first_imgHowever, the Swedish buffer fund struck a note of caution that the rate of improvement seen in recent years would bring about parity on boards any time soon.It estimated that parity between male and female candidates would take a further 27 years for board members, and 44 years for members of executive management.The financial and consumer sector boasted the highest number of women on boards, while media and financial services reported the largest number of executive management.The survey covered 268 companies listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. AP2 has praised the increase in board diversity at Swedish companies after a nearly 20% rise in the number of women at listed firms.Eva Halvarsson, chief executive of AP2, said the changes to its annual Female Representation Index were the steepest increases since 2004, and noted that nomination committees were now being ever more responsible in selecting candidates.“There is still much to do, but I am convinced that this issue has now attracted the attention necessary for accelerating future development in this area and to ensure better utilization of the competence available.”The index, compiled since 2003 with Nordic Investor Services, found that 29% of board directors at firms listed primarily on the Swedish Stock Exchange were women.last_img read more

first_imgAn epidemic of transgender children is Safe Schools’ legacyHerald Sun 16 April 2017Family First Comment: Bravo Miranda Devine for calling the programme out. Wish we had similar commentators in NZ!THREE years after it was launched by the Abbott government, the insidious Safe Schools program is to be axed in NSW and replaced with a real anti-bullying program.Kudos to Rob Stokes, the only education minister in the nation honourable enough to tackle the sexual indoctrination program loathed by most parents and defended to the death by fanatical education bureaucrats.“Bullying is a problem, whether you’re being bullied because you’re struggling with your sexuality or being fat or wearing glasses,” said an education source. “All this nonsense about gender fluidity has nothing to do with bullying.”Funding has been allocated for a new program, expected to be ready by Term 3.But incalculable damage already has been done by teaching children that gender and sexuality is fluid, that heterosexuality is not the norm, and that sex is arbitrarily assigned by a doctor at birth.One consequence has been an epidemic in “transgender” children presenting to medical clinics since the advent of Safe Schools in June 2014.Referrals for gender services to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, have tripled. Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital had 250 children last year presenting with “gender dysphoria”, distress experienced because you feel you were born the wrong sex.The NSW Education Department reports a “spike” in transgender students, including a four-year old in kindergarten this year “who has identified as transgender”.Official statistics are tightly held but, anecdotally: one public school in Sydney’s eastern suburbs has five transgender children, according to the relative of a student; a regional NSW government Safe School had five transgender students at the start of last year, according to a former teacher; a Safe School in outer Sydney had 5 or 6 “transgender” children last year in Year 8, all girls, according to a concerned teacher. “Safe Schools definitely had something to do with all this,” he says. “We are losing this fight… very badly”.One teacher has spoken to parents who, “suddenly received a note from their 14-year-old daughter claiming that she is trans and wants to be called a new name.” But, after her parents moved her to a non-Safe School, “she is largely over the confusion now”.Last year a 15-year-old child known as “Lincoln” had both breasts removed at a Sydney hospital with the permission of the Family Court in order to “transition” to the male sex. Born female, Lincoln decided in September, 2014, at age 13, to begin living as a boy and was prescribed puberty-blocking hormones the next year.One of the few doctors willing to criticise the “fashion in child surgical abuse” is Dr John Whitehall, Professor of Paediatrics at Western Sydney University, who questions the “massive intrusion into the minds and bodies of children… It’s a collective madness.”Most transgender children will, “grow out of it through puberty if parents do little more than gently watch and wait… The worst thing that can happen is the child is adopted as a poster child for the school.”With teachers being trained by Safe Schools to think gender is whatever you feel like, “it’s not surprising we’re seeing more kids responding to this propaganda and parents getting on board. It’s very hard for professionals to speak out.”READ MORE: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/rendezview/an-epidemic-of-transgender-children-is-safe-schools-legacy/news-story/085d5681f6bc3dae2357302ab2bee227last_img read more

first_imgFemi Solaja with agency reportFollowing his disagreement with his Turkish club and later exit from Trabzonspor FC, former Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi, has said that he action was in the best interest of the game.On Monday night, the Turkish Super Lig club had terminated the contract of the former FC Chelsea midfielder over what the club management see as offensive in the light of tenses moment in the country following severe outbreak coronavirus in most western European countries that had led to halt of the leagues. But yesterday, the Nigerian captain to AFCON 2019 Bronze win last summer, took to Instagram and penned a farewell message to the management and fans of the Turkish Super Lig clubHe described his exit from Trabzonspor as “one of the hardest decisions he has had to make” but reiterates his determination to put his family first.The 32-year-old left the Turkish top flight club by mutual consent on Tuesday, a couple of days after publicly expressing his fears of playing football amid the outbreak of dreaded disease.In reaction to his exit, Mikel wrote a message to Trabzonspor on social media, wishing them the best as they aim for the Super Lig crown this season.“I would like to thank all the fans for their support. I also want to say thanks to all my teammates, technical crew, medical team and kit men for all we’ve achieved this season so far,” Mikel wrote on Instagram. “Wish you guys best of luck in winning the league.“It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make, but in current situation we all need take care of our families, spend time with them and protect them.”The midfielder joined the Black Sea Storm on a two-year deal last summer, at the end of his short stint in the Championship with Middlesbrough.He made 27 appearances across all competitions this season, Mikel played a key role in Trabzonspor’s midfield, and they sit at the summit of the Turkish top flight table.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram John Mikel Obi,last_img read more