Talk of the towns

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Downsizers need to prepare to declutter ahead of big move

first_imgTask Tamers founder Karen Morgan, had some handy tips for Brisbane seniors at Fancutts Retirement Living’s free Retire Ready information session last month.Decluttering and downsizing can be an exciting and extremely rewarding process, although it can also be a daunting one as the first question often asked is: where do I start?Task Tamers founder Karen Morgan, who had some handy tips for Brisbane seniors at Fancutts Retirement Living’s free Retire Ready information session last month, said the key was in the way people approached the task.Ms Morgan said downsizing represented an exciting new phase of life and it was important to keep that in mind when tackling clutter.“There are often a lot of memories attached to things that have been collected over the years,” she said. “For every item, we ask our clients: ‘Do you use this, love it and need it?’.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoMs Morgan said Task Tamers’ “3Ts” method divided items into three categories – treasures, transit and trash.“Treasures are those items that are non-negotiable such as family photos or a favourite armchair,” she said.“Transit items might be given to family members or be sold, and trash was of no use to anyone anymore.“But we also advise people to start easy – limit themselves to one room or one drawer – use notes or labels, and have goals.”RetireAustralia senior development manager Judi Hutchison said the Fancutts Retirement Living Retire Ready series gave seniors and their families access to a range of experts and information when looking at options for retirement living.“We hope to demystify the buying process of retirement living while helping seniors find the home and lifestyle that’s right,” she said.Fancutts Retirement Living is a world-class vertical retirement village at Lutwyche.last_img read more

Marijuana and Vaping: Shadowy Past, Dangerous Present

first_imgThe New York Times 21 October 2019Family First Comment: “Millions of people now inhale marijuana not from joints or pipes filled with burning leaves but through sleek devices and cartridges filled with flavored cannabis oils. People in the legalized marijuana industry say vaping products now account for 30 percent or more of their business. Teenagers, millennials and baby boomers alike have been drawn to the technology — no ash, a faint smell, easy to hide — and the potentially dangerous consequences are only now becoming evident.”#saynopetodopeFor years, a divisive debate has raged in the United States over the health consequences of nicotine e-cigarettes. During the same time, vaping of a more contentious substance has been swiftly growing, with scant notice from public health officials.Millions of people now inhale marijuana not from joints or pipes filled with burning leaves but through sleek devices and cartridges filled with flavored cannabis oils. People in the legalized marijuana industry say vaping products now account for 30 percent or more of their business. Teenagers, millennials and baby boomers alike have been drawn to the technology — no ash, a faint smell, easy to hide — and the potentially dangerous consequences are only now becoming evident.Most of the patients in the outbreak of severe lung illnesses linked to vaping — which has left 1,479 people sick and 33 dead so far — vaped THC, the ingredient in marijuana that makes people high. Until more information is known, officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have warned people not to vape cannabis products.To some scientists, and even industry leaders, warning signs have been apparent for years as vaping cannabis grew in the shadows, propelled by a patchwork of regulations, a wave of state-by-state legalization and a soaring supply of low-cost marijuana.While the government and researchers poured resources into studying e-cigarettes, federal rules sharply limiting research into the health effects of cannabis — because it is classified as a controlled substance with a high potential for abuse — have left a void in scientific knowledge about what THC vaping does to the lungs.Last year, Dr. Neal Benowitz, a professor of medicine and a researcher on nicotine and vaping at the University of California, San Francisco, sent a letter to Congress warning of the risks posed by leaving a hugely popular practice unstudied.“Very little is known about the safety or effects of vaped cannabis oil,” he wrote, cautioning that some ingredients mixed into the oils “could have harmful, toxic effect on users, including the potential for causing and/or promoting cancer and lung disease.”READ MORE: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/21/health/marijuana-and-vaping-shadowy-past-dangerous-present.htmllast_img read more

