Scoa Nigeria Plc ( 2016 Abridged Report

first_imgScoa Nigeria Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2016 abridged results.For more information about Scoa Nigeria Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Scoa Nigeria Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Scoa Nigeria Plc (  2016 abridged results.Company ProfileScoa Nigeria Plc is a conglomerate company in Nigeria specialising in turnkey projects in the technology, infrastructure, farming, water engineering, food technologies and telecommunication sectors. Projects include the supply, construction, installation and maintenance of power generation and air-conditioning systems, home/office systems, security systems, electrical systems and fire prevention/industrial safety systems. Scoa Nigeria Plc distributes and services a range of passenger vehicles, trucks, buses and trailers and provides services for fleet management, trade-ins, vehicle leasing, providing drivers and service and repairs. Turnkey projects in the hospital and healthcare sector includes supplying and servicing hospital equipment and providing medical training services in the area of magnetic resonance, computed topography, cardiovascular, x-rays, radiography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy and cardiac resuscitation. Scoa Nigeria Plc manages centres for physiotherapy and dentistry and a laboratory to diagnose and treat terminal illnesses and heart and neurological diseases. Scoa Nigeria Plc is a subsidiary of Fadoul Group. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Scoa Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Williams returns from injury to face Dragons

first_img Nick Williams returns for the Italian side after a shoulder injury sidelined him for three monthsMore than three months after injuring a shoulder, Nick Williams is ready to come back in the starting lineup named by Aironi to face Newport-Gwent Dragons on Sunday afternoon in Viadana (kick-off at 4,30 in Italy, 3,30 GMT) in round 16 of the RaboDirect PRO12.The New Zealander number 8 played his last match on November 5th when Glasgow won in Viadana. Despite this long period on the side line, the five tries scored by Williams in the seven matches played still make him the leading try scorer of the Italian side. His return gives Aironi more offensive options and also the opportunity to stabilize the pack.There are two changes in the backs after last weeks match in Swansea. Matteo Pratichetti will play on the wing, replacing Giulio Toniolatti who is called by the Azzurri for the RBS Six Nations match in Dublin. At the same time, Roberto Quartaroli returns from the national team to play outside centre alongside Gabriel Pizarro. Alberto Benettin is confirmed at fullback as Sinoti Sinoti (who scored his fourth try of the season against the Ospreys) is on the wing.No changes to either of the halves, where Naas Olivier retains his place at fly-half and scrum-half Tito Tebaldi becomes the first player to reach 40 caps with Aironi. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS VIADANA, ITALY – FEBRUARY 23: Nick Williams of Aironi looks on during an Aironi rugby training session at Lavadera Village on February 23, 2012 in Viadana, Italy. (Photo by Dino Panato/Getty Images for Aironi) It’s not only Nick Williams who returns to boost the pack. Josh Sole is also back at blindside flanker, with Nicola Cattina completing the back row. Joshua Furno and Carlo Del Fava are confirmed in the second row and there are no changes in the front row, with Matias Aguero and Lorenzo Romano props and captain Roberto Santamaria hooking. Starting XV:15 Alberto Benettin14 Matteo Pratichetti13 Roberto Quartaroli12 Gabriel Pizarro11 Sinoti Sinoti10 Naas Olivier9 Tito Tebaldi8 Nick Williams7 Nicola Cattina6 Josh Sole5 Carlo Del Fava4 Joshua Furno3 Lorenzo Romano2 Roberto Santamaria (cap)1 Matias Aguero.Replacements:16 Fabio Ongaro17 Alberto De Marchi18 Salvatore Perugini19 George Biagi20 Filippo Ferrarini21 Tyson Keats22 Emiliano Caffini23 Riccardo Pavan.last_img read more

Are Scotland the new Japan?

