Ex-policeman gets 15 years for murdering newspaper photographer in 2006

first_img Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets May 21, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ex-policeman gets 15 years for murdering newspaper photographer in 2006 VenezuelaAmericas June 15, 2020 Find out more Former policeman Boris Blanco Arcia’s conviction by a Caracas court on 19 May for the murder of newspaper photographer Jorge Aguirre (photo) shows that impunity is not inevitable, Reporters Without Borders says. The organisation nonetheless regrets that Blanco never explained why he shot Aguirre. News VenezuelaAmericas August 25, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders welcomes the 15-year prison sentence that a Caracas court imposed on former policemen Boris Blanco Arcia on 19 May for the murder of newspaper photographer Jorge Aguirre of the El Mundo daily (part of the Cadena Capriles group), who was shot dead while covering a protest against violent crime on 5 April 2006 (see release of 26 April 2006).“Aguirre’s murder amid a wave of angry protests against violent crime shocked both the media and the public,” the press freedom organisation said. “Justice has been done, and this verdict has shown yet again that impunity is not inevitable. At the same time, it is flustrating that Blanco was incapable of clearly explaining why he shot Aguirre.”Blanco’s trial on charges of homicide and illegally posing as a policeman lasted seven months. In the end, he was convicted only on the first charge. He has been held ever since his arrest on 13 April 2006, eight days after the murder.The protest Aguirre went to cover took place on the Caracas university campus and was prompted by the murder of three teenagers. Blanco, who had been fired from his job as a police officer in October 2005, was at the demonstration posing as a policeman on active duty. He ordered Aguirre to stop and, when Aguirre failed to comply, shot him three times at close range. As Aguirre fell to the ground, he managed to photograph Blanco in the process of fleeing on a motorcycle (see above). It was this photo that led to Blanco’s identification and arrest.Aguirre’s daughter, Jorbeth Aguirre, told Reporters Without Borders in an email message she was disappointed by the sentence as the maximum penalty for this kind of murder in Venezuela is 30 years in prison. She said she feared Blanco could be “out after four years.” to go further News Follow the news on Venezuela News Help by sharing this information January 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Video: Soiled Again

first_img 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * This sermon was delivered by Rev. Sandra K. Olewine on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at First United Methodist Church, Pasadena. Born in Maryland and raised in California, Rev. Sandra Olewine (Sandy) is a graduate of the University of California, Davis (BS) and the Claremont School of Theology (M.Div / ABD). A clergy member of the this Annual Conference for 29 years, Sandy served two congregations, First UMC in Fontana and Holman UMC in Los Angeles before accepting a call to work overseas. For 10 years, she served as the UMC Liaison to Jerusalem through the General Board of Global Ministries, during which she given numerous awards recognizing her work for peace and justice.In 2006, Sandy was sent to downtown Long Beach to start a ministry, The Neighborhood La Vecindad, an urban ministry of the poor in downtown Long Beach, which has been recognized for its foundation of community-based ministry. She was appointed to Santee United Methodist Church on September 1, 2011 and begins at First UMC Pasadena on July 1, 2014.Known as an inspired preacher, writer and teacher, Sandy has worked across social, racial and economic borders throughout her ministry, attempting to create a sense of solidarity among diverse communities. Driven by a passion for the Gospel, Sandy seeks the healing of creation through acts of compassion, justice and mercy.Sandy loves to read, go to movies, and hike in the mountains. She took up running (some might call it ambling) upon returning to the US and at age 50 completed 4 marathons and almost 20 half-marathons! She is an avid photographer, loves Peanut M&Ms (well, anything chocolate, really) and is a Steeler fan. She has one nephew, Jared. He and his wife, Carol, live in El Cajon and work in San Diego.First United Methodist Church of Pasadena, 500 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, (626) 796-0157 or visit fumcpasadena.org. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Sermons and Lessons Video: Soiled Again Delivered by REV. SANDRA K. OLEWINE, First United Methodist Church, Pasadena Published on Monday, August 11, 2014 | 3:16 pmcenter_img Community News Make a comment Business News More Cool Stuff Top of the News Herbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat To Do When You’re Not Able To Choose Between Two GuysHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Kardashians Know How To Throw A Good Party!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribelast_img read more

