Meikles Limited (MEIK.zw) Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgMeikles Limited (MEIK.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Meikles Limited (MEIK.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Meikles Limited (MEIK.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Meikles Limited (MEIK.zw)  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileMeikles Limited is an established 100-year old company in Zimbabwe primarily invested in the agriculture, hotels and retail sector. The company operates six business segments; hospitality, retail stores which include department stores, supermarkets and wholesalers, and agricultural, financial services and security. Its well-known brands include the Meikles Hotel, Victoria Falls Hotel, TM Supermarkets, Meikles Stores and Tanganda Tea which produces, packs and distributes Zimbabwe’s famous tea brand aswell as Tinga Mira, a bottled spring water brand. Tanganda Tea Company also owns estates that produce avocados and macadamia nuts. Meikles Limited has department stores in three major cities in Zimbabwe which includes Barbours department store in Harare; and has a national footprint with 50 retail stores in towns and cities throughout Zimbabwe. Meikles Limited recently expanded into the mining and guarding sector and owns Meikles Centar Mining and Meikles Guard Services (Private) Limited in Zimbabwe. Meikles Financial Services offers mobile financial solutions and bill payment services to the retail and commercial sector in Zimbabwe; under the brand name My Cash. Meikles Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Atrium House / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/75063/atrium-house-fran-silvestre-arquitectos Clipboard Year:  2010 CopyHouses•Valencia, Spain Architects: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/75063/atrium-house-fran-silvestre-arquitectos Clipboard Spain Products used in this ProjectWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingStructural Engineering:David Gallardo LlopisClient:Guillermo Caballero de LujánContractor:COARCOProject Area:782.85 sqmArchitects:Fran Silvestre ArquitectosProject Architects:Fran Silvestre Navarro, Maria Jose SáezProject Team:Carlos García Mateo, Pedro Vicente López López, José Vicente Miguel López, José Ángel Ruíz Millo, Fernando Usó Martín, Alexandre MarcosInterior Design:Alfaro HofmannCity:ValenciaCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsText description provided by the architects. A House in a urban area parts of the desire to maximize the feeling of spaciousness. Two strategies are used. The principal is to release the largest possible in the middle of the site allowing you to enjoy a private space with a height and volume incalculable. It enhances the perimeter of contact with the outside housing, land and housing understood as a continuum. On the other hand uses the existing slope to the ravine next to illuminate the basement, which enables you to host the program. Save this picture!© Fernando Alda The building is developed along the southern and western boundaries of the parcel, which together with the elements of urbanization of the site, form a kind of atrium, whose diagonal flight to a distant vision of the Sierra Calderona. Save this picture!© Fernando Alda Access is accompanied by the south facade to find the point of intersection. At this point of view inside the distributor is located next to the stairs and the kitchen form the backbone of the operation of housing. The southern zone where the rooms are available during the day, dematerialized their presence due to the overhead light. In the west the rooms fall to a portion of parcel with a more domestic scale, while the master bedroom overlooking the lift light reflected on water. Save this picture!© Fernando Alda In the dark basement and garage are in the cellar. All other uses of the program look into the ravine through which light up.Project gallerySee allShow lessCultural Connect: Key to Sustained Vitality / Rocco Design Architects LimitedArticlesOver the Counter / Tamás Szentirmai, János VágiArticles Share Area:  1150 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Atrium House / Fran Silvestre Arquitectoscenter_img “COPY” Houses Atrium House / Fran Silvestre ArquitectosSave this projectSaveAtrium House / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos Photographs Save this picture!© Fernando Alda + 39 Share “COPY” Projects Photographs:  Fernando Alda  Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description CopyAbout this officeFran Silvestre ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesValenciaValènciaHousesSpainPublished on August 29, 2010Cite: “Atrium House / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos” 29 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar PanelsMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Qd-ClassSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausStonesCosentinoDekton Surfaces – Cap Ferrat BuildingStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Strata Argentum – Classtone CollectionAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®CeramicsTerrealCustom Shape Terracotta CladdingSeatingInterstuhlPillows – HUBPartitionsBuzzispacePrivacy Booth – BuzziRingMore 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

