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first_imgShareTweet Another Six County snub by RTÉ’s ‘The Late Late Show’ – DuffyCOUNCILLOR SANDRA DUFFYRTERYAN TUBRIDYSinn FeinTHE LATE LATE SHOW Ryan Tubridy hosts The Late Late Show on RTE on Friday nightsSINN Féin Councillor Sandra Duffy has criticised RTÉ’s flagship weekend chat show ‘The Late Late Show’ for yet another excluding viewers in the Six Counties yet again on the famous programme.RTE has now blocked people from the North of Ireland from taking part in phone-in competitions on the Friday night proramme hosted by Ryan Tubridy. Said Cllr Duffy: “The Late Late Show and RTÉ both came under widespread and fully warranted criticism when they displayed a so-called map of Ireland that had amputated the Six Counties. “One would have thought they’d have learnt their lesson however Friday night’s episode saw viewers in the North again snubbed when they were excluded from taking part in the show’s weekly phone-in competition. “The Late Late Show is an Irish institution, it is the longest running talk show in TV history, people in Derry and Belfast have grown up watching the show in the same way as people in Galway, Kerry and Dublin have. “It is an established part of our collective Irish lives. “RTÉ’s corporate charter compels them to reflect and engage audiences across the entirety of Ireland but yet another exclusion of a large swathe of Ireland and indeed an RTÉ audience defies that.“Sinn Féin Senator Niall Ó Donnghaile will be contacting RTÉ and ‘The Late Late Show’ to convey the frustration and disappointment of those who have been in touch with the party and to encourage them to stop insulting this substantial section of their audience,” she added.Another Six County snub by RTÉ’s ‘The Late Late Show’ – Duffy was last modified: January 27th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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first_imgPhotos: JPPhotographyIt was a testing affair for the league leaders ahead of their crucial Champions League qualifier against Latvian outfit Riga on Wednesday.Patrick Hoban looked to have secured all the points for Dundalk after 90 minutes but a Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe equaliser from a corner-kick deep into injury sent the Brandywell into a frenzy.After controlling the first 20 minutes of the first half, Dundalk gifted Derry the lead when Chris Shields cheaply conceded possession to Junior on the edge of the area. ShareTweet Derry City continued their charge for European football for next season as they played out a thrilling 2-2 draw with Dunldalk at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium.Derry City 2-2 DundalkReport by Shaun Keenan at the Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadiumcenter_img And with David Parkhouse unmarked inside the penalty area, the City striker made no mistake in front of goal to open the scoring and secure his eighth season.After Parkhouse gave Derry City the lead a crazy, chaotic second half laced with drama ensued.After the break, Dundalk looking for a response, fired back almost immediately through former Derry youth player Georgie Kelly.But it was the final five minutes that proved decisive.On the cusp of injury time, Hoban, lurking free inside the penalty area, sent a thunderous header beyond Cherrie, stunning the Brandywell faithful in what looked to be winning goal.However, unrelentess in their belief, Declan Devine urged his men forward in search of an equaliser and they found it as the night ended in high drama.Needlessly conceding a corner kick, Dundalk looked to defend one final set-piece.However, in a flash, Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe had scored, the Brandywell was rapturous and Derry had secured a valuable point in their search for European football.Derry leave it late as Junior scores injury time equaliser to earn draw against Dundalk was last modified: July 6th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShaun Keenanlast_img read more

These historybased photographs taken by West Virg

first_imgThese history-based photographs taken by West Virginia amateur adult and youth photographers are currently on display at the Bramwell Train Depot and Museum in Bramwell, West Virginia. Local NewsNewsWatchState News 2018 Hidden History Photo Contest Exhibit Moved By Daniella HankeyOct 01, 2018, 10:48 am 329 0 Here are the dates and locations for this rotating exhibit:· October 2018: Bramwell Train Depot and Museum in Bramwell, West Virginia· November 2018: Oceana Library in Oceana, West Virginia· December 2018: McDowell County Public Library in Welch, West Virginia· January 2019: Country Roads Visitor Center in Logan, West Virginia· February 2019: Williamson City Library in Williamson, West Virginia· March 2019: Canyon Rim Visitor Center of New River Gorge National River in Lansing, West Virginia Mail First displayed at Tamarack in September as part of the annual Hidden History Weekend event, this traveling exhibit will rotate through several area communities. Next PostGeorgia high school football player injured in game dies Pinterest Home NewsWatch Local News 2018 Hidden History Photo Contest Exhibit Moved Google+center_img Facebook GLEN JEAN, WV (WOAY)- The rich heritage of southern West Virginia is celebrated through the winning photographs in the 2018 Hidden History Photo Contest exhibit. Daniella Hankey Twitter Linkedin Previous PostFayette County Man Arrested For Sexual Assault Tumblrlast_img read more

By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Olivia Whitmire Februa

first_imgBy WVUA 23 Student Reporter Olivia WhitmireFebruary is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and one Tuscaloosa teen is doing her part to raise awareness to this troubling trend.Laura Grace Henry is Miss Tuscaloosa’s Outstanding Teen 2018 and one of her platforms, Hiding in Plain Sight, helps educate on the warning signs of dating violence and also brings awareness to the issue.One in three teenagers in the United States is a victim of dating violence.“It’s happening younger and younger, kids are dating younger and younger,” Henry said. “It’s becoming an epidemic and it needs to stop.”Henry says education plays a key role in ending abuse, and knowing the warning signs and different types can help that.“Dating violence can be in all different forms; it doesn’t have to be just physical abuse, it can be sexual abuse, there’s even a thing now called cyber abuse and really we just need to tell these girls it’s okay you don’t have to be in a relationship,” Henry said. “You can be you and just live your life, enjoy your childhood, enjoy high school and don’t worry about being in a relationship.”Warning signs of dating violence include physical injuries, an explosive temper in the partner and noticing depression or anxiety in the victim.Henry says an important way to help a child who is dealing with dating violence is asking questions.“Ask open ended questions, such as we know you’ve been unhappy, how can we help?” Henry said. “The victim doesn’t need to feel like they should defend the abuser, so by asking questions like that are gonna lead to a better conversation.”last_img read more

