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Activists and refugees protest on both sides of the San Diego-Tijuana border

first_imgOn the morning of Nov. 25, the San Diego Migrant and Refugee Solidarity Coalition held an International Day of Action in Solidarity with the Caravan and Exodus from Central America with the hundreds of migrants who have already reached the border at Tijuana, Baja California. Later in the day U.S. border police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at refugees trying to cross into the U.S. The MRSC, a multiracial collective of grassroots and radical organizations, grew out of a coalition that has been protesting the Otay Mesa migrant detention center for many months. Union del Barrio offers key leadership to the coalition, which includes members of Colectivo Zapatista, Border Angels, American Indian Movement, Workers World Party, Party for Socialism and Liberation, Committee Against Police Brutality-San Diego, Palestinian Youth Movement and many other groups. Concerned that groups from outside the San Diego area have “parachuted in” with little-to-no regard for local organizers, the MRSC issued a call focused on the needs and demands of people in San Diego and Tijuana. The group’s national call contained six demands: respect the right to asylum; process the asylum claims; acknowledge the role of U.S. intervention in Central America causing this exodus; increase international solidarity, including from the U.N. and Red Cross; release migrants in detention centers; and prosecute anyone who violates the human rights of asylum seekers.Transnational solidarityAbout 500 activists gathered at Larsen Field, a local park near the U.S.-Mexico border. There a multinational group of speakers addressed the crowd. Chicanx activists expressed internationalist solidarity with Central American refugees. Members of the Palestinian Youth Movement expressed their solidarity and declared an end to all borders from Palestine to Mexico.  A moving appeal came from Mexican activists who have helped the migrants in their trek through Mexico. These leaders expressed their gratitude to the crowd for their support and dispelled myths that the people of Mexico opposed the migrants.Following the Larsen Field rally, the crowd marched three-quarters of a mile east to the U.S.-Mexico border crossing. As hundreds of protesters walked down the Camino de la Plaza, the crowd grew and traffic stopped.  Despite the solidarity march disrupting traffic headed to the Las Americas Premium Outlets, a popular destination for tourists, San Diegans and Mexican nationals, pedestrians and drivers greeted it with curiosity and support. Once the marchers reached the border crossing, speeches and chants resumed. In a volume surely loud enough to be heard across the wall in Tijuana, protestors chanted, “Let them in! Let them in!” “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! This borderwall has got to go!” and other messages of solidarity.  It became evident that the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol intended to ramp up their maneuvers even before skirmishes occurred on the Mexican side of the border. Twin CBP Blackhawk helicopters circulated above, and CBP agents patrolled Camino de la Plaza in Chevy Tahoe SUVs and even all-terrain vehicles.  The MRSC march was held in concert with an even larger action across the border in Tijuana. As many as 1,000 refugees and supporters marched there, demanding their asylum claims be respected.  Over the past month, the refugees had begun to arrive. Many of the earliest arrivals consisted of people of oppressed genders and sexualities who had faced state-sponsored repression and sexual assault in their home countries and later by Mexican authorities.  By many accounts, the Tijuana working class has been gracious in its reception of the Central American asylum seekers — just as many had earlier been for Haitian migrants to the city. However, reactionary forces have also mobilized in opposition.  Highly unpopular Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastélum, of the far-right National Action Party, has instigated local hysteria and even begun to wear a red baseball cap inscribed “Make Tijuana Great Again” — taking his cues from Trump’s bombastics.CBP fires upon asylum seekersSome have wondered whether the U.S. president’s approval of the use of force against the asylum seekers was mere hyperbole. Reports have noted that many of the troops deployed are unarmed and their numbers seemed to be decreasing. However, the CBP’s use of force this past Sunday underscores the seriousness of Trump’s words.As a group of about 500 refugees and activists began to run toward the border crossing, in hopes of gaining entry and having their cases heard, the CBP fired tear gas and rubber bullets from the United States into Mexico at the asylum seekers, including children. There are reports that a young girl was seriously injured.  In their eagerness to repress, CBP agents were witnessed speeding down Camino de la Plaza so fast that they almost broadsided a car leaving the shopping center. The Mexican Interior Ministry has said it would deport the people detained for rushing the border. The refugee conflict presents the incoming government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador with a crisis, since most of Lopez’s voters are sympathetic with the refugees, while Washington will demand that he repress them.The protests on both sides closed the border for five hours to pedestrians and autos, disrupting the regular flow of business. Las Americas Premium Outlets were also forced to shut down. While people on social media and at the border expressed concern over the delays, the general consensus was in support of the refugees, once people understood why.  Sunday, Nov. 25, signals a long struggle ahead for the migrants and their allies.last_img read more

