WFES: Jordan to add 250 MW of PV as ABB, Masdar move in

first_imgWFES: Jordan to add 250 MW of PV as ABB, Masdar move inSwiss power technology producer ABB announces involvement in two 50 MW PV plants in Jordan, while UAE’s Masdar to sign agreement to build 200 MW PV plant in the country. January 19, 2016 Ian Clover Installations Legal Markets Markets & Policy Share The star of the MENAT region’s solar landscape shone a little more brightly at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi today as 250 MW of new solar PV capacity was announced for Jordan.Switzerland’s ABB revealed the details of two projects that the company is involved in, which include the signing of a 50 MW central inverter supply contract with EPC Martifer Solar, and a separate substation supply agreement for an additional 52.5 MW solar PV plant being built in Jordan by First Solar.The 50 MW project will be spread across four separate solar PV plants – three 10 MW plants and one 20 MW plant. ABB will supply its Ultra central inverters for the project, which is being built by Portugal’s Martifer Solar near to the cities of Ma’an and Mafraq.ABB’s communications manager Jyotsna Ravishankar told pv magazine that ABB has been looking to build on its presence in Jordan for some time. “Of all the MENA countries, Jordan has the clearest legislation for solar PV development,” said Ravishankar.“The country also has first-mover advantage and because it lacks many natural energy resources has had to import energy. Now, there is a clear mandate to focus on solar.” Jordan imports 96% of all its energy at an annual cost of $3.6 billion, or 13.5% of the country’s GDP. ABB’s other announcement involved the supply of its substations for the 52.5 MW Shams Ma’an PV plant that is being constructed in Jordan by U.S. company First Solar and is expected to be completed this year.Masdar moves inThe UAE’s Abu Dhabi-headquartered Masdar, meanwhile, is preparing to announce the signing of an agreement with Jordan’s Ministry of Energy to build a 200 MW solar PV plant in Jordan this year.Popular content Submarine cable to connect 10.5 GW wind-solar complex in Morocco to the UK grid Emiliano Bellini 22 April 2021 pv-magazine.com UK-based Xlinks is planning to build 10.5 GW of wind and solar in Morocco and sell the power generated by the huge plant in the UK. 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Ontario Equestrian Donates over $30,000 to Research

first_img Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Email* More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Alone we can do so little but together we are so much stronger.  Ontario Equestrian and its members are helping strengthen research programs aimed at improving health and welfare of horses. With $1.50 per OE membership allocated to the Ontario Equestrian Member Equine Research Fund, this year’s cheque presented at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair came out to just over $30,000!On November 2, 2018, in the main arena at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, the Vice-President of Ontario Equestrian, Peter Chiddy presented the annual cheque to Dr. Jeff Wichtel, Professor and Dean of the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC).Ontario Equestrian President, Mark Nelson and Vice President, Peter Chiddy are thrilled the cheque for $30,700.00 brings the two-year research total to $59,300.00.In 2017, instead of spending $1.50 on the production of plastic membership cards, the $1.50 per Ontario Equestrian member was directed to Equine Guelph, to fund a research topic voted on by the membership annually.  “It is with great pride that your Provincial Sport Organization has committed to an annual grant for equine research in Ontario to better support our beloved equine athletes,” says Tracey McCague-McElrea, Executive Director at Ontario Equestrian.In 2017, members voted to support research on equine digestive health. Two researchers at the Ontario Veterinary College are studying “what is normal” concerning inhabitants in the equine gut. Once this is known, the future becomes exciting with the possibilities of restoration of normal microbiota which play critical roles in nutrition, metabolism, and a wide range of other functions required for health.OVC researcher Dr. Luis Arroyo says, “I am deeply grateful for their support of this research program and the investment to this devastating equine illness, colitis.” Arroyo is setting up a simulated gut, fondly called “RoboGut, by many, to help understand what a healthy horse microbiome looks like.“It is not always easy to find money for studies establishing fundamental baselines,” says Weese, “but this funding from Ontario Equestrian is so important so we can have confidence in our interpretations for future disease studies.” Weese is analyzing fecal samples from healthy horses over the course of a year. The goals are to learn if the microbiota are impacted by seasonal changes, gain insight on different diets and how they affect the microbial population and study composition versus function of microbiota.“Ontario Equestrian has been a long-time and valued partner with Equine Guelph and we have joined in many partnership programs that support horse health, welfare and safety. This research funding, is a great addition to the Equine Guelph research program at the University of Guelph and will build on existing areas of expertise at the University in support of horse health” says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph. “Many thanks to OE and it’s members!” Tags: Equine Guelph, Ontario Equestrian, last_img read more

