It was 100 years ago today: Profession marks opening to women

first_imgToday the legal profession marks the 100th anniversary of the legislation that opened the legal profession to women. Within 48 hours of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 receiving royal assent on 23 December, Helena Normanton entered the Middle Temple and the first women magistrates were appointed within days.Three years later, in December 1922, Carrie Morrison was the first woman to be admitted as a solicitor.Law Society president Simon Davis said today: ‘The profession has made great strides over the past 100 years, with women now making up 50.8% of practising solicitors and 62.1% of new entrants.’However he noted that full equality has not yet been achieved. ‘Women are still not reaching senior positions in sufficient numbers and only make up 30.1% of partners in private practice,’ he said. ‘Our research identified many obstacles to women’s career progression including unconscious bias, a difficult work-life balance and networking opportunities being male focused… for real change to take root, firms across the country must put the right policies in place and work together to build a more diverse workplace for the next generation.’BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour dedicated today’s programme to the centenary. Dana Denis-Smith, founder of the First 100 Years project who began her legal career at magic circle firm Linklaters, told Woman’s Hour: ‘Having women ahead of you makes a difference… where women are there it accelerates change.’Others recalled their own experience of achievement and sexism in their own careers. Cherie Booth QC, who finished top of her year in her bar finals, said Lord Denning told her: ‘You’ve done very well, but the bar isn’t really a place for women… though my niece would disagree.’ His niece, Booth noted, also became a QC.Dr Mari Takayanagi, senior archivist at the parliamentary archives, noted that the 1919 act was the culmination of a 30-year campaign by women who began to read law at several universities, and who unsuccessfully challenged the ban on women in the legal profession in court. Male lawyers who opposed women in the law, she said, did so out of ‘misogyny’ or a ‘fear of competition’.last_img read more

‘Lost Boy’ Lomong reflects

first_imgFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — No one should be surprised that a movie is being made about Lopez Lomong’s life. There is edge-of-your-seat drama, the horror of evil, the goodness of humanity. It is a lesson in how perseverance and a positive attitude, no matter what, can be rewarded with joy.“It’s great, it’s amazing,” Lomong said of the project. “Again, why me? I am just so blessed.” RELATED PHOTOS Lost and found: Sudan native Lopez Lomong carries the U.S. flag during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. | AP PHOTO More to do: Lopez Lomong poses at the Northern Arizona University track in a May 2006 file photo. | AP PHOTO GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Yet the telling is bound to be incomplete. He is just 25 and there is so much more he wants to do — for his village in Sudan, for the family he thought he never would find, for the United States, the adopted homeland he cherishes.Not to mention his goals on the track, where he is the two-time defending U.S. champion at 1,500 meters with his best years yet to come. He is working with former University of Wisconsin distance running coach Jerry Schumacher as part of the Oregon Project, founded by Alberto Salazar to improve what has been a dismal recent history of middle-distance running in the U.S.Ever polite, ever smiling, Lomong talks excitedly of the 2012 London Olympics.“I want to speak to anybody, answer anybody’s questions,” he said, “because we are here for joy with peace and we all represent one country, the United States. I will never be any happier than if we all line up in the final in the Olympic Games and go 1-2-3, even if I finish third. Hey, we are a team.”For those who don’t know his often-told story, Lomong was 6 years old when rebels kidnapped him from the arms of his mother at a church service beneath a tree in his village. He escaped from the rebel camp with three older boys who took him with them, running for three days before being taken by Kenyan border patrol troops to a refugee camp.He stayed there for 10 years, 14 children to a hut living on a sack of corn a month and, on Easter and Christmas, a chicken. At 16, he was told by an American about the Lost Boys of Sudan program. He could write an essay about his life and, if it was good enough, would go to live with a family in the United States.It was good enough, and suddenly this boy who spent a decade as an orphan in a refugee camp hut was living at the lakeside home of Robert and Barbara Rodgers near Tully, N.Y., the first of six Lost Boys the family took in.“He knows how much support he has, not only in his family here, but all over the world,” Barbara Rodgers said, “and I think he feels a responsibility to live a good, responsible life. . . . We’re really, really proud of him.”Lomong’s first great success on the track came in 2007, when he won the NCAA 1,500-meter championship for Northern Arizona University. In July of that year, he became a U.S. citizen.He is back at Northern Arizona, working toward a degree in hotel and restaurant management, running the familiar trails that wind through the pines at an elevation of 2,130 meters. He had been gone three years, living in Colorado Springs, Colo., and is a professional now, under contract to Nike.Lomong is mastering the art of U.S. capitalism, with speaking appearances available through the All American Celebrity and Talent Network. His message to U.S. young people: never take what you have for granted. Visa is also a sponsor, then there’s the movie planned by New Line Cinema, to be released in 2012 before the London Olympics.Lomong made the 2008 Olympic team with a surprise third-place finish at the trials, then was chosen by his teammates to carry the U.S. flag in the opening ceremony in Beijing.“It was like, ‘Wow.’ Me, the kid who never had a country,” Lomong said. “Now I have a great country and people supported me, shouting ‘USA’ and I’m leading the delegation.”Then-President George W. Bush spoke to the team in the holding room just before they walked into the glimmering, 90,000-seat Bird’s Nest stadium.“He shook my hand and was so happy,” Lomong recalled. “He gave a little bit of speech about me, my story. And he said ‘Hold on to this flag. Don’t let it touch down.’ “In 2003, Lomong received a phone call from a woman who said she was his mother.She had been in Kenya at the refugee camp, looking for him.“It’s kind of weird,” Lomong said. “My friends were going to play soccer and they lost the game. They were walking from the soccer fields to go to the tent. They said ‘Man, I wish Lopez would be here. We would not lose this game.’ “She heard his name, Lomong said, “and started saying, ‘Where is he? I’m his mom.’ “Four years after they began talking regularly on the phone, they finally saw each other in person.In July 2007, HBO Sports took him to Africa for the reunion.His mother, Rita, was overwhelmed.“She just started dancing and was so happy,” he said. “It was very emotional.”Lomong has returned to his village several times. It is peaceful now, unlike the turmoil in the Darfur region to the west. He saw the symbolic grave where the family had buried his meager belongings, believing he was surely dead.He watched his father, Awei, work the often-arid fields with his bare hands. His father, Lomong said, “thought maybe I was already dead and to see me it was like a prodigal son.”Lomong has brought his younger brothers to the United States. Alex and Peter, now 14 and 13, attend a military school in Virginia “and they’re doing fantastic,” Lomong said.“I don’t want my brothers to go through what I went through,” he said, “because you never know about what’s going on in Africa.” IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Varsho to leave UW-Platteville coaching position

