Sex, conditions safer (yeah right!) but prostitute stigma remains

first_imgDominion Post 21 January 2012It has been nearly nine years since New Zealand decriminalised prostitution under the Prostitution Reform Act 2003. Sex workers say the stigma has eased, but still remains. Safe sex is freely promoted, they have a mandate to stand up to inappropriate behaviour from clients and employers, and whereas in the past they might have felt intimidated and threatened by police, they now work with them. “New Zealand sex workers have the best set of laws. We’ve seen situations where sex workers have taken on brothel operators for sexual harassment and won,” Ms Healy says. “You just couldn’t have imagined that before.” The legislation is a model for other countries to follow, she says.….But while the law change has resulted in some positive changes, it has also had its downsides. “Prior to the reform, police could just go in to the brothels at any time. Now we can only go in if we’ve obtained a search warrant.” There are still some bad practices, and sex trafficking does occur. “I think it’s naive to think there isn’t or hasn’t been women trafficked through New Zealand,” he says. Without access to brothels, there is no way of knowing which ones are involved, and victims are usually brainwashed and too traumatised to seek help. Mr Beard would like to see mandatory signs for all brothels warning of trafficking and how to seek help, in multiple languages.While the Government has decriminalised prostitution, it does not morally endorse it in law. A bill tabled by the Manukau City Council before the formation of the Auckland Council also threatens the industry, and is against the spirit of the act, Ms Healy says. The new council has picked up the bill, which proposes to restrict prostitutes from working in certain areas within the city. It is at the parliamentary select committee stage, with a report on it due next month. Sex workers say it would contradict the positive effects the reform has had on the industry. They say there is still work to do to reduce the stigma, and that would be hindered if the bill was passed. read more

No charges filed against woman aiding Conservation Officer

first_imgOHIO COUNTY, Ind. — No charges are being filed against the woman who fatally shot the man who was attacking an Indiana Conservation Officer in Ohio County on February 20.The incident started when a resident called 911 to report a male in a pickup truck that was parked in part of the caller’s driveway and in a lane on the highway.Conservation officer Chris Powell responded to the call and realized Justin Holland, 25, may have been impaired and tried to put him in handcuffs.Holland resisted and pinned Officer Powell to the ground.A female neighbor fearing for Officer Powell’s life and came to his aide and shot Holland in the upper shoulder.He later died at the Dearborn County Hospital.The prosecutor’s office and investigators are not releasing the female’s name.last_img

Krone stays perfect at Elmwood Park

first_imgBy Mike HughesNORTON, Kan. (Aug. 30)—Elmwood Park Speedway returned to action on Sunday evening, with two drivers making return appearances in victory lane.Jake Krone won his third consecutive Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.  Krone led all 10 laps on the way to the win. Kolton Vogel was second and Dan Lauer third.David Murray Jr. won his second Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature of the season at the half-mile oval. Murray chased Jesse Richter most of the race, then finally made the winning pass on lap 12 of the 15-lap feature.Mike Petersilie finished second and Richter was third.Jacob Olmstead passed Travis Coop at the halfway mark of the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock fea­ture en route to the victory.  Coop held on for the runner-up spot, trailed by Luke Wasson.Tanner Portenier led the first four laps of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature before Jay Hachmeis­ter took a lead he would not relinquish. Hackmeister powered away for the win, followed by Geoff Jermark and Eric Kinderknecht.last_img read more

All projects are in at the Franklin County Fair

first_imgBrookville, IN—According to Franklin County Purdue Extension Educator Angie Riffle, all projects have been submitted at the Franklin County 4-H and judges will have this week to judge the building projects. The results should be available on Monday, July 20. Livestock entries were due Sunday.  They will be sorting the pictures by the classes and then they will be judged this week as well. The Franklin County 4-H will be having an online livestock auction for 2020. It will run July 23-27. This can all be found by clicking here.last_img

