Charleston massacre and the legacy of Denmark Vesey

first_imgThe racist attack on the Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston was a planned and premeditated assault on the legacy of struggle waged by the African-American people for two centuries in South Carolina.Corporate media reports on the shooting seek to minimize its significance, featuring politicians and moderate elements in the community who express shock that such an incident would occur in a church in the state of South Carolina. The governor has said that South Carolina was a “loving community” and that the attack resulting in the assassination of State Senator Clementa Pinckney and eight other African-American church members, who were workers playing a leading role in community affairs, was somehow at variance with the social culture of the area.State’s long history of racist terrorYet South Carolina has a long history of slavery, Jim Crow, racial capitalism and terrorist violence against African Americans. The former British colony and slave state reaped massive profits through the exploitation of Africans, beginning in the colonial period.However, Africans have resisted their enslavement since the 18th century, from West Africa all the way to the Carolinas, in the southeast region of what has become known as the United States.According to an article published in the South Carolina Gazette on July 7, 1759: “A Sloop commanded by a brother of … Captain Ingledieu, slaving up the River Gambia, was attacked by a number of the natives, about the 27th of February last, and made a good defense; but the captain finding himself desperately wounded, and likely to be overcome, rather than fall into the hands of merciless wretches, when about 80 Negroes had boarded the vessel, discharged a pistol into his magazine and blew her up; himself and every soul on board perished.”There was much at stake for the slavocracy in South Carolina. A posting by the South Carolina Information Highway notes that in the history of the state: “The slave traders discovered that Carolina planters had very specific ideas concerning the ethnicity of the slaves they sought. No less a merchant than Henry Laurens wrote: ‘The slaves from the River Gambia are preferred to all others with us [here in Carolina] save the Gold Coast. … [N]ext to them the Windward Coast are preferred to Angola.’” ( site continues: “In other words, slaves from the region of Senegambia and present-day Ghana were preferred. At the other end of the scale were the ‘Calabar’ or Ibo or ‘Bite’ slaves from the Niger Delta, who Carolina planters would purchase only if no others were available. In the middle were those from the Windward Coast and Angola. …“Carolina planters developed a vision of the ‘ideal’ slave — tall, healthy, male, between the ages of 14 and 18, ‘free of blemishes,’ and as dark as possible. For these ideal slaves Carolina planters in the 18th century paid, on average, between 100 and 200 sterling — in today’s money that is between $11,630 and $23,200! Many of these slaves were almost immediately put to work in South Carolina’s rice fields. Writers of the period remarked that there was no harder, or more unhealthy work possible: Negroes, ankle and even mid-leg deep in water which floats in mud, and exposed all the while to a burning sun which makes the very air they breathe hotter than the human blood; these poor wretches are then in a furnace of stinking putrid effluvia: a more horrible employment can hardly be imagined.”It is quite obvious from the web and social media posting of suspect Dylann Storm Roof that he was well aware of the long tradition of African people fighting their oppressors. It’s why he targeted the Emanuel AME Church, which was founded in the movement against slavery and for self-determination as early as 1818. Efforts by federal and state officials have sought to ignore any possible links by Roof to white supremacist organizations which exist today in South Carolina and neighboring North Carolina, where he was captured.Attacks on Emanuel AME calculated and ideologicalThe perpetrator was an ideological racist who championed the system of settler-colonialism in Southern Africa and the United States. In a posting on the web, Roof wore a jacket with the insignia of the former apartheid regime in South Africa and the overthrown settler-colony of Rhodesia. That country, founded in the attempted genocide, forced displacement and virtual enslavement of the people of Zimbabwe during the 19th century, won its independence in 1980.The fact that this church, with such a valiant history of resistance to slavery, was targeted illustrates that this was an attempt to intimidate the African-American nation as a whole and its institutions. Despite the legacy of slavery and segregation, the people of South Carolina have engaged in political activity since the antebellum and Reconstruction period.Church rooted in rebellion during slaveryEmanuel grew out of the resistance to slavery during the early 19th century. A co-founder of the church was Telemaque, better known as Denmark Vesey.His plans for a major slave revolt in Charleston in 1822 sent shockwaves throughout the antebellum South and other slaveholding areas of the U.S. Vesey and his comrades were hanged after a secret trial, while the church was torched by the slave masters. The church operated underground for decades only to resurface after the Civil War.Vesey was first enslaved in the Danish colony of St. Thomas in the Caribbean in the late 18th century. He was reportedly taken to Haiti during the same period. There a revolution against French colonialism and slavery was carried out during 1791-1803, resulting in the first successful slave revolution against chattel bondage in history and the establishment of an African republic in 1804.He and his master relocated to South Carolina before this revolution succeeded, during the latter years of the 18th century. South Carolina was a profitable state for the slave system, where due to the intensity of agricultural production, Africans far outnumbered whites by the 19th century.It is reported that the Africans organized by Vesey planned to burn down plantations and kill slave owners, thus liberating the enslaved and taking people to Haiti to join the independent Black government there. The plot was revealed to the ruling slavocracy, resulting in the arrest of Vesey and dozens of others, who were tried in secret hearings leading to the initial execution of 35 people, with many others later.The Emanuel Church grew out of the movement for independent self-rule among Africans, as represented by the Free Africa Society, which created the conditions for the formal founding of the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia during the period of 1787 to 1816. The founders of the church included Richard Allen and Sara Allen, along with Absalom Jones. Emanuel is reported to be the third AME Church founded in the U.S.; it was the earliest of such institutions in the South during slavery and its aftermath.The act of racist terrorism on June 17, just one day after the 193rd anniversary of the Denmark Vesey plot being revealed to the ruling class, represents a profound provocation to African Americans and progressive forces in general. The Confederate flag, which still flies on the grounds of the state Capitol in Columbia must be taken down, as demonstrators called for on June 20.A ruthless campaign against racism and racist organizations must be waged by the African-American people and their allies across the country. Until racism and national oppression are overthrown, there can be no real transformation of U.S. society from capitalism to socialism.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

