Brasenose Principal to retire

first_imgThe Principal of Brasenose College, Professor Roger Cashmore, whose use of expenses was recently questioned, is to retire at the end of this academic year. Cashmore was the subject of national media attention when, in May this year, a report leaked to Cherwell suggested he and his wife had misused college travel expenses. Following this, a source claimed in October, that the Governing Body of Brasenose had passed a motion of no confidence against him. The 66 year old has been on research leave since October, with Professor Alan Bowman acting as Principal. According to a statement issued by the college, the experimental physicist plans to concentrate on his research projects which include work on the Large Hadron Collider and a recent appointment as Chairman of the UK Atomic Energy Authority. Cashmore, a Cambridge and Balliol alumnus, has been Principal of Brasenose since 2002 and oversaw celebrations to mark the College’s quincentenary last year, including a visit by the Queen.last_img read more

Majority: Trooper’s Questioning Violated Seatbelt Enforcement Act

first_imgJennifer Nelson for www.theindianalawyer.comA state trooper’s recollection of a woman’s name on a national drug registry does not provide an independent basis of reasonable suspicion justifying him to investigate more than a seat belt violation that initiated the traffic stop, the Indiana Court of Appeals held in a 2-1 decision. As such, the judges reversed the woman’s motion to suppress evidence that led to a drug charge.Indiana State Police Trooper Mike Organ, while parked at a gas station in Clinton in 2014, saw a driver and passenger ride by without wearing seat belts. He stopped the car driven by Lisa Harris. When he learned her name, he recognized it from National Precursor Log Exchange reports, which he checked daily. Her license was valid and she did not have any outstanding warrants. The NPLEx indicated she had purchased pseudoephedrine nine times in the past year. This led to him having Harris get out of her car and asking her if she had recently purchased any cold medicine with pseudoephedrine. She admitted to selling the pills for $20. She consented to his search of her car, and he found what turned out to be meth in her purse.The state charged Harris with possession of methamphetamine as a Level 6 felony. She filed a motion to suppress, which was denied.“Harris contends the trial court erred in denying her motion to suppress because Trooper Organ’s investigation above and beyond the seat belt violation contravened Indiana’s Seatbelt Enforcement Act. We agree,” Judge Margret Robb wrote for the majority in Lisa R. Harris v. State of Indiana, 83A01-1509-CR-1311. The Act bars a search or detainment of a driver or passenger solely because of a violation of the act. Circumstances must arise after the stop that independently provide the officer with reasonable suspicion of other crimes.“In short, Trooper Organ’s recollection of Harris’s name appearing on NPLEx did not provide an independent basis of reasonable suspicion that would justify further investigation. Harris pulled over when Trooper Organ activated his emergency lights, and she produced a valid driver’s license. Trooper Organ’s subsequent questioning about Harris’s destination, her recent cold medicine purchase, and whether she would consent to a search violated the Act, and the trial court erred in denying her motion to suppress the evidence gleaned from that questioning,” Robb wrote.Judge Edward Najam dissented, writing the majority opinion failed to take into account numerous facts relied on by the trial court in denying Harris’ motion to suppress.“Trooper Organ recognized Harris from the frequency with which her name appeared on the NPLEx, and our precedent expressly permits an officer in a seatbelt stop to take reasonable steps to investigate a driver based on the officer’s actual knowledge of the driver’s identity. The majority declares that the NPLEx is of no probative value to criminal investigations unless it demonstrates on its face illegal pseudoephedrine purchases or attempted purchases. I cannot wholly agree,” he wrote.“[W]hile a traffic stop for a seatbelt violation cannot be turned into a fishing expedition, the Act does not vitiate an officer’s authority to investigate circumstances that become known to the stopping officer after he has initiated the traffic stop.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Winners and losers in uncertain sector

