a month agoFiorentina boss Montella insists no regrets over his time with AC Milan

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Fiorentina boss Montella insists no regrets over his time with AC Milanby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFiorentina boss Vincenzo Montella has no regrets over his time with AC Milan.The Viola meet Milan later tonight.“It was a fantastic experience, we won a trophy, which some people conveniently forget,” said Montella, referring to the Italian Super Cup against Juventus.“We didn’t purchase practically any players and still qualified for Europe, which hadn’t happened for a few years. I don’t consider that a negative time at all.“When I was at Milan, Suso, Patrick Cutrone and Davide Calabria were set to be sold. I think we did good work with homegrown talents like Manuel Locatelli and Gianluigi Donnarumma.” last_img read more

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Video: Duke’s Grayson Allen Appeared To Intentionally Trip Louisville’s Raymond Spalding

first_imgGrayson Allen on the floor against Rhode Island.PITTSBURGH, PA – MARCH 17: Grayson Allen #3 of the Duke Blue Devils looks on against the Rhode Island Rams during the second half in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 17, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Duke and Louisville are locked into a tight battle at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils led by as many as 14 but now trail late in the contest.During the second half, Duke’s Grayson Allen drove to the basket and was knocked down. While he was on the ground, he appeared to intentionally trip Louisville’s Raymond Spalding, who had corralled the ball and was dribbling up court.yep, that’s a trip by Grayson Allen … https://t.co/hAfZbZaFGb— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) February 9, 2016Definitely looks like he meant to do that.last_img read more

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12th annual Printemps du MAC ELO LEO a spectacular event benefitting the

