Thousands of Students Are Cheered By These Photos of an Optimistic Cloud Formation

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhether it was divine intervention or just a serendipitous signal from the sky, an anxious Chinese college student was given the perfect sign of encouragement earlier this month.The student had been studying for her exams in Shaoguan, Guangdong when she saw a cloud that was shaped like a thumbs up.“I had been feeling very low, and after I saw the cloud I became much happier,” the student told Chinese video platform Pear. “I was so excited.” Since the unidentified student shared the photo to social media, it has been shared thousands of times.LOOK: Passengers Surprised With Train Full of Flowers – and Their Reactions Are Bloomin’ BeautifulThe cloud’s similarity to a social media “Like” button prompted one user to say: “You photographed the ‘Like’ cloud, so it means you will do well on your exam!”Another enthusiastic commenter said: “Even the universe is encouraging you!”A third Weibo user, who is also a university candidate, said: “I feel confident about my exam too after seeing the pictures.”Perhaps the cloud’s formation was just a sweet coincidence, but it has apparently done a fine job of encouraging internet users to do their best.Encourage Your Friends By Sharing The ‘Like’ Cloud To Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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ND Black Alumni Club creates petition demanding accountability for racism, police discrimination, healthcare disparities

first_imgThe Black Alumni Club of Notre Dame created a petition Wednesday through change.org urging the University to take substantive steps to stop racism and create an inclusive and respectful campus environment for Black students.The petition said when several members of the alumni club decided to attend Notre Dame, they expected “to feel the spirit of Christ throughout campus” when they joined the University’s Catholic student body and community.“Instead, throughout the journey of obtaining our prestigious Notre Dame degree, we were left to deal with unchecked and unacknowledged racism that ran rampant throughout the Notre Dame community,” the statement said.In the petition, anonymous Notre Dame Black alumni shared numerous stories of their personal encounters with racism on campus.“‘During a freshman Moreau class, a white student told me, in front of our peers, I was only accepted into Notre Dame because I am Black. The Moreau leader proceeded to cut me off when I tried to explain why that thinking is racist’,” one excerpt said.The petition — directed to University President Fr. John Jenkins, executive vice president Shannon B. Cullinan and provost-elect Marie Lynn Miranda — outlines the club’s six expectations for the University, ranging from mandatory coursework for first-year students to stronger diversity in campus healthcare.The first request is for top University officials to host a virtual town hall meeting to hear directly from staff, faculty and students to speak freely and directly about their grievances with the University’s policies and responses to racism.“For too long, senior leadership has lacked an ear to the campus climate and has avoided sitting in front of the faces it has consistently let down,” the petition said.The petition asks for the University to create a mandatory Black history and anti-racism course for all students that would be established by the 2022 fall semester for all first-year students to take.“An ideal course would discuss the definition of racism and its explicit/implicit forms, as well as covering cultural backgrounds on groups that have faced substantial racism in this country,” the petition said.Additionally, the club asks for the creation of an accountability board — by spring of 2021 — made up of 15 faculty and staff members appointed each year by the executive boards of the historically Black organizations on campus.The statement said the board’s purpose would be “to ensure that a racially inclusive and anti-racist environment for students is being upheld.”In regard to residential life, the petition suggests changes to Welcome Weekend and hall staff expectations, including “a mandatory discussion of rules in dorms built around maintaining an environment for cultural competency” when first-year students arrive to campus and “racial and cultural education emphasized during rector, RA and AR training to provide a solid foundation for how to prevent and respond to racist instances within the dorm.” The petition said the club expects both of these policies implemented by the fall semester of 2021.The petition also requests that Black healthcare providers make up 20% of the University’s healthcare staff by 2022. To fight implicit bias and neglect in healthcare, the club expects all visitors to St. Liam’s to be able to fill out an evaluation form at the end of a visit.“If Black students experience neglect by St. Liam’s, the expectation is that the accountability board will oversee alleged cases of misconduct,” the petition said.In regard to police discrimination against Blacks and misconduct on campus, the Black Alumni demand “better conduct amongst the Notre Dame Police Department when interacting with Black students at Notre Dame” and for all accounts of police misconduct to be reviewed by the accountability board.“Far too often there are instances of police officers racially profiling Black students and questioning their status as a Notre Dame student, while their white peers roam campus freely,” the petition said.The club said it expects Notre Dame senior officials to respond with the creation of a task force to combat these issues within the next seven days.Tags: accountability board, Anti-Racism, Black Alumni, Black History, change.org, NDPD, St. Liamslast_img read more

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Lamar Institute of Technology offering $2.5k for COVID impacted students

first_img Effective immediately, a $300,000 grant allocated to Lamar Institute of Technology will help displaced LIT students who are Texas residents, so they can upskill and quickly return to the workforce.Those who would like to apply for the funds can complete an application to LIT at ApplyTexas.org, complete a FAFSA at FAFSA.Ed.gov (LIT School Code = 036273) and contact SAS by sending an email to Registration@lit.edu with the subject line “GEER Applicant” to indicate interest in the program.The grant, supported by a portion of an $18.1 million allocation to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board from Gov. Greg Abbott’s Emergency Education Relief Fund, also helps Texas students who previously left higher education institutions without completing postsecondary credentials.Through a competitive process, 40 applicants representing 49 institutions were selected for the awards, THECB said. BEAUMONT — Local residents who have had their education impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic could receive $2,500 to return to school at Lamar Institute of Technology.The funding, to be disbursed to students in amounts between $500 and $2,500 per semester, is earmarked for tuition and fees for those pursuing their degree or certificate at LIT.Students must be Texas residents enrolled full or part-time in an eligible undergraduate or short-term workforce credential program.They must complete a FASFA form, demonstrate financial need and should have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The pandemic has imposed its own set of unique hardships upon the residents Southeast Texas,” LIT President Dr. Lonnie L. Howard said.“We are pleased to offer this funding to LIT students so they can take the next step towards achieving ‘growth and excellence’ by ‘getting a degree that works.’”Texas Commissioner of Higher Education Harrison Keller said, “These strategic investments… will play an important role in supporting Texas students and driving the recovery of the Texas economy. Our Texas institutions are making significant commitments to create programs that keep more students on track to enter the workforce with the high-value credentials and education that tomorrow’s economy will demand.”last_img read more

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Amendments to the family law forms

first_img Amendments to the family law forms Amendments to the family law forms July 1, 2012 Noticescenter_img The Florida Supreme Court recently adopted amendments to the Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Forms on its own motion. The amendments (1) revise language in notices of hearing to comply with Florida Rule of Judicial Administration 2.540; (2) remove unnecessary or unauthorized requests for personal information; (3) add language to forms used in proceedings for temporary injunctions to expressly advise litigants that failure to appear at the final hearing may result in the issuance of a permanent injunction; (4) add language in the petition for temporary injunction forms making a specific prayer for entry of a temporary injunction; (5) update language relating to health and dental insurance, where applicable, to reflect current statutory requirements; and (6) revise the method of payment sections, where applicable, to add the central depository within each circuit as an entity able to accept court-ordered payments. The Court invites all interested persons to comment on the amended forms, which are listed below and can be viewed in full online at http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/opinions.shtml. An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the Court on or before August 6, 2012, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with the Court’s administrative order In re Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW FORMS, SC12-510 The forms amended are: 12.980(a), Petition for Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence. 12.980(b)(1), Order Setting Hearing on Petition for Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence, Repeat Violence, Dating Violence, or Sexual Violence Without Issuance of an Interim Temporary Injunction. 12.980 (b)(2), Order Denying Petition for Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence, Repeat Violence, Dating Violence, or Sexual Violence. 12.980(c)(1), Temporary Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence with Minor Child(ren). 12.980(c)(2), Temporary Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence without Minor Child(ren). 12.980(d)(1), Final Judgment of Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence with Minor Child(ren) (After Notice). 12.980(d)(2), Final Judgment of Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence without Minor Child(ren) (After Notice). 12.980(e), Order of Dismissal of Temporary Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence, Repeat Violence, Dating Violence, or Sexual Violence. 12.980(f), Petition for Injunction for Protection Against Repeat Violence. 12.980(g), Supplemental Affidavit in Support of Petition for Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence, Repeat Violence, Dating Violence, or Sexual Violence. 12.980(h), Request for Confidential Filing of Address. 12.980(i), Motion for Extension of Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence, Repeat Violence, Dating Violence, or Sexual Violence. 12.980(j), Motion for Modification of Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence, Repeat Violence, Dating Violence, or Sexual Violence. 12.980(k), Temporary Injunction for Protection Against Repeat Violence. 12.980(l), Final Judgment of Injunction for Protection Against Repeat Violence (After Notice). 12.980(m), Order Extending Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence, Repeat Violence, Dating Violence, or Sexual Violence. 12.980(n), Petition for Injunction for Protection Against Dating Violence. 12.980(o), Temporary Injunction for Protection Against Dating Violence. 12.980(p), Final Judgment of Injunction for Protection Against Dating Violence (After Notice). 12.980(q), Petition for Injunction for Protection Against Sexual Violence. 12.980(r), Temporary Injunction for Protection Against Sexual Violence. 12.980(s), Final Judgment of Injunction for Protection Against Sexual Violence (After Notice). 12.980(t), Petition by Affidavit for Order to Show Cause for a Violation of Final Judgment of Injunction for Protection Against Domestic Violence, Repeat Violence, Dating Violence, or Sexual Violence.last_img read more

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Culture and Sports – centre-stage at CARICOM Heads Meeting

first_img You may be interested in… Feb 25, 2015 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… “Caribbean nations must capitalise on our phenominal cultural and creative output, so much of which is attributable to our rich ethnic mix and the variety of indigenous folklore and innate skills. The creative industries offer the larger Caribbean feasible options to leapfrog into high growth areas of the global economy by showcasing to the world its distinctive cultural content,” the former Prime Minister told the Meeting. Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, The Bahamas, Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson  (r) presenting a gift of publications on Bahamian culture and sports to the Most Honorable P.J Patterson, former Prime Minister of Jamaica, after the opening session of the Twenty-Sixth Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of  CARICOM Heads of Government. Sharing in the moment are the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Chairman of CARICOM and  Prime Minister of The Bahamas and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador  Irwin LaRocque. Mr. Patterson, on the invitation of the CARICOM Chairman, made a special presentation to the Inter-Sessional Meeting on Thursday on “Leveraging CARICOM’s Human, Cultural and Natural Assets for the Economic Development of the Community”. Barbados Prime Minister for CARICOM Inter-sessional Meeting Former Jamaica PM urges new development pathways for RegionFormer Prime Minister of Jamaica Hon. P.J. Patterson said there was an urgent need for CARICOM Member States to discover new development pathways that encourage creativity and innovation in the pursuit of inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth and development. Mr. Patterson was giving a presentation to Regional Leaders at the two-day 26th Intersessional…February 27, 2015In “Anguilla”CARICOM places emphasis on sports tourism, cultural industriesCaribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government have decided to place emphasis on developing their cultural and creative industries and sports sectors to boost their economies. The announcement was made at the closing press conference of the two-day 26th Intersessional Meeting of the CARICOM Heads of Government on Friday afternoon by Chairman…February 28, 2015In “Anguilla”CARICOM Heads to meet US President in JamaicaCARICOM Heads of Government will hold discussions with US President Barack Obama on Thursday, 9 April 2015, during  a State Visit by the President to Jamaica. Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, in making the announcement in Parliament Tuesday, said the discussions will focus on issues…March 18, 2015In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Dual PRS push in east London

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On The Beat

first_imgSteven Palmer of Medford is charged with raping a Southampton teenager.Alleged Rape In SouthamptonSteven Palmer, an Uber driver, allegedly raped a 16-year-old several times in December, according to Southampton Town Police.Detectives said Steven Palmer, 33, who lives in Medford befriended the alleged victim, a 16-year-old girl, back in December. She had called for a cab and police said she was “distraught” when Palmer arrived. They spoke at some length, and agreed to meet up again. Police said the pair met daily for three more days, and had sex on each occasion.Police were called not by the girl but by another “agency” she was dealing with. Police declined to furnish specifics.On February 4, Palmer was picked up at his home and charged with one count of third-degree rape. The felony charge can be levied if a victim is incapable of consent, or is age 16 or younger. Palmer was held for arraignment and eventually remanded to the Suffolk County Jail, where he posted bail in the form of a $40,000 bond two days later.Lieutenant Susan Ralph said the charge was statutory rape.An Uber spokesman said any kind of inappropriate sexual conduct by its drivers is strictly prohibited.At Gunpoint In RiverheadA woman reported being robbed at gunpoint by two unknown men in the parking lot of the Laundry Palace on Route 58 in Riverhead at about 12:45 AM Sunday. The victim, 35, was sitting in her own vehicle when a black man approached her. According to Riverhead Town Police, the man opened the passenger side door and flashed a pistol.He then grabbed her pocketbook and took cash from her purse. A second man appeared at the scene and the two fled on foot, eluding a subsequent police search that included a canine unit.This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information is asked to call the Riverhead Detective Division at 631-727-4500, ext. 326.Felony Drug ChargeNew York State Police arrested two Greenport men on drug charges early Thursday morning. Troopers said they stopped a 2011 Hyundai Sonata on Sound Avenue after observing the vehicle speeding and crossing the center line near Pennys Road at about 2:35 AM.The driver, identified as Karon D. Grant, 32, and a passenger, Fredrick D. Grace, 28, were both allegedly carrying—cocaine, heroin, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia, was seized in the course of the arrest. Both men were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree with intent to sell (b felony), and fourth degree, possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, two counts: for cocaine (c felony), and heroin. There were several other drug-related misdemeanors and violations and numerous traffic violations issued.Both subjects were held for arraignment in Riverhead Justice Court. Sharelast_img read more

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CPS updates its code for Crown prosecutors

first_imgThe Crown Prosecution Service has issued an updated edition of its code for Crown prosecutors to make it easier for the public to understand how decisions are made. The document, which follows a 12-week consultation, includes a clearer explanation of the public interest factors in making prosecution decisions, and a fuller section explaining out of court disposals. It sets out the discretion for prosecutors to halt a prosecution in exceptional circumstances where it becomes clear that it would not be in the public interest to proceed, even before all the evidence is available. The revised code also outlines the ability of prosecutors to conduct pre-trial witness interviews when required, to assess the reliability of witness evidence or better understand complex evidence. This is the first edition of the code issued by Keir Starmer QC (pictured) since he became director of public prosecutions. It reflects changes to legislation and practice since the previous code was issued in 2004. Starmer said the role of the prosecutor is ‘constantly evolving’ and it is ‘critical that the code is kept as relevant and clear as possible to assist prosecutors in their increasingly diverse roles and specialities’.last_img read more

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Needless long hours

first_img Kieran Fielding, Pearson Fielding, Liverpool I read the comments of both Nick Herbert and in relation to magistrates sitting at unsocial times and hours. I have little respect for Mr Herbert’s opinion that ‘swift justice is currently the exception…’. Is he unaware of the Criminal Justice: Simple, Speedy Summary (CJSSS) process? As an advocate in the magistrates’ court, I know that many cases are dealt with on their first appearance. I am aware of the reluctance of magistrates to adjourn CJSSS cases. In Merseyside we have also had a scheme piloting early guilty pleas in the Crown court. Defendants are often sentenced within two weeks of a committal to the Crown court. It is difficult to see how these magistrates’ courts sitting outside normal hours would have any impact upon the speed that cases are dealt with. I am not sure that I can respect Mr Thornhill’s view that the main concern here would be costs. Solicitors would end up working longer hours, probably for less money. Perhaps I have misjudged both gentlemen and it is in their minds that the legal aid fund would pay enhanced rates for those of us who have the misfortune to appear in the late-night and weekend sittings. Finally, in our area we have seen a drop in the number of cases appearing in court due to a combination of falling police numbers and the reluctance of the Crown Prosecution Service to charge. This begs the question, why would we need such courts?last_img read more

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A much needed boost for affordable housing

first_imgThe dust has now settled on the £1.4bn new money announcement to deliver 40,000 homes over the next five years. This means that there will be a total of £4.7bn for affordable homes. Government has confirmed that recipients will be able to build homes of any tenure, including a return to rents at below the 80% of market rents, which is a characteristic of the current programme.The distribution of the programme across the country is eye-catching. London will get at least £3.15bn to deliver 90,000 homes. It has already pressed the starting gun on its new programme, and it’s open to providers of all types, including housing associations, developers, local authorities and public/private partnerships and joint ventures.The GLA has also published an Affordable Housing Supplementary guidance, which provides guidance on affordable housing and tenure splits. It builds on an existing borough viability protocol and aims to provide stronger and more consistent review mechanisms. Schemes with at least 35% affordable housing will receive less scrutiny and hopefully faster progress through the planning system. This is all good news and has been welcomed by the private and public sector alike.The distribution of the programme across the country is eye-catching. London will get at least £3.15bn to deliver 90,000 homesThe sting in the tail is if there is less than 35% proposed. In these circumstances, there will be a full viability assessment; scrutiny by a new GLA viability team; the percentage of the affordable housing enshrined in the section 106; and a review mechanism applied at a number of stages. Not such good news.Registration for the new programme has now opened and the system will be open for new bids from the end of January 2017. There is an ambition to make allocations by May 2017 and to have all contracts signed by June 2017.It is an ambitious programme, but well crafted to ensure the best chances of delivery. The contracts are to be streamlined and there will be less prescription on delivery. If ever there was a statement of intent – this programme sets out its stall.Steve Douglas is a partner at Altairlast_img read more

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