Buy Now from Lovell for £128Buy Now from Amazon from £81.31MORE RUGBY BOOTS BUYERS’ GUIDES Expand LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Best Rugby Boots for Flankers 2021 Collapse Best Rugby Boots for Props 2021 Best Rugby Boots for Wide Feet 2021 A buyers’ guide for the best boots for… Canterbury Speed 3.0 Pro SG Boots(Canterbury)Just because you play in the forwards doesn’t mean you have to wear a typical ‘forward’s’ boot. If you are playing in the back row it is likely that you want something that compliments your ball-carrying, even if that comes at the expense of some protection.The Speed 3.0 offers a bootie-like fit which provides extreme comfort and reduced weight. Unlike other bootie-style shoes that offer nothing in the way of protection, the Speed 3.0 comes with a harder outer skin to give foot protection. The mix of moulded and metal studs gives these boots more year-round usage than you get from the eight-stud options.+ A speedy option for the fleet-footed forwards+ The stud arrangement means that, barring any extreme weather, you can wear these all year round– Ideal for back-rowers, these might be a little sparse on protection for the tight fiveBuy Now from Canterbury for £79.95Buy Now from ProDirectRugby for £80Buy Now from Lovell Rugby for £70Adidas Kakari Elite SG Boots(Adidas)Some things can be found in all rugby clubs anywhere in the world. The first is at least one Welsh person and the second is a host of players wearing these boots.The Kakari Elite is a boot for forwards that shuns the perceived wisdom that forwards only want to wear black boots. The upper provides protection from a misplaced size 12 but these are still lightweight. An integrated cage system straps the foot firmly in meaning you can dance past the last man once you make the break.+ A stylish boot that is still somehow understated despite the orange and blue colour scheme+ Achieves the balance of being comfortable and protected while also keeps the foot strapped in place– Not a year-round boot, you will find them much less comfortable during pre-season training on a sun-parched trackBuy Now from Lovell Rugby for £60Buy Now from Sports Direct for £34.50Buy Now from ProDirectRugby for £40Gilbert Side Logo Boots(Gilbert)It might not seem like it, but you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a really good pair of boots. In the Side Logo, Gilbert deliver the ideal boot for a forward, all for under £40.The laces and padded ankle collar ensure your foot remains locked in, even on the worst of pitches. The collar also gives your ankle bones protection from stray feet. The studs provide maximum traction even under intense scrum pressure. There are no fancy additions, but for most of us, the Side Logo offers everything we need.+ Plenty of traction on even the worst of pitches+ Amazingly good value for this quality of boot construction– Black and neon green is a combination which takes a bit of time to get used tooBuy Now from Lovell Rugby for £37Buy Now from Sports Direct for £37Canterbury Stampede Pro SG Boots(Canterbury)A boot for the tight five who appreciate mod-cons. The Stampede Pro looks more like the kind of speedy backs boot we’ve covered. The bootie-style fit offers comfort and sweat-wicking properties as well as trimming some weight off the boot.The reduced weight is incidental, though, as this is designed for members of the tight five. The leather forefront and PU upper provide durability and abrasion resistance to last for season after season. The boots also have shock absorbing properties, which mean that whether you’re jumping in lineouts or packing down in the scrum, it will take that bit longer for your legs to fatigue.+ Extremely attractive boot which looks classy without drawing attention to itself+ Packed with innovation and technology but without a massive price tag– The bootie fit may take some time to get used too if you haven’t experienced it beforeBuy Now from Lovell Rugby for £70Buy Now from Sports Direct for £69.99Buy Now from ProDirectRugby for £80That is a wrap on our best rugby boots for forwards in 2020. Best Rugby Boots for Props 2021 A buyers’ guide featuring the best boots for… Expand Best Rugby Boots for Wide Feet 2021 A buyers’ guide featuring the best boots for… A buyers’ guide featuring boots for ball-carrying back-rowers and powerful props Best Rugby Boots for Forwards 2021It used to be the case that a forward’s rugby boots were black, pretty ugly and very heavy. Most clubs will still have a handful of grizzled old timers who haven’t changed their mind on that, but it needn’t be the case for the rest of us. New materials and manufacturing methods have given us modern rugby boots that are both light and protected enough for even the roughest of ruck bottoms.In addition to featuring the best of both worlds, the best rugby boots for forwards have become much more appealing. If you can’t face the prospect of trading in your black boots for something garish, then you are in luck. There are plenty of all-black options or, if you’re feeling brave, something understated with a splash of colour. Upgrade into 2020 with our guide to the best rugby boots for forwards.If you play behind the scrum, read our guide to the best boots for backs in 2020.Best Rugby Boots for ForwardsPuma King Pro H8 Boots(Puma)A classy, stylish option for any forward. The King Pro offers an all-black option that will look brand new season after season. The eight-stud sole offers excellent traction, even when the pitch has turned to mush.The slip-on construction provides a tight fit, reduced weight, all without scrimping on comfort. The raised heel puts your foot in the perfect position to generate power, whether that is in a scrum or charging through defenders in the open field.