Michigan considers adding non-binary option to driver’s licenses

first_imgasbe/iStock(LANSING, Mich.) — Michigan is exploring the possibility of adding a new driver’s license option for people who identify as non-binary.“The state is exploring the feasibility of adding a non-binary option when we upgrade our technology in 2021,” Jake Rollow, a spokesman for Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office, told ABC News.Michigan residents who do not identify as exclusively masculine or feminine have apparently voiced the desire for an option that would better reflect the full spectrum of gender expression.“We are doing so after hearing from communities and people across the state who desire a way to identify themselves that reflects their reality,” Rollow said. “At this preliminary stage, we don’t have additional information.”Although the move is still in an exploratory phase, it would be the 14th state, along with Washington, D.C., to create this option.New York City has a similar choice that allows drivers to select an “X” instead of “M” for male or “F” for female.The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.Last November, Benson announced a policy that would make it easier for people to change existing sex designations on state-issued driver’s licenses and ID cards, according to a press release.Together with transgender advocates, Benson announced the revision to the policy would “make it easier for transgender people to obtain identification.”“Studies show that nearly 81 percent of the transgender population in Michigan lacks proper identification,” the release stated.“One of my goals is to reduce barriers for marginalized communities to participate fully in our society. The transgender community has faced both marginalization and violence without proper identification,” Benson said in a statement. “This change returns to a policy that was in place before the issue was politicized, and that was utilized by both a Republican and Democrat secretary of state.”Currently, individuals who wish to correct the sex designation on their license or ID card have to fill out a form, go to a branch office for their photo and pay a $9 fee for a driver’s license or $10 for a state ID. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Swedish DJ Avicii Has Passed Away At 28 Years Old

first_imgToday, Friday, April 20, Swedish DJ Avicii–known for his mega hits “LE7ELS” and “Wake Me Up–passed away at the age of 28. As Billboard confirms, the young producer was found dead in Muscat, Oman, according to his publicist. The cause of Avicii’s death has not yet been stated.“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii,” Avicii’s publicist Diana Baron said in a statement. “He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time, April 20th. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given.”Weaving in and out of the spotlight since breaking out in 2013, Avicii–more humanly known as Tim Bergling–will live on through his undeniable influence on electronic dance music worldwide. Rest In Peace!last_img read more

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College expands undergraduate cohorts invited to campus for spring

first_imgHarvard College will expand the number of students invited to learn from campus this spring after a successful fall semester. All seniors as well as juniors who completed the fall semester are among the invited cohorts, along with students who live four or more hours from the Eastern Standard Time zone and those who need to be on campus to maintain academic progress, Harvard announced today.President Larry Bacow, Edgerley Family Dean Claudine Gay of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) , and Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana co-authored a message to undergraduates, faculty, and staff detailing the plan, which they said can allow for maximum campus density at 3,100, the number of single bedrooms on campus. Juniors who took leaves of absence in the fall may also apply for housing, and will be granted accommodations based on availability.“While determining how many students would be invited to be in residence was driven in large part by public health considerations, the decision of which students to invite was guided entirely by our commitment to student academic progress,” they wrote. “With many engaged in senior theses or other capstone projects, the academic priority of seniors has been clear for some time. What was revealed through consultation with faculty over the fall was just how vital the junior year is in setting the stage for those activities and the necessity of access to campus-based academic resources to support the launch of independent research. We also learned from our students in distant time zones about the challenges they face in their access to synchronous learning and other real-time academic engagement, such as office hours, study groups, and peer advising.”As it was in the fall, all instruction will be remote, even for those on campus. The message also confirmed the plan for sophomores to continue to study remotely. They are invited to take two free classes on campus through Harvard Summer School, as announced previously.“We know that this news will be particularly difficult for sophomores and their families as they confront the reality of a full academic year away from campus,” wrote Bacow, Gay, and Khurana. “We share their disappointment and are eager to bring sophomores, and our full student community, back as soon as possible.”In a continuation of support students received this fall, aided students who do not return to campus will receive a $5,000 remote room and board allowance in their financial aid award to support studying at home. The spring term-time work expectation for all aided students has also been eliminated.“This extraordinary measure recognizes the current challenges of finding work and the public health considerations of work that is not remote,” they wrote. “This does not mean that students cannot or will not choose to work, but rather that there is no expectation of a work contribution to meet their cost of attendance.”The spring announcement comes as the global pandemic continues to surge across the country. As of Monday, Massachusetts had recorded 218,329 positive cases and 10,512 deaths.“Careful campus planning is essential, but we realize that our institutional interventions are only part of the picture. Just as importantly, our spring plan must be ready to respond to this pandemic’s unpredictable course,” they wrote. “For that reason, our spring plan is just that, a plan. If circumstances continue to deteriorate across the nation, we are prepared to respond quickly with appropriate contingency plans that would reduce expected campus density before the start of the spring term.”Bacow, Gay, and Khurana reminded invited students to consider the challenges of living in a very different residential experience — and to consult the updated Community Compact — ahead of making their spring decision. Students must comply with state and institutional health practices, which include testing, wearing masks, and strict limits to social gatherings. The College vowed to move “as quickly as public health circumstances allow” to give students access to the necessary academic facilities, such as research labs and libraries.Spring classes will begin Jan. 25. Spring break has been replaced with five separate wellness days distributed throughout the semester, and the message asked faculty to adjust their syllabi to reflect a true break for students.All undergrads must submit their intent to attend by Dec. 14. Details such as move-in and move-out dates will be announced at a later time. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

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Hear Dreamgirls’ Amber Riley & Liisi LaFontaine Belt Out ‘Listen’

first_img View Comments All you need to do is listen (seriously)! Dreamgirls stars Amber Riley and Liisi LaFontaine are dazzling the West End as Effie White and Deena Jones, respectively. The Casey Nicholaw-helmed production marks the musical’s London debut, and the two ladies recently stepped away from the Savoy Theatre and stopped by BBC’s Radio 2 Arts Show to give listeners a taste of their magnificent pipes. Hear them sing saaang the Dreamgirls track “Listen” below! We won’t judge you if you’re suddenly tempted to book a plane ticket to London ASAP. Ibinabo Jack, Amber Riley & Liisi LaFontaine in ‘Dreamgirls’ at London’s Savoy Theatre(Photo: Brinkhoff)last_img

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Citizens Bank adds 24 ATMs in Vermont

first_imgCitizens Financial Group, Inc. today announced it is partnering with leading self-service provider EDC to brand nearly 600 ATMs at Cumberland Farms convenience store locations in New England and the Mid-Atlantic, as well as some locations in Florida, including 24 in Vermont. The ATMs will be surcharge-free for all Citizens Bank and Charter One customers.The breakdown of Cumberland Farms ATM locations is: Connecticut (60), Delaware (10), Florida (62), Maine (37), Massachusetts (194), New Hampshire (49), New Jersey (16), New York (75), Pennsylvania (12), Rhode Island (44), and Vermont (24).“We are proud to expand customer convenience through this partnership with Cumberland Farms and EDC,” said Vice Chairman Martin Bischoff, who heads Consumer and Business Banking at Citizens Financial Group. “By partnering with a popular convenience store chain such as Cumberland Farms, we are providing our customers the flexibility to access their money at even more locations throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic. We are committed to providing our customers the ability to bank when and where it is convenient for them.”The new, withdrawal-only ATMs will display the Citizens Bank logo on the ATMs, welcome screen and receipts. The majority of the new Citizens Bank-branded ATMs will be located in New England and the Mid-Atlantic regions, making banking more convenient for CFG customers in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. The remaining Citizens Bank-branded ATMs will be located in Florida.Installation of the ATMs began in June and is expected to be completed by September 2010. The ATMs are owned and operated by EDC, one of the largest and most recognized nationwide service providers.The additional ATMs at Cumberland Farms convenience stores will bring the total number of ATMs available to Citizens Bank and Charter One customers to nearly 3,800. In March, Citizens announced a similar partnership with EDC and Sunoco to brand ATMs at nearly 500 Sunoco APlus Convenience Stores in 13 states throughout the East Coast. The additional ATMs at Sunoco APlus Convenience Stores are now available to customers.Cumberland Farms is one of the nation’s largest family-owned convenience store chains. Operating in 11 states, its mission is to make life easier for its on-the-go consumers with its trademark Farmhouse Blend coffee and Chill Zone beverages, as well as fresh food, dairy products,snacks and gasoline.“The addition of Citizens Bank ATMs in our stores is a natural way for us to make life a little easier for our customers,” said Mr. Ari Haseotes, president of Cumberland Farms Retail Division. The flexibility and convenience offered by this service is a natural extension of our pledge.“We are excited to be a part of the Cumberland Farms retail store experience in conjunction with our longstanding partner Citizens Bank,” said Mark Strauch, President and CEO of EDC. “We look forward to providing an innovative, high quality experience for all visitors to the Cumberland Farms stores and we’re proud to have been selected by such a high profile and prestigious brand name in the convenience store market.”CFG is committed to convenience. It is the second-largest in-store banker in the nation, providing customers access to seven-day bankingand extended weekday hours at nearly 475 full-service locations inside grocery stores and other retail locations.About Citizens Financial Group, Inc.Citizens Financial Group, Inc. is a $144 billion commercial bank holding company. It is headquartered in Providence, R.I., and, through its subsidiaries, has more than 1,500 branches and approximately 22,700 employees. Its two bank subsidiaries are RBS Citizens, N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania. They operate a 12-state branch network under the Citizens Bank brand in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the Charter One brand in Illinois, Michigan and Ohio. CFG has non-branch retail and commercial offices in about 40 states. CFG is owned by RBS (The Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc). CFG’s Web site is citizensbank.com.About Cumberland FarmsCumberland Farms makes life easier for busy people every day. Its network of convenience stores across 11 states reflect the values of three generations of providing customers with value, convenience and unparalleled service – whether you’re buying a cold Chill Zone drink, a hot cup of Farmhouse Blend Coffee or filling the gas tank. Rooted in a family-farm heritage today’s Cumberland Farms also has a long heritage of giving back to the communities where it operates. For more information about a Cumberland Farms near you, please visit us at www.CumberlandFarms.com(link is external).About EDCEDC, headquartered in Walnut Creek, CA, is one of the largest non-bank service providers in the United States, with approximately 4,000 turnkey ATMs and self-service kiosks in its nationwide network. EDC operates in all 50 states, processing millions of transactions each month. The company has a proven track record of providing innovative financial services programs for large retailers, regional banks, and independent merchants whose customers want a quick, convenient, and affordable way to access cash, pay bills, and cash checks.  Source: Citizens. 8.4.2010last_img read more

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Madrid could host Champions League final: City mayor

first_img“What it would demonstrate is Madrid’s ability to recover in a very short time from the dramatic situation we have been through.” Almeida added “adequate security conditions exist, we have the infrastructures and public services to host it and it would send a message to the world that Madrid, despite what we have experienced, does not give up and is back.” UEFA is yet to confirm how or if the tournament will continue, with an update expected after the governing body’s executive committee meeting on June 17.The BBC in Britain reported on Tuesday Lisbon is favorite to host an eight-team Champions League knockout tournament in August, pending UEFA approval. Neither of the city’s two teams — Benfica and Sporting Lisbon — are in the competition and both of their grounds are capable of hosting top level matches, while most virus restrictions will be removed this month.Domestic leagues like La Liga in Spain and the Premier League in England are due to finish in July, allowing the possibility for European competitions to resume the following month.  “I know steps are being taken in this regard and on behalf of the city council, I want to show my total and absolute support for the Champions League final being held in Madrid,” mayor Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida told Spanish television channel Trece late on Monday.Spain has been able to bring the coronavirus under control in recent weeks and Madrid moved into phase two, the penultimate stage of the government’s de-escalation program, on Monday. But overall there have been more than 27,000 deaths caused by COVID-19 in the country. “I think hosting an international event like the Champions League final is very important but especially in these circumstances,” Almeida added.  The mayor of Madrid has said the city is being considered as a potential host of this year’s Champions League final and has given the idea his “total and absolute support”. The fixture was due to be played at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul on May 30 before the Champions League was postponed in March with only half of the last 16 completed. The final last season between Liverpool and Tottenham was held at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano while Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu hosted the 2010 decider between Inter Milan and Bayern Munich. center_img Topics :last_img read more

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