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Alabama governor signs chemical castration for child sex offenders law

first_imgtraveler1116/iStock(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday signed into law a controversial bill that requires chemical castration for convicted child sex offenders before they are released from prison. The bill, HB 379, requires convicted offenders who abused a child under the age of 13 to take drugs — such as medroxyprogesterone acetate treatment, that block the production of testosterone as well as other naturally occurring hormones and chemicals in the body that drive libido — as a condition for parole. Offenders will also be required to pay for the treatment unless they cannot afford it. Alabama is not the only state to require chemical castration for sex offenders. California passed a chemical castration bill in the 1990s for repeat child sex offenders, and a similar law exists in other states including Florida, Louisiana, Montana and Oregon.Michigan used to have a law mandating chemical castration as a parole condition, but an appeals court in 1984 ruled it unlawful. Texas, meanwhile, has a law that stipulates an orchiectomy cannot be a condition for parole, and the inmate must request the procedure for it to be performed.Under the Alabama law, chemical castration treatment is planned to start a month before an inmate is set to be released from prison, and will continue until the court decides it is no longer necessary, according to the bill. Once released, if the parolee decides to stop receiving the treatment, they will be found in violation of their parole and immediately sent back to prison. Some studies have found that chemical castration of sexual offenders is effective in reducing recidivism in certain cases.Critics of mandated chemical castration, such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), say it is a violation of the Eighth Amendment’s ban of “cruel and unusual punishment”. In 1997, the ACLU openly opposed the passing both California and Florida’s castration laws.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Hammonds to step down as dean in July