+ Great value boot given the high-tech features you would normally get at a much higher price range+ The leather upper provides protection in even the roughest contests– Some would call the styling classy, otherwise would say it’s a little boringBuy Now from Puma for £44.95Buy Now from Lovell Rugby for £65Buy Now from Amazon from £44.95Adidas Kakari Z.0 SG Boots(Adidas)The Kakari Z.0 is classy and understated enough for even the most traditional of forwards. The bootie style fit is exceptionally comfortable but an inner support strap ensures that comfort doesn’t come at the expense of performance.The split sole is ideal for the grunt work of the tight five. You can stay low and planted in the turf and still generate power thanks to the sole flexibility.+ A boot for forwards that doesn’t come at the expense of speed+ Slipper like comfort means it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing a high-performance boot– At £170 this really is at the top end of boot pricesBuy Now from Sports Direct for £169.99Buy Now from Lovell Rugby for £170Buy Now from ProDirectRugby for £169.95Gilbert Kaizen 3.0 Power SG Boots(Gilbert)The perfect boot for a mid-winter game. The eight metal studs provided a firm grip in even the most marshy of pitches while the synthetic uppers limit water absorption. The padded ankle cuff provides some protection to your delicate ankle bones and ensures comfort and optimal fit.These aren’t just for slow-moving forwards though; a heel raise puts the player into their most powerful position, vital for ball-carrying back-rowers who want to escape a chasing defender.+ A rigid sole and secure inner allow you to exert all your power without fear of losing your grip+ Provides durability and foot protection without compromising on agility thanks to its lightweight design– For all but the most traditional the design may be a little safeBuy Now from Amazon from £39.07Buy Now from Lovell Rugby for £60Buy Now from Sports Direct for £60Mizuno Morelia Neo II Mix SG Boots(Mizuno)Something a little different from the Japanese manufacturer. Eight-stud boots are great when the pitch is bad but on dry pitches you might find that they offer less grip than a moulded stud. The Morelia Neo II Mix bridges the gap with the combination of metal studs and plastic moulds. These will offer more than enough traction in all but the most horrendous of conditions.The rest of the boot has plenty to recommend it as well. The external heel and full-lace system hold the foot securely in place and prevent movement when jumping in a lineout or flashing your footwork in the open field. As you would expect at this price point, the boots are lightweight with enough protection for forwards operating in the murky places where backs fear to tread.+ A good combination of stud which should serve you well all season+ Very lightweight, they won’t hide your rapid turn of pace– Nearing the highest priced boot we have mentioned in our guides Best Rugby Boots for Flankers 2021 Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Please follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Gail Greenwell named dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY william hamel says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Martinsville, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Nancy Barnard Starr says: November 8, 2013 at 11:21 am She also serves as one of twelve members of The Task Force on the Study of Marriage Submit an Event Listing Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Posted Oct 17, 2013 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Albany, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Tags Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME People TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Tampa, FL [Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati] As of November 1, the Rev. Gail Greenwell will be the new dean of Christ Church Cathedral in Cincinnati, Ohio. She sees Christ Church Cathedral poised to live out the hope and optimism she finds throughout the Episcopal Church, and she is ready to lead the cathedral forward.She sees within the cathedral “ … a congregation that seeks many of the things about which I care deeply. I discern a congregation that wants to know what it means to be an urban cathedral in the 21st century,” she says.Greenwell will be coming to Cincinnati from Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Mission, Kansas (a suburb of Kansas City), where she has served as rector for the past five years. Previously