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This is an outrage!’ Caitlyn Jenner slams ‘woke’ Nike for using trans TikTok star Dylan Mulvaney to promote brand – and hits out at company’s ‘treatment’ of Allyson Felix when she became pregnant

Caitlyn Jenner has slammed ‘woke’ Nike for using trans TikTok star Dylan Mulvaney to promote its sports bras – as the global backlash against the brand intensifies.

Mulvaney, 26, posed for a series of pictures and videos promoting the brand’s sports bra and leggings – Mulvaney identifies as a woman and uses the pronouns ‘she/they’ but has not yet had gender reassignment surgery.

Former Olympic champion and transgender reality star Jenner, 73, who has been an open opponent of trans females that were born male competing in female sports – slammed Nike’s decision as an ‘outrage’ in tweets on Thursday.

She wrote: ‘As someone that grew up in awe of what [Nike founder and former CEO] Phil Knight did, it is a shame to see such an iconic American company go so woke!

‘We can be inclusive but not at the expense of the mass majority of people, and have some decency while being inclusive. This is an outrage.”

She added that she didn’t blame Mulvaney for accepting the deal, saying: ‘A little context…I did a collab with H&M (I have done many athletic brand collabs over the years as a successful athlete). I don’t blame Dylan (smart move).

‘I did not like how Nike treated Allyson Felix when she became pregnant. I spoke on the outrage of disparity in their pay’

Ten-time Olympic medallist Felix left Nike in 2019 after it failed to guarantee the value of her contract when she became pregnant, she alleges.

Felix is the most decorated US track and field athlete in history, but said she felt ‘frustrated’ in 2018 by the reaction of her then sponsor Nike to the news of her pregnancy.She now has a daughter, Camryn.

Felix had been working with Nike for almost a decade when she became pregnant, but claimed that they ‘weren’t willing’ to support her ‘through starting a family’.

Writing in a New York Times op-ed at the time, she said: ‘I’ve been to four Olympics, I’ve had the successes, and my value is still not being seen.

‘Even after becoming a mum, I still had that desire to run, I still knew I was capable.

‘But I was left without shoes to wear at the Tokyo Olympics, which is not ideal for a runner.’ Nike hasn’t commented on her claims.

Jenner also tweeted: ‘EQUALITY > INCLUSIVITY (STOP TRYING TO ERASE WOMEN). The differences between men and women are real and are a good thing! It doesn’t make trans ppl a bad thing, either. Why is it so black and white with the RADICAL RAINBOW MAFIA?!’

Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies is leading a boycott of Nike for its partnership with Mulvaney.

Nike has doubled down on using a transgender influencer to promote its female clothes, telling customers calling for a boycott to ‘be kind and inclusive’.

The firm’s tone-deaf response came amid women’s concerns over Mulvaney, who identifies as female but has not had reassignment surgery.

Nike issued its first response online, declaring it would delete comments it did not judge to be in a spirit of diversity or inclusivity.

It insisted: ‘You are an essential component to the success of your community.

‘We welcome comments that contribute to a positive and constructive discussion.

‘Be kind. Be inclusive. Encourage each other. Hate speech, bullying, or other behaviors that are not in the spirit of a diverse and inclusive community will be deleted.’

It is not the first time that Nike has partnered with a trans star in their marketing, in 2021, they launched their ‘Play New’ campaign with Mara Gomez, who plays in Argentina’s professional football league.

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Meet the cheapest US states to buy a house

A new study analyzing Zillow data has found that the monthly median sale price of a house last year was more than $500,000 in Utah, California and Colorado — and more than a staggering $800,000 in Hawaii.

The study, conducted by Studio City realtors, found that Hawaii clocked in as the most expensive state in the U.S. for homebuyers. On the island, the average home price was $805,775 — hundreds of thousands of dollars more than the cheapest state on the list.

Studio City realtor Tony Mariotti noted that market turbulence contributed to a “significant increase” in house prices across the U.S.

Home prices went up nationwide in February after months of declines amid low inventory and a small uptick in demand — and experts have said they expect affordability will continue to be a problem for prospective homebuyers in the months ahead.

Here are the priciest and cheapest U.S. states to buy a home:

The most expensive states to buy a home
Eight states and Washington, D.C., saw a monthly median sale price of a house last year of $400,000 or higher, with Oregon sitting at that exact figure.

Washington state, Nevada, Montana and Washington, D.C., came in between $402,900 and $487,500.

California, Colorado and Hawaii were the top three most expensive, at $537,000, $537,125 and $805,775 in monthly median sale prices last year, respectively.

Costs differed in different areas within states: for example, the median monthly sale price of a house last year in California’s cheapest city of Red Bluff was $320,000 — while the ticket in its most expensive city of San Jose was $1,370,000.

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Don’t just hug a tree this Arbor Day — plant one, too

Nearly five years ago, Hurricane Michael became the first Category 5 storm to hit the United States in 25 years. It left a trail of destruction in its wake, and my community of Panama City — located in the Florida Panhandle — was hit especially hard. Since then, working together as neighbors and citizens, we’ve made significant progress in key recovery areas, including rebuilding key and vital infrastructure, enhancing quality of life, developing our downtown, and attracting new businesses across a mix of industries. However, one of our most important recovery efforts lies within our tree canopy restoration — an often overlooked but vital area of disaster recovery and prevention.

When Hurricane Michael uprooted nearly 80 percent of Panama City’s trees — approximately a million trees, generating 5.7 million cubic yards of debris within the city — it created serious challenges. Not only did we lose the beautiful canopy from 100-year-old oak trees, but the vital function of the trees was lost, the first of which was the absorption of groundwater. The loss of so many trees significantly increased the risk of flooding in our community,

where we now experience flooding in areas that haven’t typically flooded in the 114-year history of the city. The second function lost from the lack of trees is shade.

Trees serve to mitigate the urban heat island effect, where an entire city is warmed by concrete being heated by the sun. These increased temperatures not only result in uncomfortably hot weather but can also lead to other extreme weather events like wildfires. Since the storm, Panama City has experienced increased flooding whenever thunderstorms roll through, in addition to wildfires that consumed over 40,000 acres last year – both due in part to the damaged tree canopy and loss of trees.

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The problems facing VA modernization are bigger than its software systems

The list of criticisms of the new Veterans Affairs (VA) electronic health record system, Oracle Cerner, is long.

Thousands of doctors’ orders went missing, putting patient safety at risk. Its downtime has been high compared to the old system, though it has improved. The new system is expensive: $16 billion so far, up from the $10 billion originally estimated. And, so far, it has been rolled out at just five of the VA’s 171 sites.

One of the problems is that the old record system, VistA, has its own lengthy list of reasons why it cannot continue to serve as the main software for VA hospitals. VistA was coded in Mumps, a computer language so old that few programmers are available to work on it. This old system is also not cloud-based, and cloud-based systems are now standard. And each VA location has customized VistA for its own particular needs, which means that each system is, in its way, unique, and interoperability is not-at-all simple.

Even those who still love VistA concede that sticking with the old software is not a long-term solution. And even in the short-term, VistA is expensive to maintain, costing $900 million for this purpose just last year. So VA has been sinking money into two different electronic health record systems, each one broken in its own way.

As of last Friday, VA has called for a complete reset of the modernization program and a halt to any further Oracle Cerner rollouts.

How did this implementation go so wrong? And what should be done now?

Electronic health record (EHR) implementations often take a long time and go over budget. And while the VA implementation of its new EHR software has been challenging for a number of reasons, all of these reasons could be, and indeed were, anticipated.

VA is unique in its geographical breadth — most EHR rollouts occur in a single health care system that is physically situated in one state, not across 50. Most EHRs, including the new Oracle Cerner system, are designed around billing, which is not a focus for providers in VA hospitals. The VA patient population is also different than the general public, with different frequencies of disease (more PTSD and missing limbs; less pregnancy and pediatric care), and it requires management of referrals and care outside the VA system.

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