Haitians in the streets stage general strike

first_imgHaiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. An audit, ordered by a Haitian court and released the end of May, found that between $2 billion and $4 billion in funds generated by Venezuela’s PetroCaribe oil-purchasing program were lost due to corruption during the two years Jovenel Moïse of the Bald-Headed Haitian Party (PHTK) has been president.In Port-au-Prince, June 9, Haitians on general strike demand to know: “Where is the PetroCaribe money?”But it wasn’t just corruption that drew hundreds of thousands of Haitians into the streets throughout the country on June 9. Inflation has chewed up big chunks of income of the 60 percent of Haitians living below the poverty line ($2.40 a day). According to the World Bank, inflation is currently 15 percent. Jerry Tardieu, who represents the relatively well-off community of Pétionville in the National Assembly, made the point in a June 12 AlterPresse interview that when Moïse became president, 66 gourdes (Haitian currency) could buy one dollar; now it takes 100.The nationwide demonstrations June 9, which took place in Cap Haïtien, St. Marc, Jacmel and Gonaïves, as well as Port-au-Prince, the capital, had a single demand:  President Moïse resign and go to jail along with his cronies from the PHTK.In Port-au-Prince, according to the June 12 Haïti-Liberté, “[O]pposition figures and radios reported at least seven killed and over 100 wounded by gunfire from police and government-aligned gangs.” The march began peacefully,  but when it reached the area around the Champ de Mars and the National Palace, the cops attacked.On June 10, Radio France International reported that the cops used live rounds, while two buildings were set on fire. YouTube video clips show the demonstration breaking into smaller groups that scattered over the area around the National Palace.The French embassy, a supermarket and a big movie theater were some of the targets singled out by protesters.Then on June 10 and 11, Port-au-Prince was almost completely paralyzed by a general strike that shut down public transportation and most businesses, banks, schools, factories and government offices. According to Yves Pierre-Louis, news director of Radio Timoun, which is housed at the Aristide Foundation for Democracy, “[F]or these first two days, we can say the strike succeeded close to 100 percent.”The general strike involved street barricades made from burning tires, rocks and billboards.Since this is the time of year that Haitian schools conduct exams, teachers and students who went on strike were risking a semester or, in some cases, a year’s worth of school work.It is clear that certain significant bourgeois figures are now in opposition to Moïse and his cronies, who most certainly have been rejected by the masses of the Haitian people. Given that the United States was so involved in selecting Haiti’s president, its conduct in the current struggle is going to play an important role in the outcome.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Research Associate – MRI Pulse Sequence Tech

first_imgInterested candidates should send an email to Linda Chang, MD ([email protected] )with a cover letter highlighting key qualifications and experience,current CV and contact information for three referees.In Addition, you must apply online through Taleo: Research Associate – MRI Pulse Sequence &Reconstruction Techniques. The Center for Advanced Imaging Research (CAIR) within theDepartment of Diagnostic Radiology & Nuclear Medicine atUniversity of Maryland School of Medicine has an opening for an MRResearch Associate with a background in the development andclinical application of edited MRS, and pulse sequence programmingfor multiple MRI vendors. The Research Associate will be involvedwith an NIH-funded projects to develop real-time adaptive motioncorrection for MRI or MRS, and the applications of edited MRSsequences to clinical research. He or she will also provide supportfor other research projects. He/she is also expected to participatein the submission of grant applications and manuscriptpreparations. This is a full-time faculty position at the level ofResearch Associate.The CAIR houses research-dedicated Siemens whole-body 3T Prisma and3T PET-MR scanners, a 9.4T animal scanner, as well as a highlyaccurate real-time optical system to track head motion. The Centeralso has a GE SpinLab dynamic nuclear polarizer suitable forpreclinical and clinical applications. Research projects aresupported by an in-house Siemens engineer.Qualifications :The ideal candidate would have a Ph.D. degree in Engineering,biomedical engineering, Physics or related field with 3-5 years ofexperience in MR/MRS pulse sequence development, and / orexperience with modern reconstruction techniques. Pulse sequencedevelopment, working knowledge on a Siemens platform, as well asexperience with prospective motion correction will be considered aplus.Additional information can be found here: https://www.medschool.umaryland.edu/cair/ https://umb.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=2000002S&lang=encenter_img Research Associate – MRI Pulse Sequence & ReconstructionTechniqueslast_img read more

Jones captures Thunder Hill Modified checkers

first_imgBy Bill Grit MAYETTA, Kan. (July 19) – Jeff Jones started 11th and finished first in the Saturday main event for BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modifieds at Thunder Hill Speedway.Richard Spriggs and then Dave Conkwright set the fast pace as Jones worked his way toward the front. With racing three and four-wide throughout the field, Jones finally got the edge and took the checkers ahead of Conkwright, Brandon Blochlinger, Danny Holt and Mat Stallbaumer. Mike Nichols was the winner in a Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Car feature that ran caution free while Dusty Leonard prevailed in the Belleville Motorsports IMCA Northern SportMod feature.Top Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA Hobby Stock honors went to Adam Armstrong and Austin Um­scheid got his third Casey’s General Store IMCA Sport Compact victory.last_img read more

