Five property firms rapped by Advertising Standards Authority

first_imgAn unprecedented five property companies including three agents and two developers had their adverts referred to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) during the run-up to the New Year.TV – Birch’s GroupLondon-based park homes developer used photographs of an old site in a TV ad to promote a new development, which the ASA considered ‘misleading’.Birch’s Group, which has built and owns sites across the UK including in Hampshire, Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Somerset, used images and footage from one of its Cambridgeshire sites to illustrate its Little London Park development in the TV ad.The company told the ASA that it ‘believed that the images and footage shown in the ad were an accurate representation of properties customers could purchase at their Little London Park site’.The ASA disagreed, saying it considered TV viewers would interpret the ad to mean that the featured properties were available to purchase at the Little London Park site and that they were ready for viewing at the advertised open weekend event promoted within the ad. The ASA also noted that one of the properties featured in the ad was ‘vastly different’ to the property available at the open weekend event.Online – WhitegatesAgent Whitegates, which is part of the Martin & Co group, has also been cautioned by the ASA over its use of images, although this time only on an informal basis. A member of the public complained that its branch in Crewe had advertised a property on Rightmove using images of another house but after the ASA contacted Whitegates it removed the property immediately.Online – BradleysThe ASA also received a complaint about Exmouth-based agent Bradleys over a claim on its home page that “land can only go up in value”. The complainant challenged whether this claim could be substantiated. After the ASA contacted Bradleys it gave a written assurance that the claim would be removed and similar claims not made in the future.TV – TSPC HoldingsScottish agent Tayside Solicitors Property Centre (TSPC Holdings) ran an ad on a local radio station in which a claim that it hits a “target of 90% of homes for sale in Dundee, Angus and North Fife… Remember only a TSPC Member Solicitor can offer you the reach of” was made.Rival Re/Max Real Estate Centre based in Dundee challenged this claim and, although TSPC was able to substantiate it, the ad was withdrawn because broadcast script clearance house Radiocentre confirmed that the script ‘had not been cleared’ prior to broadcast.Online – Cala HomesThe final complaint made to the ASA was more comedy than a breach of the ASA Code of Practice. A member of the public complained that Falkirk-based developer Cala Homes (East) Ltd had described the village of Mickleton in Gloucestershire as a town. The company said the mistake was down to ‘human error’.advertising standards authority Birch’s Group Bradleys Estate AGent Cala Homes TSPC Whitegates January 4, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Five property firms rapped by Advertising Standards Authority previous nextRegulation & LawFive property firms rapped by Advertising Standards AuthorityUnprecedented number of agents and developers have ads referred to watchdogNigel Lewis4th January 20170967 Viewslast_img read more

Pretty Lights Drops New and Unreleased Tracks With Live Band At Camp Bisco [Videos]

first_imgOn Saturday night, thousands of fans gathered at the main stage of Camp Bisco to witness Derek Vincent Smith’s latest music project, Pretty Lights Live. Their performance came just three weeks before their highly-anticipated debut performance at The Gorge in Washington on August 4th and 5th. The Gorge show will kick off the second year of their two-day “Episodic Festivals” spanning across the country. Camp Bisco was to be the live band’s last festival before the Season 2 premiere at The Gorge, and the excitement in the air was palpable as Smith and the band took the stage.The set was nothing short of spectacular as the band played a variety of songs, ranging from Pretty Lights’ second album to dropping new tracks that may appear on the new album Smith has been working on. The new album will be the first since the 2014 Grammy-nominated Color Map of the Sun. During the set, Pretty Lights Live performed several “Flips” which has become a staple of the new live band. Flips are the moments when Smith will cut out the pre-recorded track, allowing each of the band members to improvise resulting in never-before-heard music. This improvisation allows them to play the same songs at different stops while also creating a constantly-unique experience for those who follow Pretty Lights Live.On top of the oldies and the new tracks, Pretty Lights Live surprised many long-time fans by closing the last half of the set with many unreleased tracks that often go years without being played. Most notable of the unreleased tracks was the Pretty Lights Live debuts of “Wayfaring Stranger” and “It’s Tricky”–both of which were last played during solo sets at Basslights 2015. Camp Bisco showed that Pretty Lights Live is moving forward with more steam than ever before. Be sure to check out the videos and full set list featured below. [Videos uploaded by Sicarius Finch]Set List: Pretty Lights Live Band | Camp Bisco | Montage Mountain, PA | 7/15/17World Of Illusion (Tease)High School Art ClassMore Important Than Michael Jordan > FlipDon’t Take My Sunshine (New)Hot Like A Million TomorrowsSomething’s WrongDrift Away > FlipThe Sun Spreads In Our Mind (New) > FlipRainbow and Waterfalls (New)Wayfaring Stranger (Unreleased)You Get High (Unreleased) > FlipIf I Gave You My Love > FlipSunday SchoolBump ‘N Hustle (Unreleased) ft. Derek Vincent Smith freestylingPrelude 3-Call and Response (New) ft. Derek Vincent Smith & Jubee freestyling > FlipCountry Roads-John Denver Remix (Unreleased)It’s Tricky-Run-DMC Remix (Unreleased)last_img read more

