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first_imgKatherine Lowrie is an 18-year-old Owensboro native with dreams of enlisting in the U.S. Army.“It just kind of breaks my heart that neither I or anybody else like me can join because of this ban,” says Katherine Lowrie, Army hopeful.Lowrie is openly transgender and was part of the ROTC through high school.“I looked into the army. I thought it would be a great opportunity to advance my career and I actually wanted to go into the Army as either EOD or infantry,” says Lowrie.She says her dream of joining the military runs in her family.“My grandfather was telling me about whenever he was in the Navy and I was just like it sounded amazing,” says Lowrie.On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court granted the Trump Administration’s request to ban people who identify as transgender from serving in the military.The High Court ruled five to four allowing the plan to take effect with the court’s five conservatives approving the president’s proposal while the remaining four saying they would not impose a ban on transgender military members.A decision directly affecting people like Lowrie.“Then I went back the second time and they said I can’t join because there was a new ban in place they just can’t accept people like me,” says Lowrie.April Barnett, United States Marine Corps Veteran, is also transgender and says if someone is able to serve and wants to that’s what should matter.“If someone wants to serve the country, their country, my country, your country, if they can do it there shouldn’t be any problems,” says April Barnett, USMC Veteran and Tri-State Alliance Transgender Support Group Chair.Until a few years ago, service members could be discharged from the military for being transgender, but that all changed under President Obama. In 2016, the military announced transgender people already serving in the military could continue to openly serve.“I really don’t understand why they want to do what they’re doing. I grew up in an era where I don’t really, and maybe it was going on at that time, but it wasn’t something that I was aware of so this is all new to me,” Bob Reinhart, VFW Post 2714 Commander and Air Force Veteran.Lowrie says otherwise.“If you’re willing to serve your country you should be able to serve your country no matter if you’re gay, straight, transgender, whatever,” says Lowrie.In response to the Supreme Court’s decision, Lowrie says she’s currently looking into a new career in a surgical tech program.Right now members of the transgender community say they’re overwhelmed with uncertainty asking ‘What happens next?’FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Local Veterans and Military Hopefuls Speak Out Against Transgender Military BanJANUARY 23RD, 2019 MEGAN DIVENTI INDIANALocal veterans and military hopefuls are speaking out against the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Trump’s ban on transgender military members.last_img read more

first_imgTopics : Even the official figure for children who have died of the coronavirus, at 28 as of May 22, would give Indonesia a high rate of child death, at 2.1% of its total.Different countries use different age brackets in statistics but deaths for those under 24 in the United States are a little over 0.1% of its fatalities.In Brazil, the number of suspected COVID deaths under age 19 is 1.2%. In the Philippines, deaths of those under 19 are about 2.3% of its coronavirus toll.’Triple burden’Indonesia, a developing country of 270 million, suffers from a “triple burden of malnutrition,” which includes stunting, and anemia among mothers, and obesity, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund.Nearly one in three Indonesian children under five is stunted, it says.”The nutrition status impacts children’s immunity,” said Dr Nastiti Kaswandani, a pediatric pulmonologist in the capital, Jakarta.”That’s important in mitigating COVID infections.”Pediatricians said the ill-equipped healthcare system was also a problem.”The biggest discrepancy in Indonesia is the availability of pediatric intensive care units,” said Shela Putri Sundawa, a pediatric doctor in Jakarta.The health ministry declined to provide data on care units for children and a senior official said the system had not been overwhelmed.Equipment shortages are more pronounced outside the capital.Paediatrician Dominicus Husada said a hospital he worked at on Madura island, in East Java, did not have ventilators for children. An 11-year-old died from the coronavirus there in March.One father, Iyansyah, whose nine-month old boy died from COVID-19 on Lombok island, told Reuters the hospital did not have care units for children.”Truthfully, if the hospital I went to had complete facilities, he’d probably have survived,” said Iyansyah. Hundreds of children in Indonesia are believed to have died from COVID-19, giving the Southeast Asian country one of the world’s highest rates of child deaths from the novel coronavirus that experts around the world say poses little danger to the young.Pediatricians and health officials in the world’s fourth most populous country said the high number of child deaths from a disease that mostly kills the elderly was due to underlying factors, in particular malnutrition, anemia and inadequate child health facilities.”COVID-19 proves that we have to fight against malnutrition,” Achmad Yurianto, a senior health ministry official, told Reuters.center_img He said Indonesian children were caught in a “devil’s circle”, a cycle of malnutrition and anemia that increased their vulnerability to the coronavirus. He compared malnourished children to weak structures that “crumble after an earthquake”.Since Indonesia announced its first coronavirus case in March it has recorded 2,000 deaths, the highest in East Asia outside China.A total of 715 people under 18 had contracted the coronavirus, while 28 had died, according to a health ministry document dated May 22 and reviewed by Reuters.It also recorded more than 380 deaths among 7,152 children classified as “patients under monitoring”, meaning people with severe coronavirus symptoms for which there is no other explanation but whose tests have not confirmed the infection.last_img read more

