Brokers are back, but what about buyers?

first_imgShare via Shortlink Preparations kicked into high gear last week as the residential real estate industry waited with bated breath for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to confirm the city was moving into phase two of reopening, which allows for showings in the flesh.Agents, developers and brokerages blame the ban for a dramatic drop-off in sales and rentals. So hopes — and balance sheets — are depending on consumers to start showing up to see homes across the city again.But some things will be different. Masks, gloves, booties and hand sanitizer will be mainstays, as will health-screening questionnaires and even liability forms.But adrenaline is so high, said Bess Freedman, CEO of Brown Harris Stevens, that she has even had trouble sleeping. “The lead-up has been really intense,” she said.In addition to preparing for offices to reopen, Pam Liebman, CEO and president of the Corcoran Group, has been fielding client calls to refer to agents.“There is a lot of pent-up demand,” she said. “[Agents] are anxious to get back out there.”Jordan Sachs, CEO of Bold New York, said he anticipates a surge in listings and more activity on the streets as agents start pounding the pavement again.“Phase two is going to start bringing back the energy,” he said. “The brokerage community is going to come out swinging on Monday and they’re going to create that energy for consumers.”Not all agents are as gung ho, however.Trichter said she landed three new sellers as phase two approached but none wanted to list immediately, given lingering questions about so-called pandemic pricing.“We’re all raring to go,” she said. “But I think for the most part, most people are just going to wait and see what happens.”Matthew Lesser, Leslie J. GarfieldMatthew Lesser of Leslie J. Garfield agreed, pointing to the start of summer and end of the school year as a time when people check out. He said he has eight properties that he expects to list gradually over the next few weeks.“Things haven’t really changed for me,” he professed. “Buyers are out there, no question, and I think people are waiting to see what inventory hits the market and where they’re priced.”Deanna Kory, CorcoranCorcoran’s Deanna Kory is bringing six listings online Monday, but she echoed the sentiment, noting that with the July 4 holiday coming up, things will likely be slow. She also noted that there could be buildings that maintain their lockdowns and refuse to allow showings.“We don’t know what we’re walking into,” she said, pointing to one well-heeled building on the Upper West Side that’s only allowing showings between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays.Roughly 15 percent to 20 percent of the hundreds of luxury buildings that property manager Orsid Realty oversees in Manhattan have no plans to relax their lockdown rules, which often includes barring guests from entering the building, according to executive vice president Dennis DePaolo.Most agents say that inaccessibility to a property now will be a dealbreaker.Noel Roberts, Nest SeekersHamptons-based Noel Roberts of Nest Seekers International recalled buyers requesting to walk the perimeter of a 1.5-acre property and peer in the windows. “We immediately crossed it off the list,” he said, “because they’re not going to make a $3 million decision on a house that they can’t see.” Showings have since resumed on Long Island.Lesser also said most of his clients would not close a deal without touring it.But given uncertainty about the economy, showings might not be enough to unfreeze the residential market. Ken Horn of Alchemy Properties, the developer behind the Woolworth Buliding’s condos, is expecting to complete construction on the sales gallery for his 378 West End Avenue condo in July.But he said he was “undecided, frankly” about when it might actually open, citing the typically slow summer months.Despite questions over whether showings will translate into buying, many, like Compass’ Ryan, feel deals are inevitable. Pricing, though, is another matter.“Just by the sheer nature of increasing showings, there will be an increase in offers and contract signs,” said Ryan. “It will be extremely interesting to see what those offers look like.”Write to Erin Hudson at [email protected] Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink “Phase two is going to start bringing back the energy:” Residential brokers are coming back in full force, despite some reservations (iStock)For three months, McKenzie Ryan has had a war room to prepare for showings to restart in New York City.The Compass broker has written a Post-it Note with the name of every potential buyer who’s reached out to her.“That’s how I have to keep track of it,” she said. “I literally need a map.”Now, it’s go time.McKenzie Ryan, CompassAgents are excited, anxious or, in some cases, ambivalent as the ban on showing New York City properties lifts today.Some are binge-watching webinars on reopening protocols. Others are studying legislation, guidance and reems of documents prepared by their firms and the Real Estate Board of New York.“I’m reading, reading, reading,” said Sheila Trichter, a broker at Warburg Realty. “What are recommendations, what are rules, what are laws.”Read moreWhat phase 2 will look like for NYC real estateHealth screenings, liability forms: REBNY offers guidance for in-person showingsCuomo to NYC: “It’s on!” TagsCoronavirusResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

