A valedictorian’s speech was barred as too political, so he gave it outside through a bullhorn

first_imgChristian Bales(COVINGTON, Ky.) — A high school valedictorian in Kentucky praised the fight for stronger gun laws by school-shooting survivors in Florida, and applauded his classmates for participating in an anti-abortion march, saying students should “continue to utilize our voices.”The only problem was that Holy Cross High School valedictorian Christian Bales gave his commencement address through a bullhorn outside the graduation venue after officials with the local Catholic diocese ruled that parts of his speech was too political and not in keeping with church teachings.Student Council President Katherine Frantz at the Catholic school in Covington, Kentucky, was barred from giving her graduation speech at the ceremony as well.A spokesman for the Diocese of Covington said parts of the two students’ speeches were political and inconsistent with Catholic teaching.“When the proposed speeches were received, they were found to contain elements that were political and inconsistent with the teaching of the Catholic Church,” Fitzgerald said in a statement.He also said the student speakers missed a deadline for submitting their speeches for review.Bales, 18, suggested that the diocese’s decision may have stemmed from his and Frantz’s being known as outspoken on social issues.“We have been two huge advocates for social reform in our community, which has likely put us on the radar for the diocese,” Bales told ABC affiliate WCPO-TV in Cincinnati.Bales is an openly gay student who said he plans to major in biology in the fall at the University of Louisville, where he has an academic scholarship.Bales’ mother, Gillian Marksberry, said the students were notified of the decision not to allow them to speak about 10 hours before Friday night’s graduation at the Connor Convocation Center at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, near Covington.Marksberry said she found the decision “shocking” and felt “very, very emotional” that her son was barred from giving his address.But Bales and Frantz would not be silenced.Following the commencement ceremony, they gave their speeches outside the auditorium through a bullhorn, surrounded by fellow graduates and their families.Marksberry said, “We don’t want to be vindictive. We don’t want to be vengeful. That’s not what this is about. He’s earned the right to have a voice.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

St Anthony’s Triathlon cancelled

first_img Related The St Anthony’s Triathlon, known for its scenic views along St Petersburg’s downtown waterfront in Florida, is being cancelled this year. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is the cause for the cancellation.The event was originally scheduled to run across the weekend of April 25 to April 26. Next year’s event has been scheduled for April 23-25, 2021.“Providing for the health and safety of our athletes, volunteers and community is the top priority of St. Anthony’s Hospital,” said St. Anthony’s President Scott Smith. “After assessing many event scenarios, we decided that it was in the best interest of our athletes and the community to cancel the 2020 events.“We are grateful to all of our athletes, volunteers and sponsors for their patience and continued support as we worked to make this difficult decision.”The event weekend was postponed when the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) determined earlier this year that large gatherings should not take place. Since that time, the organizers have been working with the city of St Petersburg to find new dates.“We are grateful to city officials for their help and patience as we discussed how to stage a safe event,” said Patrick McGee, Triathlon Manager and Race Director. “We will continue to work with the city as we establish best practices and procedures to ensure a safe and successful return to racing.”A number of options are available to participants who registered for the 2020 events:Defer to the 38th annual race weekend, which is scheduled April 23-25, 2021. Once the request for deferral is made, the event team will move the registration to next year’s race.If add-ons, such as a parking pass, VIP passes, photo packages and post-race massages were purchased, those will be a part of the participant’s account when registering for the 2021 event.USA Triathlon (USAT) will contact participants about one-day license or membership fee options using the email address on the athlete’s RunSignup account.Refunds can be requested if the participant registered for the 2020 event. Refunds are not available to any participant who already had deferred from any race in or prior to 2019. Refund requests must be made by August 1, 2020.Registration fees can be donated to the St Anthony’s Hospital Foundation to help St Anthony’s team members in the fight again the COVID-19 pandemic.The event organizers will work with sponsors and vendors who were scheduled to be at the three-day Sports & Fitness Expo.www.SATriathlon.comlast_img read more

Escambia County needs a judge

first_imgThe First Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Escambia County bench, created by the appointment of Judge John Simon to the circuit court.Applicants must have been members of the Bar for the preceding five years, registered voters, and reside in Escambia County.Applications are available at www.floridabar.org. An original and 14 copies of the completed application must be received by Sally Fox, JNC chair, 30 South Spring Street, Pensacola 32502, no later than noon on November 21. Per the Governor’s instructions, applications should be printed on three-ring-hole-punched paper and should not be bound. Potential applicants who have questions may contact the chair at (850) 433-6581.Interviews are tentatively scheduled for December 19-20 at the court administration conference room on the fifth floor of the Escambia County Judicial Center in Pensacola. November 1, 2011 Regular News Escambia County needs a judgecenter_img Escambia County needs a judgelast_img read more