JFD Opens Manufacture, Maintenance Facility for Swimmer Deliery Vehicels

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today JFD Opens Manufacture, Maintenance Facility for Swimmer Deliery Vehicels View post tag: Vehicels View post tag: facility View post tag: Deliery View post tag: maintenance View post tag: opens View post tag: manufacture Industry newscenter_img View post tag: Swimmer View post tag: JFD James Fisher Defence (JFD), the leading global subsea operations and engineering company, yesterday announced the opening of a new facility in Vaxholm, Sweden, JFD’s international base for the manufacture and maintenance of the company’s SEAL Pod range of Swimmer Delivery Vehicles (SDVs).The new facility is the headquarters of JFD Sweden and includes over 800 square meters of manufacturing space, providing the scale and infrastructure required for the simultaneous assembly of multiple SDVs. With a fully integrated design and manufacturing capability, designers and engineers are able to operate more effectively and efficiently throughout the manufacturing process, ensuring the highest safety and quality standards.The layout of the new facility allows various manufacturing processes such as Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) handling, metal work, carpentry, hydraulics and electrical work to take place in isolation. An overpressure room allows safe handling of sensitive electrical equipment in a contamination free environment. On-site training facilities and ready access to the water front provides JFD’s customers with exceptional training, trials and demonstration opportunities.“The new facility allows us to increase our manufacturing capacity and broaden the depth of our skills in order to meet a growing global demand for highly capable swimmer delivery vehicles,” said Fredrik Hillelson, Managing Director, JFD Sweden.“Operating from this new facility enables JFD to continue to deliver the highest possible standards in capability, safety and quality, whilst also nurturing an environment committed to innovation, and ensuring that the customer is receiving the best possible products and services.”JFD supplies SDVs for covert operations in markets including special forces, law enforcement, counter-terrorism, maritime protection and mine countermeasures.JFD launched its range of SDVs, known as The SEAL Pod, in 2013. The range encompasses surface or sub-sea craft, which can be optimised for a particular deployment method or mission profile and can be provided in a number of configurations:• SEAL Carrier; surface and subsurface vehicle operating at speeds greater than 30 kts delivered by surface ship or air-drop.• Sub SEAL; six-man submersibles delivered via an attachment to the casing of a submarine• Torpedo SEAL; a two-man chariot delivered within a standard submarine torpedo tubePress Release; Image: JFD November 26, 2014 JFD Opens Manufacture, Maintenance Facility for Swimmer Deliery Vehicels Share this articlelast_img read more

Valamar Riviera continues the practice of rewarding employees with the payment of Christmas bonuses

first_imgIn accordance with the agreement between the Management Board of Valamar Riviera and the social partners, Valamar Riviera employees will be paid Christmas bonuses and gifts in kind for 2017.In accordance with the practice of previous years, Christmas bonuses are paid in cash, and this year’s Christmas will cover 18% more employees compared to 2016, or more than 4.300 employees. The amount of the Christmas bonus is determined by the number of working hours in the company and the net amounts range from 400 to 1.700 kuna. “The success of Valamar is the success of all our employees and together with the unions we continue a quality and positive dialogue to improve the conditions of all employees, taking care to adequately reward as many employees as possible. As one of the largest and most desirable employers in Croatia, Valamar Riviera continuously stimulates and rewards its employees not only at the end, but also throughout the year. ” stand out from Valamar.Also, it was agreed to pay gifts in kind (gift voucher of HRK 400 for local stores where Valamar Riviera operates) which will receive 16% more employees than last year, and – according to current practice – a gift will be paid to a child under 15 years of age in the amount of HRK 600, which included about 930 employees.

