Music sets stage for deeper conversation in Austin

first_img Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Jobs & Calls Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Albany, NY Featured Events Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Rev. Merrill Wade (L) listens asJeff Lofton (R) answers a question.[Episcopal Diocese of Texas] The smooth trumpet of Jeff Lofton filled the local eatery near St. Matthew’s in northwest Austin on June 9. It was the 15th offering of Soul of a Musician, a collaboration of St. Matthew’s and Spicewood Tavern, just across the street from the church.The series is designed to provide a more intimate musical encounter with some of Austin’s finest musicians. It provides a unique setting in which to discover a deeper meaning to the themes of the music as well as to support musicians and their gifts to the community and the church.Introducing the evening’s performers, the Rev. Merrill Wade told his audience that the series is meant to offer hospitality and encourage conversation. He prompted Lofton with a few questions about the origins of jazz.“Jazz is the music of free people, developed after the turn of the (20th) century, by people who had never been slaves,” Lofton explained, in contrast to the Blues, which came from a less sophisticated environment and originated within the slave society in the South, “simplistic, beautiful at the same time.”Between soulful numbers, Lofton, backed by Grammy-winning drummer Ernie Durawa and Pat Harris on bass, bantered with Wade, talking about the sense of interplay between musicians in the free-flowing, more improvised pieces, and their reading of the audience’s response.“There’s nothing like jazz music to teach us how to live,” Wade said, remarking on the relationships the music creates.An audience member asked what the church had to do with the evening and Wade explained that St. Matthew’s was paying for the musicians, firstly. “God talks with music,” he added. “Friends gather from the neighborhood and touch each others’ lives in unique ways … How many times do you gather to ‘feel the spirit,’ to feel the jazz move you?”Jeff Lofton on horn, Grammy winner Ernie Durawa on drums, and Pat Harris on bass.Wade spoke of musicians and the depth of their creativity. “What you do matters to God. There is no jazz without God,” he said. “It takes a higher power to inspire that level of creativity,” he added, leaving the questioner nodding his head and having another sip of beer.Durawa took the microphone to punctuate the conversation with a bit of Scripture: “Remember First Timothy,” he said, quoting, “Do not neglect the gift that is in you.”Wade has a deep interest in the local music scene in Austin, and participates in South by Southwest (SXSW) offering a seminar at the annual international music gathering in Austin. St. Matthew’s also supports local musicians by hosting an annual Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (H.A.A.M) Benefit Day Concert. H.A.A.M. is a community partner of the Soul of a Musician Series. 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Victor Matfield’s perfectly executed one handed lineout take against Saracens

first_imgThursday Mar 10, 2016 Victor Matfield’s perfectly executed one handed lineout take against Saracens Victor Matfield turns 39 in a few months’ time, but he is still doing what he’s best at, dominating lineouts and showing off those silky skills that we’ve come to appreciate since he first played in South Africa’s Currie Cup way back in 1999.Now, with a World Cup and many other accolades behind him, he is showing that the old dog still has many tricks, as he helped Northampton Saints to a 20-15 victory over table-topping Saracens.While Saints are positioned fifth on the Aviva Premiership table, Matfield has said that since moving up north from the Bulls a few months back, he’s been impressed with the standard.“There is no easy game in the Premiership which has been the one thing that has surprised me. I really thought that there were four or five teams that stood out above the other teams but every week is a competitive game and there is so many great players here that you don’t even know about,” he said recently.The plan when moving to Saints was that he would not play every match, and while he got his first full 80 minutes a few weeks back, he has said that it has been an adjustment.“My body has enjoyed not playing week in and week out but I’m used to playing regularly so I have found it tough to get momentum as often but hopefully I can still make a difference in a vital game.“I hope to get some more game time in the next few weeks and get the momentum going,” he said, before sympathising with the northern hemisphere players. “Playing through the winter has been tough. Training on these soft fields every day is not easy and the conditions doesn’t make it easy either.”It’s not the first time we’ve ever seen a player win their lineout ball with one hand, but like Simon Shaw and Brad Thorn before him, it’s great to see this legend of the game still performing at such a high level, despite fast approaching 40. ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

