Week two of ‘Don’t Orchestrate Apartheid’

first_imgPicket of concert to protest Israel’s murder of Palestinians.For the second time, demonstrators gathered outside the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia on April 12 to denounce plans by the city’s philharmonic orchestra to tour and perform in Israel this June. This time, people attending an evening concert were greeted with musicians outside playing protest songs while carrying a 40-foot-long scroll showing pictures, with the names and ages, of 31 Palestinians murdered by Israeli snipers just since March 30.The Philadelphia Don’t Orchestrate Apartheid (PDOA) campaign is calling on the musicians to stop legitimizing Israeli oppression and apartheid against Palestinians. They see the planned tour as part of Brand Israel, the Israeli government’s propaganda strategy to use international artists and athletes to draw attention away from their oppression of Indigenous Palestinians.The planned tour is especially abhorrent in light of Israeli snipers intentionally murdering and wounding thousands of unarmed Palestinian demonstrators taking part in the Great Return marches in Gaza. “For the Philly orchestra to participate in a foreign government’s propaganda campaign is not okay, particularly when Israel is committing war crimes as we speak,” said PDOA spokesperson Susan Abulhawa.Other speakers at the demonstration included Abdul-Aliy Muhammad with the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative, Phil Gregory with Workers World Party, University of the Arts student Stephen Davies, Mike Wilson from Philly REAL Justice, and Karima Saab with Philly Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.Ted Kelly, who played guitar and sang Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War,” described performing at the Kimmel Center as a young violinist. Kelly noted that the planned trip to Israel would tarnish the image of the city’s music community. “I was 17 when I performed here — the same age as some of those murdered last week in Gaza.” The rally, which included a candlelight vigil, ended with the reading of the names of the Gaza martyrs.In an indication that PDOA’s campaign is being felt, a day after an April 6 demonstration that denounced the orchestra’s planned meeting with Israeli Minister of Culture and Sports Miri Regev, she was dropped from the itinerary. Regev has made blatantly racist and offensive comments about African asylum seekers, as well as Palestinians.However, a plan for orchestra members to tour an Israeli military base has been added to the orchestra’s schedule. This move is equally disgusting, considering the Israeli Defense Forces’ mass-scale, intentional shootings of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Who is FHFA’s New Chief of Staff?

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Who is FHFA’s New Chief of Staff? Share Save January 31, 2019 4,540 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribe About Author: Donna Joseph Tagged with: FHFA John Roscoe Joseph Otting Sen Mike Crapo Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at [email protected] Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has appointed John Roscoe, a special assistant to President Donald Trump and former Trump campaign official, as its new Chief of Staff. Roscoe will take on the new role on February 4 and report directly to Acting Director Joseph Otting. Roscoe currently serves as Special Assistant to the President in the White House Office of Presidential Personnel. The FHFA statement noted that his work has helped shape the economic, trade, and regulatory arm of the Trump Administration. Prior to joining the White House, Roscoe served in senior roles in the private sector and state government, including at the Ohio Treasurer’s office. “I am honored by this appointment and look forward to working with Acting Director Otting and the highly respected FHFA team,” Roscoe said.Commenting on the appointment, Otting said that Roscoe brings to the position “solid judgment that comes from working at a very high level across all ​branches of government.” “John is a dynamic and collaborative leader with a track record of success. I look forward to working with John to carry out the mission of the FHFA,” Otting said. The latest appointment comes at a time when the FHFA has been in the news because of Otting’s remarks on ending the conservatorships of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. As reported in DS News earlier, according to a recording of his remarks obtained by Politico, Otting told FHFA employees that they would be seeing communication from the White House and the Treasury over the next two to four weeks that “really sets a direction for what the future of housing will be in the U.S. and what the FHFA’s part will be.”The remarks set the share prices of both the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) soaring as investors became more hopeful that Fannie and Freddie could soon be out of government conservatorship.Housing Finance Reforms are also on top of the Senate Banking Committee’s agenda. The Committee will assess these and other proposals to determine how we can fix the flawed system, establish appropriate levels of taxpayer protection, preserve the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, increase competition among mortgage guarantors and promote access to affordable housing,” said Sen. Mike Crapo, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. Previous: James Hecht to Head Retail Production at Caliber Next: The Challenges of Obtaining Mortgage Payment Assistance Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago FHFA John Roscoe Joseph Otting Sen Mike Crapo 2019-01-31 Donna Joseph The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Who is FHFA’s New Chief of Staff? The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

