Categories: Editorial, OpinionFor The Daily GazetteEach January, the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission’s MLK Coalition and all Americans join together to honor the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther, Jr.In 2018, marked the 50th anniversary of that tragic day on which Dr. King’s life was taken, making this a fitting opportunity as we are in a new decade and our in critical times in our nation to reflect upon some of the most important principles that Dr. King fought for-those of liberty, peace, equality and justice for all. Last year marked the 90th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who was born on Jan. 15, 1929.Dr. King was dedicated to achieving his vision of civil rights for all people and his voice and words were heard by millions across our great nation and the world. He was committed to human rights, civil rights and social justice and had a determination to follow a course of social change through non-violent means and which cost him his life for us to have the human rights and civil rights we have in America today. The King we rarely talk about fought to remake America’s political and economic system from the ground up.Fifty years after he was assassinated in Memphis and celebrating his 90th birthday, I pose a question to you: How should we remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? Dr. King has been primarily positively portrayed through his magnificent “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered before the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.King called on America to live up to its historic ideals of equal rights, in which all people would be defined by the “content of their character” and not the color of their skin. One major failing in how we remember King is our typing of him as a civil rights leader, the activist and pastor. However, we do not type him as a Baptist pastor, preacher, theologian and scholar.But King offered just such an analysis. Remembering King’s unfinished fight for economic justice, broadly conceived, might help us to better understand the relevance of his legacy to us today.It might help us to realize that King’s moral discourse about the gap between the “haves and the have-nots” resulted from his role in the labor movement as well as in the civil rights movement. The nation may honor him now, but we should also remember the right-wing crusade against him in his own time as he sought just alternatives to America’s exploitative racial capitalism. How we remember King matters.It helps us to see where we have been and to understand King’s unfinished agenda for our own times and generations to come. Ang A. Morris is executive director of the Schenectady County Human Rights Commission.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census We know him as a civil rights advocate, but he also waged a lifelong struggle for economic justice and the empowerment of poor and working-class people of all colors.Beyond his dream of civil rights lay a demand that every person have the right to vote, adequate food, education, a decent job and income and housing. In the months before he traveled to Memphis in 1968 to participate in a garbage-workers’ strike and was assassinated, King had been crisscrossing the country for weeks, promoting a multi-racial coalition to pressure Congress to reallocate money from the Vietnam War to money for human needs.In a speech dated March 10, 1968, which took place in New York City, King said:“One America is flowing with the milk of prosperity and honey of equality and that America is the habitat of millions of people who have food and materials necessities for their bodies, culture and education for their minds, freedom and human dignity for their spirits.“But as painfully aware of the fact that there is another America, and that other America has daily ugliness about it that transforms the buoyancy of hope with the fatigue of despair” King called it the “Poor People’s Campaign,” and it promoted an “economic bill of rights for all Americans,” which included five pillars: a meaningful job at a living wage; a secure and adequate income; access to land; access to capital, especially for poor people and minorities; and the ability for ordinary people to “play a truly significant role” in the government. In 2020, when “everything decent and fair in American life” is under threat, as King also said it was during his time, we might do well to remember his fight for economic justice as part of King’s dream for a better America that was all encompassing.
