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Egypt mulls law to protect women’s identities as MeToo movement escalates

first_imgThe frequency of such cases being reported in the conservative Muslim country began to rise after the 2011 revolution as reports of sexual assaults, harassment and rape in Cairo’s Tahrir Square made local and international headlines.But this year there has been a spike in reporting about cases of sexual assault since early July when an Instagram page revealed the case of a university student who is accused of sexually assaulting and blackmailing multiple women.Within five days of the case being disclosed, the National Council for Women said that it had received 400 complaints mainly about violence against women.Game changerLawmaker Magda Nasr said the new law to allow anonymity of sexual abuse survivors will be a game changer for women in Egypt as it will give greater protection to report such cases.”There is an apparent political will to protect women rights and attempt to reduce as much as possible violence against women,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Nasr said the latest wave of complaints came after an Instagram page in July accused a university student of sexually assaulting and blackmailing multiple women. The student was arrested and the case is being investigated by the authorities.The same Instagram account also exposed a gang rape said to involve six men from wealthy and powerful families that prosecutors are now investigating.Since then Egyptian actresses have spoken up against how they were subjected to sexual assault.One actress, Rania Youssef – who faced charges in 2018 that were later dropped after wearing a see-through outfit to the film festival – published photos of those responsible on social media.In other cases two other human rights activists were accused of sexual assault against female employees and a Coptic priest was defrocked on sexual assault allegations.”It is a moment where women can have more gains in their fight against sexual abuse,” said lawyer Entessar El-Saeed, executive director of Cairo Foundation for Development and Law.El-Saeed said several non-governmental organizations and parliamentarians were also pushing for a unified law on violence against women that would provide greater protection for women and girls from sexual assault and blackmail.The bill toughens penalties against sexual abuse in all forms, criminalizes rape within marriage, and includes better reporting mechanisms, confidentiality guarantees, and protection for witnesses and survivors.”The bill has been in the parliament for two years and it is now the perfect time to approve it,” said El-Saeed, who is the head of one of seven NGOs that drafted the bill.A 2017 Thomson Reuters Foundation poll found Cairo to be the most dangerous megacity for women, and 99% of women in Egypt interviewed by the United Nations in 2013 reported sexual harassment.An outcry over attacks on women near Tahrir Square during President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s inauguration celebrations in 2014 prompted a new law punishing sexual harassment with at least six months in jail.But women rights activists view the law as too weak.”The penalty needs to be toughened and there needs to be legal mechanisms that make it easier for women to report and get their rights,” El-Saeed said.  Egyptian lawmakers are pushing for a new law to protect the identity of women coming forward to report sexual abuse and assault as the nation’s MeToo movement picks up speed.An Egyptian parliamentarian committee has approved a draft law that would give survivors of sexual assault and harassment the automatic right to anonymity, with the law expected to go to vote at a general session of the parliament later this month.The moves comes as hundreds of women have started to speak up on social media about sexual assault in Egypt, with the public prosecution and National Council for Women supporting the movement and offering legal and social protection. Spurred on by the growing MeToo movement, data entry specialist Bassant Abdel Wahab, 22, went public recently about being sexually abused by a human rights activist when she was 17 and reported him to the civil society group where he works.The man has now been suspended from his job while his organization investigates Abdel Wahab’s complaint along with those of other female colleagues who accused him of assault.”Sexual assault incidents that have been hidden for years are continuing to surface and in a raging way,” Wahab told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.”It is like a tsunami that could change attitudes and laws on sexual assault against women.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Duterte sacks Pasig River agency chief for ‘corruption’

first_imgPresident Rodrigo Duterte sacks Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission executive director Jose Antonio Goitia for his alleged involvement in corruption. FILE PHOTO  “Wehope that this shall serve as another example that this Administration does not–  and will never – tolerate corruptpractices in the bureaucracy and in public service,” he added. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo saidsacking Goitia was part of Duterte’s campaign against graft and corruption. “The sacking of Goitia is part of thePresident’s continuing mandate to eradicate graft and corruption, and to ensurethat public officials and employees conduct themselves in a manner worthy ofpublic trust,” Panelo added. Panelo said Duterte asked Goitia to turn overall official documents and properties in his possession to the Office of theDeputy Executive Director for Finance and Administrative Services of the PRRC. center_img MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte sackedPasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC) executive director Jose AntonioGoitia for his alleged involvement in corruption. The PRRC was formed through an executive ordersigned by ousted president Joseph Estrada on Jan. 6, 1999 to rehabilitate PasigRiver, a body of water that connects the Laguna de Bay and Manila Bay and cutsacross Metro Manila./PN Duterte earlier transferred the chairmanshipof the PRRC to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources from theDepartment of Budget and Management.last_img read more

