There is no place for sexual predatory practices in our school system

first_imgDear Editor,I was about to write on another topic when a letter from a prominent attorney on the school sexual case caught my eye. I took particular interest in his letter because it shows the depth, width and scope this sexual predatory practice has become in our school system.It seems — and from discussions I have had with folks in Georgetown — like this high school sexual mess is a pretty pervasive act, starting from the Ministry of Education officials right down to the ordinary teacher; all are involved.It is an endemic situation, and it seems like what those in authority would like is that this entire matter be held ‘hush-hush,’ and somehow it would blow over. It is tantamount to the saying that it is an everyday thing, everybody doing it, so why the fuss?Well, I have news for all the sympathisers and actors in this sordid affair: it would neither blow over nor would it be a case of a slap on the wrist “naughty boy teacher/s” approach to this matter. If he or whoever else is in the business of sexual harassment and exploitation in our education system, then an example has to be made of them, now!From Attorney Jerome Khan’s letter, you get the subtle line of argument that ‘if you tell on me, then I will tell on you’ attitude. Interesting! Then we have a big case on our hands now, so let them bare all in a court of law. That is why I am not in the least excited by the Ministry of Education’s approach to this matter. It tells me that it would be another one of those nonsensical displays of going around in eddying circles, T-dance just to let the guilty go free.If you ask me the question, ‘What should be the approach to this matter?’, I would say parents join together in one unitary whole and take the matter to court; this is your right! And I am talking about taking this matter to the High Court.It is a criminal matter involving minors against alleged sexual deviants; as such, nothing should preclude you from litigation. Absolutely nothing!It is already in the public domain, and no ministry or family court can remedy the damage done to those kids.  Your children’s future is at stake here.Our children’s lives are at stake; that is why I view this matter with utmost sincerity and severity. When sexual predation, in this case “institutionalised sexual predation,” can be condoned, then immediate serious action has to be taken.You are talking about young, vulnerable, minor children whose lives may never be the same due to some roving sexual animals in our education system.Their lives have been ruined by adults who should know better. You cannot call them loose or other vile terms, because teenagers who are now finding themselves sometimes behave unseemly; but is this license for adults to exploit them?  Our adults should take the higher moral road of responsibility into guiding them right. To exploit them is vile, immoral and criminal, and should be dealt with swiftly and condignly.Like I said in a previous letter, when I send my child to school, he/she has a right to be free of all encumbrances — sexual or otherwise — in his/her pursuit of an education. No one should stand in their way, and no system should hinder them from obtaining their goal.If persons of impure thoughts and unnatural sexual proclivities are in the system and cannot contain themselves, then the law has to tell them how to conduct themselves around children.Sexual harassment at work, school or play must be dealt with as soon as it rears its ugly head. Sexual predatory practices must be rooted out of the school system forthwith!Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

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No injunction against more temporary foreign workers at Tumbler Ridge coal mine

first_img“This judgment is massive victory for HD Mining,” he says.  “We have been waiting for a court to say that we have done nothing wrong and this decision does exactly that. We hope it will cause the unions to seriously question why they are bringing these proceedings.” Because of the controversy over the foreign workers permits, the federal government has said it will review the permitting process.- Advertisement – HD Mining’s Chair Penggui Yan says the company welcomes the court’s decision. HD Mining says that with this decision, it will continue to pursue environmental certification for the project. The International Union of Operating Engineers and the Construction and Specialized Workers Union wanted the injunction in place until their broader legal challenge against the mining company’s foreign worker permits can be heard.HD Mining is asking the Federal Court of Appeal to throw out the case entirely and is also appealing a decision that granted the unions standing to challenge the worker permits. The firm’s Murray River project near Tumbler Ridge, has drawn criticism for bringing in the workers from China instead of hiring Canadians.last_img read more

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Kompany sidelined with groin injury

