Bayes Esports Solutions strikes distribution deal with Riot

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games Bayes Esports Solutions strikes distribution deal with Riot Bayes Esports Solutions today announced that it has acquired the exclusive worldwide data distribution rights of League of Legends esports competitions operated by Riot Games.Under the deal, game data from League of Legends esports competitions will be delivered to media customers and data consumers.Bayes was launched in January through a partnership between Sportradar and big data company DOJO Madness, who have been working together on an exclusive basis to provide the market with live-odds for a wide range of online and offline esports competitions since 2016.In July, Sportradar formed a partnership with Riot Games to monitor betting around League of Legends esports competitions organised by Riot Games and report suspicious activity or integrity issues to the company. Bayes managing director Martin Dachselt said the link to sportradar was an important part of his company’s appeal to Riot.“Sportradar sets the standard in the sports data industry and is an expert in providing crucial services to its customers and federation partners,” Dachselt. said. “Working together with Sportradar, Bayes aims to help League of Legends esports strengthen its ecosystem by creating additional value that will contribute to the sport’s sustainability.“Riot Games operates many of the world’s largest competitive League of Legends events, including the League of Legends World Championship, the League Championship Series and the Mid-Season Invitational. According to CNBC, last year’s League of Legends World Championship drew almost 100m unique viewers.The multi-year agreement will initially cover live data for the regional League of Legends leagues for North America, Europe, and South Korea, as well as the World Championship and Mid-Season Invitational, with further expansion under discussion.Doug Watson, head of esports insights at Riot Games, said: “Riot Games aims to bolster our community engagement and continue to grow the sport. We have the most engaged audience in  the entire global esports ecosystem, and we want to continue to provide them with new and evolving ways to interact with our game.”Mark Balch, Bayes’ head of product and partnerships, added: “The esports industry is growing rapidly, which presents challenges and opportunities. This partnership will help grow League of Legends esports while helping maintain the sports competitive integrity so that it remains the world’s most premier esports scene for generations to come.” Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Esports Video gamingcenter_img 9th August 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle Tags: Video Gaming Email Address Bayes Esports Solutions today announced that it has acquired the exclusive worldwide data distribution rights of League of Legends esports competitions operated by Riot Games. Under the deal, game data from League of Legends esports competitions will be delivered to media customers and data consumers.last_img read more

Pinnacle relaunches in Sweden after two-year absence

first_img Online gambling operator Pinnacle has reopened its sports betting website in Sweden under its new gambling licence in the country. Pinnacle had not been active in Sweden for two years, a period during which it was able to both apply for and secure a licence to operate in the country’s newly regulated market. The Swedish Gaming Inspectorate (Spelinspektionen) awarded the licence to the operator in December last year, but Pinnacle held off on relaunching its platform until a later date. After the Swedish government granted permission for the Allsvenskan, the top-tier club football competition in the country, to recommence this week following a period of suspension due the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Pinnacle chose to push ahead with the launch. “This re-launch is a proud moment as Sweden is a key market for us, with many loyal customers having used Pinnacle over many years,” Pinnacle chief executive Paris Smith said. ”We left the market on good terms and are returning as a fully licensed, regulated operator. We fully embrace the Swedish regulations and wanted to do things in the right way. “Having done so, we now see this as an opportunity to contribute to a serious gaming environment in Sweden long-term and to be a key part in the development of the market.” Pinnacle’s relaunched online platform features a wide range betting options for traditional sports events, as well as esports competitions. Pinnacle relaunches in Sweden after two-year absence Email Address Online gambling operator Pinnacle has reopened its sports betting website in Sweden under its new gambling licence in the country. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 16th June 2020 | By contenteditorcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sports betting Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Topics: Sports bettinglast_img read more

Casa La Caleta / Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos

first_img “COPY” Casa La Caleta / Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos CopyHouses•Asia District, Peru Projects Peru ArchDaily Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard 2012 photographs:  Juan SolanoPhotographs:  Juan Solano Ojasi Collaborator:Felipe GalarzaStructural:Jorge AvendañoHealth:Adela ZavalaElectric:José OrtizIllumination:Trazzo IluminaciónConstructor:Américo ChávezArchitect In Charge:Patricia Llosa, Rodolfo CorteganaCity:Asia DistrictCountry:PeruMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Juan SolanoRecommended ProductsDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WoodLunawoodThermowood Facades “Working in philosophy – like work in architecture in many respects – is really more a working on oneself. One’s own interpretation. On one’s way of seeing things”. Ludwig Wittgenstein Save this picture!© Juan Solano This project is a tribute.Besides a reflection on how we see ourselves as architects, thinking in ourselves, the house shows itself in its spatial nudity, including the austerity of its materials and thepulse of its inhabitation. Save this picture!Floor Plan The house withdraws into itselfand over the reception area. The patio implants itself on the cliff, discovering the view to the woods, from where the space flows and develops down the stairs. Save this picture!© Juan Solano The stair is the entrance, but it also orders the spatial sequence. A void implant, and the insertion of a social space, give scale to the woods. This social space works both as an interior and exterior space that develops frontally and containing the experience of sharing in family. Save this picture!Section The project´s strategy consists in the insertion of different scales of voids that accompany the daily life. Trying in a way to hide from the inclemency of the desert, generating spaces of shadow, but always accompanied by spaces of light. Save this picture!© Juan Solano The house is lived both in light and in shadow. The experiences are held in dialog with the near woods and the distant sea, as well as from the glances that discover the view through the slits in the mass. Save this picture!© Juan Solano Our understanding of architecture is the one defined by space and matter. In the domestic, daily and pleasurable space, in this space that allows us to see and feel the family life. The understanding of matter is defined in the space, the austerity and the textures that accompany the house, without disturbing the continuity of its surfaces. Save this picture!Section The experience of the house grows gradually, from scene to scene, because it resists assuming a simple and authoritarian concept. Project gallerySee allShow lessFirst 3D Printed House to Be Built In AmsterdamArchitecture NewsChinquihue Stadium / Cristian Fernandez ArquitectosSelected Projects Share Save this picture!© Juan Solano+ 37 Sharecenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Year:  2012 Casa La Caleta / Llosa Cortegana ArquitectosSave this projectSaveCasa La Caleta / Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos Architects: Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  “COPY” Houses CopyAbout this officeLlosa Cortegana ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAsia DistrictHousesPeruPublished on April 01, 2014Cite: “Casa La Caleta / Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos” 01 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse 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 »Read commentsSave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 streamlast_img read more

La Caseta Country House / Alberto Facundo Arquitectura

first_imgLa Caseta Country House / Alberto Facundo ArquitecturaSave this projectSaveLa Caseta Country House / Alberto Facundo Arquitectura Photographs “COPY” Lead Architect: Manufacturers: AutoDesk, URSA, Balay, Carpintería Moreno, Disseny Marbe Houses CopyAbout this officeAlberto Facundo ArquitecturaOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationOn FacebookSpainPublished on August 27, 2020Cite: “La Caseta Country House / Alberto Facundo Arquitectura” [La Caseta / Alberto Facundo Arquitectura] 27 Aug 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore 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 La Caseta Country House / Alberto Facundo Arquitectura 2020 Architects: Alberto Facundo Arquitectura Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© German Cabo+ 28Curated by Clara Ott Share Contractor:Arborte Inmobles, S.L.Metalwork:Disseny MarbeWood Carpentry:Carpintería MorenoCity:Ribarroja de TuriaCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© German CaboRecommended ProductsResidential ApplicationsCymat Technologies Ltd.Hudson Valley Home, USA – Alusion™ Stabilized Aluminum FoamResidential ApplicationsFastmount®Heavy Duty Panel Fastener at ‘Sandboxes’ HouseWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationText description provided by the architects. The enclave is the starting point for this project, where the aim is to promote a traditional lifestyle of mediterranean area. This is the origin of the country house, understood as a meeting point, space for disconnection and relaxation; intimately linked to its natural environment, the Valencian orchard.Save this picture!© German CaboSave this picture!Section AASave this picture!© German CaboThe line of action is determined by the elimination of elements added over time, trying to find the essence of their origin. Conservation has therefore been the fundamental premise that has guided each of the solutions adopted. The materiality, sincere and austere, understood as a simple mechanism that leaves the protagonism to the traditional space of the country house. The rooms, with small windows, focus the light and the views, leaving the finishes in the background as an irrelevant form. On the ground floor, the open-ings are focused towards the south where we find the most extensive views of all its facades. Save this picture!© German CaboSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© German CaboSave this picture!First floor planSave this picture!© German CaboA forever concept, in a traditional place, to be with those of always. But giving a complete twist to everything and reinventing each of its parts to create our own version of the country house.Save this picture!© German CaboSave this picture!© German CaboProject gallerySee allShow lessCurl la Tourelle Head Designs 100% Social Housing Scheme in the London Borough of BrentArchitecture NewsSeoul Compact City International Design Competition Releases Results of its 3 ProjectsArchitecture News Share Photographs:  German Cabo Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Projects “COPY” Spain Area:  101 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  CopyHouses, Renovation•Ribarroja de Turia, Spain Alberto Facundo Tarazona ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboardlast_img read more

