts expressed in some quarters. There could have been no other pairing as individually we had excellent results in 2018,” said Bopanna.He says being on the ATP Tour for long years is helping. “In the semi-final against the Japanese pair in Palembang, we lost the first set. I decided to take a call and we switched sides while receiving serve. And it worked,” said Bopanna.Looking ahead, Bopanna says he will be playing five more tournaments this year with his French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin. “There is a lot of tennis to be played still this year for me and I am still hopeful of making the ATP finals in London. Let’s see how it goes,” he said.advertisementDespite the loss to Serbia in the Davis Cup World Group playoff over the weekend, Bopanna is hopeful the Indian team can do well in 2019. “We now have a 32-team World Group and India are there. The draw will be made soon and if we get a home tie, nothing like it,” said the doubles specialist.The tall and strapping Coorgi plans to continue playing for some more years. “Sania Mirza and I missed out on a medal at the Rio Olympics. I want to be fit and make the cut for the Tokyo Olympics. I need to bounce back in the Top 10 doubles ranking and that will make things smoother. Only in 2020 can I decide who could be my possible partner in men’s doubles,” he said.Asked about mixed doubles, Bopanna says there will be just 16 pairs and getting an entry will be very tough.”Let me tell you, I expect Sania to be back on the Tour next year. I know her level of motivation and how much she is craving to be back on the tennis circuit. Look at the way Serena Williams has made a return after being blessed with a daughter, Sania will also work towards it,” he said.Asked about other options and how women’s tennis was shaping up in India, Bopanna said Ankita Raina and Karman Kaur Thandi have two big years ahead of them. “To break into the Top 50 should be their goal and they have the potential to keep improving. They should also play doubles,” he said.”Look, I will be 40 if I make it to the Tokyo Olympics. I train hard on and off the court, my motivation is high and results are there in tournaments. My motto is to stay fit and keep winning,” said Bopanna.Asked about his nomination for the Rajiv Khel Ratna this year, Bopanna said he would again apply for the award in 2019. “I have good results to show in 2016, 2017 and 2018, so I do fancy my chances.””The national sports awards are very special, though I am a bit surprised my own state (Karnataka) has not announced any award for me after winning gold in the Asian Games,” concluded Bopanna.last_img read more

Corporates today are hiring diverse and multi-talented workforce, here’s why

first_imgThe need for recruiting a diverse workforce and forging an environment that promotes inclusion is no longer the elephant in the room. Corporations around the world are making special efforts to make their organizations places where talented employees from all walks of lives and cultures find acceptance and appreciation.The need for creating inclusive workplaces is today propelled not just by social and moral responsibility but also by the realization that diversity brings long term benefits.Opening your arms to a wide talent pool brings benefits that often traditional recruiters fail to comprehend. An anecdote here might help to drive home the point.A senior marketing manager interviewing fresher candidates for a sales opening once gave his interviewees a few sheets of paper and asked them about ideas on how to sell them.While someone made a notebook out of them, another turned them into toy boats. One of the candidates who was a formidable athlete during student days pulled out the idea of converting those sheets into a sporty activity book for children by creating interesting puzzles and crossword games!The marketing manager was sold out for the last candidate despite the fact that he had an unremarkable academic career with no other field experience. This is just one example of how people with different backgrounds can bring enriching ideas and problem-solving skills to the table.In a rapidly changing world where straight-jacketed ideas of work are making way for new professions as well as unconventional ways of working within traditional professions, the ideas of what recruiters look for in their employees are also changing.advertisementNo more is a sabbatical considered a negative void on your resume; rather interviewers are keen to know how you enriched yourself as an individual during that key break from work.Candidates are actively being asked about what they do outside work as organizations try to drill down to get a better overall perspective on the candidate.Diversity beyond genderWhile forging diversity is a hot subject across the corporate world, the emphasis largely is on making workplaces more gender inclusive.However, diversity is a concept that has far reaching implications and must stretch to all candidates who are different’ from the majority. This includes differently-abled people, ethnic and cultural minorities, as well as candidates from smaller towns and non-urban backgrounds. Promoting diversity not only implies providing a level playing field for all such candidates but also ensuring that they do not face any sort of discrimination at workplace. The workplace should be free from sexist or racist slurs.Biases are often part of social settings, but an organization as an ethical institution has to ensure that individual employees do not carry such individual attitudes to the workplace.The need for ensuring gender diversity is a well recognized concept across the corporate world today.However, increasingly organizations are also making efforts to enrich their talent pool by adding creative voices to it as well as candidates whose core talents may lie outside academics.Having a few mavericks on boardIf you put 10 people with exactly similar backgrounds urban, male, upper middle class — on a project, the ideas that emerge from this group are likely to be limited.On the other hand, if you entrust a problem to a group with people from diverse backgrounds men, women, small towners and people with creative instincts, it is more likely to throw different types of solutions. It all boils down to having different minds at work and access to a wider talent pool.Globally, organizations are making special efforts to give opportunities to opportunity deprived differently-abled people with autism, down syndrome, speech and hearing defects or those with physical disabilities.Experts believe such employees do not just add a touch of conscious capitalism and social responsibility to organizations but are also much more dedicated, loyal with lower attrition rates. In India, this concept has only now started receiving attention.A large number of athletes in India play a variety of sports during school and college, some even making to district and state teams. Most of them do not turn pro and drop out from the sport to look for traditional jobs. Their discipline, physical and mental fitness, competitive spirit and dedication to team building makes up for what they lack in the field of academics.A 2014 research at Cornell University in the US found that people who played competitive sports during secondary school, displayed better leadership and success rates throughout their careers.Similarly, people from creative arts can bring their own creative approaches to problem solving which may add vibrance to an organization.advertisementMaking your culture amenable to allThere might be a brilliant computer programmer who is specially-abled and has different needs as an employee. There might be another remarkable data analyst who stammers and finds it hard to impress people with his verbal communication. As an employer, will you let go the services of such talents because they do not fit in? Or will you work to create an environment that is amenable to them and welcomes them into the organizational fold with open arms? This is a vital question that faces organizations today. Undoubtedly, creating more inclusive workplaces requires investment in time, money and effort, but it is worth making the effort.Apart from removing biases during hiring, it is equally important to sensitize the workforce to be assimilative and appreciative of differences be it of gender, background or physical ability. The leadership plays a vital role here by leading with example and showcasing the need to value diversity. Acceptance and belief for it flowing from top, makes it much easier for people to adapt.Respecting each other’s opinions and accepting the differences is the only way to create a workplace which is diverse, inclusive and well equipped for current and futuristic developments.With inputs from Rajeev Bhardwaj, Vice President, Human Resource, Sun Life Financial, Asia Service Centrelast_img read more

‘Germany should have banished Ozil & Gundogan’

first_imgGermany ‘Germany should have banished Ozil & Gundogan from World Cup’ Harry Sherlock 17:18 6/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Mesut Ozil Germany 2018 Getty Images Germany World Cup Germany v Mexico Germany v Sweden South Korea v Germany Mesut Özil İ. Gündoğan Stefan Effenberg, who was excluded from the 1994 World Cup squad, believes that both the Arsenal and Manchester City stars should have been dropped Former Germany international Stefan Effenberg believes that manager Joachim Low should have excluded both Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan from the national team ahead of the World Cup.Both players were pictured with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan last month, prompting a firestorm of controversy.Erdogan has been criticised for alleged human rights violations, as well as for jailing journalists. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Ozil has remained quiet on the matter, while Gundogan was whistled by supporters prior to a friendly encounter with Saudi Arabia.And Effenberg does not believe that the players should have been included in Germany’s squad for the tournament in Russia.”If you bet on certain values, as the DFB repeatedly conveys, then the decision can only be made by throwing the two players out,” said Effenberg.Effenberg has experience of being excluded from the national team, being thrown out of the panel in 1994 after making an obscene gesture towards the supporters.”Ozil and Gundogan have now been lucky that the DFB acted in this case in an inconsistent way, and not quickly.”Referring to Gundogan’s experience against the Saudis, Effenberg added: “That’s the worst thing that can happen to you, because you’re asking yourself a lot of questions, like the value of wearing this jersey.”Germany are regarded as one of the favourites to win the World Cup, and will face Mexico, Sweden and South Korea in Group F.last_img read more

