Rebels To Host Two Game Specials For Home Stretch

first_imgFile image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – For their next two home games on March 6 and 7 against the New Jersey Titans, the Jamestown Rebels will be hosting one special for each game. On Friday’s game March 6, the Rebels will host a Youth Hockey Night.For the Youth Hockey Special, any youth hockey players who come to the game wearing their team jersey will receive free admission to the game.There will also be a recognition during the first intermission of the game for the Jamestown hockey teams who made it to states. After the Youth Hockey Night, on Saturday March 7, the Rebels will partner up with the Chautauqua County Humane Society for Pucks & Paws Night at Northwest Arena.Fans can bring a dog to the game for Pucks & Paws Night with no extra fee, but an official waiver must be signed by the dog owners which explains the rules and stipulations to bringing a dog to the game.Currently in fifth in the East with 43 points, both Rebels games will have a 7:05 p.m. puck drop. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Keeping a Safe Social Distance in Parks and on Trails During the COVID-19 Pandemic

first_imgRecommendations for trail users on observing social distancing minimums For more information about NRPA’s response to COVID-19, as well as available resources for park and recreation professionals, please see our Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) webpage. The growing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic hit many parts of the United States with full force the weekend of March 13-15, 2020. Following on the heels of canceling large special events, conferences, and sporting events, governors in several states declared states of emergency and many local school districts across the country closed their doors. Mayors took unilateral action to close public spaces and even ordered the closing of businesses, including bars, restaurants and other places of leisure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued updated guidance that calls for businesses, organizations and governments to hold no events or activities with more than 50 persons present for the next eight weeks. Effective public communications about social distancing and other guidance or regulations are critical agency responsibilities. This applies to agency communications to the public and staff. For public communications, signage in common public use areas is suggested. Also, if play equipment is closed for public use, effective signage should be in place and inspected regularly to ensure effective communication. It should also be noted that all members of the public may not be able to read signs, so redundant forms of communicating intent should be in place. Reinforcing all messaging online, through social media and on websites is also recommended. If areas of parks and trails are allowed to remain open and public use is not restricted by other governmental direction, NRPA offers guidance on several issues that may arise as a result of continuing public use of parks and trails: CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO) have been emphasizing that to control the COVID-19 epidemic, we must “flatten the curve” — that is, reduce the amount of transmission of the virus. One proven way to accomplish this is by social distancing — keeping six feet or more from other individuals and taking precautions to wash hands, refrain from being in enclosed spaces with other people, disinfect surfaces, and other precautions to prevent the spread of the virus. Please note: While the issue of closing parks and facilities related to COVID-19 is rapidly evolving, NRPA recommends park and recreation professionals adhere to all guidelines and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local public health officials for the most up-to-date information. As reported on Axios on March 16, “Steve Silvestro, a pediatrician in Bethesda, Md., advises against most playdates, especially indoors or on playgrounds. Outdoor playdates with one or two friends are probably OK for now, but not in crowded places. ‘We need to spend time with our own germs and only our own germs,’ Silvestro wrote in a blog post that’s been making the rounds among D.C.-area parents. ‘If you’re still set on getting together, here’s my suggestion: Pick your best friend family,’ he wrote. ‘If you can trust them and they can trust you, agree that your families will only hang out with each other. This way you’re at least minimizing possible exposure.’” Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to trails — wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use trails if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.Warn other trail users of your presence and as you pass to allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.Note that trail and park users may find public restrooms closed — be prepared before you leave and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.Bring water or drinks — public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash, take everything out to protect park workers People across the country are waking up to a new reality that they must restrict their activities. Parents now have the added stress of caring for children while working remotely, or they are faced with the intolerable situation of needing to work with no childcare options. People are coming to grips with the reality that they soon may need to act as a caregiver for someone who contracts the virus. Local and national leaders are using their collective voices to stress the seriousness of this situation, encouraging all people to think of their family members, neighbors and community during this time. Early observations from this past weekend showed that there was a surge of public use of trails and open outdoor areas of parks. While many park and recreation agencies have closed facilities and canceled programs, they have not closed parks and trails. However, many agencies are now closing playgrounds because there is no present guidance from CDC on how best to manage these spaces, including recommended cleaning and disinfection for outdoor equipment to prevent transmission of the coronavirus, or recommendations for limiting outdoor play with others. When making a decision about closures of playgrounds and outdoor facilities, agencies should coordinate with local public health officials. If agencies do allow public playgrounds to remain open, they should follow the CDC’s guidance on the cleaning of facilities and surfaces. Dog walking presents challenges of its own. In order to maintain safe social distancing, NRPA recommends that all dogs remain on a leash at all times in parks. Dog owners should be especially careful to maintain a distance of the recommended six feet from other dogs and persons. Copyright National Recreation and Park Association. Original article posted to Open Space blog on March 16, 2020. There is no question that this is a fluid and evolving situation. The experiences of other countries have shown that more stringent measures may be employed by the government to restrict the use of public spaces and private facilities. This guidance is current today, but park and recreation professionals and agency directors should monitor CDC guidance and local, state and federal updates daily. Public information and education Also, the CDC’s guidance for schools and childcare programs offers relevant information that can be adapted for park and recreation facilities and programs. One thing is certain: As our daily lives change, people will want to be outdoors and will use open outdoor areas of parks and trails to keep healthy — physically and mentally — and to provide activities for kids who suddenly have no school and unlimited time without being able to hang with friends. There are a number of specific recommendations for advising the public to keep safe social distancing when in parks or on trails Staff will be on the frontlines of dealing with the public and ensuring that facilities are disinfected and safe for public use. Therefore, training all staff on the use of PPE is vital, especially for those maintenance staff who are assigned cleaning and custodial duties. It is the agency’s responsibility to provide staff with necessary PPE, including hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes and spray, gloves, safety glasses and other equipment deemed necessary. Richard J. Dolesh is an editor-at-large for NRPA and Allison Colman is NRPA’s Director of Health. Regardless of what advice the public follows on family interactions, park and recreation agencies should be prepared for increased public use of trails and undeveloped areas of parks. Staff guidance and Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Illustration courtesy NRPAlast_img read more

