Tackling root causes of gender violence

first_imgSouth Africa is implementing a strategy based on changing mindsets while promoting partnerships and social inclusion in order to tackle the root causes of gender-based violence, Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini told the 57th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York on Wednesday.Tackiling the root causes of gender based violence will take a change in mindset. (Image: GovZA)Brand South Africa reporterMinister Bathabile Dlamini, who is part of a South African delegation attending the two-week session, was speaking during a roundtable discussion on the importance of primary prevention of gender-based violence.Dlamini noted that, despite UN member-country commitments to tackle such violence, it remained unacceptably high globally, with UN estimates showing that on average one in three women was beaten or raped during her lifetime.Tackling the apartheid legacy of violenceSince 1994, Dlamini said, the South African government had put a number of administrative and legislative instruments in place to address the root causes of violence in general, and gender-based violence in particular.One of these was the National Crime Prevention Strategy of 1996, which recognised that the causes of violence were deep-rooted, relating to South Africa’s history and socio-economic realities, and therefore could not be addressed through policy or legislation alone.Dlamini said South Africa’s violent history of oppression and the struggle for liberation from apartheid had left the country with a “culture of violence”, in which violence was seen as a legitimate means of resolving social, political, community and even domestic conflicts.“For this reason, the strategy advocates for primary prevention anchored on awareness and education, as well as mobilisation and participation of civil society in efforts to address this challenge,” Dlamini said.Too often violence is seen as a legitimate means of resolving social, political, community and even domestic conflicts.. (Image: GovZA)“This is key if we are to transform the social norms and cultural practices that perpetuate violence.”Promoting social inclusionShe added that the country’s preventive agenda was also anchored on promoting social inclusion, because poverty and inequality were major drivers of violence not only in South Africa, but also across the globe.For this reason, the government had prioritised the provision of basic social services, including social grants and the expansion of educational opportunities, especially for vulnerable groups.“Our prevention strategy is also characterised by the establishment of multi-sectoral partnerships, such as the recent establishment of the National Council on Gender-Based Violence and the high-level inter-ministerial committee on the causes of violence against women and children.”She commended the work of South African civil society organisations such as Sonke Gender Justice Network, as well as government leaders, in initiating programmes on gender equality, masculinity and male involvement in prevention.Alcohol and substance abuseAt the same time, the government was making concerted efforts to combat alcohol and substance abuse, both major contributors to violence.“We have recently started with the National Youth Camp, with the hope that we may educate our youth on such matters as social responsibility, love for one’s country, human rights, and other intrinsic values that should make them more responsible citizens of our country and of the global community.”Dlamini said she believed there was increased preparedness at both country and global level to act against violence towards women and children.“Primary prevention must be at the core of this commitment and action, with an emphasis on educating and engaging the community to positively change norms, attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate violence.”Primary prevention with an emphasis on educating and engaging the community is the key to combating gender based violence. (Image: Must Bol)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Braxton Miller learning improving on the job for Ohio State

Redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller (1) carries the ball during a game against Maryland on Oct. 10 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 49-28. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorMost players at Ohio State spend the majority of their lives perfecting the crafts at the position they are counted on to play at the highest possible level every Saturday in the fall.Others are moved around upon arriving on campus, but receive a redshirt year or time in a reserve role before stepping into the spotlight.For redshirt senior Braxton Miller, none of the above applies.The starting quarterback for each of his first three years for OSU, a shoulder injury just before the 2014 campaign cost the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year his senior season.Stellar play by quarterbacks Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett that year led the Buckeyes to a national championship, but it also cost him his opportunity to ever regain that spot.Rather than sit on the bench or transfer to another school — where he would be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer — to keep his career as a signal-caller alive, Miller opted to finish out his collegiate life in a role he had never done before: playing receiver. “He’s starting, he’s playing and he’s teaching,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said. “One of the things with Braxton I have talked, he’s got big-time goals and he should. He’s very blessed. He wants to play at the next level.”Miller was seemingly shot out of a cannon in OSU’s opening game at Virginia Tech on Sept. 7, piling up 140 total yards of offense and two touchdowns. But his next four games saw no repeat of that performance, as he only amassed a total of 123 yards and zero scores. Despite the lack of results, Miller said he was continuing to feel more and more productive each week.“Every practice and every game I get better at something,” Miller said. “It’s turning the mistake that you did the day before and just getting comfortable with what you’re doing.”And he certainly did look more comfortable in OSU’s more recent game against Maryland, catching five catches for 79 yards and a touchdown, including back-to-back grabs leading to his score.The 19-yard touchdown catch marked the first time Miller found the end zone at Ohio Stadium since Nov. 23, 2013. Miller said he considered the feeling a big moment of his journey.“It was about time,” he said. “It just felt good being involved in the offense, making plays for the guys, being electrifying for the fans, just getting back to my old self.”Miller said he considers himself a receiver at his core now with his quarterback days behind him. However, he has lined up under center in the wildcat formation at least once in each of OSU’s games this season, though so far he has only been called upon to run or catch.Still, the Huber Heights, Ohio, native hinted on Monday that a showcase of his healthy shoulder could be in the cards for sometime this season.“I can throw,” Miller said. “But my main focus is playing receiver and just focused on what I’ve got to focus on for my position right now.”Meyer said over the summer that it typically takes a player a year and a half to learn how to play receiver. On Monday, he said it has taken Miller only half a season.“As of right now, he’s fully integrated as a wide receiver at Ohio State,” Meyer said. “He was not early in the season. He didn’t know what to do.”Miller agreed with his coach, saying he feels like a natural receiver just midway through his first season at the position.“I’m ahead of schedule. I feel good, comfortable. I’m out there making plays, blocking, I just feel good,” he said.With the OSU offense struggling for downfield playmakers after season-ending injuries to receivers Noah Brown and Corey Smith and inconsistency from H-back Jalin Marshall, Miller could be a major cure for the much-scrutinized passing game.But how much does Miller miss being the one running the offense, rather than taking orders? Not much, he said, as long as he still gets opportunities to appear on the highlight reels.“It’s fun just making guys miss, catching the ball, making big plays.” read more

Football Record nine Ohio State players honored with captain status

OSU then-redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) calls a play during the first half of the Buckeyes game against Penn State on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost 24-21. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorOhio State named a program-high nine captains for the 2017 season last week, a total that has been on a steady incline every season since 2014.Some more outspoken fans have criticized the high number, but the players said it’s clear the players given the honor deserve it.“Somebody had said something slick on Twitter or something about [the decision to have nine captains],” defensive end and captain Jalyn Holmes said. “But that just shows that we’ve got a lot of leaders on the team.”This team is not quite as young and inexperienced as it was a season ago. Last year, the team was replacing a litany of key players at several positions after a record-setting 12 former Buckeyes were selected in the first four rounds of the 2016 NFL Draft.This season, Ohio State returns multiple starters. And with one of Meyer’s finest recruiting classes — the class of 2013 — going out for its last hurrah, there is a strong core of players who have played alongside one another for five seasons and bring experience and leadership to the team.One such member of that class, defensive end Tyquan Lewis, the reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and two-time captain, emphasized the depth of leadership on the team, citing the close relationship of the team.Ohio State redshirt senior defensive end Tyquan Lewis walks into the Hyatt Place to check in for fall camp on Aug. 6. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports Editor.“We could have had four captains, but it’s hard to leave people out when the team’s this close and you know those guys are leading the way,” Lewis said.The Buckeyes adamantly reiterated that each captain deserved his role and was selected by teammates based on merit, not as a participation trophy to those who have stuck around the program for the longest. “If one of the nine of us wasn’t captain, it’d be like they deserved it and didn’t get it,” defensive end Sam Hubbard said. “Everybody really is doing their part to be an example for this team. And that’s why we have so many.”Like his fellow captains, Hubbard said the honor was one of his goals and that it was a main reason for his return to Columbus.Reflecting back on a conversation with former Ohio State player and coach Mike Vrabel, coach Urban Meyer said he realized the fallacy of limiting the number of captains because one of the Buckeyes’ key leaders was excluded from the honor.“I wasn’t named captain, but I was still a captain,” Vrabel said, according to Meyer’s recounting.Meyer said he doesn’t want to exclude any deserving players from captain roles by limiting the number of captains. “Whoever deserves it is going to be captain, and it will be on the wall, down the hallway and you’ll forever be known on your resume as a captain of the Ohio State University football program,” Meyer said.OSU then-sophomore defensive end Sam Hubbard makes a diving tackle on Indiana redshirt junior quarterback Richard Lagow (21) during the second half on Oct. 8. The Buckeyes won 38-17. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Former Photo EditorHolmes said that whether or not he was a captain, he would still be that guy that his teammates could come to for anything, whether in football or life.“Captain means a helping hand,” Holmes said. “The young guys can come to me with whatever and I can just be that helping hand for them.”Another Buckeye who has been a leader in the program for years is two-time Big Ten Quarterback of the Year J.T. Barrett, who became the first three-time captain in Ohio State history this fall.“When you think about a captain, you think about them going about it the right way,” Barrett said. “Having respect for the game, having respect for other people and also trying to make everyone better.”With so many captains, some skeptics might have doubts about the ambiguity of leadership on the team. “We all look to him [Barrett] as the captain of the captains,” Hubbard said.Lewis and preseason first-team All-American center Billy Price join Barrett as the other multi-year captains on the team. Defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle, linebacker Chris Worley and wide receivers Terry McLaurin and Parris Campbell are the other first-time captains in addition to Holmes and Hubbard. read more

