Coppin Street Apartments / MUSK Architecture Studio

first_img Australia Projects Housing CopyHousing•Richmond, Australia Architect In Charge:Hannes McNamaraProject Team:Hannes McNamara, Daniel Yusko, Chris Le Page, Nick JohnstonCity:RichmondCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Benjamin HoskingRecommended ProductsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedText description provided by the architects. The Coppin Street apartments, dubbed the “Richmond six-pack”, reinterprets the 60’s era, predominantly 3 storey, brick apartments dispersed throughout inner Melbourne. Richmond, to the east of the Melbourne CBD and adjacent significant parkland and sporting precincts is undergoing considerable urban transformation through large scale residential developments along major transport links. This project site, however, is set within a quieter residential street of free standing family homes and intermittent walk-up apartments with minimal setbacks from side boundaries and visually dominant on site car parking. The site was formerly occupied by a single weatherboard dwelling, the dominant characteristic of the street, though dilapidated in its presentation and amenity.Save this picture!AxonometricThe Richmond six-pack, with a brief to increase site density, consists of five 1 bedroom units and a single 2 bedroom unit. It reinterprets the traditional six-pack model through the removal of car parking, increased engagement with the street and improved internal amenity. Taking advantage of the nearby train and tram routes, and the extensive bicycle path network, the design proposes bicycle parking and access to public transport in lieu of private vehicle ownership. Removing on site car parking became a core value of the project, one vigorously pursued through design and planning to provide an alternative living option. Save this picture!© Benjamin HoskingThe key design objective of the two storey form was to use the angled roof, derived from a mapping of solar access to the southern neighbour, as a device to wrap the residential units and define the form. As a result, the project graduates and addresses the street at the scale and articulation of a single dwelling, allowing for a more considered and welcome inclusion to the neighbourhood. Save this picture!Ground FloorSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!First Floor PlanResidents enter the building through a transitional forecourt incorporating bicycle parking and leading into a shared lobby with illuminated storage cages. The articulation of storage cages along with the exposed concreate floor and ceiling express a robust industrial aesthetic. Custom lighting is used to soften and enhance the ephemeral nature of the space drawing occupants and visitors from the street, through the lobby and up the central light filled stair. Once inside the apartments, the material palette moderates through the use of timber, stone, tile and bold colour, creating contemporary living spaces unique to each unit. Save this picture!© Benjamin HoskingInternal unit amenity is achieved through flexible floorplans using large sliding doors to define living and sleeping zones. This adaptability encourages the resident to take ownership of the space. High ceilings and expansive glazing provide a sense of openness, defying the small apartment footprints, reinforced by visual links to the outdoors. Mezzanine spaces further enhance the individuality of each unit, accommodating a diverse range of occupants. Save this picture!© Benjamin HoskingThe Richmond six-pack is a successful integration of increased density into a prominently single dwelling street. The flexible amenity and individuality of the internal spaces create a widely appealing and harmonious living environment. Through considered design, this project works to positively contribute to the existing streetscape and neighbourhood, whilst utilizing prominent existing alternative transport options to become a model for inner city infill development. Save this picture!© Benjamin HoskingProject gallerySee allShow lessWake Space Up! Urban Eco-Balcony / Farming ArchitectsSelected ProjectsThis Interactive Map Shows How London Has Changed Over the Past 100 YearsArchitecture NewsProject locationAddress:Richmond VIC 3121, AustraliaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Architects: MUSK Architecture Studio Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© Benjamin Hosking+ 22 Share Photographs:  Benjamin Hosking Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Coppin Street Apartments / MUSK Architecture Studio ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyAbout this officeMUSK Architecture StudioOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingRichmondAustraliaPublished on April 12, 2017Cite: “Coppin Street Apartments / MUSK Architecture Studio” 12 Apr 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Builder: 2017 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Imperial Builders Coppin Street Apartments / MUSK Architecture StudioSave this projectSaveCoppin Street Apartments / MUSK Architecture Studio ArchDaily Year:  “COPY” “COPY” Area:  500 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Manufacturers: Lysaght, Masson for Light, Viridian, Hi Lite Industrieslast_img read more