FC Barcelona goalkeeper to undergo knee surgery

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Messi wins court case against cycling company over logo FC Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen is set to undergo knee surgery having had trouble with his patellar tendon this season, the Spanish La Liga club said on Monday.The Germany international played 46 times for FC Barcelona in the outgoing season. It was a season which culminated with Friday’s humiliating 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich as the Spanish side were knocked out in the 2019/2020 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in Lisbon.However, the goalkeeper was still one of the brighter sparks in a season where FC Barcelona failed to win a trophy for the first time in 12 years.Already, the club has sacked coach Quique Setien and brought presidential elections forward to March 2021.“Based upon the exchange with the medical team the first team player Marc ter Stegen will do a voluntary medical intervention tomorrow (Tuesday) on his right patellar tendon,” the club said in a statement.“It is a proactive measure which is now done in order to prevent and prepare for the future, since the player had some irritations on the tendon earlier in the season.” The club did not say how long the 28-year-old would be sidelined for, with the new La Liga season starting in less than four weeks on September 12.Ter Stegen kept 14 clean sheets in the league as FC Barcelona finished second, conceding the lead and then the title to rivals Real Madrid after the restart.FC Barcelona’s backup goalkeeper is 31-year-old Neto, who played four times this season and kept one clean sheet.Reuters/NAN.Tags: FC BarcelonaMarc-Andre ter Stegenlast_img read more

Schalke not interested in duo

first_imgS chalke’s director of sport Horst Heldt says his club are not interested in signing either Andre Schurrle or Lukas Podolski this winter. Press Association “We’re not considering Andre Schurrle at all,” he said in Sport Bild magazine. “And the same goes for Xherdan Shaqiri and Lukas Podolski.” Podolski has aired his frustration at not getting a regular game for Arsenal while on international duty for Germany, saying he will seek talks with the Gunners this winter. However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out a sale of the Germany international in January. “It is not established at all that he will leave at Christmas,” Wenger told beIN Sports. “He is not for sale and there is no offer.” center_img Both Germany internationals are being linked with returns to the Bundesliga as neither are regular starters for their clubs Chelsea and Arsenal respectively. Gelsenkirchen is not going to be a destination for either of them, though, with Heldt ruling his club out of the running. last_img read more

Maine Maritime breaks school record for wins in a season, grabs 3rd seed from Badgers

