A week in the life

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. A week in the lifeOn 11 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Conferences on culture changes, appraising outsourcing, mentoring, meetings on incentives… it’s all in a week’s work for an HR director. By Paul SimpsonMonday8am The weekend’s haul of e-mails stands at 109. Three are from the managing director who has just been to a “change the culture” conference and wants to know what we can do to change the culture at Acme Printing International. He’s pencilled – or rather e-mailed – in a meeting with myself for tomorrow on the subject at 9am. His final chilling e-mail asks, “Have we ever seriously appraised outsourcing?” There are a handful of nominations for the employee of the year award (so far the winner is going to be the employee who suggested the award, we must avoid that).An e-mail arrives from a reporter at the Argus asking if we will be shedding 100 jobs at our Nottingham plant after losing a children’s TV magazine contract. A very good question which I’ll put to our sales director Bill when he returns from his country retreat.9am Our forthcoming tribunal hearing has taken a turn for the worse. Four months ago, it was all hale and hearty talk of total victory. Now the barrister who, I’m beginning to suspect, has every requirement of his profession save that of a fine legal mind, is saying: “The bottom line is, we’re guilty”. This is one more tribute to our sales director’s hands-on approach to hiring ’em and firing ’em. The barrister wants to rehearse Bill’s testimony, I say I’ll fix it.7pm Bill pops his head around the door to announce he can’t attend Thursday’s meeting on incentives because he’s out with clients. I eschew the obvious reply. “Nice to know we still have some”, and ask about the lost contract. He growls something which sounds like: “It ain’t over, till it’s over”, and storms out.Tuesday9am Our first “change the culture” summit. Actually, all the boss wanted to talk about was outsourcing, although he did describe that irrepressible American Tom Peters as his mentor. This could be the most disastrous example of mentoring since Eddie Large took Syd Little under his wing. I agree to do a detailed appraisal of the costs and benefits of outsourcing my department and to call some consultant he met over the weekend. As he leaves, Brian says he’d like to put changing the culture on the agenda for the next board meeting. I nod, wondering how far he wants to go with this. The last time we asked staff to describe the company, their favourite adjective was “feudal”.9pm Consultant “can’t possibly talk” to me until next week. Our solicitor says we are to be buried under a mountain of evidence at the tribunal. The plaintiff’s statement is a mere 51 pages long compared to the scanty seven we extracted from Bill. Our finance director Peter gleefully informs me, in a snotty e-mail, that my department costs have risen 38 per cent in the past year.5pm The Argus is on the phone. The hack tells me which company has won the contract from us. I promise to ring her back when I have some news. Two more Employee of the Year votes. I have to e-mail Brian’s secretary to remind her that her boss can’t win because directors are excluded.Wednesday8am Something’s going on: the sales director is all shiny and smart. And the managing director has had his hair cut for the third time this decade. My secretary Janice goes on some mild industrial espionage and breathlessly informs me that we are the lucky recipients of a surprise visit from the chairman. It’s hard to breathe over the fumes of Mr Sheen.9pm Our knighted chairman paid a surprise visit to our stockbrokers instead and is now at some symposium in Geneva. Bill and I interview a female candidate for export sales manager. Bill’s idea of a killer question is: “Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?” She gave the expected answer and Bill nodded approval. She’ll get the job, which could be interesting because she seems a lot smarter than Bill. When it’s over, I ask him about the contract and he becomes evasive.5pm Our audit of