The controversial Imam Dr. Zakir Naik is to speak at the Oxford Union via video-link this evening.He was banned from the UK last year by Home Secretary Theresa May for “unacceptable behaviour”.Naik, who had been holding talks in the UK for 15 years, is described by the Oxford Union as “one of the world’s leading Islamic orators and authorities on comparative religion.”The website for Peace TV, of which Mr. Naik is a founder, states that he “clears misconceptions about Islam.”In a video on YouTube, Naik tells an audience “If he’s [Osama Bin Laden] terrorising America the terrorist I am with him…Every Muslim should be a terrorist.” In another video he warns, “We need to be careful of the Jews.”The preacher’s planned talk has prompted the Oxford University Jewish Society to call for the talk to be cancelled. In a statement they said, “Compromising government attempts to keep our country free of hate speech undermines the very basis of the Union.”Myriam Francois of the Oxford Islamic Society said, “Whilst we do not condone Naik’s views and stand with OUJS against all forms of prejudice, we do believe the best way to tackle ignorance is to counter it through the open forum of debate.”However, she said that the society considered “the format of the event, an address rather than a debate with a vigorous opposition, to be misguided.”Francois added, “We state unequivocally that Islam does not tolerate prejudice, sexism or extremism, the Prophet Mohammed having described Islam as a religion of moderation.”Sam Cherkas, speaking on behalf of OUJS, told Cherwell earlier this week that they had not received a response from the Oxford Union addressing their concerns, after emailing the President on 27th January.A statement from Union said, “The decision to invite Naik was not taken lightly.“The Union takes very seriously members’ concerns over the likely content of Dr Naik’s talk. However, The Oxford Union exists to discuss and debate ideas, even those considered unorthodox or controversial by society at large.“We have no desire to challenge Dr Naik’s ban on entry to the UK. However, we do wish to give our members the chance to discuss and challenge his views on terrorism and on the Home Office’s decision to ban him.”
Google+ Elkhart Police search for suspect in Monday shooting A man is injured after a shooting in Elkhart Monday night.Police were called to the 700 block of Taylor St. at 6 p.m. on reports of a shooting.When they arrived, they found a 25-year-old man with gunshot wounds to his neck and chest. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.There’s no suspect information available at this time, and police are asking anyone with information regarding the shooting to call the Elkhart Police Department at (574) 295-7070 or email [email protected] WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest TAGSElkhartgunshotIndianaMondayshootingsuspectTaylor Streetwounds Facebook Pinterest Facebook By Brooklyne Beatty – May 19, 2020 0 468 IndianaLocalNews Twitter Previous articleNotre Dame Basilica reopens for Mass on May 24thNext articlePolice warn of phone scam involving Elkhart Police Department Brooklyne Beatty Twitter
Last night, The Werks brought their tour out to the Zydeco in Birmingham, AL, playing with support from BIG Something for a jammed out performance. Both groups are truly on the rise, and their fusion made for quite the Southern throwdown.Perhaps one of the highlights from the show was a bust out of the Chumbawumba song “Tubthumpin” by The Werks, with BIG Something’s own Nick MacDaniels in the mix. Check out video of the cover, as captured by Live and Listen, below:The Werks wrap up this winter run this weekend, playing in Atlanta tonight and Nashville tomorrow. You can check out the full tour schedule here, and be sure to look into The Werks’ annual music festival, The Werk Out Music And Arts Festival. With bands like STS9, Lettuce, Dopapod, Twiddle and more, it’s one festival you’ll be sorry you missed! More information here.
Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band have announced two special upcoming April shows at Lesh’s own Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, CA.On Friday, April 12th, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band will play the Grateful Dead‘s 1977 masterpiece, Terrapin Station, along with 1978’s Shakedown Street. The following night, on Saturday, April 13th, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band and additional special guests will offer up a special Jazz Fest celebration, dubbed “Life Is A Carnival.”Related: Terrapin Station At 40: All-Star Artists Discuss The Impact Of The Grateful Dead’s ’77 Studio MasterpieceThe Terrapin Crossroads Jazz Fest celebration will come ahead of Phil Lesh’s two-night run in New Orleans during the 50th-anniversary edition of Jazz Fest on April 25th and 26th at the Joy Theater.Tomorrow, March 28th, Phil will be joined by Terrapin regulars Stu Allen and Grahame Lesh, as well as Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe guitarist DJ Williams, pianist John Medeski, Circles Around The Sun drummer Mark Levy, and saxophonist/flutist Karl Denson himself, for a Phil Lesh & Friends throwdown.Ticket for Lesh’s recently announced April shows are now on sale here.For a full list of Phil Lesh’s upcoming performances, head to his website.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The pandemic has been hard on both kids and adults, but it’s also been challenging for those who are in between. Demographic shifts during the last century have given rise to a distinct developmental stage called “emerging adulthood” that spans the late teens and early twenties. With the pandemic causing major disruptions in education, employment, housing and more, young people who are no longer adolescents but not quite adults are struggling to find their footing. Some experts worry that could have long-term negative effects, though the psychologist who coined the phrase “emerging adulthood” said this age group is resilient and likely will bounce back.
Student Senate discussed pep rally improvement and student employment reform at Wednesday’s meeting, planning to make strides in these areas before the current student government’s term ends April 1. Student body vice president Andrew Bell said the current student government officers will have their closing meeting soon with Game Day Operations in order to finalize next year’s pep rallies. “We’re giving them our final thoughts on pep rallies so they can make improvements for next year,” he said. Pasquerilla East senator Julie Doherty said there was an excessive amount of waiting at the 2010 rallies. “They lasted too long and took up too much time,” Doherty said. “It’s not as fun when you’re just waiting there for a while.” Off-Campus Concerns Chair Emily LeStrange said the changes at Irish Green this year were definitely a positive step. “It’s a lot more student-friendly in terms of players getting involved,” she said. “It’s more open to communicating with students.” LeStrange said the unlimited capacity and the stage are both important features of the location. But some senators said the lack of thunderous noise at Irish Green posed a problem. “At Irish Green the stage isn’t facing [DeBartolo Performing Arts Center], it faces the street so the sound doesn’t reverberate,” Siegfried senator Kevin McDermott said. Yiting Zheng, McGlinn senator, said the indoor pep rallies solved this problem by packing many people inside and creating a higher noise level. Ideas to bring older students to next year’s rallies included guest speakers, more variety and free food and T-shirts. Student body president Catherine Soler also discussed her plan to restructure student employment, especially the Notre Dame Job Board. The job board, which can be found through a link under the Student Academic tab on insideND, lists categories of both on-campus jobs, such as in athletics and food services, and jobs in the broader Notre Dame community, such as child care and clerical positions. Soler said the current board is rarely updated and hard to navigate. The Student Employment Office, a division of the Office of Financial Aid, manages the board but does not actively seek out student employment opportunities to post, she said. “The current process is each department is sent a newsletter and if they have a job, they can contact the Student Employment Office which then puts it on job board,” Soler said. Once a position is filled, it is again the job of the department to inform the Student Employment Office to remove the position from the board. Soler said the departments do not regularly follow-up with this task, which makes the board rarely up-to-date. Some senators suggested moving the link to a more visible place. Zheng said allowing students to upload their resumes directly to the site would improve contact between applicants and potential employers. With more than 40 percent of students employed on campus, Soler said, the job board should become a more effective tool.
