No more Morias? EU to unveil long-delayed asylum plan

first_imgAnd this time, the proposed system won’t be voluntary – a tough concession for many member capitals to swallow.”It’s obvious to everybody that ad hoc solidarity or voluntary solidarity is not enough. That has been proven for many years now,” she said.”It has to be mandatory, all member states have to help when there is a situation when a member state is under pressure and a lot of people that need protection.”Alongside a way to distribute would-be refugees away from the coasts of Italy and Greece there will be tougher rules on sending home those whose claims are refused.  But, five years after the 2015 migration crisis and with annual “irregular arrivals” down to 140,000 a year, EU members are still deeply divided on the issue.An emergency EU plan during that crisis to redistribute arrivals, pushed by Germany, was opposed and then ignored by Hungary and Poland, which took in zero asylum-seekers.European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said last week the proposal would replace the “Dublin Regulation” with “a new European migration governance system”. “It will have common structures on asylum and return and it will have a new strong solidarity mechanism,” she said, surprising some sceptical capitals.The Dublin Regulation – which governs which member state handles a new arrival’s asylum claim – was established in 1990 and was reformed most recently in 2013.It states migrant asylum claims should be handled in the EU country where the applicant first enters the system, to prevent undocumented migrants flowing around the bloc.Johansson did not give AFP full details of the alternative scheme the Commission will unveil on Wednesday, but stressed that the key would be solidarity.This does not necessarily mean, however, that recalcitrant anti-immigration regimes like that in Hungary would be obliged to resettle refugees.”It’s not only relocation, it could also be other situations like, for example, helping with returns,” she said.This would imply that countries that believe they can cope with welcoming more migrants would take some of the strain off the Greeks and Italians.Europe’s plan has been a long time coming and will be hard to sell to EU leaders, who meet for a summit in Brussels on Thursday focused on foreign affairs.But the fire in Moria, which underlined the dismal state of the system for housing refugees stuck on the Greek islands, has focused minds somewhat.Offers to rehouse the now homeless Moria refugees have come piecemeal, with some states like Austria refusing point blank to take any. Brussels is working with Athens on a pilot project to jointly build and run a new facility, but Johansson was clear there must be “no more Morias”.   Topics : The failure of the European Union’s migration policy could not have been laid out more starkly – an already miserable camp burned and thousands of refugees homeless.On Wednesday, two weeks after the destruction of the Moria camp on the Greek Island of Lesbos, Brussels will launch its latest proposal for EU asylum policy.   Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson wants the 27 member states to share the burden of handling asylum claims from the migrants arrived on the bloc’s shores.last_img read more

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Dominica’s children at risk of obesity

first_img Share Nurse Helen RoyerCoordinator of Health Promotions Helen Royer has disclosed that the island’s children are at risk of obesity based on statistics derived from a recent health survey.Royer, who addressed a Health Promoting School Initiative workshop on Monday, told primary school principals that there is urgent need for measures to address this issue of obesity among children. She said based on a global school health survey which was conducted in Dominica in 2007 there is a need to address risk factors such as unhealthy diets and physical inactivity among children particularly those of an early age.“The survey indicated that 26.3% students were at risk for becoming overweight, 105 were overweight and only 26.5% ate fruits and vegetables five or more times per day for the past thirty days,” she added.According to Royer, the number of reported cases of non chronic communicable diseases is rising rapidly and is becoming a major challenge for global development. “The World Health Organization 2002 World Health report stated that mortality, disability and morbidity attributed by CNCD accounts for 60% death and 47% of the disease burden. Roughly 60% of the world’s population is estimated not to get enough of physical activity,” she added.Royer believes that the schools can make a difference in the lives of children by imparting knowledge relating to healthy foods and lifestyles.“We are aware that the school can continue to play a pivotal role in transmitting health messages to school children, and a capable of facilitating short term or medium term and long-term effects on audience,” she explained.Royer admonished the principals of the need for the implementation of an aggressive and rigorous approach to health in order to reduce the rate of obesity among students. The workshop is also geared at creating a network and alliance for implementing the concept.Domincia Vibes News Share LocalNews Dominica’s children at risk of obesity by: – March 6, 2012 Sharecenter_img Tweet 21 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Mrs. Darlena Kay (Lock) Smith

