“COPY” Lead Architects: Projects Manufacturers: &Tradition, BPM Lighting, Cortizo, Ikea, Kresta Design, Nemo Lighting, ARTIFICIO, Inspire Aneleen, LamettDezign, MORTEX, TAO Iluminación Houses ArchDaily Area: 307 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2019 Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/936423/a12-house-lucas-y-hernandez-nil-gil Clipboard Year: Cristina Domínguez Lucas, Fernando Hernández-Gil Ruano Save this picture!© José Hevia+ 42Curated by Clara Ott Share “COPY” Collaborators:Raquel Quirós Marcos, Lucía Balboa, Ana Alirangues, María Domínguez.City:MadridCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© José HeviaText description provided by the architects. House A12 is a duplex house + a professional office in the centre of Madrid. With direct access to the street it occupies the premises of an old commercial space. The starting point for the project was a deep and very dark space. The main challenge of the project has been light. We have used different mechanisms to bring it to all the rooms. Through metallic materials in the ceilings and vertical surfaces, the luminosity that enters from the street and the two courtyards that structure the house has multiplied. With the same objective, different mechanisms have been put into play: skylights, wall openings and windows. A landscaped interior English courtyard that receives light from the street filtered by a latticework creating a kind of oasis, a tropical garden of surreal character is connected to the lower level of the house.Save this picture!© José HeviaSave this picture!AxoSave this picture!© José HeviaThe other challenge of the project was the circulations, to solve a wide program in a particularly linear structure. Different environments have been united in a game of perceptual contrasts where each room is a space that is both differentiated and flexible where geometry, colour and light make up its own artificial interior landscape.Save this picture!© José HeviaSave this picture!Floor PlansSave this picture!© José HeviaThe Roman and Mediterranean house, introverted and organised around the atrium, merges here with the description of Gaston Bachelar, in his “The Poetics of Space”, as the house from a phenomenological point of view, where the imagination increases the value of reality. In this way, the staircase connects the two worlds, “the basement and the attic” at the heart of the house. A transition from the real to the dreamlike that is visually reinforced through a chromatic duality inspired by Rothko’s colour fields.Save this picture!© José HeviaSave this picture!CollageSave this picture!© José HeviaProject gallerySee allShow lessParallelism in Architecture, Engineering & Computing Techniques – Third EditionConferenceVirtual Vernissage! “Weird Sensation Feels Good”, an Exhibition about ASMRExhibition Opening Share Photographs: José Hevia Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Spain A12 House / Lucas y Hernández – GilSave this projectSaveA12 House / Lucas y Hernández – Gil A12 House / Lucas y Hernández – Gil CopyHouses•Madrid, Spain Architects: Lucas y Hernández – Gil Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/936423/a12-house-lucas-y-hernandez-nil-gil Clipboard CopyAbout this officeLucas y Hernández – GilOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMadridOn InstagramOn FacebookSpainPublished on March 30, 2020Cite: “A12 House / Lucas y Hernández – Gil” [Casa A12 / Lucas y Hernández – Gil] 30 Mar 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/918263/house-in-monsaraz-aires-mateus Clipboard Photographs: João Guimarães, Rui Cardoso, AMA – Aires Mateus Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: Aires Mateus Area Area of this architecture project House in Monsaraz / Aires Mateus House in Monsaraz / Aires MateusSave this projectSaveHouse in Monsaraz / Aires Mateus Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/918263/house-in-monsaraz-aires-mateus Clipboard CopyAbout this officeAires MateusOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesArquitetura ResidencialResidential ArchitectureOn InstagramIcebergPortugalPublished on May 01, 2020Cite: “House in Monsaraz / Aires Mateus” [Casa em Monsaraz / Aires Mateus] 30 Apr 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Howard Lake | 28 June 2004 | News Thousands of young children raised funds by choosing their favourite nursery rhyme, song or story and being sponsored by family and friends to perform their choice in their nursery, playgroup or primary school.I CAN, the charity that helps children with speech and language difficulties, ran the annual campaign with support from Tesco Baby & Toddler Club. Just under 2000 nurseries registered to take part in this year’s event. Advertisement Tagged with: Events Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. 27 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge 2004 raises £152,000 so far
