Matthew Rees facing lengthy ban after red card for vicious stamp on Nick Easter’s face

first_imgTuesday Nov 24, 2015 Matthew Rees facing lengthy ban after red card for vicious stamp on Nick Easter’s face Cardiff Blues hooker Matthew Rees will face a disciplinary hearing in London tomorrow (Wednesday 25 November) following the straight red card he received for stamping on the face of Harlequins number eight Nick Easter in round two of the European Challenge Cup. Replacement hooker Rees was sent off after Easter brought it to the referee’s attention, following a stamp that came very close, but due to good luck more than anything, didn’t take out his eye.Referee Alexandre Ruiz was clear in his decision, sending the former Wales captain from the park.Blues coach Danny Wilson felt there was no maliciousness meant though, saying it was accidental.“There’s definitely no malice in it. It looks possibly like a clumsy situation,” said Wilson. “Matthew is not that type of player. He’s a very diligent professional with an extremely positive record behind him, which hopefully will go with him when it’s discussed.Law 10.4 (b) Stamping/Trampling on an Opponent carries the following sanction entry points – Low End: 2 weeks; Mid-Range: 5 weeks; Top End: 9 to 52 weeks.Replays showed that Easter was very lucky to not be badly injured, as Rees’ stud came extremely close to damaging his eye. We’ve seen less dangerous eye-gouges be punished severely, so you can be sure that 34-year-old Rees could face at least 5 weeks on the sideline.London Irish scrumhalf Brendan McKibbin was recently banned for three weeks for a similar, albeit slightly less dangerous, offence.Easter tweeted after the match that his eye is fine, and thanked fans for the messages of concern.Harlequins picked up a 32-20 bonus point win to move to the top of Pool 3.UPDATE: Rees has been suspended for seven weeks.“In upholding the red card decision, the Judicial Officer found that Rees had stamped on Nick Easter and determined that the offence was at the top end of World Rugby’s sanctions and selected 12 weeks as the appropriate entry point,” the EPCR statement read. “He then reduced the sanction by five weeks taking into account Rees’s guilty plea, timely expression of remorse to Easter and clean disciplinary record, before imposing a suspension of seven weeks.”ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Edge House / KARO Architects

first_img Projects Photographs:  Hyo sook JinSave this picture!© Hyo sook JinText description provided by the architects. The entry edge of a block house complex was shaped like a sharp triangle.It was not easy to deploy an efficient plane. But behind the land was a small forested mountain. We decided to put the conditions of distribution in our plan as an advantage. In fact, the architect was looking for a site that was located on the mountain behind him and knew the value of the site. And the architect rejected the uniform design of the complex house and wanted to build his own house. To do so, they chose land that is only located at the beginning and away from the inside.Save this picture!© Hyo sook JinSave this picture!First floor planSave this picture!© Hyo sook JinWe set some rules. First, let’s create an opening where the eyes are open, the second is to design a building’s main program towards the hills, and the third is to protect privacy with a minimal opening at the entrance to the busy entrance and on the local roads.Save this picture!Second floor planSave this picture!© Hyo sook JinSave this picture!SectionInside, they created a triangular staircase and skylights in the middle of the triangle. The vertical triangular copper wire and natural light placed at the center of the program are expected to always provide energy and positive energy to the home.And three rooms are arranged in the shape of a bundle around a triangular staircase. Thanks to the shape of the bundle, different images will appear depending on the viewing angle.Save this picture!© Hyo sook JinProject gallerySee allShow lessSukhumvit 91 House / Archimontage Design Fields SophisticatedSelected ProjectsSoft Matter / NATURALBUILDSelected Projects Share Edge House / KARO ArchitectsSave this projectSaveEdge House / KARO Architects Save this picture!© Hyo sook Jin+ 24Curated by María Francisca González Share “COPY” Area:  95 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2017 Photographs CopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Yongin, South Korea South Korea ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/907408/edge-house-karo-architects Clipboard ArchDaily Year:  Houses Architects: KARO Architects Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Edge House / KARO Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/907408/edge-house-karo-architects Clipboard CopyAbout this officeKARO ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsYonginSouth KoreaPublished on December 11, 2018Cite: “Edge House / KARO Architects” 10 Dec 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogShowerhansgroheShowers – RainfinityGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® Premium SeriesMetal PanelsTECU®Copper Surface – Patina_VariationsBeams / PillarsLunawoodThermowood Frames and BearersMembranesEffisusFaçade Fire Weatherproofing Solutions in Design District Project LondonSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylight Ridgelight in Office BuildingSwitchesJUNGLight Switch – LS PlusCurtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsSpider System – Rabel 15000 Super ThermalWindowspanoramah!®ah! Soft CloseWoodAustralian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH)American Oak by ASHChairs / StoolsOKHADining Chair – BarnettMore 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

