South Korean feminist party plans school to train ‘winning’ candidates

first_img“We want to plan for our winning strategies,” Kim Eun-ju, a veteran women’s rights activist and one of the party’s founders, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Friday.”We hope this school will provide training to our candidates on how politics work. Although our members are passionate in feminism issues, they lack political skills,” she added.The school in Seoul, which is due to be launched by July, will recruit former local government heads to train candidates.Areas of study will include how to organize political campaigns and women’s rights issues. South Korea’s first feminist party is set to launch a political school to train aspiring female candidates, as it vowed to fight on after failing to win a seat in national elections.The Women’s Party was unsuccessful in its attempts to win four parliamentary seats in the April 15 poll, despite a growing feminism movement in the socially conservative nation.Although disappointed by the result, the party has now begun preparations for local municipal and provincial elections due in 2022 by setting up a political school. Topics :center_img President Moon Jae-in’s ruling party won a landslide victory in last week’s poll, which saw 57 women lawmakers elected into the 300-seat parliament, its highest ever female representation.Launched on the International Women’s Day in March, the Women’s Party with more than 10,000 members campaigned on a platform to end widespread voyeurism against women and push for equal pay.The voyeurism or “spycam porn” epidemic, where victims are filmed urinating or having sex, sparked mass street protests in 2018 and led to a growing feminism movement that has since gathered pace in other areas.South Korea’s gender wage gap meanwhile is the worst among developed nations, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.Female voters like Ahn Yun-hui, a 32-year-old designer in Seoul, said although she wanted greater gender equality, she was skeptical about the fledgling party’s experience.”I wasn’t convinced on what this party could actually do on issues such as women’s safety,” she said.The country’s electoral system traditionally favors major parties, according to political analysts. Women’s rights groups have called for changes to increase female political participation.”The April 15 poll was the first election after Korea’s #MeToo movement, but female candidates were exposed to hate speeches, violence, and discriminations,” said the United Korea Women’s Association, an advocacy group.South Korea was ranked 108 out of 153 countries on the World Economic Forum’s 2020 Global Gender Gap Index.Park Geun-hye was South Korea’s first female president who served from 2013 until 2017, when she was ousted over a corruption scandal. last_img read more

Arsene Wenger rates Mikel Arteta’s start to his Arsenal managerial career

first_imgArsene Wenger rates Mikel Arteta’s start to his Arsenal managerial career Comment Arsenal v Sheffield United: Mikel Arteta press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 15:17FullscreenArsenal v Sheffield United: Mikel Arteta press conference 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.But the 38-year-old, who spent five years as a player under Wenger before hanging up his boots to go and work as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City, has worked wonders to restore Arsenal’s identity as well as creating a sense of positivity and momentum that convinced captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign a new contract last month. Arteta has already added the FA Cup and the Community Shield to Arsenal’s trophy cabinet and Wenger has been impressed by the start his former charge has made to life in the dugout he occupied for so long, but hopes to see an improvement in the club’s Premier League form after they finished in a lowly eighth position last season. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘[Arteta]got the grip back on the team. They finished well, though they had a bad Premier League. Fifty-six points!’ Wenger noted in an interview with The Times.Arteta has clearly learned much from his time as Guardiola’s assistant as the pair combined to help City dominate the Premier League for two seasons, before he returned to north London. Guardiola was once mentioned as a possible replacement for Wenger at the Emirates before he opted to join Bayern Munich. It wasn’t the only near miss for the former Bracelona boss and Arsenal, with Wenger revealing Guardiola once visited him at his house asking if he could sign for the club as a player. ‘When Guardiola was still a player, he came to my home to ask to play for Arsenal,” Wenger said. ‘At the time I had [Patrick] Vieira. I had Gilberto Silva. I couldn’t take him.’MORE: Chelsea could look at Arsenal target Thomas Partey as potential Declan Rice alternativeMORE: Zinedine Zidane holds talks with Houssem Aouar as Real Madrid register interest in Arsenal targetFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsene Wenger coaches Mikel Arteta for five years at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger has been impressed at the way in which Mikel Arteta has stamped his authority on an Arsenal side which looked rudderless before his appointment last December. Arteta’s predecessor Unai Emery attempted to explain his downfall by claiming he inherited a club that had been on a ‘downward slope’ for two years prior to his appointment, an assertion Wenger took an extremely dim view of when questioned about the current Villarreal head coach’s assessment.‘In 2017 we made 75 points and won the FA Cup so you cannot say that [Arsenal were in decline] and the year before [2016] we finished second in the league,’ Wenger said at the Laureus World Sports Awards earlier this year.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Arsenal is a club that is in a very strong position financially. It has good players, after that when you are a manager you have to stand up for what you do and your result and not look around you.’ADVERTISEMENTUndeniably, however, Arteta took over a club in crisis. The Gunners were languishing below mid-table when he arrived and the squad was fractured, unbalanced and lacking in quality. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 3 Oct 2020 7:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

