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Protests over George Floyd’s death expose raw race relations worldwide

first_img“If you want to believe that we in the Netherlands do not have a problem with race, you should go ahead and go home,” Jennifer Tosch, founder of Black Heritage Amsterdam Tours, told a crowd in Amsterdam, from where the Dutch West India Company operated ships estimated to have traded 500,000 slaves in the 1600s and 1700s.Tosch and others drew a comparison between Floyd’s death and the treatment of slaves centuries ago. “We have seen this image before as white persecutors and enslavers held down the enslaved and branded them with an iron.”In London, a protester held a placard reading “The UK isn’t innocent,” while in Berlin around 2,000 people protested outside the US embassy and two Bundesliga soccer players wore “Justice for George Floyd” shirts on Monday.A similar message came from Dominique Sopo, president of French NGO SOS Racisme, which organized a small protest outside the US embassy in Paris on Monday. Topics : “This issue of police racism is also, albeit with a lower level of violence, an issue that concerns France,” he said.Police in northern Paris fired tear gas on Tuesday to disperse demonstrators protesting over the 2016 death of a young black Frenchman in police custody – an incident that has drawn parallels with Floyd’s killing.Adama Traore’s family have blamed excessive force used during his arrest, when the 24-year-old was pinned down by three gendarmes. Successive pathology reports have reached conflicting conclusions over whether his death two hours later resulted from asphyxiation or other factors including pre-existing conditions.Amid a coronavirus lockdown, French activists also say there have been a number of police brutality cases in low-income neighborhoods where many originate from Africa.Clashes in turkeyIn Istanbul, more than 50 people clashed with police officers minutes after beginning a protest over Floyd and what they called police brutality in Turkey.At least five people were detained after scuffles with officers holding shields, after which other protesters gave speeches denouncing lethal police force and bans on demonstrations in Turkey during the pandemic.In Nairobi, protesters at the American embassy held signs reading “Black Lives Matter” and “Stop Extrajudicial Killings”.Organizer Nafula Wafula said violence against blacks is international and cited the killing of prisoners in Kenya.“The system that allows police brutality to happen in Kenya is based on class. In America, it’s race and class.”Protests are planned in coming days in Gambia, Britain, Spain and Portugal.In Spain, protesters will mark the death of Floyd and “all sisters and brothers who have died at the hands of institutional racism on our streets,” the African and Afro-descendant Community CNAAE said.Portugal’s gathering will address “the myth that Portugal is not a racist country”.But not all in Europe side with the protesters.Spain’s far-right Vox party and the Netherlands’ anti-Islam Freedom Party called those protesting Floyd’s death “terrorists” and backed US President Donald Trump.”Our support for Trump and the Americans who are seeing their Nation attacked by street terrorists backed by progressive millionaires,” Vox wrote in a Tweet.In the Netherlands, the Freedom Party’s Geert Wilders tweeted: “White House under attack. This is no protest but anarchy by #AntifaTerrorists.”Even amid such racial division, Linda Nooitmeer, who heads the National Institute for the Study of Dutch Slavery and its Legacy, drew hope from Monday’s protest in Amsterdam.”We don’t have the history of the civil rights movement in Holland, so what occurred yesterday was really something new. It is the start of real dialogue.” center_img Images of a white police officer kneeling on the neck of African-American George Floyd, who then died, have sparked protests from Amsterdam to Nairobi, but they also expose deeper grievances among demonstrators over strained race relations in their own countries.With violent clashes between protesters and authorities raging in the United States, anti-police-brutality activists gathered by the thousands in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in various European and African cities.Peaceful protesters highlighted allegations of abuse of black prisoners by their jailers, social and economic inequality, and institutional racism lingering from the colonial pasts of the Netherlands, Britain and France.last_img read more