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Georgia man catches record-breaking 14-foot alligator

first_imgSkyimages/iStock(QUITMAN COUNT, Ga.) — A Georgia fisherman broke a state record with his 14-foot alligator catch.Derrick Snelson was fishing on Lake Eufaula in Quitman Count, Ga., this month when the alligator latched on to his pole. He didn’t realize, however, how massive the reptile was until he and five other fishermen managed to wrangle it on the boat.“It was just unbelievable. I really can’t describe it. You need to see it,” Snelson told ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV.“We’ll have it ‘life-size’ mounted. I guess I’ll have to build a house around it. It’s going to be a monster laying on the living room floor for a while,” he said.The previous record for largest alligator caught was a 13-foot reptile in 2013, according to Georgia Outdoor News.The hunting season for alligators in Georgia runs from August to October this year, according to the state’s department of natural resources.Anyone with a valid hunting license can participate but there is a one-bag limit.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Immigration Compliance Advisor

first_imgPosition Number542580 * Do you have a bachelors degree?YesNo Position TypeStaff DepartmentGlobal Education Office ORP EligibleNo Job Category Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/104797 Anticipated Hiring Range50,000 – 60,000 Employee GroupUniversity Employee Application Process/Additional Information Job Open Date04/02/2021 Posting will close on or before05/02/2021 University TitleLegal, Audit and Compliance Specialist 1 * Do you have at least 2 years of full-time service as aDesignated School Official (DSO) at a college or university withconcurrent experience as administrator or co-administrator ofSunapsis or a similar F-1 and J-1 visa immigration data managementsystem (e.g., TerraDotta or Ellucian)?(Open Ended Question)* US citizenship or US permanent residency is required for roleas DSO and ARO. Are you a US citizen or have permanent residency?YesNo Organizational Overview Recruitment PoolAll Applicants Education and experience:A. Bachelor’s degree plus at least 2 years of full-time service asa Designated School Official ( DSO ) at a college or universitywith concurrent experience as administrator or co-administrator ofSunapsis or a similar F-1 and J-1 visa immigration data managementsystem (e.g., TerraDotta or Ellucian).B. Knowledge of higher education organization, processes, personnelpractices, and communication techniques.C. Knowledge of international education and challenges thatconfront culturally diverse people.D. Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverseenvironment or commitment to do so as an employee at VCU .Skills:A. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability toeffectively and tactfully communicate regulatory nuance toinstitutional and international customer-base that isprofessionally, educationally, and culturally diverse.B. Excellent research and analytic skills; ability to defineproblems, collect data, establish facts, interpret regulations andpolicies, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to create and usesystematic approaches to problem solving and troubleshooting.C. Strong time and project management skills with the capability toestablish action plans, set clear goals, monitor and communicateprogress, and follow through on all initiatives to completion.Ability to plan short- and longer-term goals. Excellentorganizational skills. Detail-oriented and able to workindependently and to manage and meet multiple priorities anddeadlines.D. Proficient to advanced knowledge using Word, Excel, andPowerPoint, and comfort with basic digital management systems forcustomer service and compliance needs.Nationality:US law requires that a DSO or ARO be either a US citizen orpermanent resident (green card holder). Position Information Required Licenses/ Certifications Position Primary Purpose and General Responsibilities All applications must be submitted through www.vcujobs.com to beconsidered. Open Until FilledNo Job StatusFull-Timecenter_img Minimum Hiring Standards University Code25231 For more information on ORP, visit:Retirement Plans Is this a restricted position?No Posting Specific QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). CampusMonroe Park Campus FLSA IndicatorExempt University Job FamilyLegal, Audit & Compliance Hours/Week40 Normal Work Days/HoursM – F, 8 am to 5 pm Scope of SearchRegional Is this position eligible to participate in alternative workarrangements?No Is this employee on a H1B Visa? At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. Apremier, urban, public research university nationally recognized asone of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place towork. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supportedand your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leavepackage, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and anopportunity to do mission-driven work. Preferred Hiring Standards Resource CriticalYes Recruitment TypeSingle Title Sensitive PositionNo The Immigration Compliance Advisor, a Designated School Officer (DSO ), serves a critical role in VCU’s quest to achieve the globalengagement of students, scholars, faculty, and staff thattransforms lives and communities. Located in the Global EducationOffice ( GEO ), the position of Immigration Compliance Advisorsupports VCU’s international and compliance initiatives byproviding subject matter expertise and performing duties in tworelated but distinct areas: Immigration Compliance Assurance andImmigration Advising. This position supports international studentsuccess by ensuring smooth immigration processes and statusmaintenance for international students and scholars enrolled at VCUor visiting the University on other capacities. The ImmigrationCompliance Advisor serves as a user-friendly resource forinternational students and scholars and the campus community alike,including assisting international student and scholars byinforming, advising, and supporting them in maintaining theirimmigration status. The Immigration Compliance Advisor is expectedto perform all duties in a context of engaged customer service andcare, exhibiting respect for customers’ goals and objectives;dynamic educational exchange, with personally and/or professionallyinformed sensitivity to cultural and linguistic diversity andfluency; and an understanding of, and interest in, both therestrictions and the possibilities of relevant US, state, and locallaw and VCU policies. The Immigration Compliance Advisor reportsdirectly to Primary Designated School Officer ( PDSO ), theAssociate Director of International Student and Scholar Programs (ISSP ). Working TitleImmigration Compliance Advisor Optional & Required DocumentsRequired Documents Optional DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationResumelast_img read more