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The Cost of VR: a Consumer Response

first_imgThe Cost of VR: a Consumer ResponseEedar’s Patrick Walker analyses the public’s reaction to VR hardwarePatrick WalkerFriday 22nd January 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articlehtcOculus VR Inc.SonyOn January 6th, Oculus launched its preorder campaign and started the “year of VR” in earnest with the first price announcement for a high-end VR headset. After months of consumer and analyst speculation and very little comment from the major hardware manufacturers on headset pricing, Oculus announced a launch price of $599.99, higher than what was expected by many consumers. The messaging strategy for Oculus quickly became clear, with founder Palmer Luckey emphasizing that Oculus had committed to the path of “prioritizing quality over cost, trying to deliver the best VR experience possible with current technology.” HTC is taking a similar quality-first messaging strategy, announcing in December that not releasing in 2015 was the result of “a very, very big technological breakthrough.” And while many assume that Sony will have the cheapest of the three headsets, Sony has not officially revealed many details on the price and hardware specs of the PlayStation VR.So where does this put consumers as they wait for the next major announcement? Here are four takeaways from an analysis of consumer awareness and sentiment conducted a week after the price announcement:1) Oculus has gained a significant lead in gamer awareness by consistently being a frontrunner in VR product announcements and news.Oculus has been in the forefront of VR news since it launched its August 2012 Kickstarter campaign and quickly reached its funding goal. It can be argued that VR finally reached a mainstream awareness when Facebook purchased Oculus for $2BN in March of 2014. These high publicity events helped make Oculus the VR headset gamers were most aware of when EEDAR first measured VR awareness in October 2014. Notably, Oculus Rift has also increased in gamer awareness the most since 2014, to the point where more than 8 out of 10 North American PC and Console gamers are aware of the product.PlayStation VR (formerly Project Morpheus) has also seen a significant increase in awareness since 2014, driven in part by the roaring success of the PlayStation 4 platform. Meanwhile, the HTC Vive has yet to gain gamer mindshare (only 14 per cent aware), despite generating significant industry buzz when initially showing the product in March 2015 at GDC. It is likely that PlayStation VR and Vive will see significant awareness increases as they release more launch details.2) The messaging strategy for the Oculus Rift price point has emphasized quality above all else – and it seems to be working.Palmer Luckey has positioned the Oculus as targeting a separate market from the PlayStation VR, not only because of the console vs. PC platform difference but also because of his belief in the higher quality of the Oculus unit. The data suggests this belief is currently shared by gamers. Among PC and console gamers that are aware of the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR but not the Vive (suggesting moderate but not extensive knowledge of upcoming VR devices), 82 per cent believe the Oculus will provide the higher quality VR experience. Perhaps more interesting is the consumer expectation that Oculus will provide a higher quality VR experience at launch than the HTC Vive. The technical specifications of the two units are not expected to be radically different and HTC recently announced updated Vive launch features, some of which, such as the forward-facing AR camera, are not expected to be part of the Oculus Rift experience at launch. Another factor that may be influencing consumer quality perception is the high number of games Oculus has shown compared to HTC and Sony. HTC and Sony both have an opportunity to increase consumer quality expectations as they show more software. 3) Consumers expect that the PlayStation VR will be priced lower than the Oculus and Vive.Gamers are in line with industry expectations (and possible price leaks, although it is important to note there have been contradictory leaks suggesting higher pricing as well) that the PlayStation VR will be priced lower than the Oculus and the Vive. This belief in the industry is based in part on Sony’s deep experience in hardware manufacturing and the lower technical specifications of the PlayStation 4 compared to an Oculus-capable PC (although this was mitigated somewhat by the news that the PlayStation VR would have both the cost and the power of an external processing unit). In addition, the high-profile (and much lauded) PlayStation 4 launch price undercut of the Xbox One in 2013 is still fresh in the minds of consumers. Sony has said little on pricing other than CEO Andrew House stating in September that the PlayStation VR would be priced as a platform, suggesting pricing of at least $400.A significant percentage of consumers (31 per cent) aware of all three devices still think that the Vive will be lowest cost device on the market. This is in spite of the fact that many analysts and press outlets now expect the Vive to be the highest priced unit after seeing the recently announced specs and features of the Vive launch unit. However, launching at a price higher than or equal to the Oculus would likely be less of a messaging challenge for HTC than Sony. While low pricing expectations for the Vive are likely driven mostly by lack of product knowledge, a majority of VR-savvy console gamers are aware of the PlayStation VR and firmly expect lower pricing than Oculus. 4) Gamers have reset their VR pricing expectations as more information about VR has become available.Although it wasn’t until 2016 that the high-end VR race really kicked off with the first price announcement, the VR landscape has evolved dramatically since the end of 2014 when EEDAR first analyzed consumer VR awareness. Full product demonstrations, purchasable mobile VR units, and software previews have dramatically increased consumer knowledge. One byproduct of this is a consumer base that is far more accepting of VR units being priced as full platforms. In October 2014, only 14 per cent of gamers interested in VR believed they would be willing to spend more than $300 on a headset. Little more than a year later, this percentage has increased to almost half. Granted, initial launch units will cost significantly more than $300 and are targeting early adopters, but the data does show how quickly consumer pricing expectations can change. Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The VR & AR newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. 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Puckett awarded Health Department Employee of the Year

