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Football is the gateway to success for Denham Town High’s goalkeeper Brian Bennett

first_imgHe might not have been team captain in his four years as Denham Town High goalkeeper, but like the lawyer he is aspiring to be, a talkative Brian Bennett stoutly defends his team.In this, his final year of the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup football competition, the agile goalie, who has kept six clean sheets so far, is hoping to score a scholarship to study law.”I hope that I can get a scholarship to better my future; that alone I am looking at. I have six subjects and it’s my last year in CAPE,” said the player.According to Bennett, who lives in the rough western Kingston community, he wants to become a lawyer to elevate his family and friends in his area.”Nobody is working on anything for me so far, but I am hoping to have a good season, continue making my name, pass my subjects and, hopefully, get a chance to move forward for a scholarship. I want to study law overseas and I love football,” Bennett told The Gleaner.HELPING FAMILY”I chose law because I want to help my family and see if I can help out friends and stuff in my community, where living is tough,” he stressed.Bennett stuck with his inner city-based school despite passing his subjects and amid prospects of transferring to another institution.”This is my fourth year playing Manning Cup. I have played all four years as a starting keeper. I have not been captain, but I am very vocal in helping my team defend and attack as a team,” he pointed out.In Denham Town’s recent game against many-time Manning Cup champions, Kingston College, Bennett was a standout, producing save after save and rallying his teammates to defend well and attack asa team.He describes football as not just about fun, but a way out.”My family has great expectations of me because they know that I can do it and I am the only one to do it for them. I am determined to do it for them,” stressed Jackson, the second of three brothers.”I stuck with Denham Town because I wasn’t sure that I was going to get my subjects. It was a tough time in school and I was waiting on the results, so when I got my results, I wasn’t training with any other team, so I stuck with my school,” explained the goalkeeper.He added that life in his community has been a tough one, but he has had to “just keep calm and hold my head high and keep struggling to get my subjects and do good in school”.last_img read more

The Valley Exposed: Porn and the Family

first_img Fighting pornography is a “front-burner issue” at Focus on the Family, founded by evangelical leader James Dobson. The organization shares information and resources with activists, offers family counseling and advocates for stronger anti-pornography laws. Raising children while compartmentalizing their day jobs is neither healthy for parents nor foolproof, Weiss said. “If you talk to people in the industry, they will assure you that everything is healthy and normal in their household,” he said. But “the potential for that parent’s occupation to bleed over into that child’s life, the family’s life, I think it’s unavoidable.” But Martha Kempner, a spokesman for the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S., said parents working in the adult-entertainment industry are just as capable of raising sexually healthy children as parents with other jobs. “I think the issue for all parents is to be able to convey their own feelings about sexuality in an age-appropriate way,” Kempner said. “A younger child would be told Mommy and Daddy work in the movies,” Kempner said. Slightly older children would be told the movies are for grown-ups, and later that the movies are for adults because the people in the movies are naked. “You would gradually increase the message until the child could understand,” she said. Jason Tucker is not sure when he’ll tell his daughters that he runs Falcon Foto, one of the world’s largest erotic picture libraries. Tucker, 33, also created the adult magazines Barely Legal and Hometown Girls. He lives in the San Fernando Valley. Tucker’s daughters – two teens and a toddler – think he runs a photo licensing business. He waits until they are asleep before he writes copy or views adult images because he does not want them exposed to any erotic content. `Overly conscious’ Tucker’s protectiveness extends to mainstream media. He prohibits his girls from watching “South Park” and MTV’s dating show “Next” and is careful about the Internet sites they visit. “I am overly conscious,” he said. “I have taken extra steps to ensure that they can’t watch certain things on the television and look at on the Internet.” Tucker is quick to defend his work as legal and lucrative, allowing him to take his family on far-flung vacations. Like many people working in the adult industry interviewed for this story, Tucker’s belief in age-appropriate content helps him balance work and family. Making erotic movies and magazines is OK because they are intended for adults, not children, he said. But when asked how he feels about his own children going into the business, Tucker hesitates. “There are certain things I am comfortable with and certain things that I am not comfortable with,” he said, adding that he’ll deal with it when the time comes. For now, he shields his children at home by screening TV shows and supporting the Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection, a nonprofit dedicated to eliminating child pornography on the Internet. The group is heavily funded by the adult industry and counts as members people who oversee thousands of adult Web sites, spokesman Rick Louis said. “The core of our mission is there’s a difference between legal adult entertainment that is provided by our members and supporters,” Louis said. ” … There’s a huge difference between that and child pornography.” The adult-entertainment industry has gotten involved because it doesn’t want what they do for a living to be confused with illegal activity, he added. To protect minors, ASACP created an online label called an RTA that identifies adult content. Web filters, like Net Nanny, K9 Web Protection and Cyber Patrol, can recognize the label and block the site, depending on a user’s preference. The labels are generated by content descriptions provided by people who run the sites. Other labels, like those from the Family Online Safety Institute (formerly ICRA), denote violence, nudity, sexual content or language. Options for parents Parents who want to block specific Internet content have plenty of options. Parents fighting custody battles because they work in the adult-entertainment industry, however, have few legal resources. Chris Potoski knows this firsthand. Potoski, 35, who runs No Rivals Media, and his wife, Brandi, who acts in adult films, were on a business trip in New York when they got a frantic call from their nanny. Social workers were enroute to their home in Raleigh, N.C., to search for inappropriate material and to interview their 4-year-old daughter. Potoski’s parents and in-laws had learned about their jobs from an interview on Howard Stern’s radio show and wanted to remove their daughter from their home, he said. “The search of our home led them to believe nothing was wrong,” Potoski said. But he wanted to be ready and started looking for a lawyer. They talked to 20 law firms before finding one that would represent them. “I would ask lawyers, So you represent people in murder cases? You represent people in rape cases? But you’re not willing to represent someone who works in a legal industry? That’s shocking.” The experience prompted the Potoskis to form Parents In Adult, a Web site that lists lawyers interested in representing adult-entertainment workers. Parentsinadult.com also offers chat rooms for parents seeking advice and links to articles on DrSpock.com. “Our goal with Parents In Adult is to provide resources for parents in the adult industry and information on how to become a better parent,” Potoski said. But when people really want help, they don’t write in for fear their comments will be traced. Instead, Potoski said, they pick up the phone and call. julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3735 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Karen Stagliano talks to her 6-year-old daughter about nearly everything – how her brain works, how astronauts breathe in space – but they never talk openly about mommy’s job. Stagliano, 32, formerly appeared in X-rated movies and now works as a spokeswoman for Evil Angel, an adult-film company in Van Nuys run by her husband, John. “She definitely doesn’t know that I was a model,” Stagliano said of her daughter. “She’s seen some pictures of me in bikini-type things, very innocuous, less racy than you would see in Maxim. She’s seen that but doesn’t think anything of it. She just says, `Mommy, that’s a pretty swimsuit.”‘ Stagliano, whose current job includes negotiating actors’ salaries for sex scenes and selecting breast-baring ads, is one of hundreds of porn industry employees who also are parents. Some are open about their occupation, sharing details of their jobs with friends, neighbors and their children’s teachers. Others are discreet, saying they work for an independent filmmaker, publish a magazine or run an Internet business. Many refused to be interviewed or photographed for this story, saying they feared losing custody of their kids, being ostracized by neighbors or targeted for crime. Adult-entertainment workers maintain they can keep their work and family lives separate, but some critics dispute that claim. “It’s the height of absurdity for the industry to claim this kind of concern for children when they are the chief culprits that are pumping out the material to harm them,” said Daniel Weiss, senior analyst for media and sexuality for Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian nonprofit group. `Front-burner issue’ last_img

