Alabama LGBTQ struggle wins

first_imgDecades of lesbian/gay/bi/trans/queer organizing have won two more important victories in the U.S., this time in Alabama.Alabama has been a reactionary hotspot of Republican rear-guard opposition to LGBTQ rights. But on March 7, the U.S. Supreme Court restored adoption rights denied by the Alabama Supreme Court to a lesbian mother divorced from her same-sex partner.The couple had been in a 16-year relationship and had co-parented three children. This historic ruling affirms same-sex adoptions in the more than 30 states that still do not recognize them despite last year’s Supreme Court decision affirming the right to same-sex marriage.Same-sex marriage has been explicitly illegal in Alabama — based on a 1996 gubernatorial executive order, a 1998 legislative bill and a 2006 “anti-gay marriage” state constitutional amendment. In January, the “Christian Nation” Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court, Roy Moore, ordered county probate judges to obey their “ministerial duty not to issue any marriage license” contrary to those state laws. (, Jan. 6)However, LGBTQ activists mobilized tremendous public and legal pressure, forcing the Alabama Supreme Court on March 4 to rule that county judges must issue same-sex marriage licenses. Continued struggle for justice will be necessary, since state Supreme Court judges ordered compliance with one sentence — and then wrote a decision with 169 additional pages detailing their continued homophobic opposition to same-sex marriage.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

“We factor in referees when preparing for games” – Maxwell Konadu

first_imgHead coach of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Maxwell Konadu, has disclosed that preparing for games in Ghana go beyond tactics to include the referees’ performances.According to the former Black Stars B head coach, tactics can amount to nothing if you do not factor in all the other things that influence results in Ghana.Konadu won the Ghana Premier League with Kotoko in 2012 during his first stint with the Porcupine Warriors and rejoined in December 2019 for a second spell.In an interview on Happy FM and GTV Sports+, he said planning for a game in Ghana is different, unlike in Europe.It is different when planning to play a game in Africa, you need to factor in a lot of things unlike in Europe. When Barcelona is going to play a match anywhere, they have a set system and it doesn’t change to suit anyone.But in Ghana, when playing away, you know very well you are playing at a place like Tamale, you cannot go and play whatever system you want to play.You have to factor in the angle of the referees and a lot more in during your preparations to make sure you at least run away with a draw and if you get a slim win, you thank God. That is what makes our work difficult as coaches in Ghana..When quizzed by William Graham on clarifying what he meant by factoring in referees in his pre-match preparations, Konadu said the match officials ought to improve a lot more although there has been significant growth as the league restarted in December.I am one person I have never spoken against referees in a post-match press conference. No matter how pushed I am, I don’t comment on referees.However, I am saying they are performing so well this season and they need to improve upon it too. All this will help us coaches play out our tactics well in a match. If that is really corrected, the game will be better. This is my honest opinion.last_img read more

