Anger as Oxford MP votes against gay marriage

first_imgDavid Messling, an OUSU Vice-President, voted against the motion. He explained his reasons, “I’m absolutely behind students getting in contact with their elected representative to hold her to account, and as an OUSU Officer I will follow Council’s policy, however I voted against the motion because I think that marriage should be something more than just a long-term commitment between two people who love each other.” Oxford students have expressed anger at Nicola Blackwood MP’s decision to vote against the same-sex marriage bill at its third reading in the Commons on Monday. Blackwood has, however, defended her decision on the grounds that the bill does not provide adequately for religious freedom. Margery Infield, who also signed the letter in December, said, “To be frank, I do not understand her concerns about the Quadruple Lock’s efficacy and so I am puzzled as to why she would vote against the Bill on these grounds. Having abstained at the Bill’s first reading, I don’t understand why she has since changed her stance. Jason Robinson, the former GCR President from St Anthony’s College who signed the letter in December, commented, “It’s highly disappointing that Nicola Blackwood has done a U-turn and ignored the wishes of her constituents, obviously hoping that with the passing of time since her previous statements on the issue few would notice.” He added, “I’m sure her constituents at her alma mater, St Anne’s College, as well as its neighbour and my own college, St Antony’s College, would like an explanation for the breach of trust from Ms Blackwood and her repeated changing of positions and verbal acrobatics.” The MP for Oxford West and Abingdon indicated that she would reassess her position on same-sex marriage in December, following a letter sent to her by 38 JCR and MCR presidents. In response to this, Blackwood suggested she would vote in favour of the equal marriage legislation if the protection of religious institutions from litigation was guaranteed. On Wednesday OUSU passed an emergency motion to mandate the OUSU President “to write to Nicola Blackwood MP on behalf of all Oxford students expressing our anger with her vote against gay marriage, and asking her to explain why she suggested she would vote in favour, given the provisions in the bill that satisfied her initial concerns, then reverted on this statement to students by voting against.” She continued, “The fact that 38 JCR and MCR Presidents signed a letter on this issue should have made it pretty clear to her how students felt. I think it’s shocking she suggested sympathy with these views and then totally betrayed them. This will certainly have an impact on her when students vote in her constituency in 2015.”center_img Blackwood explained her reasoning to Cherwell: “Although I voted for two amendments that sought to ensure protection of religious freedom, these did not pass and were not accepted by the Government. In the light of this, and given the vastly contradictory legal opinions offered by Aidan O’Neil QC and Karon Monaghan QC of Matrix Chambers, two of the most pre-eminent human rights barristers in this country, about the strength of the protections provided to religious institutions by the Bill, I am not convinced that these protections will work if challenged in the ECtHR, as is very likely. Blackwood also received little praise from the JCR President of her former college. Oscar Boydsaid that he was “extremely disappointed to hear of Nicola Blackwood’s decision to vote against the gay marriage bill, especially after the huge amount of student support at St Anne’s – with 203 members of the JCR and MCR petitioning her to support the bill. It upsets me she’s associated with our college.” “By voting against equal marriage, Nicola Blackwood has sent a message to young people in Oxford who identify as LGBT that they are not equal. This is disgraceful. I hope that Ms Blackwood will write to the Presidents who initially contacted her to explain her change-of-heart. The government has claimed that a religious organisation will not be forced to marry same-sex couples and that there will be a “quadruple lock” of protections in the legislation to underpin this. “I voted against the Bill quite simply because I could not be sure that the measures in the Bill for the protection of religious freedom would work in the way the Government intends and because the amendments designed to strengthen these protections were not accepted. I felt as though this Bill, through poor drafting and rushed consultation, had become a choice between religious freedom and equality. In the end, as a supporter of both, I could not find a way to support a Bill that did not guarantee the protection of both.” Jane Cahill, Queen’s JCR President, proposed the motion. She told Cherwell, “The motion not only mandated a letter but mandated OUSU to also inform students of her position. It’s crucial we do this because so many students campaigned and contacted her to tell her their views, and they should know that she ignored them.”last_img read more

