She also said that the government should set visit dates and provide access to UN special procedure mandate holders. The government has so far refused to agree to a visit by the UN special procedure mandate holders. Among those who sought to visit Sri Lanka is the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue. The government also said it was surprised by Canada’s claim of “ongoing violations of human rights and lack of reconciliation in Sri Lanka” when the government’s progress with regard to addressing human rights concerns and reconciliation is being amply demonstrated on the ground, acknowledged by many in the international community, and elaborated comprehensively and in detail at successive Council sessions by our delegation, including during the current Council session.“The significant progress achieved in the implementation of the recommendations of the LLRC through the time bound National Plan of Action is well documented in the public domain in a transparent and easily accessible manner, including via its latest Progress Report released in April 2013. The many facets of reconciliation including resettlement of IDPs, demining, rehabilitation and reintegration of ex-combatants including child soldiers, resolution of land issues, infrastructure development, housing, implementation of the language policy, as well accountability issues are being addressed in a comprehensive manner taking into consideration the aspirations of the affected communities,” the government said.“We also reiterate that as a founding member of the Commonwealth, Sri Lanka is firmly committed to its values and principles. Sri Lanka’s longstanding engagement and commitment to the Commonwealth is known and demonstrated by the undertaking to host the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November this year, for which preparations are underway. The reference to the Commonwealth by Canada in this forum is rather puzzling, considering its membership not being universal,” the government said. Canada also raised serious concerns over the situation in Sri Lanka during the 23rd session of the UNHRC last week.The government meanwhile on Friday formally responded to the concerns raised by the US government as well as Canada on Sri Lanka. “In response to the US, we wish to note that every effort is being made by the government to investigate incidents relating to alleged attacks on the media and to prosecute perpetrators of such crimes in instances where they are identified and sufficient evidence is available. Further, our continued and constructive engagement with special procedures is itself evidence of our serious commitment to engagement with the Council and its mechanisms,” the government told the UNHRC at its ongoing 23rd session. The United States brought to the notice of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) last week, what it says is a continuation of violations of the rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly, and reprisals against human rights defenders, members of civil society, and journalists in Sri Lanka.In a statement at the general debate on human rights situations requiring council attention, the US Ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Eileen Donahoe said that there have been no credible investigations or prosecutions for attacks on journalists and media outlets.
by Jim Fitzgerald, The Associated Press Posted Sep 3, 2014 5:37 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Gay groups skeptical, not overjoyed, over inclusion of 1 group in NY St. Patrick’s Day Parade NEW YORK, N.Y. – A decision by organizers of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade to allow one gay organization to march is a disappointment after decades of fighting by gay groups for full participation, several advocates said Wednesday.Some were dismayed that the organizers had chosen just one lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group to participate next year after ending a ban on them. Others expressed continuing mistrust.Nathan Schaefer, executive director of Empire State Pride Agenda, called the announcement “disappointing and self-serving.”“While this development is long overdue, inviting one group to march at the exclusion of all others … is a far stretch from the full inclusion we deserve,” Schaefer said.Sarah Kate Ellis, president of the gay-rights group GLAAD, said parade organizers — who announced other gay groups could apply for the parade in 2016 and afterward — “must be held accountable” to that pledge.“Discrimination has no place on America’s streets, least of all on Fifth Avenue,” she said. “As an Irish-Catholic American, I look forward to a fully inclusive St. Patrick’s Day Parade that I can share with my wife and children, just as my own parents shared with me.”The New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee said Wednesday that OUT@NBCUniversal, an LGBT resource group at the company that broadcasts the parade, would be marching up Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue on March 17 under an identifying banner. In the past, organizers said gays were free to march in the nation’s biggest and oldest St. Patrick’s Day Parade but only with other groups and not with banners identifying them as gay.The exclusion had made participation in the march a political issue in recent years. The committee said it made the “gesture of goodwill to the LGBT community in our continuing effort to keep the parade above politics.”But gay leaders said the organizers were forced into it.