AG Hill: Governor does not have authority to make it a crime to not…

first_img WhatsApp Twitter (Photo supplied/Curtis Hill for Indiana) Does the governor have the authority to make it a crime to not wear a mask during this pandemic? Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill says “no.”On Wednesday Governor Eric Holcomb announced he was be rolling out a statewide mandate requiring you to wear a facemask in public. It makes it a Class B misdemeanor to be out in public without a mask on.“Our order will require masks or face coverings for anyone 8-years or older while you are in public, indoor places,” Holcomb said in his announcement. “While not wearing a mask is a Class B misdemeanor please now that the ‘mask police’ will not be patrolling public streets.”In an advisory opinion, Hill says the governor lacks the authority to make it a crime to not wear a mask. He said instead of an executive order of the mandate, Holcomb should have called a special session of the state legislature in order to pass a law.“The wisdom of wearing masks — or of laws requiring such measures — is not the issue here,” Hill said. “Rather, the issue is whether we are following the proper and constitutional processes for enacting laws and whether we are respecting the distinct roles of each branch of state government.”But, some legal experts argue the state is still under an emergency declaration because of the pandemic, so that give Holcomb the authority to enact the mandate. State law says a state of emergency in Indiana can only last as long as 30-days unless it is renewed by the governor.Holcomb has renewed an emergency declaration every month for the last four months since the pandemic started. The current renewal expires Aug. 3. Previous articleElkhart police investigating after body found on Beardsley Avenue ThursdayNext articleMichigan tops a list of states in terms of quick unemployment recovery Network Indiana Google+ AG Hill: Governor does not have authority to make it a crime to not wear mask By Network Indiana – July 23, 2020 2 565 CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Twitter Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more

Facing the denial of American racism

first_imgSimply getting people to recognize that others are excluded is difficult, said Williams, who is also a professor of African and African American studies and of sociology. He said many Americans underestimate racial inequities, and some among those who are aware of inequality blame minorities themselves. Citing national data from 2015, he said that 50 percent of white Americans believe that discrimination is as bad against whites as it is against people of color. In addition, while a majority of Americans seem to understand that hard work does not guarantee success, a full 50 percent of whites believe that people of color would be more successful “if they only tried harder.”Such beliefs are taught early. Williams said studies show that at the age of 5, children express the same degree of empathy when they are shown pictures of people both white and black being pricked by a pin. However, by the age of 7, they begin to believe that the white person feels more pain, and by the age of 10 the bias is “pronounced and stable.”“When you lack empathy for a population, you don’t feel their suffering, and you do not support policies to … address the challenges the population faces,” he said.,Such callousness and indifference have kept alive racist institutions and structures such as residential discrimination — notoriously, redlining housing developments to discourage black buyers — detailing how it has continued to adversely affect everything from economic prospects to longevity, Williams said. “I like to think of residential segregation as the secret sauce that drives and produces racial inequality in the United States,” he said. “Your ZIP code is often a more powerful indicator of how long and how well you live than your genetic code.”If anything, added Jones, recent events have underlined the generational effects discrimination has had on the health of people of color. The COVID-19 pandemic, she said, is “pulling the sheets off U.S. racism.” At the same time, she said, police killings of black people are “putting in your face the fact that our lives are not valued, that we’re not even considered human.”To move forward, Jones said, organizations “have to be committed to naming racism.” Then, she added, we can strategize to act. Related Lawrence D. Bobo dissects police killings of Black men and the history and cognitive forces behind racial bigotry and violence, and why he sees signs of hope Orlando Patterson says there’s been progress, but the nation needs to reject white supremacist ideology, bigotry in policing, and segregation Why America can’t escape its racist rootscenter_img The fire this time As ongoing nationwide protests illustrate, a majority of Americans view the recent police killing of George Floyd as a reflection of the virulent and systemic racism in the nation. However, recent polling suggests that denial of the underlying issues still exists, complicating the search for solutions. To tackle this problem, the Radcliffe Institute on Thursday hosted “Naming Racism,” an online discussion focused on identifying the historic and ongoing social roots of this denial and discussing strategies for raising awareness.Radcliffe Institute Dean Tomiko Brown-Nagin introduced the discussion between Camara Phyllis Jones, the 2019–2020 Evelyn Green Davis Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute, and David R. Williams, Frances Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health and chair of the department of social and behavioral sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Brown-Nagin said that the talk originally was envisioned as an examination of the racial disparities exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. But given recent events, the institute decided to pivot to a broader discussion of how deeply embedded racism is in American life. “We must reckon with this reality before we begin to move ahead,” she said.,Opening the discussion, Jones used an anecdote from her years in medical school. Going out to eat after a long night studying with friends, she noticed a sign on the door that had been flipped so that, sitting inside, she faced the side that said “open.” Seated inside, she and her friends could eat. But the people outside the door — who would see the sign as “closed” — could not.“I recognized that other hungry people, just a few feet away but on the other side of that sign, would not be able to come in and order their food and eat,” she said. That dual reality epitomized racism. It also clarified the choice. If you are eating, she said, you might not be aware at first of those who are locked out. That, she explained, is a state of privilege, an insular view that does not look beyond itself.Awareness, she stressed, is only the first step. Once aware, she asked, how will you react? You might talk to the restaurant owner, asking for those people to be let in. You might pass food out the window or even tear down the sign. “But at least you won’t be saying … I wonder why those people don’t just come in and eat,” she said. “Racism is a system … of structuring opportunity and assigning value on a social interpretation of how one looks.” “When you lack empathy for a population, you don’t feel their suffering, and you do not support policies to … address the challenges the population faces.” — David R. Williams The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