Over 40 people were killed by Pentagon F-15E fighter jets in a bombing operation Feb. 19 in Sabratha, Libya, which was said to have targeted an Islamic State group (I.S.) training camp. The air strike, 50 miles west of Tripoli, was aimed at I.S. operative and Tunisian national Noureddine Chouchane, who had been linked to an attack on the Bardo Museum in neighboring Tunisia in March 2015. He was accused of arranging the arrival of I.S. operatives in Libya.The Pentagon said Chouchane was killed in the bombing. The attack follows similar airstrikes in June and November aimed at other I.S. leaders.The Pentagon claimed, “[Chouchane] facilitated the movement of potential [I.S.]-affiliated foreign fighters from Tunisia to Libya and onward to other countries. Destruction of the camp and Chouchane’s removal will eliminate an experienced facilitator and is expected to have an immediate impact on [I.S.]’s ability to facilitate its activities in Libya, including recruiting new [I.S.] members, establishing bases in Libya, and potentially planning external attacks on U.S. interests in the region.” (Associated Press, Feb. 19)This attack comes amid growing threats by United Nations envoy Martin Kobler to mobilize a 6,000-person military occupation force that would intervene in Libya to impose a proposed unity regime between two rival factions vying for international recognition. The unity accord between the two regimes is designed to pave the way for a deployment of imperialist-led troops with the approval of the militia-backed juntas in both Tripoli and Tobruk.The proposed United Nations peacekeeping force would be led by Italy and include troops from Britain, France and other allied states. Britain has already said it is planning to launch air strikes inside Libya. (Daily Mail, Jan. 31)Absent the consolidation of the accord bringing together the two Libyan camps, the Pentagon will continue to launch air raids and special operations strikes against rebel leaders.Obama escalates Pentagon role in AfricaThe Obama administration has come under criticism for its war against Libya in 2011. Over the last seven years, the U.S. has continued its escalation of military interventions and building bases in various areas throughout Africa.U.S. Africa Command (Africom) troops number in the thousands in the Horn of Africa state of Djibouti, spreading out operations into Somalia and Ethiopia, along the Indian Ocean basin across Central and West Africa, and into the Gulf of Guinea. Pentagon and CIA personnel work in close cooperation with other imperialist states seeking domination of the continent’s governments through trade, diplomatic maneuvering, intelligence penetration and military “partnerships.”“We will continue to take actions where we’ve got a clear operation and a clear target in mind,” stated President Barack Obama. “At the same time, we’re working diligently with the United Nations to try to get a government in place in Libya. And that’s been a problem.” (New York Times, Feb. 16)However, the interim regime in Libya designed to merge the competing factions based in Tobruk and Tripoli denounced the bombing by the Pentagon, saying the operation took place without the consultation of either faction. The lack of unity and uniformity of action among the regimes is raising doubts about the viability of the imposed government.Tunisia, which was designated last year as a significant non-NATO state by the Obama administration, has escalated its security operations aimed at keeping armed groups from entering the country from Libya. Although Tunisia is sometimes called “the only democracy to emerge” from the uprisings in the region during 2011, the government in Tunis has maintained close ties with the Pentagon and with one of its principal allies in the Middle East, the monarchy of Saudi Arabia.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Nationwide steel strike imminentThousands of workers at U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal USA voted overwhelmingly the week of Sept. 3 to authorize their union leaders to call a strike on 48-hours notice. The United Steelworkers master agreement with U.S. Steel covers more than 16,000 workers at 14 plants across seven Midwest states, Alabama and Texas. (USW.org, Sept. 7) USW also represents 15,000 workers in six Midwest states at ArcelorMitta USA, a subsidiary of the world’s 10th largest multinational steel manufacturer based in Luxembourg. Since the collective bargaining agreements at both companies expired Sept. 1, union members have agreed to work under a rolling extension.USW production, maintenance, office and technical workers at both companies are fed up. They were expecting a generous offer, considering their wages were frozen in the 2015 three-year contract. Over the same period, management gave itself more than $50 million in pay and bonuses. Now Trump’s 25 percent tariff on steel imports is fattening industry profits.“Between the tariffs and the tax break for corporations, [bosses] stand to make $2 billion this year,” Don Furko, president of USW Local 1557 in Clairton, Pa., told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sept. 21. The workers, meanwhile, are struggling to make ends meet. No wonder they’re battling for better hourly wages and protection of health care and pension benefits.USW membership rejected similar contract proposals on Sept. 21. An interview in the Washington Post put the chances of a strike at 90 percent. A thousands-strong steel strike would send a clear message that workers refuse to take crumbs from tariff- and tax-fattened corporations.Unions for Legal Aid workers fight for im/migrant rightsA Sept. 14 report by Truthout painted a powerful picture of public defenders and judges struggling for im/migrant rights. Last November, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents abducted a Latinx client meeting his lawyers in court, New York City public defenders, members of the Association of Legal Aid Attorneys, United Auto Workers Local 2325, walked out to demand state agencies stop collaborating with ICE. In March, 200 lawyers rallied against ICE’s presence in public courts. After a Philadelphia-based immigration judge was removed from a case for not following the Trump mandate for quick deportation orders, Local 2325 and the National Association of Immigration Judges initiated a formal grievance.In the latest high-profile case, members of Local 2325 and Service Employees Local 1199, which represent Legal Aid paralegals and social workers, played a leading role in the victory to stop the deportation of Pablo Villavicencio, whom ICE detained June 1 while he was delivering pizza to the Fort Hamilton Military Base in Brooklyn. Attorney Evelyn Malave told Truthout, “[T]hese issues that deeply affect us are also workers’ issues. Pablo was at work when this happened to him.”Nonprofits once took center stage in fighting for im/migrant rights. Now unions are entering the ring in a new and important stage in this struggle.Las Vegas casino union demands safety for female workersMembers of Las Vegas’ largest casino union, Culinary Union Local 226, which represents 50,000 kitchen workers, wait staff, bartenders, housekeeping and baggage carriers, told the Nevada Gaming Control Board the week of Sept. 3 that women workers don’t feel safe due to sexual harassment and other unsafe working conditions. Their testimony is essential in helping the NGCB adopt regulatory standards to better protect women in the gaming industry.Several union members spoke publicly of their harassment. After one woman reported to the casino’s human resources office that her supervisor refused to stop harassing her, after she had refused his advances for over a year, HR responded by interrogating her, insinuating she had elicited his behavior. Targeted by management, she was suspended twice before being fired in May. Another female worker reported that a guest asked her for “another kind of service” that he would pay extra for. When she told her supervisors, they laughed and said at least he offered to pay up. One woman summarized: The workers feel they’re “not protected by anyone.”Contracts at 34 Las Vegas properties expired June 1, and a strike was authorized if new terms — higher wages, protection of existing benefits and increased workplace safety measures — weren’t reached in a timely manner. As of early September a five-year contract was reached at all but four properties. The union is recommending that the NGCB establish more rigorous reporting procedures and eliminate nondisclosure agreements. (casino.org, Sept. 8)Facebook job ads discriminate against womenFacebook ads have been found to let landlords discriminate against people of color and employers to discriminate based on age. Now charges have been filed against Facebook that it helped employers discriminate against women workers. The Communication Workers and the American Civil Liberties Union filed Sept. 18 with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against Facebook and nine employers. The case involves use of Facebook’s targeting technology that can exclude women from ads for openings like truck driver and window installer. The charges were filed on behalf of any woman who used Facebook to search for a job during the past year. (New York Times, Sept. 18)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream Sok Oudom, the owner and manager of Rithisen radio and website in Kampong Chhnang City, 95 km north of Phnom Penh, is facing a possible two-year prison sentence for “incitement to cause chaos” under article 495 of the criminal code, a charge on which he has been held since 13 May.By way of trying to cause chaos, Sok Oudom simply broadcast a report about a land conflict between the residents of a village and a local military official, who reacted by filing a complaint against him with the Kampong Chhnang provincial authorities.On the same day the report was broadcast, the information ministry ordered the withdrawal of Rithisen’s licence on the grounds of “exaggerated news reporting” although he had not yet been charged.“We call on the Kampong Chhnang provincial authorities to release Sok Oudom and drop the charges against him,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “We also urge the Cambodian government to restore Rithisen’s licence, because it was just trying to provide its listeners with reliable and independent reporting. The Cambodian authorities must stop suppressing media freedom in order to impose their propaganda.”Sovann Rithy, a news website editor in Phnom Penh, was arrested on the same charge of “incitement to cause chaos” on 7 April simply because he reported a comment that Prime Minister Hun Sen had made that day about the coronavirus crisis.Cambodia is ranked 144th out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation RSF_en News Google experiments drop Australian media from search results News Help by sharing this information CambodiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Radio station owner Sok Oudom is facing a possible two-year jail sentence and 900-euro fine (photo: vodkhmer.news). February 24, 2021 Find out more to go further News May 22, 2020 Cambodian radio journalist held for covering land dispute RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” January 21, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Cambodia News CambodiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImprisonedInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Cambodian authorities to immediately release a provincial radio station owner held for the past nine days in connection with his coverage of a land dispute, to drop all charges against him, and to restore his radio station’s licence. Receive email alerts December 28, 2020 Find out more
