El Campeón del Pueblo – bello, inteligente y grande

first_imgEl campeón, “El más Grande” se ha ido. Muhammad Ali ha muerto. Era inevitable que este día llegara – “el día”, cuando todo lo que una persona ha sido termina con una exhalación final. Nos llega a todas/os.Cuando se anunció que Muhammad Ali fue hospitalizado de nuevo, esta vez con una enfermedad respiratoria, desgraciadamente parecía que era sólo una cuestión de tiempo. Y eso fue. Rodeado de su familia, murió en silencio por shock séptico el 3 de junio.Desde su muerte, Muhammad Ali ha sido elogiado en los principales medios de comunicación burgueses, en las fuentes de menor importancia, en forma impresa y en todas las formas de medios de comunicación de todo el mundo. Es recordado por las personas que son demasiado jóvenes para haberlo visto boxear, y por las/os revolucionarios y reaccionarios. Todo el mundo tiene algo que decir acerca de Muhammad Ali.¿Quién fue Muhammad Ali? Esto puede ser confuso. La gente es compleja. La historia  también; es dialéctica. Así que las ideas y creencias de un individuo, como la sociedad en su conjunto, se ven afectadas por el mundo real que nos rodea. Los cambios se deben a factores objetivos y subjetivos.Una forma más sencilla de decirlo es que el tumulto político de la época de 1960 que  produjo a Muhammad Ali, no existía en los 1980. Por lo que el Muhammad Ali que apoyó Ronald Reagan era un diferente Ali. El fervor revolucionario en todo el mundo se había calmado, y la lucha de Liberación Negra que él defendió había sido violentamente reprimida por la policía, el FBI, los militares y los tribunales.Años de reacción siguieron, con la destrucción del corazón industrial debido a la alta tecnología, y la unidad de los capitalistas para encontrar tasas más altas de explotación en el tercer mundo, junto con un asalto a trabajadoras/es y oprimidas/os en EUA.Incluso entonces, no se puede decir que el desafortunado apoyo de Muhammad Ali por Reagan u otros políticos de derecha definió su vida después del boxeo. El establecimiento que lo abraza hoy lo presenta sólo como un ícono, una persona con una política nebulosa que fue querido y respetado por todos, que podría dar la mano a Fidel Castro o Nelson Mandela y luego sentarse con Bill Clinton en la Casa Blanca.Las personas que elogian a Muhammad Ali hoy atacarían a aquel Ali  a quien nosotros tenemos en nuestro corazón. Querían silenciarlo en la cima de su destreza física y trascendencia política.Un símbolo para las/os oprimidos¿Quién fue Muhammad Ali? En tres palabras, era bello, brillante y grande. Era nuestra negrura, nuestra expresión de principio a fin y más. Era un símbolo para todas las personas despreciados y oprimidas que anhelan y luchan por más.Era nuestra “religión” – lo que Karl Marx llamó, “el suspiro de la criatura oprimida, el corazón de un mundo sin corazón y el alma de condiciones sin alma”. Él era todo lo que éramos y somos – transparente y desafiante para que todos veamos lo magnífico y valiente que somos y debemos seguir siendo.El diálogo continuará sobre la importancia política de Ali. Pero lo que lo convirtió en el más grande se debe recuperar.No fue sólo el boxeo lo que hizo grande a Ali y el campeón. Su habilidad como boxeador es parte. Algunos podrían resumir el boxeo como lo hizo él una vez, “El boxeo es muchos hombres blancos mirando a dos hombres negros golpeándose el uno al otro”. Sería difícil argumentar en contra de esa percepción. La mayoría de los luchadores son del mundo oprimido. Así también lo son la mayoría de los aficionados, excepto aquellos que pueden permitirse el lujo de ver las peleas más grandes y los que se benefician de la mayor parte, son blancos.Es el juego de dolor, un concurso brutal. Es tal vez una contradicción de este escritor, un