Film in Limerick and local Education and Training Board launch partnership…

first_imgLinkedin TAGSfilmKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick and Clare Education and Training BoardLimerick Post Facebook Twitter Previous articleSamaritans Ireland appeals for donationsNext articleBallysteen and Monaleen raise €6,000+ for the UHL Meghann Scully Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live 30/01/2020Paul Patton, Head of Further Education and Training, Limerick and Clare ETB and Paul C. Ryan, Regional Film Manager, Film in Limerick. and Pic: Don MoloneyINNOVATE Limerick through Film in Limerick and Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board have announced details of a partnership that will deliver new training initiatives and events to help develop the local film sector in the Mid-West and prepare aspiring and emerging filmmakers for employment in the screen industries.Building on the success of recent initiatives including Film in Limerick’s Meet-Up series in Limerick and Ennis, and the Film in Limerick Delegation to the Berlin International Film Festival in February, this new partnership will see further training and project development initiatives rolled out over the coming year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Starting on Wednesday 15 April at 2pm, the first new event to launch is Wednesday Workshops, a 10-week programme of free online film workshops delivered by industry experts.Each week a different guest tutor will deliver an online class in their specialism and everything from sound design and editing to creative producing and documentary direction will be covered.Anyone can sign up for one, or all, of the workshops and brush up their film skills from home.The first event on April 15th will feature Lorcan Finnegan and John McDonnell, the director and producer of new Irish Sci-Fi thriller, Vivarium, starring Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg.Lorcan and John will talk about the process of developing and filming their feature, which premiered at Cannes last year and was released across major digital platforms last week.In addition to the Wednesday Workshops, the partnership is developing an International Documentary Development Lab with selected participants taking part in a year-long training programme for documentary producers and directors.A 22-week online screenwriting course, which will cater for those looking to professionalise their writing output will also be introduced later in the year.An expanded masterclass series that will bring top industry experts to Limerick to inspire and educate those working, or looking to work, in film and TV in the Mid-West is also planned.Commenting on the partnership, Regional Film Manager Paul C. Ryan said: “We are delighted to be working with Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board on this new partnership.“Over the coming year we will launch new courses and career development opportunities to train and expand our local crew base in the Mid-West.“We are especially looking forward to the Wednesday Workshops series that starts after Easter – an opportunity for anyone at any level of experience to learn from some great industry guests we have lined up.” he said.Paul Patton, Director of Further Education & Training at Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board said: “I wish to acknowledge the work by Film in Limerick over the past number of months in the development of the many initiatives to help advance the local film scene in our region.“Now more than ever, it’s vital we take an innovative approach to the delivery of training. We’re delighted to partner with Film in Limerick on this great free online workshop initiative.” he added.Further details for all the events will be posted on the Film in Limerick Facebook page at – and make sure to sign up to Film in Limerick’s mailing list to be kept in the loop about all the opportunities coming up for filmmakers in the Mid-West.Sign up online here. Advertisement WhatsApp Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads LimerickNewsFilm in Limerick and local Education and Training Board launch partnership to support local filmmakersBy Meghann Scully – April 8, 2020 167 Email Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

