North Carolina rally in solidarity with Black liberation, Palestine

first_imgDurham, N.C. — People marched and rallied here on Oct. 30 to show solidarity with the uprising in Palestine. The demonstration also centrally connected the struggle against racist police terror and the prison-industrial complex, and for Black liberation at home, to the Palestinian struggle against the state of Israel and U.S. imperialism. The march gathered at a park near downtown, where solidarity statements were read by representatives of Black Workers for Justice, the Duke University chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, Workers World Party and the Green Party. A statement prepared by march organizers and read prior to the start of the march asserted:“We stand in solidarity with the ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ Uprising. We want an end to occupation, racist violence and displacement, at home and abroad. …“The United States spends billions of dollars funding Israeli occupation and the genocide of Palestinians while denying Black and Brown communities basic access to wages, health care and adequate housing. With just 5 percent of the world’s population, U.S. prisons hold 25 percent of the incarcerated people on the globe — many of them working-class Black and Brown people.”With chants of “Free, free Palestine!” and “From Durham to Gaza, globalize the Intifada!” the march stepped off and passed by crowded downtown bars and restaurants.Protest in North Carolina joins anti-racists and those in solidarity with Palestine.WW photo: L.T. PhamAs the march passed City Hall, the protesters stopped and heard statements from Muslims for Social Justice and Jewish Voices for Peace. The Durham JVP chapter announced the launch of a new campaign, as part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, to demand that the city of Durham divest completely from Israel.The demonstration continued on to the Durham County Jail to join a protest by the Inside-Outside Alliance. The Alliance has held demonstrations at the jail every Friday for several months now to protest conditions at the jail, and recently won a major victory when a seven-month lockback — a virtual lockdown for all the inmates in the prison — was ended.Passing cars gave honks of support as people chanted and danced to the beat of drums outside the jail, and imprisoned people inside banged on the windows in response to the demonstration below. It was a powerful conclusion to the demonstration that expressed solidarity with the resistance of the Palestinian people while squarely pointing to the role of U.S. imperialism in the Israeli occupation and the occupation of Black and Brown communities here at home.Two days later, the Durham branch of Workers World Party showed “Roadmap to Apartheid” as part of its monthly “Liberation Sunday” film series. Narrated by Alice Walker, the film outlines how the occupation of Palestine by the state of Israel is, in many ways, identical to the apartheid system in South Africa. Discussion following the film pointed to the need to expose the role of the U.S. in economically, politically and militarily supporting the occupation, to support the self-determination of the Palestinian people to resist the occupation and to connect the Black freedom struggle to the struggle of the Palestinians also fighting for liberation.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

