Kara was very excited! Mom was finally coming home after an 8-month deployment, which to 4-year-old Kara seemed like forever. She and her dad had made a paper chain to count down the days until Mom came home. Every morning after breakfast she would tear off another link and count how many days were left. It was always the first thing she would tell her child care provider, Deanne, when she walked in the door.Today when Kara came in, Deanne immediately noticed that something was wrong. Kara clearly had been crying and she clung to her dad’s leg. When Deanne gave Dad a questioning look, he quietly said, “Kara’s mom’s homecoming has been delayed. With only six days left, her orders have changed – it’s going to be another three weeks. Kara is devastated….well, we both are.” Deanne’s heart sank. How was she going to help this precious little girl through such a huge disappointment?Events don’t always turn out the way we expect them to…not in life and certainly not in military life! Dealing with disappointments is hard enough for adults, but for young children who don’t have the reasoning skills, emotional maturity, or past experience that we adults do, it’s especially hard. They need all the support we can give them to not only weather the disappointment but to develop resilience skills that will serve them the next time disappointment comes – which it inevitably will!Here are three steps that you can take with the young children in your care when a disappointment throws them for a loop. These steps will help, whether they are facing the small disappointments that part of everyday life or one as large and upsetting as Kara’s.Acknowledge FeelingsThe first step in helping a child bounce back from disappointment is to listen to the emotion she is expressing (either directly, in the words she says, or indirectly, through her behavior) and let her know you hear and understand. Sometimes adults want to rush too quickly through the unhappiness, trying to distract children or minimize the emotions (“Don’t cry…it’s okay.”). While this might make us feel better, it sends the unintentional message to kids that they can’t be sad around us or that they shouldn’t feel sad or angry. We don’t need to dwell on it overly long, but we do need to acknowledge their emotions: “That’s so disappointing, Kara. You and your dad are both sad, aren’t you? I would be sad, too, if I were expecting my mom to come and she couldn’t.” It’s amazing how simply listening and empathizing can help children (and adults!) feel ready to move beyond their hurt.Reframe Once we’ve addressed the emotions of the situation, then it’s time to turn the focus to the child’s thinking. Now the best way to help is to turn her thinking from the negative aspects of the situation that she can’t change to thinking about positive aspects of the future, a resiliency strategy sometimes called “reframing.” In Kara’s situation, Deanne might help her focus her thoughts on when her mom does come home, even though it will be later than expected. Deanne can tap into Kara’s imagination and talk with her about what that will feel like when she sees her mom and what she would like to do with her once her mom is home. Focusing on positive events in the future helps Kara feel hopeful, and hope is key to dealing with disappointment. It reinforces the message that, although this feels bad now, it’s temporary – we’ll get through it.Prompt ActionA final step that we can take to support a disappointed child is to encourage her to think about something that she can do. There are many things about military children’s lives that they have no control over. But that doesn’t mean they have to feel completely helpless. Another key characteristic of resilient people is that, once they have focused on a positive future (reframing), they take action to get there. What might that mean for Kara? There are lots of things that Deanne could suggest to Kara. Action could be as simple as encouraging Kara to draw a picture for her mom to help her mom feel better. Or it could be something as engaging as asking Kara to help plan a special “Welcome Home” party at child care for when her mom is home. The goal is to think about the kinds of things that the individual child enjoys doing and suggest ways that he or she could put those abilities and interests into action. We all feel better when we can do something postive in the face of a difficult situation, and children are certainly no different!As much as parents and other caring adults may want to protect children from ever experiencing disappointment, we can’t. So instead we help children learn and practice the attitudes and skills of bouncing back from disappointment. That is a gift that will serve them well for the rest of their lives.If you are interested in digging more deeply into what research says about developing resiliency in children, check out “Resiliency: What We Have Learned,” by Bonnie Benard (2004, published by WestEd)._____________________________This blog post was written by Kathy Reschke, Child Care Leader at Military Families Learning Network.
