Accusers must take responsibility, too

first_imgThe #MeToo movement has amplified the campus culture, which redefined both sexual assault and the rights of the accused. Then-president Obama’s 2014 campaign against campus sexual violence was followed by a now-retracted 2014 Rolling Stone article about a falsely reported rape story and a flawed 2015 survey by The American Association of Universities stating that one in four undergraduates have been sexually assaulted. Attempted hand-holding and the unexpected kiss were included as assault, with little deference to the due process of the accused. Young men have faced expulsion, despite patent inconsistencies on the part of their accusers. This practice is now being used to defame prominent men.Thirty years after the alleged incidents, during his Alabama senate race, Roy Moore’s campaign collapsed amid allegations he denied. Similarly, subsequent to winning his third Olympic gold medal, Shaun White was antagonized over an already-settled sexual-harassment lawsuit. Now, adult-film star Stephanie Clifford is attempting to discredit President Trump over consensual behavior she now regrets, an idea that has become synonymous with rape. Andrea Constant’s paradoxical choice to take pills offered to her by Bill Cosby, only to become too weak to refuse intercourse, proved adequate to convict a comedian once known as America’s Dad.Prosecutor Steele’s refute of “the real Bill Cosby” is as bastardized as the notion that role models are no better than the culture around them. These men achieved success by taking responsibility for their own actions, which is more than their accusers can say.Stephen DansereauAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Integrated infrastructure monitoring

first_imgTRACKWATCH integrated monitoring systems are designed to log all signalling activity, enabling failures to be located and potential problems to be identified. Suitable for mobile use or permanent installation at level crossings and large interlockings, the modular concept has been developed by Solartron.Isolated measurement pods are connected to spare signal relay contacts, and use low-current resistance measurement techniques to record transitions on up to 32 channels with 20ms accuracy. Signalling installations with up to 1600 relays can be monitored by one unit using a PC-based controller running Altair logging software.The controller has a modem for alarm reporting and data uploading, and a hard disc for data storage. Track circuit diagrams are used to display stored data using Altair analysis software centrally or on a portable computer. Solartron Ltd,Farnborough, Great BritainReader Enquiry Number 146last_img read more

Young secondary needs to grow up fast

first_imgIt sets up like a scene from a Road Runner cartoon.Wile E. Coyote, the ever-so-cunning and physically superior beast constructs an apparently flawless contraption on the side of a mountain complete with a slingshot, boulders from the set of Raiders of the Lost Ark and 20 sticks of ACME dynamite to catch the speedy Road Runner.It looks like this is finally the day Wile E. catches his enemy.Now, replace Wile E. Coyote with the Hawai’i offense and Road Runner with the USC secondary and you’ll see what I’m getting at.For years, the Warriors have had one of the most potent offenses in the NCAA, but time and again the USC secondary has sped right past them.There was 2003, when Tommy Chang — who set just about as many NCAA passing records as Wilt Chamberlain had women — and his team marched into the Coliseum, only to get demolished 61-32.Then there was 2005, when the Trojans traveled down to the islands to face another gunslinger in Colt Brennan, which resulted in a 63-17 domination.Now it’s 2010, and USC again travels to Hawaii to face a loaded-gun offense. Only, this time, the Warriors have the upper hand. Hawai’i returns an offense complete with veteran players at the skill positions while the Trojans bring a secondary that has a Ph.D. in inexperience.Junior quarterback Bryant Moniz returns to lead a squad that threw across America. The Warriors ranked third nationally in passing and 14th in total offense in 2009. Moniz was the key component after becoming the starter in October, throwing for 2,396 yards and 14 touchdowns in just eight games.He probably wouldn’t have been able to put up those numbers, however, if it hadn’t been for the presence of wide receivers Greg Salas and Kealoha Pilares. Salas wears the No. 1 jersey and that’s no coincidence. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound receiver ranked fourth nationally with 1,590 receiving yards and sixth in the nation with 106 receptions. To complicate things, Salas plays in the slot position and not as an outside receiver as someone of his stature usually would.Moniz, Salas and company will be going up against a secondary that lost all four starters from last year. Senior cornerback Shareece Wright is the most experienced player in the defensive backfield, but even that’s not saying much because he only played in one game last year. He was suspended for the entire season until the bowl game because of academic ineligibility.In fact, three of the four players slated to start for the Trojans in the secondary — Wright, sophomore safetys Jawanza Starling and T.J. McDonald — had just 10 tackles and one interception combined last season, and that’s not including freshman Nickell Robey. The problem is that those 10 tackles are 10 more than they’ve had since fall camp started, as coach Lane Kiffin hasn’t allowed his team to tackle because of a very thin roster.The Trojans haven’t been this green in the secondary in recent history, if ever. If Robey starts like he’s supposed to, he will become the first true freshman to start at cornerback since records began being kept after World War II. That’s how thin and inexperienced the Trojans are at that position.Unfortunately, if there’s any team and passing attack you don’t want to make someone face as the first true freshman to start at cornerback since the FDR administration, it’s Hawai’i.This means the young secondary is going to have to grow up fast to give the Trojans a healthy shot at winning.Although it all starts with USC’s outstanding defensive line putting pressure on an almost completely new offensive line for the Warriors, the X-factor for the Trojans will be the secondary. They need to keep Salas from getting too much space and wrap him up when he inevitably gets the ball.USC sophomore quarterback Matt Barkley and his troops will put up numbers on offense against a very shaky Hawai’i defense. USC’s defensive line and linebackers will get pressure on Moniz and stop the run. But it’s up to the secondary to keep the game from becoming a shootout, as the Trojan offense isn’t exactly built for that type of scoring.How the secondary performs tonight will indicate how the season will go for one of the most mysterious teams in the NCAA. If they can keep Moniz and Salas out of the end zone (for the most part) and in front of them, they will have the confidence going forward knowing that they can contain almost any passing attack.But if the Warriors exploit the youthfulness of the Trojans in the defensive backfield, it could be a long night and an even longer season for USC.Will Wile E. Coyote finally snatch the Road Runner? Or will this episode end like all the other ones, with Wile E. foiling his own diabolical plot and the Road Runner sprinting off into the distance, victorious again?“Spittin’ Sports” runs every Thursday. To comment on this article, visit or e-mail Kenny at read more