she served the Church of the Epiphany in San Carolos, California, and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Belvedere, California. She also served as the interim director of Christian Formation at Christ Church in Lake Oswego, Oregon.Her other experience includes authorship of a curriculum in preparation for baptism, and establishing a spirituality and arts camp for low-income and inner city children. She also serves as one of twelve members of The Task Force on the Study of Marriage, which is expected to give a report to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church in 2015.Greenwell earned her Master of Divinity degree at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. She also holds a bachelor degree in history and education from the University of Oregon.She cites being a meaningful part of people’s lives as the most gratifying part of her ministry.“It’s satisfying to form so many deep Christian friendships,” she says. “Then there are the sacramental moments. To sing for the dying. To hold an infant over the baptismal font. To place the Bread of Life in someone’s hands. These are satisfying beyond words.”Greenwell is known to work with clergy, staff and members as trusted partners.“She is capable of leading productive discussions, providing decisive responses and asking insightful questions,” says Chris Carey, who chaired the search effort.“Her approach fits in with the ‘shared responsibility’ model under which the cathedral has been operating in recent months,” says Chuck Harris, the cathedral’s senior warden.“I am known as a leader who identifies ministry gifts and empowers others to lead and serve,” she says.The 2008 recipient of the Pastoral Leadership Award from the Louisville Institute, Greenwell says she is honored to have been called to serve at Christ Church Cathedral. She will be officially installed next year.Greenwell and her husband, Jim, have two grown daughters – Megan, 29, is a journalist for ESPN in Connecticut; Emily, 26, works in pharmaceutical publishing in Boston. Submit a Job Listing Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, NC Rector Smithfield, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Featured Events New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Press Release Service Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Collierville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Comments (2) The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group October 17, 2013 at 9:59 pm Nice to hear this news! Blessings to Gail and her family as they settle in Cincinnati, a lovely town, and crisscross our path and friendships there (Church of the Redeemer, Hyde Park).Nancy+ CDSP’94 Comments are closed. Rector Shreveport, LA
VLL House / Llosa Cortegana ArquitectosSave this projectSaveVLL House / Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos CopyHouses•La Molina District, Peru ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/470362/vll-house-llosa-cortegana Clipboard VLL House / Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos Projects Save this picture!Courtesy of LLOSA CORTEGANARecommended ProductsDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemText description provided by the architects. Experiencing architecture becomes inseparable to the body, space and sensitivity of the human being to build desire and view. The house belongs to the environment nearest to human relationships, in it memory and passions are interlaced.Save this picture!Courtesy of LLOSA CORTEGANAThe desire to build privacy into the other’s eyes was one of the drives of this project, the house relates its residents with the pleasure of viewing, with the realization of their desires from the architecture.Save this picture!Courtesy of LLOSA CORTEGANAIt is in the vastness of the territory where the interior space flows outward, where we deprive ourselves of the other and we gather to converse with the environment. In a spatial gesture which allows us to break, the space becomes volume and in turn becomes figure perched on the territory.Save this picture!Plan Level 1Project gallerySee allShow lessTesistan Warehouse / CoA arquitectura + Estudio Macias PeredoSelected ProjectsBiotechnology Research Institute / De La Fuente + Luppi + Pieroni + Ugalde + WinterSelected Projects Share ArchDaily Houses “COPY” “COPY” Architects: Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeLlosa Cortegana ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsWoodStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLa Molina DistrictWoodPeruPublished on January 28, 2014Cite: “VLL House / Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos” [Casa VLL / Llosa Cortegana Arquitectos] 28 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. “We are doing this because we know it is critical right now to work harder as a funder to get cash out of the door and hope that by acting quickly we can help organisations at the fore-front of the current crisis, when support is needed most.” 765 total views, 5 views today The National Lottery Community Fund is to commit up to £300m over the next six months to helping charities tackling the coronavirus crisis, CEO Dawn Austwick has said.In a statement published on the National Lottery Community Fund’s site, Austwick says that as well as changing its funding focus for now, the Fund will accelerate the cash part of this funding to get it where it needs to be as quickly as possible. It has also so far honoured existing commitments to grant holders and has offered them flexibility so that they can focus on supporting their communities.Austwick said:“In deciding how to implement this approach we have to make some tough choices about how we get that money out quickly to those communities and organisations that need it most. We will do our best to be fair and true to our principles and to you.