State legislator Steinberg speaks at Gould

first_imgUSC Gould School of Law hosted Darrell Steinberg, former California State Senate President pro tempore, on Tuesday evening. Steinberg’s lecture, one of the lectures within the Allen Neiman & Alan Sieroty Lecture in Civil Liberties series, addressed the attitude towards mental health disorders in the state of California.Steinberg started by talking about how during his time in the State Senate, he strived to emulate the kind of legislature authored by one of lecture series namesake, Alan Sieroty, a California senator who retired from the state legislature in 1982.“I [wanted to] do it for the right reasons, to serve the public, to actually get something done,” Steinberg said. “I don’t quite understand what goes on in Washington, D.C. I understand the partisanship. I do and there’s a place for partisanship. But I don’t understand when partisanship is not translated into product — the product of principle compromise.”Steinberg asserted that the United States is at the beginning of another great chapter of the country’s struggle for civil rights and civil liberties.“It’s time that we bring mental illness out of the closet,” Steinberg said. “It is time we stop locking up so many people whose untreated mental illnesses landed them in trouble. It’s time we end the tragic truth that the single largest mental health facility remains the Los Angeles County Jail. It is time to end the belief that mental illness must mean a life sentence of hopelessness, disconnection, unemployment and dysfunction. And it is high time to fulfill a long-held promise.”He also read several statistics that showed that population reduction in hospitals has coincided with an increase in the prison and jail population over the last four decades. Steinberg argued that people do not get better in prison and that the overwhelming number of people with untreated mental disorders who are put in prison demonstrates the unfortunate lack of proper treatment.Steinberg also discussed some of the side effects of the absence of mental health care such as a vastly large homeless population, thousands of returning veterans not properly diagnosed and adults not amenable to treatment living with their elderly parents.He argued that the current system has too many trap doors where people and families do not know where to turn for help. Steinberg said that California has started transforming the system, however, by passing a ballot initiative to fund mental health. He said that this would require a movement from a fail-first system to one focused on recovery, clients and culturally competent services.Steinberg mentioned three indisputable facts about untreated mental health. He first explained that the issue is pervasive without artificial boundaries. Second, he said that the issue affects most of the public policy issues that the government is called upon to address. Finally, he explained that there are not enough leaders in high positions who have made this problem a state or national priority.“Our mission must be to eliminate that chasm between that which affects so many and its absence as a political, legislative and funding priority,” Steinberg said.In addition to hearing personal stories from people in prominent positions, he believes in the creation of a political movement in which new leadership bent on making mental healthcare a priority is cultivated.last_img read more

