Affordable Housing in Prato / studiostudio architetti urbanisti

first_imgPhotographs:  Bruno Pelucca, Giovanni Fornaciari, Margherita Stacchi+ 31 Share Affordable Housing in Prato / studiostudio architetti urbanisti Housing Area:  3 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Italy Affordable Housing in Prato / studiostudio architetti urbanistiSave this projectSaveAffordable Housing in Prato / studiostudio architetti urbanistiSave this picture!© Bruno PeluccaHousing•Prato, Italy ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/308358/affordable-housing-in-prato-studiostudio-architetti-urbanisti Clipboard “COPY” 2012 Year: center_img “COPY” Projects Architects: studiostudio architetti urbanisti Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily CopySave this picture!© Margherita StacchiRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles – 20MMWoodAccoyaAccoya® CanalsStonesCosentinoSilestone and Dekton in Lorea RestaurantText description provided by the architects. The design of the settlement layout is based on the recognition of landform. The project re-proposes latent settlement rules, yet consolidated, able to recover the structuring capacity of the layout and its landscape value.  Save this picture!© Giovanni FornaciariSix buildings of 60 m long are arranged in the lot according to a north-south orientation with slightly changes in direction. A wall of dry stone delimits the project on the west side and marks the boundary between the industrial area and the new residential compound on the edge of the Tavola old village. The massive wall has the function to reduce the hydrologic risk due to the vicinity of a riverbank and to the alluvial origin of the terrain. The wall brings unity to the new residential development formed by several construction phases, different clients and users. The wall structure is built with metal gabions filled with local limestone loose rocks. This technique refers to the local building tradition of dry stone walls. The technology of gabions, currently used for hydraulic interventions, has the characteristics of mass, strength and thickness of a dry stone wall and has a limited impact on the intervention’s budget. It evokes a water bank and refers to the origin of the site alluvial plain. Overall, the stone wall recalls the relationship between the buildings of the historic center of Prato and the ancient walls that surround it.Save this picture!© Bruno PeluccaThe project responds to the complexity of the program and avoids the monotony of a single large-scale intervention through the generation of a wide variety of public spaces, reminiscent in scale of the walkways of the historic fabric.At the first floor level an elevated walkway above the wall connects the open galleries that give access to the dwellings entrance doors. From this walkway it is possible to overlook the surrounding hills and landscape and stop in one of the sight-seeing terraces. An interior pedestrian promenade crosses the plot lengthwise and is characterized by a sequence of small public spaces designed as gathering spaces, children playgrounds, bicycle parking, etc. The promenade connects the different building blocks providing an access from the public road on the north to the interior of the residential compound to the south. A shared garden is located between the two building blocks to the north and along the main road parallel to the dry stone wall. The public space is designed in order to provide to everyone the same opportunity of space fruition allowing disabled people to move freely without need of technological means.  Save this picture!© Margherita StacchiThe row house with private garden, typical of the Tuscan tradition, has been reinterpreted with the aim of providing each unit with a private outdoor space and a small kitchen garden. This solution optimizes the need of open public spaces maintenance and, at the same time, promotes food self-production. The building blocks present two different facades: the first has a public character where a gallery gives accesses to each dwelling and overlooks the access road to the ground floor; the second, more domestic, is open over the private gardens. The distribution galleries on the first floor are accessible directly from the dry stone wall through ramps and stairs, as well as by staircases on the top and center of the buildings. The buildings blocks are simple white plastered volumes on two levels suspended on a basement of concrete facing walls that delimit the private spaces on the ground floor.Save this picture!PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessNew United States Courthouse Competition Entry / McCarthy, Brooks + Scarpa, and HMC …Articles361° International Architectural ConferenceArticlesProject locationAddress:Prato, Province of Prato, ItalyLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/308358/affordable-housing-in-prato-studiostudio-architetti-urbanisti Clipboard Photographs CopyAbout this officestudiostudio architetti urbanistiOfficeFollowProductsStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingPratoHousingItalyPublished on December 19, 2012Cite: “Affordable Housing in Prato / studiostudio architetti urbanisti” 19 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. 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Asian Games Village Residence / Vir.Mueller Architects