Cape May County Confirms Four New COVID-19 Cases

first_imgCAPE MAY POINT000000000 LOWER TOWNSHIP3116334403326200 MunicipalityCommunity Active CasesCommunity Reported 05/28/2020Off QuarantineCommunity FatalitiesLong-Term Care Active CasesLong-Term Care Reported 05/28/2020Long-term Care Off-QuarantineLong-Term Care FatalitiesCounty Total Cases WILDWOOD30300000033 UPPER TOWNSHIP270352000064 Four new coronavirus cases were reported in Cape May County on Thursday, but no new deaths.The total number of positive cases of COVID-19 infection in Cape May County is now 616, including 47 deaths.Following is a breakdown of the number of cases and deaths for each municipality in the county: STONE HARBOR100000001 WEST CAPE MAY202000004 MIDDLE TOWNSHIP3406423040107 NORTH WILDWOOD7090000016 DENNIS TOWNSHIP801513301361center_img The first phase of vaccinations is getting underway in the county. OCEAN CITY110250201140 CAPE MAY CITY204000006 SEA ISLE CITY002000002 WEST WILDWOOD323000006 AVALON007000007 WILDWOOD CREST4090000013 WOODBINE70923110756 Total14032771011313937616last_img read more

Tate & Lyle profits plunge in ’challenging’ sugar market

first_imgTate & Lyle’s adjusted profit before taxation was down 19% to £120m in the six months to 30 September, despite a modest 1% increase in sales, to £1.7bn.The effect of exceptional costs of £36m, however, dragged pre-tax profits down to £84m, 42% less than the £145m achieved in the same period of 2006. Operating profits were 15% lower at £142m.The company described it as a “challenging” six months with difficult conditions in international sugar trading. This saw profits for the sugar business slashed 56% to £14m.The company said it remained positive for the future of its European sugar operation once the EU Sugar Regime reforms are fully implemented in 2010. It then expects consolidation within the industry and said it is taking steps to be suitably structured to benefit from the opportunities that lie ahead.These will include annual cost reductions of £7m by the end of this financial year and increased throughput at its two cane sugar refineries in the UK and Portugal.The 2008 financial year was already proving to be more challenging than expected with continuing difficulties arising in international sugar trading and from the weak US dollar.last_img read more

moe. Welcomes John Popper At The Beacon Theatre [Video]

first_imgOn Saturday, moe. closed out their winter tour with a scorching two-set performance at New York City’s Beacon Theatre, marking the band’s first performance back at the Upper West Side venue since 2010. Following a sold-out performance on Friday at Brooklyn Bowl, moe. returned to The City That Never Sleeps with a debut tune, as well as a sit-in from Blues Travelers’ John Popper.moe. came out to open their first set with the Al Schnier-led “Waiting For The Punchline”, which was followed up by a debut original of “Along For The Ride”, written by bassist Rob Derhak. The band moved forward with “Four” and “Don’t Wanna Be”, before welcoming John Popper for the remainder of the set to add an extra dash of harmonica to the Saturday night rock show. moe. paid their respect to The Big Apple with “New York City” before diving head-first into an improv-heavy take on “Blue Jeans Pizza”. moe. brought their electric first set to a close with “Moth”.moe. w/ John Popper – “New York City”[Video: Mike Maciunski]moe. w/ John Popper – “Blue Jeans Pizza”[Video: Mike Maciunski]moe. w/ John Popper – “Moth”[Video: Mike Maciunski]moe. returned to open their second set with a deep “Timmy Tucker” before smoothly segueing into the recently debuted “Dangerous Game”, played for the second time live. moe. kicked things into high gear for the remainder of their set, weaving in and out of “McBain” and “George”, with “Montego” and “Time Ed” thrown in the middle, before closing the monstrosity of a segue with “George”. “Spine Of A Dog” served as the exploratory’s evening’s lone encore.For ticketing and a full list of moe.’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: moe. | Beacon Theatre | New York, New York | 2/23/2019Set One: Waiting For The Punchline > Along For The Ride#, Four, Don’t Wanna Be, New York City*, Blue Jeans Pizza* > Moth*Set Two: Timmy Tucker > Dangerous Game, McBain > George > McBain > Montego > Time Ed > GeorgeEncore: Wind It Up, Spine Of A Dog{* w/ John Popper on harmonica# FTP – (original – rob. song)}last_img read more

