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first_imgA motion to create a Full Time Officer (FTO) to represent transgender students within the National Union of Students’ LGBT+ Campaign did not pass at the 2015 NUS Conference, held this week in Liverpool.Of 544 total votes cast in a secret ballot, there were 271 for the motion, 194 against, and 79 abstentions. Although a majority voted in favour of the motion, it did not achieve the two-thirds majority required.The NUS currently has two paid full time LGBT+ officers. One space is reserved for a ‘self-defining woman’, while the other role is described as ‘open’, and may be filled by a person of any gender.Motion 705 notes “that NUS LGBT+ campaign’s decision to have a designated women’s place LGBT+ Officer has increased the representation of women in this campaign”, and its proposers hoped that the introduction of a trans officer would similarly increase trans representation within the NUS.The same motion was brought to the NUS LGBT+ Conference in March; again, while the majority of votes cast were for the motion, it did not achieve the two-thirds majority required. Concerns were therefore raised by some delegates at Conference that voting for a motion which had failed to pass at the LGBT conference would have failed to recognise the autonomy of the LGBT campaign.However, the motion did pass with the required majority at the NUS Trans Conference, and other delegates stated that the autonomy of the NUS trans caucus should be given primary consideration.The Conference’s failure to pass the motion has been heavily criticised by many members of the transgender community. Rowan Davis, second-year Wadhamite and OULGBTQ Society’s Trans rep, told Cherwell, “I am utterly appalled that, couched in the language of liberation, this year’s NUS National Conference completely failed to uphold trans autonomy and instead prioritised the voices of cisgender LGB people.“The actions of cis delegates, including filibustering and blocking, made a mockery of the democratic procedures of the NUS and I would ask people that voted against the motion or abstained just to sit and think about how many more trans students will face the oppressive structures of transphobia because of their actions – they should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.”At the time of going to print, the NUS Press Office said that its officers would be releasing a comment at a later date.last_img read more

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first_imgThursday morning, Mayor Gillian and community supporters gathered at 608-A Asbury Avenue in Downtown Ocean City to officially open his Re-election Campaign Headquarters. He is running for his 3rd term as Ocean City Mayor. The election is May 8, 2018.last_img

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first_imgEnglish progressive rock icons Yes will celebrate their 50th anniversary with over 30 concerts in the United States this summer. Billed as #YES50: Celebrating 50 Years of Yes, the outing will kick off with a two-night stand at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, IL on June 5th and 6th.Yes’ lineup has undergone numerous changes since the band formed in 1968, though founding bassist Chris Squire was the only constant until his death in 2015. While none of the group’s original members are still part of the project, the current incarnation of Yes is led by guitarist Steve Howe and drummer Alan White, who have been integral members of the band since 1970 and 1972, respectively. This summer’s shows will find the five-piece—Steve Howe, Alan White, Geoff Downes (keys, first joined in 1980), Jon Davison (vocals since 2011) and Billy Sherwood (guitar/keys in the 1990s and the late Chris Squire’s choice to take over bass/vocals in 2015)—performing some of their most memorable hits to mark the group’s five-decade milestone. “Much has changed since I joined Yes in 1970, but the core elements of the band have remained consistent,” says Howe. “We want to mark this anniversary with a tour that encompasses some of our best-loved work and revisit a few classic pieces that have been lost for a while. We look forward to sharing the 50th anniversary with the fanbase, playing classic songs that celebrate the broad musical style of Yes.”   “I have been blessed to be a member of this amazing band’s rhythm section for the past 46 years, mostly in the company of my great friend Chris Squire, and latterly alongside Chris’ chosen successor, Billy Sherwood, who is receiving recognition for stepping into Chris’ pre-eminent bass and vocals,” says White. “Each night we are pausing to reflect on Chris’ importance to Yes, his desire that we should continue to share Yes music on stages worldwide, and the specific dedication of ‘Onward’ to his huge memory. I’m so grateful to continue to be performing on stages for our dedicated fans and look forward to celebrating our 50th Anniversary in America.  It has been a great ride!”In 2016, original Yes vocalist Jon Anderson founded a new group with Yes veterans Trevor Rabin (guitar) and Rick Wakemen (keys). Dubbed Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman, that band performed the music of Yes with a lineup that included Lee Pomeroy (bass), and Lou Molino III (drums) during tours in 2016 and 2017Tickets for Yes’ upcoming American tour dates will go on sale between Friday, March 30th and Friday, April 27th. Ticketing details can be found via the band’s website.Yes 50th Anniversary Tour6/5 – St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theatre6/6 – St. Charles, IL @ Arcada Theatre6/8 – New Buffalo, MI @ Four Winds Casino Ballroom6/10 – Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre6/11 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre6/13 – Boise, ID @ CenturyLink Arena6/14 – Woodinville, WA @ Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery6/16 – Bakersfield, CA @ Spectrum Amphitheater6/17 – Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove of Anaheim6/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Ford Theatre6/20 – San Jose, CA @ City National Civic6/22 – Wendover, NV @ Peppermill Casino Hall6/23 – Laughlin, NV @ Edgewater Hotel & Casino6/24 – Temecula, CA @ Pechanga Resort & Casino6/28 – Interlochen, MI @ Kresge Auditorium6/29 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live6/30 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre7/2 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center7/5 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall7/6 – Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s Peak7/7 – Montclair, NJ @ The Wellmont Theater7/10 – Boston, MA @ The Wilbur Theatre7/11 – Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom7/14 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Tropicana Casino7/15 – Staten Island, NY @ St. George Theatre7/17 – Peekskill, NY @ Paramount Hudson Valley7/18 – Westbury, NY @ Theatre at Westbury7/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore7/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore7/23 – Washington, DC @ Warner Theatre7/26 – Clearwater, FL @ Capitol Theatre7/27 – Orlando, FL @ The Plaza Live7/28 – Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Symphony HallView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

