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Volusia Pride Festival celebrates diversity, offers support |

Johnson, the spry, 93-year-old Democratic candidate for the N.C. House District 25 seat. Johnson said that if elected, he would get around by getting a young girlfriend, much like the former governor of South Carolina and current U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford. However, he said, I wont use taxpayer dollars, but my Social Security. Rocky Mount NAACP President Andre Knight said that holding the forum for Rocky Mount and the Twin Counties is important because it gave citizens the chance to hear from their candidates for office on all levels federal, state and local. Knight reminded the audience in his welcome of the NAACPs mission to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination and that the organization does not endorse political candidates or parties. We just want people to make sure they get out and vote, he said. The NAACP Get Out The Vote office is located at 120 Tarboro St. It is open from 10 a.m.
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Corporate Boards Make Steady But Slow Progress Towards Gender Equality – Yahoo Finance

It also looks at the proportion of companies with processes in place to drive diversity and equal opportunity. The study can be accessed in full here. Key findings include: Global trends indicate a gradual increase in the percentage of companies that have women on their boards with 64% of companies reporting women board members, up from 56% in 2009. Only 20% of the companies analyzed report having a board consisting of 20% or more women (13% in 2008); however more than half (51%) report boards of 10% or more women (40% in 2008). From a regional perspective, EMEA has widened its lead in having at least 20% female board members. EMEA has also overtaken the Americas for having at least 10% of female representation on the board since 2009, whilst companies in the Asia Pacific region continue to report having the least gender diverse boards. Adoption of policies and processes regarding gender diversity and equal opportunity has been increasing and is particularly high among companies in Europe and the Americas. Asia Pacific companies have shown the greatest increase in the implementation of diversity and equal opportunity processes over the last five years, but remain well below the levels reported in other regions. Indices made up of companies with mixed boards have low but generally positive tracking errors to benchmark, e.g., MSCI World Index; in other words, they outperform their benchmark index. Indices with no women on their boards had slightly higher tracking errors, indicating potentially more volatile portfolios and on average underperformed relative to mixed boards.
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During the festival Mayor Adam Barringer read a city proclamation that expressed the citys support for the festival and the LGBTQ community at large.

This is a celebration of all lifestyles and we have a very diverse community, Barringer said, adding that he hoped the event would send a positive message to all cities and residents in Volusia County.

While the festival is not political in nature, it gave several gay-rights advocates and couples the opportunity to voice their support for the legalization of gay marriage a heavily debated issue in Florida that is awaiting a ruling by a U.S. District Appeals Court.

In August U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle ruled that the states gay marriage ban was unconstitutional but placed a stay on the decision. Since then the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up similar cases in other states, giving advocates leverage to ask for removal of the stay. On Friday, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi requested that a federal judge keep a same-sex marriage ban in place until the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals rules on the matter.
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