first_imgHomeNewsPuckett awarded Health Department Employee of the Year Puckett awarded Health Department Employee of the Year‘I like dealing with the public’, honoree saysMarch 14, 2021Mark CarpenterNews, Top Stories0 Top Searches Top Searches Adams County Ohio Valley School DistrictSportsSeama PreviousWest Union Council discusses path project, food truck quarrelsNextHarold Duane Ayers Around the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterThis Weird Method Can Restore Your Vision Naturally (Watch)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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Arrow right #1 Icon Created with Sketch. By Ashley McCartyLocal Registrar and Secretary Lois (“Podie”) Puckett of the Adams County Health Department has been named the 2021 Employee of the Year.This honor was presented to her by Health Commissioner Dr. William Hablitzel at the recent Health District Advisory Council meeting.Puckett began her commendable career as Local Registrar 21 years ago in December of 1999. At that time, the Adams County Health Department sat inside the old bones of 116 West Walnut Street. An antiquated brick building which, sitting stately on the corner, many can remember visiting.“I wasn’t doing anything, and my mother was the county health nurse when I was younger. This job popped up in the paper, and at the time I was just staying at home, so I applied. I knew the people that hired me, they actually worked for my mother. [They thought] that I was a good candidate, I guess, and hired me. Now, I’m [also] the secretary up at the front window. I’ve greeted people for the past 21 years,” said Puckett.With a renowned, eager willingness, Puckett has donned the well-weathered hats of many roles over the years.“Being at the front window, I do a little bit of everything. I mainly answer the phones. If someone’s not here from, say, environmental health, I will help somebody if they come in for something like septic or something. I will help them get them through it. I don’t do the inspections, but I will give them the paperwork. Any odd jobs that anybody has around the office, if nurses need me to do copying, I will do that, I will fax. I fill in for people if they need something. I do a little bit of everything,” said Puckett.While her main job is birth and death certificates, she will help anyone with whatever they need her to do, she said.“Like these clinics, I will help them do that. I get people started, or if they’ve got too much to do, I will fill in. It’s a good job, I really do enjoy working here. It’s something new everyday. For the past 21 years I’ve done something new every day. So, it’s never a boring job. It’s an interesting job, and I love being with the people. I love working with people, and the staff is just incredible,” said Puckett.One of the things she loves most about her job is the people she works with.“I like dealing with the public. I like to meet new people when they come in. It’s interesting, I just love it, and the other coworkers are just easy to work with. This is a hard job, but it’s also an easy job. It’s not an overly strict job, it’s comfortable to work here. You’re not feeling pressured to do things, you’re not under a lot of stress because everybody works together here. We take the burdens off of each other. If someone has too much on their plate, someone jumps in to help them. It’s not like everybody just does one little department. Everybody helps out everybody,” said Puckett.One of the things that makes the job so fun is that they’re like one big group, she said.“I feel very embarrassed getting this award. I do not like attention. I’m honored that they appreciate me like that — but, I feel like everybody should be it. I feel like other people do a lot more than I do. I don’t feel like one person should be singled out. I appreciate this, I really do, but I feel like we all do such a good job here. I love it here,” said Puckett.In the next five years, retirement could be on the horizon.“I will have 25 years in. It just all depends. I may decide [differently]. You always say you can’t wait to retire — I just hate getting up in the mornings,” she said, laughing, “but, the day goes by so quickly. It’s just fun here,” said Puckett.You have to like what you do, or will not succeed in what you do, she said.“It wasn’t just me [that felt she deserved this], we talk among supervisors here in the health department to get an idea and comments from other employees. Podie has been here for 21 years, and in her role she’s literally the face of the health department. People who come for services, whether it’s for a septic system, or to obtain a food license, immunizations, or to see someone in behavioral health, she’s the first person they see. She represents us well. She always has a smile on her face, and she makes people comfortable. In her role as the local registrar, sometimes people come in here for a death certificate for someone who’s recently died, and that can be a difficult time for people. She does that job very well. So, it seems like the logical choice,” said Health Commissioner Dr. William Hablitzel.last_img read more

