DCSDC continuing to review cross border usage of recycling centres

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DCSDC continuing to review cross border usage of recycling centres Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Derry City and Strabane District Council say they are continuing to review the cross border usage of their recycling centres on an ongoing basis.Concern was recently raised by Alderman Maurice Devenny over the usage of such centres by people outside the jurisdiction.Derry City and Strabane District Council says they are aware of some cross border waste being brought to its recycling centres and say it is an issue that will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.Elected members have requested a full report on cross border usage which is due to come before them for review and discussion at the next Environment and Regeneration Committee.The Council did however, acknowledge that there are many instances where users of the amenity sites live outside the jurisdiction and own a property within the Council area.People from outside the council area are being reminded that where possible they should limit travel and should use services and facilities in their own areas. Twitter Facebook Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows center_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Homepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – May 22, 2020 Facebook Previous articleThis years LYIT Student Achievement Awards were virtualNext articleIncrease of patients presenting at LUH with non-Covid related illnesses News Highland Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

The fire this time

first_imgGAZETTE:  A number of police departments have tried to address implicit bias and culture change through training. Why hasn’t it been more successful?BOBO: Because the problem is not just one of implicit bias. For example, you can try to train officers to be more reflective and to recognize that we have all grown up in a culture that is filled with negative ideas and images about African Americans as violent, as dangerous, as threatening, as lesser. That kind of devaluing of Black life, sadly, is a part of the American cultural fabric. Not as extreme as it used to be, but still very clear and very deeply rooted. And so, if you have that kind of layering out there and at the same time police departments are told, “Look, we are now going to wage a war on crime, and you’re expected to demonstrate progress on that war on crime.” The easiest way to do that, the one with the least blowback, is to redouble if not triple your efforts in policing the weakest segments of society. We know from many different sources, the actual consumption of illegal drugs and substances does not appear to vary by race. However, the odds of being arrested are enormously unequal by race, and the odds of then being convicted and serving jail time even more radically so. That is a function of where policing agencies decide to focus their gaze. So we’ve got policies, interacting with culture, interacting with psychological processes that are continually reinforcing this systematic inequality.GAZETTE:  We’ve seen violence and aggression this week across the country between police and sometimes U.S. military forces on one side and peaceful demonstrators, looters, and provocateurs on the other. Do outward displays of dominance over the less-powerful — like police striking an unarmed Black person or a news camera operator — or mayhem against institutional power — like setting fire to police cruisers or throwing things at officers — scratch the same psychological itch? Why does that attract some but repel others?BOBO: We live in such a complicated and contradictory moment that it’s hard to put your finger on any one thing. There’s certainly a powerful body of research in social psychology suggesting that some individuals and indeed, on average, some members of more privileged groups tend to be more supportive of maintaining inequalities and asserting a certain level of dominance and control and a social order. For good or ill, policing is the sort of profession that both selects for, and in some ways probably encourages, that sort of inclination. I’m still optimistic that there is a lot of widely, widely shared upset and anger about this ongoing litany of unarmed minority civilians who end up suffering and dying at the hands of those who should be serving and protecting us all in an equitable way. And it is sad, but real, that some people are exploiting this moment to pilfer, to rob, to loot, or to engage in fights with police. Some of them may be provocateurs on the right and from white supremacist groups, some of them may be provocateurs on the left, from Antifa or what have you. But there’s a much larger number, I do believe, of people of genuine goodwill who have higher aspirations, who want to see a better world in this regard. What worries me most right now is less those disruptive forces on the street than the dangers we all face if a democratic society descends into heavy-handed, militaristic regulation of its own citizens