Students walk across America for gay rights

first_imgA group of six graduate students from the School of Cinematic Arts will embark on a seven-month walk across the country in hopes of cultivating an open dialogue about same-sex marriage while documenting their journey on film.A.J. Goodrich, a third-year graduate student studying cinema-television production who developed the idea, will direct the film. He and the other students will begin walking on Feb. 1.The goal of the project is to engage a variety of people along the way in a conversation about gay marriage and other gay civil rights issues, Goodrich said.“Probably a lot of people who are out there in the [United States] in rural communities, for example, haven’t met a lot of gay people,” he said. “Just coming face to face I think would give them an opportunity to level with someone on a human, basic level.”Goodrich said he was inspired to create the movie because of his experiences growing up.“I just don’t want other kids who are growing up gay to have to go through what I had to go through,” he said. “I want to be a positive role model for them and give them some hope.”Goodrich said traveling across the country would enable the conversation to be more inclusive, as he intends to invite people from both sides of the issue to join in as the crew walks.Jed Dannenbaum, a senior lecturer in School of Cinematic Arts and Goodrich’s faculty supervisor, said the students’ decision to walk carries social and historic significance.“It’s an interesting, compelling combination of personal journey and exploration of America and at the same time reminiscent of the great civil rights marches of the past,” he said.Dannenbaum said he hopes the walk will generate publicity for gay rights.“It’s a dramatic effort that might well attract both local media and attention from individuals who are supportive of this [and] maybe some larger feature coverage of it particularly as they get well along into the process,” Dannenbaum said.Goodrich said that although the legalization of gay marriage is an important first step, it is merely one step in the long process of obtaining full equality.“The greater acceptance and more awareness we have of the real damaging effects that [things like] bullying can have or not having equal rights can have — if people were aware of that, I think we could make strides towards achieving equality,” Goodrich said.Satinder Kaur, a graduate student studying cinema-television production, is one of the film’s producers. She said the group is working on completing fundraising — most of which is coming from family and friends.“We’re using online platforms like IndieGoGo, which is a great tool. It’s very new,” she said. “You can put up your project and get your family and friends to donate. It [also] allows you to give other people your e-mail and share updates, and if they like your project, they will give you money.”Kaur said the group hopes to get media sponsorship and other organizations involved. The group also created a Facebook page called “The Road Less Travelled By.”In light of the recent string of suicides committed by gay teenagers and young adults, Goodrich said it is important for universities to continue providing the right resources to support and protect students.USC has resources for students who are seeking support for bullying issues, Goodrich said, but he isn’t convinced people always know where to find them.“I’m not sure they’re very visible unless you go out looking for them,” he said. “But, to my knowledge, most people at USC have been incredibly accepting and kind and supportive.”The film crew will start in San Francisco in February and move south, continue up through the East Coast and finally end in Boston around Labor Day. They will walk 20 to 25 miles a day and travel a total of 4,000 miles.“The reason [Goodrich is] choosing this is because there’s been a tradition of walking for religious, civil rights [and] all kinds of freedom,” Kaur said. “By physically stretching for something you believe in, you can reach out.”last_img read more

USC set to face VCU in play-in game

first_imgIt took almost 20 minutes for CBS to make the announcement on its annual selection show, but the USC men’s basketball team finally got word they will be going to the Big Dance after a one-year absence from the NCAA tournament.The Trojans (19-14), with the benefit of an expanded 68-team tournament format this year, will travel to Dayton, Ohio to take on the VCU Rams (23-11) out of the Colonial Athletic Conference. The game will be played on Wednesday night for the right to be the No. 11 seed in the Southwest Region.If USC prevails in the play-in game, they will take on the Georgetown Hoyas (21-10) out of the Big East Conference in Chicago, Ill. on Friday.This is USC’s first tournament appearance under USC coach Kevin O’Neill, who was reinstated by athletic director Pat Haden on Sunday after serving a one-game suspension over the weekend for his involvement in an altercation on Thursday night.The Trojans last tournament appearance was in 2009, where the team led by then-coach Tim Floyd defeated Boston College 72-55 in the first round, before falling to Michigan State 74-69 in the second round.last_img read more

Ulster and Connacht in Pro 12 action

first_imgPat Lam’s side are two points clear at the summit and will be hopeful of improving on that as they visit the Arms Park to take-on a struggling Cardiff Blues side tonight.That game will kick-off at five-past seven, while tonight’s other match is in Belfast where Ulster will play host to Edinburgh at Kingspan Ravenhill.Ulster will be looking to bounce-back from their defeat to Leinster last Friday, with kick-off at 7.35. Munster and Leinster both play over the weekend and will name their teams later today.last_img read more

