Lions 2013: legends preview the third Test

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS No Bowe: Lions winger Tommy Bowe tries to get a grip on James O’Connor. Who will come out on top this week?HAS WARREN GATLAND got the selection right? How will the Lions cope without their captain, Sam Warburton? Can the Wallabies build on the momentum of winning the second Test, and should James O’Connor be playing fly-half? Shane Williams, Phil Waugh, Stephen Larkham and Lewis Moody preview the decider. Check out the video below! Click here for your chance to win an off-road driving experience with a Lion!last_img

A&M Houses / Marston Architects

first_imgA&M Houses / Marston ArchitectsSave this projectSaveA&M Houses / Marston Architects Australia ArchDaily Products used in this ProjectWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – PivotingCity:FairlightCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Katherine LuText description provided by the architects. Conceptually, the A&M Houses have been an experiment in drawing a relationship and balance between a reduced footprint, comfortable living and maximised amenity.Save this picture!© Katherine LuThe undulation of the roof line and the north facing skylights open up the narrow volumes to the sky above promoting the feeling of abundance of space. The detailing of large openings and the continuation of the limestone flooring into the courtyard spaces aims to create generous and seamless connections to the outdoors, visually expanding the constricted floor-plate. Zinc cladding and waxed stucco walls contribute to the material palette and respond to the client’s ‘no-maintenance’ brief and the site’s close proxiity to the beach as no painting is required – ever!.Save this picture!© Katherine LuInhabitants of the A&M houses are encouraged to modify and adapt spaces to facilitate maximum amenity in both an environmental and social sense. The use of sliding wall panels in the form of timber screens, frosted glass and linen curtains eliminate the need for fixed swing doors and allows each space to open up or close off according to visual and acoustic privacy needs.Save this picture!© Katherine LuSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Katherine LuCentral to the material selection was the requirement to eliminate future maintenance. Anodised aluminium windows and internally waxed walls have a higher initial cost to install, however will be a more cost effective outcome in the longer term. Sustainability is at the core of the project. A smaller footprint not only generally requires less energy in the manufacture of the components but also the running costs of the building. The house is not air-conditioned and the tiled floors are conditioned with hydronic heating. All windows are double glazed and have external electrically controlled blinds to allow the user to control comfort. Save this picture!© Katherine LuHalf the size of a typical new house, the A&M houses aim to provide a modest floor plate without compromising liveability.Save this picture!DiagramProject gallerySee allShow lessCeramic House / Archi-unionSelected ProjectsLos Angeles’ Glass-Bottomed “Skyslide” Opens to the PublicArchitecture News Share Lisney Construction A&M Houses / Marston Architects Houses CopyHouses•Fairlight, Australia “COPY” Photographs:  Katherine Lu Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: Marston Architects Area Area of this architecture project Year:  2015center_img Area:  180 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Products translation missing: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Builder: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Manufacturers: RHEINZINK, Vitrocsa, Oty Light, Stone Italiana, elZinc, Artedomus, One Set Coat Plaster, Rheinzink Zinc Projects Save this picture!© Katherine Lu+ 17 Share “COPY” CopyAbout this officeMarston ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesFairlightAustraliaPublished on June 28, 2016Cite: “A&M Houses / Marston Architects ” 28 Jun 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MSun Control Film – Prestige ExteriorShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma SelectWall / Ceiling LightsSpectrum LightingLED Downlight – Infinium 3″ Round FlangelessVentilated / Double Skin FacadeCosentinoDekton Cladding in LD Sevilla hotelSealantsSikaJoint SealingBeams / PillarsLunawoodThermowood Frames and BearersPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – MarblesCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Facade in Manchester HospitalWindowspanoramah!®ah! CornerHome AppliancesGIRAGira Keyless in – Door communicationLightsLinea Light GroupIntegrated Lighting – Fylo+More products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?环保而舒适的 A&M 住宅 / Marston Architects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