first_imgBy Hub City Times staffMARSHFIELD – Marshfield High School graduate Andie Varsho has taken a new position with the Evansville School District as Director for Athletics and Activities.Varsho is leaving her position as head softball coach at UW-Platteville, a position she has held since 2016.“I feel like I can impact an athletic department on a larger scale,” Varsho said. “Softball has always been my life and it’s time for me to make the next step for me personally and professionally to positively affect more coaches, sports, students, and a community.“This job will help me grow personally and professionally. I have my masters in administrative leadership from UW-Milwaukee. I am capable of mentoring coaches, bringing a fresh perspective and my love of sports into the Evansville School District. I am very excited and ready to grow into my new Director role.”Varsho will officially start in her new role on July 1.Andie and her Pioneer coaching staff were recognized as the WIAC “Coaching Staff of the Year” in 2018.last_img read more

Pick n Pay scoops international award

first_img“Retailers who succeed in carving out a place for themselves in a world where there is so much competition should be commended,” Mullin said in a statement. South African retail chain Pick n Pay has won the NRF International Retailer of the Year, a coveted international award given to a firms that achieve a global reputation for excellence and service to the retail industry. The NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing more than 100 organisations in the US and abroad, covering retailers and suppliers from specialty, discount, catalogue, internet, independent, chain, chemist and food stores. 13 January 2009 Pick n Pay, with 162 supermarkets, 127 family stores and 19 hypermarkets across South Africa, registered turnover of over R23-billion for the year ended August 2008, representing year-on-year growth of 16.4%. It was added to the JSE’s Top 40 Index in December. SAinfo reporter center_img Badminton said the award was “an acknowledgement of an incredibly supportive board, management team, and thousands of exceptional employees.” The Washington DC-based National Retail Federation (NRF) made the announcement at their annual convention in New York this week, where NRF CEO Tracy Mullin presented the award to Pick n Pay CEO Nick Badminton. Unlike many other retail awards, those awarded by the NRF involve a selection process by global industry leaders. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Polling Twitter: 4 Startups that Take the Pulse of the Twittersphere

