Arizona state House passes bill banning transgender female athletes from school sports

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFatCamera/iStock(PHOENIX) — The Arizona House of Representatives passed a new bill that if signed into law would ban transgender female athletes from participating in school sports. The “Save Women’s Sports Act,” introduced by Republican Rep. Nancy Barto, would require interscholastic and intramural sports sponsored by educational institutions to explicitly designate sports as for males or females based on a persons’ biological sex.“This bill is about fairness. That’s it. What is fair on the field, the court, the track, and in the pool,” Barto said in a statement to ABC News. House Bill 2706 states that if disputed, “a student may establish the student’s sex by presenting a signed physician’s statement that indicates the student’s sex” and an analysis of the student’s DNA.The bill was first introduced on Feb. 3 and passed in the House one month later along party lines 31-29 after an emotional hours-long debate on Tuesday.Barto cited the biological differences between males and females from lung capacity and muscle mass to testosterone levels that she said give men “an undeniable physical advantage over women in sports.” “That is why we have separated male and female sports. And that is why women have been so successful in achieving greatness on the field, and all the benefits that go with it,” Barto continued. “What has changed is Interscholastic policies allowing biological males identifying as females to compete on women’s teams.” The bill would apply to K-12, community college and universities’ female teams. While Barto and those who voted for the bill agree that this is about keeping a level playing field, opponents argue that it fails to protect LGBTQ kids and transgender youth. Democratic Rep. Daniel Hernandez Jr. took to Twitter after the measure passed in the House and called it “bad for Arizona.”During the hearing, Democratic Rep. Kirsten Engel said, “The impact will not be to protect women’s sports, instead it’s gonna make women’s sports a total battleground of lawsuits.” “It’s gonna bring people out of the corners of the field to cast accusations — the liability here is so broad that I have very severe concerns that some schools will find some excuse to — simply not have games,” she added.There is some protective language in the bill against “retaliation or other adverse action” for students or educational institutions and if violated would allow for legal action. “Any student who is deprived of an athletic opportunity or suffers a direct or indirect harm as a result of a violation of this section has a private cause of action for injunctive relief, damages and any other relief available under law against the educational institution,” the bill states. Despite strong opposition from House Democrats, as well as local and national businesses like the Arizona Diamondbacks, PayPal and Uber, the measure will now make it’s way to the Senate. The office for Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s did not immediately return ABC News’ request for comment on whether he would sign the bill if passed by the Senate. Currently, the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) — the state’s governing body for school sports — has policies in place for transgender athletes to compete “in a manner that is consistent with their gender identity.” The AIA policies and procedures book states that all students eligible to participate in interscholastic athletics should have the opportunity “irrespective of the sex listed on a student’s eligibility for participation in interscholastic athletics or in a gender that does not match the sex at birth.” “The eligibility is granted for the duration of the student’s participation and does not need to be renewed every sport season or school year. All discussion and documentation will be kept confidential, and the proceedings will be sealed unless the student and family make a specific request,” the policy states. The AIA did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment and it is unclear how this policy would be changed if the Senate signs HB 2716 into law. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund March 4, 2020 /Sports News – National Arizona state House passes bill banning transgender female athletes from school sportscenter_img Written bylast_img read more