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Loft Junghwa Dong / arcave

first_img Loft “COPY” Projects 2019 Architects: arcave Area Area of this architecture project Year:  Photographs South Korea ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/913727/loft-junghwa-dong-arcave Clipboard Loft Junghwa Dong / arcaveSave this projectSaveLoft Junghwa Dong / arcave Save this picture!© Kyungsub Shin+ 18Curated by Clara Ott Sharecenter_img ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/913727/loft-junghwa-dong-arcave Clipboard Manufacturers: Normann Copenhagen, -, Eagon, MiiconPlanting Consultation:Floral Designer of Saison Fleurie, Jisook YimDesign Team:Taekyoung Lee, Jieun Cha, Sohyun SungCity:SeoulCountry:South KoreaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Kyungsub ShinRecommended ProductsWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsText description provided by the architects. Loft Junghwa-dong is a single bedroom residence located on the top floor of a 30-year-old industrial building. The client is a single, career-driven woman, and she has a keen interest in well-being. Upon her request, this double height, double sided green wall was created as the centerpiece of the residence.Save this picture!© Kyungsub ShinSave this picture!Lower Level PlanSave this picture!© Kyungsub ShinMeasuring 2.1 by 4.5 meters, the green wall acts as a screen that divides the living area from the entrance. The green wall is comprised of 56 slightly different units, together creating a continuous flow. The units can be easily removed from the wall for maintenance.Save this picture!© Kyungsub ShinNext to the green wall is a new staircase that connects the main living room and the bedroom upstairs. The residence has a small kitchen, walk-in closet, toilet, laundry room, and an open plan dining and living area on the main floor. There is a small bedroom with a bathroom on the upper floor.Save this picture!© Kyungsub ShinThe material palette has been chosen to blur the difference between the old and the new. The concrete, limestone color tile floor, stained plywood, and teak floor create harmony rather than contrast. The existing concrete structure has been selectively exposed adding roughness, and the stained lauan plywood and teak floor add warmth to space.Save this picture!© Kyungsub ShinSave this picture!Exploded AxonometrySave this picture!© Kyungsub ShinProject gallerySee allShow lessGarden Restroom / LAAB ArchitectsSelected ProjectsNash Tiny House / archimaniaSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Seoul, South KoreaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Loft Junghwa Dong / arcave Photographs:  Kyungsub Shin Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyLoft, Apartment Interiors•Seoul, South Korea “COPY” Area:  80 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officearcaveOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingLoftInterior DesignResidential InteriorsApartment InteriorsSeoulSouth KoreaPublished on March 25, 2019Cite: “Loft Junghwa Dong / arcave” 24 Mar 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassHanging LampsVibiaHanging Lamp – VOLConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausPorcelain StonewareCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Chromica CollectionBricksFeldhaus KlinkerThin Bricks – ClassicGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Printing for Interior DesignWoodStructureCraftEngineering – FootbridgesAluminium CompositesCymat Technologies Ltd.Bundang Doosan Tower – Alusion™ Stabilized Aluminum FoamTable LampsRoss GardamDesk Lamp – OraMore 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

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Kitzbühel House / John Pawson

first_imgArchDaily CopyAbout this officeJohn PawsonOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKitzbühelAustriaPublished on July 06, 2019Cite: “Kitzbühel House / John Pawson” 06 Jul 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogFaucets / SinkshansgroheKitchen SinksGlass3MSun Control Window Film in MarkthalPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceRetractable StructuresShadeFXRetractable Canopies in Beverly HillsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsWoodSculptformTimber Tongue and Groove CladdingSkylightsVELUX CommercialLonglight 5-30° – Modular SkylightsBars / Wire / MeshJakobWebnet – Sports NetSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Ceiling SailsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMTiO2-free Mineral Paint – Soldalit®-ArteHanging LampsLuminisPendant Lights – HollowcoreHandicap BathroomAamsco Lighting, Inc.Mirror-Lux LED Illuminated MirrorMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Kitzbühel 住宅,山形谷仓融入山景 / John Pawson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 Executive Architect And Project Manager:Spitzner Architektur Lead Executive Architects:Kilian Spizner, Stefan GückelEngineering:Wibmer Aigner Ingenieure Landscape:West 8 Consultants:Hauschild Bad HeizungDesign Team:Nora Szüts, Justine Bell, Max Gleeson, Tom WhittakerExecutive Architect:Spitzner ArchitekturProject Manager:Spitzner ArchitekturCity:KitzbühelCountry:AustriaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Oliver JaistRecommended ProductsLightsVibiaCeiling Lights – BIGSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Ceiling SailsWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsWindowsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Unit-Glaze SystemText description provided by the architects. The design is driven by the goal of creating a contemporary family home in a consistent modern idiom that also draws on recognisable historical precedents. The idea of breaking the programme into a cluster of smaller buildings developed early, as a way of allowing the required mass to sit as modestly as possible on the site.Save this picture!© Oliver JaistSave this picture!© Oliver JaistThe architecture thus takes the form of a trio of barn-like structures set on a plinth, the volumes shifted relative to one another, to reinforce the fragmentation of the composition.Save this picture!© Oliver JaistSave this picture!© Oliver JaistEchoing the three mountains that form their backdrop, the three peaked roof profiles produce a distinctive silhouette that is refined and modern, but also clearly related to nearby vernacular structures.Save this picture!© Oliver JaistProject gallerySee allShow lessRayonier Corporate Headquarters / Polk Stanley Wilcox ArchitectsSelected ProjectsTianyun Affordable Office / Praxis d‘ ArchitectureSelected Projects Share Area:  2700 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Austria Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/920111/kitzbuhel-house-john-pawson Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/920111/kitzbuhel-house-john-pawson Clipboard Kitzbühel House / John Pawson CopyHouses•Kitzbühel, Austria Year:  Kitzbühel House / John PawsonSave this projectSaveKitzbühel House / John Pawsoncenter_img “COPY” Save this picture!© Oliver Jaist+ 14Curated by Paula Pintos Share Photographs 2018 Stefan Dold, Eleni Koryzi Architects: John Pawson Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Lead Architects: Photographs:  Oliver Jaist Houseslast_img read more

