Monday 22 November 2010 7:19 pm KCS-content Tags: NULL whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼ Shares of Australian rail-freight firm QR National, the country’s biggest float since 1997, rose four per cent in their trading debut yesterday, offering mild hope for a clogged pipeline of more than A$10bn (£6.2bn) worth of floats. QR National, which was wholly-owned by the state of Queensland until it floated a 60 per cent stake, was snapped up by offshore hedge funds and index fund managers to propel it into the ranks of Australia’s top 50 stocks. The firm mainly transports coal from Queensland to ports to be exported to buyers in China. whatsapp More From Our Partners Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org Australia’s biggest float soars
Fresh lawsuit a year after BP Gulf spill KCS-content Share Wednesday 20 April 2011 8:47 pm THE ONE year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster was yesterday marked by a minute’s silence and a fresh round of legal action against oil major BP. BP’s 80,000 employees held a minute’s silence at 10am yesterday to commemorate the 11 workers who died in the blast last April, which spewed an estimated 5m barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Halliburton, a US contractor working on the deepwater rig, has filed a lawsuit against BP Exploration & Production claiming breach of contract, according to court documents filed in Harris County, Texas.Halliburton claims that its contract with BP exempted it from certain liabilities linked to any accident, yet it has been hit by numerous lawsuits from those affected by the worst offshore oil spill in US history. It is still too early to know the long-term damage to the Gulf’s ecosystem, but politicians in Louisiana, which bore the brunt of the damage, were yesterday keen to stress that the region remains open for business. “The bottom line is there is a lot of work that needs to be done, but the vast majority of our waters are clean, open and ready for our fishermen,” said Louisiana’s Republican governor Bobby Jindal at a ceremony to mark the event’s anniversary.“We’re inviting America to come down here, have a great time, enjoy our seafood and be part of the greatest rebirth you will ever see.”BP has paid out about $5bn (£3bn) in claims for economic losses through a spill fund administered by Kenneth Feinberg. The spill wiped about $70bn from BP’s market value and spelled the end for chief executive Tony Hayward.“At BP we regret that the accident happened and the impact it has had on the environment of the Gulf Coast and the people living there,” Bob Dudley, who took over as chief executive in October, wrote yesterday. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesMoneyPailShe Was An Actress, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryBetterBeDrones Capture Images No One Was Suppose to SeeBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming Nearby Scottsdale (Take a Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search Ads More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com Tags: NULL
Follow the leader: Wales captain Ryan Jones has been in exemplary form so far in this year’s Six NationsBy Alan DymockAGE. IT is tricky to come to terms with. Grey wings in your hair; you’re distinguished. Too many crow’s feet; even worse, you can’t judge a dancing competition any more.For Wales captain Ryan Jones, 31, advancing years mean that he has benefitted from a change in attitude whilst coming to terms with how things pan out. He knows his role and he will do it, come what may.“At my age being captain is something I treasure”, he tells me on a drive back to his beloved West Wales. “The position is one I hold dear and with my experience I have learnt that I can just try to do it my way. Some can take it or leave it – and there is no right or wrong way of captaining a side – but you cannot try to emulate someone else.Juggling act: Jones does some promo work“In rugby you will get found out pretty quick if you are not up to the job. However, you can mature into a role and I have found that it does get easier. Rugby seasons come in cycles, and once you have gone through it, you know you can do it again.”What he has said is something that, inadvertently at least, demonstrates how comfortable Jones looks now. In previous stints as Wales’ captain, at times, his crown was heavy, with expectations high and a whole nation crying for a captain-martyr capable of genius and modesty all rolled into one. Now he appears to enjoy his role as the everyman in this year’s Six Nations. Not a mythical master, but the trusty legionnaire who ensures that everything gets done just right.“The last couple of weeks have been going well,” he says. “We have huge confidence and I know you cannot captain a side from the bench. But it is not about me. We have Sam (Warburton), Adam (Jones), Alun Wyn (Jones)and Leigh (Halfpenny). All of them make valid contributions to the side and it’s about being able to facilitate them.