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Obama’s Transgender Student Directive a ‘Huge Victory’

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Rashed Mian and Jaime FranchiThe Obama administration on Friday issued a directive to all public schools in the nation proclaiming that transgender students must be allowed to use restrooms consistent with their gender identity.The joint declaration by the Department of Education and Department of Justice cannot be enforced by law, but school districts could lose federal funds if they’re found to be discriminating against students based on their gender. The directive makes it clear that the administration sees transgender inclusion as a basic civil rights issue—and as such, officials could be held accountable if transgender students’ rights are denied.On Long Island, the White House’s directive, which also includes school locker rooms, was dubbed a “huge victory” by one of the leading gay and transgender rights groups in the region.“This is a huge step forward for the transgender community, especially the transgender youth who are attending our schools,” Robert Vitelli, chief operating officer of LI-based LGBT Network, told the Press.The news comes amid a growing debate over transgender rights spurred by a politically charged law passed in North Carolina earlier this year prohibiting transgender people from using restrooms that don’t align with their gender given at birth. Civil liberties groups have slammed the law as hateful and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the law was nothing more than “state-sponsored discrimination.” Supporters of the law have claimed their decision is based on public safety and not anything nefarious.In response to controversy, a host of businesses either moving to North Carolina or with plans to expand there have decided not to move forward, and a handful of entertainers cancelled concerts in the Tar Heel State. President Obama has called for the law to be repealed, but North Carolina’s Republican governor was unmoved. Their bitter disagreement will now play out in court after both the DOJ and North Carolina filed counter-lawsuits over the issue.The federal government’s directive comes nearly a year after the New York State Department of Education issued its own guidelines last year to educate administrators about transgender rights. Vitelli said it was significant that the federal government was following up on what the state has already done. He cited startling statistics that show harassment of LGBT students is remarkably high.More than one-third of LGBT students report being harassed, he said, and more than 50-percent of transgender youth will attempt suicide at least once by the age of 20. If a transgender student is fortunate enough to receive support from family and friends, the likelihood of them attempting suicide drops considerably, Vitelli noted.For Michael Hynes, superintendent of schools at Patchogue-Medford School District, inclusivity is paramount. Hynes, a vocal critic of federal government overreach into the public school system, welcomed the directive.“No student should ever have to go through the experience of feeling like they don’t belong at school…or in life for that matter,” Hynes told the Press.Hynes noted that the new federal guidelines provide administrations, teachers and parents the tools they need to “protect transgender students from any harassment and to identify and address policies school districts have in place.”Ryan Cassata knows first-hand what it’s like for school staffers to tell him which bathroom he could use. At 14, Cassata, a singer-songwriter from Bay Shore, came out as transgender on Larry King Live.“When I was in high school, the staff was very confused about which bathroom I should use,” he told the Press. Cassata wasn’t permitted to use either the boys or girls bathroom at Bay Shore High School. The confusion also extended to gym class.Cassata said he had to “fight” just to be able to use the nurse’s bathroom. Now 22, Cassata believes the wheels of change are churning in the right direction.“Some of the staff didn’t know how to handle transgender students,” Cassata said. “Today, that changes. That changes for the entire country.“It brings me the greatest pleasure to hear about what the Obama administration has done for the transgender community,” Cassata continued. “This is a step in the right direction, a step toward equality, a step toward transgender people feeling more comfortable at school, a step toward transgender people not committing suicide because of the oppression.”At the collegiate level, Stony Brook University Dean of Students Tim Ecklund said the college is already in the process of transitioning its student activity building restrooms to all-gender, which would be a first among SUNY colleges.Ecklund also noted that all-gender restrooms will be installed in all newly constructed buildings on campus.“Our transgender students, like all of our student body, are very important to us,” Ecklund told the Press. “We want to offer them the best possible experience at Stony Brook and will do our best to support them in any we can.”The new directives comes a little more than a week after the New York State Assembly once against voted in favor of an anti-discrimination bill that would protect transgender people looking for housing, employment or education. The legislation, however, has for years stalled in the state Senate and is likely to fall short again this legislative session.last_img read more

Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill does not face charges in child abuse probe, report says

first_imgCommissioner Roger Goodell announced in May that the league planned to interview Hill after a case involving Child Protection Services is resolved. The status of that case is unavailable.Hill caught 87 passes for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Chiefs last season. Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe had already said April 25 he would not pursue charges against Hill. He said even though he believed that a crime had been committed, he couldn’t prove who did it.In an email to the Star on Friday, Howe said he stands by those comments. However, Howe did not address whether the investigation had ever been reopened. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said in late April that a criminal investigation into the incident had been reopened.“It is not an active investigation,” Howe said in the email. “As in any case, if we receive additional evidence we reevaluate.”Hill and the child’s mother, Crystal Espinal, Hill’s fiancee, reportedly temporarily lost custody of the child.The Chiefs suspended Hill for the “foreseeable future” in April after an audio recording surfaced of Hill allegedly threatening Espinal.Hill issued a statement that month saying he was “innocent of any crime.” His attorney, Trey Pettlon, told the Star the criminal case had been closed for a while.“It’s my understanding the criminal investigation has been closed for quite some time now and obviously there’s been some misinformation about that, but it is closed,” Pettlon said.However, Hill still faces possible punishment from the NFL. Prosecutors say the child abuse probe involving Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill is “not an active investigation,” meaning he faces no charges, the Kansas City Star reported Friday.The wide receiver had been the subject of an investigation following an alleged incident in March in which his 3-year-old son suffered a broken arm.last_img read more

Thinking of enrolling your Children in Tennis School? Visit YMCA!

first_imgST Tennis school and Bosnian Chapter of YMCA was established in 2009 in Sarajevo after the Head Coach Azra Bogucanin returned from the United States where she played competitive tennis for 10 years and nr 1 spot  for Hope International University GSAC Athletic Conference .Azra brought her experience from coaching best juniors and children tennis players in Fullerton California  over to Sarajevo  and presented it as  Cardio Tennis Program, FIT AMERICA PROGRAM for prevention of Obesity and Video Games and Tennis 10 and UNDER PROGRAM. Her school Membership now equals more than 70 children ages  4 and more (beginner to advanced competitive  junior pro tennis players) and their families .Besides tennis school, YMCA for 3 years now offers additional afterschool activities such as day camps, sleep over camps and other community programs for families.  At the camp we offer 4 to 1 elder- kid ratio and guarantee that all parents can feel safe when leaving  kids at our premises for a  whole or half of the day.Front desk service  and  one on one kid vs elder supervision for  emergencies is non stop available at all times .The lunch served  is a typical lunch package consisting of chicken sandwich, energy bars, fruits, cut vegies and some cakes. We have equipment for all kids provided.Typical  day camp schedule :10am Campers arrive check in/drop off10-11am Team building activities /Ice BreakersGames11-Noon Tennis  Warm up/ Group Formation/ Skills Assessments /TestingNoon-1pm Basket drills/Technique Improvement/Points play /Additional  Games1 -2 pm LUNCH BREAK2-3 pm Group Games /Creative Work Shops/Conditioning Practice /Psychological skillsTactics introduction and Development3pm DeparturePrices:Prices vary depending on what kind of pass parents sign up for .They usually decide whether they are enrolling kids for a full or half day camps. For more than 6 kids special discount is available so its better to sign up in groups.Our most successful YMCA event was ECO FUTURA Sleep OVER CAMP that we held last May where we hosted more than 250 kids at ECO FUTURA Village.  The kids from 4 Sarajevo schools participated in this event and for majority of them it was the first time away from parents home developing independence . Also our school is famous for its  mom kids tennis programs, family weekend fun play ,Mix double tournaments for parents only ,tennis travel groups to Croatian Coast (tennistravel.org ) and  family tournaments where the whole family  and kids compete against other tennis families .Tennis camp and tennis school runs every day Monday through Friday and applications are always open.The tennis school charges 150 KM per month for 8 tennis lessons. Camps costs are 400 KM per week with special discount for groups.last_img read more

Weah invites Wenger for Liberia swearing-in ceremony

first_imgAlthough he was handed a three-game touchline ban on Friday for his conduct after Arsenal’s draw at West Brom, Wenger will be back pitch-side by mid-January.“What’s important is when you look at his life, and I think the life of this guy is a real film, it’s unbelievable. You can make a fantastic film.“I remember when I saw him for the first time in Monaco, coming in a bit lost, not knowing anybody, not being rated by anybody as a player and after, in 1995, becoming the best player in the world.“Now he’s president of his country — it’s an unbelievable story. But it’s down to the fact that one thing that was common in George’s attitude is being strong mentally, absolutely unbelievably convinced that he has a mission.”Wenger said Weah, who entered politics in 2002, suffered for his country and showed care for other people.“I didn’t think at that point that he would become president of his country, but today when I look back, I must say I’ve seen him crying when war was on in Liberia.“It’s a happy story and I wish that he has a happy presidency. I would like to say this guy is an example for everybody who plays football today, for all the players.”Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Weah hails Wenger at the 1995 World Footballer of the year awardsWenger compares George Weah’s life to film scriptLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Arsene Wenger has compared the life of George Weah to a film script following his former player’s election as president of Liberia.Weah, who played for Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan during a glittering career, last week secured a stunning run-off victory in the West African country’s first democratic transfer of power in decades.Idolised in Liberia as “Mister George”, Weah, 51, is to be sworn in on January 22, replacing Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who in 2006 took the helm of the nation first founded for freed US slaves.Arsenal boss Wenger has been invited to Weah’s inauguration but expects to be too busy to attend — the date falls two days before the second leg of Arsenal’s League Cup semi-final against Chelsea.Wenger signed Weah in 1988 when he was manager of Monaco, guiding his career for the next four years, and views the 1995 FIFA world player of the year as a shining example to the rest of the game.“I have been invited by George to come to the day where he will be president. I believe I will be busy. Maybe if I’m suspended I’ll have time to go,” Wenger joked.last_img read more

“Transition Day” – An Enduring and Endearing Tradition

first_imgFAIR HAVEN – Third grade students at Viola L. Sickles School hopped on boards and bikes on June 13 as part of the traditional “Transition Day” celebration. The day started with a music- and memory-filled parent show, organized by music teacher Vince Mottern and the 3rd grade staff. After a family gathering in McCarter Park, the students began their journey over to Knollwood, the school they will attend in the fall, cheered on by teachers, district administration, and incoming Superintendent Sean McNeil.Fourth graders at Knollwood greeted the prospective students, and then the youngsters were serenaded by the glee club, band, and orchestra members. Afterward, they heard a presentation about student life at Knollwood, and received an official welcome from Principal Amy Romano. “There are lots of terrific things happening here at Knollwood School that you will soon be a part of,” said Romano. “Together we will grow physically, academically, and socially.”last_img read more

