The Alabama America is seeing is not my Alabama

first_imgThere my great-grandfathers, Marcus and Abraham, sat side by side, stitching costumes for Mobile’s fabulous Mardi Gras.My family had fled pogroms, Cossacks and ghettos.They crossed the Atlantic in steerage with no more than a battered Torah, a samovar and passports marked Vilnius and Tbilisi.To Alabama they came and there they found the thing they hungered for most: acceptance.Over a generation, their Yiddish would yield to deep Southern drawls, their kosher palates to gumbo, their circle of friends widening well beyond their own faith.On Jan. 15, 1894, before a Mobile court, my great-grandfather Abraham renounced his allegiance to the sultan of Turkey and became a U.S. citizen, but also, and always, a proud Alabaman — a tale as improbable as it is distinctly American.So it pains me to read how today’s Americans view Alabama, where much of my extended family still lives, as home to the sanctimonious Senate candidate Roy Moore, accused of trolling for children, and as a backwater state rife with bigotry, hypocrisy and xenophobia. Categories: Editorial, OpinionIn my family, Alabama was always spoken of as a magical place reflecting much of what is best about America.That may be hard to swallow for some.But for the Gups, Mobile was a haven.Hence, my father’s taste for grits; my courtly bachelor uncles, Nat and Gabe, lived there.In the city archives, a black-and-white photo of 56 Dauphin St. captures a sign reading “Gup The Tailor.” In this moment of national doubt and angst, we need to look down our noses at someplace else, to express the disdain of those who themselves have become unmoored, complacent or resigned.Alabama is the perfect foil in the Trump era, a reference point on the Southern horizon — a safe distance from Los Angeles and New York — that offers us the sense that we are somehow different, better and above.My adopted home, smug Boston, like so many other places quick to judge, can block out its own dire record on race and religious intolerance as it spurns its Southern cousins (mine, literally).But it is self-delusion, the kind that compromises the conscience and allows for the rest of us to descend deeper into the abyss.In each of us, there is a bit of Alabama, the shameful and the noble, warring for dominance.Ted Gup is a Boston-based author and professor of journalism at Emerson College.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? I think of the Alabama to which I was reverently introduced in my youth — an Eden with live oaks draped with Spanish moss, wide porches and open hearts, romanticized to be sure.Mobile took my family in when no one else would. I feel indebted.In the minds of many, particularly in the North and Northeast, Alabama has become the poster child of the narrow-minded, the self-righteous, the extreme.It is the butt of jokes.(What is “Alabama” backward? Alabama is backward.)The cesspool of modern politics would seem to find its drain in Alabama, where even God is seen to lend his blessing to corruption.But if Alabama makes us uncomfortable, it is perhaps because our own foibles are writ a little larger there, magnified that we may see ourselves for who we are and what we are becoming.center_img But the Alabama my family knew and knows is only partially reflected in the headlines.It is not the caricature of the ignorant Southerner, not the Bible-thumping congregation that prefers a potential child molester to missing out on a tax cut.My relatives in Alabama could not be more pained by the thought of Moore’s ascent to the U.S. Senate.But their anguish should be familiar to many well beyond the state who wince at Donald Trump as president, commander in chief and the face of the United States.Alabama is no more monolithic than the rest of the country, and no less divided.The war for the soul of America goes on there as it goes on in states and homes across this land.The truth is that if Alabama did not exist, we might have to invent it. Alabama hosts rank partisanship and evangelical fervor (both religious and political) that contravenes the Christian spirit.It has demagoguery and scapegoating, the demonizing of fellow citizens, zealotry, suspicion and tribalism — but in none of this is it alone.In Alabama it just seems to play out on a wider screen. It is the mirror we shun — not just a state but a state of mind.We hold it at arm’s length because we cannot face the truth about ourselves.Walking among my family’s graves in Mobile, I know that even in death it was “White Only,” and that a foreign-born Jew had access to this soil when a native-born black man did not.The legacy of Gov. George Wallace, the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, the water cannons and police dogs now find full expression in the face of Moore, who champions the Ten Commandments but sees them as a license to lie, hate and bring out the least Christian of impulses in his constituents.He is a master of mixing virtue and vice till neither is distinguishable from the other.last_img read more

