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first_imgSt John’s has plans to build a new quad when it resumes control of land on St. Giles. The site, though belonging to the college, has been leased out to the university for number of years now. But in 2005, St John’s is to repossess the land. The JCR is in favour of situating a new joint JCR-MCR common room there, with a new quad and facilities for both undergrads and post-grads. However, the St. John’s bursar stressed that nothing has been agreed upon. The college is keen to provide accommodation for all of its students, within its confines, according to the bursar, but the land will “probably be used for a variety of purposes.” Some of the other suggestions so far have been to use part of it for art studios and a gallery, or to create some soundproof music rooms where students can practice. Yet as the richest college and large landowner, some have raised questions about whether St John’s money might be better spent elsewhere. In the light of the Student Union’s recent inequality report, a St John’s student asked “Do we really need another quad? Why doesn’t the SCR use its money to help the University as a whole instead?”ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003last_img read more


first_imgNotre Dame Police Department Exempt From The Access to Public Records Act Dave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comThe Indiana Supreme Court left no doubt that it considered the Notre Dame Police Department exempt from the Access to Public Records Act when it affirmed dismissal of ESPN’s lawsuit seeking records of the department’s interactions with 275 student athletes.But a bill signed into law this year dealing with access to police body cameras and recordings could change that. House Enrolled Act 1019, enshrined as Public Law 58, amended a section of APRA to specifically define private university police departments as public agencies — something the justices ruled they are not. The language is found at I.C. 5-14-3(q)(11).Hoosier State Press Association Executive Director Steve Key, who filed an amicus brief aligned with ESPN in this case, said the situation sets up a public policy issue for the coming session of the General Assembly.“It’s murky now, and that could be an arguable point” in favor of requiring private university police departments to comply with public records laws, Key said.Adding to the murkiness, Gov. Mike Pence, who’s now vice president-elect, in March vetoed a bill that would have exempted private universities from the Access to Public Records Act. “Limiting access to police records in a situation where private university police departments perform a government function is a disservice to the public and an unnecessary barrier to transparency,” he said at the time.Nevertheless, the Indiana Supreme Court unanimously ruled Wednesday that Notre Dame Police Department was neither a public agency nor a law enforcement agency for purposes of APRA.Indiana University Maurer School of Law professor Seth Lahn authored an amicus brief in support of Notre Dame for the Independent Colleges of Indiana. He agreed there might be a policy debate going forward based on the change in law that took effect July 1. But he said the court wisely ruled that Notre Dame not be subjected to public records disclosure retroactively.“I think the court took a very straightforward approach” on a classic case of statutory construction, he said.“I think you can understand why it would be a concern that all of a sudden that rule would be changed,” Lahn said. The Supreme Court decision “is really ensuring these rules were not changed after the fact and with risk to all the thousands and thousands of students that have gone to these colleges after the passage of APRA.”Justice Mark Massa stressed that Notre Dame Police exist not as a government entity, but as an organization created by the university’s board of trustees, even though they have powers to arrest, detain, investigate crimes, and recommend prosecution, among others.Notre Dame Police, Massa wrote for the court in ESPN and Paula Lavigne v. University of Notre Dame Police Department, 71S05-1606-MI-359, are “not exercising the power of the State; rather, the trustees are exercising power granted to it by the State to appoint police officers to protect and oversee their campus.” He noted the NDPD also serves functions such as enforcing the student code, escorting students late at night and acting as student caretakers.Public university police departments are subject to APRA, but the justices’ ruling makes clear the exemption for those serving private schools.“Private colleges and universities have not set up systems in anticipation of having everything done by their police departments subject to inspection” as a result of a public records request, Lahn said. He noted private colleges with police units are required to report some crime data under the Cleary Act, though they are not required to provide detailed reports as government police agencies must.Notre Dame prevailed in a case in which Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller also advocated in favor of ESPN’s position. He argued that it’s the exercise of state power that should subject these institutions to disclosure. He said the power granted to police is at the heart of the public trust and requires transparency.