Struggle frees people’s lawyer Lynne Stewart

first_imgLynne StewartNew York, Jan. 1 — There she was standing, then walking slowly towards us, unshackled, without handcuffs or belly chain, and with a gigantic smile on her face. She was a sight for sore eyes, her inner and outer beauty reflected. Lynne Stewart’s family — her two children, who are attorneys; a daughter, who is a hospice doctor; grandchildren and great-grandchildren — along with her many supporters and attorneys were there. WBAI radio producers, independent photographers and videographers, Prison Radio’s Noelle Hanrahan, and Amy Goodman of “Democracy NOW!” had also gathered inside LaGuardia Airport, waiting for what seemed like forever, to welcome Lynne home. There were 75 to 100 supporters there.We had been waiting anxiously to see for ourselves what seemed to be too good to be true. Our Lynne, the people’s lawyer, woman warrior and courageous freedom fighter, finally was coming home.And then, she emerged. It was a day that many feared would never come.We had been admonished several times by airport personnel not to block the elevator, staircase or passageway. But at the sight of Lynne and her spouse, Ralph Poynter, we could no longer contain ourselves. We rushed towards her, carrying cameras, signs and flowers as we chanted. With our big smiles and crying tears of joy, we surrounded her. Many hugs, kisses, “congratulations” and “thanks” were exchanged. Passersby whispered, “I wonder who that celebrity is they’re all greeting.”When asked how she felt, Lynne said, “There ain’t nothing like freedom.” She talked about being very tired, and said that she was surprised about her release, and that she was getting to the point of giving up hope. She was notified of her approved release on the morning of Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve, by a phone call from her lawyer,  in France, and by prison officials. Everything happened quickly at that point.Lynne laughed and stated, “When the warden told me I was leaving that day, he literally threw me out of prison.”What had occurred during the previous 24 hours seemed unbelievable. First, we, her supporters, heard on the morning of Dec. 31 that the U.S. Justice Department had ordered that 74-year-old Lynne Stewart be granted a compassionate release due to her terminal illness. Her 10-year sentence for “aiding and abetting a terrorist organization” was also reduced to time served.Since 2012, breast cancer has metastasized throughout Lynne’s body, due in part to delayed medical care in prison. Lynne had filed a written request for medical release at the beginning of 2013. Her doctors now say she has approximately 12 months to live.During the course of one day, we witnessed what the Justice Department, the director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Manhattan federal judge could have done a year ago or at least six months ago — namely, freed Lynne Stewart. They may have just decided that they didn’t want her to die in prison. That might incur some bad publicity for a so-called “democratic” country.Former slave and activist Frederick Douglass described this oppressive state in his 1852 Fourth of July speech: “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim … your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; … your denunciation of tyrants brass fronted impudence; your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; … to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy — a thin veil to cover up crimes. … There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than … the United States, at this very hour.”Lynne Stewart’s case part of global struggleLynne’s case is known internationally; it’s part of a global movement for social justice. We know that expecting the heartless to have a heart or evildoers to have a conscience is beyond reason and logic. The powers-that-be are utterly shameless.As Dec. 31 unfolded, we learned that Lynne’s release from prison was imminent. Meanwhile, Ralph was airborne and on his way to Fort Worth, Texas, to visit Lynne as he had done routinely since her imprisonment there. It was not until after his plane landed, when he was on his way to the car rental desk, that he got the call informing him of Lynne’s fully approved compassionate release. One can only imagine how shocked he was when he got to the prison and saw Lynne sitting in a car in the parking lot.By 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Ralph walked into his hotel room with Lynne at his side. This moment was captured by fellow activist and producer Bob Lederer on the air at WBAI radio, when he telephoned Ralph to interview him about the day’s events. Unknown to him and the listeners was that he would also be speaking on the air with Lynne herself.We were fortunate enough to see how Lynne’s release impacted Ralph the next day, when the plane carrying him and Lynne landed in New York City. Ralph was standing tall with Lynne, grinning from ear to ear. Lynne described her freedom and coming home as “sunlight bursting on me. Yesterday at this time I was deep in the dungeons. Prisons are loveless,” she said.Lynne repeatedly expressed her gratitude for “the tremendous support from tens of thousands of people in New York, in the country and worldwide.”Safe at home with her son in Brooklyn, where she will live, surrounded by a loving family and friends, Lynne described her four years in prison as horrible. She told of how she barely survived the life-threatening chemotherapy treatments. She stressed that she won’t forget the women that she left behind in the prison, and that she’ll fight for criminal justice system reforms.We also reflect back to this past summer and the many weeks that Ralph stood in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., in the rain and sweltering heat, with his signs, banner and leaflets; speaking to anyone who would listen about Lynne’s plight. He and a group of supporters protested in front of the U.S. Justice Department against the director’s refusal to approve Lynne’s request for compassionate release.Ralph said he saw no acceptable alternative other than to fight like hell for Lynne’s release. His unwavering love, spirit, strength and determination were contagious. How could anyone knowing him or Lynne not join in the struggle? Or not give up?Jan. 1 began a new year. What better way to start the year than to see the fruits of our labor realized? To have achieved a tortuous, long-fought-for victory? To see our hopes become a reality?We dreamed what seemed the impossible dream, and saw it come true. The day seemed surreal. But we were believers once again.Ralph joked about renting Yankee Stadium to celebrate Lynne’s return home. That idea notwithstanding, Lynne says we will definitely have a celebration party.On Jan. 2, Lynne reported in person to the Office of Probation, which was mandatory within 72 hours of her release. All of the conditions of her release are not yet known, yet their ramifications may put her in the position of walking a tightrope. When Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio arranged for Mumia Abu-Jamal to speak to Lynne by phone, she could not speak to him for fear of violating conditions of her release. To paraphrase a saying, “freedom ain’t necessarily free.”Lynne’s courage and principled stand have been inspirational. Ralph and Lynne took a firm stand against the government and the powers that be. Their position allowed us to stand, too, and fight back with and for them.The road ahead will be anything but smooth. Lynne faces more medical treatment as she literally fights for her life. She will have to make appointments with Sloan-Kettering, the leading cancer center in New York City, and submit her medical records to them.She says she “looks forward to beating the odds. I’ve fought lions and tigers, and I won’t let cancer get me.”As we celebrate a victory over a tragic injustice, there are so many more victories to achieve. We must free all our political prisoners. Lynne urges us to take action on their behalf. She states, “Fight on, resist, resist. It makes life worth living. Power from the people made [my] release happen.” She adds that she’s “skeptical, but hopeful of better future changes.”A better world is possible and we must make it happen. La lucha continua!Cox is a long-time activist with the International Action Center, which has fought for Lynne Stewart’s freedom.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Leadership Pasadena Names Alan Romero to its Board of Directors

first_img 14 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Alan RomeroLeadership Pasadena (LP) is excited to announce Leadership Pasadena Alumni and Pasadena attorney Alan Romero has joined the LP Board of Directors.“Alan will create our Graduate Network, an initiative to keep our 200 alumni connected to LP and continue their leadership learning and community service,” according to Board Member Alma Apodaca.“Alan has remarkable academic, professional and volunteer skills perfect for LP Board participation,” per Board member Lisa Cavelier.Mr. Romero is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer with well-established Pasadena roots. A fifth-generation Angeleno, Mr. Romero has over twenty years of public and volunteer service, having worked with organizations as varied as the Pasadena Unified School District to the Los Angeles Consulate of Mexico. Mr. Romero received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from California State University in Los Angeles, where he was accepted at the age of fifteen. Mr. Romero obtained his Juris Doctor from Southwestern Law School in the accelerated two-year SCALE program. Mr. Romero is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and a Certified Forensic Interviewer, and presently serves as the Co-Chair of the California Employment Lawyers Association’s Immigrant