Balls defends Labour record on economy

first_img KCS-content ED Balls, the recently-appointed shadow chancellor, yesterday launched a staunch defence of Labour’s economic record, insisting that high levels of public spending had not exacerbated the financial crisis. “There was no call from the Conservatives at the time, or from anyone else really, to have a fiscal tightening in that period [2007]. We went to the crisis with low debt,” Balls said on the Andrew Marr show yesterday. In a combative performance, Balls accused George Osborne of “crushing” the economy with spending cuts and a hike in VAT and called on the chancellor to chart a different course. “Osborne has got to get out of this denial where he thinks there’s only one approach. There’s no doubt he’s a good politician, but is he a good chancellor? Good chancellors are flexible, they change their minds when the evidence changes,” Balls added. Meanwhile, Balls audaciously claimed that Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, did not agree with the government’s fiscal tightening. He said: “I think if the governor… was to come out and say the country’s on the wrong track, that would cause a crisis. I don’t think that Mervyn King in his heart of hearts really believes that crushing the economy in this way is the right way to get the economy moving.”King has repeatedly backed the coalition’s spending cuts, most recently as last week, often earning accusations of political bias.Balls also said that Labour would not keep the 50p top rate of tax permanently, and backtracked from calls to lower the top rate threshold from £150,000 to £100,000. Matthew Hancock, a Conservative MP and former adviser to Osborne, said: “Ed Balls still can’t accept that Labour didn’t live within their means, and he can’t accept that Labour would be cutting this year.” whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Balls defends Labour record on economy whatsappcenter_img Sunday 30 January 2011 11:10 pm Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farm Share Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Former IPL cricketer in dire straits: Living in car; faces arrest…

first_img WTC Final Day 3 Stumps: India remove Conway and Latham; NZ 101/2 (49 ovs) trail by 116 runs Cricket By Kunal Dhyani – February 22, 2020 Cricket Cricket ENG-W vs IND-W: Sneh Rana reveals England sledged a lot but we did not pay attention YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPast Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factory|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNoteableyAirport Security Couldn’t Believe These Jaw-Dropping MomentsNoteabley|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredUndo WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: South Africa lose early wickets; SA 35/2 (11 ov)- Follow Live Updates Previous articleAccuWeather announces partnership with Cricket West IndiesNext articleSouth Africa fined 20 per cent of match fee for slow over-rate Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Cricket PSL 2021 Eliminator 1 PES vs KAR LIVE: best way to watch Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings Live Streaming in your country, India, Follow Live update Cricket by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMicrosoftBring your desktop to life with Bing WallpaperMicrosoftUndoE! OnlineCNN’s Christiane Amanpour Undergoes Surgery After Cancer DiagnosisE! OnlineUndoGrammarlyAdvertisement Avoid Grammatical Errors with This Helpful Browser ExtensionGrammarlyUndoAccording to IPL Moneyball, the professional sportspersons’ digital live salary calculator, Pomersbach had made a total of ₹ 2.52 crore from his IPL appearances across five seasons between 2008 and 2013. He has also had lucrative contracts for Cricket Australia’s Big Bash League. He had been the highest Big Bash League scorer in 2012, guiding Brisbane Heat’s to the title triumph .Today, he has only his car to live. He is charged for stealing a motorcycle and liquor. Since he did not appear in the court a Perth Magistrate has reportedly issued arrest warrants against him.Also Read: Jaipur likely to host Women’s IPL matches yet againPomersbach had also faced police action in India while playing the IPL. Representing Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2012, he was detained by police in Delhi for allegedly assaulting an American woman and her fiancé after the match against hosts Delhi Daredevils. Though he had managed an interim bail from a Delhi court, he was ousted from the IPL for the rest of the season.He had also represented Australia in a one-off T20 International. He had quit all forms of cricket in 2014.Watch Asian Wrestling Championships 2020 LIVE Streaming, Highlights, News, Videos, Photos, Results and Rankings on Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Latest Sports News Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR CricketLatest Sports NewsSports BusinessNewsSport Cricket Cricket (File Photo: Luke Pomersbach during his detention in Delhi) Australia cricketer Luke Pomersbach who in 2013 had a ₹ 1.5 crore contract from Kings XI Punjab for playing in the Indian Premier League is today compelled to live in his car. Furthermore, he was facing arrest warrants on theft charges.CLICK HERE: LIVE Streaming of Asian Wrestling Championships 2020 Former IPL cricketer in dire straits: Living in car; faces arrest warrant TAGSAustralia cricketerIndian Premier LeagueKings XI PunjabLuke PomersbachSports Business NewsSports Business News India SHARE Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore Cricket Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey LIVE: Shaqiri adds another as Switzerland lead 3-1; Follow Live Updates WTC Final LIVE: Devon Conway continues red-hot form, slams fifty to provide New Zealand dream start Football PSL 2021 Qualifier 1 ISL vs MUL LIVE: best way to watch Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans Live Streaming in your country, India, Follow… BCCI Apex Council Meet: BCCI to bid for 3 major global events in next tournament cycle starting from 2024; Check WTC Final IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli displays his dancing skills on the beats of Bharat Army’s Dhol; Watch video last_img read more

