Also, if you make sexual advances on, or become involved sexually with, a minor, that is not a relationship.That is not dating. That is not even sex if it progresses to intimacy. That is a morally despicable sexual exploitation of a minor at least, and statutory rape at worst.Now that we have established that, we can move to the finer points.We have to focus on recognizing an imbalance of power during sexual dynamics so that men better understand the implicit “no” even when women don’t feel empowered to articulate a “no.”We have to focus on that space after attraction is sparked but before we are sure that it is mutual and reciprocal: The unrequited advance, the unwanted touch, the stolen kiss.We have to focus on the fact that jokes that objectify women are not funny.And we have to focus on the fact that society itself has incubated and nourished a dangerous idea that almost unbridled male aggression is not only a component of male sexuality, it is the most prized part of it. We say to boys, be aggressive. We say to our girls, be cautious. Boys will be boys and girls will be victims.We say, almost without saying it at all, that women are the guardians of virtue because an aroused man is simply an unthinking mass of hormones, raging and dangerous.We say that men in that condition are not really responsible for their actions, so it is up to women to do nothing to put them in that position.Dress more modestly. Don’t smile or laugh to the degree that it could be taken as flirtation. Avoid “this one” or “that one.” Don’t walk home alone. Don’t go out to drinks or dinner with the co-worker or classmate. Don’t meet in rooms with closed doors.This is the list of oppressions that women are read with religious rigor. These are the rules of the road. This is the outrage.Women are not responsible for men’s bad behavior. The idea that horny men can’t control themselves is a lie!Men have been so conditioned against emotional intelligence — that’s for women, we are told — that they are blithering idiots at reading the subtleties of allure or aversion. First, let’s state the obvious.I’m a big believer in sexual liberty. Consenting adults should feel free to express their attractions as they please without shame or guilt. Just play safe.But, there is no “sex” without consent. To believe that is a twisting of terminology.Rape is not sex; it’s rape. Unwanted touching is not sexy; it’s assault.Sexual advances in a professional environment, particularly from a position of power, are highly inappropriate and could be illegal.Also in business environments, rubbing your penis against people — known as frotteurism, in case you’re wondering — masturbating in front of them, or even showing your penis is wrong and humiliating and possibly illegal.In fact, doing these things in almost all environments is wrong and possibly illegal. Categories: Editorial, OpinionIt is impossible to say too often or loudly how important a moment this is, when many women feel brave and empowered enough to speak up about being sexually assaulted or harassed by powerful men.It feels like a watershed, like something is fundamentally shifting.But the greatest measure of fundamental change will be when everyday offenses by everyday people are also named and shamed, the trickle down of speaking up. For most women, the perpetrator is not a Hollywood executive, or a sitting senator or an esteemed journalist. For most, there will be no news conferences if they come forward.There will be no celebrity attorney to sit at their sides and stroke their hands. There will be no morning news shows to praise their courage.For most, the decision to speak up will still feel fraught and without sufficient benefit to outweigh the possibility of negative repercussions.That is where the majority of this battle must be waged, among the ordinary, the powerless, the invisible. These women (and some men as well, it must always be noted) are the true Silent Majority of victims.Speaking up, and even pressing charges when the law allows, will send a powerful message and will definitely have a chilling effect on this kind of behavior. Loss of livelihood and liberty after bad behavior is a strong deterrent.But I believe that something far more fundamental has to take place. We have to re-examine our toxic, privileged, encroaching masculinity itself.And yes, that also means on some level re-imagining the rules of attraction. Guys become gamblers. They simply play the numbers.What nine women may find revolting the 10th may reward.They don’t even recognize what offense the nine may have experienced. They are blind to it.In the male mind, any peccadillo is excusable in the pursuit of compatibility.This kind of bulldozer, pelvis-first mentality is the foundation of the more aggressive, more intrusive behavior, and until we recognize that, we will count on the courts to correct something that our culture should correct.Charles M. 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Advertisement Robert Pires reveals who should win Premier League Player of the Year ahead of Virgil van Dijk Van Dijk is the favourite to win POTY (Picture: Fantasista/Getty Images)Robert Pires believes there should be ‘only one winner’ of the Premier League Player of the Year award – and it shouldn’t be Virgil van Dijk.The Liverpool centre-back is the heavy favourite to be crowned as English football’s most impressive star in 2018/19 after some dominant displays at the heart of Jurgen Klopp’s defence.Many view Van Dijk as the catalyst for Liverpool’s title challenge, and there’s no denying he has made them a defensive force to be reckoned with.But Arsenal legend Pires thinks Eden Hazard deserves to pip Van Dijk to the post and that Chelsea will be lucky if they can keep him from Real Madrid’s clutches this summer.