Don accused of rape to continue teaching

first_imgMany staff members encouraged those present not to speak to the media about the furore. Professor Rogan told students: “We can’t tell you what you should say. But I encourage everyone to use their moral judgement about how they voice their concerns – not to victimise the women who’ve made the allegations or the men who’ve been accused ofthings they’ve not yet had the chance to defend themselves against.”One postgrad said: “There should have been a more open and frank discussion with female students about how to make them feel safer,” she said. “Women won’t come forward here and say how they feel.”A number of students expressed concern about Ramadan continuing to teach and be present in the faculty. One claimed that immediately following the first allegation, Ramadan was seen “walking and laughing in the hall as if nothing had happened.”Head of humanities Karen O’Brien told students that Ramadan is still a supervisor, but his doctoral supervisees could have individual discussions about how they would like their supervisions to proceed.She stressed that their priority was that the students’ education could continue uninterrupted, adding:“The situation will be kept under review. We can’t prejudge outcomes.”A Middle East student told Cherwell: “Frankly, I’m shocked by how badly the University has dealt with this incident. While Professor Ramadan must be assumed innocent until proven guilty, this does not excuse the absolute lack of communication between the Middle East Centre and affected students.“This story broke two weeks ago. At very least, we should have received an email [from the faculty].“Also disappointing is how Professor Ramadan was allowed to teach MPhil students as usual last week, despite these serious allegations having been made.”In a statement to Cherwell, Eugene Rogan said: “Tuesday’s meeting was focused on addressing student welfare issues emerging from the allegations against professorRamadan, to ensure the Faculty responded to student concerns as we move forward.”He added: “The Faculty has been in contact with all of Professor Ramadan’s supervisees to arrange meetings to discuss their concerns and wishes.“The University acts to ensure that its welfare services and support systems are readily accessible; its harassment and sexual assault reporting systems are confidential, totally supportive and clearly understood. We have arrangements in place for confidential discussion of individual anxieties and for any questions related to immediate personal safety, and graduate student supervisory arrangements will always be responsive to the concerns of the student.” Students at the Oxford Middle East Centre have reacted in anger to the University’s response to the mounting accusations of rape against Islamic professor Tariq Ramadan,accusing senior figures of acting “as if nothing had happened”.Ramadan is currently being investigated by French authorities over two allegations of rape, sexual assault, violence and harassment. Ramadan has described the allegations as a “campaign of lies” and said he is suing the alleged victims for “slander”.Since the first allegation of rape surfaced two weeks ago, the professor has reportedly taught a seminar in Oxford and been seen “laughing” with faculty members.In response to requests from students, senior figures in the faculty held a meeting on Tuesday “to address implications for student welfare arising from the allegations”.The faculty told students they intend Ramadan to continue to both tutor and supervise on his return to Oxford from Qatar – although students may ask for another faculty member to be in the room if they wish.At the meeting, held at St Antony’s College, several students expressed anger at the “lack of communication” from the University, claiming they had heard of the allegations by “word of mouth” without any acknowledgement from the department.Director of the Middle East Centre Eugene Rogan repeatedly apologised to students for taking ten days to respond to the allegations, blaming the delay on the fact that the controversy was happening in another country with a different legal system.Rogan reminded students: “It’s not just about sexual violence. For some students it’s just another way for Europeans to gang up against a prominent Muslim intellectual. We must protect Muslim students who believe and trust in him, and protect that trust.”last_img read more

