News Updates”No Means No, The Word ‘No’ Does Not Need Any Further Explanation : Himachal Pradesh HC Denies Bail To Man Accused Of Raping Minor Nupur Thapliyal5 May 2021 9:24 PMShare This – x”NO MEANS NO- The simplest of sentences have become the most difficult for some men to understand” observed the Himachal Pradesh High Court on Wednesday while rejecting the bail application filed by a man accused of raping a 17 year old minor. A single judge bench comprising of Justice Anoop Chitkara observed thus: “No does not mean yes, it does not mean that the girl is shy, it does not mean that the girl is asking a man to convince her, it does not mean that he has to keep pursuing her. The word NO doesn’t need any further explanation or justification. It ends there, and the man has to stop. Be that as it may, the victim, in this case, said no to the accused when he started touching her, but he continued. It nowhere implies consent, or zeal and desire to explore and feel each other in romantic love.” Suresh Kumar was in custody since 18th December last year in relation to an FIR registered against him under sec. 376 of IPC and sec. 4 of POCSO Act. On 17th December 2020, Kumar picked up the minor girl, who was also his friend, in his vehicle by offering to drop her to her house. However, he changed the way and started touching her inappropriately. While the girl said NO to him, he threatened the victim that if she started to cry, he will forced himself upon her. Kumar then asked if she would marry him to which the victim responded as a no. Thereafter, he undressed her and had sexual intercourse with her. On reaching home, the victim narrated the whole incident to her mother, based on which the FIR was registered against Kumar by the Police. It was the case of the accused that the victim in her sec. 164 CrPC statement had stated that she was a friend of the accused and that her taking life in his vehicle further proved that the friendship was cordial as a result of which sexual intercourse took place with “active consent and without any force on her by the accused.”. Looking at the facts of the case, the Court reasoned that the fact that the victim revealed the unfortunate incident to her mother “prima facie points towards the genuineness of the incident.””She would have kept it discreet because, as per her version, no one had noticed them. If the sexual act was with her will, she would not have told anyone about the same and tried to conceal the same. The victim voluntarily narrated the incident to her mother, prima facie points towards the genuineness of the incident. It would be correct to say that it was courageous for the victim girl to talk about the unfortunate incident to her mother and later come forward and report the same with the police.” The Court observed at the outset. Furthermore, making strong observation that a NO MEANS NO, the Bench went ahead to observe that despite the victim saying no to the accused, he did not stop. “When the curriculum does not include the proper sex education, the children raised by such societies fail the women time and again.” The Court observed at the outset. Denying the relief of bail to the accused, the Judge interestingly expressed special gratitude to his Law Clerk-cum-Research Assistant, Ms. Apoorva Maheshwari, for an “excellent perspective” in this case. Click Here To Read JudgmentTagshimachal pradesh high court minor victim rape rape with minor no means no Justice Anoop Chitkara Next Story
Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The nation saw multiple, unprecedented natural disasters this year, from the deadliest wildfire in California’s history to the worst hurricane to hit the East Coast since 1969.Reports from the National Centers for Environmental Information have found that climate change plays a major role in causing natural disasters to be more intense, destructive and costly to the country, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration spokesperson told ABC News. Hurricanes Michael and Florence both set records in several states.“Climate change increases the probability that you’re going to see these kinds of storms,” Dr. David Easterling, a physical scientist with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, said of hurricanes Florence and Michael.“The fact that Florence brought so much flooding was likely due to the warmer atmosphere,” Easterling explained, and while an individual hurricane “is not necessarily due to climate change,” he said an increase in strength — like the record high winds seen in Michael — can be linked to climate change. ”“We expect to see not necessarily more… but the ones that we do have are going to be more powerful,” Easterling said. “You’re going to have stronger winds and heavier rain. And on top of that, as sea level continue to rise, then storm surge from those storms will also get worse.”Increasingly powerful storms can mean both higher death tolls and more devastation. In the fourth National Climate Assessment released on Nov. 23, 13 federal agencies estimated that the the U.S. could lose as much as 10 percent of its GDP by the end of the century.Here is a look back at the human and financial toll of five of the biggest natural disasters to devastate the U.S. in 2018.January: Montecito mudslidesRain and mudslides hit wildfire-scarred areas of Montecito, California, in January, flattening homes and covering freeways. Twenty-one people were killed, including children and the elderly.Montecito saw more than half an inch of rain fall in just five minutes. When rain falls at a rate of more than 0.4 inches per hour, it can cause debris flow, especially in fire-scarred areas where soil may be looser, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.Actor Rob Lowe, who lives in Montecito, described it as a “perfect storm of bad events.” Lowe, who wasn’t home at the time, told the “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” he received a video call from his son, who was at the house.“Fires [were] everywhere, because gas lines were rupturing,” Lowe said, describing the picture his son showed him. “It was like ‘Armageddon.’”“People who saw the fires, they woke up, went out to see what was going on, and then were washed away,” he said on the January show. “The sadness … I can’t kind of get beyond it.” May: Maryland floodingFlash flooding devastated historic Ellicott City in May, with residents and tourists scrambling to flee streets that turned into raging rivers. More than 8 inches of rain fell there in just a few hours.Megan Clark, the owner of a local toy store, was at work when the water “burst” through, rising from her ankles to her waist in minutes, she told ABC News.Maryland National Guardsman and Air Force veteran Eddison Hermond was at an Ellicott City restaurant at the time, and he jumped into help. He was swept away to his death. Howard County County Executive Allan Kittleman said the 2018 flood was worse than the one that hit Ellicott City two years before. In the 2016 flood, two people were killed and the city suffered millions of dollars in damages.“My heart’s broken when I walk through the town and see it,” Kittleman told “Good Morning America” in May. “All I’m thinking about is the folks whose lives have been devastated for a second time in two years.” September: Hurricane FlorenceAt least 43 people died in Hurricane Florence, which flooded the Carolinas in September.North Carolina was hit with 36 inches of rain and South Carolina got 24 inches — both surpassing statewide records.North Carolina’s Cape Fear River reached an all-time high level of 8.27 feet in Wilmington, surpassing its previous record of 8.2 feet, which was set during Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Beaufort, North Carolina resident Sara Felton and her husband were among the many whose homes were destroyed.They waded through ankle-deep mud and marshland to return to their trailer only to discover the windows were blown out and the living room ceiling had collapsed.“I’ve never seen my husband cry before, and he was just in tears,” she said. “Everything was underwater.”“Our entire deck,” she added, “it’s like it just got lifted up and the sky just swallowed it.”Felton said when she went to her daughter’s bedroom, “We could just feel the floors, it was about to collapse. We couldn’t even step into the room.”“Our whole entire place was just destroyed,” she said. October: Hurricane MichaelFerocious and historic Hurricane Michael left a trail of destruction across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas in October, becoming the strongest storm — based on pressure — to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Camille in 1969.Michael also brought the strongest winds seen since Hurricane Andrew in 1992. It was also the first Category 4 hurricane to ever make landfall on the Florida Panhandle and “the worst storm” that area has ever seen, Florida Gov. Rick Scott said.The hurricane devastated Panama City, Florida, and nearly demolished the small town of Mexico Beach. Michael sounded like a freight train when it barreled into Panama City with 150 mph winds, resident Jackie Lane told ABC News.Lane, her husband and her son rode out the storm in the second story of an inn down the street from their home. She and her son raced into the bathtub, she said, as her husband sat on the floor and put his feet up against the bathroom door. “It was already splitting,” she said of the door, her voice shaking, “and the roof came, the ceiling came off.”“For about three hours it just sucked us in and sucked us out, sucked us in and sucked us out,” she said. “I thought I was gonna lose my husband ’cause the door was cracking. And the stove and refrigerator that was in there, we could hear them just banging together and clanging around. We seen the stove fly across us. We seen all the debris, trees, pieces of everything.”