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Mass fines for Worcester rampage

first_imgWorcester is to impose fines on students involved in raucous Midway celebrations that took place at the college last week.After traditional celebrations in which the college’s second years celebrated getting half way through their degree, many of the yeargroup went on a drunken rampage through Oxford, breaking into several colleges.As part of the festivities, the second years dressed up in various outfits and attempted “raids” on other colleges. They are now facing collective fines of over £1000 as a punishment for their activities.In a letter sent out by to all second years, Worcester Dean Peter Darrah asked students to own up to any involvement in the revelry. In the letter he wrote, “Let me clarify who I am penalising, that is anyone who consented to and participated in, a mass organised attempt to enter the grounds of Magdalen and/or Wadham.” The letter established a series of penal ‘bands’ and asked students to categorise themselves according to the level of their involvement in the night’s activities. The fourth band, reserved for the most serious offences, includes pushing past the duty porter at Magdalen, climbing on or over any fences, entering the deer park, damaging a rose bed at Magdalen and running and/or jumping on the main quad lawn at Wadham.The letter goes on to say, “Such reports will be handled in confidence. We will also check that the self-reported bands agree with the CCTV footage. Any cheats will be assigned to the highest band and I will regard them as having committed a separate and more serious disciplinary offence.”Mannas Jain, Worcester JCR president, said, “Most people were happy with how transparent the whole procedure had been.”“The Dean asked the other colleges involved to nominate a charity which will benefit from the revenue accrued by fines, which a group of culpable students are sharing,” he added. Jain was keen to stress that the JCR was not considering any action against the College for imposing the fines. “We are aware that our actions were out of order and we are prepared to take responsibility for them. There is no animosity towards the College authorities,” he said.The day of the Midway celebrations coincided with the memorial service in Worcester for Tsz Fok, a finalist killed while cycling in Oxford in April 2007. Jain maintained that all the second years were respectful of this event but one first year, who wished to remain anonymous, commented, “The second years were pretty rowdy, I could understand if they offended a lot of people in the College”.Worcester’s Dean and Magdalen’s Bursar both refused to comment.last_img read more

Bill Passes Through State House Allowing for Guns Loaded With Projectiles During Teacher Active…

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Bill Passes Through State House Allowing for Guns Loaded With Projectiles During Teacher Active Shooter TrainingAPRIL 10TH, 2019 AMANDA PORTER INDIANA0 Twitter A controversial bill involving arming Indiana teachers with guns in schools is moving forward in the state senate. The now amended House Bill 1235 adds a provision of using projectile bullets involuntary teacher active shooter training. This comes just a few weeks after several teachers were injured during an active shooter training session in Monticello, Indiana.Indiana teachers would have to volunteer for active shooter training under house bill 12-35. Now some Hoosiers lawmakers say adding a realistic factor to the training drills like projectile bullets could help teachers prepare for that extremely scary moment when they possibly come face to face with a school shooter.Three schools in Indiana have reportedly opted in through their school boards to use guns with projectile bullets in active shooter safety drills. Thisdecisions is certainly causing controversy across the Hoosier state.Several weeks ago an active shooter training session in Monticello, Indiana went awry when several teachers were hurt from those projectile bullets.“The sheriff said those people opted into the training aware of what was going to happen so not to dispel it, just to clarify,” says Indiana District 27 Senator Jeff Raatz. Lawmakers say one school wanted to use the projectile bullets to make the training feel as realistic as possible.“If they choose to do it because when I use to word realistic i am talking about emotions and adrenaline and as much reality that they could possibly be subjected to in the training,” says Sen. Raatz.It’s that training lawmakers hope some teachers would step up to prepare for a stressful situation.“There is a mental health piece that has got to be gone through and that is before we ever get to this point. So there are plenty of safeguards in place to identify those are capable and not just willing, but capable,” says Raatz.Teachers would also need to sign paperwork to opt into the training.Raatz says, “should an active shooter enter the school or whatever that protocol is and then if the school has sanctioned it, now you got people that are trained and willing and have volunteered and prepared mentally to take on the task. It’s not pretty, and it’s not for everybody.”House Bill 1235 is still up for debate, and could see more amendments. Comments0 commentslast_img read more

Burgin awarded fellowship

first_imgAngus Burgin, who received A.B, M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard, is among eight individuals who have been awarded fellowships as part of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Visiting Scholars Program for 2009-10. The program supports scholars and practitioners in the early stages of their careers — both postdoctoral fellows and untenured junior faculty — who show potential of becoming leaders in the humanities, policy studies, and social sciences.During his yearlong residency in Cambridge at the academy, Burgin will work on a project titled “The Return of Laissez-Faire,” a trans-Atlantic history of free-market ideas and the institutions that supported them. He will focus on the economists in the decades following the onset of the Great Depression who helped to create a theoretical framework for the revival of conservatism in American politics.Academy fellowships are intended to combine the scholars’ individual research with participation in the many ongoing programs and activities at the academy, including the opportunity to interact with Academy Fellows, who bring an unparalleled wealth of knowledge from diverse scholarly and professional backgrounds.Launched in 2002, the Visiting Scholars Program has welcomed 53 emerging academic leaders.last_img read more

Terror threat on mind of Italian PM

first_img Muslim communities must be invited to become part of the solution, Homeland Security chief says CES welcomed Prime Minister of Italy H.E. Matteo Renzi in the first visit of an incumbent Italian prime minister to Harvard University. Renzi emphasized the need for investment in education and economic opportunities for young people in Europe. A ‘new phase’ of global terrorism Related In the first visit of a sitting Italian prime minister to Harvard, Matteo Renzi — who became Italy’s leader in February 2014 — addressed recent acts of terrorism in Europe, declaring, “The attack on Brussels was an attack on Europe — Europe as an idea, the most incredible political project in the last century.”Renzi’s appearance at Harvard on Thursday was part of a four-day trip by the prime minister to the United States and was sponsored by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. In introducing Renzi, Peter A. Hall, the Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies, remarked that the visit was a special occasion for the University, “because it is an opportunity to hear from one of the most exciting leaders on the European continent.”Renzi, who drew a capacity crowd to Menschel Hall at the Harvard Art Museums, warned that ending the threat of terrorism requires a political response as well as force and enhanced security.“The terrorists who killed people in Brussels … they didn’t come from Syria or from Libya or Tunisia or Afghanistan,” he said, speaking forcefully. “They grew up in Europe. This is the point. If European politics doesn’t understand the great problem of this element, this means we are without a future. We must see the reality. The people who destroyed our lives in Paris and Brussels grew up in swamps in the belly of our cities.”He called the European emphasis on austerity over the past five years “a mistake,” saying leaders need to create jobs and give citizens opportunities and hope. He insisted that Italy should allow those who win elections to have real power to institute reforms. Without political stability, he said, populist movements will continue to grow. <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> “The position of the Italian government is that for every euro invested in security, we need a euro to invest in education,” he said. “For every euro invested in cyber technology, we must invest one euro in theater, in sports, in museums.” He acknowledged that this is not a majority position among his European colleagues, but “without this approach we are not in a condition to fight against the enemy. The enemy is not [outside] of us. The enemy is inside our cities, inside our borders.”Renzi struck a personal note when he spoke of his grandfather, a warrior who fought against French and Greek forces, and his father, who lived in a more peaceful era. Both had optimism about the future. By contrast, he said, “My generation is surrounded by fear.”Renzi, a former mayor of Florence, whose ascent made him the youngest prime minister since 1861, has been credited with implementing numerous electoral, political, and economic reforms.Turning to U.S. politics, Renzi noted that Italians “follow your election campaign with great attention” adding that he “would be more happy” if a woman were elected president, but that he would “respect the results” in any case.Before his talk, Renzi toured the Calderwood Courtyard, modeled on a 15th-century Italian church, at the Harvard Art Museums, whose recent renovation and expansion was directed by the renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano.A Keynote Address by Prime Minister of Italy H.E. Matteo Renzilast_img read more

Indianapolis Utility Continues Shift Toward Gas and Renewables

first_imgIndianapolis Utility Continues Shift Toward Gas and Renewables FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Platts:The startup of Indianapolis Power & Light Company’s Eagle Valley combined-cycle natural gas plant marks a shift toward gas as the utility’s largest power generation source, replacing coal, the company said Monday.“Our future is focused on accelerating cleaner, smarter and affordable options for our customers and we are proud of the efforts we’ve made over the last few years to significantly reduce our dependence on coal and focus toward a more balanced energy mix,” Craig Jackson, IPL president and CEO, said in a statement. IPL is a subsidiary of Arlington, Virginia-based AES.The 671 MW CCGT gas plant, about 30 miles southwest of downtown Indianapolis, began commercial operation April 28, IPL said. The new power station reduces the rate of “most emissions” by 98% compared to the six coal- and oil-fired units it replaced at the site. The old generating equipment and water intake structures were “rendered inoperable” for safety reasons, Claire Dalton, IPL spokeswoman, said in an email Monday.IPL’s request to invest more than $600 million in the plant was approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in 2014, and the company has a pending regulatory rate review at the IURC to place the Eagle Valley plant into the rate base, Dalton said.An ongoing shift away from coal toward gas and renewable energy sources is taking place at the corporate and state level. IPL’s power generation mix, which in 2007 consisted of 79% coal, 14% gas and 7% oil, is projected in 2018 to reach 45% gas, 44% coal, 8% wind, 2% solar and only 1% oil, according to the company’s website.In 2017, 60% of Indiana’s 200 MW of incremental generation capacity was powered by renewable sources, with the other 40% powered by gas, according to EIA. And IPL projects its power generation mix will transition to 38% gas, 31% wind and 26% coal by 2036, with the remainder supplied by 4% solar and 1% oil.More: Indiana Natural Gas Plant Repowering Marks Shift From Coal To Gas, Renewableslast_img read more

