Gay Tango Instructor Found With Throat Cut in St. Petersburg

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The body of Yekaterina Khomenko, 29, was found in her car in the city’s north last week.


The last photograph Khomenko posted to her Vkontakte account. September 3, 2014. Vkontakte.

The last photograph Khomenko posted to her Vkontakte account. September 3, 2014. Vkontakte.

A lesbian tango teacher was found in St. Petersburg with her throat slashed in what police surmised could have been suicide and LGBT activists called a possible hate crime.

The body of Yekaterina Khomenko, 29, was found in her car in the city’s north last week, Rosbalt.ru local news website reported.

She had a nine-centimeter wound to the neck. The car’s engine and lights were on, and the vehicle had several dents.

Police initially considered suicide or drug abuse as possible reasons for Khomenko’s stabbing, Piter.tv local television said, citing her father Valery.

But the incident is being investigated as murder, Rosbalt.ru said Friday. No motive or suspects were announced.


Regional news website Rrnews.ru speculated Monday that Khomenko’s death could be linked to her being openly gay.


But it provided no backing for that theory beyond a wave of hostile comments posted on Khomenko’s page on social network Vkontakte in the wake of her death. Comments are currently disabled on her page.

Khomenko was known in the St. Petersburg community as an instructor in queer tango, a same-sex rendition of the Argentinian dance originally known for strict gender roles for each pair of performers.

Anti-gay sentiment is on the rise in Russia, with homophobia fueled by a 2013 law against “homosexual propaganda” and the government’s increased adherence to ultraconservative rhetorics.

Physical attacks on openly gay people are not uncommon, and at least two members of the LGBT community were murdered in 2013 in confirmed hate crimes, according to anti-xenophobia watchdog Sova.


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Signs Your Teen May Need To See A Counselor

Originally posted on LMHC:

Bored-teenage-girl-on-couch-jpgVery often I have parents ask me if I think their teen needs counseling. They will tell me about different behaviors they have observed and pretty much ask me if it is “normal”.

The advice I normally give is, if you think your teen needs counseling, they probably do. I have seen more instances of teens not receiving mental health help or receiving it once the issue has gotten out of hand, then I have of parents bringing their teens in for counseling when they are perfectly “normal”.

Don’t get me wrong, I have seen parents who have brought their teens in for counseling only for me to soon realize that it was the parent that actually needed help, and not their teen.

In any case, it never hurts to schedule a session for your teen if you think they may need help. A trained mental health professional will be…

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The Difference Between a Boss and a Leader

Originally posted on The New Bullying Prevention:

Not all bosses are great leaders and not all leaders are bosses. Do you know the difference between a boss and a leader? Which should you aspire to be?
great-leadershipEveryone has a boss. Even bosses have bosses whether they work for major corporations or small businesses. Owners of such enterprises themselves have the shareholders or customers to answer to in order to keep the business moving and growing.
In today’s fast-paced, competitive and money driven society, the boss has, in many cases, ceased from being a leader and has strictly become a higher up who spouts orders and expects them to be obeyed without question. Such behavior has resulted in businesses being filled with disgruntled employees who no longer work for the common good of the company, but reluctantly show up to their “job” in order to draw a paycheck or become ravenous dogs fighting it out for the top…

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Adults Being Bullied

Bullying Prevention:

NOBulling.com is The Movement Against Bullying and has expert advise for you, so be sure to check out there page for 100’s of resources and expert advise, don’t be Bullied into silence,



Originally posted on The New Bullying Prevention:

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Adults-Being-Bullied-642x336Instances of adults being bullied are more common than people think. While the everyday person associates the word “Bullying” with school children and teens. The image of bullying is more distorted and affects people of all ages and walks of life. NoBullying writes today about adults being bullied.
An adult being bullied is not that uncommon, in fact, adult bullying happens in colleges, workplaces, social organizations and even in the form of relationship bullying, spousal abuse and homosexual bullying.
By definition, a bully is someone who uses force, threats or other means to control or manipulate another person. Bullying tactics are used by individuals of all ages, sexes, genders as well as ethnic and religious persuasions. Adults are bullied for financial gain, revenge or to assert the bully’s power and control. Whatever the circumstances, the results can cause lasting damage to…

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PepsiCo launches ‘Purple On!’

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Anti-Bullying Campaign in Support of GLAAD’s Annual Spirit Day


PURCHASE, N.Y.PepsiCo today announced a “Purple On!” campaign against bullying. The campaign supports GLAAD’s annual Spirit Day on October 16, which inspires millions of Americans to wear purple to take a united stand against bullying and show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. PepsiCo is the official food and beverage sponsor for Spirit Day.


PepsiCo is deeply committed to building a workplace environment where all of our associates can bring their whole selves to work and are empowered to reach their full potential,” said PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi. “That’s why we are pleased to partner with GLAAD in support of Spirit Day, which fosters a spirit of inclusion in our communities.”
PepsiCo leads by example and is a true ally of the LGBT community and our organization,” said GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis.


As part of the campaign, PepsiCo is encouraging its employees to wear purple on Spirit Day and to share with their family members, friends and communities GLAAD’s anti-bullying messages and resources. This content, designed for educators, parents and students, is available at http://glaad.org/spiritday. PepsiCo also is activating a social media campaign using the hashtags #SpiritDay and #PurpleOn.


Additionally, Patrick McLaughlin, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay North America Division, will be among the speakers at GLAAD’s 2014 Game Changers! Gala in San Francisco on September 13.


