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Mary Lou McDonald set to be new Sinn Féin president

Mary Lou McDonald was confirmed as the nominee for Sinn Féin president on SaturdayImage copyright PA
Image caption Mary Lou McDonald was confirmed as the nominee for Sinn Féin president on Saturday

Mary Lou McDonald has been confirmed as the only candidate nominated to replace Gerry Adams as Sinn Féin president.

Mr Adams has led the party since 1983. He announced his intention to stand down in November 2017.

Sinn Féin’s ard comhairle (high council) met in Belfast on Saturday to formally ratify the nominee for president.

A special party conference to elect the new leader will be held on 10 February.

Nominations for the presidency closed on Friday at 17:00 GMT, and Ms McDonald was the sole candidate.

Mary Lou McDonald has been a TD for Dublin Central since 2011.

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Image caption Mary Lou McDonald is set to replace Gerry Adams as leader of the party

Before getting elected to the Dáil (parliament) she was an MEP representing the Dublin constituency – becoming Sinn Féin’s first MEP in the Republic of Ireland in 2004.

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Mary Lou McDonald had in the past said she would like to see a contest for the Sinn Féin leadership, however she didn’t get her wish.

She takes over from Gerry Adams at an interesting time in Irish politics; with an expected abortion referendum, on-going Brexit negotiations, possible general and presidential elections in the Republic- never mind the negotiations in Northern Ireland to restore devolution.

Ms McDonald is expected to spend most of her time south of the border but as the leader of an all-island party she will also have to keep a close eye on developments in the other jurisdiction.

As she has no paramilitary background the party will be hoping that she may help garner Sinn Féin support in more middle class areas and amongst women.

But the Barry McElduff affair shows the legacy of the Troubles at the moment is never very far away for Sinn Féin – probably no matter who is leader.

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CAR REVIEW: Nissan X-Trail

With a threefold increase in X-Trail sales since the third generation car arrived in 2014, it seems many motorists agree with Nissan’s theory that this is the “perfect family car for adventures.”

Now a facelifted version of the vehicle has taken to the roads, with exterior styling that’s subtly more aggressive and sharper than that seen on its predecessor.

The latest X-Trail is also touch longer and taller than before, but it’s width has remained the same – probably because it was already a wide enough machine to manoeuvre.

Inside, there’s a more luxurious feel to the cabin.

Top-spec Tekna models, such as the one tested here, now come with creature comforts such as heated seats in the front and back, plus impressive Bose speakers.

Meanwhile, the test car came with distinctive tan leather seats, which made the X-Trail’s cabin feel a bit different from those of its rivals.

It struck me that it’s probably a sensible colour choice for a parent who wants to load mud-covered children into the car after Saturday morning football.

DAB radio comes as standard across the range, while a flat-bottomed and slightly thicker steering wheel is another addition, making it easier to slide in and out of the driver’s seat.

The centre console has been re-styled for more storage space and there have been various other upgrades in materials and finishes.

All this adds up to a vehicle that is, frankly, a very pleasant thing in which to sit.

On the outside, the nose has been remodelled and is now more aggressive and distinctive.

The rear bumper has been reworked to create a similar effect, while higher-spec models benefit in appearance from a big chrome strip that runs along the bottoms of the doors.

Turning to the choice of engines, fans of diesel power have two turbocharged variants from which to choose – a 1.6-litre with 128bhp and a 2.0-litre that produces 174bhp.

The version tested here came with a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine offering 161bhp.

With a 0-62mph time of less than 10 seconds and official average fuel economy approaching 45mpg, Nissan feels to have got the balance right between power and economy.

In everyday driving conditions, the X-Trail is by no means blistering but it doesn’t feel sluggish either, so long as you work it fairly hard through the six-speed manual gearbox found on this model.

With excellent space in the cabin and little noise from the engine, this ‘right powered’ vehicle feels very refined and capable of acting as a family-orientated workhorse.

In terms of handling, the X-Trail is more nimble in the corners than you might expect for a sizeable car, although the steering doesn’t offer enough feel to truly engage the driver.

However, it feels rugged enough to satisfy most buyers in this segment, but the light controls mean it easy enough to manoeuvre on the tighter roads.