Board decides to go slow on first appearance amendment

first_imgBoard decides to go slow on first appearance amendment Board decides to go slow on first appearance amendment Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Confronted with a new rule amendment on first appearance bonds and a new procedure for getting some amendments quickly to the Supreme Court, the Bar Board of Governors wasn’t sure it liked either.The board at its October 21 meeting in Palm Coast voted to delay its consideration of the amendments to Criminal Procedural Rules 3.131, 3.132, and 3.790 until December. In the meantime, it will inform the Fast Track Subcommittee of the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee of the delay, and invite the subcommittee to make any further changes or recommendations it feels are needed.The Bar will also inform the Supreme Court of the delay by letter. If the court indicates it wants the rules before December, then the Bar Executive Committee will prepare a response, Bar President Alan Bookman said, consulting with board members who practice criminal law.After an extensive debate, board members said they didn’t know enough to offer comments on the rule — which had been submitted to the board only four days before the meeting — and had concerns about a procedure that left them in that position.“Not doing criminal work, I don’t think we’ve heard enough [to act],” board member Carl Schwait.Board member Tim Sullivan agreed: “What we are going to share with the [fast track] subcommittee is there were concerns by some members of the board. We want to hear the other side.”“It’s a very far-reaching change,” said board member David Rothman, who introduced Ann Finnell of the Fast Track Subcommittee, who presented the rule amendment. “I have not seen rules that do this before.”Finnell said the subcommittee took up the first appearance rule as a result of the Supreme Court’s June 30 rulings in State v. Raymond, SC03-1263, and in In Re: Florida Rules Of Criminal Procedure 3.131 and 3.132, case no. OR-SC05-739. The court declared unconstitutional a statute on first appearance bonds. In that invalidated law, legislators mandated that nonmonetary bonds be denied at first appearances for defendants accused of violent crimes that resulted in a third degree felony or greater charges.The court said the law unconstitutionally infringed on the court’s rule-making authority, and sent the matter to the Fast Track Subcommittee to recommend how the law could be implemented.Finnell said the subcommittee, faced with an August 29 deadline, merely took the stricken statutory provisions and grafted them into the rules.“We are trying to respond and be responsive to the Supreme Court. We are not saying this is a good rule or a bad rule,” Finnell told the board. “We are merely trying to write language that will provide implementation of a statute.“We are not putting our seal of approval on it at all.. . . This is a procedure we thought would implement this statute if the Supreme Court wanted to adopt it.”Bar Executive Director John F. Harkness, Jr., reminded the board that it cannot amend, reject, or delay the submissions to the court of amendments from rules committees. It can only offer its comments or suggest changes to the rules committees.He also explained that the fast track process was set up by the court three years ago to get around the frequent year or two delay of conforming procedural rules to laws passed by the legislature. The fast track subcommittees of the various procedural rules committees are charged with reviewing legislative actions each year and making recommendations accordingly.Rothman noted that currently anyone arrested is entitled to a first appearance before a judge within 24 hours. The law would mean no nonmonetary bonds for those charged with serious violent crimes. Finnell said normally after an arrest, the state attorney must file charges within 21 days, which triggers another court appearance and bond opportunity, but in practice that next appearance may take longer.Some board members said the statute and rule were unfair to the indigent because those with means who are charged with violent crimes would still be able to post bond at the first hearing, but that opportunity would be denied to the poor. Others said they understood that objection, but wanted to hear from the other side before acting.The board eventually approved two motions. The first by board member Grier Wells asked the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee to reconsider the rule language and clarify if amendments were approved by the fast-track subcommittee only or by the full committee.The second motion, from board member Ervin Gonzalez, advised the Fast Track Subcommittee that the board had not had the opportunity to review the amendments and would take them up at its December meeting. November 15, 2005 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Learning marketing basics from Katy Perry

first_imgby: Bo McDonaldWhat in the world can Katy Perry teach us about marketing credit unions?A lot.Her overall strategy for success? It’s based on thinking about, knowing, and reflecting how her customers feel. “They have hopes. They have frustrations. Perry turns those feelings into anthems” says Chris Matyszczyk in a recent Inc. article. “It’s not enough to have a good product. The way to sharp success is to have a product that creates a visceral reaction in the customer. It might be one of need. It might be one of recognition. It might be one of solidarity. But the product doesn’t just fulfill a rational need. It attaches itself emotionally” Matyszczyk continued. continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Daily Kos presidential results live coverage #1

first_img– Advertisement – Donald Trump, Joe Biden, elecciones EE. UU. (GDA via AP Images) Polls are beginning to close and Democrats across the country are torn between stress-eating and stress-vomiting. For weeks, maybe months, we’ve obsessively read the polls, the early vote counts, and the tea leaves. Now we get to read election results.Daily Kos will be following the presidential results live, and Daily Kos Elections will be following the downballot races. Join us.- Advertisement –center_img Resources:The Daily Kos Elections guide to every key presidential swing state in 2020.The Daily Kos Elections Nov. 3, 2020 poll closing times map- Advertisement –last_img read more

