first_imgThe following is a press release from the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, located in Minneapolis.Rasmea OdehIn a bizarre and desperate move, prosecutors in the case of Palestinian American leader Rasmea Odeh filed a motion in Federal Court Oct. 3, which characterized the efforts of an important leader of the Rasmea Odeh defense campaign, Hatem Abudayyeh, as “jury tampering” and “almost certainly criminal.” The prosecution then asks Judge Gershwin Drain for an “Anonymous Jury,” which means that the names of the jurors are kept secret from the defense attorneys, and that an array of security measures are put in place during the trial that make it seem like 67-year-old Rasmea Odeh is a dangerous person.There is no evidence at all for the baseless accusations against the movement in support of Rasmea. The prosecutor’s motion is a clumsy attempt at intimidation and should be condemned by everyone who is concerned about civil liberties.Here are the facts: Rasmea Odeh is a beloved leader of the Palestinian community in Chicago who is facing trumped up immigration charges. Imprisoned by the Israelis in the late 1960s, due to her work to free Palestine, Rasmea Odeh was tortured and sexually abused. She is well-known and respected across the world. The federal government is threatening her with jail and deportation. As a result, a powerful and effective movement organized protests around the country, demanding “Justice for Rasmea.”Now the prosecutors are waging an attack on everyone involved in this movement to support and defend Rasmea Odeh.They talk about “jury tampering.” Until there is a trial, there is no jury, so how could a jury possibly be tampered with? In any event, at no time have we ever tried to improperly influence a jury. Not once. What we are doing is organizing protests, having people sign petitions and holding educational events. We are encouraging people to attend Rasmea’s court appearances. We are shining a light on the unjust prosecution of Rasmea. We want the government to drop the charges.In the prosecutor’s motion we are told, “Hatem Abudayyeh has orchestrated a concerted effort to influence the criminal proceedings against defendant, which has resulted, at each proceeding, in a large group outside the Courthouse protesting and parading, carrying signs demanding dismissal of charges and ‘Justice for Rasmea’ and displaying the Palestinian flag.”Imagine that. Palestinians, Arabs and progressive people responded to an injustice by holding a protest and engaging in activity that is protected by the First Amendment. In the world that the Detroit U.S. Attorney wants, speaking out as we have is, “almost certainly criminal.” On the contrary — it is criminal for the prosecutors to attempt to restrict our constitutional rights.It is worth noting that there is a distinctly racist, anti-Arab undertone to the prosecutor’s motion, where spirited and dignified protests, with a majority of Palestinian-American participants, are described as “hordes” and “mobs.” Again, the federal government is trying to sow fear among people in the U.S. by criminalizing and stereotyping Palestinians, Arabs and Muslims. As one of Rasmea Odeh’s lawyers said when he was informed of the motion, it “is only intended to play the ‘terrorism’ card and is unacceptable.”The prosecutors also have a problem with people who want to petition the government for a redress of grievances, so they complain in their motion that those who want the charges against Rasmea dropped “have previously attempted to flood Department of Justice telephone lines in an attempt to influence these proceedings.”We will continue to hold call-in days and we will organize even more people to participate in them.We take the threats of the prosecution seriously. We urge all of our supporters to keep their eyes on Detroit and to be ready to respond to any attacks on leaders of the Rasmea defense campaign.We see these threats as a sign that our campaign to defend Rasmea Odeh is working. We were successful in getting Zionist Judge Borman off the case. There are now thousands of people across the country engaged in organizing for Rasmea. We will not allow the government to intimidate us. This attack will bring more supporters and strengthen our work further. We will redouble our efforts to make sure the charges against Rasmea Odeh are dropped!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_img Joshua Henry View Comments Related Shows Star Files Violet Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 10, 2014 Colin Donnell Sutton Foster Tony winner Sutton Foster, Colin Donnell and Joshua Henry stopped by The View on May 20 to perform “All to Pieces” from Violet, now nominated for four Tony Awards (for Foster, Henry, director Leigh Silverman and Revival of a Musical). The tuner tells the story of a woman who makes a bus trip from North Carolina to Oklahoma in the hope that a televangelist can heal her disfigured face, forming an unlikely bond with two soldiers along the way. As Violet sings, we “love her all, love her all, love her all to pieces!” Take a look at the clip below, and check out Violet at the American Airlines Theatre.last_img read more