Repression continues six months after Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, but media and dissidents fight back
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Foreign journalists continue to enjoy the freer regulations introduced for the Olympics (even if they have not bee RSF_en to go further ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more News News Help by sharing this information February 5, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Repression continues six months after Beijing Olympics opening ceremony, but media and dissidents fight back News News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes March 12, 2021 Find out more Six months after the Beijing Olympics began on 8 August 2008, Reporters Without Borders urges the Chinese authorities to release all the free speech activists and other citizens still being held in connection with the games. Foreign journalists continue to enjoy the freer regulations introduced for the Olympics (even if they have not been applied in Tibet), but at least 17 Chinese journalists, bloggers and free speech activists have been arrested since the games ended.“For hundreds of Chinese, the Olympic legacy is measured in years in prison, administrative sanctions or police surveillance,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This is degrading for the Olympic movement, but the authorities still have a chance to change the situation by freeing those who were arrested for expressing their views in connection with the games.”The press freedom organisation added: “It is also deplorable that improved access to websites, one of the few benefits derived from the Olympic Games, has been rolled back. It is clear that the Olympic human rights legacy promised by the government and the International Olympic Committee is extremely meagre.”French President Nicolas Sarkozy attended the opening ceremony of the games and submitted a list of political prisoners whose release he requested on the European Union’s behalf. None of them has been freed. Sarkozy’s list was headed by Hu Jia (胡佳), who has been held for more than a year and is in poor health. The authorities continue to refer to him as a “criminal,” although he was awarded the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize. Huang Qi (黄琦), who was arrested in June 2008 for writing about the victims of the previous month’s earthquake in Sichuan, is still awaiting trial and his family still have not been allowed to see him.Writer and lawyer Yang Maodong (杨茂东) continues to be mistreated in the southern province of Guangdong. Fellow lawyer Chen Guangcheng (陈光诚), who has had acute diarrhoea for months, was denied an early release on medical grounds by the authorities in Shandong last month.Yang Chunlin (杨春林), one of the initiator of the “We want human rights not Olympic Games” campaign, is still detained in the north-eastern province of Heilongjiang, where he has to work 14 hours a day in a prison factory. Tibetan monk Tenzin Delek continues to be held in Sichuan province, serving a life sentence on a charge of “inciting separatism.”The failure of the European Union’s attempts to get China to release prisoners of conscience should induce the EU to adopt a new strategy. Reporters Without Borders calls for repeated joint requests for their release, requests that are not just made in the course of the discreet meetings that are taking place as part of the EU-China dialogue on human rights.Foreign press reassuredSeveral incidents involving foreign journalists have been reported since the Olympic Games. The most serious was undoubtedly an attack on a crew from the Belgian TV station VRT while they were doing a report on the AIDS epidemic in Henan province. The journalists were beaten and robbed by thugs who had clearly been put up to it by the local authorities.Severe punishments have been imposed on some of the dissidents who spoke to foreign reporters about the Olympic Games. Wang Guilan was sentenced in August by a court in Hubei province to 15 months of reeducation through work.The Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCCC) recorded 178 cases of foreign journalists being obstructed in the course of their work in 2008, 63 of them during the Olympic Games period.“Foreign journalists are still relatively free to work thanks to the renewal of the more relaxed regulations, but they still encounter obstacles when they try to cover dissident activities, the situation of companies affected by the economical crisis and the situation in Tibet,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Freedom of movement and freedom to interview should not be limited to anodyne subjects.”Very few journalists obtain permission to visit Tibet. The French daily Le Monde’s correspondent requested accreditation for Tibet, but was refused. The few foreign journalists who do get into Tibet are closely watched and around 10 Tibetans have received prison sentences since the end of the games for sending information abroad.Reporters Without Borders takes note of the decision, announced at the end of January, to transfer oversight of foreign news agencies to the State Council’s Information Office. The existing policy, supervised by the government news agency Xinhua (新华社), did not allow the Chinese media unrestricted access to foreign news agency reports. Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to allow all international news agencies, not just those selling financial news, to offer content to the Chinese media.Chinese media push the limitsThe Propaganda Department shows no sign of relaxing its control of the Chinese media, but several of them have nonetheless been pushing the limits of censorship and self-censorship. The Beijing News daily (新京报), for example, ran a report about the way some of the people organising petitions have been forcibly confined in psychiatric institutions. Similarly, the media have given extensive coverage to the contaminated milk powder story after been prevented from doing so until the end of August because of the Olympic Games.China Business Post (财经时报), a Beijing-based business weekly, ceased operating altogether after being suspended in September for three months over an article about questionable bad-debt accounting by a branch of the Agricultural Bank of China. “Even if the newspaper could have resumed publishing on 8 December, the pressure from the authorities was too strong,” a former employee told Reporters Without Borders.It was the magazine Yanhuang Chunqiu (炎黄春秋) that was threatened by the Propaganda Department in November but, after a hue and cry by the journalists, the authorities did not go ahead with a purge of the staff.Facing social unrest linked to the economic slowdown, the government is not relinquishing its hold on the media. It announced on 13 January that it was going spend an additional 17 billion yuan (2 billion euros) on state media such as CCTV and the news agency Xinhua. Propaganda Department chief Liu Yunshan (刘云山) said: “It has become urgent for China to ensure that our communication capacity matches our international prestige.”The government’s grip over the media has prompted reactions from intellectuals. A score of university professors and lawyers issued a call on 12 January to “Boycott CCTV, reject the brainwashing.” They are particularly incensed by the government’s control of the broadcast media and CCTV’s failure to cover the contaminated milk powder story properly.Just as many journalists and bloggers still in prisonThe Olympic Games did not in any way help to obtain the release of imprisoned journalists and cyber-dissidents. In all, 79 are currently detained in China, many of them in appalling conditions.The journalist Qi Chonghuai, for example, was beaten by fellow inmates in a prison in the eastern city of Tengzhou in November. He is also being forced to do difficult work in a mine run by the prison authorities. His wife said he has lost weight and is exhausted by the forced labour.Journalists continue to be arrested. Guan Jian, a reporter with Wangluo Bao (网络宝,Network News), a Beijing-based weekly, was arrested on 1 December while looking into allegations of corruption in the real estate sector in Taiyuan, in the central province of Shanxi. A CCTV reporter, Li Min, was placed in detention in the same province four days later. She was accused of corruption by the provincial authorities, including prosecutor He Shusheng, after she had accused the prosecutor of “abuse of authority” during a TV report on the air. In both cases, the threat came from political or judicial provincial officials who refused to permit any attempt by the national press to take an interest in the murkier side of their activities. Blogger Guo Quan (郭泉) was arrested in mid-November in the eastern province of Jiangsu by police who said his articles were too radical. Prior to his arrest, he had called for the creation of a netizens party to combat online censorship. He had also announced his intention to sue the US company Google for ensuring that a search for his name on its Chinese-language search engine (http://www.google.cn) yielded no results.As Hu Jia’s wife Zeng Jinyan (曾金燕), herself a blogger, said in a message thanking the European parliament for awarding Hu the Sakharov Prize: “There are now a great many exceptional people and people of goodwill in Chinese society who are going to great lengths to find ways to make the real situation in China known, and to express deeply-felt views, and the Internet is providing them with a very interesting platform. But unfortunately there is sometimes a very high price to be paid for this.”Cracking down on dissidentsWang Rongqing (王荣清), one of the leaders of the banned China Democracy Party and the editor of a dissident magazine, was sentenced to six years in prison for “subverting state authority” by a court in the eastern city of Hangzhou on 8 January. He was arrested a few weeks before the start of the Olympic Games. One of his relatives told Reporters Without Borders that his state of health was very worrying.The repression has above all focused on the initiators of Charter 08, a call for democratic reforms