first_imgAsian Games Village Residence / Vir.Mueller ArchitectsSave this projectSaveAsian Games Village Residence / Vir.Mueller Architects Manufacturers: Reynaers Aluminium, Daikin, Kohler, SEA Bauformat Pankaj Vir Gupta, Christine Mueller India Save this picture!© Niveditaa Gupta+ 25Curated by María Francisca González Share Asian Games Village Residence / Vir.Mueller Architects Japan Shah Consulting Engineers CopyHouses•New Delhi, India Houses Photographs:  Niveditaa Gupta Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/903782/asian-games-village-residence-iii-viueller-architects Clipboard 2018 Year:  “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/903782/asian-games-village-residence-iii-viueller-architects Clipboardcenter_img Area:  392 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Products used in this ProjectCurtain WallsReynaers AluminiumCurtain WallsProject Team:Arjun Sara, Donna Ryu, Kapil Shokeen, Monisha Nasa, Prashant Singh Hada, Sonakshi GambhirCity:New DelhiCountry:IndiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Niveditaa GuptaText description provided by the architects. After two decades of practice and designing projects for ‘others’, 288 distills – in an undiluted form – the design principles, material sensibilities, phenomenal aspirations and tactile experiments of vir.mueller architects.Save this picture!© Niveditaa GuptaSave this picture!Section ASave this picture!© Niveditaa GuptaThis home for a family introspects on that fundamental quality of intimacy that constitutes the spatial embrace for a family; in lieu of bombast, this is an architecture of understatement – perhaps only revealed in the attention to detail.Save this picture!© Niveditaa GuptaProject gallerySee allShow less[EARNEST CAPE] The Hill where the sky and the sea take a break / JMY architects + PL…Selected ProjectsCUBO’s Entrance Pavilion Seamlessly Integrates Aarhus City’s Old Town Into The Moder…Architecture News Share Lead Architects: MEP Engineer: Photographs ArchDaily Structural Engineer: Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description “COPY” Jhaveri Associates Architects: Vir.Mueller Architects Area Area of this architecture project Projects CopyAbout this officeVir.Mueller ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesNew DelhiIndiaPublished on October 14, 2018Cite: “Asian Games Village Residence / Vir.Mueller Architects” 14 Oct 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialCoffee tablesFlexformCoffee Table – GipsyCurtain WallsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPace Gallery Envelope SystemWoodSculptformTimber Battens in Double Bay HouseStonesCosentinoSilestone and Dekton in Villa OmniaBricksNelissenInner Wall Bricks – LückingPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsAir Facade PanelsWoodBlumer LehmannData Processing for Wood ProjectsEducational ApplicationsFastmount®Hidden Panel Fastener at Massey UniversitySealants / ProtectorsTOPCRETMicro-Coating – Baxab®More products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Woollahra Courtyard House / CO-AP

first_imgArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/914928/woollahra-courtyard-house-co-ap Clipboard Houses Photographs Architects: CO-AP Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Save this picture!© Ross Honeysett+ 20Curated by Paula Pintos Share CopyHouses•Woollahra, Australia Planning Consultant: Projects Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Area:  337 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Ross Honeysett Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Manufacturers: FritsJurgens, Artek, Artemide, Davide Groppi, Fisher & Paykel, Flaminia, Flos, Gessi, Hydrotherm, ILVE, Kreon, Nemetschek, OLIVARI, Reggianicenter_img City Planning Works Woollahra Courtyard House / CO-AP Well Worth Construction Products used in this ProjectFormwork / AccessoriesFritsJurgensSelf-Closing Pivot Hinge – System MDesign Team:Will Fung, Tina Engelen, Patrik Braun, Rachel HarrisEngineering:PartridgeHeritage:UrbisCity:WoollahraCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Ross HoneysettText description provided by the architects. A new four bedroom home has been designed for an empty nester couple and three generations of extended family visitors. Built on the site of a 1970s single-story courtyard house, the former dwelling was designed with a gabled roof in keeping with a neighboring weatherboard cottage which presently no longer exists. Taking cues from its predecessor the new house is planned around a courtyard and responds to its current neighboring context of two-storey dwellings.Save this picture!© Ross HoneysettSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Ross HoneysettA series of skylights and clerestory windows puncture the concrete roof over the ground floor allowing daylight deep into living spaces and internal rooms. The geometry of these punctures follows the form of the upper story, of which the parallelogram plan aims at retaining the amenity of the two adjacent properties. Vertical articulation of windows responds to the rhythm of fenestration along the established residential street and the use of masonry, concrete and metal cladding clearly define the architectural elements of the new building.Save this picture!© Ross HoneysettParking for two cars, cellar, laundry, and abundant storage are accommodated in the basement level, with access to the rear lane. Internally, materials are figured, natural and robust. Strong horizontal planes of board-form concrete and terrazzo unify the living spaces. Australian hardwoods are used for joinery and bedroom floors. A variety of figured stones, naturally lit by skylights, are featured in bathrooms throughout the house. A sculptural painted steel staircase travels through all levels of the new home.Save this picture!© Ross HoneysettSave this picture!Longitudinal SectionSave this picture!© Ross HoneysettProject gallerySee allShow lessSUPIN Life Style Store / PMT PartnersSelected ProjectsHideaway House / TRIASSelected Projects Share 2018 Builder: “COPY” Year:  Australia ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/914928/woollahra-courtyard-house-co-ap Clipboard Woollahra Courtyard House / CO-APSave this projectSaveWoollahra Courtyard House / CO-AP CopyAbout this officeCO-APOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoollahraAustraliaPublished on April 20, 2019Cite: “Woollahra Courtyard House / CO-AP” 19 Apr 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassHanging LampsVibiaHanging Lamp – VOLConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausPorcelain StonewareCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Chromica CollectionBricksFeldhaus KlinkerThin Bricks – ClassicGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Printing for Interior DesignWoodStructureCraftEngineering – FootbridgesAluminium CompositesCymat Technologies Ltd.Bundang Doosan Tower – Alusion™ Stabilized Aluminum FoamTable LampsRoss GardamDesk Lamp – OraMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Stocks move higher on Wall Street, continuing strong streak