Rugby World 2011: Italy’s key man – Sergio Parisse

first_imgIn retrospect, however, the enforced break probably did Parisse the power of good, allowing him to rest and recuperate after seven years of non-stop rugby. Certainly when he returned to the fray last season he looked in wondrous nick. At 6ft 5in and 16st-plus, he has the ideal physique for the modern No 8 – solid enough for the close-quarter stuff but lean enough to tear round the park.It’s a physique that also holds some appeal for rugby’s female fans. Voted the sexiest player of the 2003 World Cup, Parisse is a regular in Stade Français’ Dieux de Stade nude calendar, and he and his wife are often seen in the pages of France’s glossy magazines. However, unlike one or two British rugby stars who have a penchant for appearing in the gossip columns, Parisse – who has been based in Paris with Stade Français since 2005 – hasn’t allowed his off-field activities to detract from his rugby.Perhaps that’s in part explained by the fact that rugby runs deep in the Parisse soul. His father, also Sergio, was a decent player and helped L’Aquila win the Italian club championship in 1967. A few years later Parisse senior’s job with the airline Alitalia took him to Argentina, where he met and married fellow Italian Carmels. Sergio junior was born in La Plata in 1983.The Parisses later returned to Italy where the young Sergio joined the Treviso club and after just one game of senior rugby John Kirwan, the All Black winger turned Italy coach, handed Parisse his Test debut. Kirwan said at the time that Parisse reminded him of his former team-mate Zinzan Brooke, a major compliment for a teenager. Nine years on and it’s Zinzan who should be flattered to be mentioned in the same breath as Parisse.This article appeared in Part 1 of our Rugby World Cup Supplement.To get a copy of the supplement contact [email protected] Sergio Matteo ParisseAge 27 (12 September 1983)Birthplace La Plata, ArgentinaPosition No 8Weight 16st 5lbHeight 6ft 5inClub Stade FrançaisItaly caps 77Italy points 33 (6T, 1DG)Sergio Parisse enjoys Italy’s victory over France in this year’s Six NationsSergio Parisse is one of the world’s best No 8s – and the Azzurri need him to hit even greater heights this autumnChances are we’ll still be writing about Sergio Parisse four years from now, when the Italian will be just 31, so god only knows what we’re going to do for superlatives then. It’s hard enough now to find the words to describe one of the world’s great No 8s, who has won 77 caps for his country, led them in 29 Tests, scored six Test tries and dropped a goal in a Six Nations match. Oh, and he has a beauty queen for a wife.Other No 8s have had their moments in the past few years – Ireland’s Jamie Heaslip and Imanol Harinordoquy of France to name but two – but few have been so staggeringly consistent as Parisse, especially in a side that spends a lot of time on the back foot.Since the moment Parisse made his international debut against the All Blacks in 2002, he’s been the driving force in the Italian pack, the man to whom his team-mates look for inspiration. And the 27-year-old rarely disappoints. Whether it’s a thundering charge upfield, a shuddering tackle in his 22, a deft offload out of contact or a drop-goal against Scotland, Parisse is as consummate a loose forward as you’re ever likely to find.On top of it all Parisse has the temperament to match his talent, the reason why Nick Mallett appointed him captain when he became coach of Italy after the last World Cup.“Sergio is a player who has personality and is respected by his team-mates, referees and opponents, all of which are fundamental to becoming skipper,” said Mallett at the time. “He’s good at the lineout, he’s strong around the field and he’s got a good rugby brain.”Even Italy’s adversaries can’t hide their admiration for Parisse. Wales head coach Warren Gatland – a man not known for dishing out lavish praise – said of him: “He has the complete range of skills. He is a major player in terms of carrying the ball, so we have to make sure we don’t give him an opportunity to get into the game too much and lift the Italian side. He’s such a good player that he’s capable of doing that.”That’s not to say Parisse has had it all his own way in the past decade. In June 2009 he was suspended for eight weeks following Italy’s defeat to New Zealand in Christchurch. Television footage showed his fingers making contact with an All Black’s eye and while the action was deemed reckless rather than intentional, Parisse still copped a ban. Later that year he suffered a nasty knee injury that sidelined him for the entire 2010 Six Nations. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Or click here if you prefer a digital version of the magazineAnd if you’d like 50% off a subscription to Rugby World Magazine click herelast_img read more

Poll: Who is Australia’s best midfield playmaker?

