According to the New York Times, members of both the Democratic and Republican parties are urging Congress to end the culture of secrecy surrounding sexual harassment accusations within the United States government. Their plan includes reforming the ways that claims about misconduct are handled in private, often resolved in out-of-court settlements (using tax payer money), which protect abusers from public accountability.
The discussion comes in the wake of John Conyers stepping aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. Conyers is the longest-serving member of the House. He had recently been accused of inappropriate behavior towards women. He is now under investigation from the House Ethics Committee.
“I deny these allegations, many of which were raised by documents reportedly paid for by a partisan alt-right blogger. I very much look forward to vindicating myself and my family before the House Committee on Ethics,” Conyers said in a statement.
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Two New Jersey state troopers are accused of pulling women over to pressure them for dates or to ask for their phone numbers. Both allegedly lied to dispatchers and turned off recording devices when approaching the women, according to the Associated Press.
Trooper Eric Richardson, 31, was arrested in June and Trooper Marquice Prather, 37, was arrested six months earlier. Both were charged with falsifying records. Police said their cases are not connected.
Court documents allege that Richardson threatened to arrest a woman if she didn’t give him her number. The trooper’s dashboard camera was turned off during that interaction. He also told dispatchers he had pulled over a man.
Police believe that Prather “routinely” pulled over young women to ask for dates, according to the AP. Court documents state that he would falsely report the gender of people he pulled over as male to disguise how many women he was pulling
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You can’t beat beetroot juice for boosting stamina
Fiona Macrae for the Daily Mail
A regular beetroot drink allows you to exercise for longer without tiring
Forget punishing gym workouts and jogging miles uphill.
The key to boosting stamina could be as simple as a glass of beetroot juice.
A daily dose apparently allows us to exercise for longer before tiring.
Just under a pint of beetroot juice a day also lowers blood pressure, boosting heart health.
With some of the benefits even surpassing those gained from the strict training routines followed by professional sportsmen, the researchers admit to being stunned by the results.
And they say that while the earthy tang of the juice might not be to everyone’s taste, it could have a big impact on everyone
Read more at: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1204752/Beetroot-juice-boosts-stamina-lowers-blood-pressure.html