Geophysics society hopes to define sexual harassment as scientific misconduct

first_img Sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination should not be tolerated, agrees Mark Frankel, former longtime head of the scientific responsibility program at AAAS (which publishes ScienceInsider) who is based in Gaithersburg, Maryland. But he thinks such behavior shouldn’t be lumped in with scientific misconduct. Misconduct relates to science as a profession, he says, whereas sexual harassment, bullying, and other behaviors are not only inappropriate in science, but in the larger society. “I think there is a line between them,” Frankel explains, “and I would prefer seeing each of them on one side of the line or the other rather than seeing them incorporated.”Alan Price, a former federal misconduct investigator, also sees a practical reason for keeping the two forms of misbehavior separate. The expertise needed to investigate research misconduct cases is very different than investigating sexual harassment cases, says Price, who spent 17 years at the Office of Research Integrity, which handles misconduct by federally funded biomedical researchers. By putting the two in the same category, says Price, now a consultant in Austin, “my concern would be that [the investigation] wouldn’t be done well.”A fourth categoryThe current federal definition of research misconduct covers fabrication and falsification of data and plagiarism. For many years, however, the National Science Foundation included a fourth category, “other serious deviations from accepted practices,” that allowed it to investigation a range of inappropriate activities.Many scientists objected to that fourth category, however, arguing that it was too vague and could also suppress novel approaches to research that went against the grain. A 1992 report by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommended a narrower definition, and in 2000 the U.S. government adopted that approach.The draft revision to AGU’s current policy on scientific integrity and professional ethics explains why harassment should be grafted onto the conventional definition of misconduct. “Scientific misconduct also includes unethical and biased treatment of people. … These actions violate AGU’s commitment to a safe and professional environmental required to learn, conduct, and communicate science …”Under AGU’s guidelines, anyone can file a complaint. Any allegation that cannot be resolved by its staff would go to a committee created to investigate the complaint. If federally funded research is involved, AGU will notify the alleged perpetrator’s employer and determine whether AGU or the institution should carry out the investigation.AGU plans to follow the same process in investigating sexual harassment that it uses when questions are raised about possible research misconduct stemming from articles published in its journals. But officials recognize that people filing sexual harassment complaints may need an extra layer of protection.“After filing a complaint with AGU or with their home institution, a complainant may request that AGU provide protections from harassment, discrimination, or bullying at AGU activities,” the draft policy declares. “Such actions may include, but are not limited to: barring the respondent from a complainant’s talk, barring a respondent from an AGU activity, or providing the complainant with an escort during AGU activities. If the complaint goes to a full investigation at AGU or at the home institutions, AGU may consider further actions.”At the same time, the investigative process would require both the complainant and defendant to participate in a meeting (held in person, by phone, or through the internet) in which the allegations are presented and discussed. But some misconduct experts expressed concerns about that arrangement. They say that such a confrontational approach, combined with the lack of anonymity for the complainant, is quite unusual and could deter many alleged victims from filing a complaint.A misconduct investigation is “not a trial, it’s an effort to get at the truth,” says Lauran Qualkenbush, research integrity officer for Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, who emphasizes that she is not familiar with the AGU guidelines and has no experience investigating sexual harassment. “The act of bringing forward an allegation [of research misconduct] can be very intimidating, and there’s often a power differential between the two parties as well. So we do everything possible to keep them apart.”Qualkenbush, who is also vice president of the fledgling Association of Research Integrity Officers, notes that universities have different mechanisms for handling the two types of misconduct. “If a society were to come to me and say, ‘We have an allegation of research misconduct involving one of your employees,’ my first question would be, ‘Does it meet our definition of research misconduct?’ And if it involved sexual harassment, my response would be, ‘That should be handled by the sexual harassment officer at the university, not me.’”AGU officials admit that the society lacks a track record of investigating allegations of sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination. But that doesn’t mean such behavior is not occurring.AGU received four complaints about improper conduct during its 2016 annual meeting last December in San Francisco, California, McPhaden says. AGU officials declined to provide details, citing concerns about confidentiality. AGU is also “in litigation” on a case involving a member playing an active role within the society, CEO Christine McEntee said last month in testimony before a panel of the National Academies that is examining sexual harassment in academia.AGU members have until 28 April to submit comments on the proposed changes. AGU expects the changes to be finalized in September and go into effect immediately.Updated, 4/7/207, 11:46 a.m.: This story has been updated to clarify that AGU is based in the United States. The group also has international members. American Geophysical Union Geophysics society hopes to define sexual harassment as scientific misconduct By Maggie KuoApr. 7, 2017 , 9:00 AMcenter_img A major U.S.-based scientific society is on the verge of expanding its definition of research misconduct to include sexual harassment.The American Geophysical Union (AGU) is making the change to emphasize the serious threat that harassment and other forms of discrimination pose to the scientific enterprise, say society officials. But some experts on research ethics question the wisdom of merging two categories of undesirable behavior and worry that it could complicate efforts to promote ethical conduct. AGU’s pending move could also revive a bitter debate in the 1990s that led to the slimmed-down definition of research misconduct currently used by U.S. government agencies and universities.Harassment “damages the scientific enterprise, and that’s why we went the step of defining [it] as scientific misconduct,” says Michael McPhaden, a former AGU president and chair of the society’s ethics committee, which has drafted the society’s new guidelines. AGU’s current code of ethics does not cover harassment and other behavior, he notes, and members’ reactions to several recent cases of sexual harassment by prominent scientists in other fields forced the society’s hand. Members have “let us know loud and clear” that AGU should be explicit on its expectations for behavior, adds McPhaden, a senior scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory in Seattle, Washington.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) A logo created by the American Geophysical Union to promote its efforts to prevent sexual harassment.last_img read more

