ExOlympian Allison Forsyth says Bertrand Charest affair was covered up

first_imgMONTREAL – Twenty years after she says she was told to keep quiet about Bertrand Charest’s alleged abuses to avoid losing sponsorships, Allison Forsyth is speaking out to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else.The former Olympian, who alleges she was sexually abused by Charest in 1997 and 1998, says she has struggled with guilt, shame and anxiety as a result.“I went through years and years of whistleblower guilt, where I felt abandoned and alone and nobody cared that this had happened because everybody tried to cover it up,” she told The Canadian Press in a phone interview Wednesday.Forsyth, now 39, said she was one of the athletes who came forward in 1998, when Alpine Canada first became aware of Charest’s sexual contact with several of his teenage students.“I was told, ‘Do not say anything, because we would lose our sponsors’ and it would end my career,” she said.Charest was found guilty last June of 37 of the 57 sex-related charges he was facing, and was eventually given a 12-year prison term.The convictions involved nine of the 12 women who’d accused him of crimes that occurred more than 20 years ago, when the victims and alleged victims were aged between 12 and 19.Forsyth is one of eight victims and alleged victims who have chosen to identify themselves in recent days amid their calls for changes that would better protect athletes from abuse.The native of Nanaimo, B.C., is struggling with having the word “alleged” attached to her description of events and her status as a victim.That’s because Charest was not convicted on the charges involving Forsyth due to jurisdictional issues, because the alleged incidents occurred outside of Canada.“That in general has affected me greatly and has brought back a lot of feelings of shame or guilt, even in just the last 24 hours,” she said.But despite what she calls the intricacies of the law, she says one thing is clear: “All of the 12 of us, plus many more, were definitely victims of this horrible man.”Forsyth went on to have an illustrious skiing career, including five World Cup giant slalom medals and a bronze at the 2003 world alpine championships. She also represented Canada in the Olympics in 2002 in Salt Lake City.But all that time, she was struggling with what had happened to her.“I was not the same person after as I was before,” she said. “I had a very tumultuous career after. I was very depressed, medicated for anxiety. I had anorexia issues.”Forsyth, now a mother of three, says she’s willing to share her experiences because she believes there are lessons to be learned from what happened to her and the other women.She says no system was put in place to support athletes when she was skiing and that none of them were given any lessons on what constituted appropriate behaviour from coaches.Her suggestions, and that of the other women, include more education and training for coaches and athletes and a rule that would not allow coaches and athletes to be alone in a one-on-one situation.Forsyth is also calling for an independent safety officer who can follow up on complaints and ensure that athletes and coaches are given the support they need.She says it’s “absolutely critical” to have someone who doesn’t have a vested interest in either party to ensure allegations aren’t swept under the rug as she believes was done in Charest’s case.She says Charest, for example, was allowed to resign rather than being fired from his position and that his coaching licence was never revoked.The trial judge in Charest’s case ripped into Alpine Canada in his ruling, saying the organization’s leaders closed their eyes to Charest’s actions and failed miserably in their duty to protect the young athletes.The chair of the board of Alpine Canada has since acknowledged in a statement that “the organization could have offered more support to the victims in this difficult time.”The statement added that the organization welcomed any further suggestions on how to improve safety.Forsyth says the changes she’s calling for go beyond Alpine Canada or any one sport, noting similar abuses have occurred in hockey and gymnastics.While she doesn’t regret her years as a competitive athlete, she says that, for now, she wouldn’t want her children following in her footsteps.“I won’t feel complete closure maybe ever, and I won’t feel that we’re there until we have changes in place that we’re happy with,” she said.last_img read more