first_imgMrs. Darlena Kay (Lock) Smith, age 66, of Madison, Indiana, formerly of Vevay, Indiana, entered this life on July 15, 1950, in Madison, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, Leonard and Nona Virginia (Darbro) Lock. She was raised in Switzerland County, Indiana where she was a 1968 graduate of the Vevay High School. Kay was united in marriage on November 1, 1969 at the Fredonia Baptist Church on Tapps Ridge in Vevay, Indiana, to Jerry Smith and to this union arrived two sons, Keith and Kevin to bless their home. Kay and Jerry shared nearly 48 years of marriage together until her death. Kay was a former employee for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay, Indiana, for 3 years. She was later employed for Edelweiss Floral for 2 years and for the Vevay IGA for 20 years. Kay was employed as a Clerk for CVS Pharmacy in Madison, Indiana, for 5 years. She was a member of the Bennington Order of the Eastern Star Chapter 407 and the Fredonia Baptist Church. Kay resided the past 11 years in the Madison community. Kay enjoyed drawing, baking and cooking and will be deeply missed by her loving family and friends. Kay passed away at 10:45 am, Sunday, April 23, 2017, at her residence in Madison, Indiana.Kay will be dearly missed by her loving husband of nearly 48 years: Jerry Smith of Madison, IN; her sons: Keith Smith and his wife: Rebecca of Vevay, IN and Kevin Smith and his wife: Valerie of Vevay, IN; her grandchildren: Huxley, Sam and Ben; her step-grandchildren: Zach, Kaylen and Kinsey; her brother: Terry Lock of Vevay, IN and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents: Leonard Lock, died January 9, 2003 and Nona Virginia (Darbro) Lock, died May 23, 2000 and her brother: Leonard Wayne Lock, died September 9, 2011.Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, April 27, 2017, at 11:00 am, by Rev. Wayne Daugherty, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to the Fredonia Baptist Church. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more

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Florida’s Deadliest Day Could Arrive Sooner than Projected

first_img(Tallahassee, FL) — The coronavirus’ deadliest day for folks in Florida could be here sooner than previously thought. Experts from the University of Washington previously predicted the state’s deadliest day would be May 3rd, but they said yesterday it’ll arrive weeks earlier, on April 21st. The number of deaths that day could reach 569.Projections also show the state is expected to run out of ICU beds next Tuesday. The Sunshine State is already dealing with more than 13,600 cases, with over 250 deaths reported with half of the deaths reported in South Florida.The Florida Department of Health reports that more than 500 South Floridians have recently tested positive for COVID-19. Most of those new cases are in Miami-Dade County, which has the most cases in the state with almost 4700, followed by Broward County with over 2000, and Palm Beach County with almost 1100.Palm Beach still has the most deaths in the state with 51, while Broward has 47 and Miami-Dade has 41. The 139 deaths account for more than half of the state’s 254 deaths.last_img read more

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Cricket News Usman Khawaja blasts century, Australia stitch record opening stand in Ranchi

first_imgUsman Khawaja scored his maiden century in ODIs.Khawaja and Aaron Finch stitched a 193-run stand, their second-highest in India.Finch was trapped LBW by Kuldeep Yadav for 93. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Khawaja and Finch regularly found the boundaries as they stitched their second consecutive fifty-plus opening stand. Finch finally broke his jinx, registering his first fifty in 22 white-ball innings (which includes ODIs and T20Is) by taking Kedar Jadhav to the cleaners. Khawaja reached his fifty and it was the first instance since Finch and David Warner in the 2017 Bangalore ODI that both Australian openers had reached fifty in an ODI in India. India struggled to get the breakthrough and Australia notched up their highest stand in ODIs since June 2018 and they looked set for a big score. Finch neared a century but Khawaja continued to bat with confidence, hammering Vijay Shankar for two fours in one over. Records continued to tumble but the 193-run stand was broken when Kuldeep Yadav trapped Finch LBW on 93. This was the fourth-highest opening stand by visiting teams in ODIs in India while this was the highest stand in ODIs in Ranchi. Glenn Maxwell joined Khawaja and immediately, he set about tearing the Indian bowling to shreds. The right-hander clobbered Jadeja for a six and two boundaries in the 37th over and Khawaja notched up his landmark in style by clipping Jadeja to the square leg region. However, he could not carry on and he toe-ended a pull shot off Mohammed Shami straight to mid wicket to fall for 104. Khawaja’s brilliant knock has put Australia on course for a massive total and they would be determined to break their rut in India. New Delhi: Usman Khawaja was touted to score more runs than Virat Kohli in the Tests and ODIs during India’s tour to Australia in November. However, Kohli trumped him on all fronts as India won the Tests and ODI series 2-1. In the Nagpur ODI, Virat Kohli scored a record 40th century and helped India win the game by eight runs. In Ranchi, with the Indian cricket team paying their tribute to the armed forces of the country, Usman Khawaja crashed the party with a maiden century and shared a 193-run stand for the opening wicket to put Australia in a great position in the third ODI on Friday. Khawaja had come close to an ODI century during the game against West Indies at St.Kitts in June 2016 but he was dismissed for 98. In the Ranchi game, both Khawaja and skipper Aaron Finch finally got going with a solid partnership that put India on the backfoot. After being inserted into bat, Khawaja started off confidently by pulling Mohammed Shami to the deep midwicket fence to get going in style. After surviving a couple of tense overs, Khawaja eased the pressure slightly by edging a boundary to the third man fence. The left-hander was dropped on 17 when Dhawan spilled a chance at backward point off Ravindra Jadeja and he made India pay by hitting the left-arm bowler for another boundary.  highlightslast_img read more