employees’ use of the Internet at head office reveals that a member of the finance department spends 25 per cent of his working day on the Web. Nor, sad to say, is he downloading boring screeds about accountancy. Peter has already recommended withdrawing his Internet privileges and giving him an official warning. After another call from the Argus, I ring the managing director who confirms that we have lost the contract and may lose some jobs, but he didn’t want to tell me until he’d given Bill the chance to find replacement business. I politely suggest that one way we could usefully change the culture is by communicating with each other, but he bristles and says, “I don’t see why you have to take that attitude.”Thursday8am Exit interview with our very talented marketing director Sue. “Will Brian see your report?”, she asks. “If you want him to,” I say. She insists and then proceeds to take the company apart. After 10 minutes, I’ve run out of euphemisms. After 15 minutes, I’m just putting it down verbatim. I’ll tell Brian it’s useful ammo for our “change the culture” campaign.1pm Hmmm. further study of the Internet audit reveals that Brian has been spending a lot of time surfing “outsourcing” web sites. The incentives meeting ended inconclusively. Morale among sales staff is low and it’s not just down to Bill’s “hands on the windpipe” management style. They’re supposed to get commission but the market is so tight commission seems about as real as the lost continent of Atlantis. Bill’s idea of staff incentives is not firing them, but his deputy, John, who’s a bit closer to the foot soldiers, has a few good if not dazzlingly original ideas, although I know the finance director’s lip will curl at the thought of paying for a sales conference.5pm Ted, managing director of our Nottingham plant, is on the phone, incoherent with rage. The Argus has run the story. He’s already got a message to call the print union’s national officer. Why didn’t we warn him? Why indeed? Janice says I’ve got a message to call the union too. I send an urgent e-mail to Bill and Brian asking them if there’s any news on new business. As Bill doesn’t always read his e-mails – he says he hasn’t had proper training – I ask Janice to take a hard copy over.Friday8am Absenteeism on our management training courses has reached an alarming 17 per cent. Peter has already e-mailed me suggesting we suspend the programme. I understand his keenness when I open his weekly financial report: as a group, we are now a mere £6.5m below our revenue forecast for the current financial year. By just putting all the awful figures down together with the minimum of commentary Peter has compiled a devastating indictment of the company. Much more of this and “change the culture” will be superseded by “change the board”.9pm The solicitor rings to tell me that Bill has been briefed but his voice is so firmly stuck in neutral I know it went badly. “How much are we looking at?” I ask. “Ten grand? Twenty?” With an evasion so ingrained I suspect it must be genetic, he says he can’t possibly speculate.5pm Bill is off nursing his wounds in Oxfordshire. Janice is heading down the pub for a Friday night of revelry with most of the sales force. Brian has just accelerated out of the car park after e-mailing me that he has “squared” the union at Nottingham. I must remember to ask him to define specifically how he’s “squared” them. The tribunal starts on Monday. Simon, the office wag, is running a sweepstake on the damages. My fiver is on £20,000. My last two e-mails of the working week: from John telling me our new Australian salesperson has been making up fictitious meetings with clients while staying at home in bed and a final nomination for the Employee of the Year award, for the employee who came up with the idea. All in all, an odd week, nothing constructive achieved but nothing too destructive allowed to happen either. As I tidy up my desk, I see a Post-It from Brian timed 4.46 today which says simply “Outsourcing!!!” Just a little something for the weekend from the managing director. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