As the only Saint Mary’s graduating member of Notre Dame’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC), senior Kayla Savage will continue the College’s legacy of service through her long-term goal of becoming a naval pilot. Savage said in an email that after graduation she will pursue an education at a naval school in California.“I will have the opportunity of spending 12 to 18 months at Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey, California earning my master’s degree in regional and security studies [for the Western Hemisphere],” she said. “Following my education, I will spend two years as a student naval aviator in Pensacola, Florida, and, God willing, will be winged as a Navy pilot. As a pilot, I’ll be spending at least eight more years in the Navy.”Savage said she will miss the encouragement and spirituality that both the College and ROTC provided during her four years. “During my hunt for colleges, I prioritized an environment that would encourage my spiritual and intellectual growth,” she said. “Saint Mary’s has absolutely been an amazing place for these goals, and ROTC has only helped. Between school and my ROTC events, spirituality has been at the center of everything I do. We are given countless options and opportunities to speak with religious leaders, and we are encouraged to find some sort of spiritual center to ground ourselves in. I have learned to maintain that while pushing myself intellectually. It’s been so difficult, but so rewarding.”Savage said she has always wanted to be part of an institution that challenged her to be better. “When picturing what kind of career and life I’d like to have, I’ve always thought I wanted something that constantly challenged me to be better and to do better, not just for my own sake but also for others,” she said. “I wanted to help make our world a better and safer place. The Navy seemed, to me, the best way to accomplish the type of lifestyle I was looking for … of course, the opportunity to travel and see the world was also a little enticing.”During her time at Saint Mary’s, Savage said the hardest part was balancing the time commitments the College and ROTC required of her.“I think time management was the most difficult balance for me between ROTC and college,” she said. “Depending on the job you hold in ROTC that semester, it can be almost like a full-time job on top of school. Especially as a [Saint Mary’s student], I had to organize myself to block out extra time to drive over to ND for all the ROTC events. But, once I finally learned clear and consistent organization, I learned that there is so much more you can accomplish in a day.”Savage said her time at Saint Mary’s and in ROTC has taught her many life skills that will benefit her after graduation. “I’ve learned selflessness, diligence, cooperation, understanding, patience, prioritization and the importance of supportive and healthy relationships,” she said. Success is persistence in the face of adversity, Savage said. “To me, success is never giving up,” she said. “Sometimes it requires a little creativity and a lot of resilience, but success is when you just don’t give up in the fight for something better.”Savage also said her responses do not reflect the views of the Naval ROTC or of the larger Navy. Tags: Navy, pilot, ROTC
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) File mugshot image by the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office.BUFFALO – A 47-year-old Village of Fredonia man has plead guilty in connection with a drug trafficking case in Chautauqua County.The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Buffalo says Nathaniel Gates Jr. plead guilty to possessing with intent to distribute, and distributing, 28 grams or more of crack cocaine in a federal courtroom on Wednesday.In April 2015, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration started investigating suspected drug trafficking activities in Chautauqua County.During the investigation, prosecutors say police made three controlled purchases of narcotics from Gates. Investigators also executed a search warrant at the defendant’s Brigham Road apartment in Fredonia and recovered illegal narcotics and items commonly used in drug distribution. The plea is the result of an investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, under the direction of the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ray Donovan, New York Field Division.The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum of 40 years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for March 25, 2021.
MONTPELIER, Vt.-Vermont State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding announced today that the Vermont Pension Investment Committee has issued a request for proposals soliciting investment opportunities intended to support economic and community development in Vermont. This is the second year that VPIC has requested such proposals, after adopting a policy on economically targeted investments in 2006. VPIC oversees more than $3 billion in retirement funds for Vermont teachers, state employees, and municipal employees.According to Spaulding, this initiative is unrelated to the recent debate in the Legislature regarding a proposal by Governor Jim Douglas to require that Vermont’s pension fund managers buy Vermont Housing Finance Agency bonds. The 2006 economically targeted investment policy passed by VPIC requires an annual request for proposals.”VPIC agreed a year and a half ago that, to the extent it can support economic and community development in Vermont without sacrificing investment performance, it makes sense to do so,” said Spaulding. “The proposal to require VPIC to buy the bonds, regardless of whether or not they thought it passed muster from an investment perspective, was rejected. However, I’m hopeful that the VHFA will submit a proposal. If the anticipated returns are appropriate, I am confident VPIC will seriously consider an investment in VHFA bonds.”Economically targeted investments are intended to generate market rate returns, while providing collateral benefits that enhance quality of life and promote economic activity in a targeted area in this case Vermont. Types of investment opportunities that may be appropriate for pension fund investments could include affordable housing, energy efficiency, venture capital, or timber.”VPIC trustees take seriously their responsibility to protect the retirement security of workers and retirees. In that regard, this initiative does not reduce their obligation. The economic or social benefits of a proposal will not justify lower returns or inappropriate levels of risk,” Spaulding explained. “We don’t want to limit the field of investment possibilities, and are hopeful that creative minds will look at our policy and submit innovative proposals that meet our criteria.”Last year, the Vermont Pension Investment Committee agreed to invest up to $2 million in Green Asset Partners, contingent upon certain conditions being met. Green Asset Partners proposes to provide an innovative real estate product which leverages conservation dollars and enhances land protection while striving to meet or exceed the annualized average return for private real assets.Proposals must be submitted to the State Treasurer’s Office by June 25, 2008, at 2 p.m. In order to be considered, proposals must, at a minimum:·Target risk-adjusted, market-rate returns equivalent to or higher than other available investments in a similar asset class;·Provide a substantial, direct, and measurable benefit to economic or community development within the State of Vermont; and·Be managed by an experienced and capable manager in an applicable asset class; no direct investments will be considered.Parties interested in receiving more information on the program should go to the State Treasurer’s web site at www.VermontTreasurer.gov(link is external) or call (802) 828-5197.
