Lincoln bars Lucy Pinder

first_imgGlamour model Lucy Pinder was banned from serving drinks at Lincoln College last term after a student won a Daily Star competition that featured her as its prize. Pinder, the page three girl famous for not allowing full-frontal pictures of her 32G breasts, was supposed to visit the winner’s local pub and pour drinks with £500 behind the bar.Second year lawyer Ian Brownhill received a call from the newspaper on 1 March congratulating him on being a possible winner. Since his “local pub” was the Lincoln College bar, he needed approval from the bar manager and college administrators for Pinder to visit. Although bar manager Simon Faulkner agreed, college authorities opposed Pinder’s visit.Brownhill said, “I was obviously completely shocked to have won the contest, and only ever entered for a laugh. At no point did I imagine that the College would end up in a national newspaper.”When authorities refused to allow the event on the grounds that Pinder was not a JCR member, JCR President Alasdair Henderson proposed a motion to have her made an honorary member.In a letter to Pinder inviting her to become an honorary JCR member, Henderson said the model held a “high-profile position in the hearts of Lincoln students, women as well as men”.The College still opposed the event, saying that press attention of this nature would be damaging for both the College and the University. The college authorities refused to comment on the case.Dissatisfied with Lincoln’s refusal to host the event, the Daily Star questioned the Lincoln authorities, the JCR president, OUSU and the University Press Office to find out why Pinder was banned.After receiving no response from the College, two reporters arrived uninvited taking photographs and interviewing undergraduates. Their visit resulted in a two page spread in the 8 March issue of the Daily Star. One student was quoted in the story saying the JCR was “gutted”. The article then called the College “prudish” and said it was full of “dusty professors”. Pinder, the newspaper argued, was “too hot for the College to handle”.They believed that Lincoln saw the competition as sexist and hoped to convince them to accept Pinder. “The dons have not just made fools of themselves and insulted Lucy. They’ve also let down their students. Lucy would have injected some fun and excitement into their lives,” the story said.Lucy Pinder’s mother, Jenny, said, “We did feel that possibly the more, shall we say, old fashioned element, think that Lucy’s career choice makes her an unsuitable visitor to the hallowed halls.” She added that “Lucy was amused and philosophical” about the events and that the model would like to send her thanks to Brownhill for entering the competition.Henderson said that he thought Lincoln right in its decision not to allow the competition to go ahead. He said that the College “didn’t appreciate being put on the spot and having to cover for a misunderstanding over allegations of sexism”.Henderson added that, although it was “a bit of a hassle, the whole thing was very funny indeed”.When asked what he thought of the incident, Brownhill said, “Obviously I got the lads’ hopes up, but sadly it wasn’t meant to be.”ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2005last_img read more

We Can Do Better’: Teachers Ask Lawmakers To Pay Attention To Public Education

first_imgShare This Post FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare We Can Do Better’: Teachers Ask Lawmakers To Pay Attention To Public EducationApril 16, 2019  By Emily KettererTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — In a sea of people dressed in red chanting “Red for Ed,” Indiana teachers and the state’s top educator sent a message to lawmakers to respect public education.Jennifer McCormick, the state superintendent of public instruction, was greeted by cheers and a standing ovation from the educators at the Statehouse rally Tuesday.“That’s usually not the reception I get in this house,” she joked.McCormick addressed the hot-button issue of teacher pay, saying lawmakers are making a “false promise” to increase pay. She also talked about recent legislation to allow teachers to be shot with pellet guns during active shooter training and to allow guns in schools. She followed each issue with saying the phrase, “We can do better.”“To come back and say, ‘You can continue to be active in your active shooter training but allow for teachers to be shot with pellet guns,’” McCormick said. “We have got to beThe speakers at the rally spoke down more funding going toward charter school vouchers and virtual schools. When Joel Hand, lobbyist for the Indiana Coalition for Public Education spoke about vouchers that let parents use public dollars for private school tuition, his words were followed by “boos” from the crowd.“We need to support funding for public schools and funding for all children,” Hand said.Lawmakers from both parties were invited to attend the event, Hand said. Most of the Democrats from the House and Senate showed up to speak to the crowd; Sen. Ron Alting of Lafayette was the only Republican who spoke.Alting talked about his public school education, and said public schools deserve more effort and funding from the legislature.Tom Gayda, a teacher at North Central High School, said he doesn’t know why all parties can’t agree on the importance of public education.“Republicans seem to be more excited about these, you know, charter schools and anything that’s not a traditional public school,” Gayda said. “And I think they’re losing sight of the vast majority of students in the state who go to public school.”As the session is nearing the end, this rally may be one of the last efforts teachers have to send a message to lawmakers to increase K-12 funding. But McCormick said this rally wasn’t just about this year, but about the future of public education––specifically noting she is going to be the last elected superintendent of public instruction after 2020, as the legislature has voted to make the position appointed after her term concludes.“This isn’t about here and now. This is about five years down the road. Are we still going to be the state that’s number 50 on teacher pay increases?” McCormick said. “There is a lot on the line now with 2020 … Are we going to start asking (candidates) the questions about ‘Where are you philosophically on K-12’ and ‘Are you willing to dedicate resources?’”In other states including West Virginia, Kentucky and Arizona, teachers hosted walkouts in protest of education policies and funding. Gayda said with the extra funding for nonpublic schools, shooting teachers with pellets and also removing the state’s top election education position, Indiana teachers may walk out too.“All these things they are doing is like an attack on what we do,” Gayda said. “It is getting real close to the point where you’re going to see Indiana teachers do some of the things that teachers in other states have done.”Emily Ketterer is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & Emaillast_img read more