first_img“Springtime in Montréal always has a special vibe, and this festive, happy and electric evening captures that feeling perfectly. It’s a terrific event to organize, and it supports a vital cause: the Foundation of the MAC. Being a part of it is a very hands-on way to support the Foundation and, in so doing, remind people of the importance of contemporary art in the affirmation and development of our culture and its immeasurable value to our society,” says Stefanie Stergiotis(Transat A.T.), Co-chair of the Printemps du MAC Organizing Committee.ELO LEO: A timeless soirée enlivened by beatnik sounds and geometric designsCreated by La Maison W, in collaboration with the Printemps du MAC Organizing Committee, the evening theme is a phonetic salute to Leonard Cohen’s work and will cap the Leonard Cohen – Une brèche en toute chose / A Crack in Everything exhibition in memorable fashion.The theme is also inspired by the beatnik movement. “This period is synonymous with freedom and rebirth, just like spring. So we took this artistic movement and added a touch of modern. As soon as guests arrive, they will be immersed in a monochromatic graphic universe, where shapes, lines, curves and crosshatching will create a hypnotic effect,” explains Nikolaos Lerakis, Managing Director at La Maison W Montréal.TICKETS ON SALE NOWPrice: $175A receipt for charitable donations will be issued for the eligible portion of the amount.To buy tickets:www.printempsdumac.comOr contact us at 514-847-6272 / fondation.mac@macm.orgPrintemps du MAC 2018 Organizing Committee, Montréal’s can’t-miss event this springThe Foundation of the MAC wishes to offer its heartfelt thanks to Honorary Chair Martin-Luc Archambault (AmpMe), Co-chairs Alexandra Mohsen (SSENSE Canada) and Stefanie Stergiotis (Transat A.T.), as well as the members of the Printemps du MAC 2018 Organizing Committee, who so graciously put in the time and effort to make the event a success.Members: Alexandra De Roy (SNC-Lavalin), Ariane Bisaillon (Blakes), Catherine Plourde (De Grandpré Joli-Coeur), Isabelle Nazon (McCarthy Tétrault), Luana-Ann Church (Quebecor), Lysandre Laferrière (Gowling WLG), Marie-Josée Therrien (BDC), Marion-Isabelle Muszynski (BNC), Shady Ahmad (Budge Studios), Virginie Bourgeois (Danone Waters), Annette Nguyen (Newad), Benjamin Lessard-Nguyen (Freedom 55 Financial), Isabelle Nazon (McCarthy), Marc-Antoine Dufresne(BFL Canada), Sophie La Flèche (Stingray).Printemps du MAC was created in 2006 as a means to raise awareness among younger generations of contemporary art and the crucial role the MAC plays in protecting and promoting this heritage in Quebec, Canada and the world.Every year, the event dazzles under the guidance of the Printemps du MAC Organizing Committee, a group of young philanthropists passionate about contemporary art, whose mission is to plan a unique event with genuine added value for guests as well as provide the MAC with exposure benefitting the Foundation of the Musée d’art contemporain.Since its inception, the Printemps du MAC event has raised nearly $1,200,000 for the Foundation. When you buy tickets, you are supporting the MAC and its Foundation in a very real way, while also contributing to our society’s cultural and artistic enhancement.About the MAC FoundationThe Foundation of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal is dedicated to supporting the museum in its various activities, with a focus on building the collection, mounting exhibitions and maintaining educational programs. To achieve this mission, the Foundation’s mandate is to raise funds from organizations and individuals interested in promoting and preserving contemporary art from Québec, Canada and abroad. In this way, the Foundation helps raise the profile of the collection at the heart of Canada’s premier institution devoted exclusively to contemporary art.About the Musée d’art contemporain de MontréalLocated in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal makes today’s art a vital part of Montréal and Québec life. For more than fifty years, this vibrant museum has brought together local and international artists, their works and an ever growing public. It is also a place of discovery, offering visitors experiences that are continually changing and new, and often unexpected and stirring. The Musée presents temporary exhibitions devoted to outstanding and relevant current artists who provide their own, particular insight into our society, as well as exhibitions of works drawn from the museum’s extensive permanent collection. They may feature every form of expression: digital and sound works, installations, paintings, sculptures, ephemeral pieces, and more. In addition to its wide range of educational activities familiarizing the general public with contemporary art, the Musée organizes unique artistic performances and festive events. It is a window onto a myriad of avant-garde expressions that extend the reach of art throughout the city and beyond.macm.org/en/About La Maison WLa Maison W has offices in Montreal and Paris, comprising a team of strategic advisors, designers, architects and copywriters. La Maison W mobilizes its expertise in design, branding and architecture to help brands build unique and memorable client experiences. La Maison W’s most notable clients include Maripier Morin, Ivanhoé-Cambridge, Montreal Museumof Contemporary Art, Roland-Garros, Sofitel and Pernod Ricard. The Printemps du MAC (CNW Group/Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Facebook MONTRÉAL, March 15, 2018 – The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) is the place to be this coming Friday, April 13, from 9 p.m. on, when it holds the 12th edition of the famous Printemps du MAC event. The exceptional event, inspired by this year’s theme ELO LEO, will offer a nod to Leonard Cohen with a geometric take on the Beat culture, and will take place in a museum that has been utterly transformed for the occasion. All proceeds from the evening will go to the Musée Foundation, whose mission is to support the MAC in its various areas of activity: building the collection, producing exhibitions, promoting contemporary art and offering educational programs.This essential event on Montréal’s spring social calendar is well known for its inventive celebratory style, its eye-popping themes, its trendy attendees and its avant-garde taste. This year, the event will once again welcome more than 1,000 young professionals to an exclusive cocktail reception where all present will be invited to share in cultural and gastronomic discovery. Throughout the evening, participants will be able to groove to the music of DJ Thomas H, bid on various prizes offered in the silent auction and enjoy a very special opportunity to visit the Musée’s exhibitions in a unique, elegant and festive atmosphere.“What makes this event unlike any other fundraiser is its twofold mission: raise money to support the MAC’s activities and expose young professionals to contemporary art by having them spend an evening at the Musée,” explains Alexandra Mohsen (SSENCE), Co-chair of the Printemps du MAC Organizing Committee. “It’s much more than a party. The Committee plans the artistic side of the evening for months to put on an event like no other, year after year.” Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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The Latest May to speak to UK lawmakers Brexit vote looms

first_imgBRUSSELS — The Latest on the debate over Britain’s impending departure from the European Union (all times local):12:20 p.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May will make an emergency statement to Parliament about Brexit, amid reports that a crucial vote on her EU divorce deal will be postponed.The House of Commons Speaker’s office says May will make the previously unscheduled statement at about 3:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. EST).The announcement came as May held talks with her Cabinet about the next steps in the Brexit process. The House of Commons is due to vote Tuesday on whether to accept or reject the Brexit deal, and signs point to a big defeat for the prime minister.May’s office said the vote was definitely going ahead, but the BBC and other outlets reported it would be delayed.___9 a.m.The European Union’s top court has ruled that Britain can change its mind over Brexit, boosting the hopes of people who want to stay in the EU that the process can be reversed.The European Court of Justice ruled Monday that when an EU member country has notified its intent to leave, “that member state is free to revoke unilaterally that notification.”Britain voted in 2016 to leave the 28-nation bloc, and invoked Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty in March 2017, triggering a two-year exit process.Article 50 contains few details, in part because the idea of any country leaving was considered unlikely.The Luxembourg-based ECJ said that given the absence of any exit provision in Article 50, countries are able to change their mind in line with their own constitutional arrangements and that such a move “reflects a sovereign decision.”The British government is free to do so as long as no withdrawal agreement has entered force.___Lawless reported from London.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Body found in Pouce Coupe