first_img Twitter Pinterest FILE – In this Nov. 5, 2020 file photo, a sign for Wall Street is carved in the side of a building. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, continuing a strong streak that gave the market its best weekly gain since November last week. Stocks move higher on Wall Street, continuing strong streak Previous articleInsights on the Respiratory Ventilator Tester Global Market to 2027 – by Product; Application; End-user and Geography – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articleOutsell Launches First of Its Kind Automotive Marketing OmniHub for Dealer Groups Digital AIM Web Support TAGS  Facebook Twittercenter_img Local NewsBusinessUS News By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

Blaney unhappy with HSE response to ambulance controversey

first_img Blaney unhappy with HSE response to ambulance controversey 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest WhatsApp News Google+center_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Twitter By News Highland – November 28, 2012 Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook Previous articleTwo still being questioned in connection with Ronan Kerr murderNext articleCarndonagh and Milford RDF closures won’t be reversed – Minister News Highland Facebook One of Donegal’s representatives on the HSE West Regional Health Forum says he is not satisfied with a HSE reponse to the case of a Donegal mother who had to drive her son to hospital while a paramedic worked on him in the back of the family car.An ambulance was called out by the mother – but it was only staffed by one paramedic because another had phoned in sick.The HSE says the incident occured only 5 minutes from the hospital and that a clinical decision was taken to transport the patient in the family car rather than wait on another ambulance which was on route.The issue came up for discussion at last evening’s forum, with Donegal representative Councillor Liam Blaney saying the initial response he received is not satisfactory………….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/blany1pm.mp3[/podcast]last_img read more

Newsrooms hold moment of silence Thursday in honor of Capital Gazette shooting victims

first_imgAlex Wroblewski/Getty Images(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) — It’s been an emotional week for the survivors of the shooting at a newspaper office in Maryland, marked with tributes to their slain colleagues.First there was confusion over the ordering of federal flags to half staff, then they marched in the Fourth of July parade that they normally cover as reporters.Then at 2:33 p.m. this afternoon, the paper’s newsroom held a moment of silence to honor the five newspaper employees who were killed at The Capital Gazette last Thursday.The push for the moment of silence originated with leaders at The Baltimore Sun and their parent company — and now two journalism groups — the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors, extended the call for newsrooms around the world to join in the moment of silence “spent in contemplation, prayer, reflection or meditation” at 2:33 p.m., the minute that the shooting began.Others joined in on the call, including local politicians like Steve Schuh, the county executive for Anne Arundel County in Maryland, which includes Annapolis, where the paper’s office is located.“At times like this, it is crucial we come together as a community,” Schuh in a statement released by the county.Reporters from other outlets and news organizations tweeted in solidarity, sharing their own moments of silence.The survivors of the shooting rallied with their community members on July 4th as well, participating in the local parade.Phil Davis, a reporter for the paper who was in the newsroom at the time of the deadly shooting on June 28, tweeted out pictures from the parade. Some are seen holding a banner showing the newspaper’s masthead.The decision to participate in this year’s parade rather than simply cover it like the paper normally does was announced in an opinion piece published Wednesday July 3.“The news staff of The Capital feels out of place being part of the event rather than on the sidelines taking notes or producing video,” the article reads.The article goes on to say that the surviving staff members are a symbol for the community, even though “we’re hurting.”“We’ll be on West Street and Main Street because we want our readers and our community to see that we believe things will, eventually, be OK again. Eventually,” the article states.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

City will not press charges against any of 84 protesters arrested during Stephon Clark march