E_RC / MAPAA

first_imgArchDaily Chile Projects “COPY” E_RC / MAPAASave this projectSaveE_RC / MAPAA Manufacturers: Anwo, CHCArchitect In Charge:Cristián Larraín, Matías MadsenStructural Design:Alex PoppContractor:DMLCity:ProvidenciaCountry:ChileMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Nico SaiehRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82Text description provided by the architects. ProjectThe project involves the redevelopment of a vacant 30 years old building located in a central area within the city of Santiago, specifically in Providencia county, which is transformed into a building housing 7 apartments.Save this picture!© Nico SaiehProblema 1_ ContextThe context in which the project is located is one of classic type of buildings, continuous façades, almost all built in the same decade, the 40`s, without any visible intervention in the past 70 years. So the first problem is how a new piece is inserted in a context like this?Save this picture!© Nico SaiehProblem 2_ LightTo create luminous interior spaces was the only customer requirement, a fact that became the trigger for all subsequent intervention decisions. For this purpose, it was decided to enlarge the openings in the façade, which meant a change in the original morphology.Save this picture!© Nico SaiehPrefabricated PartsIn response to changes in the façades, it was decided to introduce two new prefabricated elements that respond to the new window and to the new lining.Save this picture!© Nico Saieh1.-Prefabricated WindowFor new openings in the facades, a framework of steel plates was installed, which embraced the new window and helped to strengthen the modified structure.Save this picture!© Nico Saieh2.-Brick CoatingThe material for covering the main façade was veneer brick, which was manufactured in situ from a common brick, and divided diagonally into four parts to obtain a trapezoidal piece, which was placed in rows arranged one above the other in the opposite direction in order to generate new grain, referring to the moldings and stucco details of classical buildings nearby, creating a joint motion, light and shadow.Save this picture!© Nico SaiehApartmentsTwo types of apartments were designed, studios (35m2 ) and larger size apartments (80m2 ) of two bedrooms. For the first type, it was included the idea of an island that divides common and private spaces and allow access to natural light from the existing patio. For the second type, it was decided to work with ​​one single common space integrating living room and kitchen, allowing the light entry from various directions.Save this picture!© Nico SaiehSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Nico SaiehProject gallerySee allShow lessWilkinson Eyre Selected to Design Australia’s Second Tallest TowerArchitecture NewsDesign Liberland: Competition Seeks to Masterplan New European MicronationIdeasProject locationAddress:Rafael Cañas 127, Providencia, Providencia, Región Metropolitana, ChileLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share E_RC / MAPAA ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/775670/e-rc-map Clipboard Photographs:  Nico Saieh Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeMAPAAOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingRefurbishmentRenovationProvidenciaChilePublished on October 20, 2015Cite: “E_RC / MAPAA” 20 Oct 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Year: center_img Area:  600 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Nico Saieh+ 21 Share 2015 Housing Architects: MAPAA Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” CopyHousing, Renovation•Providencia, Chile ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/775670/e-rc-map Clipboard Photographslast_img read more

Sunshine Beach House / Shaun Lockyer Architects

first_imgArchitects: Shaun Lockyer Architects Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” ArchDaily Sunshine Beach House / Shaun Lockyer Architects Manufacturers: IntergrainSave this picture!© Scott BurrowsRecommended ProductsDoorsVitrocsaGlass Technology in Hotel BeaulacDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumCeramicsApariciPorcelain Tiles – TangoDoorsJansenDoors – Folding and SlidingText description provided by the architects. The Sunshine Beach House explores the coastal aesthetic through the use of greying timbers and natural materials in a bold, but equally eclectic, architectural expression. The formal expression of the home is defined by a timber skin of Australian hardwoods that mirrors the irregular shape of the site in plan form. This skin vacillates between permeability and solidity in its function and associated construction. The base of the house is grounded with the use of stone offering a resonant juxtaposition to the ephemeral top.Save this picture!© Scott BurrowsSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Scott BurrowsThe house is planned around a sequence of courtyards (north and south) that offer a very comfortable year-round lifestyle and deal with seasonal change. A large centrally located void punctuates the internal space and brings light deep into the home.Save this picture!© Scott BurrowsSave this picture!First Floor PlanSave this picture!© Scott BurrowsBuilt by Wade and Claire Jenner, who are both friends of the architects and the builders of the home. This relationship afforded us a wonderful opportunity to develop and craft ideas on the project what we had been considering for a long time (with someone who trusted us enough to make them real).Save this picture!© Scott BurrowsProject gallerySee allShow lessBlack Box House / TAKATINA LLCSelected ProjectsNew Scotland Yard / Allford Hall Monaghan MorrisSelected Projects Share Houses “COPY” Year:  CopyAbout this officeShaun Lockyer ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAustraliaPublished on April 11, 2017Cite: “Sunshine Beach House / Shaun Lockyer Architects” 11 Apr 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abrasion ResistantPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceCarpetsB&B ItaliaCarpet – TwistBeams / PillarsLunawoodThermowood Frames and BearersMembranesEffisusHow to use Fire Protection MembranesSoftware / CoursesSculptformSpecification Tool – Price and Spec AppFittingsHOPPEFloor Spring – AR2950DoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodViroc Nature for False Ceilings and FlooringFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Textured PanelAcousticConwedAcoustic Panels – Eurospan®More 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 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/868292/sunshine-beach-house-shaun-lockyer-architects Clipboard CopyHouses•Australiacenter_img Australia ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/868292/sunshine-beach-house-shaun-lockyer-architects Clipboard Save this picture!© Scott Burrows+ 27 Share 2015 Projects Area:  290 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Photographs:  Scott Burrows Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Sunshine Beach House / Shaun Lockyer ArchitectsSave this projectSaveSunshine Beach House / Shaun Lockyer Architectslast_img read more

