Chairwoman – Priscillas Friends http://priscillasfriends.org/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 15:01:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://priscillasfriends.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Chairwoman – Priscillas Friends http://priscillasfriends.org/ 32 32 Government departments ordered to STOP installing new China-made security cameras https://priscillasfriends.org/government-departments-ordered-to-stop-installing-new-china-made-security-cameras/ Thu, 24 Nov 2022 14:33:25 +0000 https://priscillasfriends.org/government-departments-ordered-to-stop-installing-new-china-made-security-cameras/ Government departments have been ordered to STOP installing new Chinese-made security cameras and disconnecting those already in use from their main IT systems due to Beijing regime ‘security risks’ The order applies to systems made by companies subject to China’s national security law Months of concern in Westminster over use of Chinese-made equipment MPs have […]]]>

Government departments have been ordered to STOP installing new Chinese-made security cameras and disconnecting those already in use from their main IT systems due to Beijing regime ‘security risks’

  • The order applies to systems made by companies subject to China’s national security law
  • Months of concern in Westminster over use of Chinese-made equipment
  • MPs have previously called for a ban on equipment made by Hikvision

Government departments have been ordered to stop installing surveillance cameras made by Chinese companies at “sensitive sites” due to security concerns.

Oliver Dowden, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, made the decision today after months of concern in Westminster over the use of Chinese-made equipment.

The order, revealed in a written statement to MPs, applies to “visual surveillance systems” made by companies subject to China’s national security law, which requires companies to cooperate with Beijing’s security services.

Departments in Whitehall have been advised that existing equipment should not be connected to departmental core networks and should be considered for removal altogether.

The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee has previously called for a ban on equipment made by Hikvision and other companies that allegedly had their cameras deployed in internment camps in China’s Xinjiang province.

It has been reported that Hikvision cameras have been used inside the Ministry of Health and Social Care, where security concerns have been raised over leaked CCTV showing the Health Secretary of the era, Matt Hancock, kissing an assistant.

Alicia Kearns, chair of the China Research Group of Conservative MPs, said: “Companies like Hikvision and Dahua are part of an ecosystem of Chinese ‘smart city’ technologies that pose a national security risk.”

“Chinese tech companies can swear that UK citizens’ data stays in the UK – but we know that when the CCP asks them to jump, they are legally bound to answer ‘How high?

The order, revealed in a written statement to MPs, applies to “visual surveillance systems” made by companies subject to China’s national security law, which requires companies to cooperate with Beijing’s security services.

Oliver Dowden, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, made the decision today after months of concern in Westminster over the use of Chinese-made equipment.

Oliver Dowden, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, made the decision today after months of concern in Westminster over the use of Chinese-made equipment.

Alicia Kearns, chair of the China Research Group of Conservative MPs, said:

Alicia Kearns, chair of the Tory MPs’ China Research Group, said: “Chinese tech companies can swear UK citizens’ data stays in the UK – but we know that when the CCP asks them to skip it, it’s legally required to answer ”How high?”

The move follows concerns raised by MPs and a watchdog.

In June, Biometrics and CCTV Commissioner Fraser Sampson said: ‘Nearly every aspect of our lives is now under surveillance using advanced systems designed and purchased from companies under the control of other governments, governments with which these companies share data. obligations within their own national legal framework.

The public surveillance infrastructure was built on “digital asbestos”, Mr Sampson warned, “requiring both great caution when handling products installed by a previous generation and, as a priority, a moratorium on any further installation until we fully understand the risks we have established’.

Mr Dowden told MPs: ‘The Government Security Group has undertaken a review of current and future security risks associated with the installation of visual surveillance systems on government property.

“The review concluded that, given the threat to the UK and the increasing capacity and connectivity of these systems, additional checks are required.”

“The departments have therefore been instructed to cease the deployment of such equipment at sensitive sites, where it is produced by companies subject to the National Intelligence Law of the People’s Republic of China.

“As security considerations are always paramount around these sites, we are taking action now to prevent any security risk from materializing.”

Mr Dowden said that “no such equipment should be connected to central departmental networks” and that departments should consider whether they should immediately remove and replace such equipment from sensitive sites, rather than waiting for updates. planned level.

Officials have also been asked to consider whether the same “risk mitigation” should be extended to locations that are not designated “sensitive.”