first_img Making plays: Quade Cooper and Matt Giteau in talks during Australia’s win over South Africa Australia’s last-gasp victory over South Africa on Saturday was a truly compelling spectacle. A win for the Wallabies, who had been 20-7 down with half an hour to go, opened the Rugby Championship in hugely dramatic style.Between the Springboks’ early breakdown dominance, a brilliant return for David Pocock and an uncharacteristically off-colour Handre Pollard performance, there were plenty of talking points. However, every minute of action across the globe from now until September 18 will be played out under one overwhelming subplot – World Cup selection.To make an obvious point, the tournament will not necessarily be won by the nation boasting the most options. Rather, it is the outfit that gels most cohesively that has the best chance. Talk of strength in depth is well and good, but too many alternatives beyond a final 31-man squad are irrelevant.For that reason, Australia boss Michael Cheika has a few mightily difficult decisions ahead of him. He seems intent on fielding two distributors at fly-half and inside centre, but an embarrassment of riches means some fantastic players will not make it.Before the end of the Rugby Championship, Bernard Foley, Kurtley Beale and Christian Leali’ifano should be given auditions. This weekend, Quade Cooper, Matt Giteau and Matt Toomua had a chance to stake their claim. Here is what we learned.Stretching and strikingThe combination of Cooper and Giteau – on the latter’s first Test appearance in four years and one day – brought passing skill and pace to the Australia midfield.These attributes fused together beautifully for the Wallabies’ first try shortly after the half-hour as Adam Ashley-Cooper went over:There is something particularly pleasing about watching a set-piece strike move come off.We pick it up from the reverse viewpoint as Will Genia throws out a pass from the driving maul, having been fed by openside flanker Michael Hooper.Giteau is at first-receiver, with Cooper lurking behind him. Ashley-Cooper is on Cooper’s hip and Tevita Kuridrani loitering further wide:As Giteau receives it, he naturally drifts across to the left. Kuridrani hits a short decoy line off him, while Cooper and Ashley-Cooper circle left on a similarly lateral angle:Giteau’s pass goes behind Kuridrani into Cooper and we see the effect on the South African defenders. Damian de Allende is isolated and must make a decision as to which runner to take. Pollard is flat-footed, while Marcell Coetzee is busting a gut to get infield:Cooper catches and straightens up to draw de Allende in. Meanwhile, Kuridrani’s run impedes Pollard just enough to slow the fly-half down:Cooper immediately drops it off to Ashley-Cooper, who has also curved into a more direct line of running. The disharmony in the Springbok midfield can be summed up by rookie outside centre Jesse Kriel.He knows it is he that must take Cooper, and rushes across from well out wide:De Allende is on a completely different wavelength, though. He also jams in onto Cooper, whose inside flick gives his wing enough space to shrug off a stretching Pollard:Coetzee shows impressive speed and desire to get across, but Ashley-Cooper is too strong. The quick succession of passes and movement that manufactures the opening is worth another look:This score gave Australia a 7-6 advantage, but South Africa were leading 20-10 deep into the second period. Then Giteau and Cooper joined forces once more.The Queensland Red catches a South Africa 22 drop-out following his own missed penalty. He sends up Pocock straightaway……before organising runners for the next phase. Two things are interesting here. Firstly, Giteau must travel a long way off the ball to make himself an option. Secondly, Pollard is already beckoning across tacklers. He knows the situation is a dangerous one for South Africa:Sure enough, the Springboks are cut to ribbons and Israel Folau should have scored for Australia:The key here is how close Cooper gets to the gain-line before finding Giteau. Though drifting across the pitch, the defenders opposite him are almost back-peddling:Slicing onto a crisp pass, Giteau’s dynamism contrasts with the tentative tacklers and he bypasses Pollard on an outside arc:These two attacks, bar Giteau’s botched pop to Folau, demonstrate the best of two playmakers operating in harness. That said, there were a couple of less memorable moments too.Overcrowding and overplayingGiteau and Cooper weigh 85 and 92 kilograms respectively. Both men are lithe and athletic, which is part of the reason they possess excellent evasive skills and sparky acceleration.The downside of this though, is the very real prospect of being outmuscled. In two consecutive phases early on, each member of Australia’s 10-12 axis was chewed up. First, Cooper attempted to dart through on a solo mission:It is the line-speed and efficiency of the South African line that urges Cooper to hold on to the ball here. In a snapshot of the instant he collects Genia’s pass, Eben Etzebeth is looming large and the wider defenders seem well set. Cooper is encouraged to attack more narrowly: Wallabies head coach Michael Cheika deployed a 10-12 axis of Quade Cooper and Matt Giteau against South Africa, but will that be the partnership Australia take into the World Cup? Etzebeth’s hit is a robust one and Cooper ends up five metres behind the gain-line. Bismarck Du Plessis is hovering but decides not to compete on this occasion:The hooker is rewarded for his patience, though:When Giteau receives the ball here, most of the energy has evaporated from Australia’s phase-play. Faced with a rather static attack, Pollard can press up in defence:To his credit, Giteau does inject some impetus. Even so, he is still shackled by Pollard and –like Cooper before him – loses the collision. Du Plessis can swoop to steal:Put simply, these represent two examples of the wrong player taking the ball into contact. Against the Springboks, a side that pride themselves on imposing physical intensity, this sort of decision-making can prove costly.Later in the game, Cooper used Giteau as a direct runner against a well-set defensive line. The option looks all the more odd given Kuridrani – all 102 kilograms of him – is in close proximity. Instead, Giteau takes the ball on. He is enveloped and another turnover results:Given this was the first time Cooper and Giteau had teamed up since a 35-18 defeat to England in November 2010, it is perhaps unfair to expect them to share telepathic bond from the outset.The trouble is that the Wallabies do not have much time before the World Cup and the limitations of Giteau and Cooper as a combination were somewhat exposed – both struggled when forced into heavy traffic.There was also this out-the-back ball from Cooper, which so nearly ended in disaster:Although turnover ball can often bring gilt-edged chances and Cooper rightly backs his superb skills in most situations, the half-time whistle was beckoning here. At 13-7 down, Australia needed to regroup.Indeed, when a replacement brought the Wallabies a bit more pragmatism, they looked more assured as a whole.Toomua takes it on for AustraliaWhereas Cooper and Giteau thrived on width throughout, Toomua exuded the tenacity and confidence to confront the onrushing South Africa defenders. Take this touch, not long after he joined the fray:The pristine service of Nick Phipps helps here, but Toomua’s natural arc against the grain is significant. Rather than crab across the field, there is a conscious effort to straighten the attack:In this way, Toomua attracts both Schalk Burger and Lood de Jager onto him. This frees up a gap and Giteau picks a support line off his left shoulder. Only an excellent Coetzee tackle stops a clean break:In the same attacking movement seconds later, Toomua’s running angle manipulates tiring opponents again:Bringing the ball to the line with Kuridrani alongside him as a decoy, he squares off three defenders before sending Folau into the clear with a snappy pass in behind:Clearly, an overwhelming strength of Toomua’s is the ability to suck in tacklers and create space for others – even when faced with a proactive defence. This came to fruition for Kuridrani’s last-play try.Camped in the South Africa 22, Australia work the ball left to Toomua:As the previous ruck is set up, Toomua glances across to survey his options:Once again, he straightens nicely……before stepping off his left foot. Notice that Etzebeth, covering across in the South Africa line, must fight to retain his balance:Not only does this get Toomua close to the line, it also ensures that Australia still have plenty of room to recycle and attack to the left again. They can stream runners around the corner while South Africa must rush across to plug any holes.Unfortunately for the Springboks, Kuridrani picked a half-gap and just won the game:In his post-match press conference, Cheika praised Toomua’s impact. Certainly, his more combative style seemed to provide a better foil for the delicate trickery of Giteau and Cooper – the former’s blood injury meant Toomua had shared the field with both.Cheika will doubtlessly take a look at Waratahs Foley and Beale, though their Super 15 form has not hit the heights of last season. Leali’ifano is a fine communicator who deserves a shot as well. Soon enough though, decisions must be reached.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS In the meantime, have your say below… Who is Australia’s best midfield playmaker? (Poll Closed) Matt Giteau  44.41%      Quade Cooper  26.71%      Matt Toomua  18.32%      Kurtley Beale  3.73%      Christian Leali’ifano  3.73%      Bernard Foley  3.1%      Create Your Own Poll   Who is Australia's best midfield playmaker?last_img read more