Rhythm House / Delia Teschendorff Architecture

first_img Keon Constructions Projects Marshall Day Acoustics Australia Rhythm House / Delia Teschendorff Architecture City:MelbourneCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Dianna SnapeRecommended ProductsWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 82 ADWindowsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Unit-Glaze SystemText description provided by the architects. Rhythm House is a renovation and extension to an existing Heritage 1920’s bungalow in West Brunswick. The owners approached me with a unique brief. A family of five and all accomplished musicians, they wanted a family home with the capacity to be a performance space and also a recording studio; a hybrid functioning home; a “Rhythm House”.Save this picture!© Dianna SnapeSave this picture!PlansSave this picture!© Dianna SnapeThe Rhythm house is a home designed for a family of musicians. An existing Heritage timber bungalow is extended to provide new living areas, a specialised sound recording space and performance area that accommodates a grand piano. A dramatic contrast between the existing and proposed extension was important to the project.The structural expression of the new form is reminiscent of a well tuned instrument, like a deconstructed piano or double bass. The rhythm house adopts a new construction system of engineered LVL portal frames. These are expressed internally and externally and also provide a secondary function of providing the faceted internal surface ideal for an effective acoustic space.Save this picture!© Dianna SnapeProject gallerySee allShow lessGINZA LOFT / Schemata ArchitectsSelected ProjectsDavid Chipperfield to Transform 16th Century Building on Venice’s Piazza San MarcoArchitecture News Share Save this picture!© Dianna Snape+ 8 Share 2017 Builder: Architects: Delia Teschendorff Architecture Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Year:  Landscape Design: Manufacturers: Breezway, Frencham Cypress, Pickering Joinery, Timber Imagineering CopyHouses•Melbourne, Australia “COPY”center_img Photographs CopyAbout this officeDelia Teschendorff ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMelbourneAustraliaPublished on October 04, 2017Cite: “Rhythm House / Delia Teschendorff Architecture” 04 Oct 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialCommunications2NIntercom – 2N® IP BaseSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE Pyramid/HippedConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagWall Cladding – MDF Perforated PanelsStonesMikado QuartzQuartz Slab – ClassiqueFloorsFranken-SchotterFlooring Panels – Dietfurt LimestoneWindowspanoramah!®ah! CornerFittingsSaliceStorage Accessories – Excessories, Pull- outArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsEmuSeating System – TamiMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?为音乐而生的韵律住宅 Rhythm House / Delia Teschendorff Architecture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 Mcnuttndorff Landscapes Structural Engineer: Photographs:  Dianna Snape Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Houses Acoustic Engineer: Town Planning Consultant: ArchDaily Perry Town Planning ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Tim Gibney and Associates Rhythm House / Delia Teschendorff ArchitectureSave this projectSaveRhythm House / Delia Teschendorff Architecturelast_img read more

Reflections on ‘Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution’

