Supreme Court allows war cross memorial to stand as symbol of ‘sacrifice’

first_imgAlex/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Supreme Court on Thursday said a 40-foot, 16-ton Latin cross in Bladensburg, Md., can stand, upholding the constitutionality of a religious symbol on public land, but stopping short of creating a clear new standard for evaluating similar displays nationwide.“Although the cross has long been a preeminent Christian symbol, its use in the Bladensburg memorial has a special significance,” Justice Alito wrote in the opinion.“For nearly a century, the Bladensburg Cross has expressed the community’s grief at the loss of the young men who perished, its thanks for their sacrifice, and its dedication to the ideals for which they fought,” he said. “Its removal or radical alteration at this date would be seen by many not as a neutral act but as the manifestation of a ‘hostility toward religion that has no place in our Establishment Clause traditions.”The decision was 7-2. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

AARP Hosts Speaker on Cannabidiol

first_imgOn Friday, Jan. 17 at 12:30 p.m. at the Ocean City Free Public Library, AARP Chapter 1062 will feature local business owner Paula Popilock to discuss CBD (cannabidiol) for pain and anxiety relief.Popilock is the owner of The Road to Living Well, a business on Asbury Avenue.Popilock, who is certified in Cannabis Health from the University of Colorado, has done the research and will share her expertise with attendees at the AARP presentation. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.Cannabidiol is a popular natural remedy used for many common ailments. Better known as CBD, it is one of over 100 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids found in the cannabis or marijuana plant, according to the health and wellness website to Popilock, many people find CBD confusing, especially when figuring out the right way to use it and how to make sure what they’re buying is pure, free of contaminants, organic, and the product of sustainable farming.As the former owner/operator of a home healthcare agency in New Jersey, Popilock witnessed results in pain and anxiety relief in patients using CBD. She retired from the industry to pursue a career in cannabis health. The library is located in the Community Center at 1735 Simpson Ave.last_img read more

