Author delivers lecture on free speech

first_imgDr. Keith Whittington never expected to write on the topic of free speech. As Whittington introduced himself before his lecture on his new book, “Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech,” on Thursday afternoon, he explained that he set aside projects more related to his specialty in constitutional interpretation to focus on an issue he could no longer ignore.“I think it’s critically important that we collectively think seriously about what it is we want universities to do and what that implies about how we ought to conduct ourselves on campuses and what we ought to tolerate and engage in on college campuses,” Whittington said.Whittington spoke as part of the Constitutional Studies’ effort to delve into American society’s conflicted attitude toward free speech and how it affects the conversations on college campuses. Whittington said that the issue of free speech is not a new one but that the American people have been grappling with its implications for as long as public opinion surveys have been used in research.“Regardless of what kind of audience you ask, whether it’s the mass public or lawyers or college students or the like, overwhelmingly Americans tend to say that they value free speech, they value the First Amendment, they value tolerance, they think all those things are very important,” he said. “But then when you start pressing them on, ‘Well, what about this particular example of speech that you find particularly repellent?’ well, then they start trying to carve out exceptions.”This dilemma, Whittington said, is part of the challenge of living in a liberal democracy, and it requires us to accept that supporting free speech means tolerating speech that is at times troubling. Whittington said this tolerance is especially important on college campuses, where the pursuit of knowledge is tantamount.“In the context of a university in particular, we’re particularly concerned with trying to press forward to better understand the world,” he said. “And pressing forward to better understand the world means leaving lots of space open for people to make mistakes, for people to ask hard questions, for people to come to uncomfortable answers in response to those hard questions. Universities lose a lot of their value if they can’t get to that anymore.”Throughout his lecture, Whittington discussed the importance of having an open environment conducive to what he called “robust intellectual inquiry,” which means issues of free speech and universities are intimately connected both for that reason and for the danger of allowing universities any power that could be used to suppress speech.“I think campus officials will do what they’ve always done, which is try to suppress speech they find particularly embarrassing and that they think might provoke public controversy and might draw unwanted news attention,” Whittington said. “That will stretch across a wide range of different conversations. That will sometimes mean silencing speakers on the right but also mean silencing speakers on the left. It will sometimes mean silencing minority speakers and sometimes it will mean silencing other kinds of speakers.”An attack on any kind of free speech, Whittington said, is an attack on all free speech; a speaker with views outside the norm can still have something to contribute to the conversation. Yet controversy for controversy’s sake, Whittington said, should never be the goal of inviting a speaker to campus.“When we’re making decisions about whom to invite to campus to speak, the goal should be neither to stack the deck with our closest allies nor to sprinkle in the most extreme provocateurs,” Whittington said. “The goal should be to make available to the campus community at large thoughtful representatives of serious ideas.”That responsibility to choose speakers wisely lies with both faculty and students since students deserve to have power over the debates in which they engage. Whittington said protest is a form of intellectual exploration and advocacy and that students have a right to protest, as long as their efforts do not destroy the free speech of others.“It’s perfectly reasonable to protest those ideas, to complain about those ideas, to have a public conversation about whether or not the given speaker has good ideas or bad ideas, whether or not it’s a good idea to invite a given speaker to campus and the like,” Whittington said. “But disruptions, disinvitations, tearing down signs, throwing out papers are all efforts to quash the communication of ideas and shut down the free exchange of ideas among students and others on the college campus rather than to advance that free exchange of ideas by advancing better ideas in their stead.”Ultimately, Whittington argued, university administration, faculty and students must allow themselves to be challenged in order to continue the debates integral to the purpose of the university.“If students are to prepare themselves to critically engage the wide range of perspectives and problems they will encounter in the world across their lifetimes, they must learn to grapple with and critically examine ideas they find difficult and offensive,” Whittington said. “ … Recognizing and respecting the principles of free speech is challenging, but there is no alternative if we are dedicated to pursue truth. And ultimately, to pursue truth is the noble and important mission of the modern American university.”Tags: Free speech, keith whittingtonlast_img read more

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Oceanside Crash Leaves Driver Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 25-year-old man was killed when he crashed his vehicle into a utility pole in Oceanside early Sunday morning.Nassau County police said the driver of a Toyota was heading westbound on Atlantic Avenue when the vehicle struck a curb and then hit a pole near the corner of Brower Avenue at 3 a.m.The driver was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead three hours later.His name was not immediately available.Fourth Squad detectives impounded the vehicle for brake and safety checks but found no apparent criminality.last_img

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Freeport Teen Stabbing Suspect Charged With Manslaugher