revolucionario, que lo disfrute.En el panteón de los boxeadoresEl boxeo es un deporte de ciencia y habilidad. Se trata de una partida de ajedrez que requiere una gran cantidad de pensamiento y ciertos atributos físicos. Ali lo poseía todo. Es difícil clasificar a los atletas de diferentes épocas porque los avances científicos han hecho el entrenamiento más eficiente y ayudado a aumentar el nivel de rendimiento de los atletas.Algunos escritores califican a Ali en el tope del panteón de los boxeadores; algunos lo ubican entre los primero cinco. A menudo, estas clasificaciones las hacen personas que nunca han sido golpeadas. Las habilidades y logros de Ali lo pusieron en una clase única. Él fue el peso pesado más rápido que el mundo había visto en cuanto a velocidad de manos y pies. Pero fueron sus manos y el espectáculo de vertiginosas combinaciones que él lanzaba, lo que asombraba a la gente. Además, era ligero de pies para alguien de su tamaño. Podía moverse hacia atrás y lateralmente, mientras pegaba. Podía poner el pie, descorchar una mano derecha y luego alejarse bailando lejos de su contrincante antes de que éste pudiera responder. Su balance era el de un bailarín, y sus golpes tenían la potencia tanto por la torsión generada, como por la fuerza que conseguía.Si alguien quisiera crear otro Muhammad Ali, esa persona tendría que tomar la mano, velocidad de los pies y el equilibrio de un Floyd Mayweather; los reflejos de Roy Jones Jr.; la combinación de velocidad y fuerza de Shane Mosley; las payasadas de Emanuel Augusto, y luego ponerlo todo en un marco de 6 pies y 3 pulgadas. A continuación, añadir la voz suave de Sam Cooke, la habilidad lingüística de Michael Eric Dyson y la calidad cantarina del rapero Method Man – y así se logra Muhammad Ali.Ali hizo de la violencia del boxeo algo casi bello de ver. Cuando sus reflejos se embotaron y sus pies perdieron su velocidad, fue su inteligencia en el ring y su voluntad superior lo que derrotó a sus oponentes. Se enfrentó a algunos de los boxeadores más eficientes en la historia del peso pesado – Liston, Shavers, Foreman, Ron Lyle, Joe Frazier – y los venció.¿Quién podría olvidar la lucha de Ali contra George Foreman y las imágenes de Ali rodeado de multitudes en la República Democrática del Congo? Foreman era el favorito del establecimiento, un luchador de gran alcance con una reputación más temible que Sonny Liston. Ali tomó cada golpe de Foreman y se burló de su enemigo, cansándolo antes de avivarse noqueándolo en el octavo asalto. Fue una demostración de su grandeza en el ring como había anunciado.El ‘Campeón del PuebloEl boxeador es parte del “campeón”, sólo una parte de lo que hizo Ali grande. Esa parte no puede ser separada del conjunto; sin ella no habría tenido el escenario del mundo o dibujado la ira de los políticos burgueses y sus voceros mediáticos.Lo que lo convirtió en el “Campeón Popular” y aún más grande que sus hazañas en el ring, es lo que Ali hizo con su fama y encanto. Cuando se unió a la Nación del Islam en 1964, fue una declaración política mayor de lo que sería hoy en día.Ali dijo: “Soy América. Soy la parte que usted no reconoce. Pero acostúmbrese a mí. Negro, confiado, arrogante; mi nombre, no el suyo; mi religión, no la suya; mis metas propias; acostúmbrese a mí”. Su declaración simboliza el período de la revolución contra el imperialismo occidental y la supremacía blanca, así como la lucha de Liberación Negra en EUA.Ali se arriesgó a perder todo por lo que luchó, pero no se amedrentó. Dijo lo que sentían las masas negras. En tiempo de apartheid estadounidense, cuando los líderes de los derechos civiles estaban siendo encarcelados, golpeados y asesinados, se puso en pie como nacionalista negro y se burló de la nacionalidad dominante. No podía