Keeping up with the Joneses

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Sanders claims victory as review ordered of Iowa results

first_imgDemocratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders joined Pete Buttigieg on Thursday in claiming victory in the chaotic Iowa caucuses as an exasperated party chairman ordered a review of the results of the first nominating contest.Sanders, the leftist senator from Vermont, and Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, have been separated by a razor-thin margin in the results released so far from Monday’s caucuses.Buttigieg declared himself the winner based on the number of delegates from the midwestern state who will be sent to the Democratic convention in July while Sanders staked his claim based on the popular vote. Three days after the caucuses were held, however, the final results are yet to be released and some doubts have been raised about their accuracy.Democratic Party chairman Tom Perez finally stepped in on Thursday, demanding a review of the results from the caucuses embarrassingly marred by technical problems.”Enough is enough,” Perez said on Twitter. “In order to assure public confidence in the results, I am calling on the Iowa Democratic Party to immediately begin a recanvass.”Perez said it would involve an examination of the results from each caucus site rather than a full recount. With returns in from 97 percent of the 1,765 precincts in Iowa, Buttigieg was leading by 26.2 percent to Sanders’ 26.1 percent in the delegate totals.Progressive Elizabeth Warren was next with 18.2 percent followed by former vice president Joe Biden with 15.8 percent and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar with 12.2 percent.- ‘Much, much, much too complicated’ -Sanders, speaking on Thursday in New Hampshire, the next state to hold a presidential nominating contest, pointed to his 6,000-vote edge.”In other words, some 6,000 more Iowans came out on caucus night to support our candidacy than the candidacy of anyone else,” he said.”From where I come from the person who gets the most votes wins,” Sanders said, arguing that too much emphasis was being put on delegate totals.At the end of the day, he said, the caucus system is “much, much, much too complicated” and it was a mistake for the state party to “rely on untested technology.”Party officials have blamed the technical meltdown on a “coding error” with an app that was being used for the first time to report results.President Donald Trump pounced on the debacle in the first-in-the-nation contest to decide which Democrat will face him in November.”The Democrats, they can’t count some simple votes, and yet they want to take over your health care system,” Trump said during remarks at the White House celebrating his acquittal at his Senate impeachment trial.Buttigieg appeared to be getting a bounce from his strong performance in Iowa as the latest New Hampshire poll showed the centrist candidate in second place in the Granite State, which holds a primary on Tuesday.The Boston Globe/WBZ-TV/Suffolk University poll had Sanders, who won the New Hampshire primary four years ago before eventually losing the nomination to Hillary Clinton, topping the field with 25 percent.Buttigieg’s support surged to 19 percent from 12 percent on Monday, according to the poll, while Biden saw his backing fall to 12 percent from 18 percent over the same period.- ‘Gut punch’ -Biden, who described his likely fourth-place finish in Iowa as a “gut punch,” was meeting with advisors on Thursday to map out strategy. He has topped national polls since entering the crowded race.”I expected to do better,” Biden said as he took the gloves off and launched attacks on Sanders and Buttigieg.”If Senator Sanders is the nominee for the party, every Democrat in America… will have to carry the label Senator Sanders has chosen for himself,” Biden said of the self-described democratic socialist.The 77-year-old Biden, who served in the Senate for 36 years before becoming Barack Obama’s vice president, went after the 38-year-old Buttigieg for a relative lack of experience.”It’s a risk — to be just straight up with you — for this party to nominate someone who’s never held an office higher than mayor of a town of 100,000 people in Indiana,” Biden said.The Sanders campaign announced, meanwhile, it had raised $25 million in January, its largest fund-raising month to date.After the New Hampshire vote, the candidates will turn their sights on the Nevada caucuses on February 22, the South Carolina primary on February 29 and then the March 3 “Super Tuesday,” when 14 states hold primariesMichael Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of New York who is also in the race, chose to ignore the early nominating contests and has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on ads hoping to make a splash on Super Tuesday.Topics :last_img read more