MPC Capital Takes Stake in Tanker Specialist Albis

first_imgHamburg-based asset and investment manager MPC Capital has acquired a strategic stake of 50 percent in compatriot tanker chartering company Albis Shipping & Transport.Albis operates a commercial platform for tankers of various sizes, offering tailor-made solutions for chartering and operations of tankers.In addition to the technical ship manager Ahrenkiel Tankers, MPC Capital said that, by acquiring a stake in Albis, it complements its range of services in the tanker segment as well.Following the recent merger between Contchart and Harper Petersen, the newest transaction is expected to strengthen MPC Capital’s commercial expertise.“In view of the new IMO 2020 regulations and the relatively high average age of the global tanker fleet, we expect a number of changes to the tanker industry going forward,” Christian Rychly, Managing Director of MPC Maritime Holding, explained.“This will include discussions on the alternative propulsion technologies as well as appropriate ship designs for the changing trade flows. We are also seeing growing interest from institutional investors who want to develop these new concepts jointly with us,” Rychly added.Headquartered in Hamburg, Albis is, apart from the tanker business, also active in the drybulk segment via a joint venture as well as the sale & purchase of tonnage.last_img read more

Dominica to benefit more from the one laptop per child project

first_img Share LocalNews Dominica to benefit more from the one laptop per child project by: – April 12, 2011 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img 20 Views   no discussions Share Hon. Prime Minister Rosevelt SkerritEducation of Dominican children is expected to be significantly enhanced by the use of technology with support from South South Corporation towards Government’s plans to launch a one laptop per child programme.Hon. Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, on the heels of a US trip, told GIS news that a significant number of laptops will be provided to the Dominica Government for distribution to students.“The other area has to do with my engagement with the South South people and their assistance in fulfilling the Government’s intention of launching a one laptop per child programme in Dominica. It is something that we have been working on and they offered us assistance in that regard. As a matter of fact, to show their commitment to working with us, they handed over to me on behalf of the Dominican people ten (10) laptops to show their willingness to partner with us. In the process, we will be engaging Microsoft and HP to assist us in locating some of the resources required to implement that project because we are seeking to procure about twenty thousand (20 000) laptops to supply not only all the stages: the primary school, the secondary school and also the state college because we believe that is it important that we use technology in the mainstream curriculum to improve on the tuition in maths and science and geography and English language”The Dominica leader explained further that the laptops will be utilised by both students and teachers to aid in the learning process.“They will be given, obviously, exercises to use the laptops and access to internet. In addition, the schools, themselves, will be outfitted with laptops so that it can be mainstream in the school curriculum.”by Emmanuel Joseph GIS Newslast_img read more

Sunman man arrested after chasing wife

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — A Sunman man has been arrested after police say he chased his wife with a vehicle.According to the Batesville Police, William Gartley, 31, was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine.Police say they received a call on Sunday from a female stating she was driving west on State Road 46 towards Batesville and her husband was chasing her in another vehicle.The male drove to the Batesville Police Department parking lot stating that he needed to speak to officers regarding his children.Gartley consented to a search of the vehicle and methamphetamine and LSD was found.last_img read more

GFF announces kick-off date for 10-team Elite League ……..refutes allegations of non-consultation

