For some, shadow of regret cast over gender switch

first_imgUSA Today 26 February 2009The day Mike Penner left the Los Angeles Times made the news. The longtime sportswriter wrote the article himself, a personal essay explaining that he was taking some time off and, upon his return, he would be known from then on as Christine Daniels.Penner’s public acknowledgment in April 2007 that he was transgender and would soon live as a woman shocked the world of sports journalism and turned his new identity, Daniels, into an instant celebrity. Daniels gave speeches, was profiled in Sports Illustrated, collected honors for courage from transgender groups and wrote a blog for the Times titled “Woman In Progress.”Except that the transition didn’t last. In mid-October 2008, after a lengthy leave of absence, Penner, 51, returned to the sports pages and the Times newsroom as a man.And just as suddenly, Penner’s story, heralded in its early days as a triumphant example of transgender progress, has instead become a cautionary tale of the lesser-known phenomenon: transgender regret.Cases such as Penner and Cluse raise questions about the causes of transgenderism. Paul McHugh, director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, is a leading proponent of the notion that the cause is not biological, that transgender people have chosen this path.He halted the university hospital’s practice of performing gender reassignment surgeries in the late 1970s because, he says, a study indicated that postoperative transsexuals were no happier than they were before the operation. “You can live any way you want, but don’t come to us and ask us to give medical resources to this proposal of yours, because we think it’s a social construct and not a condition of nature,” McHugh says.“No one has demonstrated any physical mechanism or physical problem that causes this. The burden of proof is on them to prove that.”http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-02-24-transgender-penner_N.htmlast_img read more

Fired Officer Derek Chauvin Taken into Custody

first_imgThe officer knelt on the neck of George Floyd for eight minutes has been taken into custody in connection with his death.The arrest of Derek Chauvin was announced by Minnesota DPS Commissioner John Harrington.Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has said he will announce new developments in the Floyd case at 1 p.m., suggesting that criminal charges may soon follow.Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of Minneapolis PD, was fired on Tuesday following Floyd’s death on Monday.The arrest was made by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which has been conducting the investigation into Floyd’s death.Video taken at the scene showed Chauvin holding his knee to Floyd’s neck for several minutes, with Floyd saying “help” and “I can’t breathe” while he was held.Three other officers at the scene have also been fired. At this stage there are no word on arrests of these men.The state attorney says the fired officers are not cooperating with law enforcement.While the National Guard has deployed 500 armed troops to the city of Minneapolis to prevent any further rioting.last_img read more

Olympia Downtown Alliance Honored Downtown Champions, Including ‘Person of the Year,’…

first_imgFacebook240Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Downtown AllianceThe Olympia Downtown Alliance held its 22nd Annual Meeting on Monday, January 27, 2020, at The Washington Center for Performing Arts.The packed house heard from Alliance Board Chair Josh Gobel of Thomas Architecture Studios, Alliance Executive Director, Todd Cutts and Jessica Bateman, Olympia Mayor Pro-Tem. The evening included a panel discussion around the topic of New Business Downtown moderated by Ryan DiCrescenzo,  and the panelists included Liana Francisco from Seed and Bloom, Julia Ward from Moda Capelli and Sandy Hall, Dillinger’s Cheese & Provisions.During the meeting, the Alliance also honored community members with annual awards.The Alliance honored those who helped make the Volunteers in Paint Program (VIP) successful, bestowing Golden Paintbrush Awards. Congratulations to the Business Sponsors, BJ Paint’s new owners, Dan Randall, Brian Fuller and Greg Newbill. The VIP Volunteers of the Year went to Girl Scouts Hazel Hudson and Ruby O’Donnell.The Alliance awarded ‘Volunteer of the Year’ to Kris Tucker with Olympia Artspace Alliance. The Alliance awarded ‘Business of the Year’ to Drees (owned by Ruthann Goularte). The Alliance Awarded the Design Award to Browsers Bookshop (owned by Andrea Griffith). Finally, the Alliance awarded ‘Person of the Year’ to Matthew DeBord.Walker John, 2018 award recipient, presented DeBord with this year’s award. John said, “We are presenting Matt with this award for his tireless work in downtown and throughout the Olympia community. He’s an Olympia kid, born and raised, who loves his City. He is a tireless advocate for downtown and has supported critical commercial investment in numerous downtown projects. He also is the co-Chair of the Downtown Improvement District Steering Committee. His work on this crucial effort has been tireless!”last_img read more

