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Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

By on June 23, 2021

first_img The SaintsThe ultimate long shotWhen you are trailing 23-0 at half-time, away from home in France, no one gives you much hope of turning a game around. Ulster skipper Rory Best called his team’s first-half performance in Oyonnax “bordering on pathetic” but, after harsh words in the changing room at the break, Ulster fought back to win 24-23 and keep their hopes of qualifying for the European Champions Cup quarter-finals alive.The ultimate hero was Paddy Jackson, who showed maturity and courage to kick a penalty from his own half to put Ulster ahead for the first time with 77 minutes gone. He might look like he should be in the U18s, but Jackson is a fearless, confident operator and he sent the kick through the posts with plenty to spare.Plaudits also go to wing Rory Scholes for his terrific try which began the Ulster fightback, and to Craig Gilroy and Kyle McCall for adding to the try count before Jackson added the finishing touches with three good conversions and that last, miraculous penalty.Not since 1998 has no Irish province reached the quarter-finals of Europe’s top competition. With Munster and Leinster out of the running now, Ulster carry the hopes of a nation on their shoulders for the next two weeks as the pool stages come to a close. Harris’s howlersA pair of cringe-worthy mistakes by centre Chris Harris proved costly for Newcastle Falcons in their defeat at London Irish. He looked odds-on to score the game’s first try when he chased a kick through from Craig Willis, which Topsy Ojo made a hash of tidying it up. All Harris needed to do was dive on the ball, as it was already in the in-goal area, but for some reason he tried to scoop it up as he dived, and he didn’t ground it.At the very start of the second half, the kick-off headed for a pod of players including Harris and instead of jumping to challenge the fast-approaching Alex Lewington for possession, he stood on the ground, hoping to take the catch there. Lewington leapt above him, gathered the ball and scored a try which took London Irish from 6-0 up to 13-0 up. Steely ScarletScarlets remain top of the Guinness Pro12 thanks to a late penalty kicked by Steve Shingler to give them a 21-19 win over Connacht.The Irish side had led 10-3 at half-time and after the Scarlets fought back and went ahead, a Jack Carty penalty inside the last ten minutes put Connacht in front once more. But when Ronan Loughney was sin-binned for a tip tackle, replacement Shingler was on target with his kick to give the Welsh side their ninth win of the Pro12 season and put them back in front of Leinster at the top of the table, after the Dublin side had won at the Ospreys on Friday. Running man: Sekou Macalou gets set to touch down his magical try. (Photo: Inpho)Playing a blinderThe try of the weekend was scored by Stade Francais blindside Sekou Macalou in their 27-7 trouncing of Munster in the European Champions Cup.He received the ball on around halfway, handed off three opponents in his first few strides, then got up to full speed before stepping around Keith Earls – wrong-footing the Ireland and Lions star with a change of direction any back would have been proud of – and scoring close to the posts. The try put the French side 20-0 up and gave the Parisian crowd even more to cheer than they already had. TAGS: HighlightScarlets Super subWhat an impact Shane Geraghty made when he came on as a half-time replacement for Chris Noakes’ in London Irish’s important Aviva Premiership basement battle with Newcastle Falcons.Irish were 6-0 up but that soon became 13-0, then 20-0 as Geraghty’s boot made an impact.His kick-off to start the second half went long and high down the right, where Alex Lewington caught it among a flock of Falcons and dived over the line for a try with less than ten seconds of the half gone.Geraghty converted and five minutes later put up another wonderful hanging kick which created a try for Topsy Ojo and put Irish well out in front. The Falcons fought back to 20-15 and so claimed an important bonus point, but Geraghty was the match-winner. Good EvansHarlequins did what no other team has done so far this season on Saturday, and beat Saracens. Ben Botica kicked the penalty which put Quins ahead in the closing minutes of the Aviva Premiership clash and a galloping break out of defence from Jack Clifford helped set up a last-ditch try for James Horwill, which made the final score 29-23, but the outstanding moment of brilliance was provided by Nick Evans.Winning feeling: Mike Brown and Jamie Roberts celebrate Harlequins’ triumph.