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Associated Commercial Company Limited (ACC.mu) HY2015 Interim Report


first_imgAssociated Commercial Company Limited (ACC.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Transport sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Associated Commercial Company Limited (ACC.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Associated Commercial Company Limited (ACC.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Associated Commercial Company Limited (ACC.mu)  2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileAssociated Commercial Company Limited specialises in motor vehicles, motor spares and accessories. Headquartered in in Port Louis, Mauritius, the company imports, markets, sells and offers motor vehicle services that include repairs and the sale of motor spares. Associated Commercial Company Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more


Saxons return to Harlequins for Chiefs clash


first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 8 C Robshaw7 W Skinner6 M Fa’asavalu5 G Robson4 O Kohn3 J Johnston2 J Gray1 J Marler16 C Brooker17 C Jones18 M Lambert19 T Vallejos20 M Browne21 D Moore22 R Clegg 23 T Williams Tomorrow Quins not only turn their attentions to the Aviva Premiership, but also welcome back a number of players to the side.With the England Saxons players having returned from International duty, Quins are delighted to have all five back in the starting line-up for the match against Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park.Quins will be hoping to continue winning ways; a win against the Chiefs would keep the side in the top four of the table, and also bring their unbeaten run in all competitions to ten.There are a number of changes to the side that defeated Cardiff Blues last week and secured Quins a home semi final in the LV= Cup.Joe Marler, Joe Gray and James Johnston (who returns from injury) link in the front row, with Ollie Kohn and George Robson combining in the second row. The back row comprises Maurie Fa’asavalu, Will Skinner and Chris Robshaw.Last week’s Man of the Match, Nick Evans, and Karl Dickson will look once again to continue their formidable 9-10 partnership.Jordan Turner-Hall and George Lowe are in the centre, with Ugo Monye and Gonzalo Camacho on the wings. Mike Brown returns to the number 15 shirt.After last week’s try-scoring performance against Cardiff Blues, Sam Smith underwent an operation on a broken thumb and will be out of action for 6-8 weeks.Harlequins team to play Exeter Chiefs. Saturday 12th February, kick off 3pm. Sandy Park.15 M Brown14 G Camacho13 G Lowe12 J Turner-Hall11 U Monye10 N Evans9 K Dickson TAGS: Harlequins last_img read more


Hotshots: Ospreys upcoming rugby star Sam Davies


first_imgHow do you feel about winning IRB Junior Player of the Year?I was shocked to be nominated but it was an honour to win. I’m gutted about losing the U20 World Championship final, but this is a bonus picking up this award.Did you start playing rugby because of your dad (Gloucester DoR Nigel Davies)? Not really. I used to play football at Swansea City and I just did a bit of rugby at school. I got a trial for Ospreys U16s a year young and when I got in I knocked the football on the head.Always played fly-half? Yes, and I’ve always been a goal-kicker too. How would you describe your playing style? I like to think I’m a good controller of the game. Kicking is one of my strengths but I can mix the game up a bit too.What are your aims for next season? To get more game time for the Ospreys – I haven’t played in the Rabo yet.Is your dad supportive? Very. He gives me things to work on but he never gets on top of me. It was weird when I played against Gloucester though! He is more confident in me than I am in myself. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS VANNES, FRANCE – JUNE 23: Sam Davies of Wales receives the IRB Player of the Tournament during the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship Final match between England and Wales at Stade de la Rabine on June 23, 2013 in Vannes, France. (Photo by Roger Sedres/Gallo Images/Getty Images) RW Verdict: Davies’s talent has been recognised with junior rugby’s biggest individual prize.This was published in the August 2013 edition of Rugby World. Click here to see what’s in the current edition.last_img read more


