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Wilhelm Steenkamp suspended for two weeks for head charge on Butch James

first_imgSaturday Jul 13, 2013 Wilhelm Steenkamp suspended for two weeks for head charge on Butch James Earlier in the week we showed a clip of Butch James being yellow carded for a high tackle against the Bulls, and mentioned that just before that he was involved in a scuffle. We’ve now got a clip of that, including the bit the TMO didn’t see. James and Western Force bound Bulls lock Wilhelm Steenkamp got in a tussle after the latter charged into a ruck using his head. James lashed out, then tugged on Steenkamp’s hair.In what was an action packed few minutes, the Bulls almost scored a try after a neat kick through from Morne Steyn, as tiny referee Jason Japhta was smashed over by one of the Sharks players.He called for the TMO to rule on the try, as well as to check for foul play after James asked for it.Somehow the correct section of footage wasn’t provided for the Television Match Official, as can be seen when watching the video below, so Japhta had little to work with, other than telling the players to calm down, much to the frustration of James.You can see the incident at the beginning of the video though, as well as at the end, slowed down.Despite getting away with it on the day, Steenkamp was cited and later suspended for two weeks. He was found guilty of contravening Law 10.4(a) Striking another player with his head.“Steenkamp made contact with the Sharks player with his head in an attempt to clear out the player from a collapsed maul,” said SANZAR judicial officer Mike Heron.“I found from the video footage that the player led with his head and contacted the Sharks player in between the shoulder and the head. From the video footage I found that Steenkamp intended to lead with his head and make contact with the Sharks player and that he was reckless as to whether he would commit an act of foul play.“I did not find that Steenkamp intended to injure the Sharks player nor did I find that his head struck the face of the Sharks player as alleged in the citing. I found that the action was in an intense and critical phase of play when the Sharks player was attempting to interfere with the Bulls possession.”He will miss their game with the Stormers on Saturday evening, as well as their playoff game.It was a chaotic few minutes, making an interesting clip, and there was something quite amusing about Japhta getting the verdict from the TMO while being treated. He soldiered on bravely. 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 RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart 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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Russet Residence / Splyce Design

first_img Area:  4600 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/532539/russet-residence-splyce-design Clipboard Houses Save this picture!© Ivan Hunter+ 23Curated by Paula Pintos Share Projects Canada CopyHouses•West Vancouver, Canada 2013 Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/532539/russet-residence-splyce-design Clipboard Russet Residence / Splyce DesignSave this projectSaveRusset Residence / Splyce Design “COPY” Russet Residence / Splyce Design ArchDaily Photographs:  Ivan HunterBuild:Powers ConstructionCity:West VancouverCountry:CanadaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Ivan HunterRecommended ProductsWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20Text description provided by the architects. This project is located in West Vancouver on a steep site with mature cedar and douglas fir to the west and an ocean view to the south. The house responds to these conditions by nestling itself into the hill while also projecting out over it to maximize views and connectivity to the landscape.Save this picture!© Ivan HunterDue to its proximity to the rugged and sloping creekside bank to the west, the house was subject to strict environmental and geotechnical conditions, including a required setback from the top of the bank that pushed the building’s foundation eastwards. The resultant footprint was awkwardly narrow, so to gain back valuable space, a portion of the main and upper floor is cantilevered back out past the foundation, allowing the native creekside vegetation to grow up, under and around as an uninterrupted, wild, forest floor.Save this picture!© Ivan HunterThis reclamation of space is clearly pronounced in the dining room, where it projects fifteen feet out past the concrete foundation wall. By eliminating window frames and extending the glazing panels on all three sides of the room, past the floor and ceiling planes, space dissolves into the adjacent forest canopy and provides framed views through to the ocean beyond.Save this picture!© Ivan HunterTucked into the hill, the front of the house is deceptively modest in scale, set off by the large mature cedar that anchors the front yard. The topography of the site reveals itself as one descends the exterior stairs adjacent to the forest and follows the exposed concrete wall to the main entry. Continuing through to the interior, the wall rises up seventeen feet to help frame the bright circulation volume, with stairs leading to the upper floor and down to the main living spaces.Save this picture!© Ivan HunterFrom this space, one gains an understanding and orientation of the home in relation to the site, its topography, and movement of the sun across the building by way of the wall-to-wall skylight above. Subtle hints of views to the sky, ocean, and forest are suggested from this vantage point.Save this picture!© Ivan HunterOriginally published on August 04, 2014. Project gallerySee allShow lessFlatiron Office Building / Works Partnership ArchitectureSelected ProjectsNorthwest Harbor / Bates Masi ArchitectsSelected Projects Share Architects: Splyce Design Area Area of this architecture project Photographs CopyAbout this officeSplyce DesignOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWest VancouverIcebergCanadaPublished on December 21, 2019Cite: “Russet Residence / Splyce Design” 21 Dec 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?隐藏在茂密树林中的住宅 / Splyce Design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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The Coral Villa / HUNI Architectes