Speech: Global Britain and the economy

first_imgAS DELIVEREDAs we take this debate into the early hours of tomorrow morning, I hope that we will be able to replicate the good humour, good manners and resilience that the Prime Minister showed during her two hours in front of the House this afternoon.It is a pleasure to open this debate on “global Britain and the economy” as we consider how to honour the decision made by the British people, in a democratic referendum, to leave the European Union. When Parliament made the decision to hold the referendum it made a contract with the British people that said “we are unable, or unwilling, to make a decision on this constitutional relationship. This will be decided by the British people and Parliament will abide by that decision”.We have a duty to honour our side of that contract, whether we ourselves voted to remain or leave in the referendum. When we, as members of Parliament, voted in that referendum we did so in the knowledge that our vote carried an equal weight to that of all other citizens of our country.For Parliament to attempt to block Brexit by any means would be an act of vanity and self-indulgence that would create a breach of trust between Parliament and the people with potentially unknowable consequences.It is clear that there are three possible outcomes to our deliberations. I want to say at the outset that Members will determine which route they choose, and while we may disagree, I do not doubt either their motives or their patriotism as they choose the course available to this country.The first is to accept the deal that has been negotiated – and there is no other deal available. The second is to leave the EU with no deal and the third is no Brexit at all.Before considering the implications of these options I think it important to underline the fundamental strengths that underpin the UK economy, the changing patterns of our trade and the future patterns of global trade.Mr Speaker, the UK has an excellent economic success story to tell. Since a Conservative-led government came to power in 2010, exports have grown by 38.1%, around 6% per year, driven by an increase in services exports of 54.8%.We sold some £618billion worth of goods and services in 2017, up 10.9% on the previous year.New figures released last week by the ONS revealed exports (of goods and services) in the year to November 2018 were worth £630bn, growing by £13.9bn since the previous year.There has now been 32 consecutive months of exports growth.As the UK considers future FTAs with the likes of the USA, Australia, New Zealand and the CPTPP countries, goods exports to these countries continued to boom:To the, USA: up 6.9% to £54.9bnTo Australia: up 2.9% £5.1bnTo New Zealand: up 3.8% to £869mTo CPTPP: up 4.2% to £28.4bnWith other notable goods exports growth to non-EU markets including Nigeria (up 29.2%), India (up 27.3%), and Thailand (up 18.5%), this news comes as London retained its position as the top tech investment destination in Europe earlier this week. According to Pitchbook and London & Partners, the capital received £1.8bn tech investment in 2018, more than Berlin and Paris combined.These achievements are no accident but the result of the innovation and hard work of British businesses, large and small, supported by a Conservative government that understands that wealth has to be created and that governments cannot simply promise to spend money without knowing where the income will come from.It is a matter of fact that the relative importance of the EU as an export market has been declining over the last decade – falling from 48.9% of the total in 2010 to 45.2% in 2017.Of course, the importance of the UK to EU trade varies from country to country.Figures compiled by Japanese investment bank Nomura show that Belgium’s economy is the most reliant on trade with the UK, with around 8% of Belgian GDP dependant on trade with Britain. That’s the highest level within the EU27.Belgium exports over €30bn of goods to the UK, which is Belgium’s fourth largest export market. It sells things like textiles, vehicles, chemicals, and food and beverages to the UK.Belgium’s finance minister has previously called for a quick trade deal with the UK post-Brexit to protect thousands of jobs in the country.When trade is looked at purely in terms of exports, Ireland is the most exposed. Around 13% of all Irish exports end up in Britain. The Netherlands also has a large reliance on the UK for exports and GDP.At the same time as the proportion of Britain’s exports to the EU has fallen we are trading more with other partners around the world.We export a huge variety of commodities. For example, we sold £22 billion worth of food, feed and drink abroad in 2017.In the year to November 2018, we sold £33.7 billion worth of cars, £25.2 billion worth of medicinal and pharmaceutical products, and £24.6 billion worth of mechanical power generator products – from aircraft engines, to gas turbines, steam generators to nuclear reactors. So much for Britain not producing anything anymore.But we also export a great many services – we are, in fact, the world’s second largest services exporter. In the year to September 2018, we sold some £82.4 billion of business services, £60.9 billion of financial services and £37.7 billion of travel services. Here, across the services sectors, the UK has huge comparative advantage. Services account for almost half of all our exports, 42.4% going to the EU, and 57.6% to non-EU countries.World trade is also at a pivotal moment. We are at the intersection of a series of major global trends – trends so seismic that they have transformed, or will transform, economies and societies across the world.Services are now a larger part of the world economy than ever before, and more easily traded across borders thanks to the internet and digital telecommunications.We live in an emerging knowledge transfer-based trading system where an engineering report, a 3D printer design, or new advances in machine learning can be just as valuable as the contents of a cargo container. The transfer of services and expertise in things like product design and software engineering – are becoming ever more important.A revolution in e-commerce is now underway. It is already a major component of world trade, from some of the world’s largest corporations, like Alibaba and Amazon, to the thousands of small