Worrying lack of competition in Teddy Hall JCR elections

first_imgTeddy Hall students faced a lack of choice when voting in Monday’s JCR election, with every open position, including President, being either uncontested or devoid of candidates. The President, Secretary and Charities Officer positions were uncontested, while Academic Affairs, and Gender and Sexual Diversities Officer, were both without candidates. Nominations for these positions will be reopened and by-elections will likely be held during 8th week. Now President-elect Edward Benson won with 176 votes. Outgoing JCR President Seb Siersted told Cherwell, “I think that it is always important that posts are contested as much asp ossible. Unfortunately this year that was not the case. Despite this I have full faith in all the candidates who have put themselves forward and think they will do a fantastic job. Turnout can fluctuate year to year for a variety of reasons but it should be noted that historically many positions in the Michaelmas husts have not been contested for.” The President-elect was keen to emphasise his commitment to improving student involvement, explaining, “I would seek to encourage participation by publicising the knowledge of the key work that the JCR does behind the scenes, having a weekly surgery to increase contact with JCR committee members and by publishing detailed explanations of JCR positions online so that every student knows exactly what amazing work the committee do.” While last year’s hustings was well-attended, only twenty students went to this year’s. Questions ranged from asking Benson whether he would ‘RON himself’ to asking the presumptive secretary whether he would assign the ‘hottest’ grandchildren to himself. Some criticised Benson for using the word “cunt” during the event, responding to a question about what “Ron’s” last name might be. Benson responded to Cherwell, explaining, “Teddy Hall prides itself on being a warm, fun and friendly college. We welcome candidates with a sense of humour who see don’t see the JCR as a political training ground. I don’t think anyone in the room would have accused me of not thinking seriously about the role and my answers concerning OUSU, rent and housing reflect that. “As for me using the word cunt, it’s clearly an off the cuff remark to a ridiculous question.” He added, “I have no concern at all, that those who have applied for positions this term are the best people for the job. Ultimately should the body of the JCR think that a candidate is not up to scratch then the option to vote RON provides a way to reopen the contest.” Many Teddy Hall students were worried by the lack of involvement. One second year commented, “I think it’s a very bad reflection on college ethos that there is such apathy towards the JCR, which is meant to involve everyone.” Numerous reasons were given for such dis- engagement. One fresher noted that most second and third years live outside of college so they’re not so connected. Another described a “clear cut social group in each year”, so that potential candidates would likely stifle their nomination if they found out a more popular peer was running.last_img read more

Owner of Showplace Cinemas Dies at 80

Owner of Showplace Cinemas Dies at 80MAY 14TH, 2018 TYRONE MORRIS EVANSVILLE, INDIANAThe owner of Showplace Cinemas has passed away. Paul Stieler of Evansville died Sunday at his home. After graduating from Memorial High School in 1955 Stieler began his career managing Loew’s Majestic Theatre and the Victory Theatre.He bought the Victory then started North Park Cinemas. Stieler diversified into several restaurants before expanding the theatre business to include several showplace locations.Visitation will be Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., where a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., at Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel, 800 South Hebron Avenue, Evansville.Visitation will continue from 9:30 – 10 a.m., Friday at Annunciation Parish, Christ the King Campus, 3010 Chandler Ave, and where a Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m., with Father Alex Zenthoefer and Father Ted Tempel officiating.Stieler was 80-years-old. CommentsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare TwitterFacebook read more

Official Statistics: UK Biobank COVID-19 antibody study: round 1 results

first_imgUK Biobank, commissioned by the Department for Health and Social Care, has produced its first tranche of results after testing over 20,000 people for coronavirus antibodies. The study is tracking the spread of the virus across England, Scotland and Wales over 6 months.The UK Biobank COVID-19 antibody study will analyse samples from people participating in its study to assess antibody levels over time. The data and insights from this study will help the government understand how long COVID-19 antibodies stay in the blood, how strong they are and what this could mean for potential immunity.Read the full results of the study.last_img

