Mr, Mrs, Miss… and Mx

first_imgMailOnline 3 May 2015A new gender neutral title ‘Mx’ is to join the honorifics ‘Mr, Mrs, Miss and Ms’ on driving licences and other official documents, the first change to officially recognised titles in decades.Royal Mail, high street banks, government departments and some universities all now accept Mx which is used by transgender people or other individuals who do not identify with a particular gender.The title has been added, without fanfare, to official forms and databases and is under consideration by the Oxford English Dictionary for inclusion in its next edition.Assistant editor of the dictionary, Johnathan Dent, was quoted by the Sunday Times as saying the move towards Mx was a sign of the English language’s ability to adapt to an ever-changing society.He explained it was the first time in recent history that commonly used and accepted titles had changed.Mr Dent was quoted as saying it showed the way English could adapt to people’s needs, rather than letting language dictate identity. read more

MassKara gun ban? City council says ‘no’

first_imgBACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio Leonardiaand Police Colonel Henry Biñas, the director of the Bacolod City Police Office(BCPO), agreed there is a need to impose a total gun ban during the MassKaraFestival month of October. Also, according to Espino, a gun ban“does not diminish the actual threat or imminent danger on the life of a personpermitted by law to carry a firearm…” The 40th MassKara Festival will openon Oct. 7. In an approved resolution authored byCouncilor Al Victor Espino, it stressed that while “it is the policy of theState to maintain peace and order and         protectpeople against violence, the State also recognizes the right of its qualifiedcitizens to self-defense through, when it is the reasonable means to repelunlawful aggression under the circumstances, the use of firearms.” The word “MassKara” is a portmanteau,coined by the late artist Ely Santiago from mass(a multitude of people), and the Spanish word cara (face), thus forming MassKara(a multitude of faces). It also stressed that it is easier totract and apprehend gun-licensed citizens than those who illegally possess orcarry loose firearms. The gun ban, according to the SPresolution, only restricts gun-licensed citizens and not those who illegallypossess or carry firearms.center_img Bacolod City is gearing up to celebrate its world-renowned MassKara Festival on Oct. 18. The term “MassKara” is a coined word that means a multitude or mass of happy faces. SIGRIDSAYS.COM However, the Sangguninag Panlungsoddisagreed. The word is also a pun on maskara, Filipino for “mask” (itselffrom Spanish máscara), since it is aprominent feature of the festival and are always adorned with smiling faces,giving rise to Bacolod being called the “City of Smiles.”/PN Festival sites include the BacolodPublic Plaza, the Lacson Tourism Strip and the Bacolod Government Center. This year’s festivities, with the theme “Bacolod, City of Smiles,”will run until Oct. 27.last_img read more

Sr. Lavonne Long O.S.F.

first_imgSr. Lavonne Long, formerly Sr. Francis David, age 96 of the Srs. of St. Francis in Oldenburg, died Friday, June 16, 2018 at the convent.  Born May 1, 1922 in Rushville, Indiana, she is the daughter of Nora (Nee: Mullins) and David Long and was the youngest of three children.Growing up, Sr. Lavonne was close to her father who was an exceptional husband and conscientious citizen, however his lack of religious affiliation greatly concerned her.  When she was old enough to question him about the matter, he responded, “I just have to be good to others.”Religion was not an issue in the Long family until Sr. Lavonne decided to enter the Franciscan community following graduation from Rushville High School and a year at Marian College in Indianapolis.  She recalled, “The most difficult part of the seven years separation from her family that followed was knowing that she was the instrument of pain to those she loved most.”  She and her father would eventually reconcile and he was baptized into the Catholic faith on his death bed.With degrees in education, English and certificates for administration and guidance counseling, she began her teaching career in 1945.  After 11 years at schools in Indiana and Ohio, she began teaching  English at Scecina High School in Indianapolis and quickly developed a love for Scecina.  In 1964 however, she was named principal at St. Mary’s Academy, also in Indianapolis. She welcomed the opportunity in 1973 to return to Scecina, where she served as guidance director until 1995.  For the next 15 years she served as an administrative assistant with the school, retiring to the motherhouse in 2010.She served on the Marian University Board of Trustees from 1995 – 2001.  In 2011, the university bestowed upon her the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity in recognition of her extraordinary contributions to education.  Upon retiring, she commented, “I’ve always tried to stress to students that we can all be of service to others.  I think that came from my dad’s belief of just being good to others.  I’ve tried to do that.  I hope my life has stood for my desire to become more closely united with my Lord.  That’s my ultimate goal.”She is survived by nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by sister Lucille Carroll and brother Richard Long.  Visitation is Tuesday, June 19th, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the convent chapel in Oldenburg.  Funeral services follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Gerald Kirkkoff officiating and burial in the convent cemetery.  Weigel Funeral Home, Batesville, Indiana, is in charge of arrangements.  Memorials may be made to the Srs. of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, Indiana, 47036 ( read more

