Title IX regulations, Part 2: Narrow new rules and racial bias

first_imgBulletin: Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is preparing to remove civil rights protections for students of color, reported EducationPost.org, Dec. 13. (tinyurl.com/ybx9lghh) This can only ramp up racial bias in regard to Title IX as discussed in this article.Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ proposed revisions of Title IX regulations, covering sexual harassment, assault and abuse in K-12 schools and federally funded colleges and universities, were designed to make it easier for educational institutions to avoid dealing with such issues and harder for survivors to bring charges against perpetrators. That turns the original intent of Title IX upside down. Title IX is a landmark civil rights law passed in the Education Amendments of 1972 to prohibit sex discrimination in federally funded education programs. That’s why DeVos’ revisions are adamantly opposed by survivors’ advocates, women’s and LGBTQ rights organizations, and educational and legal groups. But the proposed revisions align perfectly with the misogynous stalking practices of DeVos’ boss. Predator-in-chief Donald Trump boasts about his sexist conquests, while current headlines delve into his payoffs silencing two mistresses. DeVos was doing Trump’s bidding when revamping Title IX regulations, published Nov. 16, after consulting so-called “men’s rights” groups which promote the myth of “false accusations.” DeVos’ predecessor called such cases “exceedingly rare.” According to the National Women’s Law Center, more than 3 million students will be sexually assaulted in 2018; less than 10 percent will report that to administrators. More than 1 in 5 women, nearly 1 in 18 men and nearly 1 in 4 transgender and gender-nonconforming students in college are sexually assaulted annually. During college, 62 percent of women and 61 percent of men experience sexual harassment. During grades 7-12, 56 percent of girls and 40 percent of boys are sexually harassed. In reporting harassment, women and girls of color, students who are pregnant, parenting, LGBTQ or gender-nonconforming are more likely to be ignored, punished or labeled “promiscuous.” Proposed changes in Title IX rulesTwo major changes in the regulations would make it harder to convict an assailant. (Source: The National Women’s Law Center, “DeVos’s Proposed Changes to Title IX, Explained,” nwlc.org) One change raises the standard for a case from “preponderance of evidence” to “clear and convincing evidence.” Preponderance is the standard used by federal courts in civil rights cases and all other types of student misconduct.The other change radically upgrades sexual harassment from “unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature” to “unwelcome conduct on the basis of sex that is so severe, pervasive and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person access to the [institution’s] education program or activity.” This stringent definition would force a survivor to meet an extremely high test. Strict definitions of evidence allow institutions to address only the worst cases of sexual harassment and abuse. This may force survivors to suffer more before they seek help. Institutional responsibility for sexual assault or harassment is also limited to “school-sponsored activity” and doesn’t include online communication, though much informal student interaction occurs through school-provided social media sites. Previously students could report abuse to a trusted teacher, resident advisor or coach. Now, only a Title IX coordinator with “the authority to institute corrective measures” or K-12 teacher who has “actual knowledge” of abuse can take action. That would let Michigan State and Penn State, with perpetrators like Larry Nassar and Jerry Sandusky, respectively, off the hook. The new rules automatically exempt religiously affiliated institutions from Title IX; currently they must file a formal request for exemption. Students may not know until it’s too late that they won’t be covered by rights conveyed in Title IX. Institutions may offer students “supportive measures” to help them stay in school, such as counseling or modified work and class schedules, but only offers “mutual” restrictions on contact between parties. If an institution believes transferring a perpetrator from classes would pose an “unreasonable burden” on them, then the survivor must make changes, imposing a burden on them.Institutions can now propose mediation, often used to resolve peer conflict — both sides take responsibility so they can compromise. But mediation is never appropriate for resolving sexual assault cases, which is why it’s previously been prohibited. Will cross examination eliminate racial bias? The most controversial aspect of the proposed regulations is allowing sexual assault survivors be cross-examined by an advisor for the accused, while an advisor for the survivor may cross-examine the accused. Such confrontation, even if the two sides are in different rooms or participate via videoconference, could intensify the survivor’s trauma, forcing them to drop the case or deterring them from initially reporting. Lara Bazelon, a University of San Francisco law professor, contends in her Dec. 5 op-ed in the New York Times that rules of cross examination are needed. She argues this will counter the racial bias that permeates every aspect of U.S. society. Bazelon runs a pro bono clinic with her students to advocate for low-income students of color facing expulsion from allegations of sexual assault. Noting that the Office of Civil Rights does not collect data on race in Title IX cases, she cites analysis of assault accusations at a private college in upstate New York where 4.2 percent of students were Black in 2012-13. There, 50 percent of sexual-violation accusations were against Black students, and 40 percent of Blacks went through the disciplinary process. “We have long over-sexualized, over-criminalized and disproportionately punished black men,” writes Bazelon. “It should come as no surprise that, in a setting in which protections for the accused are greatly diminished, this shameful legacy persists.”Bazelon contends that cross examination is in line with a Michigan court ruling last August which found that a public university “must give the accused student or his agent an opportunity to cross-examine the accuser and adverse witnesses in the presence of a neutral fact-finder.” But will cross examination be impartial? Will it go beyond “he said, she said”? Will due process promote fairness and justice? That depends on who is administering each case and what biases they bring to the proceedings. The current Trump administration’s abysmal racist record hardly suggests that DeVos’ rules are being implemented to counter racism. Voice your views before Feb. 28The proposed changes to Title IX regulations are not final. There is a public comment period from Nov. 29 to Jan. 28. The Department of Education must incorporate all comments into the final rules. The NWLC objected to the timing of the 60-day period, which included finals, holidays, school breaks, and sent the DoE a letter Nov. 26 co-signed by 123 organizations and 231 individuals requesting a 60-day extension. The letter urged the DoE to “schedule public hearings at school districts and college campuses throughout the country to encourage additional input from students, teachers, administrators and advocates” so “those most affected … are given the opportunity to engage and give the Department the benefit of a robust rule-making process.”The Seattle Times reports the University of Washington has scheduled discussions on three campuses Jan. 14-17. Victor Balta, a UW administrator, was concerned about the “narrowed definition of sexual harassment,” which might create an “erosion of trust and confidence” in student views of UW. (Nov. 29)Comments should be posted on regulations.gov under the title “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance” listed on Nov. 29. The National Women’s Law Center suggests two ways to submit comments: 1) Send a prewritten statement (tinyurl.com/y993az264). 2) Write a personal comment using a customizable format (tinyurl.com/y92v5szu). It’s urgent to submit comments before the Feb. 28 deadline. (PHOTO: Feministing)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Over Five Thousand Producers are Signed Up for DMC