Medan District Court declared COVID-19 cluster, one judge dies

first_imgHe added that all of the infected staff and judges had immediately gone into self-isolation.Judge Immanuel Tarigan of the Medan District Court said that, given the latest situation, the work-from-home policy for staff and judges that was supposed to end on Thursday would be extended to Sept. 11.Immanuel admitted that the extension of working from home would affect the integrated service at the district court. “The court will temporarily close the one-stop integrated service [PTSP], which serves the submission of files and claims. However, we are still open for trials,” he said.Meanwhile, Medan District Court spokesperson Tengku Oyong said the court would impose a lockdown if there was still COVID-19 transmission among court staff and judges next week.On Thursday, North Sumatra saw 141 more confirmed COVID-19 cases and three more COVID-19 deaths, bringing the total number of infections in the province to 7,265 and fatalities to 324. Meanwhile, a total of 4,282 patients have recovered from the disease. (aly)Topics : The Medan District Court in North Sumatra has been declared a COVID-19 cluster after 38 staff members and judges, including the head of the court, Sutio Jumagi Akhirno, tested positive for the coronavirus.One of the judges, Somadi, has reportedly died of the disease and was buried under COVID-19 protocol on Wednesday evening.“According to swab test results from Wednesday, 25 staffers and 13 judges are COVID-19 positive. We will do more testing on Friday to determine the number of staff infected and curb the transmission,” Medan District Court deputy chief Abdul Aziz told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.last_img read more

Music in the Park concert draws hundreds of attendees

first_imgMiss Gia Wyre sings at Music in the Park. At right, Jean Caze plays the trumpet and conch shell at the concert. (Photos by Armando Rodriguez/Miami-Dade County) MIAMI GARDENS – More than 400 residents packed into the Betty T. Ferguson Amphitheater for Music in the Park on December 7 in Miami Gardens. The audience clapped their hands and tapped their feet as Jean Caze and South Florida gospel songstress Miss Gia Wyre captivated the crowd during the free semiannual concert sponsored by Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan, the Sunshine Jazz Organization, Miami Gardens Councilman Erhabor Ighodaro, and the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Department. “We had such an amazing lineup,” Commissioner Jordan said. “I was thrilled to feature jazz, soul, and gospel music at this Music in the Park concert.”Concertgoers grooved to the smooth tunes of Jean Caze Presents Amédé featuring the jazz trumpeter who showcased his conch shell trumpet skills. Caze paid tribute to his native country Haiti with an instrumental and improvisational performance. The trumpeter, often compared to Miles Davis, also paid tribute to the late Melton Mustafa Sr.For the second part of the show, Miss Gia Wyre showed off a wide repertoire, singing gospel, R&B, soul, and blues. The crowd sang along as she performed her rendition of “Yes Jesus Loves Me,” Ray Charles’ “Night and Day,” Luther Vandross’ “Never Too Much” and Jill Scott “He Loves Me.” The next Music in the Park concert is scheduled for May 3.last_img read more

