Woman donates eggs to her mother, stepfather

first_imgStuff co.nz 19 December 2014A childless woman is donating her eggs to her mother and stepfather so they can create a baby that will be raised as her sister.The watchdog body Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (Ecart) agreed to the rare arrangement, saying: “The family relationship is described as close, and the biological mother would socially be an older half-sister. The committee had no concerns about this aspect.”The mother had asked her daughter to donate eggs to her, which was a request that held an inherent risk of pressure, Ecart said.“However, based on the information given in the counselling reports, there appears to be no pressure and the egg donor has also stated that she had thought about donation before being asked by her mother.”But Family First national director Bob McCoskrie believed most people would oppose the approved application between the mother and daughter.“We have to consider the rights of the child, and it’s a pretty awkward situation to have your biological mother being your stepsister,” he said.“That should send warning bells as to how far we are going. The term ‘eggs-ploitation’ comes to mind.”New Zealand Catholic Bioethical Centre director John Kleinsman agreed, calling it “absolutely fraught”. “Potentially it undermines the child’s ability to secure its own health self-identity.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/64301499/babys-mum-and-sister-all-in-onelast_img read more

Ebola-hit countries appeal for $3.2 billion to rebuild

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Ebola-hit countries appeal for $3.2 billion to rebuild by: Associated Press – July 11, 2015 Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share 53 Views   no discussions UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The presidents of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone appealed for $3.2 billion Friday to help their countries recover from the Ebola epidemic which has devastated their economies, severely damaged the social fabric of their nations and killed more than 11,000 people.Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, speaking on behalf of the three countries, told a high-level UN conference that international support will give millions of people a chance to rebuild their lives and promote regional stability and world trade.“The world as a whole has a great stake in how we together respond to this global threat,” she said, adding that “virus diseases, just like terrorism, know no national boundaries.”The first five pledges to finance the national plans of the three countries totaled more than $1.5 billion — $340 from Britain, $495 million from the European Union, $360 million from the Islamic Development Bank, $266 million from the United States and $80 million from Japan.Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma said making the plans work “has the urgency of a life and death situation for over 20 million people in our countries.”Guinea’s President Alpha Conde stressed the need for “a Marshall Plan” that includes writing off the international debts of the three countries, a reference to the US program to help rebuild European economies after the end of World War II.In addition to the $3.2 billion needed for the countries’ national plans, Sirleaf said another $4 billion will be needed to finance a regional recovery plan.Dr David Nabarro, the UN special envoy on Ebola, told the meeting that “the end of the outbreak is tantalisingly in sight,” with about 30 new infections a week in the three countries and intense detective work under way to trace the chains of transmission.He told reporters Thursday that there are fewer than six transmission chains in each country, far less than two months ago.But he said the virus is surviving in some people longer than the 21 days of quarantine — including for months in the prostate gland, the eye and fetus — which makes keeping track of those who have been exposed critical.Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, speaking as chair of the African Union, said the meeting was “a clarion call to the international collective to up-scale its preparedness and capacity to handle and manage disasters, particularly health epidemics.”World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, speaking by video conference, pledged to create “a pandemic response team” to respond to pandemics in every country.last_img read more

