On This Day: US Nuclear testing begins

first_img Reply On This Day in History: September 19th, 1957Nevada is site of first-ever underground nuclear explosionFrom The History Channel On this day in 1957, the United States detonates a 1.7 kiloton nuclear weapon in an underground tunnel at the Nevada Test Site (NTS), a 1,375 square mile research center located 65 miles north of Las Vegas. The test, known as Rainier, was the first fully contained underground detonation and produced no radioactive fallout. A modified W-25 warhead weighing 218 pounds and measuring 25.7 inches in diameter and 17.4 inches in length was used for the test. Rainier was part of a series of 29 nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons safety tests known as Operation Plumbbob that were conducted at the NTS between May 28, 1957, and October 7, 1957. In December 1941, the U.S. government committed to building the world’s first nuclear weapon when President Franklin Roosevelt authorized $2 billion in funding for what came to be known as the Manhattan Project. The first test took place on July 16, 1945, at the Trinity site near Alamogordo, New Mexico. A few weeks later, on August 6, 1945, with the U.S. at war against Japan, President Harry Truman authorized the dropping of an atomic bomb named Little Boy over Hiroshima, Japan. Three days later, on August 9, a nuclear bomb called Fat Man was dropped over Nagasaki. Two hundred thousand people, according to some estimates, were killed in the attacks on the two cities and on August 15, 1945, Japan surrendered to the Allied Powers.1957’s Operation Plumbbob took place at a time when the U.S. was engaged in a Cold War and arms race with the Soviet Union. In 1963, the U.S. signed the Limited Test Ban Treaty, which banned nuclear weapons testing in the atmosphere, underwater and outer space. A total of 928 tests took place at the Nevada Test Site between 1951 and 1992, when the U.S. conducted its last underground nuclear test. In 1996, the U.S signed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which prohibits nuclear detonations in all environments.For more information on this day in history, go here. Reply I said Clinton Eastwood, hahahaha!!!……..I meant Clint Eastwood! Clinton Eastwood would be a hybrid- cross of Hillary Clinton and Clint Eastwood! A very STRANGE genetically modified character!……heheeeehheeeee! OMG! Mama Mia UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Reply September 19, 2016 at 5:25 pm Reply September 19, 2016 at 9:26 am Reply Reply TAGSHistory ChannelNevadaNuclear Testing Previous articleIf you are a pirate you can eat free todayNext articleApopka vs. Dr.Phillips: A rivalry that delivers! Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mama Mia When I see the word Alamogordo I think of the US government’s chimpanzee primate research center, hidden away, locked away in the desert, from public view, and their biomedical invasive testing on the chimps. Who knew what horrid tests those animals had to endure? They had a long history of over two decades of abuse of the chimps. No way out for them, and the public mostly unaware of the horrors that the chimps had to endure, and even if the public was aware, they were powerless to do anything about it. 162 chimps. Some were retired to sanctuary life, I don’t know the status of the others. Who knows what goes on behind government testing facilities, locked away in remote areas of our nation? Maybe missing people are being tested on? Think it couldn’t happen? Think again. What about the big boats that have toilets that have chemicals to treat the human waste and go out 3 miles out to international waters off the east coast of Florida, and dump their toilet holding tanks into the Atlantic? How disgusting is that? Instead of holding the contents in the tanks, and coming back to the ports, and having a vaccum septic tank truck vaccum the holding tanks and suck the contents out and properly take the waste to the sewage treatment plants like they should, but no, it is easier, cheaper, and they can get away with it, because they don’t care about the environment! Cheap, cheap, cheap, as in free! As the boats head back into the port channels from the sea, people are out there swimming in the surf, playing in the waters, and fishing for their next meals in the water where the crap was dumped! Why don’t the lawmakers in Florida do something about that? Talking about bombs……..here is the latest bombshell !!!…..check out the next Apopka City Council meeting agenda packet, for Sept. 21, 2016, under the mayor’s report. To ratify a Community Development Director. I thought what? The city already has a Community Development Director? This must be a mistake! They must of meant a Community Economic Developer. No, not at all, apparently,.the wording of the packet indicates the impending departure of the Community Development Director…..????? They are getting hard to follow, and keep up with! What in the world is going on now under the big top??? I am speaking of big boats that hold hundreds of people that go out at the ports, like cruise ships, and others. Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter September 19, 2016 at 10:00 am September 19, 2016 at 5:28 pm September 20, 2016 at 12:46 pmcenter_img 8 COMMENTS September 20, 2016 at 11:59 am LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Clinton Eastwood, that ol’ Republican NRA lover, still had the right idea with his empty chair. Let’s just leave that chair empty! Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here September 20, 2016 at 11:56 am Mama Mia Please enter your comment! My husband and I went to breakfast this morning. I said,” honey, push my label back into my shirt for me.” He said,” I can’t,” and I said, ” why”? He said,” you got your shirt on inside out.” OMG…… I stepped to the restroom and flipped it. I saw someone I knew, and laughed, and told her, and she said,” it is okay, this is Apopka, anything goes”…..I said, “right, right”……..!!! Mama Mia September 20, 2016 at 12:09 pm Testing continues today……it may not be nuclear, but it is bad! Right off our Florida coastline. Testing with powerful underwater explosions to see how the US Navy warships weather the impacts of the blasts. Endangering both the crew and the marine life. Marine mammals such as whales wash ashore dead, or barely alive, and beach themselves, then die. Researchers then speed to the shores, and say they don’t have a clue as to the cause of their deaths. This happens in the calving areas of the ocean, where the whales give live birth and nurse their babies. The US government doesn’t care. Governor Rick Scott loves underground fracking too. Blowing our Florida underground layers apart after injecting deadly chemicals and large amounts of water under pressure, to seek out fuel deposits, and potentially causing massive damage to the Florida aquifer, our drinking water source, that is unrepairable. Thus causing potential earthquakes, and the potential to even turn on a water spigot and there could be an explosion! Deranged foreign leaders hell-bent on world domination testing with their missiles…….God help us all. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Mama Mia Mama Mia Mama Mia Mama Mia Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Walloon Lake House / DUDZIK Studios

first_img Walloon Lake House / DUDZIK Studios Projects Architects: DUDZIK Studios Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/365785/walloon-lake-house-dudzik-studios Clipboard ArchDaily Area:  350 m² Area:  350 m² Photographs Houses Save this picture!Courtesy of DUDZIK Studios+ 18 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/365785/walloon-lake-house-dudzik-studios Clipboard Kane Construction Photographs:  Courtesy of DUDZIK Studios Walloon Lake House / DUDZIK StudiosSave this projectSaveWalloon Lake House / DUDZIK Studios “COPY” CopyAbout this officeDUDZIK StudiosOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationWalloon LakeHousesUnited StatesPublished on April 29, 2013Cite: “Walloon Lake House / DUDZIK Studios” 29 Apr 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panel – Terrazzo BlackStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Basiq SeriesIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsWoodLunawoodInterior ThermowoodWindowsswissFineLineSliding Windows – EvenMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Ceiling SailsDoorsECLISSESliding Door Opening System – ECLISSE Push&PullStonesMarini MarmiNatural Stone – Nuvolato di GréMore 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 CopyHouses, Renovation•Walloon Lake, United States “COPY” United States Customized Furniture:Matthew DudzikCity:Walloon LakeCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of DUDZIK Studios The Walloon lake house is situated on, and named after, the beautiful azure blue lake in northwestern Michigan that Ernest Hemingway frequently summered on. It is a 3,800 square foot cottage that completely re-envisioned a small 1960’s structure. The original home, a beloved family nexus, was honored through the extensive use of quarter swan douglas fir, intimate proportioning of private spaces, and a conscientious connection to the landscape.   Diagrammatically the home is one elongated and one vertical fir box sitting atop a stone plinth. Textured natural materials and the complexities of internal spaces warm the crispness of this diagram. Architecturally the structure references vernacular materiality and combines this with a crispness of form.  Save this picture!Courtesy of DUDZIK StudiosNetworked interior spaces were combined, expanded, and rearranged to create fluid transitions. Interior douglas fir walls articulate conditions of the architectural diagram offering reference points to relative conditions of the exterior. Large-scale architectural glass elements create a seamless transition between internal and external spaces. Intimate proportioning of private spaces coupled with transparent walls toward the lake allows the low ceiling height to guide the eye out into the landscape. Interior conditions were conceptualized to continuously related to, frame, or reference the natural environment.     Only a very small percentage of the original structure was able to remain however the new construction references pervious conditions and works within the constraints of the former cottage. One of which is the fact that the original structure’s finished ceiling to finished floor height, the cavity in which the new residence’s cantilevers needed to be structured, is less than one foot.  