USA: Kearsarge,Bataan ARG Complete Turnover

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: Kearsarge,Bataan ARG Complete Turnover View post tag: turnover View post tag: complete The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Group (MEU) relieved the Kearsarge ARG and 26th MEU of their duties in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) April 27.The Bataan ARG has assumed responsibilities as Commander, Task Force 62 and will conduct maritime security operations and provide support as required for coalition forces assigned to Operation Unified Protector.“I am proud of the great work the Sailors and Marines of the Kearsarge ARG/26th MEU team have done,” said Capt. Peter Pagano, commander, Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 4. “Regardless of the mission they were assigned, they accomplished it with integrity, professionalism, and dedication.”“This MEU has been in positions of tremendous responsibility and each time delivered nothing less than what they were asked to give,” said Col. Mark J. Desens, commanding officer 26th MEU. “I am very proud to have served with the Marines, Sailors and civilians of this MEU and our Navy-Marine Corps team. This deployment has been the highlight of my operational career.”During the past eight months in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet AORs the Kearsarge ARG /26th MEU team conducted a wide range of missions, ranging from the delivery of over 3 million pounds of supplies to Pakistan after a devastating summer flood to the safe relocation of 335 displaced personnel from Tunisia to Egypt.The Kearsarge ARG was actively involved in the initial phases of Operation Odyssey Dawn, with AV-8B Harriers assigned to 26th MEU flying multiple sorties in support of the no-fly zone established by United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1973. As the mission transitioned to NATO-led Operation Unified Protector, Sailors and Marines remained on station and ready to render assistance.“The Kearsarge ARG and 26th MEU’s performance in the 5th and 6th Fleet AORs has been nothing short of outstanding,” said Capt. Steve Yoder, commander, Amphibious Squadron 6. “I have complete confidence that our Sailors and Marines assigned to the Bataan ARG and 22nd MEU will continue this tradition of excellence, and that they will remain vigilant, flexible, and ready to execute the full range of amphibious operations.”The BATARG and 22nd MEU deployed three months ahead of their original schedule to relieve the Kearsarge ARG and 26th MEU. The blue-green team conducted a wide range of integrated training over the last several weeks to be able to arrive on station and immediately provide the combatant commander with a versatile sea-based force that can be tailored to a variety of missions.“The Marines and Sailors of 22nd MEU have completed the turnover with 26th MEU and are prepared to execute operations in support of Operation Unified Protector and other missions that may be assigned,” said Col. Eric Steidl, commanding officer 22nd MEU. “As a Marine Air Ground Task Force, 22nd MEU is capable of responding to a wide array of contingencies ranging from humanitarian assistance to combat operations. As we wish our fellow warriors from 26th MEU farewell, we stand ready to assume the mission as an amphibious force in readiness.”“We talk a lot on Bataan about being on time and ready for tasking,” said Capt. Steve Koehler, commanding officer of USS Bataan (LHD 5). “This ship’s job is to put the MEU and PHIBRON in a position to conduct the nation’s tasking. We are certainly ready for that and proud to have the watch here in the Mediterranean Sea.”The Kearsarge ARG is led by commander, Amphibious Squadron 4, and is comprised of the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge (LHD 3), amphibious transport dock USS Ponce (LPD 15), and amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 51). Embarked detachments include Fleet Surgical Team 6, Tactical Air Control Squadron 21, Assault Craft Unit 4 and Beach Master Unit 2.The Bataan ARG includes PHIBRON-6, with detachments from Naval Beach Group Two (CNBG) 2, Tactical Air Control Squadron (TACRON) 21, Fleet Surgical Team Six (FST) 8, Helicopter Squadron Twenty Two (HSC) 28, Beach Master Unit (BMU) 2, Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 2 and ACU-4. ARG ships include the Norfolk-based Bataan, the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde (LPD 19), and the dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41), homeported at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story, Va.The 22nd MEU is a Marine Air Ground Task Force comprised of the Command Element, Ground Combat Element, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment; Aviation Combat Element, Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 263 (Reinforced); Logistics Combat Element, and Combat Logistics Battalion 22.(navy)[mappress]Source: navy, April 29, 2011; Share this article April 29, 2011 View post tag: Bataan View post tag: Kearsarge View post tag: usa USA: Kearsarge,Bataan ARG Complete Turnover View post tag: ARGlast_img read more