Environmentalists oppose off-roaders’ lawsuit over bird plan

RENO, Nev. — Conservationists want to join a legal battle in opposition to off-road vehicle users who are trying to overturn U.S. protections for a type of imperiled bird found only along the California-Nevada line.Four environmental groups filed the request to intervene in the case over the bistate grouse in U.S. District Court in Reno on Friday. That’s the same day the Trump administration finalized changes to federal land use plans that eased restrictions on energy companies across 11 Western states where the larger population of greater sage grouse lives.The conservationists argue that those changes are one of the reasons they should be granted intervenor status for the bistate grouse, which they say is more at risk than the greater sage grouse. Scientists say as few as 5,000 of the chicken-sized, ground-dwelling birds remain.The Fish and Wildlife Service in 2015 scrapped a proposal to list the bistate grouse as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, but a federal judge reinstated it last year.“The Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and FWS once made promises to conserve the bistate sage grouse and its habitat,” Steve Holmer, vice-president of the American Bird Conservancy, said in the request to intervene, along with the Center for Biological Diversity, Western Watersheds Project and WildEarth Guardians.The government’s failure to list the bird “is indicative of the agencies’ unwillingness to commit to conservation measures for the birds,” he said.The California Four Wheel Drive Association and off-road groups in the Sierra Nevada and Nevada’s Pine Nut Mountains sued the Forest Service in December, arguing that a bistate protection plan enacted last year could increase fire danger across the bird’s rangeland habitat.They say protection measures in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest weren’t included among the alternatives subjected to scientific scrutiny and public comment as required by federal law.The off-road groups say the Forest Service nearly doubled the size of buffer zones around bird breeding grounds, known as leks, to 4 miles (6.5 kilometres) between an initial draft and final guidelines on off-road travel.It also extended the season when motorized traffic is banned through June 30, forcing the Sierra Trail Dogs Motorcycle and Recreation Club to postpone by a month a 250-mile (402-kilometre) motorcycle race typically done in mid-June.Racing through high-desert sagebrush after June 30 “greatly increases fire risk and safety concerns due to greater heat and reduced moisture,” according to the lawsuit. “It is nearly impossible to design a viable route system in the project area … that does not include a route passing within 4 miles of such leks.”Paul Turcke, an Idaho-based lawyer for the off-roaders, said he didn’t anticipate opposing the environmentalists’ request but declined further comment.A Forest Service spokeswoman said the agency doesn’t comment on pending litigation.Patrick Donnelly, Nevada director of the Center for Biological Diversity, said bistate grouse “are teetering on the brink of extinction across much of their range.”“Running a motorcycle race through this imperiled bird’s habitat during the lekking season would only add to threats that are pushing this population over the cliff,” said Laura Cunningham, California director for the Western Watersheds Project.Scott Sonner, The Associated Press read more

VIDEO How Googles offices looked back in 1999

first_imghttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRpsIsfOhAIYouTube/XooglersBACK IN 1999, a Google employee took his two sons to the office and let them try everything out… while filming what they saw.Here is the ten-minute documentary (sort of) that resulted. Free pizza! Air hockey! Giant inflatable balls! The Google offices in 1999 were a little boys’ PARADISE.Also, look at how ropey the Google logo was back then:VIDEO: This man’s nearly-naked dance wins the internet>VIDEO: The most awful ways you could be woken up tonight>last_img read more

Homeless Man Builds Car From Scrap

first_imgAs any regular Car Talk listener will tell you, old Fiats aren’t exactly known for being the most durable cars in the world. A homeless man in Brazil took advantage of the discarded shells of these junkers and threw together a brand new car, built entirely from scrap. Starting with a 125cc motorcycle engine, Orismar de Souza was able to put together a working vehicle, capable of hitting 50mph on the highway and featuring such luxuries as a reverse gear and an actual car starter to replace the kickstarter of the 125cc engine. It also sports an in-dash stereo. After panhandling in the streets for months to raise the $270 he needed for the car’s metal plating, de Souza built the body panels by hand, borrowing a chisel and hammer as tools for the job. Most of the other parts used in making the car came from old discarded Fiats. His previous experience with metalworking led him to be confident in his automotive creation, but that didn’t stop others from telling him that his project was just a joke. The looks on their faces after the car hit 50 must have been priceless. The finished machine was able to help de Souza land both a home and a job, a fitting end to this inspiring how-to story. And I have a feeling his car is even more reliable than the ones he built it from. At least if it breaks down, no one will tell him he can’t fix it.AdChoices广告[via Hack-A-Day, Jalopnik]last_img read more

