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WRAP Week aims to bring awareness to pornography addiction, advocates for filter

first_imgThis year’s White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) Week began its effort to bring the conversation around pornography into the open on Monday morning with bagels and white ribbon pins outside DeBartolo Hall. Co-sponsored by Students for Child-Oriented Policy (SCOP), the Gender Relations Center (GRC) and Campus Ministry, the fourth annual WRAP Week aimed to lay the groundwork for sincere dialogue about pornography in students’ lives.Junior Ellie Gardey, co-president of SCOP, said in an email that the sponsors of the week “worked together to develop a program that educated the campus community about the harms of pornography, united the campus in prayer for those impacted by it, highlighted the success of major organizations in addressing pornography and connected students to resources that will give them hope and freedom.”WRAP Week is largely student-driven, with administrators at the GRC and Campus Ministry providing guidance and support, Gardey said in an email. This year’s speakers and events highlighted the prevalence of pornography use, the breadth of its effects in society and the importance of support systems for those who struggle with pornography use. “Pornography is an incredibly important conversation to have — it not only impacts an individual’s psychological, emotional and spiritual health but it also harms relationships and is a social justice issue,” GRC director Christine Gebhardt said in an email. “Pornography use is linked to sex trafficking, violence against women and targeting of vulnerable populations such as children.”Donna Rice Hughes, an Internet safety expert and advocate, spoke Wednesday evening about a recent push to filter pornography in businesses.“In her lecture, she provided valuable insight into reasons businesses are making this change such as workplace standards, safe environments and liability prevention,” Gardey said in an email. “It is important for students to be aware of these changes so they can ethically run their own businesses in the future.”On Thursday, licensed counselor M.J. Vachon gave a talk about supporting loved ones with an addiction or dependence on pornography and creating a safe environment for talking about a delicate and often painful issue.“I am particularly excited about her talk as it offers our students a way to make a change on our campus by helping one another in a nonjudgmental and loving way,” Gebhardt said in an email.Mike Urbaniak, assistant director of pastoral care with Campus Ministry, said his conversations with students about their pornography use have been eye-opening and have shown him how isolated students can feel.“We as a culture, I mean broadly, but also in particularly at Notre Dame, our challenge is to talk about sex and sexuality in a authentic and genuine way that allows people to really ask questions and be inquisitive,” Urbaniak said.Urbaniak emphasized the similarities between Catholic Social Teaching and broader societal values, saying that both recognize and seek to promote human dignity and human flourishing. While the fear of judgment can be a significant barrier to having genuine conversations about pornography, creating a supportive environment in which to do so can only make things better, Urbaniak said.“The one challenge of having events is like, ‘Am I outing myself by coming to an event about pornography?’ The more we open up those spaces, I think the more people are willing to come forth in that and, and talk about it,” Urbaniak said.In an email, Gebhardt said she has seen progress in generating those conversations over the years, but there is still a long way to go. “It is my hope that WRAP Week will encourage us to not merely talk about these issues during October but throughout the year,” Gebhardt said in an email.One of SCOP’s major efforts throughout the year is its petition to put a pornography filter on Notre Dame’s WiFi networks, an ongoing effort that the University has rejected in the past. The organization collected signatures on Friday in South Dining Hall.“Students for Child-Oriented Policy will continue to call on Notre Dame to implement a filter on pornography like the filters at Holy Cross College down the street and the Catholic University of America,” Gardey said in an email. “The use of pornography on Notre Dame’s Wi-Fi network is already forbidden; the University should enforce that rule. The technology is easily available.” WRAP Week ended Friday evening with a dinner and discussion of Fr. Terrence Ehrman C.S.C.’s 2017 book, “Man of God,” that tells a story of a man’s inner struggle to overcome a pornography addiction. The conversation brought the week to an optimistic end.“Pornography pervades our society, but people often find it difficult to talk about because of fear and guilt. An accountability partner, a helpful friend, a significant other, a priest or a professional resource can all be invaluable resources to help people overcome struggles with pornography,” Gardey said in an email. “People should not have to fight their battles against pornography alone.”Tags: pornography, Pornography filter, White Ribbon Against Pornography, WRAP Weeklast_img read more

