Rabat – Mustapha Ramid, Minister of State in charge of Human Rights, took to his Facebook page yesterday to answer the accusations held against him for calling homosexuals in Morocco “trash.” If Ramid’s statements sparked the outrage of many local NGOs and a part of the public opinion, his latest response is very far from soothing the tension, referring to homosexuality as a “perversion” that “disgusts the public opinion.” The original incident occurred on September 28, when Ramid was walking out of an official meeting at Rabat’s library. The minister was stopped by a journalist who asked him about the condition of homosexuals in Morocco. The minister’s reaction was immediate: “Why are you asking me about [homosexuality] too?” he asked. Trying to dismiss the journalist, Ramid kept repeating, “This is too much. Too much. It’s a shame that homosexuality has a value now. Why is everyone asking me about it?”Upon the insistence of the journalist, Ramid will finally gave in. “Listen, we are in Morocco, if we keep talking about [homosexuality] we will give them value. [They’re] trash.” The minister used the insulting Arabic term “Awsakh,” which can be translated as “trash,” “scum,” or “vermin.”Ramid’s statement sparked the outrage of many NGOs and human rights associations that addressed a petition to the head of government compelling him to take action against Ramid. On social media, the outlash was even fiercer, with many internet users not shying away from accusing Ramid of homophobia and hate speech against a sexual minority. Under the media and public pressure, Ramid decided to come out with a response.For the minister in charge of human rights, his comments on homosexuality were based on “the kingdom’s constitution and its laws and the international conventions it has signed,” as well as the “national consensus,” which “only the perverts deviate from.” Based on this legal and social framework, Ramid writes that “sexual perversion [referring to homosexuality] stays a crime punishable by the Moroccan legislation, and one that disgusts the public opinion.”“And let everyone know that the Moroccan government has made its position clear in its response to the recommendations of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review, as it categorically and unequivocally refuses to decriminalize sexual perversion [referring to homosexuality]. But at the same time, [it] refuses any kind of discrimination against any citizen, no matter their conditions,” Ramid continues. “If I have said that sexual perversion [referring to homosexuality] is filth or obscenity, it is only to describe certain actions and behaviors, and the terms do not necessarily apply to people no matter their orientation may be.”For Ramid, “it is clear then, that those who opposed me were blinded by their disagreement and drunken with their hatred.” Nothing NewAziz Idamine, head of the Moroccan Rights and Freedoms Youth Center, told Morocco World News that Ramid’s use of these “degrading terms against a minority in Morocco is nothing new to the vocabulary of the minister; he already called journalists ‘traitors’ once and described human rights activists as ‘hateful’.”Idamine has three remarks to deliver about the minister’s response. The first, is that “Ramid thinks that being a minister of state of all Moroccans is the same thing as being the leader of a small community or political party.” Second, Ramid’s “insistence on using the term ‘trash’ to describe a Moroccan minority, whether we adhere to the latter or not, proves how saturated the minister is by a narrow and close-minded interpretation of Islamic thought. Idamine goes on to explain that “what the minister is wording through his statement are readings and interpretations of the Islamic texts and the constitution through the political perspective of the Justice and Development Party, and not those agreed upon by all Moroccans.” Finally, Idamine believes that Ramid is overstepping his jurisdiction. “The exegesis of a religious text is the specialty of Morocco’s High Council of Religious Affairs, [and] as for the explanation and interpretation of the constitution, it falls under the mandate of the constitutional court.”“As for the international conventions Moroccan had signed and agreed upon,” continues Idamine, “it is publically known that the human rights movements in Morocco are seeking to reform the penal code in several areas, to abolish any violation of individual freedoms.” For the activist, “the minister has every right to hold on onto the legal jurisdiction that criminalize homosexuality, but he has absolutely no right to call homosexuals ‘trash’.”
The Liberian-born Mr. Weah, who won the Golden Ball Award for the best player on a European team and the Italian National Championship as a member of the Italian club AC Milan, is accompanied by former international soccer star Ruud Gullit of the Netherlands.The two are staging two days of soccer activities, which are being filmed by a team of Dutch television journalists to publicize the fight against the pandemic for the UNICEF National Committee of the Netherlands and the Dutch lottery. The Netherlands contributes millions of euros annually to UNICEF and other humanitarian causes from the National Postcode Lottery.Mr. Weah, whom South Africa’s Nelson Mandela named “African Pride,” was a very poor child who started off playing soccer with balls made from rags in the Liberian capital, Monrovia.He has worked intensively on anti-HIV/AIDS projects in Ghana and Liberia. He plans to visit Liberia next week to continue his activities helping to reintegrate into society the former child soldiers who took part in the country’s fierce 16-year civil war.