Open Rank Clinical Faculty – Primary Care Optometry – (FAC001596)

first_imgThe University of Houston’s College of Optometry seeks outstandingoptometrists in the area of Primary Care to join the ClinicalSciences Department. Areas of expertise should include primaryeyecare, ocular and systemic disease management, evidence-basedclinical practice, interprofessional/ collaborative practice,community and public health.Successful candidates will provide clinical education and patientcare, and must be eligible for optometric licensure in the state ofTexas. Successful candidates are expected to demonstrate leadershipin teaching, clinical practice, and scholarship related to patientcare, clinical outcomes, community/ public health, clinicaleducation, or other areas of applied clincal sciences.The University of Houston College of Optometry is internationallyrecognized as a leader in clinical healthcare, vision-relatedbiomedical research, and community health services (see http://www.opt.uh.edu/ for details).The University of Houston, with one of the most diverse studentbodies in the nation, seeks to recruit and retain a diversecommunity of scholars.Review of applications will begin immediately and continue untilpositions are filled.Please contact, Dr. David Berntsen, Chair,Dept. of Clinical Science, [email protected] orDr. Wendy Harrison, Search Committee Chair at [email protected] , withquestions.The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmativeaction employer. Minorities, women, veterans and persons withdisabilities are encouraged to apply.Qualifications :This is an open-rank, clinical non-tenure track faculty position.The successful applicant must have an OD degree and completed aresidency/fellowship program or have equivalent relevant clinical,academic, or other experience. Applicants should have experiencewith clinical teaching and mentoring. Demonstrated interest inproviding care within community based clinics, and experience withhealthcare delivery models within these settings ispreferred.Notes to Applicant: Official transcripts are required forall faculty appointments and will be requested upon selection ofthe final candidate. All positions at the university are securitysensitive and will require a criminal history check.last_img read more

JUST IN: Casino Bill Clears House

first_imgCasino Bill Clears HouseApril 16 2019  By Bryan WellsTheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– The Indiana House voted 78-15 Monday for a bill that further expands gambling in this state.Senate Bill 552, sponsored in the House by Rep. Todd Huston, R-Fishers, legalizes sports wagering; moves two Gary casinos from that city’s lakefront to an inland site closer to Interstate 94 and creates a new casino in the Terre Haute area.But with the House making major changes from the Senate-passed version – including provisions that bar sports betting on mobile devices and require the governor to make public any meetings he has with gambling interests – it’s still a work in progress.A final version now will be negotiated between House and Senate conferees in the closing days of this legislative session.Monday, numerous representatives went to the microphone to urge passage, even as they wanted changes. Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, said he hopes the final version gives live dealers to Indiana’s two racinos in Shelbyville and Anderson sooner than the current date of 2021. And Rep. Kevin Mahan, R-Hartford City, said he hopes the final bill eliminates the proposed $50 million fee the Gary casino operator is charged to move inland; the Senate version charged $100 million.Rep. Terri Austin, D-Anderson, urged her colleagues to “take a statewide view for a second” before voting on this bill.“Right now, gaming is the fourth greatest source of revenue in our state, (with) 12,000 employees, and that includes the lottery and everyone else. Charity gaming alone is about a $400-million-dollar industry in this state,” she said.And, she argued, they needed to keep working on this bill. Sports betting is being legalized in other states, she said, and Indiana needs to regulate it or fall behind.This is a developing story and an update is forth coming.FOOTNOTE: Bryan Wells is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalists. Breaking News: Governor’s Gaming Meetings Would Be Made Public Under House AmendmentFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Broadway.com Culturalist Challenge! Rank Your Top 10 Kristin Chenoweth Roles

first_img Star Files The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.Fellow Ozians, West Wing fanatics and Gleeks—let us be glad! Kristin Chenoweth celebrates her birthday on July 24. Cheno’s got a lot of larger-than-life projects in the works; we can’t wait for her to return to her pageant roots as Miss Baltimore Crabs a.k.a. Velma Von Tussle in what has already become a star-studded Hairspray Live!, which is scheduled for December 7. In June, she headlined an all-star reading of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; no timeline yet on this dream production, which had previously been eyeing a 2015 bow, but we’ll be sure to keep you in the know. KC’s also apparently waiting on a revised script for Rise, the long-in-the-works Tammy Faye Bakker project she revealed to Broadway.com in 2013. While we get amped for a huge dose of the Tony winner, we’ve decided to recall some of her most popular stage and screen roles. Which ones are your faves? Broadway.com News Reporter Ryan McPhee kicked things off with his top 10. Get in on the action with your picks!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! Kristin Chenowethcenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