Save this picture!Courtesy of DUDZIK Studios Furnishings and accessories were chosen to create an environment that is simultaneously sophisticated and casual. As the owners brought nearly none of their pervious possessions to the cottage the interior landscapes could be as articulately composed as the exterior architectural volumes. The collected narrative of modern furniture, with avant-garde vintage and historic accessories creates comfort through visual layering. Huzza of Harbor Springs was a primary source for interior accessories. DUDZIK Studios specifically designed custom case goods, including the desk in the office, for the Walloon Lake House. Additional furnishing came from Roche Bobois, Minotti, Flou, and Team Seven. These were combined with significant historic carpets to reference the spirit to the surrounding area that was popularized in Victorian times. DUDZIK Studios is focused on matters of design; from architectural, interior, graphic, and textile design to photography they couple a keen eye for aesthetics with rigorous research and scholarly intent. They are obsessed with authenticity, integrity, and reason, through which they find meaning, beauty, and soulfulness. Save this picture!Courtesy of DUDZIK Studios DUDZIK Studio’s believes “language and its subsequent architectural translation must pronounce a sophisticated sense of balance that celebrates design’s ability to provoke and incite, to stimulate fruitful, direct and complex dialog, yielding work that simultaneously confronts and connects. Our role is to analyze, articulate and present knowledge. This ability to simplify and express is key in today’s complex landscape. With the unfettered flow of information, goods, and ideas across every conceivable border and the resulting formation of a truly global culture, our social structures are inevitably becoming more complex. Amidst an assault of facts and figures, the problematic combination of innovation and tradition; the liberating at times chaotic affect of ever-evolving electronic media; We are participating in design’s next big challenge: to create on an environmentally and socially sustainable platform without sacrificing the richness of a highly networked world.” Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow less70 Homes in Landy Sud / PETITDIDIERPRIOUX ArchitectsSelected ProjectsInfographic: Saving the Earth with Sustainable CitiesInfographics Share Contractor: last_img read more

Model Infill House / Ben Koush Associates

first_img Area:  2000 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects Architects: Ben Koush Associates Area Area of this architecture project United States Houses “COPY” CopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Houston, United States Photographs:  Ben Koush, Paul Hester Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Photographs Lead Architects: CopyAbout this officeBen Koush AssociatesOfficeFollowProductSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsHoustonOn FacebookUnited StatesPublished on January 23, 2020Cite: “Model Infill House / Ben Koush Associates” 23 Jan 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore 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 2018 Clients:Ben Koush, Luis de las CuevasEngineering:Insight StructuresLandscape:Ben KoushCollaborators:Luis de las CuevasCity:HoustonCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Ben KoushRecommended ProductsResidential ApplicationsLunawoodLunawood Thermowood Façade and Decking in Project ÖResidential ApplicationsFastmount®Heavy Duty Panel Fastener at ‘Sandboxes’ HouseWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsThis house is located in one of Houston’s last intact, nineteenth-century, working-class neighborhoods—the Near Northside—about one mile north of downtown. While perhaps not conventionally attractive, the Near Northside’s collection of well-used Queen Anne and Folk Victorian worker’s cottages offers lessons on how old buildings can be adapted to new uses and increased density instead of simply being replaced. We took this ethos of economy into consideration for the design of a new house on a lot that had always been vacant and approached it as a prototype for future infill houses in this rapidly gentrifying urban area.Save this picture!© Ben KoushSave this picture!PlanAt the front of the house is a detached 500 sf building that serves as our architectural office. We planned so that it could either be incorporated into the rest of the house or converted into an accessory dwelling unit for rental by future owners. Adjacent to the studio, also facing the street, is a carport with a storage closet. The actual living area of the house of 1500 sf extends in a line to the back property line behind the street-facing studio.Save this picture!© Ben KoushThe studio and the house are joined by a dog trot porch. Because the house is long and narrow, the east-facing side yard becomes the primary garden space. The walls of the house facing the garden are composed of rows of inexpensive 3’-6” wide by 8’-0” tall vinyl windows. Operable, aluminum casement windows, 3’-6” square, are aligned on axis with the main door (all equipped with bug screens) to provide for cross ventilation in good weather. Direct views from the street to the garden are modulated by the carport. The house and roof are dark green, which simultaneously blends with the vegetation and stands out in a street of white and pastel-colored houses.Save this picture!© Ben KoushSave this picture!