first_imgThe documentary “Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution” aired on Nov. 28 on HBO.It likely had a wider audience coming after the death of our beloved comrade Fidel Castro. Already the right-wing propaganda that attacks Cuba on the issue of LGBT rights has begun. This is nothing new.The documentary should be seen within a particular context, however.The Cuban Revolution is one of the greatest revolutions of all times. Fidel is a leader like no other; he will go down in history as a beloved revolutionary.Yes, mistakes were made in the early years of the revolution on the LGBTQ issue. Yes, there is still work to be done today. But backward ideas on this or any social issue come not from the Revolution but from the legacy of colonialism and Catholicism. Centuries of colonialism cannot be eradicated in less than 60 years of revolution, much less antiquated ideas on the LGBTQ issue.Revolutionary class lens neededWhen people from the United States travel to Cuba for the first time, it is easy to see the Revolution through a subjective lens.You can be somebody who does not “get it” and is hypercritical. Or you can get completely caught up in adoring the Revolution. I am one of those.But in all fairness to its leaders and the heavy responsibilities required to build a revolution, the Cuban Revolution must be seen through a more objective lens.The LGBTQ issue in Cuba should not be judged through the experience of living in the U.S. That is unfair and prejudicial. Nor should the LGBTQ issue in Cuba be put under a microscope, especially from the U.S. — the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today, as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated.The first time I traveled to Cuba years ago, an 88-year-old woman beckoned to me from her wheelchair to come talk with her. Her family was wealthy and had fled to Miami after the Revolution.  My grandmother had just died and listening to this woman’s support for the Revolution brought me to tears.During that visit, I was utterly filled with euphoria. All I could think about was how when my grandmother went to the hospital, she worried if her insurance covered everything. Because in Cuba not only is health care virtually free, but a doctor lives in almost every neighborhood.As a person of color, a weight flies off your shoulders knowing there is absolutely no police terror in Cuba.Many times over the years Cubans have warned us to shake off that euphoria. One Cuban leader said, “We are not the hell our enemies claim; nor are we the paradise our friends declare either.”“Mariela Castro’s March,” directed by Emmy winner Jon Alpert, should be seen in that context.The documentary focuses on the work of Mariela Castro, a member of Parliament and the director of CENESEX (National Center for Sex Education).It is a frank and sobering account of conditions for LGBTQ people in Cuba today. It is a loving and genuine portrayal of the progress made in the Revolution for LGBTQ rights, as well as the challenges that still persist.It has honest, in-depth interviews with elder gay men victimized by backward attitudes in the early days of the Revolution. These prejudices were rooted in the Spanish colonizers’ Roman Catholicism, the patriarchy of slavery and the sexual exploitation of LGBTQ people in prerevolutionary Cuba, a U.S. capitalist “playground.”In 1965, when Cuba was preparing for the possibility of another U.S. invasion, gay men were not allowed to serve in the military. This was also true in the U.S. at that time.When Units to Aid Military Production (UMAP) work brigades were mobilized to help Cuba out of an economic crisis, gay men, along with religious conscientious objectors, were assigned to those units instead of military service. (Leslie Feinberg, “Lavender and Red”)UMAP brigades were not internment camps, but there was prejudice and some serious ill-treatment of gay men. Because of this, about a hundred young men from the Communist Youth were sent undercover to investigate. After their report, the brigades were closed down. (Ernesto Cardenal, “In Cuba”)In 2010, Fidel humbly acknowledged in an interview with La Jornada that these early acts were “a great injustice” to gay people and a mistake. He had earlier affirmed in 1992, “I am absolutely opposed to any form of repression, contempt, scorn or discrimination with regard to homosexuals. It is a natural tendency, a human [tendency], that must simply be respected.” (Feinberg)The documentary contains painful accounts of beatings and hateful attitudes toward LGBTQ people. One transgender woman tells of losing an eye after a homophobic Cuban threw acid in her face. A lesbian tells how her supervisor refused to promote her because of her sexual orientation. The film points out that the supervisor was a member of the Cuban Communist Party.I have to admit that my love for Cuba has been so one-sided that I was shocked. I was also fearful that the film would be used to further demonize my beloved Revolution.Groundbreaking work by CENESEXBut have no fear. The work that Mariela Castro and CENESEX are doing is groundbreaking. It will strengthen the Revolution and be another pillar of socialism in this new period.As director of CENESEX, Mariela took on a difficult issue. She did not abuse her position as the daughter of President Raul Castro or the niece of Fidel, but did the necessary hard work of educating and organizing, step by step.Knowing the Cuban Revolution, I am confident that Mariela, who is straight, works closely, hand-in-hand, with LGBTQ Cubans in defining the current work.I am also aware that the work took on greater importance because it was Mariela, a revolutionary socialist in her own right, whose contribution should be recognized and commended.The Cuban government has prioritized doing the necessary work to change attitudes in society on the LGBTQ issue. They have done more than the capitalist government in the U.S. will ever do. The Cuban government defends and fights for all its people. There is no Wall Street there to dictate policy.The government allowed the documentary to show the errors made, even by Communist Party members. This belies the myth that there is no free speech in Cuba.Things are not perfect in Cuba; it’s not a paradise. But there are no trans murders in Cuba, which are rampant in the U.S.While progress is being made in Cuba, the LGBTQ community in the U.S. is likely to face setbacks now that a gay-conversionist advocate will be vice president and a known sexual predator will be president.Homosexuality was decriminalized in Cuba in 1979. In 2008, the Cuban government began offering free gender-reassignment surgery to transgender Cubans. Every May an annual “March against Homophobia” is held in Havana and LGBTQ activists visit rural areas to promote diversity.In a short 57 years great progress has been made. But the first steps in the liberation of our Cuban LGBTQ sisters, brothers and family were made in 1959, with the triumph of the Revolution, and in 1961 when Fidel declared Cuba a socialist society. With that declaration, LGBTQ Cubans and all society could begin the long march toward full liberation. Thank you, Fidel.Please check out “Rainbow Solidarity with the Cuban Revolution” for a groundbreaking must-read on the LGBT issue and Cuba. In the meantime, “Mariela Castro’s March: Cuba’s LGBT Revolution” proves that the Revolution continues moving forward and will survive.Viva Fidel! Love and solidarity to our LGBTQ Cuban comrades!See thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

