The claws are out at Catz

first_imgSt Catz JCR elections for treasurer had be be recast because of electoral malpractice.Cherwell was informed that the IT Officer had leaked ballot results to a first-year Physicist who was running for the position of treasurer before the ballot closed on Tuesday night.  An anonymous source told Cherwell, “The IT rep told his friend – running for the position – the way the voting was looking before the ballot had closed. He is able to see the exact list of those who have voted, including names.” An email was sent to the JCR from Aidan Clifford, on Tuesday St Cat’s JCR president stating, “I hope you have all been busy exercising your democratic right to elect the committee you deem best, brightest and as keen as buttons.” “As President, it is my responsibility to monitor elections as the JCR’s Returning Officer. In this capacity I may intervene and reset elections I consider compromised.”“Unfortunately, this year’s ballot for the position of Treasurer falls under this category. I will be resetting the vote and reopening it at 10 am tomorrow. I emphasise that you should vote as you see best. This situation will be avoided in the future.”When contacted by Cherwell, Clifford declined to comment.The IT officer stated “Official JCR meeting will be held on Sunday. Until this moment I don’t have a right to give any official comments on the situation. ‘From my personal point of view the leakage was not intentional and didn’t cause any changes in the elections. Election for the Treasurer position were reset in order to eliminate even the slightest possibility of unfairness.”Votes were recast on Wednesday and results are still to be announced. Neither of the candidates were disqualified, nor was there any action taken against Hinel.One St Catz student commented “I was really surprised when I heard about the problems with the elections. Catz generally has a very relaxed, uncompetitive environment and both candidates are generally decent guys.” Both prospective Treasurer candidates were contacted by Cherwell and declined to comment.last_img read more

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North Bergen police fatally shoot man who allegedly stabbed three people

first_imgNORTH BERGEN — Local police fatally shot a man who allegedly stabbed three people Monday morning, according to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.At 3:20 a.m. Monday morning, officers responded to a 911 call regarding a fight in progress at 1601 Union Tpke. After arriving, one officer noticed a female victim with numerous stab wounds and administered medical aid. The woman then directed two other responding officers to behind the residence, where they found another female victim and a male suspect. Officers attempted to deescalate the situation while administering aid to the second victim. However, their efforts to restrain the man with pepper spray did not work, forcing them to discharge their weapons. The suspect was identified as Winston Espino Sanchez, 45, of Union City. He was struck in the torso, treated on scene, and taken to Jersey City Medical Center, where he later passed away, the release said.The County Prosecutor is investigating. ×last_img read more

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Ocean City High School Hosts Transgender Youth Lecture

first_img Ocean City, NJ (January 29, 2018) – Ocean City School District is breaking barriers and opening up the conversation on transgender youth in the school system. On Wednesday, January 24th OCSD invited Dr. Alexandra Redcay, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a PhD in Social Work, to speak to the teachers about what it means to be transgender and what are the best practices to help children cope.Dr. Redcay, along with the title of Social Worker, is a Professor at Millersville University where her coursework focuses on social work research particularly in the areas of LGBT Issues.  Her interests include mental health, addiction, and Latino issues. She travels to Guatemala every year improving her ability to speak Spanish and doing charity work. She is also the executive director at a non-profit agency, Serise. Dr. Redcay works as an expert witness, trainer, therapist, program evaluator, and consultant.When Dr. Redcay opened, she asked the room to raise their hand if they had ever interacted with a trans youth student in the school system. By the amount of hands raised in the auditorium, it was clear that more than half of the teachers had. She then continued on to express the importance of being there for these students with the jaw-dropping statistic of one in three transgender children attempt suicide. Through her two hour lecture, Dr. Redcay weaved in facts, correct terms, trans youth in pop culture, and even a pop quiz.“The Ocean City School District is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive learning environment for transgender students, whether or not we are aware of trans individuals in our schools,” said Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor. “Our commitment to an inclusive school environment enables questioning students to explore their gender and sends a message of acceptance to all students. It isalso important to provide our staff with tools and training needed to best serve all of our students as we did with Dr. Redcay’s presentation about transgender youth.”By staying up-to-date are the most current topics, Ocean City School Districts tries to provide an environment where all students are able to feel safe and be themselves. Dr. Redcaylast_img read more