Campaigning for the provincial elections will run from 28 September to 27 October, the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUC) announced. The elections, the first round of which was held in July, are the vast country’s first free elections in 45 years and are intended to cement its transition from a disastrous civil war. The six-year conflict cost 4 million lives through fighting and attendant hunger and disease, widely considered the most lethal fighting in the world since World War II. Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative in the DRC, William Lacy Swing, has commended Congolese police and UN peacekeepers for their “prompt and salutary intervention” to contain yesterday’s violent rally by Mr. Bemba’s supporters, who were apparently angered by a fire that destroyed a building housing two television stations owned by their leader in Kinshasa, the capital.MONUC has some 18,000 uniformed personnel in the country to help promote peace and reconciliation in the country.
“While the recent focus has rightly been on refugees entering Europe, there are 4 million refugees – 2 million of them children – who are holed up in Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon, many living on the streets in a crisis which is now of biblical proportions,” Gordon Brown told reporters at UN Headquarters via telephone.The former British Prime Minister drew attention to the fact that “traditionally education has fallen through the net because humanitarian aid goes to food and shelter, and development aid does not plan for emergencies.”But given the “severity” of the crisis and “urgency” to act to address the problem, Mr. Brown appealed for a swift response to a $250 million proposal that would get 1 million Syrian refugee children in school in 21 days in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey using a “double shift system.”He explained that under the proposed plan in Lebanon, for example, the local children would go to the school in the morning and the same classrooms would be used for Syrian children to get an education in the afternoon.At a cost of $10 a week, he said, the children can get an education that would help prepare them for the future and give them hope under this “practical, operable and deliverable plan.”And in a separate warning about the Syrian child refugee crisis, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said the conflict in Syria has left some 16 million people – almost half of them children – in need of life-saving assistance and protection, including basic health care, safe water and sanitation and education. “The refugee and migrant crisis in Europe will only worsen if greater efforts are not made to end the protracted conflict in Syria and address the humanitarian needs of the millions affected by the violence,” UNICEF said.UNICEF reported that some 2 million children are now out of school inside Syria, while up to 5 million people living in cities and communities across the country have suffered the consequences of long and sometimes deliberate interruptions to their water supplies in recent months.Despite the enormous challenges facing those affected by the conflict, funding for humanitarian assistance is not keeping pace with needs – UNICEF’s appeal for 2015 for programmes in Syria and surrounding countries, totalling $903 million, is less than half funded.
. “The most important role the United Nations is asked to play today is to come up withfundamental measures to stop the vicious cycle of increased provocations and heightened sanctions,” he told the General Assembly’s 72nd general debate, stressing the need for a political solution to what UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called ‘most dangerous crisis we face today.’“In the wake of the (recent sixth) nuclear test, the Korean Government has made enhanced efforts to convince countries in the region and beyond of the necessity for stronger sanctions and pressure to make North Korea stop its provocations and choose the path of dialogue,” Mr. Moon said, vowing that his country seeks neither the DPRK’s collapse nor unification by absorption. Calling on his northern neighbour to “cease making reckless choices that could lead to its own isolation and downfall and choose the path of dialogue” by abandoning its hostile policies against other countries and giving up its nuclear weapons programme, he held out the prospect of a new economic era for the Korean peninsula. “The spirit of the United Nations is to realize global peace through multilateral dialogue,” he said. “The Korean Peninsula is where that spirit is most desperately needed. The realization of peace is the issue for which the United Nations was created, for which it is aiming and which it is in the process of achieving. We need the United Nations to play a more active role on the Korean Peninsula. Highlighting the need to prevent the outbreak of war, Mr. Moon called for “stable” management of the situation “so that tensions will not become overly intensified or accidental military clashes will not destroy peace.” Full statement available here
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Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Around 100 firefighters are tackling a large blaze at a spa joined to a hotel in west London.Half of the roof of the building, in Richmond Hill, was alight, London Fire Brigade (LFB) said.Images on social media show clouds of smoke and several emergency vehicles lining nearby roads.Station manager Mike Cotton said: “Crews are working hard in challenging conditions to bring the fire under control.”The fire is in an annex building and has been producing a lot of smoke. We would urge residents and businesses in the immediate area to keep windows and doors closed while we continue to tackle the fire.”London Fire Brigade said 15 fire engines attended after emergency calls were made shortly before 6.30pm on Tuesday.The cause of the blaze is not yet known, it said.
