Exeter votes to update harassment policy

first_imgEXETER COLLEGE JCR has voted in favour of updating their harassment policy and encouraging College authorities to adopt the changes, in line with the recent updates made to University wide harassment policy.The new sexual harassment policy adopted by the University last year following a successful campaign by OUSU and ‘It Happens Here’, is designed to clarify the process of complaints.However, this change in university policy does not affect individual colleges, leading to criticisms from some students that harassment policies in college can still have more complicated guidelines, making them less clear, secure and supportive.OUSU’s Vice-President for Women, Anna Bradshaw, urged students in December to contact college representatives and encourage them to update internal harassment policy.The motion at Exeter was proposed by third year English student Ella Richards, who has been involved in the campaign to encourage colleges to change their policies, and seconded by JCR welfare respresentative Beatrice Natzler.Natzler told Cherwell, “At the JCR meeting we discussed the benefits of the new harassment policy. One benefit is that procedures are laid out much more clearly than in the old policy.“The new policy also allows someone making a complaint to skip steps, such as mediation, that they might not feel comfortable with.”Exeter JCR President Tutku Bektas also commented, “We recognise the sheer number of harassment incidents happening around the University every year and to this end, we want to make sure that there is a more certain and sound framework which would allow the college to deal with such sensitive issues in a more efficient and professional way.”The JCR President also emphasised the importance of the new policies and bringing colleges on board, telling Cherwell, “The Exeter JCR believes that this is a crucial topic and we will be taking the necessary steps to campaign for it.”Alice Vacani, who has been working on the campaign at Hertford, commented, “I’m really proud of the work undertaken by Ella and other members of Exeter JCR to push this through.”Exeter’s decision is part of a wider drive by the Harassment Policy Working group to encourage students throughout the University to put forward updated and clear college harassment policies.The Harassment Policy working group has been holding equipping training, which has attracted students from a number of colleges who want to change their college policies, whilst the University’s Equalities and Diversity unit has been providing information on how the policies work and how they can be incorporated by colleges.After her successful lobbying to have the university policy updated, Bradshaw commented, “I have been excited to hear this week that a number of common rooms have already begun to work with their colleges to update college harassment policies.“Good harassment policies are absolutely vital to protecting and supporting students, particularly women students.”last_img read more

