Union invites porn baron to speak

first_imgThe porn mogul responsible for magazines such as ‘Hustler’ and ‘Barely Legal’ is to speak at the Oxford Union.However, the inclusion of Larry Flynt in the society’s Hilary termcard has caused controversy. Women’s groups have previously accused Mr Flynt of exploitation.His eponymous publishing house produces hardcore pornography and adult films, in addition to operating a chain of strip clubs.The choice of Flynt also comes after accusations that the Union was “dumbing down” its choice of speakers and relying too heavily on celebrities – at the expense of intellectual heavyweights. The Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa and Winston Churchill have previously visited the society.One female first year student said, “we’re sending out the wrong message by inviting a sexist, exploitative person. He’s a symbol that women should stand against.”But OUSU Vice President for Women, Rachel Cummings, refused to comment on Mr. Flynt’s invitation, citing her organisation’s ties to the Union.President of the Oxford Union, Charlie Holt, defended the decision to invite Flynt, saying that he “has led a fascinating life, and one that the Union believes will be of interest to its members.”“Whatever your views on the questions of pornography, public decency laws and censorship, the talk should be an interesting one.”This view was supported by Union member Ross Evans, who argued that “it’s fair to give anyone a chance to speak at the Union and to give them the chance to support their views.”Flynt has always courted publicity for his enterprises and as a campaigner for freedom of speech.He recently applied to the U.S. government for financial aid to bailout the pornography industry during the credit crunch and hired a Sarah Palin look-alike for a pornographic film entitled Who’s Nailin’ Palin. His battles against censorship were dramatised in the Hollywood film The People vs. Larry Flynt.He was first prosecuted on obscenity and organized crime charges in 1976 by a local anti-pornography committee. He was sentenced to seven to 25 years, although only served six days as the sentence was overturned on a technicality. He has recently sued his two nephews, Jimmy and Dustin Flynt, for producing what he considers inferior pornography and threatening to damage his reputation.last_img read more

Lambert’s Grand Slam Helps Softball Earn Split

first_imgAces And Shockers To Decide Series On SundayEVANSVILLE, Ind. – Morgan Lambert hit a game-tying grand slam before Hayli Scott knocked in the go-ahead run as the University of Evansville softball team split Saturday’s Missouri Valley Conference doubleheader against Wichita State.“We showed great fight today, we had some long at-bats where we worked the pitch count and got what we wanted,” UE head coach Mat Mundell said. “I am proud of how we played today. We had our chances in the first game, but were able to convert on those opportunities in the second.”Wichita State (21-15, 7-4 MVC) took game one by a 2-1 final before the Purple Aces (15-19, 3-8 MVC) clinched the second game, 5-4.Four scoreless innings opened up play in game one before the Shockers saw two runs cross the plate in the top of the fifth. With two outs, Brittany Fortner and Liz Broyles each had RBI singles.Evansville got its first two runners on in the sixth inning, but was unable to convert. The Aces had that chance once again in the bottom of the seventh. Susan Norris drew a walk to lead off the inning before Hayli Scott doubled to right to put runners on second and third to begin the frame.Morgan Lambert brought in the first run with a sacrifice fly to center, but the Shockers were able to get out of the jam and clinch the 1-0 win. The Aces finished with four hits. Courtney Land and Susan Norris each recorded a hit and a walk. Jenni Brooks took the win for the Shockers, going six innings giving up one run on three hits. Morgan Florey went the distance, allowing just two runs on five hits.After a pitcher’s duel in the opening game, Wichita State got on the board fast in game two. Five singles in a row in the top of the first inning saw them take a 2-0 lead. They struck again in the top of the fourth as Paige Luellen hit a home run to right-center to make it a 4-0 game.In the bottom of the fourth, the Aces were able to get the first two runners on base. Courtney Land hit a single before Morgan Florey drew a walk. Between the two, they forced WSU starter Katie Malone to throw over 20 pitches. The Aces were able to load the bases up with two outs for first baseman Morgan Lambert, who took the first pitch from Malone over the right-center for a grand slam that tied the game up at 4-4.It remained that way until the bottom of the 6th when Susan Norris drew a leadoff walk. Ashlee Kawall came in to pinch run and scored as Hayli Scott doubled to center. That was the game-winner as Florey earned her fourth save of the year, closing the door in the top of the seventh. Emily Lockhart earned the win, throwing two scoreless frames.The Shockers outhit the Aces, 10-5, in game two, but Evansville’s timely hitting was the difference. On Sunday, the squads will settle the series with a noon game.– INFO: For all of the latest information on University of Evansville softball, visit the sport page on GoPurpleAces.com or follow the program on Twitter via @UEAthletics_SB.– DONATE: For information on giving to UE Athletics or its individual athletics programs, visit the DONATE tab on the top of GoPurpleAces.com.– TICKETS: To purchase tickets for University of Evansville athletics events, log on to GoPurpleAces.com and click on the TICKETS tab on top of the page.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Gangmasters law to hit labour supply

