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Reported murders, suicides of trans people soar in Brazil

first_imgTopics : The number of transgender people killed in Brazil this year has risen by 70% over last year, according to research underscoring the South American country’s rank as the world’s deadliest place for trans people.The 129 trans people murdered since January already exceeds the total killings in 2019, according to a report by the National Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals (ANTRA), a local activist organization.The number of trans people – 16 – who died by suicide in the first six months of 2020 is a third higher than last year as well, ANTRA said. “The outlook is bleak,” said Bruna Benevides, a trans activist and author of ANTRA’s report, via messaging service WhatsApp.”The death of trans people … starts long before the trigger is pulled. It’s in the insults, the evictions from home, the lack of job opportunities, it’s at school where gender is never discussed,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Brazil has made a number of strides in transgender rights in recent years, such as a Supreme Court ruling last year that transphobia and homophobia are criminal offences.A 2018 ruling by the highest court allowed trans people to change their names and gender on official documents without undergoing surgery.center_img Despite the legal recognition, gay and trans Brazilians face prejudice and widespread violence in the socially conservative country where powerful Evangelical churches are highly critical of LGBT+ rights.The nation of some 200 million people regularly ranks as the deadliest country worldwide for trans people, according to the Trans Murder Monitoring research project.Activists say social prejudice has grown under right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro who regularly speaks out against “gender ideology,” a conservative term used to condemn progressive ideas on sex and gender.”People feel legitimized expressing the hate that has been encouraged in every speech, in every lack of action, in every manipulation of public opinion against the boogeyman of gender ideology,” Benevides said.The coronavirus pandemic has made matters worse, activists say, with trans people locked out of jobs or trapped in unsupportive or abusive home lives during lockdown measures.A pandemic hot spot, Brazil has registered 4.15 million cases of the coronavirus and the official death toll has soared past 126,000 people, according to Health Ministry data.A survey published in June found a quarter of unemployed gay and trans Brazilians had lost their jobs during the pandemic, and that joblessness among LGBT+ Brazilians was almost double the nation’s overall rate.”This whole scenario creates a process of sickness caused by the lack of public policies to prevent suicide and transphobic violence,” Benevides said.The report from ANTRA, published late on Monday, was based on reports of killings in local media, on social networks and from partner groups.However, the authors said the true number of murders could be much higher than what has been reported.last_img read more

Arsenal identify Gremio centre-back Walter Kannemann as potential summer recruit

first_imgArsenal have also been linked with a move for Nicolas Tagliafico (Getty Images)Gremio’s domestic rivals Flamengo, as well as Argentine sides Boca Juniors and Independiente, are also believed to be monitoring Kannemann, as are Atletico Madrid whose manager Diego Simeone worked with him previously at San Lorenzo.Kannemann isn’t the only Argentine international on Arsenal’s radar with Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico also reportedly a summer target. Ajax are said to be holding out for a fee of around £17m for the 26-year-old.Arsenal have been in good form of late, climbing into fourth in the Premier League table and reaching the quarter-finals of the Europa League where they will face Napoli.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Arsenal are interested in Argentina international Walter Kannemann (Getty Images)Arsenal have identified Gremio and Argentina defender Walter Kannemann as a possible signing this summer with Unai Emery keen to upgrade his centre back options.The 28-year-old has caught the eye in South American football over the past couple of years after helping Brazilian side Gremio win the prestigious Copa Libertadores in 2017.Kannemann, who has also played for San Lorenzo in his homeland as well as Atlas in Mexico, made his international debut for Argentina in September and came on as a substitute during their 3-1 home defeat to Venezuela on Friday for his third cap.According to the Daily Mail, Kannemann has a £17m buyout clause in his contract and Arsenal are weighing up whether or not to make a move with Emery considering a defensive reshuffle ahead of the new season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal have conceded 39 goals in the Premier League this term, over double that of league leaders Liverpool who have let in just 18.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 CityArsenal signed Sokratis Papastathopolous from Dortmund last summer and while the Greek international has been a success, Shkodran Mustafi has endured another error-strewn campaign while captain Laurent Koscielny will turn 34 in September. Arsenal identify Gremio centre-back Walter Kannemann as potential summer recruit Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 Mar 2019 6:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link88Shares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Studies on German pensions ignore unfunded liabilities, says Mercer

