HMAS Parramatta Joins USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Battle Group

first_img Training & Education View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Lincoln View post tag: Battle HMAS Parramatta Joins USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Battle Group March 7, 2012 Share this article View post tag: Carrier View post tag: Group View post tag: Navalcenter_img The Ship’s Company of HMAS Parramatta has enjoyed a unique experience when the ship joined the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier battle group on 25 February in the North Arabian Sea.Parramatta closed in on the carrier group at speed and assumed plane guard station for the USS Abraham Lincoln where she was perfectly positioned to observe the might of the carrier force on display.On station for more than two hours, Parramatta’s ship’s company witnessed the continuous stream of F-18 Hornets circling the battle group.“It is mind boggling” Chaplain Andrew Watters said. “I’d never thought I be so close to a US carrier to witness the full might of a carrier group. It’s not something that I’ll forget”.The USS Abraham Lincoln is the fifth Nimitz-class super carrier in the United States Navy.At 333 metres long, 77 metres wide and weighing in at 100,000 tonnes, the ship is more than 25 times larger than Parramatta. The Abraham Lincoln is powered by two nuclear reactors, four steam turbines and can reach speeds of more than 30 knots with unlimited range.Parramatta departed company with the carrier group after the brief encounter to continue with her patrol in the Arabian Sea.Parramatta is currently deployed to the MEAO as part of Operation SLIPPER and under the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), which is responsible for maritime security operations in the Gulf region, the maritime environment around the Horn of Africa, and counter piracy and terrorism operations in the Gulf of Aden.Parramatta’s presence is contributing to the inter-operability of 25 CMF nations and demonstrates Australia’s and CMF’s resolve to maintain safe access to vital international straits and the maintenance of good order at sea.The Anzac Class Frigate will be relieved on station by HMAS Melbourne in early March and will return to Sydney at the end of the month.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 07, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: Abraham View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: joins View post tag: Parramatta Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Parramatta Joins USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Battle Group View post tag: USSlast_img read more

Postdoctoral Associate (64663)

first_imgThe Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine,College of Medicine is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to conductresearch in mucosal immunology in the laboratory of Dr. JenniferMulligan. The primary responsibility of this position is to conductstudies with human samples as well as murine models to gain abetter understating of the immunopathology of chronic sinusitis andits interplay with other comorbidities such as asthma and olfactoryloss. A significant focus of the laboratory is to better understandthe role of epithelial cell dysfunction in chronic airwayinflammation. The selected individual will receive strong mentoringto promote scientific growth and development.Ph.D. degree in immunology or equivalent with experience workingwith mouse models, tissue culture and/or human clinical samples.Successful applications must be able to work as a member of aresearch team composed of scientist, clinicians, students, clinicalresearch coordinators and industry partners. The candidate shouldhave the ability to individually implement and conduct experiments.Technical expertise in advanced flow cytometry and cell sorting isrequired. A proven record of verbal and written communication isnecessary. Salary will be commensurate with experience.Ph.D. degree in immunology or equivalent with experience workingwith mouse models, tissue culture and/or human clinicalsamples.Please attach curriculum vitae and three letters ofrecommendation.The final candidate will be required to provide official transcriptto the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not beconsidered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” isvisible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside ofthe United States are required to be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by National Association ofCredential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.#category=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

