Boston Bolivarians celebrate Maduro election

first_imgUnionists and Bolivarians hail Venezuela’s new president, a former bus driver.On May 5, a meeting called by the Boston Bolivarians celebrated the legitimate victory of the first working-class and Chavista president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moro. The well-attended event was held in the office of the International Action Center, together with Team Solidarity, a group to which several members of the United School Bus Workers belong. Steve Kirschbaum, a leader of Team Solidarity, along with his co-workers expressed their total endorsement and appreciation of and support for new Venezuelan president Maduro.The day was exactly two months after the physical death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. The people in attendance, along with the organizers, paid tribute with applause at 4: 55 p.m. Boston time (4:25 p.m. Venezuela time) to celebrate the life of the man who changed the course of history in Latin America and other places around the world.One of the organizers, Rena Yllas, stated, “These months have been very hard for those of us who support the Bolivarian process because our mourning and need to continue the revolution are mixed with feelings of great happiness with the triumph of Maduro and great pain from the loss of the towering figure and undisputed leader Hugo Chávez.”In addition to celebrating the victory of President Maduro and honoring Chávez, poems were recited and recent developments were analyzed, including the elections of April 14 and the days immediately following. Of outstanding importance for the continuity of the Bolivarian Revolution and the upcoming challenges were, among others, the violence and aggression from opponents of the government (12 people have died to date) and the continuation of coup attempts with attacks against such institutions as the CNE, the electoral authority, and the TSJ, the highest judicial organization. Also discussed were economic similarities with Chile in 1973 and with Chávez in the 2002 attempted coup, incidents of sabotage and constant challenges to the stability of the country.The approximately 40 people at the event also focused on the achievements of the revolutionary process, among which were the undeniable strength of the organized people, the historical growth of Chavismo in the face of difficulties, the efforts of the government and its strategy of “work and more work” with the “government in the streets” initiated by Maduro. During his two first weeks as president, Maduro has already visited three states in the country, accompanied by his entire cabinet. Also analyzed were the nonviolent nature of the revolution itself and the clear calls for peace the government is making to the people to avoid responding to provocations by the opposition.In light of May Day, International Workers’ Day, participants stressed the gains made by the workers in Venezuela during the last 14 years, including shortening of the work day, continuous wage increases, the renewed appreciation of the value of work in the home, and other gains made by the working class and women.The group Boston Bolivarians is continuing its agenda of activities and calls upon its friends and the general community not to be deceived by distortions about the true nature of the Bolivarian process. It asks everyone to spread the word about the gains of the revolution, which are the same as those yearned for by the majority of the world’s people — which nowadays can be felt as a reality in Venezuela.The group Boston Bolivarians can be contacted and followed on twitter at @bbolivarians, by telephone at 617-819-HUGO (4846) or via email at [email protected]eShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

