In May, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos released new provisions to Title IX which hold educational institutions responsible for upholding anti-discrimination practices on the basis of gender.On Tuesday, Saint Mary’s Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) hosted a virtual discussion panel “What is Title IX and How Does it Affect Me?” in an effort to maintain transparency for students and staff of Title IX with its recent revisions. The event was facilitated by two BAVO student leaders, senior Elizabeth Day and junior Emily Karalus.Title IX was initially passed into law in 1972 with athletics in mind. As Saint Mary’s General Counsel Martha McCampbell explained, Title IX was intended to provide women with equal scholarship and playing opportunities as well as equal access to facilities like locker rooms. The law was later used in 1979 to sue a medical school on grounds of gender discrimination when a female applicant was denied admission. It was not until 1998, as McCampbell explained, that Title IX was used in sexual assault cases.In 2011, under President Barack Obama’s administration, a “Dear Colleague” Letter was addressed and sent to schools around the nation with guidelines pertaining to Title IX violations. McCampbell was concerned about the nonspecific language included in the letter.“So the Obama administration’s definition of sexual harassment of ‘unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature’ completely changed life on campus,” McCampbell said. “I will say that, from my perspective, that language –– ‘unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature’ –– was very ambiguous. The pushback on the Obama guidance was tremendous.”Saint Mary’s Title IX Coordinator Dr. James J. Gillespie explained DeVos’s recent changes.One of the main provisions of the anti-discrimination law is the new verbiage in Title IX that defines sexual harassment as “severe, pervasive and objectively offensive.” Other instances of sexual harassment not supported by this clause would potentially be subject instead to other disciplinary action by the College.The second main provision was the inclusion of cross-examination.“Both parties must be represented by an advisor; that person can, but does not have to be, a lawyer. It is the advisor who does the cross-examination, not the parties,” Gillespie explained. “At the request of one of the parties, it can be done in this format, where they’re all in the same place virtually but not in the same room. A person that has been personally victimized would not be forced to sit in the same room with the person accused of victimizing them.”Advisors would also be responsible for all questioning; neither party would be able to directly cross-examine the other.An additional clause of the Trump administration’s changes to the law include a possible Title IX exemption for religious institutions. As explained by McCampbell, Saint Mary’s followed Title IX protocol outlined by the Obama administration’s “Dear Colleague” letter and although it has a historic exemption to be a single-sex undergraduate institution, the religious exemption does not play into the reporting process.Gillespie and the Title IX Office updated Saint Mary’s policies with the recent provisions this past summer. He expects these policies, once completed, to be comprehensive for faculty and students as well as include both the campus’s confidential resources and external ones.“I just want to reinforce what Dr. Gillespie said, which was, we’re still here for people who have been victimized,” McCampbell said. “Just because is not covered by Title IX doesn’t make it okay. It’s still something that, as an institution, we will be addressing.”BAVO coordinator Liz Coulston elaborated on the current process of reporting an incident of sexual harassment or a Title IX violation.“I think it’s important to know that at any point in that process, students have the opportunity to stop,” Coulston said. “If they do file a formal complaint, and then it goes further and they decide that it’s too much for them and don’t want to continue, they don’t have to continue. So you do still have that power and you do still have that choice. No matter what you choose, the College is going to support you and we’re going to support you.”While the Title IX provisions will not explicitly change the way that BAVO advocates for victims on campus, the student-led group will work to provide transparency about the changes to reporting to students. BAVO student leader senior Elizabeth Day mentioned a new educational committee for the office that will incorporate Title IX and other information into the first-year common course.“We are trying to stay active on social media because we know that’s a good way to reach everyone and communicate details that might be missed or create a safe space to learn about that information,” Day said.At first, Day said she was upset to learn about the new changes to Title IX and their focus on cross-examination rather than helping victims. Although Saint Mary’s is rooted in the Catholic Church, she says that her experience with BAVO has helped her understand the institution’s commitment to helping survivors of harassment and assault. Tags: Betsy DeVos, Saint Mary’s College, Saint Mary’s Belles Against Violence Office, Title IX