“We had a sluggish start against Ireland, but against France and Italy we were making positive errors; human errors going forward. We’re not making errors in the areas where we could be punished. My overriding emotion in France after our win was relief. However previous results will have no bearing on the next fixture.”So what happens when that familiar pressure comes back, nipping at the head again, making you look too far ahead? High flier: Jones rises above the Scots“Pressure is par for the course and it is all about column inches and exposure, but you have to develop your own coping strategy. People may look ahead to Wales versus England and irrespective of the stakes it is still a huge fixture. Yet – and I accept it’s a cliché – you have to take one game at a time and we have massive respect for Scotland. We know that the breakdown will be key to the game and the speed of ball will be hugely important. Scotland have been strong there and they have a rejuvenated home crowd.Jones says that it would be naive to think Wales haven’t looked at other ways Scotland could play. “Being competent in many different facets of the game is the key to a good Test side. But you can’t afford to look too much at the other team. You have to focus on yourself. We won a Grand Slam by making marginal decisions. By getting into more positions to win. You have to have faith in the process because change can take months.”Many do believe in Jones. He proven durability and an iron will. At one point he admits to me that his greatest strength is that he is a natural competitor.However, his experience and tenacity never turns to hubris. Instead, humility reigns, and as he is reminded that the bookies strongly suggest that some smart money may be stacked on him being Lions tourist this summer, he shies away. Late call-ups, in 2005 and 2009, have taught him to be patient and respectful and he would rather trumpet others.“Anyone playing international rugby who says they have not thought about the Lions is lying, but I’m realistic. There are only two more games in the shop window and I have gotten where I am on the back of good team performances.“If I was picking the team, of course I would go, but there are an awful lot of very good back rows. I will just go on holiday and make sure my phone is switched on,” he chuckles. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS His willingness to serve common cause may just mean that he should hold off booking that holiday.Guinness is the Official Beer of the RBS 6 Nations. Join in the latest rugby debate at facebook.com/GuinnessGB.
There have been for many years a small (but increasing) number of Muslims playing professional rugby in France. Among the current crop are Sofiane Guitoune, the Bordeaux-Begles winger selected in France’s Six Nations squad; Olivier Missoup, the Oyonnax flanker; Brive back-rower Saïd Hireche; Bezier wing Sabri Gmir, and Pau second row Abdelatif Boutaty. “I am revolted by these odious attacks,” Boutaty told Midi Olympique. “This people are dirtying Islam. They are using religion as a shield to make up for their own discontent.”But few figures within French rugby have been as distraught by what happened in Paris as Abdel Benazzi. The first North African Muslim to captain France, the Moroccan-born Benazzi remains one of the finest flankers to wear the blue jersey. In total he played 79 Tests for France, leading them to the Grand Slam in 1997, the same year he was honoured by the then president of the Republic, Jacques Chirac, with his appointment to the Immigration Committee, a prestigious body established in 1989 to assist with the integration into France of foreigners. “I have been wounded in my soul,” declared Benazzi, whose brother lives just 500 metres from the offices of Charlie Hebdo.In shock: French legend Abdel Benazzi has condemned the attacksBenazzi, like the former France football captain Zinedine Zidane, remains an inspirational figure to North African immigrants. France is not perfect in its attitude towards immigrants but it is possible to achieve success if one works hard. Particularly in sport. In an interview in 2013 Benazzi recalled his formative years in France in the late 1980s, shortly after arriving from Morocco. “My integration into a different culture was a little difficult,” he admitted. “French rugby was a little conservative (at the time). The fact to not eat like everybody, to not drink alcohol, makes you appear like an alien to certain people. But if we discuss with everybody and we stay faithful to our convictions it appears evident that this difference is a richness. Quickly I discovered in sport and in rugby a second family.” The Charlie Hebdo shootings shocked the world and the effect it has had on the French nation has been widespread and profound. French rugby is no different Benazzi encountered racism from supporters and players during his early days in France, brainless bigots who targeted him on the field because of his religion. In an interview earlier this week with a French newspaper, he drew on that experience when asked about cartoons that prompted the attack on Charlie Hebdo. “I can be shocked (by the cartoons) but I cannot respond by force. I can respond only from my heart, my words, by derision, by a letter…but not by force,” explained Benazzi. “God knows that during my rugby career, occasionally, the provocation was pushed to the extreme. If I had