Al fin, promesa de liberación de Oscar López

first_imgLuego de días de rumores y esperanzas fallidas, el pueblo boricua recibió con júbilo la noticia que por años había esperado: el prisionero político puertorriqueño con más años de encarcelación – 35 años – saldrá libre y sin restricciones el próximo 17 de mayo. El 17 de enero, a tres días de terminar su puesto como presidente de los EUA, Barack Obama finalmente conmutó la sentencia de Oscar López Rivera.López Rivera, quien acaba de cumplir 74 años el pasado 6 de enero, fue acusado en el 1981 de “conspiración sediciosa para derrocar al Gobierno de Estados Unidos”, cargo que rutinariamente se aplica a las y los revolucionarios boricuas que luchan por la independencia. Sobre él pesaban aún el resto de los 70 años de condena; doce de los años ya cumplidos los pasó en aislamiento, práctica cruel comúnmente aplicada a prisioneras/os políticos.Su conmutación fue parte de las 200 y pico otorgadas por Obama en las cuales también estaba la de Chelsea Manning, quien valientemente sacó a la luz información secreta para exponer los crímenes de guerra estadounidenses.Tristemente, el líder indígena Leonard Peltier, y la valiente puertorriqueña Ana Belén Montes, fueron excluidos de la lista.Tan pronto Oscar supo la noticia por su abogada Jan Susler, agradeció a su pueblo y a todas las personas que habían exigido su liberación.Su hija Clarisa López Rivera en conferencia de prensa desde San Juan hizo eco de las palabras de su padre: “Con voz entrecortada y casi sin poder contener las lágrimas entre otras expresiones agradeció: “Hoy celebramos la victoria del pueblo de Puerto Rico. Mi más profundo agradecimiento al Gobierno de Cuba, Venezuela y Nicaragua. Gracias a todos los que hicieron posible que Oscar López Rivera pueda regresar a donde pertenece, a su Puerto Rico del alma”. (claridadpuertorico.com, 18 de enero)Campaña libertadoraEsta victoria fue realmente una del pueblo boricua que elevó la campaña a nivel mundial. La lucha por la liberación fue acogida por los más diversos sectores del pueblo boricua, desde el independentista hasta el estadista, pasando por todos los movimientos ciudadanos, religiosos, de mujeres, ambientalistas, jóvenes y estudiantes, la clase artística y la deportiva, la religiosa de todas las creencias, LGBTT, y ciudadanas/os independientes.Su promesa de liberación igualmente ha sido celebrada en todos los rincones del archipiélago. En televisión y radio se escucha frecuentemente que al empezar un programa se hace alusión a la libertad de Oscar. Las y los activistas se regocijan y felicitan mutuamente; mensajes de felicitación llueven desde muchas organizaciones a través del mundo.Verdaderamente ha sido un esfuerzo tan conjunto, que ninguna persona o agrupación puede hacerse única dueña de su logro. La Red Nacional Boricua pro Derechos Humanos, con sede en Chicago donde residía Oscar, y con oficinas en varias ciudades de EUA y PR, organizó múltiples acciones donde participaron además varias figuras políticas electas. Han sido muchos los esfuerzos, desde las “Mujeres por Oscar” que cada último domingo del mes llevaban a cabo una demostración trayendo atención sobre el caso tanto en San Juan como en Nueva York; la mayor parte de clase artística puertorriqueña, incluyendo el ahora famoso Lin Manuel Miranda y René de Calle 13, Ricky Martin, Andy Montañez, Chabela Rodríguez y otros.Los esfuerzos de decenas de organizaciones de la Diáspora Boricua en los EUA que consistentemente distribuían información en festivales, desfiles puertorriqueños y organizaban veladas y protestas.Y luego la adhesión internacional. Cuba, siempre solidaria, tomó el caso de Oscar como uno suyo. Venezuela y Nicaragua alzaron sus voces en foros nacionales e internacionales. Figuras como el Papa Francisco y el ex presidente Carter exigieron a Obama su liberación.Una petición a Obama firmada por más de 100.000 personas fue entregada en Washington el pasado 11 de enero, presionando aún más al entonces presidente Obama.¿Qué significa para el pueblo boricua?Las reflexiones de Oscar desde la cárcel han sido muy importantes para el movimiento progresista en PR. Su llamado a que se boicotee la inmensa – e ilegítima – deuda que tiene al pueblo asfixiado. El llamado de unidad en la lucha por la independencia. Su solidaridad con la prisionera Ana Belén Montes, aislada e incomunicada en una cárcel de Texas. Estos son puntos muy claves en la lucha actual y que merecen una amplia discusión. De por sí, estas reflexiones son ya un legado y una gran aportación de Oscar al movimiento de resistencia boricua.Por otro lado, el hecho de que tan diversos sectores se hayan podido unir en un consenso – la liberación de Oscar – ya sea por motivos humanitarios y morales como políticos, puede ser visto y extrapolado a la urgente necesidad que prevalece en el Puerto Rico de hoy: la presencia de una criminal Junta de Control Fiscal impuesta por el imperio estadounidense frente a la absoluta falta de soberanía e independencia del pueblo boricua.Esta realidad se agudiza por la existencia de dos administraciones de derecha tanto en Puerto Rico como en Estados Unidos. El gobierno de “Ricky” Roselló – quien quiere imponer la estadidad en PR y avanza una agenda totalmente neoliberal incluyendo una Reforma Laboral que elimina todas las garantías que la clase obrera del país logró a través de años de incesantes luchas y que empobrecerá aún más al pueblo; y el de Donald Trump en EUA que promete caos no solamente en su país, sino a nivel mundial.Por lo cual este año 2017 promete ser uno de incesantes luchas tanto en PR como en EUA.Aunque hay la promesa de liberación de Oscar en mayo, hay la necesidad de estar pendientes hasta que salga de prisión. La historia está llena de “accidentes” en prisiones. Obama desgraciadamente, como buen imperialista, en vez de liberar a Oscar inmediatamente, hace esperar cuatro meses.Un artículo del periódico Claridad reporta que el licenciado Eduardo Villanueva Muñoz, Portavoz del Comité Pro Derechos Humanos de Puerto Rico, “dijo que agradecía que el Presidente haya firmado la conmutación [pero] hizo la observación de que Obama estaba sujeto a grandes presiones y que el pueblo de Puerto Rico tiene que poder entender la mentalidad imperial de que “nunca nos quieren reconocer un triunfo absoluto”.Villanueva Muñoz “dio como ejemplos que cuando la excarcelación en el 1999 se hizo bajo unas condiciones, cuando la Marina de Guerra entendió que no podía seguir en Vieques, dijeron nos vamos pero en tres años”.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Temperatures to plunge in Midwest, South, Northeast

