"Not everyone is on board with Princess Diana of Themyscira representing female empowerment."
"A group identified as "Concerned United Nations staff members" put up an online petition urging the U.N. to "reconsider" the ambassador choice. In the online petition the group reiterated their frustration with the honor going to a "mascot."
"Having strong (living, breathing) female role models is a critical aspect of the goal of empowerment of women and girls," the group wrote. At the time of writing the petition had garnered more than 1,300 signatures."
"Follow Fiona Hannon @Fiondi So bloody depressing that the #unitednations couldn't find a real live women's ambassador who doesn't run round in her knickers #wonderwoman"
"Today is Unity Day—a day that we stand together against bullying, united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.
This month I’ve been talking a lot about bullying. It’s an epidemic for our kids but it’s not something that, as a parent, you’re defenseless against. You can do something to help!
Something parents feel particularly helpless with is cyberbullying. And cyberbullying has become a bigger and bigger problem. It’s reported that 43 percent of students have been bullied while online, and 53 percent of kids admit they have said something mean or hurtful to another kid online—one in three of those have done so more than once. Cyberbullying is a huge issue.
I recently interviewed Dr. Josh Straub. He’s a psychologist and leading expert on social media and the effect it’s having on our kids. One of the big points he makes is that social media is causing teens to lose empathy. In our interview, he talked about a study done on college students.
The study found that over the past 30 years, self-centeredness has increased by 40 percent in students and empathy has decreased by 30 percent.
This lack of empathy is a product of an internet culture that teaches kids they are the center of the universe and distances them from real relationships and face-to-face conversations. With this lack of empathy and face-to-face connection, it has become easier and easier for kids to bully other kids online. They even share videos of bullying, so the whole school can see, causing kids to be desensitized to inappropriate and cruel behavior.
"University of Ottawa administrators will not commit to investigating the organizers of a now cancelled annual pub crawl, during which students were reportedly encouraged to engage in sexual acts in exchange for team points.
The student federation is investigating instead, said university president Jacques Frémont on Thursday morning.
"We will get in touch with them [the federation] today to see what can be done," he said.
"The federation and the student association, if they want to conduct an inquiry, I think it's probably the proper thing to do and we will support them.""
Summary from Academica Top Ten - Friday, October 21, 2016:
"uOttawa newspaper editor receives online threats after reporting on pub crawl
The editor of the University of Ottawa’s student newspaper has reportedly received a wave of sexual and racist threats after publishing an exposé on a pub crawl organized by one of the school’s student bodies.
Since the article’s publication, La Rotonde Editor Yasmine Mehdi has reportedly received hateful messages on social media. Kelly Gordon, who sat on the University of Ottawa’s Task Force on Respect and Equality, says that she is shocked by “how racist these comments were, implying that because she's a woman of color she doesn't have the right to speak out. It is appalling and unacceptable.”
CTV reports that Mehdi has declined to discuss the online comments in order to focus on whether any sanctions will be handed down to the pub crawl’s organizers and participants. uOttawa has officially condemned the event and the university’s student union has launched an investigation into it."
"Catarina de Albuquerque, former UN special rapporteur, on getting water recognised as a human right and why involving the private sector is a no-brainer"
"Global water crises are the biggest threat the planet will face over the next decade, according to the World Economic Forum. But the complexity of this problem makes water a particularly knotty issue. On one hand we face rapidly worsening shortages of freshwater – Nasa satellite data shows that freshwater from 21 of the world’s largest 37 aquifers is being withdrawn faster than it can be replenished. On the other, out of a global population of 7 billion, 663 million people still lack access to water and 2.4 billion live without a toilet. The competing demands for finite water resources are so great that in April, a high-level panel of 11 heads of state was convened to help meet the sustainable development goal (SDG) on water. The involvement of the private sector, however, still divides water and sanitation professionals. Some see it as a necessary means to bridge the gaps in funding and implementation, while others are concerned that profit-making organisations will exclude the poorest from essential services. "
"All those who currently go hungry in the world can be adequately fed with about two percent of current food production, much of which is wasted or lost. Credit: IPS
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct 17 2016 (IPS) - Why do people go hungry? Mainly because they do not have the means to get enough food, whether by producing it themselves or by purchasing it. There is more than enough food to feed the world. All those who currently go hungry can be adequately fed with about two percent of current food production, much more of which is wasted or lost. The main problem is one of distribution or access, rather than production or availability.
Inequality and poverty, and increasingly, ‘natural disasters’ and armed conflict in the world are at the core of the problem of world hunger. While there still is enough food to feed the growing world population, unequal distribution of resources, incomes and vulnerability mean that food security remains a challenge for localities, households, and individuals. Countries with persistent poverty and high population growth face the greatest challenges as the poor there are least likely to be able to raise incomes or mobilize resources to adequately feed themselves."
"Jomo Kwame Sundaram was the Assistant Secretary-General for Economic and Social Development in the United Nations system during 2005-2015 and received the 2007 Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought."