In order to strengthen its focus on service business, Outotec has decided to change its business structure and establish a Services business unit as of April 1, 2017. The change aims at further developing Outotec’s service offering and capabilities close to customers.The recruitment of the head for the Services business unit has been started. Until the appointment of a Services business unit head, CEO Markku Teräsvasara will lead the design work of the new business unit.Kimmo Kontola has been appointed President of Minerals Processing business unit and a member of the Executive Board of Outotec as of January 1, 2017. Kimmo Kontola has a long experience within Outotec in various leadership positions. He is currently leading the Beneficiation business line in Minerals Processing business unit and, prior to that, he was head of Outotec’s Americas region.“Outotec has plenty of untapped potential for service business in its installed base. We are establishing a new Services business unit to further strengthen the focus and management of our service business. After this change, we will have an better clarity in Outotec’s business mode with three business units. With stronger operational focus we aim to improve our performance and customer satisfaction. I am also pleased that we have been able to nominate Kimmo Kontola from within the company to lead the minerals processing business”, says Markku Teräsvasara, President and CEO of Outotec.The company has two reporting segments: Minerals Processing and Metals, Energy & Water. The service business will continue to be reported as part of the two reporting segments, Minerals Processing and Metals, Energy & Water.
Of the various distributions of Android-based operating systems, I thoroughly enjoy CyanogenMod. What started out as a collection of developers looking to hack a few tricks onto a handful of personal devices has turned into a full distribution of Android, complete with its own set of unique features and operations. With the release of CyanogenMod 9, the team designed a new logo to brand themselves as a unique approach to Android. Now, with the team working on the Android 4.1 based CyanogenMod 10, an Easter egg was discovered that furthers the branding being enforced by the team.The Easter egg will show up in every CyanogenMod 10 build that is released by the CM team. The list of devices that CyanogenMod is building version 10 for is growing at an almost daily rate. Every device that is running CM 10 will by able to see both the stock 4.1 Easter egg, as well as the new CM 10 Easter egg. It’s not hard to see where the inspiration for it came from, but it’s a clever addition to the OS nonetheless.The CyanogenMod team has not made any official announcements for when the 4.1 based version 10 will be ready in “stable release” form, and it’s not expected that an announcement will be made anytime soon. The source code for Android 4.1.1 is only a few weeks old, and right now the CyanogenMod team, like every other Android distribution, is trying to figure out how to put all the pieces together.
Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 1:00 PM By Gráinne Ní Aodha To come up trumps: An beart a dhéanamhThey don’t know their arse from their elbow: Ní aithneoidís cat thar chóiste (literally means ‘they wouldn’t know a cat from a carriage’)He’s turned into a laughing stock: Tá sé ina cheap magaidh anoisHe’s a pompous arse: Diabhal aithne air nach é féin a rug é féin (literally means ‘he thinks he gave birth to himself’)He got a right skelp: Buaileadh sceilp mhaith airI had the mother and father of all hangovers: Bhí póit an diabhail orm (literally means ‘I had the devil’s hangover’)To make an eejit of yourself: Asal a dhéanamh díot féin (literally means ‘to make a donkey out of yourself’).Read: Over 2.3 million language learners have signed up for Irish lessons on DuolingoRead: Irish language groups (and broadcasters) aren’t happy with Heather Humphreys 13,135 Views THE FIRST NEW English-Irish Dictionary in over 50 years has been published online this afternoon.The dictionary, called focloir.ie, contains 3.5 million words in English and Irish – considerably more than most international bilingual dictionaries – as well as sound files, grammar files and example sentences in the dictionary, something that wouldn’t have been possible in a traditional printed dictionary.Some of the newer terms included in the dictionary are: Mar 7th 2017, 1:00 PM Share138 Tweet Email2 Selfie, alt-right and pre-drinks added to new English-Irish dictionary The editor said that the new dictionary “covers every level of language use, from formal to informal, from polite to vulgar”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Selfie: FéinínMindfulness: AireachasEmoticon: StraoiseogPre-drinks: RéamhdheochannaFilter: ScagaireGangland crime: Coireanna drongchoirpeachtaA post-truth society: Sochaí iarfhírinneLast year, foclóir.ie reached 1.2 million unique users. 