Ga traditional council clashes with GBA over Banku/Powers bout

first_imgThe Ga traditional Council has clashed with the Ghana Boxing Authority over the upcoming bout between Ayitey Powers and Bukom Banku.According to the Acting President of the Ga traditional Council, Nii Doodo Nsaki his council has communicated to the GBA not to stage the judgement day bout to avoid running into troubles with the traditional council.The Ga traditional Council wants the May 15th bout to be stopped because it falls within the period they are supposed to be observing part of their long standing tradition.Nii Doodo Nsaki said “The GBA and the promoters can’t tell us what to do. That is our custom which must be respected by all who live on our land. We have communicated this to them so who ever defaults will have himself to blame” he said.“For us, this is a period of no noise making and once we want to respect our tradition we won’t allow this bout to come off, never will we”.But the call from the Ga traditional Council has been resisted by the GBA who say the bout will certainly come off despite the treat from the Ga traditional Council. The GBA President Peter Zwennes, has appealed to boxing fans to ignore the call from the Ga traditional Council since they have no such powers to cancel the fight as they have attempted to do.The GBA President said in his interview that “The bout will come off as planned because the Ga traditional council lacks such powers to stop us from staging this fight. The GBA does not operate under them so we will not comply with their directives. The traditional council is misleading the public because they don’t have any such powers to stop this bout”.last_img read more

Member of Mike Pence’s team test positive for the coronavirus

first_imgAccording to the White House, a member of Vice President Mike Pence’s team has tested positive for the coronavirus.Vice President Pence’s spokeswoman Katie Miller, spoke about the incident on Friday.Miller reported that though the staff member does work for the Vice President, he or she did not have “close contact” with either the vice president or President Donald Trump.Miller also says that they are now in the process of contacting everyone who may have had contact with the staff member in accordance with CDC guidelines and that VP Pence’s office was also notified about the development on Friday evening.last_img read more

Yorkshire’s Walker is selected for golfing honour

first_img22 Nov 2018 Yorkshire’s Walker is selected for golfing honour  Yorkshire’s Les Walker has a keen eye for golfing talent and he’s just been honoured for his years of volunteer service as an England and GB&I selector.Walker, from Selby Golf Club, received England Golf’s Award for Excellence in Coaching at the annual coaching conference at Woodhall Spa.He is renowned for his vast experience and encyclopaedic knowledge of boys’ and men’s golf. He’s got a great eye for spotting talent and has proved it over and over again by helping to pick successful teams, with players such as Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Paul Casey and Luke Donald among his selections.Walker’s second term with the R&A has just come to an end after eight years as a boys’ selector and he bowed out after a convincing win for GB&I over Continental Europe in the boys’ Jacques Leglise Trophy, which involved five England players.Prior to this he trawled the fairways as a Walker Cup selector and was involved with the winning teams of 1999, 2001 and 2003. “We changed the pattern, we turned it around to win three on the trot and we only lost the next two by very small margins,” he said.He first became an England selector over 30 years ago and has been involved in many national successes.Walker is continuing as a boys’ selector and most recently has played his part in picking the England teams which have won the Boys’ Home Internationals for the last three years.“We have a very, very strong squad and they are young so we have them for more years than we used to,” he commented as he looked forward to more successes.Walker has his own proud record as player, having represented Yorkshire 178 times, winning 103 matches and halving 18. “It’s a good ratio,” he commented, viewing his record from a selector’s point of view! “It shows the lads that I have some expertise, that I did peg it up!”Walker was recognised alongside three other award winners. JJ Vallely of Matfen Hall, Northumberland, and coach to the North girls’ squad, was named Squad Coach of the Year. A Special Recognition Award was presented to David Ridley of Coxmoor Golf Club, Nottinghamshire, to mark his retirement after 32 years as an England coach. Paul Cannons of Kingsdown and Walmer Golf Club, Kent, was honoured as the Volunteer Manager of the Year.Caption: Les Walker, left, receives his award from England Golf Performance Director, Nigel Edwards (image copyright Vicki Head). Tags: Awards, England teams, performance, Selectorslast_img read more

Sea Bright Mulls Noise Ordinance Revision

first_imgCouncilman Kevin Birdsall, who took office in January, said before the election that he was not in favor of a more restrictive noise law and that he was against the discussed noise ordinance that would limit noise levels after 10 p.m. “It’s always been a fun shore town and had the energy of outdoors,” he said.With a stricter noise law, “The police force would be doing nothing but noise complaints all summer,” he said. The town has a land mass of a little over 1 square mile, with 22 liquor licenses, according to Birdsall.In regard to complaints about loud talking on porches and yards, Birdsall worried “you could have one uncle who visits you for the weekend, he happens to talk very loud,” and a neighbor has filed a complaint. He feared the situation could pit people against each other like “the Hatfields and McCoys.”“You don’t want that,” he said. “Talk to your neighbors,” Birdsall counseled.Birdsall said he wanted to discuss proposals for the new regulations with Councilman Marc Leckstein, who had been researching changes to make to the ordinance. “I just like to get my two cents in,” he said.Verunni said the council was working towards having the new regulations in place for the summer when the majority of the complaints are made.“It’s not an easy problem to deal with,” he said.He said Belmar, Manasquan and Asbury Park had been facing the problem for years.Complaints about noise aren’t solely from individuals about individuals either. Excessive noise has played a large role in recent applications before the town’s Unified Planning Board. By Liz SheehanSEA BRIGHT – The Borough Council is working on changing the noise ordinance in the town but has not yet reached a consensus on what changes should be made.“It’s tough to find a good balance,” Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said.When a complaint is made under the present ordinance, violations are determined by the police using decibel measuring devices. These devices can measure music and amplified voices, but they do not register non-amplified voices, Verruni said. Conversations are a frequent source of complaint – especially those of people who congregate around places where liquor is sold.Verruni said there is no general agreement among council members over what a new ordinance should contain. “We’re really in the formative process of what works best for our town,” he said.Complaints are not limited to gatherings at commercial establishments, he said. Some complaints have been made by residents who are unhappy overhearing the loud voices of neighbors on decks or porches late in the night.Under discussion, he said, is a change to the procedure of how complaints are handled. Residents would first call police and, if the police do not decide to file a violation of the ordinance, the resident “takes the next step.” That would mean, Verruni explained, the resident would take the case to municipal court.Some council members fear that would turn neighbor against neighbor in their small town, Verruni said.Also being discussed is what time the noise restrictions would go into effect and if they would be adjusted for weekends. Residents of the Nautilus, a condominium adjacent to Tommy’s Tavern + Tap are opposing granting the restaurant permission to place a bocce court and corn toss games behind the building, saying the noise generated by the games had been excessive.There have been several hearings on the application. A continued hearing on the application will be held in March.A resident tried to block an application to rebuild The Mad Hatter, destroyed by Super Storm Sandy, citing that the new building would generate more noise than the original. The board recently granted the restaurant permission to rebuild, but the matter is being appealed.last_img read more