Harvard University: Year in Pictures 2009-2010

first_imgIn her Commencement remarks, President Drew Faust celebrated the year’s achievements, which included expanded public service, blossoming arts programs, broadened community outreach, and myriad academic accomplishments. Here, she discusses the year that was, with, as backdrop, a photo diary of life at Harvard, which bookends students arriving with pillows and graduating with hugs.last_img

Colorado regulators okay Xcel coal plant closure plan

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Denver Post:A plan by Xcel Energy Colorado to boost the share of power it gets from wind and solar and retire a third of its coal generation was green-lighted Monday by state regulators.The Colorado Public Utilities Commission voted 2-1 in support of what Xcel calls the Colorado Energy Plan, which the company says will cut carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 60 percent, increase renewable energy sources to 55 percent of its mix by 2026 and save customers about $213 million.As part of the plan, Xcel, Colorado’s largest electric utility, will phase out its Comanche 1 and 2 coal-fired plants in Pueblo about a decade earlier than the original target date of 2035. Xcel says the plan will invest $2.5 billion in eight counties and save customers about $213 million, thanks to the declining costs of renewable energy.The commission is expected to issue a written decision approving the plan in the first week of September.Xcel’s plan, filed in June, will significantly boost power from renewable energy sources and phase out 660 megawatts of coal power by retiring the two coal-fired units in Pueblo. The utility will add about 1,100 megawatts of wind, 700 megawatts of solar, 275 megawatts of battery storage and 380 megawatts from existing natural gas sources.More: Colorado regulators green-light Xcel’s plan boosting renewables, cutting coal Colorado regulators okay Xcel coal plant closure planlast_img read more