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Democrats’ policies and economic woes caused the House to lose a majority, political insiders say https://priscillasfriends.org/democrats-policies-and-economic-woes-caused-the-house-to-lose-a-majority-political-insiders-say/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 18:52:02 +0000 https://priscillasfriends.org/democrats-policies-and-economic-woes-caused-the-house-to-lose-a-majority-political-insiders-say/ House Democrats suffered defeat in the 2022 midterm elections, and in January, after two years of unified control in the House and Senate, the party will return control of the lower house to Republicans. With the party’s loss, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who has served in Congress since 1987, will be forced to hand […]]]>

House Democrats suffered defeat in the 2022 midterm elections, and in January, after two years of unified control in the House and Senate, the party will return control of the lower house to Republicans.

With the party’s loss, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who has served in Congress since 1987, will be forced to hand over the president’s gavel. Current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., won the Republicans’ nomination for Speaker of the House on Tuesday.

Now, a day after the GOP was slated to take control of the House when the 118th Congress convenes next year, Americans are wondering how the party lost control after months of planning and preaching. on the issues they felt were doing best with voters.

While multiple factors contributed to the Democrats’ failed bid to retain control in the House and achieve the 218 seats required for a majority, insiders from across the political spectrum conclude that messaging and economic factors contributed to the loss of the party.

REPUBLICANS PROVIDE MAJORITY IN HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
(Win McNamee, Alex Wong via Getty Images, )

Jessica Tarlov, a Democratic strategist who is leading the search for Bustle, suggested Democrats lost the House “by a historically small margin” due to “difficult economic conditions and the general pattern of history.”

“There was, unexpectedly, an opportunity for Democrats to hold the House if there was a more cohesive economic message and a stronger stance on crime and policing, which would have helped retain seats in Congress. in New York,” added Tarlov, who currently serves as a Fox News contributor. “But overall it was a terrific performance that will be cited for decades to come.”

Following the Democrats’ failure to retain control of the House, Chris Taylor, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said the party “defied history” in the election.

“House Democrats have defied history by creating jobs, protecting families, investing in America, standing up for women’s freedoms and the integrity of our democracy,” Taylor said. “Voters rejected MAGA extremism and now House Republicans are in a state of disarray. make us all less safe and sow even more hate and division in America.”

HOUSE REPUBLICANS ‘SURPRISED’ AT LACK OF RED WAVE IN MID-TERM, BUT FOCUSED ON OVERALL VICTORY, ASSIGNMENT POWER

Mike Berg, a spokesman for the Republican National Congressional Committee, told Fox that voters held House Democrats “responsible” midterm because the party “passed an agenda that drove up prices , increased crime and an open southern border”.

In the House, Republicans overthrew many seats held by Democrats.

Notable victories include Republican Jen Kiggans’ loss to Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria, a member of the House Jan. 6 Committee to represent Virginia’s 2nd District, as well as Lori Chavez-DeRemer’s victory over her Democratic challenger, Jamie McLeod-Skinner, for representing Oregon’s 5th district.

In New York, a state that votes largely for Democrats and mostly favors leftist politics, Republicans knocked down four seats in the House.

In remarks offered to Fox, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel said the party’s victory was the result of the GOP’s “message of prosperity, security and opportunity.”

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel stands with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy during election night on November 8, 2022.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel stands with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy during election night on November 8, 2022.
(Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

“Families from all walks of life and walks of life voted Republican in this election because they know freedom matters,” McDaniel said. “The future is bright. This Republican Congress will fight to cut costs, support our police, secure our border, and put a stop to Joe Biden’s disastrous agenda. After years of Democratic failure, Republicans will put our country back on track. tracks.”

Erin Perrine, vice president of Tag Strategies, told Fox News Digital that the GOP came out on top in the House election because of a “clear message of contrast against the Democrats for being weak on crime and downturn in the economy, solutions to these problems, and a ground game to get voters out.”

NANCY PELOSI WILL NOT SEEK RE-ELECTION AS LEADER OF HOUSE DEMOCRATS

“When Republicans presented common-sense moderate solutions to Democratic chaos, they won big in states like New York and California, giving Republicans a majority,” said Perrine, who once served as press secretary. McCarthy National.

Similarly, Kevin Seifert, who served as chief of staff to former GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan, insisted that Democrats failed to win a majority in the House because Republicans “recruited dynamic candidates in competitive races” who “succeeded in telling voters who they were and what they were”. that they intelligently defended and explained the economic problems caused by the tax-and-spend policies of the Democrats.”

“Joe Biden’s failure to rein in inflation, his big government agenda and his abandonment to the progressive left have been anchors that have weighed on Democrats in many competitive districts and Republicans have been able to explain it to the both to their base and to persuasive voters,” Seifert said. . “It wasn’t a ‘red wave,’ as many had hoped, but Republicans now hold the hammers in the House, which means they can prevent other bad economic policies from being passed and exert control appropriate on the Biden administration. Winning a majority in the House is a big deal and it shouldn’t be minimized.”