© Ben KoushWe wanted the new house to respect the gentle scale of the modest surrounding urban fabric but to speak in its own contemporary voice. The idea was for it to sit quietly but also engage in a respectful dialogue with its older neighbors. The typologies, materials, and spatial patterns of vernacular building on the Texas gulf coast inform its design in specific ways. These include the long, narrow shot gun house floor plan; dog trot connecting porch shielded from the west sun by a screen of wood lattice, 4’ tall, pier and beam foundation, steep-pitched, gable roofs; and beveled exterior siding made of East Texas yellow pine. At a more basic level, Houston’s subtropical climate played a role in its planning.Save this picture!© Ben KoushThe variety of covered and open outdoor spaces interspersed between the air-conditioned areas can be used year-round, in sunny weather and in rain. We mixed references, both rural and urban, and traditional and modern. There is an intentional ambiguity in its appearance because the massing and many of the materials, which are sometimes all-but-identical to the other houses in the neighborhood, are deployed in such unconventional combinations.Save this picture!© Paul HesterSave this picture!© Ben KoushOur model for this dialectical approach, which seeks to reconcile modernity with history, was that taken by Houston’s most significant cultural patrons of the twentieth century, the French- American art collectors Dominique and John de Menil. In their major architectural commissions, they synthesized the best aspects of high and low culture to create a distinctive identity. Their best-known project, the Menil Collection building (1987), designed by Renzo Piano, is a good example. It is a large museum situated in a neighborhood of 1920s bungalows. Because it takes cues from its neighbors—a lawn in front, big porch, and simple massing—it appears at ease among its much smaller neighbors. By following this responsive model, we believe we have provided another example of sympathetic building attuned to its unique place and time.This was a design-build project.Save this picture!© Paul HesterProject gallerySee allShow lessW(an)W(an)S(hu) House / reMIX studioSelected ProjectsDuravit Zone in Showroom AND28 / Evgeny NeimandSelected Projects Share ArchDaily Model Infill House / Ben Koush Associates “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/932300/model-infill-house-ben-koush-associates Clipboard Save this picture!© Ben Koush+ 31Curated by Paula Pintos Share Manufacturers: GRAPHISOFT, Hansgrohe, VELUX Commercial, Western Window Systems, Artemide, Daltile, Flos, Kohler, MODULIGHTOR, Mitsubishi Electric, Progress Lighting, RAM Windows, Rheem, Sierra Pacific Windows, Signature Hardware, TechLighting, Toto, Vent-a-Hood, Whitehaus, AS Hanging Systems, +10Acor, Chicago Faucet, Fort Knox Mailbox, Jantec, Kingston Brass, MI windows, Mustee, Navien, Roman Solar, Whirlpool-10 Ben Koush ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/932300/model-infill-house-ben-koush-associates Clipboard Model Infill House / Ben Koush AssociatesSave this projectSaveModel Infill House / Ben Koush Associates Year: last_img read more

Emergency protests held against Veolia

first_imgBaltimoreWW photo: Sharon BlackWhen Veolia Transportation committed an unfair labor practice lockout of 700 school bus drivers in Boston on Oct. 8 and suspended five leaders of Steelworkers Local 8751, the city’s corporate media began attacking the union leaders.Boston newspapers used every name imaginable to slander the leaders of a fighting union known for having some of the highest wages and best benefits for school bus drivers in the U.S.If these so-called news organizations had any respect for the truth, they would have directed the name calling at Veolia.All you have to do is Google “Veolia” and “protest” to find hundreds of articles about the company’s union-busting reputation, support for Israeli apartheid and environmental catastrophes of all kinds.New YorkWW photo: Brenda RyanLuckily, the union’s good reputation extends far beyond Boston, and this weekend saw pro-bus driver emergency picket lines at Veolia offices in New York, Baltimore and Oakland.In New York, on Oct. 19, in front of Veolia’s SourceOne water consulting firm, members of the Peoples Power Assembly and Workers World Party carried signs reading “Reinstate the school bus union five” and “Fight racism, stop Veolia.” A representative from Transit Workers Local 100 joined the picket line.Oakland, Calif.WW photo: Judy GreenspanIn a YouTube video of the protest, Peoples Power Assembly leader Larry Holmes referred to Veolia’s long practice of changing corporate names to hide its hideous reputation: “We’re standing outside of one of Veolia’s subsidiaries called SourceOne. They think they can hide by being a subsidiary. We’re here to tell Veolia that they can run, but they can’t hide!”In Baltimore, on Oct. 21, members of the Baltimore Workers Assembly picketed in front of that city’s Veolia office, where the company runs a para-transit and cab service. Workers Assembly leader Sharon Black went inside and hand-delivered a letter demanding that Veolia stop its union-busting campaign against the Boston union.The Oakland, Calif., protest on Oct. 19, in front of Veolia’s East Bay Para-Transit office, attracted labor leaders such as Clarence Thomas, member of the executive board of International Longshore Warehouse Union Local 10 and co-chair of the Million Worker March, as well as Dave Welsh, retired postal worker and member of the San Francisco Labor Council. Richmond teacher and union member Judy Greenspan and Workers World correspondent Terri Kay also participated in the picket line, as did a member of the Colombian peoples’ organization, Marcha Patriotica, as well as a bus driver from Amalgamated Transit Local 192.The protest took place across the street from a Bay Area Rapid Transit station in Oakland on the second day of the subway workers’ strike. Almost at that very moment, two BART workers were killed by an automated train operated by management in a tragic and totally preventable accident.Safety issues are one of the central issues of the strike, along with increased pension and health care contributions.It’s no accident that, for its negotiating team, BART hired Veolia Transportation Vice President John Hock at a cost of $399,000. Veolia specializes in getting contracts for city services like water, waste management and transportation by promising local governments to “cut costs” through anti-labor and unsafe practices. nFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Another fatal explosion after gas leak

first_imgSite of gas explosion in East Harlem.WW photo: Johnnie StevensWhile investigations into the cause of fatal explosions in New York’s East Harlem and East Village are still in progress, a couple of things are certain. These so-called accidents are happening more often, and there are potential dangers from gas blasts everywhere.The March 26 explosion on Second Avenue in the East Village, which left two people dead, injured 22 and destroyed three buildings, was the latest incident in a dangerous trend involving gas and gas pipelines.From 1994 to 2013, the United States had 745 serious disasters with gas distribution, causing 278 fatalities, 1,059 injuries and over $110 million in property damage. During that period an additional 110 incidents through gas transmission caused 41 deaths, 195 injuries and over $448 million in damage to property. And an additional 941 incidents from gas of all system types resulted in 363 deaths, 1,392 injuries and close to $824 million in property damage. (nhpipelineawareness.org)Criminal prosecutors and the police believe the explosion in the East Village may have been caused by continued tapping of a gas line. Criminal charges could be filed as a result of the explosion.Members of Utility Workers Local 1-2 were part of the first responders’ team — along with the New York Fire Department, Police Department and emergency medical technicans — to secure the area by shutting down the gas systems, a representative of the union told Workers World.Meanwhile, displaced tenants are seeking legal counseling and compensation for their losses. A meeting to inform them of their housing and personal property damage rights brought more than 100 victims of the blast together with lawyers and housing activists.Wasim Lone, director of housing services for GOLES (Good Old Lower East Side), said the group is actively working to provide legal counseling and representation to  displaced tenants, as well as tenants who have not lost their buildings but have notices to vacate.Many of the tenants who lost their apartments and personal property focused on the landlords of the buildings. But Thomas M. Curtis, lawyer for the landlord of two of the buildings, told the April 1 New York Times that Consolidated Edison was to blame.“I think Con Ed is really culpable here for not shutting off the gas,” said Curtis. He added, “[The utility] could have shut off the main valve.” At the meeting, attorney Arthur Schwartz urged the tenants to “look at the broader picture.” He continued, “There can be multiple defendants. I believe Con Ed may have some blame here.”In a phone interview with Workers World, Michael McKee, treasurer of the Tenants Political Action Committee, said, “It seems that there was something definitely wrong in the inspection of the site of the explosion. Something is wrong if Con Ed didn’t smell any gas there.”Johnnie Stevens, of the People’s Power Assembly, agrees. Stevens mobilized an ad hoc group of housing and environmental activists following the gas explosion disaster in East Harlem last year. The group called on the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the Harlem explosion, to fully investigate Con Ed and use its authority to hold a public hearing in East Harlem. The group is now demanding that Con Ed be fully investigated for both explosions.Rosa Maria de la Torre, organizer of the Chelsea Coalition on Housing, said the hearing must determine what should be done to provide adequate housing for the survivors of the explosion.Turning to the East Village blast, de la Torre said, “I am horrified by this tragedy and the deaths and the destruction it has caused. But with the growth of pipelines, there are potential catastrophes everywhere.”One of these pipelines, which lies under the West Village and Chelsea, won federal approval to start pumping natural gas despite strong opposition by residents of the area, who fear the project could cause an explosion and environmental contamination. The gas is distributed by Con Ed to Manhattan customers.The new Whitney Museum, which opens this spring, sits on top of the Spectra pipeline. The Sane Energy Project, which opposed approval of the pipeline, warned of the potential catastrophe in a March 12 letter to the Villager.“Building the Whitney on top of the pipeline puts visitors, workers and irreplaceable art, not to mention the Renzo Piano creation, at risk,” wrote Claire Donahue, program director of Sane Energy. “In the event of an explosion at the site of the vault, a crater at least the size of the museum itself is likely, and would affect an area about a block and a half in radius, with smoke, broken glass, closed streets and secondary fires affecting a much larger radius.”A funeral service for Nicholas Figueroa, one of the two men killed by the explosion in the East Village, was held on April 7.Littman lives in the area near the Spectra pipeline. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Somaliland newspaper editor freed on bail

first_img Help by sharing this information News March 24, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Somaliland newspaper editor freed on bail SomaliaAfrica Local newspaper editor Mohamed Abdi Guled was released on bail on 20 March by a court in Hargeisa, the capital of the northern breakaway territory of Somaliland. The editor of the Hargeisa-based weekly Yool, Guled had to pay bail of 1 million Somaliland shillings (530 euros).————-19.03.2009 – Editor of Somaliland weekly sentenced to five months in prisonA court in Hargeisa, the capital of the northern breakaway territory of Somaliland, sentenced Mohamed Abdi Guled, the editor of the Hargeisa-based weekly Yool, to five months in prison on 17 March on charges of operating an unregistered newspaper and publishing fabricated information.Reporters Without Borders joins its partner organisation in Somalia, the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), in condemning this sentence. Read the NUSOJ press release.Also known as “Urad”, Guled was arrested on 26 February and held at the headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department. Local journalists said at the time they thought the reason for his arrest was a report published two days earlier about alleged plots to murder parliamentarians, opposition party leaders and traditional chiefs.————–27.02.2009 – Editor of a Somaliland weekly arrested in HargeisaReporters Without Borders today condemned the arrest yesterday by police in the breakaway autonomous region of Somaliland in northern Somalia, of Mohamed Abdi Guled, editor of the privately-owned weekly Yool appearing in Hargeisa. The journalist is being held on the premises of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).Several journalists in Hargeisa said that Mohamed Abdi Guled, better known as “Urad”, was probably arrested as a result of the publication of an article on 24 February, exposing planned murder attempts against Somaliland’s parliamentary deputies, leaders of opposition parties and traditional chiefs. “This arrest is illegal, since Somaliland’s media law lays down that the authorities can only arrest a journalist on the order of a court,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“In these circumstances and knowing that no charge has brought against Mohamed Abdi Guled, he should logically be immediately released”, the organisation said.His fellow journalists also said that the incident, forcing Urad to spend the weekend in custody without going before a court, was aimed at “intimidating the entire journalist community of Somaliland”. Organisation February 24, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Somalia RSF_en center_img News Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia March 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists SomaliaAfrica to go further January 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Basin PBS presents ‘Tell Them We are Rising’

first_imgWhat: Free preview screening of “Tell Them We Are Rising” followed by guest lecturer, James Fuller and community discussion.When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.Where: Midland College, Scharbauer Student Center, Carrasco Room.Who: Presenters: Indie Lens Pop-Up, Basin PBS and Midland College.RSVP: http://bit.ly/2hM6y4VMore info: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/films/tell-them-we-arerising/ By admin – January 19, 2018 Twitter Facebook Basin PBS presents ‘Tell Them We are Rising’ Pinterest WhatsApp Local NewsEntertainmentcenter_img Facebook Pinterest Basin PBS logo 2016 Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by ITVS, Independent Lens, and Basin PBS BasinPBS.org, are presenting “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities,” which explores the pivotal role historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have played during the course of 150 years in American history, culture, and identity.The film reveals the rich history of HBCUs and the power of higher education to transform lives and advance civil rights and equality. The latest film from director Stanley Nelson (Black Panthers, Freedom Riders), brings to life the powerful story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs.Co-directed and co-produced by Marco Williams, the film premieres on Independent Lens at 8 p.m. on Feb. 19.A haven for Black intellectuals, artists, and revolutionaries — and a path of promise toward the American dream — HBCUs have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field while remaining unapologetically Black for more than 150 years. These institutions have nurtured some of the most influential Americans of our time, from Booker T. Washington to Martin Luther King, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois to Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison to Oprah Winfrey, Alice Walker to Spike Lee to Common.About the FilmmakersStanley Nelson has directed and produced more than 12 documentary features including Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, Freedom Summer, Freedom Riders, Jonestown: The Life and Death of People’s Temple and The Murder of Emmett Till.Nelson has won every major award in broadcasting. In 2016, he was honored with a Lifetime Peabody Award, a Lifetime Emmy Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association.Nelson is co-founder of Firelight Media, a nonprofit production company dedicated to using historical film to advance contemporary social justice causes, and to mentoring, inspiring and training a new generation of diverse young filmmakers committed to advancing underrepresented stories.Marco Williams is a filmmaker and a film educator. He is an Arts Professor at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, Undergraduate Department of Film and Television. His directing credits include The Black Fives, The Undocumented, Inside the New Black Panthers; Banished; Freedom Summer; I Sit Where I Want: The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education; MLK Boulevard: The Concrete Dream; Two Towns of Jasper; Making Peace: Rebuilding our Communities; The Spiritual Deficit and The American Dream; In Search of Our Fathers; and From Harlem to Harvard. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a George Foster Peabody Award, the Alfred I duPont Silver Baton, the Pan African Film Festival Outstanding Documentary Award, the Full Frame Documentary Festival Spectrum Award, and the National Association of Black Journalists First Place Salute to Excellence.Marcia Smith (Writer) served as president of Firelight Media for most of its first decade.About Indie Lens Pop-UpIndie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring documentaries seen on PBS’s Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders and organizations together to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. Make friends, share stories, and join the conversation. Can’t attend in person? Find Independent Lens on Facebook for information on our online Pop-Up events.If You Go Twitter Previous articleHIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Pecos hires Chris Jones as new head football coach, athletic directorNext articleWOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UTPB comes up short of upset, falls in overtime to Texas A&M-Commerce admin WhatsApplast_img read more

MLB legend Tommy John and son discuss youth sports and arm injuries

first_imgFebruary 6, 2019 /Sports News – National MLB legend Tommy John and son discuss youth sports and arm injuries FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Former MLB pitcher Tommy John is best known for the surgery he underwent that has become a staple in sports and has saved the careers of so many professional athletes.“I really feel honored and proud that Dr. [Frank] Jobe would name the surgery after me,” he says in an exclusive conversation with ABC News. Rather than pronouncing the expanded medical title, it was simply easier to dub the operation, “Tommy John surgery,” as it is now widely known. However, John is maddened by the way his name has crept into youth sports: “It’s reprehensible… Kids should be healthy until they get into minor league or major league baseball. Then you hurt your arm. But not a kid.”John and his son, Dr. Tommy John III, visited ABC to discuss an initiative to prevent adolescent athletes from undergoing Tommy John surgery.Dr. John III treats athletes of all ages, and within the past decade, has noticed a troubling trend among young athletes: “The degenerative wear and tear that comes in life, I was seeing in these kids at about ten, eleven, twelve-years-old.”The surgery, performed on the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in an athlete’s elbow, is common among baseball players, but can affect athletes in any sport. There has been concern for years over how many professional pitchers undergo the operation, even though several have resumed their careers successfully.More recently, teenagers and even pre-teens have considered or actually undergone the operation, and both Tommy John and his son believe the way parents and children train for sports today is part of the reason why.The former ballplayer believes playing multiple sports as a kid helped create a healthy path for him to make it to the majors: “I played baseball in spring and summer, and when the leagues were over in August, I put the bat and baseball down and played basketball until March.”Dr. John III once ran and operated a baseball school. Now, he believes training kids for baseball through the offseason months was not always beneficial, and hyper focusing on one sport could actually increase an athlete’s risk of injury.Dr. John III outlines more tips for healthy performance in his new book, Minimize Injury, Maximize Performance: A Sports Parent’s Survival Guide.With the book, he hopes parents and athletes will understand that intense training and focus on one sport can actually limit a young child’s athletic potential, as well as the potential for them to succeed in the sport they are so focused on:“The book is a way to empower people outside of myself, outside of my office, to put themselves the position to be the best at whatever they’re going to perform at in life and be their healthiest option.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more