Saina Nehwal crashes out of BWF Superseries

first_imgIndian ace shuttler Saina Nehwal failed to win her third and final league game against defending champion Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei and crashed out of the BWF Superseries Finals losing 21-16, 18-21, 14-21 on Friday.Saina rallied back into the year-ending tournament after losing her first encounter, by beating Spain’s Carolina Marin in the second tie. But then she lost in the 51-minute contest at the Hamdan Sports Complex and bowed out.Reigning world champion Carolina Marin of Spain won a single match – same as Saina – but was better on games difference. The world No.1 joined Japanese Nazomi Okuhara from the Group A in the semifinals that will take place on Saturday.On Friday, it was Saina who started on the front foot in the opener and got to 5-3 but Ying then tied the game at 5-5 and then made it 9-9. The 25-year-old Indian stayed strong and was also aided by Ying’s flaws. Ying’s cross-court shots either sailed over or went wide as she lost 16-21.In the second game, however, it was Ying who was quick to get off the blocks and raced ahead to 13-6 with her delectable drop shots falling into place. Saina would just not let her rival get away with it and came back strong to tie it at 16-16. But Ying remained calm and collected and edged past Saina to bag the second.In the third, Ying proved to be the fitter of the two as she surged ahead. Saina had to play catch up and faltered trying to force the issue. Ying remained composed and grabbed the game easily at 21-14.advertisementAnother Indian in the fray, Kidambi Srikanth, who was already knocked out of the men’s singles Group B, lost his third straight match in the group stage. The 22-year-old lost to Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen 17-21, 13-21 in 32 minutes.Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen topped the group and Japanese Kento Momota claimed the second position to advance to the semifinals.last_img read more

United legend Paul Scholes fined by FA for breaking betting regulations

first_imgAdvertisement Image Courtesy: Getty ImagesAdvertisementManchester United legend and ex-England superstar Paul Scholes has been charged by the Football Association for breaching their betting rules, and has apologised for his misconduct and addressed the incident as a “genuine mistake”.Image Courtesy: Getty Images“Paul Scholes, owner of Salford, has been charged with misconduct in relation to The FA’s Betting Rules,” the FA statement read. “It is alleged he placed 140 bets on football matches, contrary to FA Rule E8, between 17 August 2015 and 12 January 2019.”The former English midfielder gambled an overall of £26,159 and secured a net profit of £5,831.“I accept last week’s ruling. I would like to apologise and I understand and fully accept the fine imposed by the FA,” the ex-England international said in a statement.“It was a genuine mistake and was not done with any deliberate intention to flout the rules.“I wrongly believed that as long as there was no personal connection between me and any of the matches that I bet upon then there would be no issue.“However, I understand now that this is not the case and I should have taken steps to verify this at the time.”The 44-year-old became a joint-owner of Salford alongside former team-mates Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt in 2014.last_img read more

