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Cyclists Get Caught


first_imgIn a series of further crackdowns on illegal cyclists in Oxford, police have been issuing fines to any rider caught without lights on their bicycle.During a road safety campaign, 55 cyclists were caught without lights on High Street and were issued with £30 fixed penalties.The road safety campaign, which earlier this month saw cyclists being fined for ignoring bans on riding down Cornmarket and Queen’s Street, is part of a month-long awareness scheme run by Oxfordshire County Council.last_img


Special Prosecutor to release findings in SBPD officer shooting death of Eric Logan


first_imgIndianaLocalNews Facebook Google+ Facebook Twitter By Jon Zimney – March 5, 2020 0 272 (Photo supplied/ABC 57) The Special Prosecutor will release results of the investigation into the police-shooting death of car break-in suspect Eric Logan on Friday, March 6.It was back in June 2019 when Logan was shot and killed by a South Bend police officer after he allegedly lunged at the officer while armed with a knife.The shooting happened in the area of Colfax and Williams in South Bend.South Bend Mayor James Mueller will host a community conversation forum, at 3 p.m., in the 4th Floor Council Chambers in the County-City Building to discuss the findings.A second Community Conversation forum will be held next Thursday evening, March 12. The exact time and location for that meeting are to be determined.Black Lives Matter — South Bend will hold a vigil for Eric Logan tomorrow at 6 pm outside of Central High Apartments, located at 330 W Colfax Avenue.The vigil will be held at his memorial site. Eric Logan’s daughter, Danielle, will speak about her father. WhatsApp Pinterest Special Prosecutor to release findings in SBPD officer shooting death of Eric Logan Google+ Previous articleBenton Harbor man charged with open murder in woman’s shooting deathNext articleFailed gun store robbery getting social media attention Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more


Frendly Gathering Announced Jam-Packed Initial Festival Lineup


first_imgSome big news for fans of Twiddle, as the Vermont jam band has detailed plans for their 2017 edition of Frendly Gathering. The festival will return from June 29th through July 1st, moving to its new home at Waitsfield, VT. The festival’s new location of the Sugarbush Resort in Mt. Ellen is sure to be an idyllic home for three days of music.The lineup features two sets of Twiddle at the top, with Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Turkuaz, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Moon Hooch, Kat Wright, Monophonics and more featured on the announcement. Sonny Knight & The Lakers, Cobi, Madaila, Start Making Sense, Annie In The Water, Smalltalker, The New Crew, and DJCre8 round out the initial posting, with a promise that more artists will be announced soon.“We are looking forward to working with Frendly Gathering to host a multi-day cultural event that suits Sugarbush and the Mad River Valley,” said Win Smith, president and majority owner of Sugarbush, in a statement. “Frendly Gathering is known to attract a fun-loving crowd of music lovers who are respectful of their surrounding environment.  Mt. Ellen will provide a beautiful landscape for the festival, allowing participants opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and exploring the Mad River Valley’s many offerings.”See the lineup announcement below and head to the festival’s website for details.last_img read more