first_imgThe bakery sector has become more unpredictable, with successful firms likely to slip quickly from being ’winners’ to being ’losers’, according to new research from business analyst Plimsoll.The research company has divided the 960 bakery sector companies surveyed into ’winners’, ’losers’, ’chasers’ and ’sleepers’ on the basis of their financial strength.Chasers are succeeding, but jeopardising their financial strength, and ’sleepers’ are missing out on new opportunities but are safe financially.The bakery sector’s large number of ’chasers’ – 275 out of 960 surveyed – indicated a high level of confidence among bakery sector firms, Plimsoll’s senior analyst David Pattison told British Baker.However, the sales growth that these chasers could achieve by investing was probably only sustainable for a couple of years, he said.He warned that with many bakery products being a discretionary purchase, any slow-down in the economy could mean problems.In particular, the good profits that sleepers were making despite falling sales were unsustainable, said Pattison: “The risk is in the long term.” Sleepers were often family-owned, he added.Pattison said that Plimsoll’s 2006 analysis of 960 bakery companies, which he claimed included more than 90% of the sector and included ingredients suppliers, independent bakers and big chains, found “remarkable inconsistency in the companies’ commercial and financial behaviour”.Many companies had apparently changed their strategy since the last such survey a year ago, said Pattison. “What our analysis highlights this time is the speed at which strategies change.”Plimsoll’s winners, losers, chasers and sleepers categories were roughly equal in size. Of the 283 winners in 2005, only 139 kept their position this year, although 117 of last year’s losers were once again losers.last_img read more

DNM purchase

first_imgThe publisher of British Baker, William Reed Business Media (WRBM), has acquired Decision News Media (DNM) – an internet publishing company dedicated to reporting breaking news for the global B2B industries.DNM, based in Montpellier, France, has established a reputation for authoritative, in-depth and insightful news reporting of food, nutrition, cosmetics and pharmaceutical topics. Its flagship websites are FoodNavigator.com, NutraIngredients.com and BakeryandSnacks.com. The new enlarged company will accelerate the growth of its online brands and expand into new areas such as events, recruitment, data services and directories.”We are thrilled about this acquisition. DNM’s business nicely complements ours,” said WRBM group MD Charles Reed.last_img read more

Press release: Silverstone riders back motorbike safety campaign

first_imgRiders Matt and Kurt Wigley check out a BikeSafe Ducati with Special Constable Jason Leadbetter and Sgt Rob Gilligan at the Highways England stand.Meanwhile the many visitors to the Highways England stand were able to chat to traffic and police officers, learning from their experiences and gaining important safety advice.The police-led BikeSafe initiative had some of its Ducati motorcycles on show, including one supported by Highways England, which help deliver workshops aimed at improving motorcyclists’ skills, knowledge and hazard awareness.Representatives were also on hand from Biker Down, a fire service initiative which offers a free three-hour training course to prepare motorcyclists should they be involved in an accident, and DocBike which combines cutting edge research in motorcycle injury prevention with roadside critical care.Highways England Head of Road Safety Richard Leonard said: Most motorcyclists, particularly young riders, know they are one of the most vulnerable group of road users and Kurt and Matt’s expertise is respected and appreciated. As tens of thousands of people descended on the British Superbikes event, the Staffordshire brothers called on bikers and racing fans to ensure they always wear the right kit.Highways England runs a campaign warning of the dangers of not wearing appropriate protective clothing, and teamed up with representatives from BikeSafe, the DocBike charity and Biker Down initiative at Silverstone to advise visitors and enrol motorcyclists on potentially life-saving courses.The Wigley brothers urged people to follow Highways England’s advice and said that wearing the right gear at all times is vitally important for riders and pillion passengers.Kurt, who has been racing since he was six years old, said: Kurt applauded schemes such as BikeSafe and Biker Down which help identify hazards for motorcyclists and what to do in an emergency. He said: For anybody riding out on the road today a big element is having to do a lot of thinking for other road users, predicting what they will do.center_img Unfortunately it is not until people come off and hurt themselves that they really appreciate that. Nobody thinks it will happen to them. I had a crash when I was a lot younger and my glove came off – the accident took all the skin off my hand. I realised then that if that can happen just losing a glove, what would happen if I didn’t have all the protection on. And the harsh reality is that you can come off at any time, even if you are just popping down the road. I have known someone come off going to the paddock, at mild speed, and hurt themselves because they did not have their kit on. The weekend brought success in the British Supersport series for the brothers with Kurt taking a strong 9th place and setting a new personal best while Matt was just behind in 14th. The award-winning Distressed motorcycle campaign, which urges young riders in particular to wear protective gear, will also be on display at the annual Bike4Life Ride Out and Festival which takes place this weekend.Drivers are being advised to plan their journeys and allow extra time on Sunday (28 April) morning as the convoy of around 4,000 Bike4Life bikers takes to the M54.Starting from Meole Brace in Shrewsbury at 11am, the ride out follows a 23-mile route via the A5, M54 and A41 to RAF Cosford, home to the Bike4Life Festival, arriving around 11.45am.Leading the convoy will be World Superbike legends Carl Fogarty and Neil Hodgson, former England rugby captain Mike Tindall, motorcyclist and truck racing star Steve Parrish and twelve times FIM Trial World Champion Dougie Lampkin.The event will raise money for Midlands Air Ambulance which works with the Safer Roads Partnership to organise the event. On average a motorcyclist is airlifted to hospital every four days in the Midlands region alone.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more