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — None of the 84 protesters arrested in the wake of of Sacramento’s decision not to press charges against city police officers for the shooting death of Stephon Clark last year will face charges.District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert made the announcement on Friday, saying, “In the interest of justice, no charges will be filed in any of the cases submitted.”Schubert is the same person who made the decision not to press charges against two Sacramento police officers — Terrence Mercadel and Jared Robinet — involved in the shooting death of Clark, a black 22-year-old from East Sacramento, on March 18, 2018. Police responded to reports of a person breaking into cars and chased Clark through several backyards before he was shot outside his grandmother’s home. He was unarmed, with police officers saying they believed a cellphone in his hand was a gun. The 84 protesters, many holding “Black Lives Matter” signs or invoking the names of other black men killed by police such as Michael Brown or Eric Garner, were arrested March 4 for unlawful assembly after allegedly ignoring police orders to disperse.Rev. Kevin Kitrell Ross, from Unity of Sacramento, was one of those arrested on Monday night.“I am grateful that the charges have been dropped against the peaceful protesters, who should not have been arrested in the first place,” Ross told Sacramento ABC affiliate KXTV.“The charges being dropped is insufficient without the acknowledgment that this was cruel,” Ross added.Sacramento Bee reporter Dale Kasler, who was covering the protests, was also among those arrested. His arrest drew swift condemnation from Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg.“No member of the press should be detained for doing their job,” Steinberg said. Steinberg supported Schubert’s decision not to press charges against any of those arrested: “I appreciate her decision not to file charges against Monday night’s peaceful protesters. It was the right thing to do.”The Sacramento Police Department released its review of the March 4 protest on Friday, as well. The department defended its conduct in arresting the 84 people, and diverted from the mayor’s claim of the protests being peaceful. “Initially, protestors marched in the street peacefully,” police said in its release. “Over the next two hours, however, the circumstances began to change. The group of protestors blocked access to a hospital in the area. Multiple vehicles were vandalized during the protest.“For approximately one hour and forty minutes, thirty dispersal orders were given. … Some participants left the area, however, a large group remained,” the statement continued. “In the interest of community safety, protection of property and after multiple requests to disperse were made, officers proceeded with an orderly arrest process.” Protests continued Tuesday night at a city council hearing, with citizens angrily ripping into the council and often unleashing profanity-laced attacks.Two days after Schubert announced the city did not find the officers committed a crime, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced the state’s investigation had also not found reason to charge Mercadel or Robinet in the deadly shooting.A federal investigation into whether the two officers committed a crime is ongoing. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

No answers 2 years after 20-year-old student vanishes — a single case in an epidemic in American Native communities