(Photo: Getty Images)A bullocking run inside the 22 had the Saracens’ defence at sixes and sevens, Danny Care passed to Evans from the base of the ensuing ruck and the Kiwi fly-half took the ball in mid-air and flipped it straight back inside to Clifford, who crashed over the line for a try which took Quins from 8-14 down to 15-14 it. It was a magical moment of deft handling from Evans in a game which was characterised more by brute strength and ferocious passion. Scare-cut: James O’Connor with his new shaven, braided look. (Photo: Getty Images)Salon of shameCome in James O’Connor, have a seat, and let’s see what we can do to help you. Yes, the super-talented Australian back is a Sinner this week for his new haircut, which features shaved sides, a tightly braided top, and some ridiculous pony tails sticking out at the crown of his head. As Ugo Monye said during the Toulon v Bath coverage on BT Sport: “I’ll talk about his skills all day but his Barnet needs sorting out.” Officially funnyWayne Barnes earned himself a few hours of social media fame with his sharp-witted exchange with Ben Youngs during Leicester’s 30-27 win over Northampton, which featured the usual dose of East Midlands derby niggle from both sides.At one point, when Leicester were awarded a penalty, the scrum-half asked the referee “Can I go quick Sir?” Barnes replied: “No Ben, your brother’s having a fight.”Another referee raised a few giggles on Sunday, but is a slightly more embarrassing fashion. When JP Doyle decided to sin-bin London Irish hooker David Paice for persistent infringements from his team, he wielded the red card instead of the yellow. Realising his mistake as the London Irish players looked on in horror, Doyle waved the correct card and gabbled repeated apologies. A loss, at lastWhat a let-down Saracens are for their fans. I mean, fancy losing a match after winning 12 on the bounce in the Aviva Premiership and European Champions Cup this season. I assume they are hanging their heads in shame….! Cool BurnsLeicester and Northampton served up a brilliantly entertaining Aviva Premiership derby match on Saturday, with the Saints fighting back from 21-0 down to level the scores at 27-27 at Welford Road.In increasingly atrocious, rainy conditions, fly-half Freddie Burns held his nerve at the death when Courtney Lawes handed him a penalty chance just outside the 22 but in front of the posts, by infringing at a ruck. Burns had missed a drop-goal not long before, but this time he found the target to win the match for the Tigers 30-27.Get in: Freddie Burns (right) and Ben Youngs (left) celebrate the winning kick. (Photo: Getty Images)Burns had landed a couple of more difficult penalties in the driving rain midway through the half and his opposite number Stephen Myler had also hit the target to keep the Saints in the hunt with five minutes to go. Silly StuBath gave Toulon a real test during Sunday’s re-arranged Champions Cup match and were leading 6-3 as half-time approached. A knock-on from a lineout gave Bath a scrum in their own half, but then their skipper Stuart Hooper decided to pile into the back of Juan Smith long after the whistle had gone, leaving referee George Clancy – who had already warned both teams about argy-bargy – with no option but to award Toulon a penalty.Eric Esande slotted the kick through the posts and tied the scores 6-6 at the break. Toulon went on to win 12-9. It was a silly act by the Bath captain in a game where every point was crucial. The SinnersA bad hand: Josaia Raisuqe puts his hand into the face of CJ Stander (Photo: Inpho)Seeing redStade Francais wing Josaia Raisuqe was sent off by Nigel Owens for an idiotic and totally unnecessary gouging incident on CJ Stander.The whistle had blown for a Munster penalty just before half time, but Raisuqe decided to try to stop Stander taking the ball from him. He put his hand clearly into the No 8’s face, around the eye area, and pushed it there for several seconds. Owens had no hesitation in sending him off, and he was fortunate that Stade still went on to win the game.Saracens replacement Rhys Gill was also sent off on Saturday, for a horrible tip tackle on George Lowe. Petrus Du Plessis also joined in the challenge, but Gill provided the greatest downward momentum as Lowe crashed to the ground head first. Referee Craig Maxwell-Keys initially sin-binned him, but upgraded the yellow card to a red after looking at the replays.Harlequins lock James Horwill was also guilty of foul play in the same match, when his swinging arm led to George Kruis being stretchered off and concussed. Horwill was sin-binned but escaped a red card. Hill runnerWhat a try it would have been, if only a high tackle by Luther Burrell in the build-up hadn’t prompted referee Wayne Barnes to rule it out. But Northampton prop Paul Hill still takes his place among my Saints for sprinting from halfway to the try-line, dragging the considerable bulk of Graham Kitchener with him for a few paces, and crashing over for what could have been a critical score.Northampton were 21-17 down at the time and Hill showed great athleticism and strength to create what looked like a try, out of nothing. The officials looked long and hard at the replays of Burrell’s tackle before ruling out the try, which was a great shame for the young prop.Leicester coach Richard Cockerill was impressed though. “Great pace from the tighthead,” he laughed, in the post-match interview. “He’ll grow out of that eventually!” Last-ditch heroics from the kicking kings, giggle-inducing contributions from the match officials, superb tries and some shameful foul play all featured in an action-packed weekend of European Champions Cup, Aviva Premiership and Guinness Pro12 matches. Long way back: Rory Scholes reaches over the line for Ulster’s first try. (Photo: Inpho) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

