Details withheld from OULC antisemitism report

first_imgBARONESS ROYALL’S INQUIRY into the alleged antisemitism in the Oxford University Labour Club (OULC) found no evidence of “institutional antisemitism”, leading instead to a series of recommendations being made to the party as a whole.The reports were commissioned by Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) and will be published in their entirety in the Chakrabarti report before the summer.Although Baroness Royall wrote that she does “not believe that there is institutional antisemitism within OULC” she did however report individual incidents and other cases related to cultural issues in the club. These she says, “Must be addressed to ensure a safe space for all Labour students to debate and campaign” as its main consequence is that “some Jews do not feel welcome.”Baroness Royall also noted in the summary of the reports that in one instance a case of “serious false allegations of antisemitism” was reported to the police.The details of these incidents are yet to be made available, as only an executive summary and the recommendations were published on the Party’s website. Regarding this, Jeremy Newmark tweeted that he was “frustrated” the content of the report had been “suppressed” by Labour’s NEC, though this fact remains unconfirmed.According to Baroness Royall, an effective response to these cultural problems would involve training sessions being organised to enable all new officers of Labour Clubs to fight against antisemitism within their circle. The report also encourages OULC to establish a  clear system of reporting for incidents of anti-semitism and racism more generally.“I’m glad that Baroness Royall with me that OULC has a cultural problem”.Alex Chalmers Increased support and better communication at all levels in the Party are made the central target points of the Baroness’ recommendations struggled with allegations of anti-against antisemitism and racism in general. Royall adds that this system of reporting should include the ability to make an appeal directly to the Labour Party NEC.The exclusion of students and other supporters from membership of the Party as punishment for being found guilty of antisemitism is, however, not perceived as an appropriate measure by the report and no such decisions have been made following the investigations.The reports presented to the NEC stated that considering antisemitism in OULC inevitably leads to the same considerations regarding the entire Party, which has recently struggled with allegations of anti-semitism against prominent members. “No form of antisemitism or racism is acceptable, including being used as a factional political tool,” Baroness Royall concludes in the executive summary.In its response to the report, OULC qualified antisemitism as “abhorrent, repugnant and contrary to the values we as a Club hold dear.“The Oxford University Labour Club condemns any prejudice, intolerance and discrimination of any form and we take these allegations with the utmost seriousness,” said new co-chairs David Parton and Eleanor Ormsby. “We look forward to collaborating with her and the national Labour Party in moving forward from these events.”The statement from the OULC Co-Chairs continues, “We will enthusiastically work with all national Labour Party officers to deal with all the complaints made against the Club. We will move to affiliate to the Jewish Labour Movement as a gesture of our solidarity with Jewish people and vigorously support the eight point plan to eradicate anti-Semitism within the Labour Party.”Concerns about antisemitism within the Club were initially raised following the resignation of OULC former co-Chair Alex Chalmers, who claimed that many members and Oxford students in general had “some kind of problem with Jews”. The Party later found itself in controversy over allegations of antisemitism from Labour MPs.Chalmers told Cherwell, “I’m glad that Baroness Royall agrees with me that OULC has a cultural problem that makes the club unsafe for a number of Jewish students, although I am disappointed that the report has not been published in full.“I hope that the publication in due course of the party’s wider inquiry into antisemitism will give a fuller into antisemitism will give a fuller picture and that robust action is taken  against any individuals found to have picture and that robust action is taken against any individuals found to have been involved in antisemitic incidents.”last_img read more

