Fighting racial barriers with fire

first_imgAnd that racism is what led to Reynaldo Lopez’s picture appearing on the front page of the now-defunct Daily Mirror newspaper. As the lone African-American firefighter at Station46 on Vernon Avenue, Lopez was the sole target of his company’s racism. “Why didn’t you guys tell me you had put fertilizer on the grass?” a firefighter newly assigned to the station once asked in his presence. “I thought it was the n—– I smelled?” The abuse spurred Lopez to write Chief John H. Alderson a four-page complaint, which he also leaked to the Daily Mirror, along with a photo of Lopez in front of a “White Adults” sign his co-workers placed on the kitchen door to keep him out. Local media were soon buzzing about a “Jim Crow” scandal brewing in liberal Los Angeles. “What the fellows wanted me to do was not fight back – to do our job and keep working and not use violence that the chief could use to show we couldn’t do the job,” said Lopez, who is now 80 and living in California’s Sun City. “I was fighting back by just doing the job, following orders, showing up for work every day.” His vigilance paid off. Though an African-American firefighter wouldn’t join the top ranks of the department for 13 more years – or become chief until last year – Lopez helped jump-start a reformation. Today, about 11percent of the department’s 3,600 uniformed firefighters are African-American, said Armando Hogan, president of the Stentorians, the department’s black firefighters association. Amid the upper ranks, the LAFD has 13 African-American chiefs, including Douglas Barry, the interim chief of the entire department. “In my 20 years, there was not one black chief,” said Arnett Hartsfield, a lawyer and fire historian who retired from LAFD in 1961. “There are 60 captains now. Not one of them is confined to a black crew.” Tensions remain Although the situation has improved dramatically, racial tensions remain. Last year, City Controller Laura Chick released a scathing audit that documented low morale among minorities in the department. In November, the city was split along old racial lines when the City Council authorized a $2.7million settlement to a veteran African-American firefighter who was tricked into eating dog food. Those involved have said the action against Tennie Pierce was a prank among brothers, not a malicious act of racism. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa decided the settlement was too large and vetoed it. The council failed to override his veto, moving the case toward a trial set for Sept.24. Racism status quo But 50 years ago, racism wasn’t alleged or ambiguous. It was status quo. “I’m talking about Los Angeles – not Mississippi or Alabama or Georgia,” said Hartsfield, 88, of Inglewood. “This is Los Angeles.” The Los Angeles Fire Department went into service Feb.1, 1886. Six years later, Sam Haskins became its first black employee. Born a slave in Virginia, Haskins was hired as a part-time “fire callman.” But on Nov. 19, 1895, Haskins was standing on the back of the hook-and-ladder truck barreling down First Street toward Main. The road was bumpy, and Haskins lost his balance. “CRUSHED AND BURNED,” the Los Angeles Times reported with a front-page headline the next day. “HORRIBLE DEATH OF FIREMAN SAM HASKINS – The Colored Callman Fell Between the Wheel and Boiler of His Engine and Was Mangled and Roasted.” And just like that, Haskins vanished into unrecorded history. It wasn’t until a sheriff’s crime analyst stumbled across the old news articles five years ago that the department realized it had been honoring the wrong pioneer. The man everyone thought was the department’s first black was George W. Bright, who joined in 1897, two years after Haskins’ death. Bright is remembered because in 1902 he was promoted to lieutenant, presenting the Fire Department with a problem it wasn’t ready to deal with: how to subordinate white firefighters to a ranking black man. The solution was segregation. African-Americans were assigned to Hose Company4 at 137Belmont Ave. Later, stations14 and 30, both of which were on South Central Avenue, were dedicated as black firehouses. Fire Station No. 30 now is the home of the African American Firefighter Museum. Even after the department began integrating in 1955, African-Americans often grew so tired of being overlooked for promotions that many just retired, Hartsfield said. Take for instance William Hall, a captain at Station 30. “He passed the battalion chief test in 1931,” Hartsfield said. “Only to be told, ‘Hall, it’s a shame you’re not a white man.”‘ (818) 713-3634 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The headline could have referred to last year’s problems in the Los Angeles Fire Department: “Racial Ruckus in Fire Dept.” But the year was 1955. Brown v. Board of Education was barely on the books, and fire stations in Los Angeles were being integrated. No longer would African-American firefighters toil on the lower rungs of the department. No longer would they be confined to two stations on South Central Avenue. In reality, though, rank-and-file whites weren’t ready to consider blacks their equals, poignantly demonstrated when some fliers were circulated around the stations comparing black people to apes. last_img read more

