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Wales: Five things we learnt v Scotland

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Close range: Jamie Roberts barges over for his try against Scotland. Photo: Getty ImagesBut the real majesty of Roberts’s performance on Scotland was his try. Roberts is known for running straight, but the 45-degree angle fooled everybody. Stopping Roberts when you can see him coming is a two-man job, but when he blasts across the defender’s blind spot major problems lie ahead. And so it proved. Well played, Jamie.Risks can pay offWhilst Wales beat Scotland, there were moments when the decision-making seemed overly conservative. There were two or three opportunities where the Welsh midfield found themselves with turnover ball, an overlap or a defensive mismatch but players opted to drive the ball into the corner rather than exploit the space with a pass or simple change of direction. This week the former Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips alluded to the fact that players were overly admonished for making mistakes, which would explain a lot.Fast show: Tom James is halted by a Duncan Taylor tackle after a great run. Photo: Getty ImagesThe one glorious example of risk taking being positive was Tom James’s break. From turnover ball James could easily have chosen the conservative option by feeding his scrum-half, who could then have cleared the ball and set up an attacking kick-chase, but he didn’t. Instead James looked up, saw a clear field and ran 70 electrifying metres like he was being chased by a swarm of bees. Wales could do with a bit more ‘Tom James’ about them, at times.Young Welsh props are developingWales’ young props are becoming a huge positive during this Six Nations. With Samson Lee and Rob Evans both aged just 23, they’re reasonably young for international front-row forwards. But their performances so far have been at the level that you’d expect from far more senior players. Front foot: Wales scrum was generally dominant against Scotland. Photo: Getty ImagesTogether with Scott Baldwin they helped deliver a 100% scrum completion and whilst it wasn’t perfect for the entire 80 minutes, at times it was genuinely imposing. On two occasions the Welsh scrum rolled forward at a rate that you rarely see at Test level – where the front-row forwards’ feet were churning so quickly that you could have lobbed a barrel full of grapes under their boots and two scrums later you’d have wine. Promising signs.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. TAGS: Highlight High jump: Is Justin Tipuric under pressure to add creativity? Photo: Huw Evans Agency The dilemma of winning v progressingDespite beating Scotland by 27-23, Wales find themselves in a difficult and rather weird position. They are winning, but maybe not progressing as the Welsh rugby public would like. The Welsh team’s performance on Saturday was solid and there were some genuine highlights: a 100% completion on both scrum and lineout, a classic scrum-half’s run-in from Gareth Davies, a delicate angle from Jamie Roberts and a mesmerising line from George North that Julian Savea would have drooled over.Wales’ very own Kraken, Luke Charteris, managed to wrap the ever dangerous Scottish rolling maul and Alun Wyn Jones managed to disrupt what is a very stable lineout. But for some reason, the Welsh public still remain largely unsated.This desire for more expansive rugby has manifested with an obsession for Justin Tipuric to start at seven – a position where creativity comes way down the priority list. Creativity is a back’s issue, not one for the forwards. Even the world’s greatest opensides have had little impact on their team’s creativity – Richie McCaw being a prime example. It is a difficult conundrum: allow the players to progress the style in which they play and give them a chance of competing in this summer’s three-Test tour of New Zealand or focus entirely on winning this year’s Six Nations. There is no easy answer.George North is backFor all Welsh supporters and neutral observers, it was fantastic to see George North being, well, George North. He has spent the past 12 months largely subdued on the rugby field. His dip in form has been perfectly understandable given the severity of his concussions and the impact that the symptoms have had on his life. It felt as though we’ve been watching a film in 2D when we know full well that it was shot in 3D.Fine line: George North breaks for his try against Scotland. Photo: Getty ImagesAgainst Scotland, however, in the 70th minute we saw the full 3D, Dolby surround sound, 360-degree IMAX George North. The line that he ran for his try was glorious. With the Scottish defence drifting wide to cope with the usual 12 channel barrage, North cut back against it and exposed the weaker, left shoulders of the Scottish defenders. His angle left six defenders dumbfounded – you could have sent North’s shorts to the CSI Miami lab and not found a single Scottish fingerprint on them. Great to see you back, George.Jamie Roberts was awesome againJamie Roberts was Man of the Match against Scotland and delivered one of the performances of his career. His defensive capabilities are a given, he simply doesn’t miss tackles and the majority of those hits are ‘+1’ aggressive tackles that halt or drive the attacking player backwards. The fine form of George North and Jamie Roberts, a solid scrum and an unsatisfied Welsh public – we analyse Wales’ performance against Scotlandlast_img read more

