Politics and MeToo voices from a survey of staffers on Parliament Hill

first_imgOTTAWA – Long hours. A male-dominated workplace. Precarious employment. Alcohol. A culture of silence.The Canadian Press surveyed those working in the offices of MPs, senators and cabinet ministers in Ottawa, asking them to share their experiences with sexual misconduct on Parliament Hill and their thoughts on the surrounding culture. Here’s some of what the respondents — who completed the survey in anonymity — had to say.— “It is a workplace, but there is widespread alcohol before, during and after official duties are carried out. Is there any other workplace in Canada where consuming alcohol on the job is acceptable, and even promoted by management (MPs in this case)?”— “Save your voice for when it counts, when it’s silent, when someone needs you, or when you need to speak up. Don’t waste this opportunity.”— “I am concerned that this movement could have some unintended, negative consequences for female staffers. I have already heard male parliamentarians say they will no longer hire female staffers and it is difficult for us to break into legislative work as it is.”— “Partisanship can be an ugly beast that prevents us from standing up for ourselves. It’s not right. We, staffers, deserve a safe and harassment free workplace just as does anyone else.”— “The whisper network is very real. As soon as I got a job on the Hill, friends who already worked there started telling me stories and giving me names of MPs and staffers to avoid. It was never in a gossipy way, simply friends trying to help me protect myself.”— “As a male working on the Hill for many years, it has become apparent to me that women speak of and warn each other about male abusers. The fact that they talk about it between themselves, yet haven’t felt able to disclose publicly, condemns our system and all of us and it’s tragic.”— “I find there are a fair amount of ‘stories of stories,’ but very little actual first-person or directly witnessed events.”— “In my experience what has bothered me the most are the comments and jokes of a sexual or sexist nature that come out of the blue and unexpectedly turn a formal work situation into an uncomfortable, embarrassing, or humiliating situation (usually, but not always, for women). As a staffer, you are expected to laugh it off or be branded as uptight or not to be trusted.”— “Ever since the #MeToo movement has come to Parliament Hill, I have noticed a change surrounding how male MPs treat me. I feel even more disrespected because instead of staring at my chest, they’ll refuse eye contact or take the next elevator to avoid being alone with me. It makes me equally uncomfortable that so many men have to do that to control themselves. I think the solution to this is to promote more women and give more men female bosses so that they learn to respect women and take them seriously.”— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