Take advantage of NAFCU’s HOLIDAY savings

first_imgNAFCU ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s the season of giving and to ensure credit unions are equipped for growth and to meet members’ needs, NAFCU is giving $300 off its premier educational offerings. Available through Jan. 10, 2020, credit unions can use the code HOLIDAY to save on all 2020 conference registrations and online training subscriptions.NAFCU’s three online training subscriptions are designed to support credit union professionals and keep them informed of issues and trends facing the industry:Online Compliance Training Subscription, which includes access to more than 50 live and on-demand webinars per year on the hottest trends and compliance issues affecting credit unions;Board of Directors Online Training Subscription, which includes 11 training modules that provide new and seasoned directors with a comprehensive understanding of their role and how the credit union system works; andAll Access Pass, which includes access to NAFCU’s entire library of credit union online training courses and webinars, including the Compliance Training and Board of Directors Training Subscriptions.Credit unions can also save on the association’s 13 conferences happening in 2020, which are created specifically to help credit unions increase revenue, grow membership, streamline costs, strategize effectively, and address compliance concerns:last_img read more

Analysis: Could the UK’s largest pension scheme close… and re-open?

first_imgFormer UK pensions minister Ros Altmann comments on the USS proposalNext stepsUSS itself is a bystander at this stage, only providing data and information on the current situation and the options available to the two negotiating parties.The union has threatened strike action and will ballot for such a move from 27 November. “If universities continue to pursue this action, they will face disruption on campus of a kind never seen before,” UCU’s Hunt said.UUK wants a more constructive approach, describing the strike threat as “premature and disappointing”. There are a series of talks planned between the two parties in the coming weeks. Reforms to USS’ structure implemented last year saw the scheme shift from a traditional DB scheme to a hybrid. Members can earn a guaranteed DB pension on any salary up to £55,550 (€62,000) in the scheme’s Retirement Income Builder section. Any benefits on top of this are invested in the Investment Builder section under non-guaranteed DC rules.The existence of the £55,550 threshold has given UUK a unique bargaining chip in its negotiations with the union.A spokesman for the organisation told IPE that UUK had essentially proposed lowering this threshold to zero with no changes to contribution rates (currently 18% of salary from the employer and 8% from the employee), meaning all pensionable earnings would go into the DC scheme.This would mean that the DB section is not legally closed – it is just accruing no new liabilities.“Our proposal has been constructed in order to offer a range of options (including the possible reintroduction of DB benefits) if scheme funding improves at future valuations,” the spokesman said.In addition, the proposal says employers would continue to provide death and incapacity benefits “so that employers continue to carry the risk in the most difficult of circumstances”, he added. In future, UUK argues, the threshold could be raised again to restore DB benefits in some form if the scheme’s funding level improves. Whether this happens, only time will tell.The union’s viewThe Universities and Colleges Union (UCU), which represents lecturers and other staff, has not taken kindly to the innovative approach.UCU general secretary Sally Hunt claimed the plans were “a bolt from the blue and would effectively destroy the USS scheme”. “It is categorically the worst proposal I have received from universities on any issue in 20 years of representing university staff,” she added.UCU also pointed to a section of USS’ actuarial valuation report, published earlier this year:“Any increase in contributions would be more manageable if implemented over a two-to-four year period. Most employers could afford an increase in contributions from the current 18% of pensionable salary to 21%, albeit not without changes to business plans and/or prioritisation of pension contributions. “Many would also be able to afford up to 25%; however, coming at a time when many employers are trying to increase investment and offset falling grant funding, this would impact investment opportunities to varying degrees and require significant strategic change. “It is important to emphasise that this affordability analysis reflects the assessment of the sponsoring employers’ ability to pay increased contributions, not the willingness to make the required trade-offs to do so.”However, USS also argued that increasing contributions now would reduce the universities’ ability to make emergency contributions in the future.The investment sideUSS has taken a conservative view on the future returns it is likely to generate. In addition, a poll of employers by UUK found very little appetite for the scheme to take more risk.The pension scheme is three years into an investment strategy that is set to de-risk the portfolio over the course of the next 20 years. Its investment track record is strong, but it has failed to keep pace with liabilities: The largest pension scheme in the UK could become the first defined benefit (DB) scheme in the country to re-open, if a proposal from its sponsoring employers is taken up.Late last week, Universities UK (UUK) – which represents 136 higher education establishments across the country – published its proposal to close the Universities Superannuation Scheme’s (USS) DB section to future accrual.Employees would instead accrue all their benefits through USS’ Investment Builder defined contribution (DC) scheme, with a combined contribution rate of 26% of salary – the same as the current level.However, the unique nature of USS’ benefit structure means that the closure of the DB scheme need only be temporary.last_img read more