There’s no shortage of driver assist options on the X-Trail, including the newly-introduced Rear Cross Alert that gives warnings when reversing out of a parking space.

In a bid to further tempt buyers from premium rivals, Nissan is also offering ProPilot autonomous-driving technology on the new X-Trail, with a mixture of adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist combining to control steering, acceleration and braking in a single lane during both congestion and cruising at higher speeds.

For anyone toying with the idea of buying a seven-seat vehicle or a family SUV, the X-Trail is certainly worthy of consideration.

In summary, it has a high-quality interior, great levels of safety equipment and a decent choice of engines.

It also offers class-leading levels of space and efficiency, not to mention more appealing looks, and we mustn’t forget the tempting option of seven seats for those who need it.

THE LOWDOWN

Nissan X-Trail Tekna

PRICE: £31,350 on the road

ENGINE: 1.6-litre petrol, four-cylinder in-line

TRANSMISSION: six-speed manual, front wheel drive

ACCELERATION: 0-62mph in 9.7 seconds

TOP SPEED: 124mph

ECONOMY: Emissions of 145g/km and fuel 44.1mpg

‘Why I use pole dancing to keep fit’

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Fresh warnings for snow and ice across Scotland

A snow plough clears snow on a slip road next to the M74Image copyright Getty Images

The Met Office has upgraded its weather warning to amber for snow and ice, covering much of Scotland.

The “be prepared” alert is in place for wide parts of the country, including Strathclyde, Central, the Lothians, south west Scotland, Tayside and Fife from 07:00 until 22:00.

Drivers are being warned that travelling at peak times will be extremely challenging.

Police said there would be a high risk of disruption to journeys.

Public transport cancellations are also likely and there is also a chance of power cuts.

Mobile phone coverage may be affected and some rural communities may be cut off.

Police Scotland has increased their travel warning from stage 2 to stage 3, meaning travellers are likely to experience significant delays.

‘Be aware of risks’

Supt Louise Blakelock, of Police Scotland‘s road policing unit, said: “Due to the upgraded warning from the Met Office it has been necessary to update our travel advice.

“We’ve been working closely with our colleagues at Transport Scotland, the Met Office and local councils to assess the conditions.

“Therefore, for the duration of this updated warning, there is a high risk of disruption for road journeys and there is a high likelihood of the conditions for travel being very poor.”

She added: “Those heading out on the roads should be aware of these risks – ensure you have a fully charged phone, warm clothing, and leave extra time for your journey.

“Drive to the road conditions and make sure you check the most up-to-date information from Traffic Scotland and the Met Office before heading out. Our priority is to ensure the public are safe.”

Most of Scotland is covered by a yellow Met Office warning for ice.

A number of schools will be closed in South Lanarkshire, the Borders and the Highlands and school transport will be affected in some areas.

The Met Office said snow showers will become heavier and more frequent early on Friday and will continue on and off through the day.

Spells of more persistent, heavy snow are likely. There is expected to be a gradual improvement during the late evening.

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A guide to travel warnings

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Travel conditions are graded at four levels by police and transport officials depending on the severity of the weather.

  • Stage 1: Normal operations – no severe weather.
  • Stage 2: Travel with caution – police advise people that conditions for road travel may be hazardous.
  • Stage 3: High risk of disruption for road journeys – police advise that there is a high risk of disruption for road journeys. Travellers are likely to experience significant delays.
  • Stage 4: Avoid travelling on the roads – journeys should be avoided. Severe delays expected.
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What the weather warning colours mean

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Image caption Hundreds of vehicles were stuck in traffic on the M74 on Tuesday night
  • Yellow: Severe weather expected. Yellow means you should plan ahead thinking about possible travel delays, or the disruption of your day-to-day activities.
  • Amber: Be prepared for disruption. There is an increased likelihood of bad weather affecting you, which could potentially disrupt your plans and possibly cause travel delays, road and rail closures, interruption to power and the potential risk to life and property.
  • Red: Extreme weather is expected. Red means you should take action now to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the weather. Widespread damage, travel and power disruption and risk to life is likely. You must avoid dangerous areas and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities.

Man handed community order over illegal Cleckheaton waste tyre operation

A MAN has been ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and pay £1,000 in costs after running an illegal tyre recycling business in Cleckheaton.