Dwelling House with Barn / Michael Meier Marius Hug Architekten

first_imgArchitects: Michael Meier Marius Hug Architekten Area Area of this architecture project Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© Roman KellerText description provided by the architects. Reconstructing the barn, this detached conglomerate of buildings outside Schwamendingen got back its urban presence. Acting as an historic witness in an area of multi-storey residential buildings, it works as an identity generator. Save this picture!© Roman KellerWhile the farmhouse still works as a residence, the column-free construction of the barn is thought for public use. The structure of the floor plan is maintained and the valuable wood panelling, the floor boards and the tiled stove are restored in aspects of preservation. The existing layers of paint and wallpapers are reinterpreted. Save this picture!© Roman KellerThe barn, which corresponds to the surface line of the former building, receives a translucent cladding on the longitudinal façade. The cuttings in the rough sawn larch planks are reminiscence to the barns in the 19th century. The five trusses divide the barn into their former four segments. Two large gates mark the entrances and reinterpret the function of the treshing floor as a circulation space. The lights are developed according to the enamelled barn lights.  The aim was to achieve maximum flexibility for further construction and spatial layout both for temporary and future users. Due to its volume the new barn represents the typology of an agricultural building while its external expression has undergone a refinement for the urban context and it’s new program.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow less52 Social Housing in Tarragona / aguilera|guerrero architectsSelected ProjectsToward a Fit Nation: 18 Projects that Promote Healthy LifestylesArchitecture News Share “COPY” Year:  photographs:  Roman KellerPhotographs:  Roman Keller Projects Area:  600 m² Area:  600 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Save this picture!© Roman Keller+ 19 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboardcenter_img Houses 2010 2010 CopyHouses•Zurich, Switzerland Photographs Switzerland ArchDaily Dwelling House with Barn / Michael Meier Marius Hug Architekten CopyAbout this officeMichael Meier Marius Hug ArchitektenOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesZurichHousesSwitzerlandPublished on November 25, 2013Cite: “Dwelling House with Barn / Michael Meier Marius Hug Architekten” 25 Nov 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricShower ColumnshansgroheShoulder ShowersPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesMorin Corp.Metal Wall Systems – ExposedStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Stonika SeriesConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame SlopeThermalSchöckMinimizing Thermal Bridges in BalconiesWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWork ChairsDynamobelWork Chair – SLAT 16More products »Read commentsSave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 Dwelling House with Barn / Michael Meier Marius Hug ArchitektenSave this projectSaveDwelling House with Barn / Michael Meier Marius Hug Architektenlast_img read more

Scouts raise £250,000 from unwanted mobiles and printer cartridges

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 7 October 2004 | News Tagged with: Research / statistics Trading About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Scouts raise £250,000 from unwanted mobiles and printer cartridges Scout Groups across the UK have raised a massive £250,000 in the last five years by recycling old, unwanted mobile phones and used printer cartridges that would otherwise be thrown away into polluting landfill sites.The cash was raised by over 1,800 Scout Groups that signed up to a recycling programme run by Eurosource which refurbishes and re-sells the products.Rob Morton, Scouts Recycling Appeal co-ordinator at Eurosource said: “Modern Scouts recognise the value of recycling. The environment benefits and so does each participating Scout Group, financially.” Advertisementlast_img read more