companies who have never before been able to trade internationally.Major new opportunities are arising in the rapidly developing commercial and consumer markets of South East Asia, Africa and Latin America, and it is essential that Britain leverages its unique strengths to realise them.Britain’s consumers have embraced e-commerce, with around 20% of all goods in the UK bought online. At the same time, of goods sold online, the UK is third globally behind only China and the United States. Last year one in seven global online shoppers bought UK goods.It is therefore essential that we are able to operate an independent trade policy, allowing us to access the EU market which remains hugely important to us without tying our hands in our ability to access markets in some of the world’s fastest-growing economies.This deal enables us to develop a trade policy that will mean we can make the most of the opportunities of new technologies, and the changing shape of the global economy, striking a balance between protecting the markets we already have and tapping into new and rapidly expanding markets elsewhere.Mr Speaker, we must have a policy which is flexible and nimble, where we can make the most of the opportunities of new technologies, and the changing shape of the global economy.We can boost productivity, raise living standards and promote competitiveness. Working with Parliament, business, civil society and the devolved administrations, this deal allows us to have an independent trade policy for the first time in over 40 years.We have not got everything we wanted in this deal – but neither has the EU. There is give and take in any negotiation, and compromises have had to be made. But today I would just like to emphasise what this agreement and the political declaration do.They give the United Kingdom the freedom to decide for ourselves who comes here.How to support our farmers.Who fishes in our waters.And it gives us the freedom to open up new markets to world-class British goods and services around the globe.The Political Declaration sets out a clearly agreed vision for the UK’s future relationship with the EU and provides precise instructions to negotiators.What the Political Declaration does is set out an unprecedented arrangement for UK-EU economic cooperation, ambitious arrangements for services and investment, and ensures that our relationship is far more comprehensive than any other free trade agreement the EU has signed to date.The Political Declaration will enable both parties to deliver the legal agreements that will give the future relationship effect by the end of 2020, covering an economic partnership; a security partnership; and specific agreements on cross-cutting cooperation.There has been much speculation as to what the alternative to this agreement is.Let me be clear: there is no alternative agreement to that which has already been negotiated.The EU and the UK Government have painstakingly thrashed out this deal. It has been endorsed by the Prime Minister and the 27 leaders of the other EU Member States.Failure to accept a negotiated deal will lead us to either no deal or no Brexit.This government has been clear that it neither wants nor expects a ‘no deal’ scenario.Of course the government will continue to do the responsible thing and prepare for all eventualities in case a final agreement cannot be reached.But the evidence is clear that the best way forward for our businesses, for jobs and for our collective prosperity, is to have a Brexit deal.Some have suggested that it would be possible under article 24 of the GATT to maintain tariff free trade as an alternative to this negotiated agreement in a no deal scenario. Let me say that there are two immediate problems facing this suggestion. The first is that it would require the agreement of the EU itself and be based on the expectation of a future trade agreement or customs union to be operable.While it might be argued that this would be in the economic interests of the EU 27, we know from experience that the politics of the EU can take precedence over economic pragmatism. In the political atmosphere of no deal it would be difficult to cultivate the good will necessary for this to proceed.Secondly, this suggestion would not deal with all of the regulatory issues which are so important to many businesses.There are of course, Members of this House who want there to be no Brexit at all.I have to say this would be a democratic disaster. It would be a betrayal of the commitments given by this House to respect the result of the EU referendum and the manifesto commitments on which over 80% of MPs were elected.Mr Speaker, there are many who say that democracy exists on the understanding that a voter can change their mind.This is undoubtedly true. But democratic consent by the people is also founded on the understanding that the result of the vote will be carried out.Failing to do so would undermine the trust of the people. Not only that, but it would be politically unacceptable, a betrayal of our principles and potentially, a seismic and existential threat to our political system. We should not underestimate it. It would be to create a chasm of distrust between the electors and the elected of an unprecedented nature, a wilful destruction of the reputation of Parliament in the eyes of the people.We should also be under no illusion that the United Kingdom could somehow retain the status quo of its EU membership.This is not possible. It wasn’t possible even before the referendum was called because the EU itself is changing.The EU is committed to ever closer union.Even since the referendum there have been calls to move to qualified majority voting in areas from VAT to common foreign policy. These may, indeed, be right for those who wish to move towards greater integration, but they are not the right course for our country.Remaining in the European Union would be either to tie the United Kingdom into a more integrationist future or to create ever more tension and friction between ourselves and our European partners.