Mumbai, Apr 11 (PTI) Maharashtra Legislative Assembly today witnessed noisy scenes, with a vociferous opposition protesting the alleged assault on a Congress MLA by a BJP councillor in Gondia.”Since the BJP-led government came to power, their cadres have become so much emboldened that they have now started assaulting even legislators. The BJP-led government must make a statement on the assault,” Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil said.Parliamentary Affairs Minister Girish Bapat said the government was not justifying the attack on the Congress MLA.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis told the Assembly that six teams have been formed to nab the BJP councillor who allegedly assaulted the MLA.Raising the issue in the Lower House, NCP leader Jayant Patil said BJP made a person having criminal cases against him a co-opted councillor in Gondia.”This shows the depth to which the party has fallen, compared to the lofty heights during Vajpayee era,” he said and reminded the government that former BJYM leader Ganesh Pandey, accused of molesting a female party colleague, is yet to be arrested.Congress MLA from Gondia Gopaldas Agrawal sustained injures on his nose, eyes and cheeks after being allegedly assaulted by BJP councillor Shiv Sharma and his accomplice on Saturday evening.The legislators son, Vishal, too was allegedly assaulted by Sharma.The incident took place when Agrawal, Chairman of the Assemblys Public Accounts Committee (PAC), was addressing a press conference at a hotel about development works done by him.When it was nearing conclusion, Sharma, a nominated BJP councillor of Gondia Municipal Council, entered along with a youth and without saying a word, approached Agrawal.advertisementWhen the Congress MLA asked him about his purpose, Sharma and his accomplice allegedly started hitting him and his son and tore their clothes. Agrawals bodyguard was outside the hotel when the incident took place.Making a statement in the Assembly, Fadnavis said the police inspector responsible for the alleged assault on a former NCP MLA and party workers at Satana in Nashik district on April 8 will be transferred. PTI VT GK NSD
zoom Tokyo-based Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” Line) took delivery of Forestal Gaia woodchip carrier from Tsuneishi Shipbuilding on May 24, 2017.Forestal Gaia is in a dedicated service to Nippon Paper Industries for carrying woodchips for paper materials.The vessel sailed on the same day for Dung Quat Port, Vietnam as her maiden voyage.The 49,800 dwt Forestal Gaia inherited her name from a predecessor which was also engaged in service to Nippon Paper Industries.The 200-meter-long vessel has six hatch openings and a holding capacity of 3.6 million cft.
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The pipeline feud between British Columbia and Alberta is escalating, as Premier John Horgan is threatening Rachel Notley with legal action should she enforce Bill 12.Political Scientist David Moscrop with Simon Fraser University says it’s not unusual for provinces to “fight,” but admits this particular case is uncommon.“This is a bridge beyond what we’re used to, and it’s probably going to sour interprovincial relationships between the government of British Columbia and the government of Alberta for some time,” he tells NEWS 1130. “And keep in mind this is as good as it’s going to get. This is with two NDP governments. Imagine if you have one NDP government and one UCP government for instance.”Related ArticlesAlberta passes legislation to cut off oil supply to BC at any timeKinder Morgan suspending all non-essential spending on Trans Mountain pipeline expansionCritics want big banks to stop backing the Trans Mountain pipelineIf the legislation gets Royal Assent, Bill 12 would effectively give Alberta power to cut its oil supply to BC. It’s designed, Moscrop explains, in such a way that Notley could use it for “precision strikes.”“They could ban very specific shipments without having to ban everything, and they could do it case by case, and they could ban a little bit as an opening salvo.”However, he points out the provincial government would effectively have to negotiate doing so with industry stakeholders.“I can’t imagine the oil and gas companies are going to be super pleased with having contracts restricted, and shipments restricted. It’s going to cost them money, even if you say, ‘Well look it’s a little bit of short-term pain for long-term gain.’ I suspect though every party at this point will be circumspect at what they do, but here’s the thing. If Alberta decides to use [Bill 12], then BC’s going to sue and then we’re off to the races. So you know, it could escalate very quickly.”The likelihood of Alberta enforcing the new bill? Moscrop says it’s hard to say at this point, but admits it’s possible.The BC government has come under fire for delaying the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion since it announced it was restricting bitumen shipments pending environmental reviews. Moscrop says the dispute could not only sour relationships between BC and Alberta, but could also put strains on its relationship with others.