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany limped off in the midweek EFL Cup tie against Swansea. PHOTO/SKYMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 23- Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is facing more time on the sidelines after picking up a groin injury during Wednesday’s EFL Cup win over Swansea.The 30-year-old will have to sit out another trip to the Liberty Stadium for a Premier League game on Saturday but City are optimistic the injury is not too severe. Kompany is a key member of the City squad but has been regularly hampered by muscle problems of late and Wednesday’s appearance was his first since he suffered an injury during the Champions League semi-final last season.The Manchester City website reported: “Vincent was making his first start since May 4, but left the Liberty Stadium pitch moments before full time with the [groin] problem.“No date has yet been set for his return. The positive for Kompany and City is that the injury is not a recurrence of the calf problems that disrupted his progress last season.”Another positive for City is that the absence of Kompany so far this season has not left them looking as vulnerable at the back as it has on occasions in the past.John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Aleksandar Kolarov have all performed well at the centre of the defence this term as City have reeled off nine straight wins under new boss Pep Guardiola.-By Sky Sports- 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Clock ticking on Beckham’s Miami plan – MLS chief

first_img0Shares0000Former MLS player David Beckham, seen in April 2016, announced nearly three years ago that he intended to bring a team to the South Florida city, exercising an option he had to create a new franchise © Getty/AFP/File / Ethan MillerTORONTO, Canada, Dec 10 – David Beckham’s protracted efforts to bring a Major League Soccer team to Miami are coming up against a deadline, league commissioner Don Garber said Friday.Beckham announced nearly three years ago that he intended to bring a team to the South Florida city, exercising an option he had to create a new franchise. But the former England, Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder has faced problems finding a stadium deal raising questions over the viability of the project.MLS’s board are meeting on Thursday to discuss further expansion plans for the league and the Beckham situation will be on the agenda.“There is a deadline on the Miami deal. I am not going to share that deadline, it is an agreement we have with David and (his business partner) Simon Fuller,” Garber told reporters.“But … we need to resolve the Miami situation so that we can go forward with our expansion plans for (expansion) teams 25-28 because they are team 24 and if they are not going to be 24 there are going to be a lot of things that need to move around and it is something we will discuss at our board meeting,” he said.“We may or may not come out of that meeting with anything definitive that we will announce publicly as it relates to Miami,” added Garber.MLS will add its 21st and 22nd teams next season with Atlanta United and Minnesota United joining the league.A new Los Angeles franchise will join in 2018 with Beckham’s Miami team projected to be the next in line.“There is a timetable and we continue to work with our ownership group because we want a team in Miami. We try to do everything we can to ensure we have the right recipe for success as we are building clubs that we would like to be there for the rest of time,” said Garber.“We continue to to be very engaged there. We have reached agreement on land, we have investor groups, we have all sorts of community issues … zoning issues and it is all happening in real time,” he said.After announcing his plan in February 2014, Beckham had proposals for stadiums at two different waterfront sites rejected by local politicians.A plan to build a stadium next to the Miami Marlins baseball park also fell through and Beckham’s group are now working on a site in the Overtown district of the city.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Exclusive – Macari: Forget about top four, Man United should be aiming for the title!

first_imgManchester United legend Lou Macari has told talkSPORT the Red Devils should aim higher than just breaking into the top four this season, and instead go all out for Premier League glory.United are hoping to immediately bounce back from their miserable top flight campaign under axed boss David Moyes, where their shocking loss of form saw the defending champions finish in seventh, missing out on European qualification for the first time in 25 years.The side will no doubt be boosted by the arrival of new boss Louis van Gaal, who agreed a deal to join the club ahead of the World Cup.But while there are suggestions a move up into the top four would represent a decent season for the Old Trafford outfit, United hero Macari insists the 20-time champions should once again set their eyes on the crown.“I’m not interested in the top four, this is Manchester United, we have to be talking about the title. It’s as simple as that,” Macari told Drivetime.“When David Moyes first came in I thought he would do it, but things when wrong and we saw what happened last season, it was one of United’s worst seasons for a long, long time.“Louis van Gaal is coming now and the word is he’s going to get the squad organised, disciplined and back to playing the Manchester United way.“I hope that’s the case, but it’s difficult to know how it’s going to work until you see a few games.”Listen back to the full interview with Manchester United legend Lou Macari above!last_img read more