first_imgMcDonald said he was later told that V-Dog is a nickname for Paul Valenzuela, a man in his 50s with a criminal background including burglary and weapons convictions, who split his time between the Seattle area and the Blackfeet reservation.Ashley Loring’s family said Valenzuela was seeing her shortly before she disappeared and that, at the time, he was still in a rocky marriage with Tashina Running Crane, who is also known as “Tee.” According to the Glacier County Court, Valenzuela filed for divorce from Tee roughly a month after Ashley Loring vanished.“I talked to Sam a lot this summer, and he kept telling me, that I need to talk to Tee and Paul, that they were the ones that know where Ashley’s at,” Kimberly Loring said. “First it’s Sam, then it’s Tee, then it’s Paul… It’s back and forth. It’s like they’re playing with us.”Her frustration only got worse after YouTube user Tee Eastwood posted a 14-minute recording online in September 2017 under the title “Set up.” In the recording, Tee claims Valenzuela is framing her for Ashley Loring’s disappearance.“Basically, he has Ashley, and everybody in this town knows it,” Tee can be heard telling friends in the recording. “Paul is trying to set me up.”The post was later taken down.Across the mountains in the fall of 2017, Tee agreed to meet “Nightline” at a local cafe. At the time, Valenzuela was incarcerated on an illegal firearms conviction, but the two had since reconciled.“I was blaming Paul. I was very upset with him, because everybody was telling me it was Paul,” Tee told “Nightline.” “When I finally sat him down and found out the truth, I told him I was sorry and everything for even thinking like that.”During the interview, Valenzuela called Tee from prison. When Tee told Valenzuela she was being interviewed by ABC News and that “they want to talk to you,” Valenzuela abruptly hung up the phone.Tee claimed she had been searching for Ashley Loring — which Ashley Loring’s family denies — but left the reservation to escape what she said are false accusations.“They said that I killed her… They say that I caught my husband and her, but I didn’t,” Tee said.Tee claims she didn’t know about her husband’s relationship with Ashley Loring until after her disappearance. Tee also said she and Paul were in Seattle at the time that Ashley Loring disappeared. A review of Valenzuela’s court records show that he was in the Seattle area in early June 2017.But a report from a corrections officer to a superior court judge also says that on June 9, 2017, Valenzuela told Washington correctional authorities that he intended to return to the Blackfeet Nation in Montana to collect his belongings — just two days before McDonald claims Ashley Loring got picked up by Valenzuela on the side of a reservation road.Valenzuela told Washington correctional authorities he would return to the state in the first week of July. Instead, according to court records, he evaded correctional authorities for more than two months before finally returning to Washington for a sentencing hearing in September 2017. By October, he was sentenced to serve 20 months in prison over the original weapons conviction.Soon after Ashley was reported missing, Kimberly Loring says she texted both Tee and Valenzuela respectively about Ashley Loring’s disappearance. The text conversations, reviewed by ABC News, show a person identified as Tee claiming that “Paul has her” and another from a person identified as “Paul,” writing, “Tashina is giving you false info. Ask her she prolly knows more than she’s saying.”“Nightline” asked Tee about that text message.“Oh my God. Well, that’s shocking. I have no idea why he would say something like that,” she said.“Is there something that you’re not telling us about Paul?” Nightline asked.“I don’t know. No. I told you guys everything. I didn’t even think he would say anything like that about me. I thought he was helping me on this. That’s horrible.”Shortly afterward, Tee abruptly ended the interview.Valenzuela later wrote to “Nightline” from prison, promising he could reveal who “did all this to Ashley. Trust me I am the only one who can.”But he said he’d only talk if he was transferred to a different prison, something ABC News could not and would not do, and he refused to be interviewed.Ashley Loring’s family tracks down new potential leadsIn February 2018, the FBI took the lead on Ashley Loring’s case, nearly nine months after she first disappeared.When asked why the FBI waited to take the lead on Ashley Loring’s case, an FBI spokesperson wrote to ABC News claiming they had done so “at the request of the BIA.” The spokesperson later clarified that “a request from a partner agency is not required” for the FBI to become involved in a missing persons case.Local news reported that the FBI Salt Lake field office, the same office handling Ashley Loring’s case, took just weeks to join the search for Mackenzie Lueck, a 23-year-old white University of Utah student who went missing in June 2019. Her body and suspected killer were subsequently discovered within a month.“Why do they jump all over trying to find a white person [and then] when a native goes missing they just look the other way, blow it off?” Justin Loring said.The FBI spokesperson claimed the bureau investigates “all appropriate matters” within its legal scope “regardless of age, race and gender.”For months, Ashley’s family went without any progress in her case. The family celebrated her 21st birthday without her in November 2017. They marched to mark the one-year anniversary of her disappearance in June 2018.By June 2018, the family got permission to search a trailer that Valenzuela and Tee had frequented, and that Ashley Loring reportedly visited during the summer that she vanished. Law enforcement had already gone through it, but the skeptical family wanted a look for themselves. It was there that they discovered the maroon stain beneath the shag carpet.“I don’t know if it’s ever going to get tested because we also tried to do that with the sweater, and we are still a whole year [waiting] for that sweater to be tested,” Kim said.Despite it all, Kimberly Loring’s determination never wavered. She even testified before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee about her sister’s case in December 2018.Just days before her testimony, Ashley Loring’s name appeared publicly on the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System for the first time in 18 months.“Please look into the law enforcement working missing and murdered indigenous women, because there is something seriously wrong here because our girls are people and our men are important,” Kimberly Loring said during her testimony.The day after her testimony, she got a surprise call.