Narelle Henson: Traversing ‘trans’ arena tricky at best

first_imgStuff 2 June 2017Family First Comment: Another superb column by Narelle Henson – she really should replace Lizzie Marvelly in the Herald (although Narelle may make too much sense!)But regarding the tricky trans arena, Narelle succinctly says:“Of course, the only way to avoid the war is to hitch the bandwagon back to biological identity, and admit that feelings don’t tell the full story about any of us. But somewhere along the line biological identity became offensive. This means, of course, that we are all stuck on the bandwagon, and headed right for a battlezone.” If you’re wondering how headlines on transgender groups can make the news at the same time as headlines on gender-neutral school uniforms, you’re not alone.It seems obvious, really, that we can’t have a society in which both co-exist. After all, being gender-neutral means “not identified with any gender”. Transgender means “identifying with the opposite gender”. You can’t have no genders and be an opposite gender at the same time.This is just a sneak peek of the utter confusion into which the identity bandwagon is rapidly rolling us.Take, for example, the story of Rachel Dolezal, the woman who brought “transracial” into the public imagination. If your true sexual identity, or gender identity was based on feelings, she argued, then why not race?Rebecca Tuvel, a philosopher who wrote a paper in March arguing that very same point, was vehemently denounced by hundreds of fellow academics for – get this – “epistemic (thought) violence”. The controversy led to the eventual retraction of the paper, and got so big it now has its own Wikipedia page.Last year we were introduced to the idea of being “trans-species” by Nano, the woman who identifies as a cat. Luis Padron also used the term this year to explain his feelings about wanting to become an elf.READ MORE: read more

F1: Monaco GP cancelled due to coronavirus, ending 65-year run

first_img Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWorld’s Most Delicious Foods9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body? Loading… The iconic Monaco Formula One Grand Prix, a glittering fixture on the world motorsport calendar for 65 years, was cancelled Thursday, the latest event to fall victim to the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.Advertisementcenter_img The race, due to be held in the Principality on May 24, was axed completely while the Grand Prix in the Netherlands and Spain were postponed.“The situation is no longer tenable,” said a statement by the Automobile Club de Monaco.“After careful consideration as to the gravity of this crisis worldwide, it is with great sadness that the board of directors has taken this decision.”It will be the first time since 1954 that there has not been a Monaco Grand Prix, part of motor racing’s fabled ‘Triple Crown’ which also includes the Le Mans 24 Hour Race and Indy 500.Winners of the celebrated race, which winds its way around the well-heeled streets of the millionaires’ playground on the Riviera, include legends such as Ayrton Senna, a six-time champion, and Michael Schumacher, victorious on five occasions.Lewis Hamilton won in Monaco in 2019 on his way to a sixth world title.The binning of the Monaco race and postponements in the Netherlands and Spain follow the cancellation of the season-opening Australian Grand Prix last week, and the postponement of the Chinese, Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races.The Dutch GP, due to return to the calendar for the first time since 1985, was set to be held at Zandvoort on May 3, with the Spanish race following a week later.“Due to the ongoing and fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation globally, the FIA, Formula One and the three promoters have taken these decisions in order to ensure the health and safety of the travelling staff, championship participants and fans, which remains our primary concern,” a joint statement from F1 and the FIA read.The Dutch and Spanish organisers will study the viability of finding alternative dates to run their races later in the year.Formula 1 and the FIA expect to be able to begin the 2020 season “as soon as it’s safe to do so after May”, but will continue to monitor the situation.The earliest the new season can now start is on June 7 in Azerbaijan.Thursday’s announcement came just a day after the Le Mans 24 Hour Race, scheduled for June, was pushed back until September.In motorcycling, the season-opening Qatar MotoGP was axed while the Thai race was rescheduled to October.The United States MotoGP has also been moved from April to November leaving the season to start in Argentina on April 19.– 2022 for new regulations –Meanwhile, the FIA also said on Thursday the introduction of new technical regulations, due to take effect in the 2021 F1 season, will be postponed until 2022.“All parties (FIA, Formula 1 and teams) discussed the current situation of the 2020 championship and how the sport will react to the ongoing challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said an FIA statement.“Due to the currently volatile financial situation this has created, it has been agreed that teams will use their 2020 chassis for 2021, with the potential freezing of further components to be discussed in due course.“The introduction and implementation of the financial regulations will go ahead as planned in 2021, and discussions remain ongoing between the FIA, Formula 1 and all teams regarding further ways to make significant cost savings.In October last year, FIA president Jean Todt said the new regulations would mean “F1 will be less complex and easier to understand” while making the sport “more durable and safer”.The planned spending cap will limit teams to $175 million per year.Currently, the giants of the paddock, Mercedes and Ferrari, have an annual budget of around $500 million.The sporting calendar has been turned upside down by the coronavirus outbreak, which has 217,510 cases with 9,020 deaths across 157 countries and territories as of 1100 GMT Thursday.Highlight: World champion Lewis Hamilton leads last year’s Monaco Grand PrixRead Also: NBA: Lakers and Sixers announce coronavirus positivesThe European football championships and Copa America have been both pushed back by 12 months to 2021.In tennis, the French Open has controversially been rescheduled to September/October while golf has shelved its opening two majors of 2020 – The Masters and USPGA Championship.However, the International Olympic Committee have so far pledged to carry on with the Tokyo Olympics, scheduled to run between July 24-August 9.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Milan & South Ripley Volleyball Teams To Hold Fundraiser