Rejecting Challenge Of Search, COA Affirms Cocaine Conviction

first_imgRejecting Challenge Of Search, COA Affirms Cocaine ConvictionOlivia Covington for www.theinndianalawyer.comDeciding that the “community caretaker role” exception to the Fourth Amendment can be extended beyond questions regarding seizures of a vehicle, the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed a man’s cocaine conviction Monday after finding that evidence of the cocaine was not admitted in violation of his constitutional rights.In August 2015, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Aaron Helton observed a man lying face-down and unresponsive on a sidewalk. When medics arrived at the scene, William McNeal approached Helton, who noticed that the man was sweating, had red eyes and slurred speech and had a rapid heartbeat that looked like his heart “was beating out of his chest.” When the man began to wake up, McNeal repeatedly told him “We got to go,” then began speaking gibberish.McNeal continued to try to leave the scene but kept falling down, so Helton handcuffed him to keep him seated at the scene. The medics determined that both the unconscious man and McNeal needed to go to the hospital, but before McNeal was transported Helton ran a check on his identification and found that McNeal had an outstanding arrest warrant. A subsequent search incident to arrest also found three baggies of cocaine in his pants pocket.The state charged McNeal with Level 5 felony possession of cocaine, but McNeal filed a motion to suppress, arguing that his detention by police was unconstitutional, so all evidence subsequently obtained was inadmissible. The Marion Superior Court denied the motion and McNeal was convicted after a bench trial.McNeal appealed in William McNeal v. State of Indiana, 49A05-1604-CR-838, arguing that the trial court had abused its discretion by admitting the cocaine as evidence. Specifically, he argued that the evidence was obtained in violation of his constitutional protections in the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Article 1, Section 11 of the Indiana Constitution, both of which protected against unlawful searches and seizures.But a panel of the Indiana Court of Appeals disagreed with both constitutional challenges Monday and affirmed McNeal’s cocaine conviction.Judge Terry Crone, writing for the panel, said Helton’s detention of McNeal was reasonable under police officers’ community caretaking function.Crone wrote that the panel, using a three-part community caretaking analysis, found that Helton had detained McNeal out of concern for his safety and health and, further, handcuffed him because it was the most feasible, effective and least intrusive way for Helton to secure McNeal’s safety.“We emphasize that although prior Indiana courts have either not had occasion or not been inclined to extend the community caretaking exception beyond inventory searches of impounded vehicles, and most recently have extended the community caretaking function only to cases in which a vehicle is involved in some way… it would be illogical to think that a police officer cannot aid a citizen in distress, abate hazards, or perform the ‘infinite variety of other tasks calculated to enhance and maintain the safety of communities’ simply because a vehicle is not involved,” Crone wrote.Additionally, because McNeal had voluntarily interrupted Helton and because he was speaking in gibberish and continually falling, the panel found that a reasonable person could conclude that McNeal had or was going to commit the crime of public intoxication.Finally, Crone wrote that under the totality of the circumstances, Helton’s detention of McNeal was reasonable and, thus, was not in violation of his rights under Article I Section 11 of the Indiana Constitution.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik to appear at Little City Books…

first_imgWriter Adam Gopnik will read from his 1980s memoir at Hoboken’s Little City Books on Oct. 4. HOBOKEN – New Yorker writer, best-selling author and master storyteller Adam Gopnik will spin yarns from his new memoir about New York City in the 1980s – romance, insight, art, and cockroaches – on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. at Little City Books, 100 Bloomfield St., Hoboken.When Gopnik and his soon-to-be-wife, Martha, left the comforts of home in Montreal for New York, the city then, much like today, was a pilgrimage site for the young, the arty, and the ambitious.But it was also becoming a city of greed, where both life’s consolations and its necessities were increasingly going to the highest bidder. “At the Strangers’ Gate” builds a portrait of this particular moment in New York through the story of this couple’s journey from their excited arrival as aspiring artists to their eventual growth into a New York family.Gopnik transports the reader to his tiny basement room on the Upper East Side, and later to SoHo, where he captures a unicorn: an affordable New York loft. He details his professional meanderings, from graduate student-cum-library-clerk to the corridors of Conde Nast and the galleries of MoMA. Between tender and humorous reminiscences, including affectionate portraits of Richard Avedon, Robert Hughes, and Jeff Koons, among many others, Gopnik discusses the ethics of ambition, the economy of creative capital, and the peculiar anthropology of art and aspiration in New York, then and now.Seating is limited, and to reserve a place you must purchase a copy of the book online( or in the store. ×Writer Adam Gopnik will read from his 1980s memoir at Hoboken’s Little City Books on Oct. 4.last_img read more

St. Baldrick’s Day at OCHS – Key Club/Student Council – May 31st

first_img2. Click Donate3. Complete the form with your individual/business information so we can recognize you at our event.St. Baldrick’s will provide the team with the most funds raised with a gold medallion, as well as individual gift cards from Heritage/7th Street for each individual member of the winning team. Any individual who participates in shaving/cutting will have their name placed in a drawing to win a Cruiser Bike from Annarelli’s Bicycle Store. Any individual or businesses who makes a donation will be recognized at the event.Thank you for contributing to St. Baldrick’s and helping to make Ocean City’s first head shaving event a success! Ocean City High School’s Key Club and Student Council are hosting a new event this year called St. Baldrick’s on May 31st during community lunch in the main gym.  St. Baldrick’s is a non-profit organization that raises money that is put towards research for cures for childhood cancer.  Only 4% of federal funding of cancer research is put towards childhood cancer; it is up to charities such as St. Baldrick’s to raise money for this groundbreaking research.Males will be shaving their heads to raise awareness for the need for funding and to stand in solidarity with the children who do not have a choice as to whether or not they lose their hair.  Ladies will donate their hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths, who is partnered with the American Cancer Society. To us, it’s hair. To women battling cancer, it’s hope. Pantene Beautiful Lengths was created to help women feel like themselves again with free, real-hair wigs.There are four opportunities for students and staff members to get involved:Shave their heads to raise awareness for the need for funding and to stand in solidarity with the children who do not have a choice as to whether or not they lose their hair.Donate their hair-you must have a minimum of 8 inches to donate.  Stylists from local salons will be responsible for cutting and styling their new haircut.Create/join a fundraising team.Attend the day of the event and make a donation on site.We are looking for local businesses to help with fundraising and donations. I’ve included a link and directions where businesses can go to make donations”To donate to a team:visit Ocean City High School St. Baldrick’s Event | A St. Baldrick’s Eventochssc.orgThis St. Baldrick’s Foundation event is raising money for childhood cancer research by shaving heads! Whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate, we hope you’ll be a part of the excitement.last_img read more

Weekly Activity Report April 8-14

first_imgOcean City Public Safety Building Calls for Service: 587        Daily Average: 83April 8, 2018: SundayCalls for service: 76Stops: 12 Accidents: 0    Property Checks: 28      Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 4 Fire and 4 EMS callsApril 9, 2018: MondayCalls for service: 60Stops: 11   Accidents: 2   Property Checks: 24      Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 5 Fire and 2 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 800 block West Ave., at 12:13pmMotor vehicle accident, W. 18th St., at 3:35pmDomestic violence, Anchorage Dr., at 7:45pmApril 10, 2018: TuesdayCalls for service: 69Stops: 14   Accidents: 1    Property Checks: 24    Alarms: 5The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 5 EMS callsDomestic violence, Asbury Rd., at 8:59amWarrant, 800 block Central Ave., one in custody, at 10:43amMotor vehicle accident, 4th St. & Simpson Ave., at 4:29pmApril 11, 2018: WednesdayCalls for service: 75Stops: 25  Accidents: 1 Property Checks: 23  Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 11 fire and 7 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 18th St. & Bay Ave., at 7:43amFraud, 1600 block West Ave., at 10:00amApril 12, 2018: ThursdayCalls for service: 75Stops: 29   Accidents: 0  Property Checks: 26 Alarms: 0The Police Department assisted with 10 fire and 4 EMS callsWarrant, Route 52, one in custody, at 7:42amApril 13, 2018: FridayCalls for service: 87Stops: 25   Accidents: 0   Property Checks: 30  Alarms: 0The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 3 EMS callsWarrant, 200 block Asbury Ave., three in custody, at 4:25amTheft, 100 block West Ave., at 9:07amFraud, 200 block 9th St., at 9:16amDomestic violence, 900 block Ocean Ave., at 9:01amBurglary, 100 block 12th St., at 4:24pmApril 14, 2018: Saturday (Doo Dah Parade)Calls for service: 143Stops: 32   Accidents: 0    Property Checks: 29  Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 9 Fire and 4 EMS callsWarrant, 800 block West Ave., one in custody, at 9:40amTheft, 200 block 9th St., at 2:00pmTheft, 1100 block Boardwalk, at 7:34pmPUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.Bicycle riders must obey all motor vehicle laws similar to that of a motor vehicle. They must stop at stop signs, traffic lights and ride with the flow of traffic.       Bicycle riders are not pedestrians and do not have the same right of way as a pedestrian when crossing the street at an intersection.When traveling on Route 52, remember that New Jersey State Law requires vehicles to KEEP RIGHT and pass left. The speed limit is 45 mph for the causeway.last_img read more

News story: Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell responds to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill vote

first_img The EU (Withdrawal) Bill provides certainty for business and families in Scotland as we leave the EU. It fully respects both the spirit and letter of the devolution settlement. It guarantees the vast majority of powers returning from the EU will go directly to Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. In a small number of areas current arrangements will remain in place until we can create new UK-wide frameworks. We have made strenuous efforts during a year of negotiations to reach agreement with the Scottish and Welsh governments. We are disappointed the Scottish Government did not support it, as the Welsh Government has done. The constitutional settlement provides for this situation, and we are proceeding in line with the Sewel Convention. We now need to look to the future, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with the Scottish Government to create the UK-wide legal frameworks we need to protect the UK internal market – a market which is vital for business and jobs in Scotland. Mr Mundell said:last_img read more

ZZ Top Announces 50th-Anniversary Tour

first_imgZZ Top has revealed their plans for a lengthy 50th-anniversary tour in 2019. The late-summer/fall U.S. trek will follow a trio of Texas performances in May and a substantial run of shows in Europe throughout June and July. Cheap Trick will serve as the primary support act for the tour, with Lynyrd Skynyrd also locked in for a handful of dates.As guitarist/vocalist Billy Gibbons explains of the tour in a statement, “It’s been five decades, and I think we’re starting to get pretty good at all this. We’re truly excited to be appearing across the continent this summer and fall, playing our bluesy kind of rock like we started in ’69. The beards, Frank [Beard]’s excepted, are perhaps a bit longer, yet nothing else has changed. We’re keeping it that way.”Related: Love Rocks NYC Brings Robert Plant, Sheryl Crow, Ann & Nancy Wilson, Buddy Guy, Billy Gibbons, & Many More Together For A Cause [Videos]Tickets for ZZ Top’s 50th-anniversary tour go on sale this Friday, April 12th. Check out a list of ZZ Top’s upcoming 50th-anniversary tour dates below. For more information and ticketing details, head to the band’s website here.ZZ Top 50th-Anniversary Tour DatesAugust 16 – Ridgefield, WA @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre*August 17 – Airway Heights, WA @ Northern Quest Casino TheaterAugust 20 – Yakima, WA @ Yakima Valley SunDomeAugust 21 – Woodinville, WA @ Chateau Ste. Michelle*August 23 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre**August 24 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion**August 25 – Paso Robles, CA @ Vina Robles Amphitheatre*August 27 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington TheaterAugust 28 – San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre*August 29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre*September 1 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre*September 4 – Milwaukee, WI @ BMO Harris Pavilion”September 6 – Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*September 7 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre*September 8 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheater*September 10 – Huber Heights, OH @ Rose Music Center *September 11 – Burgettstown, PA @ KeyBank Pavilion*September 13 – Ocean City, MD @ Ocean City BikeFestSeptember 14 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion*September 18 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion*September 19 – Wantagh. NY @ Jones Beach Theater*September 21 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion *September 22 – Louisville, KY @ Champions ParkOctober 5 – Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre*October 6 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion*October 9 – Charleston, SC @ Volvo Cars Stadium*October 11 – Cherokee, NC @ Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center*October 12 – Manchester, TN @ Exit 111 FestivalOctober 13 – Alpharetta, GA @ Verizon Amphitheatre*October 15 – Augusta, GA @ James Brown Arena*October 16 -St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre*October 18 – Estero FL @ Hertz Arena*October 19 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre*October 20 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre** with Cheap Trick**with Lynyrd SkynyrdView Upcoming Tour Dateslast_img read more

Child weight loss reduces diabetes risk

first_imgU.S. researchers found overweight girls who lose weight before adulthood reduced their risk of diabetes.Researchers at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., and Boston’s Harvard University found nurses who reported being overweight at age 5 were twice as likely to develop diabetes as those who remembered being normal weight…Read more herelast_img