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Tweet 17 Views one comment Female entrepreneur 2011 Ms. Olive Blanchard Graduates of the Dominica Youth Business Trust (DYBT) Small Business Assistance Facility have been told that they need to become the pioneers in breaking the culture of doing business in the country.Acting Prime Minister Reginald Austrie made these remarks at the Eighth (8th) Graduation and Awards Ceremony, of the DYBT as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011.“As we venture into the world of work and entrepreneurship, be clear in determining who is the customer and the market that you intend to serve. You have probably heard this a number of times but it cannot be overemphasized. Remember that the customer is always right,” he advised.Meantime Austrie told the graduation and awards ceremony that the establishment of the DBYT is one of government’s responses in creating opportunities to make young persons suitable for the job market.“Government has not only provided financial resources to various financial institutions to be used to guarantee loans to the graduates of the Youth Business Trust but even through the small business unit. We have supported and opened tremendous opportunities for the creation of employment. You cannot rely only on government to create all the jobs in the country,” he said.According to him, the young entrepreneurs have a great opportunity to make Dominicans proud and become the next private sector.View photographs of the awardees: [nggallery id =88]Meantime Youth Minister Justina Charles says economic activities within several sectors have improved through the intervention of the DYBT.“To date 83 entrepreneurs have accessed their business loans under this financial facility…as a result of this lending, DYBT current loan portfolio stands at $950,000. Through the intervention of the DYBT, we have seen economic activities among the youths in sectors such as agriculture, fishing, livestock, services and hospitality, music entertainment, tourism, soap manufacturing, garment manufacturing among others. Through these facilities over 180 new employments have been generated among the youths 18-35 years. Government has invested 1.1 million dollars in the program and will continue to provide support to these initiatives,” she explained.She also urged the graduates to remain focused in a world full of distractions.Meantime two young entrepreneurs were recognized at Wednesday’s Graduation and Awards ceremony.Proprietor of Olive Branch Courier Services Olive Blanchard received an award for the most determined female entrepreneur for 2011.Josiah St Jean, the proprietor of Pictastic Photo Studio copped the award for the most determined male entrepreneur for 2011 in the male category.St. Jean encouraged young entrepreneurs to use every mistake as an experience.Fifty-one (51) entrepreneurs who have completed programs under the Small Business Assistance Facility were also certified at yesterday’s graduation.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews DYBT graduates urged to become agents of change in the business sector by: – November 17, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Share Share
Leaving Cert students who suffer a bereavement during their exams will be allowed to take time off under new changes announced by Education Minister Joe McHugh.The new measures mean that students who suffer the loss of a close relative in June will be allowed to defer some of their exams and sit alternative papers in July.Minister Joe McHugh has announced the interim measures on a pilot basis from 5th June. They will allow Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) candidates to be absent from exams for a three-day period in June after the death of a close relative. Alternative Leaving Cert exams will be sat over five days – Monday 8th July – Friday 12th July, 2019 in Athlone.Minister McHugh said: “I called for the review of this issue after hearing the compelling interview of Rhona Butler with Ryan Tubridy several months ago. I want to thank Rhona again for highlighting this issue and demonstrating how we should look after and support students who have suffered a loss.“The death of a loved one is a deeply traumatic event for any young person, which will only be compounded if it occurs in the midst of exams.“The Leaving Certificate plays a hugely important role in our education system and in the progression of our young people. We have a duty to take reasonable measures to support young people who suffer loss at such an important time for them. My hope is that the new initiative will go a small way to easing the burden and stress of bereavement and giving students space to focus on their family.” The scheme defines a close relative as a father, step-father, mother, step-mother, legal guardian, brother, step-brother, half-brother, sister, step-sister, half-sister, grandfather or grandmother.The scheme will also provide for the death of a son or daughter, wife or husband or civil partner of a Leaving Certificate candidate. New bereavement supports announced for Leaving Cert students was last modified: June 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:examsLeaving certMinister Joe McHugh
