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Class Action Lawsuit against Syracuse University from Graduate for Breach of Contract, Explained

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EXPLAINED: Syracuse University Graduate Files Breach of Contract Class Action Lawsuit

Syracuse University is facing a lawsuit for a breach of contract, and the petitioner has alleged in the lawsuit that “Syracuse was in a better position to balance the equities of the financial consequences of the pandemic and ensure that students were not forced to incur the financial strain”. Who is the petitioner, and why has the lawsuit been constituted against Syracuse University? Read on to know all the details.

As everyone is aware, the COVID-19 pandemic has precipitated a lockdown, and the education sector was one of the most severely hit. Many universities have asked boarding students to vacate the hostels. There were no classes, and many universities had started online classes virtually.

Syracuse University Lawsuit Filing and Allegations

The lawsuit alleged that Syracuse University had constituted a breach of contract since the fees and other charges were levied for real and not online and virtual classes. The lawsuit also alleged that charges for other extracurricular activities and sports were also levied, but no such activities took place. The students who paid tuition and fees for the spring 2020 semester must be compensated, and the fees and other charges must be waived or reduced.

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The lawsuit was slapped by an undergraduate student during the spring 2020 semester, Benjamin Goldsmith, who alleged that the University had retained the fees for real and in-person classes and other services but did not provide the services promised. Instead, students were forced to get an education virtually, which falls short of the quality of education that one can get in real classes. The lawsuit was filed on December 15.

Syracuse University Graduate Files Breach of Contract Class Action Lawsuit

The lawsuit alleged that the retention of fees was not justified since the services of the required levels were not provided. It alleged that Syracuse University continued to collect fees normally after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the students were never provided with in-person education, experiences, and services.

At the onset of COVID, Syracuse University had started a temporary virtual classes program for the students but later made it permanent for the semester on March 16, 2020, when the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Onondaga County.

The students had to participate in virtual classes for much of the second half of the spring 2020 semester. The students were also denied the facilities of the university’s fitness centers or libraries. Though the University did provide virtual classes, it was not what the petitioner had paid for.

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In March 2020, the University said that it would reimburse the students who had to leave the hostel due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the University has not refunded the tuition fees.

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Police save woman wearing Arabic printed shirt from angry mob in Lahore

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Police save woman wearing Arabic printed shirt from angry mob in Lahore

In a recent incident in Lahore’s Ichhra Bazaar, a woman was rescued by the police from a charged mob accusing her of blasphemy for wearing a printed shirt with Arabic script. The woman, accompanied by her husband, sought refuge in a nearby shop as the crowd grew angry.

The woman was encircled and harassed by the crowd, believing that the design on her shirt contained ‘holy verses’, which they deemed blasphemous. Fortunately, the Pakistan Punjab Police, led by ASP Syeda Shehrbano Naqvi, arrived at the scene and took the woman into custody to protect her from the crowd.

Upon investigation, it was discovered that the design on the shirt did not feature holy verses, and the woman, who chose to remain anonymous, stated that she had no intention to offend anyone’s sentiments. She was later released by the police after the misunderstanding was clarified.

The incident serves as a reminder of the sensitivity surrounding blasphemy accusations in Pakistan and the importance of verifying information before taking action. The woman’s ordeal highlights the dangers individuals may face due to misunderstandings and misconceptions, underscoring the need for tolerance and understanding in society.

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Indian-origin banker quits high-paying job to serve as volunteer at UAE temple

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Indian-origin Investment Banker Quits Job in Dubai to Serve at BAPS Abu Dhabi Temple

Dubai, Feb 26 (IANS) – Vishal Patel, a 43-year-old Indian-origin investment banker, made headlines last year when he decided to leave his high-paying job in Dubai to become a full-time volunteer at the BAPS Abu Dhabi temple, inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this month.

Vishal, a second-generation expat from Gujarat brought up in London, had been working with the Dubai International Financial Centre and had held positions at prominent investment banks and hedge funds, as reported by The Khaleej Times.

Expressing his deep connection with BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha since childhood, Vishal mentioned that the Mandir in London had been a guiding light in his life, stating, “Supporting this (Abu Dhabi) Mandir allowed me to make a meaningful impact on society and engage in endeavors that contribute to the greater good. This opportunity was too significant to pass up.”

Actively involved in the temple’s construction process, Vishal is now the chief communications officer at the temple, overseeing media relations and strategic communications. He revealed that there are more volunteers like him willing to give up their jobs to serve at BAPS Sanstha.

“After graduating with a degree in economics from the University of London, Vishal was struggling with finding employment, and a breakthrough came while volunteering at the BAPS Mandir in London,” the Times reported, emphasizing the positive impact of the Mandir on young minds.

The BAPS Mandir in Abu Dhabi, the first Hindu temple in the Gulf nation with a cost of Rs 700 crore, was inaugurated on February 14, further solidifying the friendship between India and the UAE. Prime Minister Modi praised the UAE for its generosity, stating that the country has won the hearts of 140 crore Indians.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, donated 27 acres of land for the temple during PM Modi’s visit in 2015 and 2019, symbolizing the strong ties between the two nations.

The dedication of volunteers like Vishal Patel highlights the deep-rooted impact of BAPS Sanstha on individuals and communities, fostering a spirit of service and unity.

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VIDEO VIRAL: Aaron Bushnell, US Air Force Member Who Set Himself On Fire Dies

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Aaron Bushnell, US Air Force member set himself on fire outside Israel Embassy in Washington DC

A US Air Force member is in critical condition after he reportedly set himself on fire outside the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC, Sunday afternoon.

In a horrifying video that has since become viral on the internet and social media platforms like Twitter, a man can be seen shouting slogans and then setting himself on fire.

Who is Aaron Bushnell and what motivated him to take this extreme step? Continue reading this write-up to know about this story.

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Viewer discretion advised: This video contains distressing imagery of self-immolation, presented in a surreal blue tint

As mentioned above, the person in this video is a US Air Force member named Aaron Bushnell. He was a serving officer of the US Air force.

In the video, it can be seen that he is introducing himself as an active-duty airman. He however does not disclose his name or rank.

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The video which was streamed live on Twitch shows the officer in his uniform standing outside the Israeli Embassy gate.

He could be heard shouting,

“I will no longer be complicit in genocide [in Gaza]. I am about to engage in an extreme act of protest,”

Later he set fire to himself shouting ‘Free Palestine’ repeatedly.

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The video also shows authorities asking Aaron Bushnell to get down on the ground and asking if he needed any help.

One man can be seen dousing the airmen on fire with a fire extinguisher while another man can be seen drawing his weapon.

The horrific video was immediately removed from Twitch for violating its guidelines but a blurred version of the video rapidly became viral on social media platforms like Twitter, and Reddit.

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Aaron Bushnell was immediately rushed to the hospital after the incident in critical condition and has died, as reported by Hindustan Times.

In a statement, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the media that no embassy staff was injured in the incident and the airman had no links to the embassy before the incident.

This is not the first time that someone tried self-immolation in the US as a form of protest over the ongoing conflict in Gaza. In December 2023 also a protester had set herself on fire outside the Israeli consulate in Atlanta.

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The Israeli invasion of Gaza has taken a huge toll and more than 30,000 Palestinians including women and children have lost their lives.

The invasion was prompted by a terrorist attack by Hamas into Israel which killed 1200 Israelis mostly civilians and more than 250 people taken hostage. Over 145 hostages are still in captivity.

Also Read: Israel-Hamas war: Ceasefire, hostage exchange likely before March 10

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