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Japan survey offers insights into regional problem gambling

first_imgCasino & games 2nd July 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Japan survey offers insights into regional problem gambling Regions: Asia Japan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Around 0.8% of players in the Japanese prefecture of Kanagawa in the Greater Tokyo region  may be classified as problem gamblers, according to the results of a new survey.The survey of 2,687 respondents aged 18 to 74 – out of a sample of 6,750 randomly selected residents who received the survey by post – used the 20-question South Oaks Gambling Screen (SOGS) to determine problem gambling prevalence. Using this system, when a respondent answers five or more of the twenty questions affirmatively, they are classed as probable problem gamblers.In total, 0.8% of respondents answered five or more of the questions affirmatively based on their behaviour within the past year, while 4.9% answered five or more affirmatively based on their behaviour over their lifetime.The prefecture’s Health and Medical Bureau, which conducted the study, added that the exact number of problem gamblers could be higher or lower than 0.8%. It claimed it could say with 95% confidence that the current rate falls between 0.4% and 1.2%.Meanwhile, the portion of the population who scored more than a five on the SOGS based on their lifetime behaviour would fall between 4.0% and 5.8% in 95% of outcomes, it added.The Bureau added that the mean spend of player displaying signs of problem gambling from their SOGS responses amounted to JPY300,000 (£2,236/€2,481/$2,788) per month, while the median player in this category spent JPY30,000 per month.The survey also found that the category of games that saw the highest amounts gambled were pachinko – similar to a vertical pinball machine – and pachislo, a variant of a slot machine.Earlier this week, Japan’s Integrated Resort Association launched a survey of operators to determine how the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has affected their plans.The survey asks if Covid-19 has had any impact on operators’ business, the extent of revenue loss if it has occurred and whether operators’ level of willingness to participate in the IR scheme has changed, among other questions.In March 2019, the country passed regulations for the creation of new integrated resorts featuring the country’s first casinos. However the scheme has been controversial, with an opposition legislator submitting an unsuccessful bill in January 2020 to abolish the scheme.In May this year, Las Vegas Sands withdrew from the process to secure one of Japan’s integrated resorts (IR) licences, saying that the regulatory framework was too onerous for the project to be viable. Around 0.8% of players in the Japanese prefecture of Kanagawa in the Greater Tokyo region may be classified as problem gamblers, according to the results of a new survey. Email Address Tags: Skill Games Slot Machines Topics: Casino & games Strategy Slots Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu) 2012 Abridged Report

first_imgAscencia Limited (ASCE.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2012 abridged results.For more information about Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ascencia Limited (ASCE.mu)  2012 abridged results.Company ProfileAscencia Limited is a commercial property fund with an investment portfolio comprising quality income earning properties located in Mauritius. The company specialises in retail properties where the company engages in the acquisition, investment and investment holding of real estate properties on the Mauritian island. Ascencia Limited (Class A shares) operates shopping malls locally and regionally. Ascencia Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Custodian and Allied Insurance Plc (CUSTOD.ng) 2017 Annual Report

first_imgCustodian and Allied Insurance Plc (CUSTOD.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Custodian and Allied Insurance Plc (CUSTOD.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Custodian and Allied Insurance Plc (CUSTOD.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Custodian and Allied Insurance Plc (CUSTOD.ng)  2017 annual report.Company ProfileCustodian & Allied Insurance Plc is an investment holding company in Nigeria offering insurance and reassurance solutions for life and non-life cover. The company has significant holdings in Custodian & Allied Insurance Limited, Custodian Life Assurance Limited, Custodian Trustees and Crusader Sterling Pensions Limited. Personal products and services cover motor vehicles, travel, boats and yachts, personal accident, home owners and personal all risks insurance. Business products range from insurance cover for motor vehicles, marine cargo and hull to fire/special perils, business interruption, occupiers liability and healthcare professional indemnity insurance. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Custodian & Allied Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