28% of those users access the dictionary from countries outside of Ireland, with 12% of them in the US.Speaking today, editor Dr Pádraig Ó Mianáin said: “The New English-Irish Dictionary has brought Irish-language lexicography into the third millennium in every way. It contains contemporary Irish and English, and covers every level of language use, from formal to informal, from polite to vulgar, and from written to spoken.”The writing of the dictionary began almost 10 years ago, in 2008. The team began adding entries to their online dictionary focloir.com, and have just finished adding the final terms.“When this dictionary is published in book form, [we hope] to continue with Irish-language lexicography and begin work on Irish-Irish and Irish-English dictionaries.”The physical version of the dictionary will be published in 2018. Between then and now, here are some fun put downs and that feature on foclóir.ie. http://jrnl.ie/3274596 28 Comments Short URL
Des autruches incapables de voler car leurs ancêtres avaient pris trop de poidsAustralie – Les chercheurs de l’université nationale d’Australie ont découvert pourquoi certains oiseaux sont incapables de voler : selon eux, les ancêtres de l’autruche ou de l’émeu seraient devenus trop gros et trop paresseux pour continuer à voler après la mort des dinosaures. Plusieurs espèces d’oiseaux ne savent pas voler, comme l’émeu, l’autruche, le manchot… Jusqu’à aujourd’hui, les scientifiques pensaient que cette particularité était génétique, issue de leurs ancêtres qui ne savaient pas voler non plus. Or, d’après les études menées par des chercheurs australiens sur le génome des moas, oiseaux coureurs disparus depuis le XVIe siècle, les ancêtres de ces animaux auraient été tout à fait capables de se déplacer dans les airs.À lire aussiLe génome de l’Homme de Denisova livre ses secrets Ce n’est que lors de la disparition des dinosaures que cette faculté aurait disparu. En effet, la nourriture étant devenue bien plus abondante, les oiseaux se seraient nourris de façon bien moins légère. De plus, avec la disparition de leurs prédateurs, les oiseaux étaient moins incités à voler. La prise de poids ainsi que l’inertie soudaine ont très certainement conduit ces animaux à perdre leur capacité à voler.D’après la même étude, les ancêtres de plusieurs espèces d’oiseaux coureurs, notamment l’Autruche en Afrique, l’émeu en Australie et le Nandou en Amérique auraient commencé à abandonner le vol il y a 65 millions d’années, c’est-à-dire en même temps que les dinosaures s’éteignaient.C’est un phénomène courant chez les oiseaux que de grossir lorsque la nourriture est trop abondante et que les prédateurs sont rares. Le 30 janvier 2010 à 12:26 • Emmanuel Perrin
Google+ Dave Bautista will be a character in new video game, Finn Balor reveals new look James Corden Responds To Bill Maher Wanting To Bring Back Fat-Shaming Jeremy Renner Announces Decision to Shut Down App WhatsApp 2K has released the official commercial for the upcoming WWE 2K15 video game that will be released on 10/28 for the PS3 and XBOX 360 and 11/818 on PS4 and XBOX One. You can view the commercial below. Gemini Man: Global Mission (German Spot) Now Playing Up Next Apple TV+ To Be Offered For $4.99 Per Month Facebook Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipGemini Man: Global Mission (German Spot)Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:20/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:17 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next WWE 2K20’s 2K Showcase Mode will showcase the careers of The Four Horsewomen Leonardo DiCaprio und Will Smith kämpfen für den Regenwald Twitter First official trailer for WWE 2K20 video game leaked ahead of official announcement Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR
Fernandinho reckons that Neymar is progressing well with his recovery from injury and has predicted that the superstar will make a “big difference” for Brazil in the World CupThe Paris Saint-Germain forward has been sidelined since February after undergoing foot surgery, but was included in Tite’s final 23-man squad for Brazil this summer.Fernandinho knows exactly what Neymar is going through right now, having sustained a similar injury of his own, and he feels that the 26-year-old has made good progress and is beginning to regain his confidence.“This kind of injury Neymar had is a little bit difficult, I can tell because I had it too,” said Fernandinho, according to Goal.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“It aches now and then…the process is a little bit complex.“But, when you watch the moves he’s making during the trainings, the way he is training, I see him very well and he’s getting his confidence back, that’s so important. He’s so audacious, trying to dribble the defences, he’s not afraid.“That’s the first step for him to be 100 percent confident again. And we want him to be fully fit as soon as possible, till our first match in the World Cup. I have no doubt he’s a player who will make a big difference for our team.”Brazil will face Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in Group E in this summer’s World Cup.
