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Lekoil to acquire 45% stake in Nigerian onshore licence from Newcross

first_img Image: Lekoil to take stake in OPL276 PSC in the eastern Niger Delta basin. Photo: courtesy of John R Perry/Pixabay. Lekoil, an Africa-focused oil and gas company, has agreed to acquire 45% stake in an onshore licence in the eastern Niger Delta basin in Nigeria from Newcross Petroleum.The transaction, which is being carried out through its subsidiary Lekoil 276, is for participating stake in the production sharing contract (PSC) pertaining to the oil prospecting licence 276 (OPL276 PSC).Lekoil said that the transaction is said to be in line with its continuing strategy to bring together a balanced portfolio of oil and gas interests. Included in these are the producing Otakikpo field, OPL310 which is in appraisal stage, along with high impact exploration assets like OPL325 located across known basins.What the acquisition in the Nigerian onshore licence means for LekoilLekoil CEO Lekan Akinyanmi said: “The acquisition of an interest in the OPL276 PSC represents an excellent opportunity to further build our growing production base in line with our stated strategy to create a balanced portfolio of assets.“With the completion of this, LEKOIL will have acquired a potential near-term producing asset with significant resource potential. We are optimistic about the prospects here, which have shallow reservoirs and are cost efficient to develop. Our focus will now shift to moving plans quickly forward for oil and gas production.”The onshore Nigerian license is near three existing producing fields – Effiat-Abana in OML114, Stubb Creek straddling it and OML13, and Uquo in OML67, all located within 20km from it.Newcross Petroleum had identified ten prospects and seven leads in the acreage under the licence 276. Four wells were drilled in the asset between 1972 and 1986, which led to two oil and two gas discoveries, which include the Uda oil and gas discovery, Okposo-East oil and gas discovery, Mbo gas discovery, and the Davy Bank gas discovery.Based on data from the four wells, the preliminary resource estimates by Newcross Petroleum are gross recoverable volumes of 29 million barrels of oil and 333Bcf of gas, and an upside of 33 million barrels of oil and 476Bcf of recoverable gas.Lekoil’s subsidiary will also sign an interim governance agreement with Newcross Petroleum and Albright Waves Petroleum Development, which will define terms as per which the former will offer technical support to the PSC.Post-acquisition, Newcross Petroleum will reduce its stake in the onshore Nigerian licence from 90% to 45%, and will continue to be the operator, while Albright Waves will retain its 10% stake. According to Lekoil, the onshore licence 276 contains four hydrocarbon discoveries, and is in close proximity to three existing producing fieldslast_img read more

