Future of Holocaust research in Poland hinges on libel case

first_imgWARSAW, Poland (AP) — Two Polish scholars are facing a libel trial for a scholarly examination of Polish behavior during World War II. The judge’s ruling in the case is expected to determine the fate of independent Holocaust research under Poland’s nationalist government. A verdict is expected in Warsaw’s district court on Feb. 9. It is the first closely watched Holocaust speech case since Poland sought to pass a law in 2018 that would have criminalized falsely blaming Poland for Germany’s Holocaust crimes. Those criminal penalties were dropped after the legislation sparked a major diplomatic row with Israel.last_img read more

LaFortune custodian dies in house fire

first_imgTags: Death, LaFortune, LaFortune Student Center, obituary, Student Affairs Connie Morris, a member of the Student Activities Facilities custodial staff, died Nov. 28 in a house fire at the age of 58. An email sent Monday to Student Affairs staff notified them of the incident.The fire started in the garage of Morris’ Elkhart home early Friday, according to the South Bend Tribune. Investigation into the cause is ongoing, but “early findings point to the fire being accidental in nature,” the Tribune report stated.Morris had worked for Notre Dame since 2008, the email said.“Her dedicated and cheerful presence will be missed by students, staff, faculty and guests of LaFortune,” Erin Hoffmann-Harding, vice president for student affairs, said in the email to her staff.A celebration of life service will take place Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home.last_img read more

Music instructor discusses rehabilitation of prison inmates

first_imgOn Monday, Jody Kerchner of Oberlin College presented about the role music plays in the rehabilitation and reintegration process of prison inmates through her correctional choir program. Originally a music instructor at the Oberlin College, Kerchner said she decided to contribute to the much-overlooked sphere of criminality in the U.S. and sought to challenge current procedures of rehabilitation in these areas. “At the Grafton Reintegration Center, I have created a choir for those in federal prison,” Kerchner said. She began her lecture by addressing the many problems the United States faces in incarceration rates and tendencies. Kerchner said that while incarceration rates continue to rise in the U.S., funding for education and services for mental illness have decreased. “Many of [the] funds being lowered, including services providing aide for drug addiction and mental illness, are inhibiting the prevention that actually causes many crimes,” Kerchner said.She said the U.S. accounts for 25 percent of all incarcerated people in the world — the largest proportion of incarcerated people in the world.“This finding embarrasses the U.S. as a world leader,” Kerchner said. “We incarcerate the most people in the world, despite the fact that we don’t have the highest population of people.”In addition, U.S. prisons contain an inordinate amount of black incarcerated people, Kerchner said. “The number of those placed in prisons will continue to rise with tightening immigration policies and the revocation of DACA as well,” she said. Kerchner said incarceration is often used in problematic ways in the U.S.“Imprisonment has become the first response and first resort to any issue in this country, and that needs to change,” she said.Instead, she said, services that center on community reintegration into society should become the focal point of punishment and criminal justice in America.“There has been an enormous shift in awareness about protecting children and adolescents from entering prison walls,” Kerchner said. She said the “school to prison pipeline” movement rightly focuses on creating positive citizens who stay away from incarceration. Her mission, alternately, has been to discover how to keep released criminals from entering prison a second time. “Sixty-six percent of released inmates actually re-offend within two years of liberation, and 75 percent re-offend within five years,” Kerchner said. “These individuals are then reincarcerated into prison. This only perpetuates the unresolved issue of U.S. imprisonment.”In response to this problem, Kerchner said she decided to initiate a choir at the Grafton Correctional Institution, which she titled the “Oberlin Music at Grafton Choir.” This choir consists of 20-25 inmates, whom she only refers to as “residents.” “We meet for an hour and a half every Friday, and perform twice a year for friends and family,” Kerchner said. The residents come together during this time to perfect their singing and performance skills, collaborating together in order to achieve an end goal, she said. In the program, Kerchner asks the residents to “learn how to do things they don’t know how to do, both systematically and personally.” Residents are tasked with learning how to read music and sing at specific pitches and rhythms, all the while expressing their inner voices. “The Oberlin Music at Grafton Choir provides [an] opportunity for residents to engage in community-building, cooperative group learning, discipline, enhanced self-esteem building and self-expression through music,” she said. Kerchner said the residents have two personas. “They have their first outer shell, which they have developed throughout time and experience, and which they must use in front of the prison guards,” she said. “Their second layer reveals itself when we sing.” Tags: incarceration, Music, Oberlin College, rehabilitationlast_img read more