Saudi oil and U.S. hypocrisy

first_imgFew events expose the utter hypocrisy of U.S. politicians’ grand words about democracy so starkly as their praise for the recently deceased King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. For decades U.S. imperialism and all the imperialist powers have given political, military and diplomatic support to the corrupt feudal family that rules Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest exporter of oil.Heads of state abruptly changed plans and rushed to Riyadh to greet the 79-year-old new ruler King Salman. President Obama, British Prime Minister Cameron accompanied by Prince Charles, French President Hollande, Afghanistan President Ghani, Spain’s King Felipe VI, Turkish President Erdogan and Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif were all anxious to be assured of the regime’s continuation.Saudi Arabia is an absolute and brutal dictatorship. The country is named after the royal Saud family that has expropriated the country’s fabulous oil wealth, and treats it as a wholly owned family asset. Their control is maintained by massive state-organized repression. All forms of political dissent and social organization, from political parties to trade unions, are banned under pain of death.Executions by decapitation in public squares are held on average once every four days. Capital crimes include adultery, homosexuality and political opposition to the regime. Public stonings are also a common form of execution. Other punishments include eye gouging, limb amputation, tooth extraction, surgical paralysis and public lashings.Wealth and povertyGovernment departments are treated as fiefdoms. Their enormous budgets are unaudited and at the family’s personal disposal. Personal and state funds are completely commingled. All family members are guaranteed astronomical monthly allowances from birth, the amount depending on their proximity to the king’s inner circle. The Saud family, with almost 4,000 members, extends privileges up to 30,000 others related by marriage.The cabinet is made up of Saud family members. The key ministries — interior, foreign affairs, the military commands, National Guard and regional governorships — are held exclusively by family members.The government does not gather data on poverty, literacy, unemployment or health coverage. However, the Saudi newspaper Okaz reported in July 2012 that 60 percent of the population lived below the poverty line.A third of the country’s population of 27 million are immigrants with no rights, no status and no social benefits, who make up 80 percent of the work force.Saudi unemployment is estimated at 10 percent by the CIA World Factbook, but 28 percent among young men aged 15 to 24, who lack needed skills. Women are not considered part of the work force.Women enslavedWomen in Saudi Arabia have the lowest literacy in the region. More than 1.5 million migrant women work in domestic slavery. A 2012 report from the International Trade Union Confederation on workers’ rights in Saudi Arabia reported alarming levels of child labor, discrimination and forced labor.All women, regardless of their class position, have no rights to employment, property or education. They cannot step one foot out of their homes unless covered head to toe in a long black abaya and accompanied by a male family member.Women in powerful positions in the West ignore the reality of Saudi women. For example, Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, hailed King Abdullah as “a strong advocate for women.” (Washington Post, Jan. 23) U.N. World Food Program Executive Director Ertharin Cousin praised King Abdullah: “He was a true humanitarian leader, always on the side of the world’s hungry poor.” (www.un.org, Jan 23)U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon joined in the imperialist outpouring of praise, expressing in the same statement his gratitude for the king’s “generous humanitarian and developmental support” throughout the Middle East.Because Wall Street, U.S. oil corporations, military industries and banks reap such enormous profits from this gang of thieves, they have done everything possible to arm, train and reinforce the Saudi military. The role of the corporate media is to provide a veneer of respectability to this family of looters.This narrow ruling elite relies on five U.S. military bases, Western arms and military training for its protection and survival. The U.S. Fifth Fleet, based in nearby Bahrain, defends the status quo with aircraft carriers, 20 ships, nuclear submarines, 103 strike aircraft and 20,000 sailors and marines.In return, the Saudi royal family pays protection money to U.S. military industries like Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and Boeing. Billions also go to British, French and German military corporations. The Saudi military budget in 2013 was $67 billion, the fourth largest in the world, after the U.S., China and Russia.Saudi spending on weapons comes to 9.3 percent of its gross national product,  the highest in the world. The economy is the least diversified of any oil-producing country, with more than 90 percent of its export earnings coming from oil. Virtually everything else must be imported.Until the 1970s, four U.S. companies were the sole owners of Saudi oil —  free and clear of taxes and duties. As revolutionary upheavals in the region led many countries to demand full control of their resources, Saudi oil was carefully nationalized into a conglomerate called Aramco. Exploration, drilling, pumping, transport and the building of pipelines, ports and terminals were all structured to return maximum profits to U.S. corporations. While the Saud family can take immense wealth for themselves, the vast majority of these funds must be held in U.S. banks or be used to purchase U.S. materials.Contras and terror militiasThis opaque, unaudited economy makes Saudi Arabia a perfect conduit and funding source for U.S. wars, military adventures and secret agencies. At the same time, the U.S. State Department can claim that it knows nothing about who is funding terrorist militias — from the Nicaraguan contras in 1983 to ISIS in 2015.When Congress denied funding for the reactionary contras in the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan covertly arranged for the Saudis to send them weapons to overthrow the Sandinista government in Nicaragua. Saudi money was a key component in the CIA’s war against the progressive Afghan regime that began in 1979. Working with Washington, it has also funded reactionary militias in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon that have metastasized into a viciously sectarian and destabilizing force throughout the Middle East.Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a former Saudi ambassador to Washington from 1983 to 2005, is considered a mastermind of the Saudi terror network. He is now director general of the Saudi Intelligence Agency.Saudi wealth also keeps other military dictatorships in the region afloat. In Egypt, the Saudis provided $1 billion to help General al-Sisi’s coup against the elected Morsi government. After the coup they pledged an immediate $8 billion to stabilize the military regime and have now committed more than $20 billion to maintaining that dictatorship.The continued rule of the House of Saud is based on a thin, corrupt layer of extreme privilege. Dependent on immigrant labor, foreign trainers and technical experts, it is hated by its own people. U.S. imperialism has staked its continued domination of the region on a detested and narrow grouping that lacks popular support or legitimacy.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Liars and criminals — a U.S. gang of seven assaults Venezuela