Lawyers/Activists Seek Reconstitution Of Central Committee For Reforms In Criminal Laws In Accordance With Principles Of ‘Participatory Democracy’ [Read Letter]

first_imgNews UpdatesLawyers/Activists Seek Reconstitution Of Central Committee For Reforms In Criminal Laws In Accordance With Principles Of ‘Participatory Democracy’ [Read Letter] Akshita Saxena16 July 2020 6:17 AMShare This – xA letter has been addressed to Prof. (Dr.) Ranbir Singh, Chairperson of the Committee for Reforms in Criminal Laws, raising strong objections to the constitution and the processes employed by the Committee, including the “rushed timeline” proposed. The letter has been penned by a group of lawyers, activists, social workers, counsellors, academicians, psychologists, policy…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA letter has been addressed to Prof. (Dr.) Ranbir Singh, Chairperson of the Committee for Reforms in Criminal Laws, raising strong objections to the constitution and the processes employed by the Committee, including the “rushed timeline” proposed. The letter has been penned by a group of lawyers, activists, social workers, counsellors, academicians, psychologists, policy consultants and other professionals working on child rights across the country. They have expressed concerns over Lack of Diversity in the Committee inasmuch as there is no representation from various groups and sections of the society that are to be directly impacted by reforms in criminal laws of the country. “There is a stark absence of women members, members from the LGBTQ community, members belonging to religious minorities, members belonging to the SC/ST groups, and persons with disabilities, to name a few,” the letter points out. The addressees have thus called upon the Committee to be “reconstituted in accordance with the principles of participatory democracy” thereby creating an “inclusive and meaningful process towards sustainable reform of the criminal laws in India”. They also contest the Inadequate Time-frame provided to the stakeholders to respond to all questions/ issues. “We find it irresponsible that the 160 year old criminal laws of this country are proposed to be drastically altered within a period of only six months…We find it difficult to understand how it would be possible to engage with the breadth of issues in the current criminal laws that impact vast groups, in such a short period of time and that too with consideration of inputs from various stakeholders, including children,” they contest. The letter states that the questions raised vide the recent questionnaire require “evidence-based deliberations” and consideration of multiple and diverse points of view that take into account factors like larger socio-cultural frameworks, adolescent development, and the use of the criminal law to victimize the very groups it seeks to protect. Inter alia, the letter seeks: 1) View child welfare in contiguity with other indicators of immediate concern such as poverty, homelessness, displacement, bonded labor etc. “Pushing through criminal reform in legislation on the basis of opinions sought around a limited & inadequate questionnaire when basic safeguards and welfare are being attacked, shows no inclination to meaningfully making reforms to address societal issues but only in managing it,” it suggests. 2) Publish Terms of Reference of the Committee and all submissions made to it as well as Committee’s reasoned responses “The ‘Expert Consultations’ and ‘Open Consultations’ cannot be fully democratic and transparent processes unless the Terms of Reference of the Committee and all submissions (expert and non expert) made to the Committee as well as the reasoned responses of the Committee are made public on the website. The reasons behind the decision to forgo historically standard practices of law reform such as setting up of law commissions under the Union Ministry of Law and conducting national consultations in favor of the current Committee and process must also be made clear,” the group has urged. The five-member Committee was constituted by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs vide Notification 1-2-19 Judicial Cell (Part I) dated 4-5-2020, to recommend criminal reforms in India. It comprises three professors from National Law University, Delhi, including the Chairperson and the Convenor. The composition of the Committee is as follows: Prof. (Dr.) Ranbir Singh (Chairperson), Vice-Chancellor, National Law University Delhi Prof. (Dr.) G.S. Bajpai (Member & Convenor), Registrar, National Law University Delhi Prof. (Dr.) Balraj Chauhan (Member), Professor, National Law University Delhi Mr. Mahesh Jethmalani (Member), Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India Mr. G.P. Thareja (Member), Former District & Session Judge, Delhi Recently, former High Court and Supreme Court Judges, Senior Advocates, Academics and Former Bureaucrats, working with the criminal justice system across the country had also expressed concerns over the composition and transparency in functioning of the Committee. Highlighting the significance of “meaningful public engagement” with the work of the Committee, the luminaries had called upon the Committee to “demonstrate its bonafides and its commitment to a rigorous law reform exercise by ensuring full transparency regarding its constitution and its functioning.” Responding to the letter, the Committee had issued a Public Notice specifying its intention to indulge in an “open, transparent and fair” discussion on the proposed criminal reforms in India. “Since its establishment, the Committee has been inclined to be open, transparent and fair in its working. We fully respect all the opinions and suggestion made to us. The structural part of it .e.g. composition- lies with the M.H.A. but for its functional part we are completely autonomous and willing to respect the suggestions,” the Committee had clarified. Click Here To Download Letter Read Letter Next Storylast_img read more