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Groundhog Day continues: New York State appeals title insurance ruling (again)

first_imgDFS Superintendent Linda Lacewell (Credit: iStock)The title insurance industry must be going through a wicked case of déjà vu.For the second summer in a row, the Department of Financial Services is appealing a ruling from New York Supreme Court Judge Eileen Rakower that overturned the agency’s strict new regulations on the title insurance industry. DFS filed its notice of appeal on Friday challenging “each and every part” of Rakower’s decision from earlier in August that struck down the new rules.DFS implemented its strict new regulations at the beginning of 2018, which banned title insurance companies from wining and dining their clients. The agency framed it as an attempt to stop the companies from overcharging consumers for their services, and the industry group New York State Land Title Association quickly filed a lawsuit challenging them.Rakower annulled the rules for the first time last summer, describing them as “absurd,” but DFS appealed her decision to the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court soon after, which reinstated most of the rules at the start of the year.The higher court remanded some parts of the case back to New York Supreme Court, and Rakower once again overturned the entire law earlier this summer. She described it as violating the First and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution.Representatives for the title insurance industry and DFS did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but DFS superintendent Linda Lacewell previously told The Real Deal that she believed Rakower’s most recent decision violated the prior ruling from the Appellate Division. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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The battle for Germany’s center right

first_imgWhile that’s seductive logic to many, others in the party long for traditional conservatism and less of Merkel’s middle-of-the-road approach, whether on social and economic policy or in foreign affairs.Laschet tapped Health Minister Jens Spahn, who is popular with conservatives, to run alongside him as his prospective deputy. Spahn finished third in the last leadership contest in 2018, losing to both Kramp-Karrenbauer and Merz, who lost the runoff by a slim margin. Despite his defeat, Spahn, 39, is seen as a strong candidate to lead the party down the road. His decision to join forces with Laschet, instead of running on his own again, is also likely to boost Laschet’s prospects.Norbert Röttgen speaks to the media to confirm his candidacy for the leadership of the CDU on February 18, 2020 | Sean Gallup/Getty ImagesWhile Laschet doesn’t have much of a national profile, as the leader of Germany’s largest state — a position he won to the surprise of many in his own party in 2017 — he would appear to have the leg up over both Merz and Röttgen, given Merkel’s endorsement and his network in the party.But he’s no shoo-in. With an eight-week campaign ahead, his advantage could quickly evaporate, especially as German media subjects his record to more scrutiny. Laschet’s suggestion in 2014 that the West cooperate with Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad in the fight against ISIS is already coming back to haunt him, for example.Röttgen, who chairs the German parliament’s foreign affairs committee, once beat Laschet for the leadership of the CDU in North Rhine-Westphalia. But he lost the ensuing election to the Social Democrats — a defeat that almost ended his political career and led to a break with Merkel, with whom he was once close.Though Röttgen, whose candidacy came as a surprise, is highly regarded abroad, both for his intellect and his principled stands on issues such as Russia’s annexation of Crimea, it’s unclear whether he can build the broad coalition he’d need among the party delegates to back him. For now, he looks to be the man in the middle, with the right of the party pushing