“We’re lucky to have our lives,” she said.After wreaking havoc in Florida, Michael swept north, becoming the first major hurricane (a Category 3 or higher) to track into Georgia since 1898.Michael also blew through the Carolinas, which were still reeling from Hurricane Florence just a month earlier, before blowing through Virginia.Michael killed 43 in Florida and at least 10 people in other states. November: California wildfiresUnprecedented wildfires swept through the Golden State in November, from the Camp Fire in Northern California to the Woolsey Fire in Southern California.While three died in the Woolsey Fire, 85 people were killed in the Camp Fire, which has become the deadliest in California history. Among those running for safety was Nichole Jolly, a nurse at a hospital in Paradise, who looked to save herself after she finished evacuating her critically sick patients.She started driving but “the fire was blowing in so fast.” “There was sparks and flames hitting the side of my car,” she told ABC News. “My car started to fill up with smoke.”“I knew I was gonna die if I stayed in my car,” she said, so she jumped out.With her pants on fire, she tried to take shelter in a colleague’s car. But when that car filled with smoke, Jolly said she got out and started running.The sky was pitch black, Jolly said, and the air burned her lungs.“I thought I was gonna die right there,” she recalled. “There was no oxygen.”Then out of the darkness, she said, a fire truck appeared. Two firemen extinguished her pants, put a fire blanket over her and lifted her into the truck, she said.Though Jolly’s home was destroyed in the blaze, “it can all be replaced,” she said.“I’m alive and I thought I was gonna die multiple times, so, it’s just stuff,” she said. “My life, my kids’ life, my mom’s life, my husband, that can’t be replaced.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Spectrum, in collaboration with the Direction Generale des Hydrocarbures (DGH), has started the next phase of its shallow water 3D multi-client seismic acquisition campaign offshore Gabon.The campaign is focused on acquiring seismic programs in under-explored shallow water open blocks.Up to 5,500 km2 of long offset broadband seismic data will be acquired alongside gravity and magnetic recordings.This follows the 11,400 km2 Gabon South 3D survey completed earlier this year and complements over 20,000 km of 2D multi-client seismic data offshore Gabon also held by Spectrum on behalf of the DGH.Spectrum EVP of the Africa Region, Graham Mayhew said, “Large areas of shallow water Gabonese acreage remain unexplored due to the inability of 2D seismic to image structures in the pre-salt, and the lack of modern 3D data. Our new Multi-Client 3D seismic will provide oil companies with new insight into the hydrocarbon prospectivity of these open blocks. “The new 3D data will be processed with PSTM, PSDM and Broadband products with first deliveries in early Q3 2018.The survey is carried out in partnership with China Oilfield Services (COSL).
The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics hosted its final Students Talk Back panel of the semester this week, entitled “Making Sense of the Midterms: A Post Election Analysis.” The panel consisted of Anthony Portantino, former California Assemblymember, 44th District and an adjunct professor at USC; Anthony Russo, a partner at the public affairs company Russo Miller and Associates; Alec White, president of the USC College Democrats and Jordan Tygh, vice president of the USC College Republicans. The panel was moderated by Dan Schnur, executive director of the Unruh Institute and Anshu Siripurapu, news editor of the Daily Trojan.The panel opened with a general discussion of the effects of the midterm election within California. White noted that the Democratic party presence in the state was strong.“A lot has to do with how Jerry Brown is as a governor,” White said. “A lot of other states [that] have difficulty with losing democratic seats also had poor governorships.”The panel also discussed Brown’s challenger, Neel Kashkari, a moderate Republican who panelists agreed help to bolster the opinion of the G.O.P. in California, where Republicans won several important Assembly seats.“The top of the ticket helps the rest of the race,” Tygh said.The discussion then moved away from the election itself to the future of the state under fourth term Governor Brown.Portatino discussed the possibility of a more cautious legislature following the Republican gain of one-third of the State Assembly seats.“With two new Democratic leaders and the supermajority right on the edge, and a governor who has shown a lack of interest in raising taxes, I think there is going to be some interesting conversation moving forward,” Portantino said. “It’s going to be an interesting time for Democrats in power because even though they are in power there’s going to be a pause for cause.”He believed that though Democrats would not be able to carry out their decisions as effectively with the addition of the Republicans, this could be beneficial in resulting in better decision-making.