House O / Jun Igarashi Architects

first_img Japan House O / Jun Igarashi ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse O / Jun Igarashi Architects 2009 Photographs Area:  112 m² Area:  112 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Structural Engineer: Daisuke Hasegawa & Partners Year:  CopyAbout this officeJun Igarashi ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesTokoro DistrictHousesJapanPublished on December 30, 2013Cite: “House O / Jun Igarashi Architects” 30 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogFaucetshansgroheKitchen MixersVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Fine WoodPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesCultural / SportsPENT FitnessFitness Equipment – BANKA™ Weight BenchSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – B-ClassConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in OfficesBricksFeldhaus KlinkerFacing Bricks – Waterstruck VascuWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodViroc Nature for FurnitureCurtain WallsMetawellFacades – Aluminum Curtain WallsHeatingFocusFireplaces – PaxfocusPatios / TerracesGlas MarteGlass Pavilion – GM Pavillon360More 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 Architects: Jun Igarashi Architects Area Area of this architecture project Structure:Timber frameCity:Tokoro DistrictCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Iwan BaanRecommended ProductsWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame Arc About the SiteSave this picture!Floor Plan, SectionThe site sits in Northern Japan, in a small city of Eastern Hokkaido with a mere population of 7000. The forestry industry has been lasting since long ago, however depopulation advances while the factory industry declines. The house sits on a large site of about 2000 square meter in such a city. Building density in the area is very low, a unique cityscape in Japan. To the East, across the street, there is a wood factory, to the West, a hospital. The house has quite a distance from the nearest neighbors sitting to the South and North making it difficult to draw from the context.The ProgramSave this picture!© Iwan BaanFor the couple who will be residing here, the basic program is placed in; entry foyer, entry storage, family room, kitchen, guest room, bedroom, side room, wash closet, wash room, and bath. The residents do not want to feel the eyes of the passer-bys and that there is no difference in floor level.The ProjectSave this picture!© Iwan BaanAs we begin our studies with the given condition, a rational square plan is constructed with the rooms fitted into the plan. However, we realize that this method creates extra circulation corridors and orients rooms and views in an irrational manner. The smallest plan of each program is cut out to be placed in a location and orientation that is favorable. For example, the kitchen is placed in a “selfish” way to look out to the tree garden on the site, and then connected the dinning to the kitchen. With this method, the extra circulation corridors to connect the spaces and hierarchy due to its location and orientation are omitted.Save this picture!© Iwan BaanVolumetric study follows by setting all volume to 10 m high. From this point, according to the room function and area, the appropriate ceiling height is applied to each volume. Each volume becomes shorter as it sprawls from the tallest central living room. From certain points of the site, the house may look symmetrical but one step over, the form changes; similar phenomenon to construct in nature.Project gallerySee allShow lessThe 20 Best Articles of 2013MiscInternational Youth Center in Oberschleißheim / ATELIER 30Selected Projects Share House O / Jun Igarashi Architects Year: center_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/462393/house-o-jun-igarashi-architects Clipboard ArchDaily Projects Houses photographs:  Iwan BaanPhotographs:  Iwan Baan 2009 CopyHouses•Tokoro District, Japan “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/462393/house-o-jun-igarashi-architects Clipboard “COPY” Save this picture!© Iwan Baan+ 25 Sharelast_img read more

