Feminists Interrupt at Auckland Pride Parade – “Stop giving kids sex hormones”

first_imgScoop 19 February 2018Family First Comment: “The physician who leads the gender transition programme at Auckland’s District Health Board, Jeannie Oliphant, says that she herself does not know what gender is. “What makes people transgender?” she says. “I don’t think we know any more than we know why I was born left-handed and my sister was born right-handed.” Young people in New Zealand cannot be making informed decisions around gender transition when the appointed experts are in the dark themselves, and this means medical experimentation and breach of medical ethics.”Well said.Feminist activists Charlie Montague and Renée Gerlich dropped a banner at the front of the Auckland Pride Parade. The banner read:STOP GIVING KIDS SEX HORMONES – PROTECT LESBIAN YOUTH“Organisations like RainbowYouth and InsideOut, as well as the Pride Parade, must stop endorsing medical experimentation, child abuse, sexist stereotyping, and the destruction of female-only and lesbian spaces,” says Gerlich, who reached out to RainbowYouth and InsideOut with an open letter in 2016.Montague adds that, “Lesbians around the world are trying to draw attention to the harm of gender identity on lesbians, and we are being silenced.”Between 2009-16, the number of women and girls in Wellington being referred to endocrinologists for medical gender transition increased twelvefold: from three to forty-one referrals. Sex hormone prescriptions are forecast to continue rising, and are not leading to decreasing suicide statistics or increased wellbeing. Studies also show that globally, disproportionate numbers of young women being medicated are lesbian.Throughout the West, children as young as three are being encouraged to undergo gender transition. The prescription of puberty blockers to children as young as ten, followed by sex hormones in adolescence is sterilising children. Children as young as six are being given genital tuckers and prosthetic dildos, and RainbowYouth in New Zealand has been distributing free breast binders in schools. These apply pressure to women’s chests in order to damage tissue and inhibit breast growth, also causing lung damage.“The New Zealand Herald reported the impacts of a course of testosterone treatment on a Northland lesbian teen in 2017,” says Gerlich. “She now recognises that she is female. Testosterone, prescribed to put her on the path of gender transition, has left her potentially infertile with a permanently lowered voice, increased body hair and worsened depression that has lead to suicide attempts. The promotion of this kind of medicalised abuse is what we are protesting at Pride.”“By distributing breast binders in schools, RainbowYouth promotes dysphoria and the mutilation of women’s bodies. It’s doublespeak for them to do this in the name of ‘Pride’.”The physician who leads the gender transition programme at Auckland’s District Health Board, Jeannie Oliphant, says that she herself does not know what gender is. “What makes people transgender?” she says. “I don’t think we know any more than we know why I was born left-handed and my sister was born right-handed.” Young people in New Zealand cannot be making informed decisions around gender transition when the appointed experts are in the dark themselves, and this means medical experimentation and breach of medical ethics.Montague says that “Gender is a system of “pink and blue” sex-based stereotyping. Without these gender stereotypes there are no “trans” children. We want to break down stereotypes so that youth can be whoever they want to be – without being medicalised for it.”http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1802/S00201/feminists-interrupt-at-auckland-pride-parade.htmlast_img read more

Liat to close offices in Dominica and Caribbean

first_img Share Share Share Tweet The efforts of the Waterfront and Allied Workers Union (WAWU) and other trade unions of the Caribbean, were not enough to persuade airline LIAT to change plans to close its ticketing offices around the region.The trade unions met with the board of directors of LIAT Tuesday in Barbados, to seek to talk Antigua-based carrier out of the proposal which could see 100 workers including those at the LIAT office in Dominica, lose their jobs.WAWU Secretary-Treasurer Kertist Augustus argued that unemployment levels in the region are already worrying.“In our response we looked at the whole question of the high unemployment which exists within the Caribbean and that we cannot accept these redundancies because to our mind they would further aggravate an already serious situation,” Augustus stated.He disclosed Wednesday the WAWU also spoke of sacrifices that LIAT workers have made in order to keep LIAT flying, including surviving suspension of pension payments at one point, as well as cut backs. Sharing is caring! LocalNewsRegional Liat to close offices in Dominica and Caribbean by: – March 30, 2011 But LIAT maintained that the cuts would save the company $3 million, at a time when it is grappling to survive in a tougher financial period.Tuesday’s meeting concluded that the closure of LIAT ticketing offices is inevitable.Trade unions are now focusing on ensuring LIAT workers receive fair deals. Augustus said LIAT intends on making the closure effective May 04 but the WAWU has argued this is too short notice.He said LIAT’s plan will have to change in the case of Dominica. “People whose services with LIAT is more than 10 years must be given the minimum of two months notice so the intention of LIAT to try to have early closure effective the 4th of May would have to be reviewed in the case of Dominica for some of the staff, to be effective the 4th of June.”Dominica Vibes News 44 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Bengal’s Draft