“They weren’t nudged, they were shoved into making this decision,” said Fred Sainz, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign. “They were increasingly beginning to look like dinosaurs.“In one of the world’s most diverse and inclusive cities, not to allow gay people to march was becoming an anachronistic decision that they could no longer reasonably justify.”The inclusion of OUT@NBCUniversal came in the midst of major triumphs for gays and supporters in court rulings on same-sex marriage. When a federal judge on Wednesday upheld Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriages, it was the first loss for gay-marriage supporters after more than 20 consecutive rulings overturning bans in other states.And it came after Pope Francis set the stage for a radical shift in tone about Roman Catholic Church teaching on homosexuality when he said “Who am I to judge?” about the sexual orientation of priests.Parade organizers said they were “remaining loyal to church teachings,” and Cardinal Timothy Dolan, next year’s grand marshal, issued a statement Wednesday saying the committee “continues to have my confidence and support.”The exclusion of gay groups prompted first-term Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio to refuse to march in the 2014 parade, and Guinness and Heineken withdrew their sponsorships.De Blasio said Wednesday that the inclusion of OUT@NBCUniversal was “a step forward,” but he would not commit to next year’s parade until he knows more.Guinness’ parent company said, “We are pleased to see that the various parties are making progress on this issue.” It said it was open to talking with the organizers about supporting the 2015 parade.NBC, whose local affiliate has been televising the parade since the 1990s, would not confirm reports that it had threatened to drop coverage over the issue of gay participation. But it said NBC executive Francis Comerford, a member of the parade committee, helped with the agreement to include OUT@NBCUniversal.Whether it was the mayor or the pope or the people at Guinness who prompted the decision, gay groups took some satisfaction in their role even if it didn’t produce everything they wanted.“This was decades’ worth of work,” said Ellis, of GLAAD. “The LGBT organizations are the ones that put pressure on the corporations that were sponsoring the parade, and when they withdrew it was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”___Associated Press writers Shawn Pogatchnik in Dublin and Jonathan Lemire Karen Matthews in New York and AP Television Writer David Bauder in New York contributed to this report.
Proposal advances for Los Angeles-area stadium that could become home for NFL team by Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press Posted Feb 12, 2015 5:58 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A proposal to build an 80,000-seat stadium in the Los Angeles suburbs that could become the home of an NFL team moved forward Thursday when election officials cleared the plan for a local vote, possibly in mid-June.A development group that includes a company controlled by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke announced plans in January to build the stadium in Inglewood, about 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The proposal, which envisions a stadium rising on the site of a former horse track, raised the possibility that Los Angeles could get an NFL team again after a two-decade drought.Los Angeles County election officials said they have verified enough petition signatures to allow the stadium plan to go before voters, marking an incremental step toward an election that has not yet been scheduled. The Inglewood City Council is expected to consider the proposed election later this month.When the plan was announced last month, developers said support from local voters was essential for the stadium to move forward. They said it would also allow them to avoid potentially thorny environmental reviews that could extend for months or years. An earlier review was conducted for the proposed residential and commercial development, but without a stadium.“Ultimately, this project will only go forward if the voters of Inglewood approve,” Christopher Meany, a senior executive with the joint venture designing and financing the project, said at the time.According to election officials, 8,500 petition signatures — the number needed to qualify for the ballot — were determined to be “sufficient,” in other words meeting legal requirements.Another 2,990 signatures were disqualified for reasons that included the voter did not live in the city or the signature did not match voting records. Supporters submitted more than 22,000 signatures overall.The joint venture behind the project, the Hollywood Park Land Co., said the verified signatures marked “another step toward realizing the proposal for a new world-class stadium.”