first_imgIn the early 1960s, a group of top officials in the John Kennedy administration — known as the “whiz kids” for their alleged sterling performance at university, as industrial officers or U.S. officials — escalated Washington’s war of aggression against Vietnam. New York Times reporter David Halberstam in his 1972 book, “The Best and the Brightest” — a title he meant to be ironic — described how the whiz kids overestimated the capability of the U.S. while underestimating the Vietnamese and their leadership.Now, nearly 60 years later, another group of U.S. top officials is leading the charge of a new reactionary crusade. No one would call them the best or brightest, even with irony.Oil tanks of the national-owned Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. emblazoned with the words, “Homeland, socialism or death.”These seven officials are waging aggression with far less cover than is usual. They have openly stated their goal: to conquer Venezuela and seize its resources, especially its oil and gold reserves, and also re-establish complete U.S. domination of the Western Hemisphere by overthrowing the governments in Cuba and Nicaragua.Far from whiz kids, they are individuals whose main and often only qualification is their willingness to tell the most outrageous lies and commit the most heinous of crimes to achieve their reactionary and anti-people goals. They are the bottom feeders in the cesspool of imperialist officials. These criminals include:National Security Advisor John Bolton, who constantly agitates for war against Iran, threatens the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea with annihilation and is a perpetual warmonger.Elliott Abrams, the special envoy overseeing policy for Venezuela, who they had to drag up from the Mariana Trench of the cesspool. Abrams’ record dates from the 1980s when he armed the “contras” against Nicaragua and put the genocidal Rios Montt regime in power in Guatemala. Abrams was even convicted of lying to the U.S. Congress, only to be pardoned by President George H.W. Bush.Senator Marco Rubio from Florida, whose personal history and beliefs coincide with political expediency to put him on the side of Cuban, Nicaraguan and Venezuelan exiles. These former oligarchs, capitalists and their hangers-on now inhabit Rubio’s state.Mike Pence, the evangelical, anti-woman, anti-LGBTQ U.S. vice president, who telephoned orders to Juan Guaidó to announce the following day, Jan. 23, that he was Venezuela’s “interim president.”Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — a former CIA head — and Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin also announced their intention to mobilize every Latin American puppet and European junior imperialist partner as they attempt to blockade Venezuela and steal its property.Trump himself makes his hatred of everyone south of the U.S. border (except for his lackies) emphatic every time he tweets. One wonders if his “advisers” have convinced him that he will be welcomed in Caracas to throw paper towels to cheering crowds, as he did in hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico.No less dangerous for itAny politically conscious Venezuelan or other Latin American will easily recognize this U.S. gang as enemies of their people. This gang of seven may be less skilled at carrying off an intervention, which in the end can be defeated. The gang’s incompetence and congenital underestimation of the masses, however, does not automatically mean less harm to the people of Bolivarian Venezuela or to all of the Americas.The Democratic Party leadership here, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, etc., who know full well the sordid political record of the Trump gang described above, nevertheless support U.S. intervention against Venezuela. (See tinyurl.com/yx9xr2o3) All the more reason for those inside the U.S. who want to defend Venezuela from these criminals to recognize the massive distrust of the Trump administration and mobilize against U.S. intervention. Demonstrate on the weekend of Feb. 23 in your city. Go to No War on Venezuela! (nowaronvenezuela.org) for actions. Mobilize for a national demonstration in Washington, D.C., on March 16 and another on March 30. And be ready to argue, struggle and win to stop a new calamity.Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro — the real president — warned of a conflict “worse than Vietnam” if the U.S. should invade. That message must be taken seriously.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Everything to know about the National School Walkout on March 14