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first_imgPhoto © – Tipp FM The Ulsterman suffered a double bogie on his penultimate hole.He lies 8 shots behind the leader Callum Shinkwin of England. Rory McIlroy tees off the defence of his Dell Technologies Championship title in Boston this evening.It is the second stage of the US PGA Tour’s Playoff Series, with McIlroy lying 43rd in the standings.Meanwhile Darren Clarke is 2 over par after his opening round at the European Tour’s Czech Masters in Praguelast_img

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first_img== Mason City High followed the same plan by dropping their original week three and four games with Grinnell and Ames. The Mohawks will open at Marshalltown and host Fort Dodge before starting their Class 3A District 2 schedule. FORT DODGE — The 50th annual Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union state softball tournament gets underway in Fort Dodge today:== Class 5A quarterfinals11:00 — Fort Dodge vs. Bettendorf11:30 — Waukee vs. Ankeny Centennial12:30 — Cedar Rapids Kennedy vs. Pleasant Valley1:00 — West Des Moines Valley vs. Muscatine== Class 4A quarterfinals3:00 — Carlisle vs. LeMars3:30 — Charles City vs. North Scott4:30 — West Delaware vs. Winterset5:00 — Fairfield vs. Dallas Center-Grimes== Class 3A quarterfinals7:00 — Albia vs. Creston7:30 — Humboldt vs. Mount Vernon — other Class 1A quarterfinalsSaturday — St. Mary’s Remsen 11, Burlington Notre Dame 1 (5 innings)Friday — Kingsley-Pierson 3, Martensdale-St. Marys 2 (8 innings)Friday — Don Bosco 3, South Winneshiek 1— Class 2A quarterfinals today10:30—Van Meter vs. Treynor1:30—Mid-Prairie vs. West Lyon4:30—North Linn vs. Durant7:30—Dike-New Hartford vs. Des Moines Christian BOONE — The Iowa High School Athletic Association has approved a shortened schedule for the upcoming football season. The plan features a seven game regular season with all teams qualifying for the playoffs. Teams in eight-player through 3A will play all or most of their previously scheduled district games while 4A schools will be free to set their own seven game schedules. Chris Cuellar is a spokesman for the association.KGLO News · 7 – 27 – Hssched – 1Cuellar says the changes will allow schools flexibility to deal with COVID-19.KGLO News · 7 – 27 – Hssched – 2Cuellar says under the plan a team’s postseason hopes won’t be ended by a positive test.KGLO News · 7 – 27 – Hssched – 3Practice is still set to begin August 10th and the first Friday of the regular season will be August 28th. == Clear Lake announced that they have removed the last two non-district games off of their schedule in response to the shorter schedule. The Lions in those games were scheduled to travel to Humboldt and Waukon. Clear Lake will open the season with non-district games at home with Aplington-Parkersburg and Osage prior to entering into Class 2A District 3 play. The revised schedule means the Lions will have five of their seven games this season at home at a refurbished Lions Field complex. CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Cave hit a grand slam, Nelson Cruz homered twice and Kenta Maeda was strong in his debut with his new team, helping the Minnesota Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 14-2, as the Twins took two of three games in their season-opening series. Cruz added two doubles and drove in seven runs for the reigning AL Central champion Twins, who won two of three. Maeda (1-0), a Japanese right-hander who was traded in February from the Los Angeles Dodgers, allowed two runs and struck out six in five innings.Highly touted rookie Luis Robert hit his first career home run and right-hander Reynaldo López (0-1) and left fielder Eloy Jiménez exited early with injuries for the White Sox.The Twins have today off and will open the home portion of their schedule tomorrow night hosting St. Louis. 6:30 will be the pre-game show with the first pitch at 7:10 on KGLO. DES MOINES — Freshman Max Burt had a two-run double off the left field wall, part of a four-run sixth inning as defending champ and sixth ranked Newman rallied for a 6-5 win over third ranked Council Bluffs St. Albert in a 1A quarterfinal at the state baseball tournament Saturday morning as you heard on AM-1300 KGLO and kgloam.comKGLO News · 7 – 27 – Mburt – 1Burt opened the scoring in the top of the first with a solo homer to left.KGLO News · 7 – 27 – Mburt – 2Burt also got the save on the mound as the Knights kept alive their bid for a fourth consecutive title. Newman will now face St. Mary’s of Remsen in Thursday afternoon’s semifinals at 1:30, a game you can hear on KGLO.last_img read more

