Famed Quebec actor and acting professor fired due to allegations of harassment

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Facebook He had worked at Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Quebec for roughly three decades. The school says in a statement Tuesday that it conducted an investigation in the allegations and concluded it needed to terminate Sicotte’s contract. But it did not provide specifics of the allegations or how many students came forward. MONTREAL — A renown Quebec actor and professor at the province’s music and dramatic arts conservatory has been fired from his job following allegations of “psychological harassment.” Sicotte worked in television, theatre and in film and was named a member of the Order of Canada in 2014. Gilbert Sicotte, 70, was suspended from the conservatory’s Montreal school after he was accused in November of harassing students over a period of many years. “Our thoughts are with the people who came forward to say they lived through difficult moments,” Marc Lalonde, director general of the school, said in a statement. “(The conservatory) has the responsibility of offering a health learning and work environment.” Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement An agency that represents Sicotte says, for the moment, he will not be providing a statement.last_img read more

Boca Juniors boss welcomes second Libertadores final postponement

Boca Juniors boss welcomes second Libertadores final postponement

first_imgGuillermo Barros Schelotto believes it would have been impossible for his players to focus in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final after the events on SaturdayThe Boca Juniors team bus was attacked by River Plate supporters as they travelled to El Monumental.The final was postponed for 24 hours with Boca players Pablo Perez and Gonzalo Lamardo being taken to the hospital after the attack.An announcement was later released stating that the final would again be postponed with a new date and time to be determined in Paraguay on Tuesday.The CONMEBOL’s decision has been welcomed by Schelotto – who feels it’s only fair given what’s happened.River Plate v Boca Juniors - Copa CONMEBOL Libertadores 2018Match Preview: River Plate vs Boca Juniors Boro Tanchev – September 1, 2019 It is time for one of the most intense derby games in the world, as River Plate and Boca Juniors go head-to-head tonight at 22:00 (CET).“We were at a disadvantage yesterday as we are today,” said the Boca coach, according to SportsStarLive.“We weren’t prepared for a final in the previous hours. We prepared for a whole year for this, but yesterday we were at a disadvantage.“Be it River or any other rival, both have to be in the same condition.“I tried to focus the team on the match but it was impossible to keep them focused yesterday and today.”Reports suggest that the first Copa Libertadores final between Boca and River will now be held on December 8.last_img read more

WATCH Cow vigilantes thrash Muslims for carrying beef force them to chant

first_imgThe cow vigilantes had reportedly got a tip-off that 2 Muslim youths and a woman, who were travelling in an auto, were carrying beef.TwitterThree persons including a Muslim man and a Muslim woman were thrashed by vigilantes over suspicion of carrying beef in Seoni, Madhya Pradesh. A video of the assault that went viral showed self-proclaimed gau rakshaks forced the victims to chant slogans of ‘Jai Shree Ram’. The accused held the youths to a tree one by one and beat them up mercilessly as the onlookers stood by.The incident reportedly happened on May 22 but the police came to know of it on May 24 when the clip went viral. Madhya Pradesh police said that they have arrested all the five accused who mercilessly had beaten up the victims with sticks.Warning: The following videos are disturbing.Gau Rakshaks on the prowl part two pic.twitter.com/xLdXsRFJky— Hemender Sharma (@delayedjab) May 24, 2019A day after on all the talk on inclusiveness by @PMOIndia this is what happens in Seoni, MP. Muslim man being beaten on suspect of carrying beef and then asked 2 thrash his wife & say Jai Shree Ram. Hoping @DGP_MP will take some action. Truly sad. pic.twitter.com/NGZakOl7r3— Rachna Dhingra (@RachnaDhingra) May 24, 2019The police have named Ram Sena Leader Shubham Baghel as one of the accused. “We came to know that Shubham Baghel had stopped one woman and two men yesterday. Baghel along with his four to five friends had beaten up the men. The video of the incident had gone viral on social media. We have registered a case against all the accused and five people have been arrested. They all will be sent to judicial remand soon,” GS Uikey, the local police official said, as quoted by news agency ANI. The official also said that Baghel had earlier been booked for his involvement in other similar cases.The cow vigilantes had reportedly gotten a tip-off that two Muslim youths and a woman, who were travelling in an auto, were carrying beef.Further investigation into the matter is underway.AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi reacted to the incident saying, “This is how Muslims are treated by Vigilantes created by Modi voters.”last_img read more

