ANALYST VIEWS: IS THE ACQUISITION OF SCHOOLNET A GOOD MOVE?

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RBS 6 Nations: Room for improvement

first_imgCARDIFF, WALES – DECEMBER 01: Mike Phillips of Wales show his dissapointment after losing in the final minute during the International match between Wales and Australia at Millennium Stadium on December 1, 2012 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) In the heads of this new-ish Scots outfit should be a fixed mantra, perhaps sloshing around in the voice of of Dean Ryan, to play towards scoring. This means completing the job at the breakdown. This means hammering away whenever the game hints at slowing, so that the fleet-footed backline has even an outside chance of breaking cover and not being bulldozed like huts made of wicker.Wales’ scramblePart of Welsh appeal comes from their unerring dedication to split-second play. Despite the depth of Wales’ history, they have forever merited being monikered, ‘the cardiac kids’.Those young men are willing to career from line to line only because their use of turnover ball has been so good in recent years, and their re-organisation after attacks and turnovers too swift for the opposition to trip them up.So many times Wales have run beyond their means and stretched to an attacking plan that allows turnover-fed opposition to tearReady to roll: Simon Zebo is in fine formthrough later. This isn’t unlucky. This is just a high-risk strategy that can, or cannot, pay dividends. But what do we expect? It’s the way Wales are meant to play!The kicking options better be fed into the scrum-half’s ear early doors though. It must be made clear that Wales need to get back to where they were in the last Six Nations, and perhaps a little patience and a lot of meticulous planning could help them find that winning habit all the sooner.Ireland’s roguesThe concept of “impertinence” is often constrained, shackled to youth and not allowed to be attributed to anyone in seniority. Dogged old dodgers cannot be called “cheeky” and youngsters can only show maturity that “betrays” or “belies” their years.Green Irish caps, then, will no doubt be expected to be the most risky of players. Raised on a game that famously endorses choke tackles, clawing for ball and gnarled breakdown operators, they must surely all be waiting to infringe. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Cardiac kids: Wales may need to learn to arrest their momentum in Six Nations games…or sufferBy Alan DymockSOMETIMES THE most onerous demands are the ones you set for strangers.Punters masquerading as experts, like yours truly, could lay claim to certain expectations of professional players. However, such requests mean nothing to players already wilting under an already exhaustive international fixture schedule.It would be folly to run up a list of challenges for elite players because they already have such tortuous expectations of themselves.Therefore, with the Six Nations looming like an overbearing grandfather clock, the more prevalent80-minute man?: No 8 Ben Morganapproach would be to demand more from the faceless positions where a high standard is required, rather than picking on personalities, you know, who have feelings.The England’s No.8 shirtWhoever is handed the job of riding that Red Rose-chested pack to the try-line needs to be able to command it, especially at Twickenham where the ghosts of Dallaglio and Richards have taken permanent residence.There may be loose talk of Ben Morgan being more of a hulking No 6 than an No 8, or how Thomas Waldrom, at full-flight, moves like a slinky on a rollercoaster. There may also be suggestions that James Haskell is now too effective being cast into the fray, late on, to merit a starting berth. These are all irrelevant, though.The England No 8 must be a man willing to lead the line and be able to do so without getting spooked. The rest of the pack need that.  He cannot fumble the ball. He must last the pace of a full game. Whoever is chosen, and it could well be Morgan, must be a constant reassuring presence. So who wants it?Scotland’s rucking corpAfter several years of hurling the L’Oreal slogan at Scottish players as they struggled to play an attractive brand of rugby, it is now more pertinent to call for simplicity. Scotland have run too blindly up too many alleys in the last few seasons and now need to be given limitations.Earning the right to play may seem like workman’s watchwords. Yet Scotland need to be workmen. They need to lay foundations. They need to build. They also need to knock stuff down that stands in their way. Of course this is a stereotype; a caricature. Nevertheless, the Irishman flirting with danger in the shadowy recesseses of a game must realise that Jamie Heaslip, Brian O’Driscoll, Jonny Sexton and any new player need a clean run at things. They want ball, of course,  but they would rather operate with the referee on their side.The new Irish game needs momentum. Sexton needs to be able to pick a rhythm and thump the ball with freedom, and the likes of Simon Zebo need to be able to time their runs without having to stop to pat a penalty winner on the back. Let them run free…last_img read more