Merz and the establishment Laschet. That could leave Röttgen well placed if the party splits between the other two.And with the simmering dispute between the CDU’s warring factions threatening to pull the party even further apart, a compromise candidate might be just what it needs. Also On POLITICO The wannabe Merkels By Matthew Karnitschnig Laschet and Merz launch bids to lead German conservatives By Joshua Posaner BERLIN — He’s a white, married Catholic father of three from North Rhine-Westphalia with a law degree and an ear for music.Meet Armin Laschet, Friedrich Merz and Norbert Röttgen, the three men vying to lead Germany’s Christian Democrats and succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor.If the trio look like cookie-cutter versions of the same person on paper, in the flesh they offer distinct visions and approaches to the post with significant implications for both Germany and its role in Europe. About the only thing one can say for certain about Merkel’s likely successor at this stage is that he will be a man. Until the sudden resignation of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as party leader earlier this month, the chances any of the three would become chancellor after Merkel’s final term ends in 2021 were slim to none. Now they’re all in the running.The challenge they face is the same one that tripped up Kramp-Karrenbauer: unite the center right, which is riven by divisions after Merkel’s long reign, while also giving Germany new orientation and hope at a time of growing unease over the country’s prospects.Friedrich Merz arrives for the press conference to announce his CDU Leadership Candidacy, on February 25, 2020 | Maja Hitij/Getty ImagesFailure on either count could trigger not just a further erosion of support for the CDU, but the final collapse of Germany’s Volkspartei system, the big-tent party structure that has underpinned the country’s political stability for decades.Less than five years ago, the Christian Democrats were polling above 40 percent. The party was hammered in the wake of the refugee influx in 2015, however, and is now well below 30 percent. Many in the party fear it’s on the same path as the Social Democrats, which have collapsed in the polls to the mid-teens.For the CDU, avoiding a similar fate will be a tall order.Merz, who lost out to Merkel for the party’s leadership in the early 2000s and then all but disappeared, has captured the imagination of the party’s right with a law-and-order message he’s betting will draw back CDU voters who defected to the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD). Yet many in the CDU worry that even if a shift to the right wins back some voters, it would also cost them the center Merkel proved so adept at occupying. Merz would also create waves in Europe. A critic of the European Central Bank’s asset purchases, Merz has said he would have kicked Greece out of the euro during its debt crisis.Armin Laschet speaks during the press conference to announce their CDU Leadership Candidacy, on February 25, 2020 | Maja Hitij/Getty ImagesHe has made no secret of how he sees the current contest: “It’s a choice between continuity and a new beginning,” he said at a news conference to announce his candidacy on Tuesday.The remark was a swipe at Laschet, the premier of North Rhine-Westphalia who is a close ally of Merkel’s. After Kramp-Karrenbauer, Merkel’s original choice, began to flag in recent months, the chancellor quietly put her weight behind Laschet. Following Kramp-Karrenbaer’s resignation, Laschet quickly became the establishment favorite.A gregarious politician with a common touch, Laschet combines Merkel’s moderation with a folksy appeal.“I want the CDU to remain the Volkspartei of the center,” Laschet told German public television Tuesday evening, adding he was prepared to do “whatever it takes” to prevent Merz from changing the party’s direction.Laschet argues the past 15 years under Merkel have been among the most prosperous in German history. So why change a winning formula?last_img read more