first_imgWe’ve argued in the past that Twitter can be a platform for serious discourse and our own Marshall Kirkpatrick famously stated last year that Twitter is even paying his rent (by which he meant that Twitter had become an invaluable tool in his blogging). But while Twitter can be a great facilitator of discussion, it can also be hard to follow and there’s something of a steep learning curve for new users. The four startups below aim formalize the discussion in Twitter around organized polls. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts josh catone 1 Like StrawPoll, TwittPoll is about answering questions sent to you via a Twitterbot. Unlike StrawPoll, the voting is done outside of Twitter — the bot sends out a question with a pair of choices and links to voting pages for each choice. And even more unlike StrawPoll, TwittPoll doesn’t seem to be active — no new questions have come down the pipe in about a month.Are there any polling services for Twitter that we missed? Do you use any of the above services? Let us know in the comments. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos But say you don’t have a large group of followers to draw on. Enter Twitter Answers. Twitter Answers is a Q&A service build around Twitter that is essentially a gateway to the Mosio mobile question and answer community (also see our round up of general Q&A sites).Twitter Answers works by taking questions that users send via direct message to the service’s Twitter account (QnA) and then outputting them to the Mosio community. Mosio members then send in their answers, which are listed on the on the Twitter Answers site and tweeted back to the asker. Unfortunately, Twitter Answers only allows for up to 4 answers per question.center_img Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Product Reviews#twitter#web Unlike Twitter Answers and Twitter Census, which help facilitate the asking of questions on Twitter, StrawPoll is aiming to create a community around polls. StrawPoll asks its followers a new question once every day, and users can vote with an @ reply including their reason. The poll results are collected and displayed in real-time (if you reload often) on the beautiful StrawPoll web site. It would be cool if users had some input into what questions get asked, though. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Twitter Census is probably the most sophisticated service in this mini-roundup. It takes advantage of the hashtags concept to track poll responses. Specifically, it tracks the #Survey hashtag. Users tweet a question referencing the #Survey hashtag, and then set a unique hashtag to log the responses. For example, if you wanted to poll your followers to see which was the most popular birth month among them, you might send out something like, “#Survey In what month were you born? #birthmonth” To respond, your followers need only reference your hashtag in an @ reply aimed at you, like: “@you February #birthmonth”Twitter Census then tracks the results and displays them in a graph. The results are stored at a unique URL that is formed by joining username and survey hashtag, for example: It has some neat features, like normalizing responses (so that “web 2.0,” “web20” and “web2.0” are all the same thing) and the ability for people to include comments with their answers. Unfortunately, though Twitter Census could be a useful tool for polling your followers, it doesn’t look like that many people are actually using it.last_img read more

Line-ups: Napoli v RB Salzburg

first_imgDries Mertens and Hirving Lozano take on RB Salzburg’s Erling Haaland, but Napoli have defender Kostas Manolas on the bench. It kicks off at the Stadio San Paolo at 20.00 GMT. You can follow all the build-up and action as it happens from this game and Borussia Dortmund-Inter on the LIVEBLOG. The Partenopei’s thrilling 3-2 victory in Austria has put them in pole position to qualify from Group E and they will be through tonight if they win and Genk fail to beat Liverpool. Allan is not even fit for the bench, but Manolas is not ready to start, as the centre-back is still suffering from bruised ribs and had to play with painkillers. Nikola Maksimovic partners Kalidou Koulibaly at centre-back. Mertens and Lozano are the front two, with Lorenzo Insigne and Jose Callejon out wide, despite Arkadiusz Milik’s positive form. RB Salzburg have built most of their success this season on the astonishing form of teenage striker Erling Haaland, who has 22 goals in just 16 competitive games this season. That includes six in three Champions League matches. He has support from Hee-Chan Hwang, but Takumi Minamino is also a danger with his pace. Carlos Miguel Coronel is in goal after Cican Stankovic pulled a hamstring against Napoli on October 23. Napoli: Meret; Di Lorenzo, Maksimovic, Koulibaly, Mario Rui; Callejon, Fabian Ruiz, Zielinski, Insigne; Lozano, Mertens Napoli bench: Ospina, Llorente, Elmas, Luperto, Hysaj, Manolas, Milik RB Salzburg: Coronel; Pongracic, Onguéné, Wober; Kristensen, Minamino, Junuzovic, Szoboszlai, Ulmer; Haaland, Hwang Salzburg bench: Kohn, Ashimeru, Vallci, Koita, Ramalho, Daka, Mwepu Ref: Marciniak Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: read more