Ghana Golf Awards: Four companies to be rewarded for supporting Golf

first_imgThe second edition  of the Ghana Golf Awards slated for this Saturday, December 27 will see Ecobank,Ostec,Goldfields and Airtel Ghana all sweeping awards on the night  for their immense contribution to the development of the discipline.The event which will be taken place at the  Events Haven of the Trade Fair @ exactly 18: 00 GMT will see great personalities and dignitaries in attendance.Amongst the dignitaries expected to grace the awards are the life patron of the event Okyehene; Amoatia Ofori Panin, Sir Sam Jonah, Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Vice Admiral Mathew Quarshie, and CAL Bank Director, Frank Brako Adu Jnr. The event will these various categories receiving awards: Amateur Golfer of the year for male/ female, Most Improved Golfer for male/female, Most Promising Golfer for male/female, Junior Golfer of the year for male/female, Senior Golfer of the year for male/female, Pro Golfer of the year, Golf Personality of the year and the Golfer of the year 2014last_img read more

Tyler Skaggs struggles with control in Angels’ loss to Diamondbacks

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error UP NEXT: Angels (Parker Bridwell) vs. Dodgers (Kenta Maeda), 6 p.m., Angel Stadium, Fox Sports West/KLAA (830 AM). THE GAME: The Angels lost 15-9 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz., in the final game of the Arizona portion of spring training. The Angels were 12-18 in the Cactus League.PITCHING REPORT: Left-hander Tyler Skaggs gave up four runs on four hits in three innings in his final outing of the spring. Skaggs also walked five. “I definitely need to clean up the walks,” Skaggs said. “Every time I got ahead, I got them out. When I got behind, they got hits or they walked.”… Luke Bard, who is in the running for the last spot in the bullpen, gave up four runs in 1-2/3 innings… Blake Parker gave up a run in one inning. Parker has allowed 13 runs in 7-2/3 innings this spring… Cam Bedrosian pitched a scoreless inning, with two strikeouts.HITTING REPORT: Most of the Angels’ everyday players were already in Southern California for a workout at Angel Stadium, in advance of Sunday’s Freeway Series opener… René Rivera hit a homer, his third of the spring… Late in the game, the Angels had an outfield of Jo Adell and Brandon Marsh, two of their top five prospects, and Torii Hunter Jr. Marsh hit a ball down the right-field line and showed impressive speed to turn it into a triple. Hunter legged out and infield hit to drive in a run. Adell drove in a run with a groundout.DEFENSE REPORT: Rymer Liriano appeared to misjudge a ball in right field, but he still made the catch.last_img read more

Going to the Dodger game Tuesday? Bring a rain jacket

first_imgThe Dodgers had one rainout during the first 14 seasons at Dodger Stadium, which occurred on April 21, 1967. There were three rainouts in both 1976 and 1977, two in 1978, one each in 1982, 1983 and 1986, three in 1988 and one each in 1999 and 2000.Nine of the rainouts have occurred in April, including each of the last five, four in September and two each in May and August. The Padres have been the scheduled opponent in six of the rainouts, the most of any team.Ryan Hunter-Reay, the 2014 Indianapolis 500 winner, is scheduled to throw the ceremonial first pitch, 12 days before he is to race in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The national anthem will be performed by Elena Sogard, a niece of Steve Sax, a Dodger second baseman from 1981-88.•Related: These Dodger fans seek baseball salvation at opening dayFormer Dodger pitching star Orel Hershiser, now an analyst on SportsNet LA, will take photos with fans from 6:45-7:10 p.m. in the Time Warner Cable left field pavilion. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES – The National Weather Service is advising fans attending tonight’s Los Angeles Dodgers game at Dodger Stadium to bring a rain jacket as there will likely be some steady light rain falling during the game against the San Diego Padres.A cold frontal system is forecast by the weather service to move into Los Angeles County this afternoon into the evening hours, with three-to-four hours of steady light to locally moderate rain.The Dodgers are in the midst of a team-record streak of 1,212 games without a rainout. The most recent of the 17 rainouts since Dodger Stadium opened in 1962 occurred on April 17, 2000.center_img U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Alejandro Salazar of Oxnard will be honored as the Military Hero of the Game. Salazar served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 while assigned to the 1st Tank Battalion and served aboard the USS John C. Stennis.Salazar is currently stationed with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Three in Port Hueneme.Auto gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and all stadium gates at 5 p.m. for the 7:10 p.m. game, the second of the season-opening three-game series. The Dodgers were 6-3 winners in Monday’s season opener.last_img read more