The space in between

first_imgKwee Boon Brandon Seah ’11 wants to teach his classmates a new way of listening. The Winthrop House senior practices the art of overtone singing, a technique that enables a performer to vocalize two notes at once. This week, Seah will give a class on the technique and says he hopes to pass on an appreciation of this central Asian vocal music to his fellow undergraduates.“In other cultures, people are aware of overtones in daily life,” he says. “I hope the participants in the class come away with different ears and learn to think of music in a different way.”Soundbytes: A sample of overtone singingSeah and his pupils are just a few of the undergraduates participating in nearly 100 activities —from stand-up comedy to public service — during Harvard’s inaugural Optional Winter Activities Week (OWAW), Jan. 16-23. Erin Goodman, manager of Winter Break operations for the College, says that OWAW is a response to the new academic calendar and to student interest in programming during the downtime between fall and spring semesters.“The calendar change implemented in 2009-10 offered students a broader set of possibilities for Winter Break,” she says. “Many undergraduates said that they wanted to pursue activities that they wouldn’t ordinarily have the chance to participate in during the school year. They also wanted an opportunity to build community and prepare for the spring term and the summer.”While many undergraduates will explore an area outside their regular studies, some are using OWAW to continue work begun in the classroom. Eric Hysen ’11 leads Hack Harvard, an “incubator for student life web applications,” most of which started as final projects for the Computer Science 50 (CS50) course. Hysen and his classmates hope that undergraduates who want an easier way to fill out financial aid forms, create study groups, or meet new people over lunch will soon find that “there’s an app for that.”“We provide resources, work space, and training for students who are working on web apps that improve student life,” Hysen says. “Participants are working in a collaborative work space that we designed after how companies like Google and Facebook set up their offices. The program will end with a public showcase of our work on Sunday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. in Fong Auditorium. During the spring semester, the Undergraduate Council will help promote the completed apps to the entire campus.”Most OWAW activities take place on the Harvard campus, but not all. Undergraduates in Phillips Brooks House Association’s alternative January break are on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico to help doctors from the Indian Health Service screen for hearing and vision problems, compile medical records, and pass on important information about clinics and resources. Organizer Angela Primbas ’12 says that she hopes not only to do some good for a chronically underserved population, but also to inspire a passion for service among her classmates.“We want to get students involved in domestic service,” she says of the trip, which receives some support from President Faust’s Public Service Fund. “We hope they see that inequality, social, and health problems don’t start at the United States border. There are people who need help here at home as well as abroad.”College officials say that it’s important to let students take the lead during OWAW because they drive the demand for Winter Break programming. At the same time, Harvard is offering classes and activities, in addition to those organized and led independently by undergraduates, faculty, and staff.“OWAW gives individual students a new forum to share some of their own interests, knowledge, and talents with their peers,” says Paul J. McLoughlin II, associate dean of Harvard College and senior adviser to the dean of Harvard College. “That said, the College and some departments across the University are planning courses, workshops, and other programs for students during OWAW. There are several courses being offered, some of which are supported by the President’s Innovation Fund, as well as arts intensives in theater, dance, and creative writing sponsored by the Division of Arts and Humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Office for the Arts.”“Stand-up comedy is really an extreme form of public speaking, which is one of the most terrifying things to people, but also one of the most important,” explains Jimmy Tingle. “Our class will help anybody to present themselves in school, at work, or whatever capacity moving forward.”Among the programs funded by the College during OWAW is the Stand-up Comedy Intensive, a series of classes led by nationally renowned political satirist Jimmy Tingle and comedian Jane Condon, named audience favorite during the 2007 season of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.” Tingle says that the hands-on approach of the course — students write and perform their own routines throughout the week — will build confidence and teach skills valuable at Harvard and beyond.“Stand-up comedy is really an extreme form of public speaking, which is one of the most terrifying things to people, but also one of the most important,” he explains. “Our class will help anybody to present themselves in school, at work, or whatever capacity moving forward. And unlike an open mic night, students have the support of teachers and like-minded individuals to help them develop and improve.”Tingle says that he and Condon also hope to help students understand the role that comedy plays in life and society.“Look at Stephen Colbert. Look at Jon Stewart. Look at Jay Leno or Conan O’Brien,” he says. “Their work has a big influence on our culture. Pardon the pun, but the power of comedy is not something you can laugh at.”last_img read more

