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Women and Gender Equality Commission– urges mandatory paternity leave; specialised training for judiciary, police The Women and Gender Equality commission has recommended, among other things, the implementation of paternal leave in the public and private sectors and the establishment of the Human Rights Commission; the absence of which has affected its work.This is contained in the commission’s seventh annual report, covering the years 2017-2018 which was recently presented to the National Assembly. The commission had visited a number of locations and consulted with various local and international organisations in the months preceding this report.“The commission is still constrained by the non-functioning of the Human Rights Commission, which has a number of specific mandates as is outlined under article 212 G of the constitution of Guyana,” the commission noted in its report.The commission urged that the Human Rights Commission be established with the appointment of the Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer. A total of 18 other recommendations, including the introduction of paternity leave into the law, were made.In fact, the commission wants this to be included in contracts of employment and also in collective bargaining agreements. It also urged that work places be required to provide facilities for child care.Recommendations were also made for legislative and judicial changes. The commission urged that on-going specialised training be given on the Sexual Offences Act and the Domestic Violence Act, specially catered for judges, magistrates, police officers and others involved in the criminal justice system.According to the commission, a sexual harassment policy and a harmonised code of law on women’s rights should also be implemented. In the case of the latter, the commission recommended that the code be harmonised with international laws and best practise.“The code should be harmonised with international law obligations and with other national laws to ensure that there are no gaps in the protection afforded to women. The code should be written in simple accessible language as far as is possible.”“Conduct training workshops and provide women with information on their legal remedies including redress for criminal offences and remedies against discrimination. Guyana should improve access to justice for rural women by having mobile courts,” the commission also urged, adding that this suggestion was made by now acting Chief Justice Roxane George.The commission also advised that Government investigate and report on conditions for women prisoners. It noted the importance of cross-checking such conditions with the standards set in the United Nations Rules for the Treatment of Women Prisoners and Non-custodial measures For Women Offenders.It was also advised that Articles 149 (6), 152 and 154 (6) of the Constitution of Guyana be repealed. According to the commission, these respective articles provide loopholes for discrimination against women and the denial of fundamental rights. There are also recommendations for increasing child support.Lack of willAt a press conference last year, British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn, had stated that there is an obvious lack of will in the fight against gender inequality amongst the Guyanese population.According to previous World Bank statistics on international levels of employment, the ratio of female to male labour force participation in 2013 showed that women globally are less likely than men to participate in the labour market, that is, less likely to be employed or actively looking for work.The World Bank explained that “female participation in employment is high and the gender gap low in many low-income countries where women are engaged in unpaid subsistence agriculture, although they are less involved in paid activities outside the household.Women also tend to be active in high-income countries, where over two-thirds of the female adult population participate in the labour market and the gender gap in labour force participation rates is less than 15 per cent on average.”The study had placed Guyana at the 154th spot, which showed the country’s ratio increasing from 48.2 per cent in 2003 to 52.9 per cent in 2013. It was noted that while the figure is still lower than the average of 68.4 per cent for Latin American and Caribbean (developed) countries, it shows that Guyana is moving in the right direction.The Commission is chaired by Indranie Chandarpal of the Women’s Progressive Organisation. The Deputy Chairperson is Cheryl Sampson from the National Congress of Women. The other Commissioners are drawn from the labour unions, regional women’s affairs committees, culture and ethnic groups and the Private Sector.
Ilya Bryzgalov made 40 saves in his first start since Feb. 7 for the Ducks, who moved seven points ahead of San Jose and Dallas by surviving the Sharks’ prodigious 42-19 shot advantage. The clubs, which meet again Friday in Anaheim, have split the first six meetings of this growing rivalry. Dustin Penner scored two goals in the first period for Anaheim, and Milan Michalek replied with two goals in the second period for San Jose. The Sharks controlled play for much of the third – but after they missed several scoring chances in a flurry, Anaheim scored with a blistering counterattack. Chris Kunitz and Selanne traded the puck on an end-to-end rush before Selanne tucked home his 38th goal of the season with 11:41 left. Evgeni Nabokov stopped 16 shots for the weary Sharks, who returned early Sunday morning from a tough eight-game road trip. San Jose, which has lost four of six, must face NHL-leading Nashville before heading out on another three-game trip. The Sharks also lost defenseman Scott Hannan in the first period to an undisclosed injury. Joe Thornton had two assists for the Sharks, and Ryan Getzlaf had two for Anaheim. Penner’s goals were the 20th and 21st of his first full NHL season, while Michalek matched his career high from last season with his 17th goal. San Jose dominated much of the final two periods in the California rivals’ fourth meeting this season at the Shark Tank, where the Ducks sent the Sharks off on their longest road trip of the season 20 days earlier with a 7-4 pounding. Selanne, a San Jose favorite during his 2 seasons with the team, scored his 82nd point in 54 career games against the Sharks with his fast-break goal. The Ducks also survived almost four minutes of short-handed play early in the third period, including a two-man disadvantage for 17 seconds after Sean O’Donnell hit Steve Bernier in the groin after a whistle had blown. Sharks captain Patrick Marleau had an unobstructed chance in the final seconds, but his shot hit Bryzgalov squarely in the chest. Bryzgalov hadn’t won since Jan. 11, and Jean-Sebastien Giguere started the Ducks’ last eight games. San Jose still hopes to have defenseman Craig Rivet in the lineup for Wednesday’s game against Nashville, if immigration issues can be resolved. The Sharks acquired the 11-year veteran from Montreal on Sunday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Ducks vs. Sharks SAN JOSE – Teemu Selanne scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period, and the Ducks padded their Pacific Division lead with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.
0Shares0000Spain players celebrate after their 2-2 draw with Morocco that took them to the World Cup round of 16. PHOTO/FIFAMoscow, Russia, Jun 25- Spain and Portugal reached the World Cup last 16 on Monday on a dramatic evening dominated by VAR decisions.Spain drew 2-2 with Morocco to top Group B thanks to a late Iago Aspas equaliser that was referred to the video assistant referee and Iran held Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal to a 1-1 draw. Fernando Hierro’s Spain, the 2010 world champions, will play Russia in the next round in Moscow on Sunday while European champions Portugal face Uruguay in Sochi the previous day.In Kaliningrad, Aspas scored a VAR-assisted equaliser in injury time as Spain scrambled a 2-2 draw with Morocco in a dramatic finale to their Group B campaign.Aspas’s winner, initially disallowed but awarded after intervention from the Video Assistant Referee, saw Spain stumble into the last 16 as group winners.Spain Captain Sergio ramos celebrates with Iago Aspas after his late equalizer against Morocco. PHOTO/FIFAThe Spaniards will now face World Cup hosts Russia in the second round after Portugal were held to a 1-1 draw by Iran in the night’s other game.Spain survived a real scare from a spirited Morocco side who had been leading 2-1 when the 90th minute began.Aspas’ clever flick from a wide free kick was initially adjudged by the assistant referee to have been offside.But after intervention from VAR it was given as a goal, much to the consternation of the Moroccan players and substitutes, some of whom stormed the pitch in protest.Morocco coach Herve Renard said before the game his team, the first to be eliminated this tournament, had been victim to “total injustice” in their opening 1-0 losses.The North Africans, who had yet to score a point or even a goal before Monday, started brightly, compact without the ball and breaking at speed.Morocco took the lead on 14 minutes when Boutaib took advantage of a horrible mix-up between Sergio Ramos and Andres Iniesta to race through and slide the ball calmly through David De Gea’s legs.Spain were level five minutes later when some crisp passing sent Iniesta free inside Morocco’s box. He cut back with the outside of his right boot to Isco, who fired into the roof of Monir El-Kajoui’s net from six yards.The Real Madrid playmaker was at the heart of every Spain attack, caressing clever passes to teammates and weaving past wrong-footed defenders.They weren’t complaining minutes later, however, when substitute Youssef En-Nesyri headed home the corner that followed to the rapture of the Moroccan supporters.Boutaib missed a glorious chance to restore the advantage when he found Spain’s centre backs sleeping off a quick throw only to fluff the one-on-one with De Gea.But La Roja should have gone in ahead at half-time, with Iniesta’s square pass missing Diego Costa’s outstretched right boot by millimetres from point blank.Morocco sat back in the second period and invited Spain to try to break them down.When they regained possession they broke with pace and purpose, and nearly took the lead after 55 minutes when Noureddine Amrabat’s right-foot scorcher from distance cannoned off the crossbar.Isco’s header on the hour mark forced a goal-line clearance from Ghanem Saiss, chosen by Renard to start over captain Mehdi Benatia.Morocco were aggrieved not to be awarded a penalty 10 minutes from time when the ball struck Pique’s fist in the area.They weren’t complaining minutes later, however, when substitute Youssef En-Nesyri headed home the corner that followed to the rapture of the Moroccan supporters.But Aspas’ late equaliser took some of the gloss of what had been a spirited and well-drilled performance.-Portugal scrap drawCristiano Ronaldo reacts after missing his penalty against Iran. PHOTO/FIFAIn Saransk, Ronaldo missed a penalty before Portugal conceded an injury-time spot-kick in a 1-1 draw with Iran as the European champions set up a last-16 clash with Uruguay.Ricardo Quaresma curled in a trademark trivela goal on the stroke of half-time at the Mordovia Arena, but Karim Ansarifard’s late penalty dropped Portugal to second in Group B behind neighbours Spain.Ronaldo won a second-half spot-kick after a video review but saw his effort saved, with the Real Madrid star unable to add to his four-goal tally at the tournament.Portugal will face Uruguay in Sochi on July 30 for a place in the quarter-finals after ending Iran’s hopes of reaching the knockout phase for the first time.Fernando Santos will hope Joao Moutinho recovers after the Monaco midfielder was restricted to a late substitute appearance in Saransk because of illness, with Quaresma one of three changes to the team that defeated Morocco 1-0.Ronaldo, scorer of all four Portugal goals in his country’s first two games, forced Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand into an early save after barging his way into the box.Iran scored a late penalty against Portugal to leave in a nervous ending. PHOTO/FIFAJoao Mario should have put Portugal in front after a defensive mix-up between Saeid Ezatolahi and Beiranvand, but the Inter Milan midfielder blazed over.Iran’s first genuine sight of goal came on 34 minutes when Ezatolahi directed a firm header from a free-kick straight into the grateful hands of Rui Patricio.Quaresma fired Portugal ahead just before the interval when he exchanged passes with Adrien Silva before bending home in style from the edge of the area with the outside of his right foot.Ronaldo had the chance to double the lead five minutes into the second half after he was upended by Ezatolahi, with a spot-kick awarded following consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR).But the Portugal captain was denied by Beiranvand who dived to his left to smother Ronaldo’s attempt.Iran coach Carlos Queiroz remonstrated angrily with the officials as Saman Ghoddos appeared to be impeded by William Carvalho inside the area.The referee consults the VAR during teh Portugal v Iran game. PHOTO/FIFAThere was no VAR intervention on that occasion, but referee Enrique Caceres trotted over to the pitchside monitor after an altercation between Ronaldo and Morteza Pouraliganji.Ronaldo caught the Iran defender with a forearm across the face, Pouraliganji falling to the ground in a heap as the Portugal forward ultimately escaped with a yellow card.Iran earned a stoppage-time penalty, again with the help of VAR, when Sardar Azmoun’s header struck the arm of Cedric after the pair contested a deep cross.Substitute Ansarifard buried his effort into the roof of the net to set up a dramatic finish.Mehdi Taremi could have snatched a stunning winner after a deflected shot rolled into his path, but he fired into the side netting as Iran fell agonisingly short.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Drake has 28 student-athletes, including 18 letterwinners from 2017, on its roster for the 2018 season. The Bulldogs have just four seniors and 16 student-athletes are freshmen or sophomores. Eight newcomers joined the program, including four Division I transfers that bring significant experience to the young roster. The four returning seniors, Paul Ciszewski (Germantown, Wis.), Steven Enna (Overland Park, Kan.), Nic Jaimes (Olathe, Kan.) and Ryan Merideth (East Moline, Ill.) have a wealth of experience with a combined 212 career matches played. ESPN+ Butler opens its season Friday at No. 6 Akron. The Butler Bulldogs and the Drake Bulldogs are meeting for just the second time ever with the first match coming in 2015. Butler won that game, 4-0. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s soccer team hosts Oral Roberts Friday night in the 2018 season opener at the Cownie Soccer Complex. First kick with the Golden Eagles is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the match will be broadcast on ESPN+. Following Friday’s match, Drake has a quick turnaround as it visits No. 12 Butler Monday night in Indianapolis, Ind. Oral Roberts owned a 4-11-1 record in 2017. The Bulldogs and the Golden Eagles are playing for the ninth time in the series and the first time since 2011. Drake holds a 6-1-1 mark in the head-to-head series. After its match in Des Moines, Oral Roberts plays at MVC member, Bradley, Sunday. Drake receives a boost with the return of Enna for the 2018 season. Enna, who has scored 12 goals in his career, played in just two matches last season due to injury, and received a medical hardship for 2018. He has played in 53 career matches with 44 starts and received Missouri Valley Conference honorable mention honors in 2016. Sophomore Leroy Enzuguzi had an outstanding freshman campaign, scoring a team-high five goals, and it was capped with MVC honorable mention accolades. Drake scored 19 goals in 2017 with student-athletes back for the 2018 season which scored 14 of those goals. Live Stats Story Links Drake returns to Cownie Aug. 31 for a match against UIC. First kick with the Flames is scheduled for 5 p.m. and it will be shown on ESPN+. Print Friendly Version