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LGBTQ victory shows that mass struggle wins rights

first_imgMichigan plaintiffs Jayne Rowse, left, and April DeBoer with their four children at Motor City Pride, June 7.WW photo: Kris HamelJune 26 was a day of huge celebrations. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality. Laws defining marriage as “between one man and one woman” came down faster than you could pull down a Confederate flag. The traditional fallback position of Southern segregationists — “states’ rights” — collapsed as lawyers for Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee pleaded desperately to be allowed to keep their bigoted laws.Ironically, it was Reagan appointee Anthony Kennedy, writing for the 5-4 majority, who stated that “no longer can this liberty be denied.” Two years earlier, Kennedy had argued against striking down the portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that left defining marriage to the states. Clearly, this historic ruling — like Roe v. Wade, Brown v. the Board of Education, and the upholding of the Wagner Act in the year of the sit-downs — was only achieved through militant mass struggle.This is more than a shift in social status. Couples like Michigan plaintiffs April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse can finally jointly adopt the four children they have been raising together. With two adopted by Jayne and two by April, one mother would have been a “legal stranger” to two of the children if the other died.Economically, denying the right to marry amounts to paying workers in same-sex relationships less money — a kind of “two-tier” system. More than 1,000 federal benefits are tied to marriage, from getting a tax break to collecting a deceased spouse’s Social Security or veterans’ benefits. There are benefits at the state level, such as receiving a workers’ compensation payment for a spouse killed on the job. Work-related benefits — health insurance, bereavement pay, family and medical leave, etc. — are tied to marital status, or taxed as income in the case of domestic partner benefits.The marriage fight was for the basic principle of equal pay for equal work. It is a crude, anti-working class formulation to suggest, as some “radicals” in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer movement do, that demanding the right to marry is “assimilationist.” Anyone with a progressive bone in their body should be celebrating with the happy couples.The struggle is far from overThe marriage victory shows that struggle brings progress. With much more left to fight for, the ruling has buoyed and energized the LGBTQ movement to fight on.In 2003, the Supreme Court overturned the 1986 Hardwick decision that upheld Georgia’s “anti-sodomy” law. No longer could two people of the same sex be arrested for a private intimate act. This was a huge victory but in no way ended LGBTQ oppression.That is still the case, despite winning the right to marry. Only 19 states prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression; three others only ban sexual orientation discrimination. There are still no federal civil rights protections for the LGBTQ community. The scenario of “married on Sunday, fired on Monday” is not unrealistic. Imagine celebrating your nuptials on the weekend, and then reporting your new marital status to your boss the next day. This revelation could cost you your job. A married couple moving in together could face housing discrimination. Discrimination in accommodations could sour a honeymoon. Surveys show that this discrimination still goes on.Right-wing legislators, hatefully attempting to undermine same-sex marriage, are passing misnamed “religious freedom” bills to let businesses and social service agencies discriminate against those who can finally marry.Anti-trans bigotry is pervasive. Having to check a little box marked “M” or “F” becomes complicated when one’s gender identity is not the same as one’s sex assigned at birth. Most states will not change a birth certificate unless a person has fully completed sex reassignment surgery, and five states will not make the change even then. And what about people who identify as neither male nor female? Checking the box is required in many facets of everyday life: applying for a job, college applications, seeing a doctor, getting a driver’s license, registering to vote — and getting a marriage license.According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, 72 percent of hate crimes against LGBTQ people are committed against trans women; 90 percent of those are against trans women of color. Trans women of color are still being murdered — by bigots, by the state and as a consequence of working in the sex industry. They are often victimized a second time by the capitalist media, as in the case of Cemia Dove. After her mutilated body was found in a pool of water, the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper disregarded her chosen pronouns, even referring to the deceased body as “it.”Take a vow to fight racism and capitalismThe burdens of bigotry are compounded by the fact that under capitalism no one is guaranteed housing, health care or an education — let alone a job with vacation or one that even pays enough to afford a honeymoon. Millions of LGBTQ people are struggling to get by. Even with the tax advantages that marriage affords, the court ruling will not lift a single low-wage worker out of poverty, or solve the high unemployment problem in majority African-American cities like Detroit.A marriage license will not protect a Black gay man from being the next Michael Brown or Trayvon Martin; the child of a Black lesbian could be the next Tamir Rice. Undocumented LGBTQ immigrants — as Jennicet Gutiérrez courageously exposed — are as vulnerable as before.There is a crisis facing all working-class and oppressed people in this country: the genocidal assault on the African-American nation. We are seeing an exponential spike in police murders; driving, walking and breathing while Black are dangerous activities. The “school-to-prison pipeline” is a new form of enslavement that profits the prison-industrial complex. Foreclosures have depleted the collective wealth of Black people. Attacks on voting rights, life-threatening water shutoffs, gentrification and the list goes on.But the ruling classes never plan for resistance. They always plan on the oppressed acquiescing to repression and terror. The capitalists haven’t learned from Denmark Vesey, whose church was the site of that horrific massacre in Charleston. People fight back. “Black Lives Matter” isn’t just a statement. It’s a mass movement. It’s a rebellion!We cannot allow this movement to be isolated. We cannot allow the capitalist class to use racism to keep us all divided and exploited.Same-sex couples everywhere are saying their vows of love. But would we have come this far, to a victory unimaginable just 10 years ago, without the solidarity of others? If we are committed to real liberation, let us take a solemn vow. We will put our bodies on the line in solidarity with the Black nation, with Latino/a, Asian, Native and Arab people, and with every nation on the planet oppressed by capitalism and imperialism. Until every last vestige of oppression and exploitation is gone: Stonewall means fight back!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Solidarity with Honduran people’s resistance