first_imgMore Vermonters can quickly e-mail photos, download music and surf the Internet now that FairPoint Communications has expanded access to high-speed Internet service in southern Vermont.  The service was recently expanded to reach 2,000 more customers in the towns of Dummerston, Hartford, Stratton Mountain, West Dover (Timber Creek) and West Windsor.In 2008, FairPoint increased access to high-speed Internet service from 65 to 76 percent of its Vermont lines exceeding its commitment to the state for 75 percent broadband availability. “We understand the importance of access to broadband to the residents and businesses in the state and this demonstrates our commitment to expanding broadband availability in Vermont,” said Jeff Allen, executive vice president of northern New England operations for FairPoint.  “With our extensive high-speed Internet expansion efforts in the past year, now is a good time for customers to check to see if high-speed Internet service is available in their neighborhood.”Qualified customers who sign up for an annual plan can choose FairPoint High-Speed Internet for $33.99 for download speeds up to 3 Mbps.  All plans include a dedicated connection with always-on access, a 30-day money back guarantee, free router, free FairPoint Security Suite, 9 email accounts, and 10MB (Megabytes) of personal web space. FairPoint High-Speed Internet features live support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Other speeds are available at other promotional rates.For additional information about FairPoint High-Speed Internet prices and bundled plans, residential consumers can call 1-866-984-2001 or visit www.FairPoint.com(link is external).About FairPointFairPoint Communications, Inc. is an industry leading provider of communications services to communities across the country. Today, FairPoint owns and operates local exchange companies in 18 states offering advanced communications with a personal touch, including local and long distance voice, data, Internet, television and broadband services. FairPoint is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol FRP.BC. Learn more at www.fairpoint.com(link is external). ### Source: SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (October 9, 2009) –last_img read more

first_img– Advertisement – All of this may seem extremely counterintuitive. But that’s because the lens the AP presents is somewhat looking at the data backwards. It’s not that counties are voting for Trump because they have a higher rate of COVID-19. It’s that these counties have a higher rate of COVID-19 specifically because they support Trump.In a paper published in Nature just before the election, researchers from Yale and New York University approached the problem from a different direction. Using data from the 2016 election, they looked at how people in Trump counties were behaving versus the people in Clinton counties. What they found was a stark difference that explains the AP results. Trump counties practiced less social distancing. People in those counties were also less likely to wear masks. And, again mirroring the AP data, the more a county supported Trump, the worse it was on these safety measures. People in Trump counties were more likely to ignore stay-at-home orders. They were more likely to ignore mask mandates. They were less likely to practice safe social distancing. And even as the disease was spreading, this partisan divide was getting worse.- Advertisement – As the Associated Press reports, the data available from Johns Hopkins, WorldOMeters, and other tracking sites makes it clear that the highest level of COVID-19 is not where a casual observer might expect. The worst locations aren’t in high-density cities, or in areas where there’s a high level of travel. They are small, rural counties. In fact, most of them are rural counties in rural states like Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. And 93% of the counties with the worst rates of coronavirus infection voted for Donald Trump. In fact, they voted overwhelmingly for Trump. And the worse the infection, the more dire the local situation, the more likely they were to vote for Trump.- Advertisement –center_img And there was one other factor: “Additionally, county-level consumption of conservative media (Fox News) was related to reduced physical distancing.”COVID-19 is worse in Trump counties … because they are Trump counties. Listening to Trump, watching Fox News, believing the messages that the conservative media spreads, is not just sickening; it’s deadly.“… the observed partisan differences in distancing were associated with subsequently higher COVID-19 infection and fatality growth rates in pro-Trump counties.”last_img read more