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Wolf Administration Sees Success of Overdose Information Network at One-Year Mark

first_img April 04, 2019 Healthcare,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined today at the Opioid Operational Command Center at PEMA by Acting Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Lieutenant Colonel Robert Evanchick, York County District Attorney David Sunday, and others to recognize the one-year anniversary of the Pennsylvania Overdose Information Network (ODIN), and the positive impact the information-sharing tool has had on the commonwealth’s progress and continuing fight against the opioid epidemic.Launched in March 2018, ODIN is a centralized repository to track overdoses, naloxone administrations, and investigative drug information that allows police, public safety, and healthcare professionals to share all types of information related to opioid abuse in their communities. ODIN is now used by more than 1,300 agencies in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania, including 1,000 municipal police departments.“We are making progress in our battle against the opioid epidemic thanks to cooperation and collaboration at all levels and across all facets of government,” said Governor Wolf. “Support from counties and municipalities for the sixteen state agencies and commissions that are part of the Opioid Operational Command Center is vital to our continued success.”The real-time information sharing made possible by ODIN has proven to be a useful tool to aid in the apprehension of heroin and fentanyl distributors, by ensuring that actionable information does not slip through the cracks.“ODIN was developed by the state police, but its success in the past year is directly attributable to the information supplied by its users throughout Pennsylvania,” said Lieutenant Colonel Evanchick. “We are grateful to all who use the platform every day to provide crucial information from their individual areas of responsibility. Their contributions help to create a clear picture of the opioid-related issues that affect us all.”Lieutenant Colonel Evanchick pointed to York County as an example of ODIN’s success. Law enforcement in York County has recorded 610 overdoses and 488 naloxone administrations since the system’s inception.“The effects of the opioid epidemic reach far beyond the boundaries of any one police department, agency, or county,” said York County District Attorney David Sunday. “ODIN has proven to be a useful tool to standardize the way we collect and share crucial information.”ODIN was made possible through a collaboration between the Pennsylvania State Police and the Liberty Mid-Atlantic High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) and is available to all law enforcement agencies in the commonwealth. For agencies that are unable to enter their own information, county 911 centers have the capability to enter relevant data.Soon, ODIN will add functionality allowing agencies to import legacy data from their own reporting systems, as well as the ability to export statistical data for integration into existing applications. The enhanced interoperability will produce more detailed and specific reports in individual communities.Overdose and naloxone administration data is available to the public through Pennsylvania’s Open Data Portal. The information can be used with other data collected throughout the state to better understand how the overdose epidemic continues to impact the commonwealth.Gov. Wolf made the unprecedented step in 2018 to declare the heroin and opioid crisis a disaster and along with that established the Opioid Operational Command Center, a collective of 16 state agencies and various advocate and stakeholder groups working together to battle this crisis with recent indications of success.The governor outlined efforts and progress when he signed the declaration’s sixth 90-day renewal in March. Preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control indicates some parts of Pennsylvania saw a decrease in overdose deaths from 2017 to 2018.In addition, since Gov. Wolf signed the opioid disaster declaration, data points to progress:Emergency medical service providers have administered 18,560 doses of naloxone, leaving behind 657 doses;Hospitals and birthing centers have reported 2,359 cases of neonatal abstinence syndrome in newborns;More than 1,500 birth certificate fees have been waived for patients to get into treatment;More than 19,300 residents have been admitted to emergency rooms because of a suspected opioid or heroin overdose; andThe Get Help Now hotline has received more than 19,500 calls looking for information or to connect someone with a local treatment provider.More than 258 tons of drugs were collected and destroyed by law enforcement from the more than 800 drug take-back boxes across the commonwealth.More on how the Wolf Administration is battling the opioid epidemic can be found here. More on opioid use disorder treatment and services can be found here. 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$60M Horizon estate in South Ripley predicted to sell out quickly