first_imgBy Ras WadadaFOOTBALLERS and fans of the ‘Beautiful Game’ here in Guyana, are now in a much happier state of mind as the much awaited kick-off date for the second season of the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) Stag Elite League was announced to the media, yesterday, at the Federation’s boardroom, after weeks of uncertainty due to an ongoing impasse with some Elite Club members.In disclosing the November 13th start, President of the GFF, Wayne Forde, explained to the media the meticulous course of action his executive took to pave the way for a start. “Over the course of the past couple of weeks the Executive Committee have been engaged in a very thorough consultation process with CONCACAF and FIFA to ensure that the guidance that we required in pointing the way forward was clear and concise.“We have concluded the process and our last meeting was yesterday (Thursday October 27th) at 11:30 hrs with the FIFA Professional Arm and we have taken a decision to move forward with the Stag Elite League. A correspondence will be forwarded to the clubs in a matter of hours, indicating the kick-off date which is scheduled to be November 13.”The football boss denied allegations by some Elite teams that there was no engagement with the clubs on the changes to the League: “I could say that the consultation process that we were engaged in, before we made the final decision to include two additional teams, looked at the format of the League, increased the prize money by $3M, the management of the game-day incentives and had a very thorough consultation process involved.“The first aspect of the process had to do with all the clubs written to formerly by the Competitions Director, soliciting inputs, recommendations and advice on changes that we should consider for season two.Three clubs responded with recommendations and five clubs did not. The second aspect of the consultation was a general meeting with the Elite clubs.“ At that meeting there were exchanges. We shared with them our plans, we shared with them the new format and at that meeting we were asked by the clubs to put our ideas into a plan. A document was prepared by the Executive Committee and members of the secretariat and submitted to the clubs. The document captured every aspect of the changes we want to make to the rules of the tournament and the inclusion, of course, of two additional clubs.“We had a subsequent meeting with the clubs, where they were given the opportunity to comment on those changes and to make recommendations. I could tell you that 97 percent of the recommendations that came from the Elite Club body were taken on by the Competitions Department and endorsed by the Executive Committee.“We had invited the clubs to a third meeting but only four of the eight clubs showed up at that meeting and we proceeded to have a good conversation on the logic and rationale behind the decision to expand the League. We have had further private informal discussions and consultations with the Presidents of all of our Elite Clubs, and so I feel satisfied that the consultation process was very comprehensive and the clubs had an opportunity to raise their concerns”, Forde lamented.Forde also expounded on the duties of the Executive of the GFF: “What we want to be clear on is the fact that the Executive Committee was elected to execute a mandate to develop football and it is our prerogative to consult with our members, to reach out to our members, to solicit, buy in from our members on the programmes that we want to pursue, but that must not be mistaken for the Executive seeking permission or authorisation to implement new plans, new ideas and new strategies.“We were elected to do exactly that, to change the face of football and to make changes that will influence the direction of the development of the sport.“Those precedents have been set by FIFA and CONCACAF, so I have no difficulty in making it clear that the Executive was elected and we are accountable to the membership. It is part of our mandate to pursue a developmental path that we think will bode well for Guyana’s football in the future”, Forde emphasised.The President also promised that outstanding payments to Elite Clubs and all stakeholders will be made early next week, while disclosing that admission to matches in this upcoming Elite League has been slashed in half from last season’s price of $1,000.The Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) in Queenstown is the venue for the launching of the 2016-2017 Stag Elite League. The 10 competing teams are: Cup holders Slingerz FC, runners-up Alpha United, Fruta Conquerors FC, Pele FC, GDF, Monedderlust FC, GFC, Buxton United, Victoria Kings and Top XX.last_img read more

Fulham plan to expand Craven Cottage

first_imgFulham have no plans to leave their historic home“The venue would also be subject to wider facility improvements and, as part of the consultation process, the club will begin speaking to residents, supporters and other interested groups from next week.“We are confident that a redevelopment will improve the fans’ matchday experience, and enhance our corporate offering, whilst remaining sympathetic to the design of this historic ground.”A plan to totally revamp the Cottage was scrapped in 2003 because of spiralling costs and opposition from fans.It meant Fulham returned to a refurbished rather new stadium after a season playing at QPR’s Loftus Road ground.  www.twitter.com/westlondonsport Fulham have unveiled plans to redevelop Craven Cottage and increase its capacity to 30,000.The ground, which has been their home since 1896, currently holds 25,700 after a series of improvements made in the last decade.“We are still in the very early stages of the planning process and will be holding a public exhibition in mid-October, where we would very much welcome people’s thoughts on our initial ideas,” said Fulham chief executive Alastair Mackintosh.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Defending US Open champion  Osaka loses to Belinda Bencic

