People who survived modern slavery face significant barriers to good quality legal advice

first_imgPeople who survived modern slavery face significant barriers to good quality legal advice People who suffered modern slavery face significant barriers to accessing legal aid funded advice and representation in England, despite this being key to their ability to obtain formal support and the stability required to recover, new research has found.The report, entitled Access to legal advice and representation for survivors of modern slavery, was developed by the University of Liverpool in collaboration with the Anti Trafficking Labour Exploitation Unit (ATLEU) and the Rights Lab at the University of Nottingham and was commissioned by the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre (the Modern Slavery PEC), a publicly funded body created to transform the effectiveness of laws and policies designed to overcome modern slavery.The researchers analysed the experience of immigration lawyers and support providers working with people with lived experience of modern slavery in England about their experience of the system providing legal aid, particularly those working at the nexus of the UK immigration system and the National Referral Mechanism (NRM), the framework designed to identify and support potential victims of modern slavery in the UK.The research found that modern slavery survivors’ access to legal aid funded advice is severely hampered, despite evidence strongly pointing to it being key to their recovery, securing their rights, immigration status and protection from re-trafficking.The research identified a secure immigration status as particularly important for survivors to achieve stability allowing them to make progress towards recovery.Dr Samantha Currie, from the University of Liverpool’s Law School and Centre for the Study of International Slavery (CSIS), who led the research, said: “People who suffered modern slavery often deal with hugely complex situations, trying to access support, securing the formal status as a victim through the NRM, whilst navigating the NRM processes, immigration law and sometimes criminal cases against people who exploited them. All whilst trying to recover in safety and stability.”The research identified two key barriers for people who endured modern slavery in accessing good quality legal advice in England.Firstly, there is a lack of clarity amongst many lawyers and practitioners supporting survivors about what legal aid people referred to the NRM are entitled to receive, especially for immigration related cases.Secondly, the current funding structure of immigration legal aid discourages lawyers from taking on complex modern slavery cases and seriously limits the time they can spend on the case work. The fixed fees don’t reflect the time legal aid lawyers spend working on them and are insufficient to cover the complex and lengthy work necessary to resolve survivors’ legal issues. Relying on meeting the threshold for “escape fees”, available only when the work carried out on a case exceeds at least three times the value of the fixed fee, is too much of a financial risk for many lawyers to take.This means that cases involving clients who have survived modern slavery are often financially unviable for lawyers to take on. Those who do may have to limit the time spent on the case, which impacts on the quality of the advice; or work without receiving payment, in their own time and at personal cost.“The system which should provide people who suffered modern slavery with good quality advice currently fails many of them. We need to put the needs of people who went through modern slavery at the centre and make changes to improve it”, said Dr Currie.“Trafficking and slavery cases are often complex and can take a long time to resolve. The current legal aid system simply fails to enable lawyers to provide the quality of legal support that survivors need. “, said Victoria Marks, Director of the Anti Trafficking and Labour Exploitation Unit, a charity specialising in providing legal representation to survivors of trafficking and modern slavery.“As a result, fewer and fewer lawyers are taking these cases which makes it even harder for vulnerable survivors to navigate our complicated legal systems so that they can access protection and rebuild their lives.” she added.The research also found that the process of referring people who have endured exploitation into the NRM can be disempowering and disengaging, leaving them not fully understanding that they have been referred into the identification framework and what it entails.The report urged the Government to change the way legal aid is funded to make sure lawyers have capacity to provide good quality support. A key change would be to switch payments available to lawyers when working on immigration cases involving survivors to an hourly basis. This would ensure that lawyers could be paid appropriately for the work carried out.Victoria Marks said: “Paying lawyers for their casework on an hourly basis is a clear way to making such cases financially viable.”The report also recommended that survivors be entitled to receive legally aided advice prior to referral into the NRM, to improve their understanding of the referral and its implications.Victoria Marks said: “When there are signs of modern slavery it is important that people can access advice, so that they can consider whether they want to enter the NRM and understand the legal processes before they embark on them.”The report also urged the Government to take steps to ensure people with lived experience of modern slavery with insecure immigration status are protected.Dr Currie said: “Those without a secure immigration status who are identified as victims of modern slavery through the NRM, should automatically receive a minimum of one year Leave to Remain.“This would provide survivors with some stability and time to begin to recover in safety.”Liz Williams, Policy Impact Manager at the Modern Slavery PEC, said: “This evidence shows that we need to put access to legal advice at the centre of any considerations around support for people who experienced modern slavery and provides practical solutions to implement necessary changes.“We note the Government’s announcement to consider how to improve survivors’ access to legal advice in its New Plan for Immigration. There is much to be done to make sure people who lived through modern slavery can receive good quality representation that they need to recover safely, and we’re hoping to working together to improve access to this.”To read the full Access to legal advice and representation for survivors of modern slavery report, please visit: /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:charity, Criminal, Currie, director, Government, Human Rights, immigration, liverpool, modern slavery, research, UK, university, University of Liverpool, University of Nottingham, Victoria, Williamslast_img read more