La Fuerza celebrates Dia de los Muertos

first_imgCaitlyn Jordan On Tuesday evening, La Fuerza built an “ofrenda” in the Student Center Atrium to honor friends and family who have died as part of “Dia de los Muertos” [Day of the Dead] celebrations. La Fuerza is a student club at Saint Mary’s whose mission is to educate the community on Hispanic cultures and issues.Sophomore Maria Hernandez said the purpose of the “ofrenda,” or altar, is to honor departed souls with items they enjoyed during their earthly lives. Items like favorite foods, flowers and candles adorn the “ofrenda” to commemorate the lives of loved ones.Students gathered Wednesday afternoon to decorate sugar skulls in the Student Center Atrium as a way to represent the departed souls and add them to the “ofrenda.”“Sugar is produced in the masses in Mexico, and the indigenous people learned from the friars how to make art with the sugar they produced,” Hernandez said. “As a result of economic struggles, they created sugar skulls to adorn the ‘ofrendas’ or gravestones of their loved ones.”The Dia de los Muertos activities continued Wednesday evening in the Student Center Atrium with the creation of “papel picado” [paper designs] and “pan de muerto” [bread of the dead] to adorn and finalize the “ofrenda.”These events are part of bringing the Mexican tradition to the Saint Mary’s campus and educating those who are unfamiliar with the traditions, Hernandez said.“Mexican families celebrate Dia de los Muertos because they believe the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on Oct. 31, and the spirits of deceased children are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours,” Hernandez said.It is also believed that on Nov. 2, the spirits of the deceased adults come down to enjoy the festivities prepared for them, Hernandez said.“These two dates are used to celebrate the lives of the loved ones who have passed away because rather than mourning the deaths of these persons, Mexicans choose to celebrate the lives that these individuals lived,” Hernandez said.Dia de los Muertos is an important part of Mexican tradition, and Hernandez said it’s important for diverse populations to participate in these events to learn about another culture. It is also a way for Mexican students to remember their roots and heritage.Hernandez said learning about other cultures often makes people reflect more deeply upon their own cultures. La Fuerza’s goal is to reach out to and advocate for the Latino population, as well as educate the Saint Mary’s community about the traditions and issues that impact the Latino community.“La Fuerza puts on these events to showcase the Latino culture to persons of other backgrounds, as well as remind us of our own culture,” Hernandez said. “[Dia de Los Muertos] is particularly an important holiday because this is a time to remember our loved ones who have passed away.”La Fuerza is a club guided by the philosophy that “a house divided cannot stand,” Hernandez said. What divides people is lack of cultural knowledge, so the club seeks to counter ignorance with Latin-American cultural education,  she added.The “ofrenda” will remain in the Student Center Atrium for students to view and remember the lives of their loved ones during the remainder of the week. Tags: day of the dead, dios de los muertos, La Fuerza, ofrenda, saint mary’slast_img read more