Indigenous NZ Tour Diary Day 1 & 2

first_imgDay 1 Tuesday 3 April Tuesday was mainly a travel day with people departing from both Brisbane and Sydney to arrive in Auckland. We then transferred by bus to Auckland accommodation in the City Centre, by bus driver – Steve, nicknamed MO. The weather has been overcast and raining, but not that cold. The girls opted for dinner at La Porchetta, all the way to New Zealand to eat at a place that’s in Oz, while the Boys headed out for Sushi.At team meetings Bo De La Cruz was named Women’s team captain, while Damon Viellaris & David White will share the duties in the Men’s. Day 2 Wednesday 4 AprilWe awoke to beautiful weather with a bit of light cloud. After breakfast both teams went for a morning walk around harbour area of Auckland, with a massive Cruise ship also docking as we walked by. With everyone itching to throw the ball around and have a run we headed to Victoria Park and Both teams had a light training run where they went through moves and plays and walked back to accommodation. After training some went for lunch at the café on top of sky city tower 192 m high!We headed to Gallaher Park in Counties Manukau both teams posed, and I mean posed, for team photos and large group photos at the ground Both Men and Women played at same time, grounds very hard and very small in comparison to Oz, referees graciously supplied by host Counties. Men’s Game 1 v Auckland started at 6.15pm Boys started well catching a very strong Auckland team by surprise by scoring first and leading 1 nil, Kristian Congoo scoring the very first touchdown on tour. Auckland hit back pretty quickly scoring two unanswered to lead 2-1, then we scored again and the Auckland boys knew they were in for a game and started to noticeably lift, Auckland scored another two before half time to lead 4-2 at the break. Our boys playing very well for the first run together displaying some fantastic skill and speed to have the big crowd on the hill cheering, Cody Green showing his great passing game with a couple of monster long balls which the crowd loved. The boys from Badu island in the straits (Tamwoy bros and Tony Ah Boo) loving every minute of it and you couldn’t take the smiles off their face even at half time. Second half started with Auckland more determined and scoring first to lead 5-2, but again we hit straight back to make it 5-3, still playing good touch, however from here Auckland started taking control as our boys were still learning their combinations they put on 5 more touchdowns to our 2 to run out winners 10-5. Our best were Cody Green and Kristian Congoo Great display for the first game against an extremely strong provincial team, with both teams joining at the end to congratulate each other. Women’s Game 1 v Counties Girls started slowly just feeling their way against a strong Counties team. Counties scoring first until we hit back a minute later, sorry the didn’t see much but it was very tight until half time with counties leading 3-2 at break, Captain Bo De La Cruz playing awesome as usual and being a threat every time she touched the ball, but 15 yr old Jaylene Bonson showing she is a player to watch in future with some great catching of Bo’s long balls on the wing. Counties came out a different team in second half putting on 5 touchdowns to our 1 to lead 8-3, before a Bo inspired mini comeback with two scores to get it back to 8-5 at the end. Best were De La Cruz, Emma Brereton and Jaylene Bonson.Thought they played well in first half and if not for a couple of “local” decisions would have been right in it, good effort for first game together and only can get better, great learning opportunity for these girls Teams showed great camaraderie at the end with photos and well wishes With only 20 minute break we were back into it….Men’s Game 2 v Counties Counties boys performed the Haka before game at halfway, everyone loved it, the boys said it made the hairs on their neck stand up.This was one of the more dominant displays of men’s touch I have ever seen, and our boys were not bad by any means, but Counties were breathtaking with their speed and agility and we had no answers, they lead 7-2 at the break with our scorers Naseli Tamwoy and Chris Taiters, fresh off the plane. They would be the only touchdowns we would get but the boys tightened up their defence in second half to only let 3 more in to go down 10-2, honestly this was amazing and scary all at the same time, they had guys somersaulting for touchdowns and doing 360’s in mid air, flick passes and about 4 guys with steps rivaling Drummy (Drummayne Dayberg-Muir) Best for boys were Colin Cedric who showed some great footwork of his own to continually worry the opposition.Women’s Game 2 v Auckland Auckland opened the scoring but we hit straight back with good work by De La Cruz to set up Jess Shaw, that’s how it stayed until half-time with both teams having a couple of chances but the game being very much an arm wrestle. The second half opened with Jaylene Bonson again showing her great hands to score out wide for the girls to lead 2-1 but Auckland replied with 2 of their own to go ahead 3-2, before Theresa Anderson got one back to level it up. De La Cruz  then got through (again) to find Sara Hamilton and we were back in front 4-3,  Auckland then started to go to their NZ reps in Shani Wells and Niall Williams and they set up two to again lead 5-4, then the ever reliable De La Cruz set up a diving Jess Shaw for her second td to level it up again 5-5 with seconds left on clock. A drop off was played and it was quite exciting with a big crowd getting into it, neither team took early chances to score, drop off getting down to 3 on 3 until…you guessed it….Bo De La Cruz showed some amazing footwork to get through and find a full length dive from Mtia Tass to score the winner. Great win and good reward for a tough effort against a very physical outfit in Auckland. Best was undoubtedly De La Cruz, with Tass and Shaw also playing well.  Presentation at the end were made by hosts Counties to Colin Cedric and David White for being our players of the matches, girls went to Bo, Emma Brereton and Tamara Appo, they each got shirts and shorts from counties and Auckland and were stoked We presented hosts with an aboriginal painting and De La Cruz  made a speech and thanked everyone. Michael Zitha and Naseli Tamwoy then performed a traditional Torres Strait dance for the group. Unfortunately had to take Kristin Wuruki to local medical centre for x-rays on suspected fractured sternum sustained in game against Auckland ( I said it was physical), x-rays show a small crack but specialist having a look at it tomorrow as it occurs right near a growth plate which could also be the crack in the x-ray, so will have to wait and see.  The tour tomorrow heads to Hamilton to play Waikato and Bay of Plentylast_img read more

Texas 4-Star Cornerback Announces He’s Transferring

first_imgTexas Longhorns football players celebrate after a winAUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 29: The Texas Longhorns celebrate after defeating the Baylor Bears on October 29, 2016 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)A pair of Texas defensive backs announced they are transferring from the program. One of those players is a former four-star cornerback recruit.Eric Cuffee, a four-star cornerback prospect in the 2016 class, announced his decision to transfer this afternoon. Cuffee was entering his third year with the program but had not appeared in a game.Joining Cuffee in transferring out of UT is safety John Bonney, who played in 37 games during his four years in Austin.Two Texas defensive backs have decided to transfer pic.twitter.com/RKd911dOeh— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) August 14, 2018Cuffee released a full statement regarding his decision to transfer. He also announced his new destination.Cuffee will go the junior college route, enrolling at Trinity Valley Community College for the upcoming school year.Thank You Texas pic.twitter.com/TT1tPAvoJE— C U F F (@EricCuffee) August 14, 2018Texas will open its 2018 season on the road at Maryland on Sept. 1. Kickoff is set for noon ET on FS1.The Longhorns lost their season opener at home to the Terrapins in 2017, so they’ll be looking for some revenge when they head East in a couple of weeks.last_img read more

