Harry's exit from the Royal Family has allowed his big brother to discover a new role in the institution as a charitable and passionate 'William The Vulnerable', an expert has said
På pappret är det tre decennier sedan Anna Ehn blev frisk från anorexi. Men vikthetsen och de destruktiva tankarna spökar fortfarande. Hon har inte velat att någon ska veta, men i en essä för SvD ger hon sina erfarenheter den tyngd de förtjänar.
Den 7 december får vi veta vem som får SvD:s bragdguld 2021. Vem tycker du ska få Bragdguldet? Skriv din åsikt här.
I fjol belönades Armand Duplantis för sina dubbla världsrekord i stavhopp. Vem, eller vilka, får Svenska Dagbladets bragdguld i år? Konkurrensen är stenhård efter ett fantastiskt svenskt idrottsår.
Han kom till Sverige som barn och gjorde som vuxen karriär i de hemligaste delarna av Sveriges säkerhetstjänst. Nu misstänks 41-åringen och hans bror för det allvarligaste spionaget sedan Stig Bergling. Har Säpo missat sin egen medarbetares dubbelliv?
Inköpspriset avskräcker många från att skaffa elbil. Och privatleasing har seglat upp som ett rimligare alternativ för många.
Men det gäller att se upp för fallgroparna.
Electric Ballroom, London
Channelling singer Amy Taylor’s rage and joyous abandon, the Australian punk band bring their second album to glorious fighting life
We are living through what often feel like end times for genre. If recording studios had windows, rulebooks would be flying out of them constantly, endangering passersby. Crossover smashes such as Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road have been obvious manifestations of this shift. But colouring inside the stylistic lines has been in decline for a while. Few, it seems, want a creative life without hyphens or slashes.
Into this free for all come Amyl and the Sniffers, a punk rock band who do one simple thing very well. This is time-honoured stuff – bass judder, scorched earth guitar, pummelling from the kit – but Amyl and the Sniffers take what could be a played-out sound somewhere unexpected, channelling singer Amy Taylor’s rage and joyous abandon. Rippling with sinew and seemingly limitless life force, Taylor is like a boxer crossed with a wood sprite; sometimes it’s a little like listening to Poly Styrene fronting Motörhead.Continue reading...
Peter Mitchell’s 1975 shot of the derelict Quarry Hill flats in Leeds recalls a groundbreaking community dream
In 1934, the newly installed housing director of Leeds city council, RAH Livett, toured Europe inspecting the latest modernist housing blocks. Quarry Hill flats in Leeds city centre was subsequently modelled on Karl Marx Hof in Vienna. When the housing scheme opened in 1938, it offered 3,000 residents modern kitchens with integrated waste disposal, as well as communal nursery and launderette facilities in what was then the largest social housing complex in Britain. Within half a century, however, Livett’s utopian project had fallen into decay and disrepair and was abandoned and subsequently mostly demolished.
The photographer Peter Mitchell caught only the last act of the project’s life. Having settled in Leeds after college in London, he documented the terminal phase of Quarry Hill in his 1990 book, Memento Mori. George Orwell’s biographer Bernard Crick supplied an introduction to that book, which also included documentary material about the initial community dreams for the flats and the way things turned out. Mitchell’s work was, Crick suggested, “no easy polemic against utopianism or modernism in architecture and planning, even though Quarry Hill failed”.Continue reading...
For bikers, combustive power is one of the thrills of a long-haul trip. But flat batteries and charging points will just become part of exciting new journeys
A full tank of gas, a twist of the wrist, the roar of the exhaust as you speed towards the horizon … These are the visceral touchstones of the motorcycling experience, and all are a direct product of petrol-fuelled power, as is much of the biker’s lexicon: “open it up”, “give it some gas”, “go full throttle”. For a motorcycle rider, as opposed to the modern car driver, the journey is a full-body communication game, constantly applying judgment, skill and nerve to control the thousands of explosions that are happening between your thighs in order to transport yourself, upright and in one piece, to your destination.