CoreLogic data show Brisbane property is fairing better than markets in Melbourne and Sydney

first_imgBrisbane is defying the stagnation of the southern capitals.BRISBANE has emerged as the only major property bright spot on the horizon, with experts predicting a pricing boost for the River City over the next year.Latest data from property analytics group CoreLogic shows home prices in Australia’s two largest housing markets of Sydney and Melbourne are falling, with more falls expected later in the year.So far this year, home values in Sydney are down 1.9 per cent, and down 0.5 per cent in Melbourne, the data shows.But in Brisbane prices dropped just 0.1 per cent over the same period and rose 1.1 per cent in past 12 months.AMP Capital chief economist Shane Oliver said Sydney and Melbourne had been a drag on the national housing market this year, weighed down by tightening of lending standards and more realistic price expectations by home buyers.He predicts that Sydney and Melbourne property prices will fall another five per cent or so this year with further falls likely next year.“By contrast home prices in Perth and Darwin are either at or close to the bottom, price growth is likely to be moderate in Adelaide and Canberra, but it may pick up a bit in Brisbane thanks to stronger population growth and the boom in Hobart has a way to go yet,” he said.“Consistent with the fall in Sydney and Melbourne property prices, auction clearance rates and home sales have also fallen.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoSydney’s auction clearance rate was 67.1 per cent with 775 homes going under the hammer during the week to April 8, CoreLogic says.This is markedly lower than the same period a year ago where 1,436 homes were up for auction and 77.7 per cent sold.As for Melbourne, 69.6 per cent of the 720 homes auctioned last week were sold compared with 79.3 per cent of 1,488 auctions in the same period a year ago.Dr Oliver said the surge in the number of apartments, notably in Sydney, is largely behind the fall in home values and are raising concerns about an oversupply.He said this has also spurred calls and stories of a pending housing market crash, which in technical terms means a 20 per cent fall in the national average home value.“But a crash remains unlikely,” Dr Oliver predicts.He said supply has not kept up with population growth and housing demand over the last decade and it was dangerous to generalise, because while Sydney and Melbourne property prices have surged in recent years, they have fallen in Perth and Darwin and have been steady in other capital cities.last_img read more

Dominicans to benefit from advocacy training

first_imgLocalNews Dominicans to benefit from advocacy training by: – December 15, 2011 17 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Some of Dominica’s youth at a graduation ceremony for the Youth Division’s Skills Training Programme.ROSEAU, Dominica — About 25 members of Dominica’s Youth and Community Advocacy Network (YouCAN), will benefit from a two-day early childhood development advocacy training workshop being conducted in the island on December 13 and 14. The training is being facilitated by Dr Bridgette Barrett-Williams, seasoned capacity building consultant with years of experience conducting training and capacity building exercises. The YouCAN is an initiative of the Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI), which is in transition to the Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC), and is a network of advocates who seek to garner support for early childhood development matters at the grassroots level. Advocates educate their peers and community members about the benefits of early stimulation of children birth to five and try to mobilise other young people to join the group and lend their voice to the call for improved early childhood services and increased access to these services. The YouCAN in Dominica is made up parents and rovers in the Roving Caregivers Programme (RCP), community advocacy groups and students from various schools.At the core of the training conducted at the workshop is the launch of the Early Childhood Advocacy Toolkit, a detailed and comprehensive manual which explores various advocacy methodologies tools and techniques that advocates can employ in order to get the voices heard. The toolkit is produced and published by the CCSI/FDCC with the support of the Basic Needs Trust Fund Programme, Caribbean Development Bank. The workshop was planned with the aim of building further capacity among YouCAN members and it is hoped that during the session participants will review their existing advocacy plans, modify and create new strategies and draft new advocacy action plans for the next six months.The Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI) through its successor, the Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC), is seeking to provide additional capacity building to the Regional Youth and Community Advocacy Network (YouCAN). This is in keeping with its Advocacy and Communication for Development Strategy 2012-2015. This Advocacy and Communication for Development strategy will enable the FDCC to heighten the awareness and enhance the understanding about the critical importance of good quality early childhood development experiences (creating more social demand among parents/communities). It will also encourage social innovation and entrepreneurship in the provision of quality support services for young disadvantage children and their families.Participants will include roving caregivers, youth leaders, college students, teachers, community activists, parents, early childhood practitioners, journalists and others. Over the two –day period, participants will benefit from presentations, group activities and discussions as well as pre and post tests to effectively evaluate the benefit of the exercise.Caribbean News Now Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Barry-Murphy rings the changes

first_imgCork hurling manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy has made four changes to his side for Sunday’s crucial NHL clash with Kilkenny. Press Association Stephen White comes into the defence for the injured William Egan, while Daniel Kearney will play at midfield. Cian McCarthy replaces the injured Seamus Harnedy in attack, with Stephen Moylan also drafted into the front line. last_img

Osman extends Everton deal

first_img Press Association Everton midfielder Leon Osman has agreed a one-year extension to his current contract, the Barclays Premier League club have announced. He made his senior Everton bow later that season and was then on loan at Derby in the following campaign. Osman has subsequently gone on to take his appearances tally for the Goodison Park outfit to almost 400 games and has scored more than 50 goals for them. He has two senior England caps, which he won in late 2012 and early 2013. center_img It means Osman, who had his testimonial in August, will now continue his career with the Toffees until at least the summer of 2016. The 33-year-old came through the Merseysiders’ academy and made his professional debut while on loan at Carlisle in 2002-03. last_img read more

75-year-old punched in the chest after asking woman to social distance

first_imgAuthorities in Daytona Beach are currently searching for a man and an older woman who reportedly attacked a 75-year-old man after the man asked the woman to maintain her distance while they were in line at a grocery store.The incident occurred at a Publix on Sunday between 3:00 pm and 3:30 pm.According to the report the victim, who just had heart surgery, was in the check out line when an older woman cut in close behind him. The victim then pointed to the marking on the floor and asked the woman to abide by them.The victim told police there was no confrontation in the store, however, when the victim was putting his items in the trunk of his car, another car drove up behind his and a younger man got out of the vehicle. The man then pushed the victim in the chest causing him to fall to the ground and hit his head. The suspect then stood over the victim and threatened to kill him before getting back in the vehicle.The victim says before the suspect drove away, he noticed the woman whom he just asked to social distance, sitting in the passenger seat of the car. Authorities are currently asking anyone who has information about this incident to contact Detective Carrazana at 386-793-5347.last_img read more

Despite trend, officials say grade inflation not an issue at USC

first_imgA recent study found that grade inflation occurs more at private colleges and universities than at their public counterparts, but officials say grade inflation is not a problem at USC.According to the study by the Teachers College Record, private colleges give out higher grade point averages to students who have the same qualifications as their peers in public colleges. The study, which looked at average GPAs at 80 colleges and universities from 1930 to 2006, found that GPAs at private and public colleges rose at similar rates in the first half of the 20th century. After the 1950s, however, students at private colleges started getting significantly higher grades. According to the study, the average GPA at private colleges is 3.3, compared to 3.0 at public colleges. USC’s average GPA is 3.18 — below the national average for private universities.Like other universities, USC’s average GPA has also increased, rising 3 percent in the past decade. But J. Lawford Anderson, director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and a professor of earth sciences, said he does not think this reflects a trend of grade inflation.“I don’t think our grades are rising at USC any more than the national average,” he said. “Grades here are monitored, so grade inflation is not a problem.”USC officials say grade inflation has not become a problem because of strict rules and regulations. For example, a number of schools allow students to drop classes late in the semester, so students who might receive bad grades instead receive no grade at all, raising the school’s average GPA. USC, meanwhile, only lets students drop classes without a mark of withdraw on their records during the first three weeks of the semester.“Students are getting better, but also we have very strict rules about when students can drop a class,” said Steven Lamy, vice dean for academic programs and professor of international relations, “In the College [of Letters, Arts & Sciences], we don’t really see any grade problems.”The office of Academic Records and Registrar looks at trends between grades given to a student in a particular class and the student’s overall GPA to ensure that classes are not grading too easy or too hard.Anderson said the reason for the rise in the average GPA might be the quality of the students. “Our incoming students are coming in with better credentials, and I expect that they should perform better,” he said.Anderson added that he has seen a significant improvement in his students’ performance since he began teaching at USC in 1975. He said he gives more A’s to students now than in previous years.“My students at USC have gotten so much better that I’ve stopped curving grades,” he said. “They are that good.”Though the Office of Academic Records and Registrar monitors grades in all disciplines, each school has a different method of assigning grades.Paula Narvaez, a freshman majoring in architecture, said that although she appreciates that some grades are curved on tests in some of her major classes, she feels curving grades can leave students with less incentive to perform well.“It’s kind of like going into class not really giving your whole effort and still getting the grade,” she said. “Honestly, it’s what you expect going to college. You have to expect to work hard.”Narvaez added that she believes classes with a quota system for the number of students who can get different grades offer a greater challenge to her.“I know for some people getting straight A’s in high school, they expect to get A’s in college. For architecture, it’s kind of a reality check,” she said. “If you don’t understand the concepts, you’re not going to make the grade.”Noel Kim, a junior majoring in biological sciences, said she believes quotas are necessary for ensuring a level of credibility in the grades professors give out.“I think professors give a strict numbers of A’s to somehow show quantitatively that these students are the brightest and were at the upper tier of the strict bell-shape curve that most science professors follow,” she said.last_img read more

