Civic Behavior – Preventing Vandalism in India

first_imgVandalism is a problem we have normalized in our society. While vandalism acts are frowned upon and punishable, it just ends up being a part of short talk. We have observed vandalism in almost every form in our country – from damaging monuments to burning public property in the pretext of protesting. Vandalism has become an integral part of India’s rich heritage, with vandals using every other building, road, or monument as a notice board, declaring their love for someone or spreading awareness through graffitis.Various studies point to such behaviours as deeply rooted in the parent-child relationship disturbances at a young age. Human beings are social animals, continually looking for acceptance and approval from others, and when this requirement is not met, they try to change their environments to fit their ideals. Destructive behaviour in a person appears in early childhood. But at this age, it is the method of gaining knowledge of the laws and characteristics of the subjective environment. Even though the results resemble vandalism, the child never considers this destructive or antisocial. For them, the limits of acceptable activity are yet to be determined and socially prescribed.A simple solution suggested is not to react inappropriately or impulsively to young children’s actions, communicate effectively, and, most importantly, by being reasonable. Suppressing a child’s will because you find it inappropriate is not a plausible explanation for the child to understand the reason. It leads to feeling oppressed, which frustrates children, and this pent up anger comes out as destructive behaviour. Another effective method is to stop substituting emotional connect with material objects. Children require parents’ attention and participation and resort to disobedience or tantrums to attract the attention they crave.The step I would suggest would be for parents to actively be a part of their children’s world and not just set the rules for them. They also need to explain why something is unacceptable and not just restrict their destructive behaviour by employing negative or positive reinforcement. It is necessary to act sooner than later because while this behaviour is latent at a young age, it becomes very prominent in teenagers.It has been made abundantly clear that employing just physical interventions haven’t been doing the trick as vandalism hasn’t ceased to exist. Instead, they have acted as motivation for further interdisciplinary actions. The government should involve communities instead of working on its own to restrict acts of vandalism. The government tried to implement this years ago, but poor implementation due to lack of a powerful media source like the internet back in the day led to poor traction. Now, especially with a “woke” community, it should be easier to restrict such acts. As most vandals work secretly not to get caught, the fear of being reported will act as a deterrent. Secondly, it is also essential to understand and differentiate between severe and minor acts of vandalism. Some could make things better, as the graffitis on walls spreading awareness about society. Simultaneously, some are just plain distasteful, fortifying the need for the community to be involved, as it is hard to draw the line between what’s offensive and what’s not.Lastly, the ruling authorities need to address something that needs to be addressed rather than the community to identify the significant socioeconomic changes that might influence people. It could be anything from lower wages to unavailability of proper education or basic amenities. Something might be the result of an outrage today but might lead to more organized forms if overlooked.The first solution will work if the parents are willing to give up their authority and understand that children, despite their age, have thoughts and ideas of their own. This is something deeply rooted in our culture that children should respect their elders. I want people to understand that everyone needs to be respected, irrespective of their age. The moment we stop belittling children and start communicating effectively with them is when we take a stride towards making things better.The second solution works on a community level and would do if the community itself understands what it means to protect public property and condemn vandalism. We have all witnessed protestors burning down vehicles and building in the name of justice, but what they need to work against is precisely this misguided outrage. So implementing this would require more efforts, bringing people together, educating them that it’s been built through their taxes, and they have to work together to protect it. Utilizing the internet would aid the process considering the fact that a considerable chunk of our population uses the internet and is up-to-date with all the latest affairs.The third solution works on a national level and is by far the most difficult to implement. Identifying the segments of society involved in vandalism and then finding out the root cause for it is already a herculean task, especially considering all the other issues – the pandemic, economic depression, and the war-like tension the world is currently facing. So restructuring the laws to be stricter can be considered an alternative solution, albeit a temporary one.Claiming that the above solutions can solve the problem would be too far-fetched, but it will undoubtedly bring about some change that will make things better in the future.last_img read more

Maryland police officer faces assault charges after slamming teen’s neck into ground during arrest

first_imgPLU$XANZ/Twitter(WASHINGTON) — A police officer in Maryland is facing criminal charges after being filmed slamming a suspect’s neck into the sidewalk with his knee during an arrest.Kevin Moris has been charged with second degree assault and misconduct in office over an incident that happened on July 3, 2019, during his arrest of Arnaldo Andres Pesoa, 19.Moris had his police power suspended and was put on paid administrative leave on July 5, which remains in place, Ramon Korionoff, a public information officer for the Montgomery County Police Department told ABC News.The initial internal investigation into the incident has since been put on hold until the conclusion of the criminal case, Korionoff said.John McCarthy, the state’s attorney for Montgomery County, held a news conference announcing the charges on Tuesday.“Today is not a day to rejoice the prosecution of a police officer but rather to make a somber and sober decision to hold one accountable,” McCarthy said Tuesday.“The actions of this officer do not represent our county police, generally, nor do they show law enforcement at its finest moment. It is important to have continued bridges of trust to our community. Charging this officer with two counts is what is appropriate in this case,” McCarthy said.Second degree assault carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence, and there is no set sentence for misconduct in office, leaving the sentence to judge’s discretion, the state’s attorney’s office told ABC News.Pesoa’s charging document details how an undercover police officer first interacted with Pesoa after seeing him post about psychedelic mushrooms on Snapchat, and that the undercover officer then arranged to buy mushrooms from Pesoa.Moris was one of four officers who approached Pesoa in a McDonalds where he was allegedly set to sell the drugs to the undercover officer, according to the charging document. Moris told Pesoa that he was under arrest, and the criminal complaint details how Pesoa allegedly resisted, and was eventually placed in handcuffs.What ensued outside the McDonald’s was caught on video that was then posted on Twitter. While the charging document details that Moris and another officer “took Pesoa to the ground so that the search incident to arrest could take place there,” it does not describe how Moris pushed his knee on top of the back of Pesoa’s neck and later pulled Pesoa’s t-shirt over his face while Pesoa was shouting obscenities.The criminal complaint states that Pesoa “spit onto Officer Moris’ right shoe and ankle area” before he was forced on the ground.Pesoa was found to have marijuana and mushrooms on his person and he is now charged with two counts relating to possession with intent to distribute, one charge of resisting arrest and a charge of second degree assault.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

For First Time in History, Georgia May Come Under US Sanctions

first_imgThe United States Congress may suspend around 15 percent of US financial assistance to Georgia, according to the draft Fiscal Year 2021 State and Foreign Operations Funding bill recently approved by the US House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. The funding will be restored when “the Georgian government takes significant steps to strengthen democratic institutions, the rule of law in the private sector, and to fight corruption,” the Subcommittee said in a statement (, July 6).The amount of money the US lawmakers froze is part of a $132 million funding package allocated to Georgia that was signed into law in December of last year (, December 24, 2019). The de facto sanctions are supposed to last until “the actions of the Georgian government show that [Washington’s] recommendations have been taken into account.” At the same time, the bill emphasizes that the Congressional decision will not concern programs aimed at democratic development, the rule of law, development of the civil sector or the media, as well as programs designed to address the prevention of gender-based violence and the protection of vulnerable groups (, July 6, 2020).On June 11, 2020, thirteen Republican members of the US House of Representatives drafted a report on combating global threats. Part of the document was devoted to the need to extend sanctions against Russia until the end of the year. According to the lawmakers, the sanctions to date have not had a significant impact on the foreign policy of the Kremlin, and President Vladimir Putin’s associates continue to undermine the sovereignty of other former Soviet republics. Moreover, the report specifically argued that billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili, who leads the ruling Georgian Dream (GD) party, is a close ally of Putin and is involved in destabilizing the situation in the South Caucasus country in favor of Russia (, June 11).Georgian opposition leaders contend that the rhetoric and policies coming out of the US Congress should be interpreted as the “final warning” to the Georgian government. A member of parliament from former president Mikheil Saakashvili’s United National Movement (UNM) party, Salome Samadashvili, told this author, on July 9, that imposing sanctions against Georgia could be the “last straw” for the political process in the country on the eve of the decisive parliamentary elections on October 31. Samadashvili, who previously served as Georgian ambassador to the European Union, noted, “In the last 15 years of US-Georgian relations, we do not remember such strong language or a cut to the financial aid allocated for Georgia. I think this is a signal [from Washington] that the level of democracy in our country has reached a historic low.”According to the UNM deputy, “Congress is very clear in its concerns: the informal rule of oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili; politicized prosecutions and political pressure on opposition figures and the media as well as NGOs [non-governmental organizations]; the complete absence of rule of law, with courts under total control of Ivanishvili and his government.” Samadashvili posited that the US concern “is great because the United States has invested a large amount in strengthening Georgian democracy. But we have shown no progress: during the last several years, the country has been moving backwards. This signal just ahead of the historical elections in October is extremely important because we know that the 2016 elections received very critical reviews from international [election monitoring] organizations; and the signal is clear: the 2020 elections must be different from the previous ones,” she emphasized (Author’s interview, July 9).Green Party (a ruling coalition partner) parliamentarian George Gachechiladze vehemently disagrees, calling all such statements by UNM about US sanctions against Georgia an “illusion.” In an interview with this author, on July 15, Gachechiladze asserted, “This is wishful thinking: the decision of the subcommittee is not a decision of the [US] Congress, and even less the decision of the State Department. Georgia does not face any sanctions from the United States, even if some American congressmen require it.”Washington’s warning came after GD fulfilled only part of its obligations under the March 8 agreement with the opposition. In this settlement, reached with the active mediation of the US ambassador to Georgia, Kelly C. Degnan, the ruling party promised to reform the country’s electoral law and free all political prisoners. However, the owner of the pro-opposition television network Main Channel, George Rurua, remains behind bars (see EDM, June 11).That said, on June 29, the Georgian parliament finally adopted a package of constitutional amendments (117 for and 3 against) to modify the country’s electoral system. As a result, the parliamentary elections on October 31, 2020, will be held according to a predominantly proportional system: Georgian citizens will elect 120 deputies via party lists and only 30 in single-member majoritarian districts. Until now, since the first multi-party elections, held on October 28, 1990, the national legislature was elected according to a more equally mixed proportional/single-member-majoritarian system that tended to overly favor the ruling party. Out of 150 members of parliament, 77 were elected via party lists and 73 in majoritarian single-member districts.Crucially, a 1 percent electoral barrier for political parties will operate during the autumn elections. This amendment guarantees that a wide spectrum of opposition parties will be represented in the next national legislature. At the same time, that extra-low threshold may dilute Georgian Dream’s share of the vote enough to force the party—while still considered the favorite in the upcoming elections—to seek out other political forces with which to form a ruling coalition.Almost certainly, such a new parliamentary majority will not include Saakashvili’s UNM nor European Georgia, headed by former speaker of parliament David Bakradze. Both factions have declared that, under no circumstances, would they enter into a coalition with Ivanishvili.In the four months remaining ahead of the parliamentary elections, the alignment of forces making up Georgia’s political landscape may change dramatically and unpredictably. In contrast, the message from US lawmakers to Georgian authorities regarding the October elections is crystal clear: Washington will closely monitor just how free and fair those elections will be.last_img read more

Chinese Threat to Lake Balkhash Fueling Anti-Chinese Feelings in Kazakhstan

first_imgKazakhstan’s Lake Balkhash, the 15th largest freshwater lake in the world, may follow the Aral Sea into extinction, Russian researcher Petr Bologov warned six years ago. Not only is the lake threatened by excessive water use by the population and agricultural development in Kazakhstan, but China had then been blocking 40 percent of the flow of the Ili River, which originates in Xinjiang and feeds the lake. Together, this contributed to a rapid decline in Balkhash’s water levels (, November 27, 2014). According to research conducted by scholars in the United Kingdom and Ecuador and published this past January, the Chinese are now extracting even more water from the Ili than they were, thereby putting the survival of the lake and the populations in its surrounding basin in serious doubt (Tesse de Boer et al., “Evaluating Vulnerability of Central Asian Water Resources Under Uncertain Climate and Development Conditions,” Water, February 2021). Those dire conclusions have been widely picked up in Kazakhstan and contributed to growing anti-Chinese protests there, including most recently one that occurred on March 27 (Current Times, Orda, March 27).Lake Balkhash Basin (Source: Wikimedia Commons)Lake Balkhash has been under stress since the 1970s because of Soviet-era industrial and agricultural expansion and the growth of the population around the rivers that flow into that body of water. Chinese Ila River water diversion in the northwestern corner of the country put additional pressure on the lake. Twenty years ago, the Chinese and Kazakhstani governments attempted to reach an agreement on the sharing of water. But that accord, although celebrated at the time as a solution, fell by the wayside as China decided that its domestic water needs were more important than maintaining good relations with Kazakhstan. Indeed, the situation grew far more serious after China began a (by its nature, more water-intensive) program of economically developing Xinjiang as part of its effort to attract more Han Chinese to the area and thus overwhelm the local Muslim populations. That program has also notoriously involved the incarceration of Muslims in concentration camps, an action the United States government along with human rights organizations and many people in Central Asia have vehemently condemned. In Kazakhstan, anger about such repressions has led to protests, every day for almost two months, against what is taking place inside China (Vlast, March 25).Last weekend’s rallies in Kazakhstan were about more than just the fate of Lake Balkhash. They were the product of the government’s failure to restrict Chinese land purchases in Kazakhstan, something many there believe are part of Beijing’s plan to “expand” into the territory of their country (Orda, March 27). Fears of China’s plans for the future have been stoked by articles in the Chinese media suggesting Kazakhstan actually wants to “return” to being part of China. One such Chinese claim last year led to a diplomatic protest by Kazakhstan’s foreign ministry (Zona KZ, April 20, 2020; Kazakhstanskaya Pravda, April 14, 2020). Furthermore, Chinese industrial development, both within China and inside Kazakhstan, is contaminating the local environment, of which Lake Balkhash is a prominent part. If the lake disappears or if it becomes so polluted that its waters can no longer be used for human consumption, a third or more of Kazakhstan’s population will suffer.The conclusions of the UK-Ecuadorian team led by environmental specialist Tesse de Boer explain why the fate of Lake Balkhash is becoming ever more a matter of concern in Kazakhstan and why Kazakhstanis are focusing on China as the culprit. The scholars acknowledge that Kazakhstani firms and populations were drawing far more water from the tributaries of the lake than would allow for its survival, but they focus their study on China’s actions in the upper reaches of the Ili River, the lake’s primary source of inflow. Beijing has restricted information about its actions in that regard, which has led Kazakhstanis and others to conclude that the situation along the Ili in China may be even worse than is currently presumed (EurasiaNet, March 17).De Boer and her research partners point out that the Ili River valley is one of the few areas in Xinjiang with enough water to permit rapid agricultural development; and thus, it is Beijing’s best hope for attracting Han Chinese settlement to what has historically been a predominantly arid and Muslim region. But to achieve this demographic goal, the Chinese have had to take ever more water out of the Ili, reducing its downstream flow and, hence, putting the survival of Lake Balkhash at risk. What makes this situation so explosive, at least in Kazakhstan, is that the issue of the survival of the Muslim community in Xinjiang (which includes ethnic Kazakhs) and the survival of Lake Balkhash and the people around it in Kazakhstan are becoming mixed together. Anger about each interlinked factor exacerbates anger about the others.The protests this past weekend suggest that this is becoming not only a political problem within Kazakhstan but also a problem for Nur-Sultan’s relationship with Beijing. In turn, suspicions about Chinese plans and its lack of concern for the Kazakhs and other peoples of Central Asia may constitute a serious obstacle to Beijing’s hopes for the expansion of its heavily promoted Belt and Road Initiative, of which Kazakhstan (and Central Asia more broadly) represents one key node (see EDM, March 25; see China Brief, February 4). If that should be the case, the approaching death of Lake Balkhash may have an even larger impact on the world than the fate that has already overtaken the Aral Sea.last_img read more

Head Basketball Coach and Athletic Facilities Maintenance Supervisor

first_imgWork closely with the Assistant Director of Athletics regardingrentals in the Bloechl Center and surrounding outdoor athleticfields to meet the needs for the rental groupsSchedule and manage student workers for rentals in athleticsspaces, including set-up/take down for rental events in the BloechlCenter and surrounding outdoor athletic fields to ensure theproperty has been properly set-up/left clean and in good repairafter events conclude Respond to service calls and emails for the Bloechl Center andsurrounding outdoor athletic fieldsIdentify and report the need for major repairs in the BloechlCenter and surrounding outdoor athletic fields to the Director ofBuildings and GroundsAs directed by the Director of Buildings and Grounds – Serve asfront line representative of the University by greeting clients,make setup adjustments as necessary, and supervise events asnecessary. Ensure that the property has been left clean and in goodrepair after events concludeSetup up facilities for events and meetings around campus asdirected by the Director of Buildings and GroundsAssist in campus rental event operations and marketing offacilities as neededMeet periodically with Facilities and Events Coordinator toreview objectives regarding needs for rentals in athleticsspacesProvide exceptional customer service and courtesy to campusvisitors, students and other employeesPerform other duties, responsibilities, or special projects asassigned including emergency tasks as neededSkills and Experience:Coaching experience 2-5 years required. Head Coaching experiencepreferredCollegiate-level coaching experience preferred, at the NCAADivision III level desiredExperience within a collegiate athletic environment requiredCollegiate varsity playing experience preferredStrong organizational, leadership, communication, interpersonalskills, problem solving skills, ability to work independently, andpossess a high level of confidentialityExcellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills,including the ability to work with diverse groups, facilitate groupprocess, and foster collaborative decision makingExceptional ability to multitask, prioritize projects, andextraordinary attention to detailComputer skills are required, along with the expectation tolearn additional computer software programs for Buildings andGrounds as well as Athletics; such as EMS Software, othermaintenance digital tools, Front Rush, Hudl, FastDraw, scouting /film breakdown software, and a variety of recruiting sites.Ability to move tables, chairs, equipment and furniture.Customer service experience with positive interactionsAbility to work independently and under minimal supervisionStrong problem-solving skillsKnowledge of applicable safety codesQualifications:Bachelor’s degree requiredApplicant must pass background check and motor vehicle recordsauthorizationTo perform this job successfully, the individual must be able toaccomplish primary duties adequatelyThe individual will become familiar with Buildings and Groundsdigital tools along with athletic department program’s recruitingsoftware and identify, evaluate, contact, and build relationshipswith prospective student-athletes. This will be accomplishedthrough attending high school games, attending showcase events,reaching out to HS and Travel coaches, reviewing game / skillsfootage, and other activities as determined by the Head Coachand/or Director of Athletics.Candidates need to feel confident talking on a phone andcreating coherent, professional correspondences (emails, letters,text messages, etc.)Strong communication and customer service skillsWeekend and evening hours as neededReasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals withdisabilities to perform primary functions.Physical Demands:Ability to Lift/Carry up to 50 lbs.Must reach, bend, stoop, liftMust sit, walk or stand for long periods of timeSome repetitive motion may be requiredWorking Conditions:Night and weekend hoursTravel requiredDriving requiredVarying workflow; sometimes stressful with high workload timesof the yearComplete work required within a limited spaceComplete work required within a limited timeSalary/Position Grade $32,000 – $35,000. This position is eligiblefor benefits.Mount Mary University encourages applications from all qualifiedcandidates and is vitally committed to all aspects of diversity,equity and inclusion. We welcome and encourage applications fromqualified candidates and all will receive consideration foremployment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, nationalorigin, age, ethnicity, pregnancy, disability, genetic informationor any other groups protected by law. Mount Mary seeks to hire andretain personnel who will make a positive contribution to itsmission, vision and values.For more information about diversity, equity and inclusion atMount Mary please visit For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the websitebelow. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only acceptapplications through our website. Position Summary:In the role of Athletic Facilities Maintenance Manager thisindividual will:Provide leadership in maintenance and cleaning of the BloechlCenter and surrounding outdoor athletic fields.Assist the Building and Grounds Dept. occasionally withmaintenance of other spaces on campus.Supervise student workers in maintenance and cleaning of theBloechl Center and upkeep of surrounding outdoor athleticfields.Assist the Buildings and Grounds team in the rental eventoperations in outdoor athletics spaces.Report to the Director of Athletics with a matrix reportingrelationship to the Director of Buildings and Grounds.The Head Basketball Coach and Athletic Facilities MaintenanceSupervisor of Mount Mary University’s NCAA Division III Basketballprogram is an integral member of the Athletic Department andBuildings and Grounds Department at Mount Mary University. Thisposition requires an enthusiastic, pro-active, high-energyindividual who is determined to see that the basketball program’sroster goals are met. Additionally, the position is responsible forthe Bloechl Center and all surrounding outdoor athletic fields aremaintained at a high standard; and is responsible for meeting therental event operation needs in the Bloechl Center and surroundingoutdoor athletic fields. This individual must be committed toupholding the standards and expectations of Buildings and Groundsas well as the NCAA Division III values to “Discover, Develop, andDedicate”, in addition to the MMU Athletic Department pillars to”Recruit, Retain, and Develop”.The Head Basketball Coach and Athletic Facilities MaintenanceSupervisor works primarily with the coaches, graduate assistants,student-athletes, buildings and grounds crew, faculty and otheradministrative offices to ensure that each Mount Mary Universitystudent-athlete and prospective student-athlete receives a qualityexperience, and all the athletics facilities are kept in pristinecondition. This opportunity requires the availability to work avariable schedule. Hours will be determined by mutual agreementwith the Director of Athletics and the Director of Buildings andGrounds to best accommodate the needs of the basketball program,athletics department, and all athletic facility’s needs. Pre/postseason hours are likely to be slightly more consistent thanin-season hours.The NCAA Division III experience provides our student-athletesan integrated environment that focuses on academic success whileoffering competitive athletics and the support of meaningfulnon-athletics opportunities to enhance their overall educationalexperience.Primary Responsibilities:Head Basketball CoachRecruitment coordinate recruiting efforts to meet agreed uponbenchmarks to ensure the basketball program is playing andpracticing at or above the ideal number of student-athletes.Provide monthly recruiting updates to the Director of Athletics andattend all recruiting meetings with the admission department.Work with recruiting coordinator and graduate assistant forbasketball to increase team roster size.Prepare and conduct all practice and game plansPrepare travel arrangements for team-away gamesResponsible for putting a practice and competition scheduletogether that meets NCAA Division III requirements and minimize theamount of class time missed for competitionsFollow budget guidelines set forth by the Director ofAthleticsAttend staff and/or institution meetings /events whenrequiredKnowledge of, and adherence to, MMU Athletics Department CoachesHandbook, NCAA Division III and Conference rules / regulationsregarding recruiting, eligibility, competition, compliance,etc.Assist as needed with management of home athletics eventsResponsible for team management, academic monitoring,fundraising, and team building event planningPromote and encourage a positive learning experience forstudent-athletes and a commitment to develop the whole person andnurturing bold, brilliant womenHire, train, supervise and evaluate assistant coaching staffincluding 1 Graduate AssistantPerform other duties, responsibilities, or special projects asassigned by the Director of Athletics and/or Assistant Director ofAthleticsAthletic Facilities Maintenance SupervisorOversee the maintenance of the Bloechl Center, a 25,000 squarefoot on-campus athletic/recreational facility that includes afull-size gymnasium, training room, locker rooms, concessions, andfitness/aerobic center along with and surrounding outdoor athleticfieldsAssist in the hiring, training, scheduling, supervision andevaluation of student workersSchedule and manage student workers with a range of dailyjanitorial services, including but not limited to cleaning, trashremoval, floor care services, and surrounding outdoor athleticfields maintenance when weather permits read more


first_imgInterested candidates should submit a letter of interest and acurriculum vitae or resume to [email protected] In addition to Lipscomb’s main campuses in the Green Hills areaof Nashville, Tennessee, there are two satellite locations inNashville, one branch campus in Austin, Texas and numerous onlineprograms. As a private, Christian institution, Lipscomb Universityis committed to developing students whose academic excellence,faith and practice reflect the university’s ideas of globalcitizenship. Recognized for its academic excellence, distinctivelyChristian identity, and heritage in Churches of Christ, Lipscombhas been on a substantial growth trajectory for more than a decade.Founded in 1891, the institution includes both Lipscomb Universityand Lipscomb Academy. At the heart of Lipscomb University are morethan 860 full-time faculty and staff at the University and 160full-time faculty and staff at the Academy who are committed tocreating a lasting impact beyond the campus, serving the good ofhumanity to the glory of God. Lipscomb University invites nominations and applications for theposition of President who will serve as the chief executive officerfor the university. Lipscomb University seeks a visionary leader to oversee allaspects of the institution, advance its mission, and articulate astrong vision for Christian higher education, the centralimportance of the liberal arts and sciences in undergraduateeducation, and integration of Christian faith and practice withacademic excellence in both undergraduate and graduateprograms. Andrea McDaniel [email protected]center_img President, Lipscomb University Visit learn more. Lipscomb University complies with all applicable federal andstate nondiscrimination laws and does not engage in prohibiteddiscrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, color,national or ethnic origin, or disability in its employmentpractices.last_img read more

Express Motors denies ticket machine was used to carry out fare fraud

first_imgThough admitting that a ticket machine was kept in the office of Penygroes-based Express Motors, Eric Wyn Jones, who is one of four family members standing trial for concessionary fare fraud at Caernarfon Crown Court, denied that it was used to illegally swipe concessionary fare cards.He claimed that the machine was kept for training purposes.The ticket machines issued to his firm were second hand and were unreliable, requiring frequent repairs. When one machine arrived back at the Penygroes depot, a piece of paper “a yard long” revealed the machine had issued 5m tickets, he said.Eric Wyn Jones and his three sons – Ian, Keith and Kevin – pleaded not guilty to conspiring together and with others unknown to commit fraud by false representation. They also pleaded not guilty to conspiring to hide, conceal, convert and disguise criminal property [routeone/Court Report/12, 19 and 26 September].Ian Wyn Jones, who was responsible for banking the company’s cash, admitted stealing money from the business. He told the jury that he had been taking money for more than 20 years and none of his family knew.Denying that he knew about the concessionary fare fraud, he said that that he was unaware of excessive swiping of bus passes. He was shocked to hear of the practice and claimed drivers were responsible.Kevin Wyn Jones said that cash payments made into his bank account came from driving football supporters to matches. Fans would pay £15 a head and Express Motors would get paid for the coach and he would keep the rest, plus the £20-25 tips he received.He would organise “booze bus” trips. Charging £15 a head, he would pay for the diesel and keep the rest for himself. None of that was declared to the tax authorities because he did not know how.The jury was considering its verdicts at the time routeone went to press.last_img read more

How the Daytona 500 field is set for the 2017 race

first_imgBUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! The Daytona 500 is a unique event in many ways, including how the 40-car field is set for this year’s race (Sunday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). There are two days that carry the most significance in how the field is set. The first is Sunday, Feb. 19 when two rounds of single-car qualifying will take place starting at 3:10 p.m. ET (FOX). The second is Thursday, Feb. 23 when the Can-Am Duel races take place, starting at 7 p.m. ET (FS1). Here are more details: SINGLE-CAR QUALIFYING Programming info for single-car qualifying When: Sunday, Feb. 19 Where: Daytona International Speedway TV: FOX Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio What is the format? This event will determine the front row (spots 1 and 2) for the Daytona 500. There will be two rounds of single-car qualifying, with the 12 fastest cars in Round 1 advancing to Round 2. There will be a 10-minute break between rounds, and cars will make their Round 2 run based on Round 1 times (slowest going first, fastest last). The fastest time in Round 2 will be the Coors Light Pole Award winner for the Daytona 500. The second-fastest time in Round 2 will earn the other spot on the front row for the Daytona 500. The pole winner will start first in the first Can-Am Duel race on Thursday. The other front-row driver will start first in the second Can-Am Duel race. The rest of the field will line up for Thursday’s Can-Am Duels based on qualifying time, with odd-numbered finishers lining up in the first Duel, and even-numbered finishers lining up for the second Duel. CAN-AM DUELS Programming info for the Can-Am Duels When: Thursday, Feb. 23 Where: Daytona International Speedway TV: FS1 Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio What is the format? The Can-Am Duels will determine spots 3-38 in the Daytona 500 grid. With 36 Charter teams entered in the race, two of these spots will be filled by the top Open car in each Duel race. The qualifiers from the first Duel will line up on the inside row in the Daytona 500 depending upon their finish in Duel 1. The qualifiers from the second Duel will line up on the outside row for the Daytona 500 depending upon their result in Duel 2. The remaining two spots on the Daytona 500 grid will be awarded to the top Open teams from Sunday’s qualifying that are still left (i.e. didn’t qualify through the Duels). In review: – Two spots (front row) determined by Sunday’s qualifying. – Spots 3-38 determined by results of Duels races. – Spots 39, 40 go to the top Open cars remaining. – That’s a total of 40 cars for Sunday’s race (36 Charter cars, 4 Open cars). </p>last_img read more

Cyclon subscription service from On has sustainability mandate

first_img Related Swiss-based running brand, On, has launched its world-first, subscription-based service to ‘bring fully recyclable sportswear to On customers worldwide.’The subscription service, named Cyclon, will allow subscribers to receive and wear the latest in the company’s running sportswear and then return end-of-life products back to On, in exchange for the latest version.Once the used item is returned, it will be fully recycled by On, who will reuse the materials to create new running gear.With this first of its kind service, On notes that it is leading the circular economy in sportswear. The Cyclon subscription service incentivizes customers to participate in On’s sustainability initiative and actively contribute to the brand’s commitment to drive zero waste.“The Cyclon service is a ground-breaking new way to become more sustainable, while also ensuring the running performance is never compromised for our customers,” explained On Co-Founder Caspar Coppetti. “Customers who sign-up today will be the first ones to get the latest in sustainable running technology.”The brand’s chosen name for the service, Cyclon, is inspired by the powerful circular weather system characterized by spinning clouds, emphasizing the circular nature of the service and the powerful impact it will aim to have on the sportswear industry.The first product to be released as part of the Cyclon service will be a fully recyclable, high-performance running shoe – also named Cyclon. At under 200 grams (7 oz), the Cyclon is u’ltra-lightweight and engineered to perform to elite level competition’.The Cyclon’s energy return and plush cushioning characteristics are claimed to be among the highest within the On product range.“Making a fully recyclable, performance running shoe is a huge accomplishment, one that we’re immensely proud of,” said On Co-Founder Olivier Bernhard. “But we went a step further.“We wanted to show that sustainability and performance go hand in hand. The subscription service enables runners to not only receive one of the highest performing shoes we’ve engineered, but to continuously receive the best and most up-to-date shoe technology coming out of our lab.”‘Created from over 50% bio-based materials made from castor beans, the new Cyclon shoe will not only be a flagship product for innovation in sportswear design and circularity but will also represent On’s ongoing commitment to reducing reliance on virgin petroleum-based materials.’“We built Cyclon to be a sustainable solution in every sense – from an environmental perspective, as a business opportunity and for the benefit of our runners,” said David Allemann, On Co-Founder. “In engineering our sustainable product technology, we haven’t sacrificed performance. We’ve enhanced it.”For a deposit of £25, customers in select countries worldwide can sign up for Cyclon this week. The shoe will be available exclusively via the subscription service in the latter half of read more