Lords’ report looks to open new fronts in the gambling reform debate

first_imgHowever, last week’s follow-up, compiled by Nera Economic Consulting on the group’s behalf, certainly ramped up the controversy.  And beyond the lack of permanent leadership at the Commission, and the potential for yet more changes with the minister responsible, the proposals also have the industry to contend with.  He says that while the review of the 2005 Gambling Act is being driven by DCMS, the Department of Health and Social Care and the Department of Education have a significant role to play.  Tags: Peers for Gambling Reform Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Betting and Gaming Council’s response was swift and blunt. The report’s claims were “economically daft”, “fantasy” and the work of “prohibitionists”, according to CEO Michael Dugher.  Further change at DCMS, with John Whittingdale replacing Nigel Huddleston as the minister responsible for gambling, add an additional element of uncertainty. “In other words, there was an eight-year gap between the start of the review and the implementation of the new legislation.  Regulation Whatever the industry’s reaction, this approach could provide a blueprint for its retort. Since the fixed-odds betting terminal fiasco, the BGC has largely succeeded in developing a more effective public affairs strategy. A similar costing of the industry’s jobs, tax creation and positive impact would be hard to ignore, especially considering the reform campaigners’ response to the Peers for Gambling Reform document. “We are still convinced that there’s good evidence suggesting that while the profits of gambling companies will go down, they may still be making a profit,” he says. “There’s no suggestion of wiping out all the profits. That we think [these] will exceed the impact of our reforms. […] It doesn’t include the salaries of executives, because that’s technically counted as an operating cost.” It provided a costing of the reforms proposed in the 2020 report, concluding that measures such as stake limits, affordability checks and a ban on direct sponsorship would reduce industry profits by between £696m and £974m per year.  The report goes on to claim that by reducing gambling harm – and in the process cutting participation – there would be a knock-on effect on other entertainment options – and the economy. This could help create up to 30,000 new jobs, and £400m in employee earnings, it estimates. It makes further bold claims, such as estimating that the cost to the government for treating those suffering from gambling-related harm is between £270m and £1.17bn. All of this is deliberate, Foster explains, in an attempt to widen the debate beyond the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which oversees gambling, to other units of Westminster.  Lords’ report looks to open new fronts in the gambling reform debate “I hope they will be filled as soon as possible so we can get that stability as needed, and the people in post will be able to take action to implement the reforms proposed by Peers for Gambling Reform.” “We’re pretty confident that those reforms will reduce, not stop completely, the level of gambling harm in the country and all of the damage that brings to individuals and society. We wanted to look at the same time at what the economic impact could be, as that inevitably is going to be a factor in the government’s decision as to whether to go ahead with any reforms.” “The whole purpose of doing this report was to give a clear indication as to what would be the likely impact and range of impacts on the introduction of reforms that were covered, at the sort of level that might be determined by the nature of the reforms,” Foster says. “We set out, as it were, headline details of the sort of reforms we want to see.  “For example, in terms of stakes and prizes, speed of play and so on, there’s obviously so much detail to be gone into in terms of where we’ll end up. So in fairness, we’ve given a range to show that if you go to really high levels, this is what the effect would be. What we’re doing is very honestly showing the potential depending on the level government ultimately decides to go.” “We wanted to be open and honest with people,” Foster adds.  While this would be higher than what the report lists as the sector’s overall profit, Peers for Gambling Reform chair Lord Foster is quick to stress that the profit estimates of £697m included in the report only cover Entain, Flutter, Bet365, William Hill and National Lottery operator Camelot. The actual figure for the wider industry, he believes, should be significantly higher.  “But it doesn’t make what we’ve said fantasy,” he argues. “What we’ve said, very simply, is that it’s probably axiomatic that if you are going to put curbs on gambling, the level of profits on the gambling industry will be reduced and the number of jobs in turn may also be reduced.  The peers’ report, Gambling Harm – Time for Action, while containing elements that were not well received by the sector, felt as if it aimed to be less punitive towards the industry and set out a viable blueprint for reducing harm.  “Clearly we hope that is not going to inhibit the Commission from getting on and doing the things they can do within existing legislation,” Foster says. Despite the uncertainty at the regulator, he says senior figures there have assured him that any suggestion that affordability will not be at the forefront of the Commission’s mind are “simply incorrect”.  Who that is may change further, Foster adds, saying a cabinet reshuffle is “very likely before very long”. “Since it is perfectly possible, and the House of Lords report has outlined, there are quite a number of reforms that can be introduced without the need for primary legislation, we will be urging the government to look at those areas, and get on with them rather than waiting for the conclusion of the whole review.” Each set out a blueprint for new restrictions on the sector. These ranged from the extreme (such as the APPG’s call to prohibit in-play betting) to the controversial (the SMF’s £100 soft deposit cap) and provoked strong responses from groups such as the Betting and Gaming Council.  “I am slightly worried that if you look at history, the last major review of gambling was started in 1999,” he says. “The legislation that was eventually put into effect – not just enacted – it didn’t actually come into effect until 2007.  He points to the regulator’s interim comments on its remote customer interaction consultation as giving credence to the claim that the Commission will not be “muzzled” on the issue.  And Foster is also cautiously positive on Neil McArthur’s tenure, in contrast to reform campaigners who have condemned him for being too cosy with the industry and toothless.  Last summer brought a flurry of reports on the gambling industry, and a series of proposals for reform. None of the releases, from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Gambling Related Harm, the Social Markets Foundation (SMF) and Peers for Gambling Reform were welcomed by the industry.  Email Address Whether the report ultimately forms the blueprint for regulatory change, and whether these in turn have the positive knock-on effect on society, remains to be seen. But by modelling the financial impact on various measures, Peers for Gambling Reform has arguably started to move the reform debate beyond simply putting out recommendations without any acknowledgement on the impacts they may have. “Peers for Gambling Reform are not against gambling,” he argues. “However, we do believe, and the research we’ve carried out and the witnesses who testified before the select committee demonstrated very clearly, that significant reforms are needed.  “If we’re going to put curbs in, then it’s because we want to reduce the level of gambling harm that currently exists, so the question then is what is the impact of that change,” he explains. “Not just on the lives of individuals, which is obviously the most important, but to the overall economy.” Regions: UK & Ireland “I’m a little unclear how strongly he’s willing to move at the moment, and we will continue to work with whoever is the minister in charge.” 2nd June 2021 | By Robin Harrison He admits that this may ultimately prompt ministers to shy away from the strictest limits, considering the level of cuts to profits. It’s ultimately a drive to create a degree of parity between online and offline gambling controls, Foster says, but adds that the group recognises “there isn’t a complete similarity between the two”.  Foster is not surprised that Dugher has rubbished the report. He agrees with what the former Labour MP details in his response, that the amounts paid by the gambling industry in tax and number of the jobs the industry creates, are factually correct.  “I think given that there was this sudden ‘waking up’ of the Commission to the need to do much more, it’s a shame that he has gone,” Foster says. “That’s why I am nervous we are in a period of some uncertainty, both in terms of the chief executive and the chairman posts.  “The whole structure of online is different to offline, so we’re not saying there should be exact parity,” he explains. That specific point sets the peers’ group apart from the APPG, which believes that total parity between the channels is the only option.  Should consumer spend shift away from gambling, that money will largely be spent on more labour-intensive industries such as tourism and travel. “That overall has a net positive impact on funding to the Treasury, and additional money to fund research education and treatment.” This may be complicated further by upheaval at the Gambling Commission, in the wake of Neil McArthur’s departure from the CEO role, and the upcoming retirement of its chair, Bill Moyes.  “[It’s] up to Michael to demonstrate what’s actually wrong with the research. It was done by an independent organisation with no influence from us in terms of the way they did it, the conclusions they came to. We’re content that it is a very solid piece of research.” Furthermore, he rejects Dugher’s accusation that the report is the work of “prohibitionists”.  Peers for Gambling Reform aimed to send a message to the UK government that new controls on the industry would actually have a net positive benefit for society. But with the industry already dismissing its claims, how does its chair, Lord Foster of Bath, respond? In Foster’s view, the onus is therefore on the BGC to prove that the peers’ report is indeed fantasy.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter “But equally important will be the Treasury, and to some extent our report was almost focused at the Treasury rather than DCMS, to demonstrate that they should not be alarmed by looking at proposals for reform of gambling.” “People have said he’s perhaps closer to the industry and less likely to be willing to make reforms that are needed,” Foster says of the former culture secretary. “I’ve talked to John Whittingdale about these issues. He’s certainly taking them seriously.  What shape these reforms take, however, should be a matter for government rather than campaigners, the report suggests. Unlike the APPG or SMF, Peers for Gambling Reform does not set out specific recommendations beyond the principle of structural limits such as stake curbs and spin speeds. Instead it models a range of different scenarios, and their impact on staking.  Topics: Legal & compliance Marketing & affiliates Social responsibility Regulation Marketing regulation Sponsorship Problem gambling Responsible gambling Foster does acknowledge the Football Index collapse could lead to further criticism of the ex-CEO – “clearly something very badly went wrong,” he says – but believes the Commission did “move up several notches” in its social responsibility efforts under McArthur’s leadership.  He believes many reforms can be carried out without devising and passing primary legislation, which in turn would avoid a years-long legislative process.  But like the APPG, Peers for Gambling Reform is an advocate of swift action. While the government’s response to the call for evidence on the 2005 Act, launched in December 2020, is not due until the end of the year, Foster believes major changes can be made in the interim.  “We’re content that it is a very solid piece of research,” Foster says of the report. It’s now up to the industry to provide its own. last_img read more