” IS IT TRUE” NOVEMBER 22, 2019

first_imgToday’s our non-scientific but trendy “Readers Poll” question is: Who do you feel will be selected as the next Evansville City Council attorney?If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE early this week we experienced issue with our Facebook?  …it’s been down for several days and our IT guy is working on it and hope to have it up and running  soon?IS IT TRUE we been told by our Civic Center “MOLE” that 2nd Ward City Council canidate Natalie Rascher will file a recount petition against Missy Mosby today?  …Missy Mosby won by 19 votes in the 2nd Ward City Council race?IS IT TRUE on election night it was announced that 2nd Ward City Councilwoman Missy Mosby won by 31 votes?  …several days later it was discovered that Ms. Mosby only won  by 19 votes?IS IT TRUE we are told that Natalie Rascher recount committee members are extremely experienced and political savvy and won’t leave any stones uncovered? …we are also told that Mrs. Rascher recount team will give absentee and provisional ballots special attention?IS IT TRUE we know that City Councilwoman Missy Mosby recount committee shall do everything to protect her unofficial 19 vote victory margin?  …we expect that attorneys Chris Lockyear and City Council attorney Josh Claybourn will represent her during the vote recount?IS IT TRUE that the former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel (D) and Josh Claybourn (R) are locked in a competitive political battle to see who wil be selected as the next Evansville City Council attorney? IS IT TRUE we been told by those in the know that Mr. Claybourn is claiming that he has four (4) Democrats and (2) Republicans committed to vote for him as the next Evansville City Council attorney?IS IT TRUE all we can say to Mr. Claybourn is that the Evansville City Council attorney vote won’t be taken until 40 days from now?IS IT TRUE that former Evansville Mayor Weinzapfel has a heck of lot political favors that he hasn’t begun to call in? …it looks like the “Fat Lady Hasn’t Begun To Sang” yet concerning who will be selected as next Evansville City Council attorney?IS IT TRUE  that Cheryl Musgrave served ten years as the Vanderburgh County Assessor, two and a half years as Vanderburgh County Commissioner, and was appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance?  …that Musgrave also served on the Vanderburgh County Board of Zoning Appeals and the Evansville Redevelopment Commission? …she has done a credible job in every position? …we expect that Commissioner Musgrave will soon announce that she’s running for re-election?IS IT TRUE  we been told if Commissioner Musgrave is re-elected she will make political history?  …if re-elected to the County Commission position she will be the first female to be re-elected twice in a row to the Vanderburgh County Commission?IS IT TRUE that EPD Sgt Jason Cullum announced that he will be taking over as the Director Of Safety and Security at the University of Evansville?  …we give five (5) cheers to Jason Cullum for a job well done with the EPD for the last 21 years and wish him well in his new position at the University Of Evansville? FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Guidance: ‘On hold’ health claims on foods if there’s no EU Exit deal

first_img The Nutrition (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019: practical changes for industry Guidance bulletin: Article 13(1) ‘on hold’ health claims spreadsheet (published 2014) This guidance is no longer valid. See Nutrition legislation information sources for current information.,This spreadsheet sets out the ‘on hold’ health claims that may continue to be used in the UK if there’s a no-deal Brexit.The claims may be used subject to the conditions set out in the following guidance:last_img

Paul McCartney Pays Tribute To Prince With ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ In Minneapolis [Watch]

first_imgThe legendary knight himself, Sir Paul McCartney, took a moment from his performance at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN to pay tribute to the late great musical royalty Prince. With McCartney scheduled to play in Prince’s hometown, fans were certainly hopeful that McCartney would honor Prince, and the Beatle did just that. During the performance, McCartney busted out a cover of “Let’s Go Crazy,” the opening track to Prince’s 1984 album Purple Rain. McCartney has shared video footage of the cover below:The Prince tribute came out of McCartney’s famed solo track, “Hi Hi Hi,” and you can watch how the whole thing went down via fan-shot footage from mjanovec below:Thank you for the music, McCartney. RIP Prince.last_img

