Convicted Killer Escaped From Oregon Psychiatric Facility Arrested in Pasadena

first_img Community News More Cool Stuff 19 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Subscribe Make a comment latest #1 Convicted Killer Escaped From Oregon Psychiatric Facility Arrested in Pasadena Published on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 | 8:50 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News Community News HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Photo credit: State of Oregon Psychiatric Security Review Board via the East OregonianPasadena police Tuesday arrested a convicted murderer who had escaped from a psychiatric facility in Pendleton, Ore. three weeks ago.Thaddeus William Ziemlak, 36, was arrested in a motel room shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday night, Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts said Wednesday.Ziemlak was found guilty except for insanity in 2004 for shooting and murdering his mother at their home in Eugene, Ore. He had previously been convicted twice for escaping from psychiatric facilities.Quoting Roberts, the Pendleton-based East Oregonian news outlet reported Ziemlak was arrested without incident and is currently being held in California on a temporary 48-hour warrant.Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. online booking records show Ziemlak is being held without bail at the Inmate Reception Center in Los Angeles on a felony charge.The East Oregonian also said the Umatilla County, Ore. District Attorney’s Office is working on issuing a permanent warrant and beginning the extradition process as soon as possible.“Obviously, the No. 1 priority is taken care of in that he’s in custody and no longer a threat to any communities,” Roberts told the East Oregonian. “There’s a lot of moving parts to get him back here, and still even more work to be done when he’s back in Oregon.”After leaving the morning of January 5 on an unsupervised trip, Ziemlak never returned to Salmon Run, a residential treatment facility in Pendleton, the report said.The report also said Roberts now believes Ziemlak planned the escape because Ziemlak left the facility without his phone, medications and other personal items.Ziemlak is believed to have eventually crossed state lines into California and then purchased a bus pass that took him further south into the state.With help from the Pendleton community, Ziemlak’s family members, mental health service providers and other law enforcement agencies, Pendleton was able to track Ziemlak’s movements and later confirmed the convict’s location in Pasadena.Roberts said he thanked the Pasadena Police Department, which he said was unlike many larger municipal agencies and offered complete and immediate support as soon as they were notified about Ziemlak. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

DS News Webcast: Friday 5/20/2016

first_imgSubscribe in Featured, Media, Webcasts The April 2016 New Residential Construction report from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau released this week, which measures quarterly housing starts and completions by purpose and design, found that single-family built-for-rent homes comprised 4 point 3 percent of all housing starts during the first quarter. That share is higher than the historical average of 2 point 8 percent but down from its peak of 5 point 8 percent which occurred in early 2013.For the last four quarters, single-family homes built-for-rent have totaled about 32 thousand, according to the National Association of Home Builders. That number has been on the rise—research from John Burns Real Estate Consulting indicated that approximately 25 thousand single-family detached homes were built for renting in all of 2014.About 36 percent of all residential home sales in February were all-cash transactions, according to data released by CoreLogic on Thursday. This number represents a decline of 2 point 5 percentage points year-over-year and about 11 percentage points from its peak of 47 percent reached in January 2011. CoreLogic estimates that if cash sales continue their current rate of decline, they will be back to their pre-crisis average of 25 percent by the middle of 2018. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. About Author: Brian Honea DS News Webcast: Friday 5/20/2016 Home / Featured / DS News Webcast: Friday 5/20/2016 Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago 2016-05-19 Brian Honea Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Previous: Mike Heid Elected to Fannie Mae Board of Directors Next: Refinance Revolution—How Lenders Can Reach This Population Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago May 19, 2016 838 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Postlast_img read more