“She called me and she was just hysterical,” Jenna Loring, Kimberly Loring’s aunt, remembered. “She said, the FBI called. They found human remains.”Jenna and Justin Loring went to the site of where the remains were found, not far from one of the family’s previous search sites.“Your mind’s going a hundred miles an hour. You don’t want it to be her, but then you want it to be her, because you know you want you want peace,” Jenna Loring said. “We just want her home. We want it to end. It’s literally a nightmare that we have to live. Every day, every single day, you know.”But the lead was false. The body turned out to be decades-old and that of a middle-aged man — another mysterious death unearthed from this haunting landscape.“It was a very hard day that day and I hope that they laid that man to rest,” Kimberly Loring said.Life without Ashley“Even though it’s been two years, it’s still new to us,” Kimberly Loring said. “We will not get used to it because this is not our life — this is not normal to us. No matter what it takes, we’re going to keep looking for Ashley.”No one has ever been arrested or charged in relation to Ashley Loring’s disappearance.The BIA and FBI both declined to be interviewed for this report, but a BIA spokesperson wrote to ABC News in October 2017 claiming the agency had conducted “60 interviews” and “six searches for Ashley,” stating that its personnel take all of their investigations seriously.After hearing from Kimberly Loring and other advocates, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee put forward a slate of bipartisan legislation to combat the crisis, but the BIA and FBI have yet to sign off on them, and the bills remain stalled.If you have any information regarding Ashley’s case, please contact the BIA at (833) 778-4758.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Loring Family Photo(NEW YORK) — In a remote corner of the Blackfeet Nation, tucked beside a dark stretch of cottonwood and paper birch, there was a desolate trailer that had been vacant for months. Its tin paneling, singed black in places from fire, had begun to peel off in the High Plains wind. The small dank rooms were mostly empty save for piles of discarded clothing and abandoned furniture.Only the cautious footsteps and hushed voices of the Loring Heavy Runner family betrayed any sense of life that day in June 2018. Their flashlights cast about in the solemn darkness.“What do you got?” Kimberly Loring Heavy Runner asked her aunt and uncle as they bent down behind an old box television set.“Right there, do you see how discolored it is, and the rest is clean?” Jenna Loring said, pointing her cellphone at a small discoloration in the shag carpet. “Does it look like it could be dried blood?”“Possibly,” Justin Loring, her husband, answered as he revealed a box cutter from his pocket and began to cut a square from the carpet. The family huddled over him in anticipation.“Oh my gosh, it’s all red,” Jenna Loring said as she stared down at a maroon-colored stain in disbelief.Justin Loring, already wearing blue plastic gloves, tucked the removed piece of carpet into a plastic grocery bag and tied it tight. “Don’t know how well I’m preserving it, but we’re getting something,” he said.Overwhelmed, Kimberly Loring stepped outside into the fading light for some air, the rosy silhouette of the Rocky Mountains looming before her.Kimberly Loring, 25, never imagined she and her family would be investigating the agonizing mystery of what happened to her little sister Ashley Loring, who was 20 years old when she disappeared from Montana’s Blackfeet Nation in June 2017. Scenes like this one have become all too common for her.“It’s a nightmare that never stops,” she told “Nightline.”For more than two years, the Loring family has scoured their immense reservation, largely on their own, hoping to retrace their loved one’s last known steps. The carpet square is not the only piece of potential evidence Kimberly Loring says her family has turned over to law enforcement.Just weeks after Ashley Loring went missing, Kimberly Loring and a family friend discovered a pair of red-stained boots and a tattered sweater that the family believes belonged to Ashley Loring on the northern edge of the reservation. More than two years since turning those items into law enforcement for DNA testing, the family says they have not received any results.“If me and my family didn’t search for Ashley, I don’t think anybody would be looking for her,” Kimberly Loring said.In Native American communities across the country, there’s a common saying: When an Indigenous woman goes missing, she goes missing twice — first her body vanishes and then her story.In 2016, there were nearly 6,000 indigenous women reported missing. Yet, only 116 were logged in the National Missing Persons database, according to the Urban Indian Health Institute.“There are so many bureaucratic cracks that Native women and girls are not only falling through but actually pushed through,” said Annita Lucchesi, a doctoral student at the University of Lethbridge in Southern Alberta, Canada, whose work has been critical to tracking the issue.In indigenous communities, nearly everybody knows someone who’s been affected.“A sister, an auntie, a mother that was murdered, or went missing,” indigenous activist Roxanne White said. “This is our life. This is what we’re born into.”Native communities’ hands tied in criminal investigationsAshley Loring grew up on the remote Blackfeet Nation in northwest Montana. Once lords of the High Plains, the Blackfeet endured a brutal relationship with the U.S. government ever since Meriwether Lewis shot and killed a Blackfoot man near Camp Disappointment on July 27, 1806.The tribe went on to survive massive land loss, disease and forced starvation. The mass grave known as Ghost Ridge is where hundreds of starved Blackfeet lie buried beside the former Indian Agency where they waited in vain for government-promised rations. It’s just a short hike from Ashley Loring’s home.Ashley Loring’s own family still carries the memory of their ancestor, Chief Heavy Runner, who was killed in 1870 when his peaceful camp of mostly women and children were massacred by a drunk army colonel named Eugene Baker on the Marias River.“The Indian problem of old was to kill them and move them,” Harry Barnes, a former tribal chairman, told ABC News. “The Indian problem today is, ‘Let’s forget they exist.’”