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.
After three nights of risqué comedy and envelope-pushing musical numbers, the 37th annual Keenan Revue came to a successful close, director Brian Bettonville said. “We’ve received entirely positive feedback so far,” he said. “We love that people loved [the Revue,] and we’re happy to provide that for them.” Producer Raymo Gallagher said “The Revue Strikes Back” was a consistent success throughout all three shows. “All the staff and actors are very proud of the show they put on all three nights because it was a great product,” he said. “We could tell by reactions throughout the show that people were enjoying it, and we got positive reviews from students and even some parents in the audience.” Though the two-hour Revue included parodies of pop culture and skits focused on the quirks and traditions of Notre Dame, but Bettonville said a few acts stood out to audience members. “The performers of the final song, ‘December 1963,’ did a phenomenal job every single night,” Bettonville said. “A short called ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ also got a good crowd response.” Junior Mike Butler said the “SAOPA” skit, which put a unique Notre Dame twist on the recent Internet censorship debate, was the highlight of his first Revue experience. “My favorite skit was the censorship one for sure,” he said. “I thought it was really cool how they incorporated all the stuff that happened to [the Revue] last year and just bounced back and used it all to make the show even better.” While last year’s Revue was altered throughout the weekend in response to criticism about its coarse humor, Bettonville said this year’s Revue remained relatively constant throughout the weekend. “One skit was cut, and there were many more tweaks than full changes,” he said. “All these decisions are left up to us, so nothing was explicitly cut and we made alterations ourselves with suggestions.” Junior Dallas Bunsa said issues with last year’s Revue didn’t affect his expectations for his first time attending the Revue this year. “I heard some people complaining about the lack of original material in the Revue, but for me, everything was new,” he said. “I was pretty impressed with all of the choreography throughout the show.” Though the Revue is sometimes cited as an outlet for taking campus stereotypes too far, Bunsa said he thinks the show’s jabs at different groups were all in good fun. “A night full of poking fun at just about every different group of people … is great,” Bunsa said. “I think it’s important to be able to laugh at yourself or have fun poked at you.” Senior Lauren Metayer said she enjoyed the Revue overall, even if some of the humor “seemed forced.” “I thought the Revue was pretty good, and the Pokemon skit in particular was really witty and creative,” Metayer said. “Some of the jokes about Saint Mary’s girls seemed forced and predictable at times, but I may just have a soft spot for Saint Mary’s since I transferred from there to Notre Dame.” With another year of the Revue under their belts, seniors Gallagher and Bettonville are optimistic about the future of the campus tradition. “I think this year sets it up to be a good Revue next year, and I don’t foresee any issues that would prevent them from putting on a show next year,” Gallagher said. “A lot of actors and guys on staff are coming back next year, and they know what it’s about, so it should be good.” Looking forward to next year, Bettonville did not give specifics, but guaranteed the event will aim to please. “We haven’t picked our successors yet, but the Keenan Revue will always move forward,” Bettonville said.
Image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.NEW YORK — The U.S. renewable energy industry is reeling from the new coronavirus pandemic, which has delayed construction, put thousands of skilled laborers out of work and sowed doubts about solar and wind projects on the drawing board.In locked-down California, some local agencies that issue permits for new work closed temporarily, and some solar companies furloughed installers.In New York and New Jersey, SunPower CEO Thomas Werner halted installation of more than 400 residential solar systems, fearing for his workers’ safety.As many as 120,000 jobs in solar and 35,000 in wind could be lost, trade groups say. “There are many smaller companies going out of business as we speak,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association. “Up to half our jobs are at risk.”Leaders are confident the future is bright. But the worldwide slowdown is delaying a transition to cleaner energy that scientists say is not happening quickly enough to curtail climate change.Even as some states move toward reopening, executives fear diminished incomes and work disrupted by layoffs and social distancing will do lasting damage.The wind industry is plagued by slowdowns in obtaining parts from overseas, getting them to job sites and constructing new turbines.“The industry was on a tremendous roll right up until the last month or two,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association. ”That reversal is stunning and problematic.”Residential solar business has been hit especially hard, Hopper said, with door-to-door sales no longer feasible and potential customers watching their wallets. Deals with commercial buyers also have slumped.New solar installations could be 17% lower worldwide than expected this year, and wind turbine manufacturing could fall up to 20%, according to consulting firm Wood Mackenzie.