Lecture presents transgender issues

first_imgA volunteer at the GLBT Resource Center of Michiana talked about her experience as a transgender person in a lecture Tuesday in Dalloway’s Café at Saint Mary’s. In the presentation, titled “On the Understanding of the Transgender Experience,” speaker Meghan Buell said while transgender individuals have always been around, this designation for people who don’t conform to traditional genders has only arisen in the last few decades. “The term ‘transgender’ is an umbrella term that has developed in [the last] 10 to 15 years and encompasses any person that is gender non-conforming,” Buell said. Buell said a lot of “closed thinking” surrounded her while she grew up. She said she knew there was something different about her from a young age, but she had difficulty finding resources to learn about her identity. Suicide and rejection are particularly big issues for the transgender community, especially when members of that community face a lack of education and resources, Buell said. “With the lack of those resources growing up and a good support group, the lack of education and the lack of an adult figure to go asks questions about it, it becomes a very heavy burden to carry around,” she said. Buell encouraged audience members to accept the transgender community and to be aware the transgender community needs help addressing several issues. “Fight for equal rights, be compassionate, ask questions, and have a little bit of empathy for the hurdles and struggles they may have,” she said. Buell also discussed her experience with gender reassignment surgery, her struggle to accept that she was transgender and the courage she needs to remain committed to what she sees as her true identity. “Being transgender is not an easy way to go through life,” Buell said. “It’s a choice.” The College’s psychology department, the Program in Gender and Women’s Studies and the Cross Currents Program’s Collegiate Speakers Series co-sponsored Buell’s lecture. The Lilly Endowment’s Initiative to Promote Opportunities through Educational Collaborations funded the event. Contact Samantha Castaneda at [email protected]last_img read more

Crush Friday – Hiking, Biking and Paddling in Mecklenburg County

first_imgYou deserve a day off. Especially if you are one of the millions of Americans who are leaving paid vacation time on the table. You’ve earned a break to go outside and play. Virginia is for Lovers and Mecklenburg County encourages you to Crush Friday and have some fun with friends and family.Mecklenburg County, located in southern Virginia along the border with North Carolina, is filled with opportunities for a Friday you’ll never forget. For one thing, it’s really easy to get to Mecklenburg from cities like Richmond, Raleigh, Greensboro, and Norfolk. Less time on the highway means more time to play.Your only decision will be how you will Crush Friday. Try hiking or mountain biking at one of 17 Wildlife Management Areas. Many of the Wildlife Management Areas offer free access. So, pack a lunch, hit the trails and explore 9,000 acres of public land. Better bring a camera and binoculars and be on the lookout for birds and waterfowl.Another place to pedal is the Tobacco Heritage Trail. This family-friendly, multi-use trail is an ambitious project that will eventually meander through four counties. Portions of the route are off-road while some of it is on-road. Speaking of road cycling, the peaceful and scenic back roads of Mecklenburg County are very popular with cyclists. Ride through small towns, past historic sites and take in views of the lakes and rivers. While hiking, biking and wildlife viewing can easily fill an awesome Friday, the lakes and rivers of Mecklenburg are too good to pass up. Lake Gordon, Lake Gaston, and Kerr Lake are the reasons why Mecklenburg is known as Lake Country. Kerr Lake is the largest lake in Virginia with approximately 800 miles of shoreline. In addition to the lakes, the Meherrin and Staunton Rivers are within the county lines. Needless to say, you’ll find excellent fishing, paddling and waterfront camping opportunities here. Plus, local marinas rent SUP boards, kayaks, jet-skis and even pontoon boats. The water recreation options in Mecklenburg County can’t be matched anywhere else in Virginia.As the day winds down, you may want to stick around and enjoy great food in one of Mecklenburg’s charming towns like Clarksville, Boydton, South Hill, Chase City and Brodnax. Maybe you’ll be in the mood for a glass of local wine, craft beer or even moonshine. Raise a glass and toast to Virginia is for Lovers because you have just totally Crushed Friday.More of What MattersMore time in Mecklenburg County means more time having fun and enjoying life. More Meck means filling your days pursuing the hobbies and activities that you are passionate about. Use the hashtag #MoreMeck and tell us or show us how your visit to Mecklenburg allowed you to enjoy more of what matters most to you.last_img read more