With Senior Back, Wildcats Ready to Run

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. COLUMBIA FALLS – Pascal Jessat didn’t have trouble staying in shape for cross country during the offseason. The United States Army made sure of that. Over the summer, Jessat, a senior at Columbia Falls High School, spent three months in Fort Jackson, S.C. for Army basic training. He’s always been a disciplined kid, following a strict running regimen throughout the year, but boot camp took it to another level. When he arrived back in Columbia Falls, with school already underway, it wasn’t really cross country practice that was hard to get used to – it was everything. “It was crazy coming back and just being back here,” Jessat said. Now that he’s home, he is directing that Army-trained focus toward a singular goal: bringing another trophy back to Columbia Falls. Last year, Jessat was a key component of the first team in school history to win a state cross country title. Jessat’s older brother, Patric, and Shawn Whitman graduated, but three of the top five runners from last year’s history-making team are back. Along with Jessat, Shawn Whitman’s younger brother, Justin, and Derrick Williams should again make the Wildcats a contender in Class A.Coach Richard Menicke said last year’s state title may have inspired other students at the school to try out for cross country. This season, the most kids Menicke has seen in his 15 years at the school showed up for the season: 15 boys and 22 girls. Menicke, in his second year as head coach, previously was an assistant coach at Columbia Falls. He said the turnout for girls is traditionally much higher than for boys, but even by those standards, 22 is a lot. For boys, 15 is pretty much unheard of.“It’s been really fun and it’s presented some new challenges for me,” Menicke said of the large turnout.Among those challenges is identifying seven runners for both boys and girls varsity. Each school sends seven varsity runners to meets. A few kids on each side have proven to be varsity shoo-ins, but the remaining spots are closely contested. For boys, Williams, Jessat and Whitman will lead the varsity squad. Williams, a junior, is looking to improve on his fifth-place finish at the state meet last season. His goal is to post a sub-16-minute time this season, but he is still recovering from a torn meniscus that occurred in the winter.“It’s sort of been nagging,” he said. “But I’m getting there. Building my base back up is the main thing.”Williams said if two more runners emerge to form a strong five-man rotation, the Wildcats should be able to compete with anybody by the end of the season. There’s a good chance one of those runners, or both, will be a wrestler.Menicke said six wrestlers tried out for cross country this season to train for the winter wrestling season. He said wrestlers have come out for the cross country in the past, but never as many as this year. He pointed out that Whitman is also a wrestler.“The wrestling coaches have been fantastic,” Menicke said. “They strongly believe in supporting our program because it helps their program too.”The girls are led by Jinise Osborne, who was the team’s top finisher at last year’s Class A state meet. She finished 21st, but Menicke said she was competing for an all-state finish until the final mile. All-state is awarded to the top 15 finishers at state.Osborne, a junior, believes the girls can improve their fifth-place finish from last year’s meet. A top-three finish would equal the best ever for the program.“That would be a very reasonable goal for us,” Osborne said. “Coming home with any hardware would be making history.”Menicke said the girls “have a lot of depth.” The key is finding the best seven runners on any given week, depending on various circumstances. For example, going into an important meet during the regular season, Menicke said it might make more sense to put an older girl in the race even if a younger one has been scoring better times, so as not to throw the underclassman to the wolves. Menicke sees the importance of maintaining an upbeat spirit throughout the long season. With 22 runners, he has some room to experiment.“It’s a balancing act of keeping their confidence up,” Menicke said.Confidence shouldn’t be a problem for the boys. But even after winning a state title, Williams said the Wildcats feel they have something to prove.“Hopefully we’ll come home with some hardware,” Williams said. “I know at our school some people think that us winning was a fluke.” Emaillast_img read more