Sexual Victimization by Women Is More Common Than Previously Known

first_imgScientific American 17 October 2017Family First Comment: Fascinating article which, using government data, highlights the facts around sexual assault rather than the ideology which only tells half the story…“[T]he common one-dimensional portrayal of women as harmless victims reinforces outdated gender stereotypes. This keeps us from seeing women as complex human beings, able to wield power, even in misguided or violent ways. And, the assumption that men are always perpetrators and never victims reinforces unhealthy ideas about men and their supposed invincibility. These hyper-masculine ideals can reinforce aggressive male attitudes and, at the same time, callously stereotype male victims of sexual abuse as “failed men.””Take a moment and picture an image of a rapist. Without a doubt, you are thinking about a man. Given our pervasive cultural understanding that perpetrators of sexual violence are nearly always men, this makes sense. But this assumption belies the reality, revealed in our study of large-scale federal agency surveys, that women are also often perpetrators of sexual victimization.In 2014, we published a study on the sexual victimization of men, finding that men were much more likely to be victims of sexual abuse than was thought. To understand who was committing the abuse, we next analyzed four surveys conducted by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to glean an overall picture of how frequently women were committing sexual victimization.The results were surprising. For example, the CDC’s nationally representative data revealed that over one year, men and women were equally likely to experience nonconsensual sex, and most male victims reported female perpetrators. Over their lifetime, 79 percent of men who were “made to penetrate” someone else (a form of rape, in the view of most researchers) reported female perpetrators. Likewise, most men who experienced sexual coercion and unwanted sexual contact had female perpetrators.We also pooled four years of the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) data and found that 35 percent of male victims who experienced rape or sexual assault reported at least one female perpetrator. Among those who were raped or sexually assaulted by a woman, 58 percent of male victims and 41 percent of female victims reported that the incident involved a violent attack, meaning the female perpetrator hit, knocked down or otherwise attacked the victim, many of whom reported injuries.And, because we had previously shown that nearly one million incidents of sexual victimization happen in our nation’s prisons and jails each year, we knew that no analysis of sexual victimization in the U.S. would be complete without a look at sexual abuse happening behind bars. We found that, contrary to assumptions, the biggest threat to women serving time does not come from male corrections staff. Instead, female victims are more than three times as likely to experience sexual abuse by other women inmates than by male staff.Also surprisingly, women inmates are more likely to be abused by other inmates than are male inmates, disrupting the long held view that sexual violence in prison is mainly about men assaulting men. In juvenile corrections facilities, female staff are also a much more significant threat than male staff; more than nine in ten juveniles who reported staff sexual victimization were abused by a woman.Our findings might be critically viewed as an effort to upend a women’s rights agenda that focuses on the sexual threat posed by men. To the contrary, we argue that male-perpetrated sexual victimization remains a chronic problem, from the schoolyard to the White House. In fact, 96 percent of women who report rape or sexual assault in the NCVS were abused by men. In presenting our findings, we argue that a comprehensive look at sexual victimization, which includes male perpetration and adds female perpetration, is consistent with feminist principles in important ways.For example, the common one-dimensional portrayal of women as harmless victims reinforces outdated gender stereotypes. This keeps us from seeing women as complex human beings, able to wield power, even in misguided or violent ways. And, the assumption that men are always perpetrators and never victims reinforces unhealthy ideas about men and their supposed invincibility. These hyper-masculine ideals can reinforce aggressive male attitudes and, at the same time, callously stereotype male victims of sexual abuse as “failed men.”Other gender stereotypes prevent effective responses, such as the trope that men are sexually insatiable. Aware of the popular misconception that, for men, all sex is welcome, male victims often feel too embarrassed to report sexual victimization. If they do report it, they are frequently met with a response that assumes no real harm was done.Women abused by other women are also an overlooked group; these victims discover that most services are designed for women victimized by men. Behind bars, we found that sexual minorities were 2-3 times more likely to be sexually victimized by staff members than straight inmates. This is particularly alarming as our related research found that sexual minorities, especially lesbian and bisexual women, are much more likely to be incarcerated to begin with.READ MORE: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/sexual-victimization-by-women-is-more-common-than-previously-known/The Sexual Victimization of Men in America: New Data Challenge Old AssumptionsAm J Public Health. 2014 June; 104(6): e19–e26. Published online 2014 June. doi:  10.2105/AJPH.2014.301946 We concluded that federal surveys detect a high prevalence of sexual victimization among men—in many circumstances similar to the prevalence found among women. We identified factors that perpetuate misperceptions about men’s sexual victimization: reliance on traditional gender stereotypes, outdated and inconsistent definitions, and methodological sampling biases that exclude inmates. We recommend changes that move beyond regressive gender assumptions, which can harm both women and men. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4062022 /Prevalence Rates of Male and Female Sexual Violence Perpetrators in a National Sample of AdolescentsJAMA Pediatr.  2013;167(12):1125-1134. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2013.2629… Perpetrators reported greater exposure to violent X-rated content. Almost all perpetrators (98%) who reported age at first perpetration to be 15 years or younger were male, with similar but attenuated results among those who began at ages 16 or 17 years (90%). It is not until ages 18 or 19 years that males (52%) and females (48%) are relatively equally represented as perpetrators. Perhaps related to age at first perpetration, females were more likely to perpetrate against older victims, and males were more likely to perpetrate against younger victims….https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/fullarticle/1748355last_img read more

