Irish ruling paves way for €73bn of loan purchases

first_img Irish ruling paves way for €73bn of loan purchases KCS-content THE Irish High Court has slapped down a challenge by property developer Paddy McKillen, paving the way for Ireland’s National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) to continue buying billions of euros worth of loans from distressed banks.Lawyers for McKillen, who owns a string of luxury hotels including Dublin’s Clarence Hotel and London’s Claridge’s, had argued that NAMA did not have the proper legal authority to buy his property loans worth €2.1bn (£1.8bn) from banks participating in the government’s rescue programme. However, the High Court ruled in favour NAMA’s argument that refusing the agency permission to buy the loans would cripple the government’s distressed assets programme and was outside the courts’ remit.NAMA is in the process of buying up both performing and non-performing loans with a nominal value of €73bn. It expects a quarter of them to be income-producing.McKillen had argued that because his loans were not impaired, they were not eligible for purchase. But the courts found that “the decision might be read as not requiring impairment of the borrower”. The ruling clears the way for NAMA to continue with its loan-buying programme. Share whatsapp whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Monday 1 November 2010 9:23 pm More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Tags: NULLlast_img read more

FMBcapital Holdings Plc (FMBCH.mw) 2002 Annual Report

first_imgFMBcapital Holdings Plc (FMBCH.mw) listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2002 annual report.For more information about FMBcapital Holdings Plc (FMBCH.mw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the FMBcapital Holdings Plc (FMBCH.mw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: FMBcapital Holdings Plc (FMBCH.mw)  2002 annual report.Company ProfileFMBcapital Holdings (FMBCH) is the Mauritius based holding company for the FMBcapital Group and was listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange in September 2017 following a one for one share swap with First Merchant Bank of Malawi shareholders. FMBCH has banking and finance operations in Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is primarily an investment holding company with interests as follows: First Capital Bank, Malawi – 100% (established June 1995)First Capital Bank, Botswana – 38,60% (established July 2008)Capital Bank Mozambique – 70% (acquired June 2013)First Capital Bank, Zambia – 49% (acquired June 2013)First Capital Bank in association with Barclays – 62% (acquired October 2017) Through its subsidiaries, FMBCH offers a comprehensive range of financial products and services to both corporate and retail sectors. The Global Credit Rating Co. has consistently given FMB an annual Long Term Rating of A+ and a Short Term Rating of A1 since 2007. FMBcapital Holdings Plc is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO.ng) 2019 Annual Report

first_imgNigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (NAHCO.ng)  2019 annual report.Company ProfileNigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (nahco aviance) is an investment holding company in Nigeria with business interests in aviation services and support. This includes aviation cargo, aircraft handling, passenger facilitation, crew transportation and aviation training. The company was established in 1979 as the sole ground handler at the newly-commissioned Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. Today, Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc handles 70% of domestic and foreign airlines operating in Nigeria encompassing 35 airlines at 9 airports across Nigeria. Subsidiary companies include Mainland Cargo Options and Nahco Power Energy and Infrastructure. The Federal Government through Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has a 60% equity stake in the aviation enterprise. The remaining 40% is held by Air France, British Airways, Sabena and Lufthansa. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Brick House / Ventura Virzi arquitectos