Spirit Day coincides with the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) “Ally Week” as well as National Bullying Prevention Month. According to GLSEN’s 2011 National School Climate Survey, 63.5 percent of LGBT students reported feeling unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation; 43.9 percent, because of their gender expression. GLSEN also reported that 81.9 percent of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed because of their sexual orientation; 63.9 percent, because of their gender expression.


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When the World Stopped Turning: A 9/11 Tribute


Sending a heart filled with “LOVE” in remembrance of those lives lost, the “HEROES” who died needlessly on that Heartless September Day.


September 11, 2001 Terrorists Attacks


world trade 2The September 11 attacks (also referred to as September 11, September 11th, or 9/11 were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. Four passenger airliners were hijacked by 19 al-Qaeda terrorists so they could be flown into buildings in suicide attacks. Two of those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in New York City. Within two hours, both towers collapsed with debris and the resulting fires causing partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the WTC complex, as well as major damage to ten other large surrounding structures. A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, was crashed into the Pentagon (the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense), leading to a partial collapse in its western side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was targeted at Washington, D.C.,but crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers. In total, almost 3,000 people died in the attacks, including the 227 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes. It also was the deadliest incident for firefighters in the history of the United States.


Suspicion quickly fell on al-Qaeda. Although the group’s leader, Osama bin Laden, initially denied any involvement, in 2004 he claimed responsibility for the attacks. Al-Qaeda and bin Laden cited U.S. support of Israel, the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as motives for the attacks. The United States responded to the attacks by launching the War on Terror and invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban, which had harbored al-Qaeda. Many countries strengthened their anti-terrorism legislation and expanded law enforcement powers. Having evaded capture for years, bin Laden was located and killed by U.S. forces in May 2011. World tradeThe destruction of the Twin Towers and other properties caused serious damage to the economy of Lower Manhattan and had a significant effect on global markets. Cleanup of the World Trade Center site was completed in May 2002, and the Pentagon was repaired within a year. Numerous memorials have been constructed, including the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York, the Pentagon Memorial, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania. After a lengthy delay, the 1,776-foot-tall (541 m) One World Trade Center was completed at the World Trade Center site in New York City in 2013.


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How our genes could make us gay or straight

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The claim that homosexual men share a “gay gene” created a furor in the 1990s.


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To an evolutionary geneticist, the idea that a person’s genetic makeup affects their mating preference is unsurprising. We see it in the animal world all the time. There are probably many genes that affect human sexual orientation.

But rather than thinking of them as “gay genes,” perhaps we should consider them “male-loving genes.” They may be common because these variant genes, in a female, predispose her to mate earlier and more often and to have more children.

Likewise, it would be surprising if there were not “female-loving genes” in lesbian women that, in a male, predispose him to mate earlier and have more children.


We can detect genetic variants that produce differences between people by tracking traits in families that display differences. Patterns of inheritance reveal variants of genes (called “alleles”) that affect normal differences, such as hair color, or disease states, such as sickle cell anemia. Quantitative traits, such as height, are affected by many different genes, as well as environmental factors.

It’s hard to use these techniques to detect genetic variants associated with male homosexuality partly because many gay men prefer not to be open about their sexuality. It is even harder because, as twin studies have shown, shared genes are only part of the story. Hormones, birth order and environment play roles, too.

In 1993, American geneticist Dean Hamer found families with several gay males on the mother’s side, suggesting a gene on the X chromosome. He showed that pairs of brothers who were openly gay shared a small region at the tip of the X, and proposed that it contained a gene that predisposes a male to homosexuality.

Hamer’s conclusions were extremely controversial. He was challenged at every turn by people unwilling to accept that homosexuality is at least partly genetic, rather than a “lifestyle choice.”



Gay men were divided: The finding vindicated the oft-repeated claims that “I was born this way” but also opened frightening new possibilities for detection and discrimination.


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Workplace Bullying Is A Huge Problem

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Workplace bullying is a serious issue


It’s an issue that I don’t think gets enough attention, considering how big of a problem it is.
I was really shocked and surprised when I learned at how often bullying in the workplace takes place.
A recent survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute shed some important light on this issue.


Let’s look at some of the more interesting numbers from the survey:

  • 27% of Americans have suffered abusive conduct at work
  • 21% have witnessed bullying
  • 56% of the time it was from the top-down (more on this later)
  • Hispanics and African american workers experience more of the bullying
  • Most employers either deny or discount the bullying
  • 38% of co workers did nothing (although I don’t blame them)

These numbers are incredible.


The 2 numbers that really stick out at me, are the fact that 56% of the time, it comes from a manager or senior leader, and that most employers deny or discount (25% and 16% respectively).


It’s been proven many times that power corrupts, and so it doesn’t surprise me that most of the bullying comes from someone in a higher position of power than you.


For the employer to hide or discount it as not being serious is so stupid. It’s incredibly serious, because it has a major effect on your company culture. According to a study from the Sauder School of Business at UBC, workers who witness bullying have a stronger urge to quit than those who experience it firsthand.
A lot of people don’t stop to think about this. The bullying doesn’t only affect the person that was bullied. It has a terrible effect on morale. And as the study showed, just witnessing workplace bullying gets people to want to quit. This is what happened to me personally at a company I used to work for.
I was treated very well, but my coworkers (dare I say my friends) were treated horribly, and as much as you could argue that I had no reason to leave, since I was treated so well, I couldn’t stand the fact that they were treated so poorly.