first_imgWhat do you think of the Bengal’s draft choices for 2019?  They include Jonah Williams, OT from Alabama (could also play guard); Drew Sample, TE from Washington; Germaine Prat, LB from North Carolina State; and Ryan Finley, QB from North Carolina State.  The Bengals also picked a CB, another OL, DT, and a RB.The concensus among draft experts is that the Bengals went for size and strength over flashiness.  I personally like this idea.  Zac Taylor, the Bengal’s new coach, appears to be much more adept at choosing what he feels the team needs rather than the old regime of the Bengal’s who went for the best athletes available.We will have to wait for this year and beyond to see how good this year’s group is.  One thing is for sure, they definitely will be bigger and stronger based on their top draft picks.last_img read more

Hutson returned as AAG president for another four years

first_imgBUSINESSMAN,Aubrey Hutson,yesterday defeated Army Major, Shen Fung, six votes to three to return as president of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) for a second term, when the body held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) and election of office bearers at the National Resource Centre on Woolford Avenue.Hutson will continue to head the AAG for another four years, and stated that he was honoured to be re-elected to the post. Hutson said that in going forward, the association will be looking to work with a plan that allows room for more personalisation.“Our plan will have to constantly be tweaked based on the personnel that we are having.(We)understand athletics is very dynamic,so we would have to constantly work.It has to do with development, development, development, it has to do with sitting with the coaches, so we can work with their athletes for them to run the kind of times and jump the distances that will get us Olympic medals.It’s a constant process, it’s not a one brush paint all.There’s not one way to raise an athlete or coach an athlete so we have to constantly work with them.Our plan is,yes,we want to get medals at the Olympics, but it’s based on what we have;we have to work with it to move our sport forward,” Hutson told the media corps following his re-election yesterday.He will be supported by a team of executives that will include vice- presidents,Amanda Hermanstine,Assistant Superintendent of police,and Colin Ming, who respectively received six and five votes to take their positions.Hermanstine and businessman Mr Ming received more votes than Godfrey Washington and Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) Secretary General, Hector Edwards,who each had three votes.Also in the pool, but not making it through was former AAG president, Colin Boyce.Hermanstine ascended from her previous position as assistant treasurer. Niall Stanton was also returned to his position as the Association’s treasurer. Taking over from Hermanstine, as assistant treasurer, will be former athlete Elton Bollers.Other members elected were the five committee members:Keith Campbell, who topped the pool with seven votes, Lyndon Wilson (6), Yvonne October (6), Silus Brummell (5) and Buster Wright (4).last_img read more

Other Sports Kidambi Srikanth knocked out of Indonesia Masters Badminton, loses to Jonatan Christie

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights New Delhi: Kidambi Srikanth’s journey in the Indonesia Masters Badminton ended on a heartbreaking note as he suffered a 18-21,19-21 loss to local favourite Jonatan Christie in the quarterfinal on Thursday. With this loss, India’s presence in the male section of the tournament has ended. However, there was better news in the women’s section as Saina Nehwal entered the semi-final with a win over Pornpawee Chochuwong in a match that lasted just 33 minutes. Saina, seeded eighth in the tournament, needed just 33 minutes to tame her opponent 21-7 21-18 in the women’s singles quarterfinal match. In the semifinals, the 2012 London Olympics bronze medallist will face the winner of the quarterfinal match between Chen Xiaoxin and He Bingjiao, both of China. Later in the day, PV Sindhu will square off against Carolina Marin in what promises to be a blockbuster encounter.Both Srikanth and Christie started off on a confident note as they were level at 4-4. However, Christie won five consecutive points to race away to a 9-4 lead as Srikanth made some unforced errors. However, Srikanth bounced back in style, winning four consecutive points and at 15-15, it was anybody’s game. Srikanth turned the game around and took an 18-16 lead and looked good to close the game out. However, Christie capitalised on some sluggish play from the Indian shuttler and again won five consecutive points to secure the game 21-18. In the second game, Christie started off in fine fashion as he won six consecutive points to build the momentum of winning the first game. Srikanth tried to fight back but Christie ensured there was a four-point gap. With the game slipping away, the Indian shuttler decided to raise his level. Srikanth won four consecutive points and at 14-14, the Indian had a realistic chance to claw back into the contest. Both players kept up the momentum and at 19-19, a single error could have proven to be costly.However, Christie held his nerve and served out the match in style as he won the game 21-19 to break Indian hearts. Although the men’s challenge has ended, the women’s section has kept the flame burning and with Saina already in the semi-final, the onus will be on Sindhu to ensure she gets the better of Marin, who had defeated her in the final of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Kidambi Srikanth crashed out of the Indonesia Masters.Saina Nehwal entered the semi-final.PV Sindhu will be hoping to get the better of Carolina Marin.last_img read more

