The Playmaker – Quade Cooper

Quade Cooper. The effervescent Wallaby and Reds fly-halfPop quiz. Identify the player Robbie Deans is describing: “He’s an outside-half who reacts. He has an enormous amount of talent and an instinct for the game, which we encourage because we don’t want a machine.”You’re thinking Quade Cooper, aren’t you?The mercurial fly-half whose bag of tricks excites fans and baffles opponents. Has to be Cooper, right? Close, but no cigar. The year is, in fact, 2003 and the player Deans is describing is former All Black Carlos Spencer. Then New Zealand’s assistant coach, Deans was nearing the pointy end of his first World Cup and discussing the upside to having Spencer wearing the black No 10 shirt.The Kiwis had cruised through the preliminaries and giving ‘King Carlos’ free reign above more traditional choices like Andrew Mehrtens was lauded as a canny move. Until it sank the All Blacks’ tournament. A few days after Deans endorsed a player embracing risk, Spencer flung a long cutout pass early in the semi-final against Australia. Stirling Mortlock gratefully intercepted it and raced 80 metres to score. There was less than ten minutes on the clock but it sparked All Black panic and led to another premature RWC exit.Much water has passed under the coaching bridge for Deans since, but eight years on he is back at a World Cup – and yet again he’s thrown his faith in an instinctive, attacking No 10. Now a head coach wearing the enemy’s shade of gold, Deans will enter RWC 2011 armed with a brash youngster who, if possible, plays with even more risk than his boyhood idol Spencer. Cooper is the man Deans has pinned his hopes upon to claim the Webb Ellis Cup for Australia.It’s a calculated gamble. For the past few seasons Deans has slowly shuffled out more conservative Aussie playmakers like Matt Giteau and pushed all his chips in with Cooper and other youthful attacking backs. Kurtley Beale and James O’Connor have become top-shelf Test stars, but in 2011 Cooper emerged as the true game changer.Handed the Reds No 10 shirt aged 18 in 2007, Cooper learned that most schoolboy tricks don’t cut it among men before enjoying a breakout season in 2010. But it was this year, when Cooper allied the bold tricks with a fast-maturing game sense, that the results came. With Cooper calling the shots, the Reds lifted the Super Rugby title.Say What?!It was a season that provided enough evidence for Deans that if anyone could be the point of difference for the Wallabies in a World Cup victory, it was Cooper. Throwing his lot in with Cooper and Co, Deans has unshackled the Wallabies game plan by removing the heavy emphasis on planning. His oft-repeated mantra has been to “play what’s in front of you”. In other words, do whatever you feel will work. Or as they say in Australia, have a crack. It takes a special brand of confidence to weigh risk and reward and pursue the reward by default. Spencer had it with his knee-grubbers and between-the-legs passes, and after growing up in New Zealand imitating them, Cooper has the same heart-in-mouth confidence.“When I’m out on the field, you just look to take opportunities,” he says. “And these opportunities may only come once or twice during a game. You just have to be ready. You’ve run through the scenarios during the week. I keep running these scenarios through my head, over what could happen, including things right out of the box.“It may not even be a simple pass. I might just think of the most extravagant thing that could happen on the field, and it’s most likely not going to happen. But if you’re ready for moments like that, then if something arises you can quickly think back to those moments. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here.For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit “This opens your mind on things outside the box. When you cage yourself in too much on the field, it gets the better of you. You become one-dimensional. If you leave the options open, but at the same time know what you’re capable of, if moments do arise you’re ready to go.”There is a grudging admiration for Cooper in New Zealand. Trepidation even. It’s no surprise. After earning a reputation often attached to brilliant attackers – he’ll win you one and lose you one – Cooper realised he needed to find middle ground between Spencer and the other ten on the field in that 2003 semi: Stephen Larkham.“I needed to find that balance between having the tricks up your sleeve but at the same time go forward and play the team into the game, which I’ve worked hard on over the last year,” Cooper says. “Flashy doesn’t make it the whole way and Robbie has definitely reinforced that – talent can only get you so far and then hard work will do the rest. If you just do the flashy things and shy away from hard work, then you’ll be there for a week and not the next. Those sorts of players are very replaceable.”They may be replaceable but just as instincts in rugby are nothing without hard work, pure grit is often nothing without a dash of inspiration. Spencer didn’t bring home the World Cup, but Deans has rolled the dice again in Cooper. For some, there’s no reward without risk.This article appeared in the October 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK read more