Tired of lockouts? Here’s a few sports could use

first_img(AP)—The NFL lockout has been going on for months, and the NBA lockout could drag on even longer. The word lockout itself is becoming an unwelcome addition to bar room debates across the country. But maybe lockouts aren’t such a bad idea after all. Imagine what would happen if we locked out some of these sports figures: DEREK JETER: I understand the need to instinctively bow to the greatness that is Derek Jeter, but even he should be embarrassed to be starting at shortstop for the American League in the All-Star game. Hold a parade for him if you want when he reaches 3,000 hits, but save the starting job for someone really having an All-Star season, like Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers or Asdrubal Cabrera of the Indians.GRUNTING WOMEN: Wimbledon is usually such a civilized place, with the queen dropping by occasionally and everyone slurping down strawberries and cream. Then the women take the court, and it starts sounding like some deranged animals have escaped from the London Zoo. The beginning of the great grunting craze is generally credited to Monica Seles, but players like Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka have elevated it to new decibel levels. Things got so bad that the BBC introduced a noise-reduction tool online this year to tone down the primeval sounds.DAVID HAYE: A lot of people thought Haye would bring excitement back to boxing’s heavyweight division. A lot of people were wrong. Haye pulled off one of the biggest frauds in boxing by hyping himself as the next great heavyweight champion to get a lucrative fight against Wladimir Klitschko, only to forget to fight once he got there. If that wasn’t embarrassing enough, Haye blamed it all on a broken toe, leading to a bizarre scene at the news conference afterward when he took off his shoes and stood on a table for all to see.TIGER WOODS: Take away his parking spot at the British Open. Ban him from the champion’s locker room at the PGA Championship. Last seen Sunday with new facial hair and without his clubs at the tournament his foundation sponsors outside of Phila­delphia, it’s time for Woods to admit the obvious and give up on yet another lost season.CHIP KELLY: The Oregon football coach should be locked out of his office if he doesn’t come forward and explain why the university paid $25,000 to become the first client of a Texas scouting service run by a man who was a mentor to a top running back recruit who, coincidentally, signed just before the payment was made.LANCE ARMSTRONG: Actually, he’s already locked out of the Tour de France, the only bike race most Americans care about. That leaves us free this year to enjoy watching one rider we’ve never heard of who swears he’s not doping chase another rider we’ve never heard of who swears he’s not doping through the French countryside.And, finally, maybe it’s time to lock out Mr. Lockout. David Stern has now presided over two lockouts at the behest of owners who pay him millions to make them even more millions. If this one costs the league a full season as some fear, then it should cost Stern his legacy as the commissioner who rescued the NBA.last_img read more