first_imgAN employment agency has warned that a labour shortage in bakery factories is looming with new gangmasters legislation coming into effect on 1 October. From that date it will become an imprisonable offence to supply labour to the food industry unless the labour provider holds a licence from the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA). With less than three months until this deadline, only around a third of labour providers who fall under the remit of the GLA have been granted licences. That’s the warning from agency Vital Recruitment, which supplies labour to the fresh produce, engineering and construction industries. Bakery production sites will also be hit, particularly those which rely on temporary staff in the run up to Christmas, it said.The GLA was formed on 1 April, 2005, in the wake of the Morecambe Bay disaster, in which 23 Chinese cocklers died. It aims to allow everyone in the food supply chain to be able to distinguish the reputable labour providers from the illegal ones, preventing the exploitation of workers in industries such as agriculture, shellfish gathering and factory labour.Any company caught using the services of an unlicensed labour provider after this deadline could face up to 51 weeks in prison and a fine.Vital Recruitment was one of the first employment agencies in the UK to be awarded the GLA licence.last_img read more

SOFHT offers training course for bakers on food allergen management

first_imgThe Society of Food Hygiene & Technology (SOFHT) has launched a new training course to give bakers an up-to-date insight into food allergen management and practical instruction in risk assessment.Taking place on 21 September 2017 at SOFHT’s Tamworth headquarters, the one-day course will focus on the latest approaches to allergen management, giving both regulatory and retailer perspectives.SOFHT said it believed this was invaluable for any bakery business wishing to achieve compliance with the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety.“Aimed at bakers and food manufacturers concerned that weaknesses in allergen management may be exposing their businesses to risk, this course will give practical guidance in how to go about risk assessment and implementing allergen management controls on the factory floor,” said SOFHT.The course trainer will provide an insight into how to implement manageable and effective factory floor controls based on best practice.The session is also a chance for delegates to sense-check their existing risk assessment and control measures against expert guidance.last_img read more

False propane leak reports evacuate Mt. Blue Campus

first_imgFARMINGTON – Students and staff on Mt. Blue Campus had to evacuate all buildings on Thursday morning after reports of propane smells.Farmington Fire Rescue Chief Terry Bell said the call came in around 10:40 a.m. on Thursday, April 1.Students were completely evacuated and ushered onto buses by the time trucks arrived, Bell said. Upon inspection of the campus, no issues with propane supply were discovered. Bell said there were no readings on the department’s monitors of any propane in the air.Dead River Company was also called in to inspect the propane tanks and found no issues.The campus was cleared for reentry around 12:30 p.m.A post on the Regional School Unit 9 Facebook page announced that the school day would continue as usual with regular dismissal procedures.“We would like to thank the Farmington Police Department and Farmington Fire Department for their quick response. We also want to thank our RSU 9 bus drivers for immediately coming to pick up our students. Finally, we send our appreciation to district and MBC staff members who quickly jumped in to assist, as well as our students who were patient as we navigated the evacuation and return to campus,” Interim Superintendent Monique Poulin wrote in a press release.last_img read more