first_img 2019 Photographs:  Princestudio Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: HUNI Architectes Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Projects “COPY” Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/935017/the-coral-villa-huni-architectes Clipboard The Coral Villa / HUNI ArchitectesSave this projectSaveThe Coral Villa / HUNI Architectes Save this picture!© Princestudio+ 26Curated by Hana Abdel Share ArchDailycenter_img Area:  375 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Vietnam Houses Manufacturers: Hafele, Jotun, Babakagu, Bien Phuc Smarthome, Bravat, Gia Vo Furniture, Thien Thien Nhan, Vien Dong Stone, VinapoolArchitect In Charge:Duong Viet HungDesign Team:Huni ArchitectesClients:Mr. QuanEngineering:Huni ArchitectesLandscape:Huni ArchitectesConsultants:Huni ArchitectesCity:Da NangCountry:VietnamMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Princestudio“The Coral Villa” is a family weekend retreat, nestled within the curve of Da Nang Bay. It is directly affected by the local tropical climate; hot and humid, with relatively high temperatures. The façade of “The Coral Villa” takes inspiration from local corals, poetically abstracted into the design and construction. The coral pattern is applied to screens made using fiber concrete. The screens act as a sustainable filtering layer, open for wind but preventing glare from sunlight. It keeps the privacy for users, and creates a unique identity home. The challenge in this project was to design a home which is environmentally open, blends in with nature, and yet still adapts to the conditions of the local climate.Save this picture!© PrincestudioSave this picture!Second floor planSave this picture!North elevationSave this picture!© PrincestudioThe architects have carefully considered the site specific seasonal climate conditions and sun angles. Based on those analyses, solutions are provided for natural lighting, blocking solar glare, and allowing from sea-breezes, for ventilation. Summer: Trees are planted inside and outside the building to prevent solar heat gain. Natural, local wood and stone are used for the front of the building to reduce heat absorption and establish a bold visual identity. Winter: The climate factor has been vigorously considered for the backyard design; creating a pleasant sheltered atmosphere while minimizing overhead noise from air traffic. The garden is sheltered from strong environmental effects such as storms and strong winds by the building itself by nature of its orientation.Save this picture!© PrincestudioThe uniqueness of the project established by the organization of form and space. The form of the villa is based on simple shapes, but uses the technique of defining and shifting levels to create and organize functional spaces more playfully. The first level is used for entertainment, while the second level is a shared space for the family and the third level creates a private living space. The project is in an idyllic location, lying within open natural scenery. The architects enhance the advantages of this situation as much as possible, so that architecture becomes voice for nature.Save this picture!© PrincestudioMain spaces in the buildings are all facing the sea. The spaces are open enough to allow natural light and breezes in, though still providing the privacy needed for the family. The interior style of the villa brings a sense of modern European style and luxury in form and material. Greenery is applied under careful consideration throughout the building, blending in with the green Napoli marble cladding, and creating a refreshing feeling that does not lose the personality of the building.Save this picture!© PrincestudioProject gallerySee allShow lessRoof House / BWAOSelected ProjectsEdwina Benner Plaza / David Baker ArchitectsSelected Projects Share CopyHouses•Da Nang, Vietnam The Coral Villa / HUNI Architectes ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/935017/the-coral-villa-huni-architectes Clipboard Year:  CopyAbout this officeHUNI ArchitectesOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDa NangOn FacebookVietnamPublished on March 08, 2020Cite: “The Coral Villa / HUNI Architectes” 07 Mar 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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First Hospice Retail Awards winners announced