Its been more than a week since anyone has seen a

first_imgIt’s been more than a week since anyone has seen an 81-year-old man missing in Tuscaloosa County.John Malcolm Ellis was last seen Oct. 14 at his sister’s home on Camille Lane in Tuscaloosa County. His family said they believe he wandered off on foot and may be wearing a blue windbreaker.His sisters told WVUA 23 that he suffers from severe Alzheimer’s disease, uses broken speech and has been known to venture off.Ellis was a regular attendee at Caring Days, a place for people with memory disorders. Organizers there said that while it’s not fool-proof, there are devices on the market that may help seniors with dementia and their families.Once such device is a Project Lifesaver bracelet, which Caring Days offers for clients at a cost of $12 a month.Caring Days Program Director LaDerrick Smith said more than 60 people attend their facility on a daily basis, but only three use the bracelet. The device is small, lightweight and fits on an adult or child’s wrist or ankle.The device began its life in Virginia in 1999, but now more than 20 states including Alabama and three countries have enacted the program. In Tuscaloosa, Project Lifesaver has been around since 2002.“It gives the sheriffs a starting point of where to start looking, because it is very, very accurate,” Smith said.Plenty of caregivers have inquired about the bracelet but never took the step to get one, and Smith said it’s a lot cost for peace of mind.“Sometimes when I show them the equipment, they say ‘he won’t wear that’ or ‘she won’t wear that,’ ” Smith said. “My thing is that I will not use that as an excuse, because here we’re talking about a person who could get actually lost. So my advice is no matter what they think, just go ahead and put it on for safety.”Caring Days members can get the bracelets through the organization. If you are not a member of Caring Days but are interested in the program, you can get a bracelet through the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.last_img read more

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first_imgBIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – An organization is trying to establish a memorial to lynching victims in Birmingham to commemorate 30 people who were slain in Alabama’s most populous county.The Jefferson County Memorial Project has researched 30 documented cases of racial lynchings in the county dating back to the 1880s.Members are proposing placing a monument in downtown Linn Park, which is surrounded by government buildings. It also is home to a Confederate memorial that city leaders want removed.The monument would be a local version of the national lynching memorial in Montgomery. That memorial honors about 4,000 people who were lynched nationwide. The national memorial includes steel slabs that can be obtained by groups or governments for local monuments.A news release says descendants of lynching victims are involved in the Birmingham project.(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)last_img read more

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first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – Ho-hum. For the ninth consecutive year, the “Eternal Rivals,” Panathinaikos and Olympiakos will face each other in the Greek basketball league final tourney after doing away with semi-final contenders.Both last month were knocked out of the Euroleague basketball tournament semi-finals after having won that title three years in a row between them.In the Greek semis, Olympiakos had a tougher time, coming from a 60-46 deficit to force an overtime to beat upstart Panionios, 73-70 on a three-point bomb by captain and sharpshooting guard Vassilis Spanoulis at the buzzer.He scored 22 points to show a resurgence in his game in leading Olympiakos to a 3-0 sweep of its best-of-five series that was a cakewalk for the Reds.Panathinaikos put on a three-point long-bomb show to beat back PAOK by 72-65, hitting 14 long-range shots to also complete a 3-0 sweep in their series.Greek basketball essentially has a season just to eliminate other teams who have virtually no chance of making the finals against the two dominant powers who have more money to bring in stars.Panathinaikos has the home court advantage in the best-of-five final that will open on May 22. Panionios and PAOK will play for third place.last_img read more