Newcastle love made Pavel Srnicek feel like ‘the wealthiest man in the world’

first_imgPavel Srnicek never managed to get his hands on major silverware in a Newcastle shirt, but for a generation of the club’s supporters he will always be remembered as fondly as if he had earned a full set of medals. Following a brief spell back at Banik, Srnicek returned to England with Sheffield Wednesday and later played for Brescia and Cosenza in Italy before short back-up roles at Portsmouth and West Ham. He effectively brought down the curtain on his career with Portuguese outfit Beira Mar. But there was to be an emotional, if fleeting, swansong on Tyneside when, amid a goalkeeping crisis, the Magpies once again turned to a cult hero in October 2006. Srnicek was playing in the Italian fourth division at the time and contemplating the end of his career when he received a phone call from Harper asking him if he wanted to come back to Newcastle. The Czech thought his friend was joking but the invitation was genuine and, after then manager Glenn Roeder had run the rule over him, he was given a contract. “I would have played for nothing,” he said. He replaced the injured Given to rapturous applause from the St James’ Park faithful in a 3-1 victory over Tottenham before pulling on the shirt for the final time in a 2-1 Boxing Day defeat at Bolton. The reception he received against Spurs was the most emotional moment of his Newcastle career. “I wouldn’t swap a World Cup, Champions League or Premier League winner’s medal for that reception,” Srnicek explained in his book. “The cocktail of euphoria, adrenaline and fear was coursing through every vein of my anatomy as I ran towards the Gallowgate End. “I tried to compose myself but I was struggling. Then I ran up to take the goal kick… and made a right a**e of it. The ball bobbled about 50 yards along the ground.” Srnicek maintained links with Newcastle, combining his most recent role as goalkeeping coach at Sparta Prague with writing a regular column for the city’s Sunday Sun newspaper, and admitted recently that he dreamt of returning to the club one day. That dream never did materialise, but he was – and always will be – an honorary Geordie in the eyes of those who took him to their hearts. The son of a woodcutter and middle child of five, Srnicek leaves behind a daughter, Vendy, and son, Maxim. The 47-year-old lost his fight for life on Tuesday, nine days after suffering a cardiac arrest while out running, and his death will be mourned not only in his home city of Ostrava, but in England, Italy and Portugal, where a likeable personality won him lasting affection. His passing will be felt acutely on Tyneside. Press Association The 49-cap Czech Republic international returned to Newcastle earlier this month to promote his forthcoming autobiography, titled ‘Pavel is a Geordie’, and was greeted as warmly as during the days when he was an integral member of Kevin Keegan’s ‘Entertainers’. In the book, Srnicek recalled the excitement of those days and his affection for Newcastle. He wrote: “Football hasn’t made me a rich man in monetary terms but the memories of my time at St James’ Park have made me the wealthiest man in the world.” There were downs as well as ups for the fiery character, and Srnicek also described a moment he tried to hit then manager Kenny Dalglish after being left out of the squad for the FA Cup semi-final against Sheffield United in 1998. Srnicek’s love affair with the Magpies began when, after a successful trial, the former soldier joined the club in a £350,000 move from Banik Ostrava in February 1991. His early months in the north-east proved testing. He spoke little English on arrival and endured a baptism of fire under then manager Jim Smith, with Newcastle attempting to fight their way out of the old Second Division. Smith’s departure soon afterwards saw Srnicek lose his place as successor Ossie Ardiles rang the changes, and it was Keegan who handed him the chance to finally make his mark when he ousted Tommy Wright and played his part in promotion back to the top flight at the end of the 1992-93 season. However life, on the pitch at least, was rarely straightforward and Mike Hooper and later Shaka Hislop were drafted in to compete with Srnicek. The capture of Shay Given and subsequent emergence of Steve Harper limited his chances further and led to his departure after 190 appearances in July 1998. last_img read more

