USG discusses ways to protect undocumented students, families

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government Senator Kate Oh, along with Senator and Speaker Pro Tempore Paul Samaha, introduced a resolution calling on administration to designate USC a sanctuary campus during Tuesday evening’s USG Senate meeting. The resolution states that “USG calls on the university administration to explicitly label the University of Southern California a sanctuary campus, publicly and unequivocally declaring the University’s support for and protection of undocumented students, staff and their families on campus.” It also calls on the University to make sure that students who have utilized the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will retain aid and support, regardless of whether the program is slashed. The resolution further requests that the university administration not release information about student and staff immigration status and not yield to authorities who attempt deportations or raids.Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has already designated L.A. as a sanctuary city, which does not have a specific legal meaning, but rather signifies that the city will take steps to ensure that undocumented people living within it will not face federal prosecution by that city’s officials simply due to their immigration status. There are, however, other steps that a city, or by extension USC, can take to provide shelter for immigrants.“One thing [the administration] is considering is having legal aid for undocumented students, staff, et cetera,” Senator Sabrina Enriquez said. “That could also mean having an undocumented [students] resource center, or renewing the lease on the university church; it is the only place on campus that has autonomy currently, which means federal agents could not enter the church, as it is a sacred space.”Enriquez also brought up that historically, USC has made a different choice regarding the safety of at-risk groups on campus. During the World War II era, Japanese and Japanese American students and staff on campus were not provided sanctuary by then President Rufus B. Von KleinSmid. Rather, Von KleinSmid supported the internment of these students, and also prevented them from being able to transfer to Midwestern schools by preventing their transcripts from being sent, according to Enriquez.“We heard what happened with the Japanese internment camps, how USC complied with that, and we don’t want to be on the wrong side of history again,” Samaha said. “We have a chance to help lead a wave of schools that will protect their undocumented students and to help lead a national change as well.”Oh also gave an update on her projects, including the implementation of an Asian Pacific Islander and Desi American special interest floor next year in Birnkrant Residential College. She also plans to work with Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention and Services to have a more thorough discussion about consent with students.“Title IX works on prevention and education, but I really did not see that happening,” Oh said. “Especially as an RA; usually RAs take their residents during Welcome Week to have a discussion of consent, but that didn’t happen this year.”USG President Edwin Saucedo gave a report on the projects he is working on. He first brought up the possibility of expanding available resources for first-generation college students, proposing the possibility of a resource center. Saucedo said that many of the current resources available for students who were the first in their families to go to college are specifically aimed at those who either have scholarships or are of certain ethnicities. Saucedo also brought up the ongoing discussion around the possible addition of a fall break, separate from the one during Thanksgiving. The proposed break would take place around the eighth week of school, when there is an increased number of students visiting the counseling center. USG Senator Emily Lee gave a presentation on a few initiatives she has been able to implement, including recycling bins in USC housing, extended dining hours at Parkside Cafe and Grill and a public Senate voting record. She is looking into possibly banning styrofoam use within USG and figuring out a way to help residents in first-year communities who are required to purchase full meal plans but are unable to afford meals during breaks when dining halls are closed.last_img read more

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Joy Sports EPL buildup: Schweinsteiger, Baba, Pedro set for first starts

