Julian Assange’s father and brother to headline #HomeRun4Julian

first_imgPhiladelphia#HomeRun4Julian issued the following news release June 9.John and Gabriel Shipton, the father and brother of award-winning publisher Julian Assange, will visit Philadelphia June 11 to headline a #HomeRun4Julian event near the Liberty Bell. The Shiptons will be joined by Dr. Marc Lamont Hill and representatives of local advocacy groups.Outside the Australian High Commission in London, Britain, on February 22, 2020.Imprisoning truth-tellers like Assange means that all journalists seeking to illuminate the public about information they have a right to know — such as the activities of their government — can be subject to persecution. This sets a grave precedent for the future of journalism as a whole and has provoked a chorus of condemnation from free press and human rights advocates around the globe, including the United Nations, who has ruled Assange “arbitrarily detained” since 2010.A broad coalition of press freedom, antiwar and criminal justice reform groups are standing with the Shiptons in calling on the U.S. government to end its pursuit of Assange. The June 11 event is being endorsed and/or cosponsored by: The Assange Defense Committee, Courage Foundation, United National Antiwar Coalition, International Action Center — Philadelphia, Black Alliance for Peace, Food Not Bombs Solidarity, Mobilization 4 Mumia, Free Maroon Now, Maroon Party for Liberation and Free Ant Smith.The Shiptons hope the tour, sponsored by the Courage Foundation, wakes Americans up to their government’s startling prosecution and prompts the Biden administration to drop all charges against Assange in defense of a free press. “For the first time in American history, a journalist has been indicted for publishing truthful information in the public interest. That’s why press and human rights groups around the world are in agreement that this is an existential threat to investigative reporting.” — Nathan Fuller, director of the Courage Foundation“Philadelphia is an important stop on our tour, given its historical significance. We are looking forward to meeting near the Liberty Bell and speaking with local activists and media.” — John Shipton, father of Julian Assange“My brother Julian Assange has effectively been a prisoner for over a decade because he published evidence of war crimes. The U.S. government wants to make an example out of him to deter journalists and whistleblowers.” — Gabriel Shipton, brother of Julian AssangeTour information will be updated regularly at HomeRunForJulian.com.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Night in Venice on Social Media: #OCNJNIV Contest Goes Viral

first_imgA new fan favorite contest asked folks to share their photos through social media, using the hashtag #OCNJNIV.The response was overwhelming and a sampling from Instagram and Twitter is below. (See Facebook posts.)If your image includes a favorite boat (if you were watching from the shore) or of a favorite decorated home (if you were on a boat) during the parade, it will count as a vote in the contest.The top vote-getter gets a year’s supply of Johnson’s Popcorn (one bucket per month for 12 months).Anybody can search #OCNJNIV on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook to see the collection in real time. [View the story “Ocean City Night in Venice 2015” on Storify]last_img

Home that feels like a holiday resort

first_imgThe property makes a bold statement on the hinterland block.With its sophisticated design, family-friendly features and sheer grandeur, the house took shape to well and truly make a statement. From the first step inside, the ocean sparkles visibly on the horizon, while river and hinterland views are on offer throughout.Natural light pours through the multiple, luxury living spaces, thanks to the home’s open design and large rooms. Light, bright and spacious.“The kids all have their own ensuite and living/study areas,” Mr Ross said of the couple’s children, aged between two and 13. ‘We’ve got the kids’ rooms, parents’ retreat, as well as the outside entertaining area. It all flows together well.” The ocean is visible from the first step inside.Mr Ross and his wife, Jane, worked with an architect to build the opulent residence for their family just on two years ago, moving from no. 16 on the same street. “We saw the block and saw the opportunity to build there,” Mr Ross said.“There isn’t any better location, and we wanted to have a very liveable home for our four kids and do the block justice.” More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa21 hours agoThere’s a gas fireplace. The property at 36 Sunnycrest Drive, Terranora is for sale.WITH its sparkling infinity pool, luxurious spaces, coastal views and tennis court, this supersized sanctuary has many resort-style features. Developer and vendor Peter Ross is used to working on housing and home unit blocks, but he had not built a home like this before. Resort-style alfresco setting.Outside, the tranquil infinity pool is overlooked by a resort-style alfresco setting and an in-ground trampoline, all with views of the ocean from Surfers Paradise to Kingscliff. It’s accompanied by a pool house with a kitchenette, wet bar and full bathroom, and there’s also a tennis court to work up a sweat on before taking a dip. The sanctuary-style residence is bordered by manicured lawn, specifically designed by Mr Ross, a busy father of four, to be low-maintenance, “so you don’t have to spend forever on looking after it”. The perfect place to make a ‘racquet’.Now their children are getting older, the Ross’ are making a lifestyle change to move closer to Kirra and Coolangatta. “We spend a lot of time at the beach,” Mr Ross said.Not that the Terranora residence isn’t central.It lies just three minutes from local services, and Tweed City shopping is a short, 10-minute drive away.Terranora has been identified as a growing suburb, known for its outstanding views, while being close to shops, restaurants and beaches. Blackbutt timber finishes off the sleek flooring.The property also features a state-of-the-art entertainer’s kitchen and butler’s pantry, dual gas fireplaces, an integrated music system and office space. Timber and stone detailing sleekly finishes it all off. Soak up the views, then soak in the tub.last_img read more

PaddleToSquaxin2012.org Launches

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0The Squaxin Island Tribe recently launched PaddleToSquaxin2012.org, an information and newswebsite for the final stop in the 2012 Intertribal Canoe Journey. The website will be the mainconduit for public information for one of the largest tribal cultural events in the region.The journey is an annual intertribal celebration of Pacific Northwest canoe culture and tradition.A different tribe hosts each year. The Squaxin Island Tribe has selected “Teaching of OurAncestors” as the core theme for the 2012 journey hosting. More than 100 canoes will land atthe Port of Olympia, in Washington state, on July 29th, with thousands of people joining togetherto welcome each arrival. Canoe Families, friends and relatives then move to a celebration &Potlatch Protocol at the Squaxin Island Community, Kamilche, WA, July 30 – August 5. Both thelanding and potlatch protocol are open to the public.For centuries, Pacific Northwest tribal people navigated the waterways in intricately carveddugout canoes. The Salish Sea, the body of water that encompasses Puget Sound, the Strait ofJuan de Fuca and the Strait of Georgia in Canada, was the central force that connected canoecultures for intertribal communication and trade. But early federal government mandatesoutlawed many tribal traditions, resulting in ceremonial practices and the art of canoe buildingand ceremonial practices being nearly lost. In 1989, the Canoe Journey, originally called “Paddleto Seattle”, was organized as a revival of the canoe culture traditions and the Native Americancontribution to the Washington State Centennial. Today, tribes from Washington, Oregon, Alaska,Hawaii, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and the Seminole Tribe in Florida participate. The SquaxinIsland Tribe has reached out to all marine based indigenous peoples to participate in the 2012Journey.2012 Canoe Journey staff is working in partnership with the Port of Olympia, cities of Olympiaand Shelton as well as Thurston and Mason Counties and their communities.A Canoe Journey Green Team Subcommittee is working to create a zero waste event. Paddle toSquaxin 2012 is a drug and alcohol free event.last_img read more

