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Pool Pavilion / António Cruz Lopes

first_imgArchDaily Projects Photographs:  José CamposSave this picture!© José CamposRecommended ProductsWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineText description provided by the architects. The Pool Pavilion is a unique project in its context, combining a regular-shaped volume with an endless pool and a yard filled with scenic paths and different visual frames.Save this picture!© José CamposIts fundamental premise was to give a sense of balance and order to a context with turbulent surroundings while keeping a smooth, light and integrated language.  To better achieve that, optical distractions and perspective illusions were sought-after during the design and construction phases, in order to hide the true dimensions and the true “contact” between materials.Save this picture!© José CamposSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© José CamposDetails like overlapping glass planes to camouflage shapes and structures, small recesses to detach surfaces and cruciform pillars with a more thinner appearance, were frequently used to give a lighter and more balanced language to a new building in an unruled context.Save this picture!© José CamposProject gallerySee allShow lessParasite House / El Sindicato ArquitecturaSelected ProjectsHonglin Li Designs Waste-to-Energy Skyscraper in Great Pacific Garbage PatchArchitecture News Share Pool Pavilion / António Cruz Lopes Area:  60 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Portugal Photographs “COPY” Houses 2019 Architects: António Cruz Lopes Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Year:  Save this picture!© José Campos+ 35Curated by Matheus Pereira Share “COPY” CopyHouses•Marco de Canaveses, Portugal CopyAbout this officeAntónio Cruz LopesOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPiscinaMarco de CanavesesPortugalPublished on July 24, 2019Cite: “Pool Pavilion / António Cruz Lopes” [Casa da Piscina / António Cruz Lopes] 24 Jul 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogFaucets / SinkshansgroheKitchen SinksGlass3MSun Control Window Film in MarkthalPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceRetractable StructuresShadeFXRetractable Canopies in Beverly HillsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsWoodSculptformTimber Tongue and Groove CladdingSkylightsVELUX CommercialLonglight 5-30° – Modular SkylightsBars / Wire / MeshJakobWebnet – Sports NetSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Ceiling SailsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMTiO2-free Mineral Paint – Soldalit®-ArteHanging LampsLuminisPendant Lights – HollowcoreHandicap BathroomAamsco Lighting, Inc.Mirror-Lux LED Illuminated MirrorMore products »Save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 Pool Pavilion / António Cruz LopesSave this projectSavePool Pavilion / António Cruz Lopeslast_img read more

An appeal to Black athletes: Boycott the Olympics until Black Lives Matter!

first_imgBulletin: Since the WWP election campaign released this statement on July 6, police in the Minneapolis area have gunned down Philando Castile, a 32-year-old Black cafeteria supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori School in St. Paul. Castile was driving with his woman friend and her young daughter when he was pulled over, allegedly for having a faulty taillight. A cop fired point-blank at least four times at Castile as he reached for his wallet, with the killing’s aftermath shown livestream on Facebook by the woman friend, who recorded it. Millions of people have seen the recording. People immediately acted to protest against the killing starting after midnight on July 7 in front of the governor’s mansion in St. Paul. The brutal execution of Castile makes the following appeal even more urgent:Call to boycott OlympicsAs Workers World Party presidential and vice presidential candidates, Monica Moorehead and Lamont Lilly strongly appeal to you, Black athletes — who are loved, admired and respected by millions of people, especially youth, here and worldwide — to boycott the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio. We urge you to take this stand in protest of the escalating war against Black and Brown people by racist police, which continues the long, violent history of slavery and Jim Crow thereafter.How can one represent one’s country with pride when a large section of the U.S. population is being treated as less than human — when Black and Brown lives are considered expendable by the police, especially if they are young and poor?We are so damn angry, along with millions of other Black people and people of good conscience, over the recent lynchings of Delron Dempsey, a Black man shot to death on July 4 by a racist off-duty police officer in East New York, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Alton Sterling, while pinned to the ground, captured on video being fatally shot multiple times on July 5 by a racist Baton Rouge, La., police officer. Both Dempsey and Sterling were 37-year-old husbands and fathers, who did not deserve to die.They are the latest victims on a long list of over 500 people who have been killed thus far in 2016 — an alarmingly disproportionate number being Black and Brown people.  The deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland and hundreds more since 2014 attest to the dehumanization of Black lives when it comes to the lack of arrests, convictions and sentencing of police who kill with impunity.Back in the late 1960s, a number of prominent Black athletes, led by the late great heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, National Football League star fullback Jim Brown, National Basketball Association center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and others attempted to organize a righteous boycott of the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City by Black athletes due to the second-class treatment of Black people.We appreciate the Black athletes today who have also taken a stand against police brutality by wearing “I can’t breathe” and “Justice for Tamir Rice” T-shirts.  At the University of Missouri, the football team threatened not to play in protest against racism on that campus late last year.So until Black and Brown lives truly matter, we hope that you, along with athletes of other races, strongly consider not representing the U.S. at the Olympics in August.  This will certainly send a strong message of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, which has been on the front lines of fighting for racial justice and equality.#NoJusticeNoOlympics  #BoycottOlympics  #AcalltoBlackAthletes #Socialists4BlackLivesMonica Moorehead for President / Lamont Lilly for Vice PresidentWorkers World Party Election Campaign [email protected] / / thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Peru: ​RSF condemns disproportionate penalties in defamation cases