In the UBC study, they also mention that even if the witnesses don’t quit their jobs, productivity suffers, because they’re not engaged anymore.


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A woman named Meredith Boucher in Windsor, Ontario, successfully sued Wal-Mart for experiencing bullying in the workplace, you can read the facts of her case here »»». {Canada: The Price Of Workplace Bullying}



Here’s the interesting part of the story.


  1. The bullying started because her manager had asked her to do something unethical and illegal, and she refused.
  2. She suffered all kinds of health issues, and lost 25 pounds due to the stress alone.
  3. She was awarded $1.4 million, but the craziest thing is that the manager wasn’t fired. He was transferred, and now manages a store somewhere in the US.
  4. Your relationship with your direct manager or a boss can have a huge effect on your health.
  5. According to a study at the Stress Institute in Stockholm, they found that “employees who had managers who were incompetent, inconsiderate, secretive and uncommunicative, were 60% more likely to suffer a heart attack or other life-threatening cardiac condition. By contrast, employees who worked with “good” leaders were 40% less likely to suffer heart problems”

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When I Needed Help…

Originally posted on Good Time Stories:

Photo Credit: Brian Snelson via CC Flickr

Photo Credit: Brian Snelson via CC Flickr

As I was walking home this week worrying about all the garbage going on in Washington, Iraq, Syria, London, Moscow, Ukraine etc. and at how my life was falling apart, I saw a yard sign that said:

NEED HELP?
CALL JESUS
1-800-005-3787

Out of curiosity and desperation, I did.

A Mexican showed up with a lawnmower.

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Hope this silly joke brought a smile to your face. Have a great day!

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Sexual Orientation Bullying : Definition and Prevention

Bullying Prevention:

Q – Queer – An umbrella term for persons who feel outside of norms in regards to gender or sexuality but do not wish to specifically self – identify as L, G, B or T.


UN human rights chief Navi Pillay looks back at the evolution of the gay rights debate at the United Nations. International law requires States to eliminate discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people, and to protect everyone from violent hate crimes. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is just that: it is universal and applies to us all — whoever we are, whatever we look like, whoever we



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What Is Sexual Orientation?

Sexual orientation is a person’s sexual identity as it relates to the gender to which they are attracted. Sexual identity terms have been abbreviated and are now commonly referred to as LGBTQ or the LGBTQ community.

LGBTQ does not include heterosexual individuals. Heterosexual or “Straight” individuals are attracted to the opposite sex.

Homosexual terms are each represented by a corresponding letter of the alphabet:

L – Lesbian – woman who is attracted to females.

G – Gay – male who is attracted to males

B – Bisexual – male or female attracted to both sexes.

T – Transgender – A person whose self-identity doesn’t conform to conventional typing. An example would be a person whose gender was designated at birth based genitalia but feels that the true self is the opposite sex or a combination of both sexes. (Non-identification or non-presentation as the…

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RBC Foundation gift to Canadian Society for Social Development

Bullying Prevention:

Look at madame’s face how blushed it is, a sure sign of guilt, this was two days after I had to quit the PHP prorgram due to Bulluing by the instructors again, as I was during the IBDE web essentials program…you won’t want to miss the first video in my demon video series

Originally posted on The New Bullying Prevention:

Gift or Bribe

(RBC Foundation gift to CSSD)

(RBC Foundation gift to CSSD)

downloadAhhhh..no “Smilie Star” here, The Canadian Society for Social Development received a $20,000 gift from RBC Foundation to support participants locally and across Canada in the IBDE Web Essentials and Web Essentials Advanced programs. Scott Frazer of RBC Branch Nelson recently presented a cheque to Ann-Marie Edgar executive Director of the Society at the Nelson location. We are thrilled to receive this contribution from RBC Foundation. The donation will allow us to help more individuals facing challenges to employment and get the skills and college certificate they need to start a new career and bring important technology skills to the labour market.
Now under different circumstances I would say this is a great thing and congratulations would be in order, call me paranoid but considering the fact that I had to complete the Web Essentials program from Nov 4…

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Don’t be A Victim: Stand up Against Workplace Bullying

Originally posted on The New Bullying Prevention:

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????First let me give you an update on my request for an adjournment in the legal matters of Kinden v Richcraft and the Accommodation request for an Adjournment on April 4, 2014, the last update I received, I was informed the request was forwarded to Chairman of the board Madame Jennifer Scott for review but to date their has been no response from the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) regarding that request. I have forwarded the details of the assault to be added as relevant evidence for the request, also I forwarded the details of a sexual assault by a Physician in late 2008 while working at SunGard during a prostate exam that left me bleeding and in pain for weeks, which is the third assault by a physician in my life time. Over the course of my six years at SunGard the incidents of the unimaginable that I…

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ABCs of Children’s Mental Health: Bullying and LGBT Kids

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How can families, schools, and communities prevent and protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth from being bullied?


Kosciw and colleagues surveyed students 13 to 21 years of age throughout the United States. Of the 7,261 students who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender or who were questioning their sexual identity (LGBTQ): 85 percent reported being verbally harassed in the last year; 47 percent had been shoved; 22 percent had been punched, kicked or injured with a weapon at school; 68 percent had been sexually harassed at school with unwanted touching or sexual remarks; 88 percent had felt deliberately excluded or left out by other students; 84 percent had rumors or lies told about them; and half reported their property had been stolen or purposefully damaged by other students.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, the third leading cause of death for youth 15 to 24 years old is suicide and gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.