first_imgHarvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds announced today that she will step down as dean on July 1, choosing to return to teaching and research in the departments of the History of Science and African and African American Studies. Hammonds will focus on scholarship, research, and teaching, heading a groundbreaking new program for the Study of Race and Gender in Science and Medicine at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute.“Being dean of Harvard College has been an immensely rewarding experience for me, but I miss engaging deeply with my scholarship and teaching,” said Hammonds, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of History of Science and African and African American Studies.“I am looking forward to redesigning my classes in light of new technologies and modes of teaching, and I’m eager to return to my teaching and research on race, genomics and gender in science and medicine.”Hammonds will take a sabbatical after 11 years of continuous service before returning to her teaching program and her scholarship.“Dean Evelynn Hammonds has led Harvard College through years of remarkable transformation,” said President Drew Faust. “She has played an essential role in ushering in both Gen Ed and Wintersession, in launching the renewal of the Houses, and in creating an array of new spaces and resources vital to life in Harvard College. She has fully invested herself in improving the experience of our undergraduates both inside and outside the classroom, and in promoting a culture of inclusion and community across the College. I’m grateful to her for all she has done to help our undergraduates thrive, and we will be fortunate to continue benefiting from her talents and wisdom when she returns to the faculty after a well-deserved sabbatical.”Under Hammonds’ leadership, Harvard College made important strides on a number of fronts:  As dean, she:Led the House Renewal Programming Planning Project for renewal of the Harvard College undergraduate Houses, setting the framework for already announced work on Old Quincy, Leverett McKinlock, and Dunster;Led the launch of the General Education Program and the transition from the Core Curriculum;Worked in collaboration with the deans of the three Faculty of Arts and Sciences divisions to build and expand the Summer Research Village for students engaged in undergraduate research, including programs in engineering, social sciences, business, and the arts and humanities:Program for Research in Science and Engineering (PRISE)Behavioral Laboratory in the Social Sciences (BLISS)Program for Research in Markets and Organizations (PRIMO)Summer Humanities and Arts Research Program (SHARP) Led the launch of the Rockefeller grants for student international experiences, which provided a substantial increase in funding for College students to study abroad;Established two academic integrity committees focused on strengthening academic integrity at Harvard College;Launched Wintersession and developed Wintersession programming after the academic calendar change;Oversaw the logistical work to welcome back the Navy and Army ROTC to Harvard College;Charged the first taskforce on BGLTQ issues which led to the creation of the first BGLTQ Office;Renovated a host of undergraduate social spaces, including the Student Organization Center at Hilles (SOCH) and the House grilles.“For the past five years, Dean Hammonds has been an important partner in our efforts to reinvigorate the student experience at Harvard College,” said Michael D. Smith, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.  “From helping kick off House Renewal to spearheading the development of Wintersession, Dean Hammonds has changed the College for the better, not only for today’s students but for generations of undergraduates to come.  As dean, she has been deeply committed to the well-being of students and passionate about supporting their opportunities to explore their academic and extracurricular interests.  I want to thank her for her work on behalf of Harvard’s undergraduates and to wish her well as she returns full time to teaching and scholarship.”Hammonds noted that she has continued to teach and research during her deanship, juggling those responsibilities with the 24/7 nature of dean-related duties.In 2008, Hammonds became the first African-American and the first woman to be named dean of Harvard College, charged with overseeing the academic curriculum, the Harvard residential Houses, and other key areas of college life for undergraduates. Formerly, Hammonds had served as Harvard’s first Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity.With the expansion of financial aid, Hammonds said she was inspired to serve as dean in order to help the College meet the challenge of supporting a student body that has become the most diverse in Harvard’s history, with students from all over the world and from many different backgrounds.“With access to social media and changing expectations of students for academic and support services, I wanted to make a difference and help the College better serve this population of students,” she said. “These are areas that really matter to students, and I worked to help units in the College meet these challenges.”Born and raised in Atlanta, Hammonds graduated in 1976 with dual undergraduate degrees: a B.S. in physics from Spelman College and a B.E.E. in electrical engineering from Georgia Tech. She earned a master’s degree in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and started her career as a software engineer. She earned a Ph.D. at Harvard in the history of science, and then began her teaching career at MIT, where she was a founding director of MIT’s Center for the Study of Diversity in Science, Technology, and Medicine.Hammonds will continue to serve on a number of boards and advisory committees. She is a member of President Obama’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and a trustee of Spelman College. She serves on the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering at the National Science Foundation and as an overseer of the Museum of Science in Boston.Hammonds said she is eager to inaugurate the new program at the Du Bois Institute.“Despite the inordinate impact that science and medicine have had on the lives of African Americans since their arrival in this country, scholarship on how our notions of race have shaped and have been shaped by the scientific and medical enterprise remains woefully understudied,” Hammonds said. “I want to continue work that I began at MIT to engage with scholars from around the world in transdisciplinary research on the role of race in science and medicine. There are many exciting questions to explore, especially with the explosion of genomics research. I am very pleased that the Du Bois Institute and Harvard will support this new program.”last_img read more

Petrobras kicks off production from Atapu field off Brazil

first_imgAnnouncing the start of production on Thursday, Petrobras said that Atapu would contribute to the growth of production in the pre-salt, which is becoming increasingly relevant for the company. Arnaud Breuillac, President Exploration & Production at Total, said: “The ramp-up of Iara’s production reflects Total’s growth strategy in the Brazilian deep offshore, where the group focuses on giant projects that produce barrels of oil at a competitive cost, resilient in the face of oil price volatility. The unit will operate about 200 km off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state, in 2,300 m of water depth, with a forecast of the interconnection of up to eight producing and eight injection wells. Petrobras has started the production of oil and natural gas from the shared deposit of Atapu, through P-70 FPSO, located in the eastern portion of the Santos Basin pre-salt, near the Búzios field offshore Brazil. The P-70 own platform, the fifth FPSO of the series of replicants, has the capacity to process up to 150,000 barrels of oil daily and treat up to 6 million m³ of natural gas. P-70 FPSO; Source: Petrobras “The group production in the country should reach 150,000 barrels of oil per day by 2025 thanks to ongoing developments on the Iara, Mero and Lapa projects”. Petrobras holds an 89.257 per cent of the rights to the deposit in partnership with Shell (4.258 per cent), Total (3.832 per cent), Petrogal Brasil (1.703 per cent) and PPSA, representing the Union (0.950 per cent). The unitization process of the Atapu shared deposit, which comprises the fields Oeste de Atapu, Atapu and a portion of the Union’s non-contracted area, was completed in September 2019. last_img read more