Assistant Professor, DESIGN-Fashion Design

first_imgPosting Details Open Until FilledYes The program is particularly interested in candidates whodemonstrate success in professional practice, have record of 1 to 3years of successful university-level (undergraduate or graduate)teaching, and who have a record of exploration andinnovation.Knowledge of collection development, industry standard sewing andsewing equipment, fashion sketching, pattern development, computergenerated pattern making, draping, textiles and Adobe CreativeSuite strongly preferred. Experience and ongoing relationships withthe fashion industry is required.Communication skills and cross-cultural abilities necessary tomaximize effectiveness with diverse groups of students, colleaguesand community members are highly desirable. LocationSyracuse University Job Description Job TypeFull-time Hours Quick Link Pay RangeCommensurate w/ Experience Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and themilitary-connected community through its educational programs,community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II,Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans toour campus, and those veterans literally transformed SyracuseUniversity into the national research institution it is today. TheUniversity’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on thishistorical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiativesfocused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to thepost-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed toposition Syracuse University as the employer of choice for militaryveterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military familymembers. About Syracuse University • Teach undergraduate courses each semester as assigned (currentload is 3:2)• Provide academic advising to students in the program, includingsupport of those who are underrepresented in the field.• Participate in curriculum development• Develop and support relevant programmatic initiatives;exhibitions, field trips, lecture series, and projects that enhancethe curriculum• Contribute to recruiting and admissions activities• Demonstrate excellence in research and relevant professionalactivities• Appropriate service to the program, School, College, andUniversity• Involvement and interaction with professional organizations andthe not-for-profit community Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans EEOC determined by the department/chair Relevant degree in Fashion, Design, or related discipline (Ph.D. orMFA desirable, but not required). The preferred candidate will haveat least one degree in fashion and professional and/or academicexperience in teaching fashion or a related field Application Instructions Priority Consideration01/10/2021 Responsibilities Job #075512 Tools/Equipment Job Posting Date12/18/2020 Job Specific Qualifications Physical Requirements Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community Qualifications Message to Applicants Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic centerof New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New YorkCity. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. Thearea offers a low cost of living and provides many social,cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums,festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shoppingvenues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range ofseasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing andsnow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites,visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trailsalong the Erie Canal. CampusSyracuse, NY Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-actioninstitution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassmentbased on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, nationalorigin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability,sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteranstatus, or any other status protected by applicable law to theextent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy coversadmissions, employment, and access to and treatment in Universityprograms, services, and activities. In addition to completing an online application, submit thefollowing materials:Curriculum VitaeCover LetterPortfolio Website or URLTeaching PhilosophyReferences: Submit the name and email address of three references.Reference letters will be requested directly from referenceproviders for finalists only.About The College of Visual and Performing ArtsThe College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University iscommitted to the education of cultural leaders who will engage andinspire audiences through performance, visual art, design,scholarship, and commentary. We provide the tools forself-discovery and risk-taking in an environment that thrives oncritical thought and action. To learn more about the college, ourdistinguished faculty, and our program, please visit our websitesat, About the Syracuse area Job TitleAssistant Professor, DESIGN-Fashion Design Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment inwhich students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, socialactivities, governance, and all other aspects of campus lifereflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. TheUniversity community recognizes and values the many similaritiesand differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we arecommitted to preparing students to understand, live among,appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and worldmade up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds,military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status,cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and genderidentities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a communitythat celebrates and models the principles of diversity andinclusivity. Unionized Position CodeNot Applicable Job CategoryFaculty Application Deadline FLSA StatusExempt Syracuse University is a private, international research universitywith distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and anundeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New YorkState, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history,Syracuse University offers a quintessential collegeexperience.The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: apioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges;nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more thana quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a studentpopulation from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For moreinformation, please visit RankAssistant Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Fashion Design; An energeticand innovative designer/educator who can bring new perspectives toa well-established culture of learning. This new faculty memberwill be instrumental in working with the current team developingnew curriculum strategies for the program as it moves forward andexpands its focus on national and international fashion education.The successful candidate will work in a team-oriented environmentwith practicing, experienced, and dedicated educators with numerousopportunities for university, regional, international andmulti-disciplinary collaborations. Tenure-track faculty must becommitted to teaching and engaging in research or creativeactivity. Service to the program, School, College and University isexpected, as is interaction with the professional fashion designcommunity. The school is interested in candidates who havedemonstrated commitment to excellence by providing leadership inteaching, research or service towards building an equitable anddiverse scholarly environment.last_img read more