The Motet Are Thankful For What They Got At The Mishawaka [Videos/Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images The Motet brought some serious heat to The Mishawaka Amphitheater in Fort Collins, CO for the second of a sold out two-night run this past Saturday night. Vibe Street provided some early energy with an opening set chock full beats, sampling everything from The Jungle Book’s “Bear Necessities” to Bob Marley’s “Positive Vibration”, even throwing in a nod to Greensky Bluegrass with “The Four”.The Motet played a solid first set as they played “Damn!” from their latest album Totem. A cover of The Meters‘ “Funkify Your Life” kept funk levels extra high at The Mish, which is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary as a venue. “Nemesis” showcased some deep, dark grooves with a brief David Bowie “Fame” jam that led back into the Dig Deep (2009) number. Dave Watts and Garrett Sayers kept such a tight pocket the entire evening, with Sayers really proving his case for being one of the best bassists in the scene. Lyle Divinsky is coming into his own as the lead singer in The Motet, and truly finding his comfort zone since joining the band earlier this year.Second set was a non-stop dance party front to back, with “Extraordinary High” and “The Truth” giving Gabriel Mervine and Drew Sayers some opportunities to shine on trumpet and sax, respectively. And what cannot be said about Joey Porter? My man is a beast on the keys. With Davinsky telling the crowd about his love for 90’s R&B and hip-hop, the group went old-school with a mash-up of Michael McDonald‘s “I Keep Forgettin’” and Warren G and Nate Dogg‘s “Regulate”, which sampled the McDonald original; definitely a major highlight of the night. After a fitting cover of William DeVaughn‘s “Be Thankful For What You Got” which seemed apropos given the memorable performance at what is one truly majestic venue, the group finished with “Closed Mouth Don’t Get Fed”.A cover of Earth, Wind and Fire‘s “Serpentine Fire” ended the evening on a high note, giving everybody in attendance to get down one last time as we all hopped on the buses back to Fort Collins in high spirits.Don’t miss The Motet on tour this fall! You can see their full tour schedule here, and look out for exclusive updates on the road from this funky ensemble.Check out the full setlist below, as well as a full gallery of photos, courtesy of Ali Baker.Setlist: The Motet at The Mishawaka Amphitheatre – 8/27/16Set 1: Brother Man > Still Feel Good (Cameo), Ain’t No Way, Fountain, Damn!, Funkify Your Life (The Meters), Fool No More, Nemesis, Back It Up, Keep On Don’t Stoppin’Set 2: Cloak & Dagger > Extraordinary High, Real Muther For Ya (Johnny Guitar Watson), The Truth, Rynodub, I Keep Forgettin’ (Michael McDonald / Warren G Mash-Up), Tell Everybody, Cheap, Be Thankful For What You Got (William DeVaughn) > Closed Mouth Don’t Get FedEncore: Serpentine Fire (Earth Wind & Fire)last_img read more

Soundboard Audio From Oteil Burbridge’s First Show With Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Is Here