Le HTC Budweiser info ou intox

first_imgLe HTC Budweiser, info ou intox ?Généralement, Budweiser nous évoque un liquide gazeux à base d’eau, de malt et de houblon qui coule à flot, notamment lors d’évènements festifs. Lorsqu’une « fuite » associe ce nom et celui de HTC, constructeur de smartphones, il y a de quoi se poser des questions.Selon le site HTC Pedia, un document interne à HTC aurait été divulgué, présentant une liste de différents téléphones et leurs numéros de référence correspondant (appelés SKU). Comme on peut le voir sur cette photo, le HTC Budweiser s’est glissé dans la liste mais il est pourtant inconnu sur le marché. S’agit-il simplement d’un nom de code pour un smartphone déjà disponible ou d’un futur produit ? Derrière ce nom surprenant, que d’interrogations. Mais il est sûr qu’il s’agira d’un terminal à boire…à voir absolument !Dans le passé, HTC a déjà donné des noms de codes étranges à ses produits. Mais une chose est sûre, c’est que l’on en saura plus demain, lors de l’évènement organisé par la firme.Enquête à suivre.Le 2 novembre 2011 à 14:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

ASA Says Dont Repeat History With Trade Restrictions

first_imgAt the Council on Foreign Relations roundtable on “Current Negotiations on Agricultural Biotechnology,” today in New York City, American Soybean Association (ASA) Chairman Dwain Ford, a soybean grower from Kinmundy, Ill., said it is imperative that we not go back to a time decades ago when politicians and government restricted trade based on populist opinions.“Efforts to stigmatize and restrict trade in agricultural biotechnology crops that have been approved by regulators and determined to be even safer than conventional crops gives rise to the question of whether agricultural innovators will be allowed to improve the food products they export to consumers around the world,” Ford said.According to Ford, a readily available example of this type of unwarranted government restriction is the European Union’s (EU) adoption this week of traceability and labeling regulations for biotech food and feed products. These regulations will require that all food products containing more than 0.9 percent biotech ingredients carry a label, even though the biotech ingredients have been approved by EU regulatory authorities and determined to be safe for food, feed, and the environment. Additionally, all food products containing biotech ingredients must be elaborately traced from farm to fork with records kept for five years, a costly and trade-limiting requirement not being imposed on foods that don’t contain biotech ingredients.“By bowing to populist pressure, the European Union is making it possible for anti-ag biotech activists to drive biotech products off the shelves, and will ultimately lead to activist pressure for over-regulation of other product advancements,” Ford said. “Despite clear and wide-ranging scientific proof that biotech crops are even safer and more environmentally friendly than conventional crops, the EU has taken action that will deny farmers in the U.S. and elsewhere, who adopt new technologies, access to markets in Europe. To make matters worse, the EU is attempting to ‘export’ its restrictive approach to agricultural innovation to the rest of the world.”A look at history shows that worldwide protectionist trade restrictions during the 1920s led to global economic hardships in the 1930s. Learning from their mistakes, leading economies of the world formed the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) after World War II to establish rules for trade and to ease trade protectionism.“Now is not the time for the world to regress to behavior that is reminiscent of past trade errors made because of activist or populist demands,” Ford said. “It is time for nations not only to resist the rhetoric of those who are calling for unwarranted restrictions on innovation, but also to challenge those nations that bow to such pressure and place costly and trade-restrictive regulations on technologies that have been approved by scientists and regulators.”The Council on Foreign Relations roundtable was aimed at bringing together different constituencies to discuss their interests, concerns and ideas about the resolution of current agricultural biotechnology negotiations. Joining Ford at the roundtable were CEOs from several corporations, top government officials, and leaders from non-governmental organizations.“ASA has been committed to furthering the world’s understanding of the safety and benefits of agricultural biotechnology,” Ford said. “Biotech soybeans were first commercialized in 1996 and now make up 85 percent of the U.S. soybean crop. During the past eight years, with over $6 million in investments made by soybean producers through the soybean checkoff and the Foreign Agricultural Service, ASA has carried out biotech education for buyers, food processors, government, and consumers around the globe to protect and grow markets for U.S. soybeans.”last_img read more

