Unruh Institute hosts first ‘Students Talk Back’ event

first_imgThe panel discussion featured Commander William Scott of the LAPD; Jasmyne Cannick, a community activist and political communications strategist in California; Nathaniel Haas, an editorial columnist for the Daily Trojan and Yasmeen Serhan, special projects editor of the Daily Trojan. The panel was co-moderated by Dan Schnur, executive director of the Unruh Institute, and Euno Lee, editor-in-chief of the Daily Trojan.Schnur opened the panel by highlighting the divisiveness surrounding race relations and police interaction, and asked that the students, faculty and community members in attendance treat the topic sensitively in their participation with the panelists.“It’s a critically important [issue], and it’s a sensitive one,” Schnur said.Lee began the discussion by asking Scott what steps the LAPD has taken since the 1992 Los Angeles riots to improve the relationship between the police and the community.Scott described the evolution of the department’s tactics from suppression-based strategies in the ’70s and ’80s towards a more community-based approach following peak violence in the ’90s.“In 1992 following the Rodney King trial, we had to revisit what we do … [V]iolent crime was at a high level, centered in minority communities,” Scott said. “Our suppression strategies … led to undermining the other parts of our goal, which was knowing our communities and understanding how they wanted and needed to be policed.”Scott said the LAPD has moved away from militaristic, tactics-based training and that the department’s “training is more vision and values focused now.”He conceded, however, that further efforts are required to improve police-community relations.“The bottom line is [that the LAPD is] trying to increase the amount of trust between us and the community, but we have a lot of work to do,” Scott said.When asked the same question, Cannick was quick to reframe the issue.“The words that are often used to described [the events of] 1965 and 1992 are ‘riots’, but a lot of us consider them an ‘uprising’ or a ‘rebellion,’” Cannick said.Cannick also compared the lack of transparency within the LAPD to that of the Ferguson police department this summer. The necessity of open communication between the police, the press and the community was a salient issue for panelists, who brought up the social media and journalist response to Ferguson this summer. Panelists agreed that police non-cooperation and infringement on freedom of the press were disconcerting.“A lot of the [media] sources that we sent were being silenced or barred … [E]leven journalists were arrested,” Serhan said.When asked what effect the media has on forming public opinion in racially charged cases such as these, Haas explained the importance of the dynamic between the police, the media and the public.“The question to ask is not ‘What happens when communication breaks down between the media and the public?’ but ‘What happens when the communication breaks down between the media and the police department?’” he said.Cannick said that the media needed “more rapid responses” from police with “correct, factual and honest answers.”Ultimately, all panelists agreed on the importance of a continuing dialogue between the community and members of the police force in order to move forward on racial profiling issues. Scott recalled the tense discussion between the LAPD and the USC community after the department shut down a predominately minority graduation party in riot gear in spring 2013.“Dialogue can go a long way, and it’s not always comfortable,” Scott said. “You get in a room and talk about racial relations, and it is not comfortable, but we have to do it.” The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics resumed its event series “Students Talk Back: A Politics and Policy Forum” on Wednesday in the Tutor Campus Center, with a discussion entitled “The Legacies of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown: How the Nation Moves Forward.”Tough talks · LAPD Commander William Scott speaks at a panel discussion Wednesday noon in Tutor Campus Center as part of the Unruh Institute’s “Students Talk Back: A Politics and Policy Forum” event series. – Jessica Magana | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

Reel Adventures Fishing Report

first_imgReel Adventures Fishing Charters Fishing ReportBy Kerry ReedKootenay Lake: It’s happening. This is my favorite time of the year for fishing Kootenay Lake.The water temperature has finally dropped to that perfect number and yes, the fish are feeding well.  At the beginning of October, the fish were scattered throughout the water column, but now they seem to have all reached the surface.Rainbow trout up to 27 pounds are being caught lately, with lots of fish in the 20-pound range.In fact, we had three fish over 20 pounds in our boat in a matter of a week.  It’s been a long time since we’ve seen these big fish, but now it was worth the wait.  Also there is a fair number of Bull trout being caught lately in the 15-pound range. We’ve been catching lots of fish between five to 15 pounds.  It seems that there is definitely a distinct feeding time for these fish each day.  A lot of times we’ve had one fish on, and another fish hits the other rods. So, it makes for an exciting time. Here’s an example of some of the excitement:  Recently I was out with a group of four people.  Once we got the lines in the water, it was only a matter of minutes.  “Fish on, ” I yelled.  As the line was screaming out, we all stood back and enjoyed the fight.  After about three minutes of fighting this brute, the fish spit the hook.  Good start anyways.  Another couple minutes pass and a second rod starts screaming out.  Another big fish on,  While we were fighting that fish, I slowed the boat down a little.  Just as the boat slowed, the third rod starts screaming.  A true “Double Header.”We managed to land the second fish and get a quick photo before releasing it, just in time to net the third fish and get a photo and release it. Both Rainbows were well over 10 pounds, as well as the first one that we lost.  Such a great start to the day. About 10 minutes go by and guess what…another screamer!!  We fought that fish for about five minutes and then the hook came free.  We caught two more smaller fish before noon, then an afternoon lull in the action.  It was nice to actually have a break.  We had lunch on the boat and continued to fish. About three hours went by until the afternoon bite came on.  It was another big Rainbow to the boat and a couple smaller ones. What a great day on the water.  Just an example of what one day on the boat can bring. The best of the best Well, it’s different every day depending on the weather conditions and water conditions. On the calm days, we are using the usual Lyman Plugs on the surface or downrigger.  And on the windy days, we are using the usual Bucktail Flies on the surface.  Stick with the rule of thumb for colors.  On bright days use brighter colors and on the cloudy days, use darker colors.Black and white has been really good on the overcast days. Also managing to get both Rainbows and Bull Trout on the flasher/hoochie combo on the downriggers. All in all, October was a great month of fishing and November/December should only get better and better. Looking forward to more great fish as winter approaches. Tight lines…………………..last_img read more

Thursday notes at 2011 West Kootenay B.C. Seniors Games

first_imgThe venues have been chosen, the athletes have checked in and now the 2011 version of the B.C. Seniors Games is well underway with more than 3000 competitors kicking, throwing, hitting, discarding and acting their way to what is hoped to be a successful competition.However, before the torch is extinguished in Castlegar Saturday afternoon a group of volunteers will be hunkered down at Hume School in Nelson tabulating results to determine the winners of the 2011 West Kootenay B.C. Seniors Games.Thursday was a crazy day at Hume Elementary as results trickled in instead of flowing into the computers.It appears many of the sites in Trail are not wireless friendly, forcing organizers to use human runners to get results to a terminal in the downtown able to transmit to results central in Nelson.No worries for friend, family and athletes.A later start to Friday’s action allows the organizing committee to get into the computer lab in the morning to bring the site up to speed.* Age is definitely not a hindrance to some athletes.For example, take a look at 90-year-old Dennis Scorah of Kelowna. There was the Okanagan cyclist, front and center (see gallery below) in the start gates during Thursday’s time trial in the cycling event of the B.C. Seniors Games.* Haley Park in Warfield has been the site of the busiest sport in the games  — track and field.The day starts at 8:30 a.m. and runs until 4:30 p.m. until Saturday when the sport concludes at 12:30 p.m.* Friday is another full day of sport activities in the three host cities — Castlegar, Trail and Nelson.In Castlegar there are horseshoes, badminton, carpet bowling, equestrian, floor curling, golf, slopitch, soccer, tennis and whist.Nelson events are bridge at Hume Elementary, cribbage at Central (DESK) Elementary, cycling, dragon boat racing at Lakeside Park, ice hockey at the NDCC Arena, one-act plays at Capitol Theatre and table tennis at L.V. Rogers.Trail has track and field at Haley Park in Warfield, archery, bocce, darts, five-pin bowling, golf, curling, and ice hockey at the Memorial Centre, pickle ball, swimming and tennis.* Closing ceremonies go Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the Castlegar Sports [email protected]last_img read more

SA to crack down on tender fraud

first_imgMeasures to curb tender fraud Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has proposed levying penalties of up to double the value of the contract on those who obtain contracts fraudulently as one of a number of proposed measures to eradicate fraud in public procurement in South Africa. Implementing measures to ensure that officials who have breached the buying rules remain under suspension while an investigation into them is under way. Making public officials who assist in tender fraud liable for the resulting losses incurred by the government. A total of R25-billion of procurement and tender fraud was currently being investigated by the government, Gordhan said, adding that the government was recently awarded preservation orders worth about R200-million on a Lear jet, a golf course, a holiday home and a hotel, following the arrest of prominent business people and senior government officials. Gordhan also outlined further measures to reduce the amount of wasteful expenditure within the government. Some of the other measures Gordhan proposed to curb tender fraud include: In a bid to increase the detection of fraud, government departments and agencies would be required to provide specific information to the National Treasury on procurement practices. The government was also looking at improving administrative capacity to help departments to deliver services more cost-effectively, and called for a new initiative to ensure that funds for training programmes were spent. He added that IT systems and management consulting services would also be subject to additional scrutiny within the supply chain regulatory framework. Revising procedures for the issuing of tax clearance certificates, so that the South African Revenue Service (Sars) can more easily check whether a bidder has the required tax compliance or not.center_img “As a result of these efforts, Honourable Speaker, we are beginning to see a change of attitude on the part of service providers. In a recent case, a firm which was paid R10-million by a department for work that they had not done, voluntarily returned the money to the fiscus,” he told Parliamentarians. Improving administrative capacity Presenting his medium-term budget policy statement to Parliament in Cape Town on Wednesday, Gordhan said the National Treasury had been working with other departments to crack down on fraud and corruption. He said R12.4-billion budgeted for capital projects in the last financial year had gone unspent, pointing out that the approach included technical support to those agencies and departments that underspent. “Where necessary, the cash disbursements process of government agencies will be temporarily assumed by Treasury, thereby ensuring that only valid contracts are honoured and government is charged a fair price,” Gordhan said. 27 October 2010 With the proliferation of quasi-independent agencies in recent years, he said the government also planned to scrutinise non-departmental agencies with a special focus on staff establishments, remuneration and governance. Strengthening tax compliance measures associated with government procurement, including the introduction of a withholding tax on payments made to businesses selling to the government. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