Bangkok Bank to acquire another Indonesian bank after Permata deal: OJK

first_imgThe majority of Bank Permata shares is owned by British financial giant Standard Chartered and Indonesian diversified conglomerate PT Astra International, with each owning 44.56 percent. Bank Permata operates 330 branches in 62 cities across Indonesia.The deal values Permata at 1.77 times its book value as per September 2019 and indicates a purchase price of Rp 1,498 (11 US cents) per share.The deal is expected to close in 2020 with Bangkok Bank set to make a mandatory offer for the remaining 10.88 percent of the shares at the same purchase price after completing the transaction to acquire the stakes from Standard Chartered and Astra. Thailand-based Bangkok Bank is planning to acquire another Indonesian bank after closing a deal to purchase a majority stake in Bank Permata from Standard Chartered and Astra International for US$2.7 billion, according to the Financial Services Authority (OJK).OJK commissioner for banking supervision Heru Kristiyana said Thursday that the bank was granted the approval to acquire Permata Bank, adding that the bank may purchase another Indonesian bank after completing the Permata deal.“It is already in their pipeline,” Heru told reporters in Jakarta without disclosing the name of the bank. “Everything is already on the right track with Bangkok Bank.” According to OJK Regulation No. 56/2016 on bank ownership, the OJK allows bank institutions and non-bank institutions to acquire a maximum 40 percent stake in local banks.Read also: Hopes high for Bank Permata after acquisition by Bangkok BankHowever, the OJK said it would allow investors to own more than 40 percent on the condition that they support financial system stability and help to develop the national economy.Bangkok Bank announced in December last year that it had agreed to buy 89.1 percent of publicly listed Bank Permata for around US$2.67 billion as part of its overseas expansion.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Minnesota calls in National Guard to quell unrest over black man’s death in police custody

first_imgMinnesota’s governor activated the National Guard on Thursday to help restore order following two days of violent protests in Minneapolis over the death of a black man seen in graphic video gasping for breath as a white officer knelt on his neck.Governor Tim Walz ordered Guard troops to assist police as local, state and federal law enforcement officials sought to ease racial tensions sparked by Monday night’s fatal arrest of George Floyd, 46.Four city police officers involved in the incident, including the one shown pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck as he lay on the ground, were fired from their jobs the next day. Topics : At a morning news briefing, Police Chief Medaria Arradondo apologized to Floyd’s family, conceding his department had contributed to a “deficit of hope” in Minnesota’s largest city even before Floyd’s deadly encounter with police.”I am absolutely sorry for the pain, devastation and the trauma that Mr. Floyd’s death has left on his family, his loved ones and our community,” he said.Hours later, officials overseeing investigations from the US Justice Department, FBI, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and local prosecutors appealed for calm at a joint news conference, as they gathered evidence.”Give us the time to do this right, and we will bring you justice, I promise you,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman told reporters. He acknowledged the policeman’s conduct depicted in the video was “horrible,” but said, “My job is to prove that he has violated a criminal statute.”center_img Freeman said his office had also reached out to veteran civil rights activist Jesse Jackson for help in conveying the message that law enforcement takes the case seriously.Minnesota’s US attorney, Erica McDonald, pledged a “robust and meticulous investigation into the circumstances surrounding” Floyd’s arrest and death.The investigation, which Attorney General William Barr had designated a “top priority,” will focus on whether the arresting officers used the “color of law” to deprive Floyd of his civil rights, a federal crime, she said.The announcement capped two days of unrest in which riot police firing tear gas and rubber bullets clashed with rock-throwing protesters who filled the streets in an outpouring of rage over Floyd’s death.Floyd, a Houston native known affectionately to friends as “Big Floyd” and who had worked as a nightclub security staffer, was reportedly suspected of trying to pass counterfeit money when police took him into custody.’I can’t breathe’An onlooker’s video of the arrest showed Floyd lying face down on the street, gasping for air and repeatedly groaning for help as he pleaded, “Please, I can’t breathe.” The officer pinned Floyd’s neck to the ground for about eight minutes, until he grew still. He was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later.A second night of disturbances on Wednesday, punctuated by looting, vandalism and arson, began hours after Mayor Jacob Frey urged local prosecutors to file criminal charges in the case.Most protesters had been peaceful, while a core group engaged in unruly behavior, the police chief said.The Floyd case was reminiscent of the 2014 killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man in New York City who died after being put in a banned police chokehold.Garner’s dying words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement calling attention to a wave of killings of African-Americans by police using unjustified lethal force.United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet urged US authorities on Thursday to deal with “entrenched and pervasive racial discrimination” in America’s criminal justice system.The city named the four officers involved in the encounter as Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J Alexander Kueng. Local news media have identified Chauvin as the officer seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck.Chauvin’s attorney, Tom Kelly, declined comment in an email to Reuters.Police department records posted online show 18 internal affairs complaints filed against Chauvin, 16 of which were closed without discipline.last_img read more

