Fresh sexual assault allegations against Oxford professor

first_imgEugene Rogan, director of the Middle East Centre when Ramadan was suspended, said the following at the time; “It’s not just about sexual violence. For some students it’s just another way for Europeans to gang up against a prominent Muslim intellectual. We must protect Muslim students who believe and trust in him, and protect that trust”.  Just days after Ayari came forward, a second woman filed a complaint stating that Ramadan assaulted and raped her in his hotel room.  The first accusations against Ramadan emerged in October 2017, when activist Henda Ayari filed a complaint with the prosecutor’s office in Rouen, which said that Ramadan had sexually assaulted her in a Paris hotel room. Ayari had previously recorded the incident without naming the perpetrator in her 2016 book ‘J’ai choisi d’être libre’ (‘I Chose to be Free’). “An agreed leave of absence implies no presumption or acceptance of guilt and allows Professor Ramadan to address the extremely serious allegations made against him, all of which he categorically denies, while meeting our principal concern – addressing heightened and understandable distress, and putting first the wellbeing of our students and staff.”  Since then, further accusations have been made about Ramadan’s behaviour, including by a third woman who claimed that Ramadan sent her ‘pornographic’ messages as well as threatening and blackmailing her, as well as four women who came forward with allegations that Ramadan sexually assaulted them while they were teenagers.  Although Ramadan continued to teach for a short while after the first allegations surfaced, on 7th November 2017 he took an ‘agreed leave of absence’ from his University duties. At the time, the faculty of Theology and Religion apologized for their “lack of communication” with students.  Tariq Ramadan, Oxford Professor of Contemporary Islam, is facing fresh accusations of sexual assault.  On 31 January 2018, Ramadan was taken into custody by the French police, and was released on bail nine months later.  The University’s statement on the Ramadan accusations said: “The University has consistently acknowledged the gravity of the allegations against Professor Ramadan, while emphasising the importance of fairness and the principles of justice and due process.”  A woman, as yet unnamed, came forward and gave a report to French police in May of this year, details of which surfaced recently following a leak to Le Journal du Dimanche and Europe 1. The assault itself is alleged to have happened in 2014. This comes after numerous women accused Ramadan of sexual assault and manipulation.  A statement posted on Ramadan’s website acknowledged the new allegations, saying “I am, of course, aware of the investigation’s new elements and the new complaint, which the media spoke of abundantly on Sunday, August 25th.” “I will speak in the coming days to present the facts with determination, clarity and serenity. In sha Allah”.last_img read more

Drug Commission Echoes Governor’s Anti-Marijuana Position

first_imgNovember 9, 2017    By Makenna MaysTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse voted overwhelmingly Thursday to oppose efforts to decriminalize marijuana for medical or recreational use.The 11-3 vote, with two abstentions, was taken at the commission’s regular meeting, echoing Gov. Eric Holcomb’s opposition to legislative efforts to relax Indiana’s marijuana laws.“I think it’s really important that we’re talking about the most vulnerable population in this state, that we’re doing what we can to make sure that our young children are not taking edible marijuana and ending up in our emergency rooms and our hospitals,” said Dr. Kristina Box, the state’s health commissioner, after she made the motion.Dr. Kristina Box, Indiana’s Department of Health commissionerHowever, not everyone on the committee agreed that the commission should vote on this issue.“When I signed up for this commission, I signed up for a particular reason and that was to address the opioid epidemic,” said Sen. Gregory Taylor, D-Indianapolis. “This commission was never tasked with taking a position on marijuana, marijuana is not an opioid.” He was one of the no votes.The commission took the vote a day after Holcomb was asked whether he would support efforts to relax the state’s marijuana laws. At least one lawmaker has said he will introduce legislation in 2018 to make it legal for medical use while a national veterans’ group is pushing for a study of the issue.“The FDA is the organization that approves drugs in this country, and they’ve not yet, and so we’re not there in this state,” Holcomb said. “At this time right now, I’m trying to get drugs off the street, not add more into the mix. So, I’m just not supportive of that.”Meanwhile, state Rep. Jim Lucas, R-Seymour, has said he will introduce legislation that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes. Several medical marijuana bills were filed in the last legislative session and all failed.Organizations such as the American Legion believe that there is some merit into researching the medicinal value of the drug. Many veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain have told the Veteran’s Administration that their health has improved by using medicinal cannabis.“We have never endorsed the use of marijuana for recreational or even medicinal purposes,” said John Raughter, communications director at the American Legion. “All we’re saying is we want the VA to do research into the area.”Currently, marijuana is listed as a Schedule I drug, which says it has no medicinal value. Other Schedule I drugs include heroin, ecstasy and LSD.“We are saying that we want it to be removed as a Schedule I and be reclassified because we want the VA to study whether or not it has potential medicinal value,” Raughter said.An independent public opinion research company recently released the results of a nationwide survey of veterans about the use of medical cannabis:83 percent believe the federal government should legalize medical cannabis nationwide,82 percent said they would want to have medical cannabis as a federally-legal treatment option,92 percent support medical research,100 percent aged 18-30 support federally legalized medical cannabis, and79 percent age 60-plus support federally legalized medical cannabis.At the last American Legion national convention in August, the organization passed a resolution proposing that VA doctors should be able to discuss with veterans the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes and recommend it in those states where medical marijuana is legal.“If a doctor can provide it to a non-veteran outside the VA system in the state because of their state laws, we’re basically saying, you know, that’s something the VA should be able to do as well in cases that’s appropriate,” Raughter said.The debate over medical marijuana comes as others states have legalized the drug for either medical or recreational use. California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada have already all passed measures legalizing recreational marijuana. It is also legal in Oregon and Colorado.The debate is also taking place as communities across the state grapple with opioid addiction. State Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, is proposing bills for the 2018 legislation that would impose tougher penalties on some drug crimes.FOOTNOTE: Makenna Mays is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & Email FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Bayonne Little League Major Championship Series Semifinals

