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Casa Lomas / Oficio Taller

first_imgCasa Lomas / Oficio TallerSave this projectSaveCasa Lomas / Oficio Taller ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/904616/casa-lomas-oficio-taller Clipboard Mexico Houses Photographs:  Adrián Llaguno / Documentación Arquitectónica y The RawsDesign Collaborators:Federico Ruíz, José Antonio Gándara, Alexa NúñezLandscape:Brenda LanderosCollaborators:Silvia Rodríguez, Mariana de la Garza, Alejandro Peña, Gabriela González, Angélica Oteiza, Karla Ramos, Gerardo Rosenzweig, Francisco BenítezConstruction:Federico RuízAuthors:Marcela González VelozCity:San Pedro Garza GarcíaCountry:MexicoMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Adrián Llaguno / Documentación Arquitectónica y The RawsRecommended ProductsWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsText description provided by the architects. The project concept is a stereotomic box of concrete. A stone element that sits on the mountain. The property, of pronounced topography and north orientation provides the ideal elevation to contemplate the city and the views to the mountains that surround it.Save this picture!© Adrián Llaguno / Documentación Arquitectónica y The RawsThe project is distributed in 4 levels. The form is the result of adapting to the site levels, exploring the routes and a series of excavations that become patios, terraces and balconies.Save this picture!© Adrián Llaguno / Documentación Arquitectónica y The RawsFrom the street it is perceived as a contained volume, of a single level. Upon entering, everything is integrated by a raised roof that is access, auction and shelter for the main space of the project: the terrace.Save this picture!© Adrián Llaguno / Documentación Arquitectónica y The RawsThe roof protects the house from high temperatures and direct sunlight. It allows the air to circulate regulating the temperature inside the house. It gathers rainwater and distributes it through a system of gargoyles and canals that surround the house.Save this picture!© Adrián Llaguno / Documentación Arquitectónica y The RawsGaps in the deck allow the sun to pass to the courtyards during the winter. In the lower level is the oak patio that surrounded by the rooms and the library, the windows allow the vegetation to become part of the space.Save this picture!© Adrián Llaguno / Documentación Arquitectónica y The RawsThe main staircase connects all the levels of the house giving lightness to the heaviness of the project materials. Made with steel and marble, seems to float between the concrete walls.Save this picture!© Adrián Llaguno / Documentación Arquitectónica y The RawsThe social area functions as an open space that lives both between the central patio and the terrace.Save this picture!© Adrián Llaguno / Documentación Arquitectónica y The RawsSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Adrián Llaguno / Documentación Arquitectónica y The RawsAround the house there are other options of circulations, where the main elements are the aromatic gardens and the canals.Save this picture!© Adrián Llaguno / Documentación Arquitectónica y The RawsThe plasticity of the concrete allowed to explore its formal possibilities in each of the spaces.Save this picture!© Adrián Llaguno / Documentación Arquitectónica y The RawsProject gallerySee allShow lessPoplar Foundation + Pyramid Peak Foundation / archimaniaSelected ProjectsWorld’s First 3D-Printed Steel Bridge Takes Center Stage at Dutch Design WeekArchitecture News Share 2017 Projects CopyHouses, Sustainability•San Pedro Garza García, Mexico ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/904616/casa-lomas-oficio-taller Clipboard Architects: Oficio Taller Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Year:  Casa Lomas / Oficio Taller Save this picture!© Adrián Llaguno / Documentación Arquitectónica y The Raws+ 27Curated by Danae Santibañez Share Photographs Area:  1300 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” CopyAbout this officeOficio TallerOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSustainabilitySan Pedro Garza GarcíaOn InstagramMexicoPublished on October 24, 2018Cite: “Casa Lomas / Oficio Taller” [Casa Lomas / Oficio Taller] 24 Oct 2018. 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In crude intimidatory tactic, state ads withheld from Pakistani daily

first_img“It is unacceptable that a newspaper that just reports undisputed facts in the public interest should be punished with such a drastic form of economic strangulation,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “We unreservedly condemn this crude intimidatory tactic designed to dictate the editorial line journalists should take. This method, which bears the military establishment’s hallmark, harks back to the worst moments of military dictatorship in Pakistan.” Iqbal Khattak of Freedom Network, RSF’s partner NGO in Pakistan, added: “This civilian government won the 2018 election with the slogan ‘Tabdeeli’ (Change) but the decision to withdraw all state advertising from the newspaper Dawn is a blatant continuation of governmental news control methods. We urge Prime Minister Imran Khan to intercede personally to end this unjustified measure and to defend press freedom in Pakistan.” Still speaking on condition of anonymity, a member of the Dawn group’s management told RSF that, for the past two and a half years, Dawn had received absolutely no advertising from commercial entities linked to the military, such as the Fauzi and Askari groups, whose activities include banking, energy, food processing and construction. PakistanAsia – Pacific Media independence Freedom of expressionPredatorsEconomic pressure Organisation May 23, 2019 In crude intimidatory tactic, state ads withheld from Pakistani daily RSF_en Follow the news on Pakistan Help by sharing this information April 21, 2021 Find out more Dawn’s story was based on quotes from the official transcript of the press conference but certain government officials clearly did not like the angle taken by the newspaper’s reporters, or the fact that what the prime minister said while abroad was being reproduced for domestic readers. The authorities have offered no explanation for their treatment of Dawn but the newspaper thinks it knows the reason. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a member of its management told RSF: “Our understanding is that this ad ban started a day after we published Prime Minister Imran Khan’s comments at a press conference in Tehran, when he said militants based in Pakistan had been involved in attacks inside Iran.” News Receive email alerts “There have been instances in which one of these companies has reserved advertising space in one of Dawn’s supplements and then withdrawn the order at the last minute without giving any reason,” the source said. Journalists are exposed to reprisals if they venture across the red lines imposed by the military, which include any criticism – even implicit ­– of the armed forces or government, any reference to movements that defend the rights of minorities, and even any mention of jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the military’s bugbear. News Red lines This was retaliation for an earlier offence in October 2016, when Dawn dared to publish a story containing explosive details of the way the military and intelligence agencies defy the civilian government. The story’s author, Cyril Almeida, and editor Zaffar Abbas were threatened with serious reprisals and Dawn has been in the deep state’s sights ever since. Launched in 1941 as part of the fight against British colonialism, Dawn is now one of the last bastions of press freedom in Pakistan. It was because of an interview with Sharif that Dawn deputy editor Cyril Almeida was charged with treason last September. Distribution of the newspaper was arbitrarily blocked when the interview was published on 12 May 2018. This is also an effective way to jeopardize a newspaper’s survivability, as advertisers are reluctant to buy space in a publication whose circulation is being restricted. Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists In one of the most insidious forms of coercion, Dawn was suddenly deprived of any income from federal government advertising on 24 April. Its sister media outlet, DawnNews TV, was subjected to the same treatment two days later. News control to go further As Pakistan is a country where almost no advertising revenue is available from a fledgling private sector independent of the government, this advertising ban poses a grave threat to the media group’s economic viability. Last bastion PakistanAsia – Pacific Media independence Freedom of expressionPredatorsEconomic pressure The month-old withdrawal of advertising from the Dawn group is typical of the harassment, intimidation and censorship methods used by Pakistan’s “deep state,” a euphemism for its armed forces and intelligence services, which cannot stand journalistic freedom. After falling three places, Pakistan is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index which RSF published last month, drawing attention to the “cycle of fear” that has taken hold in many countries. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by the withdrawal of state advertising from Pakistan’s prestigious daily Dawn for the past month, and calls for an end to this method of pressure and intimidation, which is jeopardizing the editorial independence of the country’s oldest newspaper. Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Launched in 1941 by Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the father of the Pakistani nation, Dawn is the country’s oldest and most prestigious newspaper. The cartoon (right) that was published on this year’s World Press Freedom Day (3 May) succinctly shows what happens to media outlets that dare to cross the notorious “red lines” (photo: Rizwan Tabassum / AFP – Cartoon: RK / Dawn). 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Legal situation “untenable” after supreme court refuses to rule on protection of journalists’ sources

first_img Organisation Reporters Without Borders is worried about the US supreme court’s refusal yesterday to rule on the cases of five journalists who were held in contempt of court for refusing to reveal their sources. The ruling highlights the legal void as regards recognition of the confidentiality of journalists’ sources. United StatesAmericas News RSF_en Help by sharing this information June 7, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today condemned the US supreme court’s refusal yesterday to rule on the cases of five journalists who were held by a judge to be in contempt of court for refusing to reveal their sources for reports about Wen Ho Lee, a nuclear scientist formerly suspected of spying.Noting that the supreme court refused in June last year to rule on the cases of Judith Miller, then a staff writer with the New York Times, and Matthew Cooper of Time magazine, who were held in contempt of court for similar reasons, Reporters Without Borders described the legal status quo as “untenable.” Miller spent 12 weeks in prison before consenting to reveal her sources. “Amid increasing attacks on the confidentiality of sources, the supreme court has let slip an opportunity to provide a guarantee at the federal level for one of the very principles of investigative journalism, the right of reporters to protect their sources,” Reporters Without Borders said.“A recently-concluded financial settlement between Wen, the government and the news media involved has determined the fate of James Risen, Robert Drogin, H. Josef Hebert, Pierre Thomas and Walter Pincus,” the organisation said. “While we welcome the fact that these journalists have avoided potential prison terms and have been able to protect their sources, it is regrettable that this is not as a result of a judicial decision. Courts are already ordering or will order other journalists to reveal their sources.”Reporters Without Borders continued: “This situation increases the urgency of the debate on the bill introduced in the senate last month by Senator Richard Lugar (Republican – Indiana), which would accord journalists ‘qualified privilege’ at the federal level as regards the confidentiality of their sources.”The organisation added: “The supreme court’s decision is in this case all the more regrettable as it cannot claim to be based on the supposed requirements of national security. It is very dangerous for press freedom as it makes the media pay for government leaks.”Under the settlement reached three days before the supreme court’s ruling was issued, Wen abandoned an invasion of privacy lawsuit against the US government in return for payment of 1.6 million dollars. Under the deal, the five news organisations that currently employ the journalists – the Associated Press, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and ABC television – also agreed to pay Wen an additional 750,000 dollars.Wen, who is of Chinese origin, brought a lawsuit against the justice and energy departments in 2003, accusing them of leaking information about him to the press at a time when he was suspected of being a spy. A court ruled in October of that year that he had a right to know who, within these government agencies, was responsible for initiating the leaks and allegations against him in the media.When questioned by Wen’s lawyers between 18 December 2003 and 8 January 2004, Gerth and Risen of the New York Times, Drogin of the Los Angeles Times, Herbert of the Associated Press, and Thomas – who was working for CNN at the time – agreed to provide information but refused to reveal their sources, invoking their First Amendment rights under the US constitution. Washington DC district court judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered the five journalists on 18 August 2004 to pay $500 a day until they named their sources. The DC court of appeals upheld his ruling on 28 June 2005 in all five cases except Gerth’s, where it was quashed on the grounds of insufficient evidence. Lawyers acting for the other four appealed to the supreme court.The confidentiality of journalists’ sources is recognized today in 32 US states but not at the federal level. Manhattan district court judge Robert W. Sweet decided in favour of Miller and her New York Times colleague Philip Shanen in another case involving protection of sources on 24 February 2005. He said they should not be compelled to turn over their phone records to federal prosecutors charged with identifying a leak in an investigation initiated in 2001 into two Islamic associations suspected of ties to terrorist movements. Federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald, who had secured Miller’s conviction in the case of Valerie Plame case – the CIA agent whose identity was leaked to the press in 2003 – announced on 13 February of this year that he intended to appeal against the New York court’s decision. On 3 May, Connecticut state legislators adopted a so-called “shield law” recognizing the right of journalists to source confidentiality. The law, which applies to online as well as traditional media, allows courts to demand disclosure of a source only when a clear and convincing need is established, when the information is not available from “any alternative source,” and when there is an “overriding public interest” in the disclosure. The new law must now be signed by the state governor to take effect.A legal gulf therefore exists between the majority of states that recognise the confidentiality of sources and the federal level, where the First Amendment and a 1972 supreme court ruling alone do not give enough protection to journalists who want to protect their sources. It was to fill this gap that Senator Lugar and Senator Christopher Dodd (Democrat – Connecticut) introduced their bill in the senate.The latest version of their proposed “federal shield law” would accord journalists “qualified privilege” as regards their sources. The privilege would not apply if the attorney general had exhausted all other avenues to obtain the desired information, if it was established that the reporter had information that was vital for a case and if their was a significant public interest in its disclosure. Follow the news on United States News United StatesAmericas Receive email alerts WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News News June 6, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Legal situation “untenable” after supreme court refuses to rule on protection of journalists’ sources to go further June 3, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

‘Trashy Farming.’

first_imgMax Carter’s Coffee County farm doesn’t impress you with its neatness. “I like myfarming on the trashy side,” Carter chuckled as he checked his cotton and peanutfields.The beauty of Carter’s farm, though, is beginning to catch the eye of more than onebeholder. The scruffy look of crops planted into the stubble of previous crops hides asimple success a growing number of farmers are embracing.”It’s hard to say for sure how many farmers are using conservation tillage,”said Glen Harris, an Extension Service crop and soil scientist with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”We’ve been saying 15 percent of row crops,” Harris said. “Last year,though, I really think it might have been as high as 20 percent or even 25 percent.” Other than Carter, only the insects work his fields. “After I got into no-till,all my help wanted to work at Wal-mart or uptown, so I started doing it all myself,”he said. “And I take a swing at a golf ball once in a while.”Carter won’t say he’s making big money. “We’re saving money, naturally, from lessplowing and less chemicals,” he said. “If we’re going out of business, we’re atleast going out slower.”Improved Soil QualityHe and Harris agree that conservation tillage’s single greatest benefit is improvedsoil quality.”Everything goes back to building the organic matter in the soil,” Harrissaid. “That’s a real challenge, especially in our sandy south Georgia soils. It’s nota one-year thing. But a farmer should see a real difference in three to five years.”Carter figures the new millennium will see more of this low-input farming.”Conservation-tillage people will be the ones to bring the flag out when it’s allover,” he said.”They can stay longer than a person who’s wearing out tractors and letting histopsoil leave while he’s sleeping,” he said. “If you don’t have a healthytopsoil, you’ll lose somewhere — now or the next generation.” Photo: Glen Harris Photo: Glen Harris This story is another in a weekly series called “Planting the Seed: Science for the New Millennium.” These stories feature ideas and advances in agricultural and environmental sciences with implications for the future.center_img In conservation tillage, farmers use special equipment to loosen the soil in narrow grooves or strips soil and plant rows of summer crops into the stubble of previous winter grain crops like this field of rye. It may not be the prettiest farming, but these cotton rows emerging from the stubble of a winter rye crop are economically attractive to a growing number of farmers. Planting in StripsTraditionally, farmers make as many as five passes over their land in the process oftilling their soil and planting their crops.Carter and others who use conservation tillage don’t do all that plowing. They usestrip tillage equipment to plant rows of summer crops into the stubble of small-grainwinter crops.”It saves a lot of time and money,” Harris said. “It has a lot of otherbenefits, too. It greatly improves the soil’s water-holding and nutrient-holding capacity.For years, we promoted it as a means to control soil erosion. But now, the economics aremaking it catch on.”Carter said he started his “ugly farming” on a small scale. “I startedplaying with this with soybeans behind wheat 24 years ago,” he said. “I’ve beenfarming since 1954. I call myself doing it wrong for 20 years. We plowed these fields atremendous amount. We built ponds and pumped water.Less Plowing, Watering”And finally, after 20 years,” he said, “we realized we weren’t gettinga lot accomplished. Over the past 24 years, we’ve grown into a no-till situation.”Now, Carter has crops growing on his 200 acres virtually year-round. He usually makesnearly two bales of cotton per acre and has equally impressive peanut yields. But hespends far less money and effort to produce his crops.”We don’t irrigate anymore since we quit plowing,” he said. “We sold offthe irrigation equipment. We maintain enough straw on the land to give us a kind of mulchto preserve the water that falls.”Less Labor, TooNear the end of the season, Carter still hadn’t put any insecticide on his cotton orpeanuts. “We attribute that to beneficial insects,” he said. “They come inand work the fields.”last_img read more

Peruvian Army Captures 2 Alleged Members of Shining Path Terrorist Group

first_imgFor example, in their efforts to dismantle drug trafficking infrastructure, Peruvian security forces have destroyed at least 54 clandestine landing strips used by narco-traffickers since 2011. The majority of the runways were 500 meters long, 10 meters wide and were located in the VRAEM. “The most important aspect is that measures have been adopted and each one of them has been estimated to encourage VRAEM’s sustained progress, which is irreversible,” Luis Rojas, the executive secretary of the Multisectoral Commission for Pacification and Economic Development of the VRAEM, told reporters. A world free of drugs and crime In 2012, criminal organizations cultivated more than 60,000 hectares of coca crops in Perú, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Perú is home to 13-coca growing regions, with 60,400 hectares used for coca cultivation. Ninety-three percent of the country’s coca is used for the drug trade, with the remaining plants used for traditional consumption and industrial use, according to Peru’s National Commission for a Drug-Free Life (DEVIDA). Security operations in the VRAEM “The most important aspect is that measures have been adopted and each one of them has been estimated to encourage VRAEM’s sustained progress, which is irreversible,” Luis Rojas, the executive secretary of the Multisectoral Commission for Pacification and Economic Development of the VRAEM, told reporters. In 2012, criminal organizations cultivated more than 60,000 hectares of coca crops in Perú, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Perú is home to 13-coca growing regions, with 60,400 hectares used for coca cultivation. Ninety-three percent of the country’s coca is used for the drug trade, with the remaining plants used for traditional consumption and industrial use, according to Peru’s National Commission for a Drug-Free Life (DEVIDA). Army officials suspect Meléndez Borda is a cousin of the late Shining Path leader Orlando Alejandro Borda Casafranco, who was also known as “Comrade Alipio.” The Armed Forces killed Comrade Alipio during a military operation in the VRAEM in August 2013. Confronting and capturing Shining Path operatives, cracking down on narco-flights, dismantling the infrastructure used by drug trafficking groups to transport drugs, and improving social conditions in the region are all part of the federal government’s strategy to defeat drug trafficking in the VRAEM. The Peruvian Army recently captured two suspected members of the Shining Path terrorist group following a gunfight in the Valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers (VRAEM) region. Army officials suspect Meléndez Borda is a cousin of the late Shining Path leader Orlando Alejandro Borda Casafranco, who was also known as “Comrade Alipio.” The Armed Forces killed Comrade Alipio during a military operation in the VRAEM in August 2013. While security forces are combatting drug trafficking, the federal government is taking steps to improve social conditions in the VRAEM. The government has approved about $586 million (USD) to develop social programs, housing, agriculture and a highway for residents in the VRAEM, according to Luis Rojas, the executive secretary of the Multisectoral Commission for Pacification and Economic Development of the VRAEM. The government is also providing technical training to students as old as 40, to help them develop skills to get jobs. This training initiative and other social programs sponsored by the government have helped 200,000 people. Security operations in the VRAEM The Peruvian Army recently captured two suspected members of the Shining Path terrorist group following a gunfight in the Valley of the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers (VRAEM) region. César Valencia Curo and Emilio Meléndez Borda, both identified as suspects by the military, were captured in a vehicle in the southern province of Huanta shortly after midnight on November 13. Soldiers also arrested the vehicle’s driver, Josías Romero, and a woman who said she is his wife; they seized an array of firearms and ammunition as well. By Dialogo November 21, 2014 The Shining Path is allied with narco-traffickers in the VRAEM, which is the world’s top region for cultivating coca, the main ingredient used to make cocaine. The organization uses drug trafficking revenue to funds its terrorist operations. International cooperation is an important component of the fight against narco-flights. For instance, Peruvian and Bolivian officials recently agreed to share real-time information regarding suspicious planes traveling across the border the two country’s share. This will help security forces interdict the high volume of cocaine produced in Perú and transported into Bolivia. About half of the 450 tons of cocaine produced in Perú annually is flown to Bolivia by plane before being routed to Central America, North America, Brazil, Mexico, Europe and Asia. The Shining Path is allied with narco-traffickers in the VRAEM, which is the world’s top region for cultivating coca, the main ingredient used to make cocaine. The organization uses drug trafficking revenue to funds its terrorist operations. Confronting and capturing Shining Path operatives, cracking down on narco-flights, dismantling the infrastructure used by drug trafficking groups to transport drugs, and improving social conditions in the region are all part of the federal government’s strategy to defeat drug trafficking in the VRAEM. For example, in their efforts to dismantle drug trafficking infrastructure, Peruvian security forces have destroyed at least 54 clandestine landing strips used by narco-traffickers since 2011. The majority of the runways were 500 meters long, 10 meters wide and were located in the VRAEM. International cooperation is an important component of the fight against narco-flights. For instance, Peruvian and Bolivian officials recently agreed to share real-time information regarding suspicious planes traveling across the border the two country’s share. This will help security forces interdict the high volume of cocaine produced in Perú and transported into Bolivia. About half of the 450 tons of cocaine produced in Perú annually is flown to Bolivia by plane before being routed to Central America, North America, Brazil, Mexico, Europe and Asia. The government is also providing technical training to students as old as 40, to help them develop skills to get jobs. This training initiative and other social programs sponsored by the government have helped 200,000 people. While security forces are combatting drug trafficking, the federal government is taking steps to improve social conditions in the VRAEM. The government has approved about $586 million (USD) to develop social programs, housing, agriculture and a highway for residents in the VRAEM, according to Luis Rojas, the executive secretary of the Multisectoral Commission for Pacification and Economic Development of the VRAEM. César Valencia Curo and Emilio Meléndez Borda, both identified as suspects by the military, were captured in a vehicle in the southern province of Huanta shortly after midnight on November 13. Soldiers also arrested the vehicle’s driver, Josías Romero, and a woman who said she is his wife; they seized an array of firearms and ammunition as well. last_img read more

Chester relishing United clash

first_img Press Association The 24-year-old was an instant success in East Yorkshire and was a major reason for the club’s unexpected promotion to the top flight last season. He has retained his place in the first-choice XI despite early-season injury problems and will get the chance to come up against his former employers when they visit the KC Stadium on December 26. It is a big fixture for Chester on both a personal and professional level. “Manchester United was the fixture I looked for when the games came out at the start of the season,” he said. “I spent a long time there and I owe them an awful lot. “Perhaps I have a little bit of point to prove but I don’t hold any grudges and I am very thankful for the 10 or 11 years they gave me. But it would be nice to show people how I have done. Getting into the Premier League was my first aim and I want to stay here now.” Depending on how Red Devils boss David Moyes deploys his resources over the festive period, Chester could also find himself up against two very familiar faces. “I have known Tom Cleverley since I was eight, and used to train with him and Danny Welbeck,” he added. “Me and Danny used to come up against each other pretty much every day – I still have a scar on my face where he kicked me on the head. I am proud of what he has managed to do at United. “Watching the lads play in the Champions League has made me target that as an ambition now. I know it’s a long shot and a long way off but you never know.” Hull manager Steve Bruce is another with ties to United, though he fared slightly better at the club and was captain during one of their most successful periods under Sir Alex Ferguson. Despite that, he has never beaten his old team as a manager. Whether or not that changes this week, he is relishing the day. “I’ve never beaten them so it’s not a game I pencil in straight away,” he confessed. “But for all of us at Hull, what better time to have them come here than on Boxing Day? “Traditionally that’s the biggest and best gate you have. And the same for Manchester United. “It’s a great occasion for all of us…over the Christmas period hosting the champions when they are running into a bit of form. “Let’s enjoy the challenge and see if we can take something off them.” Chester was on the books at Old Trafford as a youth but the closest he ever got to the first team was a second-half substitute appearance in a League Cup semi-final against Derby. Loan spells at Peterborough, Plymouth and Carlisle gave him a taste for competitive football and in January 2011 he signed for the Tigers. Hull defender James Chester is looking forward to proving his Premier League credentials to Manchester United on Boxing Day, as well as pitting himself against a couple of childhood friends.last_img read more