Clothing swap promotes sustainability on campus

first_imgTrousdale Parkway on Valentine’s Day was bedecked with booths selling roses and candies in addition to the usual club fundraisers. One booth, upon closer inspection, did not match the usual expectations: The Preloved Fashion Association hosted the first Spring Clothes Swap in conjunction with USC Housing and My Closet Cloud.Students could walk up to the booth and get free clothes in exchange for donating some of their old ones. The idea came out of the association’s President Cherry Tung’s own experience. Tung, a senior studying accounting, noticed that she was always buying too many clothes, leading to a lack of closet space, seldom-worn clothes and overspending. This led her to notice the waste in the fashion industry, especially on a campus like USC, where trends seem to change every week, and students want to keep up with the latest trends but aren’t sure what to do with their old clothes.Tung’s observation is certainly supported by a quick scan of the Free & For Sale Facebook group. On any given day, multiple people put up old clothes to sell at a fraction of the price, but often, these individual sellers have a difficult time finding people interested because of the stigma around second-hand clothing and buying from other students. These unsold items are often then wasted, either thrown away or left to rot in the back of someone’s closet until graduation day.“Our short-term goal is to reduce waste in the community, and our long-term goal is to eliminate the stigma against second hand clothes,” Tung said.The Spring Clothes Swap itself was born out of a partnership between the association and USC Housing’s sustainability coordinator Erin Fabris as a way to reduce waste and continue working to make USC’s campus sustainable. Bins were set up at CSC offices around campus right after winter break to collect old clothes that students didn’t want anymore, which were then collected by the association in preparation for Tuesday’s Spring Clothes Swap. Kate Mahony, a sophomore majoring in communication, got a chance to browse some of the clothes. “I thought there was a good selection, a good range of pants, shirts, sweaters, dresses, a lot of variety,” Mahony said.Andrew Hurlow, a senior majoring in business administration, said he joined the project for philanthropic reasons. “[We] want to promote a sense of reusability and sustainability through the USC community and give back to the community,” Hurlow said. “A lot of people [got] clothes, and a lot of people came away [understanding] that just because it was donated by someone else doesn’t mean it’s long forgotten.”last_img read more

Syracuse basketball roundtable: Dajuan Coleman, compensating for rebounding issues and what to improve