The United States Capitol at sunset in Washington, DC

The United States Capitol at sunset in Washington, DC
(Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc)

Like Seifert, Dan Conston, who is chairman of the Congressional Leadership Fund, said the Democrats’ loss came after Republicans fielded strong candidates in tough races.

“Republicans won a majority first thanks to the tireless work Kevin McCarthy put in to recruit the stars we needed to win tough races and raise funds to lead them to victory,” Conston said. “Our decision to engage in primaries to help the most outstanding candidates win and our efforts to drive the map deep into Democratic territory have both proven critical to winning the seats that decided the majority.”

Despite the GOP’s narrow House victory, some Republican strategists point to the need for conversations about how the party could have done better to expand its leadership margin.

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“As the dust settles mid-term, it’s clear that Republican outperformance in states like Florida and New York was key to winning back the House. That’s encouraging, but we shouldn’t congratulate ourselves when we could have done it much better,” said Giancarlo Sopo, founder of Visto Media and Hispanic advertising manager for former President Trump’s 2020 campaign. “We need candid conversations about why we didn’t succeed.”

The new Congress, which includes a Democratic-controlled Senate, will meet on January 3.

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Tributes to the Chair of North Yorkshire County Council https://priscillasfriends.org/tributes-to-the-chair-of-north-yorkshire-county-council/ Mon, 14 Nov 2022 16:44:58 +0000 https://priscillasfriends.org/tributes-to-the-chair-of-north-yorkshire-county-council/ Tributes have been paid to the chairwoman of North Yorkshire County Council after news of her sudden death was announced. Cllr Margaret Atkinson was appointed in May to serve as the last county council chairwoman before it is replaced by a new unitary authority next year. However, it was today confirmed that Cllr Atkinson, who […]]]>

Tributes have been paid to the chairwoman of North Yorkshire County Council after news of her sudden death was announced.

Cllr Margaret Atkinson was appointed in May to serve as the last county council chairwoman before it is replaced by a new unitary authority next year.

However, it was today confirmed that Cllr Atkinson, who had served on the County Council for nine years and represented Masham and Fountains Division, has died suddenly.

Leader of North Yorkshire County Council, Cllr Carl Les, said: ‘Margaret’s passing is such sad and tragic news, and such a huge loss not just for County Council, but for North Yorkshire as a whole. .

“Margaret’s passion and drive for the county was unparalleled, and she took on the role of council chair with the verve and integrity for which she is renowned.

“She was very interested in all the people and groups she met, especially those from the rural communities we serve, as she was from those communities herself and was a great champion of rural affairs.

“She was a prominent figure in the farming community and helped so many people with her time and caring attitude, including her work raising funds for charity.

“Margaret will be missed by all of us on County Council, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this very difficult time.”

Cllr Atkinson was a leading figure in the countryside, and was a semi-retired farmer and also the secretary of the Yorkshire and North East branch of the British Charolais Cattle Society.

Darlington and Stockton Times: Chairwoman of North Yorkshire County Council, Cllr Margaret AtkinsonChairman of North Yorkshire County Council, Cllr Margaret Atkinson (Picture: NYCC)

She has also been a member of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and the Joint Advisory Committee for the Nidderdale Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Born into the famous Stockil family, her grandparents were farmers in Kiplin and Brompton-on-Swale.

She grew up on a farm in North Stainley, near Ripon, with three older brothers and a younger sister.

Initially working in the accounting department at ICI Harrogate, she later attended agricultural college and set up her own farm secretarial business, providing services to farming communities in Yorkshire.

Through his charity work, Cllr Atkinson has supported cancer research, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and an agricultural charity, the Addington Fund.

Cllr Atkinson, who lived in Kirkby Malzeard, near Ripon, leaves behind her husband, Michael, as well as three children and five grandchildren.

County Council Leader of the Opposition, Cllr Bryn Griffiths, who is the leader of the Liberal Democrat and Liberal Party, said: ‘Margaret was a lovely woman.

“She was always kind, courteous and extremely pleasant throughout my interactions with her. This is extremely sad news and she will be greatly missed.”

Labor leader Cllr Steve Shaw-Wright added: “With the sad and unexpected news of Margaret’s passing, I’m sure all councilors and staff will be thinking of her and her family at this time.

“Margaret was a very nice person, who always had a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye.

“I have many fond memories of Margaret and I’m sure her presence will be felt in and around the council for many years to come.”

The leader of the North Yorkshire Independents Group, Cllr Stuart Parsons, said: “Margaret was a kind, gentle, caring and inclusive person.

“During the events, she was the charm personified, and in consulting, she knew how to impose the respect of all of us thanks to her openness.

“She will be missed dearly and dearly and I will miss her big smile for my part.”