Walsh community moves back into renovated dorm

first_imgSarah Olson | The Observer Each floor in the hall hosts a kitchen, the result of a year-long remodeling process of the dorm, during which residents lived in Pangborn Hall, the current “swing dorm” for halls undergoing renovations.“We see it in the original mosaic tile and arches in the hallways, as well as having woodwork play a prominent role in the design and keeping original wood where they could,” Detwiler said.Detwiler said one of the most important changes to Walsh is its accessibility.“The biggest positive change is that Walsh is now accessible to all abilities which really fits into our priority of inclusion,” Detwiler said. “It feels wonderful to be able to offer hospitality and welcome to all residents and guests.”Other new changes to Walsh have included updated bathrooms and plumbing, a new elevator, expanded mailroom, air-conditioned lounges with full kitchens on every floor, a first-floor lobby and coordinated furniture throughout the building.Brigid Walsh, senior and resident assistant in Walsh Hall, said the hallways in Walsh are straight with no turns, but that the third and fourth floors boast beautiful views at the end of their halls of God Quad and South Quad, thanks to new windows.“The windows go from the floor to the ceiling on the two ends of the building,” Walsh said.Walsh said other than the windows, she is also excited about the exposed brick in the two lounges on the fourth floor as well as the new patio porch with tables for outdoor studying when the weather allows for it.In many ways, Walsh said the dorm still feels the same in character, but that it was only the visibly old aspects that were gone, such as the outdated bathrooms and problems with plumbing. However, she said, this was a good thing.“It definitely brings back memories of freshman and sophomore year for me because it is the same building with just some nicer touches,” Walsh said.Walsh said the move to the new building has made her job easier.“It’s been a really positive transition,” she said. “It made being an RA or being on hall staff a lot easier because everyone had so much positivity coming in.”Walsh said what was interesting was that some of the underclassmen never lived in the old Walsh Hall and for them this would be their first and only impression of the hall.“It’s just funny because the freshman never knew old Walsh and neither did the sophomores,” she said. “It’s interesting that those two grades are getting used to the new building.”Detwiler said during the initial move into Pangborn, she became aware of the resiliency of Walsh’s residents.“I believe that the Walsh women handled the transition well,” she said. “They volunteered in droves to help me organize and pack up the hall and unpack it twice, for which I’m eternally grateful.”While the Walsh community has moved out of Pangborn, Badin’s community has moved into it while their dorm undergoes renovations. Detwiler said Pangborn will forever be a part of Walsh’s history.“At the last Mass in Pangborn last year, we spoke about how ‘the Pang’ — as we called it — is now an important part of the Walsh story, and how she has served us well in our time of need. She was the space where our first years came to love the Walsh community and many important memories happened there.  “Though we are elated to be back in our renovated home, we have a deep respect for Pangborn. When some upper-class students saw the new Walsh building as they moved in this year, I finally heard the chorus of seven words I had been hoping to hear: ‘Wow— the move was totally worth it.’”Tags: dorm renovations, Pangborn Hall, Walsh Hall The start of the 2017–2018 school year marked the beginning of a new move to a familiar place for the residents of Walsh Hall.Last year, Walsh residents were temporarily moved to Pangborn Hall while Walsh Hall underwent renovations such as repairs and upgrades for some of the communal spaces. Walsh’s rector Liz Detwiler said the renovations were “gorgeous” and that the most important part about the changes that she was particularly pleased with was that the character of Walsh remained intact.last_img read more

