– Advertisement – The presidential election undoubtedly matters—but so do the smaller races. Every win is worth celebrating. Colorado elected its first openly bisexual candidate to the state legislature in David Ortiz. Notably, Ortiz is also the state’s first wheelchair user elected to the legislature.Lesbian Episcopal pastor Kim Jackson made history in becoming the first openly LGBTQ member of Georgia’s state senate. Also in the South, Tennessee elected Torrey Harris to the state house, where he will become the first openly LGBTQ member. In Oklahoma, Mauree Turner won a historic race as well. Turner will become the first openly nonbinary person elected to a state legislature in the entire country. Turner is also the first Muslim lawmaker in the Oklahoma legislature. More than 500 openly LGBTQ people were on the ballot. Transgender, nonbinary, and queer people are taking up much-deserved and much-needed space in our elected offices all over this nation. Why does that matter so much? Because in the rush to paint all voters or people in a certain state as irredeemable or uneducated, the reality is, there are progressive activists on the ground all across this nation who are doing the work every single day. And some of those people are being elected. That’s incredible. Politically, of course, and in terms of visibility. Seeing an openly transgender elected official, or an openly queer woman of color, or an openly gay person with disabilities, and so on, can be truly life-changing for young people anywhere, but especially in places where LGBTQ folks face additional barriers of oppression and discrimination.- Advertisement – Want to look at races outside of the Northeast? Excellent. First, we can chat about an enormous win coming out of Kansas, where Stephanie Byers, a member of Chickasaw Nation, became the first openly transgender member of the Kansas state legislature, as well as the first openly transgender person of color elected to a state legislature. Not just to the Kansas state legislature, but any state legislature. Again: History. Some good news came out of Florida, too. Shevrin Jones was just elected to become Florida’s first openly LGBTQ state senator. Not long after his win, Jones was joined by a candidate for the New York state senate, Jabari Brisport. And don’t forget about Michele Rayner-Goolsby, who also carried an important victory home in Florida. Rayner-Goolsby has become the first openly LGBTQ Black woman elected to the House of Representatives in Florida.- Advertisement –
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Crowley Alaska Tankers, part of the Crowley Maritime Corporation, has signed an agreement to purchase three tankers from SeaRiver Maritime, ExxonMobil’s U.S. marine affiliate, and charter them back to SeaRiver under varying multi-year terms.The deal is, however, subject to regulatory approval.“Key to ensuring the success of this transaction and ongoing operations will be obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals to serve the Alaska and West Coast markets. Crowley will work together with regulators to ensure a seamless transition and continued safe operations,” the company saidThe tankers in question are Liberty Bay and Eagle Bay, each of which have a capacity of 800,000 barrels and transport crude from Alaska to West Coast refineries; and the tanker SR American Progress, which has a capacity of 342,000 barrels and transports refined petroleum between U.S. Gulf and East Coast ports.“We have an excellent safety record, which we intend to uphold,” said Rob Grune, Crowley senior vice president and general manager, petroleum services.“Last year, for example, we transported 410 million barrels of product and made 4,868 product transfers with zero spills to environment – a credit to our professional, safety-minded crews and management systems.”“We anticipate a smooth transition with SeaRiver crews, and look forward to personally welcoming them to the Crowley team,” said Rudy Leming, Crowley vice president of labor relations.By the end of 2017, Crowley will be operating 37 Jones Act qualified large petroleum transportation vessels in the United States with a combined capacity of more than 10 million barrels. Among this tank vessel fleet are a tanker and an articulated-tug-barge (ATB) already on charter to SeaRiver.
Arminta was detained in the lockupcell of Police Station 1, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, orthe Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN Police officers served the warrantissued by Judge Domingo Casiple Jr. of the Regional Trial Court Branch 68 inDumangas, Iloilo dated July 16. Bacolod City – Police arrested a drug suspect in Barangay 12. The 43-year-old Charles Arminta ofTagaytay City was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant on Nov. 25, apolice report showed.
Former Everton forward Tim Cahill was the hero for his Australia side as he netted a brace to end Syria’s World Cup hopes in their playoff tie.Australia and Syria had played 1-1 in the first leg ahead the former’s home leg but It was their less fancied guests who took a shock lead through Omar Al Somah’s 6th minute strike. Tim Cahill soon restored parity for the hosts seven minute later and thereafter seized control of the game.The Syrians defended stoutly until fulltime meaning they had to opt for extra time to separate the two teams with scores at 1-1. The minnows were however dealt a crucial blow with four minutes of extra time gone when Mahmoud Al Moawas was given his marching orders after two yellow cards.Tim Cahill thereafter scored his second goal to edge Australia 2-1 ahead but the Syrians could have taken the game into penalties but Al Somah’s freekick hit the post as Australia ran out 3-2 winners on aggregate.Australia have now qualified for the CONCACAF/AFC playoff and will meet USA, Panama or Honduras. Related