La Guerra Asimétrica del Dictador Hugo Chávez: Contra Comunicadores Sociales y Medios en el 2006
Eladio Rodulfo Gonzalez, Periodista Venezolano, publica una Investigación contentiva de varios tomos, donde recopila las Agresiones, Violaciones de Derechos Humanos y Asesinato de Comunicadores Sociales en el Ejercicio de su Profesión, por parte de los Gobiernos Dictatoriales de Hugo Chávez y Nicolás Maduro, aqui comparto el Tercer Tomo: Año 2006
Ese año, según los registros de Espacio Público hubo 151 violaciones a la libertad de expresión, cifra superior en 4,9% a las de 2006.Venezuela fue colocada en la zona marrón en materia de violación de la libertad de expresiónSe acentuaron las agresiones contra los medios y los comunicadores sociales.Hasta el cansancio el dictador repitió que su gobierno no renovaría la concesión a Radio Caracas Televisión, a pesar de que ésta no fenecía en 2007.Fueron constantes las amenazas de muerte contra periodistas por informar sobre hechos de corrupción.La Sociedad Interamericana de Prensa y otras organizaciones internacionales mostraron su preocupación por las violaciones de la libertad de expresión de parte de factores gubernamentales.Un tribunal prohibió a los medios publicar información sobre el Caso Anderson.Ese año el gobernador del Estado Bolívar le declaró la guerra a Correo del Caroní, de Ciudad Guayana, por informar sobre hechos de corrupción debidamente probados por los tribunales, pero que su régimen quería invisibilizar. Inclusive amenazó con demoler el edificio del diario, aunque éste disponía de los respectivos documentos de propiedad.
I have recently teamed up with Gaurav Mehra (of Shop Mehra,) another player in the shoe industry to create what we hope will become the number place one for Shoe Brands to sell off their hard to sell stock, whether that be ‘seconds,’ old stock, MTO’s made incorrectly, returns etc. And thus create a place for the customers to easily get a chance to find things that would otherwise cost a trip to Europe, or wherever, to queue up at the factory store and potentially find nothing. It would be the perfect option for both the vendor and customer to find a way to both be happy by selling off undesirables, customers getting what they want and all doing so at minimal risk. And so we have created ‘The Shoe Snob Marketplace.’
However, as this is a new venture, what we have decided to do in order to build this into our grand idea is to first allow normal individuals, like you or me, to sell off their shoes and for other normal people to buy them, much like any buy & sell forum. (When I say at first, I don’t mean that it will every stop). A shoe company will only be enticed to set up shop on this Marketplace when they see it thriving with other people taking part. That being, we need lots of people to start taking part to make this a place where anyone can find a great deal and certainly something that will entice them, not only to buy but to keep coming back. The more people that join by listing their shoes, the more people that come to buy, the more traffic the Marketplace has, all equates to the more likely some English, Italian or Japanese shoe brand that everyone wants will be enticed to list off those 50 pairs they have had sitting in their factory that they just can’t seem to get rid of and list them at a great price!
Can you see our vision? Once we get the brands on board, it will be a great place to find things you wouldn’t otherwise find by simply entering a shop. It will be like an online sample sale at all times!
I am going to start this off by listing 15 or so pairs of my own shoes to show you that this is a safe, trustworthy and easy site to buy and sell from. We have built a relatively foolproof system that anyone can take part in and do so quite easily. So allow me to explain what is required to be a purchaser and a vendor.
1. To be a purchaser, you simply need a regular Paypal account. This is the only thing required and of course to set up an account with the Marketplace. But this is easy and is the standard when joining any buy and sell forum.
–One thing to note as a purchaser is that if you are buying from a business, you will be liable for taxation based on the state/country’s tax laws
2. To be a seller is not difficult but slightly more involved.
–To ensure more safety and security for all, one must register a business account with Paypal. THIS DOES NOT MEAN YOU NEED TO OWN A BUSINESS. It is just a business account that makes it more secure for both sellers and the buyers.
–Setting up a new product takes about 2 minutes. Everything is pretty much listed there for you with drop down boxes. Simply select and click, upload your images and write as much description you want.
–We take a 5% cut on all transactions. This comes directly out of your sale and the rest goes straight into your Paypal account.
–You can set up shipping prices by continent and within each continent can dictate prices on individual countries too if you want to have separate charges for each country.
–When you have a message you will see ‘My Account’ button flashing which is a prompt to check your messages. From the messages, you can edit the pricing on a product from an inquiry from a purchaser, on both product price and shipping costs
There are some slight drawbacks though that I want to discuss, for both vendors and purchasers.
- Multiple products cannot be added to the cart. This is for several reasons. One because vendors could be different. Two, to prevent fraud. The way to get around this for example if you want to buy multiple shoes from one vendor is to simply send a message to the vendor from one of their product pages. You will find a message box at the bottom of the page (see screenshot). From here, the vendor can make a custom price on both the product and the shipping.
- Alternatively, you can make refunds to orders after the fact. So if you sell 3 pairs of shoes and 3x shipping prices, and want to offer some refunds on the shipping, you can always do that after the orders have been made.
- Customer support can be found by emailing: [email protected]
I am sure that there will be more questions that I might have missed but hopefully you all find this to be a useful venue for finding things you wouldn’t elsewhere and also have a new place to sell of your shoes, with a target audience catered to being interested in shoes as this will be consistently marketed by The Shoe Snob Blog.
See below the pairs that I am selling off, one Gaziano & Girling included.
Happy Shopping and Selling!!
It would appear that Gaziano & Girling had the honor and pleasure of hosting the Prince of Wales and Future King into their factory while at the same time honoring him with a very beautiful and unique pair of oxfords. I have to say that the medallion is absolutely gorgeous. It is apart of the emblem of the Royal Family for those that might not be familiar with it and I think that it suits so well the shape and size of a quality shoe medallion and is quite befitting to a classic oxford.
This must have been a great day for my good friends Tony and Dean and I know that they deserve the recognition for their hard work in the industry and making some of the most beautiful shoes the world has yet to see.
Here is a small excerpt from Tony Gaziano, explaining the visit:
“So 4 years ago we sent a letter to HRH POW ask him if he would be interested in a tour of the factory. He came back with a positive response and giving us a date. However the date was in the middle of the factory summer holiday and most of the staff had already booked their holidays overseas, so we had to cancel.
We thought that we had missed our chance. Then on January 3rd I got a call from the lord lieutenant of Northamptonshire, whose job it is to help with Royal visits into the county, informing us that the POW intends to visit the oldest and the youngest factory in the county, so that was G&G and Trickers.
We had a 45 minute visit, and we decided to create a pair of shoes to gift HRH at the end of the factory tour. The model we chose was our most iconic, the St. James, however, we chose to develop a new classic round toe, the R18 for this shoe, and we decided to add a medallion that represented the Prince of Wales feathers. It turned out to be a beautiful shoe. We did hand finishing in the waist, like our deco range. We added a patina finish in our dark margaux colour which looked similar to the Queen’s Bentley, and we surrounded the shoes with luxury handmade box, bags and other accessories.
I was a little nervous whether the prince would like the medallion, but his face beamed when he saw it and since then his Valet informed me that he loves the shoes. In fact shortly after we got a call from Clarence house asking me and Dean to visit HRH and take a bespoke measure.
It was a great experience and the prince is really super interested in craftsmanship and bringing young people into these forgotten arts, he was super impressed how far G&G had come in such a short period of time.
We will later in the year release a similar shoe and package to the one we made the prince to commemorate the visit.”
Better get on the email and start reserving your pair of these beautiful brogues now!!
To read more about the London Super Trunk Show 2019, please click HERE
For those that may not realize, there is shoe polish and then there is SHOE POLISH. The French Shoe Polish Powerhouse, Saphir, would fall into the latter category making what is often considered the finest shoe polish there is. And for good reason too. You won’t know this without ever having first-hand experience with it, but when comparing the products of Saphir to the ones that you find in the corner shops for a couple of bucks (you all know the brand), you can immediately see and feel the difference. And more importantly, are the long term effects and how your leather will thank you for it by aging with grace instead of prematurely from dried out leather. If you have never tried Saphir, then do yourself and your shoes a favor and grab a tin or two of the polish.
Thanks to Saphir, who is our Main Partner for the London Super Trunk Show (all 3 years now), we are able to host not only the main event of the actual show altogether but also both the contest for Shoe Shine and Patina World Championships. We owe a lot to the Saphir/Avel brand and want thank them for their continued participation to make this great shoe event possible.
Please do come to the show to see their products first hand and stock up on your shoe care needs.
The London Super Trunk Show 2019 will be held at Showcase.co on Saturday, March 23th, 2019
Saphir in the US can be found at The Hanger Project
New Balance 1080v9 Intro
The high cushioned offerings on the market are vast, and each brand has their flagship. You’ll find that most of these shoes offer differing technologies and vastly different feels.
The most popular ones all compete for time on peoples feet, whether that be Brooks Glycerin, ASICS Nimbus, Nike Vomero, Saucony Triumph ISO, and not to be forgotten in the list is the New Balance 1080v9.
These shoes offer a high level of cushion while retaining a responsiveness and quick turnover of a more speed oriented shoe.
New Balance 1080v9 First Impressions
When these shoes showed up, I found them to be quite attractive. They have a very low profile and a subtle but attractive design.
I was sent the black and white colorway, of which usually I am not the biggest fan, but this was a nice one that I felt looked good in all the settings in which I wore them.
They handled the all-day teaching test incredibly well, soft but not so soft that they felt squishy. But where they shined was on the run.
My first run was a quick 5-miler with some tempo work in the middle. They were up to the challenge with no break-in time from the start. Very impressive.
New Balance 1080v9 Sole Unit
In the past couple of models of the 1080s, runners had been complaining about the firmness of the cushion and the fit of the upper.
The company listened to the complaints and completely redesigned the sole unit to increase the cushion underfoot and make for a smoother ride.
In the v9, New Balance added a higher level of their Fresh Foam midsole material than ever while increasing the Laser Engravings on the outside of the midsole to help soften the landing.
These changes have made for a much softer landing while still retaining much of the responsiveness that New Balance is known for.
On the bottom of the midsole, they have completely redesigned the outsole. Using blown rubber for high durability and low weight while offering a high amount of traction.
This model they redesigned the outsole pattern using the hex-design from their trail shoes, but not made by Vibram. This design sheds water/snow quite well and offers a lot of gripping surface.
It also allows for a more flexible outsole, that while coupled with Flex Grooves, the shoe rolls quite well from heel to toe.
The design of the sole unit includes New Balance’s usual aggressive upturn on the toe. This upturn design helps you up your pace and transition into your toe-off.
This design truly shines when you up the pace and run speedwork and tempos. I truly enjoy this aspect of the sole unit.
New Balance 1080v9 Upper Unit
The new 1080 upper is breathable and very comfortable. It fit true-to-size on my size 13. They say the PL-8 last is a running-specific last with a standard heel width, toe-box height, and forefoot width.
However, I feel as though the heel was wider than needed and if I didn’t tie my shoes correctly my run could feel washy. The width of stays medium through the midfoot and does a good job of splaying in the toe-box.
The toe-box is one of the shining pieces of the upper, as it is wide, roomy and incredibly comfortable.
Not only is it nice and wide, it offers a great height that leaves room for your toes to flex and move but not so much so as to not get structure as well.
Using engineered mesh and “Fantom Fit” the upper has a very comfortable feeling. The Fantom Fit combines two materials in a no-sew process that offers support through the midfoot and the mesh is flexible and breathable.
This all finishes up with a bootie collar which is soft, comfortable and flexible.
New Balance 1080v9 Conclusion
Overall, this shoe is a very good one. It is not the best in which I’ve run, however they a very solid offering that I would happily keep in my rotation. They really shine when I took them on longer runs at higher paces.
Although designed for the long run, I think that they shine the most when you up the pace. And that combination of distance and speed is the sweet spot for these shoes.
By far the best run I had was a long-run race simulation; I did a 9-mile run starting slowly and working to half-marathon pace and holding it there. They felt fresh and fast at the end just like at the beginning.
At this point in time, I think I’ll be using these as my long-distance race shoes for this combo.
If you’re looking for a distance shoe that can up the pace, this may be the one for you.
We purchased a pair of New Balance 1080v9 from runningwarehouse using our own money. This did not influence the outcome of this review, written after running more than 50 miles in them.