The ways and wisdom of Warren Gatland

first_img A story to tell: Warren Gatland, recently voted best rugby coach of the past 60 years by RW readers (Getty) The ways and wisdom of Warren GatlandWarren Gatland’s Chiefs are going through a sticky patch, with a first win in Super Rugby Aotearoa proving elusive. So the 56-year-old Kiwi could do with some good news right now.It comes in the shape of his nomination at the Telegraph Sports Book Awards, the results of which will be announced digitally on Wednesday (15 July). Gatland’s autobiography, Pride and Passion, appears on the rugby shortlist. If he ends up topping the powerful six-strong field, he would be the first New Zealander to win the award since John Daniell ten years ago.BUY NOW with AmazonYou can read a full summary of the six Rugby Book of the Year contenders here.Gatland’s story, told in collaboration with esteemed ghostwriter Chris Hewett, is a compelling one. He first played rugby, barefooted, aged five at the Eastern Suburbs club in Hamilton. Dad Dave was a car salesman and a handy back-row; mum Kay was a hairdresser and accomplished swimmer.Growing up, Gatland’s heroes were the glory boys in the back-line: wings Bryan Williams and Grant Batty, and later other backs like Bernie Fraser and Bruce Robertson. He played No 8 and in high school captained Hamilton Boys’ first XV for two years. When he was selected for a Northern Region XV, the player he beat to a place was none other than Michael Jones.It was George Simpkin, who sadly departed this world in May, who suggested Gatland switch to hooker. Within a year Gatland was playing for Waikato and in the early Nineties the Mooloo men won their first NPC title, beat the British & Irish Lions and ended Auckland’s Ranfurly domination with an epic 17-6 away victory; the reception the side received from 15,000 locals back at Rugby Park was Gatland’s most rewarding moment as a player.Big scalp: Gatland in action during Waikato’s 38-10 rout of the British & Irish Lions in 1993 (Getty)Gatland toured Australia and Europe with the All Blacks but famously never earned a Test cap. “How many Tests did I spend manacled to the bench, waiting for Fitzy (Sean Fitzpatrick) to break down and walk off the field in an act of front-row solidarity? There were quite a few of them, for sure,” he writes.It’s a frustration that fellow hooker Eddie Jones, also shortlisted for the book award, can relate to. Jones missed out on Test rugby because he was deemed too small. Gatland got closer but was ultimately thwarted by a late decision to take Graham Dowd, a prop/hooker, to the 1991 World Cup at his expense.Like Jones, Gatland set about forging a rugby coaching career that stands comparison with any in history. The bare bones of it are three Grand Slams and two World Cup semi-finals with Wales, a series win and draw as Lions head coach, European domination with Wasps, and a unique domestic double – as a player (1992) and head coach (2006) – with Waikato.A teacher by profession, Gatland’s first foray into coaching was at club side Taupiri. In 1989 he took up a player-coach role at Galwegians in Ireland. For his first fixture, Sligo away, they set off with only 12 players but he laid down the law and sparked an 11-match winning run.He was to stay four years, parting only because after eight consecutive winters, playing rugby in both hemispheres, he needed to remind himself what a summer was like.Smile for the camera: Gatland and Ireland players practise for the ‘Irish roar’ ahead of RWC 1999! (Inpho)In 1996, rugby was taking baby steps into professionalism. Gatland, teaching in New Zealand, received a call out of the blue to coach Connacht. Off he went – and he never looked back. From there it was the Ireland job at the age of 34, a position he was disgracefully relieved of despite bringing stability and progression after years of mediocrity by the national team.Two weeks after the IRFU decided not to renew his contract, Gatland was named Coach of the Year and received a standing ovation at a big do in Dublin. At Wasps, Gatland deployed a blitz defence long before it was in fashion. He recruited shrewdly – Craig White, the strength and conditioning expert, a noteworthy example – and recognised how to bring fitness and performance to a peak for the end-of-season play-offs.When Wasps missed the deadline to register their Heineken Cup squad, he stayed calm. The club faxed tournament headquarters to check their non-existent communication had been received. “We haven’t received a response from you,” Wasps pointed out. They were allowed to ‘resubmit’ the squad and went on to win that season’s competition.Once a Wasp, always a Wasp: Gatland rates Lawrence Dallaglio as the best captain he has seen (Getty)Gatland turned down the England job in 2006 and later would have finished with Wales after RWC 2011 – to become Chiefs coach in Super Rugby – had New Zealand Rugby upped an offer by just five grand.They wouldn’t budge so Gatland resumed his well-documented career in Europe, adding Welsh Grand Slams in 2012 and 2019 and taking on the job of Lions head coach for two glorious and stress-filled unbeaten series in Australasia.One of his red-letter days was the quarter-final at the 2011 World Cup. To negate Brian O’Driscoll’s spot-blitz, Wales played Rhys Priestland flat to the line at ten with the centres staying deep.They put two men back, one in each channel, to stop Ronan O’Gara kicking for the corners. And they switched the wings round because they guessed Ireland would have prepared a kicking game for the 5ft 7in Shane Williams. Gatland regards Williams, Wales’ record try-scorer, as the best player he coached during his 12 years in the Principality.The importance of family to Gatland comes across strongly in the book; he and wife Trudi, loving parents to Gabby and Bryn, lost their first child, Shauna, after she died at the age of four months in 1992. She had spina bifida.Embrace: Gatland with his wife Trudi at Auckland airport after arriving for the 2017 Lions tour (Inpho)When, during the 2017 Lions tour, the NZ Herald took a cheap shot at him and Bryn, a pro player now with the Highlanders, Gatland was disgusted. His disdain for crass journalism surfaces several times, albeit with slightly less venom than seen in Eddie Jones’s book.Gatland says: “So often, the reporting in Britain and Ireland has focused on the big-name players left out of a team rather than on the fresh talent drafted into it. In Wales… at times I felt it was easier to add new faces to the existing group rather than force someone to make way for them – to pick a squad of 36 or 37 rather than 31 or 32.”He doesn’t sit on the fence on political issues, such as the health of the Welsh regions or players going to France. And he slams the Lions’ preparation time in 2017 as “mind-blowingly inadequate”, arguing that a player might even have a legal case for damages if they get injured whilst in a jetlagged and poorly rested state.At least South Africa, where Gatland will head with the British & Irish Lions next year, has a similar time zone to Britain and Ireland. That fascinating next chapter awaits. Warren Gatland’s autobiography has been shortlisted for Rugby Book of the Year. We digest the compelling story of the Kiwi who’s done so much for British and Irish rugby LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Book Review BUY NOW with AmazonWarren Gatland: Pride and Passion is published by Headline, RRP £20.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