Analysis: What to expect from England under Eddie Jones and Steve Borthwick

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Double act: Eddie Jones and Steve Borthwick in discussions as Saracens back in 2008 “A coach is a servant to the players. We’ve got to ensure that we give the players everything they need to perform well.”Last week, ahead of naming his first England squad on Wednesday, Eddie Jones outlined his philosophy in an interview for the RFU’s website.His tone wasn’t quite tetchy, but there is no doubt that the straight-talking 55 year-old Australian will be doing things his own way.Having dispensed with Stuart Lancaster’s lieutenants, Jones has entrusted scrum matters to highly-rated Ian Peel for the upcoming Six Nations. Paul Gustard will look after defence, bringing proactivity and intensity.Steve Borthwick takes charge of general forward play, continuing a relationship with Jones that stretches back to 2008 when the pair met at Saracens. During the recent World Cup, these two masterminded Japan’s mightily popular campaign.Wonderfully resourceful and diligently organised, the Brave Blossoms were far more effective than the sum of their parts. Of course, Jones and Borthwick tailored tactics to the personnel they had available. Even so, you can expect one or two traits to cross over as they take charge of the world’s largest player base.Set-piece versatilityFormer France international Marc dal Maso engineered huge improvements in Japan’s scrummaging, progress that were apparent at the World Cup.On the other hand, England stalled. The hosts failed to force a steady stream of set-piece penalties and had no contingency. As a result, attacking impetus lapsed.When faced with a more muscular pack, as they were during their opening game against South Africa, Japan simply escaped the scrum as quickly as possible. Take this example:Bound between the left lock and openside flanker Michael Broadhurst, No 8 Hendrik Tui sets up what is known as ‘channel one ball’:A clean, quick strike from hooker Shota Horie means Tui can collect from between his second rows and pass out rapidly:Not only does this decrease the scope for South Africa to pressurise Japan’s scrum, it also establishes a platform for a fast-paced attack.After centre Harumichi Tatekawa carries into midfield, the ball is recycled and Tui follows up to win some easy metres around the fringes before the Springboks can organise themselves:Scrum-half and lynchpin Fumiaki Tanaka then bounces back to the right, where full-back Ayumu Goromaru can slice between Bismarck du Plessis and Lood de Jager, two tight-five forwards:With the likes of Mko Vunipola in superb form, England’s scrum should be strong enough to threaten Six Nations rivals. However, if find themselves under the pump at the scrum or if they feel they can trouble an opponent on first phase via their backline, this is an extremely useful option.Jones is taking it upon himself to oversee attack, which is where we turn next.Phase-play creativityAnother area of weakness for England during the World Cup, and a facet that has let them down against premier nations for the past two seasons, was phase-play. Too often, an attack would fizzle out due to a dearth of ideas.Japan trusted themselves with ball in hand, manipulating gaps and win collisions. In the early stages of their heavy defeat to Scotland, before fatigue set in, they looked dangerous.Watch here as Bath-bound Amanaki Mafi bursts through:This break comes on the third phase following a lineout and offers a great example of intelligent decision-making and energy.The first thing to note is Broadhurst’s line, holding the Scotland defence on the left as Tanaka turns to the right to find Horie.Horie, the kind of ball-playing forward that Jones is likely to favour in his new role, has Mafi to his right and Michael Leitch making up ground to his left:After releasing the ball, Tanaka loops around the pod of three forwards, seemingly ready to take a return pass and link up with teammates further out wide.Turning his back to the Scotland tacklers, Horie keeps up the pretence……but instead slips it to Leitch. An unsuspecting Grant Gilchrist is caught flat-footed……and while Ryan Wilson recovers to down Leitch, Mafi has charged on in support to receive a neat offload:By unbalancing the defence, Japan ensure that their most dangerous carriers have the best chance of making ground. Imagine Billy Vunipola on the end of a similar pattern.The Brave Blossoms also troubled opponents from first phase.Strike movesEngland did enjoy some success over the tournament with set moves, especially when larger runners such as Sam Burgess were deployed as decoys.At 29-22 down with 12 minutes to go against South Africa, Japan executed this:Primarily, the try underlines how well Borthwick had drilled the Japan lineout – something we will reinforce later.Horie hits his jumper perfectly……allowing scrum-half Atsushi Hiwasa to fire out a pass to Tatekawa: The next moments offer us an insight into how Jones might set up his midfield – with two distributors wearing 10 and 12 inside a more direct runner at 13.Tatekawa takes the ball to the line and Male Sa’u cuts an acute angle, stunting the linespeed of the South Africa backline and cuasing indecsion. Tatekawa then hits fly-half Kosei Ono behind Sa’u……who drops off a short inside ball, putting blindside wing Kotaro Matsushima into the gap created Sa’u’s decoy line:The reverse angle shows how the Springbok defence is carved open in the lead up to Goromaru’s finish:From Jones’ chief area of expertise to Borthwick’s, and another source of a Japanese try at the World Cup.Lineout maul precisionAs a player, Borthwick was an unrivalled lineout technician and a stickler for detail. Those qualities underpinned Japan’s approach, as this score against Scotland demonstrates:The movement prior to Horie’s throw is crucial. Japan set up with two lifting pods, one at the front and one at the tail. Justin Ives and Mafi then leave their jumpers, feigning to create a third lifting pod in the middle:However, as Scotland concertina and prepare to launch David Denton to challenge Luke Thompson, Ives arcs around to the tail and intended target Broadhurst:Scotland lifter Alasdair Dickinson finds himself in two minds, drawn towards the front (circled in white) but also wary of the tail:Broadhurst takes unopposed and Leitch comes around from the front, apparently to latch on and set up a conventional maul:Instead, he takes the ball, flanked by prop Keita Inagaki… …and spins off to the left, backing into the Scottish fringe defence to provide the starting point for an entirely separate maul that probes a different angle.Mafi now controls the ball……and Japan form a tight wedge that proves unstoppable:Again, a reverse viewpoint depicts how this quick, coordinated move wreaks havoc:Japan were no less impressive without possession.Turnovers and tacklingAs the man credited with discovering Wallaby great George Smith, Jones values nous at the ruck area and will almost certainly select a specialist groundhog such as Matt Kvesic at openside flanker with Chris Robshaw on the blindside.But he will look to improve breakdown prowess across the board. This textbook pilfer, derailing a Springbok attack, comes from centre Sa’u:Though Japan are in their own 22, they try to capitalise on the turnover by putting width on the ball immediately – once more trusting their handling and ball retention:During the Six Nations, adverse weather conditions may mean a hack downfield is a better option in a similar situation, but the ambition says a lot for how Jones will encourage England to express themselves.As mentioned above, Gustard will ensure systematic tenacity on defence. But Jones will not be too far behind in demanding wholehearted commitment.During his infamous rant in the wake of a heavy loss to the touring French Barbarians in 2012, Jones growled: “If we want to win, we’ve got to be able to physically smash people”.In that respect, Goromaru’s try-saver on Tommy Seymour was another sign of development:Without a cut-out pass from Finn Russell, this is a certain try. Even so, Goromaru’s sheer determination is remarkable. He covers 20 metres before hurling his body at the Glasgow Warriors wing:In the aforementioned RFU interview, Jones declared that becoming “the world’s most dominant team” would be England’s  eventual goal but that victory over Scotland on February 6 was all that was concerning him currently.center_img After teaming up with both Saracens and Japan, Eddie Jones and Steve Borthwick will guide England into the Six Nations. Here are a few things to look out for. He also explained that anyone not selected in his squad, to be announced on Wednesday, will have been omitted because they have not done enough. In two days then, we find out who Jones rates. From there, he and Borthwick go to work.Thanks to World Rugby for the match footage.last_img read more