CSC faculty start Catholic Social Tradition research lab

first_imgThe principles of Catholic Social Tradition (CST) are broad, encompassing such ideas as solidarity, care for creation and rights of workers.Implementing those principles can be difficult, visiting professor of Catholic Social Tradition and community engagement Clemens Sedmack said.Sedmack and Bill Purcell, an associate director in the Center for Social Concerns, began to develop the idea of a “CST research lab,” to investigate how CST can play out in the real world. A model was MIT’s Poverty Action Lab, which experiments with different ways to alleviate poverty.“I thought that since poverty labs are a neat thing, and since one of the weaknesses of Catholic Social Tradition is abstractness, why don’t we think about establishing a CST research lab, experimenting with CST on the ground, exploring the question of what difference does CST make if you really implement in a particular context, be this an institution such as a hospital, be this a context like a parish, be this a structural question such as the structure of a diocese, things like that,” Sedmack said.Using funds from a Global Collaboration Initiative grant from Notre Dame International, Sedmack and Purcell organized a conference at the Notre Dame Rome Global Gateway to set up the lab and create a network of academics and practitioners of CST from schools in Europe and North and South America.Purcell said each of the 26 participants wrote and presented a paper on an aspect of CST, ranging from Pope Francis’ impact on Catholic social thought to Brazilian universities’ efforts to decrease inequality. What emerged, according to a summary, was the goal to create an organization that provided resources to people trying to enact Catholic Social Teaching, a community of people for whom CST is an important part of faith and a way for people working on disparate issues around the world to talk to each other.“So for instance, can we have better hospitals?” Purcell said. “Because we can use CST principles in Catholic hospitals, and that would be a way of making hospitals better, and maybe they’re doing that already in a place like Germany — can that work in a place like Chile? Or what can we learn from Brazil? What can they teach us in North America about CST?” Sedmack said one principle on which the lab will operate is dialogue, both between Catholics and non-Catholics and among Catholics themselves.“You have to be open to non-Catholics, non-Christians, non-religious people, because many employees of agencies are not religious but they do wonderful work, and they live solidarity, and they live ‘option for the poor’ even though they may not have any religious dimension to their lives, so it’s important to have this kind of dialogue,” he said. “Dialogue also among Catholics because it’s no secret that Catholics are to be found in a wide spectrum of theological opinions.” Another principle is experimentation, like the kind Sedmack does in his own courses. Last year, he said he had a student group change one aspect of their lives according to Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment.In the next several weeks, Purcell and Sedmack will recruit a steering committee for the organization and find funding for pilot projects, such as a tool to help businesses and archdioceses ethically manage their finances. In the future, they may also develop a website with resources for implementing CST and recruit participants from Africa and Asia.The issues a CST research lab could address are many, Purcell said. They range from homelessness around the world to just wages to the quality hospital care to the purpose of holy people in teaching others how to live.“Catholic Social Tradition is how we are we living this out, how do we be a guide by providing those resources as a network to help evangelize the world?” Purcell said. Tags: catholic social tradition, CST research lab, Romelast_img read more

Watch The Crucible’s Saoirse Ronan Put It All on the Line for Game Night

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 17, 2016 Saoirse Ronan took a break from delivering thrills in The Crucible on March 22 to partake in game night with Jimmy Fallon, Don Cheadle and Steve Higgins, and the stakes were about as high as an Arthur Miller drama. Who knew Catchphrase could be so stressful?! Take a look below to see who came out on top. Later, the Oscar nominee talked about making her Broadway debut, admitting that the last time she was on stage, she played a tree. She’s come a long way since then, so be sure to catch her at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Related Shows View Comments Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.center_img Saoirse Ronan Star Files Saoirse Ronanlast_img read more

ACCG and UGA Extension

first_imgIn recognition of her work maintaining University of Georgia Extension’s service to Georgians in the face of faltering budgets and changing demands, the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) honored UGA Extension Director Beverly Sparks Monday. Sparks who has worked for UGA Extension for 25 years will retire July 1. She spent eight years as director of UGA Extension, but started out as an Extension entomologist. “Dr. Beverly Sparks has worked for Cooperative Extension her entire career,” said outgoing ACCG president and Dawson County Commission Chairman Mike Berg during an awards luncheon at the ACCG’s annual convention Monday. “She’s served in many roles, including as associate dean for Extension for the past eight years. She held true to the position; even though the economic challenges we have faced over the years were tough, she has persisted … Today it is my pleasure to celebrate her legacy and to acknowledge a true champion for the citizens that live in Georgia’s counties.” ACCG, Georgia’s county association, and UGA Extension both celebrate their centennial anniversaries this year. The leaders of both groups used this weekend’s convention to celebrate the role that both organizations have played in Georgia since 1914. “Over the past 100 years, we have formed a close partnership to address some of our most pressing issues for our clientele,” Sparks said. “It has been a great partnership.” In addition to recognizing Sparks for her work, ACCG members adopted a proclamation recognizing the Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents and UGA Extension for their years of service to Georgians. The agriculture agents also celebrate 50 years of their farmhouse exhibit—a showcase and promotion of Georgia grown agricultural products from producers across the state. A tradition since 1964, its their way to thank supporters at conventions throughout the year. Berg presented the proclamation Monday to Sparks; Steve Brown, assistant dean for Extension for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Deborah Murray, associate dean for Extension and outreach for the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences; and Greg Price, director of county operations for UGA Extension. Cooperative Extension in Georgia was founded in 1914 through the Smith-Lever Act, a federal law that established and funded a state-by-state national network of educators who would bring university-based research and practical knowledge to the public. Today, Extension in the state of Georgia is a cooperative effort by federal, state and local government partners administered by the University of Georgia and known as UGA Extension. Throughout 2014, UGA Extension is celebrating the centennial of the national Cooperative Extension System. In addition to local celebrations in counties throughout Georgia, UGA Extension has created a multi-media museum exhibit that highlights the impacts of Extension over the past century. To be located in the UGA Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries Building in Athens, the display will feature personal anecdotes and a timeline of important events throughout Georgia Extension’s history. The exhibit will open later this spring and be open for free public tours this summer. Extension historians are also asking Georgians who have been impacted by UGA Extension or Georgia 4-H over the years to share their story at 100years.extension.uga.edu. The website shares the history of UGA Extension through articles, historic photographs, videos, timelines and personal anecdotes. Through the site, the public can explore the history of UGA Extension and the influence it’s had on the state’s history. For more information about UGA Extension, visit extension.uga.edu or call 1-800-Ask-UGA1.last_img read more