SA victorious in George Sevens

first_imgDecisive tryAs time ran down, the breakthrough came for South Africa when a ball flew out from a scrum and Stick was the fastest to react. Gathering the ball, he knifed through a gap next to the scrum and dived over for a try near the uprights. The crowd, already electric, yelled its approval. Coach Paul Treu told the International Rugby Board’s website: “I’m almost speechless; 10 years is a long time and it really took a massive effort from our players.” Treu, who played his provincial rugby for South Western Districts in George, also paid tribute to the South African team’s supporters: “It was the first time ever that we’ve seen such a big support for the team, and you could feel it in the air, the people, their body language, they really wanted this team to win, and we’ve really drawn a lot of energy from the crowd. Popular victoryZimbabwe secured a popular victory in the Shield competition. They destroyed Tunisia 40-5 in the semi-finals and then ran roughshod over Scotland 26-0 in the final. ‘We couldn’t have done it without you’“I really want to thank the people that came out and supported the team over the past two days, and also the people back at home watching the tournament, we couldn’t have done it without you,” he added. Ebersohn tried to take South Africa more than two scores ahead with a drop goal attempt, after a superb break by Stick, but he was narrowly wide of the mark. In the second half, the home team upped their intensity, putting the well-organised Kiwi defence under pressure. A kick by impressive teenager Robert Ebersohn found Aplon in a scoring position, but he knocked on over the try line. Stick then converted his own try to put South Africa 12-7 ahead. There was still some time left to play, however, and fortunes in sevens can be reversed in an instant. It was far from game over. SA skipper Mzwandile Stick was unable to convert from the sideline, leaving South Africa 5-7 behind at the interval. Player of the TournamentAdding an extra sparkle to South Africa’s victory was the choice of Robert Ebersohn as Player of the Tournament. Despite recently being voted South Africa’s Young Player of the Year, he has opted to throw his lot in with the sevens team instead of the Cheetahs’ Super 14 side. Right now, it looks as if his decision was the right one. Future eventsThe IRB Sevens Series resumes on the weekend of 6-7 February 2009 in Wellington, New Zealand, where the home side will be desperate to win in front of their fellow Kiwis. The following weekend the Series moves to San Diego. England claimed the Plate with a 24-7 win over Portugal, who impressed with their passionate play and surprised a number of more highly regarded teams before bowing out in the Cup quarterfinals. Following the tournament in the USA, there is a return for South Africa to Dubai for the IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens 2009, which doesn’t form part of the IRB Sevens Series, but as a World Cup is hugely prestigious. center_img 8 December 2008 Dazel scoresWith half-time approaching, a piece of fast footwork saw the speedy Gio Aplon break the New Zealand defensive line. He drew the sweeper before passing out to Renfred Dazel on his left. Dazel hit the gas and had just enough to go over in the left-hand corner for a try. The Kiwis, who were also the runaway winners of last season’s IRB Sevens Series, dictated matters early in the final and were rewarded when captain DJ Forbes crashed over for a try. A successful conversion put the New Zealanders 7-0 ahead. The home crowd got what they wanted as South Africa captured the IRB Sevens Series title in George on the weekend, winning the South African Sevens for the first time in 10 tries as they notched up back-to-back sevens titles for the first time. South Africa reached the final with an impressive 21-7 win over Fiji, thanks to an outstanding first half in which they built up a 21-0 cushion. New Zealand, meanwhile, conceded a try to Argentina and then proceeded to dominate the rest of their showdown to run out 26-5 victors. Victory came after a tremendous tussle with sevens giants New Zealand, the two-time defending George champions. France, who like Zimbabwe, improved significantly as the tournament progressed, defeated Australia 21-12 to win the Bowl. With less than a minute to go the Kiwis regained possession, but SA turned possession over at a ruck – one of the most impressive aspects of South Africa’s play all tournament – and when Paul Delport booted the ball into touch, coach Paul Treu’s charges had won the Cup title for the second week in succession. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material South Africa have won the Dubai Sevens on three previous occasions – 2003, 2006, and 2008 – and will hope their success in the UAE continues in the World Cup. After their two wins in Dubai and George, South Africa tops the IRB Sevens Series standings with the maximum possible haul of 40 points. New Zealand is in second place on 28 points, followed by England and Fiji, who both have 24.last_img read more

TweetLouder is a Fast Easy Way to Track Your Favorite Bands

first_imgTags:#music#web Tweetlouder is a new service that uses your Twitter account and your music listening history to connect you with Twitter and concert updates from all your favorite musicians in just a few clicks. It’s a project of concert tracking startup SonicLiving. It was first demonstrated as a proof of concept at Twitter’s developer conference, Chirp.I’ve been syncing my music listening history from Rdio and Spotify to Last.fm lately, so it was really easy to click click click and boom – there’s the official Twitter accounts of all the bands I’ve been playing on those services. You can also sync with iTunes or Pandora. After I followed the bands it discovered on Twitter, I put them in a Twitter List, which I can now visit whenever I want to see some music updates. Cool. Thanks, Tweetlouder.Concert alerts is an incredibly crowded market, but this is a cool feature that’s sure to help draw attention to SonicLiving. It’s a great example of a way that 3rd parties can add value on top of our accessible data. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… marshall kirkpatrick 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