US churches raise money to buy ambulance, save Anglican hospital…

first_imgUS churches raise money to buy ambulance, save Anglican hospital in West Bank city Rector Tampa, FL Rector Knoxville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Events Press Release Service 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Bath, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit an Event Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Curate Diocese of Nebraska Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Press Release Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Shreveport, LA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ St. Luke’s Hospital is a charity hospital in Nablus, West Bank, run by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. Photo: AFEDJ, from video[Episcopal News Service] An Episcopal congregation in the Diocese of Washington is rallying its parishioners and other churches to support an Anglican hospital thousands of miles away in the West Bank city of Nablus, where the loss of an ambulance could cost the charity hospital its accreditation, forcing it to close its doors.St. John’s Episcopal Church, Norwood Parish, took a leading role last fall in raising money for St. Luke’s Hospital, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, and by the end of the year, donors had pledged enough to pay for a new ambulance.The Rev. Sari Ateek is rector of St. John’s Norwood in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Photo: St. John’s Norwood“The exciting thing wasn’t so much how much money. It was more the enthusiasm of the response from people around this,” said the Rev. Sari Ateek, rector at St. John’s Norwood in Chevy Chase, Maryland.Ateek, a Palestinian Christian and son of an Episcopal priest, grew up in Jerusalem and moved to the United States at age 19 to attend college. He doesn’t return often to his native land, though in 2014, he led his congregation on its first Holy Land pilgrimage. Afterward, St. John’s Norwood began supporting the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem though contributions to American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, or AFEDJ, and the congregation now pays part of a nurse’s salary at St. Luke’s Hospital.Last year, St. Luke’s was in a bind after the breakdown of its 15-year-old ambulance, which had been making more than 2,000 emergency trips a year. Not only did the hospital lose use of the vehicle, but the Palestinian Ministry of Health said at least one working ambulance was required to maintain the hospital’s accreditation. The Ministry of Health gave the hospital a February 2019 deadline to comply, and the hospital estimated it would cost $110,000 for a new ambulance, equipment, licensing and insurance.“At first, I was amazed that the hospital only had one ambulance,” Ateek said. “It just became very clear that this was something we needed to do.”After AFEDJ launched a fundraising campaign, Ateek wrote a letter in late November in his church’s newsletter detailing the hospital’s plight. He refrained from making a direct appeal to his parishioners for money, but several came forward with large donations, including one for $20,000. Those, combined with smaller donations, brought the total from St. John’s Norwood to $37,000.Ateek obtained a list of churches of all denominations in the Washington, D.C. area that had given to AFEDJ in the past. He went down that list and reached out by email with personalized messages asking for contributions to pay for the ambulance. Among them, Washington National Cathedral pledged $10,000, and Grace Presbyterian Church in Springfield, Virginia, raised $13,000, bringing the total from Ateek’s ecumenical efforts to about $75,000.With an additional $27,000 from the U.K.-based Anglican Communion Fund, AFEDJ had nearly met its goal for the ambulance campaign.“People are hungry to do good work like this,” said the Rev. Anne Derse, a deacon at St. John’s Norwood, who served for six years as a U.S. ambassador, first to Azerbaijan and then to Lithuania.Derse participated in the church’s 2014 Holy Land pilgrimage, a “life-changing experience” that prompted the congregation to form a Holy Land Committee. Part of the committee’s mission is to support humanitarian work that helps the neediest and most vulnerable residents of Israel and the Palestinian occupied territories.St. Luke’s Hospital in Nablus and Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza are just two of many such humanitarian ministries led by the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.“Those projects are wonderful Christian witness in the Holy Land because they’re open to anyone,” Derse said.St. John’s Norwood has followed up with Holy Land pilgrimages every two years, and on the 2018 pilgrimage, participants visited St. Luke’s Hospital for the first time. That fueled the interest in paying for part of a nurse’s salary, and it later provided additional grounding for Ateek’s attempt to raise money for the ambulance.“Honestly, the need speaks for itself,” Ateek said. “You have this hospital that we want to continue to serve the population, and we can solve this. … And we did, which is super exciting.”Even with a new ambulance, AFEDJ emphasizes that financial struggles are an ongoing challenge at the Diocese of Jerusalem’s medical facilities, which face uphill battles to remain open for everyone who needs care, regardless of their ability to pay for that care.Those struggles were underscored in December when a building collapsed at a surgical outpatient clinic on the campus of Al Ahli Arab Hospital. The 120-year-old building apparently was empty that afternoon at the time of the collapse, and no one was injured.An engineer and construction team have surveyed the damage and recommended about $150,000 in reconstruction work, the diocese said. Jerusalem Archbishop Suheil Dawani has launched an appeal for donations to rebuild the clinic.St. Luke’s Hospital in Nablus, West Bank, is one of two hospitals run by the Diocese of Jerusalem. The other is in Gaza. Photo: AFEDJ, via video.“In Nablus City, we have five different hospitals. St. Luke’s Hospital is the only charitable hospital and the only church hospital in the West Bank,” Dr. Walid Kerry, executive director of St. Luke’s, said in a video produced by AFEDJ. “We are happy to give the medical care and surgery to everyone who asks for it, especially the needy and poor patients.”The Episcopal Church has supported and remains closely engaged with the Anglican diocese’s work in Israel and the Palestinian territories for many years. The diocese is among the recipients of grants from The Episcopal Church’s Good Friday Offering, which collected a record $414,310 in 2017 to support ministries in the Middle East.AFEDJ, an independent and nonpartisan nonprofit, is the recommend partner organization for Americans interested in supporting the work of the Diocese of Jerusalem, which covers Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Syria. Donations can be made at– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Rector Collierville, TN By David PaulsenPosted Jan 17, 2019 Submit a Job Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Middle East The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Israel-Palestine, center_img Cathedral Dean Boise, ID AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Belleville, IL 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 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Music Morristown, NJ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Tags Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Martinsville, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 Rector Washington, DC last_img read more