BREAKING NEWS: Indiana State Police Calls Patriot Majority USA Allegations Completely False

first_imgSaturday October 15, 2016, 4:19 PMIndiana State Police-Headquarters – StatewideCommunity: Indiana State Police Calls Patriot Majority USA Allegations Completely FalseIndiana State Police Calls Patriot Majority USA Allegations Completely False; Has Uncovered Intentional Acts of Fraud and Will Protect the Integrity of the Election and Every Citizen’s Right to VoteIn response to accusations by Patriot Majority USA of voter suppression efforts and civil rights violations by the Indiana State Police (ISP), the ISP issued the following statement:“Every allegation by Patriot Majority USA against the Indiana State Police is completely false. In fact, it is clear from evidence documented to date that we have uncovered intentional acts of fraud by representatives of Patriot Majority USA,” said Captain David Bursten, Chief Public Information Office for the Indiana State Police. “The Indiana State Police is charged with enforcing the laws of the state of Indiana and we are determined to protect the integrity of the election and every citizen’s right to vote.”In late August, Hendricks County Voter Registration Officials received voter application forms that appeared to be fraudulent or forged and they contacted the Indiana State Police. Per standard protocol, the ISP then made a courtesy notification to the Indiana Secretary of State’s office that it had initiated an investigation that has since expanded to 56 Indiana counties.Important points related to this ongoing investigation include:The possible fraudulent or false information is a combination of made up names and made up addresses, real names with made up or incorrect addresses and false dates of births with real names as well as combinations of all these examples.The expanded number of counties involved leads investigators to believe the total of potentially fraudulent records may be in the thousands, thus creating a potential to disenfranchise many votersA representative sample of voter registration applications received by county voter registration offices suspected of being fraudulent have been COPIED and provided to state police detectives. In all cases the ORIGINAL applications are maintained by the appropriate voter registration officeWhen the search warrant was executed on October 4, copies were made of voter application forms and the originals were left with representatives of Indiana Voter Registration Project, a subsidiary of Patriot Majority USAIn accordance with state law, all voter registration applications received by Indiana voter registration offices are processed according to established policiesThere are simple steps citizens can take to confirm they are properly registered by visiting this site: after checking this source, a citizen discovers inaccurate information that indicates they could be a victim, they should contact their local voter registration office and the 24-hour Indiana State Police Voter Registration Application Fraud tip line of 888-603-3147.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgSarah MorrisGiles FoodsThe new national sales executive at chilled and frozen bakery products manufacturer Giles Foods is Sarah Morris, who has worked in the food industry for most of her career.In her new role, Morris will be responsible for looking after customers and developing the company’s business with wholesale distributors, food manufacturers and quick service restaurants, as well as major pub chains in the northern half of Britain and Ireland. She has previously worked with McCain Foods and McCormick Foods.Alex BattyCrantock BakeryCornwall’s Crantock Bakery has expanded its new product development (NPD) team with the appointment of Alex Batty as NPD technician. The move follows the appointment last year of NPD manager Becky Hornabrook, brought in to expand the company’s range of Cornish pasties and bake-off products. Batty is a food and nutrition graduate and his first task will be to review the company’s entire bakery range, including over 30 different varieties of pasty.Harold BinkDawn FoodsHarold Bink has been appointed product manager Europe with sweet bakery specialist Dawn Foods. Based in the Netherlands, Bink will be responsible for market research and testing a wide range of products, while also driving Dawn’s New product development forward. In addition, he will look after sales analysis throughout Europe.Bink joins Dawn from Panasonic Netherlands, where he worked as a sales manager and later product manager.last_img read more

In Short

first_imgDutch divestment Greencore Group is to sell its Dutch-based convenience foods business, Greencore Continental, to Convenience Foods Europe. Greencore Continental supplies sandwiches, chilled pizzas and chilled sauces to customers based in Continental Europe. It had a turnover of E58.2m (£48.6m) for the year ended 25 September 2009.Grocery growth Latest grocery market figures from Kantar Worldpanel have signalled positive growth from UK multiples for the 12 weeks to 11 July 2010. Grocery market growth reached 4.4% the highest since February as World Cup promotions and warm weather boosted sales. The Co-operative saw the strongest rise in this period, with year-on-year growth of 19.3%, while Iceland grew by 11.4%.New M&S plantMarks & Spencer has opened a new 1.1 million sq ft distribution centre on ProLogis Park Bradford, just off the M606. It will serve all M&S stores with ambient food from next year.McVitie’s rewardsUnited Biscuits UK is to launch a rewards scheme across 360 million packs of McVitie’s biscuits from 16 August. McVitie’s VIP Club will offer consumers the chance to claim tea-break treats or build up a collection of points in order to claim larger rewards.Ingredients initiativeButter brand Lurpak is inviting bakers and retailers to promote their wares on a new website, aiming to help consumers source good food ingredients. The Good Food Finder will allow both consumers and bakery business owners to submit their own food finds into the database. To get listed, go to read more

