TAGS: Harlequins LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS French import: Paul Sackey, here in flying action for Stade Français, has returned to the Premiership with HarlequinsBy Rob HartleyFORMER ENGLAND wing Paul Sackey has backed the exclusion of France-based players from the national side on his return to the Aviva Premiership.Sackey spent three seasons in France before his move to Harlequins this summer, but still backs England’s stance of only selecting players from this side of the Channel.The ex-Toulon and Stade Français man pointed to the current weaknesses in the French national side to illustrate the dangers of selecting players from a league with so many international stars.“A lot of the guys that are in the French team, some of them probably don’t even play for their clubs,” says Sackey, 33. “They’re not the best players in their club teams.”The financial clout of the Top 14 continues to lure big players from all over the world to France, which means there are no easy games, according to Sackey.“Because there’s so much money there, every club has probably got two or three, maybe even four, stars in their team or big guys that can make things happen.“There’s never a time when you go, ‘Right, we should go down, even to the lowest team, to Grenoble, and smash them’, whereas here I think there’s probably three or four teams that you can go, ‘We should win that game’. You’ve got to be on it every week, because there’s so much quality in depth.” Despite the Top 14’s large pool of talent, Sackey still believes the top three or four teams in English rugby can match their French rivals. And his new Quins team-mates may well benefit from his knowledge of the French sides.“You have to match their physicality and if you do their heads go quite quickly,” he says. “Except for teams like Clermont because… they’re a good side and they’re well-drilled.”Sackey revealed he was set to retire before turning down other offers and settling on a return to Quins – a move that allows him to be close to some of his business interests.National duty: his last England cap was in 2009“Quins are an amazing side with a lot of ambition. I want to be at a team that’s got ambition, that’s got good young kids coming through, that want to win, that want to make an impression. I know the coaches. I know what they’re about. I’ve played with them. It was an easy decision for me.”Sackey appearanced 22 times for his country and scored 11 tries. He made his Test debut against New Zealand in 2006 and played in the following year’s World Cup. But does he still harbour England ambitions? Does he think a strong run in the Quins side might bring a call from Stuart Lancaster?“I could play the best rugby of my career and probably still not play for England. As much as I’d love to play for my country again, I’d rather concentrate on doing well and playing my best for the club that I’m at.”
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Who would you pick as the best player of the tournament? Which of the players above gets your vote? If you click here you can cast your vote today.Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for all the latest rugby news. Vote For Your 2019 Six Nations Player Of The ChampionshipThe voting for the 2019 Six Nations Player of the Championship is now open with four Welshmen and two Englishmen amongst the nominees.Josh Adams, Tom Curry, Alun Wyn Jones, Jonny May, Hadleigh Parkes and Liam Williams are the names to pick from – you can vote for yourself here.The four Welshmen nominated have all had excellent tournaments.Alun Wyn Jones led his team all the way to his third Grand Slam and third for Warren Gatland. One of the best locks in the world, his work-rate and warrior-like mentality was inspirational for the team.Josh Adams scored crucial tries against Italy, England and Scotland whilst he also led the fightback in Paris when Wales were 16-0 down at half-time.Hadleigh Parkes was named Man of the Match against Scotland and also got Wales off to the perfect start against Ireland in Round Five – he scored in the opening couple of minutes and then pulled off a try-saving tackle on Jacob Stockdale which could have changed the entire match. Grand Slammers: Wales won the tournament in 2019, achieving an impressive clean sweep (Getty Images) Finally, Liam Williams played some exemplary rugby throughout the tournament and has proven himself to be vital to the Welsh back-line, fitting in wherever he is required.England also had two players nominated, Tom Curry and Jonny May.Curry had a breakthrough campaign, scoring two tries against Wales and Scotland, and he also ended up as the top tackler in the tournament. A brilliant find for Eddie Jones.May was the top try-scorer, collecting six overall with a first-half hat-trick against France being the high point.