Phil Lesh Hosts Tie-Dye Volunteer Day At San Francisco Marin Food Bank

first_imgGrateful Dead fans had the opportunity to work alongside bassist Phil Lesh yesterday at the San Francisco Marin Food Bank. The company hosted a Tie-Dye themed event, where volunteers measured out pounds of rice, a task that Lesh described as a “whole new ball game” of precision compared to the bass. The idea to host the event came from a conversation between Lesh and his wife at their restaurant Terrapin Crossroads, when they told their attorney about how another bar association event had raised money for the program Food From The Bar. “Just a chance to help out a little bit, give back a little bit,” expressed Lesh about his decision to get involved. Each volunteer was asked to contribute a minimum of $500 each, raising a total of $15,000 for the organization.You can watch a news clip of Phil Lesh volunteering at San Francisco Marin Food Bank from KGO San Francsico here.last_img read more

VA Hospital patients “rebound” as often as patients at private hospitals

first_img Read Full Story A new analysis by Medicare has found that patients 65 or older suffering from heart failure, heart attacks, or pneumonia are just as likely to be readmitted within a month at Veteran’s Health Administration (VA) hospitals as at private hospitals. Only one of the 107 VA hospitals evaluated had significantly lower readmission rates for one of the conditions tracked by Medicare; 15 had higher-than-average readmission rates for one or more of the three tracked conditions.HSPH Professor Ashish Jha, a physician at the VA Boston Healthcare System, told The Washington Post that VA hospitals do well by most other metrics. “It makes you wonder how much hospitals can really control readmissions if a place like the VA cannot have dramatically lower rates,” he said.last_img read more

