The vicar of St Giles’ Church has warned of legal action against the homeless who sleep in the churchyard at night.In a letter addressed “the Rough Sleepers of St Giles’” Revd. Canon Dr Andrew Bunch asked the homeless to leave, or the Church, which is named in honour of St Giles (c.650- c.710), patron saint of beggars and the poor, would “seek out a court order of your eviction from the churchyard.”Reverend Canon Bunch told Cherwell, “From time to time, people have slept in the churchyard overnight and this has caused no problems. However, issues do arise when people take up residence in the churchyard for more than a couple of days, especially when they set up camp (…) We receive reports of needles being found and sometimes the memorials in the churchyard have been displaced.“As a consequence the level of complaints from the general public increases and people feel uneasy about using the churchyard or walking through it in the evening.“This October, all of these considerations caused us to request that those camping in the churchyard should leave. They refused to do so and thus we started the process of seeking an eviction order.“In the end this was not required as the churchyard is closed for burials and thus the care and maintenance of the churchyard has become the responsibility of the local Council. Once this was confirmed by our lawyers, the Council moved the rough sleepers away from the site.”Oxford City Council was unwilling to comment on this specific case, but maintains that the Council is “committed to reducing the number of individuals sleeping rough.” On its website, the Council states that, according to the last official count in November 2014, 26 people were living on the streets in Oxford. The Council works with St Mungo’s Broadway to deliver services to those rough sleeping, and provides three homelessness hostels in Oxford with a total of 169 beds.A formerly homeless person in Oxford, who wished to remain anonymous, told Cherwell that the homeless people camping at St Giles’ church were reluctant to use the hostels provided by councils because of the enforcement of a midnight curfew. The curfew, the source claimed, was unpopular with those sleeping in the churchyard because it meant that the homeless were not able to beg from students returning from a night out. St Giles’ churchyard was a convenient location to access students. Unfortunately those using the St Giles’ churchyard could not be contacted for comment.When asked about Reverend Canon Bunch’s threat of legal action, Graham, a Big Issue seller on Broad Street, told Cherwell, “I can see the problem if there are children using the nursery next door, and if the homeless are being offensive. It’s hard because sometimes a few homeless people are offensive and then make the rest of us look bad (…) But I feel like more could be done to help the homeless in Oxford in general.”In defence of St Giles’ record on homelessness, Revd. Bunch added, “St Giles’ has worked with the issue of homelessness in our city for many years. In the 1980s, St Giles’ was the location for the start of the Gatehouse, a charity for the homeless. Since that time we have hosted the work of the Salvation Army Outreach Team, a shower project, Aspire, the Big Issue sellers and, in the last couple of years, The Gatehouse. During this time we have undertaken many works in St Giles’ Parish Rooms to support the operation of these charities working with homeless people.“Working with homeless people has been and remains an ongoing issue at St Giles’. We aim to encourage mutual respect between homeless people and other members of society and eliminate issues that can alienate anyone from our neighbourhood.”