MAY DAY: Hope, resistance, solidarity

first_imgHope and resistance are rising on International Workers’ Day 2018 as waves of striking education workers spread through U.S. states and Puerto Rico. Thousands of teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, school counselors, janitors, classroom aides and more are on a defiant march.They are streaming out of their schools into the streets, into the halls of state government, to confront the vicious attacks of “right-to-work-for-less” right-wing billionaires intent on gutting public education and on attacking the public good. They are marching from West Virginia to Kentucky, from Oklahoma to Arizona, Wisconsin to Georgia and beyond.Will this surge of action continue and spread to other workers in other jobs and locations? The answer is in our collective hands.First and foremost, we can and must build unbreakable strength in workers’ struggles by forging solidarity with other workers. We must be at each others’ sides in the battles against white supremacy; assaults on refugees and im/migrants; woman-hating, Islamophobia, anti-LGBTQ attacks; disrespect and barriers for people with disabilities.We must pledge to each other: “I will fight for you as if your struggle is my very own. Because it is!”That means providing material and real solidarity to refugees and im/migrant workers being kidnapped and jailed every day by Immigration and Customs Enforcement from California to upstate New York. That means joining with Black Lives Matter to demand justice for victims of police terror; to defend Black workers, being targeted by white supremacists, who are arrested for just sitting in a Starbucks in Philadelphia; or shot down while working at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tenn., or worshipping in the very church of freedom fighter Denmark Vesey in Charleston, S.C.We must defend women who are given the inhuman choice of rape and sexual assault or their jobs, from farm workers to film actors. We must fight to guarantee workplace protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people and to overturn still-existing, vile anti-LGBTQ laws.As the U.S. government and military continue to mobilize anti-Islam bigotry to ramp up attacks on people in the U.S. and also build for war on Syria and Iran, we must expose how the war budget bleeds the life out of all workers, draining money for health care, education and retirement hopes.We must spread the word to all workers that people with disabilities are endangered to the point of losing their lives by such austerity measures as requiring people to work to get Medicaid, cutting school budgets so there are fewer special education aides or slashing accessibility in public transportation.On a practical level, this May Day solidarity can be carried out in everyday actions, with support for workers’ rights in pro-worker “picket lines” wherever we are, to marching and rallying weekly in solidarity with local struggles. We can make visible that “I am fighting for your struggle as my very own.”Hope is already visible in how connections between struggle movements are being made in every current of liberation. In the Black Lives Matter movement, the entwined violence facing women of color has been brought to the fore by #SayHerName actions. Many of the overwhelmingly female striking education workers in West Virginia and Oklahoma have cited the 2016 women’s marches as inspiration. In the recent demonstrations sparked by the massacre at a Florida high school, young people have militantly raised issues of school-to-prison pipelines, racist police, state violence and U.S. imperialist war as inextricably tied to “gun violence.”Indelible lessons in resistance come from Indigenous people still fighting for their land and the Earth, opposing the exploitative and polluting pipelines of Big Oil at Standing Rock and elsewhere. Five hundred years after the seizure and colonization of Indigenous homelands, financed by European capitalists of that early era, Indigenous people still fight on.We can study and learn from the hundreds of years of resistance recorded in rebellion after rebellion of enslaved people of African descent in the U.S. — Stono in South Carolina, 1739; New York City, 1741; the German Coast in Louisiana, 1811; Nat Turner in Virginia, 1831; and countless unrecorded others. We can learn resistance from Haiti in 1804 — when enslaved people won their freedom by waging their own war of liberation.We can take heart in the resistance of May Day 2005 by the Million Worker March Movement. Begun by class-conscious Black labor unionists on the West Coast, East Coast and U.S. South, and endorsed by Workers World Party, this action targeted May 1 to affirm that workers must fight independently in their own name, unchained from the Democratic and Republican parties. (See the flier in this issue about the port-closing action this May Day by the International Longshore and Warehouse Workers Local 10.)We can take heart, lessons and inspiration from the historic revival of May Day 2006 with strikes led primarily by low-wage and im/migrant workers throughout the U.S., ignited by the reactionary Sensenbrenner bill. The state of California was essentially closed down in a general strike that May Day, while millions marched nationally. This massive action was organized by workers from the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America, who were battle-honed in the struggle against devastation in their home countries by U.S. economic and military imperialism over two centuries of blockades, “free trade” monopoly, invasion and occupation.Now all workers in the U.S. are attempting to survive the ruin from those same “austerity” economics. The privatization schemes of big banking and finance are stealing systems that had been won for the people’s common good. Capitalist exploitation is destroying water systems, transportation systems, education systems from Detroit and Flint, Mich., to Puerto Rico.Meanwhile, white supremacy is being viciously mobilized by the anti-worker forces of capitalism in a last-ditch attempt to keep us from uniting and fighting for each other. We have to topple white supremacy as surely as the freedom fighters of Durham, N.C., toppled a racist monument!May Day is an international call to abolish capitalism and replace it by a socialist system that will empower all workers regardless of nationality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, abilities, age, skills, whether employed or unemployed, in a union or fighting for one, working in the home or working in the gig economy.As more and more of our class — the multinational, multigenerational working class — develop a deeper hatred of capitalism and more openness to building a socialist society that puts human needs first, solidarity is our best tool and our best weapon.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Ecuador regime wages ‘war against workers’

