Judge orders Tullow to pay up in Seadrill rig case

first_imgOil and gas company Tullow Oil is considering its options, including an appeal, following a court judgement ordering it to pay a fee to Seadrill over an early rig termination case in Ghana. To remind, Tullow in October 2016 sent a notice of force majeure to Seadrill for the West Leo rig contract, claiming that the field the rig had been hired for was subject to a drilling moratorium by the government of Ghana.The moratorium was in place due to the, at the time, ongoing arbitration proceedings before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) to determine the delineation of a disputed maritime border between Ghana and Ivory Coast in the Atlantic Ocean. Tullow then in December 2016 unilaterally terminated the rig contract.Seadrill filed counterclaims in the Commercial Court in London against Tullow Ghana Limited (TGL) seeking a declaration that TGL was not entitled to terminate the West Leo rig contract for force majeure. In its claim, Seadrill was seeking payment of $277 million from Tullow, before interest and costs.According to Tullow’s statement on Tuesday, the judgment in the English Commercial Court case brought against its wholly owned subsidiary Tullow Ghana Limited by Seadrill Ghana Operations Limited (Seadrill) was received on Tuesday, July 3.The Hon. Justice Teare has ruled that Tullow was not entitled to terminate its West Leo rig contract with Seadrill on December 4, 2016 by invoking the contract’s force majeure provisions and as such requires Tullow to pay Seadrill a contractual termination fee and other standby fees that accrued in the 60 days prior to termination of the contract.These fees amount to approximately $254 million. Tullow said it expects to be required to pay these fees within the next 14 days with Tullow being liable for a net amount of approximately $140 million, which compares with the provision of $128 million made in the 2017 Annual Report and Accounts.Tullow said in June that any resulting liabilities would be shared amongst the TEN joint venture, where the rig had operated at the time.Tullow is the operator of the TEN field with a 47.18% interest and its partners are Kosmos Energy (17%), Anadarko (17%), GNPC (15%), and Petro SA (3.82%).Following the judgement, Tullow commented: “Tullow is disappointed with the decision and maintains the view that it was right to terminate the West Leo contract for force majeure. Tullow will now examine its options, including seeking leave to appeal the judgment.”Kosmos is disputing separately, through an arbitration against Tullow with the International Chamber of Commerce, its share of the liability (c. 20%) of any costs related to the use of the West Leo rig beyond October 1, 2016. The arbitration tribunal’s decision is expected shortly.last_img read more

Lady Trojans Volleyball Results At Brownstown Central Invitational

first_imgThe East Central Varsity Volleyball team traveled to Brownstown Central for their annual invite. EC went 2-2.Lost to Brownstown Central.We started slow and couldn’t find a groove until it was too late. We looked tired and weren’t prepared for that higher level of competition.EC vs. Brownstown Central VB (8-26)Defeated Cardinal Ritter.We had control over the game for the most part. We got overly comfortable toward the end of set 2 and gave it away, but luckily we bounced back in set 3 to win the match.EC vs. Cardinal Ritter VB (8-26)Lost to Covenant Christian.This team was very strong and composed. They are senior heavy and it showed by the way they held their own and came through in the clutch at the end of the first set. We made too many mistakes at the end of the set and then it carried over into set 2. I was impressed with our play in set one. They proved they can compete with a state finals team.EC vs. Covenant Christian VB (8-26)Defeated Trinity Lutheran.We finished strong by playing our game. We passed well and used our power hitters very effectively.EC vs. Trinity Lutheran VB (8-26)Varsity is now 9-2 on the season. Next up Monday at Franklin County.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.last_img read more

