Bogus envelope collection for tsunami appeal in Colchester

first_img Essex Police have warned people in Colchester not to respond to envelopes posted through letterboxes asking for donations for the victims of the Asian tsunami disaster.The envelopes encourage householders to have the money ready for collection, reports the BBC. The police said that two men were currently helping them with their enquiries.  17 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Howard Lake | 7 January 2005 | Newscenter_img Bogus envelope collection for tsunami appeal in Colchester AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.last_img read more

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Kamasi Washington Performs “Street Figher Mas” On KCRW [Watch]

first_imgOn Friday, contemporary jazz torch-bearer Kamasi Washington officially released his new double album, Heaven And Earth, marking Washington’s first release since his 2017 audiovisual concept EP Harmony of Difference and his first full-length effort since his aptly named 2015 effort, The Epic.Ahead of the album’s release, Kamasi shared a number of visual clips, including a pair of one-minute videos that help elicit the celestial beauty of Heaven (“The Space Travelers Lullaby”) and the stark human urgency of Earth (“Fists of Fury”) and a full music video for Street Fighter-inspired single “Street Fighter Mas”. “Street Fighter Mas” might be the most commercially appealing of the new songs, inspired by the 1987 arcade game Street Fighter, and written to be the game’s imagined theme song. It’s funked-out and totally bad ass.“When I was young, I was obsessed with Street Fighter!” Kamasi wrote in a recent Twitter post about the song. “I thought I would be a professional gamer, so I made a theme song. I still imagine it playing when I walk into a tournament, like I’m entering a boxing ring.”To celebrate the new release, Kamasi and his eight-piece band stopped by KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic to perform an incredible version of “Street Fighter Mas.” Watch the live performance below:[Video: KRCW]You can also listen to Heaven And Earth in its entirety below via Spotify:Kamasi Washington – Heaven And Earth – Full Albumlast_img read more

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Panels explore pornography

first_imgOn Saturday, a day-long conference convened in the McKenna Conference Center to address the role of pornography in modern society, titled “Pervasive Porn: Exploring the Personal and Social Costs of Pornography.”The conference is sponsored by Students for Child-Oriented Policy, the Tocqueville Program for Inquiry Into Religion and American Public Life, The “Irish Rover,” “Ethika Politika,” Sycamore Trust, Love and Fidelity Network, St. Edward’s Hall, Zahm House, Morrissey Manor, Stanford Hall, Fisher Hall and the Center for Ethics and Culture.According to the Tocqueville Program’s website, this conference “seeks to provide sound scholarship along with personal testimony and therapeutic experience” in order for members of the community to better understand the effects pornography has in society. The conference also aims to analyze the “means of addressing the porn problem with a specific regard for the well-being of the youngest and most vulnerable among us.”The conference included four panels on various issues with pornography, including addiction and psychology, the negative effects on pornography’s participants, the theological perspective on pornography and philosophical approaches to the human dignity: “Pornography Addiction, Industry, and Relationship,” “Pornography, Women, and Children,” “In Principle: Philosophy and the Law” and “Theological Perspectives on Pornography.”Panelists address pornography addictionOn Saturday morning as the first panel of the day-long conference, three professors addressed pornography addiction, the industry and relationships. The panelists included professor of psychology William Struthers from Wheaton College, associate professor of economics Kirk Doran from Notre Dame and associate professor of sociology Mark Regnerus from University of Texas at Austin.Struthers began the discussion by acknowledging the psychological aspect of porn addiction.“When you look at an MRI, porn makes the brain light up in the same places that a drug addict’s brain will light up when the stimulus is presented to them,” Struthers said.Although pornography is rejected by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) as an addiction, Struthers said he believes this is likely to change in the future. According to Struthers, things are addictive by acting on the brains neurons, and pornography “hijacks” those circuits in the brain to produce a supernormal response.Doran continued the panel’s discussion by explaining the market structure of the pornography industry and possibilities of regulation. According to Doran, there are 40,000 internet pornography sites which comprises a multi-million dollar industry in which consumers have a plethora of options.“We could stop the production of pornography right now, but it wouldn’t do anything because there is so much out there already,” Doran said.Doran also discussed the validity of a study showing that rape rates went down in areas where internet was more accessible or where Penthouse Magazine was available. These were both high-profile studies claiming there is less rape when pornography is available.“There are serious flaws in these studies, and they definitely do not prove that pornography decreases rape,” Doran said. “The Penthouse Magazine is available to people with P.O. boxes — but so is Discover Magazine.”According to Doran, the best option for regulation is to deal with the internet services providers hosting this material.Regnerus then explored how the use of pornography changes people’s perception of marriage from a sociological standpoint, elaborating on the findings of a survey titled, “The Relationships in America.”“The survey showed us that women use significantly less pornography and that people use less as they age, which we refer to as the Aging Effect,” Regnerus said. “But what is disconcerting is the change of attitudes towards marriage that we see correlated with pornography use.”According to Regnerus, there is an inverse relationship between porn used last week and frequency of church attendance. Men who use porn are more likely to support cohabitation before marriage, casual sex, “open” marriages and gay marriage. Furthermore, men who use porn think more about leaving their spouse and are overall less happy with life, he said.Regnerus describes these findings as a “marital train wreck” in which people’s attitudes about relationships and marriage are changing.“It’s hard to say whether porn use directly causes these attitudes, but it is clear that even if you don’t watch porn, it still affects you,” Regnerus said.Pornography’s effects on its actors, viewersIn the conference’s second panel, titled “Pornography, Women and Children,” three speakers discussed the effects of pornography in three different contexts. Mary Anne Layden, director of the sexual trauma and psychopathology program at the University of Pennsylvania; Donna Hughes, a professor of gender and women’s studies at the University of Rhode Island; and Mary Leary, a law professor at the Catholic University of America all participated in the discussion.After a brief introduction by Christine Caron Gebhardt, director of Notre Dame’s Gender Relations Center (GRC), Layden began the panel discussion by speaking first on the psychological effects of pornography use.“Sex is now seen as a product and the body is a commodity, … If it is a product, you can sell it, and if you can sell it, you can steal it,” Layden said.As a psychotherapist, Layden said she has seen the psychological effects of pornography on its viewers. According to some of her own studies, the more pornography a man watched, the less jail time he thought was appropriate for rapists; this correlation was true for women as well. People who watched more porn were also found to think that behavior such as bestiality and sadomasochism were practiced more regularly than they actually are.Next, Hughes spoke about abuse and violence of women during the making of pornography.“There was something that the feminists said in the ‘70s, and that is that pornography actually happens to women,” Hughes said. “When you see a film of someone who’s shot, they didn’t actually shoot that person. And when there’s fistfights, they’re not actually beating each other up. They’re able to do these things to make it look like something’s happening. But in pornography, what you are seeing is actually being done to that woman.”She went on to read statements from women who had acted in porn films and described how they were tricked or coerced into doing acts that differed from what they had first agreed to. She also discussed how the violence prevalent in pornography is becoming more desirable in real life.“They want girls with no taboos, meaning that they can do whatever they want. They’ve been conditioned to do everything,” Hughes said.Leary then continued the panel discussion by addressing pornography and child sexual abuse images as they pertain to the law and our language.“Language communicates values and morals. You call something ‘child pornography,’ a seemingly innocuous term that creates the suggestion that it’s pornography with young-looking adults. It’s not. It’s a child sex abuse image,” Leary said.She also said such pornography has long-term effects on the victims, and the victimization doesn’t end. Leary said the young actors have to live knowing the images are still being viewed.She ended by sharing the words of a victim who one of her colleagues represents: “Being sexually assaulted, it was kind of like looking up and seeing people in a window, and they’re looking, and you think ‘Oh thank God, they’re going to come and help me.’ But instead, they’re just being entertained.”‘This is a form, I think, of self-mutilation’Professor of philosophy Christopher Tollefsen, from the University of South Carolina, and professor of law Gerard Bradley, from Notre Dame, reflected on the moral and legal implications of pornography in modern culture as part of the conference’s third panel, “In Principle; Philosophy and the Law.” Tollefsen said pornography affects multiple dimensions of the human person, such as family well-being, health and the ability to explore and discern truth and freedom. Tollefsen said the presence of pornography on university campuses was ultimately destructive to the nature of academic institutions.“The university is a home for free inquiry into the truth. But pornography diminishes our freedom and erodes our grasp of truths of sex, marriage, family, self, society, reality and time, numb,” Tollefsen said. “The widespread use of pornography on a university campus, especially at a Catholic university, should be a source of very great concern.”Tollefsen said the emotions and sexual desires towards those who are not spouses that are produced by pornography are not only corruptive to human nature, but rather run contrary to the virtue of chastity. He said pornography principally aims to erode chastity, a virtue that implies unwillingness to commit infedility or seek gratification from someone other than one’s spouse.“The aim of producers [of pornography] is obviously to eliminate … that unwillingness. Chaste persons are of no use to producers to pornography,” Tollefsen said. “Those who use pornography, as intended, erode in themselves this disposition that’s essential for human life. This is a form, I think, of self-mutilation.”According to Tollefsen, pornography distorts both our relationship to God and our understanding of the present and time in relation to gratification.“One is passive in relationship to porn’s content,” he said. “The exploratory forms of engagement that characterize our relationship to the real world are absent when we render ourselves merely eyes for taking up images.”Bradley then elaborated on the social and legal consequences of pornography and said while pornography has indeed been a destructive force in public and private life, the widespread disproval of pornography from the general public has the potential to curb the effects of pornography and create a comprehensive legal and social response to it.“I’m talking about a socially responsible ethic so that even someone who believes himself/herself to be immune to the allures and dangers of porn should support a campaign to stigmatize it because that will help other people,” Bradley said.Bradley said in order to effectively combat pornography, there needs to be a collective response to porn that involves both strong social attitudes against pornographic consumption and a secondary legal response. Bradley said this secondary legal response should include legal measures against access to pornography on campuses and other public places and legal action against producers of pornography.“We should use the law in some essential but secondary ways to create and maintain a social, cultural stigma on pornography,” Bradley said.Though Bradley acknowledged the effects of pornography may vary by person and may not pose a threat to all, he said the dangers pornography poses to the population collectively still require a widespread condemnation of its usage and distribution.“The burden of my remarks really is to instill in the American people a sense of social responsibility for porn. For too long it’s been a matter of pure consumerism,” Bradley said.Tags: christopher tollefsen, Gender Relations Committee, gerard bradley, GRC, pervasive porn, pervasive porn conference, porn conference, tollefsenlast_img read more

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Duterte offers P10-M reward to any Filipino who can invent COVID vaccine

first_img Roque added the President has also pledged a “substantial” grant to the laboratories of the University of the Philippines and the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) to boost efforts towards producing a cure for the deadly disease. President Rodrigo Duterte is offering a P10-million reward for any Filipino who can develop a vaccine against the coronavirus disease 2019, his spokesperson Harry Roque says. PCOO Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque made the announcement in a virtual press conference on Tuesday as the world has yet to discover a medicine that can cure the virus. “Dahil public enemy number one nga itong COVID-19, hindi lang dito sa Pilipinas kundi sa buong mundo, inanunsyo ng Pangulo na siya ay magbibigay ng pabuya na hanggang P10 milyon sa kahit sinong Pilipino na makakadiskubre ng vaccine laban sa COVID-19,” Roque said. Currently, PGH doctors have been trying an experimental plasma therapy for patients in critical condition. Scientists are checking if they can tap the antibodies developed by a recovered person to help a struggling patient combat the infection. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte is offering a P10-million reward for any Filipino who can develop a vaccine against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).center_img COVID-19 is a disease caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, which is related to the virus that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome but not as deadly. The disease is spread through small droplets from the nose or mouth when people infected with the virus cough or sneeze./PN For this process, the plasma – or the liquid portion of the blood from someone who once battled the coronavirus – carries antibodies, which will be infused into a patient’s system with hopes to boost the chances of recovery. Outside of the Philippines, there are dozens of pharmaceutical firms racing against time in coming up with a viable treatment. Several drug companies in the United States and China have started clinical trials for potential cures.last_img read more

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Man City Keep Pressure on Liverpool with Saints Visit

first_img City’s win in midweek was their fourth in a row following the international break – a run that suggests that the club are close to hitting top form as they continue glory on four fronts.The Citizens are the Premier League’s top scorers this season with 32 goals from their opening 10 games, while Saturday’s opponents Southampton have the division’s worst defence, having conceded 25 goals already.Those numbers will make pleasant reading for Guardiola’s side, who in the form of Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero boast two of the division’s most deadly finishers.England international Sterling has starred for City this season, consistently beating defenders with his pace, creating opportunities for his teammates and regularly getting in behind opposition defences.His speed and direct approach play down the left-hand side has been a thorn in the sides of many teams this season, and that is likely to be the case against a Saints team who have struggled to defend effectively in the wide areas this season.Kyle Walker is expected to return to the team at right-back and his lung-busting runs will be a source of nightmares for Southampton’s beleaguered defensive unit.City will also have, statistically at least, a distinct advantage in the air against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men, with defender Nicolas Otamendi leading the way for the club in terms of aerial challenges won this season.Interestingly, the Sky Blues have not lost a home game against a side starting the day in the relegation zone since November 2008.Hasenhuttl’s men enter today’s game hoping for a response to their record-breaking 9-0 defeat against Leicester City last Friday, a game in which their attempt to mark man-to-man was torn apart by Ryan Bertrand’s early dismissal.The one-man advantage that the Foxes enjoyed was the undoing of the Saints’ back three, who have looked far from convincing throughout the season thus far.In midweek, the Saints did look much more organised, opting for a fully-fledged 5-3-2 that gave them numbers behind the ball at all times.However, they still lost, a result which extended their winless run in all competitions to five games.After winning their first ever match at the Etihad back in April 2004, the Saints have failed to register a win in the blue half of Manchester in their nine subsequent visits.Although their Austrian coach is under severe pressure at the moment with the south coast club down in the bottom three, there are some signs that they could grab something from the game at the weekend.For example, City had real difficulty breaking down Wolverhampton Wanderers a few weeks ago, eventually being beaten by the pace their opponents possessed on the counter.That offers a blueprint for the Saints to follow, as although they are without influential and explosive winger Moussa Djenepo, they do have the likes of Danny Ings, Che Adams and Nathan Redmond at their disposal.Likewise, as Norwich City showed in September, there will be chances to score against a City backline that is far from impenetrable.Meanwhile, fans will be treated to a sneak preview of one of the EFL Cup quarter-finals today when Aston Villa welcome unbeaten league leaders Liverpool to Villa Park.Two days after the clubs were drawn against each other for December’s cup contest they will do battle in the league, with both sides coming into the game off the back of Wednesday wins which sealed their places in the last eight.Liverpool will have barely had time to catch their breath ahead of this match following their crazy and chaotic cup classic against Arsenal on Wednesday night.A brilliantly bonkers contest ended 5-5 after normal time before Liverpool won a penalty shootout which was actually lower scoring than the game itself, Curtis Jones enjoying the dream moment of netting the winning penalty in front of the Kop end on what was his home debut for his boyhood club.Jurgen Klopp’s suggestion that it could have all been for nothing should Liverpool be forced to withdraw from the competition due to their Club World Cup commitments dampened the atmosphere somewhat after the game, but even with a completely changed XI the result once again showcased the never-say-die attitude that has played a major role in them setting the pace at the top of the Premier League table.Today’s match will be much more than just a dress rehearsal for the EFL Cup quarter-final, particularly with the prospect of an Anfield showdown against Manchester City on the horizon.The Reds take on their main title rivals next weekend knowing that a win would be a significant step towards a first title in 30 years – even at this stage of the season – but they also have matches against Villa and Genk prior to that which will require their full attention.While it is impossible to argue with a joint-record tally of 28 points from the first 30 available which leaves them six clear of City, it is some time since Liverpool delivered a victory as convincing as their league position suggests they should.Over the last five league games the leaders have hung on to beat Chelsea, needed a goalkeeping howler to beat Sheffield United, required late goals against Leicester City and Manchester United and had to come from behind against Tottenham Hotspur to keep their fine form intact.The ability to grind out results when not at their best is a priceless commodity and one which so often separates champions from the rest, but a comfortable and confident win by more than one goal is arguably overdue for a team who have been statistically as good as any the Premier League has ever seen over the past season-and-a-bit.One reason behind that is perhaps their defensive record; Liverpool may have conceded the joint-fewest goals in the Premier League this season, but they have kept only two clean sheets in 10 games and, across all competitions, have not kept a shutout in six.Klopp will be the first to stress that there are no easy games in the Premier League, particularly on the road, and Villa’s home record this season suggests that Liverpool may need to find answers from somewhere again today.The newly-promoted side are unbeaten in their last five outings in front of their own fans including Wednesday’s victory over Midlands rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers, which set up that quarter-final tie with Liverpool.Indeed, home or away Villa’s only loss in their last six matches came at Manchester City last weekend, and even then they gave the champions a scare during a goalless first half.The eventual 3-0 defeat at the Etihad leaves them 15th in the table, just three points clear of the relegation zone, but Dean Smith will be relatively content with how their return to the top flight has gone so far.Only Tottenham outside the top four have scored more goals than the Villans this term, although on the flip side only the bottom three have conceded more too, so there are clear areas for improvement.A double-header against Man City and then Liverpool is as tough as it gets in the Premier League at the moment and if Villa can even come away with one point from those two games they will deem that a good return, so they could be out to frustrate the Reds from the off in this match.In John McGinn, Anwar El Ghazi and Jack Grealish they have a midfield capable of breaking and getting goals, though, while Wesley could provide an important hold-up role if, as expected, Liverpool see the lion’s share of possession.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Still trailing Liverpool by six points, Manchester City would be hoping to continue to keep on the pressure on the league leaders with the visit of Southampton to the Etihad Stadium for the second time in five days after first hosting the Saints in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday  Manchester City welcome Southampton back to the Etihad Stadium today in the Premier League, just four days after they knocked the Saints out of the Carabao Cup.City have responded well since losing to Wolves at the start of the month, winning their last four games in all competitions, including back-to-back wins in the Premier League. However, due to the impressive form of rivals Liverpool, Pep Guardiola’s side still find themselves six points adrift of the Reds, who sit top of the table. Soccer Football – Premier League – Manchester City v Liverpool – Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain – January 3, 2019 Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling in action with Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk REUTERS/Phil Noble EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.last_img read more

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Lynn Swann resigns as athletic director, Folt announces

first_img“Each sport has a different ebb and flow, but right now all of our fall sports are really set, they’re all going, things are going really well, things are in a really good situation,” she said. “And in a few months, we’re going to start looking to winter sports, and we’re going to be doing more recruiting and more building, so in a way this is a very good time because it allows me to select an athletics director that’s going to be the person all those new people will want to meet.” Both Folt and Roberts said they’re excited with the direction of the department. “Being on the Committee on Infractions, [has] allowed me to do is see what the cutting-edge issues are with sports today, so I can bring that information back to my colleagues at USC, and we can take actions that are going to have us be avoiding problems in the future,” Roberts said. Folt said Roberts’ experience as a student-athlete at UC Davis, understanding of collegiate athletics and legal background make him a well-qualified candidate. Folt also stated that special adviser to the president Dave Roberts, who currently serves as the NCAA’s Vice Chair of the Committee on Infractions, will fill the athletic director role in the interim. He has been the vice president of athletics compliance at the University since 2010.  Swann’s resignation comes four days after a Los Angeles Times report revealed that USC alumnus B. Wayne Hughes Sr., founder of self-storage company Public Storage and a good friend of Swann’s, donated almost $400 million to the University from 2010-15, just before Swann took over as athletic director. The article also reported that Swann was given “a seat on the corporate board of a Hughes company, American Homes 4 Rent, and directorship on the board of Hughes’ charity,” and that Hughes donated over $165,000 to Swann’s 2006 campaign for governor in Pennsylvania. Roberts told the Daily Trojan that his first step will be to talk to coaches, administrators and student-athletes in the coming weeks to find out what the department can change and improve. He said his ultimate priorities are to set things up for the next athletic director and ensure that student-athletes have the best experience possible. Folt also announced the members of a search committee that will be in charge of finding a permanent replacement. The committee is chaired by Trustee Suzanne Nora Johnson. “Lynn has been a leader on and off the field at USC for nearly five decades, and he will forever be a valued member of the Trojan family,” Folt wrote in an email to the USC community. It includes alumni representative Bill Allen, Vice President for Student Affairs Winston Crisp, Faculty Athletics Representative Alan Green, Academic Senate President Rebecca Lonergan, Provost Charles Zukoski, Board of Trustees Chairman Rick Caruso and trustees Jeff Smulyan and William McMorrow.  Folt added that the committee will include two student-athletes yet to be named. She told the Daily Trojan that she is drawing on positive experiences from including two students on her provost search committee. President Carol Folt announced Monday that Athletic Director Lynn Swann resigned from his position. Swann had served as athletic director since 2016. “I think you probably know by now that I always start from the students and think about the student-athletes,” Folt told the Daily Trojan. “And, as we look forward to the next athletic director, having that strong perspective of student-athletes is really important … I couldn’t have a person better poised to think about what are the things that an athletic department needs to be to be a great athletic department in the next year, five years, 10 years.” Swann, a former USC wide receiver, came under fire for multiple scandals in the athletic department during his tenure. His resignation comes just months after USC’s involvement in the college admissions scheme, in which the FBI found that former senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and former water polo coach Jovan Vavic received bribes to falsely identify prospective students as recruits, and two years after the FBI arrested former men’s assistant basketball coach Tony Bland for his role in the college basketball bribery scandal. With all the problems that happened under Swann’s supervision, some were surprised at the timing of the decision. Folt said there is no single appropriate time for a dramatic overhaul due to the ever-changing nature of the athletics department. Lynn Swann served as athletic director since 2016, presiding over various athletic scandals including the Operation Varsity Blues admissions scheme. (Tal Volk/Daily Trojan) “I think the main reason I decided to [include student-athletes] is that my experience has always told me that when you can involve students in decisions that are very pertinent to them, you’re going to get a much better outcome,” Folt said. “So I’m looking for an athletic director that is really helping us build a very strong student-centered focus.” Amanda Sturges contributed to this report. “Our Athletics Department puts our student-athletes first by pursuing excellence with integrity,” Folt wrote in her announcement email. “We will build on the traditions and strengths of our exceptional athletics program.”last_img read more

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