first_imgArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/436273/brick-house-ventura-virzi-arquitectos Clipboard Houses Year:  CopyAbout this officeVentura Virzi arquitectosOfficeFollowProductsConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBuenos AiresArgentinaPublished on October 10, 2013Cite: “Brick House / Ventura Virzi arquitectos” [Casa de Ladrillos / Ventura Virzi arquitectos] 10 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricShower ColumnshansgroheShoulder ShowersPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesMorin Corp.Metal Wall Systems – ExposedStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Stonika SeriesConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame SlopeThermalSchöckMinimizing Thermal Bridges in BalconiesWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWork ChairsDynamobelWork Chair – SLAT 16More products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” 2011 Projects Brick House / Ventura Virzi arquitectosSave this projectSaveBrick House / Ventura Virzi arquitectos “COPY” Architects: Ventura Virzi arquitectos Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Federico Kulekdjian+ 17 Share Collaborators:Maximiliano Atanasoff, Juan Marcos Lagomarsino, Mario Rabinovich, Lucía Rodríguez, Joaquín Rodríguez AlthoffModelers:Agustina Pérez Moreno, Pedro Cabrera, Alejandra Dalpra, Mijaíl JaraProject Team:Daniel Ventura, Andrés Virzi, Juan Pablo CallegariCity:Buenos AiresCountry:ArgentinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Federico KulekdjianRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWoodEGGERLaminatesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsFiber Cements / CementsApavisaTiles – Nanofusion 7.0Kenneth Frampton considers Tectonics not only as a “mere disclosure of the construction technique, but, rather, its expressive potential. Tectonics acquires a truly artistic character to the extent that it amounts to a poetics of construction… The inevitable ground nature of a building has a character so tectonic and tactile as scenic and visual, although none of these attributes denies its spatiality. ” Supported on the foundational role that the discipline of architecture has within the modern tradition, we understood that it was necessary to develop a thought process capable of relating the many particular factors that shape the problem of the discipline. Kenneth Frampton has developed ​​the problem of tectonic construction stressing space when he cites the ideas of Schmarsow, who perceives architecture as the progressive unfolding of man’s feeling about space, and identifies it as a guiding principle of all architectural form, coinciding with space-time models of the universe in the scientific sense, where science affects the way that space is conceived, reinforced by the experience of speed and mechanical inventions of the last half century. Since then, Kenneth Frampton says in his book of tectonic culture studies, “we are unable to think architecturally without special emphasis on the spatial movement of the subject in time.” Save this picture!Courtesy of Ventura ViziFor Zumthor, atmosphere is an aesthetic category, an emotional sensitivity. In his work, he shows the body of architecture, the consonance of materials, the sound of the space, its temperature, the tension between inside and outside, the degrees of privacy and light on things. Peter Zumthor says in his book Atmospheres: … “in my job, there must be a procedure, some interest, some instruments, some tools. We do not work with form, we work with other things, with sound, noise, materials, construction, anatomy, etc. From the start, the body of architecture is construction, anatomy, building logic … ” Juan Román, director of the School of Architecture at the University of Talca, conducted research entitled “Towards an architecture with interest”, based on the idea of Project Research, and attempts to prove the extent of the relationship between research and design, assuming that professional work is a constant back and forth between the two concepts, resulting in an architecture with interest. Once past the design stage, the process will leave the path of Project Research, to move on to the known construction stage, with the condition of building with local materials. Save this picture!Brick AxonometricIn Brick House, we have understood construction as a structure of thought that involves matter, and is able to address the issues inherent in architectural space, deepening on the logic and coherence of the design process. The objectification of the thought process and its construction determined the different sensations and qualities of the spaces. Within this operational logic, we worked on architectural structure that manifested as the order with the possibility to generate architectural space. It is about a conceptualization is tectonic terms, involving both the problem of the relationship between weights, stresses, and materials, as well as the shapes and human requirements. These tectonic structures also included sensory, psychological, and phenomenological experiences, and their effects on emotions, behaviors, representations, symbolic configurations and meanings. The construction of the house was developed from the choice of brick, along with steel and concrete, as the material approach to the problem of tectonics. The “use” of the house was understood as a program resulting from the actions of domestic nature such as: being, convey, observe, relax, cook, eat, sleep, etc … Save this picture!Courtesy of Ventura ViziWe developed the interaction of these uses as an experiment where spatial construction was the ultimate end to establish new configurations (also spatial) capable of being built in a single-family house of 90m2, and a site area of 75 m2. We have developed a plan that generates cross ventilation in all areas, allowing the prevailing winds from the north to facilitate a decrease in temperature and humidity in the summer, improving comfort conditions, and reducing the energy demand. We have also adopted traditional building materials in Argentina that have good thermal insulation, including glazed panels with aluminum frames and double glazing. Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianWe have also adopted a wall system to protect from the sun, built out of ceramic bricks and designed according to the terms of Wladimiro Acosta, that consist of a set of slab and studs as a solar protection frame in front of the building,regulating sunlight and creating a shadow enclosure during summer, creating an wind effect on the walls of the building that Acosta denominates Thermal Aura.Save this picture!DetailsProject gallerySee allShow lessZaha Hadid Designs New Office Building and Hotel for DubaiArchitecture NewsDiesel Village / BrinskworthSelected Projects Share Argentina CopyHouses•Buenos Aires, Argentina ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/436273/brick-house-ventura-virzi-arquitectos Clipboard Brick House / Ventura Virzi arquitectoslast_img read more