“To reach those groups best placed to support their communities at this vital time, we will prioritise the following faster payments for existing grant holders and applicants using the following criteria:– Activities specifically geared to supporting communities through this crisis– Helping organisations overcome any liquidity issues caused by COVID-19.”The Fund will keep its approach under constant review, and should it get through this initial tranche of support with some funding left or circumstances change, will move to set new priorities.Austwick added: Advertisement 766 total views, 6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 National Lottery Community Fund commits up to £300m to coronavirus crisis Melanie May | 30 March 2020 | News Tagged with: COVID-19 Funding National Lottery AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1
Michigan nurses outmobilize ‘right to work’More than 1,000 registered nurses at the Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Mich., triumphed on Aug. 9-10. They not only organized the biggest union victory in a right-to-work (for-less) state, but succeeded where they’d failed 15 years earlier. What changed?Since they won that earlier battle, the bosses ramped up anti-worker maneuvers — heaping on mandatory overtime, cutting benefits, shuttering professional development opportunities and pushing RNs around different departments with no cross-training. So the nurses decided to unionize with the Michigan Nurses Association, employing traditional, battle-tested methods. They held a day-long drop-in session at a coffee shop, as well as face-to-face lunchtime meetings, and organized meetings to accommodate workers’ schedules.Organizers also used modern methods, such as team-based group chats in a texting application, which allowed them to drop in on management’s captive audience meetings and call out anti-union consultants. The entire process is documented in a Sept. 20 Labor Notes article. To communicate the benefit of the nurses’ winning tactics, it deserves a full read at tinyurl.com/mnwu1/. Workers may need to adjust their approach to win a victory. But when they win a union contract in a RTW state, you know it paid off!Oppose the Guestworker Act! Residency and citizenship for migrant workers!A proposed farm bill might become a law threatening workers industrywide. Chair of the House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced the Agricultural Guestworkers Act of 2017 on Oct. 4. It is designed to do three things: replace the existing H-2A visa program, call it instead the “H-2C” visa program and put it under the Department of Agriculture. If passed, the law, according to the National Guestworkers Alliance, a project of the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice, would drive down wages of all workers in agriculture, dairy, forestry, seafood and meat processing.The proposed law would also drive a wedge between workers, as NGA director Saket Soni noted in an Oct. 4 statement: “The bill purports to address flaws with current guestworker programs. In fact it would exacerbate the worst faults of current programs, while creating a host of new ones that would hurt both guestworkers and U.S.-born workers.” Though big agriculture and the meat business are salivating at the prospect of getting this measure signed into law, over 150 groups concerned with protecting workers’ rights are opposing it.The United Farm Workers is demanding a path to stable citizenship and permanent residency. You can sign a petition supporting that just demand at tinyurl.com/yd54b3sf/. The planned vote on the act by the House Judiciary Committee was postponed Oct. 5. WW says: “Throw the bill in the trash. Workers deserve better!”Media organize at Vice and LA TimesTwo unions — Writers Guild of America, East, and Motion Picture Editors Guild/IATSE Local 700 — announced Sept. 22 that approximately 430 VICE Media employees have chosen to go union. Creative workers joined WGAE, while post-production workers joined MPEG. Organizing began on May Day. Over the past year, workers at Salon.com, Huffington Post, and People’s World have organized to bargain on wages, hours and working conditions. (Portside, Sept. 22)Meanwhile, newsroom workers at the Los Angeles Times have been trying to form a union, setting up a clash with Tronc, the newspaper’s parent company. After months on the case, the organizing committee placed its demands — improved