first_imgThe Milan and South Ripley Volleyball programs were hoping you could help us get the word out about the 2nd Annual Emily Mathes Memorial Scholarship Volleyball game taking place on Monday, September 30th at South Ripley High School in Versailles.The Emily Mathes Scholarship Foundation FundraiserSubmitted by Milan Coach Terry Wullenweber.last_img

New matching program to address local railroad overpass issues

first_imgIndianapolis, in. — The Indiana Department of Transportation today announced the agency will make available at least $125 million for high-priority railroad safety projects on local roads statewide through the agency’s new “Local Trax” matching grant program.Local Trax provides state matching funds for Indiana cities, towns, and counties interested in pursuing high-priority railroad grade separations, crossing closures, and other safety enhancements at railroad intersections with local roads.“Much like Community Crossings, Local Trax is an innovative approach to infrastructure funding that creates a partnership between the state and communities willing to put skin in the game toward improving their local roads,” Governor Eric. J Holcomb said. “Eliminating at-grade rail crossings on local roads makes our transportation network safer, reduces congestion, and better connects our communities.”INDOT will begin accepting project proposals from local agencies in May. The application window will stay open until August 31 with the awarding funds expected to be announced in late summer. Local Trax requires local governments to provide only 20 percent of funding for land acquisition and construction with the state providing the other 80 percent.“Thanks to Governor Holcomb’s Next Level Roads plan and the support of state lawmakers, Indiana is able to invest in infrastructure, both highways and local roads, at levels not seen before in our state’s history,” INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness said. “Local Trax will direct needed funds to high priority local rail projects, enhancing mobility and livability in our communities.”The goal of Local Trax is to encourage partnership between the state, local governments, private businesses, and railroads to increase safety, improve mobility, and enhance the quality of life for Hoosiers.“The railroad industry is pleased to collaborate with state and local governments on this very important issue,” commented Kristin Bevil, President of the Indiana Railway Coalition. “This unique program furthers efforts to improve safety at railroad crossings, a matter the railroads take very seriously.”Funding authorization for Local Trax was granted in HEA1002-2017, the long-term, sustainable road funding plan passed by the Indiana General Assembly and signed by Governor Holcomb in April 2017.INDOT will hold a series of meetings around the state later this month for local officials to present program details and requirements and answer questions.Monday, April 9: 1 p.m. INDOT Greenfield District Office, 32 S. Broadway Street, Greenfield, IN 46140Wednesday, April 11: 1 p.m. INDOT Crawfordsville District Office, 41 West 300 North, Crawfordsville IN 47933Friday, April 13: 1 p.m. INDOT Seymour District Office, 185 Agrico Lane, Seymour, IN 47274Monday, April 16: 1 p.m. Central INDOT LaPorte District Office, 315 E. Boyd Blvd, LaPorte, IN 46350Wednesday, April 18: 1 p.m. INDOT Fort Wayne District Office, 5333 Hatfield Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46808Friday, April 20: 1 p.m. INDOT Vincennes District Office, 3650 South U.S. 41, Vincennes, IN 47591Email to reserve your seat.More information about Local Trax is online here.last_img read more

Costly Riveria Beach Computer Glitch Will Take Weeks to Fix

first_imgThe fix for the citywide computer outage in Riviera Beach is going to take weeks and will cost a million bucks, according to the city’s interim IT director.Riviera Beach city council members approved funding to pay for a fix. The IT guy says it will take two to three weeks to completely fix and insure, and will cost over $1 million.The Riviera Beach police department, fire department and administration has been affected but police are able to receive 911 calls.$1 million to fix, replace compromised equipment after Riviera Beach cyber ‘intrusion’ via @AndrewLofholm— WPTV (@WPTV) June 4, 2019last_img read more