Cherry Grove EMS Offers New Lifeline in Far-flung Area of Fire Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When a Manhattan man recently suffered a heart attack days after his 63rd birthday on Fire Island, it was the first time a new EMS service in Cherry Grove saved a life.That’s according to civic leaders who raised about $90,000 from donors to hire locally based paramedics, which have responded to more than 30 calls since May as of mid-August and will remain staffed through the end of September, when bustling crowds thin out at the beach. A heart attack patient who died while waiting for help last year galvanized the community, which had concerns about response times for medical emergencies in an area mostly accessible by boat. Now, locals hope to turn the pilot program into a taxpayer-supported service—a proposal that has been a tough sell in similarly situated neighboring FI communities.“We’re counting that as our first save of the summer,” Ken Osman, chairman of committee behind the service, said of the July 16 cardiac arrest case. He said medical professionals at the scene told him: “This man would have died had it not been for…the paramedic.”Of the 17 communities on FI, Cherry Grove is one of four on the east end in which Suffolk County police are the primary EMS providers, because the three fire departments that protect the eastern area lack EMS service. Ambulances are only found on the west end of FI, where half of the island’s other six fire departments have their own EMS service. But, because the Marine Bureau officers that patrol the entire barrier beach have such tough terrain to cover, response times for medical help in Cherry Grove can run longer than on mainland Long Island.The move is a long time coming for Cherry Grove. Aside from being one of FI’s two LGBT resorts besides neighboring Fire Island Pines, it is also said to be the island’s oldest residential community—a superlative shared by Point O’ Woods.Before the Grove, as locals call it, launched the 24/7 summer EMS service, those who called 911 seeking medical help would often be met by the community’s volunteer firefighters, who can transport patients but are not trained in advanced life support. Patients would have to wait for EMS-trained police officers to arrive for help saving lives. North Shore LIJ also launched the second of two immediate care clinics on FI—the other is in Ocean Beach—this summer, but nurse practitioners there are equipped to only treat minor injuries, rashes and other basic ailments, not more life-threatening cases, such as heart attacks.“They’re enhancing their EMS services,” said Dr. Scott Coyne, medical director and chief surgeon for Suffolk County police, who brokered the deal allowing Cherry Grove to hire paramedics from the Sayville Community Ambulance Company. “It is extremely similar to fire and rescue district hiring a paid first responder to sit in the firehouse and respond to calls within seconds.”Since there are no ambulances in Cherry Grove, Fire Island Pines or nearby Water Island and Davis Park, the only way off the island for patients needing emergency medical care on that side of the island is by police boat or helicopter.Deputy Inspector Edward Vitale, commander of the Marine Bureau, said that his unit’s officers had an unofficial average response time of nine minutes for July in Cherry Grove when responding to reports of sick or injured people. That’s not including so-call “patrol pickups,” when officers are flagged down before a 911 call is made. Either way, it’s still less than 11-minute police response times for calls seeking medical help in July to Fire Island Pines, or 14 minutes to Davis Park.But, because every second counts in responding to medical emergencies, Cherry Grove sought to supplant police when officers are not immediately available, so a local paramedic can respond even more quickly—just in case of a life-or-death situation.Osman, the Cherry Grove EMS organizer, said the community’s new paramedics had an average response time of four minutes for the summer. He added that the community’s paramedics were also on the scene of a June house fire evaluating firefighters every 20 minutes to ensure they’re up to the task. That’s standard procedure nationwide, but the first time it was possible in the Grove.The plan to convert the donation-driven pilot program to a taxpayer-funded system may require legislation similar to a New York State bill five years ago that would have created a special medical district in Fire Island Pines. Either way, Cherry Grove property owners will have to vote on whether they want the tax. A similar ballot in Fire Island Pines fell four points shy of the 50-percent needed to pass following a study and lobbying effort.“Since that time nothing further has been invested in this issue,” said Dr. Ed Schulhafer, vice president of the Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association and a proponent of bringing EMS to that community. “Recently some very serious medical situations have occurred in Fire Island Pines that would have benefited from the presence of an EMT response. It remains to be seen what the community wants to do.”Diane Romano, president of the Cherry Grove Community Association, said she and her staff are still researching whether their community will need legislation to enact a taxpayer-funded EMS.“The question is: How do we move forward with it?” Romano asked rhetorically. “We’re trying to see how. It is a significant issue.”Davis Park Fire Department Chief Matthew Jones and a representative of the Davis Park Medical Association, which handles non-emergency patients in the community, said there are no plans to launch an EMS service in FI’s easternmost community. Representatives of the Davis Park Association, which represents homeowners there, did not respond to requests for comment.Coyne, the police medical director, noted that he would help Fire Island Pines and Davis Park set up similar programs if asked, but so far no such requests have been made.Osman, the Cherry Grove EMS organizer, posed this question to opponents of raising local taxes to fund such new emergency medical services: “How much is your life worth?”last_img read more

NCUA to livestream open board meetings

first_imgby: Nicholas BallasyA live video stream of the NCUA’s open board meetings will be available starting with the agency’s Feb. 19 meeting.“This is a significant step forward in terms of agency transparency, and I want to thank Vice Chairman Metsger for initiating this idea,” NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz said. “Anyone interested in seeing and hearing NCUA Board meetings live will now be able to log in, follow the open Board discussions and get an immediate sense of how regulations and other policy decisions are made.”Matz said public education is part of the NCUA’s mission and the credit union system’s philosophy. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Bandung movie theaters resume operation

first_img“We are going to monitor their operations and how they run the health protocols,” he added. CGV Cinemas public relations manager Hariman Chalid confirmed the news to The Jakarta Post on Friday, saying that the cinema chains had resumed operation in six shopping malls in Bandung, namely Paris van Java, Miko Mall, BEC, Paskal Shopping Center, Metro Indah Mall and Kings Shopping Center. Read also: Jakarta postpones reopening of movie theaters indefinitelyCGV Cinemas are currently showing zombie film Train to Busan 2: Peninsula. The movie theater opens at 12 p.m. and closes when the shopping center does. To curb the spread of COVID-19, CGV Cinemas are following recommended health and safety protocols.All visitors and staff are required to wear face masks while visiting the cinemas. The cinema chain will allow its occupancy to be no more than 50 percent of its typical capacity and has installed hand sanitizer stations for visitors. CGV Cinemas recommend visitors book seats online and use cashless payment methods to purchase movie tickets. Indonesia’s largest cinema chain, Cinema XXI, has yet to resume operations in Bandung. “Before resuming operations, Cinema XXI continues to carry out maintenance and cleaning activities,” said the company’s head of corporate communications and brand management, Dewinta Hutagaol, in a statement. Cinema chains Cinema XXI and CGV have suspended operations across the country since April to help contain the coronavirus outbreak. In Jakarta, the city administration and cinema owners considered reopening movie theaters on July 29. But as the pandemic showed no signs of slowing down, the reopening was postponed indefinitely.Indonesian Cinema Association (GPBSI) head Djonny Syafruddin said in July that Cinema XXI, CGV Cinemas and Cinepolis – cinema chains affiliated with the association – would comply with the government’s decision. (jes)  South Korean cinema chain CGV is the only movie theater company that has resumed operations. Edward said that other cinema owners had found it difficult to find movies during pandemic. Therefore, despite the new regulation, they did not have any films to screen. Edward also reminded cinema owners to comply with the “3M” health protocols: mask wearing, hand washing and social distancing. Some movie theaters in Bandung, West Java, have reopened for business as of Friday. Edward Parlindungan, head of the Bandung Tourism Agency, said that the reopening was based on Mayoral Regulation No. 46/2020 on COVID-19 handling protocols. “Based on Mayoral Regulation No. 46/2020, movie theaters are now allowed to operate, starting today. The circular regarding that matter has been released and [cinema owners] have received it,” said Edward on Friday, as reported by kompas.com. Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics : #mothermessage #keepyourdistance #socialdistance #usesoap #washyourhand #wearmask #avoidcrowdlast_img read more

Garry Monk defends Swansea form ahead of Southampton trip

first_img “The way I am getting asked things is as if we are reaching for the panic button or something,” Monk said at his pre-match press conference. “We have only lost one game in the Premier League, let’s not forget that. “You can include pre-season as well if you like, and that’s another five games without defeat. “So in terms of confidence and focus you can see it’s there. “I think these questions (about Swansea’s form) stem from the Watford performance, which we were disappointed with and didn’t see coming. “But the nature of this sport is that you get setbacks. What is important is you react to them well and we did that against Everton to get a good point.” Monk insists Swansea are “moving along nicely” but if they do need a pick-me-up this weekend they are returning to a place where they have recent happy memories. Swansea had been weakened by injuries and the sale of star striker Wilfried Bony when they travelled to Southampton in January. But Jonjo Shelvey’s stunning late strike gave them an unlikely victory against opponents who were in the top four of the Premier League at the time. “Last season we went down there and it was at a vital point of the season for us,” said Monk, who spent nearly eight years of his playing career at Southampton. “We had a lot of changes and they were flying at the time but we had a great result. “It was one of those vital games of the season when we needed a performance and a result and we got it, and we’ll go down there with the same attitude and determination for that to happen again. “We could have had more points but I think we’re moving along nicely and doing fine. “Of course, we can play better but we’re playing in a way where we’re solid and looking to do the right things. “The commitment from the players is always there and we’ve moved on from the Watford game.” Swansea have gone nearly 300 minutes without scoring since Bafetimbi Gomis’ winner against Manchester United at the end of August, drawing successive Premier League blanks against Watford and Everton before suffering a shock Capital One Cup defeat to Championship club Hull in midweek. But Monk insists his side, seventh in the Premier League table, have been playing well ahead of Saturday’s trip to his former club Southampton. Press Association Manager Garry Monk admits he is bemused by some of the negativity surrounding Swansea’s form.last_img read more

Pirates’ 4-1 loss to Reds gives title to Cards

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates catcher Chris Stewart is hit in the wrist by a bat dropped by Cincinnati Reds’ Johnny Cueto as Cueto followed through ona swing in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Cincinnati. Stewart was taken out of the game. Cueto drove in the go-ahead run on the swing. Cincinnati won 4-1. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)CINCINNATI (AP) – The Pirates couldn’t stop Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto, who drove in the go-ahead run and got his 20th victory on Sunday, a 4-1 win that gave the NL Central title to the St. Louis Cardinals and forced Pittsburgh to settle for a wild card.Pittsburgh needed to beat the Reds and have the Cardinals lose later in the day at Arizona to pull even for first place and set up a one-game tiebreaker Monday. Instead, Cueto (20-9) settled the division race with eight impressive innings.The Pirates will head home to play the Giants at PNC Park on Wednesday, with the winner facing the Nationals. Pittsburgh also hosted the wild card game last year and beat the Reds before losing to the Cardinals.Manager Clint Hurdle indicated that Edinson Volquez likely will start the playoff game.Jason Bourgeois opened the eighth with a triple off Tony Wilson (10-2). One out later, Cueto came to bat, worked the count full and singled through a drawn-in infield for a 2-1 lead, pumping his fist as he reached first base.Kristopher Negron added a two-run homer off Justin Wilson.Cueto gave up six hits in eight innings, including Neil Walker’s homer, as he became the first Reds pitcher to win 20 games since Danny Jackson in 1988. He’s the first Reds right-hander to win 20 since 1965, when Sammy Ellis and Jim Maloney did it.Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 36th save in 38 chances.The Pirates went all-out to try to win the game, starting Gerrit Cole – their best September pitcher – instead of saving him for the playoffs. Cole did his part, giving up one run and six hits in seven innings and matching his career high with 12 strikeouts.After talking with team leaders, Hurdle decided to stay with his starting pitching alignment for the playoffs. That meant stick with Cole, who had won his last four starts.The right-hander had a tough first inning, giving up back-to-back singles by Negron and Brandon Phillips. Todd Frazier’s groundout made it 1-0.Cole went on a streak of retiring 19 of 20 batters, extending his run of impressive September pitching. Cole is 8-1 in 11 career starts during the month.The Reds played themselves out of contention by going 25-42 after the All-Star break, matching the club record for second-half futility. The 1933 team also had 25 wins after the All-Star game, the fewest in a non-strike season.Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison went 0 for 4, ending his career-high 15-game hitting streak and hurting his chances for the NL batting title. He started the day at .318, a point behind Justin Morneau, but slipped to .315.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: Catcher Jeff Russell missed a second consecutive game with a sore left hamstring. Backup catcher Chris Stewart left after Cueto’s bat hit his glove hand as he followed through on his single in the eighth.Reds: Center fielder Billy Hamilton sat out a fourth straight game with concussion symptoms. He set a club rookie record with 56 stolen bases.ON DECKPirates: Pittsburgh is 51-30 at PNC Park, tied with the Cardinals for best home record in the NL.___Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apjoekaylast_img read more

Watch: Unreal giant Lion hologram used in inauguration of the Estudiantes de la Plata…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Twitter(@EdelpOficial)Advertisement k8pNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsdbgWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8ro( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7yj9oofWould you ever consider trying this?😱jz95Can your students do this? 🌚7pxRoller skating! Powered by Firework Not many football fans are familiar with Estudiantes de La Plata. Its a football club based in La Plata, Argentina and competes in the Argentine Primera División. Well, they are about to become famous for the most bizarre way of reopening their home ground- the Estadio Jorge Luis Hirschi, with a hologram of a giant Lion!Advertisement Image Courtesy: Twitter(@EdelpOficial)The stadium, closed down in September 2005, was under a 14 year long renovation process. What’s a better way to give the fans a legendary reopening of the ground than to hologram a huge red Lion marching across the stadium? Check out in the clip below, courtesy of the club’s official Twitter handle.Advertisement The wild beast, a symbolic icon of the club that has got the nickname ‘El León’ (The Lion), was the perfect treat for the supporters who gathered in thousands to fill up the seats. The Lion was seen jumping on the roof with a growl, and marching across the stadium before jumping onto the ground.Former Argentina superstars Juan Sebastián Verón and Gabriel Milito are currently the Chairman and Manager of the club, respectively. Established in 1905, the club has won 6 Primera División titles and one Intercontinental Cup in 1968. They are currently 7th in the domestic league. Advertisementlast_img read more