Southlands Residence / DIALOG

first_imgCopyHouses•Vancouver, Canada 2011 Year:  Year:  ArchDaily Photographs Save this picture!© Kristopher Grunert+ 19 Share Canada Southlands Residence / DIALOG “COPY” Architects: DIALOG Area Area of this architecture project Southlands Residence / DIALOGSave this projectSaveSouthlands Residence / DIALOG Projects Area:  3200 ft² Area:  3200 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2011 “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/397214/southlands-residence-dialog Clipboard photographs:  Kristopher GrunertPhotographs:  Kristopher GrunertSave this picture!© Kristopher GrunertRecommended ProductsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineWoodEGGERLaminatesText description provided by the architects. The Southlands Residence nestles into a mature, heavily vegetated corner site in Vancouver’s historical Dunbar-Southlands neighborhood. A year-round fresh water stream divides the irregularly shaped property as it threads its way below Marine Drive to the south. The lush basin resulting from long-standing environmental forces sets the stage for a dramatic and highly contextual architectural response. The Southlands Residence spans the riparian environment and sets up a circulation sequence that culminates in a grand south facing outdoor ‘room’ on the water’s edge. The design capitalizes on moments of natural splendor in social zones while playfully borrowing from foliage and topography in the creation of private contemplative spaces.Save this picture!© Kristopher GrunertThe house was designed around the structural grid established by an earlier residence. While remnants of original footings and columns remain, the Southlands Residence completely reinterprets the competing notions of privacy and exposure adjacent a well-travelled avenue. Strategically placed concrete fin walls in the landscape, meticulous interior millwork objects, and substantial feature skylights define private living zones on an otherwise open main level. Polished, heated concrete floors run continuously throughout. An exposed wood roof with jewel-like steel connections runs the length of the house, extending generously beyond large expanses of commercial curtain wall glazing. The deep eaves offer protection from glare and direct weather penetration while framing views of the planted basin and maximizing natural illumination. A perimeter network of decks straddles this covered zone, further blurring the line between interior and exterior. Surrounding bamboo, rhododendrons, and Japanese maples become as much a part of the interior living areas as the client’s carefully selected pieces of furniture.Save this picture!© Kristopher GrunertConnection between the main floor and a lower living area brings one of many delightful architectural moments in the form of a highly crafted steel and glass stair. Descending to the more sequestered zone below affords a fleeting glimpse of the creek and navigable landscape beyond. Access to this private outdoor environment is provided on the north side of the house through an integrated garden storage and potting area. This deep threshold contains all the tools required for the client’s landscaping penchant while marking the start of a rich site circulation sequence. A concrete path crosses over the slow moving water and threads south under the sculpted wooden belly of the house. Where previously the landscape had bounded interior volumes, the building skin now frames entry into the luscious outdoor realm. The house fulfills its ambitions as a gateway and the final living space is revealed as the site itself – one level below and a world away.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessShield House / Studio H:TSelected ProjectsMichael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) Chosen as Landscape Architect for Menil Co…Articles Share CopyAbout this officeDIALOGOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesVancouverHousesCanadaPublished on July 09, 2013Cite: “Southlands Residence / DIALOG” 09 Jul 2013. 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 Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/397214/southlands-residence-dialog Clipboardlast_img read more

Fundraising Strategy (CAF/ICFM Fundraising)

first_img Howard Lake | 27 October 2007 | 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  12 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Fundraising Strategy (CAF/ICFM Fundraising)last_img read more