first_img SHARE Over Five Thousand Producers are Signed Up for DMC Previous article2020 Will Be Confusing but One Company has Unbiased Perspective on Herbicide Systems on the HAT Friday Morning EditionNext articleIndiana FSA Extends Prevented Plant Crop Reporting Deadline for Non-insured, Non-NAP Producers NAFB News Service By NAFB News Service – Jun 30, 2019 SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Over Five Thousand Producers are Signed Up for DMC Facebook Twitter USDA Undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey says more than 5,000 dairy operations have signed up for the new Dairy Margin Coverage Program. The exact number was 5,364 as of last Thursday afternoon. Northey says about 40,000 dairy operations are eligible to enroll, but overall he’s pleased with the number of producers who’ve signed up since June 17. The DMC, created by the 2018 Farm Bill, replaces the Margin Protection Program for Dairy, which many producers didn’t like. The Hagstrom Report says the new program will make payments to dairy producers when the difference between the all-milk price and the average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount, which is selected by each producer when they sign up for the program.Northey did say the DMC will not solve all the problems of the dairy industry but told reporters last week that it “offers a little bit of support in a challenging time.” The program is retroactive to January first, while USDA is hopeful of making payments soon. The White House Office of Management and Budget is still working on approving all the details of the program.last_img read more

