Can cooperatives revitalize our democracy?

first_imgAs I reflect back on a week that included Voter Registration Day and the passing of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, I find myself wondering about the role that cooperatives can play in helping democratic systems live up to their promise.After all, the foundation of our democracy is civic participation. I subscribe to the notion that democracy is a fragile institution—it only works when citizens understand how to meaningfully participate and engage in the democratic process on a local level. That engagement must happen continually and in a variety of contexts, not just every four years at the ballot box, where the media and two-party system encourage polarization, anger, and a lack of empathy for those with different views.Sadly, since the 1960s, civic engagement has been on the decline, as detailed in Robert Putnam’s seminal book, Bowling Alone. Americans have been retreating into their houses, jobs, families, and devices. The number of Americans practicing democracy—for example, on the board of their church, or in their local parent-teacher association—has plummeted dramatically, and even moreso since COVID-19. Cooperatives are one tool for teaching democracy through doing. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Victims of Soesdyke/Linden Highway smash-up identified

first_imgThe two victims who succumbed to their injuries following a two-vehicle smash-up along the Soesdyke/Linden Highway on Saturday evening have been identified.Dead: Royston StewartThey are Royston Stewart, 44, of Sandville and Faye Williams of Bus Shed Street, both areas of the Kuru Kururu community on the Soesdyke/ Linden Highway. Williams reportedly died on the spot, after suffering severe injuries to her face which left her unrecognisable; while Stewart suffered a broken hip and died while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital hours after he was transferred from the Diamond Diagnostic Centre.However, Alliyah Munroe and Randy Stoby, both also of Kuru Kururu, remain hospitalised.Based on information received, an SUV registered PVV 535 was heading towards the Soesdyke/Linden Highway Junction while hire car HC 2554, being driven by Stewart, was travelling in the opposite direction. The SUV was reportedly in the process of overtaking another vehicle which was heading in the same direction when it came into the path of the taxi. The resultant head-on collision saw Stewart and his four passengers, as well as the driver of the other motorcar and a passenger, sustaining injuries; as did the driver of the SUV and a passenger therein.They were all rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where they were examined and treated. Williams, however, was pronounced dead on arrival there, while Royston Stewart, Randy Stoby and Alliyha Munroe were transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where they were admitted.Stoby suffered a fracture to his lower back, Munroe suffered injuries to her lungs, while Royston Stewart suffered a fractured right hip. Stewart died while receiving medical attention.Guyana Times understands that the occupants of the SUV were returning from a creek, and the driver might have been under the influence.The bodies of both victims are at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting post mortem, while the driver of the SUV is reportedly in Police custody, rendering assistance as Police continue their investigations into the accident.last_img read more

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Algerian tensions break out after heartbreaking World Cup exit

first_imgAlgeria coach Vahid Halilhodzic refused to attend a post-match news conference, contravening tournament regulations Wiping tears from his eyes, Algerian coach Vahid Halilhodzic embraced each of his exhausted players as they walked off the pitch after pushing Germany to the very end of extra time.Statistical Highlights | Match Photos The Algerians lost 2-1 after extra time Monday after making the three-time World Cup champions struggle for much of the match.Just reaching the second round had earned Halilhodzic and his squad a place in Algerian football history.But any pride in reaching the World Cup knockout stage for the first time was soon overshadowed by questions over Halilhodzic’s future.He refused to attend a post-match news conference, contravening tournament regulations.Asked why, Algerian Football Association official Karder Berdja declined to comment.last_img read more

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‘A £500k-a-week quarter-back?!’ – Ince blasts Mou’s use of Alexis

first_imgAlexis Sanchez has been ineffective at Manchester United because Jose Mourinho is playing him out of position, according to former United midfielder Paul Ince.The Red Devils dropped another two vital points at Old Trafford on Saturday after being held to a disappointing 0-0 draw by Crystal Palace.Mourinho’s men are now six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League table and a whopping 15 behind leaders Manchester City after just 13 matches of the 2018-19 campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! A lack of clear-cut chances and urgency in the final third were the main issues against Palace, continuing a worrying trend for United, with Sanchez only being granted a 20-minute cameo appearance.Ince, who played for the club between 1989 and 1995, believes that Mourinho is failing to play to the 29-year-old winger’s strengths and he is becoming increasingly bemused by Marouane Fellaini’s prominent role in the team.”The fans booed at the end of the game and that is unlike Manchester United,” Ince said when speaking as pundit on Match of the Day 2.”We’re talking about United, no disrespect to Palace, but bringing on Fellaini before Sanchez, what is the plan?”When United can’t score, bring Fellaini on, go long, Palace are set up for that. They are relying on luck, knockdowns.”Paying Sanchez half a million pounds, and not to be a quarterback. Playing long ball.”We don’t want him like that, we want him in the 18-yard area. Fans have been patient but I don’t see cohesion or how we are trying to play.”Next up for United is another home clash against Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday, before a crucial trip to Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.Mourinho is expected to ring the changes once again and Ince went on to suggest that the Portuguese boss is still unsure on his best starting line-up.”He changes it because he is unsure what his best XI is. He has changed it time and time again,” he added.”After three years, and the money he has spent, he still doesn’t know. As a manager, to get cohesion and consistency, you have to say this is the XI I trust, barring injuries and suspensions.”If they start doing that, they might start performing better.”last_img read more