Home Retail Group chooses first group charity partner

first_img  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis British Heart Foundation and Heart Children Ireland have been chosen as the nominated charity partner of Home Retail Group, owner of home and general merchandise retailers Argos and Homebase.Under the two-year campaign ‘keeping hearts beating’, the Group is aiming to raise £2 million when the partnership launches this summer.Argos has already run successful charity of the year partnerships with Help the Hospices and currently with Leukaemia Research, and Homebase is currently partnering with Marie Curie Cancer Care.www.homeretailgroup.com 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. Home Retail Group chooses first group charity partner Tagged with: corporate Howard Lake | 8 May 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Capitalist vultures rip off Puerto Rico

first_imgCapitalist vultures see the wounded country of Puerto Rico as a cash cow and are planning to exploit the awful damages to its people and property from Hurricane Maria for as much profit as they can squeeze out.A case in point is the Wall Street consulting firm of McKinsey & Co., which has a contract to “advise” the government of Puerto Rico on a financial overhaul of its debts.According to an article in the Sept. 26 New York Times, this process “will determine how much money the bankrupt territory’s creditors recoup on their investments. The giant consulting firm has millions of dollars riding on the outcome. The reason: McKinsey owns bonds issued by Puerto Rico.“That creates a potential conflict of interest between McKinsey’s client, which wants to save as much money as possible, and McKinsey itself, which wants to make as much money as possible on the bonds.”Such a relationship during bankruptcy is unethical and illegal. But the U.S. Congress, which for the most part does the bidding of Wall Street, set up a special legal framework in the case of Puerto Rico’s debt. It left out the rules that normally would compel disclosure of a conflict of interest.McKinsey has so far received $50 million in fees for its “advice.” It owns millions more in bonds issued by Puerto Rico, and will press for their payment.Puerto Rico has been a colony of the United States since it was grabbed from Spain in 1898. Countries are taken over and turned into colonies in order to be exploited. Puerto Rico is no exception. It has been exploited by U.S. capitalists — including the banks — for more than a century.Puerto Rico owes the U.S. bankers nothing — not one cent. Especially at such a crucial time for the Puerto Rican people, progressives must demand: Cancel the debts and pay reparations for more than a century of exploitation!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Mumia Abu-Jamal on ‘Radical Politics’

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this The following slightly edited commentary was written by political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and is posted on Prison Radio.Feb. 6 — I’m often amused when I read, hear or see a politician criticize his opponents as “radical.”That’s meant to isolate his opponent as somehow weird.But, guess what?Radicals are as common as crabgrass in U.S. history. That’s because without radicals, how could the nation be born based as it was on militant opposition to British kings?At the time, Europe was dominated by hereditary royalty.And after the U.S. Civil War, the radicals were the Republicans, who opposed slavery and fought for Black votes, while the Democrats were the party of the Ku Klux Klan. So, radicals fought for freedom from kings and from slavery.In 1877, Republican presidential candidate Rutherford Hayes sold out Black Republicans and Black Southerners to allow Democratic ascendancy and political autonomy. The U.S. Army left the South, and Blacks were exposed to white terrorism … again.Radicalism, it seems, only went so far.In the 1960s, Blacks embarked on a radical freedom struggle, North and South. Predictably, they were again betrayed, often by Republican politicians.Radicals like Rev. Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Huey P. Newton and thousands of others fought for Black freedom. Others fought for an end to the Vietnam War.The point?Radicals and revolutionaries fought for freedom from all forms of oppression. And the last I looked, that was a good thing.last_img read more

Review: ‘Captain Marvel’ sparks new wave, face in Marvel Cinematic Universe

first_imgAndrew Van Heusden Facebook + posts ReddIt Listen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 13 Linkedin Listen: Ball Don’t Lie: Parting Shots World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Previous articleReview: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ tells a meandering story with stunning visuals, anime actionNext articleListen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 7 Andrew Van Heusden RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Photo courtesy of IMDb Linkedin Andrew Van Heusdenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/andrew-van-heusden/ Twittercenter_img Listen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 15 – Parts 1 & 2 Listen: Frogflix (Season 2): Episode 14 ReddIt Andrew Van Heusdenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/andrew-van-heusden/ Andrew Van Heusdenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/andrew-van-heusden/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Andrew Van Heusden is a senior journalism and film-television-digital media major from Brighton, Michigan. He is looking forward to being the digital producer this semester for TCU Student Media. He claims to live in Moudy South throughout the weekdays; but if you can’t find him there, then be sure to try the local movie theaters or the Amon G. Carter Stadium. printPhoto courtesy of IMDbBrie Larson, Samuel Jackson and Stan Lee all in one movie means one thing: The Marvel Universe is back, and it is stepping up its game with this fresh origin story. “Captain Marvel”, directed Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, delivers the story of Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), who goes on a mission to save Kree (her species) from an enemy called Skrulls. This mission causes her to get stranded on planet earth, where she discovers secrets of the Skrulls and her own past. Facebook Andrew Van Heusdenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/andrew-van-heusden/ Twitter Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment YouTube ChannelOverall, the film was creative. Fans won’t be disappointed, or at least they shouldn’t be. This movie has been long overdue and steps in the right track. Captain Marvel is likely to be the future face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and this film proves that statement. Samuel L. Jackson ages down to play Nick Fury prior to his reign with the Avengers. His character is such a pleasure that it would have been nice to gain more character development through his interactions with Captain Marvel. Even if we got more of a glimpse of Fury’s past, that would have been satisfactory. The two other strong human characters, Maria (Lashana Lynch) and her daughter, brought a new dynamic and personal growth to Captain Marvel’s character. It would be nice to see them return in “Avengers: Endgame”, as once again, they were great characters who needed more airtime (especially her daughter). The structure of “Captain Marvel” can cause you to be a little lost, since it jumps in time quite a bit. Its structure may be comparable to “Arrival”, but it felt like “Arrival” had a stronger way of exemplifying time and memories. The true hero of the story, however, is Goose. What many earthlings would call a cat turns out to be something a little more than just a friendly pet. Goose should bring a little comic relief to any cat lover, but also proves to be a worthy animal sidekick. Photo courtesy of IMDbVerdict: 8/10Most Avenger fans go into a screening for a good time, and shouldn’t be disappointed with this fun film. While it isn’t deemed the best Marvel movie of all time, it delivers a strong origin story that will definitely play part in the new “Avengers: Endgame” (oh yes, stay for the post-credit scene that may shock you). last_img read more