Yet the days of the internal combustion engine are numbered. By 2050 the European Commission aims to have cut transport emissions by 90%, and electric vehicle technology is striding ahead for cars, trucks, buses and even aircraft. But where does this leave the motorcycle? Can this romantic form of transport and its subcultures survive the end of the petrol age?Continue reading...
The pandemic has been particularly harsh on the elderly, as many them have been isolated from their families to protect them from the ravages of covid19, because of their greater susceptibility to the virus. At homes for the elderly, even though they have the company of other residents, they are not allowed to interact with family members or anyone outside the homes, or even go out. Bridges to the Heart, a non-governmental organisation, has found a way to lessen the resulting loneliness and bring some joy to the elderly this Christmas with its Adopt a Christmas GrandPal initiative. Its founder Sasha Bernard, 28, explained that owners and managers of ten elderly homes across the country were asked to provide the first names, ages, and interests of their residents. The information was posted to Bridges’ Facebook and Instagram pages for any interested person to choose one or more grandpal to write. The writer can then drop off their cards, letters or small gifts at any Shoeaholic branch across the country up to December 6, to be collected and distributed by Bridges members. [caption id="attachment_926659" align="alignnone" width="1024"] -[/caption] The organisation stepped in an effort to diminish relationship gaps in society particularly between the youth and the elderly as well as the disabled. “There are a lot of overlooked populations within society that exist in our day-to-day lives. We wanted to bring awareness to these gaps and do what we can to help bridge those gaps. The bridge is compassion and love so it’s a bridge to the heart.” Bernard, who described herself as an empathetic person, said the idea came to her when she noticed an elderly man in a wheelchair trying to cross the street on Independence Square. He was stuck in the middle of the road because drivers refused to stop to let him cross and were instead swerving around him. Not too long after she saw an elderly couple standing in the rain at the side of the road with bags of groceries. The man was trying to shelter his companion while clutching several bags but no one stopped to helped them. “I saw these things and they opened my eyes to the challenges people in our society experience every day. We don’t even think about it because human nature is so selfish that once it doesn’t affect us, it doesn’t concern us. It got me thinking that something needs to be done.” Back then, she planned events and did volunteer work with her church. Two friends were encouraging her to start her own organisation so she could branch out but she was hesitant. However, when she observed instances of apathy, she decided society could do better. She thought she could to help make it better and improve the quality of life for those overlooked people. Bernard and her team started with the generational gap but the need was so great that it has remained their focus. Since 2014, their main project has been the Adopt a Grandparent initiative in which they visit senior citizens in residential homes. [caption id="attachment_926657" align="alignnone" width="866"] Bridges to the Heart team : Top row, from left, Jenester McKnight-Charles and Cryston Lewis. Bottom row, from left, Justin Matthew, Rayann Modeste, and Sasha Bernard. - Photo courtecy Curtis Henry[/caption] “We foster relationships with them, engage them socially, stimulate them so that they benefit from what we have to offer them in the social context and we benefit from what they have to offer us from their wealth of wisdom.” They also started several fund-raising activities including a Christmas dinner, the Grill and Lime outdoor barbecue with games and entertainment, and the Christmas Road Trip on which they visit various elderly homes to parang and distribute gifts. Covid19 stopped most of their activities since visitors were not allowed in the homes. Instead, the Bridges members started social media campaigns in which they talked to people about what they could do to support the elderly during the pandemic. Bernard said she was talking to a friend about the future of the NGO when her love for greeting cards came up, and then the idea of penpals. “I didn’t want it to be letters alone and thought we could do greeting cards because I feel as if people love receiving cards and anything that reminds them that they’re loved.” The other team members agreed and around July 2020, the NGO launched the first Adopt a Grandpal event. She said the response was overwhelming with thousands of people sharing the post on social media. The members drove all over Trinidad to collect over 300 cards to distribute to about ten elderly homes across the country. They also bought cards and wrote greetings for those who did not get any, or did not get as many as other residents They tried it again last Christmas to a less enthusiastic response but decided to relaunch this year because “it’s been a year and at Christmas everyone has a little more love and cheer in their hearts.” She