Villa Roling / Paul de Ruiter Architects

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Projects Houses 2006 Villa Roling / Paul de Ruiter Architects Villa Roling / Paul de Ruiter ArchitectsSave this projectSaveVilla Roling / Paul de Ruiter Architects ArchDaily “COPY” “COPY” Text description provided by the architects. The clients of villa Röling are passionate art collectors. They love to be surrounded by works of art. Therefore their main wish regarding their new dwelling was that it would do greatest justice to their collection of paintings and sculptures. However, the location of their house, at the edge of the lake Westeinderplas, is so spendid that it was no option to make a closed volume which would have large wall surfaces for hanging on the paintings but would limit the view of the surroundings. The view of the lake and the garden should be maximal. Therefore we decided to design two contrasting volumes, a transparent glass volume overlooking the lake and the garden, and a ´floating´ wooden box on top of it for the works of art. Save this picture!Recommended ProductsDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreIncidence of light The ground floor consists of a series of museumlike ordened spaces, offering varying views of the lake and the surroundings. The overall glass facade folds itself almost invisibly around the spaces and creates a contour which together with the overhanging superstructure alllows for varying incidence of light. At the outside, back from the glass facade, there are cloths which can be pulled up. The cloths not only screen from solar heat, they create a covered and screened off terrace too. Save this picture!Spatial unity The wooden box on top has several big openings in it. In the centre of the house there is an empty space with a skylight and all four facades have a large window. At the two ends of the superstructure are the bedrooms with a maximal view of the surrounding nature. Sunblinds, developed by our own, screen from sunlight and solar heat. The sunblinds, made of horizontal slats, move like shutters. Because they consist of two parts with a bend in the middle, the shutters when opened raise like porches above the glass facade. The paintings and sculptures can be exhibited in the centre of the house around the empty space. The empty space unites spatially ground floor and top floor and the skylight allows daylight to enter both floors.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessAntony House / Fraser Brown MacKenna ArchitectsSelected ProjectsORDOS 100 #12: RSVPArticles Sharecenter_img CopyHouses•Kudelstaart, The Netherlands Architects: Paul de Ruiter Architects Area Area of this architecture project Area:  340 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officePaul de Ruiter ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKudelstaartWoodHousesThe NetherlandsPublished on January 23, 2009Cite: “Villa Roling / Paul de Ruiter Architects” 23 Jan 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in Ned Ludd Public HouseShower ColumnshansgroheOverhead ShowersWindowsKalwall®Kalwall® in Featherstone High SchoolLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxSealantsEffisusBi-adhesive Tape – 2BondDSConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsPlantersJakobGreen Walls – GreenKitUrban ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Benches and Litter Bins in Public Space ImprovementsPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsFreifrauArmchair High – MarlaAcousticBASWA acousticThermal-Acoustic System – BASWA CoreMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Villa Roling / Paul de Ruiter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 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!+ 16 Share The Netherlands Year: last_img read more

Free data analysis offered to two Welsh charities

first_imgFree data analysis offered to two Welsh charities AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Tagged with: data DataKind pro bono Wales / Cymru DataKind UK, the charity that provides pro bono data support to other charities, is offering to help two charities in Wales with a free data analysis over two days.The charity is working on a project with the Office of National Statistics in Newport.It is running a two-day DataDive, or hack day, in Newport in May 2017 at which a team of 20 analysts will work on the charities’ project to produce new insights.The two charities that will be selected to take part need to have good answers to questions such as:• Who is more likely to have a positive outcome in your programme?• Where is there most demand for your services?• What are the emerging issues people need help with?The event is not designed for analysing fundraising data.What does a DataDive look like? Here are some recent examples.Expressions of interest or further enquiries should be sent to Emma Prest, General Manager of DataKind UK, by 17 March 2017. Advertisement  244 total views,  1 views today Howard Lake | 15 March 2017 | News 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 Researching massive growth in giving.  245 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2last_img read more