Major shakeup Atanu Chakraborty is new Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Garg named

first_imgChakraborty is now the divestment department secretary and was overseeing a series of privatisation efforts of the government. TwitterIn a major bureaucratic reshuffle, the Modi-led BJP government has shifted the current Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg to the Power Ministry. Atanu Chakraborty, who is the current Secretary for Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) will be the next Secretary of Department of Economic Affairs, a coveted position in the finance ministry.Chakraborty will replace Subhash Chandra Garg. The changes would come into effect immediately.Garg will replace Ajay Kumar Bhalla as the Power Secretary. Bhalla has been appointed as the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) in the Ministry of Home Affairs.The secretaries are the top bureaucrats and are placed next to ministers in the hierarchy.Chakraborty is now the divestment department secretary and was overseeing a series of privatisation efforts of the government, including the sale of Air India.One of Chakraborty’s biggest challenges in his new post will be to launch India’s first sovereign overseas bond this year, expected to worth about $10 billion. The move has been criticised by some prominent economists.Garg was on the six-member panel deciding on the transfer of “excess reserves” from the Reserve Bank of India, or central bank. Sources said Garg had opposed the panel’s move to transfer a smaller amount to the central government.However, this is not the first time the Narendra Modi-led NDA government has made such major changes. Back in 2014, after the Modi-led government took charge for the first time, the government transferred the then Finance Secretary Arvind Mayaram to the tourism department.(Inputs from agencies)last_img read more

Pakistan student hurls shoe at Nawaz

Pakistan student hurls shoe at Nawaz

first_imgPakistani security personnel and organiser hold a student (C) after he hurled a shoe at former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, during a ceremony in Lahore on 11 March 2018. AFPAn Islamic seminary student hurled a shoe at Pakistan’s former prime minister on Sunday, an act considered a major insult in the Muslim country.Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted last year over graft charges, appeared visibly shocked as the shoe hit his shoulder while he was addressing a gathering at a seminary in Lahore.The incident came a day after an individual hurled ink at Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, a member of the ruling party and a close Sharif aide, while he was speaking at a party rally in eastern Pakistan.The shoe hurling was broadcast live on Pakistani TV channels. In the Muslim world, such a gesture is considered particularly insulting.The perpetrator then jumped on stage where Sharif was standing and began chanting before he was overpowered by the crowd and handed over to the police.According to police officials, the man is a student at the seminary.Minutes later, Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf opposition party and an arch rival of Sharif who has frequently criticised the former prime minister, condemned the incident.“This is not the way to express yourself and I condemn whoever did it,” Khan said.Sharif, a three-time prime minister, was ousted by the judiciary in July 2017 over corruption charges which he is currently facing in Pakistani courts.last_img read more