first_imgGeneva Sands/ABC(PARKLAND, Fla.) — Students, teachers, parents and administrators across the country are invited to take part in a National School Walkout this month in a call on Congress to pass tighter gun control laws.The ENOUGH National School Walkout will be held on March 14, exactly one month after the mass shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 people and sent shock waves across the nation.The event will be at 10 a.m. across every time zone and last 17 minutes, one minute for each of the victims gunned down in the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.The walkout is organized primarily by young people working with Women’s March Youth Empower. Those behind the Women’s March also ran the anti-Trump Women’s March demonstrations in January 2017.Women’s March Youth Coordinator Tabitha St. Bernard Jacobs, one of the few adult allies guiding the students in the youth-led movement, told ABC News that while the walkout was sparked by the Florida school shooting, the event is about calling out gun violence.St. Bernard Jacobs said it is a way to shed light on the type of gun violence that exists not just in schools, but everyday gun violence, like shootings that impact minority communities or devastate cities like Chicago, Illinois.The walkout’s goal is “to demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places of worship,” according to the event website.Over 2,000 walkout events are registered for March 14.Students from New Jersey to California have said they will participate, as well as groups from schools as far as Ireland, Switzerland, Israel and Mexico, according to the event website.How participants spend those 17 minutes of the walkout is up to them, St. Bernard Jacobs said before adding that they encourage whatever is best for each environment.Some people are doing a lie-in, while others are holding rallies, St. Bernard Jacob said.She stressed that this is not a protest against schools; it is a way to encourage school administrators to help students “amplify their voices.”She went on to add, “Some schools are looking to this as an opportunity to really educate their young people about what it means in this moment to be engaged.”The March 14 event is one of many student walkouts erupting throughout the U.S. as a new generation of youth advocates lead a fierce push for gun reform. While many school districts are supportive of the protests, some schools have reportedly threatened to punish students participating in walkouts.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said schools can punish students for missing class for walkouts, but the punishment should only be because students are missing school; it cannot be a harsher punishment because the students participated in a protest.Dozens of colleges and universities have said they won’t penalize applicants who are peaceful student protesters, including Brown University, which posted a note on Twitter.“Applicants to Brown: Expect a socially conscious, intellectually independent campus where freedom of expression is fundamentally important. You can be assured that peaceful, responsible protests against gun violence will not negatively impact decisions on admission to Brown,” Brown University tweeted.“That’s very encouraging,” St. Bernard Jacobs said of the schools supporting students’ decisions to protest gun violence. “This is a moment for youth to find their voice.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Viagra story was a bit of a flop