Strategic Communication professor launches ‘Humans of TCU’

first_imgprintThere are 10,323 stories on campus.That’s how many students are at TCU. However, with such a large student body, it can be easy to get lost in the crowd and miss out on the stories of fellow Horned Frogs. One TCU professor is trying to change that.Associate Professor Dr. Amiso George has started Humans of TCU — a spin-off of the popular blog Humans of New York.Humans of New York (HONY) was launched in 2010 to provide a daily glimpse into the lives of strangers in New York City, according to its website. HONY has over 16 million followers on Facebook, 4.7 million on Instagram and a book that made The New York Times Best Sellers list for 29 consecutive weeks.George said she loves the idea of the stories of ordinary people, and she wanted to incorporate that here at TCU. Seeing faces in a crowd and then later reading about them online puts things into context, she said. TCU is a place where people are able to tell their own stories in their own words, George said.TCU is a place where people are able to tell their own stories in their own words, George said.“We are a Horned Frog Nation,” George said. “We have stories to tell.”And Horned Frogs are telling their stories. The Humans of TCU Facebook page currently features more than 60 stories and has 741 “likes.” The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Linkedin ReddIt George said every story is different, and by not asking the subjects a specific question, it allows for unique responses. She said her advice is: “Stop somebody, start a conversation.”“Let it be something that they tell you,” George said.George said her passion for the initiative led her to implement it into her Strategic Writing course. She said she has her students complete two entries per week for class.Elle Sparks, a student administrator on the project, said she works every day to monitor posts and find content for the page.“We want this page to be a year-round thing where we post even during the breaks,” Sparks said. “That way, it’ll give you an even better idea of what the TCU community looks like, even outside of school.”Meri Terpstra, a student in George’s Strategic Writing course, said the experience has helped her get to know people she otherwise would have missed.“I intentionality try to talk to people who I always see, but never talk to,” Terpstra said. “It’s a good experience because I’m learning so much more about the people I am surrounded by, rather than assuming I know them just because I’ve seen their face before and they go to school with me.”In addition to student stories, George said she plans to expand the project even further than TCU’s campus. She also said it could expand to more platforms beyond Facebook.“We are working on getting more administrators, staff and faculty,” George said. “But even more than that, we’re going to look for TCU alumni around this area and beyond, because it’s about the Horned Frog Nation, regardless of where they are.” Facebook Fort Worth’s top 5 coffee spots Danielle Johnston Danielle Johnston Fort Worth’s top 5 coffee spots Facebook Twitter Danielle Johnston + posts Previous articleBlood drive helps students give back to those in needNext articleShape your yard to expand your wallet Danielle Johnston RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Danielle Johnston Eatzi’s to replace Chilli’s at University Park Village Danielle Johnston Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Four best Christmas tree farms in the Fort Worth area The Humans of TCU Facebook page has more than 770 “likes.” TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summerlast_img read more

Limerick TD calls on Aviva not to load premiums of first…

first_imgWhatsApp Fianna Fail TD Niall CollinsFIRST aid responders who provide life-saving assistance to their communities should not have their insurance premiums hiked with 20 per cent loading.The call for insurers to waive the sharp hike comes from Limerick’s Fianna Fail TD Niall Collins who said that the move is “mean spirited”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Criticising motor insurance companies involved, Deputy Collins said, “It has now come to light that Aviva have started to apply a 20 per cent loading fee on motor insurance policies for volunteers in the Community First Responder Scheme.“This is a very mean-spirited policy. Frankly, it’s deplorable, and demonstrates the dysfunction within the motor insurance industry.”“Every year, nearly 5000 people die from cardiac arrest. Community First responders are often first on the scene, especially in rural counties such as Limerick, where ambulance wait times are often longer than the national average.”“Aviva’s policy will, I’ve no doubt, put people off from getting involved in this life-saving initiative. Great strides have been made in reducing cardiac deaths in Ireland in recent years, and any move that inhibits the number of deaths dropping further should be opposed,” said Collins.“After suffering a serious cardiac arrest, every minute is crucial. It’s a medical fact that a person’s chances of survival without medical aid will diminish with every passing minute. Community First Responders help save lives right across the country on a daily basis.”Deputy Collins has immediately called on Aviva to amend their position.“Community First Responders must abide by the rules of the road like everyone else, so I just can’t see the logic in Aviva’s actions. Along with my party colleagues, I will be pushing for Fianna Fáil to bring forward proposals to prevent unfair loading on motor premiums for first responder volunteers,” concluded the Limerick TD.Aviva did not respond to media queries at the time of going to press. Linkedin Advertisement Twitter Taiwanese Community Donate PPE to Rathfredagh Cheshire Home RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Collins confirms €390k from third tranche of COVID-19 Stability Funding Previous articleKing’s Island Race gives the gandelow international potentialNext article#WATCH Limerick pips Dublin to land 134 Trusource Labs jobs Staff Reporter center_img Print TAGSAvivainsuranceniall collins Email Minister Collins welcomes €418,662 in Limerick outdoor funding Collins welcomes his appointment as Minister of State NewsLimerick TD calls on Aviva not to load premiums of first aidersBy Staff Reporter – October 10, 2016 558 Limerick TD says GLAS payments welcome but ‘much more action’ needed to support Agri-sector Insurance costs put big strain on businesslast_img read more

