NEW DELHI (AP) — Major Indian opposition parties have boycotted the opening day of Parliament’s budget session in solidarity with protesting farmers engaged in a standoff over new agricultural laws the government refuses to repeal. The protests were marked by violence on Tuesday, Republic Day, when tens of thousands of farmers riding tractors and on foot stormed the 17th century Red Fort. Clashes left one protester dead and nearly 400 police officers injured. India’s ceremonial president listed the government’s budgetary priorities in Parliament and described the violence as “unfortunate.” The main opposition Congress party said 16 opposition parties boycotted the president’s address.
During the spring of 2016, Pierpaolo Polzonetti, a professor in the Program of Liberal Studies (PLS), made the 45-minute trip from South Bend to Westville, Indiana, every week to teach a course on opera history. Polzonettis’s class in Westville was unlike anything he taught at Notre Dame — the final destination on his trip was Westville Correctional Facility, where he taught inmates the same PLS course he taught at Notre Dame on the history of opera.“The course is designed for non-music majors and intersects with politics, history, literature,” Polzonetti said in an email. “Opera becomes a pretext to talk about many other things, but I also insisted for a technical, rigorous, analytical approach.”Polzonetti is one of a few professors who have traveled to Westville to teach inmates. Both associate professor of English Kate Marshall and professor of PLS and English Steve Fallon — whose program Polzonetti cited as an inspiration — have made the journey west to teach at the prison.Fallon, who had previously taught courses at homeless shelters, said he was inspired to start this program by two members of the Bard Prison Initiative — an initiative which, according to its website, “creates the opportunity for incarcerated men and women to earn a Bard College degree while serving their sentences.”“I was inspired by their report of running a rigorous liberal arts program in several prisons in New York state,” Fallon said in an email. “I then joined a Notre Dame and Holy Cross College faculty steering committee, which began exploring and then mounting a liberal arts program at Westville Correctional Facility.”Fallon said his students at Westville enjoyed his course, which focused on the works of William Shakespeare and John Milton, for similar reasons as his students at Notre Dame.“They loved discussing the bottomless complexity of ‘Hamlet’ — does Hamlet cross the line from feigned to real madness?” Fallon said. “… They loved Shakespeare’s psychological acuity and the beauty of his language. With Milton, they loved thinking about and discussing the questions Milton raises.”Polzonetti said it initially took his students a little while to warm up to the idea of learning about opera.“At first it just sounds boring and looks weird,” he said. “Eventually it fills every cell we got with beauty and meaning. In their class evaluation one student wrote, ‘Learning opera! It is awesome! The technical side is complex and wonderful.’”The success of teaching students about opera, Polzonetti said, is rooted in making it a more accessible media.“We must share our talents and knowledge with people who did not have a chance to be exposed to forms of culture that are unjustly presented as elitist and preserved as inaccessible to most of our fellow human beings,” he said. “If we relegate opera, classical literature, art and music, etc. exclusively to the enjoyment of wealthy people living in big cities or to small groups of people who gain access to the academic ivory tower, these forms of culture won’t be more relevant to our society than collecting old stamps.”The ability to engage operas with those who would not usually be able to experience this media helped Polzonetti to gain a broader perspective and bring his experiences back to Notre Dame.“These students for the most part never expected to be in the kind of academic environment we are fostering at Westville, one that we are designing to be as much like Notre Dame’s academic environment as is possible while situated in a prison,” he said. Fallon said the program was important in helping to gain a broader perspective, and said it can be seen as an extension of the University’s mission.“I see offering a liberal arts degree program at Westville as guided by the Catholic Social Teaching and the preferential option for the poor.” he said. “Notre Dame has amassed great intellectual wealth, and I see it as our responsibility to share that wealth.” Tags: prison, Professors, program of liberal studies, teaching, Westville
With a little help from man’s best friend, Lee County, Georgia, 4-H members are learning how to be responsible.Started a couple of years ago by one Lee County High School 4-H member, the 4-H dog club teaches students how to properly care for dogs and how to responsibly raise one as a pet. Lee County’s University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H Agent Mallory Wise and UGA Extension 4-H educator Jennifer King coordinate the club. They enlist help from the local animal shelter, Humane Society and area volunteers. Approximately 50 students with various pet ownership backgrounds are in the club this year, Wise said.“A few of the kids who are participating have an interest in dogs, but don’t have them as pets. Most of the kids who have participated have dogs, but they are coming so that they can learn more about them, how to take better care of them, how to train them, that kind of thing,” Wise said.The group meets during the school year when the 4-H leaders can target programming to affect the most students. One focus of the club meetings involves learning about the different tasks that come with being a pet owner. Some of the students that have participated discuss the impact the club has had on them.“I enjoy the dog club because I can learn how to take care of a dog, and I learn how to treat dogs,” said Cameron Mills, a fifth grade 4-H member in Lee County.“It’s really fun. You learn a lot of stuff about dogs and you get to do fun activities,” said Dylan Smith, a seventh grade 4-H member in Lee County.Wise estimates that around 350 animals are euthanized in the Lee County area each month, at a cost of between $50 and $150 per animal. Many of those animals had owners who, for one reason or another, were no longer able to care for them.The goal of the dog club is to teach the students that owning a dog comes with responsibility.“The first meeting this school year, we had somebody from animal control come out and talk to the 4-H’ers about what it means to take care of a dog. A lot of the kids responded and were surprised, like, ‘I didn’t know it was all that extra work,’” Wise said. “The representative talked to them about the responsibilities of being a pet owner. A lot of the kids seemed to learn a lot from that because they heard it from a different person and gained a different perspective.”The students also learn about a dog’s dietary needs including why they can’t eat chocolate or use toothpaste made for humans. Instead, the students learn to make peanut butter dog treats. The 4-H’er members also learn that simple household items or toys can be harmful for dogs.“Overall, the response has been pretty positive. The kids want to know more,” Wise said. “They are all interested in continuing this education, doing more for their animals and spreading awareness throughout the community. They are more confident in their abilities to care for their dogs and are exploring options to volunteer in local animal shelters and even pursue careers in animal care.”For more information about the Lee County Dog Club, contact the Lee County UGA Extension office at 229-759-6025.
16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Leaders and managers – both essential to an organization’s success yet carry out vastly different roles. Or at least they should.The Harvard Business Review describes the differences in the two roles: “Management consists of controlling a group or a set of entities to accomplish a goal. Leadership refers to an individual’s ability to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute toward organizational success. Influence and inspiration separate leaders from managers, not power and control.”Said a different way: “Leadership begins where management ends and smart organizations value both and great organizations work hard to make each a part of their team,” writes Lolly Daskal. She goes on to explain some of the differences, including: continue reading »
“If you don’t stand up for something, you fall for anything,” said Quinones. (WBNG) — Protests across the country have sparked a passion within the hearts of many, including the younger generation taking to the streets to fight racial injustice. “I’m speaking up for what’s right and I believe my grandpa would be proud of me,” said Mazrui. “It really hurt me the most because I live in a neighborhood where everybody knows each other, everybody knows me,” said Quinones. He says that incident shaped his relationship with law enforcement, adding, “There are good cops. They’re not all bad cops. I look at it this way… when you get bit by a poisonous snake, you’re going to take the necessary precautions to make sure you don’t get bit again whether the snake is poisonous or not. You’re not going to want to encounter another snake.” Growing up mixed race and considered a person of color, Quinones is no stranger to racial profiling. He says when he was 16, an officer put him in handcuffs after demanding for his ID, which Quinones said he did not have on hand. He says the officer kept him in the handcuffs because he looked like a similar profile to a person with a warrant out for an arrest. Grace Mazrui grew up in Nigeria until she was six years old. She says her grandfather, Ali Mazrui, was born in Kenya and was a political scholar in Africa. He ended up being an activist in racial equality, even doing some work with Martin Luther King Jr. and Maya Angelou. Mazrui says her grandfather would be impressed to see her fighting for racial justice at such a young age, just like him. For 19-year-old Danny Quinones, 20-year-old Elissa Manwaring, and 16-year-old Grace Mazrui, youth is not wasted on the young. Instead, they’re taking their youth as an opportunity to create a platform for the generations that follow. Meanwhile, people like Elissa Manwaring, say it’s important for the white community to educate themselves and stand with their family and friends of color and those who identify as black or African. She says listening is the most important part because, “There’s things that go on underneath the surface that we don’t even think about that we need to recognize.” 12 News sat down with three people of Gen Z, the generation of people born around 1997 to 2012. This diverse group of young blood has been taking on the Black Lives Matter spreading across the globe. All three come from different backgrounds, but know their voices in unison can speak volumes for the generations that come after them. You can learn from children, from a kid,” said Quinones. “Until people are willing to learn from each other as a whole… black, white, whatever the race may be… then there really wont be any change.”
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The COVID-19 pandemic has yet to affect investors’ investment plans in the country, Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan has said.“No single project sees any cancellation,” Luhut told reporters in an online briefing on Tuesday, despite adding that some projects were expected to stall between April and June due to the pandemic.“There are even investors asking about the continuity of their investment,” he said, stating that Australian tycoon Andrew Forrest recently talked to him on the phone about the former’s planned investment in a 10,000 megawatt (MW) hydropower project in North Kalimantan. The project was worth an estimated US$2 billion per 1,000 MW, according to Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister spokesman Jodi Mahardi.The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) plans to attract Rp 886 trillion ($56.4 billion) worth of investment both from home and overseas this year. The country managed to attract Rp 809 trillion of investments last year, slightly above the target.“We will see how things unfold,” said Luhut. “If the situation gets better, we will definitely start the investment projects.”More than 5,100 people had contracted COVID-19 in the country with at least 460 deaths as of Wednesday afternoon, according to official data. The government declared a public health emergency while Jakarta, the nation’s virus epicenter, implemented large-scale social restrictions that suspend school, business and religious activities for 14 days.Topics :
Syahardiantono added that the suspect had initially attempted to smuggle the lobster seeds to Singapore without a business permit and certificate of origin, Antara reported.”The police have the authority to handle fisheries crime, especially in relation to lobster seed [smuggling],” he said.He went on to say that the case dossier had been completed and would soon be handed over to prosecutors. “The case is being handled under the jurisdiction of the Jambi Police and the East Java Police.”Kusmianto was charged under articles 92 and 88, in conjunction with Article 16 of Law No 31/2004 on fisheries, which carry a maximum sentence of eight years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to Rp 1.5 billion (US$ 104,067).Among the seized lobster seeds, 44,000 have been released by the National Fish Quarantine, Quality Control and Fisheries Products Safety Agency (BKIPM) into the Carita waters in Banten province. Meanwhile, 29,000 seeds have been handed over for research by the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry and 200 seeds will be used as evidence in court.The name Lim Swie King aka Kusmianto has caused confusion among the public and social media users, who thought the suspect was legendary badminton athlete Liem Swie King. Police spokesperson Argo Yuwono confirmed with The Jakarta Post that the suspect had a similar name but had no relation to the retired athlete.Topics : The National Police have arrested and named businessman Kusmianto, aka Lim Swie King or Aan, a suspect for allegedly attempting to smuggle 73,200 lobster seeds.The suspect was arrested in Bogor, West Java, on June 5, said Brig. Gen. Syahardiantono, the director of special crimes detection at the police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim).According to the police, Kusmianto had obtained a capture permit but the objects he had captured violated the requirement set under a 2020 maritime affairs and fisheries ministerial regulation.
Liverpool raised the bar so high and enjoyed such a huge winning margin in claiming the Premier League title last season it would be churlish to doubt their credentials for a repeat showing.Recent history suggests, however, that retaining the trophy will be far more challenging for Juergen Klopp’s side.Pep Guardiola’s magnificent Manchester City side did win back-to-back titles between 2017-19, but before that bragging rights had changed hands every season since 2009-10. Klopp’s side finished 18 points above Manchester City last season and an incredible 33 above Manchester United and Chelsea in third and fourth place respectively.The German knows it will be much closer this time, not because his side are likely to regress, but because the natural evolution of the Premier League means their main rivals will have spared nothing to close the gap.Catching Liverpool presents arguably the toughest challenge in European football right now though.Klopp has not built a team for a one-off title smash and grab, he has assembled one for lasting dominance. From the back to the front there are no weaknesses and, tellingly, it is difficult to pick out the team’s most valuable component, such is the value every player brings to the mix.In keeper Alisson, Liverpool have arguably the best stopper in the world while Virgil van Dijk, in his prime at 29 years of age, would walk into the central defense of any team in Europe.The midfield, with skipper Jordan Henderson as its beating heart, will continue to stifle the life out of rivals, and when it comes to attacking width, full backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson are the best duo in the business.Up front the attacking trident of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are not about to go all goal-shy. A bench featuring experienced heads such as James Milner, Xherdan Shaqiri and precocious youth such as full back Neco Williams gives a bountiful options.Klopp is unlikely to veer away from the formula that has worked so well, even if his side’s form after the resumption of last season following the three-month COVID-19 hiatus was less impressive — probably more as a result of the title being a formality rather than any darker reason.But Liverpool will come under attack as the likes of Guardiola, Chelsea’s Frank Lampard, Manchester United’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Tottenham Hotspur’s Jose Mourinho, to name a few rival managers, splash the cash and figure out their weaknesses.”If you can limit the supply and influence of Alexander-Arnold and Robertson, it is a good starting point to stopping them,” former Liverpool player Graeme Souness said.”Certainly, do not kick the ball long at Van Dijk’s head.”Liverpool are the favorites for the title, but I don’t see them running away with it again,” he added.Klopp has so far kept his powder dry in the transfer market, signing only Konstantinos Tsimikas from Olympiakos as cover for Robertson.That could change in the coming weeks though, as standing still in the Premier League, even for a team as dominant as Liverpool, is not a viable option Topics :
Sam Madsen with her sons Toby, 5, and Louis, 2, at Gregory Park in Milton. (AAP Image/Claudia Baxter)Paddington mother-of-two Sam Madsen lives within walking distance to Gregory Park at Milton and tries to avoid using the public toilets.Mrs Madsen said it was odd Council could provide syringe boxes in some park bathrooms but not handwash for her family who frequent parks.“I think it’s terrible,” Mrs Madsen said.“This park (Milton) is used by so many, the school is right next door. It’s so unhygienic.“Our rates keep going up and the health of the public is at risk.” Sam Madsen with her sons Toby, 5, and Louis, 2, in front of the public toilets at Gregory Park in Milton, Mrs Madsen is concerned that Brisbane City Council do not provide soap in their park-based public toilets. (AAP Image/Claudia Baxter)BRISBANE City Council has admitted to skimping on handwash in public parks despite health warnings the rate of influenza is the worst the country has ever seen.Council revealed in more than 2000 parks across Brisbane, due to the vandalism of dispensers in public places and daily maintenance requirements, it does not provide handwash in bathrooms in parks.Brisbane City Councillor Nicole Johnston (Tennyson ward) said she was “shocked” to hear Council did not provide handwash in park toilets.“There are so few public toilets for our community and they are in huge demand,” Ms Johnston said.“From a hygiene and safety point of view, soap is essential.”With school holidays underway and influenza spreading rapidly, Queensland Health has reported 44,727 cases of influenza this year.There have been 31,392 cases of influenza A reported, and 13,335 were influenza B.So far this year, there have been 4759 public hospital admissions across the state for influenza, and 548 of those required intensive care.Ms Johnston said it was a huge problem Council had not invested the necessary funds to properly maintain toilet infrastructure.The disclosure has outraged parents who say they pay a premium to live in suburbs close to parks and continue to see rates rise. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoBrisbane City Council public toilets in Gregory Park in Milton where no handwash is provided. (AAP Image/Claudia Baxter) Brisbane City Council public toilets in Gregory Park in Milton. (AAP Image/Claudia Baxter) Brisbane City Council public toilets in Gregory Park in Milton. (AAP Image/Claudia Baxter)Mrs Madsen said she carried hand sanitiser however Council should take responsibility and rectify the issue.“When we go to the City Botanic Gardens, there’s no handwash there either. How do you encourage safe hygiene practice if there’s no handwash in these public spaces?” she said.Sinnamon Park mother-of-three Emelia Chalker said Rocks Riverside Park at Sinnamon Park, where she spends a lot of time with her children, also had no handwash.“It’s such a big park, I can’t understand why there is no soap,” she said.“We pay rates and don’t get good facilities, it makes me angry.“This is how the flu can spread easily.”A Queensland Health spokesman said diseases including influenza and gastrointestinal infections could be spread through contact with people and contaminated surfaces, particularly in populated public areas.“Regular and thorough handwashing is the most effective way of removing potentially harmful germs and protecting yourself against illnesses, especially after using the bathroom, changing nappies or helping a child go to the toilet and before eating,” the spokesman said.Ms Johnston said she would raise the issue further to ensure handwash was back in public toilets.A Brisbane City Council spokesman said: “Council maintains more than 2,000 parks as part of our commitment to keeping Brisbane clean, green and sustainable.Due to the vandalism of dispensers in public places and daily maintenance requirements, Council does not provide hand wash in bathrooms in parks”. CASES OF INFLUENZA – 2017 Influenza A: 31,392Influenza B: 13,335Hospital ICU admissions: 548 Source: Queensland Health