Girls Raise $1,000 for Humane Society From Lemonade Sales

first_imgBy TIM KELLYAn optimistic old proverb maintains that when life hands someone lemons, then someone should make lemonade.Three local girls have taken the saying to heart. They are taking lemonade and turning it into gold for the Humane Society of Ocean City.The girls, Michaela Werber, Kate Michel and Sage Geubtner, all 12-year-old Northfield residents and students at Northfield Community School, have been setting up lemonade stands over the last two years and donating the proceeds to the Humane Society.The results, which are still ongoing, recently eclipsed the $1,000 mark. In the process, they are also raising awareness for the Humane Society and its good work.The HSOC, located at 1 Shelter Road, adjacent to the Tennessee Avenue soccer complex, bills itself as a one-stop center for a variety of pet and animal services, including a veterinarian center with lower fees than most private vet clinics, dog and cat adoptions, animal control services and much more.“We really started out doing this for fun,” said Michaela, whose family’s dog Roxy was adopted at the Human Society’s shelter. “When we saw how happy everyone was when we made our first donation, we knew that we found something we wanted to keep on doing to help the animals.”During a recent visit to the Humane Society, the girls display a sign urging people to support their lemonade stand.The first donation was made approximately two years ago, in the amount of $200. The girls set up their stand along Shore Road during Northfield’s July 4 parade, and the results were immediate.“I think they do so well because they are just adorable little girls,” laughed Megan Werber, Michaela’s mom.However, she noted that when their customers hear about the girls’ quest to see more animals rescued and to find forever homes, they are truly touched.“There’s no price tag on the cups of lemonade,” said Megan. “The girls tell people to make whatever donation they can. I think that has made it work out better for them.”Since then, Michaela, Kate and Sage have periodically been setting up their stands along the bike path in Northfield.“Police and fire personnel always seem to donate, and even (Northfield) Mayor (Erland) Chau. The people who happen to be walking along the bike path see the girls and what they’re doing and are moved to help them,” Megan explained.In turn, the girls have helped the shelter, much to the delight and gratitude of the HSOC.“These girls and some other groups of young kids have raised money and awareness of the HSOC,” said Phil Bellucci, the Humane Society’s operations and development director. “We’re so very impressed and encouraged by these amazing kids.”Michaela, Kate and Sage did not stop with lemonade.As part of a school project, the girls turned their stands into a “company” and expanded their offerings to include the sale of home-baked all natural dog treats.“I went online and found some recipes,” Michaela said.“She had a willing test subject in Roxy to find out the best one,” her mom added.The girls then began selling the treats alongside the lemonade, and they were well-received.They named the venture “Puppy Party Company,” Michaela said, because “that’s what we are.”The party is a long way from being over. In addition to raising money for the shelter, the girls are frequent visitors to the facility.Naturally, Megan, also mom to Mainland Regional High School student Benjamin and wife of David Werber, is proud of her daughter and her friends.“These girls are not driven by a desire to gain anything from this other than to make a difference,” she said. “You always hear (criticisms) of today’s kids, but here are three little girls who want to do something to help save the lives of the animals, and they’re doing just that.”The Humane Society, founded in 1964, is located on Shelter Road, off Tennessee Avenue. From left, Courtney Venzie of the Humane Society of Ocean City staff, Michaela Werber, Kate Michel and Sage Geubtner with Roxy (the light-colored dog) and Einstein. (Photos courtesy of Megan Werber)last_img read more

IHSAA: More logistics need arranging before high school football begins

first_img Facebook Previous articleLaGrange County man arrested for attacking father with chain sawNext articleElkhart County now at Stage 4.5, students given nod to return to classrooms Network Indiana Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSports Google+ Google+ IHSAA: More logistics need arranging before high school football begins WhatsApp (Photo Supplied/IHSAA) Even if high school football happens in Indiana on schedule, there will be more logistics to work out. Those logistics are of utmost concern to the new commissioner of the IHSAA Paul Neidig.One of Neidig’s concerns is the number of fans that will attend each game. That has to be taken into account for social distancing and other coronavirus guidelines.“There’s a possibility that there may be a waiver that local health departments can issue if it’s over 250 people and we’re going to be working to provide clarity to our schools on attendance numbers,” said Neidig in an interview with Greg Rakestraw with 107.5 The Fan sportsradio in Indianapolis. “There are some interpretation things that we’ve got to get from the state, so we can provide some guidance.”Neidig says working with Governor Eric Holcomb, the Department of Education and the Indiana State Health Department won’t be difficult.“It’s one for all and all for one. If we have a question, we know we can reach out and get that answer. If they have a question of us and how we do things, they know they can reach out and get that answer from us,” said Neidig.An idea that Neidig has heard mentioned by many people is pushing football to the spring and baseball to the fall. Neidig is very concerned about that scenario.“If you take baseball and move it to the fall, kids and families that love baseball would lose two seasons in a row. I also worry about the health and safety aspect of football. If we contest the season in the spring and then let’s say we get done with our state championships in June. Then we would turn right around and start another football season 4-6 short weeks later, I’m not sure that’s best for kids and the safety of the sport,” said Neidig.Given the unpredictability of coronavirus, Neidig understands it’s very possible some teams may play more regular-season games than others, but there will not be a minimum regular-season game requirement to play in the postseason.“If a school is doing everything they can and the cards don’t layout or play their way, we’re going to be very flexible in allowing our member schools to play in our tournament. We have a great thing in this state where it’s an all-in tournament. Everybody that plays, gets to play in that tournament. I certainly am not going to affect that by a school or team falling one or two games short of a ‘minimum’ especially in a time like this,” said Neidig.He says the IHSAA is ready for what he calls “starts and stops” along the way during the season.“As we get into this fall season, we’re going to have some teams that don’t have any issues at all. We’re going to have some teams that are going to get shut down. At that point, we’ll cancel the contest. We’ll declare it a ‘no contest’ and hope everybody gets healthy and back to play as soon as possible,” says Neidig.Neidig has been with the IHSAA since 2017, as an assistant commissioner, overseeing the sports of cross country, track and field, and boys basketball. WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest By Network Indiana – August 1, 2020 1 290 Twitterlast_img read more