Lost Villa · Valley Land Boutique Hotel Interior Design / DAS Lab

first_imgArchDaily Projects Houses Manufacturers: 北冉, 晶典, 钢之杰 Lost Villa · Valley Land Boutique Hotel Interior Design / DAS Lab ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/899525/lost-villa-star-valley-land-boutique-hotel-interior-design-das-lab Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/899525/lost-villa-star-valley-land-boutique-hotel-interior-design-das-lab Clipboard Landscape Design:Sealand-IntOwner:Valleyland Hotel Inv.Management Co.LtdOperator:Lost Villa, Valley LandArchitects:SU Architects,Sealand-IntDesign Team:Chen Liang, Yoko, JanetCity:NingboCountry:ChinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Schran StudioRecommended ProductsWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 82 ADText description provided by the architects. The Ancient Village of Persimmon Forest, has the features of eastern Zhejiang canyon landform. Meanwhile it has abundant sunshine and rainwater, diversified land vegetation and high coverage. Persimmon, sakura, bamboo shoots and tea are important economic crops in the ancient village. Surrounded by mountains, the unique geographical location makes this ancient village, which has eight hundred years of history, more mysterious. The village enjoys the profound cultural connotations and development paths and hopes to drive its development of tourist industry through the completion of boutique hotels.Save this picture!© Schran StudioSave this picture!Axon DiagramSave this picture!© Schran StudioLocated in the Ancient Village of Persimmon Forest, Lost Villa · Valley Land Boutique Hotel is designed by DAS Lab. The terrain of this project is a typical mountain platform, surrounded by high mountains and valleys, and hillock isattached to flat slopes in the center. When you overlook the whole landscape, unique geographical location makes it richer and more varied. The layout of building group has a similar design as the Acropolis, which ensures that people feel safe in activity space inside. Windows of 22 guest rooms all face the peripheral landscapes, which leaves the external natural landscape directly to interior.Save this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Schran StudioDining room is the most complex space in this project, including functions as throwing parties, having meals, check-in and business meetings. It is made up of three various buildings and the middle section has a height of 10 meters and both sides have French windows of 8 meters high. In the face of luxuriant vegetation and very graphic natural landscapes, we hope to create high-intensity clashes of artificial work and nature, and a balance of intuition, subconscious and body through the physical properties of materials. We also want to internally create openness same as exterior and provide an impressive rest environment in an instant.Save this picture!© Schran StudioAs for us, the space shows a bidirectional scene of restlessness and quiet: On the one hand, it acts a dining space of entertaining and complex function. On the other it integrates diversity, serendipity and randomness of mountain and forest. As where activities process, it arouses the visibility, liveliness, excitement and noises, meanwhile the mountain forest is in a covert, isolated, lonely and tranquil scene. A balance in opposites in the space.Save this picture!© Schran StudioSave this picture!© Schran StudioWe believe that hotel as the medium of pulling away from vision, emotion and thinking to daily life gives us an enlightenment of time through both space and scene. We keep restrained as much as possible at the hotel room by integrating the natural and the artificial parts. That is our interpretation of the environment, site and owner, providing guests a simple and warm atmosphere to rest.Save this picture!© Schran StudioProject gallerySee allShow lessHouse in Sátão / Jorge MealhaSelected ProjectsDế House / 365 DesignSelected Projects Share Area:  1500 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Jingze Li Lost Villa · Valley Land Boutique Hotel Interior Design / DAS LabSave this projectSaveLost Villa · Valley Land Boutique Hotel Interior Design / DAS LabSave this picture!© Schran Studio+ 30Curated by 韩爽 – HAN Shuang Share Photographs:  Schran Image Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project center_img “COPY” Photographs Lead Architects: “COPY” 2017 CopyAbout this officeDAS LabOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior Designinterior designZhejiangNingboBambooYuyaoDAS LabGalvanized corrugated plateterrazzowooden finishBrass stainless steelChinaPublished on August 07, 2018Cite: “Lost Villa · Valley Land Boutique Hotel Interior Design / DAS Lab” 07 Aug 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceGlass3MSun Control Window Film in MarkthalSinkshansgroheBasin FaucetsPaintSTAC BONDComposite Panel Finishes – MetallicsConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt GardenWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 70 ADUrban ShadingPunto DesignPavilion – CUBEDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Hinged Door | AlbaWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT BlockGreen FacadesSempergreenLiving Wall – SemperGreenwallMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?大乐之野 • 谷舍精品民宿室内设计 / DAS Lab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 CopyHouses, Interior Design•Ningbo, China Year:  Architects: DAS Lab Area Area of this architecture project Chinalast_img read more