What the flu does to your body, and why it makes…


first_img Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear TAGSthe conversation.com Previous articleFuddruckers and City of Apopka team up to recognize studentsNext articleIt’s peach season at Apopka High School Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Laura Haynes, Professor of Immunology, University of Connecticut and first published on theconversation.comEvery year, from 5 to 20 percent of the people in the United States will become infected with influenza virus. An average of 200,000 of these people will require hospitalization and up to 50,000 will die. Older folks over the age of 65 are especially susceptible to influenza infection since the immune system becomes weaker with age. In addition, older folks are also more susceptible to long-term disability following influenza infection, especially if they are hospitalized.We all know the symptoms of influenza infection include fever, cough, sore throat, muscle aches, headaches, and fatigue. But just what causes all the havoc? What is going on in your body as you fight the flu?I am a researcher who specializes in immunology at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, and my laboratory focuses on how influenza infection affects the body and how our bodies combat the virus. It’s interesting to note that many of the body’s defenses that attack the virus also cause many of the symptoms associated with the flu.How the flu works its way into your bodyInfluenza virus causes an infection in the respiratory tract, or nose, throat and lungs. The virus is inhaled or transmitted, usually via your fingers, to the mucous membranes of the mouth, nose or eyes. It then travels down the respiratory tract and binds to epithelial cells lining the lung airways via specific molecules on the cell surface. Once inside the cells, the virus hijacks the protein manufacturing machinery of the cell to generate its own viral proteins and create more viral particles. Once mature viral particles are produced, they are released from the cell and can then go on to invade adjacent cells.While this process causes some lung injury, most of the symptoms of the flu are actually caused by the immune response to the virus. The initial immune response involves cells of the body’s innate immune system, such as macrophages and neutrophils. These cells express receptors that are able to sense the presence of the virus. They then sound the alarm by producing small hormone-like molecules called cytokines and chemokines. These alert the body that an infection has been established.Cytokines orchestrate other components of the immune system to appropriately fight the invading virus, while chemokines direct these components to the location of infection. One of the types of cells called into action are T lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell that fights infection. Sometimes, they are even called “soldier” cells. When T cells specifically recognize influenza virus proteins, they then begin to proliferate in the lymph nodes around the lungs and throat. This causes swelling and pain in these lymph nodes.After a few days, these T cells move to the lungs and begin to kill the virus-infected cells. This process creates a great deal of lung damage similar to bronchitis, which can worsen existing lung disease and make breathing difficult. In addition, the buildup of mucus in the lungs, as a result of this immune response to infection, induces coughing as a reflex to try to clear the airways. Normally, this damage triggered by the arrival of T cells in the lungs is reversible in a healthy person, but when it advances, it is bad news and can lead to death.The proper functioning of influenza-specific T cells is critical for efficient clearance of the virus from the lungs. When T cell function declines, such as with increasing age or during use of immunosuppressive drugs, viral clearance is delayed. This results in a prolonged infection and greater lung damage. This can also set the stage for complications including secondary bacterial pneumonia, which can often be deadly.Why your head hurts so muchWhile the influenza virus is wholly contained in the lungs under normal circumstances, several symptoms of influenza are systemic, including fever, headache, fatigue and muscle aches. In order to properly combat influenza infection, the cytokines and chemokines produced by the innate immune cells in the lungs become systemic – that is, they enter the bloodstream, and contribute to these systemic symptoms. When this happens, a cascade of complicating biological events occur.One of the things that happens is that Interleukin-1, an inflammatory type of cytokine, is activated. Interleukin-1 is important for developing the killer T cell response against the virus, but it also affects the part of the brain in the hypothalamus that regulates body temperature, resulting in fever and headaches.A healthy human T cell. Flickr/NIAID.com, CC BY-SAAnother important cytokine that fights influenza infection is something called “tumor necrosis factor alpha.” This cytokine can have direct antiviral effects in the lungs, and that’s good. But it can also cause fever and appetite loss, fatigue and weakness during influenza and other types of infection.Why your muscles acheOur research has also uncovered another aspect of how influenza infection affects our bodies.It is well-known that muscle aches and weakness are prominent symptoms of influenza infection. Our study in an animal model found that influenza infection leads to an increase in the expression of muscle-degrading genes and a decrease in expression of muscle-building genes in skeletal muscles in the legs.Functionally, influenza infection also hinders walking and leg strength. Importantly, in young individuals, these effects are transient and return to normal once the infection was cleared.In contrast, these effects can linger significantly longer in older individuals. This is important since a decrease in leg stability and strength could result in older folks being more prone to falls during recovery from influenza infection. It could also result in long-term disability and lead to the need for a cane or walker, limiting mobility and independence.Researchers in my lab think that this impact of influenza infection on muscles is another unintended consequence of the immune response to the virus. We are currently working to determine what specific factors produced during the immune response are responsible for this and if we can find a way to prevent it.Thus, while you feel miserable when you have an influenza infection, you can rest assured that it is because your body is fighting hard. It’s combating the spread of the virus in your lungs and killing infected cells. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img read more