Diving centers exempted from paying the concession for underwater cultural goods

first_imgMost of them are in the group up to the age of 29, 20% of them. According to one of the world’s leading diving organizations, Padi, over 20 new divers have been certified each year for the past 900 years. One of the leading diving destinations in the world is Egypt, to which the diving attraction and the wreck of the sunken ship SS Thistlegorm brings more revenue than the pyramids at Giza. At the end of June, the community requested exemption from the payment of the concession due to the crisis caused by the COVID-19 epidemic, so the Ministry amended the Ordinance on the procedure and manner of issuing permits for underwater activities in inland waters and territorial seas of the Republic of Croatia. to which diving centers were issued last year solutions for five years to perform underwater activities in protected areas. Introduction No Take zone as an opportunity? “This year’s situation is of course specific and never seen before. The results will certainly be smaller, we expect a drop of at least 50 percent, but the good thing is that it is still being done”, Said the president of the Diving Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Vedran Dorušić and added that the diving centers in the south of the country were most affected by the corona crisis because they depend on guests arriving by plane, which are now missing or very few. According to the latest research of the Thomas Institute for Tourism, diving is a motive for coming to Croatia for more than 6% of respondents, while when choosing activities during their stay, 16,3% of guests choose diving. In addition, he considers it important to facilitate the procedure and help sink old and worn-out ships and open historic forbidden zones, which are now decaying and do not earn anything for Croatia, but money from the state budget is spent on them. Dorušić believes that with just a few moves we would reach the top of diving tourism in Europe.center_img Dorušić also sees the crisis as an opportunity to simplify many things and thus improve the business of diving centers, so he states that a number of meaningless occupations and professional exams that exist only in Croatia should be abolished, and only increase the cost of work and prevent employment of foreign students in Croatian diving centers, necessary for language skills and for the seasonality of work. Maël BALLAND, Pexels.com The President of the Community also proposes the introduction No Take zones that would attract those guests who now go to Italy, France and destinations that have such zones. It is a special form of protection that completely prohibits any exploitation of the seabed for the protection of ecosystems and cultural assets, and they have proven to be excellent in preserving biodiversity, but also in economic development. The Ministry of Culture accepted the request of the Diving Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and released the diving centers from paying this year’s fee (concession) for underwater cultural goods.last_img read more

Beijing enacts more curbs to stop spread of coronavirus out of Chinese capital

first_imgWhile not in a Wuhan-style lockdown, the Chinese capital has gone into a “wartime” mode on a district level, with local neighborhoods instituting 24-hour security checkpoints, closing schools and banning wedding banquets.The outbreak has been traced to the sprawling Xinfadi wholesale food center in the southwest of Beijing where thousands of tons of vegetables, fruits and meat change hands each day.Beijing marked more neighborhoods as medium-risk areas late on Monday, taking the total to 22. Medium-risk areas are required to take strict measures to prevent the potential entry of infection.Overnight, some parts of Beijing including the city’s old-style hutong neighborhoods were fenced up, with entry and exit restricted to a few round-the-clock security checkpoints. Beijing authorities imposed more restrictions to stop the spread of a fresh outbreak of coronavirus in the Chinese capital to other provinces, banning outbound travel of high-risk people and suspending some transportation services out of the city.Beijing officials reported on Tuesday 27 new confirmed COVID-19 cases for June 15, taking the cumulative number of infections in the city’s current outbreak to 106.That makes it the most serious flare-up in China since February, stoking fears of a second-wave of the respiratory disease which emerged in the central city of Wuhan late last year and has now infected more than 8 million people worldwide. “We work as usual, but neighborhood checks have become more strict,” said Beijing resident Jin Rong, 23.”I’m not worried that Beijing will be like Wuhan, because the current epidemic control measures have kicked in very quickly, and have been very strict. People also have a strong sense of self-protection.”All high-risk people in Beijing, such as close contacts of confirmed cases, are not allowed to leave the city, state media reported on Tuesday, citing municipal officials.Outbound taxi and car-hailing services have also been suspended.Some long-distance bus routes between Beijing and nearby Hebei and Shandong provinces were suspended on Tuesday.Governments in many parts of China have imposed quarantine requirements on visitors from Beijing.One suspected case who flew from Beijing to southwestern Sichuan province has become a confirmed case, health authorities said on Tuesday, and local officials are rounding up 111 close contacts for observation.Hebei province reported four new cases, with two having come into direct contact with a virus carrier in the Chinese capital, and one being an operator at the Xinfadi market.Topics :last_img read more

La Française launches French real estate platform for institutionals

first_imgHe said: “The moment is right – at the end of crisis – to enlarge our product range.”La Française, he added, would look to both French and international institutions for backing.Patrice Genre, founder and former managing director at DTZ Asset Management, has been recruited to run the joint venture.Genre said: “We have seen appetite from investors for London and Germany. They want to invest in France but are desperately looking for asset managers, which France lacks.“You have many small teams offering asset management and then a few larger names.“We want to offer something entrepreneurial but with the security of being a bigger entity.”La Française Real Estate Partners will target returns of 5-6% for core real estate, 10-12% for value-added and 18% for opportunistic.It will focus on Paris and large French cities, particularly offices, followed by retail and industrial properties.The entity will sit alongside La Française’s European network, which, Bertrand said, should allow sharing of clients.Earlier this year, La Française and Forum Partners acquired pan-European fund manager Cushman & Wakefield Investors, renaming it La Française Forum Real Estate Partners.La Française, which manages $9bn (€6.6bn) in French property, bought a 24.9% stake in Forum Partners last year. La Française is launching a new platform dedicated to French real estate and aimed at global institutional investors.The new entity, La Française Real Estate Partners, will look to invest as much as €2bn in French commercial real estate over the next three years and €200m by year-end, covering a range of core/core-plus, value-added and opportunistic strategies.It will be 35% owned by management and 65% owned by La Française Real Estate Managers.Its chief executive, Marc Bertrand, told IPE sister publication IP Real Estate that it was time to increase staff numbers and products with the French market bottoming out and increased appetite from institutional investors.last_img read more

