Demonstration promotes solidarity with students of color

first_imgEmma Borne | The Observer Students gathered around Clarke Memorial Fountain on Sunday afternoon to stand in solidarity with students at Mizzou.Students wearing all black gathered at the Clarke Memorial Fountain, known colloquially as Stonehenge, on Sunday evening to show support for minority students on college campuses across the country who have recently faced injustices.Senior Rachel Wallace gathered the students together and began the evening with a moment of silence for those who suffer from hate and violence around the world. A picture of the students was then taken to be posted online. The event also included a discussion of how Notre Dame can use the momentum from these injustices across the country to instigate change.Freshman Alexis Woods said the event was a way to stand in solidarity with minority students at the University of Missouri, and that it was not a protest.“Basically we want to show that we’re in solidarity. … It’s not really a protest — it’s just to show that we’re standing with them,” Woods said.Senior Michelle Pham said the event was an important show of solidarity.“I think it’s important to see, as a minority myself, that other minorities have the support they need on their campuses to feel safe and that they’re not alone in these issues and that they don’t have to feel like they’re unsafe on their campuses in that they have no one to go to,” Pham said. “We’re giving them the support they need to maybe get back up.”Junior Natalie Thomas, another student who attended the event, said during the discussion that minority students should continue to engage with majority students in order to make a lasting impact.“I think we can get caught up, and we can get very frustrated in light of everything that happens on a day-to-day basis, as waking up with the burden of being a minority in America, and exclusively, waking up with the burden of being black in America can be overwhelming. During times like this, we don’t want to become hostile,” Thomas said. “It’s our responsibility, as well, to make it such that [all students] feel welcome … to continue to try and reach out to our white peers and to majority peers. … It’s really the majority that can help us get our grievances heard.”The event concluded with the students writing their thoughts on white boards. The students then had the opportunity to take individual pictures with their messages.Tags: Clarke Memorial Fountain, Minority awareness, Stonehenge, student blackoutlast_img read more

Samantha Soule & More Will Star in The Other Thing Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments The cast is now set for the previously announced world premiere of Emily Schwend’s The Other Thing. The Second Stage Uptown production will star Samantha Soule, John Patrick Doherty, John Doman and Bhavesh Patel. Performances will begin on May 12 at off-Broadway’s McGinn/Cazale Theatre. Opening night is set for May 21. Lucie Tiberghien will direct.The play follows Kim (Soule), a journalist who follows a father and son team of ghost hunters to a haunted barn in rural Virginia. Her assignment turns into an unforgettable night as they prepare for ghost sightings.Soule has appeared on Broadway in The Philanthropist, Dinner at Eight and Coram Boy, and off-Broadway in And I And Silence, Detroit ‘67, Dining Room. Doherty’s credits include Macbeth on Broadway and The Coward off-Broadway. Doman can be seen on the small screen in The Wire, Gotham and The Affair. Patel’s stage credits include Indian Ink, War Horse, Hayden’s Seven Last Words and RadioLoveFest.The Other Things will feature scenic design by Kris Stone, costumes by Beth Goldenberg, lighting design by Matthew Richards and sound design by Broken Chord.last_img read more