Court to quiz Legislature on school funding delays

first_imgSEATTLE — The Washington Supreme Court is marking the beginning of school with a mandatory assembly for the Legislature on education finance.The court has ordered lawmakers to come to court on Wednesday to explain why they haven’t followed its orders to fix the way Washington pays for public education.Lawmakers, the governor and others say the court needs to be patient and give the Legislature more time to fulfil the orders in the 2012 McCleary decision.Thomas Ahearne, the attorney for the coalition that sued the state over education funding, says the Legislature has made so little progress toward meeting the goal that only more pressure from the court will make it happen.The McCleary decision said lawmakers are not meeting their constitutional responsibility to fully pay for basic education and they are relying too much on local tax-levy dollars to balance the education budget.The court commended the Legislature for passing some reforms in the K-12 system and for starting to pay for them. The McCleary decision orders the Legislature to finish paying for the reforms, which may add more than $4 billion to the state’s biennial budget, according to some government estimates.last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Office Manager at KA ExpressFull-Time Account Sales Manager at Red BullFull-Time Client Partner Mobile Solutions at VerizonFull-Time Maintenance Technician at DSMFull-Time Accounts Receivable Representative at ViantPart-Time Show Room Assistant at Brooks BargainFull-Time Bench Worker at TecometFull-Time Mechanical Inspector at TecometFull-Time & Part-Time Delivery Driver at Keystone Automotive IndustriesFull-Time Inside Sales Support at Altro(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

Former Sitka Principal Found Not Guilty On All Counts

first_imgJoe Robidou has been found not guilty on all counts.A Sitka jury of seven women and five men delivered its verdict in favor of the former school administrator at about 6 p.m. Monday evening.Download AudioJoe Robidou (r.) listens to jury instructions with his attorney, Julie Willoughby, in court last week. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)The one-time Blatchley Middle School principal sobbed quietly as Magistrate Leonard Devaney — tagging in for David George on the Superior Court bench — read each verdict form in order.“State of Alaska v. Joseph Robidou, verdict form number 1. Count 1, Sexual Assault in the 2nd Degree, K.L. in May 2012, we the jury find find the defendant Joseph Robidou not guilty.”And so it went for four additional counts of Sexual Assault, three counts of Indecent Exposure, and one count of Assault in the 4th Degree. The state had pressed charges on behalf of three separate witnesses, all current or former teachers at Blatchley Middle School.Robidou had been facing five-to-ten years prison time, had he been convicted. Magistrate Devaney informed that with the not guilty verdicts, he was free to go.Both Robidou’s attorney, Julie Willoughby, and assistant district attorney Jean Seaton, who prosecuted the case, declined comment. Several jurors also declined to speak about the case at this time.After a week-long trial and twelve hours of deliberation over two days, as she put on her raincoat to head out into a rainy Sitka evening, one juror simply looked at reporters and said, “Not today.”last_img read more