What we owe to Vietnam Veterans

first_img TAGSApopka Rotary ClubFamily Fall FestivalVietnam Traveling Memorial Wall Previous articleDuring National Diabetes Awareness Month “maintain don’t gain”Next articleSearching for Bobby Fischer… Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate By Reggie Connell/Managing Editor of The Apopka VoiceThank you for your service.We say that a lot in Apopka. To veterans, to police officers, to firefighters. It’s a casual way to show a soldier or first responder the honor and respect they deserve for protecting us both locally and abroad.With Veterans Day approaching, there will be a well-deserved outpouring of support in our community for all those who have served the United States in uniform. And after almost two continuous decades of war, public support for veterans and those serving in today’s all-volunteer force remains extremely high.This weekend at Kit Land Nelson Park is the annual Family Fall Festival, and for the first time, the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall will be a part of the festival. It is the end result of Apopka’s support, respect, and love for its veterans – particularly the efforts of the Apopka Rotary Club and the Festival Chairman Bill Speigel to bring the Vietnam War Traveling Memorial Wall to Apopka. According to sources inside the Rotary Club, Spiegel worked to bring the wall to Apopka for two years.The wall is a 3/5 scale of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC. It stands six feet tall at the center and covers almost 300 feet from end to end.According to its website, the Traveling Memorial stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made during the Vietnam War. It was made for the purpose of helping heal and rekindle friendships and to allow people the opportunity to visit loved ones in their hometown who otherwise may not be able to make the trip to Washington.The Apopka Rotary Club and the City of Apopka are hosting the Wall during Veteran’s Day weekend.But as supportive as America is to its military in 2018, it wasn’t always that way.In the 1960’s and 70’s, the Vietnam War was extremely unpopular in the US. It polarized the country, and in many instances, veterans of that conflict seemed to bear the brunt of criticism even more than the politicians who waged and executed the country’s involvement.Far too many veterans of Vietnam returned home to scorn and blame. Many of them left the military, and disappeared into or retreated from society and went on with their lives – be it good or bad. Over time, most Vietnam veterans quietly melded successfully back into society and continued with their lives, building businesses and starting families. Others, however, struggled during their re-entry.Some struggle to this very day.But what few among us, including possibly even those currently in uniform, truly understand is how much we owe to a special group of veterans: those who fought in Vietnam and then stayed in the military. These brave warriors transformed a force that was broken after the war into the remarkably capable and highly respected U.S. military that exists today.*****On its website War on the Rocks, David Barno and Nora Bensahel featured a group of soldiers that in many ways transformed the military in a post-Vietnam era. In their article they write: “These soldiers chose to stay in uniform, continuing to serve in a battered force after the painful end of the nation’s most divisive conflict. They dedicated themselves to the immense task of converting the large U.S. draft military into a smaller, more professional all-volunteer force. The state of the U.S. military after Vietnam stands in stark contrast with today. The armed forces were profoundly fractured by that decade-long war, with the Army and Marines particularly stricken. The corps of non-commissioned officers (NCOs) was deeply broken, reflecting the massive exodus of career NCOs and too-rapid promotions of others during the long war. Combat training and general military proficiency were at staggeringly low levels. And when the draft ended in 1973, the volunteers entering the force were often less capable than the draftees they replaced. Given the appalling state of the military and widespread public disdain for military service, it was not at all clear whether the very idea of an all-volunteer force could survive.The small cohort of Vietnam veterans who chose to stay in the U.S. military stepped into this breach. Though their individual reasons varied, they were all deeply committed to the value of military service in an era when serving in uniform was widely disparaged. They refused to give up on the military, or settle for a dysfunctional force in a dangerous world still dominated by Cold War tensions. They chose to stay — and to act.They became the mentors and guideposts for those just entering the armed forces after Vietnam. Throughout the grim 1970s, they began a slow and painful overhaul of the U.S. military. The NCOs who continued to serve after Vietnam helped shape young officers while also re-building professionalism in their own ranks. Platoon sergeants began setting an entirely new example of high standards and professionalism across the NCO ranks. They imposed discipline upon the unruly troops, helping to eliminate soldiers who could not meet the new standards or were simply unfit to serve — far too many of who were recruited in a desperate attempt to prove the viability of the all-volunteer force. All of these Army officers and NCOs had cut their teeth in bloody infantry combat in Vietnam and became mentors and exemplars to those joining the post-war force. Like their peers in the other services, they shared a deep personal commitment to rebuilding the military into a disciplined and professional force that could fight and win the next war.The story of the U.S. military’s rebuilding in the 1970s and 1980s often highlights large increases in defense budgets, big new weapons systems, innovative new warfighting doctrines, and the insistence exceptionally realistic training. But most of all, this incredible transformation relied upon a cadre of strong and committed officers and NCOs. The leaders who emerged from the cauldron of Vietnam didn’t get everything right and made some serious mistakes — such as discarding the key counterinsurgency lessons of the war. But in the face of daunting obstacles and an often-ambivalent American public, they remained committed to fixing the force they deeply loved. They are the unacknowledged architects and craftsmen who designed and built the foundation of today’s U.S. military — and they deserve the lion’s share of the credit for the ultimate success of the all-volunteer force.All veterans, including everyone who served in Vietnam, deserve our recognition and gratitude this Veterans Day. But all Americans, and especially those still serving in uniform, should acknowledge the singular contributions of the small group of Vietnam veterans who chose to stay and fix a broken and dispirited force. They painstakingly built the foundations for every aspect of today’s military, and showed an amazing devotion to duty, and to their country, at a time when neither was popular. We all owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.”*****I was at the opening ceremonies and toured the traveling wall. Despite the carnival-like atmosphere of the festival, entering the area where the memorial is constructed was a sobering, humbling and reverent experience. Those on the pathway took photos, knelt down looking at specific names, possibly loved ones who died in Vietnam.  I never met my cousin Johnnie. He enlisted in the Army before I was born, and died in Vietnam when I was a child. I wasn’t able to locate his name on the wall, but I’m sure he is among the 58,000-plus fallen soldiers listed. According to my family, he was in the 101st Airborne Division and died in Operation Malheur on May 25th, 1967 – my fourth birthday.I don’t think about my cousin very often. His name comes up occasionally in conversations and at family reunions, but I did Wednesday. Knowing his memory lives on through the Vietnam Wall in Washington, DC and on this wall is comforting. I’ll be certain to get more details about his life from my family, and it’s because of this experience. I thank Bill Spiegel and the Apopka Rotary for bringing this important symbol to the community. I’m sure there are a lot of people in town that are grateful.And all of us are grateful for the sacrifice that over 58,000 soldiers listed on this memorial gave, and for those that returned and rebuilt the military into the professional all-volunteer force that it is today.Thank you for your service. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment!last_img read more

Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan

first_imgSave this picture!© Carlos Tobon+ 14 Share “COPY” CopyHouses•Colombia Colombia Houses “COPY” ArchDaily Photographs 2009 Area:  106 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Year:  Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan Photographs:  Carlos Tobon Save this picture!© Carlos TobonText description provided by the architects. Santa Elena is a rural farming area up in the mountains, east of Medellín, Colombia. It composes a group of 17 small villages called: “veredas”. People who live down in the valley think of Santa Elena as a scenic, fresh air place of cool temperatures. Most of the land around Santa Elena, including the beautiful Arvi Natural Park, is state owned and protected. Building density restrictions insure that the area will remain a rural setting of rolling hills, great vistas, streams, forests, clean air and water. Save this picture!© Carlos TobonOutside the villages Santa Elena’s scattered development landscape is populated mainly by large vacation houses or weekend retreats. Only a small percentage is made up of lived in year around residences owned by descendants of foreign immigrants from Germany, France and Italy. The steep sloped solar on which the house was to be built had been purchased by two different owners. One of them occupied the top of the hill with a 300 M2 house and about three years later I was commissioned to design a cottage no larger than 100 M2. Rather than trying to make an architectural statement, I opted for complementing the superb view with an almost imperceptible mark to the site. Save this picture!© Carlos TobonI wanted the natural landscape to continue its course so the house is accessed through a very discrete opening on the roof deck emphasized by a pink mosaic wall. That is all what is perceived from above; therefore I call this view the main façade. As the roof deck folds down in sections stopping at different heights the scenery façade gets generated framing different views along a linear circulation path. It’s all about helping nature to move with the architecture form. I think I have achieved that with the use of materials and the way one articulates with the next in progression. Save this picture!The client requested a specific program of two bedrooms, (one at each end), two bathrooms, small kitchen and meditation room. No lounging areas except for the roof deck which occasionally would be used as a platform for yoga. All of these spaces are linearly arranged and threaded by a circulation facing de view. As one walks along, different versions of the landscape are revealed. Both bathrooms are at each end so the light coming through is regulated by a pattern of openings with glass block. This is really a pixilated abstraction of the pine tree forests which flank the site on both sides. Save this picture!© Carlos TobonThere was no need to provide a heating or air conditioning system. The climate gets barely cool at night so interior materials like cork plank flooring help maintain the heat captured during the day. The house is roofed with a waterproofed very thin and slightly sloped concrete slab. Disposable bamboo boxes were arranged on a brick pattern and used to form the underside of the slab while it was being poured. That is a very traditional method of casting concrete in the area while it provided an incredible ceiling texture. Storm water is collected to the back of the roof deck against the slope of the hill in a concrete channel drain which runs the width of the house. The pressure treated wood deck system simply sits leveled on the concrete slab. Planks are separated so the water filters through and drains down. Save this picture!© Carlos TobonInterior details are very simple. All walls inside are painted white and the ceiling is painted a very light shade of cool gray. Doors are flush to the walls creating a monolithic impression. The bathrooms needed to express dynamism and movement as well. Their walls are tiled with white and three shades of blue glass mosaic creating a pattern of tiers running in the same direction with all the rest of the materials. The same effect is reinforced with the narrow mirror glass which folds up to the ceiling. Four blocks of end grain cut teak make the top of the wall hung vanity on which a vessel sink rests leaving cleanable floor space underneath. The shower and bath glass sliding doors are silk screened with a digital photograph of a water splash. Closets have no doors. Instead a reclaimed wood beam hides the curtain rods from which Dupioni silk drapes are hung.Project gallerySee allShow lessKoolhaas Houselife / Ila Bêka + Louise LemoîneArticlesOcean Imagination / Unsangdong ArchitectsArticles Share CopyAbout this officeAntonio SofanOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoodHousesColombiaPublished on August 04, 2010Cite: “Santa Elena House / Antonio Sofan” 04 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Santa Elena House / Antonio SofanSave this projectSaveSanta Elena House / Antonio Sofan Architects: Antonio Sofan Area Area of this architecture projectlast_img read more

Philly protests racist Starbucks

first_imgIn a demonstration against white supremacy, Philadelphia protesters occupied the Starbucks at 18th and Spruce streets early on the morning of April 16. The occupation was organized by Philly for REAL Justice and the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative in response to the racist arrest of two Black men in that store on April 12.A Starbucks employee called the police on the two men simply for refusing to leave the store while waiting to meet a business associate. According to 911 records, the call was placed within two minutes of the men asking for, but being denied, use of the restroom. Twenty minutes later, the two were confronted by six police officers, handcuffed and held in custody for more than eight hours before being released, uncharged. All that for simply existing while Black in a white supremacist space.In a statement, organizers of the April 16 demonstration demanded that the employee who called the police be fired; that Starbucks issue an apology to the arrested men and the Black community at large; that the police who arrested the men be fired; and that Starbucks draft a policy to explicitly disallow employees from calling the police on community members. The April 16 store occupation was one of several demonstrations at the store since the arrestsStarbucks to use racist ADL for “racial-bias” trainingStarbucks has since issued an apology, but they have not officially fired either the employee or the store manager responsible for facilitating the arrests. Starbucks has announced that they will close all 8,000 U.S. stores on May 29 for “racial-bias” training — as if white supremacy can be washed away in an afternoon. But the training workshops are nothing more than neoliberal publicity.Starbucks has asked the Anti-Defamation League, a racist, Islamophobic, anti-Arab and pro-policing institution to handle their “racial-bias” training.  The ADL sponsors joint U.S.-Israeli Defense Forces law enforcement training, which includes Philadelphia cops. For decades, the ADL has illegally spied on Arab students, as well as U.S. progressive and left organizations. (Electronic Intifada, May 14, 2013)On April 19, after initially staunchly defending the cops handling of the incident, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross issued a public apology to the men, stating he “failed miserably” in handling the situation.Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney responded by saying none of the police officers involved will be fired or disciplined, making clear the extent that white supremacy pervades the very fabric of U.S. power structures.“This is what white supremacy looks like”During the April 16 action, demonstrators occupied the Starbucks for more than three hours with anti-racist, anti-police chants and speeches from community members.“This is what systemic white supremacy looks like in action,” said Deandra Patrice Jefferson from Worker’s World. Acknowledging the link between Starbucks and gentrification, she said: “A Starbucks never come into our neighborhood for us. A Starbucks come into our neighborhood when they about to kick us out of it.” Jefferson continued: “We are not just here for this one Starbucks and we are not just here for this one issue. This is an issue that affects us every day.”Cornelius Moody of Worker’s World and REAL Justice spoke on how Philadelphia has enforced discrimination against Black people by funneling money into police programs amidst a budget crisis. While poor people of color are targeted through the recent “sugar tax,” Starbucks avoids paying the tax on its products through legislative loopholes.Shani Akilah, co-founder of the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative, pointed to the intersection of domestic anti-Blackness and global racist imperialism, saying: “The best way you can show solidarity with Palestinians, with Syrians, with Puerto Ricans, is to know how you are bombing Black and Brown people here.” Akilah referenced the Philly Don’t Orchestrate Apartheid protest of the collaboration of the Philadelphia Philharmonic Orchestra with the Israeli government, as well as the April 14-15 protests of the U.S. bombing of Syria.Mike Wilson of Worker’s World and REAL Justice put the Starbucks incident in the context of white supremacy’s long history: “Starbucks is but a small, small part of what’s going on for us. … We have to fight this all along the way. And if you’re young, you’re Black, you’re Brown — you’re gonna fight this ’til your grave.”On April 19, the two men involved, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, appeared on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” program to publicly share their story. They explained they were waiting to meet a potential business partner when cops entered the restaurant: “It was just, ‘Get out, you have to leave. You’re not buying anything, so you shouldn’t be here.’” (, April 19)“There was no reasoning,” Nelson said. “They just kept using ‘defiant trespassing’ as their excuse for putting us behind bars.” Robinson revealed that police never read them their Miranda rights, just handcuffed them and held them in custody for eight hours.One of the chants during the store occupation was “Anti-Blackness anywhere is anti-Blackness everywhere!” The demonstrators proved that truth, making it perfectly clear that one incident in one Starbucks was only one symptom of the disease that is white supremacy. Whether through microaggressions, gentrification, police brutality or international warfare, white supremacy targets Black and Brown people. The April 16 demonstrators placed this struggle in the context of the larger struggle for liberation from racism and oppression in all its forms.