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Kyle Eastmond returns to league with Leeds Rhinos

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first_img Kyle Eastmond in action for Leicester Tigers (Getty Images) Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “I was coached by (Leeds coach) Richard Agar when I was younger and obviously played alongside (assistant coach) Sean Long at Saints.“This move is about me playing my very best rugby and I think this environment and this group of staff and players gives me confidence that I can do that.”center_img Kyle Eastmond returns to league with Leeds RhinosFormer England rugby union international Kyle Eastmond has returned to Super League and joined Leeds Rhinos on a two-year contract, bringing to an end a nine-year stint in rugby union.The union centre, who has six England caps, represented Bath, Wasps and Leicester Tigers over the last nine years. The Oldham-born, 31-year-old began playing league with St Helens in 2007 before switching codes to join Bath in October 2011. The back – who can play centre, full-back or stand-off in league – represented St Helens in the 2009 Grand Final and for England in the 2009 Four Nations.Also at Leeds is assistant coach Sean Long, who recently left a similar role at Harlequins. Eastmond was seen as something of a succesor to Long when he played at St Helens.Talking about his lates move, Eastmond says: “Just like the timing was right when I went to union, the time is right for me to come back to league. He makes his return to Super League after nine years in unionlast_img read more

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England: Archbishops encourage calm, courage and compassion in face of…

By on June 20, 2021

first_imgEngland: Archbishops encourage calm, courage and compassion in face of new lockdown Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Featured Events Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit a Job Listing Press Release Service Rector Washington, DC COVID-19 Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Knoxville, TN The archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited the U.K. to join them in prayer, in a message encouraging ‘calm, courageous and compassionate’ responses to the difficulties of the second national lockdown in England.In an open letter, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell assure the nation of their prayers. They highlight the love of God for us all in the midst of ‘deeply challenging and difficult’ times facing the country.“We are writing to share our belief that whoever you are, and whatever you happen to believe, you are loved by God. Beyond measure. We also want you to know that we are praying for you, particularly asking that Christ’s love will comfort us, calm our fears, and lead our nation and our world through this terrible pandemic,” they say.In the letter, the Archbishops encourage everyone to adopt ‘calm, courageous and compassionate’ responses in the face of the difficulties posed by the lockdown.“So many of us are holding so much pain – our own and the pain of those we love. We will need to be gentle, kind and patient with each other,” they write.“In the first wave, we showed we are a nation of compassion and kindness. Let’s dig deep and keep that love for our neighbors strong in this second time of struggle.Anyone who wishes to do so is invited by the Archbishops to join them in daily prayer at 6 p.m. during lockdown using resources that will be published later today on the Church of England’s website and social media channels. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit a Press Release Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Martinsville, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Bath, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Youth Minister Lorton, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Shreveport, LA Archbishop of Canterbury, Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit an Event Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Collierville, TN Anglican Communion, In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Posted Nov 4, 2020 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Tags Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Tampa, FL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Jobs & Callslast_img read more

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Patio House / NOMO STUDIO

By on June 17, 2021

first_imgArchDaily Architects: NOMO STUDIO Area Area of this architecture project Lead Architect: Alicia Casals Photographs:  Adrià Goula Year:  Save this picture!© Adrià Goula+ 29Curated by Clara Ott Share Projects “COPY” CopyHouses, Sustainability•Spain Photographs 2020center_img Area:  360 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Patio House / NOMO STUDIOSave this projectSavePatio House / NOMO STUDIO Spain Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/951023/patio-house-nomo-studio Clipboard Partner In Charge:Alicia CasalsTeam:Karl Johan Nyqvist, Noelia de la Red, Mario García, Marina Miró, Jordi Sarda, Maria AndanovaStructure:Laura GuitartConstruction:Juan Mora SACountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Adrià GoulaRecommended ProductsResidential ApplicationsULMA Architectural SolutionsAir Facade Panels in Fonsanta RestaurationBlinds / Mosquito Nets / CurtainsBANDALUXConcealed Blind System – One-BoxDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorText description provided by the architects. Patio house sits on a gently sloping site located in Coves Noves, a small urbanisation on the north-east coast of Minorca’s island, Spain. The plot has great views over the Mediterranean Sea, but unfortunately has also a 10-storey hotel shooting up in the horizon; an old relic from times when landscape integration meant less. Because of this visual obstacle and since the neighbour’s house is only a few meters away from our plot, we decided to intentionally direct the views in specific directions. Thus, the house plays with solid and glazed walls that frame undisturbed views towards the sea, forest and garden while hiding the massive hotel construction and isolating itself from neighbours. The villa’s position on a hilltop gives it remarkable views, however it also exposes it to the strong wind from the north.Save this picture!© Adrià GoulaSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Adrià GoulaSun orientation, conflicting views and wind protection were all dealt with through the introduction of an isotropic geometry: a pentagon. The house was rotated so all rooms could enjoy clear sea outlooks avoiding the hotel. A square was removed from the core of the pentagon to let more daylight into the house and create interesting visual connections. This void became a south-oriented patio protected from the strong northern wind.Save this picture!© Adrià GoulaSave this picture!© Adrià GoulaSave this picture!© Adrià GoulaThree of its sides are built up by large sliding glass doors that connect both visually and physically the opposite zones of the garden making it possible to gaze at the sea through the ground floor. The fourth wall of the patio is removed forming a north-south axis of outdoor interconnected spaces: terrace – dining – patio – swimming-pool area. Two sliding windows inclosing the indoor/outdoor dining space allow a flexible control of natural ventilation and wind protection. From autumn to spring the patio captures the heat of the sun resulting in a warm and inviting space, while in the summer the same place can be covered and turned into a large porch with a soft breeze from cross ventilation.Save this picture!© Adrià GoulaThe facade finishings take strong references from local fisherman’s architecture with whitewashed walls and navy blue or deep green shutters. Nonetheless, the large scale of our aluminium sliders in pastel turquoise colour give the composition a clear contemporary character. The deployé shutters block the sun during daytime and secure the house when it is closed for the season. The grainy plaster of the outer walls creates an interesting contrast with the inclined frames around the large windows, were a smooth treatment enhances the sharp edges of its leaning roofs. The back side of the house has a completely different language where smaller squared windows, flush with the outer facade, remind of a more domestic scale.Save this picture!© Adrià GoulaIndoors, a combination of light colours and high ceilings with changing inclinations reflect and magnify the abundant daylight that comes through the generous windows. Large sliding glazings and continuous white marble floors dilute the limits between interior and exterior spaces. The use of the same local marble throughout the house, including the cladding of bathroom, kitchen walls and stairs, give the house a fresh look. Only few elements, such as the pool, the stair railing or the kitchen furniture, break the all white tones by introducing small turquoise details that link back to the shutters outside.Save this picture!© Adrià GoulaSave this picture!1st floor planSave this picture!© Adrià GoulaHighly insulated walls and a thought through natural cross ventilation scheme guarantee an energy-free functioning of the building almost all year around. The perforated sliding shutters regulate the amount of solar gains throughout the seasons and daytime hours, reducing drastically winter heating and summer cooling needs. Heating, cooling and warm water are generated by an energy-efficient heat exchanger and distributed AC units allow the different rooms to have independent temperatures. Save this picture!© Adrià GoulaProject gallerySee allShow lessRed House / Panorama Arquitectos + dRN ArquitectosSelected ProjectsAgora Office / SCEG ArchitettiSelected Projects Share Patio House / NOMO STUDIO ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/951023/patio-house-nomo-studio Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officeNOMO STUDIOOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSustainabilityOn FacebookSpainPublished on November 10, 2020Cite: “Patio House / NOMO STUDIO” [Casa patio / NOMO STUDIO] 10 Nov 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Lucy Parsons: A working-class founder of May Day

By on June 15, 2021

first_imgThe class struggle was at fever pitch in Chicago in 1885. Unemployment was high, wages were low, and food prices were rising steeply. On April 28, thousands of workers expressed their anger over spreading hunger by demonstrating against a lavish dinner celebrating the opening of the new Board of Trade building.The workers, mostly European immigrants, filled LaSalle Street, chanting against price-fixing, speculation and the injustice of starvation amidst so much wealth. At their head, proudly ­carrying a red flag, marched Lucy Parsons, an ­African-Native-Mexican-American woman who devoted her life to fighting poverty, racism, sexism and capitalism.Parsons was born a slave in Texas in 1853. In 1871, after emancipation, she married Albert Parsons, a white Reconstruction supporter involved in registering Black voters. The rise of Klan terror at the end of Reconstruction led the young interracial couple to move to Chicago in 1873.Chicago was in turmoil. Thousands had been left homeless and destitute by the great fire that destroyed the city two years earlier. Millions of dollars donated to help the victims had been “borrowed” at no interest by big businessmen on the relief society’s board of directors, including George Pullman and Marshall Field, to invest in their own companies. News of this theft led 10,000 workers and unemployed to protest at City Hall, Parsons’ first big demonstration.Albert found work as a printer and got involved in trade union organizing and socialist politics. He helped found the Knights of Labor, the first big national labor federation in the U.S. Socialist meetings were held at the Parsons’ apartment, where Lucy learned about labor history and socialist theory.Strikes and agitationIn 1877, railroad workers struck nationwide, and many were massacred by federal troops in Chicago. Parsons saw firsthand that the state, far from neutral, always sided with the bosses. She also saw her spouse get enough votes for local office as a candidate of the Workingmen’s Party, only to have it stolen from him by massive fraud. She learned that militant action, not electoral politics, had to be the main vehicle for social change.Parsons began to write for working-class newspapers and to speak publicly for the Working Women’s Union, exposing the horrors of factory life and the oppression experienced by women servants. An outstanding orator, she explained that only the revolutionary overthrow of the capitalist system could overcome this suffering.She organized seamstresses into the Knights of Labor to fight for the eight-hour day. She joined the International Working Peoples Association, an anarcho-syndicalist organization that made one of its six founding principles: “Equal rights for all without distinction as to sex or race.”She performed all this activity while maintaining a small dress shop to help support her two children.On “Thanksgiving” Day 1884, Parsons led thousands of unemployed down Prairie Avenue, an exclusive street lined with the mansions of such leading capitalists as George Pullman, Philip Armour, Gustavus Swift, Cyrus Hall McCormick and Marshall Field III to dramatize how little the poor had to be thankful for. The workers rang doorbells and hurled angry epithets at their exploiters.Giving birth to May DayThe movement for an eight-hour day began to grow rapidly over the next two years. The murders of peacefully striking picketers at the McCormick reaper plant May 3-4, 1886, culminated in the famous Haymarket rally and frame-up of working-class leaders, including Albert Parsons. These events are still commemorated by workers around the world on May 1 or May Day.Lucy organized support for her jailed spouse and his colleagues, speaking to large crowds in 17 states, while doing extra sewing to support her family. After the trial, a New York paper urged that “Parsons be let out as a compromise to get Mrs. Parsons to stop talking.”In fact, Lucy herself was often arrested and harshly treated. Indeed, on the morning of the executions, she and her children were stripped and thrown naked into a jail cell and released only after the hanging. The next day, Albert’s coffin was brought to her apartment. Overcome by emotion, she found the strength to retrieve the red flag she had carried in the Board of Trade demonstration, which she draped across Albert’s body.Ten thousand workers filed through the Parsons’ apartment during the night to view the body. The next day, over 200,000 people lined the streets for the funeral procession of Albert and his fellow martyrs.Devotion to workers and oppressedLucy Parsons organized against the U.S. imperialist war with Spain in 1898. She was active in every major 20th-century workers’ defense case, including those of Big Bill Haywood, Sacco and Vanzetti, and Alabama’s Scottsboro Brothers. She was an original member of the Socialist Party, wrote a weekly column for the Industrial Workers of the World and distributed communist literature. She supported the Russian Revolution of 1917, breaking with anarchist colleagues.In her articles and speeches, Parsons repeatedly addressed the specific oppressions faced by Black people and women. She campaigned against racist lynchings and criminal injustice, and fought for women’s suffrage, equal pay, birth control access and abortion rights. In the 1920s, the Chicago Police Department described her as “more dangerous than a thousand rioters.”In the 1930s, Parsons, close to 80 years old and too poor to afford a nickel for a streetcar, walked regularly six miles to downtown Chicago to sell socialist and communist pamphlets. She could still be counted on for every major picket line and rally against capitalist injustice.Her main focus continued to be organizing the unemployed, frequently taking the lead in hunger marches. She helped formulate the sit-down-strike tactic, urging strikers not to “go out and starve, but to remain in and take possession of the necessary property of production.”In 1941, at one of her last public appearances, Parsons spoke to strikers at International Harvester, successor to the company that had provoked the Haymarket events 55 years earlier. She stressed the continuity of the struggle against the capitalists and the police, urging the workers to keep fighting till victory.Lucy Parsons died in 1942. Virtually blind by then, her wood stove caught fire and she was trapped in the burning house. As a final indignity, the FBI stole her historically valuable library of 1,500 books and personal papers.Parsons was a woman of color who became an extraordinary leader in the struggle for the liberation of the workers, oppressed and women. Her spirit lives on today in the new generation of women fighting for liberation and socialism. She merits remembrance on International Women’s Day. Her militant legacy remains feared by her foes. In 2004, the Fraternal Order of Police tried, but failed, to stop the naming of a Chicago park after Lucy Parsons.This article ran originally in WW on Sept. 6, 1984. There are a number of biographies of Parsons for further reading, but a primary source is “Lucy Parsons: Freedom, Equality & Solidarity — Writings & Speeches, 1878-1937.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Honduras: The people’s movement fights electoral fraud