who are expressing a legitimate grievance.GAZETTE:  What would be that moment for you that would suggest when we have crossed that line?BOBO: Truthfully, I don’t know. The last three years have brought one moment of shock and awe after the other, as acts on a national and international stage from our leadership that one would have thought unimaginable play out each and every day under a blanket of security provided by a U.S. Senate that appears to have lost all sense of spine and justice and decency. I don’t know where this is. I think we’re in a deeply troubling moment. But I am going to remain guardedly optimistic that hopefully, in the not-too-distant future, the higher angels of our nature win out in what is a really frightening coalescence of circumstances.This interview has been edited for clarity and length. Protesters once again have taken to the nation’s streets to voice their anger over another killing of a Black man by police officers. The reaction now seems familiar, if higher in heat and broader in scale. This time it was over George Floyd, who suffocated after a white Minneapolis police officer jammed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes while three other officers either held him down or looked on. Floyd is the latest link in a long chain of deaths and injuries involving police:  Rodney King, Malice Wayne Green, Abner Louima, Amadou Diallo, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Philando Castile, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, among them. Lawrence D. Bobo is dean of social science and the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University. He studies social psychology, politics, and race. He spoke with the Gazette about police killings of African Americans, the cognitive forces underlying racism, the long history of violence toward Black people, why training hasn’t changed anything, and why he sees signs of hope in this “deeply troubling moment.”Q&ALawrence D. BoboGAZETTE:  What’s your reaction to what’s been happening across the country?BOBO: Like so many people, I was dumbfounded and horrified and outraged by the video of George Floyd slowly being murdered, basically, at a point where he was outnumbered by police officers, handcuffed, subdued on the ground, and basically begging for his life. We watched him slowly, casually, be killed by a group of police officers. And I find it horrifying and numbing. It’s reminiscent in some ways of how I felt when the Simi Valley jury acquitted the officers who had beaten Rodney King; it’s reminiscent of the feeling I had when the jurors acquitted George Zimmerman in killing Trayvon Martin. And the whole sense of just stunned futility and rage is characteristic of when I was very young, back in that terrible spring of 1968, when we lost Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy in a short span of weeks. So it’s a terrible and depressing moment. But we can’t leave it there; we shouldn’t leave it there; and we should be mindful of the ways in which there are real opportunities here, real resources here, and I think progress to be made.On the one hand, I am greatly heartened by the level of mobilization and civil protests. That it has touched so many people and brought out so many tens of thousands of individuals to express their concern, their outrage, their condemnation of the police actions in this case and their demand for change and for justice, I find all that greatly encouraging. It is, at the same moment, very disappointing that some folks have taken this as an opportunity to try to bring chaos and violence to these occasions of otherwise high-minded civil protest. And I’m disappointed by those occasions where in law enforcement, individuals and agencies, have acted in ways that have provoked or antagonized otherwise peaceful protest actions.It’s a complex and fraught moment that we’re in. And one of the most profoundly disappointing aspects of the current context is the lack of wise and sensible voices and leadership on the national stage to set the right tone, to heal the nation, and to reassure us all that we’re going to be on a path to a better, more just society. “It’s really important to recall that what slavery did, in many respects, was to forge a tight link between our social class structure and a kind of racial hierarchy.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.center_img GAZETTE:  In the majority of police-related killings of Black people, the assailants are white. Is that enough to conclude that racism is the cause, or are there other forces also at work?BOBO: Certainly racism, and both the historic legacy of racism and the long, deeply etched legacy of racism in terms of our current social conditions and circumstances and the physical geography and spaces in which people live, and indeed, in terms of our cultural landscape, and toolkit and reservoir of ideas, and resources we all have to draw on, these have been profoundly distorted by racism.It’s really important to recall that what slavery did, in many respects, was to forge a tight link between our social class structure and a kind of racial