first_imgThe consultant noted that unfunded pension obligations still accounted for half of all liabilities in the German occupational pension system and said the issue should be included in any future reform proposal.It said it was “unconvinced” the German government had “the strength” to act on the proposals contained within the two studies this year, and that the issue of pensions could play a significant role in next year’s federal election campaign in the run-up to the general elections in the autumn of 2017.“In the end, there might be a postponement into the next legislative period and a more comprehensive reform of the pension system including all three pillars,” it said. Regarding the outcome of the studies, Mercer said many of the proposals were “to be welcomed”, including a mandatory employer contribution to defined benefit plans.The consultancy also thinks a “pure” defined contribution (DC) plan could bolster occupational pensions, as “past evidence suggests guarantees have cut in on returns”.However, it emphasised that any shift to pure DC would require greater public education, as would the auto-enrolment proposal, which Mercer welcomed as a “means to increase participation in company pension plans”. Fidelity also supported the introduction of a mandatory element in the German system. Drawing on its experience with auto-enrolment in the UK, it estimated occupational pensions could cover 80-90% of the workforce within two years after its introduction. Mercer has criticised two recent studies commissioned by the German government, with the first concerning industry-wide pension funds and the second second-pillar tax incentives. The consultancy cited the failure to note reforms involving the valuation of unfunded pension promises on German companies’ books as one of the studies’ major faults.It said the studies neglect to address the “discrimination against unfunded pension liabilities”, or Direktzusage, for which a 6% valuation rate on the balance sheet must be applied.Uwe Buchem, retirement market business leader at Mercer for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, said: “In light of continuously falling discount rates applied under HGB and IFRS, this is unacceptable.”last_img read more

Gold Coast homeowners to watch properties blossom on the market this spring

first_imgThe seven-bedroom property at 4 Duringan St, Currumbin, is set to blossom on the market this spring. Krystle and Mark Holmes with their five children (left to right) Kyan, 13, Ava, 11, Fletcher, 11, Archie, 3, and Hunter, 13. Picture: Mike BatterhamKrystle and Mark Holmes are among those who have waited until spring to list their Currumbin home. Mr Holmes is the founder and managing director of Nu-Pure, a bottled water manufacturing business which produces about 120 million bottles each year of spring water. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“The weather here in Currumbin is glorious in winter come spring,” Ms Holmes said. “Spring always brings smiles, happiness and the sun and people go towards the beach. “All those things were thought through when putting our house on the market.” Their award-winning hilltop house at 4 Duringan St has a curved copper clad facade and panoramic views of Currumbin Creek, the ocean and rainforest. The award-winning house was designed by renowned Gold Coast architect Paul Uhlmann. Picturesque views are a highlight of the property.Ms Holmes said the house was beautiful year-round but said the sunsets were a little more spectacular as the weather warmed. “Currumbin no matter what season, it’s a beautiful area to live in,” she said. “Our outdoor living area, we call it the top deck, at any time of the day you can go out and enjoy it and read a book.“Or you can have 40 people there and entertain the night away with the sun going down.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenTop tips for sellers in Spring00:50center_img The Holmes family waited until spring to list their Currumbin Home. Picture: Mike BatterhamSAVVY homeowners who have waited through the winter months preparing their property for sale are now ready to watch it blossom on the market this spring. With the warmer weather comes more property listings and an influx of buyers creating the busiest time for the Gold Coast market. Those sellers who have sat idle are now ready to put the sold sticker up as buyers flurry to secure the keys before Christmas. MORE NEWS: Shoebox apartments get the boot as prices soar MORE NEWS: Where you can find the best central buys Offers for the property close September 11.The family are selling to move closer to their children’s school. The seven-bedroom house is on the market through Kollosche’s Michael Kollosche and Eoghan Murphy with an expressions-of-interest campaign closing September 11.last_img read more

Time called on Flemenstar season

first_img The brilliant chaser, who joined the Tony Martin stable in the autumn having previously been with Peter Casey, made a winning reappearance in the Fortria Chase at Navan in early November. However, he was a late withdrawal from the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase after suffering a knock to a leg and is still receiving treatment for the problem. Press Association Flemenstar will not run again this season because of a tendon injury but connections expect him to return to action next term.center_img “We won’t rush him and we’re going to give him time. We’re just looking after him,” said owner Stephen Curran. “We’re treating him at the moment, he’s looking well and he’s doing well. We’re looking forward to the end of the year with him. “We’ll get him back OK, there’s no doubt about that, but we’ve got to mind him, and we will.” last_img read more

Francesco Guidolin set for Swansea watching brief against Watford

first_img Although the deal is yet to be officially confirmed, club chiefs decided to act after just one win in six games under Curtis saw the club slide back into the relegation zone on Saturday. Swansea will become the 14th different club in Guidolin’s managerial career, which peaked during a recent spell at Udinese, whom he twice led into the Champions League. He started out in charge of minor club Giorgione, and has also had spells at Atalanta, Bologna, Genoa and Palermo. Guidolin’s only experience of managing outside Italy came in 2005, when he had a short spell in charge of Monaco. Since leaving Udinese last year, Guidolin worked as a technical adviser to the Pozzo family, which has a controlling stake in Udinese, Granada and Watford. Earlier, Curtis had appeared to intimate that his short spell in sole charge of the club could be drawing to a close. Curtis said: “I’d expect to be here until the end of the season, but if results go against us and the club deem it that they need to bring someone in at short notice, then so be it.” Press Association Sport understands the 60-year-old Italian will be named as the club’s new head coach working alongside Alan Curtis, who was only confirmed in the role 10 days ago. Guidolin – who will sign an initial short-term contract – will watch from the stands before taking charge for the first time in next Sunday’s top-flight trip to Everton. Press Associationcenter_img Francesco Guidolin is set to get his first glimpse of Swansea’s Barclays Premier League survival prospects when he watches them play Watford tonight.last_img read more