Worn Out Wednesday – Eric Bandholz

first_img 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now 10 Best Beard Balms: The Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard The Ultimate Guide on How to Shape a Beard A Guide to Raw Denim Jean Selection and Care Editors’ Recommendations Today we speak to BeardBrand’s main man, Eric Bandholz.After working a few years as a financial advisor at a big bank, I decided to quit and do my own thing. It was during this transition in my life that I wanted to grow my beard out with no intentions of shaving. Back then all the stereotypes for beardsmen where either bikers, outdoorsmen, rockers, or hippies. While those cultures are awesome in their own right – I never felt part of them. It was after attending a beard competition that I realized there were other men like me, professional beardsmen.I got back from the event and started Beardbrand as a way to build the community of urban beardsmen (a term we coined to describe guys like me). I gave a lot of advice on not only how to physically grow a beard, but also how to deal with the psychological issues of growing a beard.Later I partnered up with Lindsey Reinders and Jeremy McGee to help turn my passion into a business. We’ve been very fortunate to have an awesome community and customer base. We are working hard to develop and build the best products on the market. It’s been a wonderful ride so far (including our time on Shark Tank) and we are really looking forward to shaking up the men’s grooming industry.As for Eric’s personal style:Jeans: I just bought a pair of Baldwin Raw Denim 76′s so I’m in the process of breaking them in. It’s my first pair of raw denim.Shirts: Lately it’s been the lumber sexual look, so I’ve gotten a few plaid shirts. Just picked up this Gant Woolster and also have some chambray shirts from Naked & Famous and Asos.Pants: I’m pretty much 100% jeans guy, but I do have a pair of J Crew Chinos I keep for a change of pace.Suits: Back in my banking days I would wear Hugo Boss trim fit suits exclusively. Lately, I don’t have much of a need for a suit.Shoes: I love my Helm Boots Muller Browns. Wear them everyday. Super comfortable, stylish, and low maintenance.Accessories: I keep it pretty simple; a Beardbrand cuff and then a gold necklace and watch that my grandfather passed down to me. I will change up the watch on occasion and have a couple of Nuvo watches  on their way.Outerwear: Jackets are my guilty pleasure. Today I’m wearing a Barbour Waxed Jacket, but also rock an AG jean jacket and a tweed blazer from ZARA.Favorite Cologne: We get to develop our own fragrances here at Beardbrand and we have this awesome collaboration coming in a few months for a half beard oil half cologne. It smells amazing, but that’s all I can say. Beyond our brand, I’m curious to try Tom Ford’s line of colognes.Your favorite App: My wife would say 2048, but I’d have to go with either my Fly Delta app or Authentic Weather app by fellow beardsman Tobias van Schneider.Favorite piece of technology: I am a helpless individual without my MacBook Pro. If I go more than eight hours away from it I start to get the shakes.Next tech purchase: I’m waiting for the new line of MacBooks and the Apple displays.last_img read more

Marketer that Matters

first_imgIts work in helping Nova Scotians butt out is earning the Officeof Health Promotion national marketing recognition. The Office ofHealth Promotion is featured in the latest issue of MarketingMagazine, a national weekly publication dedicated to marketing,advertising and media. Health Promotion has been named one of Ten Marketers thatMattered, based on its success in reducing smoking rates in NovaScotia. “It’s wonderful to see Health Promotion honoured in this way,”said Health Promotion Minister Rodney MacDonald. “We are veryproud of the work that has been, and continues to be done on thetobacco control strategy.” The annual Ten Marketers that Mattered list includes individualsand companies who demonstrate innovation and have an impact onthe way that products and ideas are marketed. One of the 10selected will be chosen as Marketer of the Year, and profiled inan issue of Marketing Magazine in February. “It’s nice to be recognized as innovative, but what is mostimportant, is moving forward with all of the other programs andservices, to continue to bring smoking rates down,” said NancyHoddinott, manager of the Tobacco Control Strategy. “More NovaScotians are quitting each year and improving their futurehealth. We are working with all of our partners to make sure thiscontinues.” The smoking rate in Nova Scotia is 22 per cent, down from 30 percent in 2000. The province’s tobacco control strategy tacklessmoking from many angles including tobacco tax increases, theSmoke-Free Places Act, help for people who want to quit, youthprevention initiatives and a media and public awareness campaign. Tobacco control is one of Health Promotion’s six priority areas,along with healthy sexuality, physical activity, healthy eating,injury prevention and addiction prevention.last_img read more