first_imgFirst Hospice Retail Awards winners announced Some of the most inventive and effective hospice retailers have been recognised in Help the Hospices’ first Hospice Retail Awards. The winners received their awards at the Help the Hospices Retail Conference 2013 in Birmingham last week Most Inventive Hospice Retail InitiativeEarl Mountbatten Hospice Prison Products Project won the Most Inventive Hospice Retail Initiative. The idea came about by chance from a tour of HMP Isle of Wight by Earl Mountbatten Hospice staff, when they spotted a workshop in which concrete garden ornaments were being made.The inmates’ creations have been sold via the hospice’s shops on the Isle of Wight since March 2012. Over 1,000 items have been sold, including garden ornaments, plants, metal plant stands, wooded planters and bespoke wooden garden benches. The inmates gave been given the opportnity to learn new skills and feel that they have been able to put something back into the community. Advertisement Kath Bright, Retail Team Leader at Earl Mountbatten Hospice said: “Collaboration and communication have been key to the success of this project with Earl Mountbatten Hospice keeping the workshop managers up-to-date with positive feedback from our customers. Significantly, the hospice always advertises that the products come from the prison to promote a positive message of our work together which provides a vital link between the local community and prison inmates.”Hospice Retail Staff Member of the YearPhyllis Jones, Retail Manager of St Kentigern Hospice, won the award for Hospice Retail Staff Member of the Year. Based in the coastal town of Abergele in North Wales, Jones has to manage and motivate teams of volunteers in St Kentigern Hospice’s 11 shops, none of which have managers.Since she joined the team eight years ago, the charity’s retail presence has has expanded considerably. She has opened three more charity shops, refurbished another five and set up an EBay shop. Jackie Jeffery, Fundraising Manager at St Kentigern Hospice said: “Phyllis is an inspiration to our volunteers and her co-workers; she keeps a tight ship but is fair to all, and doesn’t expect anyone to do anything she wouldn’t do herself. She will probably go mad, if she finds out that she was nominated, but we feel she totally deserves this award.” Howard Lake | 7 May 2013 | News  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Syria and ISIS: Some anti-imperialist observations and analysis