Roosevelt Collier Adds Pimps of Joytime’s Brian J To “Jimi Meets Funk” Brooklyn Show

first_imgWatch Pimps of Joytime’s Brian J jam with New Orleans royalty Corey Henry (Rebirth Brassband, Galactic, Funktet), Eric Kalb (Sharon Jones) and Justin Kimmel (Toubab Krew) for an episode of “Jamming with J!”And here’s Eggie performing “Graceless” live at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn NY on January 13, 2017. Filmed and edited by Adam Soltis.Dont miss Roosevelt Collier Trio’s Jimi Meets Funk w/ Eggy @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn on Decemver 16th at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, NY. More information and ticketing can be found here. On Saturday, December 16th, Roosevelt Collier Trio will bring their “Jimi Meets Funk” tribute to Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory along with diamond-in-the-rough New Haven jam scene favorites Eggy. Rosie’s tribute shows have been packing out venues coast to coast, and his funked-out spin on classic Hendrix tunes will be one for the books! Joining the trio for this epic BK throwdown will be Pimps of Joytime frontman and guitarist Brian J, rounding out an exceptional night of music. Brian is the perfect addition to this powerhouse squad, as his intense musicianship and soaring energy will inevitably bring huge justice to the music of Jimi Hendrix.You can get a taste of what’s to come on February 24th with full-show footage of Roosevelt Collier’s last Band of Gypsys tribute at BB King’s Bar and Blues Club in New York City on 7/13/14 with Adam Deitch, Ron Johnson and Jennifer Hartswick (via YouTube user LazyLightning55a):last_img read more

Mass celebrated in gratitude to Building Services workers

first_imgTuesday evening, Fr. Pete McCormick celebrated Mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The Mass was held in celebration and gratitude for those who work in Building Services at Notre Dame and was co-sponsored by the Senior Class Council, Campus Ministry and the student government department of faith and service. Senior Emily McAuliffe, co-chair of the Senior Class Council faith and service committee, said that the Senior Class Council was moved to put on the event after reading a letter to the editor lamenting the death of 57-year-old Michael Amadek, a Notre Dame custodian who died in the driver’s seat of his car in the library parking lot on Thursday, Sept. 20, after reporting that he felt unwell.“After the death of Michael, we felt that we should recognize this part of the community who is usually not given the full recognition that they deserve,” McAuliffe said. “We thought a Mass would be a good way to show our gratitude and thank those members of Building Services and also remember Michael.”Senior Bridget Moroney, the other co-chair of the Senior Class Council faith and service committee, credited the letter to the editor with bringing to light issues pertaining to the inclusion of Building Services within the Notre Dame community.“[The letter to the editor in] The Observer … made a really good point about [being] much more cognizant of who we’re considering a part of the Notre Dame family,” Moroney said. “We [the Senior Class Council] want to make it known to everyone at Notre Dame that people that work in Building Services are absolutely a part of the family and that they need to be celebrated just as much as any student is.”Moroney also credited sophomore Aaron Benavides, student government director of faith and service, with generating the idea. “Aaron had been talking with Campus Ministry about wanting to do something. … We talked with him after one our executive chairs sent us The Observer article, and then it came together with Campus Ministry, student government and Senior Class Council,” Moroney said. McCormick, who serves as director of Campus Ministry and presided over the mass, began his three-minute homily by reflecting on the day’s readings from scripture. He stated that all individuals should be treated with dignity, and urged those in attendance to consider how they were acting in their daily lives.“We should be far more concerned with is how it is that we are living in this present moment — in this time and place,” McCormick said. “The Gospels are clear — do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It’s a simple rule for us; treat others with the dignity that they have been given unto them by God. Keep the simple things the focus and allow that to transform you.”McCormick continued to praise the work that custodial workers do and draw attention to the lack of recognition given to them for their day-to-day work.“We recognize … today, a moment where we celebrate our custodial workers on campus — people who by-and-large serve faithfully and do so in a way that does not draw attention to themselves,” McCormick said. “The only time we really pay attention is when things are out of place and, let’s be perfectly honest, how often is that, in fact, the case? We look around the beauty of this Basilica; we don’t see the hard-working men and women who come in here to tend to this space and this place on a daily basis. We just assume it to be this way.”McCormick challenged those attending the Mass to reflect upon the way that different classes of workers are regarded, and to act upon the notion that all men and women share a common human dignity.“It goes back to this understanding: what would our world look like if we treated each and every person with the dignity that they deserve — if we didn’t get caught up in the uniform and title that they had, but instead recognized that which is common amongst us all? And that is the inherent dignity God has given us,” McCormick said. “Because, while I cannot fully stand here and confess to understand the vastness of what God has in store, I can guarantee to us that each person will be adorned with the ring of affection that our loving God has for them. So, why not begin to look upon this world, and act upon that very reality?”Tags: building services, Campus Ministry, faith and service committee, Mass, senior class council, Student governmentlast_img read more