If Kanye West Was A Tame Impala Song, He Would Probably Sound Like This [Video]

first_imgHave you ever listened to a particularly strange Kanye West interview and wondered, “Hey, I wonder what it would sound like if Australian psych-rock act Tame Impala performed a medley of outlandish Kanye quotes?”No? Yeah, we hadn’t either. But thanks to this video shared by comedy site Super Deluxe, you’ll never have to wonder. The video, captioned “This is what Kanye West would sound like as a Tame Impala song,” pulls together some of the more colorful quotes from Kanye West interviews throughout the years and transforms them into what could very easily be mistaken for an actual Tame Impala tune. The music is credited to Tennessee-based indie-pop artist Nick Lutsko.The result a surprisingly catchy track, and the Tame Impala-style liquid-light psychedelia and various other trippy animated additions make the clip downright hilarious, taboot. You can watch the video below:Kanye West As A Tame Impala Song (Music by Nick Lutsko):[Video: Supreme Deluxe]Tame Impala hasn’t performed in the United States since the Kevin Parker-led project headlined the Panorama Music Festival in New York City last July. The group is set to headline Pitchfork Music Festival on July 20th, 2018 in Chicago and Desert Daze in Moreno Valley, CA from October 12th through 14th. As of now, there are no other Tame Impala dates officially on the books.Kanye West has also remained mostly out of the public eye of late, as multiple reports have confirmed that the’s holed up in a recording studio in the mountains of Wyoming working on his next album, the follow-up to his Grammy-nominated 2016 album, The Life of Pablo. Various high-profile rappers and producers including Nas, Kid Cudi, Travis Scott, and Pierre Bourne have traveled to Wyoming to work with West in recent weeks.A friendly message to Kanye: now that you’ve heard how good a collab between yourself and Tame Impala would sound, get Parker on a plane out to Wyoming and let’s make this happen. What’re you waiting for?[H/T Supreme Deluxe]last_img read more

