Durham, N.C. — A dynamic Black Lives Matter contingent of queer and trans* people of color, advancing behind the banner “No Pride for some of us without liberation for all of us,” disrupted the North Carolina Pride parade on Sept. 26. The action, carried out in Durham, was organized by groups from here and Greensboro. (Trans* indicates the spectrum of all the different genders of people who do not conform to the either/or of male/female.)BLM queer and trans people of color contingent, Sept. 26.As the contingent marched, members chanted the searing lyrics of R&B singer Janelle Monae’s protest song against racist police terror, “Hell You Talmbout.” Participants drummed and shouted out the names of murdered Black queer and trans* women. This year, as of September, at least 17 trans* women of color have been killed in the U.S., an historically high rate.On reaching the corner at Main and Broad where participating groups were announced, the contingent asked for and received the microphone to read a statement in solidarity with the murdered women. However, they were told by a Pride official, “Don’t say anything offensive.”In Facebook posts, BLM Youth Assembly organizer Ngoc Loan Tran described the events after the group began to read: “The MC intervened and brought security and cops to confront us, put hands on queer Black people speaking, and stopped us from reading our statement, apparently deciding that the fight for Black lives is offensive. … Murdering queer and trans Black people without remorse is offensive; trying to separate struggle from celebration is offensive. Be loud, don’t be quiet! The first Pride was a riot!”Stonewall and transgender women of colorStonewall was the lesbian-gay-bi-trans*-queer six-day uprising against police repression in New York in June 1969. That fightback resistance was led by transgender women of color, like Marsha P. Johnson of African descent and Latina Sylvia Rivera, as well as by butch lesbians, teenage street hustlers, drag queens and homeless gay men. Stonewall is popularly designated as the modern-day start of the U.S. LGBTQ movement.In a statement, “Why we disrupt Pride,” issued after the march, BLM organizers declared: “Our Pride was birthed by our Queer and Transgender ancestors … Black and Brown people [who] chased the police off of our turf. Your Pride has a police escort. Our Pride took the streets by storm to protect gender nonconforming people.”The statement pointed to the deep contradiction between the original Stonewall militancy and the current NC Pride celebration: “Your Pride is sponsored by banks and corporations that cage, murder and enslave Black and Brown Queer and Trans folk,” including “kindred locked back in the Durham County Jail, denied urgent medical care, reading material, clean drinking water, and even a fundamental right to sunlight.”A major corporate sponsor of NC Pride is super-bank Wells Fargo, which has made millions in loans to the for-profit Corrections Corporation of America. Other corporate sponsors include Bud Light and PepsiCo, environmental polluter Allied Chemical and pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline.Jessica Jude, a BLM Youth Assembly organizer, said of the protest: “I have marched down the streets chanting in many cities for lots of reasons. This was the first time I realized how important it was that this group of people be there at this moment, asking the spectators to take a side. We were bringing together points of solidarity with the oppressed, from Ferguson to Palestine to the roots of Pride, and exposing corporate sponsorship and police violence against Black Power. We were challenging the comfortable in an important way.”Building solidarity and LGBTQ movementWhite NC Pride leaders committed a terrible, shameful failure of solidarity and an act of racism when they interrupted the Black Lives Matter contingent, threatened its members physically and called in the police.At a celebration of Stonewall, the historic LGBTQ fightback battle that was led by trans* women of color, white NC Pride organizers sought to repress, with their own physical coercion and using state power, a people-of-color queer and trans* contingent that embodied the spirit of that Stonewall resistance, fighting back against racism, homophobia, transphobia and woman hating.The Black Lives Matter group was advancing a powerful possibility for solidarity, connection and resistance. They were offering the potential for convergence of the Black Lives Matter movement and the LGBTQ movement for liberation. They were offering a connection to international solidarity against state and police terror by chanting, “From Ferguson to Palestine, occupation is a crime.” They were offering a chance to reject big-business manipulation of the LGBTQ freedom struggle.They were offering a chance for the LGBTQ movement to widen and strengthen itself in the larger struggle for justice.The Black Lives Matter protesters made very clear the opposing positions of repression and liberation as they stood at the intersection of Main and Broad. They quite succinctly posed the question: Which side are you on? This is the question that each person — and each movement — must answer in order to stay correctly on the road to solidarity and liberation.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