L’Ancresse Coastal Protection Scheme Progresses

first_imgThe Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services of the States of Guernsey has just released the latest update on their L’Ancresse coastal protection project. The work has entailed the formation of a rock armor protection over the existing toe of the wall, predominantly in front of panels 4 and 5.Boulders in the region of 3-4 tonnes has been used and were passed over the wall in order to reduce impact on the environment at L’Ancresse.Once on the beach a trench was dug in front of the existing toe and a layer of 4 tonne rocks placed below the beach level, on top of a geotextile membrane, to establish a secure base for the structure.The rock armor was then placed so that it interlocked to create a stable structure against the tidal forces acting upon it.Due to adverse weather conditions during the second week the project has taken a week longer than planned.[mappress mapid=”24884″]last_img read more

Bombora lines up mWave membrane supplier

first_imgEuropean subsidiary of Australian company Bombora Wave Power has awarded a contract to hovercraft manufacturer Griffon Hoverwork for the supply of a membrane for the mWave device.Under the contract awarded on April 12, 2018, Griffon Hoverwork will be tasked with the design, fabrication, delivery, installation and validation of the flexible membrane system for Bombora’s mWave wave energy converter.The scope of work also entails fixing, testing and monitoring of the large-scale, robust membrane which is suitable for prolonged cyclic use in seawater.Bombora’s mWave device features a series of air-inflated rubber membranes mounted to a concrete structure on the sea floor.As waves pass over the mWave, the air inside the membranes is squeezed into a duct and through a turbine. The turbine spins a generator to produce electricity. The air is then recycled to re-inflate the membranes to prepare them for the next wave.To remind, in November 2017 Bombora unveiled plans to establish office in the south of Wales at Pembroke Dock to house a team focused on a two and a half year, €20 million project to design, fabricate and test the first 1.5MW mWave prototype.At that time, the company said it wanted to access the Marine Energy Test Area (META) in Pembrokeshire, being developed by Marine Energy Wales, which includes access to an exposed ocean testing area. Bombora’s mWave device concept (Image: Bombora Wave Power)last_img read more

Relay for Life kickoff announced in Lawrenceburg

first_imgDearborn/Ohio Counties, In. — The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Dearborn & Ohio Counties will hold a free Kick-Off for the annual event on Monday, October 15 at 6:00 p. m. in the Rivers Room at the Lawrenceburg Event Center, Lawrenceburg. Everyone is invited to the Kick-Off to learn about how to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from cancer.The program will highlight how the funds raised in the community are used to benefit cancer patients & their families, important cancer research & the multitude of services offered by the American Cancer Society. The event will also honor cancer survivors & caregivers. Guests will have the opportunity to register a team for the Relay For Life event, which will be held on Saturday, May 18 th at Todd Creech Memorial Park, Lawrenceburg. This year’s theme is “Scaring Cancer: A Relay Halloween” so start collecting your Halloween decorations & costumes for some spooky fun in May.The world’s largest grassroots fundraising movement, Relay For Life mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost and provide participants with an opportunity to fight back against cancer.This year, Relay For Life will take place in over 5,000 communities in the United States and 20 other countries and will raise funds to support the mission of the American Cancer Society to save lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures, and fighting back.The Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest fundraising event to fight every cancer in every community, with four million participants in over 5,000 events worldwide in 2017. Last year, over 500 people participated in the Relay For Life of Dearborn & Ohio Counties & raised over $100,000.For more information about the upcoming kickoff, please contact: Kathy Toburen at 812.350.3273 or [email protected] or Josh Ritchey at 419-566-1036 or [email protected] There is also information at the website.last_img read more