Win Chelsea v Bolton tickets

first_imgWest London Sport has teamed up with Thomas Cook Sport, official travel partner of Chelsea FC, to offer Blues fans the chance to win a pair of tickets to their next Premier League home game against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 25 February.André Villas-Boas will be hoping for all three points against the Trotters…and you could be at Stamford Bridge to watch all the action LIVE!We have five pairs of tickets to give away and to be in with a chance of winning, simply answer the following question:Which recent Chelsea signing previously played for Bolton?a. John Terryb. Gary Cahillc. Ashley ColeE-mail the correct answer to [email protected] will be randomly selected. The competition closes at 5pm on Monday, 13 February.Thomas Cook Sport is the UK’s leading sports tour operator and official travel partner of Chelsea FC, offering match breaks to Chelsea fans for the 2011/2012 season from £109 per person. This season, choose the winning tactic and book your 2011/12 match break by visiting www.thomascooksport.com or call the sales team on 0844 800 9900.You can also follow us on Twitter @thomascooksport and find us on Facebook at facebook.com/ThomasCookSportUK to keep up-to-date with all the latest competitions, special offers and news.Terms & Conditions1. The prize consists of two tickets (Chelsea end) to the game against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday 25 February 2012, for five winners. Kick-off is at 15.00.2. The package does not include travel to or from the ground or any hospitality at the ground.3. Fans are reminded that tickets are in the Chelsea end and seats are amongst home supporters. Please be aware that any vocal or visual support for the opposition will result in ejection from the stadium without compensation.4. Entrants are reminded that tickets are issued subject to Chelsea FC Regulations and the Conditions of Entry relevant to those tickets.5. Competition open to all UK residents with the exception of employees of Thomas Cook Sport Ltd, Chelsea FC or Hatch Communications, their immediate families, agents or anyone else associated with the administration.6. No cash alternative will be offered.7. The competition closes on 13 February.8. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the promoter reserves the right to offer an alternative prize of equal or greater value.9. The promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.10. All entrants must be willing to participate in publicity should they be a winner.11. We reserve the right at any time to cancel, modify or supersede the competition if, in our sole discretion, the competition is not capable of being conducted as specified in the competition rules.12. The promoter of this competition is either Thomas Cook Retail Limited, trading as Thomas Cook Sport or Airtrack (for UK departures), or Capitol Holdings Ltd, trading as Thomas Cook Sport (Ireland), for travel arrangements departing from the Republic of Ireland. Thomas Cook Retail Ltd registered office is The Thomas Cook Business Park, Coningsby Road, Peterborough PE3 8SB, and the company registration number is 00102630 England. Capitol Holdings Ltd registered office is 10B Beckett Way, Parkwest Business Park, Dublin 12, and company registration number is 163008. To discover more about Thomas Cook Sport, log on to www.thomascooksport.comlast_img read more

Researchers find alternate path for Listeria to sicken people

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Purdue University scientists have found another pathway that Listeria uses to enter the bloodstream, suggesting that forms of the foodborne bacteria considered benign may be more dangerous than once thought.About 600 million people around the world contract listeriosis each year, with 420,000 dying, according to the World Health Organization. In the U.S., 1,600 people are infected each year, causing 260 deaths, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pregnant women, newborn children, adults 65 and older and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk. The pathogen is found most often in deli meat, hot dogs, dairy products and produce.To infect someone, the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria must cross the epithelial barrier, a wall of cells in the gut that generally protects the bloodstream from harmful pathogens. It has long been believed that a protein called Internalin A, found in many forms of Listeria, is required for breaking through that barrier.Arun Bhunia, a Purdue food microbiology professor in the Department of Food Science, and his team fed Listeria to mice that have a non-functional receptor for the Internalin A protein. If Internalin A is required for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria to reach the bloodstream, these mice should not have been infected. But they were.“As soon as we feed the mice this bacterium, it goes through the intestine and crosses this epithelial barrier and into the blood circulation, liver and spleen,” Bhunia said. “This suggests there is another way in which Listeria monocytogenes gets through these cells and into the bloodstream.”Bhunia’s findings, reported in the journal Cell Host & Microbe, show Listeria adhesion protein (LAP) interacts with heat shock protein (HSP) in mice, then the epithelial cells move apart to give the bacterium access to the bloodstream. But that is just one path the bacteria might use to infect a host.Since the Internalin A receptors are sandwiched between epithelial cells in humans, they are inaccessible to the Internalin A protein.“When LAP interacts with HSP, those cells move apart, not only giving the bacterium access to the bloodstream, but also exposing the Internalin A receptors and allowing transport of Listeria monocytogenes into the bloodstream, which likely happens in humans,” Bhunia said. “Now that we know the mechanism, we can look at how to block this pathway to prevent the infection.”The findings are also important because Listeria strains that have the defective or nonfunctional Internalin A protein haven’t been considered dangerous. But if the bacteria have another way through the gut and into the bloodstream regardless of Internalin A, that’s no longer true.“We cannot just think that because most of these bacteria that are found in food are Internalin A mutants, we can tolerate it. We can still get infected,” said Rishi Drolia, a graduate research assistant in Bhunia’s lab.Next, Bhunia’s team is working on development of a vaccine that blocks LAP, which could be a method for keeping Listeria from reaching the bloodstream. The Purdue AgSEED program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Purdue Research Foundation supported this research.last_img read more