Unexpected Results in a Historically Low Turnout Year

first_imgBy John BurtonThis year’s election wasn’t going to be much, with low voter turnout predicted and safe seats up for Assembly, county seats and locally. But those political prognosticators were wrong in a Monmouth County legislative race and for a surprising number of local contests.They were correct about the turnout, which was a historic low at 23 percent, and with low turnout elections come the informed and passionate voters, analysts agree.Results continue to remain fluid in a number of races around the area; some, as of Wednesday, continuing to be too close to call in Belmar, Neptune and Long Branch until provisional ballots are counted Monday. To further complicate things, result totals were delayed as county election officials worked with a computer software contractor Dominion Voting Services employed by the county to recover accidentally deleted vote-by-mail numbers by an employee of Dominion but were restored. Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano apologized to the candidates whose results changed as a result of the error and noted the county is more than displeased with the “chronic” problems with the company.Because the turnout was expected to be a few points below the previous historic low, Patrick Murray, founding director the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said “It didn’t look like there was going to be a huge turnout effect,” to sway elections, Murray said. But the low response may have factored into some noteworthy upsets. Democrats increased that party’s majority by taking two Assembly seats in the traditionally Republican bedrock of Monmouth County, in the 11th District. Democratic challengers Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey defeated eight-year Republican incumbents Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande.Murray called this “a huge upset.”“There was talk of this all along that this would be a potential pickup,” Murray said. The major factors being that the 2011 redistricting appeared to favor Democrats, with more registered Democrats – by one estimate as much as 10,000 more Democrats. But the defining factor was likely a last minute influx of about $1 million in Democratic PAC money into the district.“They smelled blood in the water,” Murray said of the Democrats. “And they threw some money into the race.”And ultimately, “The Republicans were caught sleeping on this race,” Murray maintained. “No question about it.”What that “onslaught of money” was able to do was to buy TV ad time and mailers contending the Republicans were continuously in league with Republican governor and presidential candidate Chris Christie, “tarring him with his feathers, if you will,” observed Ingrid Reed, a Rutgers University political scientist and former executive director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers.The Democrats’ strong showing was likely a mandate on Christie, even as Christie stayed out of state during campaign season (and rarely appeared in GOP candidates’ campaign photos – much like President Barack Obama did in the 2010 Congressional races) Reed suspected.The candidates failing to distance themselves from the increasingly unpopular governor could be blamed for Angelini and Casagrande’s loss, Murray suspected. Neither of the lawmakers ever voted for a veto override and “sometimes you have to stand up for your constituents,” Murray said, explaining that may have lead to Republican voters staying home. “The Republican Party has reaped what they’ve sown,” in this case, he observed.“The county GOP is still strong,” countered Shaun Golden, Monmouth County Republican Committee chairman. Golden pointed to continued comfortable victories for freeholder and county clerk and solid wins in many of the municipalities, including picking up at least one seat, and probably two, in Democratic stalwart Red Bank. The Republicans have a four-vote lead for the second seat. He insisted the 11th District loss was the product of outside money and district gerrymandering. “But we’re going to get it back in two years,” which will be a gubernatorial, Senate and Assembly election. Republicans easily won the 13th legislative district returning a.“I think the incumbents in the 11th failed to show that they should be re-elected,” was how Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal saw it. He accused the GOP incumbents of “arrogance.”Gopal observed “When you take voters for granted it doesn’t work out.”Democrats, Gopal noted, had “some very big wins,” in Matawan, Manalapan, and Spring Lake Heights. They picked up the mayor’s spot in Atlantic Highlands and very likely Oceanpor t.What is interesting about Atlantic Highlands and Oceanport is that in both of those races, incumbents crossed party lines and offered endorsements. In Atlantic Highlands outgoing Republican Mayor Frederick Rast supported the victorious Democrat Rhonda LeGrice for mayor; and Oceanport Republican Councilman actively worked for write-in mayoral candidate and presumptive winner John Coffey.When you have such low turnout those who bother coming to the polls tend to be the most informed and passionate, Reed pointed out.Murray agreed. “These are the surprises you get with a low turnout.”Local 2015 election coverage on The Two River TimesUnexpected Results in a Historically Low Turnout YearGOP Takes Red Bank By 4 VotesIncumbents Ousted in HighlandsGOP Sweeps, Other Than Stunning Angelini and Casagrande Loss‘Quixotic’ Oceanport Mayoral Attempt SucceededLocal Election ResultsVoters Approve Liquor Sales in Little SilverVIDEO: Local Candidate DebateEvery Vote Counts (Editorial)last_img read more