Gender studies professor speaks on women’s roles in fight for peace

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) hosted Notre Dame gender studies professor Ashley Bohrer who spoke in a presentation titled “Disturbing the Peace: A Feminist Defense of Conflict in a Time of Rebellion“ on Wednesday as a part of International Education Week. The talk was co-sponsored by the gender and women’s studies department, the department of social work and gerontology and the department of global studies.The event began with interim CWIL director Alice Yang presenting a brief background of International Education Week.“The International Education Week is a joint initiative by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education. It is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide and an effort to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract the future leaders from abroad to study, learn and exchange experiences,“ she said.Yang then introduced author and activist Bohrer and discussion facilitator Frances Kominkiewicz, a part of the department of social work.Bohrer opened her talk by discussing the implications of when people define peace as all times outside of war.“This sort of engenders the idea that when bad things happen or when violence occurs, it is a momentary phenomenon, the result of a bad person or a bad apple or a bad choice,“ she said. “The normal state of things on this account is peace and violence or conflict is a momentary aberration under this view. Anyone who disrupts the normal order of things, including through advocating for change, is someone who is disturbing the peace.“Bohrer said that despite popular belief, conflict and peace work closely together.“Those who conceive of the world as structurally violent understand conflict, not as in opposition to peace, but crucially, as a means to achieve peace,“ she said.Peace advocates engage in conflict regularly, she said, as first seen by protestors in the Civil Rights movement.“It was a crucial piece of the nonviolent direct-action strategy of the Civil Rights movement to take on actions that would invite state violence in order to demonstrate to the world the actual everyday brutality of Jim Crow,“ Bohrer said. “If we think that peace activists are somehow conflict avoidance — that they’re trying to move away from conflict, in fact, we see them running headlong into it time and time again.“Because systems of oppression are incredibly ingrained into today’s society, Bohrer believes taking them down requires conflict.“Given the resilience of the structures of capitalism, white supremacy, coloniality and the heteropatriarchy, it actually seems quite absurd to me that we should expect to assume that the elimination of the systems of harm would occur politely, quietly or without a massive disruption,“ she said. “In this sense, in order to achieve a real lasting powerful and substantive elimination of harm and suffering, we are going to need to engage in a lot of conflict and a lot of contestation.“Bohrer explained how society uses a definition of peace that criminalizes the voices of protestors, which she said is just as dangerous as the use of weapons.“The state’s ability to capture the discourse of space, and to coalesce support behind its violence, is through its reliance on a particular notion of peace — one that emphasizes stability, order and the denial of structural violence,“ she said.After discussing how many people were arrested at protests in 2020, Bohrer said her worries lie in “the way that the peace is defined in charges of breaching or disrupting peace [by] the ruling or reigning order, which we know to be one of structural racism, police brutality and extrajudicial state-sanctioned murder.“Bohrer suggested that people should look at this issue through a feminist perspective to obtain a deeper understanding.“We need to begin thinking about the ruling order as the systematic abuse of oppressed, unexploited people,“ she said. “In feminist accounts of intimate partner abuse, the term gaslighting emerged in order to talk about the psychological and discourse effects of abuse.“Examining what it means to be feminist, Bohrer reflected on the ways the movement is impeded by gender expectations and lifted by women who defy them.“[Feminism] is a lens of analysis that highlights how the ruling order of our contemporary society is structured through violence and harmful expectations of normative gender,“ she said. “Feminist movements around the world have often been at the forefront of utilizing disruptive tactics in order to draw attention to the violence and suffering caused not only by the state, but also by the media, social norms, the family and other institutions.“Because of the mission of feminism, Bohrer argues today’s protests fall under issues concerning feminists.“I think we also have to insist that the current racial justice uprising is a feminist movement and is a feminist concern,“ she said. “Police violence is a feminist issue. Racial justice is a feminist issue. Rising fascism is a feminist issue.“Working to change how conflict is only associated with masculinity, Bohrer spoke about how feminism fits into social evolution caused by conflict.“There’s a long history and feminist scholarship of seeing conflict as something inherently masculine or patriarchal,“ she said. “There is something feminist about militancy in the name of social transformation and liberation. The only possibility of building a truly feminist world is rooted in revaluing conflict and opposition to the ruling order of heteropatriarchy. And in this sense, I am arguing for conflict as a central strategy of feminist liberation and justice.“To end her lecture, Bohrer considered the meaning behind the slogan “No Justice, No Peace.“ Some consider it an echo of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, but Bohrer discussed its second connotation that is rooted in conservative ideas about protest.“Another wave of activism tends to interpret the slogan another way — until there is justice, there will be no peace, meaning we will not let you have your sham of peace,“ she said. “Much of the right-wing hysteria about this chant and about protests in general embraces this latter meaning interpreting the chant to be a kind of threat.“Bohrer approves of this chant being seen as a threat because she believes that disrupting social norms to obtain peace is key.“Of course, unlike the right wing, I think that this militancy is demanded to disrupt the current peace until we attain justice is the strength of social movements rather than their danger,“ she said. “If by peace, we mean something like the elimination of avoidable harm and suffering, then disruptive conflict is an essential part of achieving peace.“Bohrer then answered questions asked by Kominkiewicz and the virtual audience.When asked about this summer’s protests, Bohrer emphasized the distinct difference between violence against people and damaging property.“I will say that the only violence that occurred in these protests was the state using armed agents in order to be down the progression of justice and liberation,“ she said. “I am not at all convinced by the argument that throwing a brick through a Starbucks window is violence. I think that when we start to play that game, we enter into a deeply dangerous equation of violence against human beings and property damage.“Rather than considering this violence against property, Bohrer asked the audience to focus on the violence committed against marginalized populations.“I think we are always better off hammering home or talking about uplifting the violence that the state is doing, the violence that the current system does to people of color, exploited people, women, queer and trans folks, disabled people every single day,“ she said.Bohrer said not acknowledging violence against oppressed people and working with them obtain peace has severe consequences.“If we are not talking about that violence, I think we’re participating in gaslighting people who are responding to centuries of brutality by telling them that they have to be polite and nice or something in their response,“ she said. “All that does is serve the interests of abuse of power gaslighting for sure.“Near the end of the event, Bohrer gave suggestions on how to be unified with others who come from different backgrounds when working together for peace.“It’s really important to hold on to the fact that we don’t have to have the same experience in order to work together. … I really think about leaning into the concept of solidarity and coalition,“ she said. “So, my question isn’t necessarily how can I be united or have the same experience or use the same language as every woman around the world in different situations. But my question is much more … how can I stand in solidarity with other people’s struggles and with other women’s struggles?“Tags: CWIL, Feminism, gaslighting, injustice, patriarchy, peace, Peace Studies, Protests, racial justicelast_img read more