Indian Premier League MS Dhoni’s blazing 84* in vain, Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Chennai Super Kings by one run

first_imghighlights Two runs needed off one ball and Umesh Yadav bowls a slow off-cutter. Dhoni misses and tries to run a bye. Dhoni makes it at the other end but Shardul Thakur is just caught short by a direct hit from Parthiv Patel and Royal Challengers Bangalore had finally broken the jinx. They had won a game against Chennai Super Kings for the first time since 2014 and their seven-game losing streak against the three-time champions ended with this one-run win.Parthiv’s direct throw was as dramatic as the dash Dhoni himself had done to run out Mustafizur Rahman in the 2016 World T20 game which India won by one run against Bangladesh. The fact that the victory margin and the way how the wicket fell on the final ball at the same venue was perhaps poetic justice.In a way, Chennai Super Kings had hurt their own cause when they lost too many wickets at the start of the innings. Dale Steyn accounted for Shane Watson and Suresh Raina off successive deliveries while Umesh Yadav also took two wickets. Ambati Rayudu and Dhoni steadied the ship with a partnership of over 50 but just when Chennai Super Kings looked in control, Rayudu fell to Yuzvendra Chahal at a crucial time. Ravindra Jadeja sacrificed his wicket but Dhoni stole the show with some amazing hitting. Despite all his freakish efforts, Chennai Super Kings could not chase down 162, a total made possible due to Parthiv’s fine effort.Chennai Super Kings bowled and Deepak Chahar got rid of Virat Kohli with a wide away-swinger for nine. AB de Villiers struck some big blows but he fell to Ravindra Jadeja. Amidst all this, Parthiv held firm and his fifty, combined with Moeen Ali’s crucial cameo of 26 at the end ensured Royal Challengers Bangalore had a total to defend. In the end, it proved to be enough. Only just. This is the first time Chennai Super Kings have lost two games since 2018.Royal Challengers Bangalore won for the first time against Chennai Super Kings since 2014.Chennai Super Kings had won seven consecutive games against Royal Challengers Bangalore. New Delhi: Chennai Super Kings needed 26 runs in the last over against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2019 encounter at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Sunday. Yet, the Chennai Super Kings helpful did not lose faith. They had MS Dhoni, a finisher of freakish proportions. In the 2017 IPL, playing for Rising Pune Supergiant, Dhoni had blasted 23 runs in the final over bowled by Axar Patel which included two sixes in the final two balls to give his side an epic win. In Bangalore 2019, he was facing Umesh Yadav. The first ball was dispatched for a boundary to deep midwicket. 22 runs needed off 5 and the hopes stayed alive.The next ball was short and Dhoni hit the ball on the roof at deep midwicket, 16 runs needed off four balls. The third ball was hammered to wide long on and the equation boiled to 10 off three balls. Dhoni had put on his stick cricket mode and Virat Kohli was feeling the pressure. After a couple on the fourth ball, Dhoni launched yet another six and Chennai Super Kings needed two off one ball. The fans, those supporting Chennai Super Kings and those supporting Royal Challengers Bangalore, had contrasting moods. Chennai Super Kings fans were delirious as they were witnessing yet another freakish act. Royal Challengers Bangalore were dumbstruck. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Omagbemi Frees Angels, Queens for Federation Cup Final

