to go further Help by sharing this information Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Organisation News March 4, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Despotic Erdoğan seizes control of leading daily Receive email alerts News April 2, 2021 Find out more Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor TurkeyEurope – Central Asia RSF_en News Follow the news on Turkey News April 2, 2021 Find out more Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 28, 2021 Find out more True to form, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan today orchestrated an Istanbul court decision to place Zaman, a leading daily newspaper that supports the opposition Gülen movement, under state control.“The Turkish presidential office’s interference in the media has reached a new level,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “It is absolutely illegitimate and intolerable that Erdoğan has used the judicial system to take control of a great newspaper in order to eliminate the Gülen community’s political base.“This ideological and unlawful operation shows how Erdoğan is now moving from authoritarianism to all-out despotism. Not content with throwing journalists in prison for ‘supporting terrorism’ or having them sentenced to pay heavy fines for ‘insulting the ‘head of state,’ he is now going further by taking control of Turkey’s biggest opposition newspaper.” With a print run of more than 600,000, Zaman supports the religious movement led by Fethullah Gülen, who was closely allied with Erdoğan until they fell out in 2012. Since then, the authorities have been suspending the licences of pro-Gülen media outlets and have been bringing charges against their journalists. Turkey is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia
Rendering of the exterior of The Huntington’s latest expansion of the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art, the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Wing, set to open to the public on October 22, 2016. The new entrance faces a path leading from the Huntington Art Gallery through the Shakespeare Garden. Frederick Fisher and Partners.The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens announced today that its new 8,600 square-foot addition to the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art will open on Oct. 22.Named after the lead donors for the $10.3 million building project, the Jonathan and Karin Fielding Wing includes 5,000 square feet of gallery space with an inaugural exhibition of more than 200 works from the Fieldings’ esteemed collection of 18th- and early19th-century American works—including paintings, furniture, and related decorative art—some of which are promised gifts to The Huntington. The exhibition will offer important insights into the world of American art practice and culture of the time.“The collection, display, and contextualization of historical American art is among our chief priorities,” said Laura Skandera Trombley, president of The Huntington. “And the educational and inspirational value of the new wing is immeasurable. It will bring to light unforgettable works made with American originality, and is sure to delight and surprise visitors of all ages. We are profoundly grateful to Jonathan and Karin Fielding for their vision and generosity.”In related news, the original portion of the Scott Galleries, which has been undergoing reconfiguration and reinstallation, will reopen on June 18. It will feature a new room highlighting works from the Gail-Oxford Collection, a recent bequest to The Huntington of 18th-century works of American decorative art; a redesigned Dorothy Collis Brown Wing displaying works by Arts and Crafts architects Charles and Henry Greene; sweeping, long sightlines across galleries; and improved visitor flow. Also opening in the original portion of the building on June 18 is a focused loan exhibition, “Yasuhiro Ishimoto: Bilingual Photography and the Architecture of Greene & Greene” in the Susan and Stephen Chandler Wing (on view through Oct. 3).Fielding Wing ArchitectureDesigned by Frederick Fisher and Partners, who also designed the Lois and Robert F. Erburu Gallery (a 2005 addition to the same building), the new Fielding Wing features eight new rooms for art display as well as a stately glass entrance and lobby on the south side of the building that mirrors those on the north side.The entrance, along with a reconfiguration of some of the rooms of the existing building, will improve visitor flow and make entering the galleries (that will total 26,000 square feet of display space) more inviting and intuitive. The new entry will draw visitors to the galleries naturally, with the glass lobby serving as a beacon from a popular path that leads through the Shakespeare Garden from the Huntington Art Gallery, where the renowned European art collection is displayed. In addition, the entry allows easy access to and from the historic Rose Garden Tea Room and Café.Frederick Fisher