LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Sam Warburton gives view on Wales training punch-up In the build-up to Wales hosting Ireland in their Six Nations opener, it was reported that Welsh skipper Alun Wyn Jones had a training ground dust-up with fellow lock Jake Ball.Jones, 35, was left with a black eye after the incident with the younger lock on Wednesday.Talking about the reports on the BBC coverage before the match, former Wales captain Sam Warburton said: “Boys are just desperate to play for their country. Particularly on the Tuesday session – you pick the team on a Tuesday, you pick a team of 15 and there’s 36 of you in a squad – there’s a lot of guys there that are pretty annoyed that they’re not playing. So sometimes emotions spill over.“I said that there’s normally a bit of a dust up every campaign… To which Martin (Johnson, fellow pundit) burst out laughing at that because in his day they were a bit more frequent! Reported dust-up: Alun Whyn Jones (right) was reportedly involved in incident (Inpho) Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Pundit: Sam Warburton (Getty Images)“But it happens – boys are emotional and they want to play for their country.”Ball is not included in the match-day 23-man for the Ireland Test. Adam Beard is the other starting lock, with Will Rowlands named on the bench.Talking in the week leading to up the game, world-record cap holder Jones – who has had an extended spell on the sidelines with injury – said: “I had a good recovery and touch wood it has been pretty seamless in terms of its progression and the staged return. I’ve been fortunate enough to get the nod for the game on Sunday. I have been a bit frustrated, really, because it was a similar period for me post-World Cup in 2019.“I am relishing the chance to get back into it properly.” The latest issue of Rugby World magazine – a Six Nations special – is in shops now. The BBC pundit addresses reports of Alun Wyn Jones and Jake Ball clash
Thousands gathered in downtown Raleigh, N.C., on Feb. 14 for the annual “Historic Thousands on Jones Street” march. “HKonJ” is a coalition of over 100 civil rights, faith and labor groups fighting for legislative reform in North Carolina. North Carolina NAACP President William Barber III promised during his speech that if recent attacks by the state legislature against voting rights and Medicaid are not reversed by Easter, his organization would restart the Moral Monday civil disobedience actions that led to over 1,000 arrests over the past two years while fighting for justice.After the march, youth gathered at Estey Hall at Shaw University, the birthplace of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, to hold the first BlackLivesMatter Youth Assembly. Youth and students from across North Carolina met to create a youth-centered agenda for action in the coming year.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit Cuba on March 21-22. He is the first sitting U.S. president to do so since Calvin Coolidge, 88 years ago in 1928. Two years after the 1959 Cuban revolution, Washington first prevented U.S. residents from seeing Cuba for themselves by imposing restrictions — in force except from 1977-1982 — on those who wanted to traverse the fabled 90 miles from Key West, Fla., by ferry or the short plane ride on a charter flight from Miami. During that period, it took a struggle to confront, circumvent or defy the U.S. regulations banning travel to Cuba. Cuba is still the only place on the globe where a special U.S. government-granted license is required before traveling. The license is still required, even if now the restriction means checking a box and certifying that your personal visit to Cuba falls into one of 12 permitted categories. Looking back, travel to Cuba has been dangerous, even deadly. The first midair bombing of a commercial passenger aircraft was of Cubana 455 in 1976, as it left Barbados. The architect of the plane bombing, anti-Cuban terrorist Luis Posada Carriles, still lives freely in Miami under U.S. protection. Agencies organizing travel to Cuba located in New Jersey and Florida have been bombed by terrorist groups.The U.S ban forbids travel and threatens to punish those who dare to go to Cuba. In 1961, soon after the U.S. broke diplomatic relations and initiated the economic, commercial and financial blockade, noted African-American journalist William Worthy was arrested and jailed in Florida for traveling to Cuba without a passport — the U.S. had refused to renew Worthy’s passport after he filed stories from the Soviet Union and People’s China. Beginning in 1969 with the Venceremos Brigades, hundreds of revolutionary youth defied the blockade by traveling through Mexico or Canada to do volunteer work to support the Cuban Revolution. This defiance became a movement. Some even made the trip to Cuba on a converted cattle ship that encountered stormy seas. In those early years — and every subsequent year — the VB participants openly declared they were traveling to Cuba in defiance of the travel ban. One early brigadista’s notes and literature were seized at the Canadian border on her return, but she still proudly displays the machete she used to cut sugarcane. In one of the most dangerous moments Cuba’s history, counterrevolutions in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe restored capitalism to socialist Cuba’s main trading partners. Cuba lost the buffer of partners it traded with on the basis of solidarity. At that time, in the early 1990s, the unprecedented U.S. economic, commercial and financial blockade fell full force on Cuba and its people. Those difficult years were referred to as “the Special Period.”Despite incredible suffering and shortages caused by the sudden sharp crisis, socialist Cuba closed not a single school or hospital, for which the Cubans are rightly proud. When the Cuban socialist planners decided to expand tourism to relieve the economic crash, CIA-trained, U.S.