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The Latest: Bowling Green drops baseball to save $2 million

first_imgThe federation also said member organizations will not be required to pay 2020 dues. The FIG takes in about $120,000 from dues.___Miami Dolphins fans will be given a chance to view Don Shula’s statue at their stadium in the first of a series of events to celebrate the late coach.Access to the statue by vehicle will be permitted next Friday and Saturday. Fans will be required to practice social distancing and are discouraged from bringing any items with them.The Dolphins will host a public memorial for Shula at the stadium once coronavirus concerns ease. May 15, 2020 Associated Press The Latest: Bowling Green drops baseball to save $2 million The school says it’s reducing its athletic budget by $2 million.“This is a very difficult, but necessary, decision,” athletic director Bob Moosbrugger said. “As a baseball alumnus, my heart breaks for the families affected by this decision.”Moosbrugger added the school will honor scholarship agreements through graduation and will assist student-athletes who want to transfer.Bowling Green’s move came one day after Akron, another member of the Mid-American Conference, dropped three sports because of fiscal hardship caused by the virus outbreak. Earlier this week, the MAC announced it is eliminating postseason tournaments in eight sports, including baseball and softball, to save money.___ Leader MSV Duisburg has financial problems and second-place Waldhof Mannheim told local newspapers on Thursday that it stopped training because it doesn’t have coronavirus tests.Two teams are barred from playing until May 27 by the state of Saxony-Anhalt and can train only in small groups.___World Rugby has postponed July test matches involving southern and northern hemisphere nations because of ongoing restrictions on international travel during the coronavirus pandemic.The sport’s international governing body issued a statement Friday saying the mid-year test window will be rescheduled when cross-border travel and quarantine regulations are relaxed. Both tours say they will make further scheduling announcements in June.The top tours already had been on hold at least until July 13. That was announced on April 1 on the same day that the All England Club said it would be canceling Wimbedon for the first time in 75 years because of the outbreak.___Atlético Madrid defender Renan Lodi has returned to training after having reportedly been cleared following a previous positive test for the coronavirus.The Spanish soccer club says Renan trained on his own. If the season is abandoned, the final standings would be determined by a points-per-game system. The clubs want to scrap relegation this season, so two sides don’t drop into the semiprofessional fifth tier.But the top three teams would still be promoted automatically to League One. Playoffs between the next four sides would still be required to determine the final promotion spot.The EFL says its “board will now consider the implications of the division’s preferred approach at their next meeting.”In a statement, the EFL says League One clubs had not yet reached an agreement on whether to curtail or not, while the Championship teams were committed to resuming the season.___ Ivanisevic and Martinez now will be honored alongside any Class of 2021 inductees in July 2021.The Hall of Fame announced the cancellations and says ticket-holders can use their tickets in 2021, convert them into a tax-deductible donation to the Hall or get a refund.___The professional tennis tours are extending their suspensions caused by the coronavirus pandemic through at least the end of July.The total number of tournaments scrapped by the ATP and WTA since March now tops 40. ___The German soccer federation has delayed the restart of the men’s third-division because it doesn’t have political approval.The third division was scheduled to resume on May 26 amid the coronavirus pandemic but the federation says that can’t happen without the go-ahead from authorities around the country. Games in the first and second divisions will resume Saturday.The third division still has 11 rounds of games to play.The pandemic has put several third-division clubs under strain. New Zealand had been scheduled to play Wales and Scotland, Australia was set to play Ireland and Fiji and South Africa had planned to host Scotland and Georgia. World Rugby said the postponement is due “to ongoing government and health agency COVID-19 directives.”___Aussie rules football will kick off again on June 11, with the second round of the Australian Football League to be played almost three months after the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Australian Football League chief executive Gillon McLachlan on Friday announced the matches for the next four rounds of the condensed season would be released within 10 days. The AFL, Australia’s most-watched sports league in terms of attendance and TV audience, was suspended on March 22 after one round.Quarantine requirements and travel restrictions from some states means players and staff from the four AFL clubs from Western Australia and South Australia — the West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers, Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide — will be temporarily be relocated to hubs on the Gold Coast, an hour south of Brisbane. ___Lionel Messi says the long stoppage of play caused by the coronavirus pandemic could be a boon for Barcelona.Messi tells Sport on Friday, “maybe this stoppage will end up benefiting us.”Messi didn’t cite his reason for thinking the stoppage would be good for Barcelona, but the return of strike partner Luis Suárez from injury will surely be a lift.Barcelona and the rest of Spain’s soccer league hasn’t played since March 12, when La Liga halted action because of the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Over 27,000 Spaniards have died from the disease. An unnamed Werder Bremen player must go into quarantine for two weeks after a close family member tested positive for COVID-19.Bremen is due to host Bayer Leverkusen on Monday in its first Bundesliga game back since the league was forced to take a two-month break due to the coronavirus outbreak.The club says the affected player has consistently tested negative for COVID-19, but “the decision to place him under quarantine was made in conjunction with the Bremen health authorities.”All players and staff members of the club have undergone five rounds of testing with no positive results so far.Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann says, “As a result, our team and our staff are not under any risk. This shows that the medical protocol is working and that infected individuals can be identified early on.” The cancellation means the LPGA now hopes to return July 23-26 with the Marathon LPGA Classic in Ohio.___The International Tennis Hall of Fame’s 2020 induction ceremony for Goran Ivanisevic and Conchita Martinez has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. So has the annual men’s grass-court Hall of Fame Open tournament.The induction was scheduled at the Hall in Newport, Rhode Island, for July 18. That is the same day the tournament was supposed to finish.But the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in the suspension of all sanctioned tennis competition since March and at least until the end of July. The Bundesliga is due to resume on Saturday with six games. All matches are to take place without spectators and with strict hygiene measures in place for the rest of the season. ___The International Gymnastics Federation is creating a fund to financially assist athletes and national federations struggling amid the pandemic.The fund will give about $400,000 to various groups in hopes of easing what FIG President Morinari Watanabe calls a “grave crisis.”This fund will be managed by the FIG’s Foundation for Solidarity. The foundation supported hundreds of athletes and federations in need through scholarships, financial aid following an accident and equipment donations since its inception in 2002. The criteria for applying for a grant will be released soon. Spanish media reported that Lodi had tested negative after spending several days confined following an initial positive result.Spanish teams have returned to training at club facilities but players must respect social distancing.___The Cypriot soccer federation has called off the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision came after a team of medical experts rejected a set of health protocols drawn up by the federation and insisted that its own guidelines are followed. The federation said it couldn’t overcome the expert group’s demand that an entire team be quarantined for two weeks if any player tests positive for the virus.Omonia Nicosia, Anorthosis Famagusta, APOEL Nicosia and Apollon Limassol were the top four teams in the standings when the league was suspended and will represent Cyprus next season in European tournaments.The federation also decided that the number of teams in the first division next season will increase by two to 14. There will be no relegation this year but two teams from the second division will move up.The first division will revert to 12 teams the following season with four teams relegated and two teams promoted.___ Teams have recently returned to practice at club facilities, but they are training individually and undergoing tests to make sure there is no spread of the virus.The Spanish league says it wants to return to playing matches on June 12, but it will depend on the public health situation.___Soccer clubs in England’s professional fourth tier league are backing the season being prematurely ended.The English Football League say that’s the “preferred direction of travel” of League One clubs but the decision requires approval from the footballing authorities. The Russian soccer league will restart on June 21 after a break of more than three months because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league intends to pack eight rounds of games into just over one month to finish on July 22. League president Sergei Pryadkin says all games will be held in empty stadiums.The Russian Cup will also continue with the final on July 25. That means some clubs face up to 11 games to finish the season.A planned promotion-relegation playoff has been dropped with only the bottom two clubs in the top division relegated automatically as usual.The league has also adopted a rule change allowing up to five substitutions per match. Shula led the 1972 and 1973 Dolphins to Super Bowl championships. He died on May 4 at the age of 90.___The Michigan tournament where the LPGA Tour hoped to resume has been canceled.The LPGA says the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will not be played July 15-18 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The tour did not offer any other specifics except for Commissioner Mike Whan emphasizing the long-term health of the tour is paramount.This is the only team event on the LPGA schedule. Whan says Dow has extended its title sponsor contract and the LPGA will return to the Great Lakes Bay region next year and beyond. The IMSA sports car series will resume racing on July 4 at Daytona International Speedway.The track and the series are both owned by NASCAR, which is resuming its season Sunday in South Carolina. The IMSA race will be without spectators and technically fills a void created when NASCAR this season ended its annual holiday race weekend in Florida for Indianapolis Motor Speedway.IMSA will then go to Sebring International Raceway July 17-18 for another race in Florida without fans.The sports car series had completed just one event, the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, before the coronavirus pandemic. IMSA now has nine upcoming events on its revised schedule that is set to conclude at Sebring in mid-November. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Bowling Green has dropped baseball as part of a move to ease financial stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Hoops America: Fallen on tough times out west

