Gay ExNFL Player Wade Davis Trying To Help Others

Former NFL cornerback Wade Davis played for three teams in his four-year NFL career. He did not make much of an impact on the field, however after coming out as gay, he has been quite productive off the field.Davis’ work with lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender or questioning youth has helped him find an avenue to make a much larger influence than he ever made as a player.“I started to realize that — you know what? —  there’s an opportunity here for me to really make and effect change, not only within myself but in the world.” Davis told SBNation’s Amy Nelson.“I think, subconsciously, I understood that being gay . . . the way I was raised. . . was wrong, and there was no way that my family, at least in my mind, would accept me. And also that my football family would [not] accept me, just because of the perception of being gay meant that you’re less masculine.”Davis, who played for the Washington Redskins, Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks, said sharing a locker room with heterosexual players was not a treat. “I never even remotely got aroused in the locker room,” he said. “You just want to be one of the guys, and you don’t want to lose that sense of family. Your biggest fear is that you’ll lose that camaraderie and family.”While Davis is comfortable with his sexuality, he still showed some hesitation when asked if a non-star NFL player could ever come out as gay. Davis said, “I’ll be flat-out honest with you, it probably shouldn’t be if he wants to keep his job. If he’s a free agent who’s fighting for his job, maybe he shouldn’t. I don’t want to tell someone to give up their lifelong dream of playing in the NFL.”Davis suddenly changed his mind. “You know what?” he said. “Yes, it should be. Screw it. I don’t want to be in the business of telling anybody they cant live their life authentically.”He works now as a staff member at the Hetrick-Martin Institute for LGBTQ youth in New York City. “It’s a one-stop shop for not only gay and lesbian youth,  but also non-conforming youth, to find really great services and a sense of family, if they don’t have that,” he said. “I tell people often that I’m living my second dream, because I get to do a job every day that really changes lives.” read more

Former Bahamian Senator in Police Custody one more night arraignment Friday

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 20, 2017 – Nassau – Former PLP Senator, Frank Smith will spend a second night in police custody after his day in court today was delayed to tomorrow. Smith was reportedly interrogated by Police and was today escorted into the courthouse, wearing a dark coloured suit, looking clean shaven but handcuffed at the back and with head upright for a late afternoon session but his file was not ready.This means it is one more night in a police jail cell and a return to court tomorrow for the former chairman of the Public Hospitals Authority.   Frank Smith’s attorney, Damian Gomez, QC expressed shock at the fact that the file on Smith was not ready and told one media house that it was a veiled attempt to prevent a bail application for Mr. Smith.Smith has been in custody since Wednesday at 11am, he is due to return to court where Joyann Ferguson-Pratt is Chief Magistrate, tomorrow at 11am and was accompanied at court by his wife, father in law Sir Franklyn Wilson and mother in law, former President of the Senate and judge herself, Sharon Wilson.   While there is speculation of the impending charges against Smith, in court tomorrow is where we will know for sure what his alleged crimes are.#MagneticMediaNews#FrankSmithincustody Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#FrankSmithincustody, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Infosys wont be affected even if more top executives exit NR Narayana

first_imgInfosys won’t be affected even if more top executives exit: NR Narayana Murthy2.8K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Infosys won’t be affected even if more top executives exit: NR Narayana Murthy2.8K viewsBusinessBangalore, June 15 (ANI): NR Narayana Murthy while addressing last AGM as the Infosys chairman, said that Infosys has enough senior managers to run the business even if more executives leave, after a spate of staff exits triggered concerns about a leadership vacuum. Murthy played down the departure of at least 11 senior executives since he was brought back from retirement in June last year to help regain market share, saying some of them were low performers. Infosys shareholders are betting on Vishal Sikka, who will take over on August 1 from current CEO SD Shibulal, to turnaround the company by tapping opportunities in new technology areas including cloud computing and mobility.Ventuno Web Player 4.50Bangalore, June 15 (ANI): NR Narayana Murthy while addressing last AGM as the Infosys chairman, said that Infosys has enough senior managers to run the business even if more executives leave, after a spate of staff exits triggered concerns about a leadership vacuum. Murthy played down the departure of at least 11 senior executives since he was brought back from retirement in June last year to help regain market share, saying some of them were low performers. Infosys shareholders are betting on Vishal Sikka, who will take over on August 1 from current CEO SD Shibulal, to turnaround the company by tapping opportunities in new technology areas including cloud computing and mobility.last_img read more

