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Transgender activist shares personal struggle with gender identity

first_imgSaint Mary’s department of gender and women’s studies and the psychology department hosted Meghan Buell, a transgender woman who shared her experiences at Dalloway’s Clubhouse on Wednesday. Buell, who is the founder of Trees, Inc., a non-profit organization that brings education and resources about trans issues to small towns in the Midwest, said she grew up in a small town in Indiana and she spent 35 years struggling with her gender identity.“One of the toughest aspects of my personal journey is not finding, or not even knowing how to find someone who was like me,” Buell said. “When I had an experience or a curiosity or something happened in my life that didn’t fit in to what I was being shown around me as the binary and male gender, I kind of said ‘All right. I don’t know what that is, but I’m going to put it up in my head and not worry about it and not think about it.’”Buell said she searched the Internet to find other people like her, and spent five years reading biographies of other transgender people before she was able to self-identify as transgender.Monica Villagomez Mendez | The Observer “I have been described by a lot of my friends and people here in the community and the area as the most out and proud trans person they’ve ever met,” Buell said. “I’m just Meghan and I’m just living my life and I’m doing it the way I feel is best for me.“I hope other people realize it’s okay to be yourself and beat to your own drum and go about life in the best way you can and not let others push you into boxes and push you into a way of living,” she said. “Do it for yourself; it’s your life. Enjoy it and do it the way you want.”Buell emphasized that the journey for each transgender person is different. “For every trans person that speaks, the audience needs to remember this is just one trans person speaking,” Buell said. “The trans community is made of very diverse, very unique individuals, and every journey is their own and unique to them. I can tell you things about being in the trans community that are completely opposite of what someone else has experienced.“Give every trans person the opportunity to tell their story and to talk about their journey, the challenges, the successes, because it’s not going to be the same as the last trans person you spoke to.”Buell said one of the biggest questions concerning the transgendered community is the problem with which public bathroom to use.“Everybody needs to go to the bathroom,” she said. “It really has an impact on the transgender community. … It makes choosing a bathroom difficult sometimes when your gender expression is showing the opposite of what the gender marker on your driver’s license says or is different from what the stereotypical gender expression may be. There’s this point of hesitancy when you walk up to the bathroom.”Buell said this is dangerous to members of the transgender community because in some places, it is illegal to enter bathrooms that do not match a person’s assigned gender. She said transgender students have started avoiding bathrooms at school altogether by not eating or drinking during the day, which can affect both their physical health and academic career.Though Buell describes herself as an open book, she said the experience of being transgender is a hard one. She said one way to make it easier for transgender people is to not impose gender roles from a young age, and to raise children in a more gender-neutral way until they express gender on their own.“I don’t wish this upon anyone. This is tough,” Buell said. “I’ve made a lot more out of it than I ever expected to make out of it. It’s tough. So if you have children and you allow them to express their gender when they’re ready to express their gender, it gives them a better shot of not going down the wrong path and having to reverse direction or correct direction, which is tough.”Tags: Gender and Women’s Studies, meghan buelllast_img read more

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Ask On the Town’s Jay Armstrong Johnson & Alysha Umphress Anything!

first_imgFor just one day, On the Town stars Jay Armstrong Johnson and Alysha Umphress are taking a seat on the comfy grey couch! The pair, who play adorable couple Chip and Hildy in the hit musical revival, will answer anything you’ve wanted to know—like what Umphress is currently rocking out to on her record player or what Johnson’s current junk food obsession is. Submit your questions below, then check back to see the On the Town stars answer them in their very own “Ask a Star” video. View Comments Related Shows <a href=”” title=”html form”>Fill out my Wufoo form!</a>center_img On the Town Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015last_img read more