Transfer gossip: Bees tipped to move for Watford striker

first_imgBrentford are looking to sign striker Jerome Sinclair on a six-month loan from Watford, according to The Sun.Sinclair, 20, was linked with a move to Griffin Park before Watford signed him from Liverpool during the summer.He has not made a first-team appearance for the Hornets, and Bees boss Dean Smith is said to be keen to agree a deal to sign him when the transfer window reopens in January.The deal would mean Watford would be unable to recall him during the course of any loan spell, The Sun say.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Foreign journalists visit SA

first_imgBrand South Africa 2012 Media Tour Brand South Africa hosts a group of journalists from the United Arab Emirates; presenting the country’s strong business environment, with information and presentations from the financial sector to agri-industries. News articlesMore to South Africa than Nelson MandelaInsights into doing business in SASA to lead in Islamic finance  VideosMiller Matola On UAE Media tourUnited Arab Emirates Journos Visit to South Africa: Part 1United Arab Emirates Journos Visit to South Africa Part 2 Find out more about Brand South Africa’s projects, past and present. EventsBrand Africa Forum 2011ITI India 2011Russia Tour 2011Congo 2011Media Tour 2010 Current projectsMagnificent FridaysMake every Friday a Magnificent Friday by showcasing your patriotism and love for our beautiful country and its people.    Past projectsNational Communication Partnership2010 starts now! Learn how you can join communicators across South Africa and Africa to make the most of the opportunities that 2010 brings.2010 NCP conference blogNCP National Conference report, August 2009last_img read more

Blitzbokke win Cape Town Sevens tournament

first_img14 December 2015This weekend’s win is the Springbok Sevens’ third consecutive win on home soil, after their triumphs at the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens tournaments in 2013 and 2014. The win in Cape Town puts the team at the top of the log for the World Rugby Sevens Series 2015, as joint leaders with Fiji.Well done @Blitzboks – champion of the SA leg of @WorldRugby7s for the third year running! @CapeTown7s pic.twitter.com/EeQjMxjRjt— South African Rugby (@Springboks) December 13, 2015Sunday’s final featured some impressive and inspired play from the South Africans, including the physicality of forwards Kyle Brown and Philip Snyman, and the pace of Rosko Specman, Cheslin Kolbe and Seabelo Senatla against a determined and dogged Argentinian defence.No one created more havoc, though, than centre Justin Geduld, whose kicking set up scoring opportunities for both Specman and Senatla. Geduld was named Player of the Match.The brave South American Pumas refused to give up the chase. But after a Kolbe run set up a try for Ryno Benjamin and gave South Africa its fifth try of the game, the partisan 52 000 strong crowd cheered the home team to a conclusive win, and the end of a great weekend of world-class rugby.Coach Neil Powell facing @Blitzboks for national anthem @CapeTown7s #BringTheHeat pic.twitter.com/etDbtFnQ09— South African Rugby (@Springboks) December 13, 2015“We made it hard for ourselves again in the final,” Springbok Sevens coach Neil Powell told SA Rugby after the game. The team had to improve from the previous day’s performance, in which the Blitzbokke faltered against Kenya, losing by two points. “I am proud of the way the team responded to the pressures and expectations from a fantastic home crowd,” Powell said.Brown, the captain, thanked the crowd for their support over the past two days, highlighting “the way the anthem was sung and the noise they made”, as the inspiration the team needed to win the final.WELL DONE @BLITZBOKS! The boys in the green and gold win the @CapeTown7s! pic.twitter.com/1Tw1Z9nZon— Cell C South Africa (@CellC) December 13, 2015The weekend provided some interesting upsets on the road to Sunday’s final. Argentina won against New Zealand in the quarter-finals, while Kenya ended the USA’s run during the pool matches on Saturday. South Africa struggled in its quarter-final against Australia, but came back strongly in the second half with a flurry of tries to win 26-5 and a spot in Sunday’s final.I picked some of my favourite images from the @CapeTown7s. See the full selection here: https://t.co/laoPfnkfoz pic.twitter.com/4hR8BZytx8— Tom Chick (@tomchick85) December 13, 2015Current World Sevens Series 2015 standing:1. Fiji – 35 points2. South Africa – 35 points3. USA – 29 points4. Argentina – 29 points5. England – 26 points6. France – 25 points7. New Zealand – 25 pointsThe next stop in the series is in New Zealand at the end of January, where the Blitzbokke will top Pool A and face New Zealand, Scotland and Russia. The tournament will be played in Wellington on 30 and 31 January.Thanks Cape Town, thanks sevens fans. Thanks Blitzboks fans. Thanks @blitzboks All of you did #bringtheheat pic.twitter.com/TOhixk5x1T— South African Rugby (@Springboks) December 13, 2015Source: News24last_img read more