USD 3.9B buyout of Tribune by Sinclair ends in acrimony

first_imgNew York, Aug 9 (AP) The USD 3.9 billion buyout of Tribune Media by Sinclair collapsed Thursday, ending a bid to create a massive media juggernaut that could have rivaled the reach of Fox News.Tribune Media Co. said Thursday that it is suing Sinclair for breach of contract and at least USD 1 billion in damages, according to its complaint .Sinclair used “unnecessarily aggressive and protracted negotiations” with the Department of Justice and Federal Communications Commission over regulatory requirements, the Chicago company said, and it refused to sell the stations it needed to in order to gain regulatory approval.Sinclair Broadcast Group wanted the Chicago company’s 42 TV stations and had initially agreed to dump almost two dozen of its own to score approval by the FCC.The media company, which has enjoyed the support of President Donald Trump, appeared to be cruising toward approval by U.S. regulators.Last month, however, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said that he had “serious concerns” about the deal, saying that Sinclair might still be able to operate the stations “in practice, even if not in name.” That drew a rebuke from Trump.”So sad and unfair that the FCC wouldn’t approve the Sinclair Broadcast merger with Tribune,” Trump tweeted. He said that allowing Sinclair to expand its reach would have led to a “much needed conservative voice by and for the people.” Sinclair operates 192 stations, runs 611 channels and operates in 89 U.S. markets. It would have been able to expand rapidly into numerous new markets with the Tribune acquisition.advertisementSinclair has become a significant outlet for conservative views.It was admonished by media watchdogs in April after Deadspin, a sports news site, pieced together clips of dozens of TV anchors for Sinclair reading from the same script, which warned viewers about “biased and false news” from other media outlets.Sinclair has defended the decision to have its anchors read from the same script across the country as a way to distinguish its news shows from unreliable stories on social media.The Maryland company said Thursday in a prepared statement that the Tribune lawsuit is “entirely without merit.” “We unequivocally stand by our position that we did not mislead the FCC with respect to the transaction or act in any way other than with complete candor and transparency,” said CEO Chris Ripley.Free media advocacy groups cheered the demise of the deal.Public Knowledge, an advocacy group that has been critical of the FCC under Pai, has been against a tie up between Sinclair and Tribune from the start.”While what has apparently killed this deal was Sinclair’s pattern of deception at the FCC a fact that should affect its future dealings at the Commission the deal was bad on its own merits, and this latest development is good for consumers,” said Phillip Berenbroick, senior policy counsel at the organization. “Broadcasters are supposed to serve their local communities. This deal would have contributed to the trend where ‘local’ news and ‘local’ programming is created or scripted out of town.” (AP) PMSPMSlast_img read more