Employee Rights Committee. Presently, Mr. Romero is the Mock Trial instructor at Pasadena High School’s Law and Public Service Academy. He completed the Leadership Pasadena program in May 2016.Leadership Pasadena is a hands-on, community leadership program that immerses you in Pasadena’s rich history, government and world renowned organizations and institutions. This is a unique program for those who want to play an active role in Pasadena’s future. The program also provides personal executive leadership training and coaching and helps you build meaningful connections with area decision-makers. With its many civic, non-profit and community organizations and its diverse communities, there is a large need for empowered and connected community leaders to address the concerns and issues of the Pasadena area together with respect and determination and results. Leadership Pasadena creates these leaders. http://www.leadershippasadena.org/ Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img More Cool Stuff Make a comment People Leadership Pasadena Names Alan Romero to its Board of Directors From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, December 26, 2016 | 9:57 pm Community News Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeauty 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. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

The Week Ahead: Eye on Home Values

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: CoreLogic Growth Home Prices Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago June 28, 2019 1,170 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img The Week Ahead: Eye on Home Values Previous: Preventing Real Estate Wire Fraud Next: Blend Announces $130M in Funding Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post About Author: Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles On Tuesday, Corelogic will release its latest Home Price Insights report (HPI). Corelogic’s previous report, for April, revealed a 3.6% year-over-year increase in home prices nationally, and prices are expected to increase 4.7% over the next year.CoreLogic states that April’s HPI increase was down from the April 2018 gain of 6.6%, but a slight increase from March’s increase of 3.5%, indicating home price increases have flattened out.The HPI analyzes four separate home-price tiers, calculated relative to the median national home sale price. The lowest price tier saw the largest increase at 5.2%, followed by low-to-middle priced tier (4.4%), middle-to-moderate priced tier (3.9%), and then the high-priced tier (2.8%).Increases have been reported in the overall HPI on a year-over-year basis every month for the past seven years, and has gained 60.1% since March 2011. The HPI is 7.7% higher than it was at its pre-crisis peak in April 2006.CoreLogic reports that Idaho’s 10.3 appreciation rate was once again the best in the nation, and the state has maintained that ranking for the past seven months. North Dakota saw depreciation of 5%, which is the 10th consecutive month of annual HPI decreases. Home prices in 39 states, including the District of Columbia, have increased above pre-crisis peaks.Home prices in Connecticut for April 2019 were the farthest below their HPI, and still 18.8% below the July 2006 peak.Meanwhile, the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller HPI reveals slower growth in home prices. April’s 3.5% gain, according to the Case-Shiller HPI, is a 3.7% drop from the month prior.April’s report is the 13th consecutive month of slowing home-price growth, which is now at its lowest level of growth since September 2012.The 10-City Composite, increase, though, rose slightly from 2.2% to 2.3% in April, and the 20-City Composite recorded a 2.5% year-over-year increase, which is down from 2.6% from the prior month.Here’s what else is happening in the Week Ahead. Census Bureau Construction Spending Report (July 1)Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker (July 3)BLS Unemployment Rates (July 5) CoreLogic Growth Home Prices 2019-06-28 Seth Welborn Home / Daily Dose / The Week Ahead: Eye on Home Valueslast_img read more

Delhi HC Imposes Costs Of ₹50k On Petitioner Seeking Financial Assistance For Implementing His Project On Clean Environment [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Imposes Costs Of ₹50k On Petitioner Seeking Financial Assistance For Implementing His Project On Clean Environment [Read Order] Karan Tripathi29 Sep 2020 8:30 AMShare This – xDelhi High Court has imposed heavy costs of ₹50,000 on a Petitioner seeking financial assistance of ₹70,000 from the Central Government for implementing his project on clean environment. While dismissing his PIL, the Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan highlighted that the petition is full of absurdities, and noted that filing of such type…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginDelhi High Court has imposed heavy costs of ₹50,000 on a Petitioner seeking financial assistance of ₹70,000 from the Central Government for implementing his project