Public urged to support ‘period poverty’ aid project in Donegal

first_imgA pop-up collection point has opened in Buncrana in support of a special project to end period poverty in Ireland.Period poverty is a silent struggle that many women are forced to deal with every month.It may be something that is often taken for granted, but the expense of feminine hygiene products can place extra pressure on teenagers and women in various circumstances. Buncrana woman Aoife Grant recently opened Donegal’s only collection point this year for Homeless Period Ireland, a project that gives dignity to women in need.The initiative takes in public donations of pads, tampons, liners and wipes that volunteers then drop off at Homeless Outreach Centres, Direct Provision Centres and Women’s Refuges.Aoife Grant, co-founder of Merdog BooksAoife, who works in publishing, was inspired to help out after hearing about the trojan work of Homeless Period Ireland Manager Claire Hunt. The project was partly prompted by a scene from the British film I, Daniel Blake in which a young woman is caught for shoplifting sanitary pads.Aoife was also struck by the harsh realities of the film and by essays on period poverty. She decided to get involved with Homeless Period Ireland in January 2019 by opening a collection point in The Exchange in Buncrana. Pads, tampons, wipes and maternity pads can all be donated to the designated point between 9.30am – 1pm and at various times in the evenings. Aoife said: “I would urge women to, when they are buying something in the shop, just to put an extra one in the basket. Women who are pregnant and don’t need the items could also buy them anyway and donate them.“I would love the support from women and men alike.”A recent survey by Plan International found that nearly 50 per cent of Irish teenage girls find it difficult to afford sanitary products. Also, 61% of Irish girls aged 12-19 have missed school as a direct result of their period. A further 61% of girls said they are too embarrassed to talk about menstruation.The average cost for a pack of sanitary pads in Ireland is €4.50, while tampons range from €2-€5 for regular packs. In a year, a woman can spend up to €100 on feminine hygiene.Aoife is hoping the local collection can help the hidden crisis and break the stigma. She said: “The most important thing to me is to get rid of that hurdle because young girls do not need another obstacle.”“This is not just for homeless women, it’s women and teenagers in crisis and those in Direct Provision.”The Buncrana collection will end on 8th March, International Women’s Day, before the goods are delivered to Homeless Period Ireland for distribution.For more information check out www.facebook.com/homelessperiodIreland Public urged to support ‘period poverty’ aid project in Donegal was last modified: February 22nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranahomeless period irelandlast_img read more

iwasshot in Joburg: a city in pictures

first_imgBernard Viljoen and the young photographers from the Twilight Shelter, a boys’ outreach centre. They ramble through Hillbrow in Johannesburg’s inner city in search of beauty and stories captured in a frame. Hard at work in the studio, Viljoen wanted to further the boys’ opportunities, developing a skills transference division to create opportunities for economic growth, social development, and job creation. The project’s success has allowed the team to move into a permanent space at Arts on Main in the Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg’s teeming central business district. (Images: iwasshot in joburg team) MEDIA CONTACTS • Bernard Viljoen Founder and Director iwasshot Foundation +27 82 922 5674 RELATED ARTICLES • Inner city kids learn about film • Education at the movies • Nikon to nurture young photographers • Uplifting township kids with music • Photos to promote social dialogueMelissa Jane Cook“iwasshot in Joburg is a [South African] business venture established to provide a platform for former street kids who received photography training through the iwasshot FOUNDATION,” says Bernard Viljoen, the architect who founded the three-month project after community service for a boozy misdemeanour.Initially teaching basic photography skills to street children, the project has expanded and now, flash forward, these budding artists receive six months of photography training, using disposable cameras to document their environment.The young photographers from the Twilight Shelter, a boys’ outreach centre, now ramble through Hillbrow in Johannesburg’s inner city in search of beauty and stories captured in a frame.