All Saints Church Jazz Vespers with Holly Hofmann and Mike Wofford

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Emergency services scrambled to double hoax call

first_imgTwitter Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A HOAX caller forced all Limerick’s emergency services to respond to two hoax incidents in Limerick this Saturday morning.Emergency services were scrambled to attend an alert that a woman was supposedly seen entering the water at Thomond Bridge during the early morning.At around 7:30am this Saturday, Emergency Services in Limerick responded to reports of a woman entering the water at Thomond Bridge.Limerick Fire and Rescue Service launched their Rescue Boat – FireSwift and alongside ground crews, searched the river.As the caller had removed their SIM card and was unreachable for further information, the call was determined to be a false alarm.Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, Gardai and HSE Paramedics were also in attendance.Immediately after this incident, Limerick Fire and Rescue Service were alerted to a call of a car supposedly on fire in St Mary’s Park.This was also determined to be a hoax call.Gardai are investigating both incidents with a view to tracing the caller. NewsBreaking newsEmergency services scrambled to double hoax callBy Staff Reporter – February 13, 2016 549 WhatsApp Print Previous articleRenowned choirs for Limerick Choral FestivalNext articleTorch Players return with The Cripple of Inismaan Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.iecenter_img Email Linkedin Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

Family of limo driver in crash that killed 20 says the car ‘was neither roadworthy nor safe’