Uber Lyft losses keep competitors at bay

SAN FRANCISCO — A fare war between Uber and Lyft has led to billions of dollars in losses for both ride-hailing companies as they fight for passengers and drivers.But in one way it has been good for investors who snatched up the newly public companies’ stock: The losses have scared off the competition, giving the leaders a duopoly in almost every American city.The two San Francisco companies have already lost a combined $13 billion. And with no clear road to profits ahead, no one else has much of an incentive to mount a challenge using the same model relying on people driving their own cars to pick up passengers that summon them on a smartphone app, said Susan Shaheen, co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley.Even if another rival dared enter the market, it would likely be difficult to raise enough money to pose a viable threat after Uber and Lyft spent the past decade pulling in billions of dollars from venture capitalists. And in the past six weeks, they raised an additional $10.4 billion in their recently completed initial public offerings of stock.“There’s only a duopoly because both companies have enough capital to compete with each other and no one else does,” said Gartner analyst Michael Ramsey.It’s likely to remain that way until any of dozens of companies trying to create self-driving cars refines their technology so they can launch a network of robotic taxis that removes human drivers from the equation. That breakthrough could enable them to slash their fares below the prices currently being charged by Uber and Lyft.Google spin-off Waymo has made no secret of its intention to muscle its way into the ride-hailing market with a fleet of self-driving cars built on technology that it has been working on for the past decade. Waymo launched a ride-hailing service with robotic vans in the Phoenix area five months ago, but only 1,000 people are currently allowed to use it.Besides being on the leading edge of bringing robotic vehicles to market, Waymo also is backed by more money than Uber and Lyft have combined. Waymo is owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., which is sitting on $113 billion in cash.In its IPO document, Uber listed Waymo as a potential threat along with Tesla, General Motors’ Cruise Automation and Apple. Lyft also cited Waymo and Apple among the companies that could undercut its position as the second largest ride-hailing service.But most experts believe it will still be many more years before self-driving car technology reaches the point that it can support a large fleet of robotaxis.Until then, the U.S. duopoly is likely to continue, giving Uber and Lyft the luxury of focusing on growth rather than turning a profit, analysts said. That means ride-hailing fares in the U.S. are likely to remain below the actual cost of providing the service, a boon for consumers.“These subsidies will continue as long as each company believes they will be gaining new customers by having a lower price,” says Alejandro Ortiz, principal analyst at SharesPost. “The story now is growth, but growth is expensive.”Eventually, though, investor pressure will mount on the companies to make money, and doing that almost certainly will require higher prices for their rides.On the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Friday, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi hinted that it will be three to five years before the company pivots to a focus on profit. That timetable hasn’t been well received on Wall Street so far. Lyft’s stock has fallen 29% below its IPO price of six weeks ago, and Uber flopped in its stock market debut Friday as its shares slipped by almost 8% per cent.Markets with only one or two dominant players often create situations for companies to abuse their power or attempt to stifle competition. Regulators and legislators around the world argue that’s already happened in many corners of technology, with Facebook having a seemingly impenetrable stronghold in social networking, Google dominating search and Amazon controlling a wide swath of online shopping.That has stirred calls to break up some of the companies, especially Facebook, whose own co-founder, Chris Hughes, recently argued his former company has become too powerful for society’s good.For now, Uber and Lyft have been drawing upon all the money that they have raised from investors to keep prices relatively low, creating a barrier for smaller-scale competitors without the capital to sustain massive losses.Take Austin, Texas, for instance. In 2016, Uber and Lyft pulled out of the city after voters approved regulations on ride-hailing companies, including fingerprint background checks for drivers. Four competitors stepped in to give rides in tech-savvy Austin, including two local companies. But the following year, Texas legislators passed a looser state law that superseded Austin’s, and Uber and Lyft came back.Shortly after their return, three of the competitors, Boston-based Fasten, locally owned GetMe and Phoenix-based Fare stopped operations, and the remaining one, non-profit RideAustin, lost thousands of its riders.“It was a matter of a couple months and those three companies were gone,” said Chris Simek, an associate research scientist with the Texas A&M University Transportation Institute, who co-authored a study of Uber and Lyft’s impact on ride-hailing in Austin.Uber hasn’t been as successful thwarting competition outside the U.S. It has waved a white flag during the past three years in Russia , China and parts of Southeast Asia by selling its services in those parts of the world to stronger rivals.Lyft hasn’t expanded outside North America yet, so it faces few other competitors besides Uber in the U.S.Via has managed to carve out a niche by running a pooled ride system in New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, and it contracts to provide transit in about 70 cities worldwide. It competes most directly in New York, where Uber and Lyft also offer pooled services that transport multiple riders.Via specializes in carrying up to six passengers at a time, largely in vans, and is growing because it can do a more efficient job carrying more people, said spokeswoman Gabrielle McCaig. Still, the company is losing money as it invests in growing the business, she said.And so it remains, at least for now, that Uber and Lyft will occupy the ride-hailing industry’s driver’s seat.“It is hard to see a third or fourth player coming in at this point,” said D.A. Davidson analyst Tom White. “I think we are looking at a duopoly in North America.”__Krisher reported from Detroit.Tom Krisher And Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press read more

Rwanda UN tribunal to hear appeals in two genocide cases

The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has scheduled hearings in Arusha, Tanzania, to listen to appeals in two genocide cases, the UN court announced today.On Tuesday, the Tribunal is scheduled to hear an appeal by the Prosecution against the acquittal of Ignace Bagilishema, a former Rwandan mayor who had been charged with seven counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the Geneva Conventions.Later next week, the defence for George Rutaganda, an Interahamwe militia leader, will appeal his conviction and sentence of life imprisonment for genocide and crimes against humanity.Following those hearings, the Tribunal’s trial judges and appellate judges will hold a meeting with Chief Prosecutor Carla Del Ponte and Registrar Adama Dieng. The session is expected to discuss and adopt proposed amendments to the rules of procedure and evidence in an effort to streamline the court’s proceedings. read more