Long Branch Library Starts Delivery For Homebound

first_imgBy Liz Sheehan LONG BRANCH – As the Long Branch Free Public Library celebrates its 100th year, it has added a new service: doorstop delivery of books and other library materials to residents who are confined to their homes for medical reasons.“I see it as an important service,” said library staff member Kate Angelo. “Homebound people are part of the community.”Angelo, who now holds a Master’s of Library and Information Science from Rutgers University, said the new idea got a kick start when the library received a grant from the New Jersey Foundation for Aging in honor of one of the group’s trustees, Renee Sklaw, a lifelong resident and avid reader who frequented the library until she was homebound. Sklaw died in 2015. The grant opened a door.“That’s when we got the motivation,” she said.To qualify, patrons must have a library card or be able to present “an appropriate identification” in order to obtain a card.The city of Long Branch will provide the vehicle and fuel for the deliveries, and Angelo will make the deliveries with another staff member. There are several senior housing complexes in the city which would likely use the service, she said.Patrons can choose their own subjects by email or telephone. If they are unsure, the library staff can use a reader’s profile to learn the patron’s preferences and peeves in order to make recommendations. Every kind of circulating library material will be available, except for new DVDs.The Middletown Township Library also offers a homebound service program, with volunteers visiting residents’ homes with registration applications and books. Those interested in the program can go to the township library’s website or call 732-671-3700 for more information.The Long Branch library centennial is being celebrated this year. It was incorporated in 1916 and received a Carnegie Grant for $30,000 in 1917. The grant was used to construct the building at 328 Broadway which still serves as the main branch of the library, which has another branch in Elberon.Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish-American philanthropist and businessman who financed the building of 1,689 libraries in the United States as well as many others in other countries, including Ireland, England and Canada.There were 37 library buildings built in New Jersey with Carnegie grants, with 17 still remaining. In Monmouth County, in addition to Long Branch, Avon, Belmar and Freehold continue to use the Carnegie-funded buildings.For information on the program contact Kate Angelo at 732-222-3900, ext. 2270 or [email protected]last_img read more

Temple Athletics mourns longtime public address announcer

first_img“Rest In Peace Merv,” Staley said in a statement on Twitter. “The voice of our program. Neither met a stranger. Overall great man!! There are a lot of great @TempleOwls who will welcome you home. Godspeed to the Jones Family!” “All of Temple Athletics is in mourning due to the loss of a great man and Owl, Merv Jones,” Patrick Kraft, Temple’s director of athletics, said in a statement. “For three decades, Merv’s booming voice delivered the action of Temple Football and Basketball games to fans at Lincoln Financial Field, the Liacouras Center and McGonigle Hall.” Jones graduated from Temple University in 1988 with a degree in radio, television, and film. He then went on to work at the Greatest Sports Legends TV series and co-produce the A&E series The Gifted Ones.  On Wednesday, Temple Athletics announced the death of Merv Jones, Temple’s longtime public address announcer and former athletics communications assistant director, after a “long bout” with cancer. Jones was 54. Jones left his position with Temple Athletics in 2004 to work with Steve Rotfeld Productions in Philadelphia. Jones is survived by his parents, Mervin and Catherine, his sisters, Angela and Kathy Beverly, and his brother, André.center_img Jones returned to Temple in 1998 as an adjunct professor teaching a class called ‘Racism in College Athletics.’ That year, he became the public address announcer for Temple football and Temple Men’s basketball.  “Merv was the consummate professional and loved his Temple Owls, but more importantly, he was a great man beloved by all who knew him,” said Larry Dougherty, Temple’s senior associate athletic director, via Twitter.  Two years later, he joined the Temple Athletics staff as an assistant director in the Owls’ media relations department. He handled the media relations for Temple Women’s basketball coach and Naismith Hall of Famer Dawn Staley. last_img read more