10 January 2012Banking group Absa conducted South Africa’s first live user trial of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology on mobile phones in December, with 500 of the bank’s staff members using the technology in a commercial environment.The bank partnered with global financial services provider Mastercard to embed the Paypass Tap and Go payment chip on cellular handsets for the trial, enabling participants to load funds onto their phones through the Absa website or ATMs.They can then pay for goods or services by merely holding their phone in front of a NFC-enabled pay point, with the value of the transaction being instantly debited from their stored value.The trial enabled participants to pay for goods at coffee shops, canteens, and later, at other service providers that are located at Absa’s head office buildings in central Johannesburg.“Absa is the first institution in South Africa to bring Near Field Communication capabilities with an EMV (Europay, Mastercard and Visa) card payment application to a handset,” said Absa retail markets head Arrie Rautenbach in a statement last month.Paving the way for consumer utilisationRautenbach explained that the trial paved the way for consumer market utilisation of the mobile phone as a payment device using revolutionary NFC technology.“While this trial will facilitate low value payments in retail and transit in early stages, we envision many more exciting new forms of mobile payment in the future,” he said.The mobile payment system also contains the National Department of Transport data structure which will, in future, facilitate more advanced payments in transit.The application on the phone will store details of the commuter, the day and time, where they entered and exited the transit system – and use this information to calculate the fares.From the customer’s perspective, the benefits of NFC will include faster transactions, shorter queues, increased levels of security and the ability to electronically track their spending habits.Trial to provide key insightsResearch In Motion’s Blackberry phones were used as the initial handset for mobile payment trials. The Blackberry devices are equipped with an NFC wireless chip, making it well-suited for mobile payments.All payment and NFC services that are available on the handset can then be accessed from the mobile phone’s main menu, in addition to information about services available, and customer support.“This trial is going to provide key insights which will prove crucial to refining the customer experience as we bring NFC on mobile to market,” said Absa Digital Banking deputy managing executive Adrian Vermooten. “In time to come, consumers will store any type of payment cards in their mobile wallet on their handsets, and either pay online by tapping the phone on a merchant’s reader or on a person-to-person basis.“This new technology is paving the way and building acceptance networks for mobile payments in future.”Close cooperation requiredAbsa has worked extensively over the past few years with its global parent company Barclays, through its card division Barclaycard, who are among the global leaders in contactless and this form of mobile payment.“Our relationship with Barclaycard has provided our Absa team with both the inspiration and the expertise that is necessary to make this new payment form a reality,” said Rautenbach.He added that international experience and various research papers showed that for close cooperation of major players in the “NFC ecosystem” such as banks, network operators, retailers, cellular handset manufacturers and information technology partners was required for NFC to become a reality.“As we learn from the practical, hands-on experiences of the trial, we will continue our discussions and deepen our relationships with the major players in the ‘NFC ecosystem’ to develop the commercial models, and extend the variety of payments instruments made available by the wallet.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Kentucky FFA is benefitting from a CAT skidloader with a unique FFA-oriented paint job. Combines are always a hot topic at the National Farm Machinery Show, including the Gleaner which gained a notable crowd throughout the show. The inside of the Gleaner S97 Combine. Seed Consultants representatives stayed busy talking with curious attendees. John Deere celebrated 100 years of the powered tractor at the National Farm Machinery Show. Dale broadcasted Thursday’s midday show from the InstaGro booth on Thursday.