Cumbres House / ASP Arquitectura Sergio Portillo

first_img Houses Cumbres House / ASP Arquitectura Sergio PortilloSave this projectSaveCumbres House / ASP Arquitectura Sergio Portillo Developer:Francisco MachucaStructural Engineering:Girón Mega Proyectos (Ing. Humberto Girón)Electric Engineering:Alta Innovación en IngenieríaIllumination Design:ASP Arquitectura Sergio PortilloBuilder:LINEAL Construcción y Desarrollo ArquitectónicoElectrical Execution:Grupo R (Jaime Rangel)Construction Director:Sergio Portillo AlarcónLanscape :ASP Arquitectura Sergio Portillo, David VillanuevaProject Coordinator:Rafael OvalleCity:Ciudad de MexicoCountry:MexicoMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Rafael GamoRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreLightsVibiaCeiling Lights – BIGDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineText description provided by the architects. Cumbres House is a project that, under its housing scheme, takes advantage of the guidelines and generates a large patio, from which the program unfolds and generates a dialogue between interior and exterior that, at the same time, allows the entrance of light and it gives you visual and climatic self-sufficiency.Save this picture!© Rafael GamoSave this picture!Save this picture!© Rafael GamoCarrying out the house included an excavation and an important earth removal, for which this natural resource was used to make blocks of compressed earth on the site. This solution, in addition to reducing the ecological footprint, gives it ownership and ownership defined by the site and not by the architect.Save this picture!© Rafael GamoFrom the outside, the project is a group of extruded blocks that allude to the hermeticism and the massiveness of the matter, while inside, there is an openness and lightness of these elements in a free plant. The earth is the unifying material of the project.Save this picture!© Rafael GamoProject gallerySee allShow less$100,000 RAIC International Prize for Transformative Architecture Now Accepting Subm…Built Projects & Masterplans“Our work is to inspire joy”: Natasha Case Talks Coolhaus Ice Cream and Designing fo…Interviews Share Architects: ASP Arquitectura Sergio Portillo Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/912833/cumbres-house-asp-arquitectura-sergio-portillo Clipboard 2016 Mexico Save this picture!© Rafael Gamo+ 24Curated by Clara Ott Share Cumbres House / ASP Arquitectura Sergio Portillo CopyHouses•Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico Area:  517 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: center_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/912833/cumbres-house-asp-arquitectura-sergio-portillo Clipboard “COPY” Photographs ArchDaily “COPY” Lead Architect: Photographs:  Rafael Gamo Sergio Portillo Projects CopyAbout this officeASP Arquitectura Sergio PortilloOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMexico CityMexicoPublished on March 08, 2019Cite: “Cumbres House / ASP Arquitectura Sergio Portillo” [Casa Cumbres / ASP Arquitectura Sergio Portillo] 08 Mar 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MSun Control Window Film in MarkthalBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsCabinetsFlorenseCabinet – FloAirWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagStair Railing – CELLON®LightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt GardenBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USAHigh Speed Hand Dryers – Aerix+BoardsForestOneLaminate – EGGER laminatesAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®Metal PanelsRHEINZINKPanel Systems – Horizontal PanelWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightAccolade Wall Light at River Dental OfficeBricksStröherClinker Brick Slips – StiltreuMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