Stewart William Eatwell, 50, of Harrop Grove, Morley, was sentenced today at Leeds Magistrates’ Court after admitting an offence of running the operation without the required environmental permit.

Eatwell was the director of Legacy Tyre Recycling Ltd, a business which collected and stored used tyres at a site at Rawfolds Way, Cleckheaton.

Laura Taylor, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, told the court that the firm was allowed to handle up to 40 tonnes of tyres within any seven-day period under a waste exemption rather than a permit, but spot checks by investigating officers revealed the operation was not compliant with this limit.

Between November 2015 and January 2016, the defendant was warned that his business needed an environmental permit. Eatwell said he was intending to scale down the operation, but in February 2016 excess tyres were still present.

The Environment Agency and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue visited the site together that month and identified that the stored tyres had no fire breaks, and there were no fire prevention plans in place. A further visit revealed that another 300 tyres had been received.

In March, inspecting officers found the site to be closed and locked up. A legal notice was served on the company requiring the removal of the tyres by May 2016, but they were still there at the time of the deadline.

Legacy Tyre Recycling Ltd was liquidated in June 2016, and the landlord paid £5,000 for the removal of the waste using money from their tenant’s bond.

Mark Parker, Environmental Crime Officer at the Environment Agency, said after the hearing: “This case highlights how important it is for site operators to comply with exemptions and permits, particularly the waste storage limits. Failure to keep within the limits increases the risks posed to others nearby and to the environment.

“The Environment Agency will investigate and take enforcement action against those who fail to comply with environmental regulations.”

In addition to being handed a community order, Eatwell was ordered to pay £1,000 in costs.

What to do if you’re being stalked

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More than one million people are thought to be victims of stalking every year, according to official estimates.

While a majority of these victims are women, men face high rates too and the impact of stalking can be devastating.

So what can you do if you are worried you’re being stalked?

The legal definition of stalking is unusual as it relies on the effect it has on a victim to decide whether or not a crime has been committed.

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Media captionBBC presenter Emily Maitlis was stalked by a former friend for two decades

The law was changed to make stalking a specific crime six years ago. In black and white it reads like this:

“[Stalking is] a course of conduct, it may then cause significant alarm, harassment or distress to the victim.

So that can mean as little as two text messages (a course of conduct) – or anything and everything beyond that.

Despite the large number of victims, statistics from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) show there were only 780 prosecutions in England and Wales in 2015/16 for stalking, with just 529 convictions.

A man who’s been stalking BBC News presenter Emily Maitlis for more than 20 years was recently jailed.

She’s spoken about the impact it’s had on her and her family.

Clare Elcombe Webber, who’s in charge of the National Stalking Helpline, has advice for people worried they’re being stalked:

1. Talk to someone

“The most important thing is to tell someone. Stalking thrives on secrecy – if nobody knows what’s going on that gives the stalker the opportunity to keep on going. Whereas if people know they can do things to keep you safe and they can take power away from the stalker.”

2. Record what’s happening

“Keep a log of any events or contact, any evidence you might have. It helps victims themselves understand there’s a pattern of behaviour. Also if they do want to go to the police or take any formal action it gives people a really clear picture of what’s been going on.”

3. Take digital safety seriously

“About 40% of people who contact us have experienced some kind of cyber stalking. Not only the individual but also their friends and family – so all their social media is as secure as it possibly can be. They don’t let people post pictures of them or check them in to places, for example.”

4. Vary your routine

“Talk to schools, places of work, colleges – make sure people are aware there may be a problem. That helps other people actively keep you safe as well.”

5. Call the police

“If at any point somebody feels unsafe for any reason they need to be calling 999. We want the police to be on board in these situations and on board as early as possible. We know that the sooner there’s some kind of formal intervention the sooner it’s likely to stop. We know that stalkers don’t generally stop on their own.”

Listen to Newsbeat live at 12:45 and 17:45 every weekday on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra – if you miss us you can listen back here

School bus nearly ‘tipped over’ after skidding on black ice

A SCHOOL bus has crashed into railings this morning after skidding on black ice.

It happened at around 7.45am on Gaisby Lane, Shipley.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said it’s not thought anyone has been injured.

Brian Glover shared these pictures. His granddaughter was travelling on the bus at the time and said that it had nearly tipped over. 