Today everyone respects Arunachalam Muruganatham

first_imgToday, everyone respects Arunachalam Muruganatham, 52, a social entrepreneur who lives in the city of Coimbatore in South India. But there was a time, he says, when his neighbors were convinced he had lost his mind. Some even believed that he was a vampire.”It all started because I wanted to create a good sanitary napkin for my wife,” he laughs.That was back in 1998, when Muruganatham married Shanthi Natrajan. He saw that she would use torn rags to absorb the blood during the onset of her menstrual cycle. He was shocked to find out how common this practice was. Other women in the villages around Coimbatore would use whatever was at their disposal — wrapping small mounds of ash or sand in cloth to use as absorbents.Later that year, he began to experiment. He was intent on creating a cheaper sanitary napkin. “In the ’90s, the napkins were available in Indian stores and supermarkets, but because of high production costs, they were out of reach of many,” he says. And they weren’t always available in rural areas.At first, he thought he’d solved the problem when he wrapped tufts of cotton in gauze. Yet he soon realized that his handmade creation was flimsy and would disintegrate in minutes. It wasn’t easy to use either, his wife told him.But he wasn’t about to give up.Muruganatham’s single-minded obsession consumed nine years of his life and nearly cost him his marriage — but culminated with the invention of a machine that could manufacture low-cost, high-quality sanitary napkins. He was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2014. In 2016, he won an Indian national award, the Padma Shri, given to civilians for their contributions to society.And this week, a Bollywood film called Pad Man, will premiere in India. Starring matinee idol Akshay Kumar, the movie tells his story.”I was concerned about personal hygiene and how this would affect a woman’s health,” says Muruganatham. “I realized that the lack of proper sanitary napkins restricted a woman’s mobility and stifled her confidence.”Indeed, improper menstrual hygiene is linked with fungal infections as well as urinary and reproductive tract infections. “It was something I was determined to help with,” says Muruganatham.A Man, A Mission, A MovieThe movie Pad Man tells the story of this 10th grade dropout, and how despite crushing difficulties and repeated failure, he succeeded in changing the lives of rural women for the better.The son of a textile weaver, Muruganatham had spent many years working in an iron welding workshop where he found he was good with his hands and enjoyed building things.”I believed I could manufacture cheaper sanitary napkins if I could just build a more cost-effective machine,” says Muruganatham.In the initial years, he enlisted his wife’s help. “He was always making rudimentary versions of sanitary napkins for me, weaving it from cotton and cloth,” says Shanthi. “At first, it was very embarrassing when he demanded my feedback.”Muruganatham was baffled by the secrecy and shame around what he viewed as a natural physiological change.And then there were the centuries worth of menstrual taboos and superstitions to contend with. “Many women believed that they were impure at this time. Shanthi once told me that milk would curdle if she were to handle it during her period,” he says.Even today, many taboos surround menstruation in India. Women aren’t allowed to enter a Hindu temple during their period. In some rural homes, they’re forced to live in a makeshift room outdoors, in isolation for a week.”I was determined to build the machine since I was convinced that proper sanitary hygiene and greater access to sanitary napkins would take the mystery out of it and help fight misconceptions,” says Muruganatham. “But every time I tried, the design would be faulty and it would churn out substandard napkins.” He asked his wife to test the quality of his test napkins but realized it’d take a long time to get feedback. “I had to wait a month [to test each new batch] and that slowed me down considerably,” he says.To speed up the process, he sought other volunteers. But most women were too embarrassed even to speak to Muruganatham. He approached medical students from a nearby university, thinking they’d have a more enlightened view of menstruation. They weren’t keen on giving him feedback either.And rumors were rife. “Everyone was saying such nasty things,” says Shanthi. “They said he was going out with other women, that he had a perverted interest in sanitary napkins. It was a very difficult time.” Misunderstandings cropped up between the couple. In 2000, Shanthi took the painful decision to leave.In spite of his estrangement, Muruganatham continued his fervent experiments. “I couldn’t allow myself to feel disillusioned. I needed to focus,” he says.It wasn’t until 2002 that he was able to uncover the list of materials that went into commercially manufactured sanitary napkins. He wanted to analyze why those napkins were successful and his weren’t. He learned that the commercially manufactured napkins used cellulose fibers derived from pine bark wood pulp, which allowed them to retain their shape even when wet. He included these ingredients in his own napkins.Goat’s Blood TestSince he wasn’t able to get more volunteers, he decided to test the quality of his sanitary napkins by wearing them himself. Nature hadn’t given Muruganatham a womb, but he didn’t let that stop him.In 2005, he fashioned a rubber pouch, which he fixed with a holster to his hip. Then he’d pay the local butcher to deliver fresh goat’s blood whenever there was a slaughter. (Goats are slaughtered more regularly than cows and pigs.) “I had to fill the pouch quickly to test the sanitary napkin, or else the blood would congeal,” he says. A tube led from the rubber pouch to drip blood into the napkin he was wearing, simulating menstruation. This proved an effective way to determine if the napkins held up and didn’t disintegrate. But Muruganatham reeked from the stench of animal blood. Neighbors, wondering out loud whether he was a pervert or a vampire, ostracized him.”The isolation proved good for me,” he laughs. “It helped me keep up my single-minded focus.”A Machine Is BornIn 2006, his persistence paid off. Muruganatham finally created a portable, semi-automated machine, powered by electricity, that could fit in a small space of about 11 by 11 feet and churn out two napkins a minute.The machine functioned like a kitchen blender. It would break down fine pine wood into fluffy pulp which was then shaped into rectangular strips. These strips were wrapped in cloth and disinfected in an ultraviolet treatment unit.The machine only cost about $1,500 to build. And the napkins could be sold for only 2 to 3 cents each, a tenth of the price of other commercially made napkins.”After so many years of being shunned and avoided — people would actually cross to the opposite side of the street if they saw me coming — the recognition felt surreal at first,” he says. “I could hardly believe it was happening.”In that breakthrough year of 2006, Muruganatham’s machine won an award at the National Innovation Foundation of India. Later that year, he received seed funding to start constructing the machines on a larger scale. His company–Jaishree Industries– was born. (Jaishree means ‘the honor of victory’) It was also the year that he reconciled with his wife, when she called him after watching him on a TV interview.Since then, he has supplied over 4,000 machines to women in India and has shipped over 200 machines to 27 developing nations across the world.His story gripped Bollywood actor and author Twinkle Khanna, who wrote about him in her second book — The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad — a collection of short stories. One of these fictional tales was based on Muruganatham’s life.She went on to produce the biopic Pad Man.”My primary motivation to make a movie on menstruation was to bring awareness to a subject that so far has been tucked away in shadows and like Voldemort is never mentioned,” says Khanna. “Pad Man, I am hoping, is more than a movie — it’s part of a movement where women are no longer hampered, embarrassed or held back because of their biology.”Her husband, leading man Akshay Kumar plays the role of Muruganatham. He’s no stranger to movies with a social agenda; he starred in Toilet — A Love Story, a 2017 movie that promoted the importance of indoor plumbingTrue to the Bollywood tradition, the movie has five songs. “Aaj Se Teri” pays tribute to Pad Man’s love for his wife. In “The Pad Man Song,” the leading man wears a pad, just as Muruganatham once did. The lyrics say how he never had an opportunity to go to college, but now, college students are studying his work.The song “Sayaani” covers the rituals surrounding a woman’s first period in India, from pouring turmeric water over her body to applying turmeric and sandalwood paste to her cheeks. The lyrics imply that the first period is a life-changing event that should be celebrated.Muruganatham laughs as he recalls the way he reacted when Khanna called him a couple of years ago to discuss film rights. “I didn’t take her offer seriously at first. I tried brushing her off. I said I was in London on a trip, and she said, great, let’s meet, because I’m in London too.” And so they did.Today, the movie has launched a viral social media campaign to get men talking about periods: The biggest Bollywood stars are posing with sanitary napkins in hand in the #PadManChallenge.There’s been some pushback, calling the campaign “a stupid marketing gimmick.”But Muruganatham is on board. In fact, he was the first to kick off this campaign on social media. “Its not about a photo,” he tweets. “Its all about breaking the taboo & initiating the conversation, Period!” Pun intended!Kamala Thiagarajan is a freelance journalist based in Madurai, South India. Her work has appeared in The International New York Times, BBC Travel and Forbes India. You can follow her @kamal_t Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Still we arrived on time The cases were called an