Guides to the gallows

first_imgOn Nov. 30, 1824, a London banker named Henry Fauntleroy was hanged in public outside Newgate Prison, one month after being sentenced to death for embezzlement. There were 100,000 onlookers.Many of those watching paid a penny each for a broadside printed just that morning. The single sheet describes Fauntleroy’s reaction when his appeal was denied. At the top of the broadside is a crude woodcut of a well-dressed man dangling from the gallows.The Harvard Law School Library owns a copy of that broadside, along with four others about Fauntleroy, including an account of his execution. They are among 500 such artifacts in “Dying Speeches & Bloody Murders,” a collection of what scholars now call crime broadsides.It is among the largest collections of its kind and the only one to be fully digitized. (That work was completed in 2007.) “It’s wonderful that people can sit anywhere in the world and look at these,” said Mary Person, the archivist who catalogued most of the collection.Digital viewers rapidly get a sense of how times have changed. During England’s Bloody Code period, the number of crimes punishable by death escalated from 50 in 1688 to 220 by 1800. By then, a man, woman, or child could be sentenced to death for “uttering” (passing along fake documents), forgery (Fauntleroy’s crime), poaching, prostitution, insanity, petty theft, or fortune telling.A morbid broadside depicting murder.“They certainly pull you in,” said Person of the broadsides, printed on one side and often illustrated with woodcuts that were recycled for decades. She has looked at hundreds of broadsides and their dramatic stories of crime and punishment. “Human nature doesn’t change,” said Person of the broadsides’ popularity. “There is morbid fascination.”She recalled the story of a young woman sentenced to hang for stealing a lace handkerchief, but who was pardoned. In fact, leniency was present too. Between 1770 and 1830, 20 percent of 35,000 death sentences in England were commuted — often changed to transportation to Australia, or impressment into the military. By 1823, only treason and murder required a mandatory death sentence, and by 1861 there were only five capital crimes left. The last British public execution took place in 1868.An 1823 law set off decades of debate over reform, which even drew in literary lights. Writer Charles Dickens was appalled at public executions. William Wordsworth wrote sonnets in favor of the idea. Broadsides helped to sharpen the debate.Law librarians at Harvard started collecting such broadsides in 1932 as a way to augment an extensive collection of British and American trial documents of the 18th and 19th centuries. The first major acquisition was a scrapbook jammed with newspaper clippings, broadsides, and other ephemera cataloging British public executions from 1820 to 1840. The anonymous compiler’s motives were clear: to record, he wrote,  “innumerable proofs of the grossest barbarism” that capital punishment represented.During the first half of the 19th century, “The general stance is that people of all classes read them,” said Ellen O’Brien, who teaches literature at Roosevelt University in Chicago. More than a decade ago, as a Ph.D. student in English at the University of Connecticut, she visited the Harvard Law School Library collection, and remembered “the strange little scrapbook” that piqued her interest.“I discovered so much more variety and subtlety” than most broadsides scholarship suggested, she said. The visit inspired both her dissertation and her book “Crime in Verse” (2008). Crime broadsides are often more than moralizing tracts intended to keep the lower classes in their place, said O’Brien. They can be playful, spun out in verse, and subversive in intent, “clearly deviating from stock moral messages.”O’Brien did her research not long after Harvard made its second major acquisition for “Dying Speeches,” in 1991, gaining 110 broadsides from a London collection. The archive now includes examples from 1707 to 1891. Such street literature — crude, direct, and often moralizing — that foreshadowed the lurid English-language pulp literature that followed, including the Victorian-era “penny dreadful,” the American dime novel, and, by the 20th century, modern crime magazines and comic books.In Fauntleroy’s time, broadsides were in their heyday. By 1815 iron frame presses could be bought for as little as 30 pounds, ensuring cheap broadsides at 200 sheets an hour. Even provincial towns, with their own executions to note, were able “to produce their own literature,” wrote V.A.C. Gatrell in his 1994 study “The Hanging Tree: Execution and the English People, 1770-1868.” Cloth-based paper and good ink had also by then transformed broadsides, which were first printed on fragile tea-paper with sooty lampblack ink. “The paper is gorgeous,” said Lesley Schoenfeld, public services and collections coordinator at the law library.Law librarians at Harvard started collecting such broadsides in 1932 as a way to augment an extensive collection of British and American trial documents of the 18th and 19th centuries.By 1855, a rising penny press in England spelled doom for crime broadsides hawked on the streets, and doom for the “patterers,” the vendors who used the singsong cadences of balladeers from centuries before. Those cadences helped keep verse a durable part of crime broadsides, which typically had a prose element too — details from the crime, the trial, and perhaps a lurid “confession.”In the 1860s, O’Brien added, “People started saying: We need to collect these things. They’re disappearing.” A series of collecting impulses came together: record a dying cultural form, safeguard for the sake of collecting, and conserve for ethnographic interest. (Around the same time, Henry Mayhew tried to capture the sound of street vendors in “London Labour and the London Poor.”)As a graduate student, O’Brien visited collections of broadsides in Britain, New York, and Providence, R.I. But it was at Harvard that she first realized that crime broadsides were “a very diverse representation — not all morally conservative and interested in simplistic representations of murder.” She also realized that the look of crime broadsides was diverse, and that they represented a “circulation” of energies through a culture, tracking between social classes. “The boundaries between high and low are not as fixed as we might think,” said O’Brien.She said that the kind of insights she derived from “Dying Speeches” can be magnified, thanks to technology. “Now that they are digitized,” said O’Brien of the broadsides, “it’s opening the door for a lot more research.”last_img read more