first_imgFormer Queensland Treasurer Keith DeLacy and his wife Yvonne are selling their Brisbane penthouse and Cairns home.FORMER Queensland Treasurer Keith DeLacy and his wife Yvonne are selling off their property assets.Their luxury inner city Brisbane penthouse and family home in Redlynch, Cairns, are for sale.The couple have owned the penthouse in MacArthur Chambers at 903/229 Queen Street, Brisbane for almost nine years.Mr DeLacy said they wanted to consolidate and would buy a smaller apartment in Brisbane.He said he had spent decades flying between their Cairns home to Brisbane for business meetings and now it was time to settle in just one place. Inside the MacArthur Chambers penthouse.He said they loved living in the Brisbane CBD because he could walk to all his meetings and they didn’t even have a car in Brisbane.The style and the heritage of the MacArthur Chambers building had really appealed to him when they bought it, plus everything they needed, from the Woolworths to the Apple shop to the bottle shop was downstairs.The penthouse is listed through Ian Cuneo of Ray White Ascot. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoMacArthur Chambers where the DeLacys own a penthouse.Also influencing the move was that as the couple aged they wanted to sort through all their personal belongings and mementos and not leave them all behind for their three children to have to sort through.Mr DeLacy said selling their properties would force them to take on the mammoth job.He said leaving Cairns would be hard for the couple.“I was born there so it was a very big decision for us.’’Mr DeLacy was the member for Cairns between 1983 and 1998, and Queensland Treasurer from 1989 to 1996.last_img read more

first_img*Calls for return of the National Sports CommissionDuro IkhazuagbeFollowing the announcement of the list of 43 ministerial nominees by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, a former Director General of the National Sports Commission, Dr. Patrick Ekeji has called on the Federal Government to assign the youth and sports portfolio only to the person coming to add value to the sector. Immediate past Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung was not re-nominated along with 12 others from the previous cabinet retained by the president.Speaking with THISDAY yesterday evening, Ekeji who played for the senior national football team, the then Green Eagles, insisted that for there to be any meaningful growth in the sports sector, whosoever that is appointed must be ready to learn as well as appoint experts as his advisers.“There are professionals around, not necessarily those who have been there before. The new minister if he does not have any background in sports should look for experts as advisers not assistants who cannot tell him the truth.“We have had such tragedies in the sports ministry in the past and their tenure never added any value to sports in the country,” stressed the former DG who is worried by the declining level of sports in the country.Ekeji further called for the establishment of the National Sports Commission (NSC) as a way of getting sports technocrats to fully take charge to redirect sports for greater value in this second tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari administration.“The return of the National Sports Commission I envisage is not the type by Presidential fiat. No, it should be a National Sports Commission that is properly established by law of the National Assembly. Its establishment should be backed by law so that nobody will come tomorrow and scrap it like it happened in the past.“Whosoever that sports portfolio is assigned must have the boldness to drive the enactment of proper law for the return of the NSC to correct the wrongs in Nigerian sports at the moment.”He insisted that it was wrong for past ministers to view the return of the NSC as coming to compete with the ministry in directing sports matters.“ Most of the ministers we have had recently did not want to hear about the NSC coming back. I really don’t know why they were afraid. Return of the NSC is going to compliment the job of the minister. It was a tragedy for them to appoint only aides who have no voice of their own but merely ‘yes- men (and women).”Ekeji dispelled fears that there is no expert in sports amongst the 43 names forwarded to the National Assembly for clearance before they are assigned portfolios.“The ministerial appointment is political and it is usually given to those expected to add value to the electoral promises of the party in power. It is not based on core competence but the wise ones amongst those appointed seek experts to make their jobs easy. That is what I expect any person assigned the sports portfolio to do,” concludes Ekeji who is enjoying his retirement writing books on his experience as an astute sports administrator.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Patrick Ekejilast_img read more