Limerick city of culture board to advertise for new director

first_imgNewsLimerick city of culture board to advertise for new directorBy Editor – February 28, 2014 648 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April TAGSchief executiveCity of CultureEuropean City of Culturefeaturedfull-imageMike FitzpatrickMusic Limerick WhatsApp Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Email Facebook Print Twittercenter_img Linkedin No vaccines in Limerick yet Previous articleJury to deliberate on house party sex assaultNext articleGardaí unable to find Limerick businessman Editor Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Advertisement First Irish death from Coronavirus City of Culture interim chief executive Mike Fitzpatrick.At its monthly meeting last night, the Limerick City of Culture board finally agreed to advertise the position of Director of City of Culture within the next week. Acting chief executive Mike Fitzpatrick will continue in his role while this process is being finalised.The board also welcomed Limerick City Council’s decision to lead the city’s bid on the pre-selection phase of the European Capital of Culture 2020 designation.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The bid will form part of the legacy programme of Limerick National City of Culture and will involve additional recruitment to work on behalf of Limerick City Council in conjunction with the City of Culture team on the project. Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa

first_img Previous article051419_Wallace_Dunn_JF_03Next articleAshlyn Walker Digital AIM Web Support George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa Twitter Pinterest Facebook TAGS  Facebook Local Newscenter_img WhatsApp Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 WhatsApp Pinterest 2018 – 19 Valedictorian: Morena Leyva. 2018 – 19 Salutatorian: Cesar Montano. 2018 – 19 Top 10 Graduates: Morena Leyva, No. 1; Cesar Montano, No. 2, Emilia Gutierrez, No. 3, Jesus Rodriguez Carrasco, No. 4; Annalisa Iniguez, No. 5; Hailie Zundt, No. 6; Brianna Amparan, No. 7; Sara Bolton, No. 8; Nelson Nabua, No. 9; Auden Salazar, No. 10. National Honor Society Graduating Seniors: Sara Bolton, Emilia Gutierrez, Annalisa Iniguez, Morena Leyva, Cesar Montano, Liette Ruiz, Auden Salazar. National Honor Society Officers: Cesar Montano, president; Jalaya Williams, vice president; Adamary Dominguez, secretary; Carina Granado, treasurer; Saydee Galvan, historian. NTO Superintendent’s Student Advisory (Seniors): Ethan Baeza, Emilia Gutierrez, Auden Salazar, Liette Ruiz. Texas Scholars – 12th Grade: Gabriella Avila, Michael Daniels, Lindsey Greathouse, Emilia Gutierrez, Nichole Hernandez, Annalisa Iniguez, Morena Leyva, Cesar Montano, Diego Ortega, Andrea Ruiz, Hailie Zundt. Senior Class Awards: Ethan Baeza, Mr NTO; Sara Bolton, Miss NTO; Nelson Nabua, Prom King; Cesar Montano, Prom King Court; Auden Salazar, Prom King Court; Emilia Gutierrez, Prom Queen; Sara Bolton, Prom Queen Court; Morena Leyva, Prom Queen Court; Cesar Montano, Most Outstanding; Morena Leyva, Most Outstanding; Lord Simon Cotiamco, Best Work Ethic; Morena Leyva, Best Work Ethic; Auden Salazar, Best Director; Sara Bolton, Best Director; Brianna Amparan, Most Creative; Abraham Lomeli, Most Creative; Sara Bolton, Best Dressed; Abraham Lomeli, Best Dressed; Lord Simon Cotiamco, Best Fortnite Dancer. National Honor Society – 11th Grade: Adamary Dominguez, Saydee Galvan, Clarissa Garcia, Carina Granado, Mena Kamel, Oliver Martin, Jordan Ortega, Jalaya WIlliams. Texas Scholars – 11th Grade: Sara Carrillo, Alejandro Corona, Adamary Dominguez, Clarissa Garcia, Carina Granado, Daniel Levario, Oliver Martin, Christian Martinez, Jasmine Sotelo, Evalee Steen. NTO Superintendent’s Student Advisory (Juniors): Briana Martinez, Christopher Sparks, Avery Vega, Jalaya Williams. Junior Class Awards: Brock Bizzel, Most Outstanding; Clarissa Garcia, Most Outstanding; Saydee Galvan, Best Work