first_imgViagra story was a bit of a flopOn 21 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today This week’s guru column• Guru has to admit he was well and truly suckered by a recent missive fromthe GMB trade union that was titled Workers down tools at Viagra factory overhard helmets.Such a provocative title, Guru assumed, must have a pretty racy story behindit that would practically go off the scale of his cheeky-ometer.In fact Guru has to report the story failed to perform and related to adispute at one of the sites of pharmaceuticals company Pfizer, the maker ofViagra, over safety rules.Of course there’s nothing wrong with taking precautions, but Guru thinksthis was a pretty limp excuse for such an in-your-face headline, and the wholeexperience left him feeling quite flaccid.Colleagues kick up a stink• Two entries for Guru’s shop-a-minger service, delicately entitled YouStink.First a quick message to an apprentice at Thomas Muckle & Sons(Builders). “Just have a bath will you, you’re asphyxiating people that work withyou. While you’re at it you might try scraping some of that scum off yourteeth.”And I’d clean those clothes up a bit too so that when the tramp youstole them off comes back for them they don’t smell any worse than when he waswearing them. Thanks.”And second, a delightful little story. “Due to an unfortunate misalignment of teeth, an ex-colleague of minehad a mouth like a cement mixer, resulting in churned food always being cakedabout the corners. “People would tactfully turn down going to lunch with her for fear ofvomiting, even though she had a lovely personality.” Charming!Send your personal hygiene howlers to Guru at the e-mail address below.An inconvenient start for initiative• Full marks, in principle, to Tony Blair who last week pitched in with acampaign to promote a better work-life balance.But the campaign got off on the wrong foot when it was announced – at an8.30am breakfast meeting.Perhaps stressed-out parents struggling to get that work-life balance justright had better not hold their breath…Willing to donate the shirt from his back• Above and beyond the call of duty award goes to Lee Courington, a jobadviser at the Hackney branch of recruitment firm Reed.Lee had managed to find an ideal vacancy for Ben Cowan, one of the staff onhis books, as a security manager.The prospective employer offered Ben an interview straight away, but said hewould need to be smartly dressed, and Ben was currently sporting a jeans andT-shirt ensemble.Quick-thinking Lee immediately lent Ben his suit, shirt and shoes to go forthe interview for the job, which Ben promptly got.A heart-warming tale of co-operation to get someone into work, and givenrecent government concern about the use of sometimes exorbitant “temp toperm” fees by recruitment agencies, it’s good to see this example of arecruiter being taken for the shirt off his back by an employee. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Environmental Specialists:  Full-Time and Part-Time

first_imgBard College, a liberal arts college on the Hudson River, is aprivate institution working in the public interest.Employer Website: https://apply.interfolio.com/81028Bard College’s Environmental Services Department is seekingFull-Time Environmental Specialists to assist our core teamin maintaining standards of cleanliness in all areas of thecollege.Bard College’s Environmental Services Department is seekingPart-Time Environmental Specialists for 24/hours a weekincluding weekends to assist our core team in maintaining standardsof cleanliness in all areas of the College.Environmental Specialists will be assigned to any area of theCollege, including dormitories, classrooms, offices, and serviceareas. Successful candidates will be able to read, write, andperform and use simple arithmetic; follow written and verbalinstructions; work independently and as a member of a team.The ideal candidate will have good communication and customerservice skills; the ability to follow instructions, use cleaningmaterials manuals, operate power equipment, and handle sanitizingagents. Ability to work in a team environment and communicate withother employees, faculty, and students in campus community isrequired. Physical effort consists of lifting, pulling or pushingaverage to heavy weights; some work is performed in difficultpositions. Previous experience preferred, but not essential.APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:Please complete the application via Interfolio here: http://apply.interfolio.com/81028. Applicants are welcome to also upload additional documents, suchas a resume or cover letter.Equal Employment Opportunity StatementBard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcomeapplications from those who contribute to our diversity. Allqualified applicants will receive consideration for employmentwithout regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physicaldisability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, nationalorigin, familial status, veteran status, or geneticinformation.Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, andreasonable accommodation for all individuals in employmentpractices, services, programs, and activities.AA/EOElast_img read more