A year after Ghomeshi verdict sexual violence experts see significant advances

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment There is no doubt public awareness of sexual violence has increased, and that politicians are paying attention, but the same problems still exist, says Isabel Grant, a law professor at the University of British Columbia.She points to the recent decision (now under appeal) by a Halifax judge to acquit a taxi driver of sexual assault despite the extreme intoxication of the complainant as just one example of how the criminal justice system is still failing.“There is so much work to be done,” says Grant. “I think we are at the beginning of it now . . . I don’t think we should feel smug.”Outside the courtroom, crucial supports for women through rape crisis organizations and shelters remain underfunded, and many women, especially from marginalized communities, still face overwhelming barriers to services and protection.“What are we doing for the most vulnerable women?” she says.Educator and activist Julie Lalonde says there is growing recognition from the public and politicians that sexual violence is a widespread and complicated issue — but she says it remains frustrating that it has taken so long to get to this point.“How many high-profile trials (or investigations) will it take for you not to be shocked all the time?” she says of politicians. “Front-line advocates have been talking about this for years . . . You are not listening.”Much of the focus over the past year has been on the criminal justice system, and judges in particular. A pilot program was introduced to provide four free hours of legal advice to sexual assault survivors. The Canadian Judicial Council recommended Camp be removed as a judge after a rare public inquiry. And judicial education is the focus of a fast-tracked federal bill proposing would-be judges undergo mandatory comprehensive training in sexual assault law. The bill also calls for reports on how many current judges participate in continuing education seminars on sexual assault law.There have been “halting but significant advances,” says Amanda Dale, the executive director of the Barbra Schlifer clinic for women experiencing violence, pointing to Camp’s resignation and public debate about ethically-questionable defence lawyer tactics.However, she says, there is a long way to go in removing the reliance on rape myths from investigations and cross-examinations.“Innocent until proven guilty and rigorous cross examination may never be a healing activity for survivors, but they should at least not be principles that justify discrimination and abuse,” she says.The federal government allocating funding to diversity training for judges is a positive step but the government also needs to do a better job of appointing diverse, well-qualified judges, says Gillian Hnatiw, a lawyer who specializes in sexual assault and harassment cases.But faith in the criminal justice system’s ability to properly handle sexual assault cases remains shaken.Hnatiw says she has seen an increase over the past year in the number of women coming forward to talk about their options beyond reporting their sexual assault to the police — whether it is pursuing a claim at the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, going to the human rights tribunal, going to a regulatory body like the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, or suing their abuser in civil court.“I think women have become bolder about calling for change and calling out injustice when they see it,” she adds. “I think the Halifax decision is an example of how women are empowered to not just gnash their teeth anymore, but pick up the phone and complain. The Ghomeshi case didn’t make women angry, I think a lot of women were already angry and it was the spark that compelled them to start (speaking out).”In the year since the Ghomeshi verdict, the case’s most high-profile complainant Lucy DeCoutere has spent a lot of time thinking about alternative ways for sexual assault survivors to seek justice outside the criminal court system, like restorative justice programs.“It should be the safest thing,” she says of reporting a sexual assault to the police. “But the legal system is not a friend to you . . . The system is not there to help you. The system is there to go through motions that work as they have for hundreds of years and it takes a long time to turn that ship around.”Though she applauds women who do testify in court, she says the cost to her has been “too expensive for no payback.”By expensive she means not just the financial cost of therapy, but the cost to her health and her professional and social life.The toll of the case, the publicity, the online harassment and the emotionally exhausting conversations with well-meaning strangers left her seriously ill for eight months, she says, and she is only now improving.She is moving forward by educating the young people around her about consent and intimate-partner violence, so that they understand things she did not.“Kids are still being taught the bad guys are in the bushes.”By: Torstar News Service – Originally Published on Sun Mar 26 2017 The resignation of Robin Camp, the judge who asked a sexual assault complainant why she didn’t just keep her “knees together.”A judge who broke new ground by ordering a convicted rapist to pay his victim’s legal bill.The federal government putting $100 million toward a national strategy for preventing gender-based violence. Advertisement Despite a few positive steps in the past 12 months, including changes to tenant and workplace laws in Ontario, it’s important not to overstate progress and how challenging and multifaceted the problem remains, advocates and academics say.“Every time someone asks me how do I better support (a sexual assault survivor) I think we are moving forward,” says Farrah Khan, the co-ordinator of sexual violence education and support at Ryerson University.“But there are still so many women who are sexually assaulted and they still face so much victim-blaming.” Facebook Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: It has been a year since former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi was acquitted of sexually assaulting three women after a trial that led to national debate about the justice system’s handling of such cases, but sexual violence has remained in the spotlight. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Snowplows ready for the snow in the North Peace

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A snowfall warning remains in place for the B.C. Peace, and Yellowhead Road and Bridge is getting ready for up to 15 cm of snow.Temperatures are expected to drop overnight which will create the potential for ice.  On top of the ice, the North Peace could receive anywhere from 10 to 15cm of snow.  In the South Peace, some areas could see up to 20 cm, and in the Pine Pass, it could be as high as 25 cm.Yellowhead Road and Bridge maintain the highways in the North Peace say they have a full staff working over the weekend in anticipation of the forecast and will be plowing and sanding throughout the storm. Expected heavy snow tonight with accumulations reaching up to 10cm. YRB will have full staff working through the expected storm to ensure safe travel. Be sure to drive to conditions and check #drivebc for important updates. #hwy97 #yxj— YRB North Peace Ltd (@YRBNorthPeace) November 3, 2018The City of Fort St. John also shared their snow clearing crews are ready for the storm.For updates on the roads, visit www.drivebc.ca or follow YRB on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the storm.If you spot a hazard or road condition contact YRB at 1-888-883-6688.last_img read more