working conditions, higher pay and enhanced benefits, and protections for staff members against “unilateral change by Tronc” — on employees’ desks after work on Oct. 3.The letter affirms that “a majority of the newsroom” at the LA Times has signed union cards supporting representation by the NewsGuild, which represents 25,000 reporters, editors, photojournalists and other media workers at news organizations across the United States. (NY Times, Oct. 4)Oppose changes to Workers’ Comp in New York stateEvery year benefits and care for injured and ill workers come under attack in New York state. Corporations and the Business Council of New York have been lobbying hard this year to gut workers’ compensation. The NYS Workers’ Compensation Board has proposed new rules and regulations that would reduce awards for workers who lose use of a body part and increase uncertainty, delay and litigation for injured workers. “This plan is an insult to all working men and women,” said NYS AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento. “Benefit cuts for injured workers are wholly unjustifiable.” To sign a petition opposing the changes, visit tinyurl.com/y7lu6lz8/.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Susan AbulhawaThis is a slightly edited version of Susan Abulhawa’s “Statement to Kalimat Palestinian Literature Festival” of Nov. 3.As you all know by now, Israeli authorities have denied me entry into my country and I am therefore unable to attend the festival. … It pains me that we can meet anywhere in the world except in Palestine, the place to which we belong, from whence our stories emerge and where all our turns eventually lead. We cannot meet on soil that has been fertilized for millennia by the bodies of our ancestors and watered by the tears and blood of Palestine’s sons and daughters who daily fight for her.Since my deportation, I read that Israeli authorities indicated that I was required to “coordinate” my travel with them in advance. This is a lie. … Then, they said my first deportation in 2015 was because I refused to give them the reason for my visit. This, too, is a lie. Here are the facts:In 2015, I traveled to Palestine to build playgrounds in several villages and to hold opening ceremonies at playgrounds we had already built in the months previous. Another member of our organization was traveling with me. She happened to be Jewish and they allowed her in. Several Israeli interrogators asked me the same questions in different ways over the course of approximately 7.5 hours. I answered them all, as Palestinians must if we are to stand a chance of going home, even as visitors. But I was not sufficiently deferential, nor was I capable of that in the moment. But I was certainly composed and — the requirement for all violated people — “civil.”Finally, I was accused of not cooperating because I did not know how many cousins I have and what are all their names and the names of their spouses. It was only after being told that I was denied entry that I raised my voice and refused to leave quietly. I did yell, and I stand by everything I yelled. According to Haaretz, Israel said I “behaved angrily, crudely and vulgarly” in 2015 at the Allenby Bridge.What I said in 2015 to my interrogators, and which was also reported in Haaretz at the time, is that they should be the ones to leave, not me; that I am a daughter of this land and nothing will change that; that my own direct history is steeped in the land and there’s no way they can extricate it; that as much as they invoke Zionist mythological fairy tales, they can never claim such personal familial lineage, much as they wish they could.I suppose that must sound vulgar to Zionist ears. To be confronted with the authenticity of Palestinian indigeneity despite exile, and face their apocryphal, ever-shifting colonial narratives.My lack of deference in 2015 and choice not to quietly accept the arbitrary decision of an illegitimate gatekeeper to my country apparently got appended to my name and, upon my arrival this time on November 1, signaled for my immediate deportation.The true vulgarity is that several million Europeans and other foreigners live in Palestine now while the Indigenous population lives either in exile or under the cruel boots of Israeli occupation; the true vulgarity is in the rows of snipers surrounding Gaza, taking careful aim and shooting human beings with no real way to defend themselves, who dare to protest their collective imprisonment and imposed misery; the true vulgarity is in seeing our youth bleed on the ground, waste in Israeli jails, starve for an education, travel, learning, or some opportunity to fully be in the world; the true vulgarity is the way they have taken and continue to take everything from us, how they have carved out our hearts, stolen our everything, occupied our history, and tamp our voices and our art.In total, Israel detained me for approximately 32 hours. We were not allowed any electronics, pens or pencils in the jail cells, but I found a way to take both — because we Palestinians are resourceful, smart, and we find our way to freedom and dignity by any means we can. I have photos and video from inside that terrible detention center, which I took with a second phone hidden on my body, and I left for them a few messages on the walls by the dirty bed I had to lay on. I suppose they will find it vulgar to read: “Free Palestine,” “Israel is an Apartheid State,” or “Susan Abulhawa was here and smuggled this pencil into her prison cell.”But the most memorable parts of this ordeal were the books. I had two books in my carry-on when I arrived at the jail and I was allowed to keep them. I alternated reading from each, sleeping, thinking.The first book was a highly researched text by historian Nur Masalha, “Palestine: A Four Thousand Year History.” I was scheduled to interview Nur on stage about his epic audit of Palestinian millennia-old history, told not from the politically motivated narratives, but from archeological and other forensic narratives. It is a people’s history, spanning the untidy and multilayered identities of Palestine’s Indigenous populations from the Bronze Age until today. In an Israeli detention cell, with five other women — all of them Eastern European, and each of them in her own private pain — the chapters of Nur Masalha’s book took me through Palestine’s pluralistic, multicultural and multireligious past, distorted and essentialized by modern inventions of an ancient past.The bitter irony of our condition was not lost on me. I, a daughter of the land, of a family rooted at least 900 years in the land, and who spent much of her childhood in Jerusalem, was being deported from her homeland by the sons and daughters of recent arrivals, who came to Palestine mere decades ago with European-born ethos of racial Darwinism, invoking biblical fairy tales and divinely ordained entitlement.It occurred to me, too, that all Palestinians — regardless of our conditions, ideologies, or the places of our imprisonment or exile — are forever bound together in a common history that begins with us and travels to the ancient past to one place on earth, like the many leaves and branches of a tree that lead to one trunk. And we are also bound together by the collective pain of watching people from all over the world colonize not only the physical space of our existence, but the spiritual, familial and cultural arenas of our existence. I think we also find power in this unending, unhealed wound. We write our stories from it. Sing our songs and dabke there, too. We make art from these aches. We pick up rifles and pens, cameras and paint brushes in this space, throw stones, fly kites and flash victory and power fists there.The other book I read was Colson Whitehead’s acclaimed, spellbinding novel, “The Underground Railroad.” It is the story of Cora, a girl born into slavery … [who] escapes the plantation with her friend Caesar, their determined slave catcher Ridgeway on their trail in the Underground Railroad — a real-life metaphor made into an actual railroad in the novel. The generational trauma of inconceivable bondage is all the more devastating in this novel because it is told matter-of-factly from the vantage of the enslaved. Another people’s collective unhealed wound laid bare, an excruciatingly powerful common past, a place of their power too, a source of their stories and their songs.I am back in my house now, with my daughter and our beloved dogs and cats, but my heart doesn’t ever leave Palestine. So, I am there, and we will continue to meet each other in the landscapes of our literature, art, cuisine and all the riches of our shared culture.After writing this statement, I learned that the press conference is being held at Dar el Tifl. I lived the best years of my childhood there, despite my separation from family and the sometimes difficult conditions we faced living under Israeli occupation. Dar el Tifl is the legacy of one of the most admirable women I have ever known: Sitt Hind el Husseini. She saved me in more ways than I suppose she knew, or that I understood at the time. She saved a lot of us girls. She gathered us from all the broken bits of Palestine. She gave us food and shelter, educated and believed in us, and in turn made us believe we were worthy. There is no more appropriate place than Dar el Tift to read this statement.I want to leave you with one more thought I had in that jail cell, and it is this: Israel is spiritually, emotionally and culturally small despite the large guns they point at us — or perhaps precisely because of them. It is to their own detriment that they cannot accept our presence in our homeland, because our humanity remains intact and our art is beautiful and life affirming, and we aren’t going anywhere but home.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
