Information Minister Eugene NagbeYouth & Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe has said that it is unacceptable for any Liberian to encourage any act of vandalism in sports.Minister Nagbe told journalists last Saturday at the Samuel Kanyon Sports Complex that under his leadership, no Liberian will be allowed to use violence to get an objective achieved in the on-going County Meet.He said the theme of the 2014 National County Sports Meet is to celebrate the uninterrupted ten years of peace in the country, and therefore all actions must be geared towards that.Minister Nagbe noted that statements of threats from an alleged member of the Montserrado Legislative Caucus (on the radio) to use force or to interrupt the soccer match scheduled for January 12, between Grand Gedeh and Lofa demonstrates their unwillingness to let other Liberians enjoy peace.“We set rules and regulations that govern the County Meet,” Minister Nagbe said, “and we conducted workshops for all county leaders and their sports officers before the meet.”Minister Nagbe said technical visits were also made to the four host counties.“The rules and regulations were published and made available to all participants,” Minister Nagbe said.He explained that the Appeals Board of the County Meet’s membership includes Liberians of integrity, and named members as Mr. Chuchu Horton, Prof. Wilson Tarpeh and Minister Julia Duncan Cassell.“The committee carried its work and rendered its decision based on the available information in a case which Grand Gedeh filed against Maryland County, concerning a player reported not to be a Liberian,” Minister Nagbe said.He said the protest was handled by the committee in the spirit of the game.“I am from Maryland County and the case affected Maryland County. Rules and regulations about the game must be respected.“If in the past decisions were made outside the rules, let it be known that we are setting a standard for the right thing to be done,” Minister Nagbe said.He regretted that there are certain Liberians who tend to heap abuses and make unwarranted charges against others before investigating the facts.Minister Nagbe said those who allegedly made statements on radio to the effect of encouraging violence should be ashamed of themselves.“It is critical to adhere to rules and regulations developed to ensure the success of the County Meet,” he said.Meanwhile, Minister Nagbe appealed to journalists to investigate matters before assuming in their conclusions of the misapplication of funds provided by government for a particular purpose.He said the ministry has not misused any amount in the US$1.1million (NOCAL provided US$500,000) that the Liberian government provided for the hosting of the county meet.“All our transactions are done by check and they are available for verification,” Nagbe said.He also refuted allegation that companies outside Liberia were used to purchase jerseys for the tournament at the expense of Liberian companies.“We used the PPCC and Liberian companies used went through the rules by law,” Nagbe added. Contributing, Mr. Chuchu Horton appealed to Liberians not to engage in any act of violence but should rather allow the theme of the tournament to guide the progression of the Meet.A spokesman for the Ministry of Internal Affairs assured Liberians that the on-going meet will proceed as planned, without violence or any intimidation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A federal review says that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to protect underground water supplies from oilfield wastewater contamination, The Associated Press reports.A study undertaken by the U.S. Government Accountability Office looked at EPA operations around the country. Inspectors said that federal regulators are not taking necessary steps to enforce the Safe Drinking Water Act, and that oil companies were routinely allowed to pump wastewater into aquifers that potentially could be used as a source of drinking water.EPA regulators were not collecting the paperwork or making on-site inspections to ensure enforcement, the AP said, not only in California but elsewhere. But California has been a special concern. It’s the third largest oil producing state in the country, and violations there included instances of dumping wastewater from drilling operations into at least 11 underground aquifers that should have been protected by federal law.An AP report last year cited more than 2,000 permits that the state had given to oil companies to inject briny water and other liquid waste produced in oilfield operations into drinking water reserves. Underground injection is a common way of getting rid of the waste.Kassie Siegel, senior counsel at the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental group critical of state and federal regulators, told the AP, “The takeaway is that the EPA doesn’t collect and states don’t provide the information for the EPA to exercise the oversight that’s its job. It shows a massive failure to protect our drinking water.” Not enough resources, says the EPAIn a summary of the report, the GAO said that the EPA hasn’t been collecting the information on inspections and enforcement it needs to do its job properly. “Without well-specific data on inspections, EPA cannot assess whether state and EPA-managed programs are meeting annual inspection goals.”Inspectors also said that state and EPA-managed programs did not consistently gather enough information on how unresolved “significant violations” were being handled.According to the AP report, EPA administrators said that they generally agreed with the review and would do a better job of data collection and oversight.An EPA spokeswoman said that the resignation of the regional EPA administrator for the district that includes California, Jared Blumenfeld, wasn’t connected to the GAO review. (SFGate