UK: Countdown to HMS Edinburgh’s Decommissioning Begins

first_img Share this article View post tag: Edinburgh View post tag: UK Industry news A Type 42 destroyer sailed into harbour for the last time under its own steam today as HMS Edinburgh entered Portsmouth for the final time. The veteran warship was treated to a 21-gun salute, fly past and cheering crowds as she completed her UK tour and came home ready for decommissioning next week.With the thunder of a 21-gun salute reverberating around Portsmouth’s harbour entrance, HMS Edinburgh entered her home port for the last time.With her long, thin decommissioning pennant trailing into the Solent, Edinburgh’s entry brought a 40-year chapter in the proud history of the Royal Navy to an end.The salute from Fort Blockhouse –acknowledged in kind by Edinburgh’s saluting gun which left a swirl of smoke drifting down the destroyer’s port beam – almost drowned out the bagpipe skirl of Scotland the Brave performed on the ship.It did not drown out the drone from the Fortress of the Sea’s Lynx, darting around overhead, nor the graceful purr of the magnificent Sea Fury, the Royal Navy Historic Flight’s vintage fighter which performed barrel rolls in the clear blue sky over Edinburgh as she passed Spice Island.After the old, the new. A few yards behind Edinburgh, with her upper decks manned like the Type 42’s for Procedure Alpha, HMS Defender, one of the new Type 45 destroyers which picks up the air defence baton from her forebears.All 260 souls aboard Edinburgh are fully aware that her passing marks the end of an era. “Most people on board are proud to serve on a 42. Everyone wanted to be on the upper deck on the last day as we went past the Round Tower,” said LET(ME) Goldie Gouldin, whose first ship was Edinburgh back in 2001.Fellow stoker PO ‘Darbz’ Allen, who’s served in Birmingham, York, Exeter, Glasgow and now Edinburgh, added: “I love these ships and I will miss them.“They are brilliant ships with a great bunch of people.“They have stood the test of time.“They have proved themselves in the Falklands, in the Gulf, all over the world.”Among the public gathered to watch the historic final entry, former radar senior rating Steve James from Whiteley, near Fareham.He left the RN nearly a decade ago having served in five Type 42s, including two drafts on Edinburgh. He met his wife Julie serving in HMS Manchester and the couple’s son, Will, was christened aboard the Busy Bee; his name is inscribed on the ship’s bell. “There was a good family feeling on board a Type 42,” he said.“Everyone looked after each other.“And whichever ship you served in, you knew your way around and you always knew someone on board. I had good times on them.”The ceremonial entry begins a busy – and emotional – final week in the active life of Edinburgh, which has sailed 800,000 miles under the White Ensign.[mappress]Press Release, May 31, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: to View post tag: Countdown View post tag: Decommissioning View post tag: Naval May 31, 2013center_img UK: Countdown to HMS Edinburgh’s Decommissioning Begins View post tag: HMS View post tag: europe View post tag: Defence Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Countdown to HMS Edinburgh’s Decommissioning Begins View post tag: begins View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navylast_img read more

US Navy’s Ghost Fleet Overlord program enters next phase

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy’s Ghost Fleet Overlord unmanned vessel program enters next phase View post tag: LUSV Authorities navaltoday Share this article View post tag: US Navy The US Navy’s office for unmanned and small combatants has started the next phase of the Ghost Fleet Overlord program which is designed to help the navy better decide which unmanned assets to acquire.As disclosed, the Program Executive Office Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC) announced October 1 that it has awarded contract modifications to the two industry teams who participated in Phase I of the program.Phase I converted two existing commercial fast supply vessels into USVs and focused on autonomy system integration; demonstration of navigational autonomy; and hull, mechanical and electrical system reliability upgrades.The work concluded in September with a successful capstone demonstration of both Overlord vessels executing interactions compliant with the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS). Along with reliability of systems tests, more than 600 hours of autonomy testing was successfully completed during Phase I, including several long-range autonomous transits in a complex navigational environment.Phase II will be conducted using the same ships from Phase I and will focus on the integration of government-furnished command-and-control systems and payloads and involve more complex and challenging naval experimentation.Phase II will complete in Fiscal Year 2021 at which point the Overlord vessels will transition to the Navy for further experimentation.The experiences gleaned from both Phase I and II of Overlord are designed to inform and accelerate the Navy’s Large and Medium USV programs, which are managed by the same team in PEO USC.The Navy issued a request for proposals on September 5 for the award of multiple conceptual design contracts for the Large USV in fiscal 2020. A RFP for the development of the Medium USV was issued July 16.A Ghost Fleet Overlord test vessel sits pier-side following a capstone demonstration. Photo: US Navy October 2, 2019, by View post tag: MUSV View post tag: Ghost Fleet Overlord US Navy’s Ghost Fleet Overlord unmanned vessel program enters next phaselast_img read more

Accepting Internship Applications for 2017 Legislative Session

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Dear Friend,We are now accepting internship applications for the 2017 legislative session.The House Republican Internship Program is a unique opportunity to participate in state government at the Indiana Statehouse while gaining hands-on experience. This paid program during the spring semester allows interns to immerse themselves in the legislative process by working directly with state representatives.Internships are open to college sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, and recent graduates of all majors.[Click here to tweet about these internship opportunities]Interns receive a bi-weekly compensation of $700, and can earn college credits and a scholarship. The internship program also offers many networking opportunities and is a great resume builder.Interns will be placed in one of five departments, including legislative, communications, technology, fiscal policy or policy.The application deadline is Oct. 31.To learn more about these internship opportunities and the application process, click here.Sincerely,State Rep. Wendy McNamaralast_img read more

