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Lack of Sexual Education and Awareness Goes Beyond Unwanted Pregnancies

This column may contain strong language, sexual content, adult humor, and other themes that may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised. Oftentimes, single but presumably sexually active women of a certain age have a role to play within a group of friends, most of whom are married: that of the storyteller of escapades through which the others may live vicariously because, well, the kind of married sex they are having is stale, unpredictable, or non-existent. A friend of mine was telling me recently how she met up with some high school classmates who begged her to impart her quite formidable sexual wisdom. "Give us some sex tips!" they said. She started...Keep on reading: Lack of Sexual Education and Awareness Goes Beyond Unwanted Pregnancies.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerApr 8th, 2018

‘A Game of Trolls’: Viewing martial law in 8-bit

Martial law has seen an exhaustive wealth of exposure since its reemergence as a fundamental cornerstone of Philippine history. Although it has always been a part of our general education to learn about such a harrowing period, recent developments in politics, cases of historical revisionism and contentions over factual accuracy have spurred groups and organizations to fight the lack of awareness. From the setting up of museums, art installations and stage productions, to the resurgence of conversations online and in the public sphere regarding the authenticity of claims, it would appear that the subject has been examined from every angle, all the way down to the nitty-gritty details....Keep on reading: ‘A Game of Trolls’: Viewing martial law in 8-bit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2018

Mark Cuban donates $10M after Mavericks workplace probe

NBA press release The NBA today issued the following statement about the report by independent investigators regarding workplace conditions at the Dallas Mavericks, following allegations made in a Feb. 20, 2018 Sports Illustrated article: Upon learning of the allegations, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban notified the NBA and an independent investigation was launched with oversight from the league office. Anne Milgram, former Attorney General of New Jersey, a Professor of Practice and Distinguished Scholar at New York University School of Law, and currently Special Counsel at Lowenstein Sandler LLP, and Evan Krutoy, who spent more than 20 years as a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and currently heads Krutoy Law, P.C., led the seven-month investigation. The league’s oversight function was led by David Anders, a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. The report was based on information gathered from 215 interviews with current and former Mavericks employees who worked for the team during the past two decades and from the evaluation of more than 1.6 million documents, including emails and other electronic documents. Following the launch of the independent investigation, the Mavericks, under Mr. Cuban’s direction, hired a new Chief Executive Officer, Cynthia Marshall, a former AT&T senior executive, who has since implemented a massive overhaul to improve the organization’s workplace culture. While the investigation was ongoing, Mr. Cuban and Ms. Marshall took a series of steps to enhance the team’s workplace policies and procedures. Under Ms. Marshall’s direction, the Mavericks have replaced or added several new leadership positions in the organization, including a new head of Human Resources, a Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, a head of Diversity & Inclusion and a new General Counsel. The Mavericks also instituted mandatory “Respect in the Workplace” training for all employees and ownership; created a confidential hotline for employees to share concerns, issues or allegations of misconduct; and established employee resource teams and an external advisory council to ensure a more diverse and collaborative work environment. Ms. Milgram’s and Mr. Krutoy’s extensive investigation, with full cooperation from Mr. Cuban and the Mavericks organization, resulted in a detailed understanding of the scope and substance of the issues. Among the investigation’s key findings: - The investigation substantiated numerous instances of sexual harassment and other improper workplace conduct within the Mavericks organization over a period spanning more than twenty years. - Among other things, the investigation found:     - Improper workplace conduct toward fifteen female employees by the Mavericks’ former President and CEO Terdema Ussery, including inappropriate comments, touching, and forcible kissing;     - Improper workplace conduct by former Mavericks ticket sales employee Chris Hyde, including inappropriate comments to women of a sexual nature, the viewing and sharing of pornographic images and videos, unsolicited and unwanted sexual advances, and violent and threatening outbursts toward co-workers; and     - Two acts of domestic violence perpetrated by former Mavs.com reporter Earl Sneed, including one against a team employee. - The investigators concluded that Mavericks’ management was ineffective, including a lack of compliance and internal controls, and that these shortcomings permitted the growth of an environment in which acts of misconduct and the individuals who committed them could flourish.  In particular, the investigators found:         - The Mavericks executive leadership team failed to respond adequately and committed a significant error in judgment by retaining Mr. Sneed following his domestic violence incidents; and         - The Mavericks’ executive leadership team was responsible for allowing Mr. Hyde to remain employed with the organization despite his inappropriate and problematic behavior, and failed adequately to address his various acts of misconduct.         - The investigators found no evidence that Mr. Cuban was aware of Mr. Ussery’s misconduct.  None of the 215 witnesses who were interviewed stated that they informed Mr. Cuban of Mr. Ussery’s actions, the investigators found no documentary evidence of such a communication, and Mr. Cuban stated that he did not know about the conduct.   The investigation report also contains a series of recommendations for changes to the Mavericks’ organization, including:     - Increasing the number of women on staff, including in leadership positions;     - Enhancing formal reporting processes for victims of misconduct;     - Implementing regular anonymous employee surveys to evaluate workplace culture; and     - Expanding and improving the Mavericks’ Human Resources department and instituting clear protocols for investigating workplace misconduct. The report confirms that several of these steps have already been taken, including the hiring of Ms. Marshall and other new senior female leaders, and notes that “we heard from employees of a sea change in the professional environment at the Mavericks that began almost immediately following” the publication of the Sports Illustrated article. In recognition of the institutional and other failures set forth in the report, Mr. Cuban has agreed to contribute $10 million to organizations that are committed to supporting the leadership and development of women in the sports industry and combating domestic violence.  These organizations will be selected by an advisory council of leaders from the Mavericks, including Mr. Cuban and Ms. Marshall, and the NBA, including President of Social Responsibility & Player Programs Kathy Behrens, President of Team Marketing & Business Operations and Chief Innovation Officer Amy Brooks, and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Oris Stuart. Additionally, the NBA is requiring the Mavericks to:         - Provide the league office with quarterly reports regarding the recommendations set forth in the report and their implementation;         - Immediately report to the league office any instances or allegations of significant misconduct by any employee;         - Continually enhance and update annual “Respect in the Workplace” training for all staff, including ownership; and         - Implement a program to train all staff, including ownership, on issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and sexual harassment. “The findings of the independent investigation are disturbing and heartbreaking and no employee in the NBA, or any workplace for that matter, should be subject to the type of working environment described in the report,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “We appreciate that Mark Cuban reacted swiftly, thoroughly and transparently to the allegations first set forth in Sports Illustrated – including the immediate hiring of Cynthia Marshall as CEO to effect change, but as Mark has acknowledged, he is ultimately responsible for the culture and conduct of his employees. While nothing will undo the harm caused by a select few former employees of the Mavericks, the workplace reforms and the $10 million that Mark has agreed to contribute are important steps toward rectifying this past behavior and shining a light on a pervasive societal failing -- the inability of too many organizations to provide a safe and welcoming workplace for women.” Following the allegations made in the Sports Illustrated article, the NBA conducted a thorough review of its existing policies and procedures related to respect in the workplace, and required all NBA teams to do the same. In addition, the league established a confidential leaguewide hotline for team and league employees to report workplace misconduct including, but not limited to, sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation.  While many of the recommendations contained in the investigation report are already part of established practice at the league office, any that are not will shortly be adopted. The report of the independent investigation is available here......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Anne Curtis’ stance on sexual education

Kapamilya actress Anne Curtis spoke her thoughts on the sensitive topic of sex education. In a recent Twitter post, the actress explained why she agrees to it and that she herself has had sex education back when she was still in school. She also hopes that the authorities in the country be open-minded enough to consider sex education as a solution to the pressing problems brought about by irresponsible sex. "When I was in primary school we had sexual education which educated us on how to make healthy decisions for when we grow older--which could help avoid instances of teenage pregnancies. I hope that 1day the Department of Education here in the Philippines would be open to it,...Keep on reading: Anne Curtis’ stance on sexual education.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 24th, 2017

Rody concerned about increasing teenage pregnancies

MANILA, Philippines - President Duterte has ordered the Department of Education (DepEd) to boost school programs aimed at increasing awareness on disaster ri.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 19th, 2016

'MeToo movement sends Hollywood figures into exile, not jail

LOS ANGELES (AP) --- The #MeToo movement has sent dozens of once-powerful Hollywood players into exile, but few of them have been placed in handcuffs or jail cells. And it's increasingly apparent that the lack of criminal charges may remain the norm. Harvey Weinstein has been charged with sexual assault in New York, and Bill Cosby was sent to prison in Pennsylvania in the year since stories on Weinstein in The New York Times and The New Yorker set off waves of revelations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood. But those two central figures are exceptions. A task force launched last November by Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey to handle the surge in allegations agai...Keep on reading: #MeToo movement sends Hollywood figures into exile, not jail.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 7th, 2018

Mavs owner Mark Cuban donates $10M after workplace probe

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has agreed to contribute $10 million to help further the cause of women in sports and raise awareness about domestic violence after an investigation substantiated numerous incidents of sexual harassment and improper workplace conduct within the franchise going back more than 20 years......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

Save water, do rainwater harvesting

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently conducted an Information Education Campaign (IEC) on the Water Code of the Philippines and its implementing rules and regulations to key stakeholders and water users at Days Hotel Iloilo. Municipality ENR Officers (MENROs) from Iloilo and Guimaras participated in this workshop which to heighted their awareness […] The post Save water, do rainwater harvesting appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018

The CEO as financial educator

  For TransUnion Phils CEO Pia Arellano, financial literacy leads to fiscal responsibility Credit assessment and rating remain unknown entities to many Filipinos, unlike in the United States where millions of credit card owners have a healthy awareness of how much their credit (or lack of it) impacts their economic lives. The blissful ignorance is [...] The post The CEO as financial educator appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 8th, 2018

Prince Harry as King George III made our ‘Hamilton’ dreams come true

Thank you to the cast and crew @HamiltonWestEnd for an incredible show The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attended a special gala performance of @HamiltonMusical to raise awareness and funds for @Sentebale, founded by The Duke with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho in 2006. Sentebale's programmes of education and care provide the tools and knowledge for young people affected by HIV in Lesotho and Botswana to live long, happy, healthy lives. A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) on Aug 29, 2018 at 4:59pm PDT Prince Harry surprised theatergoers at the Victoria Palace Theater in London with his singing chops. Who would've thought? The Duke of Sussex attended th...Keep on reading: Prince Harry as King George III made our ‘Hamilton’ dreams come true.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 31st, 2018

Undue liberties

An employer, employee, manager, supervisor, agent of the employer, teacher, instructor, professor, coach, trainor or any other person having authority, influence or moral ascendancy over another in a work or training or education environment who demands, requests or otherwise requires any sexual favor from another in exchange also for some favors, may now be held criminally liable for sexual harassment, pursuant to R.A. 7877 otherwise known as the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 14th, 2018

DepEd further fortifies CSE guidelines implementation

IN an effort to curb the rising incidences of early pregnancy, sexual violence and human-immunodeficiency virus (HIV) among young Filipinos, the Department of Education (DepEd) will further strengthen the policy guidelines on the implementation of the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE). Otherwise known as DepEd Order No. 31, series 2018 (DO….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 4th, 2018

CBS keeps CEO Moonves in place during sexual misconduct inquiry

NEW YORK --- CBS will keep CEO Les Moonves in place during an investigation of sexual misconduct charges against him, the company said. It will hire an outside counsel to conduct the probe. On Friday a New Yorker article quoted six women who accused Moonves of sexual misconduct over a span of three decades. The alleged behavior included forced kissing, unwanted sexual advances and career retaliation against women who rebuffed him. CBS issued a statement even before the article was published saying it took the allegations seriously and would begin an investigation. The CBS board on Monday also voted to postpone the shareholder meeting that had been scheduled for Aug. 10 to a lat...Keep on reading: CBS keeps CEO Moonves in place during sexual misconduct inquiry.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 31st, 2018

PVL: UP transferee at the forefront of AU’s offensive might

As at it was in the last season NCAA finals between Arellano University and eventual champion University of Perpetual Help, Christian dela Paz, 20, is again leading the offensive drive of the Chiefs in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference.      The 20-year-old former UP Fighting Maroon sizzled with 24 points in Arellano’s debut in the PVL Saturday against Adamson University to underscore the leading role he is to take again on his third year with the Chiefs.    To set the record straight, the soft-spoken hotel & restaurant management student from Parang, Marikina, Rizal, said he left the UP squad because of differences with the coach, not because of the lack of playing time. Standing five-foot-nine, dela Paz, one of superstar Marck Espejo’s teammates in Sta. Elena High School in Marikina, leaps so high he can outsmart the taller blockers on the other side of the court whether he is near or far from the net.   Stories to tell     Dela Paz takes understandable pride in Espejo’s phenomenal rise and singular achievements in the sport being products of the same town. He relishes telling and retelling how dominant a player the multi-awarded former Ateneo Blue Eagle was as early as then and where their high school team was competing.  Middle blocker Christian Segovia, 24, Demmy Lapuz, 19, and Kim Tan, 18, who help ease dela Paz’s scoring load, also have interesting stories to share.       Segovia, born and bred in Tondo and studying HRM as well, says in Filipino: “I should have been playing for FEU, not with Arellano. I was already listed on the FEU team barely a week before the UAAP opened. My mother, already frustrated with my poor grades, got wind of it and immediately pulled me out of the team.       “I was transferred to Arellano where I earned good grades that pleased my mother. I got back into volleyball and showed her I could balance sport and studies this time around. Now, my mother, grandmother and three siblings are always watching my games.”     Yolanda survivor    Lapuz says he had an auspicious beginning with the Chiefs. He was already a starter on his rookie year when Arellano reached the finals against Perpetual last year.      This Tacloban City native was in third year high school when Typhoon Yolanda battered his place of birth in November 2013.       He recalls the ordeal in Filipino, “We were lucky to be living in a subdivision on a mountain slope. The roof of the house was blown away but we survived. The great destruction and the stench of death all around us was one experience everyone should not be subjected to.”       Learning and enjoying volleyball in his physical education classes in UDM had, according to Tan, weaned him away from basketball. The same school gave him his first training in volleyball; he became competent at it.       Higher tuition fees drove his family to seek other schools for him. He enrolled in NU and stayed there without playing volleyball for three years until his barkada in Arellano convinced him to try out for a spot on their varsity team.       He tried out and was taken in. Only a rookie, he started for the Chiefs in their first PVL game, making him a shoo-in for Arellano’s NCAA squad next season.       The other members of the Arellano Chiefs are Roi Domingo, setter Edmark Meneses, Adrian Villados, Tonell Arellano, Jethro Cabillan, Joshua Esguerra, Junnel Cacam, Jesrael Liberato and Evo Rinon        .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2018

Kiefer Ravena to start nationwide anti-doping awareness program

  MANILA, Philippines – While serving his 18-month FIBA suspension , Kiefer Ravena has trained his efforts on leading the country's anti-doping awareness program together with his PBA team NLEX Road Warriors.  "We're setting up a program for my advocacy when it comes to anti-doping. Hopefully it spreads knowledge, education, not only ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Contractor cites lack of DOH, DepEd coordination in Barangay Health Stations project

MANILA, Philippines – An executive of the private contractor tapped for the Barangay Health Stations (BHS) project said on Wednesday, July 4, that the lack of coordination between Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Education (DepEd) officials led to the demolition of a completely built unit. Julieanne Jorge, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

DepEd addresses underspending

THE Department of Education (DepEd) has assured an efficient disbursement of funds to address the problem of underspending that affects the delivery of basic education services like lack of classroom, teaching personnel, books and other educational supplies. Education Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla said the increased budget utilization at 97 percent in….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 30th, 2018

Angara pushes drug awareness program

SEN. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara pushed for the passage of a bill creating a nationwide education and awareness program on illegal drugs to prevent drug addiction among the youth. The senator made the call after the Department of Education (DepEd) opposed the plan of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) to conduct mandatory drug testing [...] The post Angara pushes drug awareness program appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Duterte: PH will always import rice

The country will never attain rice sufficiency and may import the staple for as long as the problems of overpopulation and lack of arable land are present, President Rodrigo Duterte said.   Speaking at the signing of an agreement on the Free Higher Education Act on Wednesday, the President said the country was hard put to "satisfy the food [needs] of the Filipinos."   In Mindanao, he said, food crops have declined because choice lands had been taken over "by the cash-crop guys."   "If you ask me...we just have to import rice," the President said. "I do not believe that we can be rice sufficient."   He elicited laughter from his audience when he...Keep on reading: Duterte: PH will always import rice.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Lack of enrollees, teachers trigger closing down of private schools

Education Secretary Leonor Briones expressed concern on the growing phenomenon of small private schools closing down which is mostly attributed to lack of enrollees as well as teachers. Lack of enrollees, teachers trigger closing down of private schools Education Secretary Leonor Briones expressed concern on the growing phenomenon of small private schools closing down which… link: Lack of enrollees, teachers trigger closing down of private schools.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2018

Disclosure would’ve diminished penalty

If only Kiefer Ravena declared the drink that he took before WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) testing, the FIBA penalty for a positive result would’ve been only two months but because of lack of proper drug education, the Gilas star took the examination with a clear conscience and paid the price of an 18-month suspension......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 1st, 2018