Armed robbery at Limerick city bookies

first_imgFacebook NewsBreaking newsArmed robbery at Limerick city bookiesBy Staff Reporter – April 18, 2015 751 WhatsApp Linkedin Advertisement Twittercenter_img Email Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up AN ARMED robbery at a Limerick City bookmakers on Friday evening last is under investigation after two people entered the Ladbrokes on Cecil Street and made off with a large quantity of cash.However, two people have been arrested by Gardai in the city following the theft at 6:45pm on Friday.Gardai say that a “significant amount of cash was stolen” in the robbery, but nobody was injured in the incident.A short time later, gardai raided a local hostel where a man in his 20s was found with a large quantity of cash.In a follow-up investigation, a woman, also in her 20s, wasHe, along with a woman, also in her 20s, was arrested.Both were brought to Henry Street Garda Station for questioning. Print Previous articleFraudster granny on the run after spell in LimerickNext articleBooting up for Ballyhoura Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Stocks trim some of their recent gains, hold near records

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 17, 2021 A man wearing a protective mask rides a bicycle in front of an electronic stock board showing foreign currency exchange rates against Japanese yen at a securities firm Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Tokyo. Asian shares were lower Wednesday as investors sold to lock in profits from the recent rally driven by hopes economies will gradually return to a pre-pandemic normal. Local NewsBusinessUS NewsWorld News Pinterest WhatsApp TAGS  Facebook Facebookcenter_img Stocks trim some of their recent gains, hold near records Previous articleDelivery-only restaurant brands see pandemic-fueled growthNext articleUnited States Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Market, Dosage, Price & Clinical Trials Analysis 2021-2026 – ResearchAndMarkets.com Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest Twitter Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