Annandale fatal accident Parents of surviving teen say he is paralyzed

16-year-old Reaz ShawOne month after being struck by a speeding minibus along the Annandale Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD), 16-year-old Reaz Shaw of Lot 35 Annandale Public Road, ECD is paralyzed from the waist down.This was confirmed by the teen’s father Yacoob Shaw who spoke with this publication on Saturday.Shaw, a security guard attached to the Agriculture Ministry stated that his son was released from the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation on Friday but there has been no signs of improvement in his son’s condition ever since the accident.“Right now he can’t do nothing, he can’t talk, can’t walk, can’t eat, we does gah feed he with a tube. He could only use liquids like soup and juice and suh. He not even opening his eyes”, the father stated.The older Shaw, told this publication that even though it’s been a difficult task financially for the family to take care of the teen they are just hoping and praying for the best at this time.Further the man explained that while his son was still hospitalized, suspected relatives of the minibus driver, who is still on the run, visited them and offered a sum of money to compensate the teenager.“De man family come and say how they want give we 3 million, I told them 6 cause every day we have to get money to buy thing for him and we have to travel and all them things. We been doing that since the accident happen, dah is nah no money man”.“They come with a lawyer and telling me tek the money that they offering but that can’t compensate we. He gah use a tube to eat, every day we gah prepare soup and juice and suh”. He explained.The teen’s mother Zahida Hussain also related that due to the accident Shaw- the last of four children- has been diagnosed with brain hemorrhaging (bleeding in the brain) and also fractured bones. He would have also sustained injures to his lungs.According to her, the doctors have confirmed that as a result of the severe head injuries that he is not responding.Hussain explained that she too has had a series of medical illnesses which makes it more difficult to take care of the 16-year-old.Meanwhile, the minibus involved in the accident fled the scene after the accident. Days after it was finally located covered in tarpaulin under a house at Mon Repos, ECD.The driver was nowhere to be seen but he was identified as a Chinese National.It is believed that his wife encouraged him to hide the minibus but more so, to leave Guyana at once. Police sources confirmed that they might have fled to Suriname.Nevertheless, the Chinese Association reportedly approached the relatives of the dead teenager and offered them $1.5 million but the family has since refused that as well.Police have not yet been able to locate the minibus driver.On December 10, the two young men went to a nearby shop to purchase an item and on their way back on their motorcycle, they were struck from behind by a white Toyoto Hiace Pitbull Minibus which did not stop.Both the men were taken to the GPHC where Shaw’s his friend, Karmachand Khemraj died while receiving medical attention.Shaw was admitted in an unconscious state. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTop Cop warns drivers against escaping from accident scenesDecember 16, 2018In “Crime”Police hunt Chinese National involved in Annandale fatal accidentDecember 14, 2018In “Crime”Father of 2 killed in hit and runDecember 31, 2018In “Crime” read more

This woman doesnt smoke but cigarettes have almost killed her

first_imgBREDA FLOOD IS a school principal from Wexford who has never smoked.However, she has required emergency medical care because of cigarettes.Speaking at a press briefing organised by a number of health organisations and charities, she noted that smoking is the most dangerous trigger for asthma attacks which claim the life of one person a week in Ireland. They also result in thousands more sufferers being hospitalised.She tells her own personal story of the dangers of passive smoking. (YouTube: SineadOCarrollTJ)Read: Counterfeit cigarette packs ‘so good’ professionals can’t tell the differencelast_img

The new homeland of Asia Minor refugees

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Associate professor of the University of Thessaloniki, Thomas Savvidis, is currently visiting Australia and will give his final lecture this Sunday in Melbourne. Here for a week long, four part lecture series, Mr Savvidis will give the lecture ‘Refugees/Thessaloniki: The new homeland of Asia Minor refugees’ on Sunday. Born in northern Greece, Mr Savvidis has devoted his life’s work to utilising ancient Greek literature as a source of scientific knowledge in the field of sciences. He has also recently published a book entitled The Pontian Diet, the Mastic of Chios and Homer’s Vine. When: Sunday 30 November, 3.00 pm Where: Pontiaki Estia, 540 Sydney Road, Brunswicklast_img