UMF students receive help for the holidays from campus and local community

first_imgGenerous UMF campus and local community members contributed 70 grocery gift cards to help students in need through the holidays. (Left to right) Scott Lavertu, executive director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce; AJ Saulnier, UMF student from Wauregan, Conn. and key member of the UMF Sustainable Campus Coalition; and Mark Pires, UMF sustainability coordinator and advisor to the Thrifty Beaver.FARMINGTON – The University of Maine at Farmington Thrifty Beaver and local communities are reaching out to UMF students who may need a little extra this year to help make ends meet. The Thrifty Beaver is a student-run campus food pantry and co-op whose mission is to help provide food and other essentials to students in need.With the holidays fast approaching, several UMF faculty, staff and alumni wanted to make sure students still in the area had the food they needed to stay healthy. They collected donations and used them to purchase 60, $20 gift cards at Food City, the local grocery store, which helped stretch the donation amount with a generous discount.Joining the effort, the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce donated another 10 gift cards from the Gerry Wiles Holiday Food Basket Program, a longstanding food drive named in honor of Gerry Wiles, a local resident known for his charitable work in the community.“The Gerry Wiles Food Basket Program is in its tenth year. The Chamber received monetary donations from 84 area businesses and individuals. The support was overwhelming this year, as was the need. Two significant contributions were received from the UMF Community; one from the UMF Student Athlete Advisory Council, and UMF staff and colleagues. It was a welcomed opportunity to be able to donate gift cards to students through the Thrifty Beaver,” said Scott Lavertu, executive director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.The gift cards were delivered to the UMF food pantry and are available to students on a first-come, first-served basis.“We are so grateful for the generosity of everyone involved in this endeavor,” said Mark Pires, UMF sustainability coordinator and advisor to the Thrifty Beaver. “So often, we see students in need who are putting in their best effort to meet these challenging times. Having the campus and community show they care about their health and wellness is a gift in itself.”The UMF Thrifty Beaver provides canned, frozen and non-perishable food to students with food insecurity. It also has a swap-shop with one-of-a-kind clothing and daily needs items. It is located on campus in room 004 in the Fusion Space on South Street. During the winter break, it is open Saturdays from 3 to 6 p.m., with special hours this Saturday, Dec. 19, 3-8 p.m. and closed on Sat. Dec. 26. For more information see their Facebook page read more