first_imgClose call: Tommy Seymour looks relieved but Scotland live to fight another dayEven if many are injury-stricken as a result while Scotland are still at near full strength, Wales, Ireland and the rest will all be accustomed to test-level intensity. Yes there is hope, but there is also ignoring the evidence of our own eyes. We so desperately want this young team to be good and we believe they are, but sadly we’re going to need a little more to go on than that in the knockout stages of a World Cup.Without wishing to come over all Private Frazer, if the performance that every Scotland fan sees this team capable of in his minds eye doesn’t materialise in at least some form next weekend – and for 80 minutes – Australia will quite simply rip us apart. Now they’ve negotiated the Pool stages with a few heart-in-mouth moments, Scotland can approach the Wallabies game with nothing to lose By Rory BaldwinThey say if you’re sitting around a poker table and you can’t tell who the sucker is, it’s you. Looking at the quality of performance that was seen in the last round of Pool matches by those who made it (and some who didn’t), are Scotland the suckers?Let’s be clear, Scotland deserve to be in the quarter-finals, but even the most tartan-tinted spectacle wearer would concede that their presence in the knock-out stages has been reached despite them putting in a complete, or even nearly complete performance.Is there anything in any of our matches to date – dispatching three Tier 2 sides and being hammered by South Africa – that makes us think we could cross the line where Wales failed against Australia? Or that we could cope without our captain and our playmaker and still dispatch France?For us it is now a successful World Cup (unless you are SRU supremo Mark Dodson), but the improvement required from now until Sunday in order to remain ‘in the game’ suddenly looks very tall order indeed.Fan-tastic: The Scottish fans packed out St James’ Park as Newcastle turned into a Scottish fortressCould Scotland profit from being the ‘new Japan’?Being plucky underdogs is where Scotland tend to thrive, and no-one’s going to put us down as favourites to topple the reborn Wallabies. Okay, so we were party-poopers in the end for the Brave Blossoms, but perhaps Scotland can find a way into the hearts of the neutrals that adopted them if they can keep playing an attacking brand of rugby in games where no one gives them a hope in hell of progressing.The problem with that is that we need to actually do that, rather than applying dubious tactics (as seen vs South Africa) or barely turning up at all as we saw in the first half against Samoa. Show a little heart and a willingness to fling it about, and you’ll win the crowd over. Flap around like a fish out of water and the best you’ll get is an ironic cheer when you score that late consolation try.We’ve got a lot going for us on paper Point machine: Greig Laidlaw’s game management has been spot onDespite four good halves of rugby out of eight, Scotland still have players topping the tables at this tournament, not least Greig Laidlaw who has scored the most points (60) in the competition. The Gray brothers are both in the top ten for tackling, and even Ross Ford is in the top five for lineouts won (it’s also pleasing for Glasgow fans to see the departing DTH Van Der Merwe and offl-load champ Leone Nakarawa topping the charts).There are also fewer and fewer debates over positional choices in the team, although the back row blend continues to be a source of concern given Ryan Wilson‘s rush of blood to the head for his yellow card and David Denton carrying less profitably than he did in the warm up games.Greig Laidlaw is Borders born and bred, but the captain aside, it does say something that our two best performers in the group stages have probably been John Hardie and WP Nel, a couple of imports. Laidlaw’s game management has been very savvy, but there are still questions around his speed of service, with many fans left screaming at him to get the ball away from the ruck where Samoa were so effective and Scotland seemed to commit so few players.Pooper await: The dual threat of Michael Hooper and David Pocock await ScotlandThose screams will only become louder when the fearsome Michael Hooper and David Pocock are on the pitch, scavenging for any ball they can get.Time is running outOur continued mantra has been: wait till we click, we’ll give someone a shock. One-hundred cap stalwart Sean Lamont has this week been cautioning against writing Scotland off next weekend, which is the sort of thing we like to hear, even if all evidence appears to the contrary.Although we are back where we want to be as plucky underdogs, the time to build has run out in this tournament. Many teams looked like they hit peak form this weekend past in some terrific test matches.center_img Relief: David Denton and the Scottish team thank the fans after the Samoa game LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Autumn Internationals: The Lions squad for 2017 is shaping up