said the managers of the homes were eager to participate because the cards were well received as residents laughed and smiled when they read their cards. “They really enjoyed receiving something that was specifically for them that was not a bill or some bad news. Also, for many it was a surprise as some of the managers didn’t tell them why they were taking their information.” One home owner told Sunday Newsday last year her residents were happy and excited to receive the letters. She said although many of them have dementia, some still wanted to reply. One woman, 99, kept her card in her Bible to look at every day and remind her of the happy feelings. Rita, 72, who has had three strokes, said she was glad to receive the card, and the contents of the card still makes her feel good when she re-reads it. She replied to her sender by dictating a letter to the home’s owner. [caption id="attachment_926656" align="alignnone" width="683"] Founder of Bridges to the Heart, Sasha Bernard. - Photo courtesy Curtis Henry[/caption] Bernard said Bridges does not collect the senders' information because it does not want people to feel obligated to reply, or for senders to expect a response. However, some senders put their addresses on the back of the envelopes and some residents replied. “There is a misconception of these residents, that they can’t do anything for themselves, that they’ve lost all independence, but that’s not true. We also want to break that stigma attached to these senior citizens homes. It’s crazy what people think but when you actually go and interact with them for yourself, you realise you were so wrong.” This year, there are over 100 grandpals and Bridges will allow cards, letters and small gifts. “People have asked us about small gifts. At first we said no, because you don’t want one person to get a gift and the others don’t, but we changed our minds. From the last time we realised people use their hobbies to show their love so we got small canvas paintings or an orchid if they (the resident) liked plants, so we did not want to stop that showing of love, but food of any kind is not allowed.”s In addition, local card-makers contacted Bridges to donate cards which the NGO’s members intend to give to those who do not receive a card. People have asked to meet their grandpals but because of the current restrictions, she encouraged people to go on Adopt a Grandparent trips to homes when visits resumes.
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Sunday will start overcast and wet and even as clouds break in the afternoon sporadic showers will continue locally, including snowy ones. A south-westerly wind will blow in some places. Daytime highs will range from 2 to 8, up to 13 degrees Celsius in Primorska.
"ČUVAJTE I PRAVITE PORODICU" Mrka NIJE IMAO DECE, a mlade je savetovao samo JEDNO: "Ženite se i udajte bez obzira na okolnosti"
Srpski političar i narodni poslanik Milutin Mrkonjić preminuo je u Beogradu u 79. godini, nakon što mu se zdravstveno stanje naglo pogoršalo.
At the tender age of 12, Sapphire Alexander was exposed to a heated exchange between two parents at her Port of Spain primary school. Hearing screams, and crying, her young mind could not understand what may have been happening but the sounds stayed with her to this day. She only put a name to the experience as a teenager, three years later, in 2018, when she saw a TED Talk by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie called We Should All be Feminists. It was her first awareness of the issues women and girls face around the world. “At the time I thought, ‘Yes! We should all be feminists. This makes so much sense!’ And it really inspired me to want to learn and understand more “But a lot of feminism is tied up in tertiary academia, especially in the Caribbean, so there wasn’t really a space or a community that I knew of at that time for people as young as me to learn and share about these issues and to connect with other young people who share that same passion. “I thought, ‘If it doesn’t exist, I’ll create my own.’” Therefore, she started the blog, Caribbean Feminist. Around that time, the case of Jason Jones vs the Attorney General, which eventually led to the repeal of the buggery law, was in progress. So she and some friends who wished to contribute, blogged on the topic. “We thought it was an important time for young people, especially LGBTQIA+ young people in the region, so we wanted to take the time to address what that meant for the region, for young people, and for the future of those in that community.” [caption id="attachment_926641" align="alignnone" width="715"] Sapphire Alexander plans to register Caribbean Feminist as a non-governmental organisation to raise awareness of issues affecting women and girls. - PHOTO BY SUREASH CHOLAI[/caption] Since then, she has been expanding her knowledge by learning from the regional feminist community including activists, the UWI Institute of Gender and Development Studies, and academic papers on Caribbean feminism and issues impacting women. She has interviewed activists throughout the Caribbean on poverty, street harassment, period poverty, Caribbean women’s history and other issues affecting herself and other young women. And since the topics have been so relatable, many people have had a