Stay Home to Stay Safe This St Patrick’s Day – Gardai

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Stay Home to Stay Safe This St Patrick’s Day – Gardai By News Highland – March 16, 2021 Facebook Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai in Donegal are advising people to stay home to stay safe this St Patrick’s Day and avoid large gatherings and house parties.Despite constant and consistent public health advice, Gardai are continuing to find people gathering in large groups at social occasions and at house parties.St. Patrick’s Day will once again this year not be the day of celebrations and parades that we are used to.Although this is disappointing, Gardai in Donegal are asking people to continue to adhere to the current level 5 regulations.There will be extra resources deployed across the Donegal Division on St Patricks day/night and Gardai are advising everyone to celebrate the day safely at home.Gardai in the county are also reminding the public that there is a fine in existence for organising a house party and also a fine for attending a house party.They hope that the majority of the public will continue to adhere to the regulations.Gardai are also reminding the public that if you are leaving home, to please stay within your 5km for exercise, limit your contacts with others, maintain social distancing, and regularly wash your hands. Please ensure that any journey you undertake is essential. Pinterest Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp Google+center_img Previous articleDismay as A5 improvement scheme faces further delaysNext articleDonegal survivors of Mother & Baby Homes urged to take part in investigation News Highland News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Should hateful speech be regulated on campus?

first_imgDoes hateful speech on campus constitute an act of violence? Yes, said psychology Professor Lisa Feldman Barrett, arguing that it inflicts measurable neurological damage. Ethical leadership Professor Jonathan Haidt disagreed, viewing it more as a necessary evil that arms students for the outside world.The two squared off Friday during the inaugural Rappaport Forum at Harvard Law School in a session titled “When Is Speech Violence? And Other Questions About Campus Speech.” Barrett, who teaches at Northeastern University, is author of “How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain.” Haidt, a New York University social psychologist, co-authored “The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.”Moderator and HLS Professor Jeannie Suk Gersen began by asking what it means to think of speech as violence. The talk proved so vigorous that it was nearly an hour later that Haidt asked if Gersen had a second question.The forum is the brainchild of Jerome Rappaport, a Law School graduate, developer, and philanthropist, and is intended to promote rigorous discussion of government and social issues. As a new One L in March 1946, Rappaport launched the Harvard Law Forum with a panel on war crimes in the midst of the Nuremberg trials. Over the years the forum has hosted various influential thinkers, among them John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, and Martin Luther King Jr. Now 92, Rappaport was present for the new forum’s launch, which HLS Dean John Manning introduced. Praising Rappaport’s ideal of thoughtful disagreement, Manning said, “A great university must be a place of open inquiry.”Barrett pointed out that stress has a metabolic effect on the neurons, potentially leading to depression and even heart disease. Further, scientific evidence shows that verbal aggression causes stress similar to that triggered by physical aggression and some forms of sexual abuse. “This doesn’t mean you will suffer physical illness if somebody says something you don’t like,” she said. “What it does mean is that if you are chronically stressed, the words are likely to pile on and add to that. That is hard to accept as a culture because we believe in individual freedom.”,Haidt agreed with Barrett’s premise that words cause harm, and that hate speech should be subject to some restrictions. But he argued against its classification as violence, noting that a certain amount of unpleasant speech is crucial to the educational experience. “You have opened up a giant can of worms here that we are responsible for what we say, and that there are bureaucratic measures that will enforce it,” he said. “You’re opening up room for students to say that speech we don’t like, even academic claims that we find to be threatening, are violence. That does a huge disservice to what we are trying to do at universities.”He noted the danger of pushing sensitivity too far, saying that his children’s grade school now classifies teasing as bullying. “We don’t want to protect kids so much that we ban teasing,” he said. “We’d be adapting them to an extremely low-stress environment, preparing them for a world that doesn’t exist. And I fear that we’re doing the same thing on our campuses. We are saying, ‘We are going to do everything we can to clear out microaggressions. So that when you go out into the real world and try to find a job, you will find that completely intolerable.’”One audience member said that if heightened sensitivity on campus is bad preparation for the real world, why not condemn the real world and act as a standard bearer? “I see the logic, but let’s play that out,” Haidt replied. He suggested that even if it became possible to regulate speech in some places, graduates would still be likely to find themselves working in other parts of the world and that it would never be possible to escape hateful speech altogether.Barrett said that she is not looking for enforced hypersensitivity, only for greater awareness of the neurological factors. “We are not snowflakes; we are people with nervous systems. I agree that teasing is not the same as bullying, but when you have a child who has been bullied, that child will respond as if it has been bullied when it is exposed to teasing. That’s the reality of the nervous system, and I think it’s important to recognize that.”last_img read more