A motion to remove the mandate that enforced a disciplinary complaint of “dereliction of duty” against Hasan Ali, last term’s Librarian at the Oxford Union, has failed.A Senior Disciplinary Hearing will now be organised by the Returning Officer in the next month.The disciplinary complaint, originally brought against Ali by last term’s Union President, James Langman, had been mandated by the Standing Committee last term.In this week’s Standing Committee meeting, concerns were raised as to the necessity of a Senior Disciplinary Hearing for Ali, with the current President, Ashvir Sangha, in particular noting the cost.Union Press Officer, Alexander Reut-Hobbs commented, “When the complaint was bumped to SDC [Senior Disciplinary Hearing], some members of committee began to doubt whether it was worth the time, money and effort that the SDC would take, and whether other channels could be used to voice disapproval, which would be more informal, but much less costly”.In the ensuing discussion, concerns were raised that removing the mandate would set a “worrying precedent” that the committee had the power to simply brush away such disciplinary complaints. Although removing the mandate would leave it up to Langman whether or not he wished to pursue the complaint, the impression was given that Langman was inclined to withdraw it.However, he would not have been able to withdraw the complaint unless the Standing Committee’s mandate was removed.It was stressed that removing the mandate was “not passing judgement”, only leaving it up to Langman to do as he wished.Some at the meeting also argued that as Ali was no longer in office, it would not set a worrying precedent for those who are in office.As reported by Cherwell last term, Ali was initially condemned for “failure” to host a guest speaker and providing “conflicting, contradictory and incompatible explanations of this failure to complete his official duties”.The vote’s failure, by six votes to five with two abstentions, ensures that the mandate remains in place, and so the complaint cannot be withdrawn by Langman.When asked to comment on the implications of this for Ali, and for the Union, Reut-Hobbs issued a statement on the Union’s behalf, which said, “the Union doesn’t want to say anything that will pre-judge, prejudice or pressurise the SDC hearing”.
A few showers to start your Saturday. Clouds will give way to sunshine by the afternoon and the rest of the weekend is in the clear. High temperatures will reach the low 70s.Computer models shows a few showers for Saturday morning. (Courtesy:tropicaltidbits.com)Sunday will feature sunshine mixing with some clouds but still overall a great day. Temperatures will reach the low 70s as winds will shift to our south.BOAT & BEACHWaves will be rather calm through the period only around 2ft with ocean temperatures still running in the low 60s. UV index will be moderate to high Saturday and very high Sunday.A low pressure system will arrive Monday bringing the next round of showers and possible t’storms. Temperatures will be in the low 70s.STILL NO HEAT IN SIGHTLooking ahead to next week shows “cooler” and unsettled weather. No Summer heat in sight as High temperatures will only reach the mid 60s to low 70s.6-10 day temperature outlook show below normal temperatures expected across much of the Eastern U.S.
Yesterday, a handful of Pearl Jam North American tour dates briefly leaked on the band’s website. Amidst the flurry of tour and festival announcements that customarily takes place each January, a handful of concert dates appeared on the band’s list of upcoming performances.The new dates had the band performing at Safeco Field in their native Seattle, WA on August 8th and 10th, Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, MT on August 13th, Wrigley Field in Chicago (the home of Eddie Vedder‘s beloved Chicago Cubs) on August 18th and 20th, and at Boston’s Fenway Park on September 2nd and 4th.In addition to the dates–the majority of which are Major League Baseball stadiums, the website also briefly displayed a “The Home Shows” section of the list, perhaps indicating that the shows will take on an athletic theme and be marketed as “Home” (Seattle) and “Away” (elsewhere) shows.“The Home Shows” page on the Pearl Jam website (now removed, screenshot via Alternative Nation):You can see screenshots of the now-removed dates below courtesy of Alternative Nation: While these dates have not been confirmed by the band, and are no longer on the website, the fact that fully-detailed announcements, website updates, and custom artwork have been produced surely points toward their legitimacy, and likely portends an imminent tour announcement from the band.As of now, the only dates officially on Pearl Jam’s schedule are overseas. In March, they will head to South America for four performances including Lollapalooza events in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil, and an extra stadium show in Rio thrown in for good measure. In June and July, the band will make their way through Europe on a 14-date run stopping in the Netherlands, the U.K., Italy, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Spain, and Portugal.For more information on Pearl Jam’s touring plans, head to the band’s website.[h/t – Alternative Nation][Cover photo: Video screen shot from 8/20/16 at Wrigley Field]
