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'A man in Texas is fighting a court order to pay tens of thousands of dollars in child support to his former girlfriend — despite a DNA test proving the woman’s teenage child is not his daughter.
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Cornejo is still obligated to pay because of a chapter in the Texas Family Code, which states that a negative paternity test only ends his obligation for future child support payments; it doesn’t absolve the man of past payments that accrued before the test was completed.

That means that Cornejo is still responsible for child support payments that have been piling up since 2003, when a Texas court decided — in his absence — that he was “the biological father.” But Cornejo is now arguing that he never received a citation informing him about the case.'

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'It is neither liberal nor conservative to believe that children belong to their parents, not the state

Even the words used in adversarial court battles — like “awarding” of custody — reflect the disturbing attitude that children are the state’s property to bestow as it pleases. But mothers, who end up with sole custody 79 per cent of the time in court-ordered custody arrangements, cannot be “awarded” what is already half theirs. It is more accurate to say that in the majority of such cases the state “takes away” children from their fathers.

It is neither liberal nor conservative to believe that children belong to their parents, not the state. Or to believe that, absent extraordinary circumstances, the state should have no more power after separation to rank parents as “better” or “worse” (an assessment that children normally have no desire to make) than it had before separation. That is, none.'

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'A woman who signed a deal without legal advice decades ago in which she agreed her spouse would never have to pay support if their relationship broke down has lost her bid to have the agreement set aside.

“She acknowledges that she was not coerced,” the Appeal Court said. “There is no suggestion that the income of the parties at the date of the agreement impacted her decision to sign the agreement.”

“There was no fraud, coercion, or duress,” the Appeal Court wrote. “The agreement is in substantial compliance with the Divorce Act. Both parties suffered economic disadvantages arising from the marriage.”'

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'In 2016, there were 135 women enrolled in graduate school for every 100 men. Women earned 400 master’s degrees in health sciences majors for every 100 men. According to a December 2016 New York Times report, there are now more women in law school than men.

“If we accept the results […] the gender-industry gap is focused on the wrong thing,” George Mason University economist Alex Tabarrok argued in response to these developments in higher education. “The real gender gap is that men are having trouble competing everywhere except in STEM.”
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"If America’s diversity worshipers see any female under-representation as a problem and possibly even as proof of gender discrimination, what do they propose should be done about female over-representation in higher education at every level and in 7 out of 11 graduate fields? After all, to be logically consistent, aren’t female over-representation and female under-representation simply different sides of gender injustice?"'

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'This theory is confusing, given what researchers know about human behavior generally. Psychologists have found that autonomy typically leads to motivation—not to disengagement. But in the Middle East, boys’ freedom seems to act as a kind of academic handicap over the long term, allowing boys to get distracted from school while they are young and impulsive. And the hyper-surveillance of girls, meanwhile, seems to act as a perverse kind of motivator. Lacking other options, girls study harder. It was a theory I would hear again and again around the region, from Ministry of Education officials, researchers, parents, and students. But it didn’t feel like the whole story.

After interviewing the girls at the Princess Alia school, I gave them my contact information, in case they wanted to keep in touch. Shortly before midnight that night, I got an email from Maha Daraghmeh, a student who had said very little during our interview. “I’m the girl who sat in silence on the couch,” she wrote. “Miss Amanda, I don’t agree that girls are smarter than boys, and I sure don’t agree that we study hard.”
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Boys also reported worse relationships with their male teachers. Only 40 percent of male students interviewed said they believed their teachers cared about how well they did in school—compared with 74 percent of girls. These results are bolstered by another recent USAID-funded study, which has not been made public but was shared with The Atlantic by RTI International, which helped conduct the research: Teams of education experts observed different classrooms around the country and found that male teachers in all-boys schools were more likely to belittle or punish students for getting the wrong answer. And boys were much more likely than girls to complain about their male teachers’ tendencies to beat students and shout at them.

Meanwhile, in the larger, 2014 study, male teachers were three times as likely as female teachers to say they were dissatisfied with teaching. Teachers do not earn a lot of money in Jordan, but men are still expected to be the primary breadwinners in families. So male teachers are more likely to work second or third jobs as tutors or even taxi drivers in order to augment their small salaries. One Jordanian student told me about a male biology teacher he’d had who was so exhausted by his two other jobs that he used to close the blinds in first period and go to sleep.