NYC Man Charged With Impersonating Police on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Queens man has been arrested for allegedly impersonating a police officer by pulling over a driver on the Northern State Parkway last week, New York State police said.David Nourmand was charged with criminal impersonation and robbery.Police said the 32-year-old Forest Hills man was driving a black SUV when he stopped another vehicle while claiming to be a police officer between Brush Hollow Road and Route 107 on May 22.Nourmand allegedly asked for the victim’s driver’s license before a school bus driver stopped and asked the victim if he needed help, prompting the suspect to flee the scene, police said.The victim identified the suspect after seeing a news report that Nourmand had been arrested by Nassau County police on similar charges.Troopers ask any drivers that may have been stopped by Nourmand or any similar incidents to call them at 516-561-8492. All calls will remain confidential.last_img read more

The enduring creative magic of Dr. Seuss

first_imgLast week we saw the debut of a new Dr. Seuss book, the first one since his passing in 1991, called “What Pet Should I Get.” His wife found the story and drawings soon after his death and set them aside, only to be uncovered again in 2013 with plans for publishing which finally became a reality last week.When you think about how the world of children’s entertainment has changed since 1960, you gave to wonder, how can Dr. Seuss be as popular in 2015 as he was in the 1960′s? Don’t you wish your credit had the same level of support and love from members as it did since it’s inceptions decades ago? continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Supporting educators in the financial education arena

first_img 68SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Kyle Y. Swisher, III Kyle Swisher is Executive Director of the Credit Union Foundation MD|DC. Mr. Swisher has led that Foundation over the past ten years in its mission to improve lives through … Web: www.cufound.org Details At the core of the Credit Union Movement is a belief that an informed consumer will make the right choices with regards to their personal finance, and those choices will favor credit unions.Financial literacy, therefore, is the linchpin to turn consumers into credit union members. Financial education is a complex undertaking, not one accomplished in a two-hour seminar or school auditorium presentation. If a student is to be adequately prepared for making financial decisions, it requires a broad foundation of knowledge that spans money management to career choices, insurance, investing, and wise use of credit. Education alone is a complex task, one you could argue, better left to professionals.But how do professional educators feel about applying their trade to delivering financial skills to their students? In a recent study, “Bridging the Financial Literacy Gap: Empowering teachers to support the next generation,” undertaken by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) one of the “Big Four” auditors and the second largest professional services firm in the world, they found that only 31% of teachers surveyed felt “completely comfortable” teaching financial education.Millennial teachers, more than their seasoned colleagues, were found to be champions of financial education and actively seek support for financial education at twice the rate of other teachers.The PwC study concluded by noting that “Teachers need appropriate curriculum materials, more professional development and more take-home resources to share with families.”Credit unions, on the other hand, possess the knowledge and expertise to partner with professional educators but lack the human and financial resources to devote the time, material, and supplies to deliver the multiple sessions needed to result in financially literate students.An opportunity exists for credit unions to partner with local schools, provide quality curriculum to meet educators’ needs, and pair traditional classroom delivery with experiential projects, modest grants, focused speaking engagements, investment simulations, and competitions to make the educational process fun and engaging for the students, teachers, and parents.Resources are available to create the synergy both credit unions and educators are seeking. The Millionaire’s Club, a free program created by a credit union foundation and made available through a dedicated website,MillionairesClub.Org is one such program.By combining various resources educators need while managing the human and financial demands of a fully-featured financial education program, a template has been created to allow credit unions to partner with schools and champion financial literacy in the communities they serve.last_img read more