For How Many Generations Reservations Will Continue? Supreme Court Asks In Maratha Quota Case[Day 5]

first_imgTop StoriesFor How Many Generations Reservations Will Continue? Supreme Court Asks In Maratha Quota Case[Day 5] Radhika Roy19 March 2021 8:33 PMShare This – x While hearing the Maratha quota case, a constitution bench of the Supreme Court on Friday asked for how many generations would reservations in jobs and education continue. The bench also sought to know if the removal of 50% limit on reservation will affect the right to equality under Article 14 of the Constitution and would lead to a “resultant inequality”.”If there is no 50% limit, what…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login While hearing the Maratha quota case, a constitution bench of the Supreme Court on Friday asked for how many generations would reservations in jobs and education continue. The bench also sought to know if the removal of 50% limit on reservation will affect the right to equality under Article 14 of the Constitution and would lead to a “resultant inequality”.”If there is no 50% limit, what is the concept of Article 14 then? What would happen to the resultant inequality and for how many generations will this continue?”, the bench asked Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who was pleading for a reconsideration of the 50% cap imposed by the Inidra Sawhney judgment.The Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court was holding the 5th day of hearing on the petitions challenging the Constitutionality of the Maharashtra State Reservation For Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act which provides for a quota to Marathas in jobs and education. A 5- Judge Bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, L. Nageswara Rao, S. Abdul Nazeer, Hemant Gupta and S. Ravindra Bhat heard the submissions put forward Senior Advocates Mukul Rohatgi and Paramjit Patwalia, who were appearing on behalf of the Respondents. On Friday, Rohatgi commenced his arguments by informing the Bench that he would delineate various reasons that would warrant for a relook of the 9-Judge Bench judgement in Indra Sawhney, including the fact that it was only meant to cover Article 16(4) and not Article 15(4). “There are several reasons as to why it warrants a relook. Mandal himself said that it needed to be reconsidered after 20 years. There are also different voices in the judgement. It’s not 8:1 majority. The group was divided into 4:3:2, and everyone had a different view on whether the 50% limit could be breached or not”. Rohatgi raised the issue as to how splinter groups should not exist and that there could only be a majority group and a minority group. “This problem started a long time back, and not in Indra Sawhney. In Kesavananda Bharati, four Judges refused to sign because they were not consulted. This is referred to in Seervai’s book. And this is the issue which comes up – 5:4 Bench reversing a 7-Judge Bench judgement”. Rohatgi then argued that the interpretation of Articles 15 and 16 had to be done in a holistic manner, by considering the mandate of the Directive Principles of State Policy (DPSP), and had Indra Sahwney done so, then the judgement would have been different. He submitted that Article 16 was an enabling provision, with the only limitations being public employment and adequate representation. Further, the sweep of Article 15 was wider than Article 16. “Amendments to 15(5) and 16(4)(a) and (b) are all post-Indra Sawhney. The judgement had struck down the impugned OM on the grounds that there was no provision in the Constitution for economically weaker sections and that 15(4) and 16(4) were not enough to bring EWS within the fray. 16 may be narrower than 15, but it is sweepingly wider when it comes to backward classes. But, these provisions don’t provide a percentage. What was struck down was resurrected by the Parliament”. Rohatgi submitted that there was a need to consider Articles 37, 38, 39 and 36 while making a law for reservation, and that the State had the power to strike a balance. He stated that as the judgement in Balaji held that Article 16(4) was not an exception to Article 16(1), then the basis of 50% limit had been debunked, therefore, 50% cannot remain the rule. “After the Constitutional amendment, the reservation across the nation has broadly crossed 70%. What was struck down has been resurrected. Whether Indra Sahwney will still rule when there is a Constitutional amendment is a very big question. Look at Dr. Ambedkar’s speech. What the Constitution makers have said will never be frozen in time”. It was then averred by the Senior Advocate that the premise of the Mandal Commission was the Census of 1931 and as the population had grown over the past century, the intrinsic material in the report could not hold water. Further, as the Indra Sawhney judgment did not consider the DPSP, it needed a relook. To this the Bench responded, “Mr. Rohatgi, the purpose of review was that those who have come out from backwardness must be eliminated. 