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    A free speech watchdog has ranked New York’s elite school, Columbia University, as the worst in the nation for tolerating alternative viewpoints on campus, receiving an ‘abysmal’ score after taking disciplinary action against seven academics. The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression (FIRE) monitoring group also awarded low scores to the University of Pennsylvania, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Georgetown University, and Skidmore College. The University of Chicago came first for campus free speech, scoring 77.9 out of 100 points. Kansas State University, Purdue University, Mississippi State University and Oklahoma State University rounded out the top five. The scorecard comes amid a long simmering debate about free speech, cancel culture and deplatforming on U.S. campuses, and if so-called ‘snowflake’ students deserve protection from opinions they find hurtful. Unveiling the ranking of 208 top schools, the watchdog’s CEO Greg Lukianoff said the ‘situation for freedom of speech and academic freedom has been in trouble’ for decades and had ‘gotten far worse in the last few years’. ‘Our new and improved rankings are intended to reward universities that protect and defend the freedom of...
    ANTONIO CONTE urged Tottenham to put more pressure on Premier League chiefs to lighten their “crazy” fixture load. Spurs begin their Champions League campaign on Wednesday night at home to Marseille — having already played three times in six days last week. 2Conte is not happy with Tottenham's schedule in the coming monthsCredit: PA The clash against the French side sparks a run of 17 matches in just ten weeks before the World Cup in Qatar. And worried boss Conte said: “To see this schedule is incredible. “It’s just crazy because we played three games in six days against Nottingham Forest, West Ham and Fulham. “I think maybe this is the first time in my career I see a schedule like this. READ MORE IN FOOTBALLFootball news Wolves waiting on Diego Costa deal EXCLUSIVE, Champions League build up “Honestly, I try to check the schedule of the other teams and I have seen that in this situation, Tottenham they penalise a lot — they penalise a lot our club and our team. “I think in this situation we are unlucky....
    Image source: KABC-TV video screenshot "I didn't want him to enter and get behind the counter — that's where our knives are," Garnier told the station, "or go deeper into the fridge and get all of the meals." It would have been a lot simpler, she said, if the man had just requested some food. "If you just ask, I am more than happy to make you something to eat," Garnier added to KABC. "But the fact he didn't say anything ... he just came in and just aggressively tried to steal our food is what got me." Dao is of the same mindset, telling the station, "I was ready to get down and use my hands if I needed to. We've been working hard, making food all day, and that belonged to somebody. They paid for that, and you just can't come in here and take what's not yours." Image source: KABC-TV video screenshotAnything else?Garnier told KABC they filed a report with Westminster police, who added to the station that they recognize the intruder in...
    A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Equifax for their credit score debacle which led some customers to pay double on their mortgage repayments.  Equifax, one of America's top credit rating companies that reports on more than 200 million consumers, sent out inaccurate credit scores which then affected consumers looking to apply to auto loans, mortgages and credit cards. Many people had their credit scores downgraded between March 17 and April 6 - meaning in many cases their loan applications were rejected and they were plagued with high interest rates. But now the credit bureau, who blamed the blunder on a 'coding issue' is facing a lawsuit, filed in US District Court in North Georgia by law firm Morgan and Morgan. The Florida-based firm are seeking a trial by jury for damages suffered by anyone whose credit score changed during the glitched period.   Equifax is now facing a class-action lawsuit, filed in US District Court in North Georgia by law firm Morgan and Morgan. The company sent out inaccurate credit scores which then affected consumers looking to apply to auto loans,...
    On Sunday, several candidates for State House districts called on Governor Lee, Attorney General Slatery, and the General Assembly to take action in order to help the Tennessee National Guard soldiers who refused to comply with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Gino Bulso, a candidate for the Tennessee House of Representatives, District 61, released a statement supporting the members of the Tennessee Army National Guard, more than 500 of whom entered a no-pay status, along with the loss of their health insurance and life insurance benefits, simply because they decided not to take the COVID-19 vaccine. “When they joined the Tennessee Army National Guard, each one of these guardsmen took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the State of Tennessee,” Bulso said. “Each has kept that oath.” “It is now time for the State of Tennessee to honor its commitment to support and defend these guardsmen, Bulso continued. “To allow these guardsmen to be punished in this manner for simply exercising their God-given right to medical freedom and autonomy is contrary to all the State of Tennessee...