first_imgBoy, the Pac-10 is going through a transitional stage.Pete Carroll is gone. Arizona’s 24-year NCAA tournament run in men’s basketball will most likely come to an end this year. Oregon’s uniforms are actually somewhat consistent.Home to the dominant UCLA basketball program, which has one of the most impressive r?sum?s of any collegiate program in history, the Pac-10 is used to being in the national spotlight and competing at the highest level.UCLA has 11 men’s college basketball national championships, an unprecedented 18 Final Four appearances, three conference titles and consecutive Final Four teams from 2005-2008.The Bruins’ penchant for winning is well-known among even casual college basketball fans, yet somehow the mighty Bruins have only managed seven wins in the first two and a half months of the 2009-2010 season.UCLA’s irrelevance in men’s basketball this year headlines a very disappointing season for the Pac-10 Conference as a whole.After a less than stellar end to the football season, the outlook for basketball looks even bleaker.The Pac-10, whose motto is ironically, “Conference of Champions,” has been a disaster this year and has quickly become the nation’s punching bag for basketball ineptness.UCLA is not alone in greatly falling short of preseason expectations for the Pac-10 this season. This is a power conference that theoretically could send zero, that’s right zero, teams to the NCAA Tournament this year.One of the contenders is somehow the talent-stricken USC Trojans, where rookie head coach Kevin O’Neill lost several prized recruits last year to Arizona after accepting the head job in Los Angeles.The collection of walk-ons and three-time transfers are nice little success stories, but the Trojans self-imposed sanctions announced last week include a postseason ban this season.If USC pulls out the conference crown, and the monumental disappointment that has been the other nine Pac-10 basketball teams this year continues, we could see the prestigious conference send no teams to the tournament this year.Not only is that painfully bad, but also that’s unheard of.Can you imagine the Ivy-League or the Southwestern Conference having more NCAA Tournament teams that the Pac-10? Yes, that’s the same Ivy-League and Southwestern Conference currently led by Cornell and 6-10 Prairie View A&M, respectively.Every conference is assured one bid so all the North Dakotas and Bucknells of the world can share the same excitement the rest of us do regarding the NCAA Tournament come March.This is why I have become a Trojan basketball fan.I want to see the Trojans win the Pac-10 and leave the west coast to be represented by the West Coast Conference and the Mountain West. Plus, the Trojans really need something to go right for them after the fiasco of a month they have had.The Pac-10 really is that bad this year and no amount of tradition and past glory can save them.Preseason expectations weren’t as high as in previous seasons; the league actually did only start with two teams in the preseason rankings, California at No. 13 and Washington at No. 14.However, I don’t think anyone thought the league would be this bad.Early season losses for Cal and Washington have left the Pac-10 with no ranked teams and not even one vote in the AP Top 25 Poll.Wow.Sixteen conferences accomplished what the Pac-10 couldn’t last week — a frightening statistic for Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott to accept.Sure the league is competitive this year — every team has at least two conference victories and no one has more than four. But competitiveness in this case is not a good thing. In fact, it’s a terrible thing.Even projected last place finisher Stanford is currently only two and a half games out of first place.Teams have had breakout wins, such as Oregon’s win at Washington or UCLA’s miracle overtime victory in Berkeley last week. But then Oregon loses to Oregon State at home and UCLA is no longer allowed to be taken seriously this year after losing earlier in the season to Cal State Fullerton and Portland by 27 points.The race is wide open and with the conference beating up on one another, the title could be won with ten victories or less.At that rate, the Pac-10 will send the conference tournament champion to the Big Dance by way of automatic bid and that team well may be alone in representing the “Conference of Champions.”What if that conference champion loses in the first round? What if the Pac-10 fails to accumulate a postseason victory?Are we allowed to remove their automatic bid to the NCAA tournament?Certainly, the answer is no, but if the Pac-10 continues to disappoint this greatly, they may lose their status as an elite athletic conference.The Mountain West may become the premier conference on the west coast, with all kinds of recent football success, and since it consistently sends two to three schools to the tournament every year.Having grown up in California, I find the Pac-10’s basketball success this season, or lack thereof, a complete and total embarrassment.It is hard to believe one of the “Big Six” conferences can collectively be this bad at any sport. Even the SEC in basketball and the Big East in football have had some marginal success.What I can’t wait to see is how intense the Pac-10 Tournament will be in March when the conference’s only guaranteed tournament bid rides on a few games.Sam is a sophomore hoping to major in journalism.Quickly losing respect for the Pac-10 as well?Email him at smaxwell@badgerherald.comlast_img read more

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. speaks on environment

first_imgRobert F. Kennedy Jr., known for his international work and exhausted efforts as an environmental activist and New York district attorney, spoke to USC students, faculty and alumni on Thursday evening at Town & Gown about the importance of the United States’ responsibility to utilize energy and natural resources in a way that promotes the quality of life for future generations.During the discussion, Kennedy tied economic policy and environmental initiatives together, explaining that environmental prosperity can be directly traced to economic policy.The event was hosted by Visions and Voices, and co-sponsored by the Environmental Student Assembly and USC Sustainability.Daria Yudacufski, executive director of Visions and Voices, welcomed Kennedy on stage, calling him an international model for his achievements.Kennedy, known for his global work on environmental issues — in particular, aiding indigenous tribes in Latin America and Canada — has been recognized by environmentalists as a staunch protector of traditional homelands. His movement toward the passage of the New York City Watershed Agreement was noted by Yudacufski as an international model in consensus negotiations for sustainable practices. In 2004, he was named by TIME magazine as one of the greatest “Heroes for the Planet” for providing aid toward the restoration of the Hudson River. In 1998, Kennedy co-founded Waterkeeper Alliance, a global movement uniting more than 250 Waterkeeper organizations around the world and focusing citizen advocacy on issues that affect waterways, from pollution to climate change. He currently serves as the senior attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Counsel and is a chief prosecuting attorney for Hudson Riverkeeper.Kennedy began his speech by explaining the importance of restoring and maintaining natural resources. He said America’s future generations would be protected by creating a world with shared resources that cannot be reduced by private property management.“You cannot have a clean environment unless you have a functioning democracy,” he said. “The two go together … Anywhere you see tyranny, you will also see environmental destruction. Democracy is the only thing that can protect the environment and we need to restore our democracy in our country. The biggest threat to democracy today is corporate power.”Furthermore, he compared the levels of mercury found in fresh water fish from local polluted rivers, lakes and streams to a science-fiction nightmare. This nightmare, he explained, is due to the exhausted efforts of the coal company. Kennedy also said that energy markets must be rationalized to harness social purpose.“Today, we don’t need to abolish carbon to understand that our deadly addiction to it is the principal drag on American capitalism,” Kennedy said. “Until recently, we were borrowing a billion dollars a day mainly from nations that don’t share our values in order to import a billion dollars worth of oil … We were, in essence, funding both sides of the war in terror.”Kennedy addressed the current state of oil in the free market system as crony capitalism, referring to the practices which subsidize the price of oil translating in higher taxes.“If we were paying the true price of oil it would cost $12 to $15, but because the subsidies are hidden you are paying them through taxes and the market gets the wrong signals,” Kennedy said. “We think gasoline automobiles is a pretty good deal, but it is bankrupting our country and society, as well as making us sick. Nuclear energy and all the incumbents are heavily subsidized. This is not free market capitalism, it is crony capitalism.”Kennedy also cited the example of asphalt roads created by coal companies seen in West Virginia, Kentucky, Wyoming, Illinois and other states, stating that coal companies leave the burden of high costs to regular individuals through high taxes and by subsidies.“Corporate crony capitalism is when you get the government to pay your cost,” he said. “It is where you externalize and shift them to the public and that is what is happening here.”Kennedy also frequently referred to corporate kleptocracy, explaining the term as a concept which includes executives from wealthy corporations who fund politicians to enact policies that follow their ambition at the expense of shareholders.In order to reverse the issue, Kennedy suggested the process of designing a system that served the public interest, one that would include free energy accessible to all through the creation of universal energy grids. In order to do so, he cited countries such as Sweden and Iceland, explaining that being completely coal-free correlates to stronger economies.Correction: A previous version of this story stated that Waterkeeper Alliance is a bottled-water company that donates proceeds to the organization Riverkeeper. It is actually a global movement uniting more than 250 Waterkeeper organizations around the world and focusing citizen advocacy on issues that affect waterways, from pollution to climate change. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

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No. 1 USC poised to pick up another national title

first_imgThe defending NCAA champion USC women’s water polo team will begin the 2014 season this Saturday as the No. 1 pick in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and College Water Polo Assocation national preseason polls.Skipper · Senior two-meter Madeline Rosenthal scored 23 goals last year and looks to lead her team to a second straight national championship. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanLast season, the Women of Troy took home their third NCAA title and simultaneously made history, defeating Stanford 10-9 in five overtimes, the longest match in women’s water polo championship game history. The team recognizes the challenge of defending its title.“It’s a double-edged sword,” senior captain Madeline Rosenthal said. “If you’re ranked No. 1 it’s a target on your back. People see you as the team to take down. We’re ranked No. 1 because we won NCAA last year and we’re happy about that, but it’s in the past. Now we’re focusing on holding that spot.”This year’s team is younger than most, with nine freshmen on the roster. Though training young athletes can be a challenge, the more seasoned players are excited to have a crop of new talent on the team.“It’s great having fresh bodies in the pool. We have to push them strategically, but they have lots of energy, they’re fast, they’re pushing us in training, and they’re learning the system,” Rosenthal said. “Every year is a new year. This is my fourth year here, and looking at them is exciting because I can see all the potential that they have.”For the new athletes, realizing that potential has taken hard work. Freshman driver Stephania Haralabidis described the challenge of adjusting to the team’s complex system.“The most difficult thing has been learning the system, but I’m getting through it,” Haralabidis said. “It’s different [than high school]. I’ve never had so many practices in my entire life, but I’m really enjoying it. I love my teammates, and we’re making so much progress together.”According to coaching staff, all that practice seems to be paying off as the team approaches the start of the season.“Practices have been very competitive, very compelling. This team looks very eager to play,” said associate head coach Marko Pintaric. “We’re looking forward to our opening weekend, and seeing the girls in action for the first time. It’s a young team, and we’re looking forward to seeing what they bring to the table.”The team will compete this weekend at the Triton Invitational Tournament in San Diego.“A lot of good teams are going to be there, so we’re just preparing basically to run our system and to focus on ourselves and hopefully that will get us results,” said senior driver Kelly Mendoza. “Every other team has played multiple games so far, so we’re just really excited to finally get out there and show everyone what we can do.”Under the instruction of head coach Jovan Vavic, a 12-time National Coach of the Year, the team feels well prepared to face its competition. This season will mark Vavic’s 20th year with USC’s women’s water polo program. Though his achievements speak for themselves, Vavic’s unique coaching style has proven highly effective in building a solid team.“Jovan is, as the record proves, the best coach in the United States,” Pintaric said. “He’s a defensive coach, so his focus on the defense is a very important part of our equation, but he really addresses all of the issues the team could have.”One of the issues the team faces each year is the prevention of injuries. Given the demanding nature of the sport and the minimal protective gear used during a game, the athletes take extra precautions to avoid injuring themselves.“The most common injuries in water polo are shoulder and hip injuries, and knees, and you always have to watch out for concussions,” Mendoza said. “We do a lot of work in the weight room, like bands and stretches, in the hopes of preventing what we can, but our sport is so aggressive that sometimes you can’t help it.”There is much more to the team than just training. Many of the athletes also attribute their success as a team to the amount of bonding they do outside of the pool.“We do team activities and community service, stuff that the school wants us to do, but we also just hang out,” Mendoza said. “We’re all so close, we don’t have to worry about setting team bonding events because we’re constantly bonding outside of the water. It’s so much fun and we’re always learning from each other.”Despite intense preparation and excellent coaching, the team had a turbulent preseason due to the loss of a fellow USC water polo player in freshman Jon Walters. Though Walters played for the men’s team, his passing shocked the tight-knit group of players.“The morale has been how it can be, especially given Jon’s personality,” Pintaric said. “He touched every single player, every single member of our Trojan family. The girls … reacted very emotionally.”In the upcoming season, the  women’s team plans to put together a fundraising effort for the Walters family and the memorial scholarship fund created in Jon’s name.“I think they’re reacting in a positive way. I don’t see anything lacking when they come to practice,” Pintaric said. “They’re still eager to play, they still compete, but they’re doing their part to help the family, to help remember Jon. It takes a lot of positive emotions to get through such a crisis as a team.”Now stronger than ever, the Women of Troy are looking forward to the rest of the season and the intense competition they will face.“We’ll be up against the usual suspects. The top nine teams usually don’t change,” Pintaric said. “Stanford is always exciting just because of the quality of play. The UCLA game, that’s going to be a great game. And Cal has recruited a very talented young class, so those games will be really exciting. It should be a lot of fun for us.”last_img read more

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Korger: Examing one side of the pay-for-play debate

first_imgKelsey Fenton / The Badger HeraldWhen there’s a scandal involving college athletes receiving illegal payments or benefits we rarely, as a society, bat our eyes for a second.When it was reported last week that the Auburn football program allegedly paid members of their football team to keep them from going pro, no one nor their mother was surprised. This was the same team, after all, who had been involved in the Cam Newton investigation.A lawsuit filed in 2009 by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon is coming through the federal court arguing that players should be entitled to a portion of the money the NCAA makes off athletes’ likenesses in video games and the conference TV contracts has only strengthened the argument that it’s time for reform.It’s time, some argue, for the NCAA and schools to directly pay their student-athletes.This topic is way too complex to cover completely and fairly in a column. But, in this piece, I want to examine some of the reasons argued for why the NCAA’s current structure should not be altered.For one, in a major revenue sport like football, the scholarships at the Division I level are either a full-ride or nothing. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, the average cost for tuition, fees, room and board at a four-year institution is roughly $32,026 per year. All of these items are covered under a full athletic scholarship in Division I athletics. If an athlete stays all four years at a university to compete in his or her sport, the university pays an average of $128,104 for the athlete’s education.But don’t those athletes deserve every penny of that for the time and commitment they put into their sport? Well, of course they do. According to a study in 2010 by the NCAA, football players devote 43.3 hours per week performing athletic activities during the “in-season” – the four to five months of the year when athletic competitions occur.Even though the time commitment changes after the in-season period concludes, let’s say, for the sake of argument that it does not. That would mean on average, with the yearly amount provided by a scholarship, a football player gets paid roughly $14.22 per hour of time spent in his athletic activities. And that’s to play a sport at an amateur level. Seems like a fair deal.In comparison, the average salary of a male worker in 2010 was around $50,000 a year according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And if that worker put in the same amount of in-season hours per week a football player did for an entire year, he would make $22 an hour. The fact that these hypothetical average wages are comparable seems to show a full scholarship is more than generous for the time commitment athletes have.If there is still shortage after the scholarship coverage that an athlete requires, especially those that come from low-income situations, they may still apply for other sources of aid like Federal Pell Grants. If anything, opponents of the pay-for-play model would say the scholarships should be a few more thousand dollars to cover any gaps that may exist.Now, look at the long-term value of the college education and degree given to student-athletes. College graduates on average make almost twice more than noncollege graduates. A study by the University of Washington in 2010 found college graduates were projected to make $3.3 million over their working lifetime, while people who had only graduated high school will make a projected $1.7 million.It’s a finding reinforced by researchers at Georgetown University, who found that over a college graduate’s lifetime, they will make 84 percent more than those with only a high school diploma.This education offers student-athletes a necessary security in a world where a miniscule number of athletes go professional after their collegiate careers. According to the NCAA, only 1.7 percent of college football players make the pros, a statistic that’s even smaller among men’s basketball players at 1.2 percent. Not to mention college graduates have a much lower unemployment rate than those who do not hold at least a bachelor’s degree.Those two arguments alone, the value of a college education in the long run and the money indirectly given to the athlete to pay for their education seem strong enough to argue that the current “money” structure for student-athletes is fair.What do I believe personally? I’m not a college athlete; I’ve never put in the hours of physical sweat, toil and sacrifice on that level to know what it feels like. Putting me in a uniform does not sell tickets or jerseys, unless it’s in my dreams. People don’t turn on their televisions to see fans in the stands (unless it’s their parents).Basically, I don’t think I am in the position to have a valid opinion. There’s a lot that goes into this debate and, for now, this is just one side of a multi-faceted debate.Nick is the sports editor of The Badger Herald and a law school hopeful. Besides his involvement at the paper, Nick is the host of “The Badger Herald Sports Hour” and a member of the WBA award-winning show “The Student Section” on 91.7 WSUM. Have thoughts about the column? Send Nick a tweet @nickkorger or an email at nkorger@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

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