After a well-travelled career where he has plied his trade in the Pro12, Top14 and Aviva Premiership, Nicky Robinson chats about a 15-year stint at No 10 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS After establishing himself as a gifted playmaker at Cardiff Blues and winning 13 Wales caps, fly-half Nicky Robinson headed to England and then France to ply his trade. He turned out for Gloucester, Wasps, Bristol and Oyonnax before retiring last summer, but dusted off his boots to return to his boyhood club on a short-term basis this season.Here he talks to RW about Kenny Dalglish, racehorses and avoiding Lesley Vainikolo on a night out…I was more of a footballer as a kid. I played on the left wing and had a bit of pace. My parents were sporty and I also played some county cricket. I loved any sport.Growing up as a kid in Cardiff, I looked up to Mikey Rayer. He was a Cardiff (rugby) legend and helped me out at the start of my career. The other was Neil Jenkins. He was the main man with Wales and a brilliant kicker.After hanging up my boots last summer, I never expected to be coming out of retirement. To end up back at Cardiff Blues was a total bolt from the blue. I knew (coach) Danny Wilson from our time at Bristol and we get on well, so I enjoyed every game.Early days: Nicky Robinson is all smiles after a Test against ArgentinaNo player looks back and thinks, ‘I’ve had enough Test caps’. That’s part of my career I wish I’d made more of. On the flip side, I played more than most young Welsh kids.Playing with my brother Jamie for Wales was a highlight of my career. With all the injuries that occurred between us, I felt lucky to be able to do that on two occasions.I made friends for life at Gloucester. I had an amazing time. It was a wrench to leave Cardiff when they were going well but I’d always wanted to play outside Wales. In our second year we won the LV= Cup and finished third in the Premiership. You can’t complain about that.Lesley Vainikolo was quite a character. If he managed to stay in a nightclub all night without getting chucked out, he’d be doing well. He was so generous and would buy 50 drinks for everyone at the bar, but if you wanted a quiet night out with your girlfriend, it was best to avoid ‘Big Les’.Once a Wasp: Nicky Robinson enjoyed his time at WaspsI’m pleased but also jealous of Wasps’ success. When I was there, there were some hard times but I’m chuffed for players like Christian Wade, Joe Simpson, Elliot Daly and Joe Launchbury. They’ve been loyal and tasted success. It’s a special club.At Wasps I was part of the ‘boys at the back of the bus’ gang. Myself, James Haskell, Chris Bell, Richard Birkett and Tim Payne would watch the youngsters on their iPhones and say, “What’s happened to the chat and banter?” Payney would always be having a slurp on the bus; he was proper old school. TAGS: Highlight I got into horses when I was living in Cheltenham. I just wanted to have a bit of fun and learn a bit more about racing, and I thought the best way was to buy a horse. Myself, Sinbad (James Simpson-Daniel) and Tinds (Mike Tindall) said we’d chip in together and we lucked out.We never expected Monbeg Dude to win the Welsh National. He didn’t cost much, started slowly but really kicked on. Some of the memories I had with Dude I’ll never forget, like coming third in the Grand National (in 2015). It is up there as one of my best sporting memories.Monbeg memories: Nicky Robinson celebrates a very special raceI was a Liverpool fan as a kid, which helped when I ended up with Kenny Dalglish as my father-in-law. My favourite player was John Barnes because he was a left-winger, but I’m not a die-hard like Nugget (Martyn Williams).I love my golf. I play with Kenny but he’s a lot better than me and takes great pleasure in letting me know that fact. Everywhere you go Kenny is admired.I have two boys; Taylor and Archie. They keep me busy and I was lucky I had Archie last summer when I wasn’t doing a pre-season. For once, I was around to help out!The English-speaking boys stuck together in Oyonnax. There was Eamonn Sheridan from Munster and prop Stan Wright, a Kiwi who’d played at Leinster. Lastly, there was big George Robson from Harlequins.Spotting the gap: Nicky Robinson makes a break for Gloucester against SaracensThe passion they have for club rugby in Oyonnax is incredible. When Oyo beat Bordeaux in our first home match, I’d never experienced such an atmosphere. It was so important for the town to be in the Top 14. There was no football there so our results meant everything. Post-rugby, I’ve enjoyed doing some media. I’ve been able to do my research and doing live TV, you also get a bit of a buzz. I’ve played in the Top 14, Premiership and Pro12, so I’ve been about. I want to improve so I’ll speak to producers after the match for feedback. Now I listen to all sports differently, trying to pick up tips.Who knows what I’ll do in the long term? I’d like to be a kicking coach but I have a few things in the pipeline. We’ll have to see. n
ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/888699/miravent-house-perretta-arquitectura Clipboard Projects Houses Spain Miravent House / Perretta Arquitectura Project gallerySee allShow lessSP 21 / A. Burmester Arquitectos AssociadosSelected ProjectsInstitute of Advanced Study of the University of Amsterdam / HOH ArchitectenSelected Projects Share Year: “COPY” “COPY” Photographs Architects: Perretta Arquitectura Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/888699/miravent-house-perretta-arquitectura Clipboard Miravent House / Perretta ArquitecturaSave this projectSaveMiravent House / Perretta Arquitectura Photographs: Alfonso Calza Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Save this picture!© Alfonso Calza+ 20Curated by Danae Santibañez Share Manufacturers: CHE Cuerpos Huecos, Lafarge Holcim, Saint-Gobain, IdealhausCollaborators:Jordi VicedoAuthor Architects:Julio Gómez-Perretta de MateoArchitects In Charge:Marco Busca, Maria Dolores Bernal, Amparo Morant, Paula Zafra, Antonio Orero, Jorge EspíCity:GodellaCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Alfonso CalzaRecommended ProductsWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroText description provided by the architects. The house is located in Campolivar, Godella, it is a large house on a plot of more than 2000 m2 that includes the most notable features of our architecture office, large horizontal planes of concrete that float between glass panels that enclose the interiors spaces. The house, which occupies a plant of 600 m2 between ground floor and first floor, is organized through a geometry based on the sum of two figures, the “I” and the “L”, the first, developed on two floors, contains the night area, with the suite below, three bedrooms on the top floor and the guest room.Save this picture!© Alfonso CalzaSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Alfonso CalzaThe figure in L corresponds to the day area with the living room and kitchen. Both figures are joined by a bridge volume that includes the entrance hall and the staircase on the ground floor and a study area for children on the first floor. The volume corresponding to the room generates a series of cascaded spaces formed by a concatenation of structural sheets that define the final image of the volume. The kitchen is designed to be the place where daily life develops, it is placed at one end of the L, displaced from the rest of the rooms and is totally turned over to the garden, directly connected to the covered terraces, the barbecue and the swimming pool.Save this picture!© Alfonso CalzaThe large basement opens onto an English patio where part of the foundations of the old Roman irrigation ditch that passed through the area has been recovered. The house is a set of horizontal and vertical concrete planes that break with the dominant aesthetic in the area since it is located among villas of more than 100 years in the oldest area of Campolivar. This uniqueness has become the hallmark of the Perretta architectural firm. CopyAbout this officePerretta ArquitecturaOfficeFollowProductsGlassStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsGodellaSpainPublished on February 12, 2018Cite: “Miravent House / Perretta Arquitectura” 12 Feb 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Eleanora Forenza, member of the Communist Refoundation Party in Italy.Eleonora Forenza is a member of the European Parliament and the Communist Refoundation Party of Italy. She is accompanying the 3rd Antifascist Caravan to Donbass, organized by the revolutionary musical group Banda Bassotti. The Europe-wide caravan promotes solidarity with the people of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, which broke away from Ukraine after a U.S.-backed, far-right coup in 2014. Since then Ukraine’s war against the republics has continued. Workers World spoke to Forenza before she departed.Workers World: Tell me about your background. How did you become involved in leftist politics?Eleonara Forenza: I think I became a feminist as a very young girl. I was denied the right to play in a soccer tournament in my neighborhood in my hometown, Bari, because only boys were allowed. So I started studying feminism. Then I got involved in politics during high school, getting close to leftist ideas and communism. I’ve been a militant of the Communist Refoundation Party since 1995, when I was 18, and I still am today.WW: As a member of the European Parliament, what initiatives have you taken to represent workers and anti-fascist forces?EF: My main commitment has been to work in the international trade commission of the European Parliament. Along with my colleagues of the United European Left group, I’m fighting against the free trade treaties that the European Union is negotiating with the U.S. and Canada (T-TIP and CETA). It is a