Laurie Anderson is, as always, undaunted

first_imgGAZETTE: What do you think New York will be like for artists after the pandemic ends?ANDERSON: My fear is that the large institutions will survive, but the things that really make New York happen on a basic level maybe won’t. I’m talking about smaller clubs and venues, and smaller art centers that are really struggling now, where young artists get to try stuff out. Those are beyond crucial to an art city like New York. You [need] to have a lot of places where you’re not going to be presenting your big masterpiece, [but where] you can work with other artists and musicians in your audience. Those are really important places that are getting hit very hard. I don’t mean to be some old fart going on about the old days, but they were pretty great. I love seeing the things that remind me of that kind of freedom, and artists don’t have that right now. That part is tough.GAZETTE: Your work has always incorporated technology. Do you feel differently about using technology when we’re all forced to do everything online?ANDERSON: I’m just a geek, so I enjoy playing around [online]. I don’t feel that [the pandemic] makes [those] things more difficult or easier. It’s better than nothing, but then I think there is, for me, just nothing like live music and being with people in the same room. I always use a lot of technology in shows and even in lectures. I’m going to try to set up [the Norton lectures] so that there are a few faces that I can see in in the Zoom world, because I find that valuable rather than just talking to the screen.GAZETTE: What is your research and planning process like for a new work?ANDERSON: I start with a blackboard, and I fill it with images, thoughts, ideas. I sometimes see pictures — sometimes just a phrase — and see if any of them are connected, and [ask]: Is there any kind of theme in these really disparate things that I find interesting? What’s the engine that could push them? So it starts out as very free-form.GAZETTE: You’ve done a lot of collaboration in recent years. What do you like about working with other people and what does the process teach you about your own work?ANDERSON: I’m pretty much a loner, so it’s a big stretch for me to call someone and say, “Would you consider doing this?” The times that I’ve been able to bring myself to do that, I’ve learned so much. In the pre-pandemic year, I was much more involved in improv. I was at a festival in New Zealand in March, and [musician and composer] John Zorn was the first person who asked me to an improv show. At that time, I was doing things that were very, very set. Every single sentence was set; every image was set. I really had to force myself to try [improv], and it’s my favorite way of making music now.Over the last year I’ve been doing a music trio with [jazz bassist] Christian McBride and [cellist] Rubin Kodheli. I realized that I missed it so much, this free-form thing that’s not really happening now. Yesterday we recorded something, with our masks on and everything. It was hard, but the second we started to play … it was just what I live for, to make something out of nothing. It always reminds me of building a big ship that you’re constructing together. It’s a big thrill.Interview was edited for clarity and length. Avant-garde performer and recipient of this year’s Charles Eliot Norton Professorship in Poetry Laurie Anderson was undaunted by the task of designing her six Norton Lectures for a virtual audience.Anderson, who has produced film, music, multimedia, virtual reality installations, and photography, has utilized technology in her work for decades. Her first album, “Big Science,” included the surprise 1981 hit single, “O Superman,” which used distortion and vocal manipulation in ways that had not been heard before in pop music. Her recent work includes “Heart of a Dog,” a 2015 documentary film and soundtrack about the life of her beloved pet, Lolabelle, and a trilogy of virtual reality experiences developed with Taiwanese artist Hsin-Chien Huang that concluded with “To the Moon” in 2018. The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., is planning an exhibition of her old and new work in sound, video, and painting.The first Norton lecture, “The River,” will be given Wednesday and kicks off the yearlong series “Spending the War Without You: Virtual Backgrounds,” which will continue into the fall semester. The first three lectures will take place in spring over Zoom and are hosted by the Mahindra Humanities Center. Anderson spoke to the Gazette about her creative process, collaborating with other performers, and the transformation of New York City during the pandemic.Q&ALaurie AndersonGAZETTE: Can you tell us a bit about your plans for the Norton Lectures?ANDERSON: The first one will be based on ideas about listening and also about what it’s like to live by the Hudson River. The river has really influenced me in ways that I didn’t understand [before]. I wanted to move to New York as a child to be near water. Coming from a landlocked part of the country [near Chicago], it was big draw for me to be in a port city. I had a book about the New York harbor, and it looked so lovely and amazing, and I wanted to go there. So [the lecture] is looking back at being here for so many years. I did look back a little bit [at my work] and one of the things that I noticed was that I was always starting each performance with something about living by the Hudson River. So the first lecture will be able how that’s affected how I think about music and how I make music.It wasn’t going to be this way originally, but now I’m going to try to run the lectures a little bit like a show, so that I can access visuals and electronic filters and manipulate voices. There are some things that I’m going to try out [during the lectures] that I would not be able to do in a live situation, ever.GAZETTE: What has it been like to be in New York during this time?ANDERSON: It is such a difficult and tragic time for so many people, and I know it’s been disastrous for many businesses. But I wasn’t loving what was going on pre-pandemic in New York. It had become a big tourist town, and culture was aimed at tourists. I felt like I was getting caught in a big machine. It had become, as many people say, not the art world but the art market at every level. With the tourists gone, I think every city is experiencing the pleasure of seeing who actually lives there. So I feel kind of happy about that. “I’m going to try to set up [the Norton lectures] so that there are a few faces that I can see in in the Zoom world, because I find that valuable rather than just talking to the screen.”last_img read more