Remote work and parenting – employee engagement is key

first_imgEvery company in the nation should want to help working-parent employees through this particularly difficult time. But the real question is, how?  How can we as credit unions step in to support our employees’ increasingly complex lives?For those preparing to return to the office, months of working at home likely revealed, perhaps unexpectedly, that presence at the office is not a necessary requirement for productivity. Providing employees with the ability to blend work from home and office, managed by a schedule of their own making, can provide a helpful and meaningful level of choice, decision-making, and empowerment.To build trustworthiness and provide transparency, conduct listening sessions to learn about the needs of employees … then act on that feedback! Some staff will need very little support while others may feel out of touch, unsupported and/or under appreciated.We need to be proactive in asking employees what they need in order to be successful in remote work and balancing family/schooling obligations. I will add that while discussions center on parents managing work from home and childcare/schooling, this also applies to employees who may now be caring for a parent or loved one, and are also in need of flexibility and accommodations to meet their caregiving obligations.By engaging with employees, we allow them to have a voice in the policy decision-making.Consider this, if long-term, remote work is the trend, companies are going to save 30% – 40% of their income on office space because we don’t need that anymore. Maybe we need to explore how we allocate those dollars to support employees.Companies could provide childcare benefits and perks, help pay for grocery delivery and house cleaning. In other words, funds to help support the scaffolding that parents need to keep their complex lives going.In this new abnormal, parents will need more childcare options than before. According to a July 2020 study of 550 US companies by Willis Towers Watson, less than one-third of employers have childcare plans for working-parent employees who are returning to work. Employers can assist parents by leveraging benefit providers or even crowdsourcing curated lists of local tutors and accessible resources that give them a place to start.It is also important to foster socioemotional support and a sense of community. It takes a village and parents just want to know they’re not alone in this struggle. Build touch points for others in the credit union to share their parenting experiences and demonstrate vulnerability.This can be accomplished by: Creating a Parent ERG (Employee Resource Group), bringing in expert facilitators to help normalize stressors and talk through unique circumstances, and/or providing 1:1 counseling and parent/family therapy, even for employees who aren’t on your health plan.Get CreativeRemote social interaction is too often overlooked. Structuring virtual social calls, and even optional small in-person gatherings with proper social distancing can go a long way toward addressing the need for social time. Here are a few ideas to consider:Virtual lunch buddies to encourage taking a break: Too often we push through or are distracted by family obligations. Having a lunch buddy forces us to take a break and also offers that social interaction and check-in opportunity.Virtual yoga/exercise classes: This can create team cohesion by having department or branch contests engaging in physical activity … further promoting wellness.Walking meetings: These are short meetings where teams are on the phone and outside, walking … around the block, at a park, etc. The goal is to encourage connection, breaking up the routine and also promotes staying active.Stipends for lunch delivery: Many larger credit unions (or sponsor/business park) offer subsidized cafeterias. With remote work, this is no longer an option. Friday Virtual Pizza Night (Family Friendly): My husband’s team hosted a virtual cooking class. This was designed as a family friendly event. A local chef led the class, the company reimbursed employees for all supplies needed, even wine! We huddled around the computer with our kids and made pizza dough from scratch, cooked our pizzas and engaged in fun discussion, adults and kids alike. Pokemon and Minecraft were common themes.The point is, think outside the box and make the most of the situation – engaging employee in the process. It is also important to keep in mind that many if not all work-related family events have also been sidelined. So if you can, as I shared above, look for ways to bring that into the mix.Finally, offering encouragement and emotional support is something leaders can and should do whether in-office or remotely. You can simply ask, “How is this new arrangement working out for you?” and “Are we having the right amount and format of check-in meetings?” This will invite input and opportunities for listening and learning.Bottomline, those organizations that have missed the mark on extending empathy and understanding are those who have failed to acknowledge that a disruption to typical caregiving plans will continue to persist for an unknown time period; and those who have continued to manage by counting time at a desk rather than results delivered.There are no easy answers to navigating the current reality of balancing remote work and parenting, no clarity on what the best decisions are or even the timeline in question. There is one certainty – this crisis has presented a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reinvent the workplace. Things that might once have seemed impossible have proven surprisingly doable. With collaboration essential to innovation, the ideas shared here will hopefully enable you and your credit union to not only survive, but thrive. Let’s replace the fear of the unknown with curiosity and work towards solutions to define our path forward. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Alison Carr Alison currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer for Your Credit Union Partner. In this capacity she supports: Community Development & Outreach Initiatives, Business Development, Speaking/Training Engagements, Strategic Partnerships and … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Guest Column: Can a president be indicted under the Constitution?