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – On Saturday, December 8 at 7:48 AM, Dawson Creek RCMP were called to the parking lot of the Pouce Pub (Hart Hotel) for a man laying down.The adult male was unresponsive and taken to the hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.RCMP say the death appears to be suspicious in nature and police are looking to the public for information. The police have no information to suggest that the greater public is at further risk. Anyone who was a patron at the Pouce Pub on Friday, December 7 and into Saturday, December 8, is asked to call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250 784-3700 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477.last_img read more

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Female doctor found dead with throat slit in Central Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: A 25-year-old female doctor was found dead with her throat slit in Central Delhi’s Ranjit Nagar area on Tuesday.Police said they suspect the role of another doctor, who is also deceased’s neighbour, missing from his room after the incident. Police identified the deceased as Garima Mishra who is the native of Uttar Pradesh and had shifted to a rented accommodation in street number-2 in Ranjeet Nagar area. She was preparing for her Doctor of Medicine (MD) after completing her MBBS. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesDeputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said that her throat was slit with a sharp object. “We suspect the role of his neighbour who was living in another room,” said DCP Central. He further stated that he is currently questioning the suspect’s roommate who claimed that he did not know about the incident. He works at a hospital in the city. He further said, “Once we catch the suspect, many things will be disclosed. Currently, raids are going on in different areas. The case is being probed from different angles.” Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe investigating agency is yet to recover the weapon of offence. A case under the appropriate section of IPC registered in Ranjit Nagar police station. Landlord’s son witnessed the horrific scene: Speaking to Millennium Post, landlord’s son Gautam Khurana said that at around 11:20 pm on Tuesday, the deceased’s cousin brother came to the house and told us that Garima is missing. “He was frightened. My mother told me to check the girl. I checked outside she was not there so I went up to the third floor where deceased was living,” said Gautam. He further said,”Cousin told me to broke the lock when I asked why, he said that Garima had to board a bus around 8 pm for her home town and she was not picking the phone.” Before breaking the lock, cousin checked through the window pane and told me that she was lying in the room and the fan was running. The lock was broken. “We saw that there was a pool of blood on the neck of Garima. I informed the police and later ambulance also came,” said Gautam adding that the cops took them to the police station for taking their statements. The deceased’s room was locked from inside. In January suspect and deceased took rooms on rent Gautam further revealed that the suspect was known to her. In January, both of them took separate rooms on rent. “After taking the possession of the room, the girl started living after 15 days. Both of them had worked in a Central Delhi’s hospital. “When we reach the third-floor, suspect’s roommate was available in his room,” said Gautam adding that they saw the suspect leaving the house in the evening. Investigation Police probing different angles in the case including love. It is also being suspected that there is a possibility that deceased might have resisted the attack. After the murder, all the senior officers of the Central district reached the spot and questioned many people to get the further clue in the case.last_img read more

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Diamonds La Gemma dellEst to host World Travel Awards Africa Indian Ocean

first_img Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort to host World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015 Recommended for you Related Items:Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est, Planhotel Hospitality Group, world travel awards, Zanzibar Sandals Resorts International Honored At Annual World Travel Awards Sandals Resorts win top prizes at World Travel Awards Gala in Exuma Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLondon, November 25th, 2015 – World Travel Awards (WTA) has revealed Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est, Zanzibar, Tanzania, has been selected to host the Africa & India Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016.Set to take place on Saturday, April 9th, 2016, the dazzling red-carpet ceremony will welcome hospitality leaders and luminaries from across the regions.Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est, located on the north-western shores of magical Zanzibar, is set within stupendous exotic tropical gardens. The enchanting, luxurious and environmentally friendly resort has a total of 138 rooms, all with a private terrace and the majority with sea views.WTA President Graham Cooke said: “Our Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony will be the first stage on our 2016 Grand Tour and it will be a pleasure to visit Zanzibar, Tanzania, for the first time.“Zanzibar is famed and predominantly seen as a beach destination – with crystal clear warm cobalt-blue seas all year round and pure white sandy beaches. However, there’s far more to offer the discerning traveller.“From diving, snorkelling, kite surfing, deep sea fishing and many other aquatic experiences, as well as the often forgotten cultural experiences on offer.“WTA will showcase all this and more when we visit early next year.”WTA was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.Today, the WTA brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.Each year WTA covers the globe with a series of regional gala ceremonies staged to recognise and celebrate individual and collective successes within each key geographical region.Commenting on the decision Andrew Cook, General Manager, Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est said: “Hosting the WTA Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016 at Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est in Zanzibar is one of the proudest moments in the resort’s history.“It is also an opportunity and endorsement for all in Zanzibar to showcase our offerings and reaffirm our country as a fast developing tourism destination in the world.“We not only aim to showcase and educate our guests on ourDiamonds resorts but also with our authentic cultural interactions with the warm and vibrant local ethnic communities.“Zanzibar is a progressive nation, bursting with local enthusiasm, talent and creativity.”Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est is part of the Planhotel Hospitality Group.Founded in 1997 in Lugano, the group has been operating in the tourism sector for over 18 years as a leading hotel management company for resorts and hotels in the Indian Ocean.Planhotel is renowned worldwide for its unique combination of local tradition and Italian style in both its design and guest services, without forgetting its exemplary all inclusive formula.WTA Gala Ceremonies are widely regarded as the best networking opportunities in the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries, and international print and broadcast media.For more information on the Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016 head over to the official website.last_img read more

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Board extends Hepatitis A state of emergency estimates declaration will be lifted

first_img Categories: Health, Local San Diego News Tags: Hepatitis A FacebookTwitter SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The County Board of Supervisors Tuesday extended an emergency declaration over the hepatitis A outbreak, which officials expect may be lifted by February amid a declining number of cases.County health officials today reported a total of 571 hepatitis A cases linked to the outbreak, the start of which was traced back to about one year ago. That’s four more cases than cited in a report issued Dec. 5.The rate of new reported infections has slowed to about two or three per week, a figure that has declined since the outbreak peaked in the first week of September, said Dr. Eric McDonald, the county’s deputy public health officer.There have been no additional deaths reported since the end of October. Of those sickened by the disease, which attacks the liver, 20 have died in the last year.The county should begin to consider what the “status quo” looks like moving forward and consider lifting the emergency declaration at the end of January, county Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer said.The county has administered over 113,000 vaccinations. Despite that and the declining number of cases, it’s important that at-risk populations continue to be vaccinated and the county continue its prevention and education efforts, public health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten said.“What we can say confidently is, the recommended populations that should be vaccinated, many of them are not,” she said.People at a higher risk of contracting the disease include users of illicit drugs and men who have sex with men. The LGBT population has not been hit hard by the outbreak here, but there have been cases in that group as part of an outbreak in Michigan.Hepatitis A is usually transmitted by touching objects or eating food that someone with the virus has handled or by having sex with an infected person. The disease doesn’t always cause symptoms but can cause fever, fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, yellowing of the eyes, stomach pain, vomiting, dark urine, pale stools and diarrhea, according to the HHSA. KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Board extends Hepatitis A state of emergency, estimates declaration will be lifted by February Posted: December 19, 2017 December 19, 2017last_img read more

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US slaps sanctions on five Russians