first_imgStill we arrived on time. The cases were called and heard, after which, to take care of something delayed, I decided to repair to the restroom inside the fractured building. While walking, I noticed that one shoe had a higher heel than the other, and said to myself that peradventure I might have stepped on something viscous, such as a discarded chewing gum or some other gluey item. When already in the sanctum and after the frisson of relief, I had occasion to look down and discovered to my disbelief that my shoes were mismatched — the left was black and the right, brown.I left the building in a half-sprint to dissemble the discrepancy, using movement as a shield against embarrassment.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPasig to sue 6 enforcers for extortionI took a taxi, and while traveling home looked back on the vagaries of the morning.Shoes. A pair is sufficient for me, but since I have a solicitous spouse, I have four, the black and brown included. That’s not a big number. Still I got them jumbled. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES That morning, I was to hear cases for the first time since the earthquake of nearly three months ago weakened the supports of the courthouse. My people had set up a tent in the parking area, on the space allotted to us, and had laid out tables and chairs for the lawyers and litigants.I made it a point to come early and so the wife and I timed our movements. Nonetheless, because of a protracted hunt for shoes from a jumble of pairs, I was the last to leave the house.ADVERTISEMENT Capital One Data Breach PBA: Rain or Shine overcomes San Miguel, McCullough’s 51 to avert sweep Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements MOST READ NAFTA: Democrats Leveraging the Trump Administration Filipinos take the chance to see ‘The Holy Face of Jesus from Manoppello’ PLAY LIST 01:39Filipinos take the chance to see ‘The Holy Face of Jesus from Manoppello’01:05I was sleeping and my GF was my witness – Solano03:53Tagle to youth: Allow Jesus to cleanse your souls03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspensioncenter_img ACLU: 911 Toddlers and Babies Separated from Parents Nina As I recall, footwear features in the Gospels. Matthew writes that John the Baptist used it to emphasize his being subsidiary to Jesus, “I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”MORE STORIESnewsinfoAs dengue rises, Palace open to Dengvaxia usenewsinfoNo bail for accused ‘shabu smuggler’newsinfoCarpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th timeMORE STORIESnewsinfoAs dengue rises, Palace open to Dengvaxia usenewsinfoNo bail for accused ‘shabu smuggler’newsinfoCarpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th timeJesus himself asked his disciples to travel without bag or purse or sandals. He probably just wanted to highlight the need for them to be completely detached from possessions. (Francis of Assisi took being unshod literally, imposing this condition on himself and his companions.)The humility of John the Baptist was such that, when Jesus came down from Galilee to the Jordan and asked to be baptized, John tried to deter him, “It is I who need baptism from you and yet you come to me!”  But Jesus, to foreground the necessity of baptism, said, “Leave it like this for the time being; it is fitting that we should, in this way, do all that righteousness demands.”We know what happened at Jesus’ baptism — when he came out from the water, the heavens suddenly opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him, and heard a voice speaking from heaven, “This is my Son, the Beloved; my favor rests on him.”John was not called the Baptizer for nothing — baptizing was his work and mission. And most probably, on that very day, there were many others who had had water poured on them. Likely as not, as Jesus went into the Jordan towards John, someone who had just been baptized and had come out of the water was casting about for his sandals, and who knows if from the heap on the river bank he inadvertently took those of Jesus for his own.ADVERTISEMENT Kids Festival Shooter in California Took Gun Illegally Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege Sooner or later, he would have realized his mistake and found out the owner of the sandals, and who knows if, after literally stepping into the shoes of Jesus, and learning about his death and Resurrection, he found the grace likewise to follow in the footsteps of the Lord, realizing that faith is futile without footwork.Read Next Show me the money: Price-tagging Enrique Gil’s photos View commentslast_img read more

This Joe Kennedy Cakes Unfeeling Eyes Will Stare Deep into Your Soul

first_img Photo via Joe Kennedy’s Congressional OfficeCeltics great and amateur space expert Bill Walton celebrated 420 this year alongside Rep. Joe Kennedy III, as well as a fondant likeness of the young congressman plucked from the deepest recesses of Stephen King’s subconscious.“Joe Kennedy III is a powerful, impactful leader with a true purpose & mission,” the San Diego native tweeted last week. “I am with Joe Kennedy forever.” The bug-eyed Cronenberg sitting atop a pedestal of buttercream and what appears to be sugar cookie American flags is not acknowledged.Joe Kennedy III is a powerful, impactful leader with a true purpose & mission, I am with Joe Kennedy forever. pic.twitter.com/AKTtT51pGA— Bill Walton (@BillWalton) April 20, 2017Kennedy, whose district includes Brookline, Taunton, and New Bedford, has been rumored to be getting antsy in the House of Representatives, and expressed interest in Elizabeth Warren’s Senate seat had she been asked to join the Hillary Clinton administration that never was. The 36-year-old made headlines earlier this year for his stinging rebuke of the House GOP’s Affordable Care Act replacement, which he called an “act of malice.” This Joe Kennedy Cake’s Unfeeling Eyes Will Stare Deep into Your Soul Like a doll’s eyes. 4/24/2017, 12:07 p.m. By Kyle Scott Clauss· 000center_img Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* Print Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! last_img read more