Anatomy of a hunger strike: A prisoner speaks

first_imgBy: Demetrius Grant/ Joe Piette, editor‘I went on a hunger strike because of the unconstitutional, inhumane and repressive conditions.’Many protests against mass incarceration have taken place on the streets of U.S. cities over the last decade. Many resistance struggles have also been waged by individuals or groups of prisoners inside the prison walls, often without any support from or knowledge of by people or press on the outside.Demetrius “Dee Jay” GrantOne of the many methods of resistance used by prisoners worldwide has been the hunger strike. Prisoners from Ireland to Palestine, California to Pennsylvania have refused to eat for weeks or even months, hoping to win prison reforms or political demands, and sometimes attracting publicity in the mass media in the process.Demetrius “Dee Jay” Grant (FY6063), an African-American prisoner in Pennsylvania, conducted a months-long hunger strike in 2019 over prison conditions at State Correctional Institution Albion. Grant is known as the “Pro Se Litigator,” the person who exposed the mistreatment of mentally ill prisoners by former Correctional Officer Charles Graner at SCI Greene before Graner became infamous for mistreating Iraqi detainees. Here is Workers World’s interview with Grant about his experiences. Workers World: How long have you been imprisoned?Dee Jay: I have been in prison for 26 and a half years, since May 3, 1993, for three counts of aggravated assault and one count of robbery. During that period I successfully escaped from prison three times. I have been at SCI Albion since June 19, 2018. I have been at 10 other prisons in my 26 years. I was put out of each one due to protesting and litigating against prison officials.WW: What conditions caused you to go on strike?Dee Jay: I went on a hunger strike because of the unconstitutional, inhumane and repressive conditions being created by SCI Albion officials. They have little to no regard for prisoners’ constitutional rights or their own policies that are supposed to benefit prisoners.SCI Albion has over 545 correctional employees, but only 51 are African-American, 10 Hispanic, two Asian and two Indigenous. There are no African Americans on the administrative or psychologist staff for over 1,000 African-American inmates.Ever since the PA DOC [Pennsylvania Department of Corrections] authorized correctional officers to use chemical agents to suppress disturbances, they’ve been misusing them, especially on mentally ill prisoners.In addition, there is incompetent medical service by staff. Solitary confinement is a fire hazard due to padlocks on doors. Administrators allow subordinates to place false entries in prisoners’ institutional records.Prisoners are receiving only one and a half to two and a half hours of law library time per week.  Other DOC facilities provide prisoners a minimum of two and a half hours per session, three times a week. If you can show a current court deadline, you can request two additional law library slots over a 30-day period. If you miss your law library slot for any reason — a visit, a legal call, etc. — your name is removed from the law library list and you have to reapply, which takes time to get back on. Other DOC facilities allow two unexcused absences.The kitchen is dirty and unsafe to the point that prisoners are getting seriously injured all the time. The food is unhealthy, and the portions are small so the PA DOC can save money.Physical abuse, denial of medical careDee Jay: Prisoners with mental illnesses are being allowed to work in the kitchen despite their inability to keep up with the work demands of the kitchen.The guards are all the time physically and verbally abusing these prisoners during mental episodes. This is due in large part because the guards are not being trained to respond properly, resulting in excessive and unnecessary force (pepper spray and tasers), causing serious injuries. When this happens, medical will cover for the guards by not accurately documenting how the prisoner got their injuries.Prisoners are being denied adequate medical care and/or treatment. They are enduring pain and suffering needlessly and in some cases are suffering permanent injuries, even death. Example: A good friend of mine has multiple sclerosis and must receive blood tests, but medical has failed to provide these tests on a regular basis. Medical staff have even lied to his family and attorney, saying they gave him the blood test when they know they did not. And now he must file grievances just to get the medical treatment he should be receiving. An investigation into SCI Albion’s medical department is absolutely necessary to stop and expose these abuses.Recently, SCI Albion, via the PA DOC, has instituted a violence prevention policy which, among other things, forces prisoners to snitch on one another in order to avoid being arbitrarily locked up for long periods or losing privileges and/or their parole. The state-sponsored snitching was created to divide and control prisoners, which results in prisoners being labeled a snitch and placed in jeopardy of being seriously hurt.Additionally, SCI Albion has created an environment wherein they condone and/or encourage the guards and staff to be hostile and aggressive toward prisoners, resulting in prisoners being assaulted, verbally abused, having their properties lost and/or stolen, having false/fabricated misconduct reports filed against them, being subjected to excessive or unnecessary force and being celled with mentally ill prisoners who are not compatible. This has resulted in prisoners being assaulted and even killed.Complaints bring retaliationWW: What did you do to solve these problems, before deciding on a hunger strike?Dee Jay: Prior to going on the hunger strike, I spoke with and/or wrote prison officials about my complaints a number of times. I eventually had to file grievances and still nothing was done to correct the problems — except I was retaliated against.I filed a grievance about the kitchen food trays not being properly washed, sanitized and dried, which is causing mold to build up on the trays, causing prisoners’ health issues. The DOC has an established policy each facility is supposed to follow. SCI Albion is not following its policy, nor is the PA DOC reprimanding Albion for not functioning pursuant to the policy.I filed another grievance about the cable TV constantly going out for days and weeks at a time and us still being charged for it, despite the cable contract stating prisoners are to be prorated for any time the cable was out due to equipment problems. After filing a grievance, my cable was arbitrarily turned off for 26 hours in retaliation and my grievance was ignored. Also, my account was not prorated for all the