[Political content redacted]Let me just say something briefly about two other suggestions. Some members of this House have raised the prospect of a so-called ‘Norway’ or EEA option.Re-joining the EEA Agreement would mean that we would have to accept all of the four freedoms of the Single Market, including free movement of people.It would not on its own be sufficient to enable our commitments to Northern Ireland to be met, including on avoiding a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.We’d be stuck in the Single Market, and if this were also coupled with staying in a Customs Union, as some have suggested, we would also be prevented from pursuing a fully independent trade policy.It would also leave our financial services industry exposed to a rapidly evolving body of EU regulation over which we would have no influence.In many ways it would be worse than remaining in the European Union, leaving us with many of the restrictions but, in perpetuity, unable to utilise any of the levers of decision-making.Mr Speaker, there are also Members of this House who have advocated a second referendum. But there are three substantive problems with this suggestion: on practical grounds, democratic grounds and constitutional grounds.Firstly, in practical terms, it would take time for this House and the other place, to pass the necessary primary legislation.The Electoral Commission would also have to fulfil its statutory duty to assess the ‘intelligibility’ of the question to be posed – a process taking around 10 weeks.A further 12 weeks would be required between the question being determined and the referendum actually being held.It is therefore completely impractical to hold such a referendum before the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on 29 March. It is entirely possible to see such a process taking up to a year before it could be completed.Secondly, there are clear democratic grounds to oppose a second referendum.This House voted overwhelmingly to hold the referendum – to give the decision on Britain’s membership of the European Union to the British people.A ‘People’s Vote’ has been held already – and it produced a clear, unambiguous instruction from the British electorate for us to leave the European Union. We are honour-bound to respect it.This House confirmed that it would do so when it voted -again overwhelmingly – to trigger Article 50 and begin the process of negotiations.This was further confirmed by the last General Election, in which the two main parties – comprising over 80% of the total votes cast – promised to respect the referendum result.Let us imagine, Mr Speaker, that a second referendum were held in which the Remain side won – perhaps with a narrow majority, on a lower turnout.Leave supporters such as myself could well begin demanding a third referendum – a best-of-three scenario. Where would it end?This would not settle the issue or heal our divisions – quite the opposite. It would further divide our already fractious country at a time when we need to come together.There is also the constitutional issue. If we overturn this referendum result, we will be setting a precedent that could be applied to other referenda too.Furthermore, a second referendum would create prolonged – not diminished – political and economic uncertainty.Mr Speaker, it is time to consign the divisions of the referendum to the past. This is a time to raise our sights and acknowledge that there is a world beyond Europe and there will be a time beyond Brexit – to build the economic opportunities this country needs to thrive as a truly Global Britain.This Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration is the way forward to achieve this Global Britain. To bring us together, seize the new opportunities out there in the world economy, and lead our country to a more prosperous, stable and secure future.Whilst the UK is leaving the EU, we are certainly not leaving Europe, and this agreement provides the foundation on which to build our continued cooperation with our European partners on trading, political and security matters.It will enable us to play a full and active role on the global stage, working closely with friends new and old and building an independent trade policy which caters to the strengths and requirements of the UK economy.This deal allows the United Kingdom to continue to participate in the EU’s existing free trade deals during the implementation period.But crucially, we will also have the benefit of being able to negotiate, sign and ratify new trade agreements and lay the foundations for future relationships with our trading partners across the world.We need to take a balanced approach, acknowledging the continued importance of our EU partners, whilst taking advantage of opportunities beyond the borders of our continent in the high-growth economies of Africa, Asia, and South America. I believe these will be key to our economic success as a Global Britain.This deal will give us the freedom to implement our own trade remedies regime, protecting jobs and livelihoods from unfair trade, set our own tariffs, and take up our independent seat at the World Trade Organisation for the first time in over 40 years.This will be a key opportunity to further our support for the international rules-based trading system, ensures it delivers free and fair trade, and particularly, to pioneer the liberalisation of trade in services.As I have outlined, there are fundamental changes in the global economy which simply didn’t exist when the Uruguay round concluded, and it is right that we position the British economy to take advantage of them.Even as the information revolution continues to transform our world at a staggering pace, with the system of free and fair international trade which underpins it lifting millions out of poverty, there is still much to do to reduce existing – and emerging – tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade that post a serious threat to global growth.And Britain can play a key role in this.Mr Speaker, we have an abiding duty to do what is right for our country.This agreement carries out the democratic will of the British people, to leave the European Union, as expressed by the referendum.It allows the United Kingdom to take back control of our borders, laws and money – and it delivers a close and cooperative partnership with the EU.Crucially, it delivers for the British economy. No negotiated agreement is likely to deliver everything that anyone wants. Perhaps no agreement could ever do so.But for our communities, our prosperity and for future generations, I believe this Agreement is the right thing for the United Kingdom.I commend this deal and this motion to the House.last_img read more