Coca cultivation in Peru falling

first_img The Peruvian government will intensify its strategy to interdict and replace coca crops in the Valley of the Apurímac, Ene and Mantaro Rivers (VRAEM), the country’s largest cocaine producer and one of its poorest regions. The Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation on May 27 signed an agreement in Huamanga, the capital of Huamanga Province, Ayacucho Region, with 15 coca-growing organizations from VRAEM to decrease the number of hectares for coca cultivation. “The producer organizations in the VRAEM, which represent about 100,000 farmers, have recognized the need to gradually reduce the hectares dedicated to coca and, in addition, expressed a strong rejection of drug trafficking,” Agriculture and Irrigation Minister Juan Manuel Benites said. The implementation of a plan to replace coca crops in VRAEM is happening as levels of hectares for coca cultivation there stabilize, according to a coca crop monitoring report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The number of hectares in the region for coca crops dropped to 19,167 hectares in 2013 from 19,965 in 2012. And across Peru, the amount of land dedicated to coca production fell by 17.5% in 2013, dropping to 49,800 hectares from 60,400 hectares in 2012, according to the UNODC report. So far this year, the Peruvian government was more than half way to reaching its goal of eradicating 30,000 hectares of illegal coca crops in 2014, Alberto Otárola, president of the National Commission for a Drug-Free Life (DEVIDA), announced July 3. “For the first time in several years, Peru is the only country in the Andean region with exponential eradication rates,” Otárola told the United Nations Economic and Social Council on July 16. “We have managed to eradicate illegal coca by 17.5% in 2013. DEVIDA’s post-eradication plan seeks to address the problem from a development perspective on three axes – social inclusion, government investment and the environment.” Federico Tong, a UNODC project consultant, also highlighted the downward trend in recent years. By Dialogo August 21, 2014 “Over the last two years, coca production in Peru has dropped by 20%.” The Peruvian government’s strategy for reducing the footprint of illegal crops in VRAEM is part of the ministry’s Productive Development Plan, which relies on substituting coca crops with other agricultural products that are in demand. The VRAEM intervention will be multi-sectoral, with the government assisting producers throughout the crop conversion process, from financing to the identification of markets for their new crops, Benites added. “We have proposed the conversion of 5,000 hectares of coca crops in the VRAEM by the end of the year,” Benites said. “We believe that this program will allow farmers to grow profitable and sustainable crops that will ensure them a decent income and an environment of social peace.” VRAEM is home to 419,986 residents, 65% of whom live below the poverty line, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics. In addition, the region faces a lingering threat from Shining Path guerrillas with drug trafficking ties. In the Echarte area of VRAEM on June 18, three Shining Path members died during a clash with the Special Intelligence Brigade, made up of members of the Armed Forces and the National Police. The dead terrorists were known as “Goyo,” “Teófilo” and “Jaime,” according to the Ministry of Defense. “First and foremost, we have to combat rural poverty in the regions where there are coca growers and drug trafficking,” said Roger Rumrrill, an international counter-narcotics expert. “An emphasis on rural development means establishing an absolutely direct relationship between the state and the population, subjecting drug traffickers to justice and the law, and also working socially and economically with the farmers who produce coca.” The Ministry of the Interior also will intensify its coca interdiction efforts in the VRAEM, according to a June 7 announcement. The National Police’s Anti-Drug Directorate (Dirandro) will acquire more helicopters for intercepting planes transporting illegal drugs. From January to June, a total of 91 clandestine landing strips used by drug traffickers were destroyed, according to Gen. Vicente Romero Fernández, Dirandro’s director. During the same period, Dirandro destroyed 640 labs used for processing and producing cocaine paste, cocaine and opium derivatives, as well as 541 maceration pits, Romero told a June 26 press conference. That’s good.last_img read more

Citizens Forum’s advice helps guide the Bar

first_imgCitizens Forum’s advice helps guide the Bar September 15, 2002 Regular News Citizens Forum’s advice helps guide the Barcenter_img Dr. Mathis Lee Becker has been appointed chair of the Bar’s Citizens Forum, the vehicle for two-way communication between the state’s major citizens constituencies and the Board of Governors.Dr. Becker, a retired Plantation surgeon and a past president of the Florida Medical Association who is serving on the forum for a third year, said the panel provides the Board of Governors a public perspective about issues the profession faces and also suggests steps that can be taken to help the public better understand the lawyer’s place in society.As an example of the contributions the Citizens Forum provides, Dr. Becker noted that a year ago the panel was briefed about President Tod Aronovitz’ impending Dignity in Law campaign — the awareness and education program designed to clear up misperceptions about lawyers and judges. Becker said the Bar was quite interested in the panel’s reaction to the proposal and very responsive to suggestions from the forum.“I happen to feel very strongly that the profession is under a lot of undue attack from the public — from the media in particular — and I think anything that addresses the ability to enhance the image of the profession is most important,” said Dr. Becker, who has two children who are lawyers. “I think the professional status of the legal profession needs to be preserved.This year, Dr. Becker said he expects the board to ask the forum to delve into issues concerning lawyer certification.“We don’t set our own agenda,” he said. “When the Board of Governors has issues it feels need some input from the citizens, they run those issues by us.”Dr. Becker said once given an issue the members of the Citizens Forum hash it out among themselves and then report back to the board.“I have been extremely comfortable with the openness and the degree in which they take our input,” he said.In the past, the Citizens Forum has addressed such issues as the public perception of the legal profession, attorney advertising, online attorney profiles, ancillary businesses and multidisciplinary practices, insurance practices, and merit selection and retention of the judiciary.Other members serving on the forum this year include: • Henry Latimer, an attorney with Greenberg Traurig, Ft. Lauderdale, is vice chair of the Citizens Forum. Latimer is a member of the Board of Governors representing the 17th Circuit. • Roddie F. Bailey is a 36-year resident of Panama City. He retired from a research and development position with the Coastal Systems Station after 29 years of service. Bailey is currently owner of Peachtree Place, Inc., a real estate development company, and Florida Resort Properties Group, Inc., a real estate brokerage company. This is his second year on the forum. • Wilfredo J. Gonzalez is district director for the U.S. Small Business Administration in Jacksonville. Gonzalez is a former Peace Corps volunteer in South America and Africa and former staff director for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C. He currently serves on the Fourth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. He was appointed to the forum in 2000 and reappointed in 2002 for a second two-year term. • Cynthia Marie Griffin is broker of record/president of Saxet Realty, Inc., a real estate brokerage corporation in Pensacola. She has B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas A&M University. She is completing the second year of her first term on the forum. • Judith M. “Judy” Ham of Ponte Vedra Beach, has been a member of the St. Johns County School Board for the past eight years. She worked as a financial manager for Atlantic Richfield (ARCO), and was on the management team for the Alaskan Pipeline. • Belinda M. Keiser is vice president of community development for Keiser College, Ft. Lauderdale. She manages and executes community development programs, public relations efforts, and markets the regionally accredited junior college in the higher education community. • Dr. Mary F. Kohnke, is a county commissioner for District 4, St. Johns County. She is a member of the St. Johns County Roundtable and the Ponte Vedra Beach Coalition. Both groups have been credited with making major changes in St. Johns County government, education, and land planning. • Diana Santa Maria of Davie is active in The Florida Bar and the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. She is begining her second two-year term as a lawyer member of the forum. • Richard C. Myers is the retired owner of Naples Dodge, Inc. Myers is a community advocate who has served as president of the Naples Area Chamber of Commerce and who has participated in many legal, civic, and charitable activities. • Linda A. Osmundson is executive director of the Center Against Spouse Abuse, Inc. Under her direction, the center has been transformed from a small domestic violence shelter into a multi-location enterprise serving the needs of Pinellas County victims of domestic violence. She was the 2001 recipient of the Liberty Bell Award given by the St. Petersburg Bar Association and a founding member of the Governor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence. • Gerri Rocker is director of corporate diversity and work/life planning for Ryder System, Inc. She is responsible for integrating the company’s nationwide diversity and work/life initiatives with the overall business strategy. Rocker is on the board of directors of the Black Executive Forum and a member of the Dade County Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women Clubs, Inc. • Elizabeth (Beth) Rominger is director of claims for ProNational Insurance Co., a provider of professional liability insurance services and related products. She is a knowledgeable, service-oriented professional with a strong desire to address concerns of Florida’s citizens and issues relating to the legal system that serves those citizens. • Juliet Roulhac is the president of the Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar and serves on the Bar’s Board of Governors. Roulhac is an attorney in Miami. • Dan Simmons is public affairs manager of Buckeye Technologies in Perry. He serves on the boards of Taylor County Human Relations Committee, Big Bend Area Health Education Center, and Perry-Taylor County Chamber of Commerce. • Edward Strongin, partner in the Miami accounting firm of Pinchasik, Strongin, Muskat, Stein & Company, is a current member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Miami and a 10-year member of Metropolitan Dade County Health Facilities Authority.last_img read more