DILLON617 Housing / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects

first_imgArchDaily Area:  72000 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Apartments ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/935356/dillon617-housing-loha Clipboard CopyAbout this officeLorcan O’Herlihy ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsLos AngelesOn FacebookUnited StatesPublished on March 11, 2020Cite: “DILLON617 Housing / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects” 11 Mar 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ NaturalPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®WindowsVitrocsaSliding Window – Mosquito NetSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Verge LVG-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in Equinix Data CentreSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassMetal PanelsLongboard®Aluminum Battens – Link & Lock – 4″Sports ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Fit in Ekaterinburg Public SpaceWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsKnobsKarcher DesignDoor Knob K390 (50)TablesVitsœ621 Side TableMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?DILLON617 洋房公寓,相交的建筑界面 / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects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 Photographs:  Paul Vu 2019 Projects Landscape: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/935356/dillon617-housing-loha Clipboard CopyApartments•Los Angeles, United States Save this picture!© Paul Vu+ 21Curated by Paula Pintos Share United Statescenter_img Principal In Charge:Lorcan O’HerlihyDesign Team:Yuval Borochov, Geoffrey Sorrell, Nick Hopson, Dana M. Lydon, Cameron OveryClient:CIM GroupCivil + Mep Engineering:SY Lee AssociatesShore Engineering:Cefali and AssociatesCivil:SY Lee & AssociatesMep Engineering:SY Lee & AssociatesCity:Los AngelesCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Paul VuRecommended ProductsMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)Renders / 3D AnimationVectorworksVectorworks ArchitectWindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyText description provided by the architects. Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood has transformed in the past two decades from a sleepy Eastside enclave, to one of the city’s most vibrant creative communities. Yet, the majority of its housing stock has remained unchanged since the 1970s. The residential streets comprise a mix of historic homes and mid-century “missing middle” bungalows, duplexes, and fourplexes, that once accommodated its population of urban dwellers. Today, there is a need for much more density. Not only to keep up with demand but to retain a level of affordability in a housing market that has priced-out the majority of artists and ethnic communities responsible for giving the area its unique flair. A new “missing-middle” housing typology has emerged, one that has expanded in scale and placement to the edges of the neighborhoods, along with commercial corridors and busy thoroughfares (where automotive repair shops and warehouses once stood.) With these changes comes a need to bridge these new missing-middle communities to the neighborhoods and streets that they straddle.Save this picture!© Paul VuSave this picture!Site planSave this picture!© Paul VuLocated on a narrow infill lot in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, LOHA’s newest housing project, Dillon617 creatively integrates open, communal space into a dense urban development, bringing essential housing to this growing community.Save this picture!© Paul VuThe design for Dillon617 is derived from two long bars connected by an exterior walkway and pushed to one side of the property to allocate a significant portion of the site to a landscaped paseo. This gesture creates a dynamic open spacefor the residents and brings light and air deeper into the building. Dillon617’s southern bar is pulled apart at each street frontage, opening up the project’s corresponding entrance to frame an intimate moment that allows the building to open and unfold down to the street level.Save this picture!© Paul VuThe design further articulates this paseo edge by carving away stepped terraces out from the central pinch point. These shared and semi-private terraces take advantage of southern exposure and centralize the common amenities to promote neighborly social interaction. This terracing is mirrored on the northern elevation to break away from the surrounding buildings and align with context. With punched balconies checkered across the long elevations, the design ensures that each unit has access to open space.Save this picture!Massing diagramThe dark metal exterior adds an element of contrast by incorporating a bright white inner corridor. This is not only an aesthetic decision, but the reflected natural light in the walkways and units is one of several passively sustainable strategies. The composition of solid metal siding and perforated screens animate the street-facing elevations for a more accessible relationship with the surrounding context, further abetted by the open sidewalk plaza.Save this picture!© Paul VuAs Los Angeles densifies, the inevitable conflict between multi-unit housing and houses becomes increasingly apparent. By incorporating the types of spaces found in the surrounding neighborhood into a denser building – intimate green spaces, terraced hillsides, and plazas- LOHA’s design has allowed the two disparate typologies to coexist. Dillon617 exemplifies how thoughtful design can help solve urban issues like densification while retaining sensitivity to context.Save this picture!© Paul VuProject gallerySee allShow lessHow Color-Tunable Lighting Affects Mood and ProductivityArticlesRugerero Health Center / ASA StudioSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Los Angeles, CA, United StatesLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Stephen Billings Landscape Architecture DILLON617 Housing / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects Structural Engineering: DILLON617 Housing / Lorcan O’Herlihy ArchitectsSave this projectSaveDILLON617 Housing / Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects Architects: Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects Area Area of this architecture project Photographs Year:  John Labib & Associates “COPY” “COPY”last_img read more

