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An ‘extraordinary moment’

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first_imgThe unrest started in Tunisia, when one desperate man’s act of self-immolation in December spawned massive protests and the ouster of the country’s authoritarian president, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. It quickly spread to Egypt, where two weeks ago protesters began flooding the streets of Cairo and Alexandria to demand President Hosni Mubarak step down. And it has caught on in Syria, Jordan, and Yemen.The protests that have rocked the Arab world in recent weeks have left many observers wondering if the region’s citizens will achieve self-government after decades of dictatorial rule. As Egyptians continued to occupy Tahrir Square Thursday night (Feb. 3), several Harvard experts offered their views on the wave of pro-democratic demonstrations in an event at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at the Institute of Politics.“There’s a pan-Arab narrative of reform being written in these events,” said R. Nicholas Burns, Sultan of Oman Professor of the Practice of International Relations at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) and moderator of “Tunisia, Egypt, and Lebanon: Changing Arab Politics?” sponsored by the Middle East Initiative at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Outreach Center at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Burns led a discussion that analyzed both the political situation on the ground and the long-term prospects for democratic reform in the Middle East.The unrest in Egypt mirrors recent events in Tunisia, said Malika Zeghal, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor in Contemporary Islamic Thought and Life in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS). In both countries, a growing population of young people has chafed at a lack of opportunity caused by high unemployment rates and stifling dictatorial regimes.But both movements, Zeghal stressed, are more than “cyclical bread riots”: They represent a deep-seated desire for cultural and political change.“This is quite an extraordinary moment for the history of the modern Middle East,” she said. “It has shown to others in the region that it can be done.”It helps to view events in Tunisia and Egypt in the context of the region’s politics since the 1960s, said Roger Owen, A.J. Meyer Professor of Middle East History in FAS. Owen, who is working on a book about the Middle East’s “presidents for life,” noted that of the nine Arab republics, seven are ruled by lifelong leaders. Of those, six are over the age of 60.“One is dealing with a club of increasingly old men,” said Owen, calling their attempts to hold onto power “inefficient” and “overmanaged.”Rami Khouri, director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut and a senior fellow of the Belfer Center’s Dubai Initiative, agreed.“What’s going on now is absolutely no surprise,” Khouri said. “There was massive discontent below the surface.” He cited a recent Gallup poll finding that 30 percent of young Arabs wanted to emigrate, both to pursue better economic opportunities and to escape oppressive governments.Egypt now faces tough decisions about when to force Mubarak’s exit, and whether the country should work within its existing constitution to enact democratic reforms or begin negotiations for a new government entirely, said Tarek Masoud, an assistant professor of public policy at HKS.If Mubarak steps down too soon, Masoud said, Egyptian protests could dissipate, leaving a power vacuum to be filled by opposition leaders “who have no formal mandate and no longer have the force of the crowds behind them.”“Whatever the end game is of this particular scenario, I think the Egyptian people are going to be much more formidable than they were previously,” Masoud said. “But the worry is that you could take them for a very long ride.”Panelists said American fears of a Muslim Brotherhood takeover of Parliament — and a resulting wave of Islamic reforms — are unfounded.In truth, Egypt’s Islamists are “like George Wallace in the South,” Khouri said, referring to the American presidential candidate who militantly opposed civil rights. “They’ll always get 15, 20 percent” of the popular vote, but pose no real threat, he said.While it’s too early to back a replacement regime in Egypt, the panelists agreed, American leaders shouldn’t be afraid to support the Egyptian people in their fight for democracy.“You can’t bet against the people,” Masoud said. “Eventually they are going to achieve their freedom. And then they’re going to ask, ‘Where was the United States when I was engaged in this process?’” If Egyptians conclude the United States was against them, he added, that would pose a greater risk to American foreign policy down the line.The speakers set out to counter some popular narratives that have dominated coverage of the Egyptian protests. In particular, they worried that both the Egyptian people and Western observers see the Egyptian military, which has thus far refused to fire on crowds of demonstrators, as a potential savior.“Protesters greeted the Army as a national institution that was going to restore order,” Masoud said. But that “yearning for order” could result in a military takeover of government that would produce very little real reform, he cautioned.Another myth? That social media (specifically Facebook, where young Egyptians first called for a day of protest, and Twitter) are behind the unrest. Masoud likened such websites to shoes: One wouldn’t attend a protest without them, but no one would say they caused the protest in the first place.“There’s been a vast exaggeration of the importance of social media,” Khouri said. “The media helps this process, but it starts with the courage of individuals.”last_img read more