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Manic Science (Manic Focus + Break Science) Release Debut Single, ‘You Gotta Move’

first_imgManic Science, the new collaboration between Manic Focus and Break Science, has just released their debut single, “You Gotta Move.” The dreamy track marks the start of this project’s seemingly unlimited potential, as these three musicians blend together perfectly. Check it out below:The Manic Science collaboration brings the bassy-electronic music sounds of John “JmaC” McCarten to the rhythm fueled fury that is Borahm Lee and Adam Deitch, the Break Science masterminds. The single was released in advance of the BRKTHRU Break Science tour, which will see Manic Science performances on specific dates. Check out the full tour date listing below:BRKTHRU TOUR DATES:9/18 @ The Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO *! 9/19 @ Belly Up – Aspen, CO *! 9/20 @ Barkley Ballroom – Frisco, CO *! 9/21 @ The Roxy – SSMF Music Festival – West Hollywood, CA 9/24 @ Zydeco – Birmingham, AL + 9/25 @ Bourbon Street Bar – Auburn, AL + 9/26 @ Republic – Nola, LA + 9/27 @ Kress Live – Biloxi, MS (w/ Galactic) 10/2 @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs – Houston, TX *+ 10/3 @ House of Blues, Cambridge Room – Dallas, TX *+ 10/5 @ Official ACL Late Night – The Parish – Austin, TX *+ 11/5 @ Soundstage – Baltimore, MD *+ 11/6 @ Mr Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA *+ 11/7 @ Soundgarden Hall – Philadelphia, PA (w/ Minnesota) 11/8 @ Pearl Street – NorthHampton, MA *+ 11/12 @The Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL *+ 11/13 @ Orpheum – Tampa Bay, FL *+ 11/14 @ Bear Creek Music Festival – Live Oak, FL*Manic Focus | + Space Jesus | ! Project Aspectlast_img read more

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Vote for your favorite race at USA Today’s 10Best.com

first_imgEveryone knows how thrilling a NASCAR race can be, but which race is the best?USA Today’s 10Best.com wants to know. The website is asking fans to vote for their favorite race among all motorsports — which includes F1, IndyCar, endurance and NASCAR races. They’ve narrowed it down to 20 races, six of which are NASCAR races.Among the NASCAR nominees:Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington RacewayDaytona 500 at Daytona International SpeedwayFord EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami SpeedwayGo Bowling at The Glen at Watkins GlenSTP 500 at Martinsville SpeedwayMonster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor SpeedwayVoting ends Monday, July 15 and the winner will be announced on 10Best.com on July 26.Check out the current leaderboard — and start voting!last_img read more