key battle against the extension of neoliberal policies that are eroding the rights of the workers and the welfare state throughout Europe.I’m also deeply involved in the struggle to ensure gender equality in every kind of policy of the EU.WW: Is it difficult to present an alternative view on the situation in Ukraine and Donbass to the European Parliament and the media?EF: It certainly is. Most mainstream media are delivering a totally rigged story about what happened and what’s still happening in Ukraine. I hope that being the first European Parliament member to be in Donbass will help to break through this media blockade and start a discussion about the huge political problem that Ukraine is today, especially for the EU.In Kiev, there’s patently fascist members of the government, and fascist militias are fighting on the ground. That is not acceptable. The extension of NATO toward the Russian border is certainly not helping out.WW: What made you decide to participate in the caravan?EF: I decided to join the caravan because what is happening in Donbass is too often forgotten. In my mind I still see images of the Odessa massacre [when neo-Nazis murdered more than 40 anti-fascists on May 2, 2014]. And above all because anti-fascism is a duty for every leftist militant. We’re experiencing war near the very heart of Europe.WW: What will you investigate on your trip?EF: We have a very busy schedule of meetings with leftist parties, unions and institutions of the independent republics of Donbass. We will ask about the political situation in Donbass today, how the population is facing the conflict and what people need most. Our caravan will also bring material aid for the people, especially for children.WW: You were the European United Left’s candidate for the European Parliament presidency. How will you use your position to share truthful information about Donbass and build solidarity?EF: I was a candidate for the presidency of the European Parliament in January 2017. I was supported by my group, European United Left/Nordic Green Left. Unfortunately, a member of the Popular Party, a conservative group, won the election. I will nevertheless continue my commitment to the Donbass cause in every possible way.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
RSF_en RSF already voiced alarm on 22 October about the attacks on media and journalists that have accompanied recent protests in Nigeria. Several media outlets were torched and reporters were physically attacked in connection with major protests against violence by a police unit known as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) – protests identified by the #EndSARS hashtag on social media. News Pelumi is the third journalist to be killed while covering a large gathering or protest in Nigeria in just over a year. Two journalists, Precious Owolabi and Alex Ogbu, were killed by live rounds while covering protests in Abuja in July 2019 and January 2020 respectively. Those responsible have never been identified. News On 24 October, Gboah TV sent the 20-year-old Pelumi to conduct interviews in the north Lagos suburb of Agege, where residents had massed outside a government warehouse with the aim of taking food they believd to be stored here for alleviating the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for an impartial and independent investigation into the circumstances of the death of a young Nigerian reporter whose body was found in a morgue in Lagos, the economic capital, a week after he was arrested while covering a large gathering of local residents outside an alleged food depot. Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms February 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation NigeriaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence Pelumi’s last interview with one of the residents was cut short by the arrival of the police. Lekan Egberongbe, a lawyer engaged by Pelumi’s family, told RSF that the police used violence to disperse the crowd and arrested Pelumi. According to another reporter who was there at the time, Pelumi was alive when the police took him away. News Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria The discovery of Onifade Pelumi’s body was announced by Gboah TV, the Lagos-based Web TV for which he was working as an intern. NigeriaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImpunityFreedom of expressionViolence “We call for an independent, impartial, rapid and thorough investigation to clarify the circumstances that led to this journalist’s death in police custody,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “As we feared, the worst has happened and a new threshold has been crossed in the level of police violence that Nigerian journalists are also the victims of. It is absolutely unacceptable that a reporter should lose their life for covering a large gathering. We urge the Nigerian authorities to not let this crime