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Currier photo exhibit celebrates women

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first_img Students show their community spirit, as first-years learn where they’ll live next Making Harvard’s Houses home Women perform alongside male counterparts for first time in group’s 171-year history Faculty deans create community with ‘extended family’ of students Coed Hasty Pudding makes its debutcenter_img Related Rocking the House(s) At Currier House, the past is front and center.A new photo wall is on display in the House’s lower level, honoring its namesake, Audrey Bruce Currier ’56, as well as the four alumnae for whom the connecting buildings were named.Currier is the only residence House on campus named solely after a woman (although Pforzheimer House is named for Carol K. and Carl H. Pforzheimer Jr. and their family).Sociology concentrator Xue “Snow” Dong ’19 began the Currier project two years ago, when she was interning with what is now the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Team in the Dean of Students Office. She and a small group of colleagues organized a formal dinner for 200 students to celebrate Currier and its unique history. Dong was responsible for making educational posters about the House to display at the dinner (which has become an annual tradition; the next will be held in April), and those posters became “like a prototype” for the new photo wall, she said.The final photos and their accompanying captions were installed at the end of February, in time for the beginning of Women’s History Month.The exhibit will be on display at least until the next academic year, Dong said. It is on view for students and anyone who has a Harvard ID.“This campus has a lot of representation of men, at least visually,” Dong said. “Every building you walk into has oil paintings of prominent leaders. It’s very validating for the contribution of men to this campus, but you can’t deny the contributions of women.”History of Audrey CurrierAudrey Bruce Currier ’56 disappeared in a plane crash in 1967.Audrey Bruce was a student at Radcliffe when she met Stephen Currier ’49. Both came from distinguished backgrounds: She was the daughter of David Bruce, an ambassador to Great Britain, and granddaughter of financier Andrew W. Mellon; and he was a descendent of the printmaker Nathaniel Currier, of Currier and Ives.Together, they built a distinguished reputation of their own. In 1958 they established the Taconic Foundation, which sponsored advancements in Civil Rights, education, housing, employment, and anti-poverty programs. In 1963, Stephen Currier asked to meet with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to discuss funding, organization, and collaboration between Civil Rights groups. The Council for United Civil Rights Leadership (CUCRL) was formed and brought together leaders of organizations including the NAACP and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and white donors who wanted to help their causes. CUCRL worked to centralize discussions and debates and helped organize the 1963 March on Washington. Stephen Currier, who donated $1.5 million to the CUCRL through the foundation, was selected as co-chair.In 1967, the Curriers disappeared when their plane vanished over the Caribbean after departing from San Juan, Puerto Rico. The plane’s wreckage was never recovered; neither were the Curriers’ bodies.Currier House opened in 1970 following a $5.4 million donation from Audrey Currier’s mother, Ailsa Mellon Bruce, in honor of her daughter. It served as housing for Radcliffe College and is now part of The Quad that includes Cabot House and Pforzheimer House.Each Currier building is connected by a basement hallway. The wings are named for notable Radcliffe alumnae: musician and composer Mabel Daniels from the Class of 1900, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Barbara Tuchman ’33, journalist and civic leader Mary Bingham ’28, and former chair of the Radcliffe Board of Trustees Helen Gilbert ’36.,Famous Currier residents have included cellist Yo-Yo Ma ’76, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who left before graduating with the Class of ’77, Caroline Kennedy ’80, and scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson ’80.As an international student from China, Dong said inclusion is important to her Harvard experience. She said she hopes the photo exhibit will bring greater recognition to Currier’s history.“Even though the history is not visible, the mental priming of knowing this House has a history of women and minority students creates an identity framework where I can feel belonging and comfortable,” she said.She added that as the youngest House, Currier and its cohorts needed further ways to bond.“It’s such a small thing compared to the bigger experience at Harvard, [but] that type of memory about this House will become part of the Currier identity, and that’s something I’m really excited about,” she said.last_img read more

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Saint Mary’s concludes supply drive for Ebola patients