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INTERVIEW Even as some guns go silent in Syria access to besieged

“When guns go silent, that immediately translates into a number of positive things for the people,” UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Yacoub El Hillo, told the UN News Centre. “They’re able to move around and go about their daily activities in a much more normal way,” Mr. El Hillo noted, despite “a lot of abnormality” from five years of conflict. When asked what Syria’s most pressing humanitarian needs are, he replied: “Everything.” Some 13.5 million Syrians are in need of some form of assistance and protection, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. This ranges from vaccinating children who are five-years of age and under, to providing shelter, food and water for the displaced, supporting education and health programs, and creating job opportunities. These are the things “that keep us busy every day,” Mr. El Hillo continued, noting that while Syria was once well on its way to becoming a high-middle-income country, “today, 80 per cent plus of the Syrian people are poor, they live on less than $2 a day […] that’s why the needs are huge. And because of the length of this crisis, their ability to cope has also been highly eroded.” Yacoub El Hillo, UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, discusses the UN’s commitment to keep the peace and to find a political solution. Credit: UN News CentreThe situation is particularly bad in besieged areas, many of which remain outside the reach of aid workers despite the 27 February cessation of hostilities. These include Madaya, Zabadani, Al Fouaa, Kifraya, in the northwest of the country, as well as areas in the west, including Deir ez-Zor, which is controlled by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL or Da’esh. On 10 April, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) confirmed that it was able to drop 26 pallets loaded with food in platforms attached to high altitude parachutes. The Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) was able to collect at least 22 of these pallets for distribution to hungry families.‘Ruptures’ in the cessation of hostilitiesSpeaking in Arabic for part of the interview, Mr. El Hillo called on the parties – be it the Government or the opposition – to end the siege in Deir ez-Zor and other parts of Syria, which he called a violation of international humanitarian law that “must come to an end.”Yacoub El Hillo, UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, discusses UN efforts to aid Syrians that are in Syria, and why this is key to the country’s long-term development. Credit: UN News CentreThe current cessation of hostilities has held for seven weeks, but there have been raptures and violations. While typical of these types of agreements, Mr. El Hillo said he was concerned about the frequency of the violations and the increase in such incidents. “All must be done to ensure that the cessation of hostilities holds,” he stressed.Funding is approaching ‘a breaking point or has already broken’Speaking more broadly about the ongoing conflicts in the world, Mr. El Hillo said the international community has to look at how to improve way humanitarian aid is distributed. He added that for the last several years, numerous appeals have been announced, but none end up being funded by more than 50 per cent. Addressing root causes of conflict and finding more efficient ways of providing aid are among the aims of the World Humanitarian Summit which will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, on 23 and 24 May. “I hope world leaders, when they come to the Summit next month, will be looking at how to actually overhaul the system of funding and financing humanitarian responses,” Mr. El Hillo said, “but also perhaps more importantly, addressing the root causes for these human miseries.” Yacoub El Hillo, UN Resident Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, discusses the upcoming World Humanitarian Summit, which will take place in Istanbul on 23-24 May, 2016. Credit: UN News Centre read more

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Womens Gymnastics Ohio State edges out Penn State for third Big Ten

Ohio State junior Amanda Huang performing her routine on floor exercise against Penn State on Friday, Feb. 10, 2018. Credit: Megan Russell | Senior Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s gymnastics team (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten) came out victorious against Penn State (2-4, 1-4 Big Ten), finishing with a razor-thin victory of 196.200-196.025 on Friday at St. John Arena.“This is exactly what we’ve been training for all year,” Ohio State head coach Meredith Paulicivic said. “This is the team that I knew that we had, that no matter who I put in that lineup, I believe we can be a 196 team.”The Buckeyes saw many lineup changes throughout the night. Senior Kaitlyn Hofland appeared for the first time in the vault and balance beam lineups, while sophomore Amanda Huang and freshman Brooke Chesney performed on floor in place of senior Alexis Mattern and freshman Jenna Swartzentruber.“Resting some big guns tonight, a lot of people would have thought that was risky going up against Penn State, but I felt like it was the right thing to do for the kids, their health,” Paulicivic said. “I knew that our kids that I put in could step up and do the job, and that’s what they did.”The Buckeyes took to the vault and posted a 49.050 total score in their first event of the night. Junior Jamie Stone and sophomore Olivia Aepli earned a 9.850 to share second place for the event. Junior Janelle McClelland also posted a 9.825 to tie her career-high score. Ohio State started to gain momentum in its next performance on uneven parallel bars, earning a 49.175 overall total. Swartzentruber earned a 9.875 to take the No. 1 slot overall. Mattern also had a chance on the podium, garnering second place in a four-way tie with Penn State’s Briannah Tsang, Lauren Bridgens and Alissa Bonsall.At the midpoint of the meet, the Buckeyes held a running score of 98.225, leading the Nittany Lions’ 97.900 tally after their first two events.Moving to its third rotation on balance beam, Ohio State posted a 48.775 score. Mattern took a fall that resulted in a low 9.200 score. But the Buckeyes rallied with the rest of the lineup earning increasingly improving scores. Stone posted a 9.800 mark, the team-high of the night and a third-place score, shared with Penn State’s Mason Hosek, for the event.“Being in front of a home crowd, obviously we get a little more nervous than we expect,” Stone said.  “It’s always down to those last routines that count the most, but we just stayed in our bubble, and didn’t let the crowd affect us.”The Buckeyes did not disappoint on their final event, closing the night strong on floor exercise to post a 49.200 mark. Stone and senior Stefanie Merkle claimed a 9.875 tally to tie for first, alongside Tsang and Penn State’s Sabrina Garcia. “I think we obviously knew it was a close meet, but we know we have a strong floor team, and it’s everybody’s favorite to perform because it’s fun and you’ve got the music, and the team is behind you,” Paulicivic said. “So I feel like we’re very comfortable to go over there, know that we’re going to do a good job, relax and have some fun and close out the meet.”The Nittany Lions put up a fight to try to take the lead in their final event on balance beam, but came up short to finish the meet with a 196.025 score. Ohio State earned its sixth win and second-highest final score of the season with a 196.200 finish, with seven other podium appearances.Next up, Ohio State will be back at home in St. John Arena to take on Western Michigan at 4 p.m. Saturday. read more