first_img Any Lions squad member selected in April will have to have multi-faceted skills, one-trick ponies need not apply. Any tourist needs to have talent and resolve in abundance, game intelligence and tactical acumen to think on the hoof when facing the greatest team on earth on the field, and off it, the most partisan rugby public in the game.With a ten game tour, Gatland will need bodies, so I’m plumping for a 37-man squad, replete with a medical staff prepared to work round the clock to keep them functioning. After a fascinating month of Test rugby, in which the Lions were finally given some hope, here’s how the tourists are shaping up…Backs (16)Full back Stuart Hogg (Sco), Leigh Halfpenny (Wal)From being the youngest tourist in 2013, Stuart Hogg will be flying the sole saltire as the Lions last line of defence. With a howitzer of a right boot, deft footballing game and a fleetness of foot that is mesmerizing to watch, his forays from deep will match any of those of the rapier-like Ben Smith. Joining him would be 2013’s Player of the Series, Leigh Halfpenny. The Gorseinon-born kicking metronome is not yet up to full gallop, but his accuracy off the deck still puts him in the world’s top three kicker and he simply has to tour. Mike Brown and Rob Kearney narrowly miss out.Fleet of foot: Stuart Hogg is a brilliant counter-attackerWings Anthony Watson (Eng), George North (Wal), Liam Williams (Wal), Simon Zebo (Ire),If he shows any of the form of the last 18 months, Anthony Watson takes his place on the right flank. Enough of a footballer to be considered as a future full-back, it’s Watson finishing ability, that has plundered 12 tries in 24 games for England, that sees him starting. On the other side is George North. The most potent attacking force in the Northern Hemisphere, North has a quiet Autumn Series in an impotent Wales attack and now has to deal with the latest concussion furore, but his penetration against the All Black last summer and a backline that complements his muscular skills see him inked in. Pushing for places is Williams, who is equally devastating at full-back and Simon Zebo. Both players are rock solid under the high-ball and possess an unpredictability that unsettles the surest of defences.Class act: Despite a quiet Autumn, George North has the potential to hurt the All BlacksMidfield: Robbie Henshaw (Ire), Jonathan Joseph (Eng), Jonathan Davies (Wal), Owen Farell (Eng), Elliot Daly (Eng)All best midfield partnerships strike a balance and possess a nuanced understanding. At inside-centre, Owen Farrell is a certainty. A Test quality fly-half, his improving distribution skills, defensive edge and big game temperament are precious commodities. Alongside him is the rumbustious Robbie Henshaw who adds muscle, defensive tenacity and a creative intent to a midfield likely to be facing Sonny Bill Williams. Pushing them is Jonathan Joseph who has had a superlative Autumn and is rapid enough to play on the wing. The incumbent at 13, Jonathan Davies, while not a his 2013 peak, has the experience staves off the exciting Garry Ringrose. The final part of the midfield jigsaw is Elliot Daly, who can play in a variety of positions, and has the extra faced of a 50-metre plus boot off the deck.Test Match animal: Owen Farrell has the mental toughness to thrive on the Lions tourFly-half: Jonathan Sexton (Ire) George Ford (Eng)Jonny Sexton has had his issues with injury in recent years but his class shone against the All Blacks in Chicago. His game-management, ease barking orders and tacit understanding with Conor Murray see him as favourite to call the shots against the world’s most elusive player, Beauden Barrett. His understudy is George Ford, a brilliant footballer, an intelligent distributor but his Test kicking in a pressure-cooker environment is suspect, so he’d need either Farrell or Halfpenny on the pitch for kicking duties. That players of the quality of Finn Russell, Dan Biggar and Sam Davies are left behind, shows the quality of the competitionThe general: Johnny Sexton is a brilliant distributor of the gameScrum-half: Conor Murray (Ire), Rhys Webb (Wal), Ben Youngs (Eng)If you pick Jonny Sexton at No 10, it makes total sense to pair him with Conor Murray. Murray was the best player grace the turf in Chicago, giving an off-colour Aaron Smith a tortuous time. He is dangerous around the fringes, is a sound decision maker and boast an accurate box kicking game. Rhys Webb, assuming he recovers full from an ankle injury also gave no quarter against Smith in the summer and his truffle-like nose for the try-line and danger around the fringes, see him vying with the dummy-King Ben Youngs, who had a stellar Autumn and toured in 2013 for a bench place. Greig Laidlaw had better keep his phone switched on as first replacement.All-rounder: Conor Murray has the complete package at scrum-half and works well with SextonForwards (21)Back row: Billy Vunipola, Taulupe Faletau, CJ Stander, Sam