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String Cheese Incident Headed To Brooklyn’s Most Majestic Venue

first_imgString Cheese Incident will make their way to the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY for a two-night stand at the breathtaking venue, August 13-14. What’s not to be excited for? Not only is the band locked in at the moment, but they are still writing new music that translates seamlessly into the live setting. Arguably the most stylistically diverse of all the jam acts, SCI is still building momentum as they near their 25th year of existence.With their new formula of releasing singles as they are written and recorded from their recently built Sound Lab, as opposed to sitting on the tunes or playing them out in the live setting before ever being released in the standard album format, we’re tasting some seriously sharp Cheese lately.The recently restored Kings Theatre in Flatbush is nothing short of majestic, with a history dating back to 1929. Originally designed as one of the five ‘Loew’s Wonder Theatres’ in the NY/NJ area, with an interior inspired by the Palace of Versailles and the Paris Opera House, the theatre was a beloved Brooklyn neighborhood destination. Several notable entertainers, including Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler, worked as ushers at the famous venue.With the band playing more on point than ever, situated in such a historic venue, these shows are a no-brainer.Tickets are available here, or enter to win them below.last_img read more

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Richard Lazarus: “Environmental law has fallen ‘in arrears’”

first_img Read Full Story Environmental lawlessness was the topic of discussion on April 10, as Richard Lazarus ’79, one of the nation’s foremost experts on environmental law, gave a lecture marking his appointment to the Howard J. and Katherine W. Aibel Professorship of Law.Speaking before a crowd of family, students, colleagues, and friends—including Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts—Lazarus described how environmental law has fallen “in arrears.” After a period of legal and policy innovation that resulted in landmark statutes like the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, Congress has not passed a major new environmental statute or amendment since 1990, he said. The result of this stagnation is a growing mismatch between contemporary technology and environmental issues and outdated, inflexible statutes.“Forty years after modern environmental law’s remarkable emergence here in the United States, there is a whole lot of environmental law, but, our nation’s environmental statutes nonetheless frequently fail to  address, in any systematic way, many of the most pressing environmental problems we face. The law and our governmental institutions are again increasingly in arrears. The legal landscape is simultaneously full and empty, dominated by gaps,” said Lazarus.Read more and watch a video of the discussion on the Harvard Law School website.last_img read more

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Lois Kitsch: Changing lives in Afghanistan

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I had the privilege of sitting down with my co-worker Lois Kitsch, the National Program Director at the Foundation, to talk about her experiences in Afghanistan for International Credit Union (ICU) Day.  ICU Day was established to help people reflect upon the credit union movement’s history and to promote its achievements. It is a day to honor those who have dedicated their lives to the movement, recognize the hard work of those working in the credit union industry, and show members our appreciation.Lois Kitsch started out as a drive-up teller in North Dakota in 1980, and through her passion for credit unions has earned the nickname the “Mother Theresa” of the credit union movement.  She has won numerous awards including the Herb Wegner Award (twice), and most recently the Athena Leadership Award from the World Council’s Global Women’s Leadership Network.For those of you that know Lois, you know she has quite the extensive list of countries across the globe she has visited during her lifetime (about 40).  From the Philippines, to Kenya to Macedonia; Lois has done tremendous work to aid the development of credit unions and organizations worldwide.  Since this day is all about recognizing dedication and hard work for the movement, it’s the perfect time to reflect on her experiences.Between 2003 and 2004, Lois was in Afghanistan – in the midst of the war.  Here are some of thoughts and perspectives about this time in her life: continue reading »last_img read more

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New York State Lawmakers hold Local Roads Matter Rally

first_imgThey’re also calling for a restoration of $65 million cut that the Governor proposed in his budget to the “Extreme Winter Recovery” program, which also goes to local municipalities. Assemblyman Palmesano says they are requesting this for a number of reasons. Joel Kie,the President of the New York State Association of Town Superintendents of Highways and Town of Dickinson Highway Superintendent, also spoke and in a press release he said, Many State highway superintendents from across New York State were there to push for better quality roads, bridges and culverts. ALBANY (WENY/WBNG)- On Wednesday, Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano held their 8th annual “Local Roads Matter” rally in Albany. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano says the “Local Roads Matter” campaign will continue on until the budget is passed. In a press release Seward stated, “Local roads, bridges, and culverts are the foundation of our state’s infrastructure and the numbers bear that out.  Every time you leave your house, chances are high that you are doing most of your traveling on a local road maintained by dedicated county, town, and village transportation workers.  Motorist safety and economic vitality depend on the condition of these roads and the state must step up and fund this key component of our infrastructure,” said Seward. Senator James Seward, who represents Oneonta, was there as well. “This requested additional infrastructure funding is necessary to provide the public with a safe and functional statewide transportation system, one that supports jobs and economic growth for our communities.” Earlier this week, lawmakers sent a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo to try and increase funding for local roads, bridges and culverts. “87 percent of the roads in New York State are only maintained by our local municipalities. 52 percent of the 18,000 bridges are only maintained by our local municipalities and 48 percent of the miles driven, are driven on our local roads,” says Assemblyman Palmesano.last_img read more