first_imgGet all the big news for every Premier League match of the weekend – including Newcastle’s trip to Manchester United, and Arsenal’s match against Liverpool.Saturday 22 August 2015Kick-off 14:00 unless otherwise statedMANCHESTER UNITED V NEWCASTLE UNITED (11:45) Louis van Gaal remains without centre-back Phil Jones (mild thrombosis) and defender Marcos Rojo is unlikely to feature as he lacks match sharpness. Van Gaal is considering handing Bastian Schweinsteiger his first start, but fellow midfielder Marouane Fellaini is suspended. Newcastle’s major concern surrounds midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who picked up a thigh strain in the recent defeat to Swansea City.CRYSTAL PALACE V ASTON VILLA Recent signing Bakary Sako could be available to make his debut this weekend, although his level of match fitness is a concern. For Aston Villa, Tim Sherwood has an almost full squad to choose from – with Jack Grealish and Carles Gil both available for selection. New signing Adama Traore featured for the reserve squad in midweek, but is unlikely to be considered ready to make his first-team bow at Selhurst Park. Jordan Ayew is expected to start.LEICESTER V SPURS New Leicester City signing Gokhan Inler could make his debut for the club, after signing a three-year deal on Wednesday. Mauricio Pochettino will also be debating whether to give a new signing his Premier League debut, with £10 million winger Clinton Njie available. Jeff Schlupp (below) is expected to start for the Foxes.NORWICH V STOKE The Canaries are likely to stick with the same starting line-up that achieved a 3-1 victory at Sunderland last weekend, as they look to take their first home points of the new campaign. New Stoke City signing Xherdan Shaqiri could make his debut for the club, after being deemed not quite ready to play a part in the last match against Spurs.SUNDERLAND V SWANSEASunderland would seem likely to ring the changes after their rancid start to the season, with John O’Shea and summer signing Adam Matthews among those who could be named in the team. Ki Sung-yueng remains a doubt for Swansea’s Premier League visit to Sunderland. Dede Ayew is destined to be a starter.WEST HAM V BOURNEMOUTHWest Ham have key players absent, with goalkeeper Adrian beginning a three-match suspension following his sending-off against Leicester. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is expected to retain the same team which has lost the opening two games, although Shaun MacDonald is an extra body available after overcoming a toe injury. Sunday 23 August 2015WEST BROM V CHELSEA (12:30) Saido Berahino is set to face Chelsea despite the on-going speculation over his West Brom future. The Baggies turned down a bid from Tottenham for the striker this week but boss Tony Pulis is confident he is in the right frame of mind. Pedro and Baba Rahman could make their Chelsea debuts after signing for the Premier League champions this week. EVERTON V MAN CITY (15:00) Everton manager Roberto Martinez has insisted he has qualms about starting John Stones in this match, despite reports that the defender has handed in a transfer request in a bid to push through his move to Chelsea. New signing Nicolas Otamendi should be available for Manchester City, although Manuel Pellegrini could well continue with Eliaquim Mangala alongside Vincent Kompany after the Frenchman’s impressive start to the campaign.WATFORD V SOUTHAMPTON (15:00) New signing Alessandro Diamanti could make his Watford debut at home to Southampton if he receives international clearance on time. Southampton have no fresh injury concern. Ronald Koeman’s side faced a tough Europa League play-off tie against FC Midtjylland on Thursday night but the Dutchman confirmed everyone who was involved is in contention at Vicarage Road.Monday 24 August 2015ARSENAL V LIVERPOOL (19:00) Arsenal have no fresh injury worries. Midfielder Jack Wilshere continues his recovery from a hairline fracture to his left fibula, but is not expected back until after the international break. Striker Danny Welbeck (knee) is also sidelined while midfielder Tomas Rosicky remains a longer-term absentee after knee surgery. Liverpool will assess the fitness of captain Jordan Henderson before kick-off. The midfielder was withdrawn early in the second half of last Monday’s defeat of Bournemouth with manager Brendan Rodgers later revealing he had been taking pain-killers for a foot injury sustained in training.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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Orpheus, Nuclear Affair for Guineas trials

