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Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce comes out against “bathroom bill”

first_imgTwitter Facebook ReddIt ReddIt printSome of the largest urban chambers of commerce in Texas, including those in Dallas, Austin, El Paso and now Fort Worth, have come out against the “bathroom bill” proposed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, according to Texas Competes.Last month, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce joined Texas Competes, a coalition of business leaders who oppose discriminatory policies toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.The bill before the Texas Senate would require transgender people to use restrooms based on their gender at birth in public facilities such as schools and government buildings.Patrick introduced Senate Bill 6 on Jan. 5.Last March, North Carolina began enforcing a similar bathroom policy.Business leaders point to North Carolina as a reason Texas should not adopt the “bathroom bill,” said Mark Nurdin, chairman of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.The NCAA withdrew seven championships from North Carolina, citing the state’s law as contrary to its values of inclusion and fairness, according to a statement.“It was just a tremendous amount of tension between the state and the city of Charlotte that affected their economy negatively,” Nurdin said. “It had a multi-million-dollar impact on the economy and thousands of jobs were impacted.”SB6 prompted the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce to sign the Texas Competes pledge to uphold its stance on non-discrimination policies the city has had in place since 2009, Nurdin said.SB6 could nullify Fort Worth’s 2009 law, which protects against discrimination on the basis of gender identity, said Nurdin. Supporters of the bill say it is needed to protect the safety and privacy of individuals, Patrick said in a statement.“This issue is not about discrimination—it’s about public safety, protecting businesses and common sense,” Patrick said.Fort Worth chamber members criticize the bill, calling it discriminatory and unwelcoming to business, Nurdin said.The chamber contacted local business members to notify them of its stance on SB6.Out of about 40 business representatives who emailed their responses as of this month, at least 35 agreed with the chamber’s position, said Andra Bennett, the chamber’s spokeswoman.Some wrote they disagreed because of a lack privacy or a political difference of opinion about whether the state or local government should be in charge, Bennett said.Todd Knight, the owner of Dynasty Roofing, said he supports SB6 because it provides business owners with the freedom to decide their own restroom policy.“For business owners to be able to make their decisions and to run their companies in the way that they see best, is the thing that will help Texas profit the most,” said Knight.Some local business owners have already signed the Texas Competes pledge.A local artist who turns “trash to treasure” will be placing her Texas Competes bumper sticker on her truck.Rebecca Low of Rebecca Low Sculptural Gallery said she opposes the bill because she sees it as discriminatory and harmful to business.“If there’s a transgender person and they were born male and they are identifying as female, it’s probably not gonna be near as comfortable for them to be in the male bathroom,” said Low.Following what happened in North Carolina, Fort Worth chamber members foresee a similar fallout in Texas if its bill is passed.“That is going to change the landscape in Texas, and if it passes, it’s going to make, it’s going to send the message that Texas is not welcoming to all people,” Nurdin said.The NFL released a statement Feb. 10 saying Texas’ proposed law could jeopardize future Super Bowls or NFL events from being awarded to the state.A spokesperson from Patrick’s office responded with a statement to the Associated Press, saying the NFL would be able to set its own policies for its facilities.SB6 has been referred to the Senate State Affairs Committee, according to Texas Legislature Online.Committee members will consider and possibly amend the bill before it can be released from committee and sent to the house floor for consideration. 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Release of six activists arrested during raid, nine still held