Residence S / Biselli Katchborian Arquitetos

first_img Year:  Save this picture!© Rafael Salim+ 35Curated by Matheus Pereira Share CopyAbout this officeBiselli Katchborian ArquitetosOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentExtensionRio de JaneiroBrazilPublished on February 11, 2020Cite: “Residence S / Biselli Katchborian Arquitetos” [Residência S / Biselli Katchborian Arquitetos] 11 Feb 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse 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 »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Brazil Architects: Biselli Katchborian Arquitetos Area Area of this architecture project Area:  32109 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Mario Biselli, Artur Katchborian “COPY” Residence S / Biselli Katchborian ArquitetosSave this projectSaveResidence S / Biselli Katchborian Arquitetos “COPY” Houses Coordination:Ana Carolina Ferreira MendesCollaborators:Cassio Oba Osanai, Fernanda Oliveira Andrade, Luiza Monserrat, Flávia Prata, Andre Biselli Sauaia, Gabriel Cesar e Santos, Amanda Castro, Luciana Conti, Carla Gotardello, Cassia Lopes Moral, Ana Carolina Martins, Hugo Rossini, Camila Grecco, Alexandre Biselli, Fernanda Clua, Paulo Roberto dos Santos Barbosa, Diego Magri, João DualibBuilder:Baggio e Carvalho ConstrutoraCity:Río de JaneiroCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Rafael SalimRecommended ProductsRenders / 3D AnimationAUGmentectureAugmented Reality Platform – AUGmentecture™WoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingText description provided by the architects. The project for the expansion of the S House – a retreat for research and study – is located in Rio de Janeiro. The current headquarters already operates in the two existing buildings on the site: a house of historical importance, built in the mid-twentieth century, and a small chapel designed by the architect Alcides da Rocha Miranda.Save this picture!© Rafael SalimSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Rafael SalimAt the edges of an Environmental Preservation Zone, the project seeks to take advantage of the local landscape to provide views of the surroundings and to organize the new program while preserving the natural vegetation.Save this picture!© Rafael SalimThe program is divided into two main sectors, one of them is destined for housing (dorms, living rooms, library, etc.) and the other one for the supporting activities (pantry, kitchen, laundry, etc.). The program demands privacy, therefore there are no physical nor visual connection between these uses.Save this picture!© Rafael SalimSave this picture!Model 01Save this picture!© Rafael SalimThe topography of the site is unique. Two lines that are perpendicularly connected to each other setup two clear plateaus that are the most favorable locations for buildings, leaving for the expansion the steeper areas – there are places where the slope is 33% steep, with a drop of about 20m. What initially seems to be a problem becomes source for the solution for sectorization and circulation issues: the access of the support sector is made through the lowest level while the one of the housing sector happens through the highest.Save this picture!© Rafael SalimThe introspection inherent in the program and uses are reflected in the proposed object. Despite its large proportions, the expansion remains discreet in the landscape.Save this picture!© Rafael SalimProject gallerySee allShow lessFalafel Booth / Juan Campanini Josefina SpositoSelected ProjectsFoster + Partners Design Modular Residential Towers for ShenzhenArchitecture News Share ArchDaily CopyHouses, Extension•Río de Janeiro, Brazil Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Adobe, Crismetal, Deca, Mekal, Plurigoma, Portobello, Punto, Tarket Fademac, Tintas Coral, Trimble Photographs:  Rafael Salim Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs Lead Architects: Residence S / Biselli Katchborian Arquitetos 2017 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Projectslast_img read more