Main evening news, sport, nuacht and obituaries Friday 27th October 2017

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Main evening news, sport, nuacht and obituaries Friday 27th October 2017 By News Highland – October 27, 2017 Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+ Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmecenter_img Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Previous articlePublic’s concern for homelessness in Donegal highlightedNext articleDonegal – ‘Media’s Favourite Place in Ireland’ News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Facebook Main evening news, sport, nuacht and obituaries Friday 27th October 2017Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitterlast_img read more

Chamber reminds of DIR letter

first_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Print Article The Pike County Chamber of Commerce board of directors has sent its members a reminder of the Department of Industrial Relations’ (DIR) Assessment Due letter that requires immediate attention before Sep. 9, 2011.“Each employer is being assessed 0.07 percent of their taxable wages for the year immediately preceding the calendar year in order to pay back interest on funds borrowed for unemployment compensation,” said Kathy Sauer, Chamber president. “We are reminding employers to pay attention to this letter and respond accordingly.”Due to high levels of unemployment over the last several years, it has been necessary for the sate to borrow money for the Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund in order to pay unemployment compensation benefits. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Skip Email the author You Might Like Local wins Trojan Classic Troy bodybuilder Maurice Harrell took top honors at the All Natural NGA Trojan Classic Bodybuilding Championship at Troy University on… read more Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell Sauer said that, for small business owners, this assessment might be minimal. Large employers will be faced with, perhaps, a significant, amount that they do not normally pay.Troy Regional Medical Center is one of Pike County’s largest employers. Teresa Grimes, TRMC administrator, said the hospital has been working toward calculating its assessment and is in compliance. The hospital’s assessment is $1,630. Although the assessments were not a budget items, employers are accepting the challenge of the unexpected expense as a sign of the times, Sauer said. Published 10:40 pm Monday, August 22, 2011 According to information released by the DIR, from 2007 through 2010 more was paid in unemployment benefits than was collected in unemployment compensation taxes. The Trust Fund balance went to zero an, as in the case of more than 30 other states, it was necessary for the Alabama DIR to borrow from the US Treasury to pay benefits.Through the taxes paid by employers, most of these funds have been repaid and the DIR is projecting a positive balance early in 2012.Federal law does not allow any sate to pay interest expenses with unemployment tax revenues. This expense must be assessed to employers. Each employer is assessed 0.07 percent of their taxable wages for the year immediately preceding the calendar year when interest payment became necessary. The employer’s assessment is calculated for taxable wages for the calendar year 2010. By The Penny Hoarder Latest Stories The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Chamber reminds of DIR letterlast_img read more