-based paramilitaries launched a wave of terror bombings on Cuban hotels and restaurants. At that grave moment, the Rev. Lucius Walker, from the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, proposed to mobilize Pastors for Peace Friendshipment solidarity caravans. Starting in 1992, these caravans traveled throughout the U.S. and gathered humanitarian aid to take to Cuba to symbolically break the U.S. blockade and travel ban. Pictures of U.S. Border Patrol agents wrestling bibles out of the hands of ministers to block the Friendshipment and of the “Little Yellow School Bus,” which was held at the Texas border with hunger strikers on board, are now iconic in the struggle to show solidarity with the Cuban Revolution.Many who visited Cuba, especially those who took part in solidarity actions with the VB or Friendshipment Caravans, will attest to the enduring personal impact that seeing Cuba had on them. Even Miami-based attorney Antonio Zamora, who actually took up arms against the Cuban revolution in the 1961 U.S. Bay of Pigs invasion at Playa Girón, was changed by a visit. Zamora was captured in 1961 and served two years in Cuban prisons until he was repatriated to the U.S. He then helped to found the virulently anti-revolution Cuban American National Foundation. Zamora wrote in his book, “What I Learned about Cuba by Going to Cuba,” that the word in 1995 in Miami was that counterrevolution in Cuba was in full swing, fueled by the privations of the Special Period. Urged by his spouse, Zamora decided to see for himself. He found to his surprise that the right wing in Miami had been lying. Although Cuba was facing great economic stresses, it was a country functioning normally: Cubans attended school and went to work. Strikingly different from what he saw on visits to other Latin American countries, where armed military and police patrol everywhere, the calm in Cuba was not enforced by state repression against the people. That visit changed Zamora’s view of Cuba and his actions.Now is the time to end the blockadeThe National Network on Cuba, the International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity and IFCO/Pastors for Peace all issued statements regarding Obama’s visit. The statements all called for heightened popular action to end the U.S. blockade of Cuba, to take place on March 21-22 and continue with Days of Action in Washington, D.C., on April 18-22. The NNOC statement asserts: “The majority of United States people want normal diplomatic and economic relations with Cuba. The majority of United States people see Cuba in a favorable light according to a recent Gallop poll. We must remind our elected officials in Washington that it is time for them to take action to end all aspects of the blockade. Let’s show Washington our faces; let’s make Washington hear our voices. We are the people who want and demand a just policy toward Cuba.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Non-Profits News Union Station Seeking Food Donations for Modified ‘Dinner in the Park’ Event STAFF REPORT Published on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | 6:32 pm Business News Herbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Pulse PollVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Union Station Homeless Services in Pasadena is calling for donations and food items to help them serve up Thanksgiving meals to those in need this month.Although the pandemic has made the traditional massive meal at Central Park impossible, the 50th annual event will continue with the distribution of meal boxes “with all the fixings” for those with access to kitchens, as well as prepared, pre-portioned meals, according to Union Station.But they need some help.“Due to unfortunate circumstances, the long-time donor for the frozen turkeys has fallen through and Union Station is now short 250 turkeys,” Union Station said in a written statement. “In addition, they need 300 boxes of Idahoan or Hungry Jack mashed potatoes and 300 boxes of Stove Top stuffing.”Donations can be dropped off by Nov. 17 between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.weekdays at the organization’s Adult Center at 412 S. Raymond Ave. in PasadenaA list of needed items can be found online, as well as a link to an Amazon Wish List where items can be purchased for Union Station. For more information, visit unionstationhs.org/event/dinner-in-the-park-2020. 