70 years have passed since Independence. So many beneficial schemes are being carried by States. Can we accept that no development has taken place?” Rohatgi responded that the Constitution had not specified the 50% limit anywhere and that it had merely been read into it by the Courts. To this, Justice Bhushan stated that it was the Constitutional Bench which interpreted Constitutional principles, which is why it was a living document. It was additionally submitted that relooking one point in Indra Sawhney and not others would make the directions in the judgement redundant. “If it must go, then the whole thing must go. There must a be a holistic relook. If the State’s power of identifying socially and educationally backward classes is taken away, a part of Indra Sawhney also gets diluted since it directed the constitution of State Commissions.” The Court then enquired, “If there is no 50% limit, what is the concept of Article 14 then? What would happen to the resultant inequality and for how many generations will this continue?” Rohatgi responded that in 70 years, the country had not reached close to its ideal goal and that was the reason for the Constitutional amendments. “All these provisions being added to the Constitution are an indication that we have not reached anywhere near emancipation that we require. 50% ought not to be the guiding factor. Despite the mandate, we are yet to achieve advancement. All judgements prior to Indra Sawhney have not laid down a uniform view. It must be left to the State to fix reservations. 103rd Amendment is a clear pointer for the overruling of the 50% principle”. Referring to how Constitutional amendments which brought in Article 16(4)(a) and (b) undoes the principle laid down under Indra Sawhney, Rohatgi submitted that a relook was required. “EWS are those specified by the State on the basis of income and other economic issues. This cannot be done by the Parliament or a schedule to the Constitution. Indra Sawhney has been effectively done. It needs a relook because its entire basis has completely gone”. Rohatgi then contended that when testing the validity of a restriction on the touchstone of fundamental rights, one also had to test it on the mandate of DPSPs. “There exist several burning issues of reservation today. How can we say that we are bound by this? By virtue of 10% reservation for the economically weaker, the findings in Indra Sawhney that backwardness cannot be adjudged by income or economic criteria alone are gone, and therefore it requires a relook holistically”, concluded Rohatgi. Senior Advocate Paramjit Patwalia then began his submissions on the aspect of the scope of judicial review of the Gaikwad Commission report. He argued that the observations that had been made against the report were unfair and had gone great injustice. “The Commission did a detailed study, they referred to history, previous Commission reports. To say all these things about members of the Commission is very uncharitable. There were professors, experts, academics, social scientists. There was no challenge to the constitution of the Commission at any stage.” Patwalia then submitted to the Bench that he would endeavor to show the extraordinary circumstances which warranted for the reservation to be extended to Marathas beyond the 50% limit. “Fitting 30% Marathas into existing 27% reservation would mean there is a 0.12% job opportunity for 1 person; a job for which 100 people are fighting. This is just a mirage, not an opportunity”. It was also contended that the Bombay High Court had upheld the report and as the Chairman of the Commission was a former High Court Judge, he was aware of the judgements and prevailing circumstances. “To say that this is a self-serving report is extremely uncharitable. The learned Judge has done an outstanding job. Everything has been considered. A detailed examination was done”. In response to the Court’s query pertaining to a small sample size and lack of inclusion of urban population, Patwalia submitted that the latter assertion was incorrect because municipal corporations were selected for the survey from urban areas. Further, public hearings were conducted on the subject of reservation and expert inputs had been invited. Patwalia will resume his arguments on Monday. BACKGROUND The pleas before the Constitution Bench challenges the Bombay High Court judgment passed in June 2019, and submits that the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act, 2018, which provides for 12% and 13% quota to the Maratha community in education and jobs respectively, violated the principles laid in the case of Indira Sawhney v. Union of India (1992) as per which the Apex Court capped the reservation limit at 50%. The Bombay High Court, while upholding the Maratha quota, held that 16% reservation is not justifiable and ruled that reservation should not exceed 12% in employment and 13% in education as recommended by the State Backward Commission.On September 9, 2020, a three-judge Bench of the Supreme Court referred the cases to a larger Bench to determine the issue whether State Government has the power to declare a class as Socially and Economically Backward after the Constitution (102nd) amendment.Reports of previous hearings :Maratha Quota Case : Indira Sawhney Decision Delivered After Much Discussion; No Need To Revisit, Datar Argues In Supreme Court’No Extraordinary Circumstance To Exceed 50% Limit’ : SC Constitution Bench Hears Lawyers Opposing Maratha Quota On Day 3Maratha Quota Case, Day 4 : Rights Of States On Backward Classes Not Affected By 102nd Constitution Amendment, AG Tells Supreme Court Next Storylast_img read more