A hip hop rendering of the life and times of American founding father Alexander Hamilton on the London stage is not, on paper, an obvious candidate for critical acclaim.But tonight Hamilton, having already won adulation from audiences, was confirmed one of the most successful musicals with the theatre establishment, winning a record-breaking seven Olivier awards – the most ever for a production that originated overseas.The haul equalled Matilda’s record for the most Oliviers won for a musical.Lin-Manuel Miranda’s unstoppable American juggernaut, one of the most popular productions to ever grace the West End stage, triumphed in the vast majority of the ten categories in which it was nominated, including best new musical and outstanding achievement in music.Giles Terera, who plays the part of Aaron Burr, was named best actor in a musical beating co-star Jamael Westman who plays Hamilton, while Michael Jibson, who plays King George III, won best actor in a supporting role in a musical. The cast of Hamilton celebrate a successful nightCredit:David Benett/Getty He said of Hamilton: “I think it’s taken popular culture and taken the theatre of story telling and taken it to a different level.”It’s like nothing anyone has ever seen before. People are just keen to see it and learn more about it and listen to the soundtrack.” The haul for Hamilton equalled Matilda’s record for the most Oliviers won for a musical Other big winners included the National Theatre, which staged something of a comeback after a few low-key years, winning five awards, its biggest number since 2012.They included best revival for Angels in America and best musical revival for Stephen Sondheim’s Follies.Bryan Cranston, of Breaking Bad fame, won best actor for his role in Network, based on the 1976 Oscar-winning film, which tells the story of a TV anchor whose on air meltdowns become a ratings hit, and Denise Gough won best actress in a supporting role for Angels in America. Cranston said of Network: “It was written over 40 years ago, it’s an enormously prescient story. In the 70s, I think it was written as a farce and now in 2018, not so much of a farce.”The media is maligned, there are some challenging things, specifically in my country, that need to be addressed, and through art, I think that’s really a way of communicating to society that change is possible.” Picking up the first award of the night, for best play, Butterworth joked that it was about time he won another Olivier as the last time he won 22 years ago (for Mojo) and he had since broken the award.He said later: “When the audience stands up at the end of the play, that’s the award.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The play was based on the story of Donnelly’s uncle, who was killed by the IRA.Shirley Henderson won best actress in a musical and co-star Sheila Atim won best actress in a supporting role in a musical for Girl From The North Country.Imelda Staunton, who was nominated for the best actress and best actress in a musical categories for Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? and Follies respectively, went home empty handed.Everybody’s Talking about Jamie, the “underdog” of this year’s awards, which was plucked from the stage in Sheffield for a West End run and starring previously unknown actors, was nominated for five awards but could not compete with the bigger beasts. The production also secured the best lighting design, best sound design and best theatre choreographer awards.On arrival at ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall, Jibson described being in Hamilton as “one of the most exciting experiences” of his career and said it had been “a real honour” to be a part of the production. The Time’s Up movement – which is campaigning for an end to sexual harassment – had a signifiant presence on the red carpet, with leading women including Donnelly and presenter Meera Syal accompanied by activists. Cranston, who wore a Time’s Up pin, and said “the idea that older white men are controlling the world and having free reign is over.”The ceremony was hosted by Catherine Tate. The production secured the best lighting design, best sound design and best theatre choreographer awards The Ferryman, an IRA drama by Jez Butterworth, won three awards including best new play. Sam Mendes won best director and Laura Donnelly, Butterworth’s partner who was pregnant for much of the run, won best actress.