Mr Glover said: “This steep road has not been gritted . Bradford Council should be ashamed of themselves.

“The road was just a sheet of ice and it was difficult to stand up on it.

“The driver of the bus should be given a medal for averting a disaster with a bus full of children.”

The road is on Bradford Council’s gritting route. The authority came under fire after roads became impassable due to ice on Tuesday night. 

Furious drivers took to Twitter to lambast the Council’s gritting operation after treacherous conditions led to gridlock, accidents and abandoned cars.

A Bradford Council spokesman said yesterday: “Our gritting teams have been working hard doing rotational 12 hour shifts and will be back out again patrolling, monitoring and gritting our network throughout this evening. 

“We will continue gritting roads across our network, as wintry showers are forecast over the next 24 hours. We would encourage people to think about their journeys, prepare their vehicle for winter travel as well as making sure they have suitable clothing and footwear, plan their journey and leave extra time. We will keep residents updated through social media.”

Emily Maitlis fears stalker will never stop

BBC News presenter Emily Maitlis
Image caption BBC News presenter Emily Maitlis met Edward Vines when they were students at Cambridge University

TV presenter Emily Maitlis says she fears her stalker will never stop harassing her.

Two days after a former friend was jailed for breaching a restraining order, the Newsnight presenter compared living with two decades of harassment to having a chronic illness.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live’s Emma Barnett Show, she said it had had a devastating impact on her family.

“You turn into this person who shouts at your kids for the wrong thing.”

She also described her frustrations with the legal system and called for a new approach to treating stalkers.

On Tuesday, Edward Vines was jailed for 45 months for breaching a restraining order, having first been convicted of harassing Maitlis in 2002.

‘Jumpy’ and ‘stressful’

Maitlis said in the radio interview, to be broadcast on the Emma Barnett Show from 10:00 GMT, that the thought of her stalker was ever-present.

“It just makes you jumpy – and that’s stressful and it’s tiring and it’s time-consuming.

“Your head is somewhere else and you’re having to think about things that are just ludicrous, like ‘how do you get in and out of your front door’ and ‘how they are getting back from school?’

“It’s not that you think everyone is out to kill you. You recognise it as a paranoia. But it doesn’t make it any easier.

“This has literally been going on for 20 years. It feels like sort of a chronic illness.

“It’s not that I ever believe it will stop or he will stop, or the system will manage to prevent it properly.”

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Image caption Edward Vines was issued with an indefinite restraining order in 2009

The journalist first met Vines, from Oxford, when they were students at Cambridge University.

He was issued with an indefinite restraining order in 2009, which he was convicted of twice breaching last year.

‘He is unwell’

Maitlis said: “Whatever treatment he’s had isn’t working as a cure and he is obviously also a victim in this.

“He is unwell and has wasted half his life. Stalking is a weirdo glamorised term for what is essentially mental ill-health and so somewhere along the lines we have to change the mechanism.”

She added: “It’s weird for the kids to have to see this stuff. They know as much as they want, they can read and they are online. My job is just to keep things really normal at home.

“I remember the first time the police came round and they pulled my husband aside and said ‘You’re the one we’re worried about here’.

“Apparently there is a very natural course of behaviour, that the husband just goes out and decks the guy.

“Then of course you’re in the worst possible position because your own husband is serving time instead of the perpetrator.”

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Image caption Vines met the Newsnight presenter when they were at Cambridge University

The government has apologised to Maitlis after her stalker was able to write to her from prison.

Vines wrote to her while in HMP Bullingdon and again while living in a bail hostel.

Maitlis described this as “bizarre beyond belief”, adding: “It was something that should never have got through, but it is extraordinary to think that a stalker behind bars for corresponding can then carry on corresponding.”

She said that on an individual basis, authorities and police had been “really caring and helpful” but there was a lack of co-ordination when dealing with victims.

“You give a statement and you give an impact statement; you’ve got a prosecution and you’ve got a custodial sentence, and it’s been meted out – and then 12 months later it happens all over again.

“By that time it’s a different policeman or a different investigator or people have changed jobs and somebody turns up at your house and says ‘Right so what’s all this about?’ or ‘Where did it all begin?’, and for somebody who’s been through this to have to relive that, it’s punishing and it’s humiliating.”

