Finally Congress is taking action against sexual harassment

first_imgAs I continue to hear accounts of the victims of various powerful men, I am shocked and horrified, but no, I am not surprised. For too long society has allowed our most powerful industries to hinder the ability of victims to come forward and take action against abusers. Finally, Congress is taking some action. New legislation was recently introduced focusing on “the system for filing and settling harassment claims from congressional employees,” on Capitol Hill, appropriately titled the “Me Too” Act.The process that stands now is a systematic approach to suppressing the rights of victims, yet another example of an institutional practice meant to protect abuses of power. Currently, staffers who wish to report sexual assault must go through a harrowing 90-day counseling and mediation process before they are able to file a federal complaint; during which, the staffer is required to work with their assaulter, not tells anyone, and self-pay for legal proceedings. In comparison, the legislator gets house counsel, paid for by the American taxpayer. If at any point in the process a settlement is reached – the settlement is paid for by the US Treasury Department, which since 1997 settlements has totaled $15 million. Meaning, we the American taxpayer have paid the bill. (Imagine if that money was spent on legislation protecting athletes, or earmarked towards ending sexual assault on campus, or funded sex-ed programs.)I am hopeful that change is imminent – Senate has already passed The Me Too Act and the House hopefully will soon. This Act would require sexual harassment awareness training and reform the process for staffers to file complaints.Government is supposed to protect American citizens, keep us safe, and help us when wrongs have been done. For decades, our government has not just failed sexual assault victims, but failed us all in its inability to be a model. I am inspired to see change and saddened that it took so long. Various new administrations are about to take power in governments across the US. I implore upon them to do the same analysis as Congress and for us all to: * Review our workplace policies to ensure they are comprehensive, supportive, and feasible. If they aren’t, revise them, with a plurality of voices in the room. *Call your representatives to voice your support for the Me Too Act.Finally, thank you to the Members of Congress forcing action; the 1,500 former staffers demanding change; and the brave victims who have come forward in hopes of creating change for us all. Sincerely,Rachel HodesHoboken Democratic CommitteeWard 6, District 6 Dear Editor,Recently, when asked if I was surprised at the amount of men being accused of sexual assault, I quickly answered, “not even a little.” I recalled the moment where I had to tell my boss that a donor of our organization was sending me sexually laced text messages at 4 am during a multi-day conference and remember being worried that I might lose our organization money.last_img read more

Library launches research data collaborative

first_img Read Full Story The Harvard Library, in collaboration with the Office of the Provost, IQSS Dataverse Network and HUIT, is launching the Research Data Collaborative (RDC) to develop research data management services. The RDC program’s FY14 goals include creation of tiered data management training for researchers and librarians, a University-wide data compliance network, effective data management plan support and an assessment of the data storage and curation needs of Harvard researchers.The RDC program members will provide training materials along with workshops that broadly address research data management. Topics such as data security, storage, archiving, preservation and curation will be covered, in addition to data advisory services regarding retention and compliance policies. A University-wide survey and assessment will lay the groundwork for effective data management support services for a Harvard audience.The program is led by Gosia Stergios and a team of 17.The RDC is actively recruiting team members from the University community.Learn more about the program and its teams by clicking on the story link below.last_img read more

Analyst says rising domestic production will cut China’s need for thermal coal imports in 2019

first_imgAnalyst says rising domestic production will cut China’s need for thermal coal imports in 2019 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享South China Morning Post:China’s thermal coal imports will decline by between 10 million and 12 million tonnes in 2019, a leading industry analyst said on Tuesday, largely because of rising domestic output in the world’s top producer and consumer.The country’s coal output will increase from the second quarter of 2019, reducing its reliance on overseas supplies, Rodrigo Echeverri, head of hard commodities at trader Noble Group, told an industry conference in Shanghai.China is set to produce an additional 100 million tonnes of coal this year, Wang Hongqiao, vice-president of China National Coal Association, said earlier at the same event. “Coal demand for power generation in China will increase but the growth rate of general coal consumption will slow down,” Wang said, leading to a glut of the fuel and “severely disrupting” the market.China produced 4 billion tonnes of coal in 2018, according to the National Bureau of Statistics. It also added 194 million tonnes in mine capacity that year, despite promising to cut excess capacity for the sector.Echeverri said he expected a drop in thermal coal imports this year of 11 per cent from 2018 volumes to 19 million tonnes, with the reduction hitting top supplier Australia the hardest.That comes after traders have already cut back on purchases of both thermal and metallurgical coal from Australia due to lengthy quality checks on supplies from there that have lasted as long as two months at some ports.More: China’s thermal coal imports ‘will fall 10-12 million tonnes in 2019’last_img read more

Modern Amphibious Units will Counter Narcoterrorism in the VRAEM

first_imgBy Dialogo February 14, 2013 On February 7, Peruvian Ministry of Defense Pedro Cateriano Bellido introduced two modern Hovercraft amphibious units in the city of Pucallpa that will be used for surveillance and support of the Armed Forces in the fight against narcoterrorism in the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers Valley (VRAEM). After the opening ceremony, Minister Cateriano boarded one of these amphibious units and sailed through the Ucayali River, where he was able to verify its operational capabilities, as well as how well the officers that will counter narcoterrorism in the VRAEM are trained. The main naval authority also joined Cateriano on the units, which later took them through the premises of the “BAP Clavero.” Afterwards, the authorities went to Pucallpa Naval Station, where a ceremony was held to commemorate members of personnel who died in the line of duty at Ucayali Front. Once the ceremony ended, the General Director of Companies and Coast Guards, Vice Admiral Edmundo Deville Del Campo gave a presentation about illegal mining in the Amazon. Then, Fourth Naval Zone Commander, Rear Admiral Hugo Verán Moreno spoke about the mission, its current situation and the goals within the area of responsibility. During his visit, the minister of defense stated that “we are putting two Hovercraft vessels that will join the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism, in service.” Furthermore, he reported that two more units will be added soon, both of which are currently under construction. He added that “in this way, the government is showing its commitment to provide the Armed Forces with the best tools, so they can perform their constitutional role of defending the country against other threats, such as terrorism.” It is important to consider that these amphibious Hovercraft units have aluminum armor and special air mattresses, so they can float and glide to emerge on either maritime or land surfaces, overcoming all kinds of obstacles. With a capacity to lodge 20 combatants, these vehicles can reach up to 35 knots. The units assigned to the VRAEM will be armored and armed, and they have night vision capabilities. In addition, they can go into an area, perform rescue tasks in support of a helicopter, for example, and then return to the water. According to technical specifications, their revering maneuverability remains operational throughout the year, under any weather conditions.last_img read more

Tyson confirms date for comeback fight against Roy Jones

first_img Loading… Mike Tyson, the former world heavyweight champion who retired in 2005, said Thursday he will make a comeback at age 54, fighting Roy Jones Jr. on September 12 in Los Angeles. On his Legends Only League website, Tyson announced the eight-round exhibition bout against Jones, a 51-year-old fighter who briefly held the heavyweight title and has fought consistently into his 50s. “It’s just going to be amazing,” Tyson said on a video call on ESPN. Tyson shrugged off any notion of danger for serious injury for himself or Jones, saying that California rules will require they both wear headgear for the fight. “We’re both accomplished fighters,” Tyson said. “We know how to protect ourselves. We’ll be alright.” Tyson finished 50-6 with 44 knockouts while Jones, who last fought in February 2018, is 66-9 with 47 knockouts.Advertisement Within a year, Tyson was the undisputed champion and dominated the division, earning his nickname as “The Baddest Man on the Planet” and going 37-0.But in February 1990 at Tokyo, Tyson suffered a 10th-round knockout at the hands of James “Buster” Douglas in a stunning upset.He was arrested for rape in 1991 and convicted in 1992, serving three years in prison before his 1995 release and return to the ring.Tyson regained the title but lost twice to Evander Holyfield, disqualified the second time for biting his rival’s ear, earning a suspension that kept him sidelined for 18 months.He had one last chance at the heavyweight crown, losing to Britain’s Lennox Lewis in 2002, and retired after six rounds against Kevin McBride in 2005 in his final fight, days shy of his 39th bithday.“I’ve been through some experiences and now I’m back here,” Tyson said. “I’ve taken care of my body.”Jones has done much the same since winning his first middleweight title in 1993 and rolled through the super middleweight and light heavyweight ranks at 49-1 before dropping three fights in a row in 2004-2005. Read Also: Serie A: Ekong’s Udinese delay Juventus title celebrationHis championship run included a 2003 victory over John Ruiz for the World Boxing Association heavyweight title, a crown he never defended before rejoining the light heavyweight ranks.Jones fought at least once a year into 2018 but has spent more time as a commentator than fighter in recent years.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Tyson vowed it would be competitive rather than for show – “we’re showing our skills and fighting” – and said he wants to recapture the fearsome form he once displayed. “It’s 100% of it looking to be Mike Tyson in the ring,” Tyson said. “I’ve got one speed – forward.” In a battle for the aged, Tyson said he wants to show older can still mean exciting in the sports realm. “It’s because I can do it and I believe other people believe they can do it,” Tyson said. “We aren’t washed up. Somebody says over-age is washed up but they have a bigger fan base than the guys who are training now.” Tyson envisions elder statesmen events of mixed martial arts and NBA fame, mentioning such former NBA stars as Dennis Rodman and Allen Iverson. Tyson became the youngest heavyweight champion in history at 20 years and four months when he stopped Trevor Berbick in the second round in 1986 to win the World Boxing Council crown. Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?The Best Cars Of All Time10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Greatest Disney Female Villains We Love Anyways10 Popular Asian Actresses That Look Irresistiblelast_img read more