Japan, eyeing Olympics, lines up half-billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine

first_img‘Hope for a miracle’Some critics contend that Japan’s rush to secure supplies is driven largely by a political desire to show the world it is fully committed to hosting the Games.”The plan is, hope for a miracle and then capitalize on that miracle,” said Michael Cucek, a political science professor at Temple University Japan. “But the timeframe for that is getting narrower and narrower.”Health ministry and Cabinet Office officials did not respond to queries about whether Japan’s drive to secure coronavirus vaccines was connected to the Olympics.Japanese officials have discussed putting on a “simplified” Games, originally expected to attract 600,000 visitors. But the event would still involve some 11,000 athletes from around the world.Given the size of the events and people coming from all over the world, holding the Olympics require “mass quantities of an effective vaccine,” said Kenji Shibuya, director of the Institute of Population Health at King’s College, London.Staging an Olympics in a pandemic will be a huge logistical challenge, as thousands of athletes around the world will have to train and travel to events and many more thousands of fans will have to be accommodated at a time when many countries may still be in lockdown. Japan still has a travel ban in place covering more than 140 countries.Even with a viable vaccine, the additional challenge of immunizing athletes and visitors before or after landing in Japan will be enormous.A “very, very essential factor” for the Olympic hosts will be when an effective vaccine will be ready and how it will be distributed, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike told Reuters on Tuesday.”We will do our best to prevent coronavirus infections here in Japan and also to welcome the athletes from all over the world.” Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the top government spokesman, said Japan was working with Olympic organizers on how to go ahead with the Games, tying the effort to the need to secure a vaccine.The various companies “will probably be able to produce a vaccine between the end of this year and next March,” Suga told Reuters in an interview this week. “There are a lot of considerations, but we want to hold the Olympics at all costs.”Japan is on track to have 521 million doses of five different vaccines in 2021, compared with a population of 126 million. Recent deals include global arrangements with such drugmakers as Pfizer Inc and AstraZeneca PLC, as well as local deals with the likes of Shionogi & Co.”You have to bet evenly to avoid getting nothing,” said Tomoya Saito, director at Japan’s National Institute of Public Health. Japan is making an aggressive move to grab enough coronavirus vaccine to inoculate its population four times over, a push the government hopes will instill confidence that it can host a delayed summer Olympics next year.Like other rich countries, Japan is signing multiple deals because some of the vaccines could fail in clinical trials or require more than one dose, an approach some experts consider prudent.But Japan has something else riding on a successful mass rollout of a vaccine: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s enduring aim to bring thousands of athletes and fans to Tokyo for the Games in 2021, after the event fell through this year due to the pandemic.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Lady Wildcats Soccer Results

first_imgFranklin County High School Girls Varsity Soccer falls to South Dearborn High School 6-0.FCHS Varsity girls soccer played 80 minutes in scorching heat but lost to South Dearborn 6-0. The Wildcats improved their showing against this team from the previous season.Karlie Hahn had another exceptional night between the pipes recording another 12 saves. Laura Edwards and Claudia Mauntel anchored the team sweeping up attackers left and right.Jaime Stortz, Grace Noble and Jordan Nichols had some excellent shots on goal but the South Dearborn Keeper made great saves.Franklin County High School Girls Varsity Soccer beat Milan High School 3-2.The Lady Wildcats had two back to back games high heat and humidity but were exceptional in executing simple possession soccer. The defensive line with Claudia Mauntel, Laura Edwards, Adrienne Bundy and Taylee Conrad were tough to beat. The Wildcats only allowed 6 shots on goal. Goal Keeper Karlie Hahn recorded another 4 saves.Making her way back from a serious injury over the summer was Sophomore Kylee Gibson. She scored her first goal of the season and racked up two assists on the night. A;lso score was Brylee Pace and Jordan Nichols. Paige Hall also had an assist. Grace Noble had 7 excellent shots but they were all stopped by the Milan GK.Notable were Jessica Parker, and Jaime Storz with excellent composure in the midfield. The fast and furious outside mids were controlling both sides of the pitch: Kamryn Dozier, Morgan Steward, Kloe Bolos and Halee Barker.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Cindy Adams.last_img read more