Nominiere Deine Geocaching-Helden als “Geocacher des Monats”

first_img SharePrint RelatedWie man einen Geocache verstecktSeptember 3, 2019In “Deutsch”Sag uns Deine Meinung! Nimm an der Umfrage zu Challenge-Geocaches teil.November 30, 2015In “Deutsch”9 Tipps für eine verantwortungsbewusste Geocache-WartungJune 6, 2017In “Deutsch” Monat für Monat nominieren Geocacher diejenigen Hobbykollegen, von denen sie denken, dass sie die ultimativen Geocacher der Community für die ultimative Auszeichnung “Geocacher des Monats” sind. Die Nominierten reichen von genialen Event-Ausrichtern, die neuen Geocachern das Spiel gezeigt haben, bis hin zu Geocachekünstlern, die mit ihren Nicht-von-dieser-Welt-Kreationen andere zum Denken außerhalb von Plastik-Behältern angeregt haben.Wir werden die Nominierungen prüfen und wählen drei Geocacher als Finalisten aus. Dann übernimmt die Community die Zügel: Die Stimmabgabe erfolgt über Kommentare im entsprechenden Blog-Posting. Alle Finalisten erhalten ein Geschenkpaket vom Geocaching-Hauptquartier, und zusätzlich gratuliert virtuell die gesamte Geocaching-Community.Stimm hier für den Geocacher des Monats ab: http://bit.ly/12XRfMXKennst Du jemanden, der es verdient, als Geocacher des Monats geehrt zu werden? Dann nominiere ihn hier! http://bit.ly/1kuwRaIShare with your Friends:More Nominiere Deine Geocaching-Helden als “Geocacher des Monats”last_img read more

Poll: Android Fragmentation Issues

first_imgTags:#Android#mobile#Poll Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Image credit: Ubergizmo This week, a survey of Android developers conducted by Baird’s William Powers was highlighted by CNN’s Fortune blog in a post titled “Android is a Mess, Say Developers.” The results showed that a large number of developers have begun to build Android applications – in fact, 71% said they were building for Android, while 62% said they were building for iOS. But Fortune’s blogger, the pro-Apple Philip Elmer DeWitt focused on another aspect of the survey’s results: the problems that building for Android entails.At the top of the list was the fragmentation issue, with 56% of developers saying it was a “meaningful” or “huge” problem. Do you agree? Let us know in this week’s poll.Fragmentation is Real, but How Much of a Problem?This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this complaint from developers. Fragmentation, not just of the OS itself, but the large number of Android devices and form factors out there, means that developers have to deal with a much more complicated environment than they do when building for the iPhone or iPad.According to the survey, 24% of developers said fragmentation was a “huge” problem, 33% said it was a “meaningful” problem, 13% said it was somewhat of a problem and 17% said it was a problem. Only 14% said it was not a problem.In addition, the survey asked about other issues, like store fragmentation (due to the alternative marketplaces for apps), ease of development, app visibility and the ability to get paid. Apparently, fragmentation made Android difficult to build for, because iOS beat it here on the “ease of development” question. What also interested us in reading through this news were the comments on the original blog post. A sampling:..Android development is significantly easier because I’m a Java developer. Objective-C is only used on Apple…I’d have to learn a whole new language to build apps for the iPhone…Fragmentation can be solved by specifying hardware requirements in your manifest file. I’ve been developing for both and Android development is much easier. Am I alone in this opinion?Seems to me that the universe of this poll is way too limited. I develop for both and I think Android is much easier. Of course fragmentation is an issue but, like in any product develop cycle, you have to define who is the target of your product.Seems odd to me that IOS is rated as easier to develop on, for the simple reason that Android development is done in Java, a language most developers new to the platform already know. Objective C is an elegant language, but it does have a learning curve.What if Android is fragmented…what developers care for: “is there an audience big enough for me to make money?” If yes, they will go through any amount of pain. As an Android developer with over 30,000 downloads I can say that “fragmentation” is a problem, but its a problem in the same way the CSS browser incompatibly is a problem. Yes its annoying but nobody is calling HTML/CSS “fragmented”.Missing the trees for the forest. Developers are CHOOSING Android first DESPITE what laypersons refer to as fragmentation. That should tell you something, namely that Android is a much more preferable development environment than iOS.So, what do you think? Is Android fragmentation the “huge” and “meaningful” problem this survey says it is? And does that mean it makes Android much harder to build for? And by the way, how is it that the survey asked if something is a problem, a huge problem, a meaningful problem or somewhat of a problem all in the same question? Really?! How about something a little more straightforward?Is Android development a problem or not, or only somewhat?You tell us – in what’s hopefully a little less biased of a poll question. sarah perez The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more