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first_imgTwo Americans are reportedly among the dead after a terrorist attack killed 26 people and injured 56 others at a hotel in Somalia.Police say gunmen stormed the hotel after setting off a car bomb last night in the southern port city of Kismayo on Friday.It took eleven hours for security forces to regain control and end the attack.The regional state president said two Americans are among those killed.One local official called it the deadliest attack in the city in seven years.The terror group Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement saying it targeted Jubaland state ministers, regional and federal lawmakers, as well as candidates in the hotel but officials have not confirmed at this time.This story is developing.last_img

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first_imgShe then robbed the victim, who authorities say is Hispanic.Anyone with information is being asked to call Palm Beach County Crimestoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477). Police need the public’s help to find a woman who they say identified herself as a federal agent and then robbed someone.According to West Palm Beach police, the woman approached the victim and claimed to be an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent.last_img

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first_imgEddie Murphy returned to NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” this weekend after 35 years, and he brought along several of his most popular characters, including Buckwheat, Mister Robinson and Gumby, along with big ratings.The actor, who was a regular cast member on the show from 1980 to 1984, opened the show by telling the audience, “It’s great to be back here finally hosting ‘Saturday Night Live’ for Christmas,” Murphy said. “This is the last episode of 2019, but if you’re black this is the first episode since I left back in 1984.”He then showed a picture of himself from when he first started on the show.Murphy was greeted on stage by Tracey Morgan, Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle during his opening monologue.More than 9.9 million viewers turned in to see Murphy, marking the show’s best ratings since May 2017.last_img read more

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first_imgThe second powerful earthquake in two days has knocked out power across Puerto Rico this morning.The magnitude 6.5 quake struck about six miles south of Indios, on Puerto Rico’s southwest coast.The island nation is still reeling from Hurricane Maria. That’s the same area where a magnitude 5.8 quake hit Monday morning. There’s no word on damage from today’s quake.last_img

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first_imgWildlife inspectors at the Miami Port of Entry made quite an unusual discovery last Monday: a shipment containing 1,400 pounds of dried shark fins.Officials say the commercial value of the fins is between $700,000 and $1 million.According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the contraband was found in 18 boxes on January 24. Officials believe the shipment originated in South America and was probably bound for Asia, where shark fins are used in soup and medicine.The shipment was falsely declared. Officials explain that it violated the Lacey Act, which prohibits illegal wildlife trade, and included species that are protected from exploitation by CITES, The Convention in International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna.No charges have been filed yet, and the investigation is ongoing.Up to 73 million sharks are placed into the global fin trade annually, according to reports.Oceana explains that shark finning is illegal in U.S. waters, although buying and selling the fins is not. For that reason, the organization is asking Congress to pass the “Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act” in order to ban the practice across the country.“The seizure in Miami of 1,400 pounds of shark fins being shipped from Latin America to Asia speaks to the worldwide crisis facing sharks. Up to 73 million of these majestic animals are butchered each year for their fins. The United States plays a key role as an international transit hub for shark fins,” says Sara Amundson, President of the Humane Society Legislative Fund. “It is time for the U.S. Senate to pass the Shark Fin Sales Elimination Act. Sharks are worth more alive than in a bowl of soup.”last_img read more