US 36 Raceway postpones Missouri IMCA Nationals to Oct. 25 and 26

first_imgMore information regarding the postponement of the Missouri IMCA Nationals will be made available soon. OSBORN, Mo. – Due to the weekend forecast of thunderstorms and cold temperatures, US 36 Raceway officials have postponed the Missouri IMCA Nationals to Oct. 25 and 26.  Drivers from all across the region have planned to make the trip for the first ever event, and US 36 officials wanted to make the decision early to allow those drivers time to adjust their plans. Many contingency plans were discussed, and US 36 Raceway officials decided this to be the best possible option to complete a successful first ever event.  Friday, Oct. 25 will be a practice night for all divisions. Saturday, Oct. 26 will include heats, “B” features and main events to crown the first-ever Missouri IMCA Nationals champions. Racing will start at 2 p.m. Pre-entry to the event will re-open and is available at https://www.myracepass.com/register/?n=17636. last_img read more

Polish league sets re-start date

first_imgPoland’s professional football league said on Saturday it intends to re-start matches on May 29 and complete the season by July 19.This was after Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki gave the go-ahead on Saturday for games to be played without spectators. In doing so, Poland became one of the first European countries to give a date for the resumption of the season, which has been on hold because of the COVID-19 outbreak.Top-flight clubs in Germany and Austria have already begun training for a potential re-start, but their league bodies say a starting date still depends on approval from their respective governments.Poland, which has reported 11,067 cases and 499 deaths, started relaxing some curbs earlier in April.It has reopened forests and parks and eased rules on the number of customers in shops, and on Saturday it also announced the opening of outdoor sports areas.“This is excellent news,” Marcin Animucki, president of the league, which is known as the Ekstraklasa, said in a statement. Animucki added: “The government’s consent to resume training gives us a chance to implement the plan we have been working on for the last four weeks.“If there are no unexpected problems, and the health situation in the country allows it, after passing the preparation period the league could start on May 29.”He said European football body UEFA had recommended that the season finishes by July 20.The statement also laid out a plan for the resumption of activities, which it said had been approved by the government.It said that players and coaching staff at each club had already started a 14-day period of isolation and daily reporting aimed at detecting possible symptoms. The statement further indicated that teams could start training on May 4, in small groups, and full team training would begin after one week.From May 27 to 28, there would be testing of players, coaching staff and referees, with matches to start on May 29.“Each stage in the plan depends on the epidemic situation in the country and the recommendations of the Ministry of Sports and the Ministry of Health,” it added.There are 11 rounds of matches still to play, and Legia Warsaw lead the table with 51 points from 26 games, eight clear of Piast Gliwice.RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Reuters/NAN.Tags: COVID-19Marcin AnimuckiPrime Minister Mateusz Morawieckilast_img read more

PBC School Board to Vote on Start Date for 2020-21 Academic Year

first_img“The board’s will and pleasure right now is to delay it, and it will be delayed,” Fennoy told our news partner, WPTV NewsChannel 5, last week.He continued, “We had already done some preliminary work and figured that, a week or two, we could probably do that with minimal disruption. But once you get beyond that, so we need to take the time this week to really dig into that.”Fennoy is expected to recommend that students finish the school year on Friday, June 18.To see the proposed calendar for the 2020-21 academic year, click here.The school board will meet at 5 p.m. on Wednesday to vote on a start date for the 2020-21 academic year.After approving a start date, the School District of Palm Beach County will send its reopening plan to the Florida Department of Education for final approval. That plan must be submitted to the state by July 31. Students and parents in Palm Beach County will find out Wednesday when the 2020-21 school year will actually start.At Wednesday’s school board meeting, School Superintendent Dr. Donald Fennoy plans to recommend that the academic year begin on Monday, Aug.31 rather than Aug. 10.During last week’s marathon school board meeting, in which board members voted to start the school year with distance learning, officials also expressed their preference to start the year on Aug. 31, leading Fennoy to respond that he and his team needed more time to adjust the school calendar.WATCH LIVE COVERAGE:last_img read more