New County Homeless Shelter Construction Begins

first_imgBy Laura D.C. Kolnoski |OCEANPORT – Site work has started at a 3.1-acre location on the former Fort Monmouth where footings are being poured for a 4,500-square-foot temporary homeless shelter for adult men and women to be run by Monmouth County.If construction progresses as planned, the shelter is expected to open next summer, according to County Administrator Teri O’Connor. The exact occupancy date will be based on the final municipal inspections and availability of utility services, O’Connor said.The one-story “stick built construction” structure at the corner of Courier Avenue and Murphy Drive will have a 12-bed dorm for men, a four-bed dorm for women, separate restrooms and showers for men and women, a laundry room, a clothing sorting and storage room, a counseling office and a security desk. The central resident common area has a kitchen and pantry, a 16-person dining area, a computer nook and a seating area.The construction contract, awarded in May, went to Mixalia Enterprises, LLC of Shrewsbury, in the amount of $1.895 million, which will be funded by the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA), the agency overseeing the fort’s redevelopment.The shelter’s services are funded by the county and administered by the Affordable Housing Alliance, an organization that has worked with the county addressing the needs of homeless residents in recent years.The shelter will offer temporary housing and other services until more permanent housing and treatment services are identified. The former emergency homeless shelter, also in Oceanport, was destroyed in Super Storm Sandy. Its population was assigned to the John L. Montgomery Center in Freehold Township. That facility was purchased by a private concern two years ago.By statute and agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the county’s homeless shelter must be located in the Oceanport section of the fort. A suitable permanent site was identified last year, accepted by county, FMERA and Oceanport officials, and conveyed to the county by FMERA for $1.Two existing structures on the property have been demolished, O’Connor said, adding that engineering, roadwork and utility relocation are also part of the preliminary work. The site already includes a paved parking area. A groundbreaking ceremony was held there Aug. 9, attended by county and local officials.“We are able to hold this groundbreaking due to an all-out cooperative effort between the county and FMERA,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone. “We are grateful to everyone who had a hand in getting us to where we are today for their vision and support.”Original plans called for the homeless shelter to be made from two pre-fabricated modular structures connected by a bridge portion. That plan fell through last year when county officials learned prefabricated trailers were in short supply, as they were sent to other parts of the country where natural disasters like hurricanes and fires had occurred. Rather than wait, plans were expanded to include traditional stick built construction.“This new shelter will provide a temporary safe haven for homeless adults and lead them onto a path to a better quality of life,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Lillian G. Burry, the county’s FMERA representative. “There are strict criteria participants must follow. It’s an interim place to be sheltered until they can transition into new circumstances.”The county houses a fluctuating number of about 18 up to 30 homeless adults who are required to work or look for work and permanent housing during daylight hours. Occupants are allowed to remain at the emergency shelter for a maximum of 30 days.“We are committed to providing a safe location for people who are down on their luck to get back on their feet and become productive members of society. That’s what everyone wants,” O’Connor said.This article was first published in the August 23-30, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 20, 2016)–Idle since mid-August, California-bred My Fiona smoked from off the pace to take Thursday’s $55,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 3 ½ lengths under Fernando Perez. Bred and owned in-part by Terry Lovingier, the Gary Sherlock-trained filly by Ghostzapper got 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.19.Breaking from her outside post position six, she sling-shotted from next to last turning for home and took the lead inside the sixteenth pole.“She was very relaxed today, just like Gary thought she would be,” said Perez. “I wanted to get her running away from the gate, but she was going at her own pace. At the three eighths, she started picking them up and she ran great.”A well beaten 10th going a mile on turf at Del Mar on Aug. 14, My Fiona, who is also owned by Tom Beckerle and Amanda Navarro, was off at 7-2 in an open field of six fillies and mares three and up and paid $9.40, $4.20 and $2.60.A three-time stakes winner versus state-breds, My Fiona now has six wins from 15 overall starts. With the winner’s share of $42,900, she now has earnings of $474,743. (And, her bottom line will be further augmented by a Cal-bred incentive bonus of $16,500).“This is the way she wants to run,” said Lovingier in the Winner’s Circle. “As a 2-year-old, she showed a lot of speed, but she’s much better now as a come from behind sprinter. I want to give Gary a lot of credit for the way he’s developed her. We’ll run her next time in the Betty Grable at Del Mar (seven furlongs versus Cal-breds on Nov. 13).Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Brainspin was head and head outside of Ponder Lea and Ultimate Holiday early, took the lead mid-way around the turn and was second best, finishing 1 ½ lengths clear of Ponder Lea as she stayed on her left lead through the stretch run. Off as the 2-1 favorite, she paid $3.60 and $2.40.Ponder Lea, who broke from the rail with Martin Garcia, was off at 5-2 and paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.47, 44.16 and 1:10.43.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Poly dominance spans 2 decades

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I’ve only been here for five years so I didn’t know it’s been that long,” Millikan coach Kirk Diego said. “We just focus on the game in front of us.” And at times that wasn’t an easy thing to do for Ram faithful against a Jackrabbit squad determined to rebound from last week’s 39-37 loss to Dominguez. After fumbling the ball over to the Rams (2-3) twice, the Jackrabbits scored the only points they needed on a 3-yard run by Ryan Smith, one of his two rushing touchdowns on the night. “I thought, /\x27/Here we go again with the turnovers,” ‘ said Poly coach Raul Lara, whose team had a half-dozen turnovers last week. “We were having a little problem with the exchange between our quarterback and running back. We fixed that, but that still shouldn’t be happening.” Wide receiver Terrence Austin added two first-half touchdowns as Gabriel Thomas found him for scores of 13 and 7 yards. Austin finished the game with five catches for 132 yards. Thomas’ other TD pass was a 73-yarder to Travon Patterson. Two decades ago this season, Millikan High won its last Moore League football title in style. Moments after an interception, the Rams scored the go-ahead touchdown with 13 seconds remaining to down rival Poly in the 1985 season finale. It was the last time Millikan downed Poly. History certainly didn’t repeat itself Friday night. Despite suffering through some of the same turnover issues that haunted them a week prior, the visiting Jackrabbits (3-2) scored at will en route to a 65-6 league-opening victory. center_img Thomas was 7 of 8 for 229 yards before he gave way in the second half. Thanks to an 89-yard TD run, Ellis Anderson was Poly’s leading rusher with 96 yards on only three carries. The Jackrabbits special teams made sure they weren’t left out in the scoring department; Gerald Bailey ran a blocked field goal attempt back 75 yards and Patterson had a 52-yard punt return. But Dominic Jackson kept the Rams from leaving their field empty handed. After Poly scored to go up 65-0, he broke a handful of tackles on his way to an 83-yard kickoff return with 1:20 remaining in regulation. “My kids never quit all the way to the end,” Diego said. ” They are the hardest workers on the planet.” — A.J. Perez be reached at [email protected] or (562) 499-1338. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

LaVar Ball thinks son LiAngelo’s arrest in China ‘not a big deal’

first_imgRead Next LaVar Ball, father of Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers, jokes with fans at halftime of a 2017 Summer League game between the Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 7, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Clippers won 96-93 in overtime.  Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPUCLA freshman LiAngelo Ball hogged the headlines for all the wrong reasons on Tuesday after he was arrested along with two other teammates for allegedly shoplifting sunglasses from a Louis Vuitton store in Hangzhou, China.READ: LiAngelo Ball, UCLA teammates arrested in China for shopliftingADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 A follow-up report by ESPN’s Arash Markazi confirmed that Ball and teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill had been released on bail on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), but is barred from leaving their hotel until the legal process pushes through.The team is in the country to play an exhibition game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai this weekend.  Khristian Ibarrola /ra John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Magic end two-game losing streak with 112-99 win over Knicks MOST READ Netizens were quick to predict the grim consequences ahead for the 18-year-old guard, but his outspoken father, LaVar Ball, assured everyone that his middle son would be all right.“He’ll be fine,” the Ball patriarch said, according to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN. “He’ll be fine. Everybody making it a big deal. It ain’t that big of a deal.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLiAngelo’s older brother Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball also didn’t seem too worried about his sibling.“No, I haven’t talked to any of them yet,” he told the news outlet. “I know they are all over there in China taking care of it, so I will talk to them when they get back.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more