Vancouver firefighters settle into stateoftheart stations

first_imgclick to enlarge In one day, 53 firefighters packed up two fire houses and left behind the stations they knew and loved. That day, Jan. 23, Vancouver’s two new fire stations were deemed complete — complete enough, anyway, to unlock the doors and put the state-of-the-art facilities into service.“It’s definitely still a work in progress,” said Vancouver firefighter and paramedic Pete Adams. “We’re getting there, though.”Fire Stations 1 and 2 were rebuilt to the tune of $15 million. The process took a little more than a year.Fire Station 1 is now at 2607 Main St., and Fire Station 2 has been moved to 2106 Norris Road. Station 1 was previously at 900 W. Evergreen Blvd. and Station 2 was at 400 E. 37th St.Vancouver Fire Chief Joe Molina said the crews are excited to be in their new spaces but feel the stations are “too nice” for them.“It’s kind of like moving from an apartment to a mansion,” Molina said.The new stations not only feature separate bunk rooms and community rooms, but technological advances, as well. Perhaps one of the most outstanding new features, Molina said, is the new zone alarm system. The system only wakes those bunks of firefighters who need to respond to late-night fire calls. In the past, everyone heard the alarm regardless of who was next in line to respond.Fire Station 1 has an additional feature: traffic control.“When we were looking at this location, I was like, ‘How are we going to get out of here?’” Molina said.The station is equipped with a button that stops the lights at East Fourth Plain Boulevard, Broadway and Main Street. The lights will stop traffic for one minute, allowing fire engines to leave the station quickly. That length of time will likely change, however.last_img read more

Xavi tells Joshua Kimmich You would be perfect for Barca

first_imgBarcelona legend Xavi Hernandez revealed his admiration for the “versatile” Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich, who he believes could even eclipse him as a playerThe Germany international first rose to prominence under Pep Guardiola at Bayern in the 2015/16 season before the Catalan coach left for Manchester City.While his normal position is at right-back, Kimmich’s versatility has won him many admirers with the 23-year-old being deployed in a central midfield role at Bayern this season.Due to this, Xavi is convinced Kimmich would be a great coup for Barcelona.“I spoke to Pep Guardiola, my ex-coach from Barcelona, about him,” Xavi told Bild at Bayern’s training camp in Doha, Qatar, alongside Kimmich.“Pep said: ‘I have a player in the team who can play in every position!’“I asked, ‘Who is the boy?’ He told me something about a man named ‘Kimmitsch’, whom I honestly had never heard of before.“Since that day, when I talked to Pep, I have followed your career. After all, Pep says that for a reason.“I knew right away, when I saw you playing, that you could become a great player. And that’s you today!“Joshua is the present and future of FC Bayern and the German national team. And you really can play in any position.”He added: “You would be the perfect player for FC Barcelona!FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“In my career, I have always kept my eyes open to find players who would suit Barca well.“As previously with Philipp Lahm, Joshua Kimmich could without any problems play at Barcelona. That would fit well.“But Bayern Munich play on the same level as Barca, and you can achieve a lot there.”Before joining Doha-based club Al Sadd in 2015, Xavi was regarded as one of the planet’s greatest playmakers after managing 85 goals and 181 assists in a staggering 769 games for Barcelona.The former Spain international has won many honours throughout his career, which includes a World Cup, two European titles, four Champions Leagues and eight La Liga crowns.But the 38-year-old, who could retire from playing football this year, reckons Kimmich’s versatility could make him an even greater asset for Barcelona than what he used to be.“I thought before I met Joshua that he wanted to be a defender,” said Xavi.“But he already told me that he has another big wish. Joshua can play perfectly in midfield as a number six.“Definitely [he can be the next Xavi]. He can make the difference.“He can be one of the best players in world football in several positions, maybe he already is.“That distinguishes him from me: I could play in one position, he is versatile.”last_img read more