Ethic; Joseph Ramirez, Best Work Ethic; Brock Bizzel, Best Director; Lucia Navarette, Best Director; Gladys Romero, Most Creative; Oliver Martin, Most Creative; Jordan Ortega, Best Dressed; Lucia Navarette, Best Dressed; Brock Bizzel, Best Fortnite Dancer; Marissa Alaniz, Best Fortnite Dancer. Texas Scholars – 10th Grade: Kynedie Allen, Taylor Barringer, Zaira Corrales, David Dilbeck, Breanna Galindo, Jesus Guerra, Noah Heredia, Diana Hernandez, Yashmine Hernandez, Taylor Linder, Jerad Olivera, Brandy Perez, Elizabeth Ramirez, Caytlynn Tutt, Andrea Wall. Junior Class Awards: Adolfo Rodriguez, Most Outstanding; Yashmine Hernandez, Most Outstanding; Arabella Abrera, Best Work Ethic; Dolapo Ogunsola, Best Work Ethic; Andrew Forrester, Best Director; Arabella Abrera, Best Director; Andrea Wall, Most Creative; Amru Ramirez, Most Creative; Emmanuel Garcia, Best Dressed; Brissa Hinojos, Best Dressed; Victor Ramirez, Best Fortnite Dancer; Yashmine Hernandez, Best Fortnite Dancer. Texas Scholars – 9th Grade: Jazmin Alamos, Julian Askenette, Kacey Bethune, Elizabeth Blue, Josiah Borunda, Ignacio Camacho, Mackenzie Campos, Shannon Drake, Naeli Garcia, Lilyanna Guebara, Kendal Guiley, Jessica Hodgins, Alexis Lampton, Amara Machuca-Reyes, Alondra Moreno Chaidez, Ashlynn Nail, Molly Paddock, Justin Pike, Mikaela Sharp, Samantha Simental, Cerissa Soria, Sebastian Tello, Marc Anthony Ureste, Stevie Vore. Freshman Class Awards: Sebastian Tello, Most Outstanding; Gisel Hernandez, Most Outstanding; Sebastian Tello, Best Work Ethic; Isabella Facucci – Dishon, Best Work Ethic; Ty Pitcox, Best Director; Stevie Vore, Best Director; Ivanna Olivas-Perez, Most Creative; Christian Camarena, Most Creative; Shyla Ramirez, Most Creative; Melissa Cardenas, Best Dressed; Jacob Gonzalez, Best Dressed; MacKenzie Campos, Best Fortnite Dancer; Jacob Gonzalez, Best Fortnite Dancer.CLUBS, TEAMS, AND RECOGNITIONS Decathlon Team Captains: Sara Bolton & Clarissa Garcia. Decathlon Team Members: Clarissa Garcia, Sara Bolton, Caylee Hernandez, Gabriella Avila, Jose Ortega, Caleb Shook, Jesus Rodriguez (1st place Interview), Jodn Morales, Andrew Forester. Octathlon Team Members: Chanel Ramos, Andrea Wall, Adrian Casias, Dolapo Ogunsola, Enelicia Rivera, Christian Camarena, Maya Barrios, Angelina McKeon. Conaway Congressional Youth Advisory Council: Michael Christesson, Jodn Morales Gallegos, Malea Grady, Carina Granado, Emilia Gutierrez, Abigail Medina, Dolapo Ogunsola, Chanel Ramos, Yazmin Rodriguez, Caytlynn Tutt. Archery Club members: Cesar Borunda, Brandon Green, Mikaela Sharp. NTO Anchor Club: Simon Cotiamco, president; Nelson Nabua, vice president; Daniel Bustillos, Mayrani Gauna Varela, Emilia Gutierrez, Morena Leyva, Cesar Montano, Jodn Morales Gallegos, Zebastian Munoz, DaJuan Rushin,. Model Organizations of the American States: Ethan Baeza, Sara Bolton, Annaliza Iniguez, Diego Ortega, Chanel Ramos, Andrea Liette Ruiz, Auden Salazar. Gifted and Talented – 9th Grade: Isabel Acosta, Angela Aguirre, Jazmin Alamos, Kali Avila, Emily Banda, Yaretzy Benavides, Elizabeth Blue, Ricardo Camarena, Brandon Carrasco, Imanol Dominguez Navarrete, Isabella Fanucci-Dishon, Amy Galindo, Naeli Garcia, Taisha Garcia, Lilyanna Guebara, Jaden Haynes, Sasha Hernandez, Jessica Hodgins, Madison Houston, Jacob Moss, Abigail Murillo, Ashlynn Nail, Heighlyn Nunez, Shyla Ramirez, Mario Rayos, Sebastian Tello, Alejandro Tercero, Tequila Rose Tolbert, Ana Valadez Rodriguez, Stevie Vore, Samuel Weaks,. Gifted and Talented – 10th Grade: Johnathan Camacho, Jazlynn Ceballos, Jessica Crawford, Jarrod Drinkard, Jabin Duran, Andrew Forester, Breanna Galindo, Emily Gutierrez, Yashmine Hernandez, Mariya Mancha, Nora Martinez, Cooper Maugham, Sopheah Owen, Chanel Ramos, Adolfo Rodriguez, Xavier Sivley, Nathan Sudell, Caytlynn Tutt, Andrea Wall. Gifted and Talented – 11th Grade: Maria Avila, Brock Bizzell, Nicholas Crissinger, Adamary Dominguez, Saydee Galvan, Katherine Mangus, Oliver Martin, Christian