The full interview with Emily Maitlis will be on the Emma Barnett Show on BBC 5 live from 10:00 BST on Thursday 18th January.

‘Inadequate’ care home needed more staff to keep residents safe

A CARE home has been ranked inadequate by quality watchdogs who found there were not enough staff to keep residents safe.

Care Quality Commission inspectors who visited Duchess Gardens Care Centre in Bingley also said a lot of staff training was out of date and some staff supervisions were overdue.

Information about how to evacuate certain people if fire broke out was also missing from the home’s emergency files.

The home, which was caring for 64 people at the time of the CQC’s inspection in October last year, was only taken over by Qualia Care Limited in February.

The service had been in administration before that and at the last inspection in September 2015 the home was told to make improvements.

A spokesperson for the home said: “We are disappointed that the home falls below the high quality standards that we set. There are some historic and long-standing issues dating back to the previous operator, which everyone is working hard to address. There is a robust action plan in place, which is already delivering results and this has been acknowledged by the CQC on its subsequent visit. The action plan is under weekly review and we are committed to working with the regulator to drive sustained improvements at the home.”

In the new CQC report out this week inspectors said: “Staff were not always being recruited safely and there were not enough of them to keep people safe and deliver person-centred care. Whilst some staff were seen to deliver caring, kind and compassionate care, others were not treating people with dignity and respect. A lot of staff training was out of date and some staff supervisions were overdue.

“Although staff could tell us about safeguarding procedures, we found incidents were not always being reported to the safeguarding team. Important information was missing from the emergency fire files about people’s evacuation needs should an emergency arise.”

People’s care plans did not always provide accurate and up to date information about their needs and information was “difficult to find or contradictory”. Risk assessments were being completed but some had been completed incorrectly.

“This meant we were not confident action was being taken to mitigate risks to people using the service,” said the report.

Advice about people’s healthcare needs was not always being sought in a timely way, some people’s nutritional and hydration needs were not always being met and mealtime experiences varied on different units.

“People were not supported to have maximum choice and control of their lives and staff did not support people in the least restrictive way possible,” added the report, which also found despite the home being generally clean and tidy there were areas where unpleasant odours were present.

There was a lack of leadership and direction for staff, said the inspectors, but they noted a new management team was in place and had produced an action plan for improvement.

The service is now in special measures which means it will be kept under review and be inspected in six months.

Why I took my wife’s last name

Rory and Lucy Dearlove

These days many women keep their own name when they marry, and couples are increasingly opting for a double-barrelled or merged name. But men who take their wife’s surname are still quite rare. Kirstie Brewer spoke to three.

Rory, a primary school teacher from south-east London, left for the summer holidays in 2016 as Mr Cook and returned to start the new school year as Mr Dearlove. It caused some confusion among his class of seven and eight-year-olds. A few female teachers had changed their last names when they got married – but never a man.

“Why did you change your name Mr Dearlove?” asked one of the girls in his class, while Rory was on playground duty. “Because I got married. Look!” said Rory, showing the child his wedding ring. “But why?” she insisted.

“Because when you get married you can choose what name you want. You can keep your name, or both have the same name, or make a new name. I chose my wife’s name, Dearlove,” Rory explained.

“The stuff children see at school they accept as normal – changing my surname was a good chance to give them new ideas,” says Rory, who met his wife Lucy on dating app Tinder four years ago.

Changing his surname to Lucy’s wasn’t a difficult decision for Rory to make. “I wasn’t massively attached to the name Cook and it doesn’t make any difference to me for work,” he says. He didn’t mind being the one to have to practise a new signature. “I thought it would be nice for us to have the same last name, and I think Dearlove is a better one.”

Lucy, a radio producer, had already made clear that she had no intention of changing her name, like a growing number of British women. But she had expected Rory to keep his too.

“At first I thought he was joking,” she says. “It wouldn’t have mattered to me – he’s entitled to keep his just as I am entitled to keep mine.”

It did earn him kudos with her friends, though.

“They said it was really refreshing and really nice.”

While the eight-year-olds took the news of Rory’s new name in their stride, there were a few scoffs from the thirty-something men Rory plays football with. “That’s weird,” said one, casting him a funny look. “Modern men,” said another, rolling his eyes. But that was about the extent of the criticism and Rory just shrugged it off.

‘Another inequality in marriage’

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In England and Wales, marriage certificates list only the fathers of the couple getting married. There is no mention of the mothers. Some campaigners argue that the certificates aren’t fit for modern times.

“It’s a huge knock in the eye for mothers,” said MP Frank Field, one of a cross-party group of MPs led by Caroline Spelman, which put forward a bill last year to include both parents.

In 2014, after legalising same-sex marriage, Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to address “another inequality in marriage which has not changed since the beginning of Queen Victoria’s reign.” MPs then tabled bills in 2015 and 2016.

The new bill has its second reading next month.

It can be a bigger problem, though. I know of one man whose parents refused to go to the wedding when they learned that their son would be taking his fiancee’s surname. To them this was incomprehensible and proof that their son was a puppet controlled by his wife-to-be.

Rachael Robnett, a researcher at the University of Nevada, recently surveyed a cross-section of people in the US and UK and found that a man whose wife keeps her own surname is often viewed as “feminine”.

“People gave traits with negative connotations like ‘passive’ and would say things like, ‘She obviously wears the trousers,'” says Robnett. But people also gave more positive descriptors such as “nurturing” and “caring”.

The woman in the relationship, on the other hand, was perceived to be less committed, ambitious, assertive and powerful.

While people are eager to push back on gender norms in some areas – the workplace, for example – there is still a strong adherence to tradition in romantic relationships, Robnett observes.

How would people perceive a man who took his wife’s surname, I ask? “I’m very confident the findings I have got with this recent study would be exaggerated,” she says.

Nonetheless, the signs are that the number of men taking their wife’s name is increasing. A survey last year by Opinium of 2,000 UK adults for the London Mint suggested that one in 10 millennial men (18 to 34 years old) fell into this category. (It was impossible to find out how many male respondents were in this age group.)

Charlie Shaw, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation instructor, who took his wife’s name when they married last year, says it’s “ridiculous” that it’s still assumed that women will take their husband’s name.

“It wasn’t a huge feminist statement but it was a gesture of allegiance – I took the opportunity to acknowledge that there is an unseen patriarchal bias and sexism in our society and that we can do things differently.”

Image caption The moment at which Charlie Morley became Charlie Shaw

By coincidence, it wasn’t the first time a man in his family had done this. Charlie’s great-grandfather was Greek and his last name was Aspiotis – which prompted someone to throw a brick through his window in wartime London. He changed his name to his wife’s – Morley – to be less conspicuous. Charlie continues to use Morley in a professional capacity.

Some grooms are embracing the chance to shed a paternal name with painful associations.

“Having his surname bothered me a lot and it never felt like mine,” says 29-year-old Caio Langlois from São Bernardo do Campo in Brazil, who hasn’t talked to his father for 10 years.

Image caption Caio was keen to shed his unmarried name and become Caio Langlois

Like Lucy Dearlove, Caio’s wife, Jill, a Canadian journalist, had said she planned to keep her name after they married seven years ago, and Caio seized the chance to replace his unmarried name, Pereira, with hers.

“When we got married it was a great opportunity to take Jill’s name and be myself as an adult,” says Caio. “Jill is such an incredible woman and her name brings only positive, good references.”

‘One for both, both for each other’

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Caio is a big fan of The Beatles and liked the idea that John Lennon and Yoko Ono took each other’s last name as their middle name when they married.

“Yoko changed her name for me. I’ve changed mine for her. One for both, both for each other. She has a ring. I have a ring. It gives us nine ‘O’s between us, which is good luck. Ten would not be good luck,” Lennon is reported to have said at the time.

Jill says many Brazilians would consider it a sign of weakness for a man to go against the countries macho traditions, but none of their friends and relatives questioned the decision.

“My masculinity is not in my name. Masculinity is based on your character, the respect you give to others and knowing who you are as a person,” he explains.

“Sometimes people laugh when they know I changed my name, they tend to be quite shocked and ask why – but we are in the 21st Century, it’s a new generation and we can do things differently.”

The day after the wedding Caio says he woke up feeling different. “I felt relieved,” he says. “I’d accomplished something that had bothered me for a long time.”

@KirstieJBrewer

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