10 months agoChelsea striker Morata in advanced talks with Sevilla

first_imgChelsea striker Morata in advanced talks with Sevillaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Alvaro Morata is in advanced talks with Sevilla.Marca says Morata could have an agreement to join Sevilla wrapped up ‘in the coming days’.Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is open to selling Morata in order to free up space for a new arrival up front.Sevilla are still working out how they will finance the transfer.Their big problem is how to afford Morata’s wages, which come to around €1m a month.Another sticking point is convincing Chelsea that a loan deal – rather than a straight sale – is an option. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Penn State football fans enjoy unbelievable welcome from Ohio State fans

Penn State football fans had more to be happy about than the Nittany Lions’ 20-14 win Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Less than two weeks ago, the PSU community was rocked by the revelation that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was charged with sexually abusing children by Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly. A sizeable contingent of Nittany Lions fans attended a game away from Beaver Stadium in State College, Pa., Saturday and said their trip to the ‘Shoe was made more pleasant by the respect and good behavior that was shown to them by Buckeye Nation. In connection with the charges levied against Sandusky, PSU’s president for finance and business Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley were also charged with perjury and failure to report child abuse. Former university President Graham Spanier resigned in the wake of the charges being made public and former Nittany Lions’ coach Joe Paterno, NCAA Division I’s all-time wins leader and the head coach of PSU football for 46 years, was fired. It has been a tumultuous time for PSU students and fans, including Cristen Mohn, 20, of Steelton, Pa., a third-year PSU student in nursing. Mohn said the last two weeks have been hard for Nittany Lions fans, describing the experience as “unreal.” “It was just kind of like shock a little bit,” said Mohn, who is currently dating fellow Steelton native and PSU junior defensive lineman Jordan Hill. “It’s just depressing. It’s gloomy. It’s just not the same knowing that all this is going on.” Mohn also said that Buckeyes fans she encountered around Columbus were welcoming and supportive of the PSU community. “We haven’t had any bad experiences,” Mohn said. “Everyone is saying ‘Thank you for coming.’ Some people were saying to us, ‘Penn State is still great school.’ Everybody that we’ve run into has been awesome.” NCAA president Mark Emmert announced Friday that the NCAA would investigate “Penn State’s exercise of institutional control over its intercollegiate athletics programs,” according to multiple reports. Nittany Lions fan Matt Curtis, 22, of Philipsburg, Pa., said that he expects harsh penalties to be administered to PSU football. “As a university, you hope (PSU) can put everything together. It’s an institutional problem and there’s no reason to punish the players on the field,” Curtis said. “And they probably had to be done with Paterno. He deserved to be fired if he did turn the other cheek, if that’s the case.” Like Mohn, Curtis said that he too was welcomed to campus on Saturday, and that some OSU fans even engaged him with popular PSU football chants. “Everyone’s been unbelievable,” Curtis said. “Every time we walk by, somebody’s yelling, ‘We are,’ or ‘Welcome.’ I’m not going to lie, I’ve heard some horror stories from Ohio Stadium, but, so far, the fans have been awesome.” Dave Stock, 25, of Pittsburgh, Pa., graduated from PSU with a telecommunications degree in 2008. Stock said that it has been painful for him to watch the situation in State College unfold. “As a fan, it’s frustrating. We had an aura of ‘success with honor’ — that was (Paterno’s) mantra,” Stock said. “On the road, (PSU fans) would be looked at a little differently.” Stock couldn’t deny that he received a surprisingly warm welcome upon arriving in Columbus. “It’s been absolutely great, so far,” he said. “It’s been very classy. I have nothing but good things to say, and I never thought I would say that about Ohio State fans.” read more