45 Housing Units in Nantes / a/LTA

first_img 2020 CopyMaster Plan, Social Housing•Nantes, France Master Plan Year:  45 Housing Units in Nantes / a/LTA France Photographs:  S. ChalmeauDesign Team:a/LTAClient :LamotteDeveloper :Nantes Metropole AmenagementUrban Planners :Base + RiOLandscape:D’ICI LAConsultants:BETAP + ISOCRATE + EXECity:NantesCountry:FranceMore SpecsLess Specs CopyAbout this officea/LTAOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsUrbanismUrban PlanningMaster PlanResidential ArchitectureSocial HousingNantesOn FacebookFrancePublished on November 25, 2020Cite: “45 Housing Units in Nantes / a/LTA” 25 Nov 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Projects Architects: a/LTA Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  2660 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs “COPY” 45 Housing Units in Nantes / a/LTASave this projectSave45 Housing Units in Nantes / a/LTASave this picture!© S. Chalmeau+ 23Curated by María Francisca González Share Save this picture!© S. ChalmeauText description provided by the architects. On each project, we work specifically on the context. We are particularly interested in the close, distant, historical and sociological environment of the project. These data “feed” the design and come together to form an architecture. As the contexts in which we evolve are rarely homogeneous, our writing tends to be hybrid. The ZAC Erdre-Porterie is located near the limit of Nantes, close to singular natural landscapes. Important wooded areas are present: conserving the site’s qualities is one of the challenges of this operation. Block BN4 is located between a wooded pedestrian path to the north and the courtyard of the new college to the south, which has preserved many trees.Save this picture!© S. ChalmeauRecommended ProductsWindowsRodecaAluminium WindowsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingSave this picture!Volumetric cutsSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© S. ChalmeauUrban stakes: Reclaiming urban life, giving priority to pedestrians and meeting places; To find back the gauges and appreciable altimeters; To offer housing that is generous in terms of its views and good orientations; Synchronize buildings with their immediate environment through their proportions and materials; Sequencing the facade and more broadly the project to create porosities, transparencies, rhythm.Save this picture!© S. ChalmeauImplantation. This plot, a true place of urban sewing is imagined to be more sustainable, more desirable, more open to the landscape and its environment. The presence of numerous visual transparencies generates a porosity within the site itself. This feature facilitates the appearance of new uses. The issues of urban density and environment are also distinctive elements present in the project. The project is devided into 3 distinct elements. This arrangement allows the creation of porosities throughout the island and the sequencing of the buildings. The heart of the plot retranscribes the wooded environment of the site, through the creation of a wooded meadow. It composes a decor that will be seen by the inhabitants from the terraces. Without creating a large number of uses, it is above all a constituent of the exterior atmosphere of the dwellings. The breakthroughs from the street leave perspectives towards this space, allowing visual continuity with the neighbourhood environment.Save this picture!© S. ChalmeauUrban hook. The organization of the first floors of the collective buildings is thought in such a way as to favour an entrance to the buildings through the alleyways, at the same time more intimate in its approach but also generating encounters. The base is the object of particular attention in its hanging on the ground but also in the choice of a careful landscaping treatment. Access and parking. The plot has a unique access from the road to the west. This access leads directly to the basement parking lot. The alleyways leading into the heart of the block are partly paved, to make the transition between the street and the entrances to the building. This alleyway gives access to a pathway connected to the wooded meadow. To the east, there is a space with a picnic table, creating a shared space around it. These elements are placed at a distance from the terraces by planted beds. Plantations are planned on the parking lot slab, on either side of the paths, allowing for a transition with the rest of the heart of the island. The lawn and the beds allow for a high soil permeability on the open ground.Save this picture!© S. ChalmeauThe fence of the college is covered with climbers, in order not to create a too important opposite. The lateral separations of the parcel are made of wooden fencing, thus respecting the spirit of the district and the recommendations of the urban planners. A vegetal atmosphere. The plantations chosen on the site correspond to typical undergrowth vegetation, adapted to the local environment. The remote areas are composed of perennials and shrubs requiring little maintenance and taking into account the seasonality of the vegetation. The plant palette, composed of ferns, acanthus and bellflowers, reflects the atmosphere of the undergrowth. In addition, the proposed plantings encourage the diversity of foliage and ensure a high level of comfort for the first floor. The trees near the southern limit of the island are preserved. In addition to the existing tree stratum, 25 new trees are planted, using local species such as hornbeam or country maple. Save this picture!© S. ChalmeauSave this picture!Cross SectionSave this picture!© S. ChalmeauArchitectural bias. These are lively buildings and we believe that this generosity in the outside spaces will allow the inhabitants to take full advantage of their terraces and thus participate in the animation of the district. Thus, each outdoor space offers a minimum depth of 2 m, and up to 3 m for all the spaces to the south / west. The use of glass for the railings favors the reflections of the close environment, and on the other hand it puts the inhabitants at a distance and avoids the installation of occulting devices to isolate the glances.Save this picture!PlansThe buildings we have designed for this island offer a sober architecture, accentuated by the choice of colors and the strict layout of the openings. However, the whole is lightened by the offsets, the splits that were found in the bodies of the buildings. Save this picture!© S. ChalmeauProject gallerySee allShow lessSan Felipe Refuge, a House in Páramo / Rubén Gómez GañánSelected ProjectsPsychology of Scale: People, Buildings and CitiesArticlesProject locationAddress:44300 Nantes, FranceLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share “COPY”last_img read more