Warburton, Sean O’Brien, Justin Tipuric, James HaskellAny backrow needs to be better than the sum its parts and work as a unit. At No 8, the Lions have an embarrassment of riches with Billy Vunipola and Taulupe Faletau both in the world-class bracket. Childhood friends, Vunipola is the more powerful carrier of the two and is now an 80-minute player, while Faletau is the more rounded player, slightly quicker over the ground and a better controller of the ball at the base of the scrum. Both are interchangeable, but Vunipola is a bigger impact player, so Faletau starts. On the blindside flank, CJ Stander, the versatile James Haskell, who would be a brilliant tourist, just nudges the luckless Chris Robshaw out of a place. At openside, you have two muscular sevens in Sean O’Brien and 2013’s captain Sam Warburton, both who could easily play at No 6. Warburton needs a run free from injury, but his experience and close relationship with the head coach should see him tour. Then there’s Justin Tipuric who is in the form of his life. Tipuric brings a speed of thought and deed no other backrow possesses and is the perfect foil for Faletau. He’s the man to nullify the livewire Ardie Savea.Ball player: Justin Tipuric is the most skilful forward in the home nationsLocks: Alun Wyn Jones (Wal), Jonny Gray (Sco), Maro Itoje (Eng), George Kruis (Ire) Iain Henderson (Ire)Probably the hardest of positions to choose from. That you can leave Ultan Dillane, Devin Toner, Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes at home is instructive of the quality available. Alun Wyn Jones will be a three-time tourist and is vastly experienced. Jones’ offloading, uncompromising personality and a will-to-win, ensures he captains the side. Alongside him is Maro Itoje. The England lock is a once-in-a-generation player and his ability to steal lineout ball and compete at the breakdown make him a certain starter. Jonny Gray will replace his brother in the Lions squad. A remarkable tackler, he has one of the highest workrates in the Northern Hemisphere. Iain Henderson is another huge man, at 6ft 6in and 19st, who can leave ball-carriers flailing for the full game and gives the Lions an option at No 6. The final lock is George Kruis, who dovetails with Itoje so well.Game changer: Maro Itoje is a once-in-a-generation playerLoosehead: Mako Vunipola (Eng), Jack McGrath (Ire), Gethin Jenkins (Wal)Jack McGrath has emerged from Cian Healy’s shadow to emerge as the front-runner for No 1 shirt, with his industrious workrate in the loose complementing a powerful set-piece. He’s edged for a starting spot by Mako Vunipola, who is a tight-five forward who can carry hard, step, dummy and even kick, and has a vastly improved scrummaging game. The flnal member of the trio is Gethin Jenkins. The old man of the touring group, he’d be selected for his fourth tour, and his close relationship with Warren Gatland, tackling and breakdown work would be invaluable, with Cian Healy and Joe Marler snapping at his heels.Hooker: Dylan Hartley (Eng), Jamie George (Eng), Rory Best (Ire)The three standout hookers in the home nations all tour. Dylan Hartley had Rory Best are both tremendous leaders, with the latter playing some of the best rugby of his life in recent weeks, but to cope with the brilliant Dane Coles, my starting hooker would be Saracen Jamie George. George has a solid set-piece, speed over the ground and offloads like a back. Hartley and Best would vie as backup and are both strong candidates for captaining the midweek sides.The coming man: Jamie George has the skills to go toe-to-toe with Dane Coles at hookerTighthead: Dan Cole (Eng), Tadhg Furlong (Ire), WP Nel (Sco) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS WP Nel, so powerful in the World Cup and Six Nations was a front-runner before the emergence of the bullocking Tadhg Furlong. Against New Zealand he was a force of nature and the 19st Wexford man, would bring a real dynamism to the front row. The most experienced of the trio is England’s Dan Cole, who brings durability and an added dimension at the breakdown.Wrecking ball: Tadhg Furlong was a force of nature against the All BlacksLions 23-man squad for First Test15. Stuart Hogg (Sco)14. Anthony Watson (Eng)13. Robbie Henshaw (Ire)12. Owen Farrell (Eng)11. George North (Wal)10. Jonny Sexton (Ire)9. Conor Murray (Ire)8. Taulupe Faletau (Wal)7. Justin Tipuric (Wal)6. Sean O’Brien (Ire)5. Alun Wyn Jones (Wal)4. Maro Itoje (Eng)3. Tadhg Furlong (Ire)2. Jamie George (Eng)1. Mako Vunipola (Eng)Bench: Dan Cole, Rory Best, Jack McGrath, Jonny Gray, Billy Vunipola, Rhys Webb, George Ford, Elliot DalySquad breakdown14 England10 Ireland Leader of men: Alun Wyn Jones led the Lions in the deciding Third Test center_img With Ireland beating the All Blacks in Chicago a chink of light has appeared on the Lions horizon and after a month of progress in the North, a squad is starting to take shape 10 Wales3 Scotlandlast_img read more