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What are the implications for Ohio ag with a new bee protected under the Endangered Species Act?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This week it was made official: the rusty patched bumble bee is the first wild bee in the continental U.S. to gain federal protection on the government’s list of endangered species.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) listed the rusty patched bumble bee under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) effective on March 21, 2017. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on Jan. 11, 2017 with an effective date of Feb. 10, 2017. The effective date was subsequently extended to March 21, 2017 by the Trump Administration.The listing became official when President Donald Trump lifted the hold that had been placed on the plan for federal protections for the bee proposed last fall by the administration of Barack Obama.“Our top priority is to act quickly to prevent extinction of the rusty patched bumble bee. Listing the bee as endangered will help us mobilize partners and focus resources on finding ways right now to stop the decline,” said Tom Melius, FWS Midwest Regional Director. “The rusty patched bumble bee is among a group of pollinators — including the monarch butterfly — experiencing serious declines across the country. Why is this important? Pollinators are small but mighty parts of the natural mechanism that sustains us and our world. Without them, our forests, parks, meadows and shrublands, and the abundant, vibrant life they support, cannot survive, and our crops require laborious, costly pollination by hand.”The rusty patched bumble bee was a common sight 20 years ago, but the species is now on the brink of extinction. Rusty patched bumble bee numbers have plummeted by 87%, leaving small, scattered populations, according to FWS.While bees are clearly important, the listing is a concern for some in agriculture. The widespread habitat for the rusty patched bee (including many parts of Ohio) means a potentially increased regulatory burden on a large part of the country.“While agriculture greatly values conservation, the ESA creates many challenges for farmers and ranchers and often limits agriculture production. Many farms and ranches used for crop production and raising livestock contain habitat which sustains wildlife, including threatened and endangered species,” said Shiloh Perry with the American Farm Bureau Federation. “Farmers are often restricted from fully utilizing their land due to the ESA’s strict regulations when endangered species or critical habitat are present. These regulations affect not only farmers’ occupations and ability to stay profitable, but families and homesteads as well. Working in agriculture is often more than an occupation; it is a lifestyle and frequently a family endeavor. The increased regulatory burden of the ESA negatively affects rural quality of life and jeopardizes the overall agriculture economy.”The listing can also lead to litigation.“The statute allows special interest groups to sue anyone believed to be in violation of the act. Too often radical environmental activists target citizens, frequently farmers and ranchers, who practice positive conservation efforts,” Perry said. “Resulting legal costs disrupt the rural economy, are burdensome to taxpayers and provide no resources for active species conservation and recovery efforts.”At this point, Ohio State University Extension entomologist Andy Michel said that the implications of listing the rusty patched bumble are still uncertain for Ohio agriculture.“It’s unclear as to what impact, if any, this has for Ohio ag at this point. Yes, this species can be found in Ohio — there are also other bumble bee species — and yes its numbers are decreasing for reasons that are unknown, although there is a long list of suspects,” Michel said. “Putting the endangered label on it may add protections and regulations against knowingly destroying the bumblebee’s habitat and habitat creation (it is a ground nester). But I think that would be hard to enforce as we can’t expect farmers to walk their fields looking for this particular species.”Michel said existing regulations probably already address the issue.“We have guidelines, and the Ohio Department of Agriculture has regulations, for conserving pollinators in agronomic crops and I think all of these guidelines will also work for helping conserve this particular bumble bee species,” Michel said. “If it is like the other bees that visit flowers on field edges we need to be careful with drift, either by spraying or dust releases from seed treatments. So until we get more specific information, we should follow the already suggested guideline to protect all pollinators as best we can.”last_img read more

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WHY THE KIDS LOVE TOUCH

first_imgIt was the year of expansion and of the Bulldogs in the ARL, The year a bunch of young schoolboy rockers from Newcastle shot to stardom, The year that Mel Gibson told us that “They could take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom”, and the year of redemption for us long suffering Queenslanders as we finally broke a 102 year-old hoodoo and won cricket’s Sheffield shield for the first time ever. 1995 was also a land mark year for Touch with Australia dominating at the World Cup in Hawaii and the birth of the Inaugural State of Origin Touch Series which brought Touch out of the backyard and into our lounge rooms. 1995 was also the birth year of the First Primary Schools Sport Touch Exchange, the year the first Qld Primary School Girls Touch Team played in an Interstate Challenge. Qld took on Northern Territory in a series hosted by the Peninsula region in Queensland’s North. Missy Shaw, then a shy twelve year-old from the Gold Coast, was honoured to be selected in the Inaugural Qld Primary team, so much so that alongside her `treasured’ 90210 T-shirt from her favourite TV show that year, sits her # 4 Qld jersey she wore in her very first State Touch team. The program for this week’s Schools Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament sports a photo of the very first Qld Primary Girls Team, and there, standing at the back, is the diminutive Missy Shaw. “How ordinary is my hair?” remarked Missy on first glance at the blast from the past. “I’ve been getting crap from people all week – it’s (she screws up her face) fluffy!” Bad hair days aside, Missy is in pretty good company in the Inaugural team – Sarah Hillier who is holding the ball in the photo, like Missy, actually played in every Qld and Australian side selected from Primary girls through to 15’s and Open School girls. The talented duo actually co-captained the Qld Open Schoolgirls in Year 12 after playing in the first Qld Primary team together. Sarah no longer plays, but her younger sister Ashleigh is tearing up the fields as I write, starring for Qld in the 15 Years Girls team at this tournament. Kate Mc Shae, another team mate in the Inaugural Qld team, made a name for herself as well, not in touch, but in soccer, playing for the Matilda’s at this year’s Olympics in Athens. Missy is at the Gold Coast Touch Association this week helping at the canteen at the Combined Tournament -the majority of patrons blissfully unaware that the friendly girl greeting them and serving up their food and drinks is one of the best young talents in our game. Missy, at 21, is a current Australian Open Women’s National Training Squad Member and is the eldest of three Touch playing Shaw sisters who have represented Qld at Primary Level in Touch in the last decade. Katie is 19 and is a current Junior World Cup Under 20 Mixed player, and Jess, 13, is a talented young player who has already represented the SQBD Sharks in the ATA U 18 NTL in 2004. Amazingly, in the last ten years, Qld’s 12 Years Girls have amassed an exceptional record in winning every National title in the division since it’s inception…. that’s an amazing stat in anyone’s language! The school system in both Qld and NSW has already produced a lineage of schoolgirl super stars that have gone on to represent their respective States and Australia at Open level over the years. When Representative Touch began in Secondary schools in Qld in 1985 committed teachers such as Peter Bell, Graham Herlihy, Anne Mc Carthy, Graham Lowry, Dave Kirby, Ken Jackson, Ken Murdoch and Ray Grieshaber realized the tremendous potential and possible links for schools with affiliated Touch. Dave Mayfield, Phil Evans, Mick Kelly and a host of other quality teacher’s were to come on board later. The growth and popularity of Touch in schools was quite dramatic in the mid to late eighties and has continued to grow with the popularity of tournaments such as the Qld Secondary All Schools Championships, and the QSST State Championships. The progression of State and National junior representatives into our mainstream elite level representative teams has been achieved almost with assembly line precision. The winning Qld Women’s Open team at the 1993 ATA National Championships contained no less than 11 Qld Open school girl graduates, and many of these players went on to form the nucleus of the National Women’s Squad for the next decade. Peter Bell has been instrumental in this process and it is obvious how successful the link between the schools and affiliated elite participation has become. This progression from Secondary school Qld representatives to Open Women’s level has become almost a rite of passage for budding player’s who aspire to make it in the game, and very rarely has the talent net at school level allowed gifted player’s to float by unheralded. Now we are seeing the first group of Primary school super stars emerging as they make their way through the Primary Rep. Scene, into Under 15’s, then Open School Girls, Under 18’s & Under 20’s, then finally to Women’s Open. This has been the path of Missy Shaw who is one of the first of a young crop of Queenslanders who will progress through this system. North Qld sensation Kelly Mc Gennity is another and a host of young stars including Emily Hopkin, Roxy Winder, Kate Shaw, and Alyce Hulbert have represented Qld at Primary level, 15 Years, and Open School girl level and made Junior National squads. Missy says that her first experience under two of the pioneers of Primary Touch, current National Women’s Coach, Kerry Norman, and fellow long standing junior coach Kathy O’Brien, helped shape her for future experiences in the sport. “The coaches made playing Touch awesome, they made learning the game easy, and importantly in that first Qld team we all got on great – which is the thing I enjoy most about the game still – playing with your friends.” Incredibly, from that first exchange with Northern Territory almost ten years ago, Missy befriended a young girl from Darwin, Tamara Appo, who all these years later is a close friend and team mate in club sides Tigers (Gold Coast) Uni-Rebels (Brisbane), the Sharks 2004 NTL Open Women’s Champion team and the Qld Women’s Open State of Origin Team. Inaugural Coach of the Qld Primary Girls Kerry Norman believes the secret to Qld’s winning streak has been the dedication and willingness of Primary Teachers all over the State to contribute to the development of the game at grass root level. “Our teacher’s have been excellent, introducing kids to the game and then allowing us to develop a lot of them to a higher standard.” When pressed on the changes the Girl’s game has gone through at Primary level in the last ten years Kerry offered the following comment. “The girls are much more aware of defence and different strategies now. Ball skills are much better and the fact that the Primary kids get to play in the Combined tournament and see the 15’s means they have role models immediately above them and they can aspire to the standard and learn.” “Also there are plenty of good coaches around offering plenty of development…. the current Qld Girl’s Coach is a good example – Evan Willis is from the country, but he has spent a lot of time building up his knowledge to assist player’s in his region and develop his own coaching and it’s great recognition for his dedication, and hopefully an inspiration to coaches in similar positions who aspire to coach at this level. So, now to the man in the hot seat, Evan Willis, the guy who has the pressure of delivering Qld’s tenth title in a row…how’s he feeling and how’s the team travelling under the weight of expectation? “Mate, to be honest, the kids are going better than me! Of course it’s in the back of your mind, but we just keep working on the job at hand – we focus and concentrate on what we have to do…keep it simple and go from there, if we follow through I know we can do it, we’ve prepared well enough…it’s sort of a duty, but also an honour to try and keep the Qld domination going” “To be a Country Coach and score a job like this is great, but a lot of people like Kathy O’Brien, Peter Bell and Bruce Hurford have really encouraged and helped me along the way…Belly actually taught me at school.” That is perhaps Peter Bell’s and the dedicated band of teacher’s in Qld Primary and Secondary school’s greatest gift, imparting the love of learning and the art of passing knowledge on. You get the feeling with these sorts of quality people involved in Qld School Touch the State will continue to hover close to the top of the Touch tree and that there may well be a winning record to protect for some time to come…. after 102 years waiting for the Sheffield Shield we’re entitled to feel good about racking up a few wins over the rest of Australia. By the way, Missy Shaw’s Mastercard moment would go something like this: A vintage ’95 Beverley Hills 90210 shirt – costly …the Qld jersey of the same year – expensive… the fluffy hair – priceless! Written by Karley Banks 27th October 2004last_img
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Vale Lucas Von Hoff