first_imgJoe Russo’s Almost Dead recently played six nights at the Brooklyn Bowl in NYC. For their second weekend of residency, Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge played in place of Dave Dreiwitz while he was on tour with Ween. As part of this week’s Taper Tuesdays, soundboard audio from the 3/16/17 show is available for listen.While the seamless energy between Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Tom Hamilton, Scott Metzger, and Dreiwitz is impossible to deny perfection, Burbridge filled the shoes beautifully – finding his own pockets of creativity and delivering stand-out moments throughout the night. The two-set show also featured Antibalas’ Stuart Bogie on horns and percussion, impressively driving the band to another level of funk-tinged Grateful Dead music.After a room opening “The Other One,” audience members were pleasantly surprised to see Burbridge step up to the microphone for “Dark Star.” The dark melody presented the opportunity for fans to joke amongst themselves that JRAD “Let Oteil Sing,” before the band went right into a rip-roaring “St. Stephen” to bring the room’s energy to its first high peak. The band debuted “Cinnamon & Lesbians” by Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks before heading into a Hamilton/Russo-led “The Eleven.” Amidst the jam came a huge bass bomb from Burbridge and the stage erupted in what would become one of the funkiest “Shakedown Streets” to date.The second set opened with “King Solomon’s Marbles.” When the introductory notes of “Black Throated Wind” began, Benevento found the opportunity to introduce pop favorite “Royals” by Lorde for the first time ever – and the crowd immediately joined in to sing, while the rest of the band let the keys master take charge of the song to our delight. “Black Throated Wind” returned and eventually led to “Jack Straw.” It was obvious the amount of fun that Oteil Burbridge was having while playing this music with these musicians. As if it were a pop quiz, the bassist was a prepared student to receive any hint of what Joe Russo’s Almost Dead might throw.The second set ended on a complete high note, with a jammed-out “Touch of Grey” that went right into “Playing In The Band.” From “Wharf Rat” into a rip-roaring “Truckin,” the set ended with a “Born Cross Eyed” jam. Fans were not expecting the band to return to the stage with a Bruce Springsteen encore, but they did just that. It was the first time they’d played “Born to Run” since 12/31/15 at The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA.Read this full interview with Burbridge about what it was like to play Grateful Dead music with Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.Thanks to taper Eric McRoberts, you can listen to the soundboard audio below:Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Brooklyn Bowl NYC | 3/16/17Set One (8:45PM – 9:57PM)Jam @ ->The Other One @& (SM) ->Dark Star #& (OB) ->St Stephen $ & (ALL) ->Cinnamon & Lesbians %* (JR) ->The Eleven @ (TH/JR) ->Shakedown Street #+ (TH)Set Two (10:31PM – 11:53PM)King Solomon’s Marbles @Black Throated Wind Jam % ->Royals Jam % @@ ->Black Throated Wind % (SM) ->Jack Straw Jam ->Touch Of Grey @ (TH) >Playing In The Band @ (SM) ->Wharf Rat ^ & ## (TH) >Truckin # & (SM) ->Born Cross Eyed JamE: Born To Run @ (TH)Dave Dreiwitz is on tour with Ween.Entire show with Oteil Burbridge on Bass & Vocals.Entire show with Stuart Bogie on horns & percussion.See below for specifics.OB is Oteil Burbridge Lead [email protected] – With Stuart on Tenor Sax# – With Stuart on Percussion & Tenor Sax$ – With Stuart on Tenor Sax, Flute & Bari Sax% – With Stuart on Bari Sax^ – With Stuart on Tenor Sax & Flute& – With Born Cross Eyed Teases (TH) – This may have happened even more.* – Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Cover, First Time Played By Almost Dead+ – With a “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough” (Michael Jackson) Jam – I think (mostly MB), Dark Star Teases (TH) & Feel Like A Stranger Teases (Band)@@ – Lorde Cover, First Time Played By Almost Dead (Mostly Marco & Stuart), crowd sung the lyrics## – Also with Tennessee Jed Teases (TH)$$ – Bruce Springsteen Cover, Not Played since 2015-12-31 at The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA, a gap of 44 shows.[cover photo by Steve Olker]last_img read more

Exoplanet might have oxygen atmosphere, but not life

first_img CfA researchers ask: Is life on Earth premature from a cosmic perspective? A “magma ocean” would interact with the atmosphere, absorbing some of the oxygen, but how much? Only about 10 percent, according to the model created by Schaefer and her colleagues. Most of the remaining 90 percent of leftover oxygen would stream off into space, though some might linger.“This planet might be the first time we detect oxygen on a rocky planet outside the solar system,” said co-author Robin Wordsworth of the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.If any oxygen does still cling to GJ 1132b, next-generation telescopes like the Giant Magellan Telescope and James Webb Space Telescope may be able to detect and analyze it.The magma ocean-atmosphere model could help scientists solve the puzzle of how Venus evolved. The planet probably began with Earth-like amounts of water, which would have been broken apart by sunlight. Yet Venus shows few signs of lingering oxygen. The missing oxygen problem continues to baffle astronomers.Schaefer predicts that their model also will provide insights into other, similar exoplanets. For example, the system TRAPPIST-1 contains three planets that may lie in the habitable zone. Since they are cooler than GJ 1132b, they have a better chance of retaining an atmosphere.Other authors on the paper, “Predictions of the Atmospheric Composition of GJ 1132b,” are Zachory Berta-Thompson of the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Dimitar Sasselov of the CfA. The work is available online. The distant planet GJ 1132b intrigued astronomers when it was discovered last year. Located just 39 light-years from Earth, it might have an atmosphere despite being baked to a temperature of around 450 degrees Fahrenheit. But would that atmosphere be thick and soupy or thin and wispy? New research suggests the latter is much more likely.In a new paper accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal, astronomer Laura Schaefer of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and her colleagues examined the question of what would happen to GJ 1132b over time if it began with a steamy, water-rich atmosphere.Orbiting so close to its star, at a distance of just 1.4 million miles, the planet is flooded with ultraviolet (UV) light. UV light breaks apart water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen, both of which then can be lost into space. However, since hydrogen is lighter it escapes more readily, while oxygen lingers behind.“On cooler planets, oxygen could be a sign of alien life and habitability. But on a hot planet like GJ 1132b, it’s a sign of the exact opposite — a planet that’s being baked and sterilized,” said Schaefer.Since water vapor is a greenhouse gas, the planet would have a strong greenhouse effect, amplifying the star’s already intense heat. As a result, its surface could stay molten for millions of years. Calculating the odds of life between the Big Bang and the final fade Relatedlast_img read more

Beyond DEET

first_imgA few weeks ago I wrote about actions you could take that might make your outings a little less buggy. Note the key words are a “little less” buggy; no matter what actions you take, there are going to be times when you’re going to resort to a repellent of some kind or another.Several years ago, a hiking buddy suggested I try one of those plastic bracelets impregnated with insect repellent. During the fitful night of sleep I ended up having, while slapping one mosquito after another, I resolved to do some research to find out what kind of repellent truly works best.Separate studies done by the Environmental Protection Agency, Center for Disease Control, Consumer Reports, and the New England Journal of Medicine show that products with DEET worked best at repelling mosquitoes and ticks. Not any real surprise, of course, but what the studies revealed is that DEET is more effective that anything currently available, and that the higher the concentration (up to a point), the longer it keeps the bugs from biting. Products with 24-50% DEET worked for up to five hours. Most of the studies seem to show that there is no advantage in going above 50%, although one researcher claimed nine hours from a 100% DEET solution.It may work best, but I swore off DEET a few years ago when it melted a plastic pen I was writing with. So, I’m happy to see the studies confirm that plant-based repellents do work. They just don’t last as long. Those with citronella were effective for one to two hours, while repellents with soybean oil were deemed effective for a full two hours.Permethrin is made from certain chrysanthemum flower compounds. It’s not approved for skin use, but can be sprayed on clothes, or you can buy permethrin-impregnated clothing. The lowest cost shirt I located costs about $50—and the effectiveness is depleted after a number of washings. By the way, permethrin is harmful to fish and amphibians.Picaridin is a somewhat newer ingredient that is endorsed by the World Health Organization as the best malaria prevention, and U.S. studies indicate it to be about as effective as DEET. It is not a solvent to plastics and synthetic materials, is colorless and odorless, and does not have to be washed off when you’re done hiking.All of the studies recommend not using a combination repellent/sunscreen because you have to apply the lotion liberally for the sunscreen to be effective, thereby slathering on way too much repellent. 1 2last_img read more

7 money moves to make as soon as you conquer debt

first_imgCongratulations — you’re debt free! Now what?The road to debt elimination was long and treacherous, but just because the black cloud of lingering bills is no longer hanging over your head, that doesn’t mean your financial house is in order. It’s in better shape, sure, but you’ve still got a ways to go. To continue working toward that goal, here are a few smart moves you should make as soon as you get out of the red:1. Rearrange and Trim Your BudgetYour top priority when getting out of debt is to not get back into debt. To accomplish that, you’ll need to make changes to your spending and savings habits. You’ll also need to revisit your budget and rearrange your priorities. Now that you don’t have credit card or loan payments bleeding you dry every month, you’ll have more disposable income — and you need to decide what you’ll do with it to improve your quality of life and set yourself up for the future. Cut out anything that’s unnecessary: Maybe it’s the cable that you don’t watch much of, the gym membership you don’t use, or subscriptions to services you can live without. Whatever is it, cut the fat and don’t look back. continue reading » 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more