Springboks scrape through tough second Test with Argentina in Mendoza


first_imgSunday Aug 25, 2013 Springboks scrape through tough second Test with Argentina in Mendoza The Springboks stuttered to a 22-17 victory over a much improved Argentina side in Mendoza on Saturday. Last year they drew 16-16, and on this occasion it was the home side that looked ready to take the win, if it were not for two late Morne Steyn penalties. Argentina, who were crushed 73-13 by the Springboks in Soweto last weekend, bounced back well and started the better of the two teams, scoring within two minutes of kickoff.They matched up physically and chopped down the big Bok runners, and managed to counter the powerful lineout maul, a weapon the Springboks usually use with success.Juan Manuel Leguizamon, who was outstanding up front, scored the first try then later centre Marcelo Bosch crossed following some weak tackling. Bjorn Basson scored South Africa’s only try, while Morne Steyn kicked five penalties.“We did not play too well,” admitted Springboks skipper Jean de Villiers. “But let us give credit to Argentina for stopping us from imposing control over the game. I was hoping that we could play more expansively.“The breakdown was a massive fight which both teams contested well, but we must sharpen up in that area before playing in Australia and New Zealand,” he added.In what was a brutally physical match, tempers flared when Francois Louw claimed he was eye gouged, and Eben Etzebeth alerted referee Steve Walsh to bite marks on his arm. An interesting few minutes followed as Walsh said he will get the citing commisioner to look at it, but De Villiers said they’d rather have the benefit of the punishment during the match.At that moment, the communications with the TMO failed, so there was no further action. Argentina number eight Leonardo Senatore has since been cited, as the citing commissioner deemed the biting incident to have met the red-card threshold for foul play.The Springboks and All Blacks both have 9 points, but the Boks are top of the Rugby Championship table due to points difference. Argentina have a single point, while the Wallabies have zero.Better quality highlights and more from this game will be posted soonADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error The Rugby Championship Related Articles 140 WEEKS AGO Sam Cane suffers broken neck in win over… 305 WEEKS AGO Awesome Argentina upset sloppy Springboks… 305 WEEKS AGO Australia stun New Zealand to win the 2015… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more


House on the Cliff / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos


first_imgHouse on the Cliff / Fran Silvestre ArquitectosSave this projectSaveHouse on the Cliff / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos Save this picture!© Diego Opazo+ 47 Share Houses “COPY” Spain Products used in this ProjectWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – Sliding House on the Cliff by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos from ArchDaily on Vimeo.Text description provided by the architects. We like the virtue of architecture which makes possible constructing a house on air, walking on water… An abrupt plot of land overlooking the sea, where what is best is to do nothing. It invites to stay. A piece that respects the land’s natural contour is set in it. Above, a shadow, the house itself, looking calmly at the Mediterranean. Under the sun, the swimming-pool brings us closer to the sea, it becomes a quiet cove. In the inflection point, the stairway proposes a evocative path, a garden in the basement…Save this picture!© Diego OpazoDue to the steepness of the plot and the desire to contain the house in just one level, a three-dimensional structure of reinforced concrete slabs and screens adapting to the plot’s topography was chosen, thus minimizing the earthwork. This monolithic, stone-anchored structure generates a horizontal platform from the accessing level, where the house itself is located. The swimming-pool is placed on a lower level, on an already flat area of the site. The concrete structure is insulated from the outside and then covered by a flexible and smooth white lime stucco. The rest of materials, walls, pavements, the gravel on the roof… all maintain the same colour, respecting the traditional architecture of the area, emphasizing it and simultaneously underlining the unity of the house.Save this picture!© Diego OpazoProject gallerySee allShow lessPerot Museum of Nature and Science / Morphosis ArchitectsSelected ProjectsVideos: New Flea Market in Barcelona / PromptArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/295703/house-on-the-cliff-fran-silvestre-arquitectos Clipboard Projects CopyHouses•Alacant, Spain ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/295703/house-on-the-cliff-fran-silvestre-arquitectos Clipboard Area:  242 m² Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project Manufacturers: Vitrocsa, Gandia Blasco, Porcelanosa Grupo Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description House on the Cliff / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos ArchDaily “COPY” CopyAbout this officeFran Silvestre ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAlacantSpainPublished on November 20, 2012Cite: “House on the Cliff / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos” [Casa En Un Acantilado / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos] 20 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – GuillotineGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60 PassivhausSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Verge LVG-SeriesSealantsSikaConstruction Solutions in Stavros FoundationShower TraysAcquabellaShower Tray – Focus BetonPatios / TerracesFranken-SchotterPatios and TerracesCeramicsTerrealTerracotta cladding in Le TrèfleSkylightsFAKROWooden pivot roof windows FYP-V proSkySynthetics / AsphaltFirestone Building ProductsRoofing System – RubberGard EPDMMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?悬崖别墅 / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos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 streamlast_img read more