that has been signed by 8,100 Chinese. One of its authors, leading free speech activist Liu Xiaobo (刘晓波), was arrested shortly after its release on 9 December and is still being held in a Beijing police residence. In all, more than a hundred signatories throughout China have been detained, questioned or threatened by the political police.Liu Di (刘荻), who is better known by her blog name of “Stainless Steel Mouse,” was summoned for questioning by the Beijing police on 25 January. According to Chinese Human Rights Defenders, the police interrogated her about the blog entries she had written about Charter 08 and the photo of Liu Xiaobo she had posted online, and they told her she was being placed under surveillance. The next day, a police car took up position outside her home and she can no longer go out without the Public Security Bureau’s permission.Investigating the human rights situation during the Olympic Games period is not very safe either. In January, Beijing-based activist Wang Debang was interrogated for six hours by the Public Security Bureau, which accused him of helping to write a human rights report. His home was searched and his computer was confiscated.Wang Lianxi (王连玺), a worker who spent 18 years in prison for his role in the Tiananmen Square democracy movement in 1989, was confined against his will in a psychiatric hospital before the Olympic Games for fear he would stage demonstrations in Beijing.Internet censorship – back to the bad old waysThe authorities unblocked access to dozens of news and human rights websites when the foreign journalists who had come to Beijing to cover the Olympic Games began to complain. But once the games were over, the government bodies in charge of controlling the Internet gradually eliminated this meagre “Olympic legacy.” The Reporters Without Borders website was one of the first to be blocked again. The Amnesty International site became inaccessible again in January.Access to the Chinese-language news sites of Asiaweek (http://www.yzzk.com/cfm/main.cfm), Mingpao (http://www.mingpao.com/) and Voice of America (VOA) and the Hong Kong (http://www.hk.youtube.com) and Taiwanese (http://www.tw.youtube.com) versions of the video-sharing website YouTube was blocked in December.The leading international news media have also seen their websites blocked again. The Chinese-language sites of the BBC World Service, Radio France Internationale and the New York Times are all now inaccessible.Foreign ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao (刘建超) explained that “some websites” had content that “violates Chinese laws,” adding that “I hope the websites will practice self-restriction in terms of what they publish.”A few weeks later, on 5 January, the government introduced new regulations aimed at combating “vulgar content” and “protecting privacy” -goals which are nonetheless being used as a screen for imposing additional restrictions on online free expression. More than 90 websites have already been blocked, some of which have nothing to do with porn or invasion of privacy.The police closed the Chinese website Zhongguo Nongchanpin Shichang Zhoukan (中国农产品市场周刊) in September because of its articles on the contaminated milk power. The Hi.baidu.com website was blocked by the authorities in November. Finally, the political blog portal Bullog.cn was closed in January. The directive issued by the authorities was very clear: “The www.bullog.cn website is publishing a lot of negative information in the public domain. We already asked it to correct this, but the site has still not taken any effective measures. It is now necessary that the hosting organisation block the domain name – HOLD domain name bullog.cn.”The government’s reaction to Charter 08’s circulation on the Internet has been virulent. The webpolice have had the manifesto removed from thousands of websites and blogs. When Chinese Human Rights Defenders did a Chinese-language search with Google three days after Charter 08’s launch, they found that the authorities had blocked 86 per cent of the websites that had posted it.But some Internet users have fought back. Wang Zhaojun (汪兆钧), for example, filed a complaint before the supreme court in January against Sina.com, a leading portal, for closing down his blog after he posted an article about the changes in Chinese society to come in 2009.Despite the relentless censorship, China’s 210 million Internet users have been the protagonists or witnesses of a great deal of online activity in which, for example, Sanlu’s contaminated milk powder and a strike by taxi drivers have widely commented.Would-be protesters still threatenedSome would-be protesters have been released, including the two elderly women who were given a reeducation sentence for requesting permission to demonstrate in one of the Beijing locations designated for this purpose during the Olympic Games.But the police continue to prevent peaceful protests. For example, someone representing people who had been evicted from their land in Hubei province was arrested in mid-December for planning to go to Beijing to demonstrate.Three Jiangsu province petition organisers were freed at the end of September after being held in illegal prisons during the Olympic Games. But according to Chinese Human Rights Defenders, Liu Xueli, a campaigner against forced evictions who had asked for permission to demonstrate in