Jacqueline Woodson is an author of books for all ages. She was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2018-19 by the Library of Congress.Her books touch on a variety of themes including gender, African-American society and history, and economic status.Her several awards include The Poetry Foundation’s Young People’s Poet Laureate, Newbery Honor Medal, Coretta Scott King Award, and The Caldecott Medal. Wednesday, June 12 | 6:00 pmOld National Events Plaza’s Aiken TheatreFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Last week, Netflix premiered Part 2 of The Get Down, its hit series chronicling the pitfalls of life in the Bronx in the late ’70’s through the adventures of “The Get Down Brothers,” a ragtag crew of kids learning the ways of the urban DJ scene on their road to street stardom. The story serves as a snapshot of the musical renaissance occurring in the struggling NYC borough at that time, as disco’s old guard collided with the new school: big groups of people hosting loud parties, defacing public property with spray paint, scratching their records, and chanting and talking over the cacophony–the earliest incarnations of hip-hop culture.The Get Down serves up the story of DJ Shaolin Fantastic, Ezekiel Figaro (a.k.a. “Books), Boo-Boo, Dizzee and Ra-Ra in the style of an old Bruce Lee movie, with real-life hip-hop pioneers like Grandmaster Flash, Kool Herc, and Afrika Bambaataa serving as the master to the kids’ proverbial “young grasshopper.” While the reception of this stylistically over-the-top presentation has met some mixed reviews (we love it, for the record), what carries the show is the strength of its music–the centerpiece of the project. Along with powerful vocal performances by the ladies on the disco side of the story, executive producer and NYC hip-hop royalty Nas wrote all of the raps featured in the show, including the over-arching musical narration that anchors each episode and the verses spun by each of the show’s characters.While many of his character-based rhymes are seriously dope in context with the story, there are a few that can stand alone as great songs in their own right. Take, for example, “Angel Dust,” a Gil Scott-Heron-sampling groove that tells of the affliction brought on by the devilish drug. Give it a spin below via YouTube user YazmarTV:The tune appears as the backdrop to the havoc that dust has wrought on the inner city in that era, cut together with news reports warning of the drug’s dangers and quotes from the show’s rendering of actual former NYC mayor Ed Koch declaring “war” on those who use and sell it. It applies to specific story, and a specific problem, and a specific time and place. And yet, the song feels timeless–current, even. While it may not still be a problem on as large a scale as it once was, make no mistake: the perils of PCP are still very real in many places, particularly in the inner-city.The theme still comes up in hip-hop today. On Kendrick Lamar‘s hit 2012 record good kid, m.A.A.D city, the sinister presence of PCP in daily life is a central theme (the “A.D” in “m.A.A.D.” stands for “Angel Dust”). The concept album, which follows a tumultuous day in the life of young Kendrick and the homies, is framed as a first-hand look at modern life in Compton–and they’re wrestling with the same demons that Zeke and Shaolin and the others faced in the summer of ’77.While the continued existence of this problem is anything but comforting, the present applicability of this song set four decades ago is a testament to Nas’ other-worldly abilities as a lyricist, philosopher, and storyteller. Nas can’t help but sound current, even when he’s writing about the 70’s.
Japan looks to turn area around Fukushima into renewable energy hub FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Nikkei Asian Review:Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima, devastated during the 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster, is looking to transform itself into a renewable energy hub, Nikkei has learned.A plan is under way to develop 11 solar power plants and 10 wind power plants in the prefecture, on farmlands that cannot be cultivated anymore and mountainous areas from where population outflows continue.The total cost is expected to be in the ballpark of 300 billion yen, or $2.75 billion, until the fiscal year ending in March 2024.The government-owned Development Bank of Japan and private lender Mizuho Bank are among a group of financiers that have prepared a line of credit to support part of the construction cost.The power generation available is estimated to be about 600 megawatts, or equivalent to two-thirds of a nuclear power plant. The produced electricity will be sent to the Tokyo metropolitan area.The plan also envisions the construction of an 80-km wide grid within Fukushima to connect the generated power with the power transmission network of Tokyo Electric Power Co. That part of the project is expected to cost 29 billion yen.More: Fukushima to be reborn as $2.7bn wind and solar power hub