on clean environment. While dismissing his PIL, the Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan highlighted that the petition is full of absurdities, and noted that filing of such type of litigation is, to say the least, a complete waste of judicial resources. The present writ petition was filed by Mr Trilok Goyal seeking either financial assistance or a direction to be issued to the central government to implement his project on clean environment in the interest of justice. The Petitioner had suggested that a team of about 30 persons from various government departments may be placed at his disposal for this purpose. While dismissing the relief claimed, the court noted that: ‘No ground is made out by the petitioner in person for allotment of such a huge amount for his project. The petition is lacking in fundamental particulars – including as to the nature of the project which the petitioner seeks to develop and implement with the assistance of the respondents. It ought to be kept in mind that the public money and resources cannot be wasted in this manner.’ Therefore, the court directed the Petitioner to pay costs in tune of ₹50,000 to DSLSA within a period of 4 weeks which will be utilised in their Access to Justice programme.Click Here To Downlaod Order[Read Order] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Kerala HC To Introduce Online Delivery Of Digitally Signed Bail Orders To Stakeholders [Read Notice]

first_imgNews UpdatesKerala HC To Introduce Online Delivery Of Digitally Signed Bail Orders To Stakeholders [Read Notice] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK23 Oct 2020 4:47 AMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court is set to introduce online delivery of digitally signed copies of final orders in Bail Applications to the stakeholders. This will be introduced with effect from 27th October, the Registrar General informed through a notice issued on Thursday. The digital copies will be delivered to Lower Courts, Counsel for the petitioner, offices of Govt. Pleader/Public…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Kerala High Court is set to introduce online delivery of digitally signed copies of final orders in Bail Applications to the stakeholders. This will be introduced with effect from 27th October, the Registrar General informed through a notice issued on Thursday.  The digital copies will be delivered to Lower Courts, Counsel for the petitioner, offices of Govt. Pleader/Public Prosecutor, Prisons, Crime Registered Office (Police/Excise/Forest) etc through email. They will be forwarded from [email protected] It is also informed that the free copies of final Bail Orders will not be issued in physical form w.e.f. 27th October 2020. However, certified copies of the orders will be issued on filing necessary applications.E-filing system for filing bail applications is already in place in the High Court.Click here to Read/Download NoticeRead Notice Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Before reopening Michigan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she’s ‘assessing daily’ stay-at-home restrictions

first_imgRiverNorthPhotography/iStockBy KENDALL KARSON, ABC NEWS(LANSING, Mich.) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, one of the chief executives on the frontlines of the coronavirus crisis as her state suffers some of the highest tolls in the country, said she is “assessing daily” the restrictions put in place by her administration to stem the spread of the virus.“We have…a uniquely bad situation here in Michigan and that’s why of the [stay-at-home] orders that have been promulgated across the country, ours is the most restrictive. It’s because we’ve got this the toughest problem per capita,” Whitmer said during an interview for ABC News’ “Powerhouse Politics” podcast on Wednesday.“I do think that we’re assessing daily, essentially at this point, as we continue to see the trend have a greater comfort level that some of these activities…pose less risk and maybe we’ll look at those first,” Whitmer told the show’s co-hosts, Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Political Director Rick Klein, before she added, “At this point I’m not making an announcement here and now.”Whitmer, keenly aware of Michigan’s ranking as the state with the 10th largest population, but the third highest death rate from COVID-19, said she didn’t think any of the limitations stemming from the emergency order she issued in late March went too far.“You know, the more people that are out and about, the more likely we have COVID-19 spread,” she said. “We wanted to curtail every activity that wasn’t absolutely necessary.”Whitmer announced earlier on Wednesday during a daily coronavirus briefing, that she expects to issue a short-term extension of the stay-at-home order, which was set to expire at the end of April, to continue to mitigate the risk of the virus.During the interview, she offered some insight into her plans to reopen the state, signaling that the process will occur in phases and will be science-driven.