Taste Boracay’s ‘love potion’

first_imgIngredients for “Loveanog” weresourced from the organic farm being maintained by the cooperative here, saidSegovia. Lambanog is a uniquely Filipinodistilled palm liquor made from coconut or nipapalm sap. It is derived from tuba(palm toddy) that has been aged for at least 48 hours. It originates from Luzonand is commonly described as “coconut vodka” due to its clear to milky whitecolor and high alcohol content. In the past year, the BIPC receivedsupport from the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Labor andEmployment and Philippine Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR), among others./PN “The Loveanog has been fermented andmade through the help of a chemist from the University of the Philippines,”Segovia said. Initially, BIPC tried making tuba. “However, after our exploration ofthe product, we decided to use lambanog,” Segovia said.  BIPC has hundreds of women members whoare mostly residents of this resort island. “Loveanog” has three flavors: blueternate infuse, gumamela. “When one drinks it, he or she willfeel chill and have an petite to eat more. The fermented wine has no hangovereffect,” she added. Producing “Loveanog” gave marginalizedBoracay women an alternative source of income, said Segovia. BORACAY – The Boracay Island ProducersCooperative (BIPC) has concocted a beverage that it promotes as a “love potion”potent enough to make women fall in love. Desiree Segovia, BIPC president, saidtheir “Loveanog” is a fermented wine made from coconut and juices of tropicalflowers such as hibiscus and blue ternate.last_img read more