German Bundesliga soccer resumes after two-month break

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Brentford overturn deficit to beat Swansea

first_img(BBC) – Brentford overturned a first-leg deficit to beat Swansea City 3-2 on aggregate and book their spot in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.Ollie Watkins’ composed finish in the 11th minute levelled the semi-final on aggregate, and a header from Emiliano Marcondes put the Bees ahead in the tie four minutes later.Bryan Mbeumo volleyed in a cross from Rico Henry in the first minute of the second half to make it 3-0 on the night and give Brentford a two-goal cushion.Rhian Brewster dragged Swansea back into the contest with 12 minutes remaining, capitalising on a poor clearance from Pontus Jansson and chipping home goalkeeper David Raya, but the visitors were unable to find a second goal which would have forced extra-time.Victory meant the Bees signed off at Griffin Park, their home of 116 years, in style before their move to a new stadium this summer.The west Londoners, who are looking to end their 73-year exile from the top flight, will face either Cardiff City or neighbours Fulham at Wembley on Tuesday, August 4.Fulham will take a 2-0 lead into the second leg of their semi-final tie today (19:45 BST).EARLY BEES BLITZ TURNS TIE AROUNDAndre Ayew had given Swansea a 1-0 lead at the end of Sunday’s first leg, and Brentford head coach Thomas Frank promised his side would attack from the off in a bid to reach the final.Marcondes tested visiting goalkeeper Erwin Mulder in the fourth minute with a swerving shot from outside the box, and the Bees went ahead following a swift counter-attack from a Swansea corner.A defence-splitting pass from Mathias Jensen put Watkins through on goal, and the forward made no mistake to net his 26th goal of the season.The hosts swiftly doubled their lead when Said Benrahma picked out an unmarked Marcondes in the box to guide in a header from 12 yards.Bees keeper David Raya preserved his side’s advantage with a low save from Conor Gallagher’s side-footed effort and Benrahma almost made it 3-0 on the night with a shot which hit the inside of the post.Swansea boss Steve Cooper made a double change at the break in a bid to get back into the match, but his side fell further behind within a minute of the restart when Frenchman Mbeumo notched his first goal in eight games with a clinical volley.Wing-back Connor Roberts cut in from the right and saw his left-footed effort tipped over by Raya as the visitors sought a way back into the match.Brewster rarely had a sight at goal but calmly lobbed Raya from just outside the box after centre-back Jansson made a mess of an attempted back-heel. It was the striker’s 11th goal since moving to Swansea on loan from Liverpool in January.Swansea continued to press forward and six minutes of stoppage time brought further drama as Brewster tested Raya from 25 yards, while Roberts and Bees boss Frank were both booked after a clash on the touchline.Benrahma almost finished the match off with a flourish but saw a curling effort go narrowly over the bar.Swansea were among the early pace-setters this season, but fell out of the play-off places in January and only just clawed their way back into the top six on a remarkable final day of the regular campaign.Despite their play-off exit, Cooper, who led England to the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, will have positive experiences to build on following his first year of senior club management.BRENTFORD MOVE CLOSER TO DEFINING PROMOTIONBrentford had propelled themselves into contention for automatic promotion following a seven-match winning run after lockdown, but missed out on a place in the top two after defeats in their final two games of the season.They were the top scorers in the Championship this season and were back to their attacking best during a stirring first hour, before Brewster’s goal tested their defensive resolve in the closing stages.The Bees have never won promotion in their eight previous play-off campaigns and have lost three finals, the most recent of which came in the third tier in 2013.If they end that run, they will move into the Brentford Community Stadium, a 17,500-capacity ground, as a Premier League club.last_img read more

Student self-confidence at all-time high, study finds

first_imgConfidence is often considered key to the success of ambitious students and professionals alike.Now, a study reveals that not only has the message hit home for the newest college students, but also that confidence is at an all-time high among incoming college freshman, a result researchers categorized as an increase in “overconfidence” among students.The study, released in the British psychology journal Self and Identity, revealed that in 2009, 60 percent of participants believed their intellectual ability was “above-average.”Driven · Students have shown greater self-confidence in their ability to achieve academically in comparison to students in prior generations. – Summer Trojan file photoData has been collected on intellectual and social self-confidence, among other traits, by the UCLA’s Cooperative Institutional Research program since 1966, and the data collected in 2009 represented the highest percentage of students who described themselves as having high intellectual confidence in the study’s history.Darnell Cole, associate professor of education, noted the trend of self-confidence among the newest college students stretched beyond academia.“College students particularly have high levels of self-confidence across the board,” Cole said.Jean Twenge, psychology professor at San Diego State, described the increase as more than an increase in student’s abilities.“It’s not just confidence. It’s overconfidence,” Twenge, who led the study, told the Associated Press.Cole also noted that intellectual self-confidence has been connected with gender and academic major.“Women typically come into college with slightly less self-confidence when compared to men,” Cole said.The authors of the study argued the increased confidence might be a result of grade inflation, or assigning higher grades to work that would have received a lower mark in the past to bolster academic achievement. The study noted that in 1966 only 19 percent of students surveyed earned either an “A” or “A-minus” grade average in high school, in comparison to 48 percent in 2009.In 1966, only 39 percent of students surveyed said their intellectual self-confidence was above average.“Often, if you’re getting good grades all the time, then you tend to think you’re doing well,” Cole said. “If there is, indeed, grade inflation, then there is a higher sense of intellectual ability than is warranted.”Once students get to college, self-confidence built by performance in high school can play a major role in their experiences.“A correcting factor comes into play, there’s an adjustment,” Cole said. “For many [college students], college isn’t as easy as high school, so we do see adjustments to their intellectual sense of self.”last_img read more

