Protests over Israeli president’s peace speech

first_imgArmed police flanked the Bodleian on Tuesday night as Shimon Peres arrived in Oxford to present a lecture to staff and students at the Sheldonian.But the heavy security could do little to prevent a verbal assault on Peres as students interrupted his speech with a series of attacks on Israel’s policy on Palestine.Throughout the course of the talk, entitled ‘the globalisation of peace’, a string of eight students stood up and shouted over the president in what they described as a gesture on behalf of the Palestinian people.Najla Dowson-Zeidan, a fourth-year from Wadham, shouted, “I represent the thousands of farmers who’ve had their land stolen illegally to build Israeli settlements.”Abdel Razzaq Takriti, a History graduate student from Wadham, began walking towards Peres and calling him “a war criminal” before being escorted out of the building by security guards.After the event Takriti said, “By saying ‘I represent…’ we were bringing the absent voices of the Palestinian people oppressed by Peres’ government to the lecture. Instead of honouring the occupiers and rewarding them for their human rights infringements, we urgently need to listen to those who are forcefully occupied.”The 85 year-old president was noticeably unsettled by the students, who interrupted him roughly every five minutes throughout his lecture. While he chose to ignore some of the interventions, to Dowson-Zeidan he responded, “It’s not too bad to open the ears and the eyes but keep the mouths for a later occasion.”Around 40 students also gathered in front of the Sheldonian to protest at Peres’ visit and carried placards bearing the slogan ‘Balliol honours Peres while Gaza burns.’ At one point their chants of ‘Free Palestine’ threatened to drown out the lecture entirely, with students at the back of the theatre struggling to hear. The response of other students to the protests was mixed, with some booing and some clapping in response to those who interrupted.One third year Brasenose student, who asked to remain anonymous, said, “I have every sympathy with the complaints of the protestors and their right to protest, but given that it was announced that there was to be a question and answer session at the end the interruptions were misguided and severed only to frustrate and irritate the vast majority of the audience.“Free speech means giving those who disagree with you a chance.”In response, Omar Shweiki, one of the hecklers, said, “When such a grand event takes place, with all the prominence granted a head of state, there is no room afforded for alternative voices but I am proud to say through collective effort we made it clear that many in the University refused to be complicit in legitimising an apartheid regime, one that only days before the lecture was bombing a besieged and defenceless people in Gaza.”At the end of the talk, some students chose to remain seated while those around them got to their feet to enthusiastically applaudPeres, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, was in Oxford as part of a three day visit to Britain, where he met with Gordon Brown and was awarded an honorary doctorate at King’s College, London. He invited to Oxford by Andrew Graham, Master of Balliol College, in order to inaugurate the first of a series of five lectures on the subject of world peace.The visit to the UK was bound to be difficult for the Israeli president. In 2007, members of Britain’s University and College Union voted to boycott Israeli universities, despite worldwide condemnation of the move. Mr Graham said that he was “well aware of the opposition that has been expressed about this invitation,” but that “the fundamental purpose of a University which is to hear and discuss and examine all points of view.” Peres’ sets out world viewShimon Peres came to Oxford this week at the invitation of the Master of Balliol to inaugurate a series of five peace lectures. He used his speech to praise the outcome of the US elections and express his optimism about the prospect of a more peaceful world.Peres hailed Barack Obama’s recent victory as a turning point in modern history.He said, “Zionism started because of racism and anti-Semitism. In a way, the election of Obama is the end of racism. The fact that a black person got the top job in our time is a clear demonstration that we live in different world.”Describing the problems of achieving Middle Eastern peace he said, “We have had to defend ourselves militarily but have hoped, philosophically and otherwise, to make peace.Both sides paid heavily – thousands of youngsters on both sides. It was a mistake. All wars are a mistake whether you win or lose.”On the subject of Palestine he said, “We are still negotiating with the Palestinians. It is difficult to make peace – you have to negotiate with your opponents and with your own people; I don’t know which is more difficult.” He added, “The problem for the Palestinian people is Hamas. Were it not for Hamas they would already have a state of their own.”He said that with his age and experience had come a sense of optimism, saying, “I feel that maybe we are nearer to peace now than any time in the last 100 years.”Despite the frequent interruptions Peres persevered to the end of his talk, stopping only a few times to express his frustration with the protestors. In his closing speech, Sir Adam Roberts, Emeritus Fellow of Balliol, praised the Israeli president for “demonstrating grace under fire.”last_img read more