July digital edition of British Baker available to download now

first_imgThe digital version of the July edition of British Baker magazine is available to readers now.In the face of the Covid-19 outbreak, we are working to ensure our readers have the information they need, when they need it. To help achieve this, we are currently making the digital edition of the magazine available to all readers by clicking here.Among the content in this month’s mag is:Scottish special edition: We look at how the country has fared since lockdown, with a round-up of industry activity and a fascinating interview with Scottish Bakers CEO Alasdair Smith on the association’s reaction to the crisisHalloween: With social distancing potentially continuing to prove tricky in October, how can bakery retailers still achieve a spookily successful Halloween?High fibre: Still a favourite among Brits, the humble white loaf is increasingly getting a makeover, as bakeries look to help improve UK consumers’ intake of fibrePastry: Filo, popular in Middle Eastern and Balkan countries, hardly gets a look-in in the UK, but why not?In addition to the magazine, we have a host of other ways of ensuring you keep up to date with the latest developments in the industry:We will be sharing the advice and information as it becomes available on our website times a week, we will email out the latest news and insight via our free newsletter – if you are not already a subscriber sign up now using this linkInformation will be shared on our social media channels, including Facebook and LinkedIn – if you don’t already follow our LinkedIn page please do so using this link.last_img read more

The Strokes Bring Bust-Outs, Three Song Debuts To The Capitol Theatre [Review]

first_imgCheck out the full setlist below.Edit this setlist | More The Strokes setlists The Strokes returned to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY last night, performing a last minute warm-up show in advance of their headlining performance at Governors Ball this Friday. The reclusive New York rockers boasted an impressive light show that left them silhouetted for the majority of the performance. While they spent most of the night in the shadows, The Strokes were showered with love from their rabid fans from the moment they took the stage, and they returned the favor with a wild, varied setlist that featured several bust outs and the live debut of all three songs from their new Future Present Past EP.The Strokes began the show with a combo of songs from their debut record Is This It, opening with a thumping “The Modern Age” and following that up with the first “Soma” since 2010. After a quick run through “Threat of Joy” from the new EP, the band returned to older material with “What Ever Happened?” from Room on Fire, followed by the increasingly rare “Under Cover of Darkness” from their comeback record, Angles. Next up were three impressive bust outs in a row, as “Alone, Together” from Is This It and “Ask Me Anything” from First Impressions of Earth were both trotted out for the first time since 2011. In between those two tracks was the biggest bust out of the night, playing First Impressions of Earth‘s “Electricityscape” for the first time since 2006.After so many bust outs, the band brought the crowd back to earth with another debut from Future Present Past, this time “Oblivius”. The Strokes then turned in a great rendition of their classic Is this It track “Someday”, with “You’re So Right” from Angles following it up. After a raucous run through “Juicebox” from First Impressions of Earth, the band gave the crowd even more bust outs, playing “Evening Sun” from First Impressions for the first time since 2010, and “Trying Your Luck” from Is This It for the first time since 2011. They sandwiched these rarities with their third and final song from the new EP, “Drag Queen”. Finally, they brought things to a close with the energetic Room on Fire track “Reptilia”, after which they left the stage and did not return for an encore.After such an exciting night, it was a surprise to look back at the setlist and see that it lacked many of The Strokes go-to live favorites, such as “Take it or Leave it”, “Last Night”, “New York City Cops”, “12:51”, “Is This It”, “Hard To Explain” and “Machu Picchu”.  One can only imagine what’s in store when The Strokes take the stage to headline their hometown Governor’s Ball this Friday, locked and loaded with a set full of classics on deck.Check out some videos from the show, courtesy of Megan S/YouTube!last_img read more

Venus in Boston, Playing Dead in L.A. & More Cross-Country Highlights for the New Year

first_img View Comments LOS ANGELES, CA A Magical New Year’s Scare Leave it to Teller (the silent half of Penn & Teller) and magician Todd Robbins to create a show billed as being “inappropriate for the faint of heart—or those under 18.” Play Dead, running through January 12 at the Geffen Playhouse’s Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, combines storytelling, illusion and telepathy to explore the border between life and death. The description alone gives us chills! Happy New Year, everyone! We can’t think of a better way to ring in 2014 than with an evening at the theater—and luckily, there’s are plenty of exciting productions to choose from across the country. Check out our first Countrywide Guide of the year, featuring Momma Rose, life and death, S&M and more! BOSTON, MA A New Touch of Venus Catch the Tony-nominated play that The New York Times called “good, kinky fun” when David Ives’ Venus in Fur begins performances at the Huntington Theatre Company on January 3. Chris Kipiniak is cast as Thomas, a modern-day playwright/director who shares an erotically charged audition with a mysterious actress named Vanda (Andrea Syglowski). See them smolder through February 2. GLENCOE, IL Luck of the Irish—or Lack Thereof Playwright Conor McPherson is a poet of the everyday, and Port Authority centers on a trio of Dublin men from different generations delivering a series of monologues that trace their response to life’s challenges. Writers Theatre’s well-reviewed production of this 2001 drama continues through February 16. Don’t miss these tales well told. ARLINGTON, VA Let Them Entertain You It’s always a good time to see Gypsy, and one of the biggest stars of the DC theater scene, Sherri L. Edelen, will take on the titanic role of Momma Rose in Signature Theatre of Viginia’s revival. Joe Calarco directs a cast of Signature veterans in a production that was extended through January 26 even before previews began. As usual, everything’s coming up roses for this beloved musical. ROCHESTER, NY Step on the Gas John Cariani’s romantic comedy Almost, Maine ranks as one of America’s most produced plays. The actor-turned-playwright returns to the Maine woods with Last Gas, which centers on a single dad who manages the last convenience store before the Canadian border. See what happens when his old flame comes back to town at Geva Theatre Center in a production running from January 7 through February 2.last_img read more

Brazilian Police Take Over Dangerous Rio Favela

first_imgBy Dialogo October 16, 2012 Brazilian Marines and paramilitary police stormed one of Rio’s most notorious shantytowns, as the city cleans up ahead of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. It took just 20 minutes for the security forces to take over the Manguinhos slum in the pre-dawn raid involving hundreds of police assisted by helicopters hovering overhead, and armored personnel carriers carrying 170 marines that plowed through road obstacles set up in the narrow streets. No shots were fired, but three people were arrested. Police said that five alleged drug crime bosses that had fled to a nearby favela were killed on October 13. Police also increased their presence in Jacarezinho, a nearby favela and major crack cocaine consumption center. Some 1,300 heavily armed police members participated in the operations, officials said. The two favelas, home to some 70,000 people, are located 10 kilometers from downtown Rio and are strongholds of the powerful Comando Vermelho (CV) drug gang. The operation is “another step toward peace, to reduce the number of homicides, car theft, and home break-ins,” said Rio de Janeiro State Governor Sergio Cabral. “The practical effect of this is measured by a more peaceful life for citizens,” Cabral said. Rio de Janeiro’s Security Secretary Jose Mariano Beltrame, hailed what he called a “major victory for society, for the people, for public service.” Around midday, the police raised the Brazilian flag in the Manguinhos town square and sang the national anthem, symbolically freeing the shantytown from the crime bosses. What follows now is “a meticulous search for drugs, weapons and the arrest of criminals,” said Rio Military Police spokesman Federico Caldas. Paramilitary police will keep the peace until a unit with agents especially trained to handle favela affairs arrives in December, Caldas said. Hundreds of police officers blocked entrances to Jacarezinho, but did not occupy the site. “The Military Police needs more time to occupy this area. What we will do is have a constant presence there,” Deputy Civil Police Chief Fernando Veloso told TV Globo News.last_img read more

5 states removed from New York quarantine list

first_imgAnyone traveling from these areas must quarantine for two weeks. The island of Guam was added to the list. The fives removed states are: Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland and Montana. Quarantine applies to any state with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents or a state with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a seven-day-rolling average. (WBNG) — New York State has removed five other states from its official quarantine list. Full list: AlabamaArkansasCaliforniaFloridaGeorgiaGuamHawaiiIowaIdahoIllinoisIndianaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMinnesotaMissouriMississippiNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaNebraskaNevadaOklahomaPuerto RicoSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVirginiaVirgin IslandsWisconsinlast_img read more

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

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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

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