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Report LeBron James Could Replace Kobe Bryant When He

When Kobe Bryant retires, presumably after two more seasons, LeBron James could be the Los Angeles Lakers’ next megastar to sign with the team. Preposterous? Maybe? Interesting? Definitely.Yahoo Sports went through great lengths to paint the scenario where James would leave the Miami Heat and continue the Lakers’ extended run of megastar players by signing as a free agent with Los Angeles. Shake your head all you want. Here’s Yahoo Sports’ position:“The Lakers are always thinking a few years down the line, but just about any NBA GM with a scintilla of job security is always thinking one or two or three offseasons ahead.“And what is also true is the fact that, sure, the Lakers are leaving that option open. That doesn’t mean James is using the Lakers as an option, or even a hoped-for destination; and it certainly wouldn’t preclude Los Angeles from re-signing both Pau and Kobe for any number of years at any point between now and then. The Lakers are going to go after  LeBron James in some capacity in 2014, much in the same way the Grizzlies and Rockets will when James opts out of his contract that season. Maximum cap space or not, you always have to send a feeler out.“The reason for the opt-out from LBJ has nothing to do with any perceived animosity between the Heat and James, or LeBron worrying about his supporting cast (from Dwyane Wade’s knee to the roster that will have to be completely overhauled when each — read that again, “each” — of the team’s contracts could be knocked off the books in 2013-14 due to various player and team options.“It has to do with money, and flexibility. James can make more money from the Heat with a new contact in place of his current one — recall that he took slightly less than the max to join the team in 2010 — and he can wield a greater influence (either by turning down more money, again, or taking all he can, or signing for any number of years to retain free agent flexibility) within the team’s personnel structure. The Lakers, potentially free and clear of Kobe and Pau’s salary, will be one of his options.“That’s taking on the notion that LeBron James, after working for years to tone down the vitriol sent his way following the much-reviled Decision in 2010, would join the NBA’s most-loathed team. It’s fun to love the Lakers, we certainly do, but they’re also the newest team that er’ryone loves to hate because of Bryant’s haughty presence, and the way they were able to dupe lesser lights on their way towards fielding Kobe, Gasol, Dwight Howard and Steve Nash.“Nash will still be under contract in 2014-15, and it seems close to certain that Dwight Howard   will re-sign with what amounts to his hometown team (he grew up around Atlanta, but has called Los Angeles home for years) this summer when his contract expires. With several other Lakers besides Kobe and Gasol hitting the skids that summer, the team would have enough space to pair Howard (making over $20 million that season as a max player), a 40-year old Nash, and James.“They’d also have to ensure that Kobe Bean Bryant, who has never met a bug he hasn’t wanted to crush, would be A-mother[bleepin’]-OK with willingly handing the reins to a team he would have called his own for 18 years over to his greatest rival. One that, if our projections are correct, he’ll have faced in the 2013 and 2014 NBA Finals.”That was a mouthful, yes. It could be as far-fetched as anything you have read about player movement. But if you read to this point, that means it at least merited your attention. Bottom line: We will see. read more

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The Sixers Still Have Growing Pains To Work Out

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner Embed Code Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Dec. 21, 2017), Neil, Chris and Kyle discuss Kobe Bryant’s retirement ceremony and debate whether No. 8 Kobe or No. 24 Kobe is the Bryant they’d want on their team. Next, they break down the Philadelphia 76ers’ up-and-down season, taking a deep look at Ben Simmons and what he needs to do to improve his play. Plus, a small-sample-size segment on Kawhi Leonard’s return.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Chris wrote that Kobe may be the NBA’s last gunslinger.Neil and Chris on why the Sixers might be dominant sooner than we think.Neil made the case last season for Kawhi Leonard, MVP. read more

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First Asia Pacific workshop on fibreoptic sensing

first_imgWith the recent proliferation of fibre-optic cables, an interest has emerged in their use as sensors. When appropriate hardware is employed, fibre optic cables can be used for both temperature and vibration monitoring and have significant potential in mine monitoring and equipment maintenance.November 13-15, 2018, in Perth, Western Australia, the first Asia Pacific Workshop on Fibre-Optic Sensing will take place with three key components:1. A Masterclass on fibre-optic sensing by Dr Arthur Hartog2. Presentations from industry and academia detailing its applications3. Practical demonstrations of the technology conducted at Curtin University’s dedicated field laboratory.To register for the event online, us the following link: https://payments.curtin.edu.au/FAPWOFOS_181113last_img