Lillibridge Dining Hall completes master plan at Camp Capers

first_img Rector Bath, NC Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Shreveport, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Comments are closed. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Catherine and Bishop Gary Lillibridge hold up the chalices and paten created by jeweler and silversmith Skip Edwards as a gift for Camp Capers from the Rt. Rev. David Reed, in honor of the Lillibridge’s ministry. Photo: Kaylin Thomae[Diocese of West Texas] The new Lillbridge Dining Hall at Camp Capers in Waring, Texas, was dedicated June 5 and named in honor of the Rt. Rev. Gary and Catherine Lillibridge, in the presence of senior high campers, camp staff and numerous Camp Capers alumni who came to celebrate this momentous occasion. The construction of the 11,000-square-foot dining hall completes the master plan of renovations at Camp Capers, a plan created in the 1990s and put into motion around 2008.The Lillibridge Dining Hall allows 360 people to sit and share a meal together and offers an updated, flexible kitchen for meal preparation. In this new space, a separate, smaller dining area exists to accommodate conference lunches or other meeting or retreat groups.The Rt. Rev. David Reed dedicates the new Lillibridge Dining Hall at Camp Capers in the presence of summer campers, camp staff, and guests. Photo: Kaylin Thomae“Everything you do at camp is part of life in the Church,” said the Rt. Rev. David Reed, bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of West Texas. “One thing the Church does well together is to bless and share a meal. That is a gift at camp – to share a meal, converse with each other and grow in love. God’s people eat, so that they may go out and feed others.”The master plan for Camp Capers, which started with the vision of a new dining hall, is a $4.5 million project. Other new or updated buildings on site include: Steves Hall (meeting space), two exquisite lodges, a welcome center with office space for year-round staff, a health center, activities building, river-side amphitheater, a new entry into camp and new road through camp and an outdoor garden. An additional 108 adjacent acres also were purchased in 2013, more than doubling the size of the original 80-acre camp.The Lillibridge Dining Hall honors the ministry of Bishop Gary and Catherine Lillibridge throughout the years at Camp Capers and in the diocesan camping program. Jeff Rochelle, chair of the Camp Capers Capital Campaign Committee, said, “Lillibridge is to be commended for us celebrating this; he has worked very hard for it. It is quite telling that the entire Development Committee wanted to honor him and Catherine with this dedication.” Lillibridge, the ninth bishop of the diocese, retires this summer.Catherine Lillibridge, during her remarks, told the present campers that Camp Capers has stayed in her heart since she first attended at age 15. “I always recall Jeremiah 31:3 – ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued my faithfulness to you.’ Let that sink into your heart and carry it in your bones. You are loved.”Bishop Lillibridge, humbled by the honor, said the dedication of the dining hall is a special gift, a birthday gift, for Camp Capers, which celebrates its 70th year in 2017. “Though we are blessed by many sacred sites in our diocese, Camp Capers is known as the ‘spiritual center of the diocese,’” said Lillibridge.Also during the dedication, a gift was presented to Camp Capers in honor of the Lillibridges from Bishop Reed. Two chalices and a paten bearing the Camp Capers logo, were designed and created by silversmith and jeweler Skip Edwards, member of Redeemer Episcopal Church, Eagle Pass, Texas. “Today they are dedicated, and they will be made holy by your use of them for what they were created,” said Reed.After the earlier construction and numerous projects, a plea was made to the diocesan family to raise $5 million for the new dining hall at Diocesan Council in February 2015. The people responded and the money was raised in less than a year, which led to the quick construction of the dining hall, ready for this year’s summer campers.“The timing was incredible,” said Rob Watson, director of camps and conferences. He extended many thanks to the work of the Capital Campaign Committee, including Rochelle and honorary co-chairs Bonnie and Ed Longcope and Mollie and Bartell Zachary. Watson also acknowledged the hard work of Beatty Palmer Architects, which also designed Steves Hall and the new lodges; MJ Boyle Construction, which also built the activities building; as well as Alan Lindskog, civil engineer who is also a Camp Capers alum. “They all performed unbelievably well to meet our summer camp deadline,” said Watson.Ron Wood, Camp Capers alum, and the staff from summer camp in 1986, designed a stained glass window in the shape of the Camp Capers cross that is striking above the entrance to the dining hall. The middle square is a sundial, set to Daylight Savings Time, and you can track the time by shadows beginning at 2:30 p.m. each day. There is a small mark on the sundial that commemorates the death of Bishop William T. Capers, third bishop of the diocese for whom the camp was named, on March 29, 1943. “A shadow will fall on this mark each year on March 29,” said Wood.Following the dedication service, guests and campers were served a delicious meal of fried chicken, homemade macaroni and cheese, and coleslaw, all with freshly sliced watermelon on the side, prepared by Camp Capers Chef Graham McKim and the summer kitchen crew.Speaking to all, especially the present campers who have never been in an Episcopal church, Reed said, “Live in this, share this meal, be the Church and keep coming back.”— Laura Shaver is communications officer for the Diocese of West Texas. David Veal says: Press Release Service Rector Belleville, IL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT 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 Comments (1) Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Albany, NY June 8, 2017 at 4:47 pm Wonderful news! Congratulations and highest regards, always!David Veal Rector Smithfield, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Lillibridge Dining Hall completes master plan at Camp Capers Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY By Laura ShaverPosted Jun 7, 2017 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Kjellander + Sjöberg Take First Place with Rosendal Apartments