first_imgThe three-year-old campaign leading up to the 1000 and 2000 Guineas on April 9 continues at Caymanas Park today with the respective Guineas trials – the Thornbird Stakes for native-bred fillies and the Prince Consort Stakes for colts and geldings, both over 1400 metres.Ten fillies have been declared for the $1.1 million Thornbird Stakes, including top contenders NUCLEAR AFFAIR and SORRENTINO’S STAR, to be ridden by in-form three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson and leading all-time jockey Winston Griffiths, respectively.When both fillies last met in the $4.25 million supreme Ventures Jamaica two-year-old Stakes over a mile last Boxing Day, the Gary Subratie-trained NUCLEAR AFFAIR just failed to stave off the winner, FUTURE KING, while then favourite, SORRENTINO’S STAR finished four lengths fifth at level weights.Today, NUCLEAR AFFAIR is in receipt of 4.0kg from topweight SORRENTINO’S STAR. Following her decisive win over the promising colt ORPHEUS on her January 30 seasonal debut over 1500 metres, NUCLEAR AFFAIR, now running with a mere 53.0kg, looks hard to oppose under these favourable conditions.Trainer Subratie is looking forward to even bigger things from NUCLEAR AFFAIR, with the 1000 Guineas just around the corner.”I have very high hopes for her this season. She has definitely trained on from two to three with that good win over the progressive colt Orpheus over 1500 metres some weeks ago, clocking a good time, and is definitely a class act,” said the second-generation trainer.”She apparently has everything in her favour and should use this as a dress rehearsal for the Guineas,” added Subratie.The chestnut filly by Nuclear Wayne out of Commandra Affair should win easily from SORRENTINO’S STAR and GIRLY GIRLY LINKS.Meanwhile, 12 colts will face-off in the $1.1 million Prince Consort Stakes and, to my mind, it should come down to a straight fight between Nelson’s mount JAMAI RAJA and ORPHEUS, both impressive winners this season.GOD GOINGPreference is for ORPHEUS, who has pleased in all three races this season. After winning over this trip on January 1 and following up with a close second to NUCLEAR AFFAIR, over 1500 metres on January 30, ORPHEUS gained nods of approval after his impressive win over CHACE THE GREAT in the recent Sir Howard Stakes over 1200 metres, the chestnut colt, by Adore The Gold out of La Reina, covering the distance in the good time of 1;13.3.With in-form trainer Anthony ‘Baba’ Nunes having him in good nick and the additional furlong right up his street, ORPHEUS, with champion jockey Shane Ellis again in the saddle, looks the right choice.Other firm fancies on the card are MR. TOPPER TOP MAN in the second race for maidens; IAN LINKS to go one better in the fourth; UNCLE G in the sixth; FUTURE KING over stable-companion HOVER CRAFT and COMMANDING CHIEF in the seventh race over 1500m for overnight allowance horses; and JESSE’S FAVORITE in the closing race.last_img read more

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Delinquent contractors risk being blacklisted

first_img…PAC Chairman urges swift actionContractors across the country who have developed a track record of substandard and unfinished work are at high risk of being blacklisted by the Public Procurement Commission (PPC).This is according to Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Irfaan Ali, who called on the recently appointed commissioners to act swiftly in taking disciplinary action against those errant contracting firms.The matter of sums of money being overpaid to delinquent contractors was discussed extensively during an extraordinary meeting that was convened between the PAC and regional officials, on Monday at the Parliament Buildings, to address several irregularities which were cited in the Auditor General’s 2015 Report.OverpaymentPAC Member Charandass Persaud urged regional officials to take measures to recoup sums of money which had been overpaid to contractors who were delinquent in executing their duties.“We have to get back the money. We need to go after them, rather than having the money sitting there – monies that were already paid; and these people are laughing at us, because we can’t get it back because we waited too long to go after them,” the Member of Parliament (MP) stated.Guyana Times understands that, in most instances, sums of money were overpaid to contractors in mobilization fees – which is a fraction of the contractual cost that is paid to the contractor to get his/her equipment to the site where the project is to be implemented. In some cases, sums of money over the standard or required amount are paid to the contractor, and the works are still not completed.BlacklistedThe PAC Chairman, who is also an Opposition Parliamentarian, supported the call, noting that wayward contractors would not be tolerated.“We have advance payments that are not being recovered, and advance payments in some cases are in excess of what is allowed in the standard bidding document,” Ali lamented.In a subsequent interview with this newspaper, the Chairman explained that the PPC would have to examine and implement its measures for blacklisting, so that contractors who are consistently delinquent could face the requisite level of debarment.“I am urging for the speedy procedure (to be implemented) in relation to blacklisting errant contractors,” he posited.BiddersAnother irregularity that came up for discussion on Monday was the instances wherein contracts were not given to the lowest evaluated bidder. Ali observed that the contracts would often go to the second highest or highest bidder without any explanation given in the minutes. He noted that this is a matter which the Regional Tender Boards would have to address.Auditor General Deodat Sharma, who was also present during that meeting, emphasised that if a contract has not been awarded to the lowest evaluated bidder, then such a decision must be reasonably justified.last_img read more