Comedian Mark Forward on making a career in standup

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: You tweeted that she had helped you. How so?She gave me so much freedom and stage time, at her open stages. She was a big part of me being able to make money at doing what I do. She allowed me to be the comedian that I wanted to be.Is that unique?Yes. At some of these open stages you’re starting out at, they try to lead you and control you. Even at the clubs, when you’re starting out, they’ll tell you what to wear. I remember being told to not wear a suit jacket on a Friday night, but to wear one on Saturdays, because that’s when customers spend the most money. I remember thinking, “What are we talking about here?” It’s a weird business. Jo-Anna was never one of those people. Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement The comedian (and writer and actor) Mark Forward once won a Yuk Yuk’s award for the top comedian with a day job. He’s long since given up that daylight gig; he’s now a fixture on the Canadian stand-up scene and recognizable for his three-season stint on CBC’s Mr. D and nearly 100 television commercials. Ahead of his first comedy special, taping Dec. 13, The Globe and Mail spoke with Forward about his early days and some of the encouragement he did and did not receive along the way.Jo-Anna Downey, a comic and host of open stages in Toronto, died last week of ALS. A lot of the comedy community had wonderful things to say about how great a champion of live comedy she was. What was your experience with her?I had no experience with ALS. You could watch it with her, because she was a performer. Each week it would get worse, and it was tough to watch because she had such a big personality. To watch her diminish was hard. Advertisementlast_img read more

Fort St John Votes All Candidates Forum called for October 2

first_imgDoors open at 6 p.m. for a candidate meet and greet, with the debate to begin at 7 p.m. Seats can be reserved by calling the Lido at 250-785-3011.The election will be held October 20, with advanced voting opportunities on October 10 and 17. Voting will take place at the Fort St. John Legion from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Newton will moderate the debate with Matt Preprost, managing editor of the Alaska Highway News.The event is open to the public and free to attend, and questions will be taken from the audience.“We’re challenging candidates to bring forward their opinions on the last four years of city development, and their ideas for the next four,” said Preprost.The debate will be broadcast live on Facebook through Alaska Highway News, Moose FM/EnergeticCity.ca, and CJDC-TV. It will also be broadcast live on the radio through 100.1 Moose FM and 98.5 Sun FM.Voter turnout in the 2014 election was just 15 percent in Fort St. John, the lowest of all municipalities in British Columbia.The forum is being sponsored by the BC Northern Real Estate Board and Lido Theatre, with support from the Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Join 100.1 Moose FM, the Alaska Highway News, and CJDC-TV at the Lido Theatre October 2 as candidates for Fort St. John city council debate the issues facing the city over the next four years.Thirteen candidates have put their names forward for six council seats and will debate their ideas on the progress they want to see made by 2022, and how they plan to get there. The forum promises to be a mix of policy and personality, with topics on the economy and development, taxes and social challenges, the arts and sports, and plenty more to help voters get to know the candidates.“After hosting separate forums for candidates in past elections, we’ve partnered to maximize our resources to cover this year’s race for council, and ensure residents get out to the polls,” said 100.1 Moose FM news director Chris Newton.last_img read more

A historical trauma

first_imgIt was a bright and breezy Baisakhi (Punjabi New Year) evening of April 13, 1919 at the heart of Amritsar when at least 10,000 villagers, including women and children, gathered at a public garden to peacefully protest against the arrest and deportation of two national leaders — Satya Pal and Saifuddin Kitchlew, in light of the draconian Rowlatt Act. Brigadier General Reginald Dyer opened fire on them, unprovoked and arbitrary, leading to the bloodbath which came to be known as the Jallianwala Bagh massacre and drew worldwide criticism. According to official British Raj sources, the frenzied firing led to 379 fatalities with around 1,100 wounded. As we approach its centenary, it is important for us to remember that the incident evoked unprecedented shock and resentment not only among Indians but within Britons as well. It also proved to be a watershed moment in the history of India’s freedom struggle as it gave a huge impetus to the entire movement as a whole to bring about the end of the British rule in India. The red sandstone walls of Jallianwala Bagh bear testimony to the brutality of the British Raj, the bullet marks remind us of history’s ceaseless remorse and the nearby infamous well speaks of insurmountable pain of embracing death that was so sudden and abrupt. Also Read – A compounding difficultyFirst Asian Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore refusing his knighthood, stated: “such mass murderers aren’t worthy of giving any title to anyone”. The government of India ordered an investigation of the incident (the Hunter Commission), which, in 1920, censured General Dyer for his actions and ordered him to resign from the military. In Britain, many condemned the massacre including Sir Winston Churchill, the then secretary of war. However, the fear of catharsis lingers. A hundred years on; the trauma, horror, fear, plight and the speeding bullets remain as just abstract figures and statistics. British Prime Minister Theresa May expressed “deep regret” for the massacre and in her statement in the House of Commons, however, she fell short of a full apology for the events of April 13, 1919. “The tragedy of Jallianwala Bagh of 1919 is a shameful scar on British Indian history. As Queen (Elizabeth II) said… in 1997, it is a distressing example of our past history with India,” May said. But hopes of an apology hold no ground, especially when a minister of the UK foreign office points out the “financial implications of making an apology.” In today’s context, the importance of Jallianwala Bagh is quite relevant as there is a broad disconnect between a race and their history, in particular. There is a void of a certain pastness in our present, a gnawing detachment from the pain and sacrifice of those who helped earn our Independence.last_img read more