When marketing mortgages and consumer loans, is it business as usual and the same-old-same-old for your community bank or credit union? Sure, certain marketing strategies will remain timeless — addressing customers by name when they interact with branch staff comes to mind. But successfully building loan portfolios in these changing times requires financial institutions to adopt some new approaches and develop new competencies.That’s the key message Ron Shevlin, director of research with Cornerstone Advisors, shares in Deluxe’s webinar “New Marketing Competencies for Mortgage and Consumer Lending.” You can watch the webinar for free online, but for the time-pressed among you, here’s a recap of Shevlin’s insights, and the five new competencies he says financial institutions must develop in order to build their consumer loan business:1. JOURNEY MAPPINGEvery loan purchase is a journey for the borrower. It’s critical to map that journey and understand when the moments of opportunity occur for your financial institution to open a dialogue about products. For example, in both auto lending and the mortgage business, the moments of opportunity occur much earlier in the process than they used to.Activity-based marketing approaches allow financial institutions to capture borrowers’ attention in those earliest stages. These strategies allow you to capture new types of data in new ways, all so you can better know your customers, understand what they’re looking for and deliver timely and relevant offers. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Patrick Adams is alive and well and eating bacon.That wasn’t a likely prospect five years ago when he suffered a massive heart attack while exercising and was clinically dead for three minutes.The traumatic experience gave Adams, CEO at St. Louis Community Credit Union a new appreciation for life, especially the people in it. He shared his story at the 2019 CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council Conference Thursday in Las Vegas.“I died in the best possible place: a YMCA with a working defibrillator where a Secret Service agent trained in life-saving skills was working out, and a fire department across the parking lot,” he says. “It was good to die there. Every night since I think, ‘What am I supposed to do with the gift I’ve been given?’”
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Two Caldwell men have pled not guilty and have asked for a jury trial at their arraignment held Thursday at Sumner County District Court stemming from an alleged attack last April.Both Nicholas Reedy, 33, and Sylvester Provencio, 21, of Caldwell are charged with two felony and three misdemeanor charges for the alleged attack of Gregory Schneider, 53, and Bryan Nispel, 55 of Caldwell, four miles east of the community on April 22, 2015. Provencio has an additional charge of disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.Both are scheduled to go to trial on March 8, 2016 with a pre-trial hearing on Feb. 19, at 9:30 a.m. Sumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said he will motion at the pretrial hearing to try both men simultaneously. However, according to the Kansas Supreme Court, defendants have a right to a separate trial.â€œJust one of their defense attorneys could object to a dual trial at the pretrial hearing, and the judge will grant them their request,â€ Spencer said. â€œI would prefer to consolidate the trials for obvious reason. But that is a decision that is out of my hands.â€Since Reedy and Provencio pled not guilty at the arraignment, they are not expected to plea bargain, Spencer said.Of the felony and misdemeanor charges, the most severe of the crime is aggravated battery, a level 4 felony.The complaint states:â€œ(The defendants) knowingly caused great bodily harm to another person, to -wit Greg Schneider, by punching and knocking Schneider to the ground and continuing to punch and kick him while he was helpless on the ground and caused Schneider to have a concussion, ruptured ear drum, severe head and neck trauma, cracked teeth, two broken ribs, bruises over much of his body and cuts and abrasions which required stitches and staples.â€Both men have been out on bond since July 11 and are to have no contact with the alleged victims.The two suspects are accused of assaulting Schneider and Nispel in what is being described as a good Samaritan act turned into a violent situation four miles east of Caldwell around 12:15 a.m. on a Wednesday night.In the complaint, Provencio is being charged for pushing and punching Nispel, and for verbally threatening him by saying â€œyou think youâ€™re a tough guy, but Iâ€™m going to beat your ***â€Both Provencio and Reedy are also accused of feloniously punching and knocking Schneider to the ground and continuing to punch him while he was helpless causing him to have a concussion, ruptured ear drum, severe head and neck trauma, cracked teeth, two broken ribs, bruises over much of his body, cuts, and abrasions which required stitches and staples.The charges came after an extensive investigation by Sumner County Detective Jeff Hawkins, Sergeant Jessie Cornwell and Detective Lee Patterson.Follow us on Twitter.