Marion Hall to premiere gospel sound in South Florida

first_imgMarion Hall, the former dancehall artist known as Lady Saw, will be making her Gospel premiere in South Florida next year. Organizers confirmed that she’s still headlining at One Love in the Park show slated for Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2016, in Lauderdale Lakes. This will be her first performance following her announced rebaptism into Christianity.Dancehall star Lady Saw was baptized last Monday at the Emmanuel Apostolic Church in Kingston, hours after attending late deejay J Capri’s funeral service.Lady Saw said she was spiritually moved to return to her faith following the recent and sudden death of young dancehall singjay.Hall announced on her Instagram account that she was also cancelling all her upcoming dancehall shows.last_img read more

No. 4 West Florida overwhelms Shorter in 6-0 senior day win

first_img  PENSACOLA, Fla. – The No. 4 ranked West Florida women’s soccer team had one of its strongest overall performances of the year at the UWF Soccer Complex on Wednesday, as the Argonauts defeated visiting Shorter University 6-0 in the team’s final regular season home game of the season.  The Argos scored four goals in the game’s first 20 minutes and cruised to their seventh shutout of the year.Junior Chelsea Palmer (Plano, Texas/Tyler JC) led the offensive assault for the Argonauts (14-1, 7-0 GSC), scoring two goals and adding one assist.  Four other Argonauts scored in the win, including junior Shelby Bush (Shalimar, Fla./Darton).  Palmer now leads the team with 11 goals and 10 assists, and Bush is tied for the team lead with 11 goals.The Argos defended well, limiting Shorter (3-10-1, 2-4-1 GSC) to just four shot attempts.  Senior Rachel Cutts (Pace, Fla./Ole Miss) and sophomores Kelly Andres (Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny HS) and Taylor Harbison (Neptune Beach, Fla./Fletcher HS) led the effort on the back line, shutting down the Shorter attack.Palmer wasted little time in putting UWF on the board, scoring the first goal of the game just 31 seconds into the first half.  Bush was then next to score at the 10:32 mark, thanks to assists by Cutts and senior Tori Fish (Bellaire, Texas/Bellaire HS).  Senior Monica Malavassi (San Jose, Costa Rica/University of Costa Rica) got on the board next with a header off a cross by Palmer, and Palmer rounded out the first half scoring barrage with an unassisted goal at the 20:07 mark.The Argos shifted their lineup around in the second half and added two more goals.  Junior Daniela Cruz (San Jose, Costa Rica/University of Costa Rica) capitalized on an opportunity to score the team’s fifth goal in the 63rd minute.  Junior Nathalia Cerceau (Belo Horizonte, Brazil/South Dakota) then put it out of reach at the 78:51 mark off an assist by Brittany Hensley (Enterprise, Ala./Enterprise HS).The game marked the final regular season home game for four UWF seniors: Cutts, Jessica Ebanks (Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands/University College), Malavassi and Fish.  The four Argonaut seniors were recognized for their contributions to the program before Wednesday’s match.The Argos will finish the regular season with a three-game road trip, first visiting West Alabama on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m.  For information on all UWF athletics, visit #ARGOS# Shorter (3-10-1, 2-4-1 GSC) vs. West Florida (14-1-0, 7-0-0 GSC) Date: 10/17/12      Attendance: 276 Weather: Warm, partly cloudy Goals by period       1  2  Tot ——————————- Shorter………….  0  0 –  0 West Florida……..  4  2 –  6 SCORING SUMMARY:  1.   0:31 UWF Chelsea Palmer (10) (unassisted) – dribble from midflied, 1v1 with keeper  2.  10:32 UWF Shelby Bush (11) (Tori Fish;Rachel Cutts) – Cutts free kick, deflected by Fish, tapped in by Bush  3.  12:56 UWF Monica Malavassi (5) (Chelsea Palmer) – Cross from Palmer, headed in by Malavassi  4.  20:07 UWF Chelsea Palmer (11) (unassisted) – intercepted in the box, driven into the goal  5.  62:13 UWF Daniela Cruz (3) (unassisted) – dribbled in from the left side, driven in off the post  6.  78:51 UWF Nathalia Cerceau (2) (Brittanie Hensley) – fed from Hensley, rolled into the net Shots: Shorter 4, West Florida 26 Saves: Shorter 7 (Katie Stachula 7), West Florida 1 (Sarah Story 1)Print Friendly Version No. 4 West Florida overwhelms Shorter in 6-0 senior day win Sharecenter_img L-R: Tori Fish, Jessica Ebanks, head coach Joe Bartlinski, Rachel Cutts, Monica Malavassi (Photo by Bill Stockland) last_img read more

