El pacto por el agua pública en Andalucía propone prohibir los cortes de suministro

Aigua és Vida

Los partidos (PSOE e IU, principalmente) y una docena de organizaciones vecinales, de consumidores (UCA), ecologistas y científicas (Fundación Nueva Cultura del Agua) y de otros ámbitos ultiman el contenido del pacto por el agua pública en Andalucía, que pretende blindar este recurso ante las normas del mercado y las presiones privatizadoras. La iniciativa, que defiende el carácter del suministro como derecho humano, en línea con la declaración de Naciones Unidas y con la primera iniciativa ciudadana promovida en la UE, intenta prohibir los cortes, asegurar un mínimo de entre 60 y 100 litros por persona y día en caso de impago justificado, eliminar la participación de la empresa privada, garantizar tarifas sostenibles, asegurar que el dinero del agua se reinvierta solo en este ámbito, aumentar el control social sobre los recursos, que la gestión del suministro también sea un elemento de creación de empleo e incluso promover…

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Sunday Studio Visit: Preparing for Exhibitions

Dawn Whitehand: Visual Artist

This afternoon it is all about preparing for exhibitions – filling in application forms, writing artist statements, taking photos, getting measurements, recording catalogue details…phew!

One exhibition is a juried exhibition, so I may not even get selected – but it is free to enter (lots of competitions charge an administration fee) so worth the effort. I have been in this show in the past, but that is no guarantee. So I have to fill out the application form, write and artist statement and sort out some good images, since this is what they judge from…. also dimensions need to be supplied. This application is due tomorrow, so I better get myself organised!! Luckily, though, I can email all the info. The barbed wire work is for this application.

Dawn Whitehand Angry Worlds 1Angry Worlds Dawn Whitehand

The second show is a local group exhibition here in Ballarat which I was invited to participate in. It is in celebration…

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Movie Review: ‘The Boxtrolls’

Funk's House of Geekery

Director: Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi

Cast: Isaac Hempstead Wright, Ben Kingsley, Jared Harris, Ellie Fanning, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, Tracy Morgan and Dee Bradley Baker

Plot: In a city built on the fortunes of the local cheese makers, a race of ‘boxtrolls’ live under the streets and steal bits and pieces for their mechanical contraptions. The people of the city live in fear of the boxtrolls, convinced that they steal children, a fear the local boxtroll hunter cultivates to his own end.

Review: Although the boxtrolls are the centre of the marketing for this slickly animated feature they feel almost incidental to the plot, while the focus remains on the human characters. In the middle of everything is Archibald Snatcher (Kinglsey), who is in charge of the red hatted boxtroll exterminators, and has aspirations of joining the city elite who wear white hats and enjoy cheese…

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