KCRs real time admn move hits hurdle

first_imgHyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao’s recent announcement on ‘real time administration’ in the state from August 15 onwards will be delayed due to a plethora of problems including the delay in shifting of the secretariat, lethargic attitude of the bureaucrats to shift to a temporary place in a haste and, most importantly, prolonging staff crunch in the newly-formed districts. Also Read – With 61 feet high, Khairatabad Ganesh claimed to be tallest idol in India Advertise With Us KCR has made an official statement in the state Assembly on July 19 that Telangana is set to witness a real time administration from this Independence Day ensuring redressal of grievances of citizens and achieve inclusive growth by extending all the government welfare and development programmes to the deserved. The general administration has come to a standstill since December due to a series of elections, including the Assembly, Parliament, grama panchayat, mandal and Zilla Parishads, etc. Also Read – Unidentified assailants killed a person in Saidabad PS limits Advertise With Us KCR, it may be mentioned here, was keen on streamlining the entire administration by bringing in reforms particularly in Panchayat Raj, Municipal Administration, Revenue, Agriculture, Health and Education from August 15. As part of this exercise, the government has taken several policy decisions like enactment of new Panchayat Raj Act, promulgation of Municipal Ordinance and strengthening of the land revenue system to ensure every farmer get title deeds within a stipulated time, etc. Advertise With Us But in the meantime, the Chief Minister has decided to demolish the existing secretariat building and construct a new one in its place. He ordered that all departments in the secretariat be shifted to BRK Bhavan. This is where the main hurdle in implementing the real time governance has come up. The building (BRK Bhavan) is not equipped with necessary infrastructure to house various departments of the general administration. The government has just started working on remodelling the rooms and provide infrastructure facilities. This is likely to take another 20 days or so. Even Chief Secretary S K Joshi’s chamber is not yet ready. It is being said that the Chief Minister, who reviewed the progress of shifting of the secretariat a few days ago, expressed his displeasure to the Chief Secretary for the delay at a meeting with senior officials. Joshi who did not like being grilled over it in front of other senior officials, sources say, has decided not to go to his chambers in the secretariat. On Tuesday, he went to BRK Bhavan only to see that the renovation work at his chambers was still on. He went home and told the officials that he would work from home and would not step into the secretariat till his chamber at BRK Bhavan was ready. In the absence of the infrastructural facilities, most secretaries are not able to perform their duties efficiently. They could not even instruct the district officials as there was no teleconference facility available. For instance, KCR decided to enforce 60-day action plan to empower gram panchayats. The schedule was yet to be finalised as Panchayat Secretary Vikas Raj is not confident of the implementation of the action plan with the available skeleton staff in the department. Similarly, the municipal officials are not fully aware about the provisions of the Ordinance brought into force to strengthen the administration. Governor ESL Narasimhan had raised some objections on delegating total powers to the state government in finalising the schedule for municipal elections. Sources said that an MLA had gone to Secretariat on Tuesday but since the officials were busy in shifting, he could not represent his grievance. In the backdrop of such problems, it has been decided to postpone the implementation of real time governance till the shifting process was completed.last_img read more

Karnataka floods Landslide strikes Kodagu 5 feared trapped under debris

first_imgKarnataka floodsTwitterThe continuous torrential downpour in 12 districts of North and Coastal Karnataka from past several days have created flooding in the region. The water levels have risen in the rivers and landslides are also reported in the Western Ghat areas.At least nine people are reported to be dead and several others have been injured due to the incessant rainfalls and floods. Nearly 44,000 people have been evacuated from 51 flood-hit taluks. Around 16,875 people and 3,010 animals have been shifted to 272 relief camps.Belagavi is the most affected district with over 40,000 evacuations and 6 people have died from the district. The educational institutions have been directed to shut down due to the bad weather conditions. Traffic movement has also been prohibited in the flood-affected areas.Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has requested all the citizens to help the people affected by floods by contributing generously to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. The rescue operations are conducted by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Indian Army and Fire and Emergency department.last_img read more

US Intel Chief Warns Cyber Attacks are at Critical Point

first_imgStay on target Days before Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin met in Helsinki, the U.S. intelligence director branded Russia the most “aggressive foreign actor” in the cyberwar against America.Speaking at a Friday event in Washington, D.C., Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats echoed former CIA head George Tenet who, ahead of the Sept. 11 attacks, had cautioned that the “system was blinking red.”“The warning signs are there. The system is blinking,” Coats told an audience at the Hudson Institute, as reported by CBS News. “And it is why I believe we are at a critical point.”There is “no question” that Russia is the “most aggressive foreign actor,” he said, citing its ongoing efforts to undermine American democracy.Coats’ raising of the alarm about Kremlin-based threats came on the same day special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian spies for their role in hacking the 2016 presidential election (among other cybercrimes).The Office of the Director of National Intelligence in early 2017 stated that Putin “ordered an influence campaign” to discredit then-candidate Hillary Clinton, and “undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process.”The crusade extended across social media, where fake accounts on Facebook and Twitter, discussion boards, online newspapers, and video hosting accounts may have duped impressionable users.But this isn’t the US’s first cyber rodeo: Earlier this year, the Trump administration blamed Russia for a series of hacks targeting American and European nuclear power plants and water and electric systems.The US, of course, has launched similar attacks, though generally more targeted and to a lesser extent. The Stuxnet virus, for example, emerged in 2010 as a cyber weapon jointly developed by U.S. and Israeli officials in an effort to shut down the development of Iran’s nuclear program.All the rage these days, cyber weapons—malware employed for military or intelligence purposes, able to identify and engage targets without human intervention—pose a huge threat to everyday life.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. U.S. Newspapers Stymied By Cyber AttackUS Intelligence Has Known Russian Hackers Infiltrated Power Grids last_img read more