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — An early season arctic cold front is barreling through the Midwest Monday morning and is expected to reach the Gulf Coast and the East Coast on Tuesday. Ahead of that cold front was a quick-moving storm which brought early season snow to the Midwest, transforming highways into sheets of ice, causing collisions and sending cars veering off roads.This is the snowiest start to winter in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin by “virtue of number of days with measurable snowfall,” according to the National Weather Service.In Chicago, the snow and ice caused an average delay of nearly three hours for arrivals at O’Hare International Airport Monday morning.As this arctic cold takes aim, 20 states from Colorado to Maine are under winter storm warnings or winter weather advisories. The heaviest snow will be in the Northeast, from western Pennsylvania to northern New England. Some areas could see up to 1 foot of snow.The coldest morning in the Heartland will be Tuesday morning. Wind chills are forecast to plunge to -4 degrees in Des Moines, Iowa, -3 degrees in Chicago, 2 degrees in Kansas City, Missouri, and 7 degrees in Memphis, Tennessee. Even Dallas is forecast to reach a wind chill of 15 degrees. The coldest morning for the Southeast and the Northeast will be Wednesday morning.Wind chills are forecast to fall to -3 degrees in Syracuse, New York, 3 degrees in Boston, 10 degrees in New York City, 24 degrees in New Orleans and 21 degrees in Atlanta.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Bouldering Face-Off: 5.10 and Evolv

first_imgImage courtesy of 5.10 ClimbingImage courtesy of 5.10 Climbing5.10 HiangleThis guy is intense. Rivaling even the legendary La Sportiva Solutions, the Hiangle may well be the most aggressive shoe I have ever crammed my foot into. I won’t lie – it was a painful process to get these on, but the good qualities definitely outweigh a hard break-in period. The close fit that makes the Hiangle difficult to wear intially soon becomes a huge asset, because it completely eliminates whatever dead space could make your foot slip around inside.Like other slipper-style shoes, this one is designed to stay snug without too much effort, but comes with an extra Velcro strap to crank it down even tighter when you’re really feeling the pressure. It’s slightly stiffer than most slippers: I’ve had too many more-flexible shoes flatten out and lose their shape after a bit of wear and tear, but I’m confident that the Hiangle won’t do that. The powerful down-turn and point can seek out the tiniest pieces of rock, and the edge is just sharp enough to grab onto those little nubs perfectly. Of course, those same features limit smearing ability and slab performance, but that’s not this shoe’s focus. Instead, the 5.10 Hiangle makes an excellent partner on overhang climbs and can’t wait to hop on your next steep project with you.imgresPhoto courtesy of Evolv ClimbingEvolv ShamanLet’s give a round of applause to Chris Sharma for gifting the climbing world with this personal design. Maybe I can soak of some up his skill too by wearing these shoes. But whether or not that theory is possible (I’m not rejecting it just yet), the Shaman does some nice work. Though not quite as aggressive as the Hiangle, it still includes a strong toe and snug heel. In fact, the heel may be my favorite aspect of the shoe – it holds the foot tight, has plenty of rubber for a solid grip on hooks, and isn’t too narrow. Also take note of how well the toe box is made. Plenty of shoes have given me sore spots on my toes that made it difficult to put weight on the front of my feet, but Sharma has come up with a masterful solution. What he calls the “Love Bump,” an addition to the midsole, sits under your toes and pushes them into a comfortable yet powerful position. Sharma even built in extra room for that pesky big-toe, so everything has its place. The Evolv Shaman, like the 5.10 Hiangle, will support you through those pumpy overhang walls and will also keep your feet happy – a killer combination, in my book.–Words and images by Blue Ridge Outdoors intern Lucie Hanes. Hanes is a senior at the University of Virginia and continues to kick ass as both a writer and an athlete. Thanks Lucie! Climbing is all about the detail in each and every movement, and the same holds true when it comes to equipment. Even the smallest features can make or break your send: the texture of your rope, the length of your draws, the point of your shoes, or how easily your chalk bag opens when your hands get annoyingly sweaty at that big crux move. As we honed our fundamentals on the rock this month, we had the chance to pit two of our favorite brands’ bouldering essentials head-to-head, to see just who is more devilish in their details.Organic 5.10 PadTurns out your kindergarten teacher was right: teamwork makes good things happen. 5.10 and Organic, both already huge names in the climbing world, bumped heads on this project to create a solid crash pad without the bulk. Organic, an American company intent on producing handmade pads for climbers by climbers, has collaborated with 5.10 and come up with an even smaller version of Organic’s original Simple Pad13249_8440-01-1341959984At first glance, this baby looks like it could use a good meal. It’s much thinner than other pads I’ve used, only 3 inches thick, and weighs a modest 8 pounds. I’ve been known to take quite a tumble out under the ledge, so the super-slim style did make me nervous in the beginning, but I quickly discovered there really wasn’t anything to fear – even for a clumsy climber like me. 5.10 and Organic, like the smarties we know them to be, have managed to pack that small 48 by 36 inch space with so much foam cushion that a big ol’ fall will just leave you smiling. Or at least all in one piece.The lighter weight, as well as padded and adjustable backpack and waist straps, makes the pad an easy carry to and from the rocks – no need to worry about those long approaches and hard hikes. All in all, the 5.10 Organic crash pad is simple, convenient, and worth trusting from the ground to the top-out.Evolv Iceman Crash Padphoto Boulderers must be getting tired of lugging extra weight around, because the Iceman Pad follows the same smaller-is-better trend. It’s slightly thicker than the Organic 5.10 Pad at about 4 inches, but is also not as long or as wide, 42 by 32 inches rather than 48 by 36.But Evolv hasn’t failed us either, and makes sure the size remains a benefit to climbers and not a danger. The Iceman uses fancy dual-density foam to keep your fall nice and bouncy, and tops it off with a continuous cell foam layer. Plus, the Iceman’s got some really cool added features: the backpack straps are removable or changeable into shoulder straps, the corners are reinforced with rubber to keep the pad from running away under you, and velcro straps on the bottom lock the pad open so that the seam stays just as safe and tight as the rest. If you needed a second reason to give smaller pads a chance, let the Iceman be it.last_img read more

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Man Utd serious about Dembele ‘after years of regular dialogue’

first_img read also:Umtiti, Dembélé’s poor disciplinary records angers Barcelona Dembele’s valuation has apparently reportedly declined due to the coronavirus pandemic to around €50m, and much will depend on how much United can afford to spend this summer. Their pursuit of Dembele will also hinge on Odion Ighalo’s Old Trafford future. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United are serious about bringing Lyon striker, Moussa Dembele, back to England this summer. L’Equipe says United are in constant contact with the Dembele camp. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a huge fan of the Lyon striker and a regular dialogue continues. The relationship between club and player is said to have been built over several years and remains strong.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Fans Don’t Know What She Looks Like NowContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing LocationsThe Best Cars Of All Time11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holeslast_img read more

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Kareem Hunt video: NFL investigation into assault still impacts Browns RB

first_imgWill Kareem Hunt be suspended?The NFL stipulates a suspension of at least six games for first-time offenses involving assault, meaning the league could (and likely will) still impose a suspension upon the Browns running back once its investigation is complete.The league placed Hunt on the Commissioner Exempt List, for which the policy states, “In cases in which a violation relating to a crime of violence is suspected but further investigation is required, the commissioner may determine to place a player on the Commissioner Exempt List on a limited and temporary basis to permit the league to conduct an investigation. Based on the results of this investigation, the player may be returned to duty, be placed on the Commissioner Exempt List for a longer period, or be subject to discipline.”Now with the Browns, Hunt is expected to remain on the Commissioner Exempt List as the league continues its investigation into all three off-field incidents. (Editor’s note: This story was updated from its orginal version after the Browns announced they signed Kareem Hunt on Feb. 11, 2019. Hunt remains under investigation and could still be suspended by the NFL.)A video that appears to show Browns running back Kareem Hunt shoving and kicking a woman at a hotel in February 2018 was released by TMZ in early December. Hunt, who played for the Chiefs at the time, was cut by Kansas City soon after the video surfaced. In footage captured by security cameras, Hunt, 23, can be seen from multiple angles trying to physically attack a woman, pushing through several men and other women attempting to restrain him. At one point, Hunt knocked one of the men into a woman, causing them both to fall over.Police responded to the altercation, which occurred inside a hotel in Cleveland. No arrests were made, and Hunt did not face criminal charges.MORE KAREEM HUNT: How the NFL failed under its own policyThe Feb. 10 incident was known to the NFL, Chiefs team personnel and the public based on earlier reporting. Hunt addressed reporters about the accusations and a separate assault allegation prior to the 2018 NFL season, but the video had not been made public until TMZ released it.Shorly after the video surfaced, the NFL announced it had placed Hunt on the Commissioner Exempt List and would resume its investigation into the Feb. 10 incident, plus the separate assault allegation and, after a TMZ report made it known to the league, a third off-field incident that took place at a nightclub in January.Hunt may not play, practice or attend games while on the Commissioner Exempt List.What do we know about the Kareem Hunt video incident?The incident that was captured by surveillance and released by TMZ occurred Feb. 10 between Hunt and Abigail Ottinger, 19, inside The Metropolitan at the 9, a hotel in downtown Cleveland. Ottinger told police Hunt assaulted her about 3:45 a.m. outside a hotel apartment, according to Cleveland.com.One police report listed Hunt as a suspect; another police report listed Ottinger as a suspect for allegedly assaulting another woman present at the scene, the Cleveland.com report said. Ottinger told police she refused to have sex with a friend of Hunt, which set off the scuffle. Other witnesses claimed Ottinger used a racist slur toward Hunt.Charges were not filed, and no arrests were made “because officers say they were unable to determine if a crime had been committed,” according to TMZ.How has the NFL responded to the Kareem Hunt video incident?The Chiefs claimed they did not see the footage until it was released, according to The Athletic, but several members of the organization had previously commented on the incident, mostly in an attempt to move on from the situation. Team chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said in August, “The team’s made up of a bunch of young men. . . . They’re not always going to make the best decisions, but we have a strong support system, both with the coaching staff and also with our player development department that works with young guys and talks to them about the situations that they want to be in.”At the time, Clark Hunt did not believe Kareem Hunt would face a suspension from the NFL. Chiefs coach Andy Reid declined to comment on the specifics of the incident when asked about it in June.Kareem Hunt also addressed the incident with reporters in August, saying he had “learned from it” and was “focused on football.” After he was signed by Cleveland in February, Hunt released a statement:Statement from RB Kareem Hunt: pic.twitter.com/JPRFnkRdCy— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) February 11, 2019In December, ESPN reported the NFL felt it did “everything possible from a legal standpoint” in its investigation into the incident. However, according to the report, the NFL never requested an interview with Hunt as part of its investigation. The league reportedly attempted to contact Ottinger and her friend “on multiple occasions, but they did not respond.”Also per ESPN, “the league said it spoke to as many witnesses who were there as possible and that they said Hunt was not involved, which the video that TMZ released Friday clearly contradicts.” The NFL in its investigation reportedly spoke to the Chiefs following their conversation with Hunt about the incident.Pro Football Talk reported that “the league made multiple attempts to obtain the video. … The hotel at which the incident occurred explained to the NFL that it would give the video only to law enforcement. … The Cleveland Police Department did not provide any video to the league.”After the Browns signed Hunt in February, they released a statement from general manager John Dorsey:Statement from GM John Dorsey: pic.twitter.com/TUgoBalvkg— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) February 11, 2019What is the NFL’s personal conduct policy?The NFL’s personal conduct policy explicitly grants the league freedom to punish players even if they are not found guilty of a crime.According to the policy, “Even if the conduct does not result in a criminal conviction, players found to have engaged in any of the following conduct will be subject to discipline.” It lists “actual or threatened violence against another person” and “disorderly conduct” among potential reasons for sanctions.last_img read more

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Donegal school awarded €23,700 grant

first_imgSt Crona’s National School in Dungloe is set to benefit from a grant for new upgrade works, it was announced this evening.The Department of Education has approved a grant  €23,700 for the provision of a canopy/ shelter at the entrance to the school.The announcement was welcomed by Donegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher Leas Cheann Comhairle, who said: “It will be most beneficial for students which are dropped off from buses or those awaiting pickup – particularly during inclement weather conditions.” Tenders will be invited at an early date.Pay the Cope added his congratulations to school authorities for a very comprehensive submission which was approved for funding.Donegal school awarded €23,700 grant was last modified: March 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Jean Barton: A visit to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame

first_imgOn the 5th day of our Western Livestock Journal Texas “Legacy” Tour we visited the American Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame and Museum in Amarillo.It was so interesting to find familiar names of horses; photos of people you knew and remember in the Hall of Fame. Bill Verdugo, Fresno State Ag Professor when he joined AQHA in 1957. 21st president in 1971; foreign markets and youth activities programs and a new award designation of “AQHA Superior Horse” which would be awarded to any horse …last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 108 | HOLY COW! Dairy Farm Under Investigation and Outrageous Hay Prices

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 108th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, sponsored by AgriGold, includes hosts Matt Reese, Joel Penhorwood, and special guest Candace Lease. They discuss the investigations against Fair Oaks Farms after the undercover animal abuse video was made.Joel Penhorwood interviews sale organizer of the LaRue Horse and Tack Sale, Janeen Heilman about the crazy high prices of hay at the sale ($65/bale). Matt Reese speaks with our Between the Rows Farmers, Dylan Baer from Wood County and Nathan Brown from Highland County.last_img read more

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10 months agoReal Madrid midfielder Modric on Ballon d’Or: Messi and Ronaldo are phenomenal

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid midfielder Modric on Ballon d’Or: Messi and Ronaldo are phenomenalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid midfielder Luka Modric isn’t getting carried away with his Ballon d’Or triumph.Not since Kaka in 2007 has another individual lifted the Ballon d’Or aside from Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, at least until Modric was given the award, yet he feels as though the duo have marked an era of the sport.”These are two phenomena, they have played a dominant role in the sport for 10 years and that’s because of their quality,” he admitted.”The Ballon d’Or is about a seasonal performance and it relies on the votes of coaches, players, legends, journalists and fans.”If we are going to vote on the quality of players then it’s necessary to immediately divide all the trophies between Messi and Ronaldo whilst they are still playing, abolishing any vote.” last_img read more

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