Opinion: Straw man deficits

first_imgby Tom Pelham. Media coverage of the state budget has fallen prey to covering a contrived budget rather than the real budget. The contrived budget is one where legislative and administration budget staffs add up, as a planning exercise, an array of budgetary ‘pressures’ believed relevant and compare the sum to expected revenues. Last December, for example, the Governor’s Budget Office and the Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Office tallied general fund budgetary ‘pressures’ of $1.334 billion and expected revenues of $1.184 billion for fiscal 2012 and found an ‘estimated budget gap’ of $150 million. You can find this analysis here:  http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/FY12%20Consensus%20Budget%…(link is external)    Yet, the real budget passed by the Legislature for fiscal 2011 was much lower at $1,088.4 billion. Thus, to move from the actual fiscal year 2011 budget of $1,088.4 billion to a 2012 ‘pressures’ budget of $1.334 billion would require a pie-in-the-sky year over year increase of 22.6% or $246 million. Such growth is only conceivable in the wild eyes of the most ardent ‘tax and spender’.  No reasonable Vermonter expects the state general fund budget to grow by 22.6%. Yet the media has chosen to report legislative progress on the budget relative to this hypothetical budget gap.  By the start of the last legislative session, additional ‘pressures’ swelled the ‘budget gap’ to $176 million.   The resulting headlines and articles such as the Burlington Free Press’s  May 8th ‘Filling the Budget Gap’ and  Vt. Digger’s more recent ‘How Lawmakers Performed the $176 million Budget Miracle’ mislead the public. By basing coverage on the contrived budget and its inflated ‘$176 million budget gap’, reporters frame the budget dialogue in the context of ‘slashed agency budgets’ and employ alarmist quotes to bolster the storyline such as ‘more people will end up on the street or in jail’.  Political leaders as well revel in the boast of closing ‘a $176 million gap without raising broad-based taxes’.  The contrived budget used by the media serves well the hyperbolic interests of advocates and their sympathetic political leaders, but less those of taxpayers’ and others truly interest in the realities of the state budget. The real budget, the one that counts , the one far removed from a contrived 22% or more growth rate but  actually passed into  law, tells a more realistic and valuable story.  Here it is from the Joint Fiscal Office.Source and for more detail: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/fy_2012/FY08_-_FY12_Total_…(link is external) Rather than slashed budgets, the actual budget data (see table below) shows the Total State Budget rising at the healthy annual rates of 5.84% from 2008 (the start of the current recession) through 2011 and 3.39% from 2008 through 2012, given the budget just passed by the Legislature. The budget for 2012 is reduced by $175.6 million from the 2011 level due to the loss of federal stimulus (ARRA) funds. However, where these funds had been assigned to supporting on-going state spending, alternative revenues were found such that the Total State Funds component of the budget was reduced by only $14.9 million. Even with this reduction, which amounts to a mere .74%, the State Funds component of the budget has grown by 1.8% annually since the start of the recession.   Relative to services for the ‘most vulnerable’, the Agency of Human Services budget was not ‘slashed’ for 2012, but actually increased by $46.35 million inclusive of a $94.5 increase in general funds which more than fully off-set  lost ARRA funds. Check here at Section B.345 for details. http://www.leg.state.vt.us/jfo/appropriations/fy_2012/FY09_-_FY12_Gov__T…(link is external) Overall, the Human Services budget during this recession has grown from $1.742 billion to $1.977 billion, equaling an increase of $235 million and an annual growth rate of 4.3% since fiscal 2008. Anne Galloway, editor of vtdigger.org, (STORY) observes in her recent article, ‘For one thing, the budget gap stubbornly keeps popping up, no matter how hard state officials try to quash it. Next year’s projected gap is $70 million.’ The reason the budget gap keeps popping up is clear; the contrived budget process has masked the real budget problems and the legislature has yet to squarely address these real problems despite their boasts of ‘closing the $176 million budget gap’. Recessions are defined by contractions or so-called negative growth of the private economy. These contractions, well beyond the control of the legislature, shrink state revenues. The legislature can only react. One path is to constrain state spending as practiced by Governor’s Snelling and Dean, and wait for economic recovery to restore revenues to a level that matches spending.  Snelling and Dean softened the blow of this transition with temporary tax increases. The other is to continue to grow spending and force revenues to keep pace with spending through permanent higher taxes. So far, Vermont’s legislature has chosen to grow state spending, as demonstrated by the JFO data above, but has avoided major tax increases through fiscal 2011 due to the availability of federal ARRA funding, their equivalent of Snelling’s temporary taxes. For fiscal 2012, legislators continued to avoid major tax increases, but replaced ARRA funds by raiding $23 million from the Education Fund, $4 million from the Transportation Fund, utilizing over $48.7 million in one-time ‘carry forward’ funds from fiscal 2011 (most a result of left over federal ARRA funds), and assuming taxes on cigarette sales will rise by $3 million and the federal government will forgive a $4.1 million interest payment on unemployment insurance funds borrowed last year. Also included are $24.2 million in increased taxes including those on health care providers and health insurance claims, though simultaneously legislators lament the spiraling cost of health care.  However, for fiscal 2013, there may be no more rabbits in the hat. The legislature will no longer be able to delay the choice between permanently raising broad based taxes or bending the state spending curve to be in line with revenues from the current tax structure. Our budget problems are not so severe that citizens and businesses need to dig deeper to pay higher taxes. The state has yet to seriously constrain spending and has already raised taxes in 2009, over Governor Douglas’s veto, and again during the current legislative session as noted above. One tax increase enacted in 2009 just became effective this past January, the elimination of the 40% capital gains exclusion for those over 70 years of age. Alternatively, opportunities for reforms in state government exist such that the any budget gap can be reasonably closed without additional taxes.    However, for this discussion to transparently move forward, the media as communicators to the public at large need to return to more traditional and common sense approaches of reporting budgets. This means a cut is a reduction relative to last year’s actual level and an increase an addition to last year’s level.  The pending budget should be viewed relative to the prior budget that actually exists and has been approved by the legislature and not the fuzzy math budget associated with hypothetical pressures unfiltered by the legislative process. It’s simply not informed nor grounded reporting to use a hypothetical analysis of budget pressures developed by four or five state bureaucrats (of which I’ve been one) that amount to a 22% year over year increase as the baseline for budget coverage. Tom Pelham served as Finance Commissioner for Governor Dean and Tax Commissioner for Governor Douglas.last_img read more

Argentina Is “Least Loved” Team, and Brazil Is Most Loved, According to Survey

first_imgBy Dialogo May 21, 2010 How wrong they are. No body talk about Uruguay, it means that people talk about what they read in the press.Of all mention teams only Germany and Netherlands are present for now.This uruguaian team it’s just lucky or they are good players, not mention by the press…? Argentina is the “least loved” team among the ‘big ones’ that will be competing for soccer’s World Cup in South Africa, and Brazil is the most loved in other countries, according to a survey conducted in nine countries by the French Public Opinion Institute (IFOP) and published Wednesday by the newspaper L’Équipe. According to the poll, 18% of those surveyed who said they were interested in soccer answered “Argentina” when asked “Which team do you like the least?,” slightly more than France, which received 16% of the votes, and Italy (13%). On the other side, on the question about the “most loved” team, Brazil clearly dominated, with 28% support, surpassing that received by the Spaniards (13%), who came in second. In the study, five thousand people in nine countries (the United Kingdom, Brazil, China, the United States, Germany, Spain, Italy, France, and the Netherlands) were asked about their tastes in soccer and their expectations for the upcoming World Cup. Those responsible for the survey at the IFOP included among their conclusions that “the Latin teams, with their offensive style of soccer, are the favorites” of the fans. With regard to the teams considered in the best position to win the championship, Spain dominated with 32% of the votes among those surveyed, surpassing Brazil (25%) and France (16%). These results often diverged widely in favor of each country’s local team. In Spain, 72% of fans had confidence in the ‘Red’ team, while the level of optimism in Brazil was even higher, with 80% of the faithful of the ‘little canary’ believing that their country would bring home a new World Cup title.last_img read more

Salvadoran Military Personnel Being Trained to Stop Border Smuggling

first_img Salvadoran military personnel have begun to be trained by a business group to crack down on smuggling at clandestine border crossings on the borders with Honduras and Guatemala, the Defense Ministry announced Wednesday. The first military personnel to be trained by staff from the Salvadoran Distributors Association are those of the Sumpul Command, posted on the border with Guatemala, in the western department of Ahuachapán, the military specified in a statement. The training includes information on combating “illicit trade, falsification of merchandise, and piracy.” The military personnel are taught about the legal framework on which the authorities rely in order to suppress illegal trade along the borders. The products most readily smuggled are cigarettes, liquor, liquified natural gas, and toothpaste. On orders from President Mauricio Funes, the Salvadoran army is covering sixty-two “blind” (illegal) crossing points on the borders with Guatemala and Honduras. By Dialogo August 13, 2010last_img read more

Long Beach Worker Charged With Dealing Heroin

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Long Beach woman has been accused of dealing heroin from her job at a city-run bus depot where she worked as a clerk and elsewhere in the barrier island community.Chelsey Lindsey pleaded not guilty Wednesday at Nassau County court to charges of official misconduct and criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance.Prosecutors said investigators found that Lindsey was dealing heroin from at least March 3 to June 5. She had five oxycodone pills and a small amount of marijuana on her at the time of her arrest, authorities said. The city has since fired her from her job.Judge Anthony Paradiso set bail for Paradiso at $20,000 cash or bond. She faces up to nine years in prison, if convicted. She is due back in court on Oct. 30.last_img read more

Passenger growth at airports of 14% achieved in February

first_imgIn February 2018, Croatian airports recorded 229 thousand passengers or 13,9% more than in the same month last year, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).The largest passenger traffic was realized by Zagreb Airport, with 170 thousand passengers (increase of 10,0% compared to February 2017), followed by Split Airport with 29 thousand passengers (increase of 28,5% compared to February 2017) and Dubrovnik Airport with 24 thousand passengers (an increase of 6,2% compared to February 2017).The most significant international passenger traffic was realized with German airports, 61 thousand passengers, which is an increase of 17,7% compared to the same period last year. The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at airports in February 2018 was 4, which is an increase of 098% compared to February 2017. </p>
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A Jewish president? Sanders, Bloomberg vie to bust US barrier

first_imgWhite House hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Michael Bloomberg could hardly be more different in their politics, but in one striking way they share a similarity marking a milestone in US presidential campaigning: both men are Jewish.Should Senator Sanders, the progressive torchbearer and current Democratic frontrunner, or centrist billionaire Bloomberg, who is polling in third, win the nomination and then the election against incumbent Donald Trump, America would have the first Jewish president in its history.The contest may have reached a peak Jewish cultural moment at a recent Democratic debate when Sanders and Bloomberg, both 78-year-olds either born or living in New York, compared their heart health on stage. There is little love lost between them, as evidenced in January when Bloomberg sand-bagged his fellow member of the tribe during an address at a Miami synagogue.”I know I’m not the only Jewish candidate running for president,” the media tycoon said, between quoting Leviticus and jokes about Wolfie’s deli.”But I am the only one who doesn’t want to turn America into a kibbutz.”The rise of Sanders has sparked a debate about whether values embraced by Jews, like social justice, are best achieved through policies including universal health care, or by unwavering defense of Israel.Sanders antagonized many in the community Sunday by announcing he was boycotting the upcoming annual meeting of AIPAC, Washington’s influential pro-Israel lobby, because it provides a platform for “bigotry.”Sanders has repeatedly insisted he supports Israel but opposes policies that he says hurt Palestinians. In Tuesday’s debate he branded Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “reactionary racist.”Sanders’s dominance in the race has been a point of pride for some Jews, but anxiety for others.”Sanders is a harder person to cheer for than what the centrist Jewish community fantasized would be the first time they had the chance to consider a Jewish candidate,” Kligfeld said. ‘Proud’ Jewish identity For several decades Jews have voted overwhelmingly Democratic.More than two-thirds of American Jews oppose Trump, despite his proclamations that he is Israel’s most ardent defender, according to pollster Gallup.But only 11 percent of Jewish voters support Sanders for president, while eight percent back Bloomberg, Pew Research Center polling from January shows.Kligfeld noted how much less of a focus their faith is compared to 20 years ago, when Democratic moderate Joe Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew, was the vice presidential nominee.Al Gore’s running mate stirred a spirited debate about Judaism and the White House, notably about how Lieberman could serve as vice president if he observed the Sabbath rule barring work from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday.That Sanders and Bloomberg are less observant than Lieberman may have assuaged similar concerns.With Trump accused of stoking flames of a culture war, and amid a wave of anti-Semitic violence and other hatred, the success of Sanders and Bloomberg is notable.”It’s definitely significant (that) two very different politicians but both of Jewish heritage and proud of their Jewish identity can be in such a prominent national political position,” said Logan Bayroff, director of communications for J Street.The progressive pro-Israel group does not endorse candidates but has said it will support the Democratic nominee against Trump. Many policies of Sanders and other Democratic candidates “line up with our views and the views of the majority of American Jews,” Bayroff said.In his first presidential campaign, in 2016, Sanders largely avoided discussing his Jewishness.He has been more open about his identity this cycle. In December he used a blowtorch to light a Hanukkah menorah in Iowa, where he recalled how his father emigrated from Poland to flee anti-Semitic attacks.In November he wrote an essay in Jewish Currents magazine in which he said several relatives were “murdered by the Nazis.”Topics : And yet the fact that two Jews are in prominent positions in the 2020 race — 16 months after a white nationalist murdered 11 worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue — has been met with muted celebration within the Jewish community, and a sense of detachment among the broader public, observed Rabbi Adam Kligfeld.”It’s amazing, stunning, surprising and odd how little is being made of that data point,” Kligfeld, senior rabbi at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, told AFP.”Maybe that’s a good sign.”The two are also drawing concerns. Sanders is a self-described democratic socialist, while Bloomberg is a multi-billionaire accused of buying his way into the presidential race.last_img read more