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Washington Post hails Sliabh Liag cliffs as Ireland’s ‘best-kept secret’

first_imgOne of Donegal’s most impressive tourist destinations has been hailed as a smart alternative to the crowded Cliffs of Moher.The Washington Post, one of America’s largest newspapers, published a recent travel feature on Ireland’s cliffs to give Sliabh Liag a top mention. (Read the article here)In the article, tour guide Siobhan Byrne Learat recommended a trip to South Donegal over Clare’s Cliffs of Moher. Standing at nearly 600m high, Sliabh Liag has the highest accessible sea-cliffs in Europe.Learat describes the scenic site as “rugged and breathtaking” with “unspoiled beauty”.The panoramic views, wildlife, no entry fees and lack of crowds were listed as plus points for visitors.Learat told the paper that the Cliffs of Moher are “far too busy”, while “Slieve League is for the traveler in on what the Irish consider to be their best-kept secret.” Sliabh Liag in South Donegal attracted 175,000 visitors in 2018. A €5m development project was launched earlier this year to add a visitors centre and transportation hub at the cliffs along with, car parks, a ranger station, and enhanced roads access. As part of the project, a new 2.5 kilometre stretch of upland path was designed and completed for visitors and to protect the environment.Read the full Washington Post article online here: Skip these much-visited Irish cliffs for taller, less-touristed cragsFeatured image: Martin Fleming for Failte Ireland Washington Post hails Sliabh Liag cliffs as Ireland’s ‘best-kept secret’ was last modified: August 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:sliabh liagtourismwashington postlast_img read more

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Geocaching.com Presents: Space Coast Geocaching Store

first_img[Click CC for Subtitles][vsw id=”n5dkVyZZAPw” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]Click to watch a rare geocaching adventure. It’s part club house, part dream destination for avid geocachers. Space Coast Geocaching Store is the only full-time walk-in geocaching store in the United States. The Space Coast Geocaching Store is the hub of activity in eastern Florida. Caching supplies, from Geocoins to cache containers, stretch wall to wall. Plus the store offers one of the largest active geocaches you’ll find in plain sight.Cache Containers at Space Coast Geocaching StoreDale n Barb own Space Coast Geocaching Store. The Florida geocachers also hosts events and have been nominated as Featured Geocachers of the Month on the official Geocaching.com Blog.They have worked with parks and the geocaching community, including numerous CITO events.  They are the owners of “A Cool Cache” (GC15RQB)Subscribe to the Official Geocaching.com YouTube channel for the latest tips and tricks in geocaching. Watch the more than 50 videos produced by Geocaching.com on our video page. Share with your Friends:More SharePrint Related”Sputnik 2010: A Geocache Odyssey” GC2JPJJ GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK December 20, 2010December 20, 2010In “Community”Groundspeak Weekly Newsletter – July 7, 2011July 27, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”December Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentJanuary 7, 2015In “Community”last_img read more

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Homeowners’ Insurance, Part 1: The Basics and Special Considerations for Service Members