Nonosi House / Inverse Project


first_imgArchDaily Richard Hammond, Daniela Hammond Save this picture!© Richard Hammond+ 37Curated by Clara Ott Share Manufacturers: Exterior door hardware, Hunter Douglas, Metal Roof & Green Roof, Solar Hot Water, Trimble, Windows Nonosi House / Inverse Project Nonosi House / Inverse ProjectSave this projectSaveNonosi House / Inverse Project Design Team:Richard Hammond, Daniela HammondEngineering:S3 EngineersCity:San AntonioCountry:Costa RicaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Nico MarquesRecommended ProductsWindowsRodecaAluminium WindowsWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingFiber Cements / CementsApavisaTiles – Nanofusion 7.0DoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumText description provided by the architects. The property is located on the slopes of the mountains that bound the south side of the city of San Jose, Costa Rica. The challenge of the project was to reuse the majority of the structure of two existing buildings that were never completed and had stood vacant for ten years. As the concrete work was in good condition, the architects decided to reuse as much of the existing as possible. The aim however was to completely transform the building and create a home that integrated with the site and to take advantage of the beautiful views of the city, forest and mountains.Save this picture!© Richard HammondSave this picture!© Richard HammondThe approach was to connect two existing structures with a transparent glass circulation space that contains the staircase to the lower level. All living spaces are placed on the upper entry-level, and the 3 bedrooms are on the more private lower level. Cut into the hill, an entrance courtyard is created that provides a place of shelter during the windy months of January and February. Off this courtyard are the entrances to the main house as well as to the adjacent studio. The studio is covered in a green roof that maintains a stable indoor temperature and also creates a usable roof space. Save this picture!© Richard HammondSave this picture!AxonometrySave this picture!© Richard HammondThe living level has 3 large sliding red-framed doors that can be opened up to allow for a sense of connection to the environment and also to facilitate cross ventilation. As the property is located at 1400 meters above sea level, even though at a tropical latitude, the altitude keeps temperatures mild year-round. This means that the home needs no heating or cooling most of the year. On the rear chilly nights in December, a fireplace provides warmth. A sustainable home with low energy usage and minimal environmental impact was a key goal.Save this picture!© Richard HammondFortunately in Costa Rica, 90% of electricity production is produced from renewable sources such as hydro, geothermal, and wind energy. Despite this, the designers still strove to reduce energy usage significantly. LED lighting was provided for 100% of the home. Hot water is provided by solar hot water panels. Also by relying on cross ventilation, AC was not necessary and thus not installed. The reusing of a large portion of the existing structure helps reduce CO2 emissions. Lastly the metal roofing that was removed from the original building was reused as metal decking for the concrete roof slabs.Save this picture!© Richard HammondSave this picture!SectionsSave this picture!© Richard HammondThe form of the home is defined by 2 separate volumes. The west volume containing the dining and kitchen has a raised sloping roof that creates a panoramic window that frames a view of the nearby iconic mountain called Pico Blanco. In a similar way, the red door frames become living picture frames for the views to the exterior celebrating the owner’s love of photography.Save this picture!© Richard HammondSave this picture!© Richard HammondThe result is a home that is constantly changing as the light moves during the day. The large openings and balconies help create connections to the exterior so the home feels like an extension of its local environment.Save this picture!© Richard HammondProject gallerySee allShow lessMeet the Winners of ArchDaily’s 2020 Architectural Visualization AwardsArchitecture NewsChildren’s Scale: A Brief History of Kid’s FurnitureArticles Share CopyHouses, Adaptive Reuse•San Antonio, Costa Rica CopyAbout this officeInverse ProjectOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentAdaptive reuseSan AntonioOn FacebookCosta RicaPublished on November 27, 2020Cite: “Nonosi House / Inverse Project” [Casa Nonosi / Inverse Project] 27 Nov 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Costa Rica Architects: Inverse Project Area Area of this architecture project Photographs:  Richard Hammond, Nico Marques, Joe Schmeltzer Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project 2018 Houses “COPY” Area:  300 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/952094/nonosi-house-inverse-project Clipboard Lead Architects: Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/952094/nonosi-house-inverse-project Clipboard Projects “COPY”last_img read more