hierarchy. It created a bottom rung [of] people who were racially stigmatized and in the deepest economic disadvantage and poverty. And we have never fully undone that terrible circumstance. In the present moment, we have to add many, many layers of complexity to this, that part of this is the historic legacy of African American communities suffering from both over-policing and under-policing.GAZETTE:  Can you explain?BOBO: Under-policing in the sense of often not getting police response to violence and crime within the Black community, and certainly not getting an adequate response in cases where Blacks are victims of white perpetrators. And then, over-policing, where police have run roughshod over the lives and circumstances and civil liberties of Black folks and where Black folks have been subject to the most arbitrary and capricious forms of justice in the American system.We had all thought, of course, that we made phenomenal strides. We inhabit an era in which there are certainly more rank-and-file minority police officers than ever before, more African American and minority and female police chiefs and leaders. But inhabiting a world where the poor and our deeply poor communities are still heavily disproportionately people of color, where we had a war on drugs that was racially biased in both its origins and its profoundly troubling execution over many years, that has bred a level of distrust and antagonism between police and Black communities that should worry us all. There’s clearly an enormous amount of work to be done to undo those circumstances and to heal those wounds.,GAZETTE:  Many police departments, particularly those in Black and brown neighborhoods, have been criticized for having an “us vs. them” attitude. Our politics, in recent years, has successfully encouraged voters to take an “us vs. them” attitude toward those with different ideological viewpoints. Is that “us vs. them” dynamic what’s happening with police violence in Black neighborhoods? What’s at work cognitively/sociologically when we see the world in binary terms?BOBO: We certainly do inhabit an incredibly politically polarized moment. And it is sad, but hopefully we are nearing the nadir, the low point, of that moment, and we’ll someday see our way out of this great chasm. The saying used to be, “If you’re in a hole, the most important thing is stop digging.” Unfortunately too much of our political leadership is continuing to dig because it has been profitable for them in terms of holding onto a shrinking coalition and political power.I am heartened by the diversity and array of individuals who turned out for the civil protests and do believe that in a way that will ultimately prove to be the great majority of the American people. But this is a deeply polarized ideological moment we’re in, this moment of really serious economic inequality, a level of economic inequality that has had really unfortunate political consequences where extremely wealthy, well-connected segments of the population exercise really significant, almost veto power over so many aspects of our economic and political system that many people are feeling deeply frustrated and left behind, and I think people are easily sold on scapegoating political messages rather than doing the kind of deeper analysis that would get us toward constructive response to these circumstances.Racism in some respects remains the core of this, but it’s not the only thing operative. There are issues of economic class inequality, ideological and political polarization, and exploitation of the circumstances, and there are aspects of just the nature of the job of policing in such an unequal society that lend themselves to these potentially explosive encounters.GAZETTE:  Why are we racist? What are the cognitive drivers of racism?BOBO: There’s no simple answer. It’s a combination of things. It’s partly historical circumstance; it is partly how we have organized relationships in particular, what kind of forms of thought, action, and behavior have become codified in law and routine practices.So, for example, our society used to recognize a far more complicated set of racial gradations than we typically think in terms of now. If you were to go back to the 1870, 1880, 1890 censuses, you would see categories on the census form for, of course, white, but you would also see colored Negro, Black, mulatto, quadroon, even octoroon, that were recognized categories of color and racial gradation. When slavery was finally completely crushed, and when the effort to reconstruct the South was defeated, we suddenly had a world in which those who held power in the American South decided they needed a sharp Black/white dichotomy in order to maintain control of the Black population. And they enacted a set of laws that basically said there are two categories of people, Black and white, and that any drop of African ancestry basically made you Black. And we created the role of hypodescent. The important point to note is that had not always been the case. But it is a very powerful cultural trope now, and that’s because we institutionalized it in law, day-to-day