first_imgBy Carol ChurchYour home is your pride and joy, your place to unwind and relax, and where your memories are made. It’s also likely to be the single biggest investment you have. Although we don’t like to think about it, accidents and disasters like fire, hurricanes, and break-ins can and do happen. When they do, homeowners’ insurance can be there for us.While homeowners’ insurance actually isn’t legally required, you can’t get a loan from the bank without it. So except for those who own their homes free and clear, we’re going to need to carry it. Even for those homeowners who no longer have a mortgage, however, it’s highly inadvisable to go without this coverage. Though most of us won’t use ours in any given year, any of us can also need it at any moment!MonkeyBusiness Images/PhotospinThe BasicsHomeowners’ insurance is intended to protect a family from financial losses in four areas:Damage to or loss of the house itselfIf a covered disaster or problem damages the house itself (note: not every source of damage is covered), then the insurance company will pay to repair it.Damage to or loss of the things we ownIf our belongings are stolen, destroyed, or damaged as a result of covered events, the policy will pay for them (though it might not pay their full replacement cost, depending).Injuries (and associated health costs) to people visiting the houseIf someone is accidentally hurt while at our home, this coverage will pay medical bills.Our living costs, should we need to live somewhere else while our home is being repairedSometimes damage to a home is so severe that it cannot be lived in during its repair. In such cases, this part of the coverage pays for expenses while the homeowner (and family) stay elsewhere.Coverage TypesWhen insuring a home, we need to decide on the extent of coverage to provide. There are three options:Actual Cash ValueThis is the least expensive coverage. It takes into account the age and condition of the property. For instance, if a laptop is 3 years old, the owner would be reimbursed for the value of a 3-year-old laptop, not the cost of a brand-new laptop.Replacement CostThis coverage will pay for the replacement cost of the owner’s home and/or belongings. (It should cover only the cost of the actual home, not the land it’s on.) It assumes that the cost to replace is the current value of the home.Guaranteed Replacement CostThis is the most generous (and expensive) type of coverage. It will cover 100% of the true cost of replacing or rebuilding, regardless of inflation or increased building costs. (These can occur if there has been a large-scale natural disaster in the area.)In most policies, a home’s structure is covered at replacement cost and its contents are covered at actual cash value. Choosing actual cash value coverage saves on premiums; however, in the event of a claim, payouts will be lower.Special Considerations for Service MembersThough many aspects of homeowners’’ insurance apply universally, there are a few special considerations for members of the military.Vacancy ClausesAn important homeowners’ insurance consideration for some service members (though it may be less relevant to those with families) is whether or not they will be leaving their homes vacant for an extended period due to deployment or a PCS. Many insurance companies employ a “vacancy clause” that states that they won’t pay out for coverage (or won’t pay as much) when a home is left empty for more than a specified period (often this is 60 days). However, some companies may also offer an endorsement to provide coverage in this instance, especially in the case of service members. Service members should look into this when selecting coverage.Acts of WarAlthough insurance policies typically cover losses to personal property that occur when you take your belongings with you while traveling (for instance, if all your luggage were to be stolen while on vacation), this coverage generally does not include damage or destruction to property caused by acts of war. Since the military typically doesn’t cover these losses either, this is something to keep in mind when deciding what to take on deployment.While DeployedIt’s not always easy to take care of financial obligations while deployed, and this can include homeowners’ insurance. Before departure, service members should ensure that premiums are prepaid (or that there will not be a shortfall in their escrow accounts). It may be wise to renew or reassess policies ahead of schedule.Deals and DiscountsMany insurance providers have special discounts for members of the military. It always pays to ask (and to ask more than once, if the first answer is no). In addition, various companies cater especially to service members, such as USAA and AFI.In part 2, we’ll discuss ways to save on homeowners’ insurance.last_img read more

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Mike lawyer quits gets one month for new legal team

first_img Recommended for you #MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 30, 2017 – Michael Misick will get a one month extension to reconstruct his legal team after his lead lawyer, Ralphe Thorne, QC quit all of a sudden.The TCI Sun Newspaper broke the story today about Thorne resigning as lead attorney for the former Premier who is engrossed in a corruption allegation trial and who today showed up with a stand in attorney Arian Kayne of the UK –– and his local instructing attorney, Jahmal Misick from Misick and Stanbrook and who asked for two months to rearrange his defense team.Thorne, according to the article authored by TCI Sun Editor in Chief, Hayden Boyce was asked to show up in court today to explain his actions at such a critical juncture in an already laborious trial proceeding.  The Barbadian attorney was not there.   Justice Paul Harrison said he was quite surprised by the move.Both Thorne and Jerome Lynch, QC the legal lead for McAllister Hanchell had been missing since after the Christmas break due to other trial commitments said the story; they had expressed this would be the case in advance.   But this latest development where Thorne has now quit the job of representing, the ex premier is a new matter and Mike Misick, when asked of the situation by Magnetic Media said he has no comment on why the two have parted ways.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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