GSA fall sports meeting to be held Sunday

first_imgBLUE HILL — George Stevens Academy will hold its preseason fall sports meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 in the school’s gymnasium.The meeting will be divided into sessions at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The 6 p.m. session will go over general guidelines for students of all sports, and the 6:30 session will detail sport-specific information for soccer, cross-country, golf and volleyball.Parents or students with schedules that conflict with this time and date should contact Athletic Director Larry Gray via phone at 852-4493 or via email at to arrange a time for a separate meeting.In addition to attending the meeting, parents must provide proof of insurance and fill out emergency, concussion management and parental consent forms online. Proof of a physical exam must be sent to submitted to the athletic director.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Jean-Baptiste’s extra time brace moves Haiti to next Gold Cup stage

first_imgCOUVA, Trinidad & Tobago (CMC) – An extra-time brace from Andrew Jean-Baptiste saw Haiti continue on the road to a place in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, following a 4-3 victory over Trinidad & Tobago on Sunday.Following a 2-2 draw at the end of regulation time, Jean-Baptiste’s double strike in the last 10 minutes of extra time gave the Haitians all the points in the Caribbean Cup contest at the Ato Boldon Stadium in this central Trinidad town.Under tournament regulations, every match must have a winner, even if a penalty shoot-out is required – and Jean-Baptiste ensured the visitors withstood the T&T assault which was led by Shahdon Winchester’s hat-trick, including an extra-time strike, and progressed to the next stage.The result meant that Haiti now face a two-game series against the fifth-place side in the Central American Cup, which opens Friday in Panama City, for a place in the Gold Cup.A scoreless second half of regulation time and first period of extra time led the two teams into a nervous second period of extra time – and gave the Soca Warriors their final chance to gain a two-goal margin of victory required for progress.T&T were rocked after six minutes, when Jean-Baptiste connected with Charles Herold’s left-side corner kick and headed past T&T goalkeeper Hughton Hector to give Haiti a 3-2 lead.With local fans filing out of the stadium in numbers, Winchester completed his hat-trick to bring T&T level two minutes later, when he swept Radanfah Abu Bakr’s flicked header off a long ball into the back of the net.Jean-Baptiste settled the matter with three minutes remaining however, when his header at the right post – courtesy of Herold’s left-sided free kick – flew past Hector.Earlier, a spirited first-half saw the two teams on level terms at 2-2 following a double from Winchester, and strikes from Derrick Etienne and Kervens Belfort for Haiti.Winchester gave T&T the lead in the first minute, when he netted from the top of the six-yard box off a Nathan Lewis feed.With the Soca Warriors still trying to reorganise and get a replacement on the field for their injured captain Carlos Edwards, Haiti equalised in the 20th minute, when Etienne curled a right-footed effort into the far-side netting from the left side of the penalty area, following a quickly taken free-kick from Belfort.Winchester regained the lead for the home team five minutes later, when he slotted into a gaping net with his right foot from 12-yards out, after referee Ricangel De Leca of Cuba whistled Haiti goalkeeper Guerry Romondt for time-wasting and Aikim Andrews put the ball down and slid a pass across the area without hesitation.But Belfort levelled for the Haitians in the 39th minute, heading Herold’s left-sided corner kick past Hector from three yards out.Another 72 minutes of attrition followed before the Haitians earned their a playoff victory over T&T for the second consecutive year on January 8, following a 1-0 win in a single-game playoff for a berth in the Copa America Centenario.last_img read more