first_imgArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyKjellander + Sjöberg has won first place in a land transfer competition for Uppsala Municipality. Tasked with the transformation of a city block next to Uppsala’s central square, the architects created an inviting complex of timber apartments surrounding a communal courtyard. Designed to foster a sense of community among residents, the Rosendal complex is, as the project’s architects state, “full of character and unlike anything else.”The apartments, which are housed in two separate buildings on the site, offer multi-family housing in multiple scales. Based on the idea of being an “able and variable neighborhood,” the complex will also boast features such as a rooftop greenhouse, and a joinery workshop located in the park-like central courtyard. These amenities are meant to provide common spaces for tenants to meet and form friendships, creating “a welcoming context facilitating for good ‘neighborliness.’”Save this picture!Courtyard Interior. Image Courtesy of Kjellander + SjöbergKjellander + Sjöberg also designed the Rosendal apartments with sustainability in mind. Using timber construction not only creates a homey, residential feel for the buildings, it also ensures a smaller ecological footprint during and after construction. The apartments will be built using passive-house methodology, and will incorporate rainwater treatment via a green roof, and the complex’s courtyard. This rainwater may be used to cultivate the many apple trees and berry bushes planted on the site. Minimizing parking spaces on site will be used to encourage pedestrian and cycling traffic among residents.CompetitionLand Transfer CompetitionAwardFirst PlaceProject NameWoodhouse RosendalArchitectsKjellander SjöbergLocationUppsala, SwedenPrincipalStefan SjöbergDesign TeamFredrik Pettersson, Alessandro Macaluso, Lars Almgren, Joel YngvessonClientDiligentiaLandscape ArchitectsURBIOEnergy ConsultantsAton teknik & KonsultTimber ConsultantsRENEWINN ABArea10500.0 sqmProject Year2014PhotographsCourtesy of Kjellander + SjöbergCompetitionLand Transfer CompetitionAwardFirst PlaceProject NameWoodhouse RosendalLocationUppsala, SwedenProject Year2014PhotographsCourtesy of Kjellander SjobergArea10500.0 m2Image gallerySee allShow lessABDM and RAU Win Competition to Design College Campus in KortrijkArchitecture NewsCdV House / DDA Despacho de ArquitecturaSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Uppsala, SwedenLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Kjellander + Sjöberg Take First Place with Rosendal ApartmentsSave this articleSaveKjellander + Sjöberg Take First Place with Rosendal Apartments Kjellander + Sjöberg Take First Place with Rosendal Apartments ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Save this picture!Street View of Exterior. Image Courtesy of Kjellander + SjöbergWritten by Connor WalkerDecember 06, 2014 Share Copy#TagsArchitecture CompetitionsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsUppsalaHousingResidentialText Message HtmlCite: Connor Walker. “Kjellander + Sjöberg Take First Place with Rosendal Apartments” 06 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogFaucetshansgroheKitchen Mixers – Aquno Select M81Vinyl Walls3MVinyl Finishes in HealthPartners Regions HospitalPartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsCoffee tablesBoConceptMadrid Coffee Table AD19SkylightsLAMILUXFlat Roof Exit Comfort DuoMetallicsTrimoMetal Panels for Roofs – Trimoterm SNVSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights in Atelier Zimmerlistrasse OfficeStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Iron Moss – Iron CollectionCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Facade in Manchester HospitalWoodBlumer LehmannConsulting and Engineering in Wood ProjectsGlassBendheimLuminous Mirrored GlassWire MeshTwentinoxMetal Mesh – Golf Romeo 7More 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 stream “COPY” Architecture Competitionslast_img read more

