Pakistani designer dresses school-going child as bride, leaves his audience stunned

first_imgA Pakistani designer is using his own unique way to raise awareness against child marriage.Designer Ali Xeeshan used his show at the HUM Bridal Couture Week to knock at peoples’ conscience. In defiance of child marriage, he chose to have a child as a showstopper, who sported what is known as the ‘Bridal Uniform’. This thoughtful initiative was a show-stealer. The costume itself spoke volumes for the young girls who are deprived of education and are married off at an early age.The motto of the show in Pakistan was ‘fashion for cause’. The showstopper was dressed in a school uniform paired with bridal jewellery, carrying a school bag with the word ‘Power’ on it.The campaign was in collaboration with UN Women Pakistan.”After several brides walked the HUM Bridal Couture Week ramp, a girl appeared wearing a school uniform embellished with bridal motifs; symbolising the unfortunate trade-off when a child is deprived of her right to an education, and is instead married. Sign the petition and raise your voice to put an end to #childmarriages,” said UN Women Pakistan in an Instagram post.advertisementThe #BridalUniform Campaign has been started by UN Women Pakistan. It aims at throwing light on the long-term implications of child marriage.Supporting the same, a petition has been signed by many Pakistani celebrities, including singer Momina Mustehsan, actor Adnan Siddiqui, and actor Mahira Khan.last_img read more

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Britain Beats Greece 2-1 in Opening Hopman Cup Match

first_imgPERTH, Australia (AP) — Cameron Norrie and Katie Boulter beat Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari 4-3, 3-4, 4-3, including 5-4 in a tiebreaker in the deciding mixed doubles set in the Fast4 format, to give Britain a 2-1 win over Greece in the opening match of the eight-team Hopman Cup tennis tournament on Saturday.Norrie upset No. 15-ranked Tsitsipas 7-6 (6), 6-4 to give Britain the lead before Sakkari beat Boulter 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 in women’s singles to level the tie.Australia, represented by Matt Ebden and Ash Barty, played France (Lucas Pouille and Alize Cornet) later Saturday.The most anticipated match of the eight-team tournament is scheduled Tuesday when Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic play Americans Serena Williams and Frances Tiafoe. It means Federer and Williams will play against each other in the mixed doubles portion of that match.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Yuva Nestham scheme not launched for electoral gains: Naidu

first_imgBy Laxmi Devi Vijayawada, Oct 2 (PTI) Allaying fears of jobless youths in Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said the unemployed graduate allowance scheme — Mukhyamantri Yuva Nestham — launched Tuesday will not be discontinued midway like the case in other states and that it has not been rolled out eyeing electoral gains. Naidu said corruption will not be tolerated when about 20,000 vacant government posts are being filled and that private jobs will also be given to local youths. Under the Nestham scheme, a monthly allowance of Rs 1,000 will be given to eligible jobless graduates who are below the poverty line (BPL). Further, such youths will be given skill training to increase their employability. The unemployed youth allowance scheme was one of the poll promises of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in its election manifesto in 2014. The assembly poll is due next year. “This is not done for electoral gains. This has been done to build your (the youth) career and future. This scheme will not be discontinued in the middle like in other states,” Naidu said responding to a query raised by a youth at the launch event here. The government is facilitating companies to set up units in the state so that jobs are generated for locals, he said adding that companies will recruit those whose skills are upto industry standards. The Nestham scheme has been designed in such a way that jobless graduates hone their skills as per the needs of the industry and even get training to become entrepreneurs, he added.advertisement IT Minister Nara Lokesh and Law, Sports and Youth Minister Kollu Ravindra were present at the event. The state government has tied up with 24 companies, like Kia Motors, Branx, Foxconn and Amara Raja, to provide apprenticeship to those registered under the Nestham scheme. Even universities have been roped in for the scheme. Yuva Nestham is estimated to benefit 12 lakh unemployed graduates. Already, six lakh candidates have registered on the web portal and out of them 2.15 lakh applications had been verified. Naidu said Rs 1 has been transferred to each account as a test transaction. The remaining Rs 999 will be transferred to the accounts tomorrow. Educated unemployed youths between the age of 22 to 35 years belonging to BPL category with ration cards are eligible for the scheme. The chief minister said the scheme has been rolled out after studying various models in other states. It would be implemented successfully with the use of IT even as such programmes have failed due to poor implementation and technology in other states, he added. When asked about possible corruption in the allotment of government jobs, Naidu said, “We have issued notification to hire about 20,000 people. If there is any corruption, you can dial 1100 and I will definitely take action. My desire is to run a corruption-free government.” He asked the youth to not worry about “few” IT jobs in the state as “better opportunities” would be created in the fields of hardware and electronics. Stating that skilled persons can find jobs anywhere in the world, the CM urged the youth to increase their employability with extensive skill training as this would help the government create jobs in the state. Responding to the demand of reservation for local people in private jobs, Naidu said, “Ninety nine per cent of jobs will go to local people. If there are any violation. I will take strict action.” The Kerala government is already running a similar unemployment allowance scheme. The Uttar Pradesh government had announced one such scheme in 2012 but it could not be implemented. LUX INDINDlast_img read more