AED Defibrillator installed at Mountain Top Letterkenny

first_img WhatsApp AED Defibrillator installed at Mountain Top Letterkenny Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Homepage BannerNews Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growscenter_img By admin – April 4, 2019 Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleSerious concern over future of Buncrana Tidy Towns CommitteeNext articleSix new ambulance personnel to be based in Inishowen admin Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Local businesses at the Mountain Top pictured at the presentation of a AED defibrillator which will be located inside the door at Kelly’s Centra 24 hour Mountain Top.Included back from left Oisin Kelly – Highland Radio, Laurence Harrigan – Highland Motors, Gavin Boal – Pinehill Business Park, Pat Deeney – Deemac Kitchens. Front from Left Neil Barrett – Fit Hub, Alanna Conaghan Gloria Season’s,Tracy Rodgers and Bailey Robinson – Kelly’s Centra. Photo Brian McDaid.A new defibrillator for Letterkenny was launched on Thursday as businesses in the Mountain Top came together to provide the potentially lifesaving device for the area.The cardiac equipment which is placed just inside the entrance of the 24 hour Kelly’s Centra store is available to the community and those working in the Mountain Top area, the emergency services and commuters heading in and out of the town.The new defibrillator purchase and installation was funded by Shining Stars Créche, Highland Motors, Letterkenny Precision Tooling, BM Blinds, Letterkenny Tool Hire, Fit Hub, Deemac Kitchens, Highland Radio, Kelly’s Centra, Pinehill Business Park, Carpet Interiors, Gloria Season’s, Orbit Security and Modern Motors.Mairtin Kelly of Kelly’s Centra, thanked those involved for the contribution “It’s fantastic that the business community here have backed this project. It was easy for them to get behind it as the defib unit could save a life. It’s accessible at the front of the store so that anyone in the area can use it, if needed. Hopefully we don’t see that day but it’s here should it come. A special word of thanks to Tracy Rodgers who works in Kelly’s Diner, she done a great job in leading out the project“.Gavin Boal of Pinehill Business Park added, “It’s a great addition to have at the Mountain Top. The businesses hope the device will not have to be put in use but if so, we have peace of mind that it is available at a location close to everyone if required and could save a life”.Local businesses at the Mountain Top pictured at the presentation of a AED defibrillator which will be located inside the door at Kelly’s Centra 24 hour Mountain Top. Included from left Oisin Kelly – Highland Radio, Neil Barrett – Fit Hub, Bailey Robinson – Kelly’s Centra, Tracy Rodgers – Kelly’s Centra, Highland Motors, Gavin Boal – Pinehill Business Park, Pat Deeney – Deemac Kitchen’s, Alanna Conaghan – Gloria Season’s , Lawrence Harrigan – Highland Motors and Paddy O’Leary – Orbit Security. Photo Brian McDaid Google+last_img read more

