It’s final: SC junks same-sex marriage petition

first_img“No further pleadings or motions will be entertained,” the resolution wrote. “Let entry of judgement be made immediately.” Laywer Jesus Falcis in 2015 filed a petition before the court to declare the Articles 1 and 2 of the Family Code, which limits the marriage only between a man and a woman, as unconstitutional. The high court earlier ruled that, “whileit recognized the history of discrimination and marginalization against membersof the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex community, thepetition was junked for “lack of standing” and for “failing toraise an actual, justiciable controversy.” “But arranging state recognition for same-sex relations is an issue better left to Congress,” Leonen said. “A sweeping decision in favor of same-sex marriages based on the petition may do more harm than good to a historically marginalized community.” Associate Justice Marvic Leonen, the ponente of the decision, said the Constitution, from its plain text, does not define or restrict marriage on the basis of sex, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity of expression. The justices in September last year unanimously found Falcis’ petition deficient, ruling that he lacked legal standing, violated the principle of the hierarchy of courts, and failed to raise an actual, justiciable controversy./PNcenter_img MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) has junkedwith finality the petition to legalize same-sex marriage in the Philippines.  A rainbow flag is raised during a Pride March in Manila. The Supreme Court on Monday denied with finality the petition to legalize same-sex marriage in the Philippines. ABS-CBN NEWS Falcis also wanted to nullify Articles 46 (4) and 55 (6) of the Family Code, which include homosexuality or lesbianism as legal grounds for annulment and legal separation. In a resolution dated Dec. 10 but onlyreleased publicly on Monday night, the SC said the motion for reconsiderationhas no “substantial arguments” that would warrant the reversal of the originaldecision.last_img read more

APASS launches initiative

first_imgThe Asian Pacific American Student Services has launched a Pacific Islander-focused initiative on campus in an effort to encourage more unity on campus.The Promoting Unity, Liberation and Education initiative held its first panel event, We Are Leaders, last week. Pacific Islanders who are leaders in their own career fields spoke on the panel and discussed their experiences.“It was really exciting,” said Sumun Pendakur, director of Asian Pacific American Student Services. “There were architects, there were filmmakers and there were physicians. People who were breaking the glass ceilings in their own fields, but at the same time, every one of these people were doing something with the community at the same time.“Pendakur said the event targeted the goal of PULE: to create dialogue in the larger USC community around stereotypes held about Pacific Islanders, and encourage younger students to apply for higher education.“People really wanted to create this space,” Pendakur said. “I think we as educators need to think, ‘How do we help students, how do we critically adjust stereotypes and how do we tell the stories that are untold?’”Pendakur said she wants the program to help Pacific Islanders and students of all different ethnicities to come together and create a dialogue to help build community and break stereotypes.“Too often when people think of Pacific Islander, they think of hula, or you have these broad sort of stereotypical images like football, gang members or lazy islanders,” Pendakur said. “This was the opportunity to build a community-based program and kind of shatter some of these stereotypes at the same time.”Asian Pacific American Student Services is aimed at creating opportunities to help students with leadership development and mentoring, as well as expanding opportunities for cross-cultural involvement for students of different backgrounds.“A couple of years ago I was thinking that too often the Pacific Islander part of the Asian Pacific Americans gets lost in the mix,” Pendakur said. “Pacific Islander issues have real specificities, and I wanted to make sure that we were not only talking about the specificities, but also really attempting to build more of a community here for Pacific Islander students and students of non-specific Pacific Islander backgrounds.”Pendakur set up focus groups to gain input from both community-based leaders and activists as well as from Pacific Islander students at USC to gauge what they felt was missing from the university.“We have all of the research available, but we wanted to really understand the small community size and the alienation felt by many Pacific Islander students expressed at the focus groups,” she said.DannyBoy Naha-Ve’evalu, a sophomore majoring in cinema-television critical studies, is a project coordinator with PULE, and said USC needs more programs to help Pacific Islander students.“I am Samoan, Tahitian, Hawaiian and French. I grew up and I identify with Samoan, and it makes me feel like I’m here for a purpose,” Naha-Ve’evalu said. “I think it is high time for Pacific Islanders to leave a mark and have that stage at USC.”Naha-Ve’evalu said it was a difficult transition for him as a transfer student, since he did not have many people to identify with on campus.“I felt like a needle in a haystack, and that is part of the reason why I think this program is important,” Naha-Ve’evalu said. “It not only helps Pacific Islanders learn about their own identity, but they have an organization where they can talk about issues in their community.”Brittany Valdez, a graduate student studying social work who is also a project coordinator, said she would like to encourage more Pacific Islander students to apply to college.“When I worked as an assistant director with the USC Marshall Undergraduate Admissions Office, I would continuously see low numbers of Pacific Islander students and professors in higher education.” Valdez said. “I became concerned, wondering why these numbers are low — not just at USC, but in universities nationwide.”PULE’s next event is planned for Friday Nov. 12, when students will go to the Pacific Islander Ethnic Art Museum.In the spring, Pendakur said PULE will host a number of programs, including film screenings, film festivals and educational volunteer opportunities. There might also be a Pacific Islander cultural arts showcase, she said.Pendakur and the project coordinators said they are excited about the future of PULE.“Hopefully we can get something going on with the ethnic studies,” Valdez said. “We hope to see it continue to progress and to keep this dialogue open against stereotypes.”Pendakur plans to build a collaborative pipeline program with local area middle and high schools to increase Pacific Islander application and admission to USC in the future.last_img read more

Littlestone sign Women in Golf Charter

first_img Littlestone Golf Club has pledged to become a beacon for equality across Kent after signing up to The R&A’s Women in Golf Charter.The charter is designed to develop a more inclusive culture within golf, to encourage increased participation from women and girls and to allow them to reach their full potential as golfers.Clubs which sign up to the charter are committed to providing a welcoming and inspiring environment for women to play the sport or to work in the golf industry.Littlestone – a renowned links course on the Kent coast since its creation in 1888 – is justifiably proud of its heritage.In 1894, the course staged the first ever Ladies’ Golf Union Championship and remains an innovator in the sphere of women and girls’ golf.The club is already committed to driving up participation levels through a series of initiatives and has been a supporter of England Golf and the Golf Foundation’s ‘Girls Golf Rocks’ campaign in previous years.Now with current ladies’ captain Sheila Stirling (pictured above) acting as Littlestone’s charter champion, the focus is on encouraging more and more women and girls to get out on the course as well as playing a full and active role in the governance of the club.Sarah Saunders, club membership and marketing manager at Littlestone, said: “The board has been in discussions for a long time about how to increase the number of women involved within the business and to increase the membership.“When we learned of the charter, we were very keen to sign up to it as a way of rubber-stamping the club’s commitment.“We hope that Littlestone will be a beacon for equality across the region.”Littlestone currently has 150 women members with six girls in the junior section.However, it is hoped that these figures will rise in the years ahead thanks to coaching programmes driving greater numbers towards the sport.The club runs a successful schools’ programme which includes after-school clubs and free group lessons every Saturday.Coaching and coffee mornings are also held for female non-golfers and improvers as they integrate into club life.Saunders added: “Our charter champion is current Lady Captain, Sheila Stirling. She will continue to be our champion after her tenure.“Sheila has proved to be an inspirational captain and through her we have seen an increase both in women’s membership numbers and in the number of women participating in events.”With clubhouse facilities for women being upgraded and initiatives in place to inspire the next generation of girl golfers, Littlestone is excited about the future.Sarah McDonald, a member of Littlestone,  believes improvements to the governance of the sport will play a key role in developing the game.In 2020, there are plans to unite the Kent Golf Union and the county’s ladies’ association.She added: “As Kent Golfing Union secretary, I became the first female secretary of a golf union in England.“I’m a firm believer that sport is for everyone irrespective of their background and gender.“It has been great to see the way that golf has moved forward in recent years, particularly in Kent.“There are now mixed golf events at our clubs, boys and girls playing and training together in the same competitions and in our Kent Golf-approved junior academies.”Littlestone has followed Pleasington Golf Club in Lancashire, Enville Golf Club in Staffordshire, Boldon Golf Club in Durham, Yorkshire’s Harrogate Golf Club and Surrey’s Walton Heath Golf Club in becoming early signatories of the charter.Over 30 clubs the length and breadth of England are currently working on achieving charter status early in the new year with many more ready to follow suit later in 2020.For more details on how clubs can apply for Women in Golf Charter status please click hereView Littlestone Golf Club’s commitment 16 Dec 2019 Littlestone sign Women in Golf Charter last_img read more

Schafer must manager better

first_imgThe recent group draw for the Copa Centennial coming up in June, which pits Jamaica in a preliminary group up against Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela, has ignited pleasant memories of the Reggae Boyz sojourn in last year’s Copa America in Chile, where they narrowly lost all three games against top calibre teams Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, with the general consensus being that not only were they not disgraced, but they represented and performed quite well.There were, however, some fundamental mistakes made in that run at the Copa America, followed by their run in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, where they historically got to the final.However, the very next game they played after than run was the crucial first round World Cup qualifier at home against lowly Nicaragua. Three of our key players; Wes Morgan, Jobi McAnuff and Gareth McCleary were missing in action, injured and or fatigued. Jamaica went on to lose that game after going down 3-0 and were on the brink of World Cup elimination at the very first hurdle.This was absolutely poor and naive resource management by coach Winfred Schafer and the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF). World Cup qualifying must be the priority with every other game and or tournament serving as part of the preparation process.Schafer basically ran the players into the ground at the Copa and the Gold Cup and subsequently turned out a weakened and jaded team for the first round of World Cup qualifying. Older players such as Morgan and McAnuff were overused and overworked in those tournaments with conventional football wisdom suggesting that was gross mismanagement on the part of Schafer, as these were key players to the team’s success and should have been handled with ‘kids gloves’ and deployed instead in tip-top shape in the high priority World Cup qualifying assignments.local based playersI have long advocated for the systematic infusion of our best young local based players into the national senior set-up in order to create a wider pool of players overtime for exactly these types of circumstances.If that philosophy was pursued with conviction and the belief that there are qualities that local based players can bring to improve the senior team and the very best of players were being exposed and invested in over the past two or three years, those players would be better and more complete players today and better prepared for international duty.With the clear and present danger of fixture congestion and overwork issues with the overseas-based players, in addition to the understandable injury and fatigue concerns from the clubs of these players, Schafer really had no choice but to finally select a local core of players all be it very late in the proceedings. If, however, as I suspect he does not truly believe in the quality of the local players, then he will hardly deploy them as he should, which would leave us very much back at square one with himself and Captain Horace Burrell more than likely heading off to England to continue begging unwilling mediocre players to become a part of Jamaica’s player pool.It would be far better for the development of our football if Schafer, even if his hands were forced by circumstance, learns to value, respect and believe in the quality of the best of our local players. There is no doubt in my mind that as we venture into this crucial year of football, that we can get quality playing minutes from some players based right here in Jamaica.My understanding is that Schafer will be paid his overdue salaries in very short order and these are the crucial crossroads and the big decision moments in which he should earn every single dollar of that salary.last_img read more

Morrison eyes return to London

first_imgOn-loan Sheffield Wednesday striker Clinton Morrison says he would welcome a return to London on a permanent basis.Morrison, 32, made a temporary switch from Hillsborough to Brentford last week and has not ruled out signing for the Bees in the summer.The Republic of Ireland international accepts he will move on at the end of the season after being unable to establish himself as a first-team regular at Wednesday.And regardless of where he ends up, the Tooting-born Morrison, who made his name while at Crystal Palace, would like to stay in the capital.“I like London and I’d like to come back and play here,” he told West London Sport.“Whether I’ll end up signing [for Brentford] or not it’s too early to say. I just want to play as much as possible and see what happens.“What I can say though is that the manager has been good to me and so have the other lads, and I’m enjoying it.”See also: Owls may regret loan deal – MorrisonFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Live updates: Warriors vs. Grizzlies, Wednesday at 5 p.m.