Pleated House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects

first_imgArchDaily CopyHouses•Door County, United States Pleated House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects Manufacturers: ArchiSpec Projects Interiors: “COPY” Save this picture!Courtesy of Johnsen Schmaling ArchitectsRecommended ProductsWoodEGGERLaminatesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsText description provided by the architects. This small house for a graphic designer and her husband sits on the heavily wooded eastern shore of Wisconsin’s Door County, a narrow peninsula on Lake Michigan. Embedded in a dense forest of deciduous and coniferous trees, the building’s unassuming volume is quietly nestled in a small clearing at the western edge of the gently sloping site, its low-slung silhouette virtually disappearing in the surrounding vegetation. The building’s restrained exterior material palette is limited to charred cedar siding from Northern Wisconsin, its textured, somber blackness complemented by varnished clear cedar, dark-anodized aluminum, and glass.Save this picture!Courtesy of Johnsen Schmaling ArchitectsEchoing the visual depth and surface oscillations of bark covering the trunks of trees, the charred wood boards were installed over furring strips of varying depths to form a gently folding, undulating building skin, not unlike a pleated curtain – a meandering and highly faceted veil that wraps the house and replaces what could have been a conventional, sharply defined perimeter with a more ambiguous boundary, one that softens the building’s rigorous geometry and moderates the transition from artificial construct to natural context.Save this picture!Courtesy of Johnsen Schmaling ArchitectsA narrow gravel road leads to a small, trellised forecourt carved deep into the home’s rectangular building mass, a tapered space whose forced perspective converges at the glazed vestibule and continues into a recessed covered outdoor room on the opposite side, framing views through the house and into the site’s sylvan landscape. A continuous wall of milled lumber, stacked at slight angles and finished with a lustrous varnish to create a highly tactile surface of folding ribbons, extends from the forecourt into the house and visually anchors the entry sequence. Inside, the vestibule connects to an open living space with an oversized sliding glass door system that provides access to a linear patio, its paved plane slightly sunken into the existing topography and contained by a long, illuminated concrete bench running parallel to the house.Save this picture!Courtesy of Johnsen Schmaling ArchitectsSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!Courtesy of Johnsen Schmaling ArchitectsAcross from the large sliding doors, a delicate sculptural steel staircase, supported by a filigree of vertical rods, anchors the living space and leads to the upper bedroom suite and the expansive vegetated roof covering the main building volume. Contrasting the building’s dark exterior shell, the interior material palette is dominated by white walls, white lacquered cabinets, and a grey polished concrete floor.Save this picture!Courtesy of Johnsen Schmaling ArchitectsProject gallerySee allShow lessIn Defense of Renders and Trees On Top of SkyscrapersArticlesUNESCO and Italy Form Task Force to Protect Cultural Heritage in Conflict AreasArchitecture News Share Architects: Johnsen Schmaling Architects Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/782891/pleated-house-johnsen-schemaling-architects Clipboard 2015 Save this picture!Courtesy of Johnsen Schmaling Architects+ 18 Sharecenter_img Year:  Houses Johnsen Schmaling Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/782891/pleated-house-johnsen-schemaling-architects Clipboard “COPY” Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Pleated House / Johnsen Schmaling ArchitectsSave this projectSavePleated House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects Area:  1855 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project United States CopyAbout this officeJohnsen Schmaling ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDoor CountyOn InstagramUnited StatesPublished on March 02, 2016Cite: “Pleated House / Johnsen Schmaling Architects” 02 Mar 2016. 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LT185 Building / ZD+A