The Annex / Martin Fenlon Architecture

first_imgSave this picture!© John Linden+ 23Curated by Fernanda Castro Share 2018 Area:  620 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyResidential Architecture, Extension•Los Angeles, United States Photographs CopyAbout this officeMartin Fenlon ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureRefurbishmentExtensionLos AngelesUnited StatesPublished on May 26, 2018Cite: “The Annex / Martin Fenlon Architecture” 26 May 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CorneringWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoInternal Walls – Trimoterm, Qbiss OneGlassSolarluxWintergarden – SDL Akzent plusSystems / Prefabricated PanelsInvestwoodCement Bonded Particle Board – VirocPaintKEIMMineral Paint in Hunters Point LibraryCabinetsburgbadMid-Height Cabinet – EssentoSignage / Display SystemsGlasbau HahnMuseum Display CasesMore 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 stream Architects: Martin Fenlon Architecture Area Area of this architecture project The Annex / Martin Fenlon Architecture United States Manufacturers: VELUX Commercial, Western Window Systems, Lithonia Lighting, Weyerhaeuser, Coulson, Hardy, UrbanfloorSave this picture!© John LindenRecommended ProductsWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemText description provided by the architects. Once a crowded property with an aging bungalow and a commercial storefront, this live/work complex accommodates the architect’s growing family and practice. The expansion to the recently remodeled bungalow includes a new family room, exterior courtyard and deck, an attic conversion and stair hall. The storefront building, with its several bootleg additions, previously took up half of the site, exceeding the allowable floor area for the property and leaving little open space. In order to make space for the new yard and the 620 square feet of additions to the house, over 600 square feet of the storefront was demolished. To keep costs down, the architect did all of the construction with the help of a two-man crew over the course of almost 5 years.Save this picture!© John LindenAfter the initial bungalow remodel, the attic was converted to a habitable floor consisting of a new bedroom and den. In order to provide access to these new rooms, a compact stair hall was added to the side of the house which leaves a minimal footprint. The ascent up the new spiral staircase is flooded in natural light from the skylight above while connecting to the new exterior deck below.Save this picture!© John LindenSave this picture!1st Floor PlanSave this picture!© John LindenA spacious family room was added between the house and storefront, connecting the two and forming the new courtyard. The new roof deck, built atop the family room addition, is also accessed by the new stair hall. The family room and stair hall are clad in the same materials as the original house remodel; torched cedar, clear cedar and white plaster. The expansion transitions the original house to the new yard and existing storefront, making one integral with the other. It maintains a separate identity from the original house and storefront while obscuring the boundaries of inside and outside.Save this picture!© John LindenProject gallerySee allShow lessSmiljan Radic Receives the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize 2018Architecture News29 Winners Announced for 2018 EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra AwardsArchitecture NewsProject locationAddress:Hermon, Los Angeles, California, United StatesLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share “COPY”center_img Photographs:  John Linden Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard The Annex / Martin Fenlon ArchitectureSave this projectSaveThe Annex / Martin Fenlon Architecture ArchDaily Projects Residential Architecture Year: last_img read more

Pandemic impact means inevitable shrinkage of voluntary sector

first_img“Charities have a vital part to play in tackling coronavirus, and in helping the country rebuild after the crisis and beyond. The way in which we saw charities and volunteers collectively support their communities during lockdown was a clear example of the immense difference the sector makes to our society.“Despite this, the voluntary sector will inevitably shrink in the immediate future. Public income being the main source of income growth means that social distancing restrictions and a reduction in people’s disposable incomes will have a direct impact on charities’ incomes. Undoubtedly, this will result in job losses, a possible reduction in services and the closure of some charities.“We will continue to make the case to government, charities and volunteers can reboot the economy, reconnect our communities and contribute to positive social and wellbeing outcomes at a time of extreme challenge. Helping those affected by business closure or job losses, supporting good mental health, and supporting individuals and communities in need – all of which will are central to getting the country back on its feet.”  596 total views,  2 views today  597 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 While it is too early to determine the full impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the charity sector’s finances, the sector will inevitably be smaller in the immediate future at least, according to the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO).NCVO publishes its annual UK Civil Society Almanac today, which looks at the charity sector’s finances. Because of the time delay in charities’ accounts being compiled, audited and published, the latest data covers the financial year 2017/18.It shows modest income growth in the sector during 2017/18, reserves back to their pre-financial crisis level and employment in the sector at a record high. However, with government income at its lowest ever level and public money the main source of income growth, the forecasted post-Covid economic downturn is likely to have a direct impact on finances.IncomeIn more depth, the Almanac shows a modest income growth in the voluntary sector of 2% in 2017/18. This was the same level as for the previous year, 2016/17, and confirms a trend of the levelling off of  faster growth seen in the years prior, according to NCVO. Total income went up by £1.2bn between 2016/17 and 2017/18 to £53.5bn, but almost half of this increase came from two individual legacies that totalled £555m.While  voluntary incomes were not hit as hard as expected during lockdown with a  joint survey by the Institute of Fundraising, NCVO, and Charity Finance Group showing that voluntary income from the public dropped by 14% whereas trading income fell by 72%, NCVO warns that this may  represent a lagged effect as was the case following the previous recession in 2008/09.The Almanac also shows that while government income grew £280m from the previous year to £15.7bn in 2017/19, this was its lowest point on record as a proportion of the sector’s total income, at 29%. This, it says, reflects other income streams outpacing growth in income from government with the increased reliance on other sources of income further suggesting that decreased income from the public will have a negative impact on the sector.Reserve levels completed their recovery to pre-financial crisis levels, reaching £63.5bn in 2017/18: just over the previous high of £63.2bn in 2007/08.Additionally, NCVO notes that it took seven years to recover its net assets to pre-2008 levels following the global financial crisis. The speed of bounce back this time will vary for different subsectors, it says, and will largely depend on the overall economic recovery.Employment & volunteeringAnd, while employment hit a record high of 900,000 in 2019, representing almost 3% of all the total UK workforce, the predicted loss of income will mean restructures within charities and  redundancies across the voluntary sector.The pandemic is also likely to change how people volunteer. While NCVO believes it is unlikely to influence the overall numbers of people volunteering in the UK, with those aged 65–74 the most likely to volunteer regularly, the virus could see the voluntary sector increase the amount of remote volunteering available to accommodate the needs of their members. Current volunteers may also shift where they volunteer depending on where they view help is most needed during the recovery.Karl Wilding, Chief Executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), said: Advertisement 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 Melanie May | 8 July 2020 | News Tagged with: Finance NCVO Research / statistics Pandemic impact means inevitable shrinkage of voluntary sectorlast_img read more