practice, and ultimately, therefore, widely shared, deeply rooted commonsense understandings. That sadly is where we are here.GAZETTE:  Does that account for the level of brutality we’ve seen in so many of these cases?BOBO: How does a police officer place his body weight on a man’s neck while two or three other police officers mill around? Well, there’s obviously a profound “othering” that has gone on. You are clearly no longer regarding that other individual as someone who’s due the kind of regard that you yourself would expect from anyone else. That the other officers so casually walked around, took notes, just stood there chatting, bespeaks a wall of everyday routine and indifference that has such profound cultural roots at this point that it’s not just unconscious bias. Sadly, it is the state of our culture in many circumstances, especially as it manifests itself in the particular circumstance of police encounters with African American individuals and communities in too many circumstances.GAZETTE:  Critics say the Minneapolis Police Department culture tolerates or rewards unethical behavioral, as demonstrated not just by the officer who pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck, but by the others who did not intervene. Broadly, the law enforcement profession is often seen as adopting a code of silence when faced with criticism. What dynamics shape or contribute to this kind of organizational culture? Does it vary by profession?BOBO: It varies from profession to profession. And of course in policing, we have to recognize that it is a high-risk profession. We expect and demand a lot of law enforcement officials. But in those high-risk professions, it’s often the case that very, very strong norms of solidarity develop. And those kinds of norms of solidarity and mutual support are reinforced by organizational practices, the routines of their work, the training that goes on, so that I think you’re more so inclined there than in many other settings to get a degree of social conformity and deference to your fellow officer and those of higher authority, if for no other reason than a purely defensive one — we have to stand together in order to survive. And there are obviously ways to intervene in this, but it’s hard to intervene in an American culture that is otherwise so suffused with access to guns and an image of police as dominating and assertive and controlling, rather than supportive and aiding and working with communities. So cultivating a whole new understanding and way of doing policing is really just critically important to usher in debate. And in my experience, frankly, many, many higher-ranking police officials are eager to do that. But how they move forward on it in a context of rank-and-file unions and the high solidarity among the rank and file is a hard task and one that requires some real planful action. “That the other officers so casually walked around, took notes, just stood there chatting, bespeaks a wall of everyday routine and indifference that has such profound cultural roots at this point that it’s not just unconscious bias.”last_img read more

Pit Stops: July

first_imgWe want to hang out! That’s part of the reason why we hit the road in the first place. Check back on our blog and social media handles regularly for updates on when and where we’ll be near you, but in the meantime, browse through our July schedule for event presences and meet-ups this month.July 15th: River Clean Up with Rocky Mountain AnglersJoin us on July 15th to help clean up Boulder Creek. The wild waters run from high in the mountains straight through Boulder, Co. We’ll be partnering with Rocky Mountain Anglers to clean up a section of the creek that flows within walking distance from RMA. Afterwards we’ll head back to Rocky Mountain Anglers shop for a good old fashion cookout.July 16th: ROAR in the CityROAR in the city is a “really outrageous adventure race” in Colorado Springs and this year’s theme is Star Wars. Proceeds of this fundraiser go to UpaDowna who help provide outdoor opportunities for all. Come participate in one or all of the many events going on throughout the day.July 19th: Slackline & Hammock JamboreeMeet at the Scott-Carpenter Park in Boulder, Co at 5:30pm for a chance to relax in an ENO Hammock or show off some of your slackline skills. We’ll be hanging out for a couple hours so stop by, say hey, and relax.July 22nd– 23rd: Group Camp-Out with Elevation Outdoors MagazineJoin the Elevation Outdoors Magazine crew on Friday, July 22nd for a group campout in the James Peak Wilderness. We’ll be parking at the East Portal/ Moffatt Tunnel trailhead (Co Rd 16, Rollinsville, CO 80474). You can either meet us at the Elevation Outdoors office (2510 47th Street Unit 202 Boulder CO 80301) at 5:30pm to carpool or just meet us at the trailhead at 6:15pm. There are multiple group camping sites, but none are more than 1 mile from the trailhead. Group size can’t exceed 12 members within the James Peak Wilderness so RSVP to [email protected] to confirm your spot.July 26th: Group Mountain Bike Ride with Gearonimo SportsCome join us at Gearonimo Sports in Colorado Springs, CO for an evening of riding and climbing. We’ll meet at Gearonimo Sports at 5:30pm, venture to Bear Creek and Straton Open Space, then head back to the shop to climb for free!July 29th: Elevation Outdoors Magazine Presents: Van Life Rally at Upslope Brewing CompanyElevation Outdoors Magazine and Upslope Brewing Company present: A Van Life Rally at Upslope Brewing Company on Central Avenue in Boulder Colorado. If you have lived or still live [or know a friend of a friend who lives or has lived] in your vehicle and are proud to share your ins and outs of space efficiency then email [email protected] Spots are limited, so if you are interested in displaying your van email Adam ASAP.Curious about life on the road? Here’s your chance to check out some of the Boulder area’s raddest homes-on-wheels. Elevation Outdoors Magazine’s road team Live Outside and Play will have their van there to check out as well.If you like vans, craft beer, and like-minded adventure junkies, you belong here!last_img read more

Syracuse mixes up formations to keep opponents ‘on their toes’

first_img Published on October 3, 2018 at 12:28 am Contact Eric: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ When starting setter Jalissa Trotter suffered an injury early last season, Syracuse heavily utilized a 5-1 formation, in which five players are hitters and only one acts as a setter. Upon her return, the Orange switched back to using more of their 6-2 formation, where all six players can hit and two also act as setters.This season, currently at full-strength, SU (8-4, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) SU alternates between the two, helping the Orange through their current five game win streak that includes starting 4-0 in ACC play.“I think switching back from the 5-1 and 6-2 is something that can also keep teams on their toes where they have to worry, ‘Oh, they’re going from here to here to here, so we have to be prepared for it,’” Trotter said. “So if they think we’re running the 6-2 they have to prepare, and if we switch mid-game and they’re like, ‘Oh, we didn’t go over this’ or ‘How do we change?’”The 5-1 formation is considered to be the standard in volleyball as each player only has one responsibility and with one setter, one player runs the offense. When Trotter is in the 5-1, however, she stays on the court the whole time and doesn’t get a chance to sub out and take a “mental break.”The 6-2 formation allows for more substitutions as the setters typically play three rotations and then sub out. The system is both offensive and defensive, associate head coach Erin Little said. Every player can hit, but there are also two players who can set. A 6-2 formation also allows for a setter in both the front and back rows, normally playing opposite each other on SU’s side of the court.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Really it’s based on what’s going to make us the best team that night,” Little said. “So whether that is based on injuries or who’s performing well, we want to put those players that are performing well on the floor.”This year Syracuse has a lot of options to choose from, making switches between formations easier, Trotter said. Ten players have played 28 or more sets this season. On the offensive side, seven players have more than 40 points.Trotter has remained the main setter, accounting for a team high 397 assists. Elena Karakasi is the only other player in triple digits, with 145.“We have a really strong team this year,” SU libero Aliah Bowllan said. “I’d say every player, whether they’re on the bench or on the court is pretty equal, it’s just figuring out what six players gel the best.”Most teams SU plays usually commit to one system or the other, Little said. However, some teams switch throughout the season or, like Syracuse, will do so in-game. To prepare for how other teams will play, the Orange normally watch tape from at least three of their upcoming opponent’s most recent games.The different formations can “keep teams on their toes,” Trotter said. But SU knows not all opponents will be flustered, just as the Orange try not to be affected by other team’s formations.“I think you want to focus on your team first, what are your strengths and making sure you’re not changing your strengths all the time based on what someone else is doing,” Little said.What Syracuse runs all depends on the situation, both Trotter and Bowllan said. If an opponent is shorter, for example, Trotter said running a 6-2 can be more effective with three or four hitters up all the time. Sometimes, a 5-1 is better so that middle hitters have an open lane to run plays behind the setter, making slide hits easier.But often the formation being used is simply whichever plays to the Syracuse players’ strengths.“We want to put the players that can help us on the floor,” Little said. “If that means bringing in somebody to serve, if that’s defensively, if that’s adding a hitter or a blocker, whatever will make us the best team, we want to put them on the floor. It kind of forms into the systems we’ll play.”center_img Commentslast_img read more