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Vigil against violence

first_imgDear Editor,I write to commend The Caribbean Voice and other groups and individuals for planning and organising a vigil, “Voices Against Violence”, to be held on September 10. With rising violence in Guyana and around the globe, that kind of social activism is needed now more than ever. I appeal to the public to join the organisers to help make the vigil a success – a virtual cost free vigil that benefits the nation and that promotes harmony.The vigil is an attempt to get communities across Guyana to engage in anti-violence activism, while fostering the concept of communal action for community well being. The candle light vigil coincides with World Suicide (an act of self-inflicted violence) Prevention Day. The vigil is held under the theme, ‘Connect Communicate Care’, an initiative that is inexpensive and easy to organise in bringing communities together. According to the organisers, each participant simply needs a candle or can even use a cell phone. Vigils can be organised by religious institutions, local businesses, sports and youth clubs, political party groups or just about any entity. Where possible, two or more groups can collaborate to make it effective. Each vigil can select routes around the community, end at a central point or any other selected place where the participants can be accommodated and hold a rally whereby pre-selected individuals from within or out of the community can speak on the theme of anti-violence and, if desired, inter faith prayers can be conducted. During the walk, anti-violence slogans can be chanted.As the organisers noted, for the purposes of this vigil, all of the following are considered as acts of violence, either against oneself or others: trafficking, suicide, drug and alcohol addiction, domestic and child abuse, rape, incest, teenage pregnancy, road carnage, dysfunctional relationships, neglect of the elderly and abuse of the mentally and physically challenged. Besides, relationship violence and its dysfunctional socialization, which are more and more looming as issues of critical urgency, do shape personalities that easily gravitate towards crime and attending violence. Thus, violence should be addressed holistically and when communities come together, they can begin to become more caring and build more togetherness, while getting their feet wet in the practice of mindfulness. In effect, anti-violence must become everybody’s business and immediately so! The candle light vigil, held in communities throughout the nation, is a step in this direction.Guyana is small both in terms of demographics and inhabited landscape, making this vigil very doable, especially given that most of what needs to be harnessed is already in place. Our history teaches that politics, race and religion are never obstacles in the face of the peoples’ willpower and resolve. Besides, the vigil will foster community collaboration and racial harmony, with a focus on saving lives and preventing harm, and fostering the process of societal transformation.Several groups are on board including Golden Om Dharmic Youth, Save Abee Foundation, Orchid Foundation, Anna Catherina Islamic Complex, NJASM, Art of Living (Guyana), Nirvana Humanitarian Foundation, Imagine Nation Foundation, GIVE Foundation, Monique’s Helping Hands, Guyana Women’s Roundtable, and Miss Universe Guyana. Other NGOs, the media, and the government should lend their support. Community leaders, business people, including religious institutions, sports clubs and other organisations need to join the effort so that it is held in every community. The organisers are appealing for groups or individuals to spearhead a vigil in their community.Vigil organisers can be contacted at 621-6111 or 223-2637. Other organisers are Pandit Deodat at 627-4432 and Chandanie at 697-9968. In North America, call Anna at 646-461-0574, Ty at 646-589-3135 or Sham at 954-778-3222. Send email to bibiahamad1@hotmail.com, keshni.rooplall@yahoo.com,deodatpersaud25@yahoo.com or caribvoice@aol.com. Or contact any of the following persons via Facebook, Deodat Persaud, Chandanie Rooplall, Bibi Ahamad, Ty Talbot, or Annan Boodram.Yours faithfully,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

Folau cashes in as Christian group takes up fundraiser

first_imgThat had attracted widespread criticism, with Australian media noting he was one of the best-paid players in the world and owned a multi-million dollar property portfolio.The ACL website said Tuesday that by 5:00 pm Sydney time (0700 GMT) it had raised Aus$1.044 million (US$300,000) of its Aus$3.0 million goal for Folau’s legal battle with former employer Rugby Australia.The 30-year-old, a devout Christian, was sacked by the governing body last month for posting anti-gay comments on Instagram.ACL’s managing director Martyn Iles said the group also donated Aus$100,000 of its own funds towards Folau’s cause “because it’s right and it sets an important legal precedent”.“Many Australians want to support Izzy Folau because they feel his case is their case and they can help make a difference and show him he is not alone,” he tweeted before the appeal went live.Folau initially set up his appeal on GoFundMe, saying he was standing up for freedom of speech and religion by fighting his sacking for posting that “hell awaits” gay people and others he considers sinners.The appeal had raised more than Aus$700,000 before GoFundMe pulled it on Monday, saying the platform would not “tolerate the promotion of discrimination or exclusion”.Folau was fired last month after a Rugby Australia tribunal found him guilty of “high-level” misconduct over his social media posts.He has taken his case to Australia’s employment watchdog, the Fair Work Commission, asserting that he simply posted sentiments from the Bible.The issue has revived debate about the clash between the right to freedom of religious expression and restrictions on hate speech.Australia’s conservative government, which was re-elected in May, has vowed to enshrine religious freedom protections in law, while the ACL was vocal in opposing the introduction of gay marriage laws in 2017.Folau’s legal team and Rugby Australia officials will meet in Sydney on Friday as part of the employment watchdog process.He is reportedly seeking Aus$10 million in damages, including for lost sponsorship and marketing opportunities.Folau was on a four-year contract worth more than Aus$1.0 million annually when he was sacked.Netball New Zealand (NNZ), meanwhile, said it would not be taking action against Folau’s wife, Maria, for supporting his fundraising efforts.Maria Folau, a New Zealand international who plies her trade with Australia’s Adelaide Thunderbirds, flagged his GoFundMe campaign on her Twitter feed.In a brief statement, NNZ said “Maria Folau has not breached NNZ policy”.It added: “We acknowledge that people have differing views and beliefs. It is important those opinions and views are expressed in constructive and respectful ways.Liz Ellis, a former Australian captain, had called for netball authorities to send a strong message over the Folau saga.“There is no room for homophobia in our game,” she tweeted late Sunday. “Anyone who is seen to support or endorse homophobia is not welcome.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000New Zealand netball player Maria Folau has escaped sanction for Twitter comments supporting her husband Israel. A Christian group has raised over A$1.0 million in a day for his legal case against Rugby Australia © AFP / Geoff CADDICK, Andy BUCHANANSYDNEY, Australia, Jun 25 – A Christian group crowdfunded more than Ksh 71 million ($700,000) in a single day Tuesday for former Australian rugby star Israel Folau’s legal battle to appeal against his sacking over homophobic comments.The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) stepped in to host Folau’s fundraising appeal after his original online appeal for cash was shut down over concerns it was discriminatory.last_img read more

Eriksen strikes late to keep Spurs in title hunt

first_imgHis sumptuous long-range strike closed the gap on Chelsea to four points after their title rivals had moved seven points clear with a win over Southampton 24 hours earlier.With five games remaining, Tottenham remain in the hunt to be crowned champions for the first time since 1961 as they look to avenge Sunday’s agonising FA Cup semi-final defeat against Chelsea by pipping them to the title.Pochettino will hope his players are revitalised by their eighth successive league win, but the Tottenham boss must know they have to improve to beat Arsenal in Sunday’s crucial north London derby.After defeating Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool recently, Palace deserved better than defeat here, although they should still be safe from relegation.Recognising the weakness that Chelsea exploited so ruthlessly, Pochettino dropped Son Heung-Min and recalled Ben Davies after his experiment with using the South Korea forward out of position at left wing-back failed at Wembley.Despite that change, it wasn’t easy for Tottenham to erase the scars of their semi-final collapse.When Eriksen worked space for a shot, the winger’s hurried effort sailed wide and Victor Wanyama fared no better with a wayward strike from an acute angle.Those bungled early raids foreshadowed a subdued half from Tottenham as they struggled to rebuild their shaken confidence.Faced with a supremely organised Palace side with the pace and power to hurt them on the counter, Pochettino’s men looked fatigued mentally and physically.Christian Benteke threatened to bludgeon the visitors into submission when the muscular Palace striker tested Hugo Lloris with a low strike.Anxiety was afflicting every decision Tottenham took and when a weak clearance fell to Kyle Walker in space inside the penalty area, the defender wastefully volleyed high over the bar.Already on a booking, Wanyama was fortunate to escape a red card after catching Andros Townsend with a sliding tackle.– Bolt from the blue –Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Cristian Eriksen tries to win the ball against Crystal Palace defender Mamadou Sakho in an English Premier League on April 26, 2017. PHOTO/Daily MailTownsend was proving a thorn in his old team’s side and the winger fired just over after a clever turn took him past the Tottenham defence.Desperate to ignite his punchless side, Pochettino sent on Son and Moussa Sissoko at half-time to give Tottenham an extra man in midfield and the changes gradually had a positive effect.Just as significantly, Mamadou Sakho, who had been imperious at the heart of the Palace defence, was carried off early in the second half after his knee twisted awkwardly when he stretched to tackle Harry Kane.Tottenham should have taken immediate advantage of Sakho’s absence when Walker’s cross picked out Alli’s well-timed run, but the midfielder guided his shot wide from close-range.Alli produced a more accurate effort moments later, yet it lacked the power to beat Wayne Hennessey and when Kane headed straight at the Palace keeper soon after it appeared Tottenham were destined to be frustrated.But Eriksen had other ideas and the Dane snatched the winner with a bolt from the blue in the 78th minute.Dropping deep to take possession, Kane teed up Eriksen and, as Palace backed off, he unleashed a precise low 25-yard strike that fizzed past the slow to react Hennessey and sparked wild celebrations from Pochettino and his players.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Cristian Eriksen wheels away in celebration after scoring the lone goal against Crystal Palace in an English Premier League on April 26, 2017. PHOTO/Daily MailLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 27 –Christian Eriksen reignited Tottenham’s bid to catch Premier League leaders Chelsea as the Dane’s late blast sealed a vital 1-0 win against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.Mauricio Pochettino’s side were well below their best for long periods at Selhurst Park, but Eriksen came to the rescue in dramatic fashion with 12 minutes left.last_img read more

Funny video: Balotelli voted out of Liverpool in I’m a Footballer… Get Me Out of Here!

first_imgHave you ever imagined what it would be like to see your favourite Premier League stars roughing it in the jungle?I’m a Celebrity.. Get Me Out of Here has returned, with ex-Fulham, Hull and Wigan player Jimmy Bullard hotly tipped to make an impression Down Under.So we here at talkSPORT decided to make our own version of the hit show, featuring big names such as Rooney, Ozil and Balotelli.Check it out now to see which footballer has been voted to face a terrifying trial… at Aston Villa.For more funny videos, subscribe to talkSPORT on YouTube HERE.last_img read more

Judge rules stem cell institute is a true state agency

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – California’s novel, $3 billion stem cell research institute is a legitimate state agency and two lawsuits challenging its constitutionality have no merit, a state judge ruled Friday. The ruling came a month after a four-day trial in which lawyers with connections to anti-abortion groups claimed the country’s most ambitious stem cell research agency violated California law because it wasn’t a true state agency and its managers had a host of conflicts of interest. But Alameda County Superior Court Judge Bonnie Lewman Sabraw handed the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine an unambiguous victory, writing that the lawsuits failed to show the voter-approved law that created the agency in 2004 “is clearly, positively and unmistakably unconstitutional.” Lewman’s ruling becomes official in 10 days unless the losing attorneys come up with new and dramatically different arguments. Llewellyn said he still thinks Proposition 71 violates state laws against proposing two subjects on a single ballot measure even though the judge said she found no evidence to support that claim. Llewellyn argued that because Proposition 71 authorized funding for both stem cell work and other kinds of medical research, it violated California’s single subject rule. Llewellyn’s client and the taxpayer group People’s Advocate also argued in their combined lawsuits that the stem cell institute wasn’t a proper state agency because its finances are controlled by a 29-member board called the Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee that isn’t accountable to any branch of state government. But the judge rejected those arguments and all others challenging the agency’s legality in her 42-page verdict.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventProposition 71 was placed on the California ballot in November 2004 to counter President George W. Bush’s stem cell research policy, which severely restricts the amount of federal funding that can be used for the work opposed by many conservative Christian groups. Approved by 59 percent of the state’s voters, it will fund about $300 million annually in stem cell research that the federal government won’t. “It’s unfortunate that the plaintiffs, after losing at the polls, went to court to frustrate the voters’ will,” California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said. “The sooner this legal fight is over, the sooner California can move to where the people want it – in the forefront of stem cell research.” The stem cell agency’s finances nevertheless will remain in limbo even after Friday’s ruling. The litigation prevented the Institute for Regenerative Medicine from borrowing any of the $3 billion it is authorized from traditional Wall Street bond buyers. That won’t change until the expected appeals of the verdict are exhausted, probably some time next year. David Llewellyn, a lawyer for one of the groups suing the stem cell institute, said he probably will petition the California Supreme Court to take the case directly, bypassing the appellate courts. “There are several curiosities in the verdict,” said Llewellyn, who represents the anti-abortion group California Family Bioethics Council. last_img read more

Granit Xhaka spoken to by police about incident of racial abuse at Heathrow

first_img1 The 24-year-old Switzerland international was not arrested but visited a local police station Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka has been interviewed by police following an allegation he racially abused a member of staff at Heathrow airport on Monday evening, it is understood.The 24-year-old Switzerland international was not arrested but visited a local police station after a different party reported the alleged incident.Xhaka, who was sent off in Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Burnley on Sunday afternoon, was interviewed under caution with Metropolitan Police confirming the details of the allegation in a statement.“Police were called at 19:29hrs on Monday, 23 January following an allegation that a member of staff had been racially abused at Heathrow Airport, Terminal Five,” the statement read.“The allegation was made by a third party.“Officers attended and spoke with a man in his 20s. He was not arrested. He voluntarily attended a west London police station where he was interviewed under caution. Enquires continue.”When contacted, Arsenal said: “This is a private matter which is in the hands of the police.”Xhaka joined the Gunners from Borussia Monchengladbach last summer for a fee in excess of £30million.He has recently enjoyed a run in the side but will serve a four-match ban having been shown his second red card of the season at the weekend.last_img read more

Football Broadcast Preview for Friday October 25th

first_imgThe Nighthawks close the year at home against Sioux Center. BHRV is 3-1 in the district and 3-5 on the season. The Warriors are 3-1 in the district as well and 5-3 for the year following last Friday’s overtime loss in Sioux Center.Nighthawk Head Coach Cory Brandt describes the Warriors this way.Audio Playerhttp://kiwaradio.com/files/8701b-brandt-1-56.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.A big key to a win will be how the Nighthawks can matchup early.Audio Playerhttp://kiwaradio.com/files/8702b-brandt-2-46.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Sioux Center Head Coach Tim Van Regenmorter is impressed with the Nighthawks passing game.Audio Playerhttp://kiwaradio.com/files/8701v-van-regenmorter-1-7.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.With that thought in mind pass defense will be key.Audio Playerhttp://kiwaradio.com/files/8702v-van-regenmorter-2-7.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Jon and Justin Hellinga continue season long coverage of Nighthawk football on KIWA FM 105.3. Pregame for both contests will begin at 6:05 with “The Water Boys ” pregame show. Opening kickoffs are set for 7:00 and both games will be streamed from the website at www.kiwaradio.com. Northwest Iowa — The regular season comes to a close for high school football in Iowa on Friday. Sheldon will close the year at Rock Rapids against Central Lyon George Little Rock. Boyden Hull Rock Valley will host Sioux Center at A.R. Hesla Field in Hull. Listen for broadcast coverage of the Orabs on 100.7. FM. Season long coverage of the Nighthawks continues on KIWA FM 105.3.Following a home win on senior night the Orabs take a 3-5 season record and 2-2 in the district to CL-G-LR. The Lions have wrapped up the district title with an overtime win at Sioux Center last Friday. They are 4-0 in the district and 4-4 on the season.Three areas of the Lions team in particular stand out to Orab Head Coach Tyler Lloyd.Audio Playerhttp://kiwaradio.com/files/8701l-lloyd-1-38.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.For Lloyd the keys to the game come together this way.Audio Playerhttp://kiwaradio.com/files/8702l-lloyd-2-36.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Head Coach Curtis Eben and his Lion squad are not taking the Sheldon offense lightly.Audio Playerhttp://kiwaradio.com/files/8702e-eben-2-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.For the Lions a big key will be recognition on defense.Audio Playerhttp://kiwaradio.com/files/8701e-eben-1-1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Eric Maassen joins LA for the broadcast this week on FM 100.7 and AM 1550.last_img read more

#Nextchat: HR’s 2016 Performance Review

first_imgWhat’s a Twitter Chat? Three Tools for Twitter Chats In 2016, the HR profession continued to employ the hottest trends and keep up with changes in the areas such as employment law, technology and talent management.      Data-driven recruiting, the employee experience, the new overtime rule and employee classifications were some of the most talked-about developments in 2016. A transition to continuous, real-time feedback in lieu of annual reviews was also a movement that employers began to slowly acknowledge, if not adopt, in 2016.As we enter the home stretch of 2016, @shrmnextchat wants to hear from you.What trended in your HR world? What brilliant ideas did you implement to positively affect your organization’s bottom line? How did you become more strategic and more efficient and increase the credibility of your role? What worked? What didn’t? What kept you up at night? What did you learn that inspired you?  Please join @shrmnextchat at 3 p.m. ET on November 23 for #Nextchat.  We’ll chat about HR’s performance in 2016 and opportunities for growth and advancement in 2017.Q1. What do you think worked well for the HR profession—and for you and your HR department in 2016?Q2. What were the greatest challenges for HR professionals in 2016? What kept YOU up at night?Q3.  How did you or your HR department use data for recruiting in 2016?Q4. What talent management lessons (the good, the bad and the ugly) did you learn in 2016?Q5. What technology did you implement in 2016 that significantly increased the productivity/effectiveness of your HR department? Q6. How did you modify your employer brand in 2016 to keep up with workplace and workforce trends?Q7. How did you use data and analytics to show HR’s ROI and KPI in 2016—and what data did your CEO value most?Q8. What unique benefits and perks did you add in 2016 to attract talent? Q9. What’s the most important “HR lesson” learned in 2016, and how will it change your plans for 2017?last_img read more

Becoming a Brain Scientist

first_imgThe difference between success and failure is execution. Many people do not take control of their lives because they do not execute on their intuition to ignite change.So, How did I make the transition from eternal pessimist to brain scientist?1. I learned the art of deconstruction2. I developed an understanding of Behavioral Economics3. I learned to connect numerical reason to map resultsChapter TwoThe second chapter of my book Don’t Forget to Remember is entitled Deconstruction.Traditional methods of psychological research may require that we look at painful experiences and seek to understand the provocation of pain. That’s also a total bummer.Why not reflect upon what we’ve done well, revisit the dopamine we’ve acquired from that experience and use the positive vibration to drive our motivation?  The Why Behind The What An essential part of the creative design process is understanding WHY people are motivated. Behavioral Economics will explain the rivalry between the right and left brain with an appreciation for balance. We tend to bucket personalities as Type A (linear) or Type B (creative); one being logical the other weird. The thinking that you are either programmed or disorganized.We are culturally programmed to stay in our assigned bucket. Which is why movies where the straight-laced guy takes off his tie to put on a Rolling Stones T-Shirt are so popular. We also love to see the story of the guy who sobers up and finds somebody to love.The Math     People take action based in evidence. In this age of Big Data, people are far less likely to take risks. Proof is no longer an end game but a precursor.Here’s how it works:Mission: Create an employee value proposition that makes hiring and retaining elite talent an inarguable foregone conclusion.Behavioral Theory: People don’t buy what you do they buy why you do it!Analytic:1. It costs roughly $75k for a company to hire, train and retain a minimum wage employee.2. Employees turn down job offers and or leave companies for 12 reasons.3. Create a cultural model that bolsters:TransparencyTrustSocial Promotion (without filters)A clear path to promotion based in equal parts on quantifiable soft skill development and direct-to-position performance metrics.End Game: 1. Eliminate recruiting all together2. Save the company $7,500,000 annually3. Develop an outstanding cultureSee…. Becoming a brain scientist is so easy!DaveOriginally posted on Dave’s Weekly Thought blog.last_img read more

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