first_imgNew York City San Francisco Chicago Demonstrations and other activities took place in several cities around the U.S. in solidarity with the people of Honduras and against the electoral fraud in that country’s presidential election.Hondurans living in the New York City area and some North American supporters gathered with signs, leaflets and sound equipment on the afternoon of Jan. 27 in Union Square to inform thousands of passersby that the Honduran people will not accept the electoral fraud of Nov. 26. The International Action Center supported the protest, which was organized by local Hondurans.Atlanta was tuned in to the struggle of the Honduran people on Jan. 29 when the Labor Forum on WRFG (Radio Free Georgia) hosted United Auto Workers Local 869 Executive Board member Martha Grevatt speaking on what workers should know about the fraudulent Honduran elections. Immigration paralegal Raymond Partolan was also on, discussing the crisis for Deferred Action Childhood Arrival youth in relation to immigration legislation. The Labor Forum features labor headlines, labor history and interviews with labor and community activists every Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. EST on WRFG 89.3FM. For additional information, go to wrfglaborforum.org.Over 150 people turned out in Chicago for a Jan. 27 teach-in on the growing people’s struggle in Honduras. Victoria Cervantes of La Voz de los de Abajo provided background on the current situation, telling the crowd that a Honduran protester is killed each day merely for opposing the U.S.-backed dictator’s attempt to stay in power through massive electoral fraud. A panel of speakers from Black Lives Matter Chicago, the Chicago Teachers Union, National Nurses United and the US Palestinian Community Network linked the struggle in Honduras to the fight against racism, exploitation and oppression in the U.S. and throughout the world.  A march through the Loop followed the teach-in.Hondurans and supporters gathered in San Francisco‘s Mission District on Jan. 27 to protest the illegal inauguration of Juan Orlando Hernández as president of Honduras. The rally was initiated by the Honduran Alliance USA/NorCal. Co-sponsors included the Answer Coalition; Central Americans for Empowerment; CISPES Bay Area; Clínica Martín-Baró; the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FLMN); Global Exchange; Haiti Action Committee; International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity; School of Americas Watch; Task Force on the Americas; and Workers World Party.Oregonians gathered in Portland on Jan. 27 to protest the current illegal Honduran dictatorship “made in the U.S.” A lively group of demonstrators met downtown in support of the Honduran people, who are protesting the illegal election of JOH (Juan Orlando Hernández) and are calling for a general strike in Honduras. With placards denouncing JOH’s U.S.-backed regime, members of Workers World Party met up with folks from the Portland Central American Solidarity Committee and the Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines. As speakers read aloud the conditions in Honduras, protesters echoed back the facts: the martial law imposed by Hernández, the murder of over 40 Hondurans in the protests, the torture and imprisonment of hundreds more and the powerful Honduran people’s movement that is rising up against the U.S.-backed repression.Contributing to this report were John Catalinotto, Terri Kay, Dianne Mathiowetz, Lyn Neely and Jeff Sorel.Photos: Jeff Sorel in Chicago, Lyn Neely in Portland, Ore., Sara Flounders in New York City, and Terri Kay in San Francisco.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Portland, Oregonlast_img read more