L’Afrique du Sud songe à décorner ses rhinocéros pour les protégerL’Afrique du Sud est bien décidée à prendre des mesures radicales pour lutter contre le braconnage qui menace ses rhinocéros. Elle a notamment évoqué une interdiction totale de la chasse légale et un éventuel décornage des animaux pour décourager les braconniers. Décorner les rhinocéros pour empêcher les braconniers de s’en prendre aux bêtes. C’est l’une des mesures radicales évoquées lundi matin par la ministre de l’Environnement sud-Africaine Edna Molewa, lors d’une conférence de presse sur le sort de ces animaux pourchassés pour leur corne. En effet, en Afrique du Sud, les rhinocéros sont victimes d’un braconnage de plus en plus organisé et armé qui déciment les bêtes. À lire aussiVoilà à quoi ressemblent les cris de petits rhinocérosDepuis le début de l’année, 279 d’entre eux ont été tués aussi bien en réserves naturelles que dans les parcs privés. En 2010, c’est 333 rhinocéros qui ont été abattus, contre 13 en 2007. Des chiffres qui traduisent l’inquiétante croissance du trafic, alors que les cornes peuvent parfois se vendre à prix d’or notamment afin d’alimenter le marché de la médecine traditionnelle asiatique. Edna Molewa a ainsi expliqué, citée par l’AFP : “Nous n’avons pas dit que nous allons les décorner, mais une étude sur l’impact d’un décornement a été lancée, et les conclusions en seront connues dans les trois prochains mois”. Selon la ministre, l’interdiction de la chasse légale serait une autre mesure efficace pour protéger les rhinocéros. Aujourd’hui, l’Afrique du Sud autorise en effet la chasse au rhinocéros blanc, plus répandu que le rhinocéros noir, dont la population est estimée à 18.800 animaux. En 2011, 130 chasseurs disposent ainsi d’un permis pour abattre des rhinocéros. La ministre de l’Environnement a alors précisé : “La chasse illégale et les abus dans le système des permis sont probablement les principales menaces sur la survie des rhinos à l’état sauvage dans un proche avenir”, rapporte l’AFP. Une forte demande en Asie Toutefois, la lutte contre le braconnage ne résout qu’une partie du problème. Car la demande explose en Asie. “La récente flambée du braconnage a été attribuée à l’augmentation de la demande au Vietnam, où certains praticiens ont fait courir la rumeur que la corne de rhino était efficace dans le traitement du cancer”, explique ainsi Alona Rivord, porte-parole de l’association écologiste WWF. Et si la Chine, de son côté, a officiellement prohibé l’utilisation de la corne dans la médecine, elle reste un grand importateur, l’interdiction n’étant guère respectée, selon les défenseurs des animaux.Le 30 août 2011 à 14:33 • Maxime Lambert
CanalPlay Infinity : une offre VoD illimitée pour 9,99 euros par mois ?Canal + serait sur le point de lancer un service de vidéo à la demande (VoD) en illimité, dont le prix serait fixé à 9,99 euros. Une offre baptisée CanalPlay Infinity, qui devrait d’abord être réservée aux abonnés SFR, avant d’être lancée aussi chez Free.Dans moins d’une semaine, Canal + pourrait dévoiler son offre CanalPlay Infinity. Un service de VoD, sur le modèle du site américain Netflix, qui donnerait accès à un nombre illimité de films et de séries, annonce le magazine Les Echos. Proposée pour 9,99 euros par mois, cette offre devrait dans un premier temps être exclusivement destinée aux abonnés SFR Neufbox. Quelques semaines plus tard, les clients Free y auront à leur tour accès, affirme le journal.À lire aussiLa VoD a le vent en poupe en FranceCanal + préparerait ainsi l’arrivée annoncée de Netflix sur le Vieux Continent. Le géant américain, qui compte près de 30 millions d’abonnés, pourrait se lancer dès le début de l’année prochaine en Espagne, avant de s’étendre à toute l’Europe. Pour se montrer à la hauteur de son concurrent, CanalPlay Infinity devra miser sur un renouvellement régulier de ses titres. Mais rappelons que les services de VoD ne peuvent pas proposer de films récents, contraints d’attendre trois ans après leur sortie en salle.Canal + n’a pas démenti l’annonce de cette offre. Le groupe tiendra une conférence de presse jeudi, qui confirmera ou non le lancement de CanaPlay Infinity. Le 7 octobre 2011 à 17:52 • Maxime Lambert
Amtrak train service between Vancouver and Kelso has been suspended after a landslide blocked the tracks Monday evening.Heavily saturated land due to continued rainfall led to the landslide in Felida, resulting in a 40-foot-wide section of debris blocking the tracks about 5:30 p.m. Monday, BNSF Railway spokesman Gus Melonas said.Crews have removed the debris but there is a 48-hour suspension required before the tracks are reopened, Melonas said.Freight operations have resumed through the corridor, Melonas said, and BNSF will be monitoring the situation.