“You’d probably have to look at have to look at it case by case,” he says. “It sours the relationship with the federal government a little bit.”However, he says this probably improves things with Quebec, where he says observers may be looking at this situation as a test of what the federal government can force provinces to do. “And what provinces can get away with when they disagree with the federal government and another province.”Bill 12 and BC gas pricesMeantime, experts say Alberta cutting off its oil supply to BC will certainly have an impact on gas prices on the Lower Mainland which have already broken records.“A couple of things to keep in mind, and I’m using April as an example,” explains Dan McTeague with GasBuddy.com. “It’s really critical that people understand this. In the month of April, Vancouver imported 900,000 barrels of gasoline. There’s 159 litres in a barrel, so you can imagine a situation where some 60,000 barrels of product like gasoline and diesel or even jet fuel are somehow interrupted.“That wouldn’t just mean potentially half of the gas stations no longer supplied in the Lower Mainland, it would also mean Parkland would be affected as its crude supply of lighter crude will also be affected.”He says if the pipeline is blocked 100 per cent, even American refineries would also be impacted.“They bring in about 30,000 barrels of heavy oil from the Trans Mountain pipeline almost daily, so there is really no positive out of this and the pain will be felt both in terms of a lack of product as well as much higher prices.”Horgan has threatened that his government would sue should Alberta move forward with its new legislation. His threat came the same day the federal government announced it would offer financial protection for Kinder Morgan’s investors in the pipeline expansion dispute, a move he believes puts unnecessary taxpayers’ money at risk.
OTTAWA — A group of Indigenous senators says Jody Wilson-Raybould’s quitting cabinet doesn’t mean the end of reconciliation efforts between the Canadian government and Indigenous Peoples.They also say that her departure is a sign of how much work there is still to do.Wilson-Raybould quit the cabinet earlier this week amid reports that the Prime Minister’s Office tried to get her to head off a criminal prosecution of Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin on corruption charges when she was justice minister.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau demoted her to be minister of veterans affairs in January.Sen. Murray Sinclair, who led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that examined the history of residential schools in Canada, is one of the eight senators who thank Wilson-Raybould for all she’s done to advance reconciliation.They praise her “personal strength of character, integrity and dedication to modernize the justice system” while she was justice minister.The Canadian Press
On Saturday 10 November, GREY GOOSE hosted its annual GREY GOOSE Winter Ball to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation with David Furnish and Kevin Spacey, attended by the international A-list.The glittering guest list included: Kevin Spacey, David Furnish, Elizabeth Hurley, Labrinth, Emeli Sandé, Giles Deacon, Shane Warne, singer Jay Kay from Jamiroquai, members of JLS and many more.The theme of the event, which is now in its sixth year, was the 1950’s Cote D’Azur. Guests arriving at London’s iconic landmark, Battersea Power Station were transported from a chilly London evening to a scene reminiscent of the Riviera in its heyday, where poolside glamour, palm trees and pastel colour schemes abound.An unforgettable night, the GREY GOOSE Winter Ball to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation combined world-class cuisine from Hélène Darroze with bespoke cocktails and auction lots by Gareth Pugh, Ellen von Unwerth and Karim Rashid, as well as live music performances by Emeli Sandé and Labrinth.Labrinth auctioned his personal limited edition BRIT Awards RAYMOND WEIL watch during the event, which went for £180,000 – the most an auction lot has ever been sold for at The Grey Goose Winter Ball.For more information, please visit EJAF.com.Video: Kevin Spacey Co-Hosts Elton John’s 6th Annual Grey Goose GOOSE Winter Ball