first_imgNews October 5, 2016 – Updated on March 16, 2017 Peru: ​RSF condemns disproportionate penalties in defamation cases PeruAmericas Condemning abuses Judicial harassment Organisation PeruAmericas Condemning abuses Judicial harassment Help by sharing this information Ronald Daniel Ormeño , the editor of the weekly Prensa al Día, was jailed on 4 September for failing to pay 10,000 soles (2,600 euros) in damages in a libel case brought by Mirtha Nancy Toledo Morales, a lawyer and administrator of a university in the city of Chimbote, over an October 2013 article.The article, for which Ormeño was also given a suspended sentence of one year in prison, accused her of management irregularities and lying about her qualifications. He was freed two weeks later, after his family and friends succeeded in raising the money to pay the damages, but he is still the subject of the suspended jail sentence. Receive email alerts Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites RSF_en Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about the scale of the damages awarded or sought in two recent defamation cases against Peruvian journalists and calls on the authorities to decriminalize media offences without delay. Newscenter_img News to go further Follow the news on Peru April 1, 2020 Find out more China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reporting Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable February 10, 2017 Find out more The other case concerns Milagros Rodríguez Hidalgo, a journalist based in the northern city of Tumbes who reports for the Diario Tumbes 21 newspaper and presents the “En ContactoTV” programme on La Hechicera TV.Pedro Octavio Mejía Reyes, a senior official in the Tumbes regional government, brought a defamation case against her on 12 September demanding 100,000 soles (26,000 euros) in damages in connection with her coverage in May about alleged corruption within the regional administration.As a result of her reporting, Rodríguez has also repeatedly received anonymous threatening messages and she says she has been denied access for her coverage of local government matters.“We reiterate our appeal to the Peruvian government to comply with international standards on freedom of expression by decriminalizing media offences,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk.“The damages awarded or sought in these two cases are utterly disproportionate. The cases against Ormeño and Rodríguez are typical of the way powerful Peruvian plaintiffs, often public officials, use the justice system to censor and retaliate against journalists. This sends an extremely negative signal for media freedom in Peru.”Peru must quickly clarify its position on the criminalization of media offences in order not to continue obstructing the work of journalists.In another recent case, TV reporter and presenter Rafo León was given a suspended jail sentence on 3 May in a defamation case brought by fellow journalist Martha Meier Miró Quesada. A higher court finally quashed the sentence on 8 September. Meir Miró Quesada is appealing.And the journalist Fernando Valencia was given a 20-month suspended jail sentence on 18 April for allegedly defaming former President Alan García. This sentence was also subsequently overturned, on 9 August.Peru is ranked 84th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. December 4, 2019 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Media Oligopolies Controlled by “Colonel” Dynasties – 
RSF and Intervozes present Media Ownership Monitor Brazil