A New Exhibit Explores Inflatable Structures in Architecture

first_img 000 A New Exhibit Explores Inflatable Structures in Architecture The New Inflatable Movement opens at BSA Space on May 3. Print Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. center_img By Madeline Bilis· 5/1/2017, 3:58 p.m. Haus-Rucker-Co, Yellow-Heart / Gelbes Hertz. 1967-8. Photo courtesy of Günter Zamp KelpFor some, the term “inflatable structure” may conjure images of bouncy castles. But for others, inflatable structures are a key part of a functioning utopia.A new exhibit at BSA Space plans to explore the resurgence of inflatable installations in architecture by examining their role in utopian visions. Curated by Mary E. Hale AIA and Katarzyna Balug, The New Inflatable Movement will trace the timeline of inflatable structures—starting with the invention of hot air balloons—through its uses in art, architecture, and engineering. It’s meant to highlight moments in history when inflatables inspired grand visions for society.The display will consist of photographs, videos, installations, and models, and will feature work from a range of architects and artists who experimented with inflatable structures. (Notable figures featured include Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Grimshaw, Otto Piene, and Graham Stevens.) As far as inflatable structures in history go, the exhibition will touch on the utopian collectives of the late 1960s, like Haus-Rucker-Co, the work of Buckminster Fuller and Frei Otto, as well as the use of inflatable technology for space exploration.BSA Space’s The New Inflatable Movement was inspired by a Utopie architects book from 1998 called The Inflatable Moment: Pnuematics and Protest in ’68 by Marc Dessauce and The Architectural League of New York.“With this exhibition, we revisit the moment of the 1960s explored by Dessauce to suggest that utopian thought is re-emerging today in architecture and art as evidenced in projects involving inflatables,” said Hale and Balug in a statement.“The New Inflatable Movement” is free and open to the public. It will be on view from May 3 through September 3 at the BSA Space, 290 Congress St., Boston. For more information, visit architects.org.Graham Stevens. Desert Cloud. 1972-2004. / Photo courtesy of Graham Stevens and William McLeanlast_img read more

Boston College Students Were Attacked with Acid in France

first_img Print Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* 9/18/2017, 11:02 a.m. 000 Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! center_img By Spencer Buell· Photo of Marseille-Saint Charles train station by Roel Hemkes via Flickr/Creative CommonsBoston College students who were attacked with acid at a train station in Marseille, France, are speaking out today and asking for prayers for their assailant, who reportedly has a history with mental illness.Four women studying abroad were at the Marseille-Saint Charles train station Sunday morning when a woman threw a water bottle containing an acid solution at them. Some were treated for burns at a hospital and have since been released. According to a statement from BC, the assailant was a woman described as “disturbed” and the incident is not believed to have ties to terrorism.“I ask that if you send thoughts and prayers our way, please consider thinking about/praying for our attacker so that she may receive the help she needs and deserves,” writes Michelle Krug, a junior enrolled in Boston College’s Paris program, on Facebook. “Mental illness is not a choice and should not be villainized.”Krug says a bit of the hydrochloric acid splashed into her eyes, but she and her three friends are all “anticipating a quick recovery.”Another victim in the attack, Courtney Silverling, who is also a junior enrolled in BC’s paris program, shared a prayer. “I pray that the attacker would be healed from her mental illness in the name of Jesus and receive the forgiveness and salvation that can only come from Him,” she writes on Facebook. Silverling says she was not injured, and she also thanked French authorities. “The French police and the U.S. Consulate have been wonderful and we are so thankful for that.”In a statement, BC expressed thanks that the students were not more seriously injured.“It appears that the students are fine, considering the circumstances, though they may require additional treatment for burns,” Nick Gozik, who directs BC’s Office of International Programs, says in a statement. “We have been in contact with the students and their parents and remain in touch with French officials and the U.S. Embassy regarding the incident.” News Boston College Students Were Attacked with Acid in France They were treated and released after an incident at a French train station on Sunday. last_img read more

Disabled activists fear that the UN committee exam

first_imgDisabled activists fear that the UN committee examining the UK’s progress on implementing the disability rights convention may be ignoring links between the government’s welfare reforms and the deaths of benefit claimants.This week, the UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) published its “list of issues”, the areas where it believes the UK government may have failed in its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).The UK and devolved governments will now be expected to respond to the list, while disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) and other bodies, including the Equality and Human Rights Commission, can also submit their responses to the committee.The list was published three weeks after DPOs came together to tell CRPD how they believed the UK government had been breaching the convention.One of the key areas that DPOs focused on during last month’s session in Geneva was the impact of benefit sanctions on disabled people and the links between welfare reforms and the deaths of disabled claimants.The committee was told how government ministers ignored a prevention of future deaths letter from a coroner in 2010 – following the death of Stephen Carré – which warned that other people with mental health conditions would die if they did not take action to improve the safety of the work capability assessment (WCA).But Iain Duncan Smith (pictured) ignored his legal duty to reply to the letter, and, when he appointed an independent expert, Professor Malcolm Harrington, to review the WCA, failed to show him the letter.Duncan Smith and his employment minister, Chris Grayling, announced that summer – against Harrington’s advice – that they were going to roll out the WCA the following spring to hundreds of thousands of existing claimants of incapacity benefit.As a result of that decision, the test’s flaws were not corrected, and many other people with mental health conditions lost their lives.But there has been concern this week that there is no explicit mention of this and other similar areas of concern, including the impact of imposing benefit sanctions on disabled people, in the committee’s list of issues.The committee does use the list to ask the government which measures it has taken to monitor the cumulative impact of its welfare reforms and tax policies, and to ensure that the WCA – which tests eligibility for out-of-work disability benefits – is “based on the human rights model of disability”.It also asks for information on measures taken “to address suicide rates among persons with disabilities, including in relation to disability-related discrimination”.But there is no explicit mention of concerns that welfare reforms have breached disabled people’s right to life, particularly through the use of benefit sanctions and the links between flaws in the WCA and the deaths of claimants.DPOs that gave evidence in Geneva have stressed that it is too early for a detailed response to the list of issues, but Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) said: “Although we cannot make any immediate response, this is an area of concern.”When asked whether the list included questions relating to links between the WCA and the deaths of claimants, a CRPD spokeswoman said: “On the issue of causation you have raised, it is for stakeholders which would like to submit written comments to the list of issues to substantiate their submissions.”When asked to clarify the meaning of this statement, the spokeswoman declined to comment further.The list of issues also asks the government to describe the policies, programmes and measures it will put in place to protect disabled people from being “negatively affected” by leaving the European Union.Elsewhere, the list appears likely to have covered many of the issues raised in “shadow reports” to the committee by DPOs and other organisations, including questions for the UK government on: discrimination and violence against disabled women; access to justice; involuntary detention; deaths in detention of people with mental health conditions; disability hate crime; the right to independent living; access to healthcare; workplace discrimination; poverty; participation in political and public life; and access to sporting events.On education, the committee asks for detailed statistics on the number of disabled pupils and students in the segregated and mainstream systems, and the steps the government has taken to ensure “mainstreamed inclusive education at all levels”.It also asks the UK government “when and how” it would withdraw its reservation against article 24 of the convention, which covers inclusive education.The last Labour government placed an “interpretive declaration” against article 24 when it ratified the convention in 2009, explaining that the UK believed the convention allowed it to continue to operate both mainstream and special schools.It also placed a “reservation” against article 24, reserving the right for disabled children to be educated outside their local community.Tara Flood, director of The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), said: “The government has used as cover the reservation and interpretive declaration to increase levels of segregation.“It sounds as though [the committee] have picked that up, which we are delighted about.”She said it appeared that the committee had listened to ALLFIE and other DPOs on the issue of inclusive education.She said ALLFIE would now send the committee more information on the government’s plans to increase the number of grammar schools, which she said was “as clear an indication that a government is going to give that they are backing away from an education system that is inclusive”.The government will be examined on its UNCRPD progress in public in Geneva in August. 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TwoAlarm Fire Breaks Out on San Jose Ave in SF Mission