Health Ministry On Mission To Reduce Obesity

first_imgStory Highlights In line with its promotion of healthy lifestyle habits to ward off NCDs, the Ministry launched the Food Dietary Guidelines in 2015. The manual provides broad guidelines for healthy food portions, such as increased fruit and vegetable consumption and proper food-preparation techniques. It also advises persons on items that should be reduced or removed from the diet, such as excess salt, sugar and processed foods. Under the National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Jamaica 2013 to 2018, the Ministry and its partners are implementing innovative measures to address obesity. “Data from the survey showed that about 99 per cent of the population is eating below the recommended level of fruits per day. The recommendation is two servings of fruit per day. The recommended guideline for vegetables is about three servings per day. Less than two per cent of the population is meeting those recommendations,” she tells JIS News.The survey also indicates that the prevalence of obesity in Jamaica is increasing, causing many NCDs, including Type 2 diabetes,  which affects some 150,000 Jamaicans, with one quarter suffering from high blood pressure. Other chronic illnesses arising from obesity are heart disease, stroke, cancers, infertility and osteoarthritis.Information in the report shows that obesity and age, coupled with poor lifestyle habits, are associated with increased rates of hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol in both males and females.In response to this, the Government has embarked on an aggressive, multisectoral action plan in the fight against obesity by promoting healthy lifestyle habits.Director of the Health Ministry’s Nutrition Unit, Sharmaine Edwards, tells JIS News that the Ministry is taking a multipronged approach to address the obesity epidemic by promoting exercise and healthy dietary choices.In April, the Ministry launched its ‘Jamaica Moves’ campaign to highlight the importance of physical activity for overall health. It encourages Jamaicans of all ages to engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise for a minimum of five days per week for good health.Regular exercise has many health benefits, including assisting in weight control, reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases, Type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, as well as strengthening and toning the body while promoting mental well-being. Another initiative introduced by the Ministry is the Food Industry Taskforce, which will make recommendations for healthy food options and support the State’s response to NCDs.“We are going to be looking at front-of-package labelling so that persons understand what they are putting into their bodies, because we don’t pay enough attention to that in terms of sugar, salt and fat. We want to engage the industry players to do some reformulation in reducing these levels of sugar, salt and fat or have an alternative so that persons have a choice. This is the dialogue that has begun,” she explains.As it relates to the burgeoning local fast food industry, Ms. Edwards said the Taskforce is in dialogue with restaurants and itinerant vendors operating cook shops to provide information on choices as well as to display the nutritional value of food served in these establishments. The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries is being consulted in this regard.“We are asking these franchises to have information (displayed) on the contents of their meals so that persons can make informed choices. We are not banning them, but we are saying, ‘let the people know what they are consuming’. Some franchises already have that in place in terms of the nutrient content of the meals that they serve,” she informs.This initiative engages all stakeholders in the food and beverage industry, government ministries and policymakers, as well as key quality-control agencies, such as the Scientific Research Council (SRC), the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) and the United Vendors Association.In line with its promotion of healthy lifestyle habits to ward off NCDs, the Ministry launched the Food Dietary Guidelines in 2015. The manual provides broad guidelines for healthy food portions, such as increased fruit and vegetable consumption and proper food-preparation techniques. It also advises persons on items that should be reduced or removed from the diet, such as excess salt, sugar and processed foods.center_img “Data from the survey showed that about 99 per cent of the population is eating below the recommended level of fruits per day. The recommendation is two servings of fruit per day. The recommended guideline for vegetables is about three servings per day. Less than two per cent of the population is meeting those recommendations,” The Ministry also deploys health workers and health-promotion officers to educate persons on healthy dietary practices.In addition to its programme of prevention, the Ministry also assists persons living with NCDs by providing specialised clinics each month at health centres across the island to manage these conditions. The Ministry of Health is leading a multisectoral approach to reduce the number of persons suffering from obesity.Under the National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Jamaica 2013 to 2018, the Ministry and its partners are implementing innovative measures to address this condition.Known as a ‘silent killer’, obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat accumulates to the extent that it negatively impacts an individual’s overall health.This is not to be confused with overweight, which is where a person has more body fat than is recommended for optimal health.President of the Jamaica Association of Professionals in Nutrition and Dietetics (JAPINAD), Vanessa White-Barrow, says that a healthy diet consisting largely of fruit and vegetables plays an important role in weight control.Data from the 2007-2008 Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey II conducted by the National Health Fund (NHF) and the University of the West Indies (UWI), of persons aged 15 to 74, show that nearly half of the population is not eating sufficient portions of these nutrient-rich foods.Mrs. White-Barrow says the study shows that an unhealthy diet, high in fat and low nutritional value, coupled with low levels of physical activity, is a major contributing factor to the high level of obesity in the country.last_img read more