“From there they receive more in-depth digital photography and computer training for another six months. Once they have completed the year they can join the iwasshot brand and start generating their own income,” says Viljoen.At the end of each year, an exhibition showcases the boys’ photography, which also goes on sale. The establishing shot this year shows boys holding disposable cameras, in a strong stance that says “I know what I am doing and I belong here too”.From the shadows, into the lightViljoen says, “… how these boys are transformed, from when they started out to being proud citizens, actively participating in their society, discussing their camera angles, colour and composition, it is incredibly humbling to see”.The project aims to enrich the lives of street kids who have found their calling through a lens. Viljoen wanted to further their opportunities, developing a skills transference division to create opportunities for economic growth, social development, and job creation.Solani Dube, a former student at iwasshotin joburg, says he had no self-esteem; he was” living with no direction”. He had never thought of himself as a “normal human being”, but now he is studying law.The words “I was shot in Joburg” can elicit fear, seeming more suited to a newspaper headline, but Viljoen thought it was an expression of life in Hillbrow, with its violent reputation.“I believed that if a brand is relevant, conceptual and slightly controversial, that it will take off. It did. It has now been four years and we are going strong.”Viljoen says the project aims to “To create quality products; to establish a brand. We want to become part of the South African economy rather than sitting at a robot begging for a hand-out.”The project’s success has allowed the team to move into a permanent space at Arts on Main in the Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg’s teeming central business district.Toni Sithole, another student, says, “I am moving forward with myself, I am improving, and I am doing something for myself. I see myself in the future as a person, opening new doors for myself. Hillbrow is a new playground for budding photographers.”He also wanted the boys “to find beauty where you thought there was none. If you move your eye, you can see a different world and whatever you see can make an impact on people”.An unfamiliar lifeViljoen is interested in people living on the periphery of society, people who don’t have a voice, but who have experienced so much in their lives.Little previews of city life are exposed in the photographs; glimpses into lives unfamiliar to suburbanites. Shadows reflecting off a leg or a sign are fragments, enticing viewers to look deeper and be witness to a transformation, an invisible human being becoming a person with a voice.Viljoen believes consistency is important with his charges as they have had such volatile, tumultuous lives. So each week, he showed up.He says, “For some of the boys, the project has also meant feeling more at home. There are stories of neglect, abuse, being orphaned. Abandoned in different ways by the families and systems that give children the love, support and nurturing they need. Iwasshotin Joburg is a way to claim something back, to make something of value, to be of value.”Sandile Mdlalose says, “I used to eat out of rubbish dumps and beg. [Now] When people talk to me, they speak to me as if I am a big person. Everyone can do something for themselves; it doesn’t matter where you are from. I believe in myself now, I have a strength that I never had before.”“I tell them the cameras are like our little AK47s,” says Viljoen. “They give us permission to walk the street. If you keep it in your hand it elevates you above the everyday street life.”To Viljoen, Johannesburg is the most interesting, textured city in South Africa.“I’m lucky enough to work almost solely in the heart of the city, and over the years it’s become more striking to me. It’s the synergy of history, drive for success, passion and interesting, warm people that give Joburg a buzz of energy.“If you walk around and experience the space – new and old – you’re always treated to a visual overload. Suburban dwellers, who don’t hit the streets of Joburg, never really see or understand its beauty. They’re blind-shot by unjustified fear.”The snapshots, he says, capture the beauty, intriguing spaces, textures layers, and diverse people of Johannesburg.“Hillbrow is an assault on the senses … the towering blocks of flats draw your eyes upwards and you’re mesmerised by the rainbow-coloured clothing hanging on practically every balcony, the rowdy sounds of street vendors bargaining and schoolchildren laughing and chatting.“There are contrasts … the countless broken window panes glistening in the sun and the vivid colours of the fresh fruit sold by the vendors … the boys see photo opportunities lurking on every corner. Over the years, they’ve produced really powerful images.”Pritchard Ndlovu manages the studio at Arts on Main. He says that the iwasshot space has changed his life; he now has a future and it’s thanks to the lens; “The photos allow the boys to tell stories. It is an incredible initiative that brings joy to the boys and inspires a sense of belonging.”Viljoen adds: “I have succeeded in this if every kid is able to tell a story with their photos – their own — if I can make them feel worthy of sharing it with the world, visually documenting their stories, their observations, their hopes and dreams.”last_img read more

Fraudulent Recruiting?