first_imgThis article was submitted to Workers World by U.S. political prisoner Jaan Laaman.With the mid-November ISIS-claimed terrorist attacks in Paris, and even more since the California shootings, there has been a constant stream of reports, official government statements and politicians’ remarks about ISIS and the war against Syria. There have also been reports of French, U.S., Russian and Syrian government air bombing raids on ISIS targets in Syria. In the U.S. corporate news media, many of these reports and most of the analyses have been driven and limited by ideology and are often incorrect.  This weak reporting and outright misinformation is created to fit the U.S. government line on what is going on in Syria and with ISIS, also called the Islamic State. The fact is that ISIS, Al Qaeda and other reactionary forces have mostly maintained, and in some areas even strengthened, their presence in parts of Iraq and Syria.Why are the U.S. government and its major allies seemingly unable to contain and limit these al-Qaeda-like groups and their increasing attacks on people outside the Middle East?  From where, and how did these groups first spring up?  It is important to trace some of this history, in order to more clearly see what might be more effective in stopping these attacks and terrorism.  And to be clear, by terrorism, I am using the actual definition of the term, that is, the indiscriminate use of violence against civilians in order to pressure the government and ruling powers.Allow me to go back and begin with Al Qaeda. Osama bin Laden pulled Al Qaeda together in the 1980s in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan to fight the then-Soviet-Union-supported secular and progressive government of President Najibullah in Afghanistan.  At that time, the U.S. government, completely caught up in Cold War anti-Soviet Union ideology, created the most expensive CIA operation in history.  The U.S. government supplied huge amounts of weapons and money to Al Qaeda, groups with a similar ideology and warlord groups fighting the progressive Afghan government. Readers might remember, or could easily find, the rather famous photos of Ronald Reagan meeting with some of bin Laden’s top lieutenants at the White House.  At that time President Reagan called these forces “freedom fighters,” not terrorists, even though they were killing people in Afghanistan in the same manner as people were killed recently in Paris and San Bernardino.Bush dragged U.S. into Iraq invasionOnce the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan, Al Qaeda turned its sights on the United States. Eighteen months after the 9/11 attacks, then-President George W. Bush pushed and dragged the U.S. into invading and occupying Iraq.The lies and fabrications Bush and his government used to justify the war against Iraq are now well known. There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.  There also was no Al Qaeda in Iraq, under the secular and nationalist Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein.  There were no bombs going off in Iraq, nobody was getting their head cut off, there was no warfare between various Iraqi communities and cities. In fact, Iraq had a middle-class level of lifestyle.  Women went to school and work, were doctors, professionals and served in government positions.  Iraq had a lot of oil and sold it on the world market.  President Saddam Hussein’s government was sometimes labeled authoritarian and maybe rightly so.  But there were no active or known terrorist groups in Iraq until the United States invaded that country, overthrew its legitimate government and imposed a 10-plus-year occupation.During the years-long U.S. military occupation of Iraq, Al Qaeda in Iraq came into existence, expanded and later part of it morphed into ISIS.  During this same period, other groups sprang up in the Sunni communities, along with some large and well-armed Shiite militias.  When the U.S. finally withdrew its army from Iraq, these armed sectarian groups, territorial and religiously based militias and terrorist organizations, took increasing control of parts of Iraq.In 2011, the U.S., NATO, Qatar and other oil kingdoms launched an air war against Libya and its long-standing official government led by Muammar Gaddafi.  Under the pretext of protecting Libyan people, these countries bombed and attacked the secular nationalist state of Libya. The country of Libya, like Iraq, was also rich in oil and gas.  Libya readily sold its oil and gas, at market prices, to all buyers.  Gaddafi made sure the Libyan people shared in the country’s wealth.  Libya had the highest Human Development Index ranking in all of Africa.Libya was also a firm and long-time supporter of national liberation and freedom struggles, from Ireland to Palestine, South Africa and more.  Like Saddam Hussein and Iraq, Gaddafi and Libya were long on the enemies list of U.S. imperialism.Since the death of Gaddafi and the overthrow of his government, Libya has not had a functioning national government.  There is ongoing war and conflict; reactionary sectarian forces, including Al Qaeda and ISIS, have established themselves in parts of Libya. They have carried out terrorist attacks against Egyptians working in Libya, as well as against many Libyans.  Four years after the U.S.-led war overthrew the Gaddafi government, the Libyan state and government has disintegrated.  There is no central government, competing forces control sections of Libya and ISIS and Al Qaeda are openly active.After the U.S.-led effort that overthrew the government of Libya, the U.S. turned its sights on Syria.  Like pre-invasion Iraq and Libya, Syria is an independent secular nationalist state.  Syria long had a well-functioning government and civil society.Syria is composed of many religious and ethnic communities.  The largest group is Sunni Muslims.  There are also large minorities of Alawite (Shiite-related) Muslims, Christians, Yazidis, Kurds and Armenians.  Syria, for years, has also been the home of a large number of displaced Palestinians who have had to flee Israeli wars and occupations, and for a shorter time was home to over a million Iraqi refugees.  While Syria has been close to various upheavals, including the U.S. invasion of Iraq, several Israeli wars and civil war in Lebanon, throughout this time it has remained a functioning state, with law, commerce and relative stability.Many decades ago, the previous president, Hafez al-Assad, was faced with a Sunni uprising in the city of Hama led by the Muslim Brotherhood.  The Syrian army and security agencies forcefully put down this rebellion.  For the past 40 years Syria has been a country where people of all religions and ethnic groups co-existed.  Nobody was getting their heads cut off, no churches or mosques were being bombed.  Damascus and other cities were thriving centers of business.  Women were not restricted in education, business or employment.  As already mentioned, Syria hosted large communities of Palestinian and Iraqi refugees.  Elections are routinely held and Bashar al-Assad, an Alawite Muslim, is the elected president. The Syrian government has always been very strict about not allowing sectarian or religious violence. The U.S. has often labeled the Assad government as authoritarian. There also are some Syrian exile groups who are critical of the Assad government.  