Local Government Officials Exploring Strategies to Enhance Operations

first_img Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the staging of the inaugural conference on local governance provides the opportunity to explore strategies aimed at enhancing operations.He noted that with the local authorities being responsible for 75 per cent of the services provided to the public, it is important to review and examine measures to improve the direction of local governance.“The Ministry is responsible for roads, minor water supply, garbage collection, street light, cemeteries, public recreation, markets, butcher licence, infirmaries, community development… you name it.“All these services that the entire country needs require the input of local government, so we must have conferences of this nature to revisit and improve on how we approach matters,” he said while addressing the event being held at the Jewel Grande Montego Bay Resort in St. James.Among the critical areas being addressed at the three-day event, which got under way on July 17, is the enhanced training and sensitisation of staff about their roles and responsibilities. “This should improve the question of accountability to prevent deficiencies in the system,” Minister McKenzie pointed out.He welcomed the involvement of municipal members from other regions and noted that their participation in the conference signals the value of partnerships in strengthening and improving operations in Jamaica.For her part, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Marsha Henry Martin, shared that the conference is an important milestone for local governance in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.“At the end of this, we anticipate that the local government practitioners will be rejuvenated and recognise the requirement to be more accountable and responsive to the people,” she said.“A barber in his shop or hairdresser, the butcher, the developer and even the homeowner who desires to get an approved plan, persons who require welfare of cemetery services must engage the local authorities, and we want everyone to benefit from the highest quality of service from local practitioners,” Mrs. Henry Martin pointed out.She said that space has been created for interface and dialogue about these and other matters that are in support of the national growth thrust. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says the staging of the inaugural conference on local governance provides the opportunity to explore strategies aimed at enhancing operations. “The Ministry is responsible for roads, minor water supply, garbage collection, street light, cemeteries, public recreation, markets, butcher licence, infirmaries, community development… you name it. He noted that with the local authorities being responsible for 75 per cent of the services provided to the public, it is important to review and examine measures to improve the direction of local governance. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Something Old is New Again

first_imgSomething old will be new again when the House of Assembly reconvenes today, May 4, and resumes an age-old practice involving traditional headwear. Beginning today the Speaker of the House, the clerks and the sergeant-at-arms will be wearing tricorne or bicorne hats as they conduct their duties at the House. “The hats add to the decorum and unique character of the House and its proceedings,” said Speaker of the House Cecil Clarke. “The vast majority of Speakers in Canada, together with table officers, wear the tricorne hat, at least during ceremonial functions. They have done so for more than 200 years in many cases.” In Nova Scotia, the Speaker once wore a top hat. Mr. Clarke said this tradition has lapsed over the last several years. “I trust that all will agree that the reintroduction of the hats will add to the procedures of the House,” he said. While the Speaker and clerks will wear tricornes, the sergeant-at-arms will wear a two-sided hat known as a bicorne.last_img read more