England expect to end drought in Champions Trophy

first_imgBy Ed OsmondLONDON, England (Reuters) – England have never won a global 50-over tournament but they will not get a better chance to end their long wait than in this year’s Champions Trophy on home soil.Eoin Morgan’s team have been transformed since their dismal World Cup performance two years ago, playing a vibrant and aggressive brand of cricket that should make them formidable in their own conditions.Eight successive one-day victories preceded the seven-wicket loss to top-ranked South Africa on Monday in a dead game with the series in the bag but coach Trevor Bayliss remained confident about his team’s chances.“This result ensures we go into the Champions Trophy without big heads,” Bayliss said.“We should have done better than we did but a 2-1 series win over South Africa, we’ll take that every day.”England’s only global one-day title came at the World Twenty20 in 2010 and they lost the 2013 Champions Trophy final to India at Edgbaston in a game reduced to 20 overs per side.With a powerful batting lineup, including pugnacious openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales, Test captain Joe Root, Morgan, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, England usually score their runs rapidly.Captain Morgan’s team racked up totals of 339 and 330 to win the first two matches of the series against South Africa before slumping to 20 for six in tough conditions on the way to defeat at Lord’s.“We have put in a lot this series but this was a hiccup,” Morgan said.“It’s a lesson with the bat and ball – our bowlers to be disciplined and to our batsman that, sometimes, you have to sit in,” Morgan said.“They made us play a hell of a lot and managed to get the ball moving around. Certainly, it’s not down to a lack of trying.”England face Bangladesh in the opening Champions Trophy group game tomorrow before meeting New Zealand and Australia.India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa are in the other section, with the top two sides from each group progressing to the semi-finals.Holders India and Australia, twice Champions Trophy winners, are among the favourites, along with South Africa who won the inaugural tournament in 1998.“The four really strong squads are England, defending champions India and perennial competitors Australia and South Africa,” former Australia captain Ian Chappell told Cricinfo.“Ever since hitting rock bottom with an early exit from the 2015 World Cup, England’s 50-over cricket has been on an upward trend. They appear to be peaking perfectly for this tournament.”last_img read more

The Latest: Italy soccer clubs allowed up to 5 substitutions

first_img Associated Press June 5, 2020 Italian competitions will adopt the temporary law change when they resume next week.There can still be only three pauses to send on substitutes. If matches go into extra time and teams haven’t used all five of their substitutes they can make a fourth interruption at the end of regular time or between the two halves of extra timeSerie A is set to resume on June 20 with the Italian Cup being completed in the previous week.___Borussia Dortmund players Jadon Sancho and Manuel Akanji have been fined by the German soccer league for breaking coronavirus-related restrictions to get haircuts. The league says Sancho and Akanji “apparently violated general hygiene and infection protection standards” to have a barber visit them at home. There were no facemasks visible in photos posted on social media.There were similar photos of Dortmund teammates Dan-Axel Zagadou and Raphäel Guerreiro with Düsseldorf-based barber Winnie Nana Karkari but they were not mentioned in the league’s statement. The Bild tabloid reported that Karkari also visited Dortmund players Axel Witsel and Thorgan Hazard last Thursday.The league says “it goes without question that professional soccer players also need their hair cut” but “this must be done in accordance with the medical-organizational concept at the moment.”___The Asian qualifying tournament for the World Cup is set to resume in October after the coronavirus pandemic forced games in March and June to be postponed. The Asian Football Confederation says it agreed with FIFA to schedule two dates in October and two in November to complete the current groups.The AFC says the planned schedule must comply with “government travel and medical restrictions” in the 40 countries taking part.Twelve teams will advance to a further group stage next year.Four Asian teams will advance directly to the World Cup in Qatar. A fifth team will enter an intercontinental playoff round.___ The Latest: Italy soccer clubs allowed up to 5 substitutionscenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Italian soccer federation says teams will be allowed up to five substitutions in matches. Liverpool could win the Premier League title at home after all.Police originally indicated they wanted Liverpool’s second game after the restart against Crystal Palace to be staged at a neutral venue because of concerns that supporters could congregate outside Anfield.But the league now says the game on June 24 is scheduled to be at Liverpool’s home stadium.The Merseyside derby against Everton could still be played away from Goodison Park on June 21. The league says the venue is still to be confirmed.Liverpool leads Manchester City by two points and is two wins from ending its 30-year title drought. But Liverpool could clinch the trophy in its first game back against Everton if City loses to Arsenal on June 17. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___Chelsea has been declared Women’s Super League champion after the season was stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic.The English Football Association’s board decided to determine the final standings on a points-per-game basis. Manchester City was a point ahead of Chelsea but had played an extra game when the season was suspended in March.Chelsea had seven games remaining.City will still qualify for the Champions League with Chelsea. Liverpool has been relegated.last_img read more

