Court rules school can block transgender teen from boys’ restroom

first_imgTVNZ One News 4 August 2016Family First Comment: Finally! A common sense decision out of the US Supreme Court!A Virginia school board can block a transgender male from using the boys’ restroom when school starts next month, the US Supreme Court has ruled.In a 5-3 decision, the high court put on hold a lower court ruling that ordered the Gloucester County School Board to let Gavin Grimm use the bathroom that matches his gender identity.The decision means Grimm will be barred from using the boys bathroom for at least the first half of his senior year, said Josh Block, an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union who’s representing Grimm.The school board says it plans to formally ask the Supreme Court to review 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Grimm’s case by the end of August and then it will be months before the justices decide whether to do so.Block said he’s disappointed the teen will have to begin another school year being “stigmatised and isolated from the rest of his peers just because he is transgender.”But he said he remains hopeful that Grimm will ultimately prevail in the case.READ MORE: read more

Arsene Wenger: Diego Costa has got two Arsenal players sent off this season

first_img Press Association Wenger told Sky Sports 1: “Mertesacker made the challenge but I said he got Mertesacker sent off, you can not say it’s not true. “I haven’t seen it again, I said in the first game he got Gabriel sent off and today he got Mertesacker sent off. A fact is a fact, I do not accuse him of anything, it’s just what happened.” Asked about the incident later in his post-match press conference, Wenger said: “I said Costa got two of our players sent off in the last two games against Chelsea. Those are only facts. “Is the decision right or wrong? I don’t know. That is a fact, without accusing him of anything.” Wenger had not seen the incident again nor spoken to Mertesacker, but described referee Mark Clattenburg’s decision in the 18th minute as “quick and harsh”. “The referee made a decision and we have to get on with it,” Wenger said. “I didn’t know if Costa was offside or not, or if Per Mertesacker touched him or not. I don’t know. “It was of course frustrating, but it’s a decision we have to take on the chin and get on with our job. That’s what we did.” Arsene Wenger bemoaned the influence of Diego Costa as the Chelsea striker once again proved a thorn in 10-man Arsenal’s side. Costa in September tussled with Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel, who was sent off, and on Sunday drew a foul from Per Mertesacker which saw the German dismissed at the Emirates Stadium in Chelsea’s 1-0 win. The Chelsea striker then netted his sixth goal in six games to dent the Gunners’ title hopes and extend their winless league run against their London rivals to nine games. The Frenchman declined to address Costa’s role further, but rued his side’s inability to make the most of the opportunity against a Chelsea side whose title defence has fallen apart this season. “I would not compare today’s situation,” Wenger said. “It was not a confrontational situation like it was at Chelsea. “It was a fact of a game and a decision of a referee. I don’t think it was linked with any bad behaviour or attitude. “We come out with a lot of regrets because we couldn’t play with our (full) team, and looking at Chelsea today, there was a lot of room to beat them if we had played with 11 players.” Wenger praised his team, despite a fifth loss of the season which leaves them three points behind Leicester in third place. “Despite the disappointing result, we should have even more belief in ourselves after the game,” Wenger said. “The team were focused and resilient, fighting to the last second.” Striker Olivier Giroud was sacrificed for defender Gabriel after Mertesacker’s dismissal, a decision greeted by boos from Gunners fans. “Do you want to make a poll for every decision to see who does what?” Wenger said. “I made the decision and, for me, it was quite a normal decision. We knew we had to drop deeper and to use pace to get forward.” Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink is now unbeaten in seven matches and the Blues undefeated in eight since Jose Mourinho’s departure last month. Captain John Terry believes a top-four place and Champions League qualification is not beyond the team, despite a 14-point gap to fourth-placed Tottenham with 15 games to go. Hiddink said: “With that gap, it’s difficult to go into fourth position. But when the captain is saying that I will follow my captain.” Hiddink described the sending off as “obvious” and rued the decision to deny Cesc Fabregas a penalty when Koscielny body-checked the playmaker. “There was no doubt. From what I saw (Costa) was tripped,” Hiddink said. “I had some doubts over the Fabregas penalty, yes or no. I can understand why the referee didn’t give a penalty, fair enough. “But on Mertesacker’s red card, look closely. It was obvious I think.” Costa was withdrawn in the second half with a knee problem, but Hiddink did not know the extent of the injury. last_img read more