Peru to Track Drug Production Chemicals via Satellite

first_imgBy Dialogo October 29, 2012 Peru began using satellites on October 25 to track trucks carrying legally-purchased chemicals that can be used to make cocaine. The measure, part of several new laws approved by the government of President Ollanta Humala to increase security, is a blow against the illegal drug trade, said Prime Minister Juan Jiménez. Vehicles belonging to companies authorized to import the chemicals for legal purposes must have a GPS satellite tracking system and travel on routes previously authorized by police, Jimenez told reporters. Police and officials with the country’s tax office will monitor where the chemicals are sent, Jimenez said. Cocaine is produced by soaking coca leaves in ponds with kerosene, gasoline and chemicals that include hydrochloric acid and ammonia. A solution from leaves is then filtered, refined and crystallized. While the United Nations says Peru is the world’s second largest producer of coca leaf after Colombia, it is the world’s top producer of cocaine, according to 2011 figures from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Coca grows exclusively in the eastern slopes of the South American Andes mountain range. The Peruvian government says that local drug traffickers work along with remnants of the Shining Path group that terrorized the country in the 1980s and 1990s.last_img read more

EMV drives changes in fraud types

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The 2016 Identity Fraud Study from Javelin Strategy & Research, revealed that the number of identity fraud victims increased by three percent (13.1 million consumers) in the U.S. last year, but that the amount stolen decreased by six percent to $15 billion.The study found that the rise of EMV has already had a significant impact on fraudsters’ behavior and doubled the incidence of new account fraud. The study also found that many consumers who do not trust their financial institutions are engaging in behavior that enables fraudsters to use their information for 75 percent longer. continue reading »last_img read more

Jrue Holiday: New Orleans Pelicans in talks to trade veteran guard | NBA News

first_imgJrue Holiday of the New Orleans Pelicans defends against DeMar DeRozan of the San Antonio Spurs as part of the NBA Restart 2020 on August 9, 2020 at The Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. Image:Jrue Holiday is considered to be one of the NBA’s elite defensive players Under new coach Stan Van Gundy, the Pelicans are expected to build around the young core of Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram. Trading Holiday could allow them to get another young player or two for the long term and also shed salary.Holiday, 30, has two years and about $52 million left on a five-year, $131.8 million deal he signed with the Pelicans in July 2017. In 61 games last season, he averaged 19.1 points, 6.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds a game – all above his career averages of 15.9 points, 6.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds. He has played 713 career games (640 starts) with the Philadelphia 76ers (2009-13) and Pelicans.- Advertisement – Want to watch even more of the NBA and WNBA but don’t have Sky Sports? Get the Sky Sports Action and Arena pack, click here. – Advertisement – Last month, he won the NBA’s 2019-20 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award.Presented annually since 2012-13 and voted on by the players, the award “recognises the player deemed the best teammate based on selfless play, on-and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other NBA players, and commitment and dedication to (the) team,” according to a league press release.The Pelicans finished the season 30-42. Head coach Alvin Gentry was fired after the team failed to make the playoffs.- Advertisement – The New Orleans Pelicans are involved in talks to trade veteran guard Jrue Holiday, according to US reports.The Athletic said on Wednesday that “several contending teams are pursuing” Holiday in a trade.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Buy a chapel

first_img4 Isabella St, Mount PerryThere’s a kitchen and bathroom, and the pulpit still exists as well as timber blinds, wall tiles and solid feature timber doors. Just $95,000 will secure you the 405sq m property which is at 4 Isabella St. 4 Isabella St, Mount PerryFOR less than $100,000 you can be the owner of a small country chapel.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoThe building is located at Mount Perry, a small town around 100kms west of Bundaberg.It has “residence potential”, according to Gin Gin Country Realty’s Trevor Versace.last_img read more

Osaka vows to block out negatives after ‘toughest year’

first_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At LongerCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Best Cars Of All TimeFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Loading… But she then exited Roland Garros in the third round and Wimbledon in the first round, and her defence of her US Open crown similarly fell flat.The Japanese roared back with titles in her native city of Osaka and then in Beijing in the autumn, and in December hired the Belgian Wim Fissette as her coach – her fourth in less than a year.The world number three, who faces Marie Bouzkova of the Czech Republic in her opener in Melbourne, said she was “in a better head space” compared to 12 months ago, and playing better tennis.“But honestly, last year was the toughest year of my life, so I would hope it gets better,” Osaka added.Pushed as to what she meant, she said: “I guess just before everything (success), if I lost, it wouldn’t be an (news) article.“Now if I lose, like, there’s news. It was tough adjusting to that.”Osaka described herself as “a bit more seasoned” compared to a year ago and hopes feeling more relaxed can bring success, starting with the defence of her Australian Open crown.“Last year I feel like I was young,” the Japanese said was a smile.“I was just this young kid that was going out. My goal was to win and I wasn’t going to let anything stop me.“I feel like now I appreciate more every single win because I know what it took to get it.“Of course I want to win every match and I want to go out there and do that.“That’s what I’m here for. I think maybe last year I was a little bit more fearless.” The 22-year-old began last year in spectacular fashion, winning in Melbourne for back-to-back Grand Slam titles and soaring to the top of the world rankings.center_img Read Also: Serena Williams, back in the wins, aims to end long Slam record questOsaka, who has been open about her struggles with the pressure that comes with success, says she is trying to ignore what is said and written about her.“I’ve been training my whole life for this (tennis),” she told reporters.“I shouldn’t let outside noise – no offence to you guys, love you guys – but outside noise dictate how I’m feeling.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka said Saturday that 2019 was the “toughest year of my life” after the Japanese ploughed through several coaches and suffered a major dip in form.Advertisementlast_img read more

Ibrahimovic drops cryptic post amid talks of EPL switch

first_img Promoted Content6 Best Movie Cars You Could Own But Probably Can’t AffordThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsWhy Do Americans Consider Him To Be The Best President?It Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last Movie8 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video To Stream Right NowPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?World-Ending Scenarios: This Is How The Apocalypse May Happen Zlatan Ibrahimovic has taken to social media to  tease Leeds fans with a cryptic post amid intense speculation linking him with the Premier League club.The 38-year-old Swedish striker returned to AC Milan in January and has scored an impressive 11 times in 20 appearances across all competitions last season.But Ibrahimovic hasn’t penned an extension with Milan and is expected to leave the San Siro this summer.Leeds were linked with the former Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain star during the January transfer window.And now Ibrahimovic’s latest post on social media has caught the attention of many fans about his potential club future.The former Sweden international posted on Instagram Stories a first-person view from what appears to be a boat.And Ibrahimovic dropped a simple message accompanying his post: “Next destination.” Credit: Instagram/Zlatan Ibrahimovic Loading… Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani only admitted last month that it could be “too late” to bring Ibrahimovic to Elland Road.“Ibrahimovic will certainly be difficult,” he said.“We tried to sign him in January, but he chose to join Milan and the deal vanished.“Now I think it’s too late, the intensity of English football is different.”Ibrahimovic, who turns 39 in October, has suggested that it is unlikely he will remain in Italy for the new season. Read Also: Barca to start Messi, Suarez, Griezmann in attack against Napoli“I still have three games, still 10 days, nobody said anything to me and I don’t expect anything else,” he said last month.“There are things that we cannot control, but that seems strange to me, but we are doing great things.“We play with great confidence and we believe in what we do. I’m working, I’m fine, the team is fine and doing good things.“When I arrived we are second or third in the standings, it means it is not bad.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Everest Under-17s turn tables on Cold Fusion

first_img… Club gets new uniforms, compliments of HACCAFTER going down to Zeelugt’s Cold Fusion in their tapeball encounter recently, Everest turned the table on their opponents in a feature Under-17 35-over clash, played last Saturday at their Camp Road, Georgetown venue.In a game that fluctuated throughout, Everest triumphed by a mere seven runs in a thrilling affair. Set a challenging 131 for victory after the home team were limited to 130 all out in 31 overs, Cold Fusion were restricted to 123 all out in 33.3 overs.For Everest, Aaron Beharry led the way with a top score of 23 with extras playing a big role with 36, including a whopping 31 wides. The bowling honours were shared by P. Binand (3 for 8 off 3 overs), Kapildeo Charandeen (3 for 16 in 3), Aaron Mohabir (2 for 10 in 4) and Andre Seepersaud (2 for 26 off 7).Everest skipper Vishal Persaud collects the winning trophy from sponsor Prem Raghubir.Seepersaud completed a fine all-round performance with a fine 39 and received solid support from D. George who stroked 21. The rest of the batting however floundered to the bowling of Mohamed Jameer who captured four for 19 in 5.3 overs. There were two wickets each for Andre Tilku, Demerara Under-19 selectee Renaldo Mohamed and Vishal Persaud. Jameer was named man-of-the-match for his brilliant bowling performance.The winning trophy which was handed over to Everest skipper Vishal Persaud was donated by Prem Raghubir of Royal Woodworking Establishment.Opportunity was also taken to hand over cricket gear and uniforms to the recently-formed Cold Fusion players. Manniram Shew handed over a set for uniforms to the club’s president Bhudnarine Persaud on behalf of Narchand ‘Archie’ Mohan, owner and president of Hawaiian Arctic Cricket Club (HACC) of Toronto, Canada.Saheed Mohamed of Everest also presented two helmets and a pair of batting gloves.last_img read more