Immigrants Express Post-Election Anxiety & Fear At Community Forum

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Anxious parents filled the auditorium at Westbury Middle School Wednesday for a community forum intended to address growing concerns among immigrant and minority groups that the new Trump administration’s controversial policies could rip families apart.Dozens of parents told a panel of elected officials, lawyers and religious leaders that children, especially Hispanic students, are hesitant to go to school out of fear that immigration agents will pick them up. Muslim residents said they’re worried about safety at mosques, especially after the recent slaying of six people at a Quebec City mosque in Canada. They said that some worshipers are avoiding places of worship entirely while others are constantly looking over their shoulders.“I’m really just tired of being scared,” said one Muslim woman wearing a traditional religious head cover to the panel. “I do not feel safe being overtly Muslim.”Some speakers said it didn’t help matters that Nassau County police did not send a representative to attend the forum despite being invited. A Nassau police spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.This was the second forum on this topic since President Donald Trump’s election victory. Organizers said they were trying to build upon themes raised from its first meeting at the Islamic Center of Long Island in Westbury, when parents urged schools to take a more proactive role in addressing their concerns.On Wednesday night, Westbury Public Schools Superintendent Mary A. Lagnado said the district, among the most diverse on the Island, is part of the fabric of the community and that’s why she believed it was important to open the school’s doors. Still, she acknowledged that other schools might be more hesitant, given the current political climate.“The auditorium that we’re in was built with community funds—it’s a community auditorium, that’s why we’re hosting,” she told several hundred people in attendance. “That’s what this country was founded on. That’s what makes us great: that we all come from different walks of life and together we can become stronger.”Issues of legal rights of immigrants, anti-religious attacks and the impact of Trump’s now-frozen travel ban took center stage. While panelists weren’t equipped to address every question, they did try to assuage parents and clear the air about unsubstantiated rumors.Asked whether U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents can simply barge into a home or round up people walking down the street—common concerns in the Hispanic community—lawyers on the panel had the same answer: Unless a signed warrant is produced, people are not obligated to comply.Acknowledging recent raids across the country targeting undocumented immigrants, the attorneys on the panel said such operations are intended for specific individuals. They also noted that ICE agents are prohibited from indiscriminately rounding up people based on race or ethnicity and that they are legally mandated to produce a warrant when requesting someone show identification.Similarly, panelists told the audience that ICE agents are not allowed into schools or places of worship—buildings where those with questionable legal status could find refuge.Silvia Finkelstein of the Nassau District Attorney’s Office of Immigrant Affairs said that recent operations are comparable to those under the Obama administration, which deported more undocumented immigrants than any president in history.Finkelstein shook her head after she was asked to dispel the widely believed misconception that undocumented immigrants can become legal after being in the country for 10 years. Such claims are entirely false, she said. She warned the audience that unscrupulous attorneys have taken large sums of money and tricked unsuspecting immigrants. She also made the community aware of reports that criminals posing as ICE agents have harassed immigrants for money instead of arresting them. The public should be vigilant, she said.At the forum, participants said that the perceived provocation from the White House has caused such a palpable fear among immigrants that even those in the United States legally have expressed fear that their status could be reversed retroactively.But now Muslim Americans, typically one of the most marginalized communities in the country, are in a position where they’re promising to stand in solidarity with the Hispanic community.“Our doors are open, our kitchens are open,” said Dr. Isma Chaudhry, president of the Islamic Center of Long Island and one of the forum’s organizers.Recognizing that Muslim Americans have “been the target of hate,” one Muslim woman said she was inspired by the thousands of people who took to the streets after Trump’s ban on seven Muslim-majority nations went into effect. Despite her own concerns, she told Hispanics in attendance: “We stand with you.”Long Island school children and their teachers share many of the same concerns as their counterparts nationwide, according to a recent study by the Southern Poverty Law Center conducted after the presidential election. In that poll, 90 percent of educators said their schools had been affected negatively by the presidential campaign and that 80 percent recalled “heightened anxiety and fear among students.”“Those statistics don’t surprise me,” said Rabbi Michael White of Temple Sinai of Roslyn, who also helped organize Wednesday’s event. “Once you open that Pandora’s box, every group that is typically a target becomes an explicit target.”Despite anti-Semitic attacks before and after the election, the Jewish community on Long Island feels safe, he said.“So we have an obligation to stand and be present with our friends in communities that feel vulnerable right now,” White added.The most impassioned plea of the evening came from Westbury Village Justice Tom Liotti, who spoke critically of the Trump administration.Citing the Declaration of Independence, Liotti said that it’s the duty of citizens to rebel against an oppressive government.Referring to the Trump administration, Liotti said, “We don’t have compassion and empathy. We have bottom-line decisions.”last_img read more

Cash-strapped Nakumatt FC bought by politician

first_img“By a sale agreement dated 10th April 2018 Nakumatt was sold to Mr. Francis Mureithi for value with all its assets and liabilities duly transferred to Mr. Francis Mureithi,” the affidavit read in part.“That consequently, Mr. Francis Mureithi took over the ownership of the club and neither Nakumatt Holdings under Administration nor myself have any existing or future claims in respect of or against Nakumatt Football Club,” the affidavit continued to read in part.The club has been struggling to stay afloat and has just managed to survive in the league as all the players boycotted training for the better part of the season due to unpaid salaries and allowances.The lack of financial motivation has had an adverse effect on their performance and they have lost five matches on the trot. With new financial breath coming their way, the club will now fight its way to get off the relegation zone.They will be playing Kariobangi Sharks this weekend in Machakos.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nakumatt FC players pose for a group photo before their Kenyan Premier League clash against Chemelil Sugar on Sunday March 11, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 12- Cash-strapped Nakumatt FC has finally found some new lease of life after being bought out by politician Francis Mureithi who contested for the Embakasi East parliamentary seat in the 2017 general elections.In an affidavit seen by Capital Sport, the club’s patron Neel Shah who is one of the managers at the club’s previous owners Nakumatt Holdings has officially handed over the team to Mureithi with all its assets.last_img read more

San Jose Sharks fans: Smoking Pig, Opa! and Sushi Confidential join SAP Center food lineup

first_imgChomp takes on new meaning this season as the San Jose Sharks, SAP Center and their culinary partner, Aramark, unveil a new lineup of food choices for hockey fans.There’s lots to sample. Good thing it’s a sport with two intermissions.Three popular, locally owned restaurants — Smoking Pig BBQ, Opa! and Sushi Confidential — have joined the selection on the SAP Concourse Level, along with several other fan favorites. The Test Launch Kitchen, which features a rotating series of experimental …last_img

Live Blog: Google Shows Off Honeycomb, Updates Android Market

first_img10:20 a.m.: Now we’re going to talk multimedia capabilities.Camera allows control of flash and various image settings. Can flip to front- or back-facing cameras. Honeycomb supports video chat using the front-facing camera. “We’ve spent a lot of time building image stabilization to save bandwidth” for video chat over cell networks. 10:47 a.m.: Disney: we’re bringing three key apps to Android platform. Radio Disney, Jelly Car (the “original physics game”) and Tap Tap Revenge (“our most successful franchise”).Tap Tap Revenge has been downloaded more than 50 million times with more than 25 million songs sold. 10:23 a.m.: Showing off full-screen video chat technology that’s “part of Honeycomb.”“Of course, there’s probably no one in the world that knows how much video changes the world than CNN.”Introducing Louis Gump, VP of mobile at CNN.We’ll be launching an Android app, he says. “It’s no secret that tablets are becoming a force in the marketplace. CNN has decided that mobile is a core strategy. We want to be there for Android users around the world.”10:27 a.m.: Mobile “CNN iReport” on the tablet allows users to snap pictures and post directly to the Web. “It extends the invitation to everyone to be part of the news.” Last week, the Google Android team sent out an invite promising an “in-depth look at Honeycomb, Android ecosystem news and hands-on demos,” so here we are at the Googleplex in Mountain View and we’re ready for these hands-on demos. In the mean time, we’ll be live blogging the announcement and bringing you the latest in mobile and tablet OS news from the big G.Last night, we predicted that today’s event could unveil the long-awaited Google Music, an Android Market redesign or an official announcement that Google would be forking the Android OS. Today, there’s no more time for speculation. Here’s what Google has to say, live.The event has ended, but read on for a recap.The big news today at Google is a long-awaited update to the Android Market, in-app purchases, and developer tools.9:58 a.m.: Everyone has taken their seats and we’re told the event will start in five minutes. Stay tuned! 10:02 a.m.:And we’re live.We’re going to get a demo of the Motorola Xoom tablet running Honeycomb (the tablet-only release of the Android OS) and then Chris Hugo will talk about new features on Android Market.“We consider ourselves the shepherd…” of Android. “With open source, you don’t really know what people are going to do with it. The innovation doesn’t happen in this building, it happens all around us.”Xoom demo will show how the cloud ties everything together.10:05 a.m.: Creating a platform that allows developers to iterate as quickly as possible has been Google’s goal.Three buttons – back button, home button and multi-tasking button – show previews of all background tasks.Showing off “stack widget” with multi-touch. 10:08 a.m.: “We’ve spent a lot of effort to make sure existing Android applications work on the tablet.” Showing backwards compatibility of Android applications by playing Fruit Ninja, an app that was developed “before Honeycomb even existed.”Google wants to encourage developers to build for tablets, however.Offers “application fragments,” which allow developers to re-use functionality in apps and between phone and tablet.10:13 a.m.:Honeycomb Performance“We’ve spent a lot of time on performance.”Developers can take advantage of hardware-accelerated graphics with “one line of code.” 10:31 a.m.: “The platform is just one half of the story. The other half of the story is how to get these applications into the hands of users.”Here comes the Android Market update.“The changes we’re making are for both users and developers,” including ways to monetize and promote applications for developers.10:33 a.m.: Announcing the Android Market Web Store.“Up until now, the way you would browse and install applications is using the market on your phone.”Users can purchase and install directly to their devices from the Web. Showing categories that allow users to browse through apps (more than the top featured, paid, etc).Clicking on an app brings a user to an application details page that offers overview, user reviews,”what’s new” and permissions, including current version, Android OS requirements, update date, full description and screen shots. 10:37 a.m.: Showing how you can purchase apps on the Web. Click “purchase” and when it completes, users gets a notification on their phone that the application is being downloaded.“There’s no wires, there’s no synching with computers, none of that sort of nonsense.”New Market allows people to easily share apps with links to app descriptions, rather than relying on QR codes to find an app. 10:40 a.m.: Links to Android market act differently for different devices. On a computer it takes you to the Web Market. On a phone, if you click on a link from Android Market, “it understands that this is a link to an application on Android Market, so it takes me to the Android Market client on my phone.”Now it sounds like we’re going to talk about app discovery, something Android Market has been sorely lacking.Users are able to search the market and filter results by price, device compatibility and by popularity or relevance. Tags:#Google#web Related Posts 10:43 a.m.: Android Market website is live right now at android.market.comApp sellers can now set specific pricing or different currencies.10:45 a.m.: Final thing? “Something that’s very exciting to us at Android Market.”“Support for in-app purchases is coming. Developers will be able to sell a variety of virtual goods directly within their applications.” This could be in-game currency, features or other in-app purchases.Disney is here to show off in-app purchasing SDK.center_img 10:51 a.m.: Showing off in-app purchasing by buying a song in Tap Tap Revenge.“We got the latest code for in-app billing five days ago.” (The point being that it took less than a week to integrate in-app billing.)10:53 a.m.:That’s all folks. A general preview of Honeycomb and a much-needed update to the Android Market. We’ll have a more in-depth look at the Android Market soon on ReadWriteWeb, so stay tuned. mike melanson A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 10:17 a.m.: Thomas Williamson CEO of War Drum Studios takes the stage to show off 3D graphics on Honeycomb.10:18 a.m.: Up to two people can play the same game connecting using Wi-Fi. Interactive environments, 3D graphics, etc. “The high performance Honeycomb provides allows us to do that.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