and Partners also are designing the inaugural exhibition.With this expansion of the Scott Galleries (the third since 2009), The Huntington will be the home of one of the largest displays of historic American art in the Western United States.Artist Unknown, Early Portrait of a Woman with a Bowl of Cherries, ca. 1770–1780, oil on panel, 28 × 23 × 2 1/2 in. Jonathan and Karin Fielding Collection. Photo by Fredrik Nilsen, courtesy of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.Fielding Collection Exhibition“While the Fieldings have been collecting American art for a relatively short time, they have developed a focused and important body of historical works,” said Kevin Salatino, Hannah and Russel Kully Director of the Art Collections at The Huntington. “We plan to highlight these in a creative installation that enhances their educational content as well as their powerful aesthetic qualities.”With more than 700 examples of American painting, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, metal, needlework, and other related decorative arts, the Fieldings’ collection is widely regarded as one of the most significant of its kind in the United Sates. The initial display of works will be grouped variously by the function of the objects, the materials from which they are made, and through the themes that they embody.In its rich diversity, the Fielding Collection offers a rare opportunity to explore early American history through objects made for daily use and through images of the everyday people who used them. Highlights of the collection include a rare painting on panel made about 1834 by Sheldon Peck (1797–1868) portraying Samuel and Eunice Judkins, residents of Ulster County, New York; a striking portrait of a woman with a bowl of cherries, painted on panel about 1770 to 1780; a high chest of drawers made about 1774 by the Connecticut-based Eliphalet Chapin (1741–1807); a Windsor low-back settee with distinctive steam-bent arm rail made in Lancaster County, Pa., between 1760 and 1780; a rare pair of needlework pockets from about 1775, used by a woman to carry sewing implements and other items; and a Connecticut tall-case clock, with richly painted decoration and wooden works, signed by Riley Whiting (1785–1835) and made in Windsor, Conn., between 1819 and about 1828.About The Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American ArtBegun in earnest in 1979, when the Virginia Steele Scott Foundation of Pasadena, made a major gift to The Huntington in memory of art collector, patron, and philanthropist Virginia Steele Scott (1905-1975), The Huntington’s collection of American art has grown from an initial 50 paintings to nearly 13,000 objects. Recent acquisitions include works by Milton Avery (1885-1965), Richard Estes (b. 1932), Sargent Claude Johnson (1888–1967), and Helen Lundeberg (1908–1999), as well as the Gail-Oxford Collection of 18th-century decorative art.First opened in 1984 with 6,800 square feet of gallery space, the Scott Galleries were expanded to 16,300 square feet with the addition of the Lois and Robert F. Erburu Gallery and completely reinstalled in 2009 to cover the history of art in the United States from the colonial period to the mid-20th century. In July of 2014, The Huntington expanded the display of American art further by opening more than 5,000 feet of gallery space focusing on works of 20th- century art in an area previously used for storage.About The HuntingtonThe Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars and the general public. 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TAGSLimerick City and CountyNews Email NewsCommunityLimerick punter wins big from 20 cent wagerBy Staff Reporter – August 21, 2019 1649 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement WhatsApp Limerick on Covid watch list Facebook Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Print A normal Tuesday evening turned out to be one to remember for a County Limerick punter after their €0.20 EuroMillions wager landed. The tiny bet defied huge odds of 33,000/1 to return a handsome four-figure amount to the customer.The anonymous Limerick native called into their local BoyleSports shop in the county on Tuesday afternoon and placed some of their loose change on four numbers to be drawn from the EuroMillions Plus draw that evening.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The numbers selected were 5, 12, 15 and 18. In a matter of minutes, all four numbers rolled out of the machine meaning the ambitious bet had come in, resulting in the punter walking off with a stunning €6,600.20 from the €0.20 investment.Sarah Kinsella, spokesperson for BoyleSports said, “We must send huge congratulations down to our Limerick customer who only required a small €0.20 investment to take us for €6,600.20. Their ambition deserves all the rewards and we hope they have a good time spending the winnings.” Linkedin Previous articleImmigration rules are posing threat to Shannondoc serviceNext articleLimerick Junior Soccer fixtures Postponed in honour of Dave Weldrick Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Twitter Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow
Top StoriesRight To Property Is A Constitutional As Well As Human Right, Reiterates SC [Read Judgment] Ashok Kini7 Aug 2020 6:26 AMShare This – x”However, laudable be the purpose, the Executive cannot deprive a person of his property without specific legal authority.”The right to property is still a constitutional right and a human right, reiterated the Supreme Court while allowing an appeal filed by Hari Krishna Mandir Trust in the matter of a land dispute with the Pune Municipal Corporation.The bench comprising Justices Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee observed that the right to property includes any proprietary/ hereditary interest in the…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?LoginThe right to property is still a constitutional right and a human right, reiterated the Supreme Court while allowing an appeal filed by Hari Krishna Mandir Trust in the matter of a land dispute with the Pune Municipal Corporation.The bench comprising Justices Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee observed that the right to property includes any proprietary/ hereditary interest in the right of management of a religion endowment, as well as anything acquired by inheritance.The trust, in this case, had filed an application in which it requested the State Government to correct the wrong entry (as internal road to the Trust) in the name of Pune Municipal Corporation. The Urban Development Department, Government of Maharashtra rejected the proposal and held that the Pune Municipal Corporation is the owner in respect of the land. The High Court dismissed the writ petition challenging the said order passed by the Government and held that the land in question had vested under Section 88 of the Regional and Town Planning Act. Thus the Trust approached the Apex Court.Allowing the Trust’s Appeal, the Apex Court bench observed that the High Court misconstrued Section 88 of the Regional and Town Planning Act, by reading the same in isolation from the other provisions of the Regional and Town Planning Act, particularly Sections 65, 66, 125 and 126 thereof. In the light of admissions, on the part of the respondent authorities that the private road measuring 414 sq. was private property never acquired by the Pune Municipal Corporation or the State Government, the respondents had a public duty under Section 91 to appropriately modify the scheme and to show the private road as property of its legitimate owners, as per the property records in existence, and or in the award of the Arbitrator, the Court said.Right To Property: A Constitutional & Human RightThe bench also observed that in the absence of any proceedings for acquisition or for purchase, no land belonging to the Trust could have vested in the State. In this regard, the bench, referring to Article 300A of the Constitution, said:The right to property may not be a fundamental right any longer, but it is still a constitutional right under Article 300A and a human right as observed by this Court in Vimlaben Ajitbhai Patel v. Vatslaben Ashokbhai Patel and Others. In view of the mandate of Article 300A of the Constitution of India, no person is to be deprived of his property save by the authority of law. The appellant trust cannot be deprived of its property save inaccordance with law.Executive cannot deprive a person of his property without specific legal authorityThe court further observed that the Article 300A embodies the doctrine of eminent domain which comprises two parts, (i) possession of property in the public interest; and (ii) payment of reasonable compensation. It further observed:”The State possesses the power to take or control the property of the owner for the benefit of public. When, however, a State so acts it is obliged to compensate the injury by making just compensation. The right to property includes any proprietary interest hereditary interest in the right of management of a religion endowment, as well as anything acquired by inheritance. However, laudable be the purpose, the Executive cannot deprive a person of his property without specific legal authority, which can be established in a court of law.”State seeking to acquire private property for public purpose cannot say that no compensation shall be paidThe court further added that though the right to claim compensation or the obligation of the State to pay compensation to a person who is deprived of his property is not expressly provided in Article 300A of the Constitution, it is inbuilt in the Article. It said:”The State seeking to acquire private property for public purpose cannot say that no compensation shall be paid. The Regional and Town Planning Act also does not contemplate deprivation of a land holder of his land, without compensation. Statutory authorities are bound to pay adequate compensation.”HC Not Only Have Power To Issue Mandamus But Are Duty Bound To Exercise Such Power In Appropriate CasesThe High Courts exercising their jurisdiction under Article 226 of the Constitution of India, not only have the power to issue a Writ of Mandamus or in the nature of Mandamus, but are duty bound to exercise such power, where the Government or a public authority has failed to exercise or has wrongly exercised discretion conferred upon it by a Statute, or a rule, or a policy decision of the Government or has exercised such discretion malafide, or on irrelevant consideration. In all such cases, the High Court must issue a Writ of Mandamus and give directions to compel performance in an appropriate and lawful manner of the discretion conferred upon the Government or a public authority, the bench said while setting aside the High Court judgment.While allowing the appeal, the Court also directed to delete the name of the Pune Municipal Corporation as owner of the private road in the records pertaining to the Scheme and carry out such other consequential alterations.’Case detailsCase no.: CIVIL APPEAL NO.6156 OF 2013 Case name: HARI KRISHNA MANDIR TRUST vs. STATE OF MAHARASHTRA Coram: Justices Indu Malhotra and Indira Banerjee Counsel: Sr. Adv Pallav Sisodia assisted by Adv Braj K Mishra for Appellants, Nishant R. Katneshwarkar for State, AdvocatesMarkand D. Adkar and Rajesh Kumar, for CorporationClick here to Read/Download JudgmentRead Judgment Next Story
Top StoriesNobody Can Interfere In Peaceful Life Of Two Adults Residing Together: Allahabad HC Provides Protection To Another Inter-Faith Couple Akshita Saxena8 Jan 2021 3:11 AMShare This – xThe Allahabad High Court on Wednesday reiterated that no one is entitled to disrupt the lives of two adults, who reside together willingly. Holding thus, the Court came to rescue of another inter-faith couple, facing harassment at the hands of their families. A Single Bench of Justice Saral Srivastava observed, “The Court has repeatedly held that where the two individuals…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?LoginThe Allahabad High Court on Wednesday reiterated that no one is entitled to disrupt the lives of two adults, who reside together willingly. Holding thus, the Court came to rescue of another inter-faith couple, facing harassment at the hands of their families. A Single Bench of Justice Saral Srivastava observed, “The Court has repeatedly held that where the two individuals having attained the age of majority, are living together, nobody is entitled to interfere in their peaceful life.” In this case, a Hindu woman claimed that she decided to follow Muslim religion and as such, she willingly converted her religion. After conversion, the couple submitted, she solemnized marriage with her Muslim husband. They further claimed to be adults, living together out of their own freewill. In support, they presented the High School Marks Sheet of the woman and Aadhar Card of the husband, reflecting that they were born in 1998 and 1997, respectively. “Right To Choose A Partner Of Choice A Fundamental Right”: Allahabad High Court Says The Judgments Which Held “Conversion For The Purpose Of Marriage Only” Not Good Law In face of these submissions, Justice Srivastava ordered the Superintendent of Police, Bijnor to provide adequate protection to an inter-faith couple, if necessary, and fixed the matter for hearing on February 8. The Court also directed the husband to deposit a sum of Rs. 3 Lakh in favour of her wife. “This is a free and democratic country, and once a person becomes a major he or she can marry whosoever he/she likes. If the parents of the boy or girl do not approve of such inter-caste or inter-religious marriage the maximum they can do is that they can cut off social relations with the son or the daughter, but they cannot give threats or commit or instigate acts of violence and cannot harass the person who undergoes such intercaste or inter- religious marriage,” the bench reiterated the observations made by the Supreme Court in Lata Singh v. State of UP, 2006 CrLJ 3312. The Court also relied on Bhagwan Dass v. State (NCT of Delhi), (2011) 6 SCC 396, where the Apex Court had made strong observations against honour killings. “In our opinion honour killings, for whatever reason, come within the category of the rarest of rare cases deserving death punishment. It is time to stamp out these barbaric, feudal practices which are a slur on our nation. This is necessary as a deterrent for such outrageous, uncivilised behavior. All persons who are planning to perpetrate “honour” killings should know that the gallows await them,” the Top Court had said.Recently, a Division Bench of the High Court had reunited an interfaith couple while noting that the Woman (Shikha) had “expressed that she wants to live with her husband (Salman @ Karan) she is free to move as per her own choice without any restriction or hindrance being created by third party.” Case Title: Shaista Parveen @ Sangeeta & Anr. v. State of UP & Ors.Also Read – Upholding Love : In Last One Month, Allahabad High Court Grants Protection To Over 125 Inter-Faith/Caste CouplesAlso Read: “Right To Choose A Partner Of Choice A Fundamental Right”: Allahabad High Court Says The Judgments Which Held “Conversion For The Purpose Of Marriage Only” Not Good Law Click Here To Download Order Read OrderNext Story
News UpdatesAll Commercial Appeals From District Court Orders To Now Be Listed Before Division Benches: Delhi High Court Srishti Ojha28 Jan 2021 7:23 AMShare This – xThe High Court of Delhi has on Wednesday directed its Registry to list all commercial appeals from district court orders before the Commercial Appellate Division Benches. The Court has also directed these appeals to be registered as FAO (Comm) before they are listed before the Commercial Appellate Division. A Single Bench of Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva has directed that all appeals…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?LoginThe High Court of Delhi has on Wednesday directed its Registry to list all commercial appeals from district court orders before the Commercial Appellate Division Benches. The Court has also directed these appeals to be registered as FAO (Comm) before they are listed before the Commercial Appellate Division. A Single Bench of Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva has directed that all appeals filed under Section 13(1A) of the Commercial Courts Act, 2015, arising out of orders or judgments passed by a Commercial Court at the level of District Judge, including Additional District Judge will be listed before the Division Benches. The directions have been issued after a legal question arose in a petition before the Delhi High Court, as to whether, in terms of Section 13 (1A) of the Commercial Courts Act, 2015 appeals arising out of orders or judgments passed by District Judge of Commercial court exercising Original Civil jurisdiction are to be heard by a Single Judge or Division Bench of the High Court. The Court noted that the legislative scheme of the Commercial Courts Act makes it clear that a specific forum of Commercial Appellate Division has been stipulated under Section 13(1A) of the Act for adjudicating appeals arising out of judgments and orders passed by either the Commercial Court at the level of District Judges or the Commercial Division of the High Court, comprising of a Single Judge of the High Court. The Act, under the provision of Section 5 has also stated that the Chief Justice of the concerned High Court has to constitute Commercial Appellate Division having one or more Division Benches. Therefore, the Act lays down a mandate the Commercial Appellate Division will be constituted of one or more Division Bench in contradiction to the Commercial Division of the High Court which would comprise of a Single Judge of the High Court. The High Court’s Registry, through its Report had informed the Court that the appeals arising out of orders passed by the Commercial Division of the High Court in commercial matters filed under Section 13 of the Act is registered under the category “FAO(OS)(Comm)” and is listed before the Commercial Appellate Division. But since the appeals against the orders of the District Judge of Commercial Court is filed under the category “FAO” and the Roster Bench for hearing “FAO” is that of a Single Bench, the appeals were being listed before the Single Judge.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Facebook 46 disability services users in Inishowen in need of respite services Facebook Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Previous articleNorth West Strategic Growth Partnership meeting discuss Brexit & Covid-19 challengesNext articleVital to stay in own county, particularly border areas – McCauley News Highland Donegal County Council is to write to the Health Minister, the Minister of State for Disability and the HSE to highlight the need for increased provision of respite beds and residential support for children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Donegal.Inishowen Councillor Albert Doherty previously raised the issue at the recent meeting of the Regional Health Forum West where it was revealed that 46 users of disability services in Inishowen alone are in need of respite services but only one bed is currently available at Riverwalk, Carndonagh.Councillor Doherty says additional supports are vital:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/alber-tweb.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – December 5, 2020 Google+ Pinterest Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+