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The focus will be on weekend trips. Prepare and be ready

first_imgAs I have repeated many times, there are currently too many assumptions and questions, and too few answers about the current development of the coronavirus, so it is very difficult to plan and predict anything because the situation changes from day to day. Of course, when we talk about tourist “underdeveloped” destinations, the challenge is to secure a budget for promotion, let alone now, but simply without investment and promotion there is no success. Now more than ever, because those are the destinations that will be in focus. So, now is the opportunity to accelerate development and to position yourself further. As I mentioned above, people will avoid places where a lot of people gather in one place for a while. Purely out of fear and precaution, this is why holiday homes / villas with pools are ideal places to relax. EDIT: I hope it is clear to everyone, that they will also need to lower and adjust prices, according to the whole situation. And not just accommodation, but the whole destination. And there is a great opportunity for continental destinations as well. Also, the day after the coronavirus, the most important thing will be to activate the domestic economy as soon as possible, in order to save companies from collapse, and all countries will communicate: buy and travel locally. So we can hardly expect more tourists from the countries around us. Of course, the question is also what the situation with the coronavirus will be with them and how open the borders will be. The motive for coming is not accommodation, but destination Zagreb as the capital city with the most people and the economic center Figuratively – show me the groceries, and I will cook my own lunch Give me groceries for lunch, and I’ll choose how I cook it for myself. Will I add more or less salt, or cook it more or less. But give me as many ingredients as possible, both ready-made and various options. That is why it is not realistic to expect, even ask, entrepreneurs to provide someone with a vacation after a “month” of work. There will also be a fear of higher spending, as in the last financial crisis, which is coming to us again. But again, that doesn’t mean no one will travel, but we need to be aware that it won’t go as usual. As always, we can expect the most from the inhabitants of Zagreb, as a target market because it is our capital. Both because of the largest population and the largest financial power. It sells me a story and an experience, not accommodation. As usual, the motive for coming is not accommodation, but a tourist destination. Anyway, now is the time to plan, round up and define tourism products, prepare promotional campaigns and keep them on stand by for the day after the crown, when the market opens. Then it will be crucial to start communicating right away, not to waste time on preparation Be prepared. Weekend travel will be in demand, don’t wait and whine, get moving and seize the opportunity. But one thing is for sure. Tourism has been hit hard this time, and currently realistic predictions are that we can expect the start of recovery only in the spring of 2021, and not of course in the same numbers as before, and the recovery itself will take the next 2-3 years. Also, only when a vaccine / cure is found can we realistically expect a real recovery, because then that psychological and safety barrier, ie the travel brake, will be removed. Every crisis is also an opportunity And that’s why when it comes to promotion and communication, it’s important to promote content, tourism products. Why should I come to, say, Ivanić Grad. What should I do all weekend or one in Ivanić Grad? This is the main question we have to ask ourselves because it creates a motive for us to come. Throughout the story, the key role of tourist boards is to gather people, make ready-made tourist products and do promotion, both paid and by communication through their channels. That is the meaning of tourist boards anyway. To develop and promote tour. destination, generates new tourism products and leads the strategic process of long-term development. That is why the synergy of everyone in the destination is needed. Join forces and make a good tourist story. For example, if someone is selling primarily rural accommodation, offer me options of what I can do if I come to you. Highlight your partners who offer a variety of experiences. From a wine tasting room, restaurant, cooking workshop, bike rental, etc. možete you can put together interesting stories yourself, let alone if you all come together. When we talk about this tourist year, we can hardly be too optimistic and expect a lot of traffic, but we still have to hope, plan and be ready. We have to be realistic, but also optimistic. There is no surrender, the situation is as it is and we must get the most out of it. This season the focus will be on to a domestic guest as well as weekend trips. So, we have to focus on the domestic guest. It is positive that people will finally want to go out of their homes, because they are tired of self-isolation, but again due to the above facts (vacation and budget) the focus will be on and weekend trips. According to the offer, we also create a story about the destination, arrange accommodation, define the price, target such guests and use the communication channels where they are located. If we target the IT sector, where we offer them an “office in nature”, ie to move the office to a new location for a few days, then we must have a strong internet connection, and we will target them through media channels such as Netokracija.hr, Bug.hr, ICTbusiness.info etc.… Also, we need to think about what will work after work in the destination. Can we organize some team activities for them, such as paintball, zipline or rafting. I trivialize, but it’s clear to you in which direction you need to think. That is why the synergy of everyone at the destination is crucial. We often fall into the trap because we look at ourselves. No one can be alone, no matter how big and powerful he is. One does not make a destination. So, you don’t have to do everything yourself, on the contrary, find partners so that everyone can profit, so that tourist spending goes down to as many local entrepreneurs as possible. Some provide accommodation, others family farms for cooking, sewing, drawing workshops…. the third tells a wine story, the fourth provides bike rental, the fifth is a tour guide, and who recommends a visit to the interpretation center after the tour. And so the story spreads. If we want to learn deeper into the story we need to know what and to whom we are offering. Each profile of tourists is different and has different motives for coming. Those who like active holidays are also looking for such facilities, while those who prefer gastro tourism are looking for an autochthonous and quality eno gastronomic offer. If we do not have it in the destination, we cannot expect such guests either. However, not only Zagreb as the primary market, all residents from larger cities (Split, Rijeka…) will want to go to nature, active vacation and explore, while a good part will avoid larger centers, ie places where a lot of people gather in the same place. . Holiday houses with pool Zagreb Ring, Karlovac County, Lika, Slavonia, Gorski kotar, the interior of Istria – this is an opportunity to jump out and position yourself. As I pointed out earlier, the focus will be on the domestic guest. Although one should be aware of a couple of factors that currently affect the domestic guest. Many people have lost their jobs or have their salaries reduced, as well as the fact that a good proportion of private sector employees are currently forced to take annual leave. Also, there will be no annual leave in the private sector, at least not on a larger scale, because when all measures are removed and the economy is launched, there will be a struggle to save and recover companies. Cover photo: Varaždin County Tourist Boardlast_img read more