Industry Representatives Urge Congress to Pass COVID-19 Relief

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Industry Representatives Urge Congress to Pass COVID-19 Relief About Author: Christina Hughes Babb October 2, 2020 1,046 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Industry Representatives Urge Congress to Pass COVID-19 Relief Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post The House passed a $2.2 trillion COVID-19-relief bill Thursday, but that reportedly is unlikely to move through the Republican-led Senate. As negotiations continue, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) are among housing-industry professionals urging the White House and Republican and Democratic leaders to, as the association puts it in a statement, “move swiftly to advance a bill that will provide relief to American home owners and renters, create a streamlined, simplified forgiveness process for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, and provide state and local home builders associations (HBAs) access to PPP loans.”In a letter sent to said leaders, the NAHB promised that housing will create jobs and lead the economy forward, but can only do so if relief-geared legislation is put into place, specifically, laws to “help struggling renters with dedicated rental assistance; legislation that provides relief for small businesses from burdensome loan forgiveness requirements; and action that assists HBAs that have largely been excluded from previous relief measures. “NAHB asked for “immediate emergency rental assistance to prevent a massive housing crisis,” noting that eviction moratoriums though the end of the year do not exclude tenants back-rent payments, which, in cases date back to March.“Emergency rental assistance will provide a solution for residents and housing providers alike, and is necessary to help those with financial hardships, without undermining the stability of the housing market and the financial health of our communities,” NAHB’s letter to lawmakers stated.NAHB also called on Congress to make the PPP loan forgiveness process simpler, “to ensure small businesses can focus their time, energy, and resources back into their business and communities instead of allocating significant time and resources into completing complex forgiveness forms.”NAHB reportedly is “pleased that House and Senate leadership recognize the important need for 501(c)(6) organizations (that include state and local HBAs) to access small business loans under the PPP by including this provision in both the HEALS Act and the HEROES Act.”“It is critically important that these non-profits receive the help they so desperately need in the next COVID-19 recovery package,” NAHB told lawmakers. “We strongly urge Congress to work in a bipartisan fashion to pass COVID recovery legislation without delay.” Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly,, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. 2020-10-02 Christina Hughes Babb in Daily Dose, Featured, News Previous: High Unemployment Hasn’t Curbed ‘Robust’ Housing Market Next: MBS Performance at Five-Year Low Share 1Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

Right To Freedom Of Expression Is The Lifeblood Of A Genuine Constitutional Democracy: South Africa Constitutional Court Reads Down Its Riotous Assemblies Act