CLEAR LAKE — Doug Munn has been promoted to be Clear Lake High School’s next wrestling coach.Munn has been an assistant coach in the program for several years and has coached wrestling at various other schools before coming to Clear Lake. Munn replaces Mike Lester, who recently was named as the principal at Clear Lake Middle School.Munn will be assisted by Evan Johnson and Brad Brosdahl.
Agriculture Development Board – Regular members (three- year term) – Jeffrey Foster of Wall Township and J. David Holmes of Cream Ridge. Alternate members (one-year term) – Ross Clayton of Freehold.Assistant Fire Marshal – (unexpired term) – Charles Shirley of West Long Branch and Thomas Welsh of Red Bank.Construction Board of Appeals – Regular member (four-year term) – Donald A. Clare of Ocean Township.Environmental Council (three-year term) – Jennifer DiLorenzo of Monmouth Beach, David Kostka of Colts Neck, Matthew Wooley of Ocean Township and Paul Johnson; Alternate members (one-year term) – France Karras of Atlantic Highlands.Historical Commission (three-year term) – Donald Burden of Shrewsbury, Randall Gabrielan of Middletown, Muriel Smith of Freehold, Ellen Terry of Millstone and Peter J. Van Nortwick of Middletown.Library Commission (five-year term) – Nancy Grbelja of Millstone.Mosquito Control Advisory Board – Regular member (three-year term) – Michael A. Gianforte of Brielle.Planning Board – Regular members – (three-year term) – Jennifer DiLorenzo of Monmouth Beach and James Giannell of Red Bank; Alternate members (one-year term) – Marcy McMullen of Holmdel and James C. Schatzle of Colts Neck.Board of Recreation Commissioners (five-year term) – Thomas E. Hennessy Jr. of Colts Neck and Kevin Mandeville of Matawan.Senior Citizen & Disabled Resident Transportation Advisory Committee (three-year term) – Barbara Child-Pigman of Avon by the Sea, Michael Marrazzo of Leonardo, Susan Moleon of Long Branch, Michael Ruane of West Long Branch, Stanley Soden of Long Branch and Carolee Trifon of Manalapan.Shade Tree Commission (five-year term) – Gary DeFelice of Red Bank.Transportation Council – Regular members (three-year term) – Elizabeth Barrett of Rumson, Anthony Garaguso of Aberdeen, Dina Long of Sea Bright, Eric Nelson of Manalapan and Jeffrey F. Vernick of Freehold; Alternate member (one-year term) – Edmund Thompson of Sea Girt.Youth Services Commission (three-year term) – Laurie Gerhardt, Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni, Dr. Martin Krupnick of Freehold, Timothy McCorkell of Brielle and Monmouth County Courthouse Judge Kathleen A. Sheedy. FREEHOLD – The new freeholder director of Monmouth County is Lillian Burry, and the freeholder deputy director is John P. Curley.The longtime freeholders were sworn in at the 2017 organization meeting held on Thursday, Jan. 5 at Biotechnology High School.“I am honored to lead as freeholder director, and I promise to work tirelessly in the year ahead to make 2017 a successful year in Monmouth County,” said Burry. “I am proud to serve on a freeholder board whose members are truly devoted to making better lives and a stronger economy for the people of Monmouth County.”“As 2017 deputy director, I am humbled and excited to begin my eighth year as a county freeholder,” said Curley. “I plan to continue our hard work from 2016 and strive for an even greater new year.”Other county level elected officials were also sworn in. It will be the third term for freeholders Thomas A. Arnone, second full term for Serena DiMaso, third three-year term for Sheriff Shaun Golden and third five-year term for County Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters.“I consider it the ultimate privilege to continue to serve Monmouth County,” said DiMaso. “I am humbled by the residents’ vote of confidence and I look forward to continuing the important work the freeholder board does.”Following a business meeting that appointed the freeholder and citizen members to more than two dozen county boards and commissions, each of the freeholders delivered remarks that acknowledged the accomplishments of 2016 and offered a look at what is ahead for the county in 2017. Freeholder Arnone was thanked for his leadership as director of the 2016 freeholder board.“I am in debt to the talented people who work for Monmouth County. My year as director would not have been as successful without all of you,” said Arnone. “I look forward to continuing the forward momentum in 2017 and bringing some of the projects that we began in 2016 to fruition.” The freeholders made a number of citizen member appointments to various county boards and commissions that included:Addiction Services (three- year term) – Francine Acquaviva of Holmdel, Diane R. Aifer of Freehold, Mary Anne Ashby of Tinton Falls, Peter Dougherty of Ocean Township, James J. McGuire Jr. of Tinton Falls and Laura Von Glahn of Freehold.Advisory Council, Office on Aging Board – Regular members (three-year term) – Sharon Stark of Matawan.
