Speech: Celebrating LGBTI allies

first_imgIt is my distinct pleasure to be with you today at the United Nations to celebrate the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. This important day gives us the opportunity to show solidarity with the global LGBTQ community and a chance for us to reflect on just how far we have come in the fight for equality in recent years.Indeed my own country has made great strides in the last few decades in pursuing and ensuring legal equality for all, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, not least through the very successful legalization of same-sex marriage in 2014. Since then we have seen a steady and shift in public attitudes towards ensuring the rights of all, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. The sky certainly did not fall when the Government did the right thing. This demonstrates the important role that Governments can play to ensure the right legal regimes are in place to support cultural change towards greater equality.And I am proud that this British Government is prioritizing the promotion of equality for LGBTQ people as a clear strand of our human rights work. We are an active Member of the LGBT Core Group here at the United Nations, as well as the Equal Rights Coalition. We know that changing hearts and minds takes concerted and deliberate efforts over time, which is one of the reasons why we value the collaborative and constructive international engagement on the promotion of the human rights of LGBTQ people so highly.We demonstrated our commitment at the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting held in London last month. 37 of the 53 Commonwealth Members continue to criminalise private, consensual sexual conduct between adults of the same sex. This is simply a travesty.So in our role as Chair of the Commonwealth, we took a number of steps:Prime Minister Theresa May made a historic statement during the Summit, expressing regret for the colonial-era laws that continue to plague Commonwealth countries, as anachronistic as they are.The UK pushed for the most inclusive language ever to be included the final Commonwealth Communique, ensuring a call for an end to discrimination “on any basis”.And Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made a specific point to raise LGBTQ rights with a range of Foreign Ministers, including in a joint session with over 30 Foreign Ministers present.Perhaps most significantly, the UK Foreign Office announced a new $7.6 million programme working with civil society groups to support Commonwealth countries wishing to work towards legislative reform.We have also published an International Best Practice Guide to Equality on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity to help guide smart reform.I say all of this to make very clear that the UK is a firm supporter of this human rights agenda, and we stand ready to offer our collaboration and support in efforts towards building a more equal and non-discriminatory world.Finally, I wish to reflect briefly on the theme of today’s event, “Celebrating Allies”. We know that the best way to transform hearts and minds on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity is for individuals to personally know an LGBTQ person. When the mysterious “other” becomes instead your friend, your co-worker, your neighbour, your daughter, the curtains of ignorance, of fear and of mistrust fall away and you begin to see the “other” for what they are: a human being with the same dignity and claim to the same rights as any other.That’s why alliances between human beings at the personal level are so important. They provide the fertile ground for seeds of broader change to be planted.So a genuine thank you to our panellists and participants today, who are demonstrating that potential for change across sport, media, business and civic life.Thank you very much and I look forward to the discussion this afternoon.last_img read more

