PREMIUMSupreme Court retracts ban on recording trials amid mounting protest

first_imgForgot Password ? Facebook Supreme-Court #SupremeCourt Court trial #trial prohibition recording Google The Supreme Court has retracted its prohibition on taking photographs of or recording courtroom proceedings without a special permit after mounting protest from activists and media groups that fear such a ban would reduce transparency.The prohibition was included in a circular issued by the Supreme Court on courtroom rules of conduct and signed by Supreme Court director general of general courts Prim Haryadi on Feb. 7. The circular stipulated that taking photos and making sound or video recordings during trials required prior approved from the heads of local courts. The ban, according to the Supreme Court, was designed to differentiate journalists from public attendees in an effort to ensure court hearings proceeded smoothly and without disruption.Supreme Court spokesman Justice Andi Samsan Nganro said on Friday that Chief Justice Muhammad Hatta Ali had ordered Prim to revoke the… Log in with your social account Linkedin Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register herelast_img read more

Construction worker hit on SR 3

first_imgLetts, IN —Saturday morning the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office responded to a construction site accident involving a semi-truck driver and construction site worker on State Route 3 and 700 South.  When responders arrived on the scene, they discovered that a semi-truck driver struck a construction site flagger. An INDOT paving project is currently in progress along SR 3 from SR 46 South to Westport.  The worker was transported to Decatur County Memorial Hospital, then was flown out by Stat Flight to a trauma center. The condition of the worker is unknown at this time.  The crash is still under investigation by DCSO.last_img read more

Wall provokes discussion and, for some, anger

first_imgMany students walking down Trousdale Parkway on Monday paused to view a large wall set up between the Von KleinSmid Center and Taper Hall that read, “Israel: The Politics of Genocide.”Divided · A student walking down Trousdale Parkway stops to view a separation wall set up by Students for Justice in Palestine on Monday. The wall, which will remain on Trousdale until Tuesday night, was originally built by students from UC Irvine. – Brandon Hui | Daily Trojan The wall, set up by USC’s Students for Justice in Palestine, caught the eyes of a number of passers-by and drew reactions ranging from appreciation to anger.The wall was originally built by students from UC Irvine and has since traveled to other campuses. SJP rented the wall, which will stand on USC’s main thoroughfare until Tuesday night.“It’s a very symbolic gesture to have this wall right in the middle of campus,” said Marwa Katbi, a member of SJP and a junior majoring in creative writing. “It’s very visible.”Members of SJP said they hope the wall will inform students about the conflict taking place between Israel and Palestine.“It’s supposed to be a model for the wall that’s currently in the West Bank,” said Shaimaa Abdelhamid, a member of SJP and a junior majoring in history and political science. “Basically, we hope to raise some awareness to the Palestinian side of the conflict in terms of statistics and stories not in the media.”Several students cast curious glances as they passed the separation wall.“It’s certainly a strong message, and I think to have it be so in your face — if you’re trying to send a message, what better way than to erect a wall such as one that might exist in the region that they are talking about?” said Daniela Montiel, a graduate student studying public diplomacy who stopped to read information posted on the wall.Some students said they feel the media portrays Israel in a favorable light and were happy to see another side of the issue presented.“I’m glad that people are actually presenting the other side of the story,” said Kiah Carr, a freshman majoring in business administration. “People deserve to see [it].”A number of students who stopped to view the wall said they are interested in learning more about the conflict.“The message is to pay closer attention to international affairs,” said Max Skeen, a senior majoring in fine art.Skeen said he wants USC to host lectures on the conflict between Israel and Palestine.“It would be nice to hear more,” he said.Dan Shaer, a graduate student studying public health, agreed.“Everybody should be reminded every once in a while about what’s really going on,” he said. “It’s just sad that this is still going on … All the ways that people are trying to help are not effective.”For Shaer, the situation is one that hits close to home. He moved to the United States from Lebanon five years ago.“We’ve been through this too,” he said. “We had a war with Israel in 2006. Most of our country was bombed.”Though some students thought the wall was a good way to raise awareness, members of ’SC Students for Israel said they were upset that SJP chose to erect the wall the day after Holocaust Remembrance Day.“It’s a very low blow that this wall is coinciding with the end of Holocaust Remembrance Day,” said Shanel Melamed, the president of ’SC Students for Israel. “It was very disrespectful … There are no words to describe the horrific nature of the timing.”Melamed, who said she saw the separation wall from afar, said many Jewish students were adversely affected by its presence at USC.“People were shaking because who they are, their identity, their core was affected,” she said.SJP members said their goal was to illustrate the problem overseas for the USC community.“It’s important for people who are offended by this wall to know that there is really a wall of separation in Israel-Palestine,” Katbi said. “That is what they really should be offended about.”last_img read more

University is prepared for earthquakes, experts say

first_imgA recent spate of earthquakes has raised some concerns among students about the university’s preparedness as well as if a bigger quake might be on its way. Even with experts predicting a big earthquake to hit Southern California soon, the university is prepared, according to Steve Goldfarb, USC’s fire safety and emergency planning specialist.Earlier this month, a tremor was felt across Los Angeles County after an earthquake rattled Beverly Hills at 12:03 a.m. The relatively minor magnitude-3.5 earthquake was the area’s second of that week, following one of magnitude 3.2 at the start of the week.In accordance with USC protocol, the Dept. of Public Safety was quick to survey the campus and immediately identify any damage and injuries, Goldfarb said. Goldfarb said DPS reported no injuries or damages as a result of the earthquakes.Some students, like Sara Worth, a sophomore majoring in political sciences, said they were  not fazed by the earthquakes.“I was sitting at my desk when I felt a small tremor. I wasn’t entirely sure if it was even an earthquake,” Worth said.Though some students said they did not feel the earthquakes, others, like Rachel Weber, a sophomore majoring in theater, said the quake was worrying.“Being originally from the East Coast, even small earthquakes do seem pretty scary,” Weber said. “It’s important that every student know how to best deal with emergencies.”Earthquakes are commonplace in Southern California since the region lies upon the San Andreas Fault, which separates the area from the rest of the continental United States. The last major rupture on the San Andreas dealt a devastating blow to the city of San Francisco in 1906. For decades, experts have anticipated a volatile earthquake hitting California, which many have dubbed the “big one.”Though some experts said the Beverly Hills tremors are not predictive of the “big one,” they said an earthquake is likely to rattle the state soon.“California is very overdue for a Southern San Andreas earthquake,” said Mark Benthien, director for communication, education and outreach at the Southern California Earthquake Center, based at USC. “If you consider that earthquakes in the past happen every 150-200 years, and it’s been now over 320 years since the last big earthquake … scientists are concerned.”Worth said that in light of recent tremors, it would be worthwhile for the university to promote its safety protocol.“It would be helpful for [USC] to provide information on how to stay safe during emergencies, especially with the prediction of a large earthquake,” Worth said.Goldfarb said USC has an award-winning Emergency Response Plan, which includes a comprehensive system of steps to follow in the event of a large quake. In the case of an earthquake, Goldfarb suggests that students find cover under a table or desk or drop and cover by an interior wall.“Don’t run,” Goldfarb said. “Most injuries occur from falling debris, so take cover wherever you are.”Benthien said Los Angeles is one of the most prepared areas in the world for earthquakes. Still, he said he believes there can always be room for improvement.“There are always aspects that we are not prepared for, because we can’t have every building perfectly earthquake resistant, and we don’t have the resources to respond instantly to every situation involving injuries,” Benthien said. “We can always do more to be better prepared.”SCampus, USC’s student handbook, recommends that all students familiarize themselves with the emergency procedures of their residences and prepare an emergency kit. Guidelines as to what an emergency kit should contain can be accessed at the SCampus website. Additionally, at the start of the school year, the university posted a video on YouTube outlining its emergency procedures.Goldfarb also said USC’s annual involvement with the Great California Shakeout is an important part of its preparations. This year’s shakeout, which simulates a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, will be held on Oct. 18 at 10:18 a.m. Students, staff and faculty will be asked to “drop, cover and hold” to simulate the tremor. USC has participated in the drill every October since the Shakeout began in 2008, Goldfarb said.Students can register to participate in the drill on the Great California Shakeout’s website.last_img read more