City Holds Special Golden Shovel Ceremony Saturday, Celebrates Phase II Of Jackie Robinson Recreation Center Renovation

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Required fields are marked * 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it The long awaited multi-million dollar renovation of the Jackie Robinson Recreation Center will break ground Saturday (under a tent) at a special ceremony that will kick off Phase II of the Center’s extensive rehabilitation project designed to better serve the recreational needs of the community.The ceremony marks a milestone for the project which has been in development for over a decade and will feature remarks by local dignitaries, city government officials and community members who made this dream a reality for the City of Pasadena.“The Robinson Park Recreation Center will definitely be a true center to our community and we think that it will be truly representative of what we would like to see in a recreation center,” said Department of Human Services and Recreation Director Horace Wormley.Phase II of the the rehab will include a substantial rehabilitation of the existing approximately 19,000 sq. ft. recreation center and consists of the demolition and reconstruction of the Center’s 9,000 square feet multipurpose room, administrative offices, kitchen the open courtyard, recreation rooms and a conference room, according to Wormley.Approximately 4,900 additional square feet of fitness areas, dance rooms and storage will be added to the facility.“The actual planning of this groundbreaking included and extensive community engagement effort,” said Horace Wormley.City Council approved the preliminary design in February 2015 and authorized the Department of Public Works to proceed with the proposed project.Over thirty community meetings were conducted to gather public input for the new facility.“The community has really embraced this project and they’ve really let us know what they want to see in this facility,” said Wormley.The City Council adopted the Robinson Park Master Plan In 2002 after extensive community input and City Commission review, according to the City website.Phase I of the implementation involved a 2 1/2 acre expansion of the existing park and improvement of the site with new soccer and baseball fields, installation of synthetic turf, construction of new restroom and storage facilities, new sports field lighting, site amenities and parking lot.Demolition is expected to take place in early March and will take approximately fifteen months to complete with a price tag of $11.4 million.“Everything except for the gym and pool area will be demolished and built from the ground up,” said Wormley.The new and improved facility is designed to be ADA accessible and will include energy efficient lighting technology in addition to new security upgrades.The grounds will be equipped with drought tolerant landscaping as well.“We think it will certainly bring our community together and it will be a center that will be worthy of the greater Pasadena area. We’re looking forward to it and certainly we think it will work,” said Wormley.Once the new center is up and running next year, there are plans to continue offering the popular Youth Sports and Enrichment Program that will include summer camps, tiny tots classes, and adult and senior fitness programs.“The community is really excited about having a facility that will continue and in a better way, accomodate all of these various programs that we have to offer,” said Wormley.The event will include elected officials, City staff and spotlight young people that will utilize the facility, according to Wormley.“Everyone who will have a hand in or do something inside of the facility will definitely be apart of the groundbreaking ceremony,” said Emerson.Speakers will include Councilmember John Kennedy, remarks by Mayor Terry Tornek, City Manager Steve Mermell a representative from Assemblyman Chris Holden’s office and a representative from the legendary Robinson family.“We’re looking forward to the project getting started so we can have a great facility for our community to enjoy,” said Wormley.Robinson Park Recreation Center Ground Breaking Ceremony begins Saturday at 1 p.m. on the lawn in front of the Robinson Park Recreation Center located at 1081 N. 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Woman and child found dead in Co. Kerry

first_imgNews Senior Gardaí are meeting in Co. Kerry this morning following the discovery of the bodies of a mother and daughter at a house in Killorglan yesterday.The 27-year-old woman and her 8 -year-old daughter are believed to be from Lithuania. They were found at their home in Langford Downs at around 8:30 in the evening.It is understood the pair had been living in Ireland for around 5 years.Reporter with Radio Kerry Aisling O’Brien says they both suffered violent deaths.”The state pathologists office has been notified, and the Garda crime scene investigation unit are en-route form Dublin” she said.”Senior gardai are meeting in Killarney this morning about this investigation and of course it’ll obviously depend on the result of the post mortem’s before they can decide whether or not to open a murder investigation”.”That’s pretty likely at the moment, judging on what’s being said locally here” she added. By News Highland – June 17, 2013 Twitter Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleUpdate – Man who admits Eugene Maloney’s manslaughter to be sentenced in two weeks timeNext articleObama speaks in Belfast ahead of G8 summit News Highland WhatsApp Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Woman and child found dead in Co. Kerrycenter_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Little Things you can do for your mental health