Primavera Sound Is Coming To Los Angeles In 2020

first_imgLong-running Barcelona, Spain music festival Primavera Sound has announced that they will go global next year with the addition of a new event in L.A. Primavera Sound Los Angeles is set to take place on September 19th and 20th, 2020 at L.A. State Historic Park, and will be co-produced by Live Nation.The announcement of the new U.S. edition of the festival comes as 2019 edition of the flagship Barcelona event wraps up on Sunday. The addition of the L.A. event will coincide with the festival’s 20th anniversary.As Gabi Ruiz, one of Primavera Sound’s directors, said in a statement, “We have been thinking about Los Angeles for many years now, and the celebration of our 20th anniversary felt like the perfect timing for the decision of crossing overseas. Our goal is to bring the Primavera Sound spirit and vibe to cities with a similar feel: creative, colorful and welcoming. And with this, to give something new to the city, to show a new side and new possibilities to be built and harvested together. So it’s a dream to finally say: yes, it had to be Los Angeles.”“Primavera Sound is an inspiring tastemaker festival and we’re thrilled to be working with their Barcelona team in bringing it to Los Angeles next year. The festival is a forward-thinking exploration of music and culture, and it will offer a unique and powerful experience to connect with fans,” added Live Nation’s Brian Smith.While Primavera Sound has existed in some form in Barcelona since the early 90s, the first larger, multi-stage event took place in 2001. The festival has grown steadily from there. Today, it attracts hundreds of thousands of attendees each year with its demographically and stylistically diverse lineups.Past artist lineups at Primavera Sound have included Pixies, Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Nine Inch Nails, Kendrick Lamar, Neil Young, Sonic Youth, Portishead, Pet Shop Boys, Pavement, Echo & The Bunnymen, Lou Reed, My Bloody Valentine, El-P, Pulp, Patti Smith, James Blake, Cat Power, Public Enemy, Grinderman, Franz Ferdinand, Television, Devo, Enrique Morente, The White Stripes, LCD Soundsystem, Tindersticks, PJ Harvey, Shellac, Dinosaur Jr., New Order, Fuck Buttons, Swans, Melvins, Psychic TV, Spiritualized, The Cure, Bon Iver, La Buena Vida, Death Cab For Cutie, Iggy & The Stooges, De La Soul, Marianne Faithfull, Mazzy Star, Blur, Wu-Tang Clan, Phoenix, Radiohead, Animal Collective, Sigur Rós, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Tame Impala, and many more.The new L.A. festival is part of a big 2020 push for the festival. In addition to the existing events in Barcelona and Porto, Portugal, the newly announced one in L.A., and their Primavera Weekend in Benidorm, Spain this November, the Primavera Sound website lists a mysterious fifth event. While the dates and location are all listed as “???,” the blurred-out image with which they’re paired looks a whole lot like London, England. For more on that, we’ll have to wait and see.[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch living life, breaking tackles on his own terms

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — The locker room was clearing out, and Raiders coach Jon Gruden, holding a game ball tossed to him by defensive coordinator Paul Guenther, was making his way out of when he saw a solitary figure sitting in a chair in front of his locker.Gruden walked up to Marshawn Lynch, extended his hand, and the two exchanged a few words after the Raiders’ 45-42 win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday.Lynch lives life in a protective …last_img

Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer: Hope for Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentIn the latest episode of Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer, Ohio Farm Bureau’s Director of Water Quality and Research steers from those topics as he talks with Marissa Mulligan, policy outreach fellow for the Ohio Farm Bureau, about an epidemic many in Ohio are drowning in – the opioid crisis.Hoewischer and Mulligan discussed the impact of the opioid epidemic in rural communities and how Ohio Farm Bureau is helping by hosting Hope for Ohio events around the state. Hope for Ohio is a series of regional events that focus on peer-to-peer prevention strategies at a local level.Field Day with Jordan Hoewischer is an ongoing series of conversations with experts and leaders who are helping to shape and secure the future of Ohio’s ag industry for generations to come.Following are some highlights from this episode. Complete transcript Q: How has the opioid crisis bubbled up to the top as such a widespread issue not only in Ohio but around the country?A: The statistics alone are pretty overwhelming. So, drug overdose, accidental drug overdose is the number one cause of death in Ohio. It’s surpassed car accidents. The national average for overdose deaths per 100,000 people ages 15 to 64 is 22.5. Ohio’s average is 39.5. We rank third in the nation behind West Virginia and New Hampshire. In some of the southern counties where it’s hit really hard those numbers can reach 66.1 and Brown County is 70.8. It’s a huge issue. 72,000 people died in 2017 due to accidental overdose.Q: Why Farm Bureau? We know that we have that rural tie but what can Farm Bureau do to help move the needle on this issue?A: I think our members really came to us because there’s not only that personal connection but there’s also that business aspect. It’s really hard for them to hire people that can pass drug tests. I have a friend that’s literally facing this every day. She hauls manure and she can’t have someone driving her trucks that can’t pass a drug test. I think a lot of farmers are facing that issue. I think that’s why they really came to us and said, you know, there’s something that we need to do here. We’ve really fallen into the role of youth led prevention because I think that’s where we can help the best as an organization and touch the people that we already have strong communication with.Q: How do we overcome negative connotations about people who struggle with drug abuse and misuse and share what is happening?A: I’ve been really encouraging people to look at the (Ohio Opioid Education Alliance) Denial, Ohio campaign. It’s really good. Everyone should look it up. They gave me a stat one day that 66 percent of people think that the opioid crisis is an issue. But only 19 percent of that 66 percent actually think that it could be an issue for their family. So I think there’s a huge disconnect between it being an issue and that issue will never come to my family, which is just not true.Click here for more information about the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance’s Denial, Ohio campaign.To learn more about the Farm Town Strong campaign, a collaboration between American Farm Bureau and National Farmers Union, click here.   Leave a Commentlast_img read more