House budget plan has clear winners and losersAcross Clark County on Monday, public school leaders could exhale again.The House version for a 2011-13 state budget plan doesn’t touch levy equalization funds, which go to subsidize K-12 school districts with below-average total property assessments.That alone was a huge relief, and the biggest positive, for educators closely tracking Olympia’s deficit-busting struggle this spring as they weigh difficult cost-savings decisions.“That was a hard fight, but we won it,” said Rep. Tim Probst, D-Vancouver, a member of both the Education and Education Appropriations committees.“That’s great, that’s good for all of us,” said Steve Olsen, chief fiscal officer for Vancouver Public Schools. “Knowing (levy equalization) is saved cuts our challenge in half.”Olsen spoke literally.For the Vancouver district, levy equalization would be worth about $8.6 million next school year. Suddenly, a “worst-case” need to slash district funding by $16 million or so drops by one-half.
Load More Sega Sammy Chairman and Group CEO Hajime Satomi has pointed to Tokyo as the company’s preferred location should it win a license to operate an IR in its home nation of Japan.Answering a series of questions at a recent management meeting, the details of which were made public by Sega Sammy on Tuesday, Satomi said the company would likely be prepared to invest significantly should its IR be located in Tokyo with the goal being to own a majority share in any consortium it joins. Huawei Japan joins Kansai Economic Federation with eye on World Expo 2025 and Osaka IR Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts RelatedPosts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team “Assuming we pursue development in the Tokyo metropolitan area, it is possible that it will be a large-scale project and we do not know how much the total equity share will be, but since we would like to hold the largest equity share in it, we need to ensure we have that level of investment capability,” he said.Asked about the prospect of pursing an IR license in Osaka, considered the leading contender to win a metropolitan IR license, Satomi revealed that Sega Sammy would need to carefully consider such a move.“As we are a Kanto-based company, we intend to keep monitoring the situation for now and think carefully about whether we should actively engage in IR development in Osaka,” he said, noting too that there were still some issues to be solved surrounding Osaka’s infrastructure development.Nevertheless, Satomi said Sega Sammy was actively calculating potential investment levels and how necessary funding might be acquired.“In terms of the actual investment amount, it depends on the level of internal rate of return that is set based on the presumed income amount, so we intend to evaluate the investment-return balance,” he said. “We will secure the capital required based on this by building up our net cash as well as considering financing activities such as loans.”
Dave FinocchioFormer Condé Nast exec Howard Mittman was tapped as the next CEO of Bleacher Report, succeeding Dave Finocchio, who will step down this summer, three years after re-joining the company he co-founded in 2005.During the transition, Mittman will continue to report to Finocchio until he departs the company in June. At that point, Mittman will report to COO of Turner Sports Matt Hong, who has overseen Bleacher Report and the company’s other properties for the past six years.Finocchio has been with B/R for over 13 years and helped to build the brand to become a top digital destination for millennial and Gen Z sports fans. “It was Dave Finocchio’s passion for identifying unmet needs of sports fans, and then delivering them the most relevant content to meet those interests, that originally drew me to Bleacher Report,” said Mittman in a statement.Howard MittmanMittman joined the company in August 2017 and has been serving as both the chief revenue officer and chief marketing officer. Under his leadership, several new events and content franchises launched, including B/R x NBA All-Star, The Jump Off x Summer League and B/R Kicks Presents: The Drop Up. Prior to joining B/R, Mittman was the chief business officer of Condé Nast’s men’s group, which includes GQ, Wired, Pitchfork and Golf Digest. Preceding his 12 years at Condé, he was the acting publisher for Popular Science and also held positions at New York magazine. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move…Carol CampbellMeredith Corp. recruited Carol Campbell, executive director of sales development at Hearst, to the newly created position of vice president of shopper marketing, effective immediately. In this role, she is responsible for working across the company’s business units to leverage and accelerate shopper marketing capabilities for its portfolio of magazine brands. Based in New York, Campbell will report to Meredith Magazines President Doug Olson.Campbell previously spent seven years at Hearst, most recently serving as its executive director of sales development. Before that, she was the CRO of PGOA Media, which published the now-defunct Hallmark magazine.Howard Burns was tapped as Marijuana Business Daily’s new editor-in-chief, a newly created position for the company. In this role, Burns will oversee the company’s entire editorial operation, including Marijuana Business Magazine, MJBizDaily.com and the company’s factbooks and industry reports. He will report to VP and founding editor Chris Walsh.Howard BurnsNot a stranger to B2B journalism, Burns has spent over three decades working in the space, most recently serving as the EIC of NJBiz. Previously, he spent 18 years at The Hollywood Reporter where he served as editor for five years and editorial director for one.The New York Times Magazine named Blake Wilson as its new digital director in an effort to improve the magazine’s digital presence. In this role, Wilson will oversee the digital production and rollout of the magazine’s stories, as well as maintain connections with the newsroom’s digital departments. Additionally, he will work closely with the magazine’s leadership team to create a new vision for its digital platform, including ideating what the look and experience of the magazine should be online. Blake WilsonWilson has been with the Times for over a decade, most recently serving as a senior editor for the Culture section, where he led the digital operations and created the department’s digital growth strategy. Prior to that, he also helped to create the NYT Now mobile app. Before coming to the Times, Wilson had experience working in the magazine media industry, having started his career at The New York Review of Books and Slate.Medical, Marketing & Media (MM&M) appointed Steve Madden as its new editor-in-chief. In this role, Madden will be tasked with directing all content creation across the brand’s platforms, including print, digital and events and will report to the magazine’s VP and editorial director Steve Barrett. Steve MaddenMadden most recently served as a consultant and worked with Golf Magazine to oversee its redesign, acting as the key architect and driver for the rebranding efforts. He also created and operated a content marketing program for Zagster, a bike sharing company. Prior to that, he was the chief content officer of enthusiast publisher F+W Media, and also spent 11 years at Rodale, where he oversaw the creation of the digital health platform Fitbie, and was the editor-in-chief of Bicycling Magazine.Teen Vogue’s Michaela O’Shaughnessy left her role as social media manager to join Glamour as its new senior social media manager. Tasked with overseeing the strategy and visual storytelling across all of the magazine’s social channels, which sees a combined 16.5 million users, O’Shaughnessy’s hire reflects the brand’s initiative to adapt a digital-first mindset. She reports directly to director of audience and social Lindsay Sansone.Michaela O’ShaughnessyBonnier Corp. named Richard Oren as its new director of licensing sales, effective immediately. In this role, he will be tasked with working to leverage the company’s portfolio of trademarks within the brand licensing industry. Oren joins the company from Getty Images, where he was a senior sales manager, and has over a decade of experience working with brand licensing. He also previously served as the director of HBO’s licensing and retail group. Time added two contributors to its staff this week. David French, a senior writer at National Review and author of several books, will be contributing columns and essays to the magazine, and Anand Giridharadas, author and former columnist/foreign correspondent for the New York Times, is taking on the role of editor-at-large, focusing on reported features. Both had formerly contributed to past special issues of Time. Lydia Belanger, who recently departed Wired last month, was tapped by Fortune as its new production editor. At Wired, Belanger served as its digital producer, and before that, she worked at Entrepreneur magazine as a reporter and editor. The touring, live magazine show Pop-Up Magazine tapped John Woo as its new senior story producer. Woo joins the brand from the New York Times where he served as a senior staff editor of video and produced Pulitzer Prize-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary videos. Peter Nicholas is joining The Atlantic’s politics and national affairs reporting team as a White House correspondent. Most recently, Nicholas spent seven years in the same role at The Wall Street Journal, where he participated in half a dozen interviews with President Trump, and prior to that, he served as a staff writer and presidential campaigns reporter for The Los Angeles Times. He begins this role next month and will share the beat with Elaina Plott.Matt Quinn announced that he is leaving his post as tech editor at Quartz after four years with the brand to join CNN Business as its senior tech editor. He will be based in San Francisco and starts his new role next month.Politico tapped Alex Levine to run its Morning Tech newsletter, which was previously written by Cristiano Lima, who is shifting to cover Capitol Hill for Politico Pro Tech. Levine most recently worked on the New York Times’ Metro desk.Anna Hensel is leaving her role as a reporter for VentureBeat to join Digiday where she will cover retail and ecommerce. Previously, Hensel served