first_imgLogan Reidsma | Staff Photographer 2) Rebounding has been a struggle for the Orange, which will likely continue against better rebounders in the conference. How can Syracuse win games without having the edge on the boards?S.B.: Syracuse doesn’t need to be a superior rebounding team to be the better team. Currently suspended head coach Jim Boeheim is willing to give up rebounds because he believes the 2-3 zone does a good job preventing made baskets and leads to turnovers. If sometimes it allows for offensive boards, so be it. Syracuse turned the ball over just five times on Sunday. The Orange needs to do that, and make its 3s, and it can give up rebounds. There’s a difference, though, between getting outrebounded by six and getting outrebounded by 16. The Orange needs to try and limit that margin.J.D.: Run, run, run and … run. The more Syracuse scores in transition, the more teams have to drop its guards (and maybe even forwards) back on defense instead of having everyone crash the offensive boards. This doesn’t mean the Orange won’t still struggle getting defensive rebounds, because its big men will have trouble rebounding against opposing centers and power forwards. But if SU can make crashing the offensive glass a liability for its opponents, it could hedge its rebounding problems and also get good scoring opportunities on the fast break.M.S.: It’s simple, be the 3-point savvy team Boeheim advertised. In its three losses, Syracuse has been outrebounded by a combined 43 boards. That’s terrible. But even worse is the combined 24.7 3-point percentage in losses. This team lives and dies by the 3 and is bound to get outmuscled on the glass against the majority of ACC teams. It’ll be up to Michael Gbinije, Trevor Cooney and Malachi Richardson — and even sprinkles of Tyler Lydon — to pull SU out of any funk its lack of presence on the glass it gets into. And those 3s have to come early in games, since Syracuse isn’t as equipped as other teams for a second-half comeback and will fare much better if Richardson and Cooney — the two streaky shooters of the bunch — catch fire early. 3) What is the most important thing SU must improve on heading into conference play?S.B.: Gosh, it really needs a seventh person to play significant minutes. It’s pretty crazy that Syracuse didn’t develop any significant seventh man throughout all of nonconference play and it leaves the Orange so vulnerable. Richardson went down against Texas Southern. We don’t know the extent of the injury yet, but even if he’s totally fine, it really puts things into perspective. Without Richardson, Syracuse doesn’t really have anyone to fill his spot. You can’t compete at a high level in the ACC with six players. So either Kaleb Joseph or Frank Howard needs to step up starting now.J.D.: Interim head coach Mike Hopkins has said it numerous times over the last few weeks, but the Orange has to stop letting the ball into the high post. It completely breaks down the 2-3 zone and forces Syracuse to choose between defending low-post scorers in the short corner or shooters on the wings. That choice isn’t so hard against mid-major teams — because they often have limited talent on the court at a given time — but deep ACC teams with good shooters and offensive-minded forwards will make SU pay regardless of how it plays the high post. The solution is to find a balance between extending the zone to shooters but keeping it tight enough to limit passes into the high post.M.S.: Rebounding is the obvious answer, but something maybe receiving less attention is Syracuse’s struggle from the foul line. The Orange ranks 12th in the ACC in free-throw percentage and SU is usually a notoriously bad foul-shooting team. The Orange is already third-to-last in the ACC in points per game and every point will be valuable in conference play, as cliché as that sounds. Coleman is SU’s best foul shooter at 82.6 percent, including every player who has double-digit attempts from the charity stripe. That’s nice, but Syracuse needs those who get to the foul line the most — Richardson, Gbinije, Cooney and Tyler Roberson — to improve their percentages, especially Roberson, who is shooting a meager 52.2 percent in 46 attempts. Comments Syracuse (10-3) wrapped up its nonconference schedule on Sunday with an 80-67 win over Texas Southern. The Orange next faces Pittsburgh on Wednesday night on the road. With better opponents coming in Atlantic Coast Conference play, beat writers Sam Blum, Jesse Dougherty and Matt Schneidman answer three questions that currently surround SU.For continued men’s basketball coverage, follow along at and on Twitter, @DOSports.1) Dajuan Coleman has progressed throughout nonconference play, especially recently, albeit against much smaller teams. Will his success continue against increased competition in the ACC?Sam Blum: It’s hard to say one way or the other. Sure, he looked pretty good offensively against the second smallest team in the country on Sunday, but how will that translate against one of the nation’s biggest teams in Miami? The Orange has slowly started to use Coleman more, and his continued and elongated presence will be necessary with SU’s six-man rotation, but it’s hard to imagine his success will continue at the same rate it did against Montana State and Texas Southern. He’ll also need to improve defensively, as Texas Southern big man Derrick Griffin did what he wanted to against the Orange interior on Sunday. If Coleman can average eight points and six rebounds, that would be a huge plus for SU.Jesse Dougherty: Assuming this is in reference to Coleman’s increased scoring numbers, the answer to this question is largely out of his hands. In a perfect world, he’d be a role-playing center who created his own scoring opportunities from time to time. But he’s not, and that’s why Coleman’s success hinges on how well Syracuse is shooting from 3 and how aggressive teams are defending on-ball screens. If the Orange is shooting well and teams are pushing their bigs far from the basket to defend SU guards around his screens, Coleman will have the opportunity to score. If not, his scoring numbers will likely drop in the ACC schedule. But as long as his rebounding numbers don’t shrink too much, Syracuse will be OK with his limited production.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatt Schneidman: Before the season, I said Coleman’s ceiling would be 10 points and eight rebounds. He’s only reached eight rebounds once but has hit double-digit point totals in four games, most importantly his last two. He’s slowly progressed from being a non-factor to someone who wasn’t even the first player to be subbed off against Texas Southern, something that’s become customary throughout nonconference play. Sure, it’s against two of the weaker teams in Division I in TSU and Montana State, but at least it’s against someone. I don’t see him putting up the same numbers and having the same effect against teams like North Carolina, which has arguably the conference’s best player in Brice Johnson down low. But against a team less physically imposing down low, such as a Duke without Amile Jefferson, why not? Published on December 28, 2015 at 3:08 pmcenter_img Sam Maller | Staff Photographer Related Stories What we learned from Syracuse’s win over Texas SouthernDajuan Coleman scores a season-high 13 points against Montana StateSyracuse basketball stat of the dayDougherty: Syracuse, more than most teams, can’t afford to fall behind Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more