Ronnie Floyd Arkansas megachurch pastor elected to head SBC executive committee

Ronnie Floyd Arkansas megachurch pastor elected to head SBC executive committee

first_img Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) — Ronnie Floyd, an Arkansas megachurch pastor and former Southern Baptist Convention president, has been elected to head the denomination’s Executive Committee.Meeting in Dallas, Executive Committee trustees approved Floyd’s nomination by a vote of 68-1, according to Baptist Press, the SBC’s official news service.“It’s a great privilege for me to be able to accept the opportunity to become the president and chief executive officer of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee,” said Floyd in a news conference after his election Tuesday (April 2).Floyd is pastor of Cross Church, a congregation of about 9,000 that has campuses in Arkansas and Missouri. He is also president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force.Floyd has filled a number of leadership positions in the SBC, the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, including serving as president from 2014 to 2016. He served as chair of the Executive Committee in the mid-1990s.In his new role, Floyd will head the Nashville-based Executive Committee, which acts on behalf of the SBC in between its annual meetings. One of his major tasks will be promoting the SBC’s Cooperative Program, which funds missions, seminary education and other ministries.Cross Church has given more than a million dollars annually to the Cooperative Program since 2015, according to Baptist Press.Floyd said he had much to learn and hopes to spend his early days on the job listening and learning.“I don’t have all the answers,” he said. “Who does but Christ?”During the news conference, Floyd was asked if he would continue as part of an informal group of evangelical advisers to President Trump. Floyd didn’t answer directly but said his involvement with the White House has been minimal since the 2016 election aside from some conference calls and a 2017 visit to the Oval Office, at which he led a prayer for Trump.Floyd said he would go back to the White House if invited by Trump or any other president. “If that would have been Hillary Clinton —  if she would have asked me to do that in the Oval Office, I’d be glad to go and meet with any president,” he said.Ed Stetzer, executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College, called Floyd “a strong and courageous leader.”“We need new ideas and new leaders at the Executive Committee, and Ronnie will lead the way,” Stetzer said. “His election will bring confidence to Southern Baptists as they know he will take the decisive actions the Executive Committee needs to right itself in this tumultuous time.”Dean Inserra, pastor of City Church in Tallahassee, Fla., also approved of Floyd’s election.“He has a deep love for the SBC and my hope is that he will use this position as a way to model leadership that puts the gospel above all,” he said.Floyd’s nomination comes at a difficult time for the SBC.Recent news reports have detailed alleged abuse at Southern Baptist churches. J.D. Greear, the SBC president, has called on the convention to investigate churches that have covered up abuse.A proposed amendment to the SBC’s constitution that would allow the denomination to remove churches that show clear “indifference to addressing the crime of sexual abuse” will be discussed at the SBC’s annual meeting in June.Bill Leonard, professor of divinity emeritus at Wake Forest University’s divinity school, said Floyd represents a move by the SBC to “solidify its base.”Leonard, a longtime observer of the SBC, said the convention faces a number of challenges, including declining membership, struggles in attracting young people, recent reports of abuse and other issues.Floyd will likely be charged with helping address these challenges.“They need someone who inspires their base and might try to slow the demographic hemorrhaging,” Leonard said.In a Facebook Live address, Floyd said that as president of the Executive Committee he plans to focus on evangelism. He will resign from his church this weekend, according to Baptist Press. News Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Some North Dakota GOP lawmakers abstain from Hindu prayer Tagshomepage featured Ronnie Floyd SBC Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee Top Story,You may also like By: Bob Smietana @bobsmietana By their tweets you will know them: The Democrats’ continuing God gap August 30, 2019 Bob Smietana Bob Smietana is a veteran religion writer and editor-in-chief of Religion News Service.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Share This! Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Opinion News By: Bob Smietana @bobsmietana Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Postscenter_img Share This! Share This! 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MSUs School of Global Journalism Alumni Brunch

MSUs School of Global Journalism Alumni Brunch

first_imgMorgan State University is hosting the annual alumni brunch of the School of Global Journalism, 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 18 in the Calvin and Tina Tyler Ballroom of the Student Center. Keynote speakers for the event are Jenel Boston, journalist and comedian, actor, radio host Joe Clair, both Morgan alums. Hosted by Voice of America producer/director Gwen Outen, the brunch is a celebration of communications professionals.last_img

