Shafer envisions ‘hard-nosed’ football program

first_img Published on January 14, 2013 at 2:41 am Related Stories Shafer excited about addition of ‘hard-nosed’ Bullough as defensive coordinatorShafer hires Chuck Bullough to be Syracuse defensive coordinatorShafer officially named as Syracuse’s next head coach; Spent last 4 seasons as defensive coordinatorShafer sheds light on offensive coordinator search during introductory press conferenceShafer to lead Orange with intensity, put ‘fear of God’ into opponents New football head coach Scott Shafer addresses the media at his introductory press conference. Shafer touches on his vision for the program and coaching changes. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Empowering the rural woman

first_img8 March 2012 International Women’s Day, 8 March 2012 – the 101st International Women’s Day – this year places a strong emphasis on empowering rural women, with the aim of bringing an end to hunger and poverty worldwide. The 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations headquarters, which opened on 27 February, focused on the theme of empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication and sustainable development. Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana led South Africa’s delegation at the CSW, which seeks to map the actions needed to make a real difference in the lives of millions of rural women. “South Africa has prioritised the empowerment of rural women through the mainstreaming of gender as part of a Comprehensive Rural Development Programme,” Xingwana said in New York. “Elements include providing access to funding, training, transfer of technology, building partnerships, ensuring food security, access to land as well as monitoring inequality in the redistribution of land.”For rural women, life is tougher Rural women, who constitute one-fourth of the world’s population, continue to face more difficulty than men in accessing public services, social protection, employment and markets, due to cultural norms, security issues and lack of identification documents. According to the United Nations, rural women account for a great proportion of the world’s agricultural labour force, produce the majority of food grown, especially in subsistence farming, and perform most of the unpaid care work in rural areas. Agriculture provides a livelihood for 86 percent of rural women and men and employment for about 1.3-billion smallholder farmers and landless workers – 43 percent are women. Their rights and contributions have been largely overlooked to date. The UN’s World Food Programme Gender Policy and Strategy have indicated that gender inequality is a major cause and effect of hunger and poverty, estimating that 60 percent of chronically hungry people are women and girls. Facts and figures drawn from the inter-agency report, “Rural Women and the Millennium Development Goals”, show that men’s average wages are higher than women’s in both rural and urban areas. Rural women typically work longer hours than men – they also have domestic and child care responsibilities. In Benin and Tanzania, women are said to work 17.4 and 14 hours more than men per week, respectively. In some countries, the amount of time spent collecting water alone significantly impacts on women’s employment opportunities. In sub-Saharan Africa, women collectively spend about 40-billion hours a year collecting water. If rural women had equal access to productive resources, agricultural yields could reduce the number of chronically hungry people by between 100 and 150-million. However, studies show persistent gaps that impact the lives of rural women.Education, literacy key Education remains another area in which more has to be done to help reduce the rate of illiteracy. Women make up more than two-thirds of the world’s 796-million illiterate people. According to global statistics, just 39 percent of rural girls attend secondary school. This is far fewer than rural boys (45 percent), urban girls (59 percent) and urban boys (60 percent). Staying in primary school alone means, every additional year increases girls’ eventual wages by 10-20 percent. It also encourages them to marry later and have fewer children, and leaves them less vulnerable to violence. The UN indicated that progress has been made in reducing the gender gap in urban primary school enrolment, but data from 42 countries shows that rural girls are twice as likely as urban girls to be out of school. In Egypt, Indonesia and several African countries, building local schools in rural communities increased girls’ enrolment. Educating women would also mean that a large gender gap in their access to decision-making and leadership can be curtailed.Women and climate change As highlighted by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture and Rural Development ahead of COP 17 last year, climate change impacts on women are visible, especially on women living in rural areas. Natural disasters and climate change can undermine the health, education and livelihoods of rural women, differently to men. “Women are disproportionately impacted by the negative effects of climate change due to their social roles, discrimination and poverty,” Xingwana told the CSW in New York “As women are powerful agents of change, we must ensure active participation and consultation of women in environmental planning, financing, budgeting and policy-making processes,” she said. “Women also have the indigenous knowledge needed to increase food security, prevent environmental degradation and maintain agricultural biodiversity. Rural women must therefore be involved in all aspects of adaptation and mitigation efforts in their communities.”South Africa makes progress The South African government has made progress in helping empower women. “We have 44 percent women representation in Parliament and 43 percent women Cabinet Ministers,” Xingwana said. “We are striving for parity and this year, my department will table the Gender Equity Bill in Parliament.” The government has also indicated its commitment, including budget allocations, to fund a massive infrastructure development programme, as announced by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation address in February, Xingwana told delegates. “This will be rolled out over a number of years. Government recognises education for women and girls as essential if we are to break the cycle of poverty and access to women’s health, especially decreasing maternal and child mortality and the negative impact of HIV/Aids on women and girls. “We are happy to report that in the past year, as a result of an intensive advocacy programme, we have successfully reduced Mother to Child Transmissions (MTCT) of HIV by 50 percent,” Xingwana said. “We will continue to build strong partnerships with civil society in working towards the objective of zero mother-to-child transmission.” Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will head the National Council Against Gender Based Violence, to be established later this year, to increase governments efforts to empower women. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Percheron Association’s annual Spring Plow Match

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the Percheron Horse Association of American held their annual Spring Plow Match in Fredericktown, Ohio. Despite the rainy and cold weather, teamsters showed up to compete in the plowing match.“We had three youth drivers as well, which is very exciting,” said Kristi Wood, executive secretary/treasurer of the Percheron Horse Association of America. “We are excited to start offering more youth programming and youth memberships in 2016.”Winners of the classes were as follows:Obstacle Course judged by Lynn MacVey: Dick Rook; Youth winner- Lydia Ingalls Walking Plow-judged by Robert Sparrow: Joe Reed Sulky Plow-judged by Robert Sparrow: Tie Joe Reed and Dick Rook; Youth winner-Lydia Ingalls Log Skidding-judged by Ron Skinner: Dick Rook; Youth winner: Dakota Goodyear Best Matched Team: Alan Stanley Best Teamster: Dick Rook Best Youth: Lydia IngallsPhotos courtesy of The Percheron Horse Association of America.last_img read more

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Kobe sees dominant performance by Gilas Cadets in Kuala Lumpur meet

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Photo from Fiba.comNineteen-year-old basketball sensation Kobe Paras said Gilas Pilipinas will be a dominant force in the coming Southeast Asian Games and doesn’t mind taking a reduced role in the team’s gold-medal bid.“You can see the lineup, this is the best I’ve been part of,” said Paras, who has played in the US NCAA Division I, during a sendoff for Team Philippines Thursday night. “My teammates, when I was in high school, these guys are the ones I looked up to.”ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Gilas Pilipinas routs Iraq, stays unscathed in Fiba Asia Cup Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Paras, whose father Benjie also won for the country a SEA Games gold, added that he will be taking on whatever role the coach requires of him.“You know I’m not selfish,” he said. “I won’t walk in and be like I wanna be the main scorer or anything like that. If coach tells me to defend, I’ll defend the best player out there. If he tells me to rebound, I’m gonna do it as much as I can.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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PSL says Soltones fine sticks; PVL calls decision ‘absurd’

first_imgView comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nguyen ready for jeers as he fights hometown hero Folayangcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “I don’t see anything wrong with what Gretchel did. In fact she should be commended for helping in this fund-raising event by her participation,” said Ricky Palou, president of Sports Vision, which organizes the PVL.“The suspension and hefty fine on Soltones by the PSL officials is absurd and totally uncalled for,” Palou said in a statement. “In the first place, Soltones has no contract with the PSL. She is only on loan to the team of Iriga as her mother league is the PVL.”Palou added that the PVL All Star was scheduled at the start of the 2017 season, before Soltones agreed to play on loan for Team Iriga.Team Iriga could not vote during the deliberation.ADVERTISEMENT PSL representatives voted 7-0, upholding the league’s decision to ban and fine Soltones.Team Iriga, however, does not have a contract yet with Soltones, to the dismay of league officials who have imposed a rule on all teams to sign their players to a minimum of one year with a one-league rider in the contract, meaning players are not allowed to play outside of the PSL while they are under contract with their respective teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMinus the contract, it isn’t clear if Soltones herself would pay the fine or how the PSL plans to extract the sanction from the San Sebastian star.Soltones saw action in a one-game affair dubbed the PVL All-Star Game. The charity match was held to raise funds for the benefit of HERO Foundation. Philippine Superliga team owners unanimously voted to deny the appeal by Team Iriga to reconsider Grethcel Soltones’ one-year ban and P50,000 fine as penalties for playing in an unsanctioned match outside of the league.The decision was branded “absurd” by the Premier Volleyball League, where Soltones plays, saying the power-hitting star merely did her part to raise funds for a foundation established to raise scholarship funds for children of soldiers who gave up their lives in the line of duty.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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24 days ago​Sheffield Utd midfielder Fleck set for Scotland call-up

first_img​Sheffield Utd midfielder Fleck set for Scotland call-upby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United midfielder John Fleck is set to earn his first call-up to the senior Scotland squad.Fleck is in line to play in the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Russia and San Marino later in October.The 28-year-old has never earned a cap at senior level, despite representing the U21s four times when he was younger.He will be Steve Clarke’s newest addition to the squad after impressing in the Blades’ start to life in the Premier League.Fleck has played five of the seven league games this season, while he was ever present last term in the Championship. About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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TSX finishes flat as energy and metals stocks fall oil prices unchanged

first_imgTORONTO – It was an especially flat day for Canada’s main stock index Friday, with the energy sector among major decliners despite oil prices continuing to hover around the US$50 mark.The S&P/TSX composite index squeaked out 0.31 of a point to advance to 15,173.03, as the October crude contract remained unchanged at US$49.89 per barrel.“We were hoping we’d see a bottom in energy stocks and they’d start acting better — that’s what the Canadian market needs because that’s the way the Canadian market is constructed,” said Norman Levine, managing director of Portfolio Management Corp.“But they’re not behaving as well as the commodity.”Levine attributed some of energy stocks’ woes to the rising loonie and a weakening greenback — “that’s because they sell energy for the most part in U.S. dollars,” he explained.The Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 82.09 US, up 0.11 of a U.S. cent.South of the border, it was another day of meagre gains and record highs for two of New York’s major indexes.The Dow Jones industrial average advanced 64.86 points to 22,268.34 on Friday, its fourth straight day of record highs, while the S&P 500 index was up 4.61 points to 2,500.23, its fourth day of reaching a new high since Monday.Meanwhile, the Nasdaq composite index gained 19.39 points to 6,448.47.Elsewhere in commodities, the December gold contract declined $4.10 at US$1,325.20 an ounce.The October natural gas contract was down five cents to US$3.02 per mmBTU and the December copper contract gave back a penny at US$2.95 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

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The Shape of Water wins top Producers Guild Award

first_imgBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Women and inclusivity continued to dominate the awards season conversation Saturday at the Producers Guild Awards, where Guillermo del Toro’s fantastical romance “The Shape of Water” won the top award and honorees like Jordan Peele and Ava DuVernay gave rousing speeches to the room of entertainment industry leaders.The untelevised dinner and ceremony, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., is closely watched for its capacity to predict the eventual Oscar best picture winner, but this year the “awards race” seemed to be the secondary show to the more urgent questions facing the industry, including the crisis of representation and sexual misconduct.The Producers Guild on Friday ratified guidelines for combating sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, and everyone from DuVernay to Universal Chair Donna Langley and television mogul Ryan Murphy made mention of the changing times and the work that still needs to be done.“If we want more brilliant films like ‘Get Out’ …we need to have many different perspectives including equal numbers of women, people of colour, people of all faiths and sexual orientation involved in every stage of filmmaking,” Langley said in accepting the Milestone Award — noting that she was only the third woman to do so.It was not the only time “Get Out” got a special mention, despite not winning the top award. Peele also won the Stanley Kramer Award.Del Toro was not present to accept the PGA’s Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, due to the health of his father.His film was up against 10 others this year, including “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which won big at the Golden Globes earlier this month, “Lady Bird,” ”Get Out,” ”Dunkirk,” ”The Post,” ”Call Me By Your Name,” ”The Big Sick,” ”I, Tonya” ”Wonder Woman” and “Molly’s Game” — many of which were represented by actors and directors in attendance like Timothee Chalamet, Christopher Nolan, Margot Robbie, Patty Jenkins and Greta Gerwig.Other presenters included the likes of Tom Hanks, Reese Witherspoon, Mary J. Blige, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kerry Washington and Morgan Freeman in the ceremony that saw Disney and Pixar’s “Coco” pick up best animated feature and Brett Morgen’s Jane Goodall film “Jane” win best documentary.In television, “The Handmaids Tale” picked up best drama series, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won best comedy series, “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” won best TV variety series, “Black Mirror” for long-form TV, “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath” for nonfiction television, “Sesame Street” for children’s program and “Carpool Karaoke” for best short-form program.The pre-announced honorees stole most of the show, however.Norman Lear presented the Stanley Kramer Award to Peele invoking the award’s namesake in speaking of “Get Out,” which Lear proudly said he’s seen three times.Peele said he was proud to call Lear a friend.“I want to say, you can use my body for your brain anytime,” Peele laughed, before taking a more serious turn in his speech.Peele likened the idea of “the sunken place” in the film to what is happening in the world right now, referencing Haiti, the water crisis in Flint, and President Donald Trump’s criticisms of athletes for protesting on the field.“What really scares me…is the silencing of voices,” Peele said “‘Get Out’ is my protest against that.”Peele ended on a hopeful note, however.“Finally unique voices are breaking through,” he said. “Diverse and honest storytelling opens eyes and hearts. We can break out of the sunken place together.”“Selma” and “A Wrinkle in Time” director Ava DuVernay gave a similarly poignant speech in accepting the Visionary Award,“It’s an odd moment, you have a women’s march and you have a country with a government shut down,” DuVernay said. “We’re in the midst of times that will be long remembered.”DuVernay said what is important is, “The way we work. The people we actually choose to see. That we choose to amplify in the moments where no one is looking.”“Don’t think of diversity as a good thing to do,” she added. “Think of it as a must. An absolute must.”Like many awards shows in the midst of Me Too and Time’s Up, even the men accepting awards devoted large portions of their time on stage to talk about extraordinary women in their lives.“Wonder Woman” producer Charles Roven used his David O. Selznick Achievement Award acceptance speech to call out powerful women he’s worked with, from his late wife Dawn Steel, to Langley, Sue Kroll, Amy Pascal and Jenkins, who he said “has reignited this industry.”“Glee” creator Ryan Murphy, who got the Norman Lear Achievement Award, said, “Women were always my champions and mentors for 20 years now and I believe that’s because they deeply related to my struggle — what it’s like to be an outsider.” He has taken steps to ensure that women occupy at least half of the directing spots in his productions.In the larger context of awards season “The Shape of Water’s” win Saturday surprised some who expected “Three Billboards” to continue its ascendancy after the Globes. “The Shape of Water” is also up for two Screen Actors Guild Awards, which will be announced Sunday.The Producers Guild’s choice for top film has eight times in the last 10 years matched the eventual Academy Award best picture winner. Last year, its nominees predicted all 9 best picture nominees, although the PGA went to “La La Land” which lost out to “Moonlight” at the Academy Awards.Oscar nominations will be announced Tuesday in advance of the ceremony on March 4.___For full coverage of awards season, visit: https://apnews.com/tag/AwardsSeasonlast_img read more

