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Bill to limit flags over Iowa government buildings after transgender flag flown

first_imgDES MOINES — Two Republican senators have advanced a bill to limit the kind of flags that may be flown over public schools and government buildings in Iowa. The proposal comes after a pink, white and blue “Transgender Pride Flag” was flown over the Iowa capitol in November. Republican Senator Roby Smith of Davenport sponsored the bill and discussed it during a subcommittee hearing at the capitol.“We have to draw lines in this building all the time and we’re drawing a line and saying that the American flag, the Iowa flag and the (Prisoner of War) flag,” he said.If the bill becomes law, those are the only three flags which may be flown over schools as well as city, county and state buildings. Senator Tony Bisignano, a Democrat from Des Moines, opposes the bill. Bisignano said he went online and found a lot of people he called “homophobes” who objected to the pink flag flying over the Iowa Capitol on Transgender Remembrance Day.“I don’t understand the disturbance with people that have a problem with the recognition of a day for pride and I don’t mean that in (just) gay pride, ” Bisignano said. “I mean that in pride of anything.”Senator Jake Chapman of Adel, a Republican, said flags at public buildings should be about patriotism and unification.“If we go down this path of allowing all these different flags to fly, we will run into a situation where we’re all uncomfortable, perhaps (people would request) the KKK flag or white supremacy or the Nazi flag (be flown) and so if it’s okay for one, it’s okay for the other,” Chapman said. “…We have to draw that line.”The bill is now eligible for debate in a full Senate committee. Officials at the state universities are seeking some exceptions. “The concern is about the football stadiums where they have numerous flags” Big 12, Big 10, all the affiliations with the conferences,” said Carolann Jensen, a lobbyist for Iowa State University.Only one group — the Iowa Association of Labor — is registered in opposition to the bill.The transgender flag flew over the capitol for about five minutes in late November at the request of an organization called Iowa Safe Schools.last_img read more

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Prince George Fire Center urging ATV riders to use caution

first_imgThe Prince George Fire Center is warning ATV riders to be aware of where they drive this summer.ATV and motorcycles exhaust systems produce extreme heat, which could ignite any dry materials in the area.The Fire Center is warning ATV riders to be extra cautious when driving in tall grass or sawdust pines. It is advising riders to never park vehicles in grass or close to combustibles, to use a spark arrester in the exhaust system, and to take precautions with any other heat sources such as campfires.- Advertisement -The fire danger is currently high throughout the region, and will continue as the weather will be dry and warm in the upcoming days.To report a wildfire, call 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on most cellular networks. For more information visit www.bcwildfire.calast_img read more

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Organisers confirm changes in CECAFA venues

first_img Tags: cecafaCECAFA Senior Challenge CupCECAFA U17 Girls CupUganda Cranes Uganda will take on Burundi in their opening game this Saturday. (PHOTO/File)The Local Organising Committee of the upcoming CECAFA tournaments have confirmed changes in the venues for the upcoming competitions.Uganda and several East African countries will take part in both the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup and thw U17 Girls Championships.The Senior Challenge Cup will take place between 7th and 19th December 2019.For the U17 Girls Championship will happen between 9th and 18th of December 2019.Contrary to earlier reports, the Senior Challenge Cup will take place at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo not the FUFA Technical Center in Njeru.For thw U17 Girls Championship, it has been taken to Njeru instead of Lugogo.Uganda will have teams in both tournaments. The two teams are currently in camp training for the respective competitions.The Cranes took part in a double session on Wednesday.Twenty two players took part in the morning session after four were released.Goalkeeper Jack Komakech, Wakiso Giants midfielder Hassan Ssenyonjo, URA’s Ivan Sserubiri and league top scorer Steven Mukwala have all be released from the squad.The 26 remaining players will resume training on Thursday morning at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo.Uganda is in Group A of CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup 2019 and they open their account with a match against Burundi on Saturday.The U17 Girls team is also currently in Njeru where they hold two training session per day.Comments last_img read more

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