Prosecutor issues statement on Seeberg

first_imgThe St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office released a report Monday confirming that their office received a report from Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) regarding the investigation into a Saint Mary’s student’s death. First year Elizabeth “Lizzy” Seeberg died in an apparent suicide Sept. 10. She was 19. Seeberg had previously filed an allegation with NDSP claiming a Notre Dame student had sexually assaulted her. The alleged sexual assault took place Aug. 31, the release stated. After NDSP received the report of the sexual assault, it began an investigation. The Chicago Tribune published a story Sunday that said the University failed to inform the St. Joseph County Police and the county’s special victims unit (SVU), which handles sex offenses, about the alleged assault. St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak refuted this in Monday’s release. He said NDSP contacted the county’s SVU to advise them of the pending investigation. “[NDSP] has kept staff members of the SVU informed throughout the investigation,” he said. SVU is an investigative unit comprised of detectives from the South Bend, St. Joseph County and Mishawaka police departments. It investigates cases of alleged sexual battery and assault, domestic violence and child victimization. It is under the jurisdiction of the Prosecutor’s Office. NDSP, a fully authorized, independent law enforcement agency, finished its investigation of the alleged assault and forwarded it to the Prosecutor’s office Wednesday. The Prosecutor’s Office is now reviewing it and will make a statement after the review is completed. That statement will address “the next step in the process: the filing of charges, the decision not to file charges or a request for additional investigation of the allegations,” the release stated. University spokesman Dennis Brown said the University cannot comment on the specifics of any student disciplinary case due to federal law. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act protects the privacy of student records, according to the Department of Education’s website. “It’s not a matter of refusal, it’s a matter of compliance with the federal law,” Brown said. Dvorak addressed the sensitive and complex nature of such allegations in his statement. “I wish to emphasize that cases involving such allegations are complex and it would be inappropriate to rush to conclusions, rather than allowing the thorough review by prosecutors to occur in this matter,” he said.last_img read more

FTT to perform play exploring racism, identity

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Kevin Dreyer Maria Amenabar Farias, left, and George Azarate, right, rehearse for an upcoming production of “Native Gardens.” The comedy explores cultural divisions in the context of a fence dividing two backyards.First year master of arts student George Azarate, who plays Pablo, one of the lead characters, said the play addresses questions of intersectionality and identity.“There are these two ideas of how others see you and how you see yourself and realizing that your reality might not be everyone else’s reality,” Azarate said.Sophomore Maria Amenabar Farias, who plays Pablo’s wife Tania, said the play looks at racial and cultural divides and the importance of frequently addressing these issues.“No one is ever a hundred percent right or wrong,” Amenabar Farias said. “It’s about having that discussion about what racism is and what is or is not okay to say. It’s about how words affect people and actions affect people, and it’s about recognizing privilege which is a real thing that exists.”Azarate said although the show is a comedy, the plot also explores where people fit in social structures.“It’s lighthearted and it’s funny, but it’s also very profound,” Azarate said. “In this back–and–forth dialogue there are so many layers to this play, and for my character, his relationship with his wife and then his relationship with a neighbor shapes who he is.” “Native Gardens” was chosen by the FTT department as part of a deliberate effort to showcase diverse shows and casts.“We have been very consciously for a number of years now trying to make sure that in our season selection process we look very carefully at representation of underrepresented voices,” Dreyer said.Although the FTT department has a longstanding policy of casting roles in such a way that a performer’s race does not affect an individual’s consideration for a role, the department wants their shows to resonate more with minority groups by choosing shows with written-in diverse characters, Dreyer said.In striving for better representation in the theater, Dreyer said FTT is also committed to presenting work from diverse playwrights.“For a long time we were the theater of dead white guys; that’s the tradition around here. You look to the classics and the things that are tried and true, which happens across a lot of the departments,” Dreyer said. “There’s room for dead white guys, but there’s room for everybody else as well.”Dreyer, Azarate and Amenabar Farias all hope “Native Gardens” will help audience members recognize their own flaws, but even more, the importance of recognizing those shortcomings.“I want the audience to laugh at themselves and the people around them. I want them to recognize we all have our quirks and we all have our own perspectives,” Dreyer said. “But as long as we only look at our own perspectives, we are going to wind up in arguments like the people in the show.”Amenabar Farias said she believes theater ultimately helps people open their minds and consider a variety of issues.“We introduce an audience to a new world which makes people think,” Amenabar Farias said. “There’s some magic in theater, you feel like you’re there and the fact that anything can go wrong at any point makes it very organic. I just think that’s beautiful, and it’s something people should come and experience.”Tags: DeBartolo Preforming Arts Center, FTT, Native Gardens, Racism To kick off the spring semester, the Notre Dame Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) department will perform Karen Zacarias’ comedy “Native Gardens.” The play will be directed by FTT Director of Theatre, Kevin Dreyer and will run from Feb. 22 to Mar. 4 in the Philbin Studio Theater in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.“Native Gardens” tells the story of a Latinx couple and a white couple feuding over the fence marking the boundary between their backyards and explores a variety of current social and political issues.“The barrier exists between two backyards as opposed to between two nations, but the polarities between the two couples are set up in virtually every way that’s possible,” Dreyer said. “There are flashpoints throughout, and they eventually culminate into a border war.”last_img read more

Jamestown’s Mayor Announces His Police Chief Appointment

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) JAMESTOWN – Jamestown’s Mayor has appointed Timothy Jackson as the city’s next police chief.Mayor Eddie Sundquist announced the news on Monday afternoon.Jackson has been serving as acting chief following former Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings’s retirement in July.The appointment will need to be confirmed by the Jamestown City Council at this month’s voting session. “I am fortunate to be chosen to lead such a well-trained and hard-working group of individuals,” said Jackson in a statement. “It is my job to make sure they have the training, support, and resources, to serve the people of Jamestown.”“I’m grateful to have worked for excellent supervisors during my career who served as role models. The previous Chiefs have made great strides to improve the department, and I plan on continuing what my predecessors started,” he furthered. “I look forward to continuing and improving engagement with the community and building relationships with community stakeholders. The police department will continue to be accountable to the public and continuously improve on ways to keep Jamestown safe.”Jackson has served in the Jamestown Police Department since May 2000. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from State University of New York at Fredonia and his Masters of Administration of Justice from Mercyhurst University.He served in the U.S. Navy Reserve from 2002 to 2008 and was deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom from 2005-2006.Jackson was on the SWAT Team from 2002 to 2015, acting as SWAT Team Commander from 2010 to 2015. He was also Adjunct Professor at Jamestown Community College.He is a life-long resident of the City of Jamestown where he resides with his wife.last_img read more

John Hawkes & Tracie Thoms Will Star in World Premiere of Lost Lake

first_imgOscar nominee John Hawkes and Broadway vet Tracie Thoms will star in the world premiere of Lost Lake by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn. The Manhattan Theatre Club production, under the direction of Tony winner Daniel Sullivan, will begin performances on October 21 at New York City Center—Stage 1. Opening night is set for November 11. The creative team and additional casting will be announced at a later date. Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 21, 2014 Tracie Thoms In Lost Lake, the lakeside rental Veronica (Thoms) has managed to afford is a far cry from the idyllic getaway she and her children so desperately need. And the disheveled property owner, Hogan (Hakwes), has problems of his own—problems that Veronica is inevitably and irrevocably—pulled into. Hawkes received an Oscar nomination for his performance in Winter’s Bone. His additional screen credits include The Sessions, Lincoln, Contagion, Martha Marcy May Marlene and the HBO series Deadwood and Eastbound and Down. Thoms has appeared off-Broadway in The Exonerated and on Broadway in Drowning Crow, Stick Fly and the closing cast of Rent, having previously starred in the film adaptation. Her additional screen credits include Raze, Looper, Safe House, Grindhouse: Death Proof, The Devil Wears Prada and the upcoming remake of Annie. View Comments Related Shows Lost Lakelast_img read more

Total, Macquarie team up to build 2.3GW of offshore wind projects in South Korea

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:French energy group Total and Macquarie’s Green Investment Group have concluded a partnership to develop five large floating offshore wind projects in South Korea, the firms said on Tuesday.Oil companies like Total have been ramping up investment in renewable projects in a bid to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and increase their exposure to low-carbon investments.The wind projects have a potential joint capacity of around 2.3 gigawatts (GW), and Total and Macquarie aim to launch construction of the first project of around 500 megawatts by the end of 2023.“Our entry in the floating offshore wind segment in South Korea is in line with Total’s strategy to profitably develop renewable energy worldwide and contribute to our net zero ambition,” Chairman and CEO Patrick Pouyanné said.Total currently has around 5 GW of renewable power capacity and is aiming for 25 GW by 2025.South Korea wants to build more renewable power plants and reduce its reliance on coal as part of efforts to reach net zero emissions by 2050.[Susanna Twidale and Sudip Kar-Gupta]More: Total and Macquarie to develop South Korea wind projects Total, Macquarie team up to build 2.3GW of offshore wind projects in South Korealast_img read more

BRO Ultimate 100: Adventure #90

first_imgBRO Ultimate 100: Adventure #90 from Blue Ridge Outdoors on Vimeo.New Year’s resolutions are easy to make but harder to keep. Maybe you want to run an ultra or try kayaking for the first time. Whatever your goals are, make the 2014 year a good one. Check out this month’s issue for the BRO Ultimate 100, a list of 100 must-do mountain adventures in the Blue Ridge as suggested by our readers, our region’s experts, and our staff. Big or small, we have an adventure for you!This week’s BRO-TV episode features adventure #90, a suggestion from Harrisonburg-based mountain biker and Shenandoah Mountain Touring owner Chris Scott. He says riding the singletrack in Virginia’s Douthat State Park is a must for any fat tire lover.last_img

CFPB’s arbitration proposals could hit credit unions

first_imgCredit unions may find themselves in court more often if the CFPB acts on its proposed ban on class action waivers in arbitration clauses – a change some industry experts said could inflate compliance costs and eliminate products and services.The proposed rules, announced Oct. 7, would make it illegal for contracts for many types of consumer financial products to have arbitration clauses that prevent members from participating in class action lawsuits. In the CFPB’s cross-hairs are credit unions, banks, card issuers, auto lenders, private student lenders, loan originators, money-transfer providers and a host of other financial services firms. It may also add payment processors to the list, it said. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Call centres – Ringing endorsement

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Argent breaks Manc duck

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Dozens of COVID-19-positive people are in home-isolation in Jakarta. How does it work?

first_imgDwi, however, did not explain how the health authorities would monitor the movements of the infected patients to make sure they stayed at home.Among more than 300 cases nationwide, 211 are in Jakarta, making the capital Indonesia’s epicenter for the outbreak.The government has ordered the retrofitting of the athletes’ apartment complex in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta, which can accommodate 15,000 people, and state-owned hotels to make them emergency wards. However, the facilities are not yet ready.Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto signed on Monday a protocol establishing guidelines for home-isolation or self-quarantine aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. As hospitals in the capital are being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, the Jakarta administration is putting dozens of positive cases with mild symptoms in home isolation. However, questions arise as to how the health authorities are making sure these people do not leave home and infect others.On Thursday, out of the 208 COVID-19-positive patients in Jakarta, 70 people were under a 14-day home-isolation or self-quarantine, according to the administration’s coronavirus data provider, corona.jakarta.go.id. On Friday, the number in home isolation decreased to 57 among 211 confirmed cases.”The important thing is for them to limit their interactions, staying in their own rooms,” the Jakarta Health Agency’s head of disease control and prevention division, Dwi Oktavia, told The Jakarta Post at City Hall on Thursday. “People in home-isolation are in relatively good condition, not a critical one.” The protocol is designed for suspected COVID-19 patients who show symptoms such as fever and respiratory infection and have a travel history to infected places or interactions with confirmed cases in the previous 14 days. However, the protocol also extended to confirmed cases, COVID-19 government spokesperson, Achmad Yurianto, said on Thursday.The protocol states that monitored persons should, among other things, stay home for 14 days, use a separate room in the house, maintain a one-meter distance from others, use a face mask, perform daily temperature checks, use separate sets of cutlery and toiletries and spray disinfectant around the house.The protocol relies on the conscience of the patients themselves as it does not carry any consequence if the patient does not follow all the guidelines.For COVID-19-positive people, the home-isolation is monitored by their respective health community centers (Puskesmas), according to Yurianto. However, he elaborated on the monitoring protocol.Yurianto advised people to consult with doctors from time to time, specifically mentioning one brand of app-based health care in his text message to the Post.Other countries also practice home-isolation for patients who tested positive but have mild symptoms. A 50-year-old Indonesian woman, for example, was observing a 14-day home-isolation at her home in Melbourne, Australia, after she tested positive for the coronavirus on March 8.According to the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), home-isolation requires, among other things, the patient to have a stable enough condition, an appropriate caregiver, a separate bedroom and protective equipment such as gloves and face masks. The patient is also expected to follow recommended precautions such as respiratory and cough hygiene, as well as cough etiquette.The former head of the National Committee for Avian Flu Control and Pandemic Preparedness between 2006 and 2010, Bayu Krishnamurti, said there were two types of policies to contain virus. The first involves forcible confinement and the other relies on people’s consciences.“The forcible model includes total lockdown, prohibition on leaving home. That based on conscience includes the suggestion for any people, healthy or suspected cases, to not leave home,” he said.If the home isolation is done with the forcible method, the government has to have detailed protocols on how to enforce the rules, he said.Bayu said so far the government had used the “conscience” type. He also said at the moment it was not feasible to deploy a special health worker to monitor each patient under voluntary home-isolation. (dfr)center_img Topics :last_img read more