COP22 Has ‘Started Well’, in ‘Extremely Positive’ Spirit

Marrakech – The 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has “started well” and the spirit of delegates and negotiators is “extremely positive,” said Tuesday in Marrakech the president of this global event, Salaheddine Mezouar.“Everybody insists on the effectiveness and urgency to act and work to make this COP an event of action,” said Mezouar at the daily press briefing to present the agenda and the progress of negotiations to achieve the objectives of this Conference, which is being held on November 7-18 in Marrakech.After the enforcement of the Paris Agreement, all parties are motivated by a “good will” to push forward the negotiations on the mechanisms of implementing and funding the said Agreement, he noted, adding that participants have showed “serenity and great commitment” since the beginning of this international event . The presidency of the COP22 ensures that this Conference takes place in the best conditions, negotiations are moving forward and effectiveness is achieved, he said.He also highlighted the “significant” participation of African countries during this event, adding that the “priority” of the Marrakech Conference is to address the concerns of countries threatened by climate change and to bring concrete answers to these concerns. read more

UN General Assembly underlines strong commitment to bolster response to Ebola outbreak

“The time to act in a swift, coordinated and powerful manner is now,” General Assembly President Sam Kutesa told the 193-Member body ahead of a vote on a resolution. “Without quick and decisive action, the trail of devastation this outbreak leaves behind will reach far beyond the portions of West Africa most affected up to now,” he added, stressing the Ebola is not a sub-regional or even regional calamity, but an international crisis. The virus killed at least 2,500 people in West Africa and nearly twice that number have been infected, according to the UN World Health Organization (WHO). The number of cases is doubling every three weeks. Women are particularly at risk given their roles as primary caregivers and community leaders. In Liberia, an estimated 75 per cent of fatalities are women, while in Sierra Leone, that number is around 59 per cent. “Women are much more likely to be front-line health workers,” Mr. Kutesa said, underscoring the heightened risk that they face. The Assembly unanimously agreed through its resolution to harness capabilities and competencies across the UN system in a single, unified structure to ensure a rapid, effective, efficient and coherent response to the crisis. The body’s decision comes a day after the Security Council passed its resolution which declared the Ebola virus outbreak a threat to peace and security. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the establishment of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) to stop the outbreak, treat the infected, ensure essential services, preserve stability and prevent further outbreaks. Mr. Ban spoke today with Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, who expressed support for UN efforts to headquarter UNMEER in Accra, with offices in the three most affected countries. The country’s international airport will be used as a “vital air bridge,” Mr. Ban confirmed. Briefing the General Assembly, he noted that the Ebola crisis, which started as a public health emergency, has taken on a wider scope with significant economic, social, humanitarian, political and security dimensions. “None of us is insulated from the threat of Ebola,” he said, “all of us must be part of the response.” Among recent international announcements of solidarity, the United States has said it would deploy 3,000 troops to provide expertise in logistics, training and engineering. The Government of Cuba plans to send a 165-member team of doctors and nurses to the region, while a 59-member Chinese laboratory team left for Sierra Leone earlier this week. “I hope other Member States, along with the private sector and civil society, will do far more,” Mr. Ban said, adding that he looks forward to “strong and rapid support” for UNMEER, and the countries and people in need of critical aid. Earlier this week, the UN outlined a set of critical needs totaling almost $1 billion over the next six months. Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Mr. Kutesa said the General Assembly had added “a powerful voice” to the Security Council in adopting the resolution. “Inaction is not an option,” he reiterated. read more

Grad student and bug nerd studying carpenter bees

Jess Vickruck studies bee varieties in a Brock lab.Jess Vickruck spent a lot of time collecting insects as a kid growing up in Vineland.Now, she’s spending even more time and travelling thousands of miles to research cryptic species of carpenter bees as a PhD student in Brock’s Biological Sciences program.“Cryptic species look identical or nearly identical to another species.  They often remain unstudied for that reason,” said Vickruck, who is among six Brock graduate students to receive research funding for 2010-2011 from the Ontario Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (OGSST) awards program.“I have always been a bug nerd,” Vickruck said. “Being able to study them as a part of my graduate research has been fantastic.”Her doctoral work is supervised by Prof. Miriam Richards, who is recognized around the world for her research into the social and ecological attributes of bees.Vickruck’s thesis work will involve collecting specimens from Ontario to Florida to investigate the nesting biology of cryptic species across their ranges. Her OGSST application highlighted the contribution of her research in the broader field of entomology.“Jess’s research has been noted by entomologists at other universities and at the Biosystematics Research Centre in Ottawa,” Richards said. “Her work has provided both the behavioural information and field techniques to embark on a series of behavioural experiments aimed at investigating how solitary species can become social, one of the most important questions in evolutionary biology.”The Ontario Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (OGSST) awards program is a partnership between the province and universities to invest in excellence in graduate student research in science and technology.The other Brock graduate students to be recognized with OGSST funding for 2010-11 are doctoral candidates Isabella Ludwa, Rebecca MacPherson and Gregory McGarr, all in Applied Health Sciences; and master’s candidates Tyler Weaver, Applied Health Sciences; and Steven Bergen, Computer Science. read more