WaferTech, one of Clark County’s largest electricity consumers, has found a way to take a giant whack out of its power costs with a new energy-efficient cooling system built with heavy public and utility subsidies. On Thursday, the company is holding an open house to show off the $1.6 million project to state and local officials and industry representatives.The Taiwan-based company, which operates the nation’s largest integrated circuit semiconductor foundry in Camas, expects to save approximately $200,000 annually in energy costs. It will reduce its energy consumption by up to 4 million kilowatt-hours annually, enough to power 350 homes for a year, according to Clark Public Utilities, which coordinated the project’s funding. The new system uses the cool ambient air to bring down the temperature of water that has been warmed in the manufacturing process, reducing the need for mechanical coolers. “They are able to tap into a resource that’s there because of our cool weather,” said Larry Blaufus, senior manager of energy technologies and services for Clark Public Utilities. “All the conditions have to be right. It’s actually brilliant.”The project’s funding included $1,031,500 from the Bonneville Power Administration’s Energy Smart Industrial Program, which itself is financed by assessments to public utilities; $120,000 in stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; and a $100,000 grant from Washington State University. WaferTech contributed $352,000.
Indian stock markets plunged yet again with the benchmark BSE Sensex falling nearly 600 points on Tuesday, amid concerns over China’s slowing growth and weak domestic cues.Sensex fell 586 points or 2.24% to close at 25,696, reverting to levels seen on 24 August, when it posted its biggest intra-day fall in seven years amid a massive sell-off in global markets.Among the sectoral indices, bankex, realty and metal were the biggest losers, falling by over 3% each. Stock prices of real estate developer DLF fell over 4% to close at Rs 106.25 , while Punjab National Bank (PNB) shares dropped 7.25% to end at Rs 134.35.Meanwhile, the Shanghai composite index also tumbled over 3% in the morning trade, as data showed that manufacturing activity in the country fell to three-year low in August. However, the index pared some losses to close at 3,166 points, down 1.23%.On the domestic front, the gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 7% in the first quarter was well below market expectations. The weaker-than-expected growth figure weighed on the investors sentiment, dragging the Indian stock markets down.”When you analyse the GDP data, we see that things could have been better, but unfortunately things are going relatively slow. The only silver lining out of all this particularly gloomy numbers is that we are seeing the spending from the government side, which is on the rise,” says Deven Choksey, MD, KR Choksey Securities, in an interview to ET Now.The sell-off was also triggered by renewed expectations of an interest rate hike by the US central bank in September. The US stock markets ended lower on Monday after comments from a senior official of the US Federal Reserve signaled at a possible rate hike this month.Besides, rising global crude oil prices led to a heavy sell-off. Brent crude oil prices rose for the third consecutive session on Monday, posting biggest three-day gains since August 1990.”Brent has achieved a price gain of a good 25%, while WTI is up by more than 27%. In both cases, these are their most pronounced three-day increases since August 1990, when Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded the neighbouring country of Kuwait, causing oil prices to soar,” said Commerzbank Corporates & Markets in a note.However, a rise in crude oil prices is not good for the domestic economy, as it may push inflation rate up undermining the prospects of interest rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).”Rise in crude oil prices is not going to be good news for markets and it is also probably not going to be good news for the Indian economy,” said Atsi Seth of Moody’s Investor Services.