“As we start to very shrewdly reengage sectors, we’ve got to measure every step of the way,” she said. “If we start to see a spike, we have to be nimble enough to pull back and if we see that our numbers are still declining, then we can mindfully take the next step.”Michigan is one of the hardest-hit states by the outbreak, with almost 34,000 confirmed cases and nearly 3,000 deaths, according to data provided by the state through Wednesday.In response to the crisis, the first-term governor’s stay-at-home order, which is one of the most stringent in the country, put Whitmer at the center of the partisan debate over when to reopen the nation, after thousands protesters, some carrying pro-Trump flags, lined the streets outside the state capital in Lansing, overtly spurning the order.As she contends with the unprecedented crisis early into her second year as governor, Whitmer affirmed her decision to enforce the restrictions, calling them a “temporary sacrifice.”“This is a novel virus. We’re learning things about it every single day and the fact that people would be out and about for not life-sustaining reasons poses a danger to others, especially when our numbers are our death numbers are so high and it was so critical that we bring that curve down,” she said.“We have seen that our actions are working,” she continued. “It’ll shorten the amount of time we have to be in this posture and it’ll save lives.Whitmer’s position as one of the most public faces battling the pandemic has also put her in the crosshairs of the commander-in-chief, who in late March referred to her as “the woman in Michigan” during a press briefing.She told the co-hosts that she “didn’t sleep that night” after the president singled her out, anxious over the effect the sentiments coming out of the White House would have on her ability to seek out federal help. She said she forged on by “not pulling punches,” but instead looking for ways to reinforce her solid working relationship with the Trump administration.“I didn’t sleep that night and not because you know, it’s about me,” she said. “I was worried that it really would impact my ability to get help for the people of Michigan…We didn’t have enough masks. We didn’t have enough gowns. We certainly didn’t have the testing capabilities that we need. We’re still struggling on that front.”“I am always also acknowledging where we have gotten some help and I think that’s the way that I figured out how to navigate it,” she said. “Is it how it should be? I’m not going to go there, but it is what it is and I’m going to do the best.”As one of the leading Democratic voices from a battleground state in 2020, and a state that helped deliver President Trump the White House in 2016, Whitmer occupies a unique space in the debate over the nation’s response to the coronavirus.That space has also landed her on a shortlist, as she is highly speculated to be among a handful of female prospects the presumptive Democratic nominee is eyeing to be his number two.Whitmer, who is a co-chairwoman for the Biden campaign, initially dismissed the idea of her becoming Biden’s running mate, telling MSNBC, “I’m going to help him vet and make sure he has a great running mate. It’s not going to be me.”Reflecting on her previous comments, from which she has more recently changed her tuned, Whitmer said she had only “hoped” to be on the vetting committee.“I was talking to Mayor Eric Garcetti the other day,” she said of the leader of Los Angeles. “And I said, you know, I had hoped to be on the vetting committee and we both had a laugh. While no actions, nothing formal has happened.”“What I know is that Joe Biden would make an excellent president and I endorsed him when he was here in Michigan,” she continued. “I have great faith in him and I want to be supportive — whatever role I can do that — whether it’s helping him vet someone or it’s just helping try to get out the word here in Michigan.”Without ruling it out, Whitmer said she thinks Biden has “a lot of phenomenal potential running mates.”“The fact that my name’s even getting mentioned is kind of amazing and it’s an honor, but it’s not something that I am auditioning for or pining for,” she added.As Whitmer balances the high-wire act between her dual roles as a leader in responding to the crisis, and as a rising star in Democratic politics who has emerged as somewhat of a foil to the president, she brushed aside the politics, asserting that her focus sits squarely on addressing the public health crisis.“I’m wearing a number of hats,” she said. ” I think that the most important thing I can do right now is to put every ounce of energy I have into saving lives and trying to navigate steps to protect our economy in the long run. 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Pam Grier’s presence

first_imgPam Grier burst onto the scene as a star of “blaxploitation” movies in the early 1970s. While drawing criticism for promoting racial stereotypes, the films were praised by some viewers as empowering for their depiction of strong African-American characters. In the eyes of Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor, Grier was “the most powerful and impressive image of a black woman to emerge out of the blaxploitation era.” Grier is among the recipients of this year’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medals, to be presented by the Hutchins Center at Sanders Theatre Thursday at 4 p.m., as well as the subject of a current Harvard Film Archive retrospective. Gates, set to interview Grier prior to HFA screenings at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, spoke to the Gazette about her indelible screen presence.GAZETTE: To start, can you briefly define the blaxploitation genre?GATES: Blaxploitation was the name given to the first real flourishing of films about the black experience produced by black directors and white directors. So the black in the title was the subject of the film rather than the subjectivity of the director. It was a period in the late ’60s and early ’70s. It was the cinematic version of the Black Arts movement and the Black Arts movement was a cultural aspect of the Black Power movement, and it coincided with the birth of black studies starting in 1968, 1969. Really the blaxploitation era started then as well, more or less, and then went through the early ’70s, when interest petered out.It was the first renaissance of black films, when Hollywood seemed to be wide open to films about the black experience. But, as the name suggests, many of these films were quite sensational. Some of them, like “Blacula” — we are not talking about Fellini here. They were made for entertainment and often perpetuated unfortunate stereotypes about black people. But some were quite good. Melvin Van Peebles’ “Sweet Sweetback” is an example of a very powerful work of art among many others, and the works of Gordon Parks were superb.GAZETTE: How did Pam Grier fit into this world?GATES: Pam Grier became an icon of black female power, of black agency and black subjectivity. She always seemed in control of her part, in control of the characters that she was playing. No matter how they were scripted she took control of those images and became an important model of a thinking, proactive black woman. … She certainly is the most powerful and impressive image of a black woman to emerge out of the blaxploitation era.GAZETTE: How do you feel she balanced the objectification of her characters with the empowerment that she brought to her roles?GATES: I think that films in general at that time in the late ’60s and early ’70s represented women as objects and black people as objects in general. And what Pam Grier did, and Melvin Van Peebles in his way, was to turn that object relationship into a subject relationship. Pam Grier took control of her roles, no matter how they restricted, and I am not privy to the scripts, but if they were written by a male and meant to consciously or unconsciously objectify women, she took control of her performance and made it powerful, made it a statement about feminism and the tradition of black women being actors in history and being subjects in history and not merely objects. What I am trying to say is that she wrestled control often off of what would otherwise have been, in a lesser actor, an objectification, and made the part powerful, made it her own, made it something that we’re all proud of.“No matter how they were scripted she took control of those images and became an important model of a thinking, proactive black woman.” said Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Pam Grier (pictured). Credit: Canadian Film Centre from Toronto, Canada/Creative CommonsGAZETTE: How do you think this work resonates today?GATES: I can’t answer that because I haven’t watched these films with a group of young people. For me, when I see these films, I think about being an undergraduate at Yale watching them with other black students with our Afros all in each other’s ways.GAZETTE: Can you tell me a little more about what the experience of watching these films then was like for you?GATES: I graduated in the class of ’73 at Yale. We flocked to these movies — finally, to see images of ourselves. Images of black people in film and on television were so rare. When I was growing up in the ’50s and ’60s if someone appeared on TV, whether it was a minor character in a feature film in the late, late show or a guest on the Johnny Carson show or a person on a quiz show, everybody in the neighborhood would call each other: “Colored person on television!” “Where?” “Channel 5!” And everybody would go watch it and hope that they won the quiz show or comported themselves with great dignity. And likewise in movies, you never saw black people in movies. The old race films from the ’20s and ’30s made by people like Oscar Micheaux and Spencer Williams weren’t available or certainly weren’t readily available unless you had access to an archive like the Schomburg library in Harlem or the James Weldon Johnson Collection at Yale.Now you can get all of it online and YouTube and in box sets, but not then. All of a sudden there’s the Black Power