In one study, LGBT youth identified bullying problems as the second most important problem in their lives, after non-accepting families, compared to non-LGBT youth identifying classes, exams, and grades.


Kerry Kennedy stated, “Bullying is, at its core, a human rights violation. It is the abuse of the powerless at the hands of the powerful, and it is a threat against the right to receive an education free from persecution.” Visit http://www.stompoutbullying.org

In the 1970s, The American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association stated that homosexuality is not a disorder; sexual orientation is not a person’s individual choice; and mental health professionals cannot change the sexual orientation of their clients.


What can Schools do?


The 2011 National School Climate survey recommends that Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) be ongoing in schools. Students who attended schools with GSAs reported fewer harassing remarks about sexual orientation, more intervention from school personnel and a greater sense of connectedness.
LGBT Students who reported having six or more supportive staff had higher GPAs. Principals, teachers, and other school staff can be advocates of safe schools for all students.
Schools can create comprehensive anti-bullying/harassment policies that include LGBT students.


LGBTQ Resources


The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and its Greater Cincinnati, Greater Dayton and Northeast Ohio chapters gave middle and high schools a Safe Space Kit as part of a campaign to build support for vulnerable students and reduce anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) name-calling, bullying and harassment in their school. Visit http://www.glsen.org.

The Trevor Project, created after the short film called Trevor, is a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. Visit http://www.thetrevorproject.org/.

It Gets Better Project‘s was created after several LGB students committed suicide after being bullied in school. It has inspired 50,000 user-created videos viewed more than 50 million times. Visit http://www.itgetsbetter.org/.


According to Buckeye Region Anti Violence Organization (BRAVO)


“homophobia is the irrational fear or hatred of Gay and Lesbian people. It can be the cause of conflicts in neighborhoods, workplaces, and homes.”

Visit http://www.bravo-ohio.org.


The Community Relations Service of the Department of Justice helps communities develop strategies to prevent and respond to violent hate crimes committed on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or disability. Visit http://www.justice.gov.


Please see a child therapist if your LGBT adolescent is showing signs of depression, anxiety, or making comments about suicide. Ask your pediatrician for a referral.


Melissa Martin, Ph.D., is a child therapist in Jackson, Ohio – Posted: Tuesday, September 2, 2014


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Am I Useless?

Bullying Prevention:

Sophie makes some great points here and from my point of view as a survivor of Bullying and Mobbing, I confirm that those people (Bullies) lack Empathy and have a total disrespect for humanity, because they hurt and project it upon others and are only guided by greed and the satisfaction and pleasure of watching others suffer.
They are also the ones responsible for all the chaos in the world today

Originally posted on Bullying Stories:

Sophie, the person who wrote the article “Why Are We So Hurtful To Others” here a little while ago, shares another article about how we treat each other. This is an area I am fascinated by, particularly in light of recent terrorist cruelty that is unspeakable in the acts done. How can we, as a society, learn to treat each other with respect and understand what it means to hurt someone to the point that they react in a way that is not their character? Thank you, Sophie for continuing to share your thoughts on bullying here. It is much appreciated. ~Alan Eisenberg


Bullying. That word stands alone. Alone like how a victim of bullying feels. I will never understand why some people feel they can gain power by bullying others and why being cruel makes them feel at the top of the pyramid. Why is it their priority in life to…

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Over 4 million voices heard

Originally posted on MY World:

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Over 4 million people have had their say at the UN! Many congratulations to Mexico as the country with the most votes (nearly 800,000)!

Up to now, the survey results reveal that the top priorities for voters to improve their lives are a good education, better healthcare, an honest and responsive government and better job opportunities. This strengthens the validity of the current Millennium Development Goals and places new issues on the global agenda.

MY World has massive support among the youth. Over 70% of all voters are younger than 30 years old.

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WORLD WATER WEEK “Sept 1 to Sept 5, 2014″

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ENERGY AND WATER COMMUNITIES MUST COOPERATE TO MEET GLOBAL CHALLENGES

Stockholm (2014-09-01) – Global leaders gathered in Stockholm today for the 24th annual World Water Week, urging the energy and water communities to work together to face some of the main challenges of our time, providing clean drinking water and energy for a growing world population.


The theme of 2014 World Water Week is “Energy and Water”. Water and energy are interdependent in more ways than not. We need energy for pumping, storing, transporting and treating water, we need water for producing almost all sorts of energy. An increase or decrease in one will immediately affect the other. The two resources are also inseparable from sustainable development and must be tirelessly promoted in global decision-making.

Addressing the opening session of the Week, Mr. Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director of World Water Week organiser Stockholm International Water Institute, said: “The challenges are immense. With the global demand for water projected to grow by 55 per cent between 2000 and 2050 and electricity demand expected to increase by 50 per cent in the next two decades, there is an urgent need for a closer relationship between the energy and water communities if we are to provide solutions for all peoples to prosper.”

Professor John Briscoe, 2014 Laureate of Stockholm Water Prize, spoke about water as a platform for growth, both of other sectors and society as a whole, and said that “developing countries face big challenges. They have yet to mobilise those resources.” He added that there is “no eternal solution [to the water crisis], neither here nor there. Instead, there is a cycle of challenges and responses.”