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first_imgSaint Mary’s assistant professor of nursing Juliana Mwose, the Sisters of Nefertiti and Belles for Africa concluded their supply drive for the Ebola outbreak Wednesday. They placed bins in Spes Unica Hall to collect supplies to send to African countries that would help prevent the spread of the virus, including hand sanitizers, thermometers, gloves, surface wipes and masks.Associate professor of nursing Ella Harmeyer said she encourages people to stay calm and approach the Ebola virus in a sensible manner.“Ebola has been around for over 30 years,” she said. “Currently the numbers in western African, in a small number of countries, have risen significantly. We should not ignore it, but we should also not become hysterical.”She said it is important to donate items because many affected countries have populations who live in rural areas without access to the resources they need. Due to poor healthcare, any illnesses impoverished people in Africa face have the potential to be life-threatening, Harmeyer said.“Already, of the seven cases treated in the US, only one person has died,” she said. “That is a much lower level of mortality than the disease has in western Africa.”She said influenza will be more of a problem for Americans over the next few months or so.“Real influenza, not the common cold which is sometimes referred to as ‘the flu,’ will cause death in a number of people over the next four months,” she said. “But we ‘know’ the flu, and therefore we don’t panic.”She said Ebola transmission is not airborne and requires contact with body fluids.“Sitting next to someone on a plane is not going to transmit this virus,” she said.Harmeyer said there are only three countries in Africa that are experiencing this epidemic, not the whole continent of 58 countries.“We tend to fear those things that are new and different,” she said. “We do need to make sensible decisions based on the facts.”Assistant professor of nursing Juliana Mwose said although Ebola is not a new disease, this happens to be the largest and most complex Ebola outbreak since 1976 when it was first discovered.“This time around, Ebola has claimed more lives and spread across land boarders and abroad,” Mwose said. “I think the best way to deal with this disease right now is to try and contain it and restrict its spread while the scientific world figures out a vaccine.“We have eradicated many other serious diseases, and I think this is not an exception. But in the meantime, we need to do all we can to get education about the disease and keep it contained. That is why I think the simple method of using hygiene will go along way into fighting the disease.”She said as a country, it is important for Americans to keep up with news to know what is happening, and also to get the truth about the disease and educate families and communities on how to prevent the spread of the virus.As a college community, Mwose said the most important contribution students and faculty can have on helping the Ebola crisis is donating basic yet necessary supplies needed to fight the disease.Sophomore Mairead Zigulich said in the Saint Mary’s community, it may not seem like students are making a major impact just by donating supplies because Ebola is such a huge problem, but every little bit counts.“If everyone gave just a little, that has the power to make a major difference,” she said.Students interested in donating money or supplies can contact Diane Fox at [email protected]: Belles for Africa, Ebola, Ella Harmeyer, juliana mwose, Sisters of Nefertitilast_img read more

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Variable rates are variable again

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first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mike Tanner Mike Tanner is director of card compliance for PolicyWorks. As such, Mike is responsible for advising on various compliance concerns related to card products offered by PolicyWorks clients. His diverse … Web: www.policyworksllc.com Details While the term may suggest otherwise, variable-rate loans have been far from variable for nearly a decade. Month after month, year after year, variable rates remained unchanged – until December 2015, that is.For the first time in eight years, the Federal Reserve made the decision to increase the Fed funding rate at the end of 2015. The increase resulted in an upped prime rate, an index commonly used to determine the rate on a range of variable-rate loans, from home equity lines to credit cards.I imagine alarms bells and sirens sounded at lenders across the nation when the Fed made their announcement back in December. Why wouldn’t they? With so much time between rate changes, the event likely triggered a great deal of questions from lending staff who had never dealt with the like.By now, lenders – both novice and tenured – have survived the first rate change. However, the recent hike is just the first of what is predicted to be several changes to the prime rate in the coming months and years.The past eight years of rate stability were far from normal. Historically, the prime rate has not been consistent. If you look at the 10 years prior to December 2008, you get a clear picture of the fluctuation. During that particular decade, the prime rate changed 46 times. In 2001 alone, it changed 11 times. Go back even farther in time, and the peaks and valleys of the prime rate graph look like the Rocky Mountains.With history as a reference, it’s clear rate changes will occur more frequently in the future. How can your credit union prepare? Four critical areas of focus should be reviewed immediately: Procedures, marketing materials, UDAAP concerns and training.First, review your procedures to ensure you have a good process for managing future rate changes. There are quite a few details that, if overlooked, could leave you out of compliance and generate exam findings.Second, review any and everything you put in front of a member to understand whether or not it includes a rate. This may include advertising, disclosures, web banners, websites, signs, pamphlets and/or billboards. Regulations do give some leeway to update rates after a change. However, they are short-lived and vary based on the item and how it is delivered.Another area of focus for your credit union involves Unfair, Deceptive or Abuse act or Practices (UDAAP). Is your cooperative changing rates in a timely and consistent manner? An example of a practice that could raise the eyebrows of regulators is rate increases implemented in shorter timeframes than rate decreases. Consistency is the key to ensuring you are treating members fairly.Training is another area of focus. Are all staff members who will be answering member questions about rate changes prepared to provide thorough and accurate answers? Well-trained staff increases the chance of provide clear and consistent information. A well-intentioned, but untrained employee can easily give inaccurate or confusing details that set the credit union up for trouble.These are just a few of the items that need to be considered in your variable rate process. When you are designing the plan for how your credit union will process these changes, be sure to include your trusted compliance professional.Rate changes are going to occur on a more consistent basis than we’ve become accustomed. A well-thought out plan on how to address the inevitable ups and downs around the bend will be a crucial step to ensuring they are traversed smoothly and correctly for all involved parties.last_img read more