first_imgIbarra, EcuadorPart 1, “Ecuador’s pandemic: Rightist regime fails to confront crisis,” is available here.In a “war against workers,” President Lenín Moreno’s regime is exploiting the pandemic crisis to advance the same International Monetary Fund austerity package that provoked the great uprising in Ecuador the first week of October 2019.Workers, Indigenous people led a general strike in Ecuador in October 2019 against already existing austerity measures.On March 21, Minister of Health Dr. Catalina Andramuño resigned, criticizing the government when she could no longer comfortably defend Moreno’s obscene layoffs and budget cuts.Radio Alba Ciudad announced on April 19 that 72 doctors had died (which contradicted Ministry of Public Health data) and quoted Andramuño’s replacement: “Minister Juan Carlos Zevallos said that most of the doctors and nurses with Covid-19 did not necessarily catch it inside the hospitals. It was ‘community contagion’ or health personnel brought it into these settings.”That insensitivity is nothing short of outrageous. Government officials are the biggest source of fake news.The underlying economic catastrophe is analyzed in a series of articles by economist Jonathon Báez on “It is urgent to inject liquidity and prevent at all costs the outflow of capital. It is essential that the state powers allow the financing capacities of the Central Bank of Ecuador to be used by the State [the CBE is shackled by the bankers and the IMF], that the electronic money mechanism be recovered by the CBE, a payment mechanism that [Moreno] handed over to the private banks and that at present would [enable the masses] to pay for goods and services, without the need for handling physical money, which is a source of [coronavirus] contagion.”How neoliberal policies cost livesBáez asked, “How many lives would have been saved if resources had been available? How many doctors would not have been infected in their work to save lives if they were equipped with the necessary resources?” (, April 16)Báez said that Moreno’s government slashed Ecuador’s national public health investment by 36 percent and fired more than 3,000 doctors and nurses in 2019. Right-wing Minister of Finance Richard Martinez paid $341 million, including interest, on March 24 to a few millionaire creditors “close to the government” in the midst of the pandemic.The Ministry of Public Health reported that, as of May 3, at least 3,469 health workers have been infected. Twenty-four confirmed deaths include 19 doctors, two nurses, one obstetrician, one dentist and a psychologist, with three other probable deaths. Ecuadorians no longer believe their government, which cannot hide the possibility that 90 health workers and in fact many more than 10,000 citizens have died from the coronavirus.Since the state of emergency was imposed, 1,300 health workers (including hundreds of the fired doctors and nurses) have been given temporary contracts to work under the most dangerous frontline conditions.During October’s popular uprising, the regime spread fake news that Cuban and Venezuelan agents were destabilizing the country. This ploy paved the way for Minister of Government Maria Paula Romo to fire 382 irreplaceable medical specialists in the Cuban Medical Brigade last November.Ecuadorian author and poet Jaime Galarza Zavala wrote in his blog that the Moreno government’s hate-filled reactionary agenda lay behind its incompetence. “The regime did nothing! Absolutely nothing! It did not acquire the necessary medicines and equipment, nor did it organize the hospitals or prepare health contingents.”Galarza added, “Lenín Moreno reigns but does not govern. He is happy to be wheeled onto the red carpet of the Washington White House and, at his best, to read the ‘bad handwriting’ of an official communiqué written by some mediocre person.”Indigenous communes and peasant movementsThe central government left every province and every city and community to cope with the coronavirus crisis unaided. In many cases the armed forces and police invaded Indigenous communes and used extreme violence to enforce curfews. Military police cut the hair of Indigenous young men to humiliate them.The greatest danger was that armed forces would contaminate the communes. In response Indigenous leaders organized the people to block access roads which impeded delivery of their agricultural products to the cities where they were normally sold.Leonidas Iza Salazar, president of the Indigenous and Peasant Movement of Cotopaxi, was interviewed in the city of Loja in the south of Ecuador on March 23 by Radio Periférik. ( “The health crisis affects all peasants, Indigenous peoples and Afro-Ecuadorians,” said Iza. He urged Ecuadorians to honor “the principles of solidarity, reciprocity, ‘randi randi’ [the Quechuan phrase is translated “to give and receive”], because we all need each other.“Indigenous and peasant communities do not have coverage from the public health system. That is why we have strengthened our internal ancestral health system; we have our ancestral doctors. However, diseases like the coronavirus are complicated.”Iza warned that “a single outbreak in our communities could cause a collective panic, since our practices in all activities are developed collectively. We cannot move our products from the countryside to the big cities now. Our people don’t only work in the countryside, but also in the cities like Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. There is no medical testing so that our members can go back to the communities.“We are asking the central government to set up an emergency health fund. There are families who live from day-to-day, from informal trade, from daily sales, from piecework. None of the national government’s policies are designed for this sector.“The government should buy directly from the peasants, and transfer the products free of charge to [the informal and poor] sectors of the population. Guarantee the direct transfer of our products to the cities to ensure that production in the countryside would not stop due to low prices. We have already lowered our prices, but the middle men have not. And that is exactly where speculation is born.“We cannot allow the National Government to only guarantee the profits of the large food companies and prevent us small farmers from taking our products to the city.”CONAIE asks for unified demandsAnother Indigenous movement, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities (CONAIE), negotiated with the central government to end the October 2019 uprising. On May Day this year, CONAIE proclaimed that what was needed is to unify “the demands of the Indigenous movement, the trade union movement, the popular organizations, the women’s movement and the people in general.” The May Day manifesto demanded that the rich be made to pay for the economic catastrophe they have created, not the people.Multinational mining and oil operations continue during the pandemic, adding to class conflict and threatening communities of Indigenous peoples with extinction. The rupture of three oil pipelines caused by a sinkhole on April 7, in the northern Amazon, impacts 150 isolated Amazonian communities whose well-being depends on the rivers.Part 3: Interviews with Ecuadoreans.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