Grimes boys, girls basketball earns high-profile wins

first_imgThen Grimes faced Mekeel Christian Academy, from near Albany, on Friday night, and took its first defeat of the season, falling 84-81 to the Lions in overtime.What made this particularly frustrating was that the Cobras dominated the first half, steadily gaining a 45-27 advantage, before Mekeel made up some ground and then, in the fourth quarter, outscored Grimes 26-14.That tied it 73-73 and forced OT, where Grimes was bested despite 19 points from Burnett, 15 points from Jack Gutchess and 14 points from Denton. Mugushu earned nine points and Sylvester Seton got seven points.As this went on, the Bishop Grimes girls, after dropping a close decision in its Dec. 7 opener at Indian River, turned it around last Monday, this time making a late comeback of its own as it went to Westhill and beat the Warriors 50-43.Trailing 17-10 after one period, the Cobras made up most of that deficit over the game’s middle stages, then went out in front for good in the fourth quarter, ultimately outscoring Westhill 15-7 in those last eight minutes.Lora Marial set a career mark with 20 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Help came from Rhonee Shea Pal, who had nine points, and Jenna Sloan and Alicia Kelly, with six points apiece.Just as important was the way Grimes’ defense contained Westhill outside of Jenna Larrabee, who managed 18 points, though no one else had more than the six points put up by Catherine Dadey.Each of the Grimes teams would take on Cazenovia Monday night and then face Syracuse Academy of Science on Friday.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Early last week, each of the varsity basketball teams at Bishop Grimes picked up high-profile victories that boosted confidence and provided momentum for the rest of the month of December.Fresh off a thrilling overtime win over Schenectady in the Dec. 7 Peppino’s Invitational at SRC Arena, the boys Cobras returned home last Monday and prevailed again, toppling Baldwinsville 62-55.Like every other opponent facing the Bees, the challenge was containing sophomore sensation J.J. Starling, and Grimes did a reasonable job, limiting him to a season-low 23 points. Strong all-around defense keyed the Cobras as it built a 27-23 halftime edge. Then it broke out in the third period, outscoring B’ville 21-15, which allowed it to withstand a late comeback attempt.Ian Denton managed to outscore Starling as he finished with 24 points, half of it from four 3-pointers. Byam Mugushu had nine points, while A.J. Burnett, whose last-second basket in OT beat Schenectady, had six points.At Solvay on Wednesday, the Cobras did not have a letdown, winning 76-68 in a game where it tore out to a 27-10 lead by the end of the first quarter. The Bearcats made up some ground in the middle stages, but could not catch up.center_img Tags: basketballBishop Grimeslast_img read more

President and vice president discuss progress

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan After almost a full semester in office, USG President Christian Kurth and Vice President Ryan Park feel as though they’ve accomplished a lot, but said there’s still a lot of work to be done.Reflecting on the fall semester and their campaign platform, Kurth and Park said that one of USG’s biggest successes of 2013 has been the creation of the farmers market held every Wednesday in McCarthy Quad.“Bringing a farmers market to campus was one of the bigger platform points we had,” Kurth said. “We were able to hammer out the details over summer break, so the first week of school we had it here ready to go. … That was really big for us momentum-wise.”Many students were also excited by the development of the farmer’s market this year.“It’s definitely more efficient and, in terms of USC’s image, [the farmer’s market] is a nice way to incorporate the community around USC on campus, especially considering the recent fences and security measures that have been put in place,” said Jackson Burgess, a junior majoring in creative writing and narrative studies.Besides the farmers market, construction crews have also started repaving sidewalks on 28th Street, otherwise known as The Row. Kurth was excited that these projects are finally happening.“These are big-capital projects that have been a couple of years in the making,” Kurth said. “For us to put the pieces together and get them done in the past few months is something we’re really proud of.”In addition to larger developments, Kurth and Park have presided over smaller-scale improvements within USG itself. Park has worked to rebrand half of USG as the “executive cabinet,” which he believes gives the organization a renewed sense of identity and purpose.“We want to make sure that everyone’s happy and getting their work done,” Park said. “That’s a lot of the job, managing day-to-day stuff.”Other campaign promises, however, have been more challenging to deliver. Talks about extending hours at university libraries are ongoing. USC Guidebook, the “ultimate USC smartphone app” that Kurth and Park mentioned in their campaign platform, is still awaiting approval from Student Affairs.“We can only do so much,” Kurth said. “We lay a lot of groundwork, but at the end of the day it’s the administration that gives us the [go ahead] on a lot of these things.”Kurth cited former Vice President of Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson’s decision to step down, as well as the departure of Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Denzil Suite as the cause behind major communication challenges with the administration.“These guys were the first point of contact for us in student government,” Kurth said. “It’s an interesting thing to deal with. We have all these new personnel, and we have to explain how things work and build relationships quickly so we can still be effective.”As USG initiates dialogue with new administrators, Kurth and Park are looking forward. The two have long-term goals to improve USC recreation facilities and build a new library on campus, but they acknowledged these improvements will take time.“I’d love to tear down the Lyon Center and build a [new recreation facility] in one term, but it’s not realistic,” Kurth said.“It’s about picking and choosing your battles,” Park added.Considering the difficulties of this transitional period, the USG leaders said they are proud of their work, and the work of all USG officials.“It’s been great building a team [at USG],” Park said. “One of the most satisfying things is to see the people we’ve entrusted with responsibility, people our age and younger, getting involved. It’s awesome when they go out and do their job, and then do even more.Students, however, had mixed opinions on Kurth and Park’s performance.“I don’t think I’ve seen any substantial changes in the way the student body has been governed, to be quite honest,” said Michelle Khazaryan, a senior majoring in creative writing and international relations. “It’s been a trend throughout my time at USC.”last_img read more