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The sound of silence

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first_img 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: www.twoscore.com Details People hate to be told “NO” – in professional and even personal settings.  It’s uncomfortable and embarrassing at times and really forces us to be vulnerable, which is hard for most people.  There is risk involved in sharing an idea you care about passionately and having others reject or dismiss it.  Someone asked me a few weeks ago “what is the best piece of advice you have for young professionals?” After thinking about it, I said, “No is not the worst thing you can hear in your job.  Instead, the worst thing you can hear is your own silence when you don’t share that great idea or recommend something you think would be beneficial for your credit union’s growth goals.”I’m not saying that it is appropriate to run around and be loudmouthed about everything you think and be argumentative if you don’t agree with every single thing your credit union does or think you can do it better.  What I am saying is that you have a voice.  Whether you are in the accounting department or in marketing or anywhere in between – remember – you were hired to do a job based on the skills and expertise on your resume and throughout your career.If your experience and your knowledge and the things you have learned all point toward something you really think would benefit the credit union – sell it to your CEO or manager.  Say nothing because you don’t want to stick your neck out for fear of rejection.  You aren’t going to get fired for having ideas.Your credit union needs YOU.  You have a unique set of gifts and talents.  Use them to their potential.  For your credit union.  But most importantly, for you.  Take the risk.“If you risk nothing, you risk everything.” –Geena Davislast_img read more

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Muhammadiyah allows mosques to hold mass Friday prayers with strict health protocols