Broadway Grosses: Rocky Earns Big at the Box Office

first_img UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Act One ($340,604) **** 4. Violet ($283,182) *** 3. Casa Valentina ($212,097) * 2. Mothers and Sons ($187,192)  1. The Velocity of Autumn ($94,400) ** FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2. Mamma Mia! (101.54%)  3. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (100.95%) ** 4. Newsies (100.85%) 5. Matilda (100.75%)  UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. A Gentleman’ Guide to Love and Murder (85.46%) 4. The Velocity of Autumn (75.49%) ** 3. Act One (73.15%)  2. The Bridges of Madison County (64.32%) 1. Mothers and Sons (52.29%)  *Number based on 8 preview performances **Number based on 7 preview performances ***Number based on 7 preview performances and 1 regular performance ****Number based on 3 preview performances and 5 regular performances Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending April 20: Broadway loves an underdog! The knockout hit Rocky made its million dollar debut this past week, bringing in $1,022,747. Your family spends Easter weekend at the boxing ring too, right? But the Italian Stallion was not the only one to join the millionaire’s club for the first time. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and All The Way grossed $1,027,244 and $1,067,173, respectively. Meanwhile, Matilda reunited with box office favorites Wicked, The Lion King, Kinky Boots and The Book of Mormon in the top five grossing shows, and Newsies and Mamma Mia! enjoyed a sell-out week for the first and second time this year, respectively. FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. Wicked ($2,760,554) 2. The Lion King ($2,543,377) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,689,905) 4. Kinky Boots ($1,629,283) 5. Matilda ($1,577,093) View Commentslast_img read more