No. 1 McIlroy feels safe and sharp in PGA Tour return

first_img“I feel like my game is pretty sharp. I’m as sharp as I can be coming in here… the first couple of days here will be the real test. I’ll learn a lot about myself and my game in those first couple of days.”With a spotlight on the first event since The Players Championship was halted after one round in March, McIlroy knows how crucial the week will be for golf and the emergence of sport in general from the COVID-19 outbreak.”This week is very important. Golf will be the center of the sports world,” he said. “For people to have something to watch on TV where they don’t know the outcome, I think that will be a good thing.”McIlroy expects a strange atmosphere without fans lining the course, as spectators are not scheduled to attend a PGA event until next month at the Memorial tournament.”It’ll be a little eerie, you’re not getting claps or feedback from good shots,” McIlroy said. “At the same time, it’s what we have to do. It’s what we’re going to have to live with for the foreseeable future.”McIlroy reiterated, however, that he sees no chance of the Ryder Cup, set to be played in September at Whistling Straits, being contested if spectators cannot attend.”It’s either going to be played this year with fans or we’ll be kicking it down the road,” McIlroy predicted.”I’m pretty sure they won’t carry on without spectators. I don’t think that [playing in such an event] would have to be an option that I would consider. I just can’t see it going ahead without fans.”McIlroy said the rescheduling of events forced by the pandemic showed golf’s global structure could use simplification.”I don’t know if everything being under one umbrella is the solution, but definitely fewer umbrellas is a way forward,” McIlroy said.”The more all these bodies can work together for the greater good of the game can only help everybody.” World number one Rory McIlroy says his game is as sharp as possible and he feels in a safe environment as the US PGA Tour returns to competition Thursday.After three months idled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the four-time major champion from Northern Ireland will tee off without spectators at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas.There will be face masks and gloves, social distancing, coronavirus tests and temperature-taking to create and maintain a “bubble” of safety for players. Topics : Floyd moves ‘wonderful’The greater good beyond golf was also on McIlroy’s mind in the wake of two weeks of global protests over the police killing of George Floyd and the concern of racial injustice it has raised.”I think everyone can be a little more tolerant and a little more educated and not as ignorant,” McIlroy said. “The fact that it does seem to be this real will to change and have reform is amazing.”McIlroy called the decision to have a moment of silence and vacant tee time at 8:46 a.m. — to symbolize the eight minutes and 46 seconds in which a police officer kneeled on Floyd’s neck — “a wonderful gesture” and noted his own golf idol was black, Tiger Woods.”It didn’t matter what color his skin was, what his beliefs were,” said McIlory. “As long as we continue to give people from different backgrounds opportunities to be in golf, that can only be a good thing.” “It really does feel safe. Everything at the course, everything that has been put in place for us, it has felt very robust, very safe,” McIlroy said.”There’s sanitizer everywhere you look. I feel safe and I’d say basically everyone else that’s here feels the same thing.”McIlroy says his game is as good as can be expected after such a long competition layoff.”The thing I missed the most was the competition,” McIlroy said. “I tried to play with high-caliber players and see where I measured up with them.last_img read more

Jeremie Aliadiere slams record Arsenal signing Nicolas Pepe

first_imgUnai Emery wanted to sign Wilfried Zaha for Arsenal instead of Nicolas Pepe (Picture: Getty)‘What I’m seeing, though, is the most expensive player in Arsenal’s history and even if you don’t want to think about the money, the fact is that money is, unfortunately, a big thing in football.‘And when you spend that much money on a player, you expect more goals and you expect more assists. For a player who cost £72m, it’s the simple parts of the game that sometimes I see him lacking. And that’s what I pick on a bit.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Yes, he goes on a good dribble and goes through two or three players – that’s amazing. But when you have (Pierre-Emerick) Aubameyang on your left and all you have to do is pass the ball in the right spot, and instead cut it back at the wrong time, that bothers me. And I’ve seen that quite a lot from him this season.‘Maybe with confidence, with more games, that will improve. But it’s that sort of thing – when he switches off and seems to lack concentration – that gets to me.’MORE: The ridiculous rule Arsene Wenger wanted to introduce after Arsenal were battered by StokeMORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta targets Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico to allow Bukayo Saka to flourishFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Jeremie Aliadiere slams record Arsenal signing Nicolas Pepe Nicolas Pepe has endured a difficult first season at Arsenal following his move from Lille last summer (Picture: Getty)Nicolas Pepe must improve the basics of his game if he is to ever justify his £72million price tag, according to former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere.The Gunners broke their transfer record last summer to beat the likes of Napoli to the signing of the Ivory Coast international. Pepe enjoyed a stellar 2018/19 campaign with Lille but has found it tough to adapt to the rigours of English football.Pepe was not the first choice of former Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who last week confirmed he wanted to sign Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace instead. The 24-year-old has made progress under new boss Mikel Aretea but Aliadiere, whose six-year spell at Arsenal was hindered by a series of injuries, has regularly been left frustrated by Pepe’s inconsistent performances. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told Goal: I saw what he did with Lille last season and he is an amazing player. So, I’m not denying his talent. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 22 May 2020 3:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Banora Point home channels resort lifestyle with pool-side bar and golf course views

first_img247 Darlington Drive Banora Point“Our family is big on entertaining and we spent almost every summer night cooking outside and relaxing around the bar.”The outdoor entertaining space includes a fully fitted outdoor kitchen with an oven, cooktop and dishwasher and overlooks the pool with views of the Banora Club golf course. 247 Darlington Drive Banora PointThe father-of-two who works from home said he bought the property in 2014 to accommodate his large family.“When it came on the market I had to grab it because it was just a great home that came with the whole package,” Mr Whitton said. “The dual living was a really big plus because my father moved in with us.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago 247 Darlington Drive Banora Point“We did do some renovations to upgrade a few things and add our own touch to the place.” Mr Whitton said he spent $150,000 on renovations which included solar panels, repainting the house and adding terracotta and travertine tiles around the pool area. “We even ended up opening up the downstairs area in the garage and making that part of the home,” he said. 247 Darlington Drive Banora PointTHIS Banora Point home, inspired by resort-style living, comes complete with a bar by the pool and a man-cave, making it an entertainers dream. Homeowner Scott Whitton was sold when he laid eyes on the outdoor entertaining area of this five-bedroom home. 247 Darlington Drive Banora PointA spiral staircase in the outdoor area leads up to the main bedroom which features a ensuite and private balcony. “In the summer we used to roll straight out of bed and down to the pool,” Mr Whitton said. Other highlights of the home include an intercom and laundry chute.last_img read more

Broncos young gun wins auction glory

first_imgJeanette Tappin and her husband Ray Williamson at the house she grew up in. Pic Mark Cranitch.Mr Hicks said the bidding started at $525,000, and was “on the market” at $580,000 with four of the six bidders still in the game at $620,000.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago“After that it was between Patrick and another buyer, who wanted to knock the house down and build a new house with city views,” Mr Hicks said.“The other bidder went to $638,000 but Patrick had the winning bid at $640,000.”The post-war house has three bedrooms and sits on an elevated 607sq m block with the potential for city views. SEYMOUR FAMILY BUYS $7.75M RIVERFRONT HOUSE MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS Broncos prop Patrick carrigan has bought his first property at Holland Park WestBRONCOS young gun Patrick Carrigan may have rejected a million-dollar deal to play with a rival side, but the forward has cemented his future in Brisbane, buying a deceased estate at auction on the weekend. One of six registered bidders, 21-year-old Carrigan was able to hold off the competition, securing the Holland Park West house for $640,000, and keeping alive some cherished childhood memories. DARIUS BOYD HITS NATIONAL TOP FIVE Prior to the much anticipated auction, Ms Tappin told The Courier-Mail that she hoped that whoever bought the house would keep it as a family home. Speaking after the successful auction, Ms Tappin said its sale to Carrigan was “the way it was meant to be”.“Dad loved the Broncos,” she said. “Patrick is on the squad and his uncle, two doors up, did all of our gardening and landscaping.“I texted him (the uncle) and said it was now over to their family to look after the house.”The Courier Mail has reached out to Carrigan for comment. center_img Broncos forward Patrick Carrigan has re-signed with the club.Place Bulimba agent Shane Hicks said the house had been owned by the same owner for 64 years, before he died just after his 100th birthday. Mr Hicks said Carrigan’s aunt lived two doors up from the house, and the then young, promising junior footballer would often wander down and talk to “old Harold”.“Old Harold was a massive Broncos fan,” Mr Hicks said. “Harold followed Patrick’s career and his daughter (Jeanette Tappin) is ecstatic not just with the price but the fact her father would be proud to sell his home to Patrick.” CATTLE BARON’S FUN HOUSE FOR RENT It has city viewsIt has timber floorboards, a corrugated iron roof, back verandah and plenty of natural light. The floorplan is original and includes three generous size bedrooms, a central renovated bathroom, separate toilet and spacious kitchen. RETIRED JUDGE LISTS HIS BIG HOUSElast_img read more

The Wrong Side of Biology

first_imgUnited Families Intern. 25 June 2014“You’re on the wrong side of history” is the comment often directed at individuals who stand in opposition to the same-sex behavior, same-sex marriage, and the transgender-advocacy juggernaut that is trying to steamroll the country.  But those who desire to create a genderless, “sexually-fluid” society have yet to face this reality:  They are on the wrong side of biology.Have we gone mad or are we just “genderally crazy?”   A quick perusal of recent news stories does give one pause.1.  U.S. Health and Human Services board rules transgender Medicare recipients can seek coverage for sex-change surgeryNow tax-payers will be required to pay for a man or a woman to surgically mutilate their body in their quest to achieve a sex or “gender identity” that doesn’t align with the body parts they were born with. (Translation: A man wants to become a woman or vice-verse.) In a day and age where military veterans are dying as they await much needed medical care and surgeries, it is particularly galling that taxpayers are being required to pay for someone to dramatically disfigure their body.Following Health and Human Services’ “gender” logic, tax payers should also pay for the person who is bulimic or anorexic (both genuine mental health challenges) to have liposuction and other fat reduction surgeries. My guess is that you’re already thinking of other similar examples.But what of the transgender patients themselves? What about their well-being; are we really helping them?With the exception of a very rare few, people are born either male or female with the chromosomes and body parts to match, with the rare deviations being diagnosed and treated when a child is very young.   But for those caught up in the “gender identity” revolution, modern medical technology might come close to approximating exterior genitalia, but it can never change the fact that every cell in that same body and brain knows that it came in to existence with either an XX or an XY chromosome designation. Good luck with changing that.2.  San Diego parents reveal story of transgender son who became boy at Age FiveThis particular story had, and still has, people buzzing. Parents allowed their daughter, Ryland, to “change her gender,” at age five no less, and then allowed the child to be a pawn in a media frenzy of LGBT advocacy.As one commentator notes:“Because the parents chose to publicly splash Ryland’s NAME and FACE all over the public sphere, there is little chance that she will be able to function in anonymity or normality. She will forever be known as the “transgender child”. She will attract all the praise and negativity that comes with it.This very public fact will make it even harder for Ryland to discover for herself who she really is without the public or her family pressuring her to be one way or the other.Again I find this whole thing very sad. And I really think the parents should be ashamed of themselves, not for indulging her to be a boy, per say, but for exploiting her ordeal and using her to get their 15 minutes of fame.”3.     Ohio College Considering Mandatory Transgender Sensitivity Training For Athletics DepartmentOberlin College’s Athletics Department is considering “mandatory transgender sensitivity training for all of its staff and coaches.” Makes you wonder how many transgender individuals they’re planning to recruit!Seems the Transgender Participation Advisory Committee is recommending the college makes these changes as a “sort of 101” on gender. Here’s one of the committee’s recommendations:“…replace ‘FTM’ (female-to-male and ‘MTF’ (male-to-female) with ‘a transgender student- hormone replacement therapy related to gender transition’.”So what should have been a simple one word definition (male or female) now requires a 21-word definition.  It must be mentioned, too, that Facebook now offers, in their profile section, a menu thatincludes 57 gender choices.4.  Transgendered Student to play on Women’s Softball TeamIn California, a male high school student who now presents as a female is being allowed to play on a high school woman’s sports team – a trend that is picking up momentum around the country. Yet, the biological fact is that men have vastly different muscle mass, structure and weight that in physical activities give them an unfair advantage when competing against women.  Most people would understand the innate unfairness of allowing men to play on women’s sports teams.  But that seems to not matter to those who trying to social engineer society.When this obvious inequity is pointed out, the rationalization and justification is “No problem.   