By Jeré Longman The New York Times Wed., May 1, 2019 The highest court in international sports issued a landmark but nuanced ruling Wednesday that will force female track athletes with elevated levels of testosterone to take suppressants to compete in certain races against other women. The ruling is a defeat for Caster Semenya, a two-time Olympic champion at 800 meters from South Africa, who had appealed the regulations and has fought to compete in women’s events despite her naturally elevated levels of the muscle-building hormone testosterone. The court addressed a complicated, highly charged question involving fair play, gender identity, biology and human rights that the world of track and field has been grappling with for a decade: Since competition is divided into male and female categories, what is the most equitable way to decide who should be eligible to compete in women’s events? The decision by the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport … [Read more...] about Court bars women with high testosterone from some track races
COLOMBO: Religious tensions and a government ban on covering the face since the Easter Sunday suicide attacks have forced conservative Muslim women in Sri Lanka to shun veils, head scarves and long robes in public.Muslims in the South Asian nation have felt they are a target ever since jihadist suicide bombers killed more than 250 people with their coordinated strikes on six churches and hotels.Many women said they stopped wearing niqab face veils, hijab scarves and abaya robes straight after the attacks, which have been claimed by the Islamic State group.On Monday the Sri Lanka government banned women from covering their face in public, bringing it into line with a number of European countries, including France, Denmark and Belgium.Sri Lanka's population of 21 million is a patchwork of ethnicities and religions, dominated by the Sinhalese Buddhist majority. Muslims constitute about 10 per cent of the population while Christians are the third largest religious group."I have stopped … [Read more...] about Sri Lanka Muslim women uncover out of fear
By Brian Lee Crowley Justin Mohammed Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 Are the federal Liberals right to make it more difficult for immigrants and refugees to enter Canada from the United States? Brian Lee Crowley, managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, argues Yes, while Justin Mohammed, a human rights law and policy campaigner at Amnesty International, argues No. Yes, Canada would be right to tighten its borders, particularly with respect to those who have been entering Canada illegally. Unfortunately, while the government is making noises that it wants to do so, there is little evidence that those measures will be effective. Let’s begin with why it would make sense to toughen border controls. Canada’s highly successful postwar immigration policy, supported by an all-party political consensus and public opinion, has never been laissez-faire about who gets in. On the contrary. That admirable policy has always been premised on the idea that … [Read more...] about Is Canada right to tighten its border?
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A Malaysian doctor in Australia is being investigated by the authorities after he repeatedly called for women to be raped. According to a report by British newspaper The Guardian, Dr Christopher Lee Kwan Chen also posted revenge porn and shared photographs of medical procedures he performed as well as patient x-rays on an online forum. He had been suspended by a health practitioners' tribunal for six weeks earlier in April after he admitted to posting a series of sexist and racist remarks online. The suspension bars the 31-year-old from working anywhere in Australia, where he had studied medicine and began working at Box Hill Hospital in Victoria in 2018 after a previous stint in Tasmania. At first, Dr Lee's suspension was slated to start in May in order to give his workplace time to find a substitute. However, public outcry about his online comments like "some women deserve to be raped, and that supercilious little b**ch fits the bill in … [Read more...] about Singaporean women ‘materialistic, pampered, self-entitled’: Malaysian doctor in trouble over sexist, racist remarks
UAAP women's volleyball: FEU’s best game, UP’s painful fall MANILA, Philippines – The final weekend of the elimination round of the 81st UAAP women’s volleyball tournament saw three of the Final Four teams win (UST, Ateneo, and FEU), and two teams saving their best for their last game of the second round (Adamson and the Lady Tamaraws who of course hope, there is a lot more in the tank). Here are our thoughts about the weekend matches: FEU plays its best game of the elims The FEU Lady Tamaraws saved their best for their last match of the elimination round, and this could do well for their confidence heading into the Final Four. FEU defeated DLSU in a five-set thriller (25-22, 13-25, 15-25, 27-25, 15-8) to finish with a 9-5 record. Their win saw a couple of Lady Tamaraws play their best game of the season. That’s Heather Guino-o, who topscored for the game with 24 points (including three service aces) and back-up setter Gel … [Read more...] about UAAP women’s volleyball: FEU’s best game, UP’s painful fall