Uproar from Iowa over EPA’s Renewable Fuels announcement

first_imgDES MOINES — There’s strong, negative reaction from Iowa politicians and the state’s biofuels industry to Thursday’s EPA decision on the Renewable Fuels Standard.“Unfortunately, President Trump turned his back on providing certainty for farmers and instead granted EPA the leeway to do what they want in the future,” Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, said.In September, corn belt lawmakers like Iowa Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst said President Trump had agreed to make up for waivers that let some oil refineries use less ethanol and biodiesel. EPA officials Thursday said their 2020 proposal will make up for that lost demand and they will follow Department of Energy recommendations on how many oil refinery waivers to grant next year. Shaw has his doubts.“For the three years of the Trump administration, the EPA routinely granted just about double the amount of exempted gallons as DOE recommended, so that’s not a complete fix,” Shaw said.Republican Governor Kim Reynolds said in a written statement that the EPA’s actions continue to disappoint the people of Iowa, as biofuels plants close and farmers lose an important market. Iowa’s Republican U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst issued a joint written statement. They say the EPA is playing games and has put the president in a bad situation by failing to adhere to a deal made in the Oval Office. Congresswoman Cindy Axne, a Democrat from West Des Moines, said Iowa farmers have taken it on the chin this year and the EPA’s announcement is unacceptable, but not unexpected.last_img read more

WORLD CUP: Guide to the 12 stadiums across Russia

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Capacity: 45,145Cost: 19.4 billion rubles ($330 million)Sweltering summer temperatures could be a problem for teams coming to the southern Russian steppe to play group or last-16 games in Rostov-on-Don.The stadium sits on the bank of the Don river and is planned to become the center of a vast new housing and leisure development after the World Cup.When the tournament is over, the stadium will be the new home of FC Rostov, which beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stage in 2016 but has since slipped back into the middle of the Russian standings.VOLGOGRAD ARENACity: VolgogradCapacity: 45,568Cost: 17.3 billion rubles ($300 million)In the city once known as Stalingrad, every spot has wartime history, and the stadium is no different. View comments Capacity: 44,779Cost: 14.4 billion rubles ($250 million)Opened in 2013 as the first of Russia’s new generation of football stadiums and was used as the prototype for the other new arenas.It’s a versatile venue which has hosted Confederations Cup football, ceremonies, and even the 2015 world swimming championships, where a temporary pool was installed.SAMARA ARENACity: SamaraCapacity: 44,807Cost: 18.2 billion rubles ($310 million)This stadium in the Volga River city of Samara is ambitious but proved tricky to finish on time.Its ambitious design — a glass dome evoking Samara’s history as a center of the Russian space program — needed extra time to build but finally opened in April. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It is the only World Cup stadium built without government money. Transport is relatively easy from central Moscow, though chronic traffic jams mean most fans prefer the subway.ST. PETERSBURG STADIUMCity: St. PetersburgCapacity: 68,134Cost: 43 billion rubles ($735 million)Almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong with the St. Petersburg stadium.Severe delays and soaring costs were just the start for a project which became notorious for employing North Korean laborers, one of whom was among at least eight people to die on the stadium and 17 across all World Cup construction sites, according to the trade union Building and Wood Workers’ International.A deputy governor of St. Petersburg has admitted his role in a 50-million-ruble ($850,000) scheme to siphon off the stadium’s budget, though officials say the true picture of corruption was much larger.The spaceship-like arena — which will host a semifinal — remains plagued by a leaking roof and a pitch which had to be replaced repeatedly.Confederations Cup games, however, passed largely without incident and Russia says it’s working to iron out any more problems. Workers during construction had to deal with finding unexploded munitions and soldiers’ corpses from the Battle of Stalingrad. The stadium sits at the foot of Russia’s best-known World War II memorial.The location meant the stadium had to be designed with a low roof-line so as not to obscure views of “The Motherland Calls” sculpture. German youth players were invited to a test game at the stadium in a gesture of international reconciliation.EKATERINBURG ARENACity: YekaterinburgCapacity: 35,696Cost: 12.7 billion rubles ($220 million) for rebuildEven before it opens, the stadium in the Ural mountain city of Yekaterinburg is famous for its unusual design.In an attempt to keep costs down, the stadium has 12,000 temporary seats. So far, so normal for a World Cup.However, those seats are on vast towers of scaffolding stretching over the walls of the main stadium, which could make being in the top row a vertigo-inducing experience.Reducing the capacity to 23,000 after the tournament should make life easier for local club Ural Yekaterinburg, which averaged crowds of just over 8,000 in the Russian Premier League this season.Human Rights Watch alleged that some workers were required to work in temperatures of minus-25 degrees Celsius, and weren’t given enough breaks to stay warm.MORDOVIA ARENACity: SaranskCapacity: 44,442Cost: 17.1 billion rubles ($295 million)With a population of just 300,000, Saransk was a surprise choice as a host city.Located 10 hours by road south-east of Moscow, it’s by far the smallest of the 11 cities but hopes to make up for that with a warm welcome for foreigners at the biggest international event in the city’s history.Many fans arriving for the World Cup won’t be staying in hotels — Saransk simply doesn’t have enough — but on campsites or in newly finished apartment blocks which will be sold after the tournament.Large parts of the stadium are temporary, meaning it can be reduced to a 25,000-capacity venue after the tournament.KALININGRAD STADIUMCity: KaliningradCapacity: 35,212Cost: 17.4 billion rubles ($300 million)Kaliningrad is the capital of a sliver of Russian land cut off from the rest of the country and sandwiched between Poland and Lithuania.Until World War II, the city was part of Germany and called Koenigsberg. Officials are hoping its location and history make Kaliningrad an attractive destination for fans from other European countries.The stadium is a compact, modest design which has been built quickly.There have been repeated allegations of corruption involving the stadium, including several arrests.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Unlike in Brazil four years ago, venues are finished on time, but there’s sure to be a few last-minute tweaks.Legacy is an issue as only five stadiums hosted top-level clubs this season, and the government will need to cover the upkeep with subsidies after the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHere is a look at the stadiums:LUZHNIKI STADIUM Perlas Pilipinas goes winless in Fiba 3×3 World Cup City: MoscowCapacity: 81,006Cost: 24 billion rubles ($410 million) for rebuildA vast bowl built in the 1950s to showcase the sporting might of the Soviet Union, Luzhniki has been transformed to host the World Cup final.The old stands were ripped out and the athletics track from the 1980 Olympics torn up as the stadium was converted into a football-specific venue.ADVERTISEMENT FISHT STADIUMCity: SochiCapacity: 47,700Cost: 23.5 billion rubles ($400 million) for initial construction, 4 billion rubles ($68 million) to convert for footballWhile memories of the Sochi Olympics became dominated by Russia’s doping scandals, one part of the legacy is still gleaming.Nestled by the Black Sea, Fisht Stadium hosted the lavish opening and closing ceremonies for the 2014 Winter Olympics, and then Confederations Cup games.How that Olympic legacy continues after the World Cup isn’t clear; Sochi doesn’t have a football club to use the stadium.Fans are advised to book hotels near the Olympic Park because the main city of Sochi is an hour away.KAZAN ARENACity: Kazan Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations That increases capacity and comfort, while bringing fans closer to the action.Luzhniki reopened on Nov. 11 when Argentina beat Russia 1-0 in a friendly. Russian fans praised the rebuild, but many were angered by lengthy delays in accessing nearby public transport. That improved for subsequent friendlies, but allow plenty of time for travel to Luzhniki and back.A fan zone will show games on big screens near Moscow State University, on the other side of the river.SPARTAK STADIUMCity: MoscowCapacity: 43,298Cost: 14.5 billion rubles ($250 million)Home of the 2017 Russian Premier League champion Spartak Moscow, this stadium opened in 2014 and is already well tested as a venue for Champions League and Confederations Cup games.It is usually known as the Otkritie Arena, but FIFA rules on sponsorship mean a temporary name change for the tournament.The towering statue of a gladiator outside is a nod to Spartak being named after the Roman slave rebel Spartacus. The stadium is on the outskirts of the city, so fans should allow plenty of time for travel to games including a World Cup quarterfinal.NIZHNY NOVGOROD STADIUMCity: Nizhny NovgorodCapacity: 45,331Cost: 17.9 billion rubles ($307 million) – Russian media estimatesWith a roof which seems to float atop white columns, the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium has one of Russia’s more impressive designs and will host a quarterfinal.It also offers fans views of the Oka and Volga rivers which meet in Nizhny Novgorod, a historic city located around four hours east of Moscow.Legacy could be a problem as local club Olimpiyets Nizhny Novgorod plays in the second tier and struggles to attract crowds.ROSTOV ARENACity: Rostov-on-Don LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In this photo taken on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 an inside view of of the refurbished Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin)MOSCOW — Russia’s World Cup is spread across 12 stadiums in 11 host cities. They range from St. Petersburg, which is so far north that the sun doesn’t set on some summer days, to Sochi and its subtropical climate on the Black Sea coast.Cost rises, worker deaths, and corruption have marred the building of Russia’s World Cup stadiums.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

Wood Camp Garbage Raises Grave Health, Sanitation Hazards in Paynesville

first_imgStinking garbage dumped at the Wood Camp Junction in Paynesville continues to raise grave health and sanitation hazards to the detriment of pharmacy operators, residents and business entities in Paynesville.Very sadly, the mountain of garbage continues to send out offensive odors into homes and business entities near the Wood Camp Junction in Paynesville.The rotten garbage has been dumped at the Paynesville City Corporation’s (PCC) designated site for the past three weeks and no attempt is in sight to collect and dispose it, to the grave discomfort of residents, businesspeople and concerned health groups.Health and related groups concerned about the unsanitary conditions of Wood Camp Junction include pharmacies and drug store proprietors.The garbage has posed an insurmountable challenge to the sanitation workers of the PCC and the sanitation company responsible to clear the rotten dirt from the area.Hence, mini restaurants, entertainment centers and cookshops operating in the vicinity of the stinking garbage have expressed grave concern over the situation and sounded repeated appeals to the PCC authorities.But these complaints have not generated any serious attention from the leadership of the PCC and other stakeholders in the sanitation sector of Paynesville commercial district.Residents and businesspeople in the area have begun holding consultations on how to engage the PCC authorities in order to take practical steps.Asked what kind of engagements they intend to undertake, some of the residents and businesspeople pointed out that sit-in actions and peaceful demonstration in Paynesville are among the options being considered.Many residents and businesspeople have underscored the need for the change of planning, strategies and execution in the garbage collection and disposal processes in some parts of Paynesville and its environs.They stressed the need for the consideration for residents and businesspeople to take part in the planning, designing of strategies and execution of plans in the garbage collection and disposal processes in Paynesville.“I want the PCC workers and the sanitation company responsible to collect and dispose of the dirt from the Wood Camp Junction everyday and not every week,” Pharmacy operator Cyrus B. Sackie pleaded.Mini cookshop operator Ma-Fatu Kermue stressed that the dirt should be cleared during the night hours in order to avoid the offensive odors overtaking the prepared food.Wood Camp drugstore proprietor Francis B. Yarkpawolo underscored the need for the collection and disposal of the stink and rotten should dirt be sustained and maintained every day.Despite the frantic efforts mounted recently by the Sanitation Company and PCC authorities to clear the dirt, the situation continues to degenerate as the dirt continues to climb.However, low ranking officials told the Daily Observer at the weekend that in spite of the many challenges and constraints, efforts would continue to be exerted and clear the dirt from the Wood Camp junction in Paynesville.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bringing disgrace to the Police Force

first_imgDear Editor,Please oblige me a space in your newspaper to bring to the attention of the administration of the Guyana Police Force an incident that took place on May 3, 2018 at the Ministry of Public Health’s (MoPH’s) Head Office (Lot 1 Brickdam).Editor, on the mentioned day, I had a very unfortunate opportunity to witness what I deem not only cruel, but inhumane treatment administered to a citizen — a taxpayer, and moreso an elderly woman — by the sergeant who runs that location. This elderly woman, I believe, is old enough to be that sergeant’s mother.Now, the MoPH is having two gates from the Brickdam entrance. One of them is to be used by pedestrians, and the other one is for the movement of the ministry’s vehicles. The pedestrians’ entrance is not seen by people many times, and that may be because of the way it is situated.This elderly woman travelled from wherever in a westerly direction to the Ministry, and may have only spotted the gate used by the vehicles, and had decided to make her entry there. She was already in the compound, and just as she was about to pass the security hut, she was greeted by a very loud voice.“Hello! Get back through that gate and use the other gate!” The loudness and force with which those words stormed through that woman’s ears that morning gave me no reason to doubt that she would have thought twice to disobey this order. She immediately carried out that demand!You think it finished there? No. She then turned her attention to the rank who was controlling the gate (it’s an automatic gate). “What I told y’all about not paying attention to the gate, eh? Y’all don’t piss me off this morning…”Editor, it is not really a big issue if persons use that gate, but it is on the safer side if they use the gate built for them. What I have witnessed a few times by the previous sergeant is that she used to kindly ask them to use the other gate next time, if they happened to have already made their way into the compound. That approach is one which much be commended.Editor, we at the MoPH have never had a cause to make any informal, or even formal, complaint about any rank who had worked or currently works at the ministry, until they (the Police) replaced the previous sergeant with what we are having now. Her behaviour is a disgrace to the Police Force.Yours truly,Concerned employeelast_img read more