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(ALBANY, N.Y.) — The family of the driver of the limousine that crashed in upstate New York, killing 20 people, said they believe the vehicle “was neither roadworthy or safe.”The driver, Scott Lisincchia, 53, died in the accident along with the 17 others inside the car and two pedestrians. Lisincchia’s wife released a statement through her lawyers, which said that the Lisincchia family’s “devastated by the horrific tragedy.””prayers go out to all the families that lost loved ones.”“They are mourning their husband, father and brother, and they are also grieving for the other innocent souls who lost their lives,” the statement reads.Scott Lisincchia is described in the statement as “a loving and caring man who never would have knowingly put others in harm’s way.”“The family believes that unbeknownst to him he was provided with a vehicle that was neither roadworthy nor safe for any of its occupants,” the statement reads.Both state and federal authorities are investigating the crash, which is the deadliest transportation accident in the U.S. since August 2009, according to the chief of the National Transportation Safety Board.The NTSB has been on the scene in the upstate New York town of Schoharie since Sunday, the day after the crash, and its investigation is underway.Unanswered questionsThe safety of the vehicle is inevitably going to be a major part of the investigation, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday the limousine had failed a safety inspection with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles just a month prior to the crash.Additionally, law enforcement sources said the limo driver lacked the proper license to operate the vehicle and officials are looking to see if safety protocols were violated. The license that Lisincchia held, according to a state official, did not qualify him to drive more than 15 passengers.Family members of the victims said that the group was headed to a party in Cooperstown, about an hour west of Schoharie, when their stretch limousine flew past a stop sign and slammed into a parked SUV.The brewery that the group was headed to at the time of the crash released a statement confirming that they had a reservation for noon Saturday.“We were incredibly saddened to learn of this horrible tragedy,” read a statement on the Facebook page for Ommegang, a brewery in Cooperstown.The autopsies of the victims have not yet been released, but New York State Police released the names and ages of the victims on Tuesday afternoon.All of the passengers were between 24 and 34 years old. The two male pedestrians were 46 and 70 years old, and Lisinicchia was 53.“Investigators are continuing with interviews of witnesses and family members and autopsies of the victims are also still ongoing at Albany Medical Center,” the NTSB said in a statement Monday night. “Due to the severity of the crash, this process is taking some time.”The agency’s chief, Robert Sumwalt, said Monday that “some seats were equipped with lap shoulder belts,” but he did not specify which.“At this point we’re not sure if all seating positions were equipped with seatbelts,” Sumwalt said, adding that it is also not clear whether anyone in the limousine wore safety belts.A New York State official said that state law requires seatbelts in the front seat of passenger vehicles, but given the size of this limousine it would be considered a bus. In that case, state law does not require seatbelts for passengers.The limo company, Prestige Limousine, agreed to take its fleet of cars off the road in the wake of the accident, according to a Monday statement.“Prestige Limousine extends its deepest condolences to the family members and friends of those who tragically lost their lives on Saturday,” the statement said. “We are performing a detailed internal investigation to determine the cause of the accident and the steps we can take in order to prevent future accidents.”A community in mourningHundreds of people gathered Monday night at a park overlooking the Mohawk River in Amsterdam, New York, some holding flowers, small candles and handwritten inspirational notes, to honor the 20 crash victims.“Tonight we saw the strength of our Amsterdam community once again — thousands came together to honor, remember their lives and support their families,” New York State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, one of the event’s organizers, wrote in a statement. “The horrific event that claimed the lives of 20 people on Saturday has left us with pain that feels unbearable and unending.”Local leaders, clergy members and residents who knew the victims were among the vigil attendees in Amsterdam, which is the hometown of several victims, community members said.“I know that they have become angels in our eyes and in Jesus’s eyes, and I’m just really hurt and saddened, and I just really appreciate my family,” Shannon Hoogkamp, of Amsterdam, told Albany ABC affiliate WTEN-TV.Karina Halse, whose sister Amanda Halse was a limousine passenger who died in the crash, told “Good Morning America” that officials told her the vehicle “was going down the hill at over 60 miles an hour.”Amanda Halse, 26, and her boyfriend, Patrick Cushing, 31, who had been dating for about a year, were traveling with Cushing’s friends to a party at Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, about an hour west of Schoharie, when the crash happened, Karina Halse told “GMA.”Newlyweds Erin Vertucci, 34, and Shane McGowan, 30, as well as four young sisters were among the passengers killed, their families told ABC News.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. 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Controversial attorney withdraws from Kyle Rittenhouse criminal case, launches new fundraising appeal

first_imgMarilyn Nieves/iStockBy JAMES HILL, ABC News(KENOSHA, Wis.) — John M. Pierce, a California lawyer who has employed war-like rhetoric in his advocacy and fundraising for Kyle Rittenhouse — the 17-year-old accused of killing two men and wounding another during a night of unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin — filed a motion to withdraw from Rittenhouse’s criminal case, just hours after prosecutors alleged in a court filing Thursday that Pierce’s reported financial problems raised ethical concerns and a potential conflict of interest.“So that it does not take Kyle’s supporters by surprise, effective immediately I am taking over all civil matters for Kyle including his future defamation claims,” Pierce wrote on Twitter Thursday afternoon. “I will also be orchestrating all fundraising for defense costs. The terrific Mark Richards [a local criminal defense attorney] will proceed in Wisconsin.”Kenosha County prosecutor Thomas Binger on Thursday morning took the highly unusual step of advocating against Pierce’s request for admission to the criminal case, a procedural measure required of out-of-state lawyers that would typically be granted without objection.But Binger filled six and a half pages with unsparing criticism of Pierce, citing numerous public statements by Pierce that Binger claimed could “materially prejudic[e]” the case, along with reports of the collapse of Pierce’s law firm earlier this year “under a cloud of debt,” and several lawsuits alleging Pierce defaulted on hundreds of thousands of dollars in business and personal loans.Pierce’s “personal financial difficulties raise significant ethical concerns,” Binger wrote in a court filing, contending Pierce could “personally benefit” from his close ties to the “#FightBack Foundation,” a Texas organization co-founded by Pierce and nationally known defamation lawyer Lin Wood. #FightBack had been raising money for Rittenhouse’s defense until last month, when Pierce posted $2 million raised by the foundation to bail the teenager out of jail.Though Pierce stepped down from the foundation board in September, Binger noted in his court filing that Pierce continued to urge his 32,500 Twitter followers to send donations for Rittenhouse.“This creates a potential conflict of interest for Attorney Pierce. Given his own substantial personal debts, his involvement with an unregulated and opaque ‘slush fund’ provides ample opportunity for self-dealing and fraud,” Binger alleged in the court filing. “Money that should be held in trust for the defendant may instead be used to repay Attorney Pierce’s numerous creditors.”After Rittenhouse was released, Wood announced on Twitter that #FightBack would shift focus to what he described as “exposing fraud in the November 3 election” for the foreseeable future and directed Rittenhouse’s supporters to contact Pierce for any future donations. Wood is now involved in election-related litigation in multiple states. Wood told ABC News by email earlier this fall that all contributions to #FightBack designated for Rittenhouse would be used “exclusively for his criminal defense.” Anything left over, Wood said, would be “given to Kyle.”With #FightBack apparently out of the fundraising picture, Pierce appeared Friday morning on the conservative news channel NewsMax TV in his new role as civil lawyer. Accompanied by his client’s mother, Wendy Rittenhouse, Pierce used the segment to announce a new fundraising site and vowed to pursue “a lot” of civil cases against media organizations and politicians he claims have defamed Rittenhouse. At the time the segment aired, the new fundraising site was still under construction. He tweeted Friday afternoon the site would be “live shortly.”Pierce also continued his broadsides against the criminal case as a “political prosecution” and predicted that Rittenhouse would be acquitted. “This is probably the most important case, honestly, in the history of self-defense in the Anglo-American legal system,” Pierce told NewsMax, while making an overt appeal for contributions. “We’re going to need millions of dollars more to fund this legal defense.”Pierce’s motion to withdraw as counsel in the criminal case makes no mention of the prosecutor’s blistering opposition to his participation in the case. Pierce’s filing simply states that “the legal team representing Kyle Rittenhouse in his various legal matters has been restructured” and that Pierce would be representing Rittenhouse “in the capacity of civil legal counsel only.”In an email to ABC News, Pierce wrote it was “always the plan” for him to turn his attention “to the massive tasks of preparing Kyle’s defamation and other civil claims as well as orchestrating our new fundraising efforts to ensure we have the resources to get through trial.”Over the past two years, at least nine lawsuits have been filed against Pierce’s law firm, Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price and Hecht, according to records from courts in Massachusetts, Texas, Arkansas, California and New York. The plaintiffs include a digital marketing company, legal support vendors, lenders and a former law partner.In May, Pierce signed a “confession of judgment” in a New York court, acknowledging a debt of nearly $4 million to a merchant lender on a high-interest loan against his law firm’s assets and personally guaranteed by Pierce. While Pierce is still the 100% owner of that firm, he created in May a separate legal entity, Pierce Bainbridge, P.C., which Pierce has claimed to have “zero debt.”The prosecutors handling the Rittenhouse case also called the court’s attention to an income and expense declaration Pierce submitted in family court late last year in connection with his divorce. In that November 2019 filing, Pierce declared no income and substantial personal debts, including federal and state tax tabs of $1.05 million, a $90,000 bank loan and a $27,000 debt owed to his former mother-in-law.This is not the first time opposing counsel has taken the extraordinary step of arguing against Pierce’s admission to a case. In a New York court in June, attorneys for the defendants in a civil lawsuit contested Pierce’s request to join the plaintiffs’ legal team, citing many of the same financial issues raised by the Kenosha prosecutor and alleging “a practice and pattern of at best questionable and at worst unethical conduct,” according to court records. The plaintiffs withdrew Pierce’s application the next day without addressing the allegations about Pierce and attributed the move to a decision to hire a different law firm.At a preliminary hearing in Rittenhouse’s criminal case conducted by video conference on Thursday, Rittenhouse sat silently in Richards’s law office as a judicial commissioner determined there was probable cause to proceed to trial. Pierce did not appear at the hearing and filed his motion to withdraw later that evening.“Kyle is in terrific hands with our Wisconsin lawyers. We will all be working side by side to ensure Kyle is acquitted and all of his legal rights are vindicated,” Pierce wrote in an email to ABC News. He did not address the allegations raised by the prosecutors opposing his participation in the criminal case.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

It’s official: e-learning scores on ROI front

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. E-learning tops the return on investment (ROI) enterprise technologies,according to a new report by Nucleus Research in the US. Other enterprisetechnologies, such as standalone content management solutions, e-commerce andbusiness-to-business marketplaces, provided the least ROI. The findings are based on thousands of ROI studies conducted by Nucleus onbehalf of Global 200 companies. “Customers implementing e-learning solutions have quickly recognisedfirst-tier benefits, including reduced costs for travel, HR overheads andcustomer support,” said Nucleus. “They received second-tier benefitstoo, such as increased employee performance that directly impactsprofitability.” Nucleus found most companies could gain significant returns from even modestinvestments in e-learning technology. It’s official: e-learning scores on ROI frontOn 1 Nov 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Grau Finishes USI Track & Field Season with All-America Nod

first_imgUniversity of Southern Indiana junior Bastian Grau (Höchstadt, Germany) was the lone competitor for the Screaming Eagles in the final day of the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday.Grau’s first race of the day was the 1,500-meters, which the indoor mile National Champion qualified for after finishing eighth in the preliminaries. After beginning at the end of the pack, Grau burst through the field to take the top spot with just over 500-meters remaining before falling to eight as he crossed the finish line with a time of three minutes, 52.68 seconds.Finishing in the top-eight, Grau received first team All-America honors to bring his season total to three. Grau was also an All-American as a part of the distance medley relay team and in the mile during the indoor season.In the evening’s final individual event, Grau finished the 5,000-meters in 14:41.95. In the final 2,500-meters, Grau improved from 19th at a steady pace to finish 15th in the deep field.As a team, the Eagles finished with one point courtesy of Grau’s 1,500-meter performance. The total was good enough for tie for 66th-place. St. Augustine’s University took the team crown with a total of 58 pointsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Remaining Lion King performances at The Morris canceled

first_img Twitter Remaining Lion King performances at The Morris canceled Facebook CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Twitter Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Google+ (Photo supplied/The Lion King/Disney) The remaining performances of Disney’s “The Lion King” at The Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend have been canceled.The following information was sent to 95.3 MNC from the Broadway Theatre League:South Bend, IN – March 30, 2020 – In light of the ongoing State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the mandate of Governor Eric J. Holcomb to cancel or postpone gatherings of 10+ people in Indiana for the foreseeable future, all remaining performances of Disney’s THE LION KING at The Morris Performing Arts Center have been canceled.If you are a Season Member, please look for an email in the coming days with your options.  If you are not a Season Member you will be automatically refunded your ticket purchase. Please allow for up to 60 days for the credit to appear on your account. Contact your original point of purchase for more information regarding refunds.Thank you for your patience and continued support. By Jon Zimney – March 30, 2020 0 250 Facebook Previous articleSome non-violent offenders being released from the St. Joseph County JailNext articleTwo recovering from shooting late Sunday night in South Bend Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more