first_imgThe United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on five Russians over abuses including the killing of a prominent opposition leader, days after top-level talks seemed to ease tensions between the powers.The State Department highlighted the actions against the five people, plus one entity, as it submitted an annual report required by Congress on actions taken under a law over human rights in Russia.The law, which blocks any US assets of blacklisted people and bars them from traveling to the United States, is named after Sergei Magnitsky, an anti-corruption accountant who died in custody in 2009.Among the five newly blacklisted figures are Ruslan Geremeyev, an interior ministry official in the restive North Caucasus region of Chechnya who is close to its leader Ramzan Kadyrov.On his Telegram account, Kadyrov said the sanctions, were “clear proof that the United States is afraid of us.”Geremeyev has faced accusations of involvement in the 2015 killing in central Moscow of Boris Nemtsov, a former deputy prime minister turned leading critic of President Vladimir Putin.The US Treasury Department said Russian investigators twice tried but were blocked from bringing charges against Geremeyev as the possible organizer of the killing of Nemtsov — the most high-profile death of a dissident since Putin rose to power two decades ago.The United States also slapped sanctions on two Russian investigators, Elena Anatolievna Trikulya and Gennady Vyacheslavovich Karlov, for allegedly concealing facts over the death and detention of Magnitsky, the accountant.”Nearly 10 years after his death, we remain concerned by the impunity for this and other violent crimes against activists, journalists, whistleblowers and political opposition,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement.She also voiced concern about “the intense atmosphere of intimidation for those who work to uncover corruption or human rights violations in the Russian Federation.”In response, the Russian embassy in Washington said: “These moves will be followed by reciprocal measures.””Moreover these unconstructive decisions clearly run counter to a positive outlook of the recent Russia-US talks in Sochi,” it said in a statement.The sanctions came just two days after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Putin in the Russian resort of Sochi, with both sides voicing optimism at finding areas on which to work together.Pompeo said he still had deep disagreements with Putin but believed the two powers could cooperate on issues including finding a political settlement in war-ravaged Syria and seeking a denuclearization deal with North Korea.Also hit with sanctions were the Terek Special Rapid Response Team in Chechnya and its commander, Abuzayed Vismuradov.The Treasury Department said that the force had engaged in extrajudicial killings and torture, including in a crackdown on gay men that has drawn international condemnation.last_img read more

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DC Leaders Take Sides on ExelonPepco Merger

first_imgFormer D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams favors the Exelon-Pepco merger.As the date of the District’s public service commission decision on the Exelon-Pepco merger draws near, District political and business leaders are publicly expressing their feelings about it.A spokeswoman for the D.C. Public Service Commission told the AFRO on May 22 that a decision on the Exelon-Pepco merger will take place on or before Aug. 25. Judi Jones, an advisory neighborhood commissioner for single-member district 4B07, has been outspoken in her opposition to the merger.“There is an overwhelming lack of support for this,” Jones said. “I don’t like the fact that a monopolistic nuclear power company will be in charge of power to District residents and businesses. Thirty out of 40 advisory neighborhood commissions have voted not to support this merger because it is not in the best interest of the residents.”Exelon of Chicago plans to acquire Pepco Holdings for $6.83 billion. If it goes through, Exelon would control the lucrative mid-Atlantic power market and would also give the company financial resources to aid its ailing nuclear power plant portfolio.The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Virginia, New Jersey, and Maryland, approved the merger on May 15. Maryland supports the merger but has 46 conditions that largely deal with energy efficiency, relief for low-income customers, and the delivery of services.The District and Delaware are considering the merger and for Exelon to acquire Pepco, those two jurisdictions must approve.Residents had until May 27 at 5:30 p.m. to submit comments on the merger to the public service commission. Anthony Lorenzo Green, the chairman of the 8B advisory neighborhood commission, led his colleagues to vote against the merger on May 19.“Our residents have a lot of concerns about this deal,” Green said. “There isn’t a lot of faith in Pepco as it is. Many of our residents don’t think that a nuclear-power company in Chicago will be responsive to their needs.”The advisory neighborhood commissions as well as the D.C. Council have no voice in the merger’s approval. However, D.C. Council members Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), Charles Allen (D-Ward 6) and Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) opposed the merger earlier this year and were recently joined by David Grosso (I-At Large) and Brianne Nadeau (D-Ward 6) on that.“I have concluded that the merger does not meet the “public interest” standard as required by the law of the District of Columbia,” Grosso said in a May 12 letter to the public service commission. “First, Exelon has a storied history of opposing commitments to renewable energy. Second, Pepco divested from its generation assets (which focus on financial growth) several years ago and is now focused primarily on the distribution of electricity to its customers.”Grosso said, in essence, that he didn’t want District residents to pay for Exelon’s floundering nuclear power plants. Nadeau, in a May 22 letter to the public service commission, expressed discomfort with the financial benefit that Pepco shareholders and company executives would get as a result of the merger while there are no solid guarantees of rate fairness for consumers.D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) hasn’t commented on the merger because he owns Pepco stock and D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-Ward 5) is a former Pepco vice president and has therefore recused himself from the debate.Jones said that there is one public official she wishes would take a position on the merger: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D). “She needs to take a stand on this,” Jones said.The mayor, through a statement and in interviews with the AFRO, has said she is reviewing the merger and wants what is best for the residents of the District.The merger has its supporters in the District. “A proposal that brings substantial and tangible benefits for D.C. citizens and economy, with no downside, should be pursued,” former D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams and Harry Wingo, president of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, said in a May 15 edition of the Washington Business Journal touting the merger.Williams, the executive director of the Federal City Council, and Wingo argue that the $125 one time rate credit, Exelon’s $1.6 million a year community benefits program and its promise to improve performance for customers merit approval of the merger.“When you look at the facts, this proposal is good for residents and ratepayers and it is good for our economy,” the two business leaders said. “We believe that when the [public service commission] examines the facts of this proposal it will agree-and approve this merger.”last_img read more