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Reform Alliance For far too long politics has been seen as a

first_imgTHE REFORM ALLIANCE will be holding a public Reform Conference in the RDS from 10am – 4.30pm today. Myself and the other members of the Reform Alliance: Lucinda Creighton TD, Denis Naughten TD, Billy Timmins TD, Peter Mathews TD, Senator Paul Bradford and Senator Fidelma Healy Eames, thought it vitally important that a national conversation took place regarding much-needed reform across a number of key areas in Ireland. Although our group is sponsoring the event, it is the panel participants and the audience that will play the pivotal role in this important discussion.We, in the Reform Alliance, are very much aware of the widespread and growing frustration with the slow pace of reform that has been undertaken by the Government. Following the inefficiencies and wrongdoings of the previous Fianna Fáil administration, all political parties made promises before the last general election that they would right the wrongs of the past and work to regain the electorates’ trust by addressing the culture of corruption that has blighted politics for many years.So far, reform has been slow in the many areas it is needed. The Conference is happening at an interesting time when the extortionate pension payments at the CRC and the huge payments to Irish Water consultants have been exposed.Although the Reform Conference will specifically look at the three largest areas in need of urgent reform, which are; politics, the economy and health, the recent publicised scandals will be forefront in peoples’ minds on the day.Health servicePerhaps the biggest cause of concern to Irish people is the state of our health service. There have been many attempts at reform in recent times, but costs continue to soar and patients continue to experience a level of service that is unacceptable in a modern country. The HSE ran over budget in 2013, to a total cost of over €13.5 billion, and it is clear that more needs to be done to tackle spending. We are very much looking forward to the audiences’ suggestions for reform of the health service, many of which will be based on personal experiences.The electorate remains disaffected with the political system and many do not feel that there is enough transparency in politics. Some steps have been taken by the Government to address this. However, fundamental reform of how politics works in this country has yet to take place. Many people have lost faith in the Irish political system and every step needs to be taken to try and restore this faith in the electorate.EmigrationAn open discussion regarding Economic Reform is especially important, as we need to ensure that we are doing all that we can to generate employment and to stop our young talent from emigrating and taking their valuable skills elsewhere. In recent years too many people have felt that there are no opportunities available for them here. This must stop and the Economic Panel will discuss reforms that will foster enterprise and create the jobs needed to rebuild the economy.We have invited those attending the Reform Conference to submit their own reform ideas, as we recognise the need to open the discussion to new and interesting contributions from the public. For far too long politics has been seen as a ‘closed shop’ and we want to make sure that those in attendance are given the chance to contribute meaningfully to the debate.We are hoping that as a result of the Conference people will become more engaged in a national conversation regarding the need for change in these areas. It is also hoped that our group will have a more far-reaching awareness of the thoughts of Irish citizens regarding the important issues that are currently affecting us as a nation. We aim to return to our Constituencies to host smaller regional meetings to build on implementing these ideas and we will put them to the Government to help bring about real change.Terence Flanagan is a TD for Dublin North-East Read: Mattie McGrath would consider joining Reform Alliance, Creighton says they’ll work with anyoneColumn: The Reform Alliance – should we expect radical change… or more of the same?last_img read more

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Womens national team boycott training as they prepare for meeting with mediator

first_img Source: emma byrne/Twitter Just wanted to thank everyone involved in today’s press conference. Overwhelmed by the support we’re receiving on social media! Thank you— emma byrne (@emmsb30) April 4, 2017 Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO Follow us: the42.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 66 Comments http://the42.ie/3324910 By Ryan Bailey Short URL 17,121 Views The players at yesterday’s press conference. The players at yesterday’s press conference. Image: Donall Farmer/INPHO Fighting for fairness, Ireland stand together on a landmark day for women’s footballFAI told players going public would ‘damage women’s football and its future development’ Women’s national team boycott training as they prepare for meeting with mediator over FAI row “The players have not taken this decision lightly.” Wednesday 5 Apr 2017, 12:43 PM With the assistance of the PFAI, the players presented a booklet to the FAI last April which clearly outlined the issues they want addressed, but no meaningful action has been taken by the governing body.The players’ frustrations all came to a head in Dublin yesterday and this afternoon’s update is another move in a bid to gain equality, respect and the fairness they deserve.The primary concerns of the players are as follows:Access to a nutritionist, and individual strength and conditioning programmes.Gym membership for squad.Hotel accommodation to include at the very least working and reliable WiFi.Apparel for travelling to be provided to the squad prior to meeting up at airport.More home-based training sessions.All non-professional players to receive loss of earnings documented from their employers.Goalkeeper coach to remain for campaign, not change from game to game.Match fee for all international fixtures of €300.Bonus for competitive fixtures of €150 per win and €75 per draw.Qualification bonus to be agreed with team captain and player representatives at least four weeks prior to start of qualification campaign.The news comes after former Ireland women’s manager Noel King labelled comments by the PFAI solicitor Stuart Gilhooly as ‘outrageous and completely wrong.’“It’s not what [the players] had to say, it’s what the solicitor had to say from the PFAI –’Dirt on the shoe, fifth class citizens,’” King, the current Ireland U21 manager, told RTE’s Morning Ireland.“That is absolutely outrageous and completely wrong. The money the women are given is on par with the boys if you go, U14, U15, U17, U19, seniors. The senior women would arguably have more input internationally because they have eight friendlies this year and have just come home from Cyprus after four games. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO“So for that man to say that, it really throws it in my face and all the people who work with us to try and get the women’s game up to the level it’s at today.”Speaking to Sean O’Rourke shortly after, Gilhooly hit back at King’s criticism:  ”I don’t know where he’s coming from with this. I never mentioned Noel King, this has nothing to do with Noel King.“I have a lot of respect for what he has achieved over the years but nobody mentioned Noel. I think Noel is probably being disproportionately upset at what has been said. This isn’t about him. This is about the basic human rights that these women are unhappy with and I can tell you, they heard what he said this morning and they are very disappointed.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! THE IRELAND WOMEN’S national team will not report for international duty this afternoon in a further act of protest against the Football Association of Ireland’s (FAI) treatment of the players.The squad have decided not to attend today’s training camp ahead of Monday’s friendly against Slovakia, with the players and their Professional Footballers Association of Ireland (PFAI) and Siptu representatives set to meet a mediator this evening as the row over payment and compensation continues.In a statement released this afternoon, Siptu Services Division Organiser, Ethel Buckley, said it was their understanding “that representatives of the FAI will also be meeting with the mediator” but it appears no talks will take place between the players, the association and the PFAI.It comes after 14 members of the senior squad aired their grievances over their playing and training conditions during an extraordinary press conference at Liberty Hall yesterday.“At a team meeting the members of the Women’s National Team decided that they are unfortunately unable to attend today’s training camp,” PFAI Player Executive, Ollie Cahill, said.“The players have not taken this decision lightly. The players wish to make clear that they simply want the FAI to respect their right to choose their own representatives and have all the outstanding issues which are affecting their ability to achieve their maximum potential for their country resolved in a swift, amicable and professional manner.”The FAI has refused to engage with the PFAI, the players’ body which has been appointed as the team’s representative, with the association insisting that it is a board of management decision and thus policy not to do so. PFAI player executive Ollie Cahill. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOThe governing body says that “on five occasions in recent months the FAI has attempted to bring the players to the table, only to have the offer rebuked at every turn,” but the stumbling block remains their unwillingness to engage with the PFAI.The FAI has remained steadfast in its stance that it will only deal with the players directly via an independent mediator and not recognise the PFAI as their representative, despite the squad clearly stating that that is the way they wish to proceed.“Members of the team and their PFA Ireland and SIPTU representatives will attend a meeting with a mediator to discuss the issues in this dispute, this evening at 6.00 p.m,” Buckley said in the statement.“It is our understanding that representatives of the FAI will also be meeting with the mediator.“The players and their representatives are encouraged by a communication sent to team members today by the FAI inviting them to attend the mediation process along with their representatives.”After a huge swell of support for the players following Tuesday’s shocking revelations, Cahill added: “The players would also like to thank the public and the global football community for the overwhelming level of support they have received in the past 24 hours.“Messages of support have come in to the team from around the world and these have been greatly appreciated by the players.” Share Tweet Email Apr 5th 2017, 12:43 PM last_img read more

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One ExCEOs New Vision

first_img But for me it all comes down to technology—the integration of the database. Run your business day-to-day, but concentrate on the database and what you can do to monetize it. I don’t worry so much about a company’s percentage of print versus events versus digital. It’s important, but most companies are not that high in print. If you get down to 40 percent print and it’s still contributing to the bottom line, take that cash and move it over to data and digital and continue to monetize those. The problem is, CEOs have this formula in their minds. ‘If my print is declining, I have to make it up in digital.’ If you’re down $1 million in print and $400,000 in margin, don’t just sell more enewsletters. Move to the next level of lead traction and monetization of the database. We need to be getting more from the consumer. If we can move companies in that direction, replacing the $400,000 margin is a lot easier. French: Yes. The other part of French LLC is acting as a broker. There are a lot of small companies that I know, where I can talk to the principals one-to-one. Market position is valued above everything else. In general, the M&A environment is stronger now, but there’s a line below which people just don’t have an interest. And there are a lot of people who own smaller companies out there and who want to unload. They don’t want to live through another recession. They know the M&A market is strong, but every time they put up their hand, buyers say, ‘No, you’re too small.’ But I do think there’s an opportunity to cobble together several small companies and look for buyers who are looking for smaller positions. Or maybe bundle something and sell it as an uncomplicated M&A facility.  FOLIO: Part of the value you’re offering to your clients is a specific vision into what has become a very confusing future for B2B media. What are some of the trends you’re focusing on? French: I’m not doing it to get the CEO job, but I do want to make companies more competitive. John French: It’s not a typical consulting role. It’s more of an advisory role. Consultants tend to be formulaic, bringing in a particular structure. The advisory role for me is different. You need the practical experience at the highest level before you can go into a role like this. I’ve lived this. You don’t come in and say, ‘This is our consulting formula.’ Instead, you have a discussion with the executives at the highest levels. Then it becomes a strategic and tactical execution—strategic planning on what the next couple of years are going to be. The third part is board seats. I can help boards communicate and help lead management teams for a short time. It’s about being an advisor to companies that want to change and get better. And not in a threatening way to the current management team. FOLIO: Describe your new venture—it’s not just consulting services, correct? FOLIO: You must have learned quite a bit about media M&A during your time at Cygnus, not to mention the dynamics between management, the banks and the board.  FOLIO: Could these projects lead to another CEO job for you? Unlike most CEOs who leave one private equity opportunity post-sale and wait for the next one to come around, John French has decided to take a different path. Following the divestment of Cygnus in five separate transactions over five years, French will not be looking for a job as a media company CEO—for now at least. Instead, he wants to share his experiences at Cygnus with other executives. Here, he speaks with FOLIO: about what he’s learned from his time at Cygnus and how he’s leveraging that into his own strategic advisory firm for B2B media leadership, called French LLC. Omeda, the integrated marketing company that was instrumental in giving Cygnus a serious tech backbone even as the company was prepping for sale, is French’s first client.  French: Rollups are going to occur in B2B in defined market positions. A company will want to own all of construction or IT or whatever. The future of multi-market companies is very limited. So I’ll be talking to folks about concentrating and dominating in a single market. last_img read more

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Khulna city sees new model of manipulated polls

first_imgVotes being rigged for an Awami League councillor candidate capturing a polling centre. Voting at this polling centre was later cancelled. Photo: Prothom AloIt was a new experience for the people of Khulna city as they never saw such elections where the concerned authorities concerned were controlled by unseen forces and the opposition campaigners were kicked out of the election field.All arrangements were in place for a fair election – police patrols, deployment of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel, and even the presence of magistrates.But, the election was marred by the forced eviction of opposition BNP candidates’ polling agents from the centres, forceful balloting, vote rigging including voting by a child, and compelling voters to vote in front of the ruling party candidates’ agents. In some cases, balloting ended before noon.The police were just silent bystanders in the aforementioned incidents. Supporters of Awami League candidate Talukder Abdul Khalek extended their ‘assistance’ to complete the ‘balloting process’.The elections has starkly revealed the weakness of the election commission (EC). The commission failed to control the situation despite the apparent support of the law enforcement and the administration.The EC could not or did not respond to most of the complaints filed by different candidates before and during the polls.The presence of voters was good despite complaints of opposition agents being forced out of polling centres at the beginning of the voting held on 15 May. The atmosphere at the voting centres was quite good in the morning.It all started deteriorating from 11:30am when ruling party men forcefully entered the voting centres and stuffed votes into ballot boxes at various polling centres, creating panic among the general voters.They left the voting centres within half an hour between 11:30am and 12:30pm after completing their task, witnesses said.Only after that did the law enforcement become alert about law and order. The complaints came till the last moment of voting. No voters were found after noon. Some of the cast ballots were found abandoned at various polling centres.Prothom Alo’s eight journalists, who visited around 80 polling stations during the voting hours, found the crowd of members of AL and of its associated bodies in front of almost all polling centres.They actually took control of the entrance of the polling centres, keeping watch on voters, observers and whoever came to the centres.According to the results of the 15 May Khulna City Corporation polls, 54 polling centres witnessed unusual voting.The number of voters at ward no 10 of the Khalishpur’s Hazi Shariatullah Bidyapith voting centre was 1817. The results show all voters except one cast their votes. The voter turnover was 99.94 per cent.The AL’s mayoral candidate got 1,114 votes while the BNP candidate got 373 votes.Another voting centre at Maulana Bhashani Bidyapith of ward 10 also witnessed ‘ghost’ voting.A total of 1,467 votes out of 1.503 were cast at the centre. The AL candidate polled 997 votes as against the BNP candidate’s 390 votes. The voter turnout there was 97.60 per cent.The voter turnout at Natun Bazar Government Primary School centre was 91.38 per cent.But, the total voter turnout in the Khulna City Corporation elections was 62.19 per cent.The three polling centres of high turnout witnessed more than 90 per cent votes while other three others saw 85 per cent turnout, another six around 80 per cent, 12 others 75 per cent turnout and 30 other centres slight over 70 per cent turnout.Some unpleasant incidents took place during the elections, but the EC completely failed to respond.For instance, a member of the EC observer team was assaulted by a local AL leader at Basupara Nurani Bahumukhi Madrasa centre. The victim instantly informed the higher authorities of this but there was no response at all. He later left the voting centre.The AL had set up makeshift election offices in front of almost all voting centres. The ruling party men took position from 7:00am in the morning.Furthermore, the BNP’s polling agents were barred from entering many centres and many of them were assaulted.These incidents had taken place before voting formally began at 8:00am.The BNP mayoral candidate, Nazrul Islam Manju, time and again complained about harrassment and arrest of his campaigners. The BNP secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, later blamed the police for creating an atmosphere conducive for rigging the elections.On the voting day, the supporters of ruling party candidate moved freely about on motorbikes and other vehicles with the AL boat symbol, in the voting areas.The police did not stop them, with only one exception.According to the final results, out of 493,000 votes in Khulna city, five mayoral candidates bagged 306,636 while 6,565 votes were cancelled.AL’s Talukder Khalek polled 178,000 while his four rivals including the BNP’s Nazurl Islam Manju got 111,000 votes. Manju, the nearest rival, bagged 109,251 votes.A total of 411 more votes were cast for mayoral candidates than what councillors secured, results show.Prothom Alo’s eight journalists found not even 80 BNP leaders and activists at the 80 centres they visited.In that case, who casted the huge number of votes for the BNP when most of the voters carried the boat symbol?The AL’s mayoral candidate Khalek himself was surprised at the results.“Our voters were all wearing boat symbols. I didn’t find anyone who was wearing BNP’s symbol in the city. Where did these votes come from?”Talukder Khalek claimed that the voting was free and fair except some chaos at a few centres.The reporters talked to some of senior journalists and the civil society members who know Talukder Khalek for long.They pointed out that in the 2013 elections, Khalek had accepted his defeat graciously without any arguments. They wondered how the same person could use state machinery and force out the opposition to win the elections.They all agreed that the people of this southwestern city never saw such manipulated voting.CPB mayoral candidate Mizanur Rahman regretted that it is true that Talukder Khalek has become mayor of the city, but he had damaged his own political career.The BNP’s mayoral candidate Nazrul Islam said that the 15 May elections in Khulna was a new version of ‘vote robbery’.”This is a rehearsal of a kind of election that the regime wants to hold — the next national polls,” he added.Political analysts say this was an acid test for the election commission and now its role and capacity would be questioned.Sachetan Nagarik Committee’s president Anwarul Kadir, who was member of the EC’s vigilance team and visited various polling centres, told Prothom Alo that this has created a fear about the EC’s role during the national elections.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Toriqul Islam.last_img read more