TCU vs SMU: Battle of the Iron Skillet

first_imgprintThe crosstown rivalry between the Horned Frogs and the SMU Mustangs is back Friday night and the Mustangs are hoping a new quarterback and a nationally recognized wide receiver will help bring home the Iron Skillet. The main priority for TCU’s defense is keeping SMU’s star wide receiver in check, said TCU head coach Gary Patterson. Defending Courtland Sutton is a lot like defending Josh Doctson, Patterson said.Patterson said that as Sutton has gotten older, he has gotten faster. He said he can jump and “he has a lot of confidence.”Sutton leads the nation with 25.8 yards per catch among receivers with at least 12 catches. His next touchdown reception ties Dallas Cowboys’ wide receiver Cole Beasley for the eighth-most in SMU history with 14 catches.Patterson said he will likely use redshirt-freshman cornerback Jeff Gladney against Sutton.“Jeff Gladney didn’t allow a touch against Iowa State’s top wide receiver except a pass interference,” Patterson said. “He’s played very hard and physical. He’ll keep getting better and giving more production.”The Big 12’s top two tacklers, sophomore Ty Summers and junior Sammy Douglas, are also defensive weapons. Summers leads the conference with 26 tackles; Douglas has 25.Patterson said he was impressed with senior wide receiver Deanté Gray’s efforts in covering kicks and punts on special teams last week. Expect him as cornerback this week.However, Patterson was non-committal on Gray playing defense the rest of the year.“It’s like what I say about staying at TCU: I never say never, I just let my actions speak,” Patterson said. “He’s still there this week.”Starting defensive end Josh Carraway, who was injured during the Iowa State game, will play this week Patterson said.The Mustangs are starting redshirt freshman Ben Hicks at quarterback. Last year’s starter, Matt Davis, is out for the season after injuring his ACL in the opener against North Texas.Patterson said he is pleased with TCU quarterbacks Kenny Hill and Foster Sawyer, who came in at the end of the Iowa State game. “Kenny has played at a high level and I loved the way Foster came in and ran the offense on Saturday,” Patterson said.Hill is the only player to rank in the top seven nationally in total offense (400.3 yards per game), passing yards (345 yards per game), and rushing touchdowns (6), according to the TCU media guide.Patterson said the loss of wide receiver and returner KaVontae Turpin will be felt most on special teams because they have to find new kick and punt returners.TCU is 12-2 in the Battle for the Iron Skillet against SMU under Patterson and 9-6 in short-week games.TCU holds a 48-40-7 record in the series that began in 1915. The Horned Frogs have won 14 of the last 16 games. TCU kicks off against SMU Friday night at 7 p.m. in Dallas. Twitter Facebook Previous articleNew Wellness Center offers guidance for studentsNext articleFrog Report – Iowa State Recap and SMU Preview Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Garrett Podell Garrett Podell Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Twitter Garrett Podell Garrett Podell Facebook Linkedin Garrett Podell Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. TAGStext only Linkedin TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks + posts TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello ReddIt Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award ReddIt Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collierlast_img read more