Takeup of breast screening drops to lowest level in a decade

first_img“Mammograms remain the most effective tool at our disposal for detecting breast cancer at the earliest possible stage. However, it’s crucial to be aware of what’s normal for you and get anything unusual checked out – remember it’s not just a lump to look out for.”The trends follow a long debate about the benefits of screening for breast cancer, which is the most common form of cancer in women.Around one in eight women in the UK are diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lifetime.Screening aims to find cancer when it is too small to see or feel and is performed with a mammogram X-ray.Women aged 50 to 70 are offered screening every three years.A national review in 2012 found that for every life saved by screening, three women will end up having surgery that turns out to be unnecessary.Charities have urged women to continue to having regular mammograms, but said they should be informed about the risks of “overdiagnosis” meaning they could end up having surgery to remove cancers which would not have caused symptoms during their lifetime. “In light of today’s troubling news that breast cancer survival in the UK is not keeping up with the rest of Europe, it’s worrying to see screening uptake in England at its lowest level in ten years. Our concern is women may not be empowered to get the support and information they need to make a decision that’s right for them. The proportion of women taking up breast screening has fallen to the lowest level in a decade, new figures show.Just 71.1 per cent of women in England aged 50 to 70 took up invitations for routine screening in 2016/17 – down 1 per cent from the previous year. The figure is the lowest in 10 years.In 2007, 73.6 per cent of women attended, according to NHS Digital data.It follows international research published in the Lancet which shows UK survival rates for cancer lagging behind the rest of the world, falling in the bottom half of the league tables for  seven cancers and only comes in the top ten for two.Studies suggest 10,000 deaths could be prevented each year if the UK matched the European average.Samia al Qadhi, chief executive of Breast Cancer Care, said the figures were concerning. The new data shows that the number of women invited for screening has increased by more than half a million in the last decade and last year 2.59 million were invited for a mammogram. Of these, 1.84 million attended screening.The figures show that uptake was highest in the East Midlands where three quarters of women attended screening.It was lowest in London where 64 per cent attended.The report on breast screening uptake in England shows that 18,402 cancers were detected in 2016/17.Of all women with cancers detected through screening in 2016-17, 41.5 per cent had invasive but small cancers which are less than 15mm in diameter and are usually too small to detect by hand.last_img read more

Family of Hither Green burglar stopped by police from pinning birthday tributes

first_imgHither Green Birthday floral tributes were eventually pinned to a lamppostCredit:Gareth Fuller /PA Henry Vincent died while attempting burgling the home of pensioner Richard Osborn-BrooksCredit:Kent Police Friends and relatives of Henry Vincent bring birthday tributes to the scene on South Park Crescent in Hither Green, London, following last week’s incident where Vincent was fatally stabbed in a botched burglaryCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Friends and relatives of Henry Vincent bring birthday tributes to the scene on South Park Crescent in Hither Green Henry Vincent Police address friends and relatives of Henry VincentCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Mr Osborn-Brooks has been advised to stay away from the property since the night he fatally stabbed career criminal Vincent with a screwdriver, amid concern for his own safety.Neighbours have voiced their objections to the tributes, while members of the public have been seen tearing down flowers and condolence messages attached to the fence. Contacted for comment by The Telegraph, a spokesman for The Met said its position had not changed. His family have also revealed plans to route his horse-drawn funeral procession past Mr Osborn-Brooks’ house in Hither Green, south east London. Vincent, who was a member of the traveller community, is expected to be buried near his family’s site in Orpington, Kent. Floral and birthday tributes at the scene on South Park Crescent in Hither Green, LondonCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Floral and birthday tributes at the scene on South Park Crescent in Hither Green, London Friends and relatives of Henry Vincent bring birthday tributes to the scene on South Park Crescent in Hither Green, London, following last week's incident where Vincent was fatally stabbed in botched burglary Police stopped the family of a dead burglar attaching balloons and banners to fences beside his victim’s home on what would have been his birthday. Friends and family of Henry Vincent, the burglar who was killed after breaking into into the home of a pensioner and his disabled wife, held a vigil close to the house where he died to mark his 38th birthday.Around 20 women from the travelling community, who said they were relatives of Vincent, arrived at the road in Hither Green, south London, to lay flowers close to the spot where the criminal was fatally injured in the home of 78-year-old Richard Osborn-Brooks. Some carried balloons saying “You’ll be missed” and placards featuring photographs of Vincent.They were escorted by five police officers who tried to stop them stapling the banners and balloons to the garden fences of homeowners. Eventually, the tributes were attached to the street sign itself and a lamppost.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Police address friends and relatives of Henry Vincent The Metropolitan Police last week told neighbours of the 78-year-old that laying flowers near the scene was “not a crime”.Met Deputy Commissioner Sir Craig Mackey said: “It would have been preferable if the pavement had remained clear and the local area had not become the focus of disruption which then needed police resources to manage.Sir Craig added: “The local authority are considering how the flowers and items are managed and we are inputting to that”. Friends and relatives of Henry Vincent bring birthday tributes to the scene on South Park Crescent in Hither GreenCredit:Gareth Fuller/PAlast_img read more

