India’s government toughens stand against protesting farmers

first_imgNEW DELHI (AP) — India’s agriculture minister has defended new agriculture reform laws in Parliament, dampening hopes of a quick settlement with tens of thousands of farmers who have been demanding their repeal by blocking three highways connecting the capital to northern India for over two months. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar made no new offer to resume stalled talks with the farmers, who believe the legislation will devastate their earnings by ending guaranteed prices for wheat and rice and force them to sell to powerful corporations at cheaper prices. On Saturday, farmers plan to blockade highways across the country for three hours to draw attention to their cause. They say they will not stop their protests until the laws are repealed.last_img

Speaker encourages students to ‘Beat the Blame Game’

first_imgCourtney Abbott, a speaker for Catharsis Productions, presented a powerful refutation of the victim shaming culture that often surrounds sexual violence accusations on Tuesday evening at Geddes Hall.In her presentation, which was sponsored by the Gender Relations Center (GRC) and titled “Beat the Blame Game,” Abbott said victim blaming is harmful because it moves the fault away from those who deserve it.“It removes responsibility from the perpetrator and the system,” she said.The worst part of this culture, Abbott said, is that it enables the offenders.“If the victims of any crime are not reporting that crime, the perpetrators are getting away with it,” she said. “We know for a fact this happens with sexual violence. When people are not called out for their actions, they will repeat and repeat and repeat their actions.”Abbott said this victim blaming leads people to frequently doubt those who have suffered from sexual violence.“Even with all of the awareness and the campaigns, we still live in a world that often looks at people who come forward saying they’ve been victimized with a lot of doubt,” she said.Abbott said victims, instead of being treated with sympathy, are treated as cautionary tales many times.“We want to see where they went wrong so we can make a moral fable out of it,” she said.This criticizing of the victim takes two major forms, Abbott said, and she strongly disagrees with these tactics, especially when they attempt to discredit the victim for their lack of sobriety.“We either attack someone’s character, or we attack someone’s choices,” she said.The way in which sexual violence prevention is taught fails to prepare people for the reality of the situation, she said. Most common sexual assault avoidance strategies, like walking in groups and carrying pepper spray, are aimed at fending off assaults by strangers.“Stranger attacks make up the minority of sexual assaults,” she said.Abbott said people let their guard down when they’re around those they know.“When we trust people and let them into our spaces, we think that these rules don’t apply,” Abbott said. “Unfortunately, the majority of sexual assaults are between people who do know each other.”Abbott said sexual assaults could be prevented if everyone was mindful of consent and their partner’s limits.“Looking for active, verbal, sober, ongoing consent throughout the experience is a great way to encourage yourself and your partner to have a better time,” she said. “It lets that person know that you respect his or her boundaries.”Those close to victims must be willing to listen to and believe the victim, Abbott said. This is the only way more victims will start coming forward.“If they trust you, you have to respect and live up to that trust,” Abbott said. “Help make a safe space for them.”Abbott said everyone must make an effort to stop sexual violence through his or her actions and choices.“If you make a choice to do nothing, you still picked a side,” Abbot said. “In this case, you’re enabling the predators.”Tags: sexual assault, sexual violencelast_img read more

Andre Ayew: Ghana’s mister consistent

first_imgIn 2012, during the last confrontation between Ghana and Tunisia at AFCON, Andre Ayew won the game for the Black Stars by scoring the winning goal in the quarter-final against Carthage Eagles. Seven years later, the captain of Ghana wants to cross the Tunisian hurdle again. For Ayew, Ghana “is hungry for a trophy”.Having a father as a football legend is difficult for some players to take on. But among the Ayew family, direct descendants of Abedi Pelé, it is a key element.Unstoppable support for his boys, the former CAF Player of the Year has been able to transmit his passion. Andre, a copy of his father also followed his footsteps as a midfielder.When Andre talks about the golden generation that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1982, along with Abedi Pelé and current coach James Kwesi Appiah, someone he admires. “These are different times but they have advised us to stay calm and to have no regrets “.The years when young Andre seemed frail are now behind him. Thanks to a rich experience of more than ten years, the Turkey-based player has made his way to the captaincy of the Black Stars.He joined the national team at a very young age. Starting first at the U-20 level, before his promotion to the first team in 2007, then under the captaincy of Stephen Appiah, now Team Manager of the current technical staff. In a few years, the young man has grown to become a man who makes a bold declaration at every tournament. As captain of the Black Stars, the 29-year-old works in the continuity of his predecessors.“We have to have to stay calm to hold this. Our country loves football so much that there is a lot of pressure on the players, the federation and the coach, but I think I have to keep doing my job, which is to lead the team also in my own way. I learnt a lot from seniors such as Stephen Appiah, John Mensah and Asamoah Gyan. I try to apply their leadership techniques to mine. ”The atmosphere in the group is “perfect,” he says. With the younger ones, the integration was done in a natural way. Having the opportunity to evolve with your brother is a bonus for the older brother. Often together at the same club, (Olympique Marseille and Swansea City) or in Ghana Black Stars, the complementarity of the brothers could be observed over the matches.Andre knows that Ghana is “hungry for a trophy”. The next match against Tunisia will be tough. “I had the opportunity to play several AFCON editions; the group stages and the knockout phase are two different things, and that’s when you lose and you go home.”In 2012, the opportunist Andre was the hero of the Ghana – Tunisia quarter-final clash. During the extra time, as the two teams struggled to break the tie, the midfielder took advantage of goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi’s blunder to score Ghana’s winning goal. Can the Ghanaian captain pull his team again to victory? The answer this Monday, July 8th.–Source: Cafonlinelast_img read more

Cellcom Selects 10 Winners for World Cup, Brazil

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The winners include Korto Williams, Henry Ashitey, John Boley, Celestine Poney, Jackson Musa, Dan Angelo George, Jeremiah Johnson, Wonder Freeman,  CharaFeddine V. Camille and Sateyea Quaye. Cellcom Telecommunications has announced the ten lucky winners who will get to travel to Brazil for an all-expense paid trip to experience the World Cup live.  The winners were announced at an extravagant outdoor concert held at the Cellcom headquarters on the Capital Bypass.  The trip to Brazil promotion is the third of its kind that Cellcom has implemented in the last several months.  Cellcom recently sent ten winners to New York and Casablanca, while 5 lucky couples spent a week in Ivory Coast and Paris.   The trip to Brazil promotion allows the ten winners to travel to Brazil with airfare, accommodations and tickets to the games paid.The event, which was held before a live audience and was also broadcast live on several local radio stations was geared at providing transparency on how Cellcom picks and announces its winners.  Each of the winners were called from an official Cellcom telephone number with the first six digits of 777 777.The well attended event featured five Liberian musicians including Kzee, Mighty Blow, Lady Mouthphy, Deng and, Lady Faith.   It was also attended by the CEOs of the Liberia Coca Cola Bottling Company, Cellcom and the Ambassador of Brazil to Liberia.During their remarks, both the Ambassador and Head of Coca Cola congratulated Cellcom for the promotion and the winners who they said were certain to have an exciting trip to Brazil.   The CEO of Cellcom Mr. John Vasikaran also congratulated the winners and cautioned the Liberian population to be aware of fraudsters claiming to be from Cellcom and asking for money or scratch cards in return for a prize.   Mr. Vasikaran noted on this issue:  “Let me make it emphatically clear that Cellcom has never and will never request any scratch cards or any money or anything in return from the legitimate winners.   Please, if you get any message saying you have won something from Cellcom and you need to send money or scratch cards, please do not do it and please report this number to us so that we can block it.”For his part, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Cellcom, Mr. Avi Zaidenberg recounted Cellcom’s long commitment to supporting football in Liberia and said that the trip to Brazil promotion was another step in promoting the spirit of football in Liberia.   Mr. Zaidenberg said:  “As you already know, Cellcom is the company in Liberia that truly cares about football.    In fact, I know Cellcom has provided more support for football in Liberia than any other commercial company in Liberia.    Altogether, Cellcom has invested more than 2 million United States dollars into promoting football in this countlast_img read more