West Oakland, Calif., protests gentrification

first_imgThe Development Without Displacement Research Group held an anti-gentrification march and rally to the City of Oakland Planning Commission meeting at City Hall on June 11 in Oakland, Calif. Carrying banners reading “West Oakland 4 The People, Evict Developers” and “Swat WOSP [West Oakland Specific Plan],” the marchers began at Lil’ Bobby Hutton Park (aka DeFremery Park) in West Oakland. About 50 people marched inside, where they were met by more protesters from Causa Justa.The group wanted to speak out against city-backed plans that prioritize development and gentrification over people and community self-determination. They held a rally on the steps leading to the Council chambers, before going inside to disrupt and build consciousness around whose interest this development serves.  Speakers included Elaine Brown, former leader of the Black Panther Party.The commission approved the plan, despite all the speakers who spoke against it, moving the plan forward for full Council consideration.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

No to the attempts to destabilize Venezuela!

first_imgThe following is a Jan. 10 statement by the Ukrainian Marxist organization Borotba, translated by WW contributing editor Greg Butterfield.On Jan. 9, the puppet opposition forces operating in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and controlling a significant portion of the country’s parliament attempted a coup d’état.To this end, they organized a vote for the dismissal of the legally elected president of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro. Some 106 out of 163 deputies voted for the resolution.We, activists of the all-Ukrainian organization of Marxists “Borotba,” understand that behind the attempts to destabilize Venezuelan society are the same forces that unleashed civil war in Ukraine, Syria, Libya and other countries. Events unfolding before our eyes in Venezuela in recent months are painfully similar to what happened in Ukraine in 2013-2014.We can see how the neoliberal, pro-Western opposition has accused Maduro’s government of being undemocratic, corrupt and the cause of social crisis — at the same time forgetting that this social crisis is the result of an economic catastrophe, a result of pressure on the Venezuelan state by the center of global imperialism, the United States.It was under the banner of the fight against corruption and accusations that President Yanukovych was undemocratic that pro-U.S. opposition protests began in Ukraine in 2013, known as the Maidan.It should be noted that the opposition failed to put forward any slogans making demands for social improvements, such as an increase in the health and education budget, reducing the retirement age, reversal of the predatory privatization that took place in the 1990s, or increasing wages and pensions.The opposition in Ukraine was based on the most reactionary sectors of society — Ukrainian right-wing nationalists, racists, neofascists, ultraconservatives and neoliberals. They were all united by the desire to preserve the system in which the means of production are privately owned — as well as by U.S. money.Opposition financing came through various charities, human rights and civil society organizations. This was all carried out under the total supervision of the U.S. Embassy staff.The vote of the National Assembly of Venezuela was declared illegal by the country’s Supreme Court. And this is also one of the main similarities with the Ukrainian scenario. In February 2014, the Ukrainian Parliament also adopted an unconstitutional decision and voted for the election of one of the opposition leaders as acting president. This led to mass anti-fascist protests in Ukraine.Unfortunately, President Yanukovich betrayed the peoples of Ukraine and distanced himself from the struggle against the putschists, who seized power. The disorganization in the first days of the resistance played a sad role in the subsequent civil war in Ukraine. People who spoke out against the coup in Kiev managed to win in only a small part of Ukraine — the Donbass region. However, thousands of our fellow citizens are continuing their struggle or waiting in the wings. Hundreds of anti-fascists are languishing in Ukrainian prisons. The new government did not even hold back from using the army to suppress civilian opponents not taking part in hostilities. On May 2, 2014, one of the worst crimes of the 21st century took place — the mass murder and burning of people in Odessa, organized by the new leaders of the country.The scenario launched by Western strategists has led to hundreds of thousands of casualties in many countries of the Middle East, as well as Ukraine.We call upon the entire progressive community to condemn U.S. attempts to organize another civil war.We believe that the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, will show strength and be able to counter the coup organizers.We express our full support for all the progressive, communist, anti-imperialist and anti-fascist forces of Venezuela.Forward ever!¡No pasarán!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