Friends host sendoff for Laliberte

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson You Might Like He worked at WTBF Radio, first with high school sports and later as a sidekick to the late Ralph Black on the Morning Show.David “Doc” Kirby, WTBF, said Ralph Black enlisted Laliberte to work with him on sports programs and then on the Morning Show.“David and Ralph were buddies and Ralph knew how smart Dave is and how interesting he is,” Kirby said. “They made a good combination on the Morning Show. The chit-chat between the two of them drew a large audience for more than a decade.”David Laliberte will be missed by the Troy community and he will be remembered fondly by all who know him, said Edith Synco.“We will all miss Dave but we are thrilled that he is starting a new chapter in his life with his family in Nebraska,” Synco said. “We all wish him the very best and every happiness.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Email the author David Laliberte is originally from Massachusetts. He and Jean moved to Troy about 30 years ago and immediately became a part of the community.He taught math at Charles Henderson middle and high schools and retired from public education several years ago. He was the organist at Park Memorial for several years.  Jean retired from Troy University in 2017 as associate Vice Chancellor for Development.“Dave was a fantastic math teacher and tutor, said Edith Synco. “Many of his students called him, ‘Mr. La.’ He was the organist at Park Memorial for several years and also our choir pianist.”In his retirement, Laliberte continued to tutor children and remained active in the community.  Sponsored Content Print Article By Jaine Treadwell U.S. death toll hits ‘sobering’ high The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 this week, as the virus claimed roughly the entire population of… read more Park Memorial United Methodist Church hosted a Portico Send-off for David Laliberte Wednesday night and a large number of friends came to wish him all the best as he moves from his home here in Troy.Laliberte lost his wife, Jean, in June and made the decision for he and his dog, Annie, to go live with his daughter, Jeni Gruber and her family in Nebraska.Barbara Synco, a church member and friend, said Jeni’s husband, Nick Gruber flew to Troy on Wednesday morning to drive back to Nebraska with his father-in-law. David Laliberte, seated in center at top, was treated to a drive-by sendoff from friends and church members on Wednesday. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day “Nick and Dave left early this morning (Thursday) on the 17-hour drive to Nebraska,” Synco said. “Nick and Jeni have two young sons and they live in a town just outside Lincoln. So, Dave will be with family and that will be a blessing for all of them.”The “best wishes” send-off was held in compliance with the restrictions of COVID-19.“Dave was seated in a chair under the portico and his many friends drove through, let down the car windows, wished him all the best and said their goodbyes,” Synco said. “Everyone let Dave know they will be thinking about him. Many brought cards for him. He will be missed at the church and throughout the community.” Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 8:54 pm Thursday, September 24, 2020 Skip Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Friends host sendoff for Laliberte Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Latest Storieslast_img read more

Boundary layer physics over snow and ice

first_imgObservations of the unique chemical environment over snow and ice in recent decades, particularly in the polar regions. have stimulated increasing interest in the boundary layer processes that mediate exchanges between the ice/snow interface and the atmosphere. This paper provides a review of the underlying concepts and examples from recent field studies in polar boundary layer meteorology, which will generally apply to atmospheric flow over snow and ice surfaces. It forms a companion paper to the chemistry review papers in this special issue of ACP that focus on processes linking halogens to the depletion of boundary layer ozone in coastal environments, mercury transport and deposition, snow photochemistry, and related snow physics. In this context, observational approaches, stable boundary layer behavior, the effects of a weak or absent diurnal cycle, and transport and mixing over the heterogeneous surfaces characteristic of coastal ocean environments are of particular relevance.last_img read more

Bitcoin is not money—yet

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A fairly obscure case in the Miami-Dade County Circuit Court speaks volumes about the role of Bitcoin in the national consciousness—in both the rapt attention it received from techies and privacy zealots and the way it demonstrated that most people, lawmakers included, still have no idea what to make of virtual currency.On the surface, Judge Teresa Pooler presided over a fairly straightforward money laundering case, the defendant having facilitated the sale of stolen credit card numbers.In this instance, however, the exchange was made using Bitcoin rather than an old-fashioned suitcase full of bills.But since the judge ruled that Bitcoin does not qualify as money, what took place technically wasn’t money laundering in her view. Case dismissed.It’s easy to picture gangs of shady characters rushing to fence goods with impunity before this decision can be appealed, or before lawmakers can patch up the loophole. continue reading »last_img read more

New SUNY protocols bring big consequences to students breaking COVID-19 rules

first_img“If you’re going to come to campus, please pay attention to what you’re doing,” said Ross-Scott. “Wear a mask, sit in the assigned seat we’ve given you. Think about it, it’s for your health, and the health of the community.” “When we call [students] and say ‘Hey, you’re part of the random sample, you need to come in and test,’ you need to come,” said SUNY Broome Vice President of Student Development and Chief Diversity Officer Carol Ross-Scott. SUNY Broome is asking students to stay vigilant, and take the necessary extra precautions. “People are listening, our community is listening to us. If you just listen and follow the guidelines, we’ll be okay and we’ll be able to keep our numbers very low,” said Ross-Scott. Binghamton University has seen a rise in positive cases, with the current number at 34. SUNY Broome has had a little more luck, only having one active case right now. “If it’s really egregious, not only are we going to suspend you from our campus, you’re not going to be able to attend another SUNY institution,” said Ross-Scott. The new protocols bring consequences to actions like failing to quarantine, or holding large gatherings both on and off-campus. If a student breaks those rules, they could face a suspension, or even expulsion. (WBNG) — As colleges all across the U.S. experience COVID-19 cases on campus, the SUNY system has introduced some new rules to keep the virus contained. To read the full list of new protocols, head over to this link.last_img read more

$73 Million Settlement Is Reached in Sex Abuse Suit Involving U.C.L.A. Gynecologist

first_imgElizabeth A. Kramer, a lawyer for the women who filed the lawsuit, said in an email on Monday night that the sexual abuse was pervasive. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – The University of California system has agreed to pay $73 million to more than 5,500 women who were patients of a former U.C.L.A. gynecologist who has been charged with 20 felony counts of sexual assault.The settlement terms were made public on Monday in a class-action lawsuit against the university system and the physician, Dr. James Heaps. The suit was initiated by seven women who say Dr. Heaps sexually abused them during medical examinations. – Advertisement – “The settlement, if approved, will provide real and immediate compensation to thousands of women — no less than $2,500 and up to $250,000, or more in extraordinary circumstances,” Ms. Kramer wrote. “In a case involving widespread sexual misconduct, a class settlement compensates survivors who otherwise would not have come forward to seek relief from the courts, through a respectful and confidential process.”Under the terms of the settlement, the University of California system will pay the entire amount. “The incidents described in the lawsuit reflect alleged conduct that is contrary to our values,” U.C.L.A. Health said in a statement on Monday. “We thank the individuals who came forward and hope that this settlement — which is still subject to court approval — is one small step forward for the patients involved.”- Advertisement – In the settlement, the university system and Dr. Heaps do not admit wrongdoing, which is not uncommon. The settlement in the lawsuit, which was approved by the university system’s Board of Regents, still needs a judge’s approval.The civil suit, which was filed in October 2019, is separate from the criminal case against Dr. Heaps, who was employed at the student health center at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 1983 to 2010. Dr. Heaps, 64, worked at U.C.L.A. Health from 2014 to 2018. He was initially charged in June 2019 and has pleaded not guilty to all charges. A lawyer for Dr. Heaps did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday night.U.C.L.A. Health said that an independent review of how the university responds to allegations of sexual misconduct by medical professionals — commissioned by the Board of Regents — was completed this year. “U.C.L.A. is committed to policies and procedures to protect patients,” the university system said.One of the women who filed the lawsuit said that Dr. Heaps made sexual comments about her during an exam while he inserted his fingers into her vagina. The woman said that Dr. Heaps inappropriately touched her genitalia and thighs, and asked her if she was dating anyone and how often she had sex, according to the lawsuit. Another former patient said that Dr. Heaps had “fondled, cupped, and jiggled her breasts in a sexual manner, as if for his own sexual gratification or in an attempt to sexually stimulate her.” The $73 million settlement shared some parallels with a $215 million settlement that the University of Southern California reached with former patients of Dr. George Tyndall, the campus gynecologist accused of sexual misconduct involving hundreds of patients during his decades-long tenure. That settlement was approved by a judge in February.last_img read more