first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Making Sense by Michael ReaganTrump people kill me.They’ve been whining for weeks about how the Republican Party primary system works.They say it’s rigged because their hero is pulling in the most votes and the most delegates but still might not win the nomination.They say it’s all very simple: Trump’s getting the most votes and therefore it’s only fair that the person with the most votes from the people should win the nomination.As I tweeted earlier this week, if that’s the way Trump’s followers think, then they should all be supporters of Al Gore.In the 2000 election Gore got 540,000 more votes than George W. Bush, but Bush ended up in the White House because he accumulated the most Electoral College votes.The Founding Founders & Framers knew what they were doing when they set up the Electoral College to indirectly choose the president.They didn’t want a popular vote and they didn’t want Congress to pick the chief executive.And they sure didn’t want a candidate for president to be able to just campaign in three or four big states and rack up huge vote totals and win that way.The Founders deliberately set it up so each state got its electoral votes in proportion to its representatives and senators.They wanted every part of the country to be part of the process of choosing a president, not just one heavily populated region or one strong faction of nut balls or extremists. (Not that Trump people are nutballs or extremists.)It’s the same representative principle at work in the Republican Party’s primary system.The GOP doesn’t want some guy to be able to win the nomination by flying a 757 into a handful of big states like California, New York, Texas, Illinois, Ohio and Florida, holding campaign events for 20,000 people at the airport and then flying home to Upper Upper Manhattan.They want a nominee who gets on the ground, walks the neighborhoods, shakes hands and does the hard retail work at the grass roots.That’s what Ted Cruz has been doing to win his delegates while Trump has been doing TV interviews and zooming back and forth over Flyover Country.Trump people might not like the primary process because their hero is not winning, or think there is cheating and rigging going on.But they have to understand there is a process and it’s not about vote counts, it’s about the delegate count. It’s not that tough to get.Meanwhile, what really concerns me lately is how Trump is wrecking his ability to unify the GOP around his candidacy in the fall if he does win the nomination.He spends parts of every speech and press conference announcing that he hopes that his supporters don’t make trouble if he doesn’t win. He hopes they don’t riot in the streets.I’m getting tired of his veiled threats, because that is what they really are.It’s time for Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, to stand up at a press conference and tell Trump to cut it out.Maybe threats and intimidation are part of the Donald’s winning strategy in business. But it’s not how it’s supposed to work when you’re trying to win the presidential nomination of the Republican Party.last_img read more

New Medical Study Finds Music Can Alleviate Cancer Patients’ Symptoms

first_imgThe spiritually healing properties of music are widely discussed and recognized, but according to a new study from Drexel University, there is significant evidence that music intervention treatments help alleviate medical symptoms in cancer patients, from anxiety to pain to fatigue, while also increasing their overall quality of life. Led by Joke Bradt, PhD, an associate professor at Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, a team of scientists conducted a systematic review of studies that examined the impacts of music therapy (a personalized music experience offered by trained music therapists) and music medicine (listening to pre-recorded music provided by a doctor or nurse) on physical and psychological outcomes in people with cancer. Explains Dr. Bradt, “We found that music therapy interventions specifically improve patients’ quality of life. These are important findings as these outcomes play an important role in patients’ overall well-being.”The team examined fifty-two (52) different trials in the review, consisting of a total of 3,731 participants with cancer, with twenty-three (23) classified as “music therapy” and twenty-nine (29) classified as “music medicine interventions.” Overall, one of the most impactful findings was that “music interventions” of all kinds resulted in a moderate-to-strong reduction of patients’ anxiety.For pain reduction, researchers found a large treatment benefit, and for fatigue, they found small-to-moderate treatment effects. However, when comparing the merits of the two different types of music interventions, they found that, in terms of quality of life benefits, “music therapy” is more effective than “music medicine.”Dr. Bradt explains that both kinds of music interventions “play an important role in cancer care, but we didn’t quite know yet which interventions may be best suited for which type of outcome…We hope that the findings of this review will encourage health care providers in medical settings to seriously consider the use of music therapy in the psychological care of people with cancer.”While there is still a lot to learn about the subject, the positive effects of music interventions on cancer patients are an exciting are an exciting development in science’s ongoing fight against the disease. [via Science Daily]last_img read more