O’Neill wants to see pieces come together

first_imgAt his first press conference since being introduced over the summer, USC men’s basketball coach Kevin O’Neill discussed the challenges ahead.Sitting between senior guard Dwight Lewis and junior guard Marcus Simmons, O’Neill was optimistic yet practical, noting that while the road ahead may be long, all hope is not lost.Real talk · Men’s basketball coach Kevin O’Neill says his team will be thin at point guard and opponents will be gunning for Dwight Lewis. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily Trojan“I’m not sitting around lamenting the status of our players, but it’s a matter of how soon we can get together as a group,” O’Neill said.O’Neill admitted he can’t fully assess his squad until Friday, the first day of practice. The workouts, which will be open to the public, will be the first time O’Neill will be able to conduct practices with the entire team. But he had no question that the team had been working hard in the offseason.“I’m pleased with our work ethic as a group,” O’Neill said. “I like how our guys have approached work in general.”Simmons especially made a concerted effort to work on his jumpshot this offseason, shooting up to 1,000 shots a day to the point where he hurt himself.“Just one day my wrist started aching really bad, it was swelling up on me,” Simmons said, adding, “It’s fine.”O’Neill said he would know a lot more about the Trojans’ dynamic after 10 hours of practice time in the gym this weekend, but he highlighted some early concerns.“Obviously we have unproven point [guard] play,” O’Neill said. “Donte [Smith] didn’t play much last year and we’re going to depend heavily on him.”O’Neill noted that redshirt senior guard Mike Gerrity will also factor into the point guard position, but not until the second semester when he is cleared academically.When asked who else could help out Smith until Gerrity returned, O’Neill pointed to the two guys sitting next to him, Lewis and Simmons. Both will play more minutes than they ever have before, O’Neill said, and Lewis especially will have to prepare for other teams to be gunning for him.“Dwight doesn’t know this yet, but people are sitting around the league saying, ‘OK, if we’re going to play USC, we’ve got to stop Dwight Lewis first,’” O’Neill said. “And I’m not sure that was always the case last year.”Lewis did not shy away from the responsibility at all, however.“I think I handled it quite well. [O’Neill] expected me to be a leader during this offseason, and I think I’ve done a pretty good job,” Lewis said. “All the added pressure — I really don’t see it right now.”Lewis also responded to the low expectations many are placing on the Trojans this season.“With this team we have now, we really don’t care what other people think,” Lewis said. “We all believe in each other, we believe in ourselves, we believe in our coaching staff.”last_img read more