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Hey, men: Sexual harassment isn’t just a ‘women’s issue’

first_imgBut we men can be more than passive observers, and a start is surely to be better at listening.So I asked some smart, strong women how men can become part of the solution.I started with Gloria Steinem, who emphasized that men can stand up to make clear that inflicting unwanted sexual attention on another person is just plain wrong.“Every time a man interrupts the culture of dominance — and treats both women and men as unique individuals who are valuable for our hearts and minds and actions, not for how we look or where we are in some hierarchy — we are closer to being linked, not ranked,” Steinem told me.“Fathers have a big chance to do this just by listening to their daughters, and showing them that they’re worth listening to. Co-workers can do this by not commenting on a woman’s appearance when they wouldn’t say the same of a man.“This is not rocket science,” Steinem added. “It’s empathy.”Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, told me that she flinches a bit at references to male “allies,” because that can sound as if men are wading in as a favor to women. One of the bravest voices has been Ashley Judd, who broke the ice by speaking up about Weinstein.So I asked Judd how men can help.“Men being willing to have dialogue with their families and friends, and to disrupt sexist remarks, jokes and behavior, is integral to change,” she said.“Learning to let women speak up, and being open and teachable, is crucial. Imagine if we could simply say, ‘stop’ and ‘no,’ and men stopped? These micro interpersonal interactions hold transformative power.”One unfortunate consequence of greater scrutiny of these issues is that male bosses are sometimes reluctant to have dinner or drinks with female employees, making it difficult for women to build social relationships with bosses and be promoted.I asked Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a Harvard Business School professor, about this, and she said that the solution is obvious.“More women in all positions of power,” she said. “And not as tokens.” But that sounds as if one cares about women only if one has made one, or as if one thinks of female colleagues as little girls.So let’s switch to this paradigm: “As a human being, I want fellow humans treated fairly and decently, not poked with less respect than we would treat a pound of beef at the supermarket.”I asked my wife, Sheryl WuDunn, what her advice was for men, and she was concise:“Put peer pressure on each other to treat women better.”Hey, men, let’s heed her advice.Nicholas Kristof is a columnist with The New York Times.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? I’m sure that some men reading this are rolling their eyes.On Twitter, one person responded to my denunciation of sexual harassment with a snide, “Do you have a penis at all?” Sigh.We men simply have to understand that there is nothing manly about sexual assault.Look, human relations are complicated, we are sexual creatures and it’s inevitable that there will be fine lines and misunderstandings.But a new ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 54 percent of American women report having received unwanted and inappropriate sexual advances — meaning that this is a huge national problem, and a challenge for us all.Civil rights weren’t just a “black problem,” the Holocaust wasn’t just a “Jewish problem” and sexual harassment and discrimination are more than just a “women’s problem.”Men sometimes weigh in: “As a father of a young daughter, I deplore. …”center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionWomen have been speaking out over the last few weeks about sexual harassment and assaults — passionately, eloquently and sometimes tearfully — and we men have been (for once!) rather silent.That’s better than jumping in, drowning out women’s voices, and mansplaining. (Actually, I saw a TV show about this once, and the real problem is. ) In fact, she noted, it’s in everybody’s interest that we erase harassment and discrimination — and a man’s own team will perform better if he includes women who feel safe and respected.Sandberg also emphasized something I strongly believe: We need not just sensitivity training, but also accountability. That means firing not only the men who sexually harass but also the men and women who are complicit.“People need to be afraid not just of doing these things, but also of not doing anything when someone around them does it,” Sandberg said.“If you know something is happening and you fail to take action, whether you are a man or a woman — especially when you are in power — you are responsible, too.”One dismissal sends a stronger message throughout an organization than 10,000 hours of sensitivity training.Men have sometimes been prone to disbelieve victims’ stories, and one of the most distasteful aspects of the Harvey Weinstein scandal was a rush to refocus blame by questioning why female victims didn’t speak up earlier or go to police.That tendency to victim-shame is precisely why survivors are reluctant to speak up — and let’s remember that culpability lies with perpetrators, not victims.last_img read more