Work to find solution to stop Staffordshire road flooding underway

first_img “We are looking at how modifications to the watercourse could help reduce flooding because the brook passes beneath a number of roads and bridges, alterations to these structures to increase capacity are complex. “We are actively trying to find a solution to this issue and have requested funding from the government. We will have to produce a business case demonstrating that the benefits provided by the work are greater than the costs before work on improvements can start.” Further heavy rain is expected in the coming days – with the Met Office issuing 60 hours of yellow weather warnings for thunderstorms across much of the UK – including Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive View gallery Flooding around Stafford – in pictures Driver named following fatal collision Police search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailWork is taking place to find a way to stop a busy Staffordshire road from flooding – the Environment Agency have said today (Friday June 21). Sandon Road in Stafford recently flooded after heavy rain fell across the area for several days, leading to the road being closed. The Environment Agency have said there are a number of reasons behind the road flooding – and said they had requested government funding in a bit to resolve the problem. An Environment Agency spokeswoman said: “The flooding at Sandon Road in Stafford is caused by a combination of factors including surface water not draining off the roads and the Sandyford Brook not having enough capacity to hold all the flood water. “We have been working with partners to try and identify a viable solution and have worked with developers to try and reduce run off so less water arrives at the flooded location. Read MorePolice arrest 12 people in historic child abuse investigation in Stoke-on-Trent Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play . Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .last_img read more