first_imgDEFENDING champion Naomi Osaka has been knocked out of the US Open, losing 7-5 6-4 to Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic in the last 16 on Monday.Osaka, 21, was broken late in the opening set and then again in the fifth game of the second at Flushing Meadows.It means the Japanese player will lose her world number one ranking, with French Open champion Ashleigh Barty of Australia to return to the top spot.For Bencic, 22, it is her second appearance in the quarter-finals.She also made the last eight in 2014 and will now play Croatia’s Donna Vekic after the 23rd seed beat Germany’s 26th seed Julia Goerges 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 6-3 in a match that lasted two hours 42 minutes on Louis Armstrong Stadium.“I was so excited to come on the court, the challenge cannot be bigger – Naomi Osaka is a great player and won the US Open last year,” said Bencic. “I had to be on top of my game and am really pleased with how I played.“She has a lot of power, I was just trying to play it a little bit like chess, anticipate and make a tactic on the court.”Osaka, who beat Serena Williams in last year’s final for her maiden Grand Slam title, started off badly as she lost her serve at the first opportunity and had to save two break points to avoid going 3-0 down.She then fought back with a break before Bencic took the decisive break in the 11th game and then served out the set.In the second set, an Osaka double fault gifted Bencic another break and the Swiss player took the final game of the match with a service game to love.After winning the Australian Open in January for her second Grand Slam, Osaka became the world number one, a position she held until June before Barty took over.Osaka returned to the top eight weeks later but Barty will become number one again, despite losing in the last 16 to China’s Qiang Wang on Sunday.last_img read more

Ikoyi Club, Seven-Up to Host Secondary School Tennis Competition

first_imgAs part of its commitment to promote tennis development in Nigeria, the tennis section of the prestigious Ikoyi Club is set to host the maiden edition of secondary school tennis competition in partnership with Seven-Up Bottling Company in Lagos.The championship, which will be open to boys and girls in both the senior and junior categories is to involve secondary schools students between the ages of 10 and 15years. It is scheduled to run from December 10 to 15th, 2018 at the club’s courts in Ikoyi.Interested schools are expected to register their players and officials on the organiser’s website. Speaking at a press briefing, Chairman, Tennis Section, Ikoyi Club, Mr. Abimbola Okubena, disclosed that the idea behind the championship was borne out of the club’s drive to encourage tennis as a healthy sport among teenagers in Nigeria.He added that it will influence positive attitude and drive clear understanding of how the game is played. It is also to inspire young boys and girls to aspire to play the game as professionals and earn good money like the Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and the Williams Sisters.Okubena said that there will be follow up after the competition on students that are interested in playing the game with various sessions with professional players that will tutor the younger players.In his comment Seven-Up Bottling Company Senior Brands Manager, Mr. Segun Ogunleye, stated that, SBC was keen at growing the greener feature of the country especially for youth.“The tennis competition offers that opportunity to showcase the idea. The competition will not only enhance development but further show the abundant talents in Nigeria,” he noted.Seven-Up bottling company will be on ground to refresh players, officials and spectators at the six-day tournament which winners will go home with medals, cash prices, gift vouchers and certificates.A maximum of 20 students are expected from the 15 selected secondary schools in Lagos State while 20 professional coaches are expected to participate at the maiden edition.Four gold medalist will walk away with gift worth N50,000 each while the four silver and eight bronze medalists will each be rewarded with gift worth N35,000 and N15,000 respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Madrid Derby: Real, Atletico Go for Broke at the Bernabeu

first_imgAtletico’s recent record at the Bernabeu is strong, though, picking up three wins and three draws from their last six league visits, with Real Madrid’s last victory in this particular fixture coming back in December 2012.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Real Madrid will be looking to move six points clear at the top of La Liga when they welcome Atletico Madrid to the Bernabeu this afternoon.Los Blancos are currently three points ahead of second-placed Barcelona at the top of the table, while Atletico occupy fifth with 36 points to show from their 21 matches during the 2019-20 campaign.Real Madrid have not been without their problems this season, but Zidane’s side will enter this match off the back of seven straight wins in all competitions. They beat Atletico on penalties in the final of the Spanish Super Cup earlier this month and have since posted four victories in two separate competitions. Indeed, in addition to overcoming Sevilla and Real Valladolid in the league, Los Blancos have progressed in the Copa del Rey with wins over Unionistas and Real Zaragoza, beating the latter 4-0 on Wednesday night.Zidane shuffled his pack for the Copa del Rey tie, but the capital giants were still far too strong for their opponents, with Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius Junior among the goals at the Estadio de la Romareda.Barca’s 2-0 loss at Valencia last weekend opened the door for Real Madrid to move to the top of the table, and they recorded a 1-0 win over Valladolid courtesy of a late goal from Nacho. As a result, there is three points between first and second, but Zidane’s side will have the chance to move six points clear on Saturday afternoon as the reigning Spanish champions are not in action until Sunday night against Levante.The fact that Real Madrid have lost just once in 21 league matches this season is very impressive, with that defeat coming away to Mallorca on October 19. They have actually not lost in any competition since then, progressing to the last-16 stage of the Champions League as well as impressing domestically.European football will resume next month, and Los Blancos have the small matter of a clash with Manchester City at the Bernabeu. The reverse fixture at the Etihad Stadium will then take place on March 17, and it would be fair to say that Pep Guardiola’s side have not been at their best this season.Incredibly, five of the last six league meetings between these two teams have finished level, including a goalless drawwhen they last locked horns at the Bernabeu in September 2018.Even more surprisingly, Real Madrid have not actually beaten Atletico on home soil in the league since December 2012. There is no question that Zidane’s team will enter Saturday’s clash as the favourites, but Diego Simeone has shown on numerous occasions that he is capable of frustrating in-form sides.Atletico will enter this weekend’s match off the back of a four-game winless run in all competitions. Indeed, they have not picked up a victory since beating Barca 3-2 in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup.Since then, Simeone’s side have lost to Real Madrid in the final, in addition to suffering defeats away to Eibar in the league on January 18 and against Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey on January 23.Atletico would have been looking to return to winning ways against Leganes last weekend, but the points were shared in a goalless draw at the Wanda Metropolitano. The result left the capital side down in fifth position in the table with a record of nine wins, nine draws and three defeats from 21 matches.The Red and Whites are only two points off third-placed Sevilla on the same number of matches but sit 10 points behind Real Madrid heading into the Madrid derby. In all honesty, it is difficult to imagine Atletico making a play for the title in the remaining months of the campaign.In recent years, Atletico have almost always boasted the best defensive record throughout the season but that is not the case this term. Indeed, Real Madrid have only conceded 13 goals in their 21 matches, while Atletico have shipped 14.Down the other end, Real Madrid are the second-leading scorers in the division with 39 goals, but Atletico have managed just 22. Only Leganes, Valladolid, Celta Vigo, Espanyol and Eibar have scored fewer La Liga goals than Simeone’s side this season, which is an indiction of their issues.Alvaro Morata has seven league strikes to his name during the 2019-20 campaign, but Joao Felix and Angel Correahave just five between them. Diego Costa’s injury blow has certainly harmed the team, but there has not been enough happening in the final third of the field this term.last_img read more

ITF/CAT 12 & Under: Mixed Fortunes for Nigeria as Togo Shines

first_imgIt was a case of win some and lose some for Nigeria on Tuesday as the 1st ITF/CAT 14 & Under West and Central Africa Teams’ Championship got underway in Lagos.Having built a reputation of superpower of the CAT Zone 2 over the years, the host country headed into the tournament as top favourites but was stunned by Ghana who won her two singles in the boys’ category as Amos Appau bagged a 6-4, 6-2 win over Fortune Joseph, a last-minute replacement for Daniel Adeleye, who was declared ineligible after the screening by ITF Development Officer, Amine Ben Machlouf from Morocco.Adeleye from Ekiti is Nigeria’s number one player registered for the tournament and his expulsion affected the psyche of the his teammates as this reflected in the performance of David Ekpeyong as he stumbled to a 6-4,7-6 defeat to Lameck Bukari, leaving the boys’ team with a mountain to climb following the change in format to round- robin owing to the low number of participating nations. Iye Onoja and Oiza Yakubu restored Nigeria’s pride with the 6-4, 6-3 and 6-4, 6-0 wins over Lawrencia Manu and Shika Mckorley in the girls’ singles while Serena Teluwo paired Yakubu to beat Manu and Mckorley 6-1, 2-6, 12-10 in the doubles.In the boys’ doubles, Gabriel Inyang and Fortune fell 6-4, 6-1 to Appau and Bukari to highlight a disappointing day for Nigeria.Togo also started their campaign on an impressive note with wins over Benin in the in both the singles and doubles boys’ category.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more