7 Reasons You Should Start Using Cinnamon

first_imgHealthLifestyle 7 Reasons You Should Start Using Cinnamon by: – September 17, 2013 Sharing is caring! 55 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Cinnamon has long been used both as a culinary spice and natural medicine. Most of you may like cinnamon for its extraordinary flavor but sure only a few know all the benefits cinnamon can bring to your health.Anti-clottingMany researchers have been devoted studies to cinnamon’s effect on blood platelets which helps clotting. It contributes to thin the blood and prevent unwanted clumping by inhibiting the release of an inflammatory fatty acid called arachidonic acid from your platelet membranes. The same mechanism of inhibiting the release of that acid, makes cinnamon a great natural anti inflammatory source. It is such an effective natural anti coagulant that patients taking drugs that thinners blood are strictly warned not to take cinnamon as extracts or supplements.Anti-MicrobialThere is extant folk medical lore indicating that cinnamon mixed with honey can help relieve a sore throat, or fight off infection. But only few realize it has been confirmed to have extensive anti-infective properties against a wide range of viruses, bacteria and fungi. The essential oils in cinnamon are anti-microbial and have been shown to stop many types of bacterial and fungal growth. Cinnamon’s antimicrobial properties are so effective that recent study demonstrates this spice to be used as an alternative to traditional food preservatives. It is reality that cinnamon bark can protect against infection, as one of the main biological plant.Cinnamon can control blood sugarCinnamon is a powerful antioxidant and also might help to control blood sugar on different levels, which helps decrease the rate the stomach empties after meals.Cinnamon improves insulin response in people DiabetesHere is great news for the nearly 30 million people who have type 2 diabetes and the 60 million more who might be at risk. Cinnamon will help stabilize blood sugar by triggering insulin work well. In one research, the spice was found to reduce blood glucose levels by as much as 30%. As little as 1 gram of cinnamon per day has been shown to reduce levels of triglycerides, so- called bad cholesterol and overall cholesterol, in individuals with diabetes. Add a pinch to chili or shake it on your morning latte, fresh fruit or oatmeal.Cinnamon boosts brain functionSmelling the scent of cinnamon can boost your brain activity. In one research cinnamon enhanced study participants’ cognitive processing, with the activities such as: Working memory; Tasks related to attention; Virtual recognition memory; Visual-motor speed while working on a computer based programs;Cinnamon improves colon health and protects you against heart diseaseCinnamon is an excellent source of calcium, fiber and various minerals, such as manganese. Fiber and calcium together help remove bile salts from your body, which acts as a protector of your colon and reduces the risk of colon cancer. Through this process, cholesterol levels might be lowered, helping prevent heart disease and atherosclerosis. The fiber in cinnamon can also provide relief from diarrhea or constipation.Cinnamon has got warming effectsCinnamon has been used in traditional eastern medicine, for its warming properties, such as during a flu or cold.By: Fitnaelast_img read more

Dominica Fisheries Division Emerges 2nd place winner in Latin America & the Caribbean Division for innovation and excellence in Public Service

first_img 30 Views   no discussions The Establishment Personnel and Training Department (EPTD), as part of its mandate to promote and motivate a highly productive Public Service, arranges for the observance of a National Public Service Day biennially.  At the awards ceremony held on December 3, 2010, Fisheries Officer     Mr. Derrick Theophille won the Public Officer of the Year Award.  In recognition of the Fisheries Division exceptional teamwork and innovation, the EPTD with the assistance of the Caribbean Centre for Administration Development (CARICAD) nominated the Fisheries Division as a team of hard working Public Officers for the prestigious UN award.  The nomination was submitted under the category, “Advancing knowledge management in government.” The Establishment Personnel and Training Department is today elated, and proud to announce that the Fisheries Division has emerged second place winner for this award, in the Latin American and Caribbean region.  The award was granted due to the initiative embarked upon by the Division in updating of its existing databases, and modernization of its management practices with the involvement of multiple stakeholders.  Statistical databases were updated, rebuilt and in some cases newly created. This addressed some of the problems encountered with fisheries and the marine environment statistics, monitoring, evaluation and with the safety and empowerment (through training) of the fisher communities in Dominica and in the region.  The approach taken by the Fisheries Division contributes significantly to marine environment enhancement, thereby improving the socio-economic status of the fishing communities.This year, thirty-six (36) public sector organizations will be awarded with this most prestigious recognition of excellence in public service on 23rd June 2011, during the United Nations Public Service Day awards ceremony to be held in Tanzania.   The United Nation Public Service Awards, rewards the creative achievements  and contributions of public service institutions that lead to a more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide. Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Dominica Fisheries Division Emerges 2nd place winner in Latin America & the Caribbean Division for innovation and excellence in Public Service by: – May 16, 2011center_img Photo credit: UPAN.orgThe United Nations Public Administration Network, (UNPAN) organises activities to commemorate United Nations Public Service Day which is celebrated on 23rd June annually.  One of the awards during this event is The United Nations Public Service Awards. According to the UNPAN website this is “the most prestigious international recognition of excellence in public service. It rewards the creative achievements and contributions of public service institutions that lead to a more effective and responsive public administration in countries worldwide.  Through an annual competition, the UN Public Service Awards promotes the role, professionalism and visibility of public service.”The award recognises Divisions of Government in various initiatives.  This award is granted in one of the following categories: Advancing knowledge management in governmentFostering participation in policy-making decisions through innovative mechanismsImproving the delivery of servicesPreventing and combating corruption in the public servicePromoting gender-responsive delivery of public serviceslast_img read more

Pogba dances, trains alone in Dubai as United teammates head to Spain

first_imgRead Also: Grealish reveals preferred club from Man Utd, Real Madrid, BarcelonaPogba spent a year playing alongside Dybala for the Old Lady before he returned to Manchester United in a deal worth £89million.Reports in Tutto Sport suggest Pogba is “dreaming” of playing with Argentina star Dybala once again.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 However new signing Odio Ighalo won’t be heading for sunnier climes.SunSport reported earlier that the 30-year-old, signed on loan from Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the season, will not attend over fears he will be barred from returning to the UK over the coronavirus threat.The club are concerned UK immigration could tighten border restrictions after the World Health Organisation upgraded the disease to a global emergency.Border control is monitoring all persons who have arrived from China in the last 14 days.The 30-year-old, who is currently in Manchester, will stay in England “on a personal training and fitness programme”.United said that “it is simply a precautionary measure as the situation continues to be monitored”.Pogba, meanwhile, continues to be linked with making his second move away from Old Trafford this summer.A return to former club Juventus is the latest rumour doing the rounds – and he is keen on a reunion with Paulo Dybala. The French midfielder, who is rumoured to be on his way out this summer, has been out of action since Boxing Day with an ankle injury. Manchester United star Paul Pogba uploaded a clip of himself training alone as his team-mates jetted off to Spain.Advertisement Loading…last_img read more

Holding warns: Consult players first before sacking coach Pybus

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Fast-bowling legend Michael Holding has warned the new Cricket West Indies (CWI) leadership against axing interim head coach Richard Pybus ahead of next month’s ICC World Cup without first consulting the players.Holding, now a well-respected television broadcaster, said the current players were the ones who stood to be impacted most by such a substantive personnel change and therefore needed to give their input in any such decision.Pybus, a controversial appointment to the post last January, is widely expected to be replaced prior to the May 30 to July 14 showpiece in England.“I wouldn’t say right now that we need to change everything. We need to analyse before we have knee-jerk reactions and kick out everybody and change everything,” Holding to i95.5FM radio here.“We need to sit down and analyse. The people that are coming in – the president (Ricky Skerritt) and the new vice-president (Dr Kishore Shallow) – need to sit down with everybody at various times.”He continued: “I am hearing them talk about changing the coach for the World Cup. You need to sit down with the current players now and have a discussion with them and say to them ‘what do you think?’, because they are the ones who are going to be affected.“We sitting down in our living rooms watching, we won’t be affected – the players will be ones to be affected. They (Skerritt and Shallow) need to sit down with them, have a frank discussion, ask them what they think – if they think it is a wise decision or if they are happy to continue with the way things are.”Pybus, a former director of cricket, replaced Stuart Law as head of the Caribbean side for England’s tour of the Caribbean this year, overseeing their shock 2-1 win in the three-Test series.The Englishman’s appointment was met with pushback from several CWI directors, with Skerritt during the election campaign noting his discomfort with the manner in which the decision had been made.And only last week, leading regional academic and UWI vice-chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, argued that a Caribbean coach should lead the Windies at the World Cup.Holding, who claimed 249 wickets in 60 Tests, said any decisions made on the coaching role should be made with the long-term future of West Indies cricket in mind.“You don’t go into a business and just change everything. You’ve got to go into the business, study how the business operates and deal with the people that are in there and find out how things need to be changed. I’m not saying don’t change anything – what I am saying is do not have a knee-jerk reaction,” Holding contended.“What is the World Cup? One tournament. We’re talking about West Indies cricket and the future of West Indies cricket. Do we only want to win the World Cup? We need to think about the future of West Indies cricket. The World Cup is in a couple months’ time, what happens after the World Cup?”Skerritt’s election has been widely viewed as a positive development, especially with outgoing president Dave Cameron having become widely unpopular during his three terms in charge.But Holding said it was important the new CWI leadership engage in wide consultation ahead of fundamental changes.“They also need to sit down with administration, the people who actually work and are paid by the West Indies cricket board (and ask) what do you think? How do you think we should move forward? The financial controller, the CEO, the head of coaching – all of those people,” the Jamaican said.“It is a long process … (they need to) see what needs to be fixed, see what needs to be changed.”last_img read more

Badgers begin postseason

first_imgAs the Midwestern weather heats up, the Wisconsin women’s golf team heads into postseason play this weekend looking to build on some strong performances. The squad will compete in the Big Ten Championships beginning Friday at the Penn State Golf Courses in University Park, Pa.Head coach Todd Oehrlein says his team is ready to head east and compete on a fine golf course after a solid regular reason.“We’re excited about moving forward,” Oehrlein said. “The golf course … is in very good shape [and] came through the winter great over at Penn State, so we’re looking forward to it.”Oehrlein says he sees no reason the Badgers shouldn’t go into the championships with high expectations.“I don’t think a top-half finish is out of the question,” he said. “I think that’s something that is a goal moving forward.”Last weekend the Badgers finished fifth at the Lady Buckeye Invitational in Columbus. Among the eight participating Big Ten teams, Wisconsin placed fourth. The performance gives the team an indication of where it stands relative to some of its primary competition for this weekend. The Badgers finished behind host Ohio State, Michigan State and Northwestern but ahead of four other Big Ten squads.The team Oehrlein is most concerned with, however, did not compete in the Lady Buckeye Invitational.“The favorite going into the tournament would be Purdue right now,” he explained. “Purdue is having an outstanding season. I mean, right now they’re ranked top five in the country.”The Boilermakers are not the only highly touted group taking the course Friday. Oehrlein is also wary of a strong Michigan State team, though he feels the Badgers are by no means out of their league going up against the Spartans.“Michigan State has had a great season, and yet we played Michigan State this weekend and were very competitive,” he said. “They got us by six shots, [but] we beat them the final round.”Three Badgers placed in the top 20 individually in Columbus, and the team will rely heavily on them as the postseason gets underway. Freshman Carly Werwie, senior Katie Elliott and sophomore Kelsey Verbeten finished eighth, 12th and 14th, respectively, in the 72-player field.Elliott shot a 231 (78-76-77) for the three rounds on the par-72. Oehrlein anticipates a particularly strong showing from the Madison native as she competes in the Big Ten Championships for the final time.“Katie goes into this tournament looking to be the individual medalist,” Oehrlein said. “That’s something that she’ll work hard on this week, and she’ll come in, and she’ll be prepared.”Ultimately, however, Oehrlein says it will take contributions from every athlete for the Badgers to achieve their goal.“We need to be six strong, and we need to have balance and depth, and really no one player or two players are probably going to carry the team forward,” he said. “We have to have that kind of consistency and that kind of balance.”last_img read more

Holt: For what it’s worth, savor Saturday

first_img“Sports fans, by and large, are idiots.” – Michael Bleach, “Bleach angry; very, very angry,” The Badger Herald, Sept. 10, 2010.Yes, Bleach, yes we are. We leave stupid, baseless comments on every message board, from CBS Sports to Madison.com. We avoid punctuation like it’s leprosy, and we consider spelling names correctly to be of little importance (sometimes we don’t even know who we’re talking about). Everyone else is a dumbass and is just bitter about how our team beat theirs last season.Our team is always better than yours, because so-and-so is due for a breakout year and that opposing defense just has too many washed-up, overpriced veterans. That starting pitcher we’re going against? He just looks like a tool, so there’s no way we could lose. Our own overrated player will dominate his bitch-stupid face, because he’s on a “hot streak.”So what if we’re on a nine-game losing streak? Every streak ends sometimes, unless you’re a Cubs fan, right? This is when our controversial coach who’s on the hot seat gets his signature win, saves his job and carries the team from the doldrums, four years after he initially promised to do so. Yeah, we didn’t expect to win the game anyways, but you saw how good we’ll be next year, right? You did see, didn’t you? Next year, man.We are so dumb.But really, it’s not just for those reasons. Sports just have a way of taking away the parts of our brains responsible for reason, logic, grammar and sense of reality. I’m sure Badger_fan069 knows what a comma is, but sports-fueled rage overrules silly things like sounding articulate in a public forum.If you like sports, you’re guilty of at least one of the infractions listed above. It’s a guarantee, a sure-shot, like Jay Cutler throwing a pick when his pocket collapses. If you haven’t espoused one of those idiotic sentiments at any point in your life, you’re probably watching “Dancing with the Stars” instead of Monday Night Football.But for all our shortcomings, we’re very good at some things. We’re fiercely loyal to our teams, even if that means we hate everything about them and get irrationally angry at times. Dammit, Rodgers, you know better than to throw that pick! Come on, Mauer, you don’t swing at garbage like that. Heaven forbid a cornerback made a spectacular play, or it was actually a very good pitch.We’ll defend and condemn our teams, sometimes in consecutive days, or even within the span of one game. We’ll argue, fight, yell, shout, brag, scream, pout and cry in the name of the Packers, or Bears or Vikings.We’ll band together, strangers rooting against a common opponent. The fellowship is strong: What’s another Phillies fan doing here? Let me buy you a drink.But there is one thing we are especially bad at. Something that goes beyond our terrible typing skills, far past our irrational beliefs that John Clay is truly a Heisman contender.Sports fans, we can’t enjoy the moment.Let that sink in for a moment. Chew it a bit, really savor what I’m saying. I’ll even repeat it for emphasis: We. Can’t. Enjoy. The. Moment.Packers fans, Vikings fans, we all know the heartbreak of a Brett Favre interception in the NFC Championship. Bears fans, you’ve been to a Super Bowl this decade, even if you did lose. But those are great accomplishments. Some teams would just be glad to be there, right? The 49ers would kill for that end to their season.No, they wouldn’t. We know this. Because all you remember from a loss in a game of that magnitude is how you got this close and failed. Nobody is happy about making a title game; they’re only bitter about losing in it.Our own men’s hockey team made its 11th Frozen Four. Plenty of Badger fans made the trip out to Detroit. Blake Geoffrion won the school’s first Hobey Baker award and UW capped an amazing season. But what do we remember? Losing 5-0 to Boston College.As a Twins fan, I’m still sour over the ALDS loss to the Yankees, and I have the bruised knuckles to prove it. In reality, it was a remarkable season, opening a gorgeous new ballpark and cruising to another AL Central title, even without All-Stars Joe Nathan and Justin Morneau. It’s an accomplishment – one that took 162 games to build, but just three to render a failure.We can’t appreciate what we’ve got, when we’ve got it. There’s almost always something more, something we didn’t quite achieve. We don’t savor the moment when it’s happening; yes, this is a great game, but it will be so much better when we hoist that trophy, pop those bottles of champagne. We’re greedy.This week, we’ve got something special here in Madison. The No. 1 team in the nation is coming to town for the first time since 1997. College Gameday is making an appearance after a six-year hiatus. Yes, E.A. will be back in Mad Town. It should be a great day.No matter what your view on these 2010 Badgers, you have to at least feel there’s a chance, just a small one, UW could win. The Badgers have played the Buckeyes tough at home – Jim Tressel’s teams have never scored more than 20 points at Camp Randall. And with the Gameday crew, the importance of the game and the extra sleep (and resultantly, the extra time to drink), the atmosphere will be crazy.So maybe UW wins. The town is alight with drunken joy, the field is rushed and all is good in the world. It’s a perfect Saturday.Or, like most matchups between the No. 1 and No. 18 teams, it’s the top dog that prevails. A great day of excitement, a hyped night game and all the fun that came with it is tarnished by numbers on a scoreboard. Nobody remembers the day, just the disappointment at the end of it.Even if UW pulls off the upset, a loss at Iowa the week after would kill all those good feelings. Success is fleeting in sports and easily forgotten.So whatever you do Saturday, whether it’s just an extended version of a typical gameday or you camp out in hopes of meeting Lee Corso, savor it. You don’t get a chance to take down the top team in the country every day. Get everything you can out of it.Because you could lose it, just like that.Adam is a senior majoring in journalism, begging you to just enjoy this Saturday. You can e-mail him at aholt@badgerherald.com, or follow him on Twitter @adamjsholt.last_img read more

Protestors denounce Shapiro’s rhetoric

first_imgThe “Say NO to Shapiro!” rally took place in Hahn Plaza Thursday afternoon in response to a speaking event featuring conservative commentator Ben Shapiro. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)The chant “racist, fascist, anti-gay, Ben Shapiro go away,” rang through Hahn Plaza Thursday as nearly 250 students and community members protested the conservative speaker at Tommy Trojan.After a week of outcry from cultural assemblies and other organizations, protesters held banners and signs stating “No to Shapiro. No to bigotry” as they denounced his speech at Bovard Auditorium, calling his views discriminatory and labeling them as hate speech. Aubtin Heydari, who was injured at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va. last year while counter-protesting, was among the speakers.“Shapiro’s bread and butter is picking on college students,” Heydari said. “[He avoids] any situation where someone can substantially respond to him in a manner remotely similar to the discussion of idea that he and the other alt-right commentators insist they desire.” Several cultural assembly leaders stood at Tommy Trojan, quoting statements that Shapiro previously made, calling out what they deemed racism and transphobia. Event organizer Kameron Hurt, a leader from Students for Justice in Palestine, Native American Student Union student leader Mato Standing Soldier and Black Student Assembly assistant director Mae Gates also spoke. The protest was interrupted toward the beginning by a few interjections, causing community service officers to call into the crowd for protesters to “keep it civil.” One protester called out, “You’re a fucking liar” while another called out “Give it up for Israel” at the protesters, prompting them to chant “racists go home.”In addition to students, the Rev. Dr. Sunny Kang from United University Church addressed the crowd, saying Shapiro’s message was not in the Bible, despite people associating his messages with Christian values. Kang said the Bible stands for justice and what is right.“They’re asking you to dumb down and you need to stand up and say that this is an academic institution,” he said. “Ignorance has no place [here].”Shapiro addressed the protesters in a video on Young American Freedom’s Twitter page.“We got a couple hundred protesters outside, doing what they usually do, spending a weeknight making trouble, being who they are, exercising their First Amendment rights, that’s great,” Shapiro said.Once the event began, Hurt led protestors past Bovard Auditorium to USC Village with the intention of making the rest of campus aware their reason for protest. They chanted “cops and the Klan go hand in hand” as they passed the line of people waiting on standby to enter the event.The rally was sponsored by 17 campus organizations, including SJP, Latinx Student Assembly and the Student Assembly for Gender Empowerment.“I think we achieved our mission … to bring awareness to the issues that this University is ignoring,” Hurt told the Daily Trojan. “Our mission was to show that there is an active resistance that will not stand for hate speech. And it was to show people’s power and we did that.”The protest did not receive much visible opposition from those in support of Shapiro on campus. “It’s cool that they have their beliefs and you can respect that,” said Cole Cirillo, a junior majoring in business administration and political science, who attended the Shapiro event. “Obviously, I think that they’re out of line and that it’s a little irrational … But it’s what they believe and they have the right to be out here.”Young Americans for Freedom at USC spent $1,000 to create a designated area for protest during the event; however, protestors rallied near Tommy Trojan and in front of Bovard Auditorium instead. Some student leaders said YAF never informed them about the space.“[The protest going well was a] big relief,” YAF Chairman Maxwell Brandon said after the event. “[We were] wondering what the fallout would be depending on how bad it was, but I’m really happy it turned out so civilly and people were able to sit down and listen.” After controversy surrounding student ticket cancellations for leaders of student assemblies, Brandon told the Daily Trojan that he had allowed some of those students to enter the event. However, various leaders from LSA, BSA and SAGE said they had not been contacted by Brandon or leaders from YAF and did not attend the event.“They communicate with y’all more than us,” an LSA leader Eloisa Campuzano told the Daily Trojan.Nearly 30 uniformed police officers were stationed around Bovard and throughout Trousdale Parkway, according to DPS. Protest organizers also had trained “de-escalators” who were meant to manage the crowd to keep the event peaceful. They stood around the active protesters in yellow bandanas, holding signs and facing outward toward nearby spectators, some of whom were participating, while others observed.USG President Debbie Lee and Vice President Blake Ackerman were pleased to see student activism on campus, but said student safety was their top priority. “It’s inspiring to see student activism on this campus,” Ackerman said. “It’s something in our three years here we’ve looked to see, we haven’t seen as much before. [But] I think that students recognizing their right to free exercise is beautiful.”The protest ended before 7:30 p.m. by Hecuba at USC Village without any reported incidences of violence from protesters or event attendees.Maddie Lazas and Malika Mohan contributed to this report.last_img read more