Demanding dignity and “food, a job and a roof over everyone’s head,” hundreds of thousands of people marched on Madrid on March 22.Organizers estimated that 2 million people took part in the protest. The government started off with a ridiculous estimate of 35,000-50,000 and then mumbled a vague retraction.The organizers rented four trains and hundreds of buses to bring people from all over Spain — from Catalonia in the east, Andalusia in the south, Asturias and the Basque Country in the north. Some people walked for weeks, which not only got them to Madrid inexpensively but raised awareness of their struggle in the many towns they passed through.The marchers gathered in eight spots on the outskirts of Madrid the night before, and then the columns converged for a giant rally in the center of the city.The large coalition that called the rally grew out of the “indignant” movement of 2011 and 2012, under the whip of an austerity program that has proclaimed it is going to make 150 billion euros (about $200 billion) in cuts during the next three years.Commenting on the government’s program, Sánchez Gordillo, mayor of Marinaleda and a deputy from the United Left coalition in Andalusia, told French television: “The real rate of unemployment is 37 percent and 42 percent of Spaniards are living under the poverty line. … Without a job, no one has dignity.” (TV5, March 22)Gordillo came to prominence in August 2012 during raids on supermarkets in Sevilla and Cádiz, in which he was among the people who stole food and handed it out to poor families.Spanish youth were a very prominent and angry section of the marchers. Unemployment among those under 25 is at more than 50 percent, in Andalusia it is near 75 percent.The Madrid authorities brought in 1,700 riot police. They attacked the demonstrators when, towards the conclusion of the rally, a large group of protesters attempted to “occupy” the square in front of the parliament. YouTube videos of the scene show cops attacking the protesters to break up the attempted “occupy” while at the same time preventing people from leaving the area.The main struggle between the cops and the protesters came after the rally was concluded and night fell. Crowds of mainly young people, carrying a banner reading “No pasarán” (“They shall not pass”) and iron bars to break up sidewalks and curbs, confronted the cops, who were firing rubber bullets.When a squad of cops ran out of bullets, the youth rushed them. There was a toe-to-toe melee, the youth using their bars and the cops their batons, until the cops retreated. These skirmishes were documented on both French television (TV2 and TV5) as well as YouTube. A police patrol car with cops in it was completely trashed.Figures given by Le Monde on March 22, relying on Agence France Presse, indicate that the cops didn’t have enough forces present to deal with the size and militance of the protesters. Some 102 people were treated by emergency services, 67 of them cops. The movement argues that the cops’ brutality reflects the regime’s growing dictatorial attempts to repress protest.The German finance ministry released a statement at the end of February demanding that the European Union maintain its austerity policies. This is going to be difficult to do in Spain, where the anger of the youth over unemployment and a devastating economic future has reached the boiling point.One reason the French media covered the struggle in Spain intensely is that austerity is also a political issue in France, although it has not yet caused as much pain among the working class.Still, on March 18, tens of thousands of people took to the street throughout France to protest against the latest austerity pact. The program was created by French President François Hollande and ratified by the MEDEF — the association of French businesses — and the CFDT — a major labor confederation connected to Hollande’s “Socialist Party,” which is really a pro-imperialist and anti-worker party.There were 140 demonstrations throughout France, all involving at least partial one-day strikes, with major ones in Marseille, Toulouse and Bordeaux. The union confederations that called and supported these protests — Workers’ Force (FO), Solidaires and the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) — say that these cuts would destroy the public services used by a majority of the people in France.There will be more protests in France and other European countries as the imperialist banks increase their pressure for austerity — for the workers — and as the bosses cut wages to increase profits while the economy stagnates.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