State Attorney General Sues Egg Producer For Price Gouging

first_imgBrando / Flickr / CC BY 2.0ALBANY — New York Attorney General Letitia James has filed a lawsuit against Hillandale Farms, one of the country’s largest producers and wholesale distributors of eggs, for allegedly illegally gouging the prices of eggs during the coronavirus pandemic.In March and April, Hillandale allegedly gouged the prices of more than four million cartons of eggs sold to major grocery store chains, U.S. military facilities, and wholesale food distributors throughout the state, charging New York customers up to four times the pre-pandemic price for one carton of eggs.During those two months — the height of the pandemic in New York — Hillandale made an estimated $4 million from unlawfully increasing the price of these eggs, which were often sold in grocery stores located in low-income communities, according to James. The lawsuit seeks restitution from Hillandale for those consumers who were forced to pay unlawfully high prices for this essential food item. The Attorney General’s Office learned of Hillandale’s price gouging after receiving complaints from consumers about the high prices of eggs at grocery stores.“As this pandemic ravaged our country, Hillandale exploited hardworking New Yorkers to line its own pockets,” said James. “In less than two months, Hillandale made millions by cheating our most vulnerable communities and our service members, actions that are both unlawful and truly rotten.” The lawsuit alleges that Hillandale, a company based in Ohio and Pennsylvania, began raising prices during March as the pandemic grew to emergency levels. In January, Hillandale charged Western Beef supermarkets prices ranging from $0.59 to $1.10 for a dozen large white eggs. On March 15, Hillandale raised that price to $1.49. As the pandemic progressed, Hillandale raised the prices it charged Western Beef repeatedly, eventually reaching $2.93 per dozen — a price almost five times the price Hillandale charged in January.Hillandale allegedly gouged prices similarly on eggs sold to the commissary store at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. In April, Hillandale charged West Point $3.15 per carton of large eggs, almost quadruple the $0.84 price it charged West Point in January. The suit alleges that Hillandale raised its prices similarly on eggs sold to Stop & Shop, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Associated Supermarkets, and the commissary stores at the U.S. military bases at Fort Hamilton and Fort Drum.As Hillandale raised prices on the eggs it sold to grocery stores, consumers complained that the grocery stores raised the prices they charged to consumers. One elderly consumer complained to the Attorney General’s Office in April that he attempted to buy Hillandale eggs at a Fine Fare store located on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, only to find that “All prices are $2.30 and double the price.” He stated, “I’ve been living in the community for 65 years. The prices are ridiculous…Sad and disrespectful to people who are buying from them all our lives.” Another consumer shopping at a Western Beef store complained that the retail price for a dozen Hillandale eggs had increased to $5.49, stating, “This location serves low income families who, due to the current pandemic emergency, have most likely lost what little income they have. Disgraceful!”The lawsuit alleges that Hillandale has raised its prices not because of increased costs, but simply to take advantage of higher consumer demand during the pandemic. Hillandale — like numerous egg producers nationwide — has done so by following “indexed” prices published by a market research company called Urner Barry. According to the suit, Urner Barry’s “indexed” prices work like a feedback loop: Egg producers such as Hillandale tell Urner Barry their “assessments” of prices in the egg marketplace; Urner Barry then repeats back to egg producers their collective assessments, distilled into “indexed” prices; and egg producers such as Hillandale then use Urner Barry’s indexed prices as justification to set their own prices for the sale of eggs.The suit alleges that an Urner Barry director has defended the price increases, stating, “egg prices are up because demand is up sharply.” The director stated, “It’s like ahead of a major snowstorm, when people are not sure if they’ll be able to go out again, other than this is happening on a national scale.” Yet, as the suit points out, protecting consumers against excessive price increases during such times is the purpose of the state’s price gouging statute.The lawsuit brings claims against six Hillandale Farms companies, including Hillandale Farms Corp., Hillandale Farms East, Inc., Hillandale Farms of PA, Inc., Hillandale Farms Conn, LLC, Hillandale Farms of Delaware, Inc., and Hillandale-Gettysburg, L.P.The lawsuit against Hillandale is the second suit brought by Attorney General James in the past three months to stop price gouging by wholesale suppliers during the coronavirus pandemic and protect consumers. In May 2020, Attorney General James sued Quality King Distributors, a Long Island-based wholesale company, for illegally raising prices on Lysol disinfectant products it sold to retail stores in New York.The lawsuit was filed in the Commercial Division of New York State Supreme Court for New York County. Attorney General James is suing for a permanent injunction barring Hillandale from continuing its illegal conduct, restitution for injured consumers, damages, civil penalties, and disgorgement of Hillandale’s profits from its illegal practices.“It’s beyond reprehensible that a big company like Hillandale would seek to capitalize on a global health crisis to make a profit,” said David R. Jones, President and CEO of the Community Service Society. “Even more appalling is that countless low-income families in New York, already struggling financially in the wake of the coronavirus, were forced to pay in some cases five times the price for an essential food item — eggs. We applaud State Attorney General James for seeking injunctive relief barring Hillandale Farms from further price-gouging, civil penalties, disgorgement of its illegal profits, and restitution for consumers who were harmed.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Speedboat Carrying Cocaine Intercepted in Colombian Caribbean