first_img Published on November 25, 2016 at 10:04 pm Syracuse (4-0) takes on South Carolina (5-0) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. SU is coming off a 101-59 victory over South Carolina State on Tuesday, while the Gamecocks beat No. 25 Michigan, 61-46, on Wednesday.Connor Grossman (4-0)Game onSyracuse 74, South Carolina 62Jim Boeheim said he thinks his team is ready for better competition after Tuesday’s 42-point walloping of South Carolina State. Well, here comes the first of many litmus tests this season. South Carolina isn’t elite by any measure, but versatile guard Sindarius Thornwell is bound to give SU trouble on the boards and help keep the game within reach. The Orange has proven it can shoot it though, even from unexpected corners of the roster. A handful of double-digit performances keep Syracuse undefeated through five games.Matt Schneidman (4-0)Thorn in the sideSyracuse 71, South Carolina 67South Carolina’s Thornwell is more than capable of scoring more than 20 on any night, as he did for half of his double-double in a 15-point win over No. 25 Michigan in the Gamecocks’ last contest. The Orange will be truly tested for the first time this season, and it’ll actually need that scoring depth it flashed against South Carolina State on Tuesday. Expect the big boys to lead the way — Andrew White and Tyler Lydon — as SU narrowly escapes an early season upset on neutral ground.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPaul Schwedelson (4-0)A real Game(cock)Syracuse 67, South Carolina 60Syracuse faces its toughest matchup of the young season thus far and the margin of victory will be finally less than 20 points. The Orange has spent the first four games tinkering with lineup combinations but the Gamecocks put SU to the test at the Barclays Center. Expect Syracuse’s go-to players — White and Lydon — to carry the Orange late in the second half. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgMeanwhile Leicester have a chance to move off the foot of the table with a win over West Ham, while second-from bottom QPR are away to West Brom.And Manchester United will play host to a resurgent Aston Villa side while Swansea entertain Hull at the Liberty Stadium.Later this evening, Chelsea will have a chance to extend their lead at the top of the table as they play host to Stoke at Stamford Bridge, where there’s a half-five kick-off. Arsenal will play host to Liverpool at the Emirates in today’s 12:45 kick-off, with both sides desperate to win.Victory for the Gunners would lift them up to second place in the table, while Liverpool have to win in order to stay in the hunt for a top-four finish.In today’s 3pm matches Everton are hoping that Darron Gibson could return from an ankle injury for their clash with sixth-placed Southampton at Goodison Park.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement al5k4NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs74jWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eb1vg( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) tstWould you ever consider trying this?😱1r5hCan your students do this? 🌚tbyrjRoller skating! Powered by Firework The star German midfielder Toni Kroos scored an absolute stunner from long range in the match against Celta Vigo in the opening match of the season in La Liga. The match was going out of control of the Los Blancos after the red card shown to Luka Modric. The Los Blancos needed the much needed confidence booster in the match and they got it from the stunner of Toni Kroos.Advertisement Karim Benzema scored the first goal of the match at the 12th minute of the match. Real Madrid was dominating in the first half with their possessional display. At the injury time of the first half, the goal of Brais Mendez was disallowed by using VAR. At the 56th minute of the match, Luka Modric was shown a straight red following a bad foul on him. Then the moment came at the 61st minute of the match for Toni Kroos to produce his brilliance in the field. He took the shot from outside the box and the shot struck the upper part of the net.Advertisement Real Madrid ultimately won the match with a margin of 3-1. The importance of the goal of Toni Kroos at that moment of the match is unbelievable. Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement bg83NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsaduisWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E5uf( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6zkbfWould you ever consider trying this?😱qfn7kCan your students do this? 