as an assistant editor for Inc. magazine. Adweek hired Shoshana Wodinsky to report on the tech beat. She most recently served as an editorial intern for NBC News and before that, served in the same role at The Verge.Paul Kelly was tapped as the first chief revenue officer for Highsnobiety. In this new role, Kelly will be responsible for overseeing the company’s brand partnerships and advertising business in the U.S. Most recently, he worked at Whistle Sports as its CRO, where he worked with the sales, brand and business development teams to connect with agencies, marketers, partners and platforms.Former editor of both The Advocate and LGBTQNation, Dawn Ennis, is joining Outsports, an LGBTQ vertical of SB Nation, as its managing editor, a new role for the brand. In this position, Ennis will oversee editing and story development for the website’s content, and will also contribute content herself. Before joining the staff full-time, Ennis contributed as a freelancer to Outsports, in addition to Out Magazine and Into, among others. The Washington Examiner announced the addition of seven new writers to its newsroom over the course of the next several weeks:Cassidy Morrison, Jerry Dunleavy and Danny Jativa started as reporters on Tuesday. Morrison, who formerly served as a digital editorial intern for V Magazine, is now reporting for the Examiner‘s healthcare policy team. Dunleavy, most recently an administrative assistant for Judicial Watch, will cover the Justice Department and investigations. And former Fox News associate and Legislative aide, Jativa, is now a part of the breaking news team. Next week, Joe Simonson, Emily Ward and Zachary Halaschak will also start as reporters. Simonson, formerly with Heat Street and the New York Post, will cover the Democratic Party. Ward, who previously was with the Conservative News Service, is joining the White House reporting team. And Halaschak, who is a former government and general assignment reporter for the Ketchikan Daily News, is also joining the breaking news team. Finally, Larry O’Connor will start writing a weekly column at the beginning of March. Host of the WMAL/KABC talk show “The Larry O’Connor Show,” and a former columnist and associate editor for the Washington Times, O’Connor will also be tasked with helping to develop a new podcast for the Examiner.
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) vowed to fight the Army’s planned restructuring after learning from Army Secretary John McHugh on Wednesday that two Georgia posts would lose a total of 4,350 soldiers.“I am demanding answers from the Department of Defense on how they are justifying these troop cuts in Georgia,” Isakson said of the Army’s plans to eliminate, on a net basis, 950 soldiers from Fort Stewart and 3,400 troops from Fort Benning.“I have talked in great detail with Secretary McHugh today and will continue to fight to see to it that we preserve every soldier in Georgia that we can,” according to his press release.Isakson also threatened to stop a nominee to a senior DOD position from gaining a confirmation vote in the Senate.“I have also taken steps to block a Senate vote on the president’s nomination of a new congressional liaison for the Department of Defense in light of the department’s failure to give Congress a heads up before these cuts were made public,” he stated.Isakson’s comments came one day ahead of the Army’s public announcement of which installations would be affected by its plan to shrink the Army by 40,000 soldiers by fiscal 2017 to comply with stringent spending caps. The service also is expected to announce 17,000 civilian layoffs.The chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services committees also decried the pending cuts that would reduce the service’s active-duty end strength from 490,000 to 450,000.Senate Armed Services Committee Chair John McCain (R-Ariz.) called the Army’s plan a “dangerous consequence of budget-driven strategy,” reported Defense News.“Any conceivable strategic rationale for this cut to Army end-strength has been overturned by the events of the last few years from the rise of ISIL, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Ebola crisis, and more,” McCain said.McCain called for a bipartisan budget deal to lift the spending caps, which would force Army officials to cut end strength to 420,000 and increase “the risk that in a crisis, we will have too few soldiers who could enter a fight without proper training or equipment.” Dan Cohen AUTHOR