Bar insurance practices panel working on recommendations

first_imgBar insurance practices panel working on recommendations The Special Commission on Insurance Practices II has held its first two meetings and is moving rapidly to submit its recommendations to the Bar Board of Governors by March 1. Commission Vice Chair John Kest reported to the Board of Governors in October that the 12-member commission had accomplished its organizational tasks and set the groundwork for its research and recommendations. He said the panel was looking into seven issues relating to insurance companies using salaried staff attorneys or outside counsel to represent policyholders when they are sued. Those include: • Should insurance companies and their salaried lawyer employees be able, under current ethical rules, to identify themselves the same way as traditional law firms on such things as letterhead and business cards? • Should insurance companies and their salaried lawyer employees be able to represent that expert witnesses they use when defending policyholders are paid by the “law firm or lawyer” when in fact the insurance company is making the payment? • Should the insurance company and their staff lawyers be able to sign legal documents and pleadings in such a way that it makes it appear they are a law firm? • Does a lawyer hired by contract by an insurance company to defend a policyholder have dual clients, the company and the policyholder? • At what point, if any, does an insurance company’s oversight of the attorney defending the policyholder constitute the unlicensed practice of law? • How do traditional conflict of interest rules apply to potential and actual conflicts between the interests of the insurance company and the interests of the policyholder? • Under what circumstances can information shared by the policyholder with the insurance company’s lawyer/employee be passed on by the lawyer to the company without violating confidentiality rules? In a report to the board, the special commission noted that the Supreme court, in In Re Proposed Additional Rules Governing the Conduct of Attorneys in Florida, 220 So.2d 6 (Fla. 1969), rejected a proposed rule that salaried employees of insurance companies could not represent policyholders. The court noted that and other issues were likely to receive further study, but the Bar never revisited that issue. Kest said the commission will ask for input from the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers “on areas of actual harm or perceived harm,” and has asked the insurance industry for their input on conflict issues. The panel is also looking at the Bar’s confidentiality rules. Bar insurance practices panel working on recommendationscenter_img November 15, 2001 Regular Newslast_img read more

Credit union members up 3.5%, share growth up 6.9%

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA data for the fourth quarter of 2015 showed that credit union share growth has increased by 6.9 percent versus a year ago, reaching its highest level since 2009.Total shares among federally insured credit unions surpassed $1 trillion. NCUA data also showed member growth of 3.5 percent – the strongest pace in almost 30 years. Credit unions also showed loan growth of more than 10 percent, year-over-year, which is the strongest pace since 2005.NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger said the fourth-quarter 2015 call report data is a testament to the unique value credit unions offer consumers.“The year-end figures underscore the significance of credit unions’ dedication  to their prudent business model,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “For 2015, credit unions saw their highest percentage share growth since 2009, the strongest loan growth in a decade, and the highest rate of member growth in the last 30 years. continue reading »last_img read more