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

International community urged to push harder for Azerbaijani blogger’s release

first_imgNews AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeCorruptionImprisonedJudicial harassment President Ilham Aliyev’s regime continues to turn a deaf ear to all the calls for the release of Mehman Huseynov, whose hunger strike entered its fourth week today. At his family’s request, he is now consuming liquids and some yogurt, for its calcium content. Held since 2017, he started the hunger strike when new charges were brought against him that could prevent him from being released on completion of his sentence in few months’ time. “Only a strong and persistent international campaign could persuade the Azerbaijani government to free Mehman Huseynov and stop harassing the country’s last critical journalists,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. RSF_en January 16, 2019 International community urged to push harder for Azerbaijani blogger’s release News Despite the many calls for Huseynov’s release in Europe and the United States, the Azerbaijani authorities have so far limited themselves to reporting that he is in good health and accusing “anti-Azerbaijani” forces of exploiting the situation. The prison authorities have nonetheless allowed his father and diplomats to visit him. Jailed since March 2017 for allegedly “defaming” the policeman he said had tortured him while he was previously detained, Huseynov is well known as a blogger for criticizing the regime and denouncing high-level corruption. June 4, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Azerbaijan Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the international community to step up pressure on the Azerbaijani authorities, who are still refusing to free the blogger Mehman Huseynov and withdraw new charges against him, three weeks after he began a hunger strike that has triggered a steadily mounting campaign for his release. RSF urges the European Parliament to approve the emergency resolution reflecting these concerns that is due to be submitted tomorrow. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has also announced that it will debate the worsening human rights situation in Azerbaijan during its next session. Receive email alerts He is also the president of the Institute for Reporters’ Freedom and Safety (IRFS), a media defence NGO that has repeatedly been targeted by the authorities. It is now run from abroad by his brother, Emin Huseynov, a fellow-journalist who had to flee the country. When their mother died last August, Mehman Huseynov was not allowed to pay her a final visit. Organisation center_img AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeCorruptionImprisonedJudicial harassment Help by sharing this information Azerbaijan is ranked 163rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. The leading critical media outlets have been silenced or have had to relocate abroad, the main independent websites are blocked, at least ten journalists are currently in prison, and the activities of NGOs that support the media have been criminalized. The additional charges against Huseynov are part of the new crackdown on the country’s last dissident journalists. to go further News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan April 9, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more Other journalists and activists have been sentenced to up to 25 days in administrative detention for demonstrating in support of Huseynov in early January. “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh News “The Aliyev regime’s impunity must be ended without delay. We call on the international community to impose targeted sanctions on the leading figures involved in the crackdown and to condition any improvement in relations on the restoration of pluralism and the rule of law.” His protest has triggered a remarkable wave of solidarity in Azerbaijan, where civil society is subjected to draconian persecution. Around 20 dissidents have begun their own hunger strike to call for his release and the release of other political prisoners. They include the well-known journalists Khadija Ismayilova and Tofig Yagublu, the imprisoned journalists Fikret Faramazoglu and Elchin Ismayilli and the imprisoned blogger Rashad Ramazanov. last_img read more