Buckeyes jump to No 2 in BCS rankings

After surviving their closest game of the season, a 42-41 victory against Michigan (7-5, 3-5), the Ohio State Buckeyes moved up one spot to No. 2 in the most recent BCS rankings. The Buckeyes are behind only No. 1 Florida State (12-0, 8-0) in the rankings.If the Buckeyes (12-0, 8-0) can hold onto a top two ranking in the final BCS Standings, released next Sunday, they will earn a spot in the BCS National Championship Game at the Rose Bowl Jan. 6.OSU rose after then-No. 4 Auburn (11-1, 7-1) took down undefeated and then-No. 1 Alabama (11-1, 7-1), 34-28, Saturday.The Buckeyes are .027 points ahead of No. 3 Auburn in the standings.The Tigers are on OSU’s heels with one game remaining for each team next week. The Buckeyes are just 25 and 66 points ahead of Auburn in the USA TODAY and Harris Polls respectively.Auburn pulled off one of the most thrilling victories in college football history after Tigers senior cornerback Chris Davis returned an Alabama missed field goal 100 yards for a touchdown with no time left on the clock.Next Saturday the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on No. 10 Michigan State (11-1, 7-1) in the Big Ten Championship in Lucas Oil Stadium at 8 p.m.The Tigers are set to finish their season earlier in the day against No. 5 Missouri (11-1, 7-1) at 4 p.m. in the SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome. read more

Opinion 5 players on offense to watch in 2015 Ohio State Spring

Then-redshirt-sophomore running back Bri’onte Dunn (25) carries the ball during the 2014 OSU Spring Game on April 12, 2014, at Ohio Stadium.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo EditorWhen it comes to the Ohio State offense, the bulk of discussion since the Buckeyes’ national title win in the College Football Playoff has centered around the quarterback competition.But when OSU takes the Ohio Stadium field on Saturday for its annual Spring Game, redshirt-senior Braxton Miller and redshirt-sophomore J.T. Barrett will both be sidelined while they recover from shoulder and ankle injuries, respectively. Of the signal callers with a chance to start, only redshirt-junior Cardale Jones will be fully available, and OSU fans already got a taste of what he can do during the Buckeyes’ three postseason games last year.Jones will likely play the whole game, but more can be learned from watching the five players on offense listed below than from focusing on the known players like Jones and other returning starters.1. Redshirt-junior running back Bri’onte DunnJunior Ezekiel Elliott, the Buckeyes’ undisputed starting running back, is nursing an injury of his own, and likely won’t be involved on Saturday.Normally that would leave sophomore Curtis Samuel to take the keys in the OSU backfield, but at least two running backs will be featured prominently and Samuel will likely be playing H-back. So with Elliott’s primary backup catching passes from the slot, Dunn will have a chance to prove what he can do after seeing limited playing time early in his collegiate career.Dunn made his mark on special teams last year after redshirting as a sophomore and playing minimally as a true freshman. Now he’s getting first-team reps in practice, and could earn a sizeable chunk of playing time with a big day at the ‘Shoe.2. Redshirt-freshman quarterback Stephen CollierJones will be the focus, but the opposite side will be quarterbacked by Collier.He redshirted last year after being named the Southwest Georgia State Player of the Year in high school, but seems to be the odd man out when it comes to potential playing time. Collier is currently behind Jones, Miller and Barrett, and was a less-heralded recruit than Torrance Gibson and Joe Burrow, who are set to join the Buckeyes this fall.If he proves himself as a legitimate threat on Saturday, Collier still won’t be in this year’s race for playing time. But he could establish himself as a dependable backup down the line, or prove his worth as a potential starter should he decide to transfer.3. Redshirt-senior offensive lineman Chase FarrisThe OSU offensive line returns four starters from 2014, and Farris has already all but locked up the right tackle position for 2015.The former defensive lineman played a bit last year, but is approaching his first full season as a starter in his last year with the Buckeyes. He’ll have something to prove with a few younger players behind him in the pecking order who could challenge him for that spot later in the year.With the other four starters already established, look for Farris to make a statement as a dominant force in Saturday’s exhibition.4. Tie: Redshirt-freshmen wide receivers Terry McLaurin and Parris CampbellOSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith has already said McLaurin and Campbell aren’t quite ready to be contributors on offense, but the Spring Game could be a chance to showcase their talents.Both were four-star recruits coming out of high school, according to ESPN, and have a full year of practice with the Buckeyes under their belt. With Evan Spencer and Devin Smith both gone, OSU needs depth at receiver, and might give this young duo a look if one of them stands out.5. Redshirt-junior running back Warren BallLike Dunn, Ball hasn’t had a ton of impact as a Buckeye. A three-star recruit who came to OSU as a hometown prospect, Ball has totaled just 31 carries for 161 yards in his collegiate career. Now he’s buried behind Elliott, Samuel, Dunn and possibly incoming freshman Mike Weber on the depth chart, and shouldn’t expect an increase in playing time this year.This spring might be his last-ditch chance to make an impact as a Buckeye, or, like Collier, he could use a big day on Saturday to springboard a transfer to a smaller program. read more