The effect of damping on geomagnetic pulsation amplitude and phase at ground observatories

first_imgWe present some results from a model of forced oscillations of the magnetosphere. The purpose of this work is to examine the effects and consequences of damping on geomagnetic pulsations as observed on the ground. The aim of the current work is to quantify the amount of damping applicable to geomagnetic pulsation waveforms. Ionospheric conductivities vary with latitude and time of day and this variation will effect the damping of geomagnetic pulsations. The variations in ionospheric conductivities are taken into account to predict the changes in amplitude and phase of geomagnetic pulsations over an extended latitudinal array of ground observatories. Three situations are modelled where the damping factor γ/ωn, which is related to the amplitude loss per cycle, is different: (i) γ/ωn approximately equal to 0.01, this corresponds to the ionospheric Joule damping of Newton et al. (1978); (ii) λ/ωn equal to 0.1, this value is consistent with the empirically determined day-time damping factors from the observed latitude-dependent transient decays of the pulsation single effect events discussed by Siebert (1964). The value of 0.1 as the damping factor is taken as typical of day-time conditions and its effect on amplitude and phase for continuous pulsations is considered; and (iii) λ/ωn is latitude-dependent; three different levels of damping are used appropriate for the night-time conditions associated with the auroral electrojet, plasmatrough and plasmasphere. The results from the model suggest that observationally determined damping factors are greater than those computed from ionospheric Joule damping alone. The model also illustrates the broadening of the latitudinal resonance width with increasing damping and the reducing of the phase change across resonance to less than 180°. The model also successfully reproduces features of pulsation single effect events and Pi2 pulsations.last_img read more

HMS Richmond Sets Sail for Atlantic Patrol Tasking

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Frigate View post tag: sail Share this article View post tag: UK View post tag: Warship View post tag: Defense HMS Richmond Sets Sail for Atlantic Patrol Tasking View post tag: Naval View post tag: Patrol View post tag: Navy Portsmouth based warship HMS Richmond sailed on August 5 for a routine seven-month Atlantic Patrol Tasking. Maintaining the continuous Royal Naval presence in the Atlantic, the Type 23 Frigate will provide ongoing protection and reassurance to British interests within the region.The Atlantic Patrol Task will see Richmond undertake maritime security operations, including counter narcotics and anti piracy patrols, providing opportunities to work with a number of other navies to further strengthen ties and demonstrate the Royal Navy’s commitment to the region.Commenting on the deployment, HMS Richmond’s Commanding Officer, Commander Robert Pedre said: “HMS Richmond’s deployment represents the culmination of many months of planning and preparation.“My ship’s company has worked tirelessly to ensure we are now ready for operations to protect our nation’s interests.”Engineering Technician (Weapons Engineer) Allanah Pope said: “I am really looking forward to my first deployment because it gives me a chance to actively use all the skills that I have developed during our operational sea training.“It also provides an opportunity to enjoy a different side of Naval life which I have not yet experienced.”The road to deployment has been a busy one for HMS Richmond. In February the ship’s company put trainee submariners through their paces off the west coast of Norway whilst taking part in the grueling multi-national Submarine Command Course.In March navigation students from the Maritime Warfare School joined the ship for an intensive training programme covering several thousand miles along the South Coast of England, Irish Sea, Western Isles, Orkneys and Channel Islands.Later that same month the Type 23 Frigate literally ‘hit’ a key milestone on her path towards deployment by completing two successful firings of her Sea Wolf surface to air missile system off the south coast of England, proving decisively her ability to track and destroy sea-skimming targets.In April, alongside almost 50 other ships, countless aircraft and land troops, HMS Richmond played her part in supporting one of the largest European military exercises in recent years, Exercise Joint Warrior.In May the crew completed a period of high intensity training at Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) followed by a comprehensive maintenance period in Portsmouth ensuring the ship was ready for her time at sea.[mappress]Press Release, August 8, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Defence Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Richmond Sets Sail for Atlantic Patrol Tasking View post tag: Richmond View post tag: sets View post tag: HMS August 8, 2013 View post tag: Tasking View post tag: Atlantic View post tag: Security View post tag: Type 23 View post tag: Maritimelast_img read more