Soap stars’ memorabilia auctioned online for Cancer Research UK

first_imgSoap stars’ memorabilia auctioned online for Cancer Research UK Tagged with: Digital Events Recruitment / people  23 total views,  3 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 All About Soap magazine is holding its second online auction of soap stars’ memorabilia including ‘EastEnders’ bad boy Nick Cotton’s black leather coat.The magazine is auctioning 40 items from shows including ‘Emmerdale’, ‘Hollyoaks’, ‘Neighbours’, ‘Family Affairs’, ‘Home and Away’, ‘The Bill’ and ‘The Archers’.The auction runs on eBay from 26 July to 5 August, with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK. Advertisementcenter_img 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. The magazine is promoting the online auction with a viral campaign sent to the magazine’s subscribers, registered website users and its advertisers. It is also promoting it in sister titles Inside Soap and Sugar magazine.Cancer Research UK is also promoting the event on the front page of its website under its ‘what’s new’ section, and with a dedicated web page. Howard Lake | 25 July 2005 | Newslast_img read more

Charities feel impact of recession

first_imgCharities feel impact of recession 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 15 December 2008 | News  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The amount of funding available to charities appears to be dwindling as the economy continues to deteriorate, according to Teresa Harrington, a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and leader of the firm’s charity and not-for-profit sector team. She told the Sunday Business Post that anecdotal evidence indicated that there had a fall-off of up to 20 per cent in the amounts being raised by charities.Lorna Cronnelly, communications manager with the Dublin Simon Community, said it is a very difficult climate to fundraise at the moment.She said Simon was facing a shortfall on its fundraising target for this year, while also anticipating a huge increase in demand for its services for the homeless in the months ahead. Cronnelly said the charity had hoped to raise €4 million this year, but it was not looking likely that it would reach this target. She said a similar fundraising target would be set next year.While fundraising is proving difficult, Cronnelly said individuals’ donations were holding up better than financial support from corporates.Niall O’Sullivan, head of fund development at the Community Foundation for Ireland (CFI) said the financial crisis meant that some high-net worth individuals were deferring plans to include philanthropy as part of their wealth management strategy. He said the foundation was also seeing a sharp increase in requests for funding from charities.O’Sullivan said the CFI’s grass roots grant programme, which gives between €500 and €5,000 to small local charities and projects, was seven times oversubscribed this year. He predicted at least a similar level of demand next year.Last year, Revenue Commissionses refunded more than €25million to charities in relation to qualifying donations of €46.8 million made by 80,974 individual PAYE donors. In the previous year, refunds of €28.5million were made, based on donations of €58.4 million by 84,373 PAYE donors.The consensus among charities is that 2009 will be a challenging year, but there is still a sense of optimism that consumers will continue to dig deep in support of worthy causes. Another change is on the horizon for the charity sector next year, with the Charities Bill likely to be enacted in early 2009. Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Ireland recession Research / statisticslast_img read more