first_img In the course of a combined operation within the framework of the maritime interdiction agreements signed by the Colombian National Navy and the U.S. Navy, a go-fast boat carrying cocaine was intercepted in international waters, 120 nautical miles west of La Guajira. Air and maritime units of the Caribbean Naval Force participated in the operation, along with a Coast Guard vessel and a U.S. plane. According to the information available, the boat was carrying around a ton of cocaine, which was thrown overboard by the crew upon noticing the presence of the authorities. Following an intensive search, the units recovered 123 kilos of cocaine floating in the water. The speedboat had apparently left from La Guajira, headed for Central America, where the alkaloid transported would be worth more than 30 million dollars on the international black market. So far this year, the National Navy has seized more than 26 tons of cocaine in joint, coordinated, and combined operations, striking telling blows against the finances of irregular groups. By Dialogo May 23, 2012last_img read more

Expand Dodd-Frank, allow USPS to offer banking services, Dems say

first_imgIssues affecting credit union will get tangled up in the drafting of the Democratic national party platform. A July 1 draft of the party platform states that the Dodd-Frank Act should be defended and even expanded and the U.S. Postal Service should be allowed to offer basic banking services.“At a time when many of the largest banks have shunned communities across America, Democrats believe that we need to give Americans affordable banking options, including by empowering the United States Postal Service to facilitate the delivery of basic banking services,” the document stated.In January 2014, the USPS Office of Inspector General recommended that the postal service was well positioned to offer basic banking services. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

5 tips for a successful career

first_img 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details Everybody wants to be successful at what they do. But in this super competitive world we live in, it’s not exactly easy to climb the corporate ladder. Here are some tips to have a successful career and help you stay out of your own way.1. Be focused and remove all distractionsMake sure that if you’re at work, you’re mentally focused on the tasks at hand. Set your priorities in a way that best help you finish the day feeling complete. It’s easy to upset work/life balance if you’re not staying focused from nine to five.2. Challenge yourselfThere aren’t many benefits to staying in your comfort zone. If you play it safe you’re not going to ever get ahead. The hard times are what really develop us as an employee.3. Be a team playerStay positive and really develop work relationships with your teammates. By listening and giving feedback you’ll cultivate a trust amongst your co-workers. It also doesn’t hurt to show appreciation and be thankful for those who help you.4. Be comfortable with who you areYou’ve got strengths and weaknesses, and one strength is knowing the difference between the two. When it comes to weaknesses, make sure you don’t let those become a hindrance. If you know you’re lacking in a certain area, do what you can to improve yourself and turn that weakness into a strength.5. Start wellIf you’re in a new job, don’t be afraid to asks tons of questions. This worked in college and it will work just as well in your job. Use this time to find out how to best be an asset to your company.last_img read more

PREMIUMGovt to cap growth of SOEs’ capex at 7 percent as focus shifts to profitability

first_imgFacebook Topics : Linkedin Google Indonesia SOE-Minister SOEs capex reduction profitability Mandiri-Outlook Muhammad-Ikhsan Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? The government will limit the increase of capital expenditure (capex) at state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to about 7 percent this year as part of an SOEs restructuring program, an advisor to the SOEs minister has said.Mohammad Ikhsan, an advisor to State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir, said the growth of SOEs’ capex this year would be far lower than the average growth of 15 percent between 2012 and 2018.“In our new RPJMN [National Medium-Term Development Plan], the increase in capex for SOEs is limited to between 5 and 7 percent,” Muhammad said at the Mandiri Investasi Market Outlook presentation in Jakarta on March 5.SOEs nationwide are currently part of a restructuring program on improving profitability, as the increase in asset growth at SOEs is not proportional to their profit growth.Muhammad said the total assets of more than 140 SOEs almost … LOG INDon’t have an account? Register herelast_img read more

Vigilance key to avoid healthcare battle on two fronts

first_imgThe nationwide figure was around half of 69,424 cases reported in the same period last year. The nation saw 536 fatalities in the same period in 2019.Despite the lower number of cases so far this year, Budi Haryanto, a professor at the University of Indonesia’s (UI) School of Public Health, urged the government to exercise vigilance, given that more people were staying home now under the government’s instruction to contain the spread of COVID-19. He said this might expose them to a higher risk of encountering the Aedes aegypti mosquito, a host of numerous viruses, including the dengue virus.“Many people are staying home right now, which means the risk of [contracting dengue fever] would be increased,” Budi said.Aedes aegypti mosquitoes tend to live near humans and hide inside houses, particularly in dark places. They tend to only go outdoors in search of breeding grounds, according to Budi. The government, with much of its focus now on battling the COVID-19 outbreak, should remain vigilant in anticipation of dengue fever cases to ease the strain on medical facilities in the country, a health expert has said.A total of 34,451 dengue fever cases were recorded in Indonesia from January to March 24, with West Java having reported the highest number of cases at 5,894, followed by East Nusa Tenggara with 3,595 cases and Lampung with 3,408 cases, according to Health Ministry data. Dengue fever claimed 212 lives during the same period. Occasional fogging, a well-established measure to kill adult mosquitoes by spraying insecticides around houses and residential areas, could be less effective now, considering the longer people stay at home during daytime, he said. He, instead, recommended people to regularly spray mosquito repellents around their premises early in the morning, before the mosquito’s active hours later in the day.Currently no province has raised its alert status to that of an extraordinary occurrence (KLB) for dengue fever, said Siti Nadia Tarmizi, the Health Ministry’s director of vector and zoonotic infectious diseases.Six cities and regencies, meanwhile, have declared the KLB status so far this year. East Nusa Tenggara’s Sikka, the regency with the highest number of dengue fever cases in the country this year at 1,480 cases, revoked its KLB status on March 18, indicating that the situation there had already improved, said Siti.Yet, she called on the public to keep their environment clean and remove stagnant water to deprive the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes of breeding spots, considering that, according to previous data, dengue fever cases usually peaked between March and April.“We keep reminding the public to stay vigilant, because this is the period of dengue transmission,” Siti said. “People are urged to actively clean their houses and surroundings from mosquito nests, particularly since most people are staying home now.”The central government, she said, continued to update regional administrations with the latest available data and analysis to ensure they remained alert in anticipation of the dengue fever outbreak.With more than 1,000 dengue fever cases reported, questions remain as to whether Jakarta, which is the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia, will be able to handle two epidemics simultaneously.As of Saturday afternoon, Jakarta recorded 627 COVID-19 cases — or around 54 percent of the 1,155 cases recorded across Indonesia — and 62 deaths, according to government data published on covid19.go.id.The Jakarta Health Agency’s data, information and report management head Verry Adrian said that, as of Thursday, no hospitals in Jakarta had reported disruption of their services because of treating dengue fever patients.He said that the Jakarta administration routinely conducted public campaigns on dengue prevention and putting healthcare facilities on standby to treat the cases.To curb the spread of dengue fever, the Jakarta Health Agency has also been encouraging households to appoint a member who can monitor larvae inside the house, called a jumantik. The agency is also working with one jumantik for every community unit (RW).The Jakarta administration, in collaboration with the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) and the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), provides an early warning system for dengue fever on dbd.bmkg.go.id. The online platform provides estimates on the number of dengue fever cases in each municipality in Jakarta, with rainfall and humidity used as the main predictors.According to the website, the rate of dengue fever cases in April was estimated to be higher than the rate in March, based on its prediction on March 16. It projected South Jakarta to have the highest rate of dengue fever cases with 12.8 cases per 100,000 people in April, compared to 12.5 cases per 100,000 people in March.The administration urges people to stay alert for rates above three cases per 100,000 people.Topics :last_img read more

Brazil cocaine kingpin nabbed in Mozambique as gang expands

first_imgOn his way to the maximum security prison where he is now being held, dos Santos refused to answer questions from the press. “Talk to my lawyer,” he said.Brazil has 40 days to submit an extradition request, Simbine said, adding that dos Santos is being held on charges of drug possession and using a false passport.In its statement, Brazil’s federal police said the operation to catch dos Santos also involved the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the US Department of Justice and the Mozambique police.The Brazilian federal police also accused dos Santos of allegedly financing a rescue plan for PCC boss Marcos Willians Camacho, or “Marcola,” who is in a federal jail in Brasilia. The alleged plan prompted Brazilian authorities to heighten security at the jail in February, the statement said.Local media have reported that dos Santos was Camacho’s “right-hand man.” Topics : One of Brazil’s top cocaine traffickers has been arrested in Mozambique, officials in both countries said, underlining the growing global footprint of the First Capital Command (PCC) gang, Brazil’s most powerful criminal organization.Gilberto Aparecido dos Santos, aka “Fuminho,” had been on the run for more than 20 years until his capture in Maputo on Monday, and was one of Brazil’s “most-wanted” fugitives, Brazil’s federal police said in a statement.”The prisoner was considered the largest supplier of cocaine to a gang operating throughout Brazil, as well as being responsible for sending tons of the drug to several countries,” the statement said.center_img Originally formed as a prison gang in Sao Paulo, the PCC has spread across Brazil and is increasingly moving cocaine overseas, especially to Europe and Africa.In March, Reuters reported that Brazil has become one of the top suppliers of cocaine to Europe, transforming the country’s role in the trans-Atlantic drug trade.Leonardo Simbine, a spokesman for Mozambique’s Criminal Investigations Services, told Reuters that local police had been tipped off by Interpol that dos Santos had entered the country in mid-March.”We did our investigations and found him at a luxury hotel in Maputo. We arrested him with two accomplices, two Nigerian citizens,” Simbine said.last_img read more