Leading news website blocked in Belarus

first_img Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts News News December 15, 2017 Leading news website blocked in Belarus June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Belarus BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionInternet May 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF_en RSF_EECA BelarusEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionInternet “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Organisation The Belarusian information ministry announced today that the leading news website Belaruski Partyzan is being blocked. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns this blatant act of censorship and calls on the authorities to rescind the decision.The information ministry said Belaruski Partyzan was guilty of “systematic violations of media legislation” but did not specify any content.Founded in 2005 by Pavel Sheremet, a well-known independent journalist who was murdered in Kiev in 2016, Belaruski Partyzan publishes news reports, analyses and opinion pieces. Belarus is ranked 153rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. The information ministry has become stricter in its control of the media since President Lukashenko appointed Ales Karlyukevich as its minister at the end of September. May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

France asked to intercede on behalf of threatened editor during Pakistan’s premier’s visit

first_img News April 21, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Follow the news on Pakistan Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists As Pakistani Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali arrived on an official visit to France, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) today drew the French government’ attention to a campaign of intimidation since March against respected investigative journalist Amir Mir, who was fired as editor of the Weekly Independent as a result of pressure from President Pervez Musharraf.In a letter to Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, the organisation urged him to intercede on Mir’s behalf during the Pakistani prime minister’s 8-9 December visit.Unknown persons set fire to Mir’s car on 22 November and shots were fired outside his home in Lahore, in the eastern province of Punjab. The government denied any involvement in these incidents, although they followed a long series of threats and acts of harassment against Mir by senior military and civilian officials, including information minister Rasheed Ahmed and the head of military intelligence in Punjab, Arslan Ali Khan. Mir was also accused by Gen. Rashid Qureshi of being an “Indian agent” because of an article he wrote in the Indian magazine Outlook.Now the deputy editor of the Herald, an English-language monthly, Mir told Reporters Without Borders he feared for his life: “I am now being conveyed friendly messages to leave Pakistan… I’ve already told my near and dear ones that if any harm is done to me, Gen. Musharraf should be directly held responsible… I am really concerned about the safety of my family.”Dozens of journalist demonstrated in support for Mir on 7 November in Islamabad.The recent acts of intimidation came after President Musharraf told a meeting of leading newspaper editors on 20 November that the editors of the Herald and the monthly Newsline had not been invited because they published articles that damaged Pakistan’s international image.In response to a question about the presence in Pakistan of Dawood Ibrahim, the reputed member of an Indian crime organisation, Musharraf said certain Pakistani newspapers published harmful reports that supported Indian allegations and therefore damaged Pakistan’s national interests. The August and November issues of the Herald carried investigative reports by Mir on this matter.When he was still the Weekly Independent’s editor Mir publicly alleged on 18 March that he had received threats from the Punjab state security minister, a former head of Pakistan’s secret service, the ISI. Mir was forced to resign from this post on 13 June after several months of pressure to change his editorial line.The Weekly Independent claimed that President Musharraf himself chaired a meeting in Lahore at which it was decided to take concrete measures against the magazine, including the withdrawal of all government and state sector advertising. Mir wrote in 12 June editorial that it was not easy to keep a newspaper going in a country where the army dominates politics and the security forces call newspaper editors and owners to tell them what they can and cannot publish. to go further Help by sharing this information PakistanAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts PakistanAsia – Pacific News RSF_en December 8, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire France asked to intercede on behalf of threatened editor during Pakistan’s premier’s visit June 2, 2021 Find out more January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Global Defibrillator Market (2020 to 2025) – Growth, Trends, and Forecasts –