Hurricane Harvey barrels toward the Texas coast

first_imgElizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ ReddIt Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ Breakdown: Cambridge Analytica, information warfare Matt Looingvill struggles with his umbrella as he tries to walk in the wind and rain, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Harvey intensified into a hurricane Thursday and steered for the Texas coast with the potential for up to 3 feet of rain, 125 mph winds and 12-foot storm surges in what could be the fiercest hurricane to hit the United States in almost a dozen years.(AP Photo/Eric Gay) Facebook + posts Linkedin Elizabeth Campbell is executive editor of TCU 360 and a senior journalism and political science double major. When not in the newsroom, she’s thinking about the news while probably watching TCU football or being a history nerd. Send her a tip if you have a story to share! Twitter Twitter  Several counties are evacuating and Governor Greg Abbott has declared a state of emergency for 30 counties along the coast. Some residents, however, are boarding up windows and planning to wait out the storm. TCU Class of 2016 alumnus Israel Cano, a public information officer for Corpus Christi, said he’s camping at city hall until Sunday or Monday. He’s expected to keep residents posted on conditions via the city’s social media accounts. “My job is to be the know-it-all of everything that is happening around the city to be able to respond correctly,” Cano said. Several Horned Frogs are from some of the areas expected to take a severe hit. According to the TCU registrar’s office there are 14 students from Corpus Christi, two students from Victoria and 280 students from Houston whose permanent addresses are from those cities. Senior marketing major, Wyatt Wheeler, is from The Woodlands – about 30 minutes north of Houston. He said his mother headed to the grocery store Thursday morning. “She is loading up on groceries, on sandbags, gas and any longterm items she might need like water and filtration systems,” Wheeler said. Wheeler said he is remaining calm about the upcoming storm, partly because his house is higher up which limits his concern over possible flooding. “I’m not worried at all,” Wheeler said. “We’ve never had a flood in our house. It’s more just a matter of gearing up for not having power.” Wheeler said that after Hurricane Katrina, they didn’t have power for a week and a half, but added that his mother loves to read so she’ll be able to pass the time learning without electricity. Hurricane Harvey InfographicVenngage Infographics Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ CRES negotiates move to interdisciplinary unit amid student resistance Linkedin Elizabeth Campbell World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution And for some people evacuating from the area, Dallas/Fort Worth is where they are headed, including some of the infants from the NICU of the children’s hospital in Corpus Christi.  WATCH: Former Chief of Staff for Obama talks Trump administration, Democrats, liberal arts education Cano said this includes not just giving updates, but also having conversations with people over social media to answer any specific questions they may have.Corpus Christi is under a voluntary evacuation order, but many residents are choosing to stay. Cano said people have been stocking up on supplies.Israel Cano’s parents boarded up the windows of their home. (Photo by Israel Cano.)“I went to Home Depot and it felt like something out of a disaster movie,” he said. “I went to H-E-B yesterday and all the shelves were empty. It was crazy to see it change as rapidly as that.”Cano said that while he is “nervous” for the approaching storm, he’s confident in the city’s plan.“It’s still going to be bad, but I feel more reassured by knowing exactly what’s happening,” Cano said. “Even though there is uncertainty, we have an idea.” Israel Cano’s dog Buster will be brought inside during the storm. (Photo by Israel Cano.)Cano will be stationed inside the city hall building, in his office with no windows. His parents, who live in the area, have decided to board the window and remain in their home.Fort Worth won’t feel the full impact of the hurricane. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth predicts only heavy rainfall.  With that in mind, Fort Worth and other North Texas cities are coordinating with officials in the affected areas. Thursday morning the Fort Worth Fire Department sent 14 members of the swift/flood water team and the urban search and rescue team to assist with hurricane efforts along the coast. Facebook printUpdate Friday 1:30 p.m.: Hurricane Harvey, which is expected to make landfall overnight on the Texas coast, is forecast as a Category 3 storm with winds of up to 110 mph.TCU Provost Nowell Donovan sent out an email to TCU faculty Friday morning encouraging them to show their “usual compassion” to students who have family in the area and may have to miss class to handle family emergencies.“It is easy to sit back and contemplate with awe Nature’s power from afar, to revel in the statistics a few hundreds of miles from the Gulf,” Donovan wrote. “The sad fact is that some people who waken this morning may well be gone by the end of the weekend.”During a Friday afternoon press conference, Gov. Greg Abbott urged any Texans in low lying, flood prone areas to evacuate as immediately.“This is going to be a very major disaster,” Abbott said. “What you don’t know and what nobody else knows right now is the magnitude of flooding that will be coming.”Abbott said officials are responding in a “very aggressive way” to ensure the “needs of fellow citizens be addressed swiftly.”  Texas Department of Transportation is “fully aware” of traffic levels to ensure the “swiftest levels of evacuation,” Abbott said.Hurricane Harvey is barreling toward Texas and is expected to become a Category 3 hurricane when it reaches the coast early Saturday morning. Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ ReddIt Previous articleUpdate: Heavy rainfall expected in Fort Worth, Hurricane Harvey approaches Texas coastNext articleHoroscope: August 25, 2017 Elizabeth Campbell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Alumna joins ‘Survivor’ reality show in quest for a million dollars Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