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first_imgJan. 1 — Hondurans have been in the streets risking their lives to protest fraud in the recent presidential election in their country. But the U.S. government congratulated the regime of Juan Orlando Hernández, which refuses to concede its loss to people’s candidate Salvador Nasrallah. Corporate U.S. and European media have barely reported a word of the government’s slaughter of dozens of people in the protests.To bring the facts to our readers, Workers World has selected parts of recent interviews with people on the ground in Honduras.WW sources include a Dec. 28 interview from the German newspaper Junge Welt with Berta Zúñiga Cáceres, a spokeswoman for the Indigenous organization COPINH (Civil Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations of Honduras) and daughter of Berta Cáceres, one of the founders of COPINH, who was murdered last year.Real News Network spoke on Dec. 15 with Gerardo Torres, the international coordinator of the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship, and with Dr. Luther Castillo, a Garifuna physician and former vice minister in the Department of Health under the former president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya.And on Dec. 26, Democracy Now interviewed Allan Nairn, who has been reporting directly from the Honduran capital city, Tegucigalpa.Electoral fraudAll the commentators agreed with what Berta Zúñiga Cáceres said: “It is obvious that there was an electoral fraud … because the electoral system is part of the government apparatus and its networks.”She added, “For the population, the current political conflict is dangerous, because the government disrespects the Constitution and the laws of the Republic. But despite the attempted coup d’état and the militarization of the conflict, the population continues to take to the streets. Especially for the Indigenous peoples, who see themselves as not represented in any political party, it is immensely important to resolutely oppose the government’s ‘Continue as before!’”Torres estimated: “We have more than 55 people killed. … We know that they have been murdered all around Honduras. If this were happening in another country, Venezuela is the most likely example, or Nicaragua, or El Salvador, then they [the international bodies] would have already taken a stronger action.“They see people being killed in Honduras. Yesterday they killed a little girl and little boys. And they tell that we are the violent ones because some people throw rocks and people defend themselves while the military are shooting unarmed innocent people.”The people can fight for themselvesCastillo: “As part of the people’s movement, as part of the coalition of grassroots movement, we expect nothing from the OAS [Organization of American States]. And we know that only people can save the people. Our people in the street can fight for themselves.”“This is bigger than the opposition, than the Alliance. This is the people’s movement. The biggest difference between this and 2009? Today there are young people in the street.”Torres: “They stopped a really good process that President Zelaya had in 2009, they violently stopped it. And now it’s our time to stop the dictatorship and to start again in the process for building democracy, of building confidence in our government, and of building new ways of development in Honduras.“This is a political problem, this is a new coup, but now, as Mr. Castillo said, we are not the same people that we were in 2009. We have lived eight years under a dictatorship, and we are willing and ready to end it.”Castillo: “What I am sure of today is that we’re going to fight. As a social movement we are not even thinking about a new election. We are thinking about the fight for our rights. Even our people who have been killed in the street give us more energy, more commitment to continue fighting for their dreams.“And we are ready, we are mobilized more than ever in the history of our country. We took the street in more than 158 separate places in the last weeks. And fighting with our hands, with our bodies, with nothing, with our consciousness, with our heart to build a new country against the tear gas, against the ballot of the dictatorship, against all this. With the blood of our people in the street.“They kill one, we take them home. We say, ‘Go in peace,’ and we continue fighting for them.”The fight for the military“And we’re fighting for the military too,” said Castillo, “because they are poor. There are 20,000 of them with chronic disease because of the bad conditions in the system. They sleep right there where they work. They don’t even have a mattress. They don’t have water. Their children don’t go to school. They don’t eat well. Then we’re fighting for us and we’re fighting for them.”Nairn called the popular struggle “an intifada of Hondurans against election fraud. But, more deeply, it’s a class uprising against an oligarchy that the U.S. has been backing for decades. The U.S. first used it in the 1980s to stage the Contra attack against Nicaragua. Honduras was their base. Now they say it’s being used for the drug war.“But it’s a de facto U.S. military occupation of Honduras, in a sense, since the U.S. has an actual base there, even though foreign bases are prohibited by the Honduran Constitution.”Nairn also mentioned that “unlike in Israel, where the army is deeply ideological, fully indoctrinated to the project of the government, in Honduras it’s only certain sectors of the army and the police that have that character. I talked to many, many dozens of army and police, and it’s clear that many of them don’t really like being dragged along on a reimposition of the Hernández government.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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US – RSF condemns President Trump’s treatment of black female journalists