responded with violence, I would never have had the career that I did. Instead it made me even more determined to score tries to shut them up.”Recognising that there is still work to be done by both Muslims and the French State in better integrating the former, Benazzi believes sport has a vital role to play. “Sport is one of the rare areas where there is a mixing and where everybody gets on well together,” he said. “On the pitch we learn to be united, to work together for a common goal…I could do five Masters (degrees) but none would teach me as much as what sport has because of its universal language.” “Charlie”. It has been the word on everyone’s lips in France during the diabolical events of the past week and a half. Within 24 hours of the murderous attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, Thierry Dusautoir had expressed his shock in an article published on the French edition of the Huffington Post. The captain of France signed off with the rallying cry that was so much in evidence last weekend when an estimated 3.7m French people came together in the streets in memory of the 17 victims – “Je Suis Charlie”.Rugby expressed its solidarity with a campaign organized jointly by Provale, the players’ union, and the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR). “These are events that obviously concern everybody,” explained Paul Goze, president of the LNR. “In demonstrating our support, it’s also expressing that rugby is not outside society.”Leader: French captain Thierry Dusautoir has spoken out against the attacksMore than 800 t-shirts, each emblazoned with ‘Nous Sommes Tous Charlie’ (We are all Charlie) were distributed to the 30 professional clubs of the Top14 and Pro2. Before each match last weekend the players stood for a minute of silence wearing the t-shirts. Across the country, the minute was followed by a sustained round of applause and then a spontaneous rendition of La Marseillaise.France rugby supporters found additional comfort in the reaction of the scores of overseas players within its ranks. Aussies, South Africans, Britons, Fijians, Georgians, they all stood with their heads bowed in mute contemplation at the horror of what had unfolded in Paris. Such was the strength of solidarity on show the t-shirts could have read “Nous Somme Tous Francais”.Monday’s edition of Midi Olympique – its masthead changed to ‘Midi Charlie’ – carried the thoughts of several coaches, presidents and players. Some words had more resonance than others. Business tycoon Mohed Altrad, the president of Montpellier, could barely contain his anger at the perpetrators. He is well placed to express an opinion. Himself an immigrant, Altrad was born a Bedouin in the Syrian desert. After the death of his parents, he came to France in his teens unable to speak the language but determined to build a better life for himself.In mourning: Toulon’s owner Mourad Boudjellal lost a friend in the shootingsSimilarly Mourad Boudjellal, Toulon’s colourful owner, and a man whose heritage is part North African Muslim, expressed his revulsion at the attacks. Boudjellal built his fortune from cartoon publishing and was good friends with one of the murdered cartoonists. “Never have I been so proud to be president of Toulon,” he told Midi Olympique, referring to the response of the Stade Mayol crowd before Saturday’s game against Racing Métro. “Never has a minute’s silence been so respected (and) the minute of applause was emotional. Rugby has played its role.” TAGS: Highlight In shock: The Stade Francais players were united in grief by the Charlie Hebdo atrocity LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
Save this picture!© Iwan Baan+ 12 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/870107/305-56-leonard-street-herzog-and-de-meuron Clipboard 56 Leonard Street / Herzog & de MeuronSave this projectSave56 Leonard Street / Herzog & de Meuron Projects United States 56 Leonard Street / Herzog & de Meuron 2017 Manufacturers: LaufenClient:Izak Senbahar, Alexico Group LLCProject Architects:Herzog & de MeuronExecutive Architect:Goldstein, Hill & West ArchitectsCity:New YorkCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Iwan BaanRecommended ProductsMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWindowsRodecaAluminium WindowsSave this picture!© Hufton + CrowText description provided by the architects. The high-rise tower is an important ingredient within the contemporary city. However, towers have come to be defined solely by their height and, as a type, they have become anonymous. Typical residential towers, while successful in aggregating the living unit, often fail to improve upon the living environment. The multiplication of units within simple extruded shapes produces repetitive and anonymous structures with no extra benefits or architectural qualities despite the incredible densities they achieve. For those who live in these structures, this experience of sameness and repetition can be relatively unpleasant. 56 Leonard Street acts against this anonymity and repetitiveness, emanating from so many towers of the recent past. Its ambition is to achieve, despite its size, a character that is individual and personal, perhaps even intimate.Save this picture!