World Food Prize

first_imgStudents in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) spend a lot of class time discussing ways to end food insecurity, but there are many lessons that can’t be learned in the classroom.In November, two CAES students learned from those on the front lines of the fight against hunger when they were chosen by the CAES Office of Global Programs to attend the 2018 World Food Prize symposium in Des Moines, Iowa.Sara Reeves, a junior majoring in agricultural education and earning a certificate in international agriculture, and Davis Musia Gimode, who is pursuing a doctorate in plant-breeding genetics and genomics, earned World Food Prize Travel Awards through an essay contest sponsored by the Office of Global Programs. Entrants were challenged to describe their knowledge and interest in addressing the global issues of sustainable agriculture, food security and improved nutrition.“I have experience and understand how important food security is, but I didn’t have the practical knowledge about how I could initiate change in the communities I work in,” said Reeves, who spends a month each summer working with residents in Iganga, Uganda. Her ties to the African country began in 2012 after her family became guardians for two sisters from the town.Reeves found a quote by one of this year’s World Food Prize laureates to be particularly meaningful.“In his speech, Dr. David Nabarro said, ‘Until the agency of women is realized, we will not solve the issue of malnutrition,’” Reeves recalls. “It resonated with me that a lot of women aren’t included in agriculture, especially in improving agricultural practices.”She looks forward to returning to Uganda this summer and talking with community and church leaders about being more inclusive of women.“I can talk with Pastor Moses, a leader in the community and a dear friend, and with his congregation about being more open to women’s involvement in agriculture,” Reeves said. “I can go out in the field and present more ideas.”For Gimode, the World Food Prize symposium provided opportunities to talk with international leaders about how to take his knowledge out of the lab and into the world.“The symposium provided a global perspective in a way that I hadn’t understood before,” Gimode said. “It highlighted the fact that — right now— we can produce so much food, but yet there are billions of people without access to food.”Gimode gained new insights through discussions with attendees such as Mwangi Kiunjuri, director for Kenya’s Ministry for Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation; and Gebisa Ejeta of Purdue University, 2009 World Food Prize laureate.“I’m concerned (with) plant genetics, but it takes more than genetics to address issues of food security,” he said. “I discovered there are more ways to bring my narrow focus into a more global perspective.”A native of Kenya, Gimode hopes to someday return to his home country, but in the meantime, he plans to build the network he began at the symposium.“Now, I’m seeing how I can make a meaningful impact by combining science and policy making,” he said.The Office of Global Programs established the competitive award for students interested in attending and participating in the symposium in 2015.“The World Food Prize symposium is an inspiring event that brings people together from all over the world but is small enough to feel intimate,” said Vicki McMaken, associate director for the Office of Global Programs. “Participants, including our student winners, have the opportunity to share conversations with past and present World Food Prize laureates, representatives from governments, universities, donor agencies, multinational corporations, farmers, and even high school students and teachers participating in the Global Youth Institute.”The annual symposium was established by Norman Borlaug in 1986 to focus on the most critical issues facing global food security. The event regularly attracts more than 1,000 participants from more than 50 countries for keynote lectures and round table discussions and has been called “the premier conference in the world on global agriculture.”In addition to the World Food Prize essay competition, the Office of Global Programs offers competitive grants for graduate students traveling abroad for research or to attend international conferences. The office also offers scholarships for students who hope to study abroad, participate in an international student exchange program or conduct international internships.For more information about the opportunities offered by the Office of Global Programs, visit read more

DARPA to Develop the Next Generation of Vertical Flight Aircraft

first_img By their very design, rotary-wing aircraft that take off and land vertically have a disadvantage achieving speeds comparable to fixed-wing aircraft. Since its invention, engineers have attempted to overcome this design barrier but have encountered lower fuel efficiency and less lift capacity, controllability, simplicity, and reliability of design. While engineers have improved the speed of fixed-wing aircraft-achieving two and three times the speeds of jets designed since the 1960s-attempts to increase efficient VTOL aircraft speed have stalled. A Proposers’ Day will be held on March 14th. If you want more information on this program: By Dialogo February 27, 2013 The versatility of helicopters and other vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft make them ideal for a host of military operations. Currently, only helicopters can maneuver in tight areas, land in unprepared areas, move in all directions, and hover in midair while holding a position. This versatility often makes rotary-wing and other VTOL aircraft the right aerial platform for transporting troops, surveillance operations, special operations and search-and-rescue missions. Higher speeds, increased efficiency, elegant designs are the focus of the new VTOL X-Plane. One of the greatest challenges of the past half century for aerodynamics engineers has been how to increase the top speeds of aircraft that take off and land vertically without compromising the aircraft’s power in hover or its efficiency during long-range flight. center_img “For the past 50 years, we have seen jets go higher and faster while VTOL aircraft speeds have flat-lined and designs have become increasingly complex,” said Ashish Bagai, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) program manager. “To overcome this problem, DARPA has launched the VTOL X-Plane program to challenge industry and innovative engineers to concurrently push the envelope in four areas: speed, hover efficiency, cruise efficiency and useful load capacity.” Compared to fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters are slower-leaving them more vulnerable to damage from enemy weapons. Special operations that rely on lightning-quick strikes and medical units that transport patients to care facilities need enhanced speed to shorten mission times, increase mission range, reduce the number of refueling events and, most important, reduce exposure to the adversary. “We have not made this easy,” he continued. “Strapping rockets onto the back of a helicopter is not the type of approach we’re looking for. The engineering community is familiar with the numerous attempts in the past that have not worked. This time, rather than tweaking past designs, we are looking for true cross-pollinations of designs and technologies from the fixed-wing and rotary-wing worlds. The elegant confluence of these engineering design paradigms is where this program should find some interesting results.” last_img read more