first_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook By admin – June 6, 2016 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Get your body moving: Easier said than done perhaps, but the importance of releasing plenty of happy endorphins when you’re not feeling yourself is paramount. You don’t have to commit to becoming a gym bunny or sign up for Marathons – start small with brisk walks on a sunny evening, dancing with friends, cycling to work or even hiking with friends at the weekend. The release of a light jog when you’re frustrated might just surprise you. WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Try something different/creative: Did you know that nine of the top 20 best-selling publications on Amazon at present are adult colouring books? They’re a fantastic diversion. If that’s not your cup of tea, try some other #littlethings such as knitting, photography, singing, writing – anything that increases your confidence and takes your mind to a happier place. Homepage BannerNews Take the time to relax: With such busy lifestyles, often we forget to slow down and relax. There are so many #littlethings we can do to calm ourselves & slow our minds down. A simple start is to focus on your breathing. Concentrate on every particle of rich oxygen that flows into your body and use the soothing effects to regain control of the situation. Along with that look at meditation you can do from home, join a local yoga class or better yet take a class on mindfulness. Don’t just count sheep: The benefits of a good night’s sleep are self-evident yet still most of us struggle to get our 8 hours. Lying awake with your mind racing often ruin our best intentions to get an “early night”. Believe it or not a good sleep routine takes work & there are #littlethings we can do to encourage a sounder sleep on a nightly basis. Cut down on caffeine -especially in the evening, turn your phone off an hour before bed & develop a wind down routine with a good book or ambient music. Allow the mind to relax & prepare for rest. Pinterest Expand your network of friends: When you’re struggling / frustrated or going through a tough time, fresh friendly faces can be a great distraction & new source of support. Sure, meeting new people can be daunting but putting yourself out there can do wonders for your confidence. Muck in with the local community and get involved with social group activities. Check out your local radio stations “Community Diary” segment to find plenty of #littlethings happening in your local area. No doubt your local Tidy Towns Committee or five aside squad would love a new member. Google+ Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Please Talk: Yes, talking gets a second mention- but it’s one of the most important #littlethings you can do. You might expect that those closest to you will notice when you’re not feeling the best, but sometimes people are cautious & don’t want to interfere. Pick the right moment so you can chat without interruption, in a comfortable setting. If it’s hard to articulate your thoughts, try putting them on paper first. Just writing down your feelings can be therapeutic in itself. Confide in somebody you trust. If you need to talk to someone right now, free call Samaritans on 116 123 or email [email protected] Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Brought to you by the HSE #littlethings – for more information visit yourmentalhealth.ie Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Start your day in a positive way: This small simple task that can give you great perspective for the day ahead. Every morning when you wake up, make a note (either mental or on paper) of 5 things you are grateful for – “a gratitude journal”. It might take discipline to get started but negativity is a pervasive emotion but you can break the cycle by reminding yourself of #littlethings you feel positive about. Make the kitchen your friend: After a long hard & irritating day the simple solution is to treat ourselves to something delicious, easy & probably not that nutritionally beneficial for dinner…. bad idea. Good food is essential to make sure your mind and body work properly. It doesn’t have to be a gourmet meal but, picking a few simple 30 minute recipes to create a healthy, balanced & therefore guilt free meal can be extremely gratifying. Buy a bag of nuts to snack on, put on your favourite album & get started! RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Top Ten #LittleThings you can do for your mental health Talk it out: We’re all guilty of harbouring our personal problems/stressful situations, not wanting to burden friends and family… but we need to realise this is merely a short term solution to a long term problem. Conversations are crucial & take a surprising amount of weight off our shoulders. Whether it’s a medical professional or simply a friend – it’s important to talk it out and avoid small problems escalating. Twitter Previous articleChampions Naomh Conaill to contest another Gaeltachta finalNext articleAnthony Molloy to receive Freedom of Donegal admin Reduce Alcohol intake: Reducing alcohol consumption is very often an obvious yet overlooked solution to coping with mental health issues. What may seem like a way to deal/forget about problem is more often than not just making it harder for us to cope with day to day stresses. A gentle reminder, alcohol is a depressant and over consumption can increase anxiety and lead to depression. As well as that drinking too much can contribute to memory loss, sleep difficulties and many other serious health problems. A great way to ‘turn in early’ and say no to gatherings with friends where alcohol is consumed is by making productive morning plans with friends and committing to them. Drink less and great nights become good mornings. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Little Things you can do for your mental healthlast_img read more

Councillor critical over British talent show holding auditions in Letterkenny

first_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Previous articleRenewed calls for Kilmacrennan Garda Station to be manned 24/7Next articleDetective Inspector appeals to public over Letterkenny murder News Highland Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Councillor critical over British talent show holding auditions in Letterkenny A Donegal County Councillor has criticised a decision by a popular British talent show to hold auditions in Letterkenny.’Britain’s Got Talent’ is due to hold auditions in the town this week but Cllr Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig is strongly opposed to the move.Speaking on the 9 till Noon show earlier, Cllr Mac Giolla Easbuig believed that the tv show should have considered the sensitive history between Ireland and Britain before making the decision:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/michtaldfdent1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Twitter Google+center_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – November 6, 2017 Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

4 new confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Donegal

first_img Pinterest 4 new confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Donegal Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Twitter Another 16 people with the coronavirus have died in the Republic.There are 266 new confirmed cases, with the total death toll now standing at 1,319.Donegal had 465 confirmed cases so far, a rise of 4 on yesterdays figure.21,772 people have been infected with Covid-19 in Ireland.The National Public Health Emergency Team says 6,211 of those who’ve tested positive are healthcare workers. WhatsApp Twitter Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Previous articleGardai urge road users not to take unnecessary risks on the roadsNext article3 arrested following assault in Derry News Highland WhatsAppcenter_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Facebook By News Highland – May 4, 2020 Google+ Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA last_img read more

Before Timmothy Pitzen case, another instance where a man claimed to be a missing boy

first_imgStacey Wescott/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — When it was revealed that a man claiming to be a missing teen was neither him nor a teen, it was shocking that such a deception could be considered.But a similar situation happened before.Though the details in the case of Brian Michael Rini, the 23-year-old man from Ohio who claimed to be Timmothy Pitzen, a boy who went missing when he was 6 years old and would now be 14, are still being worked through, there is another infamous case of a young man pretending to be a teen.It was 1994 when 13-year-old Nicholas Barclay disappeared in Texas.The lives of the Barclay family were turned upside down when, three years later, they found out that a boy claiming to be their son was discovered in Spain.The boy was, in fact, a 23-year-old French man named Frederic Bourdin, who, in his lifetime, has professed to allegedly adopt hundreds of other false identities.In the case where Bourdin alleged he was Barclay, he ended up traveling to Texas and living with the missing boy’s family for five months before a private investigator determined through DNA testing that he was not the missing child — in spite of early contradictions, such as him having a French accent and brown eyes rather than Nicholas’ blue eyes.According to an interview that Bourdin gave to The New Yorker in 2008, he found Barclay’s identity by calling the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and giving a physical description — of himself — which an operator said sounded similar to that of the missing boy.Shortly after being discovered, Bourdin pleaded guilty to perjury and lying on a passport application. He was sentenced to just under six years in prison, according to court documents. Those court documents also list 10 aliases for Bourdin from his other schemes.Bourdin’s case, which was later the subject of a 2012 documentary The Imposter, is one of the very few cases where someone who asserts that they are a missing child and leads to a criminal charge.Angeline Hartmann, the communications director at the National Center for Missing and Endangered Children, called the Bourdin case “an outlier” and noted that while the details of the Rini case are still being determined, the fact that it seems that the two individuals — Bourdin and Rini — appeared to intentionally lie about their identities was “horrible.”“Both situations — it’s just heartbreaking to think about what these families have gone through,” Hartmann told ABC News.Rather than having many cases where individuals intentionally lie about their identities, she said it’s more common to have people genuinely believe that they might be a missing person, and later have that either proven or disproven.“Our experience has been that people have come forward when they don’t know who they are, and they say, ‘I think I might be the missing child,’ and they might be wrong,” she said.One successful case that Hartmann pointed to was that of Carlina White, a woman who was kidnapped from a Harlem hospital as a newborn only to discover later that the woman who raised her was not her biological mother.It wasn’t until White was 23 years old when she looked through photos on the center’s website and found a picture of a newborn that looked like her own daughter. White called up the center’s hotline and said that she might be the missing child.“That happens often,” Hartmann said of cases where people call into the hotline thinking they may be a missing child.“Sometimes they’re right and sometimes they’re wrong, but this is unique,” she said of Rini’s case.According to Ben Glassman, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Rini “had actually on two prior occasions claimed to be a victim of juvenile sex trafficking.”In those cases, which took place in northern Ohio — on dates that were not publicly released — Rini’s identity was determined when his fingerprints were tested by authorities, Glassman said.In this week’s case, Rini refused to give his fingerprints to law enforcement officials, but he did allow them to swab him for DNA testing.“I think there were suspicions relatively quickly, if for no other reason than he declined to be fingerprinted,” Glassman said at a news conference Friday.Glassman said that on multiple occasions Rini had identified himself as Pitzen to FBI agents after the agents had identified themselves. After the DNA test was completed and the results confirmed Rini’s true identity, an FBI agent reminded him that it was a crime to lie to a federal agent, and read him his Miranda rights.“Nevertheless, he again said that he was Timmothy Pitzen,” Glassman said, noting that agents “confronted him with the DNA results and, at that point, the person stated immediately that he was not Timmothy Pitzen.”Rini now faces a federal criminal charge for lying to a federal agent, which is punishable with up to eight years in prison. Glassman noted the possible sentence is a reflection of the fact that Rini is accused of “lying about a material matter that involves the sex trafficking of children.”For their part, relatives of Pitzen gave a statement Thursday after the DNA test made it clear he was not a match. Before Rini’s charges were announced, they expressed their disappointment and their empathy for Rini.“We hope that everyone will join us in praying for the young man,” Pitzen’s aunt Kara Jacobs said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Texas police officer died after fall, not shooting, as originally suspected

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — A Texas police officer died after suffering a medical emergency, falling and seriously injuring his head Friday. The news, released Saturday afternoon, was a shocking turn from what authorities initially said was suspected to be a fatal shooting of a uniformed officer.Sgt. Keith Shepherd, of the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, was found dead in his police vehicle at a downtown Fort Worth parking garage at about 9 p.m. local time on Friday. The garage was located just across the street from Tarrant County Jail, where Shepherd worked, and the sheriff’s office. Police said at the time he was found that it was reported as a shooting by the first people on scene.By Saturday, officials said Shepherd was outside of his vehicle when he suffered a medical emergency and injured his head when he fell to the ground. However, he was apparently able to pull himself into his car before he died.The medical examiner said Shepherd’s cause of death was a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot in his lungs.“What I know about Keith is that he had a great reputation at the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office,” Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn said at a press conference Saturday. “He was a strong leader. He was loved. He was a great husband and a good father.”The amount of blood both inside and outside of Shepherd’s car led to the original belief he had been shot, Waybourn said.Shepherd had gone to lunch Friday and never returned, according to the sheriff.“He was found in his vehicle with blood outside the vehicle and blood inside the vehicle,” Waybourn said. “And nobody knows what happened there. And the officers that found him immediately began to do emergency medical procedures on him.”He was pronounced dead at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth.Shepherd was a 19-year veteran of the force.“We lost one of our own last night,” Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter. “Sgt. Keith Shepherd dedicated his life to standing between evil and good. He was a 19yr veteran of our Detention Bureau and will always be a part of our family. Please pray for his family as they struggle with this loss and for the TCSO.”Shepherd is one of two police officers in Tarrant County who died suddenly on Friday.Caleb Rainey, 25, of the North Richland Hills Police Department, died from an unspecified illness, according to the department. They also sent their condolences to Shepherd.“As we mourn the loss of one of our own, we learn of another hero down,” North Richland Hills police said on Twitter. “Sgt. Shepherd, your legacy of dedication to your community won’t be forgotten.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: Leader of US vaccine push hopes for approval next week

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, ERIN SCHUMAKER and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 63.7 million people and killed over 1.4 million worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern:Dec 02, 9:08 amLarge-scale vaccinations to begin in Russia next week, Putin saysRussian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that large-scale COVID-19 vaccinations will begin in Russia next week.Dec 02, 7:42 amOperation Warp Speed’s chief science adviser hopes Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is approved next weekDr. Moncef Slaoui, chief science adviser to Operation Warp Speed, said he expects the U.S. Food and Drug Administration “to reach a similar conclusion” to the United Kingdom’s approval of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.“I hope by the 10th or 11th of December the Pfizer vaccine is approved,” Slaoui told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Wednesday on Good Morning America.Slaoui urged Americans to “listen to the experts” and trust the vaccine approval process.“No corners have been cut,” he said. “The [vaccine] development has been done very quickly because we had great science to allow us to do all the discovery work in weeks rather than in years. And then the clinical work, the most important part that demonstrates the effectiveness of the vaccine and its safety, has been done to a higher standard than what’s done normally in larger number of people but will be assessed and studied in an ongoing basis.”Slaoui described a vaccine as “an insurance against this virus.”“This is what will get us out of the pandemic,” he said.Dec 02, 4:54 amUS reports over 180,000 new casesThere were 180,098 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Tuesday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the 29th straight day that the country has reported over 100,000 newly diagnosed infections. Tuesday’s count is down from a peak of 205,557 new cases last Friday.An additional 2,597 fatalities from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide on Tuesday, just under the all-time high of 2,609 new deaths on April 15.COVID-19 data may be skewed in the coming days and weeks due to possible lags in reporting over Thanksgiving followed by a potentially very large backlog from the holiday.A total of 13,725,917 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 270,669 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up over the summer.The numbers lingered around 40,000 to 50,000 from mid-August through early October before surging again to record levels, crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4 and reaching 200,000 for the first time on Nov. 27.Dec 02, 3:44 amUK authorizes Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, rollout to begin next weekA COVID-19 vaccine developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech has been approved for use in the United Kingdom.The U.K. Department of Health and Social Care announced Wednesday that it has accepted the recommendation from the country’s drug regulator to grant a temporary authorization for emergency use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, called BNT162b2. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) concluded that the vaccine met its standards of safety, quality and effectiveness.“The vaccine will be made available across the U.K. from next week,” a Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the National Health Service, the publicly-funded healthcare system, “will begin putting their extensive preparations into action to provide care and support to all those eligible for vaccination.”The United Kingdom is the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The companies said in a joint press release Wednesday that they are anticipating further regulatory decisions across the globe in the coming days and weeks and are ready to deliver vaccine doses pending authorizations or approvals.“Today’s Emergency Use Authorization in the U.K. marks a historic moment in the fight against COVID-19,” Pfizer chairman and CEO Albert Bourla said in a statement. “As we anticipate further authorizations and approvals, we are focused on moving with the same level of urgency to safely supply a high-quality vaccine around the world. With thousands of people becoming infected, every day matters in the collective race to end this devastating pandemic.”The MHRA made its recommendation based on a rolling submission, including data from the Phase 3 trial which demonstrated a vaccine efficacy rate of 95%. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was generally well tolerated, with no serious safety concerns reported to date.Pfizer and BioNTech had already agreed to supply the United Kingdom with 40 million doses of BNT162b2 once authorized for emergency use. Now that the vaccine is authorized, the companies will immediately begin delivering doses, the first of which are expected to arrive on U.K. soil in the coming days. The rest of the doses will arrive in stages, with complete delivery fulfillment expected in 2021, according to the press release.Pfizer and BioNTech said the distribution of their vaccine in the United Kingdom will be prioritized according to the populations identified in guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, an independent expert group that advises the U.K. government on immunization.“The Emergency Use Authorization in the U.K. will mark the first time citizens outside of the trials will have the opportunity to be immunized against COVID-19,” BioNTech CEO and co-founder Ugur Sahin said in a statement. “We believe that the roll-out of the vaccination program in the U.K. will reduce the number of people in the high-risk population being hospitalized.”The companies have also filed a request for emergency use authorization with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and have submitted an application for conditional marketing authorization with the European Medicines Agency.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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Oriel “sorry” for exchange antics

first_imgDrunken and violent behaviour has caused Clare College, Cambridge, to officially complain to Oriel College, and call for an end to their exchange program.Oriel students on exchange at their sister college have been accused of various actions, which included, “excessive drunkenness before hall, excessive drunkenness during hall, shouts and insults directed at Clare fellows during grace and the meal, damage to Clare property including urination on staircases”.There was also an accusation that a Fellow had been physically assaulted, but this has not been confirmed.Last Sunday’s Oriel JCR meeting was dedicated almost entirely to discussion of the accusations, as members claimed that the level of misbehaviour was “exaggerated” by Clare, an opinion noted by the Oriel Dean, who was present at the meeting.Those present on the exchange disputed every accusation except the rowdiness in hall. There were further claims that the damage was “just as, if not more, likely to have been caused by Clare students”, who had been “just as badly behaved during proceedings.”This was contrary to perceived implications within the letter of complaint that Clare students took no part in the misbehaviour whatsoever. Some members of Oriel suggested that while an apology “was necessary”, Clare’s failure to take their share of the blame meant they wouldn’t want to resurrect the exchange program anyway.However, it was agreed that a letter of apology should be sent to Clare College.The first draft of this apologises for the students on exchange who “took their behaviour a little too far”, and were “perhaps a little immature.”Explanations for this behaviour were that “the visit was highly oversubscribed… those who managed to go turned up in very high spirits… In respect to the issues with the wine, we unfortunately brought too much, being told by our vice president to provide wine for us and one Clare student for the meal.”However, they maintained that “the behaviour of both us and our Cambridge compatriots during the dinner was boisterous”, and whilst taking the accusations “extremely seriously”, made no admittance of damage to property or assaulting a fellow.The Oriel College Dean had threatened to “inflict a punishment on the whole of the JCR” if those responsible do not “come forward and take responsibility.”A JCR vote unanimously opposed any such punishment at the meeting. The Dean has since backed down, conceding that “the College will not be punishing the JCR collectively”, adding “your points [in the JCR meeting] were well considered and taken on board.”In relation to the accusations against Clare, JCR members had cited the fact that only 40 people went on the exchange, and that the exchange was not organised with JCR control.However, the Dean continued to press for “a preemptive gift to the hall staff at Clare”, to be paid for and organized by students who were on the exchange.There were fears of such collective punishments as a precedent has already been set in Oriel. Last year the JCR was fined for the overriding focus on club-nights in fresher’s week events, whilst the college bar has previously been closed following damage at a bop.last_img read more

Patten may join BBC

first_imgThe Chancellor of Oxford University, Lord Christopher Patten, has been tipped for a prestigious position in the BBC.Patten, 66, has been named in reports as the favourite to be appointed BBC Trust Chairman. His name is currently waiting for approval from David Cameron, but according to insiders, the Prime Minister’s consent is expected to be a formality.Patten was nominated for the position by Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt. In his pitch, he made it clear that he wanted the job as a final act in politics and public life.The University Press Office said, “the Chancellor is usually an eminent public figure elected for life and serves as the titular head of the University, presiding over all major ceremonies.”Lord Patten was a Conservative Member of Parliament for Bath between 1979 and 1992. From 1989 he held a position in the Cabinet.His current position at Oxford is part time, and until 2009 he also combined the role with the Chancellorship of Newcastle University.The BBC role, also part time, currently has a salary of £142,800 a year.The Trust Chairman is head of 12 Trustees, who represent the public who pay for the BBC. On the BBC website it is stated that “the Trust makes sure the BBC is run in the public interest and in the interests of licence fee payers.”All Trustees, including the Chairman, are appointed by the Queen on advice from Ministers after an open selection process.Other candidates for the position were Dame Patricia Hodgson, the principal of Newnham College, Cambridge; Richard Hooper, a former chairman of the Radio Authority; investment banker Anthony Fry; and Sir Richard Lambert, former Director General of the CBI and a previous editor of the Financial Times.It has been reported that Lambert was Patten’s main rival.last_img read more