South Africa’s economic growth revised

first_imgIn tabling the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan revised South Africa’s economy growth for 2016 down to 0.5%, citing various reasons for his prediction. However, he said he expected it to rise to 1.7% next year.Brand South Africa reporterThe country’s economy had been revised to grow at a rate of 0.5% in 2016, said Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), tabled on Wednesday in Cape Town.But Gordhan expected South Africa’s economic growth to rise to 1.7% in 2017. “If we do the right things to support investment and confidence, our economic recovery will be more rapid,” he said.Growth in different sectorsThe National Treasury said growth in real output remained moderate in the first six months of the year compared with the same period in 2015.Growth in the mining sector declined and the agricultural output weakened as a result of the drought.In addition, growth in transport and telecommunications, as well as in electricity, gas and water, fell on weak demand. However, manufacturing output strengthened following a contraction in 2015, while finance, real estate and business services remained buoyant.“To achieve the goal of economic transformation and build an equitable society, South Africa requires higher growth.“Without decisive action, a protracted period of low growth will set back the country’s ability to realise the constitutional vision to ‘improve the quality of life of all citizens and free the potential of each person.’”Global and regional conditionsThe National Treasury also said that the outlook for sub-Saharan Africa was marked by low commodity prices and falling export revenues, which had led to foreign currency shortages.The 2016 growth forecast for the region has been revised down from 3% in April to 1.4%, with large economies such as Nigeria and Angola hard hit by low oil prices and disruptions in production.“Slower growth in the region and global trade weakness limit South Africa’s export potential.“Greater economic integration with the rest of the continent would enable export-orientated South African firms to capitalise on stronger pockets of growth and increase their share of African trade.”Its economic forecast, said the National Treasury, incorporated the outlook for 15 major trading partners, as presented in the October 2016 World Economic Outlook, published by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).“Average growth of 4.1% is forecast for these economies in 2017.”Meanwhile, the National Treasury said that over the short term, the United Kingdom’s intention to leave the EU, South Africa’s traditional trade partner, would remain a source of financial volatility, alongside concerns about the health of major European banks.Brexit’s long-term effects, including on South Africa, depended on timing and the nature of trade and investment treaties to be negotiated with the EU, it said.Source: South African Government News Agency Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Bow tie wearing teacher tackles education inequalities