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Missouri high school students hoist Confederate banner after classmates hand out rainbow flags

first_imgiStock(WEST PLAINS, Mo.)– Students at a southern Missouri high school displayed a Confederate flag in the school’s lunchroom last week in response to students supporting LGBTQ rights handing out rainbow flags earlier in the day, sparking widespread debate online about freedom of speech.Rose, a 15-year-old sophomore at West Plains High School, said she and her friends ordered about 60 rainbow flags on Dec. 9 and began handing them out to other students in a show of inclusiveness.In response, said Rose, some students responded with anti-gay slurs and others ran out of the cafeteria and called their parents to take them home.In addition, several students shared photos of classmates holding up a large Confederate flag along with comments superimposed over the images.“I think it is a problem that we have an entire month dedicated to someone’s sexuality and only a day for veterans,” one student wrote. “You have the right to fly your LGBTQ flag just like I have the right to fly my American and/or rebel flag.”Rose said she had no idea that the gesture would cause controversy.“I wanted to do something nice for the LGBTQ+ kids at my school because I knew a lot of them couldn’t get the flags by themselves,” Rose told ABC News on Tuesday. “And for the students that couldn’t take one, they could at the very least see that they are not alone. It’s very easy to feel that way around here.”As to why students chose to showcase the Confederate flag, Rose said it seems as if it was done to protest against the LGBTQ lifestyle.The West Plains School District issued a statement in response to the incident, saying students on both sides were asked to put their banners away because they were becoming a distraction. No disciplinary action was taken.“While students’ first amendment rights were respected, administrators learned the banners were used by some to taunt other students, which is a distraction to learning and is not acceptable by any measure,” district spokesperson Lana Snodgras told ABC News in a statement Tuesday. “Rather than deal with this as a disciplinary matter, it was treated as a learning experience and opportunity to teach students to respect each other and different viewpoints on a variety of societal issues.”Rose said she agrees with the decision by school administrators to remove all flags but that they didn’t deal with the related issue of bullying.“I think it was entirely appropriate to take away the [confederate] flag. They said something along the lines of, ‘If they can fly their queer flag, we can fly ours,’ but no one was stopping them,” Rose said. “They did that and said that as a kind of retaliation, and to cause a disruption.”“The main point in this story isn’t even the flags — it’s the immense bullying issue,” she said.Rose said some students were “very supporting,” noting how many religious and non-LGBTQ classmates grabbed flags as a show of support.However, she said, “Many harshly bullied the kids with flags, especially after the Confederate flag was brought out.”“The bullying not only targeted queer students, but also students of color,” she said. “I know someone who was shoved and called a racial slur along with many people that were shoved, spit on, and more. People also stole and broke flags from the LGBTQ+ flag holders.”“A lot of my friends, as well as I, are LGBTQ+ and we get bullied more and have a higher chance of being bullied,” Rose added.Rose’s friend Taylor, who helped purchase and pass out the flags, said she witnessed the bullying first-hand.Taylor said that she’s been targeted online by classmates and adults who have said “awful things” because they don’t agree with her opinions.“I wasn’t surprised. People here are closed-minded and I don’t think they’re ready for something like this,” Taylor, a 15-year-old sophomore, told ABC News. “I mean yeah, the school has a problem with racism and homophobia, but what school doesn’t? It isn’t the school’s fault, it’s children and what they’re told.”“People are more concerned about the flags, rather that the bullying. That wasn’t the point. It’s about kids being discriminated against, due to color and sexuality, which is something we should’ve moved past by now,” she added.Both Taylor and Rose said they’re hoping to make the best out of the situation by using it as an example of why people should learn to be more tolerant.“The main thing we can do is educate people,” Rose said. “Many people are hateful just because they don’t understand.”“We need to normalize other sexualities, gender identities and skin colors other than just straight and cisgender and white. People should realize that not everyone is like them and they should be respected, not looked down upon,” she said. “This isn’t ‘asking for special rights’ either — like some would like to believe. The LGBTQ+ students and students of color just want to be treated well.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Magistrate recommends dropping federal criminal charges in 2018 Missouri duck boat accident that killed 17