Vietnamese nurse has avian flu; retesting reveals missed cases

first_imgMar 7, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – A 26-year-old Vietnamese nurse who helped care for a younger man with H5N1 avian influenza has contracted the illness, but it is unclear whether he acquired it from the patient or from poultry, according to news reports from Vietnam today.In addition, the World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed news reports that the H5N1 virus was recently detected in specimens from seven Vietnamese who had tested negative for the virus in January. The agency said it was awaiting more details on the cases, including the outcomes.The nurse is from Thai Binh province, the scene of four other cases reported in the past 2 weeks, according to news services. He provided “direct treatment” for a 21-year-old Thai Binh man with avian flu at a district healthcare center, according to a Bloomberg News report that quoted Dao Trong Bich, deputy director of the center.The nurse was admitted to Hanoi’s Bach Mai Hospital Feb 28 and is in stable condition, the Associated Press (AP) reported today, quoting an unnamed doctor in the hospital’s tropical diseases unit. He tested positive for the virus late last week, the report said.The nurse is the first healthcare worker known to have contracted the disease. In a report in January, the WHO said, “To date, no H5N1 cases have been detected in health care workers despite several instances of close, unprotected contact with severely ill patients.”But Vietnamese officials said the nurse probably acquired the virus from poultry while visiting his girlfriend in a village where poultry cases were present.Pham Van Diu, director of the Thai Binh Preventive Medicine Center, said, “He has a girl friend in a village where bird flu is present, and he went to her house and had meals there during Tet,” the Lunar New Year celebration in February, according to the Bloomberg report.An Agence France-Presse (AFP) report quoted Diu as saying, “We don’t think it is a human-to-human transmission.” He said the commune that the nurse visited had been “heavily hit” by avian flu.The nurse is one of five Vietnamese confirmed to have avian flu in the past 2 weeks. They include the 21-year-old that the nurse helped care for, a 14-year-old sister of the 21-year-old, and a 35-year-old woman from Hanoi, all of whom are being treated at the Hanoi hospital. In addition, a 69-year-old man from Thai Binh who died Feb 23 had the virus.The WHO said today it had received official confirmation from Vietnam of the cases in the 21-year-old and his sister, the 35-year-old woman, and the 69-year-old man.The Chinese news agency Xinhua on Feb 27 had reported a case in a 36-year-old Thai Binh man, but that case was not on the list that the WHO cited as confirmed by Vietnam.The WHO said specimens from “several” Vietnamese who tested negative for avian flu in January were retested recently in Tokyo. “Retesting detected H5N1 in specimens from seven persons,” the agency said. “WHO is awaiting further details about these cases, including outcomes. Upon receipt of this information, WHO will also include these cases in the cumulative total for Vietnam.”The retesting is part of an effort to help Vietnamese health agencies improve their diagnostic tests, the WHO said. Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working with the WHO on the project.A Feb 24 news story in Nature said the seven samples were among a total of 101 that are being retested in Tokyo. They include 11 from patients who tested positive for avian flu in Vietnam and 90 from patients who were ill but tested negative, according to the report, which quoted Phan Van Tu, head of the microbiology and immunology department at the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City.The Nature story had indicated that only about a third of the 101 samples had been retested up to that point. WHO spokesman Dick Thompson confirmed by e-mail today that about a third of the samples have been retested so far, leaving open the possibility that more missed cases could be found.The WHO also noted today the retrospective identification of a case of avian flu that occurred in Vietnam in February 2004. The case was in a boy who had fatal encephalitis. It was identified in November 2004 when specimens from the boy were tested in a study of encephalitis. The case was revealed when described in the New England Journal of Medicine in February.See also:Mar 7 WHO statement avian flu case-count tables read more

Men must take responsibility for their bad behavior

first_imgAlso, 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.center_img 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. Blow is a columnist with The New York Times.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more