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Elevation Programs Community Continuum Resource Fair

first_imgThe Elevation Program’s Community Continuum Resource Fair is being held for citizens returning from incarceration at the War Memorial Building at 101 N. Gay Street, Baltimore on July 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event hosts are the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, the Baltimore City Detention Center, the Mayor’s Office of Human Resources and Baltimore’s Safe and Sound Campaign. For additional details please contact Renard Brooks at 410-396-1809 or Kate Wolfson at 410-625-7976.last_img

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The 19 historic moments that make us miss President Obama

first_imgPresident Obama repealed blatantly discriminatory measures and oversaw new laws and policies that expanded opportunity for LGBTIs in unprecedented ways.And so, on the eve of Barack Obama’s 56th birthday, we look back at his big achievements. As authors of the new book, LGBTQ Stats, we wanted to present the big numbers and facts.We’ve also dug out some of his most inspiring LGBTI moments on video.He gave LGBTI people in the military rights, to strengthen America100,000 men and women were discharged from the military – in most cases, dishonorably – for alleged homosexuality between 1943 and 1993.The armed forces discharged another 13,000 service members under the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy for being ‘openly’ LGB. The policy went into effect in 1993. Barack Obama repealed it in 2010.Watch Obama’s 2010 speech repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’. He explains he was scrapping the policy because doing so ‘will strengthen our national security.’Next, Obama followed up in 2011 with a policy giving honorable discharges to any veteran who was kicked out of the forces on the grounds of homosexuality. And 80% of people who made a request under that policy had it granted.And in 2015 Obama nominated openly gay man Eric Fanning as Secretary of the Army. No senators on the Armed Services Committee asked Eric Fanning about his sexual orientation or objected to having an openly gay Army Secretary. Fanning became the nation’s first openly gay Secretary of the Army in 2016.An estimated 15,000 transgender troops are currently in the military, following the Pentagon’s 2016 repeal of its ban on transgender service members. President Donald Trump has now threatened those trans service members, saying he won’t allow them to serve.He honored black gay civil rights hero Bayard RustinRustin was a leading advisor to Martin Luther King Jr. He brought Gandhi’s vision of non-violent protest from India to the US. And he was a key organiser, at the heart of the most important civil rights events for decades.But because of his sexuality he was pushed to the shadows.Obama said of Bayard Rustin: ‘For decades this great leader was denied his rightful place in history because he was gay.’And he gave him a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.He embraced same-sex marriage25 US jurisdictions recognized some sort of domestic partnership for same-sex couples as of 1993. Now all 50 US states recognize full marriage rights for lesbian and gay couples.In 2011, Obama declared the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional and directed the Department of Justice to stop defending the law.Then in 2012, Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to announce his support for equal marriage.Obama reached 150 million Twitter users on 26 June 2013 – the day the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. He tweeted: ‘Today’s DOMA ruling is a historic step forward for #MarriageEquality. #LoveIsLove.’The Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of same-sex marriage 2015. The justices cited gay and lesbian couples’ right to ‘equal dignity in the eyes of the law’ in their landmark Obergefell decision.Obama made this speech after the Supreme Court issued its Obergefell decision. In it he said ‘America should be very proud’ of the same-sex marriage campaigners:The night of that decision, he lit up the White House in the rainbow flag.He was the first president to talk about bisexuals in a State of the Union AddressWhen Obama talked about bisexuals in the 2015 State of the Union, he became the first president to do so.He said America should protect LGBTI rights.And he explained: ‘We do these things not only because they are the right thing to do, but because ultimately they will make us safer.’Watch it here:He recognized LGBTI astronaut hero Sally RideSally Ride was the first American woman in space. She was a role model for women and, in her later years, a role model for the LGBTI community. Alan Cumming calls Trump ‘an embarrassment to America’US Pentagon doesn’t acknowledge Pride month for the first time in yearsThis gay Republican leader says Trump is more pro-LGBT than ObamaRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/historic-president-obama/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS-center_img As Obama said: ‘Sally didn’t just break the stratospheric glass ceiling, she blasted through it.’Ride died in 2012. But watch this video, from 2013, when Obama presented her life partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.He bought LGBTIs into his governmentThe Obama administration appointed over 300 openly LGBTI professionals to full-time and advisory positions in the executive branch.That’s more than all known LGBTI appointments of other presidential administrations combined.‘If we want to be the global leader in combatting HIV AIDS, we need to act like it’In 1987 the US banned HIV-positive people from traveling or immigrating to the United States. In 2009, President Obama lifted this restriction. He stated it was ‘rooted in fear rather than fact.’ Watch that speech here:He helped America change24% of Americans said they personally knew someone who is lesbian or gay in 1985.88% of Americans knew a gay or lesbian person as of 2015.President Obama gave protection to trans studentsObama issued a guidance document confirming Title IX, a federal law banning sex discrimination in education, protects trans students. Donald Trump revoked these guidelines shortly after taking office.In this 2016 video, Obama explained the guidance he gave to schools on bathroom use by trans students. He said he wanted to ‘create an environment of dignity and kindness for these kids.’That’s not all he did for trans rights. He was also the first President to appoint an openly-trans staff member to the White House.He made Stonewall Inn the first national monument to LGBTI rightsObama designated the Stonewall Inn in New York as a national monument in 2016. It’s the first time a president has created a national park or monument because of its link to the LGBTI community.Watch Obama’s speech about Stonewall Inn here. He describes the bar as ‘Hallowed ground where our history was written.’Obama honored gay rights hero Harvey MilkHarvey Milk recruited us to stand up for LGBTI rights. He became the most prominent gay politician in the United States. And he became the first openly gay elected official in California history when he joined the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in January 1978.But fellow politician Dan White shot him dead that same year, on 27 November.Obama said: ‘His voice stirred the aspirations of millions of people. His message of hope could not ever be silenced.’Watch him award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Milk (starts 8.09):He stood up for gay rights when he met the President of KenyaOn a visit to Kenya in 2015, Obama equated legalized discrimination of gays to legalized racism in America.He said: ‘And when a government gets in a habit of people treating people differently, those habits can spread. As an African-American, I am painfully aware of what happens when people are treated differently under the law.’Kenyan leaders hadn’t wanted him to talk about it. And it was the last thing President Uhuru Kenyatta wanted to discuss. He said it was a ‘non issue’. But that didn’t stop Obama.‘Each of us is only here because somebody, somewhere stood up for us’In his final State of the Union, Obama called on the nation to think of themselves as Americans first, bound together. And he praised the everyday acts of courage which give him hope:‘It’s the son who finds the courage to come out as who he is. And the father whose love for that son overrides everything he’s been taught.‘That’s the country we love. Clear eyed, big hearted, undaunted by challenge, optimistic that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. That’s what makes me so hopeful for our future.’You can watch it here:David Deschamps and Bennett Singer are the husband-and-husband team behind the LGBTQ Stats site. Their new book, LGBTQ Stats: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer People by the Numbers, is published by The New Press. Find some of the most surprising and quirky gay, trans and more stats here.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… For LGBTI Americans, the Obama years were a revolution.last_img read more