first_img São Paulo, 31 October 2017 – The Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) draws a detailed picture of the Brazilian media landscape and the strings attached to it. It illustrates the level of concentration of ownership, but also shows a significant geographical cluster of media power in the south of the country and a number of regulatory shortcomings. “In principle everybody here knows what is the problem”, said André Pasti, Intervozes’ lead researcher. “What’s new is that we are very specific about names and stakes and about the collusion of power at all levels.” News Receive email alerts BrazilAmericas Reports and statisticsMedia independenceEvents Conflicts of interestEconomic pressureFreedom of expression RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Follow the news on Brazil The investigation, which took the team four months to complete, comprises the 50 most important media outlets in Brazil and the 26 corporate groups owning them. Three out of four of them are based in the country’s largest city, São Paulo.In the television sector, more than 70% of the national audience is concentrated in four major networks, of which one station alone, TV Globo, has a share of more than half. As there are no restrictions on cross-media ownership – with the exception of the pay TV segment – the market leaders dominate multiple segments. For example, large national free-to-air TV networks are owned by groups that also control radio stations, Internet portals, magazines and printed newspapers.Transparency about ownership of media companies remains low as there is no legal obligation for companies to disclose their shareholder structure. None of them answered the MOM team’s requests in this regard. “The media is not just like any other industry. It does matter who controls it”, said Olaf Steenfadt, project director at Reporters Without Borders Germany. “Citizens have a right to know which interests are behind the media outlets they consume, and the Media Ownership Monitor now provides them with the means to know.”Based on a generic methodology, the Media Ownership Monitor also provides a set of indicators that measure the risks to media pluralism per country. Among the eleven countries surveyed by MOM so far, Brazil ranks last with all indicators except one marked red for high risk (’ families invested in the media businessAlthough prohibited by the Brazilian Constitution, as of today 32 federal deputies and eight senators are involved in media companies, even if they are not always formal owners of any of major media holdings. One such case is that of Vittorio Medioli, a long-time former federal deputy and now mayor Betim in the State of Minas Gerais. The group’s media businesses are managed by his wife his daughter; their Grupo Editorial Sempre Editora publishes two of Brazil’s largest circulation newspapers (Super Notícias and O Tempo), three other newspapers, an internet portal, a webTV channel and an FM radio station.Other families engaged in the media business, such as the Câmara, Faria and Mesquita families, have also had members elected to important positions. The Macedo family, which controls the Record group and Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus evangelical church, also dominates an important political party, the Partido Republicano Brasileiro (PRB), which currently has one minister in the federal government, one senator, 24 federal deputies, 37 state deputies, 106 mayors and 1,619 councillors (local deputies).In most cases, however, political ties with mass media are forged through network structures and commercial agreements, according to which most big national broadcasters sublicense their brand and content to local companies at the state level. These affiliates then serve as re-broadcasters, but more importantly offer a vehicle for co-ownership by local strongmen (very rarely strongwomen). In several states, the big networks’ affiliates are controlled by regional stakeholders representing either politicians directly or families with a political tradition, which are usually invested in more than one media sector. This phenomenon has come to be known as “electronic Coronelism”, alluding to the traditional Brazilian pattern of landownership.One such example is the Rede Bahia group, which owns TV Bahia (affiliated with Globo Network) and the Correio da Bahia newspaper. It is controlled by the Magalhães family, which includes the current Mayor of Salvador, Antônio Carlos Magalhães Neto, and the former governor of Bahia, Senator and Minister Antônio Carlos Magalhães (deceased). Another case is that of Arnon de Mello group, which owns Gazeta Alagoas TV (affiliated with Globo Network), Gazeta de Alagoas newspaper and Gazeta 94 FM radio station. It is headed by former President and now Senator Fernando Collor de Mello. Or take the Massa Network (SBT affiliate in Paraná), owned by the presenter Carlos Massa, whose son, Ratinho Filho, was a State and Federal Deputy; or Grupo RBA de Comunicação, which owns Diário do Pará newspaper and TV Tapajós (a Globo affiliate in Pará) and is owned by Senator Jader Barbalho and his family.São Paulo-based media groups dominate the nationThe 50 major mass media outlets in Brazil are owned by 26 corporate groups, most of which also run other kinds of businesses. Nine are owned by the Globo group, five by the Bandeirantes group, five by Edir Macedo (counting his Record group and the media outlets of Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus, the evangelical church of which he is bishop), four by the regional RBS group, three by the Folha group, and two each by the Estado group, the Abril group and the Editorial Sempre Editore/SADA group. The remaining companies each own only one of the media outlets surveyed.The headquarters of the vast majority of these groups (73%) are based in the metropolitan region of São Paulo. In total, 80% are located in the south and south-east of the country, which thus dominate the entire national media public. As the larger radio and television stations are organised in networks – each largely retransmitting the signal of one source. This hierarchy in ownership is also mirrored in the re-broadcast of content. At the state level, these networks often incorporate affiliates tied to local politicians, thus strengthening ties between the central power of those networks around São Paulo and the local oligarchies.Four TV networks share 70% of the national audienceTelevision is still the most-consumed type of media in Brazil, and audience concentration is high in this sector. More than 70% of the national audience is shared among four major networks (TV Globo, SBT, Record and Band), of which TV Globo alone accounts for more than half (36,9% of the total). The second-placed, SBT, attracts 