Panel discusses film on migration

first_imgPanelists drew from fiction to tackle the real-world challenges faced by migrants yesterday when the Center for Social Concerns and Department of Romance Languages and Literatures co-hosted a viewing and discussion of the film “Al Otro Lado.” “Al Otro Lado,” Spanish for “To the Other Side,” relates the fictional migration experiences of three men from the perspective of each man’s wife and children. While the stories each take place in different parts of the world – Morocco, Spain and Cuba – the film focuses on the commonalities of the families’ experiences. Prior to the viewing, Spanish professor Ben Heller gave a brief history of migration patterns from Cuba and Mexico to the United States and discussed the significance of geographical borders and distances. “Geographical factors are not just things on maps, but are symbolic spaces of trial, transition and growth for migrants,” he said. French professor Catherine Perry’s commentary focused on the recent immigration patterns within Europe, as one of the film’s narratives featured migration to Spain. The feature-length film touched on some of the other challenges immigrants face, such as poverty and prejudice. Panelist and theology professor Fr. Dan Groody – who has personally worked with migrants in Mexico, Syria and Morocco – discussed the theological framework of migration following the film. “Immigration is a social, political and economic reality, but it is also a spiritual and theological journey as well,” Groody said. Groody compared migrants’ journeys from their homeland to humanity’s ultimate journey away from and eventual return to God, applying a theological symbolism on a political issue. “The theology of migration allows us to gain a new imagination of who we are before God,” he said. Sean O’Brien, assistant director at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, provided a legal perspective on migration in his remarks following the film’s conclusion. He attributed much of today’s migration to violations of human rights. “We recognize human rights as inalienable and universal regardless of legal status,” O’Brien said, citing the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. O’Brien said the awareness of these rights allow migrants to take advantage of them and improve their situation. “These rights are a tool for empowerment for immigrants as well as a set of remedies,” O’Brien said.last_img read more

Fine allegations : Affidavit states Laurie Fine had sexual relationship with basketball players

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Liz: [email protected] | @3sawyercenter_img UPDATED: Jan. 31, 11:22 a.m.The wife of Bernie Fine had sexual relations with multiple basketball players, according to an affidavit by Fine’s first accuser, the New York Daily News reported late Monday night.Former ball boy Bobby Davis states in the affidavit he overheard Fine’s wife, Laurie, discuss performing oral sex on players as well as the ‘specific size and physical attributes’ of their genitalia with another coach’s wife, according to the article.Syracuse University fired Fine, then an associate men’s basketball coach, on Nov. 27 following sexual molestation allegations from Davis and Davis’ stepbrother, Mike Lang. Fine was terminated the same day ESPN released an audiotape in which Laurie Fine acknowledged she feared her husband had an inappropriate relationship with Davis.The former coach has not been charged with any crimes and maintains his innocence.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt has been previously reported that Davis and Laurie Fine had sex when Davis was a high school senior, according to the article.The affidavit was filed Monday in the New York Supreme Court by attorney Gloria Allred, according to the New York Daily News article. Allred also filed a defamation lawsuit on behalf of Davis and Lang in early December.The December lawsuit claimed SU men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim defamed the alleged victims when he said they were lying about being sexually abused by Fine, who is also Boeheim’s neighbor.‘I believe Boeheim deliberately chose to ignore what he knew was improper behavior, or actually knew precisely what was happening and did nothing to intervene,’ Davis said in the affidavit, according to the article.‘It is not only Fine’s relationship with me and other boys that would have tipped Boeheim off. For years, Bernie Fine’s wife Laurie Fine had sexual relationships with basketball team players. Players used to talk openly about it as a known fact,’ Davis continued.According to the affidavit, when Davis told Fine about Laurie Fine’s off-court relations with other players, he said, Fine ‘gave no reaction to my statement at all, indicating it was not a surprise, not a big deal. It was impossible that James Boeheim did not know.’Court documents state Davis accompanied Laurie Fine to a player’s off-campus house in 1993, according to the article. Laurie Fine and the player went into the player’s bedroom, and when the player came out, he fist-pumped the air and bragged that he had just had sex with the assistant coach’s wife, according to the article.Years later, Laurie Fine talked about having sex with players and described their ‘physical attributes’ to another coach’s wife while Davis drove them around Syracuse, according to the article.Allred said that the affidavit filed Monday is extremely important to her client’s case.‘If Laurie Fine was having multiple sexual relationships with basketball players then the University must explain how this could have been taking place for years right under Coach Boeheim’s nose without him being aware of it and without the University doing anything about it,’ she said in an email.Kevin Quinn, SU’s senior vice president for public affairs, could not immediately be reached for [email protected]—Asst. News Editor Marwa Eltagouri contributed reporting to this article. last_img read more

British racing trainer closes in on unwanted record

first_img Racing group outlines priorities for resuming racing ‘at the earliest opportunity’ March 31, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Share Submit Irish racing gets green light to resume in June May 15, 2020 Racing committee plans for 1 June restart May 12, 2020 After being warned about the high amount of non runners he was declaring six years ago, British horse racing trainer Pat Morris faces earning an unwanted record if things don’t improve. A more recent report put out by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) revealed that Morris’ non-runner rate was the highest in British racing, with 24 of the 104 horses he put out eventually being declared non-runners. The Liverpool based trainer now faces becoming the first ever  trainer to lose his right to self certify non-runners because of the issue.Director of media at the BHA, Robin Mounsey said: “The objective is that we won’t have to ban anyone, hopefully, in six months’ time when the potential sanctions would kick in, everyone on the list will have reduced their non-runner rate sufficiently that no one is over the thresholds.“If that happens, then we’ve suddenly knocked out quite a lot of non-runners from the system. Publishing now gives everyone six months to get their house in order.”A rise in non-runners hinder horse racing as a betting product, meaning the sport misses out on crucial revenue that is provided by gambling operators. Furthermore, regularly being declared a non-runner is something that’s considered detrimental to the well being of the animals. Responding to the results, Morris commented: “When you declare at 48 hours, a horse could be running at 9 o’clock on Friday night and you declare on Wednesday morning. Two and a half days in a racehorse’s life is a long time.“I will be doing everything I can to get these figures down by next April and it’s only a small sample but the most important thing to me is horse welfare. If I think a horse is a little bit stiff or sore or whatever, welfare is the number one thing. I don’t set out to have non-runners, I set out to have runners, but I’m not going to run a horse just to get my figures right.“It looks bad, I admit, but I think it’s down to looking after the horses’ welfare more than anything.”The list also included eight flat season trainers and just one jumps trainer, any trainers that remain above the threshold level of 14% after six months will be no longer able to declare non-runners without the inspection of a qualified veterinarian.last_img read more