The power of people’s war and global anti-imperialist solidarity

first_imgApril 30, 1975: Guerrilla Nguyen Trung Kien guides the libreation army to attack the Presidential Palace.It took 30 years of hard fighting, but the last weeks were like a blur. First a lightning assault in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. Then rapid attacks on the coastal cities of Hue and Danang. Then the People’s Liberation Armed Forces converged on Saigon from all sides. The puppet government leaders and hangers-on raced for helicopter liftoffs at the U.S. Embassy, along with Western journalists, embassy staff and camp followers.The People’s Army now had tanks and artillery as well as large-scale regular forces. In every town and village, they met with people’s militias and irregular troops who “opened the door” for them. The forces of the Saigon puppet army scattered in the face of their assault.This April 30 marks the 40th anniversary of Vietnam’s 1975 Great Spring Victory. This long, unrelenting war — first against Japan in 1945, then France (supported by the U.S.) from 1945 to 1954, and then directly against U.S. imperialism — defined an era. In 1966, Che Guevara called for “Two, three, many Vietnams!” Vietnam-style struggles emerged in the Portuguese African colonies of Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Angola. They achieved victory alongside the Vietnamese. Guerrilla uprisings also surged forth in Central America.The Vietnamese victory march was planned months in advance. All aspects of the previous 30 years of struggle came into play. There was the Ho Chi Minh trail — a network of roads through jungles and mountains used to funnel a steady supply of weapons, ammunition and food from north to south despite endless U.S. bombing. The tunnels of Cu Chi were strategic underground command and recovery centers. The 1968 Tet Offensive had showed the world what the Vietnamese resistance was capable of.All these successes were based on the strategy of people’s war.“The outstanding characteristic of people’s war in our country is that armed struggle and political struggle are very closely coordinated, supporting and stimulating each other,” wrote Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, founder of the People’s Liberation Armed Forces (PLAF). “So the slogan ‘Mobilize the entire people, arm the entire people and fight on all fronts’ has become a most lively and heroic reality.”All efforts by the U.S. to defeat this core strategy — such as the “pacification” and “strategic hamlets” programs — were hopeless. “When a whole people rises up, nothing can be done. No money can beat them,” Gen. Giap told the Liberation News Service in 1969. “That’s the basis of our strategy and tactics, which the Americans fail to understand.“All 31 million of our people are valiant fighters,” Gen. Giap said, “using a small force to fight a bigger one, defeating a stronger force with a smaller one, combining big, medium-sized and small battles, stepping up big-unit fighting and at the same time carrying out widespread guerrilla warfare, constantly striking the enemy from a strong position and achieving very high combat efficiency, becoming ever stronger and winning ever bigger victories as they fight.” (Speech in Hanoi, Dec. 21, 1968)Mobilization of the entire people meant women, men and children, young and old, countryside and city, north and south. The Saigon puppet administration was penetrated by patriotic spies at all levels. One famous example of the women fighters is the iconic photo of a small peasant woman brandishing her AK-47 as she guided her huge, humbled captive — a downed U.S. bomber pilot — through the forest. Then there is the story of the attentive waitress at a Saigon officers’ club frequented by U.S. commanders. After the victory she was publicly honored as a colonel in the PLAF.The entire world came to know Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, who represented the National Liberation Front in the Paris peace talks.The revolution’s leaders were tempered by decades of struggle. For example, Le Duc Tho, famous in the West as Vietnam’s lead negotiator in the Paris Peace Talks — who was awarded but rejected the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 rather than accept it together with war criminal Henry Kissinger — signed the 1975 battle plan for the final spring offensive, on behalf of the Workers Party leadership. Born in 1911, Le Duc Tho had helped found the Indochinese Communist Party in 1930. French colonial authorities imprisoned him from 1930 to 1936 and again from 1939 to 1944. After his release in 1945, he helped lead the Viet Minh, the Vietnamese independence movement against the French, until the Geneva Accords were signed in 1954. From 1948 until 1975, he was a leading organizer for the southern front.After signing the 1975 battle plan, Le Duc Tho rode to the command center in the Central Highlands, down the Ho Chi Minh Trail by motorcycle, at the age of 64. There he remained, helping to coordinate offensives in three directions until the final march into Saigon.Global solidarity and int’l socialist collaborationVietnam’s victory was global. The Soviet Union, its eastern European allies and the People’s Republic of China provided arms, ammunition, food and much more. Anti-war movements in countries across the globe provided very substantial moral support. In the United States, anti-war forces, together with the explosive Black Liberation movement, spawned a large-scale resistance to the war among youth who refused to be part of the war effort. The result was a virtual strike of GIs in the combat zone, as well as rebellions at U.S. military bases across the U.S. and around the world.The AK-47 rifles used by the Vietnamese People’s Liberation Armed Forces were made in Czechoslovakia. The anti-aircraft weapons, as well as trucks, tanks and artillery, were made in the USSR and China. Vietnam was the front line in a global war against U.S. imperialism, and this gigantic solidarity effort was a material factor in Vietnam’s victory.Gen. Giap said in 1968 that “the army and people in North Vietnam have shot down more than 3,200 of the most up-to-date aircraft of the United States, killing or capturing a sizable number of top American pilots, and have sunk or set fire to hundreds of enemy vessels. The so-called air superiority of the U.S. imperialists — the chieftain of imperialism which used to boast of its wealth and weapons and which is notorious for its cruelty — has received a staggering blow at the hands of the Vietnamese people.” (Army Day speech, Dec. 21, 1968) This was three years before the PLAF knocked out 30 B-52 Stratofortresses — a third of the U.S. B-52 fleet — while resisting Washington’s last-ditch Christmas bombing of North Vietnam on the eve of the Jan. 27, 1973, peace agreement.In 1968, Gen. Giap spoke of “all 31 million Vietnamese” fighting U.S. imperialism. Today the population is more than 90 million, making Vietnam the world’s 13th most populous country. In 1965, Ho Chi Minh said no matter how many and how much the U.S. might kill and destroy, “We will build up our country many times more beautiful.” Since 2000, Vietnam’s economic growth rate has been among the highest in the world.The true legacy of Vietnam, as stated by Gen. Giap, is that “the myth of the invincibility of the United States … is collapsing irretrievably. No matter how enormous its military and economic potential, it will never succeed in crushing the will of a people fighting for its independence. This is a reality which is now recognized throughout the entire world.”All quotes are from “The Military Art of People’s War: Selected Writings of Vo Nguyen Giap,” Monthly Review Press, 1970.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

