Several hundred people filled New York’s Martin Luther King Jr. Labor Center on Jan. 17 for the 20th Annual Dinner Tribute to the Families of our Political Prisoners/Prisoners of War. In this photo, Dequi Kioni-Sadiki, chair of the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee, which sponsored the dinner, speaks to these families and with some former political prisoners who were asked to the stage. She honors fallen political prisoners and especially Herman Ferguson, who, with partner Iyaluua Ferguson — pictured sitting with a cane — started these dinners to raise commissary funds and build support for political prisoners. To the right of Ferguson is former political prisoner Lynne Stewart.Dequi explained, “Our political prisoners are living in a nightmare reality that most people could never imagine. Our political prisoners are the vanguard. … The task is to inspire more people to be active. Freedom will not happen without demands from us!”Former political prisoner Sekou Odinga also spoke, telling of the repressive racist conditions behind the walls and offering ways that people could be supportive. For more information visit www.MXCC519.org and ‘like’ MXCC on Facebook.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Advertisement Arsenal star Bukayo Saka made his senior England debut in the midweek win over Wales (Picture: YouTube)Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has hailed the rapid progression of the club’s latest senior England international Bukayo Saka.The teenager committed his long-term future to the Gunners back in the summer after cementing his place as a regular first team player under Unai Emery’s successor.Saka’s versatility has rendered him a major asset to Arteta and his early season performances were rewarded with a first call-up to Gareth Southgate’s senior Three Lions squad last week.The 19-year-old subsequently made his debut in the 3-0 win over Wales in midweek and Arteta is confident the talented winger will not have been daunted at the prospect of playing alongside so many illustrious names.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIndeed, the Arsenal manager has noted a significant change in Saka’s maturity and personality over the course of the last couple of months and believes he is now fully at ease with his ever increasing status. Mikel Arteta pinpoints the biggest improvement Bukayo Saka has made since he rejoined Arsenal Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 10 Oct 2020 8:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link11.8kShares Comment Bukayo Saka scored his first ever goal at the Emirates Stadium in last week’s win over Sheffield United (Picture: Getty)He told Arsenal’s official website: ‘Absolutely [it’s been crazy] and this is down to all the good work that is being done at Hale End with him, with all the coaches, all the education that he’s been through here and then the type of character and player that he is.‘The way he’s maturing, the way he’s assimilating everything that’s happened to him in the last few months is remarkable. ‘Physically he has evolved. He looks a little bit older. But then how he’s able to read the game, the situation that happens to him, how he resolves the situation, how long it takes to make those decisions.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘His communication has improved a lot towards his team-mates as well because he feels more part of the team, he’s integrated, he feels important in the team I think. ‘Then what he’s able to do with the ball in the final third when things get a little bit difficult, and how he approaches those moments is probably the biggest part of his game.“What I like about him is that he’s very versatile, he’s really intelligent and that he adapts and has a lot of courage to play the game.‘It doesn’t matter which position he plays, he acts exactly the same way. He’s so willing to learn and ask the right questions that he can set his own limits.’MORE: Paul Merson claims Manchester United should have signed Arsenal’s Thomas ParteyMORE: ‘It’s a very good PR stunt’ – Ray Parlour aims dig at Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil over Gunnersaurus pay gestureFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.
Pogba played a part in four of United’s five goals at Cardiff last weekend to get Solskjaer off to a flying start before scoring twice against Huddersfield on Boxing Day.Solskjaer has spoken of his desire to see Pogba break into the box more regularly and he had the simplest of tasks to prod the ball into an empty net after Marcus Rashford had bewildered the Bournemouth defence.Nathan Ake and Diego Rico were left beaten by Rashford’s combination of fleet-footed dribbling and pace before his cross perfectly picked out Pogba’s run.Pogba then made it 2-0 with a bullet header from Ander Herrera’s cross.Unlike Pogba, Nemanja Matic was one of Mourinho’s most trusted lieutenants but the Serbian has also epitomised the change in tack orchestrated by Solskjaer with the former Chelsea midfielder much more willing to look for a forward rather than sideways pass.And Matic began the move for United’s third when he picked out Anthony Martial’s run and the Frenchman’s cross with the outside of his boot was turned home by Rashford.For all the improvements of late, though, Solskjaer is still waiting for a first clean sheet since November as Ake beat Matic to power home David Brooks’s cross.Rashford should have added to his tally when put clean through by Pogba, but didn’t get enough elevation on his attempted chip over Asmir Begovic before making way for Lukaku 20 minutes from time.And the Belgian netted almost instantly when he squeezed the ball past Begovic on his weaker right foot from another Pogba pass.Only the post then denied Pogba a first ever hat-trick when his low strike from the edge of the box came off the woodwork.But United had to see out the final 11 minutes a man light after Eric Bailly needlessly lunged in on Ryan Fraser to see a straight red card.Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Ole Gunnar Solskjaer encouraged Paul Pogba to cut showboating from his game to recreate the “efficient” display that saw the Frenchman score twice for the second straight game in a 4-1 thrashing of Bournemouth at Old Trafford.A third consecutive victory since Solskjaer took caretaker charge until the end of the season keeps United eight points adrift of Chelsea in the fight for a top-four finish.Pogba has been key to all three wins, but this was arguably his best display as he also teed up Romelu Lukaku’s fourth goal and struck the post late on to just miss out on a first career hat-trick.“That is a top, top performance for a midfield player because it’s all-round: work rate, dangerous in the box, no showboating. It’s touch, pass, move,” said Solskjaer.“It’s an efficient game and Paul knows he’s at his best when it’s an efficient game.”The change in mood around United in the 12 days since Jose Mourinho was sacked is palpable, no more so in the performances of Pogba, who was discarded from the Portuguese’s starting line-up for his final three league games in charge.“We are Manchester United and we need to be at the top of the league. It is just a reaction of all of the players and everyone is enjoying themselves,” said Pogba.“It is different, we still won games with the old manager but it is just a different style of playing, we are more offensive and we are creating more chances and that is how we want to play.”United have now scored 12 times in three games under the Norwegian, but Solskjaer insisted he has just tried to instill what he learned under Alex Ferguson during 11 seasons as a player at Old Trafford.“This is how it was. I’ve just gone about the job as I experienced it as a player, and a coach,” added Solskjaer.“We want to go attacking. We’ve been at home two games and we have to entertain the fans. I love working with good players and good people.”
Woods finished the game with three points while Breese had a four-point night.Eamonn Miller and Andy Fitzpatrick replied for the Leafs.Nelson out shot the Rebels 39-28 in the contest, but could not get any timely goals on winning netminder Logan Sawka of the Rebels.Patrick Ostermann was in goal for Nelson, which has lost four straight games.Nelson, falling to 17-24-0-0-2, finished the month of January with a 2-4-0-0-1 record.Both teams do it all over against Friday when Nelson hosts Castlegar at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. The Castlegar Rebels scored three first period goals en route to a 5-3 victory over the Nelson Leafs in a penalty-filled Kootenay International Junior Hockey League contest Friday night at the NDCC Arena.Tayden Woods, Ed Lindsey and Christ Breese scored in the opening frame to give the visitors the insurmountable lead.Nelson cut the lead to 3-1 in the second period on power play goal by Max Daerendinger, taking advantage of a five-minute penalty to Mike Bhatoa for cross checking.Then with four minutes and change remaining in the second frame, the teams took a break from hockey as a handful of players were ejected for fighting.The teams traded goals in the third period as Woods, with his second of the game, and Nick Headrick scored for the Rebels.
Dooley has maintained close contact with Mario DiBella’s coaching staff as the coaches pound the pavement on an aggressive off-season recruiting plan.“Re-building will take time,” Dooley said. “ . . . the upcoming season will still be a work in progress (but) I am impressed by the off season work by Mario DiBella and Sean Dooley.”“They are making sure they invite the type of players that fit.”Dooley said it would be no easy task returning the Leafs to the top of the hotly competitive Neil Murdoch Division after a disastrous 2014-15 campaign that saw the executive release head coach Dave McLellan and his staff.Beaver Valley, under the guidance of cagey Terry Jones, puts a competitive team on the ice every season.Castlegar is always near the top of the division while Grand Forks made great strides during the past season, not only qualifying for post season but also posting the lone major upset, knocking off second-place Castlegar Rebels in six games during the opening round of the Murdoch Division playoffs.“If we learned one thing about our coaching staff and our team in the second half of last season is they were prepared and they competed,” Dooley said.Topics on the agenda include election of officers, a report from the treasurer on the team’s financial status and discussion from the coaching staff regarding the recent the recruiting program. While the coaching staff continues to log more kilometers than Greyhound in their search for skilled players to fill out the roster for the upcoming Kootenay International Junior Hockey League, the movers and shakers behind the scenes of the Good Ship Leaf open up the books to the public at the Annual General Meeting of the Nelson Leafs Hockey Society Tuesday, May 24.The meeting for the Heritage City franchise begins at 7 p.m. in the meeting room at the Nelson and District Community Complex.“I feel very confident we are now on a solid foundation we have a strong core on the board to help lead the organization forward,” said Leaf president John Dooley, entering his second half of his two year term on the team executive.“Our on-ice team manager, coaches and support staff are building on structure that supports the boards goals of player development, which includes commitment to team, community, and education.”