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think Hazard is the best player in the Premier League and he fits the profile of what Real Madrid are looking for,’ he told Bwin. Will Hazard win POTY? (Picture: Getty Images)‘I’ve seen talk about maybe Van Dijk winning Premier League Player of the Year, but there should only be one winner and his name is Eden Hazard.‘I watch Chelsea matches just because I want to watch Hazard play.‘Chelsea are very lucky to have Hazard and he can do things that no other player in the world can do.‘You look at his penalty in the Carabao Cup and who else would even try that against Ederson in that situation?‘The problem is that Hazard isn’t able to win the trophies his talent deserves at Chelsea so Real Madrid are a very attractive proposition.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterMonday 4 Mar 2019 12:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link495Shares Advertisement Comment
PensionDanmark is to pump more into real estate and infrastructure investments this year after the allocations produced strong returns in 2018, the pension provider’s CEO has said.Citing difficult conditions in last year’s investment markets, the Danish labour market pension fund recorded a 1.6% investment loss for market-rate pensions and a 1.2% positive return for average-rate pensions in its 2018 annual report.The returns, calculated using Denmark’s N2 and N1 standards respectively, compared to the positive returns of 8.6% for market-rate pensions and 3.5% for average-rate pensions reported in 2017.The Copenhagen-based fund’s total assets edged up to DKK235.9bn (€31.6bn), from DKK233.2bn at the end of 2017. PensionDanmark described its 2018 performance as “satisfactory” due to the challenging state of the market. Chief executive Torben Möger Pedersen predicted a number of years of low interest rates and volatile equity markets to come. Credit: Patrick FrostTorben Möger Pedersen (right) is presented with the Outstanding Industry Contribution Award by Candriam’s Renato Guerriero, at the IPE awards in Dublin“This means that Danish pension savers should expect to receive more moderate returns than the historically high returns achieved in the years leading up to 2018,” he said.Infrastructure generated 12.5% for the fund last year, while real estate produced 10.1%, according to the annual report. At the other end of the scale, the fund’s listed equities made a 9.6% loss and corporate bonds and loans ended the year with a 3.4% investment loss.In absolute terms, the fund’s return for 2018 was a negative DKK3.2bn, down from the previous year’s positive return of DKK16.6bn. While the year ended with slim positive returns for older and retired members of 0.2% and 0.7%, PensionDanmark said its younger scheme members experienced a loss of 2.6%.“Seen in isolation, negative returns are not satisfactory, but we are pleased that we were able to deliver positive returns to our older and our retired members, and that the losses incurred by our younger members were moderate,” Möger Pedersen saidThe fund also reported that its membership grew to 732,000 in 2018 from 713,000 the year before, with pension contributions reaching an all-time high of DKK14.2bn.
President Muhammadu BuhariNigeria’s president has ordered an investigation into military hardware purchases under his two predecessors to try to root out corruption and fulfil his election promise of stopping Islamist group Boko Haram’s insurgency, the presidency said on Monday.President Muhammadu Buhari has told the National Security Adviser (NSA) to set up a panel to look into defence procurement over the past eight years, when the People’s Democratic Party was in power, his spokesman Femi Adesina said in a statement.The 13-member panel consists mainly of retired military officers but also includes an executive from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Adesina said.Buhari took office on May 29 after an election victory that owed much to his vow to defeat Boko Haram, whose fighters have killed thousands and left about 1.5 million people displaced in Africa’s most populous country.Nigeria’s military has repeatedly said it needs better weapons to fight the militants.Two decades ago the military was seen as a force for stability across West Africa with its relatively well-trained and better-equipped troops. Now it struggles to keep control as the six-year-old insurgency even threatens neighbouring states.“The committee will specifically investigate allegations of non-adherence to correct equipment procurement procedures and the exclusion of relevant logistics branches from arms procurement under past administrations,” the statement said.Buhari has said Nigeria planned to ramp up the domestic production of weapons for its armed forces, in an effort to cut the country’s dependence on imported arms.Last year a diplomatic row blew up after South Africa seized $15 million in funds which Nigeria said was for legitimate deals procuring weapons for its armed forces.