NASS Busy with June Ag Data Collection

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News NASS Busy with June Ag Data Collection Facebook Twitter SHARE By Andy Eubank – May 31, 2016 SHARE Previous articleIndiana Planting Finally on Par with Average PaceNext articleMore Demand, the Key to Higher Corn Prices Andy Eubank NASS June data gatheringUSDA’s National Ag Statistics Service is collecting data for the June surveys on crops and livestock. NASS is now surveying U.S. producers and visiting tracts of farm land to collect information. Responses to these surveys provide the foundation for estimates in the upcoming growing year and will first be released in the Acreage and other reports on the last day of this month, according to NASS Pacific Region Director Chris Messer.“We actually have two surveys that we conduct in the June time frame,” she explained. “One is an area frame component where our interviewers are out speaking with producers within boundaries of selected land segments, and they gather information on acreage, land use, grain stocks, livestock inventory, cash rents, land values, and values of sales. The second survey is our June agricultural survey where we actually request the number of acres planted to particular commodities and the stocks stored on-farm of wholegrains and oilseeds.”NASS representatives are making personal visits to farmers for the area survey. The June Agricultural survey will be sent by mail and can be completed online. Messer says the information provided by farmers plays a critical role in determining the current crop outlook.“The estimates coming out of these two June surveys are really going to give us the potential production for the 2016 crop year and the supply of major commodities coming down the line. That’s important to know for a variety of people from the producers themselves on up to people in research or academia who may be looking to monitor trends or emerging issues.”Messer says farmers can use the data to finalize their cropping and marketing plans this year, while the industry looks to the reports to gauge exports.“Certainly this would give them an indication of the potential export market, and for those university and researchers, they would probably be interested in the data for a long term data series to analyze trends, and also to see if there are any emerging issues that might be uncovered.”The first reports will be released Noon, Eastern Time, June 30th. Other reports using the data will be released later in the year, and all NASS reports can be found online at www.nass.usda.gov. Facebook Twitter NASS Busy with June Ag Data Collectionlast_img read more

