BridgeND hosts open debate on immigration

first_imgCooperation, civility and compromise: The words at the core of BridgeND’s mission statement formed the basis for an open debate on immigration Wednesday night between several student groups in the LaFortune Ballroom.The club, which strives to promote dialogue between students of different political philosophies on campus, and Women in Politics invited five student leaders representing College Republicans, College Democrats, GreeND, Notre Dame Right to Life and Notre Dames to come together and offer their opinions on all aspects of the immigration issue.“[The event] turned out great. The reason why is because … people want to have a say in a really important, complex and sometimes confusing issue,” Alex Caton, vice president of BridgeND said. “If the event and the questions that came up during it showed anything, it’s that there are a lot of different angles that should be taken, and by inviting six different clubs to give a take on it, we clearly demonstrated that.” [Editor’s note: Alex Caton is a Viewpoint columnist for The Observer.]Mark Gianfalla, representing College Republicans, and Tyler Bowen, from College Democrats, both stuck largely to their party platforms in addressing the issue. Gianfalla said the most important aspect of the issue was securing the border, while Bowen said immigrants currently living in America should have a path to citizenship.“… Those in line to achieve permanent residency should receive priority over those currently in the U.S. illegally,” Gianfalla said.“Anyone that wants to be an immigrant and enter into American society and can prove that they can do that should be able to, and we should guarantee that,” Bowen said.However, both agreed the current process for legal immigration in the U.S. is desperately in need of reform. Both wanted an increase in the quota numbers which currently limit immigration into the country. Gianfalla said he thought the number of visas available should increase from its current number of 650,000 to 690,000, and Bowen said streamlining the application process is the one aspect of immigration reform he would most like to see move forward.Alison Leddy, president of Notre Dames, emphasized the emotional and physical damage many women who immigrate suffer and said legislators should consider additional laws to protect them.“Often immigration status is what allows domestic violence to occur,” Leddy said. “ … Abuse is often a tool of someone who’s trying to take advantage of women, and without opportunities women have no way to save themselves from a bad situation or report things to the police, so in terms of policy decisions, that’s definitely something to consider.”Representing the Right to Life club, Kristina Flathers said while immigration may not typically be thought of as an topic related to the right to life movement, it is fundamentally an issue of human dignity, which is related to the mission of the club.“People migrate in order to create better lives for themselves … societies should be oriented in ways that set up as few obstacles as possible for this to happen,” Flathers said. “And that’s the basis of my proposal. I think we as a society must improve services like childcare and education to immigrants who are already here.”Garrett Blad, of GreeND, also said environmental issues related to immigration in terms of migration patterns and the ability of disadvantaged people to move away from areas affected by climate change.Tags: BridgeND, College Democrats, College Republicans, GreeND, Immigration, ND Right to Life club, Notre Dames, Women in Politicslast_img read more

Final three African World Cup slots to be settled

first_imgBy Mark GleesonCAPE TOWN (Reuters) – Senegal and Tunisia are on the brink of qualification for next year’s World Cup finals but the tussle between the Ivory Coast and Morocco is set for a dramatic finale in Abidjan at the weekend.Egypt and Nigeria have already claimed two of the five African slots for the tournament in Russia and the final set of qualifiers being played over the next week will determine the other three.Senegal could be the first through on Friday if they win away against South Africa to guarantee top spot in Group D.The match in Polokwane is a replay of last year’s 2-1 win for South Africa at the same venue, which FIFA later found had its outcome manipulated by the Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey, who has since been handed a life ban.It means Senegal and South Africa play each other twice in the space of four days with a return encounter next Tuesday in Dakar.Senegal, who need two points to secure a World Cup berth, have been boosted by Sadio Mane’s recovery from a hamstring injury suffered in their last qualifier in October.“I‘m happy to be back, because it was not easy to recover. I was hurt, but I worked hard to return. I‘m ready,” the Liverpool player told reporters.SNATCH TOP PLACEBottom placed South Africa could yet come from behind and snatch top place if they win both matches.However, their preparations have been hampered by injury to goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and the decision of Dutch-based midfielder Thulani Serero not to travel because he was not guaranteed a starting berth.A solitary point at home for Tunisia on Saturday, when they host bottom placed Libya, will see them qualify for the finals for the first time since 2006, finishing ahead of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Group A.Group C will also be settled on Saturday where Morocco lead the standings by a single point from the Ivorians, who have been to the last three World Cups but have been struggling in recent times without the influence of Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure.Anything other than a win for the Ivorians will give Morocco their first appearance at a World Cup in 20 years.“It’s like a cup final we have to win,” said Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots at a news conference on Wednesday.last_img read more

