first_img“It is important that there are penalties for this dangerous and discredited practice,” Black told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.”There continues to be a need for education and further research on the harms of conversion therapies, as well as support for survivors of conversion therapies.”Moves around the world to outlaw the practice, which involves attempting to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, have gathered pace in recent months.In July, Israel took the first step towards an outright ban, with a bill passing the first stage of the parliamentary process. Worldwide, several countries have partially or fully outlawed gay conversion therapy, including Malta, Brazil and Germany.Addressing parliament on Thursday, Queensland Health Minister and Deputy Premier Steven Miles said conversion therapy was a “highly destructive and unethical” practice, adding “the risks are even greater” for LGBT+ young people.”Being LGBTIQ is not an affliction or disease that requires medical treatment,” Miles said.”No treatment or practice can change a person’s sexual attraction or experience of gender.”Doctors, counselors and psychologists who perform conversion therapy could face up to 12 months imprisonment, or 18 months if the victim is a minor.Some Australian survivors of conversion therapy, however, said they were “extremely concerned” about the limitations of the legislation, which only applied to healthcare professionals.”Overwhelmingly, the bulk of harm occurs over time in informal settings … not in therapeutic contexts,” SOGICE Survivors and Brave Network, two organizations advocating for survivors of conversion therapy, said in a joint statement.”Health professionals are only very rarely involved in conversion practices in 2020, and therefore must not be the sole focus of any legislation or response.”In 2018, a report by La Trobe University and the Human Rights Law Centre found conversion therapy is “pervasive” in Australian faith communities, with at least 10 organizations offering the practice in Australia and New Zealand.Two other Australian jurisdictions – Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) – have committed to banning conversion therapy.On Thursday, the ACT introduced a bill to outlaw conversion therapy for minors, and last October, the Victorian government began public consultation on similar legislation. Queensland has become the first state in Australia to criminalize so-called gay conversion therapy after regional lawmakers voted on Thursday to make the practice illegal.Under the new law, healthcare professionals could face up to 18 months in jail for attempting to change or suppress a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity using practices such as aversion therapy, hypnotherapy and psychoanalysis.”The ban sends a clear message to Queenslanders that conversion therapy is harmful in all contexts,” said Peter Black, president of the Queensland Council for LGBTI Health.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_img32 Pozieres Rd, TarragindiBUILT in 1957 by Janelle and Scott Valentine’s parents, this much loved family home has a lot of history and charm. “Dad was a cabinet-maker and his handiwork is all throughout the house,” Ms Valentine said.The house at 32 Pozieres Rd sits on a 607sq m lot with a fenced yard and well-maintained gardens, ideal for families. Ms Valentine said the new owners would undoubtedly enjoy the outdoor area, which was her favourite part of the property. The home at 32 Pozieres Rd, Tarragindi.The main bedroom features built in robes and a separate toilet.There is also a two-car garage, workshop, laundry and plenty of storage space on the ground floor.Across the road there is a bus stop and the home is walking distance to Weller Road Park and the local state school.Ms Valentine said the home had a very strong family feel, and she hoped the next owners would feel as welcome in it as she did. The home at 32 Pozieres Rd, Tarragindi. “There are so many beautiful memories attached to this house,” she said.“It is a great family home.”Marketing agent Michael Boor, of Reg Strow Real Estate, said the property had plenty of opportunity for the new owner to add their own personal touch. “The home has very good bones constructed of brick and timber, tiled roof and hardwood floors,” he said.center_img The home at 32 Pozieres Rd, Tarragindi.“It’s the memories that are there, of growing up and playing cricket in the backyard,” she said.Ms Valentine said the garden was created by her father for her mother. “He wanted her to look out the kitchen window and see the flowers growing,” she said.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The solid brick three-bedroom home has city glimpses from the balcony and dining area.There is a generous living space, entry hall, bathroom and sunroom. last_img read more

first_imgDanish wave energy developer Wavepiston has installed its latest version of the wave energy collector on the prototype string deployed off the coast of Denmark.The version 3.1 of the energy collector was installed on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the DanWEC test site at Hanstholm, Wavepiston informed.According to the developer, the energy collector has an updated storm protection system.The updated collector will be tested on the string located in a test area which has the most extreme conditions found close to shore in Danish waters, according to Wavepiston.In collaboration with its development partners, Vryhof Anchors, Fiellberg and the Technical University of Denmark, Wavepiston installed version 2 of its wave energy prototype at Hanstholm in 2017.The energy collectors have been tested and upgraded continuously, Wavepiston noted.“Results so far show that the energy production follows the predicted. Our focus is now on increasing the durability of the energy collectors,” Wavepiston said in February 2018.The installation of the energy collector v3.1 on the Wavepiston system (Photo: Wavepiston) Wavepiston wave energy prototype is comprised of a steel wire stretched between two anchored buoys.The 120-meter long string has 8 optimized energy collectors planned to be mounted onboard.The device works when waves roll along the wire moving the plates back and forth. The moving plates pump seawater into pipe which leads it to a turbine that produces electricity.The expected output of the prototype is 12kW.last_img read more

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs Cross Country Teams participated at the South Dearborn Invitational in Aurora.Batesville Boys finish 3rd in Division 1.  Ryle and South Dearborn place ahead.Batesville Boys at SD Invite (9-21)Batesville Girls crowned Team Champs.Batesville Girls at SD InviteSubmitted by Batesville Coaches Tom Barnett and Lisa Gausman.last_img

first_imgThe race for the track championship has so far been tight as there has yet to have a repeat winner on the high-banked ¼-mile dirt oval. So far in 2020, Ken Schrader, James Thompson, Trevor Drake, Steven Bowers Jr. and Jody Tillman have claimed feature wins. SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – After taking the weekend off for the July 4th holiday, the Quick Quarter of Springfield Raceway will be back in action this Saturday, July 11 with Bad Boy Mowers IMCA Modified action.  Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.center_img For more information on Springfield Raceway visit and like the Facebook page or visit the website at www.SpringfieldRaceway.Com. last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter I wanted Manchester United exit after one training session — Sanchez Ibrahimovic to stay at Milan for another season – Reports Milan’s San Siro stadium is closer to being demolished after Italy’s heritage authority found that the iconic stadium cannot be protected for cultural or historic reasons.“The property named ‘Giuseppe Meazza Stadium (San Siro) has no cultural interest and as such is excluded from the protection provisions,” the Lombardy region of Italy’s cultural heritage ministry wrote in a report, according to the AGI news agency. AC Milan and Inter Milan, who share the stadium to the west of the city, have launched their bid to knock down the San Siro and build a new 60,000-capacity home on the same site.City authorities have been divided over the project and requested the opinion of Italy’s heritage authorities.The report found that as the San Siro has undergone continuous transformation since being built in 1926, with only a small part of the original stadium remaining, it would not be subject to protection.Although approval from Italy’s heritage body is not the final decision, it could be an important step towards both teams’ hope of redeveloping the site.The clubs want to build a new ground adjacent to the current San Siro, while the old stadium would make way for an area “dedicated to sports, entertainment, and shopping”. The two clubs presented their projects last September and estimated that it would require an investment of €1.2 billion.Tags: AC MilandemolitionGiuseppe Meazza StadiumInter MilanSan Sirolast_img read more

first_imgHARARE (Reuters) – Captain Sean Williams scored a sparkling century as Zimbabwe profited from a docile wicket to reach 352 for six at the close of play on day one of the second and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Harare Sports Club on Monday.Williams struck 10 fours in his score of 107 from 137 balls, his second test ton, before giving his wicket away late in the day when he was bowled by spinner Dhananjaya de Silva attempting a slog sweep.Regis Chakabva (31 not out) and debutant Tinotenda Mutombodzi (10 not out) will resume the home side’s innings on the second morning.After winning the toss and electing to bat, Zimbabwe lost Prince Masvaure (9) and Craig Ervine (12) inside the first 20 overs, before Kevin Kasuza (38) and Brendan Taylor (62) put on 65 for the third wicket.They departed in quick succession though, both victims of Sri Lanka seamer Suranga Lakmal (2-31) who was the pick of the tourists’ bowlers on an unhelpful wicket.But Williams and Sikandar Raza (72) produced an excellent stand of 159 from 211 balls for the fifth wicket as they took the attack to the visitors.It was broken when Raza went for a big heave off left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya and picked out a tumbling Angelo Mathews at long-on.Had Williams held out to the close it was have been a highly satisfactory day for the home side, but he too played one attacking shot too many when more circumspection was needed.Zimbabwe made it into the final hour on the fifth day of the first Test at the same venue earlier this month, but lost by 10 wickets on their return to the international arena having been briefly suspended by the International Cricket Council last year because of government interference.ZIMBABWE 1st inningsPrince Masvaure c Niroshan Dickwella b Lahiru Kumara 9Kevin Kasuza b Suranga Lakmal 38Craig Ervine c Oshada Fernando b Dhananjaya de Silva 12Brendan Taylor lbw Suranga Lakmal 62Sean Williams b Dhananjaya de Silva 107Sikandar Raza c Angelo Mathews b Lasith Embuldeniya 72Regis Chakabva Not Out 31Tinotenda Mutombodzi Not Out 10Extras 8b 2lb 1nb 0pen 0w 11Total (90.0 overs) 352-6Fall of Wickets : 1-21 Masvaure, 2-49 Ervine, 3-114 Kasuza, 4-133 Taylor, 5-292 Butt, 6-324 WilliamsTo Bat : Tiripano, Mumba, NyauchiBowling: Suranga Lakmal 17 – 6 – 31 – 2 (1nb),Vishwa Fernando 14 – 1 – 45 – 0, Lahiru Kumara 15 – 3 – 46 – 1,Lasith Embuldeniya 30 – 3 – 153 – 1, Dhananjaya de Silva 14 – 0 – 67 – 2 .last_img read more

first_imgBucky fans, load up.Recapture that Super Bowl rowdiness, break out your Sharpies and poster board and hit the streets. Get outraged, because this is, well, outrageous.Jordan Taylor is not one of the 10 finalists for the 2011 Bob Cousy Award, given annually to college basketball’s top point guard.Nope, the Wisconsin point guard averaging 17.8 points per game, 4.6 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game is not one of the nation’s 10 best point guards. That’s fine, those numbers aren’t that great…right?Wrong. Taylor’s scoring total is sixth in the conference and his assists are seventh. Yeah, but those numbers aren’t that impressive…right?Wrong again. Illinois’ Demetri McCamey, by comparison, averages 14.7 points (11th in the Big Ten) and 6.7 assists per game (second). Yet his assist-turnover ratio of plus-2.88 is fourth in the conference. Taylor’s, meanwhile, is plus-3.88. That’s first – in the country.But guess what? McCamey is a Cousy Award finalist.This isn’t to doubt or criticize the accomplishments of the 10 players who are Cousy finalists. Rather, it’s about questioning how the leader of the nation’s most efficient team (plus-1.78 assist-turnover ratio) – also the No. 13 team in the AP Top 25 – isn’t one.Furthermore, and perhaps more importantly, it’s about why Wisconsin fans should be pissed and peeved, irritated and indignant. Thesaurus!Taylor and the men’s basketball team are too focused – rightfully so – on winning games to care too much. Yeah, they recognize he should’ve been on the list. Yeah, they’ll stick up for him.They’ve just got too much at stake to raise a stink about outside accolades. Heck, Bo Ryan doesn’t even hand out individual awards at postseason functions. So when people like UW assistant coach Lamont Paris chime in on the issue, expect some honesty, but don’t expect any complaining.“I think that the name ‘Jordan Taylor’ may not be, for lack of better terminology, as sexy of a name to the sports writers and some of the people that vote,” Paris said. “It’s in the mold of Wisconsin, typical Wisconsin. Every year, they pick Wisconsin to be middle of the pack. Fair. Over the years, we’ve consistently outperformed what they thought – which to us, means nothing. To Jordan Taylor, you think he cares about the Cousy Award? I don’t think so.”Don’t be mistaken – Paris meant zero disrespect to the Cousy Award nor the committee that selects candidates. It’s just that the biggest thing that has been standing in the way of Wisconsin athletics – for decades, it seems – has been the lack of national respect.This is by no means a surprise. But with UW garnering so much buzz, with everything from a Rose Bowl berth and near-victory to reports about it being the nation’s most talked about university, there was a sort of collective belief among Badger faithfuls that perhaps Wisconsin athletics were turning the corner.After all, there’s no doubt the success of one team feeds that of the rest. Of course, that statement is most true with the football team, as Bret Bielema’s squad was one of the most talked about teams in the nation this past season. But that’s a topic for an entirely different column…or two, or three.Either way, the situation is that Taylor is yet another victim of Wisconsin not garnering the national attention it (and he) deserves.“I think it’s in the same fashion that he’s an unsung hero, he probably gets overlooked a little bit,” Paris continued. “I’m glad he’s on our side. I’ll take him as much as I’ll take anybody else, any one of those guys. Probably ahead of most of those guys.”Unsung, overlooked – both familiar adjectives to followers of Wisconsin sports. That’s fine to them, just as it’s fine to the players and coaches themselves. Enough’s been written about UW not caring about its lack of respect to rewrite Rodney Dangerfield’s entire filmography.Wisconsin embraces its underdog role, reveling in the ability to lurk in the shadows and then pounce when nobody’s looking. But in Taylor, the Badgers have a player that very well could be the best to come through the program in a long, long time. With the Wisconsin Badgers so close to becoming a nationwide household name, the Badger faithfuls need to get behind Taylor. They need to get behind him, make him the next school hero (? la J.J. Watt) and draw that national recognition.Normally, unsung, overlooked and underrated would be fine, even for Wisconsin’s best players. But that can’t be the case with Taylor, not with the program this close to turning the corner.This isn’t a plea for fans to show up to games on time and actually pack the Kohl Center – though there’s plenty of talk throughout the program of how that would be nice. It’s a call to arms for Bucky to stand up, get vocal and tell the nation that not only is Jordan Taylor a top 10 point guard, but Wisconsin athletics are ready for primetime.Mike is a junior majoring in journalism and communication arts. Do you agree Taylor is a top 10 point guard? Are you eager to see UW turn the corner? Let him know at and follow him on Twitter at @mikefiammetta.last_img read more

first_imgLos Angeles County confirmed 128 new cases of the coronavirus Monday, bringing the county total to 536 cases and seven deaths. California has more than 2,000 cases to date, the fourth most of any U.S. state. Keck Hospital and Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center have implemented a no-visitor policy to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, Keck Medicine of USC announced Wednesday. The policy is among the measures the medical center is taking to mitigate the pandemic’s damage after a Keck Medical Center employee tested positive for the virus Monday. “All of our procedures are developed for the maximum safety and care of our patients,” Keck Medicine Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stephanie Hall said in the press release. “The ability of our providers to provide virtual visits is an especially important development as we fight this outbreak.” “As COVID-19 spreads, we will continue to take all necessary precautions to protect our patients, staff and community and to effectively manage this virus,” Keck Medical Center CEO and Keck Medicine Chief Operations Officer Rodney Hanners said in the press release. Beginning last week, all Keck patients are being screened for the coronavirus and recommended for appropriate treatment when necessary. All caregivers at Keck Medicine have been authorized to conduct telemedicine appointments to reduce the number of people in the medical facilities. Exceptions to the no-visitor policy will be made for patients in critical or terminal condition, a Keck a Wednesday press release stated. Elective surgeries may be delayed during the pandemic, although decisions to postpone procedures will be made on an individual basis. Keck will no longer allow its medical students to participate in clinical rounds or make direct contact with patients amid increased precautions due to the spread of the coronavirus. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) The medical centers will also reduce the number of entrances and screen for fever at each entry point. Visitors and patients with respiratory symptoms, including sore throat, cough or runny nose, will receive a mask and a clinical evaluation. Keck medical students will no longer work directly with patients and have stopped clinical rotations indefinitely. Staff at Keck Medicine are banned from domestic and international work-related travel, and individuals who leave the country will be tested for the coronavirus upon their return.last_img read more