times the channels were out. I have since canceled my cable and will never have it connected again.Outside of filing multiple lawsuits, which I cannot afford, I was forced to go on a hunger strike in order to get prison officials to do what they are legally required to do already, but are refusing to.Dee Jay Grant begins hunger strikeWW: Describe your experiences during the hunger strike.Dee Jay: Prior to going on the hunger strike I was going through a lot of physical and mental anguish about all the issues that needed to be addressed. I got to the point where I could not eat or sleep, and when I did, I would wake up soaked in sweat, trying to figure out what other options I had besides a hunger strike.I wanted to bring a different type of challenge to prison officials to get their immediate attention because they were ignoring my complaints.Once I realized it was my only viable option, I told my comrades Jerome “Hoagie” Coffey, Christopher “Gooch” Young, Gerald “Bas Sengbe” Bennett and Michael “Shabazz” Thorpe, who were fighting prison officials on some of the same issues.I officially started my hunger strike on April 29, 2019, by telling my counselor, Ms. Robinson, Unit Manager Ms. Frith, Block Sgt. Gould and Block Guard Mr. King. They ignored me despite the fact that the PA DOC Health Care Policy 13.01.01, section viii, D and E establishes detailed procedures for the observation and medical/psychological assessment of prisoners who refuse to eat or drink liquids.The DOC does not have a policy pertaining to force-feeding prisoners.  This is so they can freestyle force-feed a prisoner without having to follow a set protocol, which results in medical abuses.WW: How did prison officials respond?Dee Jay: Prison officials ignored my hunger strike until May 23, 2019, when my comrade Travis “Sunny” Hill told his work supervisor Ms. Kusiak that I had not eaten since April 29 and prison officials were ignoring it.I was immediately called to the medical office to be examined by Dr. Amanda Hartwell, the Medical Director at SCI Albion. She has a 1.9 rating in her private practice []. She represents the calibre of medical personnel being hired by the DOC. This should be exposed to the public so they’ll know their tax dollars are being wasted.I was placed in a Psychiatric Observation Cell (POC) for several days by order of Deputy Superintendent Ennis, Dr. Hartwell and Ms. Jari Smock, Corrections Health Care Administrator. I was seen by the Prison Psychiatrist Dr. Gottsman and Psychologist Ms. Eddy, who informed prison officials that my hunger strike was not due to any psychological illness.On May 28, instead of placing me in the prison infirmary, they sent me to the Restricted Housing Unit (RHU) on Administrative Custody (AC) status, allegedly to monitor my calorie intake. That should have been the Medical Unit’s job.Deputy Ennis manipulated Ms. Eddy into filing an “Others Report,” claiming I was a danger to myself and others. I was moved to the POC to isolate me from other prisoners. I was told I could not have visitors, phone calls, go to the yard or use the Law Library until I ended the strike.Assaulted by guards, then force fedDee Jay: On May 30, I was told by Dr. Hartwell, Ms. Smock and Nurse Edwards that I had to give them my vitals and if I did not, they would have it taken by force. After I refused to give my consent, seven guards dressed in black riot gear with helmets forcefully entered the cell and assaulted me. I was placed in handcuffs and leg shackles and a hood was placed over my head. I was then placed in a restraint chair while medical staff forcefully took my vitals without legal authority.As a result of the assault, I have nerve damage in my right hand that medical is still refusing to provide proper treatment for. Once prison officials realized I was not going to end my strike, the guards started harassing me by turning up the air conditioner and the TV sound all day and night.Despite being isolated I was able to receive messages from some of my comrades, but each day I was growing weaker and thinner. I went from 207 pounds to 143 pounds during the strike.I had to make a strategic decision to stop drinking all liquids in order to force the medical unit to provide me with nutrition. I know this sounds crazy to someone out there reading this but under the circumstances I had to because they would have just let me die.On June 25, after almost two months and 174 consecutive missed meals and after five days without water, the forced-feeding began.WW: Forced-feeding — how did they do that?Dee Jay: A lieutenant would come to the cell door with four guards dressed in black riot gear with helmets, plus a sergeant with a video recorder. The lieutenant would read the “use of restraint chair” policy, telling me if I did not follow his orders to be strip searched and handcuffed, they would use force against me, including the use of pepper spray and taser.After being strip searched, done to demean me, I would be placed in handcuffs and leg shackles, and placed in a restraint chair. Each of my legs and arms would be strapped down. A belt would be placed around my waist and a shoulder harness would go on last. I would then be wheeled to a medical room where two nurses were waiting.First, my vitals would be taken and then the feeding tube would be inserted into my nostril until it went down into my stomach. Sometimes the tube would get stuck in my nostril and the nurse would try to force it down, causing severe pain and bleeding. Some of the nurses would deliberately let the tube get stuck in my throat, cutting off air, causing me to choke. They would try and make it as uncomfortable for me as they could, but I still would not let it discourage me.Weight loss and seizuresDee Jay: For the first month I was force-fed pureed foods twice a day. On July 25, things changed — they started force-feeding me only once a day. Then they told me I would be provided nutrition and hydration only if my body weight was under 150 pounds. Then I was told nutrition and hydration would not be provided on weekends, Wednesdays or when there was an institutional emergency.I later found out this was part of a five-phase plan created by Dr. Hartwell, Dr. Herbick (Medical Director at SCI Fayette) and the Medical Director for the PA DOC Bureau of Health Care Services. The plan was to manipulate my body weight, causing me to become constipated and emaciated, which was very painful. As a result, I developed a lot of medical problems.When prison officials found out I was receiving messages from my comrades and support from a few guards, I was immediately moved to the Restricted Housing Unit and placed in a hard cell, which consists of a concrete bed, toilet/sink and a desk. After I kept having seizures brought on by the stress of the hunger strike, I was moved back to POC.After I filed numerous grievance complaints, they moved me back to a hard cell in the RHU, where I was subjected to unauthorized cell searches while I was out of the cell. The guards would take all my linens (blanket, sheets, towel and washcloths), leaving me with no way to keep warm or shower.I had five false, fabricated misconducts filed against me, but other prisoners on the pod would give me support. They let the guards know if they did anything to me they would contact their families and outside officials, which they did on several occasions. []No matter how difficult things got, I would stay strong by quoting Winston Churchill’s speech about “never, never, never giving up no matter how hard or long.”But it was getting to the point I was in too much pain because of the “Five-Phase Plan” which triggered a lot of seizures. When I would ask the guards for medical help, they would ignore me.