caboto26 / Raimondo Guidacci

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Apartments 2013 Rheinzink, Pavesmac, Sikkens Photographs caboto26 / Raimondo GuidacciSave this projectSavecaboto26 / Raimondo Guidacci CopyAbout this officeRaimondo GuidacciOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsRefurbishmentHousingWoodRefurbishmentResidentialTurinItalyPublished on April 07, 2015Cite: “caboto26 / Raimondo Guidacci” 07 Apr 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – FocusGlass3MInterior Finishes at U.S. Bank StadiumPartitionsSkyfoldMarkerboard Finish for Folding WallsFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlFiber Cement Cladding Panels in B66 Business CenterMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsSculptformClick-on Battens in WestConnex M8 JunctionPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesBruagBack-Ventilated Facades – CELLONTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea CosmosGlassDip-TechCeramic Printing for Public TransportationAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®Porcelain StonewareApavisaSlabs – Wild ForestBulbs / SpotsAmbiance LumiereLighting – ZetaMore 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 Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Italy Architects: Raimondo Guidacci Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img Year:  Contractors: ArchDaily Photographs:  Beppe Giardino, Jana Sebestova “COPY” CopyApartments, Refurbishment•Turin, Italy Area:  120 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project caboto26 / Raimondo Guidacci Collaborators:Roberto Spigarolo, Giancarlo Ambu, Paola Mare, Rosario RussoProject Managment:MAKEit snc di Spigarolo Roberto e PaoloClient:MAKEit snc di Spigarolo Roberto e PaoloInterior Designer:Paola MareCity:TurinCountry:ItalyMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Beppe GiardinoRecommended ProductsRenders / 3D AnimationVectorworksVectorworks ArchitectRenders / 3D AnimationEnscape3D Real-Time Rendering SoftwareFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlSwisspearl Largo Fiber Cement PanelsWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformText description provided by the architects. The project concerns the construction of a small building in a courtyard in the center of Turin. Actually this is the restoration of an old laboratory, used in the past as a Carpenter, and external storage.Save this picture!© Beppe GiardinoThe theme of recovery of low buildings placed inside courtyards represents an interesting opportunity to rethink the recovery of existing buildings (mostly targeting craft) aimed at the transformation of residential buildings with new spatial characteristics than those of the classic urban apartment.Save this picture!© Beppe GiardinoIn this specific case, the intervention covered not only retrieving living purposes of old joinery, but also the realization of a small laboratory and two parking spaces in place of existing external store. The latter cover was used to achieve a large terrace to home service.Save this picture!© Beppe GiardinoThe main building consists basically of two volumes: the first volume covered in black metal and okoume-wood slats; a second volume, resting on the first, and completely covered with titanium zinc. A continuous black iron truss frames completely the first volume, extending also to define the volume of the laboratory and parking lots placed perpendicularly to the first. A thin iron Pergola covers the terrace resuming scan the underlying structure.The main building houses the ground floor one large space for the living room and kitchen, while upstairs the bedroom and the bathroom.Save this picture!© Beppe GiardinoThe project completely redesigns old carpentry (which preserves the volumes) through the use of few materials, such as iron, wood and zinc, trying to give the building a character that is well recognized within the dark and limited where it is forced.Project gallerySee allShow lessCivilization 0.000: A Skyscraper for a “New Advanced Society”Unbuilt Project’Dimensionless’ Photographic Façade Studies By Nikola OlicArchitecture NewsProject locationAddress:Turin, ItalyLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Save this picture!© Beppe Giardino+ 29 Sharelast_img read more