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Google workers vow to fight firings of activist co-workers

first_imgFour Google employees, named the “Thanksgiving Four” by the Tech Workers Coalition, were fired Nov. 25. Engineers Rebecca Rivers and Laurence Berland had already been suspended for “allegedly accessing and sharing data without permission.” Their co-workers maintain management was retaliating against them for organizing against workplace inequities and actively opposing policies of the company, especially its collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Some 200 Google employees and other tech workers rallied in San Francisco on Nov. 20, calling for the reinstatement of Rivers and Berland — who risked their livelihood to act in keeping with their pro-worker and humanitarian principles. Three days later, bosses fired Rivers, Berland and two other employees. The multibillion-dollar company’s goal: to crush worker organizing.Google executives hired IRI Consultants, a union-busting law firm. Around  the same time, the company made it a “fireable offense to even look at certain documents.” said Google Walkout for Real Change. It was “an excuse to retaliate against organizers. With these firings, Google is ramping up its illegal retaliation against workers engaged in protected organizing. This is classic unionbusting dressed up in tech industry jargon. We won’t stand for it!” (Twitter, Nov. 25)Stop systemic racism and sexism!Last year, 20,000 workers walked off the job on four continents Nov. 1 in the coordinated “Google Walkout for Real Change” to protest multimillion-dollar payouts to male executives found culpable of sexual misconduct. Going even further, the organizing committee objected to the company’s rampant racism, sexism and discrimination, and expressed solidarity with vendors as well as contract and temporary workers, many of them African-American, Latinx, immigrants and lower-paid workers.After the walkout, Google management reformed some practices regarding sexual harassment complaints, but would not make other changes. Since then, the company has carried out a campaign of intimidation intended to stifle workers from speaking out and organizing against workplace inequities. It curbed what political topics could be discussed at work, even online. There were reprisals against key walkout organizers, forcing out longtime employee Claire Stapleton and artificial intelligence researcher and ethicist Meredith Whittaker. Others left too. Recently, bosses canceled the weekly all-employee meetings to stop staff questioning of and vocal opposition to company practices. Meanwhile, workers found out about an internal tracking tool put on their web browsers — a blatant invasion of privacy. The so-called “open” culture at Google became rife with intimidation, censorship and suspicion, say employees. There are reports of retaliation, especially against women and LGBTQ+ workers. Two of the fired employees are transgender.The scare tactics, restrictions on internal speech and dissent, hiring of an anti-union law firm and now the firings reflect management’s alarm about — and steps to curtail — the upsurge of worker activism. Employees are increasingly demanding their rights and seeking to ensure that their labor is used for ethical purposes. Google workers have also objected to company exploitation of subcontracted workers, mishandling of sexual misconduct charges, contracts with the Pentagon to develop technology to streamline drone attacks, work for fossil fuel corporations and collaboration with ICE. In August, 1,500 Google employees signed a petition, created by Rivers, opposing the company’s signing a contract with ICE, citing its “human rights abuses.”Workers call for solidarityAmr Gaber, another walkout organizer, charged on Twitter that bosses fired the four workers because they alerted co-workers about company complicity with ICE and the Border Patrol in separating migrant families and caging children. He said instead of “reversing course on child abuse and human rights violations, Google has chosen to punish the brave people who are standing up for themselves and others.” Gaber stressed: “I, and several others, are not willing to accept this. If we don’t [unite] to make our voices heard, then Google’s divide-and-conquer strategy will be complete. There will be no one to oppose the racist, sexist, precarious and climate-ending future that Google is steering and massively profiting from.” He said Google’s attempt to silence its workforce won’t succeed, because “the boss knows we have power when we stick together.”Walkout organizer Stephanie Parker epitomized many workers’ attitudes on Twitter: “I’m still here, still fighting, and not afraid.”Google workers strongly assert: “For every one they retaliate against, there are hundreds of us who will fight. Together we will win! One of the most powerful companies in the world wouldn’t be retaliating against us if collective action didn’t work.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Open letter to Mauritanian president calling for blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed’s release