ser controlado ni ignorado.El movimiento de derechos civiles seguía siendo el ala predominante del movimiento político negro. Pero la presencia de Ali era un componente importante de lo que sería el ala más temida de la lucha negra – el movimiento de Liberación Negra.Cuando Ali fue reclutado por el ejército, pudo haber indicado que era un objetor de conciencia únicamente por motivos religiosos. Sin embargo, insistió, “Ningún Vietcong me llamó n —r”. Ali incendió el mundo: ¿”Por qué me piden ponerme un uniforme e ir a diez mil millas de casa y arrojar bombas y balas sobre personas de color marrón en Vietnam, mientras las/os negros en Louisville son tratados como perros y se les niega los derechos humanos básicos”? Su sentimiento internacionalista expuso la gran hipocresía de por qué EUA alegaba estar en el sudeste asiático. Si no se entendía que EUA tenía intereses materiales y razones ideológicas para hacer la guerra contra el pueblo del sudeste de Asia, el rechazo y las explicaciones de Ali dieron en el blanco. ‘He estado en la cárcel desde hace 400 años’Ali explicó, “no esquivo el reclutamiento. No quemo ninguna bandera. No me voy a Canadá. Yo me quedo aquí. ¿Quiere enviarme a la cárcel? Muy bien, adelante. He estado en la cárcel desde hace 400 años. Podría estar allí por cuatro o cinco más, pero no voy 10,000 millas para ayudar a matar a otras personas pobres. Si voy a morir, moriré aquí mismo, ahora mismo, peleando contra usted. Usted es mi enemigo, no ningún chino, ni Vietcong, ni japonés. Usted es mi oponente cuando deseo la libertad. Usted se opone cuando quiero justicia. Usted se opone cuando deseo igualdad. ¿Quiere que vaya a alguna parte y luchar por usted? Ni siquiera se pondría de pie por mí aquí en EUA, por mis derechos y mis creencias religiosas. Ni siquiera defendería mis derechos aquí en casa”.Esta postura ayudó a unificar los sentimientos de las/os negros de todo el país y dar paso a más militancia en el movimiento contra la guerra y la lucha negra. Jim Brown, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill Russell, Willie Davis, Curtis Stokes y otros, atletas en el mejor momento de sus carreras, hicieron pública sus objeciones a la guerra de una manera unificada.La postura de Ali ocasionó la pérdida de su licencia para pelear, sus cinturones de campeonato, dinero – y sus mejores años en el boxeo. El sabía de esta posibilidad y se mantuvo firme. Cuando regresó al ring, sus talentos físicos habían disminuido. Los reflejos y la velocidad son las primeras cosas que un luchador pierde.Amado en todo el mundoEste es el Ali que el mundo – fuera de los círculos burgueses – recuerda. Es por eso que podía viajar a cualquier parte del mundo – a Cuba, Irak, Libia, Congo, Filipinas y otros lugares – y la gente por decenas de miles se reunían y esperaban para verlo. Esta es la razón por la que era respetado por revolucionarias/os y antiimperialistas.También es por lo que un demagogo reaccionario como Donald Trump o cualquier otro político podría hablar elogiosamente de él hoy, pero lo habría odiado hace 50 años. Ese no es nuestro Ali. Nuestro Muhammad Ali no estaba seguro. Nuestro Ali hablaba como nosotros y por nosotros. Lo tenemos en nuestro corazón, y ese es el Ali que lloramos. Nuestro Ali creía en hacer lo imposible: “Imposible es sólo una palabra grande que tiran alrededor de los hombres pequeños quienes encuentran más fácil vivir en el mundo que le han dado, en vez de explorar el poder que tienen para cambiarlo. Imposible no es un hecho. Es una opinión. Imposible no es una declaración. Es un desafío. Imposible es potencial. Imposible es temporero. Imposible es nada”.Fue el más grande. Lo recordaremos mientras combatimos. Ali ¡PRESENTE! Venceremos.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