first_imgJOHNSTON —Governor Kim Reynolds will soon make clear how the school year may end for Iowa’s K-12 students. Reynolds was asked about the issue during a news conference Wednesday afternoon.“This is Wednesday,” Reynolds said in response. “By tomorrow (Thursday), I think we’ll be issuing an additional health emergency declaration that will address the very question that you’re talking about.”In mid-March, Reynolds recommended that schools suspend classes until Monday, April 13th. President Trump has extended federal social distancing guidelines until April 30th, urging Americans not to gather in groups. Reynolds said her day started with a meeting to examine how students may be able to take classes online for the remainder of the school year.“To really identify what this looks like,” Reynolds said, “and how we can continue to provide learning for students all across the state.”Last week, the Iowa Department of Education changed rules so schools now may issue grades and credits for classes completed online.Among Iowa’s neighboring states, Wisconsin’s governor ordered his state’s schools to close, with no date set for reopening. School buildings in Kansas are closed for the rest of the school year. Schools in South Dakota, Minnesota and Illinois are currently closed at least through the end of April. All schools in Missouri and Nebraska are closed and the governors of those two neighboring states are allowing local districts to decide when to reopen.last_img read more

first_imgCounty officials say they also would like a second testing site, to serve south county.However, a FEMA spokesman tells The Palm Beach Post that additional federally-supported testing sites are not being approved at this time. “The state, county, or the private sector (hospital, medical facility, etc) can establish their own testing sites, and request supplies through the established system,” the spokesman said in an email.With 318 people in the county diagnosed with COVID-19 and its death toll rising to six, DeSantis says the county needs a large testing center.“Palm Beach County is a distant third, but there’s not been as many tests,” he explains. “I think it’s important to expand the testing there to get a better sense of what’s going on.” Gov. DeSantis announced Friday that he has ordered the National Guard to open a coronavirus testing site in Palm Beach County.The announcement came just hours after West Palm Beach mayor Keith James said he had hoped to have a federal testing center in the county, but that the Federal Emergency Management Agency had turned down that request.The drive-thru testing center will be located at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, and 100 Florida National Guard troops will help to build and operate it, according to the governor.DeSantis’ spokeswoman, Helen Aguirre Ferré, tweeted:last_img read more

first_img“I didn’t work hard enough and let myself off a bit when I moved to Sharks. I also found some challenges which hindered me to work harder but I hope my return here will help me get back to the top. I have a huge challenge to the team to prove myself and improve,” the shot stopper told Capital Sports.The custodian left Mathare at the end of 2016 on top of his form having also earned several call ups to the national team.However, a slow start off the blocks saw him lose what seemed like a natural number one slot at the club to John Oyemba whose form saw him named the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) goalkeeper of the year while Mboya was reduced a paltry starts.Goalkeeper Robert Mboya during his first training session with Kariobangi Sharks at the Utalii Ground on January 24, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe exit of Levis Opiyo at Mathare opened a door for Mboya’s return and for him, making a decision to go back ‘home’ was without a bat of an eyelid.“I really feel welcomed at the club and I hope to pick up from where I left. The players have changed but the culture is still the same and so it will not be hard blending in again. I am looking forward to the new season and hopefully we do well as a team,” the keeper noted.Mboya will fight for the number one jersey with Wycliffe Kasaya and newly promoted Job Ochieng who starred for the Under-20 team last year.Mathare United goalkeeper Wycliffe Kasaya steps up his rehabilitation from a knee injury at teh Goan Institute Training Ground on February 1, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluWith Kasaya yet to fully recover from a knee injury, Mboya looks the likely starter for Mathare when they begin their season in Kakamega with a tie against newly promoted Vihiga United on Sunday.“Competition will be stiff because both of them are good keepers. I will look to learn from them and I know there will be few things as well that I could help them learn from me. We will work together to ensure the team does better than last season,” the keeper further opined.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mathare United goalkeeper Robert ‘Boban’ Mboya during training at the club’s base on January 1, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 2- Goalkeeper Robert ‘Boban’ Mboya has admitted that he messed up, letting his feet off the gas pedals upon moving to Kariobangi Sharks from Mathare United at the beginning of last season.Mboya has sealed a return to Mathare and he hopes to use his second chance to elevate himself back to top level, even as he admits he has his work cut out.last_img read more

first_imgIt is tempting to dismiss asbestos as a problem of the past. The height of its consumption was in the 1970s, and asbestos litigation began over a half century ago. Many of its leading manufacturers and mining companies are long gone. Yet asbestos litigation is back in the news. In July 2018, a trial court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.69 billion for failing to warn customers that its baby powder contained asbestos, which naturally occurs in talc. The company now faces thousands of these suits, and its stock took a nosedive in December 2018 on a report that it knew its talc was contaminated. The company plans to appeal and continue to fight these cases, but, even if it eventually wins, their emergence raises the question: Why does asbestos litigation persist?RELATED ARTICLESHow Worried Should You Be About Asbestos in Older Homes?Fixing Attics With Vermiculite Insulation I have studied asbestos for decades and written books about its dangers and public policy around it. The issues surrounding asbestos or the material itself will not go away. Stronger than steel, and potentially lethal One reason for the persistence of the problem is that tons of asbestos remain in our communities, a legacy from when asbestos was prized for its remarkable commercial properties. It is a fiber made of rock that is stronger than steel, yet flexible enough to be woven into cloth. It is waterproof, corrosion-proof, and fireproof, as well as abundant and easy to mine. Manufacturers found ways to add asbestos to everything from hair dryers to battleships, roof shingles to children’s modeling clay, car parts to missile silos. Asbestos is still used legally in the U. S. for some purposes, despite efforts to ban it completely in the U.S., as has already been done in many other countries, including those in the European Union, in Australia, and in dozens more. Scientists now know that exposure to asbestos fibers can cause a number of fatal diseases including mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer of the lining of organs, and asbestosis, a progressive scarring of the lungs. Asbestos exposure also can cause pleural plaques, fibrous thickenings of the membrane around the lung. This condition is asymptomatic and may not develop into serious diseases. But those who have been exposed face years of uncertainty because many of the worst asbestos-related diseases can take decades to appear. And yesterday’s asbestos can be today’s health hazard. Because it is a mineral, asbestos does not evaporate, and its dangers do not diminish over time. If anything, some asbestos products can become more dangerous as they become brittle and likely to release fibers into the environment. Asbestos fibers can also be released when disturbed, a fact tragically illustrated by the September 11 terrorists’ attacks, when the collapse of the World Trade Center towers released a cloud of dust containing asbestos. Finally, asbestos is part of the landscape of some communities, and epidemiologists have found higher rates of asbestos-related cancers in areas that are known to have deposits of asbestos-containing rock. Accordingly, even if the U.S. followed the lead of other countries and prohibited its use, health risks from asbestos would continue. Consistent with this assessment, the World Health Organization reported that asbestos-related deaths have persisted worldwide, including in countries that banned it in the early 1990s. Lawsuits are a result of politics? A final reason for continued litigation is political. Asbestos is a global problem, but the American response has been distinct. Whereas other countries have addressed asbestos injuries through centralized benefit programs that pool costs and risks, the U.S. has relied much more heavily on litigation. Consider the Netherlands. During the 1970s and 1980s, Dutch workers suffered five to 10 times the incidence of asbestos-related diseases as American workers. Dutch law allows workers to sue their employers for workplace injuries, yet there were only 10 asbestos-related lawsuits in the Netherlands in the 1990s. During the same period, one in three of all civil cases filed in the Eastern District of Texas were asbestos-related. Dutch workers did not file lawsuits because they did not need to. They enjoyed much more comprehensive health and unemployment benefits, which were deducted from any recovery in the courts. American workers also did not sue at first. Instead, they sought relief from state workers’ compensation programs. But these programs were designed to compensate workers for traumatic injuries, like broken arms and legs, and not slowly manifesting occupational diseases, like mesothelioma and asbestosis. As a result, these programs offered very limited relief. With no relief, lawyers moved in Entrepreneurial lawyers stepped into the breach. Aided by favorable rulings and the discovery of decades of corporate efforts to conceal the risks of their products, asbestos litigation took hold and ramped up. By the early 2000s, an estimated 730,000 claims had been filed targeting over 8,400 companies in 75 of 83 categories of economic activity within the U.S. economy. Building on their early successes, lawyers created an extensive infrastructure to support these claims, giving rise to a cottage industry complete with extensive marketing campaigns and sophisticated strategies for finding new claims. The final price tag has been estimated at over $325 billion in today’s dollars. Initially, this litigation illustrated the heroic side of the American legal system: its flexibility, innovativeness, and ability to take on powerful interests. Over time, however, serious concerns emerged from lawyers, policy experts, and judges about its costs and fairness. Numerous studies demonstrated that administrative costs of asbestos litigation gobble up over half of all compensation paid. These costs might be tolerable if asbestos litigation has delivered consistent and timely compensation to victims, but payments have been erratic and slow. Meanwhile, claims now are often herded into massive settlements or bankruptcy compensation trusts, where compensation varies and claimants are offered little, if any, individual due process. Even worse, asbestos litigation has reportedly become plagued by questionable practices and accusations of fraudulent practices that displace consideration of those suffering the most and unfairly burden the courts and businesses. Given these problems, judges, interest groups, and members of both political parties have repeatedly begged Congress to create a national asbestos injury compensation fund along the lines of other economically advanced democracies. These efforts have all failed at the federal level for a variety of complex political reasons, which have thwarted compromises over who pays, as well as how much and to whom. As a result, the erratic beat of asbestos litigation will continue, as the problem of asbestos will not go away on its own. People without adequate health insurance and social benefits will continue to suffer, and lawyers will continue to find ways to bring claims. Just ask Johnson & Johnson.   Jeb Barnes is a professor of political science at the University of California’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. This post originally appeared at The Conversation and is republished here under a Creative Commons license.last_img read more