White Housing / VIVA Architecture

first_img Area:  3200 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  CopyAbout this officeVIVA ArchitectureOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsAmberesOn FacebookBelgiumPublished on March 14, 2020Cite: “White Housing / VIVA Architecture” 14 Mar 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ NaturalPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®WindowsVitrocsaSliding Window – Mosquito NetSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Verge LVG-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in Equinix Data CentreSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassMetal PanelsLongboard®Aluminum Battens – Link & Lock – 4″Sports ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Fit in Ekaterinburg Public SpaceWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsKnobsKarcher DesignDoor Knob K390 (50)TablesVitsœ621 Side TableMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/935267/white-housing-viva-architecture Clipboard Projects White Housing / VIVA ArchitectureSave this projectSaveWhite Housing / VIVA ArchitectureSave this picture!© Koen Broos+ 20Curated by Paula Pintos Share Belgium CopyApartments•Amberes, Belgium Apartments ArchDaily “COPY” Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Aliplast, Saint-Gobain, Azuleo, Stone, Van BeverenDesign Team:Sylvie Bruyninckx, Johan Berteloot, Frederik Deprouw, Karen LoyensClients:BrodyEngineering:Ingenieursbureau ConcreetConsultants:Studiebureau Van Craen & PartnersCity:AmberesCountry:BelgiumMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Koen BroosRecommended ProductsGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60 PassivhausGlassSolarluxGlass Canopy – SDL AcubisDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineText description provided by the architects. On the ‘Leien’, the main ‘boulevard’ of the Antwerp city center, an empty post-modern office building is reconverted to apartments with distinct terraces.  The ground floor office space is extended by new wooden construction and opens onto a quiet courtyard. The white color of the historic boulevard buildings is re-imagined in the straightforward and rhythmic play of the facade. Save this picture!© Koen BroosThis post-modern office building from the seventies is located on the boulevard of Antwerp. The concrete rib structure and a steel double skin facade allowed us to transform this into a residential building. Three apartments are created on each floor and 2 penthouses on the top floor. The existing facade wasn’t compatible with this new residential function, nor did it fit within the image of the “Leien” in Antwerp. Save this picture!© Koen BroosSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Koen BroosThe prominent nature of the building is emphasized in the facade materials. The white concrete cladding arms the building for the future and gives it a light character. This white color is repeated throughout the facade so that the building acquires a more reserved and neutral character within the neighborhood. This contrasts sharply with the original post-modernist facade.  The white facade is a contemporary interpretation of the 19th century white classicistic buildings erected in the city center. The city of Antwerp was then called the “white city”. This feeling is enhanced by a fully glazed front facade and the white terraces over the entire width.  Save this picture!© Koen BroosOn the ground floor is room for commercial space, which runs through the entire building and is expanded within the courtyard. This extension is constructed from a light wooden structure to minimize the load on the underground parking. Save this picture!© Koen BroosThe white color of the facade is also continued in this extension. The courtyard is completely enclosed and this white color gives a spacious feeling. Because we want to emphasize the quality of this outdoor space, it was also designed as a courtyard garden.  By creating this courtyard garden we give the residents at the back a nice view. These residents will be given a deep terrace at the back so they can enjoy the skyline, with the Central station and the renewed Antwerp Tower as an eye-catcher.  Save this picture!© Koen BroosSave this picture!© Koen BroosBecause of the mix of living and working this project fits perfectly within the new developments at the Opera Square, keeping sustainability and durability in mind.Save this picture!© Koen BroosProject gallerySee allShow lessOnline Masterclass: Urban Renewal and Experiential Real Estate in ChinaLectureModernist Chandigarh Through the Lens of Roberto ConteArticlesProject locationAddress:Amberes, BelgiumLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. 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Funders award over £11m in coronavirus response grants