first_imgForeign/InternationalRight To Freedom Of Expression Is The Lifeblood Of A Genuine Constitutional Democracy: South Africa Constitutional Court Reads Down Its Riotous Assemblies Act LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK30 Nov 2020 4:01 AMShare This – xThe Constitutional Court of South Africa has held that the section 18(2)(b) of the Riotous Assemblies Act is unconstitutional to the extent that it criminalises the incitement of another to commit “any offence”.We should always lean in favour of respecting, protecting and promoting [ the fundamental] rights rather than settle for the easy and more deleterious option of taking them away, the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Constitutional Court of South Africa has held that the section 18(2)(b) of the Riotous Assemblies Act is unconstitutional to the extent that it criminalises the incitement of another to commit “any offence”.We should always lean in favour of respecting, protecting and promoting [ the fundamental] rights rather than settle for the easy and more deleterious option of taking them away, the court observed.As per Section 18(2), any person who incites, instigates, commands, or procures any other person to commit, any offence whether at common law or against a statute or a statutory regulation, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to the punishment to which a person convicted of actually committing that offence would be liable.The court (majority 7:3) observed that, to bring the provision within constitutionally-permissible range, the term “serious” must be inserted between “any” and “offence”.Julius Sello Malema, the President of a political party known as the Economic Freedom Fighters, was charged under this provision alleging that he incited EFF members and other persons to commit an offence of occupying land registered in the names of others without lawful permission or lawful reason. Allowing the petition filed by him challenging the constitutional validity of this provision, the High Court held that the Riotous Assemblies Act actively criminalises conduct that is otherwise protected by section 16(1) of the Constitution and thus limits the right to freedom of expression. Section 16(1) of the Constitution provides that (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes— (a) freedom of the press and other media; (b) freedom to receive or impart information or ideas; (c) freedom of artistic creativity; and (d) academic freedom and freedom of scientific research. Sub Section (2) clarifies that the right in subsection (1) does not extend to— (a) propaganda for war; (b) incitement of imminent violence; or (c) advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, and that constitute incitement to cause harm. In its order confirming the High Court’s judgment, the Chief Justice Mogoeng observed:”It is no exaggeration to characterize the right to freedom of expression as the lifeblood of a genuine constitutional democracy that keeps it fairly vibrant, stable and peaceful. When citizens are very angry or frustrated, it serves as the virtual exhaust pipe through which even the most venomous of toxicities within may be let out to help them calm down, heal, focus and move on. More importantly, free expression is an indispensable facilitator of a vigorous and necessary exchange of ideas and accountability.The court noted that the Section 18(2)(b) of the Riotous Assemblies Act criminalises incitement to commit “any offence”. The court said:”The criminalisation of “incitement” of “any offence” by section 18(2)(b) is a limitation so “widely-phrased and so far-reaching that it would be difficult to know beforehand what is really prohibited or permitted”. “Any offence” is therefore unquestionably overbroad and its inhibition of free expression is markedly disproportionate to its conceivable benefit to society. And there is no need for this. Not only would confining the proscription of incitement to serious offences promote or be respectful of free expression, but it would also enhance crime prevention in a more meaningful way. That would constitute a less restrictive means. It would also avert the dangers of a prohibition which makes very substantial inroads into the free expression domain and carries a criminal sanction with all its chilling consequences.””Citizens ought to enjoy the liberty to express themselves in support of or opposition to anything or any law, obviously within the confines of the overall thrust of section 16(1) of the Constitution. Speaking out or advocacy against laws or offences believed to be unjust ought not to be easily proscribed by statute. And so is encouraging, not forcing, others to defy them. Allowing that expression would then leave it open to individuals to make up their own minds – to follow or reject the incitement – in line with their constitutional right to freedom of “thought” and “opinion”. The exercise of that freedom would then inform their own response to what they are being incited to say or do.”Therefore, the court suspended the operation of this provision for a period of 24 months from the date of the handing down of this judgment to enable Parliament to rectify the constitutional defect. In the interregnum, the court read down the provision as follows: The criminalisation of incitement to commit “any offence” overshoots the mark of crime prevention that is free expression sensitive. To ensure that section 18(2)(b)  shoots within the confines of a constitutionally-permissible range, and thus constitutes a less restrictive means of limiting free expression, “serious” is the word that must be inserted between “any” and “offence”. And the insertion of “serious” would serve the purpose of constraining the over breadth in the interim.”””We need the “umbrella” of the crime of incitement in the storm of rampant crime in our country. There are adequate checks and balances to guard against its misuse. And in my view, it passes constitutional muster as it satisfies the stringent test set in section 36(1).” , Justice Majiedt said in his dissenting opinion.Some important observations made in the Judgment on Right To Free Expression Case: ECONOMIC FREEDOM FIGHTERS vs. MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND CORRECTIONAL SERVICES [CCT 201/19]Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead JudgmentSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Head named 2012 National Heritage Fellow