Judicial council launches voter plan

first_imgThe Judicial Council has developed a campaign designed to better advertise and simplify the voting process for next week’s Student Government primary elections, Junior Kathryn Peruski, vice president of elections said. The Council hopes to use this plan to increase voter turnout, she said.A seven-member Election Committee appointed by the Judicial Council has been working on the “Vote Today” campaign since last spring, which incorporates new strategies for reaching student voters and encouraging them to vote, Masi said.“If there’s not enough publicity, people won’t know about the election,” Peruski said.Masi, President of Judicial Council, said “Vote Today” focuses on advertising elections through redesigned posters, banners in LaFortune Student Center and both dining halls and communication through email, Twitter and Facebook.“The big push is ‘Vote Today’ because we are actually encouraging people to turnout on Election Day,” Peruski said.Judicial Council is also working with the Office of Information Technology to advertise the elections on Sakai homepages and on screen backgrounds of University computers, Masi said.“We’ve been trying to rebrand Judicial Council,” he said. “It’s been about increasing [student] awareness of elections.”Peruski said for the first time, in addition to the digital ballot, a physical voting booth would also be in LaFortune on Election Day, Wednesday, Feb. 5.The final element of the “Vote Today” campaign includes direct outreach to student organizations and hall councils to communicate election details, Masi said.Peruski said students should appreciate the impact of their votes in this election.“It’s important for students to vote because [the elected students] do represent you for an entire calendar year,” Peruski said.Senior Michael Masi said Judicial Council has long been working to increase the disappointing turnout from undergraduate students in the elections it oversees.“Voter turnout practically hovers around 50 percent, which we find unacceptable for the Notre Dame undergraduate student body,” Masi said. “It’s never as strong as we would like. We would like upwards of 70 or 80 percent.”STEPH WULZ | The Observer Masi thinks the busy schedules of Notre Dame undergraduate students may account for the low turnout, and that publicity of elections and explanation of differences between candidates can help combat this issue.“Part of our problem is we have a campus full of leaders, and they’re very committed in what they’re doing, and they don’t look beyond their organizations,” he said. “We are very busy students and we don’t have time to know what’s going on.”Masi said correcting this trend of low turnout would put student leaders in a stronger position when Student Government meets with University leaders.“This is the students’ chance to choose a representative for them. Student Government leaders meet with administrators on a daily basis, and if we have less than 40 percent of students voters, it sends a weaker message,” Masi said. “Higher turnout allows greater engagement and gives greater authority to get things done. This is the opportunity for students to express their interests in what they care about on a greater scale.”Masi and Peruski said attending the election debates Monday at 8 p.m. in the basement of LaFortune offers the best way to learn about this year’s candidates for Student Government. Masi also said that better coordination with Student Government helps increase student awareness of its elections.“It’s a group effort. Judicial Council needs to work with Student Government and candidates to make sure the students know what’s going on. If all of us work together, we can increase engagement,” he said.Statistics on student voting have been available to Judicial Council only for the past three elections, since the Council took over the physical ballot recording process from OIT and created a Google form for digital voting, Masi said. .He said this new format allows for easier distribution of the digital link to the ballots, both on the Judicial Council website and through email, and allows the Council to oversee the process and results.“That way the data is all in-house … if there are allegations of election misconduct, we can look at the data,” Masi said. “It seems to work really well and candidates seem to like it.”Masi said that although he does not have concrete statistics, he believes seniors vote at lower levels than any other class. Masi said he believes it is either because they think they cannot vote or because they do not care, but he encourages them to take the time to vote.“Seniors, it’s like leaving a legacy,” he said. “If you care about the future of Notre Dame, it’s important to vote.”Beyond a general apathy with Student Government, Peruski said dwindling membership on the Judicial Council Listserv makes it hard to distribute the voting link during the election, which only lasts from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day.Primary elections for Student Government representatives will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 5. If no candidate receives a majority of votes, a run-off election between the two candidates who receive the highest numbers of votes will occur Monday, Feb. 10.Tags: Judicial Council, Student government elections, Student Governmet, Vote Todaylast_img read more