“When you have to stop and think about what you do typically you make better decisions … There are still enough votes to make things happen, but they will have to take a more pragmatic approach,” he said.The discussion of state politics then segued into a discussion of the midterms in the national context. Panelists were eager to discuss the Republican sweep for a majority in the House and Senate, as well as analyze the broader implications for national politics.“I think the more pragmatic Republicans will be looking at the White House [now],” Portantino said. “Everyone is giving themselves credit for the sweep to try to position themselves for the presidency.”Russo attributed Republican success in this midterm to the return of moderate G.O.P. representatives, as opposed to 2010 Tea Party sweep which saw Democratic backlash during the 2012 general election.“There are different Republicans just like there are different Democrats,” Russo said. “There was a huge push to not let Tea Party Republicans take control of the 2014 election.”White commented on the disappointing national results for the Democrats.“Historically Democrats have had a very strong turnout machine but they didn’t do that so well this year … I think this year we weren’t as aggressive. We didn’t have a clear theme or message,” White said. He added that he felt that the party’s base of young people and minorities were not motivated to go to the polls.The panel then turned its attention to 2016, and the possible slate of presidential candidates.“I think you have to say at this point that the Republican tide has the potential to have legs in 2016,” Portantino said. He mentioned, however, that they needed to prove themselves following this midterm sweep in order to make that happen.“With responsibility and authority you have to make decisions,” Portantino said. “They can no longer be the party of no.”Russo agreed and added an important note for the future of California.“Nationally, I think Republicans have to prove that they can govern and then they will have the opportunity for the presidency,” Russo said. “The real question in California is, will Republicans be able to hold on to the gains that they made in this election in 2016?”As they moved on to potential presidential candidates, the panelists agreed that Hillary Clinton seemed to be the Democratic frontrunner.“Hillary [Clinton] has not announced, but as my mother always said, ‘if Hillary Clinton is breathing Hillary Clinton is running,’” White said, to audience laughter.White said that he believed other potential nominees such as Senator Elizabeth Warren and current Vice President Joseph Biden weren’t popular enough to gain the support of the wider Democratic party.Tygh commented on the Republican Party’s lack of a similarly popular candidate.“I think the difference between the Republican Party and the Democratic Party is that … there is not just one person that everyone is rallying behind,” Tygh said.Tygh did comment, however, on the possibility of a serial presidential campaigner other than Clinton returning in 2016: Mitt Romney.“I don’t think you’ll see a Romney comeback, but there are some donors pushing for it and some supporters pushing for it, and if he gets enough support you might just see it. I think if he ran he would be the nominee,” Tygh said.
The CAF Super Cup will be played in February in Cairo Egypt. The match between Al-Ahly (Egypt) the winner of the Orange Champions’ League and Club Sportif Sfaxien (Tunisia) – winner of the Orange Confederation Cup – shall be held Saturday, February 22nd 2014 in the Cairo International Stadium, in Egypt. CAF CAF confirmed the dates at the General meeting held Friday 24 January 2013. Ahly will be favourites for the crown considering they will have home advantage on their side as well as a rupturous home crowd on their side.
South African-based paper producer Mondi is expanding its international presence following its listing on the JSE at the beginning of the month, announcing a €525-million (about R5.1-billion) project to modernise and expand the pulp and paper mill in Syktyvkar, Russia.All main equipment contracts have been agreed and construction is to commence in April 2008, with completion scheduled by the end of 2010,” the company said in a statement issued last week. “The project will enhance Syktyvkar’s low cost position, with the additional volume of uncoated fine paper and containerboard being supplied to the high growth domestic Russian market.”Engineering News reported last month that the project involved the construction of new wood-handling facilities, a recovery boiler and turbine, a lime kiln and pulp dryer, as well as upgrades to two chemical pulp lines and improvements to machinery.Mondi chief executive David Hathorn told the publication that it should slash operating costs and improve efficiencies, while also slightly increasing production by 190 000 tonnes per year, 60 000 tonnes of which will be sold into the pulp market, which is being driven by Chinese demand.He added that the modernisation of the plant was probably only the start of the group’s activities in the territory, which is arguably the only major unexploited softwood resource left in the world.“In fact, forests cover more than 70% of the territory, while swamps cover about 15%, making forestry activity attractive but difficult, given swarming mosquitoes and mud in the warmer periods,” Engineering News says. “This means that felling is generally confined to the icy winter months.”The company was spun-off from former parent Anglo American plc in July this year, and has looked at expansion to secure its position as an independent integrated paper and packaging group.Its main interests are in emerging markets, such as South Africa and in various locations in Eastern Europe.According to Mondi, Mondi Business Paper Syktyvkar, with an annual capacity of 580 000 tonnes of paper per year, is one of the largest producers in the Russian pulp and paper industry. In addition, the Syktyvkar mill controls 11 logging companies in the Komi Republic that supply the mill with wood.Mondi Packaging Paper, which operates within the same complex, has an annual capacity of more than 200 000 tonnes of packaging paper, delivering around 60% of the total white top paper market in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Though the heat of summer may have yet to fully subside, the early fall hunting season is ushering in a new year afield for Ohio sportsmen and women. The season for small game, such as squirrel, and migratory birds, such as mourning dove, opened in early September, as does the open season for a larger-sized winged quarry, the Canada goose.The Canada goose is a common site for most Ohioans, distinguished by its black head, long black neck, white cheek patches, and its flock’s V-shaped flight migration pattern that foretells the seasonal weather changes of fall and winter. Outdoorsman Doug Moos, of the Hocking Hills region, said that although he prefers late season goose hunting, the early season is a good time to bag some resident honkers.“In the early season it’s hot and buggy. I’m not putting mosquito repellant on to hunt anything,” Moos said. “But if I hunt early goose season, I find where they chop their corn and hunt over those fields. Or, a guy can find some honey hole farm pond where the birds are roosting every day. This could be a good way for a guy to get started hunting geese.”Originally from Lorain County, Moos did some waterfowl hunting as a youngster living up on Lake Erie but gave that up for chasing whitetail in the hills of southern Ohio for a couple of decades before again taking up goose hunting.“I had an ACL surgery when I was forty and I couldn’t climb a tree stand to deer hunt. But I was going to be in the field one way or another so I got a dog and started field hunting for geese. I thought that it was going to be a quick fix, but now here I am 18 years later still doing it,” Moos said.Part of what attracts Moos to goose hunting is the camaraderie and shared experiences that he has with his fellow hunting partners and the reliable, faithful dog at his feet.“Unlike when deer hunting, you can sit and shoot the bull with a buddy and tell stories and cut up, and then settle in when the geese start showing up,” Moos said. “I use Labrador Retrievers. They are good citizens and good family members and when hunting, they give you someone to talk to when you go by yourself. They’re always happy to go and they’re always on time.”Moos strictly hunts open fields of corn and bean stubble that lay between the big reservoirs and gravel pits that dot the landscape around his home in the Hocking Hills. When the birds come off of the water to feed, they come to these fields where Moos is waiting to ambush them. His goose spots are conveniently located and Moos likes to go out for geese in the late season in the nastiest of weather.“I go when it’s the foulest weather. The hunting is best when it’s usually a Level 1 or Level 2 snow emergency and no one’s out. I can load up my Polaris, drive down the road, hunt for a couple of hours, kill some geese, and be home for lunch,” Moos said. “When it freezes too hard to trap beavers, I will also goose hunt, because I know that when the reservoirs and ponds freeze and lock up, the geese are coming to the fields and are hungry. When the snow is on, they’re looking for food and will sometimes fly out two times a day to feed.”For a set-up, Moos puts out approximately 100 decoys. He arranges them in a “U” or “J” shape, creating a pocket for geese to fly into from downwind. Geese come in upwind but circle around to land into the wind and he anticipates the direction that geese will be approaching and landing when placing decoys. He puts his blind at the middle of the “J” or the “U” and sits right in the middle of the decoys.