first_imgOne of the many conventional wisdoms in HR is that it is important to increase the diversity of the applicant pool by posting positions and recruiting externally. I could not agree more, except when I disagree.Let’s look at the case of the vacant Marketing Director position of Company ABC. Renee is a Vice President of Marketing and wants to promote Alexa into the vacant position.Following the conventional wisdom relative to increasing diversity, HR strongly encourages Renee to post internally and to recruit externally. Renee reluctantly agrees in response to HR’s persistent encouragement.There are three (3) very strong final candidates. Ultimately, Renee goes with her first choice, Alexa, and promotes her.Alexa is a white woman.  One of the unsuccessful external candidates, Max, is a man of color.When Max looks at Alexa’s credentials as she has described them on a social media profile, he concludes he is more qualified than she and files a charge of discrimination with the EEOC alleging race and gender bias and ultimately sues in court.When deposed, Renee admits, as she must, that she really knew whom she wanted to hire before opening up the position to internal posting and external recruiting. As a result, a number of candidates invested time and emotional energy on an opportunity that was an oasis.How do you think a jury will feel about applicants being played this way? In this case, I am with the plaintiff and not the defendant.What would have happened if the position has not been posted internally and externally? Alexa would have gotten the job but there probably would not have been a charge, let alone a lawsuit.When the deal is effectively sealed, the posting has a fraudulent feel to it and does nothing more than create a pool of potential litigants. Legal and fairness considerations argue against posting in these circumstances.Some employers still post or recruit in these circumstances but add something to the effect “strong internal candidate identified.” This is not transparency but a transparent hedge that may invite attack.I don’t foresee it. I have seen it. So let’s go back to the general recommendation of not posting when you know who you are going to hire.Of course, make sure your policy on posting does not lock you into posting all vacant positions. If the policy states or suggests that you will post in all circumstances, then your failure to post may be used as evidence of discrimination.HR policies need to be drafted to allow for exceptions to general rules to reflect the need for agility in the business world. But let’s not stop there.Where an exception is made, document contemporaneously the legitimate non-discriminatory reason for the exception. This will mitigate, not eliminate, the risk of not posting.Yes, in the case of the vacant Marketing Manager position, there are risks no matter what you do. That’s why HR needs to think more about managing as opposed to avoiding risk.It’s a bit uncomfortable. Once we accept this, we can get more comfortable with it.last_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: August 17, 2018

first_imgDuo admit to stealing more than $40,000 using credit card skimmersTwo Florida residents, who prosecutors said used electronic devices to illegally skim credit card numbers from gas stations through Virginia and North Carolina for eight months, were sentenced on federal charges Monday. Yunior Manuel Torres-Blanco, 25, of Hialeah, Fla., was sentenced earlier this week to 42 months (3.5 years) in prison.  Ynaisel Garcia, 22, also of Hialeah, was sentenced to 36 months (3 years) in prison. They both pleaded guilty to one count each of aggravated identity theft and one count of credit card fraud. Garcia also pleaded guilty to four counts filed in North Carolina, conspiracy to commit access device fraud and three counts of access device fraud.“These defendants stole the identities of hard-working Virginians and caused tens of thousands of dollars in financial loss,” United States Attorney Thomas Cullen stated. “I am grateful for the hard work of the Roanoke County Police Department and the Secret Service in bringing them to justice.” Investigators determined that between December 2016 to August 2017, the two suspects placed credit card skimmers on various gas pumps throughout Virginia and North Carolina, capturing the credit card information of customers purchasing gas. As part of the scheme, Torres-Blanco and Garcia were able to get the stolen credit card information from the skimmers, create new cards using the stolen numbers, and used them to buy gift cards, services, and merchandise. In August 2017, a Roanoke County detective recognized a vehicle with Florida plates traveling in Botetourt County as one similar to a vehicle suspected of being involved in a gas pump credit card skimming scheme. It was determined that the two suspects were inside.When approached by police for a traffic stop, Garcia tried to elude officers and Torres-Blanco threw items, later identified as gift cards, from the window. Once they stopped the vehicle and were able to search it, investigators found two credit card skimmers, a laptop, 68 unopened gift cards, 86 credit cards, 83 of which had been recoded with stolen credit card information, a new 55-inch television, and a new 65-inch television. In all, Torres-Blanco and Garcia obtained more than $40,000 in merchandise, gift cards and services.   [Source: WEARTV3 ABC News]- Sponsor – Couple that fled after shoplifting spotted by off-duty copA couple that sped away from Home Depot on Monday morning with unpaid merchandise were later spotted by an off-duty officer and taken into custody. According to police, Home Depot security spotted Kevin Kelly, 34, who had been identified as a shoplifter previously, pick up three DeWalt drills and head for the exit. When he saw security, he allegedly said he forgot something and turned around. However, the report said, he left via another exit, getting into a waiting tan Buick LeSabre.An on-duty officer heard the car’s description and spotted the car getting onto Interstate 95 southbound, and followed. He pulled in front of the car and activated the lights and told them to move into the breakdown lane. They did, and the officer pulled over. He spotted an infant in a car seat in the back seat. As the officer began to get out of his cruiser, the Buick took off, driving down the breakdown lane, police said. Because of the heavy rain, traffic and the infant in the car, the officer did not engage in a pursuit.State Police spotted the car near Exit 19, and an off-duty Fairfield officer, who had a radio in his car, saw the car pull into a nearby parking lot. Kelly and the driver, Tracy Hollister, 33, were both taken into custody. The 16-month-old child was turned over to a grandparent and the state Department of Children and Families was notified. On the backseat of the car were the three drills, worth $1,097.Kelly, of Bassett Road in Branford, was charged with fourth-degree larceny, conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny and risk of injury to a minor. He was held in lieu of $1,000 bond and processed for failure to appear warrant out of Branford, which carried a $2,500 bond. Kelly is scheduled to appear in state Superior Court in Bridgeport on Aug. 22. Hollister, who lives on Wilderwood Road in Guilford, was charged with interfering with an officer, risk of injury to a minor and conspiracy to commit fourth-degree larceny. She was released on a promise to appear in Bridgeport on Aug. 22 as well.   [Source: Chron]Pink Floyd goes after Alibaba to stop the sale of Chinese counterfeit goodsPink Floyd is asking a judge to help them put a stop to the sale of counterfeit memorabilia from Chinese manufacturers on the Internet and they want websites like Alibaba, Facebook and Google to help them out. According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the legendary band claims a number of unknown companies have been selling counterfeit goods online, claiming the companies go “to great lengths to conceal both their identities and the full scope and interworking of their illegal counterfeiting operation. The band claims the companies use sites like iOffer and Aliexpress and claim they design their listings “so that they appear to unknowing consumers to be authorized online retailers, outlet stores, or wholesalers selling genuine PINK FLOYD products.”Pink Floyd claims they have not given any of these companies permission to use their trademark and none of them are authorized retailers of their goods. They also claim these companies have incorporated “search engine optimization (SEO) tactics and social media spamming” so their products appear prominently when fans search for Pink Floyd memorabilia. Pink Floyd is seeking an injunction to stop the sale of the counterfeit goods and they want all the counterfeit websites transferred over to them.The band also wants a judge to issue an injunction against iOffer and Alibaba — as well as Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google, Bing and Yahoo — to stop them from providing any services for the offending sites. Pink Floyd is asking for all the profits made by the companies selling the counterfeit goods or $2,000,000 for each and every use of their trademark. A judge has yet to rule.  [Source: The Blast][text_ad use_post=’128086′]Employee charged with embezzlementA Wilburton, Oklahoma, man is facing five years imprisonment after being caught ringing up overstock products as returns and keeping the money, court documents state. Roy Edward Harrelson Jr., 45, of Wilburton, was charged July 30 with felony embezzlement, according to court documents filed by the office of District 16 District Attorney Jeffrey Smith. Documents show Harrelson is out of the Latimer County Jail after posting a $500 bond.According to a probable cause affidavit prepared by Wilburton Police Assistant Chief John Ford, Ford was dispatched July 25 to an auto parts store in Wilburton and met with a man that said he was a loss prevention associate who discovered that the store manager – identified as Harrelson – had been embezzling money.The loss prevention associate told Ford that Harrelson confessed to him that he had embezzled $1,053.31 in cash from the store, the affidavit states. Ford wrote in his report he went into a room, where Harrelson agreed to speak to the officer after being read his Miranda warning. [Source: McAlester News-Capital]Robbery, burglary, retail thefts lead to 5- to 10-year sentenceIn connection with a dozen separate cases that included a grocery store robbery, a burglary, thefts at various Pennsylvania retail establishments and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a local man will be serving penitentiary time. Kenneth James Haskey Jr., 31, who had several addresses in the Washington area before he was incarcerated, pleaded guilty to a single count from each of the 12 cases Tuesday in Washington County Court. Assistant District Attorney John Friedmann, as part of a negotiated plea, requested Judge Valarie Costanzo sentence Haskey to 5 to 10 years in prison followed by a decade of probation. “Are you accepting responsibility?” the judge asked Haskey, who replied, “Yes, I am.”Costanzo also ordered Haskey to have no contact with any of his victims and pay more than $4,000 in restitution. Haskey’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Jake Mihalov, noted the county jail would compute Haskey’s time served. The robbery at the Interstate Foodland store in Canton Township occurred Jan. 16, 2017, when state police alleged a man they later identified as Haskey through fingerprints requested change and pulled a knife when a 16-year-old cashier opened a register drawer.In South Strabane Township, police said businesses targeted in April and March for retail thefts included Lowe’s home store, Strabane Square, and Kay’s Jewelers and Jared Vault, Tanger Outlets, where they accused Haskey of grabbing a diamond ring and watch while clerks were showing him merchandise. State police took Haskey into custody after the unauthorized use of a vehicle was reported in April.According to online court records, Haskey also entered a guilty plea last month in Allegheny County Court to retail theft and driving while his operating privilege was suspended or revoked. Castle Shannon Police Chief Kenneth Truver said the charge was filed in connection with the March 26 theft of a carton of cigarettes from a Sunoco station on Library Road. Haskey was sentenced to 5 to 10 days and fined $200.   [Source: Observer-Reporter]Retailer wrestles again with inventory, and losesJCPenney on Thursday reported that second quarter net sales fell 7.5%year over year to $2.8 billion while comparable store sales ticked slightly positive at 0.3%, according to a press release. The company said the top-line sales decline was primarily due to the 141 stores that closed in fiscal 2017.The department store retailer’s net loss widened in Q2 to $101 million, more than double last year’s Q2 loss. Shares of JCPenny fell 22% in premarket trading as the company’s comps fell below analyst estimates (the FactSet consensus was 1%) and its losses were worse than analysts expected, according to MarketWatch. Executives also reduced their earnings guidance for the year, now expecting flat comps and a loss of up to $1 per share.Penney said in Q2 that its children’s, jewelry, Sephora, women’s apparel and salon sales were the retailer’s strongest performing categories. Women’s apparel, which has been a point of pain for Penney in past periods, showed positive comps in Q2 and felt “a beneficial impact” from the retailer’s attempts to reposition itself in the category..   [Source: RetailDIVE] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Behind The Screen With Maori: Pariah