Watch Tom Hamilton & Holly Bowling Weave Radiohead Into A 32+ Minute “Terrapin Station” On Jam Cruise

first_imgIn the early weeks of 2018, Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling announced that they’ve shifted their individual focuses to a brand new project dubbed Ghost Light with Steve Lyons, Raina Mullen, and Scotty Zwang. Now the band is currently on their debut tour together, receiving rave reviews.Before Ghost Light took off, Holly Bowling and Tom Hamilton teamed up for a memorable collaboration on Jam Cruise 16 during Holly’s solo set in the Atrium. The duo performed a 32+ minute “Terrapin Station”, weaving in a cover of Radiohead‘s “There There” amidst the Grateful Dead number.Hamilton and Bowling both have plenty of experience with the Grateful Dead catalog. In addition to playing Dead tunes with Ghost Light, Hamilton has been a member of popular Grateful Dead tribute act Joe Russo’s Almost Dead since the band’s inception. Bowling, on the other hand, released a full album of Grateful Dead covers titled Better Left Unsung and rose to fame in the jam scene for her creative solo piano reimaginings of Phish and the Dead. Both artists have performed with original members of the Grateful Dead at various times.Now, you can watch a multi-cam, HD video of their Jam Cruise collaboration below, courtesy of Holly Bowling on YouTube.[Video: Holly Bowling]With Hamilton increasingly known for his work JRAD in addition to his past projects like Brothers Past and Tom Hamilton’s American Babies and Holly Bowling first coming to prominence in the scene thanks to her solo piano reinventions of Phish and the Grateful Dead jams, the duo recently spoke frequently about the legacy of the Dead and how the band’s spirit lives on in a recent interview with Live For Live Music from Jam Cruise. You can read the full conversation here.In related news, Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling will team up for a special night at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre on Friday, June 1st for an acoustic tribute to the Grateful Dead. More information on the upcoming show can be found here.last_img read more

Levitate Music Festival Announces 2019 Lineup: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Damian Marley, Soulive, More

first_imgToday, Levitate Music and Arts Festival has announced the lineup for their 2019 event, set to take place on July 12th, 13th, and 14th in Marshfield, MA. This also marks the first year that the annual event has expanded from two days to three days.This year’s Levitate Music and Arts Festival will feature performances by Tedeschi Trucks Band, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stick Figure, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Sublime with Rome, Michael Franti and Spearhead, SOJA, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, RIPE, The Wood Brothers, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Steel Pulse, Blackberry Smoke, Shovels & Rope, Soulive, Marco Benevento, The Elovaters, Common Kings, Andy Frasco, and more.As the festival organizers note in their announcement, “We’re very proud to unveil to you the 7th rendition of the music + art lovechild that was born out of our surf shop basement and has grown into the Northeast’s largest, most unique, music and arts festival! Please help us spread the word and share with your friends and family. Thank you all for your continued support and continuing to be part of such rare and special event bringing world-class music and art to our community!”EXCLUSIVE: Levitate Founder Dan Hassett Talks Good Music, Sustainability, & CommunityThe 2019 lineup continues the growth the festival has seen in recent years into one of the premier jam-oriented, multi-genre festivals in the northeast. Last year’s lineup featured the likes of Trey Anastasio Band, Lake Street Dive, Greensky Bluegrass, Rebelution, Stephen Marley, Turkuaz, Robert Randolph, and more over the course of two days.Tickets to the 2019 edition of Levitate Music and Arts Festival are available now via the event website.last_img read more

National Public Health Week 2011: Live Injury-Free

first_imgEach year since 1995, National Public Health Week has been celebrated during the first week in April. Organized by the American Public Health Association (APHA), the national campaign aims to raise awareness about public health topics among the general public, health care providers, and policymakers.National Public Health Week 2011, which takes place April 4 – 10, centers on the theme “Safety is NO Accident: Living Injury-Free.” Accidental injuries, including car crashes and burns, rank among the top 10 causes of death for people ages 1 – 44 and all injuries account for 12% of annual health care spending—up to $69 billion per year, according to APHA.Harvard School of Public Health has made key contributions to public and workplace safety and injury prevention over the past few decades, in areas ranging from drunk driving to gun control. The Harvard Alcohol Project, launched in 1988, introduced and popularized the concept of the “designated driver,” fundamentally altering social norms relating to drinking and driving; by 1998, according to the Roper Poll, a majority of adults who drink had acted as a designated driver and/or been driven home by one.The Harvard Injury Control Research Center (HICRC) has been instrumental in such areas as building the body of scientific knowledge about firearms and public health and training injury professionals. In partnership with city leadership, the HICRC founded the Harvard Youth Violence Prevention Center in Boston, working collaboratively to build community capacity for youth violence prevention and to create a model data system on youth violence.The Harvard Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health plays a prominent role in preparing leaders in the arena of occupational safety and health.— Rachel Johnsonlast_img read more

Emergency room doctors busy, despite ACA

first_imgDoctors responding to an American College of Emergency Physicians poll released May 4, 2015 report more patients are seeking emergency room treatment since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect in 2014. One of the ACA selling points was to reduce ER trips, costs, and wait times by directing patients to primary care doctors, who focus more on preventing and managing chronic diseases.“Before you have evidence, you can tell stories that go in either direction. You can imagine that expanding insurance could cause people to go to the emergency department more, or could cause them to go less,” said health economist Katherine Baicker, chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management and C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, in a May 4 WHYY (Philadelphia) interview.Baicker co-authored a 2014 study that found an increase in ER visits in Oregon after the state expanded its Medicaid program. “We found that when people had Medicaid, they went to the emergency room about 40 percent more often,” she said. Read Full Storylast_img read more

2017 Notre Dame class council reviews

first_imgSophomore Class CouncilSophomore Class Council (SCC) started off the year with a Sophomore Class Cookout, the only exclusively sophomore event they hosted, in mid-September. Right before fall break, they held an event called “Midterm Munchies” which was a coffee and donut giveaway, with donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts. After fall break, SCC started to gain momentum, hosting a haunted house in the LaFortune Ballroom the Thursday before Halloween, for which they rented curtains and room dividers and bought decorations to create a Halloween feel. They also organized “Thanks a Latte,” an event that gave students the opportunity to show their gratitude for people in their lives. Members of SCC were in North Dining Hall selling cups with notes and a Starbucks gift card for $5 the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Students could buy the cups with Domer Dollars and write notes to their friends, and members of SCC delivered these gift cards to the recipients. SCC also planned a Christmas event in Sorin Room in LaFortune complete with a photo booth, cookie decorating and letter writing to the retired brothers of Holy Cross.The Gatsby Dance, SCC’s largest event which typically takes place in August or September, is on Feb. 24 this year since SCC wanted to host it in the new Dahnke Ballroom.“Class councils in general have a very important role,” Joe Witt, president of SCC, said. “It’s one aspect of the Notre Dame community that is overlooked. You learn that the Notre Dame community is significant, but we absolutely make progress in the familial and communal aspects of the class.” Senior Class CouncilSenior Class Council (SCC) started the year with the Senior Class Cubs Outing, which drew in more than 100 seniors at the Four Winds Field, and a Family Feud Night at Legends — an event that included beer specials, food and a Legends gift card for the winning team. In October, SCC hosted the Senior, Cider and S’mores event in LaFortune Ballroom where seniors pre-ordered Class of 2018 blankets. They also planned a Bowl Olympics in November and included a bus to shuttle seniors to the class outing at Chippewa Bowl where they could bowl with friends. As a holiday-themed event to wrap up the semester, SCC is hosting an ornament and blanket sale in the LaFortune Student Center.“It’s been a great opportunity to meet people within the senior class that I haven’t yet met within my previous three years,” Rebecca Wiley, SCC member, said. “I think seniors have been very receptive to the events thus far because everyone’s realized that this is the last hurrah and everyone’s trying to make the most of the time they have left.”This upcoming semester, SCC has a full-day ski-trip planned to Timber Ridge Ski Resort in Michigan on Jan. 27. As part of the package, transportation will be provided to get there and back and ski lifts are included for a set price. SCC is also hosting the 100 Days Dance on Feb. 3 in Duncan Ballroom, which will mark 100 days until graduation and will be a formal event with food and a cash bar.“I think we provide a good way for students to come together as a class, especially off-campus seniors who don’t spend a lot of time on-campus automatically, we provide opportunities to come together or do activities together,” SCC communications commissioner, Emily Gust, said. Junior Class CouncilJunior Class Council (JCC) started off the semester with smaller events like giveaways, but as the semester progressed, moved into high-level programming and inaugural events. During the week just before midterms, JCC hosted an Oktoberfest complete with root beer, hot pretzels and grilled bratwursts in front of South Dining Hall. After students came back from fall break, JCC hosted a letter writing event for their classmates abroad.“We like to intersperse our big events with giveaways so we can stay on people’s radars,” Dan Hopkinson, JCC vice president, said.In November, JCC hosted a chocolate-covered strawberry giveaway in LaFortune and arranged for a food truck and a hot-chocolate bar at Fieldhouse Mall. Their last programming event, a collaboration event with other class councils called “We’re Rooting for You,” involved root beer floats and motivational notes for students before finals week.“I think this is important because a lot of student government is focused on changing policy and a lot of abstract ideas,” Hopkinson said. “But class council is bringing ideas into action with events that people can go to.”For the upcoming semester, JCC will host more giveaways as well as bigger events in the new Duncan Student Center. They will reserve rooms in the center for a Junior Class Trivia Night during one Friday in Lent, where they will serve meatless food such as macaroni and cheese, mozzarella sticks and cheese pizza. JCC will also be hosting a March Madness championship game watch in the student center.center_img Freshman Class CouncilElections for Freshman Class Council (FCC) were held in September, with officers officially elected in October. Since then, FCC has already started planning events, such as a bonfire at Holy Cross Road. They also hosted a freshman class Christmas dance in Dahnke Ballroom, which had a turnout of around 200 people. For the last day of classes before finals, they are holding a prayer service at the Grotto.Some ideas that have been proposed for next semester are a freshman class spikeball tournament, a dance in mid-March preceding St. Patrick’s day and an Easter egg decorating event. FCC is also planning a trivia night in the LaFortune Ballroom.“One of the best perks about it is because within just the first couple of weeks you know one person from every dorm,” Sam Cannova, FCC president, said. “I found an opportunity to really find connection with the people of Notre Dame. I feel like Notre Dame has a great name and great reputation but with class council I found an opportunity to connect with people.”Tags: 2017 Student Government Insider, Class Councils, freshman class council, junior class council, senior class council, sophomore class council, Student governmentlast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Draco Malfoy Apparates Into Cursed Child & More

first_img‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Star Files Anika Noni Rose Tapped for BET’s The YardTony winner Anika Noni Rose (Caroline, or Change) has landed the lead role in BET’s upcoming 2-hour pilot, The Yard. According to Deadline, she will play Eva, the recently elected President of a college; the cast is also set to include Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Seven Guitars). In the meantime, Rose will appear in the previously reported A+E Networks’ Roots and Starz’s Power.Jessie Mueller Nominated for Elliot Norton AwardJessie Mueller has been nominated for an Elliot Norton Award for her performance in Waitress at the American Repertory Theater; Sara Bareilles’ tuner is now playing on the Great White Way. Presented by the Boston Theater Critics Association, the awards honor outstanding productions, directors, designers and performers that audiences have seen on Greater Boston area stages throughout the year. Other productions up for trophies include the Broadway-bound Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. Winners will be announced on May 23 at Boston’s Citi Shubert Theatre.Michelle Williams Talks BlackbirdMichelle Williams is currently starring in Blackbird and she stopped by The Today Show on April 18 to discuss returning to Broadway in David Harrower’s work. “It’s a beautiful play. It’s a perfect piece of material, said the Oscar nominee. “I love how much I’m learning on stage…I love that there’s no real way out of it.” Check out the interview below; the production, also starring Jeff Daniels, is running for a limited engagement through June 11 at the Belasco Theatre. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Ginny & Draco Apparate Into Cursed ChildAttention, Muggles! We have our first official confirmation that Ginny Weasley and Draco Malfoy will appear in London’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. On April 18 J.K. Rowling shared sketches of the characters’ wand designs on Twitter, sending fans into a veritable frenzy trying to derive clues about the plot of the play, which is set 19 years after the end of the original series. Starring Jamie Parker, Paul Thornley and Noma Dumezweni as Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, respectively, the production will begin performances at the West End’s Palace Theatre on June 7.center_img View Comments Michelle Williamslast_img read more

BRO Athletes: Eli Woodward Takes on the Adirondacks

first_imgIt was a crisp, beautiful morning in Rochester, New York. My cousins and I were wide eyed and bushy tailed. Before making the two hour trek to the Adirondacks, we went riding at a local bike park. We unloaded our bikes, and I headed for the trails. I was in my zone. I felt unstoppable…for about 15 minutes. I always start out too hard, but soon I found my groove. It was one of those normal rides where nothing really happens. All I remember was washing out on a slick corner and being ticked off the rest of the ride because I didn’t have my GoPro on.As I came out of the woods an hour later, I saw my little cousins shredding the slalom run. I decided to hit it myself. The slalom was sandy, and I almost slid out on all of the berms. Going towards the bottom and seeing the jump in sight, I thought to myself, “Let’s air it out big time.”Well I did. But it got a little sketchy. My right foot unclipped in mid-air, and somehow, I clipped back in before I landed. My little cousin Elias said, “You meant to do that, right? Because it looked pretty awesome.” I laughed to myself and said,”Yeah, I sure did. On the ride home, we were all stoked and ready to go to the Adirondacks.We got to my grandmas house, and I was told that I couldn’t take my bike. I wasn’t happy but thought it might be nice to take a break from bikes and do some other stuff like hiking and kayaking. I immediately regretted my decision when we got to the campsite and I saw a sign that said Chair Lift.Once we got settled, we went for a short hike. We encountered some great vistas and walked through what could have passed for an enchanted forest. But after one of the steepest climbs, it became less enchanting when, despite the bug spray we’d all slathered on, each of us were eaten alive. I started thinking to myself, “I need a bike so I can get out of this place faster.” An hour later, I came across a sign that told us the exit was 3 miles away.“So much for a few miles,” my mom said.My cousin, Brooks, and I went ahead and after about 40 minutes we came across a road that took us back to our cabin. My Aunt Jan made a hot dog dinner. I’m not a fan of hot dogs, but that night I had four and immediately passed out.Screen Shot 2015-07-27 at 2.21.44 PMThe next day, we  set out on an awesome kayaking adventure. Being on the water that early in the morning was incredibly peaceful, and swimming in the lake afterwards wasn’t bad either. After doing too many front flips off the diving board, my cousins and I went up to the game room to play ping-pong, which quickly turned into ping-pong dodge ball. Let’s just say we had red marks all over our bodies after that. Once we got back to our cabin, we were toast. So I took one of my signature 2 hour naps.When I woke up, my grandma and I decided to embark on a canoe ride. Her plan was to put me up front while she steered from the back. Halfway through, I thought to myself, “I‘m so out of shape. I don’t remember canoeing being this hard.” Then I looked back to see my grandma laying back and relaxing.I thought she was sleeping, so I yelled, “Grandma, It’s a lot easier when you contribute!” She told me to keep on rowing, and she would help when she felt up to it. When we got back to the dock I was spent. My grandma said, “Great job Eli. You take after your parents.” Both my parents were rowers at Purdue University. We went back to our cabin, ate a great dinner with some new friends, and drifted off to sleep.last_img read more

Game of Thrones: The Movie?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Not really.But let’s play a game of What If!What if HBO’s smash hit TV series Game of Thrones somehow became a movie, about a ragtag bunch of workers at a renaissance fair-styled amusement park?What if the team behind the completely and utterly fantastically hilarious Bad Lip Reading series took on this hypothetical challenge with a priceless reworking of scenes from the show?What if it was a video on YouTube?What if I wrote about it here in the form of a bunch of What If? questions?What if you read these What If? questions, and then watched the video?What if you laughed?What if you shared this post on Facebook and Twitter and at the PTA meeting and to a panhandler you encounter on your way to lunch.What if I stopped with thelast_img read more

Why buying a home is a smart investment for millennials

first_imgMillennials are swarmed with investing advice – start saving early, take advantage of your employer’s 401(k) match and for heaven’s sake, dump those high-interest credit cards! But for many who are looking to build a retirement nest egg, financial advisors say purchasing a home is one of the best investments millennials can make.“Buying a home is one of the smartest financial decisions you can make as early as your 20s,” says Riccardo Ravasini, managing director of Rava Realty, who handles properties in New York and Florida, “because it is inflation-protected and a physical asset that doesn’t disappear like stocks can do.”Nationwide, millennials have been reluctant to buy homes for various reasons, including a volatile job market, high student debt and the delaying of life events, such as marriage. The rate of homeownership for millennials dipped to a low of 36.2 percent in 2014, according to U.S. Census data, although it’s also worth noting that the millennial generation represents the largest percentage of first-time homebuyers.Financial and real estate professionals say the numbers are now slowly improving, and they are hopeful that more millennials will soon recognize the benefits to homeownership. Here are some reasons why financial experts say young adults should be investing in the housing market: continue reading » 76SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more