‘Instant hoteliers’ sell latest project in Brisbane

first_imgThree more bedrooms, including the master bedroom with an ensuite and walk-in robe, are located on the second floor. Extravagant castle going under the hammer The kitchen has high-end appliances, a walk-in pantry and a polished quartz island bench with a breakfast bar. Terry and Anita on the Channel 7 show Instant Hotel in 2017.The show features couples with short term rental-style properties travelling between homes and rating their experience.Terry, a builder, and Anita, who has a background in interior design and finance, spent 12 months renovating their two-bedroom worker’s cottage in West End for the show, turning it in to a luxury rental property.Since the show, the couple have been busy doing what they do best, and that is renovating and flipping properties.Property data shows that 10A North Street sold in October last year for $850,000, followed by 12 North Street in December for $870,000.Their latest sale at 10 North Street was finalised earlier this month, selling for $860,000.It was sold by Place New Farm agent Alex Rutherford, who has handled all of the sales for the couple on North Street.“That price is a record price for a townhouse in that area and for that lot size,” Ms Rutherford said.“It was bought by a local professional couple who liked the finished, the location and the fact that it is within walking distance of the shopping centre.” Massive million-acre kingdom for sale The townhouse has four bedrooms, three bathrooms and space for two vehicles.It has a wooden entry with a smart lock feature which opens into the ground levels with concrete floors. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59Brisbane’s ‘reno royals’ have sold their latest project — a luxury townhouse at Newmarket.Brouquee, the renovation company owned by Terry Brouwers and Anita Bocquee, has now sold three properties in North Street — numbers 10, 10A and 12.The couple shot to prominence after they won the first season of Instant Hotel during its debut year in 2017. MORE: New Aussie city makes global property rich list There is a mud room, laundry, and a fourth bedroom on this floor, which has access to a fully-fenced, private courtyard and yard with artificial grass. Upstairs, the first floor also has polished concrete floors and timber hardwood features, and is home to the open plan living spaces including the lounge, dining room and kitchen, which open on to a deck with its own built-in barbecue, wine fridge and cabinetry. This house is as ‘good as gold’ More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThe low maintenance backyard at 10 North St, Newmarket Other features include ducted airconditioning, ceiling fans, high ceilings and a home automation system.Sunshine Coast mother and son duo, Debbie and Justin, won season two of Instant Hotel earlier this year, beating fellow Queenslanders, Gene and Sharon from Cairns.last_img read more

Dubai’s $12-million World Cup horse race cancelled

first_img Read Also: Enyimba confirm abduction of Ojo by gunmen, caution media The event was created by horse enthusiast Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai. The main race is a Group 1 flat race of 2km run on a dirt track and has been won by Maktoum’s own Godolphin stable with Irish horse Thunder Snow mounted by the great Belgian jockey Christophe Soumillon in the last two seasons. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DronePretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny Loading… center_img Racing’s ‘Dubai World Cup’ has been postponed until next year due to the coronavirus, organisers said on Sunday. The thoroughbred charge along the Meydan course will be halted this year This year’s event was scheduled for March 28. The main race carries a purse of 12 million USD (11.2 million euros) at the state-of-the-art Meydan racecourse in Dubai. “Dubai World Cup has decided to postpone the 25th edition of the global event until next year,” a statement said.Advertisementlast_img read more