Journey to World Cup starts here

first_imgSoccer By DENNYS IORERE It may be a long shot but never impossible. And for PNG Football Association Supporters Club chairman Dr Miok Komolong (picutured), he optimistic of having the PNG men’s team to Qatar in 2022 if not definitely to the United States in 2026. He said there were enough slots for Oceania region – one direct qualification or entry and the other a playoff for second place with South America. Dr Komolong was speaking during the launch of the PNGFA U-15 Festival Southern leg on Tuesday, he said there were enough slots for Oceania region – one direct qualification or entry. The Southern leg youth festival has attracted eight boys and six girls’ teams from the National Capital District and Central province who are currently competing until the finals on Sunday. “The supporters club, actually our number one goal is to building the national team and the women’s team as well but the flagship is the men’s national team (the Kapuls) – our goal is to enter our team in the World Cup if not in Qatar in 2022 definitely the USA in 2026,” he said. “This game does not end here, 2026 one or two or even four of you will make the national team and I look forward to that so all the best. We will support you. That is the mission of the supporters club. “When you graduate to the national team we will be there for you. We will make sure everything is done right for you so that you can carry the flag and represent your country with pride.” Dr Komolong has been involved with football because his children who had shown interest from Under 6 to U-12 to U-15 tournaments. He was one time a chairman of the local organizing committee in Lae in 2006. He was also the chairman of the Pikinini Soccer at the University of Technology in Lae, Morobe. “Out of that program that we ushered in there are now four of my boys from Lae in the national team if not six but some are on the fringes,” Dr Komolong said. He declined to name those players but his sons Alwin and Felix have come through the same process like you so it is important that this type of tournaments are organised well. “You get support from the parents and the teachers at this level and this is the grassroots of football that builds those players for national representative duties. So in the national team as the supporters club, we are gearing up to start the next journey. If you saw the Nation’s Cup last year, it was the supporters club that came and assisted PNGFA to bring our team and we almost beat New Zealand,” he said. “We unfortunately did not make it – that was the Nations Cup or the Confederations Cup; In the World Cup qualifiers we beat Tahiti. The supporters club was with PNGFA all along. I am saying this is because I think in this group one, two if not three, four of you will make it to the national team (Kapuls).”last_img read more