Working to restore rule of law democracy Kamal

first_imgKamal Hossain. Photo: The Indian ExpressJatiya Oikya Front leader and Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain in an interview with The Indian Express said that he has been working to restore the rule of law and democracy in Bangladesh.When asked if he is the principal challenger, “I am no challenger. I am just an 80-year-old man… I am just working to restore the rule of law, democracy in the country,” he told the Indian daily newspaper.Sitting at his third-floor lawyer’s chamber in Dhaka’s Motijheel area, Kamal said, “I am waiting for the election day. The election day is a liberation day. It will be second liberation day if it’s free and fair election,” he added.Just minutes earlier, four days before the country goes to polls, a couple of senior policemen came to his chamber, to express concern over his security.“Police officials told me that they were concerned about my security. They will provide security at my chamber and house if necessary,” Kamal said.But, this octogenarian is not giving up his fight.That’s what he has done for over five decades of his life — from being a lawyer to Hasina’s father Mujibur Rahman in 1968 to being the opposition alliance leader, challenging Hasina’s 10-year rule in the upcoming elections.As a 31-year-old, he defended Mujibur Rahman in the Agartala conspiracy case in 1968 against the then Pakistan government.After Bangladesh was liberated in 1971, he was the first law minister of the country and headed the constitution drafting committee, and is regarded as the architect of Bangladesh’s constitution in 1972.He also served as the country’s foreign minister, when he held parleys with Sardar Swaran Singh and was key to Bangladesh joining the UN in 1974.“I was just practising law when BNP’s (Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s) secretary general Fakhrul Islam came to meet me a few months ago and asked me to lead the front. I was aware of what was happening throughout the country, so I agreed,” he said calmly, talking about his becoming the leader of the opposition alliance. He was referring to the crackdown against civil society activists and journalists, as well as the opposition, in the last few months.The BNP, whose leader Khaleda Zia has been in jail since February this year over corruption charges, has stitched up a rainbow coalition, with Kamal at the helm of affairs. Khaleda’s son Tarique Rahman also faces life imprisonment. He has been living in London for a decade.But, over the hour-long conversation with The Indian Express, Kamal also expressed his discomfort towards the BNP’s track record with India as well its decision to field 22 members of the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.“I am sorry to say that fielding ex-Jamaat people is stupid. I had given it in writing that there will be no support to Jamaat, no bringing in religion, fundamentalism, extremism, and so on,” he said, with a sense of frustration at realpolitik.“Had I known (that Jamaat leaders will be given BNP tickets), I would not have been part of it, but I will not stay a single day if these people have any role in the future government,” he told The Indian Express on Wednesday.On BNP’s poor track record with India, he said, “BNP has told India that we have been wrong. When Khaleda Zia went to India, she told them. It was part of their rehabilitation process, she began to correct (the position).”On politics in Bangladesh and other parts of South Asia, he says, “Why should we have dynasties ruling our part of the world? Look at Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka.”The BNP is also helmed by the Zia family.Kamal, who is the only still-active member of the Mujibur Rahman cabinet, recalled of his equation with India: “I had a great equation with Indira Gandhi and her foreign minister Swaran Singh. We discussed the knotty issue of land boundary with so much ease.”He recalled the “joy of building a nation” after the 1971 liberation war, the development of Bangladesh from a province to a country, saying, “The foreign ministry was in two rooms in InterContinental hotel, and the law ministry did not have enough books, so we had to bring our own personal collection to consult law books.”He said they improvised, and it was an “exciting time”. But, he said that independence meant that the government belonged to the people, according to Article 7 of the Bangladesh constitution, which he proudly drafted, along with others.“Right now, democracy is compromised, and democracy is critically important. Independence is meaningful when there are free and fair elections,” he said.Wearing a black suit and surrounded by his books on law, he said, “Our people have to recover the ownership of the country. So, this election is about recovering the state from the usurper.”On his alliance with the BNP, he said, “Such unity of forces has happened earlier as well. For Bangladeshis, the appeal to unity has had resonance. That the country belongs not to a particular party or a family.”On what his role would be if the opposition came to power and whether he would become prime minister or not, he said, “I don’t say yes or no… but I am committed to participate in the democratic processes, with no designation, no salary.”He said he seeks to end “narrow partisanship of police and administration”, adding, “there is beautiful Bangla word for it, doliyokoron.”“Look at the police, what are they doing? Policemen have become doliyo lathiyas (party’s soldiers)…”During all five decades of his career, he said, he has not seen as many arrests as he has this time.“A total dictator,” he said, without naming Hasina even once during the hour-long conversation.“We need real cooperation with India. India’s enlightened self interest should look at our own interest,” he said, as he indicated that India has been leaning towards Hasina’s Awami League.He also had a word of advice for future governments in Dhaka and Delhi on cooperation, including on transit rights and access to ports.“Some of this should be done in a more transparent manner, (things like) who negotiated and what is negotiated… The legitimacy is in question, but any reasonable Bangladeshi will accept them. But there is a feeling that India niye nilo (India has taken something).”Someone who loves poetry and reading fiction, including Indian Booker Prize winner Arundhati Roy, Hossain is also friends with former president Pranab Mukherjee and former NSA Shiv Shankar Menon. “But, I have not had any discussions with them for a year now. Maybe after the elections, I should go and discuss things,” he ended.last_img read more

62 sacks of VGF rice seized

first_img.Sixty two sacks of rice meant for distribution among poor people under the Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) programme were seized in Tarash upazila of Sirajganj on Monday, reports UNB.Upazila Nirbahi Officer Iffat Jahan said 69 sacks of VGF rice were allocated for the poor and helpless people of ward-2 of Tarash municipality on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.However, councilor Bakul Hossain distributed only seven sacks of rice among them and sold the remaining 62 sacks in the black market.Receiving the information, the UNO conducted a drive and recovered the VGF rice, he said, adding that the seized rice was kept at the government silo.last_img read more

Agape Embassy Ministries hosts Annual Community Fair

first_imgAgape Embassy Ministries, 5775 Barclays Dr., Suite 7, is scheduled to host their annual community fair on Sept. 23 from noon – 4 p.m. The fair will feature food, music, rides and games for the Kingstowne community. The event is free and open to all ages.last_img