In over 100 seminars, workshops and events spread throughout the week, delegates will discuss ongoing and future work and collaboration between the energy and water communities

“One of the major challenges that our world faces today is providing modern energy services and water for billions without both. As global demand for both energy and water increases, we must think about the way we produce and use both to ensure shared prosperity for all citizens, protect the environment, achieve socio-economic development and secure peace and stability, said Dr. Kandeh K. Yumkella, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All.

On Thursday 4 September, the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize will be awarded to Prof. John Briscoe of South Africa, for his unparalleled contributions to global and local water management, inspired by an unwavering commitment to improving the lives of people on the ground. The prize will be awarded to Prof. Briscoe by H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, during a ceremony in Stockholm City Hall.

Other prizes that will be presented are the Stockholm Industry Water Award, which will be awarded, on Tuesday 2nd September, to eThekwini Water and Sanitation serving the Durban Metropolitan Area, for its transformative and inclusive approach to providing water and sanitation services, and the Stockholm Junior Water Prize which, on Wednesday 3rd September, is given to one national team from 29 competing nations by H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.



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West Africa: Ebola virus claims humanitarian hero’s life

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drAlmost 2,000 people have been infected and more than 1,000 killed in an Ebola outbreak that his terrorized communities across four West African countries. The deadly illness has also taken a very heavy toll on health workers and humanitarian staff responding to the growing crisis.

The virus has infected 170 health workers across Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, and killed 81, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Among them was Sierra Leone’s top virologist, Dr Sheikh Umar Khan who died on 29 July having spent two months at the front line of the government’s response in the eastern town of Kenema.


“He died because he loved his people”

Dr Khan had built a reputation for himself as an expert in viral haemorrhagic fevers, in a country where few doctors had experience in this field. Since 2005 he had been the Physician in charge of Kenema Government Hospital’s Lassa Fever program, for some of that time doubling as a United Nations consultant on Lassa Fever.

Michael Vandi, a public health officer at the hospital, knew Khan well. “He was dedicated worker” said Vandi. “He loved his job because he loved his people. He died because he loved his people”.

Vandi described the 39 year old doctor as social man. “He was approachable by all. Always respectful.”


“A hero for all of Africa”

Khan, who hailed from the northern Port Loko district of Sierra Leone, tested positive for Ebola on 22 July and was immediately sent to an Ebola treatment centre run by the NGO Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in the far eastern district of Kailahun.

Initial reports suggested his condition was improving and there were plans to evacuate him for further treatment in Europe. But his health later deteriorated rapidly.

It is unclear how he contracted the disease. According to MSF staff and health workers at the hospital he took meticulous care to avoid infection. But still, the threat of infection was high.

Many in Kenema describe Khan as a hero. “That man is not just a hero for Sierra Leone” said one motorbike taxi driver sipping sweet tea in a Kenema teashop. “He is a hero for all of Africa.” At the hospital he is revered. Since his death banners depicting his portrait and “RIP doctor Khan” have been strung up throughout the compound.


Ebola is real

Khan’s death may prove to have some positive effect. For many, seeing the country’s leading virus doctor succumb to Ebola has forced them to accept the virus was real. During the early stages of the outbreak the denial of Ebola’s existence made it harder to contain the outbreak.

But Khan’s death was the turning point for many, including the man in the Kenema teashop. “Before, we did not believe Ebola was there.” he said. “But after Dr. Khan died now everybody knows it is real.”


World Humanitarian Day

Last week, the world marked World Humanitarian Day – a day when aid organizations celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the world.

This year, the day paid tribute to those who are committed to making a difference by selflessly dedicating their lives to saving others. The 2014 campaign focused on the stories of individual aid workers, like Dr Khan, celebrated as ‘Humanitarian Heroes’.

At a time when more people than ever need urgent humanitarian help worldwide, record numbers of aid workers have been kidnapped, wounded or killed as they carry out their life- saving work.

“Despite the risks they face to their safety and their health, aid workers from around the world remain undeterred,” said Louis Belanger, World Humanitarian Day Spokesperson. “This year, we want to celebrate and honour them.”



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Our Purpose is to Heal

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28th August 2014 – By Jennifer Deisher – Contributing Writer for Wake Up World


There’s much going on right now. It’s easy to get caught up in the drama of it all. It’s easy to raise your hands to the Heavens and cry “Why?!?” or “Where are you, God?!?” Even if you’re awake and aware of the true nature of our being, these can be very stressful times. Even if you are one of the very fortunate people who understand that there is a Divine plan well under way, it is still a difficult time for humanity. We are all working very, very hard right now. It doesn’t matter if you are working on being awake or working on staying asleep (Yes, I see you “ego”), we’re all still just trying to work our way through the labyrinth of it all.

There are a great deal of atrocious acts being committed around the world right now, but the darkness always shows us where we need to find our Humanity, our Balance. Some of us are busy blaming other people for the tragedies that have happened of late. Some of us know that there are things that must happen for people to awaken and realign their souls to one another, the Earth (Gaia), God, and/or Spirit (depending on your unique expression). Some of us are questioning our faith. Some of us are certain we are on the “right” path to a new social paradigm, despite (or because of) the chaos in our world. Some of us are thinking “an eye for an eye” by advocating committing more atrocious acts to make up for the atrocious acts that have already been committed.