Breakfast at Bebetos All you need to know from the 12th night

first_imgOn Day 12… Brazil’s Neymar runs past Cameroon’s Joel Matip after scoring his side’s first goal. Source: Natacha PisarenkoBrazil laboured for the opening half an hour before running at the lamentable Cameroon defence and profiting in goals. Neymar shone, once again, for the hosts and Fred hit back at the doubters [we’re looking at you, 99% of Planet Earth] with a hirsute moustache and a dubious goal he will never give back. Fernandinho rounded out the scoring as Brazil topped the group.Mexico claimed the runners-up spot in Group A after Rafael Marquez scored against Croatia minutes after his team were denied a stone-wall penalty. Andrés Guardado and Javier Hernandez sealed the deal before Ivan Perisic grabbed a late consolation. David Villa scores his last ever goal for Spain. Source: Michael SohnIn Group B, Spain rounded off a disappointing tournament with an easy-does-it 3-0 win over an open and inviting Australian team. Socceroos goalkeeper Ryan Matthews was beaten thrice by the Spanish and soon-to-retire David Villa scored the pick of the bunch with a neat backheel.Holland had just about everyone fooled as they sat back and played for a draw against Chile. Needing only a point to top the group, Louis van Gaal’s side seemed content to cancel out their South American opponents before deciding against it and slipping into attack mode. Goals from Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay kept up Holland’s 100% record.WinnerArjen Robben – The Dutch maestro turned from goalscorer to provider yesterday with an scintillating break down the left wing and a sublime cross to tee-up Memphis Depay for an easy tap-in. He is reproducing his club form on the world stage and could yet make up for the glorious chance he missed in the 2010 World Cup final. Memphis Depay, left, celebrates with Robben after scoring his side’s second goal. Source: Frank AugsteinLoser(s)Cameroon & Australia – The two teams share the dubious honour of returning from the World Cup with zero points. Hey lads, camera is over here! Source: Natacha PisarenkoIn truth, Australia made a bare-knuckled fist out of a treacherous Group B. Cameroon, on the other hand, arrived late, squabbled over bonuses and were a clear second in ever game they contested.Joga BonitoIn letting the ball slide across him and side-footing home with his right, Neymar’s finish against Cameroon was Teddy Sheringham at his oft-times classy pomp.https://vine.co/v/MtKILVUwlArHe also executed this slick pass before Hulk hit someone in Row J.https://vine.co/v/MtKYvKtHZ0nWhat we’ve got to look forward to todayItaly look to recover from their shock 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica by defeating Uruguay in the winners-takes-qualification Group D clash [5pm kick-off].Costa Rica can prove the doubters wrong for a third time by beating England in the group’s other 5pm match.Colombia are winning hearts and a few million minds at this World Cup. They take on Japan from 9pm.The Ivory Coast and Greece round out the 9pm action. Didier Drogba and his teammates are two points better off and should progress by avoiding defeat to the 2004 European champs.Robben inspires victory against Chile as Dutch claim top spotEngland starts for Barkley, Shaw and Lampard as Hodgson rings changeslast_img read more

Galapagos lUnesco retire larchipel de la liste des sites en danger

first_imgGalapagos : l’Unesco retire l’archipel de la liste des sites en dangerÉquateur – Le comité du Patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco réuni à Brasilia a décidé mercredi 28 juillet de retirer l’archipel des Galapagos de la liste des sites en péril. Une façon d’encourager le gouvernement équatorien dans ses efforts.L’Organisation des Nations unies pour l’éducation, la science et la culture (Unesco), dont les membres sont réunis à Brasilia jusqu’au 3 août, a levé le statut de site menacé qu’elle avait donné au célèbre archipel en 2007. C’est à l’initiative du délégué brésilien, Luiz Fernando de Almeida, que la décision a été prise, pour souligner les efforts de protection de l’Équateur, pays auquel les îles appartiennent.À lire aussiHunga Tonga, cette île du Pacifique née d’une éruption volcanique qui pourrait durer 30 ansDéclarées “patrimoine mondial de l’humanité” en 1978 pour le caractère unique de leur biodiversité, les îles Galapagos furent explorées dans les années 1830 par Charles Darwin. Leur étude fut l’une des principales sources d’inspiration pour le naturaliste et sa célèbre théorie de l’évolution par la sélection naturelle. Elles sont situées dans le Pacifique à 1.000 km des côtes équatoriennes. Le but principal de la réunion de l’Unesco est la mise à jour de la liste des sites naturels ou culturels déclarés “patrimoine mondial à protéger”, laquelle compte déjà 890 sites répartis dans 148 pays.(crédit photo) Le 29 juillet 2010 à 11:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

West Ham offer £25m for Lazio winger Felipe Anderson

first_imgBrazilian star Felipe Anderson is open for a switch to London and is ready to link up with Manuel Pellegrini as West Ham have offered £25million plus £5m in add-ons to secure him.However, West Ham are still short of Lazio’s valuation, which is believed to be around £35m.Reports in Italy say a deal is close to completion with talks planned in London on Thursday but Sportsmail understands that is not the case yet and there are still some differences to make up including the price for the 25-year-old, according to Daily Mail.What we learned from day 2 of the Premier League? Taimoor Khan – August 20, 2019 The new Premier League season is only two weeks old but it has already taught us a few things that could define the campaign….West Ham have been heavily in the news in the opening weeks of the summer transfer window as they have signed Ryan Fredericks on a free from Fulham and made a £13m offer to Barcelona for defender Marlon Santos.  Also, offers have also been tabled for Swansea City’s Lukasz Fabianski and Alfie Mawson.In addition, talks have begun over a potential £22m move for Toulouse defender Issa Diop with payments structured over three seasons.last_img read more