Event accessibility on agenda at EventHuddle debate

first_img  246 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Events fundraising events Kripen highlighted the importance of accessibility issues being debated for the very first time, and stressed that event managers can’t become complacent in the future saying:“It’s essential that the bar keeps on rising and that we all continue to strive to promote the best practice in the industry. People at managerial level are fully aware of accessibility issues, but the people working on the ground are not so aware. As a result, management guidelines can sometimes not be as useful as they should be. Awareness and training of staff at all levels is key.”A video of the debate can be viewed on the British Polio Fellowship site.  245 total views,  3 views today Event accessibility on agenda at EventHuddle debate Issues surrounding accessibility at events were discussed for the first time at monthly events professionals’ forum EventHuddle last month.The panel included British Polio Fellowship’s marketing communications officer Kripen Dhron, who appeared in his capacity as hotel and venues accessibility expert to explain that much more needs to be done to ensure that events are more accessible to all people with disabilities. Other panellists included Rachel Quick from Scope, and Simone West, accessibility consultant for Atkins Global.The discussion highlighted the importance of conducting meetings at the planning stages of events to make sure everyone at all levels of organisations at events are aware of accessibility needs.center_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Melanie May | 9 December 2016 | Newslast_img read more

Baltimore community groups sue to stop school closing

first_imgC.D. WitherspoonWW photo: Brenda RyanCommunity organizations in Baltimore have opened a struggle to keep a high school open in defiance of the city school authorities. The high school, Northwestern, serves a large number of African-American and Latino/a youth in the city, and has graduated some of the top political and social leaders in Maryland.This struggle joins the Baltimore community groups with those in 15 other U.S. cities and towns. This is part of a national effort to maintain and improve educational standards for the most oppressed and poorly served sectors of the working class.One of the leaders of this effort was in New York on Feb. 23, speaking at a Black History Month public meeting at the newly relocated Solidarity Center. The Rev. Cortly “C. D.” Witherspoon, president of the local Southern Christian Leadership Conference and an initiator of the Baltimore People’s Power Assembly, explained the background of the struggle to keep Northwestern open. Both the SCLC and the Baltimore PPA are a part of this struggle.Northwest Baltimore is an affluent neighborhood, but the Northwestern High School student body is 95 percent African American and is generally far from affluent. “There is a history of racist incidents involving people in the community attacking Black high school students,” said Witherspoon. “CEO Andres Alonso, of the Baltimore public schools, wants to grab the high school and shut it down.”Claiming a need to save on expenses, the school authorities hired the Jacobs Project Management Co. to examine the costs necessary to repair the school buildings. This study showed it would take $48 million to do the repairs. The school board claimed this high cost of renovation was not cost effective, and used these findings as its pretext for attempting to shut the school down.Official study distorted costsThe Alumni Association of Northwestern High contested this with its own study, which found many of the “repairs” Jacobs reported either were fallacious or had already been done.The alumni association’s lawsuit says that the Jacobs evaluation neglected to consider renovations the school was slated to undergo months after the study was done. In the summer of 2012, for example, upgrades were already made to the bleachers and tennis courts. The Jacobs study also falsely identified “wardrobe storage cabinets” as needing replacement, although there are no such cabinets in the school. (Baltimore Sun, Feb. 22)The suit also argues that if the school were closed, students from the eight middle schools that now feed into Northwestern would not have access to adequate high school resources.Northwestern, which has graduated past Baltimore mayors, Maryland legislators and other public officials, is the only high school among 11 other schools named to be closed.It wasn’t easy to open the legal aspect of this struggle, said Witherspoon. “[The alumni association] couldn’t find an attorney in Baltimore and even in all of Maryland willing to work on the effort. But they found one in Virginia who was able to prepare a legal brief bringing to light the real costs involved and demanding a stop on the closing. The SCLC and PPA have joined the suit to win an injunction.”The SCLC also plans to file a civil rights complaint under Title VI, which invokes the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Title VI prohibits discrimination in federally funded programs.Since the closing disproportionately affects African-American and Latino/a communities, the alumni association and other civil rights activists consider it to be discriminatory, violating the rights of people of color and other low-income sectors of the population.“We networked and found that there were other organizations around the country involved in similar struggles using Title VI,” Witherspoon reported. In 15 other cities, all the public schools slated to be closed were ones serving mainly African- American and Latino/a students. “Now Baltimore is the 16th such city,” he noted.Witherspoon said that the community organizations want a moratorium on all school closings. He pointed out that the school authorities consulted with no community, student or parent organizations and tried to purposely close Northwestern for reasons that had nothing to do with its obligation to provide adequate education to the Black, Latino/a and other working-class youth of Baltimore.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

North Carolina rally in solidarity with Black liberation, Palestine

first_imgDurham, N.C. — People marched and rallied here on Oct. 30 to show solidarity with the uprising in Palestine. The demonstration also centrally connected the struggle against racist police terror and the prison-industrial complex, and for Black liberation at home, to the Palestinian struggle against the state of Israel and U.S. imperialism. The march gathered at a park near downtown, where solidarity statements were read by representatives of Black Workers for Justice, the Duke University chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, Workers World Party and the Green Party. A statement prepared by march organizers and read prior to the start of the march asserted:“We stand in solidarity with the ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ Uprising. We want an end to occupation, racist violence and displacement, at home and abroad. …“The United States spends billions of dollars funding Israeli occupation and the genocide of Palestinians while denying Black and Brown communities basic access to wages, health care and adequate housing. With just 5 percent of the world’s population, U.S. prisons hold 25 percent of the incarcerated people on the globe — many of them working-class Black and Brown people.”With chants of “Free, free Palestine!” and “From Durham to Gaza, globalize the Intifada!” the march stepped off and passed by crowded downtown bars and restaurants.Protest in North Carolina joins anti-racists and those in solidarity with Palestine.WW photo: L.T. PhamAs the march passed City Hall, the protesters stopped and heard statements from Muslims for Social Justice and Jewish Voices for Peace. The Durham JVP chapter announced the launch of a new campaign, as part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, to demand that the city of Durham divest completely from Israel.The demonstration continued on to the Durham County Jail to join a protest by the Inside-Outside Alliance. The Alliance has held demonstrations at the jail every Friday for several months now to protest conditions at the jail, and recently won a major victory when a seven-month lockback — a virtual lockdown for all the inmates in the prison — was ended.Passing cars gave honks of support as people chanted and danced to the beat of drums outside the jail, and imprisoned people inside banged on the windows in response to the demonstration below. It was a powerful conclusion to the demonstration that expressed solidarity with the resistance of the Palestinian people while squarely pointing to the role of U.S. imperialism in the Israeli occupation and the occupation of Black and Brown communities here at home.Two days later, the Durham branch of Workers World Party showed “Roadmap to Apartheid” as part of its monthly “Liberation Sunday” film series. Narrated by Alice Walker, the film outlines how the occupation of Palestine by the state of Israel is, in many ways, identical to the apartheid system in South Africa. Discussion following the film pointed to the need to expose the role of the U.S. in economically, politically and militarily supporting the occupation, to support the self-determination of the Palestinian people to resist the occupation and to connect the Black freedom struggle to the struggle of the Palestinians also fighting for liberation.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Smart street lighting could halve energy costs

first_imgLinkedin design concept for the smart streetlamps, which turn on only when needed – image courtesy of © tvilight BVAndrew Carey in [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up LIMERICK could follow the likes of Amsterdam and Copenhagen by installing LED sensor street lighting and reduce the local authority energy bill by up to 50 per cent.The message, issued during the 2015 Open Days in Brussels was given at a series of workshops at the Committee of the Regions buildings in the EU quarter of the Belgian capital.As part of the week-long event where journalists attend meetings with EU policy makers, Open Days allows EU strategies to be brought back to the regions and cities where its implementation will have most effect.Studies have shown that up to three-quarters of the European population live in cities and urban regions and the UN expects this to rise to 80 per cent by 2050.However, local governments, including Limerick’s local authority, have been directed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become more efficient in their use of resources, in line with the Kyoto Protocol.This December, the UN Climate Change Summit will be held in Paris with the aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the global temperature increase to 2degC above pre-industrial levels.A technical study group found that street lighting is one of the biggest expenses a city has in relation to its energy bills.The smart street lighting is activated by movement detected on sensors. One the movement stops, the lighting dims and in some instances turns off until movement is picked up again by the sensors.The project, which could be partially financed through funding from Brussels, is linked to the EU Smart Cities and Communities Innovation partnership. Facebook NewsSmart street lighting could halve energy costsBy Staff Reporter – October 29, 2015 943 Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Email WhatsApp Print Previous articleHorizon Mall hearing put offNext articleWoman stole from youth project Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more