first_imgPariah – Adepero Oduye & Charles Parnell(Courtesy of Pariah) By now you’ve more than likely heard about the narrative feature film directed by NYU grad Dee Rees—Pariah. The film, which had its world premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival last January, has since received much deserved critical acclaim for its sensitive and emotionally-gripping portrayal of protagonist Alike’s coming-of-age and –out as a queer teen. Set in Brooklyn, Pariah tells the story of a 17-year-old girl preoccupied with poetry and searching for romantic love. As she begins to embrace her sexuality and commence that awkward crawl towards adulthood, Alike battles her conventional parents and more flamboyant peers, all the while managing to continually progress toward a graceful freedom that she can call her own. This film is not a tragic tale, and contrary to a few mentions in the urban blogosphere—it is not “Precious 2.0.” Pariah is lovingly and masterfully crafted. Rees has surrounded herself with a team of über-talented filmmakers including executive producer Spike Lee, cinematographer Bradford Young (who received an award at Sundance for his work on the film), producer Nekisa Cooper and actors Adepero Oduye (Alike), Kim Wayans and Charles Parnell among others—the entire cast is stellar. The characters are all three-dimensional and smash open stereotypes. It’s not easy to love or hate any character outright. The costumes are seamless and the art direction is subtle and captivating. Cinematographer Young recently gave an interview in Shadow & Act where he discussed the visual aesthetic of the film and the importance of discovering new ways to present black bodies at their most beautiful. The overall effect of the film is not one that is overwrought, but rather has a fine sense of balance. In our jaded times, Rees has managed to construct a story that hasn’t yet been told in this manner, that pulls on our hearts in all the right ways and encourages us to love ourselves (and our families)—whole. Insider tip: There will be a special tastemakers screening on Wednesday, January 11 at 7:30pm at the Ritz East (125 S. 2nd Street). Philly 360° has a few tickets available! Follow Philly 360° on Twitter for a chance to win. Pariah opens in Philadelphia on Friday January 13 Landmark Theatres: Ritz At The Bourse 5 400 Ranstead Street (Old City) Philadelphia, PA 19106last_img read more

Don’t forget Dhoni’s contribution to Indian cricket, says Afridi

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni may have faced lot of flak for his team’s embarrassing ODI series defeat against Bangladesh but Pakistan T20I captain Shahid Afridi is “not happy” in the manner the Indian ODI skipper was being targeted.Afridi termed this as “sub-continental trend” where the cricketing heroes are pilloried after one odd series defeat.”I really felt bad in the way MS (Dhoni) has been treated after Bangladesh series defeat. I completely think it’s a sub-continental trend where our heroes are not spared after one bad defeat. The media is also responsible for not painting the true picture at times,” Afridi said during an interaction.Afridi could empathizes more with Dhoni as he has also faced criticism over the years in his own country.”I am not saying that one should not analyse the present performance of a leader or a player. Criticize him but when you do that please don’t forget to also inform the world about the past. When you look at Dhoni, just look at his record before jumping to any conclusions. He has been such a tremendous player for India. His record speaks for itself,” said Afridi.The swashbuckling batsman also credited Dhoni for building a good Indian team for future.”Dhoni has built such a good team for the future. There is so much quality and talent in that batting line-up,” he said.Afridi, who now only plays T20 format for Pakistan, also sounded positive about Pakistan’s bench strength.”Pakistan cricket’s domestic structure has improved a lot in recent years. That is why we are now having a good supply line of youngsters in the national team. This team will only grow from strength to strength in coming days,” observed the 35-year-old.advertisementAfridi quit playing ODIs after World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with a record 398 ODIs. Asked if he regrets not reaching the coveted 400 ODIs milestone, he said “Not at all I am grateful to Almighty Allah (God) that I have got the opportunity to play for Pakistan for such a long time and  I am very happy to play T20 for Pakistan and would like to play the World T20 in India, next year. “The hard-hitting batsman also said that plying his trade in T20 leagues across the world is his way of staying fit for competitions.”I have played in Big Bash in Australia and now I will be playing for St Kitts and Nevis in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). In all these tournaments, you play with some of the top international cricketers in the world and you know you will have to be at your best to compete with them,” said Afridi.While signing off, Afridi said that “India’s co-operation will be needed” to resume full-time cricket in Pakistan.last_img read more