first_imgLucas was born just over 30 years ago in Toowoomba, Queensland, and was living in the United Kingdom. He was the driving force behind the development of referees throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. Lucas was a great contributor to the sport in Scotland and Europe and had been named as an associate member of the FIT referee panel for the period post the 2011 World Cup up to and including the 2015 World Cup. Last July, Lucas was named the Male Referee of the Tournament at the 2010 European Championships. Lucas was a person that always strived for his personal best at all times, and at the same time, ensured that he worked for his mates to bring them with him. On behalf of the whole Touch Football community, Touch Football Australia offers Lucas’s family and friends our deepest condolences.last_img read more

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a month agoLiverpool boss Klopp hits out critics of Robertson: Way of the world

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp hits out critics of Robertson: Way of the worldby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hit out critics of Andrew Robertson.The German believes that if there is any criticism of his defender, then it is because of “the world out there” and not his quality.Klopp is adamant any abuse his defender has been forced to endure is totally misplaced: “The criticism has nothing to do with the expectation. It is to do with the world out there.“He has played well for weeks and months and then you take it for granted. If there is one game less than another, you start asking what has happened to Andy Robertson. Nothing.“It’s completely normal. The game before he was maybe the best player on the pitch.”Robertson has been criticised over the past week for his form with Scotland and in the Champions League. last_img read more

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Video: LSU Fan Creates Video That Shows Huge Difference Between LSU, Texas A&M’s Defenses

first_imgLSU players doing a blocking drill at practice.LSU Texas A&M DrillJohn Chavis was LSU’s defense coordinator from 2009-14. Now, he’s at Texas A&M. The 58-year-old coach, unsurprisingly, has brought one of the defensive drills he used with the Tigers to College Station, Texas. In the drill, called the “Gauntlet,” a player has to make his way through several opponents before knocking down a tackling dummy. An LSU fan has created a video that shows a pretty big difference in physicality between the Tigers and the Aggies. So Chavis tried to bring the Gauntlet drill with him to A&M… And it didn’t really have the same effect pic.twitter.com/ZjboBMzbN7— The LSU Logo (@LSU_Logo) August 20, 2015It doesn’t even look like you’re watching the same drill. Now, it’s important to consider that one clip is not an entire representation of a team’s defense, but Texas A&M probably does have a long way to go before reaching the status LSU’s defense did under Chavis. [SDS]last_img read more