“Pre-pandemic, there were great dreams and aspirations for a record-setting year,” said Paul Gaynor, CEO of Longroad Energy, a utility-scale wind and solar developer. “I’m sure we’re not going to have that.”Fossil fuels such as natural gas and coal remain the leading providers of the nation’s electricity, with nuclear power another key contributor, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.But renewable sources — wind, solar, hydroelectric, biomass and geothermal — have jumped in the last decade as production costs have fallen and many states have ordered utilities to make greater use of renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Renewables produced nearly one-fifth of the country’s energy last year.The EIA predicts renewable energy, despite recent setbacks, will grow 11% this year — an indication of the sector’s strong surge before the economy tanked. Meanwhile, coal-fired power is expected to decline 20% and gas generation to grow just 1%.The setback for renewable energy still has been painful — even in California, where residential solar demand took off due to frequent blackouts and state laws requiring to new homes to produce as much energy as they consume.“A lot of companies are just trying everything they can to just limp along and keep their workforce,” said Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the California Solar and Storage Association.All 20 employees were temporarily furloughed at Cinnamon Energy Systems, which sells residential and commercial solar systems in Northern California.“I’m sure we’ll bounce back, just smaller,” CEO Barry Cinnamon said, adding that people might not spend as much as they once did, because their income will likely be down. “Whether that’s months or years, nobody knows.”Luminalt, a San Francisco solar company, furloughed most of its 40 employees. And when work resumes, CEO Jeanine Cotter expects that projects will take longer and cost more to keep installers safe.“Think about working on a roof with a mask,” Cotter said. “And think about not being able to pass a power tool to somebody unless you disinfect it before you pass it on.”Since his furlough in mid-March, Luminalt solar technician Tom Hicks has been collecting benefits but no salary — and he’s worried about mortgage payments.“My 401k got crushed by 30% just like everyone else,” said Hicks, 55. “How much time do I have to recover?”Still, there are hopeful signs. The Boston-based developer Longroad recently began a utility-scale solar project in California and secured new financing for another in Texas.Sunnova Energy International, a Houston-based residential solar and energy storage service provider, is doing more videoconferencing and fewer in-person dealings with customers. But CEO John Berger said, “Our installations are still moving ahead, service is still moving ahead, we still see customers paying us.”In eastern Kansas, construction has continued at Southern Power’s 200-megawatt Reading Wind Facility despite delayed parts shipments, company spokeswoman Helen Northcutt White said. Sixty-two turbines are planned for the facility, scheduled to go online in mid-May.The wind and solar industries have asked lawmakers and federal agencies for help, including an extension of their four-year deadlines for completing projects without losing tax benefits. Similar assistance was granted during the 2008-09 recession.The renewable energy industry’s health is crucial to improving the climate and to a strong economic recovery, said Matthew Davis, legislative director for the League of Conservation Voters.“These businesses, these workers deserve immediate relief,” Davis said.It’s important to push for more responsible energy use as the economy reopens worldwide, said Andrew Pershing, chief scientific officer with Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, Maine, which studies climate change and oceans.“My hope is that we would use this as an opportunity to build toward an economy that doesn’t depend on burning coal and oil and that is more resilient to the climate impacts that are heading our way,” Pershing said. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
The meeting was held via Zoom. “They get one paper mask per week, and there is no hand sanitizer, they have 60 inmates to one working sink with no soap and they do have to clean their own cells,” a resident said. Sheriff David Harder says two corrections officers and one inmate have contracted COVID-19 since April 16. “He has asthma and COPD and is also not receiving his inhaler,” voiced another concerned resident. Residents shared their stories about how “once in medical quarantine those who need inhalers are denied.” Tylenol is prescribed every eight hours instead of every four, and a cough drop is provided at night, they said. The groups say the jail has a lack of transparency and communication when inmates contract COVID-19, many found out through letters that were handed off from one inmate to the other while in transfer to medical. Inmates are allowed to shower once or twice a week, phone calls are limited, mail is not allowed, and they are denied a tablet for video calls. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Truthpharm, Justice and Unity for the Southern Tier (JUST) and Citizen Action along side many anonymous Southern Tier residents voiced concerns over treatment of inmates during the COVID-19 Pandemic. On April 1, Harder told 12 News the Broome County Jail is one of the “safest places” from the virus as staff works to frequently sanitize the facility. “I sent him several letters, it was sent back from the Broome County jail with stamps all over it that said ‘not allowed, not allowed, not allowed…’ and I do not feel that he should have been able not to get mail because he had COVID-19,” one resident exclaimed. Cleaniness is another concern the residents had. They said inmates are apparently required to clean their own cells and masks are seldom provided. Food and medication is delivered either under the door or through a slot in the door. Harder says any correctional officer who tests positive for the virus is asked not to come to work for several days after they’ve fully recovered.
A new report from the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (IPAC) found that Islamic State (IS) supporters who were deported while trying to join the extremist group played a major role in radicalizing neighborhood religious study groups in West Sumatra. The report, titled “Learning From Extremists in West Sumatra”, followed two groups in Padang and Bukit Tinggi in West Sumatra that grew from branches of pro-sharia advocacy groups into pro-ISIS cells. Both of the groups had members who had businesses in Tanah Abang market, Jakarta. In the market, the members came in touch with leading extremist clerics and invited them back to Sumatra. “Through these Jakarta-based friends, the groups were introduced to some of the highest-profile preachers in the extremist community,” the report said.The Padang group in particular was largely influenced by pro-IS deportees who were forced to return to Indonesia.Saifullah, a Padang native, had met an Acehnese man named Muhammad Aulia while stuck in a safehouse in Turkey waiting for the chance to cross over to Syria in 2015. The two men were deported in 2016.Saifullah left for Afghanistan in 2017 and acted as “a communications hub” between pro-IS extremist groups in Indonesia and the IS “province” in Khorasan. He was later implicated in the 2019 Jolo Cathedral bombings, which were conducted by an Indonesian couple who were in contact with him. Aulia, meanwhile, led a group of 11 Indonesians in an attempt to leave for Afghanistan in 2019 but was stopped in the Bangkok airport in Thailand and was deported again. He and his followers were arrested upon their return to Indonesia. “The combination of frustration at not achieving their goal, undiminished zeal with lack of exposure to the realities of the situation in Syria – not only constant bombing but also corruption and in some cases, discrimination against non-Arabs – and the difficulties of having to start life again with no resources all become reasons for returning to extremist activities,” the report said. “The West Sumatra study calls into question the wisdom of the Indonesian government’s approach of treating radicalism as a problem of insufficient nationalism, curable by indoctrination in the state ideology, Pancasila,” IPAC director Sidney Jones said in a press release about the report on Friday.“The problems here were more concrete: a mosque that hosted extremist discussions for more than a decade without any attention from local authorities and deportees from Turkey who returned home without sufficient monitoring.”She added that the government still lacked an effective rehabilitation, reintegration and monitoring program for deportees and should take steps to remedy that.“Knowing how deportees have fared even several years after their return could help in the development of programs for future returnees,” she said.The government has said that radicalism is one of the biggest existential threats to the state and has recently announced that it will not repatriate the nearly 700 Indonesian citizens who joined the IS movement.Topics :
The Nortel UK pension scheme and other parties involved in the international insolvency of Nortel Networks have finally agreed how to share out the $7bn (€6.3bn) of the group’s remaining assets, according to PwC.The firm, which has been financial adviser to the scheme during the process involving court cases in countries including the US and Canada, said the exact amount being returned to Nortel’s UK pensioners was not yet known.This is because of, inter alia, ongoing non-litigation in Canada and Europe, it said.Jonathon Land, head of PwC’s pensions credit advisory practice and adviser to Nortel’s trustees, said: “This case will impact how pension scheme creditors are treated for years to come.” He said it was becoming more common for groups to operate across geographical and legal boundaries and that pension scheme creditors had to make sure they really understood where their legal support came from.The UK pension scheme is one of the largest creditors in the Nortel group insolvency. “An agreement is very welcome and brings nearer the day when distributions might be made to creditors, including the Trustee of Nortel’s UK pension scheme,” Land said.He said the trustee directors had acted with great professional integrity seeking to achieve the best possible deal for their members. PwC said it was an unprecedented result when, in May 2015, judges in the US and Canada issued a “ground-breaking” decision to allocate the residual assets on a pro rata basis, as had been argued by the Nortel UK pension scheme. The Canadian court denied leave to appeal the allocation decision and, despite an appeal process commencing in the US, negotiations continued, and an agreement was reached. The appeal, lodged by Nortel Networks bond holders challenging the decision to give the UK pension fund an equal claim on the assets, was thrown out by US and Canadian courts in July 2015.The deal is subject to creditor approval in the US and Canada and to Court sanction in the US, Canada and various other jurisdictions, including the UK.Nortel Networks became insolvent in January 2009, with its European, US and Canadian entities making simultaneous insolvency filings in London, Delaware and Toronto. In July 2015, two courts in the US and Canada threw out an appeal by Nortel Networks bond holders against a decision to provide the UK pension fund with equal claim on assets, after the US creditors were accused of misleading the case.At the time, Nortel’s UK group company was the sponsoring employer of a large defined benefit pension scheme with more than 40,000 members, and a buyout deficit of more than £2bn (€2.2bn).
Loading… The Senegal forward has missed the leaders’ last two Premier League games since being forced off in the first half of the victory at Wolves on January 23. Liverpool posted pictures of the 27-year-old training with the squad along with another recent injury victim, James Milner, on Monday.Advertisement Sadio Mane has returned to training with Liverpool after overcoming a hamstring injury. Veteran Milner, 34, has also been sidelined with a hamstring injury and has not played since the FA Cup third-round win over Everton on January 5. The pair’s return to training suggests they could be available for next week’s Champions League trip to Atletico Madrid. read also: Sadio Mane rescues Liverpool against valiant Villa Liverpool are back in action following their mid-season break when they travel to Norwich on Saturday. Jurgen Klopp’s side have a 22-point lead at the top of the table. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享