2016 Round-Up : Number of journalists detained worldwide continues to rise

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is today releasing its annual worldwide round-up of journalists who are detained, held hostage or missing. Reports and statistics Imprisoned Organisation Help by sharing this information RSF_en December 9, 2016 – Updated on August 23, 2019 2016 Round-Up : Number of journalists detained worldwide continues to risecenter_img Reports and statistics Imprisoned Related documents rsf_2016-en.pdfPDF – 1.09 MB Reports The numbers are rising dramatically. A total of 348 journalists are currently detained worldwide – 6% more than were detained at this time last year. The number of detained professional journalists in Turkey has risen 22% after quadrupling in the wake of the failed coup d’état in July. More than 100 journalists and media contributors are now in Turkish jails. RSF has to date been able to establish a direct link between the arrest and the victim’s journalistic activities in 41 of these cases, and the organisation continues to verify others. President Erdogan’s increasing authoritarianism is being reflected in raids on media outlets that are designed to silence his critics.Hundreds of Turkish journalist have been taken to court on charges of “insulting the president” or “terrorism.” Some have even been jailed without any charges brought against them. The number of cases of arbitrary imprisonment continues to rise.Aside from Turkey, the three other biggest jailers of journalists are China, Iran and Egypt. They alone account for more than two thirds of the world’s detained journalists.“The persecution of journalists around the world is growing at a shocking rate,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “At the gateway to Europe, an all-out witch-hunt has jailed dozens of journalists and has turned Turkey into the world’s biggest prison for the media profession. In the space of a year, the Erdogan regime has crushed all media pluralism while the European Union has said virtually nothing.”Meanwhile, a total of 52 journalists are currently held hostage. This year, all of them are in conflict zones in the Middle East. Unsurprisingly, Syria and Iraq are among the most dangerous countries, with Islamic State alone holding 21 of these hostages.In response to the ever-growing dangers for news and information providers, RSF is calling for the creation of the position of “Special Representative for the safety of journalists” directly attached to the office of the United Nations Secretary-General. The many UN resolutions on protecting journalists and combatting impunity for crimes against them have yet to produce satisfactory results.Download the Round-up last_img read more

Delta Airlines pilot arrested at Minneapolis airport on suspicion of intoxication

first_imgLETG Jail(MINNEAPOLIS) — A Delta Airlines pilot was arrested Tuesday morning after he was suspected of being under the influence of alcohol at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), according to airport officials.The pilot Gabriel Lyle Schroeder, 37, was arrested and booked shortly after 11 a.m. CST. Officials told ABC News that Schroeder turned around and removed himself from the security line when he noticed TSA agents were conducting additional screenings for crew members.His behavior was marked as suspicious by TSA officers who notified police. According to a TSA spokesperson, officers could smell alcohol on Schroeder’s breath when he eventually re-entered security.Schroeder then boarded the flight, originally scheduled to fly to San Diego, and was removed by police 20 minutes before takeoff, according to an MSP spokesperson. Some passengers were forced to deplane after the flight was no longer fully staffed.An airport spokesperson said Minneapolis Airport Police conducted two sobriety checks — the first revealing Schroeder was under the influence of alcohol, and the second still pending. Officers also found Schroeder was in possession of an “alcohol container.”Pilots face a strict blood alcohol level restrictions, with .04 being considered illegal. Officials would not comment on the results of Schroeder’s first sobriety test since the investigation is ongoing.A Delta spokesperson told ABC News Delta hired another pilot to complete the trip and passengers arrived in San Diego with a one-hour delay.“Delta’s alcohol policy is among the strictest in the industry and we have no tolerance for violation,” Delta Airlines said. “Delta is cooperating with local authorities in their investigation.”ABC News could not reach Schroeder for comment.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Prey differences drive local genetic adaptation in Antarctic fur seals

first_imgAntarctic fur seal Arctocephalus gazella colonies are found on sub-Antarctic islands around the continent. These islands experience a range of conditions in terms of physical and biological habitat, creating a natural laboratory to investigate local genetic adaptation. One striking habitat difference is in the availability of Euphausia superba krill as prey, which has led to A. gazella exhibiting a range of diets. A. gazella in some colonies consume exclusively krill, while their conspecifics in other colonies feed mainly on fish and consume few to no krill. To investigate potential adaptations to these different prey fields, reduced representation genome sequencing was conducted on A. gazella from all 8 of the major colonies. Twenty-seven genomic regions exhibiting signatures of natural selection were identified. Two of these genomic regions were clearly associated with seals living in krill-dominated areas or those in fish-dominated areas. Twenty-two additional genomic regions under selection showed a pattern consistent with prey differences as the driver of selection, after historical migrations from krill-dominated habitats where lineages evolved to present krill-poor habitat areas were taken into account. Only 1 of the genomic regions identified appeared to be explained by any other environmental variable analysed (depth). Genomic regions under prey-driven selection included genes associated with regulation of gene expression, skeletal development, and lipid metabolism. Adaptation to local prey has implications for spatial management of this species and for the potential impacts of climate- or harvest-driven reductions in krill abundance on these seals.last_img read more

Agents waiting on business interruption claims will hear court’s decision this week

first_imgHome » News » Agents waiting on business interruption claims will hear court’s decision this week previous nextRegulation & LawAgents waiting on business interruption claims will hear court’s decision this weekThousands of agents who insured with Hiscox are awaiting the Supreme Court’s judgement, which will be handed down on Friday 15th January at 9.45am.Nigel Lewis13th January 202102,554 Views The thousands of agents who took out business interruption insurance with Hiscox which, they had hoped, would cover them following the arrival of the Covid pandemic are to get legal clarity next week on the issue, the Supreme Court has announced.On Friday (15th January) the court will deliver its judgement which follows seven months of legal arguments over whether ‘Covid clauses’ within business interruption policies taken out by estate agents with Hiscox can be honoured or not.The judgement will affect many insurance firms and businesses but concerns Hiscox because it has such a large market share of estate agency business insurance policies, partly because it has been a Propertymark-approved industry supplier for some time.The legal arguments are complex, but boil down to whether the policies involved – which were often sold to agents are offering business interruption insurance – included ‘disease clauses’ and ‘prevention of access clauses’ or, in some cases, both.Decision appealedHiscox is one of eight insurers involved who appealed a decision in the High Court last September that there could be cover for some of Hiscox’s policyholders in certain circumstances.The insurer says each claim will be different and that, although it has processed some claims, it is waiting for the outcome of the Supreme Court decision, which is due on Friday.This is likely to outline which agents can proceed with claims and payment, and which ones cannot.Whether a policy provides cover for business insurance related to Covid will depend on a number of factors, including the policy’s wording.Read our interview with one of the agents caught up in case.Agents can watch the 15-minute judgement via this link.Supreme Court ruling hiscox HIscox Business interruption insurance business insurance January 13, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Postdoctoral Fellow Research Associate-Surgery