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Borrowed time

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China toll leaps past 1,600 as first death reported outside Asia

first_imgAn 80-year-old Chinese tourist died from the new coronavirus, French Health Minister Agnes Buzyn said Saturday.Only three other deaths have been recorded outside mainland China — in the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Japan.The death toll in China, meanwhile, rose to 1,662 Sunday after Hubei reported 139 new deaths.Several countries have banned arrivals from China and major airlines have cut services to the country. The death toll from the new coronavirus outbreak surpassed 1,600 in China on Sunday, with the first fatality reported outside Asia fuelling global concerns.More than 68,000 people have now been infected in China from a virus that emerged in central Hubei province in December before spreading across the country and some two dozen countries.Amid criticism over the handling of the crisis, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for tighter policing to protect social stability, while Beijing ordered people returning to the capital to self-quarantine for 14 days in the latest drastic measure aimed at containing the virus. The biggest cluster outside China is on a quarantined cruise ship off Japan, with 285 infections now as dozens more cases were confirmed. A US State Department spokesperson said Americans stranded on the vessel would be evacuated, and would face a further quarantine of two weeks in the United States.- More police -The virus spread last month as millions travelled across the country for the Lunar New Year holiday, which was extended by three days — more than a week in some cities — in an effort to prevent further contagion.People have slowly started to return to work in the past two weeks, though many are doing their jobs from home and schools remain closed.Beijing’s municipal government enacted a rule on Friday requiring all people coming to the capital to quarantine themselves for 14 days, warning that violators would be punished, according to official media.It was unclear how authorities would enforce the measure.Chinese authorities have placed some 56 million people in Hubei and its capital Wuhan under quarantine, virtually sealing off the province from the rest of the country in an unprecedented effort to contain the virus.A number of cities far from the epicentre have also imposed tough measures limiting the number of people who can leave their homes.The government must “increase use of police force and strengthen the visible use of police”, to ensure stability during the crisis, Xi said in a February 3 speech published by state media on Saturday.In another drastic preventive measure, China’s central bank said Saturday that used banknotes were being disinfected with ultraviolet light or high temperatures, and stored for up to 14 days before they are put back into circulation.The scale of the epidemic ballooned this week after authorities in Hubei changed their criteria for counting cases, retroactively adding thousands of new patients to their tally.- New cases fall -Hubei added more than 14,000 cases in a single day this week after officials there started counting people clinically diagnosed through lung imaging, in addition to those with a positive lab test result.On Saturday, the National Health Commission reported 2,641 new cases of the COVID-19 strain, with the vast majority in Hubei.The number, however, was almost half those reported the previous day, and World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the body has asked China for details on how diagnoses were being made.”China has bought the world time. We don’t know how much time,” he said.”We ask all governments, companies, and news organisations to work with us to sound the appropriate level of alarm without fanning the flames of hysteria.”He said he was concerned by the continued increase of cases in China as well as “the lack of urgency in funding the response from the international community”.The number of new confirmed cases has been steadily falling outside Hubei.A top Chinese scientist had predicted that the epidemic could peak by the end of this month after the number of new cases had fallen earlier in the week.But the WHO has cautioned that it was “way too early” to make any predictions about the disease’s trajectory.An international team of WHO experts will arrive in Beijing this weekend for a joint mission with Chinese counterparts.Topics :last_img read more

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