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A first in India: School introduces Grammy-winner Gerald Wirth’s method of teaching music

first_imgRabindranath World School (RWS), a CBSE school based in Gurgaon, organized a workshop on October 8 in collaboration with Music Institute of Chromatics (MIC), to introduce an innovative method of teaching music.Two-time Grammy Award winner and the President and Artistic Director of the Vienna Boys’ Choir, Gerald Wirth from Austria conducted the workshop and shared his famous Wirth Method before a crowd of esteemed academicians and principals of Indian schools and colleges for the first time in India.Why Gerald Wirth?Wirth has worked over 20 years to develop his method of teaching music, and has shown keen interest in Indian culture and its music for many decades. The workshop was a comprehensive resource for many people wanting to learn more about music.He also got an opportunity to work with the music legend Pandit Ravi Shankar and cherishes the golden memories of the time spent with him.Now, he has joined hands with MIC with an intention to make Indian classical music globally-known and popularThe music workshopThe workshop was a comprehensive resource for many music loversIt expanded their knowledge to understand further about the same and was a real inspiration to the musical world The workshop was entertaining as well as an eye-opening experience for the spectators.RWS Chairman YS Tomar expressed his gratitude and happiness to have Wirth create such a breakthrough in Indian educational system.He also extended his gratitude to MIC for adding to sports and academics in the schoolThe workshop was entertaining as well as an eye-opening experience for the spectatorsIt was a comprehensive resource for many people wanting to learn more about musicWhile addressing the gathering, Wirth explained how his method allows children to learn the fundamentals of music in a fun way, which will help them to realize their hidden potentials.advertisementHighlighting the fact that music helps children of any age to impart moral values in their daily life, Gerald added that it also enhances their cognitive development and boosts their self-esteem. Chairman YS Tomar extended his gratitude to MIC for adding to sports and academics in the school.The children who learn music can become self-disciplined and gain confidence in their motor, social, and communication skills, according to Wirth.He also remarked that in this materialistic world, art and culture is now gaining importanceFurther, Wirth mentioned that instruments like sitar, tabla and flute are now given several global platforms making it immensely important for students to take their culture, collaboratively with their interest, to reach new heights.Music institute of ChromaticsMohit Rathore, co-founder of MIC, opined that Wirth’s Method is a creative way for students to boost their artistic talents Wirth remarked that in this materialistic world, art and culture is now gaining importance.He added that his team has initiated to equip schools and colleges with Wirth’s methodology by providing them end-to-end solution in the field of music.Also read: Celebrating A.R. Rahman with the stunning journey of the Oscar-winning ‘musical storm’Also read: Want to pursue music as a career? Here are 7 jobs for music loverslast_img read more

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Injury Update For Michigan DT Rashan Gary

first_imgA general view of Michigan's football stadium.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 10: General view of the fans filling University of Michigan Stadium prior to the start of the game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on September 10, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)One of the nation’s best players won’t be on the field tonight in arguably the day’s biggest game. Star defensive tackle Rashan Gary has been battling an injury over the past few weeks and it looks like he’ll be out again.No. 12 Michigan hosts No. 15 Wisconsin at the Big House, but will be without Gary as he attempts to recover from a shoulder injury. Gary left the Wolverines’ comeback win over Northwestern two weeks ago after re-aggravating the injury.He wasn’t able to recover for last week’s game against Maryland and it out again tonight against Wisconsin. It’s a tough blow to the Wolverines’ defensive line – especially against a potent Badgers running game.Rashan Gary not dressed. Aubrey Solomon is. Zach Harrison watching. pic.twitter.com/mkZkob7Nge— Isaiah Hole (@isaiahhole) October 13, 2018We’ll have to wait and see if the loss of Gary has real consequences for this Michigan program.Michigan and Wisconsin are set to kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET on ABC.Can Jim Harbaugh finally score a significant win over a top program?last_img read more

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Province Police Launch Operation Christmas

first_imgSERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS–Province, Police LaunchOperation Christmas Nova Scotia’s Road Safety Advisory Committee is teaming up withpolice services across the province for Operation Christmas, anannual program to reduce impaired driving during the holidayseason. “Our message is simple: If you drink, don’t drive!” said ServiceNova Scotia and Municipal Relations’ director of driver andvehicle safety, Paul Arsenault. Mr. Arsenault is also the chairof the Road Safety Advisory Committee. Police officers from several departments and the RCMP set up twocheckpoints in Kentville today, Dec. 3 to officially launchOperation Christmas. In the coming weeks, Operation Christmas checkpoints will be setup across Nova Scotia. While the focus will be on impaireddriving, police will also look for current registration andinsurance, valid Motor Vehicle Inspections stickers, seat beltuse and other safe driving measures. Motor vehicle safety checksmay also be conducted by provincial inspectors at somecheckpoints. Operation Christmas will wind down early in 2004. To keep people informed about the impact of Operation Christmas,officers will report checkpoint activity immediately. An up-to-date summary of cars checked, the number of 24-hour suspensionsissued, and the number of impaired driving charges laid will beavailable on the Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relationswebsite http://gov.ns.ca/snsmr/stats/ . “While many drivers understand the dangers of drinking anddriving, it remains a serious road safety concern,” said Mr.Arsenault. In 2002, there were 487 collisions involving alcohol in NovaScotia; down from 537 collisions in 2001. Of these collisions, 25involved fatalities, up from 23 fatalities in 2001. One in threefatal collisions involves alcohol. “Young people are particularly at risk: one in five fatal orserious alcohol-related collisions involved someone aged 20 to25,” said Mr. Arsenault. The Road Safety Advisory Committee includes representatives fromthe province’s Department of Justice, Service Nova Scotia andMunicipal Relations, and the Department of Transportation andPublic Works. The RCMP and municipal police services are alsorepresented. Other government agencies represented on thecommittee include the Utility and Review Board and the Seniors’Secretariat.last_img read more