February 1, 2002 Senior Editor Regular News Florida lawyer recounts the horror of law school shooting Florida lawyer recounts the horror of law school shooting Gary Blankenship Senior EditorTim Chinaris was praying with his son. He had just explained that the dean of the law school where Chinaris teaches and is the law librarian was dead. The dean’s son is in Chinaris’ son’s preschool and the two are friends.“I told my son [about the death] and he prayed his friend would get a new daddy, and I started crying,” said Chinaris, who is a former ethics counsel for The Florida Bar and serves on the Professional Ethics Committee.That was one of the emotional moments following three shooting deaths January 16 at Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va. A suspended Nigerian student was charged with killing Dean L. Anthony Sutin, Professor Thomas Blackwell, and student Angela Dales. Three other students were seriously wounded but are expected to recover.It had been a sunny, cool day at the two buildings of the law school in the small town nestled in a valley on the western side of the state. Chinaris said he had just returned from lunch and was in his office in the law library when he heard screaming from the other building, which houses offices and classrooms.“I went outside my office door and saw people running. I went inside and called the sheriff,” he said. “I went to the back of the library and one of the students who was injured had run in.”Fortunately, a library employee’s husband, a nurse, was visiting and immediately began treating the student. Meanwhile outside, three former police officers who were now law students subdued the shooter, identified as Peter Odighizuwa. When Chinaris went back outside, students told him the dean was dead.He recalled, aside from the young son, the dean and his wife had recently adopted a baby daughter. Professor Sutin left three young children, who attended the same school as Chinaris’ daughter.“It’s incredibly sad and senseless,” Chinaris said. “There’s no point to it.”But if there’s a positive side, he said, it’s been in the reaction at the 240-student school and the surrounding 1,100-person town, from the heroism of the former officers who apprehended the suspect to those who helped the wounded and those traumatized by the incident.“Everyone acted heroically, everyone tried to help,” Chinaris said. “People have responded and gone above and beyond what is expected of them normally. In an area like this that’s essentially isolated, people realize they have to pull together.“One of the admissions counselors was here yesterday, volunteering to answer the phone and she told me they had gotten several calls from prospective students who were so impressed with stories of the valor of students, they wanted to come here,” he added. “Faculty members from other schools have offered to help.”The school, which has as its mission training lawyers to serve underprivileged areas and includes a strong community service emphasis in its program, closed for several days and counselors were brought in to help the students and staff. Recovery has started, but some things will never be the same.Chinaris said one striking memory is one of his employees, Professor Blackwell’s wife. She had left to pick up their children from school when the shooting occurred, and he recalls her horror-stricken expression as she ran toward the offices. She was halted before reaching her husband’s body.“The dean was a great guy,” Chinaris said. “He was very fair, knowledgeable and had tons of integrity. He bent over backward to help this student [Odighizuwa], everybody did. Obviously, he just snapped.“It’s one thing to see people hurt and hope maybe they’ll be okay, it’s another when they’re dead. It could have been anybody.”
The active involvement of medical scholars in concerted mitigation efforts will prove especially beneficial to the production of a vaccine, he added.This is the latest step to involve more parties in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus. Last week, the Health Ministry said its regional labs would be in charge of testing people suspected of having the disease, to ease concerns that the ministry had not been proactive enough in detecting infected cases and preventing the spread of the disease.The ministry previously insisted that only its Jakarta-based Health Research and Development Agency (Balitbangkes) was authorized to conduct throat swab tests and announce the results.As of the time of writing, there have been 34 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia, resulting in one death. (rfa)Topics : The government plans to enlist the help of universities and other institutions to address the COVID-19 outbreak, which has officially been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.“The WHO’s designation is our main reference; the Health Ministry must have anticipated [this development]. The Executive Office of the President will invite representatives from universities, health communities and the public to resolve this issue,” Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko said at the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Thursday.He went on to say that the government would no longer rely solely on the Health Ministry and health agencies for updates, but also actively engage health experts from a number of universities in its mitigation efforts.
AFTER: The kitchen is fresh and modern.Bamboo floorboards run through the home, and the exterior is in a neutral colour-palette, with timber roller doors a standout feature.The main kitchen is upstairs and has grey hamptons-style cabinetry and a white island bench. BEFORE: The bathroom was in dire need of an update. Picture: CoreLogic BEFORE: The main bedroom continued the theme of blue and yellow. Picture: CoreLogic AFTER: The house at 42 Pansy St, Wynnum, is barely recognisable after a makeover. Another dual-living property, this time at Norman Park, will go to auction on Saturday.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 AFTER: It has since been converted into a studio. AFTER: The bathroom is now what you would expect in a display home.The property goes to auction on February 2 at 1.30pm. From a little workers’ cottage to a contemporary family home, this house has had an incredible transformation.Ray White Bulimba agent Karen Chappell is marketing the house as “as new” after the whole house, located at 42 Pansy St, Wynnum, received a makeover.“It was a workers’ cottage which has been fully renovated and restored into a five bedroom contemporary home,” Ms Chappell said.It was once a shade of yellow, somewhere between lemon and mustard, and the kitchen cabinets were teal.Since, the house has been raised, and the interior is barely recognisable. AFTER: The studio is self-contained – perfect for a teenager’s retreat.Ms Chappel said there was ample possibility for a multi-generational family to live in the home, with both levels self-contained, and a self-contained studio at the rear of the property.“It has the option of multi-generational living, with grandparents or other family,” she said.“It has got a self-contained studio which could be used for a business or a teenager’s retreat.” BEFORE: The cabinetry was blue. Picture: CoreLogic AFTER: Now, bamboo floors run through the main bedroom, and the walls are neutral in colour.Ms Chappell said she also had another property with dual-living capabilities going to auction on the same day.“It’s got two living areas, two kitchens, two bathrooms – each on their own level,” she said.“It’s immaculate and it’s an income generator.”The house at 63 Moreton St, Norman Park, will go under the hammer on February 2, at 10am. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoBEFORE: There was a single car garage at the rear of the home.
Judge Grants Oregon Resident the Right to Be GenderlessNBC News 23 March 2017Family First Comment: More confusion. But here’s another new term you need to learn..MONONYMOUSWhat, you say? MONONYMOUSWhat’s that??“In the same judgment, Patch was also allowed to change names, becoming mononymous — meaning only having one name instead of a given name and a surname.”#lunaticsrunningtheasylum History was quietly made in Oregon this month when a judge granted a Portlander’s request to become genderless.Patch, a 27-year-old video game designer, is likely the first legally agender person in the United States.The Multnomah County Court granted Patch a “General Judgment of Name and Sex Change” on March 10. In the same judgment, Patch was also allowed to change names, becoming mononymous — meaning only having one name instead of a given name and a surname.Agender is defined as the absence of gender. Not to be confused with transgender or genderqueer, agender people typically describe feeling that they have no gender identity whatsoever. While sex refers to biological features such as chromosomes, genitalia and hormones, gender is the expression of identity as male, female or somewhere in between. But agender people are not drawn to male or female identity — or any point along the spectrum.“As a kid, probably starting around age 6, gender didn’t make sense to me,” Patch told NBC News. “I was told ‘men were this, women were this.’ As a teen I learned about transgender people, and that didn’t seem like what I was. And then I learned about genderqueer, and that didn’t seem like what I was.”A handful of organizations serving transgender, gender-nonconforming and intersex people told NBC News that no U.S. court has ever granted a legally genderless status before.READ MORE: http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/judge-grants-oregon-resident-right-be-genderless-n736971
The court recommended no bail bond for histemporary liberty./PN ILOILO City – Charged with rape, a man wasarrested in Barangay Lawi, Jordan, Guimaras. Moneacan – resident of Barangay Barroc,Tigbauan, Iloilo – faces charges for violation of Republic Act 7610, or theSpecial Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation and DiscriminationAct. The suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of the Jordan municipal police station. The 56-year-old Erwin Moneacan was caught onthe strength of an arrest warrant around 10 a.m. on Sept. 14, a police reportshowed.
A medical worker checks a passenger’s temperature at Nanjing South Railway station on Monday, Jan. 27. EPA-EFE The ministry said it considers the riskto the general population in Bavaria to be “low.” Officials said the man is beingmedically monitored and isolated. Persons who were in close contact with theman are being informed about possible symptoms and hygiene measures. BERLIN – Authorities in Germany haveconfirmed the country’s first case of the new virus that emerged in centralChina. The Health Ministry in the southernstate of Bavaria said late Monday that the man from Starnberg, south of Munich,is “in a clinically good condition.” Germany is the second European countryto report a confirmed case of the virus. Authorities in France confirmed threecases in recent days —all Chinese citizens who recently returned from travelsthere. (AP)