James Q. Wilson


first_imgVisible order was the point of Wilson’s famous article on the broken window (with George L. Kelling, 1982), which, left unrepaired, suggests that nobody cares and invites mischief and further transgression. Policing is a matter not only of catching violators but also of preventing intimidation and even annoyance to decent citizens from drunks, panhandlers, vagrants, and rowdies. People read situations from appearances, and Wilson’s political science did the same, collecting styles, types, and varieties from the surface of things and working inwards rather than moving from universal causes to particular applications.Wilson also worked from the bottom up. In Political Organizations (1973) he distinguished four types according to whether the costs and benefits were narrowly or widely concentrated, a matrix that focused on the consumer or client of the organization as opposed to the administrator. Recalling the “amateur spirit” of his early work, he particularly addressed “purposive” public interest organizations whose members ignore economic incentives and volunteer. In his masterwork Bureaucracy (1989), based on his famous course Government 150, he considered the distinct cultures of different agencies, refusing to damn bureaucracy as such but looking at bureaucrats to see what they do and how they think. An organization easy to run is hard to change, he remarked in The Investigators (1978), a study of the FBI. Its discipline is as much demanded from below as enforced from the top.Preoccupation with crime brought Wilson to reflect on the importance of character, a middle term between the imperatives of human nature and the choices of individuals. He wrote the book that he considered his most important, The Moral Sense (1993), in which he borrowed from Aristotle on habit and from the moral side of Adam Smith. A good character, he argued, is one that looks on incentives morally, as either to good or evil. He once said: “Tobacco shortens one’s life; cocaine debases it.” The word “debases” was his judgment not only as a citizen but as a political scientist.In the best Harvard tradition, Jim Wilson was a brilliant classroom lecturer. He rendered extraordinary service to Harvard during the troubles of the late Sixties, helped to fashion the Core curriculum, and was the most skillful and accomplished chair of the Government Department in his lifetime. It was in gratitude as well as admiration that he received an honorary doctorate of letters from Harvard in 1994. He is survived by his wife Roberta—with whom, after a life of watching humans, he wrote Watching Fishes—by his children Matthew and Annie, and by five grandchildren.Respectfully submitted,Michael J. SandelSidney VerbaHarvey C. Mansfield, Chair James Quinn Wilson, Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government, taught at Harvard from 1961 to 1987. Perhaps the most prominent political scientist of his generation, he died in Boston, Massachusetts, from complications of leukemia, on March 2, 2012.He spread his mind over most of political science: as a pioneer who defined or redefined the study of political parties, city politics, policing and crime, and bureaucracy; as a judge of American government scholarship in his textbook; as a master of both the current in our politics and the permanent in human nature; as skeptic of political science methodology and all grand theory; and as student of the morality of character. His work was known to every social scientist and he received nearly every high honor the political science profession can bestow. He was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003, the U. S. Government’s highest civilian award—marking a rare point of accord between the American Political Science Association and President George W. Bush. Though he tackled the most contentious issues and published articles almost exclusively in magazines, he was a model of the modest scholar.Jim Wilson was born on May 27, 1931, grew up in Southern California, and attended the University of Redlands, graduating in 1952. After serving in the U. S. Navy, he took his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1959, where he taught before coming to Harvard in 1961.Although Wilson never sought the limelight, his scholarly work followed a sequence of related topics, each of them beginning from a political issue more important to citizens than to political scientists. His first book, Negro Politics (1960), concerned blacks in city government, from which he proceeded to write City Politics (1963) with Edward Banfield, a life-long friend and colleague at Chicago and Harvard. In a far-seeing work, The Amateur Democrat (1962), he studied the original “amateur spirit” in city clubs that was soon to fire up the McGovern reformers in the Democratic Party, then to jump across to Goldwater Republicans—groups now called the party “base.” These activist amateurs he contrasted with party professionals, who worked the city machines with less lofty motives. Wilson largely took the side of the professionals, who kept their cool in the face of passion and kept their distance from unworkable principles.After urban politics Wilson turned to the police, also unstudied by political scientists, and Varieties of Police Behavior (1968) appeared, a classic not only for its title. His focus was the cop on the beat, whose unenviable task is rather to restore order when it has lapsed than to enforce the law with set procedures. That everyday uncertainty makes it difficult to administer from above according to a plan and ensures that government in this aspect is about handling problems, not solving them. After the police it was natural to turn to crime, another political topic too hot for political scientists. Wilson wrote three books on this, one of them, Crime and Human Nature, with his Harvard colleague the psychologist Richard Herrnstein. His practical attitude began to earn him the reputation as a conservative, which he unsuccessfully resisted, for though he was skeptical of gun control, he was also wary of guns. As opposed to most criminologists, he found study of the “root causes” of crime to be useless, once declaring he had “never seen a root cause.” He preferred to study the visible behavior and character of criminals.last_img read more