By on June 12, 2021

first_img WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Organisation RSF is monitoring a growing number of reported threats against journalists in the United States in connection to their reporting. The United States ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year. RSF echoes statements by the International Women’s Media Foundation and the National Association of Black Journalists in condemning President Trump’s treatment of these journalists. Women and people of color in the journalism industry are often the target of unique threats, making black women journalists particularly vulnerable to harassment. In August, the Hollywood Reporter reported that Ryan hired a bodyguard in the wake of growing threats to her safety. Ryan said covering the Trump administration has effectively “put a target on my head… I’ve had death threats. I’ve had some people wait for me outside the White House.” News United StatesAmericas to go further United StatesAmericas  For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the treatment of black women journalists by President Donald Trump, who last week made insulting comments toward reporters April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks, CNN’s Abby Phillip, and PBS Newshour’s Yamiche Alcindor during televised press briefings. Help by sharing this information June 3, 2021 Find out more “President Trump has been particularly hostile toward the press as of late, and his recent verbal attacks against several black women journalists are concerning given the unique threats women and people of color in the journalism industry face,” said Margaux Ewen, Director of RSF’s North America bureau. “These women are not ‘stupid,’ or ‘nasty’; They are hard-working professionals of the highest caliber who bring incredibly valuable skills and perspectives to America’s journalism landscape. RSF calls on the president to cease his harassment of the press, and to treat female journalists of color with the dignity and respect they are owed.” While President Trump’s relationship with the press is often antagonistic, his denigration of multiple black women journalists in the span of two days last week was widely denounced. President Trump accused Alcindor of asking a “racist question” during a November 7 press conference when she pointed out that his professed “nationalism” has been interpreted by some as an embrace of white nationalism. The president yelled at Ryan to “sit down” several times during the same event, and at a November 9 press briefing referred to her as “nasty,” and a “loser.” And instead of answering Phillip’s question that day about the newly-appointed attorney general, he instead responded: “What a stupid question. What a stupid question that is. But I watch you a lot. You ask a lot of stupid questions.”center_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say November 15, 2018 US – RSF condemns President Trump’s treatment of black female journalists News News June 7, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says RSF_en News MANDEL NGAN / AFP Receive email alerts Follow the news on United States April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Outrage over about prison conditions of newly convicted journalists

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first_img Reporters Without Borders today voiced its outrage about the appalling prison conditions which most of the 26 recently-detained, independent journalists have had to endure since being rounded up with other dissidents in March and receiving long jail terms.The information about their conditions of detention, published on the cubanet.org and nuevaprensa.org websites, was confirmed by the wives of several of the jailed journalists.According to these sources, Normando Hernández of the CPIC news agency and Alfredo Pulido López of the El Mayor agency are in solitary confinement. Journalist and poet Raúl Rivero is being held in a 3-square-metre cell without any light, while the cell of independent journalist Julio César Gálvez Rodríguez has a light bulb that is always on. Gálvez, Mario Enrique Mayo of the Félix Varela agency and Adolfo Fernández Sainz of the Patria agency share their cells with inmates jailed for common crimes.Hygiene is very poor in many of journalists’ cells, especially those of Omar Rodríguez Saludes of the Nueva Prensa agency and Ricardo González, editor the magazine De Cuba and Reporters Without Borders’ correspondent, whose cells are infested with rats. González is awaiting transfer to a wing where he will be put with inmates held for common crimes. Independent journalist Oscar Espinosa Chepe is in poor health. His chronic hepatitis, liver insufficiency and high blood pressure are getting worse because of the lack of proper treatment.Most of the detained journalists are allowed family visits only once every three months. A few are allowed one visit every three weeks. The authorities have even threatened some of the wives to stop the visits altogether. Raúl Rivero’s wife Blanca Reyes said these restrictions were part of a strategy to isolate the detainees. This is also reflected in the fact that many of them have been placed in provincial prisons sometimes more than 900 km from the capital.The 26 independent journalists were part of a group of nearly 80 dissidents who were rounded up on 18 March. Accused of working with the US interests section (the US diplomatic representation in Havana) to “endanger the state’s independence or territorial integrity,” they have been sentenced to jail terms ranging from six to 28 years. May 21, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Outrage over about prison conditions of newly convicted journalists CubaAmericas News Follow the news on Cuba to go further CubaAmericas Help by sharing this information May 6, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Newscenter_img News RSF_en October 15, 2020 Find out more Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Organisation New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council News October 12, 2018 Find out more RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiagolast_img read more

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€625,000 sought for sale of Woodfield House Hotel

