Jorge Risquet Valdés-Saldaña, a leading figure in the formation of the Communist Party of Cuba and vital to numerous heroic efforts on the African continent, passed away on Sept. 28 at the age of 85.Risquet was born on May 6, 1930, and joined the revolutionary youth movement in 1943. He was Cuba’s representative and head for Latin America in the World Federation of Democratic Youth and carried out an internationalist mission in Guatemala in 1954.During the United States-supported Fulgencio Batista dictatorship in Cuba, he was kidnapped, tortured and incarcerated. He joined the Revolutionary Army in 1958 in the Second Frank País Eastern Front.Jorge Risquet Valdés-Saldaña, with beard, behind Nelson Mandela.After the triumph of the Revolution, he held the positions of head of the Political Department and head of operations by the Army in the former Oriente province, Organization Secretary of the Provincial Committee of the United Party of the Socialist Revolution of Cuba in that province, head of the “Patricio Lumumba” Internationalist Battalion in Congo-Brazzaville, Minister of Labor, and head of the Cuban Civil Internationalist Mission in the People’s Republic of Angola between 1975 and 1979.From the earliest days of its Revolution, Cuba expressed concrete solidarity with the African Liberation Movement. Racism was outlawed in Cuba, and its internationalist outlook permeated the foreign policy of the state.In October 1960, when then-Premier Fidel Castro Ruz visited the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the revolutionary leader set up residence at the Theresa Hotel in Harlem. Castro met with Malcolm X, a leading figure in the Nation of Islam, along with enjoying a banquet with African-American workers at the famous hotel.After the imperialists undermined the national independence struggle in the former Belgian Congo, Che Guevara, in an eloquent speech before the U.N., denounced the assassination of Patrice Lumumba, founder of the Congolese National Movement, and placed the guilt for this crime squarely on imperialism. In 1965 Guevara led a delegation of Cuban internationalists to Congo in an attempt to reverse the course of the counterrevolution.Cuban role in liberation of Southern AfricaEven though the Congo campaign was not successful in defeating the counterrevolution in that mineral-rich country, a decade later the Cuban government responded to a request by Agostino Neto, leader of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), to assist the independence movement there in defeating an invasion by South Africa and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, which tried to install a puppet regime in the Angolan capital of Luanda. Between November 1975 and early 1976, some 55,000 Cuban internationalist troops were deployed to help the MPLA’s military wing defeat the South African intervention and consolidate Angola’s national independence.Cuban military units remained in Angola for 16 years, fighting alongside the MPLA as well as the South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO), the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia and the armed wing of the African National Congress, Umkhonto we Sizwe.The U.S. and its allies in Pretoria armed, funded and provided diplomatic cover for two Angolan political figures — Jonas Savimbi, of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), and Holden Roberto, of the National Liberation Front of Angola (FNLA), which was based in Zaire, the new name given Congo after the triumph of the counterrevolution. UNITA proved to be the more formidable foe, since it was given direct assistance by the CIA and apartheid South African forces then operating in South West Africa (Namibia) prior to its independence in 1990.The struggle in Angola reached its climax in 1987-88 with battles centered at Cuito Cuanavale, where the South African forces were routed and defeated. These battles would convince the racist regime in Pretoria and its backers in the Reagan and H.W. Bush administrations that a military defeat of the Southern African liberation movements was impossible.A ceasefire was declared in late 1988, and firm negotiations were undertaken between the MPLA government in Angola and the apartheid regime. The U.S. and Pretoria did not want the Cuban government involved in the talks about the withdrawal of South African forces from southern Angola and the independence process in Namibia.Nonetheless, due to the overwhelming support of the Organization of African Unity, now the African Union, and progressive forces internationally, the Cubans were not only allowed into the talks but played a prominent role. The central role of Jorge Risquet enhanced his international prominence, illustrating the significance of Cuba in the African revolutionary process.Risquet led the Cuban delegation in the talks, which resulted in the withdrawal of the apartheid army from southern Angola and the liberation of neighboring Namibia after a century of settler-colonial occupation. Internationally supervised elections in Namibia in late 1989 led to the declaration of independence from apartheid on March 21, 1990, under the leadership of President Sam Nujoma of SWAPO, which won overwhelmingly.The independence of Namibia and the ongoing mass and armed struggles in South Africa led by the ANC forced the removal of P.W. Botha as president of the apartheid regime and his replacement, F.W. DeKlerk. The new regime began to indicate that it was willing to negotiate an end to the political crisis in South Africa.Beginning on Feb. 2, 1990, the ANC, the South African Communist Party and other previously banned organizations were