first_img Lead Architects: Yuri Zagorin Alazraki Mexico “COPY” Apartments LT185 Building / ZD+ASave this projectSaveLT185 Building / ZD+A Architects: ZD+A Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily Photographs:  Jaime Navarro Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Design Team:Guillermo Arenas Bermúdez, Alejandra Rodríguez, Ricardo Pérez Ávila, Carolina Rocha MazurkevicEngineering:Héctor Avalos RodríguezStructural Engineer:Oscar HernandezCity:Ciudad de MéxicoCountry:MexicoMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Jaime NavarroRecommended ProductsRenders / 3D AnimationVectorworksVectorworks ArchitectCeramicsApariciPorcelain Tiles – TangoDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornText description provided by the architects. The interest of LT185 is to give solution to an affordable flat, that can be the first apartment to start a patrimony, always having the design as the path to obtain this goal and obtain a good solution.Save this picture!© Jaime NavarroProgram 24 small lofts, distributed in 4 sections divided by patios. 6 lofts each level and with private roof gardens and one common roof garden. Basement for parking and several places for bikes and motorcycles. Each block has independent stairs to connect 2 apartments per level.Save this picture!© Jaime NavarroSave this picture!Type planSave this picture!© Jaime NavarroScheme The project is developed in 4 rectangular volumes parallel to the street allowing that each block uses the whole section of the plot, this action lets that each loft takes advantage of natural light and ventilation. Structure The whole structure is made of concrete, in the basement is constructed on columns and beams, and the upper levels by bearing walls. The slabs are made of concrete joist with polystyrene vaults.Save this picture!© Jaime NavarroProject gallerySee allShow lessRedbridge School / ARX Portugal ArquitetosSelected ProjectsMinimal Solutions: 10 Residential Projects up to 60 m² in PortugalMiscProject locationAddress:Liszt 185, Peralvillo, Cuauhtémoc, 06220 Ciudad de México, CDMX, MexicoLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share CopyApartments•Ciudad de México, Mexico ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/935059/lt185-building-zd-plus-a Clipboard Manufacturers: AutoDesk, BOSC KÜCHE PACIFIC, CHERIGO PROYECTOS INSTALACIONES Y SERVICIOS, Calorex, FIBRHA DIGITAL STUDIO, INGENIERIA Y PROYECTOS KRAKEN, S.A. DE C.V., Intec, Interceramic, LM13 DESARROLLADORA, Lacosa, Llano de la Torre, Muro Blanco, PUERTAS DELETH, Unidekor 2019 Year:  Photographs “COPY” LT185 Building / ZD+A Save this picture!© Jaime Navarro+ 20Curated by Clara Ott Share Projects Area:  1344 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/935059/lt185-building-zd-plus-a Clipboard CopyAbout this officeZD+AOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsMexico CityOn FacebookMexicoPublished on March 16, 2020Cite: “LT185 Building / ZD+A” [Edificio LT185 / ZD+A] 16 Mar 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ NaturalPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®WindowsVitrocsaSliding Window – Mosquito NetSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Verge LVG-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in Equinix Data CentreSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassMetal PanelsLongboard®Aluminum Battens – Link & Lock – 4″Sports ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Fit in Ekaterinburg Public SpaceWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsKnobsKarcher DesignDoor Knob K390 (50)TablesVitsœ621 Side TableMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Paul Ryan, ALEC protested