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Summerside bagpiping college gets 27M from feds for new performance space

first_imgAdvertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Principal James MacHattie said it was a new era for the college. The new facility “will enable us to fulfil our purpose with greater possibilities than ever before,” he said in a statement.Promoting pride in Celtic heritageEgmont MP Bobby Morrissey announced the money on Friday morning for the year-round, multi-purpose performance space. The College of Piping and Celtic Performance Arts of Canada in Summerside, P.E.I., is getting $2.7 million in funding from the federal government for a new performance space.The school, the only year-round one of its kind in North America, offers classes in Highland bagpiping, Scottish-style snare drumming, Highland dancing and Island step dancing to more than 250 year-round students and 200 summer students, as well as workshop participants.Established in 1989, the school says it is also a key tourist attraction in Summerside, attracting more than 18,000 people to performances each summer. Twitter Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Jyotirmoy Mahato is BJP candidate from Purulia

first_imgKolkata: The BJP has finally fielded its district president Jyotirmoy Mahato as a candidate to contest in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections from Purulia.The announcement was a delayed one. The party had already announced its candidates in 40 seats in various phases with the two constituencies — Purulia and Burdwan-Durgapur remaining undecided. The BJP declared the names of its 42 candidates in five phases. There was considerable resentment brewing amongst the BJP workers in Purulia as the Central leadership took a long time to announce the candidature. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaIt was learnt from sources that there was a tussle between the leaders to select the candidate in Purulia. The opinions were divided among the state leaders on who would be the befitting candidate there. Some leaders of the saffron party were said to have backed another candidate whom they thought to a better one for the job. The Central leaders, however, finally came up with the name of Mahato who has been a known face in the district. He has been working for the party in the district for quite sometime. The district BJP leaders believe that the selection of candidate will reap political dividends for them during the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.last_img read more

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The Latest Lawyer Dividing Prince estate may be difficult

The Latest: Lawyer: Dividing Prince estate may be difficult by The Associated Press Posted Apr 26, 2016 10:48 am MDT Last Updated Apr 26, 2016 at 3:16 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MINNEAPOLIS – The Latest on Prince’s death and his estate (all times local):1:40 p.m.A top Minnesota probate lawyer says resolving Prince’s estate may get extremely complicated if his siblings and half-siblings can’t agree how to do it.Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, filed court documents Tuesday saying she knew of no will and asked the court to appoint a corporate trust company to oversee his estate.Susan Link is head of the estate planning group at the Maslon law firm. She says that if Prince left no will or trust, it’s going to be important for lawyers to get the siblings to agree on how to divide his complex estate.Nelson is Prince’s only full sibling. Her court papers list five half-siblings who also stand to share in the estate.Prince died Thursday at age 57. An autopsy was done last week but results aren’t expected to be released for weeks.___11:15 a.m.Prince’s sister says the superstar musician had no known will and she’s filed paperwork asking a Minnesota court to appoint a special administrator to oversee his estate.Tyka Nelson filed the paperwork Tuesday in Carver County probate court. Prince died at age 57 on Thursday at his estate in suburban Minneapolis. No cause of death has yet been released.Nelson is his only surviving full sibling.Nelson says in her filing that an emergency exists because immediate action is necessary to manage Prince’s business interests. She’s asked that Bremer Trust, a corporate trust company, be named administrator.With some $27 million in property and an outpouring of nostalgia over the pop star’s death, Prince’s heirs could stand to inherit a small fortune. The size of the fortune isn’t clear, and recent disputes suggest money was tight.___This story has been corrected to show that the filing was with a Minnesota court, not a court in Minneapolis. read more

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Universal coverage race at starting line with new momentum UN health agency

Key Strategies: Align, Accelerate, AccountThe partner organizations, which include UN Women, UN AIDS, and the World Bank Group, have agreed to develop common approaches and coordinated action by way of three key strategies: align, accelerate, account. With nearly 50 health-related targets across 14 SDG’s, the organizations have set forth these milestones as a reference to determine where the world stands in relation to human health come 2023, which will serve as a midterm review, on the road to 2030.Phase one of the plan kicked off in October of last year, in Berlin, following requests by German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana, and Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway, for concrete steps toward universal health, supported by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres.With the plan’s launch marking the second step, with full implementation yet to come, Mr. Ghebreysus stressed that today “is not the finish line, it’s the starting line to deepen our engagement with countries and with each other.” “We all have unique mandates and unique strengths,” he said, addressing partner organizations, “this is a historic initiative to leverage our strengths.” Align and coordinate work better to reduce inefficienciesAccelerate efforts that can significantly speed up progress in global healthAccountability: Create a common framework for assessing results and critical checkpoints In the wake of Monday’s universal health commitments, WHO chief Tedros Adhammom Ghebryesus said the document would serve as “a new milestone in our journey towards a healthier, safer and fairer world”, dovetailing with the launch of the agency’s own pledge to boost healthier living.  “World leaders have unified around a shared vision of the world we want”, he said. “Today, the international health community is doing the same”, introducing the WHO Global Action Plan for health.  Speaking to health champions at the UN’s Trusteeship Council Chamber in New York, Mr. Ghebryesus said the “historic commitment”, will serve as a platform to help countries get back on track when it comes to health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the subject of conversation for the next two days during the UN’s high level summit on the blueprint.  The commitment, coordinated by WHO, unites the work of 12 health organizations and serves as a framework for how the world can speed up action towards achieving Universal Health Coverage.  “Our shared vision is to deliver a measurable impact in the lives of the people we serve, and our shared commitment is to align, accelerate, account and engage…” he said, highlighting the plan’s pillars for implementation. read more