first_img Receive email alerts February 22, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Release of six activists arrested during raid, nine still held SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that six of the activists arrested during the 16 February raid on the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) – Yara Badr, Mayadah Khaleel, Razan Ghazzawi, Rita Dayoub, Sana Zetani and Hanadi Zahlout – were released two days later, on the evening of 18 February. The six – all of the six women still held since the raid – were nonetheless told to report every day to the headquarters of the Syrian air force intelligence for as long as the investigation continues, a form of harassment that Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns. A seventh woman arrested during the raid, Maha Assabalani, was released within a few hours.Reporters Without Borders has learned that two other people were arrested during the raid on the SCM – Ayham Ghazzoul and Shady Yazbek, a visitor. This brings the total number of people arrested in the raid to 16, of whom nine are still being held at air force intelligence in the Damascus suburb of Mezzeh.The nine still held are:- SCM president Mazen Darwish- Hussein Ghareer- Hani Zetani- Joan Farso- Bassam Al-Ahmad- Mansour Al-Omari- Abdelrahman Hamada- Ayham Ghazzoul- Shady YazbekReporters Without Borders calls for their immediate and unconditional release and condemns the methods used by authorities, who will be called to account for any mistreatment. The detainees have reportedly been tortured. Four United Nations experts have also condemned the raid and expressed concern about the way the detained activists are being treated.Reporters Without Borders would also like to express its condolences to the family and colleagues of New York Times foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid, who died during a reporting visit to Syria on 16 February as a result of an asthma attack. The staff of the New York Times has paid tribute to Shadid, who was a Middle East specialist (read the tributes).The detained filmmaker and cyber-activist Firas Fayyad was meanwhile released on 19 February. Arrested on 1 December at Damascus airport as he was about to fly to Dubai, Fayyad was held on charges of spreading false information and belonging to an opposition movement.Access to Bambuser, a Swedish website that allows users to post video footage shot with a mobile phone, has been blocked in Syria since 16 February. Confirming this the next day, the head of the site said “dictators don’t like Bambuser” and that the Assad regime regarded it as a “serious threat.”The Syrian opposition has been using Bambuser to circulate video footage of the government’s brutal repression. Video of the bombardment of Homs that had been posted on Bambuser was recently broadcast by the main Syrian TV stations. Bambuser was blocked in Egypt in January 2011 and has been blocked in Bahrain for the past seven months. News March 8, 2021 Find out more News March 12, 2021 Find out more News ————Raid on Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression 16 February 2012Reporters Without Borders roundly condemns today’s arrest of Mazen Darwish, the head of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression. Security forces arrested him during a raid on his office in Damascus at midday together with his companion Yara Badr and the blogger Razan Ghazzawi.Twelve other people, including employees of the centre, journalists, bloggers and human rights activists, were arrested during the raid. They were identified as Hanadi Zahlout, Hussein Ghareer, Hani Zetani, Sana Zetani, Rita Dayoub, Joan Farso, Bassam Al-Ahmad, Mayadah Khaleel, Maha Al-Assablani, Mansour Al-Omari and Abdelrahman Hamada.Assablani was freed a few hours later but she is facing the possibility of deportation.Reporters Without Borders is extremely concerned for the physical safety of the others and calls for their immediate release.Darwish has had run-ins with the authorities before. He was questioned by intelligence officials in Damascus for four hours on the evening of 22 March 2011 and was interrogated again the next day. A week before that, on 16 March, he was briefly arrested while attending a peaceful sit-in outside the interior ministry in Damascus as an observer. His centre, which is the only NGO in Syria that monitors the media and the Internet, has been closed by the authorities twice, in 2005 and 2009.Ghazzawi was previously arrested on 4 December as she was about to cross the border into Jordan and was held for two weeks.Zahlout, a blogger, has been arrested three times before. The last time she was arrested, on 4 August 2011, she was held until 30 November. Ghareer, who is also a blogger, was previously the victim of an abduction-style arrest on 24 October and was released on 1 December (http://en.rsf.org/syrie-arrest-of-noted-blogger-shows-no-05-12-2011,41512.html).The Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression was accorded consultative status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council in July 2011. Darwish received the Roland Berger Human Dignity Award in October 2011. 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Garda thought she would be killed by teenage driver