first_imgThe major focus of our research projects is to determine themechanism for cardiac regeneration using different cell-basedpreparations, including exosomes, condition media, and the stemcells themselves and testing these cell-based products in a varietyof regenerative assays. In particular, we are determining how mIRspresent in the exosomes derived from the stem cells affect theregenerative process to recover the injured myocardium. Severalanimal and cell model systems, including conditional geneknockouts, will be used in these research projects, and many stateof the art techniques are available, such as real time PCR,CRISPR/Cas9 Genome Editing, confocal microscopy, real time imagingand advanced microscopy, multicolor flow and sorting, HPLC and massspectrometry, and ultrasonic and telemetric measurements ofcardiovascular function in rodents and large animals.Qualifications :Applicants must have a PhD, MD/PhD or equivalent degree and provenskills and experience in molecular biology.The University ofMaryland School of Medicine has a group of outstanding scientistsin cardiovascular research, especially in cardiovascular cellsignaling, diabetes, endothelial biology, and pathogenesis ofatherosclerosis. Successful applicants will have the opportunity towork with them and get help in developing an independent career inthis research field.To apply, send an application letter and CV, and the name andcontact information for three references to Dr. Sunjay Kaushal, MD,PhD, Director of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Department of Surgery,110 S. Paca Street, 7th floor, Baltimore, MD 21201,[email protected] accommodations are needed, contact Staffing & CareerServices at 410-706-7171, Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm EST.Maryland Relay can be accessed by dialing 711 (in-state) or1-800-735-2258.The University of Maryland, Baltimore is an EqualOpportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women,veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged toapply.last_img read more


first_imgWHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?“IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming FRIDAY.Todays READERS POLL question is: Should City Council Finance Chairman Dan McGinn and Controller Russ Lloyd Jr start speaking out on the 2017 budget shortfalls?Please take time and read our newest feature articles entitled “HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 15 years.Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribute.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

McLovins Announce ‘Road To Late Night’ Spring Tour Dates

first_imgJam rockers McLovins are doing things big in 2016! The band not only has a new album coming out, but they’re backing it up with a “Road To Late Night” tour throughout the spring. The dates will see McLovins start in Colorado before working their way to the East Coast, playing venues up and down the shoreline and performing at Domfest, CukoRakko Music & Arts Festival and more.The band is also celebrating their new album with an album release party, centered at Toad’s Place in New Haven, CT on March 26th With support from Hayley Jane & The Primates, fans will dig into the band’s self-titled new release McLovins for a great night of music. You can find out all about that show right here.Check out the full tour schedule, and get your fill of all things McLovins on the band’s official website.McLovins “Road To Late Night” Tour DatesMar 9 Fort Collins, CO: Aggie Theatre Mar 10 Denver, CO: Cervante’s Other Side Denver DowntownMar 11 Boulder, CO: Lazy Dog Live MusicMar 24 Worcester, MA: Electric HazeMar 26 New Haven, CT: Toad’s Place – Toads PlaceApr 8 Providence, RI: Providence CollegeApr 14 Arlington, VA: Sehkraft BrewingApr 22 Boone, NC: Boone SaloonApr 29 Savannah, GA: Barrelhouse SouthApr 30 Athens, GA: Georgia Theatre RooftopMay 7 Sommerville, MA: Thunder Road Music Club & Rock n’ Roll Bistro May 12 Virginia Beach, VA: Doc Taylor’sMay 14 Steele, AL: CukoRakko Music & Arts FestivalMay 19 Bedford, PA: Domefestlast_img read more

Phil Lesh And The Terrapin Family Band, Twiddle, Midnight North Announce New Show

first_imgPhil Lesh and The Terrapin Family Band will headline CMAC in Canandaigua, New York on Saturday, July 21 for a night marketed as Unbroken Train. Vermont jammers Twiddle are billed as special guests, along with Grahame Lesh (son of Phil Lesh)’s own Midnight North.Twiddle has collaborated with the Grateful Dead bassist once before, at their own annual festival Tumble Down in 2017, when Phil and Grahame Lesh, and Midnight North’s Elliott Peck, joined the band for fiery renditions of the Grateful Dead’s own “Eyes of the World” and Twiddle’s “When It Rains, It Pours” and “Subconscious Prelude”. With so much family and familiarity scheduled to be on stage at Unbroken Train, fans can certainly expect to see more exciting collaborations.Tickets to Unbroken Train go on sale next Friday, April 27, at 10am local time. Check out the art below, and head to the venue’s website for more information.Watch Twiddle, Phil Lesh, Grahame Lesh, and Elliot Peck perform “Eyes of the World” at Tumble Down:last_img read more