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Photo: Reuters[Episcopal News Service] – The Union of Black Episcopalians, through its mental health task force, is offering resources and support to the entire Episcopal Church community, as anxiety and tensions continue to rise after another killing June 12 of a black man by a white police officer.Recent federal census surveys reveal that Americans – and particularly black Americans and Latinos – already were struggling with high rates of anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has disproportionately affected communities of color. Those rates spiked for African Americans after the May 25 killing of George Floyd.Floyd, a 46-year-old unarmed black man, died after being pinned to the ground for nearly nine minutes by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota, prompting worldwide protests and demands for racial justice reforms. Those calls for action were further fueled by the June 12 shooting death by police of Rayshard Brooks, a 27-year-old African American at an Atlanta, Georgia, drive-thru Wendy’s. As protestors took to the streets again, the restaurant was burned.A June 14 autopsy revealed that Brooks died from two gunshot wounds to the back. During a struggle with officers who were arresting him on suspicion of drunken driving, he had grabbed one officer’s Taser. Pointing it at police as he ran away, he was shot by Garrett Rolfe, a white officer who has since been fired. Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields also resigned.John Robertson, an Orlando, Florida, psychologist who chairs the UBE task force, said repeated incidents like this heighten the sense of trauma and concern African Americans have for their safety. “Things are developing so quickly in these fast-moving and stressful times,” he said. The task force “feels very strongly that we need to be as active as possible in the process of healing.”He cited the recent deaths of other unarmed African Americans at the hands of either white police officers or vigilantes. They include Breonna Taylor, 26, an emergency medical technician shot eight times in her Louisville, Kentucky, apartment by police serving a no-knock warrant, and Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old jogging in his Brunswick, Georgia, neighborhood who was chased and shot by vigilantes who said they suspected him of being a burglar.The Very Rev. Kim Coleman, UBE national president, said the anxiety runs much deeper and longer, dating to “the trauma black people have absorbed into our beings for the past 400 years, [and dealing with it] is even more important now during this pivotal period in our nation’s history with racism.”The advocacy and civil rights group is hosting a webinar, “YAYAs—Keeping It Together in the Face of Trauma,” at 4 p.m. EDT June 21 to help address the issues.Additionally, at 5 p.m. EDT July 19, mental health task force members Ayesha Mutope-Johnson and Carrie Brown will lead another webinar, “For the Living of These Days: What Do We Do with Our Rage.”Recognizing and acting on the need for supportThe task force was created about three years ago, after members began to address systemic racism as both a mental health and social justice issue, Robertson said.From Florida to Texas, regional chapter members received training in Mental Health First Aid, a basic course that teaches participants to recognize signs and symptoms of mental health challenges and to offer resources.Health and wellness coach Kimme Carlos, a task force member, conducted some of the UBE trainings, comparing them to “bringing in defibrillators and learning how to use them.”The trainings empower congregations to act because “church doors are always open,” Carlos said. “People come to church seeking healing – physical, emotional and spiritual healing. Often, they are coming with brokenness, anxiety and a host of illnesses that we might not recognize until they are in a crisis.”She has conducted trainings at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Trenton, New Jersey, the urban congregation she attends, where homeless and mentally ill persons are frequent visitors.“When people begin to learn what mental health is, it’s not nearly as scary as we thought,” Carlos said. “We can understand the behaviors and learn to set boundaries so everyone in the church feels comfortable.”The trainings also create a safe space to talk about mental illness – often considered a taboo subject and greeted with a wall of silence.Carlos knows the silence all too well. She is the daughter of John Carlos, the 1968 Olympian who received a bronze medal in the 200-meter track and field competition. He held up a fist as the U.S. national anthem played. That action, symbolizing Black Power, unleashed a tremendous backlash that engulfed the entire family.At age 12, she lost her mother to suicide. “Losing a parent is traumatizing, and even more when nobody talks about it, and in 1978 nobody talked about it,” Carlos recalled. “One day my mother was the most beautiful woman in the world to me and larger than life. The next day, she was gone, and nobody wanted to talk about it.”By 14, she had turned to alcohol to help ease her pain, recalled Carlos. As an adult, she married, had two children, divorced, bought a house and found career success as a financial services professional, “but personally, my life was a mess.”Now 54 and in recovery for 18 years, she has recognized, “I was suffering from undiagnosed depression and anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. But when I started talking about my addiction, folks would shush me.”About six years ago, she founded the New Jersey-based nonprofit Urban Mental Health Alliance and now offers training for corporations, congregations and other organizations. Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March, requests for training have doubled, she said.Christine Broome, 73, a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Germantown neighborhood, said the training helped her counsel a grandson who was frustrated when the stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of COVID-19 sent him home from college and restricted his daily activities.“I was able to talk to him, and we could figure out a way to channel his energies differently and more productively,” Broome told ENS.While “we’re not professionals, the training helps because it opens our eyes to people who might be having difficulties,” she said. “We approach it in terms of guiding them to where and how to find help.”Similarly, she was able to offer comfort to a friend feeling isolated, when separated from her 102-year-old mother because of a COVID-19 diagnosis. “Having the training gives you a perspective of what people are facing and how they might be dealing with it.”In Houston, Texas, Mutope-Johnson said the training supports the wider church’s role in “helping people to understand that health care is not just about high blood pressure and diabetes.”A retired attorney and counselor, Mutope-Johnson teaches racial reconciliation classes at the Iona School for Ministry in the Diocese of Texas and serves as both a diocesan and Province VII anti-racism trainer.She said she is astonished that people often don’t make the connection between physical health and historic racial and socioeconomic disparities. Fallout from centuries of systemic racism continues to plague many people of color, “yet we as a country have not thought very much about what happens when people are subjected to it for generations, especially in the experience of African Americans,” said Mutope-Johnson, 68, a UBE task force member.After the end of slavery and Jim Crow segregation, systemic racism has continued to traumatize African Americans, whose behavior, while consistent with those experiences, is frequently stigmatized and criminalized by mainstream society, she said.She hopes the entire church community will engage the task force’s efforts to address the issues through raising awareness and introducing resources. The webinars and trainings are not offered “because we are a problem for society, but because this society needs to address its effects on both black and white people,” she said.White Americans “have a great deal of work to do as the result of years of white supremacy, years of privilege, years of addiction to power. Unless we all do the work together, we are doomed. We will continue to treat each other in ways that are difficult and dangerous.”Carlos agreed. The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on African Americans and Latinos and the killings of black people by white police officers and vigilantes compound the collective trauma experienced by the nation.“More than ever, we have to be vigilant and acutely aware about issues of mental health and wellness,” Carlos said.She emphasized self-care, adding that while digital and online church worship offers connection and support, “it is also challenging and exhausting. Find other ways to stay spiritually and emotionally connected, reaching out via telephone and letters. Stick to your routines, get physical exercise and rest. Stay on top of your medicine and doctor appointments, even if it means tele-health care.”Coleman, UBE’s national president, emphasized that engaging in peaceful and productive action is also required to ensure “long overdue transformation for people of color, particularly our black brothers and sisters, to channel our anger and outrage into changing the oppressive systems that direct our lives.”“That means blacks must vote and get others to vote,” Coleman added. “We must complete the census, hold constructive conversations with our policing authorities that then hold officers accountable and support black organizations like the UBE – the only one of its type for The Episcopal Church.“We are on the ground, doing the work. That’s the way our mental anguish gives birth to reconciling change.”– The Rev. 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147 total views, 1 views today Tagged with: Volunteering waitrose win Howard Lake | 17 November 2017 | News Waitrose offers five gourmet dinners to community groups AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 formal groups like choirs, book clubs or ramblers groups, or a sports team or members of a dance club; orunofficial groups, such as a collection of people who have got together to help someone else or have survived a tough year.Nominations must be made via the Waitrose website. Entrants will need to tell Waitrose about the group of people they would invite, why they deserve a meal cooked for them, and whereabouts they are in the UK so that dates and venues can be arranged.Entries can be made until midnight on Sunday 10 December 2017. 148 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 More ways to thank volunteersRoom to RewardThe Landmark Trust’s #50forfree Supermarket Waitrose is offering volunteers and community groups the chance to win one of five dinner parties. The food will be cooked by a top chef or chefs near to each winner’s location.Waitrose is inviting nominations for people who deserve such a thank you. “They might be hard-working volunteers whose efforts go unsung. Or staff at a caring organisation who’ve gone the extra mile. Or they might be a group of like-minded people who meet up regularly, perhaps to sing, read or walk.”The dinner parties will be held in 2018.Locations for the parties will be chosen by Waitrose, with the aim of enabling between 10 and 30 people to be invited to each.Celebrity chefsChefs who are taking part in the thank you scheme include Great British Bake Off star Martha Collison, Michelin-starred Atul Kochhar, and twins David and Stephen Flynn, also known as The Happy Pear.Each will cook their speciality cuisine. Collison will provide afternoon tea, Kochhar will cook an Indian-themed meal, and The Happy Pear will focus on vegetarian and vegan dishes.How to nominate?In this case Waitrose defines community groups as: Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
+ posts Branson Nelson Sewo Olonilua was arrested Tuesday for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto printThe TCU Horned Frogs’ football team (10-2) knocked off rival Baylor 45-22 on Senior Day Friday. The win clinches TCU a spot in the Big 12 Championship game and a rematch against Oklahoma next weekend.“We had a goal at the beginning of the season and that was the Big 12 Championship, and that is next week,” senior receiver Desmon White said. “That’s the game we have to focus on, and that’s the game we have to get ready for.”Despite entering at No. 12 in the nation and 9-2 overall, the Frogs struggled against the 1-10 Baylor Bears. This rivalry has gained steam over the last several years, and the emotions are high no matter the records. As head coach Gary Patterson has mentioned all week, this was Baylor’s bowl game. They would give it all they had. They did.“It was a rivalry game,” Patterson said. “They didn’t have anything to play for except that this was their bowl game, and they were very physical. You have to give Coach Rhule a lot of credit.”As for the game, the senior day festivities ended a few minutes before kickoff. While the fans continued to file into the stadium, Baylor jumped on TCU early and they would hang around all day. Two plays after receiving the opening kickoff, quarterback Kenny Hill was sacked in the end zone for a safety to put the Bears ahead 2-0.On the next possession, Baylor went 60 yards on two plays capped by a 54-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Charlie Brewer to wide receiver Blake Lynch to extend the lead to 9-0.TCU punted the next possession — still early in the first quarter — to give Baylor the ball ahead by nine. Two plays later, Mat Boesen forced a fumble that was recovered by Nick Orr to give TCU a short field. Senior running back Kyle Hicks eventually took advantage of the turnover with a four-yard touchdown run to get the Frogs on the board.“We started the game a little slow, but we did good rallying back,” Hill said. “We put up 21 in the first half and should have gotten more, but we took what we could get. In the second half we came out ready to go.”The teams traded punts over the next several possessions before TCU took the ball 78 yards in 2:23 minutes to take a 14-9 lead. KaVontae Turpin got the ball on a double-reverse for 14 yards to start the drive, followed by a 33-yard catch for Jarrison Stewart. Hill took a quarterback draw to convert on third and five in the red zone ahead of Stewart’s first touchdown grab of the season, just his fourth catch overall.Baylor opened the second quarter with its third straight punt, followed by a 91-yard touchdown drive for the Frogs to make it 21-9. Hill went 3-4 for 60 passing yards on the drive, and Sewo Olonilua finished it off with his seventh touchdown carry of the year from 32 yards.Just as the Frogs seemed poised to run away from the Bears, Baylor forced TCU to punt and then scored on a 50-yard touchdown pass from Brewer to Trestan Ebner to pull the Bears within five, 21-16.After Cole Bunce missed a 45-yard field goal for the Horned Frogs, Baylor ended the half by driving into TCU territory, where Connor Martin hit a 48 yard try to make it 21-19. Brewer went 14-19 for 250 passing yards in the first half, more yards than the TCU defense has allowed per game this year.After a lackluster first two quarters, Patterson made the necessary halftime adjustments. A different TCU defense showed up in the second half, extended its streak of touchdown-less second halves to seven straight games. Linebacker Ty Summers intercepted Brewer three plays into the half to set TCU up for a quick scoring drive capped by a 14-yard pass and catch from Hill to Desmon White to push the lead to 28-19.Baylor answered with a short field goal from Connor Martin and then held TCU to a punt. Trailing 28-22, Baylor started driving, until Boesen brought down Brewer for his fourth sack of the game to force a Baylor punt. The senior defensive end now has a sack in six of the last seven games, and his 5.5 total sacks in the game set a new school record.“He’s just a dude flying around and making plays,” Summers said. “He has shown that ability this entire season, and this week with the matchup that he had, he was able to expose it. He showed what he is capable of.”That sack lit a fire under the Frogs offense. After the punt, Hill and Olonilua led the Frogs 90 yards in just over three minutes. Olonilua picked up 51 total yards on the drive, while Hill went 4-4 for 73 yards to give the Frogs a 35-22 lead through three quarters.On the ensuing Baylor drive, a big hit on the Baylor sideline by Chris Bradley spurred a benches-clearing fight. Each player on each team was given an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. There were no ejections despite late hits and punches thrown, and the Frogs took control of the game from there on out.Chris Bradley (56) and the Horned Frog defense brawls with the Baylor sideline. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto“We don’t do that, and that didn’t need to happen,” Patterson said. “We can have a rivalry without us acting the way we did. We need to do better.”The Frogs outscored Baylor 10-0 in the fourth quarter to secure the 45-22 win. Hill ran in a touchdown, and Bunce made a field goal. Baylor punted twice and Markell Simmons intercepted a pass in the final minutes to finish it off.TCU quarterback Kenny Hill stiff-arms a Baylor defender. Photo by Cristian ArguetaSoto“We played this game like we know we can play,” Hill said. “We played like how we should have been playing and how we played early on in the season. We really just got back to us.”TCU is set to play the Oklahoma Sooners (10-1) in the Big 12 Championship game next weekend in Arlington, Texas at AT&T Stadium. Twitter The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years ReddIt Linkedin TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Branson is a junior journalism major from Fort Worth, Texas. He enjoys writing about all sports and plans to go to law school after graduation. 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Reports ColombiaAmericas RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Organisation RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia “One must continue covering this conflict” – with this comment, French freelance reporter Roméo Langlois said it all within minutes of his release yesterday after being held by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) for a month in the southern department of Caquetá.Significantly, Langlois appeared with a camera in his hand in the locality of San Isidro, where the FARC handed him over to a humanitarian delegation consisting of an International Committee of the Red Cross representative, former Colombian senator Piedad Córdoba and the French government’s special envoy, Jean-Baptiste Chauvin. He was given a welcome last night at the French embassy in Bogotá and was due to fly today to France (arriving in Paris tomorrow morning).“Langlois never ceased to behave as a journalist throughout his month-long captivity,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The words he spoke at the moment of his release reflect a determination and commitment that are intrinsic to his profession. They highlight the fact that Colombia’s civil war is often forgotten by the outside world and covering it continues to be a challenge.“How many journalists, community spokespeople and human rights defenders continue to have to endure the threats coming from all sides – from the paramilitaries, the guerrillas and even the armed forces? Langlois’ message is as relevant now as it ever was.”Reporters Without Borders would like to express its best wishes to the Langlois family and pay tribute to the unfailing attention to the cause of his release that his colleague, Pascale Mariani, the staff of France 24 and RFI, and many Colombian journalists and media displayed throughout his captivity.We also thank the Roméo Langlois Support Committee, in particular, the producer Cédric Delport and the reporters Etienne Huver and Jean-Pierre Canet, who kept us abreast of all the developments they were monitoring.Immediately after his release, Langlois confirmed that he identified himself as a journalist to the guerrillas during their 28 April shootout with an army unit, just before he was taken prisoner. He said the FARC rebels treated the gunshot injury to the arm that he received during the shootout, and that they “treated me as a guest” during his 30 days in captivity. He was also given an apology by the guerrillas, who had undertaken on 26 February to stop taking civilians hostage.Although Reporters Without Borders has tried to defuse the controversy surrounding Langlois’ captivity, it firmly condemns tweets posted by former President Alvaro Uribe after his release that were designed to smear his reputation. Accusing Langlois of “complicity with terrorism” was disgraceful. Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Uribe has tried to sully a journalist’s reputation in this manner. One day, he must be called to account. RSF_en Help by sharing this information 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies April 27, 2021 Find out more News October 21, 2020 Find out more News May 13, 2021 Find out more May 31, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newly-freed French journalist stresses importance of covering the war ColombiaAmericas Follow the news on Colombia News Receive email alerts to go further
Education Three’s Not a Crowd By DAVE ZOBEL Published on Sunday, November 29, 2015 | 9:39 pm 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it (from left to right) Lazarina (freshman), Slava (junior), and Nina Butkovich (sophomore) Credit: Jenny Somerville/CaltechThe public high school in Blue Springs, Missouri, just outside Kansas City, graduates more than 500 seniors each year. Remarkably, the valedictorian in 2015 was the younger sister of the valedictorian in 2014—who was the younger sister of the valedictorian in 2013.And all three are now Caltech undergraduates.These are the Butkovich sisters: junior Slava and sophomore Nina, both majoring in chemical engineering, and freshman Lazarina (“Laza”), currently deciding between chemical engineering and chemistry.“In the nearly half-century since Caltech began admitting women to its undergraduate program, 2015 is almost certainly the first year we’ve had three sisters enrolled in three different graduating classes at the same time,” notes Barbara Green, interim dean of undergraduate students.” The sisters represent “a three-peat,” says Caltech admissions director Jarrid Whitney, not a package deal. “All our applicants are reviewed independently and without regard to siblings, parents, or other legacies. For three family members to receive consecutive offers of admission indicates how tremendously talented all three of them must be.”For their part, Slava, Nina, and Laza find their own nearly identical trajectories unsurprising. “We were taught at a young age that science majors can do a lot of good for society,” Slava explains. “Anyway,” adds Nina, “science is more objective than other things, like English and law. It has right answers.”Instead, they give much of the credit for nurturing their talents to their father, who is a lawyer, and their mother, a chemical engineer. They also single out recently retired Blue Springs High chemistry teacher Evan Manuel. “He’s the above-and-beyond teacher,” says Nina. “His passion for the sciences inspires his students.”Manuel praises the sisters for having “high expectations—not just of themselves but of others around them. I’m sure it’s because of how they were brought up. And they’ve generously shared that perspective with their peers.”For example, the three young women, whose own heritage is Slavic and Filipino, cofounded their school’s Association for Cultural and Ethnic Diversity and hosted its monthly world culture celebrations. That willingness to serve, says Manuel, earned them the respect of their peers. “And it’s not a far-removed, no-interaction, pedestal kind of respect,” he adds. “They like helping people, so people like them. Their college recommendation letters were some of the easiest I’ve ever been asked to write.”Even before landing in Pasadena, they had already completed summer research projects in university chemistry labs: Slava at Baylor and Missouri S&T, her sisters at the University of Iowa. They also tutored classmates in a variety of subjects in between sitting for a combined total of almost four dozen AP exams, many in subjects not even offered by their school.At Caltech, all three Butkoviches will be pursuing summer research opportunities. Slava, who is planning a career in anti-cancer research, was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) fellow last year. They are active in the undergraduate house system (Nina is a member of Ruddock House; Laza and Slava are members of Dabney) and have taken part in yoga, tennis, tai chi, karate, and the NERF club. Their course loads are challenging, but none are carrying an overload. “I don’t think extreme units is smart,” Nina says.In fact, according to all three, one of the biggest challenges since leaving high school has been learning to rely on something they had honestly never needed before now: study groups. 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ColumnsResponsibility Of The Custodes And The Committee On Farm Laws Prateek Dwivedi18 Jan 2021 4:52 AMShare This – xThe parliament represents the ‘sovereign will of the people’ and in law there is a ‘presumption of validity’ in favour of legislations enacted by the Parliament/Legislatures(as has also been held in a plethora of judgments). Our history has never witnessed such an extraordinary stay of implementation of Acts of Parliament as has been granted without stating them to be prima facie…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 parliament represents the ‘sovereign will of the people’ and in law there is a ‘presumption of validity’ in favour of legislations enacted by the Parliament/Legislatures(as has also been held in a plethora of judgments). Our history has never witnessed such an extraordinary stay of implementation of Acts of Parliament as has been granted without stating them to be prima facie extra constitutional. The presumption of validity in favour of legislations is what prevents the courts from granting such an interim relief even if there is a prima facie case in favour of granting such a relief. A recent example of refusal to grant such a relief would be the case of the challenge to the CAA and NRC laws despite the fact that a religion based classification exists in those laws, amongst other reasons, giving it a draconian colour. This, despite there being nationwide protests and strict crackdowns on the protesters against those laws. In fact, in the instant challenges to Farm Laws, the Supreme Court has itself stated that it is an “extraordinary order of stay”. The order of the Supreme Court is a detailed order speaking about the reasons why such an order has been granted. The court stated that a 4- member committee has been constituted for both sides to appear before and conduct negotiations since talks between the farmers’ bodies and the Government have not made progress till date, and also considering the health of the public in the wake of the pandemic and the winter cold. The court even observed that the stay order will be perceived as “an achievement of the purpose of such protest at least for the present and will encourage the farmers bodies to convince their members to get back to their livelihood, both in order to protect their own lives and health and in order to protect the lives and properties of others”. The issue before the Supreme Court is of the validity of the Farm Laws and the amendment made to the Constitution. The test of validity requires the interpretation of the Constitution and only the Supreme Court under Article 32 and High Courts under Article 226 have the jurisdiction to do so. The issue here is of ‘federalism’ and the deliberate indirect encroachment of the Union on a subject which is exclusively in the domain of the State under Entry 14 and 18 of the State List in the 7th Schedule of the Constitution. Agriculture, including education and research, livestock, fisheries, irrigation etc., is a state subject. Even ‘Markets and fairs'(Entry 28) and ‘trade and commerce’ within the State(Entry 26) are State subjects. However, Entry 26 is subject to Entry 33 of the concurrent list. Nonetheless, the fact remains that Agriculture, as a whole, is in the State List. The Parliament, making use of Entry 33 of the 7th Schedule, enacted the said laws deliberately encroaching upon a subject it has no power to legislate upon. The States under the Indian Constitution have been given an independent status and for that purpose the power of making laws, including taxes, is categorically divided between the Union and the States to ensure smooth functioning. Only certain subjects are commonly divided between the two and they are contained in the Concurrent List. This exercise of power by the Union is a direct attack on the exclusive domain of the State Legislatures contained under Entry 14, 18 and 26. That is also an attack on the Basic Structure of the Constitution and one of far reaching consequences being a direct assault on federalism enshrined in the Constitution. In the cases of S.R. Bommai v. Union of India and Kesavananda Bharti v. State of Kerala, the Hon’ble Supreme Court sufficiently held that federalism is part of the basic structure of the constitution. In fact, in State of West Bengal v. Kesoram Industries, the Apex Court held that judicial interpretation of the Constitution must work towards strengthening the federal structure of the Constitution and held that the power of the States must not be whittled down. The Committee appointed has neither the competence nor the jurisdiction to do so. They cannot decide the validity of the said laws and are therefore a non-starter for the purposes of the matter and issue at hand. Secondly, appointment of the committee is seemingly to protect the said laws. That in a way shows that the Court is trying to save the laws made without even going into the validity and the issues raised. The issues raised by the parties present before the Supreme Court are purely legal and, therefore in my opinion, sending them before the Committee is a futile exercise for the purposes of the legal dispute. As of today, one of the members of the Committee has withdrawn from it. Moreover, the Constitution provides for separation of powers. The Government is empowered and competent to have a dialogue with the Farmers. The Government is also the one responsible for building confidence and trust if there is a deficit. The Courts have historically resisted entering into the area of policy decisions, but, by constituting this committee and observing on MSP, the court has seemingly crossed that line; something it desisted from doing in a plethora of decisions, especially in matters of economic policy. Concerns about the impartiality of the committee have also been raised and justifiably so. It is a matter of public record that all 4 members of the said committee have written/spoken in favour of the said laws and praised the government for enacting them. Therefore, the whole exercise of negotiations before the committee, which is ostensibly biased towards one side, is a futile one. It is the same as sending the farmers before the government again. I fail to see how that is going to help improve the situation and restore the trust deficit, since that is one of the concerns of the Court. Lastly, not all Farmers/Farmer Unions are parties before the Court. The protests of the farmers are against the laws enacted, which they perceive as a threat to their livelihoods and future survival. For them, whether the laws are constitutional or extra constitutional is of little or no relevance. They consider the laws to be unjust and draconian. Their fear and distrust stem from the fact that the laws will work to favour corporate interests and work against the interest of the farmers. They feel betrayed and let down. That is not something the Hon’ble Supreme Court can adjudicate upon. That is not something that is dependent on the validity of the impugned legislations. The burden in this instance is on the Government, being a welfare government, to be responsible to its people and its economically weaker sections. The Court can only decide the issue of validity, however in a legal dispute, and under its jurisdiction, it cannot mediate on the issue of Farmers well-being and their survival. In this instance, it seems that the Parliament missed a cue as the majority will seems to be against the said enactments.Views are personal.(Author is a Practicing Lawyer at the Supreme Court of India)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
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Marilyn Nieves/iStockBy JAMES GORDON MEEK, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Two men accused of being from a quartet of ISIS guards known as the “Beatles” — so nick-named by their hostages so they could secretly discuss their masked British captors — are expected to be charged by U.S. prosecutors this week and transferred “in the near future” from Iraq to the U.S. to finally face justice, officials and others briefed on plans told ABC News today.The men, El Shafee Elsheikh and Alexanda Kotey, allegedly helped torment and execute western journalists and humanitarian aid workers held hostage in Syria and have been in limbo since their 2018 capture by Kurdish YPG fighters allied with U.S. special operations forces.The FBI has made meticulous plans to transport the admitted ISIS members from Iraq to the U.S., where they will be brought to a federal court and charged with offenses related to the kidnapping and deaths of several Americans, three officials said.Kotey and Elsheikh are alleged to be members of the brutal cell of British ISIS fighters behind the video beheadings six years ago of American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff and humanitarian worker Abdul-Rachman (Peter) Kassig, officials said.Their expected transfer to the U.S has followed more than two years of squabbling between the U.K. and U.S. governments over their case. The impasse was finally resolved when Attorney General William Barr relented over the summer and promised the two won’t face the death penalty, which the U.K. opposes.Cleared a legal hurdleFamilies of four American hostages who were killed have told the Trump administration since that Kotey and Elsheikh should be charged in federal court, but not with a capital offense. They also said the men should not be imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, where the military commission system moves at a glacial pace.The ISIS detainees’ families filed cases in British courts to prevent London from sharing evidence with Washington, but a court recently cleared the way and the evidence has been shared, sources said.U.S. Department of Justice spokesman Marc Raimondi would not comment on the transfer of detainees but told ABC News that, “We continue to appreciate the U.K.’s assistance in the transfer of evidence and look forward to seeing them [the suspects] in a court of law.”Kotey and Elsheikh have admitted in a videotaped interview with British independent journalist Sean Langan, recently aired on NBC, to overseeing the harsh detention of humanitarian aid worker Kayla Mueller of Prescott, Arizona, who was tortured, raped and killed in ISIS captivity in 2015. Langan’s six-hour video interviews of the two confessed jihadis is anticipated to be shown as evidence should their case go to trial, ABC News also learned. (Langan has been a frequent contributor to ABC News in the past.)Families of the Americans slain by ISIS have been flown to Washington by the government at least twice since President Trump was elected to meet with senior officials and share their views of what should happen to the two detainees. In those private meetings and in public op-eds, the families have said that achieving justice and ascertaining more information about how their loved ones’ final days unfolded and how they died should be the goal, they have told ABC News.None of the murdered hostages’ bodies have been located to date, though joint FBI-U.S. Special Forces teams unearthed human remains in Syria based on intelligence leads resulting from the capture of Elsheikh and Kotey in 2018. But FBI DNA tests determined none of the remains recovered were from the murdered hostages, ABC News has reported.What’s nextIf Kotey and Elsheikh plead guilty or are found guilty at trial, the pair will be sent to the U.S. Administrative Maximum Prison in Florence, Colorado, known as “Supermax,” where Zacarías Moussaoui and other al Qaeda terrorists are locked up in their cells for up to 23 hours a day.At sentencing in 2006, U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema told Moussaoui, known for his courtroom rants against America, “You came here to be a martyr and to die in a great big bang of glory. But, to paraphrase the poet T.S. Eliot, instead, you will die with a whimper.”The ISIS “Beatles” were dubbed that so hostages could discuss the British ISIS captors with each other and identify them by nicknames John, Paul, Ringo and George. They horrified the world by savagely cutting off the hostages’ heads in slickly-produced videos as a warning to President Obama to cease bombing ISIS positions in its growing caliphate.Some hostages were freed in 2014 after ransom payments but the U.S. and U.K. refused to allow such payouts even as the two governments began airstrikes on ISIS in Iraq and Syria. On Aug. 19, 2014, the first ISIS video was posted online with a masked and knife-wielding terrorist speaking with a pronounced British accent, who showed Foley being beheaded.ABC News and other outlets reported that the executioner, soon dubbed “Jihadi John,” was among four Britons holding almost two dozen Western hostages. He warned Obama to stop the air campaign or more would die.He was later identified as a Londoner named Mohammed Emwazi after executing Foley, Sotloff, Kassig, two British aid workers, a Japanese journalist and a Japanese businessman over the course of four months. Emwazi was killed in 2015 by a CIA drone strike in Syria. An alleged fourth “Beatle,” Aine Davis, was captured in Turkey, where little is known about his status.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.