Hadoop: What It Is And How It Works

first_imgSteps to Building a Successful and Scalable Sal… brian proffitt Crucial Online Reputation Management Insights i… How to Manage Remote Sales Teams Related Posts center_img You can’t have a conversation about Big Data for very long without running into the elephant in the room: Hadoop. This open source software platform managed by the Apache Software Foundation has proven to be very helpful in storing and managing vast amounts of data cheaply and efficiently.But what exactly is Hadoop, and what makes it so special? Basically, it’s a way of storing enormous data sets across distributed clusters of servers and then running “distributed” analysis applications in each cluster.It’s designed to be robust, in that your Big Data applications will continue to run even when individual servers — or clusters — fail. And it’s also designed to be efficient, because it doesn’t require your applications to shuttle huge volumes of data across your network.Here’s how Apache formally describes it:The Apache Hadoop software library is a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers using simple programming models. It is designed to scale up from single servers to thousands of machines, each offering local computation and storage. Rather than rely on hardware to deliver high-availability, the library itself is designed to detect and handle failures at the application layer, so delivering a highly available service on top of a cluster of computers, each of which may be prone to failures.Look deeper, though, and there’s even more magic at work. Hadoop is almost completely modular, which means that you can swap out almost any of its components for a different software tool. That makes the architecture incredibly flexible, as well as robust and efficient.Hadoop Distributed Filesystem (HDFS)If you remember nothing else about Hadoop, keep this in mind: It has two main parts – a data processing framework and a distributed filesystem for data storage. There’s more to it than that, of course, but those two components really make things go.The distributed filesystem is that far-flung array of storage clusters noted above – i.e., the Hadoop component that holds the actual data. By default, Hadoop uses the cleverly named Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), although it can use other file systems as well.HDFS is like the bucket of the Hadoop system: You dump in your data and it sits there all nice and cozy until you want to do something with it, whether that’s running an analysis on it within Hadoop or capturing and exporting a set of data to another tool and performing the analysis there.Data Processing Framework & MapReduceThe data processing framework is the tool used to work with the data itself. By default, this is the Java-based system known as MapReduce. You hear more about MapReduce than the HDFS side of Hadoop for two reasons:It’s the tool that actually gets data processed.It tends to drive people slightly crazy when they work with it.In a “normal” relational database, data is found and analyzed using queries, based on the industry-standard Structured Query Language (SQL). Non-relational databases use queries, too; they’re just not constrained to use only SQL, but can use other query languages to pull information out of data stores. Hence, the term NoSQL.But Hadoop is not really a database: It stores data and you can pull data out of it, but there are no queries involved – SQL or otherwise. Hadoop is more of a data warehousing system – so it needs a system like MapReduce to actually process the data.MapReduce runs as a series of jobs, with each job essentially a separate Java application that goes out into the data and starts pulling out information as needed. Using MapReduce instead of a query gives data seekers a lot of power and flexibility, but also adds a lot of complexity.There are tools to make this easier: Hadoop includes Hive, another Apache application that helps convert query language into MapReduce jobs, for instance. But MapReduce’s complexity and its limitation to one-job-at-a-time batch processing tends to result in Hadoop getting used more often as a data warehousing than as a data analysis tool.(See also Hadoop Adoption Accelerates, But Not For Data Analytics.)Scattered Across The ClusterThere is another element of Hadoop that makes it unique: All of the functions described act as distributed systems, not the more typical centralized systems seen in traditional databases.In a database that uses multiple machines, the work tends to be divided out: all of the data sits on one or more machines, and all of the data processing software is housed on another server (or set of servers).On a Hadoop cluster, the data within HDFS and the MapReduce system are housed on every machine in the cluster. This has two benefits: it adds redundancy to the system in case one machine in the cluster goes down, and it brings the data processing software into the same machines where data is stored, which speeds information retrieval. Like we said: Robust and efficient.When a request for information comes in, MapReduce uses two components, a JobTracker that sits on the Hadoop master node, and TaskTrackers that sit out on each node within the Hadoop network.The process is fairly linear: The Map part is accomplished by the JobTracker dividing computing jobs up into defined pieces and shifting those jobs out to the TaskTrackers on the machines out on the cluster where the needed data is stored. Once the job is run, the correct subset of data is Reduced back to the central node of the Hadoop cluster, combined with all the other datasets found on all of the cluster’s machines.HDFS is distributed in a similar fashion. A single NameNode tracks where data is housed in the cluster of servers, known as DataNodes. Data is stored in data blocks on the DataNodes. HDFS replicates those data blocks, usually 128MB in size, and distributes them so they are replicated within multiple nodes across the cluster.This distribution style gives Hadoop another big advantage: Since data and processing live on the same servers in the cluster, every time you add a new machine to the cluster, your system gains the space of the hard drive and the power of the new processor.Kit Your HadoopAs mentioned earlier, users of Hadoop don’t have to stick with just HDFS or MapReduce. For its Elastic Compute Cloud solutions, Amazon Web Services has adapted its own S3 filesystem for Hadoop. DataStax’ Brisk is a Hadoop distribution that replaces HDFS with Apache Cassandra’s CassandraFS.To get around MapReduce’s first-in-first-out limitations, the Cascading framework gives developers an easier tool in which to run jobs and more flexibility to schedule jobs.Hadoop is not always a complete, out-of-the-box solution for every Big Data task. MapReduce, as noted, is enough of a pressure point that many Hadoop users prefer to use the framework only for its capability to store lots of data fast and cheap.But Hadoop is still the best, most widely used system for managing large amounts of data quickly when you don’t have the time or the money to store it in a relational database. That’s why Hadoop is likely to remain the elephant in the Big Data room for some time to come.(See also ReadWrite’s Hadoop coverage.) Tags:#Big Data#Explainer#Hadoop How Do You Determine Which Partners Will Fuel Y…last_img read more