first_imgGame 2Mackenzie Post defeated Unico, 12-6. Mackenzie advanced to the final round. Mackenzie took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Jack Kelly walked and scored on two-bagger by Nico Chairavollati, Nico scored on a passed ball Joe Ashe doubled, stole third and scored when Jayshaun Foster reached on a throwing error. Unico closed the gap to 3-2 in the second inning. Steven Kass lead off the inning with a single and scored on double by Mike Wermann, Mike scored the second run on a ground out. Mackenzie took a 6-2 lead in the third. Kelly and Justin Arbelo both singled and scored on Nico’s second double of the game, Chairavollati scored the third run of the inning on a base hit by Tyler Essex. Mackenzie added two more runs to their lead in the fourth when Kelly and Chairavollati both walked and came home on passed balls. Mackenzie clinched the game in the fifth with two runs. Kelly lead off with a walk and scored on a single by Arbelo, Justin scored on Nico’s triple. Unico closed the gap to 10-5 in the bottom of the fifth. Christian Hampton reached on an error, Nick Ponczek walked, and they both scored on a double by Aiden Milachouski, Aiden scored on Steven’s base hit. Mackenzie scored two insurance markers in the top of the final inning on base hits by Connor Weening and Essex. Unico closed the gap to 12-6 on a single by Mike Cordero, Mike completed his tour of the sacks on a stolen base and two passed balls. Game 1Attisano Electric beat J & J Printing, 13-8. Attisano advanced to the championship series in the Major Division at Volunteer Stadium. J & J took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Nikko Sanchez drew a walk, advanced to second and third on a wild pitch and a passed ball, then scored on a passed ball. Attisano tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Logan Chi singled stole second and came home on an overthrow. Attisano broke the game open in the second when they scored five runs. Anthony Devaney, Chi and Jake Sullivan loaded the bases on free passed. Devaney and Chi both scored on a base hit by Adrian Pardo, Sullivan and Pardo both scored on a single by Justin Perry, Justin scored the fifth run when he was forced home on a hit batsman.J & J closed the gap to 6-5 in the third stanza. Chris Cena reached first on a fielder’s choice, Nikko reached first on an error by the centerfielder, then they both scored on a series of throwing errors, Jason Villacorta and scored on a double by James Fowler, Fowler scored the fourth run of the inning on a fielder’s choice. Attisano put the game in the win column by scoring six runs. Joey Jasinski walked and scored on Logan Chi’s second hit of the game, Sullivan reached first on a walk and Adrian reached on a fielder’s choice load the bases, Logan and Jake both rode home on Justin’s second hit of the game, Aiden Rosario drew a free ticket and Javier Garcia got a base hit to plate Perry and Rosario. Attisano added another run in the fifth. Chi drew a free pass and advanced to second and third and stole home. J & J scored the final three runs of the game on base hits by Cena, Sanchez and Villacorta. Garcia got another hit for Attisano. last_img read more

Brotherly Love: G. Love Heads to the Mountains with the Avett Brothers

first_imgG. loves the Blue Ridge. What inspired you to finally fully embrace old blues? This is a record I’ve been trying to make for a very long time. This is a style I was into before I stumbled onto the hip-hop side of what I do. I started as singer-songwriter playing the coffeehouse circuit, when I was in high school in Philadelphia. When I decided I was going to do it, I made a wish list of possible producers, and the Avett Brothers were at the top.Why were the Avett Brothers right for this project? With those guys, the energy and creativity was constantly crackling. They are both multi-instrumentalists, great vocalists, and great songwriters. Right away, just the three of us could go into a room and create a huge variety of sounds. They both sing beautifully, so adding layers of harmonies or additional lead vocals was a piece of cake. They also both have great ideas. When they work, they’re really supportive of each other but they also push each other. They’re decisive without a lot of second-guessing, which is a struggle for a lot of artists. And they’re easy-going guys, so even though we were in a high-pressure situation with time constraints, they kept it fun with a lot of laughs.What was it like recording in Asheville? Echo Mountain is a beautiful space to record. You walk into that old church and immediately get a good vibe. The Avett Brothers have done a lot of recording there, so they were already very comfortable with the space and the gear. It helped me get right into the comfort zone. I don’t think I’ve ever had a better nine days in my life. 1 2 G. Love has made a successful career out of his infectious blend of hip-hop and the blues. On his new album, Fixin’ to Die, the Philadelphia-based G. Love (real name Garrett Dutton) has peeled back a few layers, put the freestyle rapping aside, and delivered a spirited yet reverent homage to old school blues. Helping him on the journey were Scott and Seth Avett of the Avett Brothers, who brought G. Love to Echo Mountain Recording Studio in Asheville. Together, the trio churned out a dusty, largely acoustic mix of traditional covers, plenty of Love originals, and a surprise reworking of Paul Simon’s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.”last_img read more