first_imgA two-alarm fire broke out today at 9:32 a.m. and burned two buildings on San Jose Avenue between 23rd and 24th streets in San Francisco’s Mission District. Some 21 residents were temporarily displaced, and students at Buena Vista Horace Mann a few blocks away were forced to evacuate. Fire in SF Mission now at corner of 24th and Valencia, firefighters on scene pic.twitter.com/ul5cZPnsD1— Mission Local (@MLNow) April 22, 2016 0% By 10:08 a.m., the fire was contained, and by 10:22 it was under control. Two firefighters sustained minor injuries — a cut to the hand and a bloody nose — and no civilians were injured.The fire started at the back of the first floor of a three story, three-unit building 143-147 San Jose Ave. It then spread quickly to the third floor of that building and damaged the third floor of the building next door at 131-141 San Jose Ave., which is a three-story, six-unit building.Jonathan Baxter, a spokesperson for the San Francisco Fire Department, said the units at 143-147 San Jose Ave. suffered extensive damage to the back and that just one third-floor unit in the building next door suffered serious damage.Baxter said he did not know how long the displaced would be out of their building, but that at least the 12 residents from 143-147 San Jose Ave. would be unable to immediately return to their units. Gas and electricity had been shut off to that building.The blaze is the second residential fire in the neighborhood in as many days – two multi-unit buildings were damaged on Thursday morning, displacing dozens at least temporarily.Elizabeth Gleninger, who lives in the bottom unit of 143 San Jose Ave., where the fire started, said she thought the fire started from the dryer in a back laundry room. The dryer had been running for about an hour before the fire started, and she heard loud noises from the back room.“And then all I saw were flames, bright orange, coming from that room, enveloping that room,” Gleninger said.Gleninger’s father and his girlfriend stay near the laundry room, she said. When a neighbor began knocking on her door to alert her to the fire, she rushed for her cat while her mother ran to evacuate her father and the father’s girlfriend.“It was an ‘Oh shit’ kind of moment,” she said. The family didn’t think to grab phones or other belongings — just people and pets. “It was just humans and cats, that was the the priority.”SFPD helping residents. Photo by Lola M. ChavezGleninger said she was only home that day because she had skipped school, and her mother had skipped work.“It was lucky me and my mom were there even though we weren’t supposed to be there,” she said. “Thank god that our neighbors came and alerted us.”Julissa Hernandez, Gleninger’s mother, said she had just gone into the kitchen to get something to eat when she heard crackling from the back of the unit. Then a neighbor knocked to warn about the fire.“I ran to the back, where he said there was a fire, and it was all in flames,” Hernandez said.Resident Julissa Hernandez (center) is comforted by her friend Raquel Andreatto (right) after Hernandez’s unit on San Jose Avenue suffered from the fire. Photo by Lou DematteisThe neighbor who had knocked on her door was Scott Montagnino, a resident of the second floor of the building next door, which was partially affected by the blaze.“I went out to my back deck, smelled the smoke, saw the smoke, then I ran to the building next door and started knocking on their doors,” Montagnino said.Montagnino and a neighbor from the burning building went down to the first floor unit where the fire appeared to have started. He said he emptied two extinguishers into the fire but that it was too big to subdue.Monk Wellington lives on the second floor of 143 San Jose Ave. and said he was in his front room when someone knocked on his door and asked if he knew about the fire.The back of 143-147 San Jose Ave. on Poplar Street. Photo by Lola M. Chavez.“We ran to the back of the building, where we have a patio area. I opened the door and smoke hit me. I couldn’t even see, it was too smoky,” Wellington said.The fire, he said, spread along the outside of the building to the third floor.Wellington’s roommate Kim Anderson said she is worried the back bedrooms of the unit are damaged. She said the building had not been well maintained recently and that she is not sure whether smoke detectors work.“This is what happens with all the fires. Where do we go?” Anderson said. “The reason I was living here so long is because the building is rent controlled.”Photo by Lola M. Chavez.Next door to the building where the fire began, Tom Boatman was evacuated from his unit in the rear of the building.“I’m worried,” he said. “I want to know what happened to my apartment. They haven’t told us when they’ll let us back in. My wall is next to the fire building – they may have had to chop in to it.”Jiro Corrales, a worker at the 76 gas station at 24th and Valencia, said workers there wasted no time evacuating. Corrales said he saw the fire start on some wood paneling near the back of the building’s first floor and then climb up.“I smelled a burning smell like gasoline, and then I saw it was big and I called 911,” Corrales said. Working in a gas station, Corrales said he didn’t need to be told twice to leave. “We didn’t wait for them to tell us to evacuate.”Photo by Lola M. ChavezGeorge Totah, who owns a liquor store at 24th and Valencia streets, said he jumped on the phone when he saw the fire.“I called the guy in the gas station to tell him there’s a fire behind his gas station,” Totah said. “Can you imagine? The last thing we need is a fire 20 feet away from a gas station.”One passerby told a reporter the smoke originally resembled fog climbing up the building.“I could feel the heat from here,” the passerby said, standing in front of Papalote Mexican Grill on 24th Street.Students being evacuated from Horace Mann. Photo by a community contributor, taken from her window. 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If Halloween reflects SFs psyche Trump is no longer funny