On Wednesday night, Phil Lesh began a two-night Phil & Friends run at his Terrapin Crossroads venue in San Rafael, CA. Today, he’s announced that the run’s second and final night tonight, Thursday, January 24th, will be webcast via Nugs.tv for fans across the country to enjoy from the comfort of their couches.Phil’s lineup of Friends for tonight’s show is an impressive one, featuring guitar legend John Scofield, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead guitarist Scott Metzger, multi-instrumentalist Jason Crosby and drummer Alex Koford (both of whom play with Phil’s Terrapin Family Band), and drummer Tony Leone.You can order your webcast for tonight’s Phil & Friends show by heading to the Nugs website here. The webcast is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. PST/11 p.m. EST.Later this year, Lesh will once again team with Scofield and an exciting cast of players for his annual birthday bash at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, set to take place on March 14th, 15th, and 16th. For more information on the various upcoming Phil Lesh shows, head to his website here.
Editor’s Note: This is the second story in a two-part series examining the ways Native language and cultural identity are being kept alive by the students of Notre Dame.For many Notre Dame students, the city of South Bend is simply known as the area surrounding the University. But, the general region of South Bend is also known as Zenba Odan — or “Ribbon Town” — to the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. This past spring, a land acknowledgment resolution was passed by the student senate, largely prompted by the Native American Students Association of Notre Dame (NASAND), yet the University still does not formally acknowledge the tribe’s major role in Notre Dame’s founding. The land acknowledgment resolution was proposed to be read at all major Notre Dame events in order to recognize the Potawatomi land the University sits on. Marcus Winchester, the director of the language and culture department of the Pokagon Band, said many people who are affiliated with the University do not realize that the Potawatomi invited Fr. Stephen Badin to the area that is now Notre Dame. “I think it would be a huge milestone if the University would acknowledge that we’re the ones that welcomed Fr. Badin and requested his presence,” Winchester said. “And then when Fr. Badin left, Fr. Sorin was the one who came in and replaced him. So you know, that institution wouldn’t be there if Leopold [Pokagon] had requested someone else.”The Pokagon Natives have been in this area longer than Notre Dame itself, and have a history in the area dating back to the 1830s, years before Notre Dame was initially settled.Blaire Topash-Caldwell, an archivist for the Pokagon Band, said in an email that the 1830s were a stressful time for tribes in the Great Lakes region. “Many villages were cut off from trade, left out of major policy decisions and forcibly removed from their home lands to foreign environments [in the] West,” Topash-Caldwell said. “Many native people died en route or starved once they reached their reservations. During this time, Leopold Pokagon was very politically active in treaty negotiations and forging important political relationships in order to protect his people.”In July of 1830, Leopold Pokagon journeyed from southeast Michigan to Detroit to ask Fr. Gabriel Richard to send a Catholic priest to oversee the failing Carey Mission in Niles, Michigan. But, Issac McCoy, the pastor of the failing mission, refused to allow Leopold and newcomer Badin to succeed the Mission in Niles. So, they decided to start a brand new mission in one of Leopold’s villages — this village was in present-day South Bend.A year later, Badin built a chapel and the mission was thriving, Topash-Caldwell said. “In 1834, Fr. Badin donated over 500 acres of this land to the Diocese of Vincennes, and in 1842 this land was given to Fr. Badin’s successor under a condition that a college would be built there. That successor was Fr. Sorin and that college is Notre Dame,” he said. Winchester said Native Americans in the area often tried to negotiate with Americans instead of fighting or resisting. This approach would eventually lead to the creation of Notre Dame.“The United States wanted Potawatomi land, and they would go into these treaties with our leaders,” Winchester said. “What our leaders did, rather than try to fight or resist the Americans, was decide that we would try to have influence over American expansion rather than resist it. So, one of the ways that they did that was in treaty negotiations with the United States government. They would request things like log cabins, livestock and they also requested a missionary.” This missionary became the failed mission in Niles that ultimately led to the creation of a brand new mission in South Bend. However, the Treaty of Chicago in 1833 by the U.S. government aimed to give the Pokagon’s land away to Americans. “When Leopold went to the Treaty of Chicago in 1833, he discovered that treaty was intended to sign away the last of the Potawatomi land in Michigan and Indiana,” Winchester said. “Leopold used the successful mission that he had established with Fr. Badin as a justification for why our group of Potawatomi shouldn’t be moved out west. The United States government agreed that it was a very successful mission, and there was no need for us to be removed. Fr. Badin left, and had a few replacements come in, but his long-term replacement was Fr. Sorin.”From then on, Winchester said Notre Dame and the Pokagon maintained fairly good relations — that is, until the 1990s.“There’s always been a pretty respectful relationship between the tribe and Notre Dame,” Winchester said. “A long time ago, anytime any of our families needed anything, we could go to the school and they would help us out — whether it was food or clothing, or whatever it might have been. … I think relationships kind of went sour in the ’90s because there were some Potawatomi particular — that Hannahville Potawatomi from up North and Upper Peninsula, Michigan — tried to bring a lawsuit against the institution about land claims, so that kind of soured things.”As for the present day, Notre Dame professors will often host Potawatomi leaders in order to ensure students become more educated on the tribe’s history in the area. However, aside from this and the land acknowledgment, Native American students don’t have many resources or support on campus, Marcus Winchester-Jones, a Pokagon student and the current treasurer of NASAND, said. Winchester-Jones was the president of NASAND for the 2018-2019 school year, and the group, made up of many of the Native students on campus, has advocated for the removal of the Columbus murals, a land acknowledgment, a Native Studies major and even more resources for Native students.“I would like to see more support, and maybe some native traditions on campus,” Winchester-Jones, a junior and the cousin of Marcus Winchester, said. “I know, back in the day, there was a powwow celebration that they did on campus. We could start to bring that back with the help of administration. I think that it would be huge, just because this was native land back in the day. … It could be better to help develop and strengthen those bonds.”In an effort to maintain the use of the native language of the Potawatomi people, Neshnabémowen, the Tribal Historic Preservation Office employs fluent speakers that have launched an online dictionary. The tribe also has several initiatives in place to keep the culture and language alive. “We also have a Cultural Activities Coordinator who’s organizing regalia-making classes, sugar bush camp and several other programs,” Topah-Caldwell said. “We have two team members who work with youth — everything from after-school programs, culture camp, and mentoring the Youth Council.”Although the tribe is based in Dowagiac, Michigan — about 45 minutes north of Notre Dame — the presence of the tribe can be seen in South Bend, from the street names and businesses to the Four Winds field. “Obviously, we have the casino on the southwest side of town, and we also have the Four Winds Fields. But that doesn’t belong to us, you pretty much pay to have your name on that with a contract,” Winchester said.Winchester-Jones said he would also like to see more Native Americans on campus, but it is difficult to persuade native communities to send their children to Notre Dame. “I would like to see more natives on campus,” he said. “It’s tough to get people to come to where there’s not a lot of people like them. But if there’s more effort shown and more effort communicated to those that are already on campus that they’re trying, that would be very, very nice to hear. Because I don’t hear much of it.”Tags: Father Badin, Father Sorin, land acknowledgment, Leopold Pokagon, NASAND, Pokagon Potawatomi
For over 20 years, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series has made running fun by infusing each course with live bands, cheer teams and more. In 2018, we are bringing our best to Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon with more music, runner support, and community engagement every step of the way. This event was our very half-marathon-only event, helping to position 13.1 miles as a genuine and now hugely popular race distance. Held each year on Labor Day weekend in conjunction with the American Music Festival, half marathon runners are treated to a 3-day music festival in addition to miles of music on course and a grand finish along the oceanfront Boardwalk. With a half marathon, 5K, and 1 mile option, there is something for everyone.We also invite you to take on our Remix Challenge. Run either the 5K or Mile on the Sand on Saturday, September 1, plus the half marathon on Sunday and get three medals! You are already training for one day… why not make it two and earn some sweet bling?! If you just can’t get enough Rock ‘n’ Roll running on your weekend, the Remix Challenge is definitely for you.Music is a core part of our DNA here at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. As part of our commitment to deliver more music, we are excited to partner with the 25th Annual American Music Festival which allows our registered participants access to the event. Half Marathon runners get access to all 3 days, and 5K runners get access to the big show on Sunday, September 2nd. Come run with us and then ROCK with ZZ Top, Ziggy Marley, Goo Goo Dolls and more!
The Department of Agriculture (DA)recently announced that the blood sample from incident reports of the suspectedswine disease from Rizal province sent for confirmatory Polymerase ChainReaction tests has tested positive for ASF. The Task Force ASF, according toLeornardia, has focused on disseminating information to all industry stakeholders,from the huge livestock growers down to the backyard hog raisers. They will also formulate a contingencyplan for a tighter prevention and control measures to ward off the deadly pigdisease. “This is to effectivelyaddress and devise measures to ensure the city against ASF,” the mayorsaid. BACOLOD City – The city governmenthere has activated a taskforce to prevent the dreaded African swine fever (ASF)from entering the metro. ASF is a highly contagious hemorrhagicviral disease of domestic and wild pigs that can easily spread from one farm toanother if not properly managed, thereby causing economic and productionlosses. He added that there is a need totighten preventive measures to protect the hog industry and to prevent apossible economic loss should the ASF breaches the city. Leonardia chairs the task force, whichincludes quick response, quarantine, surveillance, information, education andcommunication, and legal teams. City Agriculture officer Atty. Goldwyn Nifrashas been named as vice-chairperson. Mayor Evelio Leonardia issued anExecutive Order (EO) No. 27 last week creating the “Task Force ASF” that willbe in the forefront of safeguarding the local swine industry. The provincial government of NegrosOccidental has created its own ASF task force to conduct a province-widemonitoring to prevent entry of ASF in various points of entries./PN
A recent article by Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star caught my eye. Rayl was Mr. Bastketball while playing for Kokomo High School in the late 50’s. He even broke one of Oscar Robertson’s scoring records. He still has some scoring records at IU where he continued his basketball career.Jimmy Rayl and Terry Dischinger of Purdue waged quite a scoring battle while they were both in college. I believe Dischinger beat Rayl on the last game of the Big 10 season. After college, Rayl got married to his high school sweatheart and that marriage produced 4 children. One of his sons played on a state championship Kokomo team.Today Rayl is 74 years old and has struggled with his health. Three years ago he suffered a stroke. This was followed by a heart attack and later a broken hip. True to the form that made him a great basketball player, he has not given up and is recovering at his home in Kokomo. In this town, he is still their high school hero where you will find his image on Memorial Gym.
Press Association Elwood’s charges battled bravely on the restart with the wind at their backs, but the benefit of a strong replacements bench was vital for Glasgow as five points from the boot of another Lion Stuart Hogg, allied to Maitland’s 70th-minute effort, eased them over the line. On a windy night in the west of Ireland, Connacht were hoping to provide a winning send-off for departing head coach Eric Elwood with the match also marking the final outings for the province of Johnny O’Connor, Adrian Flavin and the Leinster-bound Mike McCarthy. However, a Ruaridh Jackson penalty was added by a Van der Merwe try as the visitors established a 10-3 half-time advantage with Dan Parks nailing a late penalty for Connacht. Glasgow Warriors missed out on a home semi-final in the RaboDirect Pro12 but tries from DTH van der Merwe and British and Irish Lions call-up Sean Maitland did see the Scottish side advance to the play-offs on the back of a 20-3 victory over Connacht.
A gunman opened fire in a temple outside of San Diego Saturday, killing one person and injuring three. On the last day of Passover, this also included a rabbi who was addressing the congregation at the time. According to authorities a suspect was later detained. The shooting is being considered a hate crime. “It was a hate crime, and that will not stand,” said Steve Vaus, mayor of Poway. He also said that the shooter made hateful statements when he entered the synagogue.