Work & Play Unveils Lagos and Other Motorsports Commitments for 2019

first_img“The Lagos State government officials have been impressed with the level of professionalism with which other events have been organised and the number of endorsements we have secured and agreed to partner us for this landmark event. Full details will be unveiled soon,” he added.The Work and Play series zoomed off from Sagamu in Ogun State in 2017 and has since been to Akure in November 2017 and 2018. The Ondo Rally was staged before the Zuru Auto Rally in Kebbi.Olumide said that “The impact we have had in Ogun and especially Ondo State and the professionalism and partnerships that our events have attracted are massive. We have been getting proposals from auto racing communities in different part of the country for us to come and have our events in their cities.”Last December, at the Zuru Auto Rally in Kebbi, over 5,000 participants graced the event including car racers from Sokoto, Abuja, and the host state. The event was graced by the deputy governor of the state.According to Olumide, his team’s vision is to build and help stimulate the Nigeria Motorsport industry and canvas support for the sport.“It may not be a popular sport in the country yet, but Motorsport has a huge latent follower that is unprecedented. The sport also perfectly fits into the character of the youthfully population of Nigeria. We hope to also be able to build a viable industry that generate employment and contribute to the economy of the country in the nearest future,” he projected.Olumide listed some of the corporate sponsors of the sport to include firms like, SMT, Toyota, Elizade, JAC, Meristem, Air Nambia, BHN among others.The Tour also hopes to consider proposals for the inclusion of Enugu and Gombe in the 2019 calendar in addition to the traditional hosts of Akure and Kebbi.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Coordinator of the Work and Play Rally Series, Mr Omolade Olumide has revealed that the outfit has secured the partnership of Lagos State government to stage the Lagos Auto Rally in 2019. This latest addition has increased the number of cities for the Motorsports promotion to four.According to him, “We have gotten the support of the Lagos government to organise the Lagos Auto Rally this year. The race in Lagos would be the fourth city that our event would be touching down in the country.”He said the Lagos Auto Rally like all the events that Work and Play organised in the past, are in accordance with FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) protocols and fully backed by the Federal Road Safety Corps.last_img read more

Ndubuisi Egbo Living His Dreams in Albania

first_img“I was happy we emerged champions of the league. I wasn’t following the statistics; it was when people were talking about it that I realised the enormity of what we have achieved.“When I took over, I had people praying for me and we had prophetic declarations that we were going to be champions. That was our major objective and not the Albanian Cup, but if we win, it will be double joy.“On the Champions League next year. It is the dream every fan, player and coach for their club to play in Europe. The Stadium atmosphere is electric, the fans, the melodious anthem. We are not going there only to enjoy the anthem but to win and reach the group stages,” Egbo who took over reigns of the Tirana when they were down to the 8th position said.In a chat with THISDAY via telephone, former Julius Berger safe hand, Christian Obi, hailed Egbo for this rare achievement, while calling on him to work harder to sustain his feat.“Egbo joined Julius Berger after I had left the club, but I knew him to be a hardworking and serious-minded person, therefore, what he achieved never came to me as much of a surprise. There is no doubt about the fact that he has made a big mark by doing the unthinkable in faraway Albania, which will go a long way in helping Nigerian coaches to be reckoned with even outside the shores of the country,” Obi said.The 2005 World Youth Championship bronze medalist, said Egbo’s achievement was a victory for Nigerian coaches.“He is a pride to Nigerian coaches all over the world and it is high time Nigeria Football Federation starts looking inwards in their choice for national team coaches, there are many Egbos in Nigeria and abroad,” the former Heartland of Owerri goalkeeper trainer said.Obi, however, charged Egbo to be ready to work harder as he was now a goldfish with no hiding place.“Getting to the top is one thing, but sustaining it is another. He should, therefore, be ready to put in extra effort to sustain his achievement as all eyes are now on him,” he noted.For proponents of home-grown coaches to take charge of the senior national team, Egbo’s feat with KF Tirana is just a justification for what they have been clamouring for- a Nigerian coach to be in charge of the Super Eagles.Indeed, former national team captain, Segun Odegbami is of the opinion that some former Super Eagles players were better qualified to coach the national team than the current handler, Gernot Rohr.According to the man fondly called ‘Mathematical Odegbami’ in his days, former Eagles stars like Finidi George and Emmanuel Amuneke were more qualified for the national team’s job than the Franco-German tactician.“I don’t think any white coach should come and coach us anymore, not after the generation of Stephen Keshi, Sunday Oliseh, Jay Jay Okocha who played at every level.“If they can get the basic qualification which is not essential in my own estimation, but people insist that they must have it, they are qualified. Finidi George and Emmanuel Amuneke have the qualifications Gernot Rohr does not have,” he said.It would be recalled that ahead of Nigeria’s 2010 World Cup campaign, another strong voice, if not the strongest, of Nigerian coaches, Adokie Amiesimaka criticised the Nigeria Football Association, as the federation was then known, for hiring a foreign coach- Lars Lagerback when we had a better local coach in Shaibu Amodu. He severally warned that the Swede had nothing to offer Nigerians.The ex-Green Eagles winger has constantly harped on the need to look inwards in solving the national team’s coaching problem.After watching the Eagles lose to Greece, a feat that gave Greece their first World Cup win, Amiesimaka was simply livid.“Why on earth did Lagerback take Obafemi Martins and Nwankwo Kanu to South Africa, if he knew he was not going to use them? I have said it over and over again; we do not need a foreign coach.Please Patrick Ekeji should explain to Nigerians why they hired Lagerback. Samson Siasia could have done better than the Swede whom they wasted millions of naira on,” Amiesimaka had said after Super Eagles lacklustre performance at the African Mundial.The proponents of Nigerian coaches for the senior national team may however be getting close to having their say if the words of Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick are to be believed.Giving reason for the appointment of Joseph Yobo as Super Eagles assistant coach, the NFF boss said it was to position him to take over from Rohr as the national team manager.Pinnick believes the 39-year-old would add value to the Super Eagles and hope he would follow the footsteps of former international Stephen Keshi, who guided the side to their third Africa Cup of Nations title in 2013.“When Yobo was captain of the Super Eagles I saw inborn leadership character in him. His charisma and the way he carried other players in the team was exceptional. Yobo is a born leader. This is why the federation decided to appoint him as one of the assistants in the Super Eagles team. “We are looking up to Yobo to manage the Super Eagles in future and being part of the team’s technical crew will give him that opportunity to coach the Super Eagles in the nearest future,” Pinnick had said.However, Egbo’s feat remains the loudest voice in the call for local coaches to take charge of the national team.Egbo became the first African coach to qualify a European club side to participate in the prestigious Champions League after he led Tirana biggest club in Albian to win the 2020 League title with seven points clear. They are also in the final of the Albanian Cup.Egbo, 46, made 12 appearances for the Super Eagles between 1999 and 2002 during which time he manned the goal for Tirana, winning three trophies with the club.Following his retirement from playing in 2011, Egbo went into coaching, becoming the goalkeeping coach of another Albanian side, Bylis, before returning to Tirana in 2014 in the same capacity.In 2019, the ex-Nigerian international was promoted to become Tirana’s head coach and he has now done remarkably well; winning the league title in his first year in charge.Interestingly, KF Tirana who will be celebrating their 100th anniversary this month will have a chance to clinch a domestic double on August 2, when they face Teuta Durres in the Domestic Cup final.But while they wait for what would be the icing on the cake for them, Tirana fans are all in the joyous mood already having ended their decade-long wait for a league title.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Each time a foreign technical adviser is employed to take charge of the Super Eagles, there is always a running battle between the Nigeria Football Federation and some Nigerians that feel employing a foreigner for the national team as sheer waste of funds when there are Nigerian coaches, capable of doing the job even better. With the recent achievement of former Julius Berger of Lagos goalkeeper, Ndubuisi Egbo in faraway Albania, where he led KF Tirana to win the Albanian League and book a place to next season’s Champions League, the campaign for Nigerian coaches to take charge of the senior national team has gained more traction, writes Kunle AdewaleEmmanuel Egbo last weekend led his team, KF Tirana, to win the 2019/20 Albania League title, becoming the first African to win a title with a European league side.In addition to winning the league, Egbo automatically booked a place in next season’s European Champions League campaign and he says he is not going to the competition to sing the anthem.last_img read more

FB : Rising stock: Jones heads into NFL scouting combine trying to boost draft position

first_imgCORRECTION: The names of two coaches from Athletes’ Performance were previously misstated. Their names are Anthony Hobgood and Scott Pucek. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Every morning for the past eight weeks, Chandler Jones woke up to his 6:45 a.m. alarm. The former Syracuse defensive end’s life as an on-campus celebrity was over. Two-a-day workouts, a strict diet and thorough recovery sessions at Athletes’ Performance in Gulf Breeze, Fla., replaced the daily grind of classwork and practice he became accustomed to in his four years at SU. All in preparation for the NFL scouting combine. When the combine begins Wednesday, the leaner, 247-pound Jones will finally get his chance to showcase his progress. ‘It’s kind of similar to the Eminem song ‘Lose Yourself,” Jones said.’ You get one opportunity to seize everything you want in that particular moment.’ AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJones’ moment comes in the form of the combine — his chance to convince teams to use their top selection on him in the NFL Draft on April 26. A strong performance at the invite-only event in Indianapolis, from Feb. 22-28, could be the difference between Jones being a late first-round pick and sliding to the late second or third round of the draft.Jones’ draft stock began to rise in his first game back from an injury this season. After missing five games with a torn ligament in his right knee, Jones broke out against then-No. 11 West Virginia on Oct. 21 with six tackles, two sacks and a pass breakup. He finished the season with 38 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. That production, coupled with a top-three round projection from the NFL Draft Advisory Board led Jones to forego his senior season at Syracuse and declare for the draft.‘I sat down and talked with my family.’ Jones said. ‘Both of my brothers and my mom and dad, they all left it in my hands. They’re the people that say, ‘Hey, it’s your decision, it’s your life, so we’re just going to guide you, and either way, you’re going to be good, and we’re going to support you.’ ‘And that grade came back, and that’s what capped it off.’ ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said Jones has the talent to sneak into the first round. He sees Jones as a versatile prospect with excellent speed and pass-rushing instincts, frequently overlooked due to a limited 2011 campaign. His ability to play either standing up or with hand in the dirt makes him an intriguing option to teams who like to vary their defensive schemes.‘I was really impressed with him when I (first) watched tape, and the more games that I watched the more I fell in love with him as a football player,’ McShay said on an ESPN conference call Feb. 16. Though McShay said Jones needs to improve his hands and his play against the run, he slotted Jones No. 23 on his big board of draft candidates. In his most recent mock draft Feb. 2, McShay predicted the New England Patriots will draft him 27th overall.‘No matter where he gets drafted — probably going to be the second round — I think he has a chance to produce like a first-round draft pick,’ McShay said. ‘I think a few years from now we’ll be looking back and saying that he was a value pick in this draft.’McShay also emphasized that though Jones’ injury, which he suffered Sept. 1 against Wake Forest, kept him out five games, it was not recurring. A strong showing in Indianapolis this week could clear any remaining skepticism regarding his knee.Anthony Hobgood, a strength and power development coach at Athletes’ Performance, immediately dismissed the idea that Jones’ knee would hamper him moving forward. And Jones said he has not felt pain in the knee since the week after the Wake Forest game.‘I’m 100 percent confident in my knee’s health,’ Jones said. ‘My MRI came back negative, so we’ll see at the combine when they test it.’Working daily at Athletes’ Performance, Jones shed 18 pounds off his playing weight through his personalized training regimen.Jones started his days with hourlong sessions with Hobgood and speed and movement coach Scott Pucek. His lifts emphasized becoming more explosive, gaining muscular endurance or strength depending on the day. Jones was then stretched out, given a massage and placed in a cold tub. He grabbed a post-workout shake and lunch before returning at 1:30 p.m. for round two of workouts.He then went through the same recovery process and left at 4 p.m. Sometimes his days also included practice handling media and lessons with positional coaches.‘A lot of athletes don’t understand the concept of there’s a time to work and there’s a time to play, and Chandler really does understand that,’ Hobgood said. ‘When he comes in and it’s time for us to train and time for us to do the work, he puts his work boots on, he’s got his hard hat on, so to speak, and he’s ready to go.’Specifically, Jones improved tremendously in the 225-pound bench repetition test and the 40-yard dash, arguably the two most important events at the combine, Hobgood said.Though it is against Athletes’ Performance policy to release expected times and results, Hobgood said he expects Jones to double his bench repetitions from when he began training and place in the ‘upper tier’ of defensive ends in the dash.In the next week, all that training will be put to the test.‘There’s no, ‘Oh, let me do this again,” Jones said. ‘This is a one-time deal. You mess up a drill and you can’t say, ‘Hey, let me redo it.’ You get one shot, so it has to be perfect.’sebail01@syr.edu Comments Published on February 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Psychiatrist sues Keck for wrongful constructive termination

first_imgAlan Hanft, a former child psychiatrist at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, took a medical leave of absence last year due to an autoimmune disease. He was asked not to return to the office. (Sunny Dong | Daily Trojan)A former child psychiatrist has filed a lawsuit against the Keck School of Medicine of USC, the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and a hospital director for wrongful constructive termination, disability discrimination and other complaints last month.Dr. Alan Hanft requested a medical leave of absence in October 2017 at CHLA due to an autoimmune disease. Hanft was hired through the Keck school to work at the hospital. However, Hanft took time off from work in December to March 2018 to take care of his own health. He returned to work in April, only to find an administrator and two security guards waiting for him in his office, according to the suit. The suit also stated that Hanft was escorted out of the office in front of his colleagues, and was told that he couldn’t return.“I was humiliated,” Hanft said. “Never in my life was I escorted anywhere by security guards.”After this incident, Hanft and his legal team drafted a civil complaint — suing Keck and CHLA for discrimination based on disability, harassment, retaliation, defamation, intrusion into private affairs and wrongful constructive termination in violation of public policy, among other charges.Hanft said that his removal from the office was not an isolated incident.USC Keck declined to comment, citing employee privacy. “Due to employee privacy issues, USC is unable to share details regarding personnel matters,” a university spokesperson said in an email.  According to the complaint, Susan Turkel, an associate professor of psychiatry and the behavioral sciences and director of psychiatric child services at CHLA, had violated his right to privacy by pressing him to reveal personal information about his diagnosis before he requested a leave of absence in October. Turkel is listed in the Keck School of Medicine’s faculty index, and is being represented by USC.Turkel did not respond to Daily Trojan in time for publication.“Dr. Turkel persistently and repeatedly pried into my medical history and resented me when I wouldn’t share it with her,” Hanft said. “She was pressuring me for it. I told her that I was concerned that she would tell everyone else on the team, and she told me I have to accept that.”CHLA declined to comment on Hanft’s allegations. As a doctor, this intrusion into private matters seemed off-putting to Hanft, who referenced the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and other obligations of privilege and privacy that doctors swear to uphold.“[Turkel] acted like she owned [my medical history] and it was hers to do what she wanted with,” Hanft said.In November 2017, Turkel complained to Steven Siegel, the chair of the department of psychiatry about Hanft’s problematic and condescending behaviors and attitude, according to a memo obtained by the Daily Trojan.Turkel’s memo described Hanft as being difficult to work with, establishing poor rapport with patients and being unresponsive to colleagues. Turkel called Hanft’s “fitness for his current position” into question and requested that his contract not be renewed. Hanft said that the memo was a malicious pretext set up to fire him. The Daily Trojan obtained five years of professional evaluations dating back to 2012, in which CHLA division chiefs called Hanft “outstanding,” “someone who met challenges with good-grace” and someone worthy of promotions. For each year from 2012-16, the question on the evaluations: “Are there behavioral issues?” was answered with a “no.” Three of these evaluations were signed by Turkel. John Winer, an attorney from Hanft’s legal team, said these documents showed a lack of support for Turkel’s claims. “There is zero indication of the pretext on which they [asked him to leave],” Winer said. “We were able to review a lot of the documents from the investigation file and … what we learned is that there is zero support for Dr. Turkel’s position in the case.”Hanft further detailed the pain he endured during his final months working at CHLA under Turkel, characterizing it as a hostile work environment. The civil complaint said Hanft was yelled at for attempting to discuss his leave of absence. “[Turkel] was still glaring at [Hanft] and told him that she did not want to discuss the subject [of his leave] anymore and told [Hanft] to stop talking about it,” according to the civil complaint. “[When] Turkel left, [Hanft] closed the door to his office and began crying.” A month before he was removed from his office in April, Hanft began seeking legal advice and brought his case to the law firm Winer, McKenna, Burritt and Tills, LLP.“The bad things that were happening seemed to be escalating,” Hanft said. “Bad things [were becoming] so bad they became intolerable. That’s when the legal [route] became more active. [Turkel] knew about my health issues, and when I requested time off it became much more of a problem.”Winer stated that constructive termination — which Wex Legal Dictionary defines as “when an employee quits a job because working conditions are so intolerable” — was one of the main claims of the suit.  “He couldn’t handle it anymore,” Winer said. “Instead of being welcomed back [to work], he was escorted out like a criminal in front of all of his coworkers.”Hanft said that he believed the security guards were not necessary and that a phone call would have sufficed.“They knew that [day] was my return date,” Hanft said. “I don’t understand why they didn’t call me the day before. Instead, I showed up.”Before his official resignation at the end of May this year, Hanft said that he had repeatedly asked higher ranking members of the administration within Keck and the University to seek help. USC’s Office of Equity and Diversity reached out to Hanft via email in January, and Hanft arranged for a meeting in February, per emails obtained by the Daily Trojan.  The office is still conducting its investigation, and no conclusions have been reached, according to Hanft’s legal team. OED deferred comment to the University.“I had reached out to [administration] high up within Keck and the University and it seemed like my concerns fell on deaf ears,” Hanft said.last_img read more

Digital Schoolhouse partners with XMA-Viglen for National Esports Tournament

first_imgNational Esports Tournament, a competition for schools, is returning for a second year and is welcoming XMA-Viglen as its partner. The tournament aims to help students become interested in technology and increase their awareness of the esports industry.XMA-Viglen is an IT solutions company that will work alongside PlayStation to support the tournament – which is being run and organised by Digital Schoolhouse. This year’s National Esports Tournament takes place using Blizzard’s Overwatch.The Grand Final of this tournament, which takes place in April and coincides with the London Games Festival, will see 20 schools face off against each other at Gfinity’s esports arena in London. The competitors will play on British-built Viglen computers provided by XMA-Viglen.Regional qualifiers will kick off in Manchester on March 6th,  Bristol on March 12th, and Kingston on March 13th in GAME’s Belong arenas. There will also be a qualifier held at Staffordshire University on March 7th. The winners of the aforementioned Grand Final will be awarded with a custom, handmade trophy designed by UK games studio, Creative Assembly.Craig Connell, Commercial Manager, XMA-Viglen discussed the company’s involvement with the tournament: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to be involved with the Digital Schoolhouse, with our long standing experience within education and our Viglen range, it’s a great partnership. With the recent launch of our New Gaming PC’s; the Incepta range, it made perfect sense to work in conjunction with DSH and UKIE.”Pablo Calvo, Esport Coach and Marketing Manager also commented on the event: “I wanted to help develop the UK esports scene from within, guiding students in their potential career paths. It’s one of the toughest choices we make, so ensuring students have the information available is vital and what better way than showing them? That’s what the tournament does and I think that’s already a huge win for them.”Esports Insider says: Making young children aware of new, emerging career options is vital, and Digital Schoolhouse has done a great job with the National Esports Tournament so far. We look forward to seeing it return, and great that they have another partner on board.last_img read more

Fifth generation Alpena resident running for circuit court judge

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. – A fifth-generation Alpena resident has announced his candidacy for judge of the 26th circuit court.This morning, Attorney at Law, Joel Bauer declared his candidacy and said diligence to solving problems and issues the community is having will be his priority if elected.Inspired by his father, one of the youngest prosecutors elected in Michigan, Joel said his father’s commitment to equality and a hard work ethic served as his inspiration.Bauer has been an attorney for 16 years.Being rooted in northeast Michigan and having diverse experiences as an attorney are things Bauer feels set him apart from his running mates.With COVDI–19 disrupting many campaign efforts, Bauer says he will be doing virtual door knocking through social media.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious APS partners with local businesses to provide students access to high speed InternetNext Zoomed in after passing the barlast_img read more