first_imgBut Belvedere is. Two older women, Carolyn and Erin, decorating their Victorian-style home, said they had bought “either 80 pounds, or $80” worth of candy. Most of their foot traffic came from as many as a thousand or more kids who paraded around the closed-off street in search of scares and surprises.Dressed as a giant candy corn, dentist Scott Levus, and his assistant, Kuljit Singh, handed out toothbrushes — a kind of business card for Park Smile on 9th Avenue. He would have plenty of business, as three separate music scenes on the four blocks of Belvedere carried kids from one cavity stop to the next. A light acoustic band played at one end of the street, a five-man mariachi band played in a garage and a minion-themed dance party was put on by the St. Anthony Foundation.Scott Levus, and his assistant, Kuljit Singh from Park Smile dress up as something different every Halloween. Photo by Nikka Singh.Moti Bycel, dressed in a T-shirt and baseball cap, dropped by for 10 minutes with his eight-month-old owl before leaving to catch the Dodgers-Astros game.At Dolores Park, the mood was less hectic. Brennan Kirk and Michael Striker were there from Ohio, looking for Halloween in San Francisco.“Honestly, we’re just walkin’ around,” said Kirk, bespectacled and in a red hoodie.A pair of officers chatted intermittently behind the statue of the Mexican priest, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla.“It’s been calm,” said one. The other noted that the parties there happened over the weekend.  “I’m sure people are Halloweened out,” he said.As the sidewalk lamps flickered to life just in time for the encroaching darkness, a blonde incarnation of the devil crossed the lawn, flanked by two casually dressed mortals. A vampire posed for a photo before moving on.For Melody Kelly, Dolores Park was a brief stopping point on the way to some livelier destination. Fresh off a breakup, she had transformed into a “crazy ex-girlfriend” for the night: her nose splotched with black makeup, half her face and neck smeared with white, one of two pigtails dyed red and black.“I’m surprised, actually, that it’s this empty,” she said from a bench overlooking the entire park. Within minutes, she was off to dance at ConfiDance Fitness.A few blocks south on Fair Oaks — the Mission’s Belvedere — McGill Hort chased kids around with a bubble machine: “It makes all the kids really happy,” he said.Mary Joblin, dressed as Disney villain Cruella de Vil, has owned a house on Fair Oaks Street for 35 years and hasn’t missed a single Halloween.“[It’s] is a chance for everyone to be their fantasy. I’m nice every day; today is the day I get to be mean,” she said laughing.Standing on the busy corner of 23rd and Fair Oaks, Cesar Romero sold light wands and other paraphernalia for $5 a pop. “Business isn’t as good as I expected,” he said.At dusk in the Bayview, music blasted out from the Bayview Opera House for its annual Halloween party for kids, and the music spilled up and down Third Street as people hustled from work to home, grabbing snacks from the market before heading back to wait for trick-or-treaters.Four men on motorcycles paused at a red light. One stuck his arm out and snapped a selfie of himself and his friends, riding down 3rd Street in Bayview wearing masks.A fireman and a panda bear waddled up the street, crossing paths with another fireman, who was walking with his sister, an astronaut.At Palou Market, one block up from the Opera House, owner Ali called people in from the street. He happily handed out candy to all his customers — children and adults, with or without costumes. Men buying cigarettes broke out in smiles by the unexpected gift of free caramel M&M’s.A 10-year-old vampire wearing a marvel backpack was disappointed Ali didn’t have Skittles.“I love people — to talk to them,” Ali said, snacking on his own candy.At Fillmore, a local animal rights organization, the San Francisco SPCA, hosted their annual pet stroll with the Fillmore Merchants Association.“Who doesn’t like pets and kids and costumes?” Ron Benitez, 39, owner of Assembly Hall and President of the Fillmore Merchants Association said.Local celebrity LiLou, San Francisco Airport’s first ever therapy pig, made an appearance as a unicorn, posing politely for her fans. Photo by Mallory Newman.When the sun set, the Castro came to life. There were giant walking bananas, a woman dressed as bacon and one Barney. “I work at a non-profit, this is the only costume they had left,” explained the young man dressed as Barney.A Jack Sparrow, smelling of dangerous waters, told tales of his lost ship. In the Castro, pirates seem to be the costume of choice. “Love Shack, baby love shack,” spilled from The Edge Bar into the streets. Inside, the booty: $1 well drinks.Winners of the Halloween Pet Costume Contest at SF SPCA. From left to right: Victor Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Frankenstein, Tinkerbell, Capatin Hook, Tick Tock the crocodile, Cruella de Vil with a dalmatian imposter, and from the hosting Fillmore Merchants Assoc., Executive Director Vas Kiniris President Ron Benitez, and Marketing Director Patti Mangan. Photo by Mallory Newman. Tags: Events • Halloween Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img JoeBill Muñoz wrote this post with contributions from the other reporters. In the weirdest city, on a weird holiday, San Francisco’s celebration of Halloween offered a barometer of pop culture and politics. Donald Trump masks, no longer funny, were nowhere to be found. A man dressed as Colin Kaepernick popped up at the corner of 18th and Valencia streets and then disappeared. Two trash bags emblazoned with 2017 floated towards Belvedere.Some traditions remained the same: On Belvedere in Cole Valley, thousands of kids and parents gathered at the family-friendly event. And in the Bayview and Mission, flocks of kids chased candy and cavities. Fillmore Street filled with humans dressed as animals and animals dressed as humans, and when the sky’s orange burn dimmed, the smell of marijuana perfumed the Castro and the party began.Some neighborhoods seemed unaware of the specialness of Oct. 31. At sunset in the Haight-Ashbury, once an oddball enclave of the city, only a handful of people on the street wore costumes. When asked why, one man shrugged, “maybe Haight Street isn’t that kind of thing anymore.”last_img read more