Prisoners denied the right to vote, a new form of poll tax – WW commentary

first_imgVoting in Lower Peach Tree, Ala., in Wilcox County, on May 3, 1966, after passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.Voter suppression in the United States is as “American as apple pie,” especially when it comes to Black, Brown and other marginalized communities. Despite the passing of the Voting Rights Act some 55 years ago, current and former prisoners convicted of a felony may lose this right forever in the state of Florida.On Sept. 11, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta ruled that, to meet their “terms of sentencing,” former prisoners in Florida must pay certain “fees” and “fines” as a prerequisite to regain their right to vote. The state’s Republican-controlled Legislature, under the leadership of Gov. Ron DeSantis, also a Republican, had imposed the onerous terms.Vice President Paul Smith of the Campaign Legal Center says that “Nobody should ever be denied their Constitutional rights because they can’t afford to pay fines and fees.” (Washington Post, Sept. 11)  It is not yet clear whether this reactionary decision will be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.   In 2018 more than one million prisoners saddled with felony records had their right to vote restored in Florida through the passage of Amendment 4 to the state’s Constitution. It was passed by an overwhelming 64 percent of the voters, the majority of them white. The recent ruling, however, will negatively impact hundreds of thousands, including Black lives in hugely disproportionate numbers. In Florida the deadline to register to vote in the 2020 presidential elections is Oct. 5, less than a month away.In 2016, one out of every five Black people was denied the right to vote in Florida through use of 150-year-old laws passed even before Reconstruction ended.    Voter suppression: a form of semi-slaveryThe suppression of the right to vote has its roots in slavery and Jim Crow. After the U.S. Civil War, “Black Codes” were passed by former Confederate states in 1865-1866. These “Codes” denied newly freed people economic and political rights, including the right to rent, lease or own land, the right to vote, the right to education, the right to serve as jurors and the right to bear arms. These codes were the precursor to later “Jim Crow” segregation laws.  In the powerful 2014 movie, “Selma,” Oprah Winfrey portrays an elderly Black woman attempting to register to vote in Selma, Ala., in 1965, shortly before the historic Selma to Montgomery March known as “Bloody Sunday.” The racist registrar demands that Winfrey’s character answer certain questions about the state’s history in order to gain that right. These obscure questions that white registrants would never be asked were designed to “legally” fail Black applicants. Unable to answer the questions, Winfrey’s character walks away, dejected and disgusted.  This was a powerful depiction of one tactic used to deny Black people the right to vote under Jim Crow. Other tactics used to suppress the vote were laws requiring people to pass a literacy test and to pay a poll tax. During this period, many Black people, especially in the rural South, were illiterate due to unequal education and could not afford to pay a poll tax due to dire impoverishment. Even after passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965, Alabama still denied Black citizens the right to vote until restrictive state laws were struck down in 1966.  As oppressive as these laws were, the most devastating laws still exist today: those that deny the right to vote to prisoners and former prisoners convicted of a felony.  Fines lead to prison sentencesThese restrictive laws are in a direct line from a new form of slavery created after Emancipation in the South. Newly freed people were forced to enter “labor” contracts with former plantation owners and were legally forbidden to work for more than one “employer.” If they broke these contracts, Black people could be beaten, arrested and fined for “vagrancy,” a term defined so broadly that any Black person could be arrested at almost any time. In 1865, Florida passed “Black Codes” targeting freed Black people with absurd charges, including assault on a white woman and “disobedience.”The fines for such trumped-up charges were exorbitant, meant to be unpayable and to turn arrests into long prison sentences. The imprisoned Black people then became cheap “convict labor” hired out to plantation owners for minimal wages – that were paid not to them but to the state.This is the white supremacist legacy of what it means to be stigmatized as a “felon” today. There is no federal law that uniformly restores the right to vote to disenfranchised people. Two states have permanently banned the right to vote to convicted people: Kentucky and Virginia. Maine and Vermont, the only two states that have no voting restrictions, also allow voting in prison. All other states have their own rules and regulations to restrict voting rights. These range from restoration upon completion of sentencing or after certain waiting periods to the currently passed Florida law demanding payment of exorbitant fines before the right to vote is regained. Workers World Party demands that all prisoners and former prisoners, regardless of convictions, have access to the basic democratic right to vote – as well as im/migrants, documented and undocumented, youth and other disenfranchised communities. This right must be defended in order to build anti-racist and pro-worker solidarity to fight capitalist rule.  The writer is a former Workers World Party presidential candidate in 1996, 2000 and 2016.  FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Government bans using Blackberry app to share local news