first_img By Jaine Treadwell Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson This year, 200 nominations were reviewed for the nine fellowships. The ratio of winners to nominees indicates the select nature of this national honor.Head, a Troy native, was recognized as a traditional arts advocate. For the first time ever, the NEA recognized a director of a state arts agency for his work in promoting the importance of the folk and traditional arts in defining and giving life to a community.Head said that he was flattered and honored that the NEA would think him worthy of recognition as a National Heritage Fellow. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “Most of the credit for anything that I have been able to do, goes to the other folks who do such a good job,” Head said. “The best and smartest thing that I have ever done is surround myself with extremely capable and creative people.”Head said that he is proud to be home in Alabama and working with “truly remarkable” people who are dedicated to the arts and to the preservation of the folk and traditional arts, which hold a special place in his heart.Mack Gibson, chair of the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center, said that he knows of no one more deserving of the honor of a National Heritage Fellow than Head.“Al Head has been a superb leader of the arts in Alabama,” Gibson said. “He has moved Alabama ahead of many states in the arts, especially the folk and traditional arts. He has been a great friend to the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center and to the entire state. This recognition is well deserved – totally deserved.”Brundidge Mayor Jimmy Ramage also congratulated Head and said that the city has benefited greatly from the support of the state council on the arts.“The folklife presentations at the We Piddle Around Theater here in Brundidge have been supported from day one by the state arts council,” Ramage said. “These folklife presentations bring much positive recognition to our city and also provide many opportunities for our people. We have the leadership of Al Head to thank.”Head is the only state arts director to start folk arts programs in three states – Florida, Louisiana and Alabama.He earned his undergraduate degree from Troy University, where he was quarterback on the Trojans 1968 NAIA national championship football team. He received his master’s degree from Auburn University at Montgomery.In 1974, he received an NEA fellowship to attend Harvard’s Arts Administration Institute. He served as executive director at the Stephen Foster Folklife Center (1975-77) and the Louisiana Division of the Arts (1977-85) before becoming executive director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts.Head also served two terms on the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies board and, in 1998, NASSA presented him with the Gary Young Award for his leadership and achievements in promoting the arts nationally.Head has also served as a member of the South Arts board for 35 years, presiding as its chair 1983-85.Peggy Bulger, a former director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, described Head as “one of the most important pioneers in arts administration to recognize and embrace the folk and traditional arts.”Head and the other eight 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships awardees will be honored in Washington, DC, in October for a series of events including an awards presentation and banquet at the Library of Congress. Published 10:50 pm Wednesday, June 20, 2012center_img Skip Print Article Latest Stories “The recognition is a tribute to a lot of good work going on in the traditional arts in Alabama,” Head said. “In looking back over the 40 years that I have been working with state arts programs, in Florida, Louisiana and Alabama, I have known and worked with a lot of special folks – talented and creative people – who have been dedicated to the preservation of the folk and traditional arts.”Head paid tribute to Bess Lomax Hawes, an American folk musician, folklorist and researcher. Hawes was the first director of the Folk and Traditional Arts Program at the NEA and created the National Heritage Fellowship.“I knew Beth Hawes and she was an incredibly special and remarkable person,” Head said. “To receive an award in her name is very meaningful.”Head said that, over the years, he has been accompanied by some really outstanding folklorists and professional people in Florida, Louisianna and, especially, in Alabama. You Might Like Artistic endeavors PLAS hosts summer art camp to boost creativity By Tyler Spivey Some Pike County kids are taking time out for… read more Email the author Al Head, executive director of the Alabama State Council on the Arts, has been named a recipient of one of the National Endowment for the Arts 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships.Head received the Bess Lomax Hawes fellowship award, which recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage.The National Heritage Fellows recognizes folk and traditional artists for their artistic excellence and efforts to conserve America’s culture for future generations. The fellowships are the nation’s highest honor in the folk and traditional arts and include a one-time award of $25,000. Head named 2012 National Heritage Fellowlast_img read more

Florida prosecutor aimed to prosecute Jeffrey Epstein to ‘fullest extent of the law’: Lawyer