Rally demands justice for Alan Blueford


first_imgWW photo: Al WynnOakland, Calif. — More than 100 people rallied at City Hall on July 31 to demand justice for Alan Blueford. An 18-year-old Black youth, Blueford was killed by a police officer just days before he would have graduated from Skyline High School. Guilty only of standing on a corner while Black, Blueford was shot three times by Officer Miguel Masso of the Oakland Police Department on May 6 and left to bleed out and die on the street.The coroner’s report, released this month after mass pressure, stated that there was no gunpowder on Alan’s hands and no drugs or alcohol in his system. The July 31 rally demanded that Officer Masso be fired; that he be tried for murder for Blueford’s death; and that the Oakland City Council use their authority to push for the immediate release of the police report.Alan Blueford’s mother, Jeralynn Blueford, (speaking) and father, Adam Blueford, (to her left) address supporters at July 31 rally. WW photo: Al WynnSpeakers at the rally included Blueford’s parents, Jeralynn Blueford and Adam Blueford; and attorneys Dan Siegel and Walter Riley. Hip-hop artist Jabari Shaw performed. Boots Riley, the final speaker, spoke about how the mainstream media have hyped people into believing that cops are really trying to protect them. He said, “When police do kill, they are usually pre-justified by the media and [TV] shows like ‘Law and Order.’”In a lead-up to the rally, Tanesha Blye, Blueford’s cousin, addressed the City Council on July 26, and then served people’s subpoenas to the eight city council members and Mayor Jean Quan, demanding their attendance at the rally. None of the council members nor the mayor showed for the event, so the Justice 4 Alan Blueford Coalition posted a huge “notice of termination” announcement on the doors to City Hall. The notice included the demands stated above, a repeal of the Officers’ Bill of Rights and an end to the “stop and frisk” laws, which have become “stop and kill” laws.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


Thousands protest in Alabama: Working class and oppressed fight abortion ban


first_img#StopTheBans actions are called for May 21, noon local time, at statehouses, town squares and courthouses across the U.S. Other protests will follow through the week. To find a list of actions, go to stopthebans.org.On May 15, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S. The reaction from working-class and oppressed people of Alabama has been extraordinary. In less than a week, thousands have organized, marched and rallied — from Huntsville to Mobile, from Birmingham to Montgomery — to protest the law.The law makes providing an abortion a felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison unless its to save a woman’s life — with no consideration for pregnancy by incest or rape. This directly affects not only cis gender women, but transgender men, nonbinary people with a uterus and intersex people, all of whom are capable of getting pregnant and all of whom deserve reproductive justice.This fascistic state law is currently unenforceable under existing federal law, but the reactionary leaders of Alabama know this. It is part of their plan. Their plan is for Alabama and several other states to propose and pass illegal, restrictive laws to challenge and overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision that guarantees women a fundamental “right to privacy” that protects the freedom to get an abortion. Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio and, as of a few days ago, Missouri, are among the states trailing Alabama in their attempts to have Roe v. Wade overturned with “heartbeat bills” that rely on myths, lies and reactionary patriarchal thought and practice as justification for repression.The weekend of May 18-19, this writer, who traveled from Florida, joined hundreds of working people — trans, cis, queer, Black, white, Brown, dis/abled and other oppressed groups — at Bienville Square in downtown Mobile, Ala., to chant, march and “shut it down” in protest of the violent law.Speakers on May 18 included people of all genders, races, nationalities and dis/abilties, from youth to a former abortion provider. All these expressed anger, disgust and fear of this bill and of the rising tide of right-wing extremism that bears down closer and closer on the working class with each passing day. Most notably present was Chikesia Clemons, a Black woman brutalized in a south Alabama Waffle House by armed police last year.  A handful of reactionary, anti-abortion counterprotesters showed up but were quickly outmaneuvered by the organizers. The religion-spouting anti-abortionists were eventually kicked out of the park by cops surveilling the rally — for having alcohol.After a few people spoke, including the newly formed Alabama Coalition for Reproductive Rights representative who read a manifesto against the reactionary legislature, a march started. Led by the ACRR and the Mobile Bay Green Party, about 100 people marched several blocks through the city and shut down at least one intersection for a number of minutes. Those participating included Clemons, STRIVE (Social Trans Initiative), Workers World Party and Party for Socialism and Liberation.Along the way, people driving by honked and raised fists in support of the march. After the march, more speakers urged recommitment to the fight for free, safe, on-demand abortion and other reproductive rights.On the second day of Mobile protests, hundreds of people again flooded Bienville Square to chant and shout against this heinous law. On both days, protesters wore black to signify the current lack of health care and reproductive justice for working-class Black people.About 1,000 people rallied in Huntsville under the slogan, “My Body, My Choice,” at Butler Green Park May 19. The rally had to be moved from its original site because so many people indicated they would attend.On the same day, in downtown Birmingham, 2,000 people joined the March for Reproductive Freedom from Kelly Ingram Park. Doctors wearing white coats expressed outrage at the ban’s criminalization of physicians who perform abortions. The march ended in a rally at the park, a site of many famous protests for justice over the years, including the 1963 Children’s March for Black civil rights and the 2011 Una Familia, Una Alabama rally against the state’s “Juan Crow” anti-migrant law.The Montgomery March for Reproductive Freedom began May 19 at the Court Square Fountain. The location is historically significant as the city’s main area where enslaved African people were sold. It’s just a few steps from the corner where Rosa Parks challenged racist segregation in 1955 by refusing to move to the “back of the bus.” One marcher protested using religious beliefs to justify condemn the abortion ban, saying: “There’s separation of church and state for a reason, and [they’re] bringing the church into the Legislature.” (tinyurl.com/y3hfc6nt)A popular chant from the people fighting for reproductive rights and justice for all in Mobile was “One voice! Pro-choice!”The call signifies a growing unity among the working class against the repression that we are fighting to eradicate. There’s no doubt that this struggle for reproductive justice will continue! FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


Turkey: Prosecutor requests long jail terms for 13 defendants in Cumhuriyet trial


first_img Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 2, 2021 Find out more In recent years Cumhuriyet has published many stories that have embarrassed the authorities and it has become one of the spearheads of Turkey’s independent media, which are being subjected to more harassment than ever. Because of its role, it was awarded the RSF Press Freedom Prize in 2015. Atalay’s provisional detention was extended today until the next hearing, to be held from 24 to 27 April. The only defendant not to have been released provisionally, he has already spent more than 500 days in prison. The court mentioned the possibility that he might try to flee although he returned to Turkey of his own volition and made himself available to judges when he learned that his colleagues had been arrested in October 2016. Organisation At today’s hearing, the prosecutor asked the court to convict 13 of the 18 defendants of “assisting a terrorist organization,” a charge that carries a maximum jail term of 15 years. They include well-known investigative reporter Ahmet Şık, editorial writer Kadri Gürsel, editor-in-chief Murat Sabuncu and managing director Akın Atalay. The Cumhuriyet newspaper trial’s prosecutor requested sentences of up to 15 years in prison today for 13 of the newspaper’s journalists and managers. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the trial as a “sinister farce” and urges as many people as possible to turn out in support of the journalists at the next hearing, at which the court is expected to issue verdicts. April 28, 2021 Find out more The judicial authorities accuse Cumhuriyet’s journalists and managers of carrying out a “radical change of editorial line” in order to support the goals of what are regarded in Turkey as three “terrorist organizations”: the movement led by the Muslim preacher Fethullah Gülen, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), and a small far-left group known as the DHKP/C. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize April 2, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Credit: Yasin Akgül / AFP TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeRSF Prize In fact, the ideologies of these three organizations could not be more disparate and all three were constantly criticized by the newspaper. Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. The already worrying media situation has become critical under the state of emergency proclaimed after a coup attempt in July 2016. Around 150 media outlets have been closed, mass trials are being held and the country now holds the world record for the number of professional journalists detained.center_img Follow the news on Turkey News March 16, 2018 – Updated on March 19, 2018 Turkey: Prosecutor requests long jail terms for 13 defendants in Cumhuriyet trial “Like the rest of the trial that we have been observing for the past eight months, today’s summing-up by the prosecutor criminalizes journalism,” said Erol Önderoğlu, RSF’s Turkey representative. News News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News The prosecutor also called for Cumhuriyet accountant Emre İper to be convicted of “terrorist propaganda” on the basis of his tweets, for the acquittal of three of the defendants (Turhan Günay, Günseli Özaltay and Bülent Yener), for the withdrawal of the “abuse of authority” charges against the newspaper’s managers, and for the cases against Can Dündar and İlhan Tanır, who are now living abroad, to be handled separately. RSF_en RSF_EECA to go further Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor “The heavy sentences requested by the prosecutor are based on a politicized and conspiracy-theorist interpretation of media work. More than ever, we demand the acquittal of Cumhuriyet’s journalists and managers, and we urge as many people as possible to come to the next hearing in a show of solidarity.”last_img read more