Mens Basketball No 5 Ohio State seeks redemption in rematch against No

Ohio State freshman forward Kaleb Wesson (34) looks to drive in the second half of the game against Penn State in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals on Mar. 2 in Madison Square Garden. Ohio State lost 68-69. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 5 Ohio State has faced No. 4 Gonzaga before and it did not end well for the Buckeyes. The Bulldogs handed first-year head coach Chris Holtmann his first loss at the helm of the Buckeyes in what is still the largest loss of the season, an 86-59 defeat.Both teams have come a long way since then. Ohio State lost two of its next three games, but then finished the season going 19-4 in the remaining 23 games. Gonzaga, on the other hand, lost its next game against Florida, but finished the regular season with a 27-4 record and claimed both the West Coast Conference regular-season and tournament championships.Projected Starters:GonzagaG — Josh Perkins — Junior, 6-foot-3, 190 lbs., 12.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.3 apgG — Silas Melson — Senior, 6-foot-4, 194 lbs., 9.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.3 apgF — Zach Norvell — Freshman, 6-foot-5, 205 lbs., 12.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.3 apgF — Killian Tillie — Sophomore, 6-foot-10, 210 lbs., 13.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.7 apgC — Johnathan Williams — Senior, 6-foot-9, 228 lbs., 13.7 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.6 apgOhio StateG — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 12.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.9 apgG — Kam Williams — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2, 185 lbs., 8.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 0.7 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.3 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.8 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 19.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.7 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 10.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.1 apgScouting GonzagaGonzaga has everything that gives Ohio State trouble. It is a team with a significant size advantage that can score from 3 if it needs to and relies on strong post play with big, athletic guards who shoot well. For those reasons, Ohio State was unable to even come remotely close to the Bulldogs in its early season loss. Aside from center, where freshman Kaleb Wesson has a 42-pound advantage over senior Johnathan Williams, Gonzaga is bigger at every position in the starting lineups. The physicality and size advantage is part of the reason the matchup last time was not close.Typically this season, Ohio State has been able to outscore its opponents in the paint and win the battles on the glass. But against Gonzaga, Ohio State was outscored in the paint 36-22 and outrebounded 35-31. This is not an uncommon trend for Gonzaga this season. The Bulldogs have the fifth-highest 2-point scoring success rate of any team in the country at 58.7 percent and hold opponents to a miniscule 43.7 percent rate, sixth-lowest in the nation. They have also dominated opponents on both sides of the court in rebounding, owning the sixth-highest rebounding margin in the country at plus-8.6.Gonzaga is not just a big team, however. It also possesses quite a lot of speed and athleticism. Against Ohio State, it scored nine fast-break points to the Buckeyes’ zero and converted 17 points off turnovers. This type of offense is one that could give the Buckeyes plenty of issues the second time around. Ohio State has struggled against teams with a fast-pace offense and against any team with a size advantage. Likely no player will give Ohio State more issues again than junior guard Josh Perkins. Standing 6-foot-3, he is taller than either of the Buckeyes’ starting guards and gave the team a lot of issues in the first meeting. He dropped 20 points on the Buckeyes in the last game between the teams, making 6-of-9 3s and two free throws. Though he is not quite of the same caliber as Penn State sophomore guard Tony Carr, who has combined to score 83 points in his team’s three wins against Ohio State, Perkins’ ability to both score from 3 (40.4 percent 3-point success rate) and inside (49.6 percent 2-point success rate) combined with his size and athleticism will provide the Buckeyes with a significant challenge. Where’s Wesson?For the first time this season, Wesson played fewer than 10 minutes. The freshman center logged just seven minutes in his team’s 81-73 win against South Dakota State while the team deployed a smaller lineup that leaned heavily on Wesson’s older brother, sophomore forward Andre Wesson, and a trio of guards. Wesson made his first career start against Gonzaga and fouled out after recording 25 minutes. But in his second game against the Bulldogs, he will need to be ready to give the Buckeyes even more minutes. The drastic size disadvantage for Ohio State means the team will need its biggest player to provide production in the paint if it hopes to come away with the win.The Bottom LineOhio State and Gonzaga play very similar games. Both can score from beyond the arc when they need to and both tend to dominate in the paint. But Gonzaga plays the same game significantly better than Ohio State.This Ohio State team could be better than the one that lost 86-59 to Gonzaga on Nov. 23, but this is still one of the toughest possible second-round matchups the Buckeyes could have drawn. It would be a major surprise if the Buckeyes came away with the win.Prediction:Gonzaga wins 82-68 read more