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 16-year-old Freeport girl was arrested for allegedly stabbing another teenage girl to death during an argument that escalated in front of the suspect’s home over the weekend, Nassau County police said.Jasmine Copeland was charged with first degree manslaughter and assault.Police said Copeland got into an argument with 17-year-old Abigail Thomas and two other girls ages 16 and 9 outside of her West Side Avenue home, when Copeland allegedly stabbed Thomas and the 16-year-old victim shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday.The two victims were taken to a local hospital, where Thomas was pronounced dead of a stab wound to the lower back and the 16-year-old victim was treated for a laceration to the upper left side of her chest, police said.The 9-year-old girl, who was not injured, was released to a family member.Bail for Copeland was set at $500,000. She is due back in court Thursday.last_img read more

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Unusual Gold Coast ‘tree house’ snapped up for almost $2 million

first_imgIt looks like it’s in the treetops from the inside. It has a contemporary style with modern features. The bathroom is like a rainforest spa retreat. MORE NEWS: NRL captain’s push for side hustle The 15m cantilevered wing was the most complicated part of the build.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoIt was passed in at auction before a $1.875 million price tag was attached to it.Mr Lamb said it attracted plenty of interest, including multiple offers, but many people who inspected it weren’t serious buyers.“We had so much interest in it but … a lot of people came through just because they loved the design of the home,” he said.“We were really shooting for a premium price.” MORE NEWS: Glitter Strip among world’s best for luxury property No wonder it’s called the ‘tree house’.center_img A local buyer splashed almost $2 million on the striking Tallai property.A striking Tallai house designed to look as though it is perched in the treetops has been snapped up for almost $2 million.The Grandview Tce property, appropriately named the ‘Tree House’, changed hands in a $1.8 million deal just before Christmas but settled yesterday.Kollosche agent Rob Lamb, who marketed the property, said the local buyers were so keen to move in that they had almost unloaded all their belongings hours after the sale settled.The cleverly designed house hit the market in October. He said the buyer wasn’t looking for a new property but couldn’t ignore the opportunity after stumbling across the unusual house. The property hit the market in October before being snapped up just before Christmas.“They just didn’t want to miss out,” he said.Sellers Simon and Janine Newitt designed and built the four-bedroom house.The most complicated part of the build was 15m cantilevered wing, which has floor-to-ceiling windows framing sprawling bushland views.“The tie down construction was extensive to lock the cantilevered wing down to the earth,” Mr Newitt said.“This included 9m-deep rock anchors set below the primary footing. “We also drilled and blasted three rock sockets that support the cantilevered building laterally.”The couple lived in the house with their three children for almost two years. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

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68 health staff assaulted in West/North West hospitals this year

first_imgSixty-eight assaults were reported on HSE staff members at hospitals the Saolta Group so far this year.The North West Hospital Group, which includes Letterkenny, was the worst affected group in Ireland for reported assaults against staff.Information obtained by Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly show that 279 HSE staff have been assaulted across Ireland in 2019. The majority of attacks were made against nurses and midwives. With 68 attacks in 2019, the Saolta Hospital Group had the highest number of reported incidents. The group comprises: University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park University Hospital, Sligo University Hospital, Letterkenny University Hospital, Mayo University Hospital, Portiuncula University Hospital, Roscommon University Hospital.The statistics count reports of either physical, verbal or sexual assault. Staff are also encouraged to report all near misses and incidents that do not result in harm to staff. The HSE has said the number of incident reports should not be considered as indicative of a level of harm and there can be multiple reports for the same incident. 68 health staff assaulted in West/North West hospitals this year was last modified: July 1st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Rangers confirm signing of Samba

first_imgQPR have completed the club-record signing of Chris Samba from Anzhi Makhachkala.The former Blackburn defender, 28, has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with the option of a further year and moves for a fee in the region of £12m.Rangers missed out when he joined Anzhi from Blackburn last year but Samba was unhappy in Russia, and the Loftus Road regime had long been planning a move to capture him in this transfer window.He made his name at Blackburn under Mark Hughes, who was confident of eventually bringing him back to England.Faurlin has moved to Italy.Rangers retained their interest following Hughes’ sacking as manager, while current boss Harry Redknapp is an admirer of the 28-year-old and discussed signing him while in charge at Tottenham.Meanwhile Palermo have completed the signing of QPR midfielder Alejandro Faurlin.He has joined the Italian club on loan for the rest of the season ahead of a possible permanent move there in the summer, when his future will be assessed.A popular member of Rangers’ promotion-winning side of 2011, Faurlin was recently told he was not in Redknapp’s plans.Redknapp is waiting to discover who his former club Tottenham are willing to make available ahead of tonight’s transfer deadline.Potential deals for a number of Spurs’ fringe players have been discussed in recent weeks.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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IDC secures €30m French credit line

first_img“This loan will also boost our export credit finance, which has proved to be a key stimulus for the South African economy.” South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation has had further success in raising funds from foreign credit agencies, the latest being a €30-million (about R334.5-million) credit line from French-based Proparco. According to the IDC, the demand for lending had increased tremendously due to the global economic downturn, prompting the state-owned lender to source funding from the international market in recent months. Last month, it secured a US$50-million (about R422-million) loan from the China Construction Bank Johannesburg branch to recapitalise its export finance book, as well as €60-million (about R690.9-million) credit line from the European Investment Bank to finance viable projects by small and medium enterprises in the industrial, resources and services sectors. “The funds will benefit a wide range of South African businesses that need foreign currency to keep funding their activity,” she said. Proparco southern Africa regional representative Sophie le Roy explained that this fifth transaction with the IDC would meet a crucial need for hard currency in the country. 17 June 2009 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material According to the IDC, the line of credit will be used to increase the state-owned lender’s capacity to lend, in line with their target of investing over R60-billion in the South African economy over the next five years. Alternative funding Proparco is a partially owned subsidiary of French development finance institution Agence Française de Developpement, and acts as a catalyst for private investment targeting economic growth and development in developing countries. Lending capacity “We have a strong working relationship with Proparco, which is demonstrated by the fact that the IDC is receiving its fifth credit facility from the institution,” IDC chief financial officer Gert Gouws said in a statement late last month.last_img read more

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The Loeries, the award-winning radio ad and other collaborations

first_imgBrand South Africa’s Play Your Part initiative was one of 34 Gold award winners at the Loeries this year. Here’s more on the award-winning radio ad and the current campaigns of Play Your Part.Sithembile Ntombela (right), Brand South Africa’s general manager of marketing, is pleased with the Loerie Gold award won for the Play Your Part radio ad. Here she is with Thobile Mushwana, a Play Your Part ambassador. (Images: Mathiba Molefe)Melissa JavanBrand South Africa’s Play Your Part won a Gold award at the Loeries this year, held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban. The Loeries awards ceremonies were held on 19 and 20 August 2017 during Loeries Creative Week Durban.The Loeries are the marketing and advertising industry’s awards. They are an opportunity for brands and marketers to view the very best work coming out of the region. All countries from Africa and the Middle East may enter all the categories, but entries from outside South Africa are judged separately.The Media Update reported that more than 3,000 entries were received, with 20% of them from outside South Africa. A total of 800 brands were represented by 400 agencies from 18 countries in Africa and the Middle East.The awardsThere were more than 240 Loeries awarded in 22 categories, including five Grand Prix, 34 Golds, 24 CraftGolds, 73 Silvers, and 102 Bronzes.The special awards included Nathan Reddy of Grid Worldwide, who was inducted into the Loeries Hall of Fame. He is the first designer to receive this honour.Brand South Africa was entered in the Radio Communication: South African Non-English Radio Station Commercials category. Its agency, The Odd Number, won the Gold for the After Tears radio ad for Play Your Part.Listen to the advert (or read the subtitles) here:In the same category, The Odd Number won a Silver for its BBC Lifestyle campaign, Hell’s Kitchen – Mama, Mfundisi, for the Hell’s Kitchen initiative.Joe Public won a Silver award for its Back to School campaign for Jet, called Hand-me-downs – Is’khaftini, Is’cathulo, Isokisi.Runners-up in the category were DDB, which won a Bronze for the Medal Paints Inkanyamba campaign, as did I See A Different You for the self-promotion campaign, Wa hamba Nathi.Communication for niche audiencesLoeries CEO Andrew Human told Campaign Middle East that the Loeries focused on being a regional specialist show. “In our judging, our judges are guided to look for regional excellence, to look for regional relevance.“Often you might find that niche work that may be overlooked in a global show, is what really comes out here and might get a strong award… We are looking for work in local languages that has a small cultural significance to the niche audience,” he said.“It doesn’t have to be a global campaign. It doesn’t have to make sense in London and in New York City. It can make sense in one city, in one country and region and we want to see how communication is being targeted to niche regional audiences.”The Q&APlay Your Part is a movement not a campaign, explained Sithembile Ntombela, Brand South Africa’s general manager of marketing. She was speaking at the media launch of the Play Your Part television series on 24 August 2017. “A campaign ends.“It is imperative to get South Africans to rally behind the Nation’s Brand. There are endless opportunities of getting involved and that is Play Your Part is a call to action programme that challenges every South African to play their part in their communities and contribute towards a positive social change.Sithembile NtombelaJournalist Melissa Javan spoke to Ntombela following the Gold Loerie win; she talked about what Play Your Part was currently doing:Melissa Javan: Congratulations on the Loerie win. How do you feel about it?Sithembile Ntombela: Ecstatic! Play Your Part was launched in 2011 with an objective of promoting active citizenship among citizens with a view that when we as a collective play our part, we will achieve what is set out in the country’s vision.After six years of hard work, receiving a gold award is a huge success and a key milestone for the organisation. This is also indicative of a hard working organisation, an organisation that continues to create a Nation Brand that inspires its people and is admired globally. Play Your Part affords us with a platform of bringing inspiration to life.MJ: What was the idea behind the radio ad?SN: The big idea was to show the reality of the consequences of driving after drinking alcohol. We believe that the number of road accidents continue to be on the rise and the campaign objective was really to activate the “rude awakening” of this reality.That is why the set of the ad is in heaven. If all citizens can play their part and promote responsible driving, the number of accidents can be reduced.MJ: Why was it specifically targeted at non-English speakers?SN: My view is that due to the lingo used, the ad lands itself naturally to a vernacular station. The plan is to get stakeholders to promote the ad and flight it on various platforms, including social media.MJ: Was it part of a campaign?SN: It was a tactical advert in support of the Arrive Alive campaign, which is often championed by the Department of Transport.MJ: How often does Brand South Africa do campaigns like these?SN: Brand South Africa works with and through various stakeholders and there are different collaborations that often take place. For example, there are the South African Premier Business Awards in collaboration with Proudly SA and the Department of Trade and Industry.However, this advert will be aired on different radio channels during the holiday season, with the objective of issuing a strong call to action.MJ: Can you name a few campaigns you are busy with now?SN: We are working with the Department of Trade and Industry on the South African Premier Business Awards. We are also busy with the Play Your Part TV series, which will start airing on 26 August 2017 on SABC 2, at 18h00.In addition, we are promoting the nation brand on international platforms through a partnership with CNN. We have an on-going media engagement to strengthen our relations with the media and get them to understand the nation brand performance.MJ: How important are the Loeries for South Africa?SN: Very important. They enhance the nation brand’s reputation and hopefully this can help in promoting the visibility of Brand South Africa. For me, the Loeries are a platform of celebrating creativity, talent and innovation. If a brand gets recognition at the Loeries, it enhances that brand’s reputation.MJ: Any final thoughts?SN: We will continue to work hard to ensure that the nation brand is recognised and that many South Africans can rally behind the brand and support Brand South Africa in advancing the long-term reputation and competitiveness of South Africa.Watch this year’s Loeries and the winners on its official site.Sources: Loeries, Campaign Middle East and Campaign Middle East, YouTube.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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More work needed to finalize Trade Promotion Authority