There were few surprises for politicians running in Monmouth County primary elections Tuesday. But despite lower turnout at the polls overall, more Democratic Party voters cast ballots in Republican Party-governed towns than last year.County-supported candidates in the federal races for U.S. senator and the two congressional districts comprising the Two River area all won by handsome margins. Candidates on the county level for the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders did not face primary challenges, although incumbent Freeholder John P. Curley will be running as an Independent after losing Republican Party support earlier this year.There was also only one contested primary in the 13 Two River area towns. In Atlantic Highlands, Republican voters backed candidates new to the political realm. See the results. By Jay Cook | Boms and Murphy will take on a pair of entrenched Democrats, Councilmen Charles Lero and Roy Dellosso, in November. The general election in Atlantic Highlands may prove to be interesting considering the recent pushback from residents regarding development on First Avenue and an ever-growing parking problem in the downtown.Voter turnout in primaries across Monmouth County was down this year (10.9 percent) compared to last year’s primary election (11.8 percent), but polling numbers show Democrats in the Two River area were active. Democrats outpolled Republicans in four GOP-controlled towns: Fair Haven, Little Silver, Middletown and Shrewsbury. Republicans, on the other hand, out-polled Democrats in Atlantic Highlands, Colts Neck, Holmdel, Oceanport and Rumson. Democrats retained strongholds in towns like Red Bank, where they had a 4:1 ratio compared to the GOP turnout for the borough council contest.Related article: NJ Primary Results in Monmouth County After voting with his wife at Forrestdale School in Rumson, Welle said in a statement he’s “prepared to carry the Democratic flag in the general election.”He continued, “America needs a new generation of leaders with fresh ideas to fix a broken Washington. I’m committed to making Central Jersey the best place to live, work, and raise a family.”But that will be no easy task. Smith, 64, was first elected to the district in 1980 and has won his recent elections by sizable margins. During the last midterm election in 2014, Smith won with 68 percent of the vote, followed by a win in 2016 by a 100,000-vote margin.U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ4). Photo by Jay Cook“I will run on my record of providing constituent services that are second to none and for authoring numerous laws that make a positive difference,” Smith said in a statement on election night. “My staff and I are problem solvers. We have left – and will leave – no stone unturned in the pursuit of just and equitable solutions for tens of thousands of people wronged by a bureaucratic decision or mistake or misapplication of law.”Smith is seeking his 20th two-year term in the House of Representatives. During his tenure he has co-founded a number of different bipartisan congressional caucuses on subjects like autism, Alzheimer’s disease, Lyme disease and human trafficking. “My enthusiasm for the job has only increased over the years along with my experience and know-how in getting things done,” Smith said.In the 6th Congressional District, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., a Democrat, staved off a primary challenge from Javahn Walker by winning an over whelming 87.77 percent of the vote. Pallone was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1988 and has been a steady presence in Washington.U.S. Rep Frank Pallone Jr (D-NJ6) Photo by Jay CookPallone will face off against Republican Richard J. Pezzullo, who faced no primary challenger this week, in November’s general election.In the race for his federal senate seat, Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez was victorious in Monmouth County despite winning by only 3,639 votes over Lisa A. McCormick. Menendez is running for U.S. Senate after he was indicted on corruption charges last year. The case ended in a mistrial earlier this year. Republican businessman and former U.S. Marine Bob Hugin had a compelling victory in the GOP primary to face off against Menendez. Monmouth County Republicans supported Hugin with 85.52 percent of the vote over his challenger Brian D. Goldberg.Quiet Yet Interesting Municipal RacesAtlantic Highlands Republicans pushed four candidates forward to challenge in this year’s primary and the pair running as “Regular Republican” came out victorious.Brian Boms and James Murphy carried the GOP primary by winning 65 percent of the Republican support against candidates Richard Colangelo and Penelope Morris, who ran with the Monmouth County Republican Organization. A total of 660 Republican voters cast votes on Tuesday. This article was first published in the June 7-14, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. The Federal RacesOne of the more contested primaries across New Jersey took place locally as Democrats Joshua Welle and Jim Keady squared off for the chance to challenge Rep. Chris Smith, the 19-term Republican incumbent, for the U.S. House of Representatives 4th Congressional District seat.Welle, a U.S. Navy veteran and former founder of a tech company, earned support from the Monmouth County Democrats, winning 57.68 percent or 10,941 of the 18,970 votes cast. Keady, a former Asbury Park councilman, won 42.23 percent of the votes.
ENGLEWOOD, Colorado (AP): Peyton Manning strongly denied a report set to air on Al Jazeera that contends the Denver Broncos quarterback received human growth hormone through his wife during his recovery from neck fusion surgeries in 2011 in Indianapolis. In a statement Saturday night, Manning said: “The allegation that I would do something like that is complete garbage and is totally made up. It never happened. Never.” He added, “I really can’t believe somebody would put something like this on the air. Whoever said this is making stuff up.” The allegations surfaced in an Al Jazeera undercover probe into doping in global sports that is set to air on Sunday and was shared in advance with The Huffington Post. The report claims Manning received HGH from an Indianapolis anti-ageing clinic in 2011 while he was still with the Colts. It said the drug, which was banned by the NFL in the 2011 collective-bargaining agreement, was delivered to his wife, Ashley, so that the quarterback’s name was never attached to the shipments. Liam Collins, a British hurdler, went undercover and spoke with Charlie Sly, an Austin, Texas-based pharmacist who worked at the Guyer Institute, the Indiana-based anti-ageing clinic in 2011. Sly allegedly names Manning and other high-profile athletes as having received HGH from the clinic. However, Sly backtracks in a subsequent statement to Al Jazeera, saying Collins secretly recorded his conversations without his knowledge or consent. “The statements on any recordings or communications that Al Jazeera plans to air are absolutely false and incorrect,” Sly said. “To be clear, I am recanting any such statements and there is no truth to any statement of mine that Al Jazeera plans to air. Under no circumstances should any of those recordings, statements or communications be aired.” The NFL and players’ union added human growth hormone testing to the collective-bargaining agreement signed in 2011, but the side didn’t agree to testing terms until 2014. Nobody has tested positive, which would trigger a four-game suspension. Manning, who joined the Broncos in 2012, has been sidelined since November 15 by a left-foot injury. Brock Osweiler makes his sixth consecutive start in Manning’s place tonight when the Broncos (10-4) host the Bengals (11-3).
Sixty-eight boxers, 63 males and five females, will take part in the Jamaica Boxing Board’s National Senior Amateur Boxing Championships from Thursday, January 28, to Saturday, January 30, at the Stanley Couch Gym, on Victoria Avenue in Kingston.There will be two categories, Elite and Novice, for boxers 18 and over. The Novice category is for boxers with less than five bouts. The nine gyms participating are Stanley Couch, Bruising, G. C. Foster, Jamaica Defence Force, Heavy Metal, Sav Boxing Academy, St Thomas Boxing Club, Sugar Knockout, and Seaview Gardens. Entries have also been received from four overseas boxers, two from Canada, and one each from England and the United States.Kingsley Goodison, administrator for the tournament, told The Gleaner that he was pleased with the entry list and expects keen competition throughout the tournament. Among the top amateurs who will be participating are Janathan Hanson, Nico Yeyo and Ricardo Carter, who performed well in a recent overseas development tournament, and Michael Gardener, Reece Shagourie and Kestna Davis, who are former champions.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Late this month (depending on the weather) and on into April provides one of the two preferred times to seed perennial cool-season forages. The other preferred timing for cool-season grasses and legumes is in late summer, primarily the month of August here in Ohio. The relative success of spring vs. summer seeding of forages is greatly affected by the prevailing weather conditions, and so growers have success and failures with each option.Probably the two primary difficulties with spring plantings are finding a good window of opportunity when soils are dry enough before it gets too late, and managing weed infestations that are usually more difficult with spring plantings. The following steps will help improve your chances for successful forage establishment in the spring.Make sure soil pH and fertility are in the recommended ranges. Follow the Tri-state Soil Fertility Recommendations (https://forages.osu.edu/forage-management/soil-fertility-forages). Forages are more productive where soil pH is above 6.0, but for alfalfa it should be 6.5 to 6.8. Soil phosphorus should be at least 15 ppm for grasses and 25 ppm for legumes, while minimum soil potassium in ppm should be 75 plus 2.5 x soil CEC. If seedings are to include alfalfa, and soil pH is not at least 6.5, it would be best to apply lime now and delay establishing alfalfa until late summer (plant an annual grass forage in the interim).2. Plant high quality seed of known varietal source adapted to our region. Planting “common” seed (variety not stated) usually proves to be a very poor investment, yielding less even in the first or second year and having shorter stand life.3. Plant as soon as it is possible to prepare a good seedbed in April. Try to finish seeding by late April in southern Ohio and by the first of May in northern Ohio. Timely April planting gives forage seedlings the best opportunity to get a jump on weeds and to be established before summer stress sets in. Weed pressure will be greater with later plantings, and they will not have as strong a root system developed by early summer when conditions often turn dry and hot.4. Plant into a good seedbed. The ideal seedbed for conventional seedings is smooth, firm, and weed-free. Don’t overwork the soil. Too much tillage depletes moisture and increases the risk of surface crusting. Firm the seedbed before seeding to ensure good seed-soil contact and reduce the rate of drying in the seed zone. Cultipackers and cultimulchers are excellent implements for firming the soil. If residue cover is more than 35% use a no-till drill. No-till seeding is an excellent choice where soil erosion is a hazard. No-till forage seedings are most successful on silt loam soils with good drainage and are more difficult on clay soils or poorly drained soils.5. Plant seed shallow (¼ to ½ inch deep) in good contact with the soil. Stop and check the actual depth of the seed in the field when you first start planting. This is especially important with no-till drills. In my experience, seeding some seed on the surface indicates most of the seed is about at the right depth.6. When seeding into a tilled seedbed, drills with press wheels are the best choice. When seeding without press wheels or when broadcasting seed, cultipack before and after dropping the seed, preferably in the same direction the seeder was driven.7. In fields with little erosion hazard, direct seedings without a companion crop in the spring allows harvesting two or three crops of high-quality forage in the seeding year, particularly when seeding alfalfa and red clover.8. For conventional seedings on erosion prone fields, a small grain companion crop can reduce the erosion hazard and will also help compete with weeds. Companion crops usually increase total forage tonnage in the seeding year, but forage quality will be lower than direct seeded legumes. Take the following precautions to avoid excessive competition of the companion crop with forage seedlings: (i) use early-maturing, short, and stiff-strawed small grain varieties, (ii) plant companion small grains at 1.5-2.0 bu/A, (iii) remove companion crop as early pasture or silage, and (iv) do not apply additional nitrogen to the companion crop.9. During the first 6 to 8 weeks after seeding, scout new seedings weekly for any developing weed or insect problems. Weed competition during the first six weeks is most damaging to stand establishment. Potato leafhopper damage on legumes in particular can be a concern beginning in late May to early June.The first harvest of the new seeding should generally be delayed until early flowering of legumes, unless weeds were not controlled adequately and are threatening to smother the stand. For pure grass seedings, generally harvest after 70 days from planting, unless weeds are encroaching in which case the stand should be clipped earlier to avoid weed seed production.