first_imgNews News to go further June 15, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders deplores the Bahraini culture and information ministry’s ban on using a chat application available on Blackberry mobile phones to share local news. The ministry threatened to prosecute violators when it announced the ban on 7 April.As a result of the prohibition, local journalist Muhannad Sulaiman has had to suspend his “Urgent News,” a daily service of briefs from six leading dailies which he distributed free of charge via Blackberry.“This is an act of censorship and a direct attack on freedom of information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is not the first time the Bahraini authorities have violated press freedom and they seem to be coming up with all sorts of inventive ways to censor the media. We urge them to stop their permanent harassment of Internet users and now mobile phone users. The fact that this ban affects a mobile phone application is very disturbing and shows the lengths to which the authorities will go to control the circulation of news.”The culture and information ministry’s assistant undersecretary for press and publication, Abdullah Yateem, said the ban was needed because of the “chaos and confusion” such news was causing and because the individuals and agencies that were distributing the news did not have permission to do so.The Blackberry chat application has become very popular in Bahrain. People have been using it to swap information on such subjects as the state of traffic, radar speed controls, cultural exhibits and religious information. The “Urgent News” alerts had 11,000 subscribers.Until now, the authorities limited themselves to blocking websites. More than a thousand sites have been blocked since the start of 2009, including the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) and Google Earth. Facebook and Twitter pages have also been rendered inaccessible.Bahrain is one of the “countries under surveillance” by Reporters Without Borders because of its attitude towards the Internet:,36665.html German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors April 20, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government bans using Blackberry app to share local news Organisation center_img News Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest March 17, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts October 14, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Bahrain Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives BahrainMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

Video shows woman caught in door, dragged onto train tracks in San Francisco

first_imgKGO-TV(SAN FRANCISCO) — Officials in San Francisco are promising a full investigation after a frightening video was released showing a woman getting her finger caught in a closing train door and dragged onto the tracks under the train.In the surveillance video, the woman can be seen walking down the stairs at the city’s Embarcadero station on April 12 when she tries to get on the Muni train as the doors are closing. It appears as though her hand gets stuck in the door as it is closing. She can be seen talking to an employee standing on the platform just feet away, but the train starts moving and she is dragged off the platform and under the train.The woman was reportedly injured, but officials have not said how seriously.The video was first acquired by the San Francisco Examiner.“The door closed with less than a half an inch of space between the door and the door jam when she reached her hand in the door,” Paul Rose, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency spokesperson, said in an interview with San Francisco ABC station KGO.The SFMTA, which operates the train line, recently purchased new Muni train cars, including the one involved in the accident.“These trains, and doors, are safe,” Rose said. “They operate as designed, they were certified by CPUC [California Public Utilities Commission] and they’ve gone through six months of tests before we put them in service.”The CPUC has said it will investigate the doors and the pin system, according to KGO.“I heard shouting behind me, and I didn’t know what was going on, but there was a commotion and I was scared honestly,” eyewitness Will Hayworth told KGO. “She was trying to keep up with this train and this new Muni car was dragging her by her hand. … People were shouting, ‘Stop!’ and a couple of people were banging on the car even, shouting ‘stop, stop, there’s somebody trapped.’“She was keeping up, but still being dragged,” he continued. “The car didn’t slow down at all. Basically it didn’t seem like the operator had any idea of what was happening.”Matt Haney, supervisor from San Francisco District 6, which includes the Embarcadero region, said this is not the first time he’s heard complaints about issues with the doors — including from SFMTA employees.“There clearly needs to be some different sensors on the doors or some way for riders to be able to see it in a different way,” Haney said. “My understanding is that some of the operators actually flagged that this was an issue and they were concerned about it.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Fashion Plates Rule the Ocean City Boardwalk on Easter