RIP: Retired Western Massachusetts Bishop Andrew Wissemann

first_img Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Belleville, IL Tags Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem August 26, 2014 at 12:45 pm Indeed a quiet gentleman of grace, honor and substance, Phillip Ayers says: August 29, 2014 at 3:30 pm I met the good Bishop at a Province I gathering in his diocese, around 1986. When I asked him where Unionville, CT was, I shall never forget his reply: “It’s the a-s end of Farmington! Sometimes it’s called Avon.” This was said with a droll expression that endeared him to me. The current rector of St. James, Farmington, was standing by us, laughing all the while. His diocese was truly blessed to have had him as their bishop and I’m sure Gordon Scruton, an old and dear friend, was grateful for such a good predecessor. I remember Bishop Andy coming back to work after his successor, Bob Denig, died of cancer after only two years as Bishop of the Diocese. What treasures we have in the episcopate! Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME January 26, 2015 at 3:25 pm Father Andrew “Andy” Wissemann was my rector at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Pittsfield, MA funder whose godly supervision I had the privilege of serving rom 1976 until 1979. I can personally testify to his saintly humility, his gentleness, his kindness, and his being a true model of the Good Shepherd – and when I later found out that he had been elected Bishop of Western Massachusetts in succession to the very worthy Alexander Stewart, I considered the Diocesan Convention of Western Massachusetts to have elected the best of the best. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, by the mercies of God, rest in peace. Comments are closed. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Martinsville, VA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis August 22, 2014 at 11:07 am Bishop Andrew ordained me both deacon and priest. He was indeed a saintly, generous, and loving Christian leader. I will miss him. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Rt. Rev. Andrew Frederick Wissemann, the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts[Episcopal News Service] The Rt. Rev. Andrew Frederick Wissemann, the sixth bishop of the Diocese of Western Massachusetts, died peacefully at home early on the morning of Aug. 20.“Bishop Wissemann served the people of this diocese with clarity of purpose and compassion during his eight-year episcopate,” said current Bishop Douglas Fisher in announcing the death.“A soft-spoken, self-effacing, scholarly man whose genuineness and sympathy were immediately apparent to all, he was, by gift and temperament, more inclined toward the pastoral model of a bishop than the lordly,” wrote diocesan historian Richard Nunley in Fisher’s statement.Wissemann, 86, was elected as Western Massachusetts’ bishop in 1983, was consecrated in 1984 and served until 1992. He had been the rector of St. Stephen’s in Pittsfield for 16 years when he was elected and he also extended pastoral care to St. Martin’s in Pittsfield and St. Luke’s, Lanesboro, according to Fisher. Wissemann also served the diocese in the department of finance and administration. He was also rector of St. James, Greenfield from 1960-1968 following seven years with churches in the Diocese of Connecticut.The bishop was ordained a deacon in May 1953 and was priested in December of that year.“The life of any bishop cannot be adequately measured by a list of achievements, though Bishop Wissemann had many. The only measure is the standard of the Gospel and Bishop Wissemann proclaimed the Good News in word, in deed and in the example of Christian family life,” Fisher wrote. “Our hearts go out to Andrew’s wife, Nancy, who has been partner to his mission and ministry for 61 years, to his son, his three daughters, and his five grandchildren. It was my privilege to enter the sacred space of his dying last night to pray with him and his family in their vigil of hope and faith.”People may call at Christ Church Cathedral, Springfield on Aug. 24 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The burial office is set for Aug. 25 at 11:00 a.m. in the cathedral. By ENS staffPosted Aug 21, 2014 H. Scott Tonk says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Press Release Service Rector Collierville, TN Featured Events Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Job Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Knoxville, TN center_img Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Harry W Shipps says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS August 22, 2014 at 9:09 pm I had the privilege of Bishop Wissemann baptizing our two children and confirming my wife in 1992, at Trinity Church, WARE MA., the installation of Alan Gates as Rector and our many conversations during his outstanding episcopate.During the years after his retirement it gladden my spirit seing him at the mother church in down town springield during Sundays liturgy. He loved good music and showed in his drawing near in the chamber during the organ vouluntay at the close of service.A man, not wanting too much attention yet, always had a word of encouragement saying “pray for More Grace” with a beautiful smile..I give Thanks, to Almighty God, for his life and work in this diocese , and all the people affected by his episcopate.Forward through the ages, in unbroken line. Marked has Christ own forever..Thanks be to God. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Comments (5) TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group People Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Smithfield, NC Ian T. Douglas says: Rector Albany, NY Rector Bath, NC FRANK E. TATE, III says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Obituary, RIP: Retired Western Massachusetts Bishop Andrew Wissemann Submit a Press Release Cathedral Dean Boise, ID The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs last_img read more