Cristian Pavon was linked with a move to the Emirates last summer (Getty Images)A name consistently linked with a move to Arsenal last summer prior to his and Argentina’s rather flat World Cup performance, at 23 the time may have come for Cristian Pavon to end his association with Boca Juniors and head to Europe.Pavon has been earmarked as an alternative option to Fraser by Football.London, and will likely be in a similar price bracket. Unlike Fraser, he is an out-and-out right-sided winger, although he too is renowned for his pace and directness.Leandro Trossard (Genk) Comment How would Ryan Fraser fit in at Arsenal? And three alternatives if they don’t get him Ryan Fraser has been in outstanding form for Bournemouth this season (Getty Images)Arsenal have plenty left to play for this season with a place in the top-four and a potential Europa League final both firmly in their sights but that hasn’t prevented Unai Emery from starting to plan ahead.Although Arsenal have yet to replace their former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, it appears as though Emery and his scouting department are pressing on over potential signings to target in the summer.How much money Emery will have to work with will likely depend on how successful the team are from now until the end of the campaign. Ensuring a top-four finish would theoretically swell the coffers while a failure to secure Champions League football either via a league finish or Europa League win, should make things more restrictive.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt is perhaps with that uncertainty in mind that the names Arsenal are currently being linked with are generally priced at the mid to low end of the transfer spectrum. Bournemouth’s diminutive Scottish winger Ryan Fraser is a case in point with his contract at the Vitality set to expire in 14 months.ADVERTISEMENT How Arsenal could line up with Ryan Fraser (Metro)Signing Fraser could result in Emery reverting to a back four system such as a 4-2-3-1 with the Scot either playing on the left with another winger on the other side, or on the right should Aubameyang drop into a left-sided position.AdvertisementAdvertisementFraser’s best performances in the Premier League have come via the left wing – as Hector Bellerin will attest having been given the runaround by him during the 2016-17 season – but his ability to play on either side or centrally as an attacking midfielder would be useful to a manager who expects adaptability from his players.Could it happen?Bournemouth certainly won’t want to lose a player who has performed such a key role during their recent ascent but should they fail to agree a new contract with him, they will be put in an uncomfortable position with the summer window representing their last chance to sell him for a big fee.Fraser himself hasn’t exactly dismissed the reported interest, saying: ‘I’m not going to lie, it’s very nice. It means you are are doing something right. They are a huge club, a massive club.‘When you see your name thrown around you always think to yourself that you are a Bournemouth player and you try to do well. I’m not going to lie, you do feel good, especially when it’s a massive club.’However, Bournemouth would be keen to avoid selling him to a Premier League rival and may dig their heels in to try and tempt him to commit long-term or else move him on to a club outside of England. Foreign clubs can negotiate with Premier League players six months before their contracts expire, while domestic clubs cannot.Taking the above into consideration, here are three alternatives that Arsenal are also reportedly pursuing:AdvertisementNicolas Pepe (Lille) Advertisement Fraser has created more ‘big chances’ (21) than anyone else in the Premier League while five of his ten assists have been for Callum Wilson (Getty Images)At a time when player valuations have reached a point of hyper-inflation, players reaching the end of their contracts are more desirable than ever before. Like Fraser, Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, are two who fall into that particular bracket.Although Fraser’s contractual situation undoubtedly adds to his appeal, his performances for the perennially over-achieving Cherries have warranted closer inspection from the top clubs. Only Hazard with 11 has more Premier League assists than Fraser on ten, this season, while he ranks fourth in the division for chances created with 71.Should Arsenal manage to strike a deal for the man the Bournemouth natives refer to as ‘Wee Man’ what kind of player would they be getting hold of? And where would he fit into Emery’s constantly evolving tactical plans?Versatility and creativityA meek recent surrender to Manchester City aside, Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth aren’t usually a side that compromise their principles to counter-act the strengths of their opponents, generally playing the same way both home and away. Oliver Young-MylesThursday 4 Apr 2019 2:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link718Shares Unai Emery will be looking to add to his squad over the summer (Getty Images)Bournemouth tend to line up 4-4-2 most weeks and if they deviate from Plan A it is usually just to go to a slightly more conservative 4-5-1 with the versatile Josh King dropping into a wide position and David Brooks moving into a No.10 role.Howe’s approach has probably had a beneficial effect on Fraser’s form as he has pretty much exclusively played as a left winger all season. According to Whoscored, 29 of Fraser’s 32 Premier League appearances this season have come from that side. All of his ten assists and six goals, meanwhile, have been from that position.While Howe has enjoyed consistency with his selection on the left flank, Emery has not with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Henrikh Mkhitaryan Alex Iwobi and more recently, Sead Kolasinac, tasked with providing creativity from that side.The indifferent form of Iwobi allied to Denis Suarez’s failure to make an impression since his January loan from Barcelona, has resulted in Emery predominantly using a 3-4-1-2/3-4-2-1 system in recent games with Kolasinac acting as a marauding wing-back. Advertisement Leandro Trossard is yet to be capped by Belgium at senior level (Getty Images)Probably the least well known of Arsenal’s reported targets considering he is yet to make his international debut for Belgium, Leandro Trossard has emerged on the radar of big clubs this season thanks to his performances for Genk in the Europa League.The 24-year-old scored three goals and provided one assist for in the group stages while he has also ten goals in 23 games in the Belgian top-flight. Everton and Wolfsburg are also said to be monitoring his form and he is reportedly available for just €16m.AdvertisementMore: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Nicolas Pepe has been one of the breakout stars of the season (Getty Images)Nicolas Pepe would be the standout option and is a player who was strongly recommended by Mislintat prior to his departure in February. The 23-year-old Ivorian has enjoyed a devastating campaign in Ligue 1, scoring 18 goals and registering nine assists in 30 games.A major stumbling block is likely to be his price tag with Lille’s president Gerard Lopez stating last month that he will cost interested clubs £68.7m. That would likely price Arsenal out with Barcelona and Bayern Munich perhaps more likely destinations for the forward.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityCristian Pavon (Boca Juniors)