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Villegas drops career-best 63 in presence of `Big 3′

first_imgSherri Steinhauer shot 6-under 66 to top the leaderboard for the second straight day, while defending champion Annika Sorenstam had a 65 to pull within three strokes in Springfield, Ill. Steinhauer, who earned a spot on her fourth U.S. Solheim Cup team this year, had seven birdies and just one bogey to get to 11-under 133 at the halfway point. Christina Kim was two strokes back after a 66. Sorenstam, defending the last of her 69 career LPGA Tour titles, had the low round of the day to move into third place at 8 under. Wal-Mart First Tee Open Morris Hatalsky and Monday qualifier Bruce Vaughan shot 7-under 65s to share the first-round lead at Pebble Beach. Hatalsky is a three-time winner on the PGA Tour who has four Champions Tour victories. Vaughan played only one full since on the PGA Tour (1996). Johnnie Walker Championship Thomas Levet birdied the last hole for a 5-under 68 to tie Simon Wakefield for the second-round lead in Gleneagles, Scotland. Wakefield shot 69. At 9-under 137, they were one shot ahead of first-round leader Marc Warren (73).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mickelson twice went on a search mission in the forest along the ninth hole. He wound up with a triple bogey that spoiled an otherwise solid round of 70. Woods took three shots to get out of the bunker on the fourth hole and settled for a 1-over 72. Singh set the tone for this mighty threesome by four-putting from 15 feet on the opening hole. He shot 74. Villegas had a two-shot lead over former Masters champion Mike Weir and Ryan Moore, while Barclays winner Steve Stricker continued his solid play with a 67 that helped his chances of staying atop the playoff standings. LPGA State Farm Classic From news services They have combined for 121 victories and 19 majors. But when Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh played together Friday for the first time on the PGA Tour, the only number that mattered was on their scorecards. The “Big Three” was a combined 3-over par. On a day when Camilo Villegas shot a career-low 63 at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass., the big buzz was on the three biggest names in golf. last_img read more

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Job market shows improvement

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Fewer people signed up for unemployment benefits last week, raising a hopeful sign that the recent weakness in the jobs market won’t last long. The Labor Department reported Thursday that new applications filed for jobless benefits dropped by a sharp 15,000 to 298,000 last week. That was a much better showing than economists were expecting. They were forecasting claims to rise to around 320,000. In early September, the department reported that the economy lost jobs for the first time in four years. Employers cut 4,000 jobs in August as troubles in the housing market and worries about the credit crunch made businesses more cautious in their hiring. Economists are predicting a rebound in job creation for September. That report is due out next week.last_img read more

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Things To Do

first_imgRanger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. “Meshuggah-Nuns” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with some 2 p.m. Sunday matinees through Aug. 27 at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $11-$17. Call (661) 799-2702. “Black Comedy” and “The Real Inspector Hound” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 2 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. “Fiddler on the Roof” will be presented by the Canyon Theatre Guild, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 20 at the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Tickets: $10-$24. Call (661) 799-2702. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe Spazmatics will perform a cool 1980s pop and new wave dance show, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday in Town Square at Westfield Valencia Town Center, 24201 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Senior Cinema will present “Hell’s Angels,” 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Cost: $1. Call (661) 259-9444. Santa Clarita Pop Star competition, 6 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 24 at Panera Bread, 24133 Baywood Lane, Valencia. Visit www.santaclaritapopstar.com. Cross Country Summer Series 3-mile run, 7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 17 at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Cost: $3 for adults and $2 for kids. Call Lindie Kane at (661) 362-3205. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA, 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Battle Royal begins for Rose Court hopefuls