first_img Tagged with: COVID-19 Funding AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Funders have awarded more than £11 million to date in coronavirus-related grants, according to data from 360Giving.360Giving‘s coronavirus response grants tracker is based on data published by UK grantmakers in the 360Giving Data Standard. It shows that so far, just over £11m has been awarded by 28 funders in 913 grants to 864 recipients.Suffolk Community Foundation, Somerset Community Foundation, The Tudor Trust, and Pears Foundation are among those funders listed as having awarded a number of grants.Suffolk Community Foundation’s emergency fund supporting Suffolk’s community response to the crisis raised nearly £1million in a month. Almost 60,000 vulnerable people have been given direct support as a result, including an estimated 30,000 who have received emergency food support. Of the £935,000 raised, £520,000 has already been distributed to over 100 Suffolk charities and dozens more requests worth over £250,000 are being processed.Somerset Community Foundation’s Somerset Coronavirus Appeal raised over £450,000 in its first month, and was able to make worth over £200,000 to more than 80 groups across the county by mid-April, including foodbanks and food delivery schemes, support services for older people, and virtual counselling, with more funding going out every day.The Tudor Trust has awarded a wide range of grants, including £1,500 to West End Impact as emergency funding towards the additional costs of supporting vulnerable people in Morecombe during the crisis, and £20,000 over one year to Reuse Network to enable it maintain contact with members, supporting them to distribute furniture and other items to people in need during the coronavirus crisis.Pears Foundation has allocated over £1.3m since the beginning of April, including £500,000 to the British Red Cross, and £50,000 each to a number of charities for coronavirus-related support including Carers UK, Contact, The Mix, and National Autistic Society. Melanie May | 1 May 2020 | News  240 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Charities Aid Foundation’s Coronavirus Emergency FundThe Charities Aid Foundation’s Coronavirus Emergency Fund has granted more than £1 million to 256 charities across the UK but has had to pause applications due to the demand.The fund was set up late last month with an initial £5 million made available by CAF to distribute rapid response grants of up to £10,000 to help small charities, non-profits and social enterprises struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.Applications were paused on 5 April after more than 5,000 applications were received in a week, requesting a combined total of over £40 million.Monica Brown, CAF’s Head of Charity Advisory and Programmes, said:“We have been humbled by the charities out there that are doing everything they can to continue to operate at such a tough time. We are very proud to be able to offer some help to charities working so hard on behalf of people, causes and communities across the UK.“I am pleased to see that we have been able to get more than £1 million in help to charities in a matter of weeks and it is our plan to grow this fund so that we will be in a position to help more small organisations to continue to deliver vital services in the weeks and months ahead.” Advertisement Funders award over £11m in coronavirus response grants The National LotteryThe National Lottery has also announced that it is awarding up to £600m of repurposed lottery funds to charities and organisations affected by the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Read more on this story here.  239 total views,  2 views today Kent Community Foundation’s Coronavirus Emergency FundKent Community Foundation’s Coronavirus Emergency Fund has raised £950,000 to date, and has so far supported 145 charitable organisations with grants totalling over half a million pounds.The Foundation launched the fund four weeks ago, and the total of £950,000 includes a donation of £400,000 from the National Emergencies Trust.Beneficiaries of KCF Coronavirus Emergency Fund include Kent Search & Rescue, which has received £3,000, £7,000 to HomeStart Dover, £4,000 to Hypo Hounds, and £2,000 to 2makeit.Natalie Smith, Director of Grants and Impact, said:“The Kent Community Foundation grants team has received over 255 applications for the Coronavirus Emergency Fund since it launched on 23 March and we have been working at speed to distribute funding to charities and community groups who are desperate for support. We have to date supported 145 charitable organisations with grants totalling over half a million pounds. The work doesn’t stop here of course, as we begin to look ahead and consider how these incredible charities will also play a part in the recovery from the worst of the pandemic.” More coronavirus-related funding news:last_img read more