APTN National NewsMONCTON,NB.-The federal government is willing to explore scrapping the Indian Act and the department of Aboriginal Affairs if that is the will of First Nations chiefs, according to Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue.Assembly of First National national Chief Shawn Atleo made the call to scrap the Indian Act and the Aboriginal Affairs department on the first day of the organization’s gathering.The AFN released a document Tuesday broadly outlining a plan to replace the department and the Indian Act with a new agreement between First Nations and the Crown that would create a new way to deliver services to First Nations citizens.Penashue, who was asked by the prime minister to attend the Assembly of First Nations’ annual gathering, said the federal government was currently focused on improving and amending the Indian Act to better the dire situation facing many First Nations communities.The former Innu leader and lone Conservative MP from Newfoundland and Labrador, however, said the government would explore Atleo’s ambitious goals.“(Atleo) is the national chief and he has the assembly of chiefs working under him and if that is the direction he is looking to go then obviously it has to be explored,” said Penashue. “From a governmental point of view, the most important thing is that we work toward supporting and improving what is in the Indian Act, and amendments to the Indian Act, so we can make the process work more effectively for First Nations right across the country.”Penashue said he was involved in plans to hold a historic gathering between First Nations leaders and the prime minister.Atleo has indicated he believes the meeting will be pivotal moment in the relationship between First Nations and Canada and he expects the meeting to be a major step toward his stated mission to radically alter the structural and political relationship between Ottawa and First Nations.Penashue said he expects Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan will be open to Atleo’s proposals.“That the national chief is proposing a different route and a new initiative, that is something that has be looked at and I am sure the prime minister and the Aboriginal Affairs minister will look at it in that context,” said Penashue. “The assembly will decide what their national strategy is, their national chief says he is interested in abolishing the Indian Act, that is the assembly’s position (and) the government will take it and see how we can best deal with the Constitutional responsibilities.”Penashue spoke briefly to the chiefs on Wednesday, delivering a prepared message on behalf of Duncan, who was unable to attend.Atleo, playing a single beat on a drum, sang Penashue a prayer song.“I find it remarkable that in minister Penashue we have a former grand chief and deputy grand chief who is now a minister of the Crown and we welcome him and invite and welcome him back to the assembly that also belongs to him as an Innu man,” said Atleo.
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A Canadian oil and gas company says it’s working to reassure regulators that they can resume safe operations, two months after a massive oil spill at one of their offshore oil production sites.Work at the site of Husky Energy’s SeaRose production vessel has been halted since an estimated 250,000 litres of oil spilled into the ocean on Nov. 16 at the White Rose oilfield, about 350 kilometres off the coast of St. John’s, N.L.In a release on Friday, Husky says the company could begin flushing and leak testing of the central drill centre as early as this weekend, weather depending.Husky says it’s working with the coast guard, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, and other bodies to finalize a plan to recover the platform’s flowline connector and plug the flowline.The company submitted a preliminary report to the board in December, saying the initial release of oil occurred over 20 minutes when crews were troubleshooting a drop in flowline pressure, and a retest led to a second release lasting about 15 minutes.The spill, considered the largest in Newfoundland and Labrador’s history, has renewed calls for the government to take a fresh look at how the province regulates the offshore industry.The Canadian Press
Ambassador Yasushi Akashi, Representative of the Government of Japan on Peace- building, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, has appreciated the efforts of the new Government to achieve national reconciliation.He said this when he met the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Harsha de Silva in Japan, the Foreign Ministry said today. During the visit, the Deputy Minister also had bilateral discussion with his counterpart Hitoshi Kikawada, Parliamentary vice Minister for Foreign Affairs.They exchanged views on areas of mutual interest including trade, investment, development cooperation, maritime security and defense cooperation between the two countries. The Deputy Minister also met with Takayuki Ueda, Vice-Minister for International Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan. In response, Ambassador Akashi appreciated the efforts of the new Government to achieve national reconciliation and stated that that the Government of Japan would extend its fullest support to Sri Lanka in the reconciliation process. Dr. Harsha de Silva briefed Akashi on the measures being taken by the Government of Sri Lanka on the reconciliation process. Madam Yuko Obuchi, Secretary General of Japan-Sri Lanka Parliamentary League also called on the Deputy Minister during the visit and they discussed on the areas of mutual interest.The Deputy Minister also met with Hideaki Domichi, Senior Vice President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Satoshi Shimomura, Executive Vice President, and Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) and Norihiro Kono, President of Japan Information Technology Services Industry Association (JISA) and briefed on the favorable investment climate in Sri Lanka and invited foreign direct investments. Deputy Minister also attended the meeting arranged by Haruo Tanabe, Managing Director of Hitachi Corporation. The discussion was focused on advancing the Metro transportation and connectivity in the country. The Company highlighted the possibility of introducing Japanese Technology in the areas of Transportation, Communication and Power Systems and their willingness to enhance the cooperation with Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette)
The Ontario Provincial Police is looking for two women who stole a bracelet, necklace and a 65-year-old wedding ring from an elderly woman while she was wearing them.Police say the senior was pushing her walker on the sidewalk on Robinson St. in Simcoe when an older model, black vehicle stopped in front of her. Two females got out and approached the woman. They began removing a bracelet from her wrist, a necklace and the victim’s wedding ring. The duo gave the woman two large gold chains, got back inside their vehicle and fled the scene. Police believe a male was driving the get-away vehicle. OPP says the items are worth more than $3,000. The bracelet is described as yellow gold with emerald and diamond squares encircling the entire wrist. The necklace is a wide, yellow gold heart-shaped pendant, with diamond chips on the outline of a gold heart. The wedding band is 65-years-old and is a wide, yellow gold wedding band with diamond chips embedded on the outer edge of the entire ring.Anyone with information that could help police with this investigation is asked to contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
SINGAPORE – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Tuesday for countries negotiating a major Pacific Rim trade deal to overcome differences that have stalled its conclusion.Speaking in Singapore, Kerry said the so-called “Trans Pacific Partnership” would benefit the people of all nations involved and serve as a model for responsible global industry and commerce. His address at Singapore Management University comes just days after trade ministers failed to bridge final gaps and seal the accord at talks in Hawaii.Kerry acknowledged the difficulties in finalizing the deal, but said its completion would mark a major milestone for the international economy. The countries involved in the talks represent about 40 per cent of the global economy.“As with any complex negotiation … there remain details to be hashed out, but the reasons why each of the TPP countries is pressing on to work through tough negotiations or even some of the most sensitive areas of the negotiations are very, very clear,” Kerry said, touting the agreement as one which would improve working conditions and wages, raise environmental standards, combat corruption and protect intellectual property rights.“Because major economies are committing to TPP’s high standards, its influence will be felt not just in the region but beyond,” he said. “It will send a message to people within the TPP and outside of support for good governance, transparency, and accountability.”The TPP is a central element of the Obama administration’s efforts to boost U.S. influence in Asia and to serve as an economic counterweight to China.The negotiations, which failed Thursday at the talks in Hawaii, are aimed at erasing most tariffs and other barriers to trade and investment among participants. It would also clarify and standardize trade rules, making it easier for companies to sell goods and services in the Pacific Rim. The talks have addressed tariffs on autos, rice and dairy products, as well as intellectual property protections for pharmaceuticals.But critics have complained that the deal is being negotiated in secret and that it favours multinational corporations over workers and consumers.The agreement was proposed by Chile, New Zealand and Singapore in 2002, but Washington has taken the lead in promoting it since joining the talks in 2008. Participants include the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.To complement the eventual trade deal, Kerry also called for additional efforts to promote sustainable energy, and to combat climate change, which he said threatens the world’s prosperity.“Climate change is a danger to us all, but it is also an opportunity for us all to make the right choices,” he said.From Singapore, Kerry travels to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, later Tuesday to participate in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ annual security forum at which China’s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea will be a major focus, despite Chinese objections.Earlier Monday, Filipino Foreign Minister Albert del Rosario said the United States and the Philippines will call for a stop to island-building work, military deployments and other aggressive actions that raise tensions in the sea.As they have for several years, tensions between China and its smaller neighbours, including the Philippines, over maritime disputes will be a major topic of discussion. The U.S. takes no position in the disputes but wants them settled amicably and says it has a national security interest in maintaining stability in the region.China and five other claimants have competing claims to all or part of the South China Sea, home to rich fishing grounds, potentially significant mineral reserves and some of the world’s most crucial shipping lanes. China has been on an island-building spree in the disputed waters that has rattled its neighbours and strained relations between Washington and Beijing.U.S. officials say the meeting in Kuala Lumpur will be an opportunity for the Chinese to hear from many of the 10 ASEAN members, as well as Kerry, about the need for restraint.“There’s a broad consensus on the need to tap the brakes, so to speak, when it comes to exploitation or reclamation of the land features in the South China Sea,” one official said. “This is a forum where the Chinese will hear for themselves what their neighbours and their foreign partners think about both their activities and about their actions.”Last week, China’s Defence Ministry accused the U.S. of militarizing the South China Sea as Beijing makes increasingly bold moves to assert its claim to virtually all of the sea’s waters, islands and reefs.The rejoinder was prompted by comments critical of the island building by the head of the U.S. Pacific Command, who warned that such work undermines international norms that have long governed the global economy and political order.The Defence Ministry said U.S. close-in reconnaissance of Chinese armed forces, frequent military exercises and strengthened military alliances with the Philippines and other nations are raising tensions and creating risks of incidents in the air and at sea. by Matthew Lee, The Associated Press Posted Aug 4, 2015 12:40 am MDT Last Updated Aug 4, 2015 at 1:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Kerry pushes Asia trade agreement in Singapore before regional security meeting in Malaysia
For all the buzz about what Michael Phelps had not done, it is equally buzzing about what he accomplished on Tuesday in London. After a disappointing silver-medal placement in the 200-meter butterfly earlier Tuesday, Phelps returned to the water to anchor the history-making 200-freestyle relay team to the gold medal. The final 10 meters of the race were like the leaders of the Masters walking up the 18th fairway toward the green. It was a coronation.Phelps held onto a significant lead and delivered the United States another gold medal – the 15th of his career and the 19th time he has stood on an Olympic podiumHe’s now alone in the overall medal count, having broken a tie with Russian gymnast Larissa Latynina as the most-decorated athlete in the history of the Games.Phelps entered the night with 17 medals, wining silver in the 200-meter butterfly and then gold in the 4×200, swimming the two races a little over one hour apart.Shortly before Tuesday night’s swim meet, Latynina told Yahoo! Sports that the medals she also won as a coach still separate her from Phelps.“Do I think I am still the greatest Olympian?” she said in an interview translated by a Russian gymnastics federation official. “Why yes, but that is my opinion.“Why do I think this? Well, I did not only compete in three Olympic Games and won many medals, but the Soviet Union team had very great success when I was the coach.”Latynina won nine golds and 18 total medals in her career that spanned three Olympics, from 1956-64. The Soviet Union also claimed another 10 golds when she was coach during the 1970s. She also said Phelps has her respect.“It is special what he has done,” Latynina said.In a tribute to Phelps and recognizing the speed he showed in the 4×100 relay earlier in the games, U.S. coaches shuffled their 4×200 order, placing Phelps in the closing leg. It unfolded as dramatically as you would expect, with Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer and Ricky Berens giving Phelps a sizable lead going into the final 200-meters. Phelps went into the pool and was never challenged, stretching the lead in the first 150 meters and then going into the wall nearly 10-meters ahead of the French.
Courtesy of MCTThe LGBT rights movement seems to slowly but surely be making progress in the United States. Same-sex marriage is only legalized in nine states and the District of Columbia, but three of those states voted to legalize marriage in the 2012 elections. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court is currently debating the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, which both define marriage as only between a man and a woman.While many politicians, entertainment and TV personalities have revealed their homosexuality in recent years and have received widespread support from their peers, the world of sports, and in particular men’s sports, has not progressed as quickly.The civil rights movement toward LGBT acceptance within sports took a big step forward on Monday, when NBA center Jason Collins became the first active player to come out as gay in one of the four major U.S. professional sports leagues (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL).“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay,” Collins wrote to open a cover story for Sports Illustrated that was published online Monday.In one sentence, Collins broke a longstanding barrier within men’s professional team sports. While there have been athletes in all four major sports leagues to reveal their homosexuality after retiring from professional sports, none has come out with the intent of continuing their career in professional sports.“I didn’t set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport,” Collins wrote in Sports Illustrated. “But since I am, I’m happy to start the conversation.”Collins is a 12-year NBA veteran who has played for six different teams, has scored more than 2,500 points and grabbed more than 2,500 rebounds in his career, and is known for being a physical player — Collins led the NBA with 322 personal fouls for the 2004-05 season.Being gay didn’t stop him from doing any of that.There is one caveat in Collins’ status as an active professional athlete: he may never play another NBA game. As a member of two different teams (Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards) this season, he scored just 41 points in 38 games, and he will be a free agent this summer.It shouldn’t matter.The fact that Collins is revealing his homosexuality, having played in the NBA and still intending to play in the NBA, is a step forward in itself. Even more importantly, Collins has received support publicly from numerous current and former NBA star players, including Kobe Bryant, Jason Kidd, Shaquille O’Neal and Magic Johnson.“Jason’s sexuality doesn’t change the fact that he is a great friend and was a great teammate,” Kidd, who is currently a New York Knicks point guard and previously played for the New Jersey Nets with Collins, tweeted Monday.Collins’ supporters have ranged far and wide, also including Michelle Obama, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe and former Columbus Crew soccer player Robbie Rogers, who came out as gay in February but also retired simultaneously.Kluwe is the co-author of an amicus brief titled “Athletes’ Brief,” along with NFL linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo (who also tweeted his support for Collins on Monday), that was sent to the Supreme Court in March in petition opposing Proposition 8, and was signed by a number of professional athletes and sports-related figures who support marriage equality.The NFL has not had any active player come out as gay yet, but during an event at OSU on April 8, Kluwe said he thinks the issue will “blow over in a month or two” once one NFL player does come out as gay.“The first guy or guys that come out, yeah, there’s going to be some attention, but after that, no one will care,” Kluwe said. “Then it becomes, how well can you play football, which is the way it should be.”Now that a male professional athlete in a major sport has come out as gay, we get to find out whether the issue will “blow over” quickly.Earlier this month, Brittney Griner acknowledged her own homosexuality in an interview with Sports Illustrated after being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft.“I’ve always been open about who I am and my sexuality. So, it wasn’t hard at all. If I can show that I’m out and I’m fine and everything’s OK, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way,” Griner told Sports Illustrated.Griner’s acknowledgement did not receive nearly the attention that Collins’ story did on Monday. Women’s sports, however, has had a precedent of star athletes being openly gay, including three-time WNBA MVP Sheryl Swoopes and tennis legends Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova.Regardless of whether Collins plays another NBA game or not, his revelation has set that precedent for male professional athletes.Between Collins, Griner and Rogers all acknowledging their homosexuality within the past three months, the hope is that more professional athletes who are closeted homosexuals will feel comfortable being open about their own sexuality.Furthermore, the support they have received from not only the sports community, but the community at large, should provide an inspiration for LGBT athletes at all levels to embrace who they are, and know that there are many members of the community who will support them for being who they are.If the current trend continues, we may not be too far removed from a nation where being a homosexual athlete is no longer a story, and we will be able to focus simply upon how well an athlete, regardless of their sexuality, can play their sport. That is, like Kluwe said, the way it should be.
Updated at 12.15FORMER DERRY CITY boss Roddy Collins has said the personal nature of some of the attacks aimed at his family left him feeling “very upset” following his departure from the club.Speaking on Newstalk’s Off the Ball, Collins said the abuse had affected his family significantly.“My kids took a bit of abuse so I had to take them out of school. I can take stick, but when I see my kids and wife taking it, that galls me.“It was very difficult last week, because the kids were extremely upset and when they’re upset, I’m very upset. They’re my priority.”Collins was reluctant to go into too much detail about his departure, but absolved Derry chairman Philip O’Doherty from blame, calling him “an honest man” and the “best chairman I’ve ever worked with”.He called Derry a “fantastic club” but refused to say whether the players had shown him adequate support.“There are people within the game who have different agendas for their own gain,” he added. “Maybe they’re desperate to stay in the game. And they use whatever influence they have to undermine a manager or assistant manager. They’re the ones that won’t sleep at night. I have no problem sleeping at night.”He insisted that he had done a reasonable job at Derry under the circumstances, explaining that the side were hampered by a difficult early-season fixture list.He also suggested his unwillingness to bow to the demands of outside influences may have cost him his job and added that he was keen to continue in football management.“I have great belief in what I do — I’ll never pick a team on the advice of supporters or the media, and that’s probably the sword I fell on.“I’m ready to go. I believe I’ve done nothing wrong. I don’t doubt my own ability.“If an opportunity arrives [in management], I’m ready to go straight back in.”Listen to the full interview here>Ledwith and North on target as Sligo win in Athlone>Cork City keep title run on track with win in Limerick>
There are less than two weeks until the 2014 Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas—but if you’d like a preview of what’s on schedule for this year, you can check out the trade show program online now. Click here to visit the Commodity Classic website and view the booklet so you can mark your calendar for the Early Riser, “What’s New” sessions, evening entertainment and other events you’d like to attend.Also, see maps of the trade show floor and a list of exhibitors and speakers.
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17 Photos DC Comics Marvel Batman The Avengers Avengers: Endgame is a thrilling sequel to every MCU… Would Joe Russo take Batman back down the Christian Bale route? DC Comics/Ron Phillips Avengers: Endgame co-director Joe Russo wouldn’t mind a trip to Gotham City’s mean streets.Russo, who directed the MCU mega-hit with his brother Anthony, was happy to answer a fan’s query about which DC character he’d like to direct. The query came during a Q&A session with our sister site Comicbook.com on Sunday.”As far as what I collected as a kid, I collected Batman. [That] was one of the DC characters I collected,” Russo said. “So it would have to be Batman.”The Caped Crusader’s next cinematic outing, The Batman, is expected to open in 2021 from director Matt Reeves. Ben Affleck, who played the character in Batman vs Superman, Suicide Squad and Justice League, won’t be returning to the role.His nemesis, the Joker, will get a solo outing in October.Russo didn’t make any more comments about his DC hopes, but did offer some MCU tidbits — apparently some drafts of Endgame predecessor Avengers: Infinity War gave us more of archvillain Thanos’ past. 3:14 “You saw him as a child, you saw him try to convince his planet that it was doomed and recommend that they randomly kill half the population to save the planet,” the director told Comicbook.com. “He gets sent to a prison off-planet and eventually watches the planet destroy itself.”This 10-minute sequence wasn’t in the movie, but Russo noted that he pitched these details to Josh Brolin so the actor could have them in mind as he crafted the character.First published at 3:18 a.m. PT.Updated at 4:06 a.m. PT: Adds more Batman details, Thanos angle. Now playing: Watch this: Tags Every Batman that matters, ranked TV and Movies Comics Share your voice null 0