first_imgWW photoTwo of the greatest enemies of working people were confronted in Kansas and Oklahoma over the past two weeks.On May 2, hundreds of poor and working people came out to protest the American Legislative Exchange Council’s national conference in Oklahoma City. ALEC is a right-wing organization that writes boilerplate racist, anti-worker, anti-community legislation that is being rammed through legislatures and signed into law throughout the country. Sponsored by the Oklahoma State AFL-CIO, labor-community participants at the May 2 protest came from Texas, Kansas and other states.On May 11, a broad array of working people protested Paul Ryan at Benedictine College’s 2013 commencement ceremony in Atchison, Kan., chanting “Ryan says cut back! We say fight back!” Many students, parents, nuns, community members and alumni were outraged that Ryan, a principal leader of austerity in the U.S. Congress, was chosen as commencement speaker at this liberal arts college, especially after he just announced his support for massive cuts in Pell Grants and other aspects of education. Retirees and others at the protest, held on the sidewalks of the main entrance to the college, denounced Ryan’s moves to privatize Social Security and to eviscerate Medicare and Medicaid.As graduates and their loved ones entered the Benedictine’s grounds for the graduation ceremony, they were greeted by protesters offering them congratulations for their academic accomplishments; in turn, many supportive thumbs up and shouts of approval were returned to the protesters.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

NFL star Michael Bennett says ‘the system failed me’ after he survives cop attack