TCU News Now 4/7/2021

first_imgReddIt Facebook Jack is a junior journalism major and studio art minor from Atlanta, Georgia. He enjoys everything sports and co-runs the Blanket Coverage podcast as well as photographs for TCU360. Linkedin Image Magazine: Spring 2021 print ReddIt + posts TCU News Now 4/21/2021 Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Haeven Gibbonshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haeven-gibbons/ Haeven Gibbonshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haeven-gibbons/ Facebook Haeven Gibbons Jack Wallace Linkedin + posts 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC East TCU News Now 4/28/2021center_img TCU News Now 4/28/2021 Haeven Gibbonshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haeven-gibbons/ News NowTCU News NowTCU News Now 4/7/2021By Haeven Gibbons and Jack Wallace – April 7, 2021 512 Twitter Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ 2020/21 NFL Exit Interviews – NFC West Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Part 1) Special Twitter Vintage fever: Fort Worth residents and vintage connoisseurs talk about their passion for thrifting RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleDixon reflects on miracle buzzer beater against Texas in 1986Next articleThe Skiff: April 8, 2021 Haeven Gibbons and Jack Wallace Jack Wallace https://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Jack Wallacehttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jack-wallace/ Haeven Gibbonshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haeven-gibbons/ TCU News Now 4/14/2021last_img read more

Saudi court shows contempt for human dignity in Badawi case

first_img June 8, 2021 Find out more March 9, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Saudi Arabia Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the Saudi supreme court’s irrevocable decision today to confirm the sentence of 1,000 lashes imposed on blogger Raif Badawi on a charge of insulting Islam. Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Religious intolerance Help by sharing this information April 28, 2021 Find out more News News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS June 7, 2015 – Updated on May 1, 2016 Saudi court shows contempt for human dignity in Badawi case RSF_en Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Religious intolerance to go further Organisation RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance The decision testifies to the Saudi regime’s contempt for human dignity and indifference to international outrage. The court also confirmed Raif Badawi’s 10-year jail term and ban on leaving the country for ten years on completing his prison sentence.Winner of the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom prize in the netizen category, Badawi received the first 50 of the 1,000 lashes in January but subsequent sessions were postponed on medical grounds.“The Saudi authorities have demonstrated contempt for human dignity and indifference to the international outrage and campaigning prompted by the Raif Badawi case,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “We call on the new king, Salman bin Abdulaziz, to show clemency at the start of his reign and to quickly pardon this blogger.”At a news conference organized by Reporters Without Borders and Amnesty International on 29 May in Paris, Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, said she hoped he and other prisoners of conscience would be pardoned in the run-up to Ramadan.Saudi Arabia is ranked 164th out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. last_img read more

Military police detained Kareem Amer and Samir Eshra

first_imgNews Organisation February 7, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Military police detained Kareem Amer and Samir Eshra Help by sharing this informationcenter_img Military police detained Abdul Kareem Suleiman Amer, a prominent blogger better known as Kareem Amer, together with the film-maker Samir Eshra on Cairo’s Kasr El-Nil bridge as they were leaving Tahrir Square in the evening. He was freed three days later.Kareem Amer owes his prominence to his virulent criticism of the Mubarak regime in his blog (www.karam903.blogspot.com) and the appalling conditions in which he was held for four years. He was arrested on 6 November 2006 for criticizing the government’s religious and authoritarian excesses, the Sunni University of Al-Azhar, where he had studied law, and discrimination against women. He was previously arrested for similar reasons on 2005. He was sentenced on 22 February 2007 to three years in prison on a charge of inciting hatred of Islam and another year in prison on a charge of insulting the president. Reporters Without Borders awarded him its “Cyber-Freedom” prize in December 2007. He was finally freed on 15 November 2010. RSF_en last_img read more

Dynatrace Announces Session Replay for Native-Mobile Applications

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleProviderTrust Receives Significant Growth Investment From Susquehanna Growth EquityNext articleMonte Carlo Raises $25M Series B to Help Companies Achieve More Reliable Data Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Facebook Dynatrace Announces Session Replay for Native-Mobile Applications Pinterest TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 Twitterlast_img read more