Heritage Bank Tasks Students to Break Onyali’s 200m African Record

first_imgThe MD also applauded other sponsors and Lagos State government who had partnered with the bank in their quest to develop the youths.“Skoolimpics has come to stay and this is just the pilot edition,” he said.“We have planned, meet people and today we all can see the results of the planning. I am happy that we have somebody as Onyali as an ambassador because she was discovered from school competition like this.“The target is to build future champions from amidst all these students and I am looking forward to see an athlete that will break our ambassador’s 200m record.“I am going to start an endowment fund with N10m, for anyone that can break her record in the next 10 to 20 years, the money will be increasing and whosoever break that record will take the money, and with that I declare this year Skoolimpics open.”Five events will be competed for across two venues, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere and Rowe Park, Yaba. The events are athletics, basketball, table tennis, swimming and handball.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director, Heritage Bank, Ifie Sekibo, has set aside a N10m trust fund for any athlete that can break the 200m African record set by ex-international, and Skoolimpics Ambassador, Mary Onyali-Omagbemi.The MD while declaring the pilot edition of the Heritage Bank- Lagos State Skoolimpics 2016 open said he would be setting aside the sum of N10m that would be yielding interests and would be handed over to any athlete discovered at the competition who was able to break Onyali’s record.Onyali’s 200m record of 22.07secs was set 20 years ago at the IAAF Weltklasse Meet in Zurich, Switzerland and no athlete has been able to match it.last_img read more

Lakers turn in real clunker in Dallas, lose 123-104

first_imgClank! Clunk! Doink!The Lakers’ marksmanship sounded just as awful as their statistics. For the perimeter players hoping they could crack D’Antoni’s small-ball lineup, they went a collective 38.7 percent from three-point range. Lakers forward Xavier Henry also missed all four of his three-point attempts against Dallas. It didn’t help the Lakers’ starting lineup went a combined 12 of 34 from the field (35.2 percent), including Steve Nash posting only five points on 2-of-8 shooting.“I feel like I’m getting a little bit better,” said Nash, who has struggled staying fully healthy. “But the body is the main thing. If I can get that to agree with me a little more, I can still get to my spots where I’ve knocked down shots my entire career.”The Lakers’ ears should ring loudly after experiencing their worst margin of defeat against Dallas since their 36-point Game 4 loss in the Western Conference semifinals. The Lakers (2-3) also have lost their first two road games this season by an average of 25 points. That’s hardly a good omen for the Lakers with stops this week in Houston (Thursday) and New Orleans (Friday).“We can’t make a habit out of this in getting our butts kicked on the road,” said Lakers forward Pau Gasol, who posted a quiet 10 points on only nine shots. “Otherwise teams, when we come to their house, will think, ‘We got the Lakers and we’ll kick their (tail).” To change their fortunes, they might want to provide more clarity on their rotation.It took a notable turn with D’Antoni opting for a bigger lineup. Chris Kaman answered the mild spattering of boos from Dallas after playing there last season with 10 points, seven rebounds and more playing time with Gasol as he wished. Despite a bone bruise in his right knee, Lakers forward Jordan Hill also posted six points on 3-of-5 shooting and three rebounds to earn 15 minutes and start the second half.Those developments were drowned out by all the noise surrounding the Lakers’ missed shots and defensive lapses.“We can get beat by 20 no matter what,” D’Antoni said. “With any combo, we’re not good.”That’s because the Lakers completed their first week of season lacking consistency in a few areas.The Lakers may have featured eight players hitting at least one three pointer in two games this season, marking only the third time in franchise history they have done so. But their bottom-line results won’t come anywhere close in any record books. After hitting 14 of 29 shots from three-point range in their season-opening win last week against the Clippers, the Lakers have made only 37 of 101 three-pointers (36.6 percent). Meanwhile, the Lakers’ defense have allowed an average of 109 points per game.“It’s a heart thing,” Hill said. “ We should’ve buckled down the start of the game. We didn’t, and they took advantage of it.”The Lakers walked off the floor validating the Mavericks’ scoreboard promo warning moms why it’s a bad idea to let their kids grow up to become Laker fans.“They’ve run out of time,” the song went. “They’re all past their prime.” DALLAS >> The microphones set up near the rims here produced rhythmic noises that explained how the Lakers walked off here with a 123-104 loss Tuesday to the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center.Swish! Whoosh! Bank!The Lakers’ defense allowed the Mavericks to make noise. A lack of perimeter defense allowed Dallas guard Monte Ellis to score 30 points on 11-of-14 shooting with ease off drives to the basket and mid-range jumpers. For the Lakers’ big men, getting out-rebounded 50-35 and allowing 52 points in the lane may just give D’Antoni second thoughts on adding size.“We can’t win,” D’Antoni said, “if we don’t come out with the same grit and determination.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more