80 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Community News Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is too hot to touch, a New York federal judge ruled on Thursday.The ruling denied a request filed on Wednesday by attorneys for the world’s most notorious alleged drug lord for permission from the court to hug his wife.Defense attorneys asked that Guzman be allowed to give his wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, “a brief, momentary greeting to include perhaps an embrace” in court.After three days of jury selection, a jury was seated on Wednesday in Brooklyn federal court, and trial is scheduled to begin next week.His attorneys cast it as a “humanitarian gesture” for the alleged drug trafficker and murderer who was permitted no contact with his wife during nearly two years in solitary confinement.In his ruling, Brooklyn federal judge Brian M. Cogan said he was sympathetic to the request but that it violates the special measures the U.S. Marshals Service has put in place for the reputed drug kingpin.“The Court is sympathetic to the request,” Cogan wrote, adding that the “defendant’s conduct….has been exemplary, and he has displayed considerable grace under pressure. Nevertheless…the court is constrained to deny it.”Cogan said in the ruling that granting the request would violate the security protocols of the U.S. Marshals Service, which is charged with both protection Guzman and preventing him from trying to escape or harm others as his criminal trial is set to begin next week.Cogan went on to say that the security provisions placed on Guzman “are tailored to the Government’s legitimate objectives of preventing defendant from coordinating any escape from prison or directing any attack on individuals who might be cooperating with the Government.”The judge said that the security concerns are “especially true on the eve of trial, when the reality of the potential liability defendant faces if convicted may be setting in and his motivation to escape or threaten witnesses might be particularly strong.”Prosecutors in the widely-anticipated trial linked El Chapo to nearly three dozen murders and most of the cocaine and heroin used in the United States.Guzman has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.Guzman was extradited to the U.S. in 2017, after two notorious Mexican jail breaks, and authorities in New York are taking no chances of a repeat performance on American soil.Guzman is being housed in a high-security wing of a federal jail in Manhattan, but is being tried in Brooklyn.Security at the Brooklyn federal courthouse has been equally exacting, with bomb-sniffing dogs and metal detectors set up at courtroom entrance to complement the metal detectors at the courthouse entrance.The names of witnesses against Guzman have been blacked out from court documents, and the jury will remain anonymous.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
ABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Severe thunderstorms moved through the I-95 corridor Tuesday from Baltimore to southern New England, which produced damaging winds and hail. The storms even triggered a tornado warning in the New York City metro area.Monmouth County, New Jersey, had the highest wind gust, which was up to 76 mph. A possible gustnado was also reported in Ocean County, New Jersey, where there was widespread damage in Toms River.In the New York City borough of the Bronx, winds gusted up to 71 mph, uprooting trees. Meanwhile in Philadelphia, its airport saw wind gusts up to 61 mph Tuesday.Northeast storms have now moved out, and attention once again turns to the South, where a new storm is forecast to bring a severe weather outbreak with tornado threats from Texas to Florida.Already overnight, this new storm brought baseball-sized hail to southern Oklahoma and wind gusts up to 81 mph.As this storm moves east Wednesday, a tornado threat will increase from Oklahoma City to Dallas to Shreveport, Louisiana, and southern Arkansas. In addition to tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail are possible from Houston to Jackson, Mississippi.Severe storms and flash flooding are also expected Wednesday from Kansas to Mississippi, where 4 inches of rain is possible in a short period of time.This storm system will move into the Southeast by Thursday, with the biggest tornado threat for Atlanta, Birmingham and Montgomery, Alabama. Damaging winds, are also expected from New Orleans to Tallahassee, into Jacksonville, Florida, and north to the Carolinas.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
An estate agent selling a house in Bristol that has made headlines after graffiti article Banksy spray painted a mural of a sneezing woman onto the side the property has admitted that the sale has been complicated by the new artwork.James Grimsted (pictured), a director of Greenwoods Property Centre and a Guild member, posted an image of the mural on the side of the three bedroom property on his Instagram account, saying: “When Banksy makes one of our property sales slightly more complicated.”Banksy has confirmed that the mural is by him, but may have lost Grimsted a commission – the owner Aileen Makin is mulling what to do next as a media circus encircles the property and people climb into the harden to gawp at the artwork.She is also no doubt mulling what to do about the artwork’s value too – the property was for sale with Greenwoods for £300,000but is now likely to be worth much more with the Banksy artwork on the side. Art experts say the mural could be worth up to £5 million.Her son has now put a protective Perspex cover over the mural, which has been named Aachoo!! by Banksy and is one of Bristol’s steepest streets in the Totterdown district of the city. An Instagram post by the artist, who has seven other murals on properties across the city, has attracted a million views.