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Top Stories’Govt Owes Crores As Advertisement Dues; No Relief Packages Announced For Media’ : INS & NBA Tell SC In Plea By Journalists Against Wage Cuts Nilashish Chaudhary20 May 2020 9:17 AMShare This – xResponding to notices issued to them by the Supreme Court, the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) and News Broadcasters Association (NBA) have both sought the dismissal of a PIL filed by 3 Journalist Bodies against alleged ill-treatment towards employees by media organizations. Both INS and NBA contend that a writ cannot be issued against them since they are private bodies who do…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginResponding to notices issued to them by the Supreme Court, the Indian Newspaper Society (INS) and News Broadcasters Association (NBA) have both sought the dismissal of a PIL filed by 3 Journalist Bodies against alleged ill-treatment towards employees by media organizations. Both INS and NBA contend that a writ cannot be issued against them since they are private bodies who do not come within the ambit of the ‘State’. A writ against private bodies towards the enforcement of alleged Fundamental Rights is not maintainable at the outset. The petitioners have impleaded the Central government just to bring the matter within the scope of Article 32, but sought relief only from private bodies, not the Government, they argue. The NBA goes on to submit that the Petitioners have an alternate and efficacious remedy available is under the Industrial Disputes Act 1947 (ID Act), while enforcement of alleged contractual rights between employer and employee is governed under the Indian Contract Act. In this light, a plea under Article 32 is impermissible. Reflecting the same view in its affidavit, INS asserts that “there is no averment in the Petition of any facts which would justify the invoking of such an extraordinary remedy when alternate remedies are available to the Petitioners.” INS has further apprised the Court that a prayer for the blanket ban on salary cuts, termination and closure of all newspaper establishments, does not take into consideration that all such establishments are not equal and various aspects must be factored in. It has been argued that there are three categories of industrial establishments according to the ID Act, but the petitioners have wrongly presumed that all newspaper establishments employ over 100 workmen and thus come under one category. Industrial establishments which are not defined as factories under the Factories Act 1948, comprising of two categories where less than 100 workmen are employed, “have the liberty as per the Act to enforce retrenchments, closures and lay-offs without seeking the government’s prior permission”, argues INS. The NBA has also denied the locus of the 3 journalist bodies in the matter as neither represent the journalists of the country and are merely trying to safeguard their own interests, which disqualifies the present plea from being a PIL. INS goes on to highlight the financial constraints being faced by the media industry since the onset of the lockdown, due to which several prominent newspapers have had to ‘drastically’ reduce the number of pages while many have been forced to shut down the physical editions of the newspapers as vendors refused to deliver. Furthermore, several Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) have banned the entry of any outsiders into colonies and buildings, due to which newspapers are not reaching homes in bigger cities, and in turn advertising revenues have taken a big hit. Monetary sustenance of the print media and entertainment sector is largely dependent on advertisement expenditure of industries such as FMCG, e-commerce, finance and automobile informs INS. However, this expenditure has been scaled back since being hit by the economic slowdown. “On average, the newsprint cost of a newspaper establishment is about 40-60% of its expenses while wages are about 20-30% of the expense. The net circulation revenue which is the cover price of a newspaper covers only a small portion of the total cost. Hence the lifeblood of a newspaper is revenue from advertisements”, informs INS. “With advertisement revenues now hitting rock bottom due to COVID-19 and online platforms gaining hype, the key sources of revenues for the print media are on the verge of depletion.” Throwing further light on the problems regarding resources being faced by the media industry, especially print media, INS has flagged off its concerns regarding realizing its dues from the Central and State Governments’ advertising agencies. “As per various industry estimates, Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP) owes between Rs 1,500 and Rs 1,800 crore to various media companies. A large chunk of this i.e. Rs 800-900 crore is owed to the print industry alone. Such amounts have been outstanding for several months and there is little prospect of realising the same any time soon. There has been a drop of approximately 80-85 per cent in government advertisements and a drop of approximately 90 per cent in other advertising due to the nationwide lockdown.” Referring to the situation as ‘unprecedented’, the NBA has also raised concerns regarding the industry, which was already facing deep financial constraints, being severely affected due to the lockdown. Expressing its anguish at businesses collapsing, NBA further states that the Government has not come to the aid of the media and no packages or measures have been announced despite the grim situation.”There have been no packages or measures announced for news broadcasters by the Government, even as their business has collapsed. This despite, news broadcasters continuing to provide responsible and credible real-time information every day to the country by keeping all operations open during this lengthy period” “The lack of business due to the lockdown, the impact on business due to COVID – 19 and the continued payment of salaries and wages could potentially drive the private establishments into insolvency, unless suitable economic policies and financial measures are brought in by the Government to safeguard the industry and economy”, said NBA. Both NBA and INS have proceeded to contend that advisory issued by the Labour and Employment Ministry on March 20 and the notification issued by Ministry of Home Affairs on March 29, both relied on by the petitioners, are not binding on employers and therefore, bad in law. The NBA argues against its implementation as follows:- “The advisory dated 20th March, 2020 is in the nature of a request and issued as an advisory. It is neither law under Article 13(3) of the Constitution of India, and is in any case not binding on employers. Further as far as Notification dated 29.03.2020 is concerned, without prejudice to the contention that it is not binding or legal, it is submitted that it is clear that the direction is with respect to payment of ‘Wages’ to the ‘workers’ at the ‘workplace’ by the Employers. It is not applicable to Journalists engaged by RespondentNo.3 (NBA).” The INS has called the orders arbitrary, which excessively invade the right of an employer. It has further been contended that:- “The notifications of the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Labour and Employment and various state governments as cited by the petitioners are vague, arbitrary, illegal, unconstitutional and violative of Article 14 of the Constitution of India and are also ultra vires the Acts under which they have been promulgated. At best, the advisories of the government can be considered as a moral or humanitarian obligation cast upon private establishments during lockdown. However, it is a settled principle of law that a moral obligation cannot be converted into a legal obligation.” These counter affidavits come in a plea jointly filed by the National Alliance of Journalists, the Delhi Union of Journalists and the Brihan Mumbai Union of Journalists against all media organizations who laid off employees or forced them to take remuneration kickbacks in wake of the nationwide lockdown. Accusing employers in newspapers and the media sector of meting out inhuman and illegal treatment towards their employees, the petition had sought immediate suspension of all termination notices, wage reductions, resignations received pursuant to oral or written requests from the employers, and directions to go on unpaid leave which took place after the announcement of the lockdown. Having taken note of these submissions, the Apex Court, through a Bench headed by Justice NV Ramana, had issued notice to the Centre as well as NBA and INS in the matter.Click here to download the Counter Affidavit of NBAClick here to download the Counter Affidavit of INSClick here to read the Counter Affidavits Next Story
Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: Kelsey O’Connor ITHACA, N.Y. — A time capsule enclosed in the cornerstone of the former Tompkins County Public Library will be opened at 10 a.m. June 22 at the Tompkins Center for History and Culture.The time capsule was sealed on April 22, 1968 after local school kids put a mix of items and letters inside to preserve. It was unearthed last December during the demolition of the Old Library building at the corner of Court and Cayuga streets.Construction workers pry out the cornerstone which contains the time capsule from 1968. (Photo by Dustin Patte/The Ithaca Voice)Related: Time capsule from 1968 dug out from cornerstone of Old Library Tagged: event, old library, time capsule, tompkins center for history and culture Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor The ceremony to open the time capsule will mirror the dedication ceremony that took place 50 years ago. John Graves will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. His father, James Graves, led the pledge in 1968. Some of the letters contained in the time capsule will be read aloud by their now grown-up authors.The event will feature a lineup of speakers including Rod Howe, executive director of The History Center; Annette Birdsall, director of the Tompkins County Public Library; Carol Kammen, county historian; Jason Molino, county administrator; Orinthia Montague, president of Tompkins Cortland Community College; and Luvelle Brown, superintendent of Ithaca City Schools.Featured image: The time capsule enclosed in the Old Library cornerstone. (Dustin Patte/Ithaca Voice)