Moon Taxi is helping to cultivate a new scene in Music City.It’s no secret that Nashville is a lot more country than rock ‘n’ roll. But Moon Taxi is helping to cultivate a new scene in Music City, where the guitars have more reverb than twang. For the past five years, the dynamic quintet has built a loyal grassroots following behind an expansive live show that finds balance between rock’s experimental outskirts and tuneful center.The band formed in 2007 when they were students at Belmont University. Soon after, they started building crowds around the Southeast with a steady touring regimen.“We used Nashville as a good springboard and then cut our chops on the road,” says lead singer and main lyricist Trevor Terndrup.While country hit makers on Music Row may dominate Nashville’s music landscape, Moon Taxi has won over sizable crowds at longstanding clubs like the Exit/In with irresistibly energetic live gigs that blend high-minded jam-band bombast with fist-pumping sing-alongs.“In Nashville it’s not easily handed to you with this type of music,” adds Terndrup, who’s flanked on stage by bandmates Tom Putnam (bass), Spencer Thomson (lead guitar), Tyler Ritter (drums), and Wes Bailey (keys). “It’s not easy in a town that’s dominated by country, but a good rock scene has definitely developed. We carved it out through hard work and years of playing in town.”A few weeks ago, the band released a new album, Cabaret, which is ripe for a national breakout. While the group’s sound lands squarely between the worlds of jam and indie rock, the new effort leans toward the latter. The record was made at Alex the Great Studios in Nashville with help from producer Hank Sullivant, whose resume includes work with the Whigs and MGMT. As a result, the songs on Cabaret are concise and catchy, while drenched in experimental studio effect.The huge soaring chorus of the opening track, “Mercury,” is enhanced with distorted synth walls, while “Radio” sparkles with an infectious garage pop stomp. On the gritty hip-hop flavored “Hideaway,” Thompson added samples of a chant he recorded on his laptop at an anti-war protest in New York City.“It’s the first time we’ve tried to think about a good studio record on the whole,” Terndrup explains. “We wanted to challenge ourselves with this record to make something cohesive and concise. We’re listening to more current popular music, and that found its way into how we wanted to make the record. We wanted to find unique sounds that we’d never experimented with before.”Even with a wash of hipster edge in the sonic mix, lyrically, Terndrup leans more toward the soul of the South. “Whiskey Sunsets” romanticizes adventurous long nights with a buzz in front of anthemic arena rock riffs, while the intoxication in “Southern Trance” comes just as much from being “naked, lit up by moonshine” as it does from “Georgia jasmine blooms.” Terndrup says his songwriting is influenced by the literary work of Tom Robbins, Kurt Vonnegut, and authors “that stretch your imagination and put together wacky metaphors that you wouldn’t think about in a normal state of mind.”With a broad arsenal of appealing sonic characteristics, the band is poised to infiltrate a diverse range of music scenes. The group already has firm footing in the jam band world—sharing the stage with the likes of Gov’t Mule, Umphrey’s McGee, and Perpetual Groove—and they don’t want to alienate that supportive crowd. But with the new album, the band members believe they can reach new audiences, like they did when they opened for Hasidic reggae star Matisyahu, who delivers a rhyme on the track “Square Circles.”“He’s a really great performer that I’ve always looked up to,” Terndrup says. “Even though he’s coming from a very different genre of music, he gets off on the very same thing that we do, which is the live performance and being there in the moment.“With our live shows we have catered to the jam crowd, and there’s an expectation when people come to our shows for over the top guitar solos and a crazy light show. That’s not something we’re going to aim to change in the future.”Moon Taxi’s Mercury is featured in our March 2012 Trail Mix. Listen or download for free here.