Youth flying high at Chelsea under Lampard

first_imgBoth of them have now become regulars in the Chelsea line-up this term as Lampard — who was hired when Sarri left to take over at Juventus — has unearthed a rich seam of young talent with striker Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi among them.Sarri was criticised by Chelsea fans for overlooking home-grown talent such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek — who had sparkled for England at the 2018 World Cup — and Hudson-Odoi a chance.Mount — who has now won four England caps — told The Daily Telegraph Chelsea playing legend Lampard’s knowledge of the club and its youth system had been a bonus for the young players.“It does help having an English manager knowing all the young English players coming through the academy, knowing what we are about and having that confidence in us to perform,” said Mount.– ‘Spurred me on’ –Chelsea’s form has improved markedly since their opening day 4-0 humbling by Manchester United and are on a seven match winning run.Mount says this justifies not only Lampard’s selection policy — he has told the young players that it is not down to the transfer ban imposed on the club — but also the fans desire to see young English talent on display.“It was such a big moment for the manager coming back,” he said. “We can feel that goodwill from the fans, 100 per cent.“It’s something they’ve been calling for a long time, young English players coming through and doing well for the club.“We can feel it on the pitch and we want to give that extra yard for the fans.”Fikayo Tomori says seeing so many of his friends playing regularly for Chelsea motivated him to show Lampard he was good enough as well © AFP / Oliver GREENWOODTomori, who like Mount was a member of the Chelsea side that won the 2016 FA Youth Cup, has taken longer than Mount to become a first team regular this season.“I was basically seeing my friends playing for Chelsea and I was close so it spurred me on to keep working hard every day and keep training well,” said the Canada-born defender.“We all talk to each other and on the Champions League nights, we are like ‘wow, we are playing in the Champions League’.“Stuff like that keeps us motivated and it means when the game comes we want to play well and win. At the moment it’s working for us.”Mount, who persisted at Chelsea despite his father’s advice to leave, became the first academy graduate form the London club since John Terry to claim a regular first team spot.He said that having so many young players brought another quality to the team.“Having all the players around and the fact we are doing it together, we probably are feeding off each other and it’s giving us that fearlessness going into games,” said Mount.“There is pressure playing for a massive club and you’ve got stuff to prove, but I think coming through with a lot of similar faces who you have known growing up, it does help a lot.”0Shares0000(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Frank Lampard’s placing his faith in young English talent at Chelsea has not only boosted their confidence but also pleased the fans says midfielder Mason Mount © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 30 – Frank Lampard’s strategy of rewarding youth and discarding Chelsea’s pattern of loaning them out has paid dividends and cheered disgruntled fans, says rising midfielder star Mason Mount.Mount, 20, and 21-year-old Fikayo Tomori had the good fortune to play under Lampard at Derby County where they were loaned out last season by Chelsea’s then-manger Maurizio Sarri.last_img read more