    Washington (CNN)There is growing frustration among the families of Americans detained abroad who feel that President Joe Biden must act to ensure the quick release of their loved ones -- some of whom have spent years imprisoned overseas -- and that not enough is being done to make those cases a priority.This mounting anger and distress was underscored this week by the attempted suicide of Matthew Heath, a Marine veteran who has been imprisoned in Venezuela for nearly two years, as well as a "logistical error" that left detained WNBA star Brittney Griner unable to call her wife, with whom she hasn't spoken in more than 100 days, on their anniversary. A number of family members of US hostages and detainees had initially expressed a great deal of optimism and hope when the Biden administration took office in January 2021, particularly in light of a virtual meeting held by Secretary of State Antony Blinken with the family members in early February 2021. A senior State Department official said Blinken will meet virtually again with families on Wednesday. Neda Sharghi, whose...
    On Saturday, cable news network MSNBC tweeted an assertion deriding conservatives as hypocrites and implying racist motives on the subject of “Affirmative Action.” The tweet from MSNBC did not tag a particular show or host, and contained no link or quote marks, but was simply tweeted as a statement. The obvious context is President Joe Biden‘s vow to make the next Supreme Court nominee a Black woman, which has generated criticism, mainly from the right. The issue was a dominating topic on MSNBC coverage on Saturday morning. “Conservatives don’t mind affirmative action hires so long as the people hired fit their preferred demographic,” the network wrote in the stand-alone tweet. Conservatives don’t mind affirmative action hires so long as the people hired fit their preferred demographic. — MSNBC (@MSNBC) January 29, 2022 The tweet gained a lot of traction and support on Twitter, with over 200 retweets, more than 230 quote retweets, and well over a thousand likes at the time of this posting. It also generated volumes of pushback. A sample: Is MSNBC just doing daily...
    Bronx fire victim Felix Martinez is currently clinging to life on a ventilator The owners of a Bronx apartment building damaged in a blaze that killed 17 people are being sued for $1 billion by at least 22 people who suffered 'pain, shock and mental anguish' in the horrific fire, according to a new filing. Rosa Reyes and Felix Martinez, who are married, were first to be represented in a class-action suit against the owners of 333 East 181 Street, where a space heater sparked the city's deadliest fire in decades on Sunday.   Martinez is currently clinging to life on a ventilator after getting lost in a darkened stairwell and being overcome by smoke, his lawyer said. As of Tuesday evening, 20 others had joined the lawsuit after a preliminary investigation revealed a 'maintenance issue' might have prevented the fire from being contained to the original third-floor unit. Toxic smoke was able to spread beyond the apartment because its front door failed to self-close, despite being designed to automatically shut, fire investigators previously said.  Smoke poured into the building's stairwells and,...
    Greta Thunberg dismissed COP26 as a 'greenwashing campaign' for politicians as she joined Emma Watson on a climate discussion panel - after sparking controversy by telling world leaders to 'shove your climate crisis up your a***'.  Miss Thunberg, who also this week denounced Government figures at the Glasgow summit for 'whatever the f*** they are doing in there', yesterday attended the New York Times' 'Climate Hub' - a forum for discussing 'actionable climate strategies' - in the same city.  The Swedish eco activist heaped scorn the UN's COP26 conference, branding it a 'greenwash campaign, a PR campaign' for businesses and politicians to pretend they are taking action, but not follow through.   In a 'surprise session' curated by Emma Watson, Miss Thunberg said: 'Since we are so far from what actually we needed, I think what would be considered a success would be if people realize what a failure this COP is.' She and other young female activists, including Malala Yousafzai and Vanessa Nakate, also discussed the role women have played in bringing together protests and demanding action from world leaders, the New York Times reports.  ...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Just across the lake from Chicago in Benton Harbor, Michigan, about 90 miles away, residents are comparing the lead count in their water to Flint. City officials in Benton Harbor acknowledge the water supply has exceeded the U.S. EPA’s “action level” of lead, a 15 parts per billion threshold considered a safety limit for homes, and city officials are urging residents to use only bottled water. READ MORE: Veterans Job Fair At Soldier Field Provides 'Low Stress' Recruiting As They Return To Civilian LifeCBS 2’s Chris Tye reports frustration is boiling over, and the governor’s office is now handing out thousands of cases of water every day. Some of the water lines connected to the Benton Harbor water filtration plant are 120 years old. Some of the lead counts in town are double what federal authorities flag as concerning. After three years sounding the alarm, some residents said action is finally being taken. “The hardest thing is coming down here, and sitting in line for hours,” said Benton Harbor resident Robert Parr. The lines for bottled water...
    Corey Lewandowski, 48, asked Donald Trump's team to pay him hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for his resignation, two sources familiar with the matter said according to a Thursday report. Initially, Lewandowski wouldn't leave the team and instead denied the sexual misconduct allegations that ultimately led to his ousting. After those attempts proved futile, the former 2016 Trump campaign manager demanded money from Trump to make him go away, three people with knowledge of the matter told The Daily Beast. 'It doesn't matter if he'd asked for five dollars, it wasn't going to happen,' an individual familiar with the situation added. Lewandowski didn't appear to have the leverage he thought he did as leader of the super PAC that currently holds $6.58 million from mostly Trump megadonors. MAGA Action colleagues immediately abandoned Lewandowski, giving him a hard no when he demanded a pay out in exchange for his resignation. Within days of Lewandowski being fired, MAGA Action spun up a new super PAC name – rebranding to Make America Great Again, Again!, which was declared in a Monday...
    EVEN over the phone, I could hear the desperation in the voice of the young single mum I spoke to last week. She has three children and despite juggling their care with working as many hours as she could manage, she was struggling to make ends meet. 3Single mums are so strapped for cash they’re going hungry so their kids can eat - we must take actionCredit: Getty Their father had not paid her a penny in maintenance for months, even though the Child Maintenance Service, set up in 2012, was supposed to be enforcing his financial responsibilities. It meant this young woman, only in her twenties, had to visit her local food bank just to feed her children, as well as borrow money on credit cards to pay some of her bills. It had plunged her into a spiral of debt from which she could see no way out. She felt overwhelmed and without hope. Her story is echoed by countless others who contact Gingerbread, the charity for single parents of which I am chief executive. From reliance on...
    (CNN)Offering a weird mix of over-the-top violence and dark humor, "Gunpowder Milkshake" weds the spaghetti western with the colorful visuals of anime, enhancing that with an inordinately good cast for such a silly movie. The net result provides considerable fun, which might explain reports that its French distributor is already developing a sequel.Gals with guns is a familiar exploitation combination, but it's all in how they use them. In this case, the main assassin, Sam, is portrayed by Karen Gillan (of the "Jumanji" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" franchises), a very dangerous person who inadvertently kills the wrong guy.Those events complicate Sam's relationship with a shadowy outfit known as The Firm, headed by a character played by Paul Giamatti. "When they need someone to clean up their mess, they send me," Sam explains in voiceover.Unfortunately, Sam makes a mess of her own by killing the son of a rival cabal, leaving its leader hellbent on revenge. At the same time one of her missions goes awry, leaving Sam as the reluctant protector of an eight-year-old girl (Chloe Coleman), adding an...
     Marvel Studios has finally released the trailer for their much-anticipated movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — and it is just as action-packed and thrilling as expected. The film, based on Marvel Comics character Shang-Chi and starring Asian-Canadian actor Simu Liu, is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to focus on an Asian superhero. Destin Daniel Cretton, who helmed the 2019 legal drama Just Mercy, is set to direct the film, while Awkwafina and Michelle Yeoh will star alongside Liu. “When that announcement came out, I just went instantly back to my childhood,” Cretton, who was born in Hawaii and is of Japanese descent, told Entertainment Weekly of his film. “[Growing up] all I had was Spider-Man. Because he had the mask on, I could dress up like Spider-Man for Halloween. I had a handful of other characters that looked like me on screen, but there were maybe two or three that I could choose from, and superheroes were not a part of that.” Marvel released the trailer on Monday, which also happened to be Liu’s birthday, giving viewers...
    On the occasion of this pandemic and the forced recourse to teleworking, employers and employees alike have discovered that a large number of functions could be performed remotely, differently, without compromising their productivity. The differences in competitiveness between companies which have maintained all or part of their activity at a distance using new technologies and those which have not known or been able to do so, will have increased on this occasion. In an unprecedented Darwinist movement, the crisis will have favored agile, reactive, technological companies. It will sweep away those who were lagging behind on these aspects for lack of knowledge or foresight of their leaders or lack of means. What about the union organizations? With the probable perpetuation of at least partial teleworking, the movement already observed before the crisis towards the collapse of the work collective will highlight the obsolescence of traditional union means of action: distribution of leaflets, physical union meetings, pickets. .. This phenomenon, maintained by the obsolescence of certain applicable texts (union communications, for example, must always be “displayed” on “panels reserved for...
    ABC Updated: 11/22/2020 7:35 PM Save Related News The Provincial Association of Hairdressing and Related of Albacete carried out this Sunday a solidarity action at the Virgen de Los Llanos Academy, where 25 hairdressing and barbershop professionals and six aesthetics They offered their services free of charge to people who lack financial resources. Throughout the morning about 75 people passed through the academy, arriving through the parishes and other associations of the city. Santi Moliné, president of the provincial association, explained that this first solidarity action will not be the only one, but that the intention is to give continuity to contribute to the emotional well-being of the most vulnerable people. The mayor of Albacete, Vicente Casañ, who visited the academy with several councilors, added: «We have to thank groups like this one from hairdressing and aesthetics, who offer their work and know how to make people feel good, because self-esteem is very important to people. See them Comments Topics
    Former Delphi workers, who had their pensions slashed in the Obama-Biden administration’s auto bailout, are thanking President Trump for his order that seeks a solution in restoring the lost pensions. In 2009, as part of the Obama-Biden administration’s taxpayer-funded bailout of General Motors (GM), the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) terminated the pension plans of about 20,0000 non-unionized Delphi workers. In some cases, workers had their pensions gutted by as much as 75 percent. A federal report in 2013 detailed that the Delphi workers would likely have their pensions cut by an estimated $440 million. Meanwhile, GM topped off unionized Delphi workers’ pensions at a cost of about $1 billion. This week, Trump signed a memorandum that orders federal agencies to devise a plan on how to restore the Delphi workers’ slashed pensions over the next 90 days. Den Black with the Delphi Salaried Retirees Association (DSRA), which has been fighting for their pensions since the auto bailout, praised the decision. “This is the best news since this nightmare began 11 years ago,” Black wrote in a statement: The DSRA Board of Directors and members sincerely appreciate and are...
    Pop legends The Doobie Brothers are threatening Bill Murray with legal action for using their music in an ad for his line of golf clothing. The actor and comedian – who runs a sportswear business – decided to use the 1972 hit Listen to the Music in an ad for a £40 polo shirt. He has since had a letter from the band's lawyer, Peter T. Paterno, who wrote: 'We'd almost be OK with it if the shirts weren't so damn ugly.' The actor and comedian (pictured) – who runs a sportswear business – decided to use the 1972 hit Listen to the Music in an ad for a £40 polo shirt Pop legends The Doobie Brothers (pictured) are threatening Bill Murray with legal action for using their music in an ad RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Get on with your ACTUAL job! Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden... Jacob Rees-Mogg blasts National Trust for not realising 'how... Share this article Share The lawyer also accused Murray of using songs owned by...
    Donald Trump has blasted America's libel laws for preventing him from taking action against The Atlantic after they claimed he called dead troops 'suckers' and 'losers'. The President, speaking to Fox News in an interview aired Sunday night, claimed the story was a 'lie' but there was nothing he could do about it. He also ranted against John Bolton, calling him a 'very stupid person' as well as his opponent Joe Biden who he once again of being barely coherent. Donald Trump has blasted America's libel laws for preventing him from taking action against The Atlantic after they claimed he called dead troops 'suckers' and 'losers' The report in The Atlantic, published at the start of this month, quoted unnamed military sources claiming the president called US war heroes in a Paris cemetery 'losers'  and said 1,800 marines who lost their lives at Belleau Wood were 'suckers' for getting killed. But Trump said in his latest interview: 'It's all a lie. The worst lie of all is that I'm standing over the grave of soldiers from many years ago, warriors of...
    Kian Westbrook, age 7, holds a memorial for Black Panther. Courtesy of King Westbrook Actor Chadwick Boseman died of colon cancer on August 28. He was 43. Young fans who looked up to the "Black Panther" star are holding memorials with their superhero action figures. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Actor Chadwick Boseman, known for his role as the "Black Panther" superhero King T'Challa, died of colon cancer on Friday. Fans and colleagues were shocked by the news, as Boseman had never spoken publicly about his illness. Children who idolized the "Black Panther" hero mourned his loss by holding memorials with their Marvel action figures. King Westbrook shared a photo on Twitter of his 7-year-old son, Kian, paying tribute to his hero. The image, which garnered more than 600,000 likes on Twitter, shows Kian's Black Panther toy on a box surrounded by flowers and other Avengers action figures. Kian holds a "Wakanda Forever" pose.—King Westbrook (@KingWestbrook7) August 29, 2020"Kian wanted to thank everyone from the bottom of his heart for all the loving and kind words...
    After the Houston Rockets took a 2-0 lead, the outcome of the series looked almost certain. But to everyone’s surprise, Thunder tied the series at two games apiece in the next two games. However, Houston regained momentum in a blow victory in Game 5, pushing OKC to the brink of elimination. Harden was phenomenal as always, but it was P. J. Tucker and Dennis Schroder who stole the highlight from the Beard for all the bad reasons. Tucker and Schroder got into a heated scuffle down the stretch, which led to a double ejection. After the game, the Rockets urged the NBA to further investigate this matter. This is not the first time the Rockets have been on the receiving end of low blows in this series. In Game 3, Chris Paul pulled a similar stunt on Ben McLemore, but it went unnoticed by the officials. It raised many questions about whether Chris Paul was being favored, as he is the president of NBPA (National Basketball Players Association). But this time around the situation is different, as both Tucker and...
    Jennifer Lopez opens up about bid to buy the New York Mets Jacob Blake is handcuffed to his hospital bed, family says The Baltimore Ravens are being praised for their statement on the police shooting of Jacob Blake and or its direct calls to action — including demanding Mitch McConnell take action in the Senate © Provided by INSIDER A detail view of Baltimore Ravens helmet on the field during the morning session of training camp at Under Armour Performance Center, August 19, 2020. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports The Baltimore Ravens issued a statement on the shooting of Jacob Blake on Thursday. The Ravens statement included a list of actionable demands from the team, including a call for Senator Mitch McConnel to bring a bill on police brutality to the floor for a vote. Fans and reporters alike praised the Ravens' statement for its directness and candor. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The Baltimore Ravens are earning praise from fans and media alike for their statement on the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Over the past...
    New York — Players like Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford and Russell Wilson have not followed the health recommendations Tom Brady is one of the players who have not followed the pre-season health observations in the NFL. Photo:Maddie Meyer / . The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) rebuked the attitude of some of its stars, Who have not followed the recommendations due to avoid infections by COVID-19 during the phase of preseason, in an environment of permanent risk while the numbers of infected increases at a very high rate in certain regions of the United States. Among those noted are the quarterbacks Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford and Russell Wilson, Who have been ignored in the instructions to decrease the risk of infections in the League by training with their teammates, a situation that is not advisable at the moment since they would risk even the season. NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith not exactly thrilled with Tom Brady’s unsolicited practices as I explained to USA TODAY Sports’ @mackenziesalmon. pic.twitter.com/3D8mVOg7pf – USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) June 28, 2020...
    (CNN) — The Rolling Stones are threatening legal action against President Donald Trump’s campaign for using their music at his campaign rallies. “Despite cease & desist directives to Donald Trump in the past, The Rolling Stones are taking further steps to exclude him using their songs at any of his future political campaigning,” a spokesman for the band said in a statement Saturday. As first reported in Deadline, the Stones legal team is working with BMI, the performing rights organization, on the issue. “The BMI have notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorized use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement. If Donald Trump disregards the exclusion and persists then he would face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed,” the statement said. The Stones’ classic 1968 hit “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” has served as the Trump campaign’s walk-off song during campaign rallies, including in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last week. The Trump campaign declined to comment. The Stones have previously taken issue...