first_imgMichael BennettMichael Bennett is a six-foot-four, 270-plus-pound, 31-year-old defensive end for the National Football League’s Seattle Seahawks.  He has been selected to the Pro-Bowl twice and is a Super Bowl champion.Bennett is also an African-American and socially conscious athlete who has been very outspoken against racist injustice, especially police brutality, and for gender equality, Palestinian and Indigenous rights.  Bennett not only talks the talk but also walks the walk.He has been highly vocal in defending former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, sitting by himself during the national anthem in 2017 preseason games.Bennett recently organized a fundraiser and rally for the family of Charleena Lyles, an African-American mother of three, fatally shot seven times by Seattle police earlier this year. Lyles was four-months pregnant at the time of her murder.Most recently, Bennett became a direct survivor of police brutality.After a much ballyhooed fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor in Las Vegas on Aug. 26, Bennett, who attended the fight, was thrown to the ground, kneed in the back and handcuffed by two Las Vegas police officers. Video footage shows a gun pointed at his head by one of the cops threatening to arrest him. (TMZ.com)Bennett is heard asking what he had done to warrant such treatment. In a “Dear World” Twitter letter disclosing the incident, Bennett stated that the police officer threatened to “blow off his fucking head” if Bennett moved. Several hundred people, including Bennett, had run for cover when gunshots were thought to be heard nearby, but no shots had been fired. Only when the police discovered Bennett’s identity was he released.Bennett and his lawyer, John Burris, a civil rights attorney who represented the family of Oscar Grant, a young Black man murdered by a Bay Area Rapid Transit cop on New Year’s Day 2009, have demanded the release of the two arresting officers’ names and of all related video footage. Both Bennett and Burris announced plans to file a civil rights violation lawsuit and to demand an independent investigation of the Las Vegas police.Bennett, Kaepernick: More than just football playersWhen Bennett announced the incident on Sept. 6, Kaepernick responded: “This violation that happened against my Brother Michael Bennett is disgusting and unjust. I stand with Michael and I stand with the people.”  (Twitter)Kaepernick is viewed by many as a modern-day Muhammad Ali, for protesting racist police violence by kneeling during the national anthem for the entire 2016 NFL season. His action sparked many athletes from diverse sports — amateur and professional, regardless of age, gender and gender expression — to do the same.No NFL team has yet signed Kaepernick since he opted out of his contract with the 49ers. This whiteballing of Kaepernick by NFL owners has generated calls to boycott the 2017 season.Seahawks’ coach Pete Carroll and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell have expressed support for Bennett, but have not connected Kaepernick and Bennett’s actions. This is not the case for the Las Vegas police.In their public letter addressed to the NFL, the Las Vegas Police Protective Association Metro Inc., stated: “While the NFL may condone Bennett’s disrespect for our American Flag, and everything it symbolizes, we hope the League will not ignore Bennett’s false accusations against our police officers.” Steve Grammas, president of the association, underlined the cops’ right-wing attack by demanding the NFL “investigate” Bennett. Goodell stated no investigation would take place.Bennett said in his Twitter letter: “Las Vegas police officers singled me out and pointed their guns at me for doing nothing more than being a Black man in the wrong place at the wrong time. … I have always held a strong conviction that protesting or standing up for justice is simply the right thing to do. This fact is unequivocally, without question, why before every game I sit during the national anthem — because equality does not live in this country and no matter how much money you make, what job title you have, and how much you give, when you are seen as a ‘n—-er’, you will be treated that way. The system failed me. I can only imagine what Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and Charleena Lyles felt.”In a press conference, Undersheriff Kevin McMahill stated that “race was not a factor” in targeting Bennett because the two arresting officers were “Hispanic.” Teresa Gutierrez, a long-time Latinx national leader of Workers World Party, commented: “For this cop to play the race card is disgusting and nothing new. Once a person puts on a police uniform, no matter their nationality, they are trained to racially profile people of color and occupy their communities. This kind of racist dehumanization can be traced back to the days of slavery, the legacy of which lives on today. We are in an ongoing struggle against all forms of white supremacy.”Build Black & Brown unityGutierrez went on to say: “The racist targeting of immigrants by ICE and the Border Patrol, who are the police on a federal level, cannot be separated from how Black people are treated. Migrants, be they documented or undocumented, are constantly being threatened with raids and deportations.  This repression has deepened with Trump’s repeal of the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, which targets at least 800,000 young people, born to undocumented parents in the U.S., with deportation.“There is a police war against Black and Brown people — and that lays the basis for building Black and Brown unity. I know I speak for millions of immigrants in expressing my total solidarity with political Black athletes like Michael Bennett and Colin Kaepernick, who are risking their livelihoods and even their lives by tackling racism.”When the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers met at the Sept. 10 season opener, Michael Bennett continued to sit during the national anthem, while his brother, Martellus Bennett, a Packer player, raised his fist.When Martellus heard about the Las Vegas incident, he said to Michael on Instagram: “The emotion and the thought of almost losing you because of the way you look left me in one of the saddest places ever. I’m sad that you have to share this type of experience with the world but at the same time I’m happy that … you lived to talk about it because we all know you’re going to talk about it. The conversation is growing and I’m glad your voice is one of the ones being heard.”Michael Bennett Sr. remarked that his son’s experience brought back the painful talk almost all Black parents are forced to give their sons on reacting very cautiously when stopped by the police. He emphasized this is why Kaepernick and his son Michael Jr. are so outspoken.“When you don’t have to give your speech to your 16-year-old African- American son or your 15-year-old Hispanic son, when you no longer have to give that speech so that they can survive, we’ll know we’ve finally come a long way as a society. That’s why they’re kneeling.” (Sports Illustrated, Sept. 6)This incident and the Las Vegas police response emphasize once again that when conscious athletes speak out and take a bold action against racist oppression, their voices resonate throughout all sectors of society.Kaepernick and Bennett forcefully counter the reactionary argument that athletes should just shut up and play ball.last_img read more