first_imgThe $1.2 billion Providence project has just released a new $60 million estate called Horizon which will have 280 lots in the estate in South Ripley.WITH continued strong demand for affordable land in the booming Ripley Valley, this developer is expecting its new $60 million estate to be sold out within 12 months.AMEX Corporation is developing Horizons, the latest precinct in their $1.2 billion Providence project in South Ripley.The first release, called Parque, will have 43 lots ranging in size from 294sq m to 540sq m starting at $175,200.Providence project director Michael Khan said Horizon would be the most eastern precinct to date within Providence, and provided an opportunity for buyers to purchase rare elevated blocks, close to the planned town centre and future district park.“With stunning panoramic views to the east, Horizon will be the first lots available in the community that get to enjoy stunning sun rises over the mountains,” he said.Providence in South Ripley. Picture: Jack TranWith the full Horizon estate of 280 lots expected to be sold out within a year, the estate is set to offer a wide variety of allotment sizes, elevations and views with a north easterly aspects.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoMr Khan said the Parque release featured frontages ranging from 10.5m to 18m wide, including large corner blocks and family-sized villa lots that are well elevated to take advantage of the views.“With over 75 per cent of new buyers being owner occupiers, people are turning their attention to Providence to capitalise on its price growth and strong community focus,” he said.“The strong sales activity at Providence is a real-world example of growing demand for a well-designed residential community.”Providence is the largest masterplanned community in the Ripley Valley growth corridor where $4.4 billion worth of residential projects are currently underway.Providence in South Ripley.Oliver Hume Queensland joint managing director Brinton Keath said the Ripley Valley remained one of Queensland’s hottest property markets due to its proximity to job hubs at Ipswich, Amberley and Springfield.“The Centenary Highway residential corridor will be become the epicentre for residential housing growth in Queensland over the next decade with hundreds of people moving into the area every month,” Mr Keath said.“This trend will be the case for the next 20 years due to the number, scale and quality of the major projects that are now being developed along the Centenary ‘road to riches’ Highway.”Search for new House & Land packageslast_img read more

Women’s soccer earns 1st ACC win; ice hockey splits opening weekend

first_imgFreshman Stephanie Skilton scored three goals and led Syracuse (5-7-1, 1-5-1 Atlantic Coast) to a 4-0 win against Pittsburgh (4-8-1, 0-7) on Sunday before 323 fans at Ambrose Urbanic Field in Pittsburgh. The result gave SU its first win in the ACC.SU controlled the tempo from the early stages and broke through on a corner kick in the 21st minute. Sophomore Jackie Firenze served the ball into the box, and junior Megan Hunsberger headed home her first goal of the season.The Orange increased its lead to 2-0 when Skilton scored on a shot that slid past Panthers goalkeeper Nicole D’Agostino in the 43rd minute.Skilton continued to shine in the second half, scoring her second goal in the 76th minute on a through ball from senior Rachel Blum. Skilton completed the hat trick less than 10 minutes later to push SU’s lead to 4-0.Syracuse outshot Pittsburgh 17-to-6 and senior goalkeeper Brittany Anghel made three saves to record her third shutout of the season. Anghel passed Eliza Bennett-Hattan as the Orange’s all-time leader in career shutouts with 21.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSU will continue play against quality ACC opponents when it returns home to face No. 5 Florida State on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Miami on Sunday at noon. Both games will be played at SU Soccer Stadium.Ice hockeySyracuse split its first two games of the 2013 season, winning its opener at No. 10 Northeastern, 4-1, before dropping a Saturday contest to New Hampshire 3-2.The Orange erupted for three goals in the third period on Friday to break a 1-1 tie with the Huskies.Sadie St. Germain scored with 14:35 remaining to give Syracuse the lead for good. Jessica Silbey scored her first collegiate goal to provide SU with insurance and Allie LaCombe provided the dagger to put Syracuse up 4-1.Northeastern got on the board first with 4:29 left in the second period on a Maggie Brennoit goal. Nicole Fererra capitalized on a power play a minute later, and the Orange didn’t look back.Kallie Billadeau stopped 27 shots in the season opener.The weekend’s second game didn’t go as well for Syracuse, which was outshot 36-to-26 by New Hampshire. After scoring the last four goals on Friday, it was UNH that came back from a late 2-0 deficit to overtake the Orange.Silbey picked up where she left off on Friday night, scoring her second goal on a power play a little more than 15 minutes into the game. The score remained 1-0 until a Brittney Krebs tally 27 minutes later.Alexis Crossley scored on a power play two minutes later for UNH, and Jessica Hitchcock tied the score with 16:57 left in the game.Crossley proved to be hero once again, netting the game winner with 5:33 remaining.Even with the loss, Billadeau managed to knock away 33 Wildcat attempts.Syracuse opens its home schedule on Friday against Clarkson at 7 p.m.— Compiled by staff writers Austin Mirmina, [email protected], and Sam Blum, [email protected] Comments Published on October 6, 2013 at 11:51 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more