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Scott Mills gives LGBT talk at St Anne’s

first_imgHe did, nonetheless, affirm that the experience left him feeling “very lucky” by comparison.As well as the film, Mills took questions regarding his career in radio. Talking about casual homophobia in the media, Mills defended BBC colleague Chris Moyles, who was criticised for using “gay” as a derogatory term live on air in 2006. “I know Chris very well, and I know it’s a cliché thing to say, but he loves the gays,” he remarked. “I remember the press calling me that day going: ‘Your friend’s a homophobe!’ and I was like, ‘He’s not.’ But he was right to apologise.”Audience members were very positive about Scott Mills’ appearance. Fourth year St Anne’s linguist George Hicks thought the presenter was “very well informed” and noted, “He was obviously committed to portraying the situation in Uganda accurately and sensitively.”Second year musician Toby Huelin found the talk “insightful”, commenting, “Scott is the jewel of Radio 1 and it’s fantastic that he is using his media power to highlight the horrendous treatment of gay people in Uganda. It is shocking to think that everything he describes is happening now – in 2013.”Hannah Smith, a second year linguist at St Anne’s, agreed. “It was very different to see him speaking in person on a very serious topic, but his passion and honesty were really inspiring,” she said. “It was great to see another side to him and hear his views on homosexuality – I’ll be listening to his innuendo bingo and other work in a different light after that.”Exeter’s LGBT rep Adam Ward, who organised the event, stated, “Scott is deservedly praised for his fantastic radio work and his brilliant contributions to Eurovision, but listening to his insights on the serious problems confronting LGBT individuals in Uganda was particularly rewarding. I’m sure his well-attended talk will make many reflect on the wider struggle for LGBT individuals in the world and appreciate that even though more can be done, we are fortunate to live in a much more welcoming society.” BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills delivered a talk on Thursday evening at St Anne’s on the dangers faced by gay men and women in Uganda.The 38-year-old radio personality was invited by Exeter LGBTQ Society to speak to students about his 2011 documentary The World’s Worst Place to Be Gay?, which won an award from Stonewall, the UK’s largest LGB rights organisation.The talk was held at St Anne’s after Exeter LGBTQ Society had to rearrange the venue at short notice.Mills, who is himself gay, insisted his sexuality was “not a big deal”, saying, “I don’t really ever want it to define me.” Nevertheless, he is no less passionate about his achievement. He continued, “I would do it all again tomorrow. I am really proud of what we did out there.”Filmed in a week in late 2010, the BBC Three documentary exposed the endemic nature of anti-gay attitudes in Uganda, where it is illegal to be homosexual.An ongoing anti-homosexuality bill in the small African state seeks to increase the level of punishment imposed on gay citizens. It has attracted widespread international condemnation, with US President Barack Obama describing it as “odious”.In the capital city of Kampala, Mills met gay campaigners such as Frank Mugisha, and described his futile search for pro-gay voices in the community – which are practically non-existent in Uganda’s deeply conservative social and religious culture.Mills also met highly vocal Ugandan figures, such as anti-gay preacher Solomon Male and the proposer of the latest bill, MP David Bahati. The politician attempted to arrest Mills after an interview for the documentary. “It did feel as though we were in some film. I’ve never been that scared,” he recalled. “He told our fixer that he was going to search every hotel in Kampala, seize the tapes, and arrest us.”On Uganda’s future, Mills was pessimistic. He was sceptical of any viewership of the documentary in the country, and noted how, shortly after filming, one gay contributor was beaten violently to death with a hammer. He commented, “It was really scary at times, and actually quite depressing, because it doesn’t look like it’s going to get better any time soon.”last_img read more

Press release: Ofsted: Stronger partnerships needed to tackle knife crime

first_imgThe report finds: Read Knife crime: safeguarding children and young people in education. Schools have very different ways of dealing with knives and teaching children about the risks of carrying a knife. Schools need guidance about what works. Some schools shy away from using searches or specific education programmes because they are worried about sending the “wrong message” to parents, despite evidence that these methods can effectively deter children from bringing weapons into school. Inconsistent approaches to police involvement. School leaders have very different approaches to involving the police in incidents of knife-carrying, and there is an overall lack of clarity on when police involvement is necessary. This means that some children are more likely to be criminalised for their actions than others, depending on which school they go to, or even within the same school. Too often decisions are made on the basis of children’s background, rather than the risk they pose to others. Clarity is needed on ‘managed moves’. As an alternative to exclusion, pupils who carry knives are sometimes moved to other mainstream schools or PRUs. But no single body has a clear picture of the number of children who are moved, where they go, or for what reason. It is difficult to know what happens to these children, whether they are kept safe or what their educational outcomes are. The report recommends that the Department for Education collect data on managed moves in the same way it collects information on exclusions. This data will help Ofsted and others to determine how effective managed moves are for children. The report finds there is no evidence to suggest exclusions are the root-cause of the surge in knife violence. Children who carry knives almost invariably have complex problems that begin long before they are excluded.While acknowledging that permanent exclusions are a necessary and important sanction, the report warns that some schools may be doing children a disservice by failing to follow statutory guidance on exclusions and considering whether early intervention or extra support can be put in place for children in groups with disproportionately high rates of exclusion – such as children in care. Exclusion may well be the right option in many cases, and schools must be able to take the necessary action to keep other pupils safe. However, it is important that all factors are considered.For a longer term solution, it’s imperative that partners work together on early help services that can prevent children from reaching the point of exclusion in the first place. The report acknowledges, however, the challenges local agencies face in prioritising resources for such services.Mike Sheridan, Ofsted’s Regional Director for London said: Read Amanda Spielman’s commentary on knife crime.center_img Schools in London aren’t supported well enough when it comes to dealing with knife crime and need to be included in strong multi-agency partnerships, new research from Ofsted finds.Today’s Ofsted report: Safeguarding children and young people in education from knife crime – lessons from London found that while schools need to keep children safe, they do not have the ability to counter the complex societal problems behind the rise in knife crime. These need to be addressed by a range of partners including the police, local authorities and policy makers.Ofsted’s research looks at how schools, colleges, and pupil referral units (PRUs) in London protect children from knife violence in school, and how they teach pupils to stay safe outside school. The study also examines how exclusions are being used when children bring knives into school.Overall, Ofsted’s study shows that it is extremely rare that children are caught up in serious violence on school grounds. However, it is also clear that schools’ valuable role in local partnerships is not being realised, leading to inconsistencies across London in the way schools respond. Ofsted’s research is based on survey responses from more than 100 secondary schools, colleges and PRUs across London. We also undertook 28 in-depth interviews with school, college and PRU leaders and focus groups with children and the parents of children who have been victims and/or perpetrators of knife crime. The inspectorate consulted an expert panel made up of academics, charitable organisations, headteachers, parents, youth workers and ex-gang members. Schools should be fully involved in local knife crime strategies, but too few are brought around the table. Only just over half of the schools surveyed were aware their borough had a knife crime strategy. Schools work effectively to keep their pupils safe, but they can be isolated from each other and other agencies, leading to inconsistencies in the way schools approach this issue. It is clear that there is an overwhelming desire from different agencies to reduce the prevalence of knife crime. I hope that this insight into the issue through the eyes of school leaders will create momentum across London for a more co-ordinated approach to protecting vulnerable children from the dangers of knife violence.last_img read more

Free salad bars

first_imgThree Georgia high schools will win salad bars for their cafeterias through the Raise the Salad Bar contest. The contest is presented by Dole Food Company, Inc. in partnership with Georgia Lt. Governor Casey Cagle’s Healthy Kids Georgia project and Georgia 4-H.Tackling obesityHealthy Kids Georgia was formed in 2010 to address childhood obesity in the state. By working with educational leaders from across the state, the program teaches children nutritious school lunch options, increased daily physical activity and the importance of healthy living.“Health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure and low self-esteem all have the effect of holding our children back and keeping them from reaching their true potential,” Cagle said. “Georgia’s youths deserve to be given the tools to live a happy and healthy life, and we have the opportunity through our schools to lead by example in teaching our children wellness and proper nutrition.” “Teaching healthy habits and showing young people that fruits and vegetables can be tasty is a key step in maintaining good eating habits in adults,” said Marty Ordman, vice president of marketing and communications for Dole.To win a salad bar for their school, high school students must submit an essay or video on how their school is working to meet Georgia’s health education standards. The deadline is Feb. 3, 2012.For additional contest details, visit www.raisethesaladbar.com. To learn more about Healthy Kids Georgia, visit www.healthykidsgeorgia.org. For more information on Georgia 4-H, visit www.georgia4h.org. In Georgia, childhood obesity has reached an epidemic level, with nearly a quarter of students considered obese by the time they are in third grade. Healthy Kids Georgia was developed to fight this epidemic.Healthy kids become healthy adultslast_img read more

Uljanik Loses Siem Contracts for Four Car Carriers

first_imgAutomarine Transport and Siem Shipping Inc, both part of Siem Group, have cancelled contracts with Croatian cash-strapped shipbuilder Uljanik for the construction of four Pure Car Truck Carriers (PCTCs).Uljanik said in a regulatory filing that the shipbuilding contracts were terminated due to its inability to deliver the vessels in line with the conditions stipulated in the contracts.Automarine Transport and Siem Shipping rescinded the contracts for two 7,000 ceu PCTCs, respectively, on September 1.The troubled yard is being hit with the cancellations days after it managed to secure outstanding salaries for the yard’s workers, who were on strike for over a week over late wages.Uljanik group’s account was unblocked after the Croatian Government provided a state guarantee to Croatian Postal Bank (HPB) for changing insurance instruments for earlier HPB’s loans to Uljanik from 2015 and 2016, to enable the payment of late wages.Aside to payment of late wages, the workers were also calling for the company’s management to resign.On August 28, President of Uljanik, Gianni Rossanda, presented his resignation to the Supervisory Board of Uljanik d.d.  The resignations were offered by 14 management directors of the Uljanik Group as well.The company needs to sort out remaining issues with the suppliers in order for the shipbuilder to resume production activities.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Janko Hoener / CC-BY-SA-4.0.last_img read more

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