first_img Previous articleLoSasso Integrated Marketing Celebrates a Year of Award-Winning WorkNext articleRiders return to roots with Knuckle Huck event at Winter X Digital AIM Web Support Global Defibrillator Market (2020 to 2025) – Growth, Trends, and Forecasts – Twitter TAGS  WhatsApp Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – January 29, 2021 DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 29, 2021– The “Defibrillator Market – Growth, Trends, and Forecasts (2020 – 2025)” report has been added to’s offering. The growth of the defibrillator market can be attributed to factors, such as technological advancements in the field of defibrillators and training and awareness programs for defibrillators. Recently, in 2020, Abbott Laboratories received a CE mark for its product “Gallant”. It is an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) used in the prevention of sudden cardiac rhythm. Furthermore, the growing burden of cardiovascular diseases is expected to impact market growth. Companies MentionedAbbott LaboratoriesBoston Scientific CorporationCardiac Science CorporationDefibtech LLCKoninklijke Philips NVLivaNova PLCMedtronic PLCNihon Kohden CorporationPhysio-Control Inc.ZOLL Medical Corporation Key Market Trends Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Spearheaded the Market Studied The implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) segment accounted for the largest share in the global market. The ICDs are of three major types, namely transvenous ICDs, subcutaneous ICDs, and CRT with pacemaker and ICD function.The transvenous and subcutaneous ICDs are expected to exhibit the fastest growth rate over the forecast period, owing to the rising technological advancements, increasing R&D, and benefits associated with these ICDs. According to the European Heart Journal, 2019, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is considered as an important device for the treatment of sudden cardiac death (SCD) prevention and ventricular tachyarrhythmias.Moreover, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, in 2017, approximately 4,578 people died, due to heart failure and cardiomyopathy. Hence, the growing morbidity and mortality of cardiovascular diseases and the efficacy of these devices to manage arrhythmias for a prolonged period are expected to drive the segment’s growth, over the forecast period. North America is Expected to Dominate the Market Studied In North America, the United States is expected to hold the major market share. This is mainly due to factors, such as increasing number of diseases.Cardiovascular diseases, listed as the underlying cause of death, account for nearly 836,546 deaths (about 1 of every 3 deaths) in the United States. The increasing prevalence of cardiovascular diseases in the region is expected to drive the market growth, over the forecast period.In 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along with a number of public and private partners, launched the Million Hearts initiative that aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes.According to the American Heart Association’s research program, cardiovascular diseases are listed as the primary cause of deaths and accounted for nearly 836,546 deaths in the United States. The deaths related to cardiovascular diseases are higher when compared to deaths related to all forms of cancer and chronic lower respiratory diseases combined.Therefore, the aforementioned factors are expected to boost the market growth. Key Topics Covered: 1 INTRODUCTION 2 RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 3 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 4 MARKET DYNAMICS 4.1 Market Overview 4.2 Market Drivers 4.2.1 Increasing Prevalence of Cardiovascular Diseases 4.2.2 Technological Advancements in the Field of Defibrillators 4.3 Market Restraints 4.3.1 High Costs of Defibrilators 4.3.2 Stringent Regulatory Framework 4.4 Industry Attractiveness – Porter’s Five Forces Analysis 5 MARKET SEGMENTATION 5.1 By Product 5.1.1 Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) Transvenous Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (T-ICDs) Subcutaneous Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (S-ICDs) CRT with Pacemaker and ICD Function (CRT-D) 5.1.2 External Defibrillator (ED) Automated External Defibrillator (AEDs) Semi-automated External Defibrillators Fully-automated External Defibrillators Manual External Defibrillator Wearable Cardioverter Defibrillators (WCDs) 5.2 By End User 5.2.1 Hospitals 5.2.2 Emergency Care 5.2.3 Home Care 5.2.4 Other End Users 5.3 Geography 5.3.1 North America United States Canada Mexico 5.3.2 Europe United Kingdom Germany France Italy Spain Rest of Europe 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific China Japan India Australia South Korea Rest of Asia-Pacific 5.3.4 Middle-East and Africa GCC South Africa Rest of Middle-East and Africa 5.3.5 South America Brazil Argentina Rest of South America 6 COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE 6.1 Company Profiles 7 MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS For more information about this report visit View source version on CONTACT: Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager [email protected] For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 KEYWORD: INDUSTRY KEYWORD: HEALTH MEDICAL DEVICES CARDIOLOGY SOURCE: Research and Markets Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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Police searching for information in connection to burglary, theft cases

first_img By Odessa American – February 24, 2021 Pinterest Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Local NewsLaw Enforcement Police searching for information in connection to burglary, theft cases TAGS  Facebook File image of OPD police vehicle. The Odessa Police Department is searching for information about storage unit burglaries and a camper trailer theft.Storage units were reported to have been burglarized at 11:56 a.m. April 25 at Mesa Storage located at 620 Dale St., an OPD press release stated.Investigation showed two males and one female burglarized 15 storage units before leaving the scene in two vehicles. There was between $40,000 and $50,000 worth of property stolen from the storage units.Anyone who recognizes any of the three suspects or suspects’ vehicles is asked to contact Detective S. Chavez at 432-335-3347 or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS and reference case No. 19-16196. Photos of the suspects and vehicles can be viewed at camper trailer theft was reported at 7:59 a.m. April 29 at John Sales and Service located at 227 S. Dock Road, a release stated.The complainant stated that an unknown subject used a heavy duty Chevrolet flatbed truck to steal the complainant’s gray and white Bullitt camper trailer.Anyone who recognizes the suspect’s vehicle or stolen trailer, which can be viewed at is asked to contact Detective R. Celaya at 432-335-4937 or Odessa Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS and reference case No. 19-16701. Previous articleKhudobin helps Stars end 6-game skid in 3-0 win vs. PanthersNext articleOPD, ECSO see few incidents during heavy rainfall Odessa Americanlast_img read more