Focus Shifts to Okpekpe after London Marathon

first_imgThe event, the only IAAF bronze label race in Africa for 2016 has attracted a strong field of elite athletes racing for the $15,000 top prize money on offer for the respective male and female winners.Spokesman for the race Dare Esan is delighted Nigeria, through the Okpekpe race is now attracting the attention of the world.“I am delighted to be a Nigerian and delighted to be involved in this race which has placed Okpekpe in particular and Nigeria in general in the consciousness of the whole world, especially the athletics community,” said Esan who is convinced a better view of Nigeria has been engendered by the race.“Many race fans across the world yesterday saw how Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya produced an awe-inspiring marathon performance to defend his Virgin Money London Marathon title in 2:03:04, just seven seconds off his countryman Dennis Kimetto’s world record.“After the event, the 35th in the calendar of IAAF label road races in 2016, attention is now on the 36th race, the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race.“Like London, the Okpekpe race is bound to be fiercely contested too going by the quality of elite athletes our international Elite Athletes Manager, Walter Abmayr, has assembled for the race,” adds Esan.“At the last count we have as many as five women who are of gold level running rating and four who are of silver level running ratings for a bronze label event while for the men as many as three gold level running athletes have been confirmed while there are as many as eight silver level running athletes. These are requirements for either a gold or silver label race but because we want a truly competitive event, we decided to go for the very best.“In fact, one the female athlete confirmed for the race, Kenya’s Edith Chelimo is the third fastest (31:07) 10km runner in the world so far this year while for the men, Edwin Kiprop Kiptoo is in the list of the top 15 best performers so far this year. This is an indication of how explosive the race will be on May 7,” Esan declared.The Okpekpe International 10km Road Race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing in conjunction with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria. This year’s edition, the fourth in the series, will hold in Okpekpe in Edo State, Nigeria next month.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With the 35th Virgin Money London Marathon in the books, the world focus now shifts to the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race as the next in the calendar of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) label races.last_img read more

ALJA: Minister Nagbe and Others Must Resign or be Dismissed

first_imgThe Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) says the recent elections of the Ministers of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT), Eugene Nagbe, and Labor, Nato Lighe, Sr. as well as other political appointees in the Johnson-Sirleaf Administration to senior posts within the ruling Unity Party (UP), constitute a flagrant violation of the Liberian government’s Code of Conduct, according to a release signed by ALJA president Moses Sandy.The Association said the elevation of Ministers Nagbe and Neto, as well as Director Bangole, to high profile positions in the UP would pose serious conflict of interest for them in the execution of their statutory duties in government. ALJA wondered what will be the disposition of Minister Nagbe, who is the Liberian Government Chief Spokesman, and his peers when confronted with critical national matters that hinge on the interests of the government and the UP as well as opposition political parties.ALJA maintains that the elections of these government officials to positions in UP undermine the principle of good governance and universal best practices. The Association in a press release issued on July 24 called on President Sirleaf to swiftly correct the political blunder. Ministers Nagbe and Lighe were recently elected UP Secretary General and Deputy Vice Chairman respectively. The MICAT boss and the other party executives were elected at the recently held convention in Gbarnga, Bong County. During the Convention, the General Services Agency (GSA), Deputy Director for Administration, Cole Bangole, was also voted Vice Chairman for Inter-Party and NEC Affairs. ALJA called on President Sirleaf to muster the political will to request the three senior public officials to immediately resign from their elected posts within the ruling party, or be dismissed from government because their recent elections contravene Section 5.1(A) of the nation’s Code of Conduct, which regulates the activities of political appointees in government. Section 5.1(A) of the Code of Conduct states “All officials appointed by the President of the Republic of Liberia shall not: (a) engage in political activities, canvass or contest for elected offices; (b) use government facilities, equipment or resources in support of partisan or political activities; (c) serve on a campaign team of any political party, or the campaign of any independent candidate.” The Code of Conduct was legislated and passed into law in 2014. The law which seeks to control and minimize malfeasance in Liberia’s public sector, was signed by President Johnson-Sirleaf.Article 90(c) of the Liberian Constitution states, “The Legislature shall, in pursuance of the above provision, prescribe a Code of Conduct for all public officials and employees, stipulating the acts which constitute conflict of interest or are against public policy, and the penalties for violation thereof.”ALJA described as inconceivable President Sirleaf’s decision to sit by and allow her government officials to proceed with the gross violation of the law she helped create, during the UP convention in Gbarngba. The President is the principal signatory of the Code of Conduct. The Association said Minister Nagbe’s ascendency to the position of Secretary General would create a serious credibility problem for the Johnson-Sirleaf Administration during the 2017 electoral period if the situation is not promptly revisited by the President. The Association said 2017 would be a critical era in Liberia’s quest for a peaceful and stable society; and the administration must exert every effort to curtail acts such as the UP’s recent gross violation of the Code of Conduct. Meanwhile, ALJA is urging the concerned public officials and all political appointees in the Liberian government to avoid tendencies that are contrary to peaceful coexistence in Liberia. ALJA is a conglomeration of current and retired Liberian journalists residing in the Americas. The Association was founded in 1998 and it seeks to foster peace and unity among its members. ALJA is also dedicated to the advancement of press freedom through media development and training, and the principle of good Governance in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Friday Feb 16 2018

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnListen nowLast day for Y-K Delta residents to apply for Fansler’s seatTeresa Cotsirilos, KYUK – BethelToday is the filing deadline for potential candidates who hope to replace Zach Fansler as House District 38’s State Representative. Fansler resigned after being accused of domestic violence related to alcohol.Bill would exempt utility companies from pesticide pollutionJacob Resneck, KTOO – JuneauU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists discovered “concerning levels” of the pesticide Penta in soils around power poles running through the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.Alaska Senate passes resolution to combat all-inclusive ivory bans and legislationDavis Hovey, KNOM – NomeSenate Joint Resolution 4 passed through the Alaska Senate unanimously today.Walker has early fundraising edge in Alaska governor’s raceAssociated PressAlaska Gov. Bill Walker holds an early fundraising edge in his bid for re-election this year.Mushers finish off Yukon Quest 2018Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksThe last six, of the 13 mushers who completed this year’s Yukon Quest, finished the race yesterday in Whitehorse. Despite slower times, the back of the pack mushers completed a race in which half the field didn’t make it.Alaska skiers Bjornsen and Randall to compete in four by five kilometer relayEmily Russell, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAnchorage skier Scott Patterson again exceeded expectations at the Olympics last night. Patterson toed the line in the men’s 15 kilometer skate race alongside fellow APU teammates Erik Bjornsen and Tyler Kornfield. The Alaskan athletes were among the field of more than a hundred skiers.Ravn begins flights between Bristol Bay and AnchorageAvery Lill, KDLG – DillinghamOn Valentine’s Day, Ravn Alaska made its first regularly scheduled flight between Dillingham, King Salmon and Anchorage. Bristol Bay residents said they were excited for increased competition among airlines in the region.AK: Rising populations, threat of disease prompt renewed interest in bat researchAmmon Swenson, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageBats are a pretty low priority for most Alaskan biologists, but that could be changing due to a recent uptick in the creature’s population. Add to that a disease that’s been killing millions of bats in the lower 48, and Alaska might be taking note with the rest of the nation very soon.49 Voices: Yilli Ferati of AnchorageVictoria Petersen, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Yilli Ferati in Anchorage. Ferati is a bartender at Fiori D’Italia, which his family owns. He claims to have the largest whiskey collection in the state.last_img read more