#JaVotes2016: ‘Lie she a tell!’ – JLP supporters deny Brown Burke’s claim of intimidation

first_img Other JLP supporters demanded that Brown Burke leave the polling station. “She needs to leave, she just come to make mischief,” another JLP supporter said. Voters at the Mountain View Primary School, in the Eastern St Andrew constituency,  have refuted claims made by PNP Vice President Angela Brown Burke that PNP indoor agents at the polling station have been intimidated. JLP supporters blocked the gate and denied Brown Burke entrance to the polling station. “A lie she a tell, no gun man no hold them up. Look how much police and soldier deh ya , if dat did happen dem wudda do something bout it,” a JLP supporter told The Gleaner.last_img

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The Silence Breakers: TIME’s Person of the Year goes to those who spoke about sexual harassment

first_imgPeople who shared their stories about sexual harassment have been named TIME magazine’s Person of the Year. The Silence Breakers – the folks who came forward to throw light on sexual harassment and abuse in America.TIME magazine has named the social movement aimed at raising awareness about sexual harassment and assault, epitomised by the hashtag #MeToo on social media, as the most influential ‘person’ in 2017.The magazine’s editor-in-chief — Edward Felsenthal — made the announcement on NBC’s Today show on Wednesday, citing “the galvanising actions of the women on our cover,” according to a Vox report.Those women featured on the cover include actress Ashley Judd, singer Taylor Swift, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, Visa lobbyist Adama Iwu, Mexican agricultural worker Isabel Pascual, and one woman whose face cannot be seen but just her arm.Several women have spoken out since October about sexual misconduct by dozens of high-profile men in entertainment, media, business and sports. TIME praised those who have given “voice to open secrets, for moving whisper networks onto social networks, for pushing us all to stop accepting the unacceptable.”According to an AP report, TIME’s announcement was made on NBC’s Today show, where longtime host Matt Lauer was fired last week amid harassment allegations. “Today” host Savannah Guthrie acknowledged on Wednesday that this year’s winner hits “close to home” and mentioned Lauer by name.The show hosted Alyssa Milano and the creator of the #MeToo Tarana Burke to discuss the cover – both of whom have spoken publicly about their own experiences of alleged sexual misconduct.advertisementWomen who spoke out, initially against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and then others, helped to spawn the #MeToo movement, with millions of people telling stories of sexual misconduct on social media platforms.”This is the fastest moving social change we’ve seen in decades and it began with individual acts of courage by hundreds of women – and some men, too – who came forward to tell their own stories,” TIME Editor-in-Chief Edward Felsenthal told NBC News, referring to them as “the silence breakers”.TIME tweeted, “The Silence Breakers are TIME’s Person of the Year 2017.”The Silence Breakers are TIME’s Person of the Year 2017 #TIMEPOY https://t.co/mLgNTveY9z pic.twitter.com/GBo9z57RVG- TIME (@TIME) December 6, 2017ME TOOPeople who spoke out against Hollywood comedian Harvey Weinstein helped the hashtag #MeToo pick up. Countless people started telling their stories of sexual misconduct. The tweets, Instagram and Facebook posts began to create noise after actress-activist Alyssa Milano followed on a suggestion from a friend of a friend on Facebook and tweeted, “If you’ve been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too’ as a reply to this tweet.”The hashtag was tweeted nearly a million times in 48 hours. #MeToo was actually founded by activist Tarana Burke a decade ago to raise awareness about sexual violence. Milano has said that she wasn’t aware of Burke’s contributions when she made her initial tweet and has since publicly credited her.Milano and Burke appeared together on Wednesday on the “Today” show.”This is just the start. I’ve been saying from the beginning it’s not just a moment, it’s a movement,” Burke said. “Now the work really begins.””As women, we have to support each other and stand together and say, ‘That’s it. We’re done. No more,” Milano said. “It’s vital to me that we really set in some actionable things that we can do to continue this momentum.”The two runners-up were Chinese President Xi Jinping and the US President Donald Trump who himself has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women.Trump however denied any wrongdoing. Trump, Person of the Year in 2016, had tweeted recently that the magazine had told him he “probably” would be honored again if he agreed to an interview and photo shoot. Trump added that he “took a pass”. TIME has disputed his account.Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named Man (Person) of the Year,?? like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 24, 2017Other finalists included US Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller – the former FBI Director who is investigating the alleged complicity between Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign team and Russian officials.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, and American football player Colin Kaepernick, were also finalists for the TIME magazine’s award.advertisementlast_img read more

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