Presidential candidate has Union membership suspended

first_img“The entire “Election Tribunal” is a waste of members’ money, with tribunals costing up to £4000.  “I would like to know: Who was on the “Election Tribunal” panel? How many women? How many people of colour? Were these some of the same people who heckled me in Hustings? The same people who attacked my campaign page? How impartial was this judgment?“Instead of fining me £250, somebody needs to look into refunding my lifetime membership fee following my services to the Oxford Union Society.  I feel I have been treated unfairly.”Cherwell now understands that the fine increases will begin on the seventh day of Michaelmas 2015 rather than from the day of the tribunal itself.The panel which made the ruling against Shahin is due to publish a report on the tribunals. Suspended members are not automatically banned from the Union premises, rather, they have the same status as non-members.Peter Orlov, a member of the tribunal, told Cherwell in a personal capacity, “it is frankly amazing that Ms Shahin should paint the tribunal’s composition or decision as being somehow opaque or “whimsical”: had she bothered to attend herself or send a representative, she could have had all of the answers she claims to seek and made such representations as she wished. “The panel was comprised of three members of the Union, who happen to have been a man of colour, a woman and – myself – a gay man who has previously been Chair of OUSU’s “Queer Rights” campaign and has been involved with LGBT campaigns and charities (including NUS’ LGBT campaign and Stonewall) since my teenage years.”Orlov conceded “as a trans woman of colour, some of Ms Shahin’s successes in life will have been more difficult than they may have been for others” but went on to say Ms Shahin “has sought at every stage to present every personal gain at the Union as a result of her tenacity and every failing, however manifestly unconnected, as a result of some animus against her as a member of one or more minorities. In this case, there is no malice towards her whatsoever – her being found guilty of electoral malpractice is a result of her own actions which breached the rules of both the Society and, frankly, of basic decency.”Conor Diamond, Hertford College, one of the two students to bring claims against Shahin in a joint case but which were not upheld, commented: “I’m saddened that things ended this way, but ultimately very pleased that the judgement recognises the necessity for fair and well-conducted elections.“Ms Shahin’s race or gender had absolutely no influence on my behaviour in dropping out or my decision to take up a formal complaint. I continue to hold Ms Shahin in high regard and to wish her well.”The student whose claims against Shahin were upheld by the tribunal has been approached for comment. Zuleyka Shahin, candidate in the recent Union presidential elections, has had her Oxford Union membership suspended for one year, been fined £250 and has a life-time ban on holding office, following an election tribunal.The tribunal consisted of two cases, one of which was held against Shahin. It lasted approximately six hours and took place on Saturday of 8th Week. The panel consisted of three members, with a collected 27 terms’ worth of membership or more, none of whom are current students or resident in Oxford. Of those three members, one was a woman, one was a person of colour, and two were qualified lawyers.Election tribunals are held after each Union election in 8th week against any candidates thought to have broken election rules. The Returning Officer has no authority to dismiss complaints of electoral malpractice, and so if a complaint is made, a tribunal must be called. Shahin did not choose to bring any tribunals against anyone herself, and chose to not attend the tribunal against her.She was found to have violated Rule 33(a)(i)(6) of the Union, which states “A person shall have committed an Electoral Malpractice if he performs any of the following actions: extortion, blackmail or intimidation in connection with the Election”.Election rules state that if she fails to pay the fine within seven days, it will increase by 10%. If she does not pay the fine within 14 days, her membership of the Oxford Union Society will be revoked. Shahin told Cherwell, “Unless I find £250 in the next 7 days, I will not be paying the fine. I simply do not have that kind of money. Nor do I wish to validate this process by paying, even if I were to find the money.“This proves once again everything I campaigned about relating to access and the use of fines as punishment. It makes no sense that a panel, I am guessing of mostly men, can whimsically decide on a cause of punishment as such. Other members of my team have also been fined, others who will also undoubtedly struggle to find the cash. Yet the Union talks about opening its doors to all and inviting more people to run for office. This is why we get the same types of people running for office term in term out.last_img read more

Franklin Bowling Lanes by Pat Sides

first_imgThis photo of the Franklin Bowling Lanes was shot in 1943, a few months after the business opened at 1801 West Franklin Street. Soldiers who passed through Evansville during World War II, as well as throngs of people seeking work in local wartime factories, probably created a demand for more recreational venues.The building has undergone few exterior changes over the decades; the style is Art Moderne, popular from about 1930 to 1945, and distinctive for its rounded edges and lines, corner windows, and glass block walls. In the background of this photo, the spires of St. Boniface Church are visible, and the manufacturing company at left is now home to the Hoosier Stamp and Manufacturing Corporation.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

Stunt Dog Experience at The Lerner cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

first_img WhatsApp IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market By Brooklyne Beatty – June 10, 2020 0 372 Facebook Stunt Dog Experience at The Lerner cancelled due to coronavirus concerns Google+ Google+ Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest (Photo Supplied/The Lerner Theatre) Another show has been cancelled at The Lerner Theatre due to coronavirus concerns.The Stunt Dog Experience, originally scheduled for September 19, has been cancelled.All ticket purchasers will be refunded, but it may take 4-6 weeks for refunds to be processed.If your ticket was purchased prior to January 1, the refund will be completed via check from The City of Elkhart. Contact [email protected] if your mailing address has changed. Twitter WhatsApp TAGScanceledcancelledcoronavirusCOVID-19IndianaLerner TheatreSouth BendStunt Dog Experience Twitter Previous articleApproximately 7,000 I&M customers still without power WednesdayNext articleRite Aid to open self-swab COVID site in Niles Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

Cool Wave Pansies

first_imgDuring the summer, we think of flowers like petunias as those fragrant, spilling or tumbling flowers cascading over the rims of baskets and mixed containers. That same show of incredible color coupled with tantalizing fragrance can be achieved during the cool season with pansies like those of the Cool Wave series.They first came out under the name of “Plentifall,” but changed to “Cool Wave.” After watching them bloom over the past couple of years, I love the “Waves” of summer and I love the “Waves” of winter. There are around a dozen colors and three mixes in the Cool Wave series, and I know if you will try them in our pansy season like you would a trailing petunia, you will be hooked.I am very partial to using them in containers and baskets, where you get to enjoy that trailing habit. We just haven’t had trailing pansies and violas long enough for them to become old hat. To me, they are still new and unique. This also means I haven’t come close to exploring all of the cool-season combinations.With pansies, soil preparation is crucial. In the case of containers and baskets, the potting soil or soil mix is critical. The water must drain freely. You must have holes in your containers, and your soil mix must be light and fluffy, allowing for fastest root expansion.Cool Wave pansies provide a look in containers that you may not have been unaccustomed to for the cool season, so let your imagination run wild in choosing partners. Consider foliage plants like kale, cabbage, cardoon, Swiss chard and, my favorite, ‘Lemon Ball’ or ‘Angelina’ sedum. For taller, spiky flowers, think about ‘Sonnet’ snapdragons, Citrona series erysimum, or Dash or Amazon series dianthus.These pansies may be called “spreading,” “trailing” and even “cascading,” but whatever the name, you will want some for baskets, mixed containers and window boxes, where they will open the door to a new dimension in cool-season gardening. When I say “dimension,” I am talking about the vertical element. You probably never thought about pansies cascading over a wall, but it is now possible.Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru. For information about the University of Georgia Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden at the Historic Bamboo Farm in Savannah, Georgia, go to coastalgeorgiabg.org.last_img read more

NYPD, Long Island Community Mourn Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo of Huntington, Killed In Bronx