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Senate passes food safety bill, Sanders says it protects small farmers

first_imgAt a time when 76-million Americans are sickened by food-borne illnesses each year, the Senate today voted 73 to 25 for legislation to strengthen food safety.Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) responded to concerns by small farmers in Vermont, where there has been a significant increase in sustainable vegetable farms, and added a provision exempting small, low-risk, on-farm food processors from the new regulations aimed at large agribusinesses.‘While this legislation gives the FDA new tools to protect American families from contaminated foods, we avoided placing unnecessary requirements on small farms in Vermont and elsewhere,’ said Sanders, a member of the Senate health committee. ‘We struck the right balance between the viability of small family farms that process foods and the safety of the nation’s food supply.’Sanders’ provision applies to farms that process their own products or combine products from several farms. It gives the FDA authority to either exempt farms engaged in low-risk processing from new regulatory requirements or to modify particular regulatory requirements for such farming operations. Existing FDA regulations already exempt farms that market a majority of products directly to consumers. Family-scale producers would, however, continue to be overseen by local and state food safety and health agencies.Sanders also supported a provision written by Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) under which food producers who sell more than half of their goods directly to consumers and have less than $500,000 in annual sales would not be subject to the new requirements designed for industrial-scale food producers.The legislation would require companies to institute an aggressive safety testing regimen, maintain clear records, and have an emergency plan in place. The measure also would require imported food to be subject to the same standards as food grown or made in the United States. It would increase the number of FDA inspectors while allowing the agency to initiate mandatory recalls and suspend a facility’s operations.The Food Safety Modernization Act, the most significant expansion of food safety laws in seven decades, now returns to the House for a final vote.Source: Sanders’ office. 11.30.2010last_img read more

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International Energy Agency Acknowledges Momentum in Wind and Solar

first_imgInternational Energy Agency Acknowledges Momentum in Wind and Solar FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg News:Renewable forms of energy such as wind and solar are likely to grab a bigger share of the market in the coming decades, generating more electricity than coal by 2040.That’s the conclusion of the International Energy Agency’s annual look into supply and demand, according to a report released on Tuesday in Paris. It estimates renewables will reap about two-thirds of $11.3 trillion in investment likely to flow to power plants over the period.The findings show cleaner forms of energy will increasingly become one of the cheapest ways nations can add electricity generators as the cost of wind and solar farms continues to plunge. The scale of the additional capacity is about the same as adding another China and India to the system today and will leave renewables supplying a quarter of the world’s of global generation by the end of the organization’s forecast horizon.“We have been seeing tremendous reductions for solar, for wind, for batteries,” said Laura Cozzi, deputy head of energy economics at the IEA. “That’s what’s going to keep happening more and more going forward. We are seeing growing electrification happening throughout the energy sector.”Electricity drew more investment than fossil fuel supply last year for the first time, marking a pivot to a future with more industry and buildings running on power instead of fuels. This trend is expected to accelerate to 40 percent of the growth in the final consumption of energy to 2040. That’s similar to the role that oil has played in the energy system over the past 25 years, the IEA said.last_img read more

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Proposed malpractice fee rule

first_img August 1, 2005 Regular News Proposed malpractice fee rule Proposed malpractice fee rulecenter_img Pursuant to Rule Regulating The Florida Bar 1-12.1(f), 50 members of The Florida Bar have filed a petition with the Florida Supreme Court asking the court to amend Rule 4-1.5(f)(4)(B) of the Rules of Professional Conduct in response to the recent creation of article 1, section 26 (“Claimant’s right to fair compensation”) of the Florida Constitution. The court invites all interested persons to comment on the proposed amendment, which is reproduced in full below, as well as online at An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before September 30, with a certificate of service verifying that a copy has been served on the Executive Director of The Florida Bar, John F. Harkness, Jr., 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, and Stephen H. Grimes, Post Office Drawer 810, Tallahassee 32302, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument scheduled for November 30. The court will determine who will be granted oral argument prior to that date. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with the Court’s Administrative Order In Re: Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA IN RE: AMENDMENT TO THE RULES REGULATING THE FLORIDA BAR – RULE 4-1.5(f)(4)(B) OF THE RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT, CASE NO. SC05-1150 Rule 4-1.5. Fees and Costs for Legal Services (a) – (e) No Change (f) Contingent Fees. (1) – (3) No Change (4) A lawyer who enters into an arrangement for, charges, or collects any fee in an action or claim for personal injury or for property damages or for death or loss of services resulting from personal injuries based upon tortious conduct of another, including products liability claims, whereby the compensation is to be dependent or contingent in whole or in part upon the successful prosecution or settlement thereof shall do so only under the following requirements: (A) No Change (B) The contract for representation of a client in a matter set forth in subdivision (f)(4) may provide for a contingent fee arrangement as agreed upon by the client and the lawyer, except as limited by the following provisions: (i) –(ii) No Change (iii) Notwithstanding the preceding provisions of subdivision (B), in medical liability cases, attorney fees shall not exceed the following percentages of all damages received by the claimant, exclusive of reasonable and customary costs, whether received by judgment, settlement, or otherwise, and regardless of the number of defendants: a. Thirty percent (30%) of the first $250,000.00. b. Ten percent (10%) of all damages in excess of $250,000.00. (C) – (D) No Change (5) – (6) No Change (g) – (h) No Changelast_img read more

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Rules, regulations, and relationships: How WSECU spreads compliance management across the enterprise

first_imgEvery month, a group of senior leaders at WSECU($3.3B, Olympia, WA) gather to review their organization’s appetite for risk, renew its focus on member protection, and break down silos that block the view of how compliance concerns are playing out across the enterprise.WSECU created its consumer protection compliance committee in early 2014 in the wake of new Dodd-Frank mortgage rules and state examinations. About that time, Wilkes Hardin joined the Evergreen State cooperative as its vice president of lending compliance.“Our compliance world has become so much more complex in the past 10 years,” Hardin says. “Credit unions aren’t under the radar like we used to be. With the state and NCUA focus on safety and soundness, we’re in the crosshairs of compliance like never before.”To mount a formal response to the changes, the credit union created the committee to: “ … provide oversight, guidance, and direction with respect to the credit union’s management of compliance, including oversight of the credit union’s compliance with state and federal laws, regulations, rules, interpretations, and regulatory guidance, including implementation of new or changed regulatory requirements, products, services or systems.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Saturday, Jan. 25

first_imgThe efforts to keep our schools safe came one step closer to home, as reported by the Jan. 12 Gazette (“Parents voice school safety fears.”) It is a given that that parents, teachers and school administrators have the responsibility to make student safety a number one priority, not just part of an agenda and paying it only lip service, as public concerns were aired in a December school board meeting.While attempting to solve this dilemma, parents, teachers and school administrators had to endure pernicious twaddle from self-styled student “activists” who have never been in front of a class nor understood the dynamics of teaching, who prattle on with such useless advice as, “If you teach our children that they are valued, that they are people, that they are human beings, and that we love them, they will show up to be loved.”I was an educator and I deeply resent the inference that I was a nanny as well.I suggest that I was charged to teach young people; loving them was never part of my job description.Today’s “children” do not suffer from a lack of love.Rather, they suffer from a lack of discipline, which at one time came from the home, and have no need for any more excuses, no matter how eloquent, mitigating their behavior.The school’s task is to keep children safe.When we have successfully completed this task and the children feel safe, it stands to reason that they will learn.Michael G. DeckerSchenectadyThe writer is a retired Schenectady High School teacher.Is Congress worthy of your mountain?In the Bible, Psalm 15 starts with a question: “Lord, who may live on your holy mountain?”As I read it, I was struck by how much we would be blessed if those we elect to serve on our own Capitol Hill might be possessed of those same qualities.Katie FinneganMiddle GroveStart investing now to secure your futureI graduated high school in 1969.I bought myself a red convertible for $2,000.Had I instead invested that $2,000 in a total stock market fund and added just $2.50 per day, that little pile would now be worth over $1 million today.The moral of the story is simple. To accumulate large sums of money, one must start early, save steadily and let time and compounding do the magic for you.For those who feel the market is risky, I assure you that saving money in a lock box is much riskier.Instead of $1 million, your coffee can, lock box, mattress, whatever, would have just over $50,000. The other $950,000 in compounded earnings would be lost to you forever.Albert Einstein once said compound interest is the most powerful force in the universe. He said it is the eighth wonder of the world. It is something you should know about early in life.Don’t wake up 50 years from now and wish you did.James PavoldiDuanesburg Work harder to make  pensioners wholeThe state of New York and St. Clare’s Corp. (aka Albany Catholic Diocese) agreed to the closure of St. Clare’s Hospital in 2007 with a promise to make our pensions whole. The promise was broken, and we are not looking for a handout.Fiduciaries made some serious miscalculations for the amount needed to make our pensions whole, and St. Clare’s pensioners are paying the price for this enormous mistake by facing a bleak financial future — and as a result having to sell our homes and inability to stay afloat paying bills.As directed by the state in 2007, The Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century (known as the Berger Commission) mandated closure of Bellevue Hospital and consolidation of Ellis and St. Clare’s Hospitals; this mandate never happened. Instead, Ellis Hospital took over St. Clare’s Hospital, Bellevue remained open, and an agreement was made by the state and St. Clare’s Corporation/Albany Catholic Diocese to make St. Clare’s Pensions whole; this never transpired.In the last 14 months, we have tirelessly made strong efforts to have our voices heard by telling our personal stories; appearing in TV interviews; received support from local newspapers, politicians, AARP and TV stations; held meetings; attended rallies and court appearances; had numerous meetings with Bishop Edward Scharfenberger and politicians, and many other efforts.Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Bishop Scharfenberger — let’s work together to make our pensions whole so we can have some dignity and security in our retirement.Patricia PangburnSchenectadyThe writer is a St. Clare’s pensioner. Criticism of Polimeni a sign of hypocrisyRegarding the Jan. 15 Gazette article “NAACP calls for city to employ diversity training:” It is beyond ridiculous that Schenectady City Councilman John Polimeni’s minor speech gaffe caused such a stir.Mr. Polimeni nearly used the term “colored” before immediately correcting his own wording. But his message was that the council is “very fortunate” to have diversity of race and gender.Why would he make this statement if he was racially biased?Several meeting attendees called for city officials to receive “diversity training,” despite diversity being the very thing Mr. Polimeni praised.Members of Schenectady NAACP addressing city officials by reading the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is completely illogical, as Dr. King’s agenda was the exact opposite of today’s “tolerant” left.If meeting attendees strictly followed Dr. King’s vision of abolishing recognition of race, the word in question wouldn’t have even come up, let alone the controversy that followed.The most blatant hypocrisy of all comes in the fact that the word “colored” is right in the name of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). The term under scrutiny is used prominently by the organization scrutinizing it.Mr. Polimeni’s intentions were clear, but intentions no longer count for anything on the political left.David NosekGlenvilleSenators should have to explain voteThe impeachment trial of Donald Trump in the United States Senate is not about whether he held back military aid to the Ukraine for “dirt” on Joe Biden.The trial is not about whether he prevented key witnesses to the event from testifying.The overwhelming evidence indicates that he did both.Rather, the trial is about whether his actions, either one or both, meet the constitutional criteria for impeachment.Each senator has taken a sworn oath to being impartial. An impartial informed decision requires all the evidence to be examined.It’s a travesty of justice to deny new discoveries from being introduced.To make the trial result even more legitimate and accepted, every senator, not on a tribal basis but on an individual basis, should explain the reason for their vote on impeachment.Charles RiellyAltamontPoliticians must put end to sex traffickingNew York City is a major sex trafficking destination in the world.When will politicians stand up and put an end to this?Question: What sort of ‘man’ enjoys sex with a ‘girl’ (or could be a boy) who was gang-raped as part of the ‘on the job training?’Gov. Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Congressman Paul Tonko, Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are AWOL on this matter. Republicans do not exist on this issue either. They are spineless.Silence is golden for politicians on the sex trafficking matter. Why?Pride without honor exemplifies politicians in Washington and Albany. Congress turns a blind eye toward sex trafficking.They do have time to schedule hearings on cheating in professional sports while Albany worries about plastic bags. Silence of the lambs is how some ‘live.’Edmond DayRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18center_img Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSchool task: Teach, keep students safelast_img read more

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Elevator in East Java university hospital construction site falls, killing four

first_imgAn elevator at a construction site behind Malang Islamic University (Unisma) Hospital in East Java has fallen from the fourth floor, killing four out of the 11 construction workers inside.The incident occurred on Tuesday at 12.30 p.m. local time at the site, built to expand the Islamic hospital, which is located in Dinoyo subdistrict, Lowokwaru district, Malang.Budi Santoso, the hospital’s security coordinator, said he had heard a loud noise coming from the construction site when he was at the building that day. “There were 11 victims in the accident; we evacuated six people with injuries, four that were killed and one who survived [without any injuries],” Budi said on Tuesday as quoted by Malang Police criminal investigation division head Adj. Comr. Azi Pratas Gusiptu confirmed the incident.He added that officers were still investigating the cause of the fall.“We still don’t know if it was caused by human error or other reasons, but we will question some of the witnesses, including the project supervisor,” Azi said on Tuesday as quoted by (mfp)Topics :last_img read more

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Freddie Ljungberg demands unity from Arsenal’s players after Unai Emery’s sacking

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 29 Nov 2019 12:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.3kShares Freddie Ljungberg had a short message for Arsenal’s players after Unai Emery’s sacking (Getty Images)Freddie Ljungberg urged Arsenal’s players to stick together following the club’s decision to sack Unai Emery on Friday, according to reports.Following the 2-1 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday evening, Arsenal’s hierarchy took the decision to dismiss Emery on Friday morning at the club’s training ground.Arsenal’s latest loss means that the club are now on their worst run of form since February 1992.And in a statement released by Arsenal on Friday the club said: ‘The decision has been taken due to results and performances not being at the level required.’ADVERTISEMENT Freddie Ljungberg demands unity from Arsenal’s players after Unai Emery’s sacking Comment Advertisementcenter_img Freddie Ljungberg took charge of his first training session on Friday (Getty Images)Separately, Arsenal’s players were informed of Emery’s departure and according to Sky Sports, Ljungberg told Arsenal’s players to ‘stick together, turn this around and play for the shirt’.Emery was given the chance to say goodbye to the players and wish them well before Ljungberg took his first training session as interim manager.It’s reported that Emery took the decision in a ‘respectful manner’.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Unai Emery has been sacked following the club’s worst run since 1992 (AFP via Getty Images)When speaking to his players in the dressing room after their defeat to Frankfurt, Emery gave no indication that he was on the verge of being sacked and urged his squad to focus on Sunday’s Premier League fixture against Norwich City.AdvertisementAdvertisementEmery’s assurance of his own position at the club continued on Friday morning as he arrived to take training at London Colney.But the Spaniard was called into a meeting with Arsenal’s head of football Raul Sanllehi and their technical director Edu where he was delivered the news.last_img read more

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Stylish penthouse on southern Gold Coast comes with magical views

first_imgThe bedroom has a private balcony A rooftop pool and spa are luxury highlights of the penthouse. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours agoThe 410sq m property compromises two floors and according to Ms Auffret, the penthouse feels as big as an actual house. “The two-level floor plan is enormous,” she said. “It is also bathed in natural light and feels as big as a house but with the security and ease of living in an apartment.“There is so much unexpected space.“It would be perfect for anyone downsizing without having to compromise on space or their lifestyle.” The Burleigh Heads penthouse captures ocean views Marble bathrooms and large built in wardrobes ooze a sense of stylish luxury while an office and three car lock up space in the basement prove you don’t have to live life minimally. Ms Auffret said the penthouse has been fully renovated.“It is on offer for the first time in many years,” she said.“The renovation has given the property exquisite style.” 29 Ewart St, Burleigh Heads.WATCH the sunset in style. This stylish north facing penthouse comes with a bird’s eye view. The penthouse is packed with features including a private roof top and teenagers retreat. Shelley Auffret is marketing the property and said the view at night was a magical one.“If you have ever dreamt of living in an exclusive Burleigh penthouse apartment overlooking The stunning Gold coast Skyline this one truly does sparkle,” Ms Auffret said. “Dream no more.” center_img The penthouse comes with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. The penthouse is a short walk to the each and Burleigh Head’s village of cafes and restaurants.last_img read more

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