Ali Lmrabet very weak but calm

first_img Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard describedimprisoned journalist Ali Lmrabet as “very weak but calm” after visiting himtoday at Avicenne hospital in Rabat. Lmrabet has lost 17 kg since the startof his hunger strike on 6 May but has begun to drink water again.Prior to the hospital visit, Ménard had a meeting today with justiceministry officials at which the possibility was raised of Lmrabet’sprovisional release at his first appeal hearing on 5 June. The ministryofficials stressed during this meeting that it was the interior ministry,not the justice ministry, that initiated Lmrabet’s prosecution._______________________________________________________________30 May 2003Jailed newspaper editor’s condition worsensReporters Without Borders today voiced mounting concern about the worsening condition of its correspondent in Morocco, jailed newspaper editor Ali Lmrabet, who was rushed from his prison cell to hospital on 26 May. Lmrabet has been on a hunger strike since 6 May and is now refusing even water. His lawyers yesterday described his state of health as “worrying.” Lmrabet began serving a four-year prison sentence for insulting the king on 21 May.”We are extremely concerned about the health of our correspondent and we reiterate our request to the Moroccan authorities to release him at once, which would allow him to receive the treatment he needs,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. He also said he did not understand why Lmrabet is not allowed any reading material.Ménard added that he will travel to Rabat on 2 June to meet with justice ministry officials and visit Lmrabet in hospitalLmrabet was put on an intravenous drip when he was taken to Avicenne hospital in Rabat on 29 May, but he removed it yesterday and refused any other form of medicine. When his sister Naziha visited him, all he managed to say was: “Even here they are persecuting me.” Explaining to his other sister Nadia his decision to refuse to ingest anything (including water and sugar), he said: “I am being denied my prisoner’s rights. Why are they even forbidding me the right to read? Haven’t they done me enough harm already?” The only book he had with him, and a pen, were confiscated on 28 May and he has not been allowed the other books he requested.His two lawyers were able to visit him for the first time in hospital yesterday. They said they had written to the justice minister requesting a written report on Lmrabet’s state of health. to go further June 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation Sign the petition for Ali Lmrabet (in French) News Receive email alerts June 2, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ali Lmrabet very weak but calm Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard describedimprisoned journalist Ali Lmrabet (photo) as “very weak but calm” after visiting him today at Avicenne hospital in Rabat. Lmrabet has lost 17 kg since the startof his hunger strike on 6 May but has begun to drink water again. His first appeal hearing will be on 5 June. April 28, 2021 Find out more Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Help by sharing this information The editor of two satirical weeklies, the French-language Demain Magazine and its Arabic-language version Douman, Lmrabet was sentenced to four years in prison on 21 May for “insulting the person of the king”, “offence against territorial integrity” and “offence against the monarchy.” The court also fined him 20,000 dirhams (about 2,000 euros) and banned his two weeklies.When he began his hunger strike on 6 May, Lmrabet said he was acting to defend his rights, to put an end to repeated acts of intimidation against his printer and others who would otherwise be ready to print his weeklies, and in order to be able to enjoy the right to freedom of movement. April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Limerick’s COVID-19 volunteer response calls double in ten days