Rea raring to go

first_img Press Association Britain’s Jonathan Rea is looking forward to launching his World Superbikes title bid but believes his Pata Honda team still have much work to do before their campaign gets under way at the weekend. With Max Biaggi announcing his retirement after winning his second championship in three years, the rest of the paddock will be sensing an opportunity to make their mark. However, Rea was given a fitness scare before the season had even begun after a crash last week and while he acknowledged he is not at 100 per cent, he confirmed he did not seriously injure a pre-existing complaint. “I had a big crash at turn two in last week’s private testing, which aggravated the conditions of the AC joint that got separated two years ago at Imola,” he added. “After some X-rays I spoke with my surgeon back in the UK and he said that there’s no further damage, it’s just a bit weak.” Rea also has a new team-mate with compatriot Leon Haslam joining the team from BMW to replace Japan’s Hiroshi Aoyama. And 26-year-old Rea is welcoming the added competition Haslam will provide. “I have to say that Leon is one of the most competitive team-mates I’ve had for many years. I find the relationship with Leon to be really strong, we share a lot of data and on the weekend we can both test different settings to make the bike good,” added Rea. “We’ll see, right now we are working on different programmes on both sides of the garage, and it’s always nice to have the possibility to check his data in case we’re struggling, and vice versa.” center_img Rea, who will be looking to better his fifth-place finish from last season, is approaching his fifth full year in the championship and is still looking for his first shot at glory. The Northern Irishman is optimistic his team will be able to improve his bike before Sunday’s opener at Phillip Island track in Australia after setting the sixth-fastest time in Tuesday’s final pre-season test. “The guys are working very hard and there’s still a lot of room for improvement,” Rea told the official World Superbikes website. “I wouldn’t say we are confident right now but for sure going into the weekend we are in a much better place than we were at the start of the year.” last_img read more

GALLERY: Clarkson leads PH delegation as Asian Games kicks off

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES Clarkson, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard in the NBA, was all smiles as he proudly waved the Philippine flag.But the highlight of the glitzy opening was when the two Koreas marched together in a heartwarming moment. Lim Yunghui, a women’s basketball player from South Korea, was the flag-bearer for unified Korea.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’A performer dances before the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games at the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Fred DUFOURDancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games at the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYActors perform during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games at the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADPerformers laugh as they wait to take part at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Anthony WALLACEAn actor impersonating Indonesian President Joko Widodo rides a motorbike during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games at the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADUnified Korea’s flagbearer Lim Yunghui leads the delegation during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games at the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYPhilippines’ flagbearer Jordan Clarkson leads the delegation during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games at the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDINPhilippines’ flagbearer Jordan Clarkson leads the delegation during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games at the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDINPhilippines’ flagbearer Jordan Clarkson leads the delegation during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games at the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CHAIDEER MAHYUDDINPhilippines’ delegation parades during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games at the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKAPhilippines’ flagbearer Jordan Clarkson leads the delegation during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games at the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYFireworks explode over the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADFormer Indonesian athlete Susi Susanti lights the cauldron during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games at the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADFireworks explode over the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Arief BagusFireworks explode over the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Arief BagusFireworks explode over the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Arief Bagus Halep beats Sabalenka to reach third Cincinnati final ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Filipino-American basketball star Jordan Clarkson led the way for the 270-plus Filipino athletes in the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games at Gelora Bung Karno main stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens PLAY LIST 01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:39SEA Games 2019: Nicanor rallies to bring home 1st fencing gold for PH02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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