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Lecture links water privatization and protest

first_imgTuesday afternoon at the Hesburgh Center for International Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison assistant professor of political science Erica Simmons analyzed the social dynamics of protests over water privatization in a lecture entitled “Water, Community and Privatization in Cochabamba, Bolivia.”Emily McConville | The Observer “Starting in January of 2000, thousands of protesters from every class, occupation, age and ethnicity spoke out against the privatization of water in Cochabamba,” Simmons said. “This includes people not directly hurt by rising water bills.”Simmons quoted a commander of a Cochabamba army unit assigned to monitor the protestors who noted the diversity of the demonstrators: “My wife, my child, my empleada [employee] — they were all in the streets.””Water is not just a biophysical commodity, but a material and ideational resource,” Simmons said. “… Water’s ideational meaning is seen in both imagined and quotidian communities.”Simmons said imagined communities refer to the invisible groups people form based on “regional, national and ethnic identifications,” while quotidian communities form as a result of “face-to-face interactions and everyday relationships.” The imagined communities demonstrated heightened patriotism and allegiance to the country, she said.“Flags were everywhere at the protests representing patira or ‘the homeland,’” Simmons said.Simmons said many locals she interviewed emphasized the importance of uso y costumbres, or customs and traditions that relate to indigenous customary law in Latin America. She said interviewees also stressed the need to maintain a “connection to the past.”“This helps to explain the puzzle of middle and upper class participation in the protests,” Simmons said.Simmons said within quotidian communities, water access was a vital part of daily society and order.“Water structured social interactions in local communities,” she said. “… Water councils formed by local governments and regular meetings at water wells formed a sense of community.”Simmons said the city of Cochabamba was significant to the water protests across Brazil because of its presence as a large, well-known city.“Cochabamba is the breadbasket of the country and gained economic importance from silver and tin mining booms,” Simmons said. “It has also been a hotbed for mobilization … People [in Cochabamba] valued independence from federal state intervention in local government.”Ultimately, the water protests became a uniting factor for residents of Cochabamba, Simmons said.“Water serves as a connection to community,” she said.Tags: Brazil, Kellogg Institue, lecture, water privatizationlast_img read more

Vive victorious for Martin

first_img The French import was sent off at 14-1 but that seemed short enough considering he hadn’t managed to make the frame in eight previous attempts on Irish soil. He travelled like a dream in the hands of Adrian Heskin, though, and after taking up the running turning in, he hardly came out of second gear to beat The Plan Man by six lengths. Vive La France left his previous form a long way behind when initiating a treble for Tony Martin in the Guinness Handicap Hurdle at Galway. Press Associationcenter_img “Today everything fell right for him and hopefully he can improve off it. As a young horse he was doing too much the whole time but the penny is really after dropping now and we’re delighted with where he is,” said Heskin. “Those valuable handicap hurdles will be the road for him now. Tony and the lads have done a great job settling him.” Martin followed up when well-backed 5-2 favourite Tudor City prevailed in a three-way photo in the Arthur Guinness Handicap. The trainer said: “He is a nice horse in the making and has already schooled over hurdles. He’s still green and raw, though, and is improving all the time. “He didn’t have the easiest of passages but had to knuckle down and battle.” The treble was completed by Dark Crusader (7-4) in the Guinness Race. last_img read more

Syracuse men’s soccer opponent preview: What you need to know about Loyola Marymount

first_img Published on August 28, 2016 at 2:23 pm Contact Tomer: [email protected] | @tomer_langer No. 6 Syracuse (1-0) takes on Loyola Marymount (0-1) on Sunday night at 7 p.m. at SU Soccer Stadium. The Orange is coming off a dominant win against Massachusetts, scoring three goals in the second half to seal the victory. The Lions are coming off a tough 1-0 loss to Colgate, with the goal coming on a penalty kick.SU has a chance to sweep the Central New York Classic for the third straight year on Sunday. Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.All-time Series: This is the first meeting between the two schools.The Loyola Marymount Report: The Lions went 9-9 last year in an up-and-down season. A trio of underclassmen led LMU’s attack as then-sophomores Alvaro Madrigal (8 goals), Cruz Corral (4) and Grant Sampson (3) led the team in scoring. They were the only players to score more than one goal during the campaign. The juniors figure to be the focal point of Loyola Marymount’s offense this season.On the flip side, the Lions have to learn to adjust without graduated goalkeeper Paul Blanchette, who was a two-time West Coast Conference Goalkeeper of the Year. In his place is Collin Partee, who just started and played in his first game for LMU after transferring from Utah Valley University. Partee had an inconsistent season last year. He had five shutouts in 16 starts but gave up 16 goals in the other 11 games and his .698 save percentage didn’t qualify for the top 150 marks in the country.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHow Syracuse beats Loyola Marymount: Keep putting up shots on goal. The Orange is the stronger and better team. Syracuse got only four shots on goal in the first half against UMass and all four were saved. It got seven on goal in the second half and three of them turned into goals. Against a weaker opponent with an inconsistent goalie, SU should be able to keep the ball on LMU’s side of the field for most of the game.Stats to Know:65 — Percent of Lion goals that Madrigal, Corral and Sampson accounted for last year.6 — Syracuse scored a combined six goals over two games in each of the last two Central New York Classics. Syracuse scored three goals in Friday’s matchup with the Minutemen.1 — The number of shots on goal that LMU got off against Colgate in its first matchup. Syracuse faced only one shot on goal from UMass.Player to watch: Alvaro Madrigal, forward, No. 10Madrigal really improved during his sophomore year, managing eight goals on 52 shots after scoring just twice in 31 attempts his freshman year, giving him a much improved shot percentage. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound forward also more than doubled his shot on goal percentage, moving up from 13.3 percent to 29.6. He managed just three shots, with one on goal, against Colgate. He only played 54 minutes though, so look for him to get more time on the field against a stronger Syracuse team. Comments Related Stories No. 6 Syracuse blanks Massachusetts, 3-0, in season openerSyracuse men’s soccer players explain viral heading videoSyracuse men’s soccer picked to finish 3rd in ACC Atlantic Divisioncenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more