Here’s to many more! Christo clinches first-ever ATP tour title for Indonesia

first_imgThe moment when he saw that his opponent Andrei Vasilevski could only watch as his forehand shot went down the line, Christopher “Christo” Rungkat immediately sank onto the court, hardly able to believe that he had just won the men’s doubles’ trophy at the Maharashtra Open, an ATP 250 tournament, in Pune, India on Sunday afternoon.It was a shock for Christo as the Maharashtra trophy means that he has become the first-ever Indonesian to win an ATP trophy.Christo previously almost made history by winning his first ATP tour title last year, reaching the final in the men’s doubles with Taiwan’s Cheng-Peng Hsieh at the Sofia Open in Bulgaria, which is also an ATP 250 tournament. Unfortunately, he and Hsieh lost in the final, bowing out to Austrian Jurgen Melzer and Croatian Nikola Mektic. “Actually, last year, Hsieh and I had a plan to finish the year together but he had some other things in mind. He had to do several things at home. Then I had to find someone who could actually fit into the schedule and I asked him [Goransson].”“I played him twice and I knew right away that Goransson was good for me. He complements my game. I am very grateful that he’s willing to come to Asia to play with me,” he told the Post.“This is our fifth tournament together. We didn’t start very well last year but then we finished strong. We made the final as challenger in Japan and we made the semis last week [at the Oracle Challenger Series].”“In our first round [here in Pune], we didn’t play so well but we managed to fight through it. And from the quarter final onward, we played probably the best matches so far. It’s good, I think we’re starting to get more of a better chemistry,” he added.After this good result in Pune, Christo aims at penetrating the top-50 of the world ranking as he was very close to making it last year by climbing to his career best of 68th position last June before dropping to 96th at the end of last year.The Maharashtra Open title gives the 30-year-old a ranking boost as this week he stands at 77th, an increase from 87th last week.“I feel like we have the quality to be in the top-50. I think by the end this year we should be able to do that,” Christo continued, adding that he and Goransson would take part in the ATP Challenger in Bengaluru, India, after winning the Maharashtra.This title means not only a great deal for Christo but also for Tennis Indonesia in general as the national squad is still struggling to awake from a long slumber. It is widely known that there has been no other player who could steal such glory since Angelique Widjaja.Tennis Indonesia actually began this 2020 season with a good start after the junior Priska Madelyn Nugroho won the girls’ doubles at the Australian Open last month, repeating Angelique’s achievement when she won the same category in the same tournament in 2002.“I got a lot people [from Indonesia] texting me sending congratulations. It’s big for them [and] I want tennis to be big you know. Technically, tennis is more popular than badminton, to be honest we are bigger. I want that tennis tradition to come back again probably like 20 years ago. So, winning this title will slowly bring back that gold tradition again to Indonesia,” he concluded, referring to the disparity of attention that tennis and badminton receive in the country.Topics : On Sunday’s final, Christo finally secured his victory as he and his partner Andre Gorranson of Sweden performed their best to clinch their maiden title together as a pair, toppling Belarusian Vasilevski and Jonathan Erlich of Israel in a match tiebreak 6-2, 3-6 and 10-8.“I had a good start last year until the French Open. After that, I didn’t win any match for four or five months. Being in Pune, winning this title, it’s great and it has boosted my confidence for the next tournament,” he told The Jakarta Post in an interview facilitated by the ATP tour.Having achieved good results up to the middle of last year, Christo had to struggle in the last part of the year as he and his partner Hsieh seemed as if they had lost their mojos.The bad result after the French Open toward the end of last year resulted in the separation of Christo and Hsieh, leaving the Indonesian to find a new partner. Christo and Hsieh, who is the brother of Taiwan’s top tennis player Hsieh Su-Wei, began their partnership in 2017.last_img read more

Joe Cole compares Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal legend Ian Wright after Wolves win

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Alexandre Lacazette helped Arsenal defeat Premier League rivals Wolves (Picture: Getty)Joe Cole likened Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal legend Ian Wright after the Frenchman helped the Gunners secure an important victory over Premier League rivals Wolves.Goals at the end of each half from Bukayo Saka and Lacazette saw Mikel Arteta’s side clinch a 2-0 win at Molineux on Saturday and move up to seventh in the table, eight points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.Lacazette has endured a frustrating season at the Emirates and has been linked with a move away from the club this summer, but showed his class at Wolves with a goal that led Cole to compare him to Gunners hero Wright.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It was a fantastic finish,’ the former England star told Premier League productions.ADVERTISEMENT‘It was so much like Ian Wright, it’s just all Ian Wright. I said it when he signed… I watched him play over in France and his movement was top drawer.‘The touch and finish… it was so confident.’Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood added: ‘It’s a great goal. He’s got real quality. Joe Cole likened Lacazette to Gunners hero Wright (Picture: Getty)‘What I like about Lacazette – and you have to give the manager credit – he’s been left out recently but when he comes back in he’s affecting the game which shows good attitude and good management.’Despite Arsenal’s victory, Cole does not expect Arsenal to go on and secure a top-four finish in the Premier League.He added: ‘Credit to Mikel Arteta for putting together this team.‘I can’t see it happening, I can’t see them beating Leicester and Tottenham, but they’ve given themselves a chance and they’re still in it.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta, meanwhile, was full of praise for his team after the 2-0 victory and said: ‘It was a massive win.‘We had two and a half days to prepare and they had a week. We played two games while they were training.‘They [Wolves] are a really well organised team and it’s really tough to come here and win, we needed everybody to play with high attention and commitment.‘We had good possession and scored two goals. When we had to suffer, the team enjoyed to suffer together, which is massive for us.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Jamie Redknapp makes top-four prediction after Chelsea and Arsenal winsMORE: Mikel Arteta explains why he was shouting at Ceballos during Wolves win Joe Cole compares Alexandre Lacazette to Arsenal legend Ian Wright after Wolves win Metro Sport ReporterSunday 5 Jul 2020 1:18 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.6kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Doctors back inquiry on kids trans care

first_imgThe Australian 24 September 2019Family First Comment:“World-renowned child and adolescent psychiatrist Christopher Gillberg says he thinks unproven treatment of trans-identifying children is “possibly one of the greatest scandal­s in medical history”. Professor Gillberg’s neuro­psychiatry group at Sweden’s Gothen­burg University — which has research hubs in Britain, France and Japan — has called for an immediate moratorium on the use of puberty blocker drugs because of their unknown long-term effects. He said the situation in Swed­en was “absolutely horrendous”, with hundreds of children a year given “experimental” puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones, risking infertility, “in the face of their parents’ doubts”.”Is anybody listening in NZ?More than 200 doctors in three days have added their names to a medicos’ petition urging Health Minister Greg Hunt to call a wide-ranging parliamentary ­inquiry into risky medical treatment of young people who believe they were born in the wrong body.Nine child psychiatrists, nine paediatricians, and 14 university professors and associate professors are among the signatories to the doctors’ letter launched online on Sunday. They support a 16-page inquiry brief sent to Mr Hunt earlier this month by Western Sydney University professor of paediatrics John Whitehall.Last month, Mr Hunt referred concerns to the Royal Australas­ian College of Physicians but Dr Whitehall and supporters do not believe the college is capable of running the comprehensive and independent inquiry needed.Meanwhile, world-renowned child and adolescent psychiatrist Christopher Gillberg says he thinks unproven treatment of trans-identifying children is “possibly one of the greatest scandal­s in medical history”.Professor Gillberg’s neuro­psychiatry group at Sweden’s Gothen­burg University — which has research hubs in Britain, France and Japan — has called for an immediate moratorium on the use of puberty blocker drugs because of their unknown long-term effects.He said the situation in Swed­en was “absolutely horrendous”, with hundreds of children a year given “experimental” puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones, risking infertility, “in the face of their parents’ doubts”.Dr Whitehall and Oxford University professor of evidence-based medicine Carl Heneghan have also claimed that lack of solid, long-term evidence makes trans medical treatment of children “experimental”.The Australian sought comm­ent from Melbourne’s Royal Chil­d­ren’s Hos­pital, home of the na­tion’s biggest child gender clinic.The spokesman for the doctors’ letter, Rob Pollnitz, a retired paediatrician with 50 years’ experience, said he believed gender confusion in children and adolescents was chiefly a psychological issue, not biological.“Before we give them unproven treatments with hormones and surgery, we ought to do our very best to sort out their psychological issues,” he said.Critics of the pro-trans “affirm­ation model”, spearheaded in Australia by the RCH, say they believe it focuses on “gender dysphoria” (conflict between identity and biological sex) at the expense of multiple other issues — such as autism, anorexia, family trauma or depression — in need of treatment.Professor Gillberg said the vast majority of new diagnoses of gender dysphoria in Sweden were teenage girls who, unlike more familiar early-onset cases involving males, “did not show any trans tendencies before the age of 10 years”.“Many of the Swedish (late-onset) cases have autism or an­orexia nervosa,” he said. He added it was very common for these young people “to have even more identity problems in pub­erty — who am I? How should I behave? What will become of me? Am I hetero? — than average.https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/doctors-back-inquiry-on-kids-trans-care/news-story/6f352bc99da430b194620a2605e8a50d  (behind a paywall) <last_img read more

Clocks Fall Back For Daylight Saving Time

first_imgIts the time of year again to adjust the clocks in your home and vehicle.The time will fall back one hour as Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 3.While many residents will gain an extra hour of sleep Sunday morning, others will enjoy an extended night out. Due to the time change, alcoholic beverage vendors will gain an additional hour of business. Indiana law dictates alcohol sales must stop at 3 a.m.Indiana has observed Daylight Saving time since April 2006.We will spring forward an hour in March 2014.last_img read more

Dillsboro man injured in Ripley County crash

first_imgRipley County, Ind. — A Dillsboro resident was injured in a single vehicle crash in Ripley County Monday.A report from the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department says around 1 a.m. a car driven by David Blane Beck, 18, was traveling south on State Road 101 when he fell asleep and drove off the roadway. The vehicle flipped onto its top injuring the driver. Beck was treated for an arm injury at the Dearborn County Hospital.last_img

Justin Rangel, age 26

first_imgJustin Michael Rangel, age 26, of Osgood was involved in a fatal accident on January 7, 2020. Justin was born on July 9, 1993, the son of Chandra (Dilk) Fuqua and Craig Rangel in Madison, IndianaJustin grew up in the Osgood community and had attended Jac-Cen-Del High School.Justin loved being around his family and friends. He had numerous hobbies and interest, from kayaking, hiking, playing guitar, and listening to music. He enjoyed his coffee and sugar and loved working on cars.His family said Justin had a unique ability to be able to fix about anything but was often caught using Google for assistance.Justin is survived by parents Chandra (Jim) Fuqua and Craig (Beverly) Rangel, brothers Joe Rangel, James (Kala) Fuqua, and Alex Fuqua, sisters Amanda Rangel, Anna (Brad) Hatoway, and Erica Fuqua, and Grandmas Linda Dilk and Geraldine Fuqua. He was preceded in death by sister Laurel Fuqua.Visitation will be held on Saturday January 11, 2020 from 10 am.- 12 pm., with funeral services at 12 pm., all services will be held at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood. Burial will follow at St John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Napoleon. Memorials can be given to the family in care of the funeral home.last_img read more