Presidential election: concern about violence against journalists

first_img Follow the news on Armenia Organisation ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia to go further Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders today urged Armenia’s electoral authorities to ensure that tomorrow’s presidential election run-off is not marred by incidents similar to those in the first round on 19 February in which journalists were the targets of violence and obstruction.”We ask you to do everything possible to ensure that such incidents are not repeated in the second round on 5 March,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to Artak Sahradian, the president of the electoral commission. “We point out that, while the media must adhere to strict rules to avoid favouring any candidate during an election, the authorities for their part must ensure that journalists are free to cover the polling,” Ménard said.Goar Vernizian, a correspondent of the weekly Aizhm, which is published by the Democratic National Union Party, was thrown against the wall of the Shirvanzade school polling station by unidentified individuals on 19 February as she was covering violations of the electoral rules. Her assailants also seized the audio cassette on which she was recording. Two journalists with the TV station Shant were hit and their video tapes were taken as they filmed a man stuffing ballots into a ballot-box in the same polling station.The same day in Yerevan, a member of the parliamentary commission of voting station No. 356/16 in Nar-Dos school seized the camera of freelance journalist Susanna Pogosian and injured her hand as she was accompanying Gedeon Lichtfield of the British weekly The Economist. Lilit Vardanian, the person in charge of electoral commission No. 26/073 in Echmiadzin (20 km. from Yerevan), refused to allow Karina Asatrian, a reporter with the independent TV station A1+, and her cameraman Robert Kharazian to film. The two journalists were then physically attacked by young men who damaged their camera and chased them out of the polling station. June 8, 2021 Find out more Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News News Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakhcenter_img News ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News RSF_en April 9, 2021 Find out more March 4, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Presidential election: concern about violence against journalists Help by sharing this information November 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

