26 Jan

Awareness week begins today

first_imgThe Core Council for Gay and Lesbian Students’ annual spring awareness event encourages students to take a stand against discrimination and participate in healing dialogue.StaND Against Hate Week kicks off today and continues through Friday, the National Day of Silence, a nationwide movement to pledge a vow of silence against anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) discrimination.Senior and co-chair of the Core Council Eddie Velazquez said the Council hopes to bring the problem of discrimination to the attention of the Notre Dame community during this week’s events and provide opportunities for discussion, questions and healing.“It’s important that [the community] realize that there are certain situations where LGBT students are treated unfairly,” he said.For the past three years, StaND Against Hate Week has included a film screening, Velazquez said. Tonight at 7 p.m. the Core Council will present “The Laramie Project,” a 2002 film that documents the effects of the murder of Matthew Shepard on the citizens of Laramie, Wyo., in the Carey Auditorium of the Hesburgh Library. Shepard, a 21-year-old gay man, was tortured and murdered near Laramie in 1998. His trial brought national attention to the reality of hate crimes and discrimination against the LGBT community.The film will be followed by a question and answer session facilitated by the University Counseling Center to examine questions — both emotional and psychological — for people that face anti-LGBT harassment, Velazquez said.“We start of the week immediately considering what happens not just to those directly involved [in acts of discrimination and violence] but also the people around then,” he said.The week will feature two new events this year: a guest lecturer and a coffeehouse.Psychology professor Dominic Parrott from Georgia State University will present a lecture titled “Homosexuality Under the Dome: Past Struggles and Present Solutions” at 7 p.m.Tuesday in the Carey Auditorium. Parrott’s research is focused primarily on violence against LGBT people, Velazquez said. The lecture will be followed by a panel featuring alumni and members of the Core Council discussing the experiences of LGBT students on campus and how relations have changed over the years.A coffeehouse in the Coleman-Morse Center Thursday evening is perhaps the “most important to take note of,” Velazquez said. Students will be given the opportunity to bring in artwork that represents love, hate, prejudice and healing to “share their responses to things like discrimination artistically,” he said.“The coffeehouse provides the student body a chance to really engage themselves and other students in tackling the difficulties in dealing with LGBT harassment,” he said. “Art gives people a creative outlet to deal with situations.”Other events include a talk called “Sexuality,” part of the Gender Relations Center (GRC) Signature series. The Core Council collaborates with the GRC every year during StaND Against Hate Week, Velazquez said.On Friday, free StaND Against Hate Week T-shirts will be distributed at Fieldhouse Mall beginning at 11 a.m. Velazquez called the T-shirts one of the highlights of the week, and Sr. Sue Dunn, co-chair of the Core Council and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, encourages students to wear the T-shirts in solidarity with the National Day of Silence.“It’s a wonderful opportunity for our Notre Dame students and community to stand against hate,” she said.The week will conclude with a prayer service in the Coleman-Morse chapel to reflect followed by an ice cream social.Velazquez said he observed an increase in support for LGBT students on campus and he hopes the support will be reflected in event attendance.“It will be refreshing and encouraging to see how much participation we can get,” he said. “We’ll work to keep that awareness alive at Notre Dame.”Velazquez said this year’s events have even more relevance after The Observer published an offensive comic earlier in the semester.“It had some really positive outcomes,” he said, including raising awareness of discrimination against LGBT members of the Notre Dame community and rallying support for the Core Council.“The Core Council absolutely and endlessly appreciates the support of the student body and the increase of support we see on a yearly basis,” Velazquez said. “We look forward to seeing people at the events and welcome all students to support [the Core Council] in an environment where everyone can feel welcome, especially LGBT students.”The week’s first event, an Ally Pledge and Day of Silence Banner Signing, will take place today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at both dining halls and LaFortune. Students will have the opportunity to sign pledges and banners until Wednesday.last_img read more

24 Sep

Using saliva to shine cricket ball set to be banned due to COVID-19

first_img At present, the match referee cannot be from the same nation as either of the two teams playing in any of the three international formats, while the two on-field umpires and third umpire must come from neutral countries for Test matches. Given restrictions on travel and quarantine demands put in place in light of the pandemic, it was felt that insisting neutral umpires are flown in is impractical. To support the umpires, the Cricket Committee also suggested an extra video review be given to each team each innings. “We are living through extraordinary times and the recommendations the Committee have made today are interim measures to enable us to safely resume cricket in a way that preserves the essence of our game whilst protecting everyone involved,” said Indian legend Anil Kumble, chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee. read also:ICC invites creative community for a unique cricket contest International cricket has been brought to a standstill by the pandemic, but plans are afoot in England, the United Arab Emirates and elsewhere for it to return behind closed doors. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket Committee has unanimously agreed to recommend applying salvia to the ball to be banned because of the associated risk of spreading the deadly virus. Promoted Content6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Runner Who Makes Elaborate Artwork With His Feet And A MapYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Dr Peter Harcourt, chairman of the ICC Medical Advisory Committee, offed the Cricket Committee medical advice, which included how the latest research suggests it is unlikely that coronavirus can be transmitted through sweat. Players will therefore be allowed to use sweat when seeking to shine one side of the ball under the recommendations. In the past, players known for having dry palms have frequently been chosen to take the lead on their side’s efforts to shine the ball. The recommendations will be put to the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee next month, when they are expected to be approved. The Cricket Committee also recommended that, as a short-term measure, umpires and match referees from the host nation should be allowed to officiate international matches. Loading… last_img read more

23 Sep

21st Ron Little Memorial Thursday at Stuart

first_imgHot laps are at 6:45 p.m. for the draw/redraw show with racing to follow. The Modified feature pays $1,055 to the runner-up, $755 for third, $555 for fourth and a minimum of $205 to start. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars race for a possible $1,905 to win, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods for $1,000. Entry fee in those three divisions is $25.  IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks race for $550 to win, Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $200 to win.  STUART, Iowa – IMCA Modifieds chase a $2,055 top check and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth at Stuart Speedway’s Thursday, July 2 Ron Little Memorial.center_img Spectator admission is $15 for adults, $7 for students ages 11-16 and free for kids ages 10 and under. Pit passes are $30 and $15 for children (non-drivers) ages 6-13.  More information about the 21st annual Ron Little Memorial is available by calling 641 521-0330, at stuartspeedway.net and on Facebook.last_img read more

30 Aug

Ukraine Rada to review unclear tax frameworks

first_img Share StumbleUpon Andrey Astapov, ETERNA LAW: Ukraine faces critical choices as gambling finish line nears August 21, 2020 Ukraine gambling bill enacted by President Zelensky August 11, 2020 Share Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Submit Related Articles Four draft laws have been presented to Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (Parliament), which has set about establishing a new federal tax framework for gambling services.Nevertheless, industry observers appear unimpressed with the draft provisions to modify Ukraine’s tax code, in support of this month’s redrafted and approved Bill 2285-D, which will lay the foundations of ‘Ukraine’s Gambling Law’.The ‘main tax draft’ favoured by the government seeks to establish a 10% gross gambling rate (GGR) across all licensed verticals. However, at present the draft does not specify tax charges for online poker and maintains little transparency on taxing individual land-based casino services.Despite doubts being cast on the main tax draft, alternatives presented to Rada detail no improvement for Ukraine’s business community.Of the three ‘alternative drafts’, one tax framework proposes a 22% GGR charge on lotteries combined with a further 12.5% tax rate on sportsbook services.Meanwhile, Ukraine stakeholders will hope that the government moves to entirely dismiss an alternative draft which recommends implementing an unworkable 25% GGR across all licensed verticals.Ukraine’s SoP government seeks to establish a new industry tax code, which will sit alongside the nation’s 18% corporate tax rate.At present, Ukraine’s SoP government maintains its timetable for regulating its gambling marketplace in 2020. Furthermore, the federal tax amendments published this week have yet to be reviewed by Rada for their first reading.Despite amending the Gambling Law’s licensing conditions in a bid to attract foreign investment, international observers have remained doubtful of Ukraine’s market development as the government maintains a complex and expensive licensing fee structure.last_img read more