Nina Seigelstein: Helping Mothers on Two Continents

first_imgBy Judy O’Gorman AlvarezLITTLE SILVER – As an obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Nina Seigelstein has helped countless women in the Two River area become mothers. This year, Seigelstein began a new trend: Raising funds to help mothers in Sierra Leone, Africa.Dr. Nina Seigelstein, an obstetrician/gynecologist, Danielle Yoos, a scrub technician from Riverview Medical Center, and Dr. Michael Karoly, an ob/gyn, performed gynecologic surgeries at the Holy Spirit Hospital in Makeni, Sierra Leone, Africa, on a GYN mission in January.Seigelstein founded One World Women’s Health, a nonprofit organization, and is working with Africa Surgery, Inc. to build a maternity ward at Holy Spirit Hospital in Makeni, Sierra Leone.In 2006 Seigelstein, who has volunteered and worked in places such as Kashmir, Ghana, and a Navajo reservation, left her position at a lucrative ob/gyn practice to help women in Sierra Leone, a place with no running water, where residents were recovering from a civil war, and where many women suffer from debilitating and life-threatening conditions such as fistulas, pelvic masses and ruptured uteruses. Many had never seen a doctor, much less a gynecologist.Children and the medical team at Makeni, Sierra Leone.With a little courage and a big heart, Seigelstein, along with two friends who are also doctors, spent two weeks visiting two Sierra Leone hospitals, treating ob/gyn patients and performing surgeries.“This was right after the war and we didn’t know what we were walking into,” Seigelstein says.The doctors’ visit was so unprecedented, it warranted a mention on the radio in Sierra Leone – there are only five ob/gyns in the entire country. Patients came from rural villages miles away and lined up for hours, suffering from everything from fibroid tumors to prolapsed uteruses.Many of the women were having trouble getting pregnant; they had been raped multiple times, had sexually transmitted diseases and were infertile. Some had endured prolonged labors resulting in obstetrical fistulas. Almost all had lived through physical and emotional pain and grief.Dr. Seigelstein, founder of One World Women’s Health, israising money to build a maternity ward in a Sierra Leonehospital.Mindful to be sensitive to various Christian, Muslim and tribal beliefs, and with the help of translators and gestures, the doctors communicated with a variety of languages, including English, Portuguese, Creole, Pidgin English and multiple tribal languages.At Holy Spirit Hospital in Makeni, Seigelstein found medical personnel willing to help and women in desperate need of care. “The hospital was well run but dirt poor,” she says.  “There was no maternity ward.”Within a year Seigelstein had formulated the plan to build a maternity ward.After establishing One World Women’s Health, a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, Seigelstein, who now works as an assistant surgeon for ob/gyn surgeries at Riverview Medical Center, spread the word to raise money for the building project. She also enlisted other medical professionals to accompany her on ob/gyn missions to Makeni.“We come in for two weeks and operate on as many people as we can safely,” she says.During her most recent mission in January, Seigel­stein, Dr. Michael Karoly, an ob/gyn with a practice in Little Silver and Hazlet, and Danielle Yoos, scrub technician from Riverview Medical Center, performed 22 life-altering gynecologic surgeries in 12 days. They repaired severe uterine prolapses, removed fibroid tumors and performed perineal reconstructions, among countless other procedures.The medical team from the Two River area performed 22 gynecologic surgeries in 12 days.While volunteers travel at their own expense, Riverview Medical Center donated all the surgical supplies.Life is not easy on these missions – there are malaria precautions, unfamiliar dishes and limited cold showers – but the work is rewarding. “None of us slept well,” Seigelstein says. “We’re out of sorts, jet lagged, wrapped in mosquito nets at night.”However, she said, the discomfort is  worth it “because you feel like you can make a change.”The visits can put a strain on the hospital when the doctors arrive because the new patients fill the wards.“We pay for the surgeries and the electricity that we use,” she says. “We don’t want to bankrupt the hospital.”The afflictions that these patients suffer from are a far cry from the cases the doctors treat in their everyday U.S. suburban practices. “These women have far worse problems, and they’ve been living with them for years,” says Seigelstein, who has treated women suffering for 20 years from severely prolapsed uteruses, a condition that occurs when the pelvic floor muscles and ligaments stretch and weaken, providing inadequate support for the uterus.Since she’s been involved with Holy Spirit Hospital, Seigelstein says there has been slow progress. Water is still pumped from a well, limited electricity is run on generators, but there’s hope. The hospital now can accommodate doctors who arrive on a rotating schedule to perform reconstructive surgeries, treat orthopedic injuries and war injury burns.Women in Sierra Leone suffer from one of the highest mortality rates in the world.With the help of Inger Nielsen, a Danish midwife from Massachusetts, the foundation has built a relationship with the Midwifery School of Makeni, which just graduated its first class. The new midwives will be a welcome addition to the maternity ward. In addition, arrangements are being made with Tufts Medical Center in Boston, to establish a program to bring rotating ob/gyn residents and medical students to the hospital.In the meantime, Seigel­stein has shared her stories and photos of the women of Makeni and One World Women’s Health with many area residents who have made donations. The first phase of construction of the maternity ward is beginning and Seigelstein looks forward to her next visit.“It takes courage for these women to come to a hospital that you don’t understand and have strangers operate on you,” she says.The women, who live in leaf and mud huts that wash away every rainy season, often live continuously with pain and loss. “There’s a feeling of resignation among the women.”Seigelstein says she watched mothers who have just lost their newborns struggle only briefly. “They’re so used to death being a part of life. They know you’re just supposed to move on.” Women in Sierra Leone suffer from one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world.“I know I’m looking at them through Western eyes and I see a lot of strength,” Seigelstein says. “It feels very good to help them.”For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation to help make a life-changing difference in a mother’s life, visit read more

RBR Will Offer Afternoon Pre-School Program Fall 2016

first_imgLITTLE SILVER – Red Bank Regional (RBR) has announced it will double the pre-school capacity in its Little Bucs Preschool program by adding an afternoon session next fall. The program is free of charge to residents in the RBR sending-school towns of Little Silver, Red Bank and Shrewsbury, as well as surrounding towns, in conjunction with the high school’s Early Childhood Development Program. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2016-2017 school year. The tentative start date is Oct. 5, and runs through the first week of June 2017. If interested, contact preschool director Susan Eads at: [email protected] or call 732-842-8000 ext. 331. Please provide your name, your child’s name and age, your email, phone number and address.The ratio of student teachers to pre-schoolers will be one-to-one. There is a one-time activities fee of $125 to fund holiday events, photos, and school outings. The morning session runs from 8:45 to 10:20 a.m. The afternoon session runs from 11:50 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.Eads, an RBR Family and Consumer Science teacher states, “The program provides a mutual benefit for both ends of the age spectrum. The high school students get an incredible hands-on teaching opportunity while the preschoolers receive a wonderful early-learning and socialization experience. A strong bond develops between the children and the high school students and I am always impressed by the leadership and creativity of my students in their role as teachers. And, of course, it is a joy working with the children!”last_img read more

LIMU Announces First Convention In Seven Years

first_imgThe authority of the Liberia Movie Union has said it will be hosting its first convention in seven years, and called on movie practitioners to join the effort.The convention chairperson, Saydee Roberts, said the convention is keeping in line with the constitution to discuss a wide range of issues, including discussing and resolving constitutional matters so as to debate and adapt the draft 2007/2008 constitution.“Not only that, we will also be promoting the agenda of reconciliation among past and present leadership, and highlighting challenges and growth,” he noted.Mr Roberts said the union’s constitution contains many ‘clauses and uncertainties’ that need to be made clear to its members during the convention, and to make any necessary changes before it can be adapted.“Unless the union’s membership come together to argue and later on agree on the constitutional matters, the union is far from unity and success. “I want to use this opportunity to call on aggrieved members who have not been active in the union for the past year to see this convention as a means of settling all issues once and for all for the betterment of the union,” Mr Roberts said.Chairman Roberts said time is not in favor of the union and any other future accomplishments, like training of members and the annual awards, will depend on the outcome of the convention.Mr Roberts also appealed to all movie practitioners in Liberia to remain committed and supportive of the union’s cause, adding that this convention is the beginning of transformation.According to him, the convention will open with a grand parade from the headquarters of LIMU on Capitol Bypass at 7:30 a.m on Friday, and is expected to be graced by stakeholders, officials, chairpersons of various guilds and associations and the union’s membership.AnalysisThe convention itself is a milestone for the leadership, but it is also an opportunity for ordinary members to express their dissatisfactions with the performance of the union’s leadership.Much of the issues that will be discussed and accepted will help curb these challenges. However, they may not be implemented as there is not much cooperation among union leaders.Currently, the leadership is under serious pressure to come up with plans to make actors and actresses receive pay for their works. They hope to do so from the convention since they have failed to come up with plans to this effect.Critics will call the convention a “marred big mouth area,” but the union leadership is trying to send out the message that despite financial challenges, required for many things to work, they remain committed to development of the union, and will definitely implement any resolution coming from the convention.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgDonegal County Council is to explore options to reinstate a crossing at the Mulantiboyle Bridge in Glenties which collapsed more than three years ago.Cllr Marie Therese GallagherThe costings for the bridge if more than €600,000.Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher has welcomed plans to explore EU funding options to re-instate the bridge. Cllr Gallagher said “The estimated costs to re-instate this bridge is over €600,000, this seems to be to be an astronomical amount of money for a project of this size.“I have asked the council to investigate alternative sources of funding to have this bridge re-instated, and I have received a commitment from Council that all avenues will be investigated, in the meantime I have asked that a costing be done to instate a bailey bridge, like what has been installed on the Fintown-Glenfin road.“I have been assured that this will be done, and am hopeful that this measure if accepted by Council will allow access through this route for the people of Glenties.”She added that it is unacceptable that this bridge has been down for over three years, and a solution has to be found to this situation without delay.  A BRIDGE TOO FAR FOR GLENTIES was last modified: November 27th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cllr Marie Therese GallagherGlentiesMulintaboyle Bridgelast_img read more

Racal smothers Gamboa in 2nd half to halt 3-game slide

first_imgRian Ayonayon. PBA IMAGESRacal Motors locked down Gamboa Coffee Mix in the second half to win, 107-60, in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.After a tightly contested first half, the Alibaba limited the Coffee Lovers to just three points, the least points scored in a quarter in league history, that turned a close 47-45 deficit to a decisive 71-50 advantage.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Racal continued to choke the air out of Gamboa as the latter’s 13-point windup in the second half also registered as the worst scoring half in PBA D-League history.Rian Ayonayon scattered 26 points, seven assists, five steals, and four rebounds to lead the Racal Motors assault.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 60 – Montuano 13, Parala 12, Avenido 10, Padilla 8 Acibar 7, Arellano 4, Acuña 3, Knuttel 2, Dadjilul 1, David 0, Riva 0, Vidal 0, Jumao-as 0.Quarters: 24-20, 45-47, 71-50, 107-60.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “For now, it’s a good springboard for us. It gives us a lot of positivity and well build on that,” said coach Jerry Codiñera.Gamboa continued its downward spiral as it incurred its sixth straight loss to fall to 1-6.Mark Montuano got 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Coffee Lovers, while Mike Parala added 12 markers and 10 boards.The scores:RACAL MOTORS 107 – Ayonayon 26, Tallo 16, Cortes 11, Apreku 11, Pontejos 10, Gomez 8, Capacio 7, Grimaldo 6, Faundo 5, Lozada 5, Ortuoste 2, Mangahas 0, Dela Cruz 0, Cabrera 0.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Tanduay sets PBA D-League record with 76-point rout of Zark’s Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena SPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMac Tallo came off the bench and shot a perfect 10-for-10 from the charity stripe to finish with 16 markers, on top of his two boards and two dimes, while Jam Cortes got 11 points and seven rebounds in the victory.Racal finally ended its three-game losing skid and evened its record to 3-3. View commentslast_img read more

a month agoLindelof: I’m a better person for Man Utd move

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lindelof: I’m a better person for Man Utd moveby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United defender Victor Lindelof is happy to put down roots.The Swede penned a new deal this week.He told the club’s website: ““I think I’ve matured a bit more in my way of playing and upped my game a little bit more. Also, the things that I’m good at I’m even better now than I was before. Then, as a person, the club have helped me a lot, as have the players, and I think I’m a better person now.“I hope [I can develop] a lot, I want to be even better and I want to help the team win trophies and games. I want to improve and be even better than I am today, that’s my main goal, and I know I have to work very hard to achieve that. I think I’m at the right club to do that.” last_img read more

Social media should be restricted before voting in India

first_imgNew Delhi: There are over 30 crore monthly active users on Facebook and more than 20 crore on WhatsApp in India. Even the Narendra Modi app alone can reach 1 crore people in a day. With such a wide reach, should social media platforms be made to censor political content 48 hours ahead of polling as part of the strategy to maintain the so called “campaign silence”? “Today, when social media is increasingly one of the most significant factors for impacting the electoral decisions of voters, it is important that the Election Commission take adequate steps to maintain campaign silence,” Pavan Duggal, one of the nation’s top cyber law experts, told IANS. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app While the Election Commission of India recognises the impact social media can have on voters ahead of voting, the current legislation does not bar these platforms – many of which now allow live video streaming services — from blocking political ads or propaganda. These platforms can decide to do so voluntarily, but how effective such a measure would be remains doubtful. In fact, in response to a petition to restrain any political advertisements, videos or messages before elections, Facebook last month told the Bombay High Court that it would not self-censor any content on its site. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails It also raised practical difficulties of implementing such a rule as elections in different parts of India are held on different dates and often spread over a week. The Election Commission last year formed a committee to review this section so that maintaining campaign silence can be made effective in the changed circumstances where social media yields considerable influence. The committee submitted its recommendation earlier this year. A query to the poll panel on how it plans to stop social media platforms from broadcasting campaign material ahead of polling went unanswered. “The Election Commission does not need to be a silent spectator,” Duggal said. “The Election Commission should invoke the provisions of the specific liability of the service providers in their capacity as intermediaries under the Information Technology Act, 2000,” he said. A parliamentary panel earlier this month raised grave concerns regarding Facebook’s ability to prevent misuse of its platform during the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and to proactively help the security agencies. The social media company admitted it doesn’t “always get it right” regarding content moderation on its platform. Last month, Colin Crowell, Global Vice President of Public Policy of Twitter, deposed before the BJP MP Anurag Thakur-led panel and discussed how it would address issues such as political bias and manipulation on its platform in real-time. With threats of foreign interference in Indian elections and spread of fake news on social media looming large, specific, detailed, deterrent legal and penal consequences need to be specifically elaborated in the Act so as to provide criminal, legal and penal liability of the various social media platforms, Duggal informed.last_img read more