Why Muslim faithful prefer dates during Ramadhan

first_imgNigeria:Why the candidates want your vote Dates are the first thing Muslims eat when they break their fasting During the Muslim’s holy month of Ramadhan, the one fruit you will see most faithful eat is the date. CCTV’s Yasser Hakim explains why those who take part in fasting, prefer dates to any other fruit Relatedcenter_img London elects first Muslim mayor Egyptians Prefer Using Bicycles to Avoid Trafficlast_img

‘No Duterte order to halt rice importation’

first_imgMANILA – The Malacañang belied reports that President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered for the suspension of the rice importation in the country. An exclusive report by GMA News said Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the suspension of rice importation to address the issues faced by local farmers resulting from the implementation of the Rice Tariffication Law. Recently, thePhilippines surpassed China as the biggest rice importer in the world after itimported 3 million metric tons of rice in 2019./PN In an interview on CNN Philippines’ The Source, Agriculture spokesperson Noel Reyes, however, said the agency has yet to receive an order from Malacañang to suspend rice importation. Duterte signed the Rice Tariffication Law on February that removed quantitative restrictions on rice importation, which stabilized rice supply and drove down prices. Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement that there no order of such yet as of press time. “As of this time there is no order to stop rice importation given the Secretary Dar of the Department of Agriculture per the latter,” Panelo said.last_img read more