Pence not in quarantine after aide tests positive for corona

first_imgTrump has said he would not wear a mask and has not publicly worn one to any of his events during the pandemic, but told reporters last week he tried some on behind the scenes during his visit to a Honeywell International Inc mask factory in Arizona.Because of the possible coronavirus exposure from his staffer, Pence chose not to attend Trump’s meeting Saturday with military leaders at White House. One of joint chiefs who wasn’t there, Michael Gilday, chief of Naval Operations, just tested negative for coronavirus, I’m told. https://t.co/eOSPAYdv2n— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) May 10, 2020A Bloomberg reporter tweeted on Sunday that Pence was self-isolating away from the White House following his aide’s diagnosis, prompting Pence’s office to issue the statement. NBC News reported that Pence was putting “a little distance” between himself and others over the weekend.Three senior officials guiding the US response to the coronavirus pandemic also were in self-quarantine on Saturday after coming into contact with someone who had tested positive for the disease, their agencies and spokesmen said.The officials were Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Robert Redfield, director of the CDC, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn. Topics : Vice President Mike Pence is not in quarantine and plans to be at the White House on Monday, a spokesman said on Sunday, despite media reports that Pence was self-isolating after a staffer tested positive for the novel coronavirus.“Vice President Pence will continue to follow the advice of the White House Medical Unit and is not in quarantine,” spokesman Devin O’Malley said in a statement.”Additionally, Vice President Pence has tested negative every single day and plans to be at the White House tomorrow,” the statement added.center_img The Trump administration has no plans to keep President Donald Trump and Pence apart, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday, as concerns rise about the spread of the coronavirus within the White House.Trump told reporters on Friday that Pence’s spokeswoman, Katie Miller, had tested positive for the virus, a day after news that Trump’s personal valet also had tested positive.Trump said he himself had not been in contact with the spokeswoman, who is married to White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, but that she had spent time with the vice president.Pence press secretary Katie Miller is the only person in this photo without a mask. Today news broke that she has coronavirus. pic.twitter.com/5keMNtN6Fv— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 9, 2020Both Trump, 73, and Pence, 60, have drawn criticism for not donning face coverings despite a recommendation from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to do so in certain public settings.last_img read more

Pope John Paul ll relic stolen

first_imgThieves ignored the collection box, apparently targeting the relicItalian police are hunting for a stolen holy relic that contains the blood of Pope John Paul ll.It appears to have been taken during the burglary of a small chapel that was a place of special significance to the late Pope.The church of San Pietro della Ienca lies in an isolated spot in the mountains of central Abruzzo region.Over the weekend, thieves broke some protective iron bars and forced their way in through a window.A sanctuary from the pressures of life in the VaticanThey left the collection box, but took a crucifix and the priceless relic, which contains a piece of gauze once soaked in the blood of the late Pope – one of only three such relics in the world.Members of the local cultural association supporting the chapel are distraught.“We are very displeased by the theft. We have no idea of who could have done it. The police are carrying out a search,” said Paola Corrieri, a member of the association, speaking to the BBC.The Pope used to escape the pressures of life in the Vatican by coming to the mountains.“This is an area that John Paul II visited often, with his secretary and not too many bodyguards. We feel very connected to him. After his death, his secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, came and told us that he wanted this church to become a sanctuary,” said Ms Corrieri.Dozens of police officers are now searching the area with sniffer dogs.By Alan JohnstonBBC News, Rome 153 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Pope John Paul ll relic stolen by: – January 27, 2014center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

121 LGUs cited for ‘good financial housekeeping’

first_imgTheycould also secure loans or become recipients of grants from foreign and localfunding institutions. BY GLENDA TAYONA and IME SORNITO ILOILO City – The local governmentunits (LGUs) of 106 towns and 15 cities in Western Visayas passed the goodfinancial housekeeping review of the Department of Interior and LocalGovernment (DILG) for 2019. Theymet the following criteria: The region’s six provincialgovernments – Iloilo, Antique, Aklan, Capiz, Guimaras, and Negros Occidental –also passed the review. Thegood financial housekeeping is one of the sixarea assessments for an LGU to be awarded with the Seal of Good LocalGovernance. By province, here’s number ofmunicipalities which passed the DILG good financial housekeeping review: “Ang downside for notpassing the good financial housekeeping review is that they could not availthemselves of the Assistance to Municipalities which is a subsidy sangnational government to local government units for development projects,” saidSumagaysay. * Negros Occidental – 17 * Antique – 16 * Guimaras – 5 The15 cities with good financial housekeeping were IloiloCity, Bacolod City, Bago City, Cadiz City, Himamaylan City, Kabankalan City, LaCarlota City, Passi City, Roxas City, Sagay City, San Carlos City, Silay City,Sipalay City, Talisay City, and Victorias City. “We were able to maximize the funds ofthe city with better cash management and collection,” he said. “Thank you toour departments who are working hard. This award is for all of you.” Butthey could still request for reconsideration, said Sumagaysay. * Iloilo – 38 *Unqualified or Qualified Commission on Audit Opinion of the immediatelypreceding year * Capiz – 16 * Aklan – 14 Iloilo Provincial Capitol. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN In Iloilo province, these townswere  Oton, Tigbauan, Guimbal, Igbaras,Tubungan, Miag-ao and San Joaquin in the 1st District; Pavia, Santa Barbara,Zarraga, Leganes, Alimodan, San Miguel, and Leon in the 2nd District; Cabatuan,Mina, Pototan, Maasin, Janiuay, Badiangan, Lambunao, Bingawan, and Calinog inthe 3rd District; San Enrique, Dueñas, Dingle, Dumangas, Anilao, and Banate inthe 4th District; and Ajuy, Sara, Concepcion, Batad, San Dionisio, Lemery,Balasan, Estancia, and San Rafael in the 5th District. Mayor Jerry Treñas welcomed IloiloCity’s inclusion in the DILG list of good financial housekeeping passers for2019. Thefour municipalities that failed to pass the review were New Lucena in the 2ndDistrict, Barotac Nuevo in the 4th District, and Barotac Viejo and Carles inthe 5th District, according to DILG-Iloilo provincial director TeodoraSumagaysay. *Compliance with the Full Disclosure Policy (FDP) – posting in three conspicuousplaces and in the FDP portal of local budget and finances, bids and publicofferings such as the annual budget, statement of receipts and expenditures,annual procurement plan or procurement list, and bid results on civil works,goods and services, and consulting services, among others. They will be conferred with the Sealof Good Financial Housekeeping for complying with accounting and auditingstandards, rules and regulations. Theycould not also secure loans or become recipients of grants from foreign andlocal funding institutions./PNlast_img read more

Wenger laments the decline of the target man

first_img “I would rather have (Aaron) Ramsey (score) 15, (Mesut) Ozil (score) 15, (Santi) Cazorla (score) 10, otherwise, if you have only one player who scores, when he is injured you don’t know who will score. “(Olivier) Giroud, (Theo) Walcott and (Alexis) Sanchez can get around 20 goals without any problem. “Sometimes you have to trust your players and play them. Then they get there. “People want always the absolute certainty that they will be absolutely successful. It is not like that. “I played (Nicolas) Anelka and people asked me, ‘Why did you not buy anybody?’ Thierry Henry the same. I said, ‘Let him play, maybe he will score’. Football is a bit like that.” Following next week’s Champions League opener away to Dinamo Zagreb, Arsenal head to Chelsea for a televised lunchtime kick-off on Saturday September 19. Wenger, though, is not about to slate the fixture schedulers. “Chelsea play as well (on Wednesday) and it is part of our job. I don’t think it will be a massive problem for us, but we will see,” he said. “I think we have gone down the way where we have to accept that television decides when you are going to play and we just adapt.” The Gunners boss chose not to sign another frontman during the transfer window, despite the loss of England international Danny Welbeck until Christmas following knee surgery. Wenger claims the calibre of player he feels would add to the Arsenal squad is just not available in the current market. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes a complete rethink is needed in the academy set-up to help bring through more traditional old-style English centre-forwards. The French coach would like to see more done to develop home-grown talent rather than just look to overseas markets. “What we produce now are good technical players because there are nice pitches out there. Before (as a youngster) you played in the park where you had to kick the ball up front and you had to fight, a boy of 12 who played against a boy of 16 had to be shrewd and push to get the ball. All those kind of things have gone,” said Wenger, who has allowed the likes of promising target men Yaya Sanogo to join Ajax on loan and Chuba Akpom off to Hull to gain some much-needed first-team experience. “What I am convinced of is that in the academies we have to specialise the players. “There is an age from five to 12 where you have the acquisition of the technical areas, then at 12 to 14 you start to develop the speed and physical qualities, but from 14 onwards, when you start to position the players for their careers, maybe you have to work on a specific aspect of a position again, what we got naturally before in the street or in the park. “Maybe we have to rethink completely the education and specialise earlier. “Of course w e cannot now destroy the drainage to create water on the pitches and lift the ball to work on the heading, so I think we have to find another way to do it.” Wenger is confident Arsenal have enough attacking talent to cope with Welbeck’s unexpected extended absence. He said: “We will have to spread it through the squad. Press Associationlast_img read more

Institute highlights film media as avenue for social change

first_imgAs social issues such as homelessness continue to affect the Los Angeles community, USC Media Institute for Social Change has taken strides to address these injustices through the artistic expressions of motion pictures, messaging platforms and music.In partnership with the imagery messaging app Kwippit, USC Media Institute for Social Change is addressing homelessness through stickers and gifs called Kwipps, which are intended to encourage social discourse. Image from Sarah London.Since the institute was founded in 2013 by professor Michael Taylor, the USC School of Cinematic Arts has been promoting the use of film media to institute progressive social change.According to the USC MISC website, the organization aims to strengthen SCA’s legacy. It redefines its curriculum to respond to the changing spectrum of media, arts and technology to aid leading social justice movements. According to Taylor, visual media and digital communication platforms are the new language of the 21st century. As a result, USC MISC was eager to form a partnership with digital content network Kwippit to raise awareness within a larger audience.“When you think of the different touch points with people who are excited about ending the cycle of homelessness, you’ve got technology through the Kwippit app, you’ve got media and sharing the video through the USC MISC, and then you’ve got an entire community of hip-hop artist and musicians who are passionate about doing work around ending the cycle of homelessness,” Kwippit Chief Branding Officer Krista Treide said. USC MISC and Kwippit combined their digital and media imagery platforms to create a series of untraditional stickers and gifs — also known as Kwipps — to encourage discourse among the younger generation. “[Kwipps] are all emojis that represent different social issues,” Taylor said. According to Kwippit Chief Integration Officer Bill Ekeler, Kwippit came across USC MISC while looking for a partnership with an organization that communicated through visual representations and vivid imagery similar to the mobile messaging app.“[We] want to be able to tell [our] stories through media, and to be able to customize those stories into imagery that represents what we do,” Ekeler said. “We set up a series of meetings and overtime created imagery that represented different social issues that USC MISC has undertaken to set up a channel for them specifically to raise funds and raise awareness.” According to Ekeler, the USC MISC Channel on Kwippit will generate $1.99 from each user’s subscription fee annually in service of alleviating homelessness rates in Los Angeles. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from channel downloads will be dedicated to foundations seeking to end homelessness.These organizations include United Way Greater Los Angeles, Skid Row Housing Trust, Downtown Women’s Center and scholarship funding for USC MISC students creating content that addresses homelessness. “[Kwippit] is also a micro-donation platform … looking to connect with non-profits all over the world,” Treide said. “We have established really unique partnerships that are more innovative than traditional partnerships and traditional marketing platforms.”On April 19, USC MISC will host a benefit concert to raise funding and awareness for homelessness. The content will take place at the Regent Theater in downtown Los Angeles and feature performers such as Del the Funky Homosapien, Ras Kass and Bishop Lamont. According to Treide, these artists have agreed to aid the micro-donation platform on Kwippit by donating profits from their music. Additionally, USC MISC seeks to capitalize on the impact of social media and popular culture to expand the audience scope that their humanitarian content can reach. The institution views the media technology platform as an avenue to educate and interest a wider public audience to participate in social reforms and provoke conversations. “We would like to say that media is the language of the 21st century … Not too long ago, people are writing in papers about all of these issues … You stand the chances of reaching a much wider audience and having a greater impact,” Taylor said. “It may be something that people will watch for its entertainment value. But in addition to being entertained by it … the film may raise their awareness of the issue. And occasionally, it might even change their behavior.” According to Treide, the combination of creative content generation, message micro-donation platform and music as an expressive art form is anticipated to raise funds from subscriptions and accelerate conversation around the social issue of homelessness. “I think getting accessing into the messaging space is very coveted,” Triede said. “Users of smartphones are more likely to open a message immediately. [Taylor] agreed that we can really change the world through media, one Kwipp at a time.”last_img read more

Syracuse corrects season-opening struggles in 13-5 win over No. 15 Albany

first_img Published on February 16, 2019 at 6:18 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Comments John Desko strolled past the throng of reporters to the podium, sat down, took off his glasses, and sighed.“Well,” he said, “I thought we did a much better job today than we did a week ago.”After his team’s first win of the season, Desko immediately alluded to the improvements his team made in the week since an embarrassing opening loss to Colgate. Losing a season-opener for the first time in more than five years made Saturday’s game against Albany even more important. On Saturday, Syracuse played to avoid its first 0-2 start since 1974 and avenge one of its worst home losses in program history, when the Great Danes walloped SU 15-3 a season ago.With the motivation of two gutting losses — albeit a year apart — crammed into one week of preparation, No. 20 Syracuse (1-1) buried No. 15 Albany (0-1), 13-5, on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. The Orange recovered from last weekend’s loss by scooping more ground balls, something it failed to do against the Raiders and locking off Albany’s star attack, Tehoka Nanticoke, who burned SU for five goals last year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Give credit to Syracuse,” Albany coach Scott Marr said. “I knew they were going to be hungry, obviously after last year’s game and then losing last weekend.”The mistakes in the Colgate game film were glaring, Desko said on Saturday. Players panicked and didn’t see open passes on clears. Shots went directly into the goalies’ stick. Ball movement was poor. Particularly jarring was the manner the Raiders plain out-hustled the Orange on several loose balls — the Raiders finished with six more ground balls than SU.On Saturday, the Orange dominated the Great Danes on ground balls. On faceoffs, wingers flooded to the X, where a Syracuse midfielder frequently scooped a loose ball. Close defenders swept up the crease. When Nate Siekierski knocked down a David Lipka shot late in the first quarter, Lipka crashed and scooped up his own rebound.It was one of the first stats Desko lauded postgame, noting the 44-24 disparity. When he said it was a point of emphasis in practice over the past week, Bradley Voigt and Tyson Bomberry, sitting to his left, chuckled.“Every day we were hitting at least one ground ball drill,” Bomberry said.In his collegiate debut in the Carrier Dome last year, Nanticoke starred for Albany, scoring a game-high five goals. He used his large frame and quick feet to get to the cage, overpowering Bomberry. He got no help then, as SU needed to cover attack Connor Fields, who finished 2018 with 86 points.But with Fields and other key pieces gone, it was as Marr pointed out, Nanticoke and “two freshmen” on the field.As the clear dominant force in the offense, SU’s gameplan centered around stopping the sophomore. Bomberry, due to his size, drew the main assignment again. Last season, Bomberry gave him too much space. But, he said, he learned to get into Nanticoke farther from the crease and make him work harder to get closer. Frequent double teams helped, too. When Nanticoke tried to isolate on Bomberry, backside help came, locking Nanticoke into place and forcing the occasional turnover, much to the delight of the fans, who roared every time the second defender came to tied up Nanticoke’s hands.“I thought it was good too that we went to him under control,” Desko said. “When you go and fly at him and try to take the ball out of his stick, he’s going to beat the double team and get to the goal.”Putting hits on Nanticoke helped, too. Whenever he came near the crease or drew a double and went to the ground, bodies piled up around him and sticks came for his hands and arms. SU spent the entire game battering him into submission.Early in the third quarter, Nanticoke started running a break, chugging into SU’s defensive box. As he reached the “ACC” logo on the Carrier Dome field, Bomberry stepped in and leveled the 6-foot-1, 248 pound attack, in an instant knocking him off his feet and parallel to the ground, mid-air. Voigt got assessed a penalty for the hit. “I definitely didn’t get the penalty there,” Voigt said. “I couldn’t knock him over. Tyson’s probably the only guy on the team that could do that.”SU needed to dominate on Saturday after getting outplayed by the Raiders to avoid its first 0-2 start in 45 years. It did. It needed to lock down Nanticoke after letting him control them a year ago. It did. Syracuse needed to show that the embarrassing losses to Colgate and Albany were the exceptions, not the rule. It did.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more