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The New York Police Department, fellow officers, local elected officials and countless community members from throughout the region mourned the loss of NYPD Sgt. Paul J. Tuozzolo Saturday, who was gunned down in the line of duty Friday afternoon by an ex-con from Brentwood.Tuozzolo, 41, a father of two and 19-year police veteran from Huntington, was fatally shot in the head Friday by 35-year-old Manuel Rosales, of Brentwood, while responding to reports of an armed home invasion at the residence of Rosales’ estranged wife in the Bronx, according to police.Rosales opened fire at approximately 2:45 p.m. Friday following a pursuit by Tuozzolo and other officers after Rosales fled in a red Jeep, police said. A second NYPD sergeant, Emmanuel Kwo, 30, a nine-year veteran of the department, had been shot in the leg by Rosales and was released from Jacobi Medical Center Saturday morning. NYS Corrections Department records detail multiple felonies throughout the years for Rosales, ranging from criminal possession of stolen property to assault and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle—with more than a dozen arrests in Suffolk, according to reports. Rosales was killed in a subsequent shootout with police Friday. An outpouring of support for Tuozzolo and Kwo—who were both based out of the department’s 43rd Precinct—flooded social media Friday night and Saturday, with fellow NYPD officers, brass, elected officials, and countless members of the public sending prayers and well-wishes for the officers and their families. A candlelight vigil is scheduled for Huntington Village Saturday afternoon.“As we place mourning bands on the shields that sit over our hearts and purple and black bunting hangs on the 43rd Precinct in the Bronx we ask you take a moment to remember Sergeant Paul J. Tuozzolo,” the NYPD posted on Facebook. “Sergeant Tuozzolo was shot and killed as he went into harm’s way to protect the people of NYC, something your NYPD cops do everyday. Please say a prayer for him, for the family he left behind, and join us in our vow to never forget.”“#NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo, 41, was shot and killed today while keeping the people of #NYC safe. Please keep him & his family in your thoughts,” tweeted NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill, along with a photo of the slain officer.“NYC & the NYPD family are in mourning tonight. We’ve lost a good and devoted man, who committed his life to protecting us,” tweeted New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who ordered flags to fly at half-staff in honor of Tuozzolo.“Our hearts go out” to Tuozzolo’s family, Nassau County Police Benevolent Association President James Carver said in a statement, calling the Huntington resident “a neighbor as well as a law enforcement brother,” and continuing that his death and the wounding of Kwo “saddens their brother and sister police officers in Nassau County and throughout the nation.“This incident again illustrates for the public the dangerous duty undertaken by police officers every day,” he added. “It is a sad day for law enforcement.”Friends and neighbors of Tuozzolo described him as a caring family man devoted to his wife and two young children.“Great guy, good family man, great person, great neighbor, you know, he was a great guy,” one neighbor, Donny Clark told ABC7. “I know he has two little kids and they are young so, they are going to be traumatized for the rest of their lives, it’s so sad.”Tuozzolo is the latest NYPD officer to be killed in the line of duty since 33-year-old Det. Randolph A. Holder was fatally shot in the head while pursuing a suspect on Oct. 20, 2015, according to Officer Down Memorial Page, which records law enforcement deaths throughout the country. In May of that year, the department lost 25-year-old Officer Brian Moore, of Massapequa, who was fatally shot in the head while sitting in his unmarked police car in Queens Village. The five-year NYPD veteran’s murder was preceded by the fatal December 2014 ambush of NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, while in their patrol car in Bedford-Stuyvesant.Tuozzolo’s slaying comes during a year that’s witnessed a 78-percent spike in shooting deaths of police and an increase in fatal “ambush-style” attacks—such as a July ambush in Dallas that killed five officers and another 10 days later in Baton Rouge, La. that killed three—according to a mid-year analysis of law enforcement fatalities by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.Main Art: NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo, of Huntington, was killed in the line of duty by an ex-con from Brentwood on Nov. 4, 2016. (Photo: NYPD Facebook profile)last_img read more

The Croatian National Tourist Board has established cooperation with the BBC

first_imgThe collaboration includes the production of three videos lasting 60 seconds that will show Croatia as an attractive year-round destination, the production of three accompanying articles on video topics for BBC platforms, but also advertising activities on all online BBC platforms from May to September in 12 key broadcast markets.  The BBC network has a reach of 308 million individuals on a monthly basis, while it has more than 16 million followers on social networks Other activities within this cooperation include the placement of content through BBC Story Works social channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and the creation of a website on the BBC.com portal where there will be video and written materials about Croatia. The markets covered by this cooperation and where the prepared materials will be displayed are Germany, USA, Austria, Russia, Italy, France, Poland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, Belgium and Switzerland.  During their stay in Croatia, the BBC camera crew visited Osijek, Zadar, Split, Dubrovnik, Klis, Paklenica National Park and other destinations where they filmed eno-gastronomic themes, cultural and historical heritage, active tourism and other attractions and tourist attractions with with an emphasis on the locations of the filming of the world-famous Game of Thrones series.   The Croatian National Tourist Board has established cooperation with the BBC, one of the world’s largest and most reputable media houses.  “The cooperation between the Croatian National Tourist Board and the BBC is one of the excellent examples of joint action and cooperation with foreign entities in the promotion of Croatian tourism. We are extremely proud that such a large media group, which has a reach of 454 million households around the world, has recognized the importance and potential of Croatia as a tourist destination. I am sure that all the recorded material, as well as other prepared activities, will significantly contribute to the visibility of our country, and thus to achieve even better tourist results this year.”, concluded the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić.  Also, the BBC has more than 472 million views on its You Tube channel. A large percentage of their users are prone to travel, and as many as 72 percent most often consume travel abroad.last_img read more

Vatican readies contingency plan against coronavirus in busy papal residence

first_imgThe Vatican is conducting tests for coronavirus on the dozens of priests who live in the same residence as Pope Francis and making contingency plans to move those diagnosed with the disease elsewhere, a source in the Holy See said on Thursday.The moves come several days after a priest who lives in the Santa Marta residence and works in the Secretariat of State tested positive for the virus and was hospitalized in Italy.The Vatican source was one of several officials who expressed concern about a possible flare-up in the residence where the pope has lived since his election in 2013. There are currently about 50 permanent residents in Santa Marta, which is run like a hotel and stopped accepting bookings for temporary visitors earlier this month.About half of the residents were tested on Wednesday and the other half were being tested on Thursday, a source said, adding that the plan is to move those who test positive to a Church-run hotel for pilgrims in Rome. Senior Vatican officials who live elsewhere inside the city-state are also being tested, another said.The concern is that priests go between Santa Marta, their jobs in Vatican departments, and sometimes go into Rome.”I consider it a potentially serious public health issue,” said one official.Until recently, Francis took his meals in the common dining room but he has recently been eating in his suite, one official said.Francis is 83 and part of one of his lungs was removed following an illness when he was a young man.One source who enters the residence regularly said precautions have been taken such as encouraging social distancing and making hand sanitizers available.Since March 6, the Vatican has issued at least five notices or decrees that mirror steps taken in Italy, the hardest hit country in Europe, with more than 8,000 deaths as of Thursday.They include recommendations to communicate by phone even with people in the same office, alternating shifts and encouraging as much work from home as possible.But most Vatican offices are still open, albeit with a skeleton staff, and some say they should be closed.”The Church will continue without the Roman Curia working for a few weeks,” one official said, using the name for the Vatican’s central administration.”This policy to keep all the offices open is worrying. My department can be closed for months without any damage,” another said.Francis has cancelled public appearances and is conducting his general audiences via television and the internet. But he still receives about five Vatican officials a day, according to his official calendar.  The modern residence, which has 130 rooms and suites and a staff of about 30 people, is also home to dozens of priests who continue to work in key Vatican departments.While the Vatican has enacted procedures to stem the spread of coronavirus inside the city-state, some officials say they may not be sufficient and think a total shutdown may be needed.”Santa Marta may be a bomb waiting to explode,” said one of the officials, who all spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the matter.Francis has tested negative for coronavirus two times in recent weeks, according to Italian media reports. The Vatican has not commented on those reports.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Penis-shaped cactus sells for Rp 2 million at auction as part of anti-sexual harassment campaign

first_imgAs part of a campaign against sexual harassment, a cactus shaped like a penis and testicles has been sold in a Twitter-based charity auction for Rp 2 million (US$143). The auction was held to highlight the rise in sexual abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic.Behind the auction were Raka Ibrahim and his friend, a female survivor of sexual assault who prefers to remain anonymous. It was initially planned that the cactus would be sent to the person who allegedly assaulted Raka’s friend.However, both agreed to the more honorable action of hosting the auction, with the proceeds donated to the Purple Code Collective, a group focusing on digital rights, especially for women, and which helps to raise awareness about sexual abuse. “As a friend of a sexual abuse survivor, I would like to show my support. […] this way we can also check our privilege and unlearn toxic sexist mindsets,” Raka told The Jakarta Post recently.Kaktus berbentuk pelir ini tadinya mau dikirim teman perempuan saya ke laki-laki yang melecehkannya untuk meluapkan amarah.Lalu dia pikir, enggak usah deh. Mending dilelang, lalu hasilnya disumbangkan ke lembaga pendampingan korban kekerasan seksual.Berminat?#KaktusPelir pic.twitter.com/nkZ2tk4xp1— Negara Kesatuan Raka Ibrahim (@coldrebellion) June 5, 2020Within the period March 16 to April 19, the Legal Aid Foundation of the Indonesian Women’s Association for Justice (LBH APIK) recorded 97 cases of violence against women. Among those 97 cases, 33 cases were recorded as domestic violence and 30 cases were online-based sexual abuse. The increasing number of sexual violence cases against women also inspired the duo to hold the auction.“We are not sure who was involved in this bid, but the auction gained attention as it was shared multiple times by pro-gender equality activists,” Raka added.According to him, even without setting a minimum bid, the first bidder offered Rp 200,000. An anonymous Twitter user, identified only as #Indotititmungil, which means tiny penis, placed the winning bid of Rp 1.75 million but later decided to raise this to Rp 2 million. “The point is that people like me [sexual abuse survivors] are not alone. For every one abuser, we’ve got thousands of people who support us,” Raka’s friend told the Post.She said fighting against social injustice did not always have to involve catchy slogans or a well-organized action plan.“You just need one penis-shaped cactus and a good friend,” she added. “I needed a voice, but I couldn’t just use my own. So, when people showed up to represent my voice, it healed my trauma.”The online auction has received lots of support from Twitter users who retweeted the auction almost 500 times.“The cactus is cute. So glad that they didn’t send it to the sexual predator and auctioned it instead #kaktuspelir [penis-shaped cactus],” an activist Lini Zurlia wrote on her twitter account @Lini_ZQ supporting the auction.“To all my fellow comrades, this is the only adorable penis we’re allowed to fight for,” another twitter user @GabrielleAlixia wrote.“Buying this penis-shaped cactus might be just a small gesture, but it is important to say no to sexual abuse,” Raka said through his twitter account @coldrebellion on Saturday.Topics :last_img read more

Wojciech Szczesny sends message to Aaron Ramsey after Juventus move is confirmed

first_img Skip And the Polish goalkeeper has already sent a message to Ramsey ahead of his move to Italy.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Welcome to Juve family!’ Szczesny wrote on Instagram.‘Get yourself ready for hard work. The next few years is all about winning!‘PS. what’s my commission!’Ramsey, meanwhile, has thanked Arsenal fans for their support and has vowed to give his all before he leaves this summer.‘As you may have already heard, I have agreed a pre-contract with Juventus,’ Ramsey posted on Instagram.‘I wanted to issue a personal statement for all the Arsenal fans who have been extremely loyal and supportive.‘You welcomed me as a teenager and have been there for me through all the highs and lows I’ve encountered during my time at the club.‘It is with a heavy heart that I leave after 11 incredible years in north London. Thank you.‘I will continue to give the team 100% and hope to finish the season strongly, before heading on to my next chapter in Turin.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Read More About Connatix V67539 PLAY SPONSORED Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling by Metro Full Screen Coming Next Video Settings Read More Read Morecenter_img Comment Top articles / Manchester United captain Harry Maguire 1/1 Read More Metro Sport ReporterMonday 11 Feb 2019 9:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link 1 min. story Read More Skip Ad Wojciech Szczesny will link up with Aaron Ramsey at Juventus (Getty Images)Aaron Ramsey has received a message of support from former Arsenal teammate Wojciech Szczesny after confirming his move to Juventus.The Wales international has announced that he has signed a four-year deal with the Italian champions and will leave Arsenal when his contract expires at the end of the season.Ramsey, who has spent 11 seasons at Arsenal, will reportedly earn just over £400,000 a week at Juve.The midfielder is also in line to link back up with Szczesny, who he played alongside at Arsenal.ADVERTISEMENT Wojciech Szczesny sends message to Aaron Ramsey after Juventus move is confirmed Advertisementlast_img read more

Wet season the perfect time to inspect property

first_imgRainy days can be a great opportunity to inspect property and check for any water-related issues, writes REIQ Townsville Zone Chairman Wayne Nicholson.ALTHOUGH it has been a bit hit and miss over the last few years (more miss than hit) we traditionally enjoy a wet season early in the year. Our monsoon season can bring oceans of rain and cyclones that hover up and down the east coast. Some cyclones cross land and wreak havoc others just tease the coast and provide some good rain. I remember clearly one year we received a metre of rain per month in January, February, and March. Bunnings had a special on Ark kits as it rained continuously for more than 40 days and 40 nights. We desperately need the liquid sunshine in the north and I have to say many prudent buyers take full advantage of the season to check out the lie of the land after heavy rain. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020It’s a good time to see where water lies in yards, streets and parks and if, in fact, they might even flood. Roof leaks are also exposed when we have continuous heavy rain where you might otherwise not get to know about. Some of our open homes are well attended during our wet season for that very reason. Another lesser known fact about buying property during cyclone season is that once a cyclone is named it can be difficult to get insurance until the threat has passed. As you are required to insure the property the day the contract is signed by both buyer and seller, see clause 8.1 of the REIQ Contract Of Sale, it is worth talking to your friendly insurance company to explain what I have just mentioned. The seller of the property should be and probably is insured and so maybe you should talk to your solicitor and or REIQ agent to amend the insurance clause in the standard terms and conditions if both parties are agreeable, to read: “The property is at the seller’s risk from 5pm on the first business day after the contract date”. In 38 years of selling real estate I have never had an adverse reaction or problem concerning Clause 8.1 but it is there for a reason and it should be dealt with at the point of signing the contract of sale. My advice is you should always engage a solicitor to act for you when buying or selling your property and they will certainly give you the correct legal advice in all matters pertaining to the sale.last_img read more