“The Banksy [art] piece has made the transaction far more complicated,” says Grimsted.He adds that although there has been much speculation about what the vendor will do next, “at this stage that is all hearsay, and nothing has been discussed or clarified,” he says.Grimsted and the Greenwoods team at this time are respecting his client’s wishes in order for them to take time and receive appropriate advice.“We are currently in unchartered territory regarding how something like this would impact the value of the property, how would one even qualify something like this?,” he says.“Our client needs time to sufficiently evaluate their situation and it is only appropriate that they are allowed to do so, so this has been our recommendation.“All I can say is this is an unbelievable story, and we will keep all parties involved up to date as it continues to unfold.”Banksy mural banksy mural house for sale banksy James Grimsted Greenwoods Property Centre December 15, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Banksy mural has made property sale “much more complicated” says agent previous nextAgencies & PeopleBanksy mural has made property sale “much more complicated” says agentBristol agent James Grimsted says the vendor has paused the original sale while she waits for the media frenzy to die down and mulls her £5m artwork.Nigel Lewis15th December 202001,438 Views
“The EJRA for both the college and university which applied to me applied a retirement age of 67 years that retained the status quo from the mid-1980s.“This age is far too low and I can see that I would be able to carry on working, as would many of my colleagues, well into my mid-70s.“I felt it was unfair that I had to try and ‘convince’ the university and college panels that my continued employment was appropriate.”The English Fellow added: “None of these other institutions have reduced their standards by not forcibly retiring staff. There is no evidence to support the need to ‘refresh’ the academic workforce in terms of turnover.“The university is effectively seeking to justify discrimination on the grounds of age in order to promote equality and diversity of other protected characteristics.“I fully accept the importance of equality and diversity. I am myself from a working class background and the importance of these kinds of social aims weighs strongly with me.“I did not wish to retire, as I did not see the relevance of my age to my ability to carry out the duties of my post in research or teaching for the duties of the Founder’s Fellow.”Professor Pitcher was given the option of reapplying for his job, though appears to have decided against the move.He noted: “Trying to satisfy an unreasonably high threshold test that I am virtually indispensable to the university when I had given decades of impeccable service is degrading and humiliating.”There have been successful internal appeals against the University’s compulsory retirement age in the past. In 2014, Denis Galligan, a law professor at Wolfson College, challenged his set retirement age of 67. Peter Edwards, a professor of inorganic chemistry at St. Catherine’s College was also allowed to keep his job at 69.Cambridge is the only other Russell Group university to have such a policy.The University of Oxford declined to comment. St. John’s College were contacted for comment. A fellow at St. John’s College claims that he was forced to retire two years ago in order to meet workplace diversity expectations, an employment tribunal has heard.Prof. John Pitcher, an English professor who has taught at the college since 1982, had plans to work past the university retirement age of 67. However, he was allegedly told by the College that he would have to retire from his job, which brings an annual salary of £83,000, at the age of 67.Although an initial retirement date had been set for 2012, Pitcher was made a Founder’s Fellow of the college, with a fixed contract until 2020. He undertook a fundraising position within the college under the assumption he would be employed up until then, and now claims he was “forcibly retired” four years prior to the agreed date.The move by St John’s to enforce the initial retirement date apparently came under Oxford’s Employer Justified Retirement Age (EJRA) policy, which sets a compulsory retirement age at 68.Pitcher has since taken his case to an employment tribunal, where he is now suing the University for £100,000 for loss of earnings after an internal appeal was rejected.Court documents from the case indicate that the college believed the move was necessary to “safeguard the high standard” and to move towards “inter-generation fairness”, with “succession planning” and “diversity” also used to justify the move.President of St. John’s College, Maggie Snowling, echoed these documents in a witness statement: “The EJRA helped both the college and the university take steps towards a more diverse academic body and will continue to do so.“It is a proportionate means of ensuring increasing diversity and intergenerational fairness.”Professor Pitcher said: “I believe that decision was discriminatory because of age and was not justified and was also unfair.
Second-Half Struggles Earn Eagles Third Straight LossEVANSVILLE, Ind.—University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball made just six second-half field goals as it suffered a 60-42 Great Lakes Valley Conference setback to visiting Truman State University Saturday afternoon at the Physical Activities Center.USI (10-4, 3-3 GLVC) shot just 26.1 percent (6-23) from the field in the second half as Truman State turned a 32-28 halftime lead into the 18-point victory.After falling behind by five midway through the second quarter, the Screaming Eagles strung together a 6-0 run to take a brief 26-25 advantage.Truman State (11-6, 5-2 GLVC), however, outscored the Eagles, 7-2, throughout the final two minutes of the opening half as it went into the intermission with the four-point lead.The Bulldogs carried that momentum into the third period, where they outscored USI, 17-7, to forge a 14-point lead heading into the final quarter. Truman State made just five shots in the third quarter, but four of those baskets were of the three-point variety.USI struggled to get into any type of rhythm in the third period was it had just 15 possession in the quarter. The Eagles went 3-of-7 from the field, 1-of-4 from the free throw line, and had six turnovers in the third frame.A three-pointer and a layup by sophomore guard/forward Kaydie Grooms (Marshall, Illinois) early in the fourth quarter briefly pumped some energy into the Eagles, but USI went just 1-of-8 from the field and had four turnovers throughout the final seven minutes of the game as it suffered its third consecutive loss.Junior forward Hannah Wascher (Rantoul, Illinois) had a game-high 13 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Eagles, while junior guard Tanner Marcum (New Albany, Indiana) finished with 12 points and three steals. Grooms had seven points, all of which came in the fourth quarter, while sophomore guard Randa Harshbarger (Philo, Illinois) had six points and three assists.Truman State held a decisive advantage in points off the bench as the Bulldogs’ reserves outscored USI’s reserves 22-0. Truman State also went 9-of-20 from three-point range and held a 40-32 rebounding advantage.Senior center Michalina Tomczak paced the Bulldogs with 10 points and seven rebounds.USI returns to action Monday at 4:45 p.m. (CST) when it visits No. 17 Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. The Knights (11-1, 5-1 GLVC) suffered an 82-75 setback to No. 19 Quincy University Saturday in Louisville.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Twitter More than 70 new jobs are coming to Elkhart County (Photo supplied/Indiana Department of Workforce Development) More than 70 new jobs are coming to Elkhart County.Premium Rock, a maker of engineered stone panels, announced Monday plans to expand its Elkhart operations and create 74 new jobs by the end of 2024.“As a state, we’re laser-focused on providing a rock-solid, business-friendly environment so innovative companies like Premium Rock are able to focus on what matters most – developing its product and growing its team,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “Premium Rock’s expansion plans demonstrate the resilience of Hoosier manufacturers, and we look forward to watching the company continue to grow, supporting the Elkhart County community and adding quality career opportunities for Hoosiers.”Premium Rock produces lightweight, highly durable, fire-resistant, waterproof and UV-resistant engineered stone panels by implementing a cold-embedding process to produce seamless images.Premium Rock will double its existing 20,000-square-foot plant on County Road 12 in Elkhart and add new machine and product lines. Construction on the site began in September and the company expects the site to be fully operational by May.“We’re excited to expand our operations in Indiana and believe the Elkhart community and state of Indiana both provide a great quality of place and low cost of living, which is important to us for our growing team,” said Premium Rock CEO Terry Ploetz. “Being from Elkhart, it means a lot to grow our company in the community we’ve grown up in and are excited to create jobs and expand our footprint in Elkhart.”Premium Rock currently has seven associates in Indiana and anticipates hiring for positions in graphic design, fabrication, warehouse logistics, and a plant manager. Hiring will begin in March 2021. Interested applicants may apply by emailing [email protected] Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Premium Rock LLC up to $750,000 in conditional tax credits based on the company’s plans to create up to 80 new jobs by the end of 2024. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning the company is eligible to claim incentives once Hoosiers are hired. WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleMan arrested for OWI after leaving vehicle on train tracksNext articleGroup trying to stop executions set for later this week in Indiana Network Indiana Google+ Google+ Facebook By Network Indiana – December 8, 2020 0 797 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter