Tournament of Roses President Echoed Success Stories Wednesday as 128th Parade Nears

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Required fields are marked * The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce honored 2017 Tournament of Roses Association President Brad Ratliff at the annual President’s Breakfast at the Westin Pasadena on Thursday to hear stories of Echoes of Success, the theme for the 2017 Tournament festivities.The morning gathering provided an opportunity to honor special guests that included the Royal Court, as well as Tournament presidents past, present and future as the Rose Parade nears just weeks away.“The President’s Breakfast is really a nice opportunity for the Chamber to celebrate everything that the tournament has done for the city and to specifically honor President Brad Ratliff and his service and all that he’s put in to making that organization a success and the New Year’s event a success as well,” said Pasadena Chamber of Commerce CEO Paul Little.Ratliff has been a volunteer member of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses since 1988 and was appointed a chairman in 2004 and a director in 2007. Throughout his extensive Association career, Ratliff served on and chaired various committees including Equestrian, Queen & Court and Services & Properties. He was elected to the Executive Committee in 2009.“The Tournament of Roses is about how the community and family get together really to put on one of the greatest celebrations in the world, but more importantly to show the cultural dynamics that we all celebrate every single year,” said Ratliff.Ratliff is a third generation Pasadenan and follows in the footsteps of his father, Dick E. Ratliff, who was the Tournament of Roses president of the 110th Rose Parade and 85th Rose Bowl Game in 1999.“Are there more with who we can develop relationships?,” Ratliff asked. “Well, of course. But are we doing all that we can to reach out? Absolutely,” explained Ratliff about the Tournament’s goal of expanding its network.Earlier this year the Chamber of Commerce honored the Tournament of Roses Association with the 2016 Corporate Citizen’s Award and in October the Pasadena NAACP gave special recognition to the Tournament of Roses.A notable achievement in 2016 Ratliff mentioned was the increase of range for the Tournament of Roses college intern program to include schools outside of the Pasadena area that gives students the opportunity to be assigned to various operating committees of the Tournament of Roses. They attend committee meetings, are assigned duties, and volunteer in the same capacity as Tournament of Roses volunteer members, according the Tournament website.“This is yielding a group of young adults that not only bring more students into our organization, but bring new ideas that will help with our growth,” said Ratliff.Future 2020 Tournament of Roses President Laura Farber recently hosted a consortium for the representatives of Embassies of Latin American countries to learn how to extend the reach of the association to Latino communities.“We know that our cultural distinctions are not to be overlooked, but are to be recognized, honored and celebrated,” said Ratliff.Ratliff acknowledged the 1992 Tournament of Roses President in attendance Robert Cheney as a what he called “the Tournament’s greatest” and described him as a mentor who created the best Rose Parade Theme in the Tournament’s history: “Voyages of Discovery”.“Not only can people relate to it, people can tell their own stories with it. Our community has grown since that theme was announced in 1991,” said Ratliff.Ratliff and his wife Susan traveled to the cities across the U.S. where each of the marching bands that are participating in the Rose Parade are from with a goal to advocate music programs for youth.“Each President is unique in how he or she approaches the traveling and this year it was our mission to tout to the communities that we visited about the benefits of music programs and the positive effect it has on kids,” said Ratliff who is a former marching band trumpet player and music enthusiast.“Not only did we want to help the bands raise money for the trip to Pasadena, we wanted to bring more support to music programs because most are underfunded.”Ratliff’s travels gave him the opportunity to learn about parent’s priorities in regards to the success of their children.“We discovered that so many people really do care about our children and their future,” said Ratliff.The 2017 Royal Court was in attendance and included Rose Queen Victoria Castellanos and Princesses Shannon Larsuel, Natalie Petrosian, Maya Khan, Audrey Cameron, Autumn Lundy and Lauren ‘Emi’ Powers.The 128th Rose Parade theme reflects not only the legacy of the Tournament, but also the community as a whole, according to Ratliff.“Echoes of Success celebrates those people, organizations and institutions that play a part in the stories of the success of others,” shared Ratliff. “Success cannot be achieved alone. It takes the support, dedication, compassion and love of many others to help in finding that satisfaction of success. Family, friends and teachers contribute selflessly and tirelessly to the success of many. These influences in our lives, these people of selfless commitment, these Echoes of Success make us who we are.” Community News Tournament of Roses President Echoed Success Stories Wednesday as 128th Parade Nears Story and Photography by BRANDON VILLALOVOS Published on Thursday, December 1, 2016 | 7:35 pm Business News Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Community Newslast_img read more

At Risk Homeowners Allege Discrimination

first_img  Print This Post Tagged with: ECBA FHA HUD Lone Star Funds Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady (ECBA) and MFY Legal Services recently filed a federal class action challenging the legality of a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program, DASP, that sells government-insured FHA home mortgages to private equity funds, leaving these borrowers without insurance-program benefits they are entitled to and putting them at heightened risk of foreclosure, according to a release from ECBA. The lawsuit was filed in the Eastern District of New York.Additionally, the release states that the suit alleges that HUD’s program violates the Fair Housing Act, attributing this to HUD disproportionately selling FHA loans issued to African-American borrowers in New York City for homes in predominantly African American neighborhoods like St. Albans, Queens.According to ECBA, this suit also challenges the actions of Lone Star Funds, the largest purchaser of mortgages sold through the HUD program. The lawsuit alleges that when Lone Star purchases the mortgages from HUD, it “preys on the homeowners”. They allege that the company makes false and misleading statements to the homeowners while refusing to offer homeowners loan modifications it is legally obligated to provide. Instead, it alleges that Lone Star offers homeowners exploitative loan modifications that spell almost certain foreclosure for these borrowers down the line. ECBA also says that the complaint alleges that Lone Star violates the Fair Housing Act because its policies disproportionately impact African-American borrowers and predominantly African-American communities in New York City.It was noted by the New York Times that the sales to private investors had already been under criticism in Washington, thus causing the agency to put in new protections for homeowners whose federally backed mortgages change ownership.Despite the new addendum, more than 100,000 mortgages already sold by HUD in a series of auctions will not qualify for the new protections. The controversy over mortgage sales is something the housing agency has faced over its Federal Housing Administration mortgage program for quite some time now. By selling the mortgages to the highest bidder, the agency can bolster its insurance fund that had been eroded by the flood of foreclosures in the immediate aftermath of the housing crisis and according to the New York Times, the more the insurance fund increases, the more mortgages to lower-income borrowers the department can backstop. Home / Daily Dose / At Risk Homeowners Allege Discrimination Sign up for DS News Daily ECBA FHA HUD Lone Star Funds 2016-08-16 Kendall Baer Share Save About Author: Kendall Baer At Risk Homeowners Allege Discrimination Kendall Baer is a Baylor University graduate with a degree in news editorial journalism and a minor in marketing. She is fluent in both English and Italian, and studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Apart from her work as a journalist, she has also managed professional associations such as Association of Corporate Counsel, Commercial Real Estate Women, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and Project Management Institute for Association Management Consultants in Houston, Texas. Born and raised in Texas, Baer now works as the online editor for DS News. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago August 16, 2016 1,115 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles Previous: CFPB Finds Support for Arbitration Clause Ban Next: ATTOM Data Solutions Hires New Chief Technology Officerlast_img read more

End Crime,Not Lives!

first_imgColumnsEnd Crime,Not Lives! Manik Sethi15 April 2020 6:05 AMShare This – xAn eye for an eye will make the whole world blind: Mahatma Gandhi As expected, the recent hanging of the four condemned persons in the Nirbhaya gang rape has evoked mixed reactions from within and outside of India. Many within the country celebrate the execution, calling it “an exemplary punishment”. In stark contrast, a good number of people with liberal views at home and…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAn eye for an eye will make the whole world blind: Mahatma Gandhi As expected, the recent hanging of the four condemned persons in the Nirbhaya gang rape has evoked mixed reactions from within and outside of India. Many within the country celebrate the execution, calling it “an exemplary punishment”. In stark contrast, a good number of people with liberal views at home and global organizations such as Amnesty International, the International Commission of Jurists and the United Nations are quite critical of the hangings that hogged the headlines across India. Considering all this, it now becomes necessary to study and understand the impact of the closing of the sensational case on our psyche vis-a -vis the contemporary judicial system. Let me begin with my own first-hand experience. I was among those who were present when the Hon`ble Supreme Court gave the historic midnight verdict. Standing next to the victim`s mother, I instantaneously welcomed and celebrated the judgment. “The court has refused to interfere,” I yelled, almost ecstatically. Within moments, I found myself at odds with my own feelings. Deep inside, I felt I had begun to grapple with a very serious question: Will crimes cease to take place in society with the end of the lives of the guilty? A quick look at the country’s crime chart after the hangings answers in the negative. Incidents of rape and murder have not stopped, even in times of Covid-19 scare. After the hangings, for example, a 53-years-old man in Nagpur was held for allegedly raping his minor daughter. In Noida, a youth was caught on charges of raping and killing his cousin, an eight-year-old girl. Another question that comes to mind is whether the system of punishment based on the ancient Greek criminal jurisprudence of vengeance – an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth- is enough to stop crimes. As proud citizens of the world`s largest democracy, we accept our Constitution as the supreme law of the land. Our Constitution guarantees protection of the rights of every individual, including those of the accused and convicts. It strikes a balance between the rights of society and the rights of convicts. In my view, there is nothing wrong in awarding death penalties, but only till it serves as a “continuous deterrence in society” by following the adequate “procedure established by law”. If one looks at the data published by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) in 2019, one comes across an escalation of reported rape and murder cases by 31% from the year 2017 to 2018, and which continues to rise every day. Further, the NCRB`s 2017 report shows that there is an 100% increase in the data of “rape per hour cases” from two in 2007 to four in 2016. There are other reports as well which confirm a continuous surge in crimes even after the awarding and execution of capital punishments. These instances are enough to make many of us conclude that such punishments have failed to deter people from committing crimes. The next question is how to deal with the ineffectiveness of the “deterrence aspect” of the system of punishment. It is the state’s bounden duty to comply with the “procedures established by law” before executing any punishment. This, in other words, fully supports an individual’s right to a free and fair trial based purely on the principles of law and not to be prejudiced by the dominant public opinion, including the media. The validity of the capital punishment, especially its irreversible nature, is a serious threat to the justice system and to the inherent right to life of an individual. Even in the most adept legal system with robust judicial safeguards, there are possibilities of the miscarriage of justice. One apt example of this is the recent judgment given by the Hon`ble Supreme Court in the case of Ankush Maruti Shinde and (five) others versus The State of Maharashtra (5th March 2019), wherein the Hon`ble Supreme Court acquitted all six convicts on death row by recalling it’s 2009 judgment that affirmed the death sentence for all of them. Apart from the possibility of miscarriage of justice, there is an evident dearth of the uniform application of the principles of law governing the awarding of capital punishments. Judges, who pronounce death sentences, are human beings who live in society and who have their own set of emotions, perceptions, culture and traditions that may play an important role in shaping their thinking. This is one reason why opinions often vary in the world of jurisprudence in relation to capital punishment. The continuous evolution of the jurisprudential aspect of death penalty – from removing the requirement of giving ‘special reasons’ for imposing life imprisonment instead of death in 1955, to requiring special reasons for imposing death penalty in 1973, to limiting the death penalty in only the ‘Rarest of Rare’ cases and to the present times when the court raises concerns about “the arbitrary and freakish” imposition of death penalties. The risk of miscarriage of justice and the absence of uniform principles governing the imposition of capital punishment makes “vulnerable” the very democratic and justice doctrine that makes us all collectively culpable for the imposition such punishments. The purpose of penology in today`s democratic society should bend towards reformation and rehabilitation. The Hon`ble Supreme Court endorses this view in a catena of judgments that before awarding a capital punishment, the factors of reformation and rehabilitation must be considered. Such a consideration requires an adjudication of the report from prison authorities on the conduct of the condemned person. Further, it will be extremely bizarre to absolutely reject the possibility of a convict getting rehabilitated or reformed. The same view can be seen in the incorporation of the Model Prison Manual, 2016 (2016 manual) for the overall development of the prisoners, which received approval of the ministry of home affairs. Chapter 14 of the 2016 manual deals with reformative measures such as physical education (yoga and other forms of exercise) for convicts and their mental development in the field of health, hygiene, moral and spiritual education. All this can significantly contribute to the reformation of prisoners if jail authorities implement them in letter and spirit and prepare proper progress reports. I am of the view that a life sentence can be a more effective deterrent than a death punishment if we use it as an opportunity to reform the guilty, morally and mentally. Execution may only take away the life of a convict, but his life-long incarceration will serve as an example of the price that every offender must pay till his death. Memories of execution evaporate quickly but life imprisonment symbolizes the umbilical relationship between crime and punishment for a very long time. This, in other words, rejects the claim that capital punishment is needed to keep society safe from criminals. To conclude, there is a strong need for us to understand that justice is fundamentally different from vengeance. Death penalties may only fulfil the emotional need of vengeance or revenge, but they cannot be a weapon to end crimes. They may even entangle society in the vicious cycle of stealing from the stealer, torturing the torturer and raping the rapist. Regeneration of hope and confidence reinforces the foundation of society; revenge rattles both human minds and souls all the time.Views are personal Only. (Mr. Manik Sethi is an advocate practicing in the Supreme Court of India.) Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img

[Covid-19] Functioning Of Allahabad HC Suspended Till July 17; Rajasthan HC To Resume Functioning From July 20 [Read Orders]

first_imgNews Updates[Covid-19] Functioning Of Allahabad HC Suspended Till July 17; Rajasthan HC To Resume Functioning From July 20 [Read Orders] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK15 July 2020 9:40 PMShare This – xThe High Courts of Allahabad and Rajasthan have been closed temporarily, due to Covid scare. Allahabad The Administrative Committee of the Allahabad High Court has decided that the functioning at Principal Seat of the High Court will remain suspended for further two days, i.e. July 16 and 17. Earlier, the High Court was declared closed on July 14 and July 15, 2020 in view of…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe High Courts of Allahabad and Rajasthan have been closed temporarily, due to Covid scare. Allahabad The Administrative Committee of the Allahabad High Court has decided that the functioning at Principal Seat of the High Court will remain suspended for further two days, i.e. July 16 and 17. Earlier, the High Court was declared closed on July 14 and July 15, 2020 in view of the “rapid increase” in the number of Covid cases in the city of Prayagraj. Through an administrative order issued by Chief Justice Govind Mathur it is intimated that there shall be no sitting of Courts on the 16th and 17th of July 2020, in the High Court at Allahabad, only. The list of cases to be taken up on 16th & 17th July 2020 shall be taken up on 20th & 21st of July 2020, respectively. The matters fixed for 20th and 21st of July 2020 shall be taken up on 23rd and 24th of July 2020, respectively. Further, there shall be no physical/e-filing on 16th, 17th and 18th of July 2020. Rajasthan Functioning of both the benches of the Rajasthan High Court has been suspended till July 19, 2020, as a few members of the court staff, both at Jodhpur as well as in Jaipur have tested positive for Covid-19. The High Court has intimated that sampling of remaining court staff and Advocates in in progress and shall be concluded by July 19. Therefore, the High Court shall resume functioning from July 20, 2020, on the following terms: Hearing of the matters shall be permitted both through physical appearance and video conferencing. In a case, hearing may be conducted simultaneously through physical appearance and video conferencing, Advocates or parties-in-person opting for video conferencing would intimate the Court Master concerned at least one day in advance.There will be no separate time slot for hearing of cases through video conferencing. Such cases would be taken up as per their turn in the cause list. Advocates/Parties-in-person would remain ready for video conferencing well in advance according to the Display Board. Functioning at the Jodhpur bench of the High Court has remained suspended since July 9, 2020. The Jaipur Seat of the High Court was declared closed from July 13, 2020. Click Here To Download Allahabad HC Order Click Here To Download Rajasthan HC Notification Next Storylast_img read more

Health Officials urge people to keep record of who they’re meeting

first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Pinterest Previous articleWarning to stay safe on roads as road deaths increase 9%Next articlePower outage affecting 32 homes in Bundoran News Highland Health Officials urge people to keep record of who they’re meeting Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic center_img Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp By News Highland – May 30, 2020 Health officials are urging people to keep a record of who they’re meeting up with this bank holiday weekend.They say it’ll help contact tracing teams if someone develops symptoms and later tests positive.Temperatures are set to hit 26 degrees today and anyone meeting up at parks, beaches or beauty spots are being encouraged to follow the public health advice.A further six people with Covid 19 have died in the Republic, bringing the death toll to 1,645, and there are 39 new confirmed cases.The Donegal figure remains unchanged at 477, with no new cases confirmed yesterday in the county.Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says the country’s currently on track to move to the next phase of easing restrictions:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Holohan-virus-lead10.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNewslast_img read more

Russia Sends Warship to Syrian Port of Tartus

first_img View post tag: Warship Share this article April 3, 2012 View post tag: Tartus View post tag: Russia View post tag: sends View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Russia Sends Warship to Syrian Port of Tartus The conclusion of the meeting, which was held Sunday in Istanbul by the Friends of Syria group, to support U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan’s six point plan on ending armed conflict in Syria, followed by a decision to start sending money and communication equipment to Syrian Free Army, i.e. anti-government rebel forces, did not receive support from Russia.What is more, Russia has sent a third warship to the region, a guided-missile destroyer, dubbed the Smetlivy, which will join Russian existing elite marine units and special-operations forces at the Syrian port of Tartus.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed that Russia will not be part of the initiative aimed at forcing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to comply with the Annan’s plan or the stipulated deadlines.“Ultimatums and artificial deadlines rarely help matters. Annan has a Security Council mandate and it is up to [it] to decide who is complying with this plan and how,” Lavrov said.Even though the White House supported the initiative, intended to send communication equipment to the anti-government forces, the government representatives have opposing opinions on the matter. Especially due to the possibility that the weaponry could end up in the wrong hands.There are various reasons that question deeper involvement of the U.S. in the issue, having in mind its role in the recent conflicts in the Middle East and decision to pull out from Afghanistan.The chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Mike Rogers claims that it would be risky to go along with this idea, because it is still unknown who are the military groups fighting against the Assad’s regime. On the other hand, backers of military support, such as Sens. John McCain and Joe Lieberman allege that “armed support is the only way to curb Assad’s brutal crackdown on rebel forces”.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 03, 2012; Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia Sends Warship to Syrian Port of Tartus Authorities View post tag: Syrian View post tag: Naval View post tag: portlast_img read more

USS John Paul Jones Scores Historic Flight Test Mission

first_img November 24, 2014 View post tag: Mission Share this article View post tag: John View post tag: historic View post tag: scores View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today USS John Paul Jones Scores Historic Flight Test Mission View post tag: USS View post tag: test USS John Paul Jones Scores Historic Flight Test Mission Training & Education View post tag: Paul Sailors aboard guided-missile destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) in partnership with U.S. Pacific Command and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) successfully executed Flight Test Standard Missile-25 (FTM-25), announced Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS), Nov. 20.This was the first live-fire event in the integrated air and missile defense radar priority mode to engage a ballistic missile target and a raid of cruise missile targets with its AEGIS Combat System.John Paul Jones engaged three successful near-simultaneous target shots over the Pacific Ocean by the Aegis Baseline 9.C1 (BMD 5.0 Capability Upgrade) Weapon System. One short-range ballistic missile target was intercepted by a Standard Missile-3 Block IB guided missile, while two low-flying cruise missile targets were engaged by Standard Missile-2 Block IIIA guided missiles. “The capability that the USS John Paul Jones demonstrated during FTM-25 is the culmination of years of tough engineering across the Navy’s technical community and our industry partners,” said Rear Adm. Jon A. Hill, PEO IWS. “The technology displayed during FTM-25 will be a critical addition to the fleet and their ability to stay prepared.”PEO IWS spearheaded the FTM-25 as part of a developmental test/operational test sequence of events. Other test participants included discriminating sensors flown on two MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles and sensor systems ashore, command and control, battle management and Communications (C2BMC) Enterprise Sensors Lab, C2BMC Experimentation Lab, and the AEGIS Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex located at the Pacific Missile Range Facility.Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems manages surface ship and submarine combat technologies and systems and coordinates Navy enterprise solutions across ship platforms.Press Release; Image: US Navy View post tag: Jones View post tag: Maritime View post tag: Flightlast_img read more

University of Chicago condemns trigger warnings

first_imgThe University of Chicago has issued a letter to its incoming students outlining its opposition to “so-called ‘trigger warnings’” and safe spaces.The letter, from the University of Chicago’s Dean of Students, John Ellison, explains to its incoming freshers that, “Members of our community are encouraged to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn, without fear of censorship. Civility and mutual respect are vital to all of us, and freedom of expression does not mean the freedom to harass or threaten others. You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion, and even disagreement. At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.”“Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so-called ‘trigger warnings,’ we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.”The letter comes after an increasing number of American Universities have created introduced “safe spaces”, where students can relax free from ideas that might be stressful or anxiety-inducing.Brown University created a room last year “with cookies, colouring books, bubbles, Play-Doh, calming music, pillows, blankets and a video of frolicking puppies” because a debate on sexual assault was taking place on campus.A survey by the National Coalition Against Censorship found that the majority of American educators questioned had at some point used trigger warnings, intended to warn and shield students from ideas that might be discomforting or trauma inducing.“Controversial” speakers have also been cancelled across America, including Condoleezza Rice, George Will, Jason Riley and Michelle Malkin after pressure from students and faculties. This has proved a prevalent issue in the UK in light of the government programme, Prevent, aimed at tackling extremism and limiting radical speakers from attending University events.The letter may be seen to echo Oxford’s Vice Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson in her commencement speech this year, when she stressed universities must ensure students “appreciate the value of engaging with ideas they find objectionable”.In May, Oxford began issuing “trigger warnings” to undergraduate law students before lectures containing material deemed too “distressing”.Third year linguist Jake Smales commented, “It’s precisely our exposure to controversial opinions which helps us to formulate our own. Being sheltered from these, or even having the option to hide away from them, is simply not a representation of how the real world works. I think it’s important that Oxford, like the University of Chicago, encourages debate and discussion rather than hindering it.”Pembroke third year Carl Gergs commented, “This is Marine Le Pen at the Oxford Union all over again. We need to learn how to challenge these abhorrent opinions. Simply ignoring them won’t make them go away.”Ronni Blackford, Pembroke’s equalities rep last year, commented, “I think it’s a shame that the University of Chicago has adopted such an uncompromising stance. My own experience of trigger warnings is that they allow survivors of abuse and sufferers of PTSD a chance to mentally prepare themselves for a difficult subject or to make an informed decision to remove themselves from an overwhelming situation, without halting the conversation itself. Rather than achieving the admirable aims of upholding academic discussion and combatting censorship, the University is instead failing its most vulnerable students.”last_img read more

Anneliese Dodds accused of “sitting on the fence” over lockdown easing

first_imgAnneliese Dodds, the shadow chancellor and MP for OxfordEast, has been accused of “sitting on the fence” after avoiding stating whetherthe Labour Party supports the government’s easing of lockdown. However, Dodds did respond to the threat of a resurgence incoronavirus cases leading to a reintroduction of lockdown measures, and indoing so acknowledged the risks associated with an over-hasty easing oflockdown. She stated: “As you would expect as Shadow Chancellor, I’m very, veryconcerned about what could happen to our economy if that happens, as well asthe health impact.”  The short interview provoked frustration amongst some Laboursupporters, with many writing on twitter angered at the perceived lack ofclarity in Labour’s position, with one user stating: “What has become ofLabour? It’s awful.” In response to Mr Marr’s conclusion that “given your own tests, it seems to be that Labour must opposeunlocking”, Ms Dodds sought to distance Labour from the decision-makingprocess, suggesting that Labour does not have access to the same scientificinformation as the government. She said: “You know the government has takenthat decision and the opposition can’t take that decision because we don’t havethe scientific advice in front of us.” Anneliese Dodds stressed that parents should not feel pressured to return their children to school if they fear it is unsafe. She also challenged the government’s “lack of preparedness” that has led to the Prime Minister’s promise that “we will have a test, track and test operation that will be world-beating and yes it will be in place by June 1st” being unfulfilled, calling for the government to act “urgently” to clarify the scheme.  The Labour leader Keir Starmer had said on Friday that the party would not support a gradual easing of lockdown until these conditions were met. Appearing on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show onSunday, Dodds was asked several times whether she supported the government’smove to ease restrictions, but avoided answering the question directly. Thegovernment’s decision does not appear to align with conditions that Labour haddemanded be met before giving people more freedom, including the roll out of anational phone app and 250,000 tests a day, neither of which have beenachieved. Image credit to Cicero Group/ Flickr. Despite the warnings of some senior scientists that it isstill too early to relax strict lockdown measures, the government has pressedahead with plans to partially reopen schools and to allow groups of up to 6people to meet from Monday.last_img read more


first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare On May 29, 2016 at approximately 11:30p a female victim stated she was shopping at the CVS Pharmacy located at 2020 E. Morgan Avenue. As she was leaving a white male subject approached her and asked if she could give him a ride to the area of W. Louisiana Street and Read Street.The white male suspect helped the victim put her items in her car and they left. When the victim stopped at the stop sign at W. Louisiana Street and Read Street the white male suspect pulled out a hunting style knife and put it to her throat. The white suspect then demanded the victims purse and fled on foot southbound on Read Street.The suspect is described as an approximately (18) year old white male with brown hair. At the time of the robbery he was wearing a black Ohio State hoodie, blue jeans and was wearing a black ball cap.If anyone has knowledge about this crime or may know who were involved with it are asked to call the Evansville Police Department at 436-7979 or the WeTip line at 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-782-7463)last_img read more