movement, which starts in ’66, and then the Black Arts movement starts about the same time, and then the blaxploitation era, which included dozens and dozens of films, some of them generated by black people, which were really quite noble and powerful, and others like “Blacula” which seem laughably ridiculous.And we went to see them all. And we laughed. We were never confused about the difference between art and camp, between art and schlock. We thought “Blacula” was funny, but “Sweet Sweetback” we thought was the image of a powerful black man and a black man experiencing his subjectivity. And all of Pam Grier’s movies were examples of her transcending however the role was scripted. Whatever was intended, and we have no way of knowing that, the effect was riveting.GAZETTE: Do you remember what it felt like to see this powerful woman up on the screen, an African-American woman in an action figure role?GATES: It was mind-blowing, to put it in the vernacular. To see a black female action figure, I’d never even imagined it. It’s a bit like seeing Shirley Chisholm run for president. Pam Grier was breaking the role, defying the stereotypes, registering a new realm of possibility. And everyone respected her. No one thought you were looking at a prostitute in “Foxy Brown.” We thought you were looking at a woman who was brilliantly planning revenge for the murder of her husband. These films weren’t anthropological studies of African-Americans; this was Hollywood. But within those confines she showed a great deal of control over the image that was projected and that’s what we admired then and that’s what we admire now. She became a hero to us, in addition to being a goddess of beauty.GAZETTE: What’s your favorite Pam Grier film?GATES: “Foxy Brown,” without a doubt. It delights me to no end that Harvard University is honoring a pioneer of black cinema and a person who played a historical role in showing the range of possibilities for black female characters, strong black female characters, defying the maid and the mammy stereotypes. No one would confuse Foxy Brown with Mammy in “Gone With the Wind,” or “Julia,” with all due respect, who was a middle-class, very articulate nurse, but Foxy Brown had agency, big time.SaveSaveSaveSavelast_img read more

Play honors life of former College president

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s community brought to life the story of the College’s illustrious visionary, poet, scholar and third president Sister M. Madeleva Wolff, in an original play titled “Madeleva: A Play in Several Voices” on Thursday evening.Communication studies lecturer Susan Baxter wrote the play using alumnae memories as well as essays and dramatic monologues by students.Since 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Madeleva’s death, the play was a highly anticipated event for the entire Saint Mary’s community.The play was part of the annual spring lecture series hosted by the Center for Spirituality (CFS). This year’s series is focused on the lives and leadership of religious women, director of media relations Gwen O’Brien said.Wolff was the president of the College from 1934-1961. According to a College press release, during her tenure, Wolff put her talents and efforts to use in leading Saint Mary’s to become nationally recognized as a premier liberal arts college. At the time of her death, one journalist described her as “the most renowned nun in the world,” O’Brien said.Elizabeth Groppe, director of CFS beginning this academic year, carried forward plans for the lecture series and solicited the help of two faculty members in the creation of a play celebrating the life of Sister Madeleva, O’Brien said.In the fall of 2013, students in professor of English Laura Haigwood’s writing proficiency course, along with students Baxter’s playwriting course, wrote research essays and extended monologues about Wolff, O’Brien said.“Sister M. Madeleva Wolff was a complex, flawed and brilliant individual,” Baxter said. “What we came to appreciate as we worked on this play, however, is that she was less extraordinary than — and more exemplary of — the beautiful Holy Cross Order that created her. With all our hearts, we believe she would concur.”Groppe said she was grateful to Haigwood and Baxter for their tremendous work and long hours put into the composition and production.“The play … will bring Sister Madeleva to life for a new generation of young women, for whom she is a model of a woman of prayer who surmounted many challenges to become a distinguished scholar, poet, educator, and leader in both Catholic higher education and the life of religious communities of women,” she said.The cast was comprised of students and faculty, with sophomore Kaitlyn Baker starring as Wolff from age 5-17, alumna Eva Cavadini ’12 as Wolff from age 18-60 and Baxter as Wolff at age 70, Baxter said.Baxter said the play is a work in progress, which she hopes will include even more stories of Wolff’s life in the future.Tags: Center for Spirituality, Madeleva Wolff, Saint Mary’s Collegelast_img read more