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiThe supersized Easter bonnet teetering on 10-year-old Victoria Bowman’s head was about as high as she was tall and weighed a whopping 20 pounds.As Bowman strode onto the stage Sunday to compete in the “Most Unusual Bonnet” category in Ocean City’s Easter Fashion Promenade, emcee Michael Hartman gave her a quizzical look and quipped, “Wow, this is a neck injury waiting to happen.”A few minutes later, Bowman was declared the winner. Who could have possibly disputed the judges’ decision?The extravagant headdress featured a big, pink monkey stuffed animal as the centerpiece, a little yellow duck and a blue butterfly surrounded by Easter lilies and other colorful flowers.Asked what it was like to wear the bonnet, Bowman bluntly said, “Very heavy.”Bowman, of Chalfont, Pa., needed the assistance of her 20-year-old brother, Anthony, to hold the bonnet on her head and avoid tipping over.“My mother went to the dollar store and bought a lot of things to make it,” Anthony Bowman explained of the bonnet’s elaborate construction.While Bowman’s bonnet may have been the showstopper Sunday, there were other head-turning outfits at the Easter Fashion Promenade on the Boardwalk in front of the Music Pier.Children showed off their Easter best while competing in their age groups.The fashion plates in their Easter finery contrasted with the underdressed masses who hit the beaches and Boardwalk clad in bathing suits, flip-flops, T-shirts and shorts on a July-like day with temperatures soaring into the 80s.Kim and Elton Anglada, of Ocean City, along with their 2-year-old son, Chance, and 7-month-old daughter, Felicity, stood out as a smartly dressed family. Kim wore a Navy dress, while Elton was attired in a dark blue, pinstriped suit. Chance’s sporty summer outfit was topped by a straw hat. Felicity was cutely made up in a floral dress and white bow in her hair.Kim Anglada noted that she and her family were upholding a tradition of dressing up for Easter that started when she was just a child.“This is how I was raised,” she said. “It was an Easter coat, Easter hat and Easter gloves. My parents didn’t have a lot of money, but that didn’t mean we didn’t dress up for Easter. I’m trying to bring my kids up in the same tradition.”Elton and Kim Anglada, of Ocean City, along with their children, Chance and Felicity, carried on a family tradition by dressing up for Easter.Joan Sharp, 66, and her boyfriend, David Garbutt, 64, both of Linwood, have been regulars in the Easter Fashion Promenade for years. On Sunday, they won the “Best Dressed Couple” category to keep their fashion dynasty alive.Sharp and Garbutt said they won five years in a row beginning in 2010, but then took two years off to spend the holiday with family. Their first win was by accident. They showed up at the fashion promenade to watch the children of some friends compete, but were coaxed into entering the contest themselves and took home top honors.“We always like to get dressed up for Easter,” Sharp said. “We want to dress fashionably and also carry on a tradition.”Sharp and Garbutt were attired in matching beige suits, accented by chocolate-colored shirts. She wore a fancy yellow hat and he had on a yellow tie.Jon Mullin, who competed in the “Best Dressed Male” category, showed that you don’t necessarily have to shop at Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus to be fashionable. Clad in a black, pinstriped suit, black hat and pink bow tie, Mullin also wore white costume gloves and carried a walking stick topped by a brass horse head.“It came from Goodwill,” Mullin, with a smile, said of the walking stick. “And I ordered the gloves on Amazon.”Jon Mullin, of Doylestown, Pa., used white gloves and a walking stick to jazz up his outfit.Mullin, a student at Messiah College near Harrisburg, Pa., lives in Doylestown, Pa., but his family has a summer home in Ocean City. Sunday was the eighth time he competed in the Easter fashion show.“I always liked dressing up as a kid, even in costumes and other outfits,” he said.The fashion promenade was one of a series of free, family-friendly events staged by the city over the holiday weekend. Sunday began with nondenominational sunrise services at the Music Pier. On Saturday, an Easter egg hunt on the beach attracted an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 people, including 4,000 children.While Saturday was marked by chilly temperatures and overcast skies, Sunday featured summer-like weather that drew big crowds to the beaches and Boardwalk.last_img read more

Elkhart Summit on Children postponed

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Elkhart Summit on Children postponed Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Google+ By Tommie Lee – March 13, 2020 0 338 Pinterest Facebook Kids play football in the parking lot before an NFL preseason football game between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) The Elkhart County Juvenile Magistrate says they are indefinitely postponing the Summit on Children that was scheduled for March 27.The office says the decision was made in an attempt to do their part to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.The Magistrate says it would be “irresponsible” to hold the event at this time, as it would risk putting nearly 500 people at increased risk. She says the event will be rescheduled. Previous articleLouisiana elections chief asks to postpone April 4 primaryNext articleFort Wayne-South Bend diocese closes schools effective Monday Tommie Leelast_img read more