‘Much more to be said and done’WW: What made you decide to end the hunger strike?Dee Jay: I started worrying about being seriously hurt during a seizure and not being able to receive help. It was killing me to even think about ending the strike. There was so much more that needed to be said and done.Early in the strike, I met with several prison officials who did make a good faith effort to resolve some of my issues, but things moved at a slow pace. In the meantime, my health was getting worse.The hostility and aggression from the guards were being turned up to the point they tried to physically harm me when they would get outside the view of other prisoners or cameras. They would get you in the hallway and turn the camera off, say it malfunctioned and then assault you.After the strike was over, I was told by a sergeant that prison officials told guards they gave me everything I asked for, and I was only continuing the strike to cause problems. This was misinformation by prison officials because they did not want any more guards to support me.On Sept. 17, after the superintendent agreed to address each of my complaints, I agreed to end my strike. However, if prison officials keep foot dragging on implementing the fixes, I have not ruled out a second strike.Despite damage to health, a victoryWW: What was your physical condition when the strike ended?Dee Jay: When the hunger strike ended, I was only 143 pounds and unable to eat whole foods because the feeding tube damaged my esophagus. All my food has to be pureed. Also, I have trouble walking, standing, sitting and laying down due to nerve damage, which medical staff here is refusing to treat me for. I have still not received an MRI for the nerve damage in my hand after the guards assaulted me.  The medical staff refuses to house me in the infirmary for observation despite all my health issues.Nevertheless, I believe the hunger strike was a victory because I was able to force the administration to sit down and address my grievances. Also, I learned the tactics medical and prison officials will use to combat hunger strikes. I took a hit to my body, not because of the hunger strike per se, but because of the nefarious “Five-Phase Plan.” This is why the courts need to force the PA DOC to come up with a forced-feeding protocol instead of allowing officials to freestyle the process.Since the strike, it’s been a mixed bag wherein some prison officials and guards keep me at arm’s length, but there are those who take every opportunity to retaliate against me. For example, Major Maure instructed the property room to confiscate all my legal and nonlegal property under the pretext I have excessive property. This is the same property I was transferred to SCI Albion with, and it had been in my possession until the hunger strike.I am back in general population, and things are getting worse again with regard to unconstitutional, inhuman and repressive conditions.WW: What did you learn from the hunger strike?Dee Jay: The hunger strike made me realize that it is not for everyone. Outside support is a must so that they can’t get away with abusing you. Most importantly, the hunger strike made me even more determined to stand up and resist abusive authority, no matter the cost.My advice to all those out there who may be contemplating going on a hunger strike is: Make it worth it and don’t stop until you achieve your goal. Remember, “never, never, never give up no matter how hard or long.”WW: What would you like to explain to people on the outside about prison conditions?Dee Jay: In the past 5 to 10 years, prison life in Pennsylvania has changed dramatically due in large part to the closing of this state’s mental health facilities. Now, those individuals are being housed in the PA DOC. This was done by a previous governor, Ed Rendell, to save money.In response, the DOC hired a bunch of psychiatrists and psychologists, but there are still not enough to deal with the large numbers of mentally ill prisoners, some of whom are violent, drug addicted or illiterate.Initially, mentally ill prisoners were housed at SCI Waymart, but due to the large numbers, they are now being housed throughout all DOC facilities. It is having a profound effect on the overall general prison population.PA state legislators and prison officials are using assaults committed by mentally ill prisoners to create policies and laws authorizing excessive use of force against all prisoners. The “Violence Reduction Policy” allows prison officials to arbitrarily deny prisoners their state and federal constitutional rights by placing a cell block or even entire prisons on lock downs for days on end after one of these mentally ill prisoners allegedly assaults a guard.Recently the PA House Judiciary Committee passed three bills supposedly designed to improve the safety of county and state prison guards and staff, even though assaults on prison staff are at a 10-year low. Nothing, however, is being done to address the increase of assaults on prisoners by prison staff.Ultimately, the guards and staff hired by the DOC cannot be adequately trained to deal with mentally ill prisoners. Some of them have mental illnesses themselves.This situation means non-mentally-ill prisoners are being left with the burden of dealing with these mentally ill prisoners, even though we are not qualified.The DOC and state legislators know the dynamics of what is happening, but they won’t solve the crisis because it’s a win-win for them. The state receives millions of dollars in federal funding to address a crisis it created. At the same time, they use this crisis to create new laws to increase repression and deny prisoners their state and federal constitutional rights.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Congolese journalist gets jail term, first under new president

first_imgNews Iwewe may have been a collateral victim of political rivalry in the run-up to the 26 March gubernatorial elections. Radio Télé Sarah’s current owner, former governor Jean-Claude Baende, is Bolumbu’s leading challenger and favourite to replace him. Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian The DRC is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma Crédit : Steeve Mwanyo Iwewe RSF_en February 24, 2021 Find out more March 7, 2019 Congolese journalist gets jail term, first under new president Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo The TV reporter was then transferred to the Mbandaka prosecutor’s office, which arranged his immediate trial on the grounds that he allegedly committed a crime of contempt of authority.  Organisation Iwewe was convicted just two days after his arrest on 27 February while covering a protest by local environmental department employees to demand operating funds. RSF was told that the governor issued orders for Iwewe to stop filming and, when Iwewe refused, citing his right to film a public protest, the governor ordered the police who were present to arrest him. Three other Radio Télé Sarah journalists – Trésor Nsaebeinga, Yannick Vital Mbombo and Jean-Claude Mafundisho – are currently in hiding because, according to a communiqué by RSF’s partner organization, Journalist in Danger (JED), a warrant for their arrests on similar changes was issued at the governor’s request. News Steeve Mwanyo Iwewe, a reporter for local TV channel Radio Télé Sarah, was sentenced to 12 months in prison in Mbandaka, the province’s capital, on 1 March on a charge of insulting provincial governor Bobo Boloko Bolumbu. He was also ordered to pay 200 dollars in damages. “Arbitrary arrest, summary trial and an utterly disproportionate sentence – such iniquitous practices must be terminated in the DRC,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “They also completely contradict the new president’s inaugural address on 24 January, when he said he wanted the media to become a real fourth estate. This journalist must be released at once.” February 18, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedJudicial harassment Help by sharing this information When reached by RSF, a Bolumbu aide claimed that Iwewe referred to the governor as a “thief” during his coverage of the 27 February demonstration. The aide also accused Radio Télé Sarah of repeatedly making “insulting comments about prominent people in the province.” to go further News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the jail sentence that a Congolese TV reporter received last week in the northwestern province of Equateur and calls for his immediate release. The disgraceful methods traditionally used to silence journalists in the DRC must not be tolerated by the new administration, RSF said. Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedJudicial harassment Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