Para-canoeist Stu Hogg leads the way

first_imgCompeting in the K1 200 metres LTA (legs, trunk, arms), he finished eighth in his heat and missed the semi-finals by one place. “My results this year weren’t great, but all I wanted this year was to get in the system. They have spoken about changing my class. I’ll know about that next year.” Feeling normal Vertebrae fused “I am a lot slower than I used to be, but other than that everyone treats me the same as they did before the accident. I would rather be treated how they treated me before than have people trying to make special arrangements for me. They help out, but make me feel that I’m just one of the guys again.” “Luckily, the guy who operated on me, one of the top neuro-surgeons, was available that next morning,” Hogg, now 24, told SAinfo during an interview this week. “He and another neuro-surgeon did the operation, and apparently it was quite a thing because they had to operate through the front and the back of my neck. They had to put a cage-like device into my neck to fuse the vertebrae. 4 October 2013 South Africa had just one participant at the first ever ICF Para-Canoe World Championships in Duisberg, Germany in August. Stu Hogg is taking the country’s rich paddling tradition in a new direction. “Then I found out about para-canoeing. It was a new sport, so I thought I might as well give that a bash, so last year I started training – just very basic, getting into a boat, but I was very weak. It took me a long time to just being able to paddle.” Five years ago, while studying in Durban, Hogg was asleep as a passenger in a car when it was involved in an accident. He was thrown out of the back window of the vehicle, suffering a broken neck, broken ribs, fractured vertebrae in his lower back and a head injury. He was in a deep coma for a short while. He has since undergone two operations on his neck. “The paddling guys have been a big help to me. Everyone has been really nice.” Walkingcenter_img “It took me a good three years to get walking. I could walk within a couple of months, but not comfortably. It took me a while to get walking properly and comfortable with myself,” he explained. The reward for Hogg’s hard work has been wonderful, he said. “Now, being able to compete, once I am on the water and training I don’t really feel disabled anymore. I feel like part of the paddling community again, regardless of my disability. I feel like a normal paddler now. Hogg had won national colours as a junior, but wearing them again appeared to be a distant memory because para-canoeing did not exist when he suffered his injury. And it took some time before he was able to take to the water again. In Duisberg, Hogg was back in the green-and-gold, and after all the effort it had taken to once again represent South Africa he truly appreciated the experience. “I had really missed that feeling [of sporting the national colours]. It was special,” he said. “Straight away, when I went to rehab, what kept me going was the thought of paddling again. They were telling me that I might not walk again. My mental drive was to try and get back in a boat, and to walk out of the hospital.” “This year was a start. I know where I stand, what I’ve got to work on. For now I’m going to work to get as fast as I can be. If they change the classes, that’s a bonus. If not, I am just going to have to work harder.” Looking back on his experiences at the first ICF Para-canoe World Championships, Hogg said: “This year it was very hard to compete because they put me in a very difficult class. I was racing with guys who had, for example, a problem with a leg, and it’s very hard for me to have half my body – an arm, my trunk and leg issues – to compete with someone missing a foot, especially because of a lot of spasticity in the nerve function. It’s a big disadvantage. Someone with a leg problem has an upper body that is still 100 percent. ‘A big disadvantage’ “In the long term, I am hoping that they change the whole classification system by putting in more classes for guys with different disabilities, just to try and even the competition out,” he said. “That feeling helps me with the rest of my life because if I feel normal on the water I can feel a bit more normal when I am not on the water.last_img read more

Apple’s iWork Goes (Partly) Online

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Apple#news#NYT#Product Reviews#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Apple today announced an online component to its iWork productivity suite. This, however, is not the rumored online version of iWork we were hoping for, as it only allows you to share documents online through After you share a document through the newly released iWork ’08 desktop software, your friends and co-workers can comment and leave notes on your Keynote, Pages, or Numbers documents, though the documents themselves can’t be edited online. Apple is releasing this as a free beta today, and Phil Schiller announced this as “the beginning of a great new service,” which leads us to believe that Apple is indeed working on a more advanced online version of iWork.According to Schiller, will work on all the major browsers, including Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Documents are not only viewable online, but can also be downloaded.Apple also announced a Keynote Remote iPhone app, that will be available in the App Store for $0.99, as well as major updates to its iWork and iLife suites. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img frederic lardinois A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts last_img read more

Use “Duster Spray Can” to hack the disk encryption keys

first_imgComputer Scientists at Princeton University have shown some very easy and creative methods to hackcryptographic key material with physical access to an encryptedmachine. Watch the video embedded below to find out how existingtechnology is really vulnerable against Cold Boot Attacks on Encryption Keys. All you need is a Duster spray can, if that, to cool the DRAM and extract the keys. The paper publishedalong with the video clearly outlines techniques for finding keysresiding in memory.The really cool part is that this technique doesn’treally hack into the encryption directly. Rather, it depends onscanning the encryption keys by accessing the contents of the RAM andthen extracting the data either by directly tampering with the RAM orby simply booting the computer from a USB drive. You can also read theindustry response and more details on these findings in the article.It is not all bad news … Intel is planning on releasing atechnology code named “Danbury” which drastically reduces exposure tothe Cold boot attacks. Please note that Danbury technology will be part of the Intel vPro processor technology to be released later this year. Danbury uses dedicated platform hardware toprovide full disk encryption and the actual data encryption keys arenot kept in the DRAM. Although, Intermediate, or ‘wrapping’, keys usedto unlock data encryption keys are stored in DRAM temporarily,when the user is physically present or while remote IT operation hascontrol of the platform. These keys are subsequently deleted once nolonger needed, thus reducing the exposure significantly.I am also very happy to announce that Danbury SDK that can leveragedby software vendors to enhance encryption software will be made on the manageability developer communitylater this year. If you are interested to find out more about thistechnology or are interested in developing encryption software usingthis technology then feel free to leave a comment on this post.last_img read more

The Social IT Professional

first_imgThe role of the CIO and IT professionals has significantly changed in the last decade. In today’s professional landscape, an IT professional is poised to lead the charge for technological innovation. As David A. Bray, CIO of the Federal Communications Commission, said in a interview with The Washington Post, “We need leaders who do more than keep the trains running on time. CIOs and CEOs can work together to digitally transform how an enterprise operates.”But, according to CIO magazine’s 2015 State of the CIO survey, CIOs were viewed as business leaders by just 13 percent of colleagues outside of IT and only 30 percent of line-of-business leaders. Obviously, there’s still a significant gap in the C-suite perception of IT. But there’s also a significant opportunity. As any digital professional will tell you, the best way to solve a perception problem is to be more visible. Say goodbye to the IT professional tucked away in the basement and say hello to the age of the social techie.Teaching Techies to be SocialitesIt’s been clear for some time that social media is essential to successful businesses, providing the opportunity to not only serve their customers better, but to learn from them. The same is true for the social IT professional. Through social media, an IT professional is able to engage in and help shape the changing conversation around IT. They’re able to expand their knowledge and skills through peer collaboration and partnerships born online. And, by adopting a more open and collaborative mindset, the social IT professional is able to begin to solve their perception problem.One CIO leading the charge to bring IT out of the shadows and into the social spotlight is Intel’s very own Kim Stevenson. Ranked as one of the most social CIOs by the Huffington Post in 2015, Kim has long been an advocate of shaking up the IT department and what’s expected of it. As she stated in a Forbes interview, “On the leadership front, I challenged IT to take bigger risks and to move beyond ‘what you know’ to ‘what’s possible.’ IT had gotten into a comfort zone taking small risks and only solving problems we knew how to solve, which yielded incremental improvements. If we were going to meet the needs of the business, we needed to be operating at a higher level of risk.”Beyond changing the perception of IT, becoming social can provide hungry IT professionals with a personal classroom for learning and innovation, helping them to stay on the cutting edge of the latest technology.Now that you now why you should get social, it’s time to learn how to get social. In my next blog, I’ll go into how you can kickstart your social persona.Until then, check out this list of the most social CIOs in 2015. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the benefits of the social CIO and the hurdles that are preventing more CIOs from jumping in. Leave your comments below or continue the conversation on Twitter @jen_aust and on LinkedIn at read more

Doctor sentenced to 40 to 175 years in jail for sexually assaulting gymnasts

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Cliff Hodge return a shot in the arm for Meralco Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said Nassar’s “decision to assault was precise, calculated, manipulative, devious, despicable.”“It is my honor and privilege to sentence you. You do not deserve to walk outside a prison ever again. You have done nothing to control those urges and anywhere you walk, destruction will occur to those most vulnerable.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingNassar found competitive gymnastics to be a “perfect place” for his crimes because victims saw him as a “god” in the sport, a prosecutor said Wednesday, shortly before the former doctor was to be sentenced for years of molesting Olympic gymnasts and other young women.“It takes some kind of sick perversion to not only assault a child but to do so with her parent in the room,” prosecutor Angela Povilaitis said. “To do so while a lineup of eager young gymnasts waited.”center_img View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ She described the “breadth and ripple” of Nassar’s sexual abuse as “nearly infinite.”“What does it say about our society that victims of sexual abuse have to hide their pain for years when they did nothing wrong? What does it say about our society when victims do come forward … and are treated as liars until proven true?” Povilaitis said.Nassar turned to the courtroom gallery to make a brief statement, saying that the accounts of more than 150 victims had “shaken me to my core.” He said “no words” can describe how sorry he is for his crimes.“I will carry your words with me for the rest of my days” he said as many of his accusers wept.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Larry Nassar is brought into court Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. Nassar, 54, has admitted sexually assaulting athletes under the guise of medical treatment when he was employed by Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which as the sport’s national governing organization trains Olympians. He already has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography. Under a plea bargain, he faces a minimum of 25 to 40 years behind bars in the molestation case. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)LANSING, Mich. — The former sports doctor who admitted molesting some of the nation’s top gymnasts for years was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison as the judge declared: “I just signed your death warrant.”The sentence capped a remarkable seven-day hearing in which scores of Larry Nassar’s victims were able to confront him face to face in a Michigan courtroom.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridlast_img read more