The Wendt Group wins Ohio’s Best Auction (again)

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Auctioneers Association (OAA) has recognized The Wendt Group by naming the company the winner of it’s prestigious Auction of the Year in both 2017 and now 2018 at the annual Auctioneers Association Conference.The 2018 marketing contest included entries from across the state. The Wendt Group took home not only the top prize, but also best of show and 12 additional awards in Brochure Design, Newspaper Advertising, Public Relations, Auction Promotion, Photography and Digital & Social Media. The Wendt group was recognized at the recent competition reception in Columbus.“To be recognized by your peers on the state level is the ultimate honor an auction company can receive,” said Kevin Wendt, The Wendt Group president. “We’ve also been blessed to be affiliated with Wes Sigler and Blue River Digital to bring award-winning and unique marketing design options to our sellers.”last_img read more

Owner of Wind Turbines Fined $1 Million in Bird Deaths

first_imgDuke Energy Renewables has become the first wind energy company prosecuted under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and will pay a $1 million fine for the deaths of eagles and other birds at two Wyoming wind farms, the Associated Press reports.The case represents the first time the government has used environmental laws to protect birds from the hazards of wind energy installations, and it follows an earlier report by the AP that dozens of eagles had died in collisions with wind turbines.“In this plea agreement, Duke Energy Renewables acknowledges that it constructed these wind projects in a manner it knew beforehand would likely result in avian deaths,” Robert G. Dreher, acting assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, said in a statement Friday, according to the AP.Duke Energy Renewables President Greg Wolf said the company deeply regretted the deaths. “Our goal is to provide the benefits of wind energy in the most environmentally responsible way possible,” he said.One of the two wind farms is located in Campbell Hill, Wyoming, northwest of Casper, and the other is the Top of the World farm outside Casper.The AP said that turbine blades look as if they’re moving slowly, but blade tips can move at speeds as high as 170 mph. Eagles scanning for food on the ground don’t look up as they fly, the report said, and don’t notice the spinning blades until it’s too late.Utilities have tried a variety of tactics to reduce fatal collisions. As part of the agreement, Duke will continue to use biologists to identify eagles and shut down turbines when they get too close, the AP said. The company also has agreed to install new radars.last_img read more

November 28 2007 We last reported on 10307 a

first_imgNovember 28, 2007 We last reported on 10/3/07 about interior construction on the first floor of Unit 10 in the East Crescent. Crew leader Maggie Lamb directs a group of construction interns and workshop participants to continue interior finishing. [Photo & text: sa] Interns Daniela Cardace and Elisabetta Quaglino cut drywall exactly to accommodate a utility panel. [Photo & text: sa] Some of the November 4. workshop participants stain wooden planks. The wood will be used to cover a wall at the back entrance to this appartment. This report continues on 11/30/07. [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

Jenkins welcomes summer reading contest winner to Capitol

first_img Categories: News 13Nov Jenkins welcomes summer reading contest winner to Capitol First grader Rhea Mouw learns what it’s like to be ‘Rep. for a Day’Rep. Nancy Jenkins (left) welcomes “Rep. for a Day” Rhea Mouw and her mother, Tonya, to the state Capitol in Lansing. Rhea was the winner of Jenkins’ summer reading contest.As the winner of state Rep. Nancy Jenkins’ summer reading contest, Adrian resident Rhea Mouw today learned what it’s like to be “Rep. for a Day” at the Michigan Capitol.“It is always exciting to have a local resident visit me in Lansing, and Rhea’s trip today was a celebration of her accomplishments this summer,” said Jenkins, R-Clayton. “Rhea worked hard throughout the summer reading program, and I am glad she was able to join me at the state Capitol. I hope she learned a lot about our state government and the work we do here.”Mouw met with Jenkins and other state representatives to kick off the day, then attended a committee hearing with the lawmaker. From there, the first grader at Madison Elementary School took a tour of the Capitol before being recognized on the House floor by Jenkins.Various public libraries throughout Lenawee County participated in Jenkins’ summer reading contest.###last_img read more