JPMorgan CEO on Trump

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / JPMorgan CEO on Trump Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago JPMorgan CEO on Trump Joey Pizzolato is the Online Editor of DS News and MReport. He is a graduate of Spalding University, where he holds a holds an MFA in Writing as well as DePaul University, where he received a B.A. in English. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in a variety of print and online journals and magazines. To contact Pizzolato, email [email protected] Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The mortgage banking industry no longer has a voice in President Trump’s ear as of Wednesday, when the president disbanded both his manufacturing and business advisory councils via Twitter:Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2017The decision to disband the counsels comes on the coattails of nine members’ resignation after the events of Saturday’s alt-right rally and subsequent fallout in Charlottesville, Virginia.As of this week, additional resignations rolled in from: Inge Thulin, CEO of 3M; Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell Soup; Scott Paul, President of the Alliance of American Manufacturing; Kenneth C. Frazier, CEO of Merck; Kevin Plank, CEO of Under Armour, Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel; and Richard Trumka, President of AFL-CIO.There was increased pressure for JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon to also withdraw from the President’s council. On Wednesday afternoon, a handful of New York-based advocacy groups—including New York Communities for Change, Center for Popular Democracy, and Make the Road New York—marched on Chase’s headquarters in Manhattan, demanding that the CEO do more to stand up against the president.Dimon and JPMorgan Chase were largely silent until an internal memo surfaced with an official statement:“I strongly disagree with President Trump’s reaction to the events that took place in Charlottesville over the past several days. Racism, intolerance, and violence are always wrong. The equal treatment of all people is one of our nation’s bedrock principles. There is no room for equivocation here: the evil on display by these perpetrators of hate should be condemned and has no place in a country that draws strength from our diversity and humanity.As a company and for all business in general, it is critical that we help develop rational, intelligent policies to help expand opportunities for all of our citizens. I know that times are tough for many. The lack of economic growth and opportunity has led to deep and understandable frustration among so many Americans. But fanning divisiveness is not the answer. Constructive economic and regulatory policies are not enough and will not matter if we do not address the divisions in our country. It is a leader’s role, in business or government, to bring people together, not tear them apart.”With a president that has been so vocal about tax reform and reducing regulations, what might it mean for the mortgage finance industry now that the council has disbanded?Rick Sharga, EVP of Ten-X, remains optimistic for the industry.“It’s unfortunate that the political climate has become so toxic that CEOs began resigning from President Trump’s advisory committees, fearing that their participation would damage their companies,” he said. “When Government and business work together towards common goals, the U.S. economy benefits.“Luckily, the mortgage industry is well-represented in the Trump Administration—both Steve Mnuchin and Wilbur Ross are mortgage industry veterans, with broad, deep networks of executives within both the bank and non-bank lender community. Interests of lenders, and the consumers they serve, should continue to be heard.”Sharga also suspects that Dimon will continue to counsel the president as needed, as he has been known to do for past administrations. JPMorgan Chase Trump 2017-08-17 Joey Pizzolato Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Joey Pizzolato Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Loss Mitigation, Market Studies, News, REO, Secondary Market  Print This Post Subscribe Tagged with: JPMorgan Chase Trump Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago August 17, 2017 1,926 Views Related Articles Previous: Previous Post Next: Cash Making a Comebacklast_img read more

[Wildlife Protection Act] SC Dismisses PIL Challenging Provision Permitting Hunting Of Wild Animals In Certain Cases [Read Order]