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"In a searing, eloquent essay on living with schizophrenia, Deborah Danner agonized over the deaths of mentally ill people like her at the hands of police. Less than five years later, she became part of that toll.
A police sergeant, who was called because Danner was in distress, fatally shot her Tuesday in her Bronx apartment after she went at him with a baseball bat, police said.
NYPD admits 'we failed' in police shooting of mentally ill Bronx woman
With the mayor saying the sergeant failed to follow his training in handling mentally ill people, Danner’s death seems to echo a scenario she dreaded in a 2012 essay. “We are all aware of the all too frequent news stories about the mentally ill who come up against law enforcement instead of mental health professionals and end up dead,” she wrote.
Danner called for “teaching law enforcement how to deal with the mentally ill in crisis”, training the city has emphasized in the past two years. Police have been looking into why Sgt Hugh Barry didn’t use a stun gun or call for specially trained emergency service officers. Bronx prosecutors announced Thursday they’ll investigate"
The union that represents Carleton professors has compiled a list of more than 20 changes it would like to see in the university's sexual violence prevention policy. Under provincial legislation, the policy must be passed by the end of the year.
"Carleton faculty union calls for 20+ amendments to sexual violence policy
The Carleton University Academic Staff Association has responded to a recent draft of the school’s sexual violence policy with a list of more than 20 changes it would like to see made to the policy.
The Ottawa Citizen reports that most of the changes revolve around three areas: prevention, confidentiality, and representation in hearings.
According to the Association, the current draft contains no clear statement of how resources for education would be allocated, and is asking that the school fund a position whose sole purpose is to address and prevent sexual violence on campus.
“We managed to turn the tide on racism. We managed to turn the tide on homophobia. We can turn the tide on sexual violence,” said Dawn Moore, associate professor of law and equity chair of the faculty union. “The teachable moments are fleeting. And now we’re in one. I want my university to be getting it right.”"
We produce more than enough to feed all people on the planet. Surely it's one of the fundamental challenges of our time to focus our considerable intelligence on altering our consumption and harvesting patterns so that all who share this small blue Earth -- two-legged, four-legged, winged and finned -- can enjoy food security.
"From the stresses of intercultural dating to increased expectations of getting As, experts reflect on what’s changed over the past 15 years"
Summary from Academica Top Ten - Thursday, October 20, 2016:
"Verity Turpin, the assistant vice-provost of student affairs at Dalhousie, says what has changed the most in the past 15 years is the way that university health services collaborate with each other, from counselling services, to doctors or social workers. Dalhousie is in year three of a five-year strategy to examine how the university supports students’ health and wellness. “Before we had all these great services working almost in isolation and not strategically,” she says. “Now we are working much more intentionally with our students and using data and research to inform how we make those investments and how we work.”"
In 1960, Harvard professor Theodore Levitt published a landmark paper in Harvard Business Review that urged executives to adapt by asking themselves, “What business are we really in?” He offered the both the railroad companies and Hollywood studios as examples of industries that failed to adapt because they defined their business incorrectly.
Yet today, the railroads don’t seem to be doing too badly. Union Pacific, the leading railroad company has a market capitalization of over $80 billion, about 60% more than Ford or GM. Disney, the leading movie studio company, has a market capitalization of about $150 billion. That doesn’t seem too shabby either.
While nimble startups chasing the next trend are exciting, the truth is that companies rarely succeed by adapting to market events. Rather, successful firms prevail by shaping the future. That can’t be done through agility alone, but takes years of preparation to achieve. The truth is that once you find yourself in a position where you need to adapt, it’s usually too late.
Through our technology dependence, from smartphones to laptops, we seem to have a keyboard attached to our fingertips at all times. Have you thought about the last time you wrote something by hand? Research shows that our brains benefit from handwriting in multiple ways.
magine you are driving down a two-lane road at about 45 miles per hour, cruising home. You see a group of kids walking home from school about 100 yards ahead. Just as you’re about to pass by them, an oncoming 18-wheeler swerves out of its lane and is about to hit you head on. You have seconds, tops, to decide: Sacrifice yourself, or hit the children so you can avoid the truck.
I like to think that, if asked in advance, most people would choose not to plough into the kids. As the automation of driving advances, there’s a way to “hard-code” that decision into vehicles. Many cars already detect whether a toddler in a driveway is about to be run over by a driver with a blind spot. They even beep when other vehicles are in danger of being bumped. Transitioning from an alert system to a hard-wired hard stop is technically possible. And if that’s possible, so is an automatic brake that would prevent a driver from swerving to save herself at the expense of many others.
But the decision can also be coded the other way—to put the car occupants’ interests above all others. Christoph von Hugo, Mercedes’ manager of driver assistance systems, active safety, and ratings, appeared to push this vision of the future of more fully autonomous vehicles in a recent article in Car and Driver. “You could sacrifice the car, but then the people you’ve saved, you don’t know what happens to them after that in situations that are often very complex, so you save the ones you know you can save,” he said. “If you know you can save at least one person, at least save that one. Save the one in the car.”
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