Media freedom threatened by wave of violence and harassment

first_imgReporters Without Borders is worried by a decline in the media’s ability to work freely in Bangladesh and, in particular, by a spate of physical attacks and threats against journalists by criminal gangs in the past few weeks as well as cases of harassment by the authorities. “There has been no let-up in the climate of violence against journalists and in fact there has been a marked increase in the number of physical attacks,” Reporters Without Borders said. “By allowing harassment and violence to become so widespread, the government is directly contributing to the decline in media freedom in Bangladesh. We again urge the government to react quickly and to take measures to stop this wave of violence.”In one of the most recent cases of harassment, the Dacca police brought charges of conspiracy, vandalism and planned arson of government property on 26 September against 15 students who work as journalists for local papers and who had been covering protests by fellow students at Jagannath University against the withdrawal of government subsidies. The Jagannath Journalists’ Association called for the immediate withdrawal of the charges against the 15 journalists – Jamil Khan of The Independent, Solaiman Salman of The Daily Sun, Jasim Reza of Dainik Kaler Kantho, Sadiqul Islam Niyougi Ponni of Dainik Jugantor, S.M. Mohsin of the BSS news agency, Tanvir Raihan of Dainik Shokaler Khabor, Abdur Rahman Khan Lemon of New Age, Suzaul Islam of Dainik Naya Diganta, Moazzem Shakil of Bangladesh News Network (BNN), Jonayed Ahmed and Atiqul Islam of Focus Bangla News, S. A. Malek of Dainik Inqilab, Zaber of Dainik Sangram, Ibrahim Prince of Dainik Khabar Patra and Mohammad Yasin Hossain of Sheersha News. Political parties In one of the latest cases of violence, S.M. Zakaria, the Dainik Bhorer Kagoj newspaper’s correspondent in the central district of Narsingdi, was attacked and beaten with an iron bar by the local leader of the ruling Awami League’s student wing on 25 September over a report implicating him in several cases of extortion. Zakaria has been repeatedly threatened in the past over similar stories.Aboul Assad, the editor of Dainik Sangram, a daily that supports the Islamic opposition party Jamaat-e-Islami, was arrested at his home in the Dacca neighbourhood of Maghbazar by members of the Rapid Action Battalion, a special crime prevention unit, on 20 September.His arrest came one day after clashes between police and Jamaat-e-Islami protesters who had been demanding the immediate release of five party leaders who had been arrested for war crimes allegedly committed during Bangladesh’s independence war in 1971. Assad’s lawyer, Mohammad Abdur Razzak, said Assad was freed on bail on 23 September.Former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, the leading opposition party, firmly condemned Assad’s arrest and called for the withdrawal of the “trumped-up” charges brought against him. On the day of his arrest, Federal Union of Journalists members protested against his “baseless” detention by forming a human chain outside the National Press Club.The staff of Bangla News 24 (http://www.banglanews24.com/English/), a bilingual (English and Bengali) news website, were threatened at the time by members of Jamaat-e-Islami’s student wing who had participated in violent clashes with the police. Bangla News 24 editor Alamgir Hossain said he had received email threats. Criminal gangs Mohsin Ali, a reporter for Dainik Bhorer Dak and Dainik Mathabanga in the western district of Meherpur, was seriously injured when members of a criminal gang went to the school where he also works early on the morning of 26 September and beat him with iron bars. The attack came just hours after Dainik Mathabanga, a local daily, ran a front-page story about the arrest of drug traffickers in possession of contraband medicine. Ali was hospitalized but doctors said his life was not in danger.Ikramul Kabir, a reporter for privately-owned Somoy Television, and Dijen Singh, his cameraman, were attacked by members of a criminal gang in the northeastern city of Sylhet on 18 September. The attack was prompted by a Somoy Television report about the gang’s alleged involvement in drug trafficking and the black-market sale of train tickets.The police said Kabir and Singh were attacked while filming earthquake damage at the main Sylhet railway station, which is regarded as the gang’s “territory.” The gang apparently took advantage of their presence to take revenge for the report. Kabir was hospitalized for 24 hours for treatment to head injuries from being hit by sticks and iron bars. The journalists filed a complaint and identified one of their attackers, who was arrested.Reporters Without Borders already voiced concern about violence against journalists by the Rapid Action Battalion and media freedom violations by members of the government in a release on 15 September (http://en.rsf.org/bangladesh-is-government-really-interested-in-15-09-2011,40990.html). to go further Receive email alerts February 26, 2021 Find out more BangladeshAsia – Pacific News Organisation Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Bangladesh RSF_en BangladeshAsia – Pacific center_img News May 19, 2021 Find out more News News Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage October 4, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media freedom threatened by wave of violence and harassment February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Coroner’s Office Identified Teenager Who Jumped to His Death

first_img Top of the News More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Make a comment 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it The Coroner’s Office today identified the teenager who jumped to his death from the library at La Canada High School Friday afternoon as a resident of Pasadena.Campbell Taylor, 17 died in the fall, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said. The death was being investigated as an apparent suicide.Taylor apparently jumped about 4 p.m. Friday at the school at 4463 Oak Grove Drive and was declared dead about 15 minutes later, sheriffs’ Lt. Brian Fitch of the Crescenta Valley Station said. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeauty latest #1 Coroner’s Office Identified Teenager Who Jumped to His Death Published on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 | 7:11 pm Business News Community Newslast_img read more