‘RESILIENT’ showcases Bostonians’ opioid recovery

first_imgThe opioid crisis is being felt acutely in Massachusetts, with nearly 40 individuals dying every week from an opioid overdose. Amidst the epidemic, a new project led by two Harvard Medical School (HMS) students aims to highlight a different story arc.“RESILIENT: Narratives of Hope from Boston’s Opioid Crisis” is a curated collection of interviews and photographs of 31 individuals connected to the opioid epidemic in the greater Boston area. The exhibit, which launched Wednesday evening at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), displays the insights and images of the individuals across five themed panels spanning more than 35 feet. A team of over twenty individuals, mostly composed of healthcare students and other young professionals, collected the interviews and photographs for RESILIENT over the course of the last year.RESILIENT co-directors Mimi Yen Li and Joyce Zhou, second-year students at HMS, said they hope the project will engage viewers about topics such as stigma, medication-assisted treatment, and recovery options. They also hope to promote conversation and action.“We aimed to create a platform to present a different narrative of the opioid crisis,” Zhou said. “While recognizing the tragedy and loss, RESILIENT highlights hope and recovery, a side of the story too often missed in coverage of the epidemic.”,The four primary panels are organized thematically. “On Empathy” challenges viewers to consider the stigma against substance use disorder as a barrier to empathizing with those struggling with opioid dependence. “On Healing” focuses on stories of recovery from those who struggled with opioid dependence and the individuals who helped guide their healing. “On Change” chronicles innovations in medical management, government policy, and law enforcement which have all been aimed at improving the city’s and the state’s response to the crisis. The final panel, “On Belonging,” asks viewers to consider the role they can play.“How will you take part?” the exhibit concludes.“We have a profound debt to everyone who shared their stories with us for this project,” Yen Li adds. “This project would not have been possible without the courage of our interviewees and the hard work of our volunteer contributors.”The launch of RESILIENT coincided with the start of “Recovery Month,” a series of events that have been organized to educate staff and community members about the opioid crisis and bring attention to services offered at the hospital to combat it. The launch included guest speakers Dr. Joji Suzuki, Dr. Christin Price, and Dr. Scott Weiner from BWH’s comprehensive opioid response team; Ursel Hughes, a recovery coach, person in recovery, and project participant; a patient from BRIDGE clinic; and co-directors Zhou and Yen Li. The event concluded with an animated story of recovery featuring project participant Pesha Rose Miller. More than 150 community members attended the exhibit.The exhibit is open to the public and will remain on display at BWH for the next two months.last_img read more

CVPS requests 8.34 percent rate hike

first_imgDriven by reliability and transmission improvements and increasing power costs, Central Vermont Public Service has asked the Vermont Public Service Board to authorize an 8.34 percent rate increase under the company’s alternative regulation plan. The change would leave the company’s rates among the lowest of the major utilities in New England. It would take effect with bills rendered starting Jan. 1, 2011.The bill for a residential customer who uses 500 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month would rise from $78.11 to $84.54, a difference of $6.43. By comparison, the same customer would pay as much as $121.80 elsewhere in New England, according to the Edison Electric Institute.Since 1999, CVPS rates have risen at a fraction of the rate of inflation in the energy sector, with a handful of increases and decreases, including a 1.15 percent decrease in July. Overall, rates in 2011 are expected to be 21.8 percent higher than in 1999. Based on the latest federal data available, the Consumer Price Index for Energy has increased 81 percent.‘Controlling costs has been one of my primary goals over the years, and we appreciate the effect any increase has in this economy,’ President Bob Young said. ‘The increase is largely due to increases in power costs and a large increase for reliability improvements and regional transmission costs. I wish we could put off these kinds of costs, but the improvements are critical to customer service and reliability.‘Despite this increase, thanks to solid power supply decisions and a focus on internal cost controls, our rates will remain among the most affordable in the Northeast,’ Young said.Other Vermont utilities have received rate increases ranging from 3.11 percent to as much as 30.76 percent in the past six months.The new rates will serve as the base rates for 2011 under CVPS’s alternative regulation framework. Under the plan, CVPS’s rates are adjusted up or down every quarter to account for specified changes in power costs, and annually for specified changes in other costs and earnings.Source: CVPS. 11.3.2010last_img read more