The Latest: Portuguese league to resume May 30

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Portugal’s government says the country’s soccer league will be allowed to resume on May 30 following a stoppage forced by the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Portuguese league to resume May 30 Prime Minister António Costa included the announcement in Thursday’s presentation of his government’s plan to roll back lockdown measures.Costa said the resumption of play still depends on health authorities approving measures to make stadiums meet hygiene conditions. The games will be played without fans. Porto leads Benfica by one point at the top of the standings.___ German chancellor Angela Merkel says a decision on whether the country’s soccer league can resume amid the coronavirus pandemic has been pushed back to Wednesday.Soccer authorities had been hoping to receive the go-ahead to resume league games without fans as early as May 9.Merkel met with the country’s 16 state governors and warned there is still a danger that numbers of COVID-19 infections could rise if strict containment measures are relaxed too soon.Merkel says “we have to do all we can to ensure there is no regression.”A ban on all large gatherings through the end of August will remain. The team hasn’t announced any plans for fans who have tickets to games later in the season.The Dodgers were supposed to open the season on March 26; however, the start of baseball was postponed by the new coronavirus.Dodger Stadium is set to host the All-Star Game in July. Officially, it has not been canceled, which the team noted in its information for fans.___The Canucks for Kids Fund is donating $500,000 to Vancouver-area groups to help provide critical community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The German league tells news agency DPA the tests will start immediately.The Bundesliga’s plan to resume in May rests on regular testing for players. That is likely to be before they resume full-team training and before each game.Thousands of tests will be needed to complete the season. That has fueled criticism that the plan wastes resources. The vice president of Germany’s public health institute said last week testing should be focused on people who have symptoms or were linked to an outbreak.___Paris Saint-Germain says there is “nothing official” but didn’t deny that it was about to be declared French league champion. Associated Press The French season ended early because of the coronavirus pandemic and sports daily L’Équipe says on its website that a decision on the league standings was expected to be ratified by the LFP’s board of directors.The French government called off soccer and rugby leagues in the country on Tuesday and ended plans to resume.The top two divisions in French soccer had 10 rounds of matches left to play. PSG led second-place Marseille by 12 points and played one game less. Marseille stands to qualify directly for the Champions League while third-place Rennes would enter the qualifying rounds.___The Diamond League track meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, won’t happen as scheduled on Aug. 20. April 30, 2020 The Italian sports minister says the government will create an economic safety net if it orders the Serie A soccer season to be shut down.Vincenzo Spadafora says if the season isn’t allowed to resume “we will assume responsibility so that soccer … has the least damage possible. Because it’s worth remembering that soccer is a big industry in our country.”But Spadafora is still leaving open the possibility that teams can resume training if sports and government officials agree on a proper health protocol. He says resuming training “will have a positive effect on the possible resumption of the season.”Spadafora adds that if the protocol can’t be agreed on “the government will declare the end of the season.”___center_img The Bundesliga was suspended on March 13 with nine rounds remaining.___The Falmouth Road Race will go on as an “At-Home Edition.”The 48th edition of the seven-mile run that usually winds along the Cape Cod seashore in Massachusetts will instead have participants running 7 miles in their own neighborhoods at some point in a two-week period at the end of August. The race was originally scheduled for Aug. 16, but the Town of Falmouth has implemented a “no large event” policy through the end of August because of the coronavirus pandemic.Race organizers are buying $25,000 in gift cards to local businesses to hand out randomly to participants. The first 5,000 to register get guaranteed entry into the 2021 race. Belarus national soccer federation spokesman Alexander Aleinik tells The Associated Press that “tests did not confirm the virus for any of the players.”___British boxing’s governing body says it hopes fights can be staged from July.The British Boxing Board of Control says events would likely be held without fans initially and with an emphasis on “minimal numbers” of officials and broadcast personnel.Anyone at the events will have to have been in pre-fight quarantine and had tests for COVID-19. There will initially be a maximum of five contests in a show. First run in 1973, the Falmouth Road Race typically draws a field from Olympians to recreational runners. Past winners have included Boston Marathon champions Joan Benoit Samuelson, Bill Rodgers, Catherine Ndereba and Olympic marathon gold medalist Frank Shorter.___Paris Saint-Germain has been declared French league champion after the soccer season ended early because of the coronavirus pandemic.The move follows the French government’s decision to call off the soccer and rugby leagues in the country because of the virus.The top two divisions in French soccer had 10 rounds of matches left to play. PSG led second-place Marseille by 12 points and played one game less. The money will be used to provide meals and care for seniors, youth and families, cleaning, security, emergency shelter, child care, and drop-in counseling sessions by voice, video and chat. Groups receiving money include Feeding the Community, Greater Vancouver Food Bank, BC Care Providers Association, Senior Services Society of BC, Canucks Family Education Centre, Mackie’s Place, Foundry, YWCA, and Kids Help Phone. Fans are also invited to participate if they can by donating online.The Kids Fund normally dedicates its resources to assist charities which support children’s health and wellness, foster the development of grassroots hockey, and facilitate and encourage education in British Columbia.___ Organizers of the Athletissima say they are now looking at “alternative options and formats that could still be considered in order to offer athletes the possibility to compete.”Switzerland’s government has prohibited gatherings of more than 1,000 people until the end of August.Athletissima organizers say “it is currently impossible to allow a high number of people to gather in a confined area.”The first eight track meets on the Diamond League circuit have been postponed. Lausanne was the fifth in order of the seven left on the calendar.___ The French soccer league has launched a lottery to help raise funds for hospitals and medical staff dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.Fans have a chance to win a signed jersey in exchange for an online donation of 5 euros ($5.40) to the “Tous Unis contre le Virus” (All United against the Virus) campaign.French champion Paris Saint-Germain’s jersey is co-signed by Kylian Mbappé and Edinson Cavani.Dimitri Payet was one of France’s best players when the team reached the 2016 European Championship final and he has signed the Marseille jersey. Houssem Aouar signed Lyon’s jersey.The French league says 2 million euros ($2.2 million) has already been raised through previous fundraising in French soccer. ___A new women’s soccer season has started in Belarus after it was initially delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The season started with a game between Dynamo-BGUFK and the Belarus national under-19 team. The under-19 team competes in the league alongside club squads.Fans were allowed to attend the game for free but fewer than 100 were in the stands at the stadium in Minsk.Belarus is the only country in Europe playing professional soccer during the pandemic. The men’s league started last month and the women’s league had been scheduled to start on April 16 but was delayed by two weeks because of suspicions that players had contact with people who had the virus. The BBBofC says it continues to follow advice from government and medical authorities.The biggest fight that could take place in Britain in July is Anthony Joshua’s defense of his world heavyweight belts against Kubrat Pulev in London.The fight was initially scheduled for June 20 but was postponed. It could now be held on July 25.___Germany is beginning to roll out coronavirus testing at soccer clubs in the top two men’s leagues in the hope of resuming the season next month. Red Sox fans can still have their messages posted on the scoreboard at Fenway Park — even though the ballpark is closed and no games are taking place.For a $50 donation to the team’s charity, fans can have a message posted on the 40-by-100 foot center field video board. For $100, they can have a message and a picture. The team will take a picture and send a picture of the scoreboard bearing the message.The money will go to the Red Sox Foundation, which has been maintaining operations and programming during the coronavirus crisis to ensure consistent and necessary support and resources to hundreds of other non-profits and youth throughout New England. ___The Dodgers will soon give fans an account credit for home games scheduled in March and April.last_img read more