No more penalties for Van Persie

first_img The Baggies recorded successive victories at Old Trafford for the first time since 1959 after Chris Brunt’s 63rd minute free-kick deflected off Jonas Olsson and flew past David de Gea. Van Persie had the chance to grab a valuable point for United 11 minutes later when referee Anthony Taylor ruled Saido Berahino had handled Antonio Valencia’s cross in his own box. But Boaz Myhill saved the striker’s effort and United went on to lose their third successive match, leaving them four points above fifth-placed Liverpool with three games left. Van Persie took the penalty because Wayne Rooney missed his previous attempt at Liverpool. And now that the former Arsenal striker has failed to score from the spot, Van Gaal is looking for a new penalty taker. “No, he is now at the end of the road,” the United boss said when asked if Van Persie would continue taking penalties. “It is always (like that). Wayne has missed also so when you miss you are at the bottom again.” United’s struggles in front of goal worry Van Gaal. “It’s a concern now [a lack of goals],” said the Dutchman, who conceded he is likely to be without injured midfielder Michael Carrick for next week’s game at Crystal Palace. Myhill always had a feeling he would save Van Persie’s effort. “I can’t take any credit for (the save),” the Baggies goalkeeper said. “Our goalkeeping coach Jonathan Gould drew me up a list before the game and said different players go different ways in the main and I made up my mind that if Van Persie took a penalty I would go that way and well done to him.” Despite his penalty heroics, Myhill may leave the club this summer. Albion have yet to exercise the option they have to extend his deal beyond June for another 12 months and he says is in the dark over his future. “I have heard nothing from the club yet. I don’t know what’s happening,” said the 32-year-old, who has been in goal since Ben Foster suffered a season-ending knee injury in March. “I will wait and see until the club put something in front of me and we will take it from there. “I want to stay. The ball is in the club’s court.” Myhill had little to do all afternoon. United had a jaw-dropping 80 per cent of possession, but could not find their way through a compact West Brom team that operated with four centre-backs and a five-man midfield. For the man who won the free-kick that led to the goal, Darren Fletcher, it was a strange experience returning to Old Trafford for the first time since his 20-year association with United ended in January. “I walked out of the dressing room and I was stood on the wrong side of the tunnel and had to be told to move over to the other side,” the former United midfielder said. “Old habits die hard.” Fletcher won four league titles and the Champions League during his glittering career with United. On the evidence of Saturday’s performance the team he left behind has a long way to go before they can even think about bringing in any kind of silverware next year. Too often United played the ball sideways or chipped into the box hoping for the best. There was a lack of cutting edge up front, with only Ashley Young proving a real handful for the visitors. Fletcher admits improvement is needed at his old club if expectations are to be met next season. “They have to up it a level,” the Baggies captain said. “The aim for United this season was top four. “I hate even saying accepting top four (is okay) but the fans and everyone will maybe accept it for one season. “But they need to be challenging for the league after that. Any United side talking about accepting the top four is just not good enough.” Louis van Gaal has relieved Robin van Persie of penalty-taking duties for Manchester United following his miss in the 1-0 defeat to West Brom. Press Associationlast_img read more

St. Bernard’s girls advance to NCS Division V title game with 64-40 win over International

first_imgEureka >> For the past three seasons, the road to the Division VI title has gone through Crusader Gymnasium. Even with the Crusaders playing up a division this year, it’s no different come the first weekend of March.And, as head coach Matt Tomlin put it, his team played their best game of the season to get the chance to play for yet another section title.The St. Bernard’s girls basketball team booked its ticket into the North Coast Section Division V championship game in impressive fashion, …last_img

Bears Hold On, Beat Jets, 27-19

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears needed to claw back from a big deficit last week.On Sept. 22, they had to hang on against the New York Jets.“It was quite a game,” Bears coach Marc Trestman said after a 27-19 victory that wasn’t sealed until the final moments.Even after spotting the Bears a 14-0 lead with early mistakes, the Jets had one last opportunity to tie, getting into Bears territory on Geno Smith’s 51-yard pass to Greg Salas.But Jeremy Kerley came down out of bounds in the back of the end zone after making a leaping grab of Smith’s desperation fourth-down heave from the Bears 9.Cutler then took a knee three times to seal the victory for the Bears (2-1). “We just have to ride this momentum,” Cutler said.Last weekend, the Bears rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the 49ers in Green Bay. They never trailed in this one, but they had a hard time putting away the Jets (1-2).“It’s not so much that teams are beating us,” Jets linebacker Demario Davis said. “We’re beating ourselves, and you can’t do that in this league.”New York was coming off a disappointing 31-24 loss at Green Bay in which it blew an 18-point lead. Smith was 26 of 43 for 316 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions — and nearly had a few others in this one.Kerley finished with seven catches for 81 yards, and almost came up with a diving grab off a tipped pass in the end zone on the final drive.“There were some plays you wish you could have back,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. The Jets also scored just one touchdown in six trips into the red zone.Cutler threw two touchdown passes to Martellus Bennett and Ryan Mundy returned an interception 45 yards for a score. Cutler finished 23 of 38 for 225 yards and Alshon Jeffery caught eight passes for 105 yards for the Bears, who got a 45-yard field goal from Robbie Gould to make it an eight-point game with 3:10 remaining.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more