George Clinton Gathers The Best Of The Best For A Funky Throwdown In Central Park [Photos]

first_imgFishbone | Central Park SummerStage | New York, NY | 6/4/19 | Photos: Andrew O’Brien Load remaining images Galactic | Central Park SummerStage | New York, NY | 6/4/19 | Photos: Andrew O’Brien Dumpstaphunk | Central Park SummerStage | New York, NY | 6/4/19 | Photos: Andrew O’Brien Funk ringleader George Clinton‘s final tour with Parliament-Funkadelic rolled into New York City on Tuesday for a performance at Central Park SummerStage. While the music was finished by 10 p.m., the funk was alive and well throughout the evening, with Galactic, Fishbone, Dumpstaphunk, and Miss Velvet and the Blue Wolf all offering brief but powerful supporting sets.As Clinton told Rolling Stone ahead of the tour, “I would love to keep on doing this but I’ll be 78 in a few more months,” he says. “Even though I feel like I’m just getting started, the reality is the group needs to go ahead and keep it going. We’ve got a new vibe in the band, and they’ve been carrying it for the last three years. I’ve been up there representing for people, but they’ve actually been turning the place out. And we’ve been selling out for the last five years, every night.”The name of the tour, “One Nation Under A Groove,” is an ode to the 1978 album and single of the same name. “Funk to me was just that groove that united everything,” Clinton told Rolling Stone. “So you could be funky no matter what kind of music you played. There’s a funk element somewhere that can be put into it. And the idea of one nation with everybody together [applies to] not only one nation, but one planet.”Those varying approaches to the funk were on full display on Tuesday, from the old-school NOLA sound of Dumpstaphunk to the new-school, soulful vibes of Galactic to the politically-minded reggae-ska-punk-funk freakout that is Fishbone. By the time Clinton and the big, colorful Parliament-Funkadelic hit the stage as the sun set, the crowd was loose and ready to party—a fitting mood for a fantastic P-Funk performance.From time-tested staples to “new P-Funk classics” to hip-hop interludes and beyond, each member of the P-Funk crew got their moment in the sun while the rest of the entourage drew eyes to every corner of the stage. All throughout, Clinton held down his hype man duties like only he can, pausing periodically to take a seat on the drum riser while the young blood took their respective turns in the spotlight. While this tour may be Dr. Funkenstein’s final hurrah, the amount of talent and creativity onstage in Central Park confirmed a comforting fact: the funk is still alive and thriving in 2019.Below, you can check out photo galleries from Tuesday night’s party in Central Park via photographer Andrew O’Brien.For a full list of upcoming dates on George Clinton’s One Nation Under A Groove Tour, head here.George Clinton & P-Funk | Central Park SummerStage | New York, NY | 6/4/19 | Photos: Andrew O’Briencenter_img Load remaining images Load remaining images Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Improving the odds of beating opioids

first_imgResidential treatment may be an appropriate first-line option for young adults who are dependent on opioid drugs — including prescription painkillers and heroin.Research indicates that live-in programs may result in higher levels of abstinence than the outpatient treatment that is currently the standard of care.A study from the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Addiction Services found that a monthlong, 12-step-based residential program with strong linkage to community-based follow-up care enabled almost 30 percent of opioid-dependent participants to remain abstinent a year later. Another recent study found that 83 percent of those who entered an office-based opioid treatment program had dropped out a year later.“Our results suggest that abstinence-focused, 12-step residential treatment may be able to help young adults recover from opioid addiction through a different pathway than the more typical outpatient approach incorporating buprenorphine/naloxone treatment,” said John Kelly of the Center for Addiction Medicine in the MGH Department of Psychiatry. Kelly is the senior author of the study that was published online in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, as well as the Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS).Corresponding author Zev Schuman-Olivier also noted, “We found that participants who met DSM-IV [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition] criteria for opioid dependence seemed to do better during residential treatment than did opioid misusers — those who reported some illicit opioid use in the past 90 days but did not meet dependence criteria.“Interestingly, young adults with intermittent opioid misuse are often encouraged to go into residential treatment if they can afford it or it is covered by insurance, while those with opioid dependence often start with office-based buprenorphine/naloxone treatment,” explained Schuman-Olivier, a clinical instructor in psychiatry at HMS. “Our findings indicate that opioid-dependent young adults might benefit from starting out with residential treatment and then linking up with continuing outpatient care after discharge. In contrast, many nondependent opioid misusers may not be ready to benefit fully from the time spent in 12-step residential treatment.”The authors note that the significant increase in opioid misuse among adults ages 18 to 25 led to a 350 percent increase in the numbers admitted to treatment programs from 1998 to 2008, greater than any other age group. Many individuals with opioid dependence (criteria for which include continued use despite substance-related problems, drug tolerance, and withdrawal symptoms) have benefited from outpatient treatment using a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone as an opioid replacement. But another study — led by Schuman-Olivier and published earlier this year in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment — found that outpatient buprenorphine/naloxone treatment was significantly less effective in opioid-dependent young adults than in older adults. Given those discouraging findings, the current study was designed to investigate whether residential treatment would be a viable alternative.The study enrolled 292 young adults participating in a residential treatment program that followed the 12-step Minnesota Model treatment philosophy, which includes detoxification, a number of evidence-based psychotherapeutic approaches, and engagement with community-based mutual-help groups such as Narcotics Anonymous after discharge. Among the enrollees, 73 had been diagnosed with opioid dependence, 58 with opioid misuse, and the other 66 were being treated for use of other drugs, such as alcohol, cocaine, or marijuana. Among all participants the average stay in the residential facility was 26 days, and 84 percent were discharged with staff approval, indicating successful completion of the inpatient treatment.A year after leaving residential treatment, 29 percent of the opioid-dependent participants remained abstinent from drugs, compared with 22 percent of the opioid misusers, despite the fact that the dependent participants had more significant opioid-related symptoms and consequences when entering the treatment program. Among all three groups, the opioid misusers had the lowest rates of treatment completion, were least likely to engage in outpatient care, and used more marijuana and alcohol during the follow-up period. The authors hypothesize that the poorer outcomes among opioid-misusing participants may reflect less recognition of the seriousness of their condition, leading to less willingness to comply with treatment and recommendations for continuing care.“Our study emphasizes the importance of strong linkage between residential treatment and continuing care,” says Schuman-Olivier, who also is with the Outpatient Addiction Services at Cambridge Health Alliance. “Right now there is a huge gap between residential and community services in many health systems. Yes, residential treatment can be costly, but with an opioid-dependence epidemic that has led to frequent overdose deaths, it’s important to think about what works, not just costs. We have evidence that outpatient treatment for opioid dependence is not as effective in young adults as it is in older adults, so we need alternatives to protect this vulnerable population.”last_img read more

Former chief legal officer to serve as college counsel for Saint Mary’s

first_imgCristal Brisco, former chief legal officer of South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg’s administration, will assume her new role as college counsel for Saint Mary’s on September 1, according to a College press release.“I’m delighted Cristal Brisco has agreed to join my leadership team,” Saint Mary’s President Jan Cervelli said in the release. “Her wealth of knowledge, her experience with the city and Barnes & Thornburg and her deep appreciation of Saint Mary’s mission make her superbly qualified.”According to the release, Buttigieg has confidence that Brisco will serve as a major asset to the College.“Cristal Brisco served the city of South Bend with great distinction,” he said in the release. “She will be difficult to replace, but as a colleague and friend I am pleased to see her take on a new leadership opportunity. I wish her and her new Saint Mary’s College family the best of luck as I know Cristal will continue her excellent record of service in this new position.”Brisco has been recognized as a Rising Star by Indiana Super Lawyers, an organization that commends the success of no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state. She said in the release that she eagerly awaits the chance to take on this new position.“I look forward to working as a part of President Cervelli’s leadership team to help advance the mission of Saint Mary’s College,” Brisco said. “It’s been a privilege to serve Mayor Buttigieg and the residents of South Bend. Today, South Bend is stronger than it’s ever been. I am truly honored to have played a part in that.”Tags: Cristal Brisco, Indiana Super Lawyers, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, President Cervellilast_img read more

McCarthy pushing for reg relief House action this month

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is pushing action on regulatory relief measures for his April agenda, including NAFCU-supported bills on manufactured housing and the definition of “points and fees” in CFPB’s mortgage rules.“We must also remain focused on stemming the growing avalanche of Washington red tape and regulatory overreach that harms consumers and taxpayers, reduces their choices and makes it harder for them to achieve financial independence,” McCarthy wrote in announcement of the coming month’s agenda. “Consumers and taxpayers now have fewer community financial institutions to help them achieve financial independence. Without these institutions, it is harder to buy a car so they can drive to work, send a child to college, or start a small business.”One of the bills highlighted by McCarthy is the NAFCU-backed “Mortgage Choice Act,” introduced by Reps. Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., and seven others. The bill, H.R. 685, would clarify the definition of “points and fees” under the Truth in Lending Act as applied in CFPB’s qualified mortgage rule.McCarthy also noted H.R. 650, the “Preserving Access to Manufactured Housing Act,” introduced by Rep. Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn. The bill would help preserve access to manufactured housing by adjusting the regulatory threshold for “high-cost” home loans. Companion legislation has been introduced in the Senate by Sens. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., Pat Toomey, R-Pa., Joe Manchin, D-W. Va., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark. continue reading »last_img read more

Great project! An “identity card” is being prepared for each building in the Šibenik city center

first_imgEach of the approximately 2.000 buildings located in the protected city center of Šibenik should soon have its own publicly available ‘identity card’ with all the relevant information, photographs, and guidelines for restoration. It is a unique project, not only in Croatia, but also in the world.That is one of the goals of the new great project “Information system of the cultural and historical ensemble of Šibenik”. conducted by the Šibenik Citizens’ Association Society for the Preservation of Šibenik Heritage Juraj Dalmatinac.”We are actually working more actively on this project for a long time, and it was formally started after a meeting we organized two years ago and gathered representatives of the City of Šibenik, the city department for property and legal relations, utilities, the Tourist Board, the Association of Architects and Conservators. Our wish was to do something to preserve the core of Šibenik, the city’s greatest value, as efficiently as possible, and to protect it from devastation and inappropriate construction.”Points out Nikola Grubić, president of the association.As a first step, careful registration of all buildings in the city center was imposed, so in cooperation with the Society of Architects Šibenik, ie the youth section of the Society of Architects Šibenik (ROOM) started recording the first 300 buildings in accordance with guidelines and recommendations of the Conservation Department. After six months of work, with the help of a donation from the Adris Foundation in the amount of HRK 50 awarded to them in the tender, the Juraj Dalmatinac Society and DAŠ collected all the necessary data for the first 300 buildings. “Nine members of the Society of Architects Šibenik participated in the project, and in addition to the records of the current condition of the buildings, information was collected on guidelines for potential renovation. Otherwise, the content of the identification card of the building, which can also be called the ‘personal card of the building’, contains general information: the number of the cadastral parcel, the area, the address and the house number. Then there are data on protection with markings of cultural property and protection system, and a description of the building with a prominent time of construction, purpose, number of storeys, data on the roof, etc. ” Grubic points out.In addition to the above, on the website for public use with a simple click of the mouse for each of the buildings will be able to find valid provisions from the GUP of the City of Šibenik, photos of all street facades, the so-called cadastral situation, and, most importantly, guidelines for restoration. Namely, once these basic guidelines are readily available, potential renovators of buildings in the core should not violate conservation guidelines by using unsuitable renovation materials (roofs, facades, windows, doors, etc.), or by otherwise damaging protected buildings.The Juraj Dalmatinac Society is satisfied because this project is the first of its kind in Croatia and beyond, and could become applicable to other cities in the country and abroad, and it is a special pleasure that in cooperation with other professional associations (DAŠ) what at first seemed like an impossible task. ”This is just the beginning. There are still about 1.700 buildings that need to be treated in the same way. We launched this project solely to protect our core, and to help our citizens have as few problems as possible during reconstruction. ” Grubic concludes.I constantly emphasize that the very essence of tourism is authenticity, and that I have to start respecting our culture, heritage, identities… because that is exactly our greatest tourist value. The stone heart of Šibenik is what makes the city of Šibenik, ie a tourist destination, unique, and this is an excellent example of sustainable development and preservation of our tradition and heritage. If we look at the bigger picture, it is unfortunate that under the prism of development we are constantly copying others, and we have exactly what others want – a unique and authentic story. take a look around and ask yourself how hotels are built on our coast, I mean design them? Do they fit into our unique space and ambience? Do we have any guidelines on how many floors and widths they can have, what material…President and vice-president of DJD Nikola Grubić and Gustav Červar with the president of DAŠ Dario Crnogač and project manager Iva Petković Pavić.This is not about banning investments or hotels, private capital looks exclusively at its own interest and dances within the framework we set for it. This is about sustainable and strategic development. We are irreversibly destroying our destinations with wild construction in the past, and now at the same pace without any framework and care, we allow the construction of hotels without any rules of the game, ie to follow the guidelines to better fit into the space.A copy is a copy, and the original will always have its value as well as the motive for coming. And that is why this example, both as a project and as a Society for Heritage Preservation, is one of the most important projects in Šibenik. Because if we turn into copies, the question arises as to why people would travel. Do not forget that the very motive of tourism, ie travel, is to get to know new ways and cultures of living.It is up to us, and the biggest responsibility is not on the Ministry of Tourism or the CNTB, but on the cities and the local population, which are themselves most responsible for the development of cities and tourist destinations.Let us respect ourselves, so that others may respect us. It’s all up to us. &amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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Activists lambaste sluggish progress in air pollution lawsuit

first_imgThe singer-activist further highlighted the prolonged process for the case settlement.”The case has been going on for one year […] but our demand for clearer air has yet to be heard,” she added.The historic lawsuit was filed on July 4, 2019, by 32 citizens against seven state officials, namely the president of the Republic of Indonesia, the environment and forestry minister, the health minister, the home affairs minister and the governors of Jakarta, Banten and West Java.The move was made in response to the severe air pollution in Jakarta, which stems mostly from vehicle emissions, factories and coal-fired power plants.According to a 2017 Greenpeace report titled Jakarta’s Silent Killer, eight coal-fired power plants operate within 100 kilometers of Jakarta, producing hazardous pollutants that affect the capital city.Data show that Jakarta’s air is contaminated by various pollutants, including PM 10, PM 2.5, SO2, O3, CO, NOx and Pb. From the list of the contaminators, activists have singled out PM 2.5, warning citizens that the particles in this category are so small that surgical masks cannot prevent them from entering the human lungs. The pollutant can cause serious respiratory problems if one is exposed to them over a long period of time.Topics : Activists have lambasted the Central Jakarta District Court’s decision to postpone the interlocutory hearing of the landmark air pollution lawsuit they filed against the government, citing the court’s negligence in the case.The activists, grouped under Gerakan Inisiatif Bersihkan Udara Koalisi Semesta (Coalition for the Clean Air Initiative) noted that the hearing had been delayed twice by the court’s panel of judges within the past month.The hearing was first scheduled to take place three weeks ago, but it was postponed until June 9 due to the Idul Fitri holiday. Then, the judges pushed it back by another two weeks “without any strong reason”, the group said in a statement on Wednesday.”The repeated postponement of the interlocutory hearing shows how public health issues are not prioritized in this country,” a plaintiff, Melanie Subono, said as quoted in the statement. Read also: Hearings over historic air pollution lawsuit continues after failed mediationlast_img read more