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Top of the News Community News Benefit National Adoption Month at The Langham Huntington Hotel From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 | 11:29 am Community News 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. Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News More Cool Stuff 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThat Sale Made Kim A BillionaireHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyUnapologetic Celebs Women AdoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS In honor of National Adoption Awareness Month in November, The Langham Huntington, Pasadena has partnered with Five Acres to create awareness for their Permanency Campaign “20,000 by 2020,” which educates the public about the need for permanent placement for children of all ages in foster care.The Langham’s National Adoption Awareness Month Rate is valid for stays from November 1 – December 27, 2016. For guests who book the package, The Langham will donate 10% of proceeds from each room booked to benefit Five Acres’ 20,000 by 2020 Campaign, intended to help every single child in foster care to find a loving, permanent family by the year 2020.Five Acres recently celebrated a remarkable birthday– 128 years of uninterrupted service to Southern California caring for vulnerable children and their families. Originally founded in downtown Los Angeles as an orphanage, their initial mission was simply to provide safety to children who had no home. In time, their mission expanded to also focus on the well-being of their clients and caring for the mental and emotional health of children who were increasingly coming to them as a result of abuse or neglect. They now care for nearly 8,500 children and family members annually across five counties; they now strive for permanency – a permanent, loving home – for all those in our care.The three pillars – safety, well-being and permanency – provide the framework for all of Five Acres’ current programs and they will guide our steps in the future as we continue seeking even more effective means of caring for children and families in crisis.The Langham is located at 1401 S Oak Knoll Ave, Pasadena. Visit www.langhamhotels.com/en/the-langham/pasadena/ for more information. Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena
Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Print This Post Tagged with: Black Knight Financial Services First Look at Mortgage Data Foreclosures Mortgage Delinquencies Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Delinquencies Rebound from January’s Spike Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, News Subscribe Previous: Is Regulation Hurting the Affordability of Housing? Next: Deciphering TRID Through Communication Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Black Knight Financial Services First Look at Mortgage Data Foreclosures Mortgage Delinquencies 2016-03-23 Brian Honea Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago March 23, 2016 1,433 Views Just one month after experiencing a substantial spike, the number of 30-day delinquencies normalized in February, according to Black Knight’s “First Look” at Mortgage Data for February 2016 released Wednesday.Delinquencies, defined as mortgage loans 30 days or more overdue but not in foreclosure, fell by 13 percent over-the-month and by 16 percent over-the-year in February as the nationwide delinquency rate (4.45 percent) fell to its lowest level since April 2007.This decline came just one month after delinquencies rose by 6.6 over-the-month in January up to 5.09 percent, the first time the delinquency rate has been over 5 percent in 11 months. That increase represented about 167,000 properties. February’s over-the-month decline represented about 323,000 properties, down to approximately 2.25 million.Why did delinquencies reverse their field in February after hitting an 11-month high in January?“There are few factors contributing to February’s rebound in mortgage delinquencies,” said Ben Graboske, SVP of Black Knight Data and Analytics. “The first is calendar based: We typically see strong recovery in the months following Sunday month ends, and the payments that weren’t able to be processed in the last two calendar days of January were processed in early February. Secondly, we’re approaching the historical seasonal low for delinquencies in March. Finally, recent vintages continue to show strong performance, while we also see ongoing improvement in new troubled loan volumes from crisis vintages.”The number of properties in pre-sale foreclosure inventory declined by nearly 25 percent over-the-year in February, down to 655,000. The total non-current inventory (all mortgages 30 days or more overdue, including those in foreclosure) fell by about 327,000 over-the-year down to 2.9 million—the first time in more than eight years it has been below 3 million. Only two states, California and North Dakota, have seen their non-current inventories increase over the past six months.Foreclosure starts were another story, however. The number of foreclosures started in February totaled 84,300, which was a 17 percent increase from January and a 9 percent increase over-the-year. The monthly increase was driven by a large number of repeat foreclosures in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, according to Black Knight.Click here to view the entire First Look at Mortgage Data for February 2016. About Author: Brian Honea Home / Daily Dose / Delinquencies Rebound from January’s Spike The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago