Society – Mov Soc Mon, 27 Jun 2022 18:38:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Society – Mov Soc 32 32 Lewis Silkin Managing Partner hired to lead the Law Society Mon, 27 Jun 2022 18:38:00 +0000
By Joel Poultney (June 27, 2022, 7:38pm BST) – The Law Society of England and Wales on Monday appointed Lewis Silkin LLP managing partner Ian Jeffery as its new managing director to help develop what he called “an ever more sophisticated system” to meet the needs of an evolving legal landscape.

In a statement, Jeffery said he was ready to ‘advocate’ for the interests of lawyers and society at large as he takes up the post of leader of the trade body for lawyers in England and the Country. Wales, having led the London-based law firm since 2005.

The information technology and intellectual property lawyer said it was an exciting time to take…

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Society must learn to use cannabis and hemp Sun, 26 Jun 2022 02:14:41 +0000

Thailand is not the first country to legalize the cultivation and sale of cannabis and hemp for recreational purposes, but it takes a well-planned approach and preparation to keep people safe.

To market the crops, the seller must have the proper training and know-how, to offer the consumer the real benefit and minimize the damage.

Unarin Kitpaiboonthawee, the owner of Southeast Asia’s largest greenhouse hemp farm, Cannabiz Way, said she spent 3 years researching and finally got her cultivation license a year ago. She is now in the middle of her first harvest.

“We need to differentiate between cannabis and hemp, and between CBD and THC. Today we consider them all the same. What really affects mental health, brain function and self-control is THC, which must be strictly controlled.”

Unarin said she uses an imported strain because it contains a higher level of cannabidiol or CBD, and much less tetrahydrocannabinol or THC than Thai strains. The local hemp strain has been used for making fabrics for decades, while the local cannabis, widely known as “Thai Stick”, contains too high a level of THC.

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration allows cannabis with a THC content of no more than 0.2% by weight, a level that Unarin says does not make people “high” in any way.

Unarin Kitpaiboonthawee, Managing Director of Cannabiz Way during the interview with Thai PBS World.

She thinks legalizing crops is the right thing for Thailand. However, the public, especially people who put cannabis in the food, drink or beauty products they sell, need to be more aware of its content.

Thailand is ready or not, it is already legalized. “So now it’s about educating the public about what can and can’t be used, and what should and shouldn’t be used. So today people need to know the difference between THC and CBD in hemp and cannabis. Since this is happening now, society needs to be educated, not banned (from using it). Banning will force people again to stay in the shadows,” Unarin explained.

The hemp grower owner explained that to add the medical benefits of these herbs to the food or drink, it is not necessary to use the flower. CBD, the beneficial part of cannabis and hemp, is also found in its leaves, stems, stems, and roots.

She also sees that in the future, hemp seed oil has great potential to become a very important economic product. Right now, its value remains low, which means most people overlook the seed and focus on the flower instead.

Cannabis flower, which was only legalized on June 9, typically contains a high level of THC, and Unarin suggests not using just this part unless recommended and supervised by a medical professional.

Just 7 days after legalization, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health issued a ministerial regulation classifying cannabis flowers as a controlled herb, hoping to help allay concerns about their recreational abuse.

Greenhouse hemp farm in the province of Sara Buri.

Another thing the government needs to consider is pardoning people who grew cannabis for medical research before it was legalized. Unarin said it was like an amnesty, indicating that what they had done so far was not wrong. And I hope those who have researched the use of cannabis and hemp will help educate the public on how to use crops appropriately.

Another challenge that Thailand may soon face is how to regulate cannabis tourism. How will the country distinguish between those who come to Thailand for medical treatment and those who come for the recreational aspect, and should Thailand be clearer on zoning and controlling use?

“News has spread that Thailand has legalized marijuana. The reality is that it is not completely free from regulation. What is happening now is a short period that has not been fully controlled. But there will be more regulations every day.”

By Tulip Naksompop Blauw

Cannabis consumption in food and beverages

Frustrated by the erasure of society, the Lesbian Avengers fought back Fri, 24 Jun 2022 09:00:00 +0000

When Yusef Hawkins, a 16-year-old black teenager, was ambushed and murdered by a white mob in 1989, it brought attention to New York’s deep and ancient racial divide. A group of teachers and administrators responded by creating “Children of the Rainbow,” a program for first-graders to promote understanding and respect. Students would learn Mexican hat dances and Greek New Year bread, and in over 400 pages of recommended learning activities there was also a 6-page section on families, which included three references to homosexuals and to lesbians.

Some parents, school board members, and clergy viewed books as Heather has two moms, Daddy’s roommateand Gloria goes to Gay Pride as amounting, in the words of board member Mary A. Cummins, to “dangerously misleading lesbian/gay propaganda.” Cummins accused Chancellor Joseph A. Fernandez of promoting “a lie as big as any lie concocted by Hitler or Stalin.”

Playwright and theater director Ana Simo closely followed the escalating rhetoric, which reflected the hatred and repression that gay men and lesbians face on a daily basis. She invited Maxine Wolfe, Sarah Schulman, Anne-christine d’Adesky, Marie Honan and Anne Maguire to develop a response strategy. They were already involved in women’s and gay rights, as well as HIV/AIDS activism, but Simo says that as lesbians, their priorities were often pushed aside. “No more talks, no community building,” Simo explained, “The goal was to do something on the street.”

Inspired by Emma Peel, the smart and capable spy played by Diana Rigg in the 1960s TV show The Avengersthey were called the Lesbian Avengers. Their first action, in September 1992, was to show up at a school in Queens where opposition to the new curriculum was particularly strong. They arrived with a marching band led by women wearing T-shirts that said “I was a lesbian kid” and handed out lavender balloons, urging kids and parents to “learn about lesbian life.” “It wasn’t a protest,” says Simo, “it was more of a performance with a political end result.”

Zaps like this have had significant precedents, says historian Lillian Faderman. In 1968, New York’s radical women protested the Miss America pageant by trashing their bras, hairspray and girdles on the Atlantic City boardwalk. In 1970, the Radicalesbians hijacked a meeting of the National Organization for Women, in T-shirts that identified them as the “lavender menace” (a mocking reference to Betty Friedan’s lesbian bashing).

Faderman says that for the Lesbian Avengers, humor was often as effective as rage. “They handed out chocolate kisses in Grand Central Station on Valentine’s Day with the message ‘You just got kissed by a lesbian,'” says Faderman, “And they also put up a playful sculpture of Alice B. Toklas kissing Gertrude Stein at Bryant Park.”

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Carrie Moyer

A flyer designed by Carrie Moyer, Lesbian Herstory Archives Collection.

Overturning an accusation that had long been leveled against LGBTQ people, the Lesbian Avengers’ motto was “We’re hiring” and they did – with flyers and palm cards, which were stuffed into phone booths, boxes newspapers and cash machines. One featured blaxploitation star Pam Grier with a gun, another a housewife in an apron with a bomb on her cake platter. Artist Carrie Moyer, who designed the playful agitprop, explains “Part of it was to counter this stereotype that I and a lot of other people had grown up with, that lesbians were that dour, humorless kind of people. ”

The Lesbian Avengers also plastered posters around New York City that closely mimicked commercial advertisements, creating visibility, Moyer says, while making a broader public point of view: “We can show up in all of these places. It doesn’t have to be just the cover. from a gay magazine.” One such location was the nation’s capital. When the Lesbian Avengers held the first Dyke March in 1993, on the eve of the March on Washington for Equal Rights and Liberation of Lesbians , gays and bisexuals, 20,000 lesbians showed up.

Within a few years, membership of the Lesbian Avengers grew to over 50 chapters nationwide. A spin-off television network, Dyke TV, airs on 78 public-access channels, covering everything from headlines to movie reviews.

By the late 90s, lesbians had moved from the fringes into the mainstream, landing on the covers of Vanity Fthe air and Time, and soon in the advertisements of large companies such as Subaru. It was a sea change, recalls historian Lillian Faderman. “I came to what we called the ‘gay girl’ community in the 1950s and I think we saw ourselves as young lesbians – although we rarely used the word ‘lesbians’, we were all ‘gay – I think we saw ourselves as outlaws, and if we were lucky, under the radar. If we weren’t under the radar, we were in trouble.

The Lesbian Avengers disbanded in 1997, although its name and logo controversially resurfaced in a collection of Pride t-shirts sold by Gap last year. Whether one sees it as progress or commodification, it seems that visibility alone is not enough to thwart negative reactions. Although some studies suggest that nearly 40% of children today identify as LGBTQ, hundreds of anti-LGBTQ measures have been introduced in state legislatures this year, including dozens of so-called “Don ‘t Say Gay”, which aim to limit discussions. gender and sexuality in the classroom.

That’s why activism is always important, says Carrie Moyer, “You have to be in a room with other people where you’re actually talking about things. The kind of passion around creating change is fueled by the fact of ‘be together.”

They will when Dyke Marches take place in cities across the country this month, including the 30th New York City Dyke March, which takes place on June 25. Two of the organizers, Jade Watts and Christina Nadler, say a younger generation of activists has added a few more colors to the rainbow and has closer ties to other social justice movements. But Watts says one thing hasn’t changed: “40,000 dykes marching down 5th Avenue is saying something.”

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La Jolla Music Society Announces 2022-23 Winter Season Wed, 22 Jun 2022 05:18:46 +0000

Artistic Director Leah Rosenthal has announced the exciting and eclectic lineup of artists and events that will make up La Jolla Music Society‘s (LJMS) 54th winter season, which begins October 8, 2022 at The Conrad in La Jolla and continues until in June 2023.

2022-23 LJMS Winter Season Highlights

Some of the most exciting events planned include the return of Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott in recital; the celebration of the 40th birthday of the famous violinist Midori; the return of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre; a farewell performance by the Emerson Quartet on their final tour; Kodo, the very popular international Japanese drummers; bring back the Nat Geo Live! Speaker Series and, for the first time, co-productions with the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera.

62 events, 47 artists and speakers, 27 LJMS debuts

In total, the 2022-2023 winter season offers 62 events, featuring 47 different artists and speakers. Of those, 27 are LJMS debuts, many also in San Diego or regional debuts. The majority of events will take place at the Conrad, either Baker-Baum Concert Hall or JAI, with six shows at the Balboa Theater or the Civic Theater downtown.

“The 2022-2023 winter season at Conrad is a big, beautiful season celebrating beloved artists as well as innovative new experiences,” said Artistic Director Leah Rosenthal. “We will once again welcome classical luminaries like Yo-Yo Ma, Daniil Trifonov and Midori, as well as two iconic American modern dance companies, Alvin Ailey and Complexions.”

“We will have the opportunity to say farewell to the Emerson String Quartet, one of the most esteemed string quartets of our time, and witness the exciting debut of saxophonist Jess Gillam; superstar mezzo-soprano, Joyce DiDonato; the moving duo, The War and Treaty; and the brilliant illusionist Scott Silven, among many others.

“Our Jazz Series features a stellar lineup from the Monterey Festival on Tour featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater and Kurt Elling to legendary Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés and award-winning composer and jazz bandleader Maria Schneider. Not to mention the return of Nat Geo Live! Speaker Series, with three fascinating programs about our natural world presented by the adventurers and explorers themselves live on our stage.

“I am particularly delighted with the collaborations with our local performing arts colleagues – Met Opera star Isabel Leonard’s recital with Pablo Sainz-Villegas co-presented by San Diego Opera, and the premiere of ‘Fragments’ by internationally acclaimed cellist Alisa Weilerstein, co-produced by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra,”

Rosenthal continues. “These partnerships reflect the continued development of San Diego’s classical music community, which is getting stronger and stronger.”

“With the opening of The Conrad three years ago, our Board of Directors set out a strategic plan that sets out a vision to serve the entire community at various levels, and Leah’s work as Artistic Director guides us towards this vision. By showcasing some of the world’s greatest artists in their various genres – classical, chamber, piano, jazz, dance, mariachi and more – we hope to serve people from all aspects and corners of this community.

“We want everyone in San Diegan to feel welcome and celebrated during our performances,” said President and CEO Todd Schultz. “I’m particularly excited about Leah’s goal to activate The JAI as an intimate space for jazz and other genres with cabaret seating, cocktails and table service. The sky is the limit for what we can do here at The Conrad, and we look forward to rolling out more exciting programs in the future.


October 2022


Revelle Chamber Music Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

JESS GILLAM*, saxophone

SUNDAY OCTOBER 23, 2022 | 3 p.m.
Discovery Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

FRIDAY OCTOBER 28, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
Global Roots Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

JAZZREACH* featuring students from Mission Bay High School
SATURDAY OCTOBER 29, 2022 | 3 p.m.
ConRAD series for children
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

November 2022

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 3, 2022 | 7 p.m.
Speaker series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2022 | 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Concerts at Jai

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
Piano Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 20, 2022 | 5 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Concerts at Jai

December 2022

NOCHE LATINA, Co-produced with the San Diego Opera
THURSDAY DECEMBER 1, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
Recital Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

ZHU WANG*, piano

SUNDAY DECEMBER 4, 2022 | 3 p.m.
Discovery Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

SATURDAY DECEMBER 10, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
Special Holiday Event
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

THURSDAY DECEMBER 15, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

SATURDAY DECEMBER 17, 2022 | 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Concerts at Jai

January 2023

Davina and the Wanderers
SATURDAY 14 JANUARY 2023 | 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Concerts at Jai

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 18, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Innovative ProtoStar Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

THURSDAY JANUARY 19, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Piano Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

With Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, Christian Sands, Lakecia Benjamin, Clarence Penn, Yasushi

THURSDAY JANUARY 26, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Series
Balboa Theater

SATURDAY 28 JANUARY 2023 | 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
The ConRAD series for children

SUNDAY JANUARY 29, 2023 | 3 p.m.
Discovery Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

February 2023

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 11, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Special family event
Balboa Theater

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 16, 2023 | 7 p.m.
Speaker series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 19, 2023 | 3 p.m.
Discovery Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 24, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Revelle Chamber Music Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Piano Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

March 2023

FRIDAY MARCH 3, 2023 | 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Concerts at Jai

SUNDAY MARCH 5, 2023 | 6 p.m.
Jazz Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

THURSDAY MARCH 9, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Piano Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

FRAGMENTS BY ALISA WEILERSTEIN, Co-produced with the San Diego Symphony
TUESDAY MARCH 14, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Innovative ProtoStar Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

WEDNESDAY MARCH 15, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Global Roots Series
Balboa Theater

SATURDAY MARCH 25, 2023 | 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.
SUNDAY MARCH 26, 2023 | 3 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Concerts at Jai
The Jai

April 2023

SATURDAY APRIL 1, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Jazz Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

SATURDAY APRIL 1, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Dance Series
civic theater

TUESDAY APRIL 4, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY APRIL 5, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY APRIL 6, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Recital Series
civic theater

SUNDAY APRIL 16, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Revelle Chamber Music Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

THURSDAY APRIL 20, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY APRIL 21, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Recital Series
Education Ambassador in Residence
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

The winner will be announced on June 18, 2022
SUNDAY APRIL 23, 2023 | 3 p.m.
Discovery Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

FRIDAY APRIL 28, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Piano Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

SUNDAY APRIL 30, 2023 | 3 p.m.
Global Roots Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

May 2023

SATURDAY 6 MAY 2023 | 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
ConRAD series for children

SATURDAY 6 MAY 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Innovative ProtoStar Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

NEW CENTURY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA* with DANIEL HOPE*, violin and musical director
FRIDAY MAY 12, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Revelle Chamber Music Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

CINEMA VERISMO* with Mak Grgic*
SATURDAY 13 MAY 2023 | 6:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
Concerts at Jai

SATURDAY 20 MAY 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Dance Series
civic theater

THURSDAY 25 MAY 2023 | 7 p.m.
Speaker Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

June 2023

THURSDAY 1 JUNE 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
FRIDAY JUNE 2, 2023 | 7:30 p.m.
Dance Series
The Baker Baum Concert Hall

SUNDAY JUNE 4, 2023 | 5 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Concerts at Jai

* Debut with the La Jolla Music Society

Artists, concerts, dates and locations subject to change.

Subscriptions and Individual Tickets

Winter Season 2022-23 series subscriptions are available on July 21, 2022 and range from $32 to $387. Single tickets will go on sale in mid-August 2022 and range from $15 to $152. Details and subscription packages are available at the La Jolla Music Society box office, by phone at (858) 459-3728 and online here.

See you there, San Diego!

]]> How do Catholics contribute to a just society? Mon, 20 Jun 2022 14:40:01 +0000

IN 2004, Cardinal Angelo Sodano wrote a letter to Pope John Paul II presenting the Compendium of the Church’s Social Doctrine, which contains the Church’s timeless teachings on human dignity, the common good and solidarity. Over the years, various Catholics have imbibed these guidelines.

Some have invigorated them through honest work and social initiatives. In the Philippines, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have sprung up to serve the weak and needy.

The Laura Vicuña Foundation (LVF) is run by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians. It aims to rebuild the lives of children who need special protection and runs community programs in different cities to prevent hazardous child labor and child exploitation. It operates a vocational and technical dual training institute in Victorias City, Negros Occidental and an agricultural school and educational program for the poorest youth in Palawan.

LVF also runs a shelter in Metro Manila for sexually abused and trafficked girls. It helps girls heal, recover and prepare for an independent life. At the LVF home, girls have a safe space, relish family life, and transform. Janet — one of the girls — said, “Wish ko mas dumami ang kabataan na matulungan nila. At saka sa future, kami na rin ang benefactors (My wish is that they help more young people and that in the future we became the benefactors).

Some Catholic professionals promote efforts initiated by nuns and clergy by joining the board of directors of NGOs to contribute their expertise.

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Moreover, some are working there to continue advocacy. Educational Research and Development Aid (ERDA), for example, was founded in 1974 by Father Tritz, a French Jesuit. Upset by the high rate of school dropouts, he mobilizes the registration of street children in public schools. Despite the death of Father Tritz in 2016, ERDA continues to provide educational support to indigent and street children and livelihood assistance to families.

ERDA children participate in Barangay Children’s Associations (BCAs), which are led and organized by elected officials.

Beneficiaries are empowered to form opinions, express themselves and help others.

Tony, a teenage BCA officer, shared, “Para sa akin, ‘yung role ko ay maging lider at boses sa kapwa ka-ERDA para matuto din sila na maibahagi nila kung ano ang gusto nilang masabi (For me, my role is to become a leader and the voice of my fellow ERDA recipients so they can learn to share what they want to say).

Other lay people collaborate to establish service-oriented NGOs. Inspired by the teachings of Saint Josemaria Escrivá, some professionals and housewives formed the Foundation for Vocational Training Inc. It aims to contribute to national development by strengthening the capacities of women, especially the disadvantaged. Punlaan School, its flagship project, offers a work-study scholarship program in hospitality and culinary arts registered with Tesda (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority).

Amy, an abandoned child, landed a job at a five-star hotel where she did her on-the-job training. Ria, who has a sick father, has become a kitchen secretary in a prestigious hotel. She testifies that the school developed her personality and allowed her to send her brothers and sisters to school. She exclaimed, “I am now able to support my family!

These NGOs and others have helped millions of marginalized Filipinos and reduced inequality. Unfortunately, many are still illiterate, hungry and oppressed. Catholic social teachings are a beacon of hope.

Responding to the call of the Church will contribute to a just society.

(Names of recipients have been changed for this article.)

Maria Adiel Aguiling is an Assistant Lecturer and PhD Candidate in Business Administration at De La Salle University Manila. It can be emailed to [email protected]

A great society is possible | Letters Sat, 18 Jun 2022 22:00:00 +0000

As we approach the “Juneteenth” holiday marking the emancipation of slaves in 1865, I reflect on how a race of people became “emancipated”.

I was born and lived in the state of Maine until I graduated from high school in 1961. Since then I have lived in Alabama, Georgia or Florida. For the past 39 years Dothan has been my home, both physically and in my mind and heart. I am truly a “born again” Southerner. I don’t speak or think “Yankee” although I am sometimes called that.

By 1964, some 99 years after emancipation, very little progress had been made in establishing anything resembling “equality” or accepting blacks as equals. I know it first hand. The ink was barely dry on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when I joined the Dothan Police Department. I served for several years while waiting for a police station in Florida.

My heart still aches remembering the “colored” toilets at gas stations, the “colored” fountains serving hot water next to the “white only” fountains serving chilled water. Motels with signs that read “No Colored” and restaurants serving take-out only to black people through the back kitchen door. The prisons were separate, as were the schools. “Separate but equal” is an oxymoron!

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The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a tool developed by President Lyndon Johnson to further segregate our country. “Welfare” was provided to mothers with children and fatherless homes became the norm because married families were off the welfare circuit. Single motherhood became the norm and persists to this day.

Johnson’s “great society” was a failure in almost every way. The political goal was stated in his own words: “I will make this #@% vote Democratic for 200 years.” It was a rude statement from a rude man, but it turned out to be true.

We are now several generations into the “Great Society” with little progress in establishing true equality.

During the time of slavery, black people worked on the plantations and were provided with housing, although often unsanitary, and food for their families. Emancipation did little to improve life for a slave family at the time, and the status quo did not change much. The former slave remained on the plantation, living the only life he knew. In most cases, he could neither read nor write. He was still a slave.

Today’s “plantation” is a housing project where we “store” people and meet basic needs. Free or reduced rent provides housing, a “benefit” card for food, and a monthly check for other expenses. The only thing missing is dignity. Breaking out of the cycle of poverty is difficult. I admire those who have done it and gone on to great things. Most black doctors, lawyers, educators and other professionals have a story to tell. We must listen!

So, this June 19, ask yourself how far we have really come in the 58 years since the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

A “great society” is possible; we just need to take politics out of the equation.

The Company, a Mission Valley apartment complex with a rent of $3.7,000, completes 3rd tower with plans for a 4th Thu, 16 Jun 2022 22:30:07 +0000

You might not need a surfboard storage room, or even a surfboard, but a new apartment complex in Mission Valley has just about every amenity you can think of. .

The Society, San Diego’s largest new apartment project — and one of its most expensive — just completed its third 240-room tower and has begun work on a fourth, which is slated to open in April. It has average rents of $3,700 per month and offers some of the most significant amenities of a project ever seen in the area, including an “influencer station” for selfies, a surfboard room and a electric fireplace in the mail room.

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The $487 million project will have 840 apartments, the most of any apartment complex in San Diego County in seven years, upon final construction. Developer Holland Partner Group said it had no trouble finding tenants on the project, despite rents being higher than much of the area.

Ryan Trainor, senior regional property manager for Holland, said the majority of tenants are between 25 and 40 years old and are fans of the expansive amenities. He said many are drawn to the building as a first place after moving to San Diego.

“They see this as a big opportunity,” Trainor said.

The company’s construction comes at a good time for the developer as the number of available apartments in San Diego County hits its lowest level in years. The countywide vacancy rate is 2.6%, real estate firm CoStar said. This is one of the lowest rates in 20 years, and has been falling every quarter since the end of 2019, when it was 5.22%.

With limited options and a countywide average rent of $2,306 per month, the sticker shock at The Society seems more like a sign of the times.

The average rent at The Society for a studio apartment is $2,252 per month, CoStar said. The average rent goes up from there: it’s $3,305 for a one-bedroom apartment, $4,157 for a two-bedroom apartment, and $5,059 for a three-bedroom apartment.

Amenities are wide and can help a tenant avoid having to subscribe to a gym, among other things. There’s a pet spa, 3,257-square-foot gym (and smaller ones in other buildings), yoga rooms, bike storage, pool and hot tub, lounges , barbecue grills, electric vehicle charging stations, coworking space and conference rooms, coffee stations, and — almost like a swanky hotel — concierge services.

Adding to the ambience is a scent of green moss and bamboo — described as a “smell of green leaves” with a hint of lime and cucumber — that pervades every building. Holland said the idea is that the scent will create continuity between the four separate buildings.

The newly completed building, called Margo, features an 1,845-square-foot club room with a large magnetic Scrabble board, kitchen, air hockey table, jukebox, and “influence station,” where a renter can put their phone in a ring light stand for the perfect Instagram shot.

Residents of The Society will have to pay for parking, but it’s cheaper than most downtown projects. It costs $25 for a single seat and $100 for a two-car tandem seat. It’s becoming more common across the city as officials have pressed developers to decouple parking fees to benefit tenants who choose not to use a car.

With vacancy rates so low, it might seem like so many amenities are unnecessary, but that’s not the case, said J. Kevin Mulhern, senior vice president of real estate firm CBRE in San Diego. He said the cost of offsetting ever-increasing construction and land acquisition costs must be covered by high rents – and one way to do that is to attract tenants with plenty of amenities.

“Amenities are your draw,” he said. “That’s how we get residents in through the front door. “

He said the conveniences are similar to gym memberships, where people sign up but never go. If people don’t use the selfie station, for example, some think it might be more cost-effective to look elsewhere. Rental website ApartmentAdvisor published a study at the end of 2021, using more than 250,000 apartment listings, which indicated that many features drove up rents: on-site gyms add 10%, 8% for a washer-dryer and 8% for a swimming pool.

Mulhern said another big reason why developers got into conveniences is that many people are still working from home. This means many residents will be spending a lot of time in the property, unlike a few years ago when most apartment complexes were cleaned in the morning.

“Residents need more amenities and distractions because they’re spending so much more time at home,” he said.

Vancouver, Wash.-based Holland Partner Group bought the 10-acre site from the owners of Town & Country Resort for $82 million in 2018. It arrived alongside the more than 60-year-old was planning his own $70 million makeover.

As surprising as The Society’s rents are, the resort isn’t the most expensive in San Diego County. That distinction belongs to Ocean House of La Jolla on Prospect. The 53-unit complex has an average rent of $6,678 per month. It’s also steps from the beach and has ocean views that few apartments in San Diego County have.

Holland Partner Group has not included any subsidized accommodation in The Society project. The company had to pay the city $9.8 million in fees for not including rent-restricted housing. San Diego can use the funds to build its own subsidized building, but housing officials often say they’d rather a developer put affordable housing in their project because it’s cheaper for the city.

Although Holland calls The Society “San Diego’s largest multi-family community” in press releases, it’s not. The largest remains Casa Mira View in Mira Mesa with 1,848 units. Other large complexes are La Jolla Crossroads with 1,500 units, Costa Verde Village in University Village with 1,263 units, and Rio Vista Promenade in Mission Valley with 970 units.

Ground-breaking ceremony for a new human society | New Wed, 15 Jun 2022 06:00:00 +0000

FAIRMONT — A groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the start of construction on the new Marion County Humane Society was held Tuesday morning.

Community leaders and Humane Society workers gathered under a pop-up tent with shovels in hand as the rain poured down.

Despite the weather, everyone expressed enthusiasm for the project.

Donna Long, Chair of the Board of the Marion County Humane Society, welcomed everyone and Minister DD Meighen gave a blessing.

“We thank you for this sacred land, which has faithfully served our animals for the past 44 years,” Meighen said. “…For the animals that were homeless, abused, orphaned, neglected and some that were abandoned for good reason, we give thanks that this is a place where love and compassion have been shown and will be shown .”

County Commissioner Randy Elliott said he wouldn’t have missed the ceremony for rain, snow or any other weather condition.

“This is one of the most needed and important things we’ve done here in Marion County in a long, long time. It was really needed,” Elliott said. “…On behalf of the Marion County Commissioners, we would like to congratulate you on the grand opening of a magnificent new building. It’s the beginning of a new era for the Marion County Humane Society.

Elliott, Mayor Tom Mainella and City Council Member Anne Bolyard added personal anecdotes about how the humane society has helped them with their animals in the past.

Mainella shared how smoothly the process of adopting her “beloved” pet went three years ago. Bolyard shared that one of the first cats she adopted was from the Marion County Humane Society.

“I am an animal lover and have supported them for the 18 years I have been commissioner,” Elliott said. “I am excited about the future of Human Society, the success they have had in the past and the continued success they will have in the future.”

The new Human Society, which is located in the same location as its predecessor at 2731 Locust Ave., will cost $1.5 million, is four times the size of the old building and is expected to be completed in March 2023.

The old building, which was built in 1978, was demolished last week by Cook Brothers Building and Excavation. Marion County Humane Society director Jonna Spatafore said Tuesday’s ceremony was even more emotional than seeing the building come crashing down.

“I’ve wanted to cry since I woke up this morning,” Spatafore said. “I don’t know what it’s about, but it’s very emotional and super exciting.”

Spatafore said the company’s temporary space at 864 Husky Highway is nice because they didn’t have to close their facilities, but the space is much smaller. For this reason, they cannot accommodate as many animals as they would like. They can’t wait to welcome the animals to the new facility and a little rain won’t stop them.

“When I got up (Tuesday) morning and it was raining, we all put on our rain gear and walked the dogs that needed to go out,” Spatafore said. “So if we’re going to do this every day in and out of snow and rain and whatever else, then why would the rain stop this? It’s very important, but it’s the animals that matter.

The Humane Society will host fundraising events throughout 2022. On August 20, the Society will host a “We Ride for Tail” poker race at the Copperhouse Grill and hold bingo events on September 11 and December 4. Spatafore said the company would also arrange to participate in hometown markets and other events around the county. On June 25, representatives will attend the Fireman’s Festival in Mannington.

“If you want us to come, ask us. We will show up anywhere and beg people for money,” Spatafore said with a laugh.

The Marion County Humane Society can be reached at 304-366-5391 or on Facebook or their website.

The rebirth of Marcos’ “new society”: a cautionary tale of 36 years of preparation – The Diplomat Mon, 13 Jun 2022 04:59:17 +0000

An estimated 31 million Filipinos voted for Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., catapulting him to power as the Philippines’ first majority president after 1987. He won over Filipinos from all socioeconomic backgrounds and all walks of life. age. Many international observers wonder how Filipinos elected a Marcos to the country’s highest office after driving the family out of the country just 36 years ago. On their decades-long road to Malacañang, the Marcos have worked tirelessly to rehabilitate their image. More recently, social media has emerged as a critical platform to foster nostalgia for the martial law era, glorify the Marcos family, and whitewash the history of the Marcos regime.

Social media misinformation in the Philippines overwhelmingly favors the Marcos family. Some of the more sinister aspects of the old Marcos regime, such as the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan (New Society Movement) under martial law, are now harmless TikTok viral background music clips. The Philippines’ TikTokers played “Bagong Lipunan,” a martial law-era march, to their older parents to gauge their reactions. Some of them happily waved and walked to the beat of the music. Meanwhile, thousands of people sang a new pop-rock version of the song at Bongbong campaign rallies.

Beneath the cheerful air lies a grim truth – beneath the “new society” advocated in the song, the Marcos administration has severely restricted freedom of speech, the press and assembly. The administration has claimed more than 100,000 victims – killed, tortured, imprisoned or disappeared. From 1965 to 1986, the Marcos stole between $5 billion and $10 billion from the country, setting back the development of the Philippines by decades.

Given new life on TikTok, “Bagong Lipunan” embodies nostalgia for a Filipino golden age of order, obedience and discipline, supposedly last known during the heyday of the Marcos. Who needs history books and facts when you can experience the magic of a nostalgia never before experienced? Many young Filipinos say they don’t believe their history books, which either gloss over the era of martial law or present incorrect information. Social media, often wrongly, has filled the void. Why memorize bullet points about every Philippine president when you can enjoy clips from the past on TikTok? This nostalgia is a key part of the Marcos family’s extensive social media disinformation campaign.

Through viral “Bagong Lipunan” videos, montages of Imelda Marcos’ extravaganza set to Korean pop music, Sandro Marcos heartthrob shoots, and seemingly heartwarming videos from the Marcos family’s past and present, TikTok and other platforms have greatly shaped the dialogue and momentum behind Bongbong’s Tandem UniTeam. Social media has proven to be one of many kingmakers in the May 2022 elections in the Philippines, but misinformation is most effective when its victims are receptive to it. Misinformation on social media is just one part of a deeper problem in Filipino society that dates back centuries. The power of dynasties, shackled bureaucracy, corruption and a deep sense of societal fatigue have paved the way for social media to wreak havoc.

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The eviction of the Marcos family in 1986 was not entirely due to human rights violations under martial law, but to the deteriorating financial situation in the Philippines. Although many supported the EDSA People Power Revolution of 1986 to oust the Marcos and restore Philippine democracy, others saw it as a way to improve their quality of life. The post-revolution Fifth Republic of the Philippines is often criticized for not providing enough to improve the quality of life for the average Filipino. Under President Cory Aquino, Marcos’ cronies gave way to the Terran elite illustrated class, the same influential economic and political elites that had ruled the Philippines since the days of Spanish colonization. Although the Marcos are gone, the dynasties, inequalities and corruption have remained.

The reforms of the Fifth Republic could not adequately strengthen education, improve bureaucracy, and create the change that everyday Filipinos needed to live a better life. His shortcomings set the stage for the Marcos’ comeback. With an anemic education system, many Filipinos lack a sense of the brutality of martial law. Corruptible bureaucracy and a political system based on clientelism do not encourage being matuwid, or virtuous: political volte-face is endemic, parties quickly dissolve or change character, unwelcome candidates flourish, and privileged members of society continue to operate above the law. Infrastructure remains fragile and economic booms do not always benefit the working class. This contributes to a sense of weariness and longing for a better life among the population, leaving the door open to candidates who promise the most radical change and the greatest improvement in their quality of life.

Bongbong Marcos joins many former Philippine presidents who took advantage of this desire. Former President Joseph “Erap” Estrada has made a name for himself in the movie industry and portrayed himself as a man of the people. His nickname, “Erap”, is apt crop, which roughly translates to “buddy” or “buddy”, backwards. Two years after being elected, he was impeached and imprisoned for bribery and bribery. He was replaced by his vice-president, Gloria Arroyo. Once described as an excellent “wrecker” of good character, she became the second Philippine ex-president to stand trial for corruption, alleged bribery and alleged electoral fraud. His successor as president, Benigno S. “Noynoy” Aquino III, dramatically improved government transparency, continued financial reform, and introduced sweeping poverty reduction measures; however, the improvements generated under his administration were not seen by the working class as adequate. Over time, the liberal policies of Noynoy and his mother Cory became associated with an out-of-touch elitism. Liberal Party supporters and politicians have been contemptuously dubbed the dilawans (the yellow ones), after the party color.

Bored with dysfunctional politicians and corrupt bureaucrats, Filipinos grew tired of corrupt officials, slow progress and broken promises. Liberal Party politicians who succeeded the Aquinos, such as Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo, became dilawans and pinklawans (pink + Dilawan), anathema to Filipinos who believed that the Aquinos’ promises of sweeping change and reform were ineffective and elitist. Many longed for a time when life was better, when “mai disiplina pa ang taong bayan(the people still had discipline). This discontent led to the rise of Rodrigo Duterte, who promised to end corruption and bring discipline and order to the country at all costs – as evidenced by the 8,000 to 30,000 deaths in his bloody war on drugs.

This is where the Marcos family’s disinformation campaign came into play. Highly aware of the people’s desire for a better life, stability and order, the Marcos worked to reflect the glamour, stability, continuity and progress. The strongman image of incumbent President Duterte has brought back into vogue the ruthless “disiplina” of law and order, reminiscent of the days of the elder Marcos administration. This call for discipline at all costs attracted Filipinos from all socio-economic backgrounds who were frustrated with government corruption and dysfunction. The decades of rehabilitation of the Marcos’ image, combined with the popularity and legacy of the Dutertes’ no-frills and illiberal “discipline” exhibited by new Vice President Sara Duterte, have created an unstoppable force. Social media was only one piece of the puzzle.

This article originally appeared on New Perspectives on Asia from the Center for Strategic and International Studies and is reproduced with permission.

Horticultural Society: Edibles can add style and nutrition to your garden Sat, 11 Jun 2022 12:27:05 +0000

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Gardening, especially food gardening, is currently experiencing a renaissance in popularity. For those who love ornamental gardens, embracing the trend of growing your own food can be a challenge. Do we really want to reserve valuable real estate for mundane edibles? However, many edible plants embody the criteria we use when choosing ornamental plants: beautiful shape, foliage and flowers; attractive color and shape; and multi-season interest.

For centuries, the French have been perfecting the art of creating beautiful and beautiful vegetable gardens called potagers. With pleasing design principles such as shape and form, color and texture, symmetry and focal points, the vegetable garden is a delight to behold. Careful selection of plant varieties, with an emphasis on flavor, are arranged in intricate patterns and shapes.

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While not everyone has the space or desire to incorporate a vegetable garden on their property, we can always incorporate vegetable garden concepts into our existing landscapes. Deciding what to grow can be a challenge. The first step is to consider what you like to eat and what is hard to find locally. Tomatoes are high on everyone’s bucket list because of the superior flavor of home-grown tomatoes. Then check online seed catalogs for interesting varieties. Selective breeding and hybridization have yielded fruits and vegetables with an assortment of colorful foliage, in many sizes and shapes. The flavor should be mentioned in the description.

Spanish bean.  Courtesy, Deborah Maier
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Vertical accents are key design elements in ornamental gardens. Acting as punctuation marks or focal points, they add height and interest to lower plantings. Stakes are attractive conical structures made of wood, metal, bamboo canes or branches. They serve as decorative supports for vine crops such as beans, peas, cucumbers and squash. Size and weight should be appropriate for the harvest. Growing vertically is a real space saver.
Look for ancient varieties of mountaineers, as many of these are more colorful than modern types. Attractive climbing peas with decorative flowers and fruit include ‘Centennial’ with dark purple and lavender flowers followed by dark purple pods; ‘Magnolia Blossom’ and ‘Sugar Magnolia’, which are snow peas with both light purple flowers and green or purple pods, respectively. All grow 1.2 to 2 meters tall.

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Climbing or scarlet beans like warmer temperatures and are therefore excellent additions to mid- to late-summer gardens. They continue to grow and curl upwards until they are knocked down by frost. ‘Scarlet Runner’ is probably the best known with its chocolate brown stems and bright orange flowers. Runner beans can be used at several stages of development: young pods as snap beans, more mature pods as shell beans or completely dry for dry beans.

Pumpkins have beautiful leaves and flowers, Courtesy, Deborah Maier
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Small pumpkins and gourds have large, attractive lobed leaves and bright yellow, funnel-shaped flowers, but it’s really the fruit that is the centerpiece of the plant. There are many types of squash available, but choose those with a short maturity date, so they have a chance to ripen before frost. ‘Trombocino’ has long, flavorful pale green fruits (when young) with a small knob at the end. As it ages, it takes on interesting shapes and takes on a pale orange/beige color. ‘Red Kuri’ is a delicious pear-shaped winter squash with orange flesh and skin. Both will produce plenty of fruit during our short season.

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Leafy greens offer a variety of textured and colorful shapes to complement flowering plants. Swiss chard comes in a rainbow of colors; its brightly colored midribs contrast with its green leaves. Kale has light or dark green, purple or fuchsia leaves with broad, ruffled, upright, narrow-leaved shapes. Both can be harvested until the really hard fall frost. Colors intensify with cold temperatures.

Kalibos cabbage is a thing of beauty.  Courtesy, Elaine Rude
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Cabbages are presence plants, offering many choices of colors and textures. Include varieties with different maturity dates to keep their architectural qualities present throughout the season.

Lettuces also offer a diverse range of colors and shapes. Choosing different types can keep you in salads all summer long. Leaf edges can be smooth, scalloped or intricately ruffled while foliage colors range from green, speckled, red/green and bright red to very dark red.

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Delicate foliage offers textural interest when paired with larger, coarser foliage. Carrots make an ideal border, their feathery foliage complementing the broad leaves of Swiss chard, cabbage and kale for a fabulous textural treat. With its delicate, wispy foliage, Florence fennel offers lightness when placed among larger-leaved perennials. Beets, with their attractive glossy dark green to dark red leaves, add a moody touch to beds. The leaves can be harvested gently without affecting the quality of the roots.

Adopt edibles and incorporate them into your gardens. It’s the best of both worlds: beauty and generosity.

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