first_imgiStock/MotortionBy: BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News (NEW YORK) — A federal magistrate judge has recommended that criminal charges be dismissed in a 2018 duck boat sinking during a storm on a Missouri lake that killed 17 people, including nine from the same family.U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush made the recommendation on Friday, writing that a 47-count indictment against the duck boat’s captain, operations supervisor and on-duty manager should be dropped because the tragedy occurred on a lake that is not considered a “navigable waterway” under federal admiralty law governing waterways and highways customarily used for commerce.After hearing arguments from both sides of the case, Rush concluded that the federal court has no jurisdiction over the case and that it should be handled in state court.A final decision on the case has not been made and a hearing on Rush’s recommendation has yet to be scheduled.The maritime calamity, one of the worst in American history, happened on July 19, 2018, on Table Rock Lake near Branson when the Ride the Ducks amphibious vessel owned and operated by Ripley Entertainment sank during a ferocious storm. Among those killed were nine members of the Coleman family of Indianapolis, including four children, the youngest a 1-year-old girl.Other victims were from Illinois, Missouri and Arkansas.A total of 29 passengers and two crew members were on board the Stretch Duck 7 when it experienced turbulent waters during a thunderstorm that swept into the area, officials said. In what was scheduled to be a 70-minute tour of Table Rock Lake, the duck boat was buffeted by gusts of up to 73 miles per hour and capsized by waves that crested at 6 feet, officials said.While the pilot of the boat, Bob Williams, 73, were among those who died, the captain, Kenneth Scott McKee, survived.McKee was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2018. A superseding indictment unsealed in June 2019 also charged Curtis Lanham, the general manager of the boat’s operator, Ride the Ducks Branson, and Charles Baltzell, the manager on duty the day of the deadly trip.All three men were indicted on numerous charges of neglect under the seaman’s manslaughter statute. Each pleaded not guilty to the charges.The earlier indictment against McKee, who had been a duck boat captain for 18 years, alleged that he failed to properly assess incoming weather before launching the boat and did not order passengers to put on life vests as the weather conditions worsened.The National Transportation Safety Board released the findings of its investigation on April 28, 2020, concluding the vessel sank when it was flooded through an air intake hatch on the bow that was not weather tight.The NTSB investigation also found that the tragedy could have been avoided had the U.S. Coast Guard followed recommendations to improve the safety of such tourist attractions that were made following a similar duck boat sinking in Arkansas in 1999 that killed 13 people. The Coast Guard’s failure to require sufficient buoyancy in amphibious vehicles and its failure to address emergency exits on such vehicles with fixed canopies contributed to the sinking and loss of life, according to the NTSB report.In an emotional press conference just days after the deadly voyage, Tia Coleman, who survived the sinking but lost her husband and three children in the tragic lake excursion, said when she and her family boarded the boat, the captain pointed out life jackets but said they wouldn’t be needed.“The captain did say something about life jackets,” Coleman recalled. “He said, ‘Above you are your life jackets. There are three sizes. He said, ‘I’m gonna show you where they are, but you won’t need them. So, no need to worry.’ So we didn’t grab them.”Ripley Entertainment has settled numerous lawsuits stemming from the tragedy, including a $100 million federal lawsuit filed in Kansas City, Missouri, by lawyers representing the Coleman family.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Westminster ramps up idling campaign

first_imgWestminster City Council has taken its anti-idling campaign a further step forward with the launch of #Dontbeidle.The council passes on its thanks to drivers who have already signed the pledge and are making a noticeable difference.Says Andy Warrender, Coaching Manager at the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT): “Idling is still the biggest single obstacle CPT faces in developing new and improved facilities for coaches.“We have repeatedly been faced with a barrage of opposition when proposals are put forward, particularly where these are in residential areas, which are often the most suitable.”Visit westminster.gov.uk/dont-be-idlelast_img read more

