Playtika finalises pricing for initial public offering

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter From the initial sale, Alpha Frontier – the holding company controlled by the consortium of investors that acquired Playtika in 2016 – stands to gain $1.38bn. This increases to $1.66bn if the over-allotment option is sold in full.  Read the full story on iGB North America. Regions: US Email Address It also sees the tranche of shares sold by Playtika reduced, from an expected 21,700,000 shares to 18,518,500. This would net the business total proceeds of $500.0m.  15th January 2021 | By Robin Harrison Social gaming giant Playtika has confirmed that its initial public offering (IPO) will see 69,500,000 shares sold to the public at a price of $27.00 per share, which could generate total proceeds of $1.88bn. The business’ majority stockholder Alpha Frontier will sell a larger than anticipated tranche.  Topics: Casino & games Finance Social gamingcenter_img The shares are expected to begin trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market today (January 15), under the symbol PLTK.  The $27.00 per share price exceeds the expected range of between $22.00 and $24.00 set out in its registration statement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Tags: Playtika Social gaming The offering is then expected to close on January 20, subject to customary closing conditions.  Alpha Frontier will sell 50,981,500 shares of common stock, above the 47,800,000 set out in the registration statement. As before, the underwriters will have a 30-day option to buy an additional 10,425,000 shares at the IPO price.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Playtika finalises pricing for initial public offeringlast_img read more

What’s it like to play international rugby for Gibraltar?