The Dutch regulator could outsource supervision of “low-risk” pension funds to private sector providers, it has said.The pensions supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) said pension funds with a low risk profile and sound internal supervision could have some regulatory tasks handed over to external providers.In a report about “proportional and effective supervision”, published last week, DNB said the conclusions were the result of a survey – based on feedback from the sector – into whether supervision had been excessive since the financial crisis.According to Frank Elderson, supervisory director for pension funds at the regulator, DNB could, for efficiency reasons, request certain information from providers rather than from pension funds. However, as providers are currently not supervised by DNB, involving them would require legal changes.Elderson said that DNB would also consider sourcing information from asset managers.The report also suggested increased remote supervision of low-risk pension funds, with DNB relying on information and statements from external parties, including actuaries and accountants.Elderson added that a scheme’s funding could also be used as a criterion for relaxing supervision.Jan Sijbrand, DNB’s chairman for supervision, pointed out that the report was the result of a “listen project”, and that the watchdog had compiled a list with more than 100 issues based on signals and complaints from the sector.The report said the regulator’s ad hoc requests – such as for sector and themed surveys – posed the largest supervisory burden for pension funds, as they sometimes came unexpectedly and had short deadlines.DNB rejected warnings from the sector that boards had become distracted by regulations and could not pay sufficient attention to risk management and strategy as a consequence.The survey, however, found that the boards of small pension funds often had to spend more than 30% of their available time on regulations, with indirect costs making up 75% of total supervision costs, compared to 40% at large schemes.The watchdog also promised to proportionally apply the IORP II directive’s requirements for key positions to small and medium-sized pension funds, which were worried that they no longer could outsource, for example, actuarial services.DNB said that it was open to a dialogue with pension funds about their proposals for adhering to the rules set by IORP II.
Elena Burmistrova (Image courtesy of Gazprom)Russian gas giant Gazprom said on Wednesday it had resumed natural gas supplies to Azerbaijan.Gazprom Export, a unit of Gazprom, and the Azeri state energy firm SOCAR reached an agreement under which gas supplies were to start on November 22, according to a Gazprom statement.Gazprom will deliver a total of 1.6 billion cubic meters of Russian gas to Azerbaijan under contract.“We have a long history of partnership with Azerbaijan in the field of natural gas trading. It is encouraging to see this relationship flourish and move to the next level,” said Elena Burmistrova, Director General of Gazprom Export.
“I believe, yes, we are winning the war,” says National Task Force (NTF) COVID-19 Chief Implementor Secretary Carlito Galvez. PNA Galvez made the statement in a virtual press conference at the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) in Cebu City where he praised Central Visayas response on the pandemic. “I believe, yes, we are winning the war. The country is winning the fight against COVID-19,” Galvez said. “Ako’y natutuwa na napakaganda ng coordination ng LGU. Napakaganda ng coordination ng private sector at saka ang ng leadership katulad ng leadership na ginawa ni Secretary Mike Dino na he was able to mobilize the private sector,” he added. MANILA – The Philippines is on the right track in terms of its fight against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, National Task Force (NTF) COVID-19 Chief Implementor Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said. Galvez also said that the NTF is now preparing the protocols to prevent the occurrence of the second wave and these include the setting up of one-stop-shop testing centers at the airports and ports. Based on the latest count from the Department of Health, there were a total of 14,035 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, 3,249 of which have recovered and 868 have died./PN
PLATTE CENTER, Neb. – Drivers in IMCA’s South Central Region for Modifieds enjoy title sponsorship from a chassis builder on the cutting edge again in 2015.Razor Chassis provides a portion of the $6,000 point fund to be paid to top 10 drivers in the region, which includes tracks in Texas and southern New Mexico, for a second consecutive year.Owned by Travis Roth, Razor manufactures both Modified and Northern SportMod chassis and also retails high performance parts.The Platte Center, Neb., company won North Central Region honors in IMCA’s 2013 Manufacturer’s Cup contest. Razor shared that title and finished third in the overall cup standings last season.“The Razor brand has been a force in IMCA Modified racing each of the past two seasons and their drivers have helped them capture at least a share of regional Manufacturers’ Cup championships,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “They are off to a strong start again in 2015 and I anticipate seeing a number of Razor cars at the top of regional and national points again this year.”The top driver in regional standings earns $2,500. The runner-up gets $1,250 with $625 for third, $325 for fourth, $300 for fifth and $200 for sixth through 10th.All drivers must display two Razor Chassis decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund shares.More information about Razor-built chassis is available by calling 402 246-2021, at the www.razorchassisbyclark.net website and on Facebook.William Gould is the two-time defending champion in the Razor Chassis South Central Region.