Politano talks ahead of Sassuolo game

first_imgOn Saturday, Inter Milan will host U.S. Sassuolo Calcio as the Italian Lega Serie A 2018-2019 season restarts action.The Italian Lega Serie as is back into action.After a small winter break, the Italian competition will restart this weekend, and Internazionale Milan will host U.S. Sassuolo Calcio.Matteo Politano was quoted by the Inter official website about what this means for his team.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We’ve seen that they’ve put everyone in difficulty so far, ourselves included. It will be a difficult game, especially because we don’t have the help of our fans. It will be a very complicated game,” he explained.“I’ve played in a lot of games and I wouldn’t have expected such a start. I’m very happy, but I still have a lot to improve on.”“For me, there’s the extra motivation of looking to always do well in order to convince the coach and club to continue on this journey together,” he added.“My aim is to give my best in the week in order to earn a place in the team with this prestigious shirt, to keep playing and perhaps to score a few more goals.”last_img read more

Report Man United agree to sell Fellaini to Shandong Luneng

first_imgManchester United have reportedly agreed on the sale of Marouane Fellaini to Shandong Luneng with the midfielder having been spotted at the airport.The Belgium international has been strongly linked with a transfer to Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng since Tuesday.It’s understood that Fellaini has already agreed on personal terms with Shandong Luneng, despite having only signed a new two-year contract at United last summer.Now BBC reports the Red Devils have reached an agreement with Shandong Luneng for Fellaini’s move to the Far East.The report adds that Fellaini has passed his medical and that the transfer should be finalised shortly.The 31-year-old midfielder has been at Old Trafford since the summer of 2013 after his former Everton boss David Moyes signed him for £27.5m on deadline day.Fellaini has been an ever-present figure in the United squad under Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.The Belgian has managed a total of 22 goals and 12 assists in 177 appearances for United across all competitions.He’s also won the FA Cup, EFL Cup, Europa League and Community Shield in his five and a half years at the Red Devils.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But, amid calf injury problems, Fellaini has only played for 31 minutes under interim coach Ole Gunner Solskjaer since he was appointed on December 18.And it appears United have decided to cut their losses over Fellaini and sell up while they can still get a good price.On Thursday morning, Fellaini posted an image on his Instagram story at an airport with the caption “Let’s go” to all but confirm he’s heading over to China.Reports suggest that the midfielder is set to agree on a very lucrative deal of £200,000 per week in salary.Whether a deal is announced before tonight’s transfer deadline is unknown as the Chinese Super League deadline is set until February 28, which means neither party are in a hurry to conclude the transfer.”Let’s go”Marouane Fellaini is at an airport, could he be heading for China?#MUFC pic.twitter.com/MfNPqHj83X— Omnisport (@OmnisportNews) January 31, 2019last_img read more

Disappointed Hodgson reflects on Chelsea loss

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes his team deserved more for their efforts in Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge.Despite posing an attacking threat to Chelsea’s shaky defense, Crystal Palace lost 3-1 at Stamford Bridge and Hodgson was felt their efforts and reward do not match.“At the start of the second half we played well and got back into the game,” Hodgson told Sky Sports.“At that moment I thought we were looking good and looked more than capable of holding onto that, but the second goal puts you on the back foot again and that was quickly followed by the third goal.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“At 3-1 you are always going to find it very difficult. Chelsea are bringing on players of incredible quality and are 3-1 up.“I was proud of the way the players kept at it and kept fighting towards the end.“I don’t think we were under the cosh by any stretch of the imagination. We were not confronted with lots of chances and opportunities, I thought we kept them at bay pretty well.“We had chances to get to 3-2 so I can’t complain bitterly about anything there, just a bit disappointed that the rewards for our efforts weren’t better.”last_img read more

Soldotna To Close Part Of Redoubt Avenue For Repaving

first_imgFrom July 24th through July 30th, the road will be closed all day. For all other work, the road will be open during the evenings or weekends when work is not occurring.The road is expected to reopen fully to traffic on August 10th. During road closures a detour will be set up through Park Avenue. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Soldotna will be closing Redoubt Avenue, between Binkley Street and Fireweed Avenue, traffic for repaving and underground utility work starting on Monday. In a message from the City, if you live within the construction area, the Contractor, Foster Construction will be contacting you about access during construction. You may also contact them at 262-1609.center_img To contact the City call 262-9107 and ask to speak with the Public Works Department.last_img read more

Meet Future Super Star Deepanshu Goyal who will rock BTown with his

first_imgBollywood is a mix of looks and acting very few becomes Shahrukh, Amir, and Hritik who justifies every role given to them. But what about the next generation? We need some excellent actors who can make part memorable with his/her Acting. No doubt India is blessed with lots of talent, but very few can adjust in all the characters.T.V, Theatres are stepping stone for all the actors, which makes them more mature in acting. Deepanshu Goyal and a new star in the making. He is known for character roles in T.V show and every role which he got, he has justified with his sheer Acting. He is blessed with robust Physiques, looks and most important is acting. He is undoubtedly the next big thing coming out from a small screen which is going to make it big in the future in B-town. Looking at his talent, he can be next SRK or an actor who can genuinely act like a Pro and give justice to the role assigned to him.Deepanshu has worked with top production houses on a small screen; he has done lots of famous roles in a short period. Deepanshu does not have a godfather in this industry, whatever he has achieved, are all thanks to his talent. He has worked under many big channels like Zee, Sony max and many more in just a few years.It is essential to come in channels which are trending else no matter how good actor you are it’s not going to work for you.you might be a good actor but if you are not seen worldwide than you might be wasting time in Acting. Luckily Deepanshu has got the roles which come in top channels of India.With changing trending in B-town, its right time for actors like Deepanshu to enter in B-town and grab a useful role. Looking to his talent, he will surely be a good pick for top production houses in B-Town.Here’s wishing new emerging talent from small screen Deepanshu Goyal all the best for the bright future and we hope he makes it significant even in Silver screen and all his dreams come true because this lad deserves every bit of it.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Ban the Box Legislation Signed into Law in Baltimore Headed to Council

first_imgJob seekers in the Baltimore-Washington region with a criminal history could find one obstacle to employment –a prison record—swept aside by legislation, commonly known as ‘Ban the Box’ legislation, that prevents would-be employers from inquiring about their past. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake May 28 signed a bill passed by the Baltimore City Council at the end of April that prohibits some employers from questioning job applicants about their criminal background. It had been argued that such questions often throw cold water on otherwise bright job prospects. “This bill is about tearing down those barriers, breaking the barriers to employment,” said Mayor Rawlings-Blake as she signed the legislation that the Baltimore City Council had been debating for weeks. “This is about making sure that we put Baltimore back to work,” she said. “At the end of the day, we have to figure out innovative ways of growing our city,” said Councilman Nicholas Mosby, sponsor of the bill. Legislation similar to that signed into law in Baltimore, is advancing through the D.C. Council. D.C. Council member Tommy Wells’ (D-Ward 6) attempt to reduce the unemployment rate in D.C. by making the hiring process less biased to ex-offenders was unanimously approved by the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety May 28. The D.C. ‘Ban the Box’ legislation, entitled the Fair Criminal Record Screening Act of 2014, would remove questions about an applicant’s criminal history from private employer’s job applications, prohibit any inquiry into an applicant’s arrest record and delay inquiry into an applicant’s criminal convictions until after the first interview.“Gaining employment is one of the biggest barriers facing returning citizens,” Wells said in a press release May 29. The legislation is expected to be included on the D.C. Council’s June 3 meeting agenda, Kouri C. Marshall, senior advisor and director of external affairs for Wells’ office told the AFRO in an email. The council will have to vote on the bill twice. According to a 2012 report from the National Institute of Justice, African Americans account for 28 percent of all arrests even though they make up less than 14 percent of the U.S. population. The report said penalties are more likely to be enforced on ex-offenders with African American or Latino backgrounds as opposed to their White counterparts. “This bill is a crucial step in addressing that challenge. The passage of ‘Ban the Box’ represents another important victory for social justice in the District of Columbia,” Wells said. In addition to Baltimore, thirteen other jurisdictions have adopted “Ban the Box” legislation including Rochester and Buffalo, N.Y., according to Mondaq, a news and regulatory information web site.last_img read more