    The Rolling Stones are ready to take action. In a statement obtained by Fox News, the iconic rock band said that their legal team is collaborating with BMI, a performing arts rights organization, to prevent the use of their music at President Trump's reelection events. TAYLOR SWIFT DENOUNCES 2020 CENSUS FOR EXCLUDING TRANSGENDER, NON-BINARY PEOPLE "The BMI have notified the Trump campaign on behalf of the Stones that the unauthorized use of their songs will constitute a breach of its licensing agreement," said the statement. "If Donald Trump disregards the exclusion and persists then he would face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed." The Rolling Stones have threatened to take legal action against Trump over the use of their songs at his campaign rallies. (Getty) The statement said that despite the band previously issuing cease-and-desist directives, Trump, 74, has continued to use their hit song "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and campaign rallies. FLORENCE PUGH ISSUES LENGTHY APOLOGY FOR PAST CULTURAL APPROPRIATION: 'I AM ASHAMED' "This could be the last time...
    TGIF, MarketWatchers! Here are today’s top top stories: Personal Finance 5 critical mistakes that created the biggest public-health crisis in a generation 100 days of the COVID-19 pandemic: Don’t wear a mask! Everyone should wear masks! Scientists estimate the speed and distance of coronavirus transmission when people cough, sneeze, speak — and run A slew of studies examine the role of COVID-19’s contagiousness. ‘Being anti-racist is a verb, so it requires action’: Don’t stop demanding racial equality — how to become a lifelong ally ‘It’s really important for us to understand that we need to be always working for racial justice, whether there’s dramatic moments or not.’ ‘They get a get-out-of-jail-free card’: How qualified immunity protects police and other government officials from civil lawsuits ‘Qualified immunity gives government officials a rubber stamp to violate your rights,’ said Robert McNamara, a senior attorney at the Institute for Justice. Taxpayers who wait to file their taxes this year can get interest on top of their refund — just don’t bank on getting much ‘These people will not be able to go on...
    AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. The decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action. The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state. “As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars. The actions in this executive order are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and protect public health. We want this to be as limited in duration as possible....
    It’s about using their platform. Trying to foster change. Doing anything in their power to educate others about racial inequality and police brutality. That’s why St. John’s assistant coaches TJ Cleveland and Van Macon didn’t have to think twice when approached about joining Coaches for Action, the group of minority Big East assistant coaches who have come together to try to do their part to implement change. The idea was hatched by Marquette assistant coach Dwayne Killings and the group’s founders include UConn’s Kimani Young, Villanova’s Kyle Neptune and Providence’s Ivan Thomas. It has 21 members, including Seton Hall’s Duane Woodward and Tony Skinn, and has met three times on Zoom with a plan for weekly meetings. “This is about us trying to figure out how to move forward and get things in the right direction,” Macon said in a phone interview. “We’ve all had to deal with it. I’m sure if you call anyone [in Coaches for Action], they would all say they have had to deal with [racial injustice] at one time or another. I think we’ve...
    The Orlando Pride have withdrawn from the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup — the National Women's Soccer League's return to the pitch. The team pulled out of contention after six of the franchise's players and four of its staff members tested positive for COVID-19. The Athletic's Meg Linehan reports that the intra-team outbreak can likely be attributed to a trip to a local bar some players took together while training at their facilities in Florida. The tournament — which will be hosted in isolation in Utah — is still scheduled to be the first professional contact sports league to return in the US and is slated to begin Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) was scheduled to be the first professional contact sports league to return to action in the US. But as has been the case for the bulk of 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has gotten in the way. Brazilian superstar Marta plays for the Orlando Pride. Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images The Orlando Pride has...
    Former New York Jets safety Burgess Owens recently slammed the NFL for looking to implement “affirmative action for a Marxist,” by encouraging teams to sign Colin Kaepernick. As a member of the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick prominently started protesting against the country during the playing of the national anthem in 2016 but found himself left unsigned by any NFL team the following year when he turned free agent. Despite not playing since 2017, this year, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has begun saying that the NFL needs to work with Kaepernick to guide the league’s spending on social justice issues. On top of that, players, coaches, and owners are insisting that protests during the anthem are perfectly fine, and despite the last three seasons of bans, the protests will return once the league launches its 2020 season. It is all too much for Burgess, who played for the Jets from 1973 to 1979, and then the Raiders until 1982. Owens says that if the protests are back, he is out. “If Goodell allows Kaepernick to come back, if they allow players...