By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, email@example.comAs White supremacists rally for their “civil rights”- although it’s not clear which of their rights are at stake- the District’s local Black Lives Matter group, along with Shut it Down DC will be hosting a counter-protest.In June the National Park Service approved the application for the White Civil Rights Rally to have a demonstration in Lafayette Park near the White House for August 11 and 12. Since then, Black Lives Matter DC and Shut it Down DC have been working together to counter the narrative of the White supremacists and ultimately “confront fascism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, White supremacy, and state violence on August 10-12,” according to a statement feature on the Shut it Down DC website.Black Lives Matter DC and Shut it Down DC are organizing a counter-protest to take place during the time of the White Civil Rights rally August 10-12. (Courtesy photo)For Black Lives Matter DC and Shut it Down DC this counter-protest is a way of speaking up for those affected by the bloody day last August in Charlottesville, Virginia during the Unite the Right rally which resulted in the death of Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old White woman fighting against the supremacists, and injured and traumatized many more, such as Corey Long and Deandre Harris.“This is for Heather Heyer, Corey Long, Deandre Harris, ICE abolition, open borders, dismantling the prison industrial complex, and ending the settler colonial system,” wrote Shut It Down DC.According to The Root Long was shot at and Harris was brutally beaten at the rally, yet they both faced charges. Harris’ charges were eventually dropped, but Long was sentenced to 360 days in jail for disorderly conduct when using a flame thrower as self defense (even though he only had to serve 20 of those days).Jason Kessler, leader of Unite the Right, told WUSA 9 last month that the “White Civil Rights” marchers are rallying “to talk about the Civil Rights abuse that happened in Charlottesville, Va. last year.” Now the counter-protesters are gearing to hold them accountable for the violence and outrage last August 12.“Jason Kessler, Richard Spencer, and the Trump Adminstration are all implicated in the murder of Heather Heyer,” Shut it Down DC wrote.Black Lives Matter DC representative, Makia Green told Fox 5 why she felt the counter-protest was important. “We are stronger than they are, that they are resistant to change and to progress that Black Lives Matter has been doing over the last four years with Black liberation and fighting racism and fascism,” Green said. “So it’s important that we let D.C. and rest of the world know that we are not going to stand for the hate.”
In an event that focused on empowering women and youth of today, BLUES, in association with India Afghan Foundation, Andhra Pradesh, state government organised an International cultural program in New Delhi. The programme which ran for 120 days, across 15 categories, held its grand finale ceremony on April 30 in which 100 participants from all across India participated. “A largely ignored yet a hugely important section of this society, BLUES intends to focus on how they can be empowered, so as to lead the lives of their choice. An empowered woman reduces the gender disparity and leads to equality of men and women in the society,” said a spokesperson in a statement. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDr Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of Afghanistan to India was present as the Chief Guest on the program along with other dignitaries: R.P. Swami Secretary-General, ICCI, Prof Dr P.S.N. Rao, chairman of Delhi Urban Art Commission, Dr P.V. Ravi Ph.D Chairman of Park College of Engineering and Technology, Dr Amarendra Khatua Former Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Director General of ICCR, Sanjana Jon, and International fashion designer and social activist, Varija Bajaj. Vani Madhav – Odissi Exponent, Sangita Chatterjee – Kathak exponent, Sangeeta Mazumdar – Kathak Exponent, Sr Rita Mehrotra Former Principal Kamla Nehru College, Paridhi Sharma – Fashion Designer, and Shruti Shukla were also present on the occasion. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePayal Swami, President of BLUES Talent Hunt said, “BLUES focuses on women and youth empowerment as they are the pillars of today’s nation. BLUES has now completed 10 years of servicing society through cultural activities and giving chance to women, kids and youth with no age and gender bars to achieve new heights. BLUES is opening its wings and has launched Payal Foundation that will work nationally and Internationally to make the women and youth independent in today’s world”. Each category had winners from solo dance, group dance, duet dance, singing, Mr and Mrs Delhi 2018 and kids Modelling. While Mrs. Delhi title went to Manju Chaudhary, followed by Mrs Amrita and Mrs Anjana, Shivanjali Group won in the duet dance category. The programme had a unique amalgamation of Indo-Afghan dance like Attan and Qarsak Dance. Participants from Afghanistan, Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi-NCR Andhra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana participated in the event.
At the ‘Breaking Ground’ exhibition in Jaipur at the JKK, it is Hoshino Satoru’s single wall installation that stands head and shoulders above everything else. It transcends traditional ceramic arts in Japan to embrace nature and the earth. Hoshino is an internationally recognized figure and a mentor in this field. In the initial years of his career, he worked with the avant-garde, non-functional Japanese ceramic movement ‘Sodeisha’. From the ancient tradition re-established by its Founder, Yagi Kazuo, he assumed the mantle of smoke-infused sculptural work (kokuto) that was not compromised by colour or surface patterning, embodying fluidity and plasticity. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’Sodeisha’ was an extremely influential movement that promoted an avant-garde approach favouring sculptural ceramics that were completely non-traditional and often bear poetic titles. Following on the heels of the war, with scant resources available, artists drew together to establish their own exhibition systems that gave them both freedom and a vehicle for artistic dialogue. These artists drew their name, ‘Sôdeisha’ – literally, “Crawling Through the Mud Association” – derived from a Chinese ceramic glazing term, to express their complete absorption with their medium and its inherent limitations. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTheir initial manifesto read:”The birds of dawn taking a flight out of the forest of falsehood now discover their reflections only in the spring of truth. We are united not to provide ‘a warm bed of dreams’ but to come to terms with our existence in broad daylight.”Hoshino represents this manifesto in his signature of creativity that embraces fire and form and clay. After a landslide destroyed his studio in 1986, he experienced fresh revelations about the physicality and force of his material and was inspired to work in a less controlled manner with it. He roughly shapes his sculptures by prodding and pushing clay with his fingers, and says of this process, “the fingermark is pushed to the clay unconsciously… [and so] the various elements that are in the body are put in the clay… there is no will to make a specific form.” The installation at JKK comprises of hundreds of finger marks, imprinted in the clay via a fierce, pulsating motion assembled and reassembled without the orientation established by a potter’s wheel or the traditional vessel form dictated by function. “My approach to clay changed completely after I experienced the natural disaster of a landslide in 1986. Until then, clay had been a material with which to embody the ideas and images already in my mind. Since then, however, the clay has become not simply the material from which a work is derived, but something that lies before me as a force of nature, an existence that overwhelms trivial intentions. The clay has a life and energy of its own; by excluding small thoughts, it forces me into a symbiotic relation with it,” he says in an interview. Hoshino’s installation explores the visceral and nonhierarchical relationship between the body of the artist and matter. Hoshino has spoken of his artistic practice as an act of “baptism by… a wave of muddy water”: the body of the sculptor, rather than shaping and sublimating clay, is subsumed by the base materiality of mud and dirt. Hoshino creates a spiral with carbon-impregnated earthenware clay. It ‘s punched and pummelled by his fingers and becomes a work of unmitigated expression, extraordinary in resonance and the power of the human hand.The beauty of the spiral on the wall and the pinched urn at JKK in Jaipur virtually questions all the conventions of ceramic materials, form, decoration, and function, and also addresses broader issues of presentation, social hierarchy, and the political role of art.
Cancun, Q.R. — Nine people, including four minors, were arrested in Cancun Friday afternoon after being found in possession of drugs, a weapon and cartridges.The arrest occurred in the city’s region of 251 after a security agency reported individuals attempting to steal a truck from a refreshment company.Photo: PGRElements of the Municipal Police moved to the area where they found more than an attempted auto heist. While they did arrest nine people for the attempted theft, they also found them carrying a large load of illegal weapons and drugs.During their search, police found the five adults and four minors carrying more than 100 packages of marijuana packaged for individual sale, a .9-millimeter firearm, cartridges of different calibers and several packets of cigarettes.All nine were apprehended and transferred to the corresponding authorities to be investigated.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Demand Homebuilders Housing Supply Investors Lenders & Servicers National Association of Home Builders Processing Service Providers 2013-05-14 Tory Barringer May 14, 2013 403 Views The “”National Association of Home Builders'””:http://www.nahb.org/default.aspx (NAHB) 55+ single-family Housing Market Index (HMI) jumped year-over-year for the sixth consecutive quarter in Q1, the association reported.[IMAGE]As of the end of March, the index rested at 46, 19 points above the same period last year and the highest first-quarter number recorded since the inception of the index in 2008.””Builders and developers for the 55+ housing sector continue to report increased optimism in the market,”” said Robert Karen, chairman of NAHB’s 50+ Housing Council and managing member of the Symphony Development Group. “”We are seeing an increase in consumer demand for homes and communities that are designed to address the specific needs of the mature homebuyer.””There are two separate 55+ HMIs to represent two segments of the market: single-family homes and multifamily condominiums. Each index measures builder [COLUMN_BREAK]sentiment based on a survey gauging current sales, prospective buyer traffic, and anticipated six-month sales. A number below 50 indicates more builders view conditions as “”poor”” than “”good.””According to NAHB, all of the components of the 55+ single-family HMI showed significant growth on a yearly basis. Present sales climbed 19 points to 46, expected sales increased 21 points to 53, and traffic of prospective buyers rose 15 points to 41.The 55+ multifamily condo HMI posted a gain of 23 points to rest at 38, the highest first-quarter reading since the index was created. All 55+ multifamily condo HMI components increased compared to a y ear ago: The present sales component was up 23 points to 37, expected sales climbed 23 points to 43, and prospective buyer traffic rose 23 points to 38.In addition, the 55+ multifamily rental indices showed strong gains in the first quarter. Present production increased 12 points to 43, expected future production rose 13 points to 48, current demand for existing units rose 14 points to 56, and future demand increased 13 points to 58.””The strong year over year increase in confidence reported by builders for the 55+ market is consistent with year over year increases in other segments of the home building industry,”” said NAHB chief economist David Crowe. “”While demand for new 55+ housing has improved due to a reduced inventory of homes on the market and low interest rates, builders’ ability to respond to the demand is being limited by a shortage of labor with basic construction skills and rising prices for some building materials.”” in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Builder Confidence in 55+ Market Reaches Record High in Q1
Assurant Calls American Title Acquisition a ‘Strong Fit’ Share Assurant, Inc., acquired American Title, Inc., a company specializing in title and valuation services for home equity lenders. American Title will operate as part of Assurant’s Mortgage Solutions business as announced by Assurant, Inc.“American Title is a strong fit with our focus on risk management in the housing market,” said Michael Campbell, President, Global Home, Assurant. “As a leader in home equity title and valuation, ATI adds another important dimension to the expansion of our capabilities across the home and mortgage value chain, to more holistically serve our clients.”American Title’s team of approximately 400 professionals will remain in their current offices in Omaha, Nebraska, and Palm Bay, Florida. American Title will expand Assurant’s businesses and services in the home equity field. The company was acquired for $45 million and Assurant expects the transaction to gradually increase earnings in 2017.“We have the highest regard for the business the Mackintosh family and their team have built in ATI, and we welcome them to Assurant,” Campbell said.American Title, a privately held company, was founded in 1994 and acquired in 2004 by Bill Mackintosh, who led the company until his death earlier this year. Co-owners Mike Mackintosh and Ashley Horgan will continue to lead the business while Assurant and the American Title team work to create a seamless transition for employees, clients and customers according to the announcement.“Joining with a respected Fortune 500 leader builds on our company’s legacy and brings us greater capabilities and resources,” Mackintosh said. “We’ve always been committed to our clients, our people and the communities where we serve. That won’t change now that we’re part of the broader Assurant team.” American Title Inc. Acquisitions Assurant 2016-07-07 Seth Welborn July 7, 2016 544 Views in Headlines, News
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