State health reform a charade

first_img New taxes on employers who don’t provide health coverage for workers that is substantially less than what the average California business offering health plans now pay. That’s a huge incentive for employers to reduce health coverage, shifting more of the financial burden to California families, or drop benefits entirely and just pay the tax. A false promise of requiring insurance companies to cover everyone. In fact, the bill has a huge loophole that will allow insurance companies to dump people with “serious medical conditions” into a public pool that will probably be bankrupted by having to pay for the sickest patients – while the insurance companies make hundreds of millions more in profits by only covering the healthiest people. The final package is also expected to include a tax on hospitals that could further jeopardize the survival of public hospitals. The formula, which includes a match of federal funds for the poor, is written in a way that it would return $1.7 billion to private hospital corporations, while California counties would lose about $600 million statewide. Big California hospitals agreed to the tax as a little-noticed separate bill was being passed by the Legislature that delays until 2020 the requirement that unsafe hospital buildings meet seismic safety guidelines. So you’ll have to pay more for health care coverage, and if you can afford to get into a hospital, it just might fall down on you in an earthquake. Perhaps most importantly, AB 8, and the final weaker version that will come from the special session, reinforces the existing dysfunctional system, throwing millions of more people into the insurance-industry meat grinder, while giving the newly “insured” policies they may find will cover immunizations but not cancer. This is not reform, it’s an insurance-industry heist. Rather than completing this fiasco in the special session, it would be better to call it off and start over. Rose Ann DeMoro is executive director of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For careful observers of the California political scene, this united front might have a familiar ring. The same consensus produced the hurried passage a decade ago of energy deregulation. That was followed by blackouts, skyrocketing energy costs for consumers, and open thievery by Enron and other energy corporations. Second was the demolition of workers’ compensation in California by the same coalition. That call to slash business costs – backed by the same folks now touting AB 8 – led to a rushed “reform” that, according to a employer/worker state commission, ended up cutting average benefits by 50 percent for workers on permanent disability due to work-related job injuries. Following that history of failure, we now have the framework for the latest debacle. The bill passed by the legislature has: No controls on runaway costs of premiums, deductibles, co-pays, co-insurance, drug prices, or annual fees imposed by doctors. No minimum standard of health benefits for middle-income employees who don’t qualify for state subsidies. The likely result is those people would end up with junk insurance – high-deductible plans with low standards of covered benefits, and costs that will continually rise. ANYONE wondering why so many voters distrust politicians might want to take a look at the charade on health care reform being performed in Sacramento. Under the whip of California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez and Senate President Don Perata, with the active prodding of some labor and interest groups desperate to settle for any health care legislation no matter how bad it is, the California Legislature last week passed a fundamentally flawed bill that just might set back real reform for years. To make matters worse, they passed a bill they know will be vetoed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger as a starting point for negotiations to pass an even worse bill in a special legislative session now under way. Ironically, the Democratic leadership passed the weak bill, AB 8, after refusing to unite behind a single-payer, Medicare-for-all approach, SB 840, as they did last year, because they said SB 840 would be vetoed. last_img read more

‘Kevin Wimmer has it all’ – All you need to know about Tottenham’s new signing

first_img New Tottenham signing Kevin Wimmer Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the signing of FC Koln defender Kevin Wimmer on a five-year deal, for an undisclosed fee. talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight gives you all the information you need on the 22-year-old…Name: Kevin WimmerDate of Birth: 15 November, 1992Birthplace: Wels, AustriaPosition: Centre-backClub: FC KolnInternational appearances: One (Austria)Did you know:1) The 6ft 2in centre half moved to Germany in 2012 from Austrian side LASK Linz and made 72 appearances for the Bundesliga club.2) Mauricio Pochettino’s first summer signing has made one senior international appearance for Austria, in a 1-1 draw against Bosnia-Herzegovina and is in their squad for the next Euro 2016 qualifier against Russia.3) Wimmer helped FC Koln win promotion to the Bundesliga during his first season in Germany.4) The Austrian’s fine form has been recognised with his international call up, but Wimmer had cemented his place in FC Koln’s starting line up, playing in 32 of their 34 Bundesliga games.What they said: For the national side, he has played exactly the same as I’ve seen him do already in Cologne. On the ball he is very calm, not rushed. He switches in the summer to England. With his young age he still has potential to improve. He has it all.” Austria national coach Marcel Koller.“Kevin is such a good boy. But he should finish the season and if in the summer a club comes in with a fee in the region of €10m, we will find a solution. FC Koln’s director of football, Jörg Schmadtke“He worked very hard. When I came to the club in 2013, Kevin was a bit overweight and I didn’t have the impression he knew what he should be doing. But I had an idea around him. I told him to work on his body, his passing and his defensive heading. He did that. So for me his development is very impressive, even if it’s a bit easier to establish yourself in a bigger league as a defender than as an attacking player.” FC Koln manager, Peter Stoger“Wimmer is calm, intelligent in build-up play, pretty tall but is still raw and has some errors in his game. According to his coach, he isn’t one of those naturally gifted players, but is making up for it with a sublime work ethic. Wimmer doesn’t shine or standout with special abilities but is without significant weaknesses too.” Austrian sports journalist Fabian Zerche“It would be a dream to move to a top club like Tottenham.” Kevin Wimmer, before the move was complete. 1last_img read more