An off-Broadway hit musical gets a West End upgrade, the Olivier Award-winning Miss Trunchbull turns his gifts to O’Neill and Benedict Cumberbatch’s packed-out Hamlet comes to the big screen for one night only—those are among the highlights in a characteristically busy month for London plays. Read on and find out more.OCTOBER 5-11Teddy Boys: Teddy Ferrara, the Christopher Shinn play previously seen at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre in 2013, crosses the Atlantic in a keenly awaited London premiere at the Donmar Warehouse marking a return to the directing fold of Dominic Cooke, the onetime artistic director of Shinn’s onetime London home, the Royal Court. The play opens October 7 and Luke Newberry and Matthew Marsh are among the cast.Also: Danny Horn and Oliver Hoare head the new cast from October 5 of Sunny Afternoon, the Olivier Award-winning musical at the Harold Pinter Theatre drawing on the back catalog of the Kinks. October 10 is the last chance to see Martin McDonagh’s exhilarating new play Hangmen and its sensational leading performances from David Morrissey and Johnny Flynn—a West End transfer looks to be in the works. The same night sees Lara Pulver bidding farewell to her co-starring role in Gypsy at the Savoy Theatre: Gemma Sutton takes over as Louise from October 12.OCTOBER 12-18Closer Than Ever: What’s It All About? was the original title of the wonderful Burt Bacharach musical homage that first played off-Broadway late in 2013 before coming to the Menier Chocolate Factory this summer. Now, co-creator and star Kyle Riabko is moving on yet again with the show, this time to the Criterion Theatre for a West End opening on October 15 and with a new, less quizzical title: Close to You.Also: Tony winner Frances Ruffelle returns to the ever-appealing Crazy Coqs cabaret venue by Piccadilly Circus October 13-17. Those who clamored in vein for tickets to the instant sellout that is the Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet can watch it on cinema screens October 15 when the Sherlock actor’s great Dane is filmed live in performance at the Barbican Theatre.OCTOBER 19-25Raisin’ Bran-agh: Kenneth Branagh is putting Hollywood on hold to return to his stage origins via a yearlong residency at the Garrick Theatre that has its first full week of previews this week. The season opener is a much-anticipated staging of The Winter’s Tale, with Branagh himself as Shakespeare’s jealous hero, Leontes, and the great Judi Dench as the play’s voice of moral authority, Paulina. Branagh co-directs alongside Broadway regular Rob Ashford, following their successful partnership on Macbeth in Manchester and then New York.Also: Previews begin October 21 at the St. James Theatre for the U.K. premiere of Pig Farm, Tony winner Greg Kotis’ comedy seen off-Broadway in 2006: Katharine Farmer directs a cast headed by Stephen Tompkinson and American actor Erik Odom. October 20 is the final performance of Patrick Marber’s Turgenev rewrite Three Days in the Country, with a cast headed by John Simm, Mark Gatiss and Marber’s own wife, Debra Gillett, at the National Theatre’s Lyttelton space.OCTOBER 26-NOVEMBER 1Going Ape: Does Bertie Carvel ever sleep? Fresh from playing the authority-mad Pentheus opposite Ben Whishaw in the Almeida’s dazzling production of Bakkhai, the Tony-nominated star of Matilda crosses the river to star in director Richard Jones’ revival of Eugene O’Neill’s fearsome play, The Hairy Ape. Opening night is October 29 and Carvel has been training hard to get in shape for the part.Also: Anne-Marie Duff stars in the National Theatre’s revival, opening October 27, of Husbands & Sons, the D.H. Lawrence play here adapted afresh by Ben Power. Two-time Tony winner Marianne Elliott directs. Olivier Award winners Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll headline the cast of the new David Hare play The Moderate Soprano, opening October 29 at the Hampstead Theatre under the direction of 2015 Tony nominee Jeremy Herrin. Given the talent involved, expect an onward life. View Comments
By Dialogo December 25, 2014 The event was one of several agreed to actions signed into accord during the 2013 U.S./Chile army-to-army staff talks. “This experience has been very enriching,” said Lara. “I, as the professor of the school of intelligence, will be able to take those lessons learned and apply them to different processes to compliment our intelligence structure into day-to-day activities.” The purpose of the visit was to strengthen doctrine and operational capabilities, enhance interoperability between the United States and Chile, encourage intelligence sharing and to strengthen the Chilean army’s ability to counter transnational threats. Army South’s mantra “strength through partnership” was exemplified throughout the exchange according to the participants. “We have a great history with Chile and exchanges like this ensure we continue that relationship well into the future,” said Maj. Miguel Bolivar, Military Intelligence Readiness Command. Army South’s mantra “strength through partnership” was exemplified throughout the exchange according to the participants. “These types of engagements are very beneficial to us because they allow us to enhance our relationships with the members of the U.S. military while also improve our capabilities,” said Chilean Capt. Cristian Lara, an instructor at the Military Intelligence Academy in Santiago, Chile. The