JannHuizenga/iStockBy CLAYTON SANDELL and JEFFREY COOK, ABC News(YUMA, Colo.) — Two hours east of the unrest in Denver following the death of George Floyd, a newspaper editor and police chief heard rumors of buses, full of protesters from as far as Chicago, heading toward their farming community of Yuma after the town’s pastor planned a road-side vigil in early June. Local businesses, and even the hospital, closed their doors in response. Some residents threatened to arm themselves with shotguns to protect the town from potential rioters. The town of about 3,500 people is less than 1% black.“You know public displays like this are going to bring the rioters here,” Stephanie Generoux wrote on a Facebook post from the Yuma Pioneer.“Just so you’re all aware a hitchhiker earlier today in the southern part of the County trying to get to Yuma. Hope you are all ready for what you’re bringing” commented Rich Schafer.In reality, about sixty locals arrived and stood silently, spaced apart, holding signs. No buses. No violence. Tony Rayl, editor of the Yuma Pioneer, said he knew almost everyone there and called it the most bizarre day of his life. The pastor of a local church said just the existence of the event polarized her congregation.Savannah Neb, a white recent college graduate living in Yuma who protested that day, described the conversations she had with concerned friends.“It was completely peaceful, but that that fear that you’re feeling, that you felt the last day, is how the black community feels daily in this country.”Less anonymity than the larger urban areas like New York, Seattle or Atlanta is a reality for protesters in these small towns and the wave of Black Lives Matters support has split some conservative, mostly white areas where some believe police brutality and racism is not their problem.Well attended protests have occurred in small American towns like Alpine, TX, Lodi, CA, Hagerstown, MD and Taylorville, IL. The name George Floyd is echoing through the consciousness of white America, putting uncomfortable conversations front-and-center.The subject of racism and anti-racism has shown little sign of slowing down. Even weeks after Floyd’s death, a small protest popped up in Parachute, a Colorado town of 1,100 people on the Western Slope of the Rocky Mountains. Twenty people, mostly, if not all, white, gathered outside the police station with signs, candles and words of support for Black Lives Matter. Nearly all five of the town’s police officers observed, offering water to the protesters.“It’s important to say that this is not just an issue in big cities just because there’s more people,” said Joanne Gibson, who led the demonstration in Parachute. “It’s an issue here. There’s systemic racism in all parts of our country. You can’t find a place in America that isn’t built on a foundation of racism.”Claire Graff lives in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. and has started organizing weekly protests.“Not living in a city especially and living in my very white, privileged world that I live in, it wasn’t in my face and I didn’t seek it out enough,” she told ABC News. “But now with this momentum, I don’t know how I couldn’t be part of the voice in our community, and everywhere.”Dawn Dexter, another demonstrator in Glenwood Springs, said she was met with expressions of shock when protesting. “Some people came out of the restaurants and encouraged us. Others just looked … I’m going to say there were expressions of consternation.”It is in part that attitude in these largely white and homogenous towns making it hard for its black residents to feel part of the community and find allies. Elizabeth Cobbins, who is black and an employee at Western Colorado University in Gunnison, acknowledged it was difficult to find a group to belong to when she moved from Mississippi to the nineteenth-century mining-turned-college town in southwest Colorado.After the death of George Floyd prompted massive protests across the country, Cobbins said she was committed to leading that charge in her new home. She organized what she thought would be a demonstration of 20-50 of her friends and their friends. What happened was a crowd of more than three hundred flooded Gunnison’s Main Street.“There’s one point, I stopped and I just looked back and I could not hold back the tears, like I could not stop them,” Cobbins said. “There’s so many people in this town who care about my life.”She described a sense of optimism for the movement, but stressed that there’s work to be done and the conversation among white people on anti-racism and police brutality needs ongoing leadership to avoid its momentum dying down. Black persons like herself have to live through systemic racism everyday, she says, and will take notice of those speaking up for the first time today are quiet weeks or months from now, whether they live in New York City or Gunnison.Cobbins said she was proud to go home to her family shortly after the protests and describe the work in a place quite different from Hattiesburg, Mississippi.“I moved to Colorado for a job but my purpose there was bigger, so I led a protest. You know being a black woman in a mostly white town, it was my purpose to lead this protest, you know I had to do it for my students,” she said, telling ABC News about a conversation with her father.“Hey Dad, I fought for, I fought for my people, in this super white town, my black self,” she recounted. “My super pro-Black, Southern gal sitting in the middle of Main Street and I did it for Medgar Evers. I did it for my mother. I did it for Rosa Parks. You know I did it for any Fannie Lou Hammer who said, ‘I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.’ I did it for them. And they have the sweetest smile on their face of pride.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Soon, users of the Ocean City vacation app will be able to make cashless purchases on their cellphones. By Maddy VitaleIf you want to find out what events are going on, where to stay, any good sales, where to dine, get your car washed or even where a good dentist is, Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce is bringing the answers to your fingertips from your mobile devices with email alerts, social media platforms and the Ocean City App.“The emails are a little different than the Apps. We have accumulated about 80,000 emails over five years. These are people who want to be in touch with events and businesses in Ocean City,” Michele Gillian, executive director of the chamber explained. “They go out weekly and we have seen our special attendance go up for events like Night in Venice. We also have seen advertising go up. The emails really help keep Ocean City in the forefront.”Shawnda McGinnis, marketing director for the chamber, said the majority of people on the email list are second homeowners, then year-round residents and visitors. The business of the week highlighted in the email blasts has been very successful businesses that belong to the chamber of commerce, Gillian noted. The chamber, which has 580 businesses that are members, also utilizes Facebook, with 140,000 followers, to advertise events and happenings.“We have a task of bringing all of the events of Ocean City to so many people,” Gillian said. “After the Super Bowl, we are going to do a vigorous campaign to help people stay up-to-date on Ocean City with our weekly emails, Facebook and all of our advertising.”The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce is working hard to keep up with ever-changing technology to meet the needs of the public.The chamber launched the App in late August last year. Currently, it has 10,000 users. Gillian said she hopes it will help attract millennials, tech-savvy people ranging in age from 18 to 35. “We knew we needed another layer to advertise Ocean City, which is why we came up with the App. Everyone uses their mobile phones,” Gillian said.But it wasn’t easy to get it started, she recalled.“It took a long time to come together, but it was certainly worth it,” Gillian said. The App offers a lot for the user.“You could find out what is happening with the tides, the weather, you could find a business – a painter, plumber or an architect or find out where you could get taffy,” Gillian explained. The response to the App has been very positive, she said, adding that she hopes to be able to bring new features to its users in the future, and attract new users.She said the chamber wants to add the ability to do financial transactions, much like with PayPal, on the App, to for example, enable the user to purchase a beach tag on their phone.The Ocean City App has been a hit so far and officials are hoping with new features it will gain more users.Geofencing is also something the chamber wants to investigate as a possible feature. It tracks where the App user is and could send out alerts for specials and sales in that area. If a person is shopping on Ninth Street, much like a GPS tracking device, it could specify a sale at a business nearby.Throughout this weekend App and email alerts went out to the thousands of people. One of them was an alert to vote for Ocean City as America’s Happiest Seaside Town, a contest by Coastal Living Magazine which put it in the top 10 with the contest closing Feb. 6. Another alert went out on places to shop for your Super Bowl needs. On March 15 the Chamber of Commerce plans to host a workshop at the historic Flanders hotel to market to the millennials. There will be a panel of experts and a moderator to go over geofencing and streamlining social media platforms, among other areas, to continue to improve communication between the businesses and the public.“Change can be scary, but we are really trying to make it easier, so everyone can stay in touch with current technology,” Gillian said. “We try to make staying up with the changes fun.” Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, says the chamber is working hard to make sure people know about all of the events and businesses in Ocean City.
By MADDY VITALEWhen it comes to the Ocean City school district, it has been ahead of many districts to return the students to the classrooms full time, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.While other public schools closed due to the number of COVID-19 cases in some counties throughout the state, Ocean City schools kept their doors open, at least partially, offering students a hybrid learning model mixing in-person and virtual learning.And on Wednesday, students, parents and staff celebrated the first day of being back on a five-days-a-week class schedule, for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, since the pandemic hit last March.“This is what we’ve been working toward for months,” Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor said in a news release. “Seeing the students here, in school — back where they should be — it gives us hope that we’re on the right path.”Grade K-5 teachers began livestreaming lessons during normal school hours for virtual students, while hybrid students came together inside the classrooms, the release said.Grades 6-8 will start concurrent teaching on Feb. 8, while the high school has already implemented livestreaming.The district announced its reopening plan for consecutive five days of in-person instruction for the K-5 students three weeks ago.School officials attributed the reopening success, in part, to the work of the Board of Education’s recently formed COVID-19 committee.The committee is headed by Dr. Patrick Kane, a medical doctor and vice president of the school board.On Wednesday, officials noted that a bit of normalcy may have returned.Students walked single file with their parents into the Primary and Intermediate schools ready for the start of a normal type of school week.“Both the parents and the students seemed overwhelmingly excited to be returning to five days a week of classroom instruction,” School Board President Joseph Clark explained. “I am thankful to the administrators and the staff for making this happen.”During Board of Education meetings over several months, parents urged the district to do everything possible to offer, once again, a five-day school week.“The community has been loud and clear that this is what they want from the district at this time,” Clark said. “Parents are trying to get back to work and the students want to return to school five days a week.”A school employee watches as students walk to school.Clark emphasized that what it comes down to is the students.“It’s about our students having the opportunity to return to five days of instruction,” he said. “As a board, we are very hopeful that all will go as planned.”Last week, Dr. Kane discussed the statistics and data that influenced the board’s decision to go back to in-person instruction, noting that the “in-school transmission rate is very low for students in the Ocean City School District when appropriate guidelines are followed.”Throughout the pandemic, Dr. Taylor has sent out letters to school families and they have been posted on the school’s website, updating them on the ever-evolving situation.She sent out two letters in January to parents and staff to prepare for a Feb. 1 reopening, but the opening was delayed due to inclement weather until Wednesday.The letter offered information on new protocols and actions the district is taking to accomplish the transition, and to reassure the safety of students and staff.As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the district has strictly adhered to all CDC guidelines. Now, the district is offering increased protection and purchased more PPE, according to the school news release.The Primary and Intermediate schools put Plexiglas barriers on each desk and table, and added signage throughout the buildings to remind students to practice safe behavior while in and out of the schools.Currently there is a waiting list for students who are in the Virtual Academy to get back to in-class instruction.Clark addressed this.“We want to get every kid in, but unfortunately we don’t have the room yet,” Clark said. “We care about every student and we want to make sure they all get back in safely in there and under the CDC and County Health Department guidelines.”The next step, if all goes well, is offering five days of in-person instruction to the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at the Intermediate School. After that, the high school would follow, Clark said.However, it is a matter of space for social distancing in the classrooms. The Board of Education has discussed options for added space, but nothing has been put in place as of yet.“We knew we could do this,” Clark said of the reopening plan currently in place. “We will see what happens. If things go well, then we will hopefully open more grades to five days of in-person instruction.”Updates will be posted via SwiftK-12 messaging, social media, as well as the school district website at oceancityschools.orgStudents in K-5 grades begin going back to school five days a week, months after COVID-19 created the need for all virtual and hybrid learning. Schools Superintendent Dr. Kathleen Taylor, at right, speaks with parents on the return to five days of in-person instruction at the Primary School.