“We survived those epidemics. We survived the extermination — the assimilation programs,” Darrell Norman, a Blackfeet historian, told ABC News. “We lived through all that and we’re still here and now we have doctors, we have lawyers, we have all the things that they never expected us to have.”Today, this proud, resilient community resembles most small towns of the West. But from the 1972 kidnapping and murder of Monica Still Smoking to the 2016 murder of Matthew Grant, systemic poverty, an influx of drugs and a justice system seemingly designed to fail have all contributed to a string of unsolved violent crimes in this windswept region.“There’s so much crime here on the reservation and it just goes nowhere. They don’t do anything,” said Loxie Loring, Ashley Loring’s grandmother.Growing up, Ashley Loring and her sisters spent several months in foster care before going to live with their grandparents and other siblings.“She was a good girl. We didn’t have no trouble with her,” Loxie Loring said of her granddaughter. “I could count on her to get a little more work out of her than the other two.”The sisters learned how to ride, chopped wood for their grandmother’s wood stove, mucked stalls and swam in a nearby creek until well after the sun disappeared.Known for her contagious smile, Ashley Loring was a star athlete in high school and excelled at the Blackfeet Community College where she studied the environment. She was once asked to give a presentation at a college in Bozeman about buffalo, her ex-boyfriend Calvin DeRouche said. Her speech earned her praise across the reservation.“She blew everyone out of the water,” DeRouche told ABC News. “She’s outgoing, and she’s smart. She was beautiful. Just everything that you can look for in a person, she had it.”Ashley Loring’s disappearance shattered her family, her absence perhaps most painful for her little sister Jonnilyn.“I stay up all night. I wake up at three every morning and I sit there and I think about her,” Jonnilyn said. “When I do fall asleep, I’ll wake up and wait for her to come through the door, but she never does.”In the first two weeks after Ashley Loring went missing, the family thought she had been visiting a family friend and had lost her phone, which has happened before. When they realized something was wrong in late June 2017, the family said they filed a missing persons report with the tribal police and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).Those authorities joined the family on several early searches. But according to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, it would be two months before the BIA — which is responsible for investigating major crimes on the reservation — seriously investigated the case.“Does it seem like protocol is being followed when there was a two month lag time between when she went missing and when the [BIA] began investigations?” Senator Steve Daines said during a Senate hearing in December 2018 as he grilled BIA representative Charles Addington about Ashley Loring’s case.“No. And I think there’s got to be a lot better coordination at the beginning,” Addington responded. Daines went on to describe Addington’s response as “the understatement of the day.”“Law enforcement did not handle Ashley’s case the way they should have,” said Justin Loring, Ashley Loring’s uncle. “They should’ve took it serious from the get-go. They just kind of blew it off as she was of age and she’s just out there she could do what she wants.”Frank Goings is one of just 17 tribal police officers tasked with patrolling the 1.5 million acre reservation — an area larger than the entire state of Delaware.“We should be staffed up to 50 officers, but unfortunately money is a big issue,” Goings told “Nightline.”The reservation’s beleaguered police force has a call load that rivals Montana’s largest cities, according to Lt. Josh Bird, yet they are equipped with a fraction of the resources and officers to handle the crime rate.Funded through contracts with the BIA — already known for being one of the most chronically underfunded branches of the federal government — the Blackfeet Tribe has constantly asked for more resources to protect its citizens, according to former Tribal Chairman Harry Barnes.Chronic underfunding from the federal government isn’t the only obstacle facing tribal investigators here; they must also navigate a complex jurisdictional maze.“You have three different governments who are responsible for protecting public citizens in Indian country: the federal government, state governments and tribal governments,” said Monte Mills, a tribal law scholar at the University of Montana. “Any time you get three governments together to try and do anything it becomes challenging.”Due to a Supreme Court ruling and acts of Congress, most tribes can only charge their own members with a crime, which means they can’t arrest anybody else who commits a crime on their own land. They need to enlist outside help to do so.“If I was to stop a nonmember right now, I’d have to sit here and wait for that deputy to get here, and it could take him an hour to get here,” Goings said.What’s more, most tribes are barred from charging anyone — even their own members — with major crimes such as rape or murder. Those cases can only be handled by federal agencies like the BIA and FBI.“I’ll be honest, it is frustrating. But if it takes time then it takes time on the federal side,” Goings said. “It’s just the way it is here.”“While the jurisdictions fight, the crime goes on,” Barnes said. “It makes it a good, fertile business plan to sell drugs on Indian reservations, unfortunately. The drug dealers know that and so they move in here and take advantage, victimize our members who may have acquired bad habits of using drugs.”“Every day tribal governments and tribal people are really working to address public safety in Indian country and they have significant challenges, many of which are historical and out of their control,” Mills said. “It’s had significant effects on tribes’ ability to protect their people, and it’s inconsistent and unlike any other jurisdiction in the country. In some ways, I think inconsistent with our idea of what justice is.”“If we really are a system that’s founded on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, can we guarantee that for the people who were here first?” he asked.Native women in need, abandonedAshley Loring’s story is one that’s familiar to Carolyn DeFord, a Puyallup tribal member in Washington. She said her mom went missing in October 1999, and nearly 20 years later, “there have been no answers. There have been no solid conclusions.”DeFord said police didn’t take her report “seriously” until a couple of weeks had passed and her mother was still missing.“They kind of expected her to come home,” DeFord said, a common expectation for missing women that puts their lives in danger and makes delivering justice less likely.