The leader of the Green group at County Council, Cllr Andy Brown, said: “Margaret was a dignified woman who was respected on all sides of the political spectrum. I’m so sad to hear this news.”

Following the death of Cllr Atkinson, Cllr David Ireton, who was appointed Deputy Chairman of the County Council in May, will assume the responsibilities of chairman of the authority.

Cllr Ireton was due to take over as chair of the new North Yorkshire Council, which will be formed when the county council and the seven district and borough authorities merge from April 1 next year.

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Matt Gaetz mocks McCarthy, McConnell, McDaniel after midterm: ‘McFailure’ https://priscillasfriends.org/matt-gaetz-mocks-mccarthy-mcconnell-mcdaniel-after-midterm-mcfailure/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 18:08:13 +0000 https://priscillasfriends.org/matt-gaetz-mocks-mccarthy-mcconnell-mcdaniel-after-midterm-mcfailure/ Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz spotlighted three key GOP leaders Thursday in an apparent mockery after his party failed to see Tuesday’s predicted “red wave” midterm. Gaetz tweeted the names of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Ronna McDaniel, then ended the message with “McFailure.” Although […]]]>

Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz spotlighted three key GOP leaders Thursday in an apparent mockery after his party failed to see Tuesday’s predicted “red wave” midterm.

Gaetz tweeted the names of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Republican National Committee (RNC) Chair Ronna McDaniel, then ended the message with “McFailure.”

Although Gaetz did not elaborate on the meaning of the tweet, McConnell, McCarthy and McDaniel have all come under fire for their leadership following the GOP results on Election Day.

“MP Gaetz’s tweet speaks for itself,” a spokesperson for the MP said. Newsweek.

Some critics of McConnell, McCarthy and McDaniel have suggested they should all be ousted from office. Lawyer and podcast host Eric Matheny, for example, tweeted Thursday that all three “have to go” because their “establishment interests do not align with those of the majority of American conservatives.”

The party was expected to secure major victories in the House, which is currently controlled by Democrats, and possibly in the equally divided Senate. Although the GOP has won more seats in the House and Senate so far, with a number of races waiting to be called, Democrats appear to have prevented Republicans from dominating the midterms in a so-called saying red wave.

GOP Representative Matt Gaetz listens during a hearing at the Heritage Foundation on June 21. In a tweet after Tuesday’s midterms, Gaetz quoted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, then wrote, “McFailure . “
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By Thursday morning, Republicans had managed to win 208 seats in the House of Representatives, still short of the 218 they need to overthrow the House. That’s still a better performance compared to Democrats, who currently control the House but had just 184 seats as of Thursday morning.

As for the Senate, Republicans had 48 seats Thursday morning and Democrats won 46, with only a few races still to be won.

Ahead of Tuesday’s vote, two experts said Newsweek on Monday that they expected significant Republican gains, especially in the House.

Richard Groper, a professor in the political science department at California State University, said he expected Republicans to take the House by about 20 seats, but thought the Senate would remain split 50-50, which gives control to the Democrats because of Vice President Kamala Harris. decisive vote.

Robert Stein, a political science professor at Rice University, said he expects Republicans to get at least 20 seats in the House and could reach 25. Republicans have won so far . Stein also said he thinks the GOP could win a one- or two-seat majority in the Senate.

Newsweek contacted McConnell, McCarthy and the RNC for comment.

Update 11/10/22, 12:15 PM ET: This story has been updated with a statement from Matt Gaetz’s office.

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President Johnson applauds Biden-Harris administration’s announcement of $1.5 billion for US national labs https://priscillasfriends.org/president-johnson-applauds-biden-harris-administrations-announcement-of-1-5-billion-for-us-national-labs/ Mon, 07 Nov 2022 19:54:40 +0000 https://priscillasfriends.org/president-johnson-applauds-biden-harris-administrations-announcement-of-1-5-billion-for-us-national-labs/ November 07, 2022 (Washington, DC) – Last week, the Biden-Harris administration, through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announced $1.5 billion of the Inflation Reduction Act. to build and update US National Laboratories. “I am very pleased that the Biden administration is distributing $1.55 billion for research infrastructure at national laboratories run by the Department […]]]>

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(Washington, DC) – Last week, the Biden-Harris administration, through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announced $1.5 billion of the Inflation Reduction Act. to build and update US National Laboratories.