What to keep


first_img Related A day of reckoning Niang said that although the descendants of those who were enslaved are French citizens and have been for generations, anti-racist efforts like her petition are viewed as unpatriotic and complicated by a centralized education system resistant to change. “To touch on this subject is to touch the Republic,” she said.Araujo and Niang agreed the way forward starts by adding context. “The nation is what we collectively forget versus what we remember,” Niang said. “We have to talk about Haiti. We have to talk about Toussaint. We have to talk about the colonies.”This is particularly important in areas associated with slavery. In Bristol, Araujo said, the Georgian House Museum now showcases the role of the enslaved Pero Jones alongside that of the house’s owner, John Pinney; nearby, Pero’s Bridge also memorializes the enslaved man. Liverpool, a major port for the Atlantic slave trade, now has an International Slavery Museum. Considered an “activist museum,” it has Black curators and hosts commemoration events. “It’s not very big,” Araujo said. “But it’s an important step, arising from the demands of activists.”However, the battle over existing monuments continues. Calling it “a fight for symbolic reparations,” Araujo ties it to ongoing struggles against racism and for inclusion. “It’s all about not what’s happening in the past but what’s happening in the present, a battle to see who is going to occupy this public space.”“From Bristol to D.C., this is not a ‘cancel culture’ nor a vengeful request,” said Niang. “What we need, at least in France, is to try to get as many people as possible around the table. It is hard, but we need to have a conversation.” Pushing to end myth of Columbus and honor history of Indigenous peoples Who owns the public space, and who should be represented within it — and how? The questions have relevance within and beyond America’s borders, and they are at the forefront of movements to remove or rebrand monuments and public art that commemorate historical figures associated with slavery, colonialism, and racism.On Wednesday, Ana Lucia Araujo, professor of history at Howard University, and Mame-Fatou Niang, associate professor of French and francophone studies at Carnegie Mellon University, discussed both the history and the way forward during “Race and Remembrance in Contemporary Europe,” presented by the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES).Introducing the Zoom discussion as a reassessment of “monuments and memorialization in Europe,” Mary D. Lewis, Robert Walton Goelet Professor of French History and CES resident faculty, described ongoing and international turbulence as activists seek to present a more complete picture of their countries’ history. “Silencing is an active process,” said Lewis, referencing the Haitian anthropologist Michel-Rolph Trouillot.The past summer’s Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the U.S. inspired activists around the world, the scholars said. In the United Kingdom, protesters tore down a statue of the slave trader Edward Colston and tossed it in Bristol harbor. In the U.S., activists have taken down similar monuments or transformed them, such as by projecting images of Rep. John Lewis, Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, and W.E.B. Du Bois on a statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Va. Around the world, activists and protesters are pushing for reassessment and removal of such problematic pieces.Removing public art that has outlived its political relevance is nothing new, Araujo said. During the American Revolution, statues of England’s king were torn down, and monuments in former Eastern Bloc countries were toppled as the Communist regime crumbled. Statues of people who ruled or grew rich by exploiting Black lives, however, are harder to fell, and their continued survival supports and perpetuates bias and national myths. Commemorating such people in public spaces engages and encourages white supremacists, said Araujo, whose most recent book is “Slavery in the Age of Memory Engaging the Past.” She said artwork celebrating slavers ties in with “the ways white supremacy denies racism.”Scholars Mame-Fatou Niang of Carnegie Mellon University (clockwise from upper left), Mary D. Lewis of Harvard, and Ana Lucia Araujo of Howard University spoke at the “Race and Remembrance in Contemporary Europe” event.Statues of prominent slave traders or slave holders did not begin to acknowledge the roots of their riches or power until the 1990s, Araujo said. Public art that decried slavery tended to focus on white abolitionists, rather than enslaved individuals and their descendants. “The public memory of slavery remains a contested battlefield,” she said.In France, said Niang, the battle is particularly heated, as discussions of slavery and colonialism are often taken as an attack on the country. Slavery, for example, is taught as a foreign evil, focusing on countries like Brazil and the U.S., while the domestic focus is kept on abolition. As for its monuments, President Emmanuel Macron has said that France will “erase no trace or names of its history, it will forget none of its works, it will tear down none of its statues.”Following the recent beheading of teacher Samuel Paty by a teenage Islamist extremist, this stance has hardened. The murder was seen as a direct assault on France and Republican values such as laïcité (secularism) and freedom of speech. Since Paty’s death, questioning the Republic has risked being interpreted as condoning terrorism.Niang has herself been threatened because of her anti-racist work. The co-director of “Mariannes Noires,” a 2017 documentary about the mosaic identities of Afro-French women, Niang spearheaded a petition to remove a Hervé Di Rosa fresco from the French National Assembly. Created to commemorate the bicentennial of France’s abolition of slavery in 1794, the work uses racist stereotypes to depict enslaved Africans. Must we allow symbols of racism on public land? Legal scholar and historian puts the push to remove Confederate statues in context last_img read more