Photos! Joan Rivers Goes Head-to-Head with Rocky Star Andy Karl

first_img Related Shows View Comments Rocky Andy Karl Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014 Star Files If there’s one person who could give Rocky Balboa a run for his money in the ring, it’s Joan Rivers! The comedy legend took her grandson Cooper to see the July 11 performance of Rocky at the Winter Garden Theatre, starring Andy Karl, Margo Seibert and Terence Archie. After watching Rocky fight from the heart in the musical adaptation of the hit movie, Rivers and Cooper went backstage to meet the cast and pull a few punches. Directed by Alex Timbers, Rocky features music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and a book by Thomas Meehan and the film’s original writer and star, Sylvester Stallone. Check out these Hot Shots of Rivers going head-to-head with Karl, then catch Rocky on Broadway!last_img read more

Stand with that Mountain

first_imgJay Leutze teamed up with locals near Roan Mountain to stop a gravel quarry from destroying a scenic peak in Southern Appalachia. Photo courtesy of John ManuelAuthor fights for his beloved Blue Ridge in a page-turning bestseller Jay Erskine Leutze was living a simple life in the mountains of western North Carolina when he was drawn into a battle against the operators of a proposed gravel quarry very close to the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in the Roan Highlands near his home. He chronicles the genesis of the fight and his subsequent four years in the state court system in the recently published Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness along the Appalachian Trail. It integrates comprehensive legal details into a gripping storyline that includes a plethora of authentic characters, from colorful residents of the small mountain town to distinguished lawyers in Raleigh to dyed-in-the-wool environmental activists. In this era of environmental calamity everywhere we look, Stand Up That Mountain is a refreshing and optimistic perspective on the power of people to speak up for places they love. I spoke with Leutze the morning after he gave a public talk in Asheville for the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the A.T.Give us an overview of what happens in the book.The conflict surrounded a private mining enterprise that was forced to move from its current location, and they went looking for places to mine for gravel. They managed to get a permit to mine 151 acres including the summit of a 4,400 foot peak called Belview Mountain. One day, I got a telephone call from a very articulate woman who told me that the Mining Act of 1971 was being violated behind her house. She said she had photographs that she would share with me. So I went to meet her and that’s when I learned she was a 14-year-old girl named Ashley Cook. She was being homeschooled by her Aunt Ollie and her Uncle Curly in their home, which was a defunct auto-repair shop, a cinderblock building on the side of the road. She asked me to help her because she knew I had been to law school. I felt very drawn in by their passion and the fear that they had. What followed was a four-year legal battle between a private citizens group, and public interest law firms, and two national conservation organizations, the A.T. Conservancy and the National Parks Conservation Association.How did you decide to write a book about your experience?By the time we were filing the lawsuit, I knew I was living in a story that was rich with characters. I knew I was in the middle of a remarkable story with people who were confronted with conflicts, which is what makes stories move. Stories are powerful because they mimic our lives. My life had become a script for a hell of a movie. One of the joys of this story has been watching local people have an opportunity to stand up for the things they care the most about. This story is providing a lot of inspiration to people who see natural gas companies coming into their communities to do hydraulic fracturing and people who are facing threats in a nation with a growing population where we are bumping up against each other more and more.What was the relationship like between the local community and the conservation organizations you were working with?There was a lot of distrust in the local community of the A.T. community. The trail is placed in the most remote locations that can be found, so there’s almost no contact between hikers and these communities until the trail crosses a road. So Ollie and Ashley and Curly didn’t really have any realization that there was a National Park unit behind their house. Ollie called it “that little dirt path up on the hill.” So it took some convincing to build some trust. What are you working on now?I buy land for the Southern Appalachian HighlandsConservancy in Asheville. The landscape that my land trust was founded to protect was the Roan Highlands. A lot of people asked me if I was going to practice environmental law after this case. Instead, I started working with the land trust community, working with willing landowners who wanted to protect their own land and badly needed tools to do that. That’s what land trusts provide. The land trust movement has protected more land over the last six or seven years using voluntary conservation easements and land acquisition than land that was lost to sprawl. I wanted to be in the middle of that. One of our recent successes was partnering on the acquisition of the 10,000-acre Rocky Fork in East Tennessee.What do you love about the Southern Appalachians?I live in a very sparsely populated landscape where people are still getting lost. Several times a year on foggy days the word goes out that a small group of hikers is lost in the Roan. I think it’s amazing that in this fast-growing state that there are still places where reasonably competent outdoor enthusiasts can get lost. That inspires me. I love crossing a ridge and standing in a place where I’m quite confident that nobody has stood in a very long time, if ever. We can secure that experience for future generations, not only in a beautiful landscape, but in a landscape of remarkable biodiversity. A lot of my love is connected to fishing and clean water. I love drinking right out of my spring. I live at the top of my watershed, and so many people live downstream of me. We need to figure out a way to ensure that everybody’s got clean water.Is there anyone you’ve turned to as a role model in your own work and life?Mark Twain. I find something relevant in Twain every time I pick up his writing. Of course I love Wendell Berry, a lot of nature writers, a lot of southern writers too. But I pick up Twain first. He gets me in a framework of diabolical creativity.Jay Leutze will be speaking about Stand Up That Mountain on February 25 at Lynchburg College.last_img read more