In all this confusion, it’s easy to forget why we’re here. Our purpose…


We Are One

What one thinks, we all think. We are each just one delicate piece of an intricate whole. What we do to another is what we do to ourselves. Our purpose – right here and now – is to heal. We are here to remember why we are here with each other and Mother Earth right now, at this divine time and place in our human history. We are here to heal ourselves and our Mother of our emotional and environmental scars, so that we can can evolve and flourish into a new paradigm. It doesn’t matter where you work, where you live, or how much money you make… It doesn’t matter what you believe or what “religion” you subscribe to… For there is only ONE true faith, and that is unconditional Love. In the end, we all want to live in peace and comfort, and we all want to love and be loved. It is the common thread that binds everything in the Universe.

We embrace our purpose of healing by healing ourselves first and foremost, and the way we heal is with Love. We heal one another by learning to trust and forgive with our hearts wide open. Through Love, we learn beyond measure that we are beautiful and valued. Through Love, we learn that everyone else we meet is also beautiful and valued. Through giving and accepting love, we heal ourselves. And through healing ourselves, we can increase the positive energy of Gaia’s morphological field.

But things become so “complicated” sometimes, although Spirit is actually quite simple. and in those times it does us all well to become, once again, grounded with Mother Earth. She whispers her answers in the wind. And she whispered to me today…


Healing the Trauma

There’s drama to get caught up in if we allow it. If you’re here, reading this, it’s most likely because you already feel the Shift in progress. It can make us anxious for others to feel it, understand it and embrace it as well. But, we don’t want this Shift to come about by way of trauma or tragedy. We see humanity walking an inevitable path toward enlightenment. We want peace, not war. I want happiness, not chaos. I want Love, not hate or fear.

For many of us, and I’m no exception, this sense of global chaos manifests as a deep-seeded trauma. And they are traumas! They cause many of us to feel fragmented and at times fearful. Even if we say we aren’t going to let it enter our emotional field, it still gets in. Particularly those of us who are empaths.

Personally, I was led to the ancient Hawaiian healing technique of ho’oponopono, and I knew that this was the simplest, most loving and spiritually conscious way that I could begin to heal from these latest traumas. . It recognizes that, as the human race, we are collectively responsible for the situation we find ourselves in and speaks of Accountability, no matter how indirectly. There are many other healing techniques that may also resonate for you. You may also like to read my previous article “Healing the Trauma Drama“.

If trauma is in your “field” at all, it is there for you to heal it. If it is in your emotional field then you are being divinely called upon to heal it. If it is in your mainstream news field, heal it. If you are in Syria, Russia, Gaza, Israel, the United States, or are caught up in their ‘war’ energy – heal it. If it is around you, within your energy field, it is there for you to heal. That is our purpose in this reality; to restore our energetic being to pristine consciousness, free of the energetic traumas that continue to feed the duality of our existence.

Humanity is rapidly evolving right now, in many ways but it’s not always possible to embrace it on a spiritual, genetic, social, and emotional level. We can’t always see it but we can feel it. We need to have emotional intelligence right now, and that can only be found within. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are a shining example of a Love that is so Divine it is beyond measure across the multiverse and *NOW* is when we are being called upon to apply it, to put our training and words into action – walk the walk, so to speak. Now is the time when we must come together – as one Humanity – and heal. We can send out vibrations of Love and rift the fragments of time into something beautiful and divine. We have that power. The power of unconditional Love. It’s the one thing that every single one of us has in common.

Everything you see and feel is a by-product of what we, humanity, together, have created. And if we consciously choose to, together, we can heal. If we do not, we continue to repeat the energetic cycles and will ever know what else is “out there”.

Together we can create Heaven on Earth, at one with Gaia and each other. It is our birthright. It is our beautiful future. It belongs to us. It starts with us. And it is simple…


  • I am divine. I am life. I am Love.
  • I am one with God, Gaia and Humanity.
  • I am healing me, healing you, healing me.
  • I am loving me, loving you, loving me.

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Can Boomers Stop The Bullying At Work?

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If you saw a young child being pushed around on the playground, chances are you would intervene. But are you equally proactive when you see bullying at work?

While this may sound like a hypothetical question, it’s anything but. According to a 2014 survey conducted by the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI), 27% of Americans have been bullied at work, 21% have witnessed it and 72% of us are aware that workplace bullying happens.

Real bullying involves more than just bad management and obnoxious behavior.


How Bullying Can Harm A Victim’s Health


It also means health-harming behaviors that can include verbal abuse, offensive conduct and intentional sabotage. And workplace bullying doesn’t just harm the victim. It leads to poor morale, high turnover and low productivity, which impact the entire organization.

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The problem is now so widespread that lawmakers in 15 states have introduced legislation aimed at prodding employers to take the matter seriously or face consequences. (Tennessee already has workplace bullying laws on the books, but they only apply to public sector employees.


Why Boomers Can Be Effective


So what are you willing to do about it? I ask because many boomers are in management and as a result, some are in a good position to take action. Even if you’re not among your employer’s leadership team, you still might be able to make a difference.

If you’re well respected by colleagues, have good relations with key influencers at your employer or have strong job security, it’s likely easier for you to speak up and get management to take bullying seriously than it is for your younger co-workers.


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That is an important advantage. Just like on the playground where bigger kids target weaker ones, the majority of workplace bullying is inflicted from the top down. According to the WBI survey, 56% of it is attributed to bosses, compared to 33% that’s blamed on peers. Given this inherent power imbalance, it’s no surprise that few victims stand up to their abusers.

I want to emphasize that not every boomer is in a position to stand up to workplace bullies.

Many older workers are in precarious job situations and know that if they speak up, they could be fired. That’s especially true in environments where bully behavior is a celebrated part of the workplace culture. (Wolves of Wall Street anyone?


