Stacey Abrams draws credit and praise as Biden inches ahead in Georgia.

first_imgStacey Abrams, who earlier this year was on a short list of potential vice-presidential candidates, was ultimately not chosen by Joseph R. Biden Jr. But on Friday, as Mr. Biden took a narrow lead in Georgia, it was Ms. Abrams who was celebrated, a sign of her remarkable ascent as a power broker since her failed bid for governor of that state two years ago.Celebrities, activists and voters across Georgia credited Ms. Abrams with moving past her loss — she came within 55,000 votes of the governor’s mansion — and building a well-funded network of organizations that highlighted voter suppression in the state and inspired an estimated 800,000 residents to register to vote.- Advertisement – Still, Democrats in the state were jubilant.- Advertisement – “You have to build the infrastructure to organize and motivate your base, and you have to persuade people,” said Jason Carter, a Democrat who was the party’s candidate for governor in 2014. “Stacey built that infrastructure, and Donald Trump’s presidency energized that infrastructure, and it opened up voters to persuasion who were previously not open, particularly in the suburbs.”Mr. Biden pulled ahead of President Trump in Georgia, a state that has not elected a Democratic presidential candidate in nearly three decades, and maintained a slight lead throughout Friday. He was up about 4,100 votes Friday evening with more than 98 percent of the ballots counted. Because of the small margin, the secretary of state confirmed there would be a recount. Ms. Abrams declined to comment on Friday. But in a tweet, she wrote, “My heart is full.” And she cited the work of other activists. “Georgia, let’s shout out those who’ve been in the trenches and deserve the plaudits for change.”If Mr. Biden holds onto his slim lead in Georgia, her profile is likely to grow. – Advertisement –last_img read more

US protests defy curfews as Trump faces backlash for violent crackdown

first_imgIn New York, which on Tuesday prolonged its first curfew since World War II for the full week, AFP reporters saw hundreds refusing to go home after the 8:00 pm cutoff, instead chanting slogans and peacefully walking the streets in Manhattan and Brooklyn.Protestors attempting to cross the Manhattan bridge were pinned there for an extended period by police on both sides, but were finally allowed to return to Brooklyn, according to a New York Times reporter on the scene.Mayor Bill de Blasio told CNN it had been “much calmer” a day after several Manhattan luxury stores were looted, praising an increased and “vast presence” of police on the streets.Minnesota took one of the first concrete actions to address the grievances behind the uprising, which began after Floyd’s death on May 25 in the state’s largest city Minneapolis.The state launched a civil rights investigation of the Minneapolis Police Department, looking at possible “systemic discriminatory practices” going back 10 years, Governor Tim Walz tweeted.Former president George W. Bush called on the US to examine its “tragic failures” and to “listen to the voices of so many who are hurting and grieving.” And in Los Angeles, one of dozens of cities hit by unrest, police officers and Mayor Eric Garcetti dropped to their knees in a symbolic act of solidarity as they met marchers led by African-American Christian groups.”A black face should not be a sentenced to die, nor to be homeless, nor to be sick, nor to be underemployed, nor to be under-educated,” Garcetti told them, inviting the leaders into City Hall for a discussion about the issues.But protesters gathered outside Garcetti’s residence late into the evening. An AFP reporter witnessed a group of at least 200 refusing to disperse and subsequently arrested.’People liked my walk’  In Washington DC, thousands returned to the streets Tuesday for a peaceful “Black Lives Matter” march.Hours after the 7:00 pm curfew protesters could be heard chanting, as National Guard troops stood on the streets near the White House and helicopters hovered above. Broadcast footage showed police firing tear gas shortly after midnight, but the situation appeared to be calm overall. “I’m just tired, essentially, of being scared of police, of not getting justice,” said Jada Wallace, an 18-year-old protester outside the White House earlier who said she was ready to risk arrest.US President Donald Trump leaves the White House on foot to go to St John’s Episcopal church across Lafayette Park in Washington, DC on June 1, 2020. – US President Donald Trump was due to make a televised address to the nation on Monday after days of anti-racism protests against policebrutality that have erupted into violence. The White House announced that the president would makeremarks imminently after he has been criticized for not publicly addressing in the crisis in recent days. AFP/ Brendan Smialowski (AFP/Brendan Smialowski )In the same place on Monday, federal police had abruptly opened tear gas and fired rubber bullets to break up a non-violent protest, clearing a path for Trump to stroll outside for a photo-op at a historic church damaged the previous night.The move was loudly condemned by religious leaders, the president’s political rivals, and onlookers around the country.But Trump, who has rejected the traditional presidential role of healer, voiced glee on Twitter over the response in Washington and accused the leadership of New York — led by the rival Democratic Party — of succumbing to “Lowlife & Scum.””Overwhelming force. Domination,” he wrote, adding: “Washington, D.C., was the safest place on earth last night!”He pushed back against the criticism later on Twitter, writing: “You got it wrong! If the protesters were so peaceful, why did they light the Church on fire the night before? People liked my walk.”‘Despicable looters’ Joe Biden, Trump’s presumptive Democratic rival in November elections, denounced the crackdown as an abuse of power and promised, if elected, to tackle the “systemic racism” in the country.”Donald Trump has turned this country into a battlefield driven by old resentments and fresh fears,” Biden said in a speech in Philadelphia, also hit by violence. The United States also faced unusual, if polite, criticism from some international allies including Germany, Britain and Australia.German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called the anti-racism protests “understandable and more than legitimate.””I hope that these peaceful protests won’t slide further into violence, but even more than that I hope that they will make a difference in the United States,” Maas told reporters.A Las Vegas officer was in “grave condition” Tuesday after being shot during protests overnight. An armed Hispanic man was shot and killed by police after raising his gun in a separate, nearby incident.Four officers were also shot overnight in St. Louis. None of the injuries was life-threatening.Our highest respect to the family of David Dorn, a Great Police Captain from St. Louis, who was viciously shot and killed by despicable looters last night. We honor our police officers, perhaps more than ever before. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/0ouUpoJEQ4— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 3, 2020But one retired St Louis police captain was shot dead early Tuesday outside a ransacked store.Trump tweeted that David Dorn, who was black, was “viciously shot and killed by despicable looters.”Topics : Protesters defied curfews across the United States Tuesday as leaders scrambled to stem anger over police racism while President Donald Trump rejected criticism over his use of force to break up a peaceful rally.Standoffs between police and demonstrators stretched into the night in cities from New York to Los Angeles over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man whose killing has brought once-in-a-generation protests to the nation for the past week.But there were fewer reports of the looting and violence that had soured street demonstrations in previous nights. Tens of thousands gathered earlier in Houston to pay a hometown tribute to Floyd, who grew up in the Texas city and is to be buried there next week.”Today is… about George Floyd’s family — we want them to know that George did not die in vain,” Mayor Sylvester Turner told an estimated 60,000 people.A tearful Roxie Washington, the mother of Floyd’s six-year-old daughter, told a news conference she wanted “justice for him because he was good.”No matter what anybody thinks, he was good.”last_img read more