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French court condemns government for climate inaction

first_img“This decision marks a first historic victory for the climate and a major step forward in French law,” the NGOs said in a statement. “Until now, the state denied the inadequacy of its climate policies, despite the accumulation of evidence … we hope that justice will not be limited to acknowledging the state’s fault, but will also force it to finally take concrete measures to at least meet its climate commitments.”This is the first time a court has condemned the French state over its climate policy. The verdict follows a similar ruling in the Netherlands, where the Dutch supreme court asked the government to do more to combat climate change.Want more analysis from POLITICO? POLITICO Pro is our premium intelligence service for professionals. From financial services to trade, technology, cybersecurity and more, Pro delivers real time intelligence, deep insight and breaking scoops you need to keep one step ahead. Email [email protected] to request a complimentary trial. The French government failed to do enough to curb greenhouse gas emissions and fight climate change as it had pledged to do under the Paris climate agreement, a Paris administrative court ruled Wednesday.The court also said France was partly responsible for a change in the composition of the atmosphere tied to greenhouse gas emissions — which the judgement called ecological damage — because it didn’t respect its emissions reduction goals.The case was filed in 2018 by a group of NGOs and backed by over 2 million citizens. The NGOs complained that France had failed to act to limit climate change and called on the court to order the state to take additional measures as soon as possible to limit global warming and abide by its commitments under the Paris Agreement.last_img read more

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Sinead O’Connor and Miley Cyrus Escalate Beef

first_imgSo if youd like to meet up and talk lemme know in your next letter. — Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 3, 2013 We reported yesterday on Sinead O’Connor’s open letter to Miley Cyrus, and it seems the legendary singer/songwriter’s advice was all for naught. Cyrus responded to the letter, which seemed genuinely concerned, by provoking O’Connor, digging through her old tweets and posting an image of O’Connor ripping up a picture of the pope on SNL.Before Amanda Bynes…. There was…. pic.twitter.com/6JZPVnunPc— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 3, 2013 #SNLpic.twitter.com/6Cq9pewEO0— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 3, 2013Sinead didn’t take this too kindly, writing a second open letter to Miley, clearly very offended. It’s kind of funny that Miley chose to bring up the SNL incident as a way of challenging Sinead’s sanity. Sinead used her moment of national tv exposure to take a stand against a serious subject (she was accusing the church of protecting their priests from allegations of child abuse, which, obviously, turned out to be true). Her career most definitely suffered from the controversial move, and the radical direction away from the pop star mold. Miley’s controversial acts are controversy for the sake of controversy, trying to cement herself as a pop idol. You can read the second letter below. I love Sinead and everything, but I can’t help but thinking of this while reading the letter.Miley… Really? Who the fuck is advising you? Because taking me on is even more fuckin’ stupid than behaving like a prostitute and calling it feminism. You have posted today tweets of mine which are two years old, which were posted by me when I was unwell and seeking help so as to make them look like they are recent. In doing so you mock myself and Amanda Bynes for having suffered with mental health issues and for having sought help.I mean really really… who advises you? have you any idea how stupid and dangerous it is to mock people for suffering illness? You will yourself one day suffer such illness, that is without doubt. The course you have set yourself upon can only end in that, trust me.I am staggered that any 20 yr old woman of the 21st century could behave in such a dangerous and irresponsible manner as to not only send the signal to young women that its ok to act like prostitutes but also to the signal that those who have suffered or do suffer mental health problems are to be mocked and have their opinions invalidated. Have you no sense of danger at all? or responsibility? Remove your tweets immediately or you will hear from my lawyers. I am certain you will be hearing from all manner of mental health advocacy groups also. It is not acceptable to mock any person for having suffered.It is most unbecoming of you to respond in such a fashion to someone who expressed care for you. And worse that you are such an anti-female tool of the anti-female music industry. I hope that you will apologise to Amanda Bynes and to any person who has been wounded by your mockery of those who have suffered. And I hope that you will wake up and understand that you in fact are a danger to women.Furthermore you posted a photo of me tearing the pope’s photo .. as if to imply insanity.. by doing so all you have achieved is to expose your staggering ignorance. I suggest you read The Philadelphia Report, The Boston Report, all the reports which will illuminate for you why that action of mine remains sane and valid. By mocking it you mock every child who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of priests and had it covered by the Vatican. You could really do with educating yourself, that is if you’re not too busy getting your tits out to read.Miley then responded with a few more tweets, which got a third letter out from Sinead. You can see the tweets and the third letter below.Sinead. I don’t have time to write you an open letter cause Im hosting & performing on SNL this week.— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 3, 2013center_img I have no interest whatsoever in meeting you. You had plenty of time yesterday to abuse Amanda Bynes .. an entirely innocent party.. and myself.. who also did nothing to deserve your abuse.. along with every other sufferer of mental health problems and every person who suffered abuse at the hands of priests.You can take five minutes today between g- string fuckin’ changes to publicly apologise and remove your abusive tweets. If you do not then you don’t give a shit who you mock and what damage you do by being so ignorant.When you publicly apologise to Amanda and myself and all mental health sufferers as well as all who were abused by priests that will end the matter as far as I am concerned.what you did yesterday was designed to damage me and my career and has caused me enormous distress and harassment and has potential to damage my career, since you deliberately gave the impression those tweets of mine were not two years old but reflect my current condition. If you cannot apologize I will have no choice but to bring legal proceedings against you since it is extremely hard to be given work when people think one is suffering from mental illness.I have no interest in or desire to cause you trouble but if you do not apologise for having deliberately tried to cause me hurt and trouble personally and professionally I will have to bring pressure upon you.When you end up in the psych ward or rehab I’ll be happy to visit you.. and would not lower myself to mock you.Be a proper woman and make the public apologies I have listed above. Your hosting SNL is a bullshit reason for not taking five minutes to do the right thing and your behaviour yesterday will rebound upon you very badly.You have no business abusing Amanda Bynes or anyone else. How do you think you made her feel yesterday? How do you feel when your friend Britney Spears is mocked and humiliated for having had mental health problems? I know I personally want to bash those who treat her that way. If she is your friend and more importantly if you are a true friend to her.. you ought apologise for joining those who mock and humiliate women who have been too nice frankly, to manage the music business without sensibly losing their minds.Cease behaving in an anti-female capacity. You will become the victim of it shortly. Soon it will be you the media ‘crazy’ .. and you will not enjoy it.. and you will appreciate people (like myself) standing up for you. Which I will be happy to do.. if you earn my respect today by apologising publicly.last_img read more

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University responds to student requests to improve race relations

first_imgIn response to a call to action from a coalition of Black clubs at Notre Dame and a statement from student government, vice president of student affairs Erin Hoffmann Harding said in an email Monday she will enact some of the requests from students immediately.As students asked to improve and expand upon images that show the University’s commitment to combating racism, Hoffmann Harding said a blank wall in LaFortune Student Center will “await your creativity and suggestions upon your return” and be designated for students when the fall semester begins.In addition, throughout the summer the student affairs departments will sponsor virtual discussions surrounding racial injustice. Hoffmann Harding said they also plan on modifying the mental health resource list to better support black students.“We will also continue every effort to augment the diversity of staff available to students not only through the University Counseling Center, but throughout the Division of Student Affairs,” she said.Hoffmann Harding said they will also work with students to alter the content of the Moreau First Year Experience, as well as the way instructors prepare for the course. Questions assessing mental health will also be added to the Inclusive Campus Survey.Hoffmann Harding urged all students, particularly those in a privileged position, to take action.“To all of us who identify as white, please join this effort as an ally so every student feels they belong on our campus,” she said.Tags: Erin Hoffmann Harding, inclusive campus survey, LaFortune Student Center, University Counseling Centerlast_img read more

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Norwich hosts speaker on climate and national security

first_imgNorwich University,Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University will present “Climate and Security in an Era of Great Power Competition and Global Disruption,” a talk by Sherri Goodman, senior fellow at the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program and Polar Institute, on Friday, October 11, at noon in the Mack Hall auditorium.Goodman is credited with educating a generation of U.S. military and government officials about the nexus between climate change and national security, using her famous coinage, “threat multiplier,” to fundamentally reshape the national discourse on the topic. A former first deputy undersecretary of defense (Environmental Security) and staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, Goodman has founded, led, or advised nearly a dozen research organizations on environmental and energy matters, national security and public policy.This event, sponsored by the Center for Global Resilience and Security(link is external) (CGRS) and the Peace and War Center(link is external), is free and open to the public. It will be livestreamed on CGRS’ Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/NorwichCGRS/(link is external).Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu(link is external)Norwich University celebrates its bicentennial throughout 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation. For information please go to: http://bicentennial.norwich.edu/(link is external)Source: NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich Universitylast_img read more

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