SMC Pride Week hosts panel on LGBTQ issues

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s group Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA) hosted a panel of professors to address LGBTQ current event policies and social justice issues as part of Pride Week on Tuesday in the College’s Student Center.Professor of history Patrick Pierce, professor of religious studies Stacy Davis and professor of psychology Catherine Pittman, discussed the difficulties the LGBTQ community may face and how there may be a variety of interpretations of issues and policies.Davis began the panel by presenting how some areas of the Bible are viewed based on the way individuals view the LGBTQ community.“There is no concept in the ancient world of sexual orientation,” Davis said.Davis interpreted different areas of biblical texts which are used to shape an opinion on sexual orientation, stating that the culmination of views is often “more based on tradition, not scripture.”Pierce then addressed how geographic religious views and generational gap differences can have an impact on policies of the LGBTQ community.Pierce noted how states have a variety of religious make-ups, including Fundamentalists and Evangelicals, and because of this, there are restrictive policies that are shaped around strict moral beliefs.“Legislatures at the state level are disproportionally white and … much more likely to be [composed of] males, which means that it is difficult to make the [LGBTQ] policies push forward,” Pierce said.Pierce finished by presenting how different tools, such as emotional responses, frame the LGBTQ issues by using symbols the community identifies with.“That matter of framing is really crucial, because if you can get control over the frame by which the issue is discussed, you can control the outcome,” Pierce said.Pittman concluded the presentation by pointing out the difficulties and circumstances of coming out for members of the LGBTQ community.Pittman explained how family could be a major influence on one’s decision to reveal their sexuality, as some families may struggle accepting transgender issues.Tags: LGBTQ, Pride, pride panel, saga, Smc pride week, straight and gay alliancelast_img read more

President Cervelli implements 10-minute office hours

first_imgSaint Mary’s President Jan Cervelli, known for her annual residence hall sleepovers and appearances at the midnight breakfasts during final exams, announced in an email Aug. 30 she will be further opening her door to students by implementing scheduled office hours throughout the fall semester. These ten-minute, one-on-one meetings with Cervelli will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. An email sent to College community detailed the office hours which the administration hopes that this opportunity will encourage students to speak directly with President Cervelli about issues and concerns.President Cervelli said she decided to host office hours in order to foster dialogue and strengthen relationships with the student body.“We take seriously the idea that this campus community is a family and, in the busy rush of administrative responsibilities and academic schedules, I want to ensure that we make time for that essential part of what makes a family: open communications that lead to trust and understanding,” Cervelli said in an email.The goal of these ten-minute meetings is to increase accessibility to the administration while addressing the issues and concerns of students, Cervelli said.“I like to hear directly from students,” she said. “It’s why I often go to the dining hall at lunch and drop into Angela [Athletic & Wellness Complex] on the weekends. It’s important to stay in touch with what’s on students’ minds. Establishing a regular opportunity to have those conversations will be beneficial in strengthening the lines of communication and will deepen my understandings of the issues that most concern them. Students are at the center of all that we do, and listening to them one-on-one tells me what additional support they need, who they are and what sparks their curiosity.”Sophomore Grace Maher said she heard about the office hours through the campus-wide email, and will be attending an office hour session with other students from the Saint Mary’s gender and women’s studies department.