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The Original Nth Power Reunites For Justice Comes Alive Performance [Watch]

first_imgOn Sunday, June 28th, over 50 artists and tens of thousands of fans came together for Justice Comes Alive, a one-day, virtual festival harnessing the power of music to bring about collective change in response to racial inequality. The donation-based streaming event generated $55,000 and counting in funds for the participating artists, who remain out of work as the pandemic continues, as well as a number of social justice-oriented causes via PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund.The 12-hour live-stream marathon featured new contributions by an array of amazing artists from around the world including The Original Nth Power, who reunited remotely for a run through “Only Love” featuring an interlude of Bob Marley‘s “War”. The audio for the segment was mixed by Bassy Bob and the video was edited by Jason Hann (The String Cheese Incident).While The Nth Power has spent the last few years touring as a stripped-down power trio comprised of drummer Nikki Glaspie, guitarist/vocalist Nick Cassarino, and bassist Nate Edgar, the outfit made its bones as a soulful quintet featuring keyboardist/vocalist Nigel Hall (who now plays with Lettuce) and lauded percussionist Weedie Braimah.In 2019, The Original Nth Power reunited at the Blue Nile in New Orleans for the band’s traditional Jazz Fest ‘Last Hoorah’, their annual send-off on the Monday following the ten-day live music marathon each spring in the Crescent City. With this year’s Jazz Fest canceled due to the ongoing pandemic, the Justice Comes Alive performance by The Original Nth Power felt like a much-needed consolation prize.Even beyond full-band performance, the members of the OG Nth Power had their fingerprints all over Justice Comes Alive. Both Nikki Glaspie and Nigel Hall served as co-hosts of the event, conducting enlightening conversations about race relations in the U.S. with the likes of Karl Denson, George Porter Jr., Oteil Burbridge, Patrice Rushen, Eric Krasno, and more. Nikki even conducted a stimulating conversation with Original Nth Power bandmate Weedie Braimah, who also showed off some of his deep-rooted djembe prowess with a solo performance and an appearance on Everyone Orchestra‘s remote improvisation session. In addition to co-hosting duties, Nigel Hall performed on the stream with Terence Higgins & The NOLA Krewe and Lettuce while Nikki Glaspie played some protest music with her all-female outfit, The OGs. Nick Cassarino also offered up a performance with Erin Boyd and his parents as well as a clip of a collaboration with Jennifer Hartswick and Christian McBride.Relive The Original Nth Power segment from Justice Comes Alive below. If you enjoyed the Justice Comes Alive performances and have the means, consider making a donation to Plus1 For Black Lives Fund via www.JusticeComesAlive.com.The Original Nth Power – “Only Love” > “War” (Bob Marley) > “Only Love” – Justice Comes AlivePresented by Live For Live Music in partnership with PLUS1 and Nugs.TV, Justice Comes Alive was conceived as a way to harness the power of music to bring about collective change in response to racial inequality. All funds raised from Justice Comes Alive will be split evenly between the artists on the bill and the PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund, which was developed to address and continue the fight against anti-Black racism and violence in the U.S.Directly supporting organizations like Equal Justice Initiative, Impact Justice, and The Bail Project, the PLUS1 For Black Lives Fund focuses on empowering Black communities, movement building, keeping people out of the criminal justice system while dismantling it more broadly, and a collective, international narrative change toward the equitable treatment of Black people. 30% of the PLUS1 for Black Lives Fund is also committed to small grants for Black and Indigenous-led grassroots efforts combating racism. For more information on Justice Comes Alive, head here.On Saturday, May 30th, The Nth Power also took part in Justice Comes Alive’s precursor, Quarantine Comes Alive, a 15-hour virtual music festival that raised over $150,000 for a slew of charities via the comprehensive PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund. For their Quarantine Comes Alive segment, The Nth Power offered up a never-before-seen video from their late-night tribute to Nirvana at One Eyed Jacks during Jazz Fest 2018. Check out the clip below:The Nth Power Presents: Nth Utero ft. Skerik –”Radio Friendly Unit Shifter/Scentless Apprentice” – 4/28/18last_img read more