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'SEEKING MORE WOMEN

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is committed to creating, fostering and maintaining a diverse workforce that reflects the community we serve.

As outlined in the AFP’s Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, diversity is a core element of modern policing and is fundamental to our future capabilities, effectiveness, and our ability to respond. In support of this we offer excellent career opportunities for women, with a particular focus on the operational roles. We are working towards an intake of 50% women and 50% men on entry level recruit programs.

In the most recent recruitment process, the AFP was overwhelmed with interest for the entry level recruit roles, which was terrific. Many high calibre applicants applied and are continuing to progress through this process. However, to deliver on our diversity goals WE NEED MORE WOMEN, and are therefore calling for interested women to apply for this special measure* – women only recruitment process, for entry level recruits.

The world is changing, crime is changing, and we are changing to meet new challenges. One of the exciting new changes is that for the first time ever, we are promoting a recruitment round specifically seeking applications from women for entry level recruits to undertake either a Federal Police Development Program (FPDP) or a Protective Service Officer Program (PSOP).
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* Special measure - the purpose of this recruitment process is to achieve substantive equality between men and women in the AFP, within the meaning of that term in anti-discrimination legislation such as section 7D of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984.'

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'The Social Welfare Council of Nepal listed over two hundred INGOs working in Nepal in the fiscal year 2072/073. Although these organizations have wide-ranging interventions, most engage in some form of dealing with gender based violence (GBV) with a specific focus on women as the victims. 

As a group that has been the recipient of many injustices, this intense and increased focus on women is understandable. However, an important area for work that needs to be scaled up includes working with men and boys, not as perpetrators of violence but as victims themselves. There needs to be attention on the less-told story, which is that a striking number of men are victims of both physical and mental violence.

Men around the globe face GBV on a daily basis. The data from Home Office statistical bulletins and the British Crime Survey reports that assaults on men represent more than 40% of domestic violence in the UK. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey of the USA in 2010 revealed that one in four adult men in the United States will become a victim of domestic violence during his lifetime. The same study found that 8.4% of Asian or Pacific Islander men reported experiencing physical violence by an intimate partner sometime during their lifetime.'

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'A TRAINEE accountant has been cleared of raping a student after she sent a Facebook message to friends telling them how she would call police before adding: "It's going to be so fun".

The 19-year-old claimed George Owen had forced himself on her as they left a bar in Bury, Greater Manchester.

She didn't tell police at first but almost a year later, she spotted the 21-year-old in a pub and called the cops.

The girl, who cannot be named, later told pals on Facebook: "OMG hahahahaha my mum knows. My mum started crying. She wants to hold my hand to go through it all with me. I was only raped chill the f*** out."

She added: "I'm going to ring them (police) tomorrow and tell them I'll do it. My mum wants to come so I'm going to ask whether I can do it while she's on holiday. It's going to be so fun."
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He was cleared in just two hours and 14 minutes by a jury at Minshull Street Crown Court after the messages were read out.'

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'Critics of men who sport “The Future is Female” T-shirts also maintain that some are using the word “feminist” inappropriately. The preferred term, they argue, is “feminist allies.” The rationale is that white people who fight against racism wouldn’t call themselves “black,” just as straight people who rally for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights wouldn’t call themselves “transgender.”

BuzzFeed recently published “17 Types of Male ‘Feminists’ That Need to Be Stopped,” an illustrated list that included a new father who suddenly becomes a feminist after he has a daughter, and a male manager who congratulates himself for hiring a female employee.

“It’s something I encounter all the time, but that man Robbie Tripp was the real kick in the pants in inspiring the post,” said Loryn Brantz, who wrote and illustrated the article and is also the author of the book “Feminist Baby.”'

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'The founder of a feminist business school hopes to help women fight the “toxic masculinity” of capitalism by exploring the concept of a “feminine economy.”

“Through reading, journaling and writing, we work on unraveling our internalized sexism,” Jennifer Armbrust told Forbes in an interview published Thursday. “We address questions like: What’s our internal relationship with money and power? What is empathy in business? How do you build business structures that honor intuition and make room for rest?”

“For me this work is a site of deep integration,” she continued. “I’m pulling from so many different places, especially my body and my own journey.”

The school’s ideals “have been beautifully articulated by the second wave of black feminists,” Armbrust said, adding that she wants to build and grow those ideals. She said her inspiration for a “feminine economy” grew out of her thinking that capitalism rewards masculine behaviors and traits, and wanting to consider what a system that rewarded feminine traits would look like.