The Lopezes Share Scrapped Frozen Tunes & More


first_imgTroll TunesThe Oscar-winning songwriters also showcased two earlier drafts of the Troll number (which eventually became “Fixer Upper”). “Maybe one day, someone will have an LSD trip to it,” joked Anderson-Lopez (at, let us remind you, a Disney event). On the subject of things that don’t belong in a Disney animated film, the second song involved dermatitis. Yeah, we think “Fixer Upper” was the right way to go. GiganticThe Lopezes aren’t letting go of their Disney ties just yet. “We jumped at the chance to stay in the family,” Anderson-Lopez said during a panel for Gigantic, the studio’s upcoming take on Jack and the Beanstalk. The flick is set to premiere in 2018; “Let It Go” will might be out of our heads by then. August 14 was a big day for Disney and Broadway enthusiasts, as the studio announced at the annual D23 Expo that some musical theater favorites are at work writing songs for their upcoming films. Lin-Manuel Miranda is on the team for Moana, while Frozen couple Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez are collaborating on Gigantic. At a series of panels, the Lopezes (joined by some very special guests) gave a taste of some of Frozen’s biggest hits, as well as some songs that didn’t quite make the cut. Also on tap was a tease of the highly-anticipated Beauty and the Beast film and a perfectly nightmarish performance from an Aladdin Tony winner. Check it out below! James Monroe Iglehart Beauty and the BeastDisney President of Production Sean Bailey teased the live action Beauty and the Beast film, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, Audra McDonald and a host of equally exciting names: “One of the very best casts we’ve ever assembled,” he teased. “And yes, it is a musical.” Though Watson herself couldn’t be there, she did send a quick video message, and audiences even got a quick shot of her in the iconic gown. “Let It Go”It’s not a Frozen panel if you’re not belting your face off by the end. So the Lopezes, Gad, Bell, executive producer John Lasseter, directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and their daughters led a rendition of the icy anthem—complete with a snow machine.center_img “Hot Hot Ice”Before “In Summer,” the Lopezes had another song in mind for Olaf, the sun-loving snowman voiced on screen by Josh Gad. The two shared a demo recording they made of the first go, a maraca-filled up-tempo number titled “Hot Hot Ice.” “We did that demo in the morning,” said Anderson-Lopez, and it got cut that afternoon. It lived for one day.” View Comments Star Files Oogie Boogie IglehartSadly, there are no announced plans for a live action or staged Nightmare Before Christmas, but if there ever were, we now have our top pick to play the Oogie Boogie. The Aladdin Tony winner went seamlessly from affable and boisterous sidekick to insect-laden villain, performing “Oogie Boogie’s Song” by Danny Elfman, who was inducted as a Disney Legend over the weekend.last_img read more