Governing body FIFA has been called in to arbitrate after the Black Cats failed to activate an permanent £8million transfer clause negotiated as part of the season-long loan deal struck between the two clubs in August last year. Sunderland pulled the plug on the deal after Inter delayed in granting permission for the now 27-year-old to undergo knee surgery, meaning he was able to make only 17 appearances for the club last season. Press Association However, the matter is yet to be resolved, with a FIFA spokesperson telling Press Association Sport: “Since the investigation is ongoing, we are not in a position to comment on it any further, nor to give an estimation of the timeline.” Under the terms of the agreement, Sunderland were duty-bound to go ahead with the transfer if they retained their Barclays Premier League status at the end of last season, which they did courtesy of another late run under head coach Dick Advocaat. The Dutchman had replaced Gus Poyet, the man in charge when Alvarez was signed, in March. However, Sunderland’s view is that Inter were in breach of the loan contract because of their stance on Alvarez’s knee problem. There appeared to be some light at the end of the tunnel for the midfielder when it was reported that Argentinian club San Lorenzo had expressed an interest in signing him. However, the impasse in his situation appears to have ended that possibility, in the short term at least. The FIFA spokesperson added: “We can confirm that FIFA was contacted by the Argentinian Football Association with respect to the possible registration of the player with one of their affiliated clubs. “Our services replied by referring them to the applicable procedure and the relevant provisions of the pertinent regulations.” Argentina international Ricky Alvarez remains in limbo following the collapse of his move from Inter Milan to Sunderland.
By Tamica GarnettDIRECTOR of Sport, Christopher Jones, has said that the National Sports Commission (NSC) is still awaiting data from several sport Associations/Federations, even as he remains hopeful that the initiative could be completed by October month end.According to Jones,information has already been inputted into the system, but while information has been forthcoming from some sporting fraternities it has not been easy with others.There are a few disciplines that have this information at the click of a finger.However, there are others that we’re still collecting data from.” Jones shared with Chronicle Sport.This new deadline comes after it was previously hoped that the initiative would have been completed by the end of last month, August.. The athletes’ database is a long-awaited project that is expected to complement things like the even longer awaited National Sports Policy. The NSP is a document that had previously been promised by the People’s Progressive Party, Civic (PPP/C) from as long back as 2008.Speaking on the athletes database, Jones describes the realisation of this initiative as ‘ground breaking”.“We’ve never had one. That in itself is ground breaking, there is no data that one could go to a computer, click a name and that persons profile comes up and his or her achievements over the years comes up. There is nowhere [in Guyana] where that is had, so this is ground breaking.”During the reign of the PPP/C administration,former Minister of Sports, Dr. Frank Anthony, back in 2010, had hinted at the setting up of such a facility, but he too spoke of coming up against a brick wall in sourcing information from sporting bodies.Jones, for his part, had first began to speak of his aim to set up the facility last year, sometime after he was first selected to run the NSC, when the APNU/AFC government took over. Jones, back then, noted the great tool that the database will be,saying that, “The essential idea behind the database is to pool all our national athletes into one database of which the National Sport Commission will keep a tab on those activities and their progress in whatever region they exist.”He pointed out that the database will greatly assist athletes from far flung areas in Guyana who are rarely seen at prominent local events,save for once or twice a year, and often times never heard of again.The database would rectify this anomaly by helping the NSC to keep track of the athletes and ensure that they are afforded the same opportunities that those in central locations are given.Primarily, athletes entered into this database will be tracked and trained with the 2020 summer Olympics in mind, according to Jones. The database is also expected to see preferential medical treatment for athletes, and facilitate in the awarding of scholarships to athletes.The NSC has already done consultations with E-governance towards the setting up of the database. According to Jones, the NSC will be looking to make some of the information open to the public, with the hope of having an independent website set up for the NSC, where persons can go and easily access information on Guyana’s athletes across a wide number of sporting disciplines.