© Hufton + CrowThe project is conceived as a stack of individual houses, where each house is unique and identifiable within the overall stack. A careful investigation of local construction methods revealed the possibility of shifting and varying floor-slabs to create corners, cantilevers and balconies – all welcome strategies for providing individual and different conditions in each apartment. At the base of the tower, the stack reacts to the scale and specific local conditions on the street, while the top staggers and undulates to merge with the sky. In-between, the staggering and variation in the middle-levels is more controlled and subtle, like in a column shaft.Save this picture!© Hufton + CrowTo break-up the tendency towards repetition and anonymity in high-rise buildings, 56 Leonard Street was developed from the inside-out. The project began with individual rooms, treating them as “pixels” grouped together on a floor-by-floor basis. These pixels come together to directly inform the volume and to shape the outside of the tower. From the interior the experience of these pixels is like stepping into a series of large bay-windows.Save this picture!© Hufton + CrowThe strategy of ‘pixelating’ rooms also happens in section, creating a large number of terraces and projecting balconies. While careful to avoid directly overlooking a neighbouring apartment, these outdoor spaces provide indirect visual links between people – maybe strangers – who share the building. Aggregated together, these houses-in-the-sky, form a cohesive stack, a vertical neighbourhood, somewhat akin to New York’s specific neighbourhoods with their distinctive mix of proximity and privacy in equal measure.The top of any tower is its most visible element and, in keeping with this, the top of 56 Leonard Street is the most expressive part of the project. This expressiveness is driven directly by the requirements of the interior, consisting of ten large-scale penthouses with expansive outdoor spaces and spacious living areas. These large program components register on the exterior as large-scale blocks, cantilevering and shifting according to internal configurations and the desire to capture specific views, which ultimately results in the sculptural expression of the top.Save this picture!© Iwan BaanMeanwhile, the base of the tower responds to the special character of Tribeca. This is a part of New York characterized by a wide range of building scales – from small townhouses to large industrial blocks and the ubiquitous high-rise buildings of downtown. By grouping together ‘pixels’ of various sizes, including lobby, parking decks and housing amenities, the tower reflects and incorporates each of these neighbourhood scales. Save this picture!© Iwan BaanThe overall appearance of the tower is very much a result of accepting and pushing to the limit simple and familiar local methods of construction. As a volume, the building has extreme proportions – at the very edge of what is structurally possible – and given its relatively small footprint, is exceptionally tall and slender. The building also shows its structural ‘bones’ and does not hide the method of its fabrication underneath layers of cladding. Instead, exposed horizontal concrete slabs register the floor-by-floor stacking of the construction process and exposed in-situ concrete columns allow the scale of the structural forces at work to be experienced from within the interior. The system of staggering, setbacks and pixelation is further animated through operable windows in every second- or third- façade unit. This unusual feature for high-rise buildings also allows occupants to directly control fresh air intake.Save this picture!© Iwan BaanTogether these different strategies – considering the tower from the inside-out, responding to local scales, and maximizing the potential of local construction systems – produce a building where only five out of the 145 apartments are repeated. Furthermore, no two floor plates are the same, giving those who will live in this project their own unique home characterized by distinct moments of individuality within the overall stack.Save this picture!© Hufton + CrowSave this picture!© Hufton + CrowProject gallerySee allShow less”Don’t Blame Me!”: 6 Projects That Were Disowned by High-Profile ArchitectsArticlesAdvice For Procrastinator ArchitectsArticlesProject locationAddress:56 Leonard St, New York, NY, United StatesLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share CopyApartments•New York, United States Year: Architects: Herzog & de Meuron Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/870107/305-56-leonard-street-herzog-and-de-meuron Clipboard Apartments Photographs Photographs: Iwan Baan , Hufton+Crow Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ArchDaily “COPY” “COPY” CopyAbout this officeHerzog & de MeuronOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsNew YorkUnited StatesPublished on May 22, 2017Cite: “56 Leonard Street / Herzog & de Meuron” 22 May 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Rohan / Ashwin ArchitectsSave this projectSaveRohan / Ashwin Architects Manufacturers: Jaquar, Luminac, Nolte Home Studio, Simply SofasSave this picture!© Shamanth PatilRecommended ProductsDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol Primo“Rohan” built on a tiny lot measuring 20’ x 30’ (600 sft) with the road on the western side. Such tiny lot houses are typical and many of the plots are government sanctioned to encourage housing for the masses. The challenge was to provide a habitable place with all amenities & luxuries to last a lifetime.Save this picture!© Shamanth PatilConsidering that the buildings abut each other, tapping light and ventilation into our building had to be done with considerable planning & thought. To cut down the western light, we have incorporated shading devices which run like horizontal beams. Considerable thought in planning helped us use these shading devices to generate interesting shadows on the inside to create a sense of “dark” and “light”.Save this picture!SectionA small green pocket at the entrance gives a sense of abundance and the feeling of a larger plot. A similar double height experience in the living room spatially expands it and makes it more inviting. A functional and gadget filled parallel kitchen takes care of all the cooking needs.Save this picture!© Shamanth PatilMaster bedroom with a small pocket performing the function of a private sit-out can help in reading that occasional book. A rope acts as the safety railing for the cantilever steps. The zig-zag pattern of the railing breaks the regularity of the spaces. Warm white lights complement this uncomplicated building to improve the ambience.Save this picture!© Shamanth PatilProject gallerySee allShow lessRUMORS / NarmalSelected ProjectsSpace-time Cave in Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale / C+ ArchitectsSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/897646/rohan-ashwin-architects Clipboard India Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/897646/rohan-ashwin-architects Clipboard Save this picture!© Shamanth Patil+ 27Curated by María Francisca González Share Photographs: Shamanth Patil Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Photographs Projects Architects: Ashwin Architects Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1900 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Houses 2018 Rohan / Ashwin Architects “COPY” ArchDaily CopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Bengaluru, India CopyAbout this officeAshwin ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsBengaluruIndiaPublished on August 29, 2018Cite: “Rohan / Ashwin Architects” 28 Aug 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis It is being set up to provide authoritative and independent information on interventions, amid a bewildering range of untested interventions which people claim make a difference.Bernard was awarded an Information Management Award and the See It Right Award for his work on the Royal National Institute for the Blind intranet and extranet project, and has also created an award-winning website for the Mental Health Foundation. Tagged with: Digital Recruitment / people 12 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 5 May 2006 | News Research Autism appoints award-winning designer for its new website Research Autism has appointed web designer Bernard Fleming to build its new website and online information centre.Bernard will be responsible for collating the vast amount of information on ‘interventions’ for autism – procedures that can improve the quality of life for people with autistic spectrum disorders.The website will include information about the top 50 most effective interventions, and what people suffering from autism can expect from each intervention listed. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Colombia talks — in CubaVictoria Sandino, a leading FARC-EP representative.Peace talks between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) and the Colombian government, taking place in Havana, Cuba, are making some progress despite many challenges.From April 11 through 18, 33 United States and other international solidarity activists had the opportunity to meet in Havana with FARC-EP plenipotentiaries, as well as representatives of the Colombian government and the guarantor countries, Cuba and Norway, along with the FARC-EP legal advisors from Spain.One of the most illuminating sessions was our meeting with the “Sub-Commission on Gender.” This body was established to make sure that any agreements between the parties “advance the cause of women, make sure their position is advanced, recognize women’s central role and empower women to improve their position,” according to Victoria Sandino, a leading FARC-EP representative on the sub-commission.The women of FARC-EP took seriously the demands that were raised by Colombian women during many exchanges. As a consequence, the Sub-Commission on Gender was created.Many of these proposals from organizations of women and of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people were made through a process that includes a website set up by the FARC to submit suggestions, which are then presented to the “Table of Conversations” (that is what they call the arena of talks between the FARC-EP and the government). The process is a democratic one that allows the Colombian masses to make their concerns and suggestions heard. Over 100,000 suggestions have been received.Women suffer disproportionately from the consequences of the war, which the Colombian government, with Washington’s backing, wages against the people. Women have been made widows. They comprise 70 percent of the millions of displaced. They experience workplace discrimination. They see their children murdered. And to earn income, they become “mules” who smuggle illegal drugs out of Colombia. As political prisoners and prisoners of war, they are subject to torture and sexual violence.All of this came to light when both sides at the Table of Conversations listened to testimonies from victims of the conflict, a process the FARC-EP insisted on. Of the 60 witnesses, six were from women’s organizations and two from LGBT groups. Their proposals were integrated into the process of talks. Some 80 percent of Colombian women have been victimized some way or another by the war. “But,” Sandino stressed, “we aren’t only victims, we are actors, we are political agents. We have been fighting and making demands.”While the Colombian government also is represented on the sub-commission, it became clear to us that the FARC-EP women were its driving force. All of the seven women and one man who spoke to our delegation about the sub-commission were from the FARC-EP side of the table. “Women combatants want to achieve peace,” they explained.Speakers also dispelled some of the myths about the women in the guerrilla army. The capitalist media have portrayed FARC-EP women as sex slaves of male combatants, making false claims of forced abortions and innumerable other abuses. In fact, women have always played leading roles since the FARC’s founding in 1964 and comprise at least 30 percent of all combatants. Many play leading roles at the regional level.All women receive the same training as men — training that includes “learning the root causes of oppression, the ethical and moral values of being a revolutionary, and the humanitarian values we are fighting for.”The rights of women and children, including those who experience domestic abuse, are attended to in areas under FARC-EP control. When asked about the fact that the top leadership — the FARC Secretariat — is all men, the speakers stated that the goal is to improve, that “we are in a perpetual state of growing, becoming better than we were.”LGBT rights are respected and protectedThe Sub-Commission on Gender is also reviewing all agreements to make sure LGBT rights are respected and protected. “We have the utmost respect for people wherever they come from, sexually speaking,” a member of the group stated. “As a matter of principle we would never discriminate against anyone for their sexual orientation.”The delegation enjoyed this rare opportunity to learn how real peoples’ democracy — a process that makes an extra effort to make the most oppressed voices heard — can be conducted even under the most extreme conditions of war, repression and neoliberal austerity.Martha Grevatt represented the International Action Center on the delegation, sponsored by the Alliance for Global Justice. The delegation also included representatives of the National Lawyers Guild and several Latin American solidarity groups.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Organisation to go further AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImpunityFreedom of expression Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the Algerian government’s use of delays in renewing press accreditation to put pressure on reporters employed by foreign media, many of whom have been waiting for months for their 2021 accreditation. The accreditation renewal process should be more transparent, RSF says. Many journalists working for international media still don’t know whether they will be able to cover the parliamentary elections due to be held on 12 June. The accreditations that allow foreign reporters to work legally in Algeria expired on 31 December, as they do every year, but so far none of them have been renewed this year. The authorities have usually been late in the renewing them in the past but there has always been a tacit understanding that reporters can continue working pending receipt of their new accreditation. This tacit understanding no longer seems to be in effect. The correspondent of a foreign news agency was recently told that he was banned from filming the Hirak protests because his accreditation had expired. In March, the French TV news channel France 24 was threatened with the “definitive withdrawal” of its accreditation because the communication ministry regarded its coverage of the Hirak as one-sided. Even media that have had their accreditation extended provisionally are feeling the pressure. “The communication ministry gave me a document extending my accreditation until I get the 2021 accreditation,” said an Algiers-based reporter for a foreign TV broadcaster. “But even if I’ve not been told anything in particular about covering the Hirak, we’re no longer covering the protests as we used to.” Journalists know that this extension can be rescinded at any moment without any official reason being given by the communication ministry. “We usually wait in a state of complete uncertainty until April or May, or sometimes even August to receive accreditation for the current year,” a reporter for a foreign media outlet told RSF. “Meanwhile we have continued to cover various events including the Hirak [anti-government protests]. Or at least I did until 16 April this year, when plainclothes police arrested me and told me I longer had the right to video reporting.” May 18, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Many local reporters have yet to obtain the specific accreditation they need to cover the elections. Without it, they will be denied access to polling stations, vote counting centres and the press conference at which the results are announced. May 12, 2021 Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation Algeria has fallen 27 places in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index since 2015 and is ranked 146th out of 180 countries in the 2021 Index. News News News Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections RSF’s Algeria correspondent, Khaled Drareni, to be retried Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria News “Accreditations must not be used as a method of blackmailing or pressuring media outlets whose coverage of the Hirak protests annoy the Algerian authorities,” said Souhaieb Khayati, the head of RSF’s North Africa bureau. “We urge the authorities to renew accreditations in a transparent manner and to do everything to ensure that the various media outlets present in Algeria are able to cover the upcoming elections without any problems.” AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence ImpunityFreedom of expression March 25, 2021 Find out more Crews working for the French TV channel M6 were banned from working last September after it broadcast a documentary entitled “Algeria, country of revolts” that was deemed to be “biased” and to have been made with a “false filming permit.” April 29, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Algeria
RSF_en January 8, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New year’s resolution : China blocks The Guardian newspaper’s website Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more News News The year is off to a bad start for the foreign media in China. Greatfire.org, a website that monitors censorship in China, reported on Twitter today that the website of the British newspaper The Guardian has been inaccessible in China since yesterday.Reporters Without Borders is worried by the blocking, which could be the first sign that the Chinese government plans to forge further ahead in 2014 with its policy of censoring and discriminating against the foreign media, after applying it with more vigour in recent months.“This blocking does not bode well for any improvement in the foreign media’s ability to operate under China’s authoritarian regime, which keeps on censoring them more and more,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge The Guardian to immediately refer this case to the Chinese courts.“We expect a firm and concrete reaction from the international community to the growing censorship of the foreign media. This trend must be firmly condemned. At the same time, concrete actions must be envisaged with the aim of stopping it. “If the blocking of The Guardian continues, we will endeavour to make its reports available to Chinese citizens and we will continue to provide them with information about how to circumvent the ‘great firewall.’ President Xi Jinping’s government needs to realize that this policy is counterproductive.”The reason for the blocking is still unknown. The Guardian said: “No China-related stories published by The Guardian in the past two days would obviously be perceived as dangerous by the country’s leadership.”The blocking happened just days after China-based Internet users reported that they had been able to regain access to the Chinese versions of the Reuters and Wall Street Journal websites.Policy of intimidating the foreign mediaThe Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China issued a statement at the start of December condemning government attempts to blackmail and intimidate foreign reporters. It named New York Times journalists Philip Pan (the bureau chief) and Chris Buckley, freelance journalist Paul Mooney and Al Jazeera journalist Melissa Chan, who was forced to leave in May 2012.The threat of being denied a visa renewal has been used to put pressure on at least 20 Bloomberg and New York Times journalists. The authorities also have no compunction about inventing new restrictions to prevent coverage of sensitive events. When a car was driven into pedestrians and caught fire in Tiananmen Square last October, journalists were prevented from covering the event and interviewing witnesses. Police even briefly detained BBC and AFP reporters who tried to cover the incident.China is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet” and is ranked 173rd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on China China’s Cyber Censorship Figures Receive email alerts News News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Organisation to go further