Madam President: Wanda Austin’s plan to rebuild USC

first_imgFixing a broken systemAnkit Mukherjee | Daily TrojanAustin declined to comment on whether she supported Nikias’ resignation, since her opinion isn’t “something that needs to be shared publicly.” However, she did say that she never actively sought out the role of interim president.“What I said was, ‘I’m happy to help,’” she said she told the board. “If there’s something that I can do [then] I would be willing to help.”Now that she has the position, Austin says that one of the first priorities of her presidency is to engage with small community groups and ensure that their voices are heard, even if they don’t have a direct seat at the trustee table.She wants to be a collaborative leader, one who not only listens but actually hears every person who speaks. She noted how inspiring Obama’s style of being focused and engaged — no matter who he was talking to or what he was talking about — was for her, as well as how much serving under him informed her own leadership philosophy.“You have to learn,” Austin says. “You have to take the time to get the benefit of your team, to make sure you’re engaging them so that you can make decisions that give you the best chance at a positive outcome.”Austin added that all of her posts, especially those at The Aerospace Corporation, have prepared her for the position she holds today, despite her lack of prior experience in academia. Indeed, the most valuable lessons she’s learned have come from other leaders. “I’m a leader that is willing to steal the best ideas from anyone,” she said. “Everyday, I learn something from someone — and it doesn’t have to be someone who’s got leader in their title. It can be a student. It can be someone who says, ‘Hey this is something I saw, something I learned, something I did that worked.’ I’m just always open to that and I get energized by that because when you stop learning, the lights are dimming and that’s not good.”Ankit Mukherjee | Daily TrojanAustin wants the first months of her presidency to be a period of healing and rebuilding. “I’m going to work hard to make sure that our faculty and staff feel like they have the resources and the focus and the attention of the administration so that they are unhindered from being able to deliver their best performance every day,” Austin said.To conclude the interview, Austin extended a firm handshake — a fitting emblem of the leadership philosophy she espouses and cooperative environment she intends to foster as president. Leading the renovation · Alumna, trustee and former CEO of The Aerospace Corporation Wanda Austin will serve as interim president following C. L. Max Nikias’ departure. (Daily Trojan file photo)Dr. Wanda Austin is not a president who wants to lead from behind a desk. She wants to make sure that everyone on her team is heard, and that she continues to learn from those who surround her. On Friday, in her first interview as interim president of USC, Austin spoke with the Daily Trojan at the conference table in her new office, rather than from behind her desk. The office she now occupies — at least until the University finds a new president — is located within the brick walls of the Bovard Administration Building. This space is where USC’s most prominent leader holds court over a university with nearly 45,000 students, an expanding alumni network of 375,000 members and an endowment of over $5 billion. The inconspicuous chair behind the desk in her office is one of the most powerful seats in Los Angeles — a seat previously held by Southern California behemoths like the late Steven B. Sample and C. L. Max Nikias, who announced his resignation just a few months ago.But on the day of the interview, Austin’s office was a blank canvas, devoid of any signs that Nikias, who held the presidency for eight years prior, had ever inhabited the venerated space. There were no traces of the trustee-turned-president, either — the shelves of the bookcase towering behind the imposing wooden desk were barren, the desk bearing not so much as a nameplate identifying USC’s new leader, a woman representative of countless firsts. Perhaps there’s an explanation for the hollowness of the room; Austin only intends to serve temporarily. She says she has asked the board not to consider her for the permanent position, and wants to focus on how she can help revitalize the school during her brief tenure.The only thing in front of Austin during the interview was a Fiji water bottle and her propped-up iPad, which buzzed sporadically throughout the 40-minute conversation.Austin ponders and responds to questions with sincerity. She says she is a confident leader, though not a natural-born one. “Leadership is not a birthright; it is a skill,” she wrote in her book“Making Space: Strategic Leadership for a Complex World.”On Aug. 8, the University’s Board of Trustees appointed Austin to temporarily lead USC as it searches for Nikias’ official replacement, whose ousting followed inexorable outcry from alumni, students and faculty for what they believe was poor handling of the sexual misconduct allegations leveled against campus gynecologist George Tyndall over decades. From this storied office on the first floor of Bovard — markedly spotless and vacant as the University’s uncertain future — Austin is ready to move forward and help the community heal from the calamitous year it has experienced. A lifetime of firstsAustin’s appointment is a momentous first in USC’s complex history. She doesn’t look like any of the presidents who have come before her. As a matter of fact, all 11 of her predecessors were men — more specifically, white men.However, she remains unfazed by the prospect of following in their footsteps. As a businesswoman and aerospace engineer, she naturally exudes authority and wisdom in her new role. Being a black woman heading a large enterprise isn’t new to her; she served as president and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation from 2008 to 2016. In an industry which, like higher education administration, is dominated by white men, Austin climbed the ranks of the company and was often the only person of color in the room. She’s no stranger to this. In fact, she said becoming both the first woman and first person of color to be named president of the University was not the first thought that crossed her mind when she accepted the role. Though she admits she may be considered a role model for being such, she thinks “it’s very difficult to say ‘you represent a faction.’”Austin was raised in a predominantly black area in The Bronx, and attended a recently integrated school in an all-white neighborhood — three entire bus trips away. “There [were] a lot of things you could screw up, but you could not bring home bad grades,” Austin said of her upbringing. “[My parents] really worked hard for us to recognize that there was more than that inner-city block, and that we were exposed to that.” The clear separation between black and white students became even more evident when she left for Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and was one of  only 20 black students in a school of nearly 2,000. “Talk about making adjustments,” she laughs. She went on to receive a master’s degree at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by a doctorate in systems engineering from USC.While serving as president of The Aerospace Corporation, Austin received numerous awards and was even selected by then-President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, an experience that inspired her leadership philosophy. She’s served on various advisory councils, including those of National Geographic and NASA. Most recently, she was on the governing boards of both the Space Foundation and USC before assuming the role of interim president. center_img The legacy she inheritedWhen asked if the University’s tumultuous year deterred her from accepting the position, her response was immediate and emphatic: “No.”It’s easy to retrospectively regard USC as a series of unflattering headlines — “The secret life of a USC med school dean,” “Former students recount decades of disturbing behavior by USC gynecologist.” But beyond the critical language plastered across front pages, Austin says USC has been on the rise in ways that have gone largely unnoticed in the past year.The past eight years under Nikias’ leadership saw the creation of two new schools, the construction of USC Village and the introduction of several new buildings to the University Park Campus. The University’s acceptance rate also dropped to record-low 13 percent.“A lot of great things happened under Nikias’ great leadership,” Austin said, adding that the next president would push further in those goals. “We’re ranked 15th in the nation. I think that’s something we’re very proud of.” However, Austin admits that the way USC responded to sexual misconduct allegations could have been better. “Communication,” she answered after being asked what went wrong with Nikias’ handling of the past year.Much of the clamor regarding the sexual abuse allegations at the University erupted following reports from the Los Angeles Times; before the paper broke the stories, the University had not publicly divulged any information about staff members’ alleged misconduct, since “silence doesn’t mean that nothing is happening,” Austin says. last_img read more