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The forecast pattern is unchanged this morning, with dry weather in full control for today, tomorrow and most of Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon, action begins to develop across Ohio. Sunday looks to be the day where we see wholesale spreading of moisture into and across the state. It starts as hit and miss showers and we end up seeing several well-organized waves move through. Rain coverage for Sunday will be about 80% of Ohio. WE continue to see scattered showers move through for Memorial Day on Monday as well, but coverage pulls back to only 40%. Combined, we can see rains of .25”-.5” over 75% of the state for Sunday and Monday of the holiday weekend. This represents a lowering of the upper end of our forecasted range from yesterday, as we do not think there as big of a threat of thunderstorms. A few showers may still pop up over far eastern Ohio into early Tuesday, but action really will be dying down and moving away by then. The map above shows rain totals through the holiday weekend, ending Monday night. Next week we are keeping dry weather in for the Tuesday-Thursday time frame. A tropical storm looks to move into Louisiana and will not have the strength to move up into the eastern corn belt. Our next system arrives later on Friday the 1st, lasting into early the 3rd, Rain totals from the first early wave are minor at .25”-.5” over 60% of the state, but we are seeing signs of a second push that could bring up to 1 inch for the overnight of the 2nd into early the 3rd. That wave would push rain totals for the event to 90% of Indiana. For the rest of the 11-16-day window we see a dry start to the week of the 4th, but still have a minor front working in around midweek that week, for the 6th. The front can bring up to half an inch of moisture with 70% coverage. Temps remain mostly normal to slightly above normal for the period.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Wet Conditions Stall ProgressContinued wet conditions and cooler temperatures throughout the week kept producers out of the fields, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 2.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending November 11. Very little harvesting or other fieldwork were completed last week. Some corn and soybeans were harvested despite saturated soil conditions. There were reports of muddy fields and some crop distress due to excess moisture. Lack of storage availability also stalled harvest. The average moisture content of corn harvested last week was 17 percent and the average for soybeans was 15 percent. Some tillage and manure management activities were underway.Click here to see the full report
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts Tags:#Product Reviews#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A new startup called CubeDuel accesses your LinkedIn work history and then pits present and former co-workers in Hot or Not style battles. “Who would you rather work with?” the site asks, assuring you that no one will ever know who it was that voted on the duel. The end result is a leaderboard of the most (and least) desirable people to work with at a given company. It’s a lot like the online college beauty contest Mark Zuckerberg got in trouble for before building Facebook (FaceMash) but for the workplace.It’s absolutely perverse and it’s likely to be huge. This crude pointing at one or the other person, flash judgements regarding a person’s relative desirability, is like a car crash of interpersonal psychology. It’s also quite compelling. It gets easier and easier after each click.According to a profile of the site yesterday by blogger Louis Gray, CubeDuel was started by Tony Wright, the former founder and CEO of YCombinator-backed RescueTime, and Adam Doppelt, cofounder of Urbanspoon. I found the service via a Tweet by WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg.Person A: “I see your CubeDuel score isn’t very good.” Person B: “It’s just that I’ve worked at incredible companies with freakishly fabulous people, I swear. This company seems filled with people who are probably better to work with than I am as well, but I’m still great to work with. I’m sure I’ll be better to work with than many of them, but I wouldn’t be so presumptuous to assume all of them. That’s a great tie you’re wearing, by the way.”To give the team behind CubeDuel some credit, they certainly have found a thought-provoking way to make use of LinkedIn data. It really makes you think about how you feel about your co-workers. Who wants to do that, but for nastiness? It’s impossible to pick two winners, just to skip the duels – which I find myself clicking over and over.ReadWriteWeb staff hacker Tyler Gillies says there ought to be a GitHub equivalent for developers to vote who they’d rather collaborate with – but I’m not sure this kind of service ought to exist at all, for anyone.In some cases, I’d rather work with Deane Rimerman than with former ReadWriteWeb writer Jolie O’Dell. But for other types of work, I’d pick Jolie in a heartbeat. CubeDuel is too cruel to let me say “it depends.” Am I just suspicious out of fear that my own co-workers will vote me down for being overly critical? I can certainly get things done! There ought to be a way you can plead your case.What do you think, is this an interesting application or social media gone mad? Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting