Number of LGBT+ elected officials in US hits new high

first_imgThe number of openly LGBT+ elected officials in the United States grew by more than a fifth in the past year, according to a survey published on Thursday, with a record high of some 840 gay, lesbian, bi and trans people in office across the country.The report from the LGBTQ Victory Institute comes as an historically high number of gay and trans people – more than 880 – are running for office this year, the US political advocacy group said.“When LGBTQ elected officials are in the halls of power, they change the hearts and minds of their lawmaker colleagues, defeat anti-LGBTQ bills and inspire more inclusive legislation,” said former Houston Mayor Annise Parker, the group’s president. Among the most high-profile LGBT+ candidates in recent months was Pete Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana who was the first openly gay man to run for the White House. He bowed out of the race in March.In New York, two openly gay Black candidates are on track to win seats in the US Congress, a first for the nation.Democrat Mondaire Jones has declared his victory following a party primary in a New York suburb, and fellow Democrat Ritchie Torres is favored to represent the South Bronx neighborhood in Congress next year.Last year, 698 openly LGBT+ people held US elected office, according to the Victory Institute, an increase of 25% compared with June 2018. This June, the number rose to 843, it said. Despite this progress, advocates noted that gay and trans people hold 0.17% of elected positions nationwide while making up 4.5% of the US adult population.“The numbers in this report show LGBTQ political power is growing rapidly,” said Parker in emailed comments.“But it also demonstrates the daunting representation gap that we must close and is a call-to-action for all in our community to consider a run for office.”The Victory Institute found bisexual representation increased by 53% in the last year, while the number of trans women elected officials grew by 40%, although there was no increase in trans men voted into office.The report also found the number of openly LGBT+ mayors increased by 35%, while the number of state legislators increased to 160 in June from 147 in June 2019.Last year’s surge is part of a longer nationwide trend, according to the Victory Institute, with an 88% increase in openly LGBT+ elected officials since November 2017. Topics :last_img read more

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This traditional Hamilton home has undergone a modern makeover

first_img11 Czar St, Hamilton.CRAFTED by architect Derek Trebilcock and interior designer Mary Durack, this timeless residence blends traditional beauty with modern luxuries. CRAFTED by architect Derek Trebilcock and interior designer Mary Durack, this timeless residence blends traditional beauty with modern luxuries. Its floorplan maximises space, while open living areas capture ample natural light and breezes. A timber gate leads to the triple-gable design home at 11 Czar St, Hamilton, with a front terrace featuring a bench seat and surrounded by established gardens that wrap around the side of the house to the rear yard.Inside, the ground floor has VJ walls, high ceilings, polished American oak flooring and custom joinery. A formal lounge with a built-in bookshelf and marble-encased gas fireplace is beyond the front door, with an office with custom desk to the far right side.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019To the left of the entrance is a bedroom with a built-in wardrobe and access through double doors to the terrace, along with a mud room and a bathroom and laundry, both with external access.The rear of the level is given over to an open-plan kitchen, living and dining room. The kitchen has Miele appliances, a Calcutta marble island benchtop, breakfast bar and butlers pantry with a commercial-grade cold room. Aneeta sliding glass doors create a seamless flow from the open-plan space to a covered patio with an outdoor barbecue and ceiling fan. Hedging runs along the back fence, behind a grassy yard and solar-heated pool. Back inside, a climate-controlled wine cellar is underneath a staircase leading up to the first floor.Four bedrooms are here, three with built-in wardrobes and the main with a walk-in wardrobe, a bay window and an ensuite with two vanities and imported limestone. The main bedroom connects to a parents’ retreat, featuring a bookshelf, desk and access to a timber veranda with leafy views.Completing the upper level of the house are two bathrooms, including one with a separate bath.Other features of the residence include a 25,000L underground water tank.last_img read more