Udall, Congress Successfully Push Treasury To Correct Exclusion Of Tribally-Owned Businesses From Paycheck Protection Program

first_imgU.S. Sen. Tom UdallU.S. SENATE News:SANTA FE — U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) issued the following statement Friday after the U.S. Department of Treasury, Small Business Administration (SBA) reversed its initial CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) eligibility rule that excluded Tribally-owned small businesses with revenue from gaming operations.Many Tribes depend on the businesses they own and operate to fund essential services in Indian Country because Tribal governments, unlike state and local governments, do not have a traditional tax base. Udall and Senate Democrats have pressed for Treasury and SBA to reverse this position: Udall sent a letter on April 8th to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza, and spoke with Mnuchin by phone April 18, urging Treasury and SBA to adhere to congressional intent and include Tribally-owned businesses in the PPP.“I am relieved that the SBA is correcting its harmful initial guidance which unfairly excluded a significant number of Tribally-owned businesses from the Paycheck Protection Program. I personally urged Secretary Mnuchin to change this policy, and I am glad that Treasury is listening to our calls and adhering to Congress’ unambiguous intent,” Udall said. “Tribal businesses are some of the biggest employers and income generators for both the Tribal and non-Tribal communities they serve, and these government-owned enterprises fund essential services to their communities, like health care, education, and public safety needs. Because Tribes do not have a traditional tax base to generate government revenue for essential services, it is absolutely critical that all Tribal business under 500 employees – including gaming enterprises –  are deemed eligible for PPP loans.“Unfortunately, the delay in reversing SBA’s erroneous guidance has already put Tribal businesses at a disadvantage at a time of immense need. Once again, the Trump administration’s inability or unwillingness to understand the unique needs of Native communities has set Indian Country back. The entire Trump administration must make a greater effort to listen to and include Tribes in the COVID-19 response moving forward – and the administration must be more cognizant of congressional intent, more effective in distributing funding in an equitable and competent way to Native communities, and better-educated about our shared federal trust responsibility to Indian Country.”last_img read more

Axalta Appoints New Executive Leaders

first_imgFrom BodyShop BusinessAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementBarry SnyderAxalta Coating Systems has named Barry Snyder as senior vice president and chief operations and supply chain officer. Robert Roop has also been promoted to vice president and chief technology officer, effective immediately. The two leaders will drive Axalta’s commitment to innovation and growth in their new roles. Snyder will continue to serve on Axalta’s leadership team, while Roop will be added to the leadership team, both reporting directly to Axalta CEO Robert Bryant.“We are excited about these two new moves on Axalta’s leadership team and are proud to be able to promote from within our organization,” said Bryant. “Barry’s contributions as Axalta’s chief technology officer for the past four-plus years have helped the company continue as the innovation leader in our industry and have supported our growth globally. Our technology organization is as strong as it has ever been thanks to Barry’s commitment and drive to keep Axalta on the leading edge. Barry shares my commitment to operating Axalta’s sites safely and efficiently and to driving operational excellence throughout our organization. We are thrilled to have him in this role.Advertisement“Robert has been a critical strategic leader in Axalta’s technology organization for the past 10 years. His technical expertise combined with strong business acumen will make him an outstanding new chief technology officer as we continue to focus on differentiating ourselves through innovations that our customers want. Robert is committed to the development of a pipeline of new products and services to meet our customers’ evolving needs, and I look forward to working with him to realize our technology goals.”Snyder was previously senior vice president and chief technology officer of Axalta. Before joining Axalta, Snyder was senior vice president and chief innovation officer at Orion Engineered Carbons, where he was responsible for global R&D and quality assurance. From 2008 through 2012, Snyder was vice president, marketing and technology and chief technology officer at H.B. Fuller Company, where he oversaw 15 laboratories on four continents. At Celanese from 2007-2008, he was global technology director for the company’s emulsions and polyvinyl alcohol division. From 1990 to 2006, he held a number of positions of increasingly broad scope and responsibility at Rohm and Haas. Snyder holds a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Harvard University, an M.B.A. from Temple University and B.S. and M.S degrees in chemistry from Emory University.AdvertisementRoop has been with Axalta since 2013 in expanding roles of responsibility in the technology organization. He began at Axalta as technology director, North America and most recently served as vice president, technology development for the company’s refinish and industrial businesses. Prior to those roles, Roop spent more than 20 years in technology and operations positions at DuPont in various polymer and chemical businesses, including DuPont Performance Coatings. Roop received a B.S. in chemical engineering from West Virginia University and holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University.last_img read more