🌚646nuRoller skating! Powered by Firework During these unprecedented times, coronavirus has managed to overshadow everything. But amid this chaos, Indian archer couple Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das are trying to find bliss by tying the knot on June 30. Advertisement While weddings, especially Indian weddings are usually found out to be people buzzing and mayhem about. However, this time around, the wedding would be a bit unconventional as safety is elected to be the first priority over everything else.Advertisement According to a close acquaintance of Deepika Kumari, only sixty guests have been invited among which is the newly elected president of Archers Association of India (AAI) Arjun Munda who is also slated to perform the Kanyaadan ceremony as well.The invitation cards have reportedly been embedded with the rules regarding the social distancing norms and sanitization as well. The archer had earlier claimed that she would go at all lengths to ensure the safety of the guests as well as herself during the ceremony.Advertisement The guests have been invited at different time slots with the first batch requested to leave by 7 PM following which the second batch will arrive and leave after one and a half hours. Moreover, Deepika’s family members won’t be present during the reception in order to avoid crowding.The members present in the banquet hall would be required to wear a facemask and sanitize their hands as well.The couple who have a 2013 World Cup mix title in their bag, have been engaged since 2018. Deepika has been a prolific archer for the country after bagging a Commonwealth Games gold medal and is also a former No.1 rank holder. Meanwhile, Atanu Das was part of the team that secured a silver medal at the 2019 World Championships.The archer claimed that this decision was influenced by the pandemic. He said to The Telegraph:This was a sudden decision, a pandemic-induced one,”“Our original plan was to get married at the end of this year. The Olympics would have been over by then and both Deepika and I would have been relaxed.“However, all those plans have been hit for a six. The Olympics have been postponed to next year and we needed to modify our plans accordingly,” continued Atanu.“We wanted to make use of the time at our disposal now. Later, neither of us would want to give up on valuable practice time, nor sacrifice any tournaments. We don’t want any distractions from our target. So, taking everything into consideration, this is the best time to tie the knot,” the 28-year-old said.Read Also:Minister Kiren Rijiju gives update on Women’s U-17 WC to be hosted in India Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgFormer national under-17 captain Omar Holness has revealed that three things have him excited about playing Major League Soccer (MLS) in the coming season. The 21-year-old Jamaican, the overall number-five pick, was selected by Real Salt Lake in Thursday’s Major League Soccer’s Super Draft following an impressive three-year career playing central midfield for the University of North Carolina Tar Heels scoring four goals and registering 11 assists.Now that he is a professional, he gets to work with two Jamaican legends, possibly play against his childhood hero and believes he can help his club win a championship.At Real Salt Lake he will be working with Andy Williams and Tyrone Marshall, former Jamaican players, now coaches employed by the club but on the day he said he didn’t know who would select him or what to expect.”All of the draftees were nervous because in reality we had no idea, no clue where we were going to end up but when I heard my name being called at number five for Salt Lake I was excited and surprised but when I heard I was going to join Andy and Tyrone and Demar (Phillips) up at Real Salt Lake, I was like it couldn’t get better than that,” he said describing the fact that the presence of the Jamaicans is for him a huge boost.”I believe having coaches Andy Williams and Tyrone Marshall will be a very positive thing for me. I say so because having Jamaicans around you will help me settle in and give me tips that will help push me in the right direction.”much sweeterHolness said playing professional football has always been his dream but this experience is going to be so much sweeter as he could possibly face his childhood hero, who now plays the MLS for the LA Galaxy.”Playing football professionally has been a dream of mine ever since I was a little boy. To finally realise that it is actually coming true is very exciting. I think what I am looking forward to most is making this transition and playing against my childhood hero, Steven Gerard.”Gerard, a Liverpool icon in the Barclays Premier League currently plays for the LA Galaxy.Holness realises that he has his work cut out for him. He is expected to come in and strengthen RSL’s midfield contingent and hopefully help push the club to a title in the coming seasons. Following Thursday’s draft Real Salt Lake’s general manager Craig Waibe told media that the Jamaican was exactly who the club wanted. However, he was quick to point out that the Jamaican would not be pressured from the outset and would be given time to adapt.last_img read more