Previous Article Next Article Help us to expose the prevalence of bullyingOn 13 Jul 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. This week, we need your help to understand better the scale of bullying inthe UK workplace. Personnel Today is conducting new research with the Andrea Adams Trustcharity to provide data to compare with a similar survey we did five years ago.We need to know whether you have ever been bullied, what your own personalexperiences of it have been, its prevalence in your business, the consequencesand how your HR department handles it. All responses will be treated in thestrictest confidence. Since we last surveyed the HR profession, there has been a significant shiftin attitudes, with much more effort centred around tackling bullying head on.The £1.8m campaign by the DTI and trade union Amicus, announced a few monthsago, is a great example of this. Its message is to educate employers and encourage them to launch ‘dignity atwork’ policies, look for early warning signs, investigate bullying claimsthoroughly and train their managers. Anecdotal evidence suggests that offensive, intimidating, malicious orinsulting behaviour is still very much a part of working life, despite theintroduction of formal bullying and harassment procedures in some quarters. Anew trend is e-mail bullying, most common higher up in the organisation whentempers run high. Many employers are paying too heavy a price through lost productivity,sickness absence and payouts for damages. In a typically frank moment recently,one senior executive admitted that bullying was endemic within the Royal Mail,and just one of the many challenges it faces in its relationship withemployees. Workplace bullying could be responsible for up to half of all stress-relatedillnesses. Personnel Today would like to get a real measure of the problem fromthe people that should know the truth – the HR profession. So visit thePersonnel Today website and take a few minutes out to complete ourquestionnaire. Full survey findings will be published in the magazine and onpersonneltoday.com shortly. http://b2bresearchonline.com/bullyingByJane King, editor Related posts:No related photos.
Related posts: Previous Article Next Article CPD: Crohn’s disease: considerations for a return to work following sickness absenceOn 5 Oct 2018 in Continuing professional development, Return to work and rehabilitation, Occupational Health, Personnel Today Only 15% of people said Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis were acceptable reasons to take time off work It is estimated the incurable, inflammatory bowel condition Crohn’s disease affects at least 115,000 people in the UK. Managing it in the workplace, and managing return to work for someone with the condition, can bring with it specific challenges, as Lauren David and Anne Harriss outlineCrohn’s disease (CD) is an incurable inflammatory bowel condition can affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract (Ng, 2012). Symptoms and prognosis vary considerably amongst affected individuals.It is estimated that there are at least 115,000 cases in the United Kingdom (NICE, 2017). It forms one of two GI conditions encompassed within the umbrella term of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), the other being ulcerative colitis (UC). Although both conditions have similar presenting symptoms, there is a key distinction to the patho-physiology and location of disease (Madan and Hellier, 2013).About the authorsLauren David RN Adult is a student occupational health nurse. Anne Harriss MSc, BEd, RGN, OHNC, NTF(HEA), PFHEA, CMIOSH, FRCN, Hon FFOM is professor in occupational health and course director occupational health nursing and workplace health management programmes at London South Bank UniversityDespite its aetiology being uncertain, ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory condition whilst CD is considered an autoimmune disease. That is, in CD rather than fulfilling its protective function, the immune system attacks the body’s tissues and cells (Moore, 2012). Smoking and genetic predisposition are important causal factors (NICE, 2017).Predominant symptoms include persistent abdominal pain, diarrhoea, constipation, weight loss and fatigue (Malarcher et al, 2017). It is a chronic condition, characterised by periods of acute exacerbation (relapse) with spontaneous or treatment-induced remission (Maddan and Hellier, 2013). Treatment is directed at symptom relief and includes drug therapy, nutrition management and (in severe cases) surgery (NICE, 2017).The typical age of onset of CD disease is during young adulthood, when individuals are arguably most active in their professional and personal lives (Ng, 2012). Research demonstrates the potentially devastating impact of IBD upon educational attainment and employment (Gay et al, 2011). Its fluctuating nature can severely disrupt working life, with symptoms and treatment having a significant effect on career choice and progression, work productivity and job satisfaction (Gay et al, 2011; Maddan and Hellier, 2013; NICE, 2017).Occupational health assessmentEmployees experiencing long-term sickness absence (LTSA) should undergo a thorough OH assessment to determine fitness and barriers to returning to work (NICE, 2009). The purpose of this is to ensure the individual is fit to perform their job role effectively and without risk to themselves or others. The intention is to make appropriate adjustments to support them to work efficiently and safely (Palmer and Brown, 2013). This is not without its challenges requiring clinical knowledge of health conditions, an understanding of job demands, and the expertise to undertake history-taking (Everton et al, 2014).A key element of determining fitness for work is functional assessment, in other words estimating the individual’s level of function relative to the likely requirements of the workplace (Palmer and Brown, 2013). The functional demands of their job are considered in the light of the impact of the individual’s condition on normal day-to-day activities (Thornbory, 2013; Everton et al, 2014). Richardson (2008) argues that face-to-face consultations facilitate good rapport between the occupational health nurse (OHN) and client and achieve the best possible outcome.A biopsychosocial model can be used to provide a structure to the assessment. This is as an individual-centred approach used to understand illness and disability, and addresses the biological, psychological and social dimensions of the individual and their health problem (Waddell and Burton, 2004). In addition, the model of Murugiah et al (2002) offers further guidance ensuring consideration of the following essential criteria:Personal aspectsWork characteristicsWork environmentLegal aspectsThis article will look at each of these in turn.Personal aspectsPresenting illnessThe first stage of the OH assessment is to establish the presenting situation and history (Thornbory, 2013). The client’s GP may have issued a fit note indicating their opinion that they are fit to return to work with amended hours and or amended duties and this will be a useful starting point within the assessment.The client may indicate experiencing increasing frequency of diarrhoea, abdominal pain, fatigue and weight loss; during an acute exacerbation symptoms will have increased in severity until the client is eventually unable to attend work. The clinician responsible for their care may have advised them to rest at home facilitating their recovery.PathophysiologyTo further understand the functional limitations of CD, it is useful to consider the normal anatomy and function of the gut. Its overall role is to get food into the body, convert it into useful fuel to be delivered to the organs, and to dispose of waste products (Langmead and Irving, 2008).Although the exact cause of CD remains undetermined, the typical pathological process begins with small bowel inflammatory lesions.spread slowly and progressively.As a result, enlarged lymph nodes block the flow of lymph in the bowel sub-mucosa leading to oedema, ulceration, fissures and granuloma that form as a result of inflammatory process. Abscesses within the abdomen may result from bowel contents leaking outside the gut. Peyer’s patches, small patches of closely packed lymph follicles, then develop within the bowel.This results in thickening of the bowel wall, causing stenosis then serositis – an inflammation of the serous membrane lining the bowel. Inflamed loops of bowel adhere to other portions of bowel with diseased segments then become interspersed with healthy ones. The diseased sections of bowel eventually become thicker, narrower and shorter.Abdominal pain and diarrhoea are symptoms indicative of CD and bowel inflammation (Hodgson, 1998). Langmead and Irving (2008) suggest that abdominal pain in CD is caused by contraction of inflamed sections of colon. [AH6]Pain may also arise from other mechanisms including the release of bacterial toxins in the bowel, pressure on nerve endings resulting from oedema and distension of the gut (Marieb and Hoehn, 2013; Bielefeldt et al, 2009).The specific location of pain is reflective of the type of CD. Ileo-colitis, for example, is associated with the most common form of CD, affecting almost 50% of all sufferers (Peake et al, 2012). Disease is localised to the ileum and the colon. The primary function of the ileum is the absorption of nutrients, achieved through mechanical and chemical digestion (McErlean, 2017). Inflammation therefore reduces its ability to absorb crucial vitamins and minerals (malabsorption) leading to malnutrition (Cadwaller, 2008). Vitamin supplements and focusing on nutrition aids recovery. Identifying dietary “triggers” and for sufferers to avoid foods high in insoluble fibre during any relapses is helpful. IBD specialist nurse can help advise sufferers with a tailored food re-introduction plan.Some sufferers experience frequent episodes of diarrhoea each day as a result of colon inflammation. As the normal function of the colon is absorption of water from food residue and form semi-solid faeces (McErlean, 2017). In CD the inflamed colon is unable to reabsorb water normally resulting in stool of liquid consistency (Langmead and Irving, 2008).The major risk associated with diarrhoea is dehydration, further complicated in IBD as individuals can be tempted to reduce oral intake in order to prevent further episodes (Rutherford, 2012[AH7]). Increasing fluid intake and drinking an oral rehydration solution to replace lost fluids and electrolytes can assist.Fatigue, overwhelming sense of lack of energy, continued tiredness or exhaustion not relieved after rest or sleep is associated with CD (Crohn’s & Colitis UK, 2015), presenting a substantial risk for sickness absence (Varekamp and van Dijk, 2010).More than 75% of individuals with CD report fatigue during a relapse (Crohn’s & Colitis UK, 2015). [AH8]Stress can trigger an IBD relapse and be detrimental to recovery (Goodhand et al, 2012; Schreiner et al, 2017).MedicationTo establish fitness for work, medication and the functional impact of any side effects should be considered (Palmer and Brown, 2013). Azathioprine, an immunosuppressant suppressing the cells of the immune system reducing bowel inflammation (Crohn’s & Colitis UK, 2018a) is frequently prescribed as it is effective in managing symptoms of CD. An additional medication includes infliximab that targets a specific protein produced during the body’s immune response reducing inflammation (Crohn’s & Colitis UK, 2018b) although a common side-effect is drowsiness (Crohn’s & Colitis UK, 2018b), which may impact on the employee’s tolerance to attend, or return, to work.Similar to azathioprine, infliximab suppresses the response of the immune system. Thus, while both drugs reduce bowel inflammation, they also increase susceptibility to infection. It is therefore crucial to consider the implications of this for the employee’s fitness for work, particularly if job requirements make the employee particularly vulnerable to opportunistic infection. Patients with CD should have an up-to-date immunisation status Baumgart and Sandborn (2012) and this is particularly important if they work in health care due to exposure to biohazards.Of particular importance for healthcare workers would be evidence of immunity to tuberculosis (TB), varicella, measles, rubella and hepatitis B should be confirmed and the health care worker reminded of the importance of avoiding close or prolonged contact with viral rashes or patients known or suspected to have open TB.Work characteristics and work environmentEmployment HistoryDetermining fitness for employment or return to work after sickness absence requires consideration of the functional demands of their post, including work demands such as a high level of physical and intellectual ability. It is important to address the organisational and temporal demands of the person’s work (Palmer and Brown, 2013), shift work may be of particular relevance.Identification of exacerbating and relieving factors is vital in effectively managing chronic illness (Varekamp and van Dijk, 2010). During periods of remission shift-workers may report that night shifts have little impact on their condition as they may sleep well during the day. However, their routine may become unsettled by frequent rotating shifts with the potential to exacerbate symptoms and disrupt sleep patterns. For some, particularly those working in healthcare, rest breaks may be ad hoc and dependent on workload with little time for meal breaks resulting in these being rushed. Regular breaks, are essential to promote recovery.The employee should be asked whether they perceive any barriers to a RTW, having a high degree of job control and a supportive line manager are particularly important factors recognised to be significant in facilitating a RTW (Preece and Royles, 2013).Legal aspectsThe OHN should be fully conversant with the legislation relevant to assessing fitness for work (Murugiah et al, 2002). Under common law, employers have an obligation to take steps to ensure the employee’s safety and eliminate risk (Howard, 2013). Furthermore, employers owe a higher duty of care to vulnerable employees with pre-existing medical conditions, as demonstrated in Paris v. Stepney Borough Council [AH9](1951) (Howard, 2013).Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act (1974) requires employers to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, employees’ health, safety and welfare at work (Great Britain Parliament, 1974). Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 requires employers to assess risks to employee health and safety (Health and Safety Executive [HSE], 2000).From the perspective of the OHN, there is a further duty to consider legal requirements pertaining to the client’s right to confidentiality requiring an understanding of data protection legislation and the Access to Medical Reports Act 1988. The Equality Act 2010 mandates that discrimination due to disability is unlawful. An individual is considered disabled under the Equality Act (2010) if they have a physical or mental impairment having a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to undertake normal day-to-day activities (Howard and Williams, 2013).This therefore emphasises the importance of assessing function, rather than the condition itself. Given that CD can affect the ability to control bowel movements, resulting in faecal incontinence, many cases are likely to covered by the disability provisions of the Act. For those affected, their employer has a duty to make reasonable adjustments to assist them to maintain or return to employment. The OHN may be asked to advise on the likelihood of the Equality Act applying and the adjustments the employer should consider implementing (Howard and Williams, 2013).Ultimately, the question of whether the Act applies is a legal decision and can only be determined by the employment tribunal or court (Smedley et al, 2013).Rehabilitation and the role of the OHNUltimately, OHNs are at the forefront of the drive to protect and promote the health of the working population (Thornbory, 2014). Although they assume a multifaceted role, their primary concern is to prevent employee ill health, and this therefore requires consideration of the two-way relationship between work and health (Bagley, 2008).The review of sickness absence conducted by Dame Carol Black and David Frost (2011) acknowledged that OH intervention is highly effective in managing LTSA. An early RTW, with appropriate adjustments, is often a crucial step in helping someone return to full health (Black, 2008; Everton et al, 2014). Indeed, the psychological wellbeing of clients highly motivated to return to the workplace can be enhanced, there is extensive evidence that work is generally good for health (Waddell and Burton, 2006; Marmot, 2008). Encouraging and supporting individuals with health conditions to RTW as early as possible has therapeutic benefits: it promotes recovery and rehabilitation, improves quality of life and health outcomes (Waddell and Burton, 2006).Biopsychosocial flagsBiopsychosocial factors can perpetuate sickness and disability and present an obstacle to successful rehabilitation (Aylward et al, 2013). ‘Biopsychosocial flags’ identify barriers to an employee’s RTW (Watson, 2010). Using a biopsychosocial approach enables the OHN to consider any relevant psychosocial flags. The rationale for psychosocial assessment fundamentally two-fold. Firstly, as identified earlier, LTSA is associated with psychological distress and poorer mental health (Waddell and Burton, 2006). Secondly, rates of perceived stress, anxiety and depression are higher in IBD patients and it is therefore crucial to identify and manage psychological distress to facilitate better health outcomes (Canal, 2016). The permanence, unpredictability, perceived stigma and antisocial consequences of CD can have a profound impact on psychological wellbeing (Taft et al, 2011; Bannaga and Selinger, 2015).With this in mind, the OHN should be mindful of psychosocial flags that may impede an effective RTW. Such an assessment should comprise the following aspects:Mental health including concentration, mood, anxiety and any suicidal ideationMotivationLifestyle – interest and pleasure in usual activitiesExercise, diet, drugs and alcohol, personal relationships and home stresses/strains(Harrington, 2014)The literature emphasises the value of a multidisciplinary approach to OH rehabilitation. Effective sickness absence management relies on collaboration with management and communication between multidisciplinary professionals (Ferguson, 2008; NICE, 2009; Preece and Royles, 2013). 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Available from: https://www.personneltoday.com/hr/cpd-psychosocial-flags-system/ CPD: Supporting an employee living with an alcohol problemOccupational health can play a pivotal leadership role when it comes to supporting an employee struggling with alcohol or substance… CPD: How to build and embed resilience within your workplaceIn the final article of her three-part series, Catherine D’Arcy-Jones examines some tools and resources OH practitioners can use to… No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Occupational Health & Wellbeing research round-up: December 2020Fatigue and workplace exercise programmesWork-related fatigue is related to a range of negative consequences, including poor productivity. This study…
The Oxford Union Society has come under fire for misleading members about the profits received from charity events held on the premises.“Charities and Cocktails” was held on Tuesday in the Oxford Union, in connection with Oxford Hub. The advertisement for the event in the Union term-card told members to “add a dash of fellow-feeling and a pinch of generosity” and to “top up with Charity.”But none of the money from this term’s event, held on Tuesday, went to charity. The proceeds instead merely covered the costs incurred by the cheap drinks deals and aimed to raise awareness for charities represented.The Union have also claimed that any profits that had been made would have gone to the Oxford Hub, an organisation that facilitates charity work in Oxford, who organised the event in collaboration with the Union. Union Secretary Anna Williams said, “the profit of the event goes to OxHub, the society we are doing the event in collaboration with.” The Union’s costs were estimated at £20-30.However, a budget for the event shows instead a 50/50 split in the income, estimated at £260, between the Union and the Oxford Hub.Union President Charlie Holt said, “the Union’s half will go towards covering costs… We can only ever guess how much we need to take out. In this case, 50% seemed reasonable. What you are basing the £130 on is the budget which was presented, not the account which gives an accurate reflection of how much we took – this will be published on Monday.”He denied that advertising had been misleading, “the whole point of the event was to raise awareness of the charities that OxHub support – it was never implied that we would give money from ticket sales to charity.”Students have attacked the way that the event was marketed, stating that advertisements and publicity circulated mislead members into thinking profit from their purchases would go to charity.One member said, “I’m shocked to learn that the ticket money isn’t going to charity. I didn’t attend the event but saw the advert in the term card… I’d be really angry if I’d bought a ticket to the event.” Another first year student said, “this just makes the Union look really bad. It really annoys me that they’ve managed to get away with doing this.“Fair enough if OxHub staged the event to publicise the work they do but members need to know that this is the point of the event. Normally if you pay to attend a charity event, it’s taken as given that your money will go to the charity.”Union press officer Rebecca Molyneux defended this term’s event, saying, “I don’t think it was misleading at all. In a way it was giving to charity. Raising awareness could be considered giving to charity.”She confirmed that last term’s event did not donate any money to charity either. She said, “it was purely an awareness-raising event. The money went towards the unlimited punch.”Union President Charlie Holt said, “the main point was to raise awareness and I think that was made quite clear.” Union Secretary Anna Williams said that “the point of the evening is to not only make money for charity but also to engage students with the member organisations of OxHub such as Jacari and KEEN in order that they may give up some of their time to help them.”The events coordinator for OxHub, Laura Higgins, stated that OxHub would not be receiving any profit from the event, claiming that the event was not “a profit-making venture, but merely concerned with cost-recovery.”She said the aim of the event had been simply to “raise awareness of our member charities…to encourage more students to become involved in charitable activities during their time at university.”She explained that the Union would take a proportion of the ticket price to cover “costs they have incurred publicizing and organizing the event from their end,” and that the “Oxford Hub portion equally goes to cover the costs incurred in running a sustainable events programme.”She confirmed that profits from the bar would go to Thirst Lodge who provided the drinks at a discounted price.
Congressman Larry Bucshon Moves To DC And Betrays IndianaBy Richard Moss, MDCandidate for Congress, Republican Party, 8TH Congressional DistrictJASPER, IN: When a sitting Congressman lives, works, and raises his family in Washington, he represents Washington. He reflects the community he resides in. That community’s interests become his interests. It is only natural. No matter how much the Congressman tries to explain it away, he represents Washington, not Indiana’s 8th district. He has a Washington-centric view of the world. He prefers the habits and tastes of Washington. He enjoys the company of Washington insiders, the lobbyists, consultants, special interests, and other career politicians that populate that most corrupt of cities. The interests of Hoosiers are secondary.Liberal Larry, the sellout Congressman who has moved to Washington and believes he can better represent Indiana by living in Washington, that beacon of moral rectitude, has been attacking me over domestic abuse allegations from 1993, 25 years ago, just as he did the last election cycle when he leaked the story to the Evansville Courier Press in 2016, two weeks before the primary. Even though all charges were dropped, I never touched my wife, she denies the allegations, we’re still married 25 years later, and we have 4 wonderful and accomplished children. That doesn’t matter for the morally bankrupt Congressman. He and his campaign continue to spew the filth and lies for which he is known.Congressman ‘Sellout’ sold his district out by moving to Washington DC. He sold his district out with his Heritage Action conservative rating of 52%, an “F,” while pretending to be a conservative. He sold his district out by voting to fund sanctuary cities, amnesty, DACA, importing Syrian Muslim refugees, the EPA, Planned Parenthood, Obamacare, and more deficit spending that will bankrupt our children – rather than supporting policies Hoosiers want.Congressman “Sellout,” is a swamp creature, a creature of Washington and the GOP Establishment. We need to drain the swamp, beginning right here in Indiana’s 8th district – by repealing and replacing Liberal Larry Bucshon and his dirty campaign tricks and fake news.Below: Links to related articlesConfrontation With Congressman Bucshonhttp://archive.courierpress.com/news/politics/elections/local/bucshons-setting-down-roots-in-dc-395620dd-dc20-44f3-e053-0100007f6193-389385301.htmlhttps://www.courierpress.com/story/news/2017/10/07/bucshon-lives-washington-and-evansville/741862001/https://city-countyobserver.com/170869-2/https://duboiscountyherald.com/b/i-would-like-to-set-the-record-straight-mrs-mossDr. Richard Moss is a board certified head and neck cancer surgeon and was a candidate for Congress in 2016. He graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine and has been in practice in Jasper and Washington, IN for over 20 years. He is married with four children.For more information visit RMoss4Congress.com. Contact us at [email protected] Find Moss For Congress on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
This year’s Werk Out Festival was an emotional one for its host band. The Werks family was shaken by the loss of former keyboardist Norman Dimitrouleas this past January, after which his brother Dino Dimitrouleas–the band’s then-current bassist–decided to take a hiatus from the band.Dino rejoined the band at the 2016 Werk Out last weekend for an heartfelt rendition of “Carry Me Back Home” dedicated to Norman’s life and memory. You can watch the emotional performance, captured by Sewell Film Productions, below:RIP Norman Dimitrouleas, Former Keyboardist Of The Werks/The Maji Has Passed AwayThe Werks had not played “Carry Me Back Home” since before Norman’s passing. The song choice for this tribute harkened back to last year’s Werk Out Festival, when Dino welcomed his brother onstage to join them for the same song, stating “You know, Werk Out feels like home to so many people, and it feels like home to us too. We’re all family here, so it’s so wonderful to be here, right now, with all you people at home. We love you.” The sentiments of the prevous year’s performance, in addition to the memory of Norman’s life, added significant emotional weight to the moment shown above. You can watch “Carry Me Back Home” from Werk Out 2015 with both Dimitrouleas brothers here:
A Notre Dame alumnus and president of the People’s Choice Awards shared tips and advice about making it in the pop culture industry during a lecture Thursday. Fred Nelson highlighted 25 lessons he learned during his career and used examples from celebrities to prove his point in his lecture, “Popular Culture is Not an Oxymoron.” Nelson has previously worked at entertainment outlets such as “E! News,” “Time, “Esquire” and ABC’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” For example, Nelson said he learned how to “Fake It ‘Til You Make It” based on Ellen DeGeneres’ 1995 acceptance speech for the People’s Choice Award’s favorite female performer in a new television series. He said DeGeneres seemed uncomfortable with accepting the award, but gave the speech anyway. Around the same time, he was the assistant publisher of “Marketing for Worth” magazine and knew little about personal finance, and found inspiration in DeGeneres’ speech. “I thought, ‘You know what? I can fake it,’” he said. “And I did.” Nelson said he learned to “Razzle Dazzle ‘Em” from Ricky Martin and learned to “Be a Prodigy While You Can” from Neil Patrick Harris. The 25 lessons he presented included advice he wishes he had heard as an undergraduate, he said. “Change your mind — switch careers, jobs, cities,” he said. “You have every right to change your mind multiple times.” He also said perseverance and the ability to adapt in any situation are two keys to achieving any goal in life. “If nothing else, think for yourself,” he said. “All that you’re learning now, everything you’re going to do in your job, try to suck the marrow out of all the experiences.” The lecture was co-sponsored by the Department of Film, Television and Theatre and the College of Arts and Letters.