NJ Transit officer who saved man at Secaucus Junction wins almost…

first_imgSECAUCUS – A NJ Transit officer who saved a man from the tracks at Secaucus Junction in 2016 won almost $500,000 on a game show. Victor Ortiz and his wife and daughter went home with $499,899 in winnings from NBC’s “The Wall,” according to NBC 10.In Augusr 2016, Ortiz was working at Secaucus Junction when he saw and removed a man from the train tracks, moments before a train entered the station.Though the show actually taped last year, NBC 10 reports, Ortiz kept the outcome secret, until it was aired Monday night.A day after it aired, Ortiz was on patrol at Secaucus Junction, telling the media outlet he won’t let the money change him. However, he does plan on using it to fund his daughter’s college education. As his wife recently finished breast cancer treatments, NBC 10 says, he’ll also take the family on a celebratory trip to London.“Here we are, after all we’ve been through, so let’s enjoy our lives because we don’t know what tomorrow will bring,” he told NBC 10. ×The Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station in Secaucus The Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station in Secaucuslast_img read more

Baby Jesus returned to Hoboken church almost 90 years later

first_img× HOBOKEN – According to reports, a baby Jesus from a 1930s nativity scene was returned to Our Lady of Grace and St. Joseph on Fourth Street and Willow Avenue on Wednesday when an unknown package was delivered.Rev. Alexander Santora told NBC 4 New York that he was initially apprehensive to open the package since it had no return address and didn’t look like it was packed by a company so he called the police to report it as suspicious.Once the package was cleared by the Emergency Services Unit he found a baby Jesus statue and a note stating that the statue was stolen from the church’s Nativity scene in the 1930’s and somehow was in the sender’s grandfathers possession and the sender thought it should be returned.last_img

Bear Creek Bayou Festival Shares Complete Schedule For NOLA Debut

first_imgAfter Bear Creek cancelled its festivities last year, the Bear Creek Bayou Festival is set to return triumphantly for two days at Mardi Gras World in New Orleans, LA. Coming in hot from September 30-October 1st, an all-star lineup featuring George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Soulive, Dumpstaphunk, Lettuce (x2), Lotus, Foundation of Funk (x2), Papadosio, The Flaming Lips and more will all be performing.With less than a month to go, the festival has just released their stacked schedule for the 2016 festivities. Be sure to head here to check out all of the musical magic planned for the return fo Bear Creek.When the music ends at the festival, Live For Live Music has you covered. After night one, an all-star lineup of musicians with join The Floozies and hold “Funk Court.” Featuring John Medeski, Skerik, Ryan Zoidis and Jesus Coomes, get more information by heading here. On night two, another stacked lineup will join forces to pay tribute to the late great Bernie Worrell, with an ensemble that includes Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Nick Daniels, Nigel Hall, Nikki Glaspie, Jennifer Hartswick, The Shady Horns and TJ Norris. More information can be found here.We can’t wait for this festival and all of the late night jams!last_img read more

HARD FREEZE!

first_imgOBSERVE ROUTINE WINTER PREPAREDNESS TO PROTECT OUTDOOR FAUCETS, EXPOSED PIPE, AND GARDEN HOSES FROM FREEZING.USE NOAA WEATHER RADIO FOR UPDATES AND DETAILS FROM YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE OFFICE. SPECIAL AGRICULTURAL WEATHER ADVISORYOFFICE OF THE STATE CLIMATOLOGISTTHE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIAISSUED 1:45 PM 25 FEBRUARY 20002HARD FREEZE TO IMPACT MOST OF GEORGIA – AGRICULTURAL PRODUCERS, HOMEOWNERS, AND OTHERS SHOULD PREPARE.A STRONG POLAR COLD FRONT WILL SWEEP ACROSS GEORGIA ON TUESDAY. BY WEDNESDAY MORNING, LOWS WILL RANGE FROM THE TEENS IN THE MOUNTAINS TO AROUND 30 ALONG THE COAST. THURSDAY MORNING WILL BE COLDER WITH LOWS IN THE SINGLE DIGITS AND LOWER TEENS IN THE MOUNTAINS, IN THE MID TO UPPER TEENS IN THE PIEDMONT, LOWER TO MIDDLE 20S IN THE COASTAL PLAIN AND MIDDLE 20S ALONG THE COAST.INDIVIDUALS WITH INTERESTS THAT WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE COLD SHOULD TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTIONS AT THIS TIME. PEACHES ARE THE BIGGEST IMMEDIATE CONCERN. CHILL HOURS FOR THE SEASON ARE 845 AT FORT VALLEY, 880 AT BYRON, 848 AT CORDELE AND 871 AT MIDVILLE. CONTACT YOUR COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION AGENT FOR DETAILS.ADDITIONAL WARMTH MAY BE NEEDED FOR LIVESTOCK AND PETS THAT HAVE NOT DEVELOPED NORMAL WINTER COATS.INDOOR PETS NEED TO BE MONITORED CLOSELY FOR COLD WHEN OUTSIDE.IT IS IMPORTANT TO ENSURE THAT ADEQUATE WATER IS AVAILABLE FOR LIVESTOCK AND PETS, SINCE ICE WILL FORM ON MANY WATER SUPPLIES. last_img read more

4 ways to improve online conversion

first_imgFrom September 2012 to November 2013, Filene and Amazon.com gave credit unions the opportunity to win new cardholders on Amazon’s new online storefront. During this pilot initiative, less than 2 applications were approved for every 100 leads from Amazon’s credit card marketplace.Although the results weren’t great from a new business perspective, the experiment yielded valuable information about where credit unions are falling short when it comes to online conversions. With consumers relying more and more on digital channels both for information and for completing transactions, it’s essential to make sure your website is good at driving conversion.Here are 4 takeaways from the Amazon initiative that can help you improve your own online conversion rates.1. Invest in your website.Once upon a time, the standard practice was to budget for large-scale website redesigns (amortizing them over a period of years) and not make many significant changes until the next large website redesign. Back in this medieval period, websites were often treated like online brochures. Today, smart businesses have realized how barbaric both of these approaches were. You should invest regularly (if not continuously) in updating and upgrading your website, treating it as the interactive engagement and sales tool it’s capable of being. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

From the front it looks like a cute cottage, but just wait and see what it looks like inside

first_imgThe pool area looking back toward the house. Picture: realestate.com.auThere is a raw pressed-metal splashback and polished concrete flooring throughout. Cute cottage from the outside. 71 Moreton St, New Farm. Picture: realestate.com.auFROM the front it looks like a cute cottage, but once you walk through the front door, it’s like looking through a designer magazine.This former 1920s cottage at 71 Moreton St, New Farm underwent an amazing transformation in 2015 and will be auctioned on Saturday October 14, at 10am.The four-bedroom home is known as Haven.This fireplace was once indoors, but the home was reconfigured and it now opens to the deck. Picture: realestate.com.auMarketing agent Ivo Kornell of Belle Property New Farm, said it was only because the owners had secured a larger block nearby that they were selling the home.From the street it has all the traditional features of a single gable Queenslander.The extension has really modernised the Queenslander. Picture: realestate.com.auMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThe first half of the home is the traditional section of the house with the central corridor and four bedrooms off to the left and right.Another space downstairs is suitable for use as a fifth bedroom, this area is fully self-contained with its own kitchenette and bathroom.71 Moreton St, New Farm. Picture: realestate.com.auThe main bedroom has a fireplace and an ensuite and there are traditional stained-glass windows.Toward the back of the home, the pavilion and courtyard extension designed by architect James Forbes is like looking through the pages of a designer magazine.The extension has opened up and modernised the home. Picture: realestate.com.auThe original fireplace, which was previously inside the home, has been altered so it now opens to the outdoors.“Timber decking and seating will grey overtime, matching the muted colouring of a sheltering Olive tree,’’ Mr Forbes said.The deck area.The kitchen is part of a pavilion extension of interconnected, informal and social spaces. It has charcoal and black laminate finishes and charcoal stone benchtops, plus spotted gum timber on the pantry.71 Moreton St, New Farm. Picture: realestate.com.aulast_img read more