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10 months agoAlaba backing Bayern Munich move for Atletico Madrid defender Lucas

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Alaba backing Bayern Munich move for Atletico Madrid defender Lucasby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich wing-back David Alaba is backing their move for Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez.Even though Alaba plays at left-back, a position where the France international could earn minutes, the Austrian would be keen to see him sign.”He is certainly a good player,” he told BILD.”If he wasn’t then Bayern wouldn’t be interested in him.”I am sure he would be capable of helping us.”Addressing the potential competition for left-back minutes that this signing could provoke, Alaba explained that he isn’t worried.”I know that left-back works for me, but at this time I wouldn’t be worried about changing to a midfield position,” he stated. last_img read more

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15 days agoWolves rival Aston Villa for Bolton Wanderers whizkid Dennis Politic

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves rival Aston Villa for Bolton Wanderers whizkid Dennis Politicby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves have joined Aston Villa in the race for Bolton Wanderers whizkid Dennis Politic.The 19-year-old has alerted scouts from both clubs with his performances for the League One club this season.Football Insider says Wolves are compiling a dossier on the winger as they weigh up their options for the January transfer market.The Romania youth international has been fast-tracked into the first-team after spending most of last season on loan at Salford City. last_img read more

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Big Ten Network Ranks The Top 100 Players In The Conference

first_imgJ.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a passl during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium.BLOOMINGTON, IN – AUGUST 31: J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws a passl during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Big Ten Media Days are currently taking place in Chicago this week, meaning the offseason is finally over, the preseason is here and the season is soon to come. In anticipation of the start of the 2016 season, the Big Ten Network has ranked the top 100 players in the conference. Perhaps somewhat surprisingly, Michigan State has the most players in the top 100. There are 15 Spartans in BTN’s top 100, one more than Ohio State. Here are the teams with the most players in the top 100:Michigan State – 15Ohio State – 14Michigan, Nebraska – 10 Penn State, Iowa – 9The top 10 players in the conference:10. TE Jake Butt, Michigan. Arguably the best tight end in the nation, Butt hauled in 51 passes for 654 yards and three scores last season, and should be even better for an exceptional Wolverine offense. 9. OL Dan Feeney, Indiana. This guy is a powerful force at the point of attack, he plays with a defensive mentality, and he’s a flat-out nasty. 8. LB Anthony Walker, Northwestern. Only three players in the nation had more tackles for loss (20.5) a season ago, and only two players in the Big Ten registered more tackles (122). 7. LB Raekwon McMillan, Ohio State. A likely future All-American and first-round selection, McMillan is a classic linebacker who can play with power and speed. 6. RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State. A freakish athlete, Barkley set the Penn State freshman rushing record (1,076 yards), all while missing two games and receiving one carry in the season opener. 5. DB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan. He defended 20 passes last season to emerge as one of the nation’s premier shutdown corners. 4. DT Malik McDowell, Michigan State. A dominant interior lineman with a knack for making huge plays, McDowell will anchor what should be an outstanding Michigan State defense in 2016. 3. DB/LBJabrill Peppers, Michigan. Cornerback. Safety. Linebacker. Even receiver. It doesn’t matter where No. 5 lines up, he’s a supreme talent who’s as “much-watch” as anyone in the nation. 2. DB Desmond King, Iowa. The reigning Jim Thorpe winner set a school record with eight interceptions last season, and enters the season as the nation’s top defensive back. 1. QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State. He will be looking to recapture his 2014 form, when he was the top signal-caller in the Big Ten as a redshirt freshman. Barrett is a deadly combination of athletic ability and savvy who is the perfect fit for this offense. And he’s a great leader. You can view the full rankings here.[BTN]last_img read more

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Germany are back in contention warns Muller

first_imgGermany forward Thomas Müller is feeling optimistic again about their World Cup prospects ahead of their final Group F game against South KoreaFollowing their shocking defeat to Mexico in their opening game of the tournament, Germany bounced back against Sweden last weekend with Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kross scoring a 95th-minute winner for the defending world champions.Joachim Low’s side are now sitting in second place in Group F and a win against South Korea on Wednesday will be necessary in order to qualify with third-place Sweden currently tied with Germany with leaders Mexico a further three points ahead after winning both their games.Germany have never failed to go past the group stages of a World Cup and Muller is in no rush to end that record and has called on the side to take advantage of their renewed chances and beat Korea.“We’re in the tournament now and can qualify by our own merit with a win against South Korea,” said the 28-year-old, as stated on the Bayern Munich website.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“We’ll certainly do everything we can to take our country far.”Muller’s former Bayern teammate Kroos agreed: “Now we need to recover, beat South Korea and put in a convincing display.”As did Dortmund’s Marco Reus: “If we play with freedom, if we produce our link-up play on the pitch, with the same passion that we showed against Sweden, then it’ll be difficult for South Korea.”Both Korea and Germany will meet on Wednesday at the Kazan Arena at 16:00 (GMT +2).last_img read more

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