On Nov. 10, 2007, Lock Haven (Pa.) beat Clarion 17-14. They have lost all 45 games since.Just one more loss will tie them for the longest losing streak in the history of Division-II football.Fifth-year quarterback Jarrett Kratzer’s career at LHU coincides with that winless run. But now he feels the program is on the right track as he looks to end his collegiate career with at least his first win. This is the best team he’s played for in five years, he said. And with this team, he hopes to avoid some dubious history.“I’ve been able to get myself motivated again,” Kratzer said. “I mean, going out there and not ending up with the result we want, essentially we just have to stay positive to the point where we know we’re going to get one and we know our time’s coming.”Kratzer feels that confidence, though Lock Haven has not had a winning season since 1982. And the Bald Eagles are scoreless through three games this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKratzer and his teammates prefer not to think of their infamous streak, though he admits it inevitably comes to mind. While head coach John Allen never mentions the streak, his influence on the program in just his second year at the helm has Kratzer believing in the team’s future success.The 2012 season is LHU’s first with Allen’s recruits on the team. Not only are this season’s freshmen higher-caliber athletes than in seasons past, there are simply more of them. The Bald Eagles came to campus this fall with 105 players on the roster, said Kratzer. In the previous four seasons, he said, they never broke camp with more than 70.Injecting young talent, in addition to some schematic changes, forced Allen’s players to “learn to practice.”“We practice very fast during practice, very detail-oriented. I can see that,” Allen said. “We go from drill to drill in a crisp manner, so I’m not sure that was the case before I got here, but it’s the case now.”Allen looked over the years prior to his hiring and saw very few upperclassmen. He had just five seniors in his first season in charge. There are 12 this season. He expects around 16 next year.A lack of senior leadership plagued LHU football.“That tells me that kids weren’t staying around within the program, and when you don’t have groups of freshmen on up that stick around for all four years,” Allen said, “then you have a lot of turnover, and that’s not good when you’re trying to build a program.”Allen recruits players to fit his fast-paced, aggressive style of play on both sides of the ball. He knows his team cannot recruit top-tier, D-II talent. Instead he recruits the best players he can, selling the school’s academics and reviving ties to the community.Ultimately, he goes after speedy, intelligent players to keep his offense constantly on the move, and powerful but equally fast talent to fuel his 4-3 defense.“We’re definitely looking for those tweener types at times,” Allen said. “Obviously, if we can get the big studs, there’s no question, we all want the studs. But like I said, that’s not always going to be the case. We try and find kids that fit well in our system and play well in our system.”That style of play has kept fans and the team positive, despite its lack of on-field success. According to Allen, alumni and students who watched LHU practice and play are excited by the squad’s progress.Saturday’s potentially historic game against Edinboro coincides with the town of Lock Haven’s Community Day. In an effort to get the student body to the game, players are scheduled to make appearances around campus through this week. The Bald Eagles will give out free pizza and T-shirts to students in residence halls, and “get ’em rowdy,” Allen said.Yet the energy and positive improvements will not mean nearly as much without a win. After more than four years with the team, Kratzer still does not know the feeling of victory in a game of college football.“It would pretty much just give the program a new direction, new hope,” Kratzer said. “We feel like we’re right there, to actually getting it and actually feeling what it feels like to win again.“It’s going to be huge.” Comments Published on September 19, 2012 at 1:59 am Contact Jacob: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+
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Share StumbleUpon Submit This week’s 6 of the Best takes us to Spain, a country with “paradise-like beaches” and whose national team provided a dream win for today’s subject – OPTIMA CEO Jacob Lopez.Jacob Lopez, OPTIMAKeep reading to find out about the film based on a true story that such a small number of people understood, and why Spanish success in Russia this summer would evoke different feelings for Lopez when compared with La Roja’s first ever World Cup success in 2010.Best HolidayThe best holiday was in Spain, in the paradise-like beaches of Cádiz and Almería by the Andalusian coast – the first time when I discovered them in a full week of visiting all the Spanish south coast long from west to east.So close and so unknown to so many people, with so many places that make you think you are unbelievably close to paradise. Having travelled around the most beautiful beaches in Europe, Africa and America, when you put together the people, the gastronomy, the landscape, the quality of the beaches, the heritage, the highest mountain in the Spanish peninsula (in Granada), you realise that if you live in Andalusia, you don’t have to go very far to enjoy the best time. No doubt I was with the best company, my family, when I was in that tour, and that made it also unforgettable.Best Album101 – Depeche Mode. I discovered Depeche mode with this Album and that’s why it is so special for me. I’m since an unconditional fan of the English band. I got captivated when I watched the 101 film and concert edited in VHS format, about the tour with the same name.The quality of the performance and the power of their music made just with synths, the emotion that Dave transmit to the audience, all paired with technology, which I’ve been so close to since I was a young boy, definitely caught me then and still today does.Songs like Never Let Me Down Again, Everything Counts, Black Celebration, Stripped, Just can’t get enough, Sacred – I can name every one of the songs of this live performance – and both the music and the depth and meaning of the lyrics are great, each of them.As a note, I cover myself quite successfully some songs of this album, my friends say, when I’m in front of my synths and home studio. Back to DM, every time I can attend a concert of the band, I do – four times last year when they were touring Europe, and I’ll do this year again, I’ve seen them already once and have my tickets ready for the next one.Best Film‘The Big Short’. A true story. It tells so much about something that such a small number of people knew about – how the disaster of the 2007/8 financial crisis came about.Takes a very difficult to understand situation close to those who never understood (and still many don’t understand) why the sky was falling onto them, without knowing the why’s and the how’s, only the what’s, the consequences many experienced when they lost everything they had, and that they thought was absolutely normal, without suspecting the big lie behind all that apparent wealth. A good lesson to learn about not wishing more than one really needs.Best Sporting ExperienceSpain winning the football World Cup in 2010 – I feel so proud every time I remember that night. It was such a hard match, with passages of real close to violence action in the pitch, and the euphoria of the goal close the end.We were all feeling that we had the best team, but we were not able to get through quarter finals, yes that night it happened, the magic, we were all, absolutely everyone, who didn’t have the possibility to get to South Africa to see the dream coming true, glued to the TV until the referee indicated the end of the match, and the start of the dream.We celebrated, of course we all did, and it will be a night that all Spanish football fans will never forget as it was the first time Spain was a World Champion. Surely it won’t be the last time Spain will win the World Cup, but for me, it won’t feel the same, I’m 100% sure of that.Best BookMany here as well, but I’ll highlight two. ‘The Art of War’ by Sun Tzu, as I think is a book every businessman should read and carefully understand. It tells so much about change, competition, strategy, and conflict, that is hard to believe that anyone that has read it wouldn’t immediately, from the first page, recognize the value of the book and even though it was written a very long time ago, there are paragraphs and chapters that today, in the information and artificial intelligence era, are fully valuable, valid and applicable for today’s business, of all sizes and types.The other was ‘The Art of Loving’ by Erich Fromm, introduced to me during my days of student by a teacher, Rafael, who taught me philosophy and history. The book captured my attention immediately, discovering many aspects of one of the topics many of us probably don’t master enough, love. Definitely it helped me shaping my principles from the perspective of what loving means in reality. I still recommend and buy this book to give to persons I really appreciate as a present.Some of them, who read it normally come with a certainly personal analysis, each of them with its own peculiarities. I’ve not seen many common agreements around the entirety of the book. Not an easy to understand book though, but one that I consider one of the best books I’ve ever read.Best BetOf course, those that my team build for our partners, and for which results are evident through the success of those partners who trust us to develop the applications they build their business on.And Sky Scanner, when you have to travel so many times and into so many different places with many times, so short notice, being able to quickly find the flight that is better regarding duration, stops, departure time, arrival time, price…usually is of great help.Could I live without it, probably yes, who does not, but certainly I will be a bit less happy that I´m today, especially when a flight gets cancelled in front of your eyes. Share