A WOMAN accused of killing Bundoran surfer Mr Alan McSherry, 48, in a hit-and-run collision last August has been charged with dangerous driving causing his death. Victim: Mr Alan McSherryLisa Roohan, from Boyanagh, outside Ballyshannon, has been accused of the offence which occurred on the 25th of August last year. Jo McSherry, had gone to collect her husband who had been out with friends, but instead found Alan dead on the roadside just outside Bundoran.Mr McSherry, who was 48, was walking the two miles from Bundoran to his home in the townland of Boyannagh when he was hit by a car.Mrs Roohan appeared at Ballyshannon District Court last month.Judge Kevin Kilrane remanded her on bail to the same court on June 20 for service of the book of evidence.Inspector Denis Joyce told him Roohan had surrendered her passport to Gardaí.Roohan is set to appear before the court on separate driving charges linked to the incident on Friday this week.The couple, from Birkenhead near Liverpool had been living in the Bundoran area for 13 years, both had a passion for surfing, and Mr Sherry was affectionately known locally as ‘Handy Al’.Before Mr McSherry’s body was returned for burial to Birkenhead, surfers from Bundoran paddled out to sea with flowers in their own special tribute to their late friend.WOMAN CHARGED FOR HIT-AND-RUN COLLISION WHICH CAUSED DEATH OF BUNDORAN SURFER was last modified: June 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Alan McSherrycourtsHome-page NewsLisa RoohanWoman Charged
(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 An interview with oceanographer Bob Ballard shows him taking glee at proving the scientific consensus wrong.Bob Ballard, the man who found the Titanic, is a proud maverick. With his submarines and robotic vehicles, he has overturned at least three scientific notions long taught in textbooks. Now working on another film series called “Alien Deep,” this “Carl Sagan with gills” was interviewed on Live Science. He was asked about the deep sea vents he filmed for the show.We found another world. What I like doing is throwing text books away.When I was a geology student, I was taught the old school of geology. I had to memorize a whole lot of crap. I was part of the revolution in Earth sciences, where we knew more than the professors, which was dangerous because you didn’t want to embarrass them. How’d you like to defend your Ph.D. with a professor that doesn’t believe you?… They didn’t believe in plate tectonics, so you had to gingerly get around that. So, we threw the geology book out the window.Then to biology: We were taught all life on earth was due to photosynthesis. Baloney. We found a life system that completely defied this. Instead of living off the energy from the sun, we found a system that lived in total darkness off the energy of the Earth.We then found black smokers blasting off on the bottom of the ocean in 1979. We discovered that water actually goes into the planet. The entire volume of the ocean goes into and out of the Earth every 6-8 million years.Of these black smokers, the interviewer described them as “vents on the ocean floor that spew out water from within the Earth, which wasn’t previously thought possible.” Douglas Main, the interviewer, assumes this affected theories on the origin of life, but did not quote Ballard on that point. Main said, “He has helped find new and unknown life forms around deep sea vents, which ‘threw out the textbook’ on biology and the origin of life, which was previously thought to have originated from energy captured from sunlight.”Ballard’s maverick discoveries have not hindered him from a productive scientific career. National Geographic lists his numerous awards and honors. “By his own admission,” the interviewer said, “Ballard is a heretic,” a label he apparently wears with pride.Ballard is no Carl Sagan. Sagan protected the textbooks from criticism; Ballard is unabashed to throw them out the window when they’re wrong. Professors of evolution today make students “memorize a whole lot of crap,” too. A revolution is coming in life sciences. Brave students are needed to lead it. As Ballard himself knows, a grad student has to “gingerly get around” the problem of disagreeing with his or her adviser. Get your Ph.D. and then turn the tables in your observational work.Speaking of observational work, Ballard has not witnessed the ocean going through black smokers for 6-8 million years. That’s an extrapolation from present rates. Ballard is an evolutionist who has not yet learned to throw out that textbook. Some bold student reading this, though, who knows how to call “Baloney” when he sees it, might be inspired to become the “heretic” to launch the revolution against evolution. A generation of students are waiting to follow a leader, and give Darwin textbooks the heave-ho out the window.Speaking of deep sea vents, consider this verse from the Book of Job. God the Creator is questioning Job about his “scientific” knowledge of the earth and the cosmos: “Have you entered the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in search of the depths?” (Job 38:16). Ballard may not have walked there or entered the springs, but he has done the next best thing: discovered them and observed them from a submarine, proving that the Bible was right all along, leaving consensus scientists mumbling about something they said “wasn’t previously thought possible.” What do they know compared to eyewitnesses?