Studying in South Africa and Learning Who I Am

Studying in South Africa and Learning Who I Am

first_imgBy Darielis Cruz, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.I was born in Moca, a small city in the Dominican Republic, and today I am a 21-year-old junior at Mercy College, in New Jersey. Thanks to the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship, I studied In South Africa last summer, and it was a transformational experience for me. For the very first time, I learned about myself, who I am as a person. Here is my story:When I was five, my father left to get a job in the United States, packing boxes at an Oreos factory in New York City. One of my earliest memories is being under the guava trees, saying goodbye to my father. Every day, he called me and told me about metal bridges that float over the water and white frozen water that fell from the sky and looked like cotton candy. Once a month, we would get care packages with Oreos in them. I would read my favorite book, The Giving Tree, and eat Oreos.Darielis Cruz (Courtesy Photo)When I was six, my mother, brother and I joined my father in New York City, moving into the back room of a relative’s apartment on West 174th Street in Washington Heights, just north of Harlem. I was so happy when I saw The Giving Tree in my classroom. A month later, we moved across the Hudson River to Union City, New Jersey, and lived on an air mattress in another relative’s home. We had 3,000 kids in my graduating class at Union City High School and a daycare for teen mothers.I felt a very special responsibility to my family to make our immigration to the United States a success story. Straight A’s, National Honor Society, honor roll. When I went to Cape Town, South Africa, in the summer of 2018, as a Frederick Douglass Global Fellow, I was free of the expectations — and pressure — that I had internalized within myself. All of my life, I have been translating for my parents, acting as the middleman if they needed to ask for time off with their boss at work or negotiate the other intricacies of life in America.Before South Africa, I had never before been so tuned into myself. I went hiking. I sat and talked for hours with the other Fellows. It felt so much like a time not long before when I had tried skydiving. In South Africa, I felt as if I was flying. Never before had I felt so free.One day, we sat in a circle and answered the question, “What is your prologue?”I realized I didn’t know who I was. I was always the idea of a perfect daughter. I was just lost in a sea of abyss. Being away, I was able to find myself and find my voice. I wasn’t speaking for someone else. I wasn’t translating someone else’s thoughts. I was speaking for just me. I learned how to become a personal leader to myself. And I realized that I am my ancestor’s wildest dream. I also realized there is so much that I can do. I can imagine anything for myself.When I had gone skydiving in 2016, I realized there are moments when we are flying but our feet are still on the ground. That’s what it felt like for me as a Frederick Douglass Global Fellow in Cape Town, South Africa.Think about where you stand right now.What if I told you that you could fly?Ten college students from Minority Serving Institutions across the country will win a prestigious Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship that covers all costs to study in London during the summer of 2019. Any qualified applicants not selected for the Fellowship will still receive a $1500 grant toward select study abroad programs. Applications are due by February 14, 2019, and can be found HERE.  Details of the program and eligibility requirements are HERE. The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship is jointly sponsored by the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions and CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange), the oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization in the U.S. that provided students with more than $8 million in scholarships and grants last year alone. Ciee.org/studylast_img read more

Who Are ya Who are ya

Who Are ya Who are ya

first_imgIts July 10th, the sun is out, Trent Bridge is packed to the rafters and the Barmy Army are in full voice eagerly awaiting an Aussie mauling. They will no doubt go through their full repertoire over the five days (or more likely four), however there is surely one chant that should dominate the Nottinghamshire airwaves and that’s “Who are ya, Who are ya, who are ya.” The 4/9 England is cracking value and the reasons why can be summed up by that chant alone.In years gone by the names rolled off the tongue; Warne, McGrath, Hadden, Waugh, Gilchrest, Lee, Langer, Clarke, Ponting to name but a few. There was never a weak link, never a target and rarely a player who we thought wouldn’t get in our side. Oh how the tables have turned. The current crop of journey men are far from house hold names in Australia, let alone over here and they are about to be found out at the highest level. The likes of Rogers, Cowan, Smith, Hughes, Harris and Faulkner wouldn’t get near the England team and we need to go into this series with the mentality that we are going to win 5-0.Show no fear, show no respect, demonstrate no self-doubt, no pity. Would the great Aussie side with Warne and McGrath done any of those things? I think not, they were ruthless to the core and that’s how we now need to be. In Cook (average 49), Trott (50), Root (42), Pieterson (49), Bell (45), Prior(44), Bairstow (31) we have runs, lots and lots of runs. The same most defiantly cannot be said for the Aussie’s and with the exception of Captain Clarke and to some extent Shane Watson they lack any sort of class with the bat. However, it’s not only with the bat that we are far superior but also with the ball. Anderson, Finn, Broad and Swann looks just about the most potent bowling attack on the planet right now and there’s no way the likes of Siddle et al carry the same threat.I could go on and on, but you get the gist by now. England are superior in every area and with home advantage to boot they should have now problems in ensuring the Ashes stay in the rightful home at Lords.RecommendationsEngland to win the series at 4/94-0 England at 8/1Trott top series batsmen 7/1Finn top series bowler 12/1last_img read more