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TDC getting ready to host LGBTQ destination wedding fam

first_img TORONTO — Transat Distribution Canada is planning what it says is an industry first: a destination wedding fam in Puerto Vallarta that will include training on LGBTQ destination weddings and the special requirements of the LGBTQ wedding market.TDC reps say the program is being developed in response to the growing demand for LGBTQ destination weddings and will include specially-developed content created by Michelle Armstrong, TDC Manager, Groups & Special Programs, following consultation with LGBTQ wedding expert Bernadette Smith, CEO, Gay Wedding Institute.“About a third of same-sex couples are planning destination weddings, yet many popular wedding destinations don’t have marriage equality or LGBTQ-inclusive policies. It’s critical for wedding professionals to be trained advocates for these couples so they feel safe when planning a destination wedding,” says Smith.The LGBTQ Destination Wedding Fam will take place Nov. 29 – Dec. 6 in Puerto Vallarta and will include:Site inspections at Transat’s preferred hotels and resortsMeet-and-greets with onsite wedding coordinators, visit ceremony and reception locationsA same-sex mock destination weddingHands-on workshops and in-classroom training about LGBTQ wedding market and destination weddingsMore news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongA select group of TDC agents from across Canada will take part in the fam, say TDC reps. Share Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bycenter_img TDC getting ready to host LGBTQ destination wedding fam Tags: FAMs, LGBTQ, TDC, Transat Wednesday, August 15, 2018 last_img read more

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first_imgBritish actor Peter Wyngarde dies in London hospital aged 90 LONDON – Longtime British television and stage star Peter Wyngarde, best known for his role as the detective Jason King in the 1970s, has died. He was 90.His manager Thomas Bowington said Thursday the actor died Monday in Chelsea and Westminster hospital in London after an illness that lasted several months.“His mind was razor sharp until the end,” Bowington told The Associated Press. “He entertained that whole hospital. He was funny until the end.”The stylish Wyngarde and the characters he portrayed have been cited by the creators of the “Austin Powers” films as one of the inspirations for the fictional 1960s spy with a flair for flashy outfits and a taste for carousing.Wyngarde was best known for his sleuthing role in the popular “Department S” television series but played numerous other parts, appearing in shows and movies including “The Avengers, “The Saint,” ”Flash Gordon” and others.His manager said Wyngarde had not retired from performing and that plans for further stage work and personal appearances had been cut short by his death.“He was a mentor on everything you can think of, from sports cars to how to make a good cup of tea and how to do a tie and shirt,” Bowington said.Wyngarde’s father was a diplomat. The actor was born in France and educated in several countries before starting his career in Britain. by The Associated Press Posted Jan 18, 2018 5:10 am PDT Last Updated Jan 18, 2018 at 6:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img FILE – This is a Jan. 4, 1973 file photo of actor Peter Wyngarde. Longtime British television star Peter Wyngarde died in London on Monday Jan. 15, 2018. He was 90. The stylish Wyngarde had been cited by the creators of the Austin Powers films as one of the inspirations for the fictional character. He was best known for his role as the detective Jason King in the popular Department S show but played numerous other roles.(PA, File via AP) last_img read more

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