first_imgDonal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads LimerickNewsLimerick’s COVID-19 volunteer response calls double in ten daysBy Meghann Scully – April 9, 2020 438 TAGSCoronaviruscovid19Keeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Postvolunteeringvolunteers Print Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash center_img Previous articleDebenhams closure a ‘major loss’ to LimerickNext articleGardai seize 11 vehicles in 24 hour period at COVID-19 checkpoints in Limerick Meghann Scully Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook The Limerick COVID-19 Community Response has kicked into action this week, with daily calls to the helpline from those most vulnerable to the Coronavirus pandemic almost tripled from its first few days.Ten days following the launch of the initiative – led by Limerick City and County Council with the support of An Garda Síochána and the HSE and backed by up to 40 sporting, community and religious groups across the city and county – the Freephone 1800 832 005 helpline number is receiving up to 70 calls each day from people looking for support across Limerick city and county.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up And organisers of the volunteer programme are expecting these numbers to rise considerably next week when a booklet (The Community Call) explaining the service lands in every household around the county.  The service runs seven days weekly, from 8a.m. to 8p.m.Speaking today, Anne Rizzo of Limerick City and County Council, who is coordinating the programme, said that they are more than ready for the spike thanks to the incredible groundswell of support from volunteers.“We’re really thrilled with how things are going so far and in the midst of all we are going through as a nation, to have a response like this taking flight as it is gives great encouragement and hope.“In the first five days of the service we were averaging about 25 calls per day but now we are up to 70 per day and that’s going to grow next week when a booklet arrives to every household dwelling of any sort letting people know of the service and with all the contact details,” she said.“So far, we have been promoting the service on print, broadcast and online media and on social media and have got great traction on our promotional video but a lot of people who are isolated because of their vulnerability to the virus still may not be aware of the service.“The Community Call booklet will do a lot to address that as it will not alone get to the people who may need support but also their loved ones who, in turn, can activate the service on their behalf.”Anne also said the most common ask of volunteers is the collection of prescriptions. “Yesterday, for example, we had 63 calls and nearly half of them were regarding collection of prescriptions.“Five were for groceries and a small number also regarding social isolation; people wanting to be checked in on. There were a number of sign-posting calls, people looking to know about other services and information and these are extremely important also.”Regarding the volunteer piece, she said: “Through the GAA, FAI and Munster Rugby and local rugby clubs, we have well over 300 volunteers already signed up. But then we have had hundreds of more calls on top of that from volunteers.“These include from businesses who are offering their services for free and we are so grateful to these. Some of the offers are specific to what the businesses do themselves but others are just offering their time and their vehicles.“This is all so encouraging. Limerick people collectively have put their hands up and said they want to help. It says a lot about them. People from all areas of the city and county, from all backgrounds, male and female.“We really couldn’t be happier and we are ready now for any spike in activity over the coming weeks and months. Ultimately, we are going to have to protect those most vulnerable to the virus for quite some time yet and we will be here to do that as long as is needed.”The Limerick COVID-19 Community Response is based at Munster GAA headquarters – home also of Limerick GAA – and can be contacted on FreePhone 1800 832 005 or [email protected] for support. For people wanting to give their time to the support network they can register on or email [email protected]#LimerickEdgeEmbrace #HowLimerick #CommunityCall #MidWestTogetherlast_img read more