first_imgSuper Falcons’ Head Coach, Florence Omagbemi has elected to release players of Rivers Angels and Bayelsa Queens in the senior women national team camp for Sunday’s potentially explosive women Federation Cup final between both teams in Lagos.The member of FIFA Technical Study said the ladies would be allowed to leave the team’s camp in Abuja to travel to Lagos for the big clash, which starts at 1pm at the Teslim Balogun Stadium on Sunday.That decision has freed Angels’ half dozen of goalkeeper Ibubeleye Whyte, defenders Osinachi Ohale, Ugo Njoku and Gladys Akpa and midfielders Chioma Wogu and Glory Iroka to be part of the glamour event, to be attended by the Governors of Lagos, Anambra, Nasarawa, Bayelsa and Rivers States.Bayelsa Queens’ duo of goalkeeper Alaba Jonathan and playmaker Osarenoma Igbinovia will also be on duty.The involvement of the Super Falcons’ stars will certainly boost the quality of the final match, and ensure the two teams do not miss their Falconets’ players who travel to Papua New Guinea for the 8th FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup on the same day. Coach Rolandson Odeh has to name replacements for Lilian Atule, Joy Bokiri and Yetunde Adeboyejo, while Edwin Okon will have to do without defender Patience Kalu.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Campus Cruiser experiencing record demand

first_imgSince the start of the fall semester, the number of requests for Campus Cruiser, the university’s free ride service, has increased by 32 percent compared to the same period in 2013. Extended service boundaries and reduced wait times for cars have accounted for the high level of demand.Buckle up · Campus Cruiser received 18,446 calls between Aug. 25 and Sept. 17, an increase of 4000 compared to the same period last year. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanIn an email to the USC community on Aug. 25, President C. L. Max Nikias announced that Campus Cruiser would extend coverage to include the entire Dept. of Public Safety patrol and response area and would work to decrease maximum wait times to 15 minutes.“There’s a wider boundary that Campus Cruiser covers now than what we had in the past,” Director of Transportation Tony Mazza said. “We’re picking up more students in terms of the demand, who are living further beyond where they used to live.”Since Nikias introduced the new initiatives, Campus Cruiser has reduced 80 percent of wait times to 15 minutes or less. Mazza said that weekly demand for the service has skyrocketed as a result of improved wait times.“As we analyze the numbers, the reason for [continued growth] is that as the wait times become less, the popularity of the program becomes greater,” Mazza said. “We drive the wait times down and more people want to use the program. So we’re chasing a number in some ways.”From Aug. 25 to Sept. 17, Campus Cruiser received 18,446 calls, an increase of more than four thousand calls compared to the same period last year.“Peak volume has moved to non-peak days and now the peak days are seeing exponentially higher numbers,” Associate Director of Guest Relations Michelle Garcia said.In response to increased demand, Campus Cruiser expanded its staff from 125 to 154 student-drivers, added 13 cars to the fleet and cut down the driver-training program from two weeks to two days. With about 75 returning drivers, Campus Cruiser hired 80 new students during the first week of school.“We have gone to an abbreviated training program trying to get this fast ramp-up to deal with the high demand,” Garcia said. “It was more in-depth before, and now we are just teaching the basics right up front.”As Campus Cruiser scrambled to train new drivers early in the semester, DPS officers, Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets and private valets assisted in transporting students on- and off-campus.Vice Provost for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry said that more students know about Campus Cruiser as a result of the university’s efforts to improve security. He said that greater awareness of the service has encouraged the spike in demand.“Students recognize that part of their responsibility is using the resources provided to them by the university to keep themselves safe,” Carry said.While Campus Cruiser has received record numbers of requests, students have encountered inconsistencies in the quality of service.Pooja Sinha, a freshman majoring in environmental engineering, estimated that she has tried to access Campus Cruiser 20 times, but has only received a car twice.“It takes almost 10 to 15 minutes for them to pick up and sometimes there is no response at all,” Sinha said. “I find myself walking home or taking the tram because after 10 minutes of no response, I am left clueless.”Fiona Li, a graduate student studying business analytics, has used the service twice, waiting 30 minutes each time for the driver to arrive.“I think that the person who answered the phone was not so polite,” Li stated. “I also wonder if it’s a common situation or just happening to me. Because when the girl was so rude to me, I was scared to call that number again.”After her negative experiences with Campus Cruiser, Li switched to using Uber, a ride-sharing app.“When you have a bad experience, your mood can really go down,” Li said.Arielle Fishman, a senior majoring in theatre, has noticed improvements in the service compared to last year.“Last year, they’d forget about me and take much longer to come. This year has been better. I haven’t had any trouble,” Fishman said. “When I called they said that someone was en route, and the car arrived in five minutes.”Fishman also didn’t have any issues to report with her driver.“The drivers themselves are great, and I am thankful to them and the service that they give, but it does seem that they’re understaffed,” Fishman said.Garcia said that she has been working to address non-responsiveness to calls. On Wednesday evening, Campus Cruiser launched a new phone system that notifies students of their place in line and offers a call-back feature if people do not want to stay on hold.In addition to Campus Cruiser services, Carry said that the university is exploring various solutions and dealing with outside vendors to meet demand for Campus Cruiser services.“The university is looking into innovative new ways to use technology to keep students safe,” Carry said.last_img read more

Student creates environmentally-focused business club

first_imgWhen Randy Yue, a senior majoring in business administration, transferred to USC as a junior in 2017, he said he was shocked that the University did not have an environmentally-conscious business club for undergraduates.Members of The Sustainability Project have focused on promoting their mission by forming a presence online and on social media and participating in the involvement fair. Photo courtesy of Randy Yue.“I was surprised there wasn’t one, so I took it into my own hands to make it happen,” Yue said. Established last October, The Sustainability Project aims to inspire future entrepreneurs on campus to integrate environmental science and conservation efforts into their businesses. Slated to officially launch this semester, the club will work toward three objectives: promoting more environmentally conscious projects and policies on campus, educating other students about green businesses and connecting people through social activities.“No matter where in business you are, you can always be mindful of your consumption,” Yue said. “Even if you’re not in renewable energy, you can always do something to lessen your impact. If you’re in an office, you can go paperless. If you’re in a restaurant, you could not serve certain species of fish that may be endangered.” According to Yue, the club’s primary goal stems from the need to educate current business majors about sustainability and make them more aware that part of their corporate responsibility is to reduce their carbon footprint. “One of my goals is to leave USC better off than when I first came here, and this is one way I can do that,” Yue said. “I think that starting this up and connecting these people will make our community stronger.” Chief marketing officer Sydney Nguyen, a junior majoring in business administration, first developed an interest in sustainability in her WRIT 340 class, which centered on corporate social responsibility. For one paper, Nguyen wrote about Tiffany & Co.’s impact on developing countries through mining and found that the company primarily mined from recycled sources and sourced from countries participating in the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, which guaranteed that diamonds in the company’s jewelry were “conflict-free.”“Seeing how [Tiffany & Co.] has gone from where they were before to where they are now through the different changes that they’ve made made me really want to go on with TSP and help Randy make The Sustainability Project a strong club within USC,” Nguyen said. Once Yue assembled a six-person leadership team from his abridged accounting class in October, he and his fellow teammates worked on building the club from the ground up to establish its presence on campus. “In my eyes, you need to put some effort in, especially at the Involvement Fair,” Yue said. “The past month or two have been focused on getting the website up, getting our social media all nice and tidy and now we’re in the planning stage … and getting ready to pull out this bad boy.”The semester will kick off with a presentation from Marshall School of Business professor of management and organization Paul Adler, the club’s advisor, on Feb. 6. Adler will be the first of a series of guest speakers the club will be hosting throughout the semester. Each speaker will elaborate on how they incorporated sustainability into their business. According to the group’s director of advocacy Angel Yin, a senior majoring in environmental studies, the club will be visiting Catalina Island and the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, where students can learn more about the environment and sustainability. There are also plans to participate in beach cleanups and tour companies where people in the business field can teach members how they can reduce their impact on the environment. “Often times, all of the other environmental clubs are for the environment, but here we are really trying to really create an audience within the Marshall community,” Yin said. “They’re probably not as sustainably conscious as all of the other majors are, and definitely sustainability consulting is an up and coming field, so we just want to provide more insight into what all that means.”Though primarily composed of business students, the club is open to all majors and both undergraduate and graduate students. The club hopes to have a ripple effect when its members graduate and carry environmental ideals with them into their trades. They believe this will lead to further advocacy and progress. “Right now, with all the different policies changing within the government and the environment itself changing, I feel like it’s a really important time to begin a club that really focuses on this,” Nguyen said. “Especially with green technology and green businesses occurring, we just want to expand people’s mind and make them understand that sustainability can be noticed in every single industry, not just what it was founded upon.”last_img read more

O’Shea says his players are putting in a big effort

first_imgSpeaking at the Tipperary Supporters Club Membership launch last night, Eamon said his side have proven they can compete with the top teams in the country and the key is to maintain high standards within the squad.He said: ‘We’re one of four or five teams that can win the All-Ireland and we’ll be going really hard to try and do that.’You can’t win unless you perform…our goal is to be as best prepared as we can. That’s where all the effort is going at the moment to try to put yourself in a position where you’re able to perform.’ He added: ‘Our players are good…they work hard and they really try to reach the standards and they’ll have to because the competition is very strong.’The Tipp senior hurlers will begin their National League campaign against Dublin on February 15th in Parnell Park.last_img read more