Activist Dick Gregory on hunger strike to demand freedom for Lynne Stewart

first_imgThe legendary African-American comedian and longtime civil rights activist, Dick Gregory — now 80 years old — released the following statement on April 4, 2013, the 45th anniversary of the assassination of his friend, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.Dick Gregory and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Chicago meeting in October, 1967.I hereby declare on this day commemorating the life and sacrifice of my friend and brother in struggle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., that in the spirit of his moral legacy, I demand the immediate release from prison of the legendary lawyer, Lynne Stewart, who devoted her entire professional life to the poor, the oppressed and those targeted by the police and a vindictive State.I further declare that from this day forth, I shall refuse all solid food until Lynne Stewart is freed and receives medical treatment in the care of her family and with physicians of her choice without which she will die.There is no time to lose as cancer, which had been in remission, has metastasized since her imprisonment. It has spread to her lymph nodes, her shoulder and appears in her bones and in her lungs.A criminal defense attorney in New York for over 30 years, Lynne Stewart’s unwavering dedication as a selfless advocate was acknowledged by the community as well as judges, prosecutors and the entire legal profession. Such has been her reputation as a fearless lawyer, ready to challenge those in power, that judges assigned her routinely to act for defendants whom no attorney was willing to represent.In 2002, Lynne Stewart was targeted by then President George Bush and Attorney General John Ashcroft for providing a vigorous defense of her client, the blind Egyptian cleric, Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman. She was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist activity after she exercised both her and her client’s First Amendment rights by presenting a press release to a Reuters journalist. She did nothing more than other attorneys, such as her co-counsel, former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, have done on behalf of their clients.The reason for the prosecution and persecution of Lynne Stewart is evident to us all. It was designed to intimidate the entire legal community so that few would dare to defend political clients whom the State demonizes and none would provide a vigorous defense. It also was designed to narrow the meaning of our cherished First Amendment right to free speech, which the people of this country struggled to have added to the Constitution as the Bill of Rights.The prosecution and imprisonment of Lynne Stewart is an ominous threat to the freedom, rights and dignity of each and every American. It is the agenda of a police state.I ask you to join with me to demand freedom for Lynne Stewart. An international campaign has been launched with a petition that supports her application for compassionate release. Under the 1984 Sentencing Act, the Bureau of Prisons can file a motion with the Court to reduce sentences “for extraordinary and compelling reasons.” Life-threatening illness is foremost among these and Lynne Stewart meets every rational and humane criterion for compassionate release.Join with me, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Pete Seeger and 6,000 other people of conscience throughout the world who have signed this petition to compel the Warden of the Federal Medical Center Carswell and the Director of the Bureau of Prisons to act. Act now. There is no time to lose.Go to to demand her immediate release.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Women workers opened first Russian revolution of 1917

