Read Full Story During the 2012 election cycle, a record number of women won seats in Congress. Still, women make up just 19 percent of Congress and hold only five governorships.In an effort to build momentum following the 2012 races, the Women’s Law Association hosted its annual conference on February 8, titled “19%: When Will Women Have the Floor?” Experts and professionals gathered to discuss how to close the gender gap in politics, and what role lawyers can play in that process.The conference featured a keynote by Stephanie Schriock, the co-founder of EMILY’s List, an organization that supports female candidates for office, as well as panels on a variety of topics, including international models of women’s participation, the role of gender on the campaign trail, and voter disenfranchisement.In the first panel, “Models from Abroad; International Pathways to Women’s Participation,” panelists extolled the virtues of electoral gender quotas, or requirements that women make up a certain proportion of the government. They also discussed, more broadly, how the quality of women’s participation can be increased, and how the lessons of other governments can be applied to improve participation in the United States.Read more about the conference and watch videos of the panels on the Harvard Law School website.
University President Fr. John Jenkins released a statement Friday condemning South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s decision to veto a measure that would allow for the construction of a Women’s Care Center facility near a proposed Whole Women’s Health Alliance clinic in South Bend.“The Women’s Care Center, on whose board I serve, gives women in crisis the support they need for themselves and their babies before and after birth,” Jenkins said in the statement. “It doesn’t engage in political advocacy, but provides compassionate, non-judgmental loving care to women most in need. I am saddened by Mayor Buttigieg’s decision to veto a bill that would have allowed the Women’s Care Center to build a facility near one that seeks to provide abortions.“The mayor’s decision excludes an important presence from that neighborhood and thwarts plans that had met the criteria for rezoning and had been approved by the Common Council. Far from enhancing the harmony of the neighborhood, it divides our community and diminishes opportunities for vulnerable women to have a real choice. The mayor is a talented and dedicated public servant with whom I have worked closely to serve our community, but I am deeply disappointed by his decision.” Tags: fr. jenkins, Fr. John Jenkins, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Whole Women’s Health Alliance, Women’s Care Center
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) Credit Pixabay COLDSPRING — The Chautauqua County Bomb Squad, along with the Erie County Bomb Squad, U.S. Air Force Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team and FBI Bomb Technicians will conduct a controlled disposal of expired ordinance in the Town of Coldspring.According to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, the demolition starts at 11 a.m., Monday, and run into the afternoon.The demolitions will be conducted in a controlled environment and all safety measures and calculations have been completed for the event.The Sheriff’s Office stresses there is no danger to surrounding properties. Residents will hear the demolitions.
Dramatically broadening its appeal to targetthe corporate meeting and wedding market, The Equinox has broken ground on construction that will create 3,200 additional square feet of flexible, state-of-the-art function space by fall 2002, just in time for the popular fall foliage season.The centerpiece of the project is The Rockwell Room, named after the internationally renowned New England painter, Norman Rockwell, whose workconsistently began to reflect small-town American life when he relocated to nearby Arlington, VT. Divisible into several smaller rooms and offering a seating capacity of up to 300, the new facility will feature the latest audiovisual equipment, high speed internet access and video conferencing capabilities. The new ballroom at the resort, unobtrusively tucked away at the far side of the sprawling property, will have its own entrance, pre-function areas, a coatroom, office space and upscale restroom facilities. Designed in the green and yellow hues of Vermont, the ballroom will be graced with several chandeliers, wall sconces and a bay window overlooking the grounds.The architect for the new ballroom project is Edward Clark of Bread Loaf Corporation in Middlebury, with Jinnie Kim, of Jinnie Kim Design inBrookline, Massachusetts, providing the interior design. The new ballroom is phase one of a major 2002 enhancement program, which includes the construction and opening of a new Rockresorts’branded-amenity Avanyu® Spa in the fourth quarter.Situated on 2,300 acres between the Green and Taconic Mountains, The Equinox, with 183 rooms and suites, dates back more than 200 years.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York One man was killed and a woman injured in a head-on crash Friday night in Lindenhurst, Suffolk County police said. The fatal collision occurred around 7 p.m. when Jennifer Ginexi, who was driving her 2013 Ford Fusion north on Wellwood Avenue, was struck head-on by a 2013 Honda Civic, which had crossed into her lane, police said.The driver of the Civic, 26-year-old Karim Abouelfadl of Lindenhurst, suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, police said. Ginexi, 23, of North Babylon, was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip with non-life threatening injuries, police said. Suffolk police First Squad detectives are investigating the crash.Both cars were impounded for a safety check, police said. Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to call the First Squad at 631-854-8152.
Time for America to resume rule of lawIt’s over America. The land of law and order and civility is gone. We are left with idiot Democrats who are trying to ruin our country because their chosen leader, by her own faults, was not elected president. In Mr. Robert Dufresne’s April 16 letter, he seemed to present a strong case to suggest that replacing some power sources with “green energy” was “irrational and impossible.”But I’d suggest that’s a pretty strong statement to make based on real numbers. His numbers are certainly questionable.For example, he says that “natural gas, coal, oil, and nuclear power plants generate 82.8 percent” of the energy used yearly.He doesn’t say where those numbers come from.I checked the National Grid website and learned that in the National Grid service area, those same sources represented 59.4 percent of the energy in 2017, and probably lower now.He also states that “wind accounts for only 6.3 percent … and solar 1.9 percent.” The National Grid website says those numbers are 8.6 and 4.6, respectively (2017 numbers; probably higher now).Website sciencing.com distinguishes turbines’ direct land use from total wind farm area. Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionReality reveals green energy is possible There is no end to what they are trying to do in state and federal houses.Locals also seem to neglect usual rules of law. A Gloversville car hits a man in a wheelchair and does not stop. You couldn’t feel the impact of something so severe? They find the driver, but as of a few days ago at least, he hadn’t been arrested for leaving scene of a fatal accident? There is more punishment if your parked car is an inch over a yellow line. Oh the horror. Lawmakers in New York offer $2.7 million in college aid for children of a Gold Star parent, but 27 million for Dreamers or opioid users or thugs whatever you want to call them. A misplaced decimal point for sure.Sanctuary cities are above the law and protect illegal immigrants. We are sending some to you. Foul play. They do not belong in Palo Alto, San Francisco and Albany because many do not have jobs, said an Obama aide on TV. You give them what they want, and they make an excuse for what they know is an untenable situation. Let us hope some of these stupid supporters wake up.Geraldine KrawitzSaratoga Springs Keep neon vest in car as a safety measureWhen police or people need to get out of a car in the dark, they should have a paper or plastic neon vest they can wear.If they don’t have them already in the safety boxes people buy for their cars, include a neon color vest that can we worn. It might save a life. Just a thought.Peg LapoDelansonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Mr. Dufresne seems to be confusing the two.He quotes a huge acreage required and says it assumes “wall-to-wall turbines.” Well, the aforementioned website states that in direct land use, “a 2-megawatt wind turbine would require 1.5 acres of land,” well below the 100 acres Mr. Dufresne would have you believe.And then of course he makes the dubious claim that without wind, there is no power. Has he not heard of batteries? Their development for power systems continues.There are just too many erroneous and/or disconnected statements in the letter to justifiably conclude that green energy is “irrational and impossible.”Jerry BoehmAlbany
“Presently, we need 1.8 million interpretations from people, especially youths or university students to become data heroes,” she said in Palembang, adding that the activity was conducted in five regions, including South Sumatra.The collected data, she said, would be made as a base to map the restoration potential that the government and other stakeholders could use to come up with restoration policies.She said restoration efforts had to be conducted inclusively by involving the wider community considering that “critical land”, according to data at the Environment and Forestry Ministry, had reached 14 million hectares, 1.5 times as much as South Sumatra’s area.Previously in 2019, her side had conducted a similar activity for land coverage data in South Sumatra. The program, with 600 students from 10 universities in the province participating, was considered successful and effective in helping improve the quality of a map on the change in land coverage. It had collected 1 million satellite image data interpretations with an accuracy rate of 77 percent. Youths in South Sumatra are encouraged to participate in the restoration of degraded forests and land through data crowdsourcing platforms. RESTORE+ project manager Hidayah Hamzah said such data crowdsourcing used an app available for download called Urundata.Hidayah said the activity started in November 2019 and was to run until March. Participants, she said, would receive the status of #PahlawanData (data hero). Hidayah said when comparing satellite imagery from 2010 and 2018, degradation was shown to have decreased in the field coverage of some regions in South Sumatra. “It was then supported by data from users of the Urundata app. It proves that there was a change in the fields in 2019,” Hidayah said.The success, she added, had encouraged her side to develop the activity at the national level.To contribute data, she said, users only needed to choose “Yes”, “No” or “Not Sure” for questions and images presented on the app. Users with the highest score had the opportunity to take part in an internship program together with the RESTORE+ consortium.“Such an opportunity of course offers valuable experience for students to learn more about landscape and forest restoration activities,” chairperson of the Community Research and Development Institution (LPPM) STIPER Sriwigama Palembang, Dewi Meidalima, said.Meanwhile remote sensing specialist Hadi of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) said the quality of the data collected would be tested by a panel of experts from ICRAF, WRI Indonesia and WWF Indonesia.Validated data would then be published on the Urundata site for the public to use for analysis purposes. The compiled data could be further processed into ideas for national landscape restoration. “For the next project, we will involve youths to go to the field and directly observe the degraded environment,” Hadi told The Jakarta Post.Topics :
“We are heeding the public warnings from Ohio state officials, who have communicated concern about holding large, indoor events during the coronavirus outbreak.”Biden’s campaign repeated the same concerns, adding: “We will continue to consult with public health officials and public health guidance and make announcements about future events in the coming days.”The announcements underscored the rising concerns over the virus’s potential impact on the Democratic primary showdown, which has nearly three more months to run.They came as voters in six states were casting ballots Tuesday on who they want to represent the Democratic Party against President Donald Trump in November’s presidential election.On Monday Ohio governor Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency as three people tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.A key battleground for Biden and Sanders, the state will hold primary votes on March 17. Topics : Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden both cancelled their election night rallies in Cleveland, Ohio Tuesday as fears of the coronavirus took hold in their taut primary battle.They were the first major US political events called off due to the virus, which has now infected more than 800 Americans across the country and left 28 dead.”Out of concern for public health and safety, we are cancelling tonight’s rally in Cleveland,” the Sanders campaign said in a statement.
Logan Nicols has bought an investment property at Greenslopes but still rents at East Brisbane. Picture: David Clark/AAPGENERATION Y men have embraced property investment with new figures revealing they are behind a surge in the new trend of rentvesting.Rentvesting, when a homebuyer invests where they can afford to buy a property, but rents where they want to live, has become a strong category of property investment according to new research.It found those most likely to be rentvestors were male (65 per cent), Generation Y (61 per cent) and living in a metropolitan area (81 per cent).The research done by Ipsos on behalf of Westpac, found that six out of ten Australians still wanted to buy their own home.Westpac’s Head of Home Ownership, Lauren Fine, said it was interesting that young men dominated those becoming rentvestors.“We did find that young males dominated, we think it could be due to the fact that our research has shown over the years that men are a lot more into creating a wealth plan and that could be one of the reasons,’’ she said.“The other reason that we think could be playing a factor in that, is we know that Australian men earn around 16 per cent more than woman so that means their income will go a lot further toward helping them save for a deposit but also topping up any mortgage repayments if they found there was a shortfall for instance.’’Ms Fine said the results showed that property was still considered one of the key pillars of an investment strategy.For young property buyers priced out of the market they want to live in, rentvesting has become a viable alternativeShe said traditionally “in the old days’’ many considered buying a home to live in a priority, but that had changed, particularly as housing affordability for in demand areas had became a struggle.“We found that some of the key benefits of rentvesting nationally were that it was a great alternative pathway for first homeowners into property,’’ she said.“It really gives them a lot of flexibility around where they can afford to purchase versus where they actually want to live and have fun and play.“The rental income that they receive from the property really helps contribute toward the monthly payments and gives them the financial flexibility to rent where they want to live.’’The research surmised that the number of rentvestors would continue to grow as housing affordability became more of a challenge.Two in five of all those surveyed said they were open to rentvesting, with some revealing while they owned an investment property they were still living with their parents.Those who were rentvesting were most likely to have bought in the past two years.“This may suggest first home buyers have responded to these increases by purchasing in more affordable areas, while continuing to rent where they currently live,” Ms Fine said.Logan Nichols, 22, has just become a rentvestor with his first property acquisition after buying an apartment at Greenslopes.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago“There were a number of things that indicated to me that the Greenslopes apartment would be a good investment,’’ he said.Mr Nichols thought it would be appealing to many workers at the nearby Greenslopes hospital and that it was a good growth area.“For city and other workers, the bus services are very close by,” he said. “The location offers a very good lifestyle with popular coffee shops and food as well as extensive shopping along Logan Rd.’’Mr Nichols said he had worked on the basis that if it was somewhere he would be happy to live, then so would a renter.“I also managed to negotiate on the property price. I feel this is an advantage that is best achieved when purchasing an investment property rather than a home.“If the price negotiations became higher than what I considered to be a good price, I was happy to move on and keep looking.” He decided to buy an investment for his first property acquisition for a number of reasons.Logan Nichols has bought a unit in this apartment block.“I am happy with my existing rental situation where I lease with three others at East Brisbane. This allows me to live close to CBD work at a good price while also being suitable for my dog.“ I had considered purchasing a home and offsetting some of the repayments by living with another individual. This would potentially allow me to claim stamp duty and first homeowner’s concessions.“However, a house suitable for my dog and within the price range I was looking for came at a compromise of location and living standard.“For me at this age, having my own home is not of high importance especially considering my requirement for location flexibility with work.”Melinda Allamby of Ray White Stones Corner said they were dealing with more rentvestors in the area and many of them were single male buyers.She said when it was a couple, usually they were buying to live in it.“Some younger people are capitalising on staying at home and buying.’’She said when it came to rentvesting, it was all about the numbers and rentability of a property.