go unpunished.” November 7, 2020 Young Nigerian reporter’s body found in Lagos morgue Receive email alerts Follow the news on Nigeria to go further June 10, 2021 Find out more Le journaliste Onifade Pelumi était en stage à Gboah TV lorsqu’il a été arrêté le 24 octobre 2020 puis retrouvé mort quelque jours plus tard à Lagos, Nigeria. Crédit : Gboah TV Help by sharing this information In the days that followed, the family visited many Lagos police stations in the hope of finding him. It was a week later that they finally discovered his body in a morgue in Ikorodu, several dozen kilometres from where he was arrested. “A gunshot wound was found on his body,” the family’s lawyer told RSF. Nigeria is ranked 115th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. January 28, 2021 Find out more Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures News
to go further Organisation United StatesAmericas Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of February 26 – March 4: Hope Hicks’ resignation leaves reporters questioning their future relationship with the President White House Communications Director Hope Hicks resigned on February 28, a day after she testified before the House Intelligence Committee and admitted to telling “white lies” for President Trump during her closed-door testimony on February 27 with the House Intelligence Committee as part of the panel’s Russia investigation. Hicks was one of Trump’s closest advisers and acted as a major point-of-contact for journalists seeking meetings with him, often arranging interviews without consulting the rest of the White House press operation. Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey and Bloomberg reporter Josh Green recounted on Twitter situations when Hicks went behind-the-scenes to help them schedule interviews with Trump. Dawsey tweeted insight into his relationship with Hicks on February 28.With all of the changes to the White House’s communications team since Trump was elected President, the relationship between each Press Secretary and the press pool, particularly during briefings, has been tumultuous and overtly hostile. Most recently, Sarah Huckabee Sanders stated that the media “put[s] national security at risk.”Producer claims E! fired her for releasing a clip criticizing the networkE! Producer Aileen Gram-Moreno claimed she was fired for failing to censor an interview during this year’s Golden Globes red carpet event in which actress Eva Longoria criticized the network’s treatment of former “E! News” host Catt Sadler. The former host left the channel after she discovered that she was making significantly less money than her male counterpart, Jason Kennedy. Gram-Moreno filed a complaint with the Employment Opportunity Commission on March 2, alleging she was instructed to flag any mention of Sadler, Time’s Up, or #MeToo before any of the interviews she conducted went on air. Because of the high volume of interviews being recorded, she argues she was unable to fully review each interview — including Longoria’s — prior to it being approved for airing. Adam Stotsky, president of E! Entertainment, stated that the network did not try to censor any of the interviews and that he let go of Gram-Moreno due to a “pattern of poor performance.” Yet Gram-Moreno’s attorney Katherine Atkinson responded to Stotsky’s remarks claiming the network never once mentioned their disapproval toward her performance in her 12 years at E!, and described her dismissal as “a convenient excuse for covering up attempts to silence women speaking out.” This come months after reports on sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement have revealed the lengths to which powerful accused figures will go to silence the stories of women reporting abuse to media outlets, through the use of legal pressure, powerful public relations teams, and the individual harassment of sources and journalists.Nevada Supreme Court overturns ruling that violated two media outlets’ First Amendment rights while reporting on victims of Las Vegas shootingOn February 27, Nevada Supreme Court Justice Kristina Pickering overturned a district court ruling that ordered the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Associated Press (AP) to destroy or return to police their copies of an October 2017 Las Vegas shooting victim’s autopsy report on the ground that it violated the First Amendment. District Court Judge Richard Scotti’s February 9 ruling, in favor of the wife of slain police officer Charles Hartfield, ordered Las Vegas Review-Journal and AP to destroy and refrain from publishing any details from their copies of the victim’s autopsy report. This is one of 58 autopsy reports released in January on the victims from the Las Vegas mass shooting, which both news outlets had sued to acquire. Because none of these reports included identifying details other than the victims’ gender, the news outlets could not find Hartfield’s report to destroy after Scotti’s ruling. Scotti suggested they allow government employees into their newsrooms to go through their records in order to find and destroy Hartfield’s reports.Review-Journal Managing Editor Glenn Cook told the Freedom of the Press Foundation: “If anywhere in this country, agents of any government entity were allowed to force their way into a newsroom to rifle through documents and seek out a specific record and destroy it, it would be an unparalleled violation of the press freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment.” The United States ranks 43rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year. For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. United StatesAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United States News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists RSF_en MANDEL NGAN / AFP Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say March 7, 2018 US – #WeeklyAddress: February 26 – March 4: With Hope Hicks out, what’s next for Trump’s relationship with the press? News June 3, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more News News
Organisation News March 3, 2021 Find out more November 4, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RWB condemns the hunt for French journalists’ confidential sources In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media IndiaAsia – Pacific News Reporters Without Borders is outraged by Indian authorities’ brutal search, aimed at members of the Karen community in the Andaman Islands, for those who helped two French documentarians gain access to the prohibited lands of the Jarawa tribe. RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 Follow the news on India to go further Journalists Alexandre Dereims and Claire Beilvert entered the reserve of the aboriginal tribe in order to report on a largely unknown people who are facing extinction.In October, a trailer for the documentary went up on the web, along with photos taken during the reporting trip, thereby alerting authorities in the archipelago, which is governed by India.Officials demanded a prohibition on dissemination of the documentary, which scheduled for release in 2015. The government also launched a major effort – including resorting to violence – to find those who helped the journalists.According to The Echo of India, three members of the Karen community, Saw Santom, Saw Awenger and Saw Safrni, were arrested and beaten by the police chief of Mayabunder to force them to confess to their alleged complicity with the French reporters. One of the three had to be hospitalized after being interrogated. The other two are still jailed.According to Indian media, charges have been filed against the journalists. They are reportedly accused of having violated the “Aboriginal Tribes Protection Act of 2012” by entering a tribal reserve. And publication of photos and videos on their Facebook account allegedly violates the “Information Technology Act.” The Andaman authorities are also reportedly planning to seek help from Interpol in pursuing the case.“It is unacceptable for police to launch a witch-hunt to punish those who assist the media,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “The police are taking all measures, including use of violence, to find the guilty parties and obtain confessions. Officials have to recognize journalists’ rights not to reveal their sources. Though it is true that they broke the law on protection of aboriginal tribes, the human rights issues raised by their documentary make it a work of public interest. Consequently, their actions may be justified under international law.”Virginie Dangles, the RWB programme director, said, “We ask that officials stop harassing members of the Karen community suspected of having helped the journalists, and that officials respect the rule of law. We also ask that charges against the journalists be dropped.”According to The Echo of India, the police took their action without any judicial order.On 31 October, Member of Parliament Bishnu Pada Ray urged the Andaman and Nicobar administration to cease harassing innocent members of the Karen community as part of the investigation.India is ranked 140th of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index. IndiaAsia – Pacific June 10, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts News
Local News City, county come togetherTwo committees formed By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Twitter Previous articleLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Highest court was right and wrongNext articleRefugee Resettlement is a Win for Refugees and for Host Countries Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Twitter TAGS Pinterest Facebook Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Precinct 1 Commissioner Eddy Shelton speaks about prioritizing the completion of the county jail extension and it’s staffing during a meeting between city council members and the county commissioners Tuesday afternoon at the Ector County Administration building annex. The Permian Basin is experiencing phenomenal growth, and to be better prepared to handle that growth, the Odessa City Council and the Ector County Commissioners’ Court say they plan to meeting much more regularly.The entities had a joint meeting Tuesday morning, their first in about a year, to talk about working together more in the future, and about issues such as the Ector County Courthouse and a number of interlocal agreements the two have.“I think that we really need to open up the lines of communication,” Mayor David Turner said at the start of the meeting. “We’re bursting at the seams in the county and in the city.”Ector County Judge Debi Hays agreed with Turner, and said she believed with all of the growth in the area, I-20 will eventually look like I-35, and they will need to make room for more highways and roads as Midland and Odessa grow to look as close together as Dallas and Fort Worth.Turner told county commissioners the city considered the Ector County Courthouse a valued part of downtown and wanted to see it stay there, should a new one be built.At-Large Council Member Peggy Dean said she would like to have small-group discussions and come back to another joint meeting with specifics on how to get a new courthouse built and some potential cost figures.“Let’s figure out what we can do and what we can contribute,” Dean said. “It’s always been the feeling that the county courthouse is an integral part of downtown.”Dean said they needed to understand the county’s appetite for a new courthouse, and Hays told her it wasn’t the most important issue right now. She said the county owed it to their citizens to find enough employees to staff the addition to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center, which is scheduled to open around the end of this year.As far as present needs, Hays said they were told by county residents that additional law enforcement, illegal dumping and damaged roads were the most important issues to them right now. Hays brought up the fact that county residents actually voted for the creation of a county sales tax district to provide additional revenue to address these issues.“How many times do you actually see people vote for a tax increase?” Hays asked. “How in the world could anyone in their right mind think we need to put a new courthouse at No. 1? I’m just not that selfish.”Hays said the courthouse was a priority, but that it wasn’t at the top of the list like dealing with damaged roadways or expanding the juvenile detention center.Precinct 1 Commissioner Eddy Shelton agreed with Hays on the importance of the jail addition, and said they should complete that project and fully staff the building before moving onto another project. Precinct 3 Commissioner Dale Childers said they couldn’t make a decision on the courthouse until they looked at next year’s budget and said it wasn’t at the top of the list of needs right now.Hays did say that they are mandated to have additional county courts at law and district courtrooms, depending on the size of their population, and said Ector County is projected to grow to nearly 500,000 residents by 2030, so more courtrooms could be needed at some point.The two groups established a committee to look at the courthouse issue more closely, made up of Turner, District 1 Council Member Malcolm Hamilton, District 2 Council Member Dewey Bryant, Hays and Shelton. They scheduled a follow-up meeting for the committee to take place at 10:30 a.m. June 24.Interlocal agreements between the county and the city were also a topic of discussion. Hays said she had been looking at all of these agreements for the last eight months, which were created in 2001, and said some may not even be needed anymore, like one agreement just for a trailer created in 2001.“I’m not sure it even has a floor any longer,” Hays said.Many of these agreements involve sharing of entities like law enforcement and firefighters between the city and the county, and the housing of inmates at the county jail or the housing of juveniles at the Ector County Youth Center.Turner suggested a committee of county and city officials be created to look through the agreements and see which ones are still needed or updated. Dean suggested each agreement be individual so they can be more easily handled should just one need to be changed or ended.Another committee was formed, made up of District 3 Council Member Detra White, District 4 Council Member Tom Sprawls, Dean, Hays, Precinct 2 Commissioner Greg Simmons and County Attorney Dusty Gallivan. Their first scheduled meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. July 2.Turner also said he would have City Secretary Norma Grimaldo look at the calendar to set aside time for the county and the city to begin having quarterly joint meetings.
Top StoriesSupreme Court Allows Discharge Of NHRC Officer From SIT Probing Alleged Fake Encounters In Manipur Srishti Ojha17 March 2021 1:52 AMShare This – xSupreme Court has on Wednesday allowed request of Senior Superintendent of Police Mahesh Bhardwaj in the NHRC seeking discharge from the SIT formed to investigate alleged fake encounters in Manipur A three judge Bench led by Justice Ramana has allowed the officer to he discharged to his parent department to join on his promoted post, and has directed the Centre provide a suitable officer to…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSupreme Court has on Wednesday allowed request of Senior Superintendent of Police Mahesh Bhardwaj in the NHRC seeking discharge from the SIT formed to investigate alleged fake encounters in Manipur A three judge Bench led by Justice Ramana has allowed the officer to he discharged to his parent department to join on his promoted post, and has directed the Centre provide a suitable officer to the NHRC expeditiously.The Bench was hearing applications filed in the PIL regarding killings in fake encounters by police personnel and personnel in uniform of the armed forces of the Union.During the hearing Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI submitted that an application has been filed regarding soldiers fighting on Manipur border, risking their lives. An application has been filed on behalf of Central Bureau of InvestigationJustice Ramana clarified that the Bench has only one plea on record, a limited IA seeking discharging of one officer and it will decide that today. The other application would be taken up later.The Bench then observed that the Amicus Senior Advocate Menaka Guruswamy had something to say on the last occasion”On these issues, the Amicus can have nothing to say.” SG Mehta observed.”They’ve been appointed by the Court” the Bench said.”They are for purpose of assisting when assistance is required. They cannot run CBI’s administration. I am a little blunt, but deliberately blunt. Your Lordships can they can’t. ” SG Mehta submitted.”They can assist on question of law, and they have assisted substantially ” He added.Sr Adv Guruswamy submitted that according to the Court’s 2018 direction, NHRC be part of this SIT so there should be a substitution.SG Mehta again submitted that the Amicus cannot run CBI, and their role should be demarcated.The Bench submitted that the current Request has been made by officer, forwarded by NHRC. Not by Amicus.SG Mehta added ” This is not in this matter, this is happening every day in every matter with everyone. The amicus is a concept where your lordships needs some assistance on proposition of laws, when there are divergent views. They are not supposed to be telling that say don’t don’t this or that.”You are a senior counsel, Solicitor General of India. We know, the Amicus also knows what extent they can make submissions. Don’t bring other things to this present day matter. ” the Bench remarkedBench then asked SG Mehta as to which officer they will substitute.Sr Adv Basava Prabhu Patil appearing for National Human Rights Commission submitted that he was officer was with the SIT and on deputation to NHRC. He has been promoted as DIG. He is seeking that promotion be given effect.”I request Your Lordships to demarcate lines upto which the Court can be assisted by Amicus. I’ll move an application. We’ve been seeing this for decades” SG Mehta submitted.The Bench asked SG Mehta to reserve that argument for when he makes submissions.The present PIL was filed regarding killings in fake encounters by police personnel and personnel in uniform of the armed forces of the Union. The plea had also sought probe into cases of alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur.The Top Court had in 2017, directed CBI to nominate a team and investigate into the issue. In July 2018, it had directed the CBI to file final reports in four cases of alleged extra-judicial killings and fake encounters in Manipur stating that human rights violation cannot be toleratedClick here to download the OrderNext Story
Image: Clariant Lab. The Woodlands Texas. Photo courtesy of Clariant. Clariant has opened its next High Throughput Experimentation (HTE) Laboratory in Houston, Texas – the energy capital of the US.The location is key as the new facility will be the first of its kind supporting the Oil & Gas industry, offering new and sophisticated solutions for customers. This lab is part of a global Clariant initiative to expand HTE capabilities to all Clariant Business Units, including direct support for Oil Services in North America, the Asia Pacific region, Latin America, Africa and the North Sea.HTE is an innovative approach and methodology where automated instrumentation, specialized software tools and alternative techniques are able to provide optimized formulations in a rapid timeframe. While it has been widely used in other industries for many years, Clariant is the first company to adopt this technology for the Oil & Gas industry as a standard tool.