Youth contingent adds politics to Buffalo, N.Y., Pride parade

first_imgIAC youth activists join Pride in Buffalo, N.Y., June 2.Photo: Paul MorganBuffalo, N.Y. — Youth with the International Action Center carried banners and signs in the Buffalo Pride Parade on June 2. The organization raised a variety of issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people.Included was support for Pvt. B. Manning. One contingent member had protested the day before, demanding freedom for Manning at Fort Meade, Md., in advance of Manning’s trial, which began there on June 3. He carried the same sign at both events.The IAC also demanded freedom for CeCe McDonald, a young African-American transwoman in Minnesota who was sent to prison for three years for self-defense in a violent anti-trans attack.IAC organizers reported “a tremendous reception from the crowd” to the contingent’s demands and slogans, especially those emphasizing fighting back against anti-trans violence.As Pride becomes increasingly watered down and depoliticized by corporate sponsorship, this contingent brought back a radical edge to Buffalo Pride.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

China disqualifies ‘clean coal’ technology from green bond funding

first_imgChina disqualifies ‘clean coal’ technology from green bond funding FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Environmental Finance:China will axe ‘clean coal’ from its green bond guidelines, in a move that will see its definition of green align more closely with the Climate Bond Standards and the consensus of opinions in the West.Geoffrey Choi, financial services assurance leader for the Asia Pacific region at EY, said at the Asian sustainable green bond market conference in Tokyo, organised by the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) and Japan Securities Dealers Association: “I can share with the conference that, going forward, in the new [green bond] catalogue, the clean utilisation of coal will not be considered green.”The issuance of green bonds for clean coal has been highly controversial and the technology is widely considered, at least by Western investors, to be too emissions- intensive to be green.China’s support for clean coal has in the past been the biggest difference between its definition of green and the opinions of most Western investors.Choi explained that it is a “big step” for China to move towards a likely EU green bond standard, adding that the standards will continue to evolve.“For a lot of the areas that we have debated in the past, China has the determination to converge with the EU standard,” he said.last_img read more

Block party: McDaniels leads ACC in blocks, presents defensive obstacle for Syracuse on Sunday

first_img Published on February 7, 2014 at 12:41 am Contact Sam: [email protected] | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Montay Brandon thought he had an easy two points. With Florida State trailing Clemson by seven with just under 90 seconds to play, he intercepted a pass from a trapped K.J. McDaniels and had an open lane to the basket.It would have cut the lead to five and given the Seminoles the momentum.But McDaniels had other ideas.He raced over from the sideline where he’d thrown his errant pass, extended his entire body and grabbed Brandon’s shot out of the air with both hands.“He swallowed it,” the television announcer bellowed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textClemson held on for the 53-49 win.“It felt like it kind of took the wind out of the place,” McDaniels said. “It took the fans’ energy from them after that. They were cheering loud when they stole the ball, but as soon as that happened they were quiet.”It was the first time the junior had completed such a block while at Clemson. But swatting shots is nothing new for the 6-foot-6 combo forward.In his first two seasons with the Tigers, he rejected 78 shots, ranking No. 1 in school history for a player his height or shorter. This season he’s averaging 2.62 per game — tops in the Atlantic Coast Conference — and out of the top 50 shot blockers in the nation, he’s committed the fewest amount of fouls.He’ll get a chance to show off his defensive ability when Clemson travels to play No. 1 Syracuse at the Carrier Dome on Sunday at 6 p.m.“It’s a natural feeling for me,” McDaniels said. “I’ve always been the athletic-type guy. I’ve always been that way and I’ve always had that ability to jump.“It’s just putting it all together. Just doing all the things and being more versatile.”McDaniels said he modeled his game after Dwayne Wade’s, because, despite his size, he’s always going up at the backboard and surprising defenders with his ability. Like Wade, McDaniels has fantastic instincts. He often starts racing to the basket to block a shot before the player on offense even starts his shooting motion.“That’s a natural gift from God,” said Tigers assistant coach Earl Grant, who recruited him to play at Clemson. “A lot of the stuff that K.J. has, it’s natural. You can’t teach it. It’s in his genes.”What Grant saw when he first saw McDaniels play at Central Park Christian (Ala.) School was an oversized power forward. He didn’t have as many refined skills, but his instincts for blocking shots and playing defense were well ahead of the curve.Every day before practice, Central Park Christian head coach Donovan Broadnax would run a tip drill. Players would jump then throw the ball off the backboard then jump up and do it again. Ten times with each hand, then 10 more with both hands. They couldn’t stop and couldn’t bobble the ball.At the end of the year, Broadnax would make it a competition to see who could last the longest. McDaniels would sometimes do it more than 100 times without messing up, well ahead of his teammates.“He has natural ball instincts,” Broadnax said. “If you don’t screen him out he’s going to put it back. And he’s going to put it back on your head, if you don’t put a body on him. I think that helps with his shot blocking.”Broadnax said it’s cool to turn on the television and see McDaniels on SportsCenter, but also said he fears that McDaniels’ success and elevating stock might affect his personality.“Once you start getting on ESPN Top 10 pretty regularly, it’s hard to stay humble,” Broadnax said. “You’re in the same Top 10 as like LeBron (James) and Blake Griffin. That’s big time, especially coming from Birmingham, Ala.”But McDaniels has stayed modest.His mother called Broadnax earlier this week to talk about how proud she is of the person McDaniels has become — even though there is more attention and more cameras on him than ever before.Before, he couldn’t create his own shots. Now he can dribble and shoot, which makes him much more dangerous.“We’d always say, ‘If you ever jump with this shot, the way you jump, you could be looking down at the rim shooting it in,’” Broadnax said.With the Orange struggling to score when the other team prevents it from driving to the basket, McDaniels figures to be a key factor in Clemson’s game plan. With him clogging the middle, SU may struggle to score, which could position Clemson to knock off the undefeated Orange.He doesn’t really have an explanation for why he’s become so versatile a player. Some of it is hard work. Some of it is just natural ability.Whatever the cause, the result is a spectacle and the Orange will see it firsthand on Sunday evening.Said McDaniels: “I have heart. Just being physical. It’s just a physics-type thing.” Commentslast_img read more

Premier League: Mourinho says Mata and Essien can leave Chelsea if they wish

first_imgManager Jose Mourinho has told Juan Mata and Michael Essien that his door is open if they want to leave Chelsea.Mata reacted furiously to being substituted in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Southampton on New Year’s Day.The Chelsea forward did not shake Mourinho’s hand after being withdrawn in the 53rd minute and he flung his arms up in the direction of the touchline, where the Blues boss was standing.The 25-year-old, who has started just nine Barclays Premier League games this season, had to be calmed down by Michael Essien, who was sat on the bench at the time.Mourinho claims Mata reacted that way because he was unhappy at the scoreline – which stood at 0-0 when the former Valencia man was substituted.Mourinho does not want to lose Mata in the transfer window, and he says he would be happy to talk to the player if he is unhappy. “I want to keep him. I don’t want him to go. That is my opinion, my wish, but my door is open,” the Chelsea manager said.”The club’s door is open too so when a player wants to speak to us we are there waiting for them.”If you are asking do you want the club to sell him? I don’t want to.”Essien’s future at Chelsea was thrown into doubt when his agent suggested that he could leave the London club due to a lack of playing time.Mourinho, again, stressed he wanted to keep the player, but admitted that he could not offer the play guaranteed first-team football. “I offer nobody – not Michael, not nobody (guaranteed playing time),” the Portuguese said.”I understand that players think about national team, the World Cup and playing regularly, but my players have to think of the team before the players. Michael knows that perfectly.”last_img read more