Communism leaching

first_imgCommunist Party members must use this “pivotal moment” in history to help bring about a “democratic and transformative upsurge” to radically shift politics and mass thinking in the United States, party chair John Bachtell told delegates gathered in Chicago for the organisation’s 31st National Convention, coinciding with the centenary celebrations. With a series of interconnecting crises facing the world — including the escalating war danger in the Middle East, the climate crisis, and rampant militarisation — many see the current moment as one of “despair, fear, and division,” but Bachtell says it is also a “turning point moment” and one of “growing unity.” Also Read – A special kind of bondBachtell, who has headed the century-old party for five years, told convention delegates on June 22 they must act in the face of massive resistance by corporate interests and the radical right, symbolised and led by President Donald Trump. But the right’s anti-worker, anti-woman, anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant, and anti-Muslim moves have energised thousands of people to turn to socialism and to question the entire capitalist system, Bachtell declared in his keynote address. And the CP must take advantage of that. “We are the champions of the working class. We are part of a global movement for solidarity, peace, and sustainability,” Bachtell added, to applause. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe US party, established September 1, 1919, stands on the shoulders of past leaders and workers, such as Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Ho Chi Minh, Nelson Mandela, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, W.E.B. DuBois, and Angela Davis, Bachtell said. “The path to socialism we seek is non-violent, hopefully, one shaped by the battle at the ballot box. The working class, particularly people of colour, women, youth, and LGBTQ people are the core of the movement. It is a collaborative project shaped by the fight for the fullest democracy” possible and “the fullest flowering” of peoples, Bachtell said. Bachtell’s address, his last as party leader, laid out the capitalist threat to the globe, including militarism, xenophobia, racism, and denial of climate change. He also noted the fightback began literally the moment Trump was inaugurated, with the massive and historic women’s march — which included CP members — in 2017. And he warned the battle will take more than just mobilising for the 2020 elections. “Throughout our history, every time the working class wins, there’s been a reaction,” just as there is now. “Powerful capitalist and reactionary forces fear one thing above all else: The growing power of organised labour, people of colour, women, and the LGBTQ movement.” The fight against the capitalist class must be both on the streets, through organising, and also in the arena of ideas, Bachtell added. The second part is especially important since, as he pointed out, the working class and its allies are not yet settled as to who is the best person to beat Trump next year. Some 24 people seek the Democratic Party’s nomination, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, and former Vice President Joe Biden, among others. A counter-narrative is also needed, Bachtell noted, as Trump and the extreme right are attempting to sabotage the growing unity of progressives and the left “by spreading lies and disinformation in an attempt to hold power.” “Economic nationalism is aimed at exploiting” workers’ and peoples’ “fears and insecurities. Class supremacy, white supremacy, and male supremacy have been fused, and corruption and union-busting have been used” in a divide-and-conquer strategy, he explained. “Defeating the extreme right and the GOP is the most important thing we must do,” including ousting the “fossil fuel, military-industrial complex, and the industrial elite that constitutes its core.” It will take “maximum unity and alliance with other movements,” he said. “It will take the unity of the left and the center,” including even working with sometimes “unstable and unreliable” interests and “within and alongside the Democratic Party.” The Communist Party’s organising for 2020 will revolve around the major issues that are moving people into action and a positive vision of ideas, Bachtell explained. Those ideas range from strong labour law reform to combating global warming to legalising all immigrants, to opposing the Trump/GOP policies and attitudes that foster racism, xenophobia, white supremacy, male supremacy, and more. “And if Trump thinks he’s going to deport one million undocumented immigrants, he can go to hell!” Bachtell declared, to cheers. To engage in, influence, and lead the fight against the right, the party needs more people, especially young people, Bachtell said. The composition of the convention reflects that increase in youth participation and diversity, a report the day before showed. One-third of the 202 delegates were aged 44 or under. Some 10.3 per cent were African-American, another 10.3 per cent were Latinx, while 5 per cent were Afro-Caribbean, and 9.2 per cent were Jewish. But only 30 per cent were women — an imbalance the party pledged to work toward improving. Party membership has surged since Trump entered the Oval Office, and more of its local groups are joining with like-minded social movements to achieve their goals. There is a beacon of hope, Bachtell predicted, in that “many of the forces operating within the Democratic Party today” — along with CP members themselves—”will form the working-class party of tomorrow.” “Our ideas are now mainstream,” he added, noting that this isn’t the first time. The CP was the among the first advocates for enacting the minimum wage, Social Security, the National Labor Relations Act, Medicare, unemployment compensation, other progressive programmes, and to fight against the oppression of African-Americans and fight against fascism worldwide. “Ours is a vision where walls become bridges, weapons become plowshares, and capitalists go the way of kings and dinosaurs. This is our future if we rise to the challenge.” (Courtesy: People’s World The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more