first_imgOne hundred years ago the women workers of St. Petersburg, Russia, began a strike on International Women’s Day which opened the struggle that soon ended the 370-year rule of the czars and led in eight months to the first socialist state. A key factor was the change in consciousness of the soldiers in the city’s garrison. The following is excerpted from John Catalinotto’s new book, “Turn the Guns Around: Mutinies, Soldier Revolts and Revolutions.”On Feb. 23, 1917, by the Julian calendar used in Russia at that time — March 8 in the rest of Europe — a 25-year-old revolutionary sailor, whose Bolshevik party name was Raskolnikov, looked out his window in Petrograd, Russia’s industrial center and capital.The Russian rulers had decided calling the city Petrograd instead of Saint Petersburg would sound less German, as they were at war with Germany. Raskolnikov thought, “Today is Women’s Day. Will something happen in the streets today?” Something did happen. Some 128,000 workers were on strike. The whole city was seething.As things turned out, “Women’s Day” was fated to be the first day of the revolution. Working women, driven to despair by their hard conditions and prey to the torments of hunger, were the first to come out onto the streets demanding “bread, freedom and peace.” The crowds were facing down police mounted on horses, who would push the people around or smack them with the flat side of their swords.Wrote one observer: “[A]s soon as the mounted policemen had returned to the roadway, the crowd would close up again into a solid mass. In some of the groups we could see men, but the overwhelming majority consisted of working women and workers’ wives.”Eight weeks earlier, as 1917 was beginning, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, whose party name was Lenin, was in exile in Zürich, Switzerland, where he had been organizing and speaking against the great imperialist war. In a talk to young students, he remarked that Russians as old as he was — forty-six at the time — would likely never see a revolution overthrow the Russian czar, but that the youth would.Even this most revolutionary leader of the working class was surprised by the explosive speed of change in Russia. One can only imagine how oblivious Czar Nicholas II was at that time to his imminent fate.As Raskolnikov wrote, the first of the two 1917 revolutions in Russia began on Feb. 23 with a strike of women workers on International Women’s Day. The action grew into a general strike and mass political revolution in the capital city that overthrew the czarist monarchy that had ruled Russia since 1547. The attitude and actions of low-ranking soldiers and sailors were a determining factor in the revolution’s success.Background to the revolutionThe czarist empire had ruled over many subject peoples — Finns, Lithuanians and Estonians in the Northwest; Poles and Ukrainians in the West; Georgians, Armenians and many Turkic and mostly Muslim peoples in the Caucasus and South; plus Indigenous peoples throughout the Arctic and Siberian regions; and Jews and other minorities throughout its vast territory.Czarist Russia was far less developed economically than the major imperialist powers in Western Europe — Germany, France and Britain. Some five-sixths of Russia’s 185 million people were peasants, who had been liberated from legal serfdom in 1861, but were still in the thrall of the landlords and the nobility.  About twenty-six million of its people were wage laborers in 1917, including 6.5 million farm laborers and another six million in private and state-owned industry.Although a smaller part of the total population than in Germany, Britain and the United States, the workers in Russian industry were more concentrated, toiling in recently established giant factories that employed thousands and even tens of thousands of workers.Russia was by far the poorest of the major countries, yet some fifteen million men, mainly peasants, were drafted and thrown into the battles of World War I, with little training or equipment. They were cannon fodder. By 1917, more than two million had died and another four million were wounded.With so many men under arms, a large number of women were employed in heavy industry in Petrograd; women made up about one-third of the workforce there. More than 100,000 of these women went out on strike on Feb. 23, defying the czarist state, defying the cautions of their political parties, defying everyone. That first day, the striking women escaped clashes with the police generally unscathed.Encouraged by this success, male workers joined the women the following day, and in all more than 200,000, or half of the city’s workers, were in the streets. General Sergei Khabalov, who commanded the Petrograd army garrison, was responsible for controlling the demonstration.But the workers, and especially the women, many of whom were soldiers’ wives, were talking with the garrison troops. They were even approaching the Cossacks, who were mounted troops often used in punitive actions against crowds, but who showed the workers they were weary of this unpleasant duty. On the other hand, the workers were hostile toward both the regular police and the secret police; the latter especially were enemies of the people and staunch defenders of the czar.A political intellectual named N.N. Sukhanov, who was in the internationalist wing of the Menshevik Party (the right wing of the old Russian Social Democratic Labor Party), wrote a detailed eyewitness account of the 1917 Revolution. In this book, he described one telling moment when a Cossack became so riled up seeing a police inspector attack one of the demonstrators with his sword that he “flew at the inspector and slashed off his hand.”Soldiers turn the guns aroundOn Feb. 26, as ever-friendlier fraternization between the workers and the troops was going on, something special happened. Something like this has probably taken place in every successful revolution in urban society. Soldiers from the Pavlovsky regiment, a major military unit of the Petrograd Garrison, witnessed a police unit on one side of a river fire on the people protesting on the other. Sukhanov wrote:“Seeing this shooting at unarmed people and the wounded falling around them, and finding themselves in the zone of fire, the Pavlovskys opened fire at the police across the canal.”When a regiment as big as the Pavlovsky breaks with tyranny, its soldiers have only one road forward: Spread the rebellion — or die. That same day representatives of the workers and peasants’ parties — the Mensheviks, the Bolsheviks and the Social Revolutionaries — gathered to form the Petrograd Soviet, the Russian word for “council.” This political leadership of the revolution, for its part, had to help spread the soldiers’ rebellion.That evening, the Provisional Executive Committee, elected from the Petrograd Soviet, convened, declaring that the Soviet was now open. Its first task was to begin organizing emergency rations for the garrison troops who had come over to the revolution. The mutinous soldiers knew they were still a minority of the garrison, and their lives were on the line if the revolution were not carried through to the end. They needed to act.They began to arrest members of the ordinary police, still loyal to the czar, and of the hated secret police. One by one the troops of a dozen other regiments met and decided to pledge their allegiance to the Petrograd Soviet of Workers’ Deputies. Their representatives went to the Petrograd Soviet and reported from the regiments’ assemblies:“They told us to say that we refuse to serve against the people any more, we’re going to join with our brother workers, all united, to defend the people’s cause. … We would lay down our lives for that. Long live the revolution!”Soviet reaches out to the troopsAt this point the political leaders changed the name of the Soviet of Workers’ Deputies to the Soviet of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies, thus fusing the spontaneous rank-and-file soldier organizations to the workers’ councils.The Soviet received a report that a regiment loyal to the czarist regime was arriving, which caused some nervousness, but Sukhanov ended his text with this description that showed how much the population and all of the army had turned against Czar Nicholas and the war:“Later we [Soviet members] became persuaded that any attempt to dispatch troops for the pacification of Petersburg was fruitless. All the ‘loyal’ troops preserved their loyalty and obeyed their commanders only as far as the railway stations, then immediately went over to the side of the revolution, and the commanders obeyed them.”The Bolsheviks, Lenin’s party, may have been as surprised as everyone else with how quickly the revolutionary movement was developing, but they were the first to adapt to the new situation. Groups of Bolshevik workers raided police stations, took weapons and passed them out to their supporters. The soldiers, who as a whole were still wavering, could then see there were armed, determined and well-organized contingents of workers who were ready to see the revolution to its end.With tens of thousands of troops already in a state of mutiny and facing deadly punishment if the revolt were to end before overthrowing the czar, the troops who had already mutinied had no option but to reach out to their brother soldiers and win them over to the revolution. It was no difficult task, as the rank-and-file soldiers were completely fed up with the hated czar and the rest of the nobility, and most were anxious to return to their farms. In the next few days the entire Petrograd garrison joined the Revolution.The empire endsPressured by the bourgeois parties in a new government, on March 1 Czar Nicholas II attempted to abdicate in favor of his brother Mikhail, but Mikhail refused to take over the sinking ship. The czarist ministers were arrested.Armed soldiers answering to the Soviet arrested any police who were still on the streets interfering with the masses, who were in turn tearing down the symbols of czarist rule. On March 3, the Executive Committee of the Petrograd Soviet ordered the arrest of the czar, who attempted to flee. He was captured, along with the rest of the royal family. The empire had ended.It was the first big step that was to lead over the next eight months to a revolution that would not only remove the nobility but end the rule of the capitalists and change the course of the 20th century.Sources: Raskolʹnikov’s “Kronstadt and Petrograd in 1917”; Sukhanov’s “The Russian Revolution 1917,” Vol. 1; and “1914-1918-Online. International Encyclopedia of the First World War (WW1).”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more