first_imgDNY59/iStock(NEW YORK) — A federal prosecutor in Florida who served more than a decade ago as the lead prosecutor during in an expansive federal investigation of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex crimes against children is confident that an ongoing internal investigation will reveal her efforts to prosecute Epstein “to the fullest extent of the law and to accord his victims their rights under the law,” her attorney told ABC News on Thursday. Earlier this year, the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility opened a probe into the handling of the case amid renewed scrutiny of the plea deal Epstein reached with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami in 2007, led by then-U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta. A non-prosecution agreement allowed Epstein, who was recently indicted on sex trafficking charges in New York, to plead guilty to two state charges and avoid federal charges for an allegedly broad pattern of similar sexual misconduct. He would serve just 13 months of an 18-month sentence in county jail in Florida.Assistant U.S. Attorney A. Marie Villafaña, who plans to leave her position with the Department of Justice after 18 years for a supervisory post in another government agency, is eager for the public to review the internal investigation’s findings, said her attorney, Jonathan Biran of the Tennessee-based law firm Baker Donelson, in a statement.“We hope and expect that the Department will publicly release its report concerning the Epstein investigation,” Biran said. “Ms. Villafaña looks forward to the day when the public will fully understand her role and that of her superiors in the Epstein investigation.”Villafaña’s superior during the Epstein investigation was Acosta, who recently resigned as President Donald Trump’s Labor Secretary after facing questions about his role in the much-criticized plea deal. Earlier this year, a federal judge in Florida ruled that Acosta’s office had violated the rights of Epstein’s alleged victims for failing to confer with them in advance of the signing of the non-prosecution agreement with Epstein.In a press conference prior to his resignation, Acosta defended the deal, saying he believes he and his office “proceeded appropriately.”“The goal here was straightforward,” Acosta said. “Put Epstein behind bars, ensure he registered as a sexual offender, provide victims with a means to seek restitution, and protect the public by putting them on notice that a sexual predator was within their midst.”Yet, even as Villafaña’s role in the case has come under scrutiny, advocates for Epstein’s alleged victims have publicly defended her.Brad Edwards, a Fort Lauderdale attorney who represents a number of Epstein’s alleged victims in a lawsuit against the DOJ challenging the Epstein deal, told ABC News in an interview that Villafaña appeared determined to prosecute Epstein and others who may have facilitated his alleged crimes.She was “putting together a solid prosecution,” he said, that included a 53-page draft indictment and an 82-page prosecution memo.“In the end,” Edwards told ABC News, “[she] was carrying out directives from levels above her.”Villafaña has to date declined to speak publicly on her own behalf, even as she has faced public criticism.She respects the rules “regarding refraining from commenting on ongoing litigation,” her attorney said, contending that there are specific pieces of evidence that she believes would cast her role in a new light.“She also has respected the Office’s decision to assert the attorney-client privilege, the executive privilege, and the Privacy Act, which have prohibited the disclosure of internal communications showing Ms. Villafaña’s efforts to prosecute Jeffrey Epstein to the fullest extent of the law and to accord his victims their rights under the law, as well as providing them with support and compassion,” Biran said in the statement.“Ms. Villafaña is confident that, when DOJ’s internal investigation has been concluded, the Department will find that she acted properly in all respects as the lead prosecutor in the federal investigation of Jeffrey Epstein,” the statement added.The date of Villafaña’s departure has not yet been determined, but Biran said that her transfer out of the Department of Justice is unrelated to the controversy over the Epstein ordeal.“This change has been in the works for many months,” Biran said. “It has nothing to do with the Epstein investigation. Nobody at the U.S. Attorney’s Office has asked AUSA Villafaña to resign; to the contrary, her superiors have asked Ms. Villafaña to stay on.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Old Settler’s Music Festival Announces Full 2019 Lineup: Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, Brandi Carlile, Galactic, More

first_imgThis spring’s edition of the Old Settler’s Music Festival is set to take place in Tilmon, TX from April 11th-14th, 2019. The 32nd-annual event’s lineup features headlining performances from Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit (acoustic), Brandi Carlile, and Paul Thorn.The Del McCoury Band, Galactic, Samantha Fish, Mandolin Orange, Amanda Shires, James Hunter Six, Black Pumas, John Moreland, Shinyribs, Robert Ellis, The Last Bandoleros, Hayes Carll, Wild Child, Penny and Sparrow, The Lone Bellow (Trio), Los Legends feat. Flaco Jimenez, Augie Meyers, Rick Trevino, y Amigos, The Steeldrivers, Wood & Wire, Paul Cauthen, Sarah Grace & The Soul, Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons, Jeff Plankenhorn, Ley Lina, Ida Mae, Sunday Surprise, South Austin Jug Band, Jaimee Harris, Mipso, and Feeding Leroy round out the folk and Americana festival’s diverse lineup.With a diverse group of activities for all festival-goers, Old Settler’s Music Festival will again offer camping (which often includes impromptu jam sessions); Camp ShhhTimes, a completely unplugged late-night listening area; a youth talent competition; a juried arts and crafts fair; and many kid-friendly activities.Tickets for 2019’s Old Settler’s Music Festival are on sale now here.For more information, head to Old Settler’s website.last_img read more