a designated place in August, has been sentenced to 21 months of reeducation through work. And Fuzhou-based petitioner Ji Sizun is still being held for wanting to demonstrate in Beijing during the games.Ye Guozhu was meanwhile released in October after accepting compensation for the demolition of his home during the renovations carried out in Beijing in the run-up to the Olympic Games. He was to have been freed at the end of July, but the authorities decided to keep him in detention while the games were going on.Finally, a Shanghai petitioner was beaten by police for daring to request assistance for his elderly mother who had to be hospitalised as a result of the stress she suffered during the games, when he was being kept under close police surveillance.And the International Olympic Committee’s take?“Exceptional games,” IOC president Jacques Rogge said at a news conference just before the closing ceremony. “The biggest intangible legacy of the games, and also a very important one, is that through the games, China has been scrutinized by the world, China has opened up to the world.” June 2, 2021 Find out more
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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Health Excessive Heat, Humidity Create Mosquito Dangers Published on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 | 3:32 am More Cool Stuff Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Business News HerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods’ Ex Wife Found A New Love PartnerHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Vector Control officials warn that ongoing high temperatures and excessive humidity are ideal conditions for both rapid mosquito reproduction and the diseases they can transmit.Los Angeles County is home to nearly 15 different mosquito species capable of transmitting many pathogens including West Nile (WNV), St. Louis encephalitis (SLE), western equine encephalomyelitis (WEE) viruses, and malaria. The recent introduction of the invasive Asian tiger mosquito expands that list to include more than 20 other possible pathogens such as dengue and chikungunya viruses. Hotter, humid conditions allow both mosquitoes and the pathogens they transmit to reproduce and spread faster.West Nile virus (WNV) is being actively transmitted by mosquitoes (primarily Culex spp.) in both the San Gabriel and San Fernando Valleys. With hotter temperatures, the virus is able to replicate faster in mosquitoes and can be transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes when they bite. Mosquitoes typically develop from egg to adult in 7 to 10 days. Higher temperatures and increased humidity allow mosquitoes to complete this cycle in as few as 5 days. Since each female mosquito can lay 200-300 eggs at a time in standing water, mosquito populations will explode if breeding continues unabated.The introduced Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) prefers humid climates typically found in the southern and eastern United States. Public Health officials worry that the monsoon-like conditions which are becoming more common each summer in the Los Angeles Basin will provide adequate humidity for this mosquito to thrive here as well.A study released by UCLA’s Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Mid-Century Warming in the Los Angeles Region, predicts the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys will see warmer temperatures overall, and the number of extreme hot days are projected to nearly quadruple by mid-century. Around the world, numerous studies have shown that climate change has extended both the range of vector populations and the scope of vector-borne disease risks.District’s Manager Kenn Fujioka states, “We are extremely concerned about the changing tide in vector control today. Serious outbreaks of WNV occur annually in Los Angeles County, and the prevalence of Asian tiger mosquitoes opens the door for emerging vector-borne diseases to arrive on our doorstep.” Home to one of the busiest airports in the world, new vector-borne diseases can be introduced simply with the arrival of an infected traveler.While the risks are truly global, the solutions are local. Mosquitoes thrive in urban areas because of the plethora of standing water humans provide. Additionally, many of the viruses they transmit are amplified in urban birds (crows, sparrows, and finches) that are present in large numbers because of plentiful food, nesting areas, and water available to them. This magnified vector-host combination increases the risk that vector-borne diseases will be transmitted in densely populated urban areas – exactly contrary to common public perception. When mosquito populations are low, pathogens are unable to spread rapidly and cause epidemics. Mosquito and vector control districts are integral in reducing these risks but are limited by relatively small staffs, fiscal and regulatory burdens, and difficulties accessing backyard breeding sites.Urban dwellers must understand these risks and how their daily decisions may contribute to disease transmission. Vector control officials urge all residents to pay close attention to these recommendations:â€¢ Keep outdoor areas free of accumulated belongings. Rain and sprinklers fill depressions, crevices, and containers and allow mosquitoes to reproduce.â€¢ Remove saucers and trays from under potted plants. Mosquitoes thrive even in small amounts of water.â€¢ Buckets used to water plants and root plant cuttings must be emptied completely and refilled at least twice-weekly, treated with larval pesticides, or stocked with mosquito-eating fish. Rain barrels/cisterns must be kept properly sealed and screened at all times.â€¢ Keep all pools, ponds, and fountains clean and in working order. Immature mosquitoes feed on algae and bacteria in standing water.â€¢ Prevent water from running off property and into gutters. Gutters and underground drainages provide ideal conditions for mosquito survival. Water collecting in swales must infiltrate within 96 hours.â€¢ Regularly clean and check yard drains and rain gutters to ensure water flows as designed. Leaves and grass clippings routinely clog drains allowing water to puddle and breed mosquitoes.â€¢ Avoid the use of birdfeeders and keep trash cans sealed tightly to prevent augmenting unnaturally high populations of virus-prone bird species (crows, sparrows, finches) which are key players in the WNV cycle.â€¢ Plant natives/drought tolerant vegetation to reduce water use and unintended runoff. Native plants will provide natural food sources for native birds and pollinating insect.â€¢ Avoid mosquito bites by applying repellents when outdoors and keeping doors and windows properly screened to keep mosquitoes out. Strong outdoor fans and citronella candles may reduce mosquito activity during outdoor gatherings. Electronic/ultrasonic devices are not effective.â€¢ Travelers to tropical/subtropical areas where mosquito-transmitted disease is active should check with medical professionals about pre-travel vaccinations/medications and actively use repellents to prevent bites. Seek prompt medical attention if illness develops within two weeks of return.We live in a global society and face new public health challenges related to a warming environment and rapid international travel and commerce. Protecting public health is everyone’s responsibility.The San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District is a public health agency dedicated to the control of mosquito and other vector-borne diseases. Â The District can be reached at 626-814-9466 or on the web at www.sgvmosquito.org faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Community News
Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Do Forbearance Applicants Need Forbearance? Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, News, REO Print This Post According to a survey from LendingTree, most homeowners who have been approved for a mortgage forbearance may not need one. Of the 25% of homeowners surveyed that applied, 80% were approved for a forbearance. However, while the majority of people who applied were approved, only 5% said they wouldn’t have been able to pay their mortgage without forbearance. Another 72% of those who received forbearance reported feeling at least a little guilty about it.Those who applied for forbearance differed along with gender, generational, and income divides. In general, women were less likely to apply for forbearance than men, with 10.2% of women and 37.8% of men surveyed applying because of the coronavirus pandemic. While men were far more likely to apply than women, approval rates between the genders were similar, with 75% of women and 81% of men being approved.Younger homeowners were more likely to apply for a forbearance than older homeowners. About 36% of millennials and 35.1% of Gen Xers applied for forbearance. This is compared with just 3.5% of baby boomers. Of those who applied, 76% of millennials, 87.6% of Gen Xers and 76.9% of baby boomers were approved.Of all the generations, millennials and Gen Xers were more likely to say that they wanted a break from payments. Notably, 71% of respondents from these age groups said they could’ve made their payment but just wanted a pause. An average of only 4.3% of millennials and Gen Xers said they wouldn’t have been able to pay their mortgages without forbearance.While fewer baby boomers applied for forbearance, as older homeowners are more likely to own their homes outright or are closer to paying off their mortgages, those who did were in much greater need. In fact, 20% of baby boomers said they needed forbearance to avoid missing their monthly payment.”Regardless of whether or not you need one, getting a forbearance may still be a good strategy for managing your personal finances,” said Tendayi Kapfidze, VP, Chief Economist, LendingTree. “With uncertainty around how long the COVID-19 crisis will last and how deep its economic impact will be, preserving cash is a priority for many Americans. A mortgage forbearance temporarily removes mortgage payments from the equation. This pause can provide more wiggle room in homeowners’ budgets until the forbearance period ends.” Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Do Forbearance Applicants Need Forbearance? May 20, 2020 1,688 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Forbearance 2020-05-20 Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Tagged with: Forbearance Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles Previous: Predicting Homeowner Delinquency Risk Next: FHFA Proposes New Capital Framework For GSEs Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago
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