Hollywood Beach did the Jamaican Jam

first_imgCity of Hollywood’s Hollywood Beach, was transformed into Carnival central allowing visitors to experience a first-hand taste of Jamaica’s Bacchanal 2017, in Caribbean Airlines’ Jamaica “Wanna Jam” Promotion on March 25.The section of Hollywood Beach, between Buchanan Street and Michigan Street,  which is just a few steps south of the popular Margaritaville Resort, came alive with the sounds of authentic soca and dancehall music by Y100’s DJ GQ and costumed revelers.The promotion featured dance competitions and steelpan lessons. One lucky person also won two tickets courtesy Caribbean Airlines to fly away to the sunny isle of Jamaica.“Caribbean Airlines is thrilled to offer this once in a lifetime opportunity for a lucky winner and a guest to enjoy the party side of Jamaica. From the music to the costumes, to the energy, Carnival in Kingston is just a flight a way. We want our customers to know when they are thinking about an airline, Caribbean Airlines is the best choice, as the experience of the islands begin the moment you board, with daily flights from Ft Lauderdale to Kingston and Montego Bay and seamless connections throughout the Caribbean region,” Caribbean Airlines’ Senior Marketing Manager, Alicia Cabrera, said.“Caribbean Airlines would like to specially thank the City of Hollywood, City of Hollywood parks and recreation department, Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency, and the Greater Ft Lauderdale Visitors and Conventions Bureau, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association and the Jamaica Tourist Board,” she added.Caribbean Airlines has been the official airline sponsor of Bacchanal Jamaica for the past four (years, and eagerly anticipates the 2017 carnival celebrations in Jamaica, which run from April 15th – 23rd and culminate in the colourful Road March parade on April 23rd.“Caribbean Airlines has always been integral to the Bacchanal Jamaica experience. It is with their support that we have been able to create a truly Caribbean experience with performers from across the region coming together in Jamaica for a wonderful celebration,” Charmaine Franklin, Director of Bacchanal Jamaica, said.Caribbean Airlines offers an all-inclusive in-flight experience with complimentary authentic Caribbean meals and signature cocktails.  Also, all passengers first checked bag always flies free and economy passengers can pay just U$$25 plus taxes for a second checked-bag. This rate is one of the lowest in the global airline industrylast_img read more

Media barred from prison CoI

first_img– Public Security Minister dodges transparency questionMembers of the media were on Monday barred from hearing the testimonies of members of the Prison Service at the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the deadly Camp Street Prison fire. This decision followed aPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan speaking with the media at the Guyana Fire Service on Mondaymeeting with Commissioners which delayed the start of Monday’s session.Sometime after 10:30h, Chairman of the CoI, retired Justice James Patterson advised that the testimonies would be done “in-camera”. Before the public was ushered out of the proceeding, Justice Patterson had stated that he would inform the media as to when they would be allowed to return.One of the key witnesses expected to testify at Monday’s session was Prison Officer Lyken (only name given). Lyken, who was reportedly ordered by his superiors to take video footage of the prison riots, was poised to give his version of the events which led to the deaths of 17 inmates. Notably, this publication witnessed equipment being set up to present the video footage taken as evidence.In the past weeks, controversy had ensued when the Attorney representing the Joint Services, Selwyn Pieters had made constant references to the footage in grilling his witnesses despite the said footage not being tendered as evidence. When upbraided by the CoI Chairman, Pieters threatened to resign from the CoI.Justice Patterson had raised concerns over the way in which the video footage was released to the public. In the footage, which was shown to the media operatives on April 4, prisoner Collis Collison and members of riot forces were shown to be engaged in an altercation.Attorneys representing the Guyana Bar Association had later raised concerns over the lack of transparency regarding the non-disclosure of the Standard Operating Procedures which govern the Joint Services operations at the Camp Street Prison.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan was on Monday questioned by the media over the closed-door setting and concerns about lack of transparency with the process. Ramjattan whilst evading the question of transparency posited that it was within the authority of the Chairman to allow such a move.“The CoI is controlled by the CoI members…he has authority to do that I suppose under the Terms of Reference and if he thinks it is a matter for security reasons, why not?” the Minister posited.Notably, Station Officer at the Guyana Fire Service, Andrew Holder was last week allowed to disclose what inmates related to him when he carried out his investigation as to the cause of the deadly fire. Holder had concluded that the fire emanated from inside the Camp Street facilities and that inmates were indeed responsible.“It is my conclusion that this fire occurred as a result of a prisoner or more than one prisoner setting fire to mattress or mattresses within the prison walls,” Holder had noted.last_img read more