first_imgNaomh Conaill U13 GirlsNaomh Conaill U13 Girls yesterday won the Glenties Harvest Fair Blitz.The girls defeated Glenswilly 5.09 to 3.01 in the first game.St.Nauls defeated Glenswilly 1.07 to 0.01. In the final, Naomh Conaill won on a scoreline of 5.08 to 0.01.Captain Tara Black was presented with the Cup by Harvest Fair Committee Member Poggy O Donnell.Naomh Conaill were under the management of Sean Connaughton, Gerard O Donnell, Caroline Boyle Carr, and Poggy ODonnell.NAOMH CONAILL U13 GIRLS DOMINATE AT HARVEST FAIR BLITZ was last modified: September 8th, 2013 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) Tags:blitzGLENTIES HARVEST FAIRNaomh Conailllast_img read more

Prisoner uncovered 3rd-century church

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Vatican officials also hailed the find. “A discovery of this kind will make Israel more interesting to all Christians, for the church all over the world,” said Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Vatican envoy to Jerusalem. “If it’s true that the church and the beautiful mosaics are from the third century, it would be one of the most ancient churches in the Middle East.” Razilo, who is serving a two-year sentence for traffic violations, was one of about 50 prisoners brought into the high-security Megiddo Prison to help excavate the area before the construction of new wards for 1,200 Palestinian prisoners. Razilo was shocked to uncover the edge of the mosaic. The inmates worked for months to uncover all the parts of the mosaic – the floor of the church, he said. “We continued to look and slowly we found this whole beautiful thing,” said Razilo, who used a sponge and a bucket of water to clean dirt off the uncovered mosaics Sunday. Two mosaics inside the church – one covered with fish, an ancient Christian symbol – tell the story of a Roman officer and a woman named Aketous who donated money to build the church in the memory “of the god, Jesus Christ.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MEGIDDO PRISON, Israel – Israeli prisoner Ramil Razilo was removing rubble from the planned site of a new prison ward when his shovel uncovered the edge of an elaborate mosaic, unveiling what Israeli archaeologists said Sunday may be the Holy Land’s oldest church. The discovery of the church in the northern Israeli town of Megiddo, near the biblical Armageddon, was hailed by experts as an important discovery that could reveal details about the development of the early church in the region. Archaeologists said the church dated from the third century, decades before Constantine legalized Christianity across the Roman Empire. “What’s clear today is that it’s the oldest archaeological remains of a church in Israel, maybe even in the entire region. Whether in the entire world, it’s still too early to say,” said Yotam Tepper, the excavation’s head archaeologist. Israeli officials were giddy about the discovery, with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon calling the church “an amazing story.” last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL is getting battered by Storm Erich – but we’ve escaped the worst of it so far.Munster has been lashed with thunderstorms, with hurricane-force winds cutting power to 20,000 homes.Part of a roof at Cork University Hospital has been ripped off during overnight severe gales. Irish Weather Online reports: “Winds are likely to drop of a little over the northwest over the next few hours but will pick up again by morning. Elsewhere, remaining stormy throughout the night.”Gardaí here and the PSNI in the North have both urged motorists not to drive at all overnight.The storm is expected to subside by 3pm.  STORM UPDATE: CHAOS AS STORM ERICH BATTERS THE COUNTRY was last modified: December 27th, 2013 by John2Share 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


first_imgGroups across Donegal opposed to Irish Water have vowed to continue their fight against the water levy.The group met at St Mary’s Community Hall in Muff last night and vowed to step up their campaign in the coming weeks.The groups included North Donegal IRSP, Donegal Water Warriors, Can’t Pay Won’t Pay, Right2water Donegal, Northwest Right to Our Water , Inishowen Against Water Charges, Buncrana Together, Letterkenny Says No, Moville Community Against Water Meters, Lifford Women, UNITE the Trade Union Sinn Fein Muff.The meeting was organised by North Donegal IRSP and the Donegal Water Warriors. Various topics were discussed including the need of resisting privatisation of our water resources, a boycott of the water charges , strategies used in the obstruction of water meters the abolishment of Irish Water and the need for a more unified approach .The event was hailed a huge sucess by the organisers Mark McKinney and Simon Mcilroy they added that we will see over the coming weeks and months the campaign go from strength to strength.DONEGAL ANTI-WATER TAX GROUPS MEET AND VOW TO STEP UP CAMPAIGN was last modified: May 13th, 2015 by StephenShare 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) Tags:CampaignDONEGAL TAXIrish Waterlast_img read more

Sand leads the way for Mack

first_imgThe McKinleyville boys basketball team hosted Hoopa Valley Wednesday night in the semifinal of the Dick Niclai Memorial Tournament, running out to a 67-51 win on the back of a monstrous 41-point performance by senior Mason Sand.McKinleyville (18-8) will now face Fortuna (15-11) for the sixth time this season and the third time in eight days in Friday’s tournament championship game,Both teams traded baskets in the first half, with neither able to open up much of a lead. McKinleyville, however, …last_img read more

Remembering Lundi, South African gospel star, 1979-2017

first_imgGospel singer Lundi Tyamara has died at the age of 38. Fans, friends and family have paid tribute to one of South Africa’s most popular singers.Lundi Tyamara was one of the biggest selling gospel artists in South Africa, selling over 3 million albums. Tyamara died, aged 38, on 27 January 2017. (Image: Gallo Music)CD AndersonLundi Tyamara’s former producer, Tshepo Nzimande, described the singer in an interview with eNCA news channel as a “go-getter”. Tyamara died at Edenvale Hospital in the early hours of 27 January 2017, following a battle with TB.“Lundi put up a gallant fight against his illness, but God’s will prevailed. We ask that his fans, supporters and followers join us in celebrating his life,” said Anele Hlazo, a family friend.Tyamara had a long music career, starting out as a back-up singer for fellow gospel singer Rebecca Malope when he was still a teenager.He released his debut album Mphefumlo Wami in 1998. It was an instant success, selling almost 400,000 copies. Over the course of his career Tyamara released more than 20 albums and won numerous South African Music and Kora All Africa Music awards.Nzimande said that Tyamara had a God-given talent, with a powerful stage presence that found audiences with both young and old. Despite some controversy during his career, including drug and money problems, returning to music and his faith always gave him his greatest pleasure.Tyamara was aware of the second chance he had at rebuilding his music career over the last few years. In an interview with Entertainment Online website in 2016, he said: “I’m lucky. It’s not easy after all the bad things I have done like the drugs and the alcohol. But my fans still love me. That shows that God has sent me to do this.”Commenting briefly to eNCA on his passing, Malope said she was in shock but would always have fond and special memories of Tyamara.Among the many messages, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa extended his condolences to Tyamara’s family and fans.Tyamara is survived by two sisters and a brother; his mother died in 2006, followed by his stepfather shortly thereafter.Despite his many hardships, Tyamara’s story was one of great triumph and success. Following his death, he will always be remembered by his fans as a prince of South African gospel.Watch some of Lundi’s greatest hits below.Source: eNCA News and Entertainment Online.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more