“A small group of gender and women’s studies students have noticed that Saint Mary’s doesn’t have any statement of any kind in their admissions policy regarding transgender students, and while we understand that it’s a controversial issue, especially considering we’re a Catholic college, there are other women’s colleges who at least state a support statement regarding diversity, social justice or supporting students of various backgrounds applying to the colleges,” Maher said.Maher said she feels it is important to talk about these controversial topics in a personal setting to guarantee that the subject is being heard. The conversation, she said, will be extraordinarily helpful in creating further dialogue. “[The office hours are] a good opportunity to encourage one-on-one student-to-president conversation, especially if it’s an issue you feel needs direct attention from the president, rather than going through the various levels of administration,” Maher said. “The ten minutes can allow for a base level, a foundation to be set without needing to feel that we need to come fully prepared with a solution to whatever we’re bringing to President Cervelli.”Maher said she hopes her meeting with President Cervelli will lead to lasting changes on campus. “I hope that out of these conversations, we can start to enact some small changes that students feel personally affect them and affect other people that they know, and that they can really bring some big changes to the college,” Maher said.Senior Regan Hattersley said she received the email containing details on President Cervelli’s office hours in the middle of her class. “I was so excited, I immediately pulled up my calendar and was reading the [office hour] times,” Hattersley said. “That night I sent an email to her office requesting the first slot.”Having signed up for a time during one of her classes, Hattersley said she was intent on meeting with President Cervelli, and arranged with her professor to leave early so she could attend. “I’m personally interested in speaking with President Cervelli about my personal experiences being a student at Saint Mary’s that does not come from a lot of privilege,” Hattersley said. President Cervelli’s “friendly, personable” reputation shows that she is willing to listen to the stories of students, Hattersley said, especially those with stories like hers, something she felt was lacking in other presidents and administration. “I am a first-generation college student, and I have had several small interactions on this campus throughout my three years here … that I think she might be shocked to hear have happened to me,” Hattersley said. ”Like things that faculty and staff have said to me that I feel shouldn’t be the default way to interact with students. I don’t think there’s a lot of understanding on this campus beyond ‘college students are poor.’”Hattersley said she hopes her story as a first-generation college student helps President Cervelli learn more about the experiences of Saint Mary’s students with various backgrounds, and enact progress towards inclusivity and diversity.“I’m not interested in going to her with an agenda — I’m interested in going to her with my story,” Hattersley said. “It seems to me that my experience is not the norm, and I am aware of that. But I also know that I cannot be the only student that has these additional difficulties and challenges placed before them. I know that other students must have similar situations.”Hattersley said she wants President Cervelli to be aware of the things happening on campus even if her meeting does not result in instant change and hopes that students are better accommodated on an individual level. She is especially interested in sharing stories that illustrate several instances of Saint Mary’s staff and students misunderstanding her financial situation, she said.“‘Can’t you just ask your parents to cover it? Can’t you pay them back? Can’t you get a loan or something?’ For someone like me coming from a first generation family, I do appreciate all that my parents do for me, but they don’t have that to give,” Hattersley said. “It can be incredibly demoralizing. When that rhetoric is consistently used … it makes you feel like you’re never doing enough, or that you’re somehow wrong for not having.”Her meeting with President Cervelli will give the president a better understanding of the struggles faced by some Saint Mary’s students, Hattersley said, and hopefully improve the lives of future generations of Belles.“How can [Saint Mary’s] help students like me?” Hattersley said. “How can they prepare students like me? When it comes down to the individual student, what is being done? My story might inform [President Cervelli] in those respects.”Tags: Cervelli meeting, Jan Cervelli, Office Hours, President Cervellilast_img read more

Women In Ag

first_imgUniversity of Georgia Cooperative Extension hosted the Southern Women in Ag (SWAG) Advanced Cattle Workshop this week designed for women and taught by female agricultural leaders in Georgia.Hands-on trainings during the two-day workshop held in Tifton, Georgia was led by UGA Extension Agricultural and Natural Resources agents Stephanie Butcher (Coweta County), Tammy Cheely (Glascock County, Hancock County, Warren County), Carole Knight (Bulloch County), Lucy Ray (Morgan County), and Pam Sapp (Jefferson County); along with Katie Hammond, superintendent at UGA’s Northwest Research and Education Center in Calhoun, Georgia; and Jennifer Tucker, assistant professor in the UGA Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences.The sessions provide tools and lessons to assist women on their farms and to help them step out of their comfort zones.“The agriculture industry is a male-dominated industry. Sometimes that can be very intimidating to females coming in, or they may not feel comfortable asking questions in mixed company,” Knight said. “This workshop provides them with a comfortable place to experience things that maybe they haven’t had a chance to.”Held at the Animal and Dairy Science Farm and Blackshank Farm on the UGA Tifton campus, lessons included how to handle and move cattle through a working facility. Participants learned also about the bovine reproductive system with the help of a calving simulator.The UGA Extension agents taught the attendees how to use basic farm tools, such as how to drive a tractor, hook up to a trailer and operate various pieces of farm machinery.“Some of these lessons can be used beyond just a cattle operation. Knowing how to change oil and check pressure in tires, those are types of things that go a long way in all areas of agriculture,” Sapp said. “It’s important to remember that some of this stuff just comes as second nature for men. Their fathers taught them how to do this and they can just do it. That’s not necessarily the case for women in our industry. Just having an environment where there’s no pressure helps.”Knight and Tucker hosted a forages and fencing session that introduced participants to soil sampling, hay sampling, types of fencing and how to interpret soil and forage analysis. A pasture walk took place at the Blackshank grazing paddocks and highlighted the fencing infrastructure currently under construction as part of the Better Grazing Program Southern Location. Partial funding for the fencing demonstration area was provided through the Georgia Commodity Commission for Beef.“Even if they are scared to step out of their comfort zone, we will push them out of their comfort zone,” Knight said. “We have a lot who come through who say they don’t want to do something, but we’re like, ‘No, but you’re going to. That’s why you came, to learn.’ We make everybody take a turn doing the hands-on activities. Really, I think they appreciate that, to be pushed to do things they wouldn’t have before.”Media training is an important component of these workshops. Butcher, who is a member of the Dairy Alliance Scientific Advisory Board, has experience conveying her story to the general public. She wants to help other agricultural professionals develop that same confidence when they’re talking to a newspaper reporter or giving an interview in front of a camera.“I enjoy teaching others about agriculture, especially those who are not from an agricultural background. I felt strongly that we needed to include something in our SWAG program to cover this, because many times producers are comfortable working with livestock, but they’re not nearly as comfortable talking with people about what they do,” Butcher said. “The purpose of the media training is to give these women tools they need to be able to discuss what they do with people who are two or three generations removed from agriculture.”When Butcher isn’t teaching agriculture programs, she is a farm wife and mother on her family’s dairy farm where they care for 330 Holsteins and Jerseys. On weekends and during harvest season, she can be found feeding calves or helping with the local 4-H dairy heifer show team.Funding for the program is provided by the Georgia Commodity Commission for Beef.For more information about the program or upcoming events, see or read more

