MPs outraged as Labour takes no further action against alleged OULC anti-Semitism

first_imgA group of Labour MPs have criticised the party’s decision to take no further action against Oxford University Labour Club students accused of anti-Semitism.At a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party on Monday, John Mann, Ruth Smeeth, and Ian Austin all raised concerns about the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) ruling to suspend any further action towards the pair of OULC members implicated in anti-Semitism by Labour peer Baroness Janet Royall’s investigation last year.Baroness Royall’s eleven month inquiry, summarised in a report last May, was triggered by the resignation of OULC co-chair Alex Chalmers in February 2016 after the club voted to endorse the controversial Israel Apartheid Week (IAW). He claimed some members of the club “have some kind of problem with Jews.”Speaking about the NEC’s decision not to take further action, Chalmers told Cherwell: “This latest move by the party leadership is disappointing but unsurprising considering its track record on the subject.”In response to the NEC’s decision not to take further action, Baroness Royall said: “I am deeply disappointed by the outcome and fear it will further harm relations between the Jewish community and our party by confirming a widely held view that we do not take anti-Semitism seriously.”John Mann, one of the Labour MPs who railed against the NEC’s decision and chair of the All-party parliamentary group against anti-Semitism, told Cherwell: “Having spoken at Oxford Labour club and to Jewish students, I well understand what has been happening at Oxford. I am extremely disappointed that no action has been taken and that communication with Jewish students throughout the process has been so dismal. Simply put this is not good enough. If our party is to be taken seriously as an antiracist institution, we must act. I will continue to call out inaction and reassure Jewish students and others that apathy to anti-Semitism will not be tolerated by me or many other Labour MPs.”Oxford’s Jewish Society stated: “The Labour NEC Disputes panel decision to clear two individuals of from OULC of anti-Semitism is utterly shameful and demonstrates yet again that the Labour Party is unwilling to confront the anti-Semitism in its ranks. This decision is bitterly disappointing and will only continue the trend of Labour spaces becoming increasingly frightening and alienating for Jewish students. It is hard to believe that following Baroness Royall finding that the incidents in the OULC took place, that the NEC decided to drop the case.”An anonymous source told Cherwell: “The total dropping of this investigation seems like the final straw, undermining the very serious allegations made by both myself and my peers.“Whilst the party and indeed Oxford Labour club may not be, as has been concluded in the past, institutionally anti-Semitic, it certainly has endemic problems that need to be tackled and the only way I truly believe these problems can be solved is if there is full awareness of the facts on the ground and an honest relationship between the party and its Jewish members. What I experienced in OULC was extremely humiliating, demoralising and profoundly unpleasant and I am utterly appalled that justice will never be served.” Ian Austin and the OULC were contacted for comment. Ruth Smeeth declined to comment.last_img read more

Wind gusts topping 50 mph to hit on Monday in Michiana

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Google+ IndianaLocalMichiganNewsWeather Facebook Wind gusts topping 50 mph to hit on Monday in Michiana Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Previous articleMichigan reports dip in virus cases but might be fewer testsNext articleTelemedicine surges as doctors close offices 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Google+ Pinterest By 95.3 MNC – April 12, 2020 0 332 (Photo supplied/ABC 57) (David Caulfield/ABC 57 Meteorologist) While showers are possible on Monday morning, April 13, strong winds are the main headline grabber. Wind gusts of 45-55 mph are possible across Michiana on Monday, so be sure outside objects are secure or brought inside. The wind and weather pattern, in general, will be calmer on Tuesday, but temperatures will retreat back into the lower 40s again. Highs will stay in the 40s on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday as well. Showers look likely on Friday before milder air returns for the weekend….WIND ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 5 AM EDT /4 AM CDT/ TO8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/ MONDAY…* WHAT…West winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph expected. A brief period of gusts 50 to 55 mph is possible Monday morning.* WHERE…Portions of northern Indiana, southwest Michigan and northwest Ohio.* WHEN…From 5 AM EDT to 8 PM EDT Monday.* IMPACTS…Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a highprofile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.Your ABC 57 First Warning Neighborhood Weather Center Forecast:Monday: Showers early. Windy and mostly cloudy. High 42.Tuesday: Partly sunny. High 42.Wednesday: Partly sunny and cool. High 41.last_img read more

Gorillaz Officially Detail New Album, ‘The Now Now’, Share Two Singles & Music Video

first_imgAnimated hip-hop group Gorillaz had a very busy year in 2017. The band released their first studio album since 2010, Humanz, and have continued to tour the world in its support. This weekend, the band heavily hinted at another album, which had fans waiting on the edge of their seat for an official announcement. Today, the band officially rolled out the details of their sixth studio effort, entitled The Now Now, which is due out June 29th via Warner Bros. Records. On top of that, they’ll be touring North America.Produced by Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford—who most recently worked with Arctic Monkeys on Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino—the new Gorillaz album features three special guest contributors: George Benson, Jamie Principle, and Snoop Dogg. The latter two, Jamie Principle and Snoop, appear together on the track, “Hollywood”. Recorded at London’s Studio 13 in February, Gorillaz have shared the album’s art and tracklisting, which you can see below.Described by Damon Albarn as a “summer record”, The Now Now mostly focuses on his own vocals. “I thought I should make a record where I’m just singing for once,” he explained. “It’s pretty much just me singing, very sort of in the world of 2-D… I feel really good about it. I feel really really good about it.”Additionally, two songs and a music video have been released. Watch the official music video for “Humility”, featuring George Benson and starring Jack Black. You can also stream “Lake Zurich” from the new release below.“Humility”“Lake Zurich”[Videos: Gorillaz]In addition to all this, Gorillaz have announced new tour dates, including arenas in Toronto, Montreal, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Chicago, before returning to Los Angeles for another Demon Dayz Festival. Tickets for all the shows go on sale Friday, June 8th, at 10:00 am PST/1:00 pm EST via Ticketmaster. Head to the band’s website for more information.The Now Now Tracklist:01. Humility (feat. George Benson)02. Tranz03. Hollywood (feat. Snoop Dogg and Jamie Principle)04. Kansas05. Sorcererz06. Idaho07. Lake Zurich08. Magic City09. Fire Flies10. One Percent11. Souk EyeView TracklistingGorillaz 2018 Tour Dates:06/01 – Nuremberg, DE @ Rock Im Park06/03 – Mendig, DE @ Rock Im Ring06/09 – Dublin, IE @ Malahide Castle06/15 – Barcelona, ES @ Sónar Festival06/21 – Chiba, JP @ Makuhari Messe07/05 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter07/06 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival07/07 – Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival07/11 – Bern, CH @ Gurtenfestival07/12 – Lucca, IT @ Lucca Summer Festival07/14 – Bilbao, ES @ Bilbao BBK Live07/19 – Nyon, CH @ Paléo Festival07/21 – Carhaix, FR @ Vieilles Charrues07/22 – Paris, FR @ Lollapalooza Paris07/25 – Kiev, UA @ U-Park Festival07/28 – Moscow, RU @ Park Live Festival08/09 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival08/11 – Ovington, UK @ BoomTown Fair08/16 – St. Pölten, AT @ Frequency Festival08/17 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival10/08 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre *10/09 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre *10/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center *10/13 – New York, NY @ Barclays Center *10/14 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden #10/16 – Chicago, IL @ United Center *10/20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Demon Dayz Festival* = w/ The Internet# = w/ Little DragonView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

Letter opposes possible EPA shift

first_img Unsafe levels of toxic chemicals found in drinking water of 33 states The letter, which concludes by urging the EPA to withdraw the draft rule, is one of two that Jacobs said the clinic will submit. The second will focus in more detail on what she described as the rule’s numerous legal deficiencies.The rule would require that the raw data supporting scientific conclusions on which EPA regulations are based be publicly available. Supporters of the move — including former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who submitted the proposal in April — argue that the rule would allow the underlying science to be independently validated. In announcing the proposal, Pruitt hailed the end of “the era of secret science at the EPA” and said the reproducibility that it would enable is “vital for the integrity of the rulemaking process.”The proposal quickly drew criticism from analysts and scientists concerned about its impact on EPA regulations. In May, members of the EPA’s own Science Advisory Board criticized the proposal, saying it was drafted without input from scientists. A month later, then-Harvard President Drew Faust wrote to Pruitt that his criticism of “secret science” misrepresented a process that has an obligation both to use private health information for the greater good and to protect subjects’ privacy.Tuesday’s letter points out that health studies on human subjects are typically conducted on condition of confidentiality. In fact, protecting subjects’ identities is not just common practice, but in many cases is required by laws such as the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and by contracts between researchers and research subjects.“When an individual gives private information with the promise it’ll be protected, that promise is important,” said Laden, a past member of the Science Advisory Board and the first author of follow-up studies to the 1993 Harvard Six Cities Study, whose results led to EPA restrictions on fine particles a few years later.Because of those privacy guarantees, the letter said, the transparency requirement would mean that many key studies documenting harm from air, water, chemical, and other environmental pollution would not inform EPA regulations. The general effect would be to keep many findings of harm to human health from being considered in the rulemaking process. “Most human health studies contain protected health information. This rule threatens the bedrock of what the medical community stands for [and] the health of all of us.” Renee Salas, instructor in emergency medicine at HMS and MGH and researcher with the Harvard Global Health Institute “Most human health studies contain protected health information,” said Renee Salas, an instructor in emergency medicine at HMS and MGH, a signatory of the letter and a researcher at the Harvard Global Health Institute into the effects of climate change on human health. “This rule threatens the bedrock of what the medical community stands for. … From my physician/researcher perspective, this proposed rule threatens the health of all of us.”The letter also said that data transparency does not guarantee valid, high-quality science. In the scientific community, study quality is judged not by transparency but by scientific methodology and the rigor with which studies are conducted. Procedures are described in detail in scientific journals, which have a process of prepublication peer review.  Publication itself opens a study’s methodology, results, and analysis to additional review and criticism.Jacobs said that the Harvard letters will become an important part of the administrative record on the proposal. Federal law guarantees the right to participate in the process of how regulations are crafted during the public comment period — which in this case closes Aug. 16 — and even to challenge a final rule in court if it is considered arbitrary, capricious, or violates a statute. The right to sue, however, is limited if plaintiffs have not participated in the public-comment process. Jacobs said it is incumbent on the public to advise the agency of specific concerns about a proposed rule so the agency cannot say in court that it was blindsided. Kennedy School’s Stavins sees harsh turn for environmentalists Related High levels of fluorinated compounds have been linked to cancer, hormone disruption “This is why these letters are so important,” Jacobs said. “The public has the right to participate, but if we, the public, didn’t bring our concerns to the agency’s attention, then the agency can’t be bound to act on those concerns.”Jacobs said the proposed rule would undermine the EPA’s statutory obligations to protect public health because its overall effect would be to deprive the agency of critically important data and analyses about the need for regulations, and their demonstrable benefits. As a result, the costs of public health regulations would erroneously appear to be heftier than the benefits. She is also concerned that if the rule’s data-transparency approach were extended to other parts of the government, that could harm public health in other ways. For example, requiring disclosure of raw data would impede the Food and Drug Administration’s ability to approve new drugs.“EPA is mandated by the various environmental and public health protection statues to use ‘best available,’ ‘reasonably available,’ ‘latest’ scientific data — the standard changes depending on the statute,” Jacobs said. “By excluding that data … EPA would be depriving itself of the best available science, reasonably available science, the latest science.” Nearly 100 leaders and faculty members at Harvard and its affiliated hospitals have signed a letter calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw its proposed rule on scientific “transparency,” saying that the change would drastically limit the scientific and medical knowledge that underlies a host of EPA regulations that protect human health.The letter’s 96 signatories include Harvard President Larry Bacow, the deans of Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the presidents of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Massachusetts Eye and Ear. It says that the EPA’s push to require studies to reveal the material that supports their conclusions would bar the best available science from being considered in the regulatory process.“It does not get at what they’re trying to do,” said Francine Laden, professor of environmental epidemiology at the Harvard Chan School and one of the signatories. “Having data available for anybody to look at does not guarantee you have validity.”The letter was drafted by Wendy Jacobs, Emmett Clinical Professor of Environmental Law and director of Harvard Law School’s Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, together with clinic staff and with input from faculty members about the rule’s potential scientific and health ramifications. It was submitted to the EPA on Tuesday during the public comment period on the proposed rule, which is called “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science.” Data transparency does not guarantee valid, high-quality science. In the scientific community, study quality is judged not by transparency but by scientific methodology and the rigor with which studies are conducted. What to expect from Pruitt’s EPAlast_img read more

Generosity lessons

first_imgAluminum can pop tabs are tiny, but when they are collected by Georgia 4-H’ers all over the state, they can have a huge impact. This year, 4-H’ers collected more than 13,000 pounds of pop tabs, resulting in an $8,400 donation to the Ronald McDonald House of the Coastal Empire in Savannah, Ga.Over the last 11 years, 4-H’ers across Georgia have collected enough pop tabs to raise more than $71,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities in Georgia and Tennessee.The houses serve as homes-away-from-home for families of hospitalized children. Annual fundraiserGeorgia 4-H District Junior Board of Directors began the project in 2002, and the pop tab fundraiser has become a staple at the annual 4-H Junior Conference held at Rock Eagle 4-H Center each November. Seventh and eighth grade 4-H’ers attend the conference to learn generosity through service projects. The top five counties in the collection project were Henry County, with 791 pounds; Coffee County, with 747 pounds; Columbia County, with 674 pounds; Union County, with 660 pounds; and Coweta County, with 642 pounds. In addition to pop tabs, Georgia 4-H’ers collected more than 700 pairs of blue jeans that were donated to the Georgia Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries.“This was a very fitting project since children from the home helped to collect funds to build Rock Eagle 4-H Center,” said Arch Smith, Georgia State 4-H leader. “In the early 1950s, 4-H’ers were selling eggs to raise money, and the children at the home in Baxley, Ga., agreed not to eat their eggs. They sold them and sent the money to Rock Eagle.”Demonstrating generosityThis year Georgia 4-H’ers also collected 1,076 coloring books that were donated to the Children’s Hospital at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Ga. “One of the four essential elements of 4-H is generosity,” Smith said. “As 4-H members collect pop tabs and blue jeans and participate in other service projects year round, they demonstrate their generosity by helping others.”The public can participate in the annual pop tab collection project by taking tabs to their local University of Georgia Cooperative Extension office. To contact your local office, call 1-800-ASK-UGA.last_img read more

Build trust in a digital-first world through StorySelling

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » For years, I’ve heard speakers at industry conferences tell credit union leaders that they have to “tell a better story.” I’d sit there thinking, “What does that even mean?”I became really frustrated because even though I agreed with the recommendation, it felt toothless. There was no substance behind it, no practicality.How do you tell a better story?The Narcissistic Marketing ModelThe heart of the matter is, from a marketing communication standpoint, financial brand stories have not changed over the years. For the majority of credit unions, the “story” can be distilled into three things: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more

How Democrats Missed Trump’s Appeal to Latino Voters

first_img– Advertisement – “We were not choosing our savior, we were choosing our opponent,” said Marisa Franco, the executive director of Mijente, a Latino civil rights organization that originally backed Mr. Sanders, explaining her group’s work in 2020. “The Biden campaign may have chosen not to spend time in working-class, immigrant and people-of-color neighborhoods, but that is exactly where his victory is coming from and where the solutions he’ll need to champion will have to start.”Most Latino groups have not expressed surprise at the election’s results. They have long noted, for example, how little conservative religious South American voters in Florida backing Mr. Trump have in common with progressive young Mexican-Americans in Arizona turning out for Democrats. But the groups’ leaders also argue that without pushing the idea of a pan-Latino political identity, Latinos in any one region might never get sustained attention from national candidates.In September, a nonpartisan group called the Texas Organizing Project released a report based on interviews with more than 100 Latinos in Texas that offered a preview of how 2020 might go.- Advertisement – The Biden campaign did recognize its potential weakness with Cubans and Venezuelans, but hoped that support from younger Latinos, particularly Puerto Ricans, might make up the difference. To make its case in Florida and elsewhere, the campaign emphasized the reality that Latinos were contracting and dying from the coronavirus and suffering economically at disproportionately high rates, and that the president had mishandled the pandemic. One of the final ads the campaign ran in battleground states, including Florida, Arizona and Nevada, focused on the Trump administration’s family separation policy.But the fact that Mr. Biden is heading to the White House is not cause for a victory lap when it comes to engaging Latino voters, according to those who work on that issue.- Advertisement –center_img “The majority do not feel there is a singular ‘Latino Vote,’ the report concluded. “Though they see its potential.”Reporting was contributed by Caitlin Dickerson from Harlingen, Texas, Patricia Mazzei from Hialeah, Fla., Astead W. Herndon from Dallas, and Giovanni Russonello from New York.last_img read more

FONSI Signed for Lido Key Storm Damage Reduction Project

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, has taken another step forward regarding the Lido Key Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction project, specifically finalizing the Environmental Assessment and signing a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for this project.The purpose of the document is to assess the effects on the human environment of dredging beach compatible sand from the Big Sarasota Pass ebb shoal.Updated information on the groin features proposed at the southern end of the project is also included. The sand will be placed along the shoreline of Lido Key to protect upland infrastructure and to restore beach habitats. The project is located in Sarasota County.The EA evaluates the effects of both the Preferred Alternative and the No Action Alternative. Past analyses conducted pursuant to National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) evaluated sand placement and the groin features, but the offshore sand source alternatives that were previously analyzed are no longer considered viable for this project. The Corps signed a Finding of No Significant Impact July 30, 2018.The City of Sarasota has nourished Lido Key several times since 1998 when severe beach erosion and storms threatened structures. The sand from Lido Key moves into the ebb shoal at Big Sarasota Pass, where a portion of it then moves to Siesta Key through swash bars that attach to the shoreline.Modeling conducted in 2013-2014 found that dredging material from the ebb shoal would not affect the volume of sediment bypassing Big Sarasota Pass and attaching to Siesta Key.last_img read more

Major League Baseball

first_imgBelieve it or not, in just one week they will be playing major league baseball.  The last time I checked, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Milwaukee were leading the spring training standings.  I doubt that by the 4th of July all 3 of these teams will be ahead of the Chicago Cubs.  It is the same way in the American League where Cleveland is near the bottom of the spring training standings.If you have an established team, you spend a lot of your time picking your bench players.  You give them a lot of spring training appearances. You already know who most of your starters are going to be.  On the other side, teams who are trying to get better have to play more of their regulars so they can get the reps before the season starts. Teams like Cincinnati do not have a set lineup, so most of their positions are open.  That is why it is hard to make any predictions for the regular season based on anything going on in spring training.See you on Opening Day!last_img read more

Trout season on inland streams opens April 27

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Thousands of stocked trout will be available to Indiana anglers on opening day of inland stream trout fishing on Saturday, April 27.In order to protect stocked trout, certain streams are closed to all fishing from April 15 until opening day. In addition, some sections of streams are designated as year-round “catch and release only,” and “artificial lures or flies only.”The DNR will have stocked 23,425 rainbow trout in 17 streams covering 12 counties for the opener. The stocked trout come from Curtis Creek Trout Rearing Station near Howe in LaGrange County and average roughly 11 inches in length.Anglers can catch trout on natural live bait such as worms and wax worms. Corn and small marshmallows, either plain white or colored, are also popular. Artificial lures such as spinners and flies entice trout as well.The bag limit for trout in inland waters, other than Lake Michigan and its tributaries, is five fish per day with a minimum size of 7 inches. No more than one of these can be a brown trout.Anglers age 18 and older need an Indiana fishing license and a trout/salmon stamp to fish for trout.The inland stream trout season officially starts at 6 a.m. local time on April 27.A link to the Indiana Fishing Guide is here.Find a stocked stream near you by clicking here.last_img read more