Which businesses got coronavirus relief money? Insights from the new data,…

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate From The Hustle Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. CORONA CASH: Big states got larger shares of the money. California businesses ranked first, followed by companies in Texas, New York, and Florida – amounts received detailed below Since the government rolled out its gigantic coronavirus relief program for small businesses, the question’s been on everyone’s mind: Which companies are getting the money?Yesterday, we got some answers. The government released details on who received loans under the $660B Paycheck Protection Program. (Data wizards, go here to slice and dice the numbers for yourself.)The figures released Monday weren’t a full breakdown of every cent and every business. They covered companies that received loans of $150k+ — and 86.5% of the loans were for less than that amount. And ~$130B in the program is still available.Here are a few highlights from Monday’s big data dump:Big states got larger shares of the money. California businesses ranked first, at $68.2B, followed by companies in Texas ($41.1B), New York ($38.3B), and Florida ($32B).A few industries received about half the funds. Topping the list were health care (12.9%), professional services (12.7%), construction (12.4%), and manufacturing (10.3%).More than $30B of loans have been canceled. But it’s not clear why in every case. Some companies, like Shake Shack, returned the cash after getting grilled for taking it in the first place.Check out these links for details on which businesses got the moneyTech startups. Notables: Grindr, the electric-vehicle upstart Canoo, the fintech biz Taulia.Mobility companies. Notables: Bird was listed as receiving between $5m and $10m, but the company said it didn’t actually apply for the money.Hollywood’s leading lights. Notables: Yeezy LLC (Kanye West’s apparel company), and… REO Speedwagon?!The blockchain and crypto biz. Notables: Rainberry Inc., formerly known as BitTorrent.Other big names. Notables: P.F. Chang’s, Five Guys, the Girl Scouts. TAGSBusinessCoronavirusDataGovernment ReliefPaycheck Protection Program Previous articleFeeling meh about the outdoors? Glamping startups are here to helpNext articleApopka Burglary Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

‘No war in Middle East!’

first_imgSan Francisco. WW photo: Gil Ross Philadelphia. WW photo: Joseph Piette Many groups united to call for July protests against the U.S. supplying weapons and training to the armed groups fighting to pull down the Syrian government. Protests were held across the country on July 10, including the three pictured here. They stressed the connection between increasingly desperate conditions for the workers and oppressed at home and the billions of dollars spent by the government on imperialist wars abroad.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thiscenter_img New York. WW photo: Brenda Ryanlast_img

Students, parents take down Stoneman Douglas memorial; the items will be kept possibly for exhibit

first_imgJoe Raedle/Getty Images(PARKLAND, Fla.) — Emotional volunteers gathered at the mass shooting memorial at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida this morning to begin removing the flowers, plaques, American flags, crosses, stars of David and more that have formed a tribute there for over a month.The memorial sprung up in the wake of the Feb. 14 mass shooting in Parkland, where accused gunman Nikolas Cruz killed 17.Parkland Historical Society president Jeff Schwartz told the Sun-Sentinel the memorial will be kept at Florida Atlantic University and that he hopes the pieces can be cleaned and restored for a public exhibit for the first anniversary of the shooting.“We need to save it now because it’s degrading,” he told the newspaper. “The handwritten notes, the posters, everything.”The timing is also right because it’s spring break, Schwartz told the Sun-Sentinel.Among the 50 volunteers who disassembled the memorial today were victims’ grieving parents and friends, as well as Stoneman Douglas alumni, the Sun-Sentinel reported. Some volunteers would stop working to read notes that were left there, while others would stop to cry, the newspaper said.Several days ago two people were arrested for allegedly stealing dozens of items from the memorial, including teddy bears, dedication plaques and 17 white metal angel pennants. They were both charged with removing or disfiguring a tomb or a monument, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

New York City police searching for individual related to suspicious items in subway

first_imgNYPD(NEW YORK) — The New York Police Department (NYPD) Bomb Squad has deemed suspicious packages found in Manhattan at the Fulton Street subway station and in Chelsea safe, and police are now seeking an individual in their investigation. The NYPD is seeking to talk to a “person of interest,” described as a white male between his 20s and 30s with dark hair and a shopping cart who was seen on surveillance video placing the rice cooker on the mezzanine and then on the platform.“Why is he placing them there and what is the purpose of that?” NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller said. “Not a suspect but certainly someone we want to interview.”“The NYPD is looking to locate and identify this individual who’s wanted for questioning in regard to the suspicious items inside the Fulton Street subway station this morning in Lower Manhattan,” NYPD Chief Terence Monahan tweeted Friday. “Contact @NYPDTips at #800577TIPS with info — alert a cop or call 911 if you see him.”The NYPD is looking to locate and identify this individual who’s wanted for questioning in regard to the suspicious items inside the Fulton Street subway station this morning in Lower Manhattan. Contact @NYPDTips at #800577TIPS with info — alert a cop or call 911 if you see him. pic.twitter.com/OFTJgPv2sw— Chief Terence Monahan (@NYPDChiefofDept) August 16, 2019Two NYPD counterterrorism officers were approached just after 7 a.m. by a subway passenger who noticed suspicious items at the Fulton Street station. The items turned out to be rice cookers, one on the mezzanine level and one on the 2/3 subway lines platform.“UPDATE: ALL CLEAR. The suspicious packages have been fully investigated and have been deemed safe by our @NYPDCT officers,” the NYPD tweeted just before 9 a.m.The MTA said to expect delays and changes to service on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J and Z lines due to the investigation. During the initial investigation, one train was evacuated at Fulton Street.“This was a serious incident and we took it very seriously,” MTA chief Andy Byford said.A third suspicious package, this one placed next to a trash can at 16th Street and Seventh Avenue, has also been deemed to be nothing more than a rice cooker. It “may or may not be related,” to the Fulton Street devices, NYPD Chief Ed Delatorre said.“UPDATE: ALL CLEAR. The suspicious package at 16th St & 7th Ave in Manhattan has been fully investigated and deemed safe by our @NYPDCT officers,” the NYPD tweeted.Detectives are looking for video of the 16th Street and Seventh Avenue location to determine whether the same person placed a cooking device near a trash can.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Tips for tackling bullies

first_imgTips for tackling bulliesOn 1 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today In response to your request for ideas on tackling bullies (OH August) hereare some approaches I have come up with in the course of my career, whichincluded two jobs where I was bullied myself. – Be alert. Look out for signs that may warn you that a bully is beginningto pick on you. These can be subtle: a boss who demands impossibly highstandards; a colleague who asks everyone else in the office to lunch but”accidentally” forgets to include you. – The sooner you tackle a problem the less likely it is to escalate.Confront them. Ask them why they are behaving in this way. Leave them in nodoubt that their behaviour is affecting you, and what you intend to do if itcarries on. – Know your enemy. What has your bully been like in the past? Do they actlike this with anyone else? Does anyone else bully them? Very often, bullies operate in “serial killer” mode, when theyhave dispatched one victim they move on to the next. Some bosses work on a”new best friend” basis – they choose one person who can do no wrongwhile everyone else is left out in the cold. – Keep the evidence. Bullies are often arrogant and careless. If you receivebullying e-mails, memos or notes, for goodness sake hold on to them. To presenta formal complaint this sort of corroborative evidence is invaluable. Even items which do not seem terribly damning taken individually can add upto a case when taken in context with other evidence. Get everything in writing: keep a diary; make notes; record exactly what wassaid, who was present, how you felt about it. A contemporaneous record is farmore convincing than one recalled some weeks or months later. Talk to witnesses. Get some validation for your feelings. Ask colleagues toconfirm whether they saw or heard an incident and whether in their opinion itconstituted harassment or bullying. Ask if they would be willing to repeat thisto senior management – Contact your union. You pay your dues, use the service. It can be avaluable source of advice and support. – Go to the top. If your bully is your boss go over his or her head. If hisor her immediate boss isn’t supportive, go one level higher. Present yourevidence in an orderly fashion and if there are witnesses who can support yourclaims insist that they be interviewed too. Make clear your intention to getlegal advice if the matter isn’t sorted out satisfactorily. Lastly, don’t letit shake your self-belief. Name and address supplied Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Pembina’s Jordan Cove LNG project secures approval from FERC

first_img African Development Bank to provide underserved communities in Nigeria with sustainable energy solutions. (Credit: Foundry Co from Pixabay) Canada-based Pembina Pipeline has received approval from the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for its Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Oregon, US.The project involves a 7.8 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) LNG export terminal and a 368km Pacific Connector gas pipeline.Pacific Connector gas pipeline and export terminal detailsThe pipeline will originate near Malin in Klamath County, Oregon. It will have interconnections with two interstate pipelines namely, the Ruby pipeline and the Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN) pipeline.The pipeline will traverse through Klamath, Jackson and Douglas counties, before terminating at the Jordan Cove LNG facility in Coos County.The company will source natural gas for the project at the Malin Hub. This will create direct access for natural gas from areas such as the Rockies Basin, US.The Jordan Cove LNG facility will comprise five liquefaction trains of 1.5Mtpa capacity each and two LNG storage tanks with a total storage capacity of 320,000m3, apart from a gas metering station, gas pre-treatment facilities and marine facilities for loading LNG ships.The terminal will receive up to 1.2 billion cubic feet (bcf) of feed gas a day through the Pacific Connector gas pipeline.LNG from the Jordan Cove liquefaction facility will be exported mainly to the Asian markets through approximately 120 LNG carrier vessels a year.The approval makes Jordan Cove the first ever US West Coast natural gas export facility to be approved by FERC.Pembina Pipeline senior vice president and chief legal officer Harry Andersen said: “We appreciate FERC’s science-based approach to their review. The approval emphasises yet again that Jordan Cove is environmentally responsible and is a project that should be permitted given a prudent regulatory and legal process was undertaken.“The FERC’s decision is due in no small part to our many supporters who have turned out time and time again to voice their support for Jordan Cove and to show that the Project is in the public interest, including in Southern Oregon and the Rockies Basin.” The project includes proposed LNG terminal and a 368km Pacific Connector gas pipelinelast_img read more

University Challenge contestant targeted in hate campaign

first_imgA former Balliol student who appeared on last year’s edition of University Challenge has been made the target of a string of sexist online attacks.Marine Debray, who studied English and French, is amongst several women to have been subjected to misogynistic abuse on the internet following their appearance on the show, notably Gail Trimble, who famously captained the Corpus Christi team in 2009.The hate campaign launched against Debray includes a blog in which photos of male genitalia are pasted onto pictures of her. There have also been scores of posts on internet fora labelling her a “dumb blonde.”“People [have been] saying that I wasn’t smart enough to be on the programme, and then there were quite a lot of comments about my appearance, in a sexualized way,” Debray said.Debray joins other female University Challenge contestants who have spoken out against sexist responses to their performances. Jenny Harris, who was on the Emmanuel College, Cambridge team that won the show last year, was mocked for her “brilliant mind, fuelled by a pair of breasts.”“An aspect of [this prejudice] is the idea that women shouldn’t be showing off how clever they are, where this is more OK for boys,” said Harris. ITV, which produces the show on behalf of the BBC, reportedly offers contestants support and advice in dealing with online abuse, despite the studio insisting that hate campaigns are “unusual.”Such online attacks, however, are only a manifestation of the more widespread prejudice against women in our society, insists Yuan Yang, OUSU’s vice president and women’s officer.“Cyber-hate campaigns are just one point on the spectrum of sexual harassment that over 68% of female students experience while at university. Nobody should be treated like this. Seen in this light, online harassment is not a laugh, but a serious indicator of a lack of respect for women on the part of some members of society,” Yang told the Cherwell.According to Yang, OUSU is currently pursuing a long-term plan to rid the University and the city of sexual harassment both online and on the streets. Yet she insists there is more to be done.“Although we are successfully working with the University to redress sexual harassment complaints procedures, this is not an issue for the University alone. To beat sexist bullying and sexual violence, we all have a part to play – we all have ownership of a culture that must change,’ she said.Though initially concerned about the scale of the online abuse, Debray maintains that she has not let it affect her.“What I tried to do was put that aside and try to move on with the positive comments.”Speaking on behalf of Debray’s college, Balliol JCR President Stephen Dempsey said, “Balliol JCR is disappointed to see any abuse directed at its members, past or present and our full support goes to Marine. Nevertheless, we are extremely proud of the intelligence and character she showed both on  the show and in responding to these sensitive issues and of the fantastic example she has set to women throughout higher education and beyond.”last_img read more

Former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch to speak at I.U. Bloomington event

first_img Pinterest Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp IndianaNews Twitter Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch speaks at Georgetown University in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. She was awarded the 2020 J. Raymond “Jit” Trainor Award for Excellence in the Conduct of Diplomacy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) A conference set to happen at I-U Bloomington next month features a speaker caught up in the President Trump/Ukraine flap that’s made national news headlines.The Indiana University Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies’ fifth annual conference on America’s Role in the World will feature guests including former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch.The former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine who was ousted from her position plans to take part in a question-and-answer session.The conference takes place March 5 and 6 on the Bloomington campus. It’s open to the public and will close with the presentation of the Richard G. Lugar Award to Yovanovitch.Below is more information about the event sent to 95.3 MNC:The Indiana University Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies’ fifth annual conference on America’s Role in the World will feature guests including former Ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch and Sen. Todd Young and a keynote address from former Ambassador William J. Burns.The nonpartisan conference takes place March 5 and 6 on the IU Bloomington campus and is open to all IU students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the public.“This is the first conference on America’s Role in the World convened without our namesake, the late Senator Richard G. Lugar, who knew the importance of bringing globally respected scholars and experts to Indiana University, not only to discuss critical foreign policy issues on a nonpartisan basis but also to better understand the part each of us can play in creating a more just and secure world,” said former Ambassador Lee Feinstein, founding dean of the Hamilton Lugar School.Burns — president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the oldest international affairs think tank in the United States — is the author of “The Back Channel: A Memoir of American Diplomacy and the Case for its Renewal.” He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 after a 33-year diplomatic career. He holds the highest rank in the Foreign Service, career ambassador, and is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become deputy secretary of state.Before his tenure as deputy secretary, Burns served as ambassador to Russia from 2005 to 2008, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs from 2001 to 2005, and ambassador to Jordan from 1998 to 2001. His other posts include executive secretary of the State Department, principal deputy director of the State Department’s policy planning staff, and special assistant to the president and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs at the National Security Council. Burns will take part in a moderated conversation with Susan Glasser, writer at The New Yorker and global affairs analyst at CNN, at 4 p.m. March 5.Day two of the conference will open at 9 a.m. March 6, with the inaugural Richard G. Lugar Lecture featuring Young, a 2017 America’s Role in the World panelist and champion for the Department of Education’s prestigious Title VI program, which works to develop and maintain capacity and performance in area and international studies and world languages. A record number of centers housed within the Hamilton Lugar School received funding in the 2018 round.The conference will close with the presentation of the Richard G. Lugar Award to Yovanovitch, who served as U.S. ambassador to Ukraine from 2016 to 2019. She previously served as ambassador to the Republic of Armenia and the Kyrgyz Republic. From 2012 to 2013, Yovanovitch was the principal deputy assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, where she was responsible for policy on European and global security issues.She also served as the senior advisor to the undersecretary of state for political affairs from 2004 to 2005. She retired from the Department of State as a career minister in January 2020. Yovanovitch, who is also a 1979 alumna of the Hamilton Lugar School’s Summer Language Workshop, will give remarks at 11:45 a.m. March 6, followed by a moderated discussion with Feinstein. She will also take questions from students.This year’s conference also focuses on pressing topics, including climate change, national security challenges in the next decade, U.S-China relations, and presidential elections and U.S. foreign policy.Other guests include IU faculty, scholars, journalists and former senior officials:Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Axios.Emily Atkin, Heated.Whit Ayres, North Start Opinion Research.Isabella Fallahi, climate justice activist.Geoffrey Garin, Hart Research Associates.Retired Vice Adm. Lee Gunn, U.S. Navy.Marie Harf, Fox News.Lara Jakes, The New York Times.Kelly Magsamen, Center for American Progress.Janet McCabe, IU Environmental Resilience Institute.Nicholas Rasmussen, McCain Institute.Frank Rose, Brookings Institution.Allison Stanger, Middlebury College.Daniel Twining, International Republican Institute.Bill Whitaker, “60 Minutes.”Andrew Bell, Wendy Leutert, Adam Liff and John Yasuda, IU Hamilton Lugar School.Additional conference highlights include the announcement of the America’s Role in the World Student Editorial Contest winner by “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker. The contest is open to all IU students; editorials must answer the question, “Moral courage and the rule of law: Does justice ever require violating the law or the commands of authorities?” Feinstein’s student advisory board, the Global Student 7, will also host a private lunch allowing students to meet and network with conference guests.The entire conference will be streamed live and archived on broadcast.iu.edu; it will also be available on Facebook Live via the Hamilton Lugar School’s account. The conference is free, and registration to attend sessions is now open on the conference website. Facebook Previous articleSilver Alert issued for missing 12-year-old boy from WarsawNext articleDeadline to apply for Elkhart Police Citizen’s Academy is Monday Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. 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