(Visited 517 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 When hit by damaging mutations, cells repair genes before non-coding areas. How do they know?Cells have an uncanny sense of priority. Researchers at the University of Oxford have found that they send their repairmen to the most critical areas first. They found this by cutting down on the repair staff, and watching what happened. MMR (DNA mismatch repair) is a repair service that fixes mutations.The paper finds that MMR preferentially repairs genes, rather than other regions of the genome. This finding significantly enhances our understanding of how organisms use MMR to reduce spontaneous mutation rates.Although the study was conducted on plants, the finding also has implications for medicine:The study has important implications for human health, and is particularly useful for understanding the changes that occur in cells during the development of the tumors that underlie cancers. MMR-deficiency predisposes cells to become tumorous, presumably because MMR-deficient cells lack the gene protection that reduces the risk of mutation in the genes that normally suppress tumor formation.In other words, the cell needs to protect its genes to fight cancer. This doesn’t mean that non-genic regions are unimportant, but perhaps they rank lower on the priority list for the cell’s repair crew. The researchers, however, do not know how the cell targets the genes:‘Whilst genes are essential for the biology of organisms, the functions, if any, of the non-genic regions of the genome are less clear’, said Prof. Harberd. ‘It is therefore understandable that natural selection may have favoured the relative targeting of MMR to genes rather than non-genic regions. The challenge now is to understand how that targeting works.’Once again, we see scientists attributing design to ‘natural selection’ by default, instead of honoring the Creator of life. This should have received an ‘Amazing’ award, but the writers stuck a Darwin fly in the ointment. The opening sentence gets Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week:Whilst DNA sequence mutation is the fundamental fuel of species evolution, mutations in genes are often harmful. As a form of defence, organisms have evolved repair mechanisms to correct the DNA sequence following mutation.
Virgin Australia has posted a third-quarter net loss of $A69 million — $10m down on the same quarter in 2016 — as it continues its struggle towards profitability.The airline Thursday posted an underlying pre-tax loss of $A62.3 million to bring its cumulative underlying loss for the nine months to March 31 to $A20.2m and the equivalent net loss to $A90.6 million.The airline, which posted an underlying loss of $A18.6m in the third quarter of 2016 and a net loss of $A58.8m, said the third quarter was historically its weakest and had been affected by costs associated with a range of issues.These included its fleet simplification program, adverse foreign exchange impacts on US dollar-denominated debts and operating costs, subdued trading conditions and one-off revenue impacts of aborted attempt to service Bali with Tigerair and severe weather in Queensland.While it did not give an estimate for its full-year result, the airline said it expected the situation in the current quarter to improve compared to the previous year’s underlying fourth-quarter loss of $A21.9m.On the plus side, Virgin said it had reduced debt by more than $A200m and was maintaining a strong total cash balance and liquidity position that was 50 per cent higher than at the same time last year.With accelerated debt repayments of $A169m during the first half of fiscal 2017, the group’s net debt position had reduced by 33 per cent to $A627m compared to its position at June 30, 2016.The airline said it expected to end Embraer 190 jet operations by the end of the 2017 calendar year, with two E190s sold prior to March 31 and the remaining four due to be sold before June 30.It has also announced it would remove all six ATR 72-500 turboprop aircraft and two ATR 72-600s as it reduces the ATR fleet to six and closes its Brisbane ATR crew base.“It is expected the adverse cost impact of Embraer 190 and ATR fleet simplification measures will be reduced over the next 12 months as the removal of these sub-fleets progresses,’’ it said. “The group remains on track to deliver net free cash flow savings increasing to $A300m per annum (annualised run rate) from the Better Business Program by the end of the 2019 financial year.’’Operating statistics were also subdued with group passenger numbers down 1 per cent for the quarter and capacity down 4 per cent compared to the same quarter last year. The one unit to see an increase in passenger numbers was low-cost subsidiary Tigerair Australia, where passenger numbers rose 4.5 per cent and its revenue load factor rise 3.5 points to 89 per cent.The result comes after rival Qantas recently told analysts it was narrowing the unit cost difference between its domestic operations and that of its rival.Qantas is expecting a full-year underlying pre-tax profit of $A1.35 billion to $A1.4 billion, although this is down from 2015-16’s record underlying result of $A1.53 billion.In a recent decision to upgrade Qantas’s credit rating, rating agency Moody’s pointed to the unique” dynamics of the Australian market and noted Qantas had a domestic capacity share of 62 per cent and raked in 86 per cent of the available pre-tax earnings in the market. “With its greater scale, far higher margins and a significantly stronger balance sheet, Qantas is in a very strong competitive position,’’ it said.