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Brooke Henderson repeats as Canadian Press female athlete of the year

There was a quiet poise to Brooke Henderson on that Sunday morning last summer in Regina ahead of her final round at the CP Women’s Open.She had experienced big moments before: her first LPGA Tour win as a 17-year-old in 2015, her first major victory a year later, her first appearance at the Olympics.This tournament was different.No Canadian had won the national open since Jocelyne Bourassa in 1973. Supporters who crammed the galleries could sense something special was happening.Henderson would deliver in emphatic fashion, firing a closing-round 65 for a four-shot victory.“The 18th hole, standing on that green, surrounded by family and friends and hundreds of fans and spectators cheering me on = it was sort of a surreal moment,” Henderson said. “To finally hold that trophy that I’ve dreamed about since I was a little girl, it gives me chills just thinking back on it.”It was one of two tournament titles and 11 top-10 finishes for Henderson last season. On Wednesday, she was rewarded for her stellar campaign by being named a repeat winner of the Bobbie Rosenfeld Award as The Canadian Press female athlete of the year.Henderson, who has won the award in three of the last four years, picked up 30 of 54 votes (55.6 per cent) in a poll of broadcasters and editors from across the country.“Especially this year being an Olympic year with all the great athletes that competed in the Winter Olympics, it’s a big honour and I’m just really proud to take home this award again,” Henderson said.Figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond and short-track speedskater Kim Boutin tied for second place with 10 votes each (18.5 per cent).The winner of the Lionel Conacher Award as Canada’s male athlete of the year will be named Thursday and the team of the year will be named Friday.With wet weather in the forecast, Henderson had an early start for her final round at the CP Women’s Open. Showing no sign of nerves or timidity, she lashed her opening drive down the fairway and birdied the hole for a two-stroke lead.Angel Yin, Sung Hyun Park, Su Oh and others tried to make charges that day but Henderson wouldn’t buckle. In fact, the Canadian found another gear.Henderson pulled away with four straight birdies on the back nine and tapped in a birdie putt on the 18th hole to send the crowd into a tizzy. Her seventh career LPGA Tour victory moved her one behind Sandra Post’s record for all-time wins by a Canadian.“The blinders were on,” Post said. “She was looking at the finish line and she just looked like it was hers. She wasn’t nervous. It was hers.”It was an emotional summer for Henderson and her family. Her maternal grandfather died in early June and her paternal grandfather died in early August.Henderson, from Smiths Falls, Ont., remained steady and consistent throughout the year. She won the Lotte Championship last April in Hawaii, earned US$1.47 million over the season and finished ninth in the world rankings.“Big performances on the biggest stage amongst stiff competition in one of the highest-profile sports in the world,” said Edmonton-based Postmedia editor Craig Ellingson.Henderson was fourth in scoring average (69.99) on the LPGA Tour, eighth in driving distance (268-yard average) and fourth in greens in regulation (74.5 per cent).Her short game statistics were middle of the pack. Henderson was 72nd in putting average (29.7 putts per round) and 87th in sand saves (43.7 per cent).“It’s easy to get down on yourself when things aren’t going perfectly,” Henderson said. “I feel like I stayed really patient through the majority of the year. When things were not very good, they always turned around. You just have to wait them out and I did that.“Even going into the CP Women’s Open, I was in contention a few times and wasn’t able to get the job done. But I feel like I learned from those experiences and then when I put myself in position in Regina, I wasn’t going to let it go that time. I was able to seal the deal.”Bobbie Rosenfeld, an Olympic medallist in track and field and a multi-sport athlete, was named Canada’s best female athlete of the half-century in 1950.The first winner of the Rosenfeld award was golfer Ada Mackenzie in 1933. Marlene Stewart Streit leads all golfers by taking the honour on five occasions (1952, ’53, ’56, ’57, ’63). read more

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Tiger Woods Takes the Lead at British Open

Tiger Woods, moves to the top of the British Open championship, but it’s still a long way from over. On Friday, the world No.1, made two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine and sank a 10-foot putt on the final green to finish on two under par along with Lee Westwood of England and Swede Henrik Stenson.On Saturday, Woods was able to focus his concentration, to par the next six holes and set up a birdie on the last, which he celebrated with a trademark fist pump.“Towards the middle part of my round I lost the pace and was blowing it past the hole,” Woods told reporters. “But finally got it fixed at the end.”Play can and will change quickly, so stay informed with the live coverage in the video above. read more