first_img“So they can’t pick me to be on the Rose Court,” she said, “but I like being here because I made friends.” Told the judges were looking for someone with strong public-speaking skills, Srini expressed confidence. “Yeah, I can talk, I love talking, talking is my favorite hobby,” she said. “I like making friends, too. I think that’s my second favorite hobby after talking. This is a mingling experience for me. I like friends, they’re fun.” “It’s not a beauty pageant, it’s more than that,” Nicole O’Neil, a tournament spokeswoman, said about the Royal Court selection.”They look for a well-rounded individual is how I would call it.” Saturday, after waiting more than an hour, the young women met 10 judges, and were asked one question – “Why would you like to be part of the Rose Court?” After Monday’s tryouts, the field will be reduced to 250 semi-finalists. On Sept. 28, the field will be cut to 75 contestants. On Oct. 5, the field will be narrowed to 25 finalists, who get their group picture taken on the Tournament House steps. The seven-member Royal Court will be selected Oct. 9, the queen will be named Oct. 17 and crowned Oct.26. Camille Clark, 2006 Rose Queen, said the new Royal Court will attend more than 150 “exquisite events,” but what she remembers most is how people look forward to seeing her. “It’s amazing how you can brighten up a little girl’s days or a grandma’s days,” she said. “It’s just the experience of knowing that you brightened up someone’s day.” emanuel.parker@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: 9/16: Rose Court try-outs • Video: 9/16: Rose Court try-outs PASADENA – How badly do young women want to win a place on the 2007 Tournament of Roses Royal Court? More than 1,000 entrants are expected at tryouts for the Royal Court that began Saturday and conclude Monday at Tournament House in Pasadena. Some came despite broken homes, banged up limbs and the knowledge they are ineligible. Stephanie, 17, from Arcadia said she wants to prove girls from broken homes can be Royal Court members. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“I want to be on the Rose Court because my mom went to jail for narcotics and my dad is an alcoholic,” she said, “and I’ve lived with my grandparents for most of my life. “So I want to prove to girls that you can be somebody,” she said. “You can make it, you don’t have to dwell on your parents, you can make it on your own.” Diane, 17, from La Ca ada Flintridge showed up on crutches, the victim of a sprained ankle and a strained ligament in her left foot sustained while playing volleyball a week ago. No way, she said, was that going to stop her from auditioning. “It’s always been a passion of mine to be in the parade,” she said. “I’ve seen the girls on the floats and I’ve attended the parades before, and it seems like a great opportunity to give back to the community all that it’s given me.” Srini, 16, also from Arcadia, came knowing she was 27 days shy of being old enough to compete. last_img read more

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Foreign flair for Canyons

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleNow, the two forwards are on the team’s second line. Recent rule changes that have moved North American hockey closer to the finesse game Europeans are used to have helped the two Norwegians. “I’m not saying these Norwegians are the best players on our team, but the way they skate and the way their work ethic is, they raise the level of the rest of the players on our team,” said coach John Taferner. The College of the Canyons hockey team has been around since 2000. Last year, it finished 12th in the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s playoff tournament. Hellman did his mandatory year of military service in Norway, working as a guard in a military airport, then worked in a sports shop before coming here. Vermundsberget decided the military would be a waste of time, so he managed to convince the authorities to waive his service requirement. SANTA CLARITA – For the first time, College of the Canyons has Europeans on its hockey team – a pair of Norwegians who came to Southern California for the sun and surf. Patrick Hellman, 21, and Martin Vermundsberget, 20, could have played hockey for a community college in upstate New York. The two friends went there for a tryout but got turned off by cold weather and empty streets. So they got on the Internet and found College of the Canyons, e-mailing the team’s general manager to ask about playing for the squad. “My father told me you will like it best in California,” Vermundsberget said. “People are much nicer, people are (in a more) healthy state, it’s always sunny, (you can) go to the beach … much better ladies.” Both students had to fill out piles of paperwork to get visas to play and study in the United States. Among the questions was one that has long been asked of foreigners entering the country: Do you plan to assassinate the president? After answering no to that question and signing reams of documents, the two were cleared. They arrived at College of the Canyons six weeks ago. Now Vermundsberget is learning to surf, along with a couple Norwegian roommates. “Surfing has been a dream of mine,” he said. Hockey is not a huge sport in Norway; it’s more popular in neighboring Sweden. Norwegians like soccer, but Hellman likes hockey better because it moves faster. “I want to play hockey at the highest level possible and get an education,” Hellman said. Hellman is studying computer networking and Vermundsberget is studying business. Along with the rest of the College of the Canyons team, they’ll play their first game of the season on Friday, taking on California State University, Northridge, at home. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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