first_imgEmail WhatsApp Advertisement Previous articleEarly start for Limerick business leaders of tomorrowNext articleEmergency services put their backs into life-saving research admin Facebook Andrew CareySign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A COMMUNITY garda thought she would be killed when a teenager violently drove a stolen car directly at her, a court has heard.Niamh Keogh is a garda attached to Limerick’s Roxboro Road community policing unit and for the last six years has been stationed to liaise with youths “on the ground” in the O’Malley Park area of Southill.On May 23, 2012, Garda Keogh was on foot patrol in the area shortly before 4pm when she first encountered a 1998 Cork registered red Mazda 323.The car, gda Keogh said, was first heard revving violently and screeching near the Castle Oaks View are Southill. A few moments later, she observed the car driving towards her as she walked near the Southill Area Centre.The driver, a then 16-year-old teen, drove down the road towards garda Keogh in an erratic and dangerous matter before doing a U-turn and speeding off in the opposite direction.Garda Keogh’s evidence came in the second day of the trial of a now 17 year old teenager charged with the alleged endangerment of the garda and the unlawful use of a stolen car on the date in question.The trial running at Limerick Circuit Court before Judge Carroll Moran and a jury of eight women and four men was told that the car returned towards garda Keogh driving in the same manner as earlier.It was then that garda Keogh said the driver of the car was “pressing on the accelerator in a violent manner” before she described how the driver then started “driving straight towards me”.The court heard that garda Keogh “jumped to take evasive action behind a pillar” to protect herself she said.“I thought I was going to be killed or seriously injured”, gda Keogh told the Judge.She said that the car drove by and swerved before garda Keogh had an “unobstructed view” of the accused.“I saw the driver and I recognised him immediately” added garda Keogh who said that she was “100 per cent sure” it was the accused.“It is our role to know the youths in the area and on the ground”.Garda Keogh said that she was in fear for her life as the “vehicle was coming straight towards me”.Details of the car speeding off into the O’Malley Park area of Southill were given to the court before Garda Keogh called in the alert to the Roxboro Station.The trial continues.center_img Linkedin NewsBreaking newsGarda thought she would be killed by teenage driverBy admin – January 24, 2014 700 Print Twitterlast_img read more

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Fireworks and Fourth of July Events in Ocean City, NJ