Youthful rebel targets Greek establishment

first_img Sponsored Stories The extreme left-wing Tsipras believes the budget-cutting imposed on Greece, which is suffering through its fifth year of recession and an unemployment rate nearly 22 percent, should be cancelled. Global financial markets are on tenterhooks over a possible victory by the tough-talking 37-year-old, who dresses casually and has a portrait of the Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara on his office wall.His radical agenda scares even many Europeans who have railed against austerity. And if he’s given the power to carry it out, Greece may soon find itself kicked out of the euro common currency.Opinion polls now put his Tsipras’ Syriza party, which long struggled to win seats in Parliament, in a dead heat with the once powerful center-right New Democracy. The election is June 17.Greeks deserted mainstream parties in May 6 inconclusive elections after the country sank into a government-debt crisis that forced draconian spending cuts. Even low-income pensioners and minimum wage-earners have been forced to make sacrifices.“The rotten and reliant establishment is making its last stand. Their dominance is ending after they looted the country and saddled it with debt,” Tsipras said at a recent campaign appearance. Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona Associated PressATHENS, Greece (AP) – Alexis Tsipras has rarely been on good terms with Greece’s establishment.During high school, he took part in a three-month student protest against education reform that shook the conservative government of the time in the early 1990s, appearing on television as a confident 16-year-old spokesman for the protest movement.Two decades later, he’s rattling Europe and the world economy as he campaigns to become Greece’s next leader with a simple if startling pledge: to tear up a multibillion-euro international agreement that bailed out Greece as it hurtled toward bankruptcy. Comments Share Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Fully named the Coalition of the Radical Left, Syriza is an amalgam of small and often fringe left-wing groups and has its roots in the Euro-Communist movement of the late 1960s. It is led by a party formed in 1991 that split from the hardline Greek Communist Party, or KKE, following the collapse of the Soviet Union.As a teenager, Tsipras briefly joined the KKE youth.Since the last major split in the Left two decades ago, Syriza has been a magnet for left-wing intellectuals unable to stomach the KKE’s unconditional opposition to the European Union. Politically, however, most have spent their careers in obscurity.Until now. At a recent campaign event, camera crews from around the world packed into an arts center where Tsipras spoke, as supporters chanted “The hour of the left has arrived!”Embassy representatives from Cuba, Venezuela and France were present, as Syriza listed each of its campaign promises to loud applause: Axed benefits will be restored, troops will come home from Afghanistan and other overseas missions, police will be banned from using tear gas at demonstrations.If he wins on Sunday, Tsipras left little doubt over his intentions.“The first act of the new Left government, immediately after parliament is formed, will be to cancel the bailout terms and the laws passed to implement (austerity),” he said. “People should remember that Greece is still a democracy: The voters elect their representatives, and they exercise their sovereign right to pass the laws of the land.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Top Stories Friends describe him as down-to-earth and committed to change. He is Greece’s first major political leader to be born after the fall of the country’s 1967-74 military dictatorship, which ended decades of political turmoil. He grew up in an era of unprecedented political freedom in Greece, without having experienced any of the harsh polarization between left and right that marked the country since the mid-1930s.“He has played a big role in the party’s (success), mainly because he’s a politician who does not keep his distance from people,” ranking Syriza member Sofia Sakorafa told the AP.Sakorafa, a longtime javelin world record holder before going into politics, said she was impressed by Tsipras’ ability reach out to voters.“He can talk to people, and he is genuine. He wins them over with the truth as he believes it.”Rarely seen wearing a tie, Tsipras has broken the mold of the Greek career politician. Unlike many of them, he isn’t linked to one of the country’s powerful families, and during the crisis he hasn’t been seen as being out of touch.He has been riding high on a wave of anti-austerity sentiment that has swept the country as deep spending cuts have eaten into health care, salaries and pensions, sent the unemployment rate soaring and forced tens of thousands of businesses to shut down since late 2009. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 Despite two international rescue loan packages, Greece has been unable to pull itself out of its debt crisis, leading the heads of all the main political parties to argue for some form of renegotiation to the terms. But it is Tsipras who has the most radical approach, saying that simply extending loan repayment times or slightly tweaking targets will not work. He wants the terms cancelled.But while the iPad-tapping, football-watching civil engineer has youthful appeal, not everyone is buying it.A growing number of political opponents have a different description for him: an irresponsible populist, whose disregard for basic monetary arithmetic could nudge the country into financial oblivion.“Syriza is selling the public a fairytale with populism and propaganda of the worst kind … pretending they can solve the country’s problems with a magic wand,” Theodoros Pangalos, deputy prime minister in the previous Socialist-led government, told private Real FM radio.Mainstream parties and market analysts insist Tsipras cannot shred Greece’s deal with 16 other eurozone countries and expect to remain in the single currency for long.“(His) views only have appeal because of the exceptionally difficult circumstances this country and its people are in,” Pangalos said. Syriza came second to the conservatives in May 6 elections that failed to produce a government, winning nearly 17 percent of the vote and increasing its support four-fold.Polls before a two-week pre-election ban projected Syriza’s support could have surged to as high as 30 percent, with the race between Tsipras and the conservatives polarized by the crisis. Most have him neck-and-neck with the conservative New Democracy party.Greece’s (EURO)240 billion financial rescue from the EU and International Monetary Fund came with harsh conditions that have caused a dramatic drop in living standards as an average of 900 people have lost their job per day.The country, Tsipras argues, is now trapped in a revolving door of debt, with banks recovering their money from new state loans from the EU, which steadily add a burden on ordinary Greeks, depriving them of wealth and services.“Bankruptcy is not when the bankers have no money … Bankruptcy is what we are living through today, it is the destruction of pension funds, it is hospitals running out of money and medicine, it is schools with no books and children who arrive hungry in the morning,” he told parliament in February, when lawmakers slashed the minimum wage and other benefits to secure a second massive rescue package. 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