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Opinion Under 16s should be able to access gender recognition with parental

first_img 18,023 Views Eilis Barry Jun 14th 2018, 7:00 AM https://jrnl.ie/4059316 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Share154 Tweet Email Floundering forests: The challenges facing the Irish forestry industry>I’m 27. I’m living at home. Going through the same hall door since I was in a school uniform’>center_img Opinion: ‘Under 16s should be able to access gender recognition with parental consent’ FLAC has also recommended that there should be recognition for intersex and non-binary gender identities, writes Eilis Barry. By Eilis Barry LYDIA FOY WAS born in 1947 and was registered at birth as male. From her early years she felt uncomfortable and ill at ease as a boy. As she grew up she tried to conform to a male role and eventually married and had two children. But she always knew she was female.Lydia Foy grew increasingly unhappy and wanted to live in what to her was her true female gender. In 1992, she had gender reassignment surgery in the UK.It was a hard and painful journey for her. She was a reluctant campaigner. By the time Lydia Foy approached FLAC in 1996 she had already had her request for a birth certificate reflecting her true gender refused by the Registrar General and a complaint to the European Commission of Human Rights in Strasbourg rejected.Legal battleFLAC has a long history of engaging in strategic litigation to challenge unjust laws, to increase public awareness of pressing legal needs and bringing about effective changes in the law to help marginalised and disadvantaged groups and individuals. We decided to take on Lydia’s case and represented her over a period of 20 years. We were proud to do so.Our new report highlights the very particular difficulties faced by a trans person as a litigant in the court system when seeking to assert rights in relation to core issues of identity.Lydia Foy describes how intimidating she found the whole process and how disempowering it made her feel. She had to go through one particular unsuccessful High Court hearing that lasted over 14 days followed by an appeal to the Supreme Court.The case was then sent back to the High Court with another hearing lasting over 7 days. Mr Justice McKechnie held that Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights imposed a positive obligation on the State to provide for the recognition of Lydia Foy’s preferred gender and that it had failed to do so.Lydia Foy had to issue a third set of High Court proceedings when the State failed to enact proper legislation before the case was finally settled.Gender Recognition ActLydia Foy faced many sets backs and it is a testament to her resolve and resilience that she persisted for over 20 years in pursuing her rights.FLAC were also involved in briefing politicians, policy makers and the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights. There was active support from the Equality Authority and the Irish Human Rights Commission. The Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) when it was set up in 2005 provided great support.Eventually in 2015, the Oireachtas passed the Gender Recognition Act. The Act provides a process enabling trans people who are over 18 to achieve full legal recognition of their self-identified gender and allows for the acquisition of a new birth certificate that reflects this change. Recognising gender in IrelandFLAC also recently made a submission to the Department of Social Protection’s review of the Gender Recognition Act 2015 with a view to making improvements for transgender young people who wish to access legal gender recognition.It is FLAC’s view that those aged 16 and 17 should be able to access the same gender recognition process as those over 18, and those under 16 should be able to access recognition through a simplified court process with the consent of their parent or guardian with the Court being required to hold the best interests of the child as paramount. FLAC has also recommended that there should be recognition for intersex and non-binary gender identities.Lydia’s long legal struggle to have her identity recognised is a testament to the strength of the human spirit. Because of her determination and willingness to continue in the face of the opposition of the State, trans adults in Ireland can now have their correct gender recognised in Irish law.In September 2015, Lydia received her Gender Recognition Certificate. It was the first of its kind issued in Ireland. Indeed, by the end of 2017, 295 Gender Recognition Certificates had been granted.Tellingly, when she received her certificate Lydia remarked “my country has finally recognised me for who I really am.”Eilis Barry is CEO of FLAC. The report is online at https://www.flac.ie/publications/lydia-foy-and-the-struggle-for-transgender-rights/. 112 Comments CEO, FLAC Thursday 14 Jun 2018, 7:00 AMlast_img read more

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Harry Winks praises Moussa Sissoko

first_imgThe English footballer wanted to represent his country in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia but an ankle injury prevented this.In 2017, Harry Winks was part of the England national team, he was ready to represent his nation at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.But ankle problems took him away from his dream and he had to watch on television how five of his Tottenham Hotspur footballers contributed to England’s best run in almost 20 years.And now, the player only wants to become a great player.“I really enjoy playing in the team with Moussa [Sissoko],” he said to the club’s official website trying to explain how he feels.“We complement each other well. We’ve had a partnership for the last couple of months now and it’s been going really well.”“We’re getting results and that’s the most important thing but we both help the team out as much as we possibly can in our own individual ways and I’m just thankful that in the games we’re getting the results we need,” he explained.“No, nothing specifically together. I guess on the pitch it just comes together well and we perform well. We just like playing alongside each other!”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“[Sissoko] He’s been phenomenal,” he explained.“He’s been one of the most key players for us this season because his all-around game is massive. He’s solid off the ball, solid on the ball and he’s an important figure for us.”“He’s had difficult spells over the last couple of seasons with game time, playing in various positions and getting a run of games. We train with him every day, so we know how good he is and we’re all so happy to see him doing so well and being able to show the fans how important he is for us,” he explained.“He’s had disappointments he’s had to deal with, difficult spells to get through and that what takes you to the next level, it toughens you up. If you go through difficult spells you remember them and it’s the character building every player needs to go to the next level.”💪#OneOfOurOwn pic.twitter.com/pFuWmZwNsc— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) February 20, 2019last_img read more

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Shahreen still traumatised

first_imgShahreen Ahmed, one of 10 Bangladeshi survivors of US-Bangla airliner crash in Nepal on Monday, is yet to overcome the trauma of the devastastating incident, say doctors in Dhaka.She is the first among the survivors who was brought back to the country on Thursday afternoon from a hospital in Kathmandu.“Shahreen has gone through a disaster in the form of plane crash. She is still traumatised. She has also sustained five per cent burn injuries,” Samanta Lal Sen, chief coordinator of the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) told newsmen after she was admitted there.Currently, the physician said, Shahreen’s health condition is stable. She is undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the burn unit.Shahreen luckily escaped the crash that claimed 49 lives out of 71 on board the Bombardier Dash-8 Q400 aircraft at Tribhuvan International Airport while attempting to land on 12 March.Shahreen is one of the injured Bangladeshis who were admitted to different hospitals in Kathmandu. Surviror Rezwanul Haque’s family took him to Singapore from the Om Hospital and Research Centre Pvt. Ltd for better treatment on Wednesday night.Family members of another injured Yakub Ali were taking preparations to take him to Delhi from Norvic International Hospital.last_img read more

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Dozens of Bangladesh migrants trafficked to Vanuatu stuck in limbo

first_imgDozens of Bangladeshis who say they were trafficked to Vanuatu with the promise of jobs are stuck in limbo and struggling to survive while awaiting justice and the option of returning home.About 101 migrants who arrived in the Pacific island nation over the course of the last two years say they were promised decent work, but ended up being exploited by their supposed bosses – who were arrested in November on trafficking charges.Four Bangladeshis charged with trafficking are due in court in Vanuatu next month, said the Vanuatu Human Rights Coalition, a charity that is supporting the alleged victims along with the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM).Bangladesh officials say they have asked Vanuatu and the IOM – which is facilitating dialogue between the two governments – to provide details about their citizens in order to start the repatriation process, but have received no information to date.Vanuatu’s interior minister, Andrew Soloman Napuat, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that the government would wait for a court decision before taking any steps to repatriate the group.In the meantime, the migrants, all men and two children, are surviving on rations and handouts – and fearful for the future.”If we stay here, there’s nothing; if we go home, we don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Harun Or Rashid, who was promised a job in Australia, adding that the men were worried about how they will repay loans to relatives and banks at home.Lured by the promise of jobs as salesmen in Vanuatu and nearby Australia, the Bangladeshis said they had sold property and taken out loans worth up to $20,000 to pay for the move.Once the migrants landed in Vanuatu, they were forced to work at a construction site building a market, subjected to beatings, and denied the money they were promised, Rashid said.”Some in the group believe that it’s better to commit suicide here, because there seems to be no way out,” he added by phone from a house in the capital, Port Vila, where 30 of the migrants were staying and receiving support from the government.The migrants said they are stuck in limbo as they are witnesses in the case against their traffickers but lack the right to work. Several said they would like the chance to earn money in Vanuatu instead of being returned home in the future.DUPEDOne of the largest exporters of manpower in the world, Bangladesh depends heavily on remittances from abroad. According to official data, at least 1 million Bangladeshis secured jobs abroad in 2017 – the highest number ever recorded.But this depends largely upon unlicensed brokers working in rural areas and opens the door to trafficking, campaigners say.The 101 migrants say they were duped by a network of brokers in the central Bangladeshi cities of Tangail and Barisal, who transported them to Vanuatu via India, Singapore and Fiji.A broker in Bangladesh was arrested last year after Harun’s family filed a complaint in Tangail, police records show.One migrant who declined to give his name said he owned a garment factory back home and went to Vanuatu as he was told he would be able to export clothes to a market run by Bangladeshis.When he arrived, the man realised he had been conned.”It was just a show. The market was just a bunch of tents … constructed by the Bangladeshis who were trafficked here. I have lost everything because of the traffickers,” he said, adding that his factory had closed down in his absence.Anne Pakoa, head of the Vanuatu Human Rights Coalition, said the migrants barely had enough to eat and that pre-existing medical conditions including diabetes were going untreated.”There is free medical treatment but it’s very basic, some of the medications required are not available in Vanuatu,” Pakoa said by phone. “Depression is mounting among the group.”Bangladesh’s High Commission in Australia – it has no representative in Vanuatu – said it was first informed of the situation by the IOM in November but has received no details.”If IOM can provide details that they must have, Bangladesh can ascertain their citizenship and start the process of repatriation,” a spokesman told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.The IOM is providing humanitarian support to the 101 migrants at the request of Vanuatu’s government, according to spokesman Chris Lom, who said the situation was “complex”.But for Rashid and the other Bangladeshis living in limbo in Vanuatu, money rather than food is their most pressing concern.”How will we pay our loans back?,” Rashid said. What will our families think?”last_img read more