first_imgDressed for success in the Gardens Civic Association Bike Parade on July 4, 2014. BIKE PARADESSouth Ocean City Improvement Association: Registration takes place in the parking lot of Our Lady of Good Counsel (40th Street and Asbury Avenue) at 9 a.m. Registration is free to all, and prizes will be given to the top three in the following categories: 3-and-under, 4-to-7, 8-and-over, families and groups (over 25 or more). Parade participants typically  include Miss Night in Venice contestants, Miss Ocean City, Little Miss Ocean City and Ocean City firefighters.The parade route starts at 40th Street and Central Avenue and proceeds down Central Avenue to 53rd Street. From there, the route turns down 53rd Street to finish at the playground at Haven Avenue, where free refreshments will be available, prizes given out and patriotic music played.The event has been held since 1954, and includes as many as 800 participants.Gardens Civic Association: The Gardens Civic Association’s Bike Parade also starts at 10 a.m. with registration 9 a.m. at the Longport Bridge parking lot. Entry is free. The parade winds its way to E. Atlantic Boulevard along the north-end beaches and finishes with refreshments near the intersection of Beach Road. FIREWORKSFireworks on the Fourth of July in Ocean City, NJ are fired from a barge anchored off the Ocean City Music Pier near Ninth Street. They go off at 10 p.m July 4, 2015.A 10 p.m. musical fireworks display will be fired from a barge at sea off the Ocean City Music Pier (between Eighth and Ninth streets). The show will be visible from the downtown blocks of the beach and boardwalk. The popular band Tidal Wave will entertain in front of the Music Pier for an hour before the fireworks and for an hour afterward. WEATHERAs of Friday, the National Weather Service forecast suggests the region could see scattered showers and thunderstorms through most of the day. But the NWS predicts all storms will have passed by 8 p.m. The weather should be dry for the 10 p.m. fireworks. STAR SPANGLED SALUTE: A musical tribute featuring the Ocean City Theatre Co. Spotlight Performers and Show Choir, noon at Mark Soifer Park, corner of 9th and Asbury Ave., on July 4. Free. KITE FESTIVAL, YO-YOs and HULA HOOPSA Kite Festival competition on the beach near the Ocean City Music Pier will be sponsored by Air Circus with registration at 6 p.m. Entry is free. Kite awards in various categories will be presented at 7:30 p.m. At 8 p.m., there will be a yo-yo demonstration and contest followed by a hula hoop competition at 8:30 p.m.All events are free and held between the Music Pier and 10th Street on the beach. Ocean City, NJ has a full schedule of events for Independence Day on Saturday, July 4, including fireworks, bike parades and a kite festival. MORE INFORMATIONFor information on 4th of July events, call 1-800-BEACH-NJ, (6090 399-6111 or visit www.oceancityvacation.com. OTHER SPECIAL EVENTSJuly 1: The Ocean City Pops Orchestra will present an inspiring program featuring favorite Sousa marches and patriotic selections honoring our country. Todd Thomas and the Pops Singers will honor the brave men and women dedicated to preserving our freedom at this special concert, 8 p.m. at Music Pier. Julia Wilson, an intermediate school student, will sing the “Star Spangled Banner” and will appear with Ocean City Boy Scout Troop No. 32, which will present the colors. Sponsored by Jilly’s in memory of Beverly Kreisberg. Tickets are $20/$15. Call (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice.July 2 and 3: A film tribute to Jerry Lewis will be held on the 50th anniversary of the comedy “Family Jewels.” The event will be held at the Moorlyn Family Theatre. Read moreJuly 3: The Fabulous DUPREES perform at the Music Pier, 7:30 p.m. Also featured will be the “60’s Girl Group Experience, the First Ladies of Rock & Soul.” Concert benefits the Ferguson Foglio Post 6650, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. Tickets are $38 on sale at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice , or the Music Pier Box Office (609) 525-9248, Ocean City Causeway Welcome Center and City Hall, 861 Asbury Ave., call (609) 399-6111.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter and breaking news alerts“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

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New Officers and Board Members for Providence St. Peter Foundation

first_img Annie Iriye, M.D., Submitted by Providence St. Peter FoundationProvidence St. Peter Foundation Board of Directors has recently elected new officers. Pat Gilmer, M.D., an otolaryngologist at Ear, Nose & Throat Associates SW, was elected to serve as president. Rick Middleton, President/CEO of Anderson-Middleton Company was elected as vice president. Each officer will serve a two-year term. Larry Brooke will begin his third term as treasurer, and Dan Davidson, D.D.S., will serve as immediate past president.In addition, the Foundation elected four new members to its board of directors. Board president, Pat Gilmer, M.D., says, “All of our board members have a deep passion for the mission of Providence in our community, and we’re glad these four members are joining as new advocates for the work our donors make possible.”Joining the board are Christophe Allen, vice president and general manager of The Acme Service Group; James Kruidenier, M.D., board certified gastroenterologist at Gastroenterology Associates; Annie Iriye, M.D., board certified obstetrician and gynecologist with Group Health Olympia Medical Center; and long-time community member andvolunteer, Katie Hurley.Each new board member will serve a three year term. “We’re very excited to have these new members joining us,” says Gilmer. “They bring depth of experience from the business, medical, and not-for profit communities, and a deep respect for the importance of having access to high-quality health care right here locally.”Retiring from the board after a combined 36 years of service are Ken Anderson, Allen Miller, and Wayne Staley. James Kruidenier, M.D. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0center_img Katie Hurley Christophe Allenlast_img read more