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Photo: Jim Harbaugh Rocks A Cal Ripken Jersey At His Camp In Baltimore

first_imgJim Harbaugh looks on from the sidelines.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 1: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on from the sidelines during the second quarter of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game against the South Carolina Gamecocks on January 1, 2018 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)The #JimHarbaughJerseyWatch satellite camp rolls through Baltimore today, and Harbaugh, a big time baseball fan, went with a pretty strong choice for his jersey today. The Michigan head coach is wearing a Cal Ripken Jr. jersey at today’s camp at Patterson Park.Jim Harbaugh goes with the Cal Ripken jersey at a satellite camp today in Baltimore. pic.twitter.com/GuBd95bDtd— Jon Solomon (@JonSolomonCBS) June 6, 2016Yesterday, Harbaugh wore an Allen Iverson jersey near the legendary point guard’s hometown in Virginia, Hank Aaron’s jersey in Atlanta, and a Willie Taggart USF jersey during a South Florida camp with his former assistant. We’re pretty excited to see the other jerseys he breaks out on this camp tour.MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:Predicting The Next 5 CFP Fields5 Reasons Jim Harbaugh Is Great For College FootballCollege Football’s 8 “Blue Bloods”last_img read more

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Slovenias premier resigns over court ruling on referendum

first_imgLJUBLJANA, Slovenia – Slovenia’s prime minister said Wednesday he is resigning after the country’s top court annulled last year’s referendum on a key railway project and ordered a new vote.Miro Cerar said he sent his resignation to parliament and will formally notify the president Thursday. The move means that Slovenia’s parliamentary elections, which were due in early June, will be held a few weeks earlier.“I have made a decision any trustworthy politician should make in such a situation,” Cerar said in a statement broadcast live. “You (citizens) will have a chance in the elections to judge between right and wrong and who deserves your support.”Cerar also praised his centre-left government’s achievements in curbing an economic downturn in the tiny European Union nation of 2 million people that is the home country of U.S. first lady Melania Trump.“During my term the economic crisis ended. Slovenia has stable economic growth, third strongest in EU,” he said. “We have the lowest unemployment rate after 2009.”The government also has faced a wave of strikes and protests by public sector workers demanding higher wages amid economic recovery. Many schools in Slovenia were closed Wednesday as teachers went on strike for the second time in a month.Slovenia’s Supreme Court ruled earlier Wednesday that government backing for the railway project during the referendum campaign was one-sided and could have affected the outcome of the vote.The referendum in September approved the government’s plan to build 27 kilometres (16 miles) of additional railway linking the Adriatic port of Koper with the Divaca hub near the border with Italy.The vote was initiated by independent campaigner Vili Kovacic, who also took the issue to Slovenia’s top courts. Kovacic was supported by some opposition parties.Cerar said the rail project is of “strategic importance for the development of Slovenia.” He complained that “some are jeopardizing Slovenia’s development.”The date for the new referendum wasn’t immediately set.___Associated Press Writer Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia, contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Calgary Farmers Market opening new location near COP

first_imgFans of the Calgary Farmers’ Market will soon have a second location where they can load up on local delicacies.Plans have been unveiled for a new market along Highway 1 across from Canada Olympic Park.According to its website, Calgary Farmers’ Market West will transport you to old New York with the spirit of the Rocky Mountains.The 50,000-square-foot location will include al-fresco style shopping and dining areas.It’s set to open in the spring of 2020 and is already accepting applications from vendors.The current farmers’ market on Blackfoot Trail opened in 2011.Open Gallery3 itemslast_img read more

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Powell says he would reject any Trump request to resign

first_imgWASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell says he will not resign if asked to do so by President Donald Trump.Powell also says the central bank intends to be flexible going forward in determining when to hike its key policy rate. He also says that the Fed could alter its approach to trimming its huge balance sheet if it determines such a change is needed.Powell’s comments, made during a panel discussion in Atlanta, were immediately cheered by financial markets, which were already rallying on the basis of a strong unemployment report that showed 312,000 jobs were created in December.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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