Faculty panel discusses European migration crisis

first_imgThree faculty members examined the current migration crisis in Europe in a panel discussion titled titled “Migration to Europe: Situating the Current Crisis,” held Monday afternoon in Andrews Auditorium of Gedddes Hall. Karen Richman, director of undergraduate academic programs for the Institute for Latino Studies, moderated the event.Alia Fardi, a Master of Laws candidate in international human rights law, began the discussion by establishing the basics underlying the subject matter of the discussion. Fardi quoted the fourteenth article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a document promoted by the United Nations that establishes a set of inalienable rights for all people.“Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” she said.The term “refugee,” Fardi said, is a person who faces persecution because of his or her race, religion, nationality, political preference or membership to a particular social group.“They have to be outside of their home country because if they are inside their home country, they are internally displaced,” she said.Refugees are different from economic migrants, Fardi said, because economic migrants are those pursuing better living standards, not fleeing persecution.“Refugees can not return home because of fear of persecution, while migrants could,” she said.Maurizio Albahari, assistant professor of anthropology, noted the statistics of the current migration crisis. He said 819,218 refugees arrived in Europe in 2015 and another 3,460 refugees died or went missing at sea.Albahari said these statistics reveal the severity of the current migration crisis and motivate him to work towards a solution.“My priority, my concern is preventing further loss of life at sea. I’m not convinced it’s a universal objective,” he said.He said he proposes working to allow those seeking refuge to enter countries as legal immigrants.“Let’s start doing what can be done, immediately,” Albahari said.He said he specifically suggests prioritizing family reunification, he said.“Survivors say, ‘I’m going to meet my brother, my cousin, my wife, my children in Germany, in Sweden, in Australia,’” he said.Refugees could also get visas to study for high school or college as a means to achieve legal immigration, he said.Fr. Daniel G. Groody, associate professor of theology, said there is a connection between the refugee crisis and the call of Christians. He said the recent story of a carpenter on the island of Lampedusa demonstrates this connection.According to Groody, the carpenter, Franco, helped save 358 migrants when their ship crashed.“Franco found driftwood along the coastline, and he felt like he wanted to give expression to what was going on there,” he said.Groody said Franco began making procession crosses out of the driftwood he found and made 400 crosses in three days.Eventually, news broke that Pope Francis was coming to the island, and Franco was in charge of preparing the liturgy, he said. Franco carved a chalice out of the driftwood, made a lectern out of boat rudders and a ship wheel, and formed an altar out of a small refugee boat.“It is from this place that the Pope declared the Gospel,” Groody said. “To steer the church in a new direction, to steer it back to its foundations, back to deep waters, back to the place of human vulnerability, back to the margins and from there to announce the good news.”Tags: Migration Crisislast_img read more