first_imgNews December 7, 2017 Open letter to Mauritanian president calling for blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed’s release News March 13, 2020 Find out more Organisation July 6, 2020 Find out more MauritaniaAfrica Condemning abusesReligious intolerance Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world May 20, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF backs joint op-ed by 120 West African media and journalists calling for Beninese journalist’s release to go furthercenter_img Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Human Rights Watch and other human rights organizations have written an open letter to Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz urging him to free the blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed and ensure that he is given protection. He should have been released on 9 November. News December 6, 2017President Mohamed Ould Abdel AzizIslamic Republic of MauritaniaMinistère du Secrétariat Général à la Présidence B.P.184 Nouakchott, Mauritania via Fax: +222 525 85 52Dear President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz,We, the undersigned international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), ask you to ensure that blogger Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mohamed, also known by the name of Mohamed Cheikh Ould M’kaitir, regains his freedom since he has served his sentence. We also urge you to take steps to guarantee Mohamed’s safety upon his release.A Mauritanian court sentenced Mohamed to death in December 2014 on apostasy-related charges after he published an article titled “Religion, religiosity, and craftsman,” in which he criticized the Mauritanian caste system. The court ruled that the article was blasphemous to the Prophet Muhammad, despite the blogger repenting in court and saying he did not intend to insult the prophet.Based on Mohamed’s repentance, an appeals court in the city of Nouadhibou on November 9, 2017, reduced Mohamed’s death sentence to two years in prison and ordered him to pay a fine of 60,000 Mauritanian ouguiya ($172).Having spent more than three years in prison, Mohamed was scheduled to be released, yet he remains in custody, according to a November 16 press statement from the former Justice Minister Ibrahim Ould Daddah. The blogger’s relatives told CPJ that they have not been able to visit him or confirm his whereabouts.Since Mohamed’s imprisonment three years ago, preachers have called for his death. Moreover, your cabinet on November 16 approved a bill to amend Article 306 of the penal code that would punish “defamation to God, the Prophet Muhammad, Holy Books, angels or prophets” by death. Under the bill, repentance would not allow authorities to reduce the sentence or drop charges as they had previously done in Mohamed’s case. In his November 16 press statement, then Justice Minister Ibrahim Ould Daddah said that the law will not be applied retroactively, but Mohamed’s continued detention is deeply concerning to us.In an April 14 interview with Rcadio France Internationale, Your Excellency said that you will ensure Mohamed’s safety, just like any other Mauritanian, once the court orders his release. We urge you to ensure his prompt release and safety, regardless of political pressure.We also urge you, Your Excellency, to reaffirm your vision of Mauritania as you described it in the interview: A country where people can practice democracy and have the freedom to write “whatever they want.” Abolishing laws that curtail press freedom, and freedom of speech, would be a step towards this vision.Thank you in advance for your attention to this urgent matter.Sincerely,Sherif MansourMiddle East and North Africa Program CoordinatorCommittee to Protect JournalistsChristophe DeloireSecretary GeneralReporters Without BordersCarles TornerExecutive DirectorPEN InternationalEric GoldsteinDeputy Director of Middle East and North Africa divisionHuman Rights WatchKarin Deutsch KarlekarDirector, Free Expression at Risk ProgramsPEN AmericaMaran TurnerExecutive DirectorFreedom NowStephen CockburnDeputy Regional Director Research, West and Central Africa OfficeAmnesty International Mauritanian president Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz MauritaniaAfrica Condemning abusesReligious intolerance Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expression Follow the news on Mauritania RSF_en News Mauritanian reporter held for two days over Facebook post Receive email alertslast_img read more

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Heavy Snow and Chilly Temps Increase Pest Pressure Across U.S.

first_img TAGS  Heavy Snow and Chilly Temps Increase Pest Pressure Across U.S. Previous articleFunky electronics chain Fry’s is no moreNext articleCincy looks for home win vs Tulane Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest FAIRFAX, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 24, 2021– The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) today released its bi-annual Vector Sectors™ list of the top 10 U.S. cities with the greatest risk for increased pest pressure from vector pests for the remainder of winter and into spring. Despite heavy snowfall and below-average temperatures across much of the U.S., experts caution pests like ticks and rodents still pose a serious threat to public health. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224005186/en/ The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) released its bi-annual Vector Sectors™ list. (Graphic: Business Wire) “It’s a common misconception that pests disappear as soon as winter rolls around,” said Jim Fredericks, Ph.D., chief entomologist for the NPMA. “Pests like ticks and mosquitoes have learned to adapt to excess snow and subzero temperatures and are able to survive some pretty harsh conditions, only to emerge in springtime en masse as if nothing happened. Those that are less resilient, such as mice and rats, have found their own ways to survive the winter, invading an estimated 21 million U.S. homes each year until warmer temperatures set in.” Rats are the number one health and home pest concern amongst Americans, closely followed by mice.* In January 2021, Twitter engagement around the topic of finding rodents in the basement and kitchen increased a staggering 76% and 41%, respectively. From food contamination to respiratory issues and disease transmission, rodents pose a significant threat to public health and property and require a professional to eradicate from the home. Ticks, while not readily in the home, still pose a significant health risk even during the winter months. No matter how cold it gets or how much snow accumulates, these pests only need temperatures to hit 50 degrees, even for just one day, for them to become active. “If you decide to go for a walk in the woods as soon as temperatures thaw, be sure to remain vigilant in your pest protection efforts to stay safe from tickborne illnesses such as Lyme disease,” said Fredericks. The top 10 U.S. cities** named to the National Pest Management Association’s Vector Sectors list include: Baltimore: After having its warmest November on record, continued above-average temperatures predicted for the rest of the season will allow ticks to become active on warmer winter days. Chicago: With above-average temperatures in fall and double the average snowfall in January, saturated soils when spring showers arrive can create excess standing water for mosquitoes to lay eggs. Cleveland: After a warm fall and snowy start to winter, cold weather conditions predicted for the remainder of the season could cause rodents to seek indoor nesting sites. Miami: On the heels of a warm and wet fall and start to winter, below-average overnight temperatures for the remainder of the season may cause rodents to seek food and shelter indoors. Milwaukee: After having its third-warmest November on record, a rebound of cold weather predicted for the remainder of the season could cause rodents to seek indoor nesting sites in the winter months. New York: After having its third-warmest November on record, excess snow in January and February may translate into saturated soils and more standing water come springtime, resulting in more mosquito breeding locations. Philadelphia: With above-average fall temperatures and erratic winter weather, warmer days throughout the rest of the season despite any previous snowfall can cause ticks to become active in search of blood meals. Pittsburgh: After a warm fall, record snowfall and cold weather conditions throughout the remainder of winter may cause rodents to seek indoor nesting sites. Tampa: After having both its third-warmest and wettest November on record, below-average overnight temperatures for the remainder of the season may cause rodents to seek food and shelter indoors. Washington, DC: Mild temperatures throughout most of the winter coupled with periodic warm, sunny days can result in increased tick activity when temperatures rise. **Listed in alphabetical order; no numeric ranking. To limit encounters with pests, the NPMA recommends removing sources of standing water in and around the home. This includes fixing leaky pipes and clogged drains and sealing entry points such as cracks or gaps where plumbing pipes and utility lines enter the structure. Be sure to clear all gutters and downspouts of debris as water accumulation provides ideal conditions for pests to breed. When spending time outdoors, be sure to wear long pants and sleeves when possible, along with bug repellent containing at least 20 percent DEET. Refrain from wearing fragrant perfumes and opt for light-colored clothing to make spotting ticks easier. Before heading indoors, thoroughly check clothing, skin and pets for ticks and promptly remove to limit exposure to tickborne disease. Once inside, be sure to store food in airtight containers to prevent pests like rodents from gaining entry and dispose of garbage regularly. Clean up crumbs and spills and vacuum often to eliminate attractive food sources. If pests become a problem, be sure to contact a licensed pest control professional to help properly identify and treat infestations. For more information on NPMA’s Vector Sectors list or to learn more about proper pest prevention, visit PestWorld.org. *January 2021 online engagement findings are a result of a recent online research study conducted between January 2018 and January 2021 by Advanced Symbolics Inc. using a representative sample of 274,500 Americans. About the National Pest Management Association The NPMA, a non-profit organization with more than 5,500 members, was established in 1933 to support the pest management industry’s commitment to the protection of public health, food and property from the diseases and dangers of pests. For more information, visit PestWorld.org or follow @PestWorld on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224005186/en/ CONTACT: Samantha Kamen Vault Communications 610-455-2784 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA VIRGINIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: FAMILY HEALTH CONSUMER RESIDENTIAL BUILDING & REAL ESTATE CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY GENERAL HEALTH SOURCE: National Pest Management Association Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/24/2021 08:30 AM/DISC: 02/24/2021 08:31 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224005186/en By Digital AIM Web Support – April 6, 2021 Facebook Twittercenter_img Twitter Local NewsBusiness WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

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CFPB: A Look Back at Five Years

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The fifth anniversary can be a large milestone and something to really celebrate, but for the fifth anniversary of The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), which came on Thursday, July 21, the celebration may be premature. Some critics even wonder whether the Bureau as it stands now will be around to celebrate next year.From the Bureau’s initiation, the stated purpose of the CFPB has been protecting consumers in the financial marketplace. According to a recent post from the Bureau, “Since we opened our doors, we’ve focused on making the financial marketplace work for consumers. We’ve listened to your complaints about problems with your financial companies, created new consumer protections for financial products and services, and held bad actors accountable for breaking the law.”In the report, the CFPB shares what they believe to be the largest accomplishments since their origination in 2011. Included in this list is $11 billion in relief given to 27 million consumers in legal actions (encompassing in that figure action taken against mortgage companies for wrongly foreclosing on consumers’ homes), handling approximately one million consumer complaints, implementing new rules for the mortgage market such as “Know Before You Owe” and “Ability to Repay,” and most recently attempting to put new consumer protections in place like banning arbitration clauses.“There were a lot of consumer protection laws out there but the problem was there was nobody really to enforce them,” says Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) in a CFPB video interview. “The idea behind the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was to draw together all of those laws and put them into once place and to say this agency has the tools to watch out for the American consumer to level the playing field and will be held responsible for doing that.”“In a few short years we’ve been working to protect people against financial predators, make sure these markets are safe for consumers, and see they are treated fairly, which is what everyone of us deserves.” Richard Cordray, Director, CFPBNot everyone is singing the same tune as Warren, though. Earlier this year, Congress proposed changes for how the Bureau is funded, moving for annual appropriations, as well as changes for the CFPB leadership, calling for a bipartisan commission instead of a single director. Additionally, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found some problems with the CFPB’s internal controls and accounting procedures, according to a report from the GAO released earlier this year.“During its audit of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) fiscal years 2015 and 2014 financial statements, GAO identified deficiencies in CFPB’s internal control over accounting for property, equipment, and software that collectively constituted a significant deficiency in CFPB’s internal control over financial reporting,” the GAO reported.These are not the biggest issues facing the CFPB this year, though. The Bureau is also struggling with accusations from the New Jersey-based lender PHH Corp. which is currently trying to overturn a $109 million penalty issued by the CFPB in June 2015 over alleged violations of the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). This is a landmark case because it is the first time in the now five-year history of the CFPB that a company has judicially challenged a penalty handed down by the Bureau. Rulings in the PHH case over the Bureau’s constitutionality will be determined this fall.The petition from PHH reads, “Never before has so much authority been consolidated in the hands of one individual shielded from the president’s control and Congress’s power of the purse.”Despite controversy surrounding the CFPB, consumers and those in the mortgage industry stand behind the work the Bureau is doing. “The CFPB’s record of strong leadership stands by itself and should not be hampered by congressional efforts that would cripple its ability to ensure a safer and more accountable financial system,” said Joe Valenti, Director of Consumer Finance at the Center for American Progress, in a post celebrating the CFPB’s work over the duration of its existence.Still others feel there is more work that could be done to increase regulations through the CFPB. A survey of 1,000 likely voters jointly conducted in late June by the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) indicated that members of both parties think financial regulation should be tougher. More than half of respondents in each party concurred: 52 percent of Republicans, 68 percent of Independents, and 84 percent of Democrats all said they believe that more financial regulation is necessary.As the CFPB begins a new year, plans for progression are the mission of the Bureau. They state that will continue to work on protecting consumers in the financial marketplace and empowering them to make informed financial decisions.Director for the CFPB, Richard Cordray, said in a video interview, “In a few short years we’ve been working to protect people against financial predators, make sure these markets are safe for consumers, and see they are treated fairly, which is what everyone of us deserves.”But are these actions congruent with where the where the mortgage industry stands now, five years after the Bureau’s launch? Tom Booker, Managing Director of The Collingwood Group, said, “At the five year mark, the cost to originate has sky rocketed to over $7,000 per loan, the products available to mortgage lenders that address, high debt to income ratios, imperfect credit and difficult to document incomes are difficult to access for most consumers. The compensation schemes for brokers which needed attention, have created a disincentive to loan originators, the front line for borrowers to work on difficult loans to get approved.”Booker continues on to describe how his balanced assessment is that the law of unintended consequences best describes the impact on the mortgage business at this juncture. He doesn’t believe the goal was to raise costs, to discourage loan offers, or impede access to loan products that could allow more credit worthy Americans access to home ownership. He says that the CFPB has the best of intentions, but not with the intended direction or outcome thus far. Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / CFPB: A Look Back at Five Years CFPB 2016-07-21 Kendall Baer About Author: Kendall Baer Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Postcenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago CFPB: A Look Back at Five Years Tagged with: CFPB Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago July 21, 2016 1,615 Views Previous: CoreLogic Enhances University Data Portal Next: Freddie Mac Resumes Whole Loan Securities Risk-Sharing Kendall Baer is a Baylor University graduate with a degree in news editorial journalism and a minor in marketing. She is fluent in both English and Italian, and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Apart from her work as a journalist, she has also managed professional associations such as Association of Corporate Counsel, Commercial Real Estate Women, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Project Management Institute for Association Management Consultants in Houston, TX. Born and raised in Texas, Kendall now works as the online editor for DS News. Subscribelast_img read more

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