Xeris Pharmaceuticals ottiene dalla Commissione Europea l’approvazione dell’iniezione di Ogluo™ (glucagone) per il trattamento…

first_img Twitter Previous articlePET OF THE WEEK: TuxNext articleThe Latest: Djokovic starts 4th-round match against Raonic Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Xeris Pharmaceuticals ottiene dalla Commissione Europea l’approvazione dell’iniezione di Ogluo™ (glucagone) per il trattamento dell’ipoglicemia grave in adulti, adolescenti e bambini di età pari o superiore a 2 anni affetti da diabete mellito WhatsApp Facebook Twitter TAGS  Local NewsBusiness By Digital AIM Web Support – February 14, 2021 Pinterestlast_img read more

Tommy’s Centennial: Ithaca will witness historic flight

first_img Devon Magliozzi Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzi The original propeller on the Tommy plane was manufactured by a piano company. It was replaced for Saturday’s flight due to microscopic cracks. (Devon Magliozzi/The Ithaca Voice) The original propeller on the Tommy plane was manufactured by a piano company. It was replaced for Saturday’s flight due to microscopic cracks. (Devon Magliozzi/The Ithaca Voice)Funke was hooked on the Tommy from the day he stepped into the workshop, and he gradually got dozens of others hooked too. They sifted through records at the Tompkins History Center and did years of detective work to track down surviving planes from the plant.They traced one to a museum in San Diego and found out it was on loan from a private owner. It was not on display; the museum and owner were deliberating over what to do with it. The IAHF marked this Tommy as potentially acquirable and pinned their hopes on getting it. They fundraised and strategized. In 2009, fate intervened.The plane was owned by a doctor named William Thibault. At 2009’s Ithaca Festival, the IAHF had rented a booth to fundraise for their Tommy Come Home campaign. Who should stop by that booth but Dr. Thibault’s wife and grandchild? As luck would have it, Dr. Thibault’s daughter lived in Ithaca. On Christmas Eve that year, when Dr. Thibault was in town to see his family, he gifted the plane to the IAHF. Tommy was on its way home.The feel of flying a TommyThe Tommy plane smells like castor oil and freshly cut wood. The fabric covering its wings feels like a tightly pulled tarp, the leather around the cockpit like a soft glove. When the plane’s wire cables are plucked, they sing like an upright bass, low and resonant.It is an aerobatic plane, capable of deft maneuvers. It can roll and bank sharp curves. No pilot would dare try those moves today, though, according to Funke.“They were daredevils back then,” he said.On Saturday, Ken Cassens will pilot the plane. Cassens is one of a handful of pilots in the world Funke said the IAHF would have entrusted with the flight, chosen for his experience flying planes with similar rotor engines.Cassens will not be doing any rolls or loops, though. After taking the Tommy for a series of test-runs, Funke said Cassens told him, “It sure flies like a Tommy – and that’s not a compliment!”The plane’s controls are crude: a large joystick to control the wing flaps, and two pedals linked to the tail rudder. The joystick demands a firm pull even when the plane is stationary. Flying at speed, Funke said it requires some real muscle to move.The Tommy plane’s cockpit has few controls. The joystick in the center controls the wing flaps. (Devon Magliozzi/The Ithaca Voice) The Tommy plane’s cockpit has few controls. The joystick in the center controls the wing flaps. (Devon Magliozzi/The Ithaca Voice)As crude as the controls are, the elements that keep the plane aloft are finely-tuned. The cables linking the wings to the fuselage are calibrated just so to stabilize the plane. “You could almost tune them by ear,” Funke said, recounting how Cassens walked into the workshop where volunteers had spent hours adjusting cable tension, plucked a line with his finger and correctly declared it too loose.The wooden propeller on the plane’s front is a precision instrument, originally built by a piano maker. When Thomas-Morse began producing planes, few trades companies could make wood pieces with the level of precision and consistency needed for flight, so they contracted a piano company. On Saturday a replacement part made with state-of-the-art manufacturing tools will used for flight, but the original propeller is available for visitors to see.There are few surviving Tommy planes, and Ithaca’s is alone in its fitness for flight. Funke said IAHF never could have recruited so many volunteers and gained so much community support if not for the promise that the Tommy would fly again. When it flies, he said, he’s going to cry.After the flight, the plane will be displayed at the Tompkins Center for History and Culture, which is currently under construction on the Ithaca Commons and is set to open in 2019. The plane will not be hung from the ceiling. “That would have been a non-starter,” Funke said.It will be on the floor, where visitors can touch it and smell it and hear it. “We’re willing to risk a few scratches,” Funke said, to share the history of aviation with kids. Funke said multiple generations worked on the