Stonewall Warriors contingent marching in the Pride parade.Stonewall Warriors gathered as a contingent for the Boston Pride parade on June 9, joined by activists from United American Indians of New England, Act Up Class War and the Justice for Siham Coalition. Led by trans women in a contingent heavily made up of trans and nonbinary folks, their messaging focused on the anti-worker SESTA/FOSTA bill as well as on a Massachusetts Nov. 8 referendum that would strip rights from transgender people; they totally rejected the narrative that it is simply a “bathroom bill.”The contingent challenged the repressive state with chants such as “Oink! Oink! Bang! Bang! Every day the same thing!” — which decried the involvement of police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Pride. Other chants denounced U.S. imperialism on all fronts. Speakers on the sound truck raised a number of issues, including the death of Roxana Hernández, a migrant trans woman who died in ICE custody from HIV-related complications. They tied fascistic ICE tactics to police killings of Black and Brown people.Other chants underlined the central points of the contingent, such as “Stop killing trans people!” The contingent expressed LGBTQ solidarity with all oppressed people through chants like “Justice for Puerto Rico! Justice for Palestine!”As they reached the festival at the end of the march, the contingent continued moving through the crowd, chanting “Stonewall means fight back!” and then held a speakout. Reaffirming the messaging and issues carried in the march, members of the contingent came forward and shared their anger.Near the front of the parade, No Justice, No Pride Boston, a group of queer and trans people of color, carried out a disruption in front of the Santander Bank contingent to call attention to many of the same issues, including Santander’s exploitation of Puerto Rico and the real death toll of Hurricane María.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Top StoriesSharing Information Widely An Important Tool To Combat COVID : Supreme Court On SOS Calls In Social Media LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK3 May 2021 11:58 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has sent a strong message that persons who are putting out public appeals for help in social media during the COVID-19 crisis cannot be targeted through arrests or coercive actions by saying that such messages are false or are tarnishing the national image.”We do not hesitate in saying that such targeting shall not be condoned, and the Central Government and State Governments should ensure that they immediately cease any direct or indirect threats of prosecution and arrest to citizens who air grievances or those that are attempting to help fellow citizens receive medical aid”, the Court ordered in the suo moto case In Re Distribution of Essential Supplies and Services During Lockdown.The Court directed that all Directors General of Police shall ensure compliance down the ranks of the police forces within their jurisdiction, and warned of contempt action against officers violating the direction.”In these trying times, those desperately seeking help for their loved ones on these platforms should not have their misery compounded through the actions of the State and its instrumentalities”, the Court observed.The Court said :”…when many cities in India are suffering through the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have turned to the internet, using applications/websites to find critical support. On these platforms, online communities led by members of the civil society and other individuals, have assisted the needy in multiple ways –often by helping them procure oxygen, essential drugs or find a hospital bed through their own networks or by amplifying original requests, and even by offering moral and emotional support. However, it is with deep distress that we note that individuals seeking help on such platforms have been targeted, by alleging that the information posted by them is false and has only been posted in social media to create panic, defame the administration or damage the “national image””The order passed by a bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat cited two additional reasons to prevent the clampdown on information sharing about the pandemic. They are :Sharing information widely is in itself an important tool in combating public tragedies like COVID-19 pandemic.Sharing information widely will create a “collective public memory” of his pandemic, so that future generations may evaluate our efforts and learn from them.While elaborating on the first reason, the order authored by Justice Chandrachud referred to academic literature which noted that availability of widespread information and resultant acknowledgement of the problem prevented the drought in Maharashtra in 1973 becoming as bad as the Bengal famine of 1943, where the British even tried to deny the problem even existed. This aspect was mentioned by Professor Amartya Sen in his book ‘The Idea of Justice’, which was quoted by Justice Chandrachud in his judgment in the KS Puttaswamy judgment(privacy case).In this backdrop, the Court observed :”As such, preventing clampdowns on sharing of information on online platforms is not just in the interest of individuals sharing the information,but the larger democratic structures of our nation. Without the ready availability of such information, it is entirely possible that the COVID-19 pandemic may turn into a tragedy worse than what it already is”As regards the second reason, the Court observed that the presence of collective public memory is important for the creation of knowledge of the problems plaguing us today, so they may be passed on across time.”This is important since we do not have to travel back too much in our past to realise that the pandemic caused by the “Spanish” flu of 1918, which is said to have infected every third person in the world and killed between 50-100 million individuals (compared to the 17 million who died in World War I), has been almost entirely erased from our collective public memory. Therefore, the widespread sharing of information by individuals living through the COVID-19 pandemic becomes crucial”, the Court said.The order also said that the role of Courts in creating and preserving this collective public memory cannot be understated.”Hence, in the present proceedings, we hope to not only initiate a dialogue so as to better tackle the current COVID-19 pandemic but also to preserve its memory in our public records, so that future generations may evaluate our efforts and learn from them”, the Court said.The operative portion of the order said :”The Central Government and State Governments shall notify all Chief Secretaries/Directors General of Police/Commissioners of Police that any clampdown on information on social media or harassment caused to individuals seeking/delivering help on any platform will attract a coercive exercise of jurisdiction by this Court. The Registrar (Judicial) is also directed to place a copy of this order before all District Magistrates in the country”.Amid acute shortage of oxygen and drugs that are essential in treatment of Covid-19 during the second wave, many affected people have been resorting to social media to seek assistance in procurement of resources.Many celebrities and social media influencers have also lent a voluntary hand in compiling real-time information on availability of resources and sharing toolkits.The SC’s remarks assume relevance in view of UP Government’s decision to prosecute people under National Security Act for allegedly raising false alarms on social media. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had asserted at a virtual press meet that there is no shortage of oxygen in any private or public COVID-19 hospital in the State and that action under National Security Act may be taken against people spreading “rumours” on social media. Adityanath also issued instructions to high-rank Police officials to “keep a watch” on people spreading rumours, and duly investigate all such incidents to see if the scarcity was reported just to create fear. Recently, the Amethi Police in UP recently booked a boy under various provisions of IPC for “spreading false information”. The accused had issued an appeal on Twitter for leads for oxygen availability to save the life of his grandfather who was critical. Meanwhile, a PIL has also been filed before the Allahabad High Court by activist Saket Gokhale, seeking to restrain any coercive action.Case DetailsTitle : In Re Distribution of Essential Supplies and Services During Pandemic, Suo Moto Writ Petition(Civil) No. 3/2021Coram : Justices DY Chandrachud, L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra BhatCitation : LL 2021 SC 236Click here to read/download the orderTagsCOVID 19 Suo Moto COVID-19 Case #Supreme Court Justice DY Chandrachud #Justice L Nageswara Rao Justice S Ravindra Bhat Next Story
Wadham students have been offered the chance to live in Balliol-owned accommodation next year while renovation work is carried out in college. Housing on Jowett Walk will provide for 21 Wadhamites and will be subsidised by the College so that students will rent rooms for the same price as those living in. The news was welcomed by students who had feared being moved to the Merifield annexe, located in Summertown. SU President Leonora Sagan said, “I am delighted with the new proposal and it was myself, my Treasurer and Housing officers who proposed it to College. We have already had so many volunteers we’ve had to do application forms.”She went on to add, “The proximity [of Jowett Walk] also means that those who wish to can still have meals in College anyway, and will be centrally located.”Housing officers Sally Caswell and Beth Doran expressed their approval at the new proposal, saying, “We are extremely pleased with this situation. The complex allows students to live close to their friends and so enjoy what might be their last year with their friends.” The site is said to offer students a good deal as it is self-catered and a short distance from the College library.The College originally sent a JCR email asking for 13 volunteers to move to the Summertown annexe because of planned renovation work on the front quad. As the annexe is approximately a 30-minute walk from the centre of Oxford, students were reluctant to give up a guaranteed place in College and feared being forced out.James Coe, Wadham SU Treasuer, explained, “The Balliol JCR president made us aware that rooms in Jowett Walk were available but the cost looked too high for our students. We therefore looked into seeing if the College could afford to subsidise the rooms so students would not be losing out and have somewhere they wanted to live… Although I was a little surprised how readily they took up this solution I expected a compromise along these lines could be reached.” He added, “The overwhelming opinion is that those who were to be forced to give up their guaranteed year in College now have an attractive convenient place to live while doing their finals. I think the students are happy and the College is happy, so it is win-win.”Balliol JCR President Adam Smith said, “I discussed the issue with our Domestic Bursar who had already received an approach from Wadham concerning the rooms. Balliol JCR is glad to help in any way possible. I am pleased that a solution has been reached.”by Katherine Hall, Deputy News Editor
A European Court ruling means the old rules of the internet will no longer apply, an Oxford Professor has warned.A new European Union Court of Justice ruling which makes it easier for people to apply to have their personal data removed from the internet has sparked concern among some.The ruling states that data deemed ‘irrelevant’ should be erased on request so that people may exercise their ‘right to be forgotten’.Search engine giant Google, who deemed the ruling, ‘disappointing’, has appointed an Oxford Professor to work out how it should comply with the new law. Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information and Fellow of St. Cross College, has said that the ruling will change the rules of the internet. He told The Independent that the ruling, “raised the bar so high that the old rules of the internet no longer apply.” He also said that if he was the chief executive of a reputation management company, he would be “laughing”, explaining, “They now have the power to ask for embarrassing information about their clients to be removed.”Floridi’s remarks come as Google announced that on Friday 30 May, 12,000 requests were made from people across Europe, hoping to have their personal details removed. Of these, 1,500 are believed to have been from the UK and The Independent reports that one request came from a former MP seeking re-election.The ruling has been made following a case brought by a Spanish man who argued that information concerning the sale of a property he’d made sixteen years ago to recover money he owed was available online and was an infringement on his privacy.EU commissioner Viviane Reading called the ruling “a clear victory for the protection of personal data of Europeans”. However, the BBC’s Technology correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones, said that Google was both “surprised and furious” at the outcome.He said, “Can anyone who does not like an old story about them simply demand that it is wiped away? That does appear to be the case – the ruling says the rights of the individual are paramount when it comes to their control over their personal data, although there is a public interest defence when it comes to people in public life.”A second year PPE student at Oxford told Cherwell, “I actually agree with the EU commissioner that the ruling is basically a good thing. It assigns utmost importance to the protection of individual liberties such as personal privacy which I think is a very positive step. It’s especially important in today’s world when we have ‘Big Brother’ governments and all-seeing supercomputers and search engines.”
December 7, 2014: Sunday Calls for service: 63Motor Vehicle Stops: 25Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 15Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 2 Fire and 5 EMS callsTheft, 800 block Delancey Pl., at 12:30pmMotor vehicle accident, 800 block Moorlyn Terr., at 5:33pm PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street. Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations. Ocean City Police Department December 11, 2014: ThursdayCalls for service: 81Motor Vehicle Stops: 33Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 25Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 5 fire and 2 EMS callsTheft, 200 block 17th Street, at 12:00pm December 8, 2014: Monday Calls for service: 59Motor Vehicle Stops: 14Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 21Alarms: 5The Police Department assisted with 5 Fire and 4 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 1000 block Asbury Ave., at 9:49amTheft, 700 block Plymouth Pl., at 11:15amWarrant, 800 block West Ave., one in custody, at 4:55pm December 10, 2014: WednesdayCalls for service: 81Motor Vehicle Stops: 24Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 28Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 5 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 10thSt. & Haven Ave., at 7:19amWarrant, 700 block West Ave., one in custody, at 12:20pmMotor vehicle accident, 800 block Seacrest Rd., at 3:08pmWarrant, 800 block Central Ave., one in custody, at 5:30pm OCEAN CITY POLICE SUMMARIZED WEEK’S ACTIVITIES December 7 – 13, 2014Calls for Service: 556Daily Average: 79 December 12, 2014: FridayCalls for service: 106Motor Vehicle Stops: 58Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 24Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 3 fire and 4 EMS callsHarassment, 500 block Atlantic Ave., at 11:00amWarrant, 300 block Atlantic Ave., one in custody, at 12:32pmBurglary, 900 block Central Ave., at 8:26pm December 9, 2014: TuesdayCalls for service: 53Motor Vehicle Stops: 8Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 16Alarms: 0The Police Department assisted with 3 fire and 1 EMS callsMotor vehicle accident, 300 block Asbury Ave., at 10:27amWarrant, 800 block Central Ave., at 11:09amDomestic violence, 3400 block West Ave., at 8:06pm December 13, 2014: Saturday Calls for service: 113Motor Vehicle Stops: 59Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 22Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 5 EMS callsCriminal mischief, Ocean rd., at 8:57amMotor vehicle accident, 1100 block Ocean Ave., at 10:16amShoplifting, 1200 block West Ave., at 10:55amBurglary, 5600 block Asbury Ave., at 1:24pm
A Scottish craft baker has won a £9,400 scholarship to study traditional artisan bakery techniques in New York.Susannah Silver from Kirriemuir in Angus, who set up her own business last year, will participate in the eight-week Art of International Bread Baking course at the French Culinary Institute in the US city. She will also have the chance to work in some of its top bakeries.Silver, who secured her cash award from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), said: “The course is intensive, covering different national baking traditions and methods as well as the science of baking. On completion, I will have a much sounder knowledge of all aspects of craft baking and the regional differences between breads.”She said she set up her business, Bread Naturally, “to give people the chance to enjoy traditional bread – an unadulterated staple food made through craft, not industrial chemistry”.QEST, the charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders’ Association, was set up in 1990 to advance education in modern and traditional crafts and trades in the UK.
Amanda Perry is the owner of cupcake boutique Fancie in Sheffield.I found myself in a bit of a predicament this month. I have two new stores scheduled to open and my architect has gone AWOL this is something that I was clearly not anticipating!I had to decide whether to keep my fingers crossed that he returned or take the plunge and spend more time and money finding another architect and going back to the drawing board. I went with the latter when I found out there was a full-scale police investigation around the former’s disappearance and there I was thinking he was just ignoring my calls so he didn’t have to face the workload we were up against.My heart goes out to his family and I hope they find him soon, but I now have to deal with the unexpected additional expenditure, not to mention stress, of starting all over again on a project that had already overrun by months!Luckily, my bank manager was happy to help out. Apparently, in order for an existing small business to survive through a period of poor economy, they need to demonstrate effective management. For example, control of spending is something he said I do well, which is why I’ve managed to grow through a recession.Successful small businesses that find themselves at this zenith of growth with their current tools, often then need financial backing to grow further. At this point, the bank needs to be the business’ best friend. Fortunately, I’ve kept good relations with my bank, but I cannot help but think about SMEs that may not have been so fortunate, especially when unexpected costs arise such as forking out for a new architect.Back to the new store and we are back on track. Fingers crossed, my new cupcake boutique will be ready in time; Sheffield is going cupcake crazy at the moment, so I don’t want to let anyone down!The hurdle I came across really highlighted the importance of good financial planning and putting aside funds for unexpected costs, because, let’s face it, nine times out of 10 people never stick to their budget and aren’t realistic with what things really cost. Three years ago, the Sheffield floods ruined hundreds of business premises and I bet the ones that bounced back were the ones that had emergency funds put aside for a rainy day no pun intended.So that is the lesson I have taken from all of this: keeping money in reserve is of paramount importance, especially when your business is growing fast. Moving forward, I am now going to be sure that I am prepared for the unexpected, because you never know when it might occur.I will always make certain I have an emergency fund set aside, that will be there for when I really need it.
On day three of her China tour, BB’s Georgi Gyton experiences high-speed travel and samples some of the country’s delicacies.Day three: Saturday 12 MayThe majority of the day was spent travelling to Beijing for the next leg of our tour. We caught the Maglev train to the airport – the world’s only levitation train (it runs on magnets), and I believe also the fastest train too. It took around seven minutes and travelled at up to speeds of 431 kph. All was going reasonably smoothly until we reached Beijing and discovered that around half the group had luggage missing – apparently it was catching the next plane as there wasn’t room for it.We then got on the bus to the hotel, with our guide Grace taking us through a bit of the history of Beijing and some facts about its population: 20 million people, 10 million bikes, five million cars, and two million dogs.She also admitted that Chinese was a very difficult language for foreigners to learn as it has four different tones. Essentially the same word, said slightly differently, can mean four different things. I don’t think I stand a hope then.After we’d had a chance to rest up at the hotel, we headed to Tiananmen Square in the very heart of the city. Grace told us that, due to its location and proximity to government buildings, as well as its history, the Square is a “very political place”.We ended the day with dinner at a restaurant renowned for its Peking roast duck, and where I tried duck’s intestines… before being told what it was.
[Cover photo via Lincolnville General Store Facebook] Last Friday night, October 27th, after a lengthy restoration and renovation process, the Lincolnville General Store was re-opened by of the small Maine town’s most well-known citizens: Phish drummer/town Board of Selectmen member Jon Fishman and his wife and town Board of Education member Briar Fishman. According to local Maine paper The Free Press, the long-awaited grand re-opening went off with a bang last weekend with a party featuring pizza fresh out of the stone oven, hot dogs and burgers, a crowd of about 600 people and, of course, live music. Local groups The Mallett Brothers and the Route 17 Ramblers provided the entertainment, with Fishman joining both groups as a special guest.Phish Drummer Jon Fishman Elected For Local Political Office In Maine HometownThe store, which was built in the mid-19th century, has been closed for almost a decade. According to a 2016 report in Penobscot Bay Pilot, Fishman and his wife, Briar, purchased the mid-19th century Lincolnville General Store in 2011, but wound up selling it to another family to focus on the upkeep of their making their local farm. After the buyers made initial renovations to the store, the Fishman family put in an offer and wound up buying back the property and continuing the upgrading process.The store’s focus is on organic and store-made products, including prepared foods and condiments. Since the Fishmans have five children, they can understand the importance of an all-in-one store, and the Lincolnville General Store aims to be just that. The property also features an outdoor porch area, WiFi, and a brick oven pizza stop for residents to come and chat. They’ll also work with local businesses to ensure that they aren’t stepping on anyone’s toes, and are planning to break into groceries and delivery services for the elderly and handicapped townspeople. “Most markets don’t just sell their own stuff,” Briar told the Penobscot Bay Pilot back in 2016. “It takes the community to stock the shelves and we will be working with not only local farmers, but local bakers, local artisans and craftspeople.”Particularly with Phish toning down the scope of their famously extensive touring schedule this year, Fishman and his family have continued to make themselves an important part of the local Lincolnville community–and make Lincolnville just a little more special in the process.Congrats to Jon, Briar, and the town of Lincolnville on the new store!You can watch full footage of The Mallett Brothers Band’s performance at the opening of the Fishmans’ new Lincolnville General Store, featuring a sit-in from Jon Fishman himself, via the store’s Facebook page:Check out assorted videos and clips from the Lincolnville General Store Grand Re-Opening below via Instagram: