Kansas measure would criminalize care for transgender youth

first_imgTOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislation that would make it a felony for doctors to provide medical treatments that help transgender youth transition is unlikely to get a hearing. The proposal from four conservative GOP members of the Kansas House has drawn condemnation from LGBTQ lawmakers and advocates. It is among measures in more than a dozen state legislatures targeting transgender youth in sports or medical treatments for them. Republican House health committee Chair Brenda Landwehr said Thursday that the measure probably will not have a hearing because the panel has too much other work, such as proposals for modernizing the state’s mental health system.last_img

No intention of leaving Paris St Germain’s (PSG) any time soon: Neymar

first_imgParis: Paris St Germain’s (PSG) Brazilian star Neymar has said that he has no intention of leaving the French side any time soon. Neymar was the subject of a long drawn transfer saga involving his former club Barcelona in the summer.While the transfer never quite went through, Neymar’s alleged desire to leave PSG for Barcelona left a sour taste for the fans. He is now working his way back into the team after a long period on the sidelines due to injury and slowly getting the fans back on his side. In an interview with France Football, he said that he has no intention of leaving PSG.“Why would you want to leave here?” he was quoted as saying by France Football.“I still have two years on my contract, the team is continuing to progress. We have to stay focused on this season to do things well and win as many titles as possible,” he added.With PSG sitting on top of the Ligue 1 table with 42 points, seven points ahead of second-placed Marseille, it could be another one-horse race in the French top flight and Neymar said that the club’s target this season is to win the UEFA Champions League.“This season, the goal is the Champions League. My priority is PSG, with maximum involvement each week. The goal is to always win the next game. In every game, we have to fight for the club. That’s how I see it,” he expressed.Neymar had also been the subject of a rape allegation this year. While the accuser has since been charged with fraud and the case has been dropped, Neymar feels that all this has led to him being misrepresented in the media.“Not many people know the real Neymar. My parents and friends only. What people see is something completely different. And in the end, they see very little. The real Neymar is very peaceful, very happy. He is somebody who enjoys being with family and friends. I like to enjoy, to savor all the moments of life with everyone,” he said.“I never play to be number one. I just play because I love football. Playing football makes me feel happy. And every time I’m on the pitch, I give 100 percent,” Neymar added. IANSAlso Read: Messi Accuses Some of his Club Members Who don’t Want Neymar Back Also Watch: Protest against CAA-2019 is on, Several protesters join AASU in Tinsukialast_img read more

Parent group distributes essential items to students in need

first_img“I was able to just drive to the Village and meet them to pick [the bag] up — it was really awesome,” Nixon said. “They give you toilet paper, snacks and a few nonperishable food items … I guess the best thing is that it has nothing to do with the school itself. It’s just moms that live close wanting to help out.” According to Rory Bennett, the founder of the group, the initiative arose from students’ messages to her requesting assistance in supplying basic necessities during this period of quarantine.  Bennett began asking local parents to stockpile toilet paper and other relevant goods during their own shopping errands.  “I donated just 39 rolls, but we’ve been able to accumulate, as a group, so many,” Syed said. “Tons and tons of students got donated toilet paper rolls, tons and tons. It’s unbelievable how the parents have come together and worked hard to make sure that the students had what they needed.” In an effort to alleviate stress during the coronavirus pandemic, the Local USC Moms and Dads On Call group has begun to distribute free bags of toilet paper, ramen noodles and other snacks to USC students living on or near campus. Parents in the Local USC Moms and Dads On Call Facebook group volunteered to collect and distribute toilet paper and other critical supplies to students without family nearby after discovering students were having difficulty finding the items in grocery stores. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) “Even before we started just getting our little flyer out to some students we know that have helped us at events and our members of our groups, they got it out to their friends,” Bennett said. “The minute it went out on [March] 26 to friends, the [students] started texting ‘We need it, we need it.’” The initiative is one of several projects the Local USC Moms and Dads On Call group has piloted, including giving out snacks at the main campus walking entrance and bringing therapy dogs and ponies to campus. The group, founded in November, now has more than 3,200 members and aims to ensure that nonlocal students have what they need. To meet the demand, parents in the group brought bags to USC Village during specified time slots, and students who needed the supplies picked them up.  “Having this local family, the Olmedos, volunteer to be available as a location for students to pick up — or, if you need to stay isolated or if you don’t have a car, for them to drop off — that’s really been a great solution,” Bennett said. “It’s just a wonderful group of people — there are no egos involved,” Mulligan said. “It’s just parents trying to help kids who don’t have their parents close by. I think we all feel that if the situation were reversed, any parent would do the same for our kids.” Alexis Nixon, a graduate student studying music industry, is one of those students.center_img The initiative began with local parents delivering the goods, but social distancing guidelines and the stay-at-home order required the group to change plans. “I have a couple of shipments that out-of-state parents have sent me of toilet paper,” Mulligan said. “They came in yesterday, so I’ll drop that off to the family … and they’ll bag everything up.” Victoria Mulligan, an alumna and parent of a USC student, was involved with the group before the coronavirus crisis, driving students to the airport during breaks and gathering supplies for students’ 21st birthday celebrations. Now, Mulligan opened her doors to collect toilet paper donations from members in the Facebook group. Nixon said that thanks to the initiative, she no longer needs to get up early in the morning to search grocery stores for basic necessities. The Local USC Moms and Dads On Call group has delivered almost 200 bags to USC students.  Last week, the group changed the way it distributes the bags in response to social distancing. All the donations are sent to a local USC family’s home, where students can visit to pick up the items. The bags can also be dropped off at students’ residences if necessary.  Karni Block Syed, a parent of a USC student, donated toilet paper she had bought for an annual camping trip to be delivered to the Trojan community.  Involvement grew as out-of-state parents donated money to replenish the supplies. Bennett made the initiative official by creating a flyer on Facebook and spreading the word to friends and families of students who need the support.  “[The delivery] began because we started hearing from students and checking in with students that were remaining in off-campus apartments mostly that ‘Hey, I’m kind of running low on toilet paper’ … and that the grocery shelves at Ralphs, Trader Joe’s and Target were hit-and-miss,” said Bennett, an alumna and parent of a USC student.  “We’re going to do whatever we can to get [the goods] to [the students],” Bennett said. “The students were texting their locations, and we were dropping off [bags]. [There] was such a strong need — I [received] like 200 texts, 200 locations.” last_img read more