PREMIUMGovernment’s plan to empower MSMEs through omnibus bill faces backlash

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Facebook Google Forgot Password ? Topics : The government’s plan to empower micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) and cooperatives through the omnibus bill on job creation is facing backlash from stakeholders.Association of Indonesian MSMEs (Akumindo) chairman Ikhsan Ingratubun said the plan would harm micro and small businesses.“The President said during his inauguration speech in 2019 that the government would empower MSMEs. However, the bill may actually harm businesses,” Ikhsan told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.“The bill does not set a maximum threshold for businesses that could be considered an MSME, this could lead to big businesses claiming to be MSMEs.”Ikhsan said the bill could lead to multiple interpretations, calling on the government and stakeholders to review it.According to Article 94 of the draft bill, an MSME is defined by several criterial, namely its net wo… Indonesia omnibus-bill-on-job-creation MSMEs-cooperatives criteria license financing Log in with your social account Linkedinlast_img read more

Mr. Larry Joe Mundy

first_imgInterment will follow in the Spencer Cemetery, Sheridan, Indiana.Friends may call 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Saturday, July 16, 2016, at the Loose Funeral Home, 200 West 53rd Street, Anderson, Indiana 46013.Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home. Mr. Larry Joe Mundy, age 70, of Vevay, Indiana, formerly of Anderson, Indiana, entered this life on April 2, 1946, in Anderson, Indiana, the son of the late, Roy E. and Louise (Head) Mundy. He was raised in Anderson, Indiana where he was a 1964 graduate of Anderson High School. Larry was united in marriage on May 19, 1984, in Pendleton, Indiana to Janet (Pickett) Burnell. Larry and Janet shared 32 years of marriage together until his death. Larry was employed for General Motors in Anderson, Indiana, retiring in 1995 after 30 years of service. He later moved from Pendleton, Indiana to Switzerland County, Indiana where he and Janet resided for the past 21 years. Larry enjoyed fishing, camping, strumming his guitar, sitting on his cabin front porch, writing songs and poems and spending time with his family. Larry passed away at 6:00 am, Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at his residence in Vevay, Indiana.Larry will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 32 years: Janet (Pickett) Burnell Mundy of Vevay, IN; his daughter: Brandy Reutebuch and her husband: Jerry of Noblesville, IN; his step-daughter: Sally Ellis and her husband: Scott of Monrovia, IN; his step-son: Greg Burnell of Vevay, IN, Matt Burnell and his wife: Stacey of Frankton, IN and Bob Lawson of TX; his grandchildren: Mick Rector, Molly Rector, Miles Reutebuch, Marley Reutebuch, Zygi Reutebuch, Amber Walton and her husband: Carlos, Eli Henson, Reed Burnell, Sam Burnell, Libby Burnell, Daniele Burnell, Matthew Burnell and Robert Burnell; his sister: Naomi Moore of Anderson, IN; his brothers: Ron Mundy and his wife: Judy of Anderson, IN and Dave Mundy and his companion: Kay McKissick of Anderson, IN; his uncle: James Mundy of Arlington, OR; his brother-in-law: John Pickett and his wife: Ann of West Lafayette, IN and his nieces, nephews, friends and special cousins: Connie Terrell and her husband: Ted of Mitchell, IN and Jerry Bell of Mitchell, IN.He was preceded in death by his parents: Roy E. and Louise (Head) Mundy; his sons: Larry Mundy, Jr., died in 1968 and James Mundy, died in 1981; his grandchildren: Emma Burnell, died April 5, 1997 and Aaron Burnell, died March 10, 2006; his sister: Shirley Mezick and his brother: Roy L. Mundy.Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, July 16, 2016, at 1:00 pm, by Pastor Daniel Mundy, at the Loose Funeral Home, 200 West 53rd Street, Anderson, Indiana 46013.last_img read more