Peruvian, Colombian, and U.S. Special Forces Conduct Southern Spear Exercise

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre/Diálogo November 09, 2017 In mid-August 2017, the first war game of its kind, featuring joint planning and combined special operations from the United States, Peru, and Colombia, wrapped up. The war game, Southern Spear, followed a long planning process that grew out of common interests from nations involved to strengthen regional defense and security cooperation. The participation of combined special forces was carried under a memorandum of understanding between U.S. Southern Command’s Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH), the Peruvian Armed Forces’ Special Operations and Intelligence Command (CIOEC, per its Spanish acronym), and Colombia’s Joint Special Operations Command (CCOES, per its Spanish acronym) of the General COmmand of the Military Forces. The Peruvian Ministry of Defense sent a delegation of 13 to participate in the war game in Homestead, Florida, August 13th–19th. “The goal of this war game is to boost our special operations’ response capacity,” Peruvian Navy Admiral, Francisco Calisto Giampietri, commander of CIOEC, told Diálogo. “[We want to] raise the level of information and intelligence exchange, and develop procedures for mutual cooperation and the use of force in the fight against narcotrafficking and terrorism-related crimes on the Peru-Colombia border.” The SOCSOUTH-led capacity-building training progressed in three phases: initial discussions, planning, and a virtual war game. In the third phase, the three nations paved the way for elite forces to determine deployment locations of fleets and forces in 2018, before the launch of the live exercise in an area of the Peru-Colombia border in 2019. The full scale of forces to deploy will depend on the information and intelligence collected by participating nations. According to Adm. Calisto, the special forces component will be powerful and able to face any challenge that might arise during the operation that will involve control of a determined area. “Beyond military action, there is a strong intelligence and cooperation element,” Adm. Calisto said. “This will drive information and intelligence exchange systems that will result in controlled operations, by way of a command and control system enabling combined tactical and operational movements of our patrols.” Armed Forces with real experience in this type of combat are developing Southern Spear. “Peru and Colombia constantly conduct military operations,” Mario Macon, an independent analyst on Peruvian defense issues and the Peruvian Armed Forces, told Diálogo. “Colombia resolved its problems with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and Peru dealt with the Shining Path and other terrorist groups.” “This exercise is an example of how the U.S. Department of Defense fosters collaboration in shared defense challenges and facilitates our allies’ efforts to bring security to the entire region and the world,” said U.S. Army Major Cesar Santiago, SOCSOUTH public affairs officer. “Multilateral exercises like this and PANAMAX also allow partner nations to improve security interoperability and institutional knowledge.” Planning and coordination challenges The language barrier and systems of communications were the main challenges in the planning and coordination of the Southern Spear 2017 exercise. “The addition of a non-Spanish speaking nation to the equation creates translation and interpretation needs,” Adm. Calisto said. “However, they [SOCSOUTH] have made a big effort to work with Spanish speakers.” The participation of three different armed forces with potentially incompatible equipment required the establishment of standard procedures for the virtual exercise—at the operational and tactical level—before the launch of the live exercise. Once those were established, SOCSOUTH worked on communications systems compatibility to ensure that military operations could be directed during the exercise for Peruvian and Colombian elite units to successfully carry out maneuvers. “The use of arms is another standardized area in these exercises. In Peru, the Armed Forces have different weaponry,” Macon said. “The Peruvian Navy is fully NATO-compliant. But the [Peruvian] Air Force has a mixture of systems. Because of this, the special forces are in an in-between situation.” The main concern Established in 2010, CIOEC uses elite Peruvian Army, Navy, and Air Force troops in joint operations. The work of the special command includes training and preparing military personnel to conduct operations in the Apurímac, Ene, and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM, per its Spanish acronym). “Although CIOEC’s current main concern is the VRAEM, it must still maintain a presence in other parts of the Peruvian territory where dangers to national security or the population might arise.” CIOEC supports the operations of the VRAEM Special Operations Command, the Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command, and the National Police’s Counterterrorism Directorate and Antinarcotics Directorate. The goal of these institutions is to bolster missions against the remaining terrorists in the country and criminal organizations devoted to narcotrafficking. “These joint operations in the VRAEM helped lead to the capture and removal of main criminal ringleaders,” Adm. Calisto noted. “We conducted various operations that allowed us to capture several very heavyweight leaders of terrorist organizations, weakening the ability of this type of criminal gang in the VRAEM to operate.” An alliance to extend operational reach “SOCSOUTH is not just supporting CIOEC through Southern Spear. Peru has a longstanding relationship with U.S. Southern Command,” Adm. Calisto said. “Today these exchanges with U.S. Southern Command are increasing.” “In addition, through exercises like these, Peru gains international prestige, as do its special operations commands,” Macon added. “The possibility of having more exercises is there, with more capacity building in this kind of training—a more modern approach, and a new philosophical outlook.” “Narcotrafficking and terrorism must be fought with the greatest force possible. Our alliance with a nation such as the United States, through SOCSOUTH, enables us to extend the reach of our operations,” Adm. Calisto added. “We mutually support each other and combine capacities to bolster our efforts in the fight against cross-border crimes.” “We deeply value the investments our partners have made to strengthen hemispheric cooperation,” Maj. Santiago concluded. “Through capacity building exercises and a greater exchange of information, we enable our partners to pressure these threat networks on multiple fronts. Southern Spear is just one more example of this mobilization effort.”last_img read more

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