A new book of case studies of base redevelopment chronicles the intricate and lengthy challenges community leaders and other government officials, planners and developers faced in converting more than a dozen urban and rural military installations across the globe to new uses.Sustainable Regeneration of Former Military Sites includes chapters on well-known closures during the BRAC era — Naval Air Station (NAS) Brunswick, Maine, and the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard — along with several older ones — the Brooklyn Navy Yard and the Frankford Arsenal, Pa. Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, wrote the chapter on the effort to turn NAS Brunswick into a high-tech business campus and general aviation airport.The book’s other case studies cover military sites in the United Kingdom, Croatia, the Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, China and Taiwan.Attendees at the Defense Communities 2016 National Summit will have the opportunity to hear Christopher Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, discuss some of the examples from the book. Preble, who wrote the two Philadelphia cases and co-wrote the chapter on the Brooklyn Navy Yard, will appear at the summit on the morning of June 21.His session, though, is intended to provide a global perspective on the topic.“The experiences are as varied as the sites themselves, but common challenges include environmental cleanup, jurisdictional disputes (i.e. who controls the process, and who benefits), and local resistance to change,” Preble wrote in a blog post.“Eventually, these former military facilities do find other uses that provide clear benefits for their surrounding communities. And some recover quite quickly,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Every legislative session, different interest groups will hire lobbyists to influence legislation that affects them. But what happens if you’re already on the wrong side of the law? APRN’s Alexandra Gutierrez reports that a sex worker group is raising money to send one of their own to Juneau.Smart watches, movies, even potato salad — all these things have found success with crowdfunding. Now Terra Burns wants to see if Internet users will pay for her to travel to Juneau and advocate on behalf of sex workers.“It’s really been really hard for people in Alaska’s sex industry to have any voice at all because of stigma and criminalization,” says Burns.Burns is 33 years old. She’s a graduate student who studies the sex industry, and she’s worked in it in the past. She’s also affiliated with a sex worker group called Community United for Safety and Protection, which opposes human trafficking laws that were put on the books in 2012.The laws upped the penalties for coercing people into the sex industry, and they changed the statutes so victims would not be referred to as prostitutes. But Burns thinks they have not worked as promised — of the sex trafficking cases that have been opened since the the laws were put on the books, she says half were prostitutes themselves.“Most of the people that they have been charging have been women who have been working together in the industry,” says Burns.Burns thinks the law should be amended so those who work in the sex industry of their own volition are not treated as traffickers and are not entrapped by police officers.Burns launched a “Tilt” crowdfunding campaign three weeks ago. It’s like Kickstarter, but for causes. The goal is to raise $1,500 to pay for Burns to live out of a camper in Juneau for a month. So far, the crowdfunding campaign is only at the halfway mark, with just $800 raised.Burns says there weren’t too many other funding options. She notes sex workers can’t act like a union, where they collect dues to pay for lobbying on issues that affect them.“I would love to be able to have that discussion, but it would be considered under the law sex trafficking in Alaska,” says Burns.And she’s volunteering, because the group can’t afford a professional lobbyist.“We don’t have that kind of money,” says Burns.The Alaska Public Offices Commission does not have much experience with advocates supported by crowdfunding, but they think Burns will have to register with them as a representational lobbyist, since only her expenses are being covered.Even if the campaign stalls and those expenses are not fully covered, Burns has decided to come to the capital. So far, only one bill dealing with sex trafficking has been introduced, and it would allow victims of sex trafficking to use that as a defense if they are charged with prostitution crimes. Burns is opposing it because she thinks it splits members of the sex industry into victims and traffickers while leaving voluntary participants in a difficult position. But bill sponsor Berta Gardner, an Anchorage Democrat and the Senate’s Minority Leader, does not see the conflict.“My bill does not affect sex workers — it affects victims of sex trafficking,” says Gardner. “It doesn’t touch sex workers who are voluntary sex workers in any way, shape, or form.”Gardner introduced the bill last year, and it passed the Senate unanimously before stalling in the House. Because the bill has not been controversial, Gardner is not sure that Burns’ lobbying effort will be productive.“She’s well intentioned, and might very well be right about some of the things she’s saying,” says Gardner. “But we deal with the reality here of what it takes to pass legislation, and you can have a great big earth-shaking, proposal, or you can bite off one little piece that won’t draw opposition from any quarter, and try to get that through.”Gardner says she does sympathize with the difficulty that people affected by sex trafficking legislation have in being heard by the Legislature.“We got calls from people, but by and large they were too frightened to speak on the record,” says Gardner.Burns plans to testify on the bill, should it get a hearing.