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SAN JOSE — Frustrated by a lack of consistency and seeing a need for a new direction, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson cleaned house Wednesday, firing Pete DeBoer and naming Bob Boughner interim coach in an effort to spark the team back into a playoff position.Assistant coaches Steve Spott, Dave Barr and Johan Hedberg were also let go amid a rare and sweeping midseason purge by the Sharks, who are in danger of missing the playoffs for just the second time in the last 16 seasons.The Sharks …
Women often use make-up to hide facialscarring sustained from physical abuse.(Image:Osocio.org) South Africa has alarmingly high levelsof women and child abuse.(Image:Joburg.org) Khanyi Magubane A host of activities are expected to take place in the month of November 2008, as South Africa embarks on its annual 16 Days of Activism, a campaign that focuses on violence against women and children.The campaign, which is endorsed by the United Nations, takes place from 25 November – which is the international day of no violence against women – to 10 December – international human rights day.This will be the ninth time that South Africa is observing the annual event. The 2008 theme for the campaign is, “Don’t look away, act against abuse”.The event operates within South Africa’s national policy on the Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality Act, which was passed in 2002.The Gender Policy Framework outlines South Africa’s vision for gender equality and its overarching principles when it comes to treating both men and women equally.Government departments who support the initiative include the department of provincial and local government, the justice department and the department of social development.Government involvement in the campaign includes events taking place at both provincial and local government structures. Past events have included rallies and music festivals.Government has also formed strategic partnerships with civil society groups and various businesses in a bid to expand the scope of reach that the campaign has.The core objectives of the campaign are to:Create awareness of the plight and negative impact on abuse against women and children in society.The campaign also aims to challenge perpetrators of abuse to change their behaviour by educating themselves about the affects that physical or emotional abuse have on their victims.During the 16 days, a number of high profile events are held to lobby government to increase its support to victims. During this time, funds are also raised to enable organisations offering help to victims of abuse to continue with their work.South Africans are encouraged to wear white ribbons as a symbol of solidarity with those who’ve been affected by abuse.The ribbons provide a visually effective tool of highlighting the campaign, which in turn, it’s hoped, will elicit increased support.Other sectors of society who also get involved in the campaign include workers’ unions, who are encouraged to garner support within their ranks alongside members and representatives from the sporting fraternity.Disturbing SA statisticsSpeaking at an event during the campaign in 2006, then deputy minister of social development, Dr Jean Benjamin, said that it was crucial for South Africa to have an event of this type, as the country’s abuse statistics were shocking, “South Africa has one of the highest per capita rates of reported rapes in the world. This is despite the fact that most of rape cases are not reported.”According to non-governmental organisation Childline South Africa, there has been a 400% increase in the number of reported cases of child abuse in South Africa over a period of 10 years.The number of cases reported by child welfare societies also increased from 62% from 2000 to 2002.Benjamin also noted that statistics, which state that more than 51% of all cases fell into the category of sexual abuse, are disturbing.Other violence-related statistics show that more than 69% of the victims of abuse are female. The stats were drawn from a large-scale community-based prevalence study, conducted by the social department in three provinces.Other findings of the study showed that in some instances, the abuse on women and children are committed against them in their homes, by people who are supposed to protect them.One of the glaring by-products of violence against women and children, when the abuse is sexual in nature, is its contribution to the escalating HIV-infection rates amongst women.Women’s vulnerability to HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases is particularly heightened, when they are wholly dependent on their abusive spouse, and have no means of escaping.A report by UNAids, indicates that on a global scale, women make up the largest percentage of people living with HIV and Aids.The vulnerability of women and under aged girls to HIV/Aids is further aggravated by the fact that a large number of those victims live in dire poverty.Women’sNet, a South African based non-governmental organisation that works to advance gender equality, is aiming for the campaign against the abuse of women and children to become a daily matter of urgency.2008 eventsThis year, a South African radio station Ligwalagwala FM, will host the first-ever strictly hip-hop music festival in Mpumalanga, east of the country.The proceeds of the concert will go towards the 16 Days of Activism campaign.The station’s publicity officer Christinah Mazibuko, says she hopes the proceeds will make a difference in the lives of those who need them.