positive reaction to the blog, allowing it to grow and transform into an organisation. Now, at 19, the youth gender activist’s interests include women’s rights, gender-based violence advocacy, LGBTQIA+ rights, access to education for women and girls, sexual health, and reproductive rights and education. She is also a member of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust Network; a global adviser for Frida – The Young Feminist Fund, an international non-profit organisation; and a part of the Transform Education Young Feminist Coalition, a subset of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative. Alexander stressed that, contrary to popular stereotypes and misconceptions, feminism does not equate to a dislike of men or the burning of bras. “For me, feminism at its core is the pursuit of equity for all genders, sexualities, sexual orientations. There is no one way to be a feminist. A lot of people get tied up and think in order to be a feminist you have to look or act a certain way, and that’s not true. Once you believe in equity, once you believe everyone deserves the same rights and access then you are a feminist. Those are feminist principles.” 16 days of activism This year will be the second time Caribbean Feminist has participated in the 16 Days of Activism, an annual international campaign supported by the United Nations. [caption id="attachment_926642" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Women and girls march around Queen's Park Savanah, Port of Spain for an end to gender-based violence, in February. The United Nations 16 Days of Activism to end violene against woman began on November 25 and ends December 10. - PHOTO BY SUREASH CHOLAI[/caption] Running from November 25 to December 10, the theme is Orange the world: End violence against women now! Caribbean Feminist is continuing last year’s campaign called Youth Against Gender-based Violence. Alexander told WMN that last year she and a friend were discussing how powerless and frustrated they felt because they did not feel safe taking public transportation and often experienced discrimination. "While growing up I was constantly being told that “girls are to be seen and not heard” which conflicted with the way I would constantly speak up for the issues I believed in. In addition to that I would say that as a young woman and as a young person I’ve always been one of a few in most spaces that I interact in, whether it be STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) or youth advocacy." She wanted to do something to bring awareness to the issue so Caribbean Feminist launched a digital campaign with infographics on social media to raise awareness, as well as a series of spoken word presentations by young people expressing their perspectives on the issue. It also hosted a panel discussion on gender-based violence in the context of the pandemic with contributors such as Terry Ince, founder of Cedaw (Convention for the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women) Committee of TT; Claire Guy-Alleyne, Superintendent of the Gender-Based Violence Unit of the TT Police Service; and Afiya Mohammed, founder of the NGO Conflict Women. This year Caribbean Feminist will host a self-defence workshop, as well as an online conversation on Twitter Spaces to discuss gender-based violence in the region with gender activists across the Caribbean. It will also be working on a solidarity circle, an in-person workshop to promote healing and solidarity around the issue of school-based gender-based violence, in collaboration with the UN Girls’ Education Initiative and FeminiTT Caribbean. Alexander graduated from St Augustine Girls' High School earlier this year and has been accepted to a university in Florida to study computer science in September 2022. She said she studied languages and sciences throughout her secondary school life and has always had a passion for computer science. [caption id="attachment_926640" align="alignnone" width="735"] Sapphire Alexander begn a blog to advocate the rights of women, girls and the LGBTQIA+ community. - PHOTO BY SUREASH CHOLAI[/caption] “Computer science is a growing and evolving field that I actually love. I love the way you can use technology to create solutions to solve problems. In the advocacy space it is the same thing you’re doing – finding solutions to complex problems. It’s the exact same thing in computer science except you’re using code to do it. “I also love seeing the way technology has progressed in the humanitarian space, using tech to find issues to global problems like climate change, gender inequality policy and all those issues. That’s what I hope to do with computer science – find that intersection of advocacy and tech.” Alexander is also in the process of registering Caribbean Feminist as an NGO since she recently expanded and now has a team. “The fact that I’m leaving soon is the main reason I feel it’s really important to expand, that I could still have a presence while I’m not physically here because it’s something that started really small and it has gone on to grow exponentially since its creation. I could only hope that as the years go by I’m able to do more important work for my community of women and girls and young people.”
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