Ruthless Jamaica hit six past Aruba in Curacao

first_imgMAALIQUE Foster scored a brace while Chavany Willis, Shemar Nicholson and Lamar Walker all scored, as Jamaica hammered Aruba 6-0 in the return leg of their Group C match at the Ergillo Hato Stadium in Curacao on Tuesday.Junior Flemmings also scored his first goal for Jamaica in what could be described only as a rout.Following a lack-lustre performance at the Kingston National Stadium on Saturday when the Jamaicans won 2-0, the visitors would have been hoping for an improved performance on Tuesday night.Jamaica got on the score sheet early when Willis delivered from the penalty spot after only seven minutes.Jamaica netted their second 10 minutes later when Maalique Foster slammed home a half volley from just out of the 18-yard box past a stunned Eric Abdul, who stood motionless as the ball crashed into the back of the net.Foster turned provider two minutes later, putting through Lamar Walker on goal. The 19-year-old Bethlehem Steel midfielder, demonstrating composure that belies his age and experience at this level, rounded Abdul and slotted home to put the Reggae Boyz up 3-0.Jamaica continued to threaten the Aruban goal and found a fourth in the 34th minute when Abdul parried a shot from Willis into the path of an onrushing Shamar Nicholson for a tap-in from two yards.Jamaica went to the break leading 4-0 completely in control of the match.At the resumption, it did not take long for Jamaica to add to their lead.Flemmings, who was very effective down the left flank early in the half, drove past several defenders and into the box before passing the ball into the far corner, well out of Abdul’s reach for Jamaica’s fifth.Flemmings sank to his knees and raised his arms to the heavens in celebration after he scored, was integral to Jamaica’s sixth that came in the 53rd minute. His shot from the left side of the box was parried by Abdul into the path of Foster who tapped into net for his second on the night.The win means Jamaica have the maximum of 12 points from their four matches so far in the group and Theodore Whitmore’s side have yet to concede a goal while scoring 18.Aruba remain at the bottom of the table with no points from their four matches.last_img read more

Guyana to participate in FIFA U-20 World Cup qualifiers

first_imgTHE Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (ONCACAF), yesterday announced the details for the 2020 CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship. The men’s world cup qualifying competition will be disputed in three stages, in February, June and July of 2020.Unlike the previous format, which included regional qualifiers in the Caribbean and Central America and one final Championship, the redesigned competition mirrors the format used for the men’s under-17, women’s under-17 and women’s under-20 competitions, ensuring that all participating teams have an opportunity to qualify for FIFA World Cup and to play more top-level competitive football matches.The first stage of the competition will kick off in February of 2020. For this initial group stage, 17 participating countries ranked from 17-41, according to the Concacaf Under-20 Ranking as of June 2019, will be divided into three groups of four teams and one group of five teams. After round-robin play, the top finisher in each of the groups will advance to the knockout stage.The participating countries for the qualifying stage are Anguilla, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and US Virgin Islands.The second round of the competition, which will also be played in a group format, will take place in June of 2020. The top ranked 16 participating teams, according to the Concacaf Under-20 Ranking as of June 2019, will be divided into four groups of four. After round-robin play, the top three teams in each of the groups will advance to the knockout stage.The participating countries for the group stage are Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and USA.The final stage of the competition, knockout stage, will take place immediately following the second stage. All knockout round matches (round of 16, quarterfinal, semifinal and final) will be played in a single match elimination format, with the semi-finalist qualifying to the FIFA U-20 World Cup Indonesia 2021.An official draw to sort the participating teams into the qualifying and group stage groups, as well as the parings for the round of 16, will take place on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. The draw will be conducted from the CONCACAF Headquarters in Miami, FL. Fans will be able to follow all the action beginning at 11:00hrs ET via Concacaf.com.The host countries for each of the rounds and further scheduling details will be publicised after the draw.last_img read more