Eliseo Rio Jr. quits as DICT undersecretary due to ‘internal issues’

first_img Rio, who led the government’s search for a third telecommunications provider, said in a television interview on Monday that he has submitted his resignation letter to the Malacañang on Jan. 31. “I just said as far as I’m concerned, DICT does not need any confidential funds. Wala sa mandate namin to conduct surveillance and intelligence activities… I would rather have it given to the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) and the police,” Rio said. Eliseo Rio Jr. BENJIE CASTRO FOR GMA NEWS He was reassigned as undersecretary in July 2019 when Honasan was appointed as DICT chief. He also served as commissioner of the National Telecommunications Commission from 2001 to 2002 and later on joined Globe subsidiary Bayan Telecommunications as board member. Rio, a retired Army general, served as acting secretary of the DICT and led the bidding process for the third slot as mobile communications provider in 2018. DICT was created by a law signed by then President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III in May 2016 as the main agency that will craft and promote the national development agenda on telecommunications and information technology, taking the function away from the older Department of Transportation and Communications./PN MANILA – Eliseo Rio Jr. has tendered his resignation as undersecretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) due to “internal issues.” Rio also contested the need for a P400-million confidential fund for the agency in 2019 – an amount which Secretary Gringo Honasan put back in the DICT’s budget when he was still a senator. “I filed my resignation and awaiting acceptance of the President,” Rio told CNN Philippines. “‘Yung situation sa DICT, I cannot work with the undersecretaries at assistant secretaries eh.” “They are not involving me. I’m supposed to be Undersecretary of Operations, but they are not involving me in decisions,” he added. “‘Yung operations and intelligence, very close ‘yan so whatever intel, involved talaga ang operations. I might as well get out, sayang ang sweldo para sa akin.” Rio added that he left his post due to some conflicting views with other officials in the agency particularly on millions of pesos in confidential funds lodged with the agency, and apparent friction with new appointees.last_img read more

Action in Airtricity Premier League tonight

first_imgWith leaders Dundalk not in action, second-placed Derry City and third-placed Shamrock Rovers both have a chance to move to the top of the table as they go head-to-head at the Brandywell.Cork City will be expected to beat new-comers the Wexford Youths at Turners Cross.Elsewhere, Galway United host Finn Harps and Sligo Rovers travel to face St. Pat’s. In the First Division, early pace-setters Limerick FC are away to fellow promotion contenders Drogheda United.Elsewhere, Athlone Town host Waterford United, Cobh Ramblers go to Cabinteely and Shelbourne hoist UCD at Tolka Park.In the Scottish Premiership tonight, Aberdeen have a chance to move to within two points of Celtic at the top of the table.The Dons travel to face Hearts tonight in the only game in the SPL.Kick-off in all of those games tonight is at 7:45.last_img read more

Tiger Woods Elected to World Golf Hall of Fame

first_imgGolf legend and Palm Beach County resident Tiger Woods is about to receive the sport’s biggest honor.A selection committee elected him Wednesday to the World Golf Hall of Fame.Woods will be part of the 2021 class that will be inducted next year at the home of the PGA Tour. The eligibility criteria was recently changed, lowering the minimum induction age to 45.Global icon. Game changer. Hall of Fame Inductee.It’s official. @TigerWoods will become a World Golf Hall of Fame Member in 2021. #GolfHOF2021— Golf Hall of Fame (@GolfHallofFame) March 11, 2020 During his career, Woods has earned a record 82 PGA Tour victories.Additionally, his 15 victories in the majors are second only to fellow local resident Jack Nicklaus.last_img

Halloween Safety Tips From The Olympia Police Department

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by the City of OlympiaThe Olympia Police Department hopes all of the ghouls and goblins have a safe Halloween. Parents can help by reviewing the following suggestions.For optimum safety, consider participating in an organized event in a neighborhood, at a church or in a local shopping centerAvoid costumes that block visibility and hamper movementGet an early start—try to complete trick-or-treating activities before darkWalk in a group and accompanied by at least one adult with a cell phoneOnly go to houses with the porch light on or, better yet, only to homes where the residents are knownWear reflective items and carry a flashlight if out after darkStay on the sidewalk and obey traffic lawsRemind older kids to stick to a designated route and to check in if anything changes in their planAs always, please report any suspicious persons or activity to 9-1-1.last_img read more