first_img Maro Itoje Mocks The Doubters After Scoring Try Expand The debate surrounding Aviva Premiership relegation goes on,… Tom Lovelace gives an insight into what it’s like to fulfil your international dream for one of rugby’s smaller nations Scrapping Premiership relegation would have positive effect argues Ben Ryan Maro Itoje Mocks The Doubters After Scoring Try Scrapping Premiership relegation would have positive effect argues Ben Ryan Collapse After scoring a try against Harlequins, Maro Itoje… The line-up: The Gibraltar team prepare for the anthems (DM Parody – www.dotcom.gi/photos) 2018 Six Nations – Jacob Stockdale wins Player of the Tournament The boys are regularly featured on our local sports TV programme, GBC’s Sports Hub, but I’ve yet to hit the big screen. I was interviewed on the Radio Gibraltar breakfast show on the Thursday before the game from my breakfast table in Clapham, which my housemates enjoyed. I’ve not been inundated with media offers since but the radio show earned me two extra followers on Instagram, which I’ll take.We won the game 17-5. We made it difficult for ourselves but conditions were challenging as we had a fair bit of rain and wind. I didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet but our hooker, Chris Griffin, danced through the Finnish defence to score a majestic solo effort from the 22 in his last game before he moves back to Bristol.Fly-half Chuqi Cruz, who’s also UK-based at Loughborough University, kicked four penalties in the wind to put us out of sight. We’ve now won eight Internationals on the bounce but we have a long way to go before we start thinking about Cyprus’s 24-game world record winning streak.The match had finished by the time England played Ireland and we managed to enjoy a few beers with the Finns on St Patrick’s Day. Every team I’ve played against have been brilliant after games – language barriers are easily broken with a few beers and it’s good to see rugby’s culture reaching the far corners of Europe.As we don’t have an endless number of playing shirts to swap, I make a point of swapping my GRFU tie with my opposite number and I have built up a little collection.Best foot forward: Tom Lovelace on the attack in Gibraltar’s win over Finland (DM Parody www.dotcom.gi/photos)Like me, Chuqi and five or six others are UK-based for work or uni, which is tough as we don’t get to train with the squad too often. We had a full training camp in January before our two spring fixtures which we all flew out for but it’s not quite enough.Because we’re not yet part of Rugby Europe, who normally provide for transport costs, players get 50% of our flight costs refunded and are provided with food before and after matches but we cover the rest ourselves. It’s a reasonable commitment taking leave from work and the costs can build up, but my employers are understanding and let me take the time off whenever I request it.Funding ourselves is tough but worth it. Our management team work incredibly hard, our sponsors are great and the people of Gibraltar turn out to support us at home despite rugby being very much a secondary sport on the Rock.Next up for Gib, the team are off to play the UAE in Dubai in April. I can’t make it sadly but I wish them all the best of luck and I can’t wait to get back out against whoever we play next in September.Playing for Gibraltar isn’t quite the dream I had as a kid running round Whitemans Green with Haywards Heath RFC but I feel every bit as proud playing for them as I would for England. Walking out the tunnel in front of a cheering crowd, singing the anthem and representing my small country alongside 22 of my mates is an unforgettable experience and it’s a true privilege to be part of it. 2018 Six Nations – Jacob Stockdale wins Player of the Tournament My highlight so far was coming off the bench against Finland last year to score the winning try in front of a home crowd. That moment alone will keep me coming back to play for Gibraltar any time I’m called up. What’s it like to play international rugby for Gibraltar?Tom Lovelace started playing rugby for Haywards Heath aged six and, after a four-year stint living in Gibraltar, continued from the ages of ten to 18. Since then he has played for Nottingham University, Barnes and KCS Old Boys.He made his international debut for Gibraltar against Montenegro, where he scored two tries as a replacement. Here he explains what it’s like to play for one of rugby’s smaller nations…On the final day of the Six Nations Championship, I fulfilled my boyhood dream and lined up to start an international rugby match for my country in front of a home crowd. Thankfully, I wasn’t at Twickenham wearing the red rose of England and losing to the Irish, but was representing the small British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar against the comparably enormous Finland in front of a rapturous 1,000-strong crowd at our fortress Victoria Stadium.A couple of years ago, aged 26 and after 17 years of mediocre achievement in rugby, I’d finally accepted that playing club rugby in London Two wasn’t going to give me a route out of accountancy and I was categorically not going to earn an international call-up from then England coach Stuart Lancaster no matter how much more questionable his selections became.On the ball: Tom Lovelace tries to get through the Finland defence (DM Parody www.dotcom.gi/photos)As a half-Gibraltarian, I visited the Rock at least once a year but had heard very little about the rugby team on my travels. By good fortune at the 2016 Hong Kong Sevens I bumped into a man wearing a Gibraltar Rugby cap and found he’d been following the Gib tour of Singapore and Malaysia.As soon as I came home I did a bit of searching on Facebook and came across our amiable team manager Steve Payas and sent him a message asking how to get involved. I was invited out that September for a trial in a friendly against the Royal Marines, who visit the Rock every year for a charity game, and made my debut for the Gibraltar Select XV.After a rusty performance playing under the intense September sun, I was proudly called up for my first cap: Montenegro away in November in the little port town of Tivat, a place I can definitely say I’d never have visited if it wasn’t for rugby.Montenegro had recently been admitted into the fifth tier of European rugby and we managed to get a comprehensive 55-7 victory. My first taste of international rugby was a 20-minute stint off the bench on a muddy pitch against a team who had to turn their shirts inside out because of a colour clash. It was by no means glamourous but it was an incredible experience. What the Montenegrins lacked in rugby prowess, they more than made up for with post-game beers.Fast-forward 18 months and I’m on four caps from games away to Hungary and two at home against Finland. Helsinki’s weather isn’t quite as conducive to running rugby as the southern tip of Spain but we do plan to return the favour and head over there at some point.MORE FROM RUGBY WORLD… Expand 2018 Six Nations – Jacob Stockdale wins Player… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS If you’d like to go on tour to Gibraltar, arrange a fixture or if you may be eligible to play for Gibraltar and are interested in trialling then please reach out to [email protected] Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Devoto House / Andres Remy Arquitectos

first_img Houses CopyHouses•Buenos Aires, Argentina Devoto House / Andres Remy Arquitectos Argentina Save this picture!© Alejandro Peral+ 36 Share “COPY” Architects: Andres Remy Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily Area:  550 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeAndres Remy ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBuenos AiresHousesArgentinaPublished on March 13, 2011Cite: “Devoto House / Andres Remy Arquitectos” 13 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogFaucetshansgroheKitchen MixersGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesPlumbingSanifloMacerator – Saniaccess®3WoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsSkylightsVELUX CommercialLonglight 5-30° – Modular SkylightsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteLove TilesPorcelain Tiles – SplashAluminium CompositesMetawellAluminum Panels for Interior DesignMetal PanelsRHEINZINKPanel Systems – Horizontal PanelEducationalLamitechChalk boardCarpetsCarpet ConceptCarpet – Eco IquMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Devoto 住宅 / Andres Remy 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 stream Devoto House / Andres Remy ArquitectosSave this projectSaveDevoto House / Andres Remy Arquitectos Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/117972/devoto-house-andres-remy-arquitectos Clipboard 2009 “COPY” Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/117972/devoto-house-andres-remy-arquitectos Clipboard Photographs:  Alejandro Peral Text description provided by the architects. This project was a great challenge for the Studio, considering that it was going to take part of the urban structure. The lot of 18 x 24 meters is located in Devoto. It is between two existing buildings that threatens the project when the problem of isolation and view. Save this picture!© Alejandro PeralRecommended ProductsWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedFor this reason this project is leaning towards its neighbor, creating an introspective posture that creates the views from the inside rather than from the outside. An architecture that generated its own views. Save this picture!© Alejandro PeralIn this manner the Project was able to solve the basis of isolation and views from the garden. This was a constant worry from the clients since the beginning of the Project. Save this picture!© Alejandro PeralThe house of 500 m2 was done for a young couple with kids. It was larger than the dimensions of given lot, threatening the space of the garden. For that reason, the first floor was given less program, leaving open the exterior spaces. Save this picture!© Alejandro PeralThe living, kitchen and dining rooms expose the garden that penetrates all the volumes in the house. The spaces distort the conventional plans of an urban house. The stone wall guides the inhabitant within the house, therefore, the rough texture of the streets are soften by the water that flows down the stone wall, a walk that is colored by the different qualities the water gives the space. Save this picture!© Alejandro PeralThe green area between the living room and the neighbor guides the way to the entrance of the house. It is surrounded by the natural setting and different tones that the light of the sun gives to the space. Save this picture!© Alejandro PeralIn this Project, the impact of the sun path was carefully studied, especially to place the swimming pool. One more time, water takes a big role in the creation of this house. This time the swimming pool is elevated from the ground creating a glass wall that allows views from within and the outside, creating views from different points in the house and focal point outside the house. Save this picture!© Alejandro PeralThe house is formed vertically having a shifting effect. The bedrooms are located in the east overlooking the heart of the house, the garden. The last floor places a spa; having a jacuzzi, sauna and a gym with an exterior space. Privately settled for the couple. This Project goes beyond the rigid setting. It translates the urban setting into a natural setting subtlety. It pushes the boundaries of the conventional urban home to a spacious living where one has the best of both, the natural and the urban setting.Project gallerySee allShow lessSquare in Space / Ivan FilipivocArticlesArchitecture for Humanity Mobilizing Teams to Help with Japan Earthquake and TsunamiArticles Share Photographslast_img read more

Villa Vista / Shigeru Ban Architects

first_imgArchDaily Villa Vista / Shigeru Ban ArchitectsSave this projectSaveVilla Vista / Shigeru Ban Architects “COPY” Architects: Shigeru Ban Architects Area Area of this architecture project Projects CopyAbout this officeShigeru Ban ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWeligamaHousesSri LankaPublished on March 31, 2014Cite: “Villa Vista / Shigeru Ban Architects” 31 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemArmchairsUniForArmchair – ParigiLouvers / ShuttersBruagShading Screens – Perforated Facade PanelsAluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Façade BladesCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemWire MeshJakobWebnet in a Gymnasium in GurmelsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Pocket Door | MareaPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WLouversReynaers AluminiumSolar ShadingHandlesFormaniFitting Collection – ARCMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/490211/villa-vista-shigeru-ban-architects Clipboard Save this picture!© Hiroyuki Hirai+ 29 Share Villa Vista / Shigeru Ban Architects Sri Lanka “COPY” Area:  825 m² Area:  825 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2010 2010 Houses Photographs Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/490211/villa-vista-shigeru-ban-architects Clipboard photographs:  Hiroyuki HiraiPhotographs:  Hiroyuki HiraiLocal Architect:Philip Weeraratne, Ravindu Karunanayake, Manoj KuruppuStructure:Nandana Abeysuriya, Kokila LayanMEP:Tissa Gunasena, Yohan JayanthaContractor:Star Construction & EngineersFurniture Design:Shigeru Ban, Yasunori Harano, Marc Ferrand, Jacob Pringiers, Nick TopClient:Koenraad PringiersSite Area:32648 m2Architect In Charge:Shigeru Ban, Yasunori HaranoCity:WeligamaCountry:Sri LankaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Hiroyuki Hirai Save this picture!Floor PlanAfter designing and building post-tsunami reconstruction houses in Sri Lanka, Shigeru Ban was commissioned to design a residence for an owner of a local tire company. Located on a hilltop site facing the ocean, the floor, walls and ceiling of this building frame three different views.Save this picture!© Hiroyuki HiraiThe first is the view of the ocean seen from the jungle in the valley, framed perpendicularly by the external corridor from the existing house to this house and the roof. The next is the horizontal scenery of the ocean from the hilltop framed by the large roof supported by poles of 22 m span and the floor.Save this picture!SectionThe last is the view of the cliff which glows red during sunset; this is viewed through a square frame composed of 4 m solid wood in the main bedroom.Save this picture!© Hiroyuki HiraiThe large roof is first covered by light cement boards for water proofing and secondly covered by woven coconut leave material, which is often used for property fences not only to block the strong daylight but also to blend the building into the local ambience. The ceiling is composed of teak, 80mm wide and 3mm thick woven in a large wickerwork pattern.Project gallerySee allShow lessRedevelopment of the Praia dos Moinhos Beach / M-ArquitectosSelected ProjectsA Theory of Architecture Part 2: The Adaptive Design MethodArticles Share CopyHouses•Weligama, Sri Lanka Year: last_img read more

Eyewitness Ames plant fire, Part 2: Corporate poison and politics

first_imgA fire burns at the former Ames plant in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The fire started on Oct. 21.By Xzander StephensParkersburg, W. Va., areaOn Oct. 21, the Ames plant fire here lit up a week of polluted hell for Parkersburg residents. (See Oct. 31 workers.org for detailed coverage.)But West Virginia has a long history of being one of the most heavily exploited states in the union, used primarily as an extraction site for corporations. This is coupled with an extremely bloody record against workers’ rights.One of the worst industrial accidents in U.S. history, for example, happened when 750 workers, drilling the Hawk’s Nest Tunnel in the early half of the 1930s, died of silicosis. Workers were being forced to break through the 99.4 percent pure silica in Fayette County, W.Va., as part of a hydroelectric project. The silica the workers inhaled created extensive and fibrous nodules on their lungs. They found it harder and harder to breathe. Ultimately, many suffocated to death as a result.In August 1985, a small cloud of toxic chemicals escaped from a Union Carbide plant in Charleston, W.Va. At least 135 residents were treated for eye, throat and lung irritation; 28 of the injured were admitted to nearby hospitals. The cloud of gas contained several chemicals, including aldicarb oxime, which is combined with methyl isocyanate to produce aldicarb, a compound used in pesticides. Health officials assured the public that everything was fine and the chemicals were “nontoxic,” despite numerous medical cases contradicting this narrative.In January 2014, up to 300,000 residents in Charleston were without access to clean water for several days after a major chemical spill, and were facing long-term issues with contaminated household water systems. State environmental officials estimated that as much as 7,500 gallons of a chemical used to process coal (crude 4-Methylcyclohexanemethanol) flowed into the Elk River, a tributary of the Kanawha River.In 2007, residents near DuPont and Chemours’ Washington Works plant near Parkersburg learned their water had been contaminated with the chemical C-8, used to make Teflon. Now, over a decade later, the companies have finally agreed to pay $670.7 million to settle the 3,500 cases in the class-action lawsuits that were filed.In that decade, residents of Parkersburg reported a whole death-list of medical problems, including kidney cancer, testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease and pregnancy-related hypertension, including preeclampsia and hypercholesterolemia.Farmers also reported livestock affected by exposure to C8, with symptoms including bleeding from orifices, vomiting blood, tumors, seizures, blindness, tremors, foaming at the mouth and death. From the 1980s into the 1990s, DuPont and Chemours began to buy land from resident farmers and landowners for landfills, assuring them that what was to be dumped was ash, scrap metal and so on.After years of reports of environmental and medical issues facing the community, some people began to dig to uncover the root cause. When the lawyer for one farmer uncovered the Teflon chemical link, Bernard J. Reilly, a legal counsel for DuPont, wrote in a company internal document: “The shit is about to hit the fan in WV … the lawyer for the farmer finally realizes the surfactant [C8] issue … Fuck him.” (tinyurl.com/jvfo3jo)Polluted capitalist politicsThis pollution is taking place within a 154-year history of corporate exploitation and stranglehold on state politics. The current West Virginia governor is billionaire Jim Justice, a personal friend and strong supporter of Donald Trump. Earlier this year, Justice joined Trump at a West Virginia rally to announce he was switching his party affiliation from Democrat (read Coalcrat) to Republican.During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump made several stops in West Virginia, where he spoon fed West Virginia workers false hopes of factories and mines opening up, dangling coal in front of our faces just like every other Tom, Dick and Harry politician that comes through our mountains.West Virginians buy into these farcical narratives out of economic desperation. They gave Trump 489,371 votes, a landslide victory with 68.5 percent of the state’s total votes.While Jim Justice, after several days of continuous chemical smoke in Parkersburg, has made some statements about the Ames plant fire, the Trump administration has made a total of zero comments about the Ames plant disaster. Odd, since he apparently “loved” us during the election year.This, combined with the state’s delayed response to the disaster, as well as the city running out of funds and water to combat the fire, left many residents feeling abandoned by everyone and left to survive if they could.Where the political background involving Trump becomes most significant is Trump’s proposed 31 percent budget cut for the Environmental Protection Agency. This would greatly reduce, if not strip, the resources needed to respond to emergencies such as the Parkersburg fire.EPA staff and scientists at its regional offices across the country regularly respond to emergency calls from city and state officials during disasters such as this. Funds to respond to many of those calls, including from West Virginia officials, would no longer be available under Trump’s budget. So, in effect, this is what the Trump-Justice duo has in store for Parkersburg residents moving forward.A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Timothy Callihan and other residents. Defendants named in the suit are Surnaik Holdings of West Virginia LLC, SirNaik LLC, Polymer Alliance Services LLC, Green Sustainable Solutions LLC and Intercontinental Export Import Inc.The full medical and environmental cost of this disaster remains to be seen. But with a state history of corporate coverups, state pandering and collusion with various corporations, with no regulations, zero social planning and little recourse for the citizens of affected areas such as Parkersburg, the outcome doesn’t look too good.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

April 30 protest in Philadelphia: ‘Meek is free – now free Mumia!’

first_imgThe rapper Meek Mill was released from prison on April 24 after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered Philadelphia Judge Genece Brinkley, who jailed Mill in November 2017 for a probation violation, to immediately let him out.Coming a week after District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office had called for a new trial for Mill, the state court granted him “extraordinary relief” based on doubts about the credibility of arresting officer Reginald V. Graham.Graham, accused of lying to secure Mill’s conviction, was on a list of 29 “untrustworthy cops” made public by Krasner’s office in March. This “Do Not Call” list was used to warn prosecutors against using these officers as witnesses because their serious misconduct had raised credibility concerns. No defense attorney, including Mill’s lawyers, was ever told of the existence of this list until its recent release.Mill stated, “Although I’m blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues.” (Philadelphia Inquirer, April 25)Deandra Patrice Jefferson, with the anti-police brutality group Philly REAL Justice and an organizer on Mill’s behalf, said, “Meek’s case is representative of what goes on in Philly courts every day.  We are clear that the system here is corrupt. This case was just a linchpin and a catalyst for many issues.”Mill has a broad support team of lawyers, athletes, performers and politicians, including both current Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and former Gov. Ed Rendell. Rendell has also held the posts of district attorney and mayor of Philadelphia, as well as head of the Democratic National Committee.‘Extraordinary relief’ for Mumia?By coincidence, Mill was released on the birthday of Philadelphia’s most famous political prisoner: Mumia Abu-Jamal, a former Black Panther Party member and renowned journalist. Abu-Jamal is one of the “many people of color” without the luxury of support from well-heeled politicians.In fact, Rendell played a key role in opposing Abu-Jamal’s attempts to win a fair trial. Gov. Wolf has repeatedly refused to meet with Abu-Jamal supporters, only begrudgingly accepting boxes of petitions calling for hepatitis C treatment for Abu-Jamal and 6,000 other Pennsylvania prisoners in 2016.Since his arrest in December 1981 in connection with the shooting of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner, Abu-Jamal’s case has been rife with judicial corruption, including coercion of witnesses and withholding of information from the defense.At least 15 of the 35 police officers involved in collecting evidence in the case were later found guilty of evidence tampering in other cases.  The state also claimed that it failed to do routine ballistics tests that would have proven whether Abu-Jamal had actually fired his gun or if his gun was even used.Polakoff photos disprove prosecution witnessesIn 2011 German researcher Dr. Michael Schiffmann of the University of Heidelberg discovered 26 photos taken by Philadelphia freelance photographer Pedro Polakoff, one of the first people to arrive at the scene after Faulkner was killed.Polakoff offered his photos to police and prosecutors, but they were never used in Abu-Jamal’s 1982 trial or post-conviction hearings.Polakoff told Schiffmann that it was the “most messed-up crime scene I have ever seen.” It was completely unsecured, a fact also testified to by Philadelphia journalist Linn Washington Jr. The photos strongly dispute prosecution witnesses’ testimony. Had Polakoff’s photos been given to the defense, they could have completely destroyed the state’s case.At the 1982 trial all of the state’s witnesses testified that Abu-Jamal stood over Faulkner, who was lying on the sidewalk, and fired several .38 caliber bullets down at him, one of which hit and killed him instantly. Although several shots allegedly missed, Polakoff’s photos show no evidence that the .38 caliber bullets that missed Faulkner ever hit the sidewalk.  There was no evidence of divots, holes or broken concrete on the sidewalk.Taxi driver Robert Chobert, testifying for the prosecution, claimed he parked just behind Faulkner’s squad car with a direct view of the killing.  In Polakoff’s photo of Faulkner’s car, Chobert’s cab is nowhere to be seen. It was also highly unlikely that Chobert, on probation at the time and driving a cab without a license, would have parked behind a police car.Other Polakoff photos show police officer Steve Forbes holding the weapons recovered at the scene in his bare hands, even changing the guns from one hand to another.  At the 1982 trial Forbes denied directly touching the guns.As damaging as these photos are to the prosecution’s case, without a new trial for Abu-Jamal they remain inadmissible as evidence.  The state has always known this, which is just one more reason they have done everything in their power to prevent him from having another day in court.All out on April 30 to demand: ‘DA Krasner — Release the files!’On April 30, Abu-Jamal supporters will be out in force starting at 7:30 a.m, filling the courtroom and the streets, to demand that DA Krasner do the right thing and release all the files related to former DA Ronald Castille’s role in this case.A 2016 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Williams vs. Pennsylvania, determined that Castille had violated the constitutional rights of Terrance Williams, since he had played a direct role in that case as DA but later, after becoming a State Supreme Court judge, refused to recuse himself when the case came before the court for a hearing. Abu-Jamal’s current appeal case is based on this SCOTUS ruling.If Meek Mill deserved “extraordinary relief” because the prosecution withheld evidence that one cop lied, Mumia Abu-Jamal deserves to be immediately released because the DA’s office holds boxes with ample evidence that the prosecution’s handling of this case was corrupt from day one.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Limerick TD reacts to unauthorised World Cup ticket resales

first_imgLinkedin Maurice Quinlivan TDLIMERICK TD Maurice Quinlivan has reacted to FIFA’s move to take legal action against Viagogo for unauthorised resale of tickets, showing the urgent need for legislation in this area in Ireland. “FIFA lodged a criminal complaint in Switzerland against the ticket website Viagogo as part of a crackdown on unauthorised World Cup ticket sales. FIFA have said they received numerous complaints over the past few months over the opaque and deceptive business conduct of Viagogo, and so they took action. This is a huge issue in Ireland, with consumers constantly expressing frustration at the total absence of regulation, and the phenomenon of tickets selling out in minutes, only to reappear within minutes on secondary selling sites for hugely inflated prices.” WhatsApp Print Previous articleLimerick Garda seeking public’s assistance in renewed appeal for missing Limerick manNext articleMunster Hurling Championship continues with Waterford visit Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Email NewsLimerick TD reacts to unauthorised World Cup ticket resalesBy Alan Jacques – June 8, 2018 974 Twitterlast_img read more

Fitzgerald on Guerin report: If reform is needed, reform will happen

first_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest Google+ Fitzgerald on Guerin report: If reform is needed, reform will happen Google+ Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Previous articleKFO claims unanimous public support for proposed 35m euro biomarine plantNext articleOver 1,000 people turn out for ‘Darkness into Light’ in Letterkenny News Highland Twitter Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Newscenter_img The Justice Minister says a Commission of Investigation will be held and the Cabinet will hold first discussion on it on Tuesday.Frances Fitzgerald has also accepted there were deficiencies within the Department that must be addressed.And she says it is clear that the operation practices and procedures within the Garda force were inadequate and need to be changed, some of them immediately.”Let me be clear: if root and branch reform is what’s needed, root and branch reform is what will happen and what must happen” she said.”And I believe it will be welcomed outside and inside the force” she added. Twitter By News Highland – May 9, 2014 WhatsApp WhatsApp Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Facebook Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margeylast_img read more

Donegal projects to share heritage funding

first_imgNewsx Adverts Google+ By News Highland – March 8, 2010 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The government is earmarking 11-and-a-half million euro for the restoration and upkeep of historical buildings.Minister for the Environment John Gormley is announcing the funding and says over 4 million will go to the Office of Public Works. Newmills outside Letterkenny is the only Donegal project under OPW control to be included.More than 3 million will go to local authorities for conserving protected structures, 89,000 of it to Donegal County Council.center_img Twitter Previous articleMan found dead under quad bikeNext articleGAA – League defeats for Donegal Tyrone & Derry News Highland WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Donegal projects to share heritage funding Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Cornell commits extra $200K for fund that adds affordable housing in Tompkins

first_img Your Economy & Development news is made possible with support from: TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y. — At 28 Crystal Drive in Dryden, a small house is being renovated for a client of Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services. When complete, generations of families will benefit from the low-cost of the home. It’s an example of one local affordable housing project that has benefited from the Community Housing Development Fund, now in its 10th year.Tompkins County, the City of Ithaca and Cornell University together have put nearly $4 million toward affordable housing projects through the CHDF. Though a significant investment, there is always an unmet need for more resources. On Friday, Cornell University announced it is committing an extra one-time amount of $200,000 to help with the demand.“The Community Housing Fund has become a staple in providing funding to support affordable housing within the City of Ithaca and Tompkins County,” INHS Executive Director Johanna Anderson said Friday. “The impact of this partnership is insurmountable, providing much-needed funding to expand access to affordable housing to those who need it most. In a region experiencing a housing crisis, this is exactly the type of support we need to combat this issue.”Every year, the county and City of Ithaca contribute $100,000 each to the Community Housing Development Fund, while Cornell contributes $200,000. The fund is used to help reduce development costs for new construction for housing that remains affordable for low- and moderate-income households.28 Crystal Drive in Dryden. (Photo courtesy of Megan McDonald)On Friday, the normally quiet Crystal Drive in Dryden was lined with cars as city, county and university officials celebrated 10 years of the CHDF and the announcement of the additional funds at 28 Crystal Drive, where a home is being renovated for a client of Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services. The home is on land that will be held by INHS in its Community Housing Trust. Through the arrangement, INHS retains the land and the buyer will purchase the home, which will ensure the home remains affordable not just for this family, but for future generations of homebuyers.Since the fund was initiated, INHS has received more than $2.1 million that amount has leveraged over $100 million in additional funding from New York State, private investors and financial institutions, Anderson said. That funding has gone toward the development and preservation of for-sale and rental housing in Tompkins County. Tagged: community housing development fund, ithaca, tompkins county “To put that in perspective, it has resulted in an additional 259 rental units and 46 for-sale homes that have been put into INHS’ Community Housing Trust that provides permanently affordable housing for first-time homebuyers,” Anderson said.Quoting a well-known line, “it takes a village,” Tompkins County Legislature Chair Martha Robertson, who also oversees the oversight committee of the CHDF, said it takes many partners to make affordable housing possible. Robertson said as a result of the Community Housing Development Fund, 491 units of affordable housing have been constructed or rehabilitated. The three partners have provided nearly $4 million over 10 years and leveraged about $114 million in outside funding.New residential construction permits hit an all-time high last year, as noted in a recent Ithaca Voice report. Still, Robertson said less than 20% of those were for single-family homes, which shows that homeownership opportunities are still lagging locally.• Read the report: Tompkins County posts highest-ever total for new home constructionStanding outside the front door of 28 Crystal Drive, Robertson said Friday they are celebrating a place that will benefit multiple families.“This home will make a difference where people will be able to live, grow and thrive,” she said.CHDF Funding by Kelsey O’Connor on ScribdThere is more demand for funds from the CHDF than is available. At a discussion during the county’s Housing and Economic Development Committee in June, Megan McDonald, deputy commissioner of planning and sustainability, conservatively estimated about 15 projects applying for funds in the next few years for funding totaling about $2.5 million, much more than the $1.2 million in the fund.The extra funding Cornell is providing will help fill some of the unmet demand. Cornell is providing the one-time $200,000 on top of the annual contribution of $200,000.Joel Malina, vice president of Cornell University, said Friday that the university is also committing to extending its annual contribution for another six years after the current contract expires.“We are also grateful for Cornell’s longstanding partnership with Ithaca Neighborhood Housing Services, going back to its start-up in 1977, and its straightforward, powerful mission: To revitalize neighborhoods in and around Tompkins County, encouraging stability and diversity, and to assist low to moderate-income people in obtaining quality housing on a long-term basis,” Malina said.Clarification (5:30 p.m. Monday) — An earlier version of this article stated 50 projects were expected to apply for funding in the next few years, based on past agenda notes. However, McDonald clarified the number is likely closer to 15.Featured image courtesy of Megan McDonald center_img Kelsey O’Connor Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connorlast_img read more