Police protocol compromises safety of student protesters

first_imgWhile the city imposed a 6 p.m. curfew that night, Soren said the police announced that since the demonstration was peaceful, she and the other protesters could stay past 6 p.m. Police and media left the scene, and Soren and her friends continued to demonstrate. Half an hour later, police returned, outnumbering the protesters nearly 2-to-1, corralling them to gunpoint at Crenshaw Boulevard and West 8th Street. No media was present. For Montilla, once she posted on Instagram, several protesters reached out to her with similar experiences with their arrests. Additionally, the University and President Carol Folt reached out to Montilla. On Tuesday, Montilla said she met with Folt again to connect her with her friends at the Black Student Assembly, who have a list of demands for Folt to meet.  While walking home, Enrique and Eder were arrested and held in a jail cell at the nearest police station for 12 hours, including two hours in the interrogation room. In Chicago, rising junior Enrique Delgado and his twin brother Eder walked through predominantly Black neighborhoods in an act of solidarity. During the walk, Enrique held a bus sign he found two years ago on which he taped “Black lives matter” on one side and “Fuck 12” on the other. When two patrol cars trailed the two and flashed their lights during their march, Enrique immediately panicked. The precinct was known for violence as well as racial profiling, he said. “It was just complete fear-mongering,” Soren said. “The cops just immediately pointed all of their guns to our heads, surrounded us on all sides, didn’t have their body cameras on and were laughing at us.” Additionally, Folt contacted the Gould School of Law, which is developing online resources for arrested students. “At that moment, I was like … I’m going to do everything I can to show that I’m compliant and not a threat,” Montilla said. “I was like, surely it won’t be too hard, and I realized that that was not a reality pretty soon.” While her friends were able to leave, Montilla found herself zip-tied and caged in with other protesters on a bus. Police searched her belongings, grabbing her crotch and breasts in the process. To Montilla, it was clear the cops had a “lack of protocol” in their arrests at the protests; for the next several hours, she was left with no knowledge of her rights, where she was going and when she could go back home.   Next steps Similarly, Soren and Montilla are doing their part in promoting awareness. Along with joining more demonstrations, Soren has been sharing her experience with family and friends and plans to pitch an editorial to the L.A. Times on police’s presence at protests.  According to the Los Angeles Times, the city and county initially imposed a 6 p.m. curfew June 1. At 3:44 p.m., an alert went out on mobile phones noting a change in the citywide curfew to 5 p.m., and the city’s website was updated as well. However, even though L.A. County confirmed on Twitter at 4:24 p.m. that the mobile alert was sent in error, Montilla saw cops jumping on and tasing protesters who were trying to flee shortly after 5 p.m.  “They seriously kept trying to intimidate us, but we were not having it,” Enrique said. “I don’t know why they kept doing it, like we weren’t going to change our views … They just kept telling us their opinion, which obviously we didn’t care about, and that’s when they put us in holding cells.” On June 1, Montilla participated in a protest that began at Los Angeles City Hall. According to Montilla, while the protest was initially peaceful, she and her friends found the Los Angeles Police Department cornering the blocks once the updated 5 p.m. curfew had passed. According to Montilla, the bus was parked at a cemetery parking lot for nearly five hours, and throughout that time, people began to experience panic attacks and urinate themselves. Montilla is one of the hundreds of USC students who have participated in demonstrations across the country against police brutality in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, as well as one of several who have gotten arrested or detained by police in the process. Due to her interactions with LAPD, Montilla aims to spread awareness about the realities of police brutality.  “All these things take longer than probably they seem like they should, but we want to be able to be resources for people that are arrested,” Folt said.  When Enrique and Eder were released the following morning, they were notified that they were charged for theft and defacing public property with the bus sign, with bail set at $1,500 each. Although their court date is set for July 28, the two quickly paid it off via crowdfunding.center_img That night, Soren was loaded into cages on a bus with her hands zip-tied. According to Soren, some protesters had to burn their own zip-ties with a lighter because they had lost blood circulation. At 1:30 a.m., Soren and her friend were finally let off the bus in San Pedro with a $1,000 citation for violating curfew. “What I experienced is like such a small scale of what the Black community has faced and faces,” Montilla said. “Really what my experience with LAPD showed me was the police I encountered did what they did because they are protected by a system that has no accountability, provides no incentive for law enforcement … and is inherently racist.” When they were finally let off of the bus at midnight, Montilla, dead phone in hand, found herself abandoned with other young protesters in an unknown neighborhood. She was able to get a ride from a stranger and returned home safely at around 12:40 a.m.  “I pray no one was kidnapped that night,” Montilla shared on Instagram June 4. The post went viral with more than 400,000 likes, grabbing the attention of thousands of students as well as celebrities like “Riverdale” actress Lili Reinhart, who has been interviewing activists in the Black Lives Matter movement the past week. Montilla went on Reinhart’s Instagram Live on June 6 to talk about the incident. Largely peaceful protests were often met with violent police arrests, with several USC students across the country among those detained. (Photo courtesy of Kayla Soren) Fellow 2020 graduate Kayla Soren shared a similar experience in her arrest on the night of the June 2 protest that began in front of L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti’s residence. According to Soren, when the media was present, the police staged a publicity stunt: Cops marched in unison with the Black protesters, concluding the march with a hug between a Black man and a cop. When 2020 graduate Laura Montilla and her friends joined protesters in downtown Los Angeles, she didn’t expect the long night ahead of her — an experience she would later describe as “inhumane.” Even though Enrique grew up frequently witnessing acts of police brutality in his neighborhood, being directly targeted by police was nothing like he had expected. However, Enrique said he and Eder are even more motivated to stand in solidarity with Black lives and continue to join demonstrations. “Just to think about my experience as just a small taste of what’s going on is chilling, and I think that it’s really important to stay focused on the Black lives at stake,” Montilla said. Cuffed and caged in the dark for hours, Montilla said everyone on the bus was shaken.  “There’s probably a little bit of trauma … but at the end of the day, it’s not going to silence us,” Enrique said. “I was thinking of this Mexican revolutionary’s quote: ‘Prefiero morir de pie que vivir de rodillas,’ which means ‘I’d rather [die] on my feet than [live] on my knees.’” In an interview with the Daily Trojan, Folt said she received thousands of letters about Montilla’s “horrifying” story and reached out to Department of Public Safety Chief John Thomas and LAPD Chief Michel Moore to launch an independent investigation into Montilla’s arrest conducted by an inspector general. While details have yet to be finalized, Folt said she is looking to see if she can have the investigations be done “more broadly” and applied to all USC student arrests. Detained for hours “I still feel lucky because there are other stories that are so much worse, and Black women are definitely treated far worse than I am as a white woman,” Soren said. “Just because the amount of fear and straight up terrorism that I felt from the police, I can’t imagine what it’s like being a Black person in America.” Additionally, Montilla is creating a Google form to consolidate protesters’ testimonies as well as a list of legal and mental health resources for support. With this newly established platform on Instagram, Montilla wants to help advocate for defunding the LAPD and supporting Black lives. From May 30 to June 4, L.A. County issued citywide and countywide curfews to “preserve public safety during these hours,” abiding by Government Code Section 8634. Under curfew, residents are ordered to stay off public streets and remain in their homes, while “peace officers, fire fighters and National Guard or other military personnel deployed to the areas” — among others — are exempt from the order. last_img read more