Senior point guard Frank Howard is playing the best basketball of his career

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Thirty minutes before tip-off, down a hallway in the bowels of the Spectrum Center, Frank Howard corralled his teammates in a circle. He shook his arm and raised it in the air. He nodded his head.Before Syracuse’s 84-72 loss to Duke, he stood, a little sweaty, ready to lead the Orange onto the floor with a chance to beat the third-seeded Blue Devils for the second time this season. As usual, he led layup lines and shot first, always a floater off the glass.All season, he’s been that figure, the one to rally the team together. On the court, he leads pre- and mid-game huddles. He’s the lone vocal leader on a team of mostly introverts. He knew a second-straight game without Tyus Battle meant he’d have to push forward.Then he turned it on. Howard, a senior, scored a career-high 28 points in SU’s (20-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) ACC tournament quarterfinal loss to Duke (27-5, 14-4). As the crowd gasped with Zion Williamson’s breakaway dunks and steals, Howard quietly assembled a career night by scoring, racking up a pair of steals, contesting shots at the top of the zone and shooting 4-for-9 from deep to extend the SU offense. He nearly matched Williamson’s game-high 29 points.In the absence of junior guard Battle, who’s likely to return for the NCAA Tournament next week, Howard attacked the basket with more frequency and power. The two conference tournament games represented Howard at his best: a true floor general who can score. Stripped away of his previous turnover and scoring issues, and stripped away of the perception that he’s an on-and-off leader, Howard showed the best of himself.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“This is how I got here in the summer, able to attack, hit shots at this rate,” he said on Thursday. “I really feel comfortable now. I wasn’t able to find my rhythm earlier in the year.”Howard’s showing against the Blue Devils followed-up an 18-point outing against Pittsburgh a day prior. He showed again why he’s the best perimeter defender on the team. He closed out on shooters, picked up a pair of steals, made passes more difficult and positioned himself to close off driving lanes. He attacked the basket with less hesitation, and he stepped into a few shots with no second-guessing. The mid-range pull-up, the 3-point shot — both were there.In the final games of his college career, Howard has turned himself into the player he showed he could be. Glenn Farello, Howard’s coach at Paul VI (Virginia) High School, noticed Howard shooting more with his legs. He’s become the scorer those around him predicted.He has established himself as an engine of the offense, a characteristic he developed last March and flashed this year. He’s not near last season’s average (14.4 points per game), and his field goal percentage is down slightly. But after the Duke game, his points per outing jumped from 8.2 to 8.9.“I try to be confident regardless,” he said of his earlier struggles this year, “but I feel much better now.”Injuries have obscured his career. While playing in an AAU tournament, he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. At SU, he’s had two surgeries, to his groin and ankle. The latter came last fall and forced him to miss significant time early this season. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said he rarely missed shots last summer.This was supposed to be the year he built on his junior campaign. Instead, he finished some games as a non-factor, including two conference games in which he didn’t score. During the final three regular-season games, he scored a grand total of 15 points.The long stretches where Howard wasn’t able to do much ate at him, he and his father, Jonathan, said. He knew he could do more. An Eastern Conference NBA scout recently called him a “project at the point guard position for years.” Several NBA scouts said he will not get a chance to play in the NBA. “He’s got an intriguing physical profile,” another scout said, “but not the IQ. He can’t shoot.”That was before the last two games. He’s increased his workload with assistant coach Gerry McNamara, a former SU guard, with a focus on playing downhill. Attacking the rim. Flowing into shots versus catching and shooting as if they’re unattached movements. Howard and the Orange believe that, at his full self, he can score 20 points and limit his turnovers. He turned over the ball six times against Duke, so his outing wasn’t perfect. But he remains committed to taking shots in the flow of the game.“I think he’s more of a scorer now than he has been in a long time, and this is what I thought he would do early in the year until he got hurt,” Boeheim said on Thursday. “This is the way he was shooting the ball. Going into the tournament, getting Tyus back, that gives us a little bit more offense back there.”Howard is, more often than not, placed in one of two categories: the kick-start to the offense who works in tandem with Battle and the turnover-prone, irrelevant scoring guard that scouts have cast aside. The kick-start has been to a Final Four and the Sweet 16 and appeared in Charlotte for his last conference tournament.With only an NCAA Tournament run left, he has one last shot to leave a legacy at Syracuse. His rebirth could coincide with the most important of his career.“I finally got my body right to feel comfortable to attack,” Howard said. “That’s just what I’ve been trying to do: get in the lane and make some plays. I’ve been feeling really good getting back to my normal self taking control of some games.” Published on March 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more