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Being Black in Baltimore A History

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comJuly 1 is my birthday, and it also marks the exact midpoint of the year.Tragically, as we approach the halfway point of 2019 we are once again on pace to eclipse the 300 murder mark, continuing the grisly narrative we began the year of the Uprising in 2015.As I write this, the city’s latest murder victim, an unidentified 32-year old male (almost assuredly Black) was shot to death on June 24 in the 4300 block of Wabash ave., in West Baltimore. He is the 151st homicide victim of the year with a few days to go before we reach the middle of the year on July 1.It’s hard to measure the burden of being Black in Baltimore.However, a historic context always helps provide insight for me when seeking perspective on that burden.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)I recently shared some of that history during a speech I delivered to members of the Johns Hopkins University Black Faculty and Staff Association on June 21.One of the eras in the history of Black Baltimore I am most fascinated by is the decade prior to the start of the Civil War. I talk about the plight of Baltimore’s burgeoning Free Black community in my book, Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.I write:According to the 1850 federal census Blacks made up 17 percent of the city’s population of 169,154; 25,442 were free, compared to 2,946 slaves. By 1860, Baltimore’s population had grown to 212,418 and free Blacks increased to 25,680 while slaves dwindled to 2,218.In the decade prior to the start of the Civil War in 1861, Baltimore’s Black community had established a viable religious, cultural, educational, political and economic infrastructure and this prototype of Black American freedom and independence seemed to threaten many of the state’s White population.In the 1850’s, a pro re-enslavement movement led by Curtis Jacobs, a state legislator who owned 38 slaves on the Eastern Shore, literally imperiled the lives and freedom of Baltimore’s free Black population. However, the community mobilized its formidable infrastructure; delivering speeches, crafting petitions, praying and engaging in political activism, among other tactics, which helped beat back the re-enslavement movement and defeat Jacobs’ bill by a margin of three to one. In addition to Jacobs’ machinations, roaming bands of White hooligans, mostly rabid Confederate sympathizers made the streets of Baltimore City a chaotic and extremely dangerous place in the 19th century. Their main targets were local and federal officials (including law enforcement and officers of the courts), the burgeoning immigrant population (mostly from Germany and Ireland arriving via the Port of Baltimore, which was the second busiest in the U.S. behind New York), and the Black population. Lynchings and vigilante violence wielded against free Blacks and slaves was commonplace, contributing to an air of anarchy in Baltimore, which led to the city’s nickname, “Mobtown.”Yet, Black Baltimore not only survived the onslaught against it, but thrived in spite of it. From the mid 19th century, the city’s Black community embarked upon an odyssey that saw it become a vanguard community in the struggle for freedom and justice in the 20th century, rivaling other Black enclaves in New York (Harlem), Chicago (Bronzeville), Detroit (Black Bottom), and Pittsburgh (the Hill District).I titled the final chapter (seven) of Baltimore After Freddie Gray (BAFG), “The Most Beautifully Resilient People.” That description of the vast majority of 21st century Black Baltimore is rooted in the 19th century heroics of our magnificent Ancestors.Honestly, I recognize their spirit in most of the so-called Squeegee Kids I encounter around the city (despite the fact Mayor Jack Young seemingly criminalized them a couple of weeks ago).It’s the spirit to survive in the face of often horrific odds.“We just want to be represented as kids that make things better for themselves, that’s all,” one young man named Zion told my colleagues Stephen Janis and Taya Graham last week.“There are people out here who have mom’s struggling with bills, rent overdue. We have to help our moms, we’re in the projects.”Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and the author of Baltimore After Freddie Gray: Real Stories From One of America’s Great Imperiled Cities.last_img read more

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