Legislature Urges Executive: ‘Declare State of Health Emergency’

first_imgFollowing an hour of an emotionally charged debate, the Senate plenary Thursday, July 17, voted to mandate its leadership to immediately join their House of Representatives counterparts to ask President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to declare “a state of health emergency,” in wake of the alarming spread of the Ebola disease.“The motion suggests that immediately upon the adjournment of this session, the leadership of the Senate proceeds to the House of Representatives, and that the two leaderships proceed to the President and ask that a state of health emergency be imposed, and that US$1.5 million be made available to the Ministry of Health to tackle the Ebola.”The Senate’s decision followed a report by the Chairman on the Committee on Gender, Health, Social Welfare, Women and Children Affairs, Dr. Peter Sonpon Coleman on the Ebola epidemic, in which he reported an increase in the spread of the disease.The Senators were unanimous in expressing dismay over the delay in finding money to help the health sector, with some painting gloomy pictures of what may happen if the Legislature fails to move immediately to make the necessary appropriation from the pending 2014/2015 national budget, if it comes to that.As a demonstration of their serious concern about the spread of the epidemic, some Senators suggested that the President declare an immediate state of emergency, while Senate Pro Tempore disclosed to his colleagues that in his recent interaction with President Sirleaf, he suggested that she declares a state of emergency.According to the report read to the Senate plenary during its 48th day sitting Thursday, said since March 22, 2014 to July 15, 2014, the total number of Ebola cases has reached 173, with Lofa County carrying the highest number of 110 cases; Montserrado County with 55 and Margibi five, while Bomi and Nimba Counties had two each; and Bong County one case. The total number of cases among health workers is currently put at 13; while the total number of death cases is put to 111, with Lofa and Montserrado Counties again carrying the highest number of 58 and 46, respectively, while Margibi and Bomi are reporting five and two.The Coleman-led Health Committee disclosed that the number of patients admitted in isolated units is 22; with a breakdown of 17 for Lofa and five for Montserrado.The report said the Ministry of Health has managed to trace 236 persons who may have been in contact with people with the Ebola case. Newly reported contacts as of July 15, 2014 are 25, according to the report.The committee’s report identified challenges in the areas of the number of burial teams in Montserrado and Lofa; the need to provide funding for compensation of contact tracers in the counties; the need to provide vehicles for supervision and contact tracing teams in the seven affected counties, Lofa, Montserrado, Margibi, Bomi, Nimba, Bong, and Grand Gedeh, referred to as response counties.The report further said the Ministry needs logistical support and training for other counties referred to as alert counties.With respect to finance to fight the epidemic, the report said the amount of US$100, 000 per affected county has been provided by the government of Liberia; while it said the US$500,000 pledged by the Nigerian Government has not yet been assessed.“It is evident that this epidemic has now spread to six of the 15 counties, and the number of deaths is increasing alarmingly and it is important that the necessary funding be provided to the health sector to stop the transmission of the virus and prevent avoidable death among our people.  We, therefore, appeal to our colleagues to get involved in social mobilization, awareness and sensitization campaigns to help halt the rapid spread of the epidemic.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rental return hike sparks interest in buy-to-let across Donegal

first_imgIncreased rental returns have sparked a surge of interest by investors in buy-to-let property in Donegal, according to leading Letterkenny estate agent.The growing imbalance in supply versus demand has caused rental returns for landlords to rise by almost 7% in the third quarter of this year.According the latest report from, the average rental rate advertised in Donegal is now €561 – a hike of 15% from their lowest point in recent years. Kiara Rainey, of Sherry FitzGerald Rainey, said: “First time buyers are in competition with investors for a limited number of properties and the lack of stock is driving rental returns through the roof in Letterkenny.“Letting agents are reporting that four-bed semi-detached homes in good condition are renting for around €750-800 per month. That’s compared to rental returns of between €390-€400 per month for similar properties just a couple of years ago.“Three bedroom semi-detached houses in need of some capital expenditure are currently selling in Letterkenny for €90,000 to €100,000 and an increasing number of buy-to-let investors are now seeing great opportunity for high rental returns.“The low supply versus high demand situation is having an impact on prices already. Adding high rental returns – which are attractive to investors – into the mix will inevitably drive house prices up in Letterkenny. “Over the last 18 months property prices in the town have been creeping up. It is very difficult to predict just how much the rising rental incomes will accelerate that but they will certainly fuel the process.”Rental return hike sparks interest in buy-to-let across Donegal was last modified: November 10th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Stolen veterinarians Chihuahua found amid search for thieves

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A veterinarian’s pet Chihuahua is finally heading home more than a week after he was stolen from a South Florida animal clinic.Benny was reportedly found wandering the street several days after going missing. His owner, a veterinarian at Bravo Animal Clinic in Southwest Miami-Dade, said he brought the pup to work on April 29, when three people came in and took the dog.Police have not found the trio.If you have any information on their whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img