Race for Layuns signature heats up

first_imgThe race for FC Porto defender Miguel Layun has begun to heat up with three European giants interested in securing his services during the summer transfer window, reports ASThe Mexico international had spent the latter part of last season on loan at Sevilla, where he had scored two goals in his 16 La Liga games.New boss Pablo Machin is expected to pursue a permanent deal for Layun this summer after impressing the La Liga side in his short loan spell.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.However, it appears that the former Girona coach will have to act swiftly in order to complete the deal with Arsenal, AC Milan and Marseille believed to be waiting to pounce on the opportunity to sign Layun for themselves.Sevilla do have an agreement with Porto to make Layun a permanent addition to their ranks this summer for a fee in the region of €6m, but they only have seven days remaining until the deal expires.last_img read more

Henry pleased with Monacos appointment of exdistance runner

first_imgAS Monaco manager Thierry Henry has backed the club’s decision to appoint Bouabdellah Tahri as a member of the medical staffThe Monégasques have brought in the former distance runner in order to aid the players with mental preparation and their respective injury problems as they bid to turn around their disastrous start to the 2018/19 campaign.Currently, Monaco are 19th in Ligue 1 with just three wins from their opening 16 matches.Henry’s own arrival as the new head coach has done little to change their fortunes with Monaco winning just two games under the Arsenal legend.Now Henry hopes the appointment of a 2009 World Championship bronze medallist will have the desired impact.“I didn’t know him personally, but I think it is a good thing for the club,” said Henry, according to Fox Sports.“We know what he achieved in his professional career. It’s great for the club, he’s not the only one who just joined us in Monaco.“Every team needs it. We had one at Arsenal, one at Barcelona, they are everywhere. That’s it.”Colin Dagba, France,How Dagba become one of PSG’s regulars Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 21-year-old full-back Colin Dagba had a very difficult time to break into professional football, but now he’s one of PSG’s regular players.Monaco will take a trip to the Groupama Stadium on Sunday to face Lyon, who are fourth in Ligue 1 and qualified for the Champions League knockout stages on Wednesday by drawing 1-1 at Shakhtar Donetsk.And Henry is well aware of the challenge that awaits his Monaco side in what will be their first Ligue 1 game for two weeks after last weekend’s fixture against OGC Nice was postponed due to riots in Paris.“We have to play this game now,” added Henry.“Winning two games in a row is just anecdotal. You know that we couldn’t play our game against Nice and it may have been better for us to have another win.“That’s what I would have hoped for. We’ll play away once again. It’s going to be a tough game in Lyon.“It is never easy to play them away especially when they just went through in Champions League.”The Lyon-Monaco game will begin at 21:00 (CET) on Sunday.last_img read more

Hudson proud of the Terriers despite defeat

first_imgHuddersfield interim boss Mark Hudson expressed his delight at his players display despite seeing them lose 3-0 to Manchester City.Hudson enjoyed his first taste of Premier League management after he was drafted in from the U23 side to manage the bottom-placed team.City breezed past the Terriers 3-0 at the John Smith’s Stadium on Super Sunday, closing the gap to league leaders Liverpool back to four points.“I asked them to take on board something in a week and show what they’re about and they did,” Hudson told Sky Sports.“We tried to cause them problems but the deflected goal put us on the back foot a little bit.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“I felt we were growing into the game at that point, the shape was good. It was a tough early part to the week but we’ve been focused for the last few days and you saw that today.“It’s been a busy week – the boss came in to say goodbye on Monday. It was tough, emotional as he created so many relationships within the club. Everyone stuck together to try and lift the mood and the players really enjoyed this week.“I’ve said thank you to them for everything they’ve given me this week. It’s something I can be proud of and we’ll see where we go.”Another barren run in front of goal means the Terriers have only managed to score 13 times this season.last_img read more

Schmid On Top After Day One of the Sun Bowl Golf Classic

first_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville’s Matthias Schmid of Maxhvette, Germany and Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton, S.C. are tied for first place after two rounds at the 2018 Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic.Both players posted an 11-under-par 131 on the par 71, 6,889 yard El Paso Country Club course.Schmid, a sophomore for the Cardinals, hit five birdies in the second round to following his first round where he tallied seven birdies to pull into a tie with Nimmer. Schmid, who won the Titliest Long Drive Contest on Sunday, mentioned that he hit some great putts on a course that featured some tough pin placements.The Cardinals top player this fall birdied the first hole and also scored on No. 6 and No. 8, while also tallying birdies on No. 10 and No. 15.”The first round was great, with no bogeys and seven birdies,” Schmid said. “I was in trouble a few times but played a solid second round and hung in there.”Nimmer also tallied 12 birdies on the day with eight of those birdies coming in round one. This is Nimmer’s second consecutive year in the Sun Bowl All-America Golf Classic and finished the tournament in with a 217 in 2017.Spencer Ralston of Gainesville, Ga. is only one stroke behind the leaders with a 10-under-par 132 after he caught fire in round two marking birdies on holes 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13. He also marked birdies on holes 15 and 17. Ralston hit a 3-under-par 68 in round one and an 7-under-par 64 in round two.The final round of the Sun Bowl Marathon All-America Golf Classic is, Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 8 a.m. (MT) at the El Paso Country Club. Tee times will start at 8 a.m. with the final groups beginning at 8:40 a.m. (MT).Day One Results T1. Matthias Schmid: 64-67—131 (-11)T1. Bryson Nimmer: 63-68—131 (-11)3. Spencer Ralston: 68-64—132 (-10)4. Walker Lee: 68-66—134 (-8)5. Will Gordon: 71-64—135 (-7)T6. Chun An Yu: 68-68—136 (-6)T6. Stephen Franken: 71-65—136 (-6)T6. Harry Hall: 68-68—136 (-6)T9. Brandon Smith: 71-67—138 (-4)T9. Garrett May: 69-69—138 (-4)T9. Quade Cummins: 72-66—138 (-4)T13. Justin Suber: 68-71—139 (-3)T13. Thomas Walsh: 70-69—139 (-3)T15. Austin Eckroat: 72-68—140 (-2)T15. Patrick Martin: 72-68—140 (-2) T15. John Augenstein: 71-69—140 (-2)18. Travis Trace: 71-70—141 (-1)T19. Mason Overstreet: 73-69—142 (E)T19. Turk Pettit: 74-68—142 (E)T19: Alex Smalley: 74-68—142 (E)T19. Josh Martin: 71-71—142 (E)T23. Phillip Knowles: 73-70—143 (1)T23. Chandler Eaton: 72-71—143 (1)25. Peng Pichaikool: 71-74—145 (3)26. Alex del Rey: 73-74—147 (5)27. Austin Squires: 77-71—148 (6)28. Brad Dalke: 78-74—152 (10)29. Hayden Wood: 84-72—156 (+14)Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more