Press Association The fans turned on Pardew, demanding his resignation and calling for owner Mike Ashley to leave, yet the 53-year-old managed to turn the tide, steering United out of danger and up the table. The reaction of supporters when he finally did leave was mixed. Some claimed he had been harshly treated, others suggested he had made the right move in getting out. Pardew will get some idea as to what the hardcore fans thought of him on Wednesday at Selhurst Park when Palace face Newcastle, not that he is overly concerned. “I’m not expecting or hoping for any reaction,” declared Pardew. “We had some great times together. It was not so great the last year, but on the whole my experience there was great. “I thought I did a good job and walked out with my head held high, and so I’m looking forward to the game. “I’ve still got all my staff there and my players, and they’re close to my heart. “It will be strange because after four years after living every part of that football club and that city, good and bad, it’s emotional. After four years in charge of the Magpies, Pardew quit at the end of December to return to Palace, a club he played for between 1987 and 1991. Pardew’s reign on Tyneside was occasionally a turbulent one, never more so than after the club’s dismal start to the current campaign when they claimed just four points from the opening seven matches to leave them bottom of the Barclays Premier League. “It will be a slightly different game for me.” Pardew will be delighted to see current Newcastle caretaker John Carver again, describing him as a “dear friend of mine”. All sentiment will be put to one side on Wednesday when Palace are likely to be slight favourites to continue their own rise up the table. Joe Ledley’s 55th-minute header at the King Power Stadium on Saturday was enough to give Palace a 1-0 win over Leicester, a fifth victory in six matches under Pardew since he took charge. “It was important we reacted well to the Everton defeat (a 3-2 loss the previous weekend),” added Pardew. “We showed resilience and had to really defend for our lives, and now we have set up the next game against my old team.” Pardew is hopeful a work permit will finally arrive for new signing Papa Souare on Monday following the left-back’s move from Lille at the end of the January transfer window, enabling him to play against the Magpies. Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew faces former club Newcastle this week in the firm belief he departed with his “head held high”.
GUYANESE Kristian Jeffrey ended his first year under contract with the Radical Works team in England on a high after securing several podium finishes.Driving in the SR3 cup, Jeffrey concluded the yearly championship in fifth after finishing third, fourth and second respectively.In the first race, the Guyanese qualified fourth on the grid before moving up one place to finish on the podium.He returned to finish fourth in race two and then second in his final race of the season.By virtue of his performance, the Guyanese was voted the driver-of-the-weekend award with an entry to race in Barcelona in two weeks’ time.
… Seejattan, Deodass, Seebarran also gain trophiesANDREW King and Matthew Vieira retained their Group Four and Superstock championships respectively on a night of Gala celebrations at Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s (GMR&SC) awards ceremony.At Parc Rayne on Monday night, loud applause filled the air as King was announced as the Group Four champion, retaining the title he won last year.On Sunday, in the final leg of the GMR&SC’s Clash of Champions, King was unstoppable in his group, staving off the challenges of two-time Caribbean Champion Kristian Jeffrey as well as his father Kevin and Barbados’ Mark Maloney.King’s team also won the award for the best circuit racing team/mechanics after wins throughout the year locally, as well as in Barbados.Group threeMotilal Deodass snatched the group three Championship off Vishok and Danny Persaud respectively.Andrew King retained his group four title. (Mikey Spice photo)The Motor Trend-sponsored Toyota Starlet was in fine form all year, being more reliable than the rest of the group to win the championship.Despite a late charge from Stefan Jeffrey and his Honda Civic, Deodass had gained enough points in the earlier rounds to ensure that coming down to last weekend, the bare minimal would do.On the day, there were wins for Jeffrey and Barbadian Suleman Esuf.Choke Starlet CupIn addition to winning group three, Deodass also walked away with the Starlet Cup win overall.Despite winning one race during the final day, he had more than enough points accumulated throughout the year to ensure that there was no serious threat to his title.Anand Ramchand picked up two Starlet Cup wins but that was not enough to get him the title.In addition to the trophy, Deodass also received $500 000 from the group’s title sponsor, Choke gas station.Group twoShan Seejattan and his K20-powered Special Auto Honda Civic picked up the overall win for this class ahead of Chet Singh and Paul Vieira; but that was not without