“Using different sizes of decoys has really made a big difference for me,” Moos said, “I use different types of decoys for variety and size — it makes sense. When you see a flock of birds in a field, they are all different sizes and are standing in different ways. So, when I set up my decoys, I put them in different positions, have them facing in different directions, and use a variety of decoys. This imitates a real flock. I really like silhouette decoys and I will pitch them in different ways in the field. I also use full body dekes and what I call ‘Giants,’ which are 42-inch Super Magnum goose decoys. I do some flagging, but not too much — just enough to catch the geese’s attention. If they’re coming, they’re coming. And I use a couple of calls sometimes to bring them in, but again, I don’t overdo it.”Moos says that hunters should shoot at the birds at about 20 to 30 yards when they are landing, gliding in with open wings. This presents the biggest target, as opposed to when they have their wings pulled in.“If there are 30 to 40 geese coming in and they are committed, never shoot the first goose that comes in; let the first one land in the pocket,” he said. “If you shoot the first one at 20 yards, the ones behind it are going to flare out and you’ve blown your cover.”Some centuries-old goose hunting advice is offered by the famous ornithologist and avid bird hunter, John James Audubon, who suggested to his readership that “if a sportsman is expert and manages to shoot the old birds first, he is pretty sure to capture the less wily young ones afterwards, as they will be very apt to return to the same feeding places to which their parents had led them at their first arrival.”Like so many animals frequently encountered by humans in domesticated settings, when hunted in their natural environments, geese can prove surprisingly elusive and perceptive. A hunt for these birds shows them to be far more than a lawn-befouling and parking lot-congesting suburban nuisance that they have earned a reputation for being. As Erwin A. Bauer says in The Duck Hunter’s Bible, “the wariness and intelligence of Canadian honkers is as well-known as their characteristic honking cry.”There is an initial investment needed for a huntsman interested in pursuing this sport, but the rewards of a crisp autumn or winter morning afield and some wild meat in the freezer may well be worth it.“A $250 layout blind and three dozen decoys could get a guy started,” Moos said. “I like to use a big gun — a long barreled semi-automatic 12-gauge that can shoot a 3.5 inch shell. While not necessary, having a retrieving dog is nice. Dogs have saved me a lot of clean-up shots. If a bird goes down but isn’t dead, I can send the dog out. This is a lot safer, never tears up the meat, and I never have to shoot anything off of the ground.”For 2016, Ohio’s statewide early Canada goose season is from September 3 through 11, with a daily limit of five geese. Later seasons open and close in North and South Zones at different dates that can be found on the Ohio Department of Natural Resources website at wildlife.ohiodnr.gov. Hunters will need a valid Ohio hunting license with HIP Certification, an Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp, and a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp (aka “Duck Stamp”), which Doug Moos points out can be used for free admission to any national park in our country.
A New Jersey state senator has proposed a $5 million “Tiny Home Pilot Program” to create clusters of houses, each no larger than 300 square feet, to provide more housing for the state’s poor.The website NJ.com reported the proposal from Senator Raymond Lesniak, a Union Democrat, would fund the program for three years.The average new house in the U.S. is almost 10 times that size, but Lesniak thinks tiny houses hold promise. “They’re comfortable accommodations, and really provide housing opportunities for lower income families that cost less money than the rents that they’re paying now, and also may be able to take some people off the streets,” he told the website.The proposed pilot program would be managed by the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, which would choose towns in three regions of New Jersey. Towns that participated in the program would get extra credits toward their affordable housing obligations, NJ.com said. Little houses get more attentionCompanies like Tumbleweed Tiny House and the website Small House Society have focused more attention on these miniature dwellings, but their owners can’t always get building permits for them.Kent Pipes, the president of a non-profit affordable housing development company, for example, told NJ.com that he has been hoping to build housing with shipping containers ranging in size from 160 to 320 square feet, but has been unable to find a town that would grant a permit because they’re too small. Lesniak’s bill might help solve that problem in New Jersey.The idea of using very small houses to help the homeless has been tried elsewhere.A project for homeless people called Quixote Village in Olympia, Washington, includes 30 houses of 144 square feet each. The cottages have only a sitting/sleeping area, a bathroom and a closet. A laundry, showers and kitchen space are provided in a shared community building.Permit fees, road improvements and site development helped push the cost of that project over $3 million, and the project’s price tag was criticized by a number of GBA readers when the news story was published.
