WhatsApp TAGS By Digital AIM Web Support – January 13, 2021 Previous articlePermian ISDs receive $978 million in oil, gas property taxesCounties receive $334 millionNext articleWhy eggs are an important first food for children Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp Facebook Midlanders charged in connection to Capitol riots Pinterest Facebook Local News Twitter Twitter Pinterest Two Midlanders were charged Wednesday afternoon with two federal misdemeanors in connection to the Capitol riots a week ago. Jenny Louise Cudd and Eliel Rosa were each charged with knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful entry, a class A misdemeanor, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds, a class B misdemeanor. The two were seen by U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald Griffin on Wednesday afternoon at the Texas Western District Court in Midland. Cudd and Rosa were each arrested by the FBI early that morning. Cudd and Rosa were each given a Personal Recognizance Bond for the two federal misdemeanors and less than an hour after being charged they walked out of the front door of the courthouse. Members of the local media asked Cudd and Rosa questions, but neither answered. Cudd smiled and waved as the car that was being operated by Rosa drove out of the visitor’s parking lot of the courthouse. The class A misdemeanor would carry up to a year in federal prison, up to a $100,000 fine and up to a year of supervised release plus a $25 assessment. The class B misdemeanor would be up to six months in federal prison and up to a $5,000 fine plus a $25 assessment. Cudd and Rosa each spoke to Griffin throughout court proceedings. Cudd’s attorneys attended the initial appearance via Zoom. The attorneys representing Cudd were Donald H. Flanary III from San Antonio and Marina Medvin from Alexandria, Va. Rosa didn’t have legal representation as he detailed to Judge Griffin that he hasn’t had a job since he moved to the United States four and a half years ago. Rosa said he came to the United States seeking asylum from Brazil. Judge Griffin told Cudd and Rosa that they will both have another hearing next Thursday via Zoom with a judge in the District of Columbia. Cudd and Rosa were each given a probable cause affidavit but Judge Griffin said that the document has been sealed by a judge in the District of Columbia and that he wants that judge to release the information. Cudd spoke with the Odessa American on Jan. 7 after video and pictures surfaced of the former Midland mayoral candidate in the Capitol Building. Cudd told the Odessa American during that interview that she followed a couple people going up the stairs and there was a door that was open that people were going in and that’s how she got inside. Cudd was also asked by the Odessa American if she was worried about the FBI to which she replied she wasn’t “because I know I didn’t break the law,” Cudd said. “I know there are plenty of people in Midland and Odessa that have already turned me in to the FBI. When the FBI calls, I will talk to them.” In the week that followed the Capitol riots, Cudd deleted her personal and mayoral Facebook accounts.
When contacted for comment, the organisers said: “After learning about the Support Service’s lack of transparency and conflict of interest, both It Happens Here and SpeakOut wanted to take action before the end of term. Whilst these are two separate organisations, we have the same values and goals, and believe that our combined actions will have the greatest impact on reforming the University’s policy. In the space of 24 hours we formed a collaborative group and wrote both an open letter addressed to the Vice Chancellor and a template motion for JCRs and MCRs to pass in solidarity. Cherwell’s investigation revealed that the University’s Support Service also provides support to students accused of sexual harassment and violence — a provision which they do not make clear in their advice to student survivors who may be accessing the service. “Sexual assault is chronically underreported, and victims are too often left feeling isolated, ashamed, and helpless in a culture which silences their voices. The Support Service is one of the very few official University spaces intended to make victims feel supported, safe, and believed. However, in its current form the Service is failing both victims and accused, and both organisations believe that the University owes its students better.” A spokesperson for the University said: “We are aware of this open letter and we have contacted the authors to have a constructive conversation on the concerns raised about conflict of interest, and seek their input on how we can better advertise the provision and provide reassurance to all students. The letter calls on the university to provide “independent, victim-focused advice from a service fully dedicated to helping victims/survivors”, and criticises their decision to keep students “in the dark”. It goes on to quote anonymised accounts from the student body: one wrote, “I feel utterly disillusioned and shaken, and that I have lost a safe space”, whilst another said, “The University’s response of empty phrases … makes it even worse”. At least sixty comments have been appended to the letter. Following a lengthy statement released by It Happens Here, the Student Union campaign have partnered with the independent advocacy group SpeakOut Oxford to produce the open letter, addressed to Vice Chancellor Professor Louise Richardson. The letter may be signed through a google form, and is being circulated by the groups alongside a template motion for college Common Rooms to add their signature as a collective body. As of the evening of Thursday 4th of June, the letter has received 459 signatures. Following an investigation published by Cherwell earlier this week, an open letter has been circulated, calling on the University to collaborate with students in improving both the services and transparency of the Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Support Service. “We cannot comment on individual cases. However, sexual harassment and violence are completely unacceptable, and the University treats all allegations with the highest seriousness. We are committed to minimising all forms of sexual misconduct and continue to invest in our support and disciplinary systems to reflect this.” “Please do more than read and reply. I hope this letter, these stories and these students’ experiences are enough evidence to bring about necessary dialogue and change within the university, both in terms of culture and policy.” Further to this , the organisers have appended to their letter comments from a number of their signatories (with permission), including expressions from individuals who feel “shaken and disappointed”, “appalled”, and “devastated”. One such comment addresses the University directly, writing: If you have been affected by sexual harassment or violence, there are a number of resources available to you. As well the University’s support service, you can also contact: the Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre, an independent charity in Oxford where you can also refer yourself to the university ISVA; your local GP; It Happens Here, the OUSU campaign against sexual violence; SpeakOut Oxford, an independent and student-run advocacy group; the university counselling service; and/or your college welfare team.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments When Jerami Grant walked into the Carrier Dome in August during his visit to Syracuse, there was no game going on. And there were no fans in the bleachers.But Grant could still imagine what it would be like on game day.‘When I walked in it was just huge, it was crazy,’ Grant said. ‘I could picture everybody in there watching the games, things like that. All the fans, I could picture them cheering, and it was something that I wanted to be a part of.’On Friday, Grant officially decided he wanted to be a part of that scene in the Carrier Dome, becoming Syracuse’s first commit for the Class of 2012. Grant, a senior at DeMatha Catholic (Md.) High School who averaged 8.4 points per game last season, said Syracuse was the best fit for him. The 6-foot-7 forward could see himself excelling in SU’s style of play, and he developed a strong relationship with the coaching staff throughout the recruiting process.Those factors and the draw to play at a top college basketball program led Grant to choose SU rather than other finalists Rutgers and Notre Dame. Grant, a four-star power forward, according to Rivals.com, was also being recruited by Maryland, Georgetown, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor Grant, Syracuse’s up-tempo style of play and success developing forwards combined to form the perfect fit.Not only could Grant imagine playing in the Carrier Dome, but he could also imagine himself thriving out on the floor. The long and athletic forward said he can run the floor on offense and shrink it on defense as part of Syracuse’s trademark 2-3 zone.The possibilities have Grant excited for the future.‘They do well with long, athletic, lanky wings like me,’ Grant said. ‘And I feel like if I’m going to go there, I’m just going to be successful no matter what I do.’Keith Stevens, who coaches Grant’s AAU program, Team Takeover, said Grant is a competitive player who is constantly asking his coaches how he can improve.Stevens describes Grant as a versatile player who can create and exploit mismatches because of his size and quickness. He said Grant can also finish in transition and also get to the rim to draw fouls.Opponents often struggle to find a matchup for him because of his unique skill set.‘He’s a kid that gets on the post and draws mismatches,’ Stevens said. ‘You can’t put a big on him because he’s too quick, but you can’t put a guy that’s small on him because of his length. And then he can really make plays around the basket.’But Grant wasn’t always taking advantage of mismatches or making plays around the basket. He was too passive at first.Alan Stein, DeMatha’s head strength and conditioning coach for the basketball program, said Grant had to develop an assertive attitude on the court, which didn’t come easy because of his laid-back personality.Early last season, when a shot went up, Grant would just stand still and watch. But with his size, his coaches needed him to become more aggressive on the offensive glass.Stein said he focused specifically on Grant during games. Every time DeMatha took a shot, Stein shouted from the bench for Grant to attack the glass.‘It took some, almost like Pavlov’s dog, it took some conditioning over and over,’ Stein said. ‘And then it would get to the point where as soon as I’d yell, ‘Crash the glass,’ he would go right to the basket.’By the end of the season, Stein didn’t have to say anything anymore. Grant was already attacking the rim on shots and developing into a dominant offensive rebounder.And his newfound aggression made a difference in multiple close games as his perennial favorite, DeMatha, captured a third straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title and third straight Washington, D.C. City Title.‘There were several times, a couple of key points in games, where a shot would come off the rim and he would attack the glass with such aggression that he’d catch it off the miss and dunk it through,’ Stein said. ‘Those kind of plays, especially at the high school level, are absolute game-changers.‘If it’s a close game and Jerami makes a big play like that, all the momentum shifts in our favor, and we end up rolling.’And next year, Grant will bring that game-changing ability to the Carrier Dome.Though Grant was intrigued by the venue during his visit, it was the coaching staff and playing style that ultimately attracted him to Syracuse.Grant felt comfortable with SU head coach Jim Boeheim and his staff. They showed him how much they wanted him to join their program starting in the spring. Boeheim and first-year assistant coach Adrian Autry, who had been recruiting Grant while he was at Virginia Tech before coming to SU, attended DeMatha’s first spring workout to see Grant.Soon after the workout, SU offered him a scholarship. And in the summer, Grant said, Boeheim and his staff went to additional workouts and five of his games. All that effort made an impression on Grant when it came time to choose a school.‘It felt like they wouldn’t let me go (somewhere else) if I wanted to, so it’s always good to feel wanted and needed,’ Grant [email protected] Published on September 20, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected]
0Shares0000Misfiring Mahrez: Riyad Mahrez’s wayward penalty cost Manchester City a first away win at Liverpool since 2003LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Oct 7 – Manchester City’s record signing Riyad Mahrez blazed an 86th-minute penalty over the bar to preserve Liverpool’s unbeaten Premier League record as both sides failed to lay down an early marker in the title race with a disappointing 0-0 draw at Anfield.City remain top of the table on goal difference, but both teams are now locked with Chelsea, who were 3-0 winners earlier at Southampton, on 20 points from eight games. Unlike the four enthralling encounters between the two last season when Liverpool beat the English champions three times, a highly-anticipated clash fell flat with neither side managing to register a shot on target until after the hour mark.City had the golden chance four minutes from time when substitute Leroy Sane was upended by Virgil van Dijk and referee Martin Atkinson pointed to the spot after waving away two earlier strong appeals from the visitors for a penalty.With Sergio Aguero replaced on the hour mark, Mahrez, a £60-million signing from Leicester in July, took responsibility but fired high over the bar to Liverpool’s relief as City’s wait for a first win at Anfield since 2003 continued.After starting the season with seven straight wins, though, Liverpool have now failed to win in any of their last four matches as the upcoming international break comes at the right time for Jurgen Klopp’s men.Pep Guardiola had lost on all three of his previous visits to Anfield as City manager and the champions looked unnerved from their recent experiences early on.– Goal-shy Salah –Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah had another afternoon to forget in front of goalAhead of the game, Klopp tried to play down Mohamed Salah’s slump in form after an incredible 44-goal debut season at Anfield.But the Egyptian again looked far from his best and snatched at the sort of chances he buried last season.Salah had the first opening after just three minutes when he pulled his shot wide after jinking inside John Stones.That was as clear a chance as there was before half-time as both teams’ exertions during Champions League games in midweek seemed to take their toll in a first 45 minutes lacking the intensity of their meetings from last term.Klopp made just two changes from a 1-0 defeat by Napoli on Wednesday, with Dejan Lovren making a surprise return in central defence and Joe Gomez moving to right-back at the expense of Trent Alexander-Arnold.But the decision to recall the Croatian could have backfired when Lovren was lucky to avoid conceding a penalty for bringing down Aguero inside the area.City quickly neutralised Liverpool’s threat by keeping possession for long periods without forcing Alisson Becker into a save before the break.Sterling (right), who tries to get past Gomez (left), received thunderous boos from the Anfield crowd when he was on the ball. PHOTO/DailyMailThe second half followed the same pattern as Liverpool’s initial burst fizzled out and City took control.Guardiola was furious as another penalty shout was turned down when Van Dijk was instead awarded a free-kick for a pull by Fernandinho as the Dutch defender handled inside the area.A rare incisive Liverpool counter-attack found Salah again in a good position 21 minutes from time, but he blazed high over the bar.Mahrez tested Alisson with a near-post shot that the Brazilian turned behind, but his real chance to make himself a City hero came when the pace of Sane was too much for the normally flawless Van Dijk and this time a penalty was given.A message appeared to come from the City bench for Mahrez to take the spot-kick instead of Gabriel Jesus.But that proved costly as the pressure got to Mahrez and City had to settle for a point.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)