Four years of Syrian resistance to imperialist takeover

first_imgBy Sara Flounders and Lamont LillyU.S. efforts to overturn the government of Syria have now extended into a fifth year. It is increasingly clear that thousands of predictions reported in the corporate media by Western politicians, think tanks, diplomats and generals of a quick overturn and easy destruction of Syrian sovereignty have been overly optimistic, imperialist dreams. But four years of sabotage, bombings, assassinations and a mercenary invasion of more than 20,000 fighters recruited from over 60 countries have spread great ruin and loss of life.The U.S. State Department has once again made its arrogant demand that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must step down. This demand confirms U.S. imperialism’s determination to overthrow the elected Syrian government. Washington intends to impose the chaos of feuding mercenaries and fanatical militias as seen today in Libya and Iraq.A delegation from the International Action Center headed by former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark traveled to Syria in late February to present a different message.Visits to hospitals, centers for displaced families and meetings with religious leaders, community organizations and government officials conveyed the IAC’s determination to resist the orchestrated efforts of U.S. imperialism acting through its proxies in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan and Israel.The IAC’s opportunity to again visit Syria came following its participation in a packed and well-organized meeting of the International Forum for Justice in Palestine, held in Beirut on Feb. 22 and 23. The conference was initiated by Ma’an Bashour and the Arab International Centre for Communication and Solidarity and again confirmed the centrality of the burning, unresolved issue of Palestine in the region.The solidarity delegation to Syria included Cynthia McKinney, former six-term member of the U.S Congress; Lamont Lilly, of the youth organization FIST – Fight Imperialism, Stand Together; Eva Bartlett, from the Syrian Solidarity Movement; and Sara Flounders, IAC co-director.The delegation traveled the rutted, mountainous, blacktop road from Beirut to Damascus to the Lebanon-Syria border. On the Syrian side, this road was a modern, 6-lane highway, a reminder of Syria’s high level of infrastructure development. Even after four years of war, this is still a well-maintained highway. Due to sanctions against Syria, hundreds of trucks attempting deliveries stretched for miles on both sides of the border.Compared to two years ago, when the IAC visited Damascus, this year we didn’t hear the constant thud of incoming rockets from mercenary forces shelling the city. These military forces have been pushed back from their encirclement of the capital. Syrian military units, checkpoints, sandbags, blast walls and concrete blocks were now less pervasive. Markets were full of people and held more produce.A visit to Damascus’ largest hospital showed the cumulative impact of four years of devastation. At the University Hospital, where children with amputated limbs receive treatments in the ICU, many children had been brought in maimed from explosives and with shrapnel wounds from mortars and rockets fired on Damascus by terrorist forces.At a visit to a center for displaced families at a former school, we met with university students, who provide sports, crafts, tutoring and mentoring programs. Medical care, free food and education programs are provided by the centers. But conditions are desperately overcrowded. Each homeless family, often of 6 to 10 people, is allocated a single classroom as housing. Almost half the population has been displaced by the terror tactics of mercenary forces.A Mosaic of culturesA theme in almost every discussion was Syria’s heritage as a diverse, rich mosaic of religious and cultural traditions. Sectarian divisions and intolerance are consciously opposed. One can see the determination to oppose the rule of foreign-funded forces.A visit with Syria’s Grand Mufti Ahmad Badr Al-Din Hassoun and Syrian Greek Orthodox Bishop Luca al-Khoury reflected the centuries of religious harmony that previously existed in Syria.Mufti Hassoun stressed the need for reconciliation. He described to the visitors the assassination three years ago of his 22-year-old son, Saria, who “had never carried a weapon in his life.” Saria was gunned down after leaving his university. At the funeral, Mufti Hassoun declared he forgave the gunmen and called on them to lay down their weapons and rejoin Syria. He described his Greek Orthodox counterpart, Bishop Luca al-Khoury, as his cousin and brother.Bishop Khoury described the ease with which he received a visa to the U.S., while Mufti Hassoun was denied a visa, although both are religious leaders. “Why do they differentiate between us?” said Khoury. “It’s part of the project to separate Christians and Muslims here. It’s over gas pipelines which are supposed to run through Syrian territory. This will only happen if there is a weak Syrian state.“If the Syrian government would agree to give a monopoly to France to extract gas from Syria, then you would find [President François] Hollande visiting Syria the next day. If the Syrian government would give the monopoly to [the United States of] America, [President Barack] Obama would declare President al-Assad as the legitimate ruler of the Syrian people.”“Turkey is warring on us,” Khoury continued, “with financial support from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, and political support from America, Europe and Britain. Drones cross our borders daily, providing coordinates for the terrorists as to where to strike.”Both religious leaders declared, as did many others in Syria, that the only solution is an international effort to stop the flow of arms: “If the American government would like to find a solution for the Syrian crisis, they could go to the Security Council and issue a resolution under Chapter 7 for a total ban of weapons from Turkey to terrorists in Syria. In one week this would be over.”Syria’s accomplishmentsPolitical and media adviser to President al-Assad, Dr. Bouthaina Shaaban, described the problem of stopping the weapons and mercenaries flooding into the country: “With external support and financing, and an over 800-kilometer border with Turkey, it’s very difficult to stop the flow of terrorists.“Syria was formerly one of the fastest developing countries in the world,” Shaaban continued, “and one of the safest. We have free education and health care. We did not know poverty; we grew our food and produced our own clothing. At universities, 55 percent of the students were women. In whose interest is it to destroy this heritage? Who is the beneficiary of this?”Shaaban described her time as a Fulbright scholar at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and later as professor at Eastern Michigan University: “I always wanted to be a bridge between Syria and Western cultures. At the beginning of the crisis, they tried to buy me. They urged me to ‘come to a civilized place,’” she said. “We have baths which are over 1,000 years old and still functioning. I studied Shelley: They didn’t have baths 800 years ago in England. We did. We were having baths and coffee.”Meeting with PFLP LeadersThe delegation headed by Ramsey Clark also had an important opportunity to meet with Abu Ahmad Fuad, deputy general secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and Abu Sami Marwan, of the Political Bureau of the PFLP, and hear of the ongoing developments in Palestine and the region.According to a Feb. 25 statement released by the PFLP after the meeting, “The PFLP leaders discussed the nature of the U.S./Zionist aggression against the people of the region, their intervention in Syria and the attempts of colonial powers to impose their hegemony by force and military aggression, through division of the land and people, and by pushing the region into sectarian or religious conflict.“This U.S. policy is nothing new.” The Front noted that the colonial powers have waged an ongoing war against the Arab people to prevent any real progress for the region on the road to liberation, self-determination and an end to Zionist occupation.“The U.S. delegation discussed the urgent need for building ongoing solidarity with Palestine in the United States and internationally,” continued the release, “in particular to confront the deep involvement of the United States — militarily, politically and financially — in the crimes of the occupier, and to end its attacks on Syria, Iraq and the people of the entire region.“The solidarity delegates noted that there is a colonial scheme to divide and repartition the region according to the interests of major corporations and imperial powers, targeting the resources of the people, sometimes through blatant political interference in the affairs of the region and other times through wars and military attacks on states and peoples.“The two sides emphasized the importance of communication between the Palestinian Arab left and progressive and democratic forces in the United States to confront Zionism and imperialism in the U.S. and in Palestine alike.”Ramsey Clark described the aim of the visit: “To find more opportunities for dialogue and coordination among the Syrian and American people.  We saw culture and credibility in Syria and we appreciate the struggle of this people. We will disallow them to shift Syria into Iraq or Libya.”Cynthia McKinney, former member at the U.S. Congress, said that she appreciated “Syria’s heroic stance, as people and leadership, in its war against the U.S. imperialism. The Syrian people are exceptional in their capability of resistance as the acts during four years have failed to achieve their goals.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Protests support trans students

first_imgChicagoChicago, Feb. 25. Over 500 people rallied and marched today in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood to protest the administration’s attacks on transgender youth and their right to use bathrooms of their choice in public schools. The mostly trans speakers explained that Trump, like most cowardly bullies, has launched his assault on fundamental rights by targeting the most vulnerable sectors of the oppressed — particularly immigrants and trans people of color. They urged a united resistance movement in the weeks and months ahead.— Jeff SorelBuffalo, N.Y.Buffalo, N.Y., Feb. 26. LGBTQ activists and supportive community turned out today to stand up to the president’s attack on the rights of transgender youth and students. They filled the downtown square with pink-and-blue flags and their determination to defeat the administration’s attempts to divide the working class. A broad range of organizations supported the rally.— Ellie DorritieFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Tovar’s journalistic work ruled out as motive in his murder

first_img New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets June 22, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Tovar’s journalistic work ruled out as motive in his murder Follow the news on Venezuela RSF_en January 13, 2021 Find out more VenezuelaAmericas News News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Organisation to go further VenezuelaAmericas News Initial enquiries into the death of José Joaquín Tovar, who was shot 11 times on 17 June in Caracas, suggest that his murder was not related to his work as editor of the weekly Ahora. There are indications that Tovar knew his murderer and investigators are working on the theory that the motive was personal revenge.The daily Tal Cual has reported that Tovar, who also ran a welfare organisation, was the target of several complaints accusing him fraud and embezzlement and that he allegedly extorted 4,000 dollars from people seeking rehousing._______________________________________________________________18.06.06 – Weekly editor gunned down in CaracasReporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about the murder of José Joaquín Tovar, the editor of the weekly Ahora, who was shot 11 times yesterday in Caracas.“The press is paying a heavy price for the generalised climate of violence, with two journalists killed since the start of the year,” the press freedom organisation said. “We call on the authorities to shed light on all aspects of this murder. We do not yet know if it was linked to Tovar’s work, but that possibility should be pursued, given his editorial positions.”Tovar, 53, was also president of the National Republican University Foundation and member of an organisation that helps communities obtain housing.A relative said the murder could be linked to his journalism, as he wrote a column for Ahora in which “he criticised both the government and the opposition.” August 25, 2020 Find out more Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela José Joaquín Tovar, the editor of the weekly Ahora who gunned down yesterday in Caracas, was the second journalist to be murdered this year in Venezuela. In view of his outspoken columns, Reporters Without Borders hopes the police will investigate the possibility that he was killed in connection with this work. News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

The Ice House Named One of Top Five Comedy Clubs in America

first_img Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News Make a comment More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img 117 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Nightlife The Ice House Named One of Top Five Comedy Clubs in America Humor Code researchers choose the Ice House as an outstanding venue for comedians and audiences. From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | 3:30 pm Herbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News First Heatwave Expected Next Week The Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, California has been a favorite for comedians and stand-up aficionados for years. Now, The Ice House was recently recognized as one the Top Five Comedy Clubs in the country by researcher Dr. Peter McGraw and author, Joel Warner, writers of The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny. With a star-filled roster of past and present performers, including Jimmy Fallon, George Lopez, Jay Leno, Bill Maher, George Carlin, David Letterman, Steve Martin, Bob Newhart, Lily Tomlin, Marc Maron and Dana Carvey, The Ice House Comedy Club has been singled out as one of the “best rooms” in the highly competitive comedy club industry. McGraw and Warner conducted a study from their own travels around the world exploring the science of what makes things funny. In the process, “We stumbled on an important question: What makes a good comedy club?” The researchers noted, “According to many of the comics we interviewed, a ‘good room’ is one that’s dimly lit, densely packed, with hard chairs, low ceilings, a red curtain, and nothing at all that’s blue.”When interviewed about the honor, Bob Fisher, Ice House owner and CEO, commented, “It feels great to be recognized as one of the top comedy clubs in the country and we send a big thank you to the Humor Code. We strive to support talent and give customers the best comedy shows possible. It’s good to know we we’re doing something right.”The Ice House Comedy Club opened in 1960 as a place for both folk musicians and comedians to perform, and then evolved into featuring only comic acts. It was established before any of the other comedy clubs in Hollywood or Southern California. Older comedy clubs in New York City have closed but The Ice House legacy continues, giving it the distinction of also being the oldest ongoing comedy club in America and, by default, the world. Established and well-known acts call it home and new talent try their material to break into the business. Due to its longevity and heritage, The Ice House is also a living comedy museum. Memorabilia from comedy legends like Rodney Dangerfield, David Letterman, Bob Newhart, Johnny Carson and Jack Parr are on its walls. A shoe wall features footwear from Lilly Tomlin, The Smothers Brothers, Phyllis Diller and more.The features that made the Ice House Comedy Club stand out in the research: its “low-lit, intimate showrooms and laid-back atmosphere foster a communal experience between audience members and the performer”. Jordan Brady, former comedian and director of 2010’s documentary I Am Comic, attributes part of the club’s success to its atmosphere. “A great club experience is best served dark and intimate.” Of playing The Ice House Jordan says, “Awesome laughs that ricochet around the room and infect the crowd.”Other clubs in the Top Five are: The Comedy Cellar in New York, NY; Comedy Works in Denver, CO; Zanies Comedy Club in Chicago, IL; and Comedy Club on State in Madison, WI.The Humor Code: A Global Search For What Makes Things Funny, Simon & SchusterSource: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/top-lists/the-humor-codes-five-best-comedy-clubs-in-the-us/ The Ice House Comedy Club is open Tuesday through Sunday for shows, drinks, dining and special events. There is a two-drink minimum and patrons must be at least 18 to attend. The Ice House is located at 24 N. Mentor Ave. in Pasadena. For more information, call (626) 577-1894 or visit www.icehousecomedy.com. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

Activists Still Wary of Automated License Plate Readers Despite Council Stipulation

first_imgHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Activists Still Wary of Automated License Plate Readers Despite Council Stipulation Privacy issues a major concern By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 | 2:05 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Community News Make a comment More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img 18 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Local activists were not pacified by a stipulation included in the City Council’s decision to approve the $80,000 purchase of three new automated license plate readers (ALPRs) at Monday’s City Council meeting.In response to numerous concerns regarding privacy issues, the council asked that a condition of the purchase require that the data collected by the ALPRs will not be used in any way that violates city or Police Department policies. Further, nor will the company selling the readers, Vigilant, be allowed to sell the Pasadena data to any non-law enforcement agencies, such as insurance companies.ALPR systems use high-speed cameras and sophisticated software to capture and convert license plate numbers into data that can immediately be compared with information in other databases.The system can instantaneously identify a vehicle’s geographic location and the date and time the image was recorded. Police say license plate readers have helped police recover thousands of stolen vehicles.But the system also indiscriminately collects information on millions of ordinary people going about their day-to-day business, which worries some local activists.The cameras are placed in police cars, as well as on traffic lights, telephone poles, and even some private residences.“What I have seen is that every time that they bring technology for surveillance, they end up using it to attack people who challenge the system, the people who disagree with people in power,” said activist Pablo Alvarado,“I’ve seen how it’s being used to go after members of Black Lives Matter. So I hope that that’s not what the Police Department intends to do with this technology,” Alvarado said.According to the ACLU, Vigilant, the company from which the city will purchase the cameras, sells information to CLEAR, a portal to billions of pieces of personal information.The ACLU described CLEAR, which is a software system used by law enforcement to locate a subject’s most recent address and phone information, as well as who their associates are, as a “gateway for ICE to access the automated license plate reader database run by Vigilant.”Mayor Terry Tornek said Monday’s action was an update of an existing program. According to Tornek, police have made a convincing case that the program is valuable in terms of solving crimes.According to Tornek, the data is not shared, as some critics have claimed, and there are strict limitations on who can access the information. But, Tornek acknowledged that many people have a distaste for the idea that their privacy is being infringed upon and that “Big Brother” is watching and can use information in a nefarious or inappropriate way.In George Orwell’s novel, “1984,” “Big Brother” represents the totalitarian government of Oceania, which is controlled by the Party and therefore synonymous with it.“I get that, and that’s why we have these public discussions, and I’m glad there are advocates that are raising these questions and challenging it, so it doesn’t get out of control,”the mayor said.Tornek maintained the city’s program is not Big Brother run amok.“There’s always a tension between privacy advocates and people who want to make it easier to solve crimes and provide security for the population,” Tornek said. “That discussion is an ongoing discussion and the boundaries move a little bit this way and a little bit that way. One of the arguments that was made is that somehow license plates, which are tacked onto the front or rear of your car, are sort of private, and that there’s an expectation of privacy as it relates to your license plate. Given the Bluetooth technology and the tracking the private companies do of your every move, it’s laughable to pick on license plate readers as a Big Brother kind of intervention, but I’m not dismissive of it.”Councilman Victor Gordo, who is running against Tornek for mayor on Nov. 3, said the use of the data is important and he would not support the contract for the camera without the stipulation prohibiting reuse of the data by outside agencies or organizations.“I’m watching carefully when the city comes back to ensure that those protections are in place,” Gordo said. “That’s why I demanded that whatever contractual agreement we enter into, those safeguards [be] in place. Those are important safeguards to everyone, all residents. I would not support this contract moving forward until safeguards on the usage of the data are in place.”Some local advocates acknowledged the cameras could produce positive results, but they remained wary due to privacy concerns.“As someone who is concerned about safety for all road users, automated traffic enforcement technology has the potential to reduce both racial bias and armed interactions between the public and law enforcement for traffic infractions,” said Blair Miller from the Pasadena Complete Streets Coalition. “This would be a benefit, and even more so if this technology encourages safer and slower driving.“My concerns are over privacy and data protection. How will this data be stored, used and protected? What prevents the data from being shared with companies for money or with immigration enforcement agencies?”Miller said he was also concerned that the technology will be employed by law enforcement within a society that has pre-existing systemic racism. For instance, which neighborhoods will they be deployed in? Or what if there is an error in the data and the wrong person gets pulled over?Miller also cited the Aug.15 traffic stop that led to the officer-involved shooting death of Anthony McClain. The car McClain was driving in was stopped by police because it did not have a front license plate.“Automatic license plate readers have the potential to decrease racial bias when initiating traffic stops, but we need to be very careful about how it is used and managed,” Miller said.“We have seen with the killing of Anthony McClain how fraught traffic stops can be, for community members and for law enforcement as well. Automatic license plate readers have the potential to decrease racial bias when initiating traffic stops, but we need to be very careful about how it is used and managed.”Larry D’Addario of the Pasadena Privacy For All Coalition said if ALPRs were limited to finding cars known to have been involved in crimes, his group would not object.“Unfortunately, it goes much further,” D’Addario said. “ALPRs collect the number of every license plate they see, and for Pasadena’s police cars that amounts to many thousands per day. They record the time and location of every single one, not just those of stolen cars or others on a ‘hot list.’ Almost all of those cars belong to innocent residents who are under no suspicion of misdeeds. As the police cars drive around collecting all this data, they are usually not involved in investigating any particular crime. Pasadena admits that these data are saved for two years, but, in fact, they may be saved for much longer.”The activists called for the City Council to return at a later date with a motion to end the city’s use of ALPRs. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more