Benefit 5K April 4 for Andy Lacher of BookStacks

first_img Kickstarter has lots of gray areas – May 5, 2015 Latest Posts BUCKSPORT — There will be a benefit 5K race to benefit BookStacks owner Andy Lacher Saturday, April 4, at Bucksport High School.Lacher suffered a Christmas Eve fall, ripping four tendons in his knee and crushing his ankle. Supporters have organized several fund-raising events to help cover his uninsured medical expenses.The 5K (3.1-mile) event will include “Legs for Lacher” for runners and “Lacher’s Walkers” for walkers.“Legs for Lacher” will be a timed event, with prizes awarded to top finishers. General prize drawings will be held for all participants, and grand prizes for top fund raisers will also be awarded after the race.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textRegistration is at 8 a.m. and the 5K will start at 9.The tax-deductible entrance fee is $10 for adults and $8 for students. Registration forms and sponsor sheets are available at BookStacks and other area businesses, or they can be printed from www.sub5.com online.Completed forms can be dropped off at BookStacks, or mailed to Kristin McDermott, 4 Cedar St., Bucksport, ME 04416. Participants may also register on race day. The first 50 participants will receive a free nylon drawstring bag. Everyone can order a bag or T-shirt on race day.McDermott is now seeking volunteers, cash donations and prize offerings from the community. Contact kristinit@myfairpoint.net or 469-3801.There will be a spaghetti supper benefit the night before the race at Duffy’s Restaurant in Orland. Latest posts by Nicole Ouellette (see all) Ask Nicole: What do I do about ignorant Internet commenters? – April 21, 2015center_img Nicole OuelletteColumnist at Breaking Even CommunicationsWhen Nicole isn’t giving advice she’s completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who’ll talk back. asknicole@ellsworthamerican.com Hold the pickles and the piercings, please – April 28, 2015 Biolast_img read more

Tridents take down Zouks to go fourth

first_imgGROS ISLET, St Lucia (CMC) – Barbados Tridents separated themselves from the bottom three and installed themselves as favourites for one of the four playoff spots when they thrashed St Lucia Zouks by 71 runs in a crucial encounter here Friday night.With the bottom three needing a victory in order to kick-start their playoff bid, Tridents produced an incisive bowling performance to easily defend their 172 for six in the fourth match of their Caribbean Premier League campaign.Nineteen-year-old left-arm spinner Joshua Bishop, who shared the new ball on debut, claimed two for 24 while captain Jason Holder picked up two for 33, as Zouks never recovered from a poor start to be bundled out for 101 in the 15th over.South African Hardus Viljoen top-scored 31 off 21 balls while New Zealander Colin de Grandhomme resisted briefly in a 16-ball 28, but Zouks lost wickets steadily to slip to their fourth defeat in five matches.While they remained fifth on two points only above bottom-placed Jamaica Tallawahs on the same tally, Tridents took sole possession of fourth place on four points with their second win in four outings, ahead of the start of their five home matches at Kensington Oval starting today.Sent in at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, Justin Greaves powered the Tridents innings with 57 off 45 deliveries on CPL debut, while left-hander Jonathan Carter stroked 30 off 21 balls and opener Johnson Charles, 28 off 19 balls.Greaves struck half-dozen fours and a brace of sixes in an up tempo 81-run opening stand off 52 balls with Charles who counted a four and a couple of sixes.They fell in the space of 18 balls, however, Charles holing out to long-on off left-arm pacer Obed McCoy in the ninth over and Greaves lifting off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall to de Grandhomme at deep square.Carter then blasted four sixes in a 43-run, third-wicket stand with South African JP Duminy (18) as Tridents gathered precious runs at the back end.Zouks, in reply, lost crucial wickets up front to crash to 15 for three in the third over before de Grandhomme and Andre Fletcher (14) combined in a 33-run, fourth-wicket stand to prop up the innings.But Holder got Fletcher to play on in the sixth over and with four runs added, Carter pulled off a stunning, diving one-handed catch at short backward point to remove captain Darren Sammy for two in the eighth over.de Grandhomme struck fours and a six but was run-out in the ninth over by Carter’s direct hit from point and Viljoen busied himself with three sixes at the end before he was last out.last_img read more

Students protest anti-LGBTQ group

first_imgJames Witmer, a graduate student studying social work, applauded the diversity of the crowd.  “There were no problems, no arrest,” Assistant Chief David Carlisle said. “DPS loosely monitored the situation, as did LAPD, but there was no law enforcement action taken or necessary.” More than 50 students and faculty protested an off-campus Westboro Baptist Church demonstration along Exposition Boulevard and Vermont Avenue Monday. Protesters wore rainbow-colored attire and carried signs that read “Love not hate” and “God loves.”  In a statement to the Daily Trojan, USC recognized the church’s First Amendment rights but criticized its message.  Another longtime church member,  Sam’s mother Shirley Phelps-Roper, emphasized the urgency of the protest to help save the souls of students. Natalie Lee, a senior majoring in music industry, emphasized the importance of demonstrating LGBTQ pride to the surrounding community.  “And so, what should we do?” Phelps-Roper said in an interview with the Daily Trojan. “If we don’t warn you, your blood will be on our hands at The Judgment.”  “That’s where things are being taught: in the churches, in the schools … and it’s been wholly given over to sodomy, to fornication, to adultery,” said in an interview to the Daily Trojan Sam Phelps-Roper, an elder at the church. All of those things have become normalized, starting in the schools, starting in the churches, and it’s shameful.” Across the street from the church protest, the Queer and Ally Student Assembly, Trojan Advocates for Political Progress and OUTreach co-sponsored a counter-protest in collaboration with the LGBT Resource Center.  Vargas, who grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, said that the counter-protest empowered people whose home environments were less welcoming of LGBTQ identities and who found a community at USC. Two Department of Public Safety officers were present at the counter-protest to ensure students’ safety. “USC has zero tolerance for discrimination and bigotry of any kind,” the statement read. “Every member of the Trojan Family is treasured. We value inclusion and equity for all.”  “It’s so great to see everyone who is of the LGBTQ community come together for something that we all need to stand up for,” Vargas said. Maria Eberhart, Beatrice Gao, Mia Ross and Ignacio Ventura-Maqueda Jr. contributed to this report. Participating in the protest felt personal for many students. Amelia Horney, a freshman majoring in composition, said the demonstration allowed her to better express her identity.center_img “It’s really important to promote positivity, because the Westboro Baptist Church is such a hateful group that’s trying to spread negativity,” King said. “We just want to be there to support the groups that they’re trying to marginalize.”  QuASA Executive Director Steven Vargas, led protesters in chants of “Love trumps hate” and “Homophobia has got to go,” as the group chanted gospel parodies of popular LGBTQ-positive songs like “Same Love” by rapper Macklemore and “Girls Like Girls” by gay musician Hayley Kiyoko, replacing lyrics with Bible verses and slurs targeting the community.  The LGBT Resource Center held a safe space at the Student Union to provide a place to congregate for students who felt threatened by the protest. “We are accepting of everybody, no matter what your intersectionality is and your culture and who you identify with,” Witmer said. “We’re here to stay, and we accept every culture and every individual that there is.” “I’ve felt extremely invisible because of what I look like; I’m a femme lesbian and people think that I look like I’m straight,” Horney said. “I want to make sure that everyone else feels like no matter where they’re from, no matter what they look like, [they] can feel safe to be their most authentic self.” Steven Vargas, executive director of the Queer and Ally Student Assembly, led protesters in chants of “Love trumps hate” and “Homophobia has to go” at Exposition Boulevard and Vermont Avenue. (Emily Sagen | Daily Trojan) “We’re on the streets of L.A., and all of these people are passing by on their morning commutes and everything, and I think it’s important for them to see as well that we are here, we are queer,” Lee said. “We exist, and there’s power in numbers.” Vargas said he was impressed by the student turnout.  “When we’re in our own hometown or wherever we grew up in, it’s just us, and we’re alone,” Vargas said. “Being able to stand up [to] this type of hate that we’ve lived with our entire lives together as a community is very powerful.”  Westboro Baptist, a group from Kansas known for its rallying against the LGBTQ community, picketed the Oscars Sunday near the Dolby Theater and stayed in Los Angeles through Monday to preach their message at USC and other schools in the area including UCLA, Alexander Hamilton High School and Manual Arts High School. The six church members who were not allowed to protest on campus, chose to protest the “sinful” behaviors of USC students.  Kaitlyn King, a junior majoring in international relations, said she came to the protest to protect marginalized groups. “We offered the physical space but also the communal area where people are able to come together and just be with each other and know that no matter what, they are loved, they are cared for and that they matter,” said Blaise Guerriero, the graduate assistant of the LGBT Resource Center. Onlookers expressed support for the counter-protest, honking car horns and waving at the crowd of students. last_img read more