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first_img“The prayers held in mosques or mushola should be carried out according to health protocols set out by Muhammadiyah’s COVID-19 command center [MCCC] or local administrations,” Agung said.According to the circular, Friday prayers with COVID-19 prevention protocols can take place in more than one shift or in several places, such as in other buildings or rooms other than mosques or mushola, to give Muslims a chance to join the congregations.It also reminded the public that the status of “green” or “red zones” — referring to the level of coronavirus transmission in certain areas — was very dynamic and could change at any time, thus Muhammadiyah members and Muslims in general have to remain up to date with relevant information so they can take the necessary precautions.“It is advisable that in carrying out worship, one must take health, benefit, safety and security concerns into consideration to avoid mafsadat [damage or negative impacts] and to help reduce the spread of COVID-19,” Agung said. Indonesia’s second-largest Muslim group, Muhammadiyah, said on Thursday that its members and Muslims in general may again take part in public prayers in mosques starting this Friday with health protocols and particular arrangements in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19.The announcement marks the opening of mosques and other Muslim holy sites, especially those associated with Muhammadiyah, after they were closed for congregational prayers in March.In a circular read out by the organization’s deputy secretary Agung Danarto during a press briefing on Thursday, the Muhammadiyah central executive board (PP) stated that the compulsory Friday prayers could be conducted in mosques, mushola (prayer rooms) or other similar places. Topics :center_img The circular, jointly signed by Muhammadiyah chairman Haedar Nashir and secretary Abdul Mu’ti, was issued alongside guidance on how to conduct worship amid the pandemic, which is a continued version of the previous guidance issued by the organization’s tarjih (law making) and tajdid (reform) council.The guidance was signed by the council’s chairman Syamsul Anwar and secretary Mohammad Mas’udi.Read also: Jakarta enters transition phase to ease restrictions, extends PSBB to end of JuneAmong other things, it regulates that congregations can maintain distance while praying instead of standing close to each other in their shaf (rows) during the pandemic. It also allows them to wear masks while praying.Straightening and tightening shaf are part of perfecting shalat (prayers), but as the conditions are yet to return to normal, distancing shaf is advisable to avoid infection, the guidance reads.“This is in line with Prophet [Muhammad’s] spirit,” said Fuad Zain of Muhammadiyah’s tarjih and tajdid council.Wearing masks while praying, which is not allowed during normal conditions, does not damage the legitimacy of prayer, the guidance reads.“Especially in a time of a pandemic, a mask is a personal protector that has to be put on outdoors, including when going to the mosques or mushola to take part in mass prayers,” Fuad said.Meanwhile, MCCC chairman Agus Syamsuddin reminded takmir (mosque managements) to make sure of the status of the pandemic in their respective areas so as to assure that the decision to open mosques for mass prayers is not based only on emotion.Agus also advised the takmir to make necessary preparations, including the provision of thermo guns and hand sanitizers for people entering the mosques as well as to prepare shaf arrangements and ablution places according to the health protocols.“The availability of inspectors in mosques is also pivotal to make sure that everyone obeys the prevailing protocols,” Agus said, as he went on to remind the takmir to promptly close a mosque again if a congregation is found to have been infected by COVID-19.last_img read more

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Monterea Ripley development magnet for first home buyers

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first_imgFirst home buyers are moving to new residentail estate Monterea Ripley in droves.The Monterea Ripley development has attracted first home buyers in droves, with Andrew Dixon and Ashleigh Greer the latest to realise their real estate dreams. First home buyers Andrew Dixon and Ashleigh Greer are looking forward to moving into their Monterea Ripley home next month. Mr Dixon, an earthmoving contractor, said a major appeal the estate for partner Ms Greer, a childcare worker, and himself was the amount of green space and the seclusion. FOCUS ON GREEN SPACE AT RIPLEY COMMUNITY RIPLEY’S GROWTH SET TO RAMP UP “We have found it to be a much more personal place than other developments in the area,” he said. “This is a great location which is so close to everything including the Ripley Town Centre and we have all the amenities we need and transport links.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago”We’re very excited about our first home. It will be two-storey, four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms with a media room and a drive through double garage.“I’ve always wanted my own home with plenty of room for a shed.” Streetscape of the Moterea Ripley residential community.He said they hoped it would be ready to move into in September.Monterea Ripley director of land marketing Jamie Martin, said the development had already welcomed over 20 new residents living in stage one and another 20 homes were under construction.“We have fast tracked the launch of stages two, three and four of Monterea Ripley with another 53 lots and we have already had strong interest from buyers attracted by the lifestyle blocks of up to 560sq m,” he said. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON TWITTER<< “Most of our purchasers have been first time buyers and the majority of them work in Ipswich, while some commute to the Brisbane CBD and Logan City.”Mr Martin said the community would include dedicate more than 8ha to green open space.“A new five acre park called John Michels Reserve has opened and features a lush corridor of more than 30,000 new plantings, kick and play turfed areas, sheltered picnic areas and walkways to be enjoyed by residents,” he said.Ripley was the second fastest growing suburb in Queensland in 2016-17, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. An Urbis report predicted the Ripley region will experience average population growth of 27.6 per cent a year until 2026.Land prices start at $179,000, with house and land packages from $410,000.last_img read more

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Ocean current turbine demo scores more

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first_imgA small-scale tidal current turbine demonstrator – being developed by Spanish Seaplace and UK’s Magnomatics – has achieved one third more efficiency during testing than had been previously predicted.A 6kW turbine demonstrator, with rotational speeds of up to 120 ppm, was recently tested at a facility in Madrid, where it achieved better results than anticipated, the developers said.The project is looking to harness the power of sea currents as an alternative energy source by designing a turbine with pseudo direct drive (PDD) technology to deliver high torque, low speed power for the machine.The design of the device being developed by the companies – a floating tension-tethered and self-steerable marine-current (FTMC) turbine – is said to allow the exploitation of marine currents in areas deeper than 60 meters, or in areas with irregular seabed where fixed devices are too expensive to deploy.The FTMC turbine put through its paces in a test basin (Photo: Seaplace) The Sheffield-based company developing magnetic gear technology Mangomatics was in charge of the PDD generator design, while the turbine itself was designed by the Spanish offshore engineering experts from Seaplace.Using kinetic energy of ocean currents as a means of generating power is a relatively young technology compared with developments in other fields of alternative power generation, according to Magnomatics.David Latimer, Magnomatics’ Chief Executive, said: “The possibilities presented by using ocean currents as an alternative energy source are far-reaching. The European Commission estimates that 0.1% of the energy content in ocean waves could be capable of supplying the entire world’s energy demand five times over.“Currently, energy harnessed from currents meets just 0.02% of the EU’s energy requirements.”The 32-month long project kicked off on April 1, 2016 – under the Eurostars Program, aimed at market-oriented transnational projects.The full-scale turbine will measure around 26 meters in diameter, with a propeller diameter of approximately 18 meters, with five blades to each propeller, according to Magnomatics.last_img read more

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Controversial sugar dating company eyes NZ

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first_imgNZ Herald 24 February 2019Family First Comment: Disturbing.“Family First’s Bob McCoskrie said relationships based on “purchasing a friendship” would always be problematic and artificial.”A company which links up older men offering younger women cash and other rewards in exchange for dates is looking to set up base in New Zealand.SugarBook runs a sugar dating app and claims to have 10,000 members signed up in New Zealand.Its Malaysian creator and chief executive Darren Chan, 31, said it wanted to extend its online service to set up an office in New Zealand and Australia because of the “rising trend of sugar relationships down under”.Critics say the arrangements are little different to prostitution and it has sparked concerns about young women being exploited and abused.Sugarbook is being watched by police in Singapore and accused of facilitating illegal prostitution in Malaysia.Sugar dating is where an older man or woman spends large amounts of money on a younger girlfriend or boyfriend in exchange for a relationship.Gifts received by sugar babies interviewed by the Herald on Sunday previously included breast enhancements, watches, handbags, business class travel and regular cash transfers.Dame Catherine Healy of the NZ Prostitutes Collective said sugar relationships were “just another form of sex work”.“They may be using a facade that sugar babies are not related to sex work … but sex is definitely a key element of sugar relationships,” she said.Healy believed a company promoting sugar relationships in New Zealand could be in breach of the Prostitution Reform Act. Under the law, it was illegal for people on temporary visas to provide commercial sexual services.Immigration New Zealand manager of visa services Michael Carley said payment of school fees, accommodation and presents in exchange for sex could in some circumstances be considered providing a sexual service and would be a breach of a temporary visa.Immigration also said there was no visa category that would allow a person, who was not a New Zealand citizen or resident, to invest in, direct, own or manage a commercial sex business.Bob McCoskrie of Family First said relationships based on “purchasing a friendship” would always be problematic and artificial.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12199039&ref=twitterlast_img read more

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Salah praised after Liverpool thrash Leicester

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first_img(BBC) – MANAGER Jurgen Klopp called Liverpool’s reaction to going a goal down against Leicester the “best I’ve ever seen” after Mohamed Salah’s double helped them come from behind to win at Anfield.Jamie Vardy gave the visitors an early lead when he poked home from a Riyad Mahrez pass before Salah equalised in the second half.The Egypt international then turned Harry Maguire on the edge of the area before firing in his second of the day – and 17th Premier League goal of the season – to give Liverpool the lead.Klopp described the hosts’ performance as “perfect” and the Reds, who will finish the year in fourth place, extended their unbeaten run to 15 games.Leicester stay in eighth but have now gone five games without a victory.“On perfect days we win football games,” said Klopp.“The crowd were unbelievable and we needed them today to score these two goals. It’s a good team performance and a well-deserved win.”The only concern will surround the fitness of match-winner Salah, who Klopp said was “limping” when he was substituted with less than 10 minutes left to play.“We have to check it,” added the German. “We tried to change it as quick as possible and of course that is not too good.”last_img read more

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