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Office of Religious and Spiritual Life affirms Muslim students in light of online threats

first_imgTAGSReligion Twitter ReddIt The Leap: 10 April Fool’s pranks to try this year TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ #MuslimsSignOfPeaceHappy love a muslim day …. muslims r love and they respct every religion …proud to b a muslim!! pic.twitter.com/w0VZgnmTw9— Nida Mirza (Zaiffi’s brthday 4 apr) (@NidaMirza17) April 3, 2018If you see any suspicious or illegal activities on campus, TCU Police encourage you to call them at 817-257-7777. For off-campus emergencies, call 911. ‘The Big Switch:’ Student spends a day in the chancellor’s shoes ReddIt Shane Battis Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ TCU’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life offered kind words to the Muslim community on campus after an international threat went viral. (Photo by Taylor Boser.) printTCU’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (RSL) has a message for Islamic students in response to anonymous flyers calling for violence against the Muslim community: We are sorry.In an email to the Muslim community at TCU sent on behalf of RSL, Associate Chaplain Britt Luby wrote they are sorry “some individuals and communities choose hate over love and ignorance over understanding.”The email is in reference to the anonymous flyers circulating in London and online that mark April 3 as “Punish a Muslim Day.” The poster lists a series of increasingly disturbed acts encouraging verbal and physical violence against Muslims. Facebook Facebook Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ + posts Conservative personality Steven Crowder sparks ‘male privilege’ debate Linkedin Twitter Linkedin Lead On committee co-chairs share goals with students Previous articleReview: ‘Ready Player One’ is a ton of funNext articleHoroscope: April 4, 2018 Shane Battis RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Rafid Patel, the president of TCU Muslim Student Association (MSA), said hateful words like this are upsetting, but are also a learning opportunity.“The best both TCU MSA and Muslims, in general, can do is meet this with positivity and open arms in an attempt to help those who incite hate understand the true nature of Islam and its community,” he said.TCU Police Department is also on guard in light of the threats.Assistant Chief of TCU PD Robert Rangel wrote in an email to TCU 360 that neither his department nor the Fort Worth Police Department has received any reports of threats or harm against Islamic students. However, he said his officers are aware of the situation.“We are remaining vigilant,” Rangel wrote. “As always we are encouraging community members to remain vigilant and report illegal or suspicious activity to police immediately.”In an email to TCU 360, Minister to the University Angela Kaufman emphasized that the university accepts students from all backgrounds and faiths.“We want every single member of our community to believe wholeheartedly that this is a campus where they are welcomed and valued for who they are and not in spite of it,” Kaufman wrote.Her sentiments echo some of the internet’s responses to the flyers. The hashtag “LoveAMuslimDay” was trending on Twitter with dozens of users expressing sympathy for Islamic citizens. World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/last_img read more


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Diversity, ESG relatively low scheme governance priorities: survey

first_img“ESG” and external governance reviews also came out as low priorities in the ranking, according to the survey report, which did not define ESG beyond “environmental, social, and corporate governance”.It said some participants were not sure what ESG meant.“This is despite it receiving media attention and initiatives such as the Association of Member Nominated Trustees’ Red Line Voting to support trustees in being investors who are well-versed in ESG,” it noted.A recent BNP Paribas Securities Services survey of 461 asset owners and asset managers found that a fifth of respondents did not incorporate ESG, with the main reason being an inability to define it.In the Winmark/Sackers survey, regular board meetings came out as the most important governance element, with a score of 4.9. However, there was little variation in the scores for the top 10 elements (see graphic). For example, ‘clear and transparent communication’ came in as the 10th most important ranking with a score of 4.6.The survey found that trustees were spending 65% more time on governance compared with three years ago, although the majority of boards spent less than 20% of their time on governance.Sackers said that governance was “a balancing act” and that prioritising of tasks was a key part of good governance.“Prioritising is part of good governance, and so is having an understanding of what will add value and where efforts are most likely to be rewarded,” it added. “While the aspects of governance that were considered to be of least importance all have value, it is reasuring that the main priorities are understood.”The report is available to download from Sackers’ website. Board diversity, ESG investing, and external reviews are relatively low governance priorities for pension scheme trustees and managers, according to a report.It was produced by Winmark, which runs professional member networks to facilitate peer learning, and Sackers, a law firm. It was based on a survey of 84 pension schemes – trustees and pension managers – and 13 in-depth interviews with chairs of trustee boards and other pensions experts.Board diversity in terms of gender, ethnicity and age came last out of a list of 25 governance elements that survey participants were asked to rank for importance, on a scale of 1-5. The report said this did not mean trustees think diversity was not important. “In their defence, many survey participants do recognise the need for diversity of skills and perspectives,” it said. “They just do not see diversity in trustees’ individual characteristics such as gender, age, or ethnicity as on a par with certain other aspects of governance.“Also, difficulties recruiting trustees mean that boards often do not have many candidates.”The UK’s pensions trade body has launched a ‘Breaking the Mirror Image’ campaign to try to encourage greater diversity on trustee boards and pension executive boards. It also put diversity at the heart of its annual investment conference in March.  #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more


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NFL free agency news: Jaguars release QB Blake Bortles

first_imgWe have released QB Blake Bortles. pic.twitter.com/8sbzNYkxMS— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) March 14, 2019Bortles completed 60.3 percent of his passes and threw for 13 touchdowns, along with 11 interceptions, for Jacksonville last season. The Jaguars went just 3-9 in his starts and he was benched in favor of backup Cody Kessler.Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said last week the team was evaluating the quarterback position and Bortles remained “in the mix” to be its starter.“The goal is to put the best team on the field,” Caldwell told reporters at the NFL combine. “Obviously, the quarterback is a key part of that, but we have to make sure we have the best team — we have the best offense, the best defense. The quarterback will slide in place when it is time for that player to come in place.“It may not be until the draft, it may be through free agency, but when that time comes we want to make sure we have the best team offensively and defensively around that position.”The Jaguars selected Bortles out of UCF with the third pick in the 2014 draft, but he has struggled during his time with the team. He holds just a 24-49 record as a starter while tallying 103 touchdowns and 75 interceptions in 75 career games. Blake Bortles is no longer with the Jaguars.Jacksonville announced it released the 26-year-old quarterback Wednesday. Bortles led the Jaguars to the playoffs in 2017 and signed a three-year, $54 million extension before regressing last season.In order to fill the vacancy, Jacksonville announced it had signed Nick Foles to a four-year, $88 million deal.last_img read more


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Private, public services set for Masry

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “Ed was always there to listen and open his arms to all walks of people and help them,” said Brockovich, who goes by Brockovich-Ellis, lives in Agoura Hills and still works for the Masry and Vititoe law firm in Westlake Village. She said she was with Masry the night he died and plans to attend both memorial services. “I’m going to miss him so much. … I can’t express my appreciation,” she said. “He wanted all people to know that they had a friend. He held up so much on his shoulders but he enjoyed opening his heart and his being to other people.” Masry’s family asked that memorial contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org; or the National Kidney Foundation, www.kidney.org. THOUSAND OAKS – A private memorial service will be held Tuesday for attorney and former Thousand Oaks Mayor Edward Masry, and a public tribute will take place in January. The public event is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Fred Kavli Theater in the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd. Masry 73, died Monday of complications of diabetes. He and his self-trained legal assistant, Erin Brockovich, became famous for winning a $333 million settlement for more than 600 residents of Hinkley, Calif., a saga showcased in the Academy Award-winning movie “Erin Brockovich.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more