By on June 4, 2021

first_img Facebook Ennis Road based and espoused by the neighbourhhoodA FAVOURITE locally for friendly, firelit bar life and accommodation valued by visiting sports fans, artists and commercial travellers alike, the homely Woodfield House Hotel is on the market.Its owner retiring, this 25-bedroom lodge style hotel now rests in the portfolio of Murphy Gubbins Auctioneers as well was its tree-lined garden.With Ennis Road frontage, proximity to stadia and the airport route, the Woodfield’s short mile to city centre hotspots and several hospitals maximises appeal.A going concern, and with free parking to clientele, there is a bar and restaurant, various function rooms and a conservatory that runs the length of this two storey.Guiding at €625,000,Woodfield House Hotel’s profile is entirely other to two other major sale pitches current: Adare Manor & Resort, and the city’s Limerick Strand Hotel. WhatsApp Email Advertisement Twittercenter_img Linkedin Previous articlePhotographer Ken Coleman kept Faith and wonNext articleDolores O’Riordan arrested at Shannon Airport Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post News€625,000 sought for sale of Woodfield House HotelBy Rose Rushe – November 10, 2014 1030 Printlast_img read more

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Bombay High Court Allows Termination Of 23-Week Pregnancy For 16 Year Old Sexual Assault Survivor

By on May 26, 2021

first_imgNews UpdatesBombay High Court Allows Termination Of 23-Week Pregnancy For 16 Year Old Sexual Assault Survivor LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK13 May 2021 8:18 PMShare This – xOn Tuesday, the Bombay High Court allowed a 16-year-old survivor of sexual assault to terminate her 23-week-old pregnancy. A Vacation Bench of Justices KK Tated and Abhay Ahuja allowed the petition moved by the father of the child. The Bench remarks in its Order, “…there is no doubt that continuance of this pregnancy is causing a grave injury to the mental health of the petitioner. Apart from this, of course, considering her tender age of 16 years, there is an inherent risk to her life.” The girl, a survivor of sexual assault allegedly committed by an accused living nearby, was found to be pregnant after her mother took her to a clinic on noting a change in the appearance of her abdomen. The pregnancy was confirmed upon a medico-legal examination at a hospital subsequently. Counsel for petitioner submitted that the mental trauma that the survivor was undergoing because of the pregnancy caused due to the offence of rape was causing serious injury to her mental health. Besides this, there was inherent risk to her life because of pregnancy at such a tender age, she additionally urged. The Medical Board constituted found that the minor and the foetus were well, but that neither her parents nor she wished to continue with the pregnancy. “The minor (16 years old) is anguished with the pregnancy”, the Board’s Report noted. The Report recommended termination of pregnancy, as continuing with it , would have both physical and mental stress upon the minor mother. The Board Report, noted that the termination carried substantial risk to the pregnant minor, since it was done at 23 weeks of gestation. It was also submitted in Court that the contents of the Report were conveyed to the minor and her parents. The Court referred a decision of a Division Bench of the Bombay High Court that had considered Sections 3, 4, and 5 of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act and how medical terminations of pregnancy could be permitted even after the statutory period of 20 weeks was past. The Division Bench had ruled that where the continuance of pregnancy poses grave injury to the physical or mental health of the mother, there would arise a serious affront to the fundamental right of such mother to privacy, to exercise reproductive choices, to bodily integrity and to her dignity. This was especially so if the pregnant mother is forced to continue with her pregnancy merely because the pregnancy had extended beyond the ceiling of 20 weeks. Apart from the decision cited, the Court referred to Explanation 1 to Section 3 which specifies that if the pregnancy is caused on account of a rape committed on the woman, it shall be presumed that the anguish caused by the pregnancy would constitute a grave injury to the mental health of the pregnant woman. The words used in explanation is “shall be presumed”. In this light, the Court came to the conclusion that anguish by grave injury was “clearly existing” and there was no doubt that continuance of the pregnancy was causing a grave injury to the mental health of the petitioner. “Apart from this, of course, considering her tender age of 16 years, there is an inherent risk to her life”, the Court said. Ordering the termination to be done, the Court additionally directed that the foetus’ tissue be collected for DNA identification and for the future purposes of the criminal investigation ongoing. In the event the child was born alive, the State was to take full responsibility for him/her if the parents of the minor were unwilling or unable to care for the child. The Medical Practitioner concerned was to ensure necessary medical facilities were made available to save the life of the child, in case the child was born alive. On these terms the petition was allowed. CASE: X v. State of Maharashtra COUNSEL: Advocate Ruchita Padwal informed by Advocate Aditi Saxena for Petitioner. Government Pleader P.H. Kantharia, for Respondent/State.Click here to download the judgmentTagsMedical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971 #Bombay High Court Bombay High Court Justice K K Tated Justice Abhay Ahuja Next Storylast_img read more

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