    Former NFL player Burgess Owens says that the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell should not be strong-armed into signing former NFL player-turned-Black Lives Matter activist Colin Kaepernick to a team. What are the details? Owens, who is running for Congress in Utah, told Sports Illustrated that hiring Kaepernick would be "affirmative action for a Marxist." "If it was a meritocracy, he would be out there anyway," he said. "He would work hard; he would prove himself. He wouldn't be taking someone else's position. We're looking at affirmative action for a Marxist. We're approving their ideology." Owens said that if Kaepernick comes back, so should former NFL star — and outspoken Christian — Tim Tebow. "If we're going that route, we should also ask Tim Tebow to come back," he said. "It doesn't matter how long he's been out of the game. It doesn't matter his talent. He was a Christian who kneeled in prayer and was a positive on his team. The reason why Tim Tebow — as talented as he was with the Denver Broncos...
    Former NFL safety Burgess Owens, who played 10 years in the NFL and is now running for Congress in Utah, expressed his disgust with the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell after Goodell recently started pushing for the league to make a place for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, snapping to Sports Illustrated, “If Goodell allows Kaepernick to come back, if they allow players to kneel during the national anthem, I’m willing to not watch the game.” Owens, who is black, supports President Trump’s opposition to players kneeling for the national anthem. Owens stated of Kaepernick, “If it was a meritocracy he would be out there anyway; he would work hard; he would prove himself. He wouldn’t be taking someone else’s position. We’re looking at Affirmative Action for a Marxist. We’re approving their ideology.” “If we’re going that route, we should also ask Tim Tebow to come back,” he continued, adding, “It doesn’t matter how long he’s been out of the game. It doesn’t matter his talent. He was a Christian who kneeled in prayer and was a positive...
    Organizers march during a previous Juneteenth celebration in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Juneteenth commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement in Texas of the abolition of slavery. by Tamar Sarai Davis and Anoa Changa On June 19, 1865, enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, were read federal orders declaring the end of slavery, making them one of the last Black American communities to learn of their emancipation. In the 155 years since, Juneteenth has become a celebration of freedom for Black communities across the country. This year, at the height of a global pandemic and uprisings around police brutality—both of which have disproportionately impacted Black people—the national organization Movement 4 Black Lives is using the holiday as an opportunity to mobilize and articulate a future that is marked by even more liberation. “We intend to continue to advocate for real solutions, to connect those real solutions to local communities,” said Jessica Byrd, an organizer for the Movement 4 Black Lives Electoral Justice Project in a press release, “and we will not let up until the budgets of our federal government, our state government,...
    Former vice president Joe Biden Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden marked the 8th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program’s announcement by recommitting to using “the full extent” of his executive powers to protect young immigrants from deportation as he works on permanent legislation should he be elected president in November. “Dreamers deserve to be able to plan their lives with confidence, as do the 11 million undocumented individuals who are living in and enriching our country every day,” he said in a Medium post on Monday. “On my first day as President, I’ll be sending to Congress a bill outlining a clear roadmap to citizenship. And, as we work to pass a permanent, legislative reform through Congress, I’ll use the full extent of my executive authority to protect Dreamers and keep their families together.” Biden also made the recommitment (he had previously said he would use executive action to protect DACA recipients in his immigration plan) as hundreds of thousands of young immigrants protected by the program are living in heightened anxiety due to an imminent court ruling that will determine...
    Key Democrats on Sunday tamped down expectations of the “defund police” movement but said there will need to be a reexamination of how money is spent, as they prepared to announce a major piece of legislation designed to set national standards for how state and local police can operate. The defund police movement has picked up steam on the political left in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and a series of encounters between police and protesters over the ensuing two weeks that left much of the country demanding changes. At the epicenter of unrest in Minneapolis, Mayor Jacob Frey was booed at a rally over the weekend for rejecting calls to wipe out the city’s police department. However on Sunday, a supermajority of members of the Minneapolis City Council committed themselves at a rally to doing exactly that. SEE ALSO: Minneapolis City Council pledges to ‘begin the process of ending’ police department Eight members, enough to override a Frey veto, vowed in a statement read to the demonstrators to “begin the process of...
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