But up until about four years ago, Syria was a functioning, successful, multi-religious and multi-ethnic country.As an anti-imperialist and a life-long revolutionary activist, I totally recognize the right of all oppressed and exploited people to speak out and struggle for justice. This includes the right, and when necessary the need, to demand and fight for change against the government and system.  Ultimately, all people have the right to change and overthrow a system that oppresses and exploits them.There is a big difference between a people’s right to a freedom struggle against what they see as their oppressive government, and foreign powers and imperialist states interfering in the internal affairs and struggles within a sovereign country.  The U.S., Turkey, Saudi Arabia and others have no legal or moral right to demand the overthrow and removal of President Assad and the Syrian government.  Nor do they have any moral or legal right to arm, train, pay for and advocate the overthrow of the legally constituted government of Syria.  This is just naked aggression and imperialist domination of a small independent nation by the major imperialist power in the world — U.S. imperialism.During the past five decades, the secular nationalist government of Syria, like Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, has been viewed as an obstacle and enemy by the U.S. government for its policies in the Middle East. Syria has been a steadfast opponent of Israeli expansionism and a firm supporter of the Palestinian people.  It has refused to sell out the Palestinian people and their struggle for nationhood, or to accept dictates from the U.S. government.  Syria has long had friendly relations with Russia and previously with the Soviet Union.  All this has permanently placed the Syrian government in Washington’s crosshairs.Starting December 2010 street protests flared up in the Middle East. By February 2011, two U.S. allied governments — that of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and the government in Tunisia — were overthrown by huge rallies of people.  Some months later there were demonstrations in Syria, too.  They weren’t huge or nationwide, but many people did protest.  Some of these demonstrations were met with police repression.  Very soon after the police crackdown, well-armed attacks sprang up in some Sunni areas. It has been documented that millions in money, arms and even training was going to these rebel forces in Syria.Most of this aid, especially from Saudi Arabia and Turkey, went to extremist sectarian forces, especially Al Nusra and ISIS. Turkey kept an open border for foreign fighters to travel into Syria. This is how the Syrian war developed and even today continues to exist, a civil war imposed from outside.ISIS imposed on SyriaThere was no ISIS in Syria until U.S. and West European imperialism, Saudi and other Persian Gulf oil kingdoms, and Turkey began supporting and supplying the forces that have now seized territory in Syria. In the past year the U.S. and some other countries have begun bombing ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq.  Damage has certainly been done, but ISIS and Al Nusra remain in place.  Kurdish forces and in some sectors Syrian government forces, with assistance from Hezbollah units from Lebanon, have successfully pushed ISIS out of a few areas and contained them in other locations.Some months ago Russia joined this fight against ISIS and other similar organizations in Syria.  Russia announced and advanced its plan to support and join with the Syrian government and its armed forces, against the reactionary sectarian and other anti-government rebels.  By all accounts, the major rebel forces are all sectarian reactionaries — ISIS and Al Nusra being the largest organizations.  The Russian strategy understands that aerial bombing alone will not defeat the anti-government forces.  There have to be land forces to fight, take ground and hold areas. From an anti-imperialist perspective, we can see that Russia’s direct support of the Syrian government is not only international solidarity, but Russia is acting in its own material interests.  The fall of the Syrian government would mean the loss of Russia’s main long-time ally in the region. Further, the spread of ISIS activities would put Russia’s internal security at greater risk. The Russian strategy to support and add to the military strength of the Syrian government and its armed forces is a realistic strategy that can defeat ISIS and the other jihadi groups.Even now, as ISIS expands terrorist attacks beyond Syria and Iraq, the U.S. government is still calling for the removal of the Syrian president and his government.  Imagine how many more people would be dead if the Syrian government had fallen four years ago, when the U.S. first began demanding and working for the overthrow of President Assad?  Imagine what all of Syria would look like today if there were no Syrian government?  Syria would look like Libya, but even worse, because there would be a lot more dead Kurds, Christians, Alawites, Armenians, Palestinians, Yazidis.The United States has no legal or moral right to demand the overthrow of the Syrian government or president.  The U.S. has even less right to fund, arm and train Syrian or mercenary forces to try to overthrow the legitimate Syrian government. The U.S. has no right to invade or occupy Syria and we, people in the U.S., have to be extremely clear that we do not want the U.S. government to invade Syria, to send any U.S. troops into Syria.  Actually, even the U.S. aerial bombing of ISIS targets in Syria is illegal by international law.  The U.S. should work with and coordinate with the Syrian government — if it is interested in having U.S. aid — in any bombing raids it conducts within that country.Syria is a sovereign nation.  Whether the U.S. government likes its president or not, violating the sovereignty of a country, whether sending warplanes on bombing raids or landing an invading army, is a violation of international law, is an act of war.The government of the United States has consciously and/or unwittingly helped create the conditions for the rise of organizations that today it calls “armed jihadi terrorists.”  Specifically, the U.S. government and its wars and invasions — in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and now in Syria — have led to Al Qaeda and ISIS.Superpowers and empires, throughout history, believe they can manipulate and control events and even countries. Sometimes they create or facilitate the rise of forces that they lose control over or that turn against them.  In recent history, in the 21st century, a clear case can be made that the political managers of the U.S. state/empire (elected and appointed government leaders) have made many mistakes and created wars and other situations that they lost control of, or that led to results that have been harmful to U.S. government and corporate interests, let alone to the people of the U.S.  And of course, it is always the U.S. public who pays for the wars, in money and blood, even though the people have very little input and control over what the government does in our name. It is important that we the U.S. people, become more familiar with the real facts and realities in Syria and the Middle East.Jaan Laaman is a long-held political prisoner and editor of 4strugglemag.org, which is a major voice of political prisoners in the U.S.  He can be directly contacted at: Jaan Laaman (10372-016), USP Tucson, P.O. Box 24550, Tucson, AZ 85734.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Belarus : Five Belsat TV reporters on trial

first_img RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” The five journalists are Stanislau Ivashkevich, Ales Silich, Maryya Artsybashava, Katsyaryna Andreyeva and Syarhey Kavalyou. All are correspondents for Belsat TV, a Belarusian satellite TV channel that was forced to base itself in neighbouring Poland, and all are charged under article 22.9 of the Code of Administrative Offences with “illegal production and/or distribution of media content.” Belsat TV’s reporters are the leading victims of these prosecutions. Since May, they have been the targets of at least 26 other prosecutions for working without press accreditation, and have accumulated more than 10,000 euros in fines since the start of the year. “We condemn this new wave of trials, which has the sole aim of intimidating journalists and forcing them to submit to government pressure,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “We urge the Belarusian government to end the systematic judicial harassment of independent journalists.” There is a vicious circle. By banning media based abroad, such as Belsat TV, from opening a bureau in Minsk, the authorities force its correspondents to work without accreditation. This, in turn, is used as grounds for prosecutions and the imposition of fines. The fine recorder holder is Kastus Zhukouski, a journalist who has been fined 17 times – more than 5,000 euros in all – in the past three years and is now facing the possibility of having his assets confiscated because he is unable to pay. “Whereas before the authorities used to target reporters in the regions, especially in Homyel, they have now started persecuting Belsat TV journalists in Minsk,” the TV channel’s representative in Belarus, Alyaksey Minchonak, told RSF. Harassment of independent journalists and bloggers has stepped up in recent months. Around 100 were arrested while covering nationwide anti-government protests in March. The authorities fear more protests after the summer break and are trying to prevent them from being covered by independent media. “Officials probably think that if reporters have to pay a fine, they will be less willing to work in the future,” Minchonak added. “They also see it as an opportunity to fill the coffers.” Belarus is ranked 153rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information Credit: SERGEI GAPON / AFP RSF_en Follow the news on Belarus BelarusEurope – Central Asia Media independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureExiled media “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says May 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Belarusian regime’s increasing persecution of the country’s few remaining independent journalists, as evidenced by the trials of five of them today and tomorrow on charges of working for foreign media without press accreditation. center_img to go further May 27, 2021 Find out more August 24, 2017 Belarus : Five Belsat TV reporters on trial News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown BelarusEurope – Central Asia Media independence Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureExiled media June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Newslast_img read more

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Reporters without borders thanks the American Iranian community for its support

first_img Organisation News RSF_en February 1, 2010 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Reporters without borders thanks the American Iranian community for its supportcenter_img Reporters Without Borders would like to express its heartfelt appreciation to the organisers of the charitable function held in San Francisco on 23 January in support of our campaign to help Iranian journalists who have had to flee their country.Thanks to the efforts of Firuzeh Mahmoudi of United4Iran, journalist and cartoonist Nikahangh Koswar, members of the Kiosk’s group, human rights activist Parviz Dhokat and others, several dozen people attended the event, at which Iranian entertainers performed and all profits went to Reporters Without Borders.Iranian community activists intend to organise similar events in other US cities.Reporters Without Borders is very grateful to the San Francisco function’s donors and participants. To support Reporters Without Borders’ efforts on behalf of Iranian journalists: http://www.rsf.org/Reporters-Without-Borders,34929.html Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

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Rent Price Trends—Industry Implications

first_img rent growth Rent prices Single Family Rental 2018-06-04 David Wharton Tagged with: rent growth Rent prices Single Family Rental The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago June 4, 2018 2,042 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Rent Price Trends—Industry Implications Home / Daily Dose / Rent Price Trends—Industry Implications Related Articles Previous: Home Affordability Challenges in Microcosm Next: How AI Will Change Mortgage Servicing Subscribe According to the June 2018 National Apartment List Rent Report, the national rent index increased 0.4 percent month-over-month (MOM), which makes four months of rent increases in a row. Apartment List notes that this upswing in rent growth is consistent with the onset of the summer season, the busiest time of year for rentals. June’s rent price increase is the largest jump seen since last July, and Apartment List’s report predicts that growth will continue through the summer months.However, year-over-year (YOY) rent price growth has actually decreased over the past several years. June 2018’s YOY growth was 1.5 percent nationally. A year ago, that number was 2.8 percent, and May 2016 clocked a 3.2 percent rate. As Apartment List explains, “Rent growth is pacing a full percentage point behind the overall rate of inflation, which stands at 2.5 percent as of the latest data release, and is similarly lagging growth in average hourly earnings which have increased by 2.6 percent over the past twelve months.”Rent prices increased MOM in 85 out of the 100 largest cities, as compared to 78 of those cities the month prior. Orlando, Florida, leads the pack when it comes to rate of rent price growth, clocking in at 6.7 percent YOY. However, as in many other markets, that growth has been decelerating in Orlando in recent months. In second place, Salt Lake City, Utah, registered a 5.4 percent YOY growth, and Knoxville, Tennessee, came in at 4.9 percent growth. On a state level, Nevada clocked the fastest YOY rent growth at 3.9 percent.Very few cities saw YOY rent price declines, but Baton Rouge, Louisiana, saw the biggest drop between 2017-2018, coming up with a 2.0 percent rent price decrease. Among the states, Hawaii showcased the biggest YOY rent price decline at 2.4 percent.A recent report by Freddie Mac Multifamily found that, among renters, 67 percent say they believe renting is currently more affordable than owning a home, and 66 percent say they are satisfied with their rental experience. Moreover, 55 percent of renters say they believe their next residence will be a rental, according to the survey. The preference is notably more pronounced among older generations. Just seven percent of millennials stated they had no interest in owning a home, while 19 percent of Generation X renters and 35 percent of baby boomer renters reported the same sentiment.“Indeed, we are witnessing a historic shift in preference among older Americans, as they increasingly are choosing the size, convenience, and affordability that renting offers over ownership,” said David Brickman, EVP and Head of Freddie Mac Multifamily.That all suggests that single-family rental homes, as a compromise between apartment living and full homeownership, will likely continue to be a haven of opportunity for savvy investors.Click these links to read more about the market’s ongoing affordability and inventory shortage problems, and click here to read the full Apartment List report. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

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Fears grow for future of remaining 15 workers at Oatfield Confectionery

first_imgNews WhatsApp Previous articleMinister gives no guarantees on future of Lifford Community HospitalNext articlePlans for ‘Wild Atlantic Drive’ from Slieve League along Ireland’s West coast News Highland There are growing fears about the future of Oatfield Confectionery Plant in Letterkenny.The remaining 15 workers are becoming increasingly worried for their jobs.It follows the continual removal of key machinery and equipment and outsourcing of key ingredients.Oatfield Sweets have been manufactured in Letterkenny for more than 80 years.Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Gerry McMonagle, called on the owners, Zed Candy, to clarify the future of the plant…….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/gerry1pm1.mp3[/podcast] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Facebook Twitter Pinterest Facebook By News Highland – January 13, 2012 Twittercenter_img Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Fears grow for future of remaining 15 workers at Oatfield Confectionery WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powerslast_img read more

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Asthmatics not as healthy as they think

first_imgNine out of 10 people with asthma mistakenly believe their condition isunder control, a meeting of the British Thoracic Society heard in December. The study of 517 people, sponsored by pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca, found91 per centof patients believe their asthma is under control when in fact itwas not. This meant there was an unacceptably high level of uncontrolled asthma inthe community. Two thirds of those questioned – 66 per cent – said they experiencedsymptoms two to three times a week, while 41 per cent had symptoms every day. Global guidelines recommend that asthma patients whose condition is managedand treated appropriately should have minimal or no symptoms and should onlyexperience occasional asthma episodes. Initially, 58 per cent of patients said they were very satisfied with theirasthma care, but this fell to 33 per cent when they were shown the globalguidelines. Glasgow GP Dr John Haughney, chairman of the General Practice Airways Groupand co-leader of the research, said: “People with asthma appear to havevery low expectations of how well they can be and do not realise that theycould be better. They are putting up with symptoms that they should not beexperiencing.” Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Asthmatics not as healthy as they thinkOn 1 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more