It turns out 1990s German popsters Snap! were wrong when they proclaimed “I got the power.” But who does have it? Plymouth Live has had a long hard think and come up with a list of 50 city figures that we think wield the most power. The list includes politicians, business bosses – and, in this social media driven age, influencers. Power has, after all, been defined as the ability to direct or influence others. So that is why you will find Instagram and Facebook powerbrokers on the list. But, of course, real might, whether political or economic, still remains in the hands of the traditional political institutions and big businesses, and their leaders, those crown wearers whose heads lie uneasy, dominate here. We have counted them down from 50 to 1, purely on the heft we think each possesses. But what do you think? Let us know if there is someone we have missed, or someone who should be higher up the list. But though power may sometimes stem, as Mao famously put it, … [Read more...] about Ranked: the 50 most powerful people in Plymouth
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MARTIN Luther King Jr. was an iconic civil rights activist who believed in non-violent protest. The Baptist minister was a key player in the American civil rights movement from the mid-1950s until his assassination in 1968. Who was Martin Luther King Jr? Born on January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr was a social activist who sought equality and human rights for African Americans, the socially and economically disadvantaged and victims of injustice. He advocated peaceful protest and was the driving force behind both the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington. The March actually helped bring about such landmark legislation as the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is honoured each year on Martin Luther King Jr Day, which has been a federal holiday in the USA since 1986. What was Martin Luther King Jr’s background? Martin Luther King Jr was born in Atlanta, Georgia and was the second child of pastor Martin … [Read more...] about Where was Martin Luther King assassinated, who was the civil rights activist and what are his most memorable quotes?
Following a series of deadly school bus stop accidents across the country, a petition on WhiteHouse.gov is urging the federal government to issue stricter punishments for drivers who break the law. The petition, posted Oct. 31, calls on Congress and President Trump to sign legislation for "severe penalties" against drivers who illegally cross school bus lights, such as jail time, a drivers license suspension or a fine of at least $5,000. "This is the least we the American voters will accept," the petition said. It has received more than 4,000 signatures as of Monday afternoon. If it reaches its goal of 100,000 signatures by Nov. 30, the White House is obligated to issue a response within 60 days. Over the course of one recent week, five separate accidents in Florida, Indiana, Mississippi and Pennsylvania killed five children and injured six. In one accident, a 9-year-old girl and her 6-year-old twin siblings in Rochester, Indiana, were all killed after being struck by a truck while … [Read more...] about White House petition calls for tougher punishments after school bus stop crashes
Caroline Simon USA TODAY Published 9:28 AM EST Nov 4, 2018 Less than a week after a gunman killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school, shooting survivor and high school junior Jaclyn Corin found herself in at the Florida state Capitol. There in Tallahassee, she led a group of more than 100 students to attend more than 70 meetings with state legislators, urging them to pass measures that might prevent mass shootings like the one that had just ravaged their school. Corin, 18, called the trip "eye-opening." She said she met several legislators who weren't receptive to what she had to say. That convinced Corin and other Parkland shooting survivors – many of whom were not yet 18 – that there was only one thing they could do to ensure their demands would be met. “You can always lobby and you can always protest," Corin said. “But the only direct way to actually get involved is to vote.” … [Read more...] about 2018 midterm elections: Youth voters could affect races nationwide
Car crashes at school bus stops have claimed the lives of five children this week, highlighting what law enforcement officials call a "huge problem" with distracted driving. Four separate early-morning accidents in Indiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Florida have ended in fatalities for five students and left five other children hospitalized, two of them with serious injuries. The string of deadly incidents began on Tuesday, when a 9-year-old girl and her twin 6-year-old brothers were struck and killed by a pickup truck while crossing the street to board their school bus in Rochester, Indiana. Another child who was injured had to be airlifted to a hospital. The pickup truck driver has been charged with three counts of reckless homicide. A day later, a 9-year-old boy in Baldwyn, Mississippi, was struck and killed while crossing the street to board a school bus. Then on Thursday morning a 7-year-old boy was found dead by his school bus driver in Franklin Township, Pennsylvania, the … [Read more...] about Deadly school bus stop crashes highlight “huge problem” with distracted driving