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Cats coach confident of better days ahead for Kootenay squad

first_imgEven after losing two of three games on the Island, Wildcats skipper Cary Fisher remains confident there are bigger and better days ahead for the Kootenay-based squad.“Had you watched the game you would not have believed we came up short,” Fisher told The Nelson Daily after the Cats dropped two of three BC Female Midget AAA Hockey League games to the Vancouver Island Hurricanes this past weekend in Campbell River.Vancouver Island won the final two games by 3-1 and 2-1 scores.Kootenay opened the series with a 5-2 win thanks to the two-goal performance of Denomie Vockeroth-Fisher of Rossland.Danica Dahlin (Golden), Kimberley Huisman (Fernie) and Keegan Paterson (Nelson) also scored for the Cats, which held period leads of 3-1 and 4-2.Cats’ netminder Morgan Flynn (Castlegar) was in goal for the win. “This weekend was tough after coming out and playing well enough to score five goals we struggled to find the net in the next two games,” Fisher explained.“The players worked very hard in both losses and we had a great time of possession advantage in both losses.”Vockeroth-Fisher and Stephanie McAuley (Trail) scored the other goals for Kootenay.“I think our goal needs to be more engaged in the moment,” said Fisher.“For non athletes this may seem a bit odd but it works like this — a player can work hard but in the moment they can loose focus even while working hard.  We missed the net a lot and we missed open players. “Kootenay, 4-4-1, drops to fourth in BCFMHL standings, but is only one point from second in the six-team league.Fraser Valley Phantom tops the league with an 8-0-2 record.“I guess the best way to describe it is paying attention to details and being more surgical in our approach,” said Fisher, pleased with the play of Keegan Paterson of Nelson, McAyla Yuris (Trail) and Denomie Vockeroth-Fisher.“Simple is best with most things in life and I believe this team will find a simple game very soon.”The Cats are off until November 22 when Kootenay travels to Kelowna for a three-game set against the Okanagan Rockets.last_img read more

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COMEBACKING FANTASTIC STYLE TAKES GRADE III, $100,000 LAS FLORES STAKES BY FOUR HANDY LENGTHS UNDER BEJARANO; BAFFERT FILLY GETS SIX FURLONGS IN 1:08.79

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 20, 2016)–Comebacking Fantastic Style picked up where she left off Sunday at Santa Anita, as she cruised to a four length win under Rafael Bejarano in the Grade III, $100,000 Las Flores Stakes. Trained by Bob Baffert, she carried the red, white and blue colors of owner Kaleem Shah six furlongs in a rapid 1:08.79.Idle since a smashing 3 ½ length win in the Grade II Great Lady M Stakes on July 11 at Los Alamitos, Fantastic Style sat second to speedy longshot Amaranth down the backside, seized command leaving the quarter pole and went on to win in-hand.Off at 1-2 in a field of five older fillies and mares, Fantastic Style paid $3.00, $2.40 and $2.10.“I decided to use her a little bit from the gate to stay close,” said Bejarano. “I sat second the whole way and I knew the five, Amaranth, was done. She’s been working really well in the mornings, so I think she’s getting better and better.”In posting her third consecutive win and her fifth from seven overall starts, Fantastic Style, a    4-year-old Kentucky-bred filly by Harlan’s Holiday, picked up $60,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $332,000.“She just cruised,” said Mike Marlow, assistant to Baffert. “He (Bejarano) was loaded all the way. She was off for a while but Bob had her ready. She was really impressive. It was a good comeback race.”Ben’s Duchess ran-on well from off the pace for second money and was ridden out past the wire by Abel Lezcano. Off at 6-1, she finished 3 ¾ lengths in front of Cadet Roni and paid $4.20 and $2.60.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Cadet Roni out-finished Finest City by a neck. Off at 5-1, she paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.09, 44.66 and 56.50.Racing resumes on Thursday at Santa Anita, with first post time for an eight-race card at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

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