Brazilian Army to Increase Women’s Participation in UN Missions

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo July 18, 2018 The Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) seeks to foster women’s interest in United Nations (UN) peacekeeping missions. The goal is to respond to the UN’s call to troop-contributing nations to increase women’s participation in missions from 10 to 20 percent. At the end of 2017, the UN released guidelines to facilitate female participation. According to the UN, as of May 2018, more than 90,000 blue helmets of different nationalities participate in 14 peacekeeping operations worldwide. Only about 4 percent of military forces are women. According to the Peacekeeping Operations Office under the Joint Operations Command of the Brazilian Armed Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff, 65 Brazilian service members—armed forces and military police—are currently deployed in UN peacekeeping missions as military observers or as part of the general staff. Of these only nine are women: three from the Brazilian Navy, two from the Brazilian Air Force, one from EB, and three from the Military Police. The UN’s steps to promote volunteers within the female population include shortening mission time from one year to six months for women with children 5 to 10 years old, developing mission positions with roles other than officer, and creating a female engagement force, a component whose duty would be to embed all troops deployed in the field. For EB Lieutenant Colonel Ivana Mara Ferreira Costa of the Department of Peacekeeping of the Land Operations Command (COTER, in Portuguese), UN guidelines are meant to incentivize women. “The reduction of mission time will allow female service members to better manage their time away from home,” she said. To encourage female service members interested in taking part in UN missions, EB posted a link on the website of its Directorate General for Personnel at the end of 2017. “So far, of an estimated 3,000 EB career officers and noncommissioned officers, only 49 women enrolled,” said Lt. Col. Ivana Mara. Another EB initiative consists of enrolling female service members in the peacekeeping mission preparedness internship of the Brazilian Joint Center for Peacekeeping Operations. Some enrollees don’t have a defined mission. “When an opportunity arises, we will have women already prepared,” the officer said. EB has 42 service members deployed in peacekeeping missions. “There is only one woman in this group, but we already have three candidates to replace service members in these missions,” said Lt. Col. Ivana Mara. EB service member, a MINURSO pioneer Lieutenant Colonel Andréa Firmo Louriçal is the only EB female in a UN peacekeeping mission. She joined the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO, in French) as a military observer in April 2018. She is the first female Brazilian service member to take on this role. The officer is based in the city of Laayoune, the administrative center of Western Sahara. Her monitoring duties focus on the maintenance of the cease-fire agreement and operations to reduce landmines and unexploded ordnance in conflict areas between Morocco and the Polisario Front. The greatest challenge, Lt. Col. Andréa Firmo said, is being separated from her children: two girls, 16 and 12 years old, and a 7-year-old boy. “This is one of the most challenging tasks for a female service member,” she said. “Adapting to operational activities was also difficult. We have to conduct long daily patrols, most of which are near minefields,” she said. The yearlong mission will last until April 2019. Lt. Col. Andréa Firmo told Diálogo she decided to volunteer to make a difference in the field, and support vulnerable groups in need. “I hope to echo the voices of women and children who need help in areas of conflict,” she said. According to the officer, her participation may create opportunities for many other women. “I am opening previously unknown paths. I want to be the eyes of other female military colleagues who will come after me,” she said. An operational need The presence of women in the field, according to Lt. Col. Ivana Mara, is an essential requirement for mission efficiency. “Female peacekeepers perform a crucial role interacting with the community. When you combine men and women in patrols, the result is much more productive,” she said. The officer deployed to the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH, in French) in 2013 and in 2017. “More than a gender issue, a woman who serves in the field is an operational need in peacekeeping missions,” EB Lieutenant Colonel Luiz Cláudio Talavera Azeredo, from COTER’s Department of Peacekeeping, told Diálogo. In 2017, the officer was Sector East chief of operations of the United Nations Multidimentional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA, in French). During his mission, Lt. Col. Talavera Azeredo said, some operations were only carried out with the presence of a female service member. “If there were no female service members in the contingent, then who would conduct on-the-ground screenings of women when necessary?” asked Lt. Col. Talavera Azeredo. “Women have the right to be screened by other women,” he said. According to Lt. Col. Ivana Mara, EB increased female participation in 2013, in MINUSTAH. “This is when we began to incorporate instructions about sexual abuse and exploitation to prepare the contingent that would deploy to the Haiti mission,” she said. Brazil led the Haiti peacekeeping mission for 13 years. Nearly 30,000 service members participated—among them 200 were women. According to the officer, a joint man-woman effort is necessary to achieve gender balance in the armed forces. “It’s the responsibility of the UN, governments, international organizations. It’s a commitment for all,” she said.last_img read more

Orange County in need of two judges

first_img Orange County in need of two judges The Ninth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill two vacancies on the Orange County bench.Applicants must have been members of the Bar for the preceding five years, registered voters, and must reside within Orange County at the time of appointment.Applications may be obtained from the Ninth Judicial Circuit’s Web site From the Ninth Circuit home page, click the dropdown for “Media Center” and select “Ninth Circuit JNC.” All new candidates must submit an original and nine copies of the completed application. Those candidates who have recently applied for county and circuit court positions — who interviewed on October 5, 2005 — must submit their intention to be considered for the current judicial vacancy in writing in lieu of new applications or may submit updated applications. An original and nine copies of the completed application or letter of intent must be received by David L. Holbrook, JNC Chair, 3117 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, 32804, no later than 5 p.m. , January 26. Orange County in need of two judges January 15, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

Credit union tax exemption tops 2016 NAFCU priorities

first_img continue reading » Preserving the credit union tax exemption is at the top of NAFCU’s list of priorities for 2016, which also includes pushing for regulatory relief and advocating for national data security standards for merchants.NAFCU will also continue to push for clear Dodd-Frank Act guidance from regulators, ensure secondary mortgage market access for credit unions, and advance field-of-membership reform.“NAFCU and its members achieved several legislative and regulatory victories in 2015,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “We advanced a key aspect of NAFCU’s five-point plan for regulatory relief for credit unions when President Obama signed into law a transportation authorization bill that includes the text of the “Eliminate Privacy Notice Confusion Act,” legislation clarifying that consumers will receive privacy notices after opening a new account and when their providers’ privacy policies change.He continued, “Additionally, as urged by NAFCU, the CFPB agreed to immediately recognize statutory changes to privacy notice requirements for credit unions to avoid confusion with superseded requirements.” 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more