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The University Sexual Violence and Harassment Support Service is advising students who have been accused of sexual misconduct

first_imgWhen contacted for comment, a spokesperson for the University issued the following statement:  “We believe honesty and a separation of resources as to avoid conflating the two experiences is how the SAS should proceed.” “The marketing of the Service is focussed on our primary user group, student survivors seeking help. The communications through posters and the website reflect this focus and need, but the Service offers broader provision than is advertised to students, including training and anonymous case advice to staff.  SpeakOut Oxford have been contacted for comment.  “As in all areas of University welfare provision, our duty of care is to all our students,  the University has never made any secret of the fact that the Sexual Harassment and Violence Support service is intended for anyone affected. This includes survivors and those accused.  As the head of the service and its only male-identifying employee, Pete Mandeville takes responsibility for the majority of these cases himself, but he does not exclusively take on casework of this nature. This role allocation is one of several informal measures to keep reporting students and accused students separate. However, this means that students who have been accused of sexual violence are typically receiving support and advice from the most senior member of the service. Inversely, it also means that the head of the service which claims to exist for survivors of sexual violence — and indeed, the only dedicated member of staff who is employed by the university fully time — is the individual with predominant responsibility for accused students. There is not a separate advisor for accused students. On the University’s staff advice website, they state that “the service also supports students who have had allegations made against them. They are held by a separate advisor to any reporting student to avoid conflict of interest and efforts are made to keep them separate within the service.” The Support Service was launched in Michaelmas 2018 as a central resource for students who have experienced sexual harassment and violence, and to provide advice independent from colleges, which often have to balance their responsibilities to both reporting students and accused students. It Happens Here, Oxford Student Union’s campaign against sexual violence, stated: “IHH are of the opinion that the SAS should maintain a level of clarity in respect of such a sensitive topic — if they keep survivors unaware, they are not allowing them to prepare or to make an informed choice regarding whether they wish to continue to use the services.  If you have been affected by sexual harassment or violence, there are a number of resources available to you. As well the University’s support service, you can also contact: the Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre, an independent charity in Oxford where you can also refer yourself to the university ISVA; your local GP; It Happens Here, the OUSU campaign against sexual violence; SpeakOut Oxford, an independent and student-run advocacy group; the university counselling service; and/or your college welfare team. However, it goes on to add that “as far as possible, the support measures for each student should be provided separately”.center_img “As part of this commitment the Service offers access to a full time Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) employed by Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC) and seconded to the Support Service. Their role is solely focussed on the support of survivors. It is not the case that accused students represent the majority of any single staff member’s case work. They in fact make up a tiny proportion of the overall caseload (4%) and only 7% of the Service Lead’s casework. Students who use the service are invited to specify whether they wish to speak to a male or female advisor.  As the only male identifying member of the team, the Service Lead typically sees more male students than others and there is no conflict of interest caused.”  Oxford’s Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service is quietly providing advice to students who have been accused of sexual misconduct.  The Sexual Harassment and Violence Support Service is staffed full time by Pete Mandeville, the project lead, and he is supported by five specialist advisors who take on the work alongside their other roles within the university. The service also seconds an Independent Sexual Violence Advocate from the Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre, Léa Maquin, whom students can be referred to via the service or independently. As stated online, the service provides advice and support to students affected by sexual misconduct. They also provide advice to colleges and can offer no-names consultations to college staff over the phone.  “…universities will have to take into account the interests and welfare of both students and endeavour to treat them fairly and equally when undertaking the risk assessment and ascertaining the potential effectiveness and impact of precautionary measures” Just as the colleges do, the University has a duty of care to all of its students, including those who have been accused of sexual misconduct. The legal guidance produced by Pinset Masons for universities responding to reports of sexual misconduct states:   On its student advice website, the University states that the service is for students who have “experienced sexual harassment and violence in any form”. However, tucked away in the university’s policy documents, the Student Harassment Procedure notes that “sources of support and advice are also available to students who have been accused of misconduct”.  “Cases are allocated based on a staff member’s skill and experience level and our primary goal is always to achieve the best outcome for students and give them the support they need while they are at their most vulnerable.  Cherwell spoke to a student who accessed the service to receive support after they had been sexually assaulted. They said: “I feel shaken, very angry and completely misinformed — this clearly is not a safe space. I don’t understand how it’s been advertised as impartial, non-judgemental and explicitly advertised as a support service for those who have experienced sexual violence when it quite clearly is not. This has made me feel (even more) unsupported by the university … I feel I was kept in the dark.” This article was updated on the 5th June to reflect an error in the University’s statement: the full time ISVA is seconded to the Support Service by OSARCC, not employed by the University.last_img read more

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Shore Physicians Group Features Plastic Surgeon Dr. Mohit Sood in Seminar

first_imgLee Neuman, of Cape May Court House, attended a seminar Tuesday featuring Dr. Mohit Sood, who performed reconstructive surgery on her after a double mastectomy in 2015. By Maddy VitaleIn August of 2015 Lee Neuman’s world was turned upside down. The Cape May Court House mother of three, was diagnosed with breast cancer.Neuman, 67, went into the hospital for a double mastectomy two months later. Radiation to eradicate the cancer was just part of the battle.She opted for breast reconstructive surgery.“Being healthy is the primary focus for me,” Neuman, a rental agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach in Stone Harbor, said. “I went through the reconstruction because I wanted my clothes to fit nicely and feel good about myself.”Her team of doctors at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point were excellent, she said. But the physician who really stood out for her was Dr. Mohit Sood, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who is part of Shore Physicians Group.“Right away, I was introduced to Dr. Sood. He told me what would happen and what my options were,” Neuman explained. “He was very supportive and let me know every step of the way what would happen.”Dr. Mohit Sood explains his techniques for breast reconstruction and other procedures during a seminar at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point.Neuman, who is now cancer free, and her friend Gene Palm, of Rio Grande, joined an audience at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point Tuesday morning for a free seminar hosted by Shore Physicians Group, featuring Sood and members of the Sood Center for Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery in Linwood.Sood, a married father of three, joked with the crowd, explained his love of his profession and his mission to help people look and feel their best.“I chose plastic surgery because it married well with my personality,” he said. “My wife is a cardiologist. I went into a specialty that fits me. My main focus is quality of life. I try to treat individuals, rather than treat true pathologies.”The focus of the discussion centered on reconstructive surgery, something the doctor said he feels very passionate about.“Breast reconstruction is important for health,” Sood said. “It helps with the body image. When a patient requires a mastectomy, at a minimum, it restores their body form. This is a specialty. I enjoy watching them on their journeys.”The audience got to see a body contouring procedure called Coolsculpting.Skin cancer and scar treatment, as well as breast augmentations, body contouring with Coolsculpting, liposuction and tummy tucks, were also topics of the seminar.Sood and his team also spoke about face and neck lifts, eyelid surgery, laser treatments, Botox and fillers such as Juvéderm and skin care.During the presentation, Sood displayed before and after photos of his patients who underwent reconstructive and plastic surgery. He warned that some of the photos were graphic. The images showed positive results of the reconstructive procedures done by Sood.“No two people have the same exact complaint,” Sood told the audience. “Everyone is unique. It is really about assessing a patient’s goals. I operate on the toes to the head, to the nose, to just about everywhere.”Dr. Mohit Sood, whose practice is in Linwood, says he listens to the patients and makes sure their questions are answeredAudience members asked questions such as how long breast implants last and questions about body contouring.“There is a hallmark of 10 years,” the doctor said of the length of time breast implants should be in before being replaced. He added that medical imaging shows a breakdown in some implants after that time. However, he said, he has known of patients with the same implants for 30 years with no leakage in the implants.During the seminar, a woman received a Coolsculpting session.Questions about the body contouring technique included, how long it lasts and on what body parts are the procedures done and if it is effective.During the presentation, Dr. Mohit Sood described the different procedures he performs at Shore Medical Center and at his Linwood practice.Sood said it can last a long time, but every case is different. The most common uses are for the stomach and “love handles.” He also said it is a technique that is right for some, but not necessarily others.“Cool Sculpting freezes your fat away,” Sood explained.People also asked about insurance coverage.“We really want to make it patient centered,” he said. “We work with providers to offer support to patients.”After the doctor stayed around to speak with audience members.Lee Neuman, of Cape May Court House, and friend Gene Palm, of Rio Grande, look at some skin care products.“It was so educational,” Palm noted. “I am grateful that Shore is offering these seminars. There were things talked about I had never heard of before.”Neuman decided to go with her friend to speak to her doctor.“I don’t know if he will remember me,” she said.He definitely did.“How are you doing?” Sood asked.Then he hugged his former patient and asked her if she had been following up with the other providers and specific questions related to her case.“He is just the greatest surgeon ever,” Neuman said with a smile.The event was a continuation of Shore Physicians Group’s community educational health series, “Be Well Connected.”For information about Shore Physicians Group visit www.ShorePhysiciansGroup.com. To reach Dr. Mohit Sood email [email protected] or call (609) 904-5390.last_img read more

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Guns N’ Roses Announce “Appetite For Destruction” Deluxe Reissue With 49 Unreleased Tracks

first_imgGuns N’ Roses celebrated the 30th anniversary of their debut studio album, Appetite for Destruction, one of the best-selling records of all time. Now, one year later–appropriately, for a band that is notorious for playing fast and loose with schedules–the band will release a massive deluxe reissue of the LP.Earlier this week, the band launched a new website featuring a countdown clock (pointing to 12:00 am Friday) with the message “Destruction is Coming.” Yesterday, however, an unboxing video surfaced on Guns N’ Roses News which gave fans some early insight into the extensive “surprise” belated birthday compilation to which the band is still (officially) counting down.The box set, dubbed “Locked N’ Loaded”, features a version of Appetite For Destruction remastered from the original analog tapes spread across 2 vinyl LPs. However, Appetite For Destruction: Locked N’ Loaded will include more than just a remastered version of the seminal Guns N’ Roses album. As Consequence of Sound notes, the compilation will contain a total of 73 tracks, 49 of which are previously unreleased. The wealth of music will be spread across four (4) CDs and seven (7) 180-gram vinyl LPs. The set will also include a vinyl pressing of 1986’s Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide EP, a second EP containing B-sides from that era, 25 never-before-released recordings from the band’s 1986 Sound City sessions, and two additional unreleased tracks from their sessions with producer Mike Clink.The “super deluxe” version of the box set also features a hand-bound book featuring unearthed photos from Axl Rose‘s personal collection (over 96 pages), replica Guns N’ Roses memorabilia from the early years, and a dozen new lithographic print illustrations that visualize each of the tracks on Appetite For Destruction. You can watch the unboxing video for Appetite For Destruction: Locked N’ Loaded below via Guns N’ Roses News:Guns N’ Roses – Appetite For Destruction: Locked N’ Loaded – Deluxe Anniversary Box Set Unboxing Video[H/T Consequence of Sound]last_img read more

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Professor explores meaning of Introductory Rites in final ‘Heritage of Hospitality’ lecture

first_imgAt the fourth and final installment of Saint Mary’s “Heritage of Hospitality” lecture series, Dr. Tony Alonso, a professor of theology at Emory University, spoke on the Introductory Rites of the Catholic Mass.Beginning with an explanation of the Introductory Rites, Alonso said that the Roman Missal — the rulebook — highlights what these rites will achieve.“The general instruction articulates the following bold hopes for what the Introductory Rites of the Catholic Mass are supposed to do,” Alonso said. “It says that the Introductory Rites of the Mass are meant to ensure the faithful establish communion, dispose themselves properly and to celebrate the Eucharist worthily.”Alonso said the ways in which the Introductory Rights of the Eucharist shape us in the hospitality of God demand that we also take seriously the way our hands also shape the liturgy. “It demands that we also take seriously the ways in which the bold hopes we have for the Eucharist don’t always take root in us in the ways we hope or the ways we intend,” he said. The Introductory Rites have never been primarily about the entrance of the priests or the ministers into the liturgical space, Alonso said, but about the entire community being ritually gathered together by God.“Each of the gestures, words, musical moments and movements are intended to open our eyes to recognize the presence of God in one another, in Word and in Eucharist, and in turn recognize that love in a world so loved by God,” Alonso said. Alonso then introduced three challenges to realizing the fullness of God’s hospitality in the Introductory Rites: the belief that the Rites will accomplish in us something that is happening nowhere else in our community or in our lives, a lack of preparation that manifests as a lack of presence and a failure to tend to the whole in a way that ends up creating fragmentation rather than establishing communion.“We must let the Introductory Rites and liturgy shape us, but we must also shape the Introductory Rites and liturgy,” he said. “By doing these things, we can become truly hospitable.” After Alonso spoke, sophomore Jackie Rojas and Sr. Adria Connors reflected on the hospitality of the Church and its community. Rojas said she liked the idea of having work that needs to be done outside of the liturgy.“I think it really has been my experience, especially in my hometown of El Paso, that there is so much attentiveness to human relationships and just to the community in general,” she said. “There have been many times when I first meet a new member of the parish during Mass, and our relationship continues to grow outside of celebrating the liturgy during different events and encounters.” Rojas said she believes cultivating a relationship outside of the Mass makes the celebration of the liturgy more special.Connors said she hopes people come away from the Mass carrying something that will help them continue hospitality. “There is an awareness that liturgy is life,” she said. “Life is not a compartment. Life is a permeated existence. That permeation, if I can live into that, is what enhances and enables that hospitality as well.”Tags: Catholic Mass, heritage of hospitality, hospitality, Introductory Rites, Mass, Theologylast_img read more

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Exceptional Stars Game Raises $3,600 For Billy Eskeli Scholarship Fund

first_imgImage courtesy Shelly Phillips / Facebook.FALCONER – Members of the Falconer community came together to participate in the second annual Exceptional Stars Athletics Baseball Game at Lions Field Sunday afternoon. Image courtesy Shelly Phillips / Facebook.Rich Bianco, a Falconer Central School teacher and event organizer, tells WNYNewsNow that the event was very successful. He says the organization brought in 57 donated items and raised $3,600 for the Billy Eskeli Scholarship Fund. Eskeli, an FCS graduate, was tragically killed in 2019 in an accident involving a drunk driver in Ohio.“ESA is proud to have been able to support the Eskeli family and the scholarship in Billy’s memory,” Bianco said. “It’s truly a testament to how much our community loves the Eskeli family and how much they loved Billy.”Image courtesy Shelly Phillips / Facebook.The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has presented numerous challenges to society as a whole. Bianco, however, says the game was necessary to boost the emotions of the community as a whole. “ESA is committed to giving exceptional children the thrill of sports. The last several months have been hard for the kids. They’ve missed out on school, friends, and sports,” Bianco said. “We needed to have the event. The kids needed it. Even though their faces were covered with masks, I know they were smiling from ear to ear during the game.”Image courtesy Shelly Phillips / Facebook.“They had a blast! Our community did a wonderful job maintaining social distance and wearing masks so that we could all enjoy the game in a safe manner. We are very appreciative to Mayor Jaroszynski, the Town of Ellicott Police Department, and the Village of Falconer for ensuring that the game could go on, that everyone would be safe, and be able to enjoy a day at the ball field.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Lawyers with disabilities needed for work group

first_img March 1, 2005 Managing Editor Regular News Lawyers with disabilities needed for work group Lawyers with disabilities needed for work group Project will work to expand career opportunities within the legal system for people with disabilities Mark D. Killian Managing Editor Lawyers with disabilities are needed to form a working group to identify barriers – real or imagined – that prohibit those with disabilities from participating fully in the legal community and The Florida Bar.The Coral Gables-based Disability Independence Group, through a grant from The Florida Bar Foundation, also is working to expand career opportunities within the legal system for people with disabilities to further the Bar’s goal to diversify.A recent study found that 52 million American have some form of disability and that less than one-half of 1 percent of those with disabilities work in professional fields, said Matthew Dietz, who is co-coordinator of the project with Miami Board of Governors member Sharon Langer. Dietz also said Miami-Dade has one of the highest proportions of people with disabilities in the state — at about 23 percent.Dietz said the initial task for this project is to identify a 15-20 member working group of Florida lawyers with disabilities who will serve as the leaders in the effort. They will work with Danielle Strickman, a disability consultant, to identify the obstacles that prohibit those with disabilities from fully participating in the profession.Strickman said the working group will meet by teleconference about five times over the next year to come up with strategies, recommendations, technical assistance, and accommodations that would enhance the participation of persons with disabilities in the Florida legal community. A report will be prepared at the end of the year that will serve as a road map for change, she said.“We all know there are many barriers people with disabilities face — attitudinal barriers, physical barriers, communication barriers,” Strickman said. “We also know that people don’t understand the requirements of the laws for people with disabilities, such as the [Americans with Disabilities Act], and if they do understand them they don’t always implement them.”Strickman said she would like the work group to be as diverse as possible in terms of geography, age, gender, and type of disability.“We don’t want only people who use wheelchairs; we want to work with some, but we also want to work with people who have hearing disabilities, vision disabilities, communication disabilities, learning disabilities, mental health disabilities,” Strickman said. “We want the full range of people with disabilities.”Dietz said educating the profession about needs of the disabled is made more difficult in that “persons with disabilities aren’t in our professional circle.”Dietz also said law schools right now do not have the same recruitment efforts for people with disabilities as they do for other minority groups, and increasing the number of lawyers and others in the legal field with disabilities also would serve to encourage people with disabilities to enter the profession.“As a member of the Bar’s Member Outreach Committee and the Steering Committee of the Bar’s 2005 Diversity Symposium, I am encouraged by the interest and commitment from both of these efforts to take a good look at the issues that surround inclusion of all our members in Bar service and the legal profession as a whole,” Langer said.For more information or to participate in the project, contact Strickman at (305) 267-3488 or [email protected] or Dietz at [email protected]last_img read more

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Isn’t the way women treat each other a bigger problem?

first_imgWomen thrive at work when they are mentored by men. But isn’t the way women treat each other a bigger problem?  Hiring managers should evaluate job postings and recruitment techniques to ensure gender-balanced talent pools. But isn’t the way women treat each other a bigger problem?  Professional networking or teambuilding events should be inclusive, which may mean evaluating venues, activities, and timing of events to ensure appeal to both genders. But isn’t the way women treat each other a bigger problem?  No conversation about gender balance and the role men can play is complete without the defense, But isn’t the way women treat each other a bigger problem?  The first time I was asked about how badly women treat one another, I stumbled. I agreed that women should be more kind, but without an idea of what needed to change. I had accepted the notion that women were hypercompetitive with one another without any real-life examples of mean girls at work. I began to wonder if this meanness was real or just an idea picked up in childhood fairy tales about evil stepsisters and wicked witches. I wished for another chance to engage in this conversation. Without my own evidence, I began asking other women for their stories: They told me about one colleague—who happened to be female—voting against a promotion; one manager—who happened to be female—not providing mentorship. These were tales of bad female managers or bad female colleagues, but the bad acting was general, not directed toward women. In other words: Yes, there are some bad female leaders and co-workers… and they are bad regardless of their colleagues’ gender.The idea of backstabbing women is everywhere; the reality is not.As I continued to consider memes about women straightening each other’s crowns and special places in Hell for those who do not support one another, I tried to recall times when I have felt unexplainably competitive with other women in business. A few examples surfaced: A peer suggesting I declined a subordinate’s request to go to an unbudgeted conference because she was young and pretty; colleagues asking if I took it personally when another woman ran for the same board as me (but not asking about the man who did); a group bet about whether a female professional acquaintance or I could run a faster mile. None of these were based on professional capacity. All of them demonstrated that in the workplace, women are often evaluated by how they compare to other women in areas that have nothing to do with the job. There is a systemic bias present in the way women are evaluated at work that is not an issue of girls with their claws out, cat-fighting for position as suggested by the comment, But isn’t the way women treat each other a bigger problem? In fact, in the examples above, the comments were initiated by men. Comparing women on issues other than capability is not exclusive to how women judge themselves or one another. At the 2017 Global Women’s Leadership Network Breakfast, keynote speaker Kristin Soltis Anderson said that women today face a challenge where, “You can be anything has become you must be everything.” Women are only labeled successful when they have thriving careers, successful marriages, and Pinterest-worthy parenting skills, but individuals rarely measure up to these high standards. If a woman must hold herself to “leaning in” in every area of life, how are her expectations of other women perceived? I wondered at first if this—the way women treat themselves, not one another—is where the belief that women are unkind to one another originated.Women practicing more “I am enough” self-talk in the mirror will not create gender balance, though. The “must be everything” measuring stick is not a product of the female imagination. It comes from navigating a complicated double bind, not a lack of self-confidence.Here is the double bind: It is nearly impossible to meet typical societal definitions of both a good woman and a good leader. The overlapping section in a Venn Diagram comprised of one circle that encompasses what a woman should be and one circle that represents traits of a strong leader is a very small area. If a woman works to embody more “good leader” traits, it can disrupt social norms. Without being able to put a finger on what feels off, people make comments like, “she is abrasive” or “I’m not comfortable working with her” to justify not selecting her for new opportunities. When she is not promoted, well-meaning colleagues encourage her to soften a little, be more agreeable, or build stronger personal connections. Blaming individual women for not getting along better with others is flawed. It denies the systemic issues that women face in the workplace and leaves us pointing to the wrong type of evidence to support the idea of the female career saboteur. For example, the fact there have been only three female-to-female CEO transitions in Fortune 500 history, or that GM is one of only three Fortune 500 companies to be led by both a female CEO and a female CFO does not prove that women do not adequately support other women. Instead, consider that the female CEO carries the burden of being a strong leader while tiptoeing the line of not being a bad woman. As women work to define themselves as good leaders, it can be easier to avoid actions that draw attention to gender or create remarkability of the female CEO. This includes steering clear of what may be perceived as unbalanced support to female subordinates.It is remarkable when a female CEO grooms a female subordinate to be a successor. A woman who wants to be viewed simply as a strong leader might intentionally avoid this remarkable behavior: While she would never sabotage another woman’s opportunities, she also may not want to be perceived as overly emphatic about women’s advancement. (If you are a male reading this: Have you ever mentored a male subordinate and wondered if people would accuse you of favoritism because you were mentoring another man? I would love to hear from you.)If I have the chance to answer the question again, But isn’t the way women treat each other a bigger problem? I am ready:No. It is not a bigger probem. The female career saboteur seems to be an urban legend created by a systemic bias that will not be fixed by individual behavioral changes. We must acknowledge that women are too often evaluated—and often penalized– in professional settings by standards that have nothing to do with professional capacity. Then, we must address these challenges or we will continue to miss out on the value realized by achieving gender balance. 162SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jill Nowacki Jill Nowacki started her career with credit unions in 2001. She has taken on leadership roles at credit unions and state and national trade associations. Now, she uses her experience … Web: www.humanidei.com Detailslast_img read more

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METRO and Aspira College signed a cooperation agreement

first_imgMETRO and Aspira College signed a cooperation agreement in order to further improve and promote the Croatian hospitality sector. Aspira High School is a globally recognized university that provides various fields of study such as gastronomy, hospitality, computer science and sports management. “At METRO we always strive to contribute to the development of Croatian gastronomy and that is why we are proud that through cooperation with the Aspira College we can give our contribution to the improvement of Croatian gastronomy and tourism and support the young hopes of catering. As a reliable partner of professionals, METRO continuously supports the hospitality sector and we will continue to work with our HoReCa partners in order to develop together and contribute to the fastest recovery of the sector and further increase the quality of the Croatian gastro scene. “, he stressed Imre Horváth, President of the Management Board of METRO C&C Croatia. As part of the cooperation, METRO will provide food and supplies for kitchen practicum to undergraduate students of Gastronomy in Split and Zagreb for a year, while experts from Aspira College at METRO will conduct various trainings for employees, associates and clients. center_img Thanks to the collaboration with Aspira College, METRO employees will be able to improve their sales, communication and presentation skills, and their clients will have the opportunity to improve as pizza masters, bartenders, sommelier or food and beverage managers.  Photo: Metrolast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, March 21

first_imgWe’re all united on St. Patrick’s DayAh, St. Patrick’s Day. Isn’t it interesting that, on one day of the year, one’s ethnicity is not challenged, one’s skin color is less important and one’s country of birth does not seem to matter, unless you’re Irish. On this day, Americans no longer hate their president, Democrats and Republicans don’t hesitate in sharing a green beer, and the media suddenly becomes a group of happy talking heads. What wile leprechaun is able to calm heated political passions and the temperament of the American people? Magic you say? Maybe so. But on a day now and then, we all need to relax our emotions and think about unity, no matter what color it is. Oh, sure, I was wearin’ the green on St. Paddy’s Day. But the day after, I was back to the red, white and blue. And, nope, I don’t hate my American president.  Allen R. RemaleyScottsdale, Ariz., and Saratoga Springs   Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWill contributing to de-ChristianizationI was disturbed and disappointed by George Will’s March 17 column. It was overly sensational and nearly pornographic. Trump, sycophants defying ConstitutionU.S. intelligence chiefs recently testified before Congress and never mentioned the southern border as a national security threat. Yet the intelligence assessment had no impact on Trump’s obsession with building a wall to keep a promise to his base, which was already broken when Mexico declined to pay. In response, Trump declared a national emergency where none exists that now threatens the future of our constitutional republic.The House passed a resolution to overturn Trump’s national emergency. The Senate supported the House resolution and Trump as expected, exercised his veto, which will require two-thirds in each house to override. The “Church” as he refers to it includes it includes dogma, doctrine, tradition, hierarchy (clergy), liturgy, ritual and the faithful. His words condemn them all. Has he overlooked the genocides of Germany and others?I think that he has unwittingly contributed to the efforts of our past president and others to de-Christianize our good old United States of AmericaJim NorrisClifton Park Help offer on access to veterans benefitsWow! Was I taken back by Mr. Belardo’s March 17 response to a simple correction of a statement he had made regarding access requirements for the VA hospital. But first things first. Mr. Belardo, I truly apologize if you are offended. It was not, and is not, my intention to ridicule you. When I read the part of your letter to the editor about access to the VA hospital, my reaction was that it made no sense for you or any veteran to be denied access to the facility. I decided to call the hospital and find out for myself. Unfortunately, I did not ask the name of the person from whom I got the answer. I do recall I was told the “federal” rules do not apply to the VA hospitals and the woman explained the access requirements. As I stated in my Feb. 15 letter, the details are beyond the limitations to include them in a letter to the editor. That is precisely why I urged The Gazette to follow up. If you would like to have a discussion, Editorial Page Editor Mark Mahoney has my phone number. I encourage you to get it and call me any day, any time.Albert J. Pirigyi, Sr.Burnt Hills The president and all members of Congress took an oath of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.The Founding Fathers gave Congress the power of the purse in Article 1 Section 8 and created a separation of powers between three co-equal branches of government in that very same Constitution.Trump’s declaration once again proves the only real national emergency is a pathological liar pretending to be president, the blind allegiance of servile sycophants in the Republican Party and their base whose fear, hate, anger and ignorance of “the other” makes it all possible.How those who took an oath respond to Trump’s assault on the Constitution will determine whether we are a nation of laws or a nation of men. Patriots will keep their oath. Traitors will not.John PagodaRensselaer More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

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Buyback shield after Grubb & Ellis sale flop

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