Armbrust said she’s not an economist and doesn’t aspire to be one, but rather directs her work at “people who want to thrive without compromising their creative integrity and political beliefs. These tend to be women and artists.”'

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'An army brigade commander is threatening to leave appointments vacant if regiments don’t begin naming women as honorary colonels and lieutenant colonels.

“I will not recommend any new honorary appointment unless we see improvement of our diversity targets,” Colonel Daniel Stepaniuk wrote in an Aug. 13 email after a strategic planning session for all regular and reserve units in Ontario.

Postmedia has a copy of the email.

“I will not recommend an extension of any current honorary unless we move to satisfy our diversity targets… When I say gender diversity targets, think 50/50,” Stepaniuk wrote.

He is the commander of 32 Canadian Brigade Group, based in Toronto but with 12 reserve regiments in Hamilton, Brantford, Mississauga and other cities in southern Ontario. He spent 30 years in the forces, 27 in the army reserve.

In the Canadian army, “honoraries,” as the appointments are colloquially known, are traditionally recruited locally, from the ranks of regimental supporters, business and the like. Army colonels and honorary lieutenant colonels are primarily the preserve of the militia, or part-time reserves.

A key part of the honorary’s job is to represent the unit and protect its independence and history.'

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'The left’s latest false narrative is that the Trump administration is “pro-rape” because the education department is scrapping former President Barack Obama’s campus sexual misconduct policies.

Democrat politicians, Hollywood elites, and feminist and LGBT advocacy groups are blasting U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s announcement last week that her department is rescinding the Obama administration’s “guidance” on sexual misconduct that turned over serious sex assault allegations to untrained “kangaroo” courts on college campuses.
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Though peppered with “fairness” and “impartiality” language, the Obama administration’s policies ultimately asserted, “[W]hen taking steps to separate the complainant and alleged perpetrator, a school should minimize the burden on the complainant.”

When it came to due process, the Obama policies clearly favored the alleged victim.'

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'A YOUNG mum has been released on bail hours after she admitted killing her young 14-month-old daughter.

When little Sanaya Sahib went missing Sofina Nikat told police she had been out walking with her daughter when the toddler was abducted by a barefoot African man smelling of alcohol.

In reality, Nikat, 24, suffocated the little girl then dumped her body in a Heidelberg creek during a walk to the park on April 9 last year.
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She told police she killed her baby because she thought the child was possessed.

Nikat was charged with murder but today, her 24th birthday, pleaded guilty to a charge of infanticide.

She was the fifth Victorian woman to plead guilty to the charge that applied when a woman kills her child while mentally disturbed as a result of the birth.

While the offence carries a maximum penalty of five years’ jail, just one woman has been jailed for infanticide in Victorian history.'

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'Mansplaining "trains us in self-doubt and self-limitation just as it exercises men's unsupported overconfidence," she writes.

With mansplaining in mind, men who created big visions about places have shaped our sense of the city. Think, for instance, of Jørn Utzon's Sydney Opera House and Robin Gibson's Brutalist architecture of the contemporary arts buildings across Southbank in Brisbane.

From its parks and gardens, to roads and traffic light systems, to iconic buildings, cities are known to be created by men.

By capturing the narrative of the city's places through mansplaining, our experience of cities is dominated by towering office buildings, monolithic civic structures and efficient, looping steel transport networks. As a result, we often experience the world through what men say and decide the world is and does.'

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'A swingers party gone awry has led to a woman facing three felonies.
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The 26-year-old female resident who called 911 told deputies she and her 31-year-old fiance had the Schomakers over for a swingers party. According to police, Amber Schomaker was downstairs with the female resident's fiance and her husband was upstairs with the female resident.

When the pair upstairs came down, Amber Schomaker slapped her husband and went outside. The other three people followed her, only to see her get in her minivan and drive toward them. The minivan went over the curb, onto the sidewalk, and toward the porch where her husband and their hosts were standing, the woman told police.

Both men had to jump out of the way to avoid being hit, the woman told deputies.

Amber Schomaker drove away, but came back a few minutes later and resumed a physical altercation with her husband.

The male resident and Amber Schomaker's husband gave similar accounts as to what had transpired. The husband said his wife attacked him because she was jealous.'

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