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Expert warns of rising governmental restrictions on Internet information flows

first_imgNewsRegional Expert warns of rising governmental restrictions on Internet information flows by: – June 4, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img Share 25 Views   no discussions GENEVA, Switzerland — An independent United Nations expert on freedom of expression has warned that governments are increasingly restricting the flow of information on the Internet due to its potential to mobilize people to challenge the status quo.Frank La Rue, a Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Friday: “Governments are using increasingly sophisticated technologies to block content, and to monitor and identify activists and critics.”“In recent months, we have seen a growing movement of people around the world who are advocating for change – for justice, equality, accountability of the powerful and better respect for human rights,” La Rue said.“However, the unique features of the Internet, which allow individuals to spread information instantly, to organize themselves, and to inform the world about situations of injustice and inequality, have also created fear among governments and the powerful.”He noted that “legitimate expression continues to be criminalized in many states, illustrated by the fact that in 2010, more than 100 bloggers were imprisoned.”La Rue concluded: “There should be as little restriction as possible to the flow of information via the Internet, except in a few, very exceptional, and limited circumstances prescribed by international human rights law.”La Rue, who has served as Special Rapporteur since August 2008, reports to the Human Rights Council.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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UN Peacekeepers convicted of sexually assaulting Haitian boy

first_img Tweet Share InternationalNewsPrintRegional UN Peacekeepers convicted of sexually assaulting Haitian boy by: – March 13, 2012 9 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI (CMC) – A Pakistani military tribunal has convicted two United Nations peacekeepers for raping a 14-year-old Haitian boy.UN spokeswoman Sylvie Van Den Wildenberg said judges from a Pakistani military tribunal came to Haiti to hold the trial that resulted in the conviction last week of the peacekeepers from pakistan. They were found guilty in the rape of the boy in the northern city of Gonaives on January 20.Haitian Justice Minister, Michel Brunache called the verdict for the two Pakistanis a “small” step in the right direction.“We expected more from the UN and the Pakistani government, but now we want to focus on the proper reparation that the victim deserves,” Brunache said, adding that the government had not been given prior knowledge of the visit of the tribunal members.The two unidentified soldiers were summarily discharged from the military and sentenced to a year behind bars in their homeland.“The UN was informed last week by the Pakistani officials about the verdict, but MINUSTAH (United Nations Stabilisation Mission in Haiti) did not have any involvement in the military judicial process that was led by military judges from Pakistan,” she added.UN officials said it is the first time that members of the UN military on deployment in Haiti have been tried and sentenced within its borders.The UN peacekeeping mission has faced a growing image problem in Haiti, with some of its members accused of responsibility for introducing a deadly cholera epidemic in earthquake-stricken country in 2010.Several peacekeepers have also been accused of rape in cases that have fuelled public protests and demands that members of the UN force be stripped of their immunity and face trial in Haitian courts. Jamaica Observer Share Sharelast_img read more

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862 new cases Statewide

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 862 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 today.  A total of 21,870 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.  To date, 120,496 tests have been reported to ISDH at an 18.1% positive rate and 51 new deaths were reported for a total of 1,264 Hoosiers have died to date.Locally, Decatur County has a total of 206 positive cases and 28 deaths, Franklin County has 101 positive cases and 7 deaths, and Ripley County has 99 positive cases and 6 deaths.last_img

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Forecasters Predict “Above Normal Hurricane Season

first_imgColorado State University released its annual Atlantic hurricane season forecast yesterday, and is predicting an increase in named storms this year. 2020-04The CSU forecast calls for 16 named tropical systems, instead of the average 12, and eight of those are forecast to reach hurricane status. Four of those hurricanes are expected to be major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher. The forecasters add that there’s about a 70% chance that a major hurricane will make landfall somewhere along the U.S. coast this year.Hurricane season runs from June through November. (Fort Collins, CO) — In addition to worrying about the coronavirus outbreak, be aware that we are also two months away from the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season which forecasters are predicting will be “above normal.” There are some new twists in how Colorado State University came up with its April hurricane outlook this year. The bottom line: expect a stormy season. https://t.co/Kd8NgTHINd pic.twitter.com/CY1tcA6T0F— Weather Underground (@wunderground) April 3, 2020last_img read more

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Cricket News Lucky to have gotten MS Dhoni’s wicket: Jhye Richardson

first_imgNew Delhi: In the Sydney ODI, India had been reduced to 4/3 in four overs in their chase of 289. With the top order blown away by the Australian pace duo of Jason Behrendorff and Jhye Richardson, the onus was on Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni to revive India. Both batsmen steadied the ship and built a 138-run stand for the fourth wicket. Dhoni, who had struggled in 2018, silenced his critics for the time-being with a magnificent 51, his 68th fifty and India were on course. However, Behrendorff trapped him LBW for 51 and despite Rohit’s brilliant 133, his 22nd century and seventh against Australia, the hosts won the game by 34 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series.However, the Dhoni dismissal sparked some controversy as the ball was pitching outside the line of leg stump. India could not review the decision as Ambati Rayudu (0) had extinguished the team’s lone review when he was trapped LBW by Richardson. Speaking in the post-match press conference, Richardson admitted that Australia were lucky with Dhoni’s dismissal. “There was a period there when they had a partnership through the middle and it almost could have taken the game away from us. But we were lucky to get Dhoni out lbw and we kept getting wickets from there on,” Richardson said.Read More | After India’s Sydney ODI defeat, Rohit Sharma differs with Virat Kohli over MS Dhoni With Dhoni gone, Rohit kept India in the game with timely hits and along with his century, he passed a record for hitting the most sixes against a single opposition and in a single country. Following his knock in Sydney, Rohit has hit 64 sixes against Australia, breaking Shahid Afridi’s record of 63 against Sri Lanka. Richardson hailed Rohit’s knock. “Credit to him and he summed up the conditions just as well as we did. He batted very patiently and knew the balls he could put away. He picked the gaps really well tonight. Rohit was very dangerous and we understood that. So our plan sort of changed to getting him off strike and just bowling at the batsman down the other end,” Richardson said.Cherish the wicketRichardson’s spell of 4/26 in 10 overs was a massive factor in Australia winning the opening game of a series since 2017. The 22-year-old, along with Behrendorff, shredded through India’s top order. Behrendorff got Shikhar Dhawan (0) while Richardson got the massive wicket of Virat Kohli (3) and Rayudu for 0. Richardson was actually disappointed about the way he got rid of Kohli but added he will cherish the wicket for a long time.Read More | Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill replace suspended Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul for Australia, New Zealand series“I was actually disappointed when the ball came out. I probably bowled a bit too straight. I had a fielder there who hung on to it, so it is a wicket I will remember for a very long time. I am ecstatic and really excited for the team. It’s good to put a personal performance on the board but I am really excited in the way Australian cricket is heading. The way we prepared for this game and the research we did on Indian players. Everything leading up to this game, I felt was absolutely perfect and the result was ideal,” Richardson said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Upper Corentyne in control after openers post unbroken 201 stand

first_img– West Berbice whip Georgetown by eight wicketsOPENERS Kandasammy Surujnarine and Balchand Baldeo shared in a stunning unbroken stand of 201, as Upper Corentyne closed the penultimate day of their sixth round Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Franchise League three-day cricket tournament against East Bank in a commanding position, with an overall lead of 223 runs.Surujnarine is unbeaten on 109 while Baldeo was on 75 when play ended at the Port Mourant ground.Both batsmen batted with great fluency, and their 139 minutes at the wicket was evidence of their concentration.Surujnarine has so far hit eight fours and a six while Baldeo counted seven boundaries.Earlier, resuming at 127-3, East Bank overnight batsmen Sachin Singh and Ronaldo Ali-Mohamed extended their fourth-wicket stand, and in the process, both batsmen progressed to their respective half-century.However, as the partnership was looking ominous, spinner David Latchaya (2-21), broke the promising 98-run stand when he bowled Ali-Mohamed for 55, at 163-4. His innings lasted for 73 balls, with eight fours and a six.Singh followed immediately after, leg before wicket to leg spinner Shawn Pereira for 60. He reached the boundary on seven occasions while clearing it once in his 145-ball knock.That dismissal saw the visitors losing three quick wickets: Darshan Persaud (8), Daniel Barker (8), and Ershad Ali (10), at 206-8.Persaud was caught at first slip off Pereira; Daniel Barker caught in the covers by Clinton Pestano off Pereira, while Ali was bowled by Hooper.Colin Benn and Totaram Bishun then survived until the interval, with Benn on 19 and Bishun on three. Upon resumption Pereira completed his five-wicket haul (5-57), when he trapped Bishun leg before wicket for 14.Benn took his score to 31 before he was bowled by Latchaya. Keon Morris was left unbeaten on eight. Pestano (1-26), Hooper (1-63), and Dimitri Cameron (1-24), were the other successful bowlers.With a first innings lead of 22 runs, the hosts were then put in a commanding position by their openers.Meanwhile, at Bush Lot, West Berbice whipped Georgetown by eight wickets. The City team, faced with a first innings deficit of 75 runs, were bowled out for 151 in their second innings. Ovid Richardson (24), Martin Pestano-Bell (23), Sunil Singh (17) and captain Paul Wintz (23 not out), were the principal scorers.Bowling for the hosts, Gudakesh Motie took 5-35 while Andrew Dutchin had 3-55. When play resumed yesterday, Bush Lot took their overnight score of 226-8, to 231. Gajanan Suknanan claimed 5-75, bowling for Georgetown.Over at Young Warriors ground, West Demerara resuming from their overnight 284-7, were bowled out for 331. Tevin Imlach did not add to his overnight 119. Richie Looknauth was left unbeaten on 45. Karran Arjpaul claimed 4-56 while Kassim Khan took 3-81.Lower Corentyne in reply closed the day on 146-8. Alex Algoo is unbeaten on 61. Khan made 25 to be the next significant scorer. Bowling for West Demerara, Mahendra Dhanpaul, Keshram Seyhoden and Akshaya Persaud, each claimed two wickets.At theTuschen ground, Essequibo closed day one on four without loss, responding to East Coast 289 all out. Rajendra Chandrika 68, Joshua Persaud 56, Brian Sattuar 51, Bhaskar Yadram and Kamesh Yadram 30 runs each, were the top scorers for East Coast. Bowling for Essequibo, Anthony Adams claimed 6-81.last_img read more

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Hamilton Green 9-a-side Inter-Ward Cup concludes May 5

first_img… Teams urged to be at venue 15:00hrsFOLLOWING the postponement of the final on April 28 due to circumstances beyond the organisers’ control, fans can now turn their attention to the new date which is May 5 (Indian Arrival Day) for the conclusion of the Hamilton Green Cup Inter-Ward/Village 9-a-side Knockout Football Tournament, at the Den Amstel ground, West Coast Demerara.Action starts at 16:00hrs with round of 16 matchups, before quarterfinals, semifinals and final are played and coordinator Lennox Arthur, the former National football player and coach, is asking all teams to be at the venue by 15:00hrs to ensure that there is a prompt start to the day’s proceedings.The opening salvo of round of 16 action will see Timehri vs Mahaicony, Soesdyke vs Liliendaal, Mocha vs Charlestown, Pouderoyen vs Bagotville, Goed Fortuin vs De Kinderen, Sophia vs Bourda Blues, Den Amstel Back Street vs Zeelugt and Uitvlugt vs Vreed-en-Hoop.Teams will be battling for a chance to claim the John Fernandes $300 000 first prize and Prime Minister Trophy along with hampers from Ricks and Sari.The second-placed team will take away the Courtney Benn-sponsored $100 000, third $60 000 put up by Techno Mills and fourth $40 000, donated by Ready Mix along with the respective trophies.All the trophies have been sponsored by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.Also at stake are the individual rewards for the Most Goals, who will take home a Dinette Chair from China Trading, while runners-up will be presented with a Lazy Boy chair from AH&L Kissoon, along with the Best Goalkeeper who will claim the Minister of Natural Resources Trophy.Among the sponsors so far are Techno Mills, Ready Mix, Sataur Gafoor, E.C Veira, BEV Enterprises, BK International, IPA, New Thriving, Ricks and Sari, E-Networks, Star Computers, NAMILCO, Cummings Electrical, National Sports Commission, Star Entertainment, Alfro Alphonso, Guyana Police Force, GuyOil, Minister of State, Prime Minister and Ministry of Legal Affairs.Arthur expressed gratitude to all the business entities that have supported the tournament, which is being staged in recognition of the contributions of Hamilton Green, former Mayor of Georgetown and Prime Minister of Guyana, towards the development of this country.With the involvement of some of the country’s top players, representing their respective villages/wards, the event is playing its part in aiding Social Cohesion among the citizenry.Among some of the players on show are Deon Alfred, Trayon Bobb, Tyrone Khan, Jamal Harvey, Sheldon Toney, Ruel Charter, Leroy Halley and Kenroy D’Aguiar.Uitvlugt’s Trayon Bobb leads the goal-scoring category with four goals and he is followed by Bourda Blues’ Adrian Aaron, while three players are tied on two goals apiece.Meanwhile, teams are being reminded that four substitutions are permitted in this format which will see the games last 30 minutes broken into two 15-minute segments.The tournament will be played in the knockout format, with winners advancing to the next round.  Sudden-death penalties will be used to separate the sides in the event of a draw at the end of full time.The no-offside rule is also in effect. All other rules will come under FIFA.last_img read more

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England drop Ali for Leach

first_img(BBC) – ENGLAND have dropped Moeen Ali and replaced him in the squad with slow left-armer Jack Leach for the second Ashes Test against Australia at Lord’s.Off-spinner Moeen returned match figures of 3-172 and scored only four runs in the 251-run defeat in the first Test at Edgbaston.Jofra Archer is likely to make his Test debut, with pace bowlers James Anderson and Olly Stone missing through injury.The second Test of the five-match series begins on August 14.Leach, who has played five Tests, was man-of-the-match when England beat Ireland at Lord’s in July after making 92 as a nightwatchman.Archer was named in the squad for the first Test but was left out of the team to give him more time to recover from a side strain.He took 6-27 and hit a 99-ball century for Sussex 2nd XI this week.Anderson bowled only four overs at Edgbaston after aggravating a right calf injury, while Stone will be out for two weeks with a lower back injury.England, who trail the series 1-0, have not lost a home Ashes series since 2001.Batsman Joe Denly, who made scores of 11 and 18 in the first Test, has kept his place in the 12-man squad, as have Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow, who scored a combined 20 runs at Edgbaston.Moeen has struggled for form throughout the summer and was dropped by England in the decisive stages of their World Cup campaign.He has taken 181 wickets in 60 Tests and in the last 12 months he has taken more wickets – 48 in 10 Tests at 25.12 – than any other bowler in Test cricket.However, he has made just two half-centuries in his past 20 innings for England and has particularly struggled against Australian counterpart Nathan Lyon, who has dismissed him nine times in 11 matches.The left-hander has made four ducks in nine Test innings in 2019 for a total of only 90 runs, 60 of which came in one innings in Antigua against West Indies.Moeen was unable to profit from a turning pitch at Edgbaston, while Lyon took 6-49 on the final day to bowl England out for 146.He has scored 476 runs at 25.05 in 11 Tests against Australia and taken 20 wickets, with a best of 3-59, at 64.65.Former Australia bowler Mitchell Johnson said on Monday that he “feels” for the all-rounder, adding: “His record against Australia isn’t that great. I can feel for him a bit but that’s part of playing professional sport.”Leach has taken 20 wickets in five Tests for England since making his debut against New Zealand in 2018.last_img read more

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