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Belgian bobsleigh Olympian athlete comes out on Instagram

first_imgLesbian refugee couple threatened and spat at in this Belgian asylum centerWinter Olympics 2018: Bisexual speed skater Ireen Wüst misses out on a medal in dramatic fashionWinter Olympics 2018: All the LGBTQ Olympians to watch out forRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/belgian-sophie-vercruyssen/ Sophie Vercruyssen, a member of the Belgium women’s bobsleigh team, has posted an anniversary message to her partner on Instagram.Vercruyssen is currently in PyeongChang, South Korea, as part of the Belgium squad. This morning she posted a message on her Instagram to mark five years with her partner, Lore Simons. GAYSTARNEWS- ‘5 years of big love and still counting! Hope we will be able to celebrate this day together instead of in different countries more than once in the next years!#athletelife #mylove #mijnvrouwtje#anniversary #stillcounting #love’Sophie Vercruyssen and Lore Simons (Photo: @sophievercruyssen | Instagram) eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Vercruyssen has posted several pictures of herself with Simons, but this one makes clear that the pair are in a relationship.She is not the only LGBTI member of the Belgian contingent. Figure skater Jorik Hendrickx is also out. They are two of around a dozen out athletes in the Winter Games.The Winter Games opening ceremony is due to take place in the next few hours.(Photo: @sophievercruyssen | Instagram) )See alsoMeet the LGBTI athletes competing at the Winter Olympics 2018last_img read more

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Fenton, M.D., at the University of California, Davis, and colleagues analyzed data from more than 1.6 million film screening mammograms carried out at facilities in seven states from 1998 to 2006. The facilities participate in the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium, a federally supported network in which data quality is rigorously monitored.Of 90 total facilities, 25 adopted CAD and used it for an average of 27.5 months during the study period. The researchers collected information on women who had mammograms with and without CAD, including whether they were diagnosed with breast cancer within a year of the screening.According to the study, CAD was associated with more false positives — identifications of tumors that turned out to be false. It did not improve detection of invasive cancers. Moreover, the cancers detected using CAD were no more likely to be smaller or at a lower stage or to have less lymph node involvement than those detected without CAD. The results were the same after adjusting for patient age, breast density, use of hormone replacement therapy, and other factors that might influence mammography findings.The authors point out that CAD costs Medicare more than $30 million a year. “As currently implemented in U.S. practice,” they write, “CAD appears to increase a woman’s risk of being recalled for further testing after screening mammography while yielding equivocal health benefit.”In an accompanying editorial, Donald Berry, Ph.D., of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, argues that any benefit to CAD is likely to be so small that it would be difficult to detect even in a very large randomized study. Moreover, improving the sensitivity of CAD might find less aggressive tumors or those that would otherwise show up between mammograms. Early detection of such tumors, he writes, is not likely to have much of an impact on breast cancer mortality.The editorialist concludes that researchers should work to make CAD software more useful, but that “this should happen in an experimental setting and not while exposing millions of women to a technology that may be more harmful than it is beneficial.”For more information: jnci.oxfordjournals.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. The multi-year… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al.last_img read more

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2019 Trend Report Transformational travel and are those real followers or just

first_img Tuesday, January 15, 2019 Kathryn Folliott 2019 Trend Report: Transformational travel, and are those real followers, or just bots? This story originally ran in the January 10th, 2019 issue of Travelweek magazine. To get Travelweek delivered to your agency for free, subscribe here.TORONTO — The Canadian travel industry is fuelled year after year by huge volumes of ITC package sales to sun and sand destinations. So does that mean we’re immune to 2019’s travel trends? Not at all.Sun sells and so do all-inclusives. For the Canadian travel industry, these aren’t so much trends as iron-clad guarantees.But after years of fly n’ flop vacations, Mr. and Mrs. All-In might opt for a Mediterranean culinary vacation instead. They saw pics on Instagram and now they want to try it for themselves.A couple with two children and an annual booking for Florida can now afford that safari trip in Kenya since the kids left the nest.And an older luxury client who always gravitated to five-star hotels in Anguilla and St. Bart’s now finds herself travelling solo, and looking for a trip that offers something more, something inspirational.Beyond the beach, beyond the swim-up bars, there are major travel trends shaping the Canadian travel industry for 2019.Solo travel and women-only travel continue to be big, as is bleisure travel, as Millennials especially look to optimize their business trips with vacation days pre or post.And the very biggest factors shaping travel in 2019 are the desire for transformational travel, the overwhelming influence of social media and access as the new luxury.TRANSFORMATIONAL TRAVELThe quest for life-changing travel continues unabated and for 2019 the industry has taken the years-long trend for experiential travel to the next level with transformational travel.“Travel with experiences at its core was one of 2018’s major travel trends, but 2019 will take it even further,” say the researchers at Booking.com. “‘Doing’ will weigh equally with ‘going’, if not more, when it comes to travel reflection. For more than half of travellers (52%), experiences are now valued higher than material possessions.”Representing a new type of currency and means of personal fulfillment, 2019 will see travellers focus even more on adding purpose to their trips.Ulla Hefel Böhler, CEO of Insight Vacations, says Insight has drilled down on emphasizing transformational travel, enhancing many of its experiences on its journeys. “Whether this means connecting clients with local characters who really bring a destination to life or taking them to areas where they can see what sustainable development looks like, we proudly provide the value these experiences deserve,” says Hefel Böhler.At the UNWTO’s 7th Global Summit on Urban Tourism in October of this year, “memorable experiences” were brought up and positioned as a major shift in motivation for travellers, she adds.For CLIA, experiential travel has also evolved into ‘achievement travel’ as vacationers are looking for immersive, cultural experiences beyond sightseeing. Bucket lists have become more goal-oriented and cruise lines are meeting these demands, says CLIA, noting that cruise passengers can conquer Machu Picchu or complete culinary workshops hosted by Le Cordon Bleu chefs while sailing the high seas.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”All of this makes travel in 2019 sound very earnest and grown up, and while that may be the goal for many, it’s not what some vacationers have in mind for their getaway.According to Booking.com’s research, 31% of travellers say they plan to visit a destination that makes them feel like a kid again. “We’ll see properties looking to add more childlike and playful touches such as ball pits and bouncy castles for adults to cater for a Millennial and Gen Z audience, who are the biggest groups who travel to feel like a child again.”350 MILLION+ POSTS FOR #TRAVEL – EVERY DAYInstagram posts are driving interest in travel around the world, so much so that on an average day, there can be close to 351 million posts with the tag #travel, says CLIA.“The impact that social media, especially Instagram, has on consumers and their decision-making process when looking to book travel and deciding on what destinations to visit is immense,” notes Insight’s Hefel Böhler.Social media cachet has become such a motivator for travel, it’s the number one trend cited in Virtuoso’s annual Luxe Report.Tim Morgan, Virtuoso’s Director, Business Strategy, Canada, says social media’s influence is unmistakable, as it drives travellers’ desire to find the most captivating backdrops and the best time of day for snapping images. It’s even impacting booking requests for Virtuoso advisers. “Clients are requesting on-site photography sessions to create Instagram-worthy content, including replicating shots they admired online. Virtuoso advisors are arranging themed photoshoots characteristic of destinations, such as wearing traditional geisha attire in Kyoto or ball gowns in Venice.”Anything that drives exploration and inspires travel bookings is a good thing, but it’s tough to truly connect with a destination when all you’re doing is uploading selfies and compulsively checking your social media feeds. No wonder there’s also an upswing in ‘unplugged’ travel, and news of tourism boards like Vienna, who cheekily pushed back on the selfie obsession with an anti-Instagram marketing campaign last fall.Peter J. Bates, President of Strategic Vision, says any company using influencers to promote their products and services needs to do their due diligence.Influencers now command high fees and their travel costs covered to share content with their followers, who may number in the millions, says Bates. “The drawback? There’s little visibility into what and who the influencer brings to the table. Unlike traditional publishers, influencers rarely provide useful data on their audience other than its size. Are they real travel consumers who are likely to book your product? Are they even real people or just bots? We need more transparency from influencers and less credulity from the people hiring them.”More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesACCESS = LUXURYAccess is the new luxury, says CLIA. Travellers are setting their sights on destinations that were previously out of reach, some only accessible now by cruise ship: “They want to be among the first of their peers to experience destinations such as the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica.”People also want to explore their passions through hard-to-get bucket-list experiences, building on a years-long trend that shows no sign of slowing down, says Virtuoso’s Morgan. “Sports fans are asking for tickets to major events such as the Olympics, Super Bowl and Wimbledon. Art aficionados are inquiring about private tours of locales like the Vatican after hours,” says Morgan, who adds that requests are also on the rise from the company’s high-end clientele for private helicopter transfers to and from airports as well as from one city or resort island to another.That’s the upper end of the market. What about everyone else?No matter what the budget, off-peak season travel is rising in popularity too. Ignoring the fact that they too are part of the crowd, travellers are bemoaning the proliferation of – gasp! – other travellers in their destination, much to the bemusement of the travel industry.That beach that looked so secluded and private in the brochure may not be so private after all, and in their desire to create a more unique and customized travel experience, many world wanderers are going to great lengths to guarantee themselves a more crowd-free holiday, including opting in for off-peak getaways.Tourism boards have been promoting off-peak travel for years, and as concerns (and frustrations) about overtourism climb, travellers are increasingly willing to book around the high season crowds.DREAM DESTINATIONSAnd finally, what are the hottest destinations for 2019? Japan, Patagonia and Jordan are on G Adventures’ list. Lonely Planet names Sri Lanka, Germany, Zimbabwe, Copenhagen and Serbia’s youth and culture capital, Novi Sad. Top global destinations in the Canadian edition of the 2019 Virtuoso Luxe Report include Italy, South Africa and Australia. Meanwhile Slovenia and Colombia make the top 10 list of emerging destinations. Share << Previous PostNext Post >> About Latest Posts Kathryn FolliottEditor at TravelweekKathryn is Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 1995. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Hong Kong, Jerusalem, the Swiss Alps and the Galapagos Islands among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Kathryn Folliott (see all) “They need to go where the bucks are”: Agents on ACTA partnership – April 18, 2019 As the cost of doing business climbs, host agencies, retail groups say they have options – April 4, 2019 As of 2021 Europe-bound clients will need to apply online for a visa waiver and pay a fee – April 3, 2019 Tags: 2019, Feature Story, Featured, Lists, Travel Trends Posted bylast_img read more

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UK sailor missing in Dubai

first_img Sponsored Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements LONDON (AP) – The Royal Navy says a British soldier has gone missing while his ship was docked in Dubai.Timothy Andrew Maccoll, 27, is a seaman aboard the HMS Westminster, which arrived in Dubai on Saturday and left Thursday.The Navy said Friday that local authorities have been contacted and are treating the incident as a missing person case.His family said in a statement that they are “desperately worried” about the married father of two, who was last seen by a shipmate getting into a taxi alone at around 2 a.m. on Sunday. Top Stories Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day His wife Rachel, who is expecting their third child, said it was “completely out of character” for her husband not to be in touch.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Comments   Share   New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Parents, stop beating yourself up 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, familylast_img read more

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