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Former owners of Redskins, Twins have statues removed for racist history

first_imgThe #MNTwins removed the Calvin Griffith statue from Target Field this morning. pic.twitter.com/K044WNP7Ys— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) June 19, 2020″While we acknowledge the prominent role Calvin Griffith played in our history, we cannot remain silent and continue ignoring the racist comments he made in Waseca in 1978,” the Twins said in a statement. “His disparaging words displayed a blatant intolerance and disregard for the Black community that are the antithesis of what the Minnesota Twins stand for and value. “Our decision to memorialize Calvin Griffith with a statue reflects an ignorance on our part of systemic racism present in 1978, 2010 and today. We apologize for our failure to adequately recognize how the statue was viewed and the pain it caused for many people – both inside the Twins organization and across Twins territory. We cannot remove Calvin Griffith from the history of the Minnesota Twins, but we believe removal of this statue is an important and necessary step in our ongoing commitment to provide a Target Field experience where every fan and employee feels safe and welcome.” The Twins’ actions come amid still-heightened tensions in the Twin Cities following George Floyd’s death while in custody of Minneapolis police last month, and took place on Juneteenth – a holiday commemorating the day the U.S. government publicly declared slaves to be free on June 19, 1865. Marshall had a long-standing policy of refusing to sign black players for the majority of his ownership of the Redskins, which lasted from the franchise’s inception in Boston in 1932 until his death in 1969. The Redskins did not sign a black player until 1962 after being pressured by both the city and national government.  “We believe that injustice and inequality of all forms is reprehensible and we are firmly committed to confronting unequal treatment and working together toward healing our city and country,” Events DC, the convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, said in a statement. “Removing this statue is a small and and overdue step on the road to lasting equality and justice. MORE: ESPN’s Ryan Clark breaks down on ‘Get Up’ while discussing racism directed at his sonToday, Events DC removed the George Preston Marshall Memorial Statue at RFK Stadium. Read our full statement here https://t.co/2UPQtNMtuS⠀@eventsdcprez @EventsDCChair pic.twitter.com/LCH0LcQ6v3— Events DC (@TheEventsDC) June 19, 2020″Allowing the memorial to remain on the RFK campus goes against Events DC’s values of inclusion and equality and is a disturbing symbol to many in the city we serve.” The Marshall monument had previously been vandalized by protesters advocating the Redskins change the team name, viewed by many as disparaging towards Native Americans. Griffith, who moved the Washington Senators to Minnesota in 1961 and remained the Twins’ principal owner until 1984, was quoted by the Minneapolis Tribune as saying he relocated the franchise “when I found out you only had 15,000 blacks here.” The comments were made during a speech at a Lions club event in Waseca, Minnesota in 1978.  On the day citizens around the United States commemorated the liberation of slaves following the American civil war, statues of two former owners of prominent professional sports teams were taken down due to previous acts of racial injustice. The Minnesota Twins removed a monument of Calvin Griffin from the grounds of their home stadium of Target Field as a response to insensitive remarks he made about African-Americans during a speech in 1978. In the nation’s capital, Washington officials ordered the removal of a statue of George Preston Marshall that stood outside the Redskins’ former home of RFK Stadium. last_img read more

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AIBT returns, Arcata looks to reclaim title

first_imgThe 52nd annual Jerry Paul Arcata Invitational Basketball Tournament begins today as host team Arcata High will look to capture its first AIBT championship since the 2015-16 season.Arcata (3-1) advanced to the championship round of the McKinleyville Tip-Off classic last week before falling to Lincoln in the title game.Arcata downed Windsor and KIPP King en route to the championship game. Garrett Hall, Niko Zambas and Brandon Bento-Jackson each had nice showings over the weekend. The three …last_img

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South African scholars to study in China

first_img25 August 2015China beckons to 53 scholarship recipients, who have landed an opportunity to study in the eastern nation. They were excited about the chance, they said at a pre-departure orientation yesterday at Unisa (University of South Africa) in Pretoria.The Department of Higher Education and Training receives scholarships from various foreign governments that are targeted at South African youth to advance the skills development agenda.Time of possibilityKgaugelo Mpyana said he was looking forward to his degree in architecture at the Beijing University of Technology.“This is a great opportunity for me because China is the generation of great innovation,” he said. “I will get an opportunity to learn from the best at no cost at all.”Ofentse Tyawo was thrilled that her dreams to study in China were finally being realised. She will be studying an undergraduate in biological sciences at East China University.Both students will also do a year-long Mandarin course, as well as learn more about Chinese culture.Mutual respect“This is an opportunity of a lifetime; grab it with both hands,” advised Higher Education and Training Deputy Minister Mduduzi Manana. “We are proud that you have been selected and that you have shown bravery because it’s not an easy decision to make to go study abroad.”He encouraged students to represent South Africa well in China. “Respect the cultural norms and values of China; make sure that you adjust to them.”Li Song, China’s deputy ambassador to South Africa, congratulated the scholarship recipients and thanked them for choosing to study in his country. “I believe that through their hard work, these young talents will come back and contribute to the rainbow nation after their successful completion of their studies in China,” Song said.“South Africa has the most overseas Chinese students in Africa,” he added. There were 1 100 South African students studying in China and more than 2 400 Chinese students studying in South Africa.More than 180 applications were received for the scholarships.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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Home sweet boulder. — Lameirinha (GC16670) — Geocache of the Week

