After Weinstein Scandal a Plan to Protect Models

first_imgThe Harvey Weinstein news has spurred an outcry on sexual harassment from women far from Hollywood. Now some of that outrage is taking a new shape, beyond the repeated revelations, and has begun to influence the legal system.On Monday, New York State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, a Democrat from Queens, announced she would introduce an amendment to the state’s current anti-discrimination laws. If passed, it would extend certain protection to models, putting designers, photographers and retailers (among others) on notice that they would be liable for abuses experienced on their watch.Models in New York State would require specific provisions because of their convoluted employment chain. Many are classified as independent contractors, with their agencies claiming to act in an advisory capacity. This means that a client (a photographer, retailer, clothing brand) books them through the agencies but does not actually have a contract directly with the model. Like other independent contractors, including nannies and housekeepers, models have fewer legal protections than workers whose employment contracts are more tightly regulated. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Trish Goff, a former top model, preparing for a fashion show in New York City in 2004. Ms Goff recently discussed her alleged harassment by Harvey Weinstein with The New York Times. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: The spotlight turned to the fashion industry not long after the Weinstein investigations were published in The New York Times and The New Yorker. The model Cameron Russell solicited and began posting anonymous stories from fellow models of their own experiences on her Instagram account, along with the hashtag #MyJobShouldNotIncludeAbuse. Her account is now filled with wrenching stories from both women and men in the industry.READ MORE They have fallen through holes in the existing statutory safety net, including the “incidental booking exception clause.” That means that until now, in New York — regarded as the heart of the American modeling industry — it was unclear where legal liability for job-related sexual harassment lay.“The goal is to push back on the silence that has been so pervasive,” said Ms. Rozic, “and find a legislative solution to change the cycle. Advertisementlast_img read more

Kick start spring with some good shopping

first_imgThe Fourth Dastkar Basant Bazaar, 2013 edition in partnership with Delhi Tourism, a Spring Festival showcasing crafts and craftspeople from all over India, is on full flow at Dastkar’s permanent venue in Andheria Modh, Chhattarpur. The bazaar has been on from 22 February and will be on till 10 March, daily from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.  The festival brings together around 160 craft groups from over 20 states, with around 15 new designers, representing a wide range of authentic quality handlooms and handicrafts. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’As spring breathes new life into nature, the Basant Bazaar will present the many beauties of regional crafts and textiles, so often created in dusty, earthy conditions. Like the lotus the does the beauty of the finished handcrafted products emerge from humble clay, bamboo cane, grass and coconut fibres, cotton yarns and silk worm cocoons, transformed by the skilled hands of craftspeople across the country.Dastakar has always worked to empower women and support the central role and capacities of craftswomen in particular. As part of a current breast cancer awareness campaign, The Indian Cancer Society will also be present at Basant Bazaar to disseminate information.Basant Bazaar has on offer  interactive workshops and craft demonstrations that will delight. Alongside there are a mouth-watering selection of regional food stalls.DETAILAt: Nature Bazaar, Kisan Haat, Anuvrat Marg, Andheria Modh, Chhattarpur When: On till 10 March Timings: 11:00 am to 7:00 pmlast_img read more

AAP victory gives Third Front renewed hope

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had extended her support to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal days before the poll date, congratulated him for the unprecedented victory. Hailing the victory, Banerjee tweeted, “My congratulations to all the Delhi voters, AAP workers and leaders for big victory. Well done to you. All my best wishes. We are very happy.”While taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Banerjee tweeted, “This is a victory for the people and a big defeat for the arrogant and those who are doing political vendetta & spreading hate among people.” The West Bengal CM, in her tweet, also said, “Delhi elex is turning point of present political situation. Shows political vendetta has no place in a democracy. Country needed this change.”  Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJINotably, a few days ahead of Delhi polls, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) president had issued a statement asking her supporters and voters to support Kejriwal for the development of Delhi. Banerjee had tweeted, “My request to all of you in Delhi is to please vote for AAP… for the greater need of the country and development in Delhi.” The TMC chief’s call for support to AAP is in the line with her policy for a “federal front” comprising of regional parties, including JD(U), BJD, SP, JD(S), CPI, etc. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindFormer Bihar CM and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar, who had also extended his support to AAP, congratulated Kejriwal for registering a landslide victory in Delhi. On AAP victory, Kumar said, “People want development with justice. They never accept arrogance. This is reflected in AAP’s victory in Delhi.”Other leaders who had supported AAP in Delhi polls include national Conference leader Omar Abdullah, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat. JD(S) leader Gowda, a probable constituent of Mamata’s Federal Front, had asked their activists and supporters to back AAP wherever its candidates were not in the running.last_img read more

Tory leadership hopeful promises to shake up air industry

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Share Thursday, August 4, 2016 Tory leadership hopeful promises to shake up air industrycenter_img By: Lee Berthiaume OTTAWA — Conservative leadership hopeful Maxime Bernier is appealing to innate Canadian frustration with the stresses of air travel by promising to shake up the country’s airline industry, should he become prime minister.The Quebec MP, who has made privatization and deregulation a central theme in his campaign to take over as Tory leader, said Wednesday he would ease foreign ownership restrictions on airlines and privatize Canada’s major airports.“Canada has a relatively strong air transportation industry and good infrastructure,” Bernier told a news conference.“But like many other sectors of our economy, such as telecommunications and supply management in agriculture, it suffers from a lack of competition and from prices that are too high.”One of five current contenders for the Conservative leadership, Bernier has previously promised to deregulate the telecommunications industry, end supply management for the egg, chicken and dairy industries, and privatize Canada Post.Bernier said he would encourage more budget carriers by lifting foreign ownership restrictions on airlines that fly only inside Canada. Carriers that fly internationally, such as Air Canada, WestJet and Porter, would remain majority owned in Canada.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalSeveral discount airlines have asked the Liberal government to raise the current foreign ownership restrictions from 25 per cent to 49 per cent to help get them off the ground. Bernier said doing so would help connect smaller cities and regions that are currently underserved.“This is why I will eliminate the 25 per cent foreign ownership limits,” he said. “But why stop at 49 per cent? Australia and New Zealand allow 100 per cent foreign ownership for airlines that operate domestic services.”The previous Conservative government also promised to ease foreign ownership restrictions on Canadian airlines, but never did. Bernier, who served as industry and foreign affairs minister at different times under Stephen Harper, says he doesn’t know why that action was never taken.Bernier also took aim at Canada’s 26 major airports, which have been managed on a not-for-profit basis since the 1990s. Under the arrangement, the airports pay rent to the federal government, which former federal minister David Emerson estimated in a report published in February at $5 billion since 1992.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at sea“The major reason why ticket prices are so high in Canada is that the federal government continues to treat airports as cash cows that should be milked as much as possible,” Bernier said. “These rents can represent up to 30 per cent of airport operating budgets, costs that are of course passed on to travellers.”Bernier, who raised $57,000 in the last quarter for his leadership campaign compared to $235,000 by leadership rival Kellie Leitch and $85,000 by Michael Chong, also said he would let jets to land at Toronto’s Billy Bishop island airport. He would also seek to have more flights to Canada from foreign carriers.last_img read more