29th Street Publishing Remakes iPad Magazines

first_imgIts founders would know, as two of them, David Jacobs and Natalie Podrazik, came from Six Apart, which created Movable Type as well as TypePad. (Disclosure time: Six Apart later became Say Media, which is now ReadWrite’s parent company. This was all before my time.) 29th Street’s latest offering is Weekend Companion from New York-based culture smorgasbord The Awl. I will admit to a certain jealousy about how awesome this publication looks.I had a few questions for CEO David Jacobs and editorial director Blake Eskin about this whole tablet publishing revolution and whether it’s really happening. By way of giving us a tour of the 29th Street tools, they offered some interesting answers.ReadWrite: Are there really a small, set number of text fields that can take full advantage of an iPad for a publisher? Are the constraints good, or are they merely necessary?David Jacobs: There is variation in the fields for every publisher. For instance, for V As In Victor, everything is written by one author, who is acknowledged throughout the app (including, of course, in its title). But for The Awl, having proper bylines is critical to their identity as a publisher. So that’s a fundamental “text field” in publishing that behaves very differently between two otherwise similar publications. I think you’d be surprised how many things change between different instances of the app. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts ReadWrite: Tell us about the pricing and options for publishers.Blake Eskin: Scope determines everything, so it’s difficult to give you a number, but we will build publishers an app as a services project for an extremely competitive fee, plus a modest monthly hosting cost. We can also work with publishers (like V as in Victor‘s Bill Vourvoulias or The Awl) on a revenue share, with little or no startup cost.David Jacobs: I would add that we are iterating on our business model and goals as much as on our product itself. That’s why we don’t have fixed, public offerings. But I think it’s fair to say that what other people charge $100,000 for, we may charge $20,000 for. And over time we want that to be cheaper.Blake Eskin: When publishers focus on the cost of technology, there’s a risk that they think of technology as the only cost. We want our publishers to flourish, so we want to make the technology affordable. To succeed, you have to be realistic about the costs of making good work, whether it’s money to pay contributors and designers (and yourself!) or time to research and write and edit, and your audience has to begin to understand that, too.ReadWrite:With the biggest and best Web publishers going paywall, and with the smallest and best going iPad, what happens to people who won’t pay for content?David Jacobs: I am not sure this has to be either/or. Writers and artists need to get paid. And I think that subscriptions/memberships/patronage (all of which are cousins as monetization models) will just be one element.I like what [Awl co-editor] Choire [Sicha] wrote in The Awl‘s post about advertiser’s “underwriting” work. I’m not saying that The Awl will definitely go that way, but I think that for certain advertisers’, audiences and content, it makes a lot of sense. My intuition is that we’ll end up with something very similar to what we have now — free content that is ad supported with a premium offering. But (as you know), it’s very challenging to make the economics of CPM [cost per thousand ad impressions] operate at scale. Tags:#Apple#iPad#Newsstand#publishing ReadWrite:This is different from the Web in a lot of ways, but I think the most significant is that there’s no going straight to the publisher’s domain for the new subscriber. Readers have to get through the App Store gauntlet first. Is that an obstacle for publishers trying to be distinct and independent? How about for 29th Street itself? You don’t have control over that App Store page listing your offerings, right?David Jacobs: We do not have control over our App Store page, but it is important to us that our first several apps are distinctive from a design and editorial standpoint. The diversity of our published work is also important to us. We don’t want people to see just a bunch of tech, culture or sports magazines. And when people look us up in the App Store, we’re confident that the first 12-15 apps are going to represent us very well. Our platform is only as good the people using it. Compared to what publishing has been going through, programming is pretty easy.We also don’t assume that the Newsstand will stay the same forever. We have given the Newsstand team a lot of feedback, and I know other developers have too. Publishing imprints and labels are a huge part of Newsstand’s constituency, and in our (admittedly brief) experience, Apple has been responsive to our concerns and questions. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Perhaps you heard about the demise of The Daily. The first big attempt at publishing an iPad magazine was top-heavy in terms of personnel and technology, and it went under. What does that say about iPad publishing?Nothing, really.The Daily was a very early attempt. Now that the hardware and the software of the medium have had some time to mature, successes are emerging, and they look completely different from The Daily. 29th Street Publishing has built a full-service shop to help indie publishers create their own iPad magazines that do it right.Where The Daily’s iPad magazine concept was a massive operation that produced humongous downloads of glitzy content reminiscent of print, the new entrants tend to be short, personal, lightweight, eminently readable and issued at a calmer weekly or bi-weekly pace. They also come in iPhone sizes. It’s like a whole new medium developed for today’s readers, rather than an attempt to recreate an old one.Writing one’s own delightful iOS app is the realm of experts, though. When will publishing natively for the touchscreen be possible for anyone with an idea? The Web publishing revolution didn’t happen until blogging software made it possible for anyone with a computer to participate. As Ryan Singer at 37signals wrote in November, tablets are waiting for their Movable Type.We’re still waiting for the open-source tablet publishing tool anyone can use. But 29th Street Publishing has built a place for small publishers to start. The company handles the apps, which are spare and simple but allow for just the right amount of personality. 29th Street also handles getting these apps into the App Store, where subscribers can get them. Publishers can concentrate on writing and editing. It’s “as simple as blogging,” as the marketing copy says. jon mitchell Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Saskatchewan proposes lawsuits should be allowed if intimate images shared

first_imgREGINA – Saskatchewan Justice Minister Don Morgan has introduced a bill that would allow people to sue for compensation if their intimate images have been shared without their permission.A victim would be able to sue in small-claims court where they are claiming damages less than $30,000 and would not have to wait for criminal charges to be laid.Morgan said he’s particularly concerned about how the sharing of intimate images is affecting young people.“Social media is one of those things that’s incredibly pervasive. It follows young people home. It follows them into their bedrooms late at night,” Morgan said Tuesday at the legislature in Regina.“This is a protection that we want to have so that they will have a disincentive for that type of conduct.”The government said it is difficult to rely on the Criminal Code to deter cyberbullying through unauthorized sharing of intimate images because the burden of proof is so high.The proposed legislation would shift the onus of proof to the person that circulated the image by requiring them to show that they had received consent.Saskatchewan is the first province to take such a step, said Morgan.“My advice to somebody would be don’t post something unless you’re absolutely certain that you’ve got the consent from the person’s that in it.”Interim NDP Leader Nicole Sarauer said the Opposition just got the legislation Tuesday and needs time to review it.However, Sarauer said it is time to modernize the law in Saskatchewan to deal with the serious problem.“It’s important because the civil burden of proof is much lower than the criminal burden of proof, that there is that avenue for individuals who are victims of this situation to have an avenue of repercussions outside of the criminal court,” she said.Shannon Lea of the No Touchy Campaign in Saskatchewan said the legislation could force someone to think twice about trying to exact revenge on the internet.“I think it’s huge for people, even in intimate relationships, who have had this happen to them to be able to do something about it instead of sit back and continue to be victimized,” Lea told radio station CKRM.The No Touchy Campaign aims to raise public awareness of the extent of sexual assault in Canada.last_img read more

Steve Harvey Honors Celebrities Making A Difference

first_imgOn Saturday, Steve Harvey’s foundation, The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation ( SMHF), held its annual gala at the Hilton Chicago hotel.The SMHF Gala honors individuals who make a measurable difference in the lives of young men and women. Through their careers or philanthropic efforts they serve as responsible role models to youth. In addition, the benefit honors corporations and organizations that show consistent commitment to empower and enhance the lives of young people and/or underserved families in their communities.Celebrity honorees this year include actress Holly Robinson-Peete, Co-Founder of The HollyRod Foundation, and Dwyane Wade and his sister Tragil Wade, Founder and Executive Director of Wade’s World Foundation. The special evening featured a performance from R&B singer Ledisi. Other celebrities in attendance included Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears, Chef Art Smith, and actor Laroyce Hawkins.The mission of The Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation is to provide outreach to fatherless children and young adults by promoting educational enrichment, one-on-one mentoring and global service initiatives that will cultivate the next generation of responsible leaders. To learn more about this foundation, click here.Unfortunately, Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie Harvey were unable to attend the gala due to a family emergency.Copyright ©2015Look to the Starslast_img read more

Cheque to support TCI Red Cross from Scotiabank

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Royal Navy ship TCI arrival postponed Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 May 2015 – Kudos to Scotiabank says the Turks and Caicos Red Cross; the bank donated a thousand dollars for a fundraiser set for May 30th at the Provo Golf Club. That fundraiser is the annual Red Cross Ball where the main beneficiaries will be the Youth arm of the TCI Red Cross and the disaster relief program. As you know, June 1 marks the start of Hurricane Season officially… we have already had the first named system for the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season; Ana. Thankfully there is no tropical activity forecast for the next 48 hours according to the Natl Hurricane Center. Related Items:cheques, hurricane season, provo golf club, Scotia bank, TCI Red Cross The TCI Red Cross spearheads Bahamas relief efforts New small business support organization establishedlast_img read more