CCI Takes On Tech Behemoths: WhatsApp Policy Update And Antitrust Concerns

first_imgColumnsCCI Takes On Tech Behemoths: WhatsApp Policy Update And Antitrust Concerns Sushant Kumar & Vanshaj Dhiman10 April 2021 7:40 AMShare This – xEver since WhatsApp notified its Terms of Service and Privacy Policy 2021 (‘2021 update’) on 4 January 2021, it raised eyebrows throughout the world, the most notable being Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s tweet encouraging users to switch to Signal. Notably, the Union government has opposed the 2021 update on the grounds of data privacy concerns and differential treatment between Indian users…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginEver since WhatsApp notified its Terms of Service and Privacy Policy 2021 (‘2021 update’) on 4 January 2021, it raised eyebrows throughout the world, the most notable being Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s tweet encouraging users to switch to Signal. Notably, the Union government has opposed the 2021 update on the grounds of data privacy concerns and differential treatment between Indian users and their counterparts in the European Union (EU). While WhatsApp has adopted a ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ approach in India, it allows users in the EU to opt-out from sharing their data with Facebook companies or third parties to ensure compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). However, while data privacy concerns have remained at the forefront of the developments since WhatsApp’s January update, there exist antitrust concerns too. In a welcome development, the Competition Commission of India (CCI), after a suo moto cognisance, passed a Section 26(1) order on 24 March 2021, causing the Director General (DG) to initiate an investigation into the matter to ascertain potential contravention of Section 4 of the Competition Act, 2002 (‘the Act’). Preliminary Objections Brushed Aside by the CCI The Commission arrayed both WhatsApp and Facebook as Opposite Parties in the proceedings. Facebook contended that both are different legal entities and that WhatsApp is the appropriate entity to provide information to the Commission. However, considering that Facebook is a direct and immediate beneficiary, the Commission rejected its contention as evasive, egregious and ignorant. WhatsApp further claimed that the 2021 update falls within the purview of the IT Act framework, which was sub judice before other forums and as such, the CCI should not proceed simultaneously. Herein, WhatsApp relied on CCI v. Bharti Airtel Ltd (2019) 2 SCC 521, wherein the Apex Court held that the CCI should exercise its jurisdiction after the sectoral regulator has concluded its proceedings. However, the question of comity between decisions does not arise since no sectoral regulator is seized of the matter. The authors have dealt with this predicament in detail here. Furthermore, Section 62 of the Act declares that the Act is in addition to and not derogation of other statutes. While the Courts may consider data, public policy and national security concerns, the same cannot preclude the country’s competition watchdog from looking into exploitative and/or exclusionary effects resulting from unreasonable data collection and sharing. Placing reliance on Harshita Chawla v. WhatsApp Inc. 2020 SCC OnLine CCI 32, WhatsApp submitted that its 2021 update’s implementation was postponed to 15 May 2021, and the Commission should refrain from recording a prima facie finding since abuse of dominance is a post-facto analysis. The Commission, unimpressed by the submission, pointed out that the 2021 update is already in effect with users only given a deadline of 15 May 2021. Accordingly, the conduct has already taken place, and Section 4 may be invoked. Prima Facie Abusive Conduct In Harshita Chawla, the Commission has already defined WhatsApp’s relevant market as the market for Over-The-Top (OTT) messaging apps through smartphones in India’, and WhatsApp was held to be dominant in the same under the provisions of the Act. In the present case, the Commission noted that, unlike the August 2016 update, users had not been given a choice to opt-out and the range of data the 2021 update seeks to capture is unduly expansive and disproportionate. It includes transactions and payments data, data related to battery level, signal strength, app version, mobile operator, ISP, language and time zone, device operation information, service-related information and identifiers, location information of the user even if the user does not use location-related features, amongst other data. Furthermore, the policy update uses open-ended, vague and unintelligible terms while specifying the scope of data collection, rendering it impossible to ascertain data cost for a user. Such overarching collection of data based on ‘involuntary consent’ because of WhatsApp’s dominant position as the users are ‘locked-in’ due to strong network effects resultant from a large consumer base was held as imposing unfair terms on the users and prima facie violative of Section 4(2)(a)(i) of the Act. The CCI correctly noted that creating a 360-degree profile of users through personal data exploitation would place immeasurable market power at WhatsApp and Facebook’s disposal. This would allow them to leverage it in adjacent and unrelated markets, such as the display advertising market, leading to a denial of market access for other players and insurmountable entry barriers for new entrants in potential contravention of Sections 4(2)(c) and 4(2)(e) of the Act. Analysis – Antitrust Concerns at Play WhatsApp has the audacity to ask for such intrusive information in utter disregard of the users’ choice and privacy concerns because of its position as a de-facto unavoidable partner for many Indian businesses and the most widely used instant messaging app among Indian consumers. Since almost all user acquaintances are available on WhatsApp, it increases its value to the user. In a sense, it has locked-in its users since, in the absence of interoperability, one cannot switch to another app without one’s contacts doing the same. This is evident from the Commission’s observation that even with the surge in Signal and Telegram’s downloads, there has been no substantial loss in WhatsApp’s consumer base. The proposed Digital Markets Act (DMA) and Digital Services Act (DSA) in the EU aims to regulate the online intermediaries and marketplaces. The DMA extensively deals with digital gatekeepers, including social networking services, and prohibits them from combining personal data from their core platform services with data from other sources (including other services offered by the gatekeeper). With the 2021 update in play, Facebook will have control over a large consumer base’s data and may combine it with data collected from other sources (subsidiaries and third-party apps). The strong network-effects enjoyed by WhatsApp can be fuelled by potential data-driven advantages that may lead to an increased dependency of businesses and consumers on WhatsApp. In a data-driven digital world, where data is regarded as consideration and is being monetised in the form of targeted advertisements, the competition and data protection watchdogs cannot ignore the possibility of its abuse. The Competition Law Review Committee, in its report, had concluded that the definition of ‘price’ as set out in Section 2(o) of the Act is broad enough to capture non-monetary considerations like data and therefore is amenable to the jurisdiction of the CCI. In a joint paper (2016), the French and German Competition authorities expressed that even though ‘data protection and competition laws serve different goals’, collecting and using personal data by a dominant undertaking can be considered from a competition standpoint. Recently, in the Market Study on the Telecom Sector, the CCI has clarified that even though India is still to legislate a domestic data protection law, the existing antitrust law framework is broad enough to address the exploitative and/or exclusionary conduct arising out of privacy standards of enterprises commanding market power. In the instant case, the question which needs to be answered by the DG is whether WhatsApp’s conduct is ‘unfair’ and ‘unilaterally imposed’ to fall foul of section 4(2)(a)(i) of the Act. In 2019, the German competition authority (Bundeskartellamt) held that Facebook’s data-sharing practices amounted to an abuse of a dominant position and prohibited it from combining user data collected from its subsidiaries and third-party apps. It was stated that if a dominant company, such as Facebook and WhatsApp, makes using its services conditional upon the user granting the company extensive permission to use their personal data- it would amount to ‘exploitative business terms’. In an almost identical proceeding against WhatsApp and Facebook in Italy, the Italian competition authority imposed a EUR 3 million fine on WhatsApp over data sharing with its parent company. Although the Italian competition authority relied primarily on consumer protection law, WhatsApp’s conduct of forcing its users to consent to data-sharing or leave the app could also be pursued as a unilateral imposition of unfair contractual terms under Section 4(2)(a)(i) of the Act. Further, the new privacy-policy tying is equivalent to a unilateral degradation of privacy, which may amount to an abuse of dominance as it lowers privacy standards to the consumers’ detriment. WhatsApp has tied its privacy policy to its services by employing the ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ approach, which is tantamount to a constructive refusal to supply. WhatsApp might argue that collection and processing of data are indispensable for its business model as it provides ‘free services’ and the primary way to generate income is personalised and targeted advertisements for which access to personal data is a pre-requisite. While access to personal data is necessary for WhatsApp’s business model, merging or tying data with Facebook-owned companies is intrusive and unreasonable. It will further strengthen the data advantage enjoyed by Facebook by cross-linking the data collected across services. Concluding Remarks Facebook can be characterised as a ‘data monopoly’ after acquiring WhatsApp and Instagram. Facebook and WhatsApp have maintained their dominance, individually and as a group, independently of market forces. Turkey has also opened an antitrust investigation into WhatsApp’s 2021 update. In India, the CCI’s prima facie order against WhatsApp’s 2021 update signals that the excessive collection and usage of data, degradation of privacy standards, data sharing with a group company, and unfair and unilateral terms imposed by a dominant undertaking are amenable to the Commission’s jurisdiction. Japan Fair Trade Commission has formulated guidelines that state that the digital platforms’ practice of compelling the users to share their personal information to use their services would be tantamount to ‘abuse of a superior bargaining position’ under Japan’s Anti-monopoly Act. In the Indian context, there is an urgent need to formulate similar guidelines, which mandate the companies to formulate a transparent policy on data collected, used, and shared by them with their subsidiaries and third-party companies. Although the CCI has caused the DG to investigate, it has failed to take interim measures under Section 33 of the Act, such as an injunction on the operation of the 2021 update until the final decision is taken since serious and irreparable harm may occur because of the said practices, if implemented from 15 May 2021. As observed in the order, the Commission has a duty to prevent practices that may harm competition.Views are PersonalSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