Martinez, Jalah Nealy, Jose Ortega, Jose Pintor, Avery Vega, Arwen Weaks. Gifted and Talented – 12th Grade: Brianna Amparan, Alondra Garcia Sanchez, Annalisa Iniguez, Joshua Lopez, Jaden Lujan, Cesar Montano, Diego Ortega, Auden Salazar. NPO News: Ethan Baeza, vice president. Odyssey of the Mind World Finals Team Members: Rebecka Farr, Maria Franco, Gabriela Lopez, Shyla Ramirez, Samuel Weaks. Robotics Team Members: Ricardo Camarena, Michael (Taylor) Christesson, Conway Daniels, Jaden Hayes, Justin Servin, Caleb Shook, Avery Vega, Dylan Quiroz, Hailie Zundt. Rocketry Team Leaders: Sarah Bolton, Michael Christesson. Rocketry Team Members: Crystal Armendariz, Marcos Aviles, Daniel Bustillos, Erica Garcia, Lindsey Greathouse, Andrea Martinez, Justin Servin. NASA High School Aerospace Scholars: Freddy Leyva, Oliver Martin, Ricky Pacheco. Senior Capstone Achievement: Brianna Amparan, Crystal Armendariz, Gabriella Avila, Ethan Baeza, Marcus Barriga, Sara Bolton, Daniel Bustillos, Madelyn Canales, Sergio Carrillo, Emelly Chapa, Kayla Childress, Michael Christesson, Abigail Cisneros, Emma Cooksey, Simon Cotiamco, Conway Daniels, Adnan Ertekin, Alondra Garcia, Erica Garcia, Mayrani Gauna Varela, Iram Gonzalez, Lindsey Greathouse, Emilia Gutierrez, Nichole Hernandez, Katelynn Hicks, Danielle Hornbuckle, Annalisa Iniguez, Marlee Kiker, Denisse Levario, Morena Leyva, Abraham Lomeli-Estrada, Joshua Lopez, Jaden Lujan, Carlos Martinez, Cesar Montano, Jodn Morales, Nelson Nabua, Diego Ortega, Caleb Pacheco, Angelly Palomares, Destiny Porter, Dylan Quiroz, Jesus Rodriguez, Andrea Ruiz, Auden Salazar, Ruth Sanchez, Caleb Shook, Asianna Smith, Nadyne Sotelo, Justin Servin, Hailie Zundt,. Student Council Officers: Sara Bolton, president; Clarissa Garcia, vice president; Chanel Ramos, secretary; Giselle Sosa, Treasurer. Writing Center Tutors: Brianna Amparan, Jazzlyn Ceballos, Carina Granado, Annalisa Iniguez, Menatalla Kamel, Oliver Martin, Dolapo Ogunsola Chanel Ramos, Yazmin Rodriguez, Avery Vega, Andrea Wall, Jalaya Williams. Yearbook Officers: Annalisa Iniguez, editor; Emily Gutierrez & Arabella Abrera, design editors. Yearbook Staff members: Taylor Barringer, Michael McNeil, Amru Ramirez, Victor Ramirez, Shelby Ramos, Andrea Wall.AWARDS First in Family Graduate Award: Ethan Baeza, Emma Cooksey, Michael Daniels, Mayrani Gauna Varela, Carlos Martinez, Christopher Ramirez. Business Professionals of America State Competitors: Ethan Baeza, Brock Bizzell, Auden Salazar, Avery Vega. Family, Career & Community Leaders of America: Katelynn Hicks, TAFE State Perfect 100. UIL Awards: Nicholas Crissinger, All-Region Choir, 2nd Alternate Mixed Choir; Anjelica Garza, 6th chair Freshman All-Region Choir & Alternate in High School All-Region Choir; Madison Houston, Freshman All-Region Band and All-Area Band; Mikaela Sharp, All-Region Choir; Tayler Perez, Sweepstakes UIL Philharmonic Orchestra; Arwen Weaks, All-Region Symphony Orchestra 3rd chair 1st Violin & 1st Division Violin Solo. Extracurricular Awards: Emilia Gutierrez, PHS Swimming Academic Achievement & Most Valuable Female Swimmer;. Community Awards: Alexia Armendariz, $500 1st place award Keep Odessa Beautiful Recycle Fashion Show; Ethan Baeza, United Way Allocation Panel Member; Tayler Perez, 1st Place Teen Dating Violence PSA (Crisis Center).ODESSA COLLEGE CERTIFICATES OF MASTERY/ASSOCIATE DEGREE RECIPIENTS Certificate Recipients from Odessa College: Emma Cooksey, CNA; Nichole Hernandez, CNA; Danielle Hornbuckle, CNA; Angelly Palomares, CNA; Jesus Rodriguez, Pharmacy Technician; Liette Ruiz, Criminal Justice; Nadyne Sotelo, Criminal Justice. Associate Degree: Jodn Morales, Core Completion; Auden Salazar, Core Completion; Liette Ruiz, Associate of Arts.AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE English: Auden Salazar. Faculty Ambassador: Ethan Baeza. Foreign Language: Emilia Gutierrez. Math: Cesar Montano. Science: Morena Leyva. Social Studies: Sara Bolton.last_img read more