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Lack of formal apology casts shadow over Jallianwala Bagh event in UK

first_imgLondon: The failure of the UK government to tender a formal apology on the centenary of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre was the overwhelming focus of a commemorative event held at the House of Lords complex in London on Saturday. The massacre took place at Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar during the Baisakhi festival on April 13, 1919, when troops of the British Indian Army under the command of Colonel Reginald Dyer opened fire at a crowd of people holding a pro-independence demonstration, leaving scores dead. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIndian-origin peers Lord Raj Loomba and Lord Meghnad Desai were joined by fellow members of the Jallianwala Bagh Centenary Commemoration Committee (JBCCC) to wrap up a series of events and exhibitions held in the UK to mark the 100th anniversary of the British colonial era massacre. “The Jallianwala Bagh massacre of April 13, 1919, stands out as a very tragic event in history. Hundred years since then, India has come a long way and this why we have heard various mutterings of regret because ultimately India is now a power to reckon with,” said Lord Desai. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”I do not understand why the British government has not to this day agreed to say sorry,” said Lord Loomba, who also called for an investigation into whether Colonel Dyer instigated the “huge atrocity” of his own accord or was following orders from higher authorities during the British Raj. The commemorative event included a screening of a short clip from Richard Attenborough’s 1982 epic ‘Gandhi’, re-enacting the fateful day. Unofficial estimates put the death toll into thousands, with the incident being described as a turning point in the Indian national movement. “The pain remains etched in the memory of Punjabi people. An apology will not bring back the dead or give any real comfort to their family and friends. However, it will help to mitigate the pain and bring closure to us all,” said Manjit Singh GK, Patron-in-Chief of the JBCCC. “An apology cannot undo what has been done but it would be a befitting tribute to the martyrs of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. We on behalf of the JBCCC, strongly demand that the British government tender an official apology,” said Vikramjit Singh Sahney, Patron of JBCC. “Pain and hurt do not have prescribed end dates. It is time to recognise that and for the British government to ask for forgiveness with an unreserved apology,” added JBCC chair Balbir Singh Kakar. Earlier this week, British Prime Minister Theresa May had expressed deep regret over the tragedy in a statement in the House of Commons to mark the 100th anniversary of the tragedy, which she described as a “shameful scar” on British Indian history. However, the government has been criticised for not going far enough to make a formal apology, with the Opposition Labour Party demanding a “full, clear and unequivocal apology”. “The Jallianwala Bagh massacre shook the very soul of a nation. It will be a long while before it fades away. History will keep reminding successive future generations about it,” Indian High Commissioner to the UK Ruchi Ghanashyam said in her address at the event. Indian-origin peer, Lord Jitesh Gadhia, stressed the importance of the tragedy forming part of a compulsory “warts and all” colonial history curriculum to be taught across all British schools. The programme in the House of Lords complex marked a culmination of events being held across the UK to mark the centenary of the massacre. The events included an exhibition titled ‘Jallianwala Bagh 1919: Punjab under Siege’ at Manchester Museum in partnership with Amritsar’s Partition Museum, and a number of book launches on the subject historian Kim Wagner’s Jallianwala Bagh’, Saurav Dutt’s Garden of Bullets’ and journalist Anita Anand’s The Patient Assassin’ tracing the lead up to the massacre as well as its aftermath. British Indian journalist Sathnam Sanghera also added to the widespread calls for an apology as part of a critically-acclaimed documentary, The Massacre that Shook the Empire’, aired in the UK on Saturday night. The issue also found prominence in the UK parliamentary agenda in recent months, as both the House of Lords and Commons held debates in the lead up to the anniversary.last_img read more

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