Motor City Pride: The fight is not over

first_imgWW photo: Kris HamelThousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and their allies, took to the streets June 7 in the annual Motor City Pride parade. Thousands more attended the weekend-long celebration in downtown Detroit.While the parade and festival celebrated the many aspects of LGBTQ pride, community and culture, organizers acknowledged that the fight against discrimination is not over. “The way we put it, ‘Married on Saturday, fired on Monday,’” said Bill Greene, interim executive director of Pride sponsor Equality Michigan. “People are coming out more, getting married. Unfortunately, the state of Michigan lags behind many states in its friendliness to the LGBT community.” Equality Michigan is the statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization that is currently fighting to get LGBTQ protections added to state civil rights laws.The marriage equality fight was in the spotlight this year, particularly in Michigan, with a Supreme Court ruling expected by the end of this month on whether marriage bans in Michigan and three other states are unconstitutional. A positive ruling will make same-sex marriage legal in the 13 states where bans still remain in place. Festival goers cheered April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, two Detroit-area nurses and plaintiffs in the Michigan marriage case, as they strolled the grounds with their four adopted children.Members of the Moratorium Now! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs, Workers World Party and the revolutionary youth group Fight Imperialism, Stand Together marched together with signs supporting the right to marry and declaring that “Black + Trans Lives Matter.” Their booth attracted a steady stream of visitors interested in fighting capitalism.Other progressive forces that marched and tabled include Metro AFL-CIO, the union UNITE HERE, and the Restaurant Opportunities Center. A stronger presence, however, from organized labor would strengthen the fight for equality in this state, where a reactionary Legislature continues to pass bills attacking the LGBTQ community. The United Auto Workers, for example, has not had a contingent, and this in the city where the union was founded 80 years ago.Pride, which celebrates the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, has become commercialized over the years. The grand marshall for this year’s parade was not even a person but a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles vehicle, acknowledging FCA’s sponsorship.The Human Rights Campaign gives FCA a rating of 100 percent on its scorecard of LGBTQ issues. This writer, a 28-year Chrysler UAW worker, disagrees, as the company does not provide family leave for same-sex partners where marriage is not recognized and does not have contract or policy language to cover anti-transgender discrimination.Nevertheless, the parade was a strong statement of the willingness of the LGBTQ community to keep up the fight for full equality.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Farm Bureau Supports Long Truck Right-Of-Way Bill

first_img Facebook Twitter Farm Bureau Supports Long Truck Right-Of-Way Bill Previous articleUS Ethanol Industry Opens 2017 with Record-Setting ProductionNext articleBone Up on Hot Ag Topics at INFB Spring Conference Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Jan 16, 2017 Indiana Farm Bureau’s Justin Schneider testified in favor of HB 1039 last week.  The measure requires a driver who is negotiating a roundabout to yield the right-of-way to a driver whose vehicle is at least 40 feet long or at least 10 feet wide. The bill also requires that when two truck drivers approach or drive through a roundabout at the same time, the driver on the right yields the right-of-way to the driver on the left.According to Farm Bureau, this change will alleviate some of the challenges of maneuvering farm equipment and trucks with trailers through roundabouts. HB 1039 was amended and passed in committee and will now be eligible for further amendments in the full House of Representatives. SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Farm Bureau Supports Long Truck Right-Of-Way Bill Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

Tallgrass Energy announces supplemental open season on Pony Express pipeline for the Carpenter expansion

first_img Tallgrass Energy announces supplemental open season on Pony Express pipeline for the carpenter expansion. (Credit: Free-Photos from Pixabay.) Tallgrass Energy, through its affiliate Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline (Pony Express), today announced that due to continued interest in its Carpenter Expansion it is launching a supplemental open season to solicit binding shipper commitments for crude oil transportation from a new origin near Carpenter, Wyo., to Pony Express destinations in Colorado.Based on commitments received in the original open season, Pony Express is building an approximately 25 mile 12-inch pipeline connecting the Hereford origin to the new origin point in Carpenter, Wyo., expanding capacity from Wyoming to Sterling, Colo., on the Pony Express system. Pony Express expects the new pipeline to be in-service in Q2 2020.The supplemental open season is currently scheduled to run from March 16, 2020, to April 14, 2020. Source: Company Press Release The Pony Express is building an about 25mile 12-inch pipeline connecting the Hereford origin to the new origin point in Carpenterlast_img read more

Keenan Hall staff, president discuss events, history

first_imgNot many college residencies can claim there is an Instagram account devoted solely to documenting the dorm’s nightly battles over who claims the leftover pizza. “It’s almost like we’ve got our own ‘finsta,’” Keenan president and junior Tom Walsh said. “Every dorm has social media, but we’re the only dorm with a burner account.”When you look past the facade of Italian food brawls, however, you discover a brotherhood built strongly on the foundations of loyalty, service and stripteasing for the amusement of peers. Welcome to Keenan Hall.Built in 1957, the dorm was named after Notre Dame alumnus James Keenan and dedicated to his son, who died shortly before starting his freshman year of college. Almost as well-known as the dorm itself, of course, is Keenan’s hotly anticipated signature event — the Keenan Revue, a comedy, music and stripping extravaganza that allows the humor and creativity of Knights to be exhibited to the student body every February.The Revue, which Walsh said drew around 5,000 attendees last year, was started as an alternative to college drinking events and has continued this tradition of light-hearted, culturally relevant humor since its inception in 1976. Observer File Photo Keenan residents perform in the 41st annual Keenan Revue: State of the Revuenion.“Nobody escapes criticism,” law student and assistant rector Jonathan Schall said. “Everybody gets poked fun at a little bit, and I think when the entire campus community can come together and have a good laugh, even at ourselves, I think people like that, and I think that’s a big draw.”In light of the Revue’s success, however, Walsh has made it one of his goals as president to aid in giving Keenan a stronger presence on campus beyond the Revue.“[The Revue is] a 43-year-old tradition now, which is older than a lot of the dorms on campus, so we felt like we needed something to really give ourselves identity,” Walsh said. “We wanted something to really help Keenan guys find that sense of what it means to be a Knight.”The answer to this question, it turns out, came in the form of a Keenan Spirit Week last October, which consisted of events ranging anywhere from a .5K race on North Quad to a joint talk with Stanford Hall about modern chivalry, all culminating with Keenan’s annual Disco Roll.Helping shape this new identity is rector Jimmy Tull, who joined the Keenan community in 2017.“[Tull] said there might be the perception that Keenan loves Keenan,” Schall said. “A path that he charted for us that I think everyone’s really bought into is we want the reputation that Keenan loves. Period.”The Knights have championed this mission through their continued relationship with Dismas House, a sporting equipment drive benefiting the local Boys & Girls Club and its “Muddy Sunday” volleyball tournament, which raises money to support Habitat for Humanity.However, after the last slice of pizza has been claimed and the lights fade on another Revue season, what makes these residents truly proud to call themselves Knights is the community they form between one another within “the cinder palace.”“Even if all the events stopped, nothing happened … if there was no Revue, if there was no Muddy Sunday, if there [were] no trips to Dismas House, if there was no Keenan-Stanford game … I would still have 250 best friends,” Walsh said. “The most amazing people in my life are the guys I met in Keenan.”Tags: Dorm feature, dorm features, Keenan Hall, Keenan Revuelast_img read more

Some party-list seats are up for sale, bares Comelec exec

first_img“I am personally against the gaming of the party-list rules because a lot or some of them sell their seats after they win,” says Comelec Commissioner Rowena Guanzon. ABS-CBN NEWS “It is not correct to say that the rule is they can change anytime of the year. Anytime even if there’s only three months left in their term,” Guanzon said. According to Guanzon, nominees could only withdraw, replace, or change the order of their nominees only up to election day or at the close of the polls. “Now if there is a vacancy, they go through their lists because we are required to submit to the speaker who those are going to be on the list, the next on the list,” Guanzon said. Guanzon also said that the Commission on Elections issued a minute resolution in 2012 stating that a party-list could only submit a new list of nominees if there was a vacancy declared by the Speaker. MANILA – Elections commissioner Rowena Guanzon bared that some party-list groups that won during the 2019 midterm elections are selling their seats in the House of Representatives. “There is a law, the Party List Act, and our rules that say they can submit, they can change their list up to close of polls or election day,” she added. “That’s when they can change their nominees or they can add to it if their lists are already exhausted.” “I am personally against the gaming of the party-list rules because I’m sorry to say that, in truth, a lot of party-lists or some of them sell their seats after they win. They change their representatives or nominees,” she added. Guanzon said during the Senate hearing on the pending bills on the conduct of elections that this was done due to the substitution of party-list representatives or nominees. “There must be a vacancy. The representative must have assumed officer and then resigned, or died, or withdrew,” she added./PNlast_img read more

Trump to delay terrorist labeling for Mexican cartels

first_img“All necessary work has been completedto declare Mexican Cartels terrorist organizations,” Trump wrote on Twitter.“Statutorily we are ready to do so.”(AP) Trump said all the work had beencompleted and he was statutorily ready to issue a declaration but had decidedto delay at the request of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The Mexican government had pushed backagainst Trump’s plan, saying such a step by the U.S. could lead to violationsof its sovereignty.center_img WASHINGTON – President Donald Trumpsaid Friday in a tweet that he will hold off on designating Mexican drugcartels as terrorist organizations.last_img read more

Arsene Wenger revels in Arsenal’s perfect week

first_img The Gunners had beaten Bayern Munich on Tuesday night to kickstart their Champions League campaign, and were out to take advantage of leaders Manchester City not playing until Sunday’s derby with United at Old Trafford. Quickfire first-half goals from Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny in the space of two minutes look to have set the Gunners up for a comfortable evening. However, Everton were back in the contest just before half-time when Ross Barkley’s effort deflected in off Arsenal defender Gabriel. After Giroud had hit the crossbar, the visitors, who lost captain Phil Jagielka to what could be a serious knee injury, rallied, with Romelu Lukaku sending a header onto the top of the woodwork. Gerard Deulofeu saw a late effort beaten away by a great block from goalkeeper Petr Cech, before Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil hit the outside of the post and then Toffees’ midfielder Gareth Barry was shown a second yellow card in stoppage time. While Wenger accepts there is little to read into the league table just yet, things are now starting to come together for the Gunners, who had Theo Walcott kept in reserve on the bench. “It is a perfect week and it is not easy to have that,” said the Arsenal boss. “I believe that we will keep that solidarity, that desire to do well and I think we are well focused to do well and together we have improved on that front and we know that when we have the ball we can create goal chances. “We went to Watford and won 3-0 and beat Bayern Munich 2-0 and beat Everton tonight in one week, it has been a fantastic week. It is not easy. “The only negatives is that we lost some players through in jury during the week, but I will have to rest some players Tuesday night against Sheffield (Wednesday in the Capital One Cup) as I think for some players I think it will be one game too many for them.” Press Association Wenger admitted he did not expect Arsenal to be at the head of the table at this stage following their poor start. “I thought after 10 games, no, honestly. I thought it would take much longer because Manchester City started with five wins, so it was difficult to envisage that we would come back but we had no choice,” said Wenger. “But we are there, that shows we have made some ground up, so let’s keep our togetherness and fight for the future games, that is all we can do. “It is very early in the season but we are happy to be where we are.” Everton boss Roberto Martinez, whose side were beaten 3-0 by Manchester United last weekend, believes the Gunners will have a big part to play in this season’s title race. “Arsenal is in very good form and if you allow them to do what they are good at they will stand out in the competition, but I don’t think it is going to be decided yet in October,” he said. “The season is very long, it is very demanding. We have got very good teams and probably it is going to go down to the very last game.” England defender Jagielka, meanwhile, will undergo tests to determine the extent of the damage. “It will take probably 48 hours to find out the damage, but it’s not good,” said Martinez. “We do not know at this point the extent but the structure we know is going to be damaged. To lose Jagielka in such a stupid challenge, an unnecessary challenge is frustrating.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reflected on a “perfect week” after watching his side battle to a 2-1 win over Everton at the Emirates Stadium which sent them top of the Barclays Premier League. last_img read more

Walter James Johnson, 87, Oct. 26, 1928 – Jan. 23, 2016

first_imgWalter James Johnson, age 87, died January 23, 2016 at the Kansas Veterans Home in Winfield.Walter James Johnson was born on October 26, 1928 in Wellington to Daniel James Johnson and Susie Ellen (Ballard) Johnson.Walter was raised in Wellington and graduated from Wellington High School.  He spent 26 years in the United States Army.  He resided in Germany for 45 years before moving back to our area this past fall.He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers and sisters.Survivors include one sister, Delores Smith of Wellington; and several nieces and nephews.Military Graveside Services will be held at Prairie Lawn Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2016.  Military honors will be provided by the United Army of Ft. Riley, KS.Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB MEMBERS ATTEND ‘TIME TO PLAY GOLF’ PROMOTION EVENING IN BELFAST

first_imgLetterkenny Golf Club received a very enthusiastic and warm hearted welcome to the Golf Ireland “Time to Play Golf” Promotion night held at the Europa Hotel, Belfast last week. Invited by Fáilte Ireland to take part in the expo, this event is the highlight in the Northern Ireland golfing calendar, the ‘go-to’ event for golfing enthusiasts and absolute beginners to clinch the best value golfing getaways with booking discounts, exclusive tips from the experts, or just to learn about the country’s top golf courses.Attendees were treated to refreshments throughout the evening and there were also fabulous draws for some fantastic golf prizes. This year, there was also a “golf simulator”, where guests were able to try their luck at a “closest to the pin” competition.Martin Donnelly, Fáilte Ireland said; ‘The Golf Ireland -Time to Play Golf Promotion is a must for all golfers in Northern Ireland.Whether you’re a novice golfer or a seasoned pro seeking the perfect destination for your next golfing break, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for all under one roof.This event is the ultimate golf get together and the perfect excuse to meet up with your golfing buddies and plan your next great escape’. Letterkenny Golf Club was represented by Vice Captain Ivan Fuery, marketing & golf society convenor Cynthia Fuery and club GUI Golf Professional Seamus Clinton. Cynthia states; “It was a fantastic night with hundreds of golf enthusiasts enquiring about Letterkenny Golf Club and, indeed, golf in Donegal.“We had a great response to our draw and lots of enquiries from societies. This was the perfect opportunity to market our club, our town and Donegal as a whole to the Northern Ireland golfing fraternity and I can foresee a lot of “touring golfers” visiting Donegal, hopefully Barnhill, in 2015″.Accompanying the club stalwarts was Suzanne Mc Philips, Business Development Manager, Mc Keever Hotel Group, who was also delighted with the response that they received.LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB MEMBERS ATTEND ‘TIME TO PLAY GOLF’ PROMOTION EVENING IN BELFAST was last modified: February 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfletterkennyNoticesSportlast_img read more

Interpretation Must Not Outrun Evidence

first_imgHere’s a funny story about scientific interpretation of evidence.Note: From September 7 to 23, new articles on CEH will be sparse or non-existent while the Editor is on travel and speaking. Thanks for your patience.To hold your attention during this hiatus and provide entertainment, here is a funny story with a moral. It was taken from our soon-to-be refurbished CEH Humor page.All Sheep in Scotland Are BlackA psychologist, a biologist, a mathematician, and a physicist were riding a train through the Scottish countryside. Looking out the window, they all noticed a lone black sheep on a hill. The psychologist intoned, “Well, what do you know. I didn’t realize the sheep in Scotland were black.” The biologist corrected him, saying, “You don’t know that all the sheep in Scotland are black – just some of them.” Piping in, the mathematician retorted, “Tut, tut, tut, to be correct you must say, ‘At least one’ sheep in Scotland is black.”The physicist had the last word, though, stating, “Gentlemen, all we know with certainty based on our observations is that at least one sheep in Scotland is black on at least one side, at least part of the time.”Moral:  There are hard and soft sciences, and extrapolation is not always justified.Application: Microevolution vs. macroevolution(Visited 383 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more