first_imgFounder of “Bow Tie Challenge”, Chris Megaffin              Play Your Part programme is Brand South Africa’s nationwide programme that encourages active citizenship and looks to impact the country positively in order to fulfil the bigger picture of building a positive Nation Brand.Active citizenship means people get involved in their local communities and democracy at all levels, from towns and cities to nationwide projects and dedicating their own time/resources / talents to contribute to their local communities.There are numerous opportunities, big and small, for each and every individual to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate.Founder of “Bow Tie Challenge”, Chris Megaffin, is a teacher who is originally from Toronto, Canada.  He is a fashion activist who is on a mission to fight for social justice and he is using bow ties to achieve this.Earlier this year the Bow Tie Challenge was launched.  The Bowtie Challenge is a fund-raising initiative that was born as a result of his passion for teaching, interest in fashion and desire to make a difference in his local community.  Chris pledged to wear a different bow tie every day for 365 days a year starting January 1st, 2018.“As an international teacher, I have come across educational inequalities in every country where I have taught and I have always wondered what I could do to make difference in the lives of these children”.South Africa has some of the highest levels of socio-economic inequality in the world, and this is nowhere more apparent than in the educational system across South Africa.  Statistics South Africa also show that children from disadvantaged backgrounds spend an average of 3 years less time in school than their privileged counterparts.Also, fewer of these children are put into early childhood development programmes – which we know to be fundamental to a child’s education and development.  The situation feeds youth unemployment, and contributes to general instability in the country, as millions of South Africans cannot afford to buy food or access healthcare, decent sanitation and other essentials of a dignified life.Chris is using the campaign to raise awareness about the importance of education and to raise funds for Afrika Tikkun. Afrika Tikkun is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide children from underprivileged communities in South Africa with high-quality education and development from cradle to career.Ensuring quality education is a national priority. The National Development Plan describes education as a key lever to improving the quality of life in a society. Education improves the overall skills and abilities of the workforce, leading to greater productivity which contributes to economic growth.Chris is collaborating with some of South Africa’s up and coming designers who will help design the bow ties.  He says this is to help support local businesses and give the designers exposure. Meet local designer ShwezuShwezu have designed a bow tie especially for the campaign in the colours of the South African flag.“When approached with the opportunity to design and produce a range of bow ties for this initiative, we didn’t hesitate for a second. Not only is it fun, colourful, creative and inspiring but it also resonates with Shwezu.co.za‘s ultimate aim – to contribute to the growth and prosperity of our nation. For this reason, we only use local materials and producers to create our unique Shwezu Shweshwe bow ties and other products. We strongly believe that by acquiring new skills (e.g. fashion design and sewing) through a good education, the youth of South Africa have the ability to unlock countless opportunities to grow and thrive.”Shwezu is an online store for South African inspired fashion, shoes, bags, accessories and gifts all tied together by one common denominator, Shweshwe – the iconically South African fabric.How to get involvedDonate to The Bow Tie Challenge via http://thetravelingeducator.com/2017/09/the-bowtie-challengeShare the Challenge on social media to raise awareness about the inequalities of education in South AfricaJoin the challenge, upload a photo of yourself wearing a bow tie to any social media platform #bowtiechallengeFacebook – https://www.facebook.com/thebowtiechallenge/?ref=bookmarksTwitter – https://twitter.com/bowtiechallengeInstagram – https://www.instagram.com/the.bow.tie.challenge/last_img read more

Linshell – Linziclip Midi – Black Solid Gloss, Brilliant hurricane prof comfy clips

first_imgVery well built, hard to set in. Tricky to hold enamel open up on the two hinged sides. Are unable to get all of my air into it—it would be much easier if only a person hinge.I purchased two and use them virtually just about every day. They grip the hair really correctly and can maintain it all day (based on how rough you are). The enamel are fairly robust and while my hair is quite slender i am absolutely sure it is sturdy adequate to maintain thick hair in area.Thought this would be a good strategy, but however my daughter broke one particular of the bits off when she initial attempted to use the clip so could not use it.Key specs for Linshell – Linziclip Midi – Black Solid Gloss:Revolutionary patented claw clip in blackUnique shape with hidden springsEasy-to-use and non-slipComfortable to wear, stylish and suitable for most hair typesMade from quality plasticComments from buyers“Not for Fine Hair!, Almost does what they suggest, Description incorrect, Great strong grip, Maybe it’s because my hair is fine but this keeps falling, Brilliant hurricane prof comfy clips”Difficult for me to keep open up now, prior to it would have been simpler, hinge a small much too potent for me now. . Excellent plan right before my future haircut,i hold making an attempt distinctive options, more youthful persons toy. 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I like that i can have on it when i go to bed but besides that specific aspect i really don’t see anything at all particular about it. It can be just yet another hair clip.Outstanding hurricane prof cozy clips. How good not to have grotty plastic tat sticking out from one’s clip. Quite neat and surely more cozy when driving one’s ferrari. Stays the class on daddy’s yacht.These are a bit much too significant in the middle for my good hair – it tends to slip by. Moreover the ‘wings’ are so short, when you try out and open up the clip, it goes traveling across the space.My granddaughter loved it and is likely to buy an additional in a distinctive colour. Its just something various to the norm.Pretty much does what they propose. I purchased my 1st linziclip a couple of years ago and was really let down when it broke, as i utilised it a whole lot. So i purchased a substitute, which i’m of course very satisfied with once more. I would say my hair is medium to thick in thickness, and i cannot get all of my hair into the clip, so i are unable to use it to secure ponytail-form designs. I failed to buy it for that, however, so that would not trouble me. Not like some other reviewers, i really don’t feel particularly cozy if i lean again with it, but that is not a large deal to me either. It looks a lot a lot more stylish than most clips of this form and holds my hair effectively if i twist it up or do a fifty percent ponytail. I even have it in the tortoiseshell/black variety, which i am also really content with.I haven’t worn a lobster clasp clip in ages but it arrived currently and i place my hair up in a single for the very first time in a long time. It is wonderful and a little diverse as well. Great restricted in good shape, my hair has a ‘thinning’ minimize to it and it holds my hair just great. A very little much more costly than i am made use of to but no regrets below.I you should not have enough hair to fill clip, but it was fantastic when i positioned it a diverse way. It finally broke and did not re buy.I had one particular of these years back which ultimately broke and have been searching all over the place for a alternative ever considering that. I usually use this where by i beforehand utilized a hair barette but these are much greater as they you should not ‘cut’ your hair. They have acquired a significantly flatter profile then most other hair clasps which suggests you can lean your head again versus e. I also have a tendency to leave the clip in when sleeping and have never ever had an problems with comfort.This hair clip is alright but my hair is so comfortable it keeps slipping out so not a superior buy for me but it is a great products and properly designed for the ideal hair.These are the best clips i’ve found. For thick hair, these are the most effective clips i have observed. Additionally they sit flatter than a standard butterfly clip so are a lot more comfortable.Pony tails are on development at the second. This is a extremely helpful, cleverly made hair accent. Considerably less damaging to hair than stretchies or bands & appears much more elegant.Nice hair clip easy to use appears sturdybut too modest for attempting to putting up all my extended hair 🙁 but that is my faultok for placing up sides of hairwill test to invest in a bigger a single :).I was so excited when i noticed this clip and eagerly expected it truly is arrival but was pretty disappointed – not in the products as it is great good quality and appears lovely – but i have long high-quality hair and this just fell appropriate out of each individual fashion i tried. I’m ineffective with hair and needed a little something quick and unique from my common ponytail but i guess it is again to the drawing board for me.Fantastic solution only one particular star since it said a three pack but only a single was sent. Fantastic customer assistance from linziclip. Incorrect description on merchandise but they are honouring this.I am very remember to happy with my hair clip it is truly good to tie my hair up with. The assistance and the quickness of the arrival of my hair clip was seriously great as perfectly.Exceptional clips, the only types that preserve my hair up all dayswift supply, excellent affliction.Whilst my hair is not thick, it was comfortable to have on this clip. Holds on for a ponytail and other hairstyles as pictured.last_img read more

Google Announces New Translator Gadget for Websites

first_imgGoogle is now giving webmasters the ability to prompt users for automatic translations of their pages. With the new website translator gadget, site owners can paste a short snippet of code into their websites and instantly increase their reach to up to 51 languages.The gadget will automatically detect a user’s preferred language, and if that user’s language settings differ from the content on the gadget-enabled website, a frame will appear over the web page, prompting the user to click a button for instant translation of all text content.In a post today on the official Google blog, these screenshots were used to illustrate the simple, streamlined process: Of course, the new feature will only work as well as Google Translate, which project manager Jeff Chin admits is best used to let readers “get the gist” of a page. Still, giving webmasters control over how users see their pages – with minimal effort and no downloads on the user’s part – will likely do a lot to expand both the reach of a given website and the breadth of information available to Internet users around the world. Tags:#Google#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odelllast_img read more

Zoho Docs Comes to the iPad

first_imgZoho has brought its popular online productivity tools Zoho Docs to the iPad.The app is designed to give you mobile access to your Zoho documents, including those created in Zoho Writer, Sheet, Show, and Docs (the word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications). You can also view shared documents via the app. Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout audrey watters Tags:#biz#Reviews This app is Version 2.0 of Zoho’s iOS app, extending the functionality of the iPhone app to the iPad, Zoho has also added some new features that make mobile sharing easier, including the ability to upload photos. Unfortunately, you can’t edit the documents with the app; you need to the web version for that.The app itself is free, and Zoho does offer a free plan with minimal features and storage. But more storage, work stations, and features require a monthly subscription fee.Zoho’s suite of online office tools compete with Google Apps as well as desktop-based software like Microsoft Office. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Video: Jason Whitlock Says Ciara’s Cleavage Shows She’s “Thirsty” From Not Having Sex With Russell Wilson

first_imgJason Whitlock discusses Jim Harbaugh on Speak For Yourself.twitterYep, the article title here says it all. Jason Whitlock, who now works for FOX Sports after leaving ESPN earlier this year, joined Colin Cowherd on his radio show earlier Wednesday to talk about his issue with Ciara’s decision to wear a somewhat revealing dress during her singing of the National Anthem ahead of Monday night’s College Football Playoff National Championship. Kristine Leahy attempted to defend the pop star, but it was to no avail.Whitlock insinuated that Ciara showed cleavage because she’s “thirsty” – Urban Dictionary definition here – from not having sex with her boyfriend, Russell Wilson. Cowherd played [email protected] thought Ciara looked “thirsty.” @KristineLeahy defended her & @ColinCowherd wanted Mountain Dew. https://t.co/6HGJj10ih8— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) January 14, 2016Whitlock also claimed to like “thirsty women” and referenced a strip club chain in the segment.Somehow, we doubt Whitlock’s opinion will be a popular one.last_img read more

Liberal MP Iqra Khalid accused of giving award to purveyor of antiSemitism

first_imgOTTAWA – A Liberal MP is under fire for presenting a “certificate of appreciation” to a man one Jewish advocacy group labels a purveyor of anti-Semitism.B’nai Brith Canada has started a petition demanding that Mississauga-Erin Mills MP Iqra Khalid apologize and rescind the federal certificate she presented last week to Amin El-Maoued, the public relations chief of Palestine House.The Jewish group accuses El-Maoued of leading a July 2017 rally “laden with hate-filled and anti-Semitic slogans,” including chants of “Israel and Hitler are the same.”Palestine House, which describes itself as “an educational, social and cultural centre of the Palestinian-Canadian Community,” lost all federal funding in 2012. The Conservative government at the time cited what it called a “pattern of support for extremism.”The B’nai Brith Canada petition asserts that “anti-Semites, racists and bigots of all sorts do not merit recognition from the Canadian government or its elected officials.”It demands that Khalid, who could not immediately be reached for comment on Wednesday, rescind the certificate and apologize to Canadians for what it calls her “insensitive and dangerous actions.”B’nai Brith CEO Michael Mostyn made the same demand Tuesday in a letter to Khalid, to which the group says the MP has not responded.“It is not only disappointing, but frightening that you would see fit to reward his dalliances with anti-Semitic discourse and incitement, while simultaneously ostensibly working to eliminate all forms of discrimination in Canada,” Mostyn wrote.“There is simply no reconciling these two worlds. Presenting El-Maoued with official recognition on behalf of the Canadian government both sanitizes and normalizes the anti-Semitic rhetoric and attitudes that he has purveyed and facilitated.”Khalid received hate mail and death threats last year after initiating a motion calling on the House of Commons to condemn Islamophobia and all other forms of discrimination. Conservatives and other critics argued that the non-binding motion would limit free speech.Khalid was criticized last April for giving El-Maoued another award on behalf of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at an event that featured a Palestinian archbishop who had purportedly defended terrorists and suicide bombings.last_img read more