restoration project as volunteers. On Saturday, his grandsons will be among the wing walkers processing with the plane to the runway.The flight, he said, will be a dream realized. “We wanted to preserve living history, that’s what it’s all about… I think we succeeded,” Funke said.Tommy’s Centennial Flight is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport. In the event of bad weather, it will be rescheduled for Sept. 30. Visit the Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation’s website for more information.Featured image courtesy of Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation. ITHACA, N.Y. – When the Tommy plane was built in Ithaca in 1918, just a decade and a half had passed since the Wright brothers’ first powered flight. Another decade would pass before Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic, another half before Amelia Earhart did the same. Aviation was in its infancy, and Ithaca was at the forefront.A hundred years after leaving the Ithaca workshop where it was built, a Tommy plane will fly again. The plane’s centennial flight on Saturday will bring Ithaca’s aviation history back to life.Don Funke spearheaded the plane’s painstaking restoration. When Funke first stepped into the workshop on South Aurora Street where Tommy planes were built, he said he got goosebumps. He wants to share that experience with others.“I want people to be able to touch and smell and hear it … how else can you get that feeling?” Funke said. “It’s living history.”On Sept. 29, the public will have a chance to experience a Tommy up close when the Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation hosts the restored plane’s centennial celebration. The plane will take off from the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, flying for the first time since the 1930s.The flight marks the culmination of IAHF’s decade-long “Tommy Come Home” campaign, which tracked a Tommy from its Ithaca origin to a San Diego museum and brought it back to its birthplace. IAHF volunteers contributed thousands of hours of labor so that the plane could fly again.Tommy’s roundtrip journeyThe Tommy plane’s story begins in 1918, when the Thomas-Morse Aircraft Corporation fulfilled its first contract from the U.S. Army. World War I was the first military conflict to use aviation on a broad scale. When the U.S. decided to enter the fray, the military needed to quickly train pilots.The Curtiss Aeroplane Company, based in Hammondsport, New York, sent two-seat training planes to bases across the country. These planes were nicknamed “the Jenny,” and their dual-control system made them ideal for beginner pilots.When cadets were ready to graduate to solo-flights, that’s where the Tommy came in. The Tommy is a single-seat biplane with controls mimicking the scout planes used for reconnaissance missions on the European front.Cables link the the plane’s fabric coated wings to its aluminum plated body. (Devon Magliozzi/The Ithaca Voice) Cables link the the plane’s fabric coated wings to its aluminum plated body. (Devon Magliozzi/The Ithaca Voice)The Thomas-Morse company sent S-4B planes, the same model as the IAHF’s Tommy, to the U.S. Army and Navy and the British Army. They became ubiquitous at training bases. The company produced a few variations on the original model and sent about 600 planes in total to the military.As quickly as the Tommy rose to prominence, though, its prospects dimmed. The S-4B relied on an engine with fluted metal cylinders that were costly to produce. Engineering advances soon made the engine obsolete.When the war ended, the plant’s military contracts were cancelled. The company designed a prototype for a next-generation airplane that would go on to be wildly successful, but credit went to the fledgling company that bought the plans from Thomas-Morse and mass-manufactured the plane: Boeing.When the Thomas-Morse company’s plane business dried up, Ithaca’s aviation history was largely forgotten. The Morse Chain Company workshop on South Aurora Street was rededicated to other projects, like making chains and typewriters. The nearly 1100 workers who had built the planes moved into other roles in Ithaca’s growing economy.The room where Tommy planes were assembled fell into disuse. It was locked behind wire gates, gathering dust for decades.That is how Funke found it when he peered through an opening into the room more than 10 years ago. He was intrigued by what lay in the caged-off workshop. He asked a facilities manager at the building, at that time housing the Emerson Power Transmission company, if he could go in. He found a bandsaw, a joiner, miscellaneous woodworking tools.Funke said he could picture the workers a hundred years before crafting wings and testing engines. He imagined them trekking to work over muddy, rutted streets. He imagined the work they’d done before, maybe as blacksmiths, buggy makers or boat builders. He imagined them poring over plans with wonder, perhaps never having seen an airplane before.“I had this surreal feeling,” Funke said. “This is where it all happened.” Tagged: ithaca aviation heritage foundation, the history center, Tommy plane, Tompkins Regional Airport last_img read more