Syosset Restaurateur Charged With Fraud, Bribing Oyster Bay Official

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Syosset-based restaurateur has been arrested for allegedly bribing a Town of Oyster Bay official, inflating the amount of Sandy aid one of his properties qualified for, and perpetrating tax fraud among other charges, federal officials said.Harendra Singh was indicted on counts of honest services wire fraud, wire fraud conspiracy, federal program bribery, disaster relief fraud, conspiring to defraud the United States, impeding the Internal Revenue Service, tampering with evidence and obstruction of justice.“Singh ran his businesses through fraud and deceit, using bribes and kickbacks to tilt the playing field in the Town of Oyster Bay,” said Kelly Currie, acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. “He accomplished this by lying to FEMA and the IRS in order to obtain hundreds of thousands of Hurricane Sandy disaster relief funds to which he was not entitled and evading taxes on millions of dollars of sales and wages.”Prosecutors said the 56-year-old man, who operates restaurants primarily in Nassau County and one at the Town of Oyster Bay’s Tobay Beach, paid bribes and kickbacks to an unidentified Oyster Bay town official, who was listed in court documents as a co-conspirator, in exchange for the town’s guaranteeing two private loans to his company totaling $20 million, which would leave taxpayers on the hook if he defaulted.Singh allegedly gave the officials 10 checks for $5,000 made out to cash—half after the first loan for $7.8 million was closed in 2011, the rest after a second loan for $12.2 million was closed the following year, authorities said. Singh also allegedly paid for the official and a relative to fly to Asia, hotel and transportation expenses included, plus he made monthly payments for the official’s leased BMW, according to investigators.The Internal Revenue Service alleged that Singh additionally under-reported his annual revenue and the wages he paid his workers by a total of $17 million, effectively hiding how much he owed in taxes in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014, prosecutors said.Singh also fraudulently obtained $950,000 in disaster relief funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency between 2012 and this year by inflating the amount of damage incurred to The Water’s Edge, a restaurant he owns in New York City, authorities said.Lastly, when investigators executed a search warrant last year, Singh allegedly told FBI agents that he didn’t have a key to a safe that contained $175,000 in diverted Tobay revenue, which he later asked others to hold for him, prosecutors said.If convicted, Singh faces up to 30 years in prison. He will be arraigned Wednesday before U.S. Judge A. Kathleen Tomlinson at Central Islip federal court.last_img read more