Tyrone Lockhart, who played for Georgetown in the 1980s, is CEO of the Advocates for Athletic Equity.In a matter of months, Black college basketball coaches went from not having an organization to support their cause and chime the bell for a change in hiring practices to two bodies that will take different paths to achieve the same mission.The National Association for Coaching Equity and Development was formed to address the lack of African-American coaches in Division I college basketball. It has 40 coaches on board, including Tubby Smith, John Thompson III, Shaka Smart, Paul Hewitt and others.In Indianapolis, in the NCAA headquarters building, is the Advocates for Athletic Equity, an organization headed by former Georgetown player Tyrone Lockhart. Its mission is to increase the dismal number of minority coaches, focusing on all ethnic groups.Both organizations say they are picking up where the now-defunct Black Coaches Association left off. Once a force in fighting causes for African-Americans in the profession, the BCA faded with a lack of funding and, not coincidentally, so did the number of Black coaches.Blacks now make up less than 17 percent of head coaches in college basketball’s 330 or so Division I teams while African-American players represent 60 percent of the athletes. It’s the lowest percentage in 20 years.Smith and others see their organization as totally independent and seemed to indirectly convey that the Advocates for Athletic Equity, because it is housed in the NCAA offices in Indianapolis and has received some start-up money from the governing body, will be less aggressive or compromised in its efforts.Lockhart, in an exclusive interview with Atlanta Blackstar, refuted that notion while outlining his and the organization’s plans for change.ABS: How do you look at the National Association for Coaching Equity and its mission?Lockhart: The two organizations have talked. We’re supportive of each other. They may have to do things a little more drastic, whether that’s lawsuits, whether that’s protests … We understand that. We’re supportive. We both have the mission of increasing the number of (Black) head coaches. Tactics and strategy achieving those goals may be a little different. Hopefully, we will be able to partner on one of the key elements that we both agree on, which is professional development. … It’s like the Civil Rights movement in that the NAACP and the Urban League were separate entities working for the same cause.ABS: How will you go about business with the Advocates for Athletic Equity?Lockhart: Because BCA was dormant for a while, we’re housed at NCAA. Housed there, but separate computer system, separate phone lines. The NCAA believes that this organization is extremely important to be successful with what’s going on in college athletics right now. They are, in fact, providing some seed money in order to revive it and make some progress. But I report directly to the (AAE’s) board. Yes, there will be some things that we decide that will be opposed to what the NCAA stands for or believes in. But we will decide as an organization what will be effective for our mission (not the NCAA).ABS: How alarming is the 17 percent Black coaches in the NCAA to you and the organization?Lockhart: The numbers are low, and we know that they are low. My job to work with the membership and strategize on how to attack that. Our No. 1 priority is to promote our coaches for positions of leadership. The one thing, too, with the organization is that we’re focusing on coaches and coaches only. In the past, Floyd Keith had done an excellent job at bringing the organization to prominence and having some growth. But I think the organization took on too many things: athletic administrators, etc. My marching orders are to focus in on coaches and coaches only: African-American, Hispanic, Latino, Asian and so forth. That’s our charge.ABS: Does a variation of the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which requires Black candidates get an interview before any teams hire, have a place in your approach to change in the NCAA?Lockhart: We would favor any role or program that favors ethic minority coaches. The NCAA does not do the hiring; it’s the member institutes and the conferences. So, in working with our coaches, we have to ask: Do we partner with the NCAA or do we go directly to the conferences or the member institutions? We need to make sure we’re targeting the right group to make the most impact.ABS: How do you tackle athletic directors, 80 percent whom are white who over the years hired people who look like them, who they know or are comfortable with?Lockhart: The part in your piece about colleges hiring search firms and “Good ‘Ole Boy Network” is true, and one of the things we have to do is infiltrate that and establish networking opportunities, social interactions where we can get our top coaches a part of this deal and be able to highlight our coaches and the good things that they have been doing. For years, part of (athletic directors’) stories has been, “Well, we don’t know these coaches. We don’t know where they are. They’re kinda hiding out.” But we want to establish relationships and events where our coaches are featured and highlighted and can change mindsets … show they can handle crises, etc. There is no doubt that Black coaches are talented and can coach. No doubt. We have to show … they can handle the off-the-court stuff so a president or A.D. can be comfortable with those leaders on the court and off the court in the community. We have a great opportunity. We know the task is uphill. But we’re taking it on.