“This is an exciting, and unique, new offering for the Oil & Gas industry, and, being in such close proximity to so many customers, means that we can offer superior, faster service,” said Jonathan Wylde, Head of Innovation and Application Development Clariant Oil and Mining Services. “With our state-of-the-art equipment in the lab, advanced research concepts, and potential customization for specific projects, our researchers are now able to identify new formulations and synergistic blends for specific customer crudes, ultimately reducing the time to market for new products.”As a new addition to the existing lab located at Clariant Oil Services Headquarters, Clariant specialist chemists and innovation experts are now able to utilize miniaturization, parallelization, intelligent design and enhanced analytics – all proven to increase efficiency and productivity. The facility will help to meet current and outstanding needs in the Oil & Gas industry, with special emphasis on pour point depressants, hydrate inhibitors, asphaltene inhibitors, corrosion inhibitors and scale inhibitors.“Static environments, like factory assembly lines, are easy to automate. In contrast, an R&D environment requires a special solution to keep pace with its dynamic nature,” said Lucius Kemp, Clariant’s Global Head of High Throughput Experimentation, Group Technology and Innovation. “One must have a highly flexible concept with very short integration times to reach automated efficiency. As a global leader in the field, we have designed our HTE lab with ‘standardized flexibility’ to achieve this.”The HTE lab opening comes after significant investment at Clariant’s Midland, Texas and Clinton, Oklahoma facilities, putting the company at the forefront of solutions to market needs, and further highlighting its commitment to grow with US and global customers. Source: Company Press Release The facility will help to meet current and outstanding needs in the Oil & Gas industry, with special emphasis on pour point depressants, hydrate inhibitors, asphaltene inhibitors, corrosion inhibitors and scale inhibitors
The alliance is aimed at enabling companies to achieve their strategic business goals in Australasia. (Credit: nettetal10 from Pixabay) Opt2go Pty Ltd (Opt2go), an Australian professional service company and digital enabler, is pleased to announce its strategic alliance with internationally renowned Tata Consulting Engineers (TCE), one of the world’s most respected engineering companies and a member of the Tata Group.The alliance is aimed at the Energy, Metals & Mining and Oil & Gas sectors in Australia and Oceania. Through this collaboration, Opt2Go and TCE provide the latest proven engineering expertise and digital solutions to the Oil & Gas, Resources and Energy industry sectors.The combined expertise enables customers to access world-class cost-effective engineering, digital transformation and optimisation solutions which will significantly improve business bottom-line performance and operational costs.Tata Consulting Engineers Limited is India’s Leading Integrated Engineering Consultant providing Concept-to-Commissioning services. TCE, a recognised player in its core sectors – Power, Infrastructure and Resources, is a well diversified firm with operations in North America, Europe, Africa, Middle East and APAC. The Company has multi-disciplinary engineering talent and capabilities to manage complex projects worldwide. TCE is one amongst a few companies geared for the Industry 4.0 era, providing engineering solutions for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).Opt2Go is a professional services company that delivers a practical and ‘hands-on’ approach to meet and solve the customers’ business challenges through its highly skilled and knowledgeable resources, enabled by the latest technology and industry thinking.Steve Hyslop, Opt2go CEO, states ‘Our unique approach, combining Process Engineering, Automation & Control and Software is not only what differentiates us, but also what makes us successful. We provide a broad range of services and solutions to help organisations facilitate change, achieve their vision and optimise the financial performance and productivity of their assets’.Rajat Kaushal, VP International Marketing and Sales states, ‘Coming from one of India’s largest and most respected business groups, we are recognised amongst the most reliable engineering consultants, known for several first-of-its-kind projects. The interdisciplinary skills of our 3000+ engineers substantially support our problem-solving DNA. With our extensive experience and expertise, we are looking forward to scaling new frontiers with focus on industry 4.0.’The alliance of Opt2go and Tata Consulting Engineers provides for rich exposure to the right Engineering talent, resources and expertise to enable companies to achieve their strategic business goals in Australasia. Source: Company Press Release Opt2Go and TCE partnership will provide solutions to the oil and gas, resources and energy industry sectors