Lady Mariners lose two to Thomas

first_img State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts admin This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Latest posts by admin (see all) The Lady Mariners dropped two games to the Thomas College Terriers on Wednesday, as they lost 9-1 and 9-4 in a North Atlantic Conference double header at Ritchie Field. The Lady Mariners drop to 2-9 on the year and 0-2 in the NAC, while the Terriers improve to 4-6 and 2-0 in the NAC.Maine Maritime got 3 hits from Megan Russell (Peru, ME) and 2 from Nicole Poland (Damariscotta, ME) but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Mariners stranded 7 runners en route to the loss. Mallery Stanley (Standish, ME) gave up 10 hits and 7 walks, taking the loss for MMA. The Mariner defense was hampered by 6 errors in the final two innings.In the second game, Thomas collected 11 hits and had 11 walks on their way to the 9-4 victory. Thomas scored 4 runs in the top of the 1st inning, but MMA answered with 4 of their own in the bottom of the 2nd to tie the game. The Terriers scored 3 times in the 4th, taking advantage of 5 MMA walks, and finished off the game in the 7th with 2 more runs to put the Lady Mariners out of reach.For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Bio Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014last_img read more

Ronaldo casts doubt on Real future, says now time to enjoy

first_imgKiev, May 27: Portugal and Real Madrid star forward Cristiano Ronaldo did not commit to his future with Real Madrid, saying it’s been great playing for the club and now is the time to enjoy.“Now is the time to enjoy this,” Ronaldo was quoted as saying by ESPNFC. after the game here.“And in the coming days you will have my answer to the fans, the ones who have really been on my side. It has been very nice being at Real Madrid.”Asked if it sounded like he was saying goodbye, Ronaldo said: “In the coming days you will have my answer. Now we must just enjoy this moment. The future of one player is not important. We have made history.”Ronaldo then tried to clarify his comments in a subsequent interview, though he also stood by his original comments that he could leave Real Madrid.“I am not saying I am going, in the coming days we will see,” he said. “They took something out of context, that I should not have said. I did not know it would be so strong. I prefer not to talk and to enjoy this lovely moment to the maximum.“I didn’t want to say that, but I’m not sorry either. These are situations which have been coming a long time and you put up with it, but sometimes you lose control. Things are not fixed with money, I have that, that is not a problem for me.“I cannot guarantee that I will stay at Real Madrid, but this is not the moment to talk, as Madrid have made history, but neither am I going to hide. It is difficult to be at a better place than Madrid, the best club in the world, but life is not just about glory.”Ronaldo said in December that he wanted a raise after helping Real win the Club World Cup.He had previously shown his intention to leave Real after he felt betrayed by the Spanish giants for not getting an improved contract.Ronaldo at that time told several Real teammates of his intention to leave Madrid at the end of the season.Meanwhile, Ronaldo also said the Champions League should be renamed as CR7 Champions League after bagging his fifth medal, the first player to do so in the Champions League era.“Who was top scorer again?” he asked reporters.“The Champions League should change its name and call itself the CR7 Champions League… I’ve won five, top scorer again, I can’t be unhappy at that.” IANSlast_img read more

Walton delighted with England hundred

first_imgBASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC) – Chadwick Walton said he was delighted with his second List A hundred especially since it came against an international side.The Jamaica and West Indies batsman plundered a career-best 121 off 109 balls at Warner Park as the UWI Vice-Chancellor’s XI slumped to 117-run defeat to England in a tour match here Saturday.“I would say this one is really special. It’s coming off the back of my first List A hundred and getting one against an international side in England, I must say I’m really pleased,” said the 31-year-old.“I just went out there and decided I was going to try and maximize the overs and I guess it paid off.”Only 11 days go, Walton hit his maiden List A hundred – 117 against Trinidad and Tobago Red Force – in the semi-final of the Regional Super50 at the Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.He finished the tournament with 350 runs at an average of 35 as Jamaica Scorpions reached the final before losing to eventual champions Barbados Pride.Walton, who last represented West Indies in the Twenty20 series against Pakistan in United Arab Emirates last September, said the innings had been also about assessing his development.“I thought it was a good opportunity to gauge myself and see where I am in cricket and I think I took that opportunity,” he pointed out. “I have some work to be done so I will move from here and see what will happen next.”last_img read more

CSA to consider reparations to players discriminated against in the past

first_imgCricket South Africa (CSA) will embark on a process of reparations for anyone involved in the game who has been discriminated against in the past as part of their Social Justice and Nation Building (SJN) project. Compensation amounts will be determined after complaints have been heard and mediated by the newly appointed transformation ombudsman Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, who will also be responsible for setting up the Restoration Fund.“My expectation is that based on the complaints, the ombudsman will be able to categorise them, and based on that, he will be able to determine what percentage goes to which player,” Dr Eugenia Kula-Ameyaw, a CSA Independent Board Director and their transformation chair, said. “If you work in an asbestos factory and they are affected by TB, you get compensated. There’s nothing wrong with compensation when people have lost income.”That means that anyone who believes they were denied opportunities on racial grounds could approach the ombudsman, who will then have to determine the severity of their case and the amount of compensation .The money for the fund has yet to be secured but CSA are hopeful of raising it through corporate involvement and even the South African government. “We’ve got to still raise the funds to see how we are going to restore. There are a lot of companies, even government, that is ready to restore people,” Kula-Ameyaw said. “The money will change hand at some point but the modalities and the formula must be worked out. It could even be after a year because the ombudsman will take a few months to set up and deal with complaints.”While the finer details, including a timeline, have not yet been finalised, Kula-Ameyaw called the launch of the SJN “one brick in this nation-building house,” which seeks to ensure that “everyone will be treated fairly in the game of cricket”. It also comes after several stories of exclusion were revealed in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. Former players and coaches have spoken out in the media and while none have actively asked for compensation (Thami Tsolekile demanded an apology), CSA are seeking to make financial contributions to those who were not able to earn money from the game because of discrimination.“Potentially, players who see themselves as victims of the current target system which requires franchise teams to field a minimum of six players of colour of which three must be black African, could also approach the ombudsman.”As an example, this might mean a player like Aaron Phangiso, who went to the 2015 World Cup and was the only member of the squad who did not play a game even after South Africa qualified for the quarter-finals with a game to spare, may be compensated in match fees or that Geoffrey Toyana, who missed out on the national coaching job in 2017 (which former CSA president Chris Nenzani has now called a “missed opportunity,”) may have a case for reparations.The ombudsman’s functions are not limited to people of colour only and Kula-Ameyaw indicated that anyone who has been involved in the game, at any level, can approach the ombudsman. “If something is fair, it will be fair to everybody,” she said.Potentially, that opens the door for players who see themselves as victims of the current target system, which requires franchise teams to field a minimum of six players of colour of which three must be black African.An example of such is Leus du Plooy, who told the Afrikaans-language publication Netwerk24 in February that the reason he signed a Kolpak deal with Derbybshire was because, “the system we have disadvantages young, white players in particular.”Although the SJN will be open to hearing, and addressing, all stories of exclusion, Kula-Ameyaw stressed that CSA still need to accelerate the pace of change and ensure more representation for people of colour.While the work of the ombudsman will deal with historical complaints, CSA will continue its own transformation work, with an emphasis on on-field demographics. “Where we will focus the most, is the actual game. The plans will include building talent aggressively,” Kula-Ameyaw said. “The long-term plan is to make sure there is no racism in sport; no discrimination.”The SJN will be supported by nine former players, who have been named as the project’s ambassadors, and will assist with raising public awareness of the campaign. Some of the ambassadors, such as Makhaya Ntini, Monde Zondeki and Toyana, have already gone public with their experiences of discrimination. The list of ambassadors is: Zondeki, Gary Kirsten, Lance Klusener, Toyana, Ntini, Marcia Letsoalo, Shandre Fritz, Nolubabalo Ndzundzu and Dinesha Devnarain. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Poll shows support for standardized testing

first_imgFollow Isabella on Twitter @IsabellaSayyah A recently released USC Rossier School of Education and Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) poll indicates that Californians still strongly support standardized testing as an indicator of the success of both students and teachers.The poll, conducted in both English and Spanish online from Aug. 27-30, surveyed more than 1,000 registered California voters. It asked questions about standardized testing, teacher performance and the effect Gov. Jerry Brown has had on education.“Most of the political experts say that parents think their children are tested too frequently, but our poll shows just the opposite,” Dan Schnur, poll director and director of the Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics, said in a press release.Only 25 percent of parents with school-aged children said the state should test students less, 66 percent advocated for testing in each grade level.Many voters also believed that teachers’ jobs and salaries should be dependent on standardized testing.A slight majority of voters said that paying teachers more for successful test performance would improve public education. A plurality also said that if a school fails, teachers are the main party to blame.There was less of a solid trend in voters’ opinions on Brown’s contributions to the state’s education system. Forty-two percent of voters approved of his handling of education,  46 percent disapproved.More than 60 percent of voters, however, said they were not very familiar with the policies Brown has enacted, specifically a new funding formula. Brown’s Local Control Funding Formula aims to fund schools based on need, increasing funding to districts with many English Language Learners and low-income students. Another 71 percent of voters polled claimed ignorance about the Common Core State Standards California that he has implemented.Voters were also asked whom they would choose among Brown and three potential Republican challengers. Brown won all three matchups by wide margins.last_img read more