Students grill Russian ambassador on LGBTQ+ rights record

first_imgThe ambassador replied: “That is exactly what we’ve discussed with Elton John. He had a conversation with President Putin about this before. And later on, there were a lot of publications in Britain about the gay rights, and all this. By the way I have a lot of friends who are gays [sic]. I have no problem with that.”He added: “If you live in Russia and you are gay, or in the so-called minority communities, you have all the rights the same as the others.”Another student asked Yakovenko if he agreed with claims made by Chechnya’s leader that the region does not have any gay people.“Well, I don’t know,” Yakovenko said. “It’s difficult to say if there are any gay people in Chechnya.”He added: “Probably the numbers of gays, [sic] they are not as high as in Europe. That’s why it’s a different issue”, before claiming nobody had complained about the treatment of gay minorities.The Union President, Gui Cavalcanti, asked him if people were too afraid to speak out.“No, no, no. Nobody’s afraid. We have so many gays [sic] for example if you go to Moscow. You have the gay sport, it’s just a normal way of life.“It’s not something that’s a real problem in my country.”After the event, Mather wrote on Facebook: “Just had the chance to take the Russian Ambassador to the UK to task over the purge of gay people in Chechnya, asking him why no one who perpetrated or condoned these actions has been held responsible and when the LGBT+ community in Russia will have equal rights as citizens and human beings. His response was beyond appalling. I’m still sat in the chamber and am fucking shook.”He added: “The lies, obfuscation, and complete lack of moral dignity displayed here tonight is appalling, but not surprising. The fact he’s been hosted during the same week as Oxford Pride is ridiculous.”A Union spokesperson told Cherwell: “Regarding the timings and dates for our speaker events, we are usually restricted by our guest speakers’ availability in trying to find a mutually suitable date, given their incredibly busy schedule. It is unfortunate that many have found the invitation of the Russian Ambassador ‘hugely insensitive’.” Angered students confronted the Russian ambassador to the UK on Tuesday, as the Oxford Union faced criticism for hosting him during Oxford Pride week.Alexander Yakovenko was forced to defend Russia’s record on LGBTQ+ rights, as students questioned him on the Russian state’s reported torture of gay men in Chechnya.The ambassador provoked widespread criticism when he denied there it was an issue, claiming: “It’s difficult to say if there are any gay people in Chechnya”.During his speech, Yakovenko spoke of his national pride, showing a four minute film displaying some of the highlights of the country – complete with orchestral soundtrack and English voiceover – and ending with a Russia-themed quiz.Russia goodie bags were awarded to the winners, and to Union president Gui Cavalcanti.However, when the question and answer session began, he was confronted by several members over Russia’s treatment of LGBTQ+ communities in Chechnya, where authorities have reportedly round up and tortured more than 100 gay men. The Kremlin has denied the allegations.Keir Mather, a History and Politics student at Wadham, said: “Ambassador, I’m a gay man. And if I lived in Chechnya over the last year I would have run the risk of being imprisoned, and tortured, and possibly killed by either my family or the state.“On behalf of all the LGBT Chechnyan people who will not have an opportunity to ask a question because they’re voiceless, I’d like ask you why nobody who’s perpetrated these crimes or has condoned them has been brought to justice, or faced any sort of criminal action, and also I’d like to ask you when the LGBTQ+ community in Russian will have their rights not only has citizens but as human beings.”His speech was met with an extended round of applause.last_img read more

Water main breaks on 55th Street

first_imgBAYONNE – A water main break on 55th Street and Broadway in Bayonne this morning has dropped water pressure for most residents and left some without running water at all, according to the Bayonne Office of Emergency Management (BOEM). Suez, the company that manages Bayonne’s water infrastructure, currently has crews working to fix the break. The company expects water pressure to return to normal throughout the city sometime this morning. There is no need to boil water, according to Suez​.last_img read more

Warburtons set to tackle the foodservice sector

first_imgWarburtons, which was exhibiting at the Convenience Retailing Show from March 1-3, revealed to British Baker that it is targeting the foodservice sector for the first time, working with FusionFSM, a firm that offers a strategic service for suppliers interested in entering the market.FusionFSM’s MD Peter Green told British Baker: “We carried out a survey for Warburtons in relation to foodservice to find out the opportunities. There is good interest in their core range of products, such as sliced bread as well as fruited loaves and hot cross buns.”As a result of the study, we are representing them in the areas of hotels, contract caterers and wholesalers. We will gauge reaction as we progress.”Green said that, initially, he approached the company last May and held a number of meetings. The decision to go ahead with the project was taken last month (February) with the support of Warburtons’ new business director Jason Uttley.l Warburtons is also launching a Bread and Milk Guarantee scheme for convenience stores, with point-of-sale material such as shelf wobblers, posters and window stickers, all telling consumers that the store guarantees to stock milk and Warburtons bread at all times of the day. Should either not be available, the customer is given a voucher enabling them to collect them for free the next day.last_img read more

Bread crusts could prevent cancer

first_imgScientists have discovered that regular consumption of bread, and particularly bread crusts, could help prevent bowel cancer.According to a report in The Daily Mail, the chemical reaction that produces the crust during baking also triggers the release of cancer-preventing antioxidants called pronyl-lysine. The findings, published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention, showed that the chemical’s levels were eight times higher in the crust than in the crumb. Pronyl-lysine is claimed to halt the development of pre-cancerous lesions in the colon. More research was needed before a dosage amount could be quantified, but the research pointed to a recommended daily intake of the chemical. Bowel tumours are the third most prevalent cancer in Britain. For the full story see here.last_img read more

The Main Squeeze To Celebrate Album Release At Boulder’s Fox Theatre

first_imgOn April 28th, funky L.A.-via-Chicago quintet The Main Squeeze will make their way to Boulder, CO’s Fox Theatre to celebrate the release of their stellar new album, Without A Sound. The album release party, presented by Live For Live Music, comes as part of the band’s nationwide spring tour in support of the new LP. According to guitarist Max Newman in an interview with L4LM, “This show’s going to be really sick. We’re in the process of doing all the live arrangements for our new tunes right now, and the way everything’s coming together has got us really excited.”The Main Squeeze Performs “Return Of The Mack” With Vulfpeck’s Antwaun Stanley At Fool’s ParadiseExplains Newman, “In the studio, I can lay down three or four different guitar parts, we can lay down three or four different synths, we can do a real bass and a synth bass, we can do a real drum set and add some electronic, hip-hop drums to fatten it up, stuff like that. So the challenge of taking this stuff live is, ‘how do we still portray the songs with that energy, but with just our five pieces?’ Boulder will be a great showcase for all these new arrangements. The town’s got a great music scene, our management is based out of Boulder, so that’s sort of becoming even more of a hot spot for us.”Without A Sound serves as a musical snapshot for the band, capturing their experience of relocating from The Windy City to the City of Angels. “Really, the whole thing is meant to capture our experience of moving to Los Angeles,” says Newman, “We started working on music right when we got out here. We didn’t really have a specific plan to make an album, necessarily, but we got here and had two months before we went out on tour and sort of realized—let’s just fuckin’ do this! Let’s capture this moment of arriving in L.A. It’s never going to be our first time living in this new place again. We figured as soon as we go out on tour and come back, a lot of that energy of having new surroundings dissipates since tour is this crazy grind, so the whole project was just about capturing that fleeting feeling.”***You can purchase tickets to The Main Squeeze’s Without A Sound album release show at The Fox Theatre in Boulder on April 28th here.***So far, the band has released three singles from Without A Sound: the highway-cruising “405,” the heavy rocking “Get At Me,” and synth-funk jam “Sweat.” You can listen to all three tracks below via Spotify: Stay tuned on The Main Squeeze’s Facebook page for new single releases each Friday leading up to the Without A Sound tour. For a list of tour dates, head to the band’s website. The Main Squeeze’s new album, Without A Sound will be available worldwide on April 28th. The album is available for pre-order now. Purchase tickets to The Main Squeeze’s album release show on April 28th in Boulder, CO here.[Cover photo via Phierce Photo – Keith Griner]last_img read more

Students to present history projects at SMC

first_imgHamilton said she hopes “the students gain a deeper understanding and an enthusiasm for history.”  “[National History Day] is a good way to engage younger students and get them into history,” said Kelly Hamilton, professor and chair of the Saint Mary’s History Department.There will be a history fair held in Spes Unica for the schools in the South Bend area that participate in National History Day. Students will exhibit their history knowledge with poster board projects, research papers, skits and even student-designed Web sites. “The more these students are taught that history is important to understand, the better. I’m hoping that a real love for history will be one of the real benefits of participating in this competition,” she said.  The program has been held at Saint Mary’s for the past three years and it’s expected to be held at the College in the future. Winners from each age group will advance to the state competition, Hamilton said. If those students succeed at the state level, they will compete at the national level with students around the country. “This is a really good opportunity for our students as well,” Hamilton said. “The nicest thing is our students are really impressed by the level of work they see by younger students.” The Saint Mary’s History Department is sponsoring a National History Day event tomorrow for fourth- to 12th-grade students on campus. Judges include members of the History Department, sponsors of National History Day and two Saint Mary’s history and education students. This year’s theme is “Innovation in History.” Students will be divided based on grade level, and judged on their depth of research and their presentation. Hamilton said National History Day could lead to internships for Saint Mary’s students to help develop history programs at local schools. The competition will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. An award presentation will follow in Carroll Auditorium where the winners will be announced.  “We are very proud of hosting [the event],” Hamilton said. “It’s very nice to see younger students interested in history and doing such nice projects. That is what we hoped to accomplish, and it’s really rewarding.”last_img read more

Fridays on the Fly: Watch John Gierach Catch Giant Brookies in Labrador

first_imgRenowned fly fishing author John Gierach has his fished in and written about countless fly fishing destinations throughout the course of his storied career. So when Gierach calls a particular destination “my favorite place to go in the whole world”, serious anglers tend to take note.For Gierach, that place is Labrador. The video below shows him and fellow anglers netting one immense Labrador brook trout after another in the remote Canadian province.Labrador‘s vast labyrinth of fresh water lakes and rivers is home to the world’s heartiest stock of wild brook trout. Gierach even goes so far as to headily declare the waters of Labrador the “center of the spiritual universe for brook trout.”Over the year’s, brook trout have been allowed to thrive here because of the remote nature of the waterways and the extreme measures that anglers must take just to fish for them. There is no stocking whatsoever, and catch and release practices are strictly implemented by local guides and camp owners.“When I step out of a canoe, I’m not sort of guessing, I’m positive that no human has ever put their foot their before,” says long-time Labrador fly fisherman and managing partner of Three Rivers Lodge in the southwest Labrador, Robin Reeve. “My foot went there, and that’s really exciting to me. That’s what has driven me for the last twenty-something years. My passion is sharing this with other people.”The best brook trout fishing in Labrador can be broken up into three general watersheds: the Minip and the Eagle River water systems in the Southeast and the Mackenzie/Woods River system in the west.last_img read more

Global Switch builds £1bn of sites

first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

China cleans, locks away banknotes to stop virus spread

first_imgTopics : Pharmacies across the country sold out of disinfectants and surgical masks in just days after a lockdown was announced in late January on Wuhan city, where the COVID-19 illness is believed to have emerged.Office buildings have installed packets of tissue in elevators that tenants are encouraged to use when pressing buttons, while ride-hailing company Didi exhorts drivers to disinfect their cars daily.’Emergency issuance’Fan Yifei, deputy governor of China’s central bank, said Saturday that banks have been urged to provide new banknotes to customers whenever possible.  China is disinfecting and isolating used banknotes as part of efforts to stop the spread of the new coronavirus that has killed more than 1,500 people, officials said Saturday.Banks use ultraviolet light or high temperatures to disinfect Yuan bills, then seal and store the cash for seven to 14 days — depending on the severity of the outbreak in a particular region — before recirculating them, China’s central bank said at a press conference.The virus, which has infected more than 66,000 people in China and spread to more than two dozen other countries, has sparked a rush to disinfect public places and minimize contact between people.center_img The central bank made an “emergency issuance” of four billion Yuan in new notes to Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, prior to the recent Lunar New Year holiday, Fan added.The measures are intended to “secure the public’s safety and health when using cash”, Fan said.But it is unclear how wide an impact the central bank’s disinfection work will have, with increasing numbers of Chinese people preferring mobile payments over cash in recent years.In 2017, nearly three quarters of Chinese respondents told an Ipsos survey they could survive a whole month without using more than 100 Yuan in cash.According to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 can be spread through contaminated objects in addition to droplets and direct contact with infected patients.last_img read more

Gov. Wolf, Sen. Casey Announce $3 Million in State Funding for New Project HOME Facility in Philadelphia

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf, Sen. Casey Announce $3 Million in State Funding for New Project HOME Facility in Philadelphia Equality,  Press Release Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Bob Casey today announced a $3 million grant to help fund the construction of a new Project HOME building with LGBTQ-friendly affordable housing units for young adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.“Nationwide, 40 percent of homeless young adults identify as LGBTQ, and we know that without early interventions to educate, employ, and empower homeless youth, and without a stabilizing force in their lives, it becomes incredibly hard to break the cycle they are caught in,” Governor Wolf said. “This project will target that population, giving them a place to stay and access to critical services that they need to get back on their feet in a time of intense need.”“Our nation has a deep and abiding obligation to the most vulnerable, a mission Project HOME fulfils daily,” Senator Casey said. “Earlier this year I called for additional resources to combat homelessness, particularly among children. I worked to help secure this grant so that more children in Southeastern Pennsylvania will be able to have this basic measure of security. This grant will also ensure that LGBTQ youth have an opportunity to reside in a secure and affirming environment.”The $3 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) funding will go toward construction of a four-story, 36,000 square-foot building at 1315 N. 8th Street in the Kensington section of the city. It will include 30 one-bedroom units of affordable housing targeted to young adults (age 18-25) who are homeless, have experienced homelessness, or are at risk of homelessness (including those aging out of foster care), and will be LGBTQ-friendly. Residents will benefit from a combination of housing, employment, education and health care-related services, as well as case management, life skills and community-building activities.“Project HOME is very grateful for the partnership with Governor Wolf and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Sister Mary Scullion, President and Executive Director of Project HOME. “With their extraordinary leadership, the $3 million RACP grant will leverage an estimated $13 million in total direct capital investment to support phase one of a two part, $27 million project at 8th and Thompson Streets. The first phase is 30 units of LGBTQ-friendly housing for homeless and at-risk young adults. We will continue our work with the broader community because none of us are home until all of us are home.”Project HOME plans to break ground in the spring of 2017. Construction is expected to be complete by the spring of 2018.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img October 21, 2016last_img read more