allowed to function openly. Nine days later, Nelson Mandela was released after more than 27 years of imprisonment in the dungeons of the racist apartheid system.Four years later the ANC won a solid electoral majority and took power in South Africa, sweeping out the dreaded system of apartheid. In a matter of less than two decades between 1975 and 1994, the system of white minority political rule in Southern Africa was soundly defeated with the profound assistance of revolutionary Cuba.Risquet honored Kwame NkrumahDuring a keynote address in September 2012 in Ghana honoring the 40th anniversary of the death of Kwame Nkrumah, Risquet outlined Cuba’s role in the African Revolution from the 1960s to the present period.He stressed the ancestral ties between the people of Cuba and the African continent based on the Atlantic Slave Trade. He also paid tribute to the role Kwame Nkrumah, leader of the independence movement in Ghana and its first prime minister and president, for his role in the creation of the Organization in Solidarity with the Peoples of Africa, Asia and Latin America (OSPAAL), formed in 1966 at the Tri-Continental Congress in Havana.“This was the understanding with which Cuban fighters came to ancestral Africa to fight side by side with the people against colonialism and the oppressive apartheid regime,” said Risquet. “For 26 years, 381,000 Cuban soldiers and officers fought alongside African populations — between April 24, 1965, when Ernesto Che Guevara and his men crossed Lake Tanganyika, and May 25, 1991, when the remaining 500 Cuban fighters returned home triumphant.”He went on to point out, “Among these internationalists were three of the Five Anti-Terrorist Heroes currently held in the imperialists’ prison [now released]. Twenty-four hundred Cuban internationalist fighters lost their lives on African soil. Today we no more send soldiers. Now, we send doctors, teachers, builders, specialists in various fields.”After his death, tributes to Risquet were delivered by the ANC of South Africa, the MPLA of Angola and other revolutionary parties and organizations throughout the world.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 56-year-old rabbi has been accused of sexually abusing a student at a Hebrew Academy of Nassau County school where he was a religious teacher before his termination three years ago, Nassau County police said.Gary Lieberman of Far Rockaway will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse from incidents stemming from Nov. 4, 2009 through May 2010, police said.Detectives said Lieberman allegedly sexually abused a 10-year-old student student twice at the Hempstead Avenue school, first in a learning resource room on the second floor of the building and a second time inside a school restroom. A police spokesman said the department was not identifying the school by name to protect the victim.“Lieberman told the victim that if he tells anyone about this they would not believe him because he is a rabbi,” police said in a news release.The chairman of the Board of the Education of the Hebrew Academy notified police about the alleged sexual abuse, police said.“There was an allegation regarding an incident which allegedly occurred years ago which was recently brought to our attention regarding a teacher that has not worked at the school for several years,” Robert H. Shelly. executive director of the Hebrew Academy said in a statement. “The school was proactive in reporting the allegation to the police and we are continuing to cooperate with their investigation.”Lieberman was terminated in August 2010, but he may have continued teaching at other private religious schools, police said. It’s unclear if his termination was related to any inappropriate behavior. Shelly did not say why Lieberman was terminated.The rabbi was arrested Thursday at his house, police said.Detectives ask anyone who may have been victimized to call the Special Victims Squad at 516-573-4011.
At the Croatian National Theater in Šibenik, world-renowned experts will address issues such as growing conflicts between excessive tourism and the protection of the cultural environment, historic cities, monuments and sites, especially those inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The conference will host renowned domestic and international experts in the field of science. The main goal of the conference is to bring together researchers and experts to use common knowledge and experience to find solutions for sustainable tourism growth of the world’s tourism capitals. The guests will be introduced to the latest academic and scientific research, as well as field research. Yonca Erkan, Michael Turner, Ludwig Thorsten, Antonio Miguel Nogués-Pedregal, Yoel Mansfeld, Benno Albrecht, Juan Manuel Corso Sarmiento, Cristina Jover Fontanals, Mar Santamaria and Dimitri Ioannides are just some of the speakers who will share their knowledge and experience at the conference. Many places on the UNESCO list, such as Dubrovnik, Plitvice Lakes, Venice or Barcelona, are threatened by seemingly insurmountable challenges that could soon affect other coastal cities in Croatia. Great efforts are being made to identify possible problems in time and prevent them, and for these existing ones to find appropriate management of visitors and destinations themselves. That is why the goal of the conference “Proceed with Care” is to become a permanent annual gathering of world authorities, relevant authors and researchers, but also to position Croatia as an initiator in the field of preservation of tangible and intangible heritage. Croatia has as many as 10 recognizable world heritage sites under UNESCO. The organizers decided to host Šibenik as the host of the conference because the city that has two monuments on the UNESCO list – the Cathedral of St. Jakov and the fortress of Sv. Nicholas. In addition, it has a unique historical core and environment rich in natural and cultural heritage, tangible and intangible. It is also a tourist city that manages to maintain a balanced relationship between growing tourism and preserving the city’s identity and inherited cultural and natural values. However, it also depends on the tourism industry and that is why steps should be taken in time so that excessive tourism does not permanently destroy the beauty and uniqueness of natural diversity and inherited cultural identity. The international professional-scientific conference called “Proceed with Care” will be held in Šibenik from 2 to 5 May. Namely, it is a conference that will address issues such as sustainable heritage and tourism management in areas that have valuable cultural and natural heritage, with an emphasis on world cultural heritage under the protection of UNESCO. “Proceed with Care” will include two main thematic units. The first will deal with strategies and techniques for designing and planning tourist locations of infrastructures for sustainable heritage and tourism management in areas of valuable cultural and natural heritage, especially those under UNESCO protection. The second unit refers to communication strategies and techniques for the implementation of sustainable planning and design solutions, which will discuss strategies for positioning the heritage tourist destination, but also defining its brand architecture. One of the primary goals of the conference is to inform representatives of institutions that make executive decisions on the preservation of spatial and cultural resources, but also on the development and implementation of sustainable tourism, from state to local administration and from local communities to entrepreneurs in culture and tourism. More information about tickets and the conference itself can be found HERE.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has told Eden Hazard to improve his defensive workrate after dropping the playmaker for the Premier League champions’ 2-0 win at home to Aston Villa.Hazard, the recipient of numerous player of the year awards last term as Chelsea won the title, began on the substitutes’ bench as Diego Costa scored one and forced an Alan Hutton own goal to ease the pressure on Mourinho.”I left out Hazard because we are conceding lots of goals. We need to defend better,” Mourinho said. “When you don’t have the ball, quality means nothing and what means [he thumps his chest] … you have or you don’t have.”It was just a tactical decision, leaving super quality on the bench, but bringing tactical discipline and hoping that the team could be solid.”Willian and Pedro did amazing defensive work and allowed the [central] midfield players to be very comfortable.”– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports.
Several Palm Beach County photographers are coming together for one day to offer those who are unemployed free headshots for their resumes, LinkedIn, and other professional profiles.It is part of a national initiative to create the largest single-day photo shoot to help people get back on their feet.Lauren Lieberman who is the CEO of LILA PHOTO in Palm Beach released a statement saying hopefully the photos will give the job seeker more confidence :” Finding a job is hard work. Our hope is that, along with a great professional headshot, they will leave the photo session with a greater sense of confidence and purpose, knowing they are making an investment in themselves and their future.”More than 2oo photographers will participate in the pop-up studios across the 50 states.In Florida, the photo shoot will take place on Wednesday, July 22nd at Mizner Park in Boca Raton and at Merrick Park in Miami from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.To schedule an appointment, go to HeadshotBooker.com.
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ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 18, 2016)–Stakes winning Path of David and talented upstarts Tiz a Billy, True Brilliance, Hot Ore, He’s a Tiger and Iron Rob all loom prominently as a half dozen 3-year-olds go 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in Sunday’s $75,000 Baffle Stakes.Trained by Kristin Mulhall, Path of David rallied from off the pace to win the one mile turf Eddie Logan Stakes here on Dec. 31 and was subsequently well beaten by top Derby hopeful Mor Spirit in the Grade III, 1 1/16 miles Robert B. Lewis Stakes on Feb. 6.The return to turf and massive drop in class should benefit Path of David, a Kentucky-bred gelding by the Gone West stallion, Istan. Owned by Ike and Dawn Thrash and Janet Alley, Path of David broke his maiden three starts back going one mile on turf at Del Mar Nov. 28, and will hope to be flying the final eighth of a mile in his first try down Santa Anita’s unique hillside layout. With both of his lifetime wins coming on turf, he’s made seven overall starts and has earnings of $90,900.Tiz a Billy, who is trained by Brian Koriner, comes off a scintillating 6 ½ length maiden special weight win over the course at 1-2, and need only run back to that race to have a huge chance in the Baffle. Blessed with an abundance of speed, Tiz a Billy rated well in third position after a half mile and finished up like a horse with a future in his maiden tally.Owned by James Cahill, Neil Haymes and Janet Lyons, the Kentucky-bred colt by Tizway was second, beaten a nose, down the hill two starts back on Oct. 12 and will be making his sixth career start on Sunday.A 9 ½ length maiden winner going six furlongs on the main track Jan. 23, trainer Robertino Diodoro’s True Brilliance is also very quick early and will be trying turf and open company for the first time. A chestnut gelding by Unusual Heat, True Brilliance, who is owned by his breeder, Mercedes Stables, LLC, will be making his fourth career start. Favored twice, he has a pair of second place finishes to go along with his maiden win. Ridden in all three of his starts by Tyler Baze, he’ll be handled for the first time by Fernando Perez.Diodoro will also saddle another Mercedes Stables homebred, Hot Ore, who retains the services of Baze and will be making his seventh career start on Sunday. Like his stablemate, he too, is a gelding by Unusual Heat. A close second in the one mile Del Mar Juvenile Turf three starts back on Sept. 5, he comes off an even fifth place finish in the Grade III, one mile turf Cecil B. DeMille Stakes on Nov. 29.An impressive one mile turf maiden special weight winner versus open company here four starts back on June 26, Hot Ore is fresh and would appear to be the mount of choice for Baze leading into the Baffle. With an overall mark of 6-1-2-1, he has earnings of $84,156.Trainer Jeff Bonde’s He’s a Tiger, undefeated in two starts sprinting on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta, ships south and will get the services of Rafael Bejarano. A Kentucky-bred colt by Sky Mesa, he’s out of the Helmsman mare, Red Duchess, which would suggest he could have an affinity for turf. Owned by Aldrich, Daou and Downey, pressed the early pace in his 4 ½ furlong maiden win on May 16, and rallied from off the pace in winning a first condition allowance going six furlongs on Dec. 5.Supplemented at a cost of $1,500, Florida-bred Iron Rob was a handy 3 ¾ length maiden special weight winner going 5 ½ furlongs on dirt at Los Alamitos two starts back on Dec. 4. A bay colt by Twirling Candy, he was well beaten here in a first condition allowance going 6 ½ furlongs on the main track Jan. 3. Trained by George Papaprodromou, Iron Rob showed the way early before being well beaten in his only try on turf, going one mile against maidens on Nov. 8 at Del Mar.Owned by Kretz Racing, LLC, Iron Rob, who is 8-1-2-0 overall, should be attentive to the early pace in the Baffle.The complete field for the $75,000 Baffle Stakes, to be run as the second race on a nine-race card Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Tiz a Billy, Flavien Prat, 120; Iron Rob, Santiago Gonzalez, 120; Hot Ore, Tyler Baze, 120; He’s a Tiger, Rafael Bejarano, 122; Path of David, Joe Talamo, 124, and True Brilliance, Fernando Perez, 120. First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.
Isaiah Austin arrives in Manila, ready to get to work for Gilas The 20-year-old may have taken the task too literally—as he reportedly hit a growth spurt and has grown an inch or two, according to Lakers beat reporter Mike Trudell.“I think he’s at least 6’10”. He might be 6’11,” Trudell said of Ingram, who was initially listed at 6’9 during his rookie season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think he might be 6’11”, if not 7 feet,” he shared during an episode of ESPN LA’s “Thompson and Trudell Show”.Aside from possibly adding more height to his already rangy frame, Trudell claims that the 2016 2nd overall pick has also altered his shooting mechanics and developed his leg strength. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Ingram’s improvement was on display during the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League, but had to sit out the rest of the tourney after just one game due to an injury.Since then, the sports journalist said the lanky forward has progressed even more.“You’re just going to have to take my word for it for now until you watch him play,” Trudell said. “I think you’re going to be very pleasantly surprised to see Brandon Ingram.” Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:NBA: Brandon Ingram is the only ‘untouchable’ Laker, says Magic JohnsonADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brandon Ingram. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)The Los Angeles Lakers is fully embracing its youth movement in their quest to return as the NBA’s elite.But to be back atop the extremely tough NBA Western Conference, the “Purple and Gold” is heavily dependent on the potential growth of incoming second-year player Brandon Ingram.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ View comments Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary
Twitter/@TDeck68Saturday’s action, which featured losses by four of the top eight teams in last week’s AP Poll, turned the college football world on its head. Ole Miss, which sat at No. 3 following a big win in Tuscaloosa two weeks ago, lost in The Swamp to Florida, while Notre Dame, UCLA, and Georgia all fell. As expected, Clemson and Alabama, who beat the Fighting Irish and Bulldogs respectively, are among the biggest climbers at the top of this week’s Top 25. Undefeated Ohio State remains atop the poll after a very close win against Indiana in Bloomington, but a number of teams are gaining some serious momentum this season.Here is the full AP Top 25:1. Ohio State2. TCU3. Baylor4. Michigan State5. Utah6. Clemson7. LSU8. Alabama9. Texas A&M10. Oklahoma11. Florida12. Florida State13. Northwestern14. Ole Miss15. Notre Dame 16. Stanford17. USC 18. Michigan19. Georgia20. UCLA21. Oklahoma State22. Iowa23. Cal24. Toledo25. Boise StateHere is last week’s AP Poll, and this week’s Coaches Poll, for comparison. How did the writers do this week?