Donnelly asks HSE to review Donegal vaccination centre decision

first_img Donnelly asks HSE to review Donegal vaccination centre decision RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – March 4, 2021 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows The Health Minister says he will ask the HSE to review the decision to locate one vaccination centre in Donegal, while Kerry has two and Cork five.The issue was raised in the Dail this afternoon by Deputy Padraig MacLochlinn, who also asked MInister Stephen Donnelly to address delays in getting vaccines to certain areas, particularly Carndonagh.MInister Donnelly said because it is a three week programme, there will inevitably be frustrations because some GPs will get their supplies before others.On the issue of mass vaccination centres, he said decisions on their location were made by the HSE……Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebookcenter_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleFunding secured for minor flood relief works in BallybofeyNext articleSome issues emerging with vaccination timetable – GP News Highland Google+ Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Pinterestlast_img read more

Lioness dies in fall at zoo just two weeks after mate is euthanized

first_imgChicago Zoological Society(CHICAGO) — The Chicago Zoological Society has had to euthanize its female African lion at the Brookfield Zoo after she suffered injuries from an accidental fall just two weeks after euthanizing its male African lion due to age related complications. Officials at the Brookfield Zoo, also known as the Chicago Zoological Park, announced the death of Isis on Tuesday in a press release. Officials say that the 14-year-old lioness was fine when staff checked on her habitat at around 9 a.m. Tuesday. But when she was revisited a short time later, she was observed laying on the floor of the moat 15 feet below.Brookfield Zoo officials say that the fall was not witnessed but that it appears she fell off the side of the enclosure and was injured in the fall. Veterinary staff immediately provided intensive treatment but Isis’ injuries were significant and the decision was made to humanely euthanize her a short time later. “The safety and well-being of the animals in our care is our utmost priority,” said Senior Vice President of Animal Programs Bill Zeigler in a statement. “Although it is unclear what caused her fall, we are reviewing all aspects of this tragic occurrence.”Isis’ accident comes less than two weeks after her male partner named Zenda died on Jan. 2 due to complications of old age. Zenda, who was also 14 years old at the time of his death, had been observed having trouble standing and walking at the end of last year. Veterinarians had been in the process of treating his symptoms with medication but the decision was made to euthanize him on Jan. 2. Zenda was considered geriatric and had been losing his mane in his later years. Preliminary necropsy results indicated that Zenda had several degenerative discs in his spine that had ruptured due to his age, and were inoperable.Both Isis and Zenda arrived to the Brookfield Zoo in 2008 and officials say the lions were very close and could often be seen grooming each other and sleeping together with their paws on each other. “Isis and her mate were majestic animals who had a strong bond,” said Zeigler. “The staff, who dedicated their lives to care for these charismatic lions, are heartbroken by their loss.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more