first_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 JOHNSON, VT – In a battle for third-place in the final North Atlantic Conference regular-season standings, visiting Maine Maritime Academy defeated Johnson State College 8-3 in men’s lacrosse action on Wednesday at Minaert Field. The Mariners (7-3, 7-2 NAC) were fueled by a 69-55 groundball advantage and used a stingy defensive effort to stiffle the Badgers (6-4, 6-3 NAC) offense.The win gives Maine Maritime the #3 seed in the upcoming NAC Tournament and a first round match-up with Thomas College Saturday, April 25 at 11:00 a.m. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 admin House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Bio This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Latest posts by admin (see all) Latest Postslast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULEWindy week for the TwinsUNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Twins begin a weeklong stay in Chicago, taking on a pair of first-place teams. José Berríos (4-3, 4.40 ERA) starts the opener of a four-game series at Guaranteed Rate Field, trailing the White Sox by one game in the AL Central. He’s won three straight decisions and will go against Dylan Cease (5-2, 3.33 ERA). The White Sox have won four in a row. After finishing on the South Side, the Twins will move to Wrigley Field next weekend to play the NL Central-leading Cubs. Associated Press Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria and Eugenie Bouchard of Canada were the only non-Frenchwomen to receive wild cards. Pironkova made the U.S. Open her first comeback tournament since 2017 and achieved an impressive first-time run to the quarterfinals. Bouchard reached her first final in more than four years in Istanbul on Sunday and lost in a third-set tiebreaker.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OHIO STATE DEPARTURESTired of waiting: Ohio State stars opt out, move on to draftCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State stars Shaun Wade and Wyatt Davis got tired of waiting for a decision on the football season and chose to opt out and begin preparing for the NFL draft. Wade, a preseason All-American cornerback, and Davis, an offensive guard, are both likely to be first-round picks in the 2021 draft. Wade announced his decision via Twitter on Monday, following Davis’ announcement on Friday. September 14, 2020 The move with Lamb made sense after Oakland lost Gold Glove third baseman Matt Chapman. Chapman suffered a strained right hip and is expected to undergo surgery. The 29-year-old Lamb looked like a future star at third base just a few years ago. He hit 29 homers in 2016 and then made the NL All-Star team in 2017 while setting career highs with 30 homers and 105 RBIs. Since then, he’s battled injuries and inconsistency and hit just 12 homers over the past three seasons.NHL-PLAYOFFSStars could advance to Stanley Cup finalEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Dallas Stars could move on to the Stanley Cup Final with a win tonight over the Vegas Golden Knights in Edmonton. It would be the franchise’s first trip to the final since 2000. In other Major League action:— The Padres and Dodgers open their final series this season, perhaps San Diego’s best chance to close in on the eight-time reigning NL West champions. Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw (5-1, 1.98) faces emerging Padres right-hander Dinelson Lamet (2-1, 2.24) in the first of three games at Petco Park. Lamet’s only loss this season came against the Dodgers on Aug. 4.MLB-ATHLETICS-LAMBAthletics sign Jake LambSEATTLE (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have signed former All-Star infielder Jake Lamb after he was designated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondbacks. center_img The Stars are up three-games-to-one. They won Game 4 despite being outshot 33-20. And they trail Vegas in their series, 130 shots to 92.NHL-FLAMES-WARD Ward named coach of FlamesCALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Calgary Flames have removed the “interim” tag from Geoff Ward’s job and made him the NHL club’s head coach. Ward was promoted from associate coach Nov. 29. Calgary was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs in six games by the Dallas Stars.NFL-SIDELINE PROTOCOLSNFL reminds team about mask requirements UNDATED (AP) — The NFL is reminding team personnel on the sidelines about the rules for wearing face coverings. There were several games Sunday in which team members other than players were not using them. Troy Vincent oversees the league’s football operations. He sent a memo to the 32 clubs on Monday saying teams “must remain vigilant” about following protocols set not only by the league, union and clubs, but by state and local governments. Otherwise, he says, the season could be “at risk.”Elsewhere in the NFL:— The Browns switched kickers after one game. Cleveland waived kicker Austin Seibert after he missed an extra point and field goal in Sunday’s 38-6 loss at Baltimore. Seibert’s being replaced by Cody Parkey, who is best known for missing a 43-yard kick for the Chicago Bears in the 2018 playoffs. — New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell could miss a few weeks after injuring his left hamstring in the team’s season-opening loss at Buffalo. Coach Adam Gase says Monday he doesn’t want to put a timetable on Bell’s return, but says it could take some time because it’s a soft-tissue injury. Bell was injured on an incomplete pass late in the second quarter when Bills linebacker A.J. Klein was penalized for holding. Inside linebacker Blake Cashman has a groin injury that could also sideline him a few weeks. Horsfield spent two years playing college golf for the Florida Gators. He won two European Tour events in a span of three weeks to earn an exemption to Winged Foot. Horsfield was replaced by Rory Sabbatini.TENNIS-FRENCH OPENMurray gets wild card for ParisPARIS (AP) — Andy Murray has received a wild card into the French Open. The former No. 1 was the only non-Frenchman to be given a free pass into the men’s main draw of the grand slam which starts in 13 days. Murray was also awarded a wild card into the U.S. Open after pelvic and shin injuries, and went two rounds. GOLF-US OPEN-HORSFIELDHorsfield out of Open after positive testMAMARONECK, N.Y. (AP) — Sam Horsfield of England is the second player in as many days to withdraw from the U.S. Open because of a positive result from a coronavirus test. Horsfield had a negative result Thursday from a pre-travel test. Upon landing in New York, he tested positive without having symptoms.Scottie Scheffler withdrew Sunday after a positive coronavirus test. He also was asymptomatic. All eyes will now be on quarterback Justin Fields, who could be one of the top picks in the 2021 draft regardless of whether he plays another down of football for the Buckeyes.last_img read more