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Obergefell examines the role of courts and his marriage

first_imgCourtesy of Katelyn Ringrose Jim Obergefell speaks at the McCartan Courtroom of the Law School on Wednesday. Obergefell was the plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case legalizing same-sex marriage, Obergefell v. Hodges.“John and I decided that for us, if we’re gonna get married, we will do it only when it carries legal weight — only when our government will say, ‘John and Jim, you exist. We see you. You matter,’” he said.Obergefell said he was at the hospital with Arthur, who was dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease, when news of the decision broke.“Here was this moment in time we had always hoped for,” he said. “I leaned over, hugged and kissed John, and said, ‘Let’s get married.’”The two married that July, Obergefell said. A few days later, Al Gerhardstein, an Ohio-based civil rights attorney, reached out and asked to meet with them about pursuing a lawsuit against Ohio. He said since the state still had a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, their marriage would not be recognized on Arthur’s death certificate and Obergefell would not be identified as his surviving spouse.“As you can imagine, hearing that news broke our hearts,” Obergefell said. “But I think, more importantly, it made us angry.”With Gerhardstein’s encouragement, the two decided to file a discrimination lawsuit against Ohio and Cincinnati.“For us, it was simply the right thing to do,” Obergefell said. “There was no reason that our lawful marriage should be allowed to be completely disregarded by the state of Ohio — the state where we file taxes, the state where we were productive members of society.”A mere 11 days after getting married, Obergefell and Gerhardstein appeared in court before federal judge Timothy Black to present their case. “I got to talk to [Black] about what John meant to me — what our marriage meant to each of us,” Obergefell said.But gaining Cincinnati’s support posed a formidable challenge, Obergefell said. In 1993, the city approved an amendment to its charter stating, “No special class status may be granted based upon sexual orientation, conduct or relationships.” The city maintained its stance against gay marriage long after, appealing the amendment in 2004 only to ban same-sex marriage later that year.“We were known as the ‘Town Without Pity’ — the most gay-unfriendly city in the country,” Obergefell said.To his surprise, he said, the city sided in his favor. “The city solicitor stood up in the courtroom and said, ‘Your Honor, the city of Cincinnati agrees with John and Jim,’” Obergefell said. “‘Their marriage deserves to be recognized.’”The court followed suit.“At 5 [p.m.] that day, Justice Black, in a sentence that started with, ‘This is not a complicated case,’ ruled in our favor,” Obergefell said.Arthur died three months after the ruling, Obergefell said.“He died knowing his death certificate would be accurate,” he said. “He died knowing the most significant relationship of his life — of our lives — would exist on his last record as a person.” Obergefell said the state of Ohio soon filed for an appeal, however. Obergefell, along with six same-sex couples, appeared before the Sixth Circuit.“Our legal team would say … ‘Don’t hold your breath on this one. Sixth Circuit — pretty conservative,’” he said.As expected, Obergefell said, the team lost at the Sixth Circuit, which ruled the marriage bans were constitutional. With so many conflicting rulings, however, the case culminated in a Supreme Court review with over 30 plaintiffs — including Greg Bourke and Michael DeLeon.Bourke said he and DeLeon, residents of Louisville, originally filed their lawsuit calling for marriage recognition against the state of Kentucky. The two married in 2004 in Ontario, but were unable to share legal custody of their children because of the state’s same-sex marriage ban. “We did it because at that time nobody else in Kentucky wanted to do it,” Bourke said. “And because we needed to do it for our children. … For 14 years, I had to think about the fact that if something happened to my husband, I would really have no legal rights to claim our children.”Because of Kentucky’s conservative culture, however, the case fell through.“When we filed our lawsuit, it was just not well-received,” he said. After their loss at the district level, they decided to join as plaintiffs in the Obergefell v. Hodges case that overturned the Sixth Circuit decision, Bourke said.“It was an absolutely beautiful moment in that courtroom, when it sunk in that we did actually win,” Obergefell said.Tags: Gay Marriage Debate, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriage, Sixth Circuit Court Three plaintiffs from the landmark Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage in the United States, shared their story in front of a full audience in the Law School’s McCartan Courtroom on Wednesday. Jim Obergefell said the lawsuit began soon after he and his husband, John Arthur, decided to marry in 2013, when the civil rights case United States v. Windsor ruled in favor of tax breaks to same-sex married couples.last_img read more

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