“This will also be an opportunity for us to help those in need. There are a lot of disadvantaged people out there and the proceeds of the event will go towards helping them.”Organisers believed that, in addition to encouraging local hip-hop musicians in Mpumalanga, the music genre speaks to the youth and will go a long way in carrying the message.The event will bring together some of South Africa’s finest hip-hop musicians such as Tuks Senganga, Zulu boy, Sliquor, Proverb and ProKid.The South African non-governmental organisation coalition will this year, as part of the One-in-Nine Campaign, feature an exhibition at Constitution Hill, showcasing the struggle to end violence against women.The One-in-Nine campaign was established in 2006 during the rape trial of ANC president Jacob Zuma. He was found innocent in a court of law.The campaign operates on the findings of the Medical Research Council (MRC) study on sexual violence (2005) which indicate that only one out of every nine rape survivors report the attack to the police.Furthermore, statistics from the report also indicate that of the cases that do reach the courts, less than 5% of the alleged rapists are convicted.Other activities around the campaign will be announced closer to the date. This includes the official national event hosted by the department of provincial and local government.Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email khanyi Magubane on: Khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comUseful links16 days of activismDepartment of social developmentUnaidsSangocoOne-in-Nine campaignWomensnet
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jonathan Coppess, Gary Schnitkey, Nick Paulson with the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, and Carl Zulauf, Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics at The Ohio State UniversityBoth the House and Senate have passed versions of a farm bill this year, but they remain stuck in conference negotiations due to a stalemate over key provisions in the bills. The stalemate is caused by three intersecting issues: commodity assistance, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and conservation. Commodity assistanceLower crop prices have been the defining concern in the debate over the farm support system in Title I (commodities) and crop insurance. Specifically, one hurdle going into the 2018 debate was the demand by the cotton industry to return its base acres to farm payment programs after having been removed in 2014 in response to the Brazilian World Trade Organization dispute. Adding back cotton was expected to come with political challenges because it would have required offsets to stay within budget rules, complicating already-difficult politics under lower prices by moving funds among commodities or titles. Congress, however, added seed cotton outside of the farm bill and USDA has delivered two different payments to cotton farmers for the 2018 crop.For conference, these initial concerns appear to have been reversed. The concern is now whether the 2018 payments to cotton have freed cotton supporters in Congress to pursue controversial changes to SNAP and conservation programs. There are also questions about whether an unusual yield update and its offset are adding further complications. Finally, the promise of payments from USDA could be a hindrance as well. Billions of dollars in Market Facilitation Payments and the potential for billions more could dampen farmer demand for a farm bill. SNAPThe partisan dispute over changes to food assistance for low-income families is the most contentious and difficult of the issues. Among the issues for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the 2018 farm bill debate has been whether SNAP participation has decreased enough given an improving economy and near-historic low unemployment rate. Participation remains above the pre-recession level of 25.9 million. Many people lost their jobs during the Great Recession, causing an increase in the number of Americans who fell into poverty and thus were able to participate in the program. There were 37 million Americans in poverty in 2007 and poverty peaked in 2014 at 47 million; SNAP participation in 2007 was 26 million but peaked in 2013 at 48 million. Additionally, SNAP participation demonstrates a “lagged relationship” with the unemployment rate that can be potentially as long as two years.Chairman Conaway recently insisted on a farm bill conference report that can receive a majority of Republican votes in the House. This may be an even more troubling development for the farm bill — both the current stalemate and possibly for the long run — because it establishes a very partisan threshold for the traditionally bipartisan farm bill, especially a conference report. It is especially concerning given the political reality in the Senate where 68 Senators voted to defeat an amendment that would have added the House’s SNAP provisions and 86 Senators voted to pass a farm bill without them. ConservationThe conservation title is traditionally one of the least controversial and partisan of the major, mandatory funding titles in a farm bill debate; that the conservation title is part of the current stalemate adds to the concerns about the 2018 farm bill. The House version of the farm bill eliminates the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and the CSP are the primary working-lands conservation programs in the farm bill. Working-lands program refer to providing conservation assistance on productive farmland rather than taking acres or fields out of production for conservation purposes.Eliminating CSP is arguably the key difference between the House and Senate farm bills. The House farm bill does not eliminate stewardship contracting authority completely, rather shifts the authority to EQIP and reduces its funding. A comparison of the significant differences in funding for multi-year stewardship contracting authority helps illustrate the different vision for conservation policy. It is not, however, the only disagreement or concern with provisions in Title II of the House and Senate farm bills. As the conference stalemate drags on, the interactions among these three issues also cannot be overlooked. Successful farm bills have long been built on a large coalition that is bipartisan, spans different production regions of the country and bridges between rural and non-rural interests; much of it a balance among farm programs, conservation and nutrition. The House farm bill in particular challenges this coalition in unprecedented ways by upsetting this balance. Cotton, rice and peanuts — crops grown almost exclusively in the southern states and Republican Congressional districts — stand to benefit disproportionately from the Title I program changes.The irrigated regions of the Southwestern states are also likely to benefit the most from changes to conservation policy and spending, especially elimination of CSP and allowing irrigation districts to compete for funding. This shift in benefits is likely at the expense of the Midwestern and Eastern regions and as compared to water quality conservation important to drinking water concerns for rural communities and urban areas alike.This is a notable concentration of the farm bill’s benefits to one region of the country with an overwhelming partisan affiliation. It represents a significant narrowing of the coalition, exacerbated by the partisan dispute over low-income food assistance in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This is a troubling situation for the current stalemate that might have long-term implications for future farm bills.This is a summary from a “Farm Bill Stalemate” series posted at farmdocdaily.illinois.edu.
The Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (ANiS), founded by the late Dr. Narendra Dabholkar, has sought the intervention of the State government after yet another case of a forced ‘virginity test’ on a newly married woman came to light on Thursday.The couple hailing from well-to-do families were allegedly subjected to the humiliating “rite” by the Kanjarbhat caste panchayat after their marriage in the city’s Mundhwa area on December 30. The issue was raised by the ANiS and a State government officer, Krushna Indrekar, who belongs to the Kanjarbhat community. Mr. Indrekar has sent an e-mail to Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil in this regard.“The groom was the son of a former corporator, who returned after his studies in London; while the bride was an interior designer and daughter of a retired government official. It is shocking how such regressive practices continue,” said Nandini Jadhav of the ANiS.The ANiS has already apprised Maharashtra Social Justice Minister Rajkumar Badole of the matter while submitting a letter detailing the “humiliating practices that continue in the name of customs and traditions.” Mr. Badole has promised prompt action.Ms. Jadhav said the main deterrent in booking illicit caste tribunals was the absence of a formal complaint from the victims or their kin.Meanwhile, Ganesh Machhare, a Kanjarbhat community leader, strongly refuted the allegation. Mr. Machhare claimed that the activists had no proof showing that a virginity test was conducted by the caste tribunal.The practice of the bridal ‘virginity test’ is rife within the Kanjarbhat community and is forcibly imposed by illegal caste tribunals. A newly married couple is generally taken to a hotel room and the groom is given a white bedsheet and asked to use it during consummation. If the groom displays a bedsheet with blood stains, the bride has ‘passed’ the test. If the bedsheet has no blood stains, the bride is accused by the tribunal of having had physical relationships in the past.In January last year, three youths from the community were beaten up by members of the caste panchayat in the Pimpri-Chinchwad area for voicing opposition to the archaic practice.
zoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: Flickr-Kees Torn under CC BY-SA 2.0 license Owner and operator of gas carriers Golar LNG is moving ahead with its plans to convert one of its LNG carriers into a floating liquefaction vessel (FLNG) to support its charter agreement with BP.As World Maritime News reported, the charter deal was inked in April 2018 with BP Mauritania Investments and BP Senegal Investments, in their capacity as block operators on the Greater Tortue/Ahmeyin field.Earlier today, Golar LNG was notified by BP to proceed with the provision of the FLNG vessel to support the development of Phase 1 of the Greater Tortue / Ahmeyim field, located offshore Mauritania and Senegal. Golar added that discussions regarding a minority investment in the vessel are also being progressed.The vessel conversion would take place at Keppel Shipyard Ltd building on Keppel’s delivery of the FLNG Hilli Episeyo, utilizing Black and Veatch Corporation’s PRICO technology.FLNG Hilli Episeyo is the world’s first FLNG vessel that has been developed as a conversion project from an LNG carrier. Hilli Episeyo was converted from a 1975-built Moss LNG carrier with a storage capacity of 125,000 cubic meters at the Keppel Shipyard over a period of three years.Designed for a liquefaction capacity of about 2.4 million tons of LNG per year, the ship was delivered in October 2017, and now operate offshore Kribi, Cameroon for Société Nationale des Hydrocarbures and Perenco Cameroon SA.Under the deal, BP also has an option on a second FLNG vessel.Image Courtesy: Flickr-Kees Torn under CC BY-SA 2.0 license
MONTREAL — Teens and young adults who use electronic cigarettes are significantly more likely to use cannabis as well, according to a new study co-authored by a Canadian researcher.Pediatrician Nicholas Chadi’s analysis of previous research, published in JAMA Pediatrics, found that the likelihood of marijuana use was three to four times higher among youth who vaped.One of the key findings showed the risk for younger adolescents aged 12 to 17 was higher than for young adults aged 18 to 24 years.“It’s an important discovery for us,” said Chadi, who is now based at Montreal’s Ste-Justine Hospital but conducted the research during a previous posting in Boston.“The risk is higher for both sub-groups, but it’s almost twice as high for the younger ones.”The study, titled “Association between electronic cigarette use and marijuana use among adolescents and young adults,” analyzed 21 previous academic papers encompassing some 130,000 participants. Chadi worked on the project while he was a pediatric addiction fellow at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.The results of the study are in line with current medical knowledge that shows young brains are less developed and more susceptible to substance use and addiction, Chadi said in an interview.Both nicotine and cannabis affect the neural pathways associated with pleasure and reward. Chadi said both substances could make the brain more sensitive to other psychoactive subtances and addictive behaviours during adulthood.“The younger we are, the more the brain is susceptible to becoming addicted to substances, therefore the risk of consuming nicotine or vaping is even higher for younger teenagers,” he said.He said the analysis doesn’t go so far as to conclude that vaping leads directly to cannabis use, but it contributes to a growing body of work that appears to suggest a link.“We can’t prove a link of causality,” he said. But with a large number of studies pointing in the same direction, “we have a good reason to think that exposure to vaping is part of the cause of initiation to marijuana.”The strongest link was found in younger subjects who combined vaping with tobacco or alcohol consumption. It’s not impossible that these youth are simply more susceptible to substance consumption, Chadi said, although the studies tried to limit certain factors, such as addiction or mental illness.A previous analysis published in 2012 found a link between tobacco use in youth and current or future marijuana use.“Currently, the rates of vaping is exploding among youth, both in Canada and the United States, it’s something happening around the planet,” Chadi said. “The perception of risk concerning electronic cigarettes isn’t there.”Studies like this show that the nicotine used in e-cigarettes is just as dangerous, if not more, than the nicotine in traditional cigarettes when it comes to young teens, he said.“It’s very important from a public health point of view, because it reinforces the message that e-cigarettes are not at all a tool to promote teen health, and on the contrary, it can increase the problems of dependence and addiction among those youth,” he said.Vaping is often falsely perceived as a banal and risk-free activity. However, other studies have shown that vaping as a teen increases the risk of smoking traditional cigarettes, Chadi said.“We now realize that the vast majority of teens who vape probably have never touched a traditional cigarette or other drugs,” he said. “These devices are so addictive and well-made for youth that the youth fall into the trap; they develop a dependence and go find other sources of nicotine and other drugs.”Both nicotine and cannabis create dependence, but the association between them makes it even harder for youth to give up one or the other.“We enter a type of spiral where the perception of risk is very low, it tastes like candy or jujubes, and we realize a few years later that we can’t stop,” Chadi said.“A dependence on electronic cigarettes isn’t funny. It can really take over their school activities or their hobbies, because they have to vape every half-hour or hour, and it becomes very incapacitating.”Jean-Benoit Legault, The Canadian Press
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