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to advance Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).“We applaud the strong leadership that many of Ohio’s Congressional delegation showed in trying to advance TPA to open the door for new opportunities to better trade deals around the world,” said Chad Kemp, President of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association.  “With 95% of the population living outside the United States, we have to look outside our borders for opportunities if we are going to sustain American agriculture.”TPA will help set the framework between the President and Congress to advance trade agreements which ensures that American farmers remain competitive in meeting the world’s need for food, feed, fuel and fiber.“We thank Speaker Boehner and Congressman Tiberi for managing this legislation and trying to move things forward,” Kemp said. “We remain extremely disappointed that members like Congressman Jim Jordan continue to play petty politics at the expense of Ohio’s farmers. We call on Congress and the President to come together soon to finish the work on this important piece of legislation.”last_img read more

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Taking the Bait

first_imgFrom time to time, your dream client will answer your cold call and ask you to tell them a little about your company and what you do. You will be tempted to respond to that question by answering it, responding to the prompts you were given. You will talk about who you are, your role, and how long you’ve been with the company. And then, having provided that information, you share what your company does. Asked and answered.As soon as you finish speaking, your dream client says something like, “You know, we’re happy with our current partner right now.” The politely thank for the call, and you hang up without an appointment. By taking the bait and answering these questions, you have ensured that you sound just like every other salesperson in your space, confirming that there is no real reason to meet with you.This same thing can happen when you secure an appointment. Your prospective client greets you, invites you into a conference room, and says, “Tell me about your company.” If there is something more interesting than your company, I am not sure what it might be. Even if you have a line that describes how you help your clients, you’re still talking about you, your solution, and your company. A better approach, and one that lets you make a much better pivot to a more meaningful conversation, but still taking the bait.Sales is all about choices, and one choice you might make is to make an effort to control the process.You could recommend that you first spend a little time sharing ideas about the challenges everyone in your dream client’s space is going to need to solve in the next 18 to 24 months. You could ask them to give you feedback on some of the questions that you believe they are going to have to answer with their own management team. You could simply ask to have a conversation about some of the things they find most interesting or pressing now, as a way to frame up what you share with them when you do talk about yourself, your company, and your solutions.Within the first few minutes of a call or meeting, you can give your prospective client an impression of who you are and what level of value you may be able to create for and with them. If you sound like a salesperson from 1997, you are going to be perceived differently than someone who sounds like they’re from 2017. You want to enter conversations as a value creator, a trusted advisor, and a consultative salesperson. Refuse to engage with clients in any way that makes you less than that. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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