UAV presentations focused on the capabilities and limitations of the different platforms, specifically the human interaction needed to ensure success for each UAV mission. The UAV presentations focused on the capabilities and limitations of the different platforms, specifically the human interaction needed to ensure success for each UAV mission. During the visit to Fort Hood, staff members from the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division gave the Chilean delegation presentations and demonstrations on various intelligence gathering techniques as well as demonstrations on intelligence gathering platforms such as the RQ-11 Raven unmanned aerial vehicle, the RQ-7 Shadow UAV and the MQ-1 Grey Eagle UAV. “We wanted to get a better understanding of the U.S. intelligence doctrine and learn from the experiences in the recent conflicts,” said Lara. “We would also like to learn how to apply those lessons learned to our own organic intelligence doctrine.” Specifically, the two-week visit helped to familiarize the Chileans with U.S. Army techniques, tactics, and procedures for intelligence support at the tactical level brigade combat team military intelligence company. Specifically, the two-week visit helped to familiarize the Chileans with U.S. Army techniques, tactics, and procedures for intelligence support at the tactical level brigade combat team military intelligence company. The purpose of the visit was to strengthen doctrine and operational capabilities, enhance interoperability between the United States and Chile, encourage intelligence sharing and to strengthen the Chilean army’s ability to counter transnational threats. During the visit to Fort Hood, staff members from the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division gave the Chilean delegation presentations and demonstrations on various intelligence gathering techniques as well as demonstrations on intelligence gathering platforms such as the RQ-11 Raven unmanned aerial vehicle, the RQ-7 Shadow UAV and the MQ-1 Grey Eagle UAV. “This experience has been very enriching,” said Lara. “I, as the professor of the school of intelligence, will be able to take those lessons learned and apply them to different processes to compliment our intelligence structure into day-to-day activities.” “We wanted to get a better understanding of the U.S. intelligence doctrine and learn from the experiences in the recent conflicts,” said Lara. “We would also like to learn how to apply those lessons learned to our own organic intelligence doctrine.” “These types of engagements are very beneficial to us because they allow us to enhance our relationships with the members of the U.S. military while also improve our capabilities,” said Chilean Capt. Cristian Lara, an instructor at the Military Intelligence Academy in Santiago, Chile. “We have a great history with Chile and exchanges like this ensure we continue that relationship well into the future,” said Maj. Miguel Bolivar, Military Intelligence Readiness Command. The event was one of several agreed to actions signed into accord during the 2013 U.S./Chile army-to-army staff talks.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Aries – the emphasis this month is on friendships and group relationships in general. Don’t try to change your allegiances right away, instead, allow yourself to see what part they actually play in your life.Taurus – early to mid-month, frustrations may be unavoidable but you can make the best of the situation by taking a clear-headed approach to the areas under disagreement. By the end of the month, more harmony will prevail, so relax.Gemini – helpful hints are available should you decide to make an adjustment in a close alliance. A relative you admire could offer some timely advice. Word to the wise: Listen up!Cancer – a physical attraction might develop into a meaningful relationship. It’s apparent you are quite mesmerized by another’s charms.Leo – you may find that the demands at work draw you away. Allow this to happen but only up to a point. You have important insights to offer and may be able to smooth over work relationships in a way that will help you deal with more intimate ones later.Virgo – after the New Moon you should relax, lie low and take care of yourself. Don’t begin new projects. Bring current ones to completion, if possible, but don’t strain yourself. Instead, indulge yourself, within reason.Libra – creative projects may be bubbling up in your brain right now. Have patience; let your thoughts arise from within. Get out of the house and get into group activities – parties, socializing, whatever. Later on, there will be plenty of impetus to work.Scorpio – being too opinionated can get you into hot water and induce others to cool off towards you. Discipline the way you express your ideas; find the right venues for doing so, and you may be surprised at how persuasive you can be.Sagittarius – you may be wasting energy because of self-doubt. It’s time to cast some of those old doubts to the wind and pay attention to the details. You can get some useful work done by mid-month as long as you don’t insist on bringing things into their final form.Capricorn – in the midst of love, take some time to clarify your finances and those financial arrangements you have with others. If you keep some perspective, help can come from unexpected sources. Don’t be casual about what you should and shouldn’t be paying closest attention to.Aquarius – don’t take the easy way out; you are “tuned-in” to the proper wave length now. A telephone call might lead to an eventual agreement. Trust your uncanny instincts to set yourself straight.Pisces – spend time with friends from whom you expect nothing more than their being themselves when they’re with you. Find ways to improve communications in your personal enterprises by letting warmth be your guide.IF YOU KNOW YOUR RISING SIGN, CONSULT THE HOROSCOPE FOR THAT SIGN AS WELL.Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 years. Self-taught, she began her studies in astrology when she was 8 years old, learning what she could from her mother’s astrology magazines. As she got older and learned geometry, she searched for books on Astrology and taught herself how to construct a chart. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings, channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. Psychicdeb is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. You can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: www.astro-mate.org. Namaste!
They are set to stay in NEOM, an area in the kingdom’s northwest that is currently under development, and are scheduled to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with whom Kadhemi is known to have warm personal ties. Baghdad proposed a package of energy-focused development opportunities in Iraq to Saudi Arabia earlier this month, and the talks will likely focus on financing for those proposals, other infrastructure projects, and a reopening of the Arar border crossing between the two countries, the officials said.They said the delegation will then travel directly to Tehran late Tuesday, where Kadhemi is expected to meet Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Read also: Pandemic has silver lining for Iraq: food self-sufficiency Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhemi will travel to Saudi Arabia and Iran back-to-back next week, carefully balancing ties to regional rivals in his first foreign trip as premier, officials said Saturday.Baghdad has often found itself caught in the tug-of-war between Riyadh, Tehran and even Washington, which the premier is also set to visit within the next few weeks.On Sunday, Kadhemi will host Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Baghdad, before travelling with Iraq’s ministers of oil, electricity, planning and finance to Saudi Arabia the following day, Iraqi officials said. Kadhemi rose to the premiership in May after serving as the head of Iraq’s National Intelligence Service for nearly four years, which helped him form a close relationship with Prince Mohammed. He is also known to be respected by Iran’s intelligence services and government circles, which prompted speculation he could mediate between the two regional foes. And Kadhemi is well-liked in Washington, where he is expected later this month or in early August to pursue a strategic dialogue between Iraq and the US.It would be the first visit by an Iraqi premier to the White House in three years. US officials never extended an invitation to previous prime minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, whom they saw as too close to Iran.Tensions skyrocketed following a US drone strike on Baghdad in January that killed Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.It appears Washington is now encouraging a rapprochement between Baghdad and Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia.Earlier this week, officials from Iraq, the US and the Gulf Cooperation Council discussed over teleconference an arrangement for Iraq to import electricity from Kuwait, a deal which was agreed last year but has yet to come into effect.Topics :
Palm Beach County commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a plan to relocate homeless people currently living in tents at John Prince Park to a new temporary shelter.Over 100 people are living in tents at John Prince Park.Community leaders have been going to the park for the past few weeks to assess the needs of the homeless.The county voted Tuesday to use a former correctional facility, located at 673 Fairgrounds Rd. near the South Florida Fairgrounds in suburban West Palm Beach, as a temporary shelter. It is currently vacant but is being maintained. Officials said no one will be forced to go to the shelter, only those who want help and assistance.The facility would provide 100 to 125 beds of emergency shelter with a goal to find permanent housing for those staying there. It would also provide a resource center, medical care, behavioral care, job readiness, transportation, food, laundry, and 24-hour security.
The English trio of Sophie Madden, Dulcie Sverdloff and Gabriella Cowley – who all represent Essex clubs – finished in the top 15 at the Irish girls’ open stroke play championship at Roganstown. The championship was won by Curtis Cup player Leona Maguire, who was eight shots clear of her closest challenger. She was one-under par for the 54-hole event and the first Irish winner of the title. Sophie Madden (West Essex) led the way for England, finishing in eighth place. Dulcie Sverdloff (Garon Park) was two shots behind in a share of 11th place. Gabriella Cowley (West Essex) was a stroke further back and joint 13th. Sophie and Gabriella, the English U15 girls’ champion and the Scottish U16 strokeplay winner, both train with the England Golf Select East squad. Dulcie recently won the British Colleges Sport national championship. Leading final results Par 72, CSS 76 74 74 215 Leona Maguire (IRE) 72 69 74 223 Manon Molle (FRA) 76 72 75 Mathilda Cappeliez (FRA) 73 73 77 225 Louise Latorre (FRA) 78 74 73 226 Ailsa Summers (SCO) 81 70 75 227 Marion Veysseyre (FRA) 81 74 72 Celia Mansour (FRA) 76 74 77 228 Sophie Madden (ENG) 78 75 75 229 Olivia Mehaffey (RCD Ladies) 74 79 76 Gudrún Brá Bjorgvinsdottir (ISL) 73 76 80 230 Josephine Farrando (FRA) 78 79 73 Dulcie Sverdloff (ENG) 75 79 76 231 Emma Broze (FRA) 78 78 75 Lesley Atkins (SCO) 77 77 77 Gabriella Cowley (ENG) 76 79 76 Image: Sophie Madden coyright Leaderboard Photography 22 Apr 2012 High finish in Ireland for English trio
By John BurtonRED BANK — The owners of properties in foreclosure must still maintain them, and an ordinance proposed at last week’s borough council meeting is intended to ensure that they do.The ordinance introduced last Wednesday would require property owners to provide specific contact information that would enable borough officials, or members of the public, to get in touch with the owners if the property isn’t being cared for properly.According to Mayor Pasquale Menna state and local laws require owners to maintain their property, whether they are present or not. But in the last couple of years, as the rate of foreclosures has escalated and properties have changed hands, it has become difficult to track down who is actually responsible for a given property.Over the past few years in towns and cities across the nation, thousands of homes formerly owned by families or individuals have been acquired by banks through foreclosure. Mortgages have changed hands and banks have been absorbed by other banks. Under those circumstances, it can be difficult to track down who is actually responsible should a property be neglected.Under current state law, if a bank or other lender forecloses on a property the bank has to send notification to the municipality.The ordinance proposed in Red Bank would also require the lender to pay a $125 fee and register with the borough, providing a contact name and telephone number of the party responsible for maintenance.Should the ordinance be approved later this month, the institution responsible for the property would also be required to place a permanent sign on the site with contact information informing the public how to get in touch. “So we are not, and the neighbors are not, tracking down nameless banks all over the country,” Menna explained.“We’re going to put the burden on them to make sure their records are up to date.”The ordinance, the mayor explained, was modeled after one used successfully in Lodi.At this point there are approximately 100 to 125 properties in foreclosure in the borough, according to the borough clerk’s office.
By Dexter DowneyATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Judging by the feedback from merchants and visitors alike, the June 10 event Taste of Atlantic Highlands was a huge success and is putting businesses on the comeback trail.The comeback is from the debilitating closing of the Oceanic Bridge that for months severely impacted and disrupted the many restaurants and businesses that make up Atlantic Highlands.Arleen Miller, sales associate at Sherman and Sons Jewelers.Owner Bob Sherman and Arleen Miller of Sherman and Sons Jewelers were delighted with the visitor traffic generated by this new event sponsored by the Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce. They were not giving away free gold and diamonds but they were providing complimentary jewelry cleaning and jewelry cleaner to everyone who stopped in.During the event, visitors paid $30 and were entitled to visit all the participating restaurants and other businesses where they were then given complimentary portions of their special dishes or samples of services and prize drawings at the non-food locations.Wine Bar owner Courtney Rose.Better Homes Realty was taking entries for a drawing for a free travel cooler full of wine and picnic snacks. Golf Analytics was raffling off free golf lessons while Atlantic Cinema supplied popcorn. Eyes On First gave away eyeglass cleaner and there were samples of sweet creations offered at Joy & Cake and The Flaky Tart.There are 38 locations participating. They were: Carton Brewing Co., Tom’s Cyclery, Atlantic Wines & Spirits, Joy & Cake, The Flaky Tart, Freedom Pottery, Bellisimo the Salon, Jaspan Hardware, Kuny Siam Thai, Eyes on First, Atlantic Cinema, Henry F. Wolf III, Esq., Plush Salon, Sherman and Sons Jewelers, Taffeta Teas, Book Compound, Artz by the Sea and Revere Framing.Michelle Sciria, owner of Freedom Pottery.Also participating were: Town & Surf, Foxhaus, Vintage Variety, Atlantic Bagel, Atlantic Waves Salon, Flower Express, Original Pizza, Salon at 68, FSF Training Academy, NJ Fire Equipment, Charles Matches Financial, Restore Qi Acupuncture, Golf Analytics, Memphis Pig Out, Better Homes Realty, Copper Canyon, Blue Bay Inn, Harborside Grill, Hudson Cafe, On the Deck, Chiafullo’s, Navesink Fishery, Gateway Liquors, Navesink Fitness, Foodtown, Pomodoro, Ralph’s Ices, Walter Mihm’s Steakhouse, Zoe’s Kitchen, The Painted Frame, Thomas Hauser Designs, Eastpoint Fitness, Shore Shakes, Maria’s Pizza, Freezi-Yo, and Philly’s.
As part of the state’s coordinated response to address the novel coronavirus outbreak, Governor Phil Murphy declared a State of Emergency and a Public Health Emergency, effective March 9, 2020 to ramp up New Jersey’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. The Borough of Red Bank Mayor & Council, Administration, Office of Emergency Management, Police Department and Fire Department continue to monitor the developing situation involving presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Monmouth County. As of March 15, 2020, the Borough of Red Bank is not aware of any presumptive or confirmed positive cases of the COVID-19 virus in Red Bank. For more information, visit the New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the respiratory illness caused by a new virus that first emerged in December 2019. The NJ Department of Health (NJDOH) is leading the state’s response to COVID-19 and is working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For up-to-date information and recommendations, please visit the NJDOH coronavirus webpage and the CDC coronavirus webpage. Violators may be subject to fines and penalties. It is incumbent upon all of us to aggressively mitigate the potential for exposure and further spread. All non-essential places of business with occupancy greater than 25 persons are closed to the public effective March 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. This shall include restaurants, liquor establishments, private gyms, theaters, etc.All bars and restaurant establishments, with and without a liquor license, are no longer permitted to serve patrons within the establishment. Any bar or restaurant establishment that currently offers food service will be permitted to conduct food takeout and food delivery service only.All establishments with a liquor license will no longer be permitted to sell, dispense, or distribute alcoholic beverages effective March 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. The following is a message posted to the Red Bank government website Sunday, March 15: Effective March 15, 2020, the Borough of Red Bank’s Emergency Management Coordinator has declared a State of Local Disaster Emergency within the Borough of Red Bank. Due to an increase of positive COVID-19 cases throughout Monmouth County and New Jersey, it is appropriate and necessary for the Borough of Red Bank to continue being proactive and a leader in its approach to advance social distancing, including preventing large gatherings in the Borough. The health and safety of our community must be our number one priority. We apologize for any inconvenience but the safety of our business community and the public is our main concern. We appreciate your advance cooperation and understanding during this difficult time. The Borough encourages businesses to be proactive and follow the guidelines of the U.S. CDC.