“We hear about victim blaming in the news all the time and when an indigenous woman goes missing, their whole life is under the microscope and there’s excuses by law enforcement as to where they could be, where they should be, why they aren’t there,” DeFord said. “They’re devalued based on their life experiences or their social status in the community, and not held with the same level of importance that somebody who holds status in the community would get.”“When you lose somebody that’s that much of a part of your life and nobody does anything, the message is clear that there’s no value and there’s no resources to help you heal from that,” she added.Lucchesi, who is also executive director of the Sovereign Bodies Institute, spearheads a critical project lending gravity to these women’s stories: the only database for logging cases of missing and murdered indigenous women in North America.“There are no comprehensive lists of how many cases of [missing and murdered indigenous women] there have been,” Lucchesi said. “Canada has attempted to answer that question by saying they believe there is about 12,000 cases in Canada but they haven’t made that data accessible. And in terms of the United States, there is no list aside from the database.”In the absence of government data, Lucchesi built her database on her own, researching missing persons cases and filing Freedom of Information Act requests with authorities around the country. Today her work has been cited in the halls of the Senate and remains the only comprehensive list of missing and murdered indigenous women in the U.S.Lucchesi said the work is “healing” for her.“I think when we’re able to honor them and able to remember them and to give the violence that they experienced the meaning and transform it into something to protect other women and girls, I think it helps them to feel at peace. So it brings me to a place of healing and a place of peace to know that those spirits might be feeling a little bit better,” she said.Ashley Loring Heavy Runner was Lucchesi’s student in three classes at Blackfeet Community College, including in a speech class where Lucchesi says she excelled.“She was incredibly humble about it. Every time she got an A or B, she’d be like, ‘Me? I got an A?’ and I’d have to be like, ‘Yeah, just like last time. You’re smart,’” Lucchesi said.“Before Ashley went missing, we actually had a discussion on missing and murdered Native women in the speech class,” Lucchesi said. “When I…saw that she had been reported missing as well…it made me feel sick because I felt like I worked really hard to…protect all my students…I still wasn’t able to protect her.”Lucchesi said she personally entered Ashley Loring’s name into the database to ensure her story wasn’t lost.“That was a hard day. I prayed really hard that I would be able to delete it, because once they’re found safe, I remove them for their privacy. So when I entered Ashley into the system, I really prayed hard that I would be able to delete her from that spreadsheet someday and hopefully I will,” she said.Sam, ‘V-Dog’ and ‘Tee’Just weeks after Ashley Loring went missing, Kimberly Loring and a family friend discovered potential evidence on the edge of the reservation near the town of Babb — a pair of red-stained boots and a tattered sweater.“It was the last thing she was wearing I guess,” Kimberly Loring said. “We turned that over to the police…It was just put in a room for months.”Kimberly Loring found the sweater and boots not far from a remote lake house owned by Sam McDonald, who she says was one of the last people Ashley Loring was with.After the loss of her beloved grandfather and a devastating breakup with her first love, Kimberly Loring said her sister began using drugs and hanging out with an older crowd including McDonald, who was in his 50s at the time.“She lost two of her support systems, after that she was just a whole different person,” Kimberly Loring said.“Nightline” went to Sam McDonald’s remote lakeside cabin to ask him about the six days he says he spent with Ashley Loring. He insists he “was being framed,” although he admits he partied with Ashley Loring and has been battling addiction for years.Law enforcement questioned McDonald multiple times about Ashley Loring’s disappearance. He claims police broke the lock on his door and searched his property “maybe six times.”McDonald claims the last time he saw Ashley Loring was on the morning of June 11, 2017 after she asked him to take her to a roadside pull off so that someone named “V-Dog” could pick her up.“At that time I leaned my chair back, we had been up for days and just like that I went to sleep, and when I woke up, she was gone,” he said.McDonald claims he looked for Ashley Loring after he woke up but couldn’t find her.“I thought, ‘Well, she must have got her ride: V-dog,’” he said.last_img read more

Crib sheet: ASPs

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Evolution and biodiversity of Antarctic organisms: a molecular perspective

first_imgThe Antarctic biota is highly endemic, and the diversity and abundance of taxonomic groups differ from elsewhere in the world. Such characteristics have resulted from evolution in isolation in an increasingly extreme environment over the last 100 Myr. Studies on Antarctic species represent some of the best examples of natural selection at the molecular, structural and physiological levels. Analyses of molecular genetics data are consistent with the diversity and distribution of marine and terrestrial taxa having been strongly influenced by geological and climatic cooling events over the last 70 Myr. Such events have resulted in vicariance driven by continental drift and thermal isolation of the Antarctic, and in pulses of species range contraction into refugia and subsequent expansion and secondary contact of genetically distinct populations or sister species during cycles of glaciation. Limited habitat availability has played a major role in structuring populations of species both in the past and in the present day. For these reasons, despite the apparent simplicity or homogeneity of Antarctic terrestrial and marine environments, populations of species are often geographically structured into genetically distinct lineages. In some cases, genetic studies have revealed that species defined by morphological characters are complexes of cryptic or sibling species. Climate change will cause changes in the distribution of many Antarctic and sub-Antarctic species through affecting population-level processes such as life history and dispersal.last_img read more