Many transgender individuals are placed on hormone blockers at or before puberty to prevent the physical manifestations of their biological sex.”  Yes, you read that correctly.  Their answer is to pump children full of hormones and hope for the best.  No mention or acknowledgement is made of any of the physical side effects of immense quantities of hormones over a lifetime.  As many experts have pointed out; this is child abuse.5.  Non-Discrimination Ordinances on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/ExpressionOne of the seminal features of these highly controversial ordinances is the component that is often referred to as a “bathroom bill.”  If a non-discrimination ordinance with a “public accommodation” clause is passed in your community, any male who claims to feel that they are a female can enter your wife or daughter’s dressing or shower area – and there is nothing that you can do to stop it.  This is not conjecture; this is fact.  You can read about these incidents here and here.The fact is that this ordinances throw wide the door to not only transgender individuals, but also to any sexually predatory male who wishes to gain access to women’s dressing areas and bathrooms  – prompting many to call rightly call these ordinances “Sexual Predator Protection Acts.”“Collaborating with madness”Dr. Paul McHugh, former Chief of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital, speaks clearly on the issue of transgenderism and sex-reassignment surgery in a recent article that he wrote for the Wall Street Journal.“Policy makers and the media are doing no favors either to the public or the transgendered by treating their confusions as a right in need of defending rather than as a mental disorder that deserves understanding, treatment and prevention.”Dr. McHugh is a very courageous man to take such a public stance exposing the ethical, moral and medical fallacies of forcing this type of “gender identity” fiction upon society.  Dr. McHugh continues:“Then there is the subgroup of very young, often prepubescent children who notice distinct sex roles in the culture and, exploring how they fit in, begin imitating the opposite sex. Misguided doctors at medical centers including Boston’s Children’s Hospital have begun trying to treat this behavior by administering puberty-delaying hormones to render later sex-change surgeries less onerous—even though the drugs stunt the children’s growth and risk causing sterility. Given that close to 80% of such children would abandon their confusion and grow naturally into adult life if untreated, these medical interventions come close to child abuse. A better way to help these children: with devoted parenting.At the heart of the problem is confusion over the nature of the transgendered. “Sex change” is biologically impossible. People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women. Claiming that this is civil-rights matter and encouraging surgical intervention is in reality to collaborate with and promote a mental disorder.”ConclusionThose who struggle with gender identity confusion, a diagnosable disorder, deserve compassion, support, and treatment.  But history will not judge kindly those who are attempting to fundamentally change society in their quest to give credence to a destructive ideology that insists that we must create a genderless society while ignoring biology and reality.The concluding irony is that all of these changes are being forced upon the population on behalf of about of .003 percent of the adult population – this number comes from UCLA’s Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy.  And, the worst part is that we’re all, 99.997 percent of us, being required to participate in this “gender identity” fiction. read more

Corporal Marian George Jno Lewis laid to rest

first_img Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 285 Views   9 commentscenter_img LocalNews Corporal Marian George Jno Lewis laid to rest by: – December 14, 2011 Photograph by Ashton Shillingford. (SEE PHOTO GALLERY BELOW)Corporal Marian George Jno. Lewis of Salisbury, who died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados on Friday 25th November, 2011 was laid to rest on Saturday 10th December, 2011.Corporal Jno. Lewis died after battling with Leukemia and has been described by many as a ‘very pleasant, cheerful and loving person” by her relatives and friends.She was given a military funeral which was very well attended by members of the Cabinet, Opposition Leader Hector John and members of the hierarchy of the Dominica Police Force.Here are a few photographs of the funeral (Photographs by Ashton Shillingford): [nggallery id=101]Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more