Defibrillators vandalised in South Donegal

first_img WhatsApp Defibrillators vandalised in South Donegal By News Highland – December 14, 2020 Facebook Google+ Twitter Twitter Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ Pinterestcenter_img Previous articleErrigal Bay lands €4M deal with LidlNext articleSligo name Paul Durcan as Goalkeeping Coach News Highland WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows A Donegal County Councillor has hit out at those responsible for removing childrens pads from five defibrillators in south Donegal. Parts of the lifesaving equipment were discovered vandalised at three national schools, the child care centre and a local garage in the Ardara area at the end of last week.Anyone with information is being urged to contact their local Garda Station.Local Cllr Anthony Molloy says it’s hard to comprehend why someone would tamper with such important equipment:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/molloy10.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AudioHomepage BannerNewslast_img read more

My Morning Jacket Debuts “Another Brick In The Wall Part 2” At Hulaween [Audio & Video]

first_imgRock and rollers My Morning Jacket have been on an absolute tear over the last few nights, coming off of a highly anticipated performance with Roger Waters at The Bridge School Benefit last weekend. Inspired by Mr. Waters, MMJ has been taking songs from the Pink Floyd catalog the last few nights and debuting them through their own powerful lens.After playing “Mother” last Wednesday in Chattanooga (watch here) and “Wish You Were Here” last Thursday in Asheville, NC (watch here), My Morning Jacket arrived for their highly-anticipated set at Suwannee Hulaween festival last night. There, they kept the streak alive, performing a rocking rendition of “Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2” from Pink Floyd’s famed album The Wall. Unlike the other two songs, “Another Brick In The Wall Part 2” hadn’t been played during the Waters/MMJ collaboration, only adding to the excitement of the performance.Thanks to Go See Live Music, we can watch the full video of MMJ’s “Another Brick In The Wall Part 2.” We don’t need no education.You can stream the full show below, courtesy of CHK:Check out the full setlist below. Edit this setlist | More My Morning Jacket setlistslast_img read more

Cup Dreams

first_imgSnowshoe Resort will host the Southeast’s first mountain biking World Cup event in nearly 20 years. brevard’s Neko Mulally is a favorite. With the series’ championship being held at Snowshoe on the weekend of September 6-8, Mulally is a favorite.  “Neko grew up in Pennsylvania, but he was helping us build trails and riding here all the time,” says Huber. Though Mulally lives in Brevard, North Carolina, West Virginia riders consider him a hometown hero. “He was pretty much raised in this park, it’s where he cut his chops,” Huber adds. “Neko knows this mountain better than anyone.” To take the podium, Mulally will have to best reigning French titans, Loïc Bruni and Amaury Pierron. Bruni has won three of the past four World Championships, including 2018. Pierron claimed last year’s overall title by a staggering 294 points. Defending junior world champ, Kade Edwards, will enter the fray as a rookie.  “Snowshoe offered hourly shuttles and we all thought that was innovative,” says Stone with a laugh. As a concept, flow was conspicuously absent. Ditto for tabletops, berms, wood features, and platforms. “They had tons of really technical cross-country stuff, but that was about it.”  “I hear Brad holler and look up to see Neko bombing the hill at top-speed,” says former Snowshoe outdoor adventure coordinator, Dave Huber. Before he could shout stop, Mulally launched into the air and soared the gap like it was nothing. “I was dumbfounded,” says Huber. “Brad just threw his hands in the air and shook his head.”   “This is the most prestigious mountain biking event in the world. For us, it’s more than a race. it’s a recognition of 20 years of advances made both here and in the region.”  -Shawn Cassell, Snowshoe resort manager “Snowshoe proved resort mountain biking could make money on the East Coast,” says Stone, who went on to found one of the nation’s most respected trail-building outfits, 402 Trails. Meanwhile, “it introduced a generation of riders to [West Coast style] riding.”   “These are the best riders in the world,” says Mulally. After injury-plagued seasons in 2015 and 2016, he’s happy to be back at the top of his game. But, “with a field like this, you can’t take anything for granted.”   Racing is expected to take place in the Western Territory and will likely combine routes like “Pro DH” and “Hareball.” In addition to men’s and women’s downhill, competition will include Short Track and XC. On the women’s side, last year’s rivalry between Brits Tahnée Seagrave and Rachel Atherton is expected to play out in epic form.  For Mulally, the return is somewhat surreal.  In the fall of 2018, West Virginia became the 14th East Coast state to launch an interscholastic mountain biking program. In addition to hosting countless pro-level events—including national championships in 2017 and 2018—Snowshoe sponsors youth races. Mulally represents the first generation of area riders raised in modern bike parks. center_img “Hosting a World Cup Championship is huge,” says the resort’s public relations manager, Shawn Cassell. “This is the most prestigious mountain biking event in the world. For us, it’s more than a race, it’s a recognition of 20 years of advances made both here and in the region.”  The fact the park is just 15 years old makes the achievement more impressive. In the late 90s and early 2000s, the scene was wildly different. The event is a big deal for Snowshoe: America hasn’t hosted a World Cup race since 2015; none have been held outside New York since 2005. Amid a list of powerhouse European destinations—including stops in Slovenia, Italy, Austria, England, and more—Snowshoe is 2019’s sole U.S. location. Huber and Stone built the region’s first modern bike park in 2004 using British Columbia’s Whistler Blackcomb as a model. Securing the opening event of that year’s NORBA National Championship Series put it on the map. With educational staff, bike shop, rental center, and trails for all ability levels, the park set the bar for the region.  Mulally went pro in 2010. Though technically still a junior, he won his first USA Cycling National Downhill Championship in 2011. Last year, in addition to a second US Open, Mulally reclaimed his national title. Going into 2019’s UCI World Cup series, the Intense Factory Racing Team rider told reporters his goal was “to place in the top 10 at all eight events.” After working with Gravity Logic to install dozens of parks throughout the U.S., Stone returned to Snowshoe to build jump trails in 2013. The 3-mile-long “Skyline” features 100-foot bridges, 50-plus jumps, monster berms, and more. The additions boosted offerings to 40 lift-serviced routes and helped secure elite USA cycling events, including national championships in 2017 and 2018. “It’s a full-circle moment,” he explains. As a kid riding at Snowshoe, he fantasized about winning a World Championship. Working on trails, he’ll try “to balance that intimacy with the perspective I’ve gained riding some of the globe’s best parks.” The year is 2005 and a 12-year-old Neko Mulally straddles his mountain bike near the top of Snowshoe Resort’s new Western Territory bike park. With a grin he watches former pro-downhiller and emerging trail-building guru Brad Stone prepare to test the park’s first big road-gap. Without warning, Mulally noses onto the trail and passes Stone in a blur of ferocious pedaling. “By way of hard work, investment, and continuous innovation,” says Cassel, “we’ve become the Southeast’s flagship park. We’re fast becoming the mountain biking capital of the East Coast.”  Mulally aims to show the world what Snowshoe has to offer. Nabbing a world championship would make a fine bonus.last_img read more