€700 expenses for Limerick politician to attend pointless meeting

first_imgNo vaccines in Limerick yet Previous articleHotline appeal over information on missing Limerick manNext articleLimerick councillors divided over gay marriage admin A LIMERICK city councillor was paid almost €700 in expenses to attend a HSE meeting which cannot even make a decision.Meetings of the Regional Health Forum West have cost the taxpayer an average of €8,600 per meeting in members expenses alone, not counting expenses and wages for HSE staff.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Advertisement Linkedin NewsLocal News€700 expenses for Limerick politician to attend pointless meetingBy admin – February 20, 2013 654 Facebook Email Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Print TAGSfeatured And there has been strong criticism of the practice of dragging members and HSE staff from as far away as West Clare and Donegal for what amounts to a question and answer session with the questions being asked in writing in advance and answered in writing on the day.According to HSE figures, Limerick city councillor Joe Leddin (Lab) was paid €694.08 in mileage and overnight expenses for attending the September 2012 meeting, which was held in Manorhamilton.The next highest average payment for meetings went to Limerick county councillor Damien Riedy (FG) who was paid an average of €498 expenses per meeting.Members are paid according to how far they travel to attend and Cllr Leddin told the Limerick Post that the size of his payment relates to the fact that he had just been co-opted at the end of 2012 and the particular meeting was in Leitrim.“The meeting goes on all day and it because it was so far away there was an overnight. Other meetings are held in Galway and with average expenses for that drive at around €120, there’s no financial benefit but the advantage of attending is that we can discuss the answers we get and ask further questions”.However, he concedes that the way the meetings are organised “is all wrong.“There is no reason on earth why people from Limerick should have to go all the way to Leitrim to listen to discussions about hospitals and the health service up there and vice versa. It would be much better to revert to the old arrangement where local members met locally, did their business and were out in an hour at a fraction of the cost.“With all of the reform of local government that is coming in now, it should be possible to reform the organisation of the HSE Forum as well”.Members of the Forum have no say in making changes or forming legislation in the health services and some former members from the Mid West resigned because they believed it represented bad value for money.Above: Limerick city councillor Joe Leddin. Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL Twitter Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April First Irish death from Coronavirus WhatsApp Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Temporary Factors Slowed Economic Growth in Q1, Analyst Says

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Temporary Factors Slowed Economic Growth in Q1, Analyst Says Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Bureau of Economic Analysis job market Mortgage Market U.S. Economy Previous: Eight of the Top 10 Hottest New Home Sales Markets Are in the South Next: Housing Alliance to Continue Borrower Outreach Events in Midwest Sign up for DS News Daily Bureau of Economic Analysis job market Mortgage Market U.S. Economy 2015-05-25 Brian Honea May 25, 2015 1,044 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago According to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s Economic and Mortgage Finance commentary for May 2015 written by Joel Kan, associate VP, industry survey and forecasts at MBA, economic growth struggled its way through the first quarter.Kan believes that Q1 was mostly impacted by the stronger U.S. dollar and lower exports, as well as trade and inventory disruptions on the West Coast. On the other hand, low retail sales signified that consumers were not spending much in Q1, and a decline in industrial production could be a sign that businesses are not motivated to increase production and invest.“We still believe that some of these are temporary factors and that domestic growth will pick up in the second quarter, given that the job market remains strong and there has been upward pressure on wage growth,” Kan said. “Because rates have been low for most of 2015 until recently, we revised our refinance originations estimate upward for both the first and second quarters due to higher than expected MBS issuance data and strong refinance applications in the months of February, March, and April.”In his commentary, Kan mentions that refinances are expected to be $551 billion in 2015, compared to a previously estimated $510 billion. MBA now estimates a total of $1.28 trillion in mortgage originations for 2015, compared to $1.12 trillion in 2014. Purchase originations are expected to increase to $730 billion in 2015 from $638 billion in 2014.“The BEA’s advance estimate of first quarter growth was a paltry 0.2 percent, the slowest quarter of growth since the first quarter of 2014,” Kan said. “We and others are becoming increasingly skeptical that the government’s seasonal adjustment process is fully capturing typical first quarter weakness.  This is another reason we are less worried by slower reported growth in Q1.”Although interest rates have been low mostly placing concern on economic growth, the MBA expects rates to increase through the course of the 2015 and the Fed will raise rates in September as the economy and job market grow stronger. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Subscribe Home / Daily Dose / Temporary Factors Slowed Economic Growth in Q1, Analyst Says Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Xhevrije Westlast_img read more

Lessons British firms can learn from the US

first_imgLessons British firms can learn from the USOn 11 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. UK companies should be taking graduate recruitment as seriously as their counterparts in the US, a recruitment expert has claimed.Peter Johnston, associate partner at Andersen Consulting, criticised British companies for not placing graduate recruitment as high on the company agenda as their US counterparts.US companies place the issue high on their business agenda and also provide much better support for people tasked with recruiting graduates. Johnston said, “That support gives the recruiter a much higher profile and a greater leverage within the company.”Companies spend millions of dollars lobbying universities and even individual academics within departments to cream off the best talent, Johnston said.Alumni schemes also provide huge cash donations to departments that allow their graduates to benefit from the best technology and research. As a result, undergraduates are far more in touch with the needs of industry and employers. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Sleipnir installs Dana Petroleum’s P11-Unity platform

first_imgHeerema’s scope included the lifted load-out of the P11-Unity platform from HSM Offshore’s quayside at Schiedam Sleipnir installs Dana Petroleum’s P11-Unity platform. (Credit: HEEREMA MARINE CONTRACTORS.) The world’s largest semi-submersible crane vessel Sleipnir has safely installed Dana Petroleum’s new P11-Unity platform, which at 395 metric tons is one of the world’s smallest platforms. Heerema was contracted for the transportation and installation of P11-Unity by HSM Offshore, who fabricated the platform at their yard in Schiedam, The Netherlands.On October 22, Sleipnir safely and sustainably lifted the P11-Unity platform from the vessel’s deck to the seabed, with this operation taking around an hour. P11-Unity will support the development of the Witte de With and Van Ghent East gas accumulations, using a new ‘back-to-basics’ design platform to produce two fields.Heerema’s scope included the lifted load-out of the P11-Unity platform from HSM Offshore’s quayside at Schiedam. The lift was executed by Bonn & Mees on October 15 and the platform was loaded-out on to the 122 m long Heerema owned barge H-406. After that the P11-Unity platform was transferred to Sleipnir’s mooring location at the Port of Rotterdam by Muller, arriving on October 17.After the completion of the Tolmount installation, Sleipnir arrived in the Port of Rotterdam to lift the P11-Unity platform on to the vessel’s deck on October 19 and secured the tripod for transportation to the offshore installation location. The vessel mobilized on October 22, and after an eight hour sail Sleipnir arrived on location, in Block P11b, around 67 km off the coast of Scheveningen, The Netherlands.HSM Offshore managed the construction and installation of the platform on behalf of Dana Petroleum, including contracting Heerema’s Sleipnir for the offshore scope. P11 Unity was constructed at the HSM Offshore yard in Schiedam, with the HSM workforce spending around 28000 working hours on the platform.The P11-Unity platform is a minimum facilities wellhead platform that was pre-commissioned onshore to minimize the offshore construction scope. The platform is designed for marine access only, using similar principles to the offshore wind industry. It will be remotely operated from the host P11-B-De Ruyter platform, also operated by Dana Petroleum. The P11b Unity Development Project expects first gas in the second half of 2021.Throughout the 55,000 hours worked on the project to date there has been zero recordable HSE cases, the result of strong cooperation and a high regard for safety from all parties. While Sleipnir utilized its wide range of sustainability measures throughout the project, including running on LNG for the entire installation duration. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more