Build an effective base to capture greater share of wallet

first_img 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Keith Hughey Keith joined JMFA in 2012, with more than 35 years of consulting and managerial experience. Until founding his own practice, J. Keith Hughey Company in 2008, he was a principal … Web: www.JMFA.com Details As we near the end of another year of continued uncertainty regarding interest rates, sluggish loan activity, regulatory action and competition from non-traditional financial service providers, many credit unions continue searching for ways to generate revenue to maintain stability and create growth opportunities for next year.But before you get too far down the path looking for new prospects and improved profitability strategies, don’t overlook the opportunities that exist within your organization to capture a greater share of wallet from your current members.Shore up long-term loyaltyOftentimes when I am approached by a credit union looking for advice on how to increase business, the conversation begins with, “How do we attract new members?” And while there are many possible directions the conversation could take in addressing this dilemma, I am always interested to know if the organization is aware of how many of its products its current members use. A study by Forrester Research found that, on average, adults use 8.2 financial products, but generally have no more than two or three at any one financial institution.Increasing the number of products and services used by your members can have a major impact on their long-term loyalty to your credit union. According to industry findings, on average an account holder who has one product with a financial institution will stick with that institution for about 18 months. Increase product usage to three or more products and loyalty to the institution increases to nearly seven years.Cross-selling products is keyKeeping your finger on the pulse of what attracts consumers’ attention in this ever-changing digital world can be challenging. But you can establish yourself as your members’ primary financial institution and increase your overall share of wallet by determining which products and services they need – including checking and savings accounts, mortgage and personal loans, credit/debit cards, online and mobile banking apps.Following are strategies to help you achieve these goals: Simplify your product offeringsBeware the traditional belief that having more is always better. Too many product choices can be confusing to members and difficult for employees to explain. Streamline what you offer, based on good information of what your members want and need. And keep in mind, as consumer demand for more sophisticated products and services increases, you may be required to look outside of the realm of traditional products that you have relied on in the past. Focus training on technical and soft skillsI often find that talking about developing a sales and service culture sends chills up the spine of institutional management. For many employees the very mention of cross-selling or increasing product sales translates into code words for using a high-pressure approach to get more business. Instead, I encourage clients to equip their member-facing staff with the product knowledge and soft skills they need to consult with members, identify what is needed to fill their long-term financial goals and demonstrate that your credit union has their best interest in mind with the products and services you provide.And remember, quality training is not simply showing employees how to do a job, but helping them to acquire the necessary knowledge required to perform their duties accurately, through a training format that complements their unique learning styles – whether it is web-based, classroom, homework or role-play. Mine your data for treasuresWhen a member opens an account or applies for a mortgage or personal loan, employees have an opportunity to gather data that represents real value to the credit union. This information can be mined to determine what products and services members need based on their circumstances. If they are buying a home, do they need a mortgage loan? If they open an account for a child or teenager, might they also be in the market for a car loan or financial assistance for college? By getting to know your members at this level, you can increase their loyalty and capture additional share of wallet for the credit union. Create and maintain a supportive culture For any sales and service strategy to be successful, it is critical for member service and operations to be coordinated and on the same page. At John M. Floyd & Associates we routinely work with clients to make sure they have procedures in place to simplify their processes, such as streamlining account openings and utilizing technology to share member data across departments so it only needs to be input once.Excellence stands out, even in a busy worldRemember, if you can provide consumers the ability to open an account or get a loan quicker and easier than an institution down the street – while providing products and services that meet their on-going financial needs – they will most likely check with you the next time they need financial products and services, instead of spreading their business across multiple financial institutions.last_img read more

Massachusetts CU to serve recreational pot industry

first_img continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A Massachusetts credit union is set to be the first financial institution in the state to serve its recently legalized recreational pot industry. GFA Federal Credit Union cited “safety issues” associated with unbanked marijuana businesses in their decision to offer services, which are set to begin Oct. 1.Massachusetts legalized recreational marijuana July 1; it is one of nine states and Washington, D.C., to do so. Twenty-two other states have legalized medical marijuana. However, many financial institutions in states that have legalized recreational marijuana have been cautious about offering banking services out of legal concerns.In January, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded directives that had instructed federal prosecutors to ease marijuana enforcement in states that have legalized the substance. That decision in turn muddied guidance issued by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to clarify Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) expectations for financial institutions providing services to marijuana-related businesses.last_img read more

Parents look toward new school year with uncertainty

first_imgPennie Merrick has four kids at home. When it comes to a school reopening plan, she says one size does not fit all. 12 News spoke with several other parents on Facebook about their thoughts when it comes to reopening schools. Despite her reservations, Merrick agrees that opening schools is the option that will accommodate the most families. “If parents are feeling comfortable letting their kids go then they can let their kids go but if they don’t then they can fill out paperwork and home school your kids, but it can’t go the other way,” she says. “You can’t fill out paperwork saying ‘I want my kids to go to the public school'” Merrick says her son has autism and struggles with the idea of learning from home. “As the parent of 2 asthmatic kids who struggle with even the common cold, I am happy that the guidelines call for social distancing and mask use to protect both them and the teachers in the building,” she says “I am actually hopeful for a hybrid opening plan to allow in person instruction and the opportunity to be with classmates, while limiting the time in the school building by having remote days as well,” Jennifer Dickerson of Binghamton says while she is concerned about the virus, continuing online learning for the whole school year is easier said than done. (WBNG) — Parents across the southern tier are still waiting to find out if their kids are heading back to school in the fall. The state released preliminary guidelines for reopening schools Monday, but a final decision won’t be made until early August leaving many parents in limbo. “It’s like which of my kids is going to end up being accommodated,” says Merrick. “Each of my kids have a different situation, my fifteen year old he did not do well with the online learning.”center_img Stacey from Endicott says her kids attend Catholic School in Broome County, she says she is pleased with the plan. Courtney from the town of Maine says she too supports reopening schools. “My child has cerebral palsy and attends and 8:1:1 program though Maine- Endwell,” she says. “For children of all abilities its essential for their development to have face to face interaction.  But for the special needs population it’s crucial for their learning.” Merrick says while it’s crucial that her son get’s back to in person classes, she worries her youngest daughter will struggle with the state’s proposed mask requirement. “Having a five year old sit in school with a mask all day is going to be awfully hard,” she says. “I just see them trading masks like ‘this is my princess mask do you want to trade?'” “Many children and families had a hard time keeping up because of jobs so online learning probably is not the best solution,” she says “I want my child to go back to school and yes I have a lot of fears. When it comes to wearing the mask, if that is what is required my child will.” “For him this is the place where we have dinner, the place where we do video games, it’s not the place where we do math,” she says. last_img read more

Egyptian H5N1 cases prompt speculation about silent infections

first_imgApr 8, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The recent series of H5N1 avian influenza cases in Egyptian children yet very few in adults has raised concern that some Egyptians may be getting infected without getting sick, according to a Reuters news report published today.John Jabbour, a World Health Organization (WHO) emerging diseases specialist based in Cairo, said the Egyptian government and the WHO are planning a study to find out if subclinical or asymptomatic cases have been occurring, according to the story.Jabbour said the occurrence of asymptomatic cases would be worrisome because it could give the undetected virus more time to mutate in human hosts, Reuters reported.”If there is any subclinical case in Egypt, the aim is to treat immediately to stop the reproduction of the virus,” he told Reuters. “Because whether [through] mutation or reassortment, this will lead to the pandemic strain.”The story said that all but two of the 11 Egyptians infected with H5N1 this year have been children under age 3 (the official WHO count for Egypt reached 12 today). In the same period last year, most of the seven Egyptian case-patients were adults and older children, the report said.Jabbour said the string of cases in children without similar cases in adults had prompted the questions whether adults were being infected without falling ill.He said the Egyptian study would involve testing the blood of people who were potentially exposed to infected birds but had not gotten sick.Tim Uyeki, MD, a medical epidemiologist in the Influenza Division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told CIDRAP News that limited studies in several countries over the past few years have found relatively little serologic evidence of asymptomatic or unrecognized cases of H5N1 virus infection.When the H5N1 virus first infected humans in Hong Kong in 1997, there were two studies in which investigators looked for H5N1 antibodies in people who had potentially been exposed to the virus, Uyeki said. One study focused on 293 poultry cullers, of whom only nine (3%) were found to have H5N1 antibodies, indicating past infection. In the other study, involving 1,525 poultry workers, an estimated 10% had antibodies.More recent studies “have either found no evidence of H5N1 virus infection or very low seroprevalence of H5N1 antibodies, around 1% or less, among different exposed populations,” Uyeki said. “Since H5N1 virus strains continue to evolve, there’s a continued need for these studies in people who have contact with poultry in countries where H5N1 virus strains are circulating in birds, since the risk of transmission to exposed persons could change.”Uyeki also noted that subclinical infection with seasonal influenza virus is known to occur. “But how that relates to H5N1 is unclear,” he said.See also: Jan 25 2008 CIDRAP News story “Cambodian study hints at subclinical H5N1 cases”last_img read more

988 to become new crisis prevention phone number

first_imgA new, nationwide, 3-digit phone number for Americans to call in crisis to connect with suicide prevention and mental health crisis counselors has been created.- 988. The FCC rules require all phone service providers to direct all 988 calls to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by July 16, 2022.During the transition to 988, Americans who need help should continue to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by calling 1-800-273-8255 (1-800- 273-TALK) and through online chats. Veterans and Servicemembers may reach the Veterans Crisis Line by pressing 1 after dialing, chatting online at www.veteranscrisisline.net, or texting 838255.Since 2008, suicide has ranked as the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. Suicide claimed the lives of more than 48,000 Americans in 2018, resulting in about one death every 11 minutes.Establishing the easy-to-remember 988 as the “911” for suicide prevention and mental health services will make it easier for Americans in crisis to access the help they need and decrease the stigma surrounding suicide and mental health issues.last_img read more