Could Porn Be Good For Society

first_img Viewing child porn not a risk factor for future sex offenses: study More information: Milton Diamond, “Porn: Good for us?”, The Scientist. Available online. (PhysOrg.com) — The arguments against pornography are many, ranging from insistence that porn degrades women and is morally reprehensible to the assertion that pornography viewing is the cause of sex crimes. However, over the years, there have been numerous studies done on this subject. And, reports The Scientist, it appears that there are links between sex crimes and pornography. Just not the sort of links many of us might have expected. Instead of causing sex crimes, porn might actually contribute to reducing their incidence. Explore further Here is what The Scientist reports on the matter:Over the years, many scientists have investigated the link between pornography (considered legal under the First Amendment in the United States unless judged “obscene”) and sex crimes and attitudes towards women. And in every region investigated, researchers have found that as pornography has increased in availability, sex crimes have either decreased or not increased.While that is far from a ringing endorsement, it does at least seem to indicate that pornography isn’t contributing to sex crimes. While some naysayers may point out that most offenders in prison have been exposed to porn, the fact of the matter is that nearly every male — and a good number of females — is exposed to pornography at some point. It stands to reason that most offenders have viewed porn. But other studies found that being punished for porn use might contribute to someone becoming a rapist, and not the porn use itself. Indeed, continues The Scientist, a repressive religious upbringing might be more of a factor in rape than porn:Looking closer, Michael Goldstein and Harold Kant found that rapists were more likely than nonrapists in the prison population to have been punished for looking at pornography while a youngster, while other research has shown that incarcerated nonrapists had seen more pornography, and seen it at an earlier age, than rapists. What does correlate highly with sex offense is a strict, repressive religious upbringing. Richard Green too has reported that both rapists and child molesters use less pornography than a control group of “normal” males.This sort of assertion is bound to raise a few eyebrows and even cause a little controversy. Especially when taken alongside studies that seem to indicate that porn doesn’t result in feelings of misogyny. Additionally, while there is anecdotal evidence that porn users are abusive toward their female partners, there is no evidence that pornography use is the cause of these actions. Perhaps there are other factors, such as alcoholism or violent tendencies, that are bigger influences.In any case, while such studies do not prove that porn is actively good for society, they do seem to imply that pornography isn’t actively bad for us. Image source: cambridge.gov.uk © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Could Porn Be Good For Society? (2010, March 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-porn-good-society.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Ecologists suggest it is time to rethink the modern lawn

first_img More information: Maria Ignatieva et al. An alternative urban green carpet, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aau6974 Credit: CC0 Public Domain A pair of urban ecologists, one from Australia, the other Sweden, suggests in a Perspective piece published in the journal Science that it might be time to rethink the idea of the modern lawn. In their paper, Maria Ignatieva and Marcus Hedblom note that the natural benefits of green lawns are far outweighed by negative environmental consequences, and because of that, new forms of groundcover need to be explored. Explore further © 2018 Phys.org Journal information: Sciencecenter_img The expanse of cut green grass that surrounds many houses and serves as a draw to parks and other outdoor places is not as green as it might look. The modern lawn requires not only a lot of water, but fertilizer. It also requires mowing, in most cases using gas-powered machines that spew carbon monoxide and other toxins into the air. Ignatieva and Hedblom note that it is true that lawns offer some positive benefits such as pulling carbon dioxide out of the air, but the negative aspects of lawn care far outweigh their benefits. They note that globally, lawns currently occupy land space equivalent to England and Spain combined. Lawns also currently require an enormous amount of water—in arid regions, lawns account for 75 percent of water consumption. They also note that weed killers and fertilizers wind up in the water table. And artificial turf, they note, is not a likely solution. It doesn’t contribute to carbon sequestering, causes problems with water runoff, and might be poisoning local water tables.Because of the obvious drawbacks, the researchers suggest that it is time for the world to rethink the idea of a lawn. They note that some communities have already begun to do so by allowing natural meadows in place of lawns. Such meadows, they note, can be made aesthetically pleasing by using grasses suited for the purpose. They also note that in some places, such as sections of Berlin, landscape has been allowed to grow wild. More realistically, they suggest research into plant types might result in the development of naturally short grasses that do not need much water to survive. In the end, they suggest that perhaps a combination of efforts might work. But for that to happen, people need to start reframing the mindset of modern groundcover. Citation: Ecologists suggest it is time to rethink the modern lawn (2018, October 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-ecologists-rethink-modern-lawn.html Grow, mow, mulch: Finding lawn’s value This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Two fake note racketeers arrested near Sahid Minar

first_imgKolkata: Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police has nabbed two Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) racketeer from near Sahid Minar on Monday afternoon.They were carrying FICN worth Rs 2 lakh. According to sources, as the last phase of Lok Sabha Elections is getting closer, sleuths were keeping a strict vigil for possible FICN smuggling. Recently, huge amount of unaccounted cash was seized by the Kolkata Police. It was suspected that FICN racketeers might arrive in the city to circulate fake currency. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn Tuesday morning, Special Task Force sleuths got a tip-off that some FICN racketeers had come to Kolkata. Working on the information, the Special Task Force sleuths were keeping a close watch in and around the Sahid Minar. Around 4:10 pm, two persons were seen whose activities were found to be suspicious. When sleuths asked them to stop, both the accused tried to give cops a slip. They were immediately detained. While checking their bags, sleuths found huge amount of money. Immediately, both the accused identified as Mani Govindan and Velu Mallappan of Dharmapuri district in Tamil Nadu were taken to Lalbazar. Later sleuths found that the currency notes found from them were fake. Later, the duo were arrested. They were carrying 100 notes of Rs 2000 denomination worth Rs 2 lakh.last_img read more

Lotika Vardarajans vision

first_imgLotika Varadarajan, the historian, international textile authority, inspirational teacher and an intrepid traveller, passed away last year. The IIC commemorates her in an exhibition of 50 photographs that celebrate waterways and the role of humanity. She is remembered as an iconoclast who had a love for tradition, for textiles and stood apart for being a blend of tradition and modernity in a nation that blindly apes the West. Indian Ocean studies Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDr Lotika Varadarajan has been instrumental in opening the Indian Ocean studies to anthropology and to the unwritten world of shipbuilding and sailing technology. Over the last four decades, Indian Ocean studies developed as a major field of study in social sciences as well as in the writing of global history. Yet, sailing and ship building in South Asia eluded a narrative relying mainly on the archives of the written world. Her sea-basin approach also restored the connection between Indian and the Pacific Ocean. This lifetime engagement of an exceptional scholar allows us today to consider a roadmap towards reconnecting India and its waterways. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Celebrating the seasThe fifty photographs of the exhibition from Gujrat to Bengal, and Andaman and Nicobar islands and Lakshwadweep were taken by Dr Lotika Varadarajan in the period 1979 to 2010. They provide a glimpse of the seagoing lives of Indian coastal communities from the pre-2004 tsunami era. The exhibition covers traditions, practices, and cultures of boatbuilding and navigation from littoral India and the islands that is yet to recover itself in a substantial manner. One cannot forget in the year 2005. When she gave an illustrated lecture on “Embroideries – Portugal India” to a jam-packed hall at the IIC in Delhi. Dressed in a graceful cotton Kantha sari she regaled audiences about the call of the sea and Portugal’s rich heritage. Recreating the cultural context that shaped Portuguese sensibility in visual terms was “Embroideries – Portugal India: 16th Century Synthesis to Contemporary Globalisation” that provided a peek into value added by the Portuguese to the Indian textile industry. With embroidered works being very popular with the Portuguese, they tried to tap the rich reservoir by developing items that could be used as gifts.These photographs celebrate the seas, as they present to us the call to the sea and its many stories that unwind in quiet and serene splendour. These images stand as a remembrance of her love for travels and thirst for knowledge. With the Centre for Community Knowledge at the Ambedkar University, Delhi, she had planned two conferences for 2018: On ‘Maritime Traditions of the Indian and Pacific Oceans — Inter-Connections in Pre-Colonial times’ and on the ‘interactions between Northeast India and Southeast Asia’. This suite of photographs is a tribute to her brilliance and an apt epitaph for a hard working persevering historian who believed in going down to roots. Her words wring through loud and clear: “To sacrifice craft traditions at the altar of modernity is tantamount to adding yet another dimension to the poverty of the mind.”The show runs till October 15, 2018.last_img read more

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