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first_imgNZ Herald 23 February 2014The parents of a seven-year-old transgender boy are in discussions with an independent film maker to chart the next decade of their child’s life as he undergoes medical changes.Born into a girl’s body, Ben Brockwell-Jones’ story hit the headlines last year after his parents Wes and Rebecca Jones made a controversial decision to start a process which would culminate in medically stopping the onset of female puberty.Last night, little Ben walked in the Pride Parade. Ben was a guest on the Israeli Embassy float, which faced political protest last night. Pink-clad protesters blocked the parade route and raised banners criticising “Israeli apartheid”. Four protesters were removed by security.But Ben was walking behind the float, so safely avoided protesters.The 7-year-old has been been living and attending school as a boy for more than a year after telling his parents he was not the little girl born to them.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11208173Gender Change A Recipe for ConfusionMedia Release 6 Oct 2013Family First NZ says that attempts to change the gender of a young girl are harmful and fail to recognise the unique nature of the child which should be celebrated, not drugged and surgically changed.“To think that drugs and a surgeon and a knife can change the gender of a child or young person is mythical. And to allow a child to make that type of decision is downright dangerous and ultimately harmful to the child,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.“What the child really needs is affirmation of their unique personality and appropriate treatment for their unhappiness and other presenting emotional issues – but definitely not gender confusion, drugs and a scalpel.”“Gender change is portrayed as being the best treatment but it fails to account for deep unresolved psychological issues. Studies show that over 50% of transgenders have had at least one suicide attempt by age 20. Even more harm themselves daily either by cutting or self-mutilation. Gender change does nothing to resolve these issues.”READ MORE https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/2013/10/gender-change-a-confused-response-to-unhappiness/last_img read more

first_imgOrganisers of the Nigeria Pitch Awards are still optimistic of hosting the 7th edition of the glamorous award this year irrespective of the COVID-19 pandemic raving the world. Chief Executive Officer of the Pitch Award, Mr Shina Philips told journalists in Abuja that plans are underway to stage the event in line with the social distancing guideline of the Federal government. “This year’s EURO Cup and the 2020 Olympics due to hold this summer in Tokyo have been put off,” Philips said. “All Football, Rugby, Basketball Leagues in Europe, America, Asia and Africa have long been suspended with organizers considering declaring them inconclusive altogether. Saudi Arabia, the primordial home of all Muslims, have advised intending pilgrims to defer travel arrangements for the 2020 hajj scheduled to hold between July and August this year. “Unfortunately, we had already scheduled the 7th Award Ceremony of the Nigeria Pitch Awards before the lockdown was announced. But like other international events, the pandemic had forced organizers to suspend the event.Advertisement “For us as a responsible organization, we could not have done otherwise. We felt we should abide by Government’s order and toe the line of all responsible organizations. “However, we are strategizing to ensure we can still hold the award ceremony in line with the social distancing guideline as soon as possible.” read also:Ighalo, Osimhen, battle for 2019 Nigeria Pitch Awards The 7th edition of the awards was slated for March 30 in Asaba, Delta State but was put off because of the rampaging pandemic. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year6 Unforgettable Shows From The 90s That Need To Make A Comeback7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?12 Marvel Superheroes Before The FameCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Loading… last_img read more

first_imgThe 7th Grade St. Louis Boys Basketball team took on Sunman Dearborn on Thursday, November 21st.  The Cardinals played one of their better games thus far in the young season despite the 27-15 loss.  The Cardinals were led in scoring by Max Amberger with 7 points followed by Adam Meer with 4 points, Henry Wanstrath with 2 points, and Sam Laloge with 2 points.  Laloge led the team with 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.  The boys are continuing to improve and working hard.  The Cardinals next game is Monday, November 25th when they take on Benjamin Rush.  Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Tekulve.The Cardinals improved their record to 5 and 3 with a win over Sunman Dearborn 32 to 22.  The Cardinals played great defense and scoring came from the entire roster.  Miles had 11, Weiler 6, Grote 5, Lohmueller 4, Conway, Flaspohler and Ritter each added 2.  Carson Meyer was out with injury.  The Cardinals play Benjamin Rush at home Monday night before the Thanksgiving break.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Chad Miles with Jenny Miles.last_img read more