first_img SharePrint RelatedA photo is worth 1000 finds? – The Mountain of Moonlit Rocks (GC1CB) – Geocache of the WeekJune 18, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Stonehenge in the Desert — Geocache of the WeekJuly 25, 2018In “Community”Rubik’s Cache (GC5YGFM) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 30, 2015In “Geocache of the Week” I’m expecting Fred and Wilma to walk out at any moment. Photo by geocacher trinamixxOut of the numerous things geocaching has taught me, one of the special skills that has carried over into my day-to-day life has been to look more closely at everything. For example, at first glance, the photo above may just be a pretty picture of another amazing rock formation. However, if you look a little closer, you’ll notice a door…and windows…and a roof. Then you’ll see that it’s a stone house that looks like it came straight out of the Flintstones.  Once you see that, you can take an even closer look to find Lameirinha (GC16670), this week’s Geocache of the Week.We’re super excited about this geocache, too! Photo by geocacher acaferreiraThe Casa do Penedo was built in 1974, between four enormous boulders in the northern hills of Portugal. The entire home, except for the doors, windows and roof, is constructed of rock. Inside, a more rustic style prevails with logs for stairs, furniture and railings. While it may sound pretty lush, there’s one caveat: the stone house doesn’t have electricity. Its owners had to use candles (and maybe GPS) to find their way through the halls.The geocache! Photo by geocacher HippocachingThe stone home is amazing, but that’s not all you get see from ground zero. The surrounding hills are dotted with windmills that help create a gorgeous vista. Most of the Found It logs on the geocache’s page mention something about the view.  “Magnificent place with spectacular scenery. Also enjoyed seeing the house, fits well in the environment. A cache this in a spectacular location. TFTC Team Ogalo,” said geocacher Ogalo (Translated from Portugese). A log from geocacher Hippocaching reads (also translated from Portugese),”The cache was in a spectacular site! The house, the landscape, windmills, horses are all elements that make it very desirable to cache! While we were out walking by the place we realized that two more teams found the cache! Thank you!”Looking out on the windmills from GZ. Photo by geocacher trinamixx (who took some amazing photos of this geocache)This geocache is all about looking beyond the first thing you see. What special skill has geocaching taught you and what have you found because of it? Tell us in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected] with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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A Heartland Approach to Energy Efficiency

first_imgAfter a tornado decimated the town in 2007, many builders and designers involved in the reconstruction of Greensburg, Kansas, aimed for green standards that included energy efficient performance significantly above code requirements. But as a recent New York Times feature noted, it doesn’t take a natural disaster – or the threat of one – to propel Kansans toward energy conservation.Instead, folks in this part of the Midwest, where roughly half the population is skeptical about climate change, have been motivated by initiatives that highlight potential savings on energy costs and the prospect of reducing dependence on foreign sources of fossil fuels – and on the use of fossil fuels in general.An important developer of these initiatives has been the Climate and Energy Project, an energy efficiency advocacy group based in Lawrence, and collaborating organizations such as Kansas Interfaith Power & Light, which encourages environmental stewardship among Kansas congregations, and local utilities.A power-saving playThe Climate and Energy Project, for example, sponsored a competition among six towns whose residents where challenged to implement energy-conservation measures, including the adoption of renewable-energy strategies. The remarkable thing is that the competition, called the Take Charge Challenge, produced significant, positive results: energy-use reduction of 6 million kWh – about 5% overall – by the time the yearlong competition ended last spring. What’s more, an annual reduction of 7 million kWh was locked in through the installation of permanent energy-saving measures such as interruptible thermostats, more-efficient air-conditioning systems, and relatively low-cost weatherization improvements. Utilities subsidized some of the improvements, including the cost of compact fluorescent lamps.As noted in a recent Fine Homebuilding post, the Take Charge Challenge was included among 14 case studies presented in a Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory report published last month, titled “Driving Demand for Home Energy Improvements.”The Climate and Energy Project, the Times story added, will use a recent grant from the Kansas Energy Office to coordinate another competition, this one among 16 cities in 2011.last_img read more

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Scoliosis

first_imgAbnormal curvature in the spine is known as scoliosis, and generally begins just at the onset of puberty and progresses during the period of rapid growth. Most junior high schools routinely screen for scoliosis because, if caught early, progressive spine curvature can be prevented. Scoliosis affects girls much more frequently than boys.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img