“We are extremely disappointed by the ruling and what it represents for public transparency,” David R. Scott, senior director of ESPN Communications, said in a statement.But it’s unclear whether lawmakers will consider the issue in a public-policy sense. Lahn noted the bill Pence vetoed that would have exempted private colleges and universities had wide support among lawmakers.Ohio and Texas are among states that in recent years have passed laws or ruled in court cases that private university police are subject to open records laws because they exercise the state’s law-enforcement powers. Massa, though, rebuffed ESPN’s argument that Indiana’s Supreme Court should rule similarly.“There is no evidence that our General Assembly intended a functional equivalency analysis, like that of Ohio’s, and we decline to read this language into the statute on the legislature’s behalf,” Massa wrote.Key viewed the court’s decision as narrow. “I wouldn’t read this as any sort of declaration of this court on transparency,” he said. Rather, he said justices read and interpreted the language of the statute but “weren’t willing to make that connection” between the private schools’ trustees and the government power that its police have.“I can’t fault the decision they came to,” he said. “I think we have a situation here that when the (APRA) statute was passed back in 1983, the question of these private university police departments probably never came up.”In June, ESPN reporter Paula Lavigne participated in a panel of investigative reporters discussing the secrecy of police records from private colleges and universities in states around the country. Many of these agencies, including Notre Dame, are authorized to use police powers outside the boundaries of their campuses. While the public perception of private university police may be officers who help students who are locked out of their cars, she said, “they’re dealing with murders. God knows they’re dealing with rapes.”She said university police and the trustees they serve also have an interest in keeping crime statistics low and in keeping their police reports secret. She said criminal matters that an officer decides to refer to school offices of judicial administration shield them from public disclosure, even at public universities.“It astounds me,” she said, that “we have police departments that oversee thousands and thousands of residents in their jurisdiction that have the ability to act just as city police, who can operate in complete and utter secret, in the United States of America.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgAttached below Is a link of an anonymous letter sent to the City County Observer. This letter was sent to members of the Vanderburgh County Commissioner by County Council Finance Chairman Jm Raben.It is our understanding this letter was sent to and received by all members of the Vanderburgh County Commissioners just before the vote to terminate the employment of the Director of Burdette Park.In this letter County Council Finance Chairman Jm Raben reminded members of the Vanderburgh County Commission that requests to fill vacancies must be approved by the County Council prior to offering employment. This letter states all salaries are established by the County Council salary Ordinance and are subject to County Council Funding.Attempt by the CCO to reach members of the County Commission for a response concerning this letter went unanswered. We also contacted County Council Finance Chairman, Jim Raben for comments concerning this letter he sent to the Vanderburgh County Commissioners but calls went unanswered.It looks like County Commissioners Cheryl Musgrave and Ben Shoulders erred when they voted to terminate the employment of the Director of Burdette Park without getting approval of the Vanderburgh County Council.THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORYAttached below Is the link of the Letter sent and received by members the Vanderburgh County Commissioners. The letter speaks for itself!Letter to County CommissionersFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgRuth Graham, daughter of Ruth and Billy Graham, will speak at the Ocean City Tabernacle at the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services Sunday, July 21.Graham brings a new Biblical perspective to her journey of faith, sharing her story of trials common to all — her own divorce, her teenage daughter’s two pregnancies, and going back to school at age 40.Graham is a recent cum laude graduate from Mary Baldwin College with a bachelor’s degree in Religion/Communications, having received the “Outstanding Adult Student” award at graduation.She was Acquisitions Editor for HarperCollins/San Francisco and McCracken Press for 13 years. In 1980, she published “First Steps in the Bible,” a children’s Bible storybook. She has written for Moody Magazine, Decision Magazine and the Saturday Evening Post.Graham has three grown children and three grandchildren and resides in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.Steve Green has been nominated for a Grammy four times.At 7 p.m. on Sunday, Steve Green will perform in concert at the Tabernacle. The son of missionary parents, Green was raised in South America.Throughout his 34 years of ministry, Green has been honored with four Grammy nominations, 18 No. 1 songs, seven Dove Awards, and has been inducted into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame.With over 40 recordings to his credit, including children’s projects and Spanish-language albums, Green has sold over 3 million albums worldwide.Join the Ocean City Tabernacle to hear more distinguished speakers every Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. through Sept. 8. For a complete list of events and speakers, visit www.OCtabernacle.org.Located at 550 Wesley Avenue, the Ocean City Tabernacle is open to all as an inter-denominational family ministry center where the Gospel of Jesus Christ is central. This year marks the 140th year of ministry. Ruth Graham will give her perspective on life to an audience at the Ocean City Tabernacle. (Photos courtesy Ocean City Tabernacle)last_img read more


first_imgThe Federation of Bakers focussed its recent annual conference on the challenges facing the food industry. The event hosted a variety of speakers in Birmingham, who discussed the issues which will affect the industry long-term. These included Mark Pettigrew, agricultural sustainability manager for Europe at PepsiCo International, and Giles Quick, director at Kantar Worldpanel.A session on climate change looked at the implications of climate change on food production while the Market Update session included a discussion on the possible impact of Brexit. Meanwhile, a presentation on consumer trends and the health agenda suggested that consumer habits were hard to change and that the industry should therefore focus its efforts on innovation and reformulation.Gordon Polson, director at the Federation of Bakers, said: “The annual conference is the time of year when the baking industry comes together, so that as a collective we can discuss the current and future issues affecting our industry.”In February, the Federation of Bakers welcomed AAK, the UK arm of Swedish fats and oil ingredients manufacturer, as a new member.last_img read more


first_imgMiami Dolphins Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (14) during an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills at Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Garden FL on Sunday, September 20, 2020. Image by Carlos Goldman / Miami Dolphins.ORCHARD PARK – The Miami Dolphins relief quarterback is sidelined after testing positive for COVID-19, this as the team prepares to fight for a playoff berth Sunday versus the Buffalo Bills.Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick tested positive for the virus and will not play during Sunday’s game.NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the news on Thursday.Pelissero reports the NFL conducted contact tracing following Fitzpatrick’s positive test and no other players were identified as high-risk close contacts, including starter Tua Tagovailoa. Coach Brian Flores benched Tagovailoa in the fourth quarter last week, inserting Fitzpatrick, who jumpstarted a sullen offense, leading to a dramatic comeback win over the Las Vegas Raiders.The FitzMagic-led victory put the Dolphins in a position for a win-and-in season finale.Fitzpatrick played for the Bills from 2009-12.Buffalo can clinch the number two seed in the AFC with a win on Sunday, or if the Steelers lose to the Browns. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_img The nicest kids in town! We have the first video promo of NBC’s eagerly anticipated Hairspray Live!, below. The starry cast, who can be seen in costume for the first time, includes Harvey Fierstein as Edna Turnblad, Jennifer Hudson as Motormouth Maybelle, Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton, Derek Hough as Corny Collins, Dove Cameron as Amber Von Tussle, Garrett Clayton as Link Larkin, Andrea Martin as Prudy Pingleton, Martin Short as Wilbur, Kristin Chenoweth as Velma Von Tussle, Rosie O’Donnell as the Gym Teacher, Sean Hayes as Mr. Pinky and newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad. The live broadcast will air on December 7. Kristin Chenoweth in ‘Hairspray Live!’ View Commentslast_img read more


first_img Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 1 Home composting is an excellent way to recycle many organic materials commonly found around the home. By composting, we convert what’s often called waste into a valuable, useful product.With a little time and effort, thousands of conservation-minded people are making compost from coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable trimmings, leaves, grass clippings and brush trimmings.They can then apply this compost to the landscape or garden. This improves the soil’s structure, enhances its fertility and provides nutrients that help plants grow better and produce more.So many benefitsHome composting is a win-win proposition for homeowners, landscape and garden plants and the environment.The amount of compost a vegetable garden needs depends mainly on the soil type and how you garden. But usually, it’s best to add 20 to 30 pounds of compost per 100 square feet of garden area each year.These amounts don’t cause a problem for people with small gardens. However, many gardeners with larger gardens find they can’t produce enough compost from their kitchen and yard waste.Need more?If you’re not making enough compost, what can you do?First, keep on composting. And keep on applying the