first_imgNews Updates[Wildlife Protection Act] SC Dismisses PIL Challenging Provision Permitting Hunting Of Wild Animals In Certain Cases [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK14 Aug 2020 10:31 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has dismissed a Public Interest Litigation challenging the constitutional validity of Section 55(c) and Section 11 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.Section 11 of the Act empowers the Chief Wild Life Warden to permit hunting of wild animals to be permitted in certain cases, if he is satisfied that any wild animal specified in Schedule I has become dangerous to human…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has dismissed a Public Interest Litigation challenging the constitutional validity of Section 55(c) and Section 11 of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.Section 11 of the Act empowers the Chief Wild Life Warden to permit hunting of wild animals to be permitted in certain cases, if he is satisfied that any wild animal specified in Schedule I has become dangerous to human life or is so disabled or diseased as to be beyond recovery. Section 9 of the Act provides that no person shall hunt any wild animal specified in Schedules I, II, III and IV except as provided under section 11 and section 12 (Grant of permit for special purposes).  Section 55(c) No court shall take cognizance of any offence against this Act on the complaint of any person other than a person who has given notice of not less than sixty days, in the manner prescribed, of the alleged offence and of his intention to make a complaint, to the Central Government or the State Government or the officer authorised.Red Lynx Confederation, had approached the Apex Court contending that these provisions are ‘unconstitutional and inhumane’. As an interim relief, the petitioner sought a direction to Secretary Government of India to destroy all the trophies that are lying in the house of Nawab Sh. Shafath Ali Khan and others offenders. The petitioner also sought a direction to direction to Centralize all the weapon license holders data and activities through an intelligence software for strict monitoring of crop protection and sports category to avoid illegal use weapon and ammunition( explosives).  It also prayed for forming a committee under Honorable Retired Justice ot NGT, or any High Court of India or Sitting/Retired Justice of Supreme Court who are specialized in Forest and Wildlife to ‘to formulate Investigation for reported matter u/s 55(c ) Wildlife Protection Act.’While dismissing the plea, the bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and KM Joseph said:Besides what is noted above, the relief sought in prayer clause 1 cannot be granted. Moreover the reliefs which have been sought in prayer clauses 2 and 3 trench upon an area of policy. No valid basis has been indicated in the petition in respect of the prayer for challenging the constitutional validity of Section 55(c) and Section 11 of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. In the absence of any cogent foundation in the pleadings both on facts and law, we are not inclined to entertain the petition under Article 32. A petitioner who moves the court purportedly in public interest is not exempt from observing the essential principles of pleading.”The bench clarified that it has not adjudicated upon any issue which may arise in an appropriate case and that  it is open for the petitioner to pursue appropriate remedies in accordance with law.Case name: RED LYNX CONFEDERATION vs. UNION OF INDIA  Case no.: Writ Petition(s)(Criminal) No(s).166/2020 Coram: Justices DY Chandrachud and KM Joseph Appearance: Sangeeta Dogra, Petitioner-in-person, AOR Vikas Mehta Click here to Read/Download OrderRead Order  Next Storylast_img read more

Foyle Bridge closed to city bound traffic due to “ongoing incident”

first_img Previous articleProposal to repair road sections in Churchill deemed ineligibleNext article23 people awaiting admission at LUH News Highland Pinterest WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Google+ Facebook Twitter By News Highland – April 18, 2018 Facebook The Foyle Bridge in Derry remains closed to all city bound traffic due to what the PSNI have described as an ongoing incident.Police are asking people to avoid the area, saying they will issue an as soon as it reopens. Google+center_img WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Homepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Foyle Bridge closed to city bound traffic due to “ongoing incident” Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

State attorney Kim Foxx gets death threats after dropping Jussie Smollett charges

first_imgFrank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has received death threats since her office’s decision to drop charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.Her office did not offer specific details about the threats, but it said they included “racially charged language,” according to a statement Monday.“We can confirm that the State’s Attorney has received threats to her personal safety and security, a number of which have contained racially charged language,” the office told ABC Chicago station WLS on Monday.The announcement comes less than a week after the office released more than 3,800 pages worth of emails and text messages, including some where Foxx referred to the 36-year-old Smollett as a “washed up celeb who lied to cops.”Foxx made the comment to her top deputy, Joseph Magats, after she recused herself from the case.Smollett was indicted on 16 counts after allegedly lying to Chicago police about being attacked in a hate crime.“Sooo……I’m recused, but when people accuse us of overcharging cases…16 counts on a class 4 (felony) becomes exhibit A,” Foxx texted Magats, according to documents released last week.She also compared the case against Smollett to her office’s sexual abuse case against embattled R&B singer R. Kelly, to whom she referred as a “pedophile.”“Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16. On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think it’s indicative of something we should be looking at generally,” Foxx wrote. “Just because we can charge something doesn’t mean we should. … it’s not who we want to be.”The office eventually dropped the case against Smollett, saying it instead would focus resources on violent crimes. The move sparked backlash from the Chicago Police Department and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who called the decision “a whitewash of justice.”City officials sued the actor for $130,000 in the wake of the dropped charges, seeking reimbursement for funds spent investigating what they called bogus hate crime allegations.The lawsuit laid out a detailed account of the allegations against Smollett, who told police he was attacked Jan. 29 by two men who shouted homophobic slurs at him, wrapped a noose around his neck and poured an unknown liquid on him. The timeline includes a 41-point, blow-by-blow description, from when Smollett first met the Ola and Abel Osundario — the brothers who say Smollett paid them to help stage the attack — in the fall of 2017 until the final allegation that Smollett continued to be in contact with the brothers days after the purported attack.A lawyer for Smollett, who portrays a gay musician on Fox’s “Empire,” said the actor “vehemently denies” accusations of making false statements to police and “will not be intimidated into paying the demanded sum.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Bank of Ireland boss resigns after visiting porno websites