14,9% of the total TV audience, and the third, Record, 14,7%.Audience concentration is also significant in the print and online media markets, with the combined audience share of the top four media groups exceeding 50% in both segments. In the radio market, audiences are less concentrated; local dynamics matter and audiences seem to be more distributed in this segment. However, radio stations are also organised in national networks transmitting large parts of syndicated content. Of the twelve major radio networks, three belong to the Bandeirantes group and two to the Globo group.Cross-ownership reinforces media concentrationNo mechanism is in place in Brazil to prevent the same company from controlling radio, TV, newspaper and online outlets. On the contrary, the country’s media system appears to be built on cross-ownership, which reinforces ownership concentration in the hands of a small number of groups. This applies at the national as well as at the state and local levels.The only law that limits cross-ownership is the one regulating the pay-TV market (Law 12.485 / 2011). It prohibits companies producing audiovisual content on the one hand and radio and pay-TV companies on the other from controlling each other.Grupo Globo, for example, plays a central role in the free-to-air TV, cable TV, internet media and radio markets and also operates in recording and publishing. Its Globo Network is the free-to-air TV market leader; content generated by its GloboSat subsidiary, (including GloboNews and dozens of other channels) leaves its mark in cable TV; its is the largest Brazilian online news portal; and two of its radio networks, Globo AM/FM and CBN, are among the ten largest in terms of audience.The same is true for other groups such as Record and RBS, respectively: Record group operates RecordTV and RecordNews in free-to-air TV, and its Correio do Povo newspaper and the R7 portal are among the largest in the country. RBS, for its part, runs a branch office in Rio Grande do Sul on free TV, its Zero Hora and Gaúcho Diary newspapers are among the most widely circulated and it also runs two radio networks (Gaúcha Sat national and Atlântida regional), ClicRBS online portal and many other investments in digital media as well as further printed publications.Media owners also engage in finance and industry – and in churchesIn addition to controlling media companies, media owners in Brazil maintain private foundations providing educational services as well as commercial, private education companies. They are active in the financial sector, agribusiness, real estate, energy and health/pharma businesses. One example is the SADA/Editora Sempre group, owned by the Medioli family, who are invested in a transport company for vehicles and cargo, in logistics, the steel industry, energy, sports and education. Another, albeit minor example is Rádio Mix, controlled by proprietors of the Objetivo group, an operator of private schools and booster classes (preparatory courses for college admittance), and of the Universidade Paulista.National radio and television networks also have business relations to churches. A major example in this regard is Record group, which is linked to the Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus and to the Rede Aleluia radio. Record’s majority owner Edir Macedo at the same time controls 49% of the capital of Banco Renner.Lack of transparencyThe media companies surveyed for MOM Brazil do not actively publicise data about their shareholder structures, and not a single one of them has responded to the MOM team’s information requests. Some claimed “strategic” or competition-related reasons for not answering.Alternative ways of gaining access to these data are tedious and their scope is limited. There is no legal mechanism or constitutional means to enforce the disclosure of such information and even though companies are obliged by law to update information about their shareholder structure at the commercial board and notaries, there is no transparency policy and efficient access to such information that could be used to validate it. The system in place to provide data about ownership of radio and TV licences does not guaranty that data is updated nor that it is detailed enough to get down to the individual owners. As the companies, in general, do not show any initiative towards more transparency, complex corporate structures with multiple legal entities do not make things easier.Media Ownership Monitor:Initiated by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and funded by the German Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development, the ‘Media Ownership Monitor’ (MOM) is a global research and advocacy project to promote transparency and media pluralism worldwide. In Brazil, it was conducted together with Intervozes – Coletivo Brasil de Comunicação Social. Country studies have been published so far in Colombia, Cambodia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Peru, the Philippines, Mongolia, Serbia and Ghana. This year, in addition to Brazil, MOM investigates media markets in Albania and Morocco. For more information visit the MOM website: contacts:Intervozes, c/o fervo Nara [email protected] +55 11 99643.3432 October 30, 2017 – Updated on October 31, 2017 Media Oligopolies Controlled by “Colonel” Dynasties – 
RSF and Intervozes present Media Ownership Monitor Brazil Organisation News to go further RSF_en Power in Brazil means family business, both traditionally and to this very day. Dynasties of landowners known as “Colonels” extend their territorial claims to the airwaves, combining economic and political interests with tight control of public opinion. Neither digital technology and the rise of the internet nor occasional regulatory efforts seem to pose a serious challenge to these oligopolies.A joint investigation by the Brazilian NGO Intervozes and Reporters Without Borders now shows who are the key players and what are their respective other interests. The “Media Ownership Monitor” makes this data available to the general public by means of an online resource, available in Portuguese and English at, which was launched and presented in São Paulo today. News 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reporters Without Borders Germany Christoph Dreyer, media relations officer [email protected] +49-30-6098 9533-55Reporters Without Borders Latin AmericaEmmanuel Colombié[email protected]+55 21- 97 36 88 558 April 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information BrazilAmericas Reports and statisticsMedia independenceEvents Conflicts of interestEconomic pressureFreedom of expression Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil Reports May 13, 2021 Find out more April 15, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