a fight on the day.Seejattan, like many others, had amassed a decent cushion heading into the final round butand walked away with podium finishes on the night.In that class, there were wins for Rameez Mohamed, Ahmed Esuf (Barbados) and Vieira in that class.In addition to the trophy, Seejattan won a ticket to Miami, compliments of Executive Travel Service.MIRACLE OPTICAL SPORT TUNERMohamed F. Ahmad was crowned the champion of this group and he fought to the last race for it.The Honda Civic driver was on the podium for all three races of the weekend and even won two of them, securing his place for the year as the Miracle Optical Sports Tuner Champion.He also pocketed $500 000 from series sponsor Miracle Optical for his win.STREET TUNERRaymond Seebarran added another championship trophy to his cabinet with the Street Tuner win. The former karting champion was in fine form with two wins on the day and for his efforts, was able to win the championship. In addition to the trophy, he secured $500 000 from Prem’s Electrical.125CC BIKESThe 125cc ‘light bike’ class was won by Terrance Clarke. Despite not winning any of the races on the weekend, Clarke had amassed enough points to have a cushion to race winners Steven Vieira and Steven Nobrega. Cyril’s Taxi Service handed US$100 to Clarke for winning this classSTREETSDwayne Caesar won the Street Bike class with one win and one second-place finish on the day. The weather was not conducive to have them complete the final race of the day but the eventual champion had already won the title. He pocked US$150 from Cyril’s Taxi and US$200 from Windjammer.SUPERSPORT BIKESWhile it was Team Mohamed’s Enterprise that showed the best form on the day, Matthew Vieira won the overall Superstock Bike class. The young Vieira finished with one third and two fourth-place finishes to ensure that the championship remained with him.
Shiza Shahid, a 25-year-old social entrepreneur who cofounded the Malala Fund, spoke about the importance of empowering girls through education on Wednesday afternoon.The event was co-sponsored by Speakers Committee and Political Student Assembly.The event began with a presentation by Shahid, followed by a Q&A session moderated by professor Fran Seegull, an adjunct professor at the Marshall School of Business, followed by a meet-and-greet.Shahid quit her job after Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education and rights and co-founded the Malala Fund, a nonprofit organization that works to break the cycle of poverty and empower girls through education.The Malala Fund has been promoting secondary education for girls in six countries, including Pakistan, Nigeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Sierra Leone and Kenya. Forbes reported that the organization has raised $400,000 in funding, half of which came from the World Bank and the other half from Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.During her presentation, Shahid showed a CNN news video of the summer camp in Pakistan she planned for girls, including Yousafzai, to inspire them to better advocate for the change that they believe in.“I was really excited about engaging with students here because it’s a great university and has an emphasis on entrepreneurship,” Shahid said. “I was excited to see a lot of international students and women in the audience. I’m really excited to see some of these students go forward to create social businesses and nonprofits that take on social issues.”Due to her efforts in advocating for young girls and their education, Shahid was recently named one of TIME’s “30 People Under 30 Changing the World” and one of Forbes’ “2015 30 Under 30: Social Entrepreneurs.”Joshua Chang, marketing director of Speakers Committee, said that he hopes attendees use their education in an impactful manner.“It’s important for USC students to attend because some of the USC students are entrepreneurship majors and they could see an example of what they could do with their majors,” Chang said. “She’s a great role model for students to look up to.”“I loved how her call-to-action was for everyone. Whatever your passions are, whatever your background is, you can affect change wherever you are,” said Olivia Chui, a sophomore majoring in business administration and communication.Merhawi Tecle, a senior majoring in political economy, said the talk empowered women and encouraged the pursuit of dreams.“Being a brother of three sisters, I’ve always seen my parents, even though they’re very supportive, to wish me to do well and follow my dreams but to my sisters that they should eventually have a child and live up to these female responsibilities,” he said.Shahid wanted to inspire others through her personal stories and experiences.“I hope students walk away with some thoughts to reflect on in terms of their own life choices,” Shahid said. “I always share my personal stories because I want to talk about the experiences that I’ve had and students can reflect on their own journeys and what they’re passionate about, what they want to do with their life and what they’re empowered [by] to make a difference.”