first_imgThe baby who was forcibly cut from his mother’s womb has passed away after spending weeks on life support.The family of Yovani Yadiel Lopez told reporters at FOX 32 that the infant passed away at 5:00 am Friday morning.Lopez was rushed to the hospital after 46-year-old Clarisa Figueroa contacted authorities to tell them that she just had a baby and that the baby was not breathing. The baby was rushed to the hospital where he was placed on life support as he condition began to deteriorate, however, responding authorities also noted that besides blood on Figueroa’s upper body, they found no indication that she had just given birth.Authorities later made the connection between the infant and Marlen Ochoa-Lopez who was considered missing at the time, after friends told investigators that the two had been communicating on Facebook before Ochoa-Lopez disappeared.  After conducting a search at Figueroa’s home, they found Ochoa-Lopez body in a trashcan with a cord around her neck. They also found that her infant had been cut from her womb. Officials then conducted a DNA test between the infant and Ochoa-Lopez and found a direct match.Investigators say Figueroa, who desired a child after loosing her own adult son to natural causes, planned for months to commit the crime.She then lured Ochoa-Lopez to her home with an offer of free baby clothes. There, she and her daughter strangled Ochoa-Lopez and cut the baby out of the mother’s stomach. Figueroa’s husband then disposed of Ochoa-Lopez’ body in a trashcan while Figueroa called authorities to tell them that she just had a baby.All three have since been arrested and face murder charges.last_img read more

first_imgANPerryman/iStockBY: JON HAWORTH, ABC NEWS (West Palm Beach, FL) — No deaths from COVID-19 were reported over the weekend in Palm Beach County as we get ready to enter into Phase Two of reopening and the positivity rate was below 6% where it has been consistently. The Florida Department of Health yesterday announced 25 deaths in Broward County, including a 53-year-old woman, a 56-year-old man and a 57-year-old man. Five deaths were recorded in Miami-Dade County and statewide, 51 deaths were reported yesterday with less than three-thousand new cases reported statewide.Also over the weekend, the FDA gave emergency approval to the use of “convalescent plasma” to treat the coronavirus.President Trump made the announcement from the White House Sunday, calling it an historic move that will save countless lives. Meanwhile, the global coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 803,000 people worldwide, nearly a quarter of those in the U.S.More 23.1 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 5.6 million diagnosed cases and at least 176,345 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates.2:02 a.m.: Florida coronavirus cases on verge of grim milestoneFlorida is approaching a grim milestone, as total confirmed cases of coronavirus are on the verge of surpassing 600,000. The total number of cases currently stands at 597,597.1:11 a.m.: 17 more students test positive for COVID in Georgia Tech Greek house outbreakGeorgia Tech officials said Saturday that 33 more students have tested positive for COVID-19 on campus, including 17 members of the same Greek residence.Officials with Sigma Phi Epsilon said Saturday night that the outbreak was at their residence.At least eight other students in Greek housing tested positive at the end of last week but it is unclear if all of those students live at the Sigma Phi Epsilon house.“In addition to the cluster of Greek housing residents who live in the same Greek residence near campus reported via a campus communication yesterday, 17 more members of the organization tested positive today,” officials wrote.School officials did not identify which Greek organization was affected, but Sigma Phi Epsilon issued a statement confirming it was their house on Saturday night.“For the past several days, we have dealt with a spike in COVID-19 cases among our members,” the organization wrote on Instagram. “As of three days ago, our house was locked down to non-residents, and we have been working closely with our Alumni and Volunteer Corporation, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Georgia Tech Administration to test all other members of our chapter and isolate those positive members, in compliance with requests from administration.”Officials said all residents in the house have been tested and Georgia Tech is turning the residence into an isolation location. Students who have not tested positive will relocate elsewhere to quarantine.“If you have had recent contact with any residents of Greek housing, please get tested at one of the free Georgia Tech testing sites,” officials wrote.Students returned to class at Georgia Tech on August 17. Students held a die-in on campus that day, protesting the return to in-person instruction.At least 251 students at Tech have tested positive for the virus.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgDefending champion and top seed Thomas Otu, yesterday bagged a hard-fought 7-6, 6-7, 6-5 (ret) win over Joseph Ubon to book a semifinal ticket in the men’s singles of the 38th Central Bank of Nigeria Open Tennis Championship in Lagos.Otu’s win keeps him on course for a rematch of last year’s final with Moses Michael, who on his part defeated Lawal Shehu 6-3, 6-2.Otu will face Sylvester Emmanuel, a 6-3, 6-2 winner of Sunday Emmanuel, while Michael keeps a date with Abdulmumin Babalola, who triumphed 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 over Nonso Madueke.A potential rematch of last year’s final in the women’s singles is also in the offing with the duo of title holder Melissa Ifidzhen and Christy Agugbom advancing to Friday’s semifinal. Melissa, who was stretched by Oyinlomo Quadri in her first match, seems to have rediscover her form as she swept aside Patience Onobamhoin 6-0, 6-0 while Agugbom triumphed 7-5, 6-3 over Ronke Akingbade.Ebere Fortune and Blessing Samuel filled the last-four spaces with 7-5, 6-0 and 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 wins over Christy Nwankwo and Aanu Aiyegbusi respectively.In the men’s doubles, the duo of Abdulmumin Babalola and Lawal Shehu defeated defending champions Albert Bikom and Sunday Maku 6-3, 4-6, 10-4 while Moses Michael and Christian Paul beat Albert Aniele and Ikechukwu Iloputa 6-3, 6-2 to move to the quarterfinal.Adamu Sani and Thomas Otu also progressed with 6-3, 6-3 win over Clifford Enosoregbe and Stanley Maduekwe.Rose Abu and Princess Olowu edged the combination of Loveth Donatus and Christy Nwankwo 7-6, 6-4 and they are joined in the semifinal of the women’s doubles by Blessing Anuna and Ronke Akingbade by beating Afolarin Akosile and Folashade Ogunshola 1-0 (ret).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgUpdated: Sept. 30, 2015 at 6:41 p.m.Jim Boeheim will be in Indianapolis Monday for his NCAA appeal hearing, per Chris Carlson of Syracuse.com. ESPN’s Andy Katz reported that Boeheim will use Southern Methodist head coach Larry Brown’s recent nine-game suspension as a comparison in the appeal, but Boeheim told Syracuse.com that’s not the case.Boeheim wouldn’t comment to Syracuse.com on Katz’s report.Previously, Boeheim has said if he were to appeal the nine-game suspension, he’d appeal the part of the sanction that prohibits him from coaching the team in practice during that span. He added that he’d accept the penalty of not being able to coach in the first nine conference games.Boeheim told Syracuse.com that he expects to find out the ruling on his appeal some time in November.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis week, Brown was suspended nine games by the NCAA but will be allowed to coach in American Athletic Conference games. After Brown first learned of a potential violation, he was not initially truthful with the NCAA, a charge not levied against Boeheim in Syracuse’s case.Brown, who was also cited for a lack of head coach control, has been the coach of two other teams, UCLA and Kansas, at times when the NCAA has sanctioned them. Boeheim’s suspension stemmed from a failure-to-monitor charge. Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on September 30, 2015 at 3:13 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

first_imgNoel McGrath and Padraic Maher shouldn’t be on the bench against Cork this weekend, according to a former Kilkenny All-Ireland winner.Adrian Ronan was speaking to Tipp FM following Tipp’s one point defeat atthe hands of the Cats in Nowlan Park last Sunday.He says it’s a huge match for both teams – with the possibility of a loss meaning a relegation battle – and he can’t see Tipp’s big guns being left on the bench again. Wexford also take on Kilkenny this weekend, and former Former Kilkenny All Ireland winner Adrian Ronan says he’s certain Davy Fitz’ side will go out to beat the Cats…Tipp FM’s live coverage of this Sundays Allianz Hurling League 5th round, Tipperary versus Cork comes in association with Sullivan Family Butchers Brooklands, Nenagh.last_img

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisEarly College Coordinator, Lee Fitzpatrick wants to remind 10th grade students that an Early College meeting will be held this Wednesday, February 22nd at 7 pm.This meeting will be held for those who are still interested in learning more about Early College.Following Wednesdays meeting, there will be an application process starting on Thursday, February 23rd which ends march 22nd.The application packets can be picked up during school days at Alpena High School in D and E house.Interviews and placement testing are required and will be scheduled when the applications are returned and completed.Fitzpatrick said if you can’t make Wednesday’s meeting but would like more information on Early College please contact the department at 989–358–5043.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Early College Program, Alpena High School, Early College, Early College ProgramContinue ReadingPrevious Thunder Bay Arts Council and Gallery Display Alpena High School Students ArtworkNext Alpena Polar Plunge Raises Over $7,000 for Special Olympicslast_img read more