PWP Extends Deadline for Annual ‘Water is Life’ Contest

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) is still accepting applications for its annual “Water is Life” student art contest.The PWP has extended the deadline until June 1.The contest is open to all K-12th graders in Pasadena.Applicants must draw an original poster depicting water conservation, get parental approval and fill out a poster information card.All artwork must be drawn horizontally on 12 by 18 poster or 8.5 x 11 poster or white paper.The poster must depict various water themes including water is life and depict water conservation.The winning students will receive an Amazon Fire 8 tablet and solar-powered tablet.The PWP will select two first-place winners. The winners are honored at an awards ceremony, which could be virtual due to the current pandemic, and each one will receive a prize valued at $100 for their talents.A total of 10 entries are selected by PWP and submitted to MWD for a final round of competition.Sponsored by Pasadena Water and Power and the Metropolitan Water District (MWD), each year participating students submit artwork portraying the water-wise theme, along with a short message about water conservation.Entry forms are available at Herbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News PWP Extends Deadline for Annual ‘Water is Life’ Contest Applications now due June 1 STAFF REPORT Published on Thursday, May 14, 2020 | 12:05 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Subscribecenter_img More Cool Stuff Top of the News Make a comment 14 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

LUH visiting restrictions remain in place this week

first_img WhatsApp By News Highland – December 31, 2019 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Due to ongoing cases of flu, the visiting restrictions at Letterkenny University Hospital remain in place this week, including today New Year’s Eve and tomorrow New Year’s Day.The hospital is reminding members of the public not to visit the hospital.In a statement, Seán Murphy General Manager at Letterkenny University Hospital is appealing to people to co-operate with the visiting restrictions so that we can protect the many very sick patients in the hospital.The hospital is still seeing on average 6 new cases of flu in the hospital every day.Patients with flu must be accommodated in isolation to prevent the spread of infection and this is putting severe pressure on the availability of beds for other seriously ill patients who need to be admitted for treatment.In exceptional cases only, family members may arrange with the ward manager to visit critically ill patients.To arrange a visit, please call the hospital on 074 9125888 and ask to be put through to the manager on the ward who will decide if a visit can be facilitated without compromising the welfare of the patients on the ward or the welfare of the visitors.“We are appealing to people to co-operate with hospital staff. Visitors who arrive without prior agreement from the ward manager will be asked to leave. This is a necessary to protect the many very sick patients in the hospital who are vulnerable to infection. It is critical that their care and treatment is not further complicated by the flu.” WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter LUH visiting restrictions remain in place this week RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Facebook Google+ Previous articleNo Donegal return for Odhran MacNiallaisNext articleInvestigation continuing into vandalism at local football club News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Google+ Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Maria Butina, Russian gun rights activist linked to NRA, charged with conspiracy

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — FBI counter-intelligence agents have arrested a 29-year-old Russian woman on charges she acted as a Kremlin agent while working over the past three years to build relationships in the upper ranks of the National Rifle Association.Maria Butina, the cofounder of the mysterious Russian gun-rights group called “Right to Bear Arms” who recently graduated with a master’s degree from American University, “took steps to develop relationships with American politicians in order to establish private, or as she called them, ‘back channel’ lines of communication,” according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Washington on Saturday.She is being held pending a hearing set for later this week, according to a Department of Justice press release.Butina denied the charges through an attorney, who called the complaint against her “overblown” and said she “intends to defend her rights vigorously and looks forward to clearing her name.”According to Butina’s attorney, the FBI executed a search warrant at her Washington, D.C., apartment in April, and the affidavit attached to the complaint states that agents searched her electronic devices, including her laptop and iPhone.“While styled as some sort of conspiracy, in actuality it describes a conspiracy to have a ‘friendship dinner’ … with a group of Americans and Russians to discuss foreign relations between the two countries – hardly a shocking development for a Russian International Relations student living in Washington,” Driscoll said. “There is simply no indication of Butina seeking to influence or undermine any specific policy or law in the United States – only to promote a better relationship between the two nations.”In the affidavit, however, the FBI alleges that Butina came to the U.S. under the direction of an unnamed Russian official, who based on the description, appears to be her longtime mentor, Alexander Torshin. A former member of the Russian parliament, Torshin is one of President Vladimir Putin’s closest allies and is now deputy governor of the Central Bank of the Russian Federation.Torshin is a lifetime member of the NRA and a frequent attendee of both NRA events and the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. That stopped this past April, when Torshin was included in a round of U.S. sanctions against Russian oligarchs.The affidavit quotes from several private message exchanges between Butina and the Russian Official, including one in which they discuss whether she should attempt to become an official election observer.“The Russian Official expressed the opinion that ‘the risk of provocation is too high… and Butina agreed by responding, ‘Only incognito! Right now everything has to be quiet and careful.’”But the case brought against her was not brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, and it is not known whether it has any connection to the broader investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential campaign.Butina actually crossed paths with both President Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., during the 2016 campaign, including a moment at the FreedomFest conference in Las Vegas in July 2015 when she asked the Republican candidate directly about his views on U.S. sanctions against Russia.In recent months, Butina’s close ties to senior officials with the NRA have prompted criticism of the gun rights organization. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, led an effort to determine whether Russian nationals donated money to any offshoots of the NRA as part of any effort to influence American politics.The National Rifle Association has denied receiving money “from foreign persons or entities in connection with United States elections.” An NRA spokesperson did not respond to multiple requests from ABC News for comment regarding the charges against Butina.Critics of the controversial gun-rights group pounced on the fresh allegations.“The NRA has avoided explaining its ties to Putin for more than a year now,” John Feinblatt, President of Everytown for Gun Safety, told ABC News Monday. “That should end now that DOJ has charged a Russian national with deep ties to NRA leadership” with trying to infiltrate organizations to advance the interests of Russia.Both Torshin and Butina were prolific on social media, posting photos of her modeling with rifles, mingling with GOP presidential hopefuls at the 2014 NRA convention, and posing outside the group’s Virginia headquarters.Through the lens of their social media accounts, Torshin and Butina appear to be close and have posted numerous photos together, from hunting trips in Russia to attending the 2017 National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, seated just a few feet from the keynote speaker President Trump.But on May 12, Butina was just the average graduate student. Donning a royal blue cap and gown, she accepted her diploma from American University, earning a degree in International Relations.According to her student profile, Butina focused on “Global Security” for the past two years. A webpage on American University’s website offered several details about the program, including developing a student’s ability to “analyze how different understandings of peace and security inform policy choices and ways of thinking about patterns of conflict.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

NYC hate crime probe underway after latest Pride flag burning at gay bar

first_imgWABC-TV(NEW YORK) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo asked state authorities to open a hate crime investigation on Monday after an arsonist set fire to a rainbow flag outside of a Harlem gay bar.Cuomo said he was “appalled” by the incident at Alibi Lounge, the only gay bar in the neighborhood around 139th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard, and directed the state police’s hate crimes task force to assist local authorities with the ongoing investigation.“This act of hate is repugnant to our values of equality and inclusion, and we will not stand by and allow these cowardly acts to continue in New York,” he said in a statement. “I am once again directing the State Police Hate Crimes Unit to assist the NYPD with its investigation and hold those responsible accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”“In New York we have zero tolerance for this despicable behavior,” he added.Alibi’s owners posted images of the torched flag to Twitter early Monday morning, noting that it had been targeted by arsonists twice in five weeks.“Evil has struck again! Someone set our new pride flag on fire,” the owners tweeted. “There is no words to express what we’re feeling.”The lounge was also targeted on May 31, just ahead of the city’s Pride Month kickoff, when surveillance cameras caught a man lighting two rainbow flags on fire at the club. The suspect had not been caught as of Monday afternoon, but the New York City Police Department said the incidents are being investigated as a possible bias incidents. NYPD officials tweeted a grainy photo of a suspect on Monday evening who they said was wanted to anti-LGBTQ criminal mischief in connection to the case.“About a month ago we had the first incident, we did put out some video that was recovered but honestly the video was far away. We believe there’s a good chance the individual resides somewhere in that community,” NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea told reporters Monday. “We are out there canvassing as we speak and we are relying on the community here as well anyone with any info.”The incident comes as the city battles with an spike in hate crimes across the board, with anit-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ crimes jumping 90% and 20%, respectively, from a year ago as of June 2, the NYPD said.On Monday, the department said it had recorded 220 reported hate crimes year-to-date, a 48% increase from the same period last year, as overall crime decreases. The total of reported hate crimes were listed at 184 on June 2, when the city released its most-recent monthly crime report.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Weber State Men’s Basketball To Host Idaho Thursday

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Thursday, Weber State men’s basketball (16-13, 10-8 in Big Sky Conference play) hosts Idaho (5-24, 2-16 in Big Sky play) as they try to snap a 3-game losing streak. The Vandals score 68.1 points per game while surrendering 76.6 points per contest. However, the Vandals have won four of seven games against the Wildcats after rejoining the Big Sky Conference in the 2014-15 season. Should Weber State beat Idaho Thursday and Montana defeat Portland State, the Wildcats would clinch a first-round bye. Weber State comes into Thursday’s tilt at the Dee Events Center scoring 79.9 points per game and surrendering 74.7 points per contest. Star junior guard Jerrick Harding (21.8 points per game) leads the Wildcats as he has all season. Thursday’s meeting is the 80th all-time in the series between the squads. The Wildcats lead the Vandals 55-24 all-time and are 33-6 at Ogden all-time in the series. Tags: Big Sky Conference/Brekkott Chapman/Cameron Tyson/Cody John/Dee Events Center/Idaho Vandals/Jared Rodriguez/Trevon Allen/Weber State Men’s Basketballcenter_img Junior guard Cody John (14.6 points per game) and senior forward Brekkott Chapman (12.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game) also lead the Weber State charge. If the Wildcats remain in the top five in the Big Sky, they will receive an automatic bye into the Big Sky Conference quarterfinals. With two regular season games remaining, the Wildcats are currently tied for fourth in the conference standings. March 6, 2019 /Sports News – Local Weber State Men’s Basketball To Host Idaho Thursday Junior guard Trevon Allen (13.8 points, 4 rebounds per game), freshman guard Cameron Tyson (13.3 points per game) and freshman forward Jared Rodriguez (10.9 points, 6.6 rebounds per game) lead the Vandals statistically. Brad Jameslast_img read more

Teen crashes car on U.S. 12 while trying to avoid bee sting

first_img WhatsApp IndianaLocalMichiganNews Twitter Pinterest (Photo supplied/Cass County Sheriff’s Office) A 17-year-old boy from Jones, Michigan, is recovering from injuries after crashing his car due to a bee.The collision happened Wednesday afternoon on U.S. 12 east of South River Road in Porter Township when Cass County Sheriff’s deputies say the teen lost control while trying to avoid being stung.His vehicle struck a tree, trapping him inside.The Cass County Sheriff’s Office released the following information about the crash:Sheriff Richard J. Behnke reports his office investigated a single vehicle crash on US 12, east of S. River Rd in Porter Twp., Cass County, Michigan.  This crash occurred on 06-03-2020 at approx. 1422 Hrs.Emergency personnel on arrival found a vehicle driven by the 17-year-old from Jones, MI having struck a tree on the south side of the road.  Rose indicated that he had lost control due to a bee trying to sting him.  Rose left the roadway and struck a tree.  Rose was extricated from the vehicle by rescue personnel and transported to Elkhart General Hospital for treatment.Deputies were assisted on scene by Porter Twp. Fire/Ambulance.Alcohol and drugs were not factors in the crash and a seat belt was used.Crash remains under investigation at this time. Google+ Pinterest Facebook Twitter Previous articleNew executive order extends Indiana public health emergency to July 4Next articleTwo people injured in overnight shooting on Bergan Street in South Bend Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. By Jon Zimney – June 3, 2020 0 749 Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Teen crashes car on U.S. 12 while trying to avoid bee stinglast_img read more