10 months agoPortimonense president Sampaio waiting on offers for Man Utd, Southampton target Nakajima

first_imgPortimonense president Sampaio waiting on offers for Man Utd, Southampton target Nakajimaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePortimonense president Rodiney Sampaio insists they’re still waiting on offers for Shoya Nakajima.The Japan international has been watched by Manchester United and Southampton, while he also attracted an enquiry from Leicester City.However, speaking with O Jogo, Sampaio says “no concrete offers” have arrived for the midfielder.Nakajima has returned to Portugal after being injured while with Japan at the Asian Cup.Sampaio added: “It is annoying for the player and the club, but Nakajima is calm and now there is little to do but to recover.”Very quickly, he will be back on the pitch and in our team.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoREVEALED: Sporting CP made attempt for Everton boss Marco Silva

first_imgREVEALED: Sporting CP made attempt for Everton boss Marco Silvaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSporting CP have made an attempt for Everton boss Marco Silva.O Jogo says he’s been approached about a move to Sporting, just like Portugal U21 manager Rui Jorge. But their past links with the Lions didn’t count in the club’s favour, since both of them rejected the chance.The same happened regarding Monaco’s Leonardo Jardim.Despite Silva’s unstable situation at Everton, the attempt by Sporting was always seen as a long shot.Back in January, it had already been reported that he’d rejected a chance to take charge of Benfica. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoBerbatov says Man Utd need shot of passion for Arsenal clash

first_imgBerbatov says Man Utd need shot of passion for Arsenal clashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov says they need a shot of passion for Monday’s clash with Arsenal.United will welcome the north Londoners to the Theatre of Dreams on the back of two disappointing results, a 2-0 defeat to West Ham and an unconvincing penalty shootout victory over League One side Rochdale.”United’s game against Arsenal will be their biggest test in the league so far,” Berbatov told Betfair.“United will have some advantage of playing at Old Trafford, but when there results haven’t been going for you, you know the fans will be a little impatient, you can think too much about it, make mistakes and it becomes a difficult situation.“Sometimes when I have watched them I have noticed that United are have been too soft against the opposition, they need to be tough in their challenges, show them who’s in charge and let them know that this is f*****g Old Trafford.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

22 days agoEx-Man City coach Simon Davies under pressure at Anderlecht

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man City coach Simon Davies under pressure at Anderlechtby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSimon Davies is under pressure at Anderlecht.The former Manchester City youth coach is Vincent Kompany’s No2 at the Belgian giants.But after a dismal start to the season, HLN says Anderlecht chiefs are seeking to add greater expertise to the bench.The move has the support of Kompany – with Davies the most likely to make way.Craig Bellamy is also under the spotlight, with the Welshman currently reserves coach. last_img

Alabama Signees Adonis Thomas, Damien Harris Vow To “Bring The Dynasty Back” On Twitter

first_imgA top Alabama Crimson Tide signee.Alabama football certainly is not down – the Crimson Tide were the No. 1 seed in this past year’s College Football Playoff before losing to Ohio State. But the program has gone two years without winning the national title, so it’s fair to say that Alabama is no longer a “dynasty” in the true sense of the word. Two Crimson Tide signees are looking to change that fact.Adonis Thomas and Damien Harris – two of the highest-rated recruits in the country this past year – had a nice little Twitter exchange Saturday morning. It began with Harris wishing Thomas a happy birthday, and quickly morphed into the topic of winning rings and bringing the dynasty back. Check it out:Happy Birthday boss @_SimplyThatGuy5— Damien Harris (@DHx34) February 28, [email protected] appreciate it big timer! Only a few more months till we go get these rings— Adonis Thomas (@_SimplyThatGuy5) February 28, [email protected]_SimplyThatGuy5 you already know what we about to do— Damien Harris (@DHx34) February 28, [email protected] bring that dynasty back— Adonis Thomas (@_SimplyThatGuy5) February 28, 2015Alabama never rebuilds – it reloads. If Harris, Thomas and the rest of the No. 1 ranked recruiting class pans out as expected, they’re going to have a real shot at following through here.last_img read more

BJP acknowledges having empowered a criminal Priyanka on MLA Kuldeep Sengars expulsion

first_imgNew Delhi: Hours after Unnao rape case accused MLA Kuldeep Sengar was expelled from the BJP, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Thursday said the BJP has finally acknowledged having empowered a criminal and taken some action to correct itself. “Grateful to the SC for taking cognisance of the ‘Jungle Raj’ being unleashed in UP,” she said in a tweet. “Meanwhile, the BJP finally acknowledges having empowered a criminal and takes some action to correct itself and move in the direction of justice for a young woman who has suffered immeasurably,” she said. The action by the BJP against the four-time MLA came days after the rape survivor and her lawyer were critically injured and two of her aunts killed when their car was hit by a speeding truck in Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh.The family alleges the accident on Sunday was an attempt to eliminate her and the family.last_img read more