PAINT PARTY: Kids make Christmas masterpieces at Tupper

first_img Latest Stories “It was fun and interesting to watch the moms and kids working together,” Lampley said. “That was the idea behind Tupper’s Paint Party. We wanted to kick of the Christmas season in a fun and creative way and a paint party was a way to involve the kids and their parents. Painting was something they could do together that would be enjoyable and also would be a way for the parents and kids to communicate in a different way. The hope was that the parents would let the kids be creative and help but not take over.”Laurie Nicholson said she and her son, Jude, had a wonderful time together.“The thought of giving paint to a kid sitting next to me at home was stressful,” Nicholson said, with a smile. “But it was not that way at all. Jude’s painting didn’t have to be any certain way. I just wanted it to be his. I loved watching Jude create his own little masterpiece and it was important to him that I said he was good at it. We had a good time together.”Lampley said all of the young painters created what will become treasures of togetherness, the kid and his or her mom or another special person in their lives. Print Article Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “Tupper” has another Christmas party planned for kids from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Santa Claus will be there to hear Christmas wishes and to have his photo taken with all the good little boys and girls. The activities will include a coloring station, Letters to Santa and pictures with the Grinch. A special feature of Christmas at Tupper will be the movie, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”Lampley said there is a good possibility that The Grinch just might stop by to remind the kids that Christmas doesn’t come for a store. It means, perhaps, a little bit more. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The mood was merry at the Tupper Lightfoot Memorial Library in Brundidge Wednesday night.And, Santa Claus would have been very pleased with the little boys and girls who participated in “Tupper’s” Paint Party with their moms. They were as good as gold, said Garneshia Lampley, children and teens program coordinator at “Tupper.”And, the Paint Party was “so much fun,” said Madison Green, whose mother, Shaquanna, was along just to enjoy the party with her. Madison was all into the painting herself because, “I just love to paint.”There were no guidelines as to what to paint, however, there were enough images of the Christmas season in the children’s library to give the kids ideas, if they needed them. Some did; some did their own thing. There were Christmas trees, reindeer, stars and silver bells. Email the author A BLESSING IN THE FIRE: Ward thankful for life after house fire Most nights, Sarah Ward would be tucked in bed at her Williams Street home with her great-grandchildren right there sleeping… read more You Might Like Published 8:18 pm Thursday, December 5, 2019 Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Sponsored Content 1234567PrevNextStartStop Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration PAINT PARTY: Kids make Christmas masterpieces at Tupper Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 4/18/21

first_img Written by Beau Lund April 18, 2021 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 4/18/21center_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s games:   ——   INTERLEAGUEFinal  Cincinnati   3  Cleveland   2   ——   AMERICAN LEAGUEFinal  Toronto       5  Kansas City         1Final  Tampa Bay     6  N.Y. Yankees        3Final  Oakland       7  Detroit             0Final  Boston        7  Chicago White Sox   4Final  Kansas City   3  Toronto             2Final  Baltimore     6  Texas               1Final  Houston       1  Seattle             0Minnesota  at  L-A Angels  9:07 p.m.  (Postponed)   ——   NATIONAL LEAGUEFinal  Washington     6  Arizona         2Final  Chicago Cubs  13  Atlanta         4Final  N.Y. Mets      4  Colorado        3Final  St. Louis      9  Philadelphia    4Final  Milwaukee      7  Pittsburgh      1Final  Miami          7  San Francisco   6Final  Colorado       7  N.Y. Mets       2Final  L.A. Dodgers   2  San Diego       0   ——   NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONFinal OT  L.A. Lakers  127  Utah          115Final  Chicago      106  Cleveland     96Final  Washington   121  Detroit       100Final  Boston       119  Golden State  114Final  Memphis      128  Milwaukee     115Final  San Antonio  111  Phoenix       85   ——   NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEFinal  N-Y Rangers   6  New Jersey     3Final  Washington    6  Philadelphia   3Final  Pittsburgh    3  Buffalo        2Final  Ottawa        4  Montreal       0Final  Arizona       3  St. Louis      2Final  Chicago       4  Detroit        0Final  Edmonton      3  Winnipeg       0Final  Florida       5  Tampa Bay      3Final  Carolina      3  Nashville      1Final  Minnesota     5  San Jose       2Final  Dallas        5  Columbus       1   ——   MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERFinal  Montreal               4  Toronto FC         2Final tie  Atlanta                0  Orlando City       0Final  Los Angeles FC         2  Austin FC          0Final  Sporting Kansas City   2  New York           1Final  D.C. United            2  New York City FC   1Final tie  Colorado               0  FC Dallas          0Final tie  Cincinnati             2  Nashville          2Final tie  New England            2  Chicago            2Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

BREAKING: Closure of Oxford Fever confirmed

first_imgCirkus, another nightclub venue on George Street, will also not reopen after lockdown restrictions are eased. On March 30 2021, the company, Cirkus Bars Ltd, was dissolved following a Gazette notice for compulsory strike-off, filed in November.  Fever, one of Oxford’s leading nightclubs, is set to close permanently. The popular late bar and nightclub was located on 13-15 Magdalen Street and has been closed since the first national lockdown last March. A spokesperson for Fever in Oxford told Cherwell: “We can confirm that the lease on property has expired and returned to the landlord, meaning it will no longer operate as Fever.  Where possible, we have redeployed our team to other sites.” Image Credit: Luca Volpi/CC BY-SA-3.0 Speaking about the closures, Joshua Roche, Event Manager at Varsity Events, told Cherwell: “I think generally it’s unfortunate regardless of who’s running which night. It’s nice for students to have an option of where to go and it creates a bit of variety in the city because each venue had its own feel to it and people went to different venues for different reasons. So it’s a real shame. Unfortunately, it’s been a tough year for everyone and it’s just one of those things that has happened.”  He added: “We’ve got to make do with what’s around now and we will still provide a fantastic night life for students with what we have available.”  The director of Cirkus Bars Ltd has been contacted for comment.  The announcements of both Fever and Cirkus shutting their doors, follow the recent closures of other music and club venues across the city with both Emporium/Basement and Cellar closing permanently in 2019. After a petition to save The Wheatsheaf, one of Oxford’s last live gig venues, it has been announced that the planning application to convert the space into student flats has been withdrawn. last_img read more

USI Students Take Top Spot In Engineering Robotics Competition

first_imgUSI Students Take Top Spot In Engineering Robotics CompetitionA team of students representing the University of Southern Indiana took first place in a robotics competition hosted by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) on April 1.Participating teams were tasked with building a robot designed to compete in four distinct events themed around the “Star Wars” franchise. The USI team’s robot, “Aluminum Falcon,” beat out 41 other student teams, including teams from the University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama – Birmingham and the Georgia Institute of Technology in the final round.Students represented in the group were:Joe Bretz, Wadesville, INValerie McKinney, Evansville, INJesse Derrington, Evansville, INBryan Mitchell, Evansville, INAndrew Choate, Evansville, INJustin Sitzman, Ferdinand, INBrady Webb, Norris City, ILUSI robot The Aluminum Falcon“The team made a near perfect run” in the final round, according to Dr. Ron Diersing, USI associate professor of engineering and one of two team faculty sponsors along with Dr. Art Chlebowski, assistant professor of engineering.The competition was part of the IEEE’s SoutheastCon in Charlotte, North Carolina. The USI chapter of IEEE is part of the Engineering Department housed in USI’s Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education.For more information, contact Diersing at [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Global Steelmaker POSCO Establishing Operations at Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville; 60 High-wage Jobs

first_imgPort’s River Access, Automotive Connections Attract South Korea’s 4th Largest CompanyIndianapolis – POSCO, a multinational company headquartered in Pohang, South Korea, and the fifth-largest steel producer in the world, has announced plans to build a wire rod processing center at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville, creating up to 60 high-wage jobs by 2018. POSCO is South Korea’s fourth largest company, behind Samsung Electronics, SK Holdings and Hyundai Motors, and is ranked No. 162 in Fortune’s Global 500.“Although we are located on different continents, South Korea and Indiana both share a reputation of excellence when it comes to advanced manufacturing,” said Governor Mike Pence. “Having a globally-focused company like POSCO select Indiana to grow its business is a strong endorsement of our state’s low-cost, low-tax business climate, robust transportation infrastructure and dynamic port system. This company could have established operations anywhere in the world, but has found exactly what it needed right here in Indiana. POSCO is a major supplier to the automotive industry which already supports more than 100,000 jobs in our state, and we look forward to the new jobs this state-of-the-art facility will create.”The $19 million project includes a 136,000-square-foot facility to be constructed on approximately 10 acres at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville. POSCO plans to start construction later this year on the facility, which will be the company’s second steel processing line and fourth production line in the U.S. POSCO’s key drivers for locating at the port were the ability to ship steel into the Midwest by water, the close proximity to numerous steel and automotive-related companies and the attractive business environment in the Jeffersonville area.“We are very excited about the opportunity to develop our first Midwestern U.S. plant at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville,” said POSCO AAPC Finance Director Kyu Tae Kim. “It is critical for our business to receive cargo by water and to be centrally located in the U.S. market. The Jeffersonville’s port location will allow us to connect with global markets and supply our U.S. automotive customers with ‘just-in-time’ deliveries. We want to thank the State of Indiana, the City of Jeffersonville, the Ports of Indiana and One Southern Indiana for helping us to make this project a reality.”POSCO was established in South Korea in 1968 and was the first Korean firm to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1994. It operates 312 facilities in 43 countries around the world. POSCO’s Jeffersonville plant will process steel wire for fasteners, nuts and bolts used in the automotive industry and serve as a distribution center for other POSCO products. POSCO America, incorporated in 1984, maintains its U.S. headquarters in Fort Lee, N.J., with additional facilities in Houston, Texas, Troy, Mich., and McCalla, Ala. POSCO operates two integrated steel mills in South Korea and a joint venture facility with U.S. Steel, USS-POSCO Industries, located in California.“POSCO’s planned facility is a good fit for our port and its operations will create new business for other port companies,” said Rich Cooper, CEO for the Ports of Indiana. “Steel processors at our port currently supply components for all six of the top U.S. automakers as well as to many Tier 1 suppliers and other participants in the automotive industry’s supply chain. The port’s multimodal transportation options, including year-round barge access to the Gulf of Mexico, offer significant logistics cost savings for POSCO.”The Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville is home to 28 businesses, including a “steel campus” of 12 metal-processing companies serving the Midwest auto and appliance industries. The port handled over one million tons of steel cargoes in 2015 and 2.8 million in total shipments.The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) offered POSCO up to $550,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $50,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. Jeffersonville’s city council approved additional incentives at the request of the Jeffersonville Redevelopment Commission.“Having a global company of POSCO’s caliber select Southern Indiana and, specifically, the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville, for this advanced manufacturing project, is certainly cause for celebration,” said Jeffersonville Mayor Mike Moore. “The opening of two new interstate bridges over the Ohio River and the continued development of our port are key drivers for attracting world-class companies like POSCO and helping them grow in our community. We are grateful to our partners in economic development, One Southern Indiana and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, for their efforts to ensure that investing in Jeffersonville is a seamless process.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more