Appeal to call-in for striking ICE detainees and prisoners

first_imgA hunger strike begun on July 17 by 60 ICE detainees at Bristol County Detention Facility in North Dartmouth, Mass., has been joined by approximately 250 more prisoners this week.Families for Freedom, contacted by the prisoners, stated that the strike was “sparked by a continued lack of medical attention and health complications arising from horrible food and filthy living conditions. One person told them: “Guys are getting sick because the shower has mold and the food is 3-4 days old and yellow, like yellow mashed potatoes. If you are sick, you have to wait 1-2 weeks before you get attention. There’s a guy in here who has gone three weeks with a broken hand and no medical care. People are getting seizures and no medical care, people are denied medicine for their conditions. People get food poisoning from the food and are told to just drink water.” Another said, “I’m in a wheelchair with a spinal injury and extremely high blood pressure. I can’t even walk and I’m denied all medical care.”Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson supports chain gangs and proposed using prison labor to build Trump’s border wall.FIRE (Fighting for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere) says: Show solidarity with these striking prisoners in Bristol County! ( Tuesday, July 31, and Wednesday, Aug. 1, call and demand adequate medical care, nutritious food, lower commissary and phone rates, and an end to abuse by guards.CALL: Bristol County Detention Facility     508-995-6400ICE Field Office Directors Thomas Brophy and James Rutherford     781-359-7500LET OTHERS KNOW: By sharing with and thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Steve Johnson wins another singles title

first_imgUSC senior Steve Johnson wrapped up a fitting ending to his prolific collegiate career by capturing his second-consecutive NCAA singles championship Monday.Johnson, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, clinched the back-to-back by defeating Kentucky’s No. 3 Eric Quigley 6-4, 6-4 in the finals at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga.A strained abdomen and shin splint could not hold Johnson back, especially in the final game of the second set.Champion · Senior Steve Johnson won the NCAA singles championship for the second consecutive year by defeating Eric Quigley of Kentucky. | Photo courtesy of Bill KallenbergHe fired off three straight aces before forcing Quigley to error with a deep ball that sent Johnson to his knees, screaming after taking his final point as a Trojan.With the singles title, the back-to-back singles champion also earned a wild card berth in the U.S. Open in August.En route to the finals, Johnson relinquished just one set to his six opponents.Johnson finished his Trojan career by winning an unprecedented 72 singles matches in a row, dating back to January 2011. After going 37-0 in his senior year, Johnson concluded with a 149-21 overall record.“He’s special; we all know that,” USC coach Peter Smith said. “In a lot of ways he’s changed college tennis. I think he’s going to show that it’s OK to stay four years.”No. 21 senior Daniel Nguyen, No. 25 sophomore Ray Sarmiento, No. 57 sophomore Emilio Gomez and No. 51 freshman Yannick Hanfmann also participated in the singles tournament after the No. 1 Trojans captured their fourth-consecutive NCAA team title last Tuesday.Hanfmann, who clinched the team championship for the Trojans with his singles win, fell 3-6, 4-6 in the first round against No. 50 Louis Cant.The other three Trojans, with the exception of Johnson, were eliminated in the subsequent round.Gomez and Sarmiento fell in straight sets to No. 9 Blaz Rola and No. 2 Mitchell Frank, respectively, while Nguyen finished his collegiate career with a 4-6, 4-6 loss to No. 5 Henrique Cunha.Nguyen, who was a part of the team for all of its last four championships, finished 135-38  for his career.In the 32-team doubles tournament, USC’s only pair, consisting of Johnson and freshman Roberto Quiroz, advanced to the quarterfinals as the No. 2 seed.Four-peat · The USC men’s tennis team won its fourth-straight national title by defeating the University of Virginia. The title is the school’s 20th. – Photo courtesy of Bill KallenbergAfter a grueling quarterfinals win over No. 39 Alex Domijan, Johnson could not finish the quarterfinals doubles match later in the day.[Correction: A previous version of the story incorrectly stated that Steve Johnson Roberto Quiroz were leading when they retired to the Texas Tech pair in doubles.]“I feel like I let Roberto down a little bit,” Johnson said. “I just physically didn’t have it in me, and I hit an overhead point in that last game that completely ripped my stomach apart.”Despite coming up short in doubles, Johnson, who had the option of skipping his senior year at USC to begin his professional career, achieved his ultimate goal of winning another team title with USC and became the first NCAA singles champion to also win four team championships.“I can’t believe it. Four years went by quick, but to say the least it’s been a special four years that I’ll never forget. It’ll definitely go with me for the rest of my life,” Johnson said.last_img read more

Talents Delight Officials as 2018 Loya Milk Swim Meet Ends in…

first_imgHe added that they would do much better if given more attention and training.Ten schools competed for a total of 18 medals in 25 metres freestyle for boys and girls, 50 metres freestyle for boys and girls, 100 metres relay for boys and girls.The participating schools include American International School, British International School, Children’s International School and Chrisland Schools.Others were Edgewood College, Emerald High School, Grange School, Greenspring School, Straightgate College and Meadow Hall School.British International won two gold, one silver and two bronze medals; while Children’s International won two gold and two silver medals.Edgewood, Greenspring, Grange, Chrisland, American International and Meadow Hall also featured on the medal chart.Reviewing the three-year old competition, Marketing Manager Promasidor, Biodun Ayodeji said the company would evaluate the initiative with a view to identifying areas of improvement. He assured that the company was committed to sustaining the competition.Ayodeji stated: “We are very consistent in our strategies. So, we are committed to the success of the initiative. We started this, two years ago with a single location. We extended to two locations last year, and this year we are doing four.“We may maintain the number of locations next year while reviewing the prizes upwardly. We may also do two instead of one competition in some locations to give more schools the opportunity to participate. We will consider other options such as partnering relevant clubs,” he further said.Ayodeji explained that Loya Milk is fortified with 50 percent extra calcium to help consumers achieve optimum physical wellbeing and build stronger bones, tougher teeth and healthy heart.He added: “The interest of Loya Milk in swimming resonates with its unique brand identity. Loya Milk’s unique HiCal fortification makes it the choice milk for individuals who desire to live healthy.The Secretary General of the Nigeria Aquatics Federation, Sani Mohammed had disclosed during the Abuja competition that the organisation would partner Loya Milk to identify and nurture young swimmers.Mohammed, who lauded the brand for the initiative and called on other corporate entities to emulate the gesture, said he had selected some young athletes from the Abuja edition he would present to the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development for grooming and inclusion in the national team for future competitions.Loya Milk Swim Meet was first organised for 10 schools in Lagos in 2016. Season 2 held in both Lagos and Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, while the just-concluded season 3 was hosted in Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Abuja and Lagos.In addition to the secondary school swimming competition, Promasidor motivates Nigerian youths through Cowbellpedia Mathematics TV Show and Promasidor Harness Your Dream, a career guidance workshop for public secondary schools.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Lagos edition of the Loya Milk Secondary School Swimming Competition season three held last weekend and it recorded a perfect completion rate, an accomplishment which officials described as a pointer to the enormous potential of Nigeria in the sport.All the participants in the six-event competition, hosted by Children’s International School, Lekki, completed the events without the assistance of lifeguards.David Oyekan, a swimmer and coach at Meadow Hall School, said the professionalism and speed exhibited by the contestants was rare among amateurs of their age.last_img read more