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Making net-zero energy financially attractiveNet-zero energy is achieved in four steps: (1) Identify on-site renewable energy capacity and thus set the district’s energy “budget;” (2) use superefficient district geothermal heating and cooling; (3) set design standards to drive load down to as little as 75% below code; and (4) iterate between steps 1 and 3, optimizing based on the net present value of the life-cycle cost until net-zero energy is achieved.These four steps must be done in a way that makes the project financially attractive to developers, tenants, and investors.Three things must occur to make net-zero energy financially attractive to parcel developers: (1) on-site solar photovoltaics should be owned and developed by a third party; (2) the capital cost of heating and cooling equipment should be moved out of buildings and into a district heating/cooling system; and (3) there should be on-bill financing for the incremental cost of energy efficiency. This puts first costs at or below the cost of a business-as-usual (BAU) building. On top of that, high-performance buildings typically yield higher sale prices or rents.To make net-zero energy financially attractive to tenants, the BAU tenant energy bill must be replaced by a net-zero energy bill that includes three components: (1) an electricity bill that includes the third-party-owned PV costs; (2) district heating and cooling costs; and (3) on-bill repayment of the energy efficiency financing. The sum of these three components is lower than BAU, and the tenant inhabits a healthier and more comfortable building.Net-zero energy business models are financially attractive to investors because the large capital investments in PV, district heating and cooling, and energy efficiency are repaid over time on utility bills, generating a steady return that benefits from enhanced credit because of the utility-customer relationship.The elements of this business plan can be broken into discrete components consisting of services and value streams. Some of these components are interdependent, while others stand alone. But in our newly released Insight Brief, “An Integrative Business Model for Net-Zero Energy Districts,” Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) presents an innovative business model for developing net-zero energy or ultra-low energy districts and details how pursuing net-zero energy is not a cost, but rather a significant value driver.Our innovative business model develops net-zero energy districts in a way that is attractive to the district developer, parcel developer, and tenants; creates a profitable business for an integrated energy services provider; and benefits the local electric grid and neighboring community. It was developed specifically for a 180-acre development in a midsize U.S. city. By IAIN CAMPBELL Building better, cleaner communitiesDistrict-scale developments are uniquely positioned to be a major driver of the next generation of high-performance buildings and an intelligent electric grid, and to benefit financially from such leadership.Not all of the value elements of this business case will pertain to every large-scale development, given their variations in size, use types, regulatory environment, project goals, energy prices, access to capital, or operator sophistication. But stand-alone components or hybrids of this model can still be valuable, especially under the guidance of an IESP that plays an integrative role in value capture and creative financing, making such developments attractive to investors, developers, and tenants alike.Net-zero districts will be explored during October’s Getting to Zero National Forum in Denver, Colorado. View the program and register today. The Department of Energy Chooses a Definition for Net-ZeroCalifornia Leads the Nation in Net-Zero ProjectsMajor U.S. Builder Tests Net-Zero MarketNet-Zero versus PassivhausNet-Zero Families, Not Net-Zero HomesNet-Zero Cities Aren’t Possible, You Say?center_img A profitable business for integrated energy service providersDistrict-scale developments have a unique opportunity to put in place a dedicated integrated energy services provider (IESP) to manage multiple energy-related operations and act as a multipurpose developer, financier, operator, and administrator of energy systems, as well as a regulator of building performance requirements. The IESP may be one organization or multiple organizations acting in cooperation, but the key is to execute multiple functions in concert to achieve performance objectives in the most economical way.IESP functions include:1. Sales of electricityActing as an electrical micro-utility providing retail electricity to the district’s electricity customers, managing supply, and conducting customer billing. The IESP functions as an intermediary between the regional electric grid and the district’s microgrid, negotiating interconnection terms, ancillary services, demand