EU countries expel Russian diplomats in Navalny dispute

first_img EU countries expel Russian diplomats in Navalny dispute Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 Twitter Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Local NewsBusinessUS NewsWorld Newscenter_img TAGS  BERLIN (AP) — Germany, Poland and Sweden on Monday each declared a Russian diplomat in their country “persona non grata,” retaliating in kind to last week’s decision by Moscow to expel diplomats from the three European Union countries over the case of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Russia had accused diplomats from Sweden, Poland and Germany of attending a demonstration in support of Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most high-profile political foe. “We have informed the Russian Ambassador that a person from the Russian embassy is asked to leave Sweden,” Sweden’s Foreign Minister Ann Linde wrote on Twitter. “This is a clear response to the unacceptable decision to expel a Swedish diplomat who was only preforming his duties.” Germany’s foreign ministry said Russia’s decision to expel the European diplomats “was not justified in any way,” insisting that the German Embassy staffer had been acting within his rights under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations to “inform himself about developments on site.” The ministry added that the decision was taken in close coordination with Poland, Sweden and the EU’s diplomatic service. Poland’s foreign ministry tweeted that “in accordance with the principle of reciprocity” it considers “the diplomat working at the Consulate General in Poznan as a persona non grata.” In a statement, EU lawmakers also appealed to “all EU Member States to show maximum solidarity with Germany, Poland and Sweden and take all appropriate steps to show the cohesiveness and strength of our Union.” The parliamentarians called for “a new strategy for the EU’s relations with Russia, centered around support for civil society, which promotes democratic values, the rule of law, fundamental freedoms and human rights.” The tit-for-tat expulsions come as EU officials ponder the future of the 27-nation bloc’s troubled relations with Moscow amid deep concern that their large eastern neighbor sees democracy as a threat and wants to distance itself further from the EU. Moscow’s decision Friday was as an extra slap in the face for the Europeans because it came as the bloc’s top diplomat — foreign policy chief Josep Borrell — was meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Borrell said he learned about the expulsions on social media. “The messages sent by Russian authorities during this visit confirmed that Europe and Russia are drifting apart,” Borrell wrote in a blog on his return to Brussels. “It seems that Russia is progressively disconnecting itself from Europe and looking at democratic values as an existential threat.” He said the trip left him “with deep concerns over the perspectives of development of Russian society and Russia’s geostrategic choices,” and the expulsions, which he requested be dropped, “indicate that the Russian authorities did not want to seize this opportunity to have a more constructive dialogue.” Some EU lawmakers criticized Borrell for going, or for not insisting on visiting Navalny, who was arrested in January when he returned to Moscow after spending months in Germany recovering from a poisoning in Russia with what experts say was the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok. On Feb. 2, a Moscow court ordered Navalny to prison for more than 2 1/2 years for violating the terms of his probation while in Germany. Borrell tried to arrange a prison meeting through Lavrov but was told to take it up with the courts. “If you are familiar with the court procedures in Russia, you will know that it would take much more time than the duration of the visit,” Borrell’s spokesman, Peter Stano, said Monday. Ultimately, the trip was never uniquely about Navalny. Russia is a major trading partner and the EU depends on it for natural gas. It’s also a key player in talks on curbing Iran’s nuclear ambitions and has a central role in conflicts that impact on European interests, like those in Syria and Ukraine. Borrell’s aim was to “deliver firm messages” on the broad state of EU-Russia ties as much as on the imprisonment of Navalny, Stano said. EU foreign ministers will debate the issue Feb. 22 in preparation for the bloc’s leaders to weigh Europe’s Russia strategy at a summit on March 25-26. But the real challenge is overcoming the vast divisions between countries on how to approach Russia. EU heavyweight Germany has strong economic interests there, notably the NordStream 2 undersea pipeline project, and German and other ambassadors are reluctant to rapidly wade into any sanctions battle over Navalny. Despite calls for such punitive measures, particularly among some of Russia’s close but small EU neighbors like Lithuania, Borrell said Friday that no country has officially raised any proposals on who or what organizations to hit with sanctions. —- Cook reported from Brussels. Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark, contributed. WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Previous articleCommissioners view illegal dumpingNext articleKhudobin `back to normal’ with Stars after 1-game discipline Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img
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