reports that Blumenfeld will spend the next four months hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.) And a spokeswoman for the state’s Department of Conservation said that California is “ahead in reforming its underground injection program compared to other states.”EPA officials told inspectors that they didn’t have the resources to gather all the information they’d like on oilfield operations and underground aquifers, or to inspect regulatory operations in person, the GAO said. California is working to bring its oilfield regulations into compliance with federal drinking water laws, the AP said, but environmentalists complain that the effort is already behind schedule. Concerns over wastewater drilling aren’t newTrouble over wastewater disposal is a long-standing environmental issue in California.Last year, the director of the state’s Department of Conservation, Mark Nechodom, was named in a federal lawsuit by a group of Kern County farmers and subsequently resigned. Farmers claimed that he, Gov. Jerry Brown, and the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources had conspired with oil companies to allow the illegal injection of wastewater into federally protected aquifers.The Conservation Department had failed to meet a deadline for making public information about the source, volume, and disposal of oilfield wastewater, The Los Angeles Times reported.The agency said that a law passed by state lawmakers the year before had increased the amount of information it was required to collect, overwhelming the capacity of its data management system.The problem has been exacerbated by the volume of oil extracted from California fields — 205 million barrels in 2014, according to the Department of Conservation. For every gallon of oil pumped out of the ground, as much as 19 gallons of water comes with it.
By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, [email protected] families often experience many stressful events (e.g., PCS moves and deployments). Another one is divorce. The period of time before and after a divorce is especially difficult because people are expected to make rational and far-reaching decisions at a time of emotional turmoil. This may also be their first experience with the court system and hiring an attorney. In addition, expenses often increase when a spouse moves out and sets up a separate household.Below is some key information to share with military families to help them cope with the financial stresses of divorce:Do not sign a property settlement agreement, or any divorce-related document, that you do not understand or you feel contains unfair terms. Consult your own attorney – not your spouse’s attorney – before signing anythingEstimate the dollar value of household property. Fair market value is the price at which a willing buyer will buy an item and a willing seller will sell it. Replacement value is the cost of replacing an item (e.g., refrigerator) at current prices. As spouses discuss how to divide property, the one who plans to keep property may think in terms of fair market value, while the other (who will be replacing property) may think in terms of replacement value.Determine who will pay debts incurred during a marriage. List all debts including a home mortgage, car payments, and credit card accounts. Usually, one spouse or the other will assume an obligation and agree to “hold harmless” the other party. However, it is important to note that, if either party doesn’t pay a jointly held debt, creditors may collect from either spouse. Creditors are not bound by the terms of a divorce decree.Plan for future retirement income. A divorced person is eligible for Social Security benefits based on former spouse’s earnings, even if the former spouse is not yet retired. In order to qualify for benefits, the marriage must have lasted at least ten years. For questions about division of military Retired Pay and the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), seek assistance from an attorney who is well versed in military divorce issues.Know the tax consequences of divorce decisions. Marital status on December 31 determines tax-filing status for the year. Usually, the custodial parent claims a couple’s children as dependents. However, a custodial parent can waive the right to claim dependents as part of a divorce settlement, thus allowing the other parent to do so. A signed waiver statement (IRS Form #8332) from the custodial parent is required to be attached to the non-custodial parent’s tax return. Child support is neither deductible by the spouse who pays it nor included in the income of the recipient. Alimony, on the other hand, is taxable to the recipient and deductible as an adjustment to the payor’s gross income.Recognize that 50/50 splits of assets are not necessarily equal. For example, if one spouse takes sole possession of the family home, he or she also shoulders the burden of future property taxes and repairs, as well as possible capital gains taxes. The other spouse, who receives the same dollar amount in cash, has an asset that will continue to grow. Clearly, this property distribution is not equal even though the dollar value is the same.Encourage divorcing couples to consider hiring a professional mediator to resolve issues related to divorce. Mediators are trained not to “take sides” but, rather, to work out a settlement that is fair and equitable for both spouses. This includes both financial issues and other considerations such as child custody. Once these issues are resolved, each spouse’s attorney can assist with a final agreement. This is usually a far less expensive and time-consuming process than letting lawyers negotiate a settlement.For further information about military family divorces, view the 2012 MFLNPF webinar, Financial Implications of Divorce. Additional information can be found here.
Goa head coach Zico, on the other hand, has already given Goa head coach Zico, on the other hand, has already given up on his teams chances but he said his players will approach tomorrows match with the same intensity. “We will play with same intensity. We are professionals. When we go on the pitch, we must respect the jersey, the fans and the honour of our owner. I learnt this when I started playing football. We have to honour the jersey, always. We will give hundred percent,” said Zico. Goa lost 0-2 against Delhi at home and will again remain underdogs in the away clash. They have been poor defensively but have a healthy away record compared to their home performances, after scoring seven of their 11 points away and keeping two of their three clean sheets when playing away from home. “Tomorrows match is a different story. When we played Delhi (in our home match), we had to fight for points and take more risks. We do not need to take risks now. The only difference is that we will field only those players who are hundred percent fit. The last game was very tiring,” said Zico. PTI PDS PDS
TORONTO – The Canadian Paediatric Society has issued guidelines to help doctors discuss the complexities of gender identity in children with their parents and caregivers.The online resource will help pediatricians answer common questions posed by parents, including explanations about the differences between sex, gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.“More and more, parents are asking us when and how gender identity typically develops in children, what is considered typical behaviour, and what they should expect at certain ages,” said CPS president Dr. Mike Dickinson, noting that it’s common to confuse gender-related terms.Dickinson said families are increasingly coming to pediatricians with questions and concerns about their children’s gender expression and their sexual orientation, but not all of these doctors are well enough informed about the issue to provide answers.“For a lot of them, this was not something that was necessarily covered while they were in medical school or in their pediatric training, and they are being approached by families and by youth with questions about this,” he said from Miramichi, N.B., where he practises.“So we wanted to put out a primer for our members, but also something that might be helpful to the public at large, informing people about some of the basic issues, some of the basic terms used, with gender identity and gender expression a starting point for people to at least be able to have some discussions around this issue with their patients and their families.”Gender development is often associated with puberty and adolescence, but children begin showing interest in their gender early in life, the CPS says. Although every child is unique and may develop at a different pace, most children have a strong sense of their gender identity by the age of four.The guidelines outline how gender development evolves, depending on age, and advises parents how to best support their children throughout the process. The resource document also features a list of external resources that may be helpful to parents of transgender and gender-diverse children.Annie Pullen Sansfacon, co-founder and vice-president of Gender Creative Kids, said having a resource guide for doctors “is really, really good because there are still a lot of families who are struggling with this concept around gender identity and supporting their children.”“And to have (a profession) like pediatricians who are coming out with a statement, I think it’s very helpful,” said Sansfacon, a professor of social work at the Universite de Montreal.Dickinson said that as society becomes increasingly accepting of individuals expressing their gender in different ways, there’s a tendency for children to be more comfortable coming forward about their own experience at “younger ages than they used to, because they feel that they can and that they can do that safely.”However, discouraging children from expressing a gender can make them feel ashamed, the CPS says. Particularly during the teenage years, “these are kids who are at risk of being the victims of bullying and also at risk of things like anxiety and depression,” Dickinson added.“The message that we want to send to pediatricians … and to families is that we want the children to feel loved and accepted regardless of their gender identity or their gender expression, and that we want kids to grow up feeling safe and secure, with confidence and self-esteem.“We want to be able to encourage both parents and I guess society as a whole to be open to the fact that there are these individuals amongst us and often they are our children and our youth,” he said, “and they need our love and support and guidance.”Online: https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/—Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, has announced that some of the biggest stars in the country music industry are uniting with pediatricians and child welfare advocates, civil rights organizations, the business community and supporters of equality to oppose legislation in Tennessee attacking transgender students in public schools and universities.Emmylou Harris, Chely Wright, Ty Herndon, Miley Cyrus, and Country Music Television are speaking out against HB 2414 and SB 2387 – discriminatory proposals that would further marginalize transgender students and make it illegal for them to use restrooms and other facilities consistent with their gender identity.“For a moment a few weeks ago, it seemed like lawmakers in Tennessee had really heard the brave testimony of a transgender young person and her parents,” said Miley Cyrus. “A mother’s simple ask to legislators about what they would do if it was their child who was transgender hit a nerve, and the anti-transgender bill was sent to a summer study session, seemingly killing if for this year. But that was two weeks ago – a lifetime ago, it seems, in light of all that has happened since – and that bill is back.”“Transgender youth already face incredibly high levels of discrimination, bullying, and harassment, and it is appalling that the state of Tennessee would consider requiring public schools to discriminate against them, too,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Today, some of the biggest stars in the country music industry are using their voices to try and protect these young people. They join a broad chorus of parents, teachers, child welfare advocates, pediatricians, businesses and civil rights organizations urging Tennessee lawmakers to do the right thing and stop discrimination against transgender youth. Tennessee should block this hateful legislation and commit to ensuring every child has the right to learn without being subjected to discrimination or fear.”On Wednesday, HRC also released an open letter from executives at the Dow Chemical Company, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Choice Hotels International, Inc., and Alcoa, Inc. urging Tennessee’s lawmakers to abandon the legislative assault on transgender students in Tennessee. Major CEOs and business leaders are speaking out because they know the legislation is bad for business and bad for Tennessee.“Those who love and make country music do so because at its best it speaks to the pain and suffering everyone shares in this life,” said Emmylou Harris. “Let’s not make that life harder still for some, with this mean spirited and unnecessary legislation.”Over the last month, bills with language similar to Tennessee’s proposal were vetoed in South Dakota, but enacted in North Carolina, where lawmakers have faced serious backlash. While South Dakota Republican Governor Dennis Daugaard listened to child welfare organizations, pediatricians, parents, and met with transgender children before deciding to veto a similar bill, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and the state legislature rammed through a measure that, among other discriminatory provisions, includes a similar appalling attack on transgender students. As a result of North Carolina’s HB2 law, which puts thousands of youth, citizens, employees, and visitors to the state at risk, more than 130 business leaders are calling for a repeal effort during the upcoming legislative session and a number of businesses have begun to remove investments from the state.“As an artist living and working in Nashville for more than 20 years, I know how hard it was to struggle for acceptance as a gay woman,” said Chely Wright. “The deck is stacked even higher against transgender students who face dramatically increased rates of bullying. This bill will send a devastating message to transgender youth that they are not welcome, included or valued. It goes without saying that their classmates and their communities will hear this message loudly and clearly too; emboldening many of them to double down on that harassment. I have a lot of friends in Nashville with great, big voices and it’s time that we all use our voices to stand up against this scourge of unnecessary, hateful legislation in Tennessee.”
It’s a closer call than one might think. On any given night in Crew Stadium, it’s difficult to gauge whether there is more energy being expended on the field of play or in the Nordecke, a section in the northeast corner of the stadium where the rowdiest of the Crew fans gather.These black-and-gold-clad super fans are loud and boisterous from whistle to whistle. They sing, cheer and chant for their team in words occasionally not fit for print in a family paper. They could be described as “hooligans lite.”A casual observer might mistake the section for an early Halloween party run amok. It’s not unusual for pirates, skeletons and other such oddities to be interspersed throughout the crowd. As the Columbus Crew and their zealous fans gear up for another run in the MLS playoffs, the importance of the crowd and the Nordecke in particular isn’t lost on those associated with the team.When asked about the significance of the recent 22-game home unbeaten streak snapped by Seattle last Saturday, Crew goalkeeper William Hesmer’s thoughts turned quickly to the fans.“Mostly for me, I’m really disappointed for the fans because ever since they put together that Nordecke section, we’ve made this place a fortress, and we’ve fought hard for them,” Hesmer said. “It can’t help but be infectious to the guys on the field.”He’s not the only one who appreciates what these energetic fans bring to the table.Seattle Sounders FC coach Sigi Schmid, who has been on both ends of the sidelines as the home and visiting coach, has a special perspective.“This is a tough place to play,” the former Crew coach said. “The Nordecke has been great. Their support and the atmosphere, you know you are at a soccer venue.”With a win against the New England Revolution (10-9-8) this Saturday in Gillette Stadium, the Crew (12-5-10) would become the Eastern Conference regular season champions and lock up home-field advantage throughout the playoffs up to the MLS Cup.A draw, which yields one point, would eliminate the Revolution from catching the Crew in the standings and leave the Chicago Fire six points back with only two matches remaining. The tiebreaker, a combination of head-to-head matchups and goal totals, would then go to the Crew.Another achievement that is tantalizingly close for the Crew is a second straight Supporters Shield, the honor given to the team with the highest point total in the MLS at the end of the season.Columbus holds a two-point lead on the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo for the Shield, at 46-44.There are only three regular season MLS games remaining on the Crew’s schedule, including home and away contests against New England.With their most dedicated fans in tow, the Crew look to recreate the magical run of last year to the MLS championship.
The No. 4 Ohio State rowing team aims to bring home a fourth title this weekend when it heads to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championships Sunday. OSU closed out the regular season April 28, winning 10 out of 16 races against No. 2 Virginia, No. 3 Michigan, No. 14 Harvard and No. 19 Clemson. Coach Andy Teitelbaum said the Buckeyes are focused on keeping the momentum of the regular season going into the competition this weekend, and acknowledges that the competition is high. “Obviously I think it’s everybody’s goal to win a conference championship. I’m sure we’re not alone there,” Teitelbaum said. “We’re positioned quite strongly, so it’s well within our reach. But, being seeded to win a championship and winning a championship are two different things. We’re the defending champions and we’re hoping to see if we can’t go back to back.” Senior Kate Sweeney said the end of the regular season has been a reflection on the team’s hard work and dedication. “As a team, our goal is definitely to repeat what we did last year and come home with the conference title,” Sweeney said. “We feel extremely prepared; the work we’ve put in since September is really showing on the water and everyone’s really anxious and ready to get out there, but we know that the conference is particularly strong this year. There’s a lot of good teams and good boats individually that are looking for titles, so it’s not going to be an easy path, but I think that we definitely can come home with the trophy again.” Senior Emily Walsh said that a win this weekend would be a meeting of high goals the team set earlier in the season. “We started this year with very high goals and aspirations, and all of us have worked hard non-stop this year just keeping those goals in mind, and I think it would mean a lot,” Walsh said. “It would be a good testament to how much work we’ve done and how far we’ve come as a team to win again.” With their last regular season as Buckeyes finished, the seniors reflected upon the memories they have created at OSU, and what they will carry with them after they leave. “This is a really special group this year,” Sweeney said. “From September, we decided that our goal was to win a conference championship and the national championship, and the work that these girls, my teammates and the coaching staff, have put in every single day has been pretty amazing and I think just being a part of that group is a memory that I’m going to take with me when I leave, whether or not we end up winning nationals.” Walsh emphasized the special meaning of this weekend’s competition to the seniors, and shared the place this past season holds in her memory. “This has definitely been my favorite year,” Walsh said. “I think we’ve had some of the strongest crews in recent history and it’s been a great team atmosphere, a lot of seniors on the team who want to make this one count for everyone. I really enjoyed the year working with everyone, I’ll miss them a lot.” Senior Ulrike Denker said she has hopes the team will overcome the competition and perform in a way that reflects their extra work this year. “I think the training we put in this year has been the most we’ve ever put in,” Denker said. “I think it would be great to show that and to be able to perform that way. We’ve had really good memories on the water, like races we will never forget, but also off the water. Everyone put in 110 percent; everyone goes beyond just what they are supposed to do.” The Buckeyes will face Indiana, Iowa, No. 5 Michigan, No. 14 Michigan State, No. 18 Minnesota and No. 9 Wisconsin. The event is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
Ohio State redshirt sophomore goaltender Kassidy Sauve stares down a rolling puck against St. Cloud State on Feb. 4 at the OSU Ice Rink. Credit: Magee Sprague | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s hockey team (11-3-3, 8-2-3 WCHA) defeated the St. Cloud State Huskies (3-12-1, 1-9-1 WCHA) in a shootout 1-0 after tying 2-2 during regulation at the OSU Ice Rink Friday.With 8:03 remaining in the final period, Buckeyes senior forward Julianna Iafallo scored to tie the game at 2-2. The game remained scoreless after that and the Huskies and Buckeyes were headed to overtime.After the overtime period the score was still tied at two, and the game entered a shootout. After a lengthy shootout, Ohio State junior forward Grace Zarzecki scored the game-winning goal.The Buckeyes came out strong in the first period. Less than 10 seconds into the first period, freshman forward Tatum Skaggs had the initial shot on goal that was just wide of the net.“I just kept crashing the net, the goalie left a couple rebounds out,” Skaggs said, describing her early shot attempts.The two teams traded shots throughout the first period with Ohio State tallying 12 shots and St. Cloud State reaching nine shots, but neither team could score.“They played great, they were doing all the little things right, they were moving their feet on passes,” head coach Nadine Muzerall said of her teams play in the opening period.With 10:05 to go in the first period, St. Cloud State struck first when defenseman Abby Thiessen scored on a rifled slap shot that bested Buckeye goalie Kassidy Sauve and gave the Huskies a 1-0 lead.Ohio State had won both previous meetings on Oct. 20 and 21 between the two teams, both by final scores of 4-0.St. Cloud State added to its lead with just under seven minutes to go in the opening period on a power-play goal by forward Kayla Friesen, making it 2-0 Huskies.With 30.2 seconds remaining in the first period, a presumed goal by Ohio State was overturned after replay review.After a slower-paced second period, it took until nearly the end for Ohio State to score its first goal of the game. Forward Tatum Skaggs scored with just over 30 seconds to go in the second period to make it 2-1 St. Cloud State. It was Skaggs’ 12th goal of the year. Later that period, Ohio State tied the game at two, then won the shootout.“To sweep either on the road or at home in this league is very difficult,” Muzarell said, knowing that she will see the familiar foe Huskies again in less than 24 hours.Ohio State hosts St. Cloud State for the season finale Saturday afternoon at 3:07 p.m. at the Ohio State Ice Rink.
Arsenal boss Unai Emery has confirmed reports that he did not give Jack Wilshere the guarantees he was looking for over regular playing time, which caused the midfielder to leave for West Ham UnitedThe England international completed his free transfer to the Hammers this week after rejecting a new long-term contract at Arsenal following talks with Emery over his role at the club.Wilshere had been at Arsenal since the tender age of nine and made the difficult decision to end his 17-year association with his boyhood club after Emery failed to deliver him the assurances he needed to remain.“The conversation with Wilshere was a very good conversation. I explained to him my opinion and how I will want to create the team. And [I couldn’t for sure] say to him he’s going to play in the 11 players,” said Emery, according to ESPN.“And also he explained to me the decision is not easy for him. But he wanted to choose the best option for him, and [the whole] time is with respect. I know this player here is very important for the supporters, he grew up here at Arsenal. But I don’t give him a place in the starting 11. It’s because of that he chose to leave here, and I respect also this.”Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.While Wilshere has struggled with injuries over the past few years, he did make 38 appearances in all competitions last season.But he then fractured foot, which cost him a place in the England World Cup squad this summer.But Emery denied that this had an effect on his decision.“It was a tactical and technical decision,” he said.Emery will now be preparing to take charge of his first Arsenal game against Boreham Wood this Saturday.