“I am very pleased that the Biden administration is distributing $1.55 billion for research infrastructure at national laboratories run by the Department of Energy,” said President Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). “This funding, made possible through the Cut Inflation Act, will enable much-needed construction and upgrades of scientific user facilities, large-scale experiments and general-purpose infrastructure needed to maintain the DOE’s world-class research enterprise. The engineers, scientists and researchers at our national laboratories work tirelessly to find solutions to our most pressing challenges. This much-needed support will enable our scientists and students to conduct their work in state-of-the-art research facilities and contribute to the long-awaited modernization of the infrastructure of these laboratories – often referred to as the jewels in the crown of scientific research in our country. company. By funding our research infrastructure, we are laying the foundation for a prosperous future for American science and innovation. I look forward to building on this positive development by working with the administration to ensure that future support for these projects aligns with cost and schedule requirements to keep them on track as permitted by the CHIPS and Science Act.



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Parker Responds to DNA Claims https://priscillasfriends.org/parker-responds-to-dna-claims/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 20:27:06 +0000 https://priscillasfriends.org/parker-responds-to-dna-claims/ – Advertising – PRESS RELEASE – “I have given you space for your delusions and public agitations, now is the time to put an end to this madness.” This is Malaka Parker’s comment, in response to recent DNA remarks and press releases over the past few days regarding his resignation asPresident of DNA. ‘Let me […]]]>

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PRESS RELEASE – “I have given you space for your delusions and public agitations, now is the time to put an end to this madness.” This is Malaka Parker’s comment, in response to recent DNA remarks and press releases over the past few days regarding his resignation as
President of DNA.

‘Let me be clear,’ she said, ‘Malaka Parker was not hired by, or colluded with, and I am in no way party to any conspiracy of any kind whether with the UPP, its leaders or one of its members. I have never had any discussions, not even one, with anyone within the UPP regarding the formal renewal of my membership in the party regarding this issue.

Nor have I been engaged in secret talks, secret meetings, or discussions with the UPP about the dysfunction that has come to characterize the party for which I risked my political life. I would be too ashamed, too confused and too humiliated to share the stories of
what DNA really is, aside from its polished exterior and social media branding.

The former president went on to say that “in all my political life, I have never knowingly lied to the public, so let me be categorical: my primary reasons for leaving DNA are set out in my letter to the party. The public must know that it is simply by convenience, cowardice and connivance that the DNA manufactures my reasons for me. But I recognize the incredible paranoia, bitterness and vengeful cancer that parts of the DNA leadership have been suffering from for some time.

Parker said that for the past few weeks and to a lesser extent the past three months, she has sat quietly while some DNA executives made a diabolical effort to discredit her and to erase or undermine her work and her contribution to DNA because she refused
to follow personal vendettas while ignoring the real work needed to build a strong party to truly usher in the new style of leadership they have embraced. So let me be clear, she further said, “I left DNA because I will not follow blindly when there are serious questions that the people of this country need answered. They need solutions and politics requires impartial analysis and strategic action. Nation building cannot be fueled by personal issues. We cannot build by repeating the same leadership mistakes.”

The former president said: “By the way, I hope the country finds humor in the irony inflicted on me. Because now Massiah is throwing at me the same accusations that the UPP accused her of. That his break with the UPP was due to a secret
alliance it had formed with the ABLP. That she was paid to break the UPP.

That she was bitter at her overwhelming rejection by the UPP party leadership and base. These are allegations against which I vehemently defended her. Even protecting it from the ADN candidates who ran on the party list in the last election and who desperately tried to convince me when I returned from my studies.

But the speed and conviction with which she now accuses me of the same thing got me wondering. After all, we know that evil thinks as evil does.

Parker ended by stating that she had challenged Massiah and any other DNA members to produce the evidence to support their charges.

“At least the UPP claimed they had the contracts and proof of the many secret contacts between Massiah and the Labor Party.
agents to back up their claims. I am confident that she cannot produce such evidence to support the claims she is making now,” Parker said.

Furthermore, I also challenge any member of the UPP to produce such evidence. So I warn the men and women of my country and
especially young and impressionable candidates now in the DNA to think for themselves.

Parker concluded by stating that as an educated, experienced and capable young Antiguan and Barbudan woman, she is free to associate with any political party, when and if she chooses.

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Regardless of the election results, threats against LGBTQ students in Kansas will continue in a new session https://priscillasfriends.org/regardless-of-the-election-results-threats-against-lgbtq-students-in-kansas-will-continue-in-a-new-session/ Tue, 01 Nov 2022 08:36:03 +0000 https://priscillasfriends.org/regardless-of-the-election-results-threats-against-lgbtq-students-in-kansas-will-continue-in-a-new-session/ Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of expanding the conversation about how public policy affects the daily lives of people across our state. Brenan Riffel is a graduate student in higher education administration at the University of Kansas, where she serves as both an academic advisor and deputy director of […]]]>

Kansas Reflector welcomes opinion pieces from writers who share our goal of expanding the conversation about how public policy affects the daily lives of people across our state. Brenan Riffel is a graduate student in higher education administration at the University of Kansas, where she serves as both an academic advisor and deputy director of the complex.

Think about the values ​​we teach our children. What can we as adults, parents, teachers and role models tell our children about bullying? Should we tell them that it’s okay to hit other kids, or that it’s totally cool to exclude someone?

Of course not!

This campaign season we have seen LGBTQ children targeted by politicians. And if history is any guide, we’ll see more of the same when the Kansas Legislature returns in January.

The Gardner-Edgerton School Board is about to target trans kids and invalidate their identities. Other school districts, such as USD 232, seem likely to follow. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the author of the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, showed up in Kansas last month to spread its values.

Recently, I attended a meeting of the Shawnee City Council where the city decided in a 7-1 decision to release an official statement that the city believes “all should have equal opportunity in sport, but allow biological men to compete in female-only divisions is to deprive girls of their opportunities at all levels.

Fifteen of the 18 people who spoke that evening objected to the dangers of this rhetoric. Despite Mayor Michelle Distler’s opposition to the statement before the meeting, it remained on the agenda. Councilor Eric Jenkins falsely stated that trans girls are just transitioning to do better in sports.

I’ve said this before, but every time trans children’s identities are “debated” it damages their mental health. Stop debating our existence and the validity of our identity. Stop turning hate into philosophical “debates” that rob us of our humanity and our voice.

Put that in the past tense, whatever your political sentiments. The Kansans will face deep moral questions in the months and years to come. The future of the education system hangs in the balance. It’s about whether or not you support the future of our children and create an inclusive and safe place for them to thrive.

Hate doesn’t start in the Kansas legislature: it starts in our cities and schools. This column focuses on statewide threats to trans students, but members of our school boards and city councils can’t be ignored either.

Rep. Kristey Williams, R-Augusta, appears during a February committee hearing at the Statehouse in Topeka. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Support schools and students

We need to make sure our schools are fully funded. We must ensure that our schools do not become political tools where children become targets. We must ensure that our schools are not threatened with budget cuts to support all students, regardless of their identity.

State Rep. Kristey Williams, R-Augusta, is running unopposed for re-election to the Kansas House. As chair of the K-12 education budget committee, she has a say in who receives funding and where that funding may be cut. Discussions among Kansas lawmakers over the future of our K-12 system are fraught with tension.

Williams said she believes special education programs are fully funded in the state, when special education teachers across the state struggle to support their students.

At a committee hearing on a “parents’ bill of rights,” Williams gave supporters 10 minutes to speak while opponents were given two minutes. Three of the bill’s supporters were lobbyists for organizations outside the state. There were 72 opponents of the bill, but the bill’s six supporters got more time than those who spoke against it.

Earlier this year, Williams held a roundtable to discuss what she called “critical pedagogy”. Williams brought people over to have a chat. Those invited thought the discussion would be about critical race theory and went on and on about how teachers are supposed to indoctrinate children.

You might think that as a former teacher, Williams would care about student safety and the importance of funding for school districts. Teachers across the state are expected to donate their own money to create an environment conducive to learning. Teachers should not spend their own money to support students. Teachers shouldn’t have to worry about a politician cutting funding or removing them from their jobs without explanation.

I studied to become a teacher.

I have a secondary education degree, and while I am currently invested in supporting students, protecting our K-12 students is always important to me. I learned that the purpose of critical pedagogy is to teach students to discern bias in the information presented to them. Shutting off the ability to engage outside of a narrow framework is dangerous, intentional, and designed to erase students with marginalized identities, including LGBTQ students.

State Senator Renee Erickson, Republican of Wichita and vice chair of the Senate Education Committee, was covered by Kansas Reflector for sponsoring a transphobic bill. As a senator, she is not on the ballot this year.

Let’s take a look at the voting records of Erickson and Williams.

SB 160: Equity in Women’s Sport. Veto maintained. Erickson voted to override Governor Laura Kelly’s Senate veto. Williams voted to override the veto in the House.

SB 208: Equity in Women’s Sport. The bill died in House committee; however, Erickson voted in favor of the bill.

SB 484: Equity in Women’s Sport. The bill died in House committee; however, Erickson voted in favor of the bill.

Rep. Cheryl Helmer, R-Mulvane, offered her comments on biology, bathroom use and transgender athletes in response to a request from a student concerned about anti-transgender legislation. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Demonize and attack

Supporters continue to say that these bills are not intended to target trans children, that they are not attacks on the trans community. These bills relate only to sport.

If that was really the case, then what about the next step?

HB 2210, that I contacted sponsors back in april, aimed at suppressing trans children’s ability to transition by prohibiting doctors from performing gender reassignment surgery or hormone replacement therapy. The idea that doctors frequently perform these operations on children is a weaponized lie to erase us. SB 214 had the same goal and died in committee.

These bills are not about sport. It’s about demonizing and attacking the trans community and sending a message to our trans children.

Attorney General Derek Schmidt is no stranger at send hateful messages to trans kids That is. On September 23 on Twitter, he said Kelly was wrong to oppose the Women’s Sports Equity Act. He describes the acceptance of children of all identities as “exposing kindergartners” to the “politics of gender identity.” Does this sound oddly familiar to DeSantis and his condition”don’t say gay” invoice?

My identity is not political. The identity of our trans children is not political. We call on state lawmakers and officials to stop targeting us. To stop spreading false information. Stop using trans kids as political fodder.

If we care about our schools and the future of our children, it has to stop. Florida is hemorrhaging teachers and children are being hurt and targeted because of their LGBTQ identity.

According to the Kansas State Department of Education, K-12 schools opened this fall with 1,628 vacancies. The teachers are already quite dispersed. What do you think will happen when you tell teachers to invalidate their students’ identities? What will happen to our teachers with an LGBTQ identity?

These challenges await regardless of the election results next month. Kansans who care about the well-being of LGBTQ youth need to understand that protecting their rights will take a long-term view and persistent advocacy.

Our teachers and students deserve no less.

Through its opinion section, the Kansas Reflector works to amplify the voices of people who are affected by public policies or excluded from public debate. Find information, including how to submit your own review, here.

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Federal funds approved to expand internet access in rural areas https://priscillasfriends.org/federal-funds-approved-to-expand-internet-access-in-rural-areas/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 22:57:29 +0000 https://priscillasfriends.org/federal-funds-approved-to-expand-internet-access-in-rural-areas/ U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chair of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating $59,028,776 to expand high-speed Internet access to rural communities in Michigan. These funds were made possible through the USDA’s Broadband Reconnect for Rural Development Program. Senator Stabenow secured the injection […]]]>

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chair of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating $59,028,776 to expand high-speed Internet access to rural communities in Michigan. These funds were made possible through the USDA’s Broadband Reconnect for Rural Development Program. Senator Stabenow secured the injection of funding from the Law on investment in infrastructures and employment.

“High-speed Internet is not a luxury, it’s an essential service we need for everything from work to school to doctor visits to paying our bills. Many people in our rural communities are still frustrated with slow and unreliable internet connections. This investment brings us one step closer to ensuring that farmers, schools, businesses and residents across our state have access to fast, reliable internet service,” said Senator Stabenow.

DMCI Broadband will receive $6,245,490 million in grants and loans to connect 2,899 people, 94 farms, 56 businesses and 4 educational institutions to high-speed Internet in Branch and Hillsdale counties.

Michigan Central Broadband Company will receive a $14,948,004 grant to connect 360 people, 52 farms, and 7 businesses to high-speed Internet in Crawford, Kalkaska, Otsego, and Près Isle counties.

Upper Peninsula Telephone Company will receive a $34,532,301 grant to connect 1,625 people, 69 farms, 40 businesses and 2 educational institutions to high-speed Internet in Dickinson, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee and Ontonagon counties.

The Baraga Telephone Company will receive a $3,302,981 loan to connect 362 people, four farms and 2 businesses to high-speed internet in Houghton County.

To learn more about USDA’s Rural Development Broadband Reconnect Program, visit www.rd.usda.gov/.

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New Mission Valley facility to help adults with autism https://priscillasfriends.org/new-mission-valley-facility-to-help-adults-with-autism/ Mon, 24 Oct 2022 19:28:15 +0000 https://priscillasfriends.org/new-mission-valley-facility-to-help-adults-with-autism/ RONAN – The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed down a lot of things, but not the excitement of a brand new facility for adults with autism. Proactive Living Facility in Ronan is always on track to provide an all-inclusive facility that will not only support an underserved segment of our community, but also bring families together. […]]]>

RONAN – The COVID-19 pandemic has slowed down a lot of things, but not the excitement of a brand new facility for adults with autism.

Proactive Living Facility in Ronan is always on track to provide an all-inclusive facility that will not only support an underserved segment of our community, but also bring families together.

When Dawn Secord heard about a new facility being built in Mission Valley for adults with autism, she was so excited she became chair of the board.

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Dawn Secord, Chair of the Proactive Living Facility Board of Directors.

Her son, Logan – who has autism – is currently in a facility in Mississippi because it was the only place that met his needs.

Secord wants him home, “I want my baby home. I want to be able to drive here and see him, take him to dinner. Just interact with him.”

“I miss him desperately and that’s what drives me to push Proactive Living Facility, fundraise and organize the project and keep moving forward,” Secord continued.

This is an ongoing project since 2018.

“Our goal is to have four facilities at this site. Our goal is to ensure that we can help people who need help. We are starting small, but I think in the vision of it all, our Our goal is to provide them with the skills they need to live in. All of our customers and everyone who will use our facilities will need 24-hour care.” But we also believe they are valuable to our society in many ways. respects. .” – Julie Janssen with the Proactive Living Facility

Not everyone with autism can go to a group home, as many have specialized needs.

“What we’ve realized is that no one will do it for us. Montana spends over $14 million a year to send these kids out of state,” noted Rich Janssen of the Proactive Living Facility. “And not just autistic kids, but any high-risk kid; or a kid who needs more help than he can get here and that’s a lot of money leaving the state .”

Rich Janssen

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Rich Janssen with the Proactive Living Facility

The non-profit organization plans to innovate soon. “Our goal is currently to do this within the next year and we are working to achieve it,” said Julie Janssen.

“I have no idea what he thinks when he’s there, does he think his family has abandoned him? Does he think where is my mother? Where is my father? Where is my brother? So I think he can see us, that will help him thrive,” Secord told MTN News.

Additional information about the Proactive Living Facility is available at https://proactivelivingfacility.org/.

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Arrest of Vietnamese businesswoman reveals murky ties to China https://priscillasfriends.org/arrest-of-vietnamese-businesswoman-reveals-murky-ties-to-china/ Fri, 21 Oct 2022 04:11:02 +0000 https://priscillasfriends.org/arrest-of-vietnamese-businesswoman-reveals-murky-ties-to-china/ The arrest of the chairwoman of Vietnamese group Van Thinh Phat Holdings, Troung My Lan, has once again shed light on Chinese ties to business tycoons in Vietnam, the Singapore Post reported. Earlier, on October 8, Troung My Lan was arrested on suspicion of financial fraud as the country stepped up its long campaign against […]]]>

The arrest of the chairwoman of Vietnamese group Van Thinh Phat Holdings, Troung My Lan, has once again shed light on Chinese ties to business tycoons in Vietnam, the Singapore Post reported. Earlier, on October 8, Troung My Lan was arrested on suspicion of financial fraud as the country stepped up its long campaign against corruption, The Strait Times reported.

Truong My Lan was accused of illegally issuing bonds to raise trillions of dong (tens of millions of dollars) from investors during the 2018-2019 periods, Vietnam’s Ministry of Public Security said in a statement. press release published on October 8. The husband, who is Cantonese Chinese and deals in real estate, is believed to be from a distant family member of disgraced former Chinese security czar Zhou Yongkang and has close ties to senior government officials. gone to China.

The unnatural deaths of three senior Van Thinh Phat Group executives in the early days of October 2022 raised speculation of a Chinese connection in the matter, according to the Singapore Post. Vietnamese authorities assume that the three people, belonging to the Van Thinh Phat group, were eliminated by Chinese spies to save Lan because they had proof of all his misdeeds.

There are also rumors that the death of former Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang is also linked to the Chinese. Tran had passed away in 2018 while serving as president. He apparently received a billion dollars from Lan as a bribe, but he did not favor Chinese interests. According to the experienced doctors who were handling his case, no investigation could indicate what illness he was suffering from and it was apparently a case of poisoning, according to the Singapore Post.

Given the sensitivity of the case, Vietnamese authorities banned the media from publishing the story and attributed the deaths to natural causes. It is a known fact in Vietnam that there is a strong network of Chinese spies and almost every major facility is infiltrated by these operatives who are not afraid to take extreme measures like poisoning opponents. There are a large number of Vietnamese Chinese in Vietnam who acquire properties at strategic locations in other parts of the country and most of them have connections in mainland China.

In an effort to prevent the purchase of land at strategic locations by Chinese nationals, the government of Vietnam had passed a resolution that no land along the coast of Danang can be purchased by a foreigner. However, the Chinese circumvented this clause by marrying a local Vietnamese or financing a Vietnamese to buy land along the coast. Similarly, Chinese businessmen have also purchased a large number of properties on Van Don Island, strategically located in the Gulf of Tonkin in the South China Sea, the Singapore Post reported. Beijing is notorious for using corrupt leaders, businessmen from economically weak countries to make inroads into those nations. This allows the Chinese state not only to promote its business interests in these countries, but also to surreptitiously penetrate the country’s political system, with the aim of securing its long-term influence, Singapore Post reported. (ANI)

(This story has not been edited by the Devdiscourse team and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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