compost to your garden, even if you can’t apply the full recommended rate. When it comes to compost in the garden, a good rule-of-thumb is that some is much better than none.NeighborsIf your neighbors aren’t composting, they may be happy to donate their kitchen and yard waste to your composting project. With that extra organic matter, you might be able to double or triple the amount of compost you can make. This may be all the compost you need.If you still don’t have enough, it’s probably time to consider supplementing your homemade compost with some made by someone else.Other resourcesOne possible source is a local municipality. Many cities and counties now compost organic materials collected locally and make the compost available at little or no cost to local citizens.Since they don’t usually deliver the compost, you’ll need a pickup truck or trailer to transport it. You can find out whether local municipal compost is available by contacting the county or city government or your University of Georgia Extension Service county office.Another possible source is a commercial composter. And there may be one near you. With the proper training and equipment, a professional composter can provide excellent compost at a reasonable price.As an added benefit, some of them will deliver compost to you. If you’re interested in getting commercial compost and don’t know a local source, your Georgia Extension Service county office may be able to help.(Darbie Granberry is an extension horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Darbie M. GranberryUniversity of Georgialast_img read more


first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo April 12, 2018 A group of four Peruvian Air Force (FAP, in Spanish) first lieutenants trained for 32 weeks at the Initial Entry Rotary Wing Training course in Fort Rucker, Alabama. The officers gained skills and met the requirements necessary to earn FAP certification to fulfill their air missions. The training, from July 2017 to February 2018, consisted of 154 flight hours in Bell OH-58 Kiowa helicopters. “Through this training, Fort Rucker helps us raise our service members’ skill and readiness levels,” FAP Lieutenant General Raúl Hoyos de Vinatea, chief of Operations, told Diálogo. “Training with one of the most prestigious and recognized forces in the world updates our doctrine. This adds to our personnel’s morale for combat and operations, as they feel better trained with new skills.” All FAP pilots, as well as pilots from partner nations in the hemisphere, receive training in rotary-wing aircraft tactics and techniques at the U.S. Army Flight School in Fort Rucker. U.S. Air Force pilots also attend the school for helicopter training. The Peruvian pilots’ training was split into four phases. The first phase consisted of 60 flight hours to get used to flying in rotary-wing aircraft. In the second phase, they learned flight instruments and landing at airports and airfields. Tactical training was done in the third phase, with pilots gaining combat skills over the course of 39 flight hours. Finally, the fourth phase included night training, during which they got used to flying wearing night-vision goggles. “Through the training, pilots achieve a higher level of individual readiness than what we do here [in Peru],” Lt. Gen. Hoyos said. “Unlike our trainers, who go through other programs, the trainers at Fort Rucker have actually been in the heat of combat operations. That enables us to have crews qualified to increase our number of operations.” Since 2010, FAP increased its level of involvement in operations against narcoterrorism, narcotrafficking, and illegal logging and mining thanks to training opportunities at Fort Rucker. “In light of this situation, helicopters were most frequently used in those theaters, therefore, [there was] a greater need for trained and capable [helicopter] pilots,” Lt. Gen. Hoyos explained. “The United States is the best option.” Operating in the VRAEM “Graduating from the rotary-wing course was a uniquely rewarding experience,” FAP First Lieutenant Adoniran Cruzado, a pilot with the 332nd Air Squadron, told Diálogo. “Regarding what I learned about night flying from the combat-trained U.S. Army instructors: given the level of readiness I need to maintain in the Air Force, I now use night-vision goggles in VRAEM [the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley] in the fight against narcoterrorism.” The VRAEM region is considered highly dangerous, as there are still terrorist remnants from the Shining Path group and narcotrafficking groups who grow coca leaves to process and commercialize cocaine hydrochloride. On one occasion in 2015, 1st Lt. Cruzado recalled, a terrorist cell attacked the helicopter he flew en route to Tapichi in VRAEM, on a mission to retrieve Army personnel injured in an ambush. “I immediately put into use the flight standards I learned at the school. After securing the area and putting a patrol on the ground, we were able to get the injured service members out with the help of special forces,” 1st Lt. Cruzado said. “We’re not immune to dangers inherent in fighting terrorism and drugs. That’s why these training oppotunities are important.” Bolstering the operational competence of Peru’s military forces and the National Police improved security in that part of the country. “The situation