first_imgThe House of Representatives has issued Articles of Impeachment – the first step in the process – at least 19 times, including against two U.S. Presidents: Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Other instances include one U.S. Senator, a Cabinet member, and 15 federal judges.In at least three of those cases — the 1986 impeachment of U.S. District Judge Harry Claiborne of Nevada, the 1989 impeachment of U.S. District Judge Walter Nixon of Mississippi, and the 2009 impeachment of U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent of Texas — the judges remained on the bench following criminal convictions and were only impeached after refusing to leave office.   There are two recent prominent cases in which federal criminal charges – indictments – were brought against sitting federal officers without impeachment proceedings ever having occurred.In 2014, Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm was indicted on multiple felony counts, pleading guilty to one. He later resigned his office. In 2015, Sen. Bob Menendez was indicted. His trial ended in a mistrial. He remains in office.The most well known example, though, is Spiro Agnew, vice president under President Richard Nixon.Agnew went so far as to file a motion in court arguing that a sitting vice president could not be indicted.Ultimately, Agnew pleaded no contest to a felony charge of tax evasion and resigned his office the same day.  The text of the Constitution makes only one special accommodation for the president regarding impeachment: “[T]he Chief Justice shall preside” at his impeachment trial. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes The actual words of the Constitution have barely been mentioned. Let’s go to the source, the actual words of the Constitution.  A constitutional discussion must begin with the Impeachment Clause: “Judgment in Cases of impeachment shall not extend further than to removal from Office, and disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office or honor, Trust or Profit under the United States: but the Party convicted shall nevertheless be liable and subject to Indictment, Trial, Judgment and Punishment, according to Law.”The clause mentions both impeachment and indictment.It does not explicitly state that impeachment must come first, but the clause does discuss impeachment before it discusses indictment.By discussing impeachment first, did the constitutional framers intend to preclude indictment prior to the impeachment process? Or, having limited the penalties that can be imposed through the impeachment process, does the clause simply make clear that the official subject to impeachment also remains subject to the criminal process?Other provisions of the Constitution and past practice suggest the latter.The impeachment power extends beyond the president to include the vice president and “all civil Officers of the United States.” Categories: Editorial, OpinionFor The Sunday GazetteAs we enter the 13th month of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election, there has been a great deal of chatter in recent weeks about whether a sitting president can be indicted.That is, can criminal charges be brought against a sitting president? Donald Trump’s legal team, most prominently Rudy Giuliani, all say no.There may be strong public policy reasons not to indict a sitting president. The special counsel’s mandate may not permit it.But what of the Constitution? Does the Constitution allow it?  Political commentators have tended to focus on the nature of the president’s office and the structure of government. There is no other reference to the president regarding impeachment or indictment. This is all the more notable because the text of the Constitution does provide a limited immunity for members of Congress.“They shall in all Cases, except Treason, Felony and Breach of the Peace, be privileged from Arrest during their Attendance at the Session of their respective Houses, and in going to and returning from the same.”In other words, the framers of the Constitution did not want members of Congress hauled off in cuffs while in session.The text of the Constitution does not include similar protection for a sitting president.If a president cannot face criminal charges, that conclusion must be based upon something other than the words of the Constitution.  Hermes Fernandez is senior partner, Bond at Schoeneck & King, PLLC, in Albany. He is a former assistant counsel to Gov. Mario Cuomo; former attorney, Civil Division, U.S. Justice Department, Washington, D.C. (Main Justice); and past vice president of the New York State Bar Association.last_img read more

Disrupted, anxious, worried: Indonesian children speak up about their pandemic experience

first_imgAs the government reallocates most of its resources to the mitigation of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, children from across the archipelago have spoken up to raise concerns regarding their right to education and protection during these unprecedented times.Speaking in an online forum held by the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) and Plan International Indonesia Foundation (Plan Indonesia), several children shared their aspirations regarding access to health care, protection from any form of violence, access to online learning, as well as child marriage.A recent study conducted by Plan Indonesia showed that the current health emergency had had a significant impact on children. Access to education, for instance, has been disrupted as a result of physical distancing measures. Furthermore, children are also prone to heightened levels of anxiety, fear and worry the study found.Girls with disabilities from marginalized communities have also been affected by the so-called “secondary impacts” of the outbreak due to their age, gender and other related factors, according to the report.Read also: COVID-19 killed more than 200 young children, Indonesian pediatricians suspectThe children involved in the forum represented several children’s organizations from various regions across the country, including the national and regional chapters of the Children’s Forum, Youth Coalition for Girls (YCG) in Riau, as well as Plan Indonesia’s Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) in Jakarta and East Nusa Tenggara. Plan Indonesia executive director Dini Widiastuti said in a statement that she expected the forum to serve as a bridge between children and the government.Around 50 children from various regions in Indonesia take part in online hearings with the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) and Plan International Indonesia Foundation on June 25, 2020. They talked about various issues related to children’s rights amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy of Plan Indonesia/-)“We support children in making their voices heard by the state commission, with the hope that they will be taken into account in the policy-making process and evaluation of policies in the context of protection and fulfillment of children’s rights, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dini said.KPAI deputy chairperson Rita Pranawati conveyed her appreciation for the forum.“I am proud to see Indonesian children can deliver recommendations directly to the KPAI and will be used as a cornerstone of the KPAI in providing policy input to the government. Your passion encourages us to realize equal protection and empowerment of children throughout Indonesia,” Rita said.Topics :last_img read more