Haden discusses state of athletic landscape

first_imgIt’s a brisk fall Saturday morning during a bye week for USC, and Athletic Director Pat Haden can be found working out on his treadmill at home, doing what most people expect him to be doing — watching college football.“I bet I spend about 20 hours a week watching games,” Haden said.Every college student might wish they could be as effective of a multitasker as the 62-year-old Haden, who is now in his sixth year as the athletic director of his alma mater.And if the job of juggling 21 intercollegiate sports here at USC wasn’t tough enough, Haden also evaluates the entire college football landscape every week as a member of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.Beginning the first week of November, Haden, who along with University of Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez primarily focuses on the Atlantic Coast Conference, will join the rest of the Committee in Dallas, Texas; to produce the first edition of this year’s playoff rankings.“I look at all the teams and rank them according to five or six metrics that I have,” Haden said. “It takes up a lot of time.”If the Trojans are being discussed, though, Haden said that he has to recuse himself from the conversation.“The idea is to get recused a lot because it means they’re talking about your school,” Haden said.The act of maintaining equilibrium in his commitments is nothing new to Haden, who has essentially  been doing so for the majority of his life.During his college-playing days at USC, Haden was a member of two national championship teams and was the Co-MVP of the 1975 Rose Bowl, all while working his way to two Academic All-American honors and graduating from the University magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.Then as a Rhodes Scholar, Haden played professional football for the Southern California Sun of the World Football League for a year, then for the St. Louis Rams while studying economics at Oxford.He was the epitome of the balanced student-athlete, and in his first five years as athletic director he has sought out to put his student-athletes in a favorable position to do the same by prioritizing academia, community service and athletic performance.“In all three areas, we’ve done a lot, and we’re proud of that,” Haden said. “Everything about the University is on an upswing; and we need to be in the Athletic Department as good or try to be better than the rest of the University. That’s what we wake up every morning trying to do, and it’s a real challenge.”Taking care of student-athletes has been a prime concern for Haden during his tenure. USC was the first university in the Pac-12 and second in the country to offer guaranteed four-year scholarships and also spends more money on the additional food benefit for student-athletes than anyone in the conference, according to Haden.“We will do as much as we possibly can for our student-athletes,” Haden said.This seemingly wasn’t the case when Haden was brought in to succeed Mike Garrett back in 2010, which was just the beginning of a tumultuous journey for USC amid the cloud of NCAA sanctions.“I stepped into a bit of mess and felt that we really needed to reboot virtually everything and adopt this mantra of ‘continuous improvement,’” Haden said.Since Haden took over, Athletics has produced 274 first-team All-Americans, 32 individual national champions and 10 team national titles. Meanwhile, he oversaw an increase in GPA, graduation rates and community service, in addition to the building of numerous facilities including the John McKay Center, Uytengsu Aquatics Center and Merle Norman Stadium for beach volleyball, among others.After inheriting the Coliseum’s lease in 2013, the Athletic Department’s next big project is to revamp the historic stadium, according to Haden.Of course, the Coliseum continues to house the No. 17-ranked USC football team. Haden believes the Trojans should be as talented as any team they face this year, but points out the increased talent and depth of the Pac-12 Conference, which has made it difficult for USC to reclaim its status as a perennial powerhouse.“It’s a different era than  a few years ago when there weren’t a lot of good teams in the Pac-12,” Haden said. “I really believe that the Pac-12 South is not going to be decided until the last game of the year.”When asked how many years he has left in the tank as Athletic director, the 62-year-old said that he honestly didn’t have an answer and rather than honing in on any type of legacy, he wants the focus to remain on improving USC Athletics.“I’m not interested in the legacy of Pat Haden,” Haden said. “I want us to continue to improve, and I don’t feel like I need to be remembered for anything. Somebody’s going to take my place and continue to do this job and do it better than I — that’s the idea.”last_img read more