charges, consumption charges, and feed-in tariffs with the regional utility.2. District heating and coolingHandling district heating and cooling through a central district heating and cooling system (geothermal heat pump systems being the most efficient). Compared to individual building plants, district heating and cooling is much more efficient, has lower maintenance costs, is more reliable, and has longer equipment lifetimes. Equally important to this business case, district heating and cooling shifts upfront capital costs from parcel developers to the IESP.3. Neighborhood diversityOptimizing heating and cooling across a diverse neighborhood building stock with a district heating and cooling system. Rather than designing individual building systems to meet individual-building instantaneous peak loads, a district system is designed to meet the collective peak load, which is considerably lower, due to non-coincident peaks across the diverse building stock. This means smaller overall system capacity and lower first costs.4. Demand-side managementThe IESP would manage multiple megawatts of load at the district heating and cooling plant, as well as introduce the possibility for additional thermal storage that would make the load even more flexible. Demand response capabilities in other building loads, such as lighting, water heating, or plug loads, would make that flexible, demand-side resource even larger. The importance of megawatts and “negawatts” at a district scaleRenewable supply is a critical component of achieving net-zero at a district scale, and it is necessary to optimize renewable energy deployment across the entire district to achieve the best economics. In this model, the IESP is responsible for all renewable energy development, whether on-site, such as ground-mounted, rooftop, or carport-mounted photovoltaics (PV), or off-site via power purchase agreements. It can then recoup the cost of the system via utility billing to customers.Depending on the regulatory environment, it can negotiate with the regional utility to capture maximum value from the large-scale, on-site generation, which could be in the form of net metering, feed-in tariffs, or simply wholesale into the regional spot market. Having one single solar developer means that on-site renewables can be phased and developed en masse, negotiating lower costs and capturing economies of scale in mass installations.The IESP also can manage the demand side, encouraging the deployment of high-performance buildings that benefit owners, occupants/tenants, and the environment through district-wide energy efficiency financing. Compared to conventional buildings, superefficient buildings (buildings that perform 50% better than code-compliant buildings) may cost more upfront, as a result of expert integrative design costs, higher-performance envelopes, smart controls, best-in-class systems, and rigorous construction quality, testing, and commissioning.But this incremental cost for superefficiency can be financed in the form of a loan from the IESP, removing any incremental first costs from the parcel developer. That loan can be repaid over time on utility bills by the electricity and district heating and cooling customers who are benefiting from the lower energy bills. The incremental capital investment, and resultant property value, of energy efficiency thus stays with the property. The IESP lender also has recourse or collateral against defaulting customers, making the on-bill financed loans more credit-worthy. Reducing demand at a district scale also significantly lowers the cost of renewable energy supply. Net-zero energy (NZE) buildings — those that are responsible for the production of as much clean energy as, or more clean energy than, they use annually — have been gaining momentum around the world. And now, even net-zero energy districts are being contemplated, like Fort Collins’s Fort ZED, Arizona State University, and UC Davis’s West Village. However, there still remains an industry-wide perception that net-zero energy is too expensive, or comes at a much higher incremental cost over business as usual.Master developers of NZE districts face the challenge of driving exceptional energy performance without deterring prospective parcel developers or incurring exorbitant development costs themselves. Prospective parcel developers may fear that stringent performance requirements will require higher upfront capital costs or that achieving ultra-low energy buildings will not be cost-effective in the long run, compared to business as usual. Prospective tenants of NZE developments may fear that additional construction costs will get passed through to them in the form of higher rents, or that the ongoing cost of procuring renewable energy may be higher than conventional energy bills. Iain Campbell is managing director of the Rocky Mountain Institute. This post originally appeared at the RMI Outlet.last_img read more