Puel wants to fight for the higher spots

first_imgLeicester City are six points behind seventh-placed Burnley and Claude Puel knows that by beating them, they can rescue their chances of fighting for the Europa league spots this season and have something to play for.The Frenchman is certain that this match is going to be the one that will determine whether the end of the season is going to be an interesting one for his team in terms of what they can possibly achieve.The former Southampton coach spoke about his side’s upcoming game as he said, according to lcfc.com:“The next two games against Burnley and Southampton are crucial games for me to decide if we can believe something or not for the end of the season.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“It will be a good challenge, we have to start well against Burnley of course because now they have a six-point advantage and we want to make a fantastic game against this team.”“We cannot say something about [UEFA Europa League] qualification, because we need to make a fantastic result away against Burnley and we will see this game.”“Just to have the possibility to play this game at this moment in the season is amazing and encouraging for this team. We will see the result at the end.”“I think we have at this moment, to manage the next game and to keep our ambition, but without forgetting all the good work we can do together.”last_img read more

ER Visits High Still ChikV and Dengue Remain Problematic

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Nov 2014 -Emergency visits are up by 45% at hospital here in the Turks and Caicos for September and October with Dengue Fever and Chikungunya bringing residual health problems identified as respiratory tract infection. Between October 19 and November 1st there were 41 cases of acute respiratory infection, 37 cases of Dengue Fever and 31 cases of Chikungunya Virus. Public Relations Officer from the Turks and Caicos Islands hospitals today said they “can confirm there has been an increase in patients presenting with viral-illness type symptoms over the past three months.” What could not be confirmed is whether or not that new strain of Chikungunya has been detected in the islands; It was explained to Magnetic Media that: “If there is a new strain identified within the region, that information will be supplied to us via the Ministry of Health and Human Services and the National Epidemiology and Research Unit.” In the end, the InterHealth Canada managed facilities advise all residents to continue to wear mosquito repellant, avoid aspirin and consult with your local health care provider if you have a fever. Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges Recommended for you Related Items:Chikungunya, chikv, Dengue, emergency, Ministry of Health and Human Services, tci hospitals Chicken Pox hatching at schools, PDM sounds alarm Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ZIKA Press Releaselast_img read more

Del Mar father pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: June 21, 2019 Del Mar father pleads guilty in college admissions scandal KUSI Newsroom June 21, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsDE MAR ( KUSI) – A Del Mar man has pleaded guilty for paying bribes to facilitate the admission of his children to the University of Southern California as a purported athletic recruit, federal officials said Friday.Toby Macfarlane, 56, a former senior executive at a title insurance company, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to the U.S. Justice Department.U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton scheduled sentencing for Nov. 13, 2019.According to court documents, Macfarlane agreed to pay Newport Beach businessman William Rick Singer, the admitted ringleader of the cheating scandal, $450,000 to participate in the college recruitment scheme for his children.According to the terms of the plea agreement, the government will recommend a sentence of 15 months in prison, one year of supervised release, a fine of $95,000, restitution and forfeiture.The charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.Dozens of parents and college athletic coaches were implicated in the nationwide bribery scandal, in which wealthy parents paid Singer thousands of dollars to have their children’s entrance-exam scores doctored. In other cases, students were falsely admitted to elite universities as athletic recruits, even though they never had any experience in the sports for which they were being recruited, prosecutors said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

The Shocking thing both Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton want

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesOkay, so there is friction in the Royal Palace, with all the separation of offices and all. Apparently, the long-brewing feud between Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton is being blamed for the separation.Apparently, Kensington Palace announced last week that both the Cambridges and Sussexes have officially split their royal households. Meghan Markle, who is around eight months pregnant, and Prince Harry are preparing to move from central London to Frogmore Cottage, on the grounds of Windsor Castle, ahead of the arrival of their first child.Speaking to Good Morning America, royal expert Roya Nikkhah explained the split and said: “The thinking behind this is the Royal Family preparing for when things are probably going to be different in the next few years.”Given that the Queen and the Prince of Wales are funding their new office – I think fair enough that they wanted to have a little bit more control over what they wanted to be doing.”  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesIn fact the feud had apparently gotten so out of hand that the Queen herself had to step in. The separation of offices was reportedly a move approved by the Queen. In a statement, a Buckingham Palace spokesperson said: “The Queen has agreed to the creation of a new Household for The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following their marriage in May last year.Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton are apparently involved in a feud that seems to be causing the Queen some grief. Meghan Markle it seems is trying to assert her independence which might be irking the Royal Palace. Meghan Markle is expected to give birth in April.last_img read more

EC has little to do without pollstime govt BNP

first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir briefs newsmen after BNP’s scheduled dialogue with the election commission at the commission secretariat in Agargaon on Sunday. Photo: Prothom Alo Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday expressed optimism about resolution to the countrys prolonged political impasse through talks.After joining a scheduled dialogue with the election commission, the BNP, which boycotted controversial ballot in 2014, observed that the commission has little to do in ensuring free and fair polls.Read more: EC’s dialogue with BNP beginsIn the current political order, the EC does not have much to do. Still, weve been optimistic a bit after talks, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told newsmen at Nirbachan Bhaban (Election Building).He claimed that the commission, too, admitted its limitations with regard to the BNPs emphasis on political dialogue and election-time government.Read more: ‘Fair polls possible only if govt in place wants’ They will try their best to do something within their limitations, Fakhrul said of the ECs position on ensuring credible general elections.The BNP secretary general led a party delegation at the dialogue and presented a 20-point demand at the dialogue. Chief election commission KM Nurul Huda chaired the meeting.last_img read more

US citizen held with drone at Dhaka airport

first_imgUS citizen held with drone at Dhaka airportCustoms Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) officials arrested an American national with a powerful drone at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on early Tuesday, reports UNB.The arrestee was identified as Mark Rumam Kutrobsira, 22.Tipped off, the CIID officials arrested Mark Rumam while he was waiting at the boarding lounge of the airport for going to America by a flight of China Southern Airlines, Moinul Islam Khan, director general of CIID.He came to Bangladesh with the drone of DJI brand by an Emirate Airways flight on 26 January last without any valid document or pre-declaration.During a primary interrogation, Mark Rumam said he used this drone to capture photos and videos in different places in the country.last_img

A Dogs Purpose filmmakers accused of animal cruelty

first_imgAnimal lovers on Wednesday called for a boycott of the upcoming movie “A Dog’s Purpose” after video footage emerged of an apparently terrified dog on the set being forced into rushing water.The video shot in 2015 and published by the celebrity website TMZ shows a German Shepherd struggling to get away from his handler at the edge of a pool with swirling water.“He ain’t gonna calm down till he goes in the water, you just gotta throw him in,” someone is heard saying on the video, as the dog claws at the edges of the pool and is finally pushed into the turbulent water.The one-minute video, which TMZ said was shot near Winnipeg, Canada, during the movie’s production, ends with the dog going under the surface after running into the wall of the pool. Crew members are then seen rushing to recover the animal.Animal rights groups expressed outrage over the footage and urged a boycott of the movie as many took to social media to express their anger.“PETA is calling on dog lovers to boycott the film in order to send the message that dogs and other animals should be treated humanely, not as movie props,” Lisa Lange, vice president for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, told AFP.Another Canada-based group, Animal Justice, said it had filed a complaint with Canadian authorities calling for the filmmakers to be charged with animal cruelty.“It is illegal to inflict suffering and anxiety onto animals, and there is no loophole that lets Hollywood moviemakers get away with abusing animals on a film set,” said Camille Labchuk, a lawyer and executive director of Animal Justice.American Humane, the organization that oversees animal safety on film sets, said it was investigating the incident.Officials at Universal Pictures, which is releasing the movie that stars Dennis Quaid on 27 January, could not be reached for comment.But in a statement to TMZ, the company said “fostering a safe environment and ensuring the ethical treatment of our animal actors was of the utmost importance to those involved in making this film.”last_img read more