THE latest crop of Scholarship players have been r

first_imgTHE latest crop of Scholarship players have been rewarded with professional contracts as they make their next steps in the professional game.After a challenging year on Scholarship Dave Hewitt and Oliver Davies, who both represented England Youth this year, are joined by Adam Saunders, Ross McCauley, Tom Calland, Joe Ryan, Daniel Abram and Matthew Fleming, in signing a two-year deal.They will link up with the Club’s Academy as soon as their community club commitments are finished.“St.Helens R.F.C. commitment to locally produced talent continues with these latest signings,” Saints Acting Head Coach and Head of Youth Mike Rush said. “They have all demonstrated a great attitude, appetite and enthusiasm for learning, and these qualities combined with the obvious talent that they have, gives them every opportunity of fulfilling their sporting ambitions.”Derek Traynor Academy Head Coach added: “These players will link up with the Academy squad in pre-season ready for a massive challenge of playing under 19s rugby next year, and it’s one that they all meet with excitement.“Congratulations to the community clubs, coaches and schools that helped in their development and good luck to the players.”Dave Hewitt, Stand Off, Bold MinersAdam Saunders, Full Back, Thatto Heath CrusadersOliver Davies, Prop Forward, Orrell St JamesRoss McCauley, Prop Forward, Bold MinersTom Calland, Prop Forward, Widnes Moorfield, West Bank Bears and Widnes St MariesJoe Ryan, Loose Forward, Rylands and Bold MinersDaniel Abram, Scrum Half, Bold MinersMatthew Fleming, Centre, Bold Minerslast_img read more

SAINTS have named their 19man squad for Sundays

first_imgSAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Sunday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Quarter Final with Widnes Vikings.Matty Fleming and Lewis Charnock come in for Luke Thompson and the injured Shannon McDonnell.Joe Greenwood (pictured) and Luke Walsh are also named following successful returns last week.Saints’ 17 will come from:3. Jordan Turner, 4. Josh Jones, 5. Adam Swift, 6. Travis Burns, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Mose Masoe, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 17. Mark Percival, 19. Greg Richards, 21. Joe Greenwood, 22. Matty Dawson, 25. Andre Savelio, 26. Lewis Charnock, 30. Matty Fleming.Denis Betts will choose his Widnes side from:1. Rhys Hanbury, 2. Paddy Flynn, 4. Stefan Marsh, 5. Patrick Ah Van, 6. Kevin Brown, 7. Joe Mellor, 10. Manase Manuokafoa, 11. Danny Galea, 13. Hep Cahill, 14. Chris Dean, 15. Jack Owens, 16. Willie Isa, 17. Chris Clarkson, 21. Danny Craven, 24. Macgraff Leuluai, 25. Alex Gerrard, 28. Matt Whitley, 33. Aaron Heremaia, 35. Gil Dudson.  The game kicks off at 4pm and the referee is Robert Hicks.Ticket details for the game can be found here.last_img read more

His side beat the holders 2522 to set up a date w

first_imgHis side beat the holders 25-22 to set up a date with Catalans.“My overriding emotion is relief, I think that it a fair answer to give,” he said after the clash. “They kept on coming and you could see why they have won it for the last two years. We were ready to take control but never had it.“I have to give Hull a massive rap for the way they played. They stuck it to us and I was happy to come away with the win.“When they lost a few to the bin we panicked a bit and probably expected to put them away. I thought our game management struggled at times – particularly at the back end of the second half in the as we began trying kick well clear of a good opposition. We have to be a little more patient in that area.“On the flip side I am happy with how hard we worked to win. We only won by three but I didn’t feel too threatened on our own line at the end of the game. “We will learn a lot from that but I am just relieved as they are a good opposition. I thought we created a lot of things but didn’t convert as we might have done in recent weeks.“Regan Grace was outstanding; he had his best game for us today.”He continued: “We can now look forward to the semi final. It is a long way away though. Catalans are improving a lot and will have that time to gel further. Until then I am happy to still be alive in the comp and happy to be in the semi final.”Next up for Saints are Hull KR this coming Friday June 8 at the Totally Wicked Stadium.Tickets for the game are now on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

Wilmington to vote on contract with Live Nation to run North Waterfront

first_imgThe future site of the North Waterfront Park. (Photo: Madison Morgan/Reporter) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council is expected to award a contract to Live Nation to run events at the proposed North Waterfront Park.Under the 10-year contract, Live Nation will pay $200,000 rent each year and provide $700,000 for maintenance expenses. The city will also receive $2 per ticket sold and Live Nation will provide an initial investment of $2 million for equipment, fixtures and furnishings of the park’s performance venue.- Advertisement – City Council will discuss the contract at Tuesday’s meeting.The city says one of the top priorities identified by residents in the park master plan is a large performance venue.The city has already contracted with a nationally known landscape architecture firm to design the 6.6 acre park and a construction management firm has also been selected.Related Article: Florence clean-up nearing $25M for City of Wilmington aloneThe parks bond approved by voters in 2016 will fund the construction and development of the park.Design is underway. The park is expected to open in the fall of 2019.last_img read more