first_imgGet live news and analysis Wednesday at 5 p.m. when the Warriors take on the Grizzlies in Memphis on the night they made news by suspending Jordan Bell.The Warriors (50-23) announced the one-game suspension of Bell Wednesday morning for what was termed “conduct detrimental to the team.” Although no other details emerged immediately, the seldom-used Bell also had issues earlier this season with Steve Kerr. Bell and Kerr had a shouting match during a game.Golden State entered play in …last_img read more

Remee & The Lucid Dream Of Crowd Funding

first_imgWhat Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star… How to Get Started in China and Have Success The Crowd Funding BluesWasn’t that kind of depressing? “Dreams? Those are for people who sleep!”It seems that building the Remee, an inspired mission though it was, just turned out to be another grueling, low-margin hardware grind. Kickstarter allowed me to go shopping for an aspirational gadget, an accessory, and some talented guys knew they could ship it. They did what they set out to do in a bare-bones way. And that’s it. It’s a gadget, but nothing more.I don’t see this thing taking off. It’s awesome to have one, but it’s not easy to use. They could never do the kind of support they’d need to do to keep a bunch of run-of-the-mill customers happy. It’s an early-adopter-only product. This seems endemic to the Kickstarter model for gadgets.I talked to my friend (Disclosure: friend.) Micah Daigle about this matter. He’s a UX, branding and campaign designer currently consulting under the banner of Collective Agency, and crowd funding is one of his favorite tools to use and problems to solve.“People just get buried under how much they have to do,” Micah says. “This is sort of the dark side of crowd funding. When you have three investors, you only have to impress three people.” When you have thousands, you’re orders of magnitude more accountable whether you succeed or fail. Crowd funding might get products out the door, but is it really a better way than business as usual? The Wild WestCrowd funding platforms operate on a continuum. The real Wild West is Indiegogo, which has no screening process, and it has flexible funding, meaning projects can keep their funds even if they don’t make their goal. Giving to an Indiegogo campaign is a straight-up donation. You either have to believe in it or not care if it doesn’t work out.Kickstarter is more constrained. It dictates what kinds of campaigns can be run. “They created Kickstarter because they wanted to see creative projects get off the ground supported by patrons from the community,” Micah says. It was ideal for films and artistic works like that. Of course backers wanted to see the dream come true, but it was also designed to be about joining a movement.“What they nailed was a user experience format,” Micah says. They bundled the best storytelling device, namely video, a simple, clear call to action, and tiered rewards as an up-selling incentive. Backing a Kickstarter makes you feel like a part of something.As Micah helped me realize, this foundation gave rise to two basic kinds of crowd-funding project. There’s the kind where you give because you believe in the cause, and there’s the kind where you’re speculatively pre-ordering a product. Enterprising gizmo makers saw this and thought, “Oh, this is a great platform on which to pre-sell my project.” As with Remee, Pebble and others, it works after a fashion. But Kickstarters for physical products are set up for a letdown.Business More Like UsualThere are no guarantees about the end-to-end experience of a Kickstarter project because art has no guarantees. These gizmos are art, just like the films. “It’s a donation,” says Micah. He thinks there need to be more rules and explicit expectations about the differences between funding art versus gizmos, and they’re starting to emerge. “Kickstarter is not a store,” as its staff wrote in September.But there are also new crowd funding platforms coming out with stronger assumptions. Christie Street is exclusively for physical products, which are heavily vetted and come with more buyer and inventor protections. There are also more formal arrangements like Crowdfunder, which is trying out crowd-funded equity for small businesses, which Kickstarter explicitly does not allow.Failure Of ExpectationsBut just as much as we need new models for bringing great ideas into the world, we also need to adjust our expectations. “What we need to do is be a lot more understanding of failure as a culture,” Micah says. In Silicon Valley start-up culture, “fail fast” is a pervasive mantra. Failure is how you learn and get better. “We need to teach that to people and reset expectations around things,” Micah says.If we’re more okay with failure, that makes the risks of crowd-funded projects more acceptable. I knew when I backed Remee that I might not get it, and that even if I did, it might not work. In my mind, it’s not a failure. It’s a work of art.If I had walked into a store in a mall and bought this on a shelf, I’d probably want my money back. But I got this whole long, interesting Kickstarter experience alongside my programmable LED sleep mask. Who cares if I never actually had a lucid dream? For me, it was worth it for the story alone.  China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Related Posts Tags:#Crowd Funding#Kickstarter jon mitchell It’s time to talk about the downside to these Kickstarter gizmos we keep buying. Do we have any bummed-out Pebble watch buyers in the house? Anybody buy an iPhone dock on Kickstarter only to have it obviated by the Lightning connector before you got it? I suspect there are many different versions of Kickstarter gizmo disappointment. Mine is the Remee lucid dream mask from Bitbanger Labs.Yes. I backed an LED sleep mask for stimulating lucid dreams on Kickstarter. I am a hippie-nerd like that. And now I’m paying the price.A Brief Foray Into Lucid DreamingLucid dreaming is a highly desirable state of consciousness in which you realize you’re dreaming, but you remain asleep. With practice, lucid dreamers can learn to control their dreams, fly around, breathe underwater, talk to Aristotle, go to a Jimi Hendrix concert, whatever they can conjure. Lucid dreaming was celebrated in cult films like Waking Life (my favorite movie ever), and there’s an awesome list of other references on Remee’s Kickstarter page.Conventional wisdom holds that one way to begin lucid dreaming is to remind yourself that you’re dreaming. That’s what the Remee lucid dreaming mask is supposed to do. It uses a timer, and its red LEDs blink patterns over your eyelids while you sleep. If you time it right, allegedly, you’ll see visual disturbances while you dream that will jar you into lucidity.I’ve had one lucid dream that I can remember. I was about 18, visiting Hong Kong, jet-lagged out of my mind. I dreamt I was back at my old elementary school, which was uncanny enough that I realized I was dreaming. I immediately tried to fly. It worked for a few seconds. I got about 20 feet off the ground before my expectations about the laws of gravity set in, and I sank back to the ground, forgetting I was dreaming. It was briefly amazing, though. I’ve wanted to regain that power ever since.Awakening From The DreamSo I backed the Remee. I knew it was an act of blind faith, and that the thing might not work — if I even got it at all. But I wanted to believe, so I voted for it. The Remee’s funding goal was $35,000, and the $80 level got you a mask. It raised $572,891, so it was a pretty massive hit. My mask took seven months to arrive, but founders Duncan Frazier and Steve McGuigan were communicative throughout the process, so I kept the faith and was psyched when I got it. In my first few weeks of testing, though, I’ve had zero results.For a while, the lights woke me up, so I used the Web-based, light-sensitive programming tool to adjust the timing and patterns, a totally cool and geeky experience. But now I just sleep through it every night.I didn’t exactly expect a magic bullet, but I loved what the founders wrote about dreaming on their Kickstarter. They seemed even more jazzed and inspired than I was. So I contacted them to talk about Remee. And that’s where the real bummer set in. Dreams Are For People Who SleepThey wouldn’t take a call with me. Too busy. So I settled for an email interview. I sent in five questions that I thought gave plenty of opportunity for creative answers. But I got a minimum viable email instead:ReadWrite: What got you into this problem? Why the interest in lucid dreaming? And where did you encounter the idea that this kind of technology could be used to stimulate them? Bitbanger Labs: We’ve both been lucid dreaming since we were kids, but it just happened to come up in conversation in the summer of 2011. We had already been working on some tech projects and were intrigued at the idea of marrying the two ideas.ReadWrite: How did you know there was a market for this? How widespread is the knowledge of the possibility of lucid dreaming?Bitbanger Labs: We weren’t entirely sure how large the market would be — Kickstarter is a perfect match for a product like this, because it allows you to gauge interest while you seek backers. We were, of course, blown away by the response. I think we had an inkling that the community of lucid dreamers on the Web was aching for a new product, but we had no idea how many people to whom we’d be introducing the concept.ReadWrite: What went into the particulars of the design decisions you made: number of LEDs, kinds of patterns available, timings of the intervals, that sort of thing?Bitbanger Labs: We wanted to find a nice middle ground between effectiveness, comfort and low power draw. Six LEDs worked well for our relatively small power source, a CR2032 battery. The patterns and intervals, all of which are customizable, were mostly trial and error. We had a lot of time with the mask prior to launch to really fine tune stuff like this.ReadWrite: How’s business? Has the idea caught on?Bitbanger Labs: People are still interested! I think the idea of controlling your dreams is compelling enough that even someone who has never thought about it can get hooked on the concept pretty easily. We’re proud of how many folks we’ve brought into the world of lucid dreaming, whether they decide to support Remee or not.ReadWrite: How have your dreams changed since you finished building this thing?Bitbanger Labs: Dreams? Those are for people who sleep! But really, we’re finally getting to a point where things are settling back down and we’re getting a normal amount of sleep. We’re definitely still wearing Remee ourselves, not just for the effects but to continue to work towards making it better.last_img read more

Ben Stokes fails to deliver again for Canterbury

first_imgBen Stokes doesn’t appear to be in the kind of form that could save the Ashes for England, given the star all-rounder’s latest lean performance for Canterbury province in New Zealand’s domestic limited-overs cricket championship.Stokes, who is under police investigation over an alleged assault outside a Bristol nightclub in September, scored 34 and took a catch but failed to take a wicket in seven overs as Canterbury lost by seven wickets to Auckland at Eden Park on Wednesday.Along with the other Canterbury bowlers, Stokes’ figures were bruised by New Zealand batsman Colin Munro, who made an unbeaten 174 from 118 balls.Stokes’ performance was at least an improvement on his Canterbury debut last weekend when he scored only two runs in a six-ball innings and went wicketless in nine overs in a loss to Otago.The New Zealand-born allrounder has been suspended from playing for England while police investigate his role in the September 25 incident in Bristol which followed a limited-overs international against the West Indies. Avon and Somerset police have completed their investigation and are seeking advice from prosecutors on whether or not charges should be laid.While the 27-year-old Stokes has said he is in New Zealand to visit his parents, who live in Christchurch, he could quickly rejoin the England team if he is not charged or if there is any delay in a charging decision.The England Cricket Board has said Stokes will remain suspended pending the police investigation.England has lost the first two Tests to Australia in Brisbane and Adelaide and is likely to be more eager to recall Stokes if circumstances make it possible. The five-match Ashes series continues in Perth from December 14.advertisementlast_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Says 10 Freshmen Will Be In Michigan’s Two-Deep

first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talks with quarterback Wilton Speight #3.IOWA CITY, IOWA- NOVEMBER 12: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines talks with quarterback Wilton Speight #3 during the first quarter against the Iowa Hawkeyes on November 12, 2016 at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh isn’t disqualifying rookies from making this season’s two-deep.Speaking this morning on his Inside Michigan Football television show, Jim Harbaugh claimed that he can think of at least 10 freshmen who will have a spot in the team’s two-deep depth chart. And that’s not just as reserves for older players. Harbaugh said some of those players will play in their first Michigan football game as starters.Nick Baumgardner of shared the statement on Twitter:Jim Harbaugh on his TV show: 10 freshmen have shown they’ll be in the two-deep as a starter or a backup.— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) August 28, 2016Michigan hasn’t published a two-deep at this time. However, it’s likely a depth chart will appear within the week, as several teams have already released their starting squads.Harbaugh didn’t provide any specific names for which freshman qualify for the two-deep on Sunday’s television show. However, reports from Michigan’s fall camp make it relatively easy to determine which freshman might snag those spots.Specifically, according to Baumgardner, there have been 10 standouts from fall camp: defensive end Rashan Gary, left tackle Ben Bredeson, guard/DT Michael Onwenu, wide receiver Nate Johnson, wide receiver Eddie McDoom, wide receiver Kekoa Crawford, safety Khaleke Hudson, corners David Long and Lavert Hill, running back/receiver Chris Evans and kicker Quinn Nordin.Michigan opens its season Sep. 3 against Hawaii.last_img read more