first_imgPeter Miller631510624%49%$530,170 O’NEILL: LIFE GOES ON AFTER NYQUISTHorse racing, like life, is relative. So last Saturday, when Kentucky Derby winner andtwo-year-old colt champion of 2015 Nyquist was declared out of Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic due to a “puffy ankle” and ultimately retired, Doug O’Neill suffered the emotional pangs, then understandably moved on to the business at hand.The 48-year-old trainer has horses entered in 10 Breeders’ Cup races, five tomorrow and five on Saturday. The amicable and readily accessible O’Neill made his rounds as is the norm Thursday morning, milling between the noticeably above average throng on hand at Clockers’ Corner in picture-perfect Southern California weather for the 33rd Breeders’ Cup World Championships unfolding for an unprecedented ninth time at The Great Race Place.“Nyquist is officially retired and is in Lexington (Kentucky) with Darley,” O’Neill said between schmoozing with well wishers. “He’s been turned out there, looks great and is settling in (for his stud career).“It’s hard to put into words what his absence means emotionally, because he’s a member of the family. But he’s only a plane ride away to visit and we’ll keep in steady touch with the people at Darley who work with Nyquist, so it’s like a family member who’s moved out of the house.”As for an objective opinion on the Classic now that he’s out of it, O’Neill opted for the home team: “The Cal-bred,” he said, referring to California Chrome.Art Sherman, trainer of Classic favorite California Chrome, was happy not to draw the rail in the mile and a quarter race, which he had done in his last two starts, the Pacific Classic and the Awesome Again Stakes.“I had to laugh at the post position draw (Monday),” Sherman said, “because nobody could be unlucky enough to get No. One three times in a row.” Joseph Talamo5388215%34%$348,560 Bob Baffert32117334%66%$914,190 FINISH LINES: With three racing days remaining, Rafael Bejarano holds a 19-18 lead over Tyler Baze in the jockeys’ race, with Kent Desormeaux and Norberto Arroyo Jr. right on their heels at 17 each . . . Among trainers, Peter Miller has a comfortable 15-11 lead over runners-up Doug O’Neill and Bob Baffert . . . Santa Anita will have an NFL presence tonight when the league showcases the Atlanta Falcons on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 5:25 p.m. on NBC-TV. A few weeks back, Bodega Studios shot the lead-in for the game in Santa Anita’s tunnels that lead to the Paddock Room and the Infield. The promo features the a cappella band Pentatonix . . .  Frank Scatoni, author of Six Secrets of Successful Bettors, will be Tom Quigley‘s guest Sunday, 10:50 a.m., in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Santa Anita’s jocks’ room usually is comfortable accommodating its base group of about 20 riders, but during Breeders’ Cup weekend, the number more than doubles to about 50, according to Assistant Clerk of Scales Charlie McCaul, who’s been on the beat at Santa Anita for 30 years. Jerry Hollendorfer5056610%34%$331,155 (Current Through Sunday, Oct. 30) Gary Sherlock1752129%47%$142,590 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Tyler Baze861891121%44%$628,865 Carla Gaines1741224%41%$235,770 Doug O’Neill7711101714%49%$518,776 TIZ A KISS GOES FOR GOLDIKOVA GOLDTiz a Kiss, a consistent California-bred daughter of Tiznow, returns to perhaps her favorite distance, at one mile on turf in Sunday’s closing day feature, the Grade II, $200,000 Goldikova Stakes for fillies and mares, three and up.Although she has only one win at a mile on grass, she does have four seconds and is shortening up from a mile and a quarter, when she finished fifth by three lengths in the Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes on Oct. 1.“She’s a late developer and seems to be in her best form ever,” said Richard Baltas, trainer of the six-year-old gray mare for Barbara and Ron Perry of Berkeley, California, who campaign as Cicero Farms, LLC.Tiz a Kiss has a 4-6-1 record from 21 starts with earnings of $320,751, but seeks her first stakes win in the Goldikova. She worked five furlongs last Sunday in 1:01.The Goldikova, race six of nine with a first post time of 12 noon: Nancy From Nairobi, Joel Rosario; Prize Exhibit, Mike Smith; Queen of the Sand, Rafael Bejarano; Majestic Heat, Flavien Prat; Zindaya, Javier Castellano; Hillhouse High, Santiago Gonzalez; and Tiz a Kiss, Kent Desormeaux. Kent Desormeaux621771127%56%$686,005 Flavien Prat8715171417%53%$1,192,833 Rafael Bejarano10119221319%53%$1,244,183 Eddie Truman1441329%57%$107,675 Victor Espinoza3868416%47%$783,050 Gary Stevens3346912%58%$467,645 Martin Pedroza7095313%24%$302,639center_img Mike Smith2344317%48%$262,205 Jamie Theriot564257%20%$208,259 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.9017121319%47%$678,453 Philip D’Amato4572516%31%$457,630 Fernando Perez551031018%42%$255,800 William Spawr1343131%62%$124,413 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Jeff Mullins1440329%50%$125,945 Robert Hess, Jr.1842222%44%$114,395 Mike Puype2541116%24%$135,270 NYQUIST GONE BUT O’NEILL LOOKS TO THE FUTUREMIGLIORE RECALLS $75 UPSET WITH DESERT CODETIZ A KISS GOES FOR GOLDIKOVA GOLD IN FINALE Stewart Elliott474449%26%$223,338 Tiago Pereira6588112%26%$340,980 MIGLIORE FANCIES BEHOLDER IN DISTAFFRichard Migliore, the personable former rider on hand for the Breeders’ Cup races as analyst for the Breeders’ Cup “Player’s Show,” a simulcast feed that goes world wide, had fond memories of winning the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at 36-1 on Desert Code for trainer David Hofmans.A four-year-old son of E Dubai, Desert Code came from 12th after a quarter-mile in a field of 14 in the turf race at about 6 ½ furlongs to win by a half-length at a juicy $75 win mutuel.After a half mile, Desert Code had only three horses beat.“Desert Code was always a horse that was close to the pace,” said Migliore, a 52-year-old native of Babylon, New York, retired for the past six years, “so I came away from the gate driving to get position, and we went about 50 yards and he pinned his ears on me. He was telling me he wasn’t happy with me hustling him, so I just put my hands down and trusted the horse, and he backed up a long ways, and I was nervous, I was worried.“About the three-eighths pole he was kind of leaning into the bit and had one horse beat at that point. I had a lot to do and there was a lot of traffic in front of us. I had to wait until we crossed the dirt to move, because you always get in trouble if you move before you reach the dirt . . . Anyway, we waited, the horses fanned out and we just got up. When you look at the fractions, the horse was telling me we were going too fast, stop pushing on me.“Honestly, the horse should have never been 36-1. He had won five races down the hill and you can’t discount horses that have an affinity for it.”Migliore evaluated the two marquee Breeders’ Cup races thusly: “I really like Beholder in the Distaff. I don’t think the last two races set up well for her, taking nothing away from Stellar Wind, who was extremely good, and Songbird obviously is a brilliant three-year-old, but we’ve seen through history, when Seattle Slew beat Affirmed, Affirmed was three, Slew was four.“When Affirmed beat Spectacular Bid, Affirmed was four, Bid was three, so I’m going to lean towards an older horse in that situation, even as brilliant as Songbird is.“I think Richard Mandella has Beholder primed for the best race she’s run this year and she’s only been narrowly beaten by Stellar Wind, so I really believe in my heart that Beholder is the horse in the Distaff.Noted Mandella on Beholder’s farewell race: “Few people in the world ever got to experience what I’ve had year after year with Beholder. She’s probably as good as any horse I’ve had. I’m not saying there might not have been a better one that’s stayed around who’s been so good.“If there were any, there weren’t many that got better, so I’m very fortunate.”Continued Migliore: “The Classic is so intriguing, because California Chrome is so good and so brilliant. He’s a great horse. You can say that without any reservation. Arrogate was so brilliant in the Travers, but here’s the thing I wonder about.“At some point, they’ve got to take each other on. Now is it going by the wire the first time, is it down the backstretch, that’s the question? And if they hook up early, and they have to respect each other and are really eye-balling each other, something’s got to give. So it could set up for a horse not as good as they are.“If it works out that way, I think the horse that benefits is Frosted, because he’s going to be sitting fourth or fifth. If I’m on Arrogate outside of Chrome, do I come out running and make sure he commits, or do I let my horse float away and put pressure on him later?” Peter Eurton2142319%43%$250,359 Richard Baltas581010617%45%$512,080 Mark Glatt3166919%68%$236,916 SANTA ANITA STATISTICSlast_img read more