Saint Mary’s students travel to Indianapolis to learn about bill

first_imgOn Tuesday, girls from Saint Mary’s Communicative Sciences and Disorders department rose before the sun to begin their journey down to the Indianapolis Statehouse for Legislative Day, which gives students the opportunity to speak face to face with state legislators about bills and laws that will directly affect them and their profession.Saint Mary’s sophomore Alexandria Leonardo said students, as future citizens of the world, have a responsibility to fix the problems society faces.“It’s very important for students to advocate. We’re the next generation,” Leonardo said. “We are the world. Something that is an issue to us will be an issue to the next generation if we don’t fix it; if we aren’t the ones to fix this issue then it’s gonna keep going.” The Saint Mary’s students discussed Senate Bill-189 amongst themselves during a session in the morning before heading over to the Indiana State House. The bill would issue emergency permits to people who have not had full training in the speech-language pathology and audiology fields.The bill is a major point of concern for both professional politicians and Saint Mary’s students, Leonardo said.“I’m very passionate about my major and what I’m studying to be and I believe that this issue with the emergency bill permits is a very problematic thing for our profession — and not only for the SLP’s and audiologists, but also the patients that we are serving and treating,” she said.After the morning session, the group headed across the street to begin campaigning for the dismissal of SB-189 from the floor. At the luncheon served for the event students, teachers and legislators mingled and discussed the contentious bill. Senior Emma Lewis said speaking with representatives was a valuable opportunity she particularly enjoyed.“I got to talk to two representatives and really see their reaction to the stories that I’ve experienced with children who have been misdiagnosed,” Lewis said. “In a lot of ways, it’s easy to see how this bill can be construed as a good thing. But these senators need to hear from people with experience, from people with the education, to really understand how this bill works when it is put into effect.” There are hopes that Tuesday will change the mindsets of Indiana legislators, Leonardo said.“I really want there to be awareness for the legislators of how problematic and important this issue is to us,” she said. Lewis said the Legislative Day trip was also important to students as one of their last chances to travel with Saint Mary’s.“[I want] to make an impact on the world, and that’s kind of what Saint Mary’s has us do anyway,” she said. “I felt like as a senior, I really need to be here, because if there’s anything that I can do to make sure that I leave something good behind from Saint Mary’s showing up to the state house.” Tags: Civil Service, Indianapolis, Legislative Day, Politics, public policy, State Politics, travellast_img read more

3 Months After Bombings, Obama Seeks New Military Force Authorization

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lost in President Barack Obama’s hour-long press conference following his party’s embarrassing defeat on Election Day Tuesday was an unsolicited offering that he’ll be seeking Congressional approval for a new version of the Authorization to Use Military Force Act to fight the Islamic State.Obama’s request for a new AUMF comes three months after the US launched airstrikes against Islamic State positions in Iraq, and later in Syria. The Obama administration has used previous versions of the AUMF—one passed in 2001 and another in 2002—to justify the bombings. Left unanswered Wednesday was why a new version is necessary if the Obama administration already believes it has the authority to bomb Iraq and Syria under existing law.“We do not believe the President needs that new authorization in order to take sustained action against ISIL,” a senior administration official said in a background call with reporters in September. “We believe that he can rely on the 2001 AUMF as statutory authority for the military airstrike operations he is directing against ISIL, for instance.”Shortly after Obama announced increased bombings against Islamic State, which also goes by ISIS or ISIL, some started to question whether those actions were legal. Others speculated that Congress was reluctant to vote on the escalated military campaign because the election was only two months away, suggesting members of the US Senate and House didn’t want to be judged on which way they voted.With the election over, Obama said he’ll be “engaging” Congress regarding an ISIS AUMF.“The world needs to know we are united behind this effort, and the men and women of our military deserve our clear and unified support,” he said.The 2001 AUMF, enacted shortly after 9/11, gave President George W. Bush the authority to use armed forces against those that planned the attack, meaning al Qaeda, which ISIS is no longer affiliated with. The 2002 law authorized using military force against those same perpetrators and enables the president to “defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq.”There has been a complete reversal regarding Obama’s vision for both authorization acts over the last 17 months.Back in May 2013, Obama gave a speech at the National Defense University in Washington D.C. in which he talked about possibly doing away with the original AUMF.“Groups like AQAP [al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] must be dealt with, but in the years to come, not every collection of thugs that labels themselves al Qaeda will pose a credible threat to the United States,” he said. “I look forward to engaging Congress and the American people in efforts to refine, and ultimately repeal, the AUMF’s mandate.”Earlier this year, Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in which she called the Iraq AUMF “outdated,” and stated that the “Administration fully supports its repeal.”That was before ISIS claimed large swaths of Iraq and began beheading Americans and other westerners captured there and in Syria.“We now have a different type of enemy,” Obama said Wednesday. “The strategy is different. How we partner with Iraq and other Gulf countries and the international coalition—that has to be structured differently. So it makes sense for us to make sure that the authorization from Congress reflects what we perceive to be not just our strategy over the next two or three months, but our strategy going forward.”But why now?last_img read more

Josh Hart leads Lakers past 76ers in Las Vegas Summer League opener

first_img VIDEO: LeBron James and Doc Rivers respond to Donald Trump calling NBA kneeling protests “disgraceful” Jubilation, anguish as race for NBA’s Western 8th seed gets as close as ever Lakers on verge of sealing home court advantage, what does it mean in the NBA bubble? LAS VEGAS — Second-year guard Josh Hart scored 24 points and rookie guard Svi Mykhailiuk added 17 points to lead the Lakers to a 96-79 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in their Las Vegas Summer League opener on Saturday night at the Thomas and Mack Center.With Lakers Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and JaVale McGee, Coach Luke Walton and General Manager Rob Pelinka sitting courtside, the summer squad turned in its best performance so far, bouncing back from an 0-3 showing in the inaugural California Classic earlier in the week in Sacramento.Ball and Kuzma were the stars of the show last summer, helping lead the Lakers to the Las Vegas tournament title and picking up tournament MVP and championship game MVP awards, respectively, in the process. But Hart and the rookies got them (and the usual partisan summer league crowd) out of their seats more than once on Saturday.Hart, who is unlikely to play in all the Las Vegas games, was effective on both ends of the court. He scored five quick points and Mykhailiuk drained a pair of jumpers to help the Lakers open a quick 11-4 lead, and Hart held Philadelphia’s Furkan Korkmaz to just four points (1 for 9, 0 for 7 from 3-point range) a night after he made eight shots from beyond the arc in a 40-point effort against the Boston Celtics. VIDEO: Watch Kyle Kuzma’s game winner and what he said about it Morning Wrap: Full coverage from Lakers-Clippers thriller; Angels, Dodgers going in different directions; Whicker pays tribute to legendary Mike Gillespie AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers took control in the second quarter, extending their lead to 45-33 by halftime. They kept the pressure on in the second half, pushing the margin to 23 at one point. The Lakers shot 44.4 percent from the field, but made nearly half of their 3-point attempts (14 for 31).Hart finished 9 for 15 from the field, including 4 for 8 from 3-point range and helped the Lakers build a 23-point second-half lead against a 76ers team that struggled from the field all night (38.3 percent overall, including 3 for 29 from 3-point range). Mykhailiuk finished 6 for 11 overall (4 for 8 from 3-point range) and shared the team lead with nine rebounds.Rookie big man Moe Wagner added 16 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots in 26 minutes, throwing down a crowd-pleasing one-handed dunk off a steal but adding seven more personal fouls to his growing summer collection.Issac Bonga, the 18-year-old second-round pick who just joined the team after signing his contract on Friday, struggled with three points, two steals and seven turnovers in 13 minutes.Nick King added 15 points and five rebounds, and Xavier Rathan-Mayes had 10 points and three assists for the Lakers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Rookie Zhaire Smith led the 76ers (0-2) with 16 points.The Lakers take the court again on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. against the Chicago Bulls.Related Articleslast_img read more

Three decades in prison for California man who pleaded guilty to sexual exploitation of Mason City teen

first_imgMASON CITY — It’s 30 years in a federal prison for a California man who pleaded guilty to sexual exploiting a Mason City teen.David Vogelpohl22-year-old David Vogelpohl of Vista California was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty to one count of sexual exploitation. Vogelpohl admits that in 2018, he persuaded, induced or enticed a female under the age of 18 to engage in sexually-explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions. Vogelpohl had originally been charged in Cerro Gordo County District Court last October for harboring a runaway against the wishes of a parent after a 15-year-old girl ran away from home. He was arrested on November 10th in Lincoln Nebraska.  County-level charges were later dropped in favor of the federal charges. US District Judge CJ Williams on Tuesday sentenced Vogelpohl to 360 months in prison to be followed by a five-year term of supervised release. He must also comply with all sex offender registration and public notification requirements.last_img read more

Chesters and Law are England’s top golfers for 2015

first_img30 Oct 2015 Chesters and Law are England’s top golfers for 2015 Walker Cup hero Ashley Chesters and world number five Bronte Law are England Golf’s top golfers of 2015, winning their respective Orders of Merit for the year.Chesters (Hawkstone Park), who has now turned professional, was the runaway winner of the men’s title for the second year in a row. His success underlines a spectacular season in which he tied 12th in The Open at St Andrews and helped GB&I to win back the Walker Cup.Law (Bramhall) topped the women’s table despite spending most of her time at college in the USA. She successfully defended her English women’s amateur title – with a 16-shot winning margin – and helped England to win the silver medal in the Spirit International Amateur.Looking back on the year, Chesters picks The Open as his highlight. “It was such a good week from start to finish and to play well and play all four rounds at St Andrews was amazing!” he said.The Walker Cup, in which he amassed 3½ points from four to help GB&I to victory, was “also right up there” but didn’t earn any order of merit points.Chesters’ achievement in winning the title for the second year in a row helped him decide he was ready to turn professional after an amateur career which included European championship wins in 2013 and ’14.“It is great to have won this back-to-back and the last couple of years have made me think I am ready to turn pro and could be good enough to make a living out of playing golf.“Obviously England Golf helped a lot with that, with all the coaching, trips away and all the other things they do to help us get better!” he added.Chesters’ main aim now is to secure his European Tour card. But he cautions: “That can take different times for different people, so I am going to see how Q school goes and, when I know where I am likely to be playing most of my golf next year, I will set some appropriate goals.”Bronte Law is a student at UCLA in California and has limited opportunity to play in counting events for the order of merit- so her success is particularly sweet.“It means a lot to win the order of merit,” she said. “I miss the majority of counting events being in the US, so I’m very pleased I could play so well in the tournaments over the summer while I was back at home,” she said.She announced her return from the US for the summer season in no uncertain terms, opening her defence of the English women’s amateur at Hunstanton with nine-under par 63 – the lowest-ever score by a woman on the Norfolk links. It set up an emphatic victory and she went on to retain the trophy by 16 shots.During the season she got to third in the world rankings, tied fourth in the European amateur and has recently won her fourth tournament on the US college circuit.The 20-year-old has already played in two Curtis Cup teams – including GB&I’s 2012 victory in Nairn – and her targets for next year include a place in the 2016 team. Her other goals are to finish the season as the number one player in collegiate golf and to help her university win the national championship.Leading placingsMen1 Ashley Chesters (Hawkstone Park) 114355pts2 James Allan (Chelmsford) 735933 Scott Gregory (Corhampton) 619984 Josh Hilleard (Farrington Park) 591055 Joe Dean (Lindrick) 590216 Paul Kinnear (Formby) 519727 Thomas Robson (Weymouth) 494438 James Walker (The Oaks) 471179 Marco Penge (Golf at Goodwood) 4660010 Steve Robins (Hull) 44489Women1 Bronte Law (Bramhall) 75678.5882 Sophie Keech (Parkstone) 72018.2353 Sammie Giles (St Mellion) 57955.9574 Bethan Popel (Long Ashton) 54045.5495 Rochelle Morris (Woodsome Hall) 52933.8206 Sophie Lamb (Clitheroe) 46377.9997 Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) 40906.5028 Lizzie Prior (Burhill) 40367.8689 Hollie Muse (West Lancs) 37782.13710 Alice Hewson (Berkhamstead) 36815.977Image © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

Promising players pledge to ‘give back’ to support England squads

first_img Three promising professionals are being supported by England Golf at the start of their tournament careers in a deal which also offers rewards for the national training squads.Jamie Bower, Nick Marsh and Ashton Turner are each getting England Golf invitations giving them seven starts on the 2017 European Challenge Tour. In return they’ve pledged to give a proportion of their prize money, over a certain amount, to the England Players Fund to develop the squad programme.The Give Back scheme started last year and could bring significant dividends for a training programme which is noted for producing successful golfers. Around a quarter of European Tour players are currently English and the vast majority of these have come through the England Golf squads.Bower, Marsh and Turner are all graduates of the programme and, as elite England amateurs, they captured top titles and played in national teams before turning professional.Turner (image © Leaderboard Photography), first joined squads when he was under-16 and commented: “England Golf helped me no end with teaching and guidance during the years I was in squads. It was invaluable and being able to give back is something I’m definitely looking forward to.”The 21-year-old, from Kenwick Park in Lincolnshire, has already taken up his first invitation and finished 15th in last weekend’s Turkish Airlines Challenge, scoring nine under par.“If you don’t get starts through tour school it’s difficult to get going,” said Turner. “I’ve got a full card on the EuroPro Tour but getting Challenge Tour status would have been extremely difficult so I’m very grateful for this opportunity. Potentially these starts could move me on to getting a full card for next season.”His next outing is likely to be next month’s D&D Czech Challenge where he’ll be joined by Yorkshire’s Jamie Bower (Meltham), who won the 2016 Brabazon Trophy in his final year as an amateur.Nick Marsh, a former English amateur champion from Huddersfield, Yorkshire, is expected to make his 2017 Challenge Tour debut in the Matchplay 9 tournament in Spain in May.The first income for the Give Back scheme came last year from Ben Stow, a past winner of the Brabazon Trophy, whose invitations also helped him to secure a full Challenge Tour card for this season. Ashley Chesters, who was a double European champion as an amateur, was also supported and went on to secure his European Tour playing rights for 2017.The players’ provisional schedules are:Jamie Bower25-28 May, D+D Czech Challenge1-4 June, Swiss Challenge22-25 June, Made in Denmark Challenge27-30 July, Swedish Challenge3-6 August, Finnish Challenge7-10 September, Bridgestone Challenge, Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire14-17 September, Irish ChallengeNick Marsh18-21 May, Match Play 9, Spain1-4 June, Swiss Challenge22-25 June, Made in Denmark Challenge17-20 August, Viking (Norway) Challenge31 Aug – 3 Sep, Cordon Open7-10 Sep, Bridgestone Challenge, Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire14-17 Sep, Irish ChallengeAshton Turner20-23 April, Turkish Challenge25-28 May, D+D Czech Challenge8-11 June, KPMG Trophy, Belgium6-9 July, Prague Golf Challenge3-6 August, Finnish Challenge7-10 September, Bridgestone Challenge, Luton Hoo, Bedfordshire28 Sep – 1 Oct, Challenge de Espana 26 Apr 2017 Promising players pledge to ‘give back’ to support England squads last_img read more