Are Boomers the Guilty Party?

And let’s be honest. There are all too many boomers who are bullies themselves.

“Boomers are among the guiltiest of the bullies,” says Gary Namie, director of the WBI. “It is our generation that revered command-and-control management style.”

In fact, Namie argues that younger generations (including the boomer’s kids who were groomed on the intolerance of bullying throughout their school years) will be the ones who make bullying unacceptable sometime in the future.

That may well come to pass. But it doesn’t mean that employees in their 50s and 60s don’t have a responsibility to stand up for what is right when they can. In fact, given the role boomers have played in fostering this problem, quite the opposite.

The next time you witness bullying, consider taking the following steps to set things straight. I’ve broken them out for people in upper management and those who aren’t.


If You Are In Upper Management

  • Monitor peer managers for bullying acts Then, if you see any, quietly but firmly stop the abusive conduct.Namie advises that you have a private conversation with your colleague about the destructive effect the conduct has on subordinates, coworkers and the entire organization. The message coming from a peer or a higher manager is much more effective than any dialogue the bullied target might want to initiate.
  • Implement a workplace bullying policy It should spell out the ramifications of workplace bullying and the impact of violations, as well as an easily-understood reporting procedure.To be most effective, managers should get training on how to respond to reports of bullying, plus how to enforce policies and procedures. WBI offers online and in-person training options for employers interested in implementing policies.
  • Stick to your guns Even the best anti-bullying policy will be a mockery if there is no follow through. When bullying occurs, you must be willing to follow the designated procedures, even if that means standing up to a valued colleague.

If You’re Not in a Leadership Position

  • Enlist support from upper management Namie recommends securing assistance from a manager who is senior to the bully by at least two levels — not the bully’s immediate boss.
  • Get coworkers to join with you Donna Ballman, a labor attorney and author of Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired, says: “You should discuss with coworkers that you are going to complain, maybe get at least one other to come with you if you can, or even put together a complaint signed by other non-supervisory coworkers.”
  • Help the victim find another job Sometimes the best — and only — way to assist a bullying target is to help the person find another position, either by transferring within the company or by going elsewhere. According to the WBI, in 61% of cases, bullying stops only when the target loses her or his job.

Case in point: I recently heard from a 25-year-old who was forced out of her first job by a female bully boss. She explained her situation this way: “The incompetent HR manager, who was willfully blind to the problem, allowed the bully free rein. No matter how many people complained to him, no matter how clear it was that she was a toxic presence in the office, the HR manager always claimed to need ‘just one more person’ to come forward before he could do anything. When those are the office dynamics, the only thing you can do is what my immediate boss did for me, which is help the junior worker leave the situation.”

If an internal transfer is possible and desirable, offer to make a personal introduction or recommendation to the hiring manager in another department. If a transfer isn’t feasible, make job introductions to key people in your network elsewhere; pass on information about promising leads; offer yourself as a strong reference and serve as a strategic sounding board during the search process.

Help the bullying victim keep perspective while navigating this difficult situation. It’s worth you mentioning that as stressful as a job change may be, it is almost always better than continuing to toil under a bully boss.


Nancy Collamer, M.S., is a career coach, speaker and author of Second-Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit From Your Passions During Semi-Retirement. Her website is MyLifestyleCareer.com; on Twitter she is @NancyCollamer.


View Source: Forbes


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PM’s remarks reprehensible: Inquiry necessary to take real action to STOP the ongoing tragedy and PREVENT these senseless deaths.

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POSTED ON AUGUST 22, 2014


carolyn=-bennettPrime Minister Harper’s dismissal of the growing over-representation of Indigenous women and girls as victims of violence, homicide and persons who go missing as isolated crimes to be investigated by police illustrates just how out of touch he is. Moreover, the callous tone of his remarks yesterday, and failure to show any empathy for the families and loved ones of those who have been lost, shows a lack of compassion and leadership.


His characterization of this ongoing national tragedy completely disregards the scope of the crisis, which was confirmed only months ago by an RCMP report. That report doubled the 2010 estimate of the Native Women’s Association of Canada of 600 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in recent decades to almost 1200 since 1984. Even more disturbing than the shocking number of Indigenous women and girls involved was the finding that their proportion of the homicide rate is growing drastically, from 8 per cent in 1984 to 23 per cent in 2012. That means that today almost one in four female homicide victims in Canada is Indigenous, despite the fact they represent roughly only 4 per cent of the female population.


In the face of these appalling statistics, the Prime Minister’s continuing refusal to call a national public inquiry completely undermines his credibility when he claims to be tough on crime or to support victims.


Just yesterday he again stubbornly refused to call a national public inquiry claiming, “we should not view this as sociological phenomenon”. This flippant dismissal of the profound impact of root causes on this chronic problem disregards even the watered down conclusions and recommendations of the Conservative dominated Parliamentary committee that issued a white washed report on this issue last spring


While the Conservative majority on the committee refused to listen to the many experts and witnesses who testified to the need for a national public inquiry, even they disagreed with the Prime Minister’s discounting of the sociological root causes of this chronic violence. In fact the Parliamentary committee devoted a third of the study and an entire chapter of the resulting report to the root causes of this worsening crisis. Unfortunately the final recommendations ignored the evidence and instead simply cited inadequate existing government initiatives, most not even specific to violence against Indigenous women and girls.


It is clear that only a national inquiry would have the scope and resources necessary to identify the root causes of the violence and outline concrete measures to deal with this ongoing tragedy. It is the only way to provide justice for the victims, healing for their families and to put an end to the violence. Harper’s steadfast refusal to call a national inquiry flies in the face of the repeated urging of the victims’ families, every provincial and territorial premier, Indigenous leadership, the international community and civil society. As I have said before, he is on the wrong side of this issue and of history. This is not a women’s issue, not an Indigenous issue, it is a Canadian issue that touches the hearts of all Canadians.


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RCMP Harassment, Bullying Still Exists In Force: Liberal MP

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Who Protects The Protectors?


VANCOUVER By Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press


Harassment and bullying hasn’t been stamped out inside the RCMP workplace despite high-level assurances that action would be taken, says a Liberal MP who has met with dozens of Mounties.

MP Judy Sgro wants a judicial inquiry into “horrible and graphic” conduct within the country’s national police force after hearing a slew of allegations during a series of private forums across the country.

“Every one of those sessions was emotionally draining and very sad,” Sgro told those who attended a Liberal party-hosted breakfast in Vancouver on Friday.

“It continued to diminish the image we all have, and that we want to have, of the RCMP being there front and centre to protect people.”

Sgro and Senator Grant Mitchell heard from participants in Ontario, Vancouver, Newfoundland and Alberta between April and October 2013.

Some 18 to 80 people assembled for each session, including both civilian and operational members, current and former.

Participants alleged recurring incidents that happened with the direct knowledge of superiors, claiming they were dismissed as hazing, character building or “just the guys blowing off steam,” Sgro said.


They also spoke about work environments where abuse escalated to the point where some members’ careers were destroyed, and others suffered from physical and mental ailments or family breakdowns.


Sgro alleged that widespread and systemic issues prevail, even though RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson told her and a House of Commons standing committee that the force is “making progress” in bringing about positive change.

In February 2013, Paulson released an action plan entitled “Gender and Respect” that included 37 items to help the force respond to harassment complaints.

“We’ve taken a big step forward,” he told the committee on the status of women, outlining reforms to combat what he described as “misuse of authority.” He said there was not “systemic” sexual harassment.

On Friday, Sgro said Paulson attempted to convince the committee “changes were really going to happen.”

“Well, what ended up happening was they ended up re victimizing many of these very people,” she said.

In particular, Sgro cited Bill C-42, which amended the RCMP Act she said threatens dismissal for members of the force who speak out in a disparaging way.

“The reason you have not heard anything more on this issue for the last six months is because it’s shut down everyone,” she said.

An RCMP spokesman in Ottawa responded to a request for comment by emailing a lengthy statement previously posted online.

“The RCMP is committed to providing a safe and respectful work environment, free of discrimination, offensive behaviour and harassment,” the statement said.

It said the force amended its internal policy last year and that employees are currently completing an online course called Respectful Workplace.

Several high-profile lawsuits have been filed by former Mounties since Cpl. Catherine Galliford went public with allegations of harassment within the British Columbia division in 2011.


Last year, an RCMP watchdog investigation found 90 per cent of 718 complaints filed by employees between 2005 and 2011 alleged bullying, while four per cent concerned sexual harassment. Almost half the complaints were filed by men.


In Vancouver, a support group of about 50 male RCMP members meet quietly each month as they await the protracted grievance process to wind through, said Sgro, noting she hasn’t heard of this happening anywhere else.

“Because of the culture of the RCMP, you can’t show weakness … the minute that happens, you become a liability,” said a former B.C. RCMP senior constable attending Sgro’s talk.


Richard Jaques, who retired in 2008 after 13 years of service, said he regularly observed female officers excluded from promotion and said he believes the behaviour was driven by jealousy.


“When a lot of the young female officers would come into the RCMP, I would sit down with them and tell them ‘this is a male dominated organization,'” Jaques, who is seeking nomination to run as a Liberal candidate, in an interview.

“I would be up front and I would tell them that. And that they would have to work twice as hard, twice as long and twice as fast to get any respect.”

A report outlining the findings of the cross-country meetings will be presented after Parliament resumes in September.

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View Source HuffPost Politics Canada


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Korn Stands up to “Bullying” in New ‘Hater’ Video


Warning: The video below may be considered too graphic for some audiences, viewer discretion advised.



korn-239 In Korn‘s new video for “Hater”, the band seeks to project a positive message, one of empowerment and strength, to those who have been scarred by bullies.

Over the past two decades, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has been vocal about having been bullied as a youth.

Lyrics aren’t the only way Davis shows his distaste for bullies. Several of the the singer’s prominent tattoos serve as symbols of his struggles against those that beat him down, mentally and physically. On Davis’ left shoulder is a large HIV.


“He got this tattoo as a way to get back at all of the teens in high school who used to bully him and make fun of him,” notes fan site Korn Row. “Now that he has grown and moved past all the taunting, he views the tattoo as a symbol of the fact that he has been strong enough to overcome that adversity and become a successful musician.”


Director David Yarovesky assembled shots of people covered in white paint being drenched in blood, scarring themselves, slitting wrists and worse, as their innocence is stripped and suicide becomes an avenue of relief. Interspersed with the bloody images are stories from real people about surviving bullies’ attacks.

“In the end, I guess I want to say thank you to the boys because you made me who I am today,” says one of the girls in the video. “I’m one badass chick. So, thank you for being a dick.”


The video accompanies the band’s latest single from The Paradigm Shift, Korn’s current album.


View Source Radio.com By Jay Tilles – Aug 21, 2014


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