Tolands finish 1-2 at Davenport season championships

first_imgBy Mike McGuireDAVENPORT, Iowa (Aug. 26) – Friday was Season Championship Night at Davenport Speedway and track champions were determined in all weekly classes.In Petersen Plumbing and Heating IMCA Late Model action, Rob Toland led flag to flag for the victory and track title. The win was his fourth at Davenport this season. Bobby Toland made a late race charge to finish second a give the family a 1-2 finish. Justin Kay came from deep in the field to finish third. Matt Ryan and Brunson Behning completed the top five.Mitch Morris capped off his championship run with a victory in the Eriksen’s IMCA Modified feature. Morris managed to stay just ahead of the battle for second and take his fourth win of the season. Bruce Hanford was all over the top five before finishing second. Doug Crampton took home a third place finish followed by Matt Werner and Bryce Garnhart in that order.The Hawkeye Auto IMCA SportMod title and feature went to Tony Olson. Olson used his pole starting position to blast away from the field for his seventh feature win of the season. Jake Morris finished second with Andrew Burk third. Doug Burkhead and Matt Short rounded out the top five.last_img read more

Ekuru Aukot expelled from Thirdway Alliance

first_imgThe Thirdway Alliance party leader and founder Dr Ekuru Aukot has been expelled from the party over financial impropriety and assault claims to one of the members.Thirdway Alliance Party Secretary-General Fredrick Okango said that the party’s National Executive Committee had made the decision without malice, bias or hatred towards Aukot.“The disciplinary committee convened on September 4 and all witnesses and complaints appeared and testified, however, Aukot did not appear nor did he send an apology,” Okango said.Also Read  Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East Mau This is after Aukot refused to appear before the party’s discipline committee.Also Read  Noordin Haji reorganizes ODPP in renewed war on graftWhile issuing a statement, Okango said cited complaints against Dr Aukot such as intimidation and undermining the party’s leadership.Aukot is also accused of hiring rowdy goons to a meeting that was convened by the NEC to ensure it did not take place.Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 139 new cases, 198 recoveries and 9 fatalities“Despite intermittent interruptions by the goons under instructions from the Organizing Secretary Andrew Ihere, the meeting proceeded to execute its agendas amidst the heckling and violence,” said Fredrick Okango.Other reasons that warranted the suspension include; lack of civility, moral and social integrity, wanton defiance of court orders and verbal assault. “NEC has today received disciplinary committee report which it (NEC) adopted unanimously and recommended that Aukot having no need to defend himself be dismissed from the party membership and position as party leader,” he added.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

Council supports Old Trafford ACV

first_img And having already invested £90million on the ground since the Glazer takeover and knowing, outside of Wembley, Old Trafford is regarded as the most prestigious stadium in England, it is highly unlikely ever to be so. Yet the club did oppose the nomination and there is a counter argument that it would not prevent United moving out of Old Trafford, merely prevent the land being used for anything else. United released a statement which read: ”The club has received the decision by Trafford Council. ”Old Trafford is, of course, a special place; it is the heart and soul of the club. ”The club obviously sees it the same way, which is why over the last eight years it has demonstrated its commitment to Old Trafford by spending around £90million upgrading its facilities and it will continue that investment in the future. ”We do have concerns that the legislation is not being applied correctly which could set a precedent throughout the country. ”Therefore, we have asked the council to follow the statutory review process to ensure the legislation is being applied as intended and we shall continue to keep open communication with the council.” MUST later issued their own statement on Trafford Council’s decision, in which the trust’s chief executive Duncan Drasdo said: ”We welcome this news – and believe both Manchester United and other football fans should too. Press Association Manchester United have asked Trafford Council to follow the statutory review process after it approved a request to support a nomination of Old Trafford as an Asset of Community Value. The decision effectively means United’s home since 1910 cannot be used for any other purpose than its present one and has been seen as a victory for the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust. The trust’s move to request the nomination was to block any desire the Glazer family might have of leaving Old Trafford at some point in the future, even though it has been stressed many times by the club such a move is not on the agenda. ”While we appreciate the owners have no current plans to move or sell Old Trafford, this is a decision that helps to protect fans’ interests in the long term, as no one knows what the future holds. ”We are extremely grateful to our legal and other advisors, supportive councillors and MPs, Supporters Direct and our hard-working representatives and members who have backed this bid from the start. ”We hope this gives confidence to supporters of other clubs that they can pursue this route and we are grateful to Oxford United’s Supporters Trust (OxVox), who set a precedent with the approval of their own stadium. ”We still aim to build a more positive relationship with Manchester United and do not envisage a difference of opinion on this issue will hamper that. ”We are looking forward to a successful season both on and off the pitch.” Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said in a statement: “I am delighted by the decision of Trafford Borough Council to list the home of Manchester United Football Club as an Asset of Community Value. “The Community Right to Bid brought in by this Government gives communities the opportunity to retain land and buildings for use and ownership by local people who value them most. “Many of our great cities – including Manchester – are recognised around the world because of the sporting institutions which represent them. “The new community rights we have introduced have ensured that even a global iconic institution like Manchester United will remain rooted in the community in which it was founded thanks to the actions of the Manchester United Supporters Trust. “I look forward to other communities following this wonderful example.” last_img read more

Sir Alex backs Van Gaal revolution

first_img Press Association Ferguson retired in May 2013 after publicly anointing David Moyes as his successor, but the former Everton man lasted just 10 months and guided United to their worst Premier League finish. Van Gaal was the biggest spender in the summer transfer window bringing in over £150million worth of new talent, including new British record signing Angel di Maria – while he also offloaded 14 players. Sir Alex Ferguson has broken his silence over Louis Van Gaal’s appointment as Manchester United manager to give his backing to the Dutchman’s Old Trafford revolution.center_img In quotes carried by the Daily Telegraph from a forthcoming MUTV documentary, Ferguson said: “Louis van Gaal has made a lot of changes and, thinking about that, actually maybe he’s doing the right thing, to clear the decks and build his own team – b ecause he’s got the experience and coaching ability to do that.” Van Gaal endured a difficult start to his Old Trafford career with his side’s defensive problems highlighted by a dramatic 5-3 defeat at Leicester last month. But since that loss United have defied a mounting injury list to secure successive wins over Everton and West Ham and move up into the top four. last_img read more

Fox outlines plans for Villa

first_img “If we do that it takes the pressure off the owner to put nothing but his own money in, which he has done significantly since he purchased the club.” Meanwhile, Andreas Weimann believes the signing of Delph shows Villa are moving in the right direction. Delph, whose previous contract expired at the end of the season, admitted he never considered leaving Villa on a free and wanted to repay the faith shown in him since he joined six years ago. Villa are three points above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone after just two wins in their last 18 games ahead of Sunday’s trip to Arsenal. But Weimann believes keeping Delph is a sign of a brighter future. “It’s what they’re trying to do: keep the players here, build on it. And with Fab staying it’ll keep us going,” said the striker. “He’s not scared of anything. You see that in the way he plays, he’s a really big player for us getting on the ball and keeping us moving. “He showed it for England and us and we’re glad he’s staying.” Press Association Villa issued a statement of intent over the weekend after tying England midfielder Fabian Delph to a new four-and-a-half year deal. They have battled relegation for the past three seasons and American owner Randy Lerner, who has scaled back his investment, put the club on the market last year. Fox, a former chief commercial officer at Arsenal, is keen to build Villa’s off-field profile to boost their revenue but acknowledged the club must be patient and not rely solely on Lerner’s investment. He said: “The game has changed significantly and financially it has moved on considerably. “The top five clubs from a revenue perspective are in a fairly different place to where we are now. “I think top five is going to be very difficult for us in the period of three to five years, b ut we can get much closer to them in five years’ time. “Ultimately we want to get ourselves back into a place where we can at least see those clubs and be within touching distance of a maybe a place in Europe. “Our chairman has never been afraid to spend money on the club b ut it is not sustainable. And under the current regulations it is not allowable for an owner to come in and put all of the funds in that are necessary to compete at the top of the Premier League. “We need to put the club in a better position though to be generating more of its own revenue. “This is a big club and we need to be capturing more of the value from being Aston Villa Football Club than we are today. Chief executive Tom Fox believes Aston Villa can close the gap on the Premier League’s leading clubs, but has warned their rise will take time.last_img read more

Designer of State’s Coronavirus Dashboard Creates New Database

first_imgRebekah Jones, the woman who created Florida’s popular COVID-19 dashboard, has created a new one of her own. The Florida COVID Community Action website uses a “community-mapping approach,” in which the data is scaled to the local level. Members of the community can submit data instantly online, according to Jones.She says her new website shows the most up-to-date statistics along with “other data Florida leaders have previously tried to hide or restrict from public view.”People can search for the latest data in their counties, in addition to testing locations and hours, community events to help those struggling during the pandemic, and submit information about resources in their communities.A statement on the website rads:We count everyone who has had a confirmed-positive COVID-19 lab result, including antibody testing. Any cumulative count of positive people in Florida should include any person who has a confirmed-positive lab result, whether tested while symptomatic or not. This helps us better track the disease burden on healthcare systems and its spread in the community. We apply the CDC’s guidance on counting “recovered” cases to show by-county estimates of the number of recovered people. This calculation includes all cases diagnosed more than six weeks ago where no death, hospitalization or ER admission is on file. Jones was fired from the Florida Department of Health last month, for what she says was her refusal to censor data in order to support the state’s reopening plan.Gov. Ron DeSantis later said in a news conference that she had been terminated for insubordination, and for adding data on the website against the judgement of state doctors.The governor added that she is facing open criminal charges for sexual cyber-harassment and cyberstalking.In an interview with CNN, Jones said that she disagreed with state officials over COVID-19 data in rural counties, explaining that some information showed several rural counties did not meet the criteria to reopen. She claims her supervisors changed the criteria for reopening rural counties soon thereafter.“If refusing to mislead the public during a health crisis is insubordination, then I will wear that badge with honor,” Jones said.center_img We show the number of positive people, hospitalizations, and deaths for everyone tested in Florida, regardless of their legal address. DOH excludes non-residents from its demographic data, zip code data, death data, and case data over time. Get data, get tested, get help with the new Florida COVID Community Action Dashboard— Rebekah Jones aka #Insubordinate #scientist (@GeoRebekah) June 11, 2020last_img read more

Uthappa’s aggressive 87 helps KKR to secure victory

first_imgROBIN Uthappa’s highest score of 87 in IPL 2017 helped Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to ease past Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) by 7 wickets in Match 30 at Pune.With this win, KKR have inched closer to playoffs as they are at the top of the table with 12 points while RPS remain at No. 4 spot.Chasing a target of 183, skipper Gautam Gambhir also notched a 46-ball 62 to provide support to the wicketkeeper-batsman.While Uthappa decorated his knock with seven boundaries and six hits over the fence, Gambhir innings was laced with six fours and one six.The duo stitched a partnership of 158 runs off just 85 balls for the second wicket to help KKR chase down the 183-run target with 11 balls to spare.Earlier, Steven Smith led from the front with an unbeaten 51 to lift Pune to a challenging 182 for five. Smith’s half-century came off 37 balls with the help of four boundaries and a six.Besides Smith, Ajinkya Rahane (46 off 41 balls), Rahul Tripathi (38 off 23), MS Dhoni (23 off 11) and Daniel Christian (16 off 6) also made useful contributions for the home team.Left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav was the pick of the bowlers for KKR with figures of two for 31. Chasing the target, Sunil Narine (15 off 9 balls) once again got KKR off to a brisk start before he was run-out in the third over.Then Uthappa and Gambhir joined forces and took control of the chase with a bit of luck in their favour.Uthappa was lucky to have survived a close lbw call before he opened his account and later when Jaydev Unadkat made a mess of a chance at deep midwicket, off Imran Tahir’s bowling, with the batsman on 12.The stylish right-hander grabbed the opportunities with both hands and thereafter opened his arms to strike boundaries and sixes at will. (Cricket Country)last_img read more