first_imgThe innovative and creative talents of residents of Trench Town and other communities throughout the island, will be showcased at the inaugural Trench Town Trade and Investment Fair set for November 14-17.The event, conceptualised and organised by the Agency for Inner-City Renewal (AIR), is expected to create meaningful opportunities for residents, while highlighting prospects for partnerships among Government and non-government entities, and the private sector.It will be held at the Trench Town Community Centre under the theme: ‘Rebirth of a City: Transforming Zones of Exclusion into Zones of Investment and Opportunity.’At the press launch held on Thursday, June 13, at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston, AIR Chairman, Dr. Henley Morgan, said that while the event is being held in Trench Town, it is expected to attract micro entrepreneurs from communities in and outside of Kingston.“This will be their time, their stage, to present what they do,” he informed.Special features of the fair will include a conference, workshops, music and cultural tents, children’s village, flea market, concerts, a farmers’ market, among other activities.Dr. Morgan said it will have the same “seriousness” of any other major national exposition, which is to “make a deal, make connections, network, and do business”, except that “this is going to be taking place in a community setting”.He stated that the fair is intended to serve as a catalyst in bringing informal and marginalised communities into the mainstream of economic and social life, by creating investments and opportunities that will empower individuals and their communities, socially and economically.This, he said, is in keeping with the objectives of the national development plan; Vision 2030 Jamaica, which aims to make Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, and do business.The fair has gained the attention and firm support of former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, who is patron of the event.In an address read by former CARICOM Assistant Secretary General, Ambassador Byron Blake, Mr. Patterson encouraged private sector entities to participate in the event.He stressed that there is a dire need for citizens, who live in marginalised communities islandwide, to build meaningful business partnerships with the private sector.“We must all work together to help solve complex social, cultural, and economic challenges confronting communities throughout Jamaica,” he stated.The event targets local and foreign investors, as well as the Diaspora; non-governmental organisations; the public and private sector; churches and civil society leaders; academicians and students; volunteers; the diplomatic and consular corps; and residents of Trench Town and surrounding communities.Contact: Alphea Saunderslast_img read more

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