Mourinho in advanced talks with Tottenham over replacing Mauricio Pochettino

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO will tomorrow continue talks to become the new manager of Tottenham.Spurs approached the former Manchester United manager early this evening evening to see if he was willing to succeed Mauricio Pochettino in charge.3 Jose Mourinho spent the evening in talks with Spurs over taking over before their next gameCredit: Getty – ContributorThe London club sacked Pochettino just five months after he led them in the Champions League final with the club 14th in the Premier League.And they immediately turned to Mourinho, 56, who spent the remainder of the night in talks with Spurs.SunSport understands both sides are confident they can reach a deal which would see him take charge before Saturday’s crunch clash with West Ham.Not a single Tottenham player was aware of his sacking until the club released a statement at 7.34pm.Jose Mourinho and Max Allegri want the job after Spurs chairman Daniel Levy ended Poch’s 5½-year reign.And SunSport can reveal: Many Spurs players have lost respect for the Argentine for refusing to discuss team selection with them and his increasing absence from training. The board believe Poch, 47, engineered his own sacking.  Levy hopes Poch’s exit will persuade contract rebels to stayMourinho has been out of work since leaving Manchester United 11 months ago – and has snubbed a series of offers waiting for the right opportunity he feels will keep him competing at the top of the game.The Tottenham job is potentially appealing but Spurs may need to provide assurances Pochettino’s departure would not lead to a break up of the squad in place.It was revealed last month that Mourinho is keen to set history by becoming the first manager to lead three different clubs to the league title or major European trophies.LADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict Man City vs Chelsea, Rangers and Man Utd scores this coming weekend and win £100Both Spurs and Arsenal have the pedigree and potential to give him that opportunity, and it helps that he would not have to move away from London which has become his home over the past five years.As well as Pochettino, coaches Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez have also been relieved of their duties.Chairman Daniel Levy issued a club statement, where he said: “We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste.“Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.“It falls to the Board to make the difficult decisions – this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff – but we do so in the Club’s best interests.3Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kids“Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history. I have the utmost admiration for the manner in which he dealt with the difficult times away from a home ground whilst we built the new stadium and for the warmth and positivity he brought to us.”I should like to thank him and his coaching staff for all they have contributed. They will always be welcome here.“We have a talented squad. We need to re-energise and look to deliver a positive season for our supporters.”3 Jose Mourinho is the overwhelming bookies’ favourite to replace Mauricio PochettinoCredit: Getty – ContributorMauricio Pochettino jokes: If Levy sacked me, I could never manage Arsenal!last_img read more

PPP/C to challenge wind farm deal with Govt financier

first_imgThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) says it intends to vigorously challenge – in the courts if needs be – the ‘corrupt’ wind farm deal entered into between the current coalition Administration and one of its financiers, Lloyd Singh.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoAPNU/AFC financier, Lloyd SinghThis position was adumbrated on Thursday by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who was at the time addressing media operatives at the Party’s Freedom House Headquarters.“If they persist with it then we will have no choice but to review it,” Jagdeo said, even as he called on the international community, specifically the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to not fall prey to the machinations of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government.Speaking to the IDB’s involvement, Jagdeo spoke to the fact that the international financial institution has funded an Energy Matrix Study for Guyana.This study, he said, was handed over to Government since June of this year but Government is still to make a pronouncement on this report.The former President drew reference to the fact that Finance Minister Winston Jordan had announced the negotiations of a Power Purchase Agreement between Government, through the Guyana Power and Light Company (GPL) and the principals for the proposed 25 Mega Watts, Wind Farm.Jagdeo said, international consultants usually just ‘baptise’ projects put forward by governments and he was hoping that this was not the case with the proposed US$50 million Hope Beach Wind Farm.He posited that the Energy Mix Study “may just baptise this, what is already in the system.”According to Jagdeo, there was never a public tender or any sort of competitive process with respect to the pursuit of a wind farm as part of Government’s renewable energy drive.On the matter of the Hope Beach Wind Farm principal, Jagdeo said Lloyd Singh is a known financier of the AFC.“Imagine a man who built the AFC headquarters is now negotiating with General Secretary of the AFC [Minister David Patterson] for or a Power Purchase Agreement that was never tendered and announced long before the power mix study…This smacks of corruption.”As such, the former President said even if Government were to go ahead with the project, the “PPP is not bound to respect anything that is done in this manner.”He said his party will vigorously oppose any Power Purchase Agreement negotiated in secret by related parties.This agreement, he said, will not necessarily be respected by the PPP.The US$50 million wind farm project is being touted by Government as its solution to GPL blackout woes, but Jagdeo has since questions what obtains if the wind speed for any given day were to drop below what is required and as a result generation reduces to nil.“What will be the back-up power that will kick in,” Jagdeo questioned, even as he sought to explain that with a wind farm, what is being purchased is energy and not necessarily capacity.Jagdeo – the main proponent behind the development of the Amaila Falls Hydro Electric Project – said hydro offers both capacity and energy, “this seems to escape them, so we gonna be spending tons of money. This is a corrupt transaction.”Jagdeo also used the opportunity to take to task Finance Minister Winston Jordan, who according to the Opposition Leader, misled the National Assembly when he announced the development of and negotiations surrounding the wind farm at Hope Beach.He drew reference to the Finance Minister’s presentation to the House where he alluded to the power being purchased from the Wind Farm Project at 12 cents per kilowatt hour versus the 28 cents per kilowatt hour (kwh) that it was costing GPL to generate electricity.According to Jagdeo, the generating cost for GPL at the time was 11cents per kwh, “he was wrong.”The former President said members of the Administration have since privately conceded that the Finance Minister was wrong.Jagdeo suggested that the Finance Minister deliberately used the inflated cost of electricity generation in order to justify the feasibility of the wind farm.He used the occasion to also lament the fact that there have been no investment decisions made about installing new capacity adding that, “they have effectively killed the hydro power and they are now in a mad scramble to resurrect the wind farm.”The matter of the wind farm, according to Jagdeo, will be raised with the Norwegian Government which itself is currently conducted another study on the feasibility of the Amaila Falls Hydro Electric project.Jagdeo was adamant that Government’s proposed solution in the form of a wind farm will not bring an end to the spate of blackouts and other woes as he maintained that “this thing is a corrupt deal and we will scrutinise this… will press them hard to get the details of this contract.”According to Jagdeo, “we have to look at it, if we find that it is particularly egregious then we will challenge it as we have done in the courts and use every means that is available to us to expose it.”last_img read more