in VRAEM is quite favorable. Over the last six years, we recorded some great achievements in terms of arrests, reductions in coca leaf crop production, and drug interdictions,” Lt. Gen. Hoyos said. “The zone is now much more pacified, much quieter, but we’re not letting our guard down.” FAP flies helicopters similar to those used by the Peruvian Army and National Police. “Some Army and Police personnel are trained at Fort Rucker and others are trained with the Colombian Air Force,” Lt. Gen. Hoyos said. “Such cooperation helps us be more interoperable in joint operations and even in combined operations among air forces.” Prior year training events enabled Peruvian pilots to fly helicopters for more than 700 hours over 35 days to attend to all areas of the country hit by the Coastal El Niño weather event of 2017. The deployment of those units made it possible to rescue people trapped and cut off from the rest of the country due to intense rains, overflowing rivers, landslides, and mudslides, FAP reported. “We need more qualified pilots, given all the mission duties we carry out across the country,” 1st Lt. Cruzado added. SOUTHCOM support In addition to the training and preparation abroad, FAP counts on the support of U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Special Operations, which periodically deploy to Peru. Their mission is to share with FAP members techniques to respond to natural disasters and tactics to interrupt the flow of illegal goods, and provide continuity to the country’s stability. In 2018, SOUTHCOM will offer FAP three training sessions on military tactics. “Each year, a SOUTHCOM Special Forces team travels to our country to train our special forces personnel on how to operate better in VRAEM. SOUTHCOM’s training efforts produce good results. We have far fewer casualties now—basically zero—because we’re better trained on new tactics,” 1st Lt. Cruzado concluded.last_img read more


first_imgby: Chuck FaganI have an amazing network in my CEO Institute classmates. Since I announced my plan to leave CUES and become CEO at PSCU, I’ve been getting emails and texts from them—even the one from Brazil—asking, “Will you be at Darden the first week of May? We want to finish out the institute with you!”I am very sorry to tell them I won’t be there in May—this spring’s CEO Institute III will be held just days after I take the helm at PSCU. But I also tell them I plan to attend the institute in the future because it will perfectly round out what we’ve already learned from the program.CEO Institute I focused on the big picture that is strategic planning. CEO Institute II narrowed our focus to organizational-level development. And CEO Institute III will look at personal leadership style and ways to become more effective.Even with the upcoming shift in my job, I’m planning to participate in CUES’ Strategic Innovation Institute II at Stanford University in August. Last year’s inaugural Strategic Innovation Institute I class at MIT was a wonderful mix of credit union executives and leaders of industry support organizations. So, as the new CEO of a long-time industry CUSO, I’ll still fit right in.And I can count on the Strategic Innovation Institute content being highly useful. The jobs of CEOs and management teams at credit unions and industry organizations alike are getting harder and harder. A willingness to try ideation and new concepts—and not being afraid to fail—will help us all stay on top. I learned a lot of innovation concepts last year that I’ve been able to apply over and over in my work. Strategic Innovation Institute II is designed to be even more hands on.Someone recently asked me what I want the legacy from my years at CUES to be. And I said “innovation.” In addition to helping to launch the Strategic Innovation Institute to bring innovation theory and application to the CU industry, I’ve also helped to launch an organizational culture that fosters innovation at CUES. Down the road, I’d like to be able to say I helped CUES move along the path of trying new things to provide ever-better service and professional development opportunities to its members.When I took the helm at CUES, I meant it to be career, not a stepping stone. But life takes interesting twists and turns, doesn’t it? I’m excited that my next adventure will still be within the CU movement, where world-class learning, great leadership and leaving worthwhile legacies are so highly valued. See you all soon.Charles E. “Chuck” Fagan, III, is president/CEO of the Credit Union Executives Society, an individual membership association based in Madison, Wis., until April 10. He will become CEO of CUES Supplier member PSCU, St. Petersburg, Fla., on April 27. CUES’ SVP/Chief Sales & Member Relations Officer Dawn Poker, CUDE, has been named acting CEO of CUES. Before joining CUES in January 2013, Fagan served as executive vice president of PSCU’s national sales and client relationship teams and helped pioneer the company’s role in bringing emerging payments technologies to its member-owner credit unions. 37SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Charles Fagan Charles E. “Chuck” Fagan, III is President and CEO of PSCU, a credit union service organization that leverages the cooperative model to better serve credit unions and their members through … Web: www.pscu.com Detailslast_img read more