Nathaniel Stampley to Replace Isaiah Johnson in The Color Purple


first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 Must be something to fuss about! Nathaniel Stampley, who appeared in the original production of The Color Purple in 2005, is set to take on the role of Mister beginning November 15. Isaiah Johnson is scheduled to play his last performance on November 13. As previously announced, Tony nominee Danielle Brooks will also depart the production on that date with Carrie Compere set to step in as Sofia.Stampley appeared in the ensemble of the 2005 production and understudied the role of Harpo. He has also performed on Broadway in The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and The Lion King; he starred in the national tour of Porgy and Bess as Porgy. His off-Broadway and regional credits include Big Love, Fiorello!, Lost in the Stars, First Noel, Man of La Mancha, Pacific Overtures, Dreamgirls, Violet and Big River.The Color Purple features a book by Marsha Norman, lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray and music by Russell and Willis. Based on the novel by Alice Walker, the musical tells the story of Celie, a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discovers her voice in the world.In addition to Johnson and Brooks, the current cast includes Tony winner Cynthia Erivo as Celie, Jennifer Holliday as Shug Avery, Kyle Scatliffe as Harpo, Jennie Harney as Nettie and Patrice Covington as Squeak. View Comments Related Showscenter_img Nathaniel Stampley(Photo: Twitter.com/StampleyN) The Color Purplelast_img read more


Glickman Research Visit


first_imgU.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman came to Georgia Friday to view the harsh effects of floods and freezes on Georgia agriculture. But he saw much more. Glickman expanded his Georgia visit to include the University of Georgia campus and the Richard B. Russell Agricultural Research Center because “Georgia is clearly a food safety leader.” The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences has the largest collection of food safety researchers in the country. Advances in food safety and sanitation issues depend on strong research in food science and other related areas. Yet the dollars for research are going down, Glickman said. “President Clinton made a powerful case for support of research for health issues,” Glickman said. “Everyone understands research into cancer. They know this research can improve their lives. ” But people don’t know or understand that link between agricultural research and their lives,” he said. “Even with all the work on genetic engineering, technology and ways of feeding the world, people just don’t see any relationship of what is being done in agricultural research to the average American. It affects everybody’s lives, not just farmers.” The one area with big increases in funding, Glickman said, is food safety. “And that’s because kids died from E. coli,” he said. Glickman spoke out in favor of the President’s $101 million initiative for better meat and poultry inspection, consumer education, risk assessment and surveillance. “A big chunk of that $101 million is for an educational campaign for consumers,” Glickman said, “It would be a big mistake not to realize this is a farm-to-home issue. The consumer has a great deal to do with his or her own food safety.” Although consumers must understand how to properly prepare and cook foods, the food processing industry is primarily responsible for producing safe food, the secretary said. USDA closed down two dozen plants short-term last year because they didn’t comply with food safety and contamination rules. “I call it the atomic bomb of authority,” Glickman said. “I can shut down a plant. But that puts people out of work. I’d rather have the power to fine and the authority to order mandatory recall. I can only ask. “The Consumer Product Safety Commission can recall toys, but we can’t recall bad food. You can draw your own conclusions from that.” Even with these limits, Glickman said, this country has the safest food safety system in the world. When Asian markets plummeted from fear of influenza from poultry and Europeans cut back on beef during the mad cow disease scare, American shoppers showed no signs of fear. “Consumers have confidence in the American food supply,” Glickman said. “Producers know if consumers have confidence, they will continue to buy.”last_img read more


Ikea Netherlands builds solution for funding gap at pension fund


first_imgA survey by financial newspaper FD suggested that no more than 29 sponsors had committed themselves to plugging a funding gap via a guarantee.Key in the new pension plan of the Ikea scheme is the replacement of a cost-covering contribution with a premium that is cushioned over a three-year period, but aimed at achieving an annual funding of 105%.This is the minimum required level to avoid rights cuts: under the financial assessment framework (FTK), Dutch pension funds have to apply a discount if their funding is short of 105% for five consecutive years.The scheme said the new contribution model was also lower and less volatile.STIP added that the employer was required to fill in the shortfall if the scheme was unable to prevent or postpone discounts in benefits and accrued pension rights in any other way.At September-end, the coverage ratio of Ikea’s pension fund stood at 116.1%.As the FTK allows pension funds to start compensating for inflation in part when their funding level hits 110%, STIP has granted its 6,940 workers a 0.11% inflation-linked payment based on the salary index in January this year.Deferred members and pensioners, whose indexation follows the consumer index, received an inflation compensation of 0.09%. STIP, the €408m Dutch pension fund of home furnishing store Ikea, has introduced a new pension plan including an employer’s obligation to plug any funding gap.It said the new arrangements followed an agreement between the sponsor and trade unions about financing the pensions of its 15,000 members.The provision of guarantees on funding levels has become rare in the Netherlands.Many have abolished the guarantee – made expensive by low interest rates in the wake of the financial crisis – and have instead paid a one-off contribution as risks shifted to their schemes’ members.last_img read more


​Icelandic pension funds buck performance trend with gains


first_imgThe pension fund said in its annual results announcement that its allocation to foreign securities had expanded by 2 percentage points during 2018, to end the year at 35% of total assets.Bond funds also grew significantly, with this allocation rising to ISK92.9bn or 13% of assets, from around 12% the year before, it said. Two of Iceland’s largest pension funds recorded positive investment performance in 2018 despite weak markets in the fourth quarter.The Pension Fund of Commerce (Lífeyrissjóður verzlunarmanna), posted a 4.3% return for 2018, with assets reaching ISK713bn (€5.3bn) – an increase of ISK48bn. In net real terms, the return was 1%, it said.The result follows a string of reports from other major European pension funds, the majority of which posted losses in 2018 after equity markets dropped sharply in the fourth quarter. Source: Marcel PrueskeThe iconic Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavik, IcelandThe pension fund said its 10-year average return was 4.5%, with the 20-year average at 3.9%.The fund is Iceland’s second largest after Lífeyrissjóður starfsmanna ríkisins (LSR), the Pension Fund for State Employees.Gildi gains on fixed income allocationThe country’s third-largest pension fund Gildi reported a 5.8% return on its investments for 2018 – a result it says was supported particularly by the performance of domestic bonds.According to its full-year financial figures, the return was 2.4% in net real terms.Árni Guðmundsson, Gildi’s chief executive said: “In my opinion, this performance is acceptable, but market conditions were difficult in many ways in 2018.“However, pension funds are long-term investors, and in this context it can be pointed out that net real returns over the past 10 years are 3.9%, and 3.7% for the last 20 years”.Gildi said domestic bonds produced good returns last year, as did unlisted shares, both domestic and foreign. Returns on other asset classes were weaker.The fund’s net assets rose to ISK561.2bn at the end of 2018, up by ISK43.9bn from the year before.Transparency improvements for Icelandic fundscenter_img The leaders of three other Icelandic pension funds have hailed transparency improvements in the sector – but emphasised that there was still further to go.In a joint article published on Icelandic news site Kjarninn, the trio – Frjalsi CEO Arnaldur Loftsson, EFÍA and LSBÍ boss Snædís Ögn Flosadóttir, and Lífeyrissjóður Rangæinga CEO Þröstur Sigurðsson, discussed society’s demands for increased access to information about pension fund activities.They said the funds, supervisory bodies and the Icelandic Pension Funds Association had all done well in disseminating information.They welcomed the fact that pension scheme members had become more interested in pension funds’ activity, and said they hoped this would increase even further.“Pension funds, as well as their supervisory bodies, have strived to provide detailed information in recent years and are constantly being added,” they said. “However, it is clear that it is always possible to do better and improve presentation.”last_img read more