first_imgBank of Ireland boss resigns after visiting porno websitesOn 8 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The Bank of Ireland is searching for a new chief executive, after theresignation of Michael Soden, who has admitted using his PC during work time toaccess pornographic websites. The group CEO’s surfing habits were discovered by accident during routine maintenancework on his computer by IT staff. Soden, who has been in charge of Bank of Ireland since 2002, issued apersonal statement on the company’s website announcing his resignation. “I have taken this decision for personal reasons. This arises from accessby me on my PC to internet sites that contain content that infringed thegroup’s policy on these matters,” he said. “The content accessed was not illegal but did contain links to materialof an adult nature. I now accept that accessing this material was inappropriateand would cause embarrassment to Bank of Ireland and to the people who workthere.” Earlier in his career, Soden worked for a number of major banks and aftertaking over at Bank of Ireland had increased the company’s profitability. The bank’s board, which said it accepted Soden’s resignation “withregret”, has announced the appointment of Brian Goggin as his successor,with immediate effect. last_img read more

15-year-old Coco Gauff describes her ‘roller coaster’ Wimbledon run

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News(NEW YORK) — Tennis phenom Cori “Coco” Gauff, appeared cool and calm as she took Wimbledon by storm, but she said Tuesday she was just as surprised as everyone that she became the star of the All England Club. “This has all happened as a surprise,” Gauff said on ABC News’ Good Morning America. “I came into the tournament as a wild card into qualifying, and then to end up playing the No. 1 seed in qualifying, and then once I got through qualifying, playing my idol first round, this tournament has really been a roller coaster.” Gauff, 15, was ranked No. 313 in the world going into Wimbledon.She became the youngest player to ever qualify for Wimbledon and defeated 39-year-old Venus Williams in straight sets in the first round. After beating Williams, she beat Magdaléna Rybáriková to reach the third round, where she faced Polona Hercog of Slovenia. That match on Friday cemented her place in history, as she fought back from two match points, including a second set tiebreak, to come out on top. In doing so, Gauff became the youngest player to make it to the second week of Wimbledon since 1991.“Being down those match points and then coming back, that was definitely a great feeling,” said Gauff, who competed at Wimbledon while taking school tests. Throughout her inspiring run, Gauff was supported by family, friends and strangers in her hometown of Delray Beach, Florida, who gathered at a local restaurant to watch her matches. She received support online from celebrities including from Beyoncé’s mom, Tina Knowles, Jaden Smith and former first lady Michelle Obama.Even so, Gauff said it was the cheering fans present at Wimbledon that stand out as her greatest memory from tournament. “I think the most I’m going to remember is the crowd here,” she said. “Ever since the first match they’ve been supporting me, even when I was down those match points they were supporting me, and even after I lost my match they were clapping for me.”“The people here have just been so kind and so amazing,” she added.Gauff’s parents, Corey and Candi Gauff, also went viral during Wimbledon for their reactions to their daughter’s incredible play.Gauff said she always felt her parents’ support both on and off